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September 23, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. Kakar reminds world of unkept flood aid pledge
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar urged the global community on Friday to fulfil the commitments they made to Pakistan after last year`s devastating floods and help implement its recovery plans.
Mr Kakar, who is the first interim leader to address the UN General Assembly, used his maiden UN speech to highlight the country`s efforts to revive its ailing economy but also talked about the threat of terrorism confronting Pakistan and Islamabad`s efforts to improve ties with all neighbouring states
2. Mirwaiz released, slams rights violations
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was freed on Friday after 212 weeks of house arrest. Leading the Friday congregation at Srinagar`s Jamia Masjid, as he always did before the disputed annexation of the held valley by India in August 2019, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman called for a peaceful solution to all issues on the terms of the people of Kashmir.
Breaking down as he climbed the pulpit of the mosque to begin his sermon, the Mirwaiz said he would pay any price to stand by the people
3. `Technical` reasons for not giving poll date: official
With criticism growing over the Election Commission of Pakistan`s (ECP) failure to announce a specific date for general elections, a senior ECP official told Dawn on Friday that it was `not technically possible` to do so.
The official, who asked not to be named, argued that the official announcement of an election date will kick-start a formal process that must follow specific timelines in the lead-up to the election
4. SBP adds new category to boost remittances
To accelerate remittances through formal channels, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday introduced a new `diamond` category to the Sohni Dharti Remittance Programme (SDRP), offering enhanced reward points and additional benefits to remitters.
The SBP in a statement said the new category supplements the existing three categories: green (up to $10,000 per annum), gold ($10,001 to $30,000), and platinum (over $30,000).
Former finance minister Ishaq Dar in his budget speech for FY24 had announced the addition of diamond category with enhanced reward points and provision of other benefits such as arms licence of non-prohibited bore, preferential treatment at Pakistan embassies, airports and gratis passport to the diamond category holders
5. Student union set to be revived at QAU
Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa on Friday lent his support to a decision to revive the Quaid-i-Azam University`s (QAU) students` union, a move that, it is hoped, will pave the way for the revival of student unions in other universities as well.
The decision was taken during a syndicate meeting chaired by the university`s Vice Chancellor, Niaz Ahmad Akhtar, and attended by the chief justice of Pakistan, who is a member of the forum by virtue of his position. Justice Isa is the second CJP, after former chief justice Rana Bhagwandas, to have attended a QAU syndicate meeting