Thursday, September 26, 2019

Dollar to PKR, USD to PKR Rates in Pakistan today, open market exchange rates, September 26, 2019

Dollar to PKR, USD to PKR Rates in Pakistan today, open market exchange rates, September 26, 2019

Dollar to PKR, USD to PKR Rates in Pakistan today, open market exchange rates, September 26, 2019

The purchase rate of the US dollar in the open market was Rs 156.00, while the sales rate of USD was Rs 156.50 in Pakistan.

Below you can see the rates of the last seven days for the US dollar compared to the Pakistani rupee.
DateSymbolBuyingSelling
25 September, 2019USD to PKR156.00156.50
24 September, 2019USD to PKR156.00156.50
23 September, 2019USD to PKR156.00156.50
21 September, 2019USD to PKR156.10156.60
20 September, 2019USD to PKR156.10156.60
19 September, 2019USD to PKR156.20156.70
18 September, 2019USD to PKR156.20156.70
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German boxer fight to wear headscarf in the ring

German boxer fight to wear headscarf in the ring

German boxer fight to wear headscarf in the ring

BERLIN: The fighting spirit of Berlin boxer Zeina Nassar has won her many titles, but her battle to wear the hijab in the ring has also made her an equal opportunity champion.

Today, the 21-year-old, who discovered female boxing when watching videos online as a teenager, is a German amateur featherweight champion and dares to dream of Olympic glory.

His path so far took all the determination he could muster, Nassar told AFP, having an iced coffee in a cafe in the Berlin district of Kreuzberg, where he grew up.

"It was as if I had to prove twice as much because I am not only a woman boxing, but I also wear the headscarf," he said, during a break between strenuous training sessions.

"In the end it made me stronger," he laughed, his make-up face known to countless Instagram fans framed by a pastel-colored floral scarf, sunglasses perched on top.

The Tokyo Olympics next year and then the Paris Games in 2024 "are my big dream, my big goal," the young woman smiled.

That dream was only available in February, when the International Boxing Association (AIBA) modified its rules to allow Muslim boxers to wear a hijab and completely cover their bodies in the ring.

When it comes to qualification, "now the prerequisites are the same for everyone," said Nassar, who in training and in competition uses the head covered, as well as a blouse and full-length leggings.

"Only sports performance should count. We should not be reduced to our external appearance."

- "I'm super fast" -

His list of achievements already includes six Berlin titles in the featherweight category and the 2018 German Championship title.

In 24 official fights, Nassar, weighing 57 kilos (125 pounds), recorded 18 wins, including one by KO, which is rare in this category.

"My boxing style is very unconventional but I'm super fast. It's my strength," he said, imitating a few top hooks and hooks.

"For my opponents it is very unpleasant to fight against me," he laughed.

But for many years, the student of education and sociology could not compete in international fights because of her outfit.

This year, the German Boxing Federation, which had changed its own rules in 2013, introduced Nassar to the U-22 European Championship, which however banned it due to his attire.

Nassar, who also speaks Arabic and travels regularly to Lebanon, his parents' country of origin, said he never thought of taking off his hijab for boxing.

"Why should I have done that?" she said. "It has always been clear to me that I would fight with my veil."

In Germany, the use of the veil tends to be widely accepted on grounds of religious freedom.

- Critics -

However, the fight has not yet won.

Berlin's Olympic ambitions, like those of other athletes with headscarves, face criticism that brandished a rule for the Olympic Games that prohibits the display of political, religious or racial symbols.

"Even if the boxing association, like most federations, has given way, the Olympic Charter has not changed," said Annie Sugier, president of the International League for Women's Rights.

Criticizing participation in the Olympic Games in countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, whose athletes must be covered "from head to toe," Sugier called the hijabs in the sport "sexual apartheid."

In France, in April, Iranian boxer Sadaf Khadem won her first official fight dressed in shorts and a vest.

