Day: March 17, 2015

Nuclear: The only way out to energy calamity

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PAKISTAN is passing through the most problematic phase of its history. The acute energy crisis is creating a serious difficulty for our frail economy. Our energy needs are surpassing supply triggering hours long power outages daily across the country. Resulting, the economic growth rate of 5.1 per cent may not be achieved in the current fiscal year; we are expecting a growth rate of around 4.5 per cent. Due to increase in population urbanisation and the rising power demand of industrial and…Read More

Role of Science Diplomacy highlighted at COMSATS roundtable meeting

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: As the need for science diplomacy in modern times is growing, in view of the emerging challenges of environment, health and food security, it is imperative for Pakistan to be abreast with current advances in the international scientific arena so as to make informed decisions to secure the well-being of general masses. These remarks were made by Amjad Hussain B Sial, Special Secretary (PP/West Asia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a roundtable meeting organized…Read More

LNG to be deregulated, supplied to CNG stations

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would be deregulated and supplied to the CNG stations across Pakistan in order to ensure availability of cheap fuel to the consumers. Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the Nation Assembly recently. He said that the government would not regulate the LNG sector and its price would also be determined by the private sector. "The LNG price would be around 30 per cent less than the petroleum products’ prices…Read More

Bigger investment needed for quality teachers

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Education in Pakistan has remained a low priority since 1947. This, despite the fact that the very first conference held in Pakistan was on education where Quaid-e-Azam had declared that, "education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan." While there has been a substantial increase in the number of schools, colleges and universities, Pakistan remains one of the most illiterate countries in the world. 60 million Pakistanis today cannot read or write. Again…Read More

Pakistan to host 6th D-8 meeting of agri ministers

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The 6th D-8 Agricultural Ministers’ meeting will be held in Islamabad while the date was still being finalised between the officials of Ministry of National Food Security and the Developing-8 Secretariat. The D-8 is an organisation for the cooperation among Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. Pakistan accepted hosting the meeting after Bangladesh showed its unwillingness to host the meeting which was decided in the 5th…Read More

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HEC black-lists 20 scholars of varsities

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STAFF REPORT HYD: The HEC authorities have black-listed 20 scholars of different universities with prohibition not to supervise the research of M.Phil candidates. They also withdrew all HEC benefits including foreign visits and allowances on charges of violation of plagiarism policy of the Commission. According to details, out of 20 scholars, six belong to University of Sindh Jamshoro. These include Dr. Abdul Sattar Almani, Muhammad Aslam Kamboh, Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry of Department of…Read More

Japan, Unesco to improve Pak flood warning system

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Government of Japan and UNESCO have agreed to implement a project worth $4.05 million to further improve flood warning and management capacity of the government of Pakistan. This project is the second phase of the earlier project implemented by UNESCO with the financial assistance of Japan. This project will contribute to enhancing the reliability and accuracy of IFAS as well as expanding the coverage of IFAS and RRI model to Eastern Rivers. In addition,…Read More

PITB to computerise Punjab police record

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab government has decided to computerise all record of the Punjab police through an Inventory Management System being launched by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Lahore. "The pilot project worth Rs 16 million would be kicked off in Lahore. The main server for monitoring will be established in Central Police Office Lahore or at PITB headquarters," said PITB Chairman Dr Umar Saif during a meeting recently held here in Lahore. Dr.…Read More

PTA unearths another illegal gateway exchange

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has unearthed an illegal gateway exchange in Lahore. According to details, a successful raid against the grey operator was carried out along with FIA team at Jamil Town, Sabzazar, Lahore. An illegal exchange was found. The team confiscated all equipment including four gateways, 8 ports each, number of SIMs, laptops, and modems. The successful raids against the grey operators were made possible because of continuous monitoring,…Read More

PAS on the move to make Pakistan science conscious

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The 3rd monthly brainstorming session to make Pakistan a Science Conscious country has recently been organized by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) at the PAS headquarters in Islamabad. The major objective of these events is to promote quality science education and research and development in the country by enhancing stakeholder awareness about the crucial role of science and technology in economic development and human wellbeing. Speaking on the occasion,…Read More