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Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 09, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 09, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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October 09, 2021: National / International Current Affairs


1. Anti-terror talks with Pakistan to continue, says US

• With terrorism topping American concerns about Afghanistan under the Taliban regime, a senior United States official on October 8, 2021 said Washington would continue its engagement with Islamabad on counterterrorism efforts.
• US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, speaking to a group of journalists at the American embassy in Islamabad, said: `Indeed we`ll be continuing our counterterrorism dialogue.
• Continuation of discussions on counterterrorism was apparently the only concrete commitment offered by the top diplomat with regard to the future of bilateral ties although several other elements of cooperation were also touched upon during her meetings


2. Special cell to coordinate Afghan-related matters

• Prime Minister Imran Khan on October 8, 2021 ordered setting up of a special body for coordinating Afghanistan-

related matters.
• The prime minister `directed the establishment of a dedicated cell to synergise various streams of efforts on Afghanistan across the government, including international coordination for humanitarian assistance and effective border management to prevent any negative spillover into Pakistan,` the PM Office said in a statement on the meeting of the National Security Committee.
• The NSC, which is the top body for coordination on security issues, had met to discuss the developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan`s approach for dealing with them.


3. Resignation of three anti-Alyani ministers accepted

• Balochistan Governor Syed Zahoor Ahemd Agha has accepted resignations of the three ministers who have been protesting against Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, while no decision has been taken on the resignations of two advisers and four parliamentary secretaries.
• The governor accepted the resignations of the three ministers and sent them to the services and general administration department secretary to issue an official notification, stated a spokesman for the Governor House on October 8, 2021.
• Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Food Minister Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran of the Balochistan Awmal Party (BAP) and Minister for Social Welfare Mir Asadullah Baloch of the Balochistan National Party (BNP Awami) were among those cabinet members who had expressed their anger and protested against the chief minister for what they said not consulting them while running the affairs of the province.


4. Alvi leaves for two-day visit to UAE today

• President Arif Alvi will leave for a two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday (October 9, 2021).
• During his meetings with the UAE leadership, he would raise the issue of Pakistani workers who lost their jobs in

the Gulf state because of Covid related restrictions.
• The president will also formally inaugurate the Pakistan Pavilion established at Dubai Expo 2020.
• Themed as `Hidden Treasure`, the Pakistan Pavilion showcases the unexplored and undiscovered riches of the country. The pavilion has become one of the top destinations among visitors, having welcomed a large number of people since the expo began on October 1


5. Pakistan gets record $8bn remittances in July-Sept

• Overseas Pakistanis sent the highest-ever $8 billion remittances during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, registering a growth of 12.5 per cent over the same period last year.
• The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on October 8, 2021 reported that with inflows of $2.7bn in September, workers` remittances continued their strong momentum and remaining above $2bn since June 2020.
• `This is the 7th consecutive month when inflows recorded around $2.7bn on average,` said the SBP. In terms of growth, remittances increased by 17pc in September compared to the same month last year, while comparing with August inflows it was 0.5pc higher


6. IMF approves fourth round of debt relief for poor countries

• The IMF has approved a fourth round of debt relief for 24 poor nations including new recipients Lesotho and Kyrgyzstan to help them weather the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statement released October 8, 2021.
• The relief was provided under the Washington-based crisis lender`s Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust (CCRT), which enables the IMF to provide grants to the poorest and most vulnerable countries hit by a natural disaster or public health crisis.
• In its statement, the International Monetary Fund said the relief was the fourth approved since the pandemic began and totaled $124 million


7. India sells struggling Air India back to Tata group in $2.4bn deal

• Tea-to-software Indian giant Tata is buying back Air India, 89 years after founding it as Tata Air and half a century following its nationalisation, the government said on October 8, 2021.
• The Rs180 billion ($2.4bn) deal marks the end of a lengthy effort to privatise the heavily-indebted flag carrier that according to the government has eaten up Rs1.1 trillion in public money since 2009.
• The airline was founded in 1932 with the first flight piloted by Tata`s eponymous chairman himself JRD Tata, flying mail and passengers in a single-propeller de Havilland Puss Moth from Karachi to Bombay, as the city was

known then


8. In a first, two journalists awarded Nobel Peace Prize

• Investigative journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 8, 2021 for their work promoting freedom of expression at a time when liberty of the press is increasingly under threat.
• Ressa, also a US citizen, is cofounder of Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism.
• Muratov is a co-founder of Russia`s leading independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
• The pair were honoured `for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace,` said the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss Andersen.


9. Chinese lunar samples suggest moon cooled down later than thought

• Remnants of solidified lava brought back by a Chinese mission were 1 billion years younger than material acquired by other missions decades ago, according to an article in the journal Science, suggesting the moon cooled down later than thought.
• Samples brought back from US and Soviet missions were more than 2.9 billion years old.
• The samples acquired on China`s Chang`e-5 mission late last year around 1.96 billion years old suggests volcanic activity persisted longer than previously expected


10. Sarfaraz, Fakhar, Haider called up as Pakistan revise T20 World Cup squad

• Hours before Pakistan`s Twenty20 World Cup squad was to enter a bio-secure bubble on October 8, 2021, a meeting chaired by Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja saw several key decisions taken including a recall for former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
• Sarfaraz was one of three changes made to squad by chief selector Mohammad Wasim following the meeting which was also attended by captain Babar Azam and acting chief executive Salman Naseer.
• It was also decided that interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq will continue his role during the World Cup.
• Wicket-keeper Sarfaraz replaced Azam Khan, who was dropped after a review of performances in the on-going National T20 Cup.


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