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February 07, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. LHC sets aside Nepra`s tariff calculation method
• In a significant verdict, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on February 6, 2023 set aside the levy of fuel price adjustment, the quarterly tariff adjustment and change in status of tariff from industrial to commercial by Nepra for the period when its composition was not complete under the law.
• The court directed the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority to explore cheap modes of producing electricity and ordered the federal government to provide a maximum subsidy to domestic consumers using up to 500 units per month.
• Justice Ali Bagar Najafi judge announced the judgement, reserved on Oct 10, 2022, on petitions filed by hundreds of consumers in August 2022
2. 40 pharma firms warn of halting production
• Over three dozen pharmaceutical companies have expressed their inability to continue production citing unavailability of raw material and delay in their cases seeking price increase.
• The health ministry, however, has held out an assurance that the government would make sure there was no shortage of medicines in the country.
• As many as 40 companies informed the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) on Monday that they are going to halt production in a week due to unavailability of raw material
3. Split-up polls unaffordable, agree Punjab, KP governors
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali on Monday met his Punjab counterpart Balighur Rehman and caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi and agreed that the country could not afford separate elections in current circumstances and, therefore, polls for national and provincial assemblies should be held later this year after the completion of the federal government`s tenure in August.
• At the same time, the federal coalition has also declared that there is `no need for new legislation` to take the elections in Punjab and KP beyond 90 days.
4. PTA allowed to block websites sharing `objectionable material`
• The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday allowed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block the websites sharing `objectionable material` Justice Shujaat Ali Khan was hearing a petition by Hassan Muawiyah who mainly alleged that the Ahmadi community and other non-Muslims continued to publish and upload copies of the Holy Quran with distorted Arabic text and mutilated translation on the Internet and Google Play Store only to mislead the Muslims. Earlier, a counsel for the PTA told the court that some websites lil(e `Wikipedia` having objectionable material were not registered in Pakistan. He said Wikipedia had been blocked in the country for the same reasons.
• On the request of the PTA`s counsel, the judge allowed the authority to close all such websites sharing objectionable content.
• The judge adjourned the hearing till Feb 16 and sought a progress report from the PTA
5. Deposit 50pc super tax in seven days, SC orders
• The Supreme Court on February 6, 2023 modified an interim order of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and directed wealthy taxpayers to deposit their 50 per cent due super tax directly with the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) within one week.
• A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, took up the FBR plea against the impugned interim order which had stayed the recovery proceedings from high-earning taxpayers.
• The apex court order came at a time when Pakistan tax authorities are negotiating with the visiting IMF team new taxation measures to check the widening fiscal gap in 2022-23. The FBR has projected Rs250bn from the imposition of the super tax in FY23
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