November 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 13, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 13, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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November 13, 2020: National / International Current Affairs


1. Younger people more vulnerable to Covid-19

• The coronavirus claimed nine more lives during the last 24 hours in Punjab, taking the number of total deaths to 2,438 so far.
• In a related development, the Punjab government has compiled a study, which shows the people belonging to the 31-45 age group are more vulnerable to the infection, followed by 16-30 age group, contradicting the earlier general reports that the younger generations are less vulnerable to the virus.


2. Pakistan gets robot-operated Covid-19 testing lab

• The first `robot-operated` Covid-19 testing laboratory has been opened in Islamabad to increase domestic testing capacity for the deadly disease.
• Inaugurated by British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner, the laboratory can process over 2,000 tests per day.
• Future Trust in partnership with Opencell UK has launched the facility. Built in the United Kingdom by Opencell, the laboratory is a Biosafety Level 2 Plus facility that fulfilled ISO-15189 standards.


3. SBP bans online payments for Indian content

• The State Bank of Pakistan has asked banks to stop online payments for electronic media content from India with immediate effect.
• `We are in receipt of a letter from the cabinet division, Government of Pakistan, whereby they have instructed to stop different modes of payments, including credit cards, for subscribing (to) Indian Content in Pakistan, including Zee5 video-on-demand service,` said the circular issued on Nov 9.
• `In this regard, it is advised to ensure meticulous compliance of aforementioned instructions of Government of Pakistan and submit compliance status to SBP (by) Nov 13, 2020,` the circular added.


4. PHC chief justice dies of Covid

• In what appearstobe the case of the most high-profile personality falling victim to the novel coronavirus in Pakistan, Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth passed away at a private hospital in Islamabad on November 12, 2020 due to Covid-19. He was 59.
• His funeral prayers will be offered on Friday (today) at 2.30pm at Peshawar`s Captain Sher Khan Shaheed Stadium, whereas fateha khwani will be held at his official residence at Race Course Garden Road.
• Chief Justice Seth was born in Dera Ismail Khan on March 16, 1961. He did his LLB from Khyber Law College, Peshawar, in 1985 and subsequently his Masters in Political Science from University of Peshawar in 1986


5. Workers’ remittances up 14.1pc to $2.3b in Oct, witness 26.4pc growth

• Pakistan’s remittances inflows remained above $2 billion for the fifth consecutive month in October 2020, which would help in controlling the current account deficit of the country.
• “Workers’ remittances remained above $2 billion for the fifth consecutive month in October 2020,” said State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on November 12, 2020. It added that workers’ remittances amounted to $2.3 billion during October 2020, increasing by 14.1 per cent compared to October 2019. Meanwhile, workers’ remittances increased to $9.4 billion in first four months (July to October) of the current fiscal year, recording a growth of 26.5per cent over the same period last year


6. Biden presses ahead with transition, names chief of staff

• US President-elect Joe Biden pressed ahead with his transition November 11, 2020 despite Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge defeat, naming a seasoned Democratic operative as chief of staff in his first public White House personnel choice.
• Biden tapped longtime aide Ron Klain, who previously served as his first chief of staff while vice president, acknowledging the two had a long road ahead in fighting the coronavirus pandemic as well as healing a deeply divided nation.
• “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Biden said


7. Ghana`s former president Jerry Rawlings dies

• Ghana`s former president Jerry Rawlings, a member of the radical and charismatic generation of figures who emerged in West Africa in the 1980s, died on November 12, 2020 aged 73.
• The former air force flight lieutenant led two coups in 1979 and 1981, railing against corruption and stamping his authority on the nation before ushering in democracy.
• Under his uncompromising command, several former heads of state and army bigwigs were executed, but to many of Ghana`s poor, Rawlings was their champion


8. Australia establishes Afghanistan war crimes prosecutor

• Australia on November 12, 2020 moved to prosecute alleged war crimes by its special forces deployed in Afghanistan, years after harrowing reports emerged of civilians and prisoners being killed.
• Prime Minister Scott Morrison, citing allegations of “serious and possibly criminal misconduct”, appointed a special investigator, a move to forestall any prosecution at the International Criminal Court.
• After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks more than 26,000 Australian uniformed personnel were sent to Afghanistan to fight alongside US and allied forces against the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and other groups. Australian combat troops left the country in 2013, but since then a series of often-brutal accounts have emerged about the conduct of Australia’s elite special forces units


9. SpaceX’s Starship fires up its raptor engines in second test

• SpaceX is one step closer to launching its Starship SN8 prototype 50,000 feet into the sky.
• The Elon Musk-owned firm fired the rocket’s raptor engines for the second time during a static fire test at the company’s Texas facility. SN8’s engines ignited, releasing debris, orange smoke and flames from the base that lit up the night sky around 7:10pm ET evening.
• After the fire died down, spectators could hear the roar of the raptor engines before the rocket shut down for the night.


10. Younis confirmed as Pakistan batting coach for two years

• Former captain Younis Khan will continue as Pakistan men`s team batting coach until the Twenty20 World Cup in 2022, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on November 12, 2020.
• Younis is the only Pakistan batsman in Test cricket`s 10,000run club and accompanied the side on their tour of England this summer.
• `The PCB will also be utilising Younis Khan`s expertise and skills when he`s not on national duty as he will help local batsmen hone their skills,` PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement


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