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Volume 05 Issue 42

  • International conference suggests strengthened research on biodiversity

    STAFF REPORT MUZAFFARABAD: An international conference recently held in Muzaffarabad while highlighting the factors causing the loss of biodiversity, spread of severalt epidemics and climate change in the region, suggested to strengthen the network of researchers, industry practitioners, managers, policy makers, volunteers and students for biodiversity conservation by probing the ways for integration of scientific research explorations. The International Conference on Himalayan Biodiversity and Climate Change (ICHBCC-2014) was organized by the Faculty of Sciences, Universit…Read More

  • First solar radiation measuring station opens

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan’s first solar measuring station to gather radiation data has started working in Bhawalpur, a step towards compiling a national solar atlas. The inaugural ceremony has recently been held at the Quaidi Azam (QA) Solar Park. This is one of the nine solar measuring stations to be installed across Pakistan as a part of the World Bank-funded renewable energy resource mapping and geospatial planning project with a financial outlay of $1.96 million. Pakistan has more than 300 sunny days and one of the best solar resources. Howeve…Read More

  • Ufone offers unlimited internet package

    STAFF REPORT ISB: One of the biggest telecom companies of Pakistan, Ufone, has offered unlimited internet (1GB) package with a minimum price of the whole month across the country. According to a press release issued here, Ufone prepaid customers can easily subscribe the package through dialing *7807# for only Rs200. In addition, the users can enjoy free whatsapp and facebook facility without any charges. Now, consumers can easily watch and download videos, photos and others. The customers of Islamabad, AJK, Balochistan, Gilgit/Baltistan and FATA will be charged additional 0…Read More

  • Pak scientist wins first prize at world summit

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s young Khizr Imran Tajammul has won first prize for presenting an idea of manufacturing energy solution for low income community at ‘One Young World Summit’ being held in Dublin.According to an email received here, Khizr who has also launched an initiative in the form of on organization known as ‘Jaan Pakistan’ for the same purpose, suggested that his aim is not only to use solar energy solutions in Pakistan but also to make them accessible for the lowest earning citizens of Pakistan. He further proposed the use of ‘greenhouse technology’ instead of the commonly used evacuation tubes in most of the solar water heaters hence making them affordable and availab…Read More

  • ICTs imperative for strong economy, prosperity: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Extensive cooperation between Pakistan and other countries in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) is imperative for the betterment of people and ensuring peace and prosperity across nations. Minister of State for Infor­mation Technology Anusha Rehman stated this while speaking at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan, South Korea. She was heading a Pakistani delegation at the conference. Korean President Park Geun-hye inaugurated the event, which was attended by ministers, dignitaries and representatives of the telecom…Read More

  • Workshop for easy access to info for the disabled

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO Islamabad, in collaboration with Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP), has recently organized a media sensitization workshop on Enabling Universal Access to Information and Knowledge Platform for persons with disabilities here in Islamabad. Over 50 media practitioners, representatives and officials of civil society organizations, government, and the UN participated in the workshop and made a resounding appeal for taking concrete steps towards barrier free accessibility to information and knowledge for persons with disabilities. The workshop aimed at bringing together various stakeholders to raise awareness and learn about ways of improving a…Read More

  • Experts call to set up CCU to control cyber crimes

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A Tanzanian delegation suggested on Tuesday that Pakistan should launch an initiative for tackling cyber crimes by establishing cyber crime unit (CCU) in the police force, develop relevant legislation and formulate computer emergency response team (CERT) for facilitating the implementation. This was briefed at a workshop organised by ISESCO, COMSATS, the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT), the COMSATS CIIT and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). Experts belonging to Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab …Read More

  • Pakistan needs strategy to promote soyabean

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PARC has been urged to introduce new innovation for promotion of Soyabean in Pakistan as promotion of Soyabean cultivation can save billions of foreign exchange of the country. Farmers should use of Soyabean seed from PARC for the enhancement of crops. This was stated by Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research, in his recent address on the occasion of a one-day Soyabean Cultivation Field day at NARC, Islamabad. Soybean is one of the most valuable crops in the world not only as an oil seed crop and feed f…Read More

