Volume 05 Issue 47

  • Ufone rolls out iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telecommunication service provider Ufone, in collaboration with Apple, has unveiled the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Pakistan. The popular smart phones will be made available to consumers under the banner of the telecom service provider from December 11 this year. Customers are now able to register online for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the company’s website, a press statement said. This is the first time that Apple has collaborated with a Pakistani telecommunication provider for the launch of its signature sm…Read More

  • International experts focus Pakistan for protection of ecosystems, environment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As Pakistan is extremely becoming vulnerable to climate change and its gruesome impacts on the all sectors especially weather, economies, agriculture, wetlands, biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems, experts from international organizations at a three-day meeting have stressed for bringing urgent and serious attention to climate change mitigation as it would contribute towards life Earth and its inhabitants.t They expressed these views at the sixth International Meeting of the South and Central Asia Man and Biosphere Network (SACAM) recently held in Isla…Read More

  • Cotton phutti price fixation to ensure more yield

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The fixation of intervention price at Rs 3,000 per 40 kg for seed cotton phutti will help save farmers from any possible loss due to price fluctuation in future. As part of measures adopted by the government to improve cotton production in Pakistan, this very step will encourage the farmers to cultivate more cotton in future as it would improve the crop production. Enumerating details of the measures, sources at the Ministry of Textile Industry have said that availability of certified class of seed to farmers in a timely manner was ensured. The g…Read More

  • PTCL, Bahria Town sign MoU to deploy ICT solutions

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and Bahira Town has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the deployment of Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and services in housing society’s Lahore project. The MoU was signed by PTCL’s chief business operations officer, Muhammad Nasrullah, and administrator of Bahira Town, Brigadier Ahid Muzaffar Shah. PTCL President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Walid Irshaid and other officials from both the sides were also present on the occasion. The reside…Read More

  • UBL team attends mangrove plantation, beach cleaning

    STAFF REPORT KHI: UBL Fund Managers Limited have recently visited the WWF Pakistan’s Wetland Center, Sandspit Beach, Karachi, in order to plant mangrove trees and clean the beach. The exercise was organized in collaboration with the WWF Pakistan. This initiative by UBL Fund Managers Limited is an integral part of their CSR campaign and aims to highlight the importance of mangrove plantations, raising awareness among coastal communities and other stakeholders.   On the occasion, the UBL Fund Managers Limited planted 250 mangrove trees and reviewed the progres…Read More

  • Coastal areas erosion causing huge ecological loss

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A national consultation workshop on coastal erosion in Pakistan has recently been held in Karachi where major stakeholders, chiefly the government agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector, and local communities working along the coast of Pakistan gave their input and participants unanimously acknowledged the intensity of the  coastal erosion issue which is causing huge economic and ecological losses along the coasts of Pakistan. The Coastal Erosion Management Plan is being prepared as part of the COBSEA project “Strengthen…Read More

  • Govt urged to include ‘disaster risk reduction’ in policy

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Speakers at a government officials training on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change have urged the sitting government to include DRR and CC in its policy to fight with the disasters effectively. The three-day training was organized by Laar Humanitarian Development Programme (LHDP) in collaboration with Oxfam Novib and Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) at a local hotel here in Karachi. District-level government officials from 12 departments form Badin, Karachi and Hyderabad participated in the training programme, which was conducted by trainers from National Institute of Disaster Management and ADPC. The government department…Read More

  • Microsoft forum enlightens financial leaders

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Microsoft in collaboration with the Institute of Bankers Pakistan has recently organized a “Big Data Forum” for finance executives in Karachi. On the occasion, Microsoft specialized speakers highlighted the new ways enterprises can use technology to convert data into insight, enhance business performance in today’s fast-evolving economic environment and create data-driven enterprises leading towards robust growth in the financial sector. This was a pioneering initiative by Microsoft Pakistan, to support and equip the financial sector with revolutionary technol…Read More

