Month: April 2015

PARC, AVRDC launch joint venture for promotion of Mungbean production

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article image Press Release: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and the World Vegetable Center, AVRDC, on Wednesday kick started a joint project for production of seed and variety development of beans, particularly mungbean. A subcontract for the project titled "Mungbean Filed Trials, Seed Production, Variety Development and Socio-Economic Studies" was signed here by Director General National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan and AVRDC Manager Grants…Read More

US pledge to cooperate Pakistan in combating energy crisis

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article image Staff Report ISD: The second US-Pakistan Energy Working Group meeting concluded with the aim to promote private sector investments in clean energy. The US government settled to work with Pakistan in close coordination to proceed with the reforms which will enable the stakeholders to add 3,000 MW clean energy to the national grid in the coming 3-5 years. "This clean energy initiative will assist to address Pakistan’s energy challenges," said US State Department’s Special…Read More

NTDCL connects 50MW wind power plant to national grid

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article image Staff Report LHR: The National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL) has recently connected wind power plant to the national grid. The generation capacity amass 50MW which is generated by Foundation Wind Energy Limited (FWEL-I). NTDC spokesman said, "NTDC has built more than 90 km long 132 kV double circuit transmission line network in hard terrain like sea water and hilly areas for dispersion of power from wind power projects of Gharo and Jhimpir wind cluster." …Read More

First state of the art tech city to be established at Islamabad

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article image Staff Report ISD: The National ICT RandD Fund Company had its 35th Board of Directors meeting which was held at Ministry of Information Technology. Anusha Rahman, Minster Information Technology presided the meeting. The notable dignitaries included top brass of National ICT RandD Fund Company Asif Roomi, Mudassar Hussain, Tahir Mushtaq, Asim Shehryar along with other members. The meeting outcome was awe-inspiring as unanimous decision to set up first state of the art Tech-City project…Read More

Higher Education Commission to augment its own testing service body

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article image Staff Report ISD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) is set to launch its own testing service; following the trail of Lahore High Court (LHC) order dated March 2014 in which the private testing body National Testing Service (NTS) was deemed as illegal and HEC was directed to form a new testing service body. The body will be responsible to conduct admission tests of universities, foreign and indigenous scholarship etc. Instead of outsourcing the project of hiring of services of a…Read More

Muhammad Naeem takes charge as Chairman PAEC

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article image Staff Report ISD: Muhammad Naeem has been appointed as new Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) by the government after the retirement of preceding Chairman Dr. Ansar Parvez. The official announcement was made by PAEC on Thursday. The duration of his appointment as Chairman is 3 years. Mr. Naeem is serving PAEC for the last 43 years, and has remained on many key positions during his service. He was also conferred with Sitara-i-Imtiaz’ and Hilal-i-Imtiaz’ by the…Read More

Sindh launches agriculture project worth $76 million

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article image Staff Report HYD:Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar, Provincial Agriculture Minister, Sindh inaugurated agriculture project worth $76 million. The project is contrived in order to burgeon the income of low-medium farmers and the yield. The World Bank is the sponsor of this five-year project which will be spread to more than 10 districts of Sindh. More than 100,000 farmers categorized into four classes i.e. onion, rice, chilli, date will be entitled to get 6 months training and subsidies. Ali Nawaz…Read More

NUST and Washington University Scientists find similar genes in superbugs from Pakistan and USA

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article image Staff Report ISD : Tahir Hussain, a PhD student from the National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan in collaboration with scientists of Washington University, USA worked on clinical pathogenic bacteria collected in Pakistani and US hospitals. The exciting research work was published in the journal, "Emerging Infectious Diseases", which is the top ranked Journal of epidemiology in the world. The researchers studied a family of bacteria called Enterobacteriaceae,…Read More

Agriculture promotion is amongst top priority of government: Ishaq Dar

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article image Staff Report ISD: Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar said in inaugural session of two day International conference focusing on "Innovative Agricultural Financing" that government is intending to instigate a credit facility for low income farmers in order to swell the agricultural growth. He further added that in government priority list, agriculture is one of the foremost sectors in which it is taking keen interest in enhancing agricultural productivity as well ensuring food…Read More

Pak- US Energy Group Meeting to be held today

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article image Staff Report ISD:Pakistan and US Energy Working Group will have a meeting today. Defense Minister, Khawaja Asif and Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, will also attend the meeting. Affairs Amos Hochstein, US Special representative and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, will be leading elite delegation that has arrived Islamabad to attend the meeting. The Working Group is part of several groups that was established to foster strong…Read More

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