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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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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Targeted research panacea to multiple crises

DECADES BACK, the modern world had set itself on the track to progress, now it is the government of Pakistan which has started realizing the gravity of the situation or backwardness or increasing dependence on others for almost all needs. The government is regularly making commitments for giving priority to initiating need-based research activities in order to put the country on the path to progress on a sustainable way. To prove these pledges, it is also arranging seminars, workshops,

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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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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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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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Ill-intention behind BtCotton seed pack-up

THE DEBATE on introducing Bt Cotton in Pakistan had engaged all the stakeholders in arguments and counter-arguments for the last couple of years. Though the government a couple of months back had decided not to go for commercial use of this seed due to the various negative factors attached with this crop variety, there are certain groups still pleading for adopting this seed or have been involved in plaguing the situation for the farming community. Following the introduction of Bt Cotton seed in

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Need to revisit IT affairs

The Ministry of Information Technology has again landed in troubles and looks to have gone astray when most recently, in a surprise move, CEO of ICT RandD Fund, just few months after his appointment, has tendered his resignation citing excessive interference and meddling by the Secretary, Ministry of IT. During his service, the Secretary had also reportedly served the CEO of ICT RandD Fund with a show cause notice for not attending a meeting in the constituency of the Prime Minister, who is also

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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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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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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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Yawning need for re prioritization

The reservations of stakeholders over the planned auction of 3G spectrum are still haunting the whole process, a new debate – should the said technology come first to the country or the local contents are developed – has rocked the bottom of the whole process. Majority of the investors – local as well as international – are closely monitoring the shaky situation emerging out in Pakistan. Vodaphone and Orange Mobile have already confirmed that they are not interested to participate in the 3G

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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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Surplus wheat management

IT IS highly positive to note that Pakistan has surplus stocks of wheat but the government’s decision to enhance wheat support price from Rs 950 to Rs 1050 has put the government in trouble as it will be requiring about Rs 6.045 billion as subsidy to offload available one million tons surplus stock. The critical situation has hit the government as the price of local wheat in the international market had slashed from $345 per ton to $296 per ton thus making it virtually unviable to export it

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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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Managing water resources

Last week, the world observed the International Water Day highlighting the importance of potable water, water-borne human as well as agriculture diseases and negative effects of contaminated water on environment. Water has proved to be the sole guarantee to the existence of life on earth. According to the United Nations, the proper management of water resources is key to ensuring an adequate supply for the growing demands of the world’s population. But ironically we hardly realize the

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