Day: February 3, 2014

Brains from industries gather to propose reforms in apprenticeship law

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is severely facing the shortage of skilled manpower which is required to accelerate as well as tap the potential of the country’s industrial sector and to keep the wheel of industrial activities rolling there is a yawning need to develop the concept of professional training of fresh graduates through active involvement of both public and private sectors. Participants of a National Workshop recently held in Islamabad emphasized the scope of the…Read More

PSF awards Science and Math Olympiad 2013 winners

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The winners of "Science and Mathematics Olympiad-2013" have been awarded certificates and prizes at a ceremony held on the premises of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). "The Science and Mathematics Olympiad-2013" was a joint venture of PSF and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony, attended by students, teachers and scientists from different RandD…Read More

PTA rolls up sleeves to control defiant CMOs tariffs

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STAFF REPORT KHI: Given that complaints concerning hidden charges imposed by the Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) are on the rise, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is rolling up its sleeves to control call tariffs again that were de-regulated in 2004. On the very first day of new year, PTA had showed its intention by issuing instructions to all CMOs for immediate discontinuation of call set-up fee that was recently imposed by them. Now, a top official of the authority,…Read More

PSF selects IUB to set up science centre

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The first ever science centre in Punjab will be set up at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur soon as a plan in this regard has been finalised. "Selection of the Islamia University set up science centre has been has been made purely on merit," said Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Dr Khalil Ahmed said this after his recent meeting with Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Mukhtar. He said that the meeting decided to jointly work…Read More

Experts say 3G auction may affect overall growth

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The government’s plan of auctioning next generation spectrum (3G-4G) for telecom services could hit the future growth of the most vibrant tax generating service sector of Pakistan as the government is considering granting only three licences in this category. Experts of the telecom industry who previously served in PTA at senior levels and policy making positions believe that the issuance of just three licences for 3G-4G spectrum will bring on a repeat of what had…Read More

Pakistani boy makes history in O-Level

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: A nine-year-old Pakistani boy has passed O-Level exam of the Cambridge University, Britain, making history. He is perhaps the only child in the world to have passed all the science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics) of O-levels at this age. Rai Haris Manzoor, born on August 16, 2004, left his school in 2012 only to be taught at home by his parents to achieve the unachievable target i.e. passing the O-levels exam (11 years of study).…Read More

Sindh to set up 5000MW coal-based power plants

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STAFF REPORT KHI: The Sindh government has announced to establish power plants in District Thar. The power plants to be established would be coal-powered and would be for power generation up to 5000MW. However, the local populous, to be affected, would be rehabilitated and a composite plan would be carved out in this regard. Adviser to Sindh CM for Finance Murad Ali made this announcement at a recently held 2-day conference. Shah said that coal-based power plants for 5000-MW would be…Read More

Water provision stressed to start new power projects

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STAFF REPORT LHR: Power sector experts have urged the planners to keep the availability of water in mind while planning new power projects since almost all of Pakistan’s energy systems are linked with water system. While talking to media, they warned that water scarcity could badly impact the long-term viability of energy projects, which could slow down economic uplift. To mitigate the risks of the challenge, the World Bank has launched Thirsty Energy to help countries prepare for…Read More

3-D environment models presented at WWF carnival

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STAFF REPORT LHR: Students from around 80 schools displayed 3D models representing various environmental themes at the WWF’s 16th Annual Nature Carnival recently held at the Race Course Park in Lahore. Over 10,000 people flocked to the carnival. Themes including Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, Benefits of Trees, Green Neighbourhoods, Health, Hygiene and Environment, Disaster Management, Watershed Management, Illegal Hunting and Environment Management Systems were presented through 3D…Read More

Ufone, HBL start corporate m-payments service

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Mobile services provider, Ufone, in partnership with financial services provider BHL, has launched a service for corporate customers. Dubbed UPayments Business to Business (B2B)’, the service allows corporate users to carry out a range of financial transactions via the UPayments platform. In the initial phase, 90 Ufone franchises will use this service for their daily payments. The registration process requires both Ufone and the franchise to have an account in the…Read More