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Trees for the Earth: WWF-Pakistan celebrates Earth Day 2016 across country

Sarfraz Ali 06:47 PM | 22 Apr, 2016
Trees for the Earth: WWF-Pakistan celebrates Earth Day 2016 across country
LAHORE/KARACHI/ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) - WWF-Pakistan celebrated Earth Day across the country by carrying out tree plantation drives to raise environmental awareness while symbolically tackling deforestation heron Friday.

Hammad Naqi Khan, director general, WWF-Pakistan said, ‘the theme for Earth Day this year is 'Trees for the Earth'  which stresses the need for every individual, business or policy maker to take action to protect the natural assets and resources of our beautiful country.  Taking this opportunity, WWF seeks your support to mitigate pollution, curb deforestation and manage our water resources on priority to enable us live in harmony with nature.

A mangrove plantation drive organised by DHA, Karachi, in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan was held at Defence Authority Creek Club. Commander 5 Crops, Lt General Naveed Mukhtar was the chief guest on the occasion.

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Appreciating WWF-Pakistan and DHA efforts in rehabilitating the depleting mangroves forest area he said, ‘Promoting plantation, greenery and the natural environment is essential for a vibrant and healthy society.’ Brig (r) Mukhtar Ahmed, Vice President Emeritus, WWF-Pakistan; Hammad Naqi Khan, DG WWF-Pakistan; and Agha Tahir Hussain, PD & Conservator Mangroves, Government of Sindh, were also present on the occasion.

Similarly,  WWF-Pakistan organised a debating competition at DungaGali, Ayubia National Park on the importance of plants for life on earth.  A total of 22 students from nine schools participated in the event. Participant from Government Girls High School Khanispur won the competition whereas Government High School, Kari Raiki and Government High School, Samandar Katha, secured second and third position respectively.

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Praising the efforts of WWF-P, Sardar Muhammad Nawaz, Sub-Division Forest Officer (SDFO/Wildlife), Abbottbad, said ‘this is a great initiative  to sensitise children about nature conservation.

Furthermore, an event was also organised in collaboration with Beaconhouse School System Johar Town Junior Campus (BSS JT Jr.) Lahore where Earth Day was celebrated through a thematic environmental puppet show.

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Exhibits were also made by students from recycled material as a gesture to reduce their ecological footprint. All the students of the school pledged to protect the Earth and planted saplings at the occasion. Tree plantation drives aim to sensitize students to reduce their carbon footprint and burden on the environment.

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Schools, colleges and universities that have partnered with WWF-Pakistan’s Green School Programme and International Eco-Internship Programme also participated in the Earth Day tree plantation drive. Similarly, an awareness raising activity in collaboration with the U.S.-Pakistan Youth Council was arranged at Forman Christian College, Lahore.

Due to increasing environmental awareness and education, the positive role of the media and decision-makers, the annual deforestation rate in Pakistan has decreased to 1.6 per cent per annum, according to a 2012 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as compared to 2.1 per cent per annum (once the highest in Asia) according to a 2009 report by the FAO.

 

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 February 4, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279.9 283.2
Euro EUR 300.98 301.58
UK Pound Sterling GBP 337.01 337.71
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 189 192
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.69
Canadian Dollar CAD 200 202.2
China Yuan CNY 39.67 39.73
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.30

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,200 on Saturday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,930.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

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 205,200 PKR 2,430
Karachi PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Islamabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Peshawar PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Quetta PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sialkot PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Attock PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujranwala PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Jehlum PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Multan PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Bahawalpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Gujrat PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nawabshah PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Chakwal PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Hyderabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Nowshehra PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Sargodha PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Faisalabad PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430
Mirpur PKR 205,200 PKR 2,430

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