GIS-an imperative tool for healthcare planning




"We have enough water, enough food, enough money; we have enough of everything except the ability to agree and move forward." – Abdul Kalam, former President of India.
During the past decade, Geographic Information System (GIS) applications have tended to focus upon eight major models: agricultural, climate impact, health, parasitology, pesticide, pollution, waste management and wildlife management. Health topics addressed in a GIS format included: commuter safety,

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Bio-fortification – a tool to fray micronutrient deficiencies




Micronutrient deficiencies are also known as "hidden hunger" because these are not clinically obvious, so people suffer from them without being aware. The world’s most serious health risk factors which substantially contribute towards the worldwide increase in diseases are iron, zinc, vitamin A and iodine deficiencies. More than 2 billion people suffer from micronutrient deficiencies in the developing countries. According to the World Health Organization, these cause

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E-governance: An important tool for fighting corruption


Throughout the world, governments are faced with the challenge of renovation and the need to reinvent government systems in order to deliver efficient and cost effective services via information and communication technologies. E-government is understood as the use of such technologies to promote more professional and successful government, more convenient government services, greater public access to information, and more government accountability to citizens, whereas governance is a wider

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Biofertilizers: A tool for minimising climate change




One of the major concerns in today’s world is the pollution and contamination of soil. The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has caused an incredible harm to the environment. A solution to this is the biofertilizer, an environmental-friendly fertilizer now used in most countries. Biofertilizers are organisms that enrich the nutrient quality of soil.

Biofertilizer is still an unclear term. Biofertilizer is most commonly referred to the use of soil microorganisms to increase

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DICE-a tool to promote knowledge-based revolution

By Syed Khawar AbbasTODAY’S ECONOMIC environment has created a need for finding creative and cost-effective methods for solving complex issues that afflict societies. Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) worldwide are increasingly being seen as the catalyst for fostering this innovative approach. This has led to creation of an essential third mission of universities, other than teaching and research, called Knowledge Exchange.The British Council’s Internationalising Higher Education

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Public-private partnership a tool for nation building

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan must open up its public institutes for public-private partnership in the best interest of our nation and the government is fully ready to very carefully consider all the recommendations that come out of this policy dialogue and will make every endeavour to implement the recommendations in their true letter and spirit."I sincerely wish that the proposals that will be made in the policy dialogue, especially in relation to the establishment of National Advanced

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Cloud Computing – a tool for innovation

By Adnan SiddiquiMOST COMPANIES today recognize that cloud computing is a technology game changer. But a growing number are also beginning to see how powerfully the cloud can propel business innovation, according to a recent survey of global executives conducted by IBM and the Economist Intelligence Unit, "The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation."Increasingly, leading-edge companies are turning to cloud computing to shift the competitive stakes in their favour. They’re

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Robotics lab a big tool for kids to develop games

STAFF REPORT KHI: After serving high-tech firms in Silicon Valley for 13 years, electrical engineers Afaque Ahmed and Yasin Altaf established their platform in 2004 in Pakistan in order to prepare future scientists, app developers and also to earn foreign exchange."We might have been able to earn a lot more in San Jose, California, but the satisfaction of staying close to our family and making some tangible contribution to society and the economy is unmatched," said Ahmed.They told the

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