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Volume 05 Issue 45

  • Experts call for integrated approach for natural water conservation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Showing grave concern over the depleting resources of water in Pakistan and its negative impacts on the overall national life, speakers at a gathering stressed the need for conserving this natural resource through integrated efforts on the part of all stakeholders. They were speaking at the 2nd annual network meeting of Green Office (GO) of WWF-Pakistan in Islamabad. Theme for this year’s event was “Sustainable Water Management”. The meeting was attended by the current WWF green offices as well as potential corporate entities. The aim of th…Read More

  • Experts urge youth to focus energies on entrepreneurship through S&T

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Highlighting the rising significance of science & technology in blogs development, social media and national development, experts at a seminar stressed upon the youth to focus on entrepreneurial approach and innovations as it would not only enhance capacity building but also saves time as well as makes them easier to reach out to target audience along with products. The seminar titled “Science and technology and blogs development” has recently been organized by the Technology Times and Tech TV in collaboration with the Abasyn University on the premises of the…Read More

  • Check on mercury amalgam stressed to save environment

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Mercury emitted from dental amalgam badly affects human beings, aquatic and terrestrial animals, micro-organisms, plants and the entire environment, said Dr. M. Khawaja from SDPI while speaking at a global meeting of experts on “South, South-East Asian Summit for Mercury Free Dentistry”. Asian Center for Environmental Health has recently organized the meeting in Dhaka in association with World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry (WAMFD) and Washington. Dr Khwaja shared the research work on “Mercury Poisoning Dentistry: High level indoor ai…Read More

  • Fishermen release three captured shark whales

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Fishermen along the Karachi coast have the released three whale sharks they captured in the offshore waters of Pakistan. “These fishermen were trained by the WWF-Pakistan for the release of the shark wales,” said World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan’s Communications Officer, Asif Ali Sandeelo while confirming the news. An 18-ft large whale shark had got entangled in the tuna gillnets about 73 km southeast of Karachi in the sea waters. In addition, two whale sharks having a size of 10 and 14 feet respectively were entangled and released by…Read More

  • Arpatech firm attends GITEX Tech Week in Dubai

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Arpatech Pvt. Ltd has recently represented Pakistan at GITEX Technology Week 2014 organized in Dubai World Trade Centre. The experience at GITEX was astonishing and we encourage Pakistani IT companies, as the Technology Times is doing in creating awareness about science & and technology and ICTs, to participate in such leading international events, said an official of the company while sharing details of the Week. “We have made a short film of what opportunities GITEX offers to organizations and how is it good for any IT company to gain…Read More

  • P@SHA confers annual awards on leading IT companies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT (P@SHA) organized its 11th annual P@SHA ICT Awards-2014 ceremony at an impressive ceremony Islamabad. On the occasion, P@SHA President Jehan Ara said the P@SHA ICT Awards is aimed at recognising the software and service applications by providing an opportunity to gain local, regional and international exposure, besides acknowledging creativity, innovation and excellence in local ICTs sector. Elaborating, she said that the winners from the product categories of the P@SHA ICT Awards 2…Read More

  • Students present research projects at Intel fair

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Students from across the Punjab province have presented research-based projects in various categories like biology, chemistry, computer sciences, mathematics and physics at a science fair recently held in the city.Over 190 students and 57 teachers from the province registered in the fair with a total of 151 projects. The winners will be eligible to compete at the National Science Fair, which will take place in Islamabad early next year.Projects will be assessed by a panel of renowned judges, with winners eligible to compete at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. “Intel has sponsored the International Science and Engineering Fair …Read More

  • Modern research must for progress on ‘biosaline farming’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Dr Attaur Rahman, has unfolded that Pakistani scientists are involved in the field of ‘biosaline agriculture’ in order to grow maize, wheat, rice and other crops using seawater. “Pakistanis is already confronting with water shortage while the global warming will cause a massive drought across the world over the next 20 years. Socio-economic development is no longer dependent on natural resources. Knowledge has become the main driving force for world economies,” Dr. Atta said while delivering an online lecture…Read More

