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Strict rules being followed to boost mango exports

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article image STAFF REPORT MULTAN: The government has emphasized on quality instead of quantity for the export of mangoes to European Union (EU) as it quite serious in meeting quarantine requirements to avoid possibility of ban on Pakistani mangoes, similar to the one imposed on Indian mangoes following detection of fruit flies. The government and exporters are moving cautiously in view of the strict sanitary, phyto-sanitary and quarantine restrictions imposed by EC. Unless the mango consignments…Read More

Commercialisation of 30 GM cotton, corn varieties against rules

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government has approved over 30 varieties of genetically modified (GM) cotton and corn/maize seeds for commercialisation and field test purposes, which is in violation of the rules and quality standards. The approved varieties of Bt cotton seeds contain such low levels of poison that not only do not kill pests that destroy crop production but also build resistance in worms, impacting biodiversity and human health. Laboratory test results show that the…Read More

Cellcos subscribers entry slows after new SIMs rules

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: the sales of cellular connections in Pakistan has drastically declined following the new SIM rules are confining cellular companies to sell SIMs via service centres and company owned franchises only.According to latest data issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, five cellular companies could add a total of 143,609 new subscribers in February 2013, down from the average addition of around 1000,000 subscribers per month during past six months.The data shows that the…Read More

USF violates PPRA rules to run pro-govt media campaign

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By Paras AliISLAMABAD: The sitting government, which claims to have achieved a significant growth in the information technology and telecom sector, itself is bent upon vitiating all the research and development activities and initiatives once taken by the Universal Service Fund (USF) as being helpless against the political influence the Fund has approved an advertisement campaign on electronic media for the PPP regime’s image building involving a hefty amount of Rs. 120 million which was…Read More

CJP directs PTA to ensure SIMs sale rules

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take a serious step in stopping illegal sale of mobile phone SIMs in Balochistan. The announcement was made when the CJP, along with two other judges, was listening to a petition related to the unfavorable law and order situation in the province.The chief justice said that under the law, one customer is allowed to keep 10 different SIMs against one CNIC. However…Read More

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Govt seeks procurement rules exemption from 3G contract

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article image MONITORING REPORT IBD: Pakistan has been gifted with large amount of natural resources from fertile land to large amount of mineral deposits to a large pool of human resources."Pakistan’s minerals consist some of the world’s largest reserves of coal, gold, copper, chrome, gas, rare earth, rock salt, gemstone, marble, onyx and granite and 42 other minerals," Pakistani High Commissioner in Singapore, Hasan Javed, said this while speaking at a seminar recently held in Singapore.He…Read More

Ufone rises for traffic rules awareness

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Taking another step forward in being a socially responsible organization, Ufone has recently sponsored the launch of Islamabad Traffic Police’s lane discipline campaign in order to educate the drivers about the importance of lane discipline.At the launch, Ufone helped uplift the face of I-8 Garden Chowk Lane by marking the road lanes with paint, installing sign boards and painting of kerbstones. Ufone has also displayed public service messages regarding lane discipline across…Read More

Misgovernance rules the roost

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I want to bring the issue regarding Chinese Government Scholarship 2012 in your notice.Few weeks ago Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, had announced Chinese Government Scholarships Programme (CGSP) 2012 intake.Many students sent their applications after doing medical test, attesting their documents from notary public and paying the application processing fee. It cost minimum Rs. 5000.Now HEC on their website: http://www.hec.gov.pk/ffsp says: "As per directives of Cabinet Division…Read More