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May 09, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Water inflows show 37pc improvement
• Water inflows into major reservoirs are improving due to snow melting on mountains following increase in temperatures.
• The Indus River System Authority`s fresh data shows 37 per cent increase in inflows within the last week, as the system received 158,347 cusecs of water on May 7 in all its rivers against 98,852 cusecs a week ago.
• Tarbela Dam, the largest water reservoir in the country which hit a dead level of 1,392 feet on Feb 22, showed an improvement of 16 feet as water level was 1,408 feet on May 7. On Saturday, the inflow into Tarbela was 62,400 cusecs and outflow 51,000 cusecs
2. Lakki in top 10 districts showing best education score
• Lakki Marwat has been included in the top 10 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa showing the best education score, claimed an official on May 8, 2022.
• He said the monthly education ranking of the districts was issued on the basis of performance scorecard. He said Lakki Marwat remained at the bottom of education scorecard for one year.
• `However, now the district has been included in the top 10 districts, ranking seventh across the province on the basis of previous month`s evaluation,` he claimed.
• The official said the credit for the satisfactory education ranking went to district education officer Zahoor Khan, who worked hard to improve the performance indicators
3. 800 Pakistani Hindus returned home from India, says NGO
• Around 800 Pakistani Hindus in Rajasthan, who came to India seeking citizenship on the basis of alleged religious persecution, returned to the country in 2021, according to Seemant Lok Sangathan (SLS), a group that advocates for the rightsof Pakistani minority migrants in India, The Hindu said on May 8, 2022.
• It quoted SLS as saying that many of the returnees went home after ending no progress in their citizenship application.
• Their return is said to be embarrassing for India where the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) initiated an online citizenship application process in 2018. It also made 16 Collectors in seven States to accept online applications to grant citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jain and Buddhists from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh
4. Mumbai mosques turn volume down on Azaan
• Sitting in an office lined with books overlooking a giant prayerhall, Mohammed Ashfaq Kazi, the main preacher at the largest mosque in Mumbai, checked a decibel meter attached to the loudspeakers before he gave the call to worship.
• `The volume of our Azaan (call to prayer) has become a political issue, but I don`t want it to take a communal turn,` said Kazi, one of the most influential Islamic scholars in the sprawling metropolis on India`s western coast.
• As he spoke he pointed to loudspeakers attached to the minarets of the ornate, sand-coloured Juma Masjid in Mumbai`s old trading quarters
5. 60 feared dead in Ukraine school bombed by Russia
• As many as 60 people were feared to have been killed in the Russian bombing of a village school in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, the regional governor said on May 8, 2022.
• Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russian forces of targeting civilians in the war, which Moscow denies.
• Russian forces also continued shelling the Azovstal steelworks, the last holdout of Ukrainian resistance in the ruined southeastern port city of Mariupol, where soldiers from the Azov regiment vowed to keep on fighting.
• Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai said the school in Bilohorivka, where about 90 people were sheltering, was hit on Saturday by a Russian bomb that set the building ablaze for four hours
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