Volume 06 Issue 09

  • Islamic world academicians united to promote modern researches

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The third Vice-Chancellors Forum of Islamic countries, which met in Islamabad recently, turned up an effective platform for academics and researchers across the Islamic world to develop collaborative links, strengthen cooperation and encourage dialogue among representative institutions. The objectives set forth for the Forum entitled “Vice Chancellors Forum 2014: Universities in the Islamic World: Facing Global Challenges” included provision of a platform to the university heads in the OIC member states in forging linkages for initiating joint ac…Read More

  • Digital inclusion cornerstone of tech policy: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman has said that the digital inclusion cornerstone of technology policy. although the ICTs have revolutionized our lives as a whole, but the real challenge remains to include all sections and groups of society to contribute and take benefit of ICT revolution. She said this while giving a key note address at the Summit on “Digital inclusion” at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The minister, who was guest of honor at the Ministerial programme of the Congress, adde…Read More

  • Illegal fishing prohibited in Rawal Dam

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The district administration has prohibited illegal fishing in Rawal Dam and started surprise checking to discourage this trend. According to a representative of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration, Assistant Commissioner (Secretariat) Waqas Rashid, during checking at Rawal Dam, apprehended two poachers involved in illegal fishing in Rawal Dam. He also confiscated the fishing net and two motor boats on the spot. It may be mentioned that the district administration has prohibited illegal fishing in Rawal Dam under Section 144. Waqas Rashid informed that strict action would be taken against poachers violating the ban on fishin…Read More

  • NA briefed about lowest spending on S&T sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Assembly Standing Committee has been informed that Pakistan is spending only 0.5 percent of the GDP on scientific research which is lowest in the region. Such low spending is negatively affecting economy and job creation in the country, officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology told the committee. Briefing the committee, which met with Tariq Bashir Cheema in the chair, Secretary S&T Kamran Qureshi alleged that science and technology has been given low priority by the government as the budgetary allocation for the sector is continuously declining. High-ups of different organisations under the min…Read More

  • PTA busts illegal exchange in Hangu

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has busted an illegal gateway exchange in Hangu. According to details, a successful raid against the grey operator was carried out along with FIA team at Hangu. An illegal exchange comprising six Gateways, multiple ports, hundreds of SIMs, three Laptop, five modems, one CPU and UPS with batteries were confiscated. Two persons were arrested and were in FIA custody for further investigation. In order to curb grey trafficking, the authority had asked phone users to report incoming international calls on their devices that show up as local numbers. In grey trafficking, legal routes a…Read More

  • Pak-China tech varsity proposed to boost coop

    STAFF REPORT LHR: President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Faisal Afridi, has proposed a Pak-China Technology University to be opened with the collaboration of Chinese universities. He said that aim of the university would be to transform appropriate technology from China that suits to the needs and demands of Pakistan. He added that China is interested to incorporate Chinese curriculum into Pakistan that will include Chinese language, Chinese work ethics, innovative planning and development, on the priority basis but for this they need coop…Read More

  • HEC body reviews curriculum of agri engineering

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A meeting of HEC’s National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) in the discipline of Agricultural Engineering, to review and update curriculum of Agricultural Engineering, was held at the HEC Centre in Peshawar. Previously, the Agriculture Engineering curriculum was revised and circulated by HEC in 2010. The committee thoroughly reviewed and updated the curriculum at bachelors and masters level including knowledge about latest developments and innovations in the field of engineering around the globe. Some new courses, as per future re…Read More

  • PARC unveils 4 new rust-resistant wheat varieties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PARC has released four new rust resistant wheat varieties including a bio-fortified variety having 50 percent zinc contents. The bio-fortified variety is first-ever such introduction in the list of recommended varieties for farmers’ choice in any agro-ecology, Chairman PARC Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) Dr Shahid Masood said at a meeting. He said all these varieties were resistant to different types of rusts, which have been one of the major biotic threats to wheat production. So these varieties could resist all stem rust races including, UG-99, which has been infecting wheat crop all across the world and RRTTF, which has been threatening for whe…Read More

