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September 19, 2022: National / International Current Affairs


1. IMF to back relief efforts; Saudis confirm extension of $3bn deposit

• Pakistan received an advance confirmation from Saudi Arabia on Sunday to roll over its existing $3 billion deposit maturing in December and an assurance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for its support to flood relief and reconstruction efforts.
• The two simultaneous announcements are likely to support a market sentiment battered by the continuously declining exchange rate, although both would not have any immediate bearing on the State Bank of Pakistan`s (SBP) foreign exchange reserves of $8.6bn as of Sept 9. The Saudi loan rollover is part of the financing needs for the current year under the IMF programme.
• Esther Perez Ruiz, the IMF resident representative to Pakistan, said the Fund would `work with others in the international community to support, under the current programme, the authorities` relief and reconstruction efforts and especially their ongoing endeavour to assist those affected by the floods while ensuring sustainable policies and macroeconomic stability`


2. Pakistan rolls out Covid jabs for children aged 5 to 11

• The government is set to launch a campaign to vaccinate children between five and 11 years against Covid-19, the National Institute of Health (NIH) said on September 18, 2022.
• The paediatric immunisation campaign will start in selected districts of Punjab, Sindh and Islamabad from Monday (today).
• In the first phase, the vaccinators will visit homes, schools, and religious seminaries to cater for the maximum number of children.
• To avoid refusals and increase acceptance for the vaccine, officials have decided to administer the vaccine after taking consent from the parents


3. ILO to assess flood-related job, livelihood losses

• The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has announced it is preparing to undertake an assessment of employment and livelihood losses caused by nooding in Pakistan.
• The organisation said it is working on Post-Disaster Needs Assessment of Pakistan to identify jobs and employment losses and impact on livelihood together with the World Bank, the UN and the European Union.
• The ILO has finalised decent work priorities in the country over the next five years (2023-27) in consultations with the federal government, provincial departments of labour, employers` and workers` organisations and other important stakeholders.
• The World Health Organisation has already released $10 million from its Contingency Fund for Emergency to deliver essential medicines and other supplies.


4. Two Turkish relief trains arrive, eight more to come soon

• As Pakistan receives two relief goods-laden trains for flood affectees from Turkey, it is set to have much more Turkish humanitarian aid through eight more trains in the coming days.
• The relief goods received through the first train at Zahedan (Iran) were loaded on two Pakistani trains after transshipment and finally reached Dalbandin via Taftan a couple of days before. They were later dispatched to various flood-hit areas of Balochistan after segregation.
• Goods received from Turkey through the second train on September 18, 2022 are likely to be dispatched for the most critical flood-hit areas of Sindh, south Punjab and KP


5. In a first, policewoman from Balochistan to head district security

• A female police officer from Balochistan has broken the glass ceiling to head the security of a district in Pakistan`s largest province, where women account for only 2.25 per cent of total police strength.
• The Punjab government has posted SP Shazia Sarwer as District Police Officer (DPO) of Layyah against an existing vacancy, giving a positive message to those joining the federal services from the less privileged province.
• SP Sarwer was the fifth policewoman to serve as DPO in Punjab and the first officer with Balochistan domicile, a police official said.

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