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August 31, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Caretakers rule out relief in power bills
In a reality check following almost week-long consultations, caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar on Wednesday told senators and the electricity consumers to `manage (their) expectations` raised by caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar for relief in excessive power bills, saying the country`s fiscal space did not permit any subsidy or relief.
`Please manage your expectations, she said apparently after engagements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over the government`s desire for some programme relaxations to pro-vide relief in power bills. `These are things that were approved long before we came and in order to examine things we need to really reflect on…these are there for decades. How can we change decades-old policies,` she said
2. ECP `promises` polls by mid-Feb, at the most
General elections would be held by mid-February at any cost, perhaps by late January if the delimitation of constituencies is completed earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) assured the Awami National Party (ANP) on Wednesday, allaying fears that polls could be delayed indefinitely to extend the interim government`s tenure.
The assurance was given during a consultative meeting between the ECP and an ANP delegation to discuss a roadmap for the coming elections
3. Six more ministers inducted into Balochistan cabinet
Six more ministers were inducted into Balochistan`s interim cabinet on Wednesday.
Five ministers and three advisers had already been inducted in the first phase of cabinet formation.
Provincial Governor Malik Abdul Wali Khan Kakar administered oath to the new ministers at the Governor`s House
August 31, 2023: International Current Affairs MCQs News
4. US space force plans to track N. Korea projectiles
The US and South Korean militaries want to more closely integrate their systems for tracking North Korean missile launches, an effort that may soon see more cooperation with Japan as well, US Space Force officials said on Wednesday.
Led by a small contingent of US Space Force personnel the branch`s first official component set up overseas the allies see closer space integration as key to better tracking North Korean threats and responding to a conflict
5. India deploys `monkey-men` to scare away primates from G20 summit
Indian officials preparing for the G20 summit next week have hired teams of `monkey-men` and erected primate cutouts to deter marauding monkeys from munching on the floral displays laid out for global leaders.
New Delhi`s city council has hired more than 30 `monkey wallahs`, or `monkey-men`, who mimic the hoots and screams of the aggressive langur monkey the natural enemy of the smaller rhesus macaque primates who wreak havoc in the capital`s leafy government areas