- "The most modest fashion" -

Despite the controversy surrounding the hijab in some Western countries, sportswear giants have already begun offering less revealing clothes to take advantage of the "modest fashion" market, which is now worth hundreds of millions of euros.

Nassar is a brand ambassador for the American sportswear manufacturer Nike, which has been marketing a sports hijab for almost two years.

The boxer, who is very active in social networks, has become a role model for young Muslim women in particular.

"If you want to reach the top, you have to fight," read a recent message from the boxer.

"Nothing is simply a gift. Accept challenges and grow beyond them. And don't forget to smile."

Before leaving the cafe, she posted a new photo of herself on Instagram and told AFP: "I want to show people that everything is possible if you fight for it."

The image of Nassar was also used in a poster campaign to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the German constitution, the Basic Law.

He promoted article 4, which states that "the intact practice of religion will be guaranteed."
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More than 2 million animals die in forest fires in Bolivia

More than 2 million animals die in forest fires in Bolivia

More than 2 million animals die in forest fires in Bolivia

More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of forest fires that devastated large areas of Bolivian forests and grasslands, environmental experts said Wednesday.

The fires devastated the tropical savanna of Chiquitania in the east of the country.

"We have consulted the biologists of Chiquitania and have exceeded the estimate of more than 2.3 million missing animals in many protected areas," Professor Sandra Quiroga of the University of Santa Cruz told AFP.

Latin American ocelots and other wild cats such as pumas and jaguars, as well as deer, llamas and smaller forest animals such as anteaters, badgers, lizards, tapirs and rodents, were victims of the fires, according to biologists who investigated the scale of the damage .

Local media showed images of corpses of charred animals in the smoking forests and birds fleeing to areas saved by the flames.

The fires, which have devastated more than four million hectares (10 million acres) since August, have completely destroyed the "primary forest" that spans more than 100 hectares in the Tucavaca reserve in the eastern department of Santa Cruz.

"The forest is fully charred and the damage is irreversible. It will never return to normal," Quiroga said.

The eastern department of Santa Cruz has been the most affected of the nine departments of Bolivia since the fires began in May and intensified at the end of August.

In August, Bolivia enlisted special fire planes, a Supertanker Boeing 747 and a Russian Ilyushin, as well as helicopters, 5,000 firefighters, soldiers and police, but the fires have not yet been extinguished.

Environmentalists blame the laws enacted under leftist president Evo Morales, who has encouraged the burning of forests and grasslands to expand agricultural production.

The government attributes the fires to dry weather and winds that fan the flames.
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Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits eastern Indonesia: USGS

Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits eastern Indonesia: USGS

Strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits eastern Indonesia: USGS

INDONESIA: A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 shook the remote Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia on Thursday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake occurred about 37 kilometers (23 miles) northeast of Ambon, in Maluku province, at 8:46 am local time, at a depth of 29 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey. UU.

There were no immediate reports of victims or major damage in the area, which has been shaken by strong earthquakes in the past.

"I was sleeping with my family when suddenly the house started shaking," said an AFP journalist in Ambon.

"The earthquake was really strong. We ran away from our house and saw the neighbors flee too. They were all in panic."

Multiple replicas have spread throughout the area, he added.

Initial reports indicated that the earthquake occurred on the high seas, but a subsequent analysis found it on land, which increases the potential for damage, according to the Indonesian national disaster mitigation agency.

The head of the local disaster agency, Oral Sem Wilar, called for calm.

"People panicked and began to evacuate in some places, but we are trying to tell them that there is no need to panic because there is no threat of tsunami," he told AFP.

"We are still reviewing the damage and casualties."

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position in the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

In August, five people died and several were injured after a powerful underwater earthquake that shook the island of Java, heavily populated in Indonesia.

Last year, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 and a subsequent tsunami in Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, left more than 4,300 dead or missing.

