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Punjab relaxes smog related restrictions in Lahore for the weekend

10:17 AM | 2 Dec, 2023
Punjab relaxes smog related restrictions in Lahore for the weekend
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LAHORE – Punjab's interim government has decided to relax all smog-related restrictions for the weekend in light of significant improvements in the air quality of the provincial capital.

Lahore, city of over 22 million, saw thick, toxic fog that enveloped metropolis, causing tens of thousands to fall ill and forcing government to shut down schools, markets and parks.

With slight improvement in smog, the government announced that there will be no smog restrictions over the weekend, and all businesses, and markets will remain open.

Punjab Information Minister said markets, and restaurants in the region will operate as per routine. 

The provincial administration cleared the air amid confusion about the closure of restaurants in Punjab’s most smog-affected cities.

Despite the rain and other factors, Lahore ranked among the most polluted cities in the world. 

Last week, Punjab CM announced that schools, colleges would remain closed in 10 districts of the province on Friday and Saturday amid the worsening air quality with the onset and prevalence of smog in Lahore and other districts of Punjab. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 20 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remained largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 20, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.05 for buying and 282.1 for selling.

On Tuesday, Euro stands at 301 for buying and 304 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.4 for buying, and 355.4 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.55 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.2.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 20 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.05 282.1
Euro EUR 301 304
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.4 355.4
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.55 77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 180 182
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.12 751.12
Canadian Dollar CAD 206.5 208.5
China Yuan CNY 38.84 39.24
Danish Krone DKK 40.24 40.64
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.48 3.59
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 906.33 915.33
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.1 172.1
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.75 733.75
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 207
Swedish Korona SEK 26.85 27.15
Swiss Franc CHF 315.64 318.14
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08

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