Need to revisit policy on research and development

WHILE GLOBAL expenditure on research and development has been rising consistently, two of the ten countries – China and India – which contribute about 78 per cent of the total are now emerging economies. Most recently, India has announced to double its RandD allocations with the main focus on science and technology as well as information technology. South Asia’s contribution to the global RandD expenditures is estimated at a pitiful four cent of the total and even this expenditure mostly comes

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An appeal for free laptop

I AM doing MPhil in International Relations from the University of Sargodha. And also working at the university as an assistant (BPS 14).Being a university employee, I could not avail myself of the facility of a free laptop scheme launched by the Chief Minister of Punjab.Universities are autonomous bodies and owing to this they are not considered government institutions. The Public Service Commission does not consider the university employees government servants.Owing to low salary package I

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Old textbooks in Balochistan

THE ISSUE of Balochistan’s old textbooks is very critical for Baloch students who are not able to get quality education because of obsolete syllabus. Textbooks, published in 1993, have never been revised, though there have been so many changes since then.Therefore, most of the students are unaware of many facts. Besides, all books from primary to matriculation are in Urdu, while in Intermediate students have to read books in English which creates a big problem for students.Furthermore, books

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GM seed can solve world hunger problems or not?

THIS REFERS to the story published in Technology Times, titled "Genetically modified corn, maize damage Pak farming".This is a good article; people both farmers and consumers need to know pros and cons of agriculture biotechnology rather adopting it without knowledge of its long term effects.Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta etc are pushing hard to sell its GMO or biotech seeds in developing countries like Pakistan due to poor biosafety regulatory system and it is easy to find ways in

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Dismal performance in farming sector

The year 2011 has been marked as black year’ for agriculture sector as imposition of General Sales Tax on agriculture inputs and withdrawal of subsidies have multiplied the cost of farming in the country. Major role in this critical situation has been by the government as on one hand, the withdrawal of subsidies and levy of GST has increased the input cost by over 35 per cent, while on the other hand agriculture produce prices , except wheat, dropped by nearly 25 per cent that caused huge

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