Volume 05 Issue 46

  • Conference foresees resolution of major energy shortfall in months

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Though the energy crisis has become a chronic issue in the country badly hampering the overall economic progress and shattering the national life. However, the government repeatedly claims that it is making all-out efforts and taking initiatives to overcome the energy shortfall especially power and gas sector. While addressing a recently held three-day international conference on energy systems and policies in Islamabad, President Mamnoon Hussain said that efficient energy generation and management system is indispensable for economic progress of P…Read More

  • Anusha, British HC discuss cooperation in IT sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: British High Commissioner Philip Barton has recently called on Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman in Islamabad and discussed areas of mutual interest and cooperation between the two countries, especially in the information and telecom sector. The High Commissioner apprised the minister that the UK appreciates the vision and efforts of Pakistan for the development of information and communication technology sector and expressed his country’s willingness to cooperate and collaborate in the areas of common interest in the ICT sector.On…Read More

  • Liu appointed new CEO Zong

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong has appointment Liu Dianfeng as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Liu has succeeded Dr. Fan YunJun, who would be moving back to CMCC to pursue a new role with the company. Dr. Fan was appointed Zong’s CEO in 2011. During his tenure, the telecom operator saw tremendous growth in terms of subscriber base; Zong has taken over the number 3 spot within the industry and is recognized as a technology leader in the country. Liu started his career in August 1991, and held key positions in areas of Engineering, Commercial and Corp…Read More

  • Action group opposes seed amendment bill

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) opposed the federal government’s process to approve the proposed Seed Amendment Bill 2014 and Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. “Representatives from farmers’ network and civil society argued against certain provisions of the amendment bill 2014 particularly those related to seed breeding,” said Dr Shahida Zia, a representative from Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) at a press conference in Islamabad. She demanded open and effective consultations involving small farmers, civil society, experts on inter…Read More

  • Entrepreneurship in Pakistan still at nascent stages: GEI

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Though entrepreneurs are the drivers of economic and social development in terms of growth, productivity and innovation, yet in Pakistan they are still in its nascent stages, which is described as the factor-driven stage on the entrepreneurial scale in the latest Global Entrepreneurship Index. This global index is a mix of entrepreneurial attitudes, abilities and aspirations, along features of entrepreneurship that enhance productivity such as innovation, market expansion, being growth-oriented, and having an international outlook. The Globa…Read More

  • Nestle, WWF sign MoU for sustainable water usage

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Pakistan for sustainable water use and water stewardship. Magdi Batato, Nestlé Pakistan’s Managing Director, and Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan signed the agreement. Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world with fewer than 1,000 cubic meters of water available per person. The biggest contributor to this stress is the irresponsible water use by farmers. Agriculture currently accounts for 96 per cent of the water …Read More

  • Govt needs to devise fuel consumption policy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Following the constant energy shortfall in the country, the government has been urged to formulate the national fuel consumption policy in consultation with the stakeholders in the public and private sectors and implement it on priority basis by taking appropriate measures. “The country’s import bill is gradually increasing due to various reasons and there is dire need for adoption of fuel saving measures both in the public and private sectors to keep petrol, diesel and CNG consumption at the lower side,” said CEO Shoaib Ashfaq Qureshi of Future Technologies. …Read More

  • World trade fair in progress in Guwahati

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Guwahati hosts the “Leo International Trade fair” every year with an aim to provide a wider platform for traders and artisans to exhibit their products under one roof. Participants from Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh and various states of the world have set up over 100 stalls at the venue. Ashma, a trader from Bangladesh, feels that northeast region is a potential market to do business. She has been visiting northeast since last three years and has exhibited her products at different fairs in the region.…Read More

  • Modern farming skills stressed for mountain areas

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Agriculture experts at a roundtable, while mentioning that majority of the people in mountain area is not well aware of modern agricultural practices, said there is a need to give new knowledge and initiate skill development programmes about machinery usage and upgrade their agriculture for better productivity. The roundtable was jointly was organized by ICIMOD, IOM, PIDE and PARC in Islamabad. Purpose of the event to discuss the policy implications of the research findings in context of the national and provincial climate change adaptation policies an…Read More

