Volume 06 Issue 01

  • Charji EVO

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  • 4th International Conference on Biodiversity

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  • All stakeholders on same page to make Pakistan science conscious

    Staff report ISLAMABAD: Scientists, experts and stakeholders at a consultative workshop have agreed to take forward the mission of popularization as well as creation of awareness of science and technology across the country with full potential by enhancing collaboration with those organizations working in this field on volunteer basis. The consultative workshop on a theme “Making Pakistan Science Conscious” was recently held on the premises of Pakistan Academy of Sciences with an aim to promote science and technology in the country mainly on volunteer basis with the support…Read More

  • Technology Times celebrates 5th anniversary

    STAFF REPORT ISB: While reiterating its resolve to explore more horizons especially in the fields of science and technology, IT, agriculture and environment, science education, the Technology Times, the Pakistan’s first newspaper of its kind covering these specific areas, has celebrated its fourth anniversary in Islamabad. A cake-cutting ceremony was held on the premises of the publication in Islamabad to celebrate the anniversary, which was attended by all the staff members along with Editor of the newspaper, Sayyed Ali Mustafa Paras. Congratulating his st…Read More

  • Pakistan 4th biggest user of Bt cotton seeds

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Bt cotton is being cultivated on 83 per cent of the total sowing area under the crop in Pakistan, which the fourth biggest user of Bt cotton seeds in the world. “The Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) seeds are sown mostly in Punjab (82.65pc) and Sindh (83.23pc),” said Federal Textile Minister Abbas Khan Afridi told the National Assembly during the current session. He said that the gene used in local varieties was Mon 531 or Cry1AC, and its patent had expired, making it free to use. The minister said that a cotton seed production plan for co…Read More

  • LUMS, 1LINK join hands for financial services

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Lahore University of Management Sciences Lahore (LUMS) has entered into partnership with the 1LINK in order to provide financial services to its students. Through this agreement, the LUMS students would be able to pay their fees through any 1Link member bank’s Alternate Delivery Channels (Mobile Banking, Internet Banking, ATMs, IVR and Call Centres). This has marked the first time that an educational institution in Pakistan has partnered with 1LINK, Pakistan’s largest interbank payment system, in order to maximise the convenience available to their students on 24/7 basis, says a press release issued by the university here after the agreement. …Read More

  • PTCL unveils ‘Get More, Spend Less’ Charji offer

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to expand its ever growing user base, PTCL has offered another package to Internet maniacs. The ‘Get More! Spend Less!’ offer gives 50 GB data at the price of 25 GB and 100 GB for the price of 50 GB on all CharJi devices. According to the PTCL, the volumes of CharJi Chrome & CharJi Gold packages have been doubled for potential CharJi EVO customers. The enhanced volumes are valid for a period of 1 year from the time of purchase, covering about 90 percent of the country’s population. The offer is not valid on the old pu…Read More

  • IT ministry gets top position among all ministries

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Information Technology (IT) has scored maximum marks in a survey conducted by the government about the performance of ministries.The government of Pakistan had conducted the survey to check the performance of its all ministries. Ten ministries were examined in the survey. According to the survey results, the IT Ministry scored six marks out of ten marks whereas all other ministries scored less than six. Last year, the ministry also managed to auction 3G and 4G spectrum to fetch billions of dollars, being in pending for years. This could, probably, be the reason for higher marks.   …Read More

  • LG offers latest technology in HD TV

    STAFF REPORT LHR: LG Electronics (LG) has successfully unveiled a new 4K ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology as a new component of its expanded TV lineup at the 2015 International CES® in Las Vegas. According to details, LG’s 4K ULTRA HD TVs with quantum dot technology will offer a wider color palette and improved color saturation than conventional LCD TVs and will be available in 2015 to complement LG’s other ULTRA HD TV and OLED TV offerings. The LG’s quantum dot technology displays an extremely wide color gamut, making it ideal for 4K content. The technology works by harnessing nano-crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers. Each dot emits a dif…Read More

  • PCRWR finds 10 mineral water brands hazardous

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has found 10 mineral water brands in the country unsafe due to chemicals and contamination.These brands included Dewan Water Express, Aqua National, Natur Aqua, Butt Water, Best Natural, Noble, AFRA, NASH, Aftab Qarshi and Ideal Life were found unsafe by the PCRWR, shows the PCRWR quarterly monitoring report. The PCRWR has been tasked for quarterly monitoring of mineral water brands and publicise the results to improve quality of bottled water. According to the report, 76 samples of mineral w…Read More

