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Editorial

  • Science and the Sustainable Development Goals

    THE CONCEPT of Science Diplomacy is becoming widely used by policy-makers, scientists and scholars of International Relations. Though this is a new concept, it refers to an old practice as scientists always have been at the forefront of international collaboration. Science Diplomacy can be regarded as a tool for states to use science and scientists to pursue their Foreign Policy goals. This can be done to promote the national interests or to solve problems faced by the state. Several states have their own Science Diplomacy programs. Even if no national Science Diplomacy program is available, many states have long deployed scientific attachés in their embassies. The rise of scientific d…Read More

  • National development

    Pakistan today has the lowest GDP growth in the region. The government claims to have a GDP   growth of 4.7 percent but independent experts disagree and insist that it is well below 4 percent.    What has gone wrong? We seem to have no idea that we now live in a world where the most   important resource is knowledge. We continue to spend only about 2 percent of our GDP on …Read More

  • Education and development

    Only 200 years ago, the difference in economic conditions among those living in different parts   of the world was minimal. It was the industrial revolution with automated means of production   that created imbalances in production levels and economic conditions across the globe.     Countries which were able to adapt to the new technologies during the industrial revolution b…Read More

  • Fast collapsing textile sector

    PAKISTAN’S textile industry is fast collapsing after the closure of around 100 textiles mills and their Non-Performing Loans (NPLs) are massively rising, causing more setbacks to the struggling economy.   Out of total of 250 textiles mills, these 100 mills located in Punjab and Sindh are feared to have added another Rs3 billion in the already piled up Rs630 billion NPLs by the end of June 2015, up 5.8 per cent from a year ago. Though most of the increa…Read More

  • A blueprint for development

    Since the formation of Pakistan, successive governments have largely ignored   the key pillars necessary for socio-economic development including   education, science, technology and innovation, access to a quick and effective   justice system that swiftly punishes the corrupt and a visionary, honest and   technologically competent government. …Read More

  • Science and Technology in Pakistan

    Science and technology are the key drivers in the acceleration of development in a society which directly   alter the living standards of the people, and the way they connect and communicate with each other.    Technological improvements provide a root to the advancement of economic development, health   system and infrastructure. The development of science an…Read More

  • Losing ground for science & technology

    The 13th OIC summit has decided to shift the COMSTECH summit to Astana, Kazakhstan, following the Pakistani government’s decision to twice postpone the international event last year owing to the volatile security situation across the country. Even efforts are afoot in the OIC headquarters to also shift the committee’s headquarters from Pakistan. The move is being viewed as a major diplomatic setback for Pakistan, which was chosen as COMSTECH secretariat (Islamabad) in recognition of its vigorous contributions to science and technology. If it happens, which could be possible, the country would lose a lot in terms of various research and development projects in the field of science and…Read More

  • Losing ground for science & technology

    The 13th OIC summit has decided to shift the COMSTECH summit to Astana, Kazakhstan, following the Pakistani    government’s decision to twice postpone the international event last year owing to the volatile security situation across the     country. Even efforts are afoot in the OIC headquarters to also shift the committee’s headquarters from Pakistan. The move …Read More

  • Promoting innovations culture

    It is beyond any doubt or argument that innovation and research have emerged as the driving force for economic development. The current progress in the developed nations is the glaring manifestation of this argument. As far as the case of Pakistan is concerned, vigorous efforts though are being made to introduce innovation economy, yet the international indicators are not satisfactory. In fact, the country is yet to see the dawn of culture of innovations. Most recently, the Global Innovation Imperative for the year 2015 ranked Pakistan at the 131st position out of 141 world countries. Different indicators like institution, human capital & research, infrastructure, market sophisti…Read More

  • Need to keep panama disease at bay

    Panama disease of banana is posing a great risk to global banana production in many states. Tropical Race 4 (TR4), which affects Cavendish bananas as well as many other banana cultivars, was confirmed for the first time outside Southeast Asia in Jordan in 2013. This disease has drastically declined the banana production in most of the states. In Pakistan, bananas are majorly produced in the Sindh and Balochistan provinces. Symptoms of Fusarium wilt, including wilting of leaves and vascular discoloration in rhizomes and pseudostems, were first observed in 2012 in a 2-ha Cavendish plantation in Sindh. However, by 2014, approximately 121 ha were affected with this disease. Bananas can b…Read More