Day: June 9, 2014

Cleaner beaches must for greater protection to marine turtles

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Clean environment along sea shores and at islands is prerequisite to provide safe, secure and nesting place for the turtles especially during the ensuing breeding season as this species is increasingly endangered with the rising sea water pollution and amount of litter at the shore. There is a grave need to create awareness among the sea shore visitors to avoid dropping food wrappers, shopping bags or other waste items as it badly affects the water quality as well as…Read More

33 wind power projects under way in Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is pursuing and facilitating 33 wind power projects which are in different stages of development through collaboration of private sector.There are three wind power projects of 150 MW capacity under construction and will be completed in 2014 while another 13 wind projects having a cumulative capacity of 680 MW are at advance stages and ready to achieve financial closing in 2014.Highlighting the steps being taken to effectively…Read More

Critical choices for Pakistan to achieve progress

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STAFF REPORT ISB: South Asian region is in a state of flux with competing economic visions being offered for its future. For Pakistan the critical choices are mostly internal. Focus should be on good governance and economy. This was the gist of the speeches made by speakers at the concluding session of a recently concluded two-day international conference on "Pakistan’s strategic environment: Post 2014".The conference was organised by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute in…Read More

PARC, PR China ink MoU to promote scientific farm research

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS) China have signed an MoU to promote the development oriented scientific research in the field of agriculture, and to strengthen partnership between the two countries. The MoU, signed at the PARC head office, will facilitate further collaboration between both the countries in the activities based on their respective academic and technical needs and other priorities. It will…Read More

Begomovirus can cause huge losses to crops

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STAFF REPORT FSD: The begomovirus is a threat to cotton and vegetables, experts at the University of Agriculture said. The seminar on begomovirus diversity, and phylogenetic and population genetics in plant ecosystems in Pakistan was chaired by VC Iqrar Ahmad Khan. He said that controlling the disease could add millions of rupees to the economy. He said the virus had first been reported in the cotton crop in 2000 in Burewala. He said it had been a threat since then. He said the cotton…Read More

Need for national nanotech initiative asserted

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, while presiding over the inaugural function of a three-day conference on "Frontiers of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" has cautioned that Pakistan is lagging behind in the ongoing global technology revolution based on nanoscience. He was addressing the recently concluded conference held at PINSTECH, Islamabad. Dr. Qureshi appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, to…Read More

Muslim-science.com, MIGHT launch task force on teaching

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MONITORING REPORT ISB: Dato Zakri Abdul Hamid, the Science Advisor to the PM of Malaysia, and Prof. Nidhal Guessoum of American University of Sharjah, have launched the Muslim-Science.Com’s Task Force on Teaching of Science. This step seeks to jumpstart a dialogue, discourse, and debate on critical issues and big questions at the intersection of science and religion within the Islamic World. In doing so, it also seeks to reclaim the narrative of science within the Islamic community. "…Read More

Strict rules being followed to boost mango exports

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article image STAFF REPORT MULTAN: The government has emphasized on quality instead of quantity for the export of mangoes to European Union (EU) as it quite serious in meeting quarantine requirements to avoid possibility of ban on Pakistani mangoes, similar to the one imposed on Indian mangoes following detection of fruit flies. The government and exporters are moving cautiously in view of the strict sanitary, phyto-sanitary and quarantine restrictions imposed by EC. Unless the mango consignments…Read More

PTCL receives customer service award

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) has been awarded the Customer Service Appreciation’ award for its best customer services in the telecom sector at the Service Punch -2014’ conference. The awards ceremony, presented by Active8, in collaboration with Rozee.pk and Pakistan Human Capital Forum, brought together a large number of CEOs, business heads, delegates and guests belonging to customer services and other industries. Pakistan’s leading ICT…Read More

Pak expats urged to work for uplift back home

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistani expatriates in the UK should invest in faculty-building at institutes of higher education back home, said a UNESCO science laureate here. "Knowledge is the key to socio-economic development," said Atta-Ur-Rahman, patron-in-chief of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences in Karachi. The event was organized by the Institution of Engineers Pakistan-Saudi Arabian Center (IEP-SAC) to mark its 41st technical seminar on higher…Read More

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