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August 24, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. ECP starts consultations with political parties on roadmap to elections from today
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start consultations with mainstream political parties on devising a roadmap to the general elections from Thursday (today).
Informed sources told Dawn that letters have been sent to Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan and Jamiat Ulemai-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Imran Khan, inviting them to attend the separately convened meetings in person, or through their authorised representatives
2. UNDP, EU, courts collaborate to improve legal aid in provinces
The high courts of Peshawar and Balochistan have collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union to enhance access to legal aid in the two provinces.
At a workshop concluded in Swat on Wednesday, stakeholders from the justice system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan discussed challenges and opportunities faced by the District Legal Empowerment Committees (DLECs) functioning in the two provinces
3. Poliovirus detected in Rawalpindi`s sewage samples
An environmental sample from Rawalpindi has been tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1).
According to the Pakistan Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH), the virus was found in an environmental sample collected from Safdarabad site. The lab is also the World Health Organisation`s regional reference laboratory for the polio programme.
According to an official at the NIH, it was the second positive sample from Rawalpindi this year and the isolated virus was genetically linked to the virus cluster circulating in Nangarhar province of neighbouring Afghanistan
4. Qatar to take lpc stake in Ambani`s retail firm
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) will invest $1 billion for a one per cent stake in India`s Reliance Retail Ventures, the retail arm of billionaire Mukesh Ambani`s Reliance Industries, nearly doubling its valuation to $100bn from its last funding round in 2020.
Reliance Retail, India`s largest retailer, has been partnering with a slew of global brands like Burberry, Pret A Manger and Tiffany to launch and expand their presence in India
5. Thai PM takes office, vows four years of change
Thailand`s new prime minister vowed to bring four years of change to the kingdom as he took office on Wednesday at the head of a controversial coalition including pro-military parties linked to former coup-makers.
The appointment of former property mogul Srettha Thavisin of the Pheu Thai party long associated with billionaire expremier Thaksin Shinawatra ends months of political deadlock following May`s general election