September 2020

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 03, 2020) for CSS, PMS

Daily Top-10 Current Affairs MCQs / News (September 03, 2020) for CSS, PMS
Written by Shahzad F. Malik

September 03, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. PM Imran Khan to address UNGA’s 75th session on Sept 25

• Prime Minister Imran Khan will address the landmark 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) via video link on September 25, according to an initial list of speakers officially released on Tuesday.
• The high level general debate of the 193-member assembly in which the Pakistani leader will speak traditionally a high profile annual UN event will open on September 22. But this year it is expected to be a slimmed down affair with world leaders staying away from New York because of the coronavirus pandemic. They will be contributing set piece speeches via video link.

2. Punjab bans sugar transport to Sindh, Balochistan

• Punjab government banned inter-provincial movement of sugar to Balochistan and Sindh on the orders of Federal government, ignoring the fact that there was not a single sugar mill in Balochistan and it is mainly dependent on sugar supplies from Punjab and Sindh.
• The federal government took the decision of banning inter-provincial movement of sugar to Balochistan without considering the repercussion on Punjab’s economy and inter-provincial harmony among the provinces.

3. OIC chief pledges unstinted support to Kashmir cause

• Organization of Islamic Cooperation Chief Dr Yousef Al-Othaimeen yesterday pledged unstinted support to the Kashmir cause.
• The OIC Secretary General backed the Kashmiris towards realization of their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions, an official statement said.
• During a meeting, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to OIC Rizwan Saeed Sheikh briefed the OIC Secretary General about the worsening human rights and humanitarian situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir

4. UAE announces medical, food package for flood victims in Sindh and Balochistan

• The UAE Ambassador in Islamabad announced an assistance program of medical and food packages for floods affectees in Sindh and Baluchistan provinces.
• Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Al Zaabi, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Pakistan stated that in accordance with the directives of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and the support of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, and with direct follow-up from Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, the Foundation in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Islamabad, will implement an emergency relief program for those affected by floods in southern Pakistan. He said according to a preliminary study the number of beneficiaries is expected to reach about 75,000 in the affected areas

5. Umar Sheikh takes over as Lahore CCPO

• A seasoned officer of the Police Service of Pakistan Muhammad Umar Sheikh has been appointed as Lahore Capital City Police Officer.
• The officer took charge of his new assignment on September 2, 2020.
• The new Lahore Police Commander was welcomed by DIG (Investigations) Shahzada Sultan, DIG (Operations) Ashfaq Ahmad Khan as he reached his office on Wednesday.
• Chief Traffic Officer (CTO), retired Captain Syed Hammad Abid, SSP (Admin), retired Captain Liaqat Ali Malik, SSP Discipline Ibadat Nisar and SP Legal Asif also greeted the officer.

6. Saudi Arabia opens its skies for all Israeli flights

• In another breakthrough for Israel’s rapprochement with the Arab Gulf, and a major boon for Israeli air travel, Saudi Arabia on September 2, 2020 announced that it will henceforth allow flights from “all countries” to cross over its airspace on flights to or from the United Arab Emirates.
• Israeli leaders indicated they understood this to mean that Israeli flights can head to and from the Far East via Saudi Arabia and UAE, drastically reducing travel time. The dramatic Saudi announcement, which followed Monday’s first-ever Israeli non-stop flight to Abu Dhabi — which for the first time crossed through Saudi airspace — was announced by the state-owned Saudi Press Agency. The El Al flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv on Tuesday was also allowed to overfly Saudi Arabia, although, unlike Monday’s flight, no American delegation was on board.

7. ‘Service to humanity’: Volunteers in Bahrain sign up for vaccine trial

• In a Bahrain exhibition centre that used to hold jewellery shows and book fairs before the coronavirus pandemic, Mohammed al-Blooshi and other masked volunteers wait for a dose of a Chinese trial vaccine.
• “It is a service to humanity,” says Blooshi, one of thousands in the wealthy Gulf country set to participate in the study. Chinese drug giant Sinopharm began testing a Covid-19 vaccine in Bahrain in August after starting a similar trial on 15,000 subjects in the nearby United Arab Emirates a month earlier.
• The randomised, double-blind trial of 6,000 people is still recruiting healthy men and women as volunteers to test the vaccine’s efficacy and safety in a large cross-section of the population.

8. Scientists detect first-of-its-kind ‘intermediate-mass’ black hole

• An international research collaboration including Northwestern University astronomers has witnessed the birth of an “intermediate-mass” black hole.
• This is the first conclusive discovery of an intermediate-mass black hole, an object which has long eluded astronomers.
• The cosmic event, its energy detected on Earth in the form of gravitational waves, is the most massive black hole merger yet observed in gravitational waves

9. Lahore to host remaining PSL 2020 matches in Nov

• The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on September 2, 2020 announced the schedule of the remaining four Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 matches, which were postponed on March 17 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
• The four matches will be played in Lahore on November 14, 15 and 17 with only the qualifier and eliminator one to be a double-header. The eliminator two will be played on the following day, while the event will conclude on November 17. The dates have been finalised following consultations and discussions with the four playing sides – Multan Sultans, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi – while start times will be confirmed closer to the event.

10. All-round Pakistan edge out England to draw series

• Mohammad Hafeez and debutant Haider Ali both hit half-centuries before Pakistan’s bowlers managed to restrict England despite fireworks from Moeen Ali.
• Moeen also found success with the ball, bowling Fakhar Zaman with his first ball to give England an early breakthrough.
• Babar Azam also fell before the end of the Powerplay, bowled by Tom Curran, but 19-year-old Haider Ali ensured the bowlers couldn’t get on top. After hitting his second ball for six, Haider continued to play with freedom and began to build a big partnership with Hafeez. Haider brought up his fifty from just 28 balls, becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score a half-century on T20I debut

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