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August 10, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Sun sets on the Shehbaz regime
• President Arif Alvi on August 09, 2023 dissolved the National Assembly three days before the completion of its five-year tenure, shortly after a summary signed by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, advising the dissolution of the lower house, was sent to the Presidency.
• A statement issued by the Presidency just before midnight read, `President Arif Alvi has dissolved the National Assembly under Article 58(1) on the advice of the prime minister.` After the approval of the summary, the federal cabinet also stands dissolved
2. Neelum-Jhelum project resumes power generation after year-long hiatus
• After remaining inoperative for more than a year, the 969-megawatt Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project has resumed power generation following the restoration of its tail race tunnel, Wapda said on Wednesday.
• The project envisages diverting the Neelum river from Nauseri village through a 51.7km underground tunnels system a 48.2km headrace tunnel and a 3.5km tail race tunnel with its outfall into the Jhelum river near Zaminabad village
3. Senate resolution asks ECP to ensure polls on time
• Amid talks about possible delay in the general elections, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure the upcoming polls `within the stipulated time under Article 224 of the Constitution and take immediate steps in this regard`.
• Besides passage of the resolution, the upper house of the parliament passed 11 bills, which included the contentious bill to amend the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Ordinance 2002 and seven bills regarding the establishment of new universities and higher education institutes in the country
4. Pemra bill okayed with last-minute changes
• On the last day of its tenure, the coalition government on Wednesday finally managed to obtain approval for the crucial Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) bill, with some last-minute changes separately from both houses of parliament, bringing rejoice to electronic media workers.
• National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf put the bill to the house for approval hours after its passage from the Senate, which witnessed a heated exchange of arguments between Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and opposition members
5. National Aviation Policy approved to woo investors
• Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Wednesday announced that the federal government has approved the National Aviation Policy 2023 to revive the national carrier and promote public private joint ventures.
• Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, the minister said under this new policy `all missing aspects will be covered and private investors will be encouraged` to invest in this sector