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August 07, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. 30 killed in train tragedy
• At least 30 people were killed and 72 others injured in a train accident near Sarhari station in Sanghar district on Sunday when 10 bogies of Havelian-bound Hazara Express derailed.
• The tragedy brought railway traffic to a halt between Nawabshah and the rest of the country.
• The bodies and the injured were taken to Rural Health Centre (RHC) Sarhari and Peoples Medical University Hospital (PMUH) Nawabshah
2. Agencies won`t have power to arrest, search sans warrants, Senate told
• Days after it faced fierce opposition by government and opposition lawmakers, the bill to amend the Official Secrets Act, 1923 was passed by the Senate on August 6, 2023, albeit with few changes to the original amendments.
• The most significant amendment, made by a Senate committee, prior to its approval by the House was the removal of a clause giving intelli-gence agencies the power to arrest suspects or search without warrants
3. Shehbaz lays foundation stone of Kidney and Liver Institute University
• Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif laid the foundation stone of the Kidney and Liver Institute University at the Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute (PKLI) in Lahore on August 6, 23.
• Speaking on the occasion, the prime minister recalled that the PKLI started its journey in 2015 and was completed in 2018. He said that Prof Dr Saeed Akhtar worked day and night for the PKLI, and under his leadership, liver transplantation was started in the country. He said that the PKLI is a ray of hope for patients, where treatment is provided without discriminating between the rich and the poor
4. Federal govt approves mega project for GB
• The federal government has approved a mega project for Gilgit Baltistan to address climate change impacts and overcome electricity shortage in the region.
• The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Eenec) meeting recently approved the rural development and climate resilient project worth over Rs16 billion.
• The project is supported by AFD (French Development Agency), European Union and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and is estimated to cost Rs16.26bn with foreign financing amounting to Rs1.1 billion
5. Pakistan wants Iran to suspend gas obligations
• Pakistan has issued notice of `Force Majeure and Excusing Event` to Iran to suspend its contractual obligation on completion of multibillion-dollar Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project because of external factors outside Islamabad`s control.
• Simply put, Pakistan has expressed its inability to pursue the project as long as US sanctions on Iran remain in place or Washington tacitly green lights Islamabad to go ahead with the project that has been in cold storage for almost a decade despite acute energy shortages in the South Asian nation of 240 million