  • TEVTA to introduce 16 new training courses

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) have announced to introduce 16 free demand driven courses of various durations of three to six months.These courses will started in TEVTA institutes across Punjab from January 2015 on the recommendations of relevant industry. “As many as 28,500 students will benefit from these courses during one year. Stipend of Rs1,000 per month will also be provided to the participants to meet their travel expenditure,” said TEVTA Chairperson Irfan Qaiser Shaikh. He has said that courses, including…Read More

  • Strict re-verification of SIMs stressed in Sindh

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Inspector General Police, Sindh, Ghulam Hayder Jamali, has constituted a committee of DIGs including DIG CIA and Zonal DIGs of Karachi to formulate practical recommendations in close coordination and discussion with PTA, Karachi Zone, with regard to SIMs issued before introducing Biometric Verification System (BVS) especially. The committee, during a meeting, has further been directed to identify the quantum of unverified SIMs issued and to recommend suitable action for ensuring BVS. During the meeting, thread there discussion was held with a 9-member deleg…Read More

  • Global agreement on HFCs on agenda for 2015 meeting

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The global community has recently moved a step closer to a deal on eliminating hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at a meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol in Paris. While no formal agreement was reached, the head of climate at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Clare Perry, said there has been a clear shift in attitudes. “We are not seeing the same knee jerk refusal to discuss HFCs that has held talks up in the past,” she said. “The vast majority of the world’s countries, including all the key HFC-producing states, have accepted the need …Read More

  • Pride of FUUAST: Drousham attends world contest

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Drousham Nasir, a graduate student of Microbiology in Federal Urdu University of Arts Science & Technology, Pakistan, has recently participated in ASM-NAYS Science Communication Challenge. She is the only student from the FUUAST, who has participated in this contest. It’s a big achievement in itself as she developed a documentary (along with Zainab Khan) under the guidance of Prof. Sikandar Sherwani regarding health hygiene awareness in Pakistan. “The simple act of washing your hands can drastically curtail the spread of disease, save lives, and …Read More

  • Serviceplan holds web, mobile marketing forum

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Serviceplan Middle East, a German communications agency in Dubai, has said that it has concluded its inaugural Competence Circle with a series of talks from Google Arabia and Facebook MEA and by Serviceplan’s mobile and strategic planning experts on mobile and Big Data. Google Arabia’s Alfonso deGaetano challenged brand marketers to consider adapting TV commercials into video content for YouTube in what he called made-for-web advertising. Facebook Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan’s Eleni Kitra presented their case studies from the region and urged the audience to bring their insight and content to create substance and value from their Facebook ti…Read More

  • 290 FAST graduates conferred degrees

    STAFF REPORTER ISB: The 38th convocation of the FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences has recently been held in the city at the main campus where as many as 290 students of Bachelors and Masters. Chief guest Dr Amir Muhammad, the rector of the university, congratulated graduates on achieving the landmark of their life and their parents on this memorable event of their lives. He advised the graduates to be sincere to the country as it is facing very hard times and apprised the audience about the latest developments in the field of science and technology and the role played by these technologies in the growth and development of the country. Di…Read More

  • Knowledge urged to empower youth on use of earth observation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A three-day 8th SERVIR Himalaya Youth Forum on “Using Earth Observation for Climate Change Actions in Pakistan” has recently been organized at the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) in Islamabad. This youth forum was jointly organized by PARC and ICIMOD under SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative supported by the NASA and USAID. The main aim of the youth forum is to raise awareness and empower youth in Pakistan on the use earth observation information and allied technologies for climate actions. On this occasion, PARC chief Dr. Iftikhar while addressing the students of B.Sc. Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences of Karakarum International University of…Read More

