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Panelists project environ issues

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan needs to address environmental issues seriously as this critical issue is contributing towards degrading environment in the country, a panel experts highlighted remarked during a discussion on the issue. They recommended the use of biodegradable bags which are now being made in Pakistan.The event was organised by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology under the Pakistan Technology Board’s Technology Foresight Project.The panel, headed by NUST, discussed…Read More

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Wetl and s need to be revived

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Due to lack of freshwater flow and dumping of untreated effluents, 12 out of the 42 natural wetlands in Sindh have completely dried up while the rest are becoming more and more water depleted and polluted."With over 225 nationally significant wetlands, Pakistan is well endowed with a wide variety of wetlands ranging from the mountain ranges to the coast. But without adequate water to maintain the wetlands, they will disappear," World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)…Read More

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NBP names IT centre after Arfa Karim

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: President and CEO NBP, Qamar Hussain, has recently inaugurated and dedicated the Regional IT Centre Lahore to Arfa Karim, the world’s youngest Microsoft professional. Arfa was awarded number of national and international awards for her remarkable achievements at a very young age.She was also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance, a civil award usually granted to those showing excellence in their respective fields over a long period of time.On the…Read More

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Pak youth sets record in DFS

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article image STAFF REPORT DIK: A 14-year-old youth, Babar Iqbal, who has already set four world records in the field of computer science, has now set a new record, publishing his first Digital Forensic Science research paper discussing new method of Apple iDevice Forensics (iPhone, iPod, iPad).According to details, Babar’s research has been accepted by the 8th IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology ’. His research paper is unique, unlike the previous techniques and does…Read More

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Sales tax on tractors slashed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The federal government has notified the reduction in sales tax on tractors from 16 per cent to 5 per cent with immediate effect.The sales tax will be charged at 10 per cent effective from January 1, 2013 and standard rate shall be applicable with effect from January 1, 2014. The Millat Tractors Limited, in an information sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange last week, said that this decision has very positive impact on demand and sale of tractors as the gradual increase in sales…Read More

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KESC plans to develop major biogas project

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) is planning to develop one of the world’s largest Bio Waste to Energy Project of its kind near the Landhi cattle colony, Karachi, that is likely to have the potential of generating up to 22 MW biogas alone."The plant is a socio-economically sustainable venture and reliable in comparison to wind or solar, which are vulnerable to extraneous variables, biggest being weather conditions," said Omer Ghaznvi, a senior official of…Read More

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Pakistan on way to boosting halal food

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government of Pakistan has decided to set up a Board for Halal Food Accreditation in order to boost its exports and attract foreign investments in the sector, as it has billions of dollars capacity.According to an official of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Board will be set up by the ministry and till its establishment, the cost on certification will be subsidised by 50 per cent.The Board will provide policy guidelines to Pakistan National Accreditation Council…Read More

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Another Pak boy makes history in ICT

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: After Arfa Karim and Babar Iqbal now another Pakistani wonder boy has bent description after making Microsoft and Google certified seven computer operating systems in suburb of Abbottabad.This 14-year student, Sikandar Mehmood Baloch, has not only converted into certified expert of 107 computer engineering languages, but also received all valuable certificates of his achievements from the Microsoft and performed work for the Google.He received further 25 certificates as an…Read More

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Punjab gets Google street view mapping service

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Google Street View, a notable mapping service from Google, is going to capture special locations and cultural sites in the province to let internet users to explore these spots through 360-degree street-level imagery.According to the Google Pakistan’s Facebook page, a memorandum of understanding has recently been signed between the Punjab government and Google.Tourism Secretary Dr. Allah Bakhsh Malik and William Fitzgerald of Google Asia signed the document.Punjab Chief…Read More

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Wi-tribe launches buy and sell software portal

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Wi-tribe has announced the beta launch of wi-tribe Bazaar - Pakistan’s first Buy and Sell software portal - as a platform where Pakistani software developers can sell and monetize their software.According to details, the portal, as all things wi-tribe, is slick and the User Interface is very simple to use. This is in beta so developers are warned that there might be a few bugs - and these should be reported so that they can be fixed.The basic categories that they have defined…Read More