Volume 06 Issue 14

  • Modern research culture must to achieve sustained development

    Report By: Furqan Hyder Shaikh No one can deny that nations develop by hard work and sustained research for inviting unique development in their countries. However, a good research is one that has some utility to the development of society and its environment. There is a dire need to promote the research culture in Pakistan so that it could get at par with the developed world. These views were expressed at a one-day consultative workshop on “Policies for Creating Enabling Environment for Encouraging Problem-Solving Research” recently held at MUET…Read More

  • 1000MW more renewable energy likely this year

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technology (PCRET) has said that 1,000 MW of renewable energy would be added to the system by the end of current year.  “300 MW wind power plant has already been installed while 3,000 MW is in the pipeline and would be added to the system in next 2-3 years,” said Dr Suhail Zaki Farooqui, DG Fauji Fertilizers, briefed the NA Standing Committee on Science and Technology. He said that Fauji Fertilizers and Zorlu Energji have operational wind farms of 106 MW. Two more companies are supplying additi…Read More

  • Borlaug Institute to be set up in Pakistan for R&D

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Like in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, Pakistan will also have the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) to promote nutrition and livelihood security as well as environmental rehabilitation in South Asia. The high officials of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) held a detailed meeting to sort out modalities and initiate infrastructure development work for building a complex to serve as the office of the BISA, Pakistan.The institute is being established in the legacy of Dr. Norman Ernest Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.During …Read More

  • 3-day SEECS social hackathon to start on May 15

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to utilize the tremendous technology talent in the students at NUST in general and SEECS in particular, SEECS Social Hackathon is being arranged in Islamabad from May 15-17. This event is being organized under the umbrella of SEECS, CodeForPakistan, Telenor Pakistan, Bentley Systems and Alchisoft, and Technology Times as media partner. During the event, students will get a chance to apply their knowledge and showcase their solutions to local social problems. The students are required to apply requirement engine…Read More

  • Mobilink wins ‘Annual CSR Excellence Awards’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Mobilink has won top honours at the 8th Annual CSR Excellence Awards 2014, which were conducted by the CSR Association of Pakistan. The company received the award under the ‘Innovation’ category for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities which were greatly endorsed as one that leverage business strengths to offer high impact social solutions.  The telco uses its business model to provide education over cell phones to learners not served by traditional education channels in association with UNESCO and other reputable international partners. In so far, the m-literacy programme has empowered 6,150 learners in its initial stage. Apart from global accr…Read More

  • PTCL launches CharJi EVO service in Faisalabad

    STAFF REPORT FSD: PTCL has launched next-generation CharJi EVO wireless broadband service in Faisalabad. This service will enable citizens of Faisalabad to experience the fastest wireless broadband service. Launched in August 2014 CharJi EVO is Pakistan’s fastest wireless broadband service, providing connectivity at 36Mbps.  The service is an addition to the successful EVO range of services already serving the residents of Faisalabad and users nationwide. President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rizwan Ashraf launched…Read More

  • Plan devised to build National Science Complex

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences has floated the idea of National Science Complex. Prof. Dr. Anwar Nasim, President PAS, called on Prof. Dr. Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) where they discussed the matters pertaining to development of science in the country. Dr. Anwar Nasim floated the idea of National Science Complex to use it as a tool for promoting national development, peace and prosperity. He said that coincidently scientific organizations such as Ministry of Science and Technology, PSF, PCSIR, PAS, PCST, PARC, Pakistan Medical Research Council, Pakistan Engineering Council, COMSTECH a…Read More

  • 2 illegal gateway exchanges raided in Kohat, Multan

    STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its ongoing efforts to control grey traffic has unearthed two illegal gateway exchanges in Kohat and Multan.   According to details, two successful raids against the grey operators were carried out along with FIA team at Kohat and Multan. First raid was carried out at Kohat. An illegal exchange comprising four Gateways along with SIMs was confiscated. One person was arrested and was in FIA custody for further investigation. The second raid was carried out at Chowk Kumharain, Multan. An illegal exchange comprising eight gateways, multiple ports along with other equipmen…Read More

