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Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 17, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 17, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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October 17, 2021: National / International Current Affairs


1. 1.2m patients survived Covid since outbreak in Pakistan

• The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on October 16, 2021 announced that 1.2 million people had so far recovered from Covid-19 since the outbreak of the virus in the country in February last year.
• On the other hand, around 900 more people got infected and 24 breathed their last in the last 24 hours.
• According to data shared by the NCOC, the number of critical patients, which was around 6,000 in August, had fallen to around 2,000


2. CJP opens first-ever breast cancer hospital

• Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on October 16, 2021 inaugurated the building of Pink Ribbon Hospital, first-ever dedicated breast cancer hospital not only in Pakistan but worldwide.
• Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the chief justice said it was unfortunate that a country where the population of women was in majority had no specialised breast cancer institute for them.
• He said how the deaths of over 40,000 women due to breast cancer each year could be neglected. He said every institute and department should seriously consider this matter and establish breast cancer hospitals and clinics in every city of the country as early diagnosis and right treatment was a must for survival


3. Chinese firm blacklisted for a month over `forged` documents

• The National Transmitted and Despatch Company (NTDC) has blacklisted a Chinese firm and barred it from participating in all tenders/bidding process for a month.
• The state-owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) blacklisted the firm over allegations of preparing and submitting forged documents to the department concerned during the bidding of a project, Dawn has learnt.
• `[The Chinese firm] is hereby blacklisted and barred from participating in all NTDC bidding/tender process with immediate effect for a period of one month on account of submitting forged and fake documents,` reads a letter issued a couple of days ago from the office of the NTDC general manager


4. Taliban to unveil plans for girls` education soon: UN

• The Taliban will announce a framework that allows girls to attend school in Afghanistan `soon`, a senior United Nations official said, after four weeks in which Afghan boys have been allowed a secondary education but not girls.
• `The de facto minister of education told us that they are working on a framework, which they will announce soon, that will allow all girls to go to secondary school, and we are expecting that to happen very soon,` Unicef deputy executive director Omar Abdi said at the United Nations in New York on Friday.
• For weeks now the Taliban have been saying that they will allow girls to return to school as soon as possible.


5. Merkel meets Erdogan, sees continuity in Germany-Turkey ties

• Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 16, 2021 vowed continuity in Germany`s relations with Turkey that included both cooperation and criticism of Ankara as she paid her final visit to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
• Merkel and Erdogan developed complex but close relations over the German chancellor`s 16-year term that navigated the perils of Turkey`s tumultuous ties with the West.
• Their personal bond was instrumental in helping Europe manage a refugee crisis in 2016 and calm simmering tensions in the east Mediterranean last year.


6. Fatal attack on British MP termed terrorist incident

• The fatal stabbing of British lawmaker David Amess was a terrorist incident, police said on October 16, 2021, as MPs pressed for tougher security in the wake of the second killing of a UK politician while meeting constituents in just over five years.
• Veteran Conservative MP David Amess, 69, was talking to voters at a church in the small town of Leighon-Sea east of London when he was stabbed to death on Friday.
• Police said they arrested a 25-year-old suspect and were investigating `a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism`


7. Saudi-led coalition says 160 Yemeni rebels killed in battle

• The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen`s government said on October 16, 2021 it had killed 160 Houthi rebels in strikes south of the strategic city of Marib, where loyalists say rebels have made advances.
• `We carried out 32 strikes in Abdiya over the past 24 hours,` the coalition said, cited by the official Saudi Press Agency, adding that `11 military vehicles were destroyed and more than 160 terrorist elements eliminated`.
• The rebels rarely comment on losses and the toll could not be independently verified.


8. Myanmar junta chief not invited to ASEAN summit

• Myanmar`s junta chief will be excluded from an upcoming ASEAN summit, the group said on October 16, 2021, a rare rebuke as concerns rise over the military government`s commitment to defusing a bloody crisis.
• Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed at an emergency meeting late on Friday that a `non-political representative` for Myanmar would be invited to the October 26-28 summit, current ASEAN chair Brunei said in a statement.
• The decision effectively excluded junta leader Min Aung Hlaing.


9. Minnows set for T20 World Cup attention in humble surroundings

• Oman and Papua New Guinea get the Twenty 20 World Cup underway on October 17, 2021 in the humble surroundings of Al Amerat with both sides determined not to be reduced to the role of warm-up acts at the global showpiece.
• The seventh edition of the event begins with a double-header at the 3,000-seat venue outside Muscat where later in the evening, Bangladesh face Scotland before Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands and 2014 champions Sri Lanka join the fray on Monday.
• United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the Super 12 stage and the knockout matches across three venues Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi


10. Fazal Mahmood, Abdul Qadir inducted into PCB Hall of Fame

• Former Pakistan captains Fazal Mahmood and Abdul Qadir were posthumously inducted into the Pakistan Cricket Board Hall of Fame.
• The two stalwarts joined Hanif Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Zaheer Abbas, who were the initial inductees to the PCB Hall of Fame by virtue of being part of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame


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