Volume 06 Issue 08

  • Nuclear: The only way out to energy calamity

    PAKISTAN is passing through the most problematic phase of its history. The acute energy crisis is creating a serious difficulty for our frail economy. Our energy needs are surpassing supply triggering hours long power outages daily across the country. Resulting, the economic growth rate of 5.1 per cent may not be achieved in the current fiscal year; we are expecting a growth rate of around 4.5 per cent. Due to increase in population urbanisation and the rising power demand of industrial and commercial customers, the energy crisis will continue to aggravate. If this occurs, the energy challenge in the country could well become an energy calamity. As a result of closure of industrial uni…Read More

  • Role of Science Diplomacy highlighted at COMSATS roundtable meeting

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As the need for science diplomacy in modern times is growing, in view of the emerging challenges of environment, health and food security, it is imperative for Pakistan to be abreast with current advances in the international scientific arena so as to make informed decisions to secure the well-being of general masses. These remarks were made by Amjad Hussain B Sial, Special Secretary (PP/West Asia), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a roundtable meeting organized recently by COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad for the launch of Science Diplomacy.…Read More

  • LNG to be deregulated, supplied to CNG stations

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would be deregulated and supplied to the CNG stations across Pakistan in order to ensure availability of cheap fuel to the consumers. Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the Nation Assembly recently. He said that the government would not regulate the LNG sector and its price would also be determined by the private sector.  “The LNG price would be around 30 per cent less than the petroleum products’ prices but this will be determined on the basis of supply and demand by th…Read More

  • Bigger investment needed for quality teachers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Education in Pakistan has remained a low priority since 1947. This, despite the fact that the very first conference held in Pakistan was on education where Quaid-e-Azam had declared that, “education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan.” While there has been a substantial increase in the number of schools, colleges and universities, Pakistan remains one of the most illiterate countries in the world. 60 million Pakistanis today cannot read or write.  Again, the quality of education imparted, barring a small number of outstanding educational institutions, is generally sub-standard.  According to experts, it is easy to expl…Read More

  • Pakistan to host 6th D-8 meeting of agri ministers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 6th D-8 Agricultural Ministers’ meeting will be held in Islamabad while the date was still being finalised between the officials of Ministry of National Food Security and the Developing-8 Secretariat. The D-8 is an organisation for the cooperation among Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey. Pakistan accepted hosting the meeting after Bangladesh showed its unwillingness to host the meeting which was decided in the 5th meeting held in December last in Istanbul, official sources said. Minister f…Read More

  • HEC black-lists 20 scholars of varsities

    STAFF REPORT HYD: The HEC authorities have black-listed 20 scholars of different universities with prohibition not to supervise the research of M.Phil candidates. They also withdrew all HEC benefits including foreign visits and allowances on charges of violation of plagiarism policy of the Commission. According to details, out of 20 scholars, six belong to University of Sindh Jamshoro. These include Dr. Abdul Sattar Almani, Muhammad Aslam Kamboh, Muhammad Aslam Chaudhry of Department of Educational Management, Dr. Azhar Ali Shah, Dr. Imdad Ismaili and Dr. Lachamn Das Dhomeja of the Institute of Information Technology. The other scholars included Dr. Jalal Uddin Noori, …Read More

  • Japan, Unesco to improve Pak flood warning system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Government of Japan and UNESCO have agreed to implement a project worth $4.05 million to further improve flood warning and management capacity of the government of Pakistan. This project is the second phase of the earlier project implemented by UNESCO with the financial assistance of Japan. This project will contribute to enhancing the reliability and accuracy of IFAS as well as expanding the coverage of IFAS and RRI model to Eastern Rivers. In addition, JICA and UNESCO plan to promote sharing of flood forecasting information among …Read More

  • PITB to computerise Punjab police record

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab government has decided to computerise all record of the Punjab police through an Inventory Management System being launched by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Lahore. “The pilot project worth Rs 16 million would be kicked off in Lahore.  The main server for monitoring will be established in Central Police Office Lahore or at PITB headquarters,” said PITB Chairman Dr Umar Saif during a meeting recently held here in Lahore. Dr. Saif said that the record procurement of all vehicles, petrol, arms, food, uniforms, and other equipment is going to be computerised now, which will help a lot in curbi…Read More

