Day: June 13, 2013

Pakistans juniper forest declared as biosphere reserve

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article image Sidra SaifISLAMABAD: The International Coordinating Council (ICC) of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme has declared the Juniper Forest of Ziarat in Balochistan as the Biosphere Reserve, which is yet another step towards recognition of Pakistan’s natural sites of international significance on global level.The decision has recently been made during the 25th session of MAB ICC at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Juniper Forest of Ziarat, the second declared Biosphere Reserve (BR) in Pakistan…Read More

Food preservation a high agenda of modern times

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. This inevitably also means that huge amounts of the resources used in food production are used in vain, and that the greenhouse gas emissions caused by production of food that gets lost or wasted are also emissions in vain.Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad said this while speaking on the occasion of World…Read More

Microsoft Research to give grant for SoftUPS

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Microsoft Research (Redmond), the research and development arm of global software leader, Microsoft Corporation, USA, has accepted a proposal for award of a research grant for development of SoftUPS, submitted by Dr. Affan Syed, Assistant Professor, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NU-FAST), Islamabad.According to a press release issued here, the research would start from next month.The SoftUPS solution builds upon a recent technology developed by MSR…Read More

600 govt colleges to have broadb and service

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has become a regional leader in the field of information and communication technology chiefly due to the revolutionary and effective steps by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) as the broad-bandwidth internet connectivity is now available in 183 institutions throughout the country. According to the future plans, this network is being expanded to over 600 colleges which are under the provincial governments."HEC has ensured that the Digital Library and Archives…Read More

Pakistan to have hybrid cars by end of 2014

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Ruba SEZ Group, one of Pakistan’s biggest investors mainly in the field of automobiles, tyres and tubes, has announced to launch 800cc hybrid cars in Pakistan by the end of 2014. Its arrival will revolutionise the automobile sector in the country as the car has the capability to run 400 km on one battery charge of eight hours. At current rates, it will cost the consumers 20 paisa per km.Our plan is to produce 50,000 small hybrid cars initially. We will expand our capacity…Read More

NAYS chief visits Galilio S and T Park in Italy

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: President NAYS has recently visited Galileo Science and Technology Park in Italy and held a meeting with Giuseppe Stellin (President) and Massimo Malaguti (Director) of Galileo Science and Technology Park.The purpose of the meeting was to learn from experience of experts about the success story of the Park and possibility to translate a similar model in Pakistan.During the meeting, the President of the Galileo Science and Technology Park explained that the Park is working in…Read More

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Plastic bags affecting environment

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Masses in Pakistan should reduce pollution in the environment at least with their minimum efforts by discouraging the use of plastic bags which are not only dangerous for health but also emit hazardous effects in the environment.According to a research, a substandard plastic bag takes hundreds of years to get decomposed, and till that time it remains in the environment causing very hazardous impact on our routine life.Experts say that there is a desperate need to raise…Read More

PARC, IRRI join h and s to promote rice farming

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) of Philippines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote rice and rice-based farming systems in the country.According to a press release issued by the PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman PARC, and Dr. Achim Dobermann, DDGR (IRRI) Philippine signed this MoU at the Council’s headquarter in Islamabad.The MoU will strengthen cooperation among Pakistani and IRRI rice…Read More

Aslam set to join Telenor as CCAS Officer

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: M. Aslam Hayat has been appointed as Chief Corporate Affairs and Security Officer in Telenor Pakistan.Aslam is an ICT regulatory professional who is currently working as Centre Director (CEO) of Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (PIRRC) in Suva, Fiji, a World Bank Project. In his role at PIRRC, he is responsible to engage with all Pacific ICT Regulators and Ministries. Before joining PIRRC, he worked in Grameenphone, Bangladesh, for five years mainly advising in legal,…Read More

Cranfield experts help Pakistan develop solar cooker

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STAFF REPORT IBD: The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, has successfully developed a solar cooker with the expertise from Cranfield University, that is able to harness the sun’s energy to cook food and purify water. The cooker will significantly improve the quality of life for rural communities in the developing world including Pakistan which has facing energy and fuel crisis.It has been funded by the government of Pakistan, who recognises the need to improve the lives of…Read More