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Smog in Punjab: What's the new comprehensive plan?

05:26 PM | 23 Nov, 2023
Smog in Punjab: What's the new comprehensive plan?
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LAHORE – The caretaker Punjab government has formulated short-term and long-term plans to combat smog challenge, which is causing serious health issues among citizens. 

The provincial capital of Lahore is most-affected city by smog as it has topped the rankings for most polluted cities for multiple times during this year. 

On Thursday, Lahore again topped the charts of being the most polluted city in the world as the Air Quality Index (AQI) measured 306 (hazardous) today.

According to IQAir, PM2.5 concentration in Lahore is currently 51.2 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value.

The other smog-hit cities include Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Kasur, Sheikupura, Hafizabad, Narowal, Nankana Sahib and Sialkot.

To cope with the situation, caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has unveiled a comprehensive plan.

Short Term Plan: 

1. Restrictions in 6 divisions for immediate impact. ( Lahore, Gujranwala, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Multan) 

2. Sunday market closures.

3. Saturday openings post 3pm for markets, restaurants and offices. 

4. School closures Fri-Sun for safety.

5. Doubling water sprinkling in smog-affected areas.

6. Sunday on Mall Road Lahore reserved for cyclists.

Long Term Plan:

1. Subsidies for 10000 students' electric bikes.

2. Govt employees can lease electric bikes, fostering pollution-free transportation.

3. Installation of ionisation towers to combat smog.

4. Prepared for cloud seeding on Nov 29, '23, if conditions permit.

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 29 Feb 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 29, 2024 (Thursday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.1 for buying and 282.35 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352 for buying, and 355.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.3.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.1 282.35
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352 355.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.3 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.11 751.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.69 41.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.32 916.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36 26.66
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317.76 320.26
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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