March 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (March 14, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (March 14, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by CSS Times

March 14, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. PM okays setting up of civil drone authority

• Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the establishment of a `Civil Drone Authority` for the purpose of putting in place an institutionalised mechanism to facilitate development and regulation of the sector.
• According to an official handout issued by the Prime Minister Office on March 13, 2021, the authority will be mandated to regulate and control unmanned aircraft system in the country and decide matters relating to licensing, import, manufacturing, examination and issuance of drone permits

2. Tax exemptions withdrawal bill lands in NA secretariat

• The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has submitted a bill to the National Assembly secretariat proposing a string of amendments to withdraw around 36 tax exemptions and streamline other corporate tax exemptions, which will come into effect from July 1, 2021.
• The corporate income tax reforms are in line with recommendations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Fund estimates it will generate revenue of Rs140 billion. The bill, which will be called the income tax (second amendment) bill 2021, will be introduced in the next session of the lower house, whenever convened.
• Local tax expert estimates a revenue impact in the range of Rs30bn to Rs40bn

3. Pakistan sends first coronavirus relief goods consignment to Iraq

• Pakistan will dispatch three planes-load of Covid-19 relief goods to the Republic of Iraq, on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
• The first plane-load was dispatched on March 13, 2021 in presence of the National Disaster Management Authority chairman Lt Gen Akhtar Nawaz, senior officials of the foreign ministry and the Ambassador of Iraq to Pakistan Hamid Abbas Lafta.
• The next consignments would be sent in the coming week, the Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement

4. Hekmatyar`s Hizb-i-Islami to attend Moscow talks

• Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) Emir Sirajul Haq and Hizb-iIslami Afghanistan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar agree that Afghanistan needs a `true representative government` of the people to achieve the long-desired peace and political stability in the war-torn country.
• Addressing a reception in honour of Hekmatyar at Mansoora here on Saturday, Sirajul Haq said: `The US and international powers should announce a Marshall Plan-like aid package to meet the challenge of reconstruction of Afghanistan

5. New Zealand has duty to support Muslim community: Ardern

• New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told an emotional memorial service marking two years since the Christchurch mosque attacks that the country had `a duty` to support its Muslim community.
• Hundreds of people turned out for the service, held amid tight security, to remember the 51 people killed and dozens wounded when a heavily armed gunman opened fire in two mosques on March 15, 2019.
• Temel Atacocugu, who was shot nine times in the face, arms and legs, wept as he recalled waiting to be treated with the father of three-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim when they learned the toddler had died

6. Bitcoin passes $60,000 for first time

• Bitcoin passed the $60,000 mark for the first time on March 13, 2021, with analysts saying the giant US stimulus package helped boost the world`s most popular virtual currency units record breaking run.
• The cryptocurrency hit $60,197 at 1234 GMT and continued to hover around $60,000, according to the website Coin Market Cap.
• Bitcoin has tripled in value over the last three months it was worth $20,000 in December bolstered by increasing backing from corporate heavyweights

7. India gets financial support to produce one billion Covid-19 vaccines

• The United States, Japan and Australia have decided to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines in India as part of their joint effort to fight back the coronavirus pandemic that has already killed more than 2.5 million people across the globe.
• Australia, India, Japan and the United States are members of an informal strategic forum known as the Quad that aims to counter China`s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. In a joint statement issued after the Quad`s first virtual summit on Friday, the member states said they were `working collaboratively to achieve expanded manufacturing of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines at facilities in India

8. Sri Lanka brings in `de-radicalisation` detention

• Sri Lanka on March 13, 2021 announced using a controversial antiterrorism law to deal with religious extremism and gave itself sweeping powers to detain suspects for up to two years for `de-radicalisation`.
• Separately, the government said it would soon outlaw the burqa, formalising a temporary ban imposed in April 2019 after deadly bomb attacks blamed on local Islamist militants.
• President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promulgated regulations allowing the detention of anyone suspected of causing `acts of violence or religious, racial or communal disharmony or feelings of ill will or hostility between different communities`.

9. Spacewalking astronauts tackle hoses, other station odd jobs

• A pair of NASA astronauts floated out on a spacewalk on March 13, 2021 to rearrange space station plumbing, careful to avoid toxic ammonia coolant still lingering in the lines.
• The hose work should have been completed during a spacewalk outside the International Space Station a week ago, but was put off when power upgrades took longer than expected.

10. Thailand celebrates Elephant Day, hoping tourists will return

• Thailand held a fruit banquet for dozens of elephants in the ancient capital Ayutthaya on March 13, 2021, continuing an annual event which has been a big draw for foreign tourists in the hope they will return soon and revive the key tourism industry.
• The feast marks the country`s Elephant Day, celebrating elephants as a source of national pride and cultural identity for Thailand throughout its history, used for labour, transport and in battlefield triumphs by warriors and kings.

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