June 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (June 23, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (June 23, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

June 23, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Trade with Afghanistan restored via Torkham, Ghulam Khan border

• Import of Afghan goods and export of Pakistani products through Torkham and Ghulam Khan border crossings were restored on June 22, 2020 after three months.
• Pakistani importers at Torkham in Khyber tribal district border told Dawn that arrival of import vehicles from Afghanistan was first delayed by a ceremony at the Afghan side of the border and later due to some technical fault in the scanning machine on Pakistan side.
• They said that at least 50 vehicles of fruits and vegetables while 10 vehicles of coal crossed over into Pakistan till late afternoon. One truck loaded with sulphur also arrived at Pakistan side of the border

2. Saudi Arabia to hold `very limited` Haj this year

• Saudi Arabia on June 22, 2020 announced it would hold a `very limited` Haj this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to take part.
• The decision, fraught with political and economic peril, comes as Saudi Arabia struggles to contain the virus amid a new spike in daily cases and deaths.
• `It was decided to hold the pilgrimage this year with very limited numbers…with different nationalities in the kingdom,` the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing the Haj ministry.

3. SECP re-elected to IOSCO board

• The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) was re-elected to the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Board for the fifth consecutive term of 20202022, a press release showed.
• The IOSCO is the leading policy forum for securities regulators and is recognised as the global standard setter for securities regulation.
• The IOSCO`s membership regulates more than 95 per cent of the world`s securities markets in more than 115 jurisdictions. The SECP has been an IOSCO member since 1998 and has been on its board since 2012.

4. Private sector allowed to import wheat

• The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on June 22, 2020 allowed the private sector to import wheat to control prices of wheat and flour in local market and ensure availability of the commodity at reasonable price across the country.
• The ECC chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh also decided not to restrict the import of wheat to any limit by the private sector and further decided to monitor the situation on monthly basis to ensure availability of wheat and flour in all parts of the country at a reasonable price.
• The meeting further decided that provincial governments would be requested to announce their “Wheat Release Policy” immediately

5. India, China hold first meeting after border clash

• Indian and Chinese military commanders met on June 22, 2020 to try to ease tensions at their disputed Himalayan border as the public mood hardened in India for a military and economic riposte following the worst clash in more than five decades.
• Major Indian traders called for a boycott of Chinese goods and the state of Maharashtra, home to India`s financial capital of Mumbai, put three initial investment proposals from Chinese companies worth 50 billion rupees ($658 million) on hold, just days after signing the agreements.
• India said 20 of its soldiers were killed in a clash last Monday with Chinese troops in a major escalation of a weeks-long standoff between the nuclear-armed Asian giants in the western Himalayas.

6. WHO warns of `accelerating` pandemic

• The World Health Organisation (WHO) sent out a fresh warning on June 22, 2020 over the dangers of the new coronavirus even as France returned to life by staging an annual music festival and sending millions of children back to school.
• In spite of numerous European countries further easing their lockdown restrictions, cases around the world are rising especially in Latin America with Brazil now registering over 50,000 deaths.
• There are also fears of a second wave with Australians being warned against travelling to Melbourne.

7. US ambassador confirms American among UK terror victims

• An American man was among the three victims stabbed to death in a park in the English town of Reading that is being treated as a terror attack, the US ambassador to Britain confirmed on June 22, 2020.
• Ambassador Woody Johnson offered his deepest condolences` to the families of those killed in the attack on June 20. A 25-year-old man who is believed to be the lone attacker is in custody but officials said the motive for the carnage was unclear. Our thoughts are with all those affected, Johnson said. We condemn the attack absolutely and have offered our assistance to British law enforcement.
• Three people were killed and three others seriously wounded in the stabbing attack Saturday evening in For bury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of London

8. Yemen`s govt, separatists agree to truce

• The Saudi-led coalition embroiled in a years-long conflict in Yemen announced on June 22, 2020 that Emirati-backed southern separatists and the country`s internationally recognised government have agreed to a ceasefire after months of infighting.
• The agreement aims to close the rift between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, nominal allies in a war against Yemen`s Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al Maliki said delegates from the separatists Southern Transitional Council and the Yemeni government are meeting in the Saudi capital of Riyadh to push the implementation of a November 2019 deal that ended earlier fighting.

9. Russian court hands down heavy sentences to leftists

• A Russian court on June 22, 2020 sentenced two leftist activists to long prison terms on controversial terror charges in a case that has sparked widespread criticism.
• Viktor Filinkov, 25, and Yuli Boyarshinov, 28, were accused of belonging to the `Network` terrorist group, which prosecutors said plotted an armed uprising during the presidential election in 2018 and terror attacks during that year`s World Cup.
• Filinkov was jailed for seven years while Boyar shinov was handed five years and six months, an AFP reporter in the Saint Petersburg military court said.
• The maximum sentence for affiliation with a terror group in Russia is 10 years.

10. Paris throws off mask to party like the virus never was

• Social distancing and face masks were largely forgotten as thousands of French people danced and partied well into June 22, 2020 in the first big blow out since the coronavirus lockdown.
• The annual midsummer Festival of Music usually brings millions of people out onto the streets across the country for impromptu concerts in cafes and on street corners that go on long into the night.
• And despite emergency measures which ban gatherings of more than 10 people, thousands thronged the trendy Canal Saint Martin and the Marais districts of Paris late Sunday to dance and sing along to bands and DJs.

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