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Research on rice vital for food security

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Feeding Asia in the 21st century will require a second green revolution, however, unlike in the first generation, future yield increases will have to come from crop varieties using less water and nitrogen in view of the global climate change.Experts say that this can be done only by increasing the efficiency of photosynthetic system, i.e. developing a C4 rice plant. If and when achieved, it would be the first non-evolutionary example of reconstructing the primary metabolism of…Read More

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Pakistan to auction 3G in March

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan will auction the third generation (3G) telecom licences on March 29 this year with each licence to be base priced at $210 million and auctioned through bidding.PTA Chairman Dr. Muhammad Yasin told the media that said that the amount bidders will have to deposit with initial expressions of interest would be $31.5 million and licence terms would be from eight to 15 years.He expects to attract at least 10 to 15 potential investors for the initial bidding process. The…Read More

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Milib and to support agri development in Pakistan

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Indus Basin Holding (IBH), a leading agricultural development company in Pakistan, has announced that Britain’s former Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon David Miliband MP, has become a Senior Advisor.IBH invests in high-growth agricultural projects which help improve and develop land farmed in Pakistan’s Indus river basin, one of the largest irrigated regions in the world.Agriculture represents some 25 per cent of Pakistan’s GDP and employs 45 per cent of the country’s…Read More

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IT media city named after young genius

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: In order to honour Arfa Karim, the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, who has recently passed away at the age of 16, Karachi’s Information Technology Media City has been renamed after the young genius, Sindh Information Minister Mohammad Raza Haroon announced on Sunday.The Arfa Karim Information Technology Media City’ - a project of the Sindh Information Technology Department - is being developed over 200 acres at the Link Road between the Super Highway…Read More

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Govts clear policy on cassava plants needed

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The government would need a clear policy about promotion of cassava plantation otherwise, cassava planters will be vulnerable to the changing official policies.Local planters have been directly affected by the reduction in diesel prices because cassava produce is used in ethanol production.Over the past four months, local planters have suffered from changing domestic policy. The lower prices of diesel and benzene made gasohol less attractive because of the lower price margin.…Read More

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Pak water resources drying up

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: China, India and Pakistan are three of the four top irrigators in the world, suffering from serious water problems.Pakistan has in most areas of agriculture a monsoon climate, and there might be abundant rainfall during the wet season and then a very long dry season where crop production depends very heavily on irrigation water.Groundwater, a very important source of irrigation, is being over-pumped extensively in order to meet the current demands for food production. However,…Read More

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TAPI gasline no alternative to Iran gas

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) has claimed that the government has been wasting time on a costly and highly uncertain Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gasline project while ignoring the only viable option of importing gas from Iran.America is opposing the Pak-Iran gasline project to counter Tehran’s influence while throwing full weight behind TAPI to benefit western multinational companies that enjoy control over Dauletabad gas reserves, it said.Increasing…Read More

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Power generation, transmission and utilisation

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article image THE WORD power’ seems familiar to us but as a matter of fact most of us didn’t have any sound knowledge regarding it. Most of the people know that power is generated at Tarballa or Mangla dam with the help of turbines and transmitted to consumers through cables while in cities it is distributed from power houses. It’s the basic structure but there are a lot of things involved in it which are beyond the thinking of a normal person.At Tarballa or Mangla hydel power is generated with the…Read More

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Power generation, transmission and utilisation

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article image THE WORD power’ seems familiar to us but as a matter of fact most of us didn’t have any sound knowledge regarding it. Most of the people know that power is generated at Tarballa or Mangla dam with the help of turbines and transmitted to consumers through cables while in cities it is distributed from power houses. It’s the basic structure but there are a lot of things involved in it which are beyond the thinking of a normal person.At Tarballa or Mangla hydel power is generated with the…Read More

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Whats the smart choice for freelancers: Elance or Mobile Apps?

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article image Via TechLahoreYOU'RE A freelancer or small software business and you want to make speedy success. Should you go down the Elance path, or stick with Appstores?In times when the economy is stressed, as it has been over the past couple of years in most parts of the world, it is harder to keep or find a job. Luckily, people with IT skills have weathered the downturn reasonably well. For one, software and information technology have become so pervasive that while IT workers may no longer command the…Read More