Lahore Literary Festival 2017 reduced to a single day event

08:23 PM | 24 Feb, 2017
Lahore Literary Festival 2017 reduced to a single day event
After a great deal of confusion, the fifth edition of the Lahore Literary Festival has been revised to a single day event. It will now be hosted on February 25 at Faletti's Hotel, Egerton Road.

LLF was originally supposed to be a three-day event that was due to be held at AlHamra Arts Council. The schedule was reduced to two days due to security clearance issues, following which a schedule was put up on Thursday evening. Various newspapers began reporting a change in the venue from AlHamra to Avari Hotel, creating confusion among the public, which was further exacerbated due to the lack of response or official notification from the organizers of the LLF on their social media channels.

Finally, a notice on the LLF website has clarified that the venue has been finalized as Faletti's Hotel and that it will only be a single day long. The revised schedule is as follows:

LLF2017 Program by Fasih Ahmed on Scribd

According to a statement by Razi Ahmed, founder and CEO of LLF, posted on the website: “The revised, robust program celebrates the written word, the arts, and activism from Pakistan and abroad. We are certain Lahore’s audiences will be thrilled with our latest edition.”

The revised lineup includes two talks by Monty Python alumnus Michael Palin, as well as sessions by Najam Sethi, former Pakistani actress Shabnam Ghosh, director Sarmad Khoosat, Dr. Adeeb Rizvi, Mohsin Hamid, Kamila Shamsie, Ayesha Jalal, historian William Dalrymple and Tehmina Durrani.

The Lahore Literary Festival is the city’s premier free-to-public cultural event. Founded in 2012, the LLF aims to bring together, discuss, and celebrate the diverse and pluralistic literary traditions of Lahore—a city of the arts, activism, and big ideas. Considered the top literary and cultural event in Pakistan, the LLF traditionally features discussions on a variety of subjects including fiction and nonfiction writing, music, painting, filmmaking, architecture and politics, attracting top local as well as international names. Previous editions have featured Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah and wife Ratna Pathak Shah, Aitzaz Ahsan, C.M. Naim, Madhur Jaffrey, Joe Sacco, Hina Rabbani Khar, Asma Jahangir, cricket writers Peter Oborne and Osman Samiuddin and Indian columnist and novelist Shobha De.

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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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