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Arid Agriculture University: Veterinary students future in doldrums

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The future of all veterinary students is at stake due to nonregistration of the programme," HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi. ISLAMABAD:The Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (AAUR) was given two months on Wednesday to improve its education standards. At the end of the stupilated time period, a team of the Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) will visit the varsity and decide the future of its programme’s accreditation.The decision was conveyed to the university at a…Read More

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Pakistan needs to join luring internet business arena

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article image MONITORING REPORT IBD: The chances for Pakistan vigorously entering the world internet business have brightened as the +Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has initiated a process that could trigger a dramatic expansion of the Internet. Most recently the ICANN has starting accepting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). The cozy world of .com’s, .gov’s, .org’s and about 19 other generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) will soon be expanded to include all…Read More

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PTCL launches Android Smartphone

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: PTCL has launched Pakistan’s first 3G enabled Android Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro that offers dual support for both EVDO and GSM/CDMA network.Based on Android 2.2 Froyo and powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, the Smartphone IVIO Icon Pro is yet another first of its kind product introduced by PTCL in the country’s handsets market, says a press release.It lets its users surf and talk simultaneously while on-the-move and that too at 3G speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps.Packed with…Read More

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SAP lauds govts decision to reject Bt cotton model

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP) has appreciated the Punjab government’s decision to scrap the deal with Monsanto regarding its proposed BT cotton model in Pakistan saying the company would have created its monopoly and in turn would have endangered the existence of the national seed sector."The national seed sector appreciates the need to introduce technology but in an open and fair way so that all seed companies operating in Pakistan can have an even playing…Read More

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Software export vitality stressed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A three-day national science conference has recently been held in Islamabad by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) and hosted by PMAS-Arid Agriculture University.Addressing the conference, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, said that good governance and trained human resource is the only solution to economic problems of Pakistan. "Our skilled young generation with very high motives can solve problems and will enable us to overcome poverty in the country."In last decade…Read More

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Mafia minting money on high urea prices

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has unearthed scams worth billions of rupees due to price differential of local and imported urea, sources in the Ministry of Industries and Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) have said.It is to be mentioned that the National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) is supplying the imported urea at Rs 1300 per 50-kg bag while the locally produced urea is available at Rs 1700-1750 per bag.According to sources, the ECC had…Read More

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USF playing vibrant role in bridging digital divide

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite the slowdown in subsidy disbursals in 2010 and much of 2011, the Universal Support Fund (USF) is regarded by the IT and telecom sector as a success story as it has achieved some major milestones in the recent past.The fact is that the USF experience offers some valuable insights into the process of institutional building and public-private-partnership in a country like Pakistan.USF, established in 2006 in line with the World Bank recommendations, was modelled on public-…Read More

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MoU signed for Mobile Banking

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI:  Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) have signed an MoU to formalize their mutual cooperation in order to promote mobile banking in the country.The MoU was signed by SBP Governor Yaseen Anwer and PTA Chairman Dr. Muhammad Yaseen at a recently held ceremony.Under this agreement, PTA will issue Class Value Added Services (TPSJ) licences to third party services providers who will act as facilitator and mediator between telcos and financial…Read More

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Solar energy can cater to Pak power needs

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan can generate thousands of megawatts electricity by using its vast but still untapped sources of solar, hydro, hydroelectric, wind and waste energy scattered across the country."If tapped only 0.08 per cent of the solar energy reserves in Balochistan can cater to energy needs of the entire country," Awais Khan, President and Chief Executive of American Pakistan Foundation (APF), said this while referring to a recent study.He mentioned that said multilateral…Read More

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Kunnar gas field starts work this month

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Kunar Pushaki gas field is expected to commence production of 100 mmcfd this month which would be equally distributed between both the gas distribution firms - SSGC and SNGP.According to details, the Kunar-Pasakhi Deep (KPD) and Tando Allahyar integrated project is expected to produce a total gas of 285 mmcfd, 387 tons of LPG, and 4,500 barrels of crude oil which would be fully operative in 2013.In order to control the gas shortfall, the government is considering the option of…Read More