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Punjab locks down 10 districts as toxic smog chokes Lahore, other cities

09:46 AM | 25 Nov, 2023
Punjab locks down 10 districts as toxic smog chokes Lahore, other cities
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LAHORE – The worsening smog situation in eastern parts of the country including the provincial capital Lahore has made masses sick, forcing authorities to shut down some cities to cut air pollution.

Smog in Lahore, a city of 22 million, has risen to dangerous levels, with AQI level touching 500 mark, and now the provincial government ordered that schools, offices, malls and parks in smog-hit cities will be closed until Sunday.

Naqvi-led government has decided to impose lockdown in ten districts of Punjab to control the situation as the noxious atmosphere continues to affect people’s health.

During the weekend, all educational institutions in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Sahiwal, and Sargodha divisions will remain closed today, and markets will start working at 3 pm and all types of business will have to be closed on Sundays.

Earlier this week, CM Naqvi chaired a high level meeting to review the situation as Punjab capital ranked top among the most polluted cities in the world.

The smog situation has not created these issue for first time as this time of year becomes so-called fifth season as the toxicity of smog puts the lives of scores of people at stake.

Prolonged exposure to hazardous air causes varied health complications, including asthma, lung damage, bronchial infections, strokes, heart problems, and rest. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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