Tag: Amendment

Experts warn of bleak future if federation, provinces fail to resolve post-18th amendment impasse

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PR: Energy experts and policy analysts at a roundtable organized at Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) have warned that if immediate measures are not taken by the federation and the provinces to sort out their policy differences on the interpretation and application of the 18th constitutional amendment vis-à-vis oil and gas exploration, the consequences could be disastrous. […]…Read More

National university of S&T bill (amendment) passed

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Assembly has recently passed the National University of Sciences and Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with a majority vote.The bill was passed with 61 votes in favour and 35 members voted against it. Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid had moved the bill in the house on behalf of Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain. The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says the National University of Sciences and Technology Act, 1997…Read More

Biochar: A vital soil amendment for degraded land

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article image LAND DEGRADATION is an emerging issue in several countries especially in Pakistan as a consequence of climatic variabilities. Land degradation is impoverishment of the land by human activities and by natural causes. The loss of arable land has been caused by a number of factors, many or most of which are tied to human development in last 2 decades. It has been grouped into five classes: water erosion, wind erosion, soil fertility decline, salinization and water logging. Water and wind…Read More

Contentious Seed Amendment Bill approved

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The much controversial Seed Amendment Bill 2015 got approved by Senate Committee. Earlier, the technical experts, agriculture scientists, nutritionists, medical practitioners, farmers, lawyers, and civil society had already stated their contentions on the said bill as it allows import and commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops that have adverse impacts on human health and the environment. As per critics the law is approved despite severe resistance from…Read More

Contentious Seed Amendment Bill approved

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article image Staff Report ISB: The much controversial Seed Amendment Bill 2015 got approved by Senate Committee. Earlier, the technical experts, agriculture scientists, nutritionists, medical practitioners, farmers, lawyers, and civil society had already stated their contentions on the said bill as it allows import and commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops that have adverse impacts on human health and the environment. As per critics the law is approved despite severe resistance from…Read More

Action group opposes seed amendment bill

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) opposed the federal government’s process to approve the proposed Seed Amendment Bill 2014 and Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. "Representatives from farmers’ network and civil society argued against certain provisions of the amendment bill 2014 particularly those related to seed breeding," said Dr Shahida Zia, a representative from Sustainable Agriculture Action Group (SAAG) at a press conference in Islamabad…Read More