  • Microsoft conducts summit on cloud computing

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft Pakistan has conducted an insightful summit for introducing its Cloud Computing Platform ‘Azure’ for businesses in Pakistan. During the event, Microsoft customers shared their operational challenges and experiences, while gaining valuable information about the diverse uses of Azure to help them achieve complex business objectives. Azure is a growing collection of integrated computing services for storage, data, networking and an application that helps the businesses move faster, do more and save money. This innovative cloud plat…Read More

  • LUMS arranges Pak-India trade normalisation moot

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Department of Economics Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) has recently held a two-day International Conference on Pakistan-India Trade Normalization Issues for the purpose of disseminating the findings of policy papers researched at LUMS over a period of two years. The event explored various aspects of Pakistan-India trade relations and examined ways to realize the trade potential between the two countries. At the conference, in addition to LUMS, researchers from SDPI, USAID, Farmer Association of Pakistan (FAP) and ICRIER (New Delhi) also presented their …Read More

  • ICPD organises ‘best global agri practices worksho’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Institute for Career & Personal Development (ICPD) conducted a 3.5 workshop on “Best Global Agricultural Practices for Sugarcane”. The event was undertaken in collaboration with the “Sugarcane Research & Development Board (SRDB), Punjab” and the Regional Training Center (RTC), Mauritius. Dr. Suman Seeruttun – a global expert in sugarcane best practices- was the trainer for the event, which was attended by a number of sugar mill professionals, mill owners and progressive agriculturists. The overarching aim of the workshop was to dissemi…Read More

  • TEVTA plans to introduce market-oriented courses

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Shaikh has said that TEVTA would involve industrial sector to introduce market oriented courses at our Institutes across the province of the Punjab province. A scientific system would be developed for the placement of TEVTA pass-outs according to their level of skills at local and foreign job market, he also said.In this way, he explained, TEVTA would help poor skilled youth to become a useful member of the society. He said this while addressing officers of TEVTA in a meeting recently held in Lahore.Irfan Qaiser Shaikh said that the availability of skilled manpower is not only a key to success for industrial development in Pakist…Read More

  • Funds paucity for creative industry regretted

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is doing reasonably in the cultural and creative industry, but still there is a point of concern that these areas are not getting proper patronage, said South Asia Director Shreela Ghosh, at the launch event of a British Council study. “That’s a pity, but what we can do is that we can put arts and culture in the agenda of governments along with education and health,” the official said.“Looking at the size and population of Pakistan, I can tell you that the creative industries of Pakistan are punching hard and doing well above their size within the country,” she said.The research report analysed the potential of creative industries and how these indust…Read More

  • US educationists interact with Pak students

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To promote study in the US and let Pakistani students explore opportunities to study in the US higher education institutes, representatives from seven US universities have recently interacted with several Pakistani students on the occasion of the 5th United States Education Foundation (USEFP)-led South Asia Tour to Pakistan in the last four years, in collaboration with the Education USA. USEFP is a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the US to promote mutual understanding between the people of both countries through educational and cultural exchange. Education USA Advising Manager Umair Khan while welcoming the…Read More

  • Pakistan makes progress on forensic science

    Staff Report: LHR: Pakistan’s first international conference on forensic science titled ‘Forensic Science and Justice’ has recently been arranged by the Chemistry Department of Government College University (GCU) in collaboration with Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) and the HEC opened at the GCU. Over 500 lawyers, judges, forensic experts, police officers and academicians participated in the three-day conference, which will have six technical sessions on ‘jurisprudence’, ‘forensic toxicology and abuse of drug’, ‘crime detection and its investigation’, …Read More