  • British Council pledges support for LCWU projects

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) is playing a significant role in women empowerment and the British Council will continue its cooperation for strengthening the institution and its projects, CEO British Council Pakistan Sir Martin Davidson has said. “The efforts of LCWU are on right direction in taking the lead in being one of the first universities to launch the programme and took keen interest in the projects showcased by the students,” he said while addressing an event organized by Directorate of Faculty Development and Internationalisation (DFDI) of LCWU.In her remarks, Dr. Sabiha Maansoor, Vice Chancellor LCWU, highlighted the need to documen…Read More

  • Expert calls for more focus on sustainable cotton

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Sustainable Cotton Production in Pakistan’s Cotton Ginning SMEs (SPRING) Project Coordinator Masood Khan said that there was a dire need to produce better cotton in the country. “For foreign exchange, it is also considered as one of the major crops in the country,” Masood said this while speaking to a group of journalists during a visit to World Wide Fund Pakistan’s Sustainable Agriculture Programme (SAP) in Bahawalpur. The media team visited the cotton fields where Nawabuddin, the project coordinator for PSCI, briefed them about the trainings give…Read More

  • Dr. Iftikhar’s book on women education launched

    STAFF REPORT RWP: Women Research and Resource Center (WRRC), Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU), has organized the book launching of Prof. Dr. Iftikhar-un-Nisa Hassan titled “Women Education: Policies and Programmes 1970-2010”. Prof. Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani, Chairman Gallup Pakistan, was the chief guest while guests of honor were Dr. Saba Gul Khattak, Senior Gender Specialist World Bank and Farman Ullah Anjum, Director General Human Resource Management, HEC. Reviewers of the book were Dr. Rukhsana Hassan, Incharage Gender Studies Department FJWU, and Dr. Maryam Rab, Director Research, Evaluation and Monitoring, British Council. In her welcome remarks, Dr. Humai…Read More

  • IBA Karachi launches three new disciplines

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, has recently started three post-graduate diploma courses in Healthcare Management, Supply Chain Management, and Human Resource Management. Commissioner Karachi Division Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui was the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony. Designed to develop highly skilled practitioners with an in-depth understanding of strategic, tactical and operational issues; each PGD is spread over a span of 1 year, with 12 courses, a live project and practicum. These courses will help bridge the competency gap in Pakistan and help enhance the professionalism of those involved in the industry.  The …Read More

  • GCU hosts posters exhibition

    Staff Report LHR: A physics poster exhibition has recently held at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore on the second day of the international conference on “Physics and Contemporary Needs”. The event was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman. “The poster exhibition was a unique feature of the world science conferences at the GCU, and those young scholars, who did not get a chance to read their papers at this event due to shortage of time, presented their paper in the form of posters,” said Prof Rahman. He sai…Read More

  • Govt subsidies sought to compete in world market

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Acting Chairman Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan’s (REAP), Mohsin Aziz, has urged the government to facilitate the rice farmers so that they could be able to compete in the international market with their rice varieties. In a statement issued here, he sought compensation for farmers in the shape of free seeds, free pesticides, free water, free fertilizer, free electricity and other facilities. As farmers are not equipped with the latest machinery and due to the mishandling, every year we have to see crop loss, and we could not get the ri…Read More

  • US starts mobile bus library to promote book reading

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A two-year mobile bus library programme has been launched in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) in order to promote reading habits among school children. The launching ceremony was held at a government secondary school by Donald Larry Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator of USAID and President International Rescue Committee (IRC), David Miliband. The initiative is part of USAID-funded Pakistan Reading Project and aims to bring age-appropriate reading materials to communities which do not have established libraries in order to help reintroduce and re-est…Read More

  • Korean bank ready to finance technology park

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) has been directed to establish an “interactive communication portal” to ensure an effective liaison with over 100 IT companies already registered with the Board. “The Exim Bank Korea has agreed to finance establishment of first technology park in Islamabad,” Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman while chairing the PSEB Board of Directors meeting. She said that they are going to start their feasibility study in coming January. The minister also directed PSEB MD for early settlement of land issues with CAA and to acquire allocated land for establishment of technology parks in Lahore and Karachi respectiv…Read More

  • Asian region needs to work more on biodiversity: Report

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Asina region is falling well short of achieving the various elements of the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 on protected areas agreed in 2010 by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, reveals a report. The Asia Protected Planet report is authored by UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre in partnership with IUCN and provides an in-depth assessment of the current state of protected areas in 24 Asian countries. It shows that while there has been significant progress over the past four years, only a handful of Asian countries will have at least 17 per cent of their terrestrial area and inland waters covered by protected are…Read More

