Volume 06 Issue 13

  • PSF, UoP, IRP set to hold invention to innovation summits

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), University of the Punjab and Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) are set to sign an agreement for organizing Annual Invention to Innovation Summits aimed at establishing strong university-industry linkages in Pakistan. It was decided at a meeting among Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Ashraf, Director ORIC, University of the Punjab, Dr. Aamir Ejaz, and Chief Executive Officer, IRP, Abid Sherwani in the PSF premises. On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Ashraf stressed upon the importance of annual Invention to Innovation summits he…Read More

  • PSF, France embassy explore vistas for S&T cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Embassy of France in Pakistan have explored avenues of cooperation in joint research projects to in order to strengthen science and technology base in Pakistan. Alban Schwerer, Scientific and Higher Education Attache, Embassy of France, called on PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf in Islamabad. Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, PSF Focal Person for International Linkages, also attended the meeting which was held to identify priorities and common interests of Pakistan and France in the field of science. During the meeti…Read More

  • Pakistan urges rich nations to deliver on 'Green Climate Fund'

    Staff Report ISD: In a conference on Climate Change in Safranbolu, Turkey, Arif Ahmed Khan, Federal Secretary of Ministry of Climate Change remarked that steps in context of their efforts must be instigated for eradication of poverty and promotion of sustainable development. He urged global community to play their role and ensure new global climate agreement and its implementation from 2020. The agreement is imperative and offers pragmatic solutions to eradicate poverty and sustainable development. He expressed his concern to developed countries and urged them to be forefront in this regard to ensure to align their activities in compliance with the framework of UN Framework …Read More

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  • Serious joint efforts a must to resolve national water issues

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Water shortage as one of the major challenges like energy shortfall, law & order situation, has hit Pakistan badly and this issue would further explode the situation in coming years if result-oriented and effective policies are not devised on an immediate basis. Our agriculture sector, which significantly contributes towards national economy, is on the decline due to constant scarcity of water in rivers and dams. On the other hand, major portion of national population is not being provided potable water which is causing multiple health…Read More

  • Effective planning needed to resolve water issues

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To mark the World Water Day (WWD), the Planning Commission together with multi-stakeholders has organized a conference to sensitize stakeholders on water issues and related challenges. The conference is organized in collaboration with World Youth Parliament of Water (WYPW), UNESCO, PCRWR, Pakistan Water Partnership, ICIMOD, Economic ECO Science Foundation, ADB and UNICEF. Sardar Tariq, Chief Executive of PWP, said that water is crucially important for the socio-economic sustenance and development of any country especially for Pakista…Read More

  • PSF chief Dr. Ashraf to join BAA as ambassador

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), will join the British Alumni Association as Ambassador. In a meeting between Prof. Dr. Ashraf and Sarah Parvez, Manager Higher Education and Skills, British Council, at Pakistan Science Foundation the other day joint projects and increase in number of Pakistani students participating in London International Young Scientists Forum (LIYSF) held annually in UK were discussed. PSF and British Council every year jointly arrange participation of four-five Pakistani students in LIYSF. Following strict criteria of merit, PSF selects science students for participation in the Forum for provi…Read More

  • Speakers call for more funds for education promotion

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Mujahid Kamran has said the world is a battlefield and if we want to survive with respect, we will have to create new knowledge.  He said this while addressing the 10th biennial conference on ‘microbes for future endeavours’, organised by the university’s Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, in collaboration with the Pakistan Society for Microbiology, IBA and the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation. He said the total US GDP was $17 trillion and it spent two to three percent on research and development per year while Pakistan had a gross domestic product of $250 billion only…Read More

  • Over 300,000 olive saplings planted on 1260 acres

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Over 80 percent work on the Olive Cultivation Project has been completed so far in the selected areas during past two and a half years, PARC Member Coordination and Monitoring and National Project Director Olive, Dr. Munir said. “Plantation of 310,000 olive plants at an area of 1260 hectares has been completed so far and as per the project the plantation would be carried out on 1500 hectares of land in the selected area,” he said while commenting on the progress of the project. The Olive Promotional Project is funded by government of Italy, aiming at promoting olive cultivation in the country that would not only help farmers to boost th…Read More

  • QNB, NCR sign deal on new software platform

    STAFF REPORT ISB: QNB has signed a software professional services agreement with NCR Corporation to successfully migrate to NCR Consumer Experience Banking (CxBanking) software – Aptra Activate. The Aptra Activate multi-channel platform integrates smoothly with the bank’s current infrastructure and will empower QNB customers to have consistent experience across the bank’s entire self-service channel in an advanced and secure environment. QNB will be the first bank in Qatar to deploy NCR’s CxBanking Activate Platform to transform the banking service…Read More

