Day: July 21, 2014

Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF)- An Emerging Zoonotic Problem in Pakistan

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Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is a widespread disease caused by a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) of theBunyaviridaefamily. The CCHF virus causes severe viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks, with a case fatality rate of 10-40%. The disease was first characterized in the Crimea in 1944 and given the name Crimean hemorrhagic fever. It was then later recognized in 1969 as the cause of illness in the Congo, thus resulting in the current name of the disease. Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic…Read More

Social media a quick, cost effective window to all opportunities

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: With the wider dimension of Internet, the social media has emerged as a major multiple instrument in quick and cost-effective dissemination of information of choice across the world without devising any sophisticated campaigns and ensuring economic stability. Various options of online media like Facebook, Youtube, Skype, Twitter, are too much popular across the world to maintain social interactions, exchange ideas, innovations, information, proposals, business modules…Read More

President wants higher education to go higher

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: President Mamnoon Hussain has reaffirmed commitment of the government to accord top priority to the promotion of higher education in all disciplines including medical sciences."There is a need for developing and strengthening linkages of SZAMBU with the reputed international universities and health institutes to benefit from global expertise in medical sciences," said the president while recently chairing a meeting of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical…Read More

China proposes tech transfer to Pakistan, others

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article image MONITORING REPORT ISB: In a major breakthrough, China has offered its neighbors especially Pakistan an unprecedented technology transfer agreement, that would usher into the rapid economic boosting in the region. The proposal was raised by Chinese government with the ministers of science and technology of the South Asian states at the inaugural ceremony of the South Asia Technology Transfer moot held at Kunming, China, on the sidelines of the second China-South Asia Exposition held…Read More

Ministry set to launch first draft of telecom policy

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) is all set to launch the first draft of Telecommunications Policy with an aim to further promote the culture of information technology for economic stability in the country. Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman said while chairing a meeting in Islamabad in which international consultant hired for "Reviewing and integrating current Telecommunications Policies" briefed the meeting about his key findings and…Read More

Hot water treatment plant for mangoes starts

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article image STAFF REPORT MULTAN: As the exports of Pakistani mangoes are portraying a bleak picture especially for the last couple of years mainly due to the absence of latest mango treatment technology, there is a good news for the mango farmers as they would witness installation of small hot water treatment plants at farm level that would improve mangoes shelf life significantly. "Hot water plant is suitable for mango farmers as it will disinfest mango from fruit fillies and other diseases…Read More

Qubees bill payment made easy with Upaisa

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Owing to availability of extensive and reliable financial solutions by Ufone, Qubee, a renowned broadband service provider in Pakistan, has taken up Upaisa to facilitate its customers in bill payment by entering into Electronic Bills Collection Agreement with Ubank. According to the agreement, the Qubee customers will be able to pay for their bills through Upaisa mobile accounts or by walking in to any Ufone Service Centres and Franchise, Ubank branches and 25,000+ Upaisa…Read More

720MW Karot hydropower project to be ready by 2020

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The run-of-river Karot Hydropower Project, with concrete gravity dam having installed capacity of producing 720 MW power would be completed by 2020. The project is planned on Jhelum River near Karot Village 3 Kilometers (KM) downstream of Azad Pattan Bridge. The surface area of the new reservoir at full water level is 4,210,000m. The Project is considered with shorter headrace tunnel, underground power house and long tail race tunnel/channel implying four Francis…Read More

HEC, ICCI to work to boost academia-industry linkages

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed to enhance industry-academia linkages. HEC Executive Director Prof. Mansoor Akbar Kund and IICI President Shaban Khalid signed the MoU. The ICCI and the HEC agreed to carry out joint research in academic institutes by setting up incubation and skill development centres to produce knowledgeable and skilled…Read More

PTCL shows strong financial quarterly results

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL, the largest ICT services provider in Pakistan, has announced strong second quarter results riding on the back of its growing fixed and wireless broadband business. The company announced revenues of Rs 42.8 billion for the period ended June 30, 2014, an increase of 7 per cent over the same period of last year, while gross and net profit of the company stood at Rs 15.3 and Rs 6.9 billion respectively. The Board of Directors has declared 10 percent interim cash…Read More