October 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 25, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (October 25, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

October 25, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Pakistan could be next polio-free country: WHO

• After more than 30 years of effort, the African region was certified as free of wild polio in August this year, and Pakistan could be the next country on the journey to a polio-free world, World Health Organisation Country Representative Dr Palitha Mahipala said on October 24, 2020.
• Dr Mahipala was speaking at an event on World Polio Day, observed to recognise the contribution of the government of Pakistan, polio workers, caregivers, civil society and donors, who are part of the fight against polio in the country.

2. Claimed by IS, suicide attack kills 18 in Kabul

• A suicide bomber struck near an education centre in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least 18 people in an attack claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
• Violence on the ground has spiked in recent weeks despite the Taliban and the Afghan government holding peace talks in Qatar to end the country`s grinding war.
• The suicide attack, which also left 57 wounded, happened in the late afternoon at the centre in a western district of Kabul, which offers training and higher education courses.

3. Govt increases wheat quota for flour mills

• The Punjab Food Department has increased the quota of government wheat for flour mills from 17,500 to 20,000 metric tonnes per day to ensure abundant availability of flour at fixed rates across the province.
• This was stated in a briefing during the daily-review meeting on price control chaired by Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik on Saturday.
• The meeting discussed the prices and availability of essential commodities, including flour and sugar at Sahulat bazaars and the open market

4. ‘90,000 breast cancer cases reported in Pakistan annually’

• Renowned gynecologist and Postgraduate Medical Institute Principal Prof Dr Sardar Muhammad Al-freed Zafar has said that Pakistan is one of the countries in the world where the incidence of breast cancer among women is increasing alarmingly.
• In Pakistan, 90,000 cases are being reported annually, which is a matter of grave concern.
• According to a press release issued here on Saturday, PGMI and Lahore General Hospital Principal Prof Al-freed Zafar said that in order to curb the growing incidence of breast cancer, there is a need to change social attitudes and instead of tacking breast cancer as a stigma, women need to be reassured so that they do not hesitate to consult their doctor in case of any discomfort

5. Clashes between Armenian, Azeri forces after US talks

• New clashes broke out between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over Nagorno Karabakh a day after talks in Washington to try to end the deadliest fighting in the enclave in more than a quarter of a century.
• Azerbaijan`s defence ministry reported fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous part of Azerbaijan populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.
• It said the areas of Lachin and Gubadli had come under rocket and artillery fire from inside Armenian territory.

6. Egypt starts voting in first stage of parliament elections

• Polling stations opened October 24, 2020 in Egypt for parliamentary elections in which there was little doubt of a sweeping victory for supporters of hardline President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.
• Some 63 million voters out of Egypt’s more than 100 million people are eligible to elect 568 of the 596 lawmakers in the lower house, widely seen as a rubber-stamp body for executive policies. The remaining deputies will be appointed by former army general-turned-president Sisi, whose government has over the past six years silenced any serious political opposition to its rule.
• The elections will be held in two phases, with the first covering 14 provinces on Saturday and Sunday. The second, on November 7-8, will cover 13 provinces including the capital Cairo.

7. European buildings turn blue for UN’s 75th anniversary

• More than 150 monuments and buildings across Europe will be lit up blue on October 24, 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.
• The UN’s Palais des Nations headquarters in Geneva, the Grand Place in Brussels and Dublin Castle were among the locations set to turn the shade of blue used on the UN flag.
• The United Nations officially came into existence on October 24, 1945, when the UN Charter, agreed four months earlier, came into force.
• Starting out with 51 original members, there are now 193, with South Sudan the latest to join in 2011.

8. Image shows that NASA’s spacecraft collected sample from asteroid

• Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team received, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements – acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid’s surface material.
• The spacecraft captured images of the sample collector head as it moved through several different positions. In reviewing these images, the OSIRIS-REx team noticed both that the head appeared to be full of asteroid particles, and that some of these particles appeared to be escaping slowly from the sample collector, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) head. They suspect bits of material are passing through small gaps where a mylar flap – the collector’s “lid” – is slightly wedged open by larger rocks.

9. Six Cricket Associations start Quaid Trophy campaign today

• After an action-packed National T20 Cup in Multan and Rawalpindi, the focus shifts to Karachi as Pakistan’s largest city gears up to host the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, a jewel in the crown of Pakistan cricket, from today (October 25, 2020).
• According to PCB spokesman here on Saturday, the first three rounds will be played across three venues – National Stadium, NBP Sports Complex and UBL Sports Complex – before the tournament takes an 11-day break during which the play-offs of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020, which had to be postponed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, will be staged. Besides the three venues, State Bank Stadium will also host six matches of the 31-match tournament

10. Tokyo finally opens Aquatics Centre

• Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike finally inaugurated on Saturday the Aquatics Centre for next year`s rescheduled Olympics, seven months after it was supposed to open.
• The Aquatics Centre was due to officially open on March 22 but that event was cancelled over coronavirus fears. Two days later the entire Tokyo Games was postponed until2021.
• Organisers hope to welcome the world`s top swimmers and divers to the centre next year, as well as up to 15,000 fans

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