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November 16, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Pakistan abstains from votes on Afghanistan, Ukraine
• Pakistan abstained from voting on two key UN resolutions on Afghanistan and Ukraine this week, joining Russia and China on both issues against the United States and its allies who voted for the two moves.
• Pakistan was among the 72 other countries that abstained when the UN General Assembly voted on Monday to adopt a resolution that held Russia accountable for violating international laws when it invaded Ukraine and obliged it to pay war reparations.
• Pakistan also abstained in the vote on a resolution on Afghanistan, which noted with concern persistent violence and presence of terrorist groups in Afghanistan. The resolution also underlined UN concerns about abuse of human rights, including those of women, girls, and minorities, in Afghanistan
2. Pakistan, China agree to work together for disaster preparedness
• Pakistan and China have agreed to jointly increase the capacity of disaster preparedness and response to climate change.
• A team of experts from China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has conducted the post-disaster assessment work in Pakistan and decided to further reinforce cooperation with the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) for technical exchanges, according to a press release.
• The 11-member team from the CMA carried out in depth consultations to assist Pakistan in flood control. CMA`s meteorological disaster risk expert, Gao Ge has said the CMA has been monitoring the occurrence of monsoon floods in Pakistan since June and collaborating with the PMD for flood monitoring and analysis and weather forecast
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3. Senate panel makes internships mandatory for university students
• Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education on November 15, 2022 agreed to make internships a mandatory requirement for the students of public and private universities in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).
• The parliamentary panel chaired by Senator Irfan Siddiqui took up various agenda items, including the Federal University (Amendment) Bill, 2022.Senator Seemee Ezdi, the mover of the bill, apprised the committee that the primary aim was to make internships a mandatory part of the curriculum for varsities in Islamabad.
• After a detailed discussion, the committee approved the bill unanimously
4. Life expectancy in Pakistan edges lower to 65 years
• Life expectancy the number of years that a person is likely to live has slightly dropped to 65 years from 65.4 a couple of years ago, according to the latest demographic figures.
• Other notable indicators calculated by the Pakistan Demographic Survey (PDS) 2020, released on Tuesday, included the infant mortality rate, total and general fertility rates, crude birth and death rates, and the rate of natural increase.
• It`s the 20th round of a series of surveys, started in 1984, and comes after 13 years since the last one.
• However, its results were compared with relevant indicators of the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey (PDHS) 2017-18 and the Pakistan Standard of Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2018-19, and most of them `show close proximity`, Chief Statistician Dr Naeemuz Zafar said in the latest survey
5. Digital traffic challan system launched
• Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Dr Assad Malhi on November 15, 2022 formally launched digital challan system to replace the decadesold manual arrangement of imposing fine on traffic violators in the city.
• It was launched as a pilot project on The Mall and will be extended gradually to the rest of the city after assessing its results.
• Dr Assad Malhi told Dawn that initially the digital challaning has been launched on major sections of The Mall i, The Mall 2 and The Mall 3, the busiest artery of the provincial capital