Punjab to close schools, colleges in smog-hit cities for three days

01:18 PM | 23 Nov, 2023
Punjab to close schools, colleges in smog-hit cities for three days
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LAHORE – The caretaker Punjab government on Monday announced closure of all educational institutions on Friday and Saturday as it notified latest measures to curb smog. 

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi announced the measures during a press conference after chairing a high-level meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Anti-Smog Committee.

He said the revised policies of the government will be implemented in six provincial divisions including Lahore, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Multan.

The cities worst hit by smog in Punjab include Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Kasur, Sheikupura, Hafizabad, Narowal, Nankana Sahib and Sialkot.

The chief minister said markets and restaurants will open at 3pm on Friday and Saturday, while no business activities will be allowed on Sunday. 

He however said that markets can remain open till night on Friday and Saturday as the government did not want them to suffer loss. 

He said the government would doubling water sprinkling in smog-affected areas, adding that the Mall Road Lahore will be reserved for cyclists on Sunday. 

CM Naqvi also announced long-term measures, saying 10,000 students will be given electric bikes on subsidised rates. 

He said govt employees can lease electric bikes, fostering pollution-free transportation, adding that ionisation towers will be installed to combat smog.

He said preparations have been started for cloud seeding on Nov 29, if conditions permit.

Smog in the second-largest city Lahore increased to alarming levels, and the Air Quality Index hovers around 250 level which is dangerous. The toxic atmosphere in provincial capital is the recurrent situation and it even caused a so-called fifth season of smog that continues to affect the health and daily activities of residents.

Experts cautioned people to avoid outdoor exposure, close windows to avoid dirty outdoor air, wear a mask outdoors, and run an air purifier for the fresh air.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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