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June 01, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. PM sees $5bn trade potential with Turkey
• On the first day of his official visit to Turkey on Tuesday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif noted that the closeness in Pakistan and Turkey`s relationship was not reflected in trade relations between the two countries, and expressed the desire that the volume of trade between the two should go up to $5 billion per year.
• Addressing the Turkey Pakistan Business Forum, the PM regretted what he termed the `maltreatment` of Turkish investors at the hands of the previous government over the past four years.
• `The first metro in Lahore was designed by Turkey. Solid waste management expertise given to Pakistan in peanuts.
• Turkish trained our police free of cost. But in return what we have done to our Turkish brothers.
• He also announced a decision to lift visa restrictions for Turkish citizens
2. NA loses six seats in preliminary delimitation
• The ECP issued preliminary lists of national and provincial assembly constituencies on May 31, 2022, revising the National Assembly seats from 342 to 336.
• The fresh delimitation has decreased the number of National Assembly general seats from 272 to 266 as per law. Women and minority seats will remain unchanged at 60 and 10, respectively.
• As for provinces, Punjab will have 141 general seats in the National Assembly, Sindh 61, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 45, and Balochistan 16. Islamabad will have three seats.
• An NA constituency in KP has been demarcated at 788,933 people, Islamabad 667,789, Punjab 780,069, Sindh 784,500, and Balochistan 77,946
3. Stricter punishments for offences against children as KP Assembly passes bill
• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on May 31, 2022 passed the much-delayed provincial Child Protection and Welfare (Amendment) Bill, 2022, making punishments for crimes against children, including sexual abuse, pornography, organ trade and trafficking, more stringent.
• The bill, which was introduced in the house in March 2022, had been under discussion at multiple forums. Civil society groups and lawmakers had carried out a campaign for enhancing punishments for sexual offenders in the wake of the rape and death of a minor girl in Nowshera district two years ago.
• The assembly had constituted a special committee on child abuse to recommend certain amendments to the existing law. The amended act has death sentence or imprisonment of life and fine which shall not be less than two million to five million rupees for the offender involved in dealing with organs of a child
4. Revenue collection jumps 28pc to Rs5.4tr
• The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) raised a record Rs5.349 trillion in the first 11 months of 2021-22. However, the collection fell short of the projected target by Rs18 billion, showed provisional data released on May 31, 2022.
• Compared with the revenue collection of Rs4.164tr in the same period in 2020-21, a 28.5 per cent growth was posted in the July-May period.
• The collection in May stood at Rs490 as the FBR missed the target by Rs21bn. However, it rose by 26.8pc from last year`s Rs387bn.
• The provisional figures will further improve after the closure of payment receipts and reconciliation with the State Bank of Pakistan
5. Russian troops take partial `control` of Ukrainian city
• Russian forces have taken partial control of a key industrial city in eastern Ukraine, a regional governor said on Tuesday, hours after European Union leaders struck a deal to ban more than two thirds of Moscow`s oil imports.
• Severodonetsk is one of several urban hubs that lie on Russia`s path to capturing the Donbas`s Lugansk region, where Moscow has shifted the bulk of its firepower since failing to capture Kyiv in the war`s early stages.
• `The situation is extremely complicated. Part of Severodonetsk is controlled by the Russians, Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said in a statement on social media, adding that Ukrainian troops still retained some areas