  • PTA unearths another illegal gateway exchange

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has unearthed an illegal gateway exchange in Lahore.  According to details, a successful raid against the grey operator was carried out along with FIA team at Jamil Town, Sabzazar, Lahore. An illegal exchange was found. The team confiscated all equipment including four gateways, 8 ports each, number of SIMs, laptops, and modems. The successful raids against the grey operators were made possible because of continuous monitoring, commitment and persistent efforts by PTA in curbing the menace of grey traffic thus curtailing the loss to the national exchequer because of grey traffickers in the country. In or…Read More

  • PAS on the move to make Pakistan science conscious

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 3rd monthly brainstorming session to make Pakistan a Science Conscious country has recently been organized by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) at the PAS headquarters in Islamabad. The major objective of these events is to promote quality science education and research and development in the country by enhancing stakeholder awareness about the crucial role of science and technology in economic development and human wellbeing. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary General PAS Dr. Zabta Shinwari said the Academy has rightly decided to encourage and motivate young scientists of the country to promote S&T. In his …Read More

  • Academicians stress for more PhDs for quality education

    STAFF REPORT LHR: PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Ashraf has said that much is needed to promote science in the country, as despite grants, no good research work is being done in universities across Pakistan. He said that further research, based on available research work of scholars, should be promoted. He said this at the two-day 4th Invention to Innovation Summit 2015 of the Punjab University Office of Research Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) in collaboration with IRP and PSF has recently been held at Al-Raazi Hall. Dr A…Read More

  • New technology in the offing to fight kilns pollution

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) Punjab has decided to introduce new technology being used in India to fight the air pollution caused by the brick-kilns. In this regard, a delegation is preparing to visit India very soon. The air pollution caused by the brick kilns was always a cause of concern for residents, environmentalists and social activists who continued to criticise the EPD as well as Punjab government for not taking any concrete action against these kilns. Recently, Dr Iqbal Chauhan, Secretary EPD, Punjab, has held…Read More

  • 1,100 SSUET students awarded degrees at convocation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology Chancellor Engr Adil Usman has said that their university has undertaken concerted efforts and turned out over 13,000 graduates, so far, who are capable to meet the demand of modern world. He was addressing the SSUET graduates at the university’s 18th Convocation that was held to commemorate academic accomplishments of its students at the Expo Centre Karachi in which some 1100 students from the various disciplines were awarded master’s degrees. “The university is a progressive institution that looks…Read More

  • PTA unveils ‘Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2015’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched competition “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2015” in partnership with all mobile operators, Internet Society (ISOC) Asia-Pacific Bureau and Samsung. This initiative has been taken to encourage Pakistani individuals who have developed the most innovative user generated or professionally produced content that engages the mobile user and enhances the traditional mobile content experience. The Pakistan Mobile Application Award invites people to submit novel and innovative mobile applications  utilizing any computing architecture in different categories, with an overall objective t…Read More

  • Zong felicitates Anusha, PTA for winning Award

    STAFF REPORTER ISB: Zong has congratulate State Minister for IT & Telecom Anusha Rahman and PTA Chairman Dr. Ismail Shah on winning the ‘Government Mobile Excellence Award’ as this achievement is a welcome news for the country”. “Being the only 3G + 4G operator in the country, Zong recognizes this as a remarkable achievement for the country as it is progressing towards greater heights in the mobile spectrum world,” said Nauman Khalid, Deputy Director Regulatory Affairs, Zong. He said that the company has always extended utmost support to MoIT in all its efforts, and will continue to do so in the future. “Zong has been working closely with GSMA and ha…Read More

  • SBP plans to offer soft loans to small traders

    STAFF REPORT SIALKOT: The SBP has a plan to provide soft business loans to enable small traders to expand their businesses. “The central bank has evolved a comprehensive strategy to give a boost to small industrial estate sector, besides encouraging small traders and industrialists to take full advantage and benefit of the SBP’s soft loans schemes,” SBP Deputy Director Iqbal Hussain said this while addressing industrialists in Sialkot. On the occasion, GCCI President Khalid Hassan said SMEs have always played a pivotal role in giving a boost to the economy of any country; thus it has become vital to encourage SMEs at every level. He called…Read More

  • Govt efforts on to protect forests

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushahid Ullah has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is deeply concerned over the rapid shrinking of forest cover of the country. For, deforestation has exacerbated country’s exposure to various devastating impacts of climate change caused due to global warming. “The PM is deeply upset over illegal tree-cutting in the country, particularly in Chilas, Swat, Chitral and those which constitute riverine forests. Because, the vanishing of forests has exposed the country to the mounting risk of floods, landslides and land erosion,” he said. However, efforts are being made to take those to the task, who a…Read More