  • Leather industry seeks conducive road for progress

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Business experts have expressed apprehensions that the leather industry of Pakistan would not be able to reap full benefit of a duty-free access to the European Union market under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) unless the government resolves long time issues. They say that the government should refund stuck-up claims, resolves energy crisis and ban the export of livestock from the country. Pakistan Tanners Association South Zone Chairman Hamid Zahoor opposed the export of livestock, saying that the exports of t…Read More

  • Pakistan, China entering new phase of scientific cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a two-day state visit to Pakistan on April 20, which will bring new development opportunities for the bilateral traditional friendship.   During Xi’s visit, China and Pakistan will sign deals on a wide range of issues, from energy and infrastructure to education and culture, which will inject fresh and powerful impetus into the deepening of China-Pakistan friendship and comprehensive collaboration.   The two countries hav…Read More

  • Shell sets up first ever energy lab in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Energy Lab is an environment Shell created to allow people of all ages learn more about energy by participating in activities and games and using hands-on learning applications. The first ever Shell Energy Lab in Pakistan was held at the Institute of Business Management and students from the university, families and other NGO school children visited throughout the course of the day. During the press briefing at the event, Gyongyver Mensei-Bondar, Retail Business Head at Shell East, said, “I think we can safely say that m…Read More

  • USAID opens IT lab at LESCO training centre

    STAFF REPORT ISB: USAID Mission Director for Pakistan Gregory Gottlieb and CEO of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) Qaisar Zaman have jointly inaugurated the IT Lab established at the LESCO Regional Training Centre.  US Consul General in Lahore Zachary Harkenrider and Acting Provincial Director of USAID Punjab Maggie Schoch accompanied them on the occasion.  The IT lab will enable LESCO employees to enhance their computer skills required in their day-to-day work, as well as support the use of various technologies that the …Read More

  • Flower plants can control environment degradation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Magnificent rose flower is an integral part of our culture, traditions, society and religion, which is called as the ‘Queen of Flowers’ as well as ‘king of flowers’. “The majestic flower indicates that both kingliness (majesty, status and power) and queenliness are its inherent qualities,” said Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan while addressing the Rose Festival – 2015, in Islamabad. The event was organised by the Pakistan National Rose Society (PNRS) at the F-9 Park. Mushahid said…Read More

  • PARC unveils 11 news high-yielding rice varieties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The PARC HAS approved eleven new high-yielding rice varieties including seven hybrid and four Open-Pollinated (OP) seed for cultivation in various ecologies. The Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on Rice was held here at PARC headquarters under the chairmanship of Member Plant Sciences Division, Dr. Muhammad Shahid Masood. In total nineteen rice varieties were presented before the VEC including 14 hybrid and 5 OP varieties, out of which 11 were approved and 8 rejected due to Bacterial-Leaf-Blight (BLB) disease susceptibility. Details show that the hybrid varieties approved by the VEC have yield potential up to 92 mound p…Read More

  • NUST, US scientists find similar genes in superbugs

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Tahir Hussain, a PhD student from NUST, Pakistan, in collaboration with scientists of Washington University, worked on clinical pathogenic bacteria collected in Pakistani and US hospitals. The exciting research work was published in the journal, “Emerging Infectious Diseases”, which is the top ranked journal of epidemiology in the world.Two genes are primarily responsible for carbapenem-resistant versions of these disease-causing bacteria. One is KPC detected in New York in 2001 and the other is NDM-1 identified in 2008 in New Delhi. Tahir Hussain along with other researchers in the laboratory of Dr. Gautam Dantas compared the whole genomes of ca…Read More

  • Moot highlights role of private sector in national uplift

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Management Sciences Department of Bahria University Karachi Campus has recently hosted a two-day National Conference on “Role of Private Sector in the Socio-Economic Development of Pakistan”. The aim of the event was to highlight and acknowledge the role of private sector in the economic wellbeing of the people and country, explore new roles of private sector and developing meaningful relationship between private sector and academia. In his remarks on the occasion, Tashfeen Niaz, Chairman Sindh Revenue Board, emphasized on e…Read More

