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India shuts down schools, colleges in capital Delhi amid worsening pollution

09:15 PM | 17 Nov, 2021
India shuts down schools, colleges in capital Delhi amid worsening pollution

DELHI – All schools and colleges have been closed in Indian capital, Delhi, for an indefinite period as air pollution continues to worsen, posing serious health hazards to residents of the city.

The authorities have also imposed a ban on construction work until November 21 but there is exception for transport and defence-related projects.

Only five of the 11 coal-based power plants in the city have been allowed to continue operations. The pollution level has increased further since the festival of Diwali.

Air quality has worsened across in the Indian capital in recent years, as industrial pollutants, burning of crop subtle, and colder winter temperatures coalesce into toxic smog.

The levels of PM2.5 - tiny particles that can damage human lungs - in Delhi are far higher than the World Health Organization's (WHO) safety guidelines. The city recorded the figure around 400 on Tuesday, showing the pollution is severe.

Last week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the government is mulling a lockdown in the city to control the repercussions of the increased air pollution.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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