The contribution of agri sector in national development and economy of Pakistan




THE FISCAL year 2013-14 saw Pakistan suffering from a trade deficit of $7.743 billion. Why? Not because of our political instability, not because of the terrorism, but because of the influence of natural, techno-economic and socio-economic factors upon our agricultural production. Yes! That important our agriculture is! That doesn’t mean we have to curse agriculture because this is a mere negative aspect of its potential in our economy.

If we glance at the brighter side of this, we

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The dynamics and potential of Oil Seeds in Pakistan




IN PAKISTAN, there is less established cropping system for oilseed crops. Most of the area under major crops is situated in Indus basin. The major crops in the existing cropping system are wheat, cotton, rice and maize. However, some pockets for sunflower such as rice-sunflower-rice and cotton-sunflower-cotton are emerging. Currently, 0.754 million ha of the total cropped area are under oilseed crops are Sunflower Rapeseed – Mustard, Sesame, Groundnut, Linseed, Safflower, Soybean and

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Biogas: The prolific renewable energy resource of modern day




BIOGAS NORMALLY refers to a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. Biogas can be produced by raw materials such as agricultural waste, plant material, manure, municipal waste, sewage, and food waste etc. It is a renewable energy source from organic waste materials for a small labor input, replacing firewood or fossil fuels.

In the conversion process, pathogen levels are reduced and plant nutrients made are more readily

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The academic corruption in Pakistans Higher Education




EDUCATION IS a fundamental human right and a major driver of human and economic development of any country. It not only strengthens personal integrity but also shapes the society in which we live. Every country builds universities and institutes for higher education. The universities have become the engines of progress for knowledge-driven economy in the age of rapid globalization.

Higher education requires much more than just building structures and calling them universities and

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The state of education in Sindh


THE STATE of education sector in Sindh is horrific as government schools are either lacking basic facilities or are poorly managed. Due to several loopholes in the system, it is found that more than half of all children in Sindh are not in school. There are about 12 million children in Sindh of age ranging from 5-16 years. Out of them 6.2 million children are not in schools that makes 51% of it. A deep insight uncovers that out of those 6.2 million, the girls constitute a major fraction of it

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The sorcery of nanoparticles




NANOPARTICLES ARE essentially very small pieces of material that measure not more than an atom or two across. They are small enough that they can interact easily on the same level with microscopic pathogens such as bacteria or viruses. They can literally be particles from any substance and they are also versatile to be used in various technological applications, from delicate electronics to revolutionary medical procedures.

Researchers have already developed a series of products

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E-Commerce in Pakistan: The New Way to Live Life


Don’t feel like getting out of the house but need more information and more options? Need better deals but don’t know where to find them? How 90s.

These were the dilemmas of people two decades ago, but not so much so in the 21st century with the emergence of e-commerce. While e-commerce became more popular in the West before it took over the rest of the world, it is a widely accepted and popular concept in Pakistan in contemporary times.

Previously, consumers were skeptical when

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The future of mobile health and ubiquitous computing


Spells of modern technology have been converging from desktop era to hand-held paradigm. Provision of health services by using mobile devices is referred to as mobile health (mHealth) and making these facilities accessible everywhere, is a concept of ubiquitous computing. These days social media has become fast paced and an impeccable source of information. Application of information technology in healthcare systems can contribute in diagnoses, prescription, treatment, and monitoring

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The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry organize seminar on Water Conservation


Staff Report ISD: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has organized a seminar on Water Conservation’ to mark the World Water Day. The basic purpose of the seminar was to create awareness about water shortage and its impact on Pakistan’s economy.

Speaking on the occasion, speakers said that water is a main source of power generation and its shortage has great impact on Pakistan agriculture sector. It is a matter of concern that water scarcity is increasing day by day. We

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The Digital Payment Solution in Pakistan Selling Machine


Staff Reporter ISD: Pakistan’s technology company Wavetec has developed country’s first Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled vending machines. This would promote digital payment solution in Pakistan. The vending machines have the capacity to hold 350 items – snacks and beverages – and operate on NFC technology. A form of contactless communication, NFC enables users to wave over their smartphones or tap their plastic cards to an NFC-enabled vending machine, which then dispenses the item

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Government of Punjab Approves Important Measures For The Promotion Of Information Technology


Staff Report ISD: Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab has started "Khadim-e- Punjab Metro Wi-Fi Network Programme" for the advancement and promotion of Information Technology in the province. The targets of this program are to promote education in the province with the help of advanced technology. Under this program, the availability of Wi-Fi facility will be ensured at important educational institutions, hospitals, railway stations, airports, metro bus routes, bus stands

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Nuclear: The only way out to energy calamity


PAKISTAN is passing through the most problematic phase of its history. The acute energy crisis is creating a serious difficulty for our frail economy. Our energy needs are surpassing supply triggering hours long power outages daily across the country. Resulting, the economic growth rate of 5.1 per cent may not be achieved in the current fiscal year; we are expecting a growth rate of around 4.5 per cent. Due to increase in population urbanisation and the rising power demand of industrial and

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E-waste hazard: The impending challenge




Part-II

HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF E-WASTE

EEEs are made of a multitude of components, some containing toxic substances that have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not handled properly. Often, these hazards arise due to the improper recycling and disposal processes used. It can have serious repercussions for those in proximity to places where e-waste is recycled or burnt. Waste from the white and brown goods is less toxic as compared with grey goods

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The age of technology gains a strong foothold in Pakistan




Analysing the growth that has taken place in Pakistan since its inception in 1947, a lot can be said in terms of infrastructure development, agricultural growth and progress in education. However, it is important to shed light on one sector that barely existed at the time of independence and has now grown to be a deep-rooted and well-established part of the economy, and one upon which many of us greatly depend. The winds of change in the Information Technology sector of Pakistan have

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E-waste hazard: The impending challenge


Part-1
Electronic waste or e-waste is one of the rapidly growing problems of the world. E-waste comprises a multitude of components, some containing toxic substances that can have an adverse impact on human health and the environment if not handled properly. In India, e-waste management assumes greater significance not only due to the generation of its own e-waste but also because of the dumping of e-waste from developed countries. This is coupled with India’s lack of appropriate

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Book The inspiring life of Abdus Salam a complete profile of Nobel Laureate




I PURCHASED a copy of this fascinating book after going to 3 book stores in Lahore last year. From 1982 when the first biography appeared, so far five biographies have appeared on the momentous life of Dr. Salam. First one was by Dr. Abdul Ghani 1982, Azim Kidwai 1989, Jagjit Singh 1992, then Gordon Fraser 2008 and now the latest one is of Dr. Kamran 2013. Not only that I have read these biographies I have all of these in my personal library, besides a vast of collections of documents

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