February 2020

Day by Day Current Affairs (February 10 2020) MCQs for CSS, PMS

Day by Day Current Affairs (February 10 2020) MCQs for CSS
Shahzad F. Malik
Written by Shahzad F. Malik
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February 10, 2020: National / International Current Affairs

1. Pakistan to host world moot on Afghan refugees on 17th

• Pakistan, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will host an International Conference next week to mark four decades of the Afghan refugees in the country.
• The two-day conference, “40 years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity”, will be held in February 17-18.
• The conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad.
• United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, Ministers and senior officials from around 20 countries, who have been supporting the Afghan refugees across the globe and in Pakistan, will be participating


2. UN Secretary General to visit Pakistan on 15th

• United Nations Secretary General António Guterres will arrive for Pakistan visit on February 15.
• A 14-member delegation will also accompany with the UN Secretary General António Guterres, sources added.
• The world body’s top official will hold meetings with President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and other distinguished Pakistani citizens during his stay in the country. UN Secretary General will visit the offices of the United Nations’ mission in Pakistan


3. Water reservoirs capacity reduced by 30pc

• The water storage capacity in the country’s reservoirs have reduced by almost 30 per cent or 5 MAF owing to silting in the last five decades and the proposed hydropower projects to be completed till 2025 the country will only achieve the storage it has lost since 1960s.
• Overall all the three dams water reservoirs have lost around 5 MAF space or 30 percent due to siltation in the reservoirs, with Chashma leading the row with 61 percent or 0.440, Tarbela 41 percent or 3.80 MAF and Mangla 11 percent or 0.881 MAF, official documents available with The Nation reveals.
• The water reservoirs in the country have lost up 30 percent or 5 MAF storage capacity in the last around five decades and with the proposed hydropower projects to be completed till 2025 the country will only achieve the storage it has lost since 1960s

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4. UN-brokered Libya talks end with no ceasefire deal

• Libya`s warring sides ended several days of UN-brokered talks without reaching a deal to consolidate a provisional ceasefire in and around the capital, the UN said.
• Another round of talks was proposed for later this month as both sides agreed to the need to continue the negotiations, according to a statement from the UN support mission in Libya released on February 8, 2020.
• The current ceasefire was brokered by Russia and Turkey on Jan 12. It marked the first break in fighting in months, but there have been repeated violations from both sides.
• Oil-rich Libya is split between rival governments, each backed by an array of foreign countries apparently jockeying for influence in order to control Libya`s resources


5. Israel blocks Palestinian exports amid trade crisis

• Israel on February 9, 2020 imposed a ban on Palestinian agricultural exports, in a move the Palestinians blasted as a `dangerous` escalation in a five-month trade war.
• `Starting from today … export abroad of Palestinian agricultural product through the Allenby crossing will not be allowed,` COGAT, the Israel defence ministry unit that oversees civilian activities in the Palestinian territories, said in a statement.
• The Israeli-controlled Allenby border crossing between Jordan and the occupied West Bank is the only route through which Palestinian goods can reach foreign markets


6. Iran`s satellite fails to reach orbit amid US worries

• Iran unveiled a new short-range missile called Thunder on February 9, 2020 and launched a satellite named Victory which failed to reach orbit.
• The developments took place at a time of high tension with the United States, which killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad on Jan 3, prompting an Iranian missile attack on a US base in Iraq.
• Iranian Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said the satellite launch had not gone as planned.
• `I wanted to make you happy with good news but sometimes life does not go the way we want it to. The launch was not successful, he tweeted


7. Pakistan, Iran grab big wins to open Kabaddi World Cup

• The Kabaddi World Cup started here on February 9, 2020 with big wins for hosts Pakistan and Iran.
• Pakistan thrashed Canada 64-13 in the opener with Iran overwhelming Sierra Leone 60-19 in the second game of the day.
• Teams from 10 nations are taking part in the event being organised in three cities.


8. Nasim Shah becomes youngest to record Test hat-trick

• Teenage sensation Nasim Shah became the youngest player to claim a hat-trick in Test cricket as Pakistan left Bangladesh on the cusp of a crushing defeat on the third day of the first Test at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on February 9, 2020.
• Nasim broke the record of Bangladeshi bowler Alok Kapali, just a week before his 17th birthday.
• Kapali at the age of 19 had staged hattrick against Pakistan in 2003 at Peshawar.
• Nasim completed his hat-trick when Bangladesh veteran Mahmudullah miscued a drive and played it into Haris Sohail`s hands who took a sharp catch at first slip.
• Najmul Hossain Shanto and night watchman Taijul Islam were both trapped leg-before by subsequently before Mahmudullah`s dismissal


9. Nepal teenager youngest to hit ODI 50

• Nepal teenager Kushal Malla has become the youngest batsman to score a One-day International half-century in men`s cricket.
• The left-handed Malla made 50 off 51 balls on his ODI debut in a World Cup League 2 match against the US near Kathmandu on Saturday aged 15 years and 340 days.
• He broke the record held by his compatriot Rohit Kumar Paudel, who was only 16 years and 146 days old when he scored 55 in an ODI against the UAE last year.
• India`s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was 16 years and 214 days when he made a half-century in a Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad in 1989.


10. Akbar inspires Bangladesh to historic Under-19 World Cup glory

• Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali kept his calm to lead his team to a stunning three-wicket win over India in Potchefstroom to win the Under-19 World Cup for the first time.
• Chasing 178 to win, Bangladesh were struggling at 102 for six but Akbar, who finished 43 not out, dragged them towards the line at Senwes Park.
• A brief flurry of rain saw the players leave the field with Bangladesh on 163 for seven.
• When they returned the target had been adjusted under DLS to 170 from 46 overs.
• Bangladesh needed seven from 30 balls and Akbar and Rakibul Hasan duly knocked off the runs to claim Bangladesh`s first World Cup at any level.


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