November 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 09, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 09, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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November 09, 2020: National / International Current Affairs


1. Gender gap among GB voters widens: Fafen

• While the voters`list for 2020 elections in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) reflects the remarkable achievement of registering 126,997 new voters a 21 per cent increase since 2015, women`s representation has declined with the result that gender gap in the figures of registered voters has widened.
• From the perspective of gender representation, the relatively higher number of men (75,888) compared to women (51,109) among the 126,997 newly registered voters indicated a slight increase in the overall gender gap from 7pc in the previous election to 9pc this year, according to Free andFair Election Network (Fafen).


2. Pak-Russia joint exercise DRUZHBA-V starts at Tarbela

• Opening ceremony of Pak-Russian Federation Joint exercise ’DRUZHBA-V’ was held at Tarbela on November 8, 2020.
• Pakistan and Russian Federation Special Forces are participating in the two-week long counter-terrorism exercise.
• The ISPR press release said that national anthems of both the countries were played at the start of the ceremony. The event was attended by Russian ambassador to Pakistan, Danila Ganich. Senior officials from both the armies were present on the occasion. On November 5, a contingent of Russian Federation Special Forces had arrived in Pakistan for the joint exercise DRUZHBA-V.


3. Hina Jilani new HRCP chair

• Prominent constitutional lawyer and activist Hina Jilani was elected as the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) for the next three years in an election concluded here on November 8, 2020.
• Karachi-based Asad Iqbal Butt was elected as the co-chairperson, whereas veteran journalist and rights defender Husain Naqi will be working as the HRCP`s treasurer in the new term.
• Kamran Arif (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Raja Ashraf (Punjab), Habib Tahir (Balochistan) and Qazi Khizr (Sindh) were elected as the HRCP vice presidents.


4. Punjab Police Women Safety App launched

• Inspector General of Punjab Police Inam Ghani said November 8, 2020 that protection of women and immediate solution to their problems was among top priorities of the Punjab Police and that is why the women safety App was launched by using modern technology.
• The application had been developed with the effective use of information technology.
• Besides Punjab Police, important agencies like Rescue, Motorway Police and Punjab Highway Patrol had also been included so that the process of protection of women could be improved and women had the least amount of trouble in a difficult situation.


5. Azerbaijan says key Karabakh town captured, Armenia denies

• Azerbaijan said on November 8, 2020 its forces had captured the key town of Shusha from Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh, but Armenia insisted that fighting for the strategically vital area was ongoing.
• The capture of Shusha would be a major victory for Azerbaijan six weeks after new fighting erupted over Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan`s control in the 1990s.
• The fortress town sits on cliffs around 15 1kilometres (nine miles) from Nagorno-Karabakh`s largest city Stepanakert and on the main road through the region to the territory of Armenia, which backs the separatists.


6. Suu Kyi`s party tipped to win Myanmar election

• Vote counting started in Myanmar as polls closed on November 8, 2020 in an election that is expected to return to power the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains a hero at home in spite of a reputation abroad shattered by the Rohingya crisis.
• The election is just the second since the Southeast Asian nation emerged from nearly half a century of junta rule in 2011.
• Five years ago, Suu Kyi`s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory, but was forced by the constitution into an uneasy power-sharing agreement with the still-mighty military


7. Ethiopian PM replaces top officials as conflict escalates in Tigray

• Ethiopia`s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed replaced his army chief, the head of intelligence and the foreign minister on November 8, 2020 as the military continued a five-day old offensive in the restive Tigray region with a new round of air strikes.
• Abiy gave no reasons for the personnel changes, which came as he pursued a military campaign against the Tigray People`s Liberation Front (TPLF), a powerful ethnic faction that led the ruling coalition for decades until Abiy took office in 2018


8. Biden urges unity in victory speech after beating Trump

• Democrat Joe Biden urged unity November 7, 2020 and promised “a new day for America” in his first national address since he won the tense US election and ended the historically turbulent and divisive era of Donald Trump.
• After jogging onto the outdoor stage to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, Biden delivered a message of hope and healing to a crowd of cheering supporters and tens of millions more on television


9. Portugal to impose coronavirus curfew from Monday (November 9, 2020)

• Portugal will introduce a curfew across most of the country from November 9, 2020 in an effort to combat surging coronavirus case numbers, Prime Minister Antonio Costa has announced.
• The measures will be in effect all weeknights and from 1pm on weekends for at least two weeks, Costa said after an emergency cabinet meeting late November 7, 2020.
• It comes a day after the country declared a state of emergency over the pandemic, with the daily number of new infections tripling to 6,000 since early October


10. Haider, Usman shine as Pakistan wrap up T20 series

• Youngsters Haider Ali and Usman Qadir shared limelight while inspiring Pakistan to an unassailable 2-0 lead against Zimbabwe in their three-match Twenty20 International series with a clinical eight wicket rout at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on November 8, 2020.
• After restricting the tourists to an inadequate total of 135-7, Pakistan made short work of the modest target, which they reached with 29 deliveries to spare when Khushdil Shah pulled paceman Richard Ngarava to the boundary


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