  • BU, APGA sign MoU for research coop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Bahria University (BU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with All Pakistan Geoscientists Association (APGA) for providing academics and research activities.  The contract signing ceremony was held at Bahria University Islamabad where Rear Admiral (Retd) Saleem Akhtar HI (M) Pro-Rector Bahria University and Junaid M. G. Kiani Patron-in-Chief (APGA) signed the contract in the presence of dignitaries and officials from both the organizations.  The MoU focused on collaboration on a variety of basic and applied research areas.  Both othe rganizations agreed to enhance mutual cooperation in many areas in…Read More

  • Govt to start agri skill programmes for youth

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that the government would start skill training programmes for rural youth to bring them in agriculture mainstream. The programmes would be started for imparting them different training for using the modern innovative tools of cultivation to enhance agri-productivity for economic betterment of rural masses. Addressing the ‘Pakistan Agriculture Conference and Exhibition’ organized by KMK Global Limited in collaboration with PARC and USAID, the minister said that agricul…Read More

  • E-logistics platform created for mobile trade

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of IT&T has supported to create a portal for facilitating mobile and electronic trade for Pakistan within and outside the country. The basic objective of the portal is to use communication boom in the country to take information, knowledge and opportunities at doorstep through Internet and mobile devices, so as to enhance and optimize economic potential. National ICT Research and Development Fund, a subsidiary of the Ministry had completed the project at a cost of Rs 38.2 million. Official sources said th…Read More

  • Punjab focuses on tech to promote entrepreneurship

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab government is forging ahead with a highly-ambitious plan to diversify the region’s economy by facilitating the spread and reach of technology, introduce e-government initiatives, and inculcate a strong element of technological entrepreneurship. The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) led by CEO Dr. Umar Saif, is at the forefront of efforts by the administration to help citizens gain access to technology as well as to interact with the government in a more transparent and accessible manner. The Punjab E-gateway Project,…Read More

  • 537 HEC scholars graduate as medical doctors from Cuba

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The second batch of 537 Pakistani medical students has graduated from the Cuban Universities of Medical Sciences of Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos. The graduation ceremonies of students, held at Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos, were dedicated to the Cuban leader Fidel Castro Ruz, who had promptly sent Henry Reeve Brigade, comprising 2464 medical personnel, to Pakistan in the aftermath of 2005 earthquake and subsequently offered 1000 fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students. Representatives of provincial governments of …Read More

  • Govt claims significant education improvement

    STAFF REPORT BAHAWALPUR: The education system in the country has significantly been improved in the last few years as enrollment rate moved to 72 percent from 68 percent. “All the provinces had increased their budget allocation for the education sector by around 10 to 15 percent,” said Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training M Balighur Rehman while addressing a gathering of a Pakistani community living in Germany. He apprised the participants about the issues being faced by the nation and the steps taken by the present gov…Read More

  • Anusha attends world congress to find investors for spectrum

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister of State for IT&T Anusha Rehman attended GSMA Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona to find suitable investors for broadband and two 20-megahertz spectrums. The four-day conference that gathered together mobile operators from around the world took place at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona Spain with an objective to unite operators, with several companies in the broader mobile ecosystem. The participants included internet companies, handset and device makers, software companies, equipment provi…Read More

  • RCCI to organise first ICT Awards

    STAFF REPORT RWP: The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) is organising first ICT Awards (International Communication Technology Awards) on April 8 at Aiwan-i-Quaid, F-9 Park, Islamabad. Rawalpindi Chamber is the only chamber of the country arranging such awards. This was stated by Rawalpindi Chamber Senior Vice President Mian Humayun Parvez in a press release issued here. Mian Humayun said that ICT industry is having market share of $2.8 billion in Pakistan but no step is being taken from the government side to promote the said industry.  He said that twin cities have 40 percent share of the total business of ICT in th…Read More

