June 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (June 07, 2021) for CSS, PMS


June 07, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. NEC likely to approve development outlay of Rs2.ltr today

• The National Economic Council (NEC) meets here on June 6, 2021 (today) to approve about Rs2.135 trillion worth of next year`s consolidated development budget (FY2021-22) of the federal and provincial governments almost 61 per cent higher than the current year`s development allocation of Rs1.324tr.
• The country`s highest constitutional forum on economic decision-making will also set next fiscal year`s GDP growth rate target at 4.8pc against current year`s revised rate of 3.94pc. The next year`s growth target of 4.8pc is premised to be achieved through 3.4pc growth in agriculture, 6.8pc in industry, including 6.2pc manufacturing, and 4.7pc in services sector

2. Sindh govt eases curbs on businesses, reopens schools

• With the national positivity ratio being recorded below five per cent for the last 13 days and over 70pc ventilators and oxygenated beds lying vacant in most cities, the Sindh government on Sunday allowed businesses to remain open till 8pm instead of 6pm.
• Besides, a study showed that over 70pc Pakistanis had vitamin D deficiency, which it said was known to reduce severity of Covid.
• The Sindh government decided to extend business timings till 8pm from the earlier 6pm with effect from Monday (today) but also made it mandatory for all staffers of shops and markets to get inoculated

3. Australian cargo ship arrives at Gwadar port

• An Australian ship carrying 21,000 tonnes of urea under the Afghan transit trade was anchored at Gwadar deep seaport on June 6, 2021.
• Chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority retired Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa had announced last week that Gwadar port had become fully functional as big cargo ships had started arriving there.
• Official sources said the cargo ships carrying import and export goods had started arriving at Gwadar port from different countries.
• The Afghan transit trade had begun in 2020 and since then over a dozen ships brought thousands of urea bags through Gwadar port.

4. PN ship visits Djibouti as part of maritime security patrol

• Pakistan Navy Ship Saif has visited port of Djibouti during deployment on Regional Maritime Security Patrol.
• Upon arrival at the port of Djibouti, the PN Ship was extended warm welcome and was received by officials from Djibouti Navy and Honorary Consul of Pakistan at Djibouti Imran Mohammad Ilyas, said a Pakistan Navy news release on Sunday.
• PNS Saif is presently on deployment at North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden and contributing towards international efforts to ensure maritime security in the region

5. Edu institutes reopen in KP today

• Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Information and Higher Education Assistant Kamran Khan Bangash June 6, 2021 sent a message of greeting to the students and teachers well before reopening of educational institution in all across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Monday.
• He said the provincial government on the directives of NCOC had taken the best strategy against the Corona III wave and with the grace of Almighty Allah the positivity rates are coming down with every day passing. Special Assistant for Information and Higher Education Kamran Bangash in his welcome back message to the teachers and students said that due to public cooperation and best strategy of the provincial government, Corona has succeeded in overcoming the third wave

6. Forbes praises Pak economic revival against initial projections

• Famous US magazine “Forbes” has appreciated the efforts of Pakistan to revive its economy despite the hurdles being caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
• In a report, the magazine has pointed out that even the big countries like the United States and India have had difficulty dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. “Pakistan has succeeded in reviving its economy which is expected to grow by nearly 4pc in 2021, exceeding initial projections,” the magazine reported.
• Analysing the economic growth of Pakistan, the magazine said that The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) had initially predicted a 3pc growth in GDP, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank had predicted 1.5pc and 1.3pc increases, respectively. “The country’s per capita income will rise 14.6pc from $1,405 in 2020 to $1,610 in 2021,” it added

7. Boko Haram leader Shekau is dead, claims rival group

• The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) militant group said in an audio recording heard on Sunday that Abubakar Shekau, leader of rival Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, was dead.
• Shekau died around May 18 after detonating an explosive device when he was pursued by ISWAP fighters following a battle, a person purporting to be ISWAP leader Abu Musab al Barnawi said on the audio recording.
• `Abubakar Shekau, God has judged him by sending him to heaven,` he can be heard saying

8. Two drones shot down above Iraqi base housing US troops

• The Iraqi army said on Sunday two drones were destroyed above a base housing US troops, one month after the same base was targeted by an armed drone.
• The US military`s C-RAM defence system was activated to shoot down the drones above the Ain al-Assad base, located in Iraq`s western desert, the Iraqi military said.
• Several hours earlier a rocket was shot down above Baghdad airport, `without causing casualties or damage,` said Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led military coalition in Iraq.

9. New research advances treatment of chronic pain

• LIH and RTI International put forward the mode of action of natural painkiller conolidine, and develop new molecule with enhanced pharmacological properties.Building on their previous findings, scientists from the Immuno-Pharmacology and Interactomics group at the Department of Infection and Immunity of the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), in collaboration with the Center for Drug Discovery at RTI International (RTI), a nonprofit research institute, have demonstrated that conolidine, a natural painkiller derived from the pinwheel flower and traditionally used in Chinese medicine, interacts with the newly identified opioid receptor ACKR3/CXCR7 that regulates opioid peptides naturally produced in the brain.
• The researchers also developed a synthetic analog of conolidine, RTI-5152-12, which displays an even greater activity on the receptor. These findings, which were published on June 3rd in the prestigious international journal ‘Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy’ (Nature publishing group), further advance the understanding of pain regulation and open alternative therapeutic avenues for the treatment of chronic pain

10. Scientists find strange creature in oceans

• Florida State University researchers have more insight into a strange sea creature found in oceans around the world and what their presence means for the health of a marine ecosystem.
• Scientists have thought that salps — small marine organisms that look like clear, gelatinous blobs — competed for resources with krill, shrimp-like creatures that are an important food source for many marine animals.
• But new research published in Limnology and Oceanography suggests that salps are actually competing for food with an organism known as a protist.

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