Day: August 26, 2013

Untreated wastewater threatening environment, agriculture l and s

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article image Nabeel Khan Niazi ISLAMABAD: The untreated release of contaminated wastewater from various industriesand municipal supplies into soil and water bodies has emerged as a major environmental, social and public health concerns while the implementation of relevant laws is virtually at zero level, thus forcing Pakistan to facing an accumulative loss of billions of rupees per annum to the national kitty in addition to causing various human diseases. A fresh data prepared by the Punjab…Read More

China to set up 50 MW energy project in Sindh

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: A Chinese company will set up a 50-megawatt wind energy project at Gharo area of Sindh with the cost of $120 million. The project would start generating power by June 2015, said official sources. On completion‚ the project would not only help reduce the power shortage to some extent‚ but would also create job opportunities for the local people. The officials said that the company is also planning to launch nine more similar projects in the province if the scheme…Read More

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PFVA takes steps to draft fruit, vegetables sector policy

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA) has initiated measures to develop a national and export policy for the agriculture sector for the next 10 years, keeping in view the decline in the number of varieties of various fruits and vegetables, their lower yield per acre and gradual drop in exports. "The association has initiated the process of developing the national and export policy for the agriculture sector,…Read More

SIMs sale linked with bio-metric system

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The Sindh High Court has directed completion of biometric system and registration of all SIMs through it till September 5. "SIMs should not be issued until biometric verification to any person," the court ordered to the authorities observing that SIMs are being used in criminal activities. At present mobile phone service operators issue SIMs just on submitting a copy of National Identity Card and in some cases law and order agencies have detected hundreds…Read More

Experts say aquaculture can cut food insecurity

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Oceanologists and fisheries experts are of the view that climate change coupled with increasing level of water pollution is making way for a decrease in fish population, and in such conditions, aquaculture can be a great source to fulfill the fish requirements of the country. They said that at a recently held two-day PAFS annual conference "Aquaculture and Fisheries Development: Opportunities and Challenges" organised by Karachi University Office of Research,…Read More

Plan afoot to have laptop assembly plant

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has planned to have a laptop assembly plant and in this regard it is mulling to invite global manufacturers to get their assembly plants installed in Pakistan. "Pakistan is in efforts to get a laptop assembly plant running in the country to meet local demands primarily and then to export laptops to foreign nations in future," said a senior official close to this development without disclos. The decision was taken during a meeting for the…Read More

Australia allows Pakistani mango import

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistani mangoes will soon be stocked in Australian supermarkets and fruit stores following the approval by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Forestry (DAFF). "Australia has approved the import of Pakistan mangoes to its markets. Pakistan has achieved this access after a long and sustained effort by the local mango exporters and government officials. Although Australia is a major mango producing country, the nation’s season does not commence until…Read More

Warid Telecom launches Karachi offer

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: In view of service problems faced by consumers, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked all the users of illegal jammers to remove their unauthorised devices immediately otherwise action will be initiated against violators as per Pakistan Telecom (Re-Organisation) Act 1996. In a statement, the PTA spokesman said that it has been repeatedly informed that jammers installed in public and private places across Pakistan are causing problems in cellular mobile…Read More

UAV develops new Sindhri mango variety

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: A new variety of mango titled "new Sindhri" has been developed by the department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF). Presently, it is undergoing various tests including shelf life in a model reefer container. The new variety was shown by Dr Asif Ali, Director Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, UAF, to the two-member delegation of All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (…Read More

PTA out to control grey telephony

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has taken a number of measures to control grey traffic and a total of 88 joint raids with the FIA have been carried so far across the country since 2009. Through these raids, 78 persons including six foreigners were apprehended besides confiscation of a total of 591, illegal gateway equipment, says a press release issued by the authority. In general grey traffic can be defined as the use of illegal gateway exchanges to…Read More