Pakistani journalist selected for IFAJ's DuPont Pioneer 2017 Master Class

07:46 PM | 19 Feb, 2017
Pakistani journalist selected for IFAJ's DuPont Pioneer 2017 Master Class
ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani journalist has been selected by the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ)to participate in the IFAJ/DuPont Pioneer 2017 Master Class

Haroon Janjua, an Islamabad-based journalist, along with 10 other International journalists, was named to participate in the prestigious programme that will be held in conjunction with IFAJ’s global congress near Pretoria, South Africa, in late March.

Mr Haroon Janjua’s work has been published in renowned international publications and numerous national newspapers and magazines including The Times London, The World Post, Refugees Deeply, Nikkei Asian Review, Los Angeles Times, Turkey Tribune, Dawn and The Nation among others.

He has won prestigious United Nations Correspondent Association Award in 2015 from New York, along with 2015 Global Media Award from Washington DC and IE Business School Prize from Spain in the same year, beside finalist for various other awards in 2014 and 2015.

“These 10 outstanding people have already demonstrated their skills as journalists, and they are poised to become leaders in the evolution of agricultural journalism guilds in the years to come,” says Owen Roberts, IFAJ president. “The Master Class program is a recognition of their accomplishments and an opportunity to engage in professional development, leadership training and global networking that will allow them to reach new heights.”

Roberts notes that the Master Class program includes participation in a two-day professional development workshop immediately prior to the IFAJ congress. The program, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, a developer and supplier of plant genetics to farmers worldwide, emphasises reporting skills and leadership training. He also thanked the three IFAJ judges – Lena Johanssen, Per Henrik Hansen and Kingsley Kaswende – who had a tough challenge in finalising the selections from amongst the largest-ever group of Master Class applicants.

“As a global business, we are proud to provide continuing support to the IFAJ’s Master Class Program, which offers agricultural journalists worldwide professional development and knowledge-based skills,” said Tracy Willits, global communications director, DuPont Pioneer.  “Through the high-quality information and communications these journalists share, they can foster understanding that will yield significant benefits to farmers, consumers and others throughout the value chain.”


Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Currency Rates in Pakistan - Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 24 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

On Saturday, Euro stands at 302  for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 February 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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