Volume 05 Issue 50

  • Scientists highlight need for better understanding of vacuum technologies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: While highlighting the need for vacuum technology in Pakistan, scientists and researchers at a national workshop in Islamabad stressed for practical demonstrations and exhibition of vacuum technology equipments that would provide further support of better understanding of applied vacuum technologies. They expressed these remarks during a recent workshop titled “Applied Vacuum Technologies” organized by Pakistan Vacuum Society in collaboration with the International Union for Vacuum Science Technique and Applications (IUVSTA) at the National Institu…Read More

  • Various proposals presented to overcome energy shortfall

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Speakers at the recently held 7th International Engineering Convention presented their suggestions and recommendations to minimize the increase in energy crisis faced by Pakistan. They called for implementing the suggestions presented in the convention in public and private sector organizations. In his remarks, President IEP Syed Jamshed Ali Rizvi said that engineering institutions can contribute a lot to provide leadership to the profession by maximising the intellectual growth of the students and faculty enhancing the pursuits of interdisciplin…Read More

  • World facing food security, climate change impacts

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The world is facing interrelated challenges of food security, loss of agricultural biodiversity and climate change due to which over one billion people are suffering from continual hunger and malnutrition. “At the same time world population continued to grow and climate change was causing new stress on agriculture,” said PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad at a day-long workshop on ITPGRFA at the NARC. He said plant genetic resources were vital constituents which were available to breeders for the development of new crop varieties that …Read More

  • Warid Telecom takes pride to launch LTE services

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Warid Telecom has launched LTE services in Pakistan. With this move, the company has become the first mobile operator in the country to transform directly from 2G to LTE technology. Its customers will be able to enjoy 7 days of free customer trials of LTE services in Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Faisalabad and Gujranwala.The company’s focus on exceptional services has brought it great acclaim for amazing customer care, exceptional network quality, transparency, and innovation in products and services. With the introduction of 4G services in P…Read More

  • Turkey offers voting technology to detect frauds

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Turkey has offered Pakistan its latest electronic voting technology to minimize the chances of electoral rigging - a simmering issue that has sparked widespread protests in the country for alleged electoral fraud in last year’s general elections. Turkey’s state-controlled military software company, Havelsan, made the offer at an ongoing International Defense Exhibition “Ideas 2014” in Karachi, said a company spokesman. A total of 333 companies from 68 countries are participating in the fair titled “Arms for peace.” Turkey has the largest number of companies participating in the exhibition after China. Tariq Aziz, a spokesman for Havelsan, told …Read More

  • CAA installs software to keep Pak airspace flights record

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Information Technology Department of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has developed and launched its software ‘Flight Information & Revenue Management System (FIRMS)’ for maintaining the record & billing of all flights using Pakistani airspace. The launching ceremony of the said software has recently been held at the CAA Headquarter Karachi. Director General, CAA, Air Marshal (Ret) Muhammad Yousf, was the chief guest of the ceremony. He praised the efforts of CAA IT Department for developing & launching the software. With this initiativ…Read More

  • Mobile app developed to plan public bus trip

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A group of students have successfully developed a mobile application that would enable citizens to access public transport information, including a route planner and the estimated time of arrival (ETA) of buses. Called ‘Travly’, the free android app aims to offer public transport commuters access to information about the closest bus stop, which buses to board to go to a particular destination and the bus schedule. “The inspiration for the app came from having to spend Rs250 on a rickshaw ride while returning from university,” said Sha…Read More

  • PPP makes another oil recovery

    STAFF REPORT KHR: Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), the operator of Gambat South Block with a 65 per cent working interest, has announced another gas and condensate discovery at exploration well Faiz X-1 Sanghar district, Sindh. This is the sixth discovery in the block, where PPL is working with joint-venture partners Government Holdings (Private) Limited and Asia Resources Oil Limited with 25 per cent and 10 per cent working interest, respectively. Exploration well Faiz X-1 was drilled on October 17 and reached its final depth of 3,564 metres on December 1. Earlier this month, PPL also announced its fifth find in the block after Wafiq, Shahdad, Sharf and Kinza …Read More

  • More focus on technology can make economic turnaround

    STAFF REPORT KHI: If Pakistan can produce a single global technology company like Google or Facebook, it will result in a huge economic turnaround, thus settling the country’s entire balance of payment, LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship Executive Director Khurram Zafar. However, he said that lack of capital is the biggest hurdle facing Pakistani start-ups, some of which have the potential to become global players. Zafar has co-founded two software product start-ups in the Silicon Valley and advised several venture capital firms in the US. Now…Read More

