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December 06, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Govt dissolves flood response liaison centre
• Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal on December 5, 2022 announced dissolution of National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC), hailing its role in mitigating the impact of the recent massive floods.
• Speaking at an NFRCC function, the federal minister said flood damages could have been much more, but coordinated efforts helped reduce the impact of the tragedy.
• Appreciating the NFRCC`s role, the minister said the world was surprised over Pakistan handing of such a huge calamity with less human loss. He said the capability and coordination for disaster management under the umbrella of NFRCC played a key role in helping Pakistan accomplish the gigantic task
2. Russian fuel on discounted price soon
• Russia has agreed to provide crude oil, petrol and diesel to Pakistan at discounted rates besides long-term contracts for LNG supply and construction of gas pipelines, said Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik.
• Mr Malik, who returned from Moscow visit, said that detailed terms and conditions of the discounted oil commodities would be settled during the upcoming visit of Russian Energy Minister to Islamabad by mid-January, but rates would be similar to the discount being given to other countries or even cheaper.
• Before that visit, the two sides would crystallise proposals to a stage that an executive summary or an agreement could be signed and supplies start flowing, the minister said, adding that both sides would designate respective firms to negotiate terms and conditions
3. ECC okays import of 0.95m tonnes of wheat
• The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on December 5, 2022 accepted offers for the import of almost 950,000 tonnes of wheat including 450,000 tonnes from Russia at the same rate of $372 per tonne.
• With this, Russia has become the single largest wheat supplier to Pakistan this year, taking total quantities to 750,000 tonnes.
• The meeting of the ECC presided over by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also approved the change of the title of the revolving fund account for CPEC Independent Power Producers from `Pakistan Energy Revolving Fund` to `Pakistan Energy Revolving Account` to satisfy Chinese financial institutions as required under the CPEC framework agreement
4. IS attacked embassy to `sow distrust with Pakistan`
• The Taliban regime said on December 5, 2022 the attack on Pakistan`s embassy, claimed by the militant Islamic State group, was carried out with the involvement of unidentified foreign groups with intention of sowing distrust with Pakistan.
• In Islamabad, Pakistan`s Foreign Office said they remained in active contact with the Afghan authorities and expressed the confidence that the Dec 2 incident would be fully investigated and the perpetrators and their abettors would be brought to account.
• A Pakistani guard was wounded in the attack that FO called an attempt to assassinate its head of mission, Ubaidur Rehman Nizamani. Ambassador Nizamani escaped unhurt in the attack.
• The Taliban said they had arrested one suspect and recovered two guns while their spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the suspect was a foreign IS member
5. World urged to help Afghanistan deal with worst-ever food crisis
• Experts blamed poor Taliban governance and international policies for the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan where more than 90 percent of the households go hungry, says a report published on Monday.
• The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has already described this as `the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth` while the international community still ponders how to help Afghans without benefiting the Taliban.
• `International donor assistance was reduced to a trickle when the Taliban seized power last year, and the cutoffs were economically devastating,` says another report published by the Foreign Policy magazine. But the Taliban regime too shares the blame as it `has more capacity to provide relief than it lets on. It is generating revenue, especially through border trade, but it blames the crisis on Western sanctions,` the report adds