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October 26, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Balochistan, Sindh cash surpluses help contain centre`s fiscal deficit
Pakistan`s overall fiscal deficit the difference between income and expenditure clocked in at 0.9 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), a marginal reduction from the 1pc recorded in the same period of the previous year.
In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit rose to Rs962.80 billion during the first quarter of FY24 from Rs819.30bn in the corresponding period last year, according to the Fiscal Operations Data released by the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday
2. ECP invites international observers to monitor polls
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday extended the deadline for voters` registration till Oct 28 and invited international observers to monitor the upcoming general elections.
In a letter sent to the secretaries of interior and foreign affairs ministries, the ECP stated, `We would take this opportunity to welcome international observers to observe the polling process neutrally, impartially with their very well-articulated feedback and reports.
3. Green Climate Fund okays $120m for vulnerable communities
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved $120 million in climate adaptation financing to support the Asian Development Bank’s ‘Community Resilience Partnership Programme’ (CRPP), which aims to strengthen climate resilience in poor and vulnerable communities by scaling up climate adaptation investments at the local level.
The GCF approved the funding at its board meeting concluded in Tbilisi on Wednesday. GCF is a global fund created to help developing countries address the challenge of climate change. ADB has supported developing member countries to access $1 billion since becoming an accredited GCF entity in 2015
4. Special flight from Islamabad to UK to relocate 200 Afghan refugees today
The first chartered flight will depart from Islamabad International Airport to the United Kingdom (UK) to relocate about 200 Afghan refugees on Thursday (today).
According to the British newspaper, The Independent, around 3,000 Afghans, many of whom worked for the British army, were evacuated to be provided residence in the UK following the Afghan Taliban`s takeover of Kabul in August 2021. They have been stuck in Pakistan since last year when the UK authorities made accommodation arrangements a prerequisite for repatriation. Hundreds are also trapped in Iran waiting for the relocation
5. Gilgit-Baltistan gets new chief secretary
The federal government has appointed Abrar Ahmad Mirza as the new Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) chief secretary while Mohyuddin Ahmed Wani has been directed to report to the Establishment Division.
According to a notification issued by the Establishment Division on Tuesday evening, Abrar Ahmed Mirza, a BS-21 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service, presently posted as additional secretary, Petroleum Division, has been transferred and posted as chief secretary Gilgit-Baltistan with immediate effect and until further orders