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Volume 06 Issue 05

  • PakTurk students win National Intel Science Fair with basket of awards

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The students of PakTurk have stolen the 11th National Intel Science and Engineering Fair, 2015-Islamabad, by winning 1 Grand-Winner Award, 11 Best of Category Awards and 4 Special Awards on 24 classified projects. According to the results, Shadab Rasool Buriro of PakTurk International Schools & Colleges, Khairpur Campus, was declared the Grand Winner at the contest. Now he will represent Pakistan at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2015, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in May this year. Intel Educ…Read More

  • PASTIC holds training workshop on tools, tech

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Research is an essential part of the development of society. Having knowledge of effective methods is compulsory for conducing fruitful research. Most of research scholars across the country are not aware of information collection, processing and dissemination by using modern tools and techniques. Keeping in view this situation, the PASTIC National Centre, Islamabad, has organized a three-day basic hands-on training workshop on research tools and techniques from February 18-20 at the PASTIC National Centre, Quaid-e-Azam University Campus Islamabad. …Read More

  • HEC approves 300 cases for USAID scholarships

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has approved cases of 300 shortlisted students under a Pakistan-USAID scholarship programme. The decision has been taken at a meeting of the Scholarship Management Committee held recently in Islamabad.HEC Executive Director, Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, appreciated the USAID for assisting Pakistan in the education sector and its support to establish high-class educational centres with qualified professionals. “Since 2004, 1,807 scholarships have been provided to talented and deserving students,” said HEC A…Read More

  • USEFP hosts orientation for 40 teachers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The US Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has hosted the pre-departure orientation for 40 teachers participating in the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Pakistan Programme in Islamabad. The TEA Programme sends outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to US to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the hosting US. The TEA programme for Pakistani teachers has been implemented since 2012, providing an opportunity for outstanding government secondary…Read More

  • Cyber laws to be made in light of NAP: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: On the direction of the National Assembly Standing Committee on IT & Telecom, the technical committee comprising technical and legal experts and MNAs has started reviewing the proposed prevention of electronic crime bill 2015. Minister for IT & Telecom Anusha Rahman has recently chaired the first session of “bill review meeting” here in Islamabad. Special Assistants to PM Khawaja Zaheer Ahmad, Barrister Zafarullah Khan, Maj (R) Tahir Iqbal, Sardar Awais Khan Leghari, Federal Secretary IT Azmat Ali Ranjha, PTA Chairman, Members Telecom & Law and other IT & legal experts attended the meeting. In her remarks, the minister said that the com…Read More

  • PTCL Triple~E Internship programme for youth development completed

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL landmark project of developing the youth through its Triple~E Programme has recently been concluded successfully, where over 400 graduates from across the country benefited. The Triple~E Programme, started two years back, provides a year-long opportunity to fresh graduates for learning and development through hands-on training, live projects, job rotations, exposure to a fast-paced corporate culture and cutting-edge information and communication technologies. This initiative enables Enrichment, Encouragement and Evolution through a highly structu…Read More

  • Research promotion stressed for food security

    STAFF REPORT ISB:  Acting Chairman PARC, Dr. Nadeem Amjad, has stressed the need for coordinated efforts to promote agriculture research to ensure food security in the country. He was addressing a farewell reception organized in the honour of former Chief Scientific Officer and Member Social Sciences Division PARC Dr. Sharif Kalu. Dr. Nadeem said that agriculture scientists have to work in coordination with each other to promote agriculture sector of the country adding that promotion of agriculture research was the main aim of the PARC to ensure food security. In his remarks, Secretary PARC Dr. Munir paid tributes to the retired scientist saying that he wou…Read More

  • Microsoft GM sees potential in IT sector

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft General Manager of North Africa, East-Mediterranean and Pakistan Region, Leila Serhan, has said that there is huge potential in the Information Technology (IT) sector in Pakistan and hoped that this sector would grow dramatically in just two to three years. Leila, while talking to media in Islamabad, said that the Microsoft is bringing a strategy of mobile first, cloud first to Pakistan and “we see tremendous opportunities for individuals, businesses, and developers to embrace cloud computing.”She has recently visited Pakistan to review the potential and ongoing Microsoft projects in the country.   …Read More

  • World moot on IT services in Mauritius in June

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The University of Mauritius, in collaboration with the Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications, Hong Kong, will host the third International Conference on Digital Information Processing, e-Business and Cloud Computing from June 29 to 1 July this year. The conference will serve as a forum for scientists and engineers to present latest research findings, ideas, and papers in diverse areas of computer science, wireless communications, cloud computing, e-business, biometrics technologies, computational intelligence, information content s…Read More

