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November 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (November 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

November 25, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Upgraded online visa system inaugurated

• Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed inaugurated the upgraded Pakistan Online Visa System (POVS) on November 24, 2021.
• The previous system, launched in March 2019, involved a cumbersome process with no access through smartphones and tablets.
• The overhauling involves making the system user friendly, ensuring a robust and secure interface compatible with all devices.
• Speaking on the occasion at the National Database and Registration Authority`s (Nadra) headquarters, the interior minister said the online application was promoting tourism in Pakistan and was a catalyst in building a positive image of the country

2. NA panel`s head disallows vote on NAB bills

• Opposition members of the National Assembly`s Standing Committee on Law and Justice on November 24, 2021 protested over the committee chairman`s refusal to put the controversial bills seeking to amend the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) for vote after realising that the government might face a defeat. Of the 20 committee members including its chairman Riaz Fatyana, six members from the treasury and 10 opposition members were present at the meeting that had been convened to consider five bills, including the NAO (Second Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the NAO (Third Amendment) Bill, 2021.
• Turning down the opposition`s demand to put the two bills for a vote, Mr Fatyana asked the members to submit their concerns, reservations and proposals over the two bills in writing before adjourning the meeting.
• The government has already enforced the two laws through promulgation of the ordinances. The first ordinance allows the government to extend the tenure of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman till the appointment of his successor and through the second ordinance, the powers to appoint NAB chairman have been delegated to the president.

3. Three security men martyred in Balochistan

• Two security personnel were martyred in an attack and one in a landmine blast in Makran and Sibi areas of Balochistan on November 24, 2021.
• According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a group of externally sponsored terrorists opened fired on a check-post of security forces in the Tump area of Makran. It said security forces responded with all available weapons in which terrorists suffered heavy losses.
• During the engagement, however, Sepoy Naseeb Ullah, a resident of Kharan, and Sepoy Insha Allah, a resident of Lakki Marwat, sacrificed their lives fighting valiantly.
• The ISPR said that security forces remained determined to defeat acts of cowardly terrorists, aimed at disrupting peace, stability and progress of Balochistan

4. Balochistan education support plan launched

• Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo has said that ending educational backwardness and encouraging quality education in the province is priority of the coalition government.
• He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the Balochistan Education Support 2 programme under which Rs4 billion would be spent to improve standard of education in the province in five years.
• The chief minister formally inaugurated the programme.
• Provincial Education Minister Mir Naseebullah Marri, Unicef Chief of Education Ellen van Kumthout, EU Head of Cooperation in Pakistan Ovidio Mac and the secondary education secretary also spoke on the occasion

5. EU ambassador receives International Peace Award

• President Dr Arif Alvi on November 24, 2021 awarded International Peace Award to Ambassador of European Union (EU) to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara in recognition of her services for the cause of interfaith harmony. She received the award during the International Interfaith Peace Conference in Islamabad which was organised by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Harmony and Majlis Ulemae-Pakistan and attended by representatives of various religions.
• `It was an honour and a pleasure to receive today this international peace award from the President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi at the excellent International Interfaith Peace Conference which was convened by Maulana Azad of Badshahi Mosque and the President of Pakistan, wrote Ms Kaminara on her of ficial Twitter handle after receiving the award. She has also posted an image of the shield which she had received from the president earlier in the day.

6. SBP sees 4-5pc GDP growth in FY22

• The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has declared that addressing deep-rooted structural impediments is crucial for sustaining and improving the current growth momentum.
• `These impediments include consistent decline in the yield of important crops (especially cotton); insufficient export coverage of imports, low and declining productivity of labor, stagnant tax-to-GDP ratio, anemic investment-to-GDP ratio, and the rising fiscal burden of the power sector, stated the SBP in its annual report, which was issued on Wednesday.
• The SBP in its report, The State of Pakistan Economy, projected the GDP growth in the range of four to five per cent for the Knancial year 2022. It said the economic recovery during the last fiscal year is projected to gain further momentum in FY22. `This is evident in the significant increase in machinery and raw material imports, continued expansion in consumer financing, and strong uptrend in domestic sales as seen from high frequency demand indicators during the initial months of FY22, the report said

7. Sweden`s first woman PM resigns hours after election

• Sweden`s Prime Minister-elect Magdalena Andersson on November 24, 2021 handed in her resignation hours after being appointed by parliament, after her budget failed to pass and the junior Green Party quit the coalition government.
• While her stint was unexpectedly brief, Andersson made history by becoming the first woman elected to the post of prime minister in Sweden -she was to formally take over on Friday.
• The 54-year-old economist who has served as finance minister for the past seven years said she hoped to be elected to the position again soon as the head of a minority government made up of only the Social Democrats. `There is a constitutional practice that a coalition government should resign when one party quits,` Andersson, a Social Democrat, told reporters

8. US puts Chinese firms helping military on trade blacklist

• The US government put a dozen Chinese companies on its trade blacklist on November 24, 2021 for national security and foreign policy concerns, citing in some cases their help developing the Chinese military`s quantum computing efforts.
• The department also said several entities and individuals from China and Pakistan were added to the Commerce Department`s Entity List for contributing to Pakistan`s nuclear activities or ballistic missile programme.
• The latest US action on Chinese companies comes amid growing tensions between Beijing and Washington over the status of Taiwan and trade issues.
• In total, 27 new entities were added to the list from China, Japan, Pakistan, and Singapore. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement that the new listings will help prevent US technology from supporting the development of Chinese and Russian `military advancement and activities of non-proliferation concern like Pakistan`s unsafeguarded nuclear activities or ballistic missile program`. China`s embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment

9. UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport

• The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle for influence with Afghanistan`s new rulers, according to four sources with knowledge of the mat ter.
• UAE officials have held a series of discussions with the group in recent weeks to discuss operating the airport that serves as landlocked Afghanistan`s main air link to the world, the foreign diplomats based in the Gulf region said.
• The talks demonstrate how countries are seeking to assert their influence in Taliban ruled Afghanistan even as the hardline Islamist group largely remains an international pariah and its government not formally recognised by any country.

10. Arooj first Pakistani woman to bag Grammy nomination

• Singer Arooj Aftab is the first Pakistani woman to have made it to the Grammys nomination list.
• She has secured a place in the Best New Artist category alongside artists such as Olivia Rodrigo, FINNEAS, The Kid LAROI and Jimmie Allen as well as a nomination for Best Global Performance, according to a report.
• Arooj is also the first Pakistani to be nominated in the Best New Artist category. Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was nominated in 1996 for Best Traditional Folk Album and Best World Music Album.

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