Day: March 23, 2015

Internet security still a dilemma!

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Pakistan is badly in need of a cybercrime law that could control the rising trend of internet crimes. Parliament has regrettably dithered over this critical issue for too long as for years the proposed Bill was languishing in the halls of the Assembly without being tabled. In fact, the bill is ambiguous enough to punish civil society for trying to circumvent government controls over (illegal) blocking of content on the internet as well for active steps to avoid (illegal) surveillance. Even…Read More

PASTIC moot highlights Digital Content Management for better output

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Digitization of libraries, which are rich of knowledge, is imperative for socio-economic development of a nation as no progress could be made without prompt delivery of information in this age of information technology and global competition. Librarians have an important role to play and they need equip themselves with this latest IT tools to improve their performance. These were the views of experts and classified academicians who spoke during a three-day national…Read More

PARC, CDA to produce high quality honey from Margalla hills.

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have signed an MoU aiming at producing high quality honey from Margalla Hills. The MoU was signed by Secretary PARC, Muhammad Tariq and Member Administration CDA, Amer Ali Ahmed at CDA headquarters here. The MoU will facilitate production of branded honey from Margalla Hills and queens from apis mellifera colonies besides building capacity of Margalla community in beekeeping and…Read More

Goldwind completes 50MW Pak project

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: PAKISTAN Goldwind has completed the installation of 33 GW77/1500 turbines for the Three Gorges First (TGF) wind farm in Pakistan. The 49.5 MW TGF wind farm, located in southern Pakistan, was developed by the China Three Gorges Corporation, via a subsidiary company it set up in Pakistan. Goldwind has been contracted to supply turbines and maintain the facility for two years. The Goldwind 1.5MW machine is modified to suit the high temperature climate conditions…Read More

NesPak housing society to get PTCL services

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited has signed an agreement with the National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak). Under the terms of the contract, PTCL will deploy its infrastructure and provide services in Nespak housing society. The partnership will allow residents of the Nespak housing society to use PTCL telecom services, including voice telephony, broadband internet, Smart TV as well as EVO Wireless Broadband internet services. PTCL is already…Read More

Degrading irrigation system causing farming problems

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The degrading irrigation system in Punjab is responsible for most of the problems faced by farmers, speakers at a conference said at a conference recently held in Lahore. On the occasion, a policy draft on irrigation was presented at the event organised by the Indus Consortium in collaboration with OxfamNovib. Jamshaid Fareed, the Indus Consortium executive council member, said that all stakeholders from the Punjab and Sindh, including water experts, farmers,…Read More

3G users reach 10 million figure

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The 3G users in Pakistan reached 10.3 million as of February end, reveals a fresh data of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). Telenor is leading the pack with 3.15 million users, followed by Mobilink (2.6 million), Ufone (2.47 mn) and Zong (2.12 mn). These updates also serve to keep the competitive juices flowing. Now some operators may treat the 3G race as a sprint, others a marathon - but they can pretend to ignore these subscription numbers. While…Read More

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Pak e-commerce market growing rapidly

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article image MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s e-commerce market has grown at an exponential rate during the past few years, giving way to a number of online ventures and increasing the country’s annual revenue by 30 million dollars. According to a fresh data, in Pakistan, new online ventures are springing up every other day and existing ones are registering unprecedented growth rates. The data mentioned unofficial estimates and projections by stakeholders, saying that the annual revenue…Read More

PHC seeks PTA report on SIMs verification

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article image STAFF REPORT PESH: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to submit a fresh report about the verification of SIMs by the cellular companies before next hearing. A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Muhammad Younas Thaheem directed the PTA to submit a fresh report about the SIMs verification in the country. The bench issued the directives in a writ petition of Muhammad Atif Haleem, a former…Read More

UNESCO, PSF to strengthen science labs in schools

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STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) will join hand to strengthen science labs of rural area schools. It was decided at a meeting between PSF Dr. Ashraf and Vibeke Jenson, Director UNESCO Pakistan, here on Tuesday. UNESCO and PSF have a longstanding collaboration to promote science culture in the country. During their meeting, it was decided that UNESCO will provide science kits for rural area schools to strengthen their laboratories. These kits will be…Read More