  • Comsats workshop highlights issues about innovation system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In this modern world, Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) have become a key element for industrial competitiveness amid intense competition and a fast changing market environment. There is a dire need for enhanced South-South cooperation on important issues pertaining to national innovation systems and IP regimes to ensure development of the region. Science and technology experts expressed these views at the three-day regional workshop on ‘National Innovation System and Intellectual Property’ for the African region. The event w…Read More

  • Low farm yield problems still persist

    STAFF REPORT FSB: Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan has said that Pakistan is under the grip of different challenges including food insecurity, climate changes and low agricultural productivity. The tangible researches will pave the way for development in order to address the issues, he added. Chairing the third annual workshop titled scientific writing and plagiarism organised by Senior Tutor Office UAF, Dr. Iqrar Ahmed urged the scientists to boost up their efforts in the form of tangible researchers for solving the pro…Read More

  • Zameen.com marks one million monthly traffic

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zameen.com, Pakistan’s leading property portal, has recently celebrated one million monthly traffic on its website. November has been a record month in terms of traffic for the property portal as it continues to see higher and higher numbers of visitors. Over the past 12 months, Zameen.com experienced monumental growth. The portal’s traffic alone has gotten a boost of 166 percent year-on-year, from 425,000 visits per month to 1.1 million monthly visits. The website’s unique visitors and page views have more than doubled during this time period.…Read More

  • AKU confers awards on SSC, HSSC high achievers

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Aga Khan University Examination Board has hosted annual high achievers awards ceremony at the university campus, recognising the outstanding students who took the 2014 SSC and HSSC examinations. The Board recognized 185 high achievers from 21 cities across Pakistan including Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Daharki, Naushero Feroz, Khairpur, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit-Baltistan, Skardu and Chitral. “Every single student is unique. AKU examination board has helped us recognise our uniqueness and cultivate it to attain success in life,” said o…Read More

  • CIIT moot focuses impacts on bio-diversity in Taxila heritage

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The UNESCO in partnership with CIIT Islamabad has organized a four-day training workshop here at CIIT Campus, Islamabad, on understanding and mitigating the impact of bio-growth on Taxila World Heritage Site. Purpose of the event was to enhance capacity building of relevant institutions including academia and the Department of Archaeology Punjab through scientific study of the bio-growth, its impact on the site.  “Pakistan possesses diverse cultural heritage with great potential to contribute to peace, cultural diversity and sustainable development,” said Vibeke Jensen, Director/Representative UNESCO Islamabad, said in her inaugural remarks. She a…Read More

  • UVAS organises world moot on electrophysiology

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Veterinary and Animals Sciences (UVAS) Lahore has organized a one-day international training workshop titled ‘Electrophysiology’ in Lahore. Purpose of the event was to provide latest knowledge and use of Electrophysiological Instruments Using Chamber, EEG and ECG and their significance in research and diagnostics. Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, chaired the inaugural session. Speaking on the occasion, he said that such training programmes were necessary for knowledge sharing, advancement and skills development and also very effective for the development of livestock sector.He also said that the …Read More

  • Govt to revise biodiversity plan to save environment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is likely to revise the country’s biodiversity plan next month in line with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. “A workshop would be held in the first week of December to hash out new biodiversity targets and strategies for Pakistan,” WWF-Pakistan Executive Director Dr Ejaz Ahmad told the media. He said there was a need to review previous targets to identify loopholes and gaps which made them unachievable. The biodiversity action plan (BAP) provided a brief assessment of the status and trends of existing biodiversity…Read More

  • Experts suggest solutions to energy crisis

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Air University has recently organized an International Colloquium at the main campus Islamabad in order to discuss the energy policies. Chief guest of the opening ceremony was Dr Yahya Khwja, Member IT & S&T, Planning Commission of Pakistan. Dr Yahya termed the holding of the conference a right step in right direction and appreciated the Air University for its proactive role in dissemination of knowledge and arrangements of International Colloquium and Conference on energy related issues. He also said that it is a commendable job that …Read More

