Averting energy crisis

EVERY YEAR in winter people are promised to overcome power loadshedding, and then every year in summer they have a naked excuse by the government. This year, too, the government has played the same.Among many of their unfathomable ideas, one is to ask the commercial sector to shut down their business during their peak hours. The others include displaying a unique sense of equality and distributing the burden equally among the provinces.But this is no solution to th e problem. These are temporary

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Govt yet to drain Attabad Lake

I AM writing this letter to highlight a pivotal issue which the dwellers and local businessmen of Gilgit-Baltistan have been facing since January 2010 due to the forming of artificial Attabad Lake.The people living upstream remained cut off from the rest of the district for several months, but the local businessmen provided them relief by starting a ferry service.Patients, students and other affected people were transported free of cost.The 19-km-long KKH, the sole overland connection between

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Mass hunting of markhor

I WOULD like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards the mass hunting of wildlife at Goth Ismail Shikari Kharkhacho tehsil, Bela district, Lasbella, Balochistan.About 10,000 wild goats (markhor) and sheep are present in this area and people are free to hunt. Wildlife is diminishing and damaging the beauty of area.Locals d lodged a complaint with former district Nazim but of no use.I request the authorities to impose restriction and heavy penalty on hunting markhor to preserve

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Technology to fight file culture

PRIVATE SECTOR organisations are making the best use of computer technology, smartly addressing customer complaints, but government offices still carry out work manually.All records are maintained in large registers and files. Office rooms are filled with large bales of files. Instead of providing computers to government offices, officials    resist working on them. It is common knowledge that it takes much time to work manually whereas the same task can be done within minutes on a computer.

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Bureaucracy and its unfamiliarity with ICT

THE QUALIFIER of a Central Superior Services (CSS) exam is considered certified among the few extraordinarily genius beings capable of serving the country at higher governmental cadres.For a common person, the image of bureaucracy’ refers to a clan of super-genius officials busy in preparing policies centered to their own benefits.Such circles lack the familiarity with the latest ICT tools, which are important enough to be termed as "fifth dimension" for our survival. Except private

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CNG: An artificial crisis?

THE GOVERNMENT is promoting the use of LPG as comparatively low-priced fuel. Every other day LPG rates are going down. With this reduction the government wants to attract more and more people towards LPG.It reminds me of the campaign for promotion of CNG. At that time it was told that this environment-friendly fuel is cheaper. Many people invested in the CNG sector, and people switched over to this fuel. At that time it was flourishing and a profit-making business.Import of CNG kits, parts and

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Agony of rice growers

IT IS almost end-June; the entire rice-growing area is dying of thirst. The gates of the Rice Canal feeding this area was supposed to have delivered water to paddy farmers in the beginning of May but has not been opened as yet for reasons best known to provincial irrigation authorities.Needless to say that the role of the irrigation department has always been step-motherly towards the Rice Canal, the only non-perennial inland waterway meant for paddy-growing areas and which legally has to flow

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Time to exercise caution

While multinational seed companies led by Monsanto, Pioneer and lately Syngenta are trying hard to get approval for genetically modified Bt Corn/Maize in Pakistan, Poland became the 10th country recently to ban GM corn/maize plantation in Europe. Europe is not a food sufficient region as it imports Corn, Soy beans etc., from outside. In early March, 2012 nine European countries – Belgium, Great Britain, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, Austria and Slovakia – successfully blocked an effort by

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Rasheed Alis innovation

THIS is apropos the report that Rasheed Ali designed and installed a hydel power generator on a drain in Paposhnagar, Nazimabad, Karachi.The beauty of the design is that he has used very simple components which can be fabricated and machined in Liaquatabad and Lawrence Road.His achievement is of a major significance because his contraption can be easily expanded, modified, updated and installed on all drains, rivers and canals. We have five major rivers that run along the substantial length of

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Rising population and education st and ard

PAKISTAN is a country which is counted among the 10 countries having the largest population. However, it is not something to be proud of because as population keeps increasing, so does our illiteracy rate.The Pakistan government cuts the education budget and spends it on defence and luxuries for bureaucrats.Sadly, the budget for education never goes above 3.5 per cent, which is pathetic.Pakistan’s annual growth rate is only 2.4 per cent because of the low literacy rate. Since most of the

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Sarus cranes in Nagarparkar

THIS is apropos the news report Sarus cranes seen in Pakistan after a decade. It is encouraging that Save Wildlife and Nature’ has brought to limelight the threat of extinction to sarus cranes in Pakistan.Besides, it would be important to keep on radar two other birds, houbara bustard and the peregrine and saker falcons, that are found in Tharparkar, and are under continuous and unabated hunting expeditions by local and foreign influentials.The optimal habitat of sarus cranes includes a

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Benefiting from Lej Digital Library

Certain things in the Karachi University are giving the students a reason to gloat and feel proud of, and they are worth shedding light on.One of them is the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, an academic research establishment situated inside the university. This institution offers several excellent facilities to students of the university, one of which is the Latif Ebrahim Jamal Science Information Centre.Its digital library offers full access to the world’s largest

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Viability of Thar Coal project

This note is in response to the charges raised by Dr A Q Khan against Dr Samar Mubarikmand. I am in agreement with Dr Khan due to the following reasons:1. Dr Khan is a metallurgist which is linked with mining while Dr Samar’s area is Electronics which is far removed from natural deposits like Thar Coal.2. Development of Thar Coal is vital for the energy future of Pakistan for which established technologies should be applied for fast track development.3. Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) is an

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Solutions to the energy conundrum

UNITED NATIONS has designated 2012 as the international year of sustainable energy for all’. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is leading a global initiative on Sustainable Energy for All to mobilize action from all sectors of society in support of three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030: providing universal access to modern energy services; doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.Given the

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Diamer Basha Dam

This refers to the letters appearing in a section of the press regarding the Diamer Basha Dam Project.In view of the increasing needs of water and electricity in the country, Wapda is implementing a number of projects in the two sectors on priority, including the Diamer Basha Dam.This dam is a multipurpose project, which aims at storing water for agriculture, providing low-cost hydel electricity and mitigating floods. The project, on completion, will store 8.1 million acre feet of water and

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Another sham ICT funding project

There are two main things that are currently causing out growth in ICT to stall. One is the lack of original ideas, so most of the entrepreneurs either copy what is already around internationally or locally, we still have not hit the jackpot with someone creating something. The second issue always lamented by entrepreneurs is lack of any funding sources in Pakistan.One of the few funding sources in Pakistan is National ICT R and D Fund which has loads of cash sitting around idle, but not a lot

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Ignoring hydel energy

Reader after reader talks about the energy shortage but completely ignores hydel energy. An eminent writer also talks of wind and solar energy for replacing oil produced energy which is not only expensive but also very polluting. He has asked for developing cost effective technologies relating to renewable energy. My question is, why are they ignoring hydel energy for which technology is already available with us. And will solar, wind and nuclear give us water or do they think we can do without

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