  • ATDC delegation visits CEBG Okara dairy farm

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A delegation of Agri Tourism and Development Corporation of Pakistan has recently visited CEBG Okara on dairy farming of various imported as well as national breeds. During the visit, Commandment CEBG Col Dr. Mahboob Butt introduced the CEBG, their role in genetic improvement of dairy animals and their future strategies. The delegation was very much impressed after seeing working of the CEBG team in best labs of the country with all those necessary technologies. On the occasion, Col. Butt also told the delegation about the impacts of poor governmen…Read More

  • PTCL posts Rs81.5b earning for FY2014

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL has announced its annual results for the year 2014, riding on the back of its growing fixed and wireless broadband business. Of the total 2014 revenues of Rs. 81.5 billion earned by PTCL, the broadband revenues significantly increased by 34 per cent. The company’s profitability remained stable in spite of extraordinary expenses on account of a successfully completed voluntary separation scheme as well as losses due to fire and floods.  PTCL’s group revenues for the year stood at Rs. 129.9 billion. The financial results for the year ended on 31s…Read More

  • Experts for reforms in transport system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Experts at a discussion stressed the need to reform the mass transport system in Pakiatan saying that the change in parochial approach is must to better understand the issues related to this sector. The political discussin was arranged in Islamabad by the Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project. Purpose of the event was to create a better understanding of sustainable urban transport concepts amongst stakeholders, particularly the policy makers. The panel for the dialogue included politicians and subject experts that added to highlighting the …Read More

  • Focus on how cellcos satisfy subscribers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: With the increased penetration of cellular mobile operators across Pakistan, the subscribers have become matured enough to rank and choose the mobile operator depending on the quality of services, back-end support and customer care facilities. The telecom firms are also focusing on educating customers to give them a basic understanding about the service which they are inquiring about. “Experience is going to define the telcos’ future, the diversification has changed the whole scenario for them,” said Aamir Atta, an industry expert. T…Read More

  • Nokia 215 Dual SIM launched

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft Devices Pakistan has launched Nokia 215 Dual SIM, its most affordable Internet-ready phone, in the country. This product is designed to connect and introduce first-time mobile phone buyers to the Internet and new digital experiences. The Nokia 215 Dual SIM will allow more people to access popular Web content and digital services, and enable them to enjoy online experiences via Opera Mini browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook. With a fresh design, durable quality and outstanding battery life, this entry-level mobile phone is a…Read More

  • Utam from IEEE wins prestigious award

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Utam Rahwani has been awarded the ‘Best Karachi Section Volunteer of the Year Award 2014’ by IEEE Karachi Section at the Annual General Meeting at Sunset Club, DHA, Karachi. Utam belongs to village Malanhore Vena of District Tharparkar. He currently is studying at the Hamdard Institute of Engineering & Technology, Hamdard University, Karachi. He joined IEEE as student member in year 2013. In 2014 he was elected as General Secretary, IEEE HIET Student Branch. He won $60 under MGM award programme for his efforts during membership year 2014. Utam chaired an event of IEEE Karachi Section named as IEEE TISP (Teacher in-Service Program) training workshop…Read More

  • Unido, Nust join hands for clean tech innovation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The UNIDO and NUST have agreed to foster entrepreneurship in clean technology innovation in Pakistan, where both the organizations are already working on capacity building of national engineering universities, R&D Institutes and local manufacturers of biomass gasifiers. Both the organisations discussed multiple areas of collaboration. This will help further strengthen the partnership between the two organisations particularly, in the areas of Energy, Environment and its related facets. “NUST role is remarkable in national development, and industrial development is not possible without the academia’s contribution,” said UNIDO DG Li Yong.…Read More

  • French embassy inaugurates technology contest

    STAFF REPORT ISB: French Embassy in Pakistan has hosted the launching of the “Hello Tomorrow Challenge in Pakistan”, a global start-up competition covering all major fields of technology. The contenst is aimed to promote projects based on scientific and technological innovations with high potential. This is the second edition of the competition, which will grant more than €170 000 to the best innovating start-up projects developed in one of the six following fields including Energy and Environment, Food and Agriculture, Transport and Mobility, Materials and Manufactur…Read More

