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December 07, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. `Calamitous` smog puts Punjab on high alert
• As Punjab imposed an environmental emergency in parts of the province, particularly in Lahore, owing to the hazardous level of smog, the Lahore High Court (LHC) asked the government on Tuesday to notify the closure of schools in the provincial capital for at least three days a week.
• Terming smog a `calamity` Chief Minister Parvez Elahi ordered the effective implementation of a plan designed to reduce smog in the province and said that action should be taken to control the factors that caused it.
• The Environment Protection Department (EPD), transport, and industries departments in liaison with administrative officers should go in the field, the CM said, adding that any failure to implement the ongoing SOPs to reduce smog will not be tolerated. He said that `indiscriminate action` should be taken against those who set fire to crop residues a practice banned across the province
2. FIR of Arshad`s killing registered on SC order
• Police sprang into action on December 5, 2022, registering an FIR on Arshad Sharif`s murder on the directions of the Supreme Court nearly six weeks after the journalist`s assassination.
• The victim`s hosts in Kenya, Khuram Ahmed and Waqar Ahmed, along with some unidentified persons, were booked by the Ramna police for his murder on the complaint of SHO Rasheed Ahmed, just hours after the top court invoked its suo-motu jurisdiction on an application filed by the journalist`s mother and directed the interior secretary to ensure the registration of an FIR. The court also sought a fact-finding report from the additional attorney general for Pakistan.
• The five-member SC bench, which will resume hearing the case on December 7, 2022 (today), came down hard on the government on Tuesday for not submitting the f act-finding report or registering an FIR of the incident
3. Abdullah Sumbal posted CS for three months
• The federal government finally notified on Tuesday Abdullah Khan Sumbal as Punjab Chief Secretary for three months, ending the embarrassing cycle of extensions being given to the officer to hold a `look-after` charge of the highest administrative office in the province.
• Mr Sumbal had been given four extensions since Sept 17, when he was told to `look after` the office of the Punjab chief secretary after his predecessor, Kamran Ali Afzal, filed a `protest leave`, resenting `postings and transfers of senior civil servants without merit,` which he tried to resist.
• On the other hand, the federal government also granted 130-day ex-Pakistan leave to Mr Afzal, who wanted to travel to Australia
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4. Foreign firm to invest in energy from garbage project
• A Norwegian corporation intends to invest $300 million initially for approximately 45 megawatts of power generation using solid waste in Lahore, following German and Thai businesses.
• The plan calls for the Norwegian company to use up to 2,000 tonnes of new garbage for energy production.
• After holding a meeting with a Norwegian company delegation here on Tuesday, Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) Board of Directors Chairman Aatif Chaudhry told Dawn that the city produces about 6,000 tonnes of waste per day, which our company collects and dumps at the Lakhudair landfill site (Mahmood Booti)
5. Floodwaters still inundate 13 districts of Sindh, Balochistan: UN
• As the United Nations Satellite Centre`s imagery indicates an estimated eight million people still potentially exposed to floodwaters or living close to flooded areas, the latest UN report released on December 6, 2022 said floodwaters still present in 11 districts of Sindh and two districts of Balochistan.
• The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance`s report said floodwaters continued to recede in many flood-affected areas of the country, but standing floodwaters continue to be present in Dadu, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Khairpur, Mirpurkhas, Jamshoro, Sanghar, Umerkot, Badin, Shaheed Benazirabad and Naushahro Feroze districts in Sindh, and Sohbatpur and Jafferabad districts in Balochistan.
• The report says the noods have had a significant impact on health, particularly for children. Poor sanitation and contaminated water resources are adversely affecting the health and wellbeing of children as cases of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases are still prevalent
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