October 2022

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 17, 2022) for CSS, PMS

6. Project to study animal diseases launched

• The Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (CUVAS), Bahawalpur, has embarked upon four research projects costing over Rs10 million to explore the diseases of animals and their treatment.
• This was disclosed by CUVAS Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Sajjad Ahmed here on October 16, 2022.
• Talking to Dawn, the VC said these research projects won by the university`s teachers after a tough competition were granted by Higher Education Commission (HEC) under its National Research Programme of Universities (NRPU)

7. Biden will act `methodically` in re-evaluating ties with Riyadh

• US President Joe Biden will act `methodically` in deciding how to respond to Saudi Arabia over oil output cuts, but options include changes to US security assistance, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on October 16, 2022.
• Sullivan, speaking on CNN, said no changes to the US-Saudi relationship were imminent as Biden re-evaluates it.
• `And so the president isn`t going to act precipitously. He is going to act methodically, strategically and he`s going to take his time to consult members of both parties, and also to have an opportunity for Congress to return so that he can sit with them in person and work through the options,` Sullivan said

8. Bakhmut: a town where Russians are still advancing

• Days are spent under a hail of shells, and night brings no respite for Ukrainian soldiers as enemy forces draw ever closer in Bakhmut, one of the last towns where Russian troops are still advancing.
• The metallic boom of shelling echoes across the hills surrounding the small town, home to 70,000 people before the war.
• Russia has been falling back in its offensive but in Bakhmut, unlike across most of the front line, Ukrainians are on the defensive.
• They face the `most difficult` challenges, President Volodymyr Zelensky said this weekend.
• Ukrainian troops still control the northern and western parts of the city

9. Xi hails China`s rise, demands unity at Congress

• President Xi Jinping kicked off China`s five-yearly Communist Party Congress on October 16, 2022 with a wide-ranging speech highlighting signature policies including Beijing`s zero-Covid approach, hailing its anti-graft efforts, opposing a `Cold War mentality` in international diplomacy, and demanding unity around his leadership as he seeks to rule for a historic third term.
• `Unity is strength, and victory requires unity,` Xi said in an opening address to 2,300 delegates after walking on stage to a thunderous reception at the Great Hall of the People.
• The speech gave Xi an opportunity to defend his government`s achievements to the conclave`s roughly 2,300 delegates, who will vote during the weeklong Congress on the party leadership for the next five years.
• Xi and the party`s other top brass are likely to be unveiled on October 23, the day after the Congress closes. If picked as party leader for another five-year term as expected, he is almost certain to be elected president at the annual meeting of China`s National People`s Congress in March

10. `Historic day` as Namibia stun Sri Lanka in World Cup opener

• Jan Frylinck smashed 44 runs and took two wickets as Namibia hammered Asia Cup champions Sri Lanka by 55 runs to cause a major upset in the opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup on October 16, 2022.
• The left-handed Frylinck and JJ Smit, who made an unbeaten 31, lifted Namibia to 163-7 with their 69-run seventh-wicket stand after being invited to bat first in Geelong.
• Sri Lanka were then bowled out for 108 in 19 overs with David Wiese, Frylinck, Bernard Scholtz and Ben Shikongo taking two wickets each in the team`s first of three opening-round matches.
• The African minnows are on course for a second straight Super 12 place after achieving the feat on their T20 World Cup debut last year in the United Arab Emirates

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