  • Cellcos show inability to verify SIMs in given time

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobile companies have conveyed to the government their inability to complete the SIMs verification through biometric system within the 28 days started from the last week of December. Not only the task cannot be completed within the given time but it could cost the consumers in terms of increased tariff that the companies might impose to cover the costs of biometric verifications process, an official, requesting anonymity, told this scribe. He said that it is not the first time that the government has asked the mobile operators to block illegal and unregiste…Read More

  • Innovation termed vital for industrial progress

    STAFF REPORT LHR: There is an urgent need for extensive research and development (R&D) activity to enable the manufacturing sector to produce innovative, user-friendly and value-added products. Faisal Afridi, President PCJCCI, expressed these views while speaking at a seminar on the “Positive impact of innovation on economy” at the chamber premises in Lahore. He highlighted Pakistan’s weakness in making innovations and its adverse effects on the economy. He added Pakistan could achieve the value-addition targets only by adopting innovative practices as they are the main vehicles for organisational development. He lamented that in manufacturing little…Read More

  • ICTs use stressed to boost per acre yield

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Use of information technology to enhance agricultural production is need of the hour as has been successfully experienced in the developed states. This was told by Dr. Muhammad Imtiaz, CIMMYT Country Representative to Pakistan while addressing a workshop at NARC, Islamabad, on role of ICT in agricultural production and its challenges for technology transfer in Pakistan. In his remarks, Prof. Dr. Babar Shahbaz, Project Manager (ICT), briefed the audience about the role of ICT in agriculture sector in terms of enhancing per acre yield. He emphasized …Read More

  • PTCL pays tribute to father of the nation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) stands with the nation in paying tribute to the father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his vision of a strong and progressive Pakistan. PTCL has recently launched a nationwide solidarity campaign themed “Our Future - Our Children”, with the aim to strengthen bonds among the Pakistani nation and propagates a message of faith, united effort and a brighter future for coming generations. The company believes that children are the future of Pakistan and it is imperative to provide them opportu…Read More

  • Unfone signs deal for livestock, dairy development

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Ufone, a prominent player in the telecom industry, has entered into a strategic partnership with Punjab Livestock and Dairy Development Department under which it would help in implementing the first ever virtual governance project titled ’Sadiyun Ka Safar Lamhon Mein’ conceived and developed by the latter.Under the agreement, Ufone would provide its expertise in the telecom sector to help the department in implementing and shifting from RTA (Restricted by Time Activity- 9-5) to 24/7 availability, making it tireless, effortless and flawless. CCO Ufone, Asher Yaqub…Read More

  • Microsoft unveils Nokia 215, Nokia 215 Dual-SIM

    STAFF REPORT ISB: With a price tag of just $29 before taxes and subsidies, Nokia 215 is our most affordable Internet-ready entry-level phone yet, perfectly suited for first-time mobile phone buyers. Nokia 215 has pre-installed Facebook and Messenger with instant notifications while its browsing the web is super-easy, thanks to Opera Mini Browser and Bing Search. Get the latest weather conditions using MSN Weather and see accurate hourly or 5-day weather forecasts. With Nokia 215, the users can also now connect in new ways by pairing their device with a Bluetooth headset or speaker. Nokia 215 Single SIM has a stand-by time of up to 29 days (that’s almost a full m…Read More

  • New textile policy set to be launched

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The draft of the new textile policy (2014-19) would be ready in a few days and then forwarded to the ECC of the Cabinet next week for approval. “The textile sector alone has the potential to steer the country out of its financial crisis and “we have started focusing on exporting value-added products instead of raw materials to achieve this objective,” said Abbas Khan Afridi, Minister for Textiles and Industries, while talking to media. He stressed the need for formulating a comprehensive and long-term policy, and said both the government and industry are committed to fully exploiting the potential of all related sectors of textile. He further s…Read More

  • Citizens concerned over water shortfall in Islamabad

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Islamabad Citizens Committee (ICC) has expressed its grave concern over the shortfall of 60 million gallons of water per-day in the capital. A delegation of the committee conveyed the citizens’ concern to this effect to CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal at a meeting held recently in Islamabad.While briefing the chairman on the gravity of the situation, the committee’s Secretary General Muhammad Dawood Khokhar emphazied for augmentation of water resources from Indus river. Present population of Islamabad is 1.5 million and daily water requirement is 150 million whereas supply from present resources is only 90 million gallons per day. The CDA chairma…Read More

