Day: August 22, 2013

Rare shark specimen preserved at PMNH for research

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: UNESCO with its partner Pakistan Science Foundation has recently inaugurated one of the largest found whale shark specimens at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH). The specimen, believed to be unique due to its size in the world, is 40-foot large, weighs 16 tons and is the biggest specimen of fish ever recorded in the history. According to details, this specimen of Whale Shark (rhincodontypus) was seen alive but motionless on February 6, 2012 in the Gora…Read More

NAYS chief gets science award

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Punjab University School of Biological Sciences PhD Research Scholar and President of National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan Aftab Ahmad has been awarded the Scientific Exchange Award worth $7,000 for USA by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Aftab will visit University of Alabama, USA for a short duration to do his research project related to stem cell biology. Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran has…Read More

UNIDO to set up latest fruits value addition centre

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: The UNIDO will set up a state-of-the-art centre for value addition of different fruits including apple and dates in Balochistan. The decision has been taken during a recently held meeting at the University of Agriculture. A UNIDO expert said that Balochistan has significance in the production of apples, dates and grapes. But the province is losing the productivity in the shape of post harvest losses due to a lack of value addition system. ?We would establish a…Read More

Modern tech can cut post-harvest losses

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan needs to shift its focus from the conventional agriculture methodology to modern farming techniques in order to curtail post-harvest losses as well as ensure proper wheat storages at production areas. ?Modern cold storages, testing laboratories and conducting local trainings were the need of the hour, as country?s agriculture products? share was meager in the fast growing high-price super markets,? said Harvest Trading CEO Ahmad Jawad while talking to media here…Read More

Drive launched for biogas plants awareness

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technology (PCRET) has started an awareness campaign to install biogas plants in rural areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. PCRET has kicked off the drive awareness campaign, in the wake of growing need of fuel gas, in rural areas where farmers have three to four cows or buffalos to install biogas plants in their houses to fulfil domestic demand. The department would provide subsidy and technical support for biogas plant,? said the…Read More

Nokia unveils Lumia 625

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article image STAFF REPORT KHR: Nokia has announced the Nokia Lumia 625, an accessibly priced 4G smartphone, to help people see more of what they love. The Lumia 625 delivers high-speed entertainment to a wide audience with a large 4.7-inch super-sensitive LCD screen and 4G Internet access. Building on the award winning Nokia Lumia design, the Nokia Lumia 625 includes five brightly coloured changeable shells, which add to the Live Tile personalisation brought by Windows Phone 8. The Nokia Lumia…Read More

Ministry takes step to make renewable energy products

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: STEDEC Technology Commercialization Corporation of Pakistan, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET), National Institute of Electronic (NIE) and Telecom Industry of Pakistan (TIP) have signed an MoU to design, develop, large scale production and marketing of Renewable Energy and Electronic Products in the country. Under the MoU, NIE and PCRET will Design, develop and produce prototype of demand driven products…Read More

Fruit, veggies export can hit $7b in 10 yrs

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has the potential to multiply the existing export of fruits/vegetables from the existing $25 million to $7 billion in the coming 10 years time with continuous research and development which are badly lacking at the moment. Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) and All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants (PFVA) discussed this issue at a meeting recently held here at the PCSIR head office. The agenda of this…Read More

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COMSTECH urged to improve S and T infrastructure

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Research and innovation is imperative for the Muslim Ummah to reclaim its rightful place in the international community and the COMSTECH can play crucial role in this regard. These views were expressed by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid during his recent visit to the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Co-operation (COMSTECH) Secretariat in Islamabad. On the occasion, he appreciated the…Read More

4,000 villages to get alternative energy by 2017

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STAFF REPORT IBD: As many as 4,000 off-grid villages across Pakistan would get electricity through alternate energy resources, which would help in lessening the increasing burden on the national grid. The initiative is being executed by the Pakistan?s Buksh Foundation Working in collaboration with local and international partners like Coca-Cola, China Mobile?s Zong, the Imran Khan Foundation and Engro Corporation. Presently, the Lahore-based microfinance institute Buksh Foundation and…Read More