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October 17, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Pakistan likely to exit FATF `grey list` this week
• Pakistan is expected to finally exit the `increased monitoring list` commonly known as grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Oct 21, after languishing in the infamous category for almost 52 months.
• `The first FATF Plenary under the two-year Singapore Presidency of T.
• Raja Kumar will take place on October 20-21, 2022,` said the Paris based global watchdog on dirty money. Delegates representing 206members of the Global Network and observer organisations, including the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the World Bank, Interpol and the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units, will participate in the Working Group and Plenary meetings in Paris, it added.
• On the conclusion of the two-day deliberations, decisions of the plenary would be announced
2. Imran stuns rivals, grabs six NA seats
• Though Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf managed to secure six out of eight National Assembly seats in the crucial by-election on October 16, 2022, the victory might have brought bittersweet moments for the party as the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) managed to clinch two NA-157 Multan and NA-237 Karachi which were bagged by the PTI in the 2018 general elections.
• Initial results show that other major parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM-P) and the Awami National Party (ANP), could not manage to grab even a single NA seat as Imran Khan the PTI`s candidate on seven seats emerged victorious against his rivals in six constituencies.
• However, PML-N managed to win one Punjab Assembly seat out of the three as the rest went to PTI.
• In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Imran Khan managed to upstage both JUI-F and ANP
3. Five `terrorists` killed in Splinji operation
• Nearly half a dozen suspected terrorists were killed and three security personnel sustained injuries in a gun battle during an intelligence-based operation in Splinji in Mastung district, on October 16, 2022.
• `The suspect terrorists were planning to attack pilgrims and security forces,` claimed a spokesman for the counter-terrorism department of police, adding that heavy consignment of arms and ammunition was seized during the search of their hideouts.
• The exchange of fire, which continued till late night, took place in the same area where a roadside bomb explosion had recently claimed several lives
4. First-ever surgical skills lab to be established in PIMS
• The first-ever Surgical Skills Laboratory (SSL) will be set up at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
• Apart from donations by health practitioners from across the globe, the Edhi Foundation has pledged to donate Rs30 million for this noble cause and the laboratory would be called the Abdul Sattar Edhi Higher Surgical Skill Laboratory. The announcement was made during the fifth Rhinocon conference held in Islamabad. The two day conference, which concluded on Sunday, was attended by more than 800 delegates who benefited from the lectures, presentations and panel discussions leading to consensus building and symposium.
• Panel discussions were conducted by renowned ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons from Pakistan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom
5. Punjab govt defers Wasa`s proposal to rationalise tariff
• The Punjab government has deferred a proposal of Lahore`s cash starved Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) seeking rationalisation (upward revision) of the water and sewerage tariff for the domestic and commercial consumers.
• The proposal was unanimously approved at a recent meeting but, later, it was mentioned as `deferred`in the minutes of the meeting signed by the members of the chief minister-led Lahore Development Authority (LDA) governing body, Dawn has learnt.
• `The proposal / working paper for rationalising the water and sewerage tariff was placed before the authority meeting presided over by Chief Minister Parvez Elahi.
• The participants unanimously approved this considering the worst financial condition of Wasa