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Collectivism can down global warming

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article image By Naseem SheikhIN PAKISTAN, annual mean surface temperature has a consistent rising trend since the beginning of 20th century. Rise in mean temperature of 0.6-1.0°C in arid coastal areas, arid mountains and hyper arid plains, 10-15 per cent decrease in both winter and summer rainfall in coastal belt and hyper arid plains, 18-32 per cent increase in rainfall in monsoon zone especially the sub-humid and humid areas is observed. There is 5 per cent decrease in relative humidity in Baluchistan, 0.…Read More

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Crop Biofortification

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article image A GROWTH rate of 1.2 per cent was estimated in Pakistan’s agriculture sector of the country during 2010-11 with a significant increase in staple food crops like wheat, maize and sugarcane.These crops are grown to feed the country’s ever increasing population with little awareness about the hidden malnutrition. No real effort has been made to enrich crops with nutritional value required for improving human health.Most farmers are illiterate and do not have knowledge about modern farming. This…Read More

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China/AUN Scholarship for ASEAN Citizens-2012, China

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China/AUN Scholarship is a full scholarship program provided for ASEAN member countries by the Ministry of Education (MOE) of P. R. China. MOE entrusts China Scholarship Council (CSC) to manage the recruitment and carry out the routine management of this scholarship program. Master’s Degree Students, 2-3 academic years. Doctoral Degree Students, 3-4 academic years. The instruction language could be either Chinese or English. Applicants who apply for courses instructed in Chinese are required…Read More

Editorial

Yawning need for reprioritisation

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The reservations of stakeholders over the planned auction of 3G spectrum are still haunting the whole process, a new debate - should the said technology come first to the country or the local contents are developed - has rocked the bottom of the whole process. Majority of the investors - local as well as international - are closely monitoring the shaky situation emerging out in Pakistan. Vodaphone and Orange Mobile have already confirmed that they are not interested to participate in the 3G…Read More

Letter To The Editor

The multipurpose Kalabagh Dam

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article image Kalabagh Dam is called a multipurpose project as it will overcome power and water shortages and will boost industry and agriculture. It is only through the left-bank canal at Kalabagh dam that Indus, Jhelum and Chenab can be integrated into one single river basin for optimum use of all the stakeholders. It is only through the left-bank canal at Kalabagh dam that north Punjab can get any water from any dam on the Indus. Without the left and right bank canals water from all the dams. What will be…Read More

Letter To The Editor

Biogas a viable solution

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Reference to the article titled "Biogas, an answer to Pakistan’s energy crisis". Bio-gas, no doubt, is an answer to the energy crises if implemented in right earnest. It is sad to say that many such projects of use of Bio gas from animal feces for domestic energy need and running of tube wells from solar energy have been tried successfully in the country side in say sixties/seventies under foreign aid/grant, but could not continue persistently due to wrong policies and rampant…Read More

News

Cabinet extends Rs 2.3b benefit to fixed line telecom companies

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government of Pakistan has reportedly extended a financial benefit of Rs 2.3 billion to as many as ten local fixed line telecom companies in Pakistan by waiving off this amount, these companies have already received from their customers in the name of research and development tax and were unwillingly to deposit it with the national kitty for the last four years.The federal cabinet, which recently met under the chair of Prime Minister Syed Yosuf Raza Gilani, took this…Read More

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KU scientists ranked more productive

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Islamabad has ranked Prof Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, former chairman HEC, and Prof Dr Iqbal Chaudhary, Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, as the most productive scientists of Pakistan. Both the scientists had deep relations with the KU.The PCST, in its sixth directory titled Productive Scientists of Pakistan 2011’, ranked these two great scientists, Dr Rahman and…Read More

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Pakistan needs to invest more on biotech research

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article image MONITORING REPOR KHI: Pakistan needs to invest more on biotechnology research in order to get food at an affordable price and the risk of food security is minimized significantly."Pakistan is facing numerous challenges and the situation is already critical as the number of people living in absolute poverty in the country is huge and it will worsen with the population increase, freshwater shortages, desertification," speakers said this at a recently held press conference where they…Read More

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PCRET to install 368 more biogas plants by June

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) will install 368 biogas plants in different rural areas by coming June under the project "Development and Promotion of Biogas Technology in order to meet domestic fuel needs of rural areas and production of bio fertilizer".This project was launched in 2008 through which 2500 family size biogas plants to be installed in the country, out of these 2132 plants have already been installed and the remaining will be…Read More