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Volume 06 Issue 06

  • Centre-provinces rifts ruining climate change policy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: While the climate change has become an issue of top priority especially in developing countries, the case in Pakistan is different as it has failed to ensure implementation of its first-ever climate change policy on account of sheer negligence of the governments. “The first National Climate Change Policy was approved in September 2012, but it could not be implemented owing to ignorance on part of that government and dispute between the federal and provincial governments over the policy,” said an official requesting anonymity. He said no mee…Read More

  • MUET world conference sets new horizons for ICTs developments

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Highlighting the rising significance of technical exchanges amongst researchers from academia and industries in various emerging ICT fields, experts at the 4th Flagship ICT event IMTIC 2015 have stressed the need for students participation in tutorials and their face to face interaction with experts as it would enhance their technical growth and vision at much higher level.  The event (International Multi-Topic Conference) was organized in Islamabad by the Engineering & Technology (MUET) with the support of Higher Education Commis…Read More

  • SIMs verification deadline may be extended

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is considering to extend last date for the biometric verification of mobile SIMs, as during the first 65 days only 37 million out of out of 103 million SIMs could be verified, while February 26, the deadline set for this campaign is about to lapse. The government is certain that it would re-verify all the SIMs in the country, and to achieve this goal, there are many options under consideration and one of it is extension in the deadline, said an official. According to the record, in the first 37 days, 65…Read More

  • Danish firm to develop 100MW wind project

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems will develop a 100-MW wind project in Pakistan under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Sindh province. According to an official statement, the project is planned to expand to as much as 300 MW at a later stage. Vestas will be in charge of the engineering and associated technical services. The firm and the Danish embassy will also facilitate the financing process, it said. Gerard Carew, Vestas Vice President of Sales in the Asia Pacific region, noted that the company wants to grow its business in Pakistan. According to its website, Vestas has installed 28 turbine…Read More

  • Moot projects role of internet governance

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is giving high priority to ICTs sector, particularly “Internet Governance system in the country”, which is playing an important role in the business growth and good governance both in public and private sectors. Minister for IT Anusha Rehman said this while addressing a workshop “Internet Governance and Roles of its Stakeholders” organized by the IT Ministry in Islamabad. She said that Pakistan has joined hands with ICANN to streamline its policies and action plans regarding Internet and its usage, in accordance with the guidelines provide…Read More

  • Waste water plant ready to operate

    STAFF REPORT ISB:  Secretary Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), Seerat Asghar has recently visited the Bio-remediation Waste Water Treatment plant established at Rose and Jasmine Garden in Islamabad. The plant has been jointly constructed by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) with an aim to clean the sewerage water of the city and use it for green belt that will help to save drinking water. During his visit, the secretary was briefed by Director National Institute of Bioremediation (NIB) NARC about the progress so far done on the project, which he said, was ready now for t…Read More

  • PCRWR holds workshop on water management

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has recently organized a 5-day training workshop on `Nurturing Satellite Remote Sensing application for water management’ in collaboration with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). “The stand alone physical models based on hydrology, hydraulics or meteorology have become limited in predicting the state of freshwater availability,” said Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Kamran Ali Qureshi, while speaking as a chief guest at the inaugural se…Read More

  • Pakistan to present case at Paris climate change moot

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has started work to present its case about vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change at the upcoming 21st global Conference of Parties (COP21) being held in Paris in December this year. “Pakistan stands firm in its commitments made under all international obligations and agreements and will take all-out measures in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental sectors concerned to reduce Pak vulnerability to climate change,” said Secretary Climate Change, Arif Ahmed, at a meeting recently held in Islamabad. …Read More

  • Aamir Ibrahim appointed Mobilink CCO

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Aamir Ibrahim, one of the founding members of Mobilink, and more recently Senior Vice President Telenor Group in Thailand, has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Mobillink.  According to Jeffrey Hedberg, President and CEO Mobilink, Aamir will lead all commercial aspects of the company’s various businesses. Aamir has over 20 years of blue chip experience across various countries and industries.  He has previously served as Chief Marketing Officer Telenor Pakistan and Chief Strategy Officer Mobilink in addition to various leadership roles at Ford Motor Company in Europe and Middle East. “Indeed, Aamir’s kn…Read More

