Young Pakistani student writes to Chinese astronaut, receives reply

Noor Fatima 11:55 AM | 10 Feb, 2023
Young Pakistani student writes to Chinese astronaut, receives reply
Source: Gwadar Pro

For the first time in Pakistan, a young student indulged in a conversation with a Chinese astronaut. Aasiya Ismail, a 17-year-old student at Islamabad Model School for Girls, had the chance to ask a Chinese astronaut about the ceremony marking the return of Pakistani seeds from the Chinese space station which took place at the COMSTECH Auditorium in the Federal capital. 

At the ceremony marking the return of Pakistan’s seeds from the Chinese space station, Ismail read a message she wrote to the Chinese astronaut. In her letter, Ismail stated, “I have been a science student for about ten years now. For me, science is a subject that falls within the category of art."

The 17-year-old also asked numerous questions related to space life and the Pakistan-China space breeding project. Ismail was recommended to watch the live broadcasting program Tiangong Classroom, which can address many of her inquiries.

He claimed that the Shenzhou 12 and 14 missions both carried Pakistani flags and planted seeds, “truly showcasing the profound friendship between China and Pakistan.”

“I’m so happy to receive your letter and get to know you are interested in science”, Liu Boming said. Boming is a veteran astronaut who carried out manned missions twice, and conducted China’s first spacewalk.

The experience inspired him to improvise a line of a poem, “overlooking the homeland, the same global village, looking across the Sun and the Moon, the same space city”.

“Among them, the most memorable one to me is the extravehicular activity, which allowed me to see the earth from a larger and wider perspective,” Boming recalled.

In 2008, Boming and his colleagues Mr. Zhai Zhigang and Mr. Jing Haipeng were sent to space. He launched into space once more in 2021 and was among the first astronauts to be stationed in the Chinese Space Station. Boming worked for 13 years, from the age of 42 to 55, to become a part of China’s first human-robotic arm combo, and it was on this space mission that he achieved his greatest desire.

It has been reported that seven kinds of medicinal plant seeds were brought to space in China's Shenzhou 14 mission.  

In the end, Boming encouraged Ismail to pursue her scientific journey and play an active role in Pakistan-China cooperation.

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on May 29, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 29, 2023 (Monday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 307.9 311.15
Euro EUR 330 333
UK Pound Sterling GBP 381 384.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 84.6 85.4
Saudi Riyal SAR 82.6 83.4
Australian Dollar AUD 201 203
Bahrain Dinar BHD 762.21 770.21
Canadian Dollar CAD 225.5 227.5
China Yuan CNY 40.6 41
Danish Krone DKK 41.39 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.6 36.95
Indian Rupee INR 3.47 3.58
Japanese Yen JPY 2.15 2.20
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 932.2 941.2
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.42 63.02
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.98 178.98
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.14 26.44
Omani Riyal OMR 744.58 752.57
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.73 79.43
Singapore Dollar SGD 215 217
Swedish Korona SEK 26.73 27.03
Swiss Franc CHF 316.34 318.84
Thai Bhat THB 8.28 8.43

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 29 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Karachi PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Islamabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Peshawar PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Quetta PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sialkot PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Attock PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujranwala PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Jehlum PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Multan PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Bahawalpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Gujrat PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nawabshah PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Chakwal PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Hyderabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Nowshehra PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Sargodha PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Faisalabad PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505
Mirpur PKR 235,800 PKR 2,505


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