  • TEVTA develops world’s 6th online system for skilled labour

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Technical Education & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Punjab has developed the world’s sixth and Pakistan’s first online Skilled Labour Market Information System (SLMIS) which will be functional from the next month. At present, UK, Korea, Malaysia, Philippine and Sri Lanka are using labour market information systems. All these systems have been studied in the development of SLMIS by Punjab TEVTA. “The SLMIS developed by TEVTA Punjab will provide key information on Punjab’s labor market including market trends, skill training op…Read More

  • K-Electric, Nadra sign MoU to key initiatives

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The K-Electric has signed a memorandum of understanding with NADRA after which both the sides will work together on key initiatives such as new connection e-payments, paying domestic and international bills and e-payments through CNIC/Smart Card amongst other value added initiatives. The signing ceremony was held at the KE House where KE’s Chief Distribution Officer Syed Taha signed the agreement with Saleem Rafik, Director General Operations for NADRA Technologies Limited (NTL). In his remarks on the occasion, Chief Distribution Officer for KE said, “This new agreement will lay the groundwork for new innovative solutions along with cutting-edge techno…Read More

  • EU approves grant for health, environment, governance

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The European Parliament (EU) has approved a grant of $800 million for bringing improvement in environment, healthcare, governance, besides law and order. European Union Committee Coordinator Niraj Diva said this during his recent meeting at the Punjab office of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma). Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar was also present on the occasion. On the occasion, he promised to seek further grant for water purification plants and sanitation projects. He said that EU was concerned about the prevailing poverty in the region and GSP Plus status was granted to Pakistan to address this issue. The EU parliament memb…Read More

  • Ufone rolls out iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telecommunication service provider Ufone, in collaboration with Apple, has unveiled the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Pakistan. The popular smart phones will be made available to consumers under the banner of the telecom service provider from December 11 this year. Customers are now able to register online for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the company’s website, a press statement said. This is the first time that Apple has collaborated with a Pakistani telecommunication provider for the launch of its signature smart…Read More

  • Systems being developed to resolve smart-grid signals tech issues

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of IT&T is in the process of developing a system to address various issues present in smart grid communication technologies. A project has already been launched to achieve the purpose which presents a simple form of cooperative communication technique, known as Opportunistic Large Array (OLA), as a potential candidate for smart grid communications. The principal investigator organization for the project, costing Rs. 7.42 million, is School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science NUST, Islamabad. The project is expected to be complete…Read More

  • Experts highlight mountain areas food insecurity issue

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Hindu Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region of Pakistan is one of the world’s hotspots for the global warming. The rise in temperature has been greater at higher altitudes and more pronounced during the cooler than in the warmer months. These areas are facing acute problems mainly due the climate change and seasonal variations. Experts expressed these views at a recently held one-day Pakistan-ICIMOD Day on Pro-Mountain Policies and Legislation at the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC). The event was organized by the International Centre for Integ…Read More

  • Snapchat CEO visits Pakistan on Mobilink invitation

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Mobilink has recently hosted the first ever visit of Evan Spiegel, CEO of SnapChat to the sub-continent. Evan, who recently was declared as the most influential new media figure under the age of 30 of the year 2014, was invited by Mobilink as a means to share knowledge about international trends in data and app development with students and professionals in Pakistan. Evan Spiegel is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded the mobile application Snapchat along with Reggie Brown and Robert Murphy and is CEO of the company. According to a recent valua…Read More

  • GCU organises two-day conference on biotech

    STAFF REPORT LHR: An international conference on “Biotechnology for Sustainable Development” has recently been held at the Government College University, Lahore, under the auspices of the university’s Sustainable Development Study Centre. Pakistan Academy of Sciences Secretary General Dr Anwar Naseem chaired the inaugural session of the two-day conference, while GCU Dean of Science and Technology Prof. Dr Islam Ullah Khan, conference chairman Prof. Dr Ikram-ul-Haq and Director Research Prof. Dr Zakria Butt were also present during the event. As many as 250 research papers would be presented at the technical sessions of the conference. Prof. Dr Gunsaylus from Uni…Read More

