Day: June 12, 2015

Punjab lifts tax on internet services

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article image Staff Report LHR: The tax imposition on 3G/4G internet services by Punjab Government was facing serious criticism from digital and social media, telcos, e-merchants, bloggers and other stakeholders. It is also noteworthy that PTA Chairman also opposed the tax decision. The tax was raised to a high 19.5%. Various popular sites had been stirred to start "Don’t tax the internet" campaign on social media as part of their blackout campaign against the tax. Punjab Government,…Read More

Microsoft Pakistan, HEC launch free office plan for students

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article image Staff Report KHI: The Educational Alliance Agreement has been made between Microsoft Pakistan and Higher Education Commission (HEC) in order to provide access to students enrolled in HEIs to genuine Microsoft software products and enable them to participate in global competitions related to technology by Microsoft. HEC and Microsoft Pakistan have partnered with Techacess Pakistan to launch Office 365 Services’ in educational institutions of Pakistan. Abid Zaidi, Country Enterprise…Read More

Climate change an alarm for food security

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The agriculture sector is not left safe either from climate change impacts that need timely measures to address the issue. The Ministry of Climate Change and World Food Programme (WFP) have formed a partnership to work in a collaborative manner to account for the wavering issues pertaining to agriculture, food insecurity with special mention of climate change. Lolo Castro, Country Director WFP and Senator Mushahidullah Khan, Federal Minister for Climate Change agreed for…Read More

Contentious Seed Amendment Bill approved

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article image Staff Report ISB: The much controversial Seed Amendment Bill 2015 got approved by Senate Committee. Earlier, the technical experts, agriculture scientists, nutritionists, medical practitioners, farmers, lawyers, and civil society had already stated their contentions on the said bill as it allows import and commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops that have adverse impacts on human health and the environment. As per critics the law is approved despite severe resistance from…Read More

Training workshop on "Biomass Gasification Technologies" held

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: A training workshop on "Biomass Gasification Technologies" for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) was organized by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad with collaboration of Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy and National University of Science and Technology. The objectives of the training session were to equip the participants with advanced technologies and promote the renewable energy being cleaner for sustainable development. Vice Chancellor of University…Read More

Biotechnology imperative for agri sector uplifting: Speakers

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: An international conference focusing on "Agriculture, food security, and biotechnology" was held. The objectives of the conference were to highlight the advancements in the field of biotechnology and its significance for development of agriculture sector and mitigation of food security challenges. The conference provided a platform for researchers and professionals to exchange the information and discuss the adaptation of latest biotechnologies in order to…Read More