Volume 06 Issue 07

  • Potassium (K) mandatory for plants under drought condition

    Potassium is one of the major nutrients which is required for the plant growth and development. It is the most essential element in plant’s life as it increases root growth and contributes for water relations of plants making them to survive under drought conditions. Potassium is critically needed for maintaining water relations of plant, activating enzymes, supporting photosynthetic systems, translocating sugars and starch out of the leaves. The plants take up potassium in ionic form (K+).  The uptakes of potassium are affected by the soil and environmenta…Read More

  • Carrot with colours and nutrition

    Carrot, scientifically called as Dacauscarota consumed as a packet of nutrition by the humans’ right from the pre-historic times. Nowadays the most acceptable and demanding form of carrot to humans is “Red”. While looking back onto the pre historic times carrot was originally found to be only of two colors - white and purple. It seems hard to realize it as both of these colours of carrots are least available in the consumer market now. A mutation resulted in shift of colour from white to yellow and this was the beginning of genetic variations in the carrot color. Whereas carrots …Read More

  • Pakistan to get 1000MW from Tajikistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan, which is currently experiencing worst energy crisis, would get 1000MW energy under the CASA-1000 project in 2017. “His country is eager to enhance bilateral trade ties with Pakistan and would import 1000MW electricity to it,” said Ambassador of Tajikistan Sherali Jononov in a meeting with RCCI President Syed Asad Mashadi. He said Pakistani kinno, mango and textile could get huge response in Tajik market but Pakistani business community needed to be more active to get their share. The ambassador said that tra…Read More

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  • Scientists awarded for new groundnut, canola varieties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The PARC has given away recognition certificates and cash awards to the agricultural scientists who introduced new varieties of groundnuts and canola with promising results. Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad presented the certificates and cash awards of Rs.150,000  each to Principal Scientific Officer (PSO) Groundnut, Malik Shah Nawaz and PSO Oil Seed Programme (NARC) Dr. Abdul Rashid for introducing new varieties of groundnut and canola respectively. PSO Groundnut, Nazakat Nawaz was also given certificate and cash award of Rs.…Read More

  • HEC includes new courses in Agri Engineering syllabus

      STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has incorporated some new courses, as per future requirements, in undergraduate and graduate curriculum of Agriculture Engineering. The up-gradation was made at a meeting of National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) recently held in the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The meeting was held to review and update curriculum of Agricultural Engineering. Previously, the Agriculture Engineering curriculum was revised and circulated by HEC in 2010. The committee …Read More

  • Study group discusses SIMs verification results

    STAFF REPORT ISB: SDPI’s study group on IT and Telecom in its recently meet has discussed ‘gains and losses’ result from implementing the government’s directive to reverify 103 million SIMs through biometric verification system (BVS). About 75 million SIMs have been verified as the deadline set for this campaign has lapsed. PTA Chairman Dr. Syed Ismail Shah deliberated on the regulatory aspects of the re-verification initiative.  He shed light on the global perspective of similar exercises undertaken around th…Read More

  • Collective efforts needed against climate change impacts

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan will welcome any sincerely agreed cross-border adaptation measures by South Asian nations to save millions of poor and marginalized people from the hazardous impacts of climate change and disasters. “Climate change knows no borders and now more than ever it is critical that our leaders come together to share best practices for climate change adaptation and set the region on the path of sustainable development,” said parliamentarian Uzair Khan while speaking at a regional conference of 125 CSOs’ alliance ‘Climate Action Network South As…Read More

  • Environmental degradation incurring Rs365 billion loss every year

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Like every poor and third world country having meager resources and low level of awareness about national issues, Pakistan too is confronting with the ever-increasing issue of environment degradation. The situation is very discouraging despite the fact that the country is signatory of a number of international protocols, conventions and agreements to control environment that involves agriculture, pollution, ecosystem, wildlife, land protection, increasing temperature, glaciers melting, change in weather cycle and natural disasters. However, Fe…Read More

  • Wetlands protect bio-diversity, environment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has about 225 designated wetlands that cover about 10 per cent of its land. However, there is little knowledge about the significance of these areas. These lands can play a leading role in protecting the environment, offering bio-diversity, fishing grounds and helping in flood control by absorbing water. Also, wetlands not only purify and replenish water, they also provide us fish that feed hundreds of millions of people. In Pakistan, wetlands are home to rich bio-diversity and provide livelihood opportunities for local communities, besides a number of recognised ecosystem services. In view of the devastating floods in the coun…Read More

