October 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 15, 2021) for CSS, PMS


October 15, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. New social media rules give more powers to PTA

• The Ministry of Information Technology notified on October 13, 2021 new social media rules, allowing the telecom regulator to block any website or platform on the directives of court and federal government or under any law.
• The rules, titled the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2021, have been framed under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), 2016.
• Some analysts pointed out that the new rules do not offer any incentive or protection to creators of content for social media.

2. PIA suspends Kabul flights operation

• The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has suspended its Kabul flights operations till further notice.
• A PIA spokesman said the decision was taken in view of changed dynamics and non-conducive conditions (at Kabul airport) for international flight operations.
• He said the decision to keep flying into Kabul even after the change in regime (takeover by the Taliban) was taken on purely humanitarian grounds, adding that on insistence of some friendly organisations the PIA was operating chartered flights to Kabul

3. Punjab govt approves landmark culture policy

• The Punjab government has approved the first-ever Punjab Culture Policy of 2021 to revive and protect cultural heritage of the province and to promote cultural activity for economic, social and spiritual as well as personal well-being of the people of Punjab.
• It took 11 years to launch the culture policy since devolution in 2010 as the PML-N government did not even consider this aspect.
• The policy has widened the scope of culture from dance, singing and other performing arts to codes of manners, dress, language, religion, rituals, art, norms of behaviour and system of beliefs. The policy promotes libraries, book culture and reading habit.

4. New air defence system commissioned into army

• General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), visited the Army Air Defence Centre Karachi on October 14, 2021. The COAS laid floral wreath at Shuhada monument.
• Later, he commissioned the state-of-the art Chinese origin HQ-9/P HIMADS (High to Medium Air Defence System) into Pakistan Army Air Defence.
• Lt Gen Hamooduz Zaman Khan, Commander Army Air Defence Command, briefed the COAS on the new system

5. EU to decide on Pakistan`s GSP+ status after two-year review

• The European Union (EU) will decide about extending the Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) status for 2024 to Pakistan after reviewing the country`s two-year performance report on exports for the years 2020 and 2021, EU Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara said on October 14, 2021.
• `The last two-year report (2018-19) was issued in February 2020. Pakistan`s performance report (for the years 2020 and 2021) is under compilation these days.
• Therefore, further decision for the extension of this status to Pakistan, with effect from Jan 1, 2024, will be made after reviewing this report,` Ambassador Kaminara said while speaking to the business community here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI)

6. Covid has decreased opportunities to lead an active life: WHO

• The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that opportunities to live an active and healthy life have been decreased due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
• In a statement, the WHO has called upon decision-makers across the health, sport, education and transport sectors to urgently scale up provision of more inclusive programmes and services and safer environments that promote physical activity in all communities.
• According to data of the National Command and Operation Centre, 1,016 people were infected with Covid-19 and 28 succumbed to virus across Pakistan on October 13, 2021.

7. Six killed as clashes rock Beirut

• Heavy fighting claimed at least six lives and left dozens wounded in Lebanon`s capital on October 14, 2021 as an escalation of tensions around last year`s massive portside explosion turned parts of Beirut into a warzone.
• The army deployed tanks and troops to quell the street battles that sparked memories of the 1975-1990 civil war for a city already traumatised by last year`s blast disaster and Lebanon`s worst-ever economic crisis.
• The bloody unrest, in which the sound of automatic gunfire and grenade blasts mixed with the wail of ambulance sirens, broke out after shots were fired at a demonstration by Hezbollah and Amal movements

8. Turkey ready to help, but will not recognise Taliban

• Turkey said on October 14, 2021 it was ready to help the Taliban overcome Afghanistan`s humanitarian crisis, but would not recognise its rule as it hosted the war scarred country`s new leaders for the first time.
• Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu received his acting counterpart Amir Khan Muttaqi as the movement seeks to gain international legitimacy upon returning to power after two decades of war.
• Muttaqi arrived in Turkey following tall(s with US and European envoys in Doha during which he warned that Western sanctions on the Taliban threatened to further undermine security in Afghanistan.

9. Microsoft shutting down LinkedIn in China

• Microsoft is shutting down its LinkedIn service in China later this year after internet rules were tightened by Beijing, the latest American tech giant to lessen its ties to the country.
• The company said in a blog post October 14, 2021 it has faced a “significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.
• LinkedIn will replace its localized platform in China with a new app called In Jobs that has some of LinkedIn’s career-networking features but will not include a social feed or the ability to share posts or articles

10. Northerns Zeeshan provisionally suspended by PCB

• The Pakistan Cricket Board on October 14, 2021 provisionally suspended Zeeshan Malik of Northern Cricket Association under Article 4.7.1 of the PCB Anti Corruption Code, which means he cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by PCB`s Anti-Corruption Unit.
• It was immediately unclear where and when the offence took place. Former Pakistan under-19 batter Zeeshan was a member of the Northern`s team which reached the semi-finals of the National T20 Cup, which concluded on Wednesday. Zeeshan scored 123 runs in five matches for his side, which finished top in the first round round-robin league

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