Day: April 5, 2016

Water conservation guarantees socio-economic development

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Water is a key element for socio-economic development in Pakistan as it ensures not only better health as well as environment but also creates better jobs. Water is a precious asset that requires to be conserved for better human consumption and agriculture usage. These were the consensus points at an awareness seminar organized by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO), Unesco, Economic…Read More

2016 to be hottest year in world history: Scientists

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Artificial global warming and a strong El Nino, world weather is bursting the annual heat record in this year, reveals a report by the World Meteorological Organization. It said that global temperatures are continuing to climb to fresh records, adding to the urgency of curbing greenhouse gas emissions that are the primary cause. Preliminary agency figures show that for the first 10 months of 2015, average sea and land surface temperatures were 0.73 degrees above…Read More

Dr. Atta for educational emergency in Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT MIRPUR: Former Federal Minister for Information Technology and ex-Chairman of Higher Education Commissioner (HEC) Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rehman (Sitar-e-Imtiaz) has strongly suggested to the governments of Pakistan and AJK to immediately enforce Educational Emergency’ in the country for ensuring speedy economic progress besides for entering the ranks of the developed nations. "A single education system comprising the basic education of science and technology,…Read More

Ooredoo completes wi-tribe sale in Pakistan

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Ooredoo, the Qatar-based telecom giant and cent percent stakeholder of wi-tribe Pakistan, has completed the sale of wi-tribe to NB Offshore Investment Ltd for around $9 million or Rs. 940 million. Without revealing much details, Ooredoo said that transaction was completed in cash payment that is in line with the value of the asset. "The deal between Ooredo and HB Group - the backers of NB Offshore Investment, was locked almost six months back and today’s…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…Read More

Collection of shark fishery data stressed

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Stakeholders at a recently held three-day workshop emphasised the need for collecting data regarding shark fishery in Pakistan. The event was organized by WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with Ministry of Climate Change in Islamabad. The speakers also said that the National Plan of Action (NPOA) provides a viable mechanism for conservation of sharks in the country. They also proposed that three ecologically significant and endangered Chondrichthyian species…Read More

ICTs role for peace, security discussed

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Discussants at a conference called for the need for peace and security in the country, and also debated the role of information and communication technologies in this regard. "We all want a bright future for our children, so that they can live in a peaceful society, with security of lives and wealth," said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Ismail Shah while addressing the opening session of the conference ICT for Peace and Harmony’. The…Read More

UK team finds AIOU major user of digital technology

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) have emerged as major user of digital technology in the educational sector, getting access to their academic programmes, course material and other relevant information through Internet. Around 1.3 million students of the university mainly depend on the digital citizen network that connects them with their tutors and education sources. This was observed during a panel discussion that has recently been held in Islamabad…Read More

HEC concerned by varsities violating plagiarism policy

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has expressed concern at universities not following the commission’s plagiarism policy by not taking action on plagiarism complaints against their faculty. HEC’s Plagiarism Standing Committee has recently met in Islamabad to discuss plagiarism complaints against faculty members of 10 universities. HEC Executive Director Dr Arshad Ali chaired the meeting. HEC quality assurance consultant Muhammad Ismail "shared concerns…Read More

COMSTECHs 10-year plan to improve living standards

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: President Mamnoon Hussain has said the "Ten Year Plan" developed by COMSTECH for development of science and technology in OIC member states will help improve general living standards of the common people. This was stated by President in a meeting with the Coordinator General of the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan at the Aiwan- e-Sadr. The President said that Pakistan was playing a…Read More