September 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 19, 2021) for CSS, PMS


September 19, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. Argentina plans to buy 12 fighter jets from Pakistan: reports

• Argentina is planning to buy 12 JF-17A Block-III fighter jets from Pakistan, according to reports in the international media.
• The reports surfaced after the Argentinian government proposed a $664 million allocation in its budget for the year 2022 presented before the national parliament.
• The proposal for allocation does not mean that the deal has been closed because the sale contract is yet to be signed.
• However, it does show that JF-17 is being preferred by Argentina over the various options that have been under consideration

2. Imran begins dialogue with Taliban for inclusive govt

• Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that he has initiated talks with the Afghan Taliban to persuade them to honour their pledge by forming an `inclusive government` that represents all ethnicities living in Afghanistan.
• The move, according to the prime minister, will ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, which is in the interest of not only the war torn country but the entire region.
• On his return from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan where he attended the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation`s summit, PM Khan on Saturday said he has initiated a discussion with the Taliban following his meetings with the leaders of Afghanistan`s neighbouring countries.

3. Additional tax imposed on non-filer entities

• The federal government has imposed additional sales tax ranging between 5 and 17 per cent on supply of electricity and gas to the nonfiler industrial and commercial entities in an attempt to broaden the taxbase.
• The additional taxation on the industrial and commercial entities that did not exist on tax roll income tax and sales tax was one of the budgetary proposals given by the Pakistan Business Council.
• According to a notification (SRO1222 of 2021), the additional sales tax will be levied on the total billed amount excluding the amount of federal taxes besides the tax payable on supplies of electricity and natural gas to persons having industrial or commercial connections.

4. NCOC reserves Sunday for partially vaccinated people

• The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) dedicates another September 18, 2021 (today) to the partially-vaccinated people for the third week in a row to facilitate them in getting their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
• On the other hand, the number of daily infections has fallen by 50 per cent during the last over one month.
• It is worth mentioning that though a large number of people have gotten the first dose, it has been observed that some avoid getting the second dose

5. South Africa`s Khadija elected IPI executive board chair

• Khadija Patel, the head of programmes for the International Fund for Public Interest Media and former editor-in-chief of South Africa`s Mail & Guardian newspaper, has been elected as the 35th chair of the International Press Institute (IPI)`s global executive board.
• `I`m honoured to be entrusted with this position,` she said. `And I look forward to steering the IPI through this challenging period of media history. The IPI is a cherished in solution and is best placed to bring together the diversity of our industry to forge ahead during a period of significant upheaval

6. Taliban replace ministry for women with one restricting them

• Afghanistan`s Taliban rulers set up a ministry for the propagation of `virtue and the prevention of vice` in the building that once housed the Women`s Affairs Ministry, escorting out World Bank staffers on Saturday as part of the forced move.
• It was the latest troubling sign that the Taliban are restricting women`s rights as they settle into government, just a month since they overran the capital of Kabul. During their previous rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s, the Taliban had denied girls and women the right to education and barred them from public life. The Taliban are facing major economic and security problems as they attempt to govern, and a growing challenge by IS militants would further stretch their resources

7. Greece inaugurates its first camp for asylum seekers

• Greece on September 18, 2021 inaugurated the first of five new `closed` migrant camps, opposed by rights groups who say the strict access measures are too restrictive.
• Barbed wire fencing surrounds the new camp on the island of Samos, which is also installed with surveillance cameras, x-ray scanners and magnetic doors.
• The EU has committed 276 million euros ($326 million) for the new camps on Greece`s five Aegean islands Leros, Lesbos, Kos, Chios as well Samos that receive most of the migrant arrivals by sea from neighbouring Turkey

8. Three blasts in Jalalabad leave two persons dead

• Two people were killed when three blasts struck the Afghan city of Jalalabad on September 18, 2021, at least one of which targeted a Taliban vehicle, in the country`s first deadly attack since the United States withdrew.
• The Taliban stormed to power in mid-August, ousting the government and promising to restore security to the violence-wracked country.
• `In one attack a Taliban vehicle patrolling in Jalalabad was targeted, a Taliban official who asked not to be named said.

9. Algeria`s former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika dies at 84

• Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who ruled Algeria for two decades before resigning in 2019 as huge protests engulfed the country, has died aged 84, public television announced.
• The former strongman had left office in April 2019under pressure from the military, following weeks of demonstrations over his bid to run for a fifth term in office.
• After quitting, he had stayed out of the public eye at a residence in western Algiers.

10. Arsenal win again as Liverpool top Premier League

• Martin Odegaard scored his first goal since his permanent switch to Arsenal on September 18, 2021 to further ease the pressure on Mikel Arteta as Sadio Mane helped fire Liverpool to the top of the Premier League.
• Defending champions Manchester City dropped two points at home to Southampton after a 0-0 stalemate while struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers lost their fourth match in five against 10-man Brentford.

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