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January 08, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Cop martyred in Bannu; four `militants` dead in CTD operation
• A police constable was martyred and another suffered gunshot wounds when militants attacked a police patrol in Bannu, while villagers and police repulsed yet another attack on a police post in Lakki Marwat district on the night between Friday and Saturday, officials said.
• Separately, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of police claimed to have killed four alleged militants during an intelligence-based operation in Sarband area on the outskirts of Peshawar on Saturday.
• Officials said that a police mobile van came under a gun and bomb attack in Domel area of Bannu. A team of Domel police station was on patrol duty when it spotted two suspected motorcyclists and signalled them to stop
2. TTP `major thorn` in ties between Islamabad, Kabul
• Noting that the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was becoming a major irritant in Islamabad`s relations with the Taliban government in Kabul, a leading think tank has called for reorienting Afghan policy, civilianising National Action Plan (NAP) and counter terrorism regime.
• `Parliament is the centre of collective decision-making, and the parliament must take a lead role in counterterrorism efforts. It must build a clear stance on terrorism, and extremism. The subject must not be an exclusive domain of the security agencies,` the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, an Islamabad-based policy research and advocacy think tank, said in a report released on Saturday.
• The `Pakistan Security Report 2022` noted the TTP, believed to be operating from the neighbouring Afghanistan, remained one of the major actors of violence in Pakistan in the year2022, with the number of terrorist attacks in the country marking an increase of 27 per cent from the previous year
3. Govt to give Rs17.5bn subsidy for buying e-bikes
• The Ministry of Industries and Production has devised a scheme to initially produce 100,000 e-bikes in 18 months to diversify fuel consumption as well as help reduce carbon emissions.
• The scheme was presented in the last cabinet meeting and the prime minister referred it to the Economic Coordination Committee for further deliberation and working on the financial model. The ministry has proposed a subsidy of Rs17.5 billion in three years to encourage the purchase of comparatively costlier bikes.
• As per the plan, the government would bear a down payment of Rs90,000 for an e-bike with an estimated cost of Rs170,000 whereas the purchaser will pay Rs10,000 making the total initial payment to Rs100,000.
• It is suggested that with government guarantees the bank would provide a Rs70,000 loan at Kibor+2 or 19 per cent which is estimated to be Rs13,300
4. Punjab rejects ECP notification on delimitation of union councils
• Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi in a meeting on January 7, 2023 with the Punjab Assembly Speaker and provincial ministers comprehensively reviewed the Election Commission of Pakistan`s notification about delimitation of union councils in the province and rejected it `for being lopsided.
• The chief minister said a legal and a constitutional course of action would be adopted to contest the ECP`s notification.
• The meeting was of the view that the ECP`s delimitation notification did not fulfill legal requirements.
• The chief minister said the one sided notification was an attempt to bulldoze public opinion. He said local people and administration were not taken on board with regard to consultations and decisions leading to delimitation of union councils
5. Cabinet approves reversal of autonomy to 18 public colleges
• The Punjab Cabinet has approved withdrawal of the autonomy to 18 public colleges of Punjab, which were declared autonomous under the boards of governors (BoGs) in 2010.
• Twenty-six public sector colleges of the province were granted autonomy when the BS four year programmes were started there. Eight of them were later turned into universities while the remaining 18 have now got the position which they had before the autonomy and their administrative and financial affairs would be run by the Higher Education Department (HED) and not the BoGs.
• The Punjab Cabinet in its 8th meeting held on Dec 29, 2022 approved the reversal of policy