Editorial

Need to revisit policy on R and D

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WHILE GLOBAL expenditure on research and development has been rising consistently, two of the ten countries - China and India - which contribute about 78 per cent of the total are now emerging economies. Most recently, India has announced to double its RandD allocations with the main focus on science and technology as well as information technology. South Asia’s contribution to the global RandD expenditures is estimated at a pitiful four cent of the total and even this expenditure mostly comes…Read More

| D | Need | policy | R | revisit

Letter To The Editor

Old textbooks in Balochistan

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THE ISSUE of Balochistan’s old textbooks is very critical for Baloch students who are not able to get quality education because of obsolete syllabus. Textbooks, published in 1993, have never been revised, though there have been so many changes since then.Therefore, most of the students are unaware of many facts. Besides, all books from primary to matriculation are in Urdu, while in Intermediate students have to read books in English which creates a big problem for students.Furthermore, books…Read More

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Steps needed to overcome energy crisis

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IT SEEMS that the government has no short-and long-term solution to the shortage of natural gas. The shortage has paralysed life of the people. The delay in implementing the Pakistan Iran gas pipeline project, which was initiated 10 years ago, will take another four or five years to complete.Owing to the wrong policy of the ministry of petroleum and natural resources, as well as of Ogra, it was not possible for the government to restrict the construction of CNG stations at least five kilometres…Read More

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An appeal for free laptop

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I AM doing MPhil in International Relations from the University of Sargodha. And also working at the university as an assistant (BPS 14).Being a university employee, I could not avail myself of the facility of a free laptop scheme launched by the Chief Minister of Punjab.Universities are autonomous bodies and owing to this they are not considered government institutions. The Public Service Commission does not consider the university employees government servants.Owing to low salary package I…Read More

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News

Hapless consumers the ultimate victim of gas price raise

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD:Indecisiveness and inefficiency were the hallmarks on the part of the sitting government which it earlier last week had firstly notified CNG prices increase to Rs 77.14 in Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Potohar and to Rs 71.07 in Punjab and Sindh but a strong countrywide public reaction immediately forced it to reduce the gas cess by 60 per cent.The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had notified a massive hike of 14 per cent in the gas tariff on all the consumer categories…Read More

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PSF matures important national, economic projects

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is providing nutritional evaluation and nutritional quality improvement for different food products under several research projects and assignment.PSF has been successful in establishing strong and sustainable industrial linkage between Food and Biotechnology Research Centre (FBRC), PCSIR Labs. ComplexLahoreand Bunny's (Pvt) Ltd,Lahore. After completing the project, FBRC is engaged in continuous activity of process development and quality…Read More

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Punjab drops plan to launch Monsanto Bt cotton

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR:Punjab, the largest cotton producing province of the country, has decided to drop the proposal of formally introducing certified imported seed of Bt cotton primarily on financial grounds that outweigh the benefits of biotechnology.Arif Nadeem, Secretary Agriculture Punjab, said thatPunjabhas dropped the idea of introducing the Bt cotton seed in collaboration with Monsanto. He also said that negotiations in this connection have ended without yielding any tangible result.A major…Read More

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Telecos APRU 4pc up in 2011

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite sevral challenges during the year 2011 teledensity ofPakistan touched 68.39 per cent reflecting hike of 6.7 per cent over the previous year. But modest increase in cellular industry’s ARPU went up from $2.41 in the previous fiscal year to $ 2.45. Telecom sector revenues swelled to an all-time high Rs 362 billion during the year 2011. The sector contributed over 116.9 billion to the national exchequer.The annual report of Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) shows…Read More

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News

Plan being mulled to produce gas from coal

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article image STAFF REPORT IBD: Following the worsening crisis of natural gas crisis in the country, the authorities are scrambling to exploit virtually any indigenous sources of energy and are pinning hopes on Thar Underground Coal Gasification UCG pilot project in Sindh province.The underground coal gasification converts coal to gas while still in coal seam, where injection wells are drilled and used to supply oxidants to ignite and fuel underground combustion process, with separate production wells used to…Read More

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USAID, ASF join h and s to boost Pak livestock productivity

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article image TAFF REPORT IBD: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF) will jointly implement a five-year USAID’s agribusiness project to increase competitiveness and productivity of horticulture and livestock sectors."This project is part of the broaderUSgovernment commitment to help strengthenPakistan’s economy," said Dr Andrew Sisson, Director of USAID, in a statement.He said that the project will have a positive transformative effect…Read More