Day: April 9, 2014

Rising volume of grey trafficking

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Though the government’s formal announcement to auction the 3G-4G spectrum auction this month has rekindled the hope of a sizeable foreign investment in the local telecom sector, which has dried up since long in terms of financial injections, yet the increased volume of grey telephony has emerged as a potential factor which is inflicting heavily on the national kitty. According to the fresh data, the recorded volume of incoming international calls dropped from an astonishing two billion…Read More

Agricultural research activities in Pakistan

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article image Pakistan has a national agricultural research system (NARS) consisting of federal as well as provincial research institutions. Overall, there are 74 research establishments at the federal level and 106 research institutions/agricultural research stations at provincial level. Each province has its own commodity based/multidisciplinary agricultural research institutes/research stations and substations that cover crops, livestock, forestry, and in some cases, fisheries. There are 63 research…Read More

Babar sees new heights in entrepreneurship

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article image Q: What is exactly Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR)? A: It’s a position that exists only within either a start-up builder (Rocket Internet), venture capital firm (Mother Goose Venture Developers) or disruptive innovator (Ephlux). The EiR is assigned a startup concept that has never been attempted in itself entirety or within the region it’s being executed. The role comes with very low personal and professional risk, implying full funding by the backers and investors which also means the…Read More

Saline agriculture impression in soils and its management strategies

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article image Causes of salt accumulation The location of Pakistan is in arid and semi-arid climatic zones. The average summer temperature is about 45°C and the minimum winter temperature remains between 2°C to 5°C. The annual rainfall varies between 100 mm to 700 mm throughout the country. The evaporation rate is generally very high and exceeds that of precipitation. Thus, the insufficient rainfall followed by high evaporative demand and shallow ground water depth, enhances the movement of salts…Read More

Biomass energy potential in Pakistan

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Pakistan is experiencing a severe energy crisis these days which is resulting in adverse long-term economic and social problems. The electricity and gas shortages have directly impacted the common man, industry and commercial activities. The high cost of energy mix is the main underlying reason behind the power crisis. The main fuel for the local power industry is natural gas, however, due to the continued depletion of this source and demands elsewhere the power generation companies are now…Read More

Pakistans draft Computer Crimes Law endangers freedom of expression

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article image The ARTICLE 19 and Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan are concerned about the draft Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of Pakistan 2014 (Draft Law) currently being prepared for presentation before the Pakistani Parliament. Although the Draft Law contains a number of welcome procedural safeguards, several provisions violate international standards on freedom of expression. We therefore call on the Pakistani government to amend the Draft Law in accordance with our recommendations below before…Read More

Lozenges in action: Anti-irritant and Anti-microbial potential

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article image The word lozenge is derived from a word to refer as a diamond i.e a form of Rhombus. It is basically a French word LOSANGE’. About 1000 B.C, the Egyptian used to make from honey flavored with citrus herbs, and spices, which was more curable for the treatment of sore throat. As right from the time of immemorial, there have been a number of remedies and practices are being done to ease strep throat pain. Drinking warm water, beverages such as herbs tea with honey or even just hot water with…Read More

Commercialisation of S and T R and D vital for socio-economic development

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Research and development have emerged as a driving force behind national progress, as has been evident from the development of the West. Pakistan desperately needs to promote, RandD culture, commercialise research works and improve integration of research and education at all levels. "We should work on commercialisation of faculty’s research work in collaboration with university’s research office and Higher Education Commission, so that their hard work could play…Read More

PCST confers award on PARC scientist

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) has conferred Research Productivity Award in category-D to Principal Scientific Officer (PSO) of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Dr. Ramzan Khan, for the year 2013-14. Khan is the only scientist from PARC to achieve this honour as a recognition of his research contribution in Molecular Biotechnology and Genomics during 2012. The PCST manages the Research Productivity Award (RPA) every year for the…Read More

Experts for research in geosciences to cut risks

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Disaster risk reduction should be incorporated in planning processes at every administrative tier, but in order to achieve this objective, the country has to first compile disaster vulnerability assessments, coordinate its scientific research efforts and create a general awareness among administrators to think ahead in terms of natural disaster preparedness. Speakers echoed these thoughts at a recently conducted national forum on geosciences and disaster risk reduction…Read More