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October 19, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Pakistan, China commit to broaden CPEC horizons
Pakistan and China on Wednesday agreed to expand the scope of the multibillion-dollar CPEC infrastructure project, which will now diversify to areas like industrial development, ICT, livelihood projects, mining and mineral exploration, and agriculture. Presently, the corridor is confined to road and rail connectivity and economic zones.
Both countries also signed an agreement on the strategic Main Line-1 (ML-1) rail project, the Ministry of Railways said
2. Polio virus found in samples taken from four more cities
Environmental samples collected from four more cities have been found positive for polio virus, a week after samples collected from Hub, Lahore and Peshawar had been found positive.
Sources in Pakistan`s National Polio Laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH) said the lab has confirmed the detection of Type-1 Wild Poliovirus (WPV1) in four environmental (sewage) samples collected from Karachi, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Chaman
3. Pakistan, US extend scientific cooperation agreement
Pakistan and the United States extended on Wednesday their agreement for cooperation in science and technology for another five years.
Pakistan`s US envoy Masood Khan and US State Department`s Director Office of Science and Technology Cooperation Jason Donovan witnessed the ceremony.
Mr Muhammad Saad Ahmed, on behalf of government of Pakistan, and Ms Michelle Sheckells from the US State Department, exchanged the documents
4. Govt given last chance to argue pleas against changes to LG law
Peshawar High Court on Wednesday gave last chance to the provincial government for arguing a set of petitions filed by mayors and chairmen of several tehsil councils, challenging amendments to local government law, especially the provisions related to their powers.
A bench consisting of Justice Ijaz Anwar and Justice Shakeel Ahmad fixed October 31 for next hearing of the matter, observing that the advocate general should appear for arguing it
5. Cotton production jumps 22pc to almost 6m bales
Cotton output increased by 22 per cent by Oct 15 compared to the total production of the crop the previous year, data by the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association showed on Wednesday.
However, cotton production decreased by 16pc during this period in Punjab, while there was a record 84pc increase in Sindh.