Day: March 3, 2012

Market forces squeezing options for sugarcane growers

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The sugarcane growers are still on the sharp edge of the prevalent policies’ or the conventional attitude and constantly bearing the brunt of the circumstances despite the repeated claims both by the government authorities and sugar millers of smoothening the financial payment as well as related affairs with the growers. These dominating factors are forcing them to revisit their future plan about cultivating crop or not, but the reality is that they are again in trouble this…Read More

Pakistans life sciences market gaining attraction

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is a growing market for life sciences and biotechnologies, and a country where the same have great potentials for beneficial social, economic and health impacts. Multilateral cooperation of Pakistan with international partners such as European Union (EU) could significantly increase the footprint of this impact.These views were expressed by Prof. Maurizio Martellini, Secretary General of the Landau Network-Centro Volta and Prof. of Theoretical Physics at the University…Read More

PSF-led travel expo on chemistry in Lahore

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: In order to attract the youth towards science education, a week-long international travelling expo on Chemistry has recently been arranged at the Children Library Complex, Lahore.The expo was jointly organized by the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), the Embassy of France and the Education Department Lahore (Children Library Complex), says a press release issued here.Federal Secretary Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, who was the chief guest at the opening ceremony,…Read More

Govt urged not to delay 3G/4G licences auction

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: ICT experts recommended the government to immediately auction 3G/4G licences in the country as the inaction in this regard would hamper growth in the telecom sector as well as causing losses to national economy. They also urged the government to focus on setting obligatory performance benchmarks rather than mere generate revenues during the licence auction process.The experts were discussing the subject at the SDPI’s Study Group meeting on ICT with emphasis on "Adoption…Read More

Science-based agri to ensure food security

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Dr Iftikhar Ahmad has said that science-based agriculture is key to ensuring food security in the country.He said this while speaking at a recently held international workshop titled Promoting Science and Innovation in Agriculture’ organised by the Sindh Agriculture Department in collaboration with donor agencies.It is to be noted here that due to devolution of agriculture and livestock to the provinces, the…Read More

PTA ups ranking in OICCI perception survey

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The multinational companies and foreign investors have improved the ranking of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) from ninth to sixth position in the past two years for its cooperation and supportive role for the businesses.The Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) has recently revealed the results of its perception survey based on its member companies’ feedback saying the telecom authority is supportive to foreign investors in dealing affairs of telephony…Read More

HEC unveils varsities rankings

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced the ranking of Pakistani universities on the basis of quality teaching and research.A statement issued by the HEC says that the primary purpose of the ranking exercise is to share with the general public a comprehensive data on the key issues that determine the state of higher education in a particular institution.However, institutions established after December 2008 as well as distance education universities are excluded from…Read More

Progress in Pakistan doable only through ICTs

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The adoption of ICT technologies into development process and governance can dramatically bridge the widening development gap on a fast track pace. However, the country has failed to turn the opportunity of exceptional technological advancement into socio-economic development in the society."Pakistan has a huge potential and can still take advantage of ICT revolution in development process if it makes a road map about the use of ICTs for all in the areas of education,…Read More

Experts exchange solutions on power generation

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Prof. Dr M.A. Uqaili, Pro Vice Chancellor MUET, has said that the demand for electricity in Pakistan is increasing rapidly despite its short supply. The MUET has always been striving for high quality research by encouraging the faculty utilizing indigenous resources of the country and learning from fellow researchers all over the world.He expressed these remarks during his address at a recent technical seminar organized by the Faculty of Electrical, Electronics, and Computer…Read More

Vote verification by SMS starts

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The electoral rolls can now be verfied on SMS. The inauguration ceremony of the service took place in ECP secretariat here last."By using this service, the eligible voters would be able to send Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number on 8300 and in response, the voter would get the voting details like CNIC No., Electoral Area name, Block Code, Tehsil/District and Serial Number," an official of the Election Commission said while giving details of the service.…Read More