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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

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Mobilink builds wall at Pehli Kiran school

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Mobilink Foundation and JAQ Trust have recently joined together for an activity to build a wall at the Pehli Kiran School No. 8, a school for underprivileged children in the federal capital.The school provides primary education to over 100 students in the slum areas of the city. The school consists of basic infrastructure and the children sit in a basic shed with a tin roof. It was open from all sides so cold winds made it very difficult for the students to sit there.As…Read More

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HBL treading towards branchless banking

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Habib Bank Limited is all set to step into branchless banking services to give competition to Easypaisa and UBL Omni.However, according to reports, it appears that the branchless banking services from HBL won’t surface before May or June this year.In fact HBL is currently in the process of inviting agents to become their retailers to offer branchless banking services across the country.Without mentioning the total number of agents they require, HBL has asked interested…Read More

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Exploring all resources for S and T research the only priority

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article image Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar is serving as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology. Carrying excellent academic background, he proved his mettle while holding key executive positions in various government departments. He has done his Master’s degree in Administrative Sciences from George Washington University, USA. In his current capacity, he displayed height of his administrative approach to ensure implementation of national SandT policy; promotion and coordination of research activities…Read More

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Recycling of rechargeable batteries

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article image WE THE humans of 21st century are living in the electronic era, where electronic items are playing a vital role in our daily life. Today batteries are an integral part of our life; they are used to power electronic devices like watches, cell phones, power tools and general household appliances. The alkaline battery (primary battery) was the first type of battery invented and is still widely in use. You can find them in various sizes from AAA, AA, C and D. However they do not last very long;…Read More