Day: February 24, 2014

After repeated delays, Pakistan readies for 3G, 4G spectrum auction in April

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: In a major development, the government of Pakistan has decided to kickstart the process for the auction of 3G-4G license auction in the country as Prime Minister has approved the final policy directive for the auction to provide people with high-end and new generation information and communication technologies. "As per the final policy directive, three licenses of 10 MHz in the 2100 MHz spectrum band (3G), two licenses of 10 MHz in 1800 MHz band (4G) and one…Read More

Food security under threat despite surplus food

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: Despite Pakistan is enjoying surplus crops especially of wheat and rice, the food security seems extremely chaotic, as high inflation, declining income, unequal distribution of resources and stagnating domestic productivity are hampering attempts to achieve food security. Experts are critically examining this situation hurling a caution that the country’s food security is under threat due to the shallow approach of the economic managers. "There is a…Read More

EIB agrees to provide €100m for 128MW Pak hydro project

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a €100m long-term loan to Pakistan to finance the construction of the 128MW Keyal Khwar Hydropower project. KWF will also offer financial support for the project, a statement from the EIB said. EIB Vice President Magdalena Alvarez, during his recent visit to Pakistan, had signed an agreement with the government in this regard. He also invited to with future energy efficiency projects. Alvarez, who is in…Read More

Eco-friendly approach needed to be adopted

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: An increased level of development in line with the prevalent neo-liberal practices comes at the cost of a healthy environment. Although this truism has found manifestation in various forms around the world, an environment-friendly mode of development is conceivable. To familiarise this notion, a report on Work Programme for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Pakistan: Priority Actions’ has recently been launched by the Climate Change Division (CCD) in…Read More

UVAS conducts workshop on commercial dairy farming

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore’s Faculty of Life Sciences Business Management has recently organised a two-day training workshop on "Commercial Dairy Farm Management" in the city. As many as tirty-five professionals from various public and private organizations participated in the workshop. Vice-Chancellor UVAS Prof. Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the concluding session of the workshop and distributed certificates among…Read More

Farm technologies can boost crop yields by 67pc

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STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan, which has an agrarian economy, is not equipped to adapt to climate change because of its low technological and resource base. The increased demand for food due to population and income growth and the impacts of climate change on agriculture will ratchet up the pressure for increased and more sustainable agricultural production to feed the planet. "The use of agricultural technologies and practices can most significantly reduce food prices and food…Read More

Pakistan needs to put in place agency to check hacking

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan does not have an official computer emergency readiness team (CERT) to combat cyber threats and vulnerabilities and this gap is filled by semi-official and privately-run initiatives. One such effort is a CERT team PISA-CERT’, which has recently successfully thwarted a mock cyber attack at the Pakistan Research Centre for Cyber Security while participating in a region-wide annual drill conducted by the Asia Pacific CERT (APCERT). The Japan-based APCERT…Read More

No local university among top 100 world varsities

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Not a single engineering university of Pakistan ranks among the top 100 universities of the world; however, efforts are underway to get full membership of "Washington Accord" for international qualification, after which engineering degree would be recognised world-wide. This was revealed by Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) Abdul Qadir Shah while briefing the NA Committee on SandT. "Only one university of the country - NUST - is among the top…Read More

Rice production likely to reach 7m tons this year

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The SUPARCO says that rice production in Pakistan is likely to reach around 7 million tons in 2013-14 because of higher than expected rabi season rice production this year. Rice is grown in the Sindh, Balochistan and Southern Punjab regions during the rabi season. The data shows the rice planting had started in November and reached active vegetative growth stage at the end of January. According to the agency’s SPOT VGT satellite data at the end of January, the…Read More

USAID funds training of on-farm water management

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STAFF REPORT ISB: USAID through its Training for Pakistan Project (TFP) funded eight representatives from Pakistan’s public and private sectors to attend a two-week on-farm water management and command area development training in Australia. At a recently held debriefing in Islamabad the delegates reflected on their positive benefits of the training and outlined plans to utilize their training to ensure more farmers across Pakistan use efficient irrigation methods. Speaking at the…Read More