September 2021

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

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 15, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

September 15, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Imran, Putin agree to coordinate positions on Afghanistan

• Pakistan and Russia on September 14, 2021 emphasised the need for closely coordinating their positions on the developments in Afghanistan.
• The two sides underscored this during a conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
• The second call from President Putin to Mr Khan within three weeks came in the backdrop of the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Dushanbe on Friday (Sept 17). Mr Khan would participate in the summit, while Mr Putin is likely to miss the event because he has decided to isolate himself after Covid-19 cases were detected in his inner circle

2. Pakistan says no recognition till Taliban fulfil promises

• US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told Congress that Washington wants Pakistan not to offer `any legitimacy` to Afghanistan`s new Taliban rulers until they fulfil their promises to fight terrorism and protect human rights.
• Pakistan`s US Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan, however, assured the international community that Islamabad too is monitoring the ability of the Taliban government to deliver on those promises before extending recognition to it.
• Secretary Blinken made those remarks at the House Foreign Af f airs Committee on Monday during his first hearing on Afghanistan since the withdrawal of the US forces while Ambassador Khan offered the assurance in an interview to The Washington Diplomat news paper

3. First of two Airbus A320s acquired by PIA arrives in Islamabad

• One of the two Airbus A320 aircraft the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had acquired on dry lease from the Bank of Utah, the US, landed at Islamabad International Airport on September 14, 2021 morning.
• The other aircraft is expected to arrive within a couple of weeks, according to a PIA spokesman.
• With the addition of these two Airbus A320s, the national flag carrier`s fleet will increase to 29 aircraft of different brands

4. Islamabad domestic workers bill gets approval of Senate body

• A parliamentary committee on September 14, 2021 unanimously approved the Islamabad Capital Territory Domestic Workers Bill 2021 after substantive amendments to ensure social protection and welfare, including working hours and minimum wages, for the workers.
• The chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights, Senator Walid Iqbal, termed the bill a `pioneer law` for the underprivileged class of society.
• The committee met for a discussion on the bill for the second consecutive day

5. Virus-related restrictions lifted in 18 districts

• While the number of critical patients of Covid-19 has surged to 5,304, consumption of oxygen in the health sector has doubled in last four weeks due to which 66 per cent of the country`s oxygen production has been diverted to health sector.
• On the other hand, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on September 14, 2021 lifted coronavirus-related restrictions in 18 districts and decided to reopen educational institutions from Sept 16. However, it decided to continue restrictions in six districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) till Sept 22.
• As many as 2,580 more people were infected and 78 could not survive in a single day, according to the NCOC data shared on September 14, 2021

6. Taliban thank world for pledging $1.2 billion in assistance

• The Taliban on September 14, 2021 thanked the world for pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, and urged the United States to show `heart` to the impoverished country.
• A donor conference in Geneva on Monday ended with pledges of $1.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan, which was taken over by the militant group last month in a lightning offensive that took retreating US troops by surprise.
• Afghanistan, already heavily dependent on aid, is facing an economic crisis, with the new authorities unable to pay salaries and food prices soaring

7. Man jailed in US for 53 years over mosque bombing

• A militia group leader, who was convicted of the 2017 bombing of a mosque outside of Minneapolis that `terrorised` the community of Somali immigrants it served, was sentenced on Monday to 53 years in prison.
• Emily Claire Hari, 50, was found guilty in December, after a five-week trial, on five federal charges related to the pipe bombing of the Dar al Farooq Islamic Centre in Bloomington, Minnesota, while worshipers were in the building for morning prayers. No one was hurt in the bombing

8. Russia fines Facebook and Twitter over banned content

• Russia fined Facebook and Twitter on September 14, 2021 for not deleting banned content, adding to a slew of penalties the government has imposed on foreign tech giants.
• Russia has recently been tightening controls over US-based tech companies and last week accused them of interfering in parliamentary polls this weekend.
• A court in Moscow slapped Facebook with five fines on September 14, 2021 totalling 21 million rubles ($288,000), according to an official Telegram channel. The same court fined Twitter five million rubles

9. Afghan female footballers evade Taliban, reach Pakistan

• Female footballers from Afghanistan along with their families crossed the Torkham border to reach Pakistan on Tuesday night after the government issued emergency humanitarian visas to evacuate them from their country following the Taliban takeover.
• The footballers belonging to the national junior girls team were facing threats from the Taliban due to their involvement in sports. They had been originally due to travel to Qatar, where Afghan refugees have been housed at a facility for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but were left stranded after a bomb blast at the Kabul airport on Aug 26

10. Malinga quits international cricket

• Fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to victory at the 2014 Twenty20 World Cup, on September 14, 2021 quit T20 Internationals to complete his retirement as a player.
• The 38-year-old, one of the most successful limited over bowlers of all time with his distinctive `sling` action, said he would now devote himself to supporting the next generation of cricketers.
• Malinga, who was dropped for Sri Lanka`s current T20 series against South Africa, had been considering giving up since leading the team when they lost 2-0 to India in January last year

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