Day: January 2, 2012

Genetically modified corn, maize damage Pak farming

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article image SPECIAL REPORT IBD:Pakistan is fast heading towards a serious disaster in the field of corn, maize and cotton sectors as attempts are being made to get formal approval of the Biotech/BT corn or maize seeds which carry heavy risks involved in terms of high costs as well as polluting other maize varieties.It is to be mentioned here that genetically modified seed producing companies - Pioneer, Syngenta and Monsanto - have submitted applications for commercialization of genetically modified (GM/BT…Read More

Auction of 3G, 4G by March 2012

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has finally got a go-ahead signal from the Ministry of Information Technology for the auction of third generation cellular licences.According to a statement, the regulatory authority is now planning to auction the frequency spectrum for cellular mobile broadband services and licence will be technology neutral and the licencees be able to deploy any technology including 3G/4G/LTE/ any other upcoming technologies.It said that PTA has…Read More

| 2012 | 3G | 4G | auction | March

Nokia, Unesco ink deal for NED application

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Nokia and UNESCO have launched a project "Mobile Learning Project for Teachers’ Professional Development". Under this initiative, both UNESCO and Nokia are joining hands, where Nokia is providing its mobile phones and application "Nokia Education Delivery (NED) for UNESCO’s project on use of ICT for professional development of public school teachers’ in remote areas, says a press release issued here last week.Since 2011 NED has turned into an open source…Read More

Pakistan ranks 43rd in scientific research publication

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article image STAFF REPORTIBD: Though the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has made enormous efforts to promote research work, yetPakistan ranked 43rd in the world in terms of published scientific papers in the year 2010.According to the worldwide scientific journal ranking (SJR);Pakistanpublished 6,987 research documents in 2010. However, the same yearUSwas on top with 502,804 papers followed byChinawith 320,800 andUnited Kingdomwith 139,683 research documents. On the other hand,Indiaranked ninth worldwide.…Read More

PTA, Ericsson confer Excellence Awards

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD:Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and Ericsson have announced Ericsson-PTA Mobile Excellence Award 2011 winners at a recently held ceremony here.The award has been conferred to the winning team for their exemplary efforts in developing a mobile application "Poor man’s Reader" to facilitate literacy in the country. PTA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Yaseen was the chief guest.Bilal Zafar and Ahmad Bashir, Senior year Undergraduate Students from LUMS, Department of…Read More

Delayed cane crushing hitting farmers hard

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The inordinate delay in cane crushing has left the growers in a quandary. Long queues of tractor trolleys and trucks can be seen outside sugar mills in various districts of Sindh which have started crushing and this process would take too many days to offload the cane at these mills.Growers were expecting that timely cane crushing would relieve them of financial constraints and enable them to sow Rabi crops mainly wheat after harvesting cane. But contrary to their expectations…Read More

Pak IT imports up by 18.5pc

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD:Pakistan’s imports of Information Technology (IT) and IT enabled service (ITES) went up by 18.5 per cent during the first five months of the ongoing financial year, showing a healthy expansion of business operations of multinational companies."Import of IT and IT-enabled services increased to $64 million in Jul-Nov period as compared with $54 million of previous year’s same period," show statistics of the State Bank of Pakistan.The numbers also showed the…Read More

| 185pc | imports | IT | Pak

Zong appoints Sajid as CCO

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Sajid Mahmood, Chief Information Officer of Zong, will lead the company in the capacity of Chief Commercial Officer.He is already heading IT, Corporate Sales, Legal, Regulatory and OAS functions of the company says a press release. On this appointment, Zong’s CEO Fan Yunjun commented, "The company has been very fortunate to have outstanding employees who have shown great commitment to their work. Sajid is an enthusiastic and hardworking person with flare for novelty and…Read More

Need stressed to slap tax on farm incomes

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The provincial government are now look convinced tax the agriculture incomes across the board, however, efforts in this regard still considered half hearted as no tangible progress has so far been made in this regard.According to a report, there are two taxes that apply to landholders - one is land tax and the other is agriculture income tax (AIT).As per land tax slabs levied on the cultivated land, total land revenue should have been Rs 223.2 million last year while the…Read More