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Zinc biofortification of wheat combats low crop productivity

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article image STAFF REPORT FBD: For enhancing awareness about the important of Zinc, a National Zinc Day has recently organized by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission at Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB), Faisalabad. The event was sponsored by Harvest Zinc Fertilizer Project, being executed by NIAB since 2008. More than 250 farmers, agronomists, medical doctors, food technologists; fertilizer, food and feed industry personnel, agriculture extension experts, and postgraduate students from all…Read More

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Warid keen to have 3G licence

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Warid Telcom’ s top management is keen to acquire 3G licence as it has decided to participate in the upcoming auction of 3G license in order to provide advanced services to their customers in future.The 3G technology will definitely provide an edge to operators among the market players of the sector particularly for attracting new customers into the base, while retaining its existing base, a source in the industry said quoting company’s official.Warid will try all options…Read More

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Conference highlights vitality of alternate energy resources

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The alternate energy sources in Pakistan need to be utilized in order to meet the demand of the country. Pakistan is amongst the countries that divert the maximum amount of water for irrigation but has the minimum water productivity and researchers need to make their contribution in optimal use of water resources.This was the crux of the speeches delivered at a two-day international conference organized by the Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Engineering, UET, Lahore, in…Read More

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Miscalculation about cotton yield needs to be removed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan cotton production was around 15 million bales during the last season despite floods. This is indeed good news. It also proved that since Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) was less compared to previous years, therefore, cotton crop losses have been less.It is to be mentioned here that in 1992-93 season, Pakistan had achieved a bumper crop that became a benchmark."If we produced 15 million bales this season still it does not mean that we have broken the 1992-93 record,&…Read More

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Wrong perception halting progress of solar panels

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Wrong perception about the unreliability of technology is halting the progress of solar panels in Pakistan that needs to be removed in order to promote the solar energy option."The general public are led to believe that the technology runs the risk of developing faults," said Shaaf Mehboob, Director of Green Center, told this scribe.He said that the likelihood of their batteries running down earlier than expected and the effects of moisture, dirt and rain on solar…Read More

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JICA, NISTE mark joint venture completion

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Institute of Science and Technical Institute (NISTE) has recently organised a seminar to mark successful completion of their joint venture titled Promotion of Student-Centred and Inquiry-Based (SCIB) Science Education’ in Pakistan.The joint project started in May 2009 and now it has developed lesson plans from Grade 4 to 8 in General Science subject and trained 195 master trainers in the federal capital and four…Read More

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Effective law needed to save dolphins

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The liberalised fisheries law of the Sindh province has put into jeopardy the existence of the rare sweet water mammal, Indus River Dolphin, as it encourages more people to get fishing licence than before, which resulted in that as many as 40 dolphins were reportedly found dead in the River Indus last year."There is a dire need for better control and management of fishing activity at the River Indus as increased number of fishermen resulted in increased number of dolphin…Read More

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PSST confers awards on KUST doctors

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article image STAFF REPORT PSH:The Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) has conferred awards on the faculty members of the Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST) for their outstanding research work.The awards were given to Dr Murad Ali Khan, Dr Izhar-ul-Haq, Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Dr Iqbal Hussain, Dr Javid Hussain, Dr Sagheer Ahmad and Dr Arifullah Khan.In his remarks on the occasion, Prof Nasir Jamal Khattak, Vice Chancellor of KUST, said, "We are in competition with none but with…Read More

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CLCV still haunting bumper cotton crop

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite having bumper cotton crop this year, the Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) still haunting the crop as it destroyed about three to four million cotton bales, official sources have disclosed.They also said that this year, the export of cotton has increased by 1.06 million bales. However, the cotton production could be further enhanced, if the CLCV is controlled.It is expected that CLCV would be controlled through this project, which would help increase cotton production in…Read More

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L and s can be made cultivable by controlling water logging

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article image STAFF REPORT BHV: The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) will soon initiate projects to improve soil quality in areas with saline and water-logged soils, FAO country representative Dr Kevin Gallagher said on Monday."Most of these projects would be implemented in southern districts of the Punjab. Salinity and water scarcity are global issues and need to be tackled through joint research initiatives by agriculture experts," FAO country representative Dr Kevin Gallagher while…Read More