  • Sindh loses 3.5m acres to sea by land erosion

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Nearly 3.5 million acres of agricultural land in Sindh has been eroded since 1956 and coastal districts of the province will be submerged by 2050 if immediate measures are not taken to protect the Indus Delta, experts said. “Badin, Thatta and Sajawal will be underwater by 2050 if 35 million acre feet (MAF) of water are not released from the Indus Delta,” claimed Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum Chairperson Ali Shah. The government should investigate the reason for the intrusion of the sea. It is caused by the stoppage of water flow in the Indus Delta, he said. Discussing the apprehensions of the residents of Badin, Thatta and Sajawal, Shah said that m…Read More

  • PAC notices negligence in Nespak affairs

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in its recent meeting has showed its utter displeasure over the contribution of 0.5 percent share to the exchequer out of total profitability of National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak) and directed the Ministry of Water and Power to revamp its Board of Directors. The meeting chaired by Syed Khurshid Shah examined the Nespak audited accounts for 2010-11. An audit official observed that Nespak earned Rs 64 billion and its contribution to government kitty is Rs 1 billion. He further said that Nespak’s profit in 2011-12…Read More

  • Rawal Lake cleaning project may delay

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A project to clean Rawal Lake and Simly Dam faces possible delay as the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration has failed to submit a PC-1 of the project to the Finance Ministry. Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) and civic authorities of the twin cities had agreed in October last to install four water treatment plants at Rawal Lake in the first phase. The ICT was to prepare and submit a PC-1 to the ministry but the plan has not been prepared yet. The project, it is feared, might not be a part of the 2015-16 budget due to the delay. The plan agreed by ICT, Pak-EPA, CDA, and WASA Rawalpindi was estimated to cost Rs2.2 billion.…Read More

  • PCST chief visits Qadir Bakhsh Farms

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Chairperson, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, has recently visited the Qadir Bakhsh Farms. On the occasion, Prof. Gillani appreciated the innovative mind of Sir Tariq Tanvir (Esq.) and wished for establishing his home like QB-Farm in future. Prof. Gillani also appreciated University Extension work of Team Agrihunt in UAF and he further asked Sir Dr. Shouq for another detailed meeting for a collaborative discussion for such projects in future. Prof. Gillani also appreciated Team work of Agrihunt Volunteers, the project of UAF Information in UAF, and desired to launch this E-concept in other Pakistani…Read More

  • HEC awarded 1246 scholarships in last 2 years

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) had awarded 1,246 foreign and indigenous scholarships to the students in the field of Science and Technology in the last two years (2012-13 and 2013-14). In a written reply to the question of Shazia Marri, the Minister for Education and Professional Training told the National Assembly during the Question Hour that said 33 scholarships were awarded to the students of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 63 to the students of Balochistan, 14 to Fata, 21 to Gilgit Baltistan, 38 to Islamabad Capital Territory, 242 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 663 t…Read More

  • Need stressed for conservation of wetlands for better future

    STAFF REPORT KHI: IUCN Pakistan-funded ‘Saving the Endangered Sea Turtles’ Project has organized the World Wetlands Day 2015 at Wetland Centre Sandspit, Karachi. The event was organized by IUCN in collaboration with WWF Pakistan. The theme of this year for World Wetland Day is “Wetlands for the Future”.  The event was celebrated with the children from four local schools in the Sandspit area, members from the local fisher community and Moti Mala Women Tanzeem. “Wetlands are considered as ‘World’s Supermarkets’ as they provide countless goods and services for the benefit of society such as, livelihoods for the dependent communities, food, fiber, fuel, clean air and clean dri…Read More

  • GSP kept out of Chiniot iron reserves determination

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) has determined large reserves of iron ore and copper at 32 different locations in Chiniot and other sites of Punjab, however, this state-owned department has not been not invited to the inaugural ceremony in Chiniot. GSP has determined 32 different places in 80,000 square kilometer area of Punjab, which is abundant in iron ore and copper reserves. The sites of large reserves of iron ore and copper are located in Faisalabad, Nankana Sahib and Chak Jhumra (Faisalabad). However, work on the devolvement of these reserves will start af…Read More

  • Charji Evo: PTCL offers data packages

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has launched a new range of devices and data packages for its high-speed CharJi EVO wireless broadband customers. According to a press release issued here from the company, the new devices offer superior user experience with high-speed internet and flexibility through economical monthly packages and reduced upfront device cost. This offer includes introduction of CharJi Wingle device and new CharJi Cloud device at affordable monthly packages ranging from Rs1,800 for 20GB to Rs6,000 for unlimited volumes. “PTCL firmly believes that high quality wireless broadband is a catalyst for socio-economic …Read More