  • NUST wins academic award for developing skills

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) has won the Academic Integrity Award from Turnitin. According to official spokesman, the Turnitin is a product of paradigms LLC, USA and it is subscribed for more than 100 universities/institutions in Pakistan for developing writing skills of the students, scholars and faculty members. Turnitin claims to be the global leader in evaluating and improving student writing.  The company’s cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves in…Read More

  • PSF, UoP, IRP set to hold invention to innovation summits

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), University of the Punjab and Institute of Research Promotion (IRP) are set to sign an agreement for organizing Annual Invention to Innovation Summits aimed at establishing strong university-industry linkages in Pakistan. It was decided at a meeting among Chairman PSF Prof. Dr. Ashraf, Director ORIC, University of the Punjab, Dr. Aamir Ejaz, and Chief Executive Officer, IRP, Abid Sherwani in the PSF premises.  On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Ashraf stressed upon the importance of annual Invention t…Read More

  • PTA-banned wordpress.com still accessible in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Though Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), a few days back, had banned the most popular blogger website WordPress.com in Pakistan, yet this website is still accessible without any kind of hurdle in it. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the web at more than 60 million websites. International media organisations reported that after a permanent ban on YouTube, now the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has banned the website due to security reasons. Reports also criticised the government for putting an a…Read More

  • Faisalabad, New Delhi to bridge trade gap

    STAFF REPORT FSD: Traders from both sides of Pakistan and India are endeavouring to bolster business ties through holding fairs and exhibitions, despite never-ending disputes between these two neighbouring states. The cities of Faisalabad and New Delhi will take the first step towards business-to-business contact and facilitation. Industrialists from both major cities have agreed to organise exhibitions for the other side’s products.  The understanding was reached during a visit of Pakistani industrialists to India.  They have identified textiles, information technology and chemicals as potential areas of cooperation. A 20-member…Read More

  • PSF, France embassy explore vistas for S&T cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Embassy of France in Pakistan have explored avenues of cooperation in joint research projects to in order to strengthen science and technology base in Pakistan. Alban Schwerer, Scientific and Higher Education Attache, Embassy of France, called on PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf in Islamabad. Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, PSF Focal Person for International Linkages, also attended the meeting which was held to identify priorities and common interests of Pakistan and France in the field of science. …Read More

  • WHO raises scare about genetically engineered crops

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Environmentalists have sounded an alarm in Pakistan following a WHO report that the world’s most widely used Roundup herbicide to kill weeds “probably” causes cancer. “It is a warning for countries like Pakistan where growers of genetically modified (GM) crops are being encouraged to use Roundup,” a researcher at the PARC observed. Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate that kills major weeds is identified as carcinogenic. Sri Lanka and several other countries banned the herbicide after more than 20,000 deaths from kidney failures wer…Read More

  • Experts to be united to tackle environment issues

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is going to bring together highly-qualified environmental and climate change experts, scientists, and researchers of the country on one platform and utilize their expertise for tackling environmental issues, boosting country’s climate resilience and achieving sustainable development goals for country’s overall socio-economic development. “Youth and women, who are actively playing their part for raising awareness about environmental issues, will specially be taken on board and their energies will also be put to use in this regard, t…Read More

  • Young engineers termed future of power sector

    STAFF REPORT LHR: NTDCL Director (Finance) Hammad Ahmad has said that young engineers are hope and future of the power sector and that the National Transmission and Dispatch Company is the backbone of the system which contributes to Pakistan’s development. He was addressing the three-day Orientation/ Familiarisation programme duly arranged for newly appointed 92 junior engineers in the NTDCL from all over the country at Wapda House Lahore.  Hammad as chief guest of the occasion conveyed the message of Managing Director NTDC who was on an…Read More

  • Researchers urged to help promote local edible oil

    STAFF REPORT FSD: Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has said that the agriculture sector is facing different challenges, including water scarcity, climate changes and crippling energy crisis. Addressing the recently held 22nd convocation of the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, the minister asked academia and researchers to come up with solutions to overcome the challenges.  He said that it was a matter of concern that the country was importing edible oil worth Rs 3 billion for which steps were afoot to promote the cultivation of olive oil in the Potohar area.  He said that the Punjab Agriculture Department had jus…Read More