  • USEFP celebrates world education week with style

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Education USA centres at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has celebrated the 15th International Education Week (IEW) with style by arranging an event “USEFP’s Got Talent”. Purpose of the event was to provide Pakistani youth with a platform to showcase their talent.  The talent shows were held at Forman Christian College in Lahore, the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, and Bahria University in Islamabad. Local high school and college students performed for pane…Read More

  • Scholarship awardees set to depart for Australia

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 60 Australia Awards scholarship recipients have recently been given sendoff at an event in the Australian High Commission. On the occasion, Australian High Commissioner Peter Heyward said that the scholarship holders would begin their studies at Australian universities from coming January. He said that through your study and research, you will develop the skills and knowledge to drive change in Pakistan and help build enduring people-to-people links between our two countries. The event was an opportunity for the awardees to learn abo…Read More

  • MOOCs: Easy come easy go?

    Technology Foresight in education sector is very crucial as more and more new tech concepts of education are up coming and surfacing these days which shouldn’t be adopted or diffused till we have a good discussions of their impacts on society in terms of social, moral, behavioral, theological and financial contexts. Studying these contexts are crucial as norms of any society come first. However, it is largely ignored by the companies while launching a new product of interest. Education sector isn’t free from contagious IT. All are affected despite suffering economic turmoil…Read More

  • Vegetables: The green packets of energy

    The term vegetable generally means the edible parts of plants. Any plant part like fruit (tomato), seeds (bean), roots (beet), tubers (potato), stems (asparagus), leaves (spinach), or flower (cauliflower) can be used as food. Mostly vegetables are low in fat and calories, high in fiber except starchy vegetables like beet and potato are very high in sugar. Now the question is why vegetable are essential to live a perfect healthy life? Vegetables are essential for well-balanced diets. About 3 billion people in the world are malnourished due to imbalanced diets.Vegetables can con…Read More

  • Evolution in Space Food

    Travellers and explorers throughout the history have to develop the methods for preserving food and carrying enough food for their journey. This problem was really difficult when the people made long sea voyage and space shuttles. Great explorers like Cook and Columbus carried dried food and preserved in brine and salt. However, the space travellers required the new methods to keep their food edibles. Space food is a variety of food products especially created and processed for the consumption of astronauts in outer space. This food has special requirements of providing balanced nutrit…Read More

  • IEEE Explosion 2014 gathers young talent

    The Mehran University of Engineering and Technology in collaboration with IEEE Karachi section and IEEE Student Branch chapter Mehran University has recently organized a mega event of the year 2014 and mark the history. The IEEE Explosion, as its name implies, was an outburst event comprised of several competitions, ceremonies, Technical and non-Technical activities. The IEEE Explosion 2014 was a national level one-day event. Students from Humdard University Karachi, LUMHS University, ISRA University, Quaid-e-Awam University, Sindh University and SZABIST College also took pa…Read More

  • Bioweapons – a new trend in emerging sciences (Part-II)

    Part-II 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 …Read More

  • Biofortification: Feeding the world with nutritious food

    Malnutrition is very common problem especially in developing countries, which is caused by uptake of micronutrient deficit foods. Proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and calories may be deficit and cause malnutrition. Malnutrition is responsible for inducing the severe health hazards like; anemia, disorientation, diarrhea, irritability, anxiety, attention deficits, muscle twitches, amenorrhea (cessation of menstrual periods), goiter (enlarged thyroid gland), night blindness, loss of reflexes and lack of muscular coordination, scaling and cracking of lips and mouth, dry and pale skin, thin and easy to pull hairs, soft and tender bones, gum bleeding, swollen or shriveled tongue a…Read More

  • Need to spread education through IT

    The use of technology in the education sector in Pakistan is not necessary only at the higher education level; schoolchildren should also be geared up for the latest technologies being used for education worldwide. In Pakistan, we are already experiencing the use of Internet and television technology at higher education for the last couple of decades. The 3P Learning is a Sydney-based company providing online education to schools in 12 countries including Pakistan. The company has designed its programmes from educators and educational technologists in partnership with schools and parents of students. This mechanism has proved so effective that it allows students to stay connected with …Read More