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June 22, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Govt pitches Gwadar as gas transport hub amid Ukraine war
• The government is persuading Europe and China to route their gas supplies from Central Asian nations through Gwadar to ensure their energy security in a changed global environment in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine war.
• Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik told that Central Asian states Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan were the global energy capitals. However, because these countries are landlocked, their resources remained trapped and could not be exported to the world, he said.
• The minister said the government had been engaged with Central Asia, European nations, Turkiye, China and even the United States to promote Pakistan as a natural trading hub for natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG), more to the economic advantage of those countries as well as benefits flowing to Pakistan as a smaller partner. `We have talked about this with our allies and friendly countries,` he added
2. Punjab govt to hire private anaesthetists for hospitals
• The Punjab caretaker government has decided to acquire services of private anaesthetists for the patients of the state-run hospitals across the province.
• The decision was taken due to the shortage in Punjab`s primary and secondary level government sector hospitals.
• Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Dr Jamal Nasir said his department had introduced anaesthesia management system at tehsil headquarters hospitals of Punjab to help facilitate surgeries.
3. Govt borrows Rs4.6tr in a week
• The government on Wednesday raised over Rs2.4 trillion through the auction of treasury bills, collectively borrowing Rs4.6tr in the last seven days.
• It picked up Rs2.276tr through T-bills and Rs33bn through non-competitive bids.
• The banks offered bids of Rs3.3tr against the auction target of Rs2.25tr.
• The cut-off yields were almost the same but the highest amount of Rs2.222tr was raised for three-month papers at 21.99 per cent. The government raised Rs4.9bn and Rs49.8bn for sixand 12-month papers at 21.97pc and 21.99pc respectively
4. President nominates Justice Isa to become next CJP in September
• Justice Qazi Faez Isa, the most senior judge after the chief justice of Pakistan, is set to become the country`s top judge in three months after President Dr Arif Alvi approved his appointment.
• Justice1sa will don the robes as the 29th chief justice on Sept 17, a day after the incumbent, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, retires after turning 65.
• At the time of retirement, Justice Bandial will have served the top judicial office for over 19 months; he was appointed on Feb 2, 2022, though his notification hadbeenissued on Jan17
5. Gender gap report ranks Pakistan among `bottom 5` countries
• Pakistan is placed at 142 out of 146 countries, the bottom of both the regional and global ranking tables of the Global Gender Gap Report 2023, published by the World E conomic Forum.
• However, the country`s score improved by 5.1 percentage points on the economic participation and opportunities sub-index in the last decade to attain 36.2 per cent parity, though this level of parity remains one of the lowest globally, the report says.This year, Pakistan has been placed near the bottom; only Algeria, Chad, Iran and Afghanistan are below Pakistan. Last year, Pakistan was ranked at 145 out of 146 countries in the ranking tables.
• The WEF report annually benchmarks the current state and evolution of gender parity across four key dimensions: (Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment)