Day: February 10, 2013

Non-degradable plastic bags banned in Islamabad to protect environment

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article image Paras Ali THE GOVERNMENT has imposed ban on manufacturing, import, sale and use of non-degradable plastic bags and other plastic products in the limits of Islamabad, with an aim to ensuring a clean and healthy environment in the federal capital. "The ban will be effective from April 1, 2013 stressing replacement of poisonous plastic bags with bio-degradable plastic bags which are environment-friendly and are not detrimental to human health," says a…Read More

First-ever world Urdu bloggers moot held

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The first-ever International Urdu Bloggers Conference 2013 has recently been held at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) that was organised by the Asian Canadian Journalists Association (ACJA). Purpose of the event was to make aware the business community that they do not need to learn English or any other language to use modern technology, because ideas and solutions are available in Urdu all due to the efforts of Urdu bloggers.Over the recent few years,…Read More

Innovative tech for alternative energy stressed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Public and private universities in Pakistan are working on promoting solar energy and biogas. However, it is not part of their duty to promote these being educational institutions and academia, but to research and find ways to spread its user in easier methods.According to experts, conducting workshops, conferences and seminars on the alternative energy use is essential to explore and discuss means viable to make the necessary shift that will also be protective of the…Read More

Rs1 billion spent to improve biotech

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The biotechnology sector has suffered from negligence in Pakistan with the lack of funds and resources to also mismanagement. The substandard practice in hiring manpower and less trained personnel who run biotechnology institutions have also been the cause of impediment in development in the field. Development in biotechnology can help in agriculture, medicine, energy and environment.The only effort that seems to have come forward from the government is to create commissions…Read More

SBP terms CLCV major threat to cotton crop

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The Studies on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton have acknowledged that farmers in Pakistan are not making the most of Bt cotton because the Bt varieties were developed by various private sector plant breeders by transferring Bt trait to locally developed cotton varieties and these varieties are distributed without a formal regulatory framework which raises several concerns about the seed quality.According to the State Bank of Pakistan’s recent report unavailability of…Read More

| CLCV | Cotton | Crop | major | SBP | terms | Threat

Microsoft unveils Office 365 Home Premium

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft has announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for its consumers in Pakistan. The Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and family responsibilities.The new offer includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with…Read More

PTCL offers Smart TV App for live channels

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The PTCL has introduced a new offer of Smart TV App for its EVO customers to enjoy Live TV channels on their Desktop PC, Laptops and mobile phones.According to a press release, PTCL EVO Smart TV App offers re-run option, with which the subscribers can re-run any past programme from last seven days for all channels. They can select channel and time for which they want Smart TV to re-run. Similarly, the users can record Live TV programmes on to hard disks, or even record the re-…Read More

| app | channels | live | offers | PTCL | smart | TV

Rains to fetch Rs 15b benefits to farm sector

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The recent spell of widespread rains have given a benefit of at least Rs 15 billion to the farmers at a very critical stage of crops especially, wheat, grams, mustards, oil seeds, vegetables and fodder."Rabi crops had been sown over 2.2 million acres of land in the province of Punjab. These crops need urgent watering at middle stage of their growth since irrigation canal had remained closed for de-silting purposes," said Director General Agriculture Extension Services…Read More

| 15b | benefits | farm | fetch | rains | Rs | sector

TDAP fails to support in world IT event GITEX

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) has failed to provide any assistance to more than 10 Pakistani IT companies for taking part in the 2012 GITEX technology week, held in Dubai October last.Any of Pakistani IT companies could not participate in GITEX Technology Week despite the fact that in last October 9 Pakistani companies had successfully participated in the event and TDAP termed it a successful participation. The country lost millions of dollars in shape of…Read More

| event | fails | GITEX | IT | support | TDAP | world

Easypaisa, Omni shortlisted for GSMA Awards

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Telenor’s Easypaisa and UBL Omni have been shortlisted again for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2013 in two separate categories.According to details, easypaisa got its nomination shortlisted under the category of Best Mobile Phone Product and Service.Telenor got its nomination third time for Oscar of telecom sector but it has failed to win any title in the past despite of the fact that it is one of the pioneers of mobile banking and branchless banking in Pakistan with biggest…Read More