UET, Chinese firm to work in energy sector




STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Energy Research and Development and Chinese Zonergy Company have signed an agreement for a mutual collaboration for development of energy solutions and technologies in Pakistan.

The MoU was signed which is within the domain of mutual expertise and is needed for Pakistan. The MoU will initiate further collaboration for the projects of mutual interest.

Under the agreement, Zonergy will train 10 engineers form the

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ASU, universities partner to power Pakistans future




MONITORING REPORT ISB: Arizona State University (ASU) has welcomed 24 exchange graduate students, the first cohort in a partnership with leading Pakistani engineering universities dedicated to researching and developing solutions for Pakistan’s energy needs.

Led by ASU, the US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) is a collaboration sponsored by USAID and Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission. An $18 million award supports the project – the largest ASU has

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Cotton output fall to affect textile exports




STAFF REPORT KHI: As the cotton crop in Pakistan has witnessed sharp reduction in output, textile manufacturers anticipate serious affects on export activities for which they have demand immediate tax holiday on import of cotton.

All Pakistan Textile Manufacturers Association (Aptma) has sent a letter to the finance minister, informing that the cotton crop had miserably failed to meet the industry requirement. There is a shortage of approximately, four million cotton bales compared

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Zameen.com rockets to $9m funding




STAFF REPORT LHR: Zameen is seemingly the Pakistani start-up biological community example of overcoming adversity of the year. The online property gateway reported recently that it brought $9 million up in arrangement B subsidizing – effortlessly the most elevated measure of money secured by any home-developed start-up this year.

Zeeshan Ali Khan, fellow benefactor of Zameen.com said while remarking on the effective fundraising, "We were overseeing over a hundred sites,

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Zameen.com rockets to $9m funding


STAFF REPORT LHR: Zameen is seemingly the Pakistani start-up biological community example of overcoming adversity of the year. The online property gateway reported recently that it brought $9 million up in arrangement B subsidizing – effortlessly the most elevated measure of money secured by any home-developed start-up this year.

Zeeshan Ali Khan, fellow benefactor of Zameen.com said while remarking on the effective fundraising, "We were overseeing over a hundred sites, including

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PSEB directed to boost IT exports




STAFF REPORT ISB: The IT exports of Pakistan require a significant uplift in order to suffice the needs and impact on national exchequer. These views were expressed by Federal State Minister for Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT), Anusha Rahman while chairing 30th meeting of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB).

Anusha Rahman said, "IT industry must be nourished in Pakistan in order to gain maximum results from the potential. PSEB is the apex body on software exports and

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TEVTA revises curricula to meet industrial requirement




STAFF REPORT LHR: There is a huge gap between academia-industry that can be noticed in case of diploma holders and technical education as well. The prime technical education institution Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has also sensed the need of bridging the gap and revision of curriculum according to industrial requirement. A special Gap Analysis Study was conducted through which the identified areas are covered in revised curricula. Revisions are made in

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Solar Power comes to Sindh


STAFF REPORT KHI: The energy crisis in Pakistan has beleaguered number of sectors causing enormous dent to the national economy.

The need of clean, efficient, sustainable energy has been stressed on various national forums and now different power projects have been initiated to resurrect the power sector of the country on which industry and various other sectors bank upon.

"In a bid to address the energy issue, five solar power projects based in Thatta, Benazirabad, Sukkur,

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USDA to provide training to Pak farmers


STAFF REPORT ISB: A Program to provide training to Pakistani banana farmers to equip themselves with various techniques to turn crop waste into compost is planned by the United States of Department of Agriculture (USDA). The US department has partnered with International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

Director Sindh Agricultural Extension Department, Dr Shoukat Abro told that USDA initiated the projects of improving soil fertility and soil health through

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ICT to revamp school management system


Staff Report LHR: The role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education management is evident as ManageWISE Pakistan launched state of the art School Management System (SMS) that is intended to centralize the school administration and virtual learning.

Umar Farooq, Director ManageWISE Pakistan said that schools must adapt to manage their administrative structure through this software which is tailored for revamping the conventional management. This will also boost the

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Naseeb Networks funds rise to $6.5 million




Staff Report LHR: Naseeb Networks, parent company of largest Pakistani employment site Rozee.pk has recently unveiled that its funds have been enhanced to an amount of $6.5 million. It became possible because of series C funding round led by Vostok Nafta and Piton Capital, bringing the company’s total venture funding to $8.5 Million.

Monis Rahman, CEO Naseeb Networks said, "As talent continues to move online at a rapid pace in emerging markets, businesses need increasingly

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Naseeb Networks funds rise to $6.5 million


Staff Report LHR: Naseeb Networks, parent company of largest Pakistani employment site Rozee.pk has recently unveiled that its funds have been enhanced to an amount of $6.5 million. It became possible because of series C funding round led by Vostok Nafta and Piton Capital, bringing the company’s total venture funding to $8.5 Million.



Monis Rahman, CEO Naseeb Networks said, "As talent continues to move online at a rapid pace in emerging markets, businesses need increasingly

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Farm To Market Road Program To Bring Silent Revolution In Rural Areas: Dr Farrukh Javed


Press Release: Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr. Farrukh Javed has said that Khadim-e-PunjabRuralRoads Program will bring a silent revolution in rural areas of Punjab. He said that this project is the biggest project in the history of Pakistan for the construction and rehabilitation of ruralroads. The project is being implemented speedily and a huge amount of 150 billion rupees will be spent on this project during next three years, he added. He said this mega project is of vital

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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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BOARD OF INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION KARACHI FINDS SOLUTION TO CURB CHEATING DURING EXAMS


STAFF REPORT KHI: Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) in an attempt to curtail cheating in exams has introduced bar-coded admit cards for more than 225,000 students that will take Higher Secondary School Certificate exams starting from 28th April, 2015.

Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Chairman BIEK, briefed in a press conference that the initiative has been taken keeping in view escalating concerns pertaining to cheating, forgery during examinations. " The students admit cards will

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ALL PROVINCES PLEDGE TO SUPPORT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS


Staff Report ISD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahid Ullah Khan was overwhelmed with support from all provincial governments in implementation of first climate change policy in the country which was approved in 2012.

.First meeting on the implantation of Climate Change policy was held at the Ministry of Climate Change which was presided by Mushahid Ullah Khan. Elite representatives and focal persons of all provinces including Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan attended the

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Punjab focuses on tech to promote entrepreneurship




STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab government is forging ahead with a highly-ambitious plan to diversify the region’s economy by facilitating the spread and reach of technology, introduce e-government initiatives, and inculcate a strong element of technological entrepreneurship.

The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) led by CEO Dr. Umar Saif, is at the forefront of efforts by the administration to help citizens gain access to technology as well as to interact with the government

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