Day: April 14, 2012

Energy conference falls flat to overcome power crisis

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article image SPECIAL REPORT IBD: Pakistan is fast heading towards the worst kind of energy crisis in the coming summer season when the power shortfall would certainly cross the figure of 6000MW while ironically the political leadership has not come up with any tangible solution to overcome the prevailing crisis, which has shattered the national economy, disrupted the routine life activities in addition to sky-rocketing power tariff raise putting unjustified burden on the already hardened poor masses.Last…Read More

Telecom operations pull out FDI from Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The telecom sector witnessed an outflow of $253.3 million Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in eight months of the current financial year 2011-12 as a result of closure and curtailment of their businesses and operations in Pakistan."The de-investment in the telecom sector, one of the leading contributors of FDI in Pakistan, was recorded 364 per cent in Jul-Feb compared with FDI landing $96 million in the corresponding period of the previous financial year," State Bank…Read More

Pak vehicles emit 25 times more carbon than in US

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The total 180 million population of Pakistan are at risk of going short of food due to the recent surge in the world food prices. Tens of thousands of people die prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, while many more suffer from breathing ailments, heart disease, lung infections and even cancer, statistics show.According to reports, air pollution has also become a major problem in most cities of the country. There are no controls on vehicular emissions, which…Read More

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Zinc biofortification of wheat combats low crop productivity

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: For enhancing awareness about the important of Zinc, a National Zinc Day has recently organized by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission at Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB), Faisalabad. The event was sponsored by Harvest Zinc Fertilizer Project, being executed by NIAB since 2008. More than 250 farmers, agronomists, medical doctors, food technologists; fertilizer, food and feed industry personnel, agriculture extension experts, and postgraduate students from all…Read More

Warid keen to have 3G licence

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Warid Telcom’ s top management is keen to acquire 3G licence as it has decided to participate in the upcoming auction of 3G license in order to provide advanced services to their customers in future.The 3G technology will definitely provide an edge to operators among the market players of the sector particularly for attracting new customers into the base, while retaining its existing base, a source in the industry said quoting company’s official.Warid will try all options…Read More

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Conference highlights vitality of alternate energy resources

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The alternate energy sources in Pakistan need to be utilized in order to meet the demand of the country. Pakistan is amongst the countries that divert the maximum amount of water for irrigation but has the minimum water productivity and researchers need to make their contribution in optimal use of water resources.This was the crux of the speeches delivered at a two-day international conference organized by the Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering, UET, Lahore, in…Read More

Miscalculation about cotton yield needs to be removed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan cotton production was around 15 million bales during the last season despite floods. This is indeed good news. It also proved that since Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) was less compared to previous years, therefore, cotton crop losses have been less.It is to be mentioned here that in 1992-93 season, Pakistan had achieved a bumper crop that became a benchmark."If we produced 15 million bales this season still it does not mean that we have broken the 1992-93 record,&…Read More

Wrong perception halting progress of solar panels

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Wrong perception about the unreliability of technology is halting the progress of solar panels in Pakistan that needs to be removed in order to promote the solar energy option."The general public are led to believe that the technology runs the risk of developing faults," said Shaaf Mehboob, Director of Green Center, told this scribe.He said that the likelihood of their batteries running down earlier than expected and the effects of moisture, dirt and rain on solar…Read More

JICA, NISTE mark joint venture completion

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Institute of Science and Technical Institute (NISTE) has recently organised a seminar to mark successful completion of their joint venture titled Promotion of Student-Centred and Inquiry-Based (SCIB) Science Education’ in Pakistan.The joint project started in May 2009 and now it has developed lesson plans from Grade 4 to 8 in General Science subject and trained 195 master trainers in the federal capital and four…Read More

Effective law needed to save dolphins

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The liberalised fisheries law of the Sindh province has put into jeopardy the existence of the rare sweet water mammal, Indus River Dolphin, as it encourages more people to get fishing licence than before, which resulted in that as many as 40 dolphins were reportedly found dead in the River Indus last year."There is a dire need for better control and management of fishing activity at the River Indus as increased number of fishermen resulted in increased number of dolphin…Read More