Volume 06 Issue 11

  • HEC Chairman urges indigenous solution to indigenous problems

    Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed is currently serving as Chairman, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He holds PhD from University of California, Riverside, USA, and bags rich experience of over 25 years in academic development and management; he is strong proponent of academia-industry collaboration. He has also served as Deputy Director General in Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organazation, Rabat and various other national and international organizations. Q 1: What was the state of HEC when you joined in as Chairman?  Dr. Mukhtar: It is a f…Read More

  • Home based cyber entrepreneurship should be encouraged at university level: Muhammad Usman

    Muhammad Usman is a computer science graduate and young cyber entrepreneur who owns Allevents.pk website that enlists events across Pakistan. During his recent interview with Technology Times, he spoke in detail about his journey as a cyber entrepreneur and prospects of cyber entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Q 1: Tell us briefly about yourself and highlights of your career? My name is Muhammad Usman, I completed my masters in Computer Science in 2006 and since then, I am working as a software analyst, software developer and project manager at …Read More

  • Combination of hard work and patience craft a successful cyber entrepreneur: Syed Faizan Ali.

    Syed Faizan Ali is a 19 year old Karachi based cyber entrepreneur who runs MBL and Templateism blogs, two well established Blogger resources on the web. MBL was Faizan’s maiden blog where he started writing about Blogger, the Google’s blogging tool. Later on, he started Templateism where several high quality Blogger templates can be found. He earns big from both blogs. He shared his opinion and experiences with Technology Times in a recent interview. Q 1: Tell us briefly about yourself? My name is Syed Faizan Ali, I am 19 year old Web Ent…Read More

  • Climate change - a threat to pathogen life

    CLIMATE is changing the life behavior of living organisms including human, domestic animals, wildlife, and domestic crops. These changes are strongly proportional to solar radiations that enter every day into the earth’s biosphere. The radiations are reflected back and filtered by dust particles, clouds, aerosols, and atmospheric gases. But gases like CO2 are chief source of absorbing harmful radiations from sun and trapping in earth’s atmosphere, thus producing an elevated mean temperature which leads towards an adverse “Greenhouse Effect.” Strong evidences of such eff…Read More

  • Rice-wheat cropping system issues and possible solutions

    RICE-WHEAT cropping system occupies over 24 Mha cropped area in Asia with 13.5 Mha area in South and fulfill need of millions of people. There are several conflicts in this production system such as time of sowing, edaphic, and labour etc. The farmers of rice-wheat zone mainly grow basmati rice, which matures late and delays the paddy harvest and planting of subsequent wheat crop. This late harvest of paddy and management of rice residues are the major hindrances in the seedbed preparation for the following crop. Any rainfall at that time may cause further delay in wheat sowing. After the rice harvesting, the puddle soil may require few more days to reach the workable soil moisture. …Read More

  • Milk thistle - a useful herbal remedy neglected in Pakistan

    MILK thistle is herb of ancient times. It is member of the sunflower family which contains various medicinal constituents. The history of milk thistle plant is rich in terms of its utilization in detoxification of the liver from harmful effects; it is also a newer application including cancer as well as in diabetes. Mediterranean region is the main origin of milk thistle plant in the world. It can be grown in many types of soils. Another feature of milk thistle plant is that it is tolerant to the drought conditions.  Milk thistle is an annual or biennial …Read More

  • Agricultural research activities in Pakistan

    Pakistan has a national agricultural research system (NARS) consisting of federal as well as provincial research institutions. Overall, there are 74 research establishments at the federal level and 106 research institutions/agricultural research stations at provincial level. Each province has its own commodity based/multidisciplinary agricultural research institutes/research stations and substations that cover crops, livestock, forestry, and in some cases, fisheries. There are 63 research establishments in Punjab, 22 in Sindh, 15 in NWFP and 10 in Balochistan. T…Read More

  • Cyber crimes control legislation

    Cyber terrorism is a pre-meditated and politically motivated attack against information, computer systems, computer programmes and data which results in violence against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents. Cyber crime is an activity in which computers or network are used as a tool, a target and or a place of criminal. Most commonly, in such criminal activities, a fraud is committed, identities are stolen or privacy is violated. The most lethal incarnation of terrorism is cyber terrorism, as the computer age has opened up possibilities that existed like never before for terrorists using computers as their weapons instead of fire arms. The government is …Read More

