Day: February 9, 2016

Nuclear power generation viable solution energy problems: Experts

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: As the outer world is fast getting nuclear power energy to meet their domestic energy requirements, the energy-starved Pakistan needs to explore all available options particularly establishment of more nuclear power plants to have self-sufficiency in the electricity generation sector in order to get out of the grave energy shortfall, which is hampering the national growth. Since the country is confronted with multiple crisis particularly steep water shortage in…Read More

Wetlands disappearing due to lack of legislation

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Speakers at an event expressed their concern over the fast disappearing of wetlands in Pakistan linking this issue to the non-existence of relevant laws. The event was arranged by the IUCN Pakistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change, and FJWU to celebrate the World Wetlands Day. The theme of the year 2016 is "Wetlands for Future: Sustainable Livelihoods". Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Member National Assembly was the chief guest of the event. …Read More

Microsoft briefs media on broad-based social initiatives

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Microsoft Pakistan has recently briefed the media about its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives with particular emphasis on the upcoming employability portal being created by Microsoft. The briefing was made by General Manager of Microsoft NEPA region, Leila Surhan, and Country Manager of Microsoft Pakistan Nadeem Malik. Another vital initiative orchestrated by Microsoft Pakistan is the "Internet safety and security campaign". Under this…Read More

Academicians given Best University Teacher Award

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Two academicians - Assistant Professor Hakeem Syed Zahoorul Hasan Zaidi and Professor Sharif - have won the best teacher award during 11th Best University Teacher Award Ceremony 2014.The event was organised by the HEC in Islamabad. After short listing the entries, only 35 government and five private sector universities across Pakistan were considered eligible to receive the award, said HEC academics director-general Prof Dr Raza Bhatti. The award was presented by KP Governor…Read More

MoU signed to strengthen sustainable transport initiatives

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: An MoU has been signed between NUST and Component Implementation Unit-Trucking of Pakistan Sustainable Transport project. Purpose of the agreement is to provide research oriented technical support to strengthen the institutional capacity of the relevant federal and provincial government departments to promote the sustainable transport initiatives in Pakistan. The MoU would facilitate the project team on the objective of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and…Read More

UNICEF launches U-Report:PakAvaz in Pakistan

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The UNICEF has launched its flagship innovation programme U-Report: PakAvaz in Pakistan’. The programme is an innovative mobile-based social monitoring tool designed for young people and communities to further strengthen the process of community development by acquiring direct feedback on social issues. "UNICEF strongly believes that innovation is vital to ensure the wellbeing of the world’s children and adolescents," said Cris Munduate, UNICEF Deputy…Read More

Govt-private coop needed to improve education sector

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Unless the private sector comes in, education problems cannot be solved. No country, especially Pakistan, has the resources to do it on its own. These views were shared by the chairperson of HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, at the National Education Conference on Quality in Higher Education: Issues and Current Practices.’ Ahmed joined a panel discussion on national education policy via video conferencing, responding to the queries posed by participants, largely…Read More

US doubles funding for S&T in Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: US Ambassador David Hale and HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmed have signed an MoU to double the funding for the Pak-US Science and Technology Cooperation Programme. The MoU would provide more than $8 million in joint funding for high-level collaborative research in science and technology with a new focus on health and other fields such as water, energy, and information technology. Ambassador Hale said, "The benefits to in developing our education, knowledge,…Read More

PTCL Smart TV App named for GSMA glomo awards

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL’s Smart TV Mobile Application has been nominated for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO) 2016 in the Best Mobile App (Media, Film, TV or Video)’ category. The PTCL Smart TV App is the first of its kind and has been recognized for integrating live TV with such handheld devices as mobile phones, laptops and tablets. Nomination of the Smart TV App at this level is an indication of the progress achieved by PTCL in internet and multimedia. "With more…Read More

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IT ministry making efforts to bring cell phone makers to Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Information Technology is engaged with international telephone manufacturing companies to establish local manufacturing as well as assembling units in Pakistan through Public Private Partnership (PPP) or otherwise. Local smart phone manufacturing can empower communities and increase employment rate as well as restore investors’ confidence in the country and also help bring valuable foreign direct investment (FDI). However, in order to support…Read More