The force of the impact saw entire neighborhoods leveled by liquefaction, a process where the soil begins to behave like a liquid and swallows the earth like quicksand.

Nearly 60,000 people still live in makeshift accommodations almost a year after the double disaster, the Red Cross said this week.

On Boxing Day 2004, a devastating 9.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Sumatran coast and caused a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.
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Austria declares 'weather emergency' before surveys

Austria declares 'weather emergency' before surveys

Austria declares 'weather emergency' before surveys

VIENNA: The Austrian parliament decided on Wednesday to declare a "climate emergency", making the fight against climate change a priority, just four days before the national elections.

The environment is the main concern for voters in Sunday's quick polls in the small Alpine nation of 8.8 million people, according to polls.


Amid a series of other favorable measures for voters, parliamentarians of all parties, except the extreme right-wing Freedom (FPOe) party, supported the resolution of the largely symbolic measure, already adopted by many other parliaments and cities Nationals

FPOe legislator Walter Rauch rejected the statement as an attempt to create "climate hysteria far removed from any reality."

All parties, including the FPOe that ruled the country as a minor partner in the then-chancellor Sebastian Kurz's coalition until a corruption scandal in May, have made a promise to protect the environment in their campaigns.

In Sunday's polls, the Kurz Popular Party (OeVP) is expected to be the strongest again, while the Greens, who failed to enter parliament in the last elections in 2017, are inclined to achieve the greatest achievements. .

Austria is seen as a pioneer in several fields, such as organic farming and renewable energy.

But it falls short in terms of reducing greenhouse gases.

Between 1990 and 2017, Austria and five other members of the EU were the only members of the EU that saw their greenhouse gas emissions increase, while the entire union fell by 22 percent.

Britain's parliament became the first in the world to declare a weather emergency, approving the motion on May 1.

According to The Climate Mobilization, a US NGO. UU. Driving these statements, more than 1,000 local authorities in cities and towns around the world have declared a climate emergency.
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Gates Foundation will provide Pakistan with $ 200mn for the Ehsaas program

Gates Foundation will provide Pakistan with $ 200mn for the Ehsaas program

Gates Foundation will provide Pakistan with $ 200mn for the Ehsaas program

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide Pakistan with an amount of $ 200 million for the implementation of the Ehsaas Program next year, reports Radio Pakistan.

Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding in this regard at a meeting in New York on Wednesday, according to the national radio service.


The promise came when Microsoft founder Bill Gates called Prime Minister Imran Khan in New York outside the session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Under the terms of the agreement, the amount will be spent on 134 poverty alleviation projects across the country, undertaken as part of the Ehsaas program.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the Ehsaas Program was a great project in the history of Pakistan that will turn the country into a welfare state.

He added that poverty alleviation was the top priority of his government from day one.

He also stressed that the program would help achieve the sustainable development goals established in the United Nations.

Speaking with Bill Gates, the prime minister also expressed his commitment to the complete elimination of poliomyelitis from the country.
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The UN Security Council allows Hafiz Saeed to use a bank account for basic needs

The UN Security Council allows Hafiz Saeed to use a bank account for basic needs

The UN Security Council allows Hafiz Saeed to use a bank account for basic needs

New York: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has allowed Hafiz Saeed to use his bank account for basic expenses to help his family.

According to reports, Pakistan had approached the UN agency with a request for Saeed to use his bank account for personal expenses.

The UN agency said in its letter that, without raising objections to Pakistan's request for the basic expenses of Hafiz Saeed, the President approved the appeal.

Complying with the UNSC resolution, Pakistanf had frozen Hafiz Saeed's bank accounts.

Reports say the world agency has allowed Saeed to withdraw approximately $ 1,000 to cover the basic living expenses necessary for him and his family.

The Anti-Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in July while heading to Gujranwala from Lahore.

Saeed was arrested as part of the government's repression against prohibited organizations.