  • HEC’s verification of fake degrees comes to surface

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Scam of verification of fake degrees of top officers of country by Higher Education Commission (HEC) has come to light amid the reports that investigation by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) into fake degrees verification fraud is in final stage. The HEC has admitted finally the reports of verification of fake degrees of powerful government officers are correct. Earlier, the HEC was facing the charges of issuance of fake degrees and the new scam has exposed the credibility of this institution as anyone can get his fake degree verified. The scandal came to fore when illegal matters of appointments of sons, nephews, nieces of influential and powerful persons were su…Read More

  • PMAS-AAUR, South Korea to collaborate in agri research

    STAFF REPORT RWP: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) and South Korea have agreed to initiate collaborative research projects in the field of agriculture, particularly for promotion of soybean cultivation in the country. PMAS-AAUR VC Prof Dr Rai Niaz and Korean delegation headed by Korean Ambassador Jong Hwan Song have recently met at the campus. They discussed the possibilities of collaboration in academic, research, training and value chain activities for the development of agriculture sector. The visiting d…Read More

  • Consumers taking benefit of 3G, 4G offerings

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telecom operators in country said over 9.07 million 3G users till January 2015 showed a reasonable growth in modern mobile broadband services with each passing month. The operators said that there are around 49,100 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) subscribers to their network till January 2015. PTA in its latest updates has revealed all four 3G operators added some 3.3 million users on to their networks during January 2015 with Telenor leading the charts added 472,374 users to its 3G network during the reported month. R…Read More

  • Farmers stage sit-in outside sugar mills over low cane rate

    STAFF REPORT HYDERABAD: Growers have recently staged a sit-in outside Faran Sugar Mills in Tando Mohammad Khan here to protest non-payment of sugarcane price of Rs182 per 40kg as notified by the Sindh government. They demanded of the government to implement its notification in letter and spirit. The sit-in was attended by around 250 growers from different parts of lower Sindh. PPP MNA Nawab Yusuf Talpur, Sindh Abadgar Board (SAB) President Abdul Majeed Nizamani and Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) President Dr Syed Nadeem Qamar l…Read More

  • Upto $7m fruits, veges export orders expected

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Around $5 to $7 million export orders for fruits and vegetable are expected before the end of 4-day 9th Expo Pakistan 2015 being held at Expo Centre Karachi. Waheed Ahmed, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Fruits and Vegetable Exports and Co-chairman All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Importers, Exporters and Merchants Association, said fruits and vegetable exports was increasing around 15 percent every year and this rate would be higher in future. Last year export from this sector was $625 million, which is expected to touch $1.5 billion in next three years and this will touch figure of $6 billion in next 10 years, he opined. …Read More

  • Fruit, veges sectors to get e-beam facility

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Al-Technique Corporation of Pakistan (ATCOP) and Marine Group of Companies (MGC) have entered into a joint venture agreement to establish first ever E-Beam facility at Karachi for irradiation of food items, surgical instruments and gemstones. This state-of-the-art facility will enhance exports of fresh fruits and vegetables through decontamination and extension of their shelf lives. Although other methods of irradiation are being used, most of importing countries have specified E-Beam irradiation for goods export to their countries. Food and Drug Administration USA, World Health Organisation and International Atomic Energy Agency have already approved E-Beam technolog…Read More

  • Cellular mobile teledensity hits 73.32pc with 136.4m users

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The teledensity in cellular phone sector has hit 73.32 percent as number of subscribers in the country including AJK and Northern Areas touched 136.4 million by January 15 this year. The cellular teledensity was 8.3 percent about 10 years ago but proactive policies of successive governments helped the sector to achieve growth and the tele-density in mobile phone sector jumped to 54.6 percent in 2007. A data compiled by the PTA reveals that the cellular teledensity remained sluggish this year because of registration…Read More

