Chinese top company keen to invest in energy projects

MONITORING REPORT IBD: Chinese company, Three Gorges Corporation (CTG), has evinced keen interest in the upcoming energy projects in Pakistan and assured its continued support in hydel, coal, wind and solar energy projects.

Chen Fei, the President of the CTG, said this while talking to Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif who met him during his recent visit to China.

During the meeting, they exchanged views on enhancing collaboration in the energy sector. It is

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UAF launches website to help farmers

STAFF REPORT FSD:The University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), has set up a website, Zarai Baithak, to help farmers resolve their problems.

"The website has been carried out by the Institute of Agriculture Extension and Rural Development and the Department of Agriculture, which would provide an opportunity to farmers to discuss their problems with agricultural experts, said UAF Vice Chancellor Iqrar Ahmad Khan while speaking at a seminar titled ICT-based Agricultural Advisory

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All union councils to have optic fibre

STAFF REPORT IBD: Optic fiber to all Union Councils across Pakistan would be laid under an initiative of the Universal Service Fund Company (USFCo), Ministry of Information Technology.

State Minister for IT Rahman Khan announced this during her recent surprise visit to the fiber optic Route in Chirah-Lehtrar-Kotli Sattian.

Purpose of this project is to spread the telecom facilities throughout the country with the basic objective of ICT’s to create equal opportunities and

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Telenor to select 2 Pakistani youth to attend Nobel Peace Prize event

STAFF REPORT IBD: Telenor Pakistan has announced Telenor Group’s new global initiative, the Telenor Youth Summit, which will be held from December 9-11 in Oslo, Norway, in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center. All business units of Telenor Group across the world, including Telenor Pakistan, will be sending two delegates between the ages of 18 to 25 from their respective countries at the global summit to share their input and ideas towards bringing positive social change through the use

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Chinese firm agrees to resolve energy crisis

STAFF REPORT IBD: China has assured Pakistan its full support to resolve its persistent energy crisis which is badly hampering the national economy.

Wang Jiuling, Vice President of China Southern Power Grid Company Limited (CSG), during his recent visit to Pakistan met Ziaur Rehman, MD NTDCL.

On the occasion, the MD NTDC briefed the delegation about the company’s operation, ongoing projects and expansion plan.

He said that NTDC would like to benefit from experiences and

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3G technology set to come to Pakistan

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has at last drafted a policy for 3G auctioning paving the way for an era of faster mobile internet usage.

"The spectrum auction policy has been issued and that it was now the PTA’s job to ensure a timely and successful auction," said Minister of State for IT and Telecom Anusha Rahman, during her recent visit to the PTA headquarters here.

She said that the government will support complete transparency in the auction of next generation mobile

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PIF to launch first idea-to-reality innovative contest

STAFF REPORT IBD: Indus Motor Company (IMC) and Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) has started the one-year National Innovation Grand Challenge (NICG) 2013-14 in order to encourage Pakistani innovators, youth, students, professionals, entrepreneurs, and citizens to innovate various areas like agriculture, energy, rural development, and manufacturing.

The challenge invites creative minds from across the country to come up with unique and innovative ideas in two critical domains.


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Dedication, commitment key to national progress: Shahid Iqbal

Vice Admiral ® Shahid Iqbal HI (M) has emerged as a prominent education instructor while serving the Bahria University as Rector. He is the recipient of national award of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military). As a Naval Officer, he was the first Naval Officer from the region to have been assigned to serve as Commander Task Force-150 (Multinational Naval Force) at NAVCENT, Bahrain. He also has the privilege to have worked as Director General (Naval Intelligence) and also performed as Deputy Chief of Naval

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PTCL unveils end-to-end managed WAN service

STAFF REPORT IBD: PTCL, the largest Information Communication Technology (ICT) service provider in the country, has launched a first of its kind end-to-end solution, Managed WAN Service’, for its corporate customers.The service was launched at a seminar in Islamabad, in the presence of large number of corporate customers of the company.Hamid Farooq, PTCL Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Business Development; Samer Ajjawi, Advisory Team Member Etisalat, and other senior officials of the

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CCP tables guidelines for telcos to end deceptive marketing

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan has prepared Deceptive Marketing Guidelines draft for telecom companies as part of its efforts to protect consumers from anti-competitive behaviour through ensuring compliance in telecom sector sales, marketing, advertising, and communication in all forms across all mediums, online and point of sale.The draft guidelines have been shared with the PTA and other telecom companies and have been placed on the commission’s website for

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PTCL offers 3G EVO services to Meezan Bank customers

STAFF REPORT KHI: The Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL) and Meezan Bank have signed an agreement for the provision of PTCL Wireless Broadband services.Under the agreement, Meezan Bank customers can now enjoy exclusive PTCL 3G EVO Wireless Broadband services along with the services offered by the bank.The agreement was signed by Furqan Habib Qureshi, PTCL Senior Executive Vice President (SEVP) Business Zone South, and Ariful Islam, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director,

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NTC plans to lay Pak-UAE sub cable

STAFF REPORT KHI: The National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) has planned to lay a submarine cable between Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).According to details, the estimated cost of laying the cable will be worked out by a consultant in the proposed techno-commercial study and feasibility, besides tracing source of funding, an official source told this scribe here last week.He said that the country is already connected with three international fiber-optic cables, but the reason

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Dedication key to ultimate success: Nasir

Syed Nasir Hussain, COO of Advance Business Systems (BS), has an over eight-year rich experience of working on various executive positions in the same company. His habit of taking even small tasks as a challenge and better understanding of Pakistan’s market has led him to the high profile position of COO in a very short span of time. Since his joining in 2003, ABS has secured several achievements including prestigious awardsTechnology Times: Tell us about your academic career and professional

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Islamabad foresees up to $2.7b investment in power

STAFF REPORT ISB:  Pakistan expects upto $2.7 billion merely in the wind energy projects in the country; though many alternative energy projects still in the pipeline.Currently, the country is developing wind power plants in Jhimpir, Gharo, Keti Bandar and Bin Qasim in Sindh which will not only help in controlling the persistent power loadshedding, but will also ease the burden of oil imports costing about $14 billion annually to the national exchequer.According to a USAID report, Pakistan has

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Pakistans mineral resource endowments equal to $30tr

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has been gifted with large amount of natural resources from fertile land to large amount of mineral deposits to a large pool of human resources."Pakistan’s minerals consist some of the world’s largest reserves of coal, gold, copper, chrome, gas, rare earth, rock salt, gemstone, marble, onyx and granite and 42 other minerals," Pakistani High Commissioner in Singapore, Hasan Javed, said this while speaking at a seminar recently held in Singapore.He said

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