  • PCJCCI stresses need for e-commerce trade

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) has urged business community of Pakistan to take all possible measures for entering into the era of electronic trade through e-commerce. PCJCCI President Faisal Afridi said that currently the overall volume of e-commerce in the country was more than $4 billion per annum and it was estimated that in near future, almost 25 percent of traditional business would be converted into internet business.Afridi elaborated that establishing business through e-commerce was effective due to low cost as billions of buyers and sellers could be connected simultaneously across the world.“The e-commerce is going …Read More

  • Sanitation conditions highly poor in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Sanitation and hygiene situation in Pakistan remains at a crisis point as just 48 per cent of the population has access to improved sanitation and more than 40 million people continue to defecate in the open. Only 24 per cent households in the country have access to underground and covered drains, 42 per cent have access to open drains and 33 per cent live with no system. These statistics were revealed during a recently held 2nd Pakistan Conference on Sanitation (PACOSAN-II) here in Islamabad. President Mamnoon Hussain was the chief g…Read More

  • New method unveiled to grow tomato with less water

    STAFF REPORT KHI: By growing tomatoes and lettuce using 80 per cent less water than usual, two business students may have come up with a solution to farming in drought-stricken areas of Pakistan. This unique hydro-farming project started off as an assignment for a ‘Developing Entrepreneurship Options’ class that 22-year-old, Yousuf Huzefa Motiwala and Ibrahim Y Petiwala, came up with while they were BBA students at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). “When the farmer waters the field, he ends up watering the empty distance in between and tha…Read More

  • 2nd annual Start-Up Cup competition launched

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to promote and assist the local entrepreneurships across the country, the 2015 Pakistan Start-Up Cup, an intensive, nationwide business competition has been launched in the country. The Start-Up Cup is a locally driven business model competition open to any idea, designed to increase the quality and quality of entrepreneurs in the community. The US Embassy in Islamabad and the Islamabad Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), in collaboration with the US Pakistan Women’s Council, have launched the competition. Entrepreneur…Read More

  • PASTIC trains researchers on tools, technologies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PASTIC, a specialized organization for handling and dissemination of scientific information, under Pakistan Science Foundation, PSF (Ministry of Science & Technology), has organized a training workshop on research tools & techniques in Islamabad. The objective of this workshop is to build the capacity of young researchers and to enhance their professional skills in data analysis and bibliography management for the preparation of dissertation or research papers through SPSS and EndNote.On the occasion, Director General PASTIC, Prof. Dr…Read More

  • Carmudi secures $25m fund for Asia, Latin America operations

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Carmudi, a leading car classified site backed by Rocket Internet, has raised $25 million to strengthen its operations in Asia and Latin America. Investors include Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG), a joint venture of Rocket Internet and Ooredoo, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Tengelmann Ventures, and a division of international multi-sector retailer Tengelmann Group. Launched in October 2013, Carmudi has rapidly scaled up to 20 countries, seven of which are in Asia (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam) …Read More

  • Pakistani aspires to make internet accessible for all

    STAFF REPORT KHI: In order to connect the unconnected, technology giants Google and Facebook are trying to make basic mobile internet services free in many countries. Pakistani entrepreneur Hassan Baig has gone one step further as he is developing a solution to make internet accessible for those who have never experienced it.He believes that these initiatives alone won’t be sufficient to connect everyone, for they are geared towards making the internet and digital technology only more affordable. Explaining the idea further, he graduate said that from operating system to user interface, all smartphones have been designed for those who already have had some exposure to the internet and …Read More

  • Wider role suggested to cope with climate change

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Weather patterns in Pakistan are changing rapidly due to climate change, causing negative impacts on glaciers, river flows, underground water recharge systems, agriculture and overall biodiversity. “Efforts are being made at various levels to cope with the negative impacts,” said Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah while addressing a conference in Islamabad. He said depleting river flows, falling underground water level, shifting rainfall patterns, expanding summer months and melting glaciers are all terrible indicators of how fast the climate of the country is changing. “We need to take corrective measures and wor…Read More

