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January 24, 2024: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Army personnel to guard polling stations on Feb 8
The caretaker federal cabinet on Tuesday approved deployment of troops and civil armed forces personnel on polling stations and sensitive constituencies during Feb 8 general elections.
Sources told Dawn the interior ministry had moved a summary to the cabinet, suggesting the deployment of the army as a quick response force to maintain peace and security, ensuring a smooth and transparent electoral process
2. Section 144 imposed in Punjab
The caretaker Punjab government has imposed section 144 to prevent disturbance of public peace and tranquility in the province till Feb 12 in connection with the general elections 2024.
A notification issued by the Punjab home department here on Tuesday includes certain restrictions aimed at ensuring law and order before and after the elections across the province
3. Trade resumes as Torkham crossing reopens
Excitement and jubilation by the exhausted transporters marked the resumption of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan via the Torkham border on Tuesday as Pakistan announced relaxation in visa condition for Afghan transporters till end of March.
Local custom clearing agents told Dawn that preference was given to vehicles loaded with perishable items which included oranges and potatoes from Pakistan side and onion from Afghan side
4. Cabinet sets four-day deadline for FBR revamp plan
The federal cabinet on Tuesday formed a new inter-ministerial committee to come up with final recommendations on restructuring the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) within a tight deadline of four days to minimise differences among different tax groups.
The proposed reforms were developed in closed-door consultation with a select group of people led by Caretaker Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar. Instead of selecting a new minister to oversee the evolved plans, the federal cabinet reappointed Ms Shamshad to chair the inter-ministerial committee, sources in the tax machinery told Dawn
5. Shamshad again chosen for SSGCL board chair
While still in the government, the Petroleum Division has announced the nomination of Caretaker Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar as chairperson of the board of directors of the state-owned Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGCL) for another threeyear term.`In recognition of her professional dedication and unwavering efforts, the government had nominated Dr Shamshad Akhtar for another tenure as chairperson of the board of directors for which elections will be held`, said a statement issued by the Petroleum Division. She is already holding the same position on a temporary basis through repeated extensions while also working as finance minister