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June 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs/News (June 07, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs/News (June 07, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

June 07, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Pakistan names special envoy for Afghanistan

• In what appears to be an attempt to strengthen its role in the ongoing Afghanistan peace process, the government has appointed veteran diplomat Mohammad Sadiq as Pakistan`s first special envoy for Afghanistan.
• As no official notification with regard to his appointment has been released, or posted on any government website, the responsibilities and the role of Ambassador Sadi1 in the peace process is not yet clearly known.
• The news of his appointment became public when he called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Saturday. According to the APP, the foreign minister felicitated Ambassador Sadiq on his new assignment and hoped that the appointment of an experienced diplomat on the crucial position would help further strengthen Pak-Afghan ties.

2. Pakistan saw highest inflation in the world during 2020: SBP

• For Pakistan`s residents, fiscal year 2020 was the worst year as they witnessed highest inflation in the world forcing policy makers to increase interest rate.
• `Pakistan witnessed highest inflation not only in comparison with the developed economies but also with emerging economies,` said the Inflation Monitor for April issue d by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).
• The SBP pushed up interest rates to cool down the inflationary pressure during the fiscal year but high rates proved counterproductive as they further increased inflation while the private sector stopped borrowing costly money hampering industrial growth and services.

3. New committee formed to negotiate with IPPs

• With the approval of the federal cabinet, the government has notified the constitution of a new committee led by a former senior bureaucrat, Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, for negotiations with independent power producers (IPPs) for settlement of alleged Rs5 trillion overpayments and tariff reduction.
• With this notification, a technical committee led by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Minerals and Marketing Shahzad Qasim on the same issue stands dissolved.
• Mr Yaqoob, who retired as fed-eral secretary last year, is currently working as chairman of the Federal Land Commission.

4. Chinese importers start importing frozen fish from Pakistan

• China has started importing frozen fish from Pakistan as a standard sized container of silver croaker fish set off from Karachi Port via a cargo ship of COSCO Shipping Corporation Limited.
• Now, the Chinese importer Xu Zhenwei is looking forward to the arrival of the fish and expects to receive them in the end of June, according to China Economic Net.
• “Gutted silver croaker and golden threadfin bream without head and fins, hair tail and squid from Pakistan are very popular with Chinese people. We are importing about 150 containers of frozen seafood from Pakistan annually,” he said.

5. India to join UNSC as non-permanent member on 17th

• Advocating the Kashmir cause at the United Nations is expected to become more challenging as India is set to be elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year tenure later this month.
• `On 17 June, the General Assembly is scheduled to elect five states to two-year terms on the Security Council,` a diplomatic source said, adding this year elections would be held through a changed procedure because of Covid-19, which had forced postponement of all meetings at the UN till the end of the month.
• The election is normally held in the UNGA hall through secret balloting, but this time there could be multiple venues about which details would be issued by Monday.
• The member states would cast ballots during designated time slots and at a specified venue because of restrictions on large gatherings.

6. Biden clinches Democratic nomination for race against Trump

• Joe Biden said on Friday he had secured the delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination and face Donald Trump in November`s US presidential election.
• `Folks, tonight we secured the 1,991 delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination,` the former vice president said on Twitter.
• `Fm going to spend every day fighting to earn your vote so that, together, we can win the battle for the soul of this nation.` Biden passed the 1,991 threshold to secure his party`s nomination as counting continued from Tuesday`s round of Democratic primaries.

7. French troops kill Al Qaeda`s North Africa chief

• France has hailed the killing of the head of Al Qaeda`s North Africa wing in an operation that dealt a blow to the group behind a string of deadly attacks across the troubled Sahel region.
• Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed by French troops on June 4, 2020 in northern Mali near the Algerian border, where the group has bases it uses to carry out bombings and abductions of Westerners, Defence Minister Florence Parly said.
• Many close associates of the Algerian who commanded several groups under the banner of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) were also `neutralised`, she said on June 6, 2020, describing the operation as a `major success` Parly also announced the capture last month of a senior figure from a regional offshoot of the militant Islamic State group, in a double strike against the rival jihadist groups

8. ‘Burn down racism’: global protests spread over George Floyd’s death

• Taking a knee, banging drums and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London on June 6, 2020 kicked off a weekend of global rallies against racism and police brutality.
• The death at police hands of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the US state of Minnesota has brought tens of thousands out onto the streets during a pandemic that is ebbing in Asia and Europe but still spreading in other parts of the world.
• “It is time to burn down institutional racism,” one speaker shouted through a megaphone at a hooting crowd of thousands outside the parliament building in London.

9. Tropical storm Cristobal drenches Central America

• The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is off to a busy start. By the first week of June, Tropical Storm Arthur had already brushed North Carolina, Tropical Storm Bertha had drenched South Carolina, and the third named storm of the year— Cristobal—was dropping torrential rain on the Yucatán Peninsula.
• The storm first developed in the Pacific in late May as Tropical Storm Amanda, spinning off the southern end of a seasonal low-pressure pattern called the Central American Gyre. After making landfall in Guatemala and causing deadly floods in El Salvador, Amanda weakened and became less organized as it crossed Central America.

10. World 400m champion gets provisional doping ban

• Bahrain`s Salwa Eid Naser, who ran the third fastest time ever when she surprisingly won world 400-metre gold last year, has been provisionally banned after failing to meet `whereabouts` criteria, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on June 6, 2020.
• The Nigerian-born 22-year-old clocked 48.14 seconds to win the one lap race at the Doha worlds, placing her third in the all-time list behind Marita Koch (47.60 in 1985) and Jarmila Kratochvilova (47.99 in 1983).
• Naser`s gold medal-winning performance in Doha made her just the second woman to win a global-level title for Bahrain, following in the footsteps of Ethiopian-born Maryam Yusuf Jamal, who won two world 1,500m titles (2007, 2009) and was upgraded to Olympic gold in the 2012 London Games after the initial winner and runner-up were both banned for biological passport irregularities

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