September 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 20, 2021) for CSS, PMS


September 20, 2021: National / International Current Affairs

1. First batch of 40 Green Line buses arrives in Karachi

• A batch of 40 buses, which will be part of the federal government`s Green Line project in Karachi, arrived here from China on September 19, 2021.
• After a gap of 40 years when the tragic death of a girl in a road accident drastically changed its political situation, Karachi is for the first time getting a modern transport system, observed federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar while addressing the ceremony held at the Karachi Port Trust about the delivery of the buses that arrived under the Rs27 billion project.
• Mr Umar was apparently referring to the 1985 traffic accident in the city in which Bushra Zaidi, a student, was killed. The incident triggered ethnic violence that lasted for a long time, affecting political situation in Karachi

2. Pakistan participates in Egypt`s Bright Star military exercise

• A contingent of Pakistan Army, Navy and Air Force participated for the first time since 2009 in multinational exercise `Bright Star 2021` at Mohamed Naguib Military Base, Egypt.
• The closing ceremony of the exercise was held at the base and troops from Egypt, United States, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Cyprus, Iraq, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, Kenya, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, Kuwait, UA E, Tunisia, Nigeria, Tanzania and France participated in it.

3. Pakistan to call for preventing Afghanistan`s economic collapse at UN

• Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrives in New York on September 20, 2021 (today) for the 76 session of the UN General Assembly during which Pakistan will join the United Nations in urging the world to prevent an economic collapse in Afghanistan.
• `The situation in Afghanistan is unpredictable,` said UN Secretary General António Guterres in an interview to UN News.
• `Because of all the different measures and sanctions that exist, there is a risk of completely strangling the economy,` he warned.

4. Kabul municipality orders women workers to stay home

• Female employees in the Kabul city government have been told to stay home, with work only allowed for those who cannot be replaced by men, the interim mayor of Afghanistan`s capital said on Sunday, detailing the latest restrictions on women by the new Taliban rulers.
• The decision to prevent most female city workers from returning to their jobs is another sign that the Taliban, who overran Kabul last month, are enforcing their harsh interpretation of Islam despite initial promises by some that they would be tolerant and inclusive. In their previous rule in the 1990s, the Taliban had barred girls and women from schools, jobs and public life.

5. Indonesia retrieves IS fighter`s body from jungle

• The bodies of Indonesia`s most wanted militant with ties to the militant Islamic State group and a follower, who were killed in a jungle shootout with security forces, were evacuated early on September 19, 2021 to a police hospital for further investigation, police said.
• The military earlier said the militants killed late on Saturday were Ali Kalora, leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen network that has claimed several killings of police officers and minority Christians, and another suspected extremist, Jaka Ramadan, also known as Ikrima

6. Johannesburg mayor killed in car accident

• The mayor of Johannesburg was killed in a car accident as he returned from campaigning with South Africa`s president on September 18, 2021, just over a month after being elected, his office said in a statement.
• Jolidee Matongo, 46, was returning from a voter registration drive in Soweto township ahead of local elections when the accident happened.
• `It is hard to comprehend this tragedy, given the vitality and passion with which Mayor Matongo interacted with me and residents of Soweto so shortly before his death, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a tweet.

7. Museums reopen in Iran after year-long Covid closure

• Iran reopened museums in Tehran and other cities on September 19, 2021 after a more than year-long closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
• `Museums in Tehran and other large cities that are no longer red-coded, meaning the risk of contracting the virus was very high, reopened on Sunday,` the director of Iran`s museums, Mohammad Reza Kargar, said.
• `Tourists and visitors are welcome to return while observing (sanitary) measures.` A country with a millennia-long history, Iran has an abundance of 746 museums, including 170 in the capital.

8. Ruling party poised to win Russian polls after Navalny clampdown

• Russians voted on September 19, 2021 in the final stretch of a three-day parliamentary election that the ruling party is expected to win after a sweeping crackdown that crushed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny`s movement and barred opponents from running.
• The expected win by the ruling United Russia party will be used by the Kremlin as proof of support for President Vladimir Putin despite malaise over years of faltering living standards.
• The party that backs the 68-year-old leader faces a ratings slump, state pollsters say, but remains more popular than its closest rivals on the ballot, the Communist Party and nationalist LDPR party, which often back the Kremlin

9. Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with Atlantic splashdown

• Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit on September 19, 2021 with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast.
• Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight began three days earlier.
• The all-amateur crew was the first to circle the world without a professional astronaut.
• The billionaire who paid undisclosed millions for the trip and his three guests wanted to show that ordinary people could blast into orbit by themselves, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk took them on as the company`s first rocket-riding tourists

10. Italian cyclist Ganna retains world time-trial crown

• Filippo Ganna broke Belgian hearts at the road cycling world championships in Flanders as he retained his individual time trial title by beating local favourite Wout van Aert on September 19, 2021.
• On the opening day of the week-long event, the Italian lagged behind Van Aert at both intermediate checks but he managed his effort better on the pancake-flat 43km course to clock 47 minutes 47 seconds.
• Van Aert finished 5.37 seconds behind with another Belgian, Remco Evenepoel, picking up the bronze medal 43.34 seconds off the pace.

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