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September 14, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. President sees Nov 6 as `cut-off date` for polls
In a move that has further clouded the air around general elections, President Dr Arif Alvi wrote to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday, suggesting polls should be held across the country no later than November 6, the 89th day since the dissolution of the National Assembly.
This was the fourth such letter written by the president to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja regarding elections in the country. In previous letters, the president had suggested dates for the elections for the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
2. Governor`s IT initiative launched
An advanced information technology training programme, known as the `Governor Balochistan`s IT Initiative,` has been launched in the province with a goal of enrolling 10,000 youths in its initial phase.
The programme has begun enrolling male and female students and other youths, with a goal to equip them with the skills needed to secure employment opportunities worldwide upon completion of their training.
The programme`s inauguration ceremony was held at the Governor House
3. IFC commits $1.5bn for Pakistan
The International Finance Corporation (IFC)a commercial arm of the World Bank Group on Wednesday announced that it would double its investments in Pakistan to $1.5 billion during the current fiscal year.
`IFC has committed approximately $1.5bn in short and longterm investments in Pakistan in FY23, doubling its investments from the previous year amidst a backdrop of economic challenges in the country`, the IFC said in a statement, adding that its projects in Pakistan aim to provide much-needed jobs, increase productivity in the private sector, enhance gender inclusion, and address the impacts of climate change.
4. Cluster spray unleashed against whitefly in cotton belt
Worried by prospects of spread of a deadly whitefly attack, pest management teams of the Punjab Agriculture Department have resorted to cluster spray as experts estimate that, so far, around half of the standing crop in hotspot areas may have been damaged.
A spokesperson for the department said drones and high-pressure spray machines have been deployed to spray the affected as well as surrounding areas because the whitefly takes refuge in adjoining fields to escape the affects of pesticide
5. `Night shift SHOs` posted in Lahore to curb heinous crime after dark
The Lahore police has appointed new `night shift` station house officers (SHOs) at all the 84 police stations in the provincial capital after `crime analysis reports` revealed that 40 per cent of the total heinous crimes were being committed between 10pm and 8am.
The new appointments were made from the list of over 100 police officials, mostly in sub-inspector rank, who were shortlisted and then interviewed by a panel of senior police officers headed by Lahore Operations DIG Nasir Rizvi