September 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 17, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 17, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

September 17, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Parliament`s joint session adopts three FATF bills amid tumult

• Parliament on September 16, 2020 witnessed a significant day when the government managed to pass eight important bills, including three related to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and two others to replace the Pakistan Medical and Dent al Council (PMDC) with Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), amid ruckus in the House and boycott by the opposition.
• The bills were passed in a joint sitting of parliament that President Dr Arif Alvi had summoned to get the FATF related bills, which had been rejected in the opposition dominated Senate, passed.
• A good number of legislators turned up in the National Assembly hall and the first bill was passed with the majority of 10 votes as the number of treasury members was found 200 in the count while opposition members were said to be 190

2. Stringent law to curb child abuse, rape on the cards

• Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the government will soon introduce a three-tier legislation providing for registration of sex offenders, exemplary punishment for rape and child abuse and effective policing.
• `Such incidents ruin the lives of victims and their families also have to suffer,` said Mr Khan, referring to the heart-wrenching incident on the Lahore Sialkot motorway on Sept 9. He pointed out that the main suspect in the recent gang-rape case was a history-sheeter, explaining that global data indicated that such criminals were repeat offenders and therefore maintaining their data was important.

3. WB finalises solid waste management project

• As the Sindh government urgently needs to mitigate the impact of flooding, the World Bank has designed the Karachi Solid Waste Emergency and Efficiency Project (SWEEP) with a proposed allocation of $100 million. The scheme is expected to be approved next month.
• In view of widespread flooding and public health crisis after the rainy season last year and subsequent deterioration of solid waste management network this year, the bank approved the use of emergency procedures to prepare and implement the solid waste project (SWEEP)

4. COAS inaugurates Burraq Combat Skills Training Complex

• Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday inaugurated Burraq Combat Skills Training Complex in Gujranwala.
• According Inter-Services Public Relations, the Training Complex is aimed at enhancing mechanised elements’ crew proficiency in overcoming obstacles encountered during offensive operations. During the visit army chief was briefed about operational, training and administrative matters of the Central Command Formations. He also witnessed integrated training of the strike formation. All elements including Armoured, Artillery, Engineers and Mechanised Infantry demonstrated operational combat worthiness. The Army Chief appreciated operational readiness of the strike formation and high morale of troops.

5. Another terminal for trade with Afghanistan opened

• Pakistan opened another terminal for trade with Afghanistan at the Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan`s Qila Saifullah district on September 16, 2020.
• Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani inaugurated the trade terminal in the border area of Badini. Commander of Southern Command Lt Gen Mohammad Wasim Ashraf, Inspector General of Frontier Corps North Maj Gen Fayyaz Hussain Shah, provincial ministers, MPAs and other officials attended the inauguration ceremony.
• The business community, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and importers and exporters had been demanding the opening of a new terminal for trade between the two counties at Badini for a long time as the Chaman gateway was overburdened due to the Afghan transit trade, import and export and NATO supply for the US troops stationed in Afghanistan.

6. Barbados to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state

• Barbados has announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic by November next year, as the Caribbean island nation seeks to move fully beyond its colonial past.
• The decision was formalised in the so-called Throne Speech, delivered on behalf of Prime Minister Mia Mottley by the island`s Governor-General Sandra Mason to mark the state opening of parliament on Tuesday.
• More than half a century after attaining independence from Britain, `the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,` Mason said

7. Venezuelan president behind crimes against humanity, say UN investigators

• Venezuela`s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on September 16, 2020.
• In their first report, a team of investigators tasked with probing a slew of alleged violations in Venezuela said they had found evidence that state actors, including President Nicolas Maduro, were behind serious international crimes.
• The International Fact-Finding Mission, created by the UN Human Rights Council a year ago, `found reasonable grounds to beheve that Venezuelan authorities and security forces have since 2014 planned and executed serious human rights violations,` Marta Valinas, the mission`s chairperson, said in a statement.

8. CDWP approves Rs57.78bn energy, development projects

• The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on September 16, 2020 cleared a total of seven development projects with a total cost of Rs57.78 billion.
• At a CDWP meeting presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, four development projects with a cumulative estimated cost of Rs12.25bn were approved.
• Two other projects with a total cost of Rs33.43bn were referred to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). The meeting allowed extension in re-tendering of a Rs12.10bn hydropower project in Gilgit

9. BJP regime starts building 50,000 temples in IIOJK

• As part of Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government’s nefarious plan to Hinduise Jammu and Kashmir in shortest possible period of time, it has started executing the decision to build around 50,000 temples in the territory. In the name of rebuilding dilapidated temples, the Indian government has identified several historic mosques and monasteries where it is going to build the said temples, Kashmir Media Service reported.
• As per the notorious modus-operandi of the RSS-BJP nexus, the Indian government has claimed that these mosques were built at the site of ancient Hindu worship places. The regime was using a special segment of Kashmiri Pandits to carry out the wicked plan.

10. Scientists find world`s oldest sperm in Myanmar amber

• A team of palaeontologists have discovered what they believe is the world`s oldest animal sperm, frozen in tree resin 100 million years ago inside a tiny crustacean in Myanmar.
• The oldest known examples of fossilised animal sperm were previously a mere 17 million years old, according to the team of expens led by Wang He of the Chinese Academy of Science in Nanjing.
• The sperms were found inside an ostracod a type of crustacean that has existed for 500 million years and can be found in many oceans today, they said in a paper published on Wednesday in the Royal Society`s Proceedings journal.

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