Volume 05 Issue 34

  • Tapping untapped women entrepreneurship

    With the gradual patronage of society and the government, the culture of women entrepreneurs has started promoting in Pakistan. This segment of the society, remained literally non-productive towards economy in the past courtesy our social and cultural values, has too started proving its entrepreneurial potential. What the developed world has reaped in terms of national development and growth has an equal share of women entrepreneurs. Though the concept of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan is yet a new one but this could lead to growth of our national economy at the end. Fully cognizant of this potential, now donors, international public institutions, NGOs, private companies, charities, k…Read More

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  • Lenovo enters Pak smartphone market with compelling, diverse portfolio

    STAFF REPORT KHI: With the launch of 3G and 4G technologies in Pakistan, the local IT market has started offering more openings to international organizations and many of them are flexing their muscles to extend their business plans to the country thus too boosting the local IT industry potential.  Amongst these international IT firms and vendors is Lenovo company, which has recently announced launch this September its smartphones for the first time in Pakistan with aten-model portfolio, carefully designed to fit every style, personality and budget. The Le…Read More

  • Philippines, Pakistan agree to boost multiple trade

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan and Philippine have agreed to establish a joint business council that would contribute to bilateral trade and open new avenues for joint ventures in various business sectors. Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry have recently signed an MoU in this regard in Manila, says a press release released here. “The formation of Pakistan-Philippine Joint Business Council is the accomplishment of a long desire of the business community of both the…Read More

  • 5th world moot on agri, food security, climate change in Sept.

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The faculty of Agriculture, PAS Form and HEC, Islamabad, has jointly organized the 5th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change”. The conference would be held at the University of Poonch, Rawalakot, The University of Poonch, Rawalakot, AJK, had organized four conferences in consecutive years.  During the event, technical sessions would be held where experts would share their experiences and researches with the audience while the scientists will visit the tourists…Read More

  • Iran develops thermal block coating using nanotech

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Iran has successfully produced nano-powder that could increase the efficiency of gas engines and turbines when after their coating. The nanopowder is used as a thermal block in these devices and can be produced through a simple and economical method. According to details, enhancing the efficiency of space engines and gas turbines requires increase in operational temperature. The inlet turbine temperature for latest aerospace engines and industrial gas turbines is presently higher than 1300°C. In these devices, operational tempera…Read More

  • Nigeria enders deal for Pakistani cotton growth

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Nigeria has signed an MoU with Pakistan and Germany on cotton development with the objective to explore various investment opportunities in the cotton sector covering areas like cotton farming, production, processing, and its value chain development. Under the MoU, Arewa Cotton, involved in ginning and selling cotton lint to Nigerian textile mills, would supervise and coordinate with Germany and Pakistan on developing a practical method of cotton development. “The Nigerian government has entered into a partnership with i…Read More

  • Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to boost coop

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a lot of common potentials in various development fields and they need to join hands to strengthen their respective economies.This consensus emerged during a meeting between LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar and Sri Lankan Minister for Agriculture Naseer Ahmed held recently.The visiting minister said that the agriculture sector of both sides holds a lot to offer to each other and the public sector of his country has huge opportunities for Pakistan’s private sector. He said that the Sri Lankan businessmen had shown their willingness to do business with their Pakistani counterparts.  “Due to acute dry spell, Sri Lanka is …Read More

  • PARC on the move to promote canola cultivation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is making strenuous efforts to boost oilseed cultivation and enhancing domestic production in the country keeping in view the chronic deficiency of edible oil and huge amount of import bill.  In this regard, the Council has launched a promotional campaign working on Oilseeds Cultivation in Pothowar and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions during Rabi 2014-15. This initiative has been taken in consultation of the Pakistan Oilseed Development Board (PODB), National Rural Suppo…Read More

  • Microsoft Devices now available on daraz.pk

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft Devices Pakistan recently signed an MoU with Daraz.pk, enabling fans of Windows Phones to browse, select and buy their favourite Lumia devices directly from the comfort of their homes. Daraz.pk is Pakistan’s leading online shopping portal which is visited by millions of people across the country and is celebrated for its reliability and convenience. The Lumia series is one of the fastest growing smartphone ranges around the world as it offers uncompromised smartphone experiences, personalized third-party apps and pioneering Microsoft …Read More

