Day: April 21, 2014

National media sensitised on science, technology achievements, potential

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Noting with concern the inadequate coverage of science related activities in local media, speakers at a recently held workshop have stressed the need to popularize the potential, achievements as well as research and development activities of local science and technology sector through media which is the major instrument of shaping the public opinion on certain lines. The seminar titled "Science Communication and Journalism" was organized by the Commission on…Read More

PTA set to hold electronic auction

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article image STAFF REPORT KARACHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has chosen to hold an electronic auction, which sources say is in line with international standards and also likely to discourage collusive bidding. Electronic auction is the standard practice all over the world and India, too, preferred this mode over the outdated open outcry method while auctioning 3G licences, said an official requesting not to be quoted. "The electronic auction will discourage collusion and ensure…Read More

3 cent/minute cut likely for international calls

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The IT Ministry has drafted a working paper to reduce the rate of incoming international calls by 3 cents per minute, or to end the "controversial" International Clearing House (ICH), which has so far caused over $1 billion loss to national exchequer. "Reduction in the per-minute price of the incoming international calls by 3 cent per minute is under consideration to curb grey trafficking which continues to afflict country’s telecommunication sector.…Read More

Global efforts needed to cut emissions

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MONITORING REPORT ISB: The UN experts’ panel on climate change has highlighted the divide between international goals to fight global warming and what is being done to attain them. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has stressed that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must drop by 40-70 per cent by 2050 to keep the unavoidable increase in global temperature below the 2-degree centigrade. Leaked documents at the week-long IPCC session in Berlin has…Read More

Four companies bid for 3G, 4G licences auction

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has received four sealed bids for spectrum auctions of 3G and 4G from the five operators, working in the country with the expectation against expectation of the government, no new entrant is going to participate in the upcoming bidding. All existing cellular companies have submitted their sealed bids. "The good thing is that demand is more than the supply indicating a good response from the market which will pave the way for growing competition and now…Read More

AJK plans major increase in hydel power generation

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STAFF REPORT MIRPUR: In order to meet the increased demand of energy, the AJK government has kicked off an integrated plan to make AJK self-supported and self-sufficient in power production. The phased-plan involves the utilization of huge available potential of hydel power generation with the coordination of the private power sector for not only to meet local need of 400 MW but also to assist Pakistan for meeting the required energy needs of the country an official told the media. He…Read More

Scientists review cotton research progress

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article image STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Cotton scientists from across Pakistan have recently assembled in Multan for a three-day marathon meeting to discuss results from the research projects carried out last year and finalize a cotton research strategy for year 2014-15. Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah, who is also vice-president of PCCC, chaired the opening session of the meeting at CCRI Multan and said that national research bodies and the private sector should work together to increase cotton…Read More

Reforms of S and T ministry on the card

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STAFF REPORT ISB: A series of meetings regarding the restructuring and reorientation of various organizations are going on in the Ministry of Science and Technology, in the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid. In this connection, a detailed presentation has recently been given by Pir Baksh Jamali, Director General SQCA, a subsidiary organization of the Ministry of SandT. The minister said on the occasion that after the 18th amendments the PSQCA has to…Read More

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Telecom facility in Neelum Valley on the card

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STAFF REPORT RWP: The Special Communication Organisation (SCO) is planning to lay telecommunication infrastructure in Neelum Valley of AJK to link it with the rest of the country. SCO officials said this while talking to a delegation of PML-N AJK, led by its Secretary-General Shah Ghulam Qadir who have recently called on them at the SCO headquarters in Rawalpindi. The SCO officials said that they have already provided telephone facilities to the people in Shadra, Kel and Athmuqam and very…Read More

Need stressed for sowing climate, saline resistant crops

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article image STAFF REPORT FSD: Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Prof. (Dr) Iqrar Ahmad Khan, has said that as many as 6.8 million hectares of land in the country is under the grip of salinity, raising the threat of food insecurity. However, the land could be cultivated by sowing climate and saline resistant crops to increase the production and to alleviate poverty, he added. He was speaking at a seminar held on Kinnow under the aegis of JK Agricultural Farms. He…Read More