  • Germany offers training to IT students, entrepreneurs

    STAFF REPORT ISB: German Ambassador in Pakistan Dr Cyrill Nunn Germany and Pakistan can explore many new avenues for cooperation in our rapidly thriving ICT sector for mutual benefit of both the countries.The Ambassador said this during a meeting with Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman in her office in Islamabad. Acknowledging the great potential of human resource in Pakistan, the ambassador offered the minister that Germany can give specialized trainings to IT students and entrepreneurs of Pakistan and allocate scholarships to students in Technology sector. He also stated that the exchange of IT business delegations between Germany and Pakistan will further enhance…Read More

  • Corrective measures stressed to save local poultry sector

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Under-invoicing on import of poultry products is on the rise, as presently processed chicken meat is being imported at 75 Cents per kg from China while the rate of this same boneless, fatless and ready-to-cook chicken product is not less than $4 per kg across the world, massively damaging the industry of Pakistan. Experts from the poultry industry have asked the government that all impediments which increase the cost such as lower capacity utilization, import duties on inputs, lack of protection against imports and lack of regulations for disease iden…Read More

  • Mobicash, NayaTel sign deal for better services

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Mobicash has signed an agreement with NayaTel Pvt. Ltd. (NTL) whereby it will provide the facility of payment collection for Nayatel customers through Mobicash. The customers of NayaTel will have the option of making payments through Mobicash Over-the-Counter (OTC) services or Mobicash Mobile Wallet. “Mobicash is continuously expanding its footprint in terms of outreach as well as services that we offer to bring convenience with trust to our customers’ lives,” said Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, Director Mobile Financial Services Mobilink, in her remarks on the occ…Read More

  • Intel awards teachers, schools for technologies integration

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Intel Pakistan has recently organized the Intel Education Awards Ceremony, under the Intel Education Initiative in order to recognize the impressive performance in technology integration by teachers and schools across Pakistan. Dr. Fazllullah Pechuho, Secretary Education, Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh was the chief guest. Of all the participants in the contest, 24 won awards in recognition of their accomplishments in implementing technology to promote inquiry-based learning. “Intel has made consiste…Read More

  • NOU arranges training on HCFCs phase-out management

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The National Ozone Unit (NOU), working under the Climate Change Division, has arranged a training workshop in Karachi on HCFC Phase-out Management. Customs officers, industrialists, importers of HCFCs, Plant Protection Department, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), academia and NGOs attended the event. On the occasion, Zaigham Abbas, National Programme Manager, Ozone Cell, briefed the participants about the Pakistan’s obligations to comply with the Montreal Protocol. Dr. Waqar Ahmed gave his presentation on the ozone layer and its depletion which affects the life on earth. In his remarks, Mosuf Ali, UNEP’s consultant, provide…Read More

  • PTCL felicitates UAE on its national day

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL has extended its warmest felicitations to the government and the people of UAE on its 43rd National Day. The UAE is a symbol of success and a global hub of new possibilities. From humble beginnings 40 years ago, UAE is today one of the most hyper-connected places in the world, where more than 200 nationalities prosperously co-exist. The convergence of global leaders in technology, services, hospitality, innovation, digital connectivity and the wider knowledge economy endorse UAE’s position as a center of innovation and trans-continental trade. Etisalat, the leading telecommunications group of the UAE, has also extended the strategic partnership th…Read More

  • PARC products now available for public display

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has established Technologies Display Centre at National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) aiming at giving public access to the edible commodities produced by agriculture scientists.The centre was jointly inaugurated by PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar and the council’s former chairman Dr ME Tusneem. A number of PARC products are now available for sale to general public. These products included honey, dates, eggs, tomato ketchup, fresh fruit, biscuits, apple jams, drinks and vegetables, vegetable seeds, oil crop seeds, major crop seeds, fertilizers, and agriculture medicines. Livestock feed, maize hybrids seed, PARC herbal tea, green tea, mush…Read More

