July 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (July 09, 2020) for CSS, PMS

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July 09, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Kulbushan allowed to challenge conviction

• Pakistan July 8, 2020 said Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav was allowed to challenge his conviction but he had refused to avail the offer.
• Speaking at a news conference here, Director General South Asia at the Foreign Office, Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, and Additional Attorney General of Pakistan Ahmad Irfan said Pakistan had never violated any rules and norms.
• “A petition for review and reconsideration can be filed by Kulbhushan Jadhav, his legally authorized representative or a consular officer of the Indian High Commission at Islamabad High Court. Pakistan has also offered to assist in arranging legal representative for the RAW spy,” Chaudhri said


2. PIA`s regular flights to UAE being restored today

• The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume regular flight operations to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from July 8, 2020 (today) but the passengers are required to get their Covid-19 tests carried out 48 hours prior to the travel date.
• In a related development, Pakistan held bilateral consultations with Spain as part of its efforts to get PIA`s flights to Europe restored.
• PIA spokesman Abdullah Hafeez said in a press release on Wednesday that PIA would resume its regular flight operations to the UAE from July 9, 2020 and tickets are already up for grabs.


3. Bill introduced in National Assembly to check domestic violence

• Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on July 8, 2020 introduced the Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Bill 2020 in National Assembly aimed to protect the rights of women, children, elders and other vulnerable persons who reside together at one place and are victims of domestic violence.
• The bill was referred to the relevant Standing Committee for further deliberations. The bills aims to check violence against the vulnerable persons which includes physically aggressive acts like hitting, kicking, slapping, and throwing objects as well as emotionally abusive acts like threats, emotional and economic abuse.
• Provincial governments of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan have already enacted legislation to address the issue of domestic violence at provincial levels. Ministry of human rights has, therefore, drafted a Bill to protect rights at the federal level.


4. Gulpur power project starts generating electricity

• Gulpur Hydropower Project has achieved certified commercial operation and has been producing cheap electrity for the national grid.
• NESPAK in a joint venture with M/S MWH Inc. USA has provided consultancy services as Owner’s Engineer to M/s Mira Power Limited, a subsidiary of KOSEP, South Korea, for the 102 MW Gulpur Hydropower Project.
• NESPAK provided technical support to Mira Power Limited in getting approvals from different government agencies as well as supporting the EPC Contractor in resolving complex issues arised during construction. NESPAK was also involved as Owner’s Engineer in development and completion of 84MW New Bong Escape Hydropower Project, which is the first hydro IPP of Pakistan, thus becoming a leading consultancy firm in development of private hydropower project in Pakistan.


5. Polythene bags banned in Quetta

• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 8, 2020 imposed a ban on the use, sale, purchase and manufacture of polythene bags in the provincial capital with immediate effect.
• A notification issued by the EPA said the use of polythene bags was an offence as per the Balochistan Environmental Protection Act.
• Anyone who violated the ban will be penalised under the law, it added.
• It said large-scale business units could be fined from Rs100,000 toRs500,000, medium-size units Rs80,000 to Rs200,000 and small scale units Rs20,000 to Rs150,000


6. China opens new Hong Kong security agency headquarters

• China on July 8, 2020 opened a new office for its intelligence agents to operate openly in Hong Kong for the first time under a tough new security law, transforming a hotel into the force`s headquarters.
• The new base is a hotel overlooking the city`s Victoria Park, a location that has hosted pro-democracy protests for years, including an annual vigil each June marking Beijing`s deadly Tiananmen crackdown.
• A plaque bearing the security agency`s name was unveiled early on Wednesday in front of Hong Kong government and police officials, a reporter on the scene said


7. Afghan govt refuses to release 600 `too dangerous` militants

• Afghan authorities said on July 8, 2020 they will not release hundreds of Taliban captives deemed `too dangerous` despite planned peace talks that hinge on the prisoner exchange.
• Violence, meanwhile, continued to rack the war-torn country as a suicide bomber killed three security personnel near the governor`s residence and police headquarters in the province of Kandahar.
• Under the terms of a US-Taliban deal, Kabul pledged to free some 5,000 Taliban prisoners in a swap that would see the insurgents release around 1,000 Afghan security force captives


8. WHO declares Sri Lanka, Maldives measles-free

• Measles and rubella have been eradicated from Sri Lanka and the Maldives after decades of immunisation programmes, the World Health Organization said July 8, 2020.
• “Coming at a time when the entire world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, this success is encouraging and demonstrates the importance of joint efforts,” WHO regional director Khetrapal Singh said in a statement. The Maldives recorded its last endemic case of measles in 2009 and rubella in October 2015, the global health body said.
• Sri Lanka’s last endemic cases of measles and rubella were reported in May 2016 and March 2017 respectively, it added


9. Russia, China veto UN extension of cross-border aid in Syria

• Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended authorization for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria for a year, though Moscow swiftly proposed a more limited extension.
• Germany and Belgium, two of the council’s non-permanent members, had drafted the resolution, which would have allowed aid to continue to pass through two points on the Turkish border without interference from Damascus. Beyond Russia and China, the other 13 council members voted to approve the draft, the diplomats said.
• During negotiations, Moscow had asked that the extension be limited to six months, rather than a year, and that it only be allowed at one border crossing, not two, they said.


10. Alphabet launches balloon internet service in Kenya

• Alphabet Inc began offering the world`s first commercial high-speed internet using balloons to villagers in remote regions of Kenya`s Rift Valley on July 8, 2020.
• The service is run by Loon, a unit of Google`s parent Alphabet, and Telkom Kenya, the East African nation`s third largest telecoms operator.
• `Kenya is the first country… to have base stations high up in the sky. Now we will be able to cover the whole country in a very short span of time,` said Information Minister Joe Mucheru after launching the service.


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