  • Mobilink joins annual day of Pehli Kiran School System

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink Foundation Torchbearers has attended the Annual Day Event at JAQ Trust’s Pehli Kiran School System Campus No.2, Golra Road, E 11, Islamabad. The event was held to commemorate the end of the academic year (2014-15) with the aim to applaud the efforts of young scholars who despite harsh socio-economic conditions are dedicatedly perusing education. The Foundation officials spent their time interacting with the students and their families and also distributed 150 school bags with stationary. Omar Manzur, Head of Corporate Comm…Read More

  • Telenor unveils ‘ Internet of things’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Making it more convenient for ‘common people’, Telenor while leading its way in technology, has introduced first expo of ‘Internet of things’.   Telenor Pakistan is part of the vast Norwegian Telenor Group, which is an international provider of voice, data, content and mobile communication services in 13 markets across Europe and Asia and an additional 17 markets through its ownership in VimpelCom Ltd. Telenor Pakistan slogans ‘karo mumkin’ (make it possible), has a total subscriber base of 35.2 million with over 26 …Read More

  • UAF students to get training, scholarships

    STAFF REPORT FSD: The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, has launched a Students Summer Working Opportunity Programme aiming at providing hands-on training, and financial assistance to its students. It was revealed in a Deans’ Committee meeting with UAF Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad in the chair. The VC said this massive campaign will pave the way to capacity building and leadership development among varsity students.  He was of the view that scholars are supposed to prepare themselves for future challenges that is why varsity is providing them a platform with incentive. The committee also reviewed the new admission policy …Read More

  • Conference explores new horizons on chemistry

    STAFF REPORT PESH: A two-day national conference on recent advances and new horizons in chemistry has recently been concluded at the Sir Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Auditorium of the University of Peshawar (UoP). The workshop was aimed at exploring new horizons in the field of chemistry with specific reference to Nano Technology, Material and Environmental Sciences, Chematography and Spectroscopic techniques. More than 200 chemists and scientists of almost all the universities and research institutions of Pakistan participated in the moot. UoP Vice-Chancellor Dr M. Rasul Jan was the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony. He said, “All sciences …Read More

  • Carbon-free world must for making earth liveable

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The global warming, which continues to unleash devastating impacts in different parts of the world including Pakistan, has emerged as a biggest challenge of the present century. “Climate change has increased frequency in flash floods, forest fires, erratic and torrential rains and led to sea-level rise, melting of  glaciers and overall environmental degradation,” said Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah, while addressing the three-day policy workshop. He said that though every country has become vulnerable to…Read More

  • Scrape of regulatory duty on auto parts demanded

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan Association of Auto Parts Manufacturers (PAAPAM) Chairman M Siddique Misri has criticised the imposition of regulatory duty on auto parts manufacturers and termed it totally unfair and unjustified. In a statement, he said they are not only manufacturers, but these items are also being imported by them as raw materials. The Ministry of Finance has imposed 12.5 per cent regulatory duty on the import of tubes, pipes & hollow profiles, of cast iron, tubes, pipes and hollow profiles of iron or steel and flat rolled…Read More

  • Sustained, resilient world needed in climate change scenario

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has said that climate change affects livelihood, water resources, food security besides causing poverty,  migration and coastal flooding. “Change in climate can be observed through the warming of hot days and heat waves, and intensity of the precipitation. A small amount of warming is observed, however, its impacts are immense, which shows that if warming increases, the impact will be more severe,” said Prof Jean while delivering a special le…Read More

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  • Lozanges in action Anti-irritant and Anti-microbial potential

