November 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 02, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 02, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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November 02, 2020: National / International Current Affairs


1. Pakistan grants provisional provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan

• Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 1, 2020 announced the provisional-provincial status for Gilgit-Baltistan as he addressed the region on the 73rd Independence Day celebrations.
• “One of the reasons for me coming to Gilgit-Baltistan is to announce that we have decided to grant Gilgit-Baltistan the provisional provincial status,” he said. “We have taken this decision keeping in mind the UN Security Council’s resolutions,” added the prime minister.
• PM Imran said that he could not announce or talk about the development packages for Gilgit-Baltistan since it would be a violation of the stated procedures as elections were about to take place in the area


2. Wearing face mask mandatory in Capital

• Deputy Commissioner (DC) Hamza Shafqaat on November 1, 2020 said face mask would be mandatory in public places from today, aimed to combat COVID-19 spread.
• Talking to media, DC Islamabad said violators would face penalties, adding, in line with a decision taken by the Federal Government, the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) on Sunday declared that all residents had to wear a face mask in public places.
• To ensure that everyone had access to masks at an affordable price, Shafqaat said that they were controlling it under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). He warned the violator could be jailed too depending on the severity of the flouting of social distancing protocols and precautionary guidelines.


3. China starts once-a-decade census of world’s largest population

• Millions of census-takers began knocking on doors across China on November 1, 2020 for a once-a-decade head count of the world’s largest population that for the first time will use mobile apps to help crunch the massive numbers.
• Around seven million community workers and volunteers will drive the two-month data-collection effort, visiting homes ranging from residential skyscrapers in downtown Shanghai to remote Tibetan mountain villages.
• China conducts the census every ten years to determine population growth, movement patterns and other trends, using the findings to apportion resources for education, health, transportation, labour, elderly care and other services


4. India Army kills Dr Saifullah in Srinagar

• In Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the Indian military troops in their fresh act of state terrorism shot and killed a prominent commander, Dr Saifullah in Srinagar, Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported on November 1, 2020.
• The Indian military killed Dr Saifullah during a so-called cordon and search operation in Rangreth area on the outskirts of the city.
• Inspector General of IIOJK Police Vijay Kumar while talking to media in Srinagar claimed that the martyr was top commander of Hizbul Mujhahideen who was killed during an encounter. He said that one youth was arrested during the operation.


5. PM to launch ‘CPEC City’ project on 18th

• Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak said on November 1, 2020 Prime Minister Imran Khan would launch work on the Rashakai ‘China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) City’ November 18.
• “The city will be constructed under CPEC and will consist of education and commercial zones, public buildings, apartments, golf course, theme park and sports facilities,” said the federal minister while speaking at a public meeting in Abakhel, Nowshera Kalaan.
• Pervez Khattak said a large number of industrial units would be set up at the “CPEC City” which would create thousands of jobs for the people of Nowshera and other nearby districts of KP


6. 3rd phase of Umrah resumption begins

• Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in cooperation with the concerned authorities, began implementing the third phase of the gradual resumption of performing Umrah and visiting from November 1, 2020 for Muslims belonging to foreign countries.
• As per details, the Saudi Arabia government announced fresh measures for the Umrah pilgrimage, which was suspended for six months due to the Coronavirus outbreak, Radio Pakistan reported. The barricade placed around the Kaaba and the holy Black Stone will remain in its place and visitors will be prevented from touching them. Masjid al-Haram will be disinfected 10 times a day, while quarantine rooms have already been established for visitors having symptoms of COVID-19


7. British PM announces 2nd lockdown for England from Thursday

• British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a second national lockdown for England from Thursday in the wake of second wave of COVID-19.
• Addressing the nation, he said restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will remain closed for four weeks. However, schools, colleges and universities will stay open. Boris Johnson said after 2 December, the restrictions would be eased


8. Israel begins virus vaccine trials

• Israel began clinical trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine on November 1, 2020, authorities said, as the government loosens a second lockdown imposed to stem soaring infections.
• “We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv.
• Early in the pandemic, Netanyahu tasked the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) with developing a vaccine against the virus.


9. Aleem Dar goes past Rudi Koertzen

• Pakistan’s Aleem Dar went past South Africa’s Rudi Koertzen’s record of officiating in the most ODIs as an on-field umpire when he stepped out for his 210th match in the format, the second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi, on November 1, 2020.
• The 52-year-old already held the record for officiating in the most international matches, 387, as well as most Test matches, 132.
• He earned the Test record last year when he officiated in his 129th Test — Australia vs New Zealand in Perth in December last year, going past Jamaica’s Steve Bucknor


10. Iftikhar, Babar star in Pakistan’s series-clinching win against Zimbabwe in Pindi

• Spinner Iftikhar Ahmed grabbed a maiden five-wicket haul while Babar Azam notched a half-century as Pakistan thumped Zimbabwe by six wickets to win the second one-day international in Rawalpindi on November 1, 2020.
• Ahmed spun a web around Zimbabwe’s batsmen with figures of 5-40 to wreck them for a paltry 206 before Azam knocked an attractive 74-ball 77 not out to chase down the target in 35.2 overs.
• Zimbabwe needed early wickets, but a solid opening stand of 68 between Imam-ul-Haq (49) and Abid Ali (22) ensured Pakistan were set up nicely.


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