Dams: A national necessity

IT IS right in general saying that agriculture is the mainstay of Pakistan’s economy. He has spelt out in detail all the benefits that accrue to the country from agriculture as well as the many reasons for its decline. Surprisingly, he did not mention the shortage of water. There is a 24 per cent shortage of water in the Kharif period and up to 40 per cent for the Rabi period. Sindh and Punjab are both up in arms about water shortage. Why this reluctance to talk about shortage of water. Is it

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Multiple concerns on stagnant IT and telecom sector

PAKISTAN WITNESSED a high boom in its IT and Telecom sector from 2001 to 2005 with remarkable investments to the tune of Rs 9 billion mainly due to the successful implementation of reforms in the country. No doubt that Pakistan had secured the top notch among the South Asian states in terms of growth rate in addition to production of highly skilled manpower and availability of IT and telecom services on comparatively cheaper charges in the world market. However, since the last couple of years

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Pesticide harmful for health…

PAKISTAN IS an agricultural country. Some of the major crops grown here include cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, maize, banana and sunflower, but how do we protect and safeguard them from harmful pests and diseases?Being a plant protectionist, I would suggest that we should apply and use all safeguard measures, which have been recommended by experts. Chemicals control is visibly giving fast results. That is why farmers and landlords use mostly chemicals compared to other controls. However,

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Pesticide use proving harmful

PAKISTAN IS an agricultural country where different crops are cultivated according to the season and the region. Some of the major crops grown here include cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, maize, banana and sunflower. But how do we protect and safeguard them from harmful pests and diseases?Being a plant protectionist, I would suggest that we should apply and use all safeguard measures which have been recommended by experts.Chemical control is visibly giving fast results. That is why farmers and

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More innovative national agriculture policy needed

PAKISTAN IS a country where about 37 per cent population lives in rural areas and their income source is directly or indirectly related to agriculture. Agriculture contributes about 22 per cent to country’s GDP and about 25 per cent of the country’s total land area is under cultivation. About 41 percent of the labour forces are employed in agriculture, but on the contrary, the current agriculture policy lacks some flaws that leads to multiple negative factors in agriculture sector. In fact,

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Dr Salams legacy

I AM distressed to learn that Dr Abdus Salam, who led to the discovery of the subatomic God particle’, is not well-regarded in his homeland.He holds the distinction of being the only and the first Pakistani scientist to receive a Nobel Prize in physics. He tirelessly advocated for the development of science in the Third World countries.Dr Salam shared the Nobel Prize in 1979 with Steven Weinberg. They independently predicted the existence of a subatomic particle now called the Higgs boson,

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Why hydropower?

HYDROPOWER IS globally recognized as a renewable, cheap and reliable resource of energy as it generates electricity with zero emission and produces no waste.  There is no requirement of fuel, operating cost is much lower and hydropower plants have longer economic lives than thermal plants. Pakistan has total installed power generation capacity of 20,456 MW. The demand for electricity is increasing at an average annual rate of eight per cent. Thus, there is gross power shortage at national level

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Propag and a on GM Corn

REFERENCE TO the current debate of GM crop in Pakistan, I found that Pioneer, Syngenta and Monsanto make the following claims with reference to introduction of GM/Bt Corn in our country:1. Corn yields will increase2. Pesticide usage reduction will occur3.  Economic benefit to Pakistani farmersThe questions that regulators, farmers, media and decision-makers need to ask in this regard are;a.  Agricultural departments should publicly share Corn/Maize production data since 1999 to-date to

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Maintaining water situation and quality!

ACCORDING TO the established survey, Pakistan’s water situation is extremely precarious as water availability has plummeted from about 5,000 cubic meters per capita in the early 1950s to less than 1,500 cubic meters per capita today. Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned that the per capital water availability would be less than 1,000 in Pakistan by 2035. Close observation suggests that around 90 per cent of the food and fibre production depends on irrigation. Out of the water tapped

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Desperate need for organic farming!

AS THE issue of climate change and subsequent degradation of environment has started getting worse the world over including Pakistan with every passing day, the recent studies on practicing all available options and resources regarding protection of global environment or overcoming the negative impacts of climate change are gaining strength. Organic farming has emerged as the best environment friendly option and states are increasingly getting inclined towards adopting this way of farming. India

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Dangers for girls leaving personal info on internet

IN THIS day and age, with predators lurking everywhere, it is very dangerous for girls to leave pictures, cell phone numbers, addresses, or any personal information for that matter, anywhere on the internet. The most common place where predators look for girls’ personal information is social networking websites, the most common being Facebook.Girls are naive and should realize the dangers that exist in leaving personal information on social networking websites. It is very easy for anyone to

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Dangers for girls leaving personal info on internet

IN THIS day and age, with predators lurking everywhere, it is very dangerous for girls to leave pictures, cell phone numbers, addresses, or any personal information for that matter, anywhere on the internet. The most common place where predators look for girls’ personal information is social networking websites, the most common being Facebook.Girls are naive and should realize the dangers that exist in leaving personal information on social networking websites. It is very easy for anyone to

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Environment unfriendly plastic use

MAN-MADE PLASTIC has been a boon in many ways and has countless uses, but it is also an environmental time-bomb waiting to explode. These plastics do not decompose easily and, hence, lead to countless health and environmental hazards when disposed of carelessly.Burning of plastic bags and items leads to the creation of noxious fumes, such as carbon monoxide. The noxious fumes have also had an injurious effect on the ozone layer, which prevents the harmful rays of sun from flowing into atmosphere

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Need for promote innovative society

LACK OF innovative spirit in both the public sector and private enterprises is not the only factor behind the insufficient resources or ill-conceived policies, the unsupportive culture is equally responsible for this negative trend. No doubt, growth in per capita income can be achieved only through improved productivity, which comes by dint of knowledge accumulation, innovation, and improvement in efficiency and prudent risk-taking. But at this stage, it is a point of high regret that Pakistan

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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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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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