Food authority to be set up soon


KARACHI: An empowered Halal Food Authority is being set up in the country to prevent products prepared with haram (forbidden) ingredients, informed the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussain.

He was talking to media during his visit to the Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) Complex here Monday. The Minister further pointed out that the present government was seriously endeavoring for the provision of quality food items to the people.

He

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National Science School construction to start soon


ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government has offered land for the National Science School building in the area of Educational City in Lahore and its construction will start soon, informed Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain.

Addressing the launching ceremony and Orientation session of National Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) at a local Hotel on Wedneasday the federal minister said, the Chief Minister Punjab has provided the landed for the institution free of costdespite

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FATA varsity to start academic activities soon




STAFF REPORT ISB: University of FATA is expected to start its academic activities from Fall2016 while Gwadar University and Sub-Campus of University of Balochistan at Zhob are expected to start their academic activities by the year 2017.

According to an official source, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has submitted the concept paper of the project of establishment of Gwadar University and subcampus of University of Balochistan at Zhob to the Planning Commission this month for

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FATA varsity to start academic activities soon


STAFF REPORT ISB: University of FATA is expected to start its academic activities from Fall2016 while Gwadar University and



Sub-Campus of University of Balochistan at Zhob are expected to start their academic activities by the year 2017.



According to an official source, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has submitted the concept paper of the project of



establishment of Gwadar University and subcampus of University of Balochistan at Zhob to the Planning Commission

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Pak-German renewable energy forum to be launched soon


STAFF REPORT ISB: Ambassador of Germany Ina Lepel has said that Pakistan-German Renewable Energy Forum (REF) would be launched to help bring together and connect Pakistani-German actors from public and private sectors of REandEE.Speaking at an 5th International Exhibition and Conference Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, she said the German Development Cooperation has been engaged in renewable energy and energy efficiency (REandEE) since 1962, the very beginnings of Pakistan-German

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Nandipur Power Project to be operational soon




STAFF REPORT LHR: The crucial Nandipur Power Project is expected to be fully operational in some time. The project electricity generation capacity is 425 MW and was completed by Chinese company M/S Dongfeng Electric International.

Muhammad Mehmood, Managing Director, Nandipur Porject said that the three units of the project were already commissioned and adding 300MW to the national grid station whereas the fourth unit would be operational in a couple of weeks.

Nandipur Power

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Nandipur Power Project to be operational soon


STAFF REPORT LHR: The crucial Nandipur Power Project is expected to be fully operational in some time. The project electricity generation capacity is 425 MW and was completed by Chinese company M/S Dongfeng Electric International.

Muhammad Mehmood, Managing Director, Nandipur Porject said that the three units of the project were already commissioned and adding 300MW to the national grid station whereas the fourth unit would be operational in a couple of weeks.

Nandipur Power Project

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PAKISTAN HALAL AUTHORITY TO BE ESTABLISHED SOON, SAYS RANA TANVEER HUSSAIN


Staff Report ISD: Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, said that a draft bill to establish Pakistan Halal Authority will be moved in the Parliament soon.

He was addressing to the ‘D-8 Experts Group Meeting on Halal Sector Development’ held at Islamabad, the proposed Authority will be responsible to promote imports and exports, improve domestic and foreign trade in Halal articles and processes. Rana Tanveer Hussain said that non-muslim countries are also

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Textiles skill development programme soon


STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of Textile Industry will launch a Skill Development Programme for youth in near future. According to a report aired by the Radio Pakistan, about 120,000 men and women will be imparted training during next 5 years under the programme.The main objective of the training programme is to provide skilled workforce to textile industry and make it more competitive in the world market. he ministry would bear cost of the skill development programme including stipend to the

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Nano-tech Foundation to be established soon


STAFF REPORT IBD: In order to keep up with the rapid technological advancement, a Foundation for Nanotechnology will be established soon to build international, public and private collaboration and alliances with strategic partners in order to acquire new technologies.

"The Pakistan Foundation for Nanotechnology would formulate five and 10-year plans for nanotechnology and help entrepreneurs set up new companies and move successful innovations to technological clusters," said an

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Islamabad to have science museum soon


STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Science Museum will be established at Shakarparian for the promotion of basic and fundamental research which may help in socio-economic development of the country.

"The summary for approval of this project has been submitted to the Ministry of Science and Technology, while allocation of land by Capital Development Authority (CDA) is under process," said an official.

Besides, establishment of Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) science centre and

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Ban on YouTube likely to be scraped soon

STAFF REPORT LHR: The ban on YouTube may be lifted in Pakistanis in near future as the newly installed government has declared it as one of its top priorities to restore YouTube with proper filtration of blasphemous and pornographic contenand through assertive talks with Google.Pakistan had banned YouTube on September 17, 2012 after the site hosted clips from a sacrilegious film deemed blasphemous by Muslims across the world. The film, Innocence of Muslims’ triggered massive street protests in

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Automated power metre reading project soon

STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan is set to install the USAID-funded Automated Metre Reading (AMR), which would help the government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) reduce line losses and enhance revenues. Since the government has never been able to develop a proper system of this very basic electricity supply and distribution system, the USAID came to assist even this one.The installation of these metres will begin within the next two to three months, an official told this scribe saying it

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Biometric solution for customer ID soon

STAFF REPORT IBD: A local company has demonstrated its biometric solution for cellular companies, capable of validating customers’ identity in real time. Kwick High Tech and Solutions, the only SIMs maker in the country, the requirement which the PTA has mandated all cellular service providers to deploy by February 28s. Kwick has come up with this solution that can be deployed at service centres and franchised points in order to validate the customers’ identity in real time. According to it

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Windows 8 to be unveiled in Urdu soon

STAFF REPORT IBD: Microsoft is working on introducing Urdu as a language option on Windows 8 and it is expected to be released very soon in the market probably by the end of this year."Pakistan is as important to Microsoft as any other market in the world. There are huge opportunities in Pakistan for many reasons. There’s a huge population, huge developer community. Pakistan is also big in terms of PC shipments which present us with a huge opportunity with current installed base,"

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New base price of 3G licence to be set soon

STAFF REPORT IBD: The government has decided to determine a fresh base price for the auction of 3G spectrum licences and constitute an independent oversight committee to allay the concerns about increased transparency.The new base price will be determined by a consultant of international repute that will be hired soon, a source said.Earlier, the PTA had set the base price at $210 million for the 3G licence with bid earnest money of $31.5 million without hiring a consultant. By this account, the

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Telemedicine network in Pakistan soon

STAFF REPORT KHI: Intel Pakistan, NexSource Pakistan, eHealth Services Ltd and ASK Development will jointly provide quality healthcare to rural communities through eHealth, aimed at improving human and institutional development of civil society and public sector organizations through partnership in capacity building initiatives.The outcome of project will enable rural teams to work on kiosks and be instrumental to provide quality healthcare through ICT.These companies will deploy a Telemedicine

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