  • Buksh joins hands with foreign firms for renewable energy

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Foreign firms along with a local company Buksh Energy have recently agreed to invest around $400 million in Punjab to generate 200 megawatts of electricity through renewable sources. “We are waiting only for a final policy from the Punjab government to generate 200MW via renewable power solutions, in particular wind energy, which will immediately bring foreign investment worth $400 million in the country,” said Buksh Energy Chief Executive Asim Buksh told media. He said electricity generation through wind had been undertaken in the southern coastal regions of Sindh via small projects, but no practical work has been initiated in Punjab so far, and stud…Read More

  • Council formed for peasants’ rights protection

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Agrarian Reforms Council has been launched with the prime objective of developing the rural economy in the province. It also aims to tackle poverty by strengthening agriculture and supporting the rights of farmers and peasants. The council would act as an independent think tank giving recommendations for reviewing land and agrarian policies. Initially, it will take up some urgent issues, but over the time it might cover a wide range of agro-economic and environment policy issues ranging from rural infrastructure to agri-marketing, said an office bearer of the council. He said that it will promote dialogue among policymakers, journal…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) a…Read More

  • Effects of pesticides (organophosphate) on human health

    A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances including insecticide, herbicide, fungicide, and various other substances schemed for preventing, destroying, repelling, or diminishing any pest. In all over the world, 500 compounds presently are registered as pesticides or metabolites of pesticides. The grouping of pesticides is based on the formulations and chemical structure of pesticides.  Pesticides mostly enter the soil and other parts of ecosystem because of certain properties i) high solubility in water ii) retention in porous structures iii)…Read More

  • Climate change impacts on water, agriculture

    Globally agriculture sector is assailable to climate  change.  Pakistan  stands  amongst  the extremely affected countries by the fluctuation of climate. Food security and water availability would be badly affected, because of fickle rainfall patterns, weather trends, and extreme events such as floods. Climate change experts warned Pakistan due to the existence of five major hazards related to climate change. There will be glacial retreats, floods, and an increase in sea level, average temperature and droughts. Due to the severe fluctuations in …Read More

  • Stevia - as a natural sweetener & therapeutic agent

    Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni - a perennial semi-shrub plant species belonging to the genus Stevia, classified in Asteraceae family, has its origin from South America. The plant is well-known for its leaves to be rich in natural sweet compounds steviol glycosides, which are 300 times sweeter than table sugar. Thousand years ago, Paraguay natives and Brazilians extensively used the leaves of this small herbaceous plant to sweeten their bitter drinks, tea and medicines. Gurani Indians of South America had also widely used this plant for more than fifteen centuries. This plant was first de…Read More

  • Home Generators: Solution or a cause…..

    Noise pollution, after hearing this first thing comes in your mind….”Aaah NOT again! all those same cause and its effects and all”…am I right ?? So here is a recent news. Noise pollution is updated with its new generation, as noise pollution that is considered to be caused by automobiles, industries etc. In short “old ways” now back in action with its latest version in Pakistan ……here presents “generators”. People think of generators as an effective power alternative but its environmental hazards are very high, more than that we can imagine. More often, noise polluti…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 fo…Read More

  • Popularising science in schools

    It is a proven fact that children and students, imbibed with a sense of intrigue, eagerly use this knowledge to understand new concepts, make well-informed decisions and pursue new interests. Latest studies suggest that computer technology has helped students to improve their grades in other subjects, most notably science. Practically, they can work much faster using a computer which enables them to do more study in the same period of time. Prompted by the magnificent benefits of science and technology using computers, now many schools and colleges are using new methods of technology to enhance the learning experience; these include digital television channels, DVDs, digital radio an…Read More

  • Internet security still a dilemma!

    Pakistan is badly in need of a cybercrime law that could control the rising trend of internet crimes. Parliament has regrettably dithered over this critical issue for too long as for years the proposed Bill was languishing in the halls of the Assembly without being tabled. In fact, the bill is ambiguous enough to punish civil society for trying to circumvent government controls over (illegal) blocking of content on the internet as well for active steps to avoid (illegal) surveillance. Even the bill is mum over who can and who cannot, carry out the investigation of, and surveillance against, those suspected of alleged cybercrimes. In 2014, Pakistan had the chance to join developing nati…Read More

  • PASTIC moot highlights Digital Content Management for better output

      STAFF REPORT ISB: Digitization of libraries, which are rich of knowledge, is imperative for socio-economic development of a nation as no progress could be made without prompt delivery of information in this age of information technology and global competition. Librarians have an important role to play and they need equip themselves with this latest IT tools to improve their performance.…Read More

  • PARC, CDA to produce high quality honey from Margalla hills.

