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Day by Day Current Affairs (March 07, 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (March 07, 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

March 07, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Pakistan wins GSP-Plus extension

• The International Trade (INTA) Committee of EU Parliament has extended the Generalised System of Preferences Plus (GSP-Plus) status for Pakistan, enabling the country to continue to enjoy preferential duties on exports for the next two years.
• While the GSP-Plus facility has been available to Pakistan since January 2014, its continuation is an award for Islamabad`s progress in enacting new laws and developing new institutions for implantation of 27 core conventions of GSP Plus, especially the National Action Plan (NAP) for human rights.
• Pakistan`s third biennial assessment report, which was published by the European Commission on Feb 10, was discussed by the INTA on Feb 19 and by the GSP Working Party of the European Council a week later.
• The European Commission and External Action Service has recommended at both the forums to continue the GSP-Plus scheme and stated their monitoring priorities for the next biennial monitoring cycle, which are given in the report.

2. Sindh, Balochistan join hands to fight coronavirus

• Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and his Balochistan counterpart Jam Kamal Khan Alyani on March 6, 2020 decided to adopt a joint strategy for exchanging information about cooperation, prevention, safety and precautionary measures against coronavirus.
• In a meeting, they discussed the issue of coronavirus, safety measures taken by the two province, including screening of pilgrims coming from Iran.
• They termed coronavirus a national issue and agreed to work jointly to fight its impact. They informed each other about precautionary measures taken by their respective governments to stop spread of the virus to other parts of the country

3. Amanullah curtain falls on `the king of comedy`

• The trendsetting comedian from Punjab, Amanullah, who ruled commercial theatre for almost three decades, passed away on March 6, 2020 after a protracted illness.
• He was 70.
• Amanullah had been critically ill for a few months during which he was being admitted to various hospitals on and off. Two weeks ago, he had been admitted to a private hospital where he passed away on March 6, 2020 after suffering from multiple health complications such as pneumonia, kidney and respiratory issues.
• Amanullah Khan, a stand-up comedian and rightly called the king of commercial theatre, was born in Ramchakdas village near Gujranwala in 1952.
• He had a world record of 860day night theatre plays, including Shartia Mithay, Bara Maza Aye Ga and Begum Dish Antenna.

4. Those hit by coronavirus should not go bankrupt: IMF

• The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged governments on March 6, 2020 to protect their people from the economic impact of the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
• `Those who are hit the hardest should not go bankrupt and lose their livelihood through no fault of their own,` said IMF guidelines released in Washington. `A family-operated restaurant in a tourism-reliant country, or the employees of a factory shut down because of a local quarantine will need support to weather the crisis.
• The IMF also reminded governments that it has $50 billion available in rapid-disbursing emergency financing to help countries suffering from the virus. `What we want is to guarantee that people are not going to die because of a lack of money,` the statement added, quoting IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.

5. Adviser to Iran`s foreign minister dies of coronavirus

• An adviser to Iran`s foreign minister who took part in the 1979 US embassy hostage crisis has died from coronavirus, the official IRNA news agency reported. Sheikholeslam, `a veteran and revolutionary diplomat` died late on March 6, 2020, IRNA said.
• Iran has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which so far has infected 3,513 people and killed at least 107 people in the Islamic republic.
• Six of those who died from coronavirus are politicians or government officials.
• Before his death Sheikholeslam was adviser to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
• A former ambassador to Syria, he also served as deputy foreign minister from 1981 to 1997.

6. Measures affect Friday turnout at Grand Mosque

• An eerie emptiness enveloped the sacred Kaaba in Makkah`s Grand Mosque, where attendance at Friday prayers was hit by measures to protect against coronavirus.
• The Imam said during his sermon he hoped for an end to the epidemic and backed a decision by the Saudi government to halt Umrah.
• `God, I seek refuge in you from the calamity and the epidemic,` said Sheikh Abdullah Awad al Juhani, without mentioning coronavirus by name.
• `The measures by the kingdom to suspend Umrah to limit the spread of this epidemic are in line with texts of the Sharia,` he told worshippers.
• While thousands of people attended the sermon, Friday prayers usually attract hundreds of thousands of worshippers.

7. Nine in 10 of all people hold bias against women: UNDP

• Nearly 90 per cent of the world`s population of every gender holds some prejudice against women, according to a UN study published on March 5, 2020, ahead of International Women`s Day.
• The United Nations Development Programme studied 75 countries representing 80pc of the world`s population and found that nine in 10 people including women hold such beliefs.
• The prejudiced views include: that men are better politicians and business leaders than women; that going to university is more important for men than women; and that men should get preferential treatment in competitive job markets. The percentage of those holding at least one sexist bias was largest in Pakistan where 99.81pc of people held similar prejudices followed by Qatar and Nigeria, both at 99.73pc.

8. Suicide attackers strike outside US embassy in Tunis

• Suicide attackers struck outside the US embassy in the Tunisian capital on March 6, 2020, killing a police officer, wounding six other people and once again shaking a city repeatedly hit by jihadist violence.
• The latest attack comes despite a state of emergency imposed in the North African nation in 2015 following a string of bloody assaults claimed by the militant Islamic State group.
• An explosion at around midday rocked the Berges du Lac district, where the highly fortified embassy is located, causing panic among pedestrians and motorists.

9. Tokyo 2020 organisers downsize arrival ceremony for Olympic torch

• Some 340 Japanese children will be unable to participate in the Olympic torch ceremonies for the handover in Greece and arrival in Japan due to precautions being taken against the spread of the coronavirus, Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori said on March 6, 2020.
• Mori, a former prime minister who heads the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, again rebuffed speculation that the Games might be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak `Impossible,` Mori told reporters who asked about the potential cancellation. On Wednesday, when he was asked when the organisers could decide on any changes to the Olympics if the virus kept spreading he said: `I`m not a God so I don`t know.
• Mori has said that the only plan right now was to hold the Games as scheduled, but emphasised that the organisers were listening to various opinions and would be flexible about the events in the run-up because the situation was evolving rapidly.

10. Rain comes to rescue struggling Sultans as match abandoned

• Rainy weather spoiled the HBL Pakistan Super League match between leaders Multan Sultans and Karachi Kings on March 6, 2020 night at the Gaddafi Stadium.
• Both the teams got one point each as a result of the abandonment of this match

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