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.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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