Will there be school holiday in Lahore on Wednesday amid worsening smog?

01:23 PM | 31 Oct, 2023
Will there be school holiday in Lahore on Wednesday amid worsening smog?
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LAHORE – The interim government in Punjab earlier considered a proposal for a weekly Wednesday holiday in all educational institutions amid a surge in air pollution. 

Despite the Air Quality Index of the provincial capital touching hazardous levels, caretaker Minister for Environment, Bilal Afzal ruled out the school holiday in the metropolis on Wednesday.

The provincial administration reviewed the situation during a key meeting of the Punjab Cabinet Committee on smog control.

The minister however maintained that incumbent authorities are implementing immediate and effective measures to curb air pollution.

Air Quality Index in Lahore

Ahead of winter, a thick layer of smog has engulfed Lahore, a country of over 20 million people, and the city has become the most polluted city in the world with hazardous levels of air quality.

Over the weekend, the worst air quality soared 500 mark. Despite the measures being taken, the smog situation continues to remain worse.

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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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