  • HEC endeavouring to promote research in social sciences

    STAFF REPORT ISB: HEC Chairman Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed has said that the Commission has been endeavouring to promote and intensify research in Social Sciences. “We have set up a dedicated social sciences section at HEC to identify realities of diverse social and human issues which Pakistan is facing,” said Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed. He further said that the scholars and researchers of Social Sciences and Humanities, who have theoretical, conceptual, methodological and policy orientation background, have been invited for grants. “Their research projects may be…Read More

  • Biggest start-up EatOye acquired by FoodPanda

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The leading Pakistani food ordering powerhouse EatOye (www.eatoye.pk) has been acquired by FoodPanda (www.foodpanda.com). EatOye offers the fastest way to order a food delivery or reserve a table. With 682 per cent growth in orders in 2014 it is amongst the fastest growing online food ordering companies globally. EatOye is awarded the Pasha ICT Award for the best IT company in hospitality industry in Pakistan and also amongst the best IT companies in hospitality in Asia Pacific region. The company has in access of 1,000 restaurants across 15 dif…Read More

  • Prof. Salam’s legacy: TWAS - the voice for science

    According to wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science) Science (derives from the Latin word “scientia”, meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about nature and the universe. This language is universal irrespective of religion, region or political boundaries. Prof. Abdus Salam, Physicist and Nobel laureate, hailing from Pakistan, recognized an urgent need in the developing world for scientists to learn this universal language and become part of this universal commun…Read More

  • E-waste hazard: The impending challenge

    Part-1 Electronic waste or e-waste is one of the rapidly growing problems of the world. E-waste comprises a multitude of components, some containing toxic substances that can have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not handled properly. In India, e-waste management assumes greater significance not only due to the generation of its own e-waste but also because of the dumping of e-waste from developed countries. This is coupled with India’s lack of appropriate infrastructure and procedures for its disposal and recycling. This review article provides a concise overview of India’s current e-waste scenario, namely magnitude of the problem, environmental and hea…Read More

  • PTCL leads in ICT solutions for businesses

    There is a global consensus that endorses telecommunications as an infrastructure essential to a country’s economic development and global competitiveness. Nationwide telecommunications networks form the backbone for national inclusion, productivity and competitiveness today. The impact of this backbone infrastructure is visible in every facet, be it communication  on voice calls, sharing pictures, browsing the internet, information processing and transactions by business and now increasing data driven social networking services like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp….the list goes on. These are just a few aspects of ICT significance, while a whole new side exists beyond this.&n…Read More

  • Scitech Museums - any role to play?

    “I like this machine,” said the little boy. “Look son this machine is better. It is made up of these… parts and works on the principle of…” explained the father. This is the snippet of conversation between father and his kid, that I overheard in Science Museum London while standing next to a sixteenth century machine.During my visits to five different science and technology (scitech) museums in my recent visit to UK, I witnessed the evolution, from conception to almost present day versions, of time measuring devices, calculators, computers, steam and internal combustion engines, farming…Read More

  • Precision agriculture, its process and vitality

    Precision Agriculture is a farming management concept which is based on measuring, observing and responding to intra and inter-field variation in the crops. (Blackmore et al., 2003) define precision agriculture as the management of spatial and temporal variability at a sub-field level to improve economic returns and reduce environmental impact. It is also referred as Satellite Farming/SSCM (Site Specific Crop Management). Precision Agriculture was firstly introduced in United States in 1980s. Precision agriculture has been practiced above 15 years mostly in North America and North Europe. During the several last decades, the electronic revolution has launched two technologies that will…Read More

  • Rising water stress in Pakistan

    God has blessed Pakistan with water resources, with water flowing down the Himalayas and Karakorum heights, the world’s largest glaciers, a free and unique bounty of nature for this land of alluvial plains. Earth’s total surface area (29.9 per cent of its land area) it hosts 60 per cent of the world’s current human population, but only about 36 per cent of the renewable fresh water. So, even on a continental scale it is clear that water is a serious constraint in Asia. China, India and Pakistan are three of the four top irrigating states in the world, confronting with serious water problems. Pakistan has in most areas of agriculture a monsoon climate and there might be abundant rainfal…Read More

  • Need to reprioritise energy options

    With the unprecedented slump in prices of petroleum products in international market, a new energy landscape is unfolding for the third world states particularly Pakistan with exciting prospects which calls for extra caution for policymakers. The more important factor is that any misjudgement of this critical juncture can result in heavy price for the economy of Pakistan and its nation. Presently, all the oil importing countries especially Pakistan are rejoicing the drastic oil prices reduction. The government of Pakistan, which is also exploring various options to import LNG to meet its domestic needs following the critical energy crisis, shouldn’t ignore alternative energy options li…Read More