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March 28, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Abolition of customs duty on crude oil, HSD imports likely
• Amid rising oil prices, the government is expected to abolish customs duty on crude oil and high-speed diesel (HSD) imports to contain innationary pressures.
• Informed government sources told Dawn that the finance and petroleum ministries, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), oil refineries and oil marketing companies were examining the proposal. Customs duty is the only tax left on the petroleum sector after the government gradually abolished sales tax and petroleum levy.
• The matter would be taken up by the upcoming meeting of the cabinet`s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC)
2. With no-trust on agenda, NA begins crucial session today
• All eyes are now on the National Assembly as it is set to meet here on March 27, 2022 (today) after a two-day recess, with an opposition-moved no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan and a government sponsored constitution amendment bill seeking the creation of the south Punjab province on its agenda.
• Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told a news conference on Sunday said the voting on the no trust motion would take place on April 4 if National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser allowed its tabling on Monday, hinting that the government could further delay the process.
• Under the rules, from the day the resolution is moved, it `shall not be voted upon before the expiry of three days, or later than seven days`. The minister`s remarks show that the government will take maximum time for putting the resolution to vote, whenever the speaker allows its tabling
3. Pakistan, Iran discuss border fencing
• Civilian and security officials from Pakistan and Iran discussed border mapping on Saturday during a follow-up meeting that came after Pakistan`s surveyor general visited the neighbouring country earlier this month.
• Official sources privy to the meeting told Dawn on Sunday that a two-point agenda came under discussion during the meeting, attended by a six-member Iranian delegation headed by the country`s director general of border affairs.
• The eight-member Pakistani delegation comprised officials from the army, Frontier Corps, the Survey of Pakistan mapping agency and Chagai Deputy Commissioner Mansoor Ahmed Baloch
4. NCOC marks two years of its successful fight against Covid-19
• The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on March 27, 2022 marked two years of its establishment and celebrated its achievements to control the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
• The NCOC used social media to make this announcement.
• Earlier this month, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said that the government had started deliberations to finally close the NCOC. He said the responsibility to deal with the Covid-19 related data would be passed on to the National Institute of Health`s Centres for Disease Control (CDC).
5. MoUs signed for investment in KP tourism zones
• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority on March 27, 2022 signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with two companies to make investment in the integrated tourism zones (ITZs), which would boost tourism in the province.
• The MoUs were signed by Investment Tourism general manager Umair Khattak, AH Group chief executive Abdul Haseeb and a representative of Signature Group Investments during the ongoing Property Expo, says a statement issued here.
• It said that the AH Group evinced keen interest in investment in the ITZs, while the Signature Group Investments would establish five-star hotels in Ganol and Mankial to facilitate tourists at these tourist places