Experts stress protection of natural resources




STAFF REPORT LHR: With a mission to promote awareness among people about earth’s natural environment, biodiversity and ecosystem, the International Earth Day was observed.

Under the theme of "Trees for Earth", the day signified the importance of trees in our surroundings as well as broadening the horizons towards planting trees.

Due to increasing environmental awareness and education, positive role of the media and decision makers, the annual deforestation rate in

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Experts stress protection of natural resources


STAFF REPORT LHR: With a mission to promote awareness among people about earth’s natural environment, biodiversity



and ecosystem, the International Earth Day was observed.



Under the theme of "Trees for Earth", the day signified the importance of trees in our surroundings as well as broadening the



horizons towards planting trees.



Due to increasing environmental awareness and education, positive role of the media and decision makers, the annual

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Effect of salt stress on mungbean




Mung bean (Vignaradiata L.) belongs to family Papilionaceae. It is an important pulse crop in South and Southeast Asia and is widely used due to its nutritional value. It is used in various forms such as cooked foods, mixed with different vegetables and meat as well as different types of cakes and noodles is also formed by using mung bean. In Pakistan, mung bean is grown on an area of 218,000 ha with annual production of 138.46 thousand tons. Mung bean has a high nutritional value. There

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Experts stress to hike renewable energy sector of Pakistan




STAFF REPORT ISB: The launch of a renewable energy corporate entity Solar Sigma Limited’ was witnessed in an exclusive ceremony locally held. The company specializes in solar based project management solutions.

The speakers on the inaugural ceremony were from diverse backgrounds including experts of renewable energy solutions, solar, wind etc. The participants included renowned resource persons and dignitaries.

Nisar Latif, Chief Executive Officer, Solar Sigma Limited

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Experts stress to hike renewable energy sector of Pakistan


STAFF REPORT ISB: The launch of a renewable energy corporate entity Solar Sigma Limited’ was witnessed in an exclusive ceremony locally held. The company specializes in solar based project management solutions.

The speakers on the inaugural ceremony were from diverse backgrounds including experts of renewable energy solutions, solar, wind etc. The participants included renowned resource persons and dignitaries.

Nisar Latif, Chief Executive Officer, Solar Sigma Limited underscored

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Experts stress to incorporate biosafety significance in NBSAP


STAFF REPORT ISB: A consultative meeting was sorted out jointly by the Ministry of Climate Change and International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pakistan to discuss possible results of interpolating biosafety stresses into the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).

IUCN is upgrading the NBSAP for the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan. Driven by Syed Mahmood Nasir, Inspector General Forest, identifying with the Federal Ministry of Climate Change, the meeting

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Heading for water-stress state


Water pollution, discharge of effluents and unsafe drinking factors are a direct threat to human wellbeing and Pakistan’s ecosystem. It’s a national dilemma that while some do not have water to drink, others carelessly waste it in vast quantities. The country depends heavily on annual glacier melts and monsoon rains. Water from these sources flows down the rivers and out to the sea. The country’s total available surface water is about 153 million acre feet (MAF) and the total ground

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Speakers stress need to explore natural resources




STAFF REPORT KHI: Speakers at a meeting of Shura Hamdard Karachi Chapter have called upon the government to promote education of science and technology as it would help to explore and utilise country’s natural resources.

Theme of the meeting was "Natural resources-rich country and rapid advancement towards progress and development". It was presided over by Justice (Rtd) Haziqul Khairi at a local hall.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest said that the biggest

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Academicians stress for more PhDs for quality education




STAFF REPORT LHR: PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Ashraf has said that much is needed to promote science in the country, as despite grants, no good research work is being done in universities across Pakistan.

He said that further research, based on available research work of scholars, should be promoted.

He said this at the two-day 4th Invention to Innovation Summit 2015 of the Punjab University Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) in collaboration with IRP and PSF

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Rising water stress in Pakistan


God has blessed Pakistan with water resources, with water flowing down the Himalayas and Karakorum heights, the world’s largest glaciers, a free and unique bounty of nature for this land of alluvial plains. Earth’s total surface area (29.9 per cent of its land area) it hosts 60 per cent of the world’s current human population, but only about 36 per cent of the renewable fresh water. So, even on a continental scale it is clear that water is a serious constraint in Asia. China, India and

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Experts stress need for tapping blogs potential for progress




STAFF REPORT ISB: The rapid creation and consumption of social media contents continues to drive the evolution of Internet and the web. Social media content now accounts for the majority of content published round the clock on the web. As the space evolves, researchers and industrial practitioners find themselves at a key point for collaborating on research, implementation and deployment of a wide range of analyses and applications.
Experts expressed these views at a seminar titled &

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Impact of heat & drought stress on physiological, biological processes in plants




Heat and drought are the main abiotic constraints in harvesting potential yield of the crops on sustained basis. Climate change has a serious threat to cereal production levels required to feed future generations across the globe, hence create food insecurity. Global warming is predicted to increase the frequency and severity of heat waves’ in crops growing areas in the world. Heat stress to varying degrees at different phonological stages causes a substantial yield reduction,

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Effects of water stress on growth & yield of wheat




Wheat is the leading food grain of Pakistan and the staple diet of people. It occupies a central position in agriculture. The contribution of wheat to agriculture is 10.3 per cent and GDP is 2.2 per cent. The area of wheat cultivation is increase upto 4.4 per cent from last year and its yield also increased. The wheat production is enhanced due to timely rainfall at regular interval and favorable weather condition which is suitable for grain health (Pakistan Economic Survey, 2013-14).

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Seed priming-a pragmatic approach to improve crop performance under salt stress




Soil salinity is a serious problem in Pakistan that reduces the crops yield. In Pakistan, about 6.281 million hectares of land are salt-affected, out of which 1.89 million hectares are saline, 1.85 million hectares are permeable saline-sodic, 1.02 million hectares are impermeable saline-sodic and 0.028 million hectares are sodic in nature. It is estimated that out of 1.89 million hectares saline patches, 0.45 million hectares are in Punjab, 0.94 million hectares in Sindh and 0.5 million

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