  • Punjab makes law to improve higher education

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Assembly has recently passed the Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) Bill 2014 for the improvement and promotion of higher education, research and development in the province. The passed bill calls for the formation of the PHEC while its members would be secretaries of the Higher Education, Agriculture, Health and Finance Departments, along with a nominee of the federal HEC. The PHEC will function to bring provincial higher education institutions at par with both national and international standards. It will also coordinate with t…Read More

  • Nespak starts focusing on overseas operations

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) has started focusing on enhancing its overseas operations especially in Dubai and Saudi Arabia as recently it has signed various MoUs with Dubai based local consultants to undertake joint projects in various fields of engineering. This is in addition to the efforts being made to acquire projects by Nespak (UK) in association with European consultants. MD Nespak Amjad Khan is taking keen interest to provide services overseas of the standards and quality matching with world renowned consultants.…Read More

  • Mobile phones imports up by 6.15pc

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The imports of mobile phones into Pakistan remained up by 6.15 per cent to $282.87 million during first five months (July-Nov) of fiscal year 2014-15 as compared to the imports of $266.47 million during the same period of last year. The data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) shows that on month basis the mobile phone imports during the month of November 2014 also increased by 19.17 per cent and decreased by 0.54pc when compared to the imports in November 2013 and October 2014 respectively. The mobile phone imports during November stood at…Read More

  • Growers asked to protect kinnows from leprosy

    STAFF REPORT SARGODHA (APP): Kinnow growers have been advised to save citrus fruit from leprosy disease as it is damaging the quality of produce. Talking to media in Islamabad, agriculturists said that kinnow has a great importance after grapes, adding that citrus was cultivated at 2000 acre land in the country and Pakistan stood 13th number in the world regarding cultivation of citrus. Regarding citrus produce, they said that annual production of citrus in Pakistan swas two million ton. They further said that citrus produce was facing impending different diseases and insects, but the most pernicious disease was ‘Leprosy’ which was threatening to citrus fruits. …Read More

  • Banuri links growth with climate, growth issues

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The idea of sustainable development is possible only through addressing issues of growth and environmental simultaneously as they are interlinked and can’t be taken in isolation. “Slower growth will remain an issue unless other issues associated with it – population growth, rising poverty, dearth of renewable resources, income distribution, religious minorities’ woes women empowerment, and conflicts are not addressed,” said Prof. Dr. Tariq Banuri, a pioneer development expert and academician. For future direction of the country, he believes issues such as climate change, industrialization, energy, income inequality, needed to be translated into a concr…Read More

  • Need stressed to explore Russian food, veggie market

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The government has done very little to improve trade relations with Russia, which is adversely affecting the export of fresh food. According to fruit and vegetable exporters, Russia can become one of the most important markets after its ban on various European Union’s food products and, despite the recent economic slowdown in Russia, a huge quantity of oranges and potatoes can be exported. “We want of the government to engage Russian authorities on different platforms in order to increaseits fruit and vegetable exports,” said Aslam Pakhali, a Karachi-based leading exporter of potatoes.The potatoes exporters are gearing up for exports but they are extra…Read More

  • GCU mulling to commercialise nano-fertilizer

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Government College University, Lahore, will commercialise a nano-fertiliser, developed by its researchers, that produces healthy food by conserving nutrients and significantly increases the crop yield. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Khaleequr Rahman said this while talking to media that the US Patent and Trademark Office had issued a patent letter for the nano-leucite fertiliser. “Now the university’s Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation has been tasked with setting up contacts with noted national and international fertiliser companies for the future collaboration,” he said. Dr. Rahman said there is a dire need for to transf…Read More

  • Blacklisted Chinese firm eyeing wind power sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After being blacklisted in public sector by PPRA, Chinese company, Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), is now eyeing private sector for energy generation projects. According to sources, Burj Wind Energy, a project of Burj Capital, has applied for the grant of generation licence in Nepra for a 13.5 MW Wind Power Project in Gujju, Sindh. The company has acquired private agriculture land around 250 acres on lease of 20 years at Gujjo, Pir Jharion, Thatta, Sindh, which falls in Gharo-Keti Bander wind corridor. According to the company it has t…Read More

  • National policy stressed to combat pests

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Agriculture University, Faisalabad, has taken up the gauntlet of preparing a national policy on pests as Pakistan is facing tougher warning because of fruit fly problem. The stakeholders will gather next week at the university to thrash out its contours. Such a policy has been long overdue. The international community has demonstrated that over 80pc of fruit fly losses could be controlled through better management practices On the next level, the policy must have two prongs; killing the pest at source and risk management strategy throughout the…Read More

