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Lahore becomes world's 'most polluted city'

12:20 AM | 2 Nov, 2021
Lahore becomes world's 'most polluted city'

Lahore, the cultural hub and provincial capital of Pakistan's Punjab province, on Monday ranked 1st among top 10 cities across the world with poor air quality, according to the data released by the US Air Quality Index. 

November is usually the worst month for pollution across north India and Pakistan as farmers burn off stubble in their fields and the cooler weather can trap pollution. 

The US Air Quality Index includes the concentration of PM2.5 particles as well as bigger pollutants. These particles can cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases including lung cancer, and pose a particular risk for people with COVID-19. 

"PM2.5 concentration in Lahore air is currently 24 times above the WHO annual air quality guideline value," read an update on the city's air quality on the US Air Quality Index website. 

It recorded a particulate matter (PM) rating of 289 that regarded the city as “very unhealthy” in terms of air quality. 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regards the air quality satisfactory, if the AQI is under 50. 

Karachi, the financial hub and largest megapolis of Pakistan, stood at number 5 on the index. The PM2.5 concentration in Karachi was recorded at 153 — six times above the WHO's guideline value — and the city was declared "unhealthy." 

Croatia's Zagreb ranked 2nd, while the Indian capital of New Delhi was on number 3. Bosnia Herzegovina's Sarajevo ranked 4th, India's Mumbai 6th, Bangladeshi capital Dhaka 7th, Ukraine's Kyiv 8th, Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek 9th and India's Kolkata stood at 10th. 

Lahore, which suffers from high levels of air pollution, regularly ranks among the cities with poor air quality rankings. The issue of extreme air pollution in the city attracted public attention for the first time in 2017. 

In an attempt to counter air pollution and smog, the Punjab government also restricted burning of crop residues and garbage across the province for a period of one month, starting October 6.  

Old-fashioned kilns were to be shut down, while the burning of garbage, tires, plastics, polythene bags, rubber and leather items were banned across the province, a government notification said. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 14 April forex rates

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US dollar and other currencies in open market on April 14, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 299.95 for buying and 302.9 for selling while British Pound stands at 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.45 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 14 April 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 299.95 302.9
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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