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August 11, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Parvez lifts ban on timing condition for shops, markets
• The Parvez Elahi government on August 10, 2022 withdrew former chief minister Hamza Shehbaz decision of closing business centres, markets, super stores and shops at 9pm made to conserve electricity and fuel.
• The Punjab government has notified the announcement by Chief Minister Parvez Elahi to lift the ban on the timing condition on business centres, markets, super stores and shops.
• The Punjab labour and human resource department issued the notification while withdrawing notifications issued on June 18, 20 and 24, and July 1 and 28 that had fixed the closing hours of shops and establishments with immediate effect and till further orders.
• Business centres can now also be opened on Sundays
2. Alvi floats idea of using mosques as schools
• President Dr Arif Alvi on August 10, 2022 proposed that mosques, which normally remained vacant between Fajr and Zuhr prayers, could be used as schools and the prayer leaders could be trained as teachers to provide free of cost education to out-of-school children.
• He also called upon the Ministry of Education and Professional Training to play role in bringing all stakeholders from the public and private sectors on one platform to devise a vision and strategy for extending educational services to hitherto neglected areas of the country by pooling their resources.
• The president was chairing a meeting related to Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) at Aiwan-i-Sadr. He called for further enhancing the quality and outreach of Open Distance Learning (ODL) programmes of AIOU, and using blended learning tools to increase the enrolment of students in different academic disciplines
3. For first time, PA fails to meet for 100 days in parliamentary year
• For the first time in the past many years, the Sindh Assembly met for less than 100 working days in the current parliamentary years.
• While the Rules of Procedure of the Provincial Assembly clearly stated that `the house shall meet for not less than one hundred working days in each parliamentary year`, it remained in session for just 71 days in the current parliamentary year ending on Aug 12 (tomorrow).
• The rules for sittings of the assembly says, `There shall be at least three sessions of the assembly in a parliamentary year and not more than 120 days shall intervene between the last sitting of the assembly in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session.
• Sub-rule 1 of Rule 28 of the Rules of Procedure said: `Provided that the Assembly shall meet for not less than one hundred working days in each parliamentary year
4. PTCL trials one terabit per second internet speed
• The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has conducted the country`s first trial of one-terabit one trillion bits or pieces of binary data transport capacity per wavelength.
• The trial was conducted in collaboration with Nokia in a live network environment, where PTCL Metro Transport Network was upgraded to one terabit per channel, extending its capacity to extreme speeds of 32 terabits per fibre.
• One terabit per second is enough bandwidth to download the entire Game of Thrones video series in HD in less than two seconds and support300,000 HD video zoom calls simultaneously
5. Taliban torn over reforms one year after seizing power
• One year on from the Taliban`s return to power in Afghanistan, some cracks are opening within their ranks over the crucial question of just how much reform their leaders can tolerate.
• Infamous during their first reign for their brutal crackdowns on rights and freedoms, the Islamists vowed to rule differently this time. On a superficial level at least, they appear to have changed in some respects.
• Officials in Kabul have embraced technology, while cricket matches are cheered in full stadiums. Televisions were banned under the Taliban government`s first incarnation, while Afghans now have access to the internet and social media.
• Girls are allowed to attend primary school and women journalists are interviewing government officials-unthinkable duringthe Taliban`s first stint in power in the 1990s