Day: March 30, 2016

Commercialisation of GM corn seeds allowed sans field trials

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government has granted permission to multinational companies for commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) corn seeds in Pakistan, despite the two senior ministers’ claims in the National Assembly that GM crops would never be allowed in the country. According to sources, the Ministry of Climate Change has awarded licences to different companies including Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer for the commercialization of GM crops in the country. They…Read More

And now agriculture terrorism!

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The approval of commercialization of still controversial GM corn and Bt cotton without open field trials and in the absence of regulatory SOPs is still hard for the stakeholders to digest, and now attempts are being made to introduce GM potato seed in Pakistan. Most recently events were arranged where salt tolerant potatoes were introduced to the audience. Uptill now there is nothing on ground in terms of open field trials of GM potato but unfortunately this food item, which majority of…Read More

6-year-old UK-Pakistani surprises world by PowerPoint skills

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article image MONITORING REPORT ISB: Eight-year-old British Pakistani, Saadus Salam Khan, has become the world’s youngest MS Power Point specialist. He performed significantly higher on the free form distractibility index’, achieving an IQ of 131. This placed him at the 98th percentile rank. He secured an IQ of 107 in the verbal comprehensive level’, which indicates his superior concentration level. Having a passion for math, he has solved math books of class 10 with the help of a tutor appointed…Read More

DHA seminar increases awareness about nature

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: A seminar on Greener DHA organized by Institute of Architects Pakistan in collaboration with DHA has recently been held at Defence Authority Country and Golf Club. Administrator DHA Brig Zubair Ahmed was chief guest on the occasion. The Administrator termed the seminar as a remarkable initiative heralding the beginning of a reinvigorated awareness in society for preservation of nature and promotion of horticulture to ensure greener, cleaner and healthy environment for a…Read More

Corporate sectors CSR role can boost forest cover

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: There is a desperate need for exploiting massive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) potential for addressing the country’s shrinking forest cover through large-scale afforestation, said Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid. He was chairing a high-level meeting on Promoting Afforestation Campaign through CSR in Pakistan". CSR representatives of automobile, telecommunication, petroleum, banking, industry and top key provincial forest department…Read More

Pakistan Plastic Show pulls huge visitors

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The three-day Pakistan Plastic Show 2016, which attracted around 60,000 visitors at 65 local and international stalls, has recently concluded. The show imparted necessary information about the industry and its products and featured insightful sessions, technologies and strategic discussions. This event received good response from industry professionals and the general public. The closing ceremony was chaired by Engineering Development Board CEO Tariq Ejaz Chaudhry.…Read More

18 talented Pakistanis awarded for great gains

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STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 17 talented Pakistanis received 'Gold Medal Awards 2016' at a ceremony recently held for their outstanding achievements in different fields of life. The awards were conferred by eminent nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan in different areas including ideology of Pakistan, science and technology, sports, education, social welfare, literature, art and craft and medical. The ceremony was arranged at Aiwan-e-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park by Nazariya Pakistan…Read More