  • Fertilizers use can boost agriculture yields

    STAFF REPORT RWP: By use of proportionate fertilizers, the productivity of crop can be increased about fifty per cent and model in this respect has been prepared by the Agriculture University Faisalabad which have been designed for all districts of Punjab keeping in view the soil condition of each district.These models have been prepared after a detailed research by the agriculture researchers Dr. Abdul Majeed, Dr Abdul Rasheed and their teams. “USAID and ICARDA have provided technical and financial assistance and cooperation for dissemination of information regarding the …Read More

  • Carmudi.pk, Easy Taxi organise e-commerce moot

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Easy Taxi and Carmudi have recently held the E-commerce Transport and Automobile Conference 2014, to promote and educate the general public about the benefits, success, and growth of ecommerce in Pakistan through the recent years. The conference was a showcase presenting the ecommerce growth in Pakistan that is revolutionizing the automobile and transport industry holistically. Some prominent speakers at the event included West Asia Managing Director for Easy Taxi, Leonardo Schmidt Boz; Country Manager Pakistan for Carmudi.pk, Ali Izh…Read More

  • Depressed cotton trade witnessed

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s cotton sector appears divided over the desirability for support price of cotton (phutti) as well as the government’s decision to procure 1 million bales to bring about stability in cotton trade at a time when prices are globally under pressure over low demand. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has early this month announced minimum support price for phutti at Rs3,000 per 40 kilograms for this fiscal year and to procure 1m bales through the Trading Corporation of Pakistan. Before the new crop started arriving in the midd…Read More

  • CBEC Forum to start on Nov. 11 in China

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The first international Cross-Border E-commerce Forum (CBEC Forum) is scheduled to open at the Optics Valley, Wuhan, China from November 11 to 12. Renowned e-commerce platforms, upstream and downstream enterprises in the cross-border e-commerce industry, as well as global top e-commerce experts will be invited to explore the new opportunity of global e-commerce development. In the forms of keynote speech and high-end dialogue, the forum will focus on the key issues of cross-border e-commerce, explore the trend of e-commerce globalization, share the experience of e-commerce operation and promote industrial cooperation. The overall trade volume of C…Read More

  • PPDB engages Chinese firm for solar part sans legal process

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Power Development Board (PPDB) has issued Letter of Interest (LoI) to a Chinese telecom company would construct a solar park of 1,000 MW at Bahawalpur without any process of transparent selection and competitive bidding, it has been learnt reliably. According to details, the LoI has been issued against the mandate and jurisdiction of PPDB as the Board has violated the policy it formulated for the construction of solar project, alleged one of the company, but wanted not to be named giving the details of the award of the contract. Initially, the government of Punjab had rejected the said company’s participation in the bidding processing, one o…Read More

  • Kaymu launches Android app

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Kaymu.pk, an online marketplace, has launched its mobile app in Pakistan for Android users. The online shopping app is designed to provide a convenient platform for buyers and seller on the go. According to details, the app will further enhance user experience by bringing buying and selling to the fingertips of Kaymu’s users. Pakistan has over 130 million cellular subscribers and this App will help Kaymu.pk capture a wider audience throughout the country. “Pakistan is about to face a huge spike in online commerce. With the large number of mobile users and sales of smartphones estimated to grow to 40 per cent of the market from the current 15-20 per cen…Read More

  • Pak exports food products worth Rs88.7 billion

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan’s exports plunged 12.45 per cent during first quarter (July-September) of current fiscal year as compared to the same period of last year trading. As per details, Pakistan exported food products worth Rs 88.70 billion during July-September, while in 2013 food items worth Rs 100.87 billion were exported in the same duration. Food exports faced a 12.07 percent loss. Rice, fruits, fish, vegetables, wheat and sugar were exported. Likewise, textile exports plunged 6.33 percent during Q1 of the current fiscal year. Pakistan exported textile …Read More