    The word lozenge is derived from a word to refer as a diamond i.e a form of Rhombus. It is basically a French word ‘LOSANGE’. About 1000 B.C, the Egyptian used to make from honey flavored with citrus herbs, and spices, which was more curable for the treatment of sore throat. As right from the time of immemorial, there have been a number of remedies and practices are being done to ease strep throat pain. Drinking warm water, beverages such as herbs tea with honey or even just hot water with or without honey could help to relieve the pain of throat. Herbal nature of additive is no d…Read More

  • Saline agriculture impression in soils and its management strategies

    AGRICULTURAL productivity is severely affected by soil salinity because salt levels are harmful to plant growth. Estimates show that at present about 20 per cent of the irrigated land in the world is affected by salinity. The loss of cultivable land due to salinity is likely to increase over the next 20 years. At present, there are nearly 954 million hectares of saline soils on the earth’s surface. All these salt affected soils are distributed throughout the world.  The total geographical areas of Pakistan is 80 million hectares or 197.0 million acres, w…Read More

  • Biomass energy potential in Pakistan

    Pakistan is experiencing a severe energy crisis these days which is resulting in adverse long-term economic and social problems. The electricity and gas shortages have directly impacted the common man, industry and commercial activities. The high cost of energy mix is the main underlying reason behind the power crisis. The main fuel for the local power industry is natural gas, however, due to the continued depletion of this source and demands elsewhere the power generation companies are now dependent on furnace oil which is relatively expensive. The way out of this c…Read More

  • Injectable Nano-Network to control blood glucose level

    Diabetes is one of the leading epidemic global public health diseases. An estimated 366 million people get affected across the world at present. It results by accumulation of glucose in blood. In diabetes condition, human body loses the ability to produce enough insulin that fulfills the body requirement (type 1) or body cells fail to respond to the insulin (type 2). Current standard care for type 1 diabetic patients and type 2 diabetic patients needs regular blood glucose levels monitoring and subsequent injections of insulin to attain normal glycemia level. Hypo…Read More

  • “Science & technology is the key to success”. Dr. Ashraf

    Prof Dr. Ashraf is currently serving as Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation. He completed his PhD. from University of Liverpool, UK in 1986. In recognition of his services he was honored with the title of HEC Distinguished National Professor by the HEC in 2005. He was also ranked as top scientist in Biological Sciences in the COMSTECH ranking of scientists and engineers of all OIC countries in 2012. He has rich experience of academia and has worked for four different universities of Pa…Read More

  • Foodpanda.pk owners unearth their success story

    Muhammad Talha Ansari, Ahsan Mateen are co founders of Pakistan’s foremost food ordering platform foodpanda.pk. The website has garnered enormous success in short span. Technology Times recently had an opportunity to interview these two inspiring cyber entrepreneurs of Pakistan. Q 1: Tell us briefly about yourself and highlights of your career. Ahsan Mateen: I graduated from The University of Glasgow with Masters in International Strategic Marketing. I am Co-Managing Director at foodpanda.pk. I have a proven track record of professional achievements a…Read More

  • With good idea, strong execution, any business has a good future: Nadine Malik

    Nadine Malik Almani is a graduate from USA who started her career as banker and ended up being an inspiring cyber entrepreneur. She is the owner of Jovago.com which is Pakistan`s first online hotel booking platform. She shared her experiences and opinions in a recent interview with Technology Times. Q 1: Tell us briefly about yourself and highlights of your career? Nadine Malik: I graduated from Bryn Mawr College, USA and started my career as a banker with Citibank Pakistan. After 4 years at Citi, I decided to pursue my MBA at INSEAD,…Read More

  • Right step towards cheap energy

    Following the drastic energy shortfall in Pakistan, the nuclear power generation has emerged as the only safe, cheap and viable option to meet the energy problems. But to go forward with this approach, there is a dire need to create awareness among general masses and allay their fears about safety of nuclear plants. Their apprehensions about these plants do hold some ground in the wake of a couple of nuclear disasters like Three Mile Island (US 1979) accident and Chernobyl disaster (Ukraine, 1986), but now the foolproof safety standards have minimized the radiation factor to almost zero level. The past data indicates strikingly low mortality figures in the accidents occurred in nucle…Read More