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July 14, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Ball in IMF`s court as Pakistan completes talks
• From Pakistan`s perspective, talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are complete, and it is just the internal process of the crisis lender, which would come out with a formal announcement on the successful completion of the seventh and eighth quarterly reviews of a stalled loan programme.
• `Our talks with the IMF are complete and they are now going through their internal approval process,` Finance Minister Miftah Ismail told Dawn, adding that the announcement should now come from the Fund.
• He said the IMF had given the Memorandum of Economic and Fiscal Policies (MEFP) to Islamabad, which had been responded to. `The IMF accepted some of the changes we pro-posed and did not agree on many others.
2. Six terrorists killed, arms seized: ISPR
• Security forces killed six terrorists during an intelligence based operation in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan tribal district, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on July 13, 2022.
• One soldier embraced martyrdom in the operation, the army`s media wing said in a statement.
• It said troops executed a successful operation during which six terrorists were killed. Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the terrorists, the ISPR said, adding they remained actively involved in terrorist activities against security forces.
• However, during intense exchange of fire, Lance Naik Islamuddin, 34, a resident of Khyber tribal district, having fought gallantly, embraced shahadat
3. Women in health sector earn 24pc less than men
• Women in the healthcare sector face a larger gender pay gap than in other fields, earning 24 per cent less than men, according to a joint report prepared by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
• The report found a raw gender pay gap of 20 percentage points, but it jumped to 24 percentage points after accounting for factors such as age, education and working time.
• Much of the wage gap is unexplained, perhaps due to discrimination against women, even though they account for 67pc of health and care workers worldwide
4. Pakistan is second worst country for women, says WEF
• Pakistan is the second-worst country in terms of gender parity, according to a report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on July 13, 2022.
• The Global Gender Gap Report placed Pakistan at the 145th spot in a survey of 146 countries. The only worse performer than Pakistan was Afghanistan.
• Pakistan, which has 107 million women, closed at 56.4 per cent in the report`s gender gap index.
• The Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran and Chad were the three other countries to figure among the five worst performers. The WEF report determined that Iceland was the best country in the world in terms of gender parity, followed by Finland, Norway, New Zealand, and Sweden, in that order
5. Privatisation Commission chairman resigns
• The chairman of Privatisation Commission, Saleem Ahmad, resigned on July 13, 2022 and sent his resignation letter to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, citing personal reasons.
• According to an announcement by the commission, the prime minister has accepted Mr Ahmad`s resignation and a new chairman will be appointed soon.
• Mr Ahmed remained the chairman of the commission for five months and, during his tenure, he expedited the revival of Pakistan Steel Mills, started the process of recapitalisation of National Power Parks Management Company Limited and the sale of House Building Finance Corporation Company Limited