  • Amended Seed Act, 2014 irks stakeholders

      BY AHSAN JAMIL ISD:   The GMO crop imposition by the federal government of Pakistan in term of the Seed (Amendment) Act, 2014 has instilled soreness amongst macro and micro entities of agriculture sector. The bill allows import of GM seeds and their intellectual property rights (IPR), which goes against the social practices and seed culture of Pakistani farmers. The said bill was approved by the National Assembly in this month.    The adversaries of GMO crop do express sw…Read More

  • Green revolution key to progress: Mushahid

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Pakistan cannot develop until sincere and concerted efforts are not made by each and everyone in the society for bringing green revolution, as it is the sole responsibility of every citizen and party. This was stated by Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan here while inaugurating tree plantation campaign on the green belt of I-9 and I-10 sectors in coordination with the CDA. During this drive, the Capital Development Authority would plant as many as 15,000 saplings in sector I-9 and I-10 green belt, the Industria…Read More

  • ICCI for focus on high-tech products to boost exports

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has called upon the government to assist private sector for local manufacturing of high-tech products and diversification of exports in order to enhance the country’s exports and improve the trade balance. “Private sector is generating more than 80 per cent of economic activities in the country and the government should support it in diversification towards high-tech industry,” said ICCI President Muzzamil Hussain Sabri in a statement. He said Pakistan was facing trade defi…Read More

  • SIMs verification turning out to be a gimmick

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The mobile phone SIMs re-verification process is turning out to be more like a gimmick than a serious exercise to support government efforts in countering terrorism.     According to PTA, it has completed the biometric verification of 72 million SIMs while 10 million have been blocked in the first phase ended on February 26. However, reports say that the ongoing process was anomalous and described it as a money-making exercise. They believe that the re-verification process would eventually cost the users at least…Read More

  • Japan, Unesco to execute $4m flood warning project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Japan and UNESCO have agreed to implement a project worth $4.05 million to further improve flood warning and management capacity of the govt of Pakistan. More than 39 districts are now being covered with the flood forecasting and early warning system of IFAS, and more than 53 million residents in 32 districts located in the lower Indus River Basin are now served with the new flood hazard maps generated by the RRI model.  At the signing ceremony, Nakane, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, expressed his hope th…Read More

  • Pakistan to have bumper wheat crop this year

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan will reap a bumper wheat crop this year and surplus the target, as harvesting is continuing in Sindh, where production is expected to exceed four million tons, agriculture scientists said. “There are places where 70 to 80 maunds per acre wheat has been produced while at other places 50 to 60 maunds per acre has been harvested,” National Coordinator (Wheat), Dr Atiq-ur-Rehman Rattu, said.He was of the view that conducive weather conditions and new wheat varieties introduced by the agriculture scientists helped achieve bumper crop.  PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, while commenting on the bumper crop perspectives, lauded the…Read More

  • US starts access to credit initiative for small businesses

    STAFF REPORT ISB: USAID has announced $60 million development credit support availability through four Pakistani banks, which will provide loan capital to underserved businesses to help them expand, create jobs and increase revenues. This was disclosed at the recently concluded Third Pak-US Business Opportunities Conference in Islamabad. The US government launched the US-Pakistan Partnership for Access to Credit programme.  Donald Larry Sampler, Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at USAID, i…Read More

  • Pakistan to get 325mmcfd LNG for power sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan would receive 325 MMCFD of LNG on April 1, 2015 which would be a major breakthrough in the field of energy sector. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was informed the quantity of LNG will gradually reach 400 MMCFD by the end of the year. The LNG will be used in power sector to replace expensive fuel. Secretary Finance, Dr. Waqar Masood gave an update on the implementation status of various initiatives, saying that a number of them had already been implemented and progress of various degrees on others had been achieved. The…Read More

  • PMNH to establish modern display of ocean

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) have a plan to establish a new display of ocean using modern technology and also establish live exhibits like aquarium, aviary, butterfly garden, museum city and field museum for research and public educational purposes. Prof. Dr. Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation, was told by Dr. Muhammad Rafique, Deputy Director General of PMNH, during a presentation to the former on his first formal visit to the museum.  It is pertinent to mention that Dr. Ashraf, a renowned scientist and earlier working as VC, Nawaz Sharif Agriculture University, Multan, took charge of PSF in last week of Feb…Read More