  • SBP to set up centre of excellence in IFE

    STAFF REPORT KHIR: State Bank of Pakistan is going to establish the Centre of Excellence in Islamic Finance Education (CEIFE) after getting proposals from the HEC certified universities having business schools. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, addressing at the opening ceremony of proposals received to establish a CEIFE expressed his pleasure on the efforts being made to increase the radius of Islamic banking and finance. He said, both SBP and government are committed for the development of Islamic banking in the country. After coming to power, our government established a ‘Steering Committee’ to look after the Islamic banking in the country. S…Read More

  • UN cautions world is using too much water

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The world will struggle to keep up with increasing demands for water if things don’t change, warned the United Nations (UN). At the current pace, only 60 percent of the water needed globally will be available. Major steps must be taken to reduce water usage to minimize the growing problem, according to the UN’s water body in a new report. “Over the past century, the development of water resources has been largely driven by the demands of expanding populations for food, fibre and energy,” according to the UN report. …Read More

  • BASF comes up with solutions for footwear, leather industry

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The BASF presented a broad range of innovative solutions for leather processing and footwear customers at the recent Pakistan Mega Leather.  The solutions focused on better protection of the environment, efficient use of resources, and improved consumer protection. At the show, BASF Leather Chemicals introduced new recipes for waterproof leather and state-of-the-art finishes.  Water conservation in beamhouse system and effluent treatment remained the main focus area. DryFast beamhouse innovation reduces w…Read More

  • Unesco dialogue focuses on ‘media, info literacy, edu journalism’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Academicians, journalists and development sector professionals, students debated and discussed safety and security of journalists, the psychological effect of media’s exposure debated and discussed at a town hall dialogue organised by AGAHI and UNESCO, Pakistan here. Purpose of the programme was to highlight and identify the need to develop editorial space for education journalism. Puruesh Chaudhary, founder and president, AGAHI, while opening the discussion forum, encouraged the stakeholders to review policy gaps and devise sustainable interve…Read More

  • Telecom licences auctions facing regular delay

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is yet to start the process of holding the second round sale of 3G/4G licenses as planned in the budget 2014-2015, depriving the national kitty from Rs 56 billion. The government had not announced the process of holding the auction of 3G/4G licenses despite passing of almost three quarters (July-March) of the ongoing fiscal year.  The incumbent government in the budget 2014-2015 had kept Rs 56 billion in non-tax revenue in the budget, which was supposed to be fetched through the selling process of licenses. …Read More

  • PTCL offers mobility for landline customers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL, the largest ICT services provider in Pakistan, now brings for the first time in the country, mobility for landline customers’ through its SmartLink application. The application empowers PTCL customers to dial and receive landline calls through mobile phones on-the-go, anywhere and anytime. The internet based application extends the crystal clear landline calling experience to mobile phones in a simple, smart way at the same affordable landline tariffs. Customers also get high quality and seamless video calling options regardless of location.&…Read More

  • FPCCI lauds govt’s economic policies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (FPCCI) has reposed confidence in the prudent economic policies of PM Nawaz Sharif to put the country on track leading to progress, prosperity and development. “We are grateful to the PM for acceding to their legitimate demands to maximum extent for help boosting the slow paced industrialization process in the country besides strengthening the national economy,” FPCCI chief Muhammad Adrees told the media. He said that allout efforts were made in the prevailing crunch to provide best possible monetary relief to the industry. Adrees referred to mark-up reduction in ex…Read More

  • Haier sets up ‘online factories’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Haier, the world’s number one major appliances brand for six years running, has announced the setting up of ‘Online Factories’ to serve as a direct link between the company’s research and development resources and end users to create, among other appliances, refrigerators that are packed with smart features. Haier’s refrigerator range marketed in Pakistan, right from the mini to the top of the line series come with some outstanding hygiene and health features that are exclusive to the brand. All Haier refrigerators come equipped with a unique removable anti-fungal gasket that sticks to the main body to keep the door tightly closed at al…Read More

  • Regional Symposium on Sea Turtle Concludes Landmark Judgment by the High Court

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The two-day Regional Symposium on marine turtles and their conservation has concluded in Karachi, where experts from different countries participating in the event shared valuable experiences in turtle conservation in their countries.  The symposium was organized by IUCN under its “Saving the Endangered Sea Turtles” project funded by USAID Small Grants and Ambassador Funds Programme. Marine turtle conservation experts from Bangladesh, Germany, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and UAE also attended the ev…Read More