  • PARC taking initiatives for innovative farming

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has introduced a number of innovations and technologies which needs translation for dissemination to different clients particularly small farmers. There are over 8 million farm families in the country which are engaged to produce various crops, vegetables, fruits, management of livestock, poultry and natural resources for their domestic as well as country food security.Chairman PARC Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said this while addressing the scientists on the occasion of Research Productivity Award Ceremony 2012-14 recently …Read More

  • Lumia’s latest innovation offers high tech features

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft Devices Pakistan has launched Lumia 730 Dual SIM in Pakistan. With a wide angle front facing camera, affordable price tag, and sleek, pocketable style featured alongside integrated Microsoft experiences, Lumia 730 lets people easily capture and share more of what they want. The Lumia 730 combines a slim, vibrant style with powerful performance to create an uncompromised smartphone experience. Alongside Dual SIM 3G support, the Lumia 730 provides outstanding personalization brought by Windows Phone 8.1 to deliver memorable Skype video calls …Read More

  • Going the extra mile

    Since Intel spawned the microprocessor revolution over 40 years ago, computing has come to affect nearly every element of life, and today we see it delivering significant changes to all sides of the world of sport. Like most companies, sports clubs are facing a data explosion – caused by the increasing use of sensors, video feeds, and a variety of sources – providing unprecedented levels of insight into athlete performance, which is being used to enhance sporting capabilities and team personnel. Simultaneously, continued improvements to computing graphics and gamin…Read More

  • Role of genetically modified crops in agriculture

    Genetically Modified crops are those plants, whose DNA has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Mostly the aim is to introduce a new trait to the plant which does not occur naturally in the species. For examples resistance to pests, diseases, environmental conditions, resistance to chemical treatments the production of a certain nutrient and pharmaceutical agent. METHOD OF PRODUCING GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM: Genetically engineered plants are generated in a laboratory by altering their genetic makeup. This is usually done by adding one or…Read More

  • Biological nitrification inhibition – an efficient approach

    Nitrogen (N) is an essential element, needed by plants in highest quantity followed by carbon. It is crucial for the synthesis of proteins, DNA, RNA, chlorophyll, vitamins, plant hormones and many other biomolecules. Almost 20-50 g of nitrogen is taken up by the plant to synthesize 1 kg of dry matter thus crop yield is highly dependent on nitrogen supply. Annually 88 Mt of nitrogen fertilizer is utilized by agriculture sector. Agriculture sector is the main contributor towards the global warming due to emissions of nitric oxide (NO) and Nitrous oxide (N2O)…Read More

  • Clonal propagation of guava through cuttings

    Guava is known as an apple of the tropics and is also famous as poor’s man apple. Guavas are native to South America, Mexico and other parts of North America. This fruit is cultivated in tropical and subtropical climate all over the world (Africa, the Caribbean and parts of Asia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Spain). Pakistan is the second largest producer of guava after India. Other largest guava producing countries are Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Cuba and Cambodia. Its production has increased up to ten folds and has reached up to 580 thousand tons in last five year…Read More

  • Tackling food insecurity

    Pakistan, despite being an agrarian country and having availability of enough food, is gradually facing the dilemma that is lack of access food mainly due to the income inequality and sharp education disparities. Majority of the agriculture community is small farmers and they need special care of policy makers in terms of official policies and protection of their interests. Official data shows that half of the population in the country is food insecure, and physical food availability is on the rise while socio-economic access to food and food utilization is on the decline. According to research, 2100 kilo calories per person are the standard amount of calorie intake whereas Pakistan ha…Read More

  • Speakers highlight rising role of blogs, social media to promote entrepreneurship

    STAFF REPORT RWP: Highlighting the significance of the web blogs and social media in terms of disseminating information as well as contribution towards economic growth, speakers at a one-day seminar stressed the need for further involvement especially of youth in order to promote the culture of innovations and entrepreneurship. The seminar titled “How to earn from Blogging and Social Media” has recently been organized by the Technology Times, Tech TV and Ripha International University at the university campus. The speakers included COO at NTL Saleem Rafik, Editor We…Read More