Day: April 19, 2016

Bills passed to control cyber, forex crimes in Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Terrorism, hacking, electronic forgery and fraud, child pornography have been declared punishable offences in Pakistan as the National Assembly has recently two passed bills - "The Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2014" and "Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2016". Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman moved the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2014" and it was approved by the House without much criticism from…Read More

Swedish team, Anusha discuss IT&T sector progress

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: A five-member delegation, headed by Ambassador of Sweden Tomas Rosander, has called on Minister of State for IT and Telecom Anusha Rahman here in Islamabad. During the meeting, matters of mutual concern and elevation of consensual collaboration in the arena of IT and telecom were deliberated upon. The minister acquainted the ambassador concerning key initiatives being taken by the Ministry of IT for pervasive sectoral progress. Anusha also indicated that we…Read More

HEC seeks France help for new incubation centres

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: French Ambassador Martine Dorance has recently visited the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Secretariat and met with the commission’s chairman, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed. The ambassador was accompanied by Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Andre de Bussy. Dr Ahmed briefed the Ambassador regarding achievements made by the HEC since its inception, as well as future projects planned by the commission to make higher education accessible in all regions…Read More

PMNH organises national mushroom festival

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Museum of Natural History has organized a two-day National Mushroom Festival in Ghora Gali, Murree, in collaboration with Agri Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan and Agri Education Pakistan. Mushroom Hunting Tour was arranged on the first day in Ghora Gali, Murree, in which participants were trained about how to hunt and identify edible and non-edible mushrooms by Akhlaq Khan Kakar, working as Mushrooms Specialist for 25 years. Mushrooms hunting was…Read More

Govt asked to revive troubled water industry

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STAFF REPORT LHR: Chairman of the United International Group Mian Shahid has asked the government to take steps to revive dairy industry which is facing problems due to increased cost of inputs. Additional cost of inputs has pushed the vibrant dairy sector into crisis as the cost of doing business has increased by seven percent, he said. Mian Shahid said that local and foreign investors have invested around 700 million dollars in the dairy sector in last five years which is being…Read More

NUST stands among worlds top 150 young universities

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The NUST stands among the top world 150 young universities in a ranking unveiled by The Times Higher Education (THE). The ranking of the world’s top universities, under 50 years of age has École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, founded in 1969 in Switzerland, at the top spot. NUST, founded in 1991, has 9,808 students with a 7.8 student-staff ratio. Of its total enrollment, three percent of the students are international whereas female-male ratio is 27:73…Read More

Viper plans further expansion, seeks govt support

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Viper Technology - one of Pakistan’s oldest computer brands - is eying nation-wide expansion, especially by increasing its footprint in the education sector. "Viper is the only Pakistani brand dealing in desktop computers, laptops, and tablets that has survived the beating from higher taxes’ and influx of used computers that flooded the country over the past decade, Viper CEO Khushnood Aftab told the media. Fast forward to 2016, the company has become…Read More

Integration of ICT in teaching, learning reviewed

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister of State for Education Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman has chaired the advisory committee meeting here to review the process of integration of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in teaching and learning processes in schools, reviving Education Management Information System for a proactive role in policy, research, planning and management and outline of sustainable development goals plan. The meeting discussed in detail the issues including preparing…Read More

Experts for research-based solutions to energy crisis

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Academicians and experts at an international conference recently held in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) have called for developing research-based indigenous mechanism to overcome energy and environment related issues. AIOU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui, while inaugurating the conference, said it was aimed at giving research-based findings and recommendations to implement the Paris’s summit’s declaration. The university, he added, is actively…Read More

PhD holders fleeing Balochistan

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: More than 70 faculty members of Balochistan universities having PhD degrees left the province and shifted to other parts of the country in 2015 due to financial woes and security issues, says a rights watchdog. The federal and provincial governments as well as regulator of the higher education have so far failed to pay salaries to them. As many as 100 PhD faculty members are imparting education to students at various Balochistan universities. In its annual…Read More