Day: February 25, 2012

Pakistans IT, telecom potential luring world giants

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article image Comptel SVP Veqar says 3G to open gate of latest services in PakistanSPECIAL REPORT IBD: Pakistan is speedily rising on the international IT and telecom horizon with its readiness to adopt the world class services in this field. It has a major potential yet to be tapped in this sector and international companies see this country as a rich market and want to explore all available opportunities by vigorously entering this IT market which has abundant manpower as well as services strength - the…Read More

Preservation of rare whale shark to cost $5 million

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The whale shark, found dead in the Arabian Sea and later landed at the Pakistan Museum of National History (PMNH) Islamabad from Karachi, will be preserved and made part of its priceless collection."The preservation of the fish would take about six months involving around $5 million," Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro told this scribe. He said that the 42-foot long whale is chemically processed before it was taken to Islamabad. The…Read More

Pakistan, Iran to have $718m power line

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article image MONITORING REPORT IBD: Iran and Pakistan have agreed to invest $718 million to establish a power transmission line through which former will supply electricity to the latter."The Iran's National Development Fund would partly finance the project by contributing $500 million," Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namjou told the local media in Tehran.President Asif Zardari in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the latter’s recent visit to Islamabad, had…Read More

49 Sindh villages get solar power energy

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: In quite a significant breakthrough in the alternative source of energy in Pakistan, the Rural Electrification Programme has provided solar energy to around 3000 homes in as many as 49 villages of Sindh.In the very next step, another project for electrification of 300 villages in remote areas of Balochistan has been approved and will be launched by the Alternate Energy Development Board.According to experts, Pakistan has major potential to generate alternate energy through wind…Read More

PSF offers institutional support for research in library services

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A 5-day National Training Workshop on Library Automation Package KOHA, organized by Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC), a subsidiary organization of PSF, has been concluded a couple of days back with stressing the need for a consortium of libraries to work together for up-gradation of library services.Quaid-e-Azam University Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, while addressing on the occasion as chief guest, said that there should be…Read More

IDB selects UAF for science and tech award

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article image MONITORING REPORT: Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has announced the Science and Technology Award among more than three billion Muslim population of 57 OIC countries to the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad by recognizing its meritorious and acclaimed services in the field of science and technology in the Islamic world, says a press release.In a letter by ISB President Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali to UAF VC Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, he congratulated the university leadership and faculty…Read More

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WWF-Pakistans Travelling Nature Carnival pulls visitors

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) in collaboration with MCB has recently hosted the 12th Annual Travelling Nature Carnival at the Race Course Park.The Nature Carnival is an event aimed at enhancing awareness about nature conservation among students and general public through interactive games and competitions.On the occasion, an array of activities including an art competition, quiz competition, essay competition, interactive 3D model making competition,…Read More

4 Pak students to attend London science fair

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Four Pakistani students will for the first time participate in London International Youth Science Forum 2012 (LIYSF-2012) to be held in London from August 16-30 this year.For selection of the participants of the Forum from Pakistan, interviews of the students have recently been at the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF). PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro headed the interview committee comprising eminent scientists of the country.Under its science promotion and…Read More

Pakistan, India need to address environment issues

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Participants of the Pakistan-India Track-II Dialogue on (Climate) Change for Peace have stressed that India and Pakistan need to work together to address common challenges posed by climate change in order to achieve food and energy security, sustainable livelihoods, conservation of biodiversity, enhanced water use efficiency, promotion of low carbon technologies and building resilient communities and networks.Speakers recommended this during a recently concluded three-day…Read More

Cotton ginners reject two cotton varieties

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The new cotton varieties evolved and approved by the Punjab Seed Council (PSC) have been rejected by the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) describing them injurious to farmers and harmful to the agriculture sector."We appeal to the farmers not to cultivate these varieties in any case and they should resist against forced marketing of those seeds," PCGA Chairman Amanullah Qureshi, along with Vice Chairman Haji Mukhtar Ahmed Baloch told the media and warned…Read More