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PTCL launches Life in Motion campaign

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: PTCL has tapped into the charisma of renowned Pakistani celebrity, Reema Khan, in its newly launched Life in Motion’ strategic campaign.This campaign depicts scenes from the life of an enterprising celebrity who successfully navigates her busy schedule round the clock with the help of PTCL’s converged and innovative communication solutions.Whether it is plugging 3G EVO Dongle for connectivity while riding a car; or using EVO Wi-Fi Cloud to connect multiple devices…Read More

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Mobilink restores Fb and Twitter for Blackberry

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Mobilink has unblocked applications for social networking websites - including Facebook and Twitter, which were blocked since May 2010 - for their BlackBerry customers."The company has managed to restore applications for BlackBerry users after developing a content filtering solution which blocks specific pages of a website," company’s Director of Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Omar Manzur told the media.He said that now the BlackBerry users can…Read More

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Hazara farmers to get Rs 1.6b SBP credit

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will disburse agricultural loans to the tune of Rs 1.60 billion amongst 12,000 growers and land owners of Hazara Division through commercial banks and other financial institutions.Deputy Chief Manager, SBP, Rawalpindi, said this at a recently held meeting with Commissioner, Hazara, Khalid Khan Umerzai. He said that an amount of Rs 1.60 billion will be disbursed among the growers and land owners of Hazara Division for crops, orchards, poultry,…Read More

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3G license winners to pay full fee upfront: PTA

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: While assuring that strict transparency will be maintained in the upcoming spectrum auction for the 3G licences, the PTA has made it clear that winning bidders will have to pay the entire licence fee before the launch of the services."The allegations that the government would not get the amount of licence fee upfront are factually incorrect," says a press release issued last week by the PTA.It says that the spectrum auction for 2G cellular services in 2004 had an…Read More

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Black-marketing of urea at alarming level

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: As many as 23,000 urea bags are being black-marketed daily in the Punjab province, while the provincial government agencies have no mechanism to trace the mafia involved in this crime which is rendering billion of rupees loss to farmers. A huge amount has been wasted on account of subsidy on imported urea, but farmers cannot get the benefit of even a single penny.Official figures reveal that on average some 1,100 tons of imported urea has gone untraceable in distribution…Read More

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Arfa Karim commemorative postage stamp issued

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: A commemorative postage stamp honouring the late Arfa Karim, who became the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional before dying on January 14 at the age 16 of complications from an epileptic stroke, has been issued last week. The stamp is depicting the image Arfa and carrying cash value of Rs 8.Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on January 20 had approved the commemorative stamp to recognise Arfa’s achievements.She became the MSC at age nine in 2004. She was invited…Read More

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Heading to professional glory

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article image Abbas Ali Mirza has emerged as a telecom industry’s giant carrying with him long and rich experience in making marketing strategies. After remaining associated with Nortel Networks, he joined Relacom and since 2004 is delivering responsibilities as General Manager. Having the Telecom Engineering degree from NUST Military College of Signals, Abbas has remarkably proved his mettle and earned recognition. Abbas harbours ambitious plans to take the company to envious heights. In an excluseive…Read More

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LPT Certification Programme: A strategic initiative to securing cyber space

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article image By Dr. Saad Zafar, CISA, CISMTHE INCREASED national dependence on computer-based information systems has amplified the need for safety, security, and resilience of cyber space. However, due to the evolving threats and vulnerabilities of the cyber space, the effective protection of cyber space is a non-trivial task. This is evident from the following facts: (1) according to conservative estimates, the online criminal activities are said to have been costing the global economy anywhere from $114…Read More

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Useless climate debate, lack of govt will and loss of biodiversity

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article image By Naseem SheikhTHE UNITED Nations has launched the Decade on Biodiversity with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging the humanity to live in harmony with nature and to preserve and properly manage its riches for the prosperity of present and future generations.It is now widely recognized that climate change and biodiversity are interconnected. In fact, the latter is affected by the former, with negative consequences for human well-being, but biodiversity, through the ecosystem services support,…Read More

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Freedom of information and e-governance

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article image FREEDOM OF information is an internationally recognised human right. In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly recognised that "Freedom of Information is a fundamental human right and the touchstone for all freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated". Consequently, the right to information was referred to in two key international human rights instruments: the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1966,…Read More