Day: September 10, 2012

Turkey joins COMSATS as 22nd member state

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) has enhanced its membership when Turkey has recently become its 22nd member state.The membership of Turkey  to COMSATS was formalized at a signing ceremony held in Islamabad last week. M. Babür Hizlan, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan, and Dr. I.E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, signed the accession agreement on behalf of their sides respectively.Turkey has been associated with…Read More

Cellcos involved in Rs 47b tax evasion cant join 3G auction

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Senate Sub-Committee on Ministry of Information Technology has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) not to allow telecom companies to participate in the upcoming 3G spectrum auction that are allegedly involved in evading Rs 47 billion taxes.These directives were issued after the former Director General Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU) Islamabad and existing Member Inland Revenue Service Ijaz Hussain Shah admitted that he was verbally pressurized for waiving the…Read More

Botanists join heads at QAU moot on botany

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The economic strength as well as access to technology and environment for innovation determines the status of a nation in the evolving global world. Without economic strength and knowledge, we would remain vulnerable to external manipulations at the cost of reaching our true and proper position.Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali, said this recently concluded three-day international moot on botany at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.Vice…Read More

Young IT entrepreneurs get 1st Tech Incubator

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has launched Pakistan’s first enterprise - Plan9 Tech Incubator, along with the assistance from the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITES (P@SHA).The launching ceremony was held at Arfa Karim Software Technology Park, but it covers projects for Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, says a press release.The first project will be held in Lahore in September and applicants from across the country can try in. Their selection…Read More

PTCL users given mega offer for Ufone

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: "Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL), country’s leading telecommunications network, has launched an exciting new offer for its landline customers, offering the freedom to make unlimited calls from landline to Ufone.This unique offer allows all PTCL landline customers the freedom to make unlimited calls to Ufone for as low as Rs 3.99 per hour from 9 pm to 9 am on weekdays (Monday-Saturday) and unbelievable 24 hours on Sundays. This offer is valid till 30th…Read More

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Workshop highlights poultry diseases

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Vice-Chancellor of University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Prof. Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, has said that the Mycoplasma transmission in commercial and breeding poultry flocks is causing Newcastle Disease and avian influenza infections which are causing increase in economic losses.He disclosed this at the inaugural ceremony of a workshop "Current approaches for the diagnosis and control of Avian Mycoplasmas" which was organised by the University Diagnostic…Read More

Pak students fly national flag high at London science forum

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Five Pakistani young scientists (science students) participated in the world fame science forum - "London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) 2012".The two-week forum was organized at the Imperial College London in August last and has been organized in the UK for the last over 50 years.The Pakistani students had participated for the first time in the forum on the initiative of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).These students include Fatima Sajid of Army Medical…Read More

CCP terms ICH, price fixation quota allocation illegal

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has asked the IT Ministry and PTA to withdrawal the directive issued by the ministry proposing establishment of international clearing house exchange for international incoming calls for long distance international, fixed-line local loops, wireless local loops and mobile operators (proposed ICH arrangement).In its policy note, the CCP has also advised the ministry and PTA that any such proposed arrangement if entered into, is not…Read More

TCP seeks Rs 25 billion from govt for urea import

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) asked the federal government to provide Rs 25 billion on an immediate basis for the import of urea.It was also informed that TCP has sought Rs 25 billion for overall import operation of 0.3 million tons of urea. Out of this amount approximately Rs 12-13 billion will be the commodity cost and the remaining amount will be utilized for payment of taxes, duties and other expenses viz urea import.Presently, TCP enjoys a strengthened…Read More

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Pakistan starts exporting mangoes to China

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan at last started exporting its mangoes to China - one of the world’s largest markets for its mangoes. Earlier, Pakistan had registered with this neighbouring state in 2006 for mango exports, however, it had been struggling to compete with other players because of high cost of air freight."Pakistan’s mangoes have become a centre of attraction in the largest retail chain of China - Walmart - where the king of fruit is being offered for sale," Durrani…Read More