Impose Rs50,000 fine on restaurants violating anti-smog guidelines, orders LHC

06:41 PM | 8 Dec, 2023
Impose Rs50,000 fine on restaurants violating anti-smog guidelines, orders LHC
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LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered authorities to impose a fine of Rs50,000 on restaurants violating the measures introduced by the provincial government to tackle smog. 

LHC’s Justice Shahid Karim issued the order while hearing a set of petitions related to environment. It also directed the officials to seal cafes not adhered to the guidelines.

The order come as several cities of Punjab, especially Lahore, have been clocked in thick smog after the pollutants in the air quality intensified with the decrease in temperature since November 2023. 

Latest data available on IQAir website, which monitors air quality in various cities of the world, shows the Lahore's AQI stands at 186 at 6:30pm today, which falls under the category of unhealthy.

Recently, the provincial government took several steps tackle smog, including imposition of partial lockdowns and campaigns to motivate citizens to wear masks. 

Last month, the LHC ordered the closure of restaurants and markets in Lahore country by 10 pm amid hazardous levels of air pollution.

Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court directed the provincial government to shut down all businesses by 10 pm daily.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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