  • Oaks CAF Pakistan, UAF agree to boost agri

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Oaks CAF Pakistan Korean Company and University of Agriculture Faisalabad have agreed to collaborate in soybean, dairy value chain, value addition and other areas of agriculture to get the benefit from each other’s experiences.  It was discussed at a meeting of Korean team led by Mrs Seo from Jung Oak and Lee JaeHo from Pakistan Korean Company with UAF agricultural scientists at ORIC office.  Seo said that the collaboration will open up new horizon to get benefit from each other experiences. She said…Read More

  • PUCIT produces first PhD in Computer Science

    STAFF REPORT LHR:  In the history of the Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT), Dr Ather Ashraf became the first PhD in Computer Science produced by the college. He worked under the supervision of Dr Akram and Prof Dr Syed Mansoor Sarwar. The topic of his dissertation was “Spatial Fuzzy Intelligence System for Land Suitability Model.” In this research, the spatial surfaces of fertilizers were developed for wheat using a fuzzy decision support system. The algorithm of the system takes soil nutrients and cropping time as…Read More

  • Japan’s tech aid sought in renewable energy resources

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister of State and Chairman Board of Investment Dr Miftah Ismail has said Pakistan would seek technical assistance from Japan in renewable sources of energy, such as solar, wind, thermal and biogas. Talking to Kazuyuki Nakane, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who visited BOI to discuss and explore the key areas of investment opportunities between Pakistan and Japan, Dr. Miftah Ismail, said Pakistan’s major issue is energy deficiency and the best way to overcome this issue is to invest in coal and renewable energ…Read More

  • UoK establishes halal products testing lab

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of University of Karachi (UoK), has focused on testing of Halal cosmetics and other Halal products by setting up a special laboratory at its Industrial Analytical Centre. Not only with the final product but also with the raw materials, ingredients, equipment, apparatus, utensils, labels, packaging material, technology, and the process employed in the production, which need to be deemed safe to use and should not pose any health risk. This initiative was explaine…Read More

  • Warid wins SKMT annual award

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Warid Telecom has again received the prestigious Shaukat Khanum Annual Social Responsibility Award for the fourth consecutive year. The award ceremony was held in Islamabad which was attended by number of leading organizations. Warid has supported SKMT on number of social initiatives and awareness campaigns throughout the year. The company won this award for the fourth time is significant in order to show the consistency of Warid’s commitment as a socially responsible organization. Appreciating the support by Warid Telecom, Tariq Azam, Director Marketing, SKMT. said “It is the continuous support from the organizations like Warid Telecom…Read More

  • Scientists call for sane policy to ensure food security

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Agriculture scientists have highlighted the importance of removing policy gaps in order to bring about self-sufficiency in food production and ensure food security through transferring latest technologies and research results to farmers. “We have been blessed with adequate climate and have up-to-date technology, however, where we lack is the policy side which needed to be given heed for the promotion of agriculture sector,” speakers said while addressing a recently held Travelling Wheat Seminar 2015 in Karachi. Speaking on the occasion, PARC Chairman Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said that the council has recently introduced four new rust-resistin…Read More

  • Huawei launches Ascend G-7 with longest battery life

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Huawei, one of the globally leading enterprises in telecom technology, has launched its flag-ship product – Huawei Ascend G-7 smartphone. The Ascend G7 has successfully created a battery that lasts for over 600 hours on stand-by. Thus, company has defied the notion that; Smart devices do not have a battery that can last long enough to sustain the heavy usage in these sophisticated devices. The G-7 is designed for heavy use, including; video streaming, gaming, and HD recording. Its battery gives up to 1.2 days of power on a single charge, as well as an incredible 600 hours on standby. This smartphone,  despite its ult…Read More

  • Light-based tech helps control diseases: Tanveer

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The two-day international workshop on Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based LEDs and Laser Diodes has recently been concluded which was jointly organised by the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) and National Institute of Laser and Optronics (NILOP). Minister for Science and Technology and Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain told the the celebration of 2015, as the year of light was a global initiative, which would create awareness among the people about the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives. …Read More