  • Pakistan to meet 0.3m tons citrus export target

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is expected to meet the 0.3 million tons of citrus export target this year, earning foreign exchange of $200 million during the season. The expected export of 60,000 to 70,000 tons kinnow during the next 30 to 40 days of this season will help in meeting the set target. “Out of 0.24 million tons, 0.1 million tons kinnow are exported to Russia where the fruit had better demand. The low price of Pakistani fruit was another reason of enhanced export to Moscow this year,” said Waheed Ahmed, Chairman R&D All Pakistan Fruit, Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchant Association (PFVA), Following the Russia’s ban on food imports from a number o…Read More

  • Steps afoot to provide women with opportunities: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister of State for IT&T Anusha Rehman has inaugurated Women Development and Empowerment Centre (WD&EC). The opening of the centre established by Pakistan Baitul Maal (PBM) on Lehtrar Road here marked the International Women Day.  The centre will offer advanced computer courses, besides skill training of beautician, embroidery, sewing and cooking to women belonging to marginalized segments of the federal capital and adjacent areas.  A well-equipped IT lab, sponsored by Telenor Pakist…Read More

  • Seminar focus on ‘waste to energy’ options

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A one-day seminar on ‘Recycling Ideas & Solid Waste Management’ was organised by Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) in collaboration with the department of Environmental Science, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU). There was a comprehensive talk on “Waste to Energy” by Wasif Azhar (LWMC Manger Waste to Energy Project). Assistant Manager Communications Asad Ahmed and Rehman Rashid talked about the role of public sector particularly women in efforts of waste management in the city. Col Mumtaz, Chief Editor, The E…Read More

  • Scientists for compact policy to ensure food security

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Agriculture scientists have highlighted the importance of removing policy gaps to bring about self-sufficiency in food production and ensure food security in Pakistan through transferring latest technologies and research results to farmers.  Speakers expressed these view while addressing the Travelling Wheat Seminar 2015 recently held in Karachi. They said that the country has been blessed with adequate climate and have up-to-date technology, however, where it lacks is the policy side which needed to be given heed for the prom…Read More

  • PNRA allays safety concerns over nuclear power plants

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A senior official of Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) has said that chances of release of radioactive material into environment from upcoming K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants in Karachi are very low. “The reactors are planned to have a double containment wall due to which there are very little chances of release of radioactive material into the environment,” said Zaheer Ayub Baig, Director General (Corporate) PNRA, while speaking at a seminar in Islamabad. Moreover, he said the area surrounding the K-2/K-3 site has low population concentration because of absence of under-ground water. The size of population, he noted, is wit…Read More

  • Govt set to export another 1m tons of potato

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed has said that Pakistan is capable of exporting up to one million tons of potato because of its bumper crop this year.  Around 32,000 metric tons of local potato has already been exported to Russia, Malaysia, Bahrain, Sri Lanka and UAE so far, he said while presiding over a meeting related to potato exports here. The minister said that the potato growers in Punjab got a bumper crop and its total production had gone to 3.7 million tons.  This will reach four million tons with the utmost effort of our farmers. It is 35pc higher than the previous year’s potato production,…Read More

  • Computer equipment imported by vendors stuck up at ports

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Requesting Competition Commission of Pakistan to intervene, Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) has alleged that small computer vendors have been subjected to discriminatory treatment, forcing them out of the business due to the abuse of dominance by big players. Munawar Iqbal, Chairman PCA, said that small vendors of computer industry were facing lengthy and cumbersome documentation procedures, which was impossible to carry out in a given time frame.  He said big firms were obtaining the approvals immediately, from the PTA for import of specific products, while small vendors were running pillar and post to fulfil the requirements.…Read More

  • No energy security possible without Kalabagh Dam

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Patron of Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Dr Shahid Rasheed Butt has said delay in construction of Kalabagh Dam (KBD) is threatening the whole population and compromising the existence of country.  Early construction of KBD is in the best interest of the country and generations to come therefore politicians should take the decision in the national interest. Talking to former central chairman APCNGA Pervaiz Khan Khattak, President Punjab Forum Baig Raj and President Pakistan Economy Watch Dr. Murtaza Mughal, he said that n…Read More