  • Excitement fading despite 3G/4G users reach 9.07m

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Though, according to PTA data, 3G/4G subscribers have reached 9.07 million, yet the excitement of many users seems fading away due to higher prices and slowing speed. Last year, Pakistan entered the club of few countries of the world, where 3rd and 4th generation high speed data services in telecom sector were launched. Presently almost all of the service providers are offering high-speed internet services under different marketing strategies. According to experts 4G phones are supposed to be even faster, but that’s not always the case.…Read More

  • Pakistan, UK to work on priority areas in ICT

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Britain have agreed to formulate a “mutual working group” which will comprise high commission and ministry’s officials. This was agreed in a meeting between British High Commissioner Philip Barton and Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman recently held in Islamabad.According to details, the working group will jointly work out the “priority areas” in ICT where; both countries could collaborate and cooperate.  On the occasion, Anusha said that it was a meaningful meeting with the British minister and…Read More

  • Experts for tapping Pak, Turkey education expertise

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An exclusive discussion on “Higher Education and Current Trends in Turkey” has recently been held by the Rumi Forum, an international intercultural and peaceful coexistence organization, at its Islamabad Center. M. Ahsan Raja, Secretary Education & Training, was the chief guest. Prof. Dr. Serif Ali Tekalan, Rector, Fatih University (Istanbul), delivered the speech. Highlighting the increasing availability of state and private higher education scholarships such as the Mevlana and Erasmus schemes, Prof. Dr. Tekalan expressed that Pakistani students valuably contribute to the academic and cultural environment of the Turkish universities.  He also highlighted the…Read More

  • USF, Telenor enter deal for services

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Universal Service Fund (USF) and Telenor have signed a contract worth Rs1.9 billion to provide basic telephony and data services to the population in the yet un-served areas of Chitral “Lot” consisting of identified areas in Chitral, Upper Dir and Lower Dir districts. On the occasion, Minister for IT Anusha Rahman said that through the rural telecom project in Chitral lot, an un-served population of around 1.2 million, people residing in 1,173 mauzas will be benefited. In this connection, a signing ceremony betwee…Read More

  • Work on 1MW solar power project starts

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Reon Energy Solutions, a part of the Dawood Hercules Group - the largest private sector player in the energy sector, has conducted groundbreaking of the 1MW solar power project at Wah Nobel Chemicals Ltd.  The project demonstrates Reon’s expertise in high scale solutions to meet industrial requirements and Wah Nobel Group’s commitment of adopting innovative technologies. “The growth in this sector is driven through partnerships,” said Inam ur Rahman, CEO Reon Energy Solutions, saying the company is the most reliable long term partner for renewable energy solutions in the country. Chief guest of the ceremony Lt Gen Ah…Read More

  • Special force set up to protect forests against timber mafia

    Staff report PESH: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province plans to raise a special force to protect forests from powerful timber mafia, generate jobs for youth and protect rights of forest communities.  The provincial government has allocated one billion rupees for the project as the force would be equipped with sophisticated weapons, trucks and other necessary gears to guard the forests. The scheme is part of the Green Growth Initiative launched a year ago in Peshawar by PTI chairman Imran Khan. He said that his party has decided to leave a better Pakistan for the future generations and the forest protection is one of the steps to make it happen. …Read More

  • Prof. Dr. Ashraf joins as PSF chairman

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf has taken the charge of PSF as Chairman.  Dr. Ashraf is HEC distinguished national professor with h-index of 42, total journal impact factor over 565 and Science Citation Index (SCI) over 8700 being highest among all national experimental scientists. Previously, he was working as Vice Chancellor, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University, Multan, and contributed valuable input in the development of the newly established university. He did his PhD from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1986. Dr. Ashraf devised a…Read More

  • Energy saving can help control power shortfall

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Energy experts have said that usage of energy-efficient equipment in industries and home appliances along with energy conservation measures can help mitigate prevailing energy crisis in the country. They were speaking at a seminar “Energy Audit-Impacts and Prospects” was arranged by the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan (IEEEP) Lahore, at Wapda House. In the opening address, Engr Mohsin M. Syed, President IEEEP, and member BoD NTDCL, said that 3000 MW can be saved by converting household UPS on solar energy pan…Read More

