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October 05, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Ultimatum to illegal aliens poses historic dilemma
With a looming deadline to repatriate more than a million undocumented Afghans and other foreigners by the end of this month, federal and provincial authorities are scrambling to put together a viable plan to undertake what could safely be described as one of the biggest deportation operations in modern times.
Following up on the recommendations of the apex commit-tee of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sept 27, the federal apex committee on Tuesday set an ultimatum to all undocumented immigrants, including a proportionately large number of Afghans, to leave by Oct 31 or face imprisonment and deportation
2. Caretakers to give Discos to private sector via `long-term` concessions
The caretaker government on Wednesday decided to hand over power distribution companies to the private sector through `long term concessions` and implement eight hours of gas load-shedding for domestic consumers during the winter months.
The government also agreed to replace the members of all Discos` boards.
The caretaker government also pledged to continue its efforts against smuggling and the flight of US dollars, aiming to combat tax evasion worth Rs1 trillion annually in Afghan trade
3. Mera Sehat Card mobile application launched
The health ministry and National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) have introduced the Mera Sehat Card mobile application to maximise healthcare accessibility for citizens.
Through the App, 8.4 million people comprising 2.5 million families under the universal coverage in Islamabad, GilgitBaltistan (GB), Azad Kashmir (AJK) and Tharparkar (Sindh) will benefit
4. Over 0.3m illegal Afghans living in KP
As the federal government has set the Oct 31 deadline for illegal migrants to leave the country, the threat of deportation is hanging over 0.3 million undocumented Afghans in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa like the sword of Damocles.
Official documents show that the country has over 0.7 million `illegal` Afghan refugees and over 0.3 million of them live in KP
October 05, 2023: International Current Affairs MCQs News
5. 20 Democrats oppose security pledges for Saudi Arabia
Twenty US senators, all of them Democrats, expressed support on Wednesday for a potential Israeli-Saudi normalisation deal, but laid out concerns about any security guarantees or nuclear assistance to Riyadh.
In a letter to President Joe Biden, the senators underscored resistance the White House could face from Congress if the administration brokers a landmark agreement opening diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel in return for Washington meeting Riyadh`s demands