September 2020

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

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

September 10, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Pakistan, UAE to fight financial crime

• The Financial Intelligence Unit of the United Arab Emirates` central bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pakistan to combat financial crimes.
• According to the MoU reached with Pakistan`s Financial Monitoring Unit, both sides will continue promoting financial stability and combating money laundering and terrorism financing

2. Balochistan cabinet approves ban on bonded labour

• A marathon session of the Balochistan cabinet, held here on September 9, 2020 with Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani in chair, took various decisions while discussing an over 20-point agenda and approved ban on bonded labour, recovery of bonded labourers and their rehabilitation.
• Under an amendment to the Balochistan Bonded Labour System Bill 2020, people found involved in hiring bonded labour would undergo one-year imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs100,000.
• Under the amendment made under the International Labour Organisation convention, vigilance committees would be established at district level to monitor the situation of bonded labour.

3. Indian spying drone shot down

• The Pakistan Army has shot down an Indian spying drone along the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
• `#PakistanArmy troops shot down an Indian spying #quadcopter in Chakothi Sectoralong LOC. The quadcopter had intruded 500 meters on Pakistan`s side of the #LOC. This is 11th Indian quadcopter shot down by Pakistan Army this year,` Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said in a tweet on Wednesday

4. PM approves 88 new posts in Secretariat Group

• Prime Minister Imran Khan on September 9, 2020 took a significant decision of appointing experienced personnel from the open market in grades 19 and 20 and approving 88 additional posts in the Secretariat Group.
• Out of the 88 posts, 15 are in BS-21, 29 in BS-20 and 44 in BS-19.
• According to the Prime Minister`s Office, the decision to approve the 88 posts will boost promotion prospects in the Secretariat Group.

5. Govt gets Rs179.35m by selling 13 more state owned-properties

• The federal government on September 9, 2020 has generated Rs179.35 million by selling 13 more state owned-properties.
• The second phase of the auction of federal government owned Properties was held in Lahore yesterday. The auction included 13 Government Properties located in different parts of Lahore. Against the reserve price of Rs175.005 million, Privatisation Commission was successful to auction all thirteen properties and able to generate Rs179.354 million for the national exchequer.
• These include, WAPDA owned commercial property located at Nicolson Road Lahore, three shops located at M.M. Alam Road and nine apartments owned by ERRA located at Ferozpur Road, Lahore. The privatisation proceeds are primarily used for retirement of national debt and also for the poverty alleviation.

6. PM to inaugurate Roshan Digital Account for overseas Pakistanis today

• Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate Roshan Digital Account for overseas Pakistanis on September 10, 2020 (today) According to a Press release of PM Office Media Wing, the State Bank of Pakistan is going to launch the Roshan Digital Account, in collaboration with commercial banks.
• The initiative would enable the overseas Pakistanis to open accounts in any bank of the country easily and facilitate them in funds transfer and paying utility bills. The overseas Pakistanis will be able to open an account without visiting a bank branch, Embassy or Consulate

7. US cuts troops in Iraq to fulfil Trump`s pledge to stop `endless wars`

• The US announced a sharp cut on September 9, 2020 to troop numbers in Iraq, as President Donald Trump seeks to honour his pledge to halt the country`s `endless wars` overseas, with just two months to go until the election.
• The move, reducing the Pentagon`s footprint in Iraq from 5,200 military personnel to just 3,000, and an expected parallel announcement on Afghanistan, comes as Trump strives to cast himself as a peacemaker as he fights an uphill battle to stay in power.
• General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of the US military`s Central Command, said during an event in Baghdad that the decision was `due to our confidence in the Iraqi security forces` increased ability to operate independently.` That would take the US presence there to its lowest level since Trump`s predecessor Barack Obama cut troops to a token force in 2012 in a previous attempt to end the then nine-year-old war

8. S. Arabia reaffirms support for Palestinian state

• Saudi Arabia told an Arab League meeting on September 9, 2020 it supports all efforts to reach a comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
• But a statement released by the Saudi foreign ministry on remarks made by Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud included no direct mention of a normalisation deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
• The prince said Riyadh supported the establishment of a Palestinian state based on the borders before the 1967 Middle East war, with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the statement. During the 1967 war, Israel captured territory including the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which it still occupies.

9. Pakistani-American man features in Forbes richest list

• A Pakistani-American, Shahid Khan, has emerged as the 66th richest man in the United States in 2020, with a total worth of $7.8 billion.
• Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is number one for the third year in a row, followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates at number two.
• The Forbes list of 400 richest Americans, published on Tuesday, estimates Bezos` total worth in 2020 as $179bn. Gates has about $111bn and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has $85bn. He is the third on the list.

10. Afghan vice president wounded in deadly Kabul blast

• Afghanistan`s vice president Amrullah Saleh sustained minor injuries on Wednesday when an explosion targeted his convoy and killed at least 10 people, as government backed negotiators and the Taliban prepared to meet in Doha for long delayed peace talks.
• The attack in the capital Kabul was quickly condemned as an attempt to frustrate the peace process, with top Afghan and foreign officials calling for an end to violence so negotiations between the two warring sides can proceed.
• In a video posted on Facebook soon after the explosion, Saleh, an outspoken Taliban critic, said he had been travelling to his office when his convoy was attacked.

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