  • Huawei drives smart banking services

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Huawei, a global ICT solutions provider, has expanded focus in helping financial institutions to deliver innovative services to their customers by bringing to market a series of next-generation banking technologies as well as additional consultancy expertise. Rising technology trends such as cloud computing, big data analytics, smart and virtual banking concepts are accelerating the digitization of the local financial industry.  Huawei continues to build on its expertise in the banking and finance sector by investing in a hos…Read More

  • Pak student teams take part in Shell ECO marathon

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Over 130 student teams from across Asia and Middle East have participated in the self-built fuel-efficient vehicles contest started in Manila, Philippines.  As Shell Eco-marathon enters its 30th year globally, the sixth Asian edition of the student innovation competition also welcomed 7 student teams from Pakistan. Teams from Australia, Bangladesh, Oman and Saudi Arabia are taking part in this year’s competition.  Student teams are challenged to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency in a real world urban environment, and wi…Read More

  • PUCIT degree programmes get accreditation

    STAFF REPORT LHR: All three bachelor degree programmes at the Punjab University College of IT (PUCIT), BS Computer Science, BS Information Technology, and BS Software Engineering, have again received the best possible ‘W’ category accreditation by HEC’s National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC).  According to a letter issued by NCEAC to the Punjab University Vice Chancellor, only 10 per cent of the 170 computing programs accredited by the council have received ‘W’ category. This means that of the 17 computing programs in Pakistan that have received the highest category accreditation three are from PUCIT. This is a wonderful achievem…Read More

  • ZTBL joins hands with U-Bank, Ufone for farmers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) and U Microfinance Bank have signed an agreement in order to develop the market for financial inclusion, considering the various socio-economic groups of the society. The Ubank is extending its outreach and thus striving hard to provide financial inclusion to the country’s under-banked segments through ZTBL. This is a huge milestone for the provision of Mobile Wallet, Utility Bills Payments, Funds Transfers, and Recovery of Loans, meanwhile,  it will also make Alternative Delivery Channels available to those  whom technological based financial products and  services did not reach via UPaisa. “The aim is provide approp…Read More

  • ADB to help fund LNG terminal

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $30 million project loan to Engro Elengy Terminal, a special purpose company which will build Pakistan’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal. “Pakistan urgently needs to utilize its existing power generation capacity fully, while reducing its reliance on costly imported diesel fuel for electricity generation,” said Azim Hashimi, an investment specialist from ADB. He said that regasification of LNG will allow generation facilities to reach their maximum potential, using a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and will support the country’s push for greater energy secur…Read More

  • BUET Khuzdar Faculty visited Pakistan Academy of Sciences

    A group photo of faculty of Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology with Prof Dr Anwar Nasim - President PAS, and Sayyed Paras Ali - Editor Technology Times, at a visit to Pakistan Academy of Sciences arranged by COMSATS Faculty Development Academy (FDA) …Read More

  • PAS session focuses on making Pakistan science conscious

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The second brainstorming session, organized by Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) in collaboration with the HEC at the HEC headquarters, resolved to make Pakistan a science conscious country in real terms as it would lay the foundation of sustainable development.  Coordinator of the event, Dr. Hamid Saleem, who is a Fellow of the PAS, encouraged the participants for collaborative efforts to promote S&T in the country for the benefit of society.  PAS President, Dr. Anwar Nasim, shared the mission of the Academ…Read More

  • VCs forum agrees for more coop to meet challenges

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The third Vice Chancellors Forum of Islamic countries stressed the need for initiating joint academic programmes, promoting research and pooling resources so as to meet the challenges of the modern times. The forum was jointly organized by HEC, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Ministries of S&T and Education and Federation of Universities of Islamic World. As many as 200 Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Presidents of universities and higher education institutions of the Islamic world attended the event. …Read More

  • Microsoft Devices launches Lumia 435, Lumia 532

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft Mobile Devices & Services has launched Lumia 435 Dual SIM and Lumia 532 Dual SIM smartphones. Offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 capabilities at incredible prices, both the products experiences that help people do more on the go. Both the smartphones provide a balance of features and power, while also bringing Windows Phone 8.1 experiences to new price points. Lumia 435 Dual SIM is the first 400 series Lumia and the most affordable Lumia yet. With core smartphone features, incredible Windows Phone experiences and access to the …Read More

