Day: October 11, 2013

Health Informatics-a turning point in health system

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article image NO PHASE of human life has escaped the impact of the "Information Age", and feasibly in no area of life is information more critical than in healthcare and medicine. Improving healthcare services in any society requires strengthening various elements of healthcare services and it is understandable that the healthcare is an information-based and information-driven activity. Information signifies major actions in the healthcare profession currently a number of forces are together…Read More

We are not made for wheat?

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article image WHEAT, THE most popular cereal crop of world, covers the acreage that no other cereal crop can ever get. Mostly, the wheat that is sown is for human consumption. Asian countries are at the top in the production and also the biggest consumers. Pakistan stands at 6th in wheat production. The present trends show that we will be going to produce more wheat in the coming years. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported wheat production during 2013 at 697.798 million metric tons the…Read More

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Plant-based natural dye resources of KPK

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NATURAL DYES are derived from natural resources such as plants, insects, animals and minerals. These colours are exhibited by naturally occurring organic and inorganic molecules commonly called as pigments and their mixtures are due to the absorption of light in the visible region of 400-800 nm. From ancient times, natural dyes have been used as dying agents for wool, cotton, food, hair, nails, etc. However, with the advent of synthetic dyes the use of natural dyes was limited. This was…Read More

Save Ozone Layer-save yourselves

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article image OZONE LAYER protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiations and therefore it is important to preserve it. 16th September is celebrated as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer every year. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. "The hole in the ozone layer is a kind of skywriting. At first it seemed to spell out our continuing complacency before a witch’s brew of…Read More

Alarming rise in genetic diseases in Pakistan

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article image GENE IS a unit of inheritance in a living organism. These are inhabitant of all information that is necessary to build up a cell, maintain its normal function and pass down genetic information onto the next generations. According to Human Genome Project, it is estimated that there are 20,000 to 25,000 protein-coding genes in human DNA. Human DNA is made up of four nucleic bases namely Adenine, Cytosine, Thymine and Guanine; abbreviated as A, C, T and G respectively. The precise order of As,…Read More

Need for more science and technology parks

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The significance of science and technology is beyond any argument if one goes through the phenomenal development the world is enjoying today. And relatively the role of science and technology parks has got remarkable recognition across the world as these parks not only contribute in further triggering the economic and business activities but also in offering facilities like manufacturing, high level training, technology and business incubation, standardization and calibration laboratories,…Read More

Local resources optimal use to strengthen South-South cooperation

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article image STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: A strong resolve prevailed during a recently held COMSTATS seminar to strengthen South-South cooperation ties among the developing countries and optimally utilize the mechanism of South-South cooperation, which has emerged as an important part of the global development agenda. Strategies, in this regard, need to be re-assessed and future goals updated, in addition to work out practicable solutions adaptive towards indigenous requirements as well as making focused…Read More

PCRET to start large scale solar panels making

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: : The Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technology (PCRET) in collaboration with Pak Oasis Pvt Ltd. will initiate production of solar panels, which will help in overcoming the prevailing energy crisis in the country. According to official sources, PCRET will soon initiate large scale production and marketing of renewable energy and electronic products in the country and will ensure optimal utilization of all available resources and promote cost effective indigenous…Read More

Warid Telecom to provide USSD channel to HBL

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STAFF REPORT LHR: Warid Telecom and Habib Bank Limited have signed an agreement today for a strategic alliance whereby the latter will provide the former with access to Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), enabling HBL Express’ branchless banking project to conduct financial transactions in the most reliable and secure manner. Telecom companies are uniquely placed in the branchless banking eco-system since they have the required technology and resources to enhance the growth…Read More

Cellcos set to install biometric system

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: All mobile operators of Pakistan have so far agreed to install the biometric system at every point of sale and increased the fee of SIM verification through biometric from Rs 13 to Rs 28 per transaction, sources close to this development disclosed. Since installation of biometric system can enhance the national security environment so with setting up the new system at every point of sale of SIM is expected to reduce the security risks in the country in coming days.…Read More