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LHC orders imposition of Rs1 million fine on factories emitting smoke

05:31 PM | 4 Dec, 2023
LHC orders imposition of Rs1 million fine on factories emitting smoke
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LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday ordered authorities to impose Rs1 million on factories spewing out polluted smoke in the provincial capital. 

LHC’s Justice Shahid Karim issued the order while hearing a set of petitions seeking measures to combat intensifying smog. The director general of Environment Department was also present during the hearing. 

The high court also directed the authorities to contact the Judicial Water Commission before de-sealing the factories. 

During the hearing, the director general informed the court that the factories sealed by the environment department are unlocked by the factory owners by themselves. 

At one point, a member of the water commission said that the factories releasing hazardous smoke are run in night, adding that the environment officials received bribes. 

At which, Justice Shahid Karim directed the department to issue a warning to the officers involved in such practices. 

The court also directed the authorities to impose Rs10,000 fine on domestic customers for wasting water and Rs20,000 over wasting of water by commercial consumers. 

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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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