Day: October 1, 2012

COMSATS enhanced S and T cooperation earns ISESCO award

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article image By Paras AliMARKING ITS 30th anniversary, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has recently awarded the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) the ISESCO Medal’ in recognition of its enhanced scientific cooperation with the former for science-led development initiatives since 2004. This collaboration ranges from holding of scientific capacity-building events, information exchanges and development of a web-portal…Read More

Poor water, sanitation cost Pakistan Rs 343b annually

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Contaminated drinking water and insufficient sanitation facilities cost the national kitty Rs 343 billion annually in Pakistan in terms of ailment and environmental degradation, experts at a donors debriefing session recently organized by the Ministry of Climate Change revealed.They said that the financial losses related to poor water quality and insufficient sanitation that stood at Rs 112 in 2006 had increased to Rs 343 billion annually making four per cent of the GDP.In his…Read More

PARC experts for adopting alternative irrigation systems

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Following the critical water shortage in Pakistan, speakers at a meeting stressed the need for adopting alternative irrigation systems and techniques for water conservation."If water availabilities are threatened, the subsequent socio-economic structure, particularly in rural areas, will be at greater risk", Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC, said while addressing the annual review and planning meeting of the Project "Watershed Rehabilitation and Irrigation…Read More

Approval of climate change policy a major step

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Federal Climate Change Minister Rana Muhammad Farooq Saeed Khan has said that the national climate change policy will go a long way in helping tackle climate change impacts on human in all spheres."The federal cabinet’s approval of the policy, which provides a roadmap for climate change mitigation and adaptation in Pakistan, is a great milestone the present government has achieved," the minister remarked while talking to media here.Addressing media conference here…Read More

Future engineers get training at short course

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: As many as 62 students from four private schools, catering to low-income families in Rawalpindi, have now about as trained in technical drawing as some qualified engineers.A local IT service provider, Trojans Pakistan, has recently organised a month-long course to teach the ninth and tenth grade students Computer-Aided Design (CAD). The project was funded by UKaid under their ILM education grants for Pakistan.The CAD course was a pilot project designed to create interest among…Read More

UAF working for genetic diversity in livestock

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: The Faisalabad Agriculture University (UAF) is working on development of application of decision support tools to conserve and sustainably use genetic diversity in indigenous livestock and wild relatives for two years and a proud partner of international community as it is working on more than 30 international projects.UAF VC Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan said while addressing the recently held seminar on phenotypic and molecular characterization of indigenous chicken, goats and…Read More

Attending ITCN Asia a success story for TES

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The Transworld Enterprise Services (TES) and its exhibited products was positively received by the conference delegates at the recently held ITCN Asia exhibition at the Karachi International Expo Center. At the event, TES showcased its Premium IPT, MPLS/IPLC and Datacenter portfolios and did a soft launch for its Managed Cloud Services. These services leverage the infrastructure of its parent company, Transworld Associates Private Limited, which is Pakistan’s first privately…Read More

UET to set up energy research centre

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: In order to improve innovative and cost effective solutions to energy issues especially in Punjab, a Centre for Energy Research and Development will be set up at Kala Shah Kaku by the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore.According to details, total cost of the building the project would be Rs 292 million and is expected to take two years for completion. The research would mainly be about discovering different ways of renewable energies. Such sources as photovoltaic…Read More

Pak student wins world contest

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STAFF REPORT QTA: A Pakistani student from Baluchistan province has bagged a gold medal at an international contest recently held in Turkmenistan leaving all the countries like Germany, Canada, Russia, England, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka behind.M. Ubaidullah, a ninth class student of Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges, Quetta, has brought home a gold medal from the International Computer Project Olympiad (ICPO) held in Ashgabat. Total 150 projects from 42 countries were present at the…Read More

Conference stresses higher education, S and T key to progress

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The progress of nations in the world is measured with reference to the education, while nations are known for their achievements in education, health and science and technologies. Science can bridge the gap between people of different races, languages, countries and regions, as science is beyond such boundaries.Speakers expressed these views at a recently held four-day international symposium on natural product chemistry has recently concluded at the University of Karachi which…Read More