September 2021

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 25, 2021) for CSS, PMS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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September 25, 2021: National / International Current Affairs


1. PM solicits world support for new Afghan rulers

• Prime Minister Imran Khan on September 24, 2021 made a strong pitch for the world to rally behind Afghanistan`s nascent Taliban government for preserving the progress made by the war-ravaged country over the past two decades and preventing it from turning into a safe haven for terrorists.
• Speaking at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly via video link, Mr Khan said: `There is only one way to go.
• We must strengthen and stabilise the current government, for the sake of the people of Afghanistan


2. Paris Club extends Pakistan`s debt payment deadline

• The Paris Club of creditor countries said on September 24, 2021 it was giving Pakistan another extension to service its debt so that it can dedicate its resources to combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
• The country has until December to make the payment, the club said in a statement, without releasing a figure.
• Islamabad `is committed to devote the resources freed by this initiative to increase spending in order to mitigate the health, economic and social impact of the Covid-19 crisis,` the statement said.


3. First consignment of NLC leaves for Turkey, Azerbaijan

• The first consignment of National Logistic Cell (NLC) left Pakistan for Turkey and Azerbaijan through Iran, Adviser on Commerce Razak Dawood announced on September 24, 2021.
• The NLC has started its operations under the Transports Internationals Routiers (TIR) Convention. The NLC is the second operator in Pakistan, and the first in public sector, to begin its operations under TIR.
• It will also be the first time that Pakistan`s trucks would move through Iran under TIR. Previously, goods had to be offloaded from Pakistan`s trucks and reloaded onto Iran`s trucks at the Taftan-Zahidan border


4. US wants Pakistan to coordinate on Afghanistan

• US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has urged Pakistan to coordinate diplomatic engagement while dealing with Afghanistan, says the official US readout of his meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
• The two top diplomats met in New York on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly and later in a tweet, Secretary Blinken said that the talks focused on `bilateral relations and Afghanistan`s future`.
• The State Department, however, said that the secretary highlighted the importance of coordinating `our diplomatic engagement` in his meeting with Mr Qureshi


5. Pakistan must abide by HR regimes to qualify for GSP+ after `23: EU official

• The European Commission has adopted a legislative proposal for 10 years (2024-34) to offer new European Union Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)to remove or reduce duties on import of products to promote sustainable development in low income countries.
• Pakistan is the largest beneficiary of the current GSP plus scheme since 2014 -zero per cent duty on several hundred products under the current regulation, which will expire on Dec 31, 2023 and to which the new proposal will become the successor.
• The European Parliament and the Council will now discuss the new proposal


6. Executions, amputations to resume: Taliban prisons chief

• The Taliban`s official in charge of prisons and former justice minister of Afghanistan, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, has said punishments such as executions and amputations will resume in the country though they may not be meted out in public as they were under their previous rule.
• Amputations were `necessary for security`, Mullah Nooruddin told The Associated Press, speaking in Kabul.
• While dismissing outrage over the Taliban`s executions in the past, which sometimes took place in front of crowds at a stadium, he said: `Everyone criticised us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and their punishments. No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the [basis of] Quran


7. China`s top regulators ban crypto trading and mining

• China`s most powerful regulators on September 24, 2021 intensified the country`s crackdown on cryptocurrency with a blanket ban on all crypto transactions and mining, hitting bitcoin and other major coins and pressuring crypto and blockchain-related stocks.
• Ten agencies, including the central bank as well as banking, securities and foreign exchange regulators, vowed to work together to root out `illegal` cryptocurrency activity, the first time the Beijing-based agencies have joined forces to explicitly ban all crypto currency related activity


8. Over 140 killed as Yemeni troops fight Houthis in Marib

• More than 140 rebels and pro-government troops have been killed this week as fighting has intensified for Yemen`s strategic northern city of Marib, military and medical sources said on September 24, 2021.
• At least 51 loyalists were killed in the past four days, most of them in clashes in the province of Shabwa and the neighbouring governorate of Marib, multiple military sources said.
• They added that at least 93 Iran-backed Houthi rebels also died in the fighting and from airstrikes by the Saudi-led military coalition backing the government


9. Former CGS Ishfaq Nadeem passes away

• Retired Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, former chief of the general staff (CGS) and ex-director general military operations (DGMO), was laid to rest at H-8 Graveyard on September 24, 2021. He was 62.
• According to a family member, Gen Ahmed suffered cardiac arrest at his house in Bahria Enclave on Friday morning and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
• Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and a large number of serving and retired army officers were among those who attended the funeral prayers at the H-8 Graveyard


10. Popular TV actor of yore Talat Iqbal passes away in US

• Considered one of the most stylish television actors of his time, Talat Iqbal died in the United States on September 24, 2021.
• The star of several memorable PTV plays, Iqbal was suffering from multiple ailments and the recent death of his daughter Sarah had left him shaken.
• He was on a ventilator in a hospital.
• Iqbal and his wife Sumbal, also a noted actress, were a hugely popular couple on and off screen. Born in Karachi, the actor started his career with Radio Pakistan in 1968. He then moved to the mini-screen and acted in unforgettable PTV dramas such as Shikast-i-Aarzu, Do Dooni Paanch, Aakhri Chataan, Aabgeenay, Kaif-iBaharan, Karvaan and Ab Dekh Khuda Kya Karta Hai


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