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August 15, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Punjab to provide free education till graduation
• Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi on August 14, 2022 announced free education up to graduation in state-run educational institutes.
• After hoisting the national flag at a ceremony held at Lahore Fort to celebrate Independence Day, Mr Elahi said he had made education free up to matriculation in his previous tenure as chief minister.
• Addressing the ceremony, he paid rich tribute to the martyrs of armed forces and police who had laid down their lives in defence of their country.
• While praising Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Mr Elahi remarked that the COAS` services to eradicate terrorism from the country deserved praise.
2. Two soldiers martyred in Harnai shootout
• Amid an increase in militant attacks on security forces, two Pakistan Army personnel embraced martyrdom and two others received injuries in separate incidents in Balochistan.
• In a statement on Sunday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army`s media affairs wing, said the terrorists assaulted a check post in the Khost area of the Harnai district resulting in the martyrdom of two soldiers and injuries to an officer as a result of heavy firing.
• `Having successfully repulsed the distant fire raid, the escaping terrorists were pursued into the nearby mountains,` the statement said, adding, `As a follow up, during an encircling effort to cut off fleeing terrorists, a heavy exchange of Kre took place between terrorists and a security forces patrol as well
3. President confers awards for meritorious services
• President Dr Arif Alvi on August 14, 2022 conferred civil and military honours and awards on citizens and foreign dignitaries for excellence and services in different fields.
• The awardees, who also include personnel from the armed forces, will receive their awards and medals on March 23.
• The personalities who were honoured include: Nishan-i-Imtiaz Public Service: Sartaj Aziz, late Hasil Bazinjo, Raeesul Ahrar, late Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas Khan, late Justice Rana Bhagwan Das Art: Late Ahmed Ghulam All Chagla, late Sufi Ghulam Mustafa Tabassum, Muhammad Qavi Khan Sports: Jahangir Khan Hilal-i-Pakistan Services to Pakistan: Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Engineer Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, Sheikh Muhammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Robin L
4. Carbon pricing to be enforced under tax policy, ADB assured
• The government has given a commitment to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to approve and commence with effect from January 1, 2022 the implementation of National Carbon Pricing Strategy under the country`s overall tax policy to raise tax-to-GDP ratio to 10pc by FY2025 from 8.5pc now.
• This is part of about $200 million loan Resource Mobilisation Reforms programme of the ADB that has to begin on January 1, 2023 and be completed by end-March 2024, primarily by the Federal Board of Revenue. Under the programme, the government would also expand the track and trace system (TTS) for improved tax recoveries to large number of sectors including petroleum, pharmaceuticals and beverages
5. Rs75 commemorative banknote marks nation`s pledge to tackle climate change
• To mark the country`s 75 years of independence, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on August 14, 2022 issued a Rs75 commemorative banknote featuring not only the portraits of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan but also highlighting nation`s commitment to address climate change.
• The green and white currency note has tones of yellow, where the green represents growth and development and derives inspiration from the country`s Islamic identity and the white colour emphasises religious diversity of the population, according to the SBP.
• `The Markhor and Deodar trees pictured on the reverse of the Banknote highlight our national commitment to address climate change and its repercussions,` a statement issued by the SBP mentioned