November 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 11, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 11, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

November 11, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Troika Plus meets today to debate Afghan peace

• Senior diplomats from China, Russia, the United States and Pakistan will discuss the situation in Afghanistan at a Troika Plus meeting on Thursday (November 10, 2021).
• A statement issued by the Foreign Office here on Wednesday said Pakistan attached high importance to the Troika Plus mechanism on the situation in Afghanistan. `Pakistan hopes that deliberations of the Troika Plus meeting would contribute to the ongoing efforts for achieving lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan,` it added.
• The Troika Plus meeting on Afghanistan will be inaugurated by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. It will be attended by Pakistan`s Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq, US State Department`s Special Representative and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Afghanistan Thomas West, Russia`s special envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov and Chinese special envoy for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong

2. ITFC gives $761m for energy imports

• The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a subsidiary of the Islamic Development Bank, and Pakistan on November 10, 2021 signed an agreement under which the former would make available $761.5 million of syndicated loan for commodity financing, particularly oil and gas.
• A financing agreement was formally signed by ITFC`s Chief Executive Officer Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol and Mian Asad Hayaud Din, Secretary Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) for their respective sides. The financing would be used for import of crude oil, refined petroleum products and LNG etc, an announcement said

3. No specific reaction to Pakistan-TTP talks, says US

• The United States has refused to give any `specific reaction` to Islamabad`s decision to start a dialogue with the Pakistani Taliban, adding that the two countries still had `alignment of interest` on Afghanistan.
• US media reports noted that on Monday Pakistan and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) agreed on a `complete cease-fire` as the two sides negotiated an end to years of militancy in the country.
• The US media also noted that Afghanistan`s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday on a three day visit the first to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban seized control of Kabul on Aug 15

4. India hosts talks on Afghanistan

• India on November 10, 2021 hosted senior security officials from Russia, Iran and five Central Asian countries to discuss the ramifications of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in talks that were boycotted by Pakistan and China.
• A joint statement released after the meeting said the eight participating nations also discussed threats arising from terrorism, radicalisation and drug trafficking as well as the need for humanitarian assistance. No details were provided.
• India`s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval invited security chiefs from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for the meeting. Afghan representatives were not invited

5. Russia flies N-capable bombers over Belarus amid migrant crisis

• Russia took the rare step of dispatching two nuclear-capable strategic bombers to patrol Belarusian airspace on November 10, 2021 in a show of support to close ally Belarus at a time when it is locked in a migrant standoff with the European Union.
• Moscow`s decision to up the ante came as the 27-nation bloc considered sanctions on Wednesday to punish Minsk for what it calls an artificially created crisis, something Belarus denies.
• Migrants trapped in Belarus made multiple attempts to force their way into Poland overnight, Warsaw said on Wednesday, announcing that it had reinforced the border with extra guards

6. Swedish PM resigns, paves way for first woman premier

• Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven resigned on November 10, 2021, paving the way for the country, a gender equality champion, to finally have a woman prime minister.
• Magdalena Andersson, the current finance minister, was elected to replace Lofven as the head of the Social Democratic Party last week, putting her on track to becoming premier if she wins a vote in parliament expected next week.
• Lofven this summer said he would step down in November to give his successor enough time to prepare for the Sept 2022 general election

7. India sends thousands more troops to held Kashmir

• India has sent thousands more paramilitary troops into held Kashmir, already one of the world`s most militarised zones, after a string of targeted killings in recent weeks, officials said on November 10, 2021.
• New Delhi has for decades stationed at least 500,000 soldiers in the occupied valley.
• `Around 2,500 troops have arrived and they were deployed all over Kashmir valley,` Abhiram Pankaj, a spokesman for the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),said. More were on their way, he added.
• Around 5,000 extra paramilitaries in all were being deployed from this week, according to a police officer

8. Myanmar charges US journalist with terrorism, sedition

• Myanmar`s junta has charged a US journalist detained since May with sedition and terrorism, which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, his lawyer said on November 10, 2021.
• The military has squeezed the press since taking power in a February coup, arresting dozens of journalists critical of its crackdown on dissent that has killed over 1,200 people, according to a local monitoring group.
• Danny Fenster, who had been working for local outlet Frontier Myanmar for around a year, was arrested as he was heading home to see his family in May and has been held in Yangon`s Insein prison since

9. Mitchell, Neesham star as New Zealand down England to reach final

• Daryl Mitchell`s unbeaten 72 and Jimmy Neesham`s blistering cameo led New Zealand to a dramatic five-wicket victory over England in the first semifinal on November 10, 2021.
• Set a tricky victory target of 167, New Zealand were in trouble at 13-2 before Mitchell and Devon Conway (46) put them back on track in a rematch of the 2019 one-day World Cup final.
• Neesham then turned the match on its head in the 23-run 17th over, hitting Chris Jordan for two sixes and a four

10. Ashraf named Afghan cricket chief

• The Taliban on November 10, 2021 appointed former all-rounder Mirwais Ashraf as acting chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board to replace Azizullah Fazli, who was in charge for just two months.
• Afghanistan media reported the decision was taken after demands by national player s while meeting Taliban officials in Abu Dhabi during the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.
• `The prime minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has appointed Mirwais Ashraf as acting chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB),` said a Taliban statement

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