Editorial

Sane decision, at least this time!

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FOR THE last couple of years uptil recent past, the agriculture sector witnessed a hectic series of activities on the part of both the government and the multinational companies particularly Monsanto for the adaptation of Bt cotton seed in Pakistan. However, dismal results came out of the on-ground experiments done ultimately forced the government to shut the door on the Bt cotton seed. Opponents of the government’s decision argue that Monsanto had signed such an agreement with China 1996,…Read More

Letter To The Editor

Computers and health

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The girl who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine died recently. I don’t know if she had had it since childhood bu t it made me wonder if her epilepsy was caused by spending too much time on the computer. The effect of radiation emitted from computers has been studied and it has been linked to a variety of health issues.Most are not aware of its affects and may not feel much. I am a person who has experienced strange symptoms that even doctors could…Read More

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OLX Pakistan investing heavily in advertisement

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OLX is a global online retailer and auction site. They have an impressive footprint in a little less than 100 countries, each with their own specific domain (like .pk for Pakistan and .in for India).In Pakistan they have been operating under olx.com.pk for some time with people using it to sell things online.Recently they have started advertising heavily on television, a medium seldom used by online businesses previously. The ads are witty and fun to watch.The most important factor of these ads…Read More

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Schneider Electric wins prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize

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Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, was recognised, on January 17, at the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP 2012) in the category of Large Corporations’ for leading efforts in renewable energy and sustainability. General Sheikh Mohamad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented the award to Jean-Pascal Tricoire, President and CEO, Schneider Electric.The fourth edition of the Prize was hosted on the…Read More

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PTA celebrated 100 million cellular subscriber mark

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article image The cellular mobile Industry of Pakistan has achieved 100 million subscription mark in year 2010, in order to commemorate this landmark achievement, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) organised 100 million cellular subscription celebration event at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).During this landmark ceremony Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, was the Chief guest.Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecom, Sardar Aseff, Chairman PTA Dr Mohammed…Read More

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Increased farm inputs prices dent wheat sowing

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan is surely having less wheat production than in the last year, as the government has missed the wheat sowing target by 2 to 2.5 per cent in the ongoing Rabi crop season, shows an unofficial data about wheat sowing exercise.Last year, the government had covered 8.9 million hectares for wheat sowing and the same was considered for the current year. However, the initial estimates reveal that the wheat sowing target has been missed by 2.5 to 3 per cent, which might affect…Read More

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NAYS-IEC moot honours young innovative minds

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is far behind in the field of science and technology from other countries in the world. Creativity level in Pakistan is very low while those having some creativity are not provided with the platform to share their ideas with the world. There is a huge need of innovation in the fields of science and technology.The NAYS has initiated a programme known as "Emerging Ideas Conference" in order to provide the young researchers a platform which they can use for…Read More

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CLCV major threat to Pak cotton crop

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) has surfaced as a major threat to Pakistan's cotton crop along with other sucking pests, as no cotton variety is available resistant against these diseases."Studies on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton have acknowledged that farmers in Pakistan are not making the most of Bt cotton because the Bt varieties are developed by various private sector plant breeders by transferring Bt trait to locally developed cotton varieties," the State…Read More

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French Expo highlights chemistrys role in life

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The six-day traveling expo titled "It’s All About Chemistry" has recently been held at the Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, in order to provide a first-hand picture of the role of chemistry in our daily life students and general public.The event was organized by the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) with the support of France embassy.On the occasion, PSF Chairman Prof Dr. Manzoor Soomro highlighted the role of traveling expos for creating science awareness…Read More

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Pakistan amongst 20 most climate-vulnerable states

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has been ranked amongst the 20 most climate-vulnerable countries worldwide, reveals Maplecroft, a British risk assessment consultancy, that ranks countries by their expected climate vulnerability over the next 30 years."Bangladesh is more vulnerable than its neighbours such as India, Pakistan and Nepal, who ranked 7, 14 and 16 respectively," the report recently released here says.Malik Amin Aslam Khan, a former minister of state for environment, is of the…Read More