Volume 05 Issue 44

  • Youn Scientists Societies Summit-2014

    Message of Dr. Mudassar Asrar Chairperson Pakistan Council for Science and Technology Good Morning Esteemed guests! I welcome you all on the 2nd national global meeting of Young Science Societies. Scientific organizations have a special contribution to make the understanding of public issues involving science and technology, as well as a special responsibility to do so. First, the societies’ memberships include individuals with the necessary expertise to help clarify these issues. They also have the infrastructure and resources to bring together diverse groups of such exp…Read More

  • Youn Scientists Societies Summit - 2014

    Message of Irina Bokova Director-General of UNESCO More than ever, in this new age of limited resources, we need to nurture the boundless energy and creativity of young women and men to tackle complex new challenges. Quality science education is vital for this, to lay the foundations for a more sustainable future for all. We need concerted action today to halt the decline of enrolment of young people in science, starting at an early age. It is not enough to put science in the school curriculum -- we must build a supportive environment, by crafting educational policies that g…Read More

  • PCST summit signifies pivotal S&T role in development

    Report by Tahira Masud The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Technology Times, National Academy of Young Scientists and Tech TV organized a one-day “Young Scientists Societies Summit 2014” on November 10, 2014 as part of the celebrations of the World Science Day for Peace and Development on the premises of PCST. This was the second consecutive event of this series. Science organizations are extending a special contribution towards promoting science and technology among the general public. These members of these organizations include individuals with the…Read More

  • Speakers stress optimal application of science & tech for national progress

    Staff report isb: Though progress is being made in the field of science and technology in Pakistan, effective application modern S&T research to achieve the desired results in almost all fields is stall a distant dream mainly due to the multiple factors especially information gap, lack of awareness, ineffective coordination, concerted research activities and non-involvement of end users. They also said that all the stakeholders must be involved with full potential so that the benefits of science and technology could trickle down to end users and the nation could make progress sign…Read More

  • PSF celebrates Science Day with focus on quality education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The World Science Day for Peace & Development (WSDPD) was celebrated has been at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). “The present government is well aware of the importance of scientific education in the country and this is the reason that the government is initiating projects worth billions of rupees,” Federal Minister for S&T Zahid Hamid said on the occasion. He said the government in the current fiscal year had allocated Rs 100 million development funds for ‘Science Talent Farming Scheme’ under which brightest 500 students will be selected fro…Read More

  • Ban on harmful textile chemicals demanded

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A strict legislation to stop the use of restricted chemicals and dyes in Pakistan’s textile industry should be brought about in order to control environment degradation. These views were expressed at a recently held Pakistan’s global textile conference on resource efficiency. The conference was organized by the Training and Development Centers of the Bavarian Employers’ Associations (bfz gGmbH), one of the largest private providers of vocational training in Germany. Many textile industry units in different processes make unnecessary u…Read More

  • S&T experts stress quality education for national progress

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO has urged all the stakeholders to renew their commitment to creating a scientifically literate knowledge society for all, with sustainable development as a top priority which is need of the hour especially in Pakistan. Vibeke Jensen, Director of UNESCO Office Islamabad, said this while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Quality Science Education: Securing a Sustainable Future for all’ held here to commemorate the World Science Day. The seminar was organized by COMSATS and ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) in collaboration with UNESCO. In his add…Read More

  • IST organises World Space Week with multiple activities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Institute of Space Technology has recently organized a four-day activities to celebrate the World Space Week at its campus at Islamabad. Purpose of this activity was to generating space awareness among the general public and students from a large number of schools and colleges of the twin cities and surrounding areas. The theme of event for the year 2014 is “Space: Guiding Your Way”. With this theme, the World Space Week highlighted the benefits of satellite navigation to society. Dr. Najam Abbas, Head of Student Affairs Department, on the occasi…Read More

  • SIM biometric verification system downs telcos’ sale

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The introduction of biometric SIM verification and activation system has slowed down the sales of telecom companies in the country. According to a fresh report, the initiation of new mandatory SIM sale mechanism by the government this August all over the country that no any SIM could be activated without verification of NADRA. This has affected the sales of new SIMs for all telecom operators. “The newly implicated SIM verification system has proved itself fully secured as no one could breach it, even the telecom companies could not issue SIMs to its e…Read More

  • NUST students develop app ‘package kit’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Almost everyone in Pakistan nowadays uses cellular packages but many couldn’t manage to remember the codes. Keeping this problem in view, the students of National University of Science and Technology Pakistan (NUST) have worked out a solution by developing an app. Each package has a different subscription code. To further add to the complication, some packages are subscribed through call and some through messages, and even the text in the messages vary widely too. The NUST students have made an app which automates it all. The app, Package Kit, ai…Read More