  • Timber mafia stripping Thandiani, Galiyat of trees

    STAFF REPORT ABBOTTABAD: The Forest Department seems helpless as the timber mafia has continued to cut precious and old pine and cedar trees in Thandiani and Galiyat forest ranges. Officials of the Forest Department lack the will, equipment and resources to check deforestation and they often suffer physical assault by the well-organised local groups of timber mafia who enjoy backing of influential political figures.The illegal wood cutting and timber smuggling is considered a minor crime by the police and hence smugglers get away by paying a small amount of fine instead of impris…Read More

  • 5m subscribers added to 3G network

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan’s telecommunication sector sold 5 million high-speed mobile internet connections within five months of acquiring third generation (3G) mobile spectrum licences with China Mobile Pakistan (Zong) dominating the market. According to the PTA report on 3G, the growth has helped the country more than double its broadband subscriptions to 8 million, up from 3.7 million at the end of June, 2014. China Mobile Pakistan (Zong) added 1.68 million 3G subscribers to the total, highest by any operator for the period under review follo…Read More

  • Organic matter and methods for its improvement

    Pakistan is an agriculture-based country and agriculture has a main role in the economy of the country. Soil is the key factor for the agricultural production and is a living entity, so it should be treated as a living. We must take care of those things which are necessary for soil health; soil organic matter (SOM) is one of them. Soil organic matter is any material produced originally by living organisms (plant or animal) that is returned to the soil and goes through the decomposition process. It contain mainly three components i.e. small fresh plant residues (5-10 per …Read More

  • Enemy void guns: The automotives

    Motor companies are focusing on efficiency. However, it is unlike the efficiency introduced by other technology companies in automotive industry. The technology isn’t going to focus on any new concept like solar or water based cars or electronic vehicles. The focus is on old technology researched upon by scholars of the university to reach closer to perfection (which can never be achieved). The concept is that of old technology improved further by investigating the old principles thoroughly. New technologies, materials, metallurgy and other knowledge horizons are to be shaken by …Read More

  • Growing role of technology in Punjab

    “If Pakistan wants to keep up with its current level of school education, it needs to build a new school of 400 students every hour,” said a speaker at a recent World Economic Forum meeting. Improving the standard of the public school system in Pakistan is a daunting task. In Punjab, there are over 60,000 schools, 325,000 teachers and 10 million students enrolled in public sector schools. There are an additional seven million out-of-school children in Punjab. We, at the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), started rolling out a series of IT-based initiatives to help im…Read More

  • Crop modeling and simulation: A tool for sustaining food security

    Food security is a burning issue these days across the world and especially in developing countries including Pakistan where more than 70 per cent population is directly or indirectly engaged with agriculture sector. Among all agricultural products wheat is the most preferring commodity as it is staple food around almost whole parts of the country so it is an important factor in determination of food security. Wheat yield in Pakistan has experienced extreme fluctuations due to the threatening scenario of changing climate. Climate is getting changed due to change in rainfall pat…Read More

  • Procurement delay hinders Uch gas development project

    Baluchistan is a prolific province for provenance and abundance of gas reservoirs in Pakistan. The Uch Gas field was discovered in year 1955 located about 67 km southeast of Dera Bugti in Baluchistan by Pakistan Petroleum Ltd. Following a detailed study, OGDCL adopted a development plan to enhance the production capacity of the field to 220-380 MMCFD per day. It will be a slip-up not to mention here multifaceted humongous turmoil of energy crisis pestering number of Industries resulting in alarming deterioration of economy of the country directly. The Uch Gas Deve…Read More

  • Pulses - a hidden treasure of nutrition

    Do you know that most of the foods especially meat and pulses are a rich source of essential muscle building nutrients commonly known as proteins. In Pakistan, meat prices are increasing day by day and hence this protein source is becoming out of reach of the people. Soon the non-vegetarians will become vegetarians in a coming era. So there is demand to find the alternate sources of protein rather than meat. Pulses pose a good alternative of meat if properly mixed with cereals. Mostly we are ignoring this great protein source. In the present scenario, the health conscious people a…Read More

  • Better future through IT firms’ mergers

    Business strategies have always been a focused point of business community across the world with a focal point of achieving progress and consolidating businesses. The world has witnessed a long list of mergers of renowned companies who later showed remarkable achievements by widening their areas of business. Mergers and acquisitions are both aspects of strategic management, corporate finance and management dealing with the buying, selling, dividing and combining of different companies. The ICT sector since its inception in the world specifically focused on mergers and acquisitions as most of the world IT giants always focus on exploring possibilities of enhancing collaboration to furth…Read More