  • IUCPSS, I-SAPS join hands to promote teaching, research

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Inter University Consortium for Promotion of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (IUCPSS), an alliance of 30 Pakistani universities, and Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) Pakistan have signed an agreement to promote teaching and research in local conflicts in the country. According to the agreement, special attention would be paid on improving the state of social sciences and humanities in Pakistan by enhancing collaborative research.  It was also decided that a working group comprising academicians and researcher would be formed for promotion of teaching and research in local conflicts. It was also a…Read More

  • Project management training held at HEC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A five-day training session has recently been concluded under the University Advancement Initiative of HEC and USAID in order to enhance capacity and productivity of managers and staff of HEC and Financial Aid Offices in partner universities. As many as 22 executives from 31 partner institutions attended in the training, which focused on concepts of project management professional certification through standard tools and techniques.  The training was organized under the Pak-USAID Merit and Needs Based Scholarship Programme, whic…Read More

  • Speakers for multi-faceted Pak-Russia coop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Strong Pak-Russia bilateral relationship has been pledged at a recently held seminar organised by Muslim institute on ‘Prospects of Pak-Russia bilateral relations’. Participants emphasised on enhancing bilateral relations and argued that there is a huge potential of cooperation between both countries in the fields of defence, energy, infrastructure, security enhancement and narcotic control and regional stability. Purpose of the seminar was to explore different aspects and avenues of mutual cooperation between the two sides that share same region.  They said that there do exist sporadic episodes in the past of mutual…Read More

  • Britain keen to work with Pakistan for cyber security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Britain is very keen to work in the sphere of cyber security which is concern of everyone in the globe and on this specific issue it can work with Pakistan in collaboration with each other. British Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Rt Hon Francis Maude MP said this when called on Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman here Islamabad. British High Commission Philip Barton, Secretary IT Azmat Ali Ranjha and other officials from British HC and IT Ministry were also present in the meeting.  On the occasion, Anusha s…Read More

  • Sir Syed University organises ‘open house job fair’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology has recently organised an ‘Open House Job Fair 2015’ at its campus that showcased more than 120 innovative projects of the final year students. Students from six disciplines including electronic, telecom, civil engineering, computer, biomedical, and computer science contributed their projects to the fair. “Sir Syed University is producing professionals of high quality whose skills and expertise is appreciated by the foreign countries as well,” said Sardar Yasin Malik while speaking as chief guest.…Read More

  • EatOye acquires Urbanite customer base

    STAFF REPORT KHI: EatOye Pvt. Ltd. (www.eatoye.pk) operating as an independent subsidiary of Foodpanda Global and an icon of food delivery, has acquired urbanite.pk, a customer base and domain - Pakistan’s pioneering online food ordering websites. This acquisition is the latest in a string of buyouts that have occurred in the red hot online food ordering industry within the region. Urbanite successfully launched online delivery across Karachi and brought together customers and providers through its platform in a very short span of time, opening up…Read More

  • Paladion predicts top ten cyber security trends

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Paladion Networks has highlighted the top 10 cyber security trends that will impact global digital security in 2015 and beyond.  These trends can have a long-term impact on the enterprises in Middle East. “After rigorous analysing the ever-increasing data flow regionally and globally, we have identified the top 10 cyber security trends that the enterprises in the Middle East needs to be cautious and should not ignore them in their strategic planning processes,” said, Amit Roy, VP & Regional Sales Head-ME & Africa at Paladion Netwo…Read More

  • Energy crisis shattering small industries

    STAFF REPORT SIALKOT: The prolonged gas and power loadshedding has crippled the small industries in Sialkot, Wazirabad, Gujrat and Daska, as the government has allegedly failed to heal the wounds of the small traders and industrialists. “The small industries are crippled and we are giving the SOS calls to the government to save these industries from collapse,” said Chairman All Pakistan Cutlery Association Bilal Bhutta while showing grave concern over the energy crisis in the country. He said that the energy crisis and wrong and ineffective policies of the government are the main cause of this collapse. He said that the government’s permission of direct …Read More