  • Climate change starts posing major risk for Pakistan: PARC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The agriculture sector of Pakistan has still the potential to push the economy upwards and agricultural scientists, environmental experts and policy makers need to develop a comprehensive economic policy for the agriculture sector. PARC founding chairman Dr Amir Muhammed, who is also Rector of FAST, said this while speaking a seminar on “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in Pakistan: Implications for Food Security” on the NARC premises in Islamabad. He said that Pakistan is facing major risks related to climate change including rise in sea level, gla…Read More

  • Mobile phones import increases by 6pc

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The mobile phone imports increased by 5.78 per cent to $166 million during the first three months of this fiscal year from $156.926m a year earlier, reveal fresh statistics of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). On a month-on-month basis, the imports fell by 24 per cent to $50.839 million in September this year as compared to $66.8 million in August. The figure declined by 11pc in September 2014 compared to $57.1 million in the same month of last year. The data further shows that the overall telecom imports increased by 31 per cent to $…Read More

  • Ministry developing fully-automated broadcast monitoring

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) is in process of developing a fully automated radio broadcast monitoring system to detect content of interest in live audio and video streams. The system will be designed to work on `Software as a Service’ (SAAS) model where end-clients will be able to exploit functionalities of the system over the web. The project called Realtime Automated Broadcast Monitoring and Information Exploitation System is being executed by the National ICT Research and Development Fund in collaboration with TechArete at a coat of Rs 14.32 million…Read More

  • PLDD set to produce 20-ton silage this year

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Livestock & Dairy Development Board (PLDDB) Nabil Arif, has said that the provision of low cost and nutrient fodder to livestock farmers for their animals is necessary to enhance milk and meat productivity so PLDDB is providing Silage facility to farmers at a low cost. “The provincial government has facilitated PLDDB to launch silage project across the Punjab for the provision of low-cost fodder for animals to boost up the Livestock sector,” said the CEO while addressing the silage making industry stakeholders and GM Sila…Read More

  • Carmudi gives tips to sell cars online

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Carmudi, one of the fastest ways to sell your car online, offers expert advice on how to sell your car online.The company gives you some tips: The car owner needs to know the nuts and bolts of the car market to make a quick sale. With the right amount of knowledge, you can sell your car at a much better price. Before setting the price, the owner should consider the manufacturer, model, mileage, interior and exterior condition of your car. Check the depreciation value or get a rough estimate through Money Zine for the resale value of your ride. Add-ons can add a coupl…Read More

  • PTCL to install communication system at CAA

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority and PTCL have signed an agreement at Civil Aviation Headquarters to install state-of-the-art communication system, which will be completed in three months. Deputy Director General PCAA Air Vice Marshal Khawar Hussain and Chief Digital Service Officer PTCL Mr. Mohammad Kamal signed the agreement. The installation will be completed in 120 days’ time which will help in speeding up the communication process and will facilitate Air Traffic Controllers in transmitting and receiving the data in real time as the system is 9…Read More

  • HEC, ACCA agree to boost coop

    STAFF REPORT LHR: ACCA Pakistan and Higher Education Department, Punjab, have signed an MoU with the aim of providing access to globally relevant professional accountancy qualification to students of public educational institutions in Punjab. ACCA Foundation Diploma’s recognition as a qualification that sets the foundations right for students who seek to acquire a professional accountancy qualification going forward is acknowledged by Higher Education Department, Government of Punjab. Developing on this, Government of Punjab and ACCA will be working together to improve the standard o…Read More

  • PSDF initiates major training to create job market

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) has launched third round of its one of the largest training schemes, ‘Skills for Job 2014-15’ awarding contracts of Rs 1.7 billion to 44 training service providers. Purpose of this initiative is to train more than 24,000 individuals from seven districts of Punjab including Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Chiniot, Sargodha, Gujranwala and Narowal. A multitude of training institutes from public and private sector are involved to deliver quality vocational training in 118 multiple trades under the scheme.…Read More

  • PakWheels gets big investment from Malaysians

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A Malaysian venture capital, Frontier Digital Ventures, will invest $3.5 million – one of the largest disclosed venture capital funding ever provided to any Pakistani tech project – in PakWheels.com. “PakWheels.com has closed one of the largest, disclosed venture capital investment deals with a Malaysia-based venture capital fund focused on online classified business in the emerging and frontier markets,” an official of the company said. Over the last 10 years, PakWheels.com has helped Pakistanis buy and sell cars and motorbikes, read reviews and news a…Read More

