May 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs/News (May 13, 2020) for CSS, PMS


May 13, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. President constitutes 10th National Finance Commission

• President Dr Arif Alvi has constituted the 10th National Finance Commission, officials said on May 12, 2020.
• They said the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue will chair the meetings of the NFC. Each province has been given representation in the finance commission.
• It will hold deliberations to evolve a consensus among the center and the provinces over resource distribution formula from the federal divisible pool. The terms of reference of commission as per Article 160 (2) of the constitution include assessment and allocation of resources to meet expenditures related to Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
• The 9th NFC had failed to constitute a new resource sharing formula between the centre and four provinces during the five-year constitutional term

2. PA resolution for conditional inclusion of Ahmadis in minorities commission

• Lauding the federal cabinet for not including Ahmadis in the Minorities Commission, the Punjab Assembly demanded through a resolution on May 12, 2020 that the minority should be included into the body only after their top leader submits in writing that the community accepts the Constitution of Pakistan and their status as non-Muslims.
• Tabled by Mines and Minerals Minister Hafiz Ammar Yasir, the resolution adopted unanimously said: `….This august House appreciates the federal cabinet for not including Qadianis in the Minorities Commission because neither the Qadianis recognise the Constitution of Pakistan nor they proclaim themselves as non-Muslims.
• `This House reiterates [its concern] that the issue of finality of Prophethoodisraised every other day. Sometimes Hajj form is amended and at others the word of Khatamu-al-Nabiyyan (SAW) is omitted from books.

3. Balochistan govt to fill 58 posts through service commission

• The Balochistan cabinet has decided to fill 58 vacant posts of naib tehsildar through the Public Service Commission to ensure merit in the recruitment process.
• The decision was taken at a meeting of the provincial cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani here on May 12, 2020.
• The meeting, with a view to expanding the property tax net, decided to start computerisation of matters involving public property following a pilot project in Quetta which would be implemented with the assistance of Balochistan University of Information Technology and Management Sciences.

4. Pakistan among countries with most content removal requests: Facebook

• Of the 15,826 content restrictions made by Facebook globally during July-December 2019, Russia, Pakistan and Mexico accounted for almost half of global content restrictions, according to the platform`s transparency report released on May 12, 2020.
• Facebook restricted 2,300 items within Pakistan (the second highest after Russia with 2,900 pieces removed) during the second half of 2019. In the first half, Pakistan had reported the highest volume of content (31 per cent) to Facebook.
• None of these items from the Facebook`s transparency report were removed for violating its content policies but under Pakistan`s cybercrime law.

5. Maj Gen Amer Aslam appointed Deputy Chairman Naya Pak Housing Authority

• The Federal government has appointed Major General Amer Aslam Khan as Deputy Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority.
• The federal government also appointed Brigadier Nasir Manzoor Malik as Executive Director (Admin) Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority and the notifications was issued in this regard.

6. Suspension of domestic flights extended till May 29

• The government has decided to further extend the suspension of domestic flight operations till May 29 as part of the precautionary measures aimed at combating the novel coronavirus.
• Aviation Division`s spokesman Abdul Sattar Khokhar made the announcement in a press release.
• After the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, international and domestic flights operations had been suspended till April 30 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

7. Japan to approve first COVID-19 antigen test kits today

• Japan plans to approve its first coronavirus antigen testing kits today (May 13, 2020), a health ministry official said, to boost the number of diagnostic tests available to battle the pandemic.
• Fujirebio, a subsidiary of Japanese diagnostics and laboratory testing service provider Miraca Holdings, last month applied for government approval for its antigen kit. Antigen tests scan for proteins found on or inside a virus, and typically test a sample taken from the nasal cavity using swabs. The tests can detect the virus quickly but produce false negatives at a higher rate than the currently dominant PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, tests, reported British wire service on Tuesday.
• “It is difficult to keep track of all those who are infected with PCR tests alone,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference on Tuesday. “We will try and get a good grasp of the infection situation with various measures such as antigen tests and antibody tests.”

8. 113-year-old Spanish woman survives coronavirus

• A 113-year-old woman, believed to be the oldest person living in Spain, has beat the coronavirus at retirement home where several other residents died from the pandemic, the residence said on May 12, 2020.
• Maria Branyas, who was born in the US, was infected with the virus in April at the Santa Maria del Tura care home in the eastern city of Olot where she has lived for the past 20 years and fought the infection in isolation in her room.
• `She survived the disease and is doing fine,` a spokeswoman for the residence said, adding Branyas had only displayed mild symptoms of the disease.

9. Dubai turns world`s tallest building into charity box

• The world`s tallest building, Dubai`s 828-metre Burj Khalifa, has become a glowing charity donation box, raising money for food for United Arab Emirates residents suffering the economic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic.
• Each of the tower`s 1.2 million external lights was `sold` for 10 dirhams ($2.70), enough to buy one meal. As donations came in, the tower `filled up`, and people could also bid to claim the light at the very top.
• As the region`s tourism and business hub with the world`s busiest international airport, Dubai`s economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

10. ICC postpones Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier

• The International Cricket Council (ICC) on May 12, 2020 announced the postponement of two further qualifying events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• According to information made available here on Tuesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the postponement of two further qualifying events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2.
• As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process and after consultation with Members and with the relevant government and public health authorities, the decision has been taken to postpone the qualifier to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 and the start of the qualification pathway to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022.

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