  • Sindh govt, REAP join hands to promote rice production

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Sindh government and management of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) have agreed to initiate joint efforts for the promotion of rice cultivation, enhance capacity building of rice growers and increase the volume of rice export for their bilateral benefits. Under this initiative, the Sindh formed-committee has been assigned to work out a schedule, starting from educating the rice growers through seminars, literature and mechanical exhibitions for their capacity building to increase per acre production, avoid harvesting losses and introduce …Read More

  • Huawaei launches Ascend Mate 7 smartphone

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Huawei has recently launched its new, most powerful Smart-phablet in Pakistan named; Ascend Mate 7. For the first time, the company’s Ascend Mate 7 has featured the most advanced fingerprint sensors technology. Users need less than 1 second to unlock all operations of the device, with the new single-touch fingerprint-identification technology and the EMUI 3.0 feature. The new phablet transforms the mobile experience by empowering the users to live life to the fullest, enjoying the fascinating world of 3G and 4G. ARM T…Read More

  • Intel Pakistan, USAID to ensure access to education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The USAID, Sindh Education and Literacy Department and Intel Pakistan Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding to help improve access to quality education in the province. Sindh Education Minister Nisar Khuhro and US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson were present on the occasion. “We all recognise that prosperity and a better life cannot be built without a strong foundation in a quality education,” said US Consulate-General Karachi, US Ambassador Richard G. Olson, while speaking at the signing ceremony. He added this agreement…Read More

  • Biodiesel crops and production, present and future scenarios in Pakistan

    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 an…Read More

  • Climate change- a threat to food security in Pakistan

    Food is basic need of man as food security is vital for health of nation as well as for honorable living among nations, food insecurity leads to conflicts and tyranny among people. Concerted efforts are needed to enhance food grain production in the world and to investigate the problems that are causing gaps in food production and food requirement. Pakistan is an agriculture based country, 47 per cent population of Pakistan is earning from this sector and contribution of this sector in GDP is 24 per cent (Economic Survey of Pakistan 2013). Pakistan earns 70 per cen…Read More

  • Potato – a potential crop in Pakistan

    Potato is a starchy and fibrous crop and is known as complete food due to its nutritive values. It is a dicot plant, having Solanaceae family. It ranks at 4th after Rice, Wheat and Maize in the world. It has been an important food crop for growers and consumers not only in Pakistan but all over the globe. It is a crop that can generate high production and more income with more nourishing value. It attained its high rank among the most important crops due to its high volume of production and benefits. Its high returns attract the farmer to cultivate more and more. Globally it is playing a…Read More

  • Impact of heat & drought stress on physiological, biological processes in plants

    Heat and drought are the main abiotic constraints in harvesting potential yield of the crops on sustained basis. Climate change has a serious threat to cereal production levels required to feed future generations across the globe, hence create food insecurity. Global warming is predicted to increase the frequency and severity of ‘heat waves’ in crops growing areas in the world. Heat stress to varying degrees at different phonological stages causes a substantial yield reduction, primarily because of growth acceleration, reduction in duration of phasic developmental stages and carbon sta…Read More

  • Effects of water stress on growth & yield of wheat

    Wheat is the leading food grain of Pakistan and the staple diet of people. It occupies a central position in agriculture. The contribution of wheat to agriculture is 10.3 per cent and GDP is 2.2 per cent. The area of wheat cultivation is increase upto 4.4 per cent from last year and its yield also increased. The wheat production is enhanced due to timely rainfall at regular interval and favorable weather condition which is suitable for grain health (Pakistan Economic Survey, 2013-14). Very often the shortage of wheat supply is experienced in the country and the government is forc…Read More

  • Promoting industrialisation for progress

    With a population of 130 million, Pakistan has emerged as the state having most rapid population growth in the world. Though it has approximately 27 per cent arable lands with agriculture having a major contribution to the national economy, yet it is not in a position to fully tap the potential of the agriculture yields as well as various industrial sectors. According to a study, as many as 35 industrial sectors are directly or indirectly associated with the agriculture sector in Pakistan. The country is relatively good at product marketing, however, has been confronted with the difficulty in sustained development, all its electric power, highways, communication system, housing and tra…Read More