Day: June 18, 2012

USF violates PPRA rules to run pro-govt media campaign

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By Paras AliISLAMABAD: The sitting government, which claims to have achieved a significant growth in the information technology and telecom sector, itself is bent upon vitiating all the research and development activities and initiatives once taken by the Universal Service Fund (USF) as being helpless against the political influence the Fund has approved an advertisement campaign on electronic media for the PPP regime’s image building involving a hefty amount of Rs. 120 million which was…Read More

Faisalabad ranked best mapped city on Google Map

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Faisalabad has been mentioned as best (user-contributed) mapped city on Google Maps, thanks to millions of inputs from enthusiastic mappers from Pakistan.According to details, Pakistan has been featured many times before as an example of user-contributed mapping, but Faisalabad has now been termed as best mapped city on earth.Google (naturally) couldn’t reach whole of the earth to map it at street level, hence in 2008 Google introduced a way for users to contribute to Google…Read More

Glaciers late melting delaying crop sowing

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: Punjab’s agricultural areas now face a severe water shortage due to the late melting of the Himalayan glaciers - a main source of the region’s rivers, delaying the sowing of three of the four most important crops in the country - cotton, sugarcane and rice."The water flow in the rivers is approximately 35 per cent below what it should be for this time of the year," said Arshad Khan, an officer at the Punjab Irrigation Department. "That shortage may rise to as…Read More

Calamity-hit areas deprived of crop insurance scheme

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Crop Loan Insurance Scheme (CLIS) has so far not achieved its desired objectives as the high-ups of district administration in the country mostly notify areas other than calamity-hit areas on the recommendation of parliamentarians and ministers."The government had allocated Rs 500 million last budget and another allocated Rs 500 million in the new budget for CLIS but due to political interference the allocated fund did not reach the deserving farmers as the concerned…Read More

Livestock underfed in Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Livestock in the country are underfed, barring Pakistan to meet standards of international market which has emerged as a real challenge and it needed to be effectively addressed.Speakers agreed on this point during a recently held seminar titled 'Livestock management under heat stress' arranged by the University of Agriculture Faisalabad's Faculty of Animal Husbandry in collaboration with Ghazi Brothers.On the occasion, UAF's Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, said that…Read More

SBP relaxation for renewable energy projects

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is encouraging the financing of renewable energy power plant projects in the country following the policy of the government to bridge the supply and demand gap of electricity in the country.In this regard, the central bank has extended the validity period of Scheme for Financing Power Plants Using Renewable Energy for a further period of two years - June, 2014, says a press release issued here last week.There are lots of energy projects planned…Read More

PAC Kamra introduces latest Android Tablet

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra (PAC), a unit of Pakistan military, is getting serious with tablet manufacturing business as after introducing PAC Pad1, PAC eBook1 and PAC nbook 1 PAC is now offering Takhti 7, an android tabled-computer.Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) has recently announced to have partnered with INNAVTEK International to produce Takhti 7, a better form of PAC Pad1.Takhti 7 is said to be a sister tablet of PAC Pad1, having enhanced hardware such as…Read More

Broadb and -IPTV Asia Moot lauds PTCL services

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: PTCL has participated in the recently held "Broadband-IPTV Asia Conference 2012" in Kuala Lumpur in order to project its SmartTV and Broadband products and services to the international media and telecom community.PTCL SM IP Operations, Ather A. Baig represented his Company at the prestigious forum, which was attended by more than 1000 visitors, 150 internationally recognized industry experts and transformational players from over 62 countries of Asia-Pacific region.…Read More

PTA prints tariff guide for consumers

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The PTA has published a tariff awareness guide for telecom consumers.The Guide said that the authority has remained firm in directing telecom companies for providing accurate information to consumers regarding tariffs and to avoid misleading advertisements, however, in an effort acquire further customers telecom companies kept complicating the tariff plans.The telecom authority says that this awareness guide is aimed at providing  retail  customers, essential information for…Read More

Telenor info service starts for farmers

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Telenor Pakistan has recently signed an MoU with the Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab to provide livestock information to farmers in the province. The farmers will be able to receive regular information about livestock best practices through mobile phones via SMS, training videos and other IVR services.In his remarks, Telenor Pakistan Roar Bjaerum highlighted the importance of building communication channels with the Livestock sector. He said, "We consider…Read More