Innovation: Pak village rises above flood woes

STAFF REPORT SEHAR: Farmers in Layya district, fed up with repeated floods in their village, have rebuilt their homes on raised dirt platforms five to six feet high, shored up with eucalyptus trees planted around the edges.

Flooding is an annual phenomenon in the district. Last summer, around 226,000 people were affected and crops on more than 41,000 hectares (101,000 acres) were destroyed.

But the flood-resilient homes in Sehar, which were mostly rebuilt in late 2010, survived, just

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Chinas Xiaomi Rises to Become No. 3 Smartphone Maker

China’s Xiaomi became the third largest smartphone maker in the world and the fifth largest maker of mobile phones in the third quarter of this year.

"Xiaomi’s Android smartphone models are wildly popular in the Chinese market and it shifts millions of them every quarter through its extensive online and operator channels," said Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.

The company shipped 18 million smartphones in the three months to the end of September, up

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PBIT rises to facilitate investment companies

STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Board of Investment and Trade is not only attracting foreign investment but also protecting and facilitating those foreign companies, which are already working in the province but facing hardships in their expansion plan.
The Board of Investment has also evolved a plan to set up a one-window cell in the province to facilitate the foreign investors. Under this initiative, the PBIT will itself approach all provincial agencies and departments including LDA,

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HEC rises to harmonise provinces edu activities

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has agreed to hold wide consultations with the provinces in order to ensure that activities undertaken by the provinces are in harmony with the provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan, especially Articles 153 and 154.

The decision has been taken during a meeting recently held at the HEC Secretariat with the HEC Chairman Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed in the chair.

The commission discussed the higher education sector in post-18th

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Cheaper hydropower generation rises in 2013-14

STAFF REPORT LHR: Hydroelectric power generation increased by 1.524 billion units in the fiscal year ended June 2014 on the back of efficient operation and maintenance of plants, better water availability in reservoirs and new projects coming on stream including the rise in capacity of Mangla Dam.According to the Wapda, it supplied 31.084 billion units of hydroelectric power to the national grid in 2013-14 compared to 29.560 billion units a year earlier, an increase of 1.524 billion

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PRAC rises to get increase in crop production

STAFF REPORT IBD:The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has retrieved the coordination system for research and development among the public research institutes at federal and provincial levels, private sector, academia and NGOs for high crop production for the betterment of farmers and rural community.

"PARC will extend all possible coordination to NARS for the improvement of oilseed crops in the country through germplasm acquisition and distribution, holding of

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BP Punjab rises to go for solar power option

STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab has one of the highest solar radiation amounts in the world and has the potential of producing in excess of a million Mega Watt of energy per annum from solar, reveal a number of reports compiled on the solar power potential of the province."In Punjab, Cholistan and two other sites have been earmarked for solar projects of 10, 30 and 50 MW in size," said Hassan Siddiq, an Environment Engineer from Yale University and the founder of Hillhouse Tech, while talking

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PTA rises to control unwanted SMSs

STAFF REPORT IBD: In an effort to protect the rights of telecom customers in Pakistan, the telecom regulatory authority (PTA) has promulgated "Protection from Spam, Un-Solicited, Fraudulent and Obnoxious Communication Regulations 2009".The transmission of bulk messages to any person for commercial purposes is subject to express permission of recipient.PTA once again warns SMS marketing and advertising agencies not to send unwanted and fraudulent spam text messages or calls to mobile

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Slow supply rises phutti prices

STAFF REPORT IBD: Late arrival phutti in the market has pushed the prices higher on the cotton market, however, official spot rate remained unchanged at Rs 5800, phutti dealers said adding in the ready business, over 9,000 bales of cotton changed hands between Rs 5800-Rs6100.Sindh witnessed seed cotton at Rs 2600-2650 while in Punjab the phutti rates were unchanged at Rs 2600-2700, they said. In fact, the mills are busy in cautious buying in anticipation of rise in prices after Eid holidays,

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Telenor rises to support KPK farmers

STAFF REPORT IBD: Roar Bjaerum, Vice President Financial Services Telenor Pakistan, and Arbab Muhammad Ayub Jan, Minister for Agriculture Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, have recently signed a memorandum of understanding whereby the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will provide agriculture and livestock information on mobile phones to farmers in the province.According to an official of the company, the Telenor will serve as a liaison in this regard.Additionally, the farmers will also be able to use the

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Ufone rises for traffic rules awareness

STAFF REPORT IBD: Taking another step forward in being a socially responsible organization, Ufone has recently sponsored the launch of Islamabad Traffic Police’s lane discipline campaign in order to educate the drivers about the importance of lane discipline.At the launch, Ufone helped uplift the face of I-8 Garden Chowk Lane by marking the road lanes with paint, installing sign boards and painting of kerbstones. Ufone has also displayed public service messages regarding lane discipline across

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