Pakistan To Consider August Tree Planting Public Holiday
Source:The News (Islamabad)
Posted: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Pakistan's Federal Minister for the Environment, Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, is reported to have informed the Federal Minister for Railways, Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, that his Ministry plans to plant 11 million tree saplings in a single day, next August, and that this day would likely be declared a national public holiday.
Such one-off tree planting public holidays have been declared in other countries in the past (2008-03-12 and 2008-11-18) and, until recently, there was an official annual public holiday dedicated to trees in Samoa (2007-09-15) and South Korea (2003-09-04).
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