October 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 04, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 04, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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October 04, 2021: National / International Current Affairs


1. Pandora Papers unmask the elite at home & offshore

• A fresh set of leaked documents exposing secret fortunes of prominent individuals across the globe reveal that key members of Prime Minister Imran Khan`s inner circle, including cabinet ministers, their families, political allies and major financial backers, have secretly owned an array of companies and trusts holding millions of dollars of hidden wealth.
• Under the law, setting up of an offshore company is not an offence or crime if the company is not involved in any illegal activity. However, those who have not declared these companies in their returns as assets can face legal action


2. Joint drill with Saudi Navy begins

• Naseem Al Bahr XIII, a big joint exercise between Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), commenced here on October 3, 2021.
• Aimed to consolidate bilateral ties between the PN and RSNF, the exercise includes joint conduct of maritime security operations across the traditional and non-traditional war-fare domains thus enhancing interoperability between both the two navies.
• Earlier, an RSNF flotilla arrived at the Karachi port, which was warmly welcomed by senior PN and RSNF officers. Besides naval ships of both navies, aviation units including PN and RSNF helicopters embarked onboard the ships and aircraft of RSNF will participate in the exercise


3. Pakistani gets Japan`s highest civilian award

• The Japan government has honoured Syed Feroz Alam Shah, the founding director of Pak-Japan Business Forum, with the Japanese imperial decoration, the Order of the Rising Sun, for his contribution for developing economic and cultural relations between the two countries.
• The award was conferred on Mr Shah, who belongs to Balochistan, by Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Matsuda Juninori at a ceremony held at his residence in Islamabad.
• The Order of the Rising Sun was established in the late 19th century by Emperor Meiji. The badge features a symbol of the sun with rays arising from it, which is a part of Japanese symbolism (Japan is known as the Land of the Rising Sun)


4. Iran lifts ban on Pakistanis having student, business visas

• Immigration clearance to Iran started on October 5, 2021 after Iranian authorities lifted travel ban on Pakistani citizens having business and student visas and allowed several people to enter the country via Taftan.
• According to official sources, the immigration clearance at Taftan border was closed almost three months ago following restrictions after resurgence of coronavirus cases in Iran. However, Pakistani citizens travelling by air were allowed to enter the county


5. Deadly blast rocks Kabul after Taliban hold victory rally

• Taliban supporters and senior figures held their first mass rally near Kabul on October 3, 2021, but their show of strength was overshadowed by a deadly bomb blast near a mosque in the Afghan capital.
• No foreign government has yet recognised the former rebels` rule, though their hold on power within the country is becoming stronger, seven weeks after they took Kabul.
• But in a sign that the Taliban victory has not brought an end to violence after Afghanistan`s 20-year conflict, an explosion killed five people and wounded several more outside Kabul`s Eid Gah mosque


6. First Egyptian plane under national logo lands in Israel

• A plane branded with the logo of national Egyptian carrier Egyptair landed in Israel for the first time on October 3, 2021, a flight described as `historic` by the Israel Airports Authority.
• Egypt was the first Arab nation to establish ties with Israel in a 1979 peace deal, and direct flights between the countries followed that accord.
• But the Egyptian flights to Israel had previously been operated by an Egyptair subsidiary, Air Sinai, set up exclusively for the Israel route, creating a buffer between Egyptair and the Jewish state.
• But Egyptair will now run four flights per week into Israel under its own banner, IAA spokesman Ofer Lefler said.


7. Taliban govt behaviour `not encouraging`, says EU foreign policy chief

• The European Union foreign policy chief said on October 3, 2021 the Taliban government`s behaviour up to now was `not very encouraging`, and any economic collapse in Afghanistan would raise the risk of terrorism and other threats.
• Josep Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, also said he hoped nuclear talks between global powers and Iran would restart in Vienna `soon` The EU diplomat, who is in Riyadh following visits to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said he briefed his partners on the prospects for restarting nuclear talks and exchanged views with Saudi officials on Yemen and Afghanistan


8. Austrian govt unveils ‘eco’ tax reform

• Austria’s government unveiled on October 3, 2021 what it calls an “eco-social” reform of the tax system, a key promise of the conservative-green coalition.
• Under the measures set out at a news conference by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and several of his cabinet colleagues, Austria will follow the example of neighbouring Germany and introduce a tax on carbon dioxide emissions.
• This is to come in from mid-2022 at a level of 30 euros ($35) per tonne, rising to 55 euros by 2025. In order to offset the added cost of the measures taxpayers will receive a “climate bonus”.


9. Disappointment in Qatar as no women elected

• Women voters voiced disappointment on October 3, 2021 after none were elected in Qatar`s first legislative polls with all eyes on whether the emir will use his powers to appoint 15 lawmakers to boost representation.
• Thirty men were elected to Qatar`s Shura Council at Saturday`s polls despite more than two dozen women standing for the body which is seen as a nod to democracy rather than a fully-fledged parliament.
• `The (emir`s) quota is the lifeline to ensure women`s representation in the next assembly,` said defeated candidate Aisha Jassim al-Kuwari who ran in a constituency alongside four other women against 14 male contenders. `We hope to appoint four to five women because the presence of women is very important.


10. All-round Nawaz show inspires Northern

• Mohammad Nawaz just couldn`t have hoped for an appropriate moment to showcase his all-round prowess with the Twenty20 World Cup almost on the horizon.
• The 27-year-old has been the inspiration behind Northern`s resurgence in the National T20 Cup`s first leg at the Pindi Cricket Stadium. And Sunday was no exception as Nawaz excelled with both bat and ball to ensure his side kept their remarkable track record against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a 14-run triumph.
• Northern`s fifth win against the reigning champions was achieved after a tense battle upfront. Shaheen Shah Afridi had provided Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with a double-wicket opening over of the penultimate fixture of the competition in Rawalpindi


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