May 2022

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (May 20, 2022) for CSS, PMS

6. Dollar reaches `double century`

• The US dollar finally crossed the barrier of Rs200 in the interbank market on May 19, 2022, up Rs100 from eight years ago.
• The greenback was traded at Rs201.50 in the open market on Thursday.
• The inter-bank market reported that the dollar was traded at higher rates during the sessions but was closed at Rs200 with the help of the State Bank of Pakistan. The US dollar gained Rs1.61 on Thursday to reach Rs200, but this was not unexpected for the market due to rising demand, a long queue of importers to pen new letters of credit and the depreciating trend of the rupee prevailing since the beginning of the current fiscal year (FY22)

7. N. Korea `ready for nuclear test` as Biden head to Seoul

• North Korea is poised to conduct a nuclear test, Seoul said on May 19, 2022, as the United States warned it could come as President Joe Biden visits South Korea this week.
• The visits to Seoul, followed by Tokyo, are being touted as proof that Washington is seeking to cement its years-long pivot to Asia, where rising Chinese commercial and military power is undercutting decades of US dominance.
• However, Biden`s first trip as president to the region looks set to be overshadowed by an increasingly belligerent North Korea

8. Russian soldier on trial in Ukraine seeks `forgiveness`

• The first Russian soldier on trial for war crimes in Ukraine asked for `forgiveness` in a Kyiv court on May 19, 2022 and described how he shot dead a civilian in the opening days of Russia`s invasion.
• `I know that you will not be able to forgive me, but nevertheless I ask you for forgiveness,` 21-year-old Russian sergeant Vadim Shishimarin said in court, addressing the widow of a 62-year-old civilian whom he admitted killing.
• Shishimarin faces possible life imprisonment in Ukraine on charges of war crimes and premeditated murder in a landmark war crimes trial against Moscow`s forces

9. Bush gaffe on `unjustified` war draws Iraqi ire

• An embarrassing slip of the tongue by former US president George W. Bush may have drawn laughter from his American audience, but it raised the ire of Iraqis.
• In a speech on Wednesday evening in Dallas about Russia`s war on Ukraine, Bush called the invasion of Iraq, which he himself ordered, `unjustified and brutal` before quickly correcting himself.
• The 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq toppled dictator Saddam Hussein and ushered in one of the bloodiest periods in the country`s modern history, marked by sectarian warfare and the rise of jihadists.
• But on Wednesday it was the war in Ukraine that Bush talked about during an event organised by his foundation

10. Key climate change indicators set new records in 2021: report

• Four key climate change indicators greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification set new records in 2021, according to the `State of the Global Climate` report.
• This is yet another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean, and in the atmosphere, with harmful and longlasting ramifications for sustainable development and ecosystems, according to the report released by World Meteorological Organisation on Wednesday.
• Extreme weather the day-to-day `face` of climate change led to hundreds of billions of dollars in economic losses and wreaked a heavy toll on human lives and well-being and triggered shocks for food and water security and displacement that have accentuated in 2022

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