  • Wapda to submit $795.8m PC-1 of Tarbela project for approval

    STAFF REPORT LHR: In a significant development towards implementation of the 1410-MW Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project, WAPDA has decided to submit PC-I of the project amounting to $ 795.8 million to the ministry for approval. This decision was made in the Authority’s meeting held in Lahore recently at WAPDA House. On the occasion, a detailed presentation was made on the PC-I of the project in the meeting by the General Manager (Tarbela Dam Project) Iqbal Masood Siddiqui. It was noted that revision of PC-I of the projects results in …Read More

  • Macro-economic stability to strengthen Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Ishrat Hussain has said that macro-economic stability and a favourable policy environment is likely to lead the country towards economic growth. He said this while speaking on the first day of the XIth Conference on the Management of the Pakistan Economy hosted by the Lahore School of Economics. The keynote address was given by Dr.Robert Wade (Professor, London School of Economics).  He stated that before 1980’s it was widely understood that development meant rising …Read More

  • Ufone launches online shopping portal UMall

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ufone, the market leader in innovation, has launched its own online shopping portal, UMall, marking its entry into Pakistan’s e-commerce sphere. The portal offers a wide range of products with various payment methods to choose from. This is a major initiative taken by Ufone towards completing the Mobile Ecosystem following its footfall in the domains of Voice, Data, Financial Services and Mobile Governance.  This initiative is being seen by the industry experts as a major move by a telecom operator which will have a long term impac…Read More

  • Herbal-cosmetics – emerging trends in common people

    Herbal Cosmetics: Herbal make ups, identified as goods that remain expressed via different acceptable cosmetic components to form the base into which different herbal component are utilized to define the ornamental advantages that merely will be described as herbal cosmetic goods. In ancient times, herbal makeup industries consisted of huge obscure contents into European & Western Countries for around six centuries ago. Herbal paste and fusions were used for whiten face, an exercise which keep on standard till more than 400 years ago. Primary fusions were used in European countr…Read More

  • Impacts of eggplant on human health and its nutritional values

    EGGPLANT (Solanum melongena) is member of Solanacea family. Eggplant is one of the important solanaceous crops that are widely grown in tropics and subtropics. Solanum melongena is a species of nightshade grown for its edible fruit. It has several common names; in American and Canadian English it is called eggplant, in British English it is called as aubergine. It is known in South Asia, Southeast Asia and South Africa as brinjal. Other common names are melongene, garden egg, or guinea squash. The ancient ancestors of eggplant grew wild in India and were first cultivated…Read More

  • Need to promote oilseed-rape (canola) cultivation

    PRICEY and scarce crop inputs such as pesticides, quality seed, fertilizers and competitive price advantage of rice, sugarcane, and corn over cotton are some grounds for decreasing in the area under cotton cultivation in the country, a leading edible oil producing crop in the country. The public and private sectors have made efforts to enhance the better returns to the cotton growers but despite of any success, area under cotton cultivation has squeezed from 3056 thousand hectares to 2805 thousand hectares since 2007-08. Despite of being a fiber crop, cotton has a key role …Read More

  • Impacts of climate change on crop production in Pakistan, future challenges and mitigation strategies

    CLIMATE change is a rising issue of agriculture that has a direct impact on crops productivity. Since 4.5 billion years of earth’s formation, its climate has been constantly changing, but these changes mostly occur on two scales i.e. astronomical and geological, and are too slow to observe on a human scale. Climate change is associated directly or indirectly to human activities that alter the global atmospheric composition, which in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods. Pakistan is ranked 28th amongst severely affected countries …Read More

  • Impacts of e-waste on humans and environment

    AROUND 40 million metric tons of electronic waste (e-waste) is produced globally per year, and about 13 percent of that weight is recycled mostly in developing countries. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), almost 9 million tons of this waste i.e. discarded televisions, computers, cell phones, and other electronics are produced by the European Union. UNEP considers this approximation of waste to be very minimal.  Informal recycling markets in China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam, and the Philippines handle between 50-80 percent of this e-waste, often shredding, burning, and dismantling the products in “backyards”. Emissions from these recyclin…Read More

  • Heading for water-stress state!t

     Water pollution, discharge of effluents and unsafe drinking factors are a direct threat to human wellbeing and Pakistan’s ecosystem. It’s a national dilemma that while some do not have water to drink, others carelessly waste it in vast quantities. The country depends heavily on annual glacier melts and monsoon rains. Water from these sources flows down the rivers and out to the sea. The country’s total available surface water is about 153 million acre feet (MAF) and the total ground water reserves are approximately 24 MAF, of which a substantial part has been mined without allowing for natural recharge. Currently estimated at 200 million, the national population is set to doubl…Read More