  • PASDEC installs mechanised quarrying of marble

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) has unveiled a mechanized quarrying of marble and limestone to speed up minerals from Balochistan province by establishing a machinery pool and five quarrying projects in collaboration with private lease-holders. Sources said that one common facility & training center is also in process and a marble city is being established at Loralai for processing of marble and granite that would create over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the province. Giving details of mineral expl…Read More

  • 14th ITCN Asia 2014 world exhibition pulls large crowd

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The 14th ITCN Asia 2014 Int’l Exhibition & Conferences held at the Karachi Expo Centre recently been concluded where a large number of local as well as international companies established their stalls and pavilions to showcase their products. Thousands of visitors turned up to the venue and apprised themselves of the ICT products, services, telecommunications equipments, systems, networking, IT solutions, software/programmes, office automation, multimedia devices and digital products displayed at the 3-day …Read More

  • WB signs $665m financing for power, agriculture projects

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and World Bank have signed financing agreements worth $588.4 million and $76.4 million for the development of Dasu hydropower project and Sindh Agricultural Growth Project respectively. The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) chairman, National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) managing director and World Bank Country Director Rachid Benmessaoud inked the agreement for the Dasu project. For the agriculture growth programme, the Sindh Agriculture Department secretary and World Bank country director sign…Read More

  • Research on invasive species threatening environ stressed

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Invasive species have emerged as a major problem in many countries with boost in trade and traffic volume affecting their ecology, economy and health, said marine experts at an international workshop recently held in Karachi. The three-day workshop on ‘Bio-invasion and ballast water management’ was organised by Saarc Coastal Zone Management Centre in collaboration with Climate Change Division. It was informed at the event that a number of invasive species have been introduced in Pakistan’s freshwater to increase fish productivity but no…Read More

  • Women university to be set up in Islamabad

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal capital Islamabad would be having a women university in near future which would cater a lot to the need of the higher education needs of the rising population of the city. According to details, the Islamabad Model College for Girls, F/7-2, will be upgraded to a women university for which formalities will be complete in September. “The government’s medium-term development goals include establishment of a university or a sub-campus in every district by 2017-18,” said Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal while during a meeting recently held at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to review projects under Vision 2025. …Read More

  • Botanical moot stresses need for more students research

    STAFF REPORT UPPER DIR: Students are the brighter future of Pakistan and they need to focus more on focus on research in order to compete with the world. He said the students should be proud of getting higher education in the remote area. Dr Anwer Naseem of Karachi University said that SBBU has progressed fast in the remote but beautiful town of Sheringal.  “Change could only be brought through quality education, especially in science and technology to ensure a country’s progress,” he told the participants of the conference, which was attended by experts from across the country and abroad. On the occasion, SBBU Vice Chancellor Dr Khan…Read More

  • Experts stress reformed edu policy for better future

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Experts including scientists, educationists and researchers have sought for an updated educational policy for Sindh as well as for other provinces of the country as it would pave the way for quality education for future generations. They said this at a hands-on training workshop ‘Application of reverse phase High Performance Liquid Chromatography for the evaluation of anti-inflammatory drugs’. The event was organised by the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). The speakers said that the envisaged policy must be focused on enhancing capacities of students at every level. “The importance of education in the present day…Read More

  • Intel Pakistan inks deal with MITI to youth digital literacy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Intel Pakistan has launched a new initiative, under the Intel Easy Steps programme in order to to dramatically accelerate the pace and scale of entrepreneurship in the country. In this regard, the company has signed Memon Industrial & Technical Institute (MITI) to increase the relevance of computer devices as a tool for learning and providing quality basic digital literacy opportunities to underprivileged section of the society. According to the MoU, both the companies would integrate Intel …Read More

  • Novartis holds international bio-camp in Basel

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Novartis has recently held its eleventh annual International Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp), a three-day seminar bringing biotechnology and business experts together in Basel, Switzerland. Over 60 selected students from leading international universities in 25 countries and territories attended this event focusing on the challenges of a growing aging population across the world. A WHO report says that the population of people 60 years of age and older had doubled since 1980 and is forecast to reach 2 billion by 2050…Read More

  • LSM posts 3.95 per cent growth last fiscal

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The large scale manufacturing (LSM) sector in Pakistan posted a growth of 3.95 per cent in last fiscal 2013-14 over its preceding year, shows statistics released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). According to the data, the Quantum Index Number (QIM) of LSM industries stood at 121.66 points last fiscal as compared to 117.04 points of the preceding year showing 3.95 per cent increase. The LSM sector performance overall was satisfactory during the previous financial year. The government had projected that the countr…Read More