  • S&W Seed, Maxim sign deal for seed brands

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The S&W Seed Company, one of the world’s leading alfalfa seed companies, has signed an agreement with Maxim International (Pvt) Ltd, one of the largest livestock input companies in the country. Pakistan represents a significant new opportunity for sales of S&W’s high performing alfalfa brands. Historically, the alfalfa seed market in Pakistan has been met in large part by uncertified varieties of seeds that grow lower quality alfalfa forage in comparison to those offered by S&W. Rapid growth in the country’s dairy and beef industries have increased demand for alfalfa hay, both for use in Pakistan and for export to the Middle East and North …Read More

  • UMT student’s fuel-saving idea wins at DICE-INVENT event

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Ammar Hussain, a student of the industrial engineering programme at the University of Management and Technology, has presented “Power UP”, a fuel saving idea using hydrogen fuel cell technology with an impressive prototype that was declared winner at the Institute of Business Administration’s Grand Entrepreneurial DICE-INVENT Event at Karachi. This event is conducted every year at IBA-Karachi and is considered as the most versatile and comprehensive entrepreneurial competition. More than 40 universities all across Pakistan participated in this event with a tota…Read More

  • Farmers urged to save mango from diseases

    Staff Report MULTAN: Horticulturists have advised mango growers especially in Punjab to take timely steps to tackle mango malformation disease to avoid production losses. In a press statement issued by the Punjab Agriculture Department, the experts said botanical malformation attacks new plants while flower malformation attacks flowers. The disease leaves the leaf shorter in size and pointed and affects the growth of branches. Its attack on 3-4 month old nursery plants stops growth and affected branches get dried up within few months. Slightly older plants cont…Read More

  • Halt to natural gas supply to textile sector demanded

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) has demanded discontinuation of supply of natural gas to the textile sector throughout winter in order to ensure smooth supply of the commodity to the general masses. The gas loadshedding which started with the advent of winter has now got worsened making the life of common man difficult, it said. “Gas is not available in many cities and villages of the country where people leave for work without breakfast while parents find it difficult to feed their children,” said President PEW Dr. Murtaza Mughal.…Read More

  • Govt urged to give relief to farming sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Muzammil Hussain Sabri has urged the government to announce a relief package for the agriculture sector with the objective of reducing the input cost and improving productivity. “The agriculture sector accounts for 21 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product, 43 per cent of employment and 45 per cent of total exports. Yet, the sector encountered multiple problems including a high input cost, low per-acre yield and outdated cultivation methods,” said Sabri in a statement issued h…Read More

  • Mughal Steel signs agreement with Microsoft

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Mughal Steel has signed a contract with the world’s biggest tech giant, Microsoft, in introducing AX, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solutions to integrate new technology into the company’s strategic planning for further development of innovative forms of competitive advantage. “Mughal Steel, which is one of the leading industries of Pakistan in the steel and iron sector, would soon be converted into a public limited company,” said CEO Mughal Steel, Khurram Javed. He said through adoption of this system, the company ranks as number one in the domestic steel sector in terms of efficiency, quality assurance and transparency throughout its business di…Read More

  • Urea sale declines by 15pc

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The sales of Urea in November 2014 fell 15 per cent year-on-year basis but improved 14 per cent month-on-month basis, according to the latest data of the National Fertilizer Development Centre (NFDC). On a month-on-month basis, urea off-take increased to 467,000 tons. On the other hand, diammonium phosphate (DAP) off-take registered a significant growth of 30 per cent on a monthly basis while its sales dropped 6 per cent year-on-year. In the first 11 months of calendar year 2014, the urea demand fell 5 per cent to 4.976 million tons and DAP sales dipped 1 per cent to 1.434 million tons compared to the same period of last year. Moreover,…Read More

  • PakWheels.com launches a Windows App

    STAFF REPORT LHR: PakWheels.com, which is Pakistan’s leading automotive portal, which provides a central place for all the automotive enthusiasts of the country to buy, sell and discuss their cars and stuff related to cars, has recently raised an international funding of US$ 3.5 million to grow even further. This is one of the biggest disclosed international investments in Pakistan.With the help of this investment, the company aim to take the website to the next level and further improve its products and services, which includes technological advancements and tapping different mediums. In the past, PakWheels has launched its Mobile App on Android and iOS, which became p…Read More

  • Inovi set to unveil latest Xperia smartphones

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After joining hands with Sony Mobile, Inovi is now going to launch six new models in the fast growing cellular market of Pakistan. These models included Z3, Z3 Compact, C3 Dual, M2 Aqua, M2 Dual, E3 Dual of Xperia series. The products aim to go beyond imaginations to provide users a better, thrilling interactive and waterproof experience like no other. Promising a one-year warranty plan, new modifications are done to help support latest technology of LTE. These devices are equipped with the smart Sony technology of Ultra High Definition, 20.7 MP 4k Camera Vi…Read More

