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Leading US newspapers lambaste Modi over radicalism, HR crisis, and COVID-19 mishandling

03:36 PM | 17 Dec, 2020
Leading US newspapers lambaste Modi over radicalism, HR crisis, and COVID-19 mishandling

WASHINGTON – A leading international daily, the Washington Post, says freedom of speech and dissent is at the verge of collapse in India as anyone speaking up against the BJP government is termed a terrorist.                    

In an opinion piece, the paper writes that Indian government's mistreatment of farmers' protest against farm bills is turning the protest into a revolution, shaking the government as the protest is intersectional including farmers, laborers, women and Dalit community long facing systemic caste-based discrimination in India.

Noting Narendra Modi's entire political career of extremism and human rights violations, the paper termed the farmers protest as a last hope to restore dissent and freedom of expression in the country.

Separately, in an article, the New York Times says that Modi-led BJP government's mishandling of Covid-19 pandemic has made India second worst hit country across the world after the United States.

The paper writes that Narendra Modi’s hasty nationwide lockdown led to fleeing of migrant workers to their homes that spread the virus to every nook and corner of the country.

The paper criticises that Modi government and especially his Covid-19 Task Force, dominated by upper-caste Hindus, never adequately contemplated how shutting down the economy and quarantining 1.3 billion people.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 17 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 17, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293.15 for buying and 296.1 for selling while British Pound stands at 344.25 for buying, and 347.6 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 17 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293.15 296.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 344.25 347.6
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 911.26
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 58.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 166.75
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.07
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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