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January 11, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Amid chaos, PA echoes with demand for trust vote
• A day before the Lahore High Court (LHC) begins proceedings that may determine whether Chaudhry Parvez Elahi remains Punjab chief minister or not, the opposition in the provincial assembly challenged him to prove his majority in the house, amid chaotic scenes.
• The action-packed day of political wranglings which started with rumpus in the house culminated with a shoe hurled at the car of Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.
• As Tuesday`s session began three hours after its scheduled time, the opposition demanded Chief Minister Elahi to take a vote of trust as per the Dec 19 directive of the governor.
• However, Mr Elahi evaded the vote for the second consecutive day
2. WB cuts Pakistan`s GDP growth forecast in half
• Warning of another global recession, the World Bank on January 10, 2023 forecast Pakistan`s economic growth to slow further to two per cent during the current year down by two percentage points from its June 2022 estimate because of the devastating floods and slowdown in global growth rate.
• The World Bank`s latest forecast also points to a `sharp, long-lasting slowdown` with global growth pegged at 1.7pc this year, compared to 3pc it predicted in June, said the bank`s latest Global Economic Prospects report, a flagship publication of the World Bank Group.
• It said that global growth was slowing sharply in the face of elevated inflation, higher interest rates, reduced investment, and disruptions caused by Russia`s invasion of Ukraine
3. Punjab, California sign sister-province agreement
• The US state of California and Punjab have signed a sister-province agreement to promote trade, educational and cultural relations.
• Anthony Rendon, speaker of the California State Assembly, and Wasif Khurshid, chairman of the Punjab Planning and Development Board, signed the agreement in Sacramento, California on January 10, 2023.
• The sister-province agreement would `promote mutual trade and commerce and increase the potential for educational, environmental and cultural relations between Punjab and California`, said an official statement issued later
4. FAO assures Pakistan of support in agriculture
• The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has assured Pakistan that it will continue to play a leading role in transforming the country`s agriculture food systems to make them more efficient, inclusive, sustainable and resilient. This is a challenge that has gained urgency following recent floods that have devastated the country`s agriculture sector.
• In Pakistan, the FAO will require massive and sustained investments in climate change adaptation and resilience, especially within the agri food sectors as this is crucial to ensure better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all the `4 Betters` that are at the core of the FAO Strategic Framework for the next decade, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said while speaking at the International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan, in Geneva on Monday.
• The FAO chief said the organisation had also been leading preparations for the agriculture, fisheries and livestock section of the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and has contributed
5. South Asia sees worst child mortality rate in 2021
• South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa remained the two worst regions in terms of child mortality in 2021, a new UN report has said.
• The report released on January 10, 2023 estimated that around five million children died before the age of five while another 2.1 million children and youth between five and 24 years lost their lives in 2021.
• Children continue to face wildly differentiating chances of survival based on where they are born, with sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia shouldering the heaviest burden, the reports show, the report added