In search of idea-to-reality quest-Abdullah Saqib




Abdullah Saqib is a telecom engineer by qualification, a Marketing Professional in Telenor Pakistan’s Digital Services team by profession, a freelance writer and a career coach by passion. He is the founder of Rangle Career Guide-Pakistan’s first strengths-based career coaching platform, which strives to identify talents, convert them to strengths and drive performance. Saqib did his BS Telecom Engineering from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences. His diverse range

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Pakistan And South Korea Decide To Cooperate To Deal With Natural Disasters


SIDRA SAIF ISB:Pakistan and South Korea have joined hands to mutually cooperate to deal with natural disasters. The decision was taken at a meeting of Mushahid Ullah Khan, Federal Minister for climate change with Dr. Song Jong-Hwan, Ambassador of the Republic South Korea to Pakistan. The aim of this meeting was to enhance cooperation and build a strong tie between both countries in the field of hydropower, water, agriculture, livestock, industry and science and technology sectors in order to

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ADB to help fund LNG terminal


MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $30 million project loan to Engro Elengy Terminal, a special purpose company which will build Pakistan’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal.

"Pakistan urgently needs to utilize its existing power generation capacity fully, while reducing its reliance on costly imported diesel fuel for electricity generation," said Azim Hashimi, an investment specialist from ADB.

He said that

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New textile policy set to be launched


STAFF REPORT ISB: The draft of the new textile policy (2014-19) would be ready in a few days and then forwarded to the ECC of the Cabinet next week for approval.
"The textile sector alone has the potential to steer the country out of its financial crisis and "we have started focusing on exporting value-added products instead of raw materials to achieve this objective," said Abbas Khan Afridi, Minister for Textiles and Industries, while talking to media.
He stressed the need

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PSEB setting new horizons to explore world IT market: Shahryar




PSEB is an apex body of the Ministry of Information Technology with the mandate to facilitate and promote Pakistan’s IT Industry in local and international markets. PSEB has been facilitating IT industry through a series of projects and programmes in IT parks development, international marketing/delegations, international IT certifications, IT internships, IT trainings, as well as promotion of innovative and new technologies through incubators. PSEB’s mandate is to ensure sustainable

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PTCL Inks Agreement To Provide Data Center Services To Soneri Bank


Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Pakistan’s largest telecommunication services provider, has inked an agreement with Soneri Bank to provide data centre hosting services.

PTCL data centre, the only certified Tier 3 data centre in Pakistan, will serve Soneri Bank’s integrated branch banking operations spanning over 250 branches. PTCL Chief Digital Services Officer Kamal Ahmed said at the occasion "We are pleased to extend cooperation to Soneri Bank to provide

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KOREAN EXIM Agreed To Finance Establishment Of First IT Park In Pakistan


"We have to enhance the level of Interaction between Government and indigenous IT companies. Therefore PSEB is directed to establish an "Interactive communication portal" to ensure an effective liason with eleven hundred plus IT companies, which are already registered with PSEB". Minister of State for IT Mrs. Anusha Rahman, stated, while chairing 28thBoard of Directors meeting of PSEB .

Federal Secretary IT Mr. Azmat Ali Rangha, MD-PSEB Mr. Asim Shehryar, Dr. Shoaib

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Mycoherbicides approach to control weeds




There are three methods involved in biological control of weeds. These are;
Classical /introduction/inoculated biological control
Augmentation biological control /Inundative releases of predators
Integrated Pest Management /conservation biological control
Classical biological control is the initial introduction of relatively small number of exotic control agent. These agents feed on weeds directly multiplies there and suppress the population of weeds. The agents used are pathogen

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Mango exports to EU go up by 8,500 MT




STAFF REPORT ISB: Mango export from Pakistan to the European Union has increased by 8,500 metric tons than the last year.
This year mangoes’ export was 90,500 metric tons against 82,000 metric ton in 2013. The Pakistani mangoes also got better price this year.
Sources said that the government had declared hot water treatment a must for mangoes export to EU which brought good response from the European customers because the number of rejected consignments was only two, while 237

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LG G3 UX Treatment To Become Standardized Across Mid- To Entry-Level Smartphones And Tablets


Simplified Camera and Updated Smart Keyboard to Enhance LG’s Mobile Product Lineup

Karachi, September 10, 2014 – From entry-level to premium, LG has been actively working to provide a consistent and uniform user experience (UX) across its entire mobile product lineup. Toward that end, LG Electronics (LG) will begin standardizing its proprietary UX features, first introduced in the new LG G3, across most of the company’s mid- to entry-level smartphones and tablets launched in the

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Improving fertilizer use efficiency to reduce losses and enhance crop productivity




Part-I

The Fertilizer Use Efficiency (FUE) is defined as the amount of grains (yield) produced per kilogram of fertilizer applied. The rate of growth of agriculture in its broad coverage of crop production is much below the national growth rate. If the economy of the country has to be improved through agriculture, it is necessary to strengthen its plans in such a way that better utilization of natural resources and use of balanced fertilizers and other inputs. We are well aware that

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Ufone extends biometric system to 200 cities


STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistani mobile telephony operator Ufone has extended deployment of the biometric verification system (BVS) for issuance or changing of new SIMs to over 200 cities across the country.
The operator also said it expects to extend this BVS network to over 50,000 outlets in the near future.
In May, the government of Pakistan had signed an agreement with the country’s five mobile companies under which the operator will not be able to issue new SIMs after 31 July without

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Fauji Fertilizer to set up plant in Africa




STAFF REPORT ISB: Fauji Fertilizer Company, the country’s biggest maker of the farm input by market value, plans to set up a plant in Africa as domestic gas shortages undermine profits and prospects of increasing output at home.
The company has formed a consortium with foreign companies to invest at least $1.25 billion, Chief Executive Officer Naeem Khalid Lodhi, told the media.
Fauji, which has yet to complete the selection of the site for the facility, plans to start building it

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CHAR JI internet device set to be launched


STAFF REPORT ISB: As the mobile phone industry is experiencing a transitional phase from 2G to 3G, 4G technology in Pakistan after the auction of this technology licences auction fetching a huge investment, the subscribers are going to be offered a latest broadband gadget while on the go, it has been learnt reliably.
"Our company is going to roll out a broadband gadget named CHAR JI’ (4G LTE) in near future that carries diversified features allowing its users to have round the clock

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Wateen Telecom set to further capture local market




STAFF REPORT LHR: Wateen Telecom has announced to have fully geared up to meet the high backhaul demands of the newly arrived Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) with the largest operational metro-fiber in place.
The company has an impressive record of establishing one of the largest long-haul networks (with 9 rings to ensure redundancy), from Karachi to Torkham comprising ample capacities available both in transmission, packet and fiber networks to meet any kind of backhaul

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10 initiatives set out to tackle climate change




STAFF REPORT IBD: The Climate Change Division (CCD) has set out 10 project initiatives to move forward on delivering the National Climate Change Policy.

A report titled "Work Programme for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Pakistan: Priority Actions" has recently been launched at the Planning Commission to implement the projects in partnership with LEAD Pakistan. The CDKN is funding the initiatives to help the government cope with climate change issues, thus

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Plan under way to strengthen PCST, NCST


STAFF REPORT IBD: Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) is strengthening Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) in terms of human and financial resources and technical facilities, and establishment of a cell within PCST, wholly dedicated to deal with NCST matters is also in consideration.

PCST is acting as a secretariat of NCST, scientific data collection centre, and science and technology (SandT) policy advice think tank, encouraging high performance in SandT workers

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