Commercialisation of GM corn seeds allowed sans field trials

STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government has granted permission to multinational companies for commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) corn seeds in Pakistan, despite the two senior ministers’ claims in the National Assembly that GM crops would never be allowed in the country.

According to sources, the Ministry of Climate Change has awarded licences to different companies including Monsanto and DuPont/Pioneer for the commercialization of GM crops in the country.


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PPDB engages Chinese firm for solar part sans legal process

STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Power Development Board (PPDB) has issued Letter of Interest (LoI) to a Chinese telecom company would construct a solar park of 1,000 MW at Bahawalpur without any process of transparent selection and competitive bidding, it has been learnt reliably.
According to details, the LoI has been issued against the mandate and jurisdiction of PPDB as the Board has violated the policy it formulated for the construction of solar project, alleged one of the company, but

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Progress sans S and T capabilities a distant dream

STAFF REPORT LHR: The 20th convocation of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore has recently been held where degrees were awarded to 37 PhDs and 269 MSc/MPhil scholars and 1826 graduates.Punjab Governor Syed Ahmed Mahmud, who is also the Chancellor of the university, was the chief guest on the occasion and awarded degrees to scholars and students.In his address, the governor said that developed nations are continuously enhancing their capabilities through education and research.

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IT ministry being run sans any regular chief

STAFF REPORT IBD: Though the Ministry of Information Technology is regularly facing a tough time in terms of non-seriousness on the part of the relevant authorities, however, they most recently come to the realization that the ministry is being run with acting heads as there is no regular appointments.The parliamentary committee, which met here last week with Barjees Tahir in the chair, felt that the IT Ministry is not doing its assignments as majority of the senior officials of the IT ministry

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