Day: March 24, 2012

Govt bid to filter web still facing resistance

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A controversy still persists over the government’s initiative to install a mechanism, through open biddings, to filter the contents available on Internet, as some campaigners urging companies not to bid for a $10 million contract while on the other hand pressure from the civil society is regularly mounting on the authorities for having this mechanism to filter objectionable contents.According to reports, these campaigners have met success to some extent as a number of…Read More

Pak student gets job in Microsoft Corp

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A Pakistani under-graduate computer science student has got prominence for securing a job at the world’s famous Microsoft Corporation.Muhammad Abdur Rauf, a senior Computer Science student at the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) of LUMS, is set to join Microsoft as a Software Development Engineer.Rauf was admitted to LUMS under the university’s National Outreach Programme (NOP), that provides educational opportunities to talented students, from smaller cities,…Read More

Nadra deputy chief gets award

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Tariq Malik, Deputy Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), has won the "CIO of the Year" award from Teradata Inc.A panel of judges consisting of eminent computer scientists, IT experts and technology gurus have selected Tariq Malik for the said award by dint of his contribution in transforming NADRA from an identity card issuing authority to a profitable international business organization.William Martin, US Consul General, handed over the…Read More

Schneider Electric, its Foundation work for flood victims rehab

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, and its Foundation contribute generously towards the uplift of flood affected areas across Pakistan, by supporting a professional training programme with The Hunar Foundation (THF).The Hunar Foundation is a vocational training centre that imparts vocational training. So far 96 students from the first two batches of THF have qualified from the Trade Testing Board (Sindh) in five technical trades including Electrical…Read More

Cell phone users up by 1.73m in Jan

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Mobile phone subscription witnessed a steep growth in January with the sale of 1.73 million SIMs by different cellular companies, fresh PTA statistics revealed.Now the overall subscribers’ base has increased to 114 million with the tele-density reaching 66.5 per cent by January 2012 throughout the country.The PTA figures say that Mobilink led the market with 34.70 million subscribers followed by Telenor with 28.47 million customers. subscriber base grew to 22.02 million…Read More

| 173m | cell | Jan | phone | users

Speakers show concern over climate change

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan’s major environmental issues confronting are ever-increasing degradation of natural resources such as air, water, soil, coastal waters, forests, agriculture and biodiversity. The status of environmental degradation in and around large population centers and industrial sites in Pakistan is alarming. Pakistan is paying very high price for environmental degradation.Chairman SUPARCO, Major General Ahmed Bilal, said this while inaugurating a five-day short training on…Read More

4.5m persons verified voter record through SMS service

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Over 4.5 million citizens have so far verified their records of vote through SMS service launched from March 1 in order to facilitate Pakistani citizens to verify their vote registration and particulars in the voter lists."Mobilink, being the largest mobile phone operator in the country, is leading in terms of checking vote verification through SMS, as around 1.44 million eligible voters have utilized its network," disclosed Deputy Chairman Nadra, Tariq Malik, to the…Read More

Agri sector gives boost to economy: SBP

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The economy has shown modest improvements in first six months (July-December) of fiscal year 2011-12 because of the better performance of the agricultural sector, says the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in its second-quarter report on the state of economy.However, ample availability of key staple crops and less-than-anticipated supply disruption due to the floods helped contain inflationary pressures in July-December of FY12.According to the report, developments in the first half…Read More

Pursuit of innovation gives PTCL big edge

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: PTCL’s Senior Executive Vice President Commercial, Naveed Saeed, has said that his company’s sustained pursuance of innovation has brought it closer to its consumers and given it a remarkable competitive edge over other market players."Our journey over the last five years has had a profound impact on how businesses deal with people and how people evolve their businesses," said Naveed said during his remarks delivered at the one-day Marketing Conference organized…Read More

TITEX IT and telecom exhibition launched

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Milestone Events International Pvt Ltd, a multiplatform media group, has launched the TITEX 2012, which is the first of its kind that has focused on addressing real industry challenges and the utilization of technological means available in the best possible manner."The dwindling exhibition industry needs complete revamp. We’ve got to provide returns with real objectives set in mind to flourish the overall industry growth. TITEX is, therefore, crafted with four unique…Read More