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Baby girl born on Dutch ship after refugee mum rescued

Sarfraz Ali 06:56 PM | 17 Jun, 2016
Baby girl born on Dutch ship after refugee mum rescued
AMSTERDAM (APP) - A baby girl was born on a Dutch frigate only hours after her Eritrean mother was saved with 243 other migrants from a sinking ship, the Dutch defence ministry said Friday.

She has been named Gelila by her mother, who said her name means “the ocean.”

“Gelila was born (Thursday) on board the Van Amstel. Her mother had been rescued from a ship in distress with some 244 people on board some 80 miles (150 kilometres) southwest of Greece,” said Karen Loos-Gelijins, a spokeswoman for the Dutch royal Navy.

“The child is fragile, but she and her mother are doing well.”

The ship had been spotted from the air by an Italian maritime patrol and the Van Amstel — which was taking part in a European border control operation to halt the flow of migrants — went to its aid on Wednesday.

It was unclear where the boat had set sail from, but there were 181 men, 23 women including a number who were pregnant and 40 children on board.

The Van Amstel was already en route for Italy with 197 other migrants on board rescued a day earlier off the coast of Crete. A total of 442 people were thus brought early Friday to Trapani in Sicily.

According to the UN High Commissioner on Refugees, more than 52,600 people have arrived in Italy this year from across the sea — an average of more than 300 a day, with the numbers climbing in the summer.

Most of these migrants come from west Africa and the Horn of Africa, having travelled to Libya to make the perilous boat crossing.

More than 11 percent of the migrants are women and some of them are risking the journey heavily pregnant. At least half a dozen births have ocurred in recent months just after the mothers were rescued.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...

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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 January 27, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 07:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 264 266
Euro EUR 274 276.7
UK Pound Sterling GBP 311 314
U.A.E Dirham AED 68.7 69.3
Saudi Riyal SAR 66.4 67
Australian Dollar AUD 176 178
Bahrain Dinar BHD 615.68 620.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 186 188
China Yuan CNY 34.12 34.37
Danish Krone DKK 33.83 34.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 29.52 29.87
Indian Rupee INR 2.81 2.89
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 756.69 761.69
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 52.59 53.04
New Zealand Dollar NZD 148.33 149.53
Norwegians Krone NOK 22.43 22.73
Omani Riyal OMR 600.37 604.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 63.5 64
Singapore Dollar SGD 178 179.3
Swedish Korona SEK 21.78 22.08
Swiss Franc CHF 250.23 251.98
Thai Bhat THB 6.98 7.08

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs197,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs168,000.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs150,300 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 173,200.

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 197,900 PKR 2,100
Karachi PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Islamabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Peshawar PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Quetta PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sialkot PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Attock PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujranwala PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Jehlum PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Multan PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Bahawalpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Gujrat PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nawabshah PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Chakwal PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Hyderabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Nowshehra PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Sargodha PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Faisalabad PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100
Mirpur PKR 197,900 PKR 2,100

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