Day: August 6, 2012

Water quality, management still a dilemma in Pakistan: Dr. Aslam

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article image By Mustafa Z Paras and Ata ul HaqWorking as Chairman PCRWR, Dr. Aslam is extensively engaged in a number of projects of water quality in Pakistan. He got Ph.D degree from Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan. He is serving PCRWR for the last over 26 years while remaining on various senior positions. In recognition of his invaluable services, he was conferred the President’s Medal for Technology, Star Award, Gold Medals (by Tehreek-e-Istehqam-e-Pakistan Council and Zakariyan Chemist…Read More

Worms track us down with the chemical trails

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article image By Dr. Asma Kausar and Dr. Muhammad Sohail SajidPARASITIC WORMS infect millions of people in the developing world, by following chemical trails to their hosts. Isolating the substances that attract them is the key to finding cheap and practical ways of preventing infection.One might have observed smoky lines following the air jets in the sky. Some people in Pakistan wrongly consider them as satellites of meteorological data collection. These contrails are formed by the condensation of vapours…Read More

Extreme weather pummeling Asia

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article image By Naseem SheikhCLIMATIC CHANGES are actually happening and the Earth is heating up, the glaciers are melting and water is being consumed by the growing population. With the scarcity of water, there is less food to grow and South Asia is the most vulnerable region of the world as its population is growing far too quickly and the glaciers in the Himalayas depleting very fast. For Pakistan, the bad news is that the River Indus is 30 to 40 per cent dependent on the Himalayan glaciers.It's not…Read More

Importance of Biomedical Engineering in Pakistan

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article image By Mirza Abdul Aleem BaigTHE 21ST century is technically called the Biological Century. World is changing globally step by step and the modern era is having the application of engineering in almost every field of science especially biological science. More technological advancement in the medical and industrial area is predictable with heavily funded research programs ongoing in most countries of the world. Development in the field of biology and medicine, such as human genome sequencing and…Read More

Multiple concerns on stagnant IT and telecom sector

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PAKISTAN WITNESSED a high boom in its IT and Telecom sector from 2001 to 2005 with remarkable investments to the tune of Rs 9 billion mainly due to the successful implementation of reforms in the country. No doubt that Pakistan had secured the top notch among the South Asian states in terms of growth rate in addition to production of highly skilled manpower and availability of IT and telecom services on comparatively cheaper charges in the world market. However, since the last couple of years…Read More

Pesticide harmful for health…

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PAKISTAN IS an agricultural country. Some of the major crops grown here include cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, maize, banana and sunflower, but how do we protect and safeguard them from harmful pests and diseases?Being a plant protectionist, I would suggest that we should apply and use all safeguard measures, which have been recommended by experts. Chemicals control is visibly giving fast results. That is why farmers and landlords use mostly chemicals compared to other controls. However,…Read More

Dams: A national necessity

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IT IS right in general saying that agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy. He has spelt out in detail all the benefits that accrue to the country from agriculture as well as the many reasons for its decline. Surprisingly, he did not mention the shortage of water. There is a 24 per cent shortage of water in the Kharif period and up to 40 per cent for the Rabi period. Sindh and Punjab are both up in arms about water shortage. Why this reluctance to talk about shortage of water. Is it…Read More