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FDI in Telecom: Dried up tree

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article image By Zeeshan AhmedDESPITE OF having competitive ARPU (Average Revenue Per User), the failure of PTA in getting more investments from the telecom companies is out of wisdom. It seems, rather PTA is fully satisfied with the current poor performance or still lost in the good memories of 2005 - 2008. The impact of low investments can easily be seen in shape of low tele-density and reduction of jobs in telecom market. While, full concentration is given to collect taxes which at the end to be paid by…Read More

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Biogas, an answer to Pakistans energy crisis

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article image By Imran AdnanPAKISTAN IS spending almost 20 per cent of its foreign exchange on fossil fuels imports. Annually $7 billion is being eaten away in import of conventional energy resources that is equivalent to 40 per cent of total imports by the country, but the country still lagging far behind in tapping the vast potential of alternate energy resources.A research conducted by the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, suggests that the country’s energy demand is expected to increase threefold…Read More

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NUST-a centre for energy systems

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article image THE CENTRE of excellence in the energy sector is constituted with the aim of institutionalizing the human resource development, research and outreach strategy. Collaborating universities will identify fields in which they want to mentor the human resource talent, develop technologies to attract capital investment necessary to create and sustain excellence, on collaboration with the private sector, to grow the economy of the country and the region as a whole. A motivated team of professionals is…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

Surplus wheat management

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IT IS highly positive to note that Pakistan has surplus stocks of wheat but the government’s decision to enhance wheat support price from Rs 950 to Rs 1050 has put the government in trouble as it will be requiring about Rs 6.045 billion as subsidy to offload available one million tons surplus stock. The critical situation has hit the government as the price of local wheat in the international market had slashed from $345 per ton to $296 per ton thus making it virtually unviable to export it…Read More

Letter To The Editor

Degradation of the Indus

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This refers to water pollution which has degraded the Indus River and other natural water sources. Out of 17 creeks, only one is left and millions of acres fertile land in Thatta district have been swallowed by sea.Before construction of the irrigation infrastructure, including barrages, canals and dams, the Indus River and its tributaries, as well as hundreds of torrential streams, had their natural system. They released water in lakes and ponds as a result of which wildlife, and flora and…Read More

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Energy crisis and fuel policy

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According to reports, the petroleum policy 2012 has been formulated and is now going through approval by stakeholders and other processes. Such policy being framed on a yearly basis should, in fact, be ready in all respects and announced in December every year.It should be done to give all interested parties ample time to go through its provisions and submit their proposals for petrol and gas exploration in Pakistan according to their guidelines provided therein.Such delays should be avoided in…Read More

News

Govt bid to filter web still facing resistance

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A controversy still persists over the government’s initiative to install a mechanism, through open biddings, to filter the contents available on Internet, as some campaigners urging companies not to bid for a $10 million contract while on the other hand pressure from the civil society is regularly mounting on the authorities for having this mechanism to filter objectionable contents.According to reports, these campaigners have met success to some extent as a number of…Read More

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Pak student gets job in Microsoft Corp

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A Pakistani under-graduate computer science student has got prominence for securing a job at the world’s famous Microsoft Corporation.Muhammad Abdur Rauf, a senior Computer Science student at the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) of LUMS, is set to join Microsoft as a Software Development Engineer.Rauf was admitted to LUMS under the university’s National Outreach Programme (NOP), that provides educational opportunities to talented students, from smaller cities,…Read More

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Nadra deputy chief gets award

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Tariq Malik, Deputy Chairman National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), has won the "CIO of the Year" award from Teradata Inc.A panel of judges consisting of eminent computer scientists, IT experts and technology gurus have selected Tariq Malik for the said award by dint of his contribution in transforming NADRA from an identity card issuing authority to a profitable international business organization.William Martin, US Consul General, handed over the…Read More