  • Bioenergy versatile source to handle energy crisis

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Speakers at an international conference have said that bioenergy is a versatile source that can be exploited to overcome the electricity challenge besides making a considerable contribution to climate change phenomenon. The event titled “Bio-Energy as Alternative Fuel” was jointly organized by the PCSIR, LCCI and and Umeed Foundation Trust.  The experts were of the view that biomass energy has the potential convert a wide variety of wastes into clean energy besides being substitution for diminishing global oil supplies.  …Read More

  • IST graduating students conferred degrees

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Institute of Space Technology (IST) celebrated its 9th Commencement of Class of 2014 with the graduation of 104 students in the disciplines of Materials Science, Aerospace, Communications Systems and Engineering in Islamabad.  HEC Chairman Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed conferred the students with the degrees in their respective fields. He gave away the President of Pakistan’s Gold Medals to Syed Aseem-Ul-Islam of Aerospace Engineering, Ifrah Malik and Iqra Mehmood of Communication Systems Engineering, and Salma Farooq of Materials Science and Engineering, who stood first in their respective areas.Huzaifa Mohsin of Aerospace Engineering, Hasan Ijaz …Read More

  • Holographic installation ready to come to Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Advertising technology in Pakistan is about to incorporate third dimension as a team of young electrical engineers is set to unveil a three-dimensional holographic installation providing an interactive experience.The developers, who have been working on the product since September 2013, claim that the interactive element makes their creation stand out from other products currently on offer. “What we really wanted was to offer an experience in holographic technology that has never been witnessed before,” says Shahzeb Mirza, one of the co-founders of Magision – the company that has created the product.He also said that they believe things should be inte…Read More

  • Zong successfully concludes ‘Lakh Pati’ offer

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Zong, Pakistan’s first and only Super 3G & 4G telecom network in the country, has recently concluded its Mega ‘Zong Lakh Pati’ offer. The campaign has been one of Zong’s most successful VAS campaigns till date as over 1.1 million company customers took part in it. The ‘ZonG Lakh Pati’ offer was a point based game where loyal Zong customers won cash prizes daily and weekly by simply participating via SMS and IVR. The winners were announced on a daily and weekly basis under three categories: Random Lucky Draw Winners, Top Scorers and Surprise Prize Winners. The campaign offered lucky customers a chance to win cash prize…Read More

  • Bahawalpur region to have veterinary university

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Bahawalpur region would have a new university named “Cholistan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences” for which the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) has approved the PC-I amounting to Rs 2.395 billion. “The Punjab government has already allocated 1,000 acers of land in Bahawalpur for this new university and it is being established with the collaboration of two Turkish universities, ‘Selcuk University’ and ‘Ankara University’,” said University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, who is…Read More

  • Project starts for smartphones software development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government of Pakistan is executing a project to develop an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Engine for Android to stimulate smartphones software development. The project called – Smart Intelligence – an OCR Engine for Android Smartphone – intends to develop a state-of-the-art OCR Engine which can be used by developers to produce their own applications. The National ICT R and D Fund, an executing department of the Ministry is implementing the project in phases in collaboration with Abasyn University, Islamabad at a co…Read More

  • Telenor, PRCS join hands for early warning system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telenor Pakistan has signed an agreement with its emergency response partner, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), to mitigate the impact of disasters through an SMS-based early warning system. This project is a “flagship endeavour” designed to ensure preparedness and mitigation of any disaster through emergency response, emergency recovery, rehabilitation and development. This initiative, funded by IFRC and Telenor Pakistan, will allow aid agencies and mobile phone users in disaster-hit areas to interact in real-time through …Read More

  • Walnuts is gold of Pakistan

    Walnut belongs to the family Juglandaceae and genus Juglans. The family consists of about 60 species, 21 of which are placed in the genus Juglans. Walnut tree is medium to large with spreading crown. Nuts are borne singly or in clusters and a green, fleshy husk surrounds it, which splits irregularly at maturity. Walnut growing is extremely sensitive to soil conditions and should only be planted on the most suitable frost free, fertile, well drained and deeply rootable sites. The wood of walnut is considered as one of the most valuable woods in the world for high-grade fur…Read More

  • Improving fertilizer use efficiency to reduce losses and enhance crop productivity

