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School timings cut in Punjab as Pakistan braces itself for heatwaves

09:25 PM | 17 May, 2024
school timings cut in Punjab
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Amid severe heatwaves expected to affect most parts of the country over the next 10 days, the Punjab government announced on Friday a reduction in school hours for all public and private schools from May 18 to May 31.

The Meteorological Department had warned that high pressure in the upper atmosphere would cause heatwave conditions across much of the country, especially in Punjab and Sindh, starting from May 21. A severe heatwave is expected from May 23 to May 27.

Daytime temperatures are predicted to be "4 to 6 degrees Celsius above normal" in Sindh and Punjab from May 21 to 23 and "6 to 8 degrees Celsius above normal" from May 23 to 27.

People were advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight and to stay hydrated.

In response, the Punjab government's school education department issued a notification stating that due to the extreme weather, public and private schools across the province will operate from 7 am to 11:30 am from Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, and from 7 am to 10 am on Fridays, from May 18 to May 31.

The notification also outlined several precautionary measures for school heads to implement: ensuring all fans are in working condition, making water coolers available, and ensuring no student is made to sit in an open space or on school lawns during the heat.

Chief executive officers and heads of institutions were directed to ensure full compliance with these instructions.

Punjab Minister for School Education, Rana Sikandar Hayat, highlighted the urgent need for climate action, emphasizing that everyone has a “vital role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change.”

Additionally, a separate notification announced that all public and private schools in the province would be closed for summer vacations from June 1 to August 14, with the new school year beginning on August 15.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Baht THB 7.58 7.73

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