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Pakistan announces 2-week spring holidays for all educational institutions amid Covid-19 surge

12:54 PM | 10 Mar, 2021
Pakistan announces 2-week spring holidays for all educational institutions amid Covid-19 surge

ISLAMABAD – Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said on Wednesday that educational institutions in seven cities of Punjab will close down for two weeks from March 15 amid rising coronavirus cases.

Speaking in a press conference with SAPM Dr. Faisal Sultan, after a meeting of the country’s top health authority, he also announced to review the situation after two weeks of holidays.

Shafqat Mehmood said educational institutions in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Rawalpindi, Multan and Sialkot will remain close for two weeks for Spring break. Islamabad and Muzaffarabad institutions will also remain close for a certain period, he added.

Institutions that are going through final examinations are not bound to shut down under new implementations.

These steps have taken while keeping in mind the nearly 50 million children that attend educational institutions and this sector has a direct effect on the spread of the novel disease.

Briefing about the Covid-19 pandemic in Balochistan and Sindh, he added that educational institutions in these provinces will follow the policy of 50 percent attendance.

He further added that the provincial governments will keep reviewing the situation and, if the situation deteriorates, we will close schools where necessary. Schools should continue monitoring their situations individually and should act on unusual cases.

SAPM Dr. Faisal Sultan said that all parks will close at 6 pm while indoor dining and other activities will be suspended for two weeks. Offices have also been directed to work with 50 percent of staff, he added.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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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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