Send all of Pakistan to MIT!

Via TechLahoreSOMEDAY, SOMEONE in an appropriately empowered government position inPakistan needs to take a bold step forward and break through the bureaucracy and red tape government is despised for. There are so many incredibly high value, low cost initiatives to take up in areas as diverse as agriculture, education, energy and information technology that the shortage is not one of ideas, but simply that of initiative and vision.The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as one of the world’

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Farmers advised to irrigate wheat crop sown early

STAFF REPORT IBD: The farmers should irrigate the early sown wheat crops as per need keeping in view the dry spell in the country’s most agricultural plains, the Met office advised.It says in its ten-day farmer advisory that the wheat crop is developing in the country and urged the growers to remove weeds from the standing crops to scale down losses in the yield.It says, "Weeds consume considerable moisture and food from the field. As a result considerable loss in yield occurs every year.&

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USAID, ASF join h and s to boost Pak livestock productivity

TAFF REPORT IBD: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF) will jointly implement a five-year USAID’s agribusiness project to increase competitiveness and productivity of horticulture and livestock sectors."This project is part of the broaderUSgovernment commitment to help strengthenPakistan’s economy," said Dr Andrew Sisson, Director of USAID, in a statement.He said that the project will have a positive transformative effect

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Telcos need to opt for becoming complete solution providers

STAFF REPORT IBD: With almost one million youth would be entering the work force every year till 2040, the government has no planning of how to provide employment to the young population.According to the PTA, the country’s teledensity has increased to 68.6 per cent. The total mobile subscribers have reached a record level of 112 million.The cut throat competition in the market has led to drastic reduction in average revenue per user (ARPU) in the world. However, despite a record increase in

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Nadra rolls out SMS service for voter verification

STAFF REPORT IBD: The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has developed an SMS service application to leading towards free and fair elections in the country. This new service which will allow the voters to verify their vote registration and particulars in the voters lists, says a press release issued by the NADRA.To avail the service, the potential voter will send his/her CNIC number to a certain code provided after which he/she will receive a message in Urdu which will confirm

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PTA launches ICT applications on website

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched various application services on its online national rabta portal (www.pakistan.pk). The primary focus behind the launch is to assist local Internet users in retrieving various information specific to Internet resource information and content of the country, says a statement issued by the authority.It said that the National Whois application will help the user to access ownership and management information of an IP

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Telecos APRU 4pc up in 2011

STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite sevral challenges during the year 2011 teledensity ofPakistan touched 68.39 per cent reflecting hike of 6.7 per cent over the previous year. But modest increase in cellular industry’s ARPU went up from $2.41 in the previous fiscal year to $ 2.45. Telecom sector revenues swelled to an all-time high Rs 362 billion during the year 2011. The sector contributed over 116.9 billion to the national exchequer.The annual report of Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) shows

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CTG willing to invest $15b in Pakistan to generate 10,000MW

STAFF REPORT IBD: Chinese hydel power giant, China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTG), has shown its interest in investing over $15 billion for generating 10,000 MW powerPakistan.This was stated by the Chief Executive Officer of China Three Gorges First Wind FarmPakistan, Wang Shenliang, at the ground breaking ceremony of $130 million 50MW wind power plant in Jhimpir Thatta, Sindh. The Chinese company is self financing the wind power project and 1100 MW Kohala hydro power project in the

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Life is only the consequence of complexity of particles

IT IS worth thinking about the origin of humans specially and all life generally. We are bound to a system having more than 100 elements, from Hydrogen which is lightest to Ununoctinum  which is heaviest, and our bodies are made up of many of these. Life starts from complex molecules which are actually complex arrangement of atoms. For instance our DNA molecule which contains all the information about the body is made up of more than 200 billion atoms! That’s only an estimate. Each atom is

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Huawei set to get niche in Pak IT industry

STAFF REPORT IBD: Huawei Technologies is all set to introduce its Direct Enterprises Solutions and ICT Systems to commercial arena inPakistan, targeting large and medium sized corporations in the public and private sectors.These solutions and systems includeDataCenter, Video Conferencing Studios, Smart Devices, Cloud Computing, Network Security, Digital Home, e-City andVirtualUniversity, says a statement issued by the company."Huawei Technologies will launch its full-fledged commercial

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Zong Contributes to Flood Relief Fund

 ISLAMABAD: Zong has made a cumulative investment of $1.5 billion in Pakistan in 4 years and it has deposited 26 billion rupees as taxes during the same period. The company is keen to invest in 3-G technology in the country. Most recently CEO Zong, China Mobile Company, Fan Yunjun, called on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at the PM House and presented him a cheque of one million rupees for the PM’s Flood Relief Fund. Seen in the picture are the CEO Zong giving the checque to the PM

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PSF matures important national, economic projects

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is providing nutritional evaluation and nutritional quality improvement for different food products under several research projects and assignment.PSF has been successful in establishing strong and sustainable industrial linkage between Food and Biotechnology Research Centre (FBRC), PCSIR Labs. ComplexLahoreand Bunny’s (Pvt) Ltd,Lahore. After completing the project, FBRC is engaged in continuous activity of process development and quality

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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Fellowship for Pakistani Individuals, 2012/2013 USA

Research Fellowship for Pakistani individuals in academia, business, journalism, government, law, and related professions in the field of Public policy issues at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USA – 2012/2013 Study Subject(s): Public policy issues facing Pakistan, research designed to bridge the gap between the academic and the policy making worlds Course Level: Research Scholarship Provider: Fellowship Fund for PakistanScholarship can be taken at: USAEligibility: This

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Farmers target govt for wrong policy on urea import

STAFF REPORT IBD: Farmers fromPunjab have strongly criticised the government’s lopsided policy about importing urea and claimed that the subsidy being given on it from the national exchequer is not going to the farmers but to the black marketers."The government is selling imported urea at the rate of Rs 1300 per bag, while the farmers are getting it at Rs 1750 per bag while the factory rate of domestic urea is around Rs 1600 per bag, which was also being sold to farmers at the same rate,&

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SAP implements ERP solution at Continental Biscuits

STAFF REPORT IBD: SAPPakistan provides its ERP solution to Continental Biscuits Limited (CBL) where Siemens Pakistan is the designated project implementation partner on behalf of SAP. The primary objective of the project is to fast track the implementation using SAP standard functions.Providing a proper ERP support infrastructure to Continental Biscuits Limited would help the company achieve efficiency in its business processes and a competitive edge in the market, said Hassan Jamal, Country

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Institute of Biotechnology, BZU

BIOTECHNOLOGY IS defined as the application of scientific and engineering principles to the processing of materials by biological agents to produce goods and services. The completion of human genome and Arabidopsis genome projects in the year 2000 were great breakthroughs in the field of biotechnology. In the past twenty years, unprecedented progress in biotechnology has been observed, which has made revolutionary impacts on every aspect of human activity such as agriculture, forestry,

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Goldwind to provide 33 units of wind turbines

STAFF REPORT IBD: Goldwind Science and Technology Company (Goldwind) ofChina, One of the world’s largest turbine manufacturer, would provide its first wind power project inPakistan with 33 units of GW77/1500 high-temperature Permanent Magnet Direct Drive (PMDD) turbines."An agreement has been signed an agreement with China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) to provide its first wind power project in Pakistan," says a statement issued by Goldwind.The company said that it is Goldwind’s

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