Day: January 28, 2012

Outsourcing thermal power units ops, repair to multiply cost

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government’s plan to outsource Operations and Maintenance of its thermal units is under question by certain quarters on the ground that it would increase the cost of electricity and while WAPDA has technical capacity to overhaul these plants then why to involve private sector.At present, the public sector owns 10 powerhouses in addition to hydel and other resources. These plants had a generation capacity of over 4800 megawatt but over the years it depleted and presently…Read More

Pakistan, India need to coop in science and technology

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: Pakistan and India need to cooperate in various fields especially science and technology in order to learn from each other's experiences, said President Indian National Science Academy, Dr Krishan Lal."India has 800 million literate people, which is more than literate population of European countries in numbers. More than 350 multinational companies are operating around the world being run by Indians," Dr Lal said while addressing a gathering of Deans and Directors of…Read More

Mobilink boasts of offering matchless services

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Mobilink has marked 2012 as the year it will create a paradigm shift in Pakistan’s cellular environment by elevating consumer experience to a level that is unparalleled within the local industry.The company’s subscribers already have access to the best cellular service in Pakistan, as a result of the operator’s continuing investment in infrastructure and coverage footprint as well as focus on developing superior customer relationships, Rashid Khan, President and CEO…Read More

Wateen comes up with revolutionising trend

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Wateen Telecom has announced the launch of its new Freedom Booths, a revolutionary communications medium. These booths - the first of their kind to be launched anywhere in the world - reflect Wateen’s capabilities as a leader in converged communication services and exemplify the company’s data, voice and content creation services.This cutting-edge medium of communications aims to maximise the application potential of the internet, while helping connect people across the…Read More

Renewable energy projects to get enhanced financing

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The State Bank of Pakistan has enhanced the scope of financing facility for the establishment of new power projects using renewable energy with a view to promoting the use of renewable energy and meeting the growing electricity demand of the country.According to a circular issued by the central bank, it has now been decided that banks/DFIs can also consider financing requests of the sponsors for setting up power projects up to a maximum capacity of 20MW in cases where only…Read More

Wireless BB services to be auctioned

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Due to the growing demand of the wireless broadband services, the government of Pakistan has decided to auction the additional chunk of spectrum for this technology.In pursuance of the government policy directives, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is planning to auction the available spectrum in 1.9 and 3.5 GHz band and it will be auctioned tentatively in February 2012.According to an official f the regulatory authority, this development would go a long way in…Read More

Pakistan set to become hub for halal food

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article image STAFF REPORT ILHR: Pakistan has every capability to become Halal hub in comparison with any other country and the whole world is anticipating Pakistan as a Halal Hub which is becoming reality."A huge quantity of halal food, halal meat, halal cosmetics, halal gelatin and halal bones can be exported from Pakistan through which we can increase our exports hence can cover the trade deficit," Zubair Mughal, Chief Executive Officer, Halal Research Council, said while addressing a recently…Read More

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Environment degradation costing Pakistan $1 billion a day

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is losing cumulatively $1 billion per day due to the environmental degradation while the successive governments have never given serious attention to the issue.This was the crux of the seminar on "Strategic Environmental Assessment - in the context of Framework for Economic Growth - Taking the bull by the horns" organised by the Planning Commission.In his remarks, Dr Nadeem-ul-Haq, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, said that the environment has always…Read More

PTA conducts QoS survey of telcos

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The PTA recently carried out the second nationwide Broadband QoS Survey of all wireless and wire-line service providers throughout the country during third and fourth quarter of 2011.During the survey the already devised Quality of Service (QoS) Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in consultation with service providers were measured.These are network availability, service availability, download and upload bandwidth speed, round-trip time, contention ratio and retention.It is…Read More

Pak worst hit by climate change

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan, Guatemala and Russia have been the countries worst hit by climate change in the recent past, with thousands of lives lost to extreme weather events.Experts said this at a recently held seminar at Karachi’s NED University titled where the climatic change and its impacts especially on Pakistan was highlighted.Prof. Imran Ahmed said that it is not global warming alone that is pushing the world towards climatic catastrophe, adding that climatic change is impacting on…Read More

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