  • Timber mafia active to smuggle loggers

    STAFF REPORT RWP: As the unavailability of natural gas marred the lives of people in chilly weather, the logger mafia is out to steal woods from forests illegally and sell them out at the hands of wood-sellers in various areas of the Rawalpindi region. Though the Divisional Forest Department often claims that deforestation has slowed in recent years due to its efforts, yet the situation is still gruesome. This illegal trade is continuing round-the-clock apparently with the alleged connivance of some corrupt officials of Forest Department in the jungles of Dhamial, Adyala, …Read More

  • Depressed commodity prices to impact farm growth

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Everyone is concerned about agricultural growth prospects during 2015. They cite three factors: poverty, the confusion about the federal and provincial governments’ jurisdictions, and climatic changes that make the production cycle uncertain for this sector. According to market understanding, the farmers have lost money on almost all major crops — cotton, rice, cane and wheat during 2014; in many cases they were not able to recover even cost of production if official estimated costs are something to go by. For cotton growers, the government had to i…Read More

  • USF provided 543,839 connections last year

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Universal Service Fund (USF) of Pakistan has provided 543,839 broadband connections during one year under a programme launched to accommodate remote areas of the country. According to the Ministry of IT, several educational broadband centers at higher secondary schools have been established under this programme. The project is in its final stages of planning and will be implemented in phases starting next year. National ICT R&D Fund has been tasked to fund projects aimed at producing local content and relevant applications. Sub…Read More

  • PPA stresses price control on poultry products

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) has stressed the need for determining the price control mechanism for poultry products in order to control any undue hike in its rates.“There is no force but few whole-sellers in the market, who determine the poultry prices of their own in the twins cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.” “A few people are determining the poultry products prices in the market, which is against the consumers rights and new price control mechanism to facilitate the people is need of hour,” Chairman PPA Dr Hassan Sarosh told the media. He said that the recent hike in poultry products prices was temporary and it would gradually come down by …Read More

  • Pakistan, Indonesia agree to boost trade

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Rapidly developing bilateral economic ties between Indonesia and Pakistan offers prospects to further strengthen the bonds of friendship and establish broad-based commercial partnership. Hadi Santoso, Consul General of Indonesia, said this while speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI). On the occasion, the Indonesian envoy informed that total trade between Indonesia and Pakistan stood at $1.69 billion as on September 30, 2014, depicting a year-on-year increase of 60 percent. “We are fairly optimistic that the total trade figures could reach at least $2.3 up to 2.4 billion at the end of this year…Read More

  • CDA, PARC set up waste water cleaning model

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The CDA in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has established Pakistan Bioremediation Model for Wastewater Treatment at Rose & Jasmine Garden and F-9 Park Islamabad to clean the wastewater of streams passing at these places. The treated water is used for green belt and other horticultural activities. “This initiative would help to save drinking water and to protect the environment and beauty of the Islamabad city,” Maroof Afzal, Chairman CDA, said at the award distribution ceremony of Workshop on Pakistan Bio-remediation Model for Waste Water Treatment. Dr. Azeem Khan, Director General NARC, said that a feather…Read More

  • Strict action decided against major power defaulters

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Power distribution companies, which have a big shortfall in recoveries, are facing the accusation that they have continued to supply electricity to major defaulters despite the piling up of unpaid bills to Rs375 billion over the past many years. “The government has decided to ask NAB to take action against those involved in continuing electricity supply to influential consumers and ensure the recovery of bills,” an official said while talking to this scribe. According to sources, Ministry of Water and Power Secretary Younis Daga told a recently held meeting ECC the private sector had to pay Rs375.181 billion to power distribution companies, of which Rs…Read More

  • Govt forms national food security commission

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As a step forward to developing a national policy for the long-term sustainability of food security and agriculture development, the federal government has established National Food Security Commission (NFSC). The commission has five key mandates to undertake while being a national level organization – to forge consensus among governments, resources allocation, infrastructure development, promotion of value addition of agriculture products and ensuring food security. According to the working paper, the composition of the commission is as…Read More

  • Cellcos may face action against misuse of SIMs

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is mulling to launch a crackdown against cellular phone companies, which have issued illegal SIM cards used in recent terrorist acts. According to an official of PTA, the government has directed the cellular companies to block 0.5 million illegal SIM cards or face crackdown against them. He said that intelligence agencies are also trying to catch the former employee of a cellular company, who issued five SIM cards on the name of a woman hailing from South Punjab. “These SIM cards were later used in the recent Peshawar school attack,” he …Read More

  • Govt set to import cotton seeds despite ban

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government is opening doors for introducing various varieties of cotton seeds produced by foreign firms despite a ban on their import. The Plant Quarantine Act 1976 prohibits the import of any kind of cotton seed, both genetically modified (GMO) and non-genetically modified. The Act also prohibits the import of cotton from America and states. “American cotton shall not be imported into Pakistan by any means except with a special permission. No vessel carrying American cotton shall enter the territorial water of Pakistan.” “The …Read More