He was going to Gujranwala to file a bond statement in a case when the CTD stopped him.
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Prime Minister Imran meets his Norwegian counterpart and informs him about the current situation in the region

Prime Minister Imran meets his Norwegian counterpart and informs him about the current situation in the region

Prime Minister Imran meets his Norwegian counterpart and informs him about the current situation in the region

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan met Wednesday with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and informed him about the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ & K) occupied by the Indians.

During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

Imran Khan informed the Norwegian Prime Minister about the current situation in occupied India Jammu and Kashmir (IoJ & K) that entails serious risks to peace and security. He stressed the need for urgent measures by the international community to help alleviate the sufferings of the Kashmir people subjected to an inhuman blockade for seven weeks.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the issue of Afghanistan and stressed the importance of the successful conclusion of the peace and reconciliation process.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is currently in the United States to attend the session of the United Nations General Assembly, expressed the desire to further deepen bilateral trade and investment ties during the meeting with Erna Solberg.

The two prime ministers also agreed that a vibrant Pakistani diaspora in Norway played an important role in strengthening the friendship between the two countries.
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Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia will jointly launch the Islamic television channel: Prime Minister Imran

Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia will jointly launch the Islamic television channel: Prime Minister Imran

Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia will jointly launch the Islamic television channel: Prime Minister Imran

UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister Imran Khan said Thursday that Pakistan, Turkey and Malaysia have decided to launch an English channel to face multiple challenges, including Islamophobia.

He made this announcement on the microblogging website just after midnight on Thursday. According to the joint venture of the three countries, series and films will be produced so that Muslims and the world in general can be educated about Islamic history, he said.

"President Erdogan, Prime Minister Mahatir and I had a meeting today in which we decided that our 3 countries would jointly start an English channel dedicated to addressing the challenges posed by Islamophobia and making things clear in our great religion: Islam "he said in the tweet

In a later tweet, he elaborated: “The misperceptions that unite people against Muslims would be corrected; the issue of blasphemy would be properly contextualized; series and films about Muslim history would be produced to educate / inform our own people and the world; Muslims would be given a dedicated media presence. ”

Prime Minister Imran Khan is currently in the United States to attend the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.


On Wednesday, he attended a high-level roundtable on "Countering hate speech" co-organized by Pakistan and Turkey, according to a press release issued by the media wing of the prime minister's office.


Prime Minister Khan called for effective measures to counter hate speech and Islamophobia, and stressed the importance of addressing both the causes and consequences of these phenomena.

Observing the growing incidents of discrimination and violence based on religion and belief, the prime minister stressed that religion had nothing to do with terrorism.

He also warned against attempts to defame the venerated personalities and writings, concealed in the claim for the right to freedom of expression and opinion.

The prime minister said that the marginalization of any community could lead to its radicalization.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his comments that Muslims were the most vulnerable community to hate speech worldwide.

Muslims were lynched for eating beef in India, while the busy Indian Jammu and Kashmir have become an open prison, he said, warning that they fear bloodshed in the occupied valley.

President Erdogan described the hate speech as one of the worst crimes against humanity.

On the occasion, he also expressed his condolences for the tragic loss of life in the areas affected by the Pakistan earthquake.
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Shahid Khaqan says the abuse will not go unanswered

Shahid Khaqan says the abuse will not go unanswered

Shahid Khaqan says the abuse will not go unanswered

Islamabad: Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, former prime minister and veteran of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League, was presented Thursday to a liability court that sent him to pretrial detention.

His appearance in court came amid reports that he was mistreated by an NAB investigator during the interrogation at Rawalpindi's office of the anti-theft body.

They were mistreated (by NAB), he asked a journalist during an informal interaction.

"No, there was no mishandling, I was about to mistreat the expert they had brought. That NAB person deserved to be mistreated. I didn't mistreat him, but I should have done it," Geo News said, citing it. journalists

When asked if he was thrown a glass, the former prime minister said that such an act will not remain unanswered.
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