  • Rs200m MoUs inked at Halal Expo

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A number of MoUs worth $200 million have been signed between various companies during the recently arranged 4th International Halal Conference & Exhibition-2015 jointly organised by Punjab Halal Development Agency (PHDA) and USAID-Punjab Environment Enabling Project (PEEP). Exhibitors from the livestock, meat, poultry, dairy, edible oil, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, beverages, Islamic financing and other related areas showcased their products at the exhibition.  Asif Nazir Khan, Marketing Director of Tijarat Worldwide, the expor…Read More

  • NSR Energies, UET sign MoU for engineering research projects

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The NSR Energies and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore signed a memorandum of understanding here on Friday to jointly commence engineering research projects to reduce energy crisis.  The MoU was signed by Director of Center for Energy Research and Development UET Dr Waqar Ahmed and Managing Director of NSR Energies Arshad Munir Kazmi on behalf of their organizations. According to the MoU, the NSR Energies will provide resources and funds for the research and development work of the energy sector proj…Read More

  • Zoological Museum construction starts in PU

    STAFF REPORTER LHR: Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran has recently laid the foundation stone of three-storey Zoological Museum opposite to Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Dean Faculty of Life Sciences Prof Dr Muhammad Akhter, Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Acting Treasurer Rao Muhammad Sharif and a large number of faculty members were present on the occasion.  Three spacious and wide exhibition halls would be constructed in which rare remnants of ancient animals discovered by PU scientists would be displayed. A state-of-the-art post graduate research laboratory would also be established to provide research facilities t…Read More

  • Govt asked to divert PSDP funds to construct dams

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The LCCI Standing Committee on KBD, anticipating a water crisis in the wake of extreme weather conditions, has asked the government to freeze the country’s entire development programme for five years and divert funds for construction of major water reservoirs, including KBD, on war footing as a national priority. The Standing Committee Chairman Abdul Basit said construction of mega storages on priority basis is in the best interest of public, as IRSA suggested in its recent report. He urged the political leadership to show unity on the construction of Kalabagh Dam which is best possible option to eradicate loadshedding in least time. &n…Read More

  • Small farmers seek action against feed mills for charging high rates

    STAFF REPORT PESH: The Poultry Farms Association has demanded of the government to revise rates of feed as per reduction in prices of petroleum products in the country, urging the authorities to take action against feed mills who are charging high rates of poultry feed. “The poultry feed rates were not changed despite the substantial decrease in prices of petroleum products over the past couple of months,” said Haji Fazl Malik, PFA KP President, while addressing a news conference in Peshawar.He said high poultry feed rates also play a role in increase of chicken price, which directly affect common man and made inaccessible to buy the chicken meat. He acc…Read More

  • Pakistan to attend Netherlands cyber space moot

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Netherlands has invited Pakistan to participate in the forthcoming two-days Global Conference on Cyber Space to be held in Hague, Netherlands from April 16. Ambassador of the Netherlands to Pakistan Marcel de Vink extended the invitation during his meeting with Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman. The ambassador invited the minister to the premier event as a key speaker because of her grasp over the global cyber related issues and legislative work in Pakistan for Cyber Crimes leg…Read More

  • Food safety compliance a must for global entry

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The companies of Pakistan’s food sector can penetrate into the global food market by enhancing their level of compliance to food safety measures.  At present, the major hurdle in export of food products by the local companies is non-compliance of food safety standards required by the foreign countries. This was stated by the participants of a Food Safety Management System award ceremony held recently in Lahore. During the event, the TUV Austria Bureau of Inspection & Certification announced that it has aw…Read More

  • Financial burden delaying mega hydropower projects

    STAFF REPORTER LHR: Wapda has showed its concern that the authority has been facing tremendous difficulties in discharging its mandated role due to financial constraints. The meeting, presided over by chairman Zafar Mahmood, observed Wapda at present has the mandate of development of water storage capacity and hydel power generation in the country. Wapda is now being treated like other IPPs for tariff determination and the present mechanism for power tariff determination for Wapda hydel generation does not have any fiscal space for implementation of future projects. A…Read More