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January 21, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Pakistan, Russia to sign oil supply agreement in March
• Pakistan and Russia decided on January 20, 2023 to address all technical issues insurance, transportation and payment mechanism to sign an agreement by late March this year for the supply of Russian oil and other petroleum products at discounted rates.
• `On crude products and future supply of oil products, we have already decided to draft an agreement and to sort out all issues that we have with regard to transportation, insurance, payments and volumes and we have already established the timelines for this agreement` for late March this year, said Russia`s Energy Minister Nikolay Shulginov at a joint news conference with Economic Affairs Minister Ayaz Sadiq.
• The news conference came after the conclusion of the three-day eighth session of the Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation
2. Senate committee clears bill to include computer programming in school syllabus
• A parliamentary committee on January 20, 2023 passed an amendment to Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2022 aimed at prescribing computer science, coding and programming as fundamental right of elementary to high school students.
• The amendment was introduced to enable school students to understand and learn the skills of new technology.
• The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, which met with Senator Irfan Siddiquiin the chair, after detailed discussion passed the bill which was moved by PTI Senator Fawzia Arshad.
• However, the committee decided to visit madressahs to see the ground situation on the implementation of the curriculum involving technology and computers
3. ECP to pick CM as Punjab fails to reach consensus
• After a parliamentary committee constituted by the Punjab Assembly speaker failed to build a consensus on a candidate for the slot of the caretaker chief minister, the matter landed in the Election Commission of Pakistan for arbitration.
• The six-member committee with equal representation from the treasury and the opposition had only one day to deliberate upon the nominations made by outgoing chief minister Parvez Elahi and opposition leader Hamza Shehbaz. As per Article 224-A of the Constitution, the parliamentary panel has three days to select one of the four nominees, but due to a delay in the notification for the formation of the panel, the committee was left with only one day to mull over the names.
• Mr Elahi had nominated Cabinet Division Secretary Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera and former Punjab chief secretary Naveed Akram Cheema, while Hamza Shehbaz had endorsed the names of PM`s special assistant Ahad Cheema, and media house owner Mohsin Naqvi
4. KP agrees on Azam Khan as caretaker
• In a surprise move, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and Leader of the Opposition Akram Khan Durrani late January 20, 2023 evening agreed on the name of former bureaucrat Mohammad Azam Khan for caretaker chief minister in the interim set-up.
• The decision was taken at a meeting attended by former defence minister Pervez Khattak and speaker Mushtaq Ghani besides the leader of the house and the opposition leader of KP assembly that was dissolved on Wednesday.
• `This is happening for the first time in the history of the province that chief minister and leader of the opposition have decided the caretaker chief minister,` Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) leader Mr Durrani disclosed to the media after deliberating on the names at the meeting, held at Speaker`s House
5. Khuhro returns unopposed on Senate seat left vacant by Vawda
• Senior Pakistan Peoples Party leader Nisar Khuhro on January 20, 2023 was elected unopposed as a member of the Senate on a seat fell vacant after resignation of former Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda.
• The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) last month announced the schedule for election on the Senate seat which fell vacant after resignation of the former PTI leader.
• According to the schedule issued by the ECP, polling for the vacant Senate seat was supposed to happen on January 2s in the Sindh Assembly building