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Tech usage to reduce poverty for progress

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article image STAFF REPORTER ISB: Innovators from around the world have recently gathered at the Information Technology University (ITU) to present technology-based innovative solutions for poverty alleviation. They attended the concluding session of the Lahore International Development Design Summit (IDDS). The summit was part of the global initiative of the Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Laboratory (IPAL) and the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN). Speaking at the concluding…Read More

ICTs usage key to mainstreaming marginalized segments: Experts

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Experts at a two-day international workshop have called for taking maximum use of Information and sCommunication Technologie (ICTs) in order to evolve better policies and improve mechanism of implementation, arguing it would help in identifying ways through which the poorest and most marginalised can access and benefit from ICTs. The workshop on Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) for Development: Mainstreaming the Marginalised’ was organised by the…Read More

An axe on Internet usage

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IT MAY inevitable from various aspects, angles, viewpoints etc. but the tax is really an axe for many as it is the era of IT and internet now a day. Current initiative of Government of Punjab on taxing Internet usage will hamper the sector instead of earning money for governance. We are investing heavily on internet and its usage is increasing by leaps and bounds. It may be a positive step despite issue of many won’t be able to use it in a better way or abuse it in a worst way still we see…Read More

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Shell launches research on urbanisation, energy usage

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Shell has launched a research supplement in Lahore on how cities across the world grow and consume energy after an extensive study of over 500 urban centres. The research publication, New Lenses on Future Cities, produced in collaboration with the Singapore Centre for Liveable Cities surveyed a diverse mix of urban centres, and group cities into six illustrative archetypes indicating where energy use is most concentrated and where future urbanization is set to take…Read More

Reduced jute usage causes environment degradation

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The export, consumption and production of jute are gradually declining in the country, which calls for immediate attention of the government, said Muhammad Younus, Secretary General of Pakistan Jute Manufacturers Association (PJMA). The production of jute in the country was 103,957 tons in 2003/04, but now it stands at 101,722 tons in 2013/14, while it touched heights of 137,411 tons during 2008/09. Similarly, the consumption of raw jute in 2007/08 was 134,427 tons…Read More

Nestle, WWF sign MoU for sustainable water usage

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Nestlé Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with World Wildlife Fund (WWF)-Pakistan for sustainable water use and water stewardship. Magdi Batato, Nestlé Pakistan’s Managing Director, and Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan signed the agreement. Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world with fewer than 1,000 cubic meters of water available per person. The biggest contributor to this stress is the…Read More

PCRWR report declares 8 water brands unsafe for usage

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has found eight mineral water brands unsafe for human consumption as they contain chemicals and germs. According to a PCRWR report, water samples of as many as 65 brands were collected from the open markets of Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Karachi and Quetta. The report says nature provides water which is essential to sustain life, and access to safe drinking water is the basic human right. But…Read More

Unchecked usage of pesticides

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Pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into environment to kill living things. This includes substances that kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungus (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others. Managing pest problems with the use of toxic pesticides has become a common practice around the world. Pesticides are used almost everywhere -- not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, buildings, forests, and roads. Pesticides can…Read More

Pakistan low in mobile broadb and infrastructure despite high usage

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has scored low in mobile broadband infrastructure despite high use by subscribers, reveals a recently conducted survey on Pakistan. "Pakistan scored 2.09 out of 10, ranking 25 out of the 26 developing telecom markets in mobile broadband connectivity," the statistics of the study sponsored by Nokia explain. For measuring the score, the study titled "Connectivity Scorecard 2013" took into account key criteria such as consumer…Read More

Hybrid seeds usage can boost farm production

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STAFF REPORT FSD:Pakistani farmers can recover the declining productivity, estimated at 50 per cent of total production, with the help of large-scale planting of hybrid seeds and modern farming techniques and equipment. According to leading agriculture experts, conventional farming cannot change financial conditions of the farmers as it is possible only through adoption of modern techniques. Currently, growers are getting approximately 50 per cent less per acre yield when compared…Read More