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US Congress approves 'Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act' for Pakistani women

09:21 AM | 4 Jan, 2021
US Congress approves 'Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act' for Pakistani women

WASHINGTON – The US Congress has approved the 'Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act' that will increase the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women under the Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP).

The programme for calendar years 2020 through 2022 was passed by the House of Representatives in March 2020, and it sailed through the US Senate on January 1. The bill now will be sent to the White House for US President Donald Trump to sign it into law, reported international media.

The bill requires the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to make efforts to award at least 50 percent of the scholarships to Pakistani women, across a range of academic disciplines and in accordance with existing eligibility criteria.

The Act also requires USAID to work in collaboration with the Pakistani private sector and Pakistani diaspora in the United States to improve and expand access to education programmes in the country.

On October 10, 2014, Malala shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Indian children's rights activist Kailash Satyarthi in recognition of her struggle for girls and women education. 

In 2008, she launched the campaign; despite it was opposed by Taliban. As she remained reluctant, the terrorists attacked her and shot in the head when she was going home from school in 2012.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
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 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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