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February 20, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Tax the rich, subsidise the poor, IMF asks Pakistan
• Pakistan must ensure that its high earners pay taxes and only the poor get the subsidies if it wants to function as a country, the International Monetary Fund`s (IMF) managing director has said.
• `My heart goes to the people of Pakistan. They have been devastated by the floods that affected one-third of the population of the country,` Kristalina Georgieva told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle on February 9, 2023 on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
• `What we are asking for are steps Pakistan needs to take to be able to function as a country and not to get into a dangerous place where its debt needs to be restructured,` she said
2. ECP turns down Alvi`s invite for `urgent meeting`
• The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on February 19, 2023 declined a meeting with President Dr Arif Alvi for consultations on dates for elections to the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) assemblies, saying the matter was subjudice.
• As the matter is pending before various judicial forums, the chief election commissioner could not meet the president, a letter by the ECP said, adding that a final decision regarding the consultation with the president will be taken by the commission in its meeting on Monday (today).
• A letter sent to the president`s secretary with the signatures of ECP Secretary Omar Hamid Khan said that letter of President Alvi inviting CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja for an urgent meeting was placed before the commission for consideration
3. UN announces $250m for most vulnerable people
• With a record number of people needing humanitarian aid around the world, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has announced $250 million for the United Nations Global Emergency Fund to help the most vulnerable people in some of the most forgotten crises.
• A statement from the United Nations described the unprecedented 2022 floods in Pakistan as an `underfunded crisis`, and said the new funds would bolster the humanitarian response to combat protracted food insecurity in DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Lebanon, Madagascar and the impact of climate change in Pakistan.
• The $250 million allocation from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will help people in 19 countries. This includes 8 countries Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen that are home to more than 20 million people and just one step away from famine
4. First-ever girls literary festival held in N. Waziristan
• A girls literary festival was organised for the first time in North Waziristan tribal district to provide a competitive platform to female students and unravel their potential skills through extracurricular activities.
• The Adabi Mela, which continued from Feb 12 to 17, comprised of eight different categories, including recitation of Asma-ul-Husna (names of Allah), drawing and painting, Bait Bazi (a genre of poetry), Pashto poetry, declamation contest, Urdu quiz, national songs and essay writing to gauge the competitive skills of the participating students.
• A total of 146 students from different schools in the North Waziristan district participated in the event
5. Taliban shut Torkham border for `breach of commitments
• The Afghan Taliban authorities on February 19, 2023 closed down one of the main trading and border crossing points with Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of reneging on its commitments.
• The Afghan Taliban commissioner for Torkham said the border point had been closed down for travel and transit trade.
• `Pakistan has not abided by its commitments and so the gateway has been shut down on the directions of (our) leadership,` Taliban commissioner at Torkham Maulavi Mohammad Siddique tweeted. He advised the people of Afghanistan to avoid travelling to the border crossing in eastern Nangrahar province
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