Reprioritising the energy sector


THE PERFORMANCE of fertilizer sector in Pakistan may remain dull in coming months as official authorities consider that diversion of gas from fertilizer plants to power sector is the only solution for the new government to reduce power loadshedding on an urgent basis. The gas curtailment to fertilizer plants like Engro and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited (FFBL) may not get further aggravated as these plants are already getting gas far below the approved quota. According to the agreed

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Saarc states coop must to metrology sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: A two-day SAARC-PTB 2nd Coordination Conference on Regional cooperation in Metrology has recently concluded in Islamabad, which was participated by delegates from all the SAARC members States."The initiative taken by the government of Germany-based Precision Technical Board (PTB) is a good step for coordination among the SAARC countries regarding the cooperation in all kinds of metrological organizations and cooperation with national metrology institutes all over the world

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Political approach and S and T sector


THE ELECTION fever has started gripping the whole Pakistani nation with the general elections getting near. Political forces of the country, particularly, are flexing their muscles and have planned to attract or convince the voters by applying various strategies to ballot their votes in their favour. At this stage, almost all political parties have finalized their manifestoes and shared with the public announcing their list of priorities to run their future government if voted to power.

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Telecom sector performed better in 2012

STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite challenging economic environment in the country, the telecom sector of Pakistan performed relatively better and most telecom indicators showed positive growth in the financial year of 2012.According to statistics, the total teledensity crossed 71.7 per cent at the end of June 2012, telecom revenues reached Rs 411 billion showing a growth of 11 per cent over FY2011, broadband subscribers crossed the mark of 2.1 million and cellular subscribers reached 120 million at the

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Reforming farm sector through broadband


THE BARRIERS of time and distance are easily broken down through availability of high speed internet facility to people at their doorstep allowing them to have a chance to participate in the civic and economic life that lies far beyond their territorial boundaries. Where almost all sectors are steadily reaping the benefits of this IT revolution, the farming sector especially in remote and rural areas can get developed, as it can eradicate the logistical restrictions of business models based

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Agri scientists to plan improve farm sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: Research associations in scientific institutions have been playing an important role in promoting scientific research and development activities to help bring social and economic prosperity in a society."Agri scientists to prepare a work plan based on long-, medium- and short-term strategies to move forward for the agricultural development in the country," said Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, while addressing the oath-taking

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Tapping telecom sector potential is our aim: Fan

Fan Yunjun, CEO, CMPak Ltd., has emerged as an established brand in telecom networking besides proving his mettle in marketing and executive management. Holding a Ph.D. degree in engineering and carrying a 12-year rich diverse experience, Fan believes in team work as he realises that an individual can contribute a lot, but cannot build a great organisation. He plans to take China Mobile’s investment graph in Pakistan’s mobile phone sector to new heights in future. During his recent interview

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Ministry developing new tech to boost farm sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is developing new technologies to enhance the efficiency of farm produce."The ministry will establish facilities for producing quality-controlled Halal food for Muslim consumers in different parts of the world and will support schemes for modern techniques in poultry, livestock and fish farming," an official said.Chairperson PCST Dr Mudasar Asrar said that despite contributing 20-25 per cent to GDP and being the mainstay

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Seafood sector shows negative growth

STAFF REPORT KHI: The seafood production has registered a negative growth last fiscal as its performance was dropped by 24 per cent, as target was set at 0.73 million tons in 2012-13 in Pakistan. Seafood industry experts said that around 0.26 million ton of inland and 0.47 tons of marine fish production is estimated during the year 2012-13 to fulfil the domestic consumption as well as to export. Efforts are, however, being made to convince European countries to resume buying while improving

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Rains to fetch Rs 15b benefits to farm sector

STAFF REPORT LHR: The recent spell of widespread rains have given a benefit of at least Rs 15 billion to the farmers at a very critical stage of crops especially, wheat, grams, mustards, oil seeds, vegetables and fodder."Rabi crops had been sown over 2.2 million acres of land in the province of Punjab. These crops need urgent watering at middle stage of their growth since irrigation canal had remained closed for de-silting purposes," said Director General Agriculture Extension Services

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USDA assures all help to boost dairy sector

STAFF REPORT LHR: A three-member delegation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently visited the University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) and appreciated the university’s dynamic role in boosting the livestock sector in the country.The delegation comprising USDA Advisor Ian Winborne, Senior Agriculture Specialist Asmat Raza and Veterinary Specialist Mubshara, accompanied by Animal Husbandry Commissioner Dr Kursheed Ahmad and FAO representative Dr Muhammad

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Micro-hydro power potential can make turnaround in Pak energy sector

Sidra CheemaTHE ENERGY-starved Pakistan is capable enough to produce over 50,000 megawatts of electricity at a cheap cost through micro-hydro power generation means especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Northern Areas of the country as these areas have a large number of sites where these power generation units can be installed.Pakistan is in dire need of overcoming its persistent energy shortfall which has critically dampened the national growth and economy in addition to routine life

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Bad predictions about telecommunication sector

REPORTS ARE predicting that Pakistan’s telecommunication industry will continue to suffer bad times particularly during the first half of the year 2013 thereby meaning no foreign direct investments, no progress, no more jobs and no economic activities even in the second half of the current year. The calling rates will go up while the industry as a whole will be focusing on regulatory side of the market to affect growth, in addition to further delay in the auction of 3G spectrum which was due

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3G tech to bring innovation in education sector: Siraj

STAFF REPORT KHI: The launch of 3G services will bring innovation in education sector throughout the country as the large number of students will be able to access the advanced studies with their smartphones and tablets."Education needs could be facilitated to masses through the 3G technology as if its expected benefits to different sectors in the future. The education transformation is inevitable with the availability of relevant content for studies and on the other hand smartphones and

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Blocking pre-paid SIMs may plunge telecom sector into crisis

By Paras AliAN IMBROGLIO-LIKE situation has emerged plunging the telecom sector as the stakeholders including cell phone companies and the common users into deep shock following the National Assembly’s select committee recommending elimination of all pre-paid SIMs in the country and converting the post-paid SIMs mechanism to tackle the crimes being committed through misuse of thee illegal SIMs.Similarly, Interior Minister Rehman Malik meanwhile declared that over-the-counter sale of mobile

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Reduced gas supply impacted fertilizer sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: Gas curtailment caused by the flagrant violation of the contractual obligations by SNGPL has severely impacted the operations of the fertilizer business in Pakistan. Due to this negative situation, the Engro Corporation Limited made a net loss of Rs 2,978 million during the nine months of 2012 as compared to the net profit of Rs 3,510 million during the same period last year.This was disclosed at a meeting of BoD of the company here last week. The loss is directly attributable

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Poultry sector confronting with potential challenges

STAFF REPORT LHR: The poultry industry is facing many challenges in Pakistan. One of the most important threats is Newcastle diseases and avian influenza viruses (H9N2) are prevailing in live bird markets in the country, which is haunting the investments and growth rate of poultry industry.According to Dr Mobeen Sarwar, PhD scholar at Department of Microbiology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, these live birds in the markets are potential source of the virus spread.

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