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Capital Development Authority (CDA) have signed an MoU aiming at producing high quality honey from Margalla Hills. The MoU was signed by Secretary PARC, Muhammad Tariq and Member Administration CDA, Amer Ali Ahmed at CDA headquarters here. The MoU will facilitate production of branded honey from Margalla Hills and queens from apis mellifera colonies besides building capacity of Margalla community in beekeeping and developing network of hone producers. The branded honey of Margalla will be sold through PARC Agro Tech Company and would be provided to CDA on the same rates as…Read More

  • Goldwind completes 50MW Pak project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PAKISTAN Goldwind has completed the installation of 33 GW77/1500 turbines for the Three Gorges First (TGF) wind farm in Pakistan. The 49.5 MW TGF wind farm, located in southern Pakistan, was developed by the China Three Gorges Corporation, via a subsidiary company it set up in Pakistan. Goldwind has been contracted to supply turbines and maintain the facility for two years. The Goldwind 1.5MW machine is modified to suit the high temperature climate conditions. The TGF wind project is the first developed by a C…Read More

  • NesPak housing society to get PTCL services

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited has signed an agreement with the National Engineering Services Pakistan (Nespak). Under the terms of the contract, PTCL will deploy its infrastructure and provide services in Nespak housing society.  The partnership will allow residents of the Nespak housing society to use PTCL telecom services, including voice telephony, broadband internet, Smart TV as well as EVO Wireless Broadband internet services. PTCL is already providing services in Phase-I of the society. …Read More

  • Degrading irrigation system causing farming problems

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The degrading irrigation system in Punjab is responsible for most of the problems faced by farmers, speakers at a conference said at a conference recently held in Lahore. On the occasion, a policy draft on irrigation was presented at the event organised by the Indus Consortium in collaboration with OxfamNovib. Jamshaid Fareed, the Indus Consortium executive council member, said that all stakeholders from the Punjab and Sindh, including water experts, farmers, academicians, government officials, media and civil society members should be consulted to resolve water issues.  Two short documentaries were also screened at …Read More

  • 3G users reach 10 million figure

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 3G users in Pakistan reached 10.3 million as of February end, reveals a fresh data of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA). Telenor is leading the pack with 3.15 million users, followed by Mobilink (2.6 million), Ufone (2.47 mn) and Zong (2.12 mn).  These updates also serve to keep the competitive juices flowing. Now some operators may treat the 3G race as a sprint, others a marathon - but they can pretend to ignore these subscription numbers. While numbers look sound and future looks great for 3G in this country, there is a need to move towards “useful connectivity” solutions. The social sector, gover…Read More

  • Pak e-commerce market growing rapidly

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s e-commerce market has grown at an exponential rate during the past few years, giving way to a number of online ventures and increasing the country’s annual revenue by 30 million dollars. According to a fresh data, in Pakistan, new online ventures are springing up every other day and existing ones are registering unprecedented growth rates.  The data mentioned unofficial estimates and projections by stakeholders, saying that the annual revenue of the country’s e-commerce sector has passed $30 million. …Read More

  • PHC seeks PTA report on SIMs verification

    STAFF REPORT PESH: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to submit a fresh report about the verification of SIMs by the cellular companies before next hearing. A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Muhammad Younas Thaheem directed the PTA to submit a fresh report about the SIMs verification in the country. The bench issued the directives in a writ petition of Muhammad Atif Haleem, a former franchiser of a cellular company, filed against the use of illegal SIMs by the cellu…Read More