  • First-ever data management summit organised

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Systems Limited, Pakistan’s premier and leading provider of technology solutions and services, in collaboration with Informatica Corporation is hosting the region’s first-ever Data Management Summit in Karachi. The summit will bring together the Data Community’s brightest minds to push the boundaries of current thinking and discuss how data is fueling the next generation of technological innovation. Participants of the event would learn about the latest trends, strategies and best practices on how to harness this potential by transforming fragm…Read More

  • PASDEC, SDC agree for innovation in stone industry

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Stones Development Company (Pasdec) and Skills Development Council (SDC) Islamabad have agreed to promote training-industry linkages and conduct joint research to facilitate advancement and innovation in the stone industry. Both the sides have signed an MoU in this regard. “Majority of Pakistan’s population comprised youth and the SDC should launch demand-driven technical training and skills development programmes to turn the youth into well-trained and skilled manpower for the industry,” said ICCI Acting President Shakeel Munir on the …Read More

  • Saudi business groups keen in coal, solar power projects

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Saudi business groups are taking more interest in investment in various sectors of in Punjab particularly energy. Most recently, President and CEO of a Saudi group associated with energy sector, Anwar Aleitani, called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif here and discussed matters regarding investment in energy and other sectors. The Saudi investment group expressed interest in investment in coal and solar based power generation projects in Punjab. During the meeting, the CM said that energy crisis being faced by Pakistan is leaving a negat…Read More

  • Peshawar varsity, ACCA join hands for coop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and University of Peshawar have entered an MoU for the promotion and academic enhancement of accounting and finance profession in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The agreement will be beneficial for the Peshawar University students who now will be able to avail exemptions for their different programmes while opting for professional qualification such as ACCA on top of their bachelor’s degree. “We at ACCA believe, globally recognised accountancy qualification like ACCA is essential for students to strengthen…Read More

  • Entrepreneurs recognised at award ceremony

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Set against the arcane background of the Mohatta Palace, Shell Tameer conducted its seventh awards ceremony on Monday.With focus on promoting young entrepreneurs in the country, four winners were rewarded for the innovation and sustainability in their business start-ups.Sindhri House, one of the 12 finalists at the competition, provides customised stitching services and is managed by three women from the Balochabad village of Mirpurkhas.The event not only focused on empowering rural women but also highlighted potential of the country’s youth. Wajiha Tariq, who started the venture called Kaghaz kay Karnamay, said the programme helped her execute her idea of using degra…Read More

  • TEVTA takes initiative to review courses

    STAFF REPORT LHR: TEVTA Chairperson Irfan Qaiser Shaikh has said that TEVTA has started revising old curricula through special gap analysis study. This process is being done in consultation with all stakeholders especially taking into account the relevant industry through a comprehensive survey by using special tool/questionnaire, developed for the purpose. A total of 51 curricula of nine different sectors have been identified ranging from three years DAE to three-month short courses. He was addressing a meeting of Academics Department here at TEVTA Secretariat here. Chief Operating Officer Jawad Ahmed Qureshi, General Managers Hamid Ghani Anjum, Abdul Qayyum, A…Read More

  • Pacific bluefin tuna heading towards extinction

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Pacific Bluefin Tuna, a fish used in sushi and sashimi dishes, is at risk of extinction as the global food market places “unsustainable pressure” on the species and others, a conservation body has warned. The tuna joined the Chinese pufferfish, American eel, Chinese cobra and Australian black grass-dart butterfly on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) “red list” of threatened species. “Each update of this ‘red list’ makes us realise our planet is regularly losing its incredible diversity of life, m…Read More

  • 24 engineers complete USAID management courses

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 24 engineers have successfully completed a USAID two-week hydro-power operations and maintenance training course and received completion certificates during a ceremony held in Islamabad. Participants of the training were engineers from the Tarbela, Ghazi Barotha, Mangla, Warsak, Chashma, and Renala Khurd power plants, and WAPDA as well as female engineers from engineering universities in Islamabad. USAID Energy Office Director Dr. Michael Curtis, Badar ul Munir Murtaza from WAPDA and the Energy Policy Programme Chief of Party Jim Hicks preside…Read More

