Comsats talk highlights need for bio-surveillance for national security




STAFF REPORT ISB: The world needs bio-surveillance more than ever before in the face of new and emerging challenges in the form of epidemics, pandemics, bio-terrorism and bio-war fares, which may pose threat not only to health and economy of a country but also to its national security.This was highlighted at an expert talk given by CIIT Department of Biosciences Microbiology and Immunology Prof. Dr Habib Bokhari at the COMSATS headquarters in Islamabad.

The lecture was held under the

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BlackBerry plans to shut operations in Pakistan over surveillance row




STAFF REPORT ISB: BlackBerry has announced to formally shut down its operations in Pakistan after the PTA sought the backdoor access to the company’s encrypted services.

"The company recognizes the need to co-operate with lawful government investigations of criminal activity, but it has never permitted wholesale access to BlackBerry servers," said BlackBerry operations chief Marty Beard in a blog post.

Reportedly, BlackBerry has in the past cooperated with information

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BlackBerry plans to shut operations in Pakistan over surveillance row




STAFF REPORT ISB: BlackBerry has announced to formally shut down its operations in Pakistan after the PTA sought the backdoor access to the company’s encrypted services.

"The company recognizes the need to co-operate with lawful government investigations of criminal activity, but it has never permitted wholesale access to BlackBerry servers," said BlackBerry operations chief Marty Beard in a blog post.

Reportedly, BlackBerry has in the past cooperated with information

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Security Surveillance Systems for public safety in Lahore


STAFF REPORT LHR: The use of technology can ensure public safety and improving quality of life in various ways. The Government of Punjab (GoP) mulls to chalk out Punjab Safe City Authority’ for the same theme in provincial metropolis. The project will be implemented by the end of this year.

The GoP has issued an ordinance for all relevant departments to convolve together in order to establish state of the art security surveillance system.

The Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz

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West Nile Virus: Do we need its surveillance and control programme?


When considering the life of the mosquito, we can say that it has a very extraordinary adventure. It begins with a bite, a painless bite. The mosquito comes in the night, alights on an exposed patch of flesh, and assumes the hunched, head-lowered posture of a sprinter in the starting blocks. Then she plunges her stiletto mouth-parts into the skin. The mosquito has long, filament thin legs and dappled wings; she’s of the genus Culex (Cx), the only insect capable of harboring the diseases in

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