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Punjab announces four-day holiday amid worsening smog

04:37 PM | 7 Nov, 2023
Punjab announces four-day holiday amid worsening smog
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LAHORE – The caretaker Punjab government on Tuesday announced a four-day holiday in the province in order to curb worsening smog situation. 

Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi made the announcement in a press conference saying the holidays will be observed from Thursday (which is a public holiday on account of Iqbal Day) till Sunday. He hoped that such measures will help curb the pollution that is posing threats to citizens’ health.

He said there will be national holiday on November 9 and on November 10 we will shut schools and offices in Punjab.

He said schools are already closed on Saturdays and Sundays in the province, but if a school is open on Saturday, then it will be asked to remain closed for this week.

He also announced that markets will remain closed on Saturdays, adding that the traders can close the markets on Fridays if they find it feasible. 

The chief minister asked public to stay indoors during these four holidays while pointed out that Lahore had become the worst smog-hit city in the world. 

Last week, the interim government in Punjab declared emergency across the province to tackle worsening smog situation in the province, particularly Lahore. 

Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) directed the administration to impose the smog emergency in order to avoid risks to health of citizens.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
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 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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