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January 22, 2024: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. ECP finally releases list of nominees for Feb 8 polls
With the general elections a little over two weeks away, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Sunday released the list of contesting candidates.
According to the E CP schedule, Jan 12 was the last date for withdrawal of candidature and publication of the revised list of candidates. However, it was delayed due to litigation.
On Feb 8, PML-N supreme leader Nawaz Sharif and PTI`s former provincial health minister Dr Yasmin Rashid will face off in NA-130, Lahore, in a heated electoral battle. Mr Sharif is also contesting from NA-15 (Mansehra) where the opponents include Gustasif Khan of the PTI and JUIF`s Mufti Kifayatullah
2. WB closes $200m locust project
The World Bank has closed its locust emergency and food security (Leaf) project, for which it had approved $200 million, citing the performance of the project as highly unsatisfactory.
The project was approved in July 2020 and it was meant to control the locust outbreak, restore livelihoods in locust-affected areas, and strengthen national food security and monitoring in the country.
Informed sources believe the World Bank withdrew the project due to irregular appointments made under the project
3. Pak-S. Arabia joint military training begins
The joint military training of the Pakistan Army and Royal Saudi Land Forces, organised by the Multan Corps, commenced at Okara Garrison.
According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release on Sunday, the military forces of the two countries an exemplary military drill at the beginning of the joint training
4. Pakistani among recipients of Religious Freedom Award
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently awarded the International Religious Freedom Award to distinguished individuals, including Peter Jacob of Pakistan, for their unwavering commitment to promoting and defending religious freedom globally.
Peter Jacob, a relentless advocate for religious freedom and human rights, has dedicated over 35 years to championing the rights of Pakistan`s marginalised religious minority communities. His extensive efforts include lecturing, writing, and advocating for equal treatment and freedom of religion
5. Hamas rejects Israeli efforts to decide Gaza`s future
Palestinian resistance group Hamas said on Sunday its October 7 raid in southern Israel was a `necessary step` against Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
But the fighter group admitted in a 16-page report justifying the attack that `some fault shappened…
due to the rapid collapse of the Israeli security and military system, and the chaos caused along the border areas with Gaza`