Lahore to remain shut today to tackle smog

01:00 PM | 26 Nov, 2023
Lahore to remain shut today to tackle smog
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LAHORE – Following a brief respite, Lahore finds itself back in the throes of hazardous smog, reclaiming its place as the world’s second-most polluted city.

This resurgence has prompted the imposition of a renewed smart lockdown across eight districts in Punjab, particularly impacting Lahore.

Today, Lahore faces a complete shutdown as commercial activities will cease, including the closure of The Mall road for vehicular traffic. Strict measures are set to be enforced under the smog-induced lockdown, restricting entry for vehicles along The Mall road.

Health department directives are to be rigorously implemented by the deputy commissioner, resulting in the closure of businesses except for essential services such as medical stores and food shops. Restaurants have been granted permission to operate after 4pm.

Nabeel Javed, the Relief Commissioner, confirmed that pharmacies, medical stores, petrol pumps, and bakeries will operate as usual, ensuring necessary supplies.

Examinations and scheduled entry tests will continue as planned, with the aim of minimal disruption, as highlighted by Commissioner Javed. These restrictions are being implemented across Lahore, Gujranwala, Multan, Sargodha, Faisalabad, and Sahiwal districts to mitigate the worsening smog conditions.

The closure of The Mall road to all traffic till 3pm, with exceptions for pedestrians and cyclists, was emphasized by City Traffic Officer Mustansar Feroze.

These precautionary measures were instigated by the Punjab government in response to the escalating smog crisis.

Meanwhile, Lahore’s air quality index surged beyond 360 on Sunday morning, reiterating its distressing position as one of the most polluted cities globally.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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