  • Pakistan, China sign 25 deals to promote IT coop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and China have signed 25 commercial MoUs to promote bilateral cooperation in the IT sector following IT forum held in Chinese city of Shenzhen. Out of 25 MoUs, 15 were by the Pakistani private enterprises and 10 by the COMSATS IT delegation. This was the first-ever forum of its kind held between the two countries which was attended by 63 participants from Pakistan and about 200 from the Chinese side. The forum was organised by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Guangzhou, China, in collaboration with Shenzhen Science, Technology and Innovati…Read More

  • Back to the future: The second coming of overclocking

    Tall gas cylinders stand like sentinels behind anxious devotees who tend to motherboards riven by wires. Fluorescent tubes protrude from the machines, seeming to feed their depths with elaborate drips of sickly neon. Liquid nitrogen spills into makeshift sinks crowded with whirring components, coolly billowing fog over the benches. At a glance, you could mistake this scene for the production department of amade-for-TV sci-fi relic. The outrageous machines could easily be failed prototypes for a Dalek’s innards or Doc Brown’s DeLorean. But this is real life Taipei, Taiwan, 2014. The room is one of many at this year’s Computex expo, and enthusiasts are using jerry-rigged PCs to o…Read More

  • Micropropagation of roses

    Rose, a symbol of love, affection, inspiration and spirituality, is one of the leading cut flower in the world floriculture trade. No other flower is as universally loved or has a brilliant history as rose. Roses have been admired for their beauty, color and fragrance since the dawn of civilization. Some rose species have fragrance due to the presence of volatile compounds in their petals and used to extract essential oils. These good quality essential oils are highly valuable for cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. New cultivars development utilizes see…Read More

  • Iodine biofortified tomatoes: Alleviating iodine deficiency in Pakistan

    Healthy and well-balanced diet is necessary for a healthy Pakistan. Poor nutrition and insanitary livelihood affect the health of children as mineral deficiency causes malnutrition, also called as “HIDDEN HUNGER”. Approximately 1200 children under the age of five years die each day in the country and more than 1/3rd deaths are due to malnutrition. Daily calories should be carefully met; deficiency of any essential dietary elements causes health problems, like iodine deficiency, cause hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism in turn triggers goiter, impairment of growth, reproductive failure, loss of hearing, cretinism and many problems in brain development. Iodine is the chemical element, whic…Read More

  • Future of Bt cotton in Pakistan

    Cotton is grown in more than 100 countries of the world. In Pakistan cotton is the big source for economic growth. From cotton, we obtained a surplus amount of foreign exchange in the form of cotton lint, yarn, garments and cloths which accounts for more than 6 per cent in GDP share. Cotton textile exports embrace more over $7.3 billion to the national economy which is 2/3rd of the country export earnings. Seed of cotton is an important source of food for livestock and humans. Millions of small farmers, daily wageworkers and much small and medium business’s earning is directly and indirectly link with this single crop. Therefore the progress and failure of cotton crop has not only infl…Read More

  • World valuable herb hops with medical benefits

    The Hop (HumulusLupulus, Linn.) is a native British plant, having affinities, botanically speaking, with the group of plants to which the Stinging Nettles belongs. It is found in most countries of the North Temperate Zone. The root is stout and perennial. The stem that arises from it every year is of a twining nature, reaching a great length, flexible and very tough, angled and prickly, with a tenacious fiber, which has enabled it to be employed to some extent in Sweden in the manufacture of a coarse kind of cloth, white and durable, though the fibers are so difficult of separation, that the stems require to be steeped in water a whole winter. Paper has also been made from the stem, or…Read More

  • Linking research to market with focus on private sector

    There has always been a yawning need to use academic energy research to address the developing countries’ needs with particular example of Pakistan where the energy shortfall has shown its monster face. The lack of research relevance too shows the gap between research and creating products that poor people can actually buy. Commercializing products for use in requires input from key groups such as potential suppliers and poor consumers about what would be required to take a product to market. Launching a set of initiatives both from public and private sectors is direly needed in order to bring a practical energy solution to market. There has been an initiative from the private sector i…Read More

  • Cobra snake possess curative potential to treat infections: FUUAST

    STFF REPORT KHI: Curative potential to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections explored in Pakistani Black Cobra Snake. it was reported in a recent findings of FUUAST research project. The research project titled “Exploring Therapeutic potential of Pakistan Black Cobra Snake Venom” was investigated by Federal Urdu University, Department of Microbiology. The Principal Investigator of the Project Prof. Sikandar Sherwani told Technology Times, “Snake is no doubt a dreadful animal, but Allah is supreme he has kept something beneficial in all, such as I explored finally th…Read More