Smog forces schools closure in Indian capital

09:44 AM | 6 Nov, 2023
Smog forces schools closure in Indian capital
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NEW DELHI – Indian capital New Delhi faced an alarming situation as thick toxic smog cloaked the city of around 35 million.

As the pollution season for New Delhi forced the government to take stringent actions, schools in the Indian city will remain closed until November 10 as air pollution spikes to 100 times to the number suggested by the World Health Organization.

A social media post shared by Delhi education minister Atishi Marlena said ‘As pollution levels continue to remain high, primary schools in Delhi will stay closed till 10th November.’

For secondary and high school, students are being given the option of shifting to online classes.

The city topped the grim list of the most polluted cities as air quality index (AQI) climbed to 471, which is said to be a hazardous category. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s second largest city Lahore remained runner-up with AQI of 261.

PM2.5 concentration in South Asian cities was recorded at several times higher than the WHO annual air quality guideline value.

Expert says any exposure to the air, even for a few minutes, can lead to serious health effects on everybody. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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