March 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (March 03, 2021) for CSS, PMS


March 03, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Pakistan to get 10m doses of vaccine under Covax

• Pakistan, Nigeria and Indonesia will be among the biggest recipients of free Covid-19 vaccines before June more than 10 million doses each the Covax scheme announced on March 2, 2021.
• Some 238.2 million doses will be distributed around the world by the end of May, in a major acceleration of the programme aimed at boosting access to coronavirus jabs in poorer nations.
• Though vaccination campaigns have gathered pace globally, the majority of injections have been administered in wealthier countries while many nations have yet to receive a single dose

2. PA finally passes Emergency Services (Amendment) Bill

• The Punjab Assembly finally passed the Punjab Emergency Services (Amendment) Bill 2021 moved by a private member here on March 2, 2021 as Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi put his foot down and ruled out objections by the law minister.
• The bill makes the Rescue 1122 an independent entity, granting its director general the powers of a provincial secretary
• It also prescribes posting of emergency officers at divisional and district levels, promoting the employees to next grades on the basis of their past performance, physical fitness and completing promotion course(s).

3. Pakistan to issue smart cards to Afghan refugees

• The government on March 2, 2021 announced the Afghan refugees whose `Proof of Registration` (PoR) cards had expired in 2015 would be given new smart cards after verification this year.
• The Chief Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees in the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (Safron) and the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), will start the `Document Renewal and Information Verification Exercise` (Drive) from April1

4. US imposes sanctions on Yemen`s two Houthi leaders

• The United States on March 2, 2021 imposed sanctions on two military leaders of the Houthi movement in Yemen, accusing them of prolonging the country`s civil war and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis.
• The US Treasury Department in a statement said it blacklisted Mansur Al-Saadi, the Houthi naval forces chief of staff, and Ahmad Ali Ahsan al-Hamzi, the commander of Yemen`s Houthialigned Yemeni air force and air defense forces

5. US imposes sanctions on Russians over Navalny

• The United States on March 2, 2021 imposed sanctions on seven senior Russians as it said its intelligence concluded that Moscow was behind the poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
• In action coordinated with the EU, the United States renewed demands that Russia free Navalny, who was arrested in January upon his return to Moscow as he spurred massive rallies through his allegations of corruption by President Vladimir Putin

6. All kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls released

• Hundreds of girls who were kidnapped from a boarding school in northwestern Nigeria last week have been f reed, the local governor said on March 2, 2021.
• President Muhammadu Buhari expressed `overwhelming joy` at their release and called on the security forces to hunt down their abductors, after Nigeria reeled from its fourth mass abduction in less than three months.
• `I am happy to announce that the girls are free,` Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state, told AFP.

7. Three women media workers shot dead in Afghanistan

• Three women who worked for a local radio and TV station in eastern Afghanistan were gunned down on March 2, 2021 in separate attacks, the news editor of the privately owned station said.
• Shokrullah Pasoon, of Enikass Radio and TV in Jalalabad, said one of the women, Mursal Wahidi, was walking home when gunmen opened fire, according to eyewitnesses
• The other two, whom Pasoon identified only as Shahnaz and Sadia, were shot and killed in a separate incident, also walking home from work. Two other people, apparently passersby, were wounded in the shooting attack.

8. Australian music promoter Gudinski dies

• Prominent Australian music promoter Michael Gudinski, best known for helping globalise some of the country`s biggest stars, including Kylie Minogue, died in his sleep on March 2, 2021, his music label said in a statement.
• Mushroom Records, the independent record label Gudinski founded at 20 that championed the careers of Minogue, rocker Jimmy Barnes and singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, said Gudinski had died at his home in Melbourne. He was 68

9. Secrets of sealed 17th century letters revealed

• The research, published in Nature Communications, describes how an X-ray scanner used in dental research and ‘virtual unfolding’ allowed the interdisciplinary team to read the contents of a securely and intricately folded letter that has remained unopened for 300 years, while preserving its valuable physical evidence.
• A highly sensitive X-ray micro tomography scanner, developed at Queen Mary University of London’s dental research labs, was used to scan a batch of unopened letters from a 17th-century postal trunk full of undelivered mail. The senders of these letters had closed them using ‘letter locking’ — the historical process of intricately folding and securing a flat sheet of paper to become its own envelope

10. Survival hopes fading fast for embattled Quetta as Islamabad win

• Former HBL Pakistan Super League champions Quetta Gladiators succumbed meekly to their fourth straight defeat as Islamabad United cruised to a comfortable six-wicket triumph at the National Stadium.
• The result also came as a sigh of relief for Islamabad, who lifted the coveted trophy twice in 2016 and 2018, as they finally ended a four match losing streak against Quetta when they reached the rather modest target of 157in 17 overs after restricting their opponents to 156-7

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