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January 04, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Govt unveils `early to bed, early to rise` policy
• In order to stabilise the economy, the federal cabinet on January 3, 2023 decided to implement `bold` decisions that include the closure of markets at 8:30pm and wedding halls at 10pm, the use of efficient electronic appliances, and a 40per cent reduction in power consumption in government offices.
• The cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, also vowed to enforce these decisions under a National Energy Conservation Plan, introducing certain measures to ensure judicious utilisation of national resources.
• In the cabinet meeting on Dec 20, the government had already approved a comprehensive National Emergency Plan for the conservation of energy to save hundreds of billions of rupees
2. President signs bill to repeal MTI Act
• President Arif Alvi on January 3, 2023 finally signed the bill repealing the Medical Teaching Institution (MTI) Act 2021.
• The parliament had on December 20 passed the same bill for the second time, forcing President Alvi to change his decision and sign the MTI repeal bill.
• The Medical Teaching Institution (MTI) Act 2021 had changed the status of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims).
• Talking to Dawn, Supreme Court Advocate Raja Inaam Ameen Minhas said President Alvi had been left with no choice but to approve the bill as it would have stood approved in 10 days. However, he said, the president was empowered to send the bill to the parliament for reconsideration
3. PM orders Covid-19 vaccination for 5 to 11-year-olds
• After the successful implementation of the first phase, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on January 3, 2023 directed the officials to start the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination of children between five and 11 years.
• The premier issued the directives to the National Institute of Health (NIH) during a meeting to review the virus` situation in the country.
• The premier was briefed by the NIH Executive Director Maj Gen Aamer Ikram about the current Covid-19 situation.
• The PM was told that as many as eight million children between the ages of 5 and 11 years 25pc of the total group have been vaccinated with a 97pc success rate, a source privy to the meeting told Dawn.
• The prime minister, while appreciating the progress, directed the officials to vaccinate the remaining 75pc children at the earliest, the source added.
4. Cabinet cuts medicine prices by up to 30pc
• The federal government on January 3, 2023 approved a proposal to reduce the prices of 20 medicines, including those used to treat blood pressure, cancer, eye infection and other complications.
• A health ministry spokesperson said the prices of most medicines have been slashed by 30 per cent. The cabinet has also approved a proposal to fix the prices of 54 other medicines. The cabinet made the decision on the recommendation of Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel, spokesman Sajid Shah said.
• In a statement, the health minister said the government was committed to providing relief to the masses
5. Increase in payment to LG heads planned as KP cabinet approves rule changes
• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on January 3, 2022 approved the proposed amendments to the rules for village and neighbourhood councils to increase remuneration of tehsil council chairmen and mayors.
• The cabinet met here with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair and ministers and aides to the chief minister, chief secretary, senior member of the Board of Revenue, and secretaries of government departments in attendance.
• According to an official statement issued here, the cabinet approved amendments to the KP Village and Neighbourhood Councils Rules, 2022, for increasing the remuneration of tehsil mayors and chairmen and providing them with 200 litres vehicle fuel every month