Alternative energy

REFERENCE THE talks of alternative energy solutions to reduce load shedding. I was thinking that, will solar energy or even wind energy by itself revive half the industry of the country which is shutdown and fleeing the country? We need mega quantities of power which only mega dams can give in the long run. Alternate means of energy and even Thar coal will not give us the required quantity of water for irrigation. Shortage of power has blinded us to the bigger problem of shortage of water which

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Chaos in alma maters

QUAID-E-AZAM University (QAU), Islamabad stands tall as an institution that imparts quality education, good governance and solid work ethics. Unfortunately, this institution is playing havoc with students’ lives due to its shoddy mismanagement. There is a frequent increase in tuition and hostel fees. Students come here from all over the country to seek quality education. Most of these students are from remote, poverty-ridden areas, unable to afford heavy fees. Vice Chancellor gave those

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Bt Corn in Pakistan – Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed case

ABOUT ONE year back, the Biotech regulatory process in Pakistan was jolted due to the issues surrounding Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed’s conduct with reference to Monsanto’s Bt Corn recommendation case in the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). It had been admitted by Monsanto Pakistan that the report had been prepared by it as per instructions received!The relevant news story was published in national newspaper, titled: "Foreign company speaks on GM corn field trials".Even after the passage

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Green benches needed in Sindh

The news Hazardous discharges in Ravi: Green Bench summons Wasa, EPA officials’ (April 13), wherein the green bench in Lahore High Court had taken up its first case involving an environmental issue, filled me with joy that the environment has assumed judicial importance in Pakistan. This also led me to wonder why Sindh High Court, despite the orders by the Supreme Court, has not yet established such benches as could deal with environment-related cases.There is a dire need for establishing such

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Pak students in China in financial distress

WE are PhD and master’s students studying in China under the cultural exchange scholarship programme of the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC Division) sent in September 2011.The IPC was bound to pay $400 to students of PhD and $300 to master’s students a month as subsidy plus the return air ticket in addition to the monthly stipend paid by the Chinese government, which is in fact a very small amount.When we were finally selected for the said scholarship, the IPC had made

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Technology misused

WITHOUT ANY doubt Pakistan have a lot of hidden talent in the field of technology. Our nation has given us great icons like Abdus Salam and recently the youngest Microsoft Certified professional (MCP) Arfa Abdul Karim. Despite all this we still have a long way to go. Our neighbor country, India who got their independence just one day after we did, is growing massively, and is regarded as one of the leading technological nations in the world.Science and technology is served as an important part

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Solar energy set-ups on lease

WITH THE high increases in electricity prices, it is (high) time alternatives were considered. Citizens and the government should start working on projects that can save a lot of cost and help produce energy through natural ways, such as solar power and the generation of electricity through windmills.The increasing durations of loadshedding and the multiplying of electricity charges have made it difficult for people to use a lot of electrical appliances.Many of the people can now no more afford

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Environment: Concern over lack of legislation

Speaking at a ceremony entitled `South Asia conference on environmental justice`, CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry expressed his concern over the lack of legislation regarding environmental protection in Pakistan.The indiscriminate disposal of untreated wastes, water logging and salinity, ineffective sewer outlets, emissions of greenhouse gases and chronic noise exposure are some of the unpleasant realities of environmental pollution today.Besides this, the introduction of massive development projects and

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"Education is the third eye of a man"

Our country got independence almost 64 years ago. Since then, it could not be said that a public sector has not even fulfilled the requirement of the people of Pakistan by providing them good education.The contribution imparted by this sector is a little bit worth to be maintained. Our government system is moving towards destruction due to which neither the teachers are taking interest, nor are the students getting satisfied.Now, day by day, situation is getting so worse that in government

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Biogas a viable solution

Reference to the article titled "Biogas, an answer to Pakistan’s energy crisis". Bio-gas, no doubt, is an answer to the energy crises if implemented in right earnest. It is sad to say that many such projects of use of Bio gas from animal feces for domestic energy need and running of tube wells from solar energy have been tried successfully in the country side in say sixties/seventies under foreign aid/grant, but could not continue persistently due to wrong policies and rampant

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The multipurpose Kalabagh Dam

Kalabagh Dam is called a multipurpose project as it will overcome power and water shortages and will boost industry and agriculture. It is only through the left-bank canal at Kalabagh dam that Indus, Jhelum and Chenab can be integrated into one single river basin for optimum use of all the stakeholders. It is only through the left-bank canal at Kalabagh dam that north Punjab can get any water from any dam on the Indus. Without the left and right bank canals water from all the dams. What will be

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Energy crisis and fuel policy

According to reports, the petroleum policy 2012 has been formulated and is now going through approval by stakeholders and other processes. Such policy being framed on a yearly basis should, in fact, be ready in all respects and announced in December every year.It should be done to give all interested parties ample time to go through its provisions and submit their proposals for petrol and gas exploration in Pakistan according to their guidelines provided therein.Such delays should be avoided in

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Degradation of the Indus

This refers to water pollution which has degraded the Indus River and other natural water sources. Out of 17 creeks, only one is left and millions of acres fertile land in Thatta district have been swallowed by sea.Before construction of the irrigation infrastructure, including barrages, canals and dams, the Indus River and its tributaries, as well as hundreds of torrential streams, had their natural system. They released water in lakes and ponds as a result of which wildlife, and flora and

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Telenor Invents A New Way of Minting Money

When businesses go unchecked by authority and making money becomes the only goal, companies will do any possible thing to empty the pockets of customers, without considering the long-term consequences of their deeds. One such example is SMS based trivia quizzes, which every telecom company is playing with.Going to next level, Telenor is sending SMS to its customers to win as much as half kg of gold for free in its "Sonay ki Jeet" contest, which could potentially mislead customers by

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Regularising NPIW Employee

The government of Pakistan launched a programme in the agriculture sector, the National Programme for Improvement of the Watercourses in the Year 2005, a project for lining of the watercourses all over Pakistan.The employees were appointed by the government of Sindh after qualifying the Bahria University Test on merit basis. The main objectives were to improve the 33000 watercourses in Sindh. Water conservation projects believe that well-lined watercourses save around 35 percent of water, while

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Rankings: HEC needs to be impartial

Apropos HEC ranking of universities announced last week; the aim of the rankings was to promote a healthy competition among Pakistani universities so that they could participate in world QS ranking of universities. But it seems that the aim has failed to deliver.The list was released in haste as only top universities’ names were given without their scored points to exploit the situation in their favour. It would have been much appropriate if before the ranking the universities were informed of

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Alarm over mangrove decay

This is apropos Faiza Ilyas’ piece on Alarm over mangrove devastation in which she has stressed the need to conserve mangroves in our coastal areas and has attributed it to the lack of awareness among the people. I am sorry to say that I do not agree with her.All people living on the coastal belt of Sindh are fully aware of the significance of mangroves, if not much about its importance to the environment, to the productivity of fish and shrimp which come to lay eggs there during the spawning

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