May 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (May 05, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (May 05, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

May 05, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Bureaucrats allowed to take jobs on contract at better scale

• In a significant move, the federal cabinet on May 4, 2021 decided to allow serving senior bureaucrats to take contractual jobs on the lucrative Management Position scales (MP-I, -II and -III).
• The decision was taken in the light of recommendations of Special Committee on Institutions Reforms, which is headed by prime minister`s aide and former State Bank governor Dr Ishrat Husain.
• While addressing a presser, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: `Now serving government officials are eligible to apply for jobs of MP scales without giving resignation

2. Now is time for global partnership, Pakistan tells UN members

• `If ever there was need for partnership, it is now, said Pakistan`s UN envoy Munir Akram as global Covid-19 deaths crossed 3.2 million by May 4, 2021 afternoon.
• The World Health Organisation (WHO), which monitors the unfolding global tragedy, confirmed 153.18m Covid-19 cases and 3.2m deaths as of May 4. It also reported that so far, a total of 1.04 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide

3. Bajwa in Saudi Arabia on official visit

• Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa travelled to Saudi Arabia on May 4, 2021.
• In a brief statement, the ISPR said: `COAS has reached KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) on an official visit.
• During his visit the army chief would meet the Saudi civilian and military leadership.
• The visit is taking place ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan`s trip to the kingdom, which is expected to start on Friday (May 7).

4. State Bank gives Rs36bn financing for renewable energy adoption

• The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has been providing financing on a large scale to promote renewable energy that helped Unilever Pakistan run its 30 per cent plants on renewable energy, central bank governor Dr Reza Baqir said on May 4, 2021.
• Addressing a joint webinar hosted by the SBP and Unilever Pakistan to create awareness about the former`s Financing Scheme for Renewable Energy (FSRE), Dr Baqir said that as of February 2021, financing of around Rs36 billion has been extended for 521 projects producing approximately 850MW.
• Financing for sustainable development is the need of the hour and financial institutions have a crucial role in this area, he added

5. PM approves appointment of official as NSPP rector

• Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved appointment of Establishment Division Secretary Dr Ijaz Munir as rector of the National School of Public Policy (NSPP) and new Establishment Division secretary will be picked from among three senior bureaucrats.
• The panel for the post of NSPP rector comprised five senior bureaucrats. Besides Dr Munir, Rabiya Javeri Agha, Mirza Suhail Aamir, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and Faisal Shahkar were among the panel.
• Sources in the Establishment Division told Dawn that the prime minister had approved appointment of Dr Munir as NSPP rector

6. Thousands of Afghans flee fighting as US begins pullout

• Thousands of Afghans started to flee their homes as fierce fighting erupted between government forces and the Taliban in Helmand province after the US military began withdrawing its remaining troops from Afghanistan, officials said.
• Afghan forces claimed pushing back the Taliban on multiple checkpoints in the southern province of Helmand, where the US military handed over a base to government forces on Sunday after its formal pullout began on May 1.

7. Philippine diplomat apologises for profanity towards China

• The Philippines` foreign secretary apologised on May 4, 2021 after tweeting an obscene phrase demanding China get out of Philippine-claimed territory in the South China Sea in an outburst that annoyed the Philippine president.
• Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. blasted China with the profanity on Monday, when the Department of Foreign Affairs announced it had protested the Chinese coast guards shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuver and radio challenges of Philippine coast guard ships patrolling and carrying out exercises from April 24 to 25 at disputed Scarborough Shoal

8. Lebanon and Israel resume talks on maritime border

• After a nearly six-month pause, Lebanon and Israel on May 4, 2021 resumed indirect talks with US mediation over their disputed maritime border.
• The resumption comes after a new US administration took over. Lebanon has sunk deeper into it economic and financial crisis that started in late 2019 a culmination of decades of corruption and mismanagement by the political class.
• The small Mediterranean country is eager to resolve the border dispute with Israel, paving the way for potential lucrative oil and gas deals

9. G7 seeks common front against China

• The Group of Seven wealthy democracies on May 4, 2021 discussed how to form a common front towards an increasingly assertive China in the foreign ministers` first in-person talks in two years.
• Backing US President Joe Biden`s calls for a deeper alliance of democracies, host Britain invited guests, including India, South Korea and Australia, for talks in central London stretched out over three days.
• After a welcome dinner on Monday focused on the nuclear programmes of Iran and North Korea, the foreign ministers opened formal talks at Lancaster House, a West End mansion, welcoming one another with Covid-friendly elbow bumps and minimal staff

10. 23 dead, dozens hurt as elevated metro collapses in Mexico

• Emergency services on May 4, 2021 worked to retrieve the bodies of victims from the wreckage of an elevated metro line that collapsed in the Mexican capital, leaving at least 23 dead and dozens injured.
• President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised a full investigation into Monday night`s accident, which raised questions about construction standards on a network used by millions every day

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