  • Small farmers need policy push

    STAFF REPORT ISB: FPCCI Chairman Ahmad Jawad has said that robust agricultural growth and productivity increase are decisive to sustained economic development in the country. However, despite this fact, many policy makers, policy analysts and some academicians are of the view that there is little need to invest in agriculture. Strong public institutions, better research and policies that explore the potential of ignored commodities such as dairy products and horticulture could help improve Pakistan’s agriculture growth, he said while addressing the agri entrepreneurs. He was of the view that public sector institutions must take the respons…Read More

  • The age of technology gains a strong foothold in Pakistan

    Analysing the growth that has taken place in Pakistan since its inception in 1947, a lot can be said in terms of infrastructure development, agricultural growth and progress in education. However, it is important to shed light on one sector that barely existed at the time of independence and has now grown to be a deep-rooted and well-established part of the economy, and one upon which many of us greatly depend. The winds of change in the Information Technology sector of Pakistan have urged Pakistani inventors and entrepreneurs to focus on the idea of adding value to existing …Read More

  • E-waste hazard: The impending challenge

    Part-II HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF E-WASTE EEEs are made of a multitude of components, some containing toxic substances that have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not handled properly. Often, these hazards arise due to the improper recycling and disposal processes used. It can have serious repercussions for those in proximity to places where e-waste is recycled or burnt. Waste from the white and brown goods is less toxic as compared with grey goods. A computer contains highly toxic chemicals like lead, cadmiu…Read More

  • Environment-friendly option for rice cultivation

    Climate change is an emerging issue these days. Scientists are storming brains to solve this issue, improving agricultural production system to meet the food security concerns globally. Among all climatic affects, seasonal droughts and uneven floods are major damaging the agricultural system with changing rainfall distribution. In Pakistan this might take away or alter monsoon with erratic and intensive rains, dry winter and prolonged dry spells. Three important Green House Gases (GHGs) CO2, CH4 and N2O are emitted by agricultural systems, which contribute significant…Read More

  • Horsomotive Industry: Bring it on in future

    So we embrace it, the dilemma of technology mismanagement rising from our own very usage or abusage of techology in everyday or perhaps every-moment life filled with comfort and ease but actually are the diseases or at least antecedents of complex epidemics like obesity, the disease which is because of comfort and ease but making us suffer from psychological disorders or severe form.  We are embracing the hottest ever year, the 2014, with no change in carbon consumption but rather the usage of oil is increasing leading to yet a bigger pollution problem as foresighted by the futurists of today. The acceleration of pollution may prove detrimental to our environmenta…Read More

  • Mulching – an efficient way to boost Rosa centifolia yield

    Rosa centifolia is a nontraditional high value crop in Pakistan. Its demand and area is increasing every year because it can produce flowers throughout the year including summer season and used for extraction of essential oil, making rose water, jam and eye drops. The increasing demand has built pressure on farmers and researches to find new ways for increasing its good quality yield. Previously work has done in the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, to develop a protocol for in vitro propagation and standardization of concentrations of plant growth regulators for rapid …Read More

  • Building healthy soils for future generations

    The soil is the foundation of agriculture, the world community is celebrating 2015 as “International Year of Soils” and the session of General Assembly is dedicated to increase awareness of healthy soils for food security and proper function of ecosystems. This increasing awareness of world community in managing healthy, productive soils is a positive sign for the future agriculture. World is facing serious challenges of population growth, more frequent occurrence of extreme weather conditions than in the past, therefore, healthy soils are essential to meet global food, feed, fuel,…Read More

  • Need to develop chemicals industry

    Though the government of Pakistan has come up with the Innovative Chemical Treasures and Vision 2030 with the sole purpose to fully tap the potential of this sector, yet there exist various potent flaws in the way of achieving this high-profile goal. The history of industrial development proves that the highly industrialised countries like UK, France, Germany and US achieved their status after several centuries of continuous effort. Same is the case with newly industrialised states like Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, China, India and Brazil, though their progress span is comparatively shorter. Amid all these industrial developments, modernising a Nat…Read More