Day: June 2, 2012

Pakistan fish, shrimp resources on the decline

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is fast losing the fish resources as several species of fishes and shrimps have started disappearing especially along the country’s coasts, reveal fresh surveys conducted to assess the resources the country used to possess several year back."Pakistan’s fish stocks are depleting at a rate of 15 per cent a year. Local fishermen, and not the deep-sea fishing trawlers, are responsible for devastating fishery resources as they used nets of small mesh size, taking…Read More

Plan devised to replace pesticides with nematodes

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: "For the first time in Pakistan, National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi (KU), will release nematode samples to local growers and farmers which will replace pesticides.Nematodes are small parasitic animals that can kill bacteria without leaving any harmful impact on crops.This was recently announced at the concluding ceremony of three-day workshop titled, Biological Control of Root-knot Nematode in Vegetables using EPN’ organised by the…Read More

VOG project added to PMNH display centre

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) has added Virtual Orientation Gallery (VOG) project to its Display Centre, which is directly related to the national priorities in terms of the conservation strategies of the biodiversity of the country. The VOG aims at providing inter-active electronic based information to students and general public on Pakistan natural resources, which includes flora, fauna, minerals and fossils, says a press release issued here last week.It…Read More

Website on Urdu audio books starts

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article image MONITORING REPORT IBD: In order to promote Urdu language in Pakistan, Urdustudio.com has been launched.According to details, Urdustudio.com is a third panel in a series of novel ideas. First is The Readers Club, catering to Karachi members only and offering a library owned by Usman Siddiqui and Jawad Yousuf, the owners of the website."To cater to the huge demand in the national market for a books buying and selling platform, we were gifted with Kitabain.com, where anyone could upload books…Read More

Website on Urdu audio books starts

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Faces Pakistan, an NGO helping with flood-relief efforts in the region, has taken initiative to provide solar caps to the labourers engaged in building solar-powered shelter homes for flood refugees in Badin and Kashmore where the temperature remains around 50 degrees Centigrade in the summer.The cap includes a small fan powered by a solar cell whose speed varies automatically with availability of sunlight, said Ali Imran Raja, who is in charge of Faces Pakistan’s Green…Read More

Pakistans first solar power system goes online

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Realising the country’s growing demand for power to operate industries, agriculture and domestic sector, the government of Pakistan has initiated several projects to resolve the persistent energy crisis."The projects commenced by the government not only look to tap conventional sources but also the renewable energy resources including wind, solar and biomass," said Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gillani while addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pakistan’s first…Read More

E-village harnessing rural Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The E-village project, a not-for-profit initiative of Pakistan Social Association, aims to take the power of ICTs to rural areas of Pakistan. A computer centre is established in a village with an easy to use software to make the rural population learn some basic skills to develop their employment opportunities. Education, health, economic empowerment and Governance are some priority areas of the project.Ammar Jaffri has over 40-year of experience in governance, digital…Read More

PTA directs telecos to stop prize schemes

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed all telecom operators to immediately stop all prize schemes, even if they are legitimate, or they will have to face a legal action from the authority in accordance with the law.In a letter from PTA to all telecom service providers dated May 28, 2012, the authority said that it regularly receives complaints from customers regarding the Inami schemes that various telecom companies have been offering to their customers.…Read More

US firm honours PTCL for best performances skills

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: PTCL has been honoured by the prestigious US-based Environment Systems Research Institute (ESRI) with the "ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award 2012" for its outstanding achievements and organizational performance in geographic information systems (GIS) and programmes."PTCL’s GIS programme stood out from amongst more than 100,000 others worldwide for its outstanding use of GIS technology in the existing network," said Founder and President ESRI, Jack…Read More

UAF set to become Pak first green university

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) presently is in developing a master plan for setting up a five-megawatt solid waste power generating plant, which will make the university free from pollution and the first green institute in the country.UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad disclosed this in a recently held meeting with a delegation of Vita Pakistan, led by its President Mahboob Ali Manji, along with a technical team.Dr Ahmad said that making UAF a 'green campus'…Read More

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