  • PARC successfully develops white maize varieties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In a major development, PARC has developed white maize varieties. Scientists design pathway to take the maize germplasm to the clients for boost up production of maize in the country on large scale. The Council with the help of National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) was able to reach farmers in the country. PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad at a two-day national maize workshop ‘Annual Progress Review under Agricultural Innovation Programme (AIP) for Pakistan’ said, the Council could help Maize and Millets Research Institute (MMRI) You…Read More

  • Potential advantages of biochar in crop production

    Biochar is the solid product material produced during a process known as pyrolysis from the thermo-conversion of biomass under little or no oxygen for use in soils as an amendment. Biochar is produced from a variety of biomass residues (feed stocks) and under different pyrolytic conditions, and thus has varying nutrient contents. For example, the total nitrogen and phosphorus contents are typically higher in biochar produced from feed stocks of animal origin than those of plant origin. Traditionally, kilns made from earth, brick or steel were used to produce charcoal. However,…Read More

  • No science culture

    PAKISTAN’S first Nobel Laureate, Prof Abdus Salam, constantly lamented our failure to promote science. His contributions to theoretical physics apart, he was a powerful advocate of science and research. For decades, even after he had left Pakistan in protest, Salam’s love for his homeland and concern for his government’s failure to promote science was undiminished. He continued to plead the case for science through his speeches, writings and the institutions he founded, till he died in 1996. It is a pity that 18 years after his death, science in Pakistan continues to languish as the neglected stepchild of state and society. It never recovered from the severe blow it suffered un…Read More

  • Biodiesel crops & their production, present and future

    A liquid biofuel which is obtained from animal fats or vegetable oils and alcohol by chemical processes and can be used as alone, in diesel engine or by blending with the diesel oil. ASTM International (originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) defines biodiesel as a mixture of long-chain monoalkylic esters from fatty acids obtained from renewable resources, to be used in diesel engines. The crops which are useful for the production of biodiesel are Sunflower, Soyabean, Jatropha, Taramira, Safflower, Mustard, Peanut, Cottonseed, Sesame, Rice bran, Linseed, Castor a…Read More

  • Bioweapons – a new trend in emerging sciences

    Basically different biologists have defined this term in different ways; 1: Bioweapons are the biological agents derived from the living organisms that are capable of infecting and causing both sickness and death in people, animals and plants.  2: Bioweapons sometimes are called biowarfare which means that intentional use of microorganisms or toxins derived from living organisms of as an act of war or political violence with intent to cause death or disease in human, animal or in plants (1) 3: Biological warfare (BW) — also called germ warfare. It is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi with intent to kill o…Read More

  • Science for peace

    The term ‘science’ does not solely imply a set of subjects pertaining to life. In fact it has garnered a distinguished standing as a metaphor for peace since its inception. The diversity of nature itself and its kafkaesque complexities that haunt men due to their curious nature had driven him to explore it and untangle the layered myths of nature and translate them into irrefutable truths. Science has resolved numerous riddles of nature and still it has a long voyage to embark in search of unfolding the subtle realities that affect the creatures on earth and the world itself.…Read More

  • Seed priming – a pragmatic approach to improve crop performance under salt stress

    Soil salinity is a serious problem in Pakistan that reduces the crops yield. In Pakistan, about 6.281 million hectares of land are salt-affected, out of which 1.89 million hectares are saline, 1.85 million hectares are permeable saline-sodic, 1.02 million hectares are impermeable saline-sodic and 0.028 million hectares are sodic in nature. It is estimated that out of 1.89 million hectares saline patches, 0.45 million hectares are in Punjab, 0.94 million hectares in Sindh and 0.5 million hectares in KPK. Salinity affects the seed germination either by creating an osmotic stress th…Read More

  • Having energy efficient system

    We have little doubt that history will look back on the 21st century’s going green-climate change movement as largely a fraud. Constant bombardment of stories about sea levels rising, global warming melting the ice caps and carbon-based fuels destroying the environment is now a common feature. Regular urbanization, deforestation, evaporation of agriculture lands and industrialization are all human activities that are contributing towards environment degradation and climate change. However, green revolution of the 21st century has again got a wider recognition following these human activities on an enhanced speed. This revolution is largely a bust because consumers have found that it co…Read More