Day: January 16, 2013

Pakistan wheat potentially facing Ug99 virus threat

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article image Paras AliSINCE PAKISTAN is vulnerable to multiple food security issues for the last several years and the authorities are still unable to come up with any effective mechanism, the Ug99 stem rust’ has recently emerged as a serious threat to wheat as it produces reddish brown flakes on this crop’s stalks ultimately reducing the per acre yield.The Ug99 was first discovered in Uganda in 1999, and spread with the wind to Iran where it was discovered two years ago, and Pakistan and India are the…Read More

Pakistan, US need to tap expertise in life sciences

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STAFF REPORT KHI: There is a major opportunity to exploit the exciting advances in life sciences, which the scientific community in Pakistan should seize. It is being driven by the rapid advances in information technology and genetic sequencing. Thus, it is about people and knowledge that can be transformed and accessed at a relatively low cost.These views were expressed by Terence Taylor, the International Council for Life Sciences (ICLS), while talking to media here. He was recently in Karachi…Read More

PSF introduces method to up low cost topaz value

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) has kicked off a collaborative project in order to standardize the tools and techniques for adding blue colour to topaz by neutron irradiation which will increase the value of low cost topaz, abundantly available in the country.Pakistan is rich in topaz deposits and has the neutron reactors too. This meets the basic needs to change the low cost topaz to valuable blue topaz by neutron radiation."Successful experimentation has already been…Read More

B.Tech students for equal degree status with BE degree

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Hundreds of students from different universities and colleges, offering B.Tech programme, while demanding the formation of Pakistan Technology Council (PTC) under the Ministry of Science and Technology staged a protest in front of the Karachi Press Club.The students, who were protesting under the banner of Pakistan B.Tech Engineers Community (PBEC), said that as per the Higher Education Commission’s decision the 4-year B.Tech (Hons) degree is at par and compatible with B.E/B.…Read More

Efforts on to inflate bank account holders

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STAFF REPORT IBD: About 72 per cent of Pakistan’s population is connected to mobile phones and only 12 per cent has a bank account, said Hammad Rabbani of Waseela Bank while addressing a recently held discussion forum organised by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) here.He said the telecommunications companies are trying to convert those 12 per cent into 72 per cent and leverage their customer base through mobile banking services. Hammad explained this while talking about…Read More

PTCL offers 3G EVO services to Meezan Bank customers

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) and Meezan Bank have signed an agreement for the provision of PTCL Wireless Broadband services.Under the agreement, Meezan Bank customers can now enjoy exclusive PTCL 3G EVO Wireless Broadband services along with the services offered by the bank.The agreement was signed by Furqan Habib Qureshi, PTCL Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Business Zone South, and Ariful Islam, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director,…Read More

Self-medication alarming in Mardan, Peshawar

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STAFF REPORT KHI: Self-medication is global problem but in developing regions, where drugs are easily available to customers it creates major risks and challenges.According to a recent study, this problem of self-medication in Peshawar and Mardan, two big and heavily inhibited cities of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, has been investigated by Haroon Ahmad of Quaid-e-Azam University and health expert Sikandar Sherwani from Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) along with other…Read More

Addressing small ruminantes problems stressed

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: There is a desperate need to resolve the problems of small ruminants which are being facing in the areas of breeding, health, feeding, management and marketing.These remarks were expressed by University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha at a meeting with a delegation of International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) led by Mission Leader Maleha Hussain.On the occasion, they discussed the application of modern farming practices…Read More

PPL becomes 1st to get SFD tech for NRE

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has announced that it will rely on Stress Field Detection (SFD) technology to conduct aerial reconnaissance flights to explore hydrocarbon traps and reservoirs. PPL will be the first company to utilise the SFD technology in Pakistan. To develop this SFD technology, the Canadian-based geo-physical service company NXT Energy Solutions has provided their expertise, says a press release issued here last week.SFD is said to be a cutting-edge and eco-…Read More

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Ceramic water filters from DoST KPK

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article image STAFF REPORT PST: Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST) under its "Promotion and support to RandD efforts in public and private sectors" has financed for the preparation and propagation of "Ceramic Water Purification Filters" developed indigenously by the Environment Department of PCSIR Laboratories Complex Peshawar from locally available materials for the first time in Pakistan. The concept behind the development of these filters was conceived after the devastating…Read More