Day: February 1, 2013

Micro-hydro power potential can make turnaround in Pak energy sector

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article image Sidra CheemaTHE ENERGY-starved Pakistan is capable enough to produce over 50,000 megawatts of electricity at a cheap cost through micro-hydro power generation means especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Northern Areas of the country as these areas have a large number of sites where these power generation units can be installed.Pakistan is in dire need of overcoming its persistent energy shortfall which has critically dampened the national growth and economy in addition to routine life…Read More

Moot for tight check on illegal fishing nets used

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Piracy at sea, growing oil shipments and illegal fishing have imperilled the marine life, which need the government’s attention to protect the fast depleting ecology, marine experts said at a recently held workshop.The event was organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature - Pakistan (WWF-P) on Sustainable Marine Resources’ called for a "robust" management system to ensure conservation of marine resources against various threats.In his presentation, Technical…Read More

Speakers for boosting research proposal writing

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan needs quality of research in order to be at par with the international standards and it could only be possible if researchers concentrate on the problem-solving approach, Chairman of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), Dr Manzoor H Soomro, said this while recently held a two-day workshop on project formulation at the campus.According to the PSF, the organizer of the conference, purpose of the event was to increase the research proposal writing skills of scientists…Read More

PAS starts programme for young scientists

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) has initiated a programme to associate young scientists, under 35, and having PhD qualifications, as Young Associates. For young scholars, the Academy will organize various scientific events including lectures, inspiring discussions with leading scientists, skill development workshops, and field visits."Main objective of this programme is to channelize the talent of young scientists and groom and encourage them to make themselves…Read More

PTCL to provide data centre services to Meezan Bank

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: PTCL, as the largest integrated telecommunications services provider in Pakistan, has signed an agreement to provide Data Center services to Meezan Bank.According to this agreement, this strategic partnership shall enable Meezan Bank in disaster recovery and business continuity, reduce internal network operations cost, provide geographical redundancy and add greater reliance to its network.The agreement was signed by Zaman Gulzar, PTCL Executive Vice President (EVP), National…Read More

Experts stress joint efforts for l and reforms, food security

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Environment, agriculture and media experts at a workshop have called for making joint efforts to introduce land reforms, ensure food security and halt onslaught of corporate farming in the country by taking all stakeholders on board."The government should change its outdated mindset and come forward with a positive and farmers-friendly approach to redistribute land among peasants and provide financial backup aid to them for growing crops so that they could get their…Read More

Thatta villages converted to biogas energy

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Small raw-built biogas units are proving to be the best alternative to the firewood for some of the Thatta villagers who say these mini biogas plants have not only reduced their dependence on firewood but they are also getting quality organic manure for their farmlands.Built and installed by the WWF-Pakistan, these 150 biogas units of six cubic metres each have been providing clean cooking solutions in the villages of Thatta."A small biogas unit is a simple structure with…Read More

Pakistani IT expert to work with Internet Society

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Naveed Ul Haq, an ICT professional from Pakistan, has recently been appointed Chapter Development Manager, Asia-Pacific by the Internet Society (ISOC). He would be working to strengthen and enhance the impact of ISOC and in particular, ISOC chapters, in Asia-Pacific region.The ISOC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, capacity building, and policy, says a press release issued here by the company.Prior to joining ISOC,…Read More

3G technology a major opportunity for IT firms: Oracle

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The 3G technology is a big opportunity for information technology companies in Pakistan as they have a crucial role in the launch and operation of the high-speed and heavy data technology to millions of cellular users across the country."The 3G technology on mobile phone is based on data storage and transmission which will be the requirement of all operators hence Oracle sees its vital role in the launch of 3G technology in Pakistan, which is currently in development…Read More

Pakistan, China to cultivate medicinal, aromatic plants

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan and China have agreed to undertake experimental cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants in appropriate ecological zones to get qualitative and quantitative improvement. It will help improve the quality of herbs by genetic and plant breeding methods.In this regard, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to help Medicinal Botanic Centre, PCSIR Peshawar, to…Read More