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August 03, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Changes to secrets law face stiff resistance in Senate
• After fierce opposition by lawmakers to the controversial bill seeking to amend the Official Secrets Act, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani saved the government from an awkward situation by referring the bill to the standing committee concerned, even without the consent of the upper house.
• When Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar moved a motion seeking to take the bill for immediate consideration amid slogans of `no, no`, the chairman while sensing the mood of the house referred the bill to the standing committee
2. President approves two key bills
• President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday approved two important bills Qanun-e-Shahadat (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2023, after they received parliament`s nod.
• The president signed Qanun-e-Shahadat (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which stated: `The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says that `an opinion upon a point of foreign law, or of science, or art, or as to the identity of hand-writing or finger impressions, or as to authenticity and integrity of electronic documents made by or through an information system the opinions upon that point of persons specially skilled in such foreign law, science or art, or in questions as to the identity of handwriting or finger impressions or as to the functioning, specifications, programming and operation of information systems, are as relevant facts, however, through proposed amendment the bomb disposal will be included
3. `No basis for removing Kashmir`s special status`
• A five-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, started hearing a batch of petitions on Wednesday challenging the reading down of Article 370 of the Indian constitution, that bestowed special status on India-held Jammu and Kashmir.
• `The Indian parliament cannot declare itself as a constituent assembly,` senior counsel Kapil Sibal, who appeared on behalf of the petitioner, told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. According to The Wire, Mr Sibal made his submissions on behalf of the petitioner, Mohammad Akbar Lone, on how the Modi government unilaterally unravelled India`s unique federal scheme five years ago, while undermining crucial elements of the due process and the rule of law
4. Zhob attackers were from Afghanistan: FO
• Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed the involvement of Afghan terrorists in the last month`s Zhob cantonment attack.
• The Foreign Office spokesperson said three terrorists involved in the July 12 attack, had been identified as Afghan nationals. `Three terrorists who attacked the Zhob cantonment belonged to Afghanistan`s Kandahar province,` the FO said.
• In a statement, the spokesperson said the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad has been asked to receive the bodies of Afghan terrorists
5. Govt acknowledges influx of Afghan nationals in Islamabad
• The government on Wednesday acknowledged the influx of Afghan nationals in Islamabad and said there was a need to pay attention to the matter.
• Replying to a question asked by PTI dissident MNA Wajhia Qamar, State Minister for Law Shahadat Awan admitted that there was an influx of Afghans in the capital.
• Earlier, in a written reply to a question by MNA Shamsun Nisa that what steps were being taken by the government to control the rising crime rate in Islamabad, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah stated that the capital police had taken steps, including identification of crime pockets, crime cluster analysis, database (survey of slums) and intelligence-based policing