  • UNESCO, PSF to strengthen science labs in schools

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) will join hand to strengthen science labs of rural area schools. It was decided at a meeting between PSF Dr. Ashraf and Vibeke Jenson, Director UNESCO Pakistan, here on Tuesday. UNESCO and PSF have a longstanding collaboration to promote science culture in the country.  During their meeting, it was decided that UNESCO will provide science kits for rural area schools to strengthen their laboratories. These kits will be distributed to schools through PSF. Both the sides also reviewed the ongoing collaborative initiatives such as Man and Biosphere (MAB) program…Read More

  • Agri credit disbursement surges to Rs 288.7b

    STAFF REPORT KHI: During first eight months of the current fiscal year (July-Feb. 2015) the banks disbursed Rs 288.7 billion which is 57.8 per cent of the overall annual target of Rs 500 billion and 32.3 per cent higher than the disbursement of Rs 218.3 billion made during the corresponding period last year. The outstanding portfolio of agriculture loans has increased by Rs 34.2 billion i.e. from Rs 273.4 billion to Rs 307.6 billion by February 2015 as compared to same period last year. Five major banks as a group have disbursed Rs 150.9 billion or 59.8 per cent of its annual target and two specialized banks (ZTBL and PPCBL) also disbursed Rs 51.5 billion or 50.7 per c…Read More

  • Telenor deploys latest tech at Safa Gold Mall

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telenor Pakistan has deployed the award-winning LampSite solution to provide seamless indoor mobile broadband/3G experience to its customers in Safa Gold Mall in Islamabad. The inauguration of state-of-the-art technology was marked by setting up an experience center in the mall by Telenor Pakistan for its customers. The solution is designed to be more scalable, flexible, as well as easier to deploy and manage, compared to traditional distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions. “We have always been at the forefront of offering cutting edge technology and next generation solutions to our valued customers,” said Michael Foley, CEO, Telenor…Read More

  • IIASA, PSF agree to explore more vistas of collaboration

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, will explore opportunities of collaboration for research studies on energy and climate change, food and water and poverty and equity. It was decided in a meeting between IIASA CEO Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat and PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf when the former recently visited the PSF office in Islamabad. Prof. Kabat is a co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize 2007 and a Member of Steering Committee for EU Research Programme …Read More

  • Trees only shield to lessen climate change impacts

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan has said that boosting tree plantation at all levels is must for protecting humans, animals and plants from delirious impacts of global warming. “No matter how many trees are planted today will secure future of our existing and future generations from the devastating impacts of climate changing causing carbon emissions, particularly carbon dioxide. Failing to which will only continue to expose humans and every kind of the life on earth to harmful effects of the global warming,” he said while talk…Read More

  • KOICA announces master degree scholarship for govt officials

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has invited talented people from developing countries to help them gain professional and systematic knowledge that will play a key role in their home country’s development. KOICA Resident Representative Sung Choon-ki and President KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan (KAAP) Dr. Akram joined hand on KOICA’s technical cooperation programme in human resource development. To accomplish this mission, KOICA has been operating master’s degree courses with leading Korean universities …Read More

  • Saemaul Undong replicated in Punjab to build rural economy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: South Korea’s Saemaul Undong was launched in 1970 by late President Gen. Park Chung-hee to build rural economy and catalyze socio-economic development and welfare of the people. This integrated rural development plan has revamped and modernize the rural sector with miraculous changes in rural communities through participatory governance, close interaction and cooperative action among villagers having political will and sincere guidance. It operates on diligence, self-help and cooperation and averse to any falseness, hypocrisy and vanity. …Read More

  • Wateen, TIC sign interconnect agreement

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Wateen Telecom, Pakistan’s largest long-haul fiber operator, and Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of Iran, the sole provider of telecommunication infrastructure services in Iran, have signed an inter-connect agreement for provisioning of data and voice services in the region. Under the agreement duly signed at Capacity Middle East in Dubai, Wateen and TICI intend to improve the services to their customers through high capacity international terrestrial cable connectivity at Taftan-Zahedan area.The landmark agreement is the first between the two countries and will enable the cross-border Interconnect between Iran-Pakistan for IPLC transit and buying/sellin…Read More

