Day: September 28, 2014

Pakistan sets track to ensure developed software industry

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced the funding of 60 technology companies from universities in order to address the immediate needs of IT industry in Pakistan. HEC Chairman Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed revealed this funding at a recently organized event in Islamabad as part of the Software Freedom Day (SFD) celebrations across the country. Purpose of this celebration was to educate the worldwide public about the benefits of using high quality Free and Open…Read More

Aggressive deforestation goes on unabated

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Environmental and forest experts have expressed their concern at the rapid deforestation which is losing 27,000 hectares per year across Pakistan. According to fresh official statistics, the country has a total forest cover of 4.4 million hectares, and the current rate of deforestation is 27,000 hectares per year. "Timber mafias, clearing of land for development projects, burning of wood are the main reasons for deforestation across the country," said Arid…Read More

Contamination of cotton reducing exports level

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article image STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Cotton farmers have been advised to ensure picking of clean cotton pleading that contamination reduces price of home grown cotton in the international market that translates into Rs 10 billion annual loss to the national economy. "Pakistan has been ranked third in the list of countries facing cotton contamination problem," said Dr Sageer, the media liaison unit of Punjab Agriculture Department in a statement issued here. He said that the cotton farmers…Read More

Unido-Smeda training workshop on innovation, tech

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Investment Promotion Unit (IPU) created under the joint Unido-Smeda Italia Programme held a weeklong training workshop on "Innovation and Technology Transfer for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development." According to a spokesman of SMEDA, the training workshop was aimed at introducing Pakistani organisations with new concept of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) which is Unido’s new vision for industrial development in the…Read More

Construction of SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system starts

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has announced to have starting constructing the new Southeast Asia-Middle East- Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system. The 20,000 kilometre system is expected to be ready for service by the second half of 2016. According to details, leveraging 100Gbps technology and a design capacity of at least 24 Tbps on 3-fibre pairs, SEA-ME-WE 5 is a multi-regional superhighway that will facilitate the delivery of broadband-…Read More

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Nespak starts working on 2 major projects

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The National Engineering Services Pakistan (Pvt) Limited has started work on two key development projects in Punjab. The Strategic Planning Unit of Lahore Development Authority has entrusted Nespak with the project "Feasibility Study of Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project". The scope of consultancy includes carrying out topographic survey of the project area measuring 110,000 acres along River Ravi in a length of 46 kilometers.It also includes geotechnical…Read More

Pakistan needs to explore world honey market

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Though Pakistan has a great potential to get itself listed in the major honey producers in the world, the country still falls at number 20th in terms of production. "Pakistan is producing prime quality of honey in the world, but still it could not get the prominent position in the world," said National Agriculture Research Center’s (NARC) Honey Bee Research Institute, Senior Scientific officer Dr. Rashid Hussain while talking to the media. Dr. Rashid…Read More

Daraz.pk becomes Samsungs online retailer

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STAFF REPORT ISB: Samsung Pakistan has recently entered into a partnership with Daraz.pk to become its official online retailer. According to a statement issued by both the companies, with this partnership Samsung will have a dedicated webstore’ on Daraz.pk, which is accessible at www.daraz.pk/samsung. With this collaboration, online shoppers can browse through the full range of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, tablets and cameras, and select the products that best suit their needs. "We…Read More

GCU plans to hold 6 world conferences

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The Government College University, Lahore, has planned to hold six international conferences, including on Local Representation of Power in South Asia’ and Physics and Contemporary Needs’ to mark its 150 years celebrations. "Hundreds of eminent scholars from all over the world are coming to the GCU to present their papers in these conferences which were aimed at providing platform to scientists, academicians, researchers, social reformers and students to…Read More

Carmudi stresses five apps for entrepreneur needs

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: A smartphone has the capacity to organise the user’s day, minutes, business trip and even clutter on a busy day. For entrepreneurs, having a smartphone loaded with the right kind of apps is like getting investors to back their venture. Stefan Haubold, Global Managing Director and Co-founder of Carmudi, though otherwise known as a savvy entrepreneur, manages 18 countries globally without ever having to miss an official appointment or even a play date with his…Read More