  • InfiNet hires Real Solutions to promote brands

    STAFF REPORT ISB: InfiNet Wireless has appointed Real Solutions Private Limited as a value-added reseller in Pakistan, under its policy to penetrate vertical sector and niche markets. Real Solutions expertises in certain vertical sectors has enabled InfiNet to quickly gain momentum and it has already deployed InfiNet’s wireless solutions to some of its Tier 1 service providers, commercial banks, FMCGs, education and oil & gas customers in Pakistan. “We approached InfiNet, researched their product line and found them a one-stop shop to target both price and cost conscious vertical markets. Now we are using InfiNet’s products in locations as diverse as high altitude, …Read More

  • Roots Millennium School celebrated World Science Week 2014

    SARGODHA: Roots Millennium School celebrated World Science Week 2014. Students along with their projects pose for a group photo during the event. …Read More

  • R&D gold medal conferred on Dr. Asghari

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Foundation has conferred ‘Dr Z A Hashmi R&D Gold Medal’ of the foundation to Prof Dr Asghari Maqsood, Department of Air University, Islamabad, as the Principal Investigator of PSF funded research projects, says a press release. The ceremony was held on the ‘World Science Day for Peace and Development. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid was the chief guest on the occasion and he gave away the gold medal to Prof Dr Asghari along with the ‘Certificate of Recognition’ which also carries a cash award of Rs100,000. PS…Read More

  • Fellowship in Biomedical Materials, Regenerative Medicine starts

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), COMSATS IIT, Lahore, has signed a “Collaborative Agreement” with the University of Sheffield, UK, to develop a collaborative fellowship programme in the areas of Biomaterials, Dental Materials and Tissue Engineering. This has been termed indeed a big leap forward to translate lab research into a product that can be used inside hospitals. These post-doctoral research fellows will work on translational research areas which are expected to result in clinical benefit for patients in Pakistan.…Read More

  • Speakers seek further investment in space tech

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Participants of a seminar at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) have urged the government to make further investment in space technology and involve the youth. The seminar was part of special activities linked to the World Space Week being celebrated at the UAF.The event was organised in collaboration with SUPARCO to spread awareness among the youth about space research. “Such events were being organised at the campus to get the students involved. “The event will help stimulate the learning process and push students to set high targets in their l…Read More

  • Young entrepreneurs use Internet for start-ups

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Waqas Ali and Sidra Qasim of Markhor have introduced Pakistani handmade leather shoes for men to the international markets. The shoes are made in a small village outside Lahore, but thanks to the Internet, they sell in 17 countries. Without money or even a laptop to call her own, young Pakistani entrepreneur Sidra Qasim moved from her small hometown in 2011 to the big city of Lahore to start a business. Ali and Qasim saw an opportunity that would exploit a hole in the market and employ local craftsmen who had been struggling to make ends meet. Ali…Read More

  • Best tapping the energy resources

    With the advent of winter especially progressive and prosperous nations have their own agendas; shopping for the new season, resetting their home interiors, warm clothing, and so on and so forth. On the other hand, in Pakistan, the agenda is the one and the same, prepare for the misery that lies forth the whole three or four months. Television campaigns will start conveying the message to warm yourselves up with warm clothes, dry fruits, rubbing your hands together, constant rocking and pretty much everything that does not run on gas. The winter season for us now has boile…Read More

  • Climate change: PV foresight

    Innovations are the on the rise as it has been mentioned in the website of the White House that innovations of any sort or form will be supported by the US government to address the believed phenomenon of change is permanent. So, the idea of production of electricity will also change. It has seen a shift from human to water by making turbines and making them run via falling waters from height. Then coal shoves it to product electricity which was abandoned by some as it was causing pollution. Later, nuclear was allowed to make oneself developed economy as per the declarat…Read More

  • Dilemma of GM seeds

    Recent approval of the Seed Act Amendment Bill 2014 by the Cabinet and National Assembly standing committee has not only strengthened the apprehensions that a plan has been made to mix and later completely replace local seeds with genetically modified (GM) seeds but also raised serious questions about the quality of future of agriculture in the country. This seed replacement plan, rather a conspiracy has been hatched by the leading international seed companies especially Monsanto, Syngenta and Dupont Pioneer. They are engaging majority of the stakeholders like governments, politicians, agriculturists, farm experts, local seed companies and applying all negative tactics to win their sup…Read More

  • Speakers stress optimal application of S&T for national progress

    These views were expressed by speakers at a one-day “Second Young Scientists Societies Summit 2014” organized by the Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Technology Times, National Academy of Young Scientists and Tech TV as part of the celebrations of the World Science Day for Peace and Development here on the premises of the PCST on Monday.   The speakers included PCST Chairperson Dr. Mudassar Asrar, Dr. N. M. Butt, Chairman of PINSAT, NUST Science Society President  Ammar  Khan Nust Science Society, Biomedical Medical So…Read More