Day: August 3, 2013

Pakistan starts taking initiatives for revival of biotechnology

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article image Sidra Saif ISLAMABAD: The future of biotechnology has brightened one again as the government of Pakistan has taken a major step forward for coordinated and targeted initiatives meant for research and development in biotechnology, which, subsequently would improve the engineering of medicines, food or other sector. Biotechnology has a considerable potential for promoting the efficiency of crop improvement, food production, and poverty reduction, especially in developing countries like…Read More

Govt planning 2.5GW wind power project by 2016

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government of Pakistan is keen to commence wind farm projects in the country in order to meet some of the national energy requirements with renewable energy technologies. According to an official at the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), the plan to develop wind energy resources by the end of 2015 is under strong consideration of the higher authorities. He also said that the wind energy is cost effective and could also become a substitute for thermal power…Read More

PCRWR projects showing desired results

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Chairman PCRWR Dr. Muhammad Aslam Tahir has said that the Council is in the process of new initiatives in order to ensure as well as improve the quality of potable water across the country especially in rural areas where the ratio of water borne diseases are on the rise. Similarly, its ongoing water management projects are on track and achieving the desired goals. He said this while giving a briefing Federal Minister Science and Technology Zahid Hamid on the Council’s…Read More

10 Punjab villages provided solar power

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: As many as ten villages in the Sahiwal district of Punjab have been electrified through off-grid solar power, said a statement. Coca-Cola Pakistan in collaboration with the Buksh Foundation is running the solar energy project, which has already impacted 25,000 people through its efforts to help those living at the bottom of the pyramid. According to an official of Buksh Foundation, the project has enabled the villagers to work after dark, generate sustainable income and…Read More

PARC hectically working on climate change impacts

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad has said that the climate change is one of the government’s top priorities and the Council in collaboration with its international partners has been working on climate change aspects since long to convenience the people in Pakistan. He urged the scientists to design this programme in such manner to change mind set of all people and community to improve agriculture and livestock sectors in the country…Read More

DSL broadb and base exceeds one million mark

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STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan’s DSL broadband base hit one million in April last while the total broadband base swelled to 2.62 million broadband subscribers, up from 2.55 million in March last. According to fresh statistics of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, the DSL base stood at 1.03 million, up from 997,863 a month earlier. The second most popular access technology was EV-DO with 947,914 internet users versus 902,618 in the prior month, followed by Wimax with 590,936 internet…Read More

PMAS-AAUR team in Korea for farm training

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A 12-member delegation headed by Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmed, is presently in Korea under the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) grant aid project on training for Pakistan-Korea New Village Movement for Agriculture and Livestock Technology.’ The training programme aims to exchange hands-on experience of Korean agriculture and livestock technology to the Pakistani experts to…Read More

Biogas use at home can prevent lungs diseases

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: The use of at home should be promoted and encouraged across Pakistan as this can help prevent lung and kidney problems. "A home biogas plant also saves 32 litres of kerosene oil or 2.5 tons of wood annually, thus lessening environmental pollution," said Pakistan Domestic Biogas Programme (PDBGP) Communication Officer Nadeem Ahmad while talking to media. He said that over 2,800 domestic biogas plants have so far been installed in 12 districts during last the…Read More

Telenors CSR initiative to shine youth talent

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The Telenor Pakistan has recently renewed its agreement with Environment Protection Department (EPD), Punjab, to continue to feature the global countdown game at Children Library Complex (CLC), Lahore. The gaming machine, which was first introduced in 2009 has helped increasing awareness for environment and ICTs in students from more than 100 public schools and has also enhanced their communication and decision making skills. This initiative is aimed at enhancing the…Read More

Speakers stress laws for environment protection

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STAFF REPORT KHI: The government, corporate sector and the people have come together in a new initiative to ensure environment protection and curb the menace of pollution collectively for a healthy and clean Pakistan. Representatives of various govt department, NGOs and local as well as foreign agencies spoke at the 10th Annual Environment Excellence Awards 2013 held recently in Karachi. On the occasion, they urged policymakers, all stakeholders and donors related to environment…Read More