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Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs/News (June 04, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs/News (June 04, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

June 04, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Virus kills two MPAs, infects over 4,770 in one day

• The novel coronavirus kept up its relentless surge on June 3, 2020, claiming the lives of one lawmaker each from the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies and infecting a record 4,772 people in a single day. The total number of cases has now jumped to 83,247.
• In yet another worrisome development, 16 employees of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research Development tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the closure of its offices for two days.
• According to a document available with Dawn, the third and the fourth floors of Pak Secretariat`s B block and the Shaheed-i-Millat secretariat shall remain closed on Thursday and Friday (today and tomorrow) for disinfection. The employees who tested positive have been told to quarantine themselves at their homes until they test negative.

2. Balochistan bans sharing information about Covid-19 patients

• The government of Balochistan on June 3, 2020 decided to ban sharing personal information of Covid-19 positive patients.
• `Unfortunately, the Covid-19 patients are facing discrimination because their names and other personal information are being shared on social, print and electronic media who along with dealing with the infection also have deal to with added mental stress, said Rubaba Buledi, Parliamentary Secretary for Health.
• As a result, many people are avoiding testing for the virus despite showing symptoms, she added.

3. Pakistan Post introduces Digital Financial Services

• Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed said on June 3, 2020, that under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the people’s trust in the national institutions has been restored.
• Murad Saeed was addressing an inaugural function of an agreement between Pakistan Post and Habib Bank Limited on Digital Financial Services

4. AJK cabinet approves three separate law bills

• Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Cabinet on June 3, 2020 approved Azad Kashmir Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, AJK Service Tribunal Ordinance 2020 and AJK Public Service Ordinance (Amendment).
• Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan presided over the cabinet meeting in the State’s metropolis, which also approved Azad Jammu and Kashmir Law Commission (Amendment) Act, it was officially stated by the AJK government on Wednesday.
• The cabinet, while appreciating the steps taken amid COVID-19 in the state, also accorded approval to relaxations for public transport and business sectors in the region, a state government handout issued June 3, 2020 evening said.

5. Trump admin to bar Chinese carriers from flying to US

• President Donald Trump`s administration on June 3, 2020 barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the United States starting on June 16 as it pressures Beijing to let US air carriers resume flights amid simmering tensions between the world`s two largest economies.
• The move, announced by the US Department of Transportation, penalises China for failing to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the two countries.
• US-Chinese relations have soured in recent months amid tensions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing`s move to impose new national security legislation for Hong Kong.

6. WHO to resume hydroxychloroquine coronavirus trials

• The World Health Organisation announced on June 3, 2020 that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume as it searches for potential coronavirus treatments.
• On May 25, the WHO announced it had temporarily suspended the trials to conduct a safety review, which has now concluded there is `no reason` to change the way the trials are conducted.
• The UN health agency`s decision came after a study published in The Lancet medical journal suggesting the drug could increase the risk of death among Covid-19 patients.

7. Taliban shadow government prepares for takeover

• The Taliban Leadership Council has established a range of commissions and bodies that replicate the offices and duties of a normal governmental organisation, says the latest UN report on the situation in Afghanistan.
• The report, submitted recently to a UN Security Council committee, describes this arrangement as the Taliban shadow government, which seems to have a central structure as well as provincial and local administrative bodies.
• The report also notes that the `Taliban are assessed to have close connections with Al Qaeda` and the group`s central leadership may face resistance from the lower ranks if it tries to uproot it, as promised in the US-Taliban agreement signed in February this year.

8. US defence secretary opposes using troops to quell protests

• US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on June 3, 2020 he was against using active duty troops to quell the protests for racial justice gripping the United States breaking with President Donald Trump`s recent threat to deploy the military to restore order.
• Tens of thousands of demonstrators had defied nighttime curfews in several US cities going into a ninth day of unrest to voice anger over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed, handcuffed black man killed by a white police officer last week in Minnesota.
• But the demonstrations were largely peaceful and while there were tense standoffs with law enforcement the protests did not feature the looting or clashes with police of previous days.

9. Sweden admits it could have battled virus better

• Sweden`s chief epidemiologist showed contrition on June 3, 2020 as criticism mounted over the Scandinavian country`s hotly debated method of fighting the coronavirus, which has resulted in one of the highest death rates per capita in the world.
• Sweden has stood out among European nations and the world for the way it has handled the pandemic, not shutting down the country or the economy like others but relying on citizens sense of civic duty. Swedish authorities have advised people to practice social distancing, but schools, bars and restaurants have been kept open the entire time. Only gatherings of more than 50 people have been banned.
• `I think there is potential for improvement in what we have done in Sweden, quite clearly, Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency told Swedish radio.

10. Oldest and largest ancient Maya structure found in Mexico

• Scientists using an aerial remote-sensing method have discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilisation a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1,000 and 800 BC in Mexico`s Tabasco state.
• The structure, unlike the soaring Maya pyramids at cities like Tikal in Guatemala and Palenque in Mexico erected some 1,500 years later, was not built of stone but rather of clay and earth, and likely was used for mass rituals, researchers said on June 3, 2020.
• Located at a site called Aguada Fenix near the Guatemalan border, the structure measured nearly a quarter mile (400 metres) wide and nine-tenths of a mile (1,400 metres) long and stood 33 to 50 feet (10 to 15 metres) high. In total volume, it exceeded ancient Egypt`s Great Pyramid of Giza built 1,500 years earlier

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