MOSCOW – Vladimir Putin, the longest-serving leader of Russia since Josef Stalin, has turned 70 amid fawning felicitations Putin, however, there is no large-scale festivities amid Kremlin invasion in Ukraine that plunged country into economic and international isolation.
Putin’s 70th birthday is quite different from previous years as he was spotted on foreign trips or playing in a celebrity hockey game to mark his special day.
This time Putin, who rose to the Kremlin's top job on the last day of 1999, will spend his birthday at work, attending a meeting in the Russian port city of St. Petersburg.
Some reports suggest that Moscow is suffering several blows in the battlefield at the hands of the Ukrainian army, saying Russian leadership is facing the biggest challenge after confronting the West.
As Putin's earned wrath from several fronts, his allies heaped praise on him and send gifts. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov also announced major events, including an opening ceremony for a judo training center named after Putin, a known martial arts fan.
Putin also made headlines as he was gifted a tractor by the Belarusian president. Tajikistan’s leader presented him with a pile of watermelons.
His two-decade rule has seen Moscow move toward greater authoritarianism, but this trend has accelerated rapidly in recent times.
On the other hand, his birthday was marked with condemnation of him as social media denounced his moves and urged supporters to make a donation to provide weapons to the Ukrainian military.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.
Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.37||36.72|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.33||177.33|
Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|