World Bank, Punjab Government join hands to combat air pollution

05:03 PM | 22 Sep, 2023
World Bank, Punjab Government join hands to combat air pollution

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 exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 10 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

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)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 741.76
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold price drops in Pakistan; Check out today gold rates here

Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 10 December 2023

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.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
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


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