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December 02, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Carnage in Gaza after Israel ignores calls for a longer truce
Despite indications that the truce would be extended, Israel resumed its deadly bombardment of the densely-inhabited Palestinian territory on Friday, ignoring international calls to continue a ceasefire, with health officials reporting 184 deaths on Friday.
Medics and witnesses said the bombing was most intensive in Khan Yunis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, where hundreds of thousands of Gazans have been sheltering. Houses in the central and northern parts of Gaza were also hit, while missiles fired by Palestinian groups towards Israel were also seen
2. Caretaker CM formally lays foundation of Daducha Dam project
The work on the construction of the Daducha dam has begun as Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi formally laid the foundation stone of the project on Friday as the cost of the project has escalated from Rs6.7 billion to Rs14 billion in the last two years.
Although Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) started the work on the project last week; the caretaker chief minister visited the site, and officials termed the purpose of the visit was to lay the foundation stone of the project
3. Govt awards 6 blocks for petroleum exploration
Amid lukewarm response, the government on Friday declared as successful six parties/ joint ventures for the award of as many exploration blocks as four other blocks did not attract any bids despite an extension in the deadline.
The Petroleum Division on Friday announced that a bid committee led by Director General Petroleum Concessions (DGPC) opened bids for onshore blocks for the grant of petroleum exploration rights. `Bids were received for six blocks`, said the Petroleum Division
4. US sending envoy for talks on Afghan refugees
The Biden administration is dispatching Assistant Secretary of State Julieta Valls Noyes to Islamabad from December 4 to 7 to engage in discussions regarding the resettlement of Afghan refugees in the United States.
The `primary focus` of the visit `is to expedite the safe relocation and resettlement of Afghan refugees currently in the US immigration pipeline and enhance collaborative efforts to protect vulnerable individuals, the US State Department said
December 02, 2023: International Current Affairs MCQs News
5. UAE unveils $30 billion for new climate investment venture
A host of dignitaries were in attendance as the two-day World Climate Action summit opene d on Friday as part of COP28 where governments, development banks and companies announced initiatives to mobilise billions in climate cash, while the UAE unveiled $30 billion for a new climate investment venture. Named ALTRR A, it will aim to mobilise $250 billion in investment by the end of the decade, in what COP28 President Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber described as a `defining moment` for climate finance.
Calling it `the world`s largest private investment vehicle for climate change action,` Jaber said it included $5 billion to be allocated to poorer countries