  • PMNH plans to set up modern display of ocean, live exhibits

    Staff Report ISB: Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) has plans to establish a new display of ocean, using modern technology and also establish live exhibits like aquarium, avtiary, butterfly garden, museum city and field museum for research and public educational purposes. Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation, Prof Dr Ashraf, was told this by the PMNH, Deputy Director General, Dr Rafique during a presentation to him on his first visit to the museum. PMNH Director General, Dr Muhammad Khan Leghari, and directors of the museum were also present on t…Read More

  • Solar power project completed at LUMS

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan’s first milestone of a long time envisioned and thoroughly developed solar project has been completed, connected and commissioned thereby providing the Pakistani market with additional clean energy. As early as 2013, the LUMS had decided to equip its buildings with sun2live rooftop installations. By now, the installation of a first 300 kWp system under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that was concluded between the meeco Group, through its joint venture in Pakistan Oursun Solar Power Limited and LUMS has been completed. Afte…Read More

  • ICTs against security

    ICT is yet another way in to our confidentiality. Paving the path for outdoors to our indoors very calmly and swiftly that an air breeze is easy to feel but the sneaker or hacker can’t be realized. It all because we have a state-of-the-art stealth tech adoption rate sky high in each and every part of the world and every professional pines for it. ICT was made to secretly relay the info in war times and it successfully did that for US DoD (department of defence). ICT gives rise to insecurity as there are many ways for hackers to hack into our accounts and steal the info which can be used for bad purposes. ICT is never recommended by social scientists still for saving our personal info…Read More

  • Scientific thought a key to self-reliance

    Muslim world seems hypnotized by the advancement of the West and have surrendered to their intellectual success believing of being mentally inferior. This very situation can be observed at every level of our societies. I remember an event from my school time when I understood the principle of gyroscope from a science book and tried to explain it to my friend who seemed very much impressed by the huge and complicated Gyroscopes installed on large ships. A Gyroscope is a device which is used for course guidance during air and sea travel.  By using a rotating bicycle wheel I tried to demonstrate how a spinning wheel would resist any turning moment applied to it enabl…Read More

  • Crops Rotation - a tool for maintaining soil fertility

    It is observed that during the last decade there is decline in yield in mono-cropping system where same crops are grown on same land in repeated cycles. Mono-cropping system causes weeds and diseases problem in crops because every year or every season, same crops left behind the weed seeds as well as disease causing organism in same land. Mono-cropping system exhausted the nutrients from soil which are essential for plants/crops growth. There is a well-known strategy against mono-cropping system which uplifts the yield of crops, increases the soil fertility, cause weeds and disease control. The strategy is known as “Crops Rotation”. Crops rotation means “growing of cro…Read More

  • Shape and nature of future education

    Education is very vast topic and it is hard to cover many aspects in one writing so I will specifically write about future of higher education and what shape it is taking. There are two types of higher education systems now - traditional university education and online education.  We are well familiar with university based education so there is no need to explain it. The concept of online learning is a product of technological advancement which has made it possible to gain higher education at your home. The concept of online education is gaining momentum now as many universities around the world are offering online courses (MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton etc.) …Read More

  • Climate change and ethanol production from sugarcane

    The increasing concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) is warming the earth’s atmosphere and the phenomenon is known as climate change or global warming. Climate change continues to be a topic of considerable scientific debate and public concern. The concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) in the atmosphere has been significantly increased due to human activities. This has given rise to growing concern about the consequences of such increase on global warming and climate change.  The major factors contributing to the global climate change include polluted emissions by excessive burning of foss…Read More

  • Boron application - a patent approach to combat aerobic rice

    Food security is an important task to nourish the rapidly growing population of the world. However, increasing food demand and declining water availability are the challenges for food security. Water scarcity is perhaps the foremost limitation for sustainable crop production, rice being the most vulnerable. During transplanting and crop establishment, the fields remain flooded with 5–10 cm of water. As much water is used for wet soil preparation for rice production and also the huge losses occur by seepage, percolation and evaporation when the soil is flooded, the production of rice by this conventional method requires a large amount of water. To produce 1 kg of rice, …Read More

  • In search of idea-to-reality quest

    Abdullah Saqib is a telecom engineer by qualification, a Marketing Professional in Telenor Pakistan’s Digital Services team by profession, a freelance writer and a career coach by passion. He is the founder of Rangle Career Guide-Pakistan’s first strengths-based career coaching platform, which strives to identify talents, convert them to strengths and drive performance. Saqib did his BS Telecom Engineering from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences. His diverse range of activities may seem confusing at first, but when his areas of interest are focused, one will fin…Read More