June 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (June 12, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (June 12, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

June 12, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Govt on spending spree with third budget

• With certain limitations imposed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, the government on June 11, 2021 announced its third budget with an expansionary and feel-good approach, significantly increasing subsidies and incentives for big business, manufacturing, corporate market and agriculture sectors and proposing about 24 per cent hike in revenues, including Rs506bn worth of additional measures.
• Interest-free loans for starting businesses and farm inputs
• Capital Gains Tax on stocks slashed
• Increase in pay and pension of government employees
• Ehsaas cash transfers allocation increased
• Universal health coverage through Sehat cards
• Tax relief for women entrepreneurs

2. Funding for uplift projects hiked by 38pc

• The government on June 11, 2021 announced Rs900 billion Federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the year 2021-22, which is 38 per cent higher than the last year`s programme of Rs650 billion.
• The mass of the National Development Programme, which includes the PSDP and the provinces` development share, for the year 2021-22 will be Rs2,135bn which is 33pc higher than last year`s allocation of Rs1,324bn.

3. Defence allocation goes up by 6.2pc

• The government on June 11, 2021 proposed to allocate Rs1.37 trillion for defence services in the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, marking an increase of 6.2 per cent.
• The proposed increase in the defence budget is less than what the armed forces have been getting in recent years except for FY 2019-20 in which a raise of 4.74pc was given. But by the end of that fiscal year, the defence services had overshot the allocated budget by 6.33pc.
• The expenses planned to be incurred on the armed services constitute 16 per cent of the total outlay of the budget, which is Rs8.48 trillion. Moreover, the allocation is 2.54 per cent of the GDP

4. Higher education sector budget increased by Rs15bn

• The Higher Education Commission (HEC)`s budget saw an increase of around Rs15 billion compared to the outgoing year`s allocation as the federal government earmarked Rs108 billion for development and non-development expenditure of the higher education sector.
• According to the budgetary documents, for the fiscal year 2021-22 the government has earmarked Rs108 billion 42.4b for development and 66.25b for non-development expenditure of the HEC.
• An amount of Rs42.4b has been earmarked for 127 ongoing and 39 new development schemes

5. Four PAF officers made air vice marshal

• The government on June 11, 2021 promoted four Pakistan Air Force (PAF) officers to the rank of air vice marshal (AVM).
• The promoted officers include AVM Khalid Mehmood, AVM Asad Amir Pirzada, AVM Salman Abbas Shah and AM Mohammad Irfan.
• AVM Mehmood was commissioned in GD(P) Branch of PAF in May, 1991. During his career, he has commanded a fighter squadron, a flying wing and an operational air base. He is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military)

6. Pakistan still has children susceptible to polio: Unicef

• Praising Pakistan for almost eradicating polio, UNICEF Regional Director George Laryea-Adjei said there are still hundreds of thousands of `invisible children` who are susceptible and must be vaccinated. `There is a group of children called the `missing children` whose parents are refusing for them to receive vaccines for various reasons. They are not easy to find. They don`t go to schools or they don`t have birth certincates.
• These are the invisible children. There are quite a number of them. With eradication within reach in Pakistan, it has come to a stage where we must find all those children systematically and attract them to come for the dose. They have to be invited. Where there is refusal, we have to understand their need and why they are refusing, George Laryea-Adjei told Dawn in an interview on June 11, 2021

7. G7 leaders open summit with drive for one billion jabs

• Leaders of the G7 countries opened their first in-person talks in nearly two years on June 11, 2021, with an expected pledge to donate one billion Covid vaccine doses to poor countries on the agenda in a show of Western democratic cohesion.
• The club of leading economies -Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and United States say a joint approach is the world`s best chance for recovering from the global health crisis, and tackling climate change
• Welcomed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the beachside summit venue in Carbis Bay, southwest England, the leaders posed for a family photo before opening their first session of talks on `building back better` after the pandemic.

8. US, China clash as Biden debuts at G7 meeting

• Beijing`s top diplomat on June 11, 2021 condemned Washington`s `small circle` diplomacy, state media reported, in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken as G7 leaders met for their first in-person summit in nearly two years.
• Yang Jiechi, the Chinese Communist Party`s chief diplomat, told Blinken that `genuine multilateralism is not pseudo-multi literalism based on the interests of small circles`

9. Iran regains UN vote after US allows use of frozen funds

• Iran regained its vote in the UN General Assembly on June 11, 2021 after the United States enabled Tehran to use funds frozen in South Korea to pay some $16 million it owed to the world body.
• Iran lost its vote in the 193-member General Assembly in January because it was more than two years in arrears.
• It owed more than $65 million, but paid the minimum amount needed to regain its vote.

10. Rover leaves `China`s imprint` on Mars

• Solar panel `wings` spread out and two camera `eyes` pointing ahead, China`s Mars rover Zhurong struck a birdlike pose as it explored the red planet in photos released by the country`s space agency on June.
• Zhurong`s touchdown last month was the first-ever successful probe landing by any country on its first Mars mission -a milestone in China`s ascent to space superpower status.
• The rover, named after a mythical Chinese fire god, has since been studying the topography of a vast Martian lava plain known as the Utopia Planitia

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