  • CISCO to set up academies in KP universities

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Science and Technology and Information Technology (ST&IT) Department has signed an MoU with CISCO-a California based international IT Company. According to the MoU, CISCO will invest in the province to establish CISCO academies in different universities of the province. CISCO will also provide professional training of international standard to the IT graduates and professionals from various universities of the province to empower them with CISCO certification which will lead the new generation of the province to compete with the IT industry having international certifications. The CISCO academies to…Read More

  • NUST makes it to Times Higher Education top 100 universities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad has made it to the list of the Times Higher Education top universities. NUST ranks number 95 on Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2015. Powered by Thomson Reuters, institutions in countries which have been declared as “emerging economies” by FTSE are included in the list as well as the “BRICS” nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. NUST is the only Pakistani university in the list. The National University of Sciences and Technology was established in March 1991 for the promotion of higher education in Pakistan,…Read More

  • Wapda inks 2 contracts for Dasu hydropower project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: WAPDA has signed two agreements for relocation of Karakoram Highway (KKH) and construction of Right Bank Access Road in the project area. The contracts were signed between Wapda and China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) at a ceremony held in WAPDA House Lahore. The construction work on the project would start as soon as possible. Dasu Dam Project General Manager and Project Director M. Farooq and CCECC Director General Asia Oceanica Li Shiquan signed the contracts on behalf of their respe…Read More

  • Speakers stress need to explore natural resources

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Speakers at a meeting of Shura Hamdard Karachi Chapter have called upon the government to promote education of science and technology as it would help to explore and utilise country’s natural resources. Theme of the meeting was “Natural resources-rich country and rapid advancement towards progress and development”. It was presided over by Justice (Rtd) Haziqul Khairi at a local hall. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said that the biggest human resource in the world is human brain and by using this Japanese have ma…Read More

  • Effective policies key to resolve human security issues

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Common man oriented national policies involving all stakeholders are key to resolve prevailing issues of a complex paradigm of human security issues in the country. A broad spectrum of eminent scholars from across the country identified key issues and recommended remedies to trouble shoot deepening issues of human security on the conclusion of a two-day national conference at National Defence University (NDU). The Department of Peace & Conflict Studies at NDU organized the conference in collaboration with German foundation Konrad Aden…Read More

  • Pakistan-UK education sectors to help boost economy

    STAFF REPORT FSD: British Council Director Kevin McLaven has said that the UK and Pakistani education sectors will help pave the way for development with knowledge-based economy. “The British Council fostered dialogue and international partnerships between higher education institutions and organisations and help students who want to study abroad,” said Kevin while talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan at his chamber. He said that the British Council was working with a wide range of educational institutes in…Read More

  • Experts at symposium focus on ways for sea turtle conservation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A regional symposium on marine turtle conservation has recently been organized by IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in Karchi, where international experts shared their knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt in sea turtle conservation in Asia. Marine turtle conservation experts from Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and Germany presented papers at the symposium with the aim to also explore opportunities for regional cooperation for conservation purposes.  Marine turtles are some of the oldest surviving reptiles on the planet. Globally, there are seven species of marine turtle of which six species are found in the Indian …Read More

  • PTCL celebrates ‘International Women’s Day’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL has celebrated the ‘International Women’s Day’ to acknowledge its female employees and highlight their role in company’s success. This year’s theme, ‘Make It Happen’, challenges the stereotypes and reflects the changing perceptions about what women can do and how they are achieving success in all areas of life. Maj General (Retd) Shahida Badsha and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Helena Iqbal Saeed were invited to speak at the occasion and inspire female team members of PTCL by sharing their life experiences. Syed Mazhar Hussain, Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO), PTCL, said on the occasion, “PTCL is an equal opportunity employer and the company greatly values i…Read More

  • Sustained demand boosts cotton rates

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