Day: January 27, 2014

IT, telecom policy to be ready by June to arrest cyber crimes

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government is vigorously engaged in devising a comprehensive IT and Telecom Policy to ensure maximum protection to masses from the widespread cyber crimes including financial scams, fraudulent online activities and women harassment. "Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has finalized the draft of controlling electronic crime bill to be presented in the National Assembly at the earliest whereas the IT and Telecom Policy will be rolled out…Read More

Pakistan receives $4m rice export orders from China

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STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistani rice exporters have managed to secure $4 million worth of export orders of the commodity from China during the recently concluded visit of rice exporters to the country auguring well for future of commodity’s export. This was stated by Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Senior Vice Chairman Chela Ram KK, while briefing members of the REAP about the salutary aspects of the 11 days tour of a rice exporters delegation to China. The response…Read More

Higher education opens new vistas of success

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STAFF REPORT RWP: Punjab Governor Ch. Muhammad Sarwar has said that higher education opens unlimited vistas and possibilities of success and growth in life. "Concentrate on the importance of time, let me assure you that intelligence doesn’t work alone, hard work is the key to success in practical life," said the Governor while addressing the Convocation of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, at the Jinnah Convention Centre Islamabad. He said that money is not the…Read More

Scientists collaborate for climate change research

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Third meeting of COMSATS’ International Thematic Research Group (ITRG) on Climate Change and Environmental Protection’ has recently been held at the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, where participating scientists called for fostering extensive international cooperation among the countries of the South for meeting common challenges pertaining to this phenomenon. Scientists and researchers, scientific and research organizations, and higher…Read More

Pakistan likely to miss wheat sowing target

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is likely to miss wheat production target of 25 million tons set for 2013-2014 as growers have reduced the area under wheat cultivation following the provincial governments failure to increase wheat support price. Wheat support price is generally announced before the start of its sowing season aimed to encourage farmers to cultivate wheat but the provincial governments refused to increase this price which is Rs 1200 per 40kg. "It is the responsibility…Read More

Progress made to purchase Indian electricity

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has made a significant progress towards mitigating the energy crisis with the federal cabinet according approval for signing of an MoU with India for trade of electricity. It was informed to the federal cabinet the Ministry of Water and Power had initiated negotiations with India in this regard and the World Bank has undertaken to finance a feasibility study of the project. It is to be mentioned here that the issue of electricity import from India has been…Read More

Scientists suggest taskforce on water scarcity

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan needs to establish a taskforce on water scarcity with a view to devising a water security action plan by June 2014; this plan should prioritise different aspects of water conservation, recycling, harvesting, and dam storage. Dr. Maudood Khan, senior research scientist at USRA at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama, floated this suggestion while addressing a seminar on Water scarcity and future vision 2025.’ Organised by Shifa Tameer…Read More

PARC starts facilitating bio-safety trials for corn

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has started facilitating the private sector to conduct bio-safety trials for corn at the NARC. "The application of biotechnology in agriculture has great potential for promoting the efficiency of crop improvement, food production and food security for poverty reduction," said PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad while speaking at the concluding session of the National Workshop on Agricultural Biotechnology…Read More

Telenor Pakistan output on right track

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Telenor Group has recognises its Pakistani subsidiary as a profit-making and sustainable company saying "We are satisfied with the investment period we have been in Pakistan." President and CEO of Telenor Group, Jon Fredrik Baksaas, in a recent talk with media said that the company has evolved from incurring losses in the first five years, to a profit-making, tax-paying and sustainable entity. The local arm of the European cellular giant constitutes a…Read More

KSEW starts building pusher tug for navy

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STAFF REPORT KHI: The steel-cutting ceremony of the 12-ton Bollard Pull Pusher Tug being built for the Pakistan Navy has been held at the Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW). The pusher tug, which is fitted with robust fenders for optimal tugging capacity, is 16.89 metres in length and has a gross weight of 63 tons. Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Commander Karachi (COMKAR) Vice Admiral Khawaja Ghazanfar Hussain lauded the fact that the KSEW has secured the third…Read More