Fuel efficient cars in Pakistan – a possibility?

By Mukarram RazaIT ALL started when a group of young lads launched an audacious effort to leave an impression on the face of Shell Eco Marathon having a history that nearly stretched over seventy years. And within these years, not a single Pakistani team had ever participated. But history is meant to be rewritten and records are meant to be broken that’s what inspired these lads to take on this task. The challenge was colossal but the passion of being green and representing green amongst other

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$250m fund for Punjab farm productivity project

STAFF REPORT LHR: The International Development Association (IDA) will provide $250 million for the Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement Programme Project Phase-I, while local beneficiaries would bear $173.5 million.According to an update project report of World Bank, the project’s main objectives are to improve water productivity. Improved water productivity will translate into greater agricultural output per unit of water used, and will be achieved through improved physical

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Wateen Telecom tops PTAs QoS survey on broadb and

STAFF REPORT IBD: Wateen Telecom has been ranked the number one wireless broadband service provider in Pakistan.In pursuance of the PTA’s role to safeguard of consumer interests and growth of quality broadband services, the regulatory authority carried out the second nationwide Broadband Quality of Service (QoS) Survey of all wireless and wireline service providers throughout the country.Wateen Telecom, with its vision of enabling every man, woman and child in Pakistan through cutting edge

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HBL treading towards branchless banking

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Habib Bank Limited is all set to step into branchless banking services to give competition to Easypaisa and UBL Omni.However, according to reports, it appears that the branchless banking services from HBL won’t surface before May or June this year.In fact HBL is currently in the process of inviting agents to become their retailers to offer branchless banking services across the country.Without mentioning the total number of agents they require, HBL has asked interested

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Panelists project environ issues

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan needs to address environmental issues seriously as this critical issue is contributing towards degrading environment in the country, a panel experts highlighted remarked during a discussion on the issue. They recommended the use of biodegradable bags which are now being made in Pakistan.The event was organised by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology under the Pakistan Technology Board’s Technology Foresight Project.The panel, headed by NUST, discussed

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SEO outsourcing services help in saving money

By Bilal Sarwari Via Pakistan TelecomSEO OUTSOURCING services is an ideal alternative for enterprises targeting a boost-up of their website by saving a major amount of money. Having your website portal listed in the first page of the various search engines is a complicated process but it’s still a process that yields productive results both financially and virtually. SEO outsourcing services helps in saving money and encourages you to increase your productivity and make your online presence

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Scientists, farmers share ideas to stem food crisis

STAFF REPORT IBD: Scientists and progressive farmers of Pakistan shared their experiences and researches at a recently held seminar in order to develop strategies in combating the emerging food crisis in the country.The seminar was organised by Dr Viqar Sultana, Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Dr Syed Ehteshamul-Haque, Professor Department of Botany; and Dr Jehan Ara, Professor and Chairperson Department of Food Science and Technology, KU, to bridge the gap between scientists and farmers.

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KESC plans to develop major biogas project

STAFF REPORT KHI: The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) is planning to develop one of the world’s largest Bio Waste to Energy Project of its kind near the Landhi cattle colony, Karachi, that is likely to have the potential of generating up to 22 MW biogas alone."The plant is a socio-economically sustainable venture and reliable in comparison to wind or solar, which are vulnerable to extraneous variables, biggest being weather conditions," said Omer Ghaznvi, a senior official of

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Pak youth sets record in DFS

STAFF REPORT DIK: A 14-year-old youth, Babar Iqbal, who has already set four world records in the field of computer science, has now set a new record, publishing his first Digital Forensic Science research paper discussing new method of Apple iDevice Forensics (iPhone, iPod, iPad).According to details, Babar’s research has been accepted by the 8th IEEE International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology ’. His research paper is unique, unlike the previous techniques and does

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NBP names IT centre after Arfa Karim

STAFF REPORT KHI: President and CEO NBP, Qamar Hussain, has recently inaugurated and dedicated the Regional IT Centre Lahore to Arfa Karim, the world’s youngest Microsoft professional. Arfa was awarded number of national and international awards for her remarkable achievements at a very young age.She was also the recipient of the President’s Award for Pride of Performance, a civil award usually granted to those showing excellence in their respective fields over a long period of time.On the

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Islamia College Peshawar: Overseas PhD Scholarships for 2012

Islamia College Peshawar has invited applications for the award of overseas PhD scholarships under HEC funded project (Phase-II) titled "Strengthening/Up gradation of Islamia College, University Peshawar" in the following disciplines: Mathematics, Statistics, Pakistan Studies, LLB (Shariah). The scholarship will be awarded for the year 2012 in the HEC recognized universities of technologically advanced countries. Eligibility Criteria: Minimum of 16 years of education or 4 year

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Pak military to make h and held tablets

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Military is reportedly in process of developing a handheld tablet, a market dominated by the likes of Apple, Amazon and Samsung.According to sources, the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra has started a new commercial venture with a Chinese company to manufacture smart tablets to strengthen the national economy.It is said that venture may produce several products starting with a computing tablet, a notebook and an eBook reader.Details suggest that products

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Another Pak boy makes history in ICT

STAFF REPORT IBD: After Arfa Karim and Babar Iqbal now another Pakistani wonder boy has bent description after making Microsoft and Google certified seven computer operating systems in suburb of Abbottabad.This 14-year student, Sikandar Mehmood Baloch, has not only converted into certified expert of 107 computer engineering languages, but also received all valuable certificates of his achievements from the Microsoft and performed work for the Google.He received further 25 certificates as an

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Mangroves – a non-edible bio-fuel in peril

By Naseem SheikhTHE ESCALATING and inelastic demand for energy to fuel economic activities exerts pressures on its limited supply. The skyrocketing prices of petroleum products result in the depletion of non-renewable energy sources and the continued investigation and use of renewable and innovation results. As authenticated research already has proved that the country’s energy demand is expected to increase threefold by 2050, but the supply position is not inspiring in anywayThe concept of

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ICT R and D Fund plans to finance IT sector survey

STAFF REPORT IBD: The National ICT RandD Fund has planned to finance a comprehensive survey study of Pakistan Information Technology (IT) and Enable Services (ITES) industry in order to collect database of all operating companies of all sizes including key economic indicators, business volume and turnover, their technical and human resources, and rudimentary information.This survey study will not only be an important headway towards streamlining the industry and its players, but it will also

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Wetl and s need to be revived

STAFF REPORT KHI: Due to lack of freshwater flow and dumping of untreated effluents, 12 out of the 42 natural wetlands in Sindh have completely dried up while the rest are becoming more and more water depleted and polluted."With over 225 nationally significant wetlands, Pakistan is well endowed with a wide variety of wetlands ranging from the mountain ranges to the coast. But without adequate water to maintain the wetlands, they will disappear," World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

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Pakistan on way to boosting halal food

STAFF REPORT IBD: The government of Pakistan has decided to set up a Board for Halal Food Accreditation in order to boost its exports and attract foreign investments in the sector, as it has billions of dollars capacity.According to an official of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Board will be set up by the ministry and till its establishment, the cost on certification will be subsidised by 50 per cent.The Board will provide policy guidelines to Pakistan National Accreditation Council

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