Day: December 3, 2014

Intel Honors Teachers and Schools with Awards for Technological Integration

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96 teachers from Public and Private Schools in Pakistan participated in the ceremony Islamabad,December 3, 2014- Intel Pakistan today organized the Intel Education Awards Ceremony, under the Intel Education Initiative, to recognize the impressive performance in technology integration by teachers and schools across Pakistan. Present at the occasion was Dr. Fazllullah Pechuho, Secretary Education, Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh as the chief guest. Of all the…Read More

Conference foresees resolution of major energy shortfall in months

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Though the energy crisis has become a chronic issue in the country badly hampering the overall economic progress and shattering the national life. However, the government repeatedly claims that it is making all-out efforts and taking initiatives to overcome the energy shortfall especially power and gas sector. While addressing a recently held three-day international conference on energy systems and policies in Islamabad, President Mamnoon Hussain said that efficient…Read More

Anusha, British HC discuss cooperation in IT sector

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: British High Commissioner Philip Barton has recently called on Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman in Islamabad and discussed areas of mutual interest and cooperation between the two countries, especially in the information and telecom sector. The High Commissioner apprised the minister that the UK appreciates the vision and efforts of Pakistan for the development of information and communication technology sector and expressed his country’s…Read More

Liu appointed new CEO Zong

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong has appointment Liu Dianfeng as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Liu has succeeded Dr. Fan YunJun, who would be moving back to CMCC to pursue a new role with the company. Dr. Fan was appointed Zong’s CEO in 2011. During his tenure, the telecom operator saw tremendous growth in terms of subscriber base; Zong has taken over the number 3 spot within the industry and is recognized as a technology leader in the country. Liu started his career in…Read More

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Action group opposes seed amendment bill

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) opposed the federal government’s process to approve the proposed Seed Amendment Bill 2014 and Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. "Representatives from farmers’ network and civil society argued against certain provisions of the amendment bill 2014 particularly those related to seed breeding," said Dr Shahida Zia, a representative from Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) at a press conference in Islamabad…Read More

Entrepreneurship in Pakistan still at nascent stages: GEI

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Though entrepreneurs are the drivers of economic and social development in terms of growth, productivity and innovation, yet in Pakistan they are still in its nascent stages, which is described as the factor-driven stage on the entrepreneurial scale in the latest Global Entrepreneurship Index. This global index is a mix of entrepreneurial attitudes, abilities and aspirations, along features of entrepreneurship that enhance productivity such as innovation, market…Read More

Nestle, WWF sign MoU for sustainable water usage

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Pakistan for sustainable water use and water stewardship. Magdi Batato, Nestlé Pakistan’s Managing Director, and Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan signed the agreement. Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world with fewer than 1,000 cubic meters of water available per person. The biggest contributor to this stress is the…Read More

Govt needs to devise fuel consumption policy

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Following the constant energy shortfall in the country, the government has been urged to formulate the national fuel consumption policy in consultation with the stakeholders in the public and private sectors and implement it on priority basis by taking appropriate measures. "The country’s import bill is gradually increasing due to various reasons and there is dire need for adoption of fuel saving measures both in the public and private sectors to keep petrol,…Read More

World trade fair in progress in Guwahati

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article image MONITORING REPORT ISB: Guwahati hosts the "Leo International Trade fair" every year with an aim to provide a wider platform for traders and artisans to exhibit their products under one roof. Participants from Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh and various states of the world have set up over 100 stalls at the venue. Ashma, a trader from Bangladesh, feels that northeast region is a potential market to do business. She has been visiting northeast since last three years and has…Read More

Modern farming skills stressed for mountain areas

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article image SIDRA SAIF ISB: Agriculture experts at a roundtable, while mentioning that majority of the people in mountain area is not well aware of modern agricultural practices, said there is a need to give new knowledge and initiate skill development programmes about machinery usage and upgrade their agriculture for better productivity. The roundtable was jointly was organized by ICIMOD, IOM, PIDE and PARC in Islamabad. Purpose of the event to discuss the policy implications of the research…Read More