Amended Seed Act, 2014 irks stakeholders







BY AHSAN JAMIL ISD:



The GMO crop imposition by the federal government of Pakistan in term of the Seed (Amendment) Act, 2014 has instilled soreness amongst macro and micro entities of agriculture sector. The bill allows import of GM seeds and their intellectual property rights (IPR), which goes against the social practices and seed culture of Pakistani farmers. The said bill was approved by the National Assembly in this month.



The adversaries of GMO crop

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All stakeholders on same page to make Pakistan science conscious




Staff report ISLAMABAD: Scientists, experts and stakeholders at a consultative workshop have agreed to take forward the mission of popularization as well as creation of awareness of science and technology across the country with full potential by enhancing collaboration with those organizations working in this field on volunteer basis.
The consultative workshop on a theme "Making Pakistan Science Conscious" was recently held on the premises of Pakistan Academy of Sciences

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Draft telecom policy presented to stakeholders




STAFF REPORT ISB: A telecom draft policy has recently been presented at a session of stakeholders and discussions took place on various aspects of the policy.
The draft policy includes various new elements like satellite communication, spectrum strategy, spectrum harmonisation, spectrum trading, net neutrality, over the top services, competition framework, Wi-Fi hotspots, local manufacturing etc, which were not present in earlier policies. The draft was well received by the

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Telecom policy draft unveiled for stakeholders suggestions




STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) has published a draft Telecommunications Policy for wider stakeholders consideration and comments from the general public. The draft is based on recommendations from consultants, the PTA and the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB), as well as telecom operators and organisations.
The broad aim of the policy is to implement the government’s vision’ for the sector: Universally available, affordable and

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Stakeholders for early adoption of livestock breeding act




STAFF REPORT LHR: Stakeholders from public and private sectors at a consultative meeting in the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore have called for early adoption of Punjab Livestock Breeding Act 2014’’.
VC Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, Secretary Livestock Punjab Dr Aamer Ahmad and former Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Manzoor Ahmad co-chaired the consultative meeting, which was organised by the UVAS in collaboration with the Livestock and Dairy Development Department

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Workshop highlights stakeholders input to devise strategy on S and T




STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is a developing state which is vigorously taking various initiatives to set the track of science and technology on solid footings. However, there is still a dire and immediate need to secure development in this vital sector which can guarantee the socio-economic development of the country as has been done in the West.
"The new SandT strategy 2014-18 would aim at rapid development of human resources besides providing employment to youth," said

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Stakeholders cooperation urged to address climate impacts




Speaking at the occasion, Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairman Board of Governors at SDPI, observed that the Summit provided an opportunity to jointly look into the varied dimensions of climate issues specific to each region.

Sanjay Vashist, Director CANSA, highlighted that aside from being highly vulnerable to climate impacts, the South Asian region remains home to over 40 per cent of the world’s poor. There is a need to minimize dependence on fossil fuel subsidies and ensure adequate

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Policymakers-stakeholders week links affect farming

STAFF REPORT FBD: The missing links between policymakers and other stakeholders in the field of agriculture are creating hurdles in the way of exploiting the true potential of the key sector of Pakistan’s economy.Mexican tasteless mangoes are being sold at $4 per piece in the US while the delicious mangoes of Pakistan have the potential to be sold at more than $5, but it is not the case due to lack of post-harvest technology.This was revealed during a visit to the University of Agriculture

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Global warming a global threat; needs all stakeholders say

STAFF REPORT IBD: Climate change has emerged as a global issue multiplying concern for the entire international community as the global warming is causing widespread problems such as faster glacier melting, sea level rise, shortage of fresh water, prolonged droughts, ravaging floods, more frequent and intense forest fires, high intensity storms, extreme heat episodes, agricultural disruption, spread of infectious diseases and biodiversity loss. We are fast heading towards a situation where the

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Stakeholders show concern over bid to censor Internet

STAFF REPORT LHR: The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and its member organisation, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), have expressed deep concern over an attempt by the Ministry of Information Technology to further restrict freedom of expression, creativity and peaceful thought on the Internet by projecting an extensive filtering system that will allow authorities to block up to 50 million "undesirable" URLs at the national level.The National ICT RandD

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3G/4G spectrum auction to be test time for stakeholders

STAFF REPORT IBD: The announcement of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for the 3G licenses auction is a real hard time for the mobile network operators in the country in terms of choosing future strategy as only three licences are available against five companies operating in the country.PTA is expecting 10 to 15 potential investors in the initial bidding process including the existing 5 operators. Another license of 2G and 5 Mhz band width would also be auctioned that earlier

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