November 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 03, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 03, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

November 03, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. TLP allowed to contest elections under deal

• Pakistan is to free more than 2,000 jailed activists of a banned organisation and allow it to contest elections, under a deal with the government struck to end weeks of violent clashes, negotiators on both sides said.
• In return, the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has agreed to shun the politics of violence and withdraw its long-standing demand to have France`s ambassador expelled over the publication of blasphemous caricatures by a French satirical magazine, they told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The government banned the TLP after its protests turned violent earlier this year, designated it a terrorist group and arrested its chief Saad Rizvi. The government and the TLP announced at the weekend that they had reached an agreement to help end the clashes, but neither side gave details

2. Germany inks € 129m project financing pact

• Germany on November 2, 2021 signed a €129 million financial cooperation agreement with Pakistan for financing development projects in the country.
• Funds will be allocated to different projects in Pakistan including for digital governance, social protection, promotion of startups, enhanced use of solar energy, self-employment of women in private health sector and development of hydropower and renewable energy.
• Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub Khan, who attended the agreement signing ceremony, appreciated Germany`s enhanced bilateral economic cooperation with Pakistan. `Pakistan and Germany are longstanding development partners and I congratulate both sides on completing 60 years of development cooperation, Mr Khan said.

3. Pak-Afghan trade resumes as Chaman border reopens

• Pakistani and Afghan authorities reopened the Chaman border on November 2, 2021 after nearly a month, allowing goods transport and citizens of both countries to cross after clearance from security and customs officials.
• The Chaman crossing a major transit point for truckers moving fruit exports from the southern Afghan city of Kandahar reopened after a final round of talks between Pakistani and Afghan authorities at Spin Buldak on Monday evening.
• The Taliban authorities in Kandahar had closed the border on October 5, without informing the Pakistani border authorities on the issue of border crossing without travel documents.

4. Taliban promise progress on girls` schooling soon

• Afghanistan`s Taliban government said it would announce good news soon on older girls being allowed to go back to school, but urged the international community to help it fund the process as most external aid has been halted.
• Ensuring rights for women and girls has been one of the most sensitive issues facing the Taliban since they seized power in August, with international bodies demanding proof they were being respected before any discussion of formal recognition of the new government.
• In September, the hardline Islamist movement drew global condemnation when it allowed boys to return to the classroom but told older girls to stay home until conditions permitted their return.

5. Armies must keep pace with global climate efforts, says Nato chief

• The world`s armies must keep pace with global efforts to tackle climate change and cut their huge carbon footprints according to clearly defined benchmarks, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on November 2, 2021.
• Little reliable data exists on emissions created by military activities but there is no doubt they are big: a 2019 report concluded the US military would be the world`s 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases if it were a country.
• `There is no way to reach net zero without also including emissions from the military, Stoltenberg said in an interview at the COP26 climate conference, referring to the ambitions of many nations to hit netzero emissions by mid-century

6. Former Afghan security personnel, soldiers joining IS, says report

• Former members of Afghanistan`s US-trained intelligence service and elite military units are now joining the militant Islamic State group, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ ) reported on Monday.
• `These new recruits bring to Islamic State critical expertise in intelligence gathering and warfare techniques, potentially strengthening the extremist organisation`s ability to contest Taliban supremacy,` the report warned.
• Both the United Nations and the US government have marked IS as the most extreme and violent of all militant groups in Afghanistan. The current strength of the group is not known, and estimates vary from hundreds to several thousands

7. Taliban ban use of foreign currencies

• The Taliban government announced a ban on the use of foreign currencies on November 2, 2021, threatening further disruption to an already ailing economy.
• Since the group took over Kabul in August, Afghanistan`s currency has depreciated and the country`s reserves are frozen abroad.
• With the economy teetering, banks are running short of cash and the international community has so far refused to recognise the new government

8. Legendary Arab singer Sabah Fakhri dies at 88

• One of the Arab world`s most famous singers, Sabah Fakhri, who entertained generations with traditional songs and preserved nearly extinct forms of Arabic music, has died, Syria`s government said on November 2, 2021. He was 88.
• It was not immediately clear what caused Fakhri`s passing.
• Born Sabah Abu Qaws in the Syrian city of Aleppo in 1933, Fakhri got his stage name as an adolescent when he started performing

9. Late burst by Hafeez takes Pakistan into semi-finals

• Mohammad Hafeez, the Professor, faced a test he has f aced many times in his career of 18 years and 389 matches: Pakistan were a little anxious against a minor team. At 122 for 2 in the 16th over, the runaway leaders of Group 2 might easily have stumbled to around 150 runs a total that Namibia later showed was entirely within their range. But the Professor took the examination in his stride, showing that when you understand your own game you can pass any interrogation.
• Hafeez guided his first ball for four to backward square, and then, with a sense of wise urgency, found runs off almost every ball. He played every shot within his repertoire to relaunch Pakistan`s innings, and it was just the nudge that Mohammad Rizwan needed as he dramatically picked up his own pace, finishing with a blistering 24 runs off J.J. Smit`s final over. In 26 balls, Hafeez and Rizwan added 67 runs.

10. Rabada-inspired SA rout Bangladesh to boost semis hopes

• Pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada stood out with figures of 3-20 to help South Africa boost their semi-final hopes at the Twenty20 World Cup with a six-wicket win over Bangladesh here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on November 2m 2021.
• Rabada and fellow quick Anrich Nortje shared six wickets between them to skittle out Bangladesh for just 84 in 18.2 overs in Abu Dhabi.
• South Africa lost four wickets but skipper Temba Bavuma hit an unbeaten 31 and steered the team home in 13.3 overs for a third win from four Super 12 matches.

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