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January 22, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Interim CM takes oath in KP, promises `fair polls`
• The caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azam Khan, on January 21, 2023 was administered oath by Governor Ghulam Ali in a solemn ceremony held at Governor House in Peshawar.
• Azam Khan, who has served as the KP chief secretary, was finalised as a joint candidate for the CM slot in a meeting between former CM Mahmood Khan and then opposition leader Al(ram Khan Durrani at the Speaker`s House on Friday night.
• In a media talk after the oath taking, CM Khan while vowing to cooperate with the Election Commission of Pakistan said the `free and fair` elections in the province would be his top priority as the caretaker chief executive
2. ECP to select caretaker CM for Punjab today
• After a bi-partisan parliamentary committee formed by the Punjab Assembly speaker failed to reach a consensus in the stipulated time, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will meet in the evening to pick the caretaker chief minister for Punjab.
• The meeting chaired by ECP Chief Sikandar Sultan Raja will be preceded by informal deliberations between the CEC and members of the commission to pave way for a consensus on the decision regarding the matter.
• The election watchdog has only Sunday to decide on the nominee for the caretaker CM slot as the two-day time given to the commission under Article 224-A of the Constitution will be expiring today. A senior official of the ECP explained that the commission could not meet a day earlier as it officially received the names of four nominees from PA Speaker Sibtain Khan on January 21, 2023.
3. Isolating women isolates Kabul, UN tells Taliban
• In a clear message to Kabul`s de facto rulers, a UN delegation has warned that isolating women will also isolate Afghanistan and as the country faces a terrible humanitarian crisis, it cannot afford to do so.
• The high-level UN delegation that visited Afghanistan this week, also urged the international community to support Afghan women.
• UN legal experts, in another statement, described the `collapse of the rule of law and judicial independence` in Afghanistan as `a human rights catastrophe`
January 21, 2022: International Current Affairs MCQs
4. Covid outbreak infected 80pc of population, says China
• The possibility of a big Covid-19 rebound in China over the next two or three months is remote as 80 per cent of people have been infected, a prominent government scientist said on January 21, 2023.
• The mass movement of people during the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday period may spread the pandemic, boosting infections in some areas, but a second Covid wave is unlikely in the near term, Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, said on the Weibo social media platform.
• Hundreds of millions of Chinese are travelling across the country for holiday reunions that had been suspended under recently eased Covid curbs, raising fears of fresh outbreaks in rural areas less equipped to manage large outbreaks
5. Peru closes tourist site Machu Picchu due to protests
• Peru has closed its famed tourist site Machu Picchu amid anti-government protests, its Ministry of Culture said on January 21, 2023, with hundreds of tourists having been left stranded near the Inca citadel amid deadly unrest.
• Demonstrations demanding the resignation of Peruvian President Dina Boluarte have been ongoing since early December, leaving 46 people dead and prompting the government to impose a state of emergency in violence-hit areas