LAHORE - In a major step towards tackling air pollution, the World Bank and Government of Punjab Departments have decided to focus on Air Quality in the next phase of Punjab Green Development Program.
A one-day workshop convened at a local hotel in Punjab's capital, fostering collaboration between the World Bank Mission on Air Quality led by Mr. Christopher James Warner, Senior Environmental Specialist and the Government of Punjab.
The key participants from the government included Secretary Transport Dr. Ahmed Javed Qazi, Secretary Industries Mr. Ehsan Ahmed Bhutta, Secretary Environment Dr. Sajid Mahmood Chauhan, Member Environment Dr. Abid Bodla, and Project Director of Punjab Green Development Program Ms Samia Saleem.
The primary objectives of this workshop were to have the technical experts and policy makers' input on the issue of air pollution, available baseline data, and the most suitable air pollution abatement measures. The event aimed to facilitate discussions on the implementation of the Punjab Clean Air Policy and its associated action plan, as well as to explore the launch of the second phase of the Punjab Green Development Program with an exclusive focus on air pollution.
The workshop commenced with a comprehensive technical session with breakout groups focusing on four sectors i.e. Clean Cooking, Industries, Transport, and Agriculture. This session served as a platform for stakeholders to share insights, expertise, and recommendations regarding developing high-impact, low-cost air pollution control interventions in these critical sectors.
The second session of the workshop featured debriefing sessions with the relevant Secretaries from the participating government departments. This provided an opportunity for in-depth discussions on the practical aspects of policy implementation, addressing any concerns, and charting a clear path forward in the mission to combat air pollution and prevent smog in Punjab.
The collaborative efforts of the World Bank Mission and the Government of Punjab in this workshop reflected a commitment to address pressing environmental challenges to enhance the quality of life for Punjab's residents. By bringing together key stakeholders and experts, this event marks a significant step toward a cleaner and healthier environment in the region.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.
On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.
Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.37||36.72|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.33||177.33|
Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.
On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.
|Lahore||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Karachi||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Islamabad||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Peshawar||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Quetta||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Sialkot||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Attock||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Gujranwala||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Jehlum||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Multan||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Gujrat||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Nawabshah||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Chakwal||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Hyderabad||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Nowshehra||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Sargodha||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Faisalabad||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|
|Mirpur||PKR 216,300||PKR 2,486|