    Part-I The Fertilizer Use Efficiency (FUE) is defined as the amount of grains (yield) produced per kilogram of fertilizer applied. The rate of growth of agriculture in its broad coverage of crop production is much below the national growth rate. If the economy of the country has to be improved through agriculture, it is necessary to strengthen its plans in such a way that better utilization of natural resources and use of balanced fertilizers and other inputs. We are well aware that for improvement in the food production to fulfill the food demands of the growin…Read More

  • A synthetic way of producing oxygen in outer space

      The recent advancement in the field of technology has paved the foundation for infusing life into non-living things. Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, claims to have developed a silk leaf that could create oxygen for space travel as well as making life easier on Earth. The leaf was able to develop a silk leaf which can produce oxygen gas in conjunction with a silk lab from Tufts University. Feed it enough water and light, and the synthetic leaf mimics any leaf you would normally see around and it produces oxygen. The syntheti…Read More

  • Renewable, sustainable solutions to energy crisis

    God has blessed Pakistan with diverse climatic conditions, natural resources and unique flora and fauna. It is the sixth most populous country of the world with a high number of available manpower. Flora of Pakistan is rich with more than 6000 higher plant species; of which more than 600 plant species are highly medicinal. Pakistan is ranked 7th in the world and 1st in Asia for possessing lignitic coal reserves. It has the world’s best canal system and more than 34.09 per cent of the total land is used for agriculture purposes. The soil, topography and climat…Read More

  • Inaugural ceremony of IEEE HIET Student Branch Session

    May 30, 2014 The IEEE HIET Student Branch has recently organized the inaugural ceremony of IEEE HIET Student Branch Session 2014 for the formal transition of new organizing committee from the previous year. The ceremony was arranged to do the honours and branch members interaction. The welcome speech was delivered by newly elected Chairman of IEEE HIET Student Branch, Waleed Bin Sohail. He welcomed all new IEEE members and the worthy guests. After that Sohail Sarang, former  Chairman, reviewed the branch activities performed in year – 2013. The chief guest was Engr…Read More

  • Antibiotics resistance: A global threat!

    Antibiotics is one of the powerful weapons used to cope with bacteria. The word antibiotics is a Greek word, anti means against and bios means life so antibiotics are against life (specifically bacteria killing drugs). Syphilis, tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and gonorrhea are few diseases caused by bacteria. Previously many bacterial infections may kill millions of life. First antibiotic was Penicillin, thanks to Alexander Fleming who discovered it in 1928. Generally we divide antibiotics into two major categories Bactericidal (those drugs which kill bacteria) and Bacteriostatic (who retard their further multiplication). They target many bacteria, fungi and parasites but they …Read More

  • A big danger by a tiny creature

    Surely you have listened a sentence about mosquitoes as, “they sing songs in the sleeping person’s ear”, but actually mosquito is not a singer. That is actually, shouting at that time, saying that she has come to put the life of her victim by injecting the pathogen into the victim’s blood. There are different receptors present in mosquito’s antennae and head which are used in the detection of human scents up to 100 feet away. Study has shown that 72 acute receptors are found in the antennae of the mosquitoes and almost 27 of them are used for detecting the chemicals which are found in perspiration. Detected scents act as primary indicators which mosquitoes follow to identify their prey…Read More

  • دہشتگردی ،سماجی ترقی اور ٹیکنولوجی

    سماج کا نام آتے ہی ہمارے ذہن میں زمانہ قدیم کی ان بستیوں کا خاکہ آتا ہے جہاں انسان پانی کے کنارے غاروں میں رہا کرتا تھا اور پھر وقت کے ساتھ ترقی کرتے ہوئے انسان غاروں سے نکل کر آج چاند پر بستیاں بسانے کا ارادہ کر رہا ہے۔ نہ فقط ارادہ کر رہا ہے بلکہ عملی اقدامات بھی اٹھاتے جارہے ہیں اور امید ہے کہ جلد ہی زمین کے بعد دیگر سیاروں پر بھی انسانی بستیاں آباد ہورہی ہوں گی۔ انسانی بستیوں کی آبادکاری سماج کی تشکیل کرتی ہے اور یہ سماج ہی ہے جو انسان کے باہمی روابط بناتا ہے۔ سماج کی ترقی انسانی ترقی سے منسلک ہے۔ جیسے جیسے انسان ترقی کرتا رہے گا ویسے ہی سماج بھی ترقی کرے گا۔ سمجھنا یہ ہے کہ انسانی ترقی اور سماجی ترقی کے درمیان جو ربط ہے اس کی اپنی کیا…Read More