  • Open Source Technology only option of national development

    By Ahsan Jamil ISLAMABAD: A seminar focusing on the topic of ‘Pen Source’ has recently been held at FAST-NUCES, Islamabad.  The seminar was organized by Qasim Mehmood to highlight the utilities of Open Source Technology amongst professionals from IT & telecom industry.  Babar Zahoor, an Open Source Evangelist & Founder of Open Source Foundation, dilated upon the goal of his Foundation to make Pakistan a hub of open source technology in Asia by 2020. He described the applications of Open Source Technology in multiple fields.  He reiterated his vision that Pakistan should become a leader in user friendly…Read More

  • Mobicash, KB sign payments solution deal

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Mobicash, the fastest growing mobile financial service provider and an initiative of Mobilink and Waseela Microfinance Bank, signed an agreement with Khushhali Bank in order to provide payment facilitation services to the unbanked and under banked markets in Pakistan. In Pakistan, the conventional banking sector serves less than 20 per cent of the population. It is with this in mind that Mobilink developed Mobicash to provide basic banking services to the masses through retail agents. This partnering will expand Khushhali Bank’s network, allowing rural areas to make payments with ease and regularity.   “There is ample opportunity to utilize Mobic…Read More

  • PSC introduces cheaper maize hybrid seed

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Seed Corporation (PSC) has launched the maize hybrid seed (YH-1898) evolved by the corporation’s breeders in collaboration with researchers of Maize and Millet Research Institute Sahiwal.  Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh was the chief guest at the launching ceremony, who appreciated the efforts by the PSC for developing maize hybrid seed.  He said it is a great achievement, which would not only gear up the growth of agriculture sector, but would also be helpful to restrict the monopoly of multinational companies in Pakistan. The agriculture experts would be encouraged with awards on such remarkable ef…Read More

  • Emerging issue of malnutrition in human life

    ROLE OF MICRONUTRIENT IN HUMAN LIFE: Fortification is the process of adding vitamins or minerals to foods to increase its overall nutritional value. A disquieting part of world’s population undergoes from “hidden hunger” the term used for micronutrient deficiencies because the symptoms often cannot be seen or felt. Body required very small quantities of vitamins and mineral elements for normal physical and mental development, their deficiency affected more than a third of the world’s population. The micronutrient deficiencies results in health damage, learning disabilities, cause death, harm reproduction, reduce intelligence, educability and academic achievement and da…Read More

  • Solid waste and Sindh

    Solid waste includes solids or semisolids, non-soluble materials (including gases and liquids in containers) such as agricultural refuse, demolition waste, industrial waste, mining residues, municipal garbage, and sewage sludge. The most common types of solid waste are municipal solid waste, industrial waste, agricultural waste and hazardous. The solid waste composition varies from region to region and time to time. There are following different types of waste. Biodegradable waste i.e. could be decomposed naturally such as food and kitchen waste, green waste, paper, etc. Recyclable material i.e. could be recycled again and again; such as paper, glass, bottles, cans, metals, certain p…Read More

  • Environment - an agenda for human health promotion

    Health is not just being free from disease or any other abnormality but broadly speaking, it is a condition of complete physical, mental and social well-being. This universally accepted definition of health described that surrounding environment is also utmost important for human health. So, human health is directly corroborated with environmental health. There is constant interaction of human with environment which is also inevitable. Years of healthy life and quality of life are enhanced by maintaining the healthy environment. Environmental factors are responsible for all diseases and about 1/4th disease load. All physical, chemical and biological factors external to human are comp…Read More

  • Causes of genetic degradation in fisheries

    Fishery is the most important economic activity in villages and towns along the coast. It is the sole source of employment and income generation. According to the latest estimates, the total area covered by fish ponds is about 60 500 ha (Sindh, 49 170 ha; Punjab, 10 500 ha; NWFP, 560 ha; and the other provinces (Balochistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Northern Area), 240 ha). About 13,000 fish farms have so far been established across Pakistan, varying considerably in size. The fisheries sector contributes around 1 per cent to the GDP of Pakistan. The recent government data reported that Pakistan’s total fish production for 2006-07 was about 590,000 metric tons where 400,000 metric tons …Read More

  • Science popularisation still a dream

    Popularisation of science is nothing else than an endeavour to image scientific ideas in such a way that everyone, especially non-scientists, can grasp the fundamental concepts and have an idea of what science in essence is. Although nobody can tell exactly what ‘science’ is all about, everyone should have an idea anyway. West, Europe and other developed states especially of Far East Asia have well adopted this approach and achieved an envious position in this particular field. In fact, it did not happen overnight. Governments, public sector departments, research institutions, universities and even individuals played a contributory role through strong collaboration and joint research…Read More