Cost of social media

The internet and social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook have gained massive public popularity, especially among the youth.Political issues raised on the social media have taken place rapidly. A local case in point is the emergence of Imran Khan and PTI. Imran Khan’s massive public response and his emerging as a "third option" has proved that social media does have an impact on politics around the globe.However, if allowed to grow uncontrolled and unmonitored, it can

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Microbiologists need encouragement

Apropos the letter on the aforesaid topic by S.R. Kathio which deserves attention and action. Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary science as it has its foundation in many scientific disciplines. The application of microorganisms is at the core of many enabling biotechnologies.Biotechnology was an artisanal skill rather than a science in the manufacture of bread, beer, yogurt and cheese, etc., when the techniques were reproducible while the biological processes were not understood.As the

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Misgovernance rules the roost

I want to bring the issue regarding Chinese Government Scholarship 2012 in your notice.Few weeks ago Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, had announced Chinese Government Scholarships Programme (CGSP) 2012 intake.Many students sent their applications after doing medical test, attesting their documents from notary public and paying the application processing fee. It cost minimum Rs. 5000.Now HEC on their website: http://www.hec.gov.pk/ffsp says: "As per directives of Cabinet Division

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Are you ready for Radio Tax?

The nation already paying ptv tax on it’s electricity bills. Government is taking Rs.35 on every bill of electricity even in mosque’s bills. Ptv employees and official are enjoying the benfits on the income of poor people’s of Pakistan.Now this government is planning to impose another tax, which is being slapped to save the Radio Pakistan. In this budget the federal government is planning to impose tax of Rs. 2 on every recharge of Rs. 100 on mobile phone.This will be a shameful move by

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Save Pakistani Sea! Please

All the world countries except few are very sensitive and touchy about their coastal lines and the sea and all the marine life and everything associated to it. Lots of efforts and initiatives are underway to secure and improve the oceanic belongings of any country.Besides of a natural wonder, it is expected that the future heavily depends on the oceans as the human race is rapidly exhausting the land resources and ultimately it might have to rely solely on the sea resources. Pakistan has been

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GAT: An illogical idea?

I WOULD like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards the Graduate Assessment Test (GAT). Over the past few years, all universities in Pakistan have changed the rule of admission to MPhil/MS by following the directives of the Higher Education Commission.The National Testing Service conducts GAT and only people who qualify in this test can apply for MPhil/MS admission. The passing marks for this test are 50 per cent.GAT consists of three portions: first is English which is 30

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Energy sources: No efficient use as yet

WE have been in deep energy crisis for quite some time now, and yet there is no wake-up call for efficiency. How is it possible that we are suffering so much and still not ready to look at our problems?Natural gas, being our mainstay, must be used efficiently. However, neither industries nor large building complexes have taken adequate steps to help save gas and thus reduce gas cuts to the minimum.We still find numerous industries operating gas-fired boilers to generate steam and hot water for

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Dr. Salam is first Pakistani

In the country where the literacy rate is below any respectable threshold, there is no wonder that the sole Nobel laureate is not cherished and celebrated.But do you know that Dr. Abdus Salam still loves Pakistan and how decent and humble person he is? My father has the honour of exchanging few emails with the great man and I have also searched the Internet for his works and have read few of them, and boy, sheer brilliance is what you would call that and even beyond that.Our Pakistan produced a

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Threat to ozone layer

The ozone layer is a gas which protects the earth from dangerous rays of the sun. Nowadays this gas is going to destroy the rays of artificial (man-made) gases. There are many causes for the decrease in the ozone layer gas. And all these are man-made compounds, and are known as chlorofluorocarbons, hydrochlorofluorocarbons, methyl bromide, halons, methyl chloroform and tetra chloride.Once these have been released into the atmosphere, they remain there as long as 200 years. Although there are a

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Simple dimple solution

Visiting Karachi was a great experience. It was enlightened and great to know that people were still very cooperative and good. When I visited a cousin, I observed that they are the ones who need govt support and are parasitic to many of aid providers. Often officers not only in the government but in the public and private sectors also, the owners and dignitaries of the corporate sector are heard to cry for the electricity for enjoy the lux style awards at night which in nature is for relaxing

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Cellular networks and ethics

Although cellular companies in Pakistan are learning millions of rupees every day, yet they keep coming up with new methods of how to fleece the poor public.First, they don’t have any sense of time because our sound sleep is often disturbed when we receive their cruel messages at the dead of time. Secondly, of all the packages they offer, not even one is without a catch. Thirdly, if you ignore to reply, they some time resort to pressure tactics and, in some cases, they thrust a programme on

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New gas reserves

According to an official report, the gas shortage of one billion cubic feet (bcf) was recorded in 2011 alone, and currently it has increased to 1.8 bcf.Owing to this, the industrial sector, CNG and the power sector have been severely affected. The main reasons described for the peril are rapid surge in the demand and less exploration.According to a State Bank report, no exploration has been carried out since 1998 to find gas reserves. However, we have already harnessed 49 per cent of the

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Tidal power: solution to energy crisis

Presently, Pakistan is confronted with a power crisis due to reduction in conventional sources of energy. There is a wide gap between demand and supply of electricity. The need for exploring alternative environmental-friendly and renewable energy resources has, therefore, become more important. Tidal power is the clean and white energy technology, which is available at no fuel cost and minimal running cost. Tides are ultimately due to gravitational interaction with the moon and the sun and the

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OLX Pakistan investing heavily in advertisement

OLX is a global online retailer and auction site. They have an impressive footprint in a little less than 100 countries, each with their own specific domain (like .pk for Pakistan and .in for India).In Pakistan they have been operating under olx.com.pk for some time with people using it to sell things online.Recently they have started advertising heavily on television, a medium seldom used by online businesses previously. The ads are witty and fun to watch.The most important factor of these ads

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Computers and health

The girl who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine died recently. I don’t know if she had had it since childhood bu t it made me wonder if her epilepsy was caused by spending too much time on the computer. The effect of radiation emitted from computers has been studied and it has been linked to a variety of health issues.Most are not aware of its affects and may not feel much. I am a person who has experienced strange symptoms that even doctors could

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Moving story of Arfa Karim

ARFA KARIM came, she did and she conquered. When everything was down in Pakistan, she stood and illuminated the national scene with her brilliance.Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, changed his opinion about Pakistan altogether after meeting with Arfa. Arfa Karim got the honor of World’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional when she was only 9 years old in 2004. Bill Gates invited her to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the USA in the age of 10 only. He was so much impressed by

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Why Nokia Siemens has evaporated in Pakistan

PTA ALWAYS takes wrong steps at the wrong moment for the wrong reasons. The bubbling and budding telecom industry in Pakistan largely due to the fact that there is no monopoly and the competition is tough and fierce and the consumer base is huge and aware.Nokia Siemens was competing mainly with the ZTE, and both were having a fair chunk of the industry, but it was witnessed that ZTE was given undue fair many times and since 2009 Nokia Siemens has been complaining repeatedly. The European

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