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National ICT R&D Fund decides to cut scholarships

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The National ICT RandD Fund has decided to slash the number of scholarships to 165 from 500 under the Prime Minister’s National ICT RandD scholarship programme (PMNICTSP), it is learnt.The official documents show that Project Appraisal Committee (PAC) has discussed the programme at length and recommend the award of 150 fully funded 4-year scholarships in ICT disciplines as HRD solicited project to the board. National ICT RandD Fund can offer limited number of…Read More

Govt urged to ensure power rates cut for industry

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Tariq Saud, has appealed the prime minister and finance minister to issue directions for the reduction in industrial electricity tariff in line with the earlier announcement of Rs 3 per kilowatt-hour by the prime minister and remove the rationalisation surcharges from tariff to save the industry, exports and employment in the larger interest of economy. Expressing his worries over the snub response from the…Read More

NCT to play proactive role in providing cut-rate healthcare facilities: Zabta Shinwari

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The maiden session of National Council for Tibb (NCT) was held to deliberate the strategies to attain the objectives of the council. The session was presided by newly elected President NCT, Prof Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari. The members of the NCT from across the country participated in the event. Prof Zabta Khan Shinwari stressed on the need of major reforms required for improvement of NCT. He said while speaking on the occasion, "NCT must be taken at that level…Read More

NCT to play proactive role in providing cut-rate healthcare facilities: Zabta Shinwari

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The maiden session of National Council for Tibb(NCT) was held to deliberate the strategies to attain the objectives of the council. The session was presided by newly elected President NCT, Prof Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari. The members of the NCT from across the country participated in the event. Prof Zabta Khan Shinwari stressed on the need of major reforms required for improvement of NCT. He said while speaking on the occasion, "NCT must be taken at that level where we…Read More

Training on tomato cultivation to cut import reliance

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: A training workshop was conducted by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) with the aim to train farmers and master trainers on tomato cultivation to boost the yield of the crop so to cut import reliance. Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said on the occasion that it was the first phase of training which would be replicated at provincial and district levels to nurture proper human resource development across the country. Director General, National…Read More

Govt. contemplates duty cut on invert type ACs, LED TVs for energy conservation

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article image Staff Report KHI:In order to boost energy conservation, government is likely to consider duty cut on inverter type ACs and LED TV sets to make these electronic devices affordable. The forthcoming budget will see duties cut as part of government initiative to combat the energy crisis that has pestered country in all sectors, said Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform Member Energy Akhtar Ali. "Reduction in duties will be applicable on both local manufacturers and importers,&…Read More

Global efforts needed to cut emissions

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MONITORING REPORT ISB: The UN experts’ panel on climate change has highlighted the divide between international goals to fight global warming and what is being done to attain them. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stressed that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must drop by 40-70 per cent by 2050 to keep the unavoidable increase in global temperature below the 2-degree centigrade. Leaked documents at the week-long IPCC session in Berlin has…Read More

3 cent/minute cut likely for international calls

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The IT Ministry has drafted a working paper to reduce the rate of incoming international calls by 3 cents per minute, or to end the "controversial" International Clearing House (ICH), which has so far caused over $1 billion loss to national exchequer. "Reduction in the per-minute price of the incoming international calls by 3 cent per minute is under consideration to curb grey trafficking which continues to afflict country’s telecommunication sector.…Read More

Experts for research in geosciences to cut risks

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Disaster risk reduction should be incorporated in planning processes at every administrative tier, but in order to achieve this objective, the country has to first compile disaster vulnerability assessments, coordinate its scientific research efforts and create a general awareness among administrators to think ahead in terms of natural disaster preparedness. Speakers echoed these thoughts at a recently conducted national forum on geosciences and disaster risk reduction…Read More

US improves IESCO ability to cut power outages

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STAFF REPORTS ISB: USAID and Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) have inaugurated the Power Distribution Control Center (PDCC) at the IESCO headquarters, Islamabad, in order to mark a milestone in US support of Pakistan’s energy sector. According to details, the PDCC, built with assistance from USAID, enables IESCO to monitor the flow of power in real time, allowing technicians to reduce unplanned load-shedding in the region. "This control center is enabling IESCO to monitor…Read More