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Indian police dig up roads and block farmers’ path into Delhi for budget day security

09:45 PM | 1 Feb, 2021
Indian police dig up roads and block farmers’ path into Delhi for budget day security

NEW DELHI – Police and paramilitary forces have blocked main roads by putting up barricades, digging up ditches and putting up barbed wires to stop protesting farmers from entering the Indian capital as the finance minister presents the government’s annual budget in parliament.

Internet and messaging services were blocked in the areas of the farmers’ sit-in a day ago.

The Indian government said the steps were taken to prevent incidents like the riot that broke out on January 26 right after the government’s Republic Day celebrations ended in the city centre.

Security around the parliament and other government buildings was also stepped up in the central district.

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On Friday, authorities used tear gas and batons to break up clashes at one of the protest sites near the city when some locals assaulted the farmers, taunting them and telling them to leave their area in peace. They also vandalised the farmers’ tents. In the previous few days, more farmers and their women folk have joined the protests at three major sites on the outskirts of the Indian capital.

The protesting farmers, who have been staging a sit in outside New Delhi for the past 67 days, are asking the government to repeal three new laws that were introduced in November and ends their protection from the open market and makes them vulnerable to exploitation.

Rounds of talks between the government and the farmer leaders have failed to break the deadlock.

Although Modi remains India’s most popular politician, his standing in the rural areas, where most Indians live, could be damaged by his handling of the farmers’ demands.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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