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LHC orders authorities to impose smog emergency in Lahore

02:42 PM | 1 Nov, 2023
LHC orders authorities to impose smog emergency in Lahore
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LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the administration to impose an emergency in the provincial capital as smog situation continues to worsen, posing health risks to citizens, especially children.

The incumbent Punjab government is responsible for the deteriorated environment situation in Lahore, LHC’s Justice Shahid Karim remarked while haring a set of pleas filed by citizens seeking measures to control the smog.

During today’s hearing, Lahore Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhwa and other officers appeared before the high court when Justice Karim directed them not to de-seal factories that are responsible for black smoke.

He also directed school and college students to inform the authorities concerned of such factories. The judge ordered the commissioner and other officers to run an awareness campaign in this regard.

Justice Karim observed that the smog in previous years started affecting the city in late November or early December but this year it had hit the city in October.

Later, the judge adjourned the hearing till Nov 3.

Lahore was declared the world’s most polluted cities in previous three consecutive days, causing serious health problems in the city. The Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 255 for today (Wednesday).

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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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