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Posts Contributed By "Ahsan Jamil"

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  • Modern technologies inevitable for fish production

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A one-day workshop on ‘Fish Culture Techniques’ was held to mark the World Fisheries Day. The emphasize on fish culture and modern techniques was made to boost the fish production and make it a viable and profitable commodity.  The speakers apprised the participants that as many as 158 million tons of fish are produced by natural processes and fish farming wit…Read More

  • CASA-1000 signs agreement for 1300 MW transmission line supply

    STAFF REPROT ISB: The final agreement for transmission line supply of 1300MW from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan is signed by Energy Ministers of Central Asia South Asia 1000 (CASA-1000).  Pakistan will benefit from this project in a way that it includes 750 kilometers High Voltage DC line from Sangtuda to Kabul (Afghanistan) to Peshawar (Pakistan) and 1300 MW DC-AC Convertor Station at Peshawar. As indicated by Nepra, this project will cost $953 million. Pakistan will import power from Ta…Read More

  • PARC approves Rs 3.986 billion budget to bolster agri sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A budget of Rs 3.986 billion is approved for the year 2015-16 to improve agricultural research and food security in the country. The budget was sanctioned by Board of Governors (BoG) of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) during their 39th meeting .  The meeting was presided over by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R). The breakdown of the budget reveals that Rs 2.63 billion is allocated for non-development funds while the remaining Rs 1.3 billion is ass…Read More

  • PMAS-AAUR celebrates International GIS Day

    STAFF REPORT RWP: International Day for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was celebrated at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on November 18, 2015, with an aim to create awareness about GIS and provide a platform to students to present their specialties and expertise.  The audience was apprised about the application of GIS remote sensing and global…Read More

  • International Workshop stresses innovative application of ICT

    STAFF REPORT PEW: An intensive international workshop focusing on ‘Research Avenues ICT Potential Applications for the Country’ was held by CECOS University in collaboration with National ICT and R&D Fund.  The objective of the workshop was to enumerate different applications of Information Communication Technology in a wide array of fields including power systems, cyber security, nanotechnology, fuel cells, and computational biology. The targeted audiences of the event were students and professionals from academia and the i…Read More

  • AIOU announces Rs 15m scholarships for catastrophe hit students

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) announced to allocate an amount of Rs 15 million to provide scholarships for meritorious and needy students from its annual budget. This was promulgated by Vice Chancellor AIOU, Dr Shahid Siddiqui during regional directors’ conference held at Abbottabad.  According to the sources, the scholarships are intended for students belonging t…Read More

  • Microsoft committed to tap underserved communities for technology uplifting

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Microsoft Pakistan organized a media briefing aiming at unwrapping their campaign ‘Upgrade Your World’ that focuses on optimum utilization of Microsoft products to underserved community of Pakistan in order to paddle those communities to mainstream technology consumers for a bigger socio-economic technology driven change. The campaign is run in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and the start station is Bahawalpur. …Read More

  • IIUI vivid in improving research skills of students

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Research methodology is an important area in which students require mentoring from aficionados; this was the motive behind the five-day workshop on the very subject organized by Islamic Research Institute (IRI) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).  The workshop provided ample knowledge to students in order to mollify their challenges incu…Read More

  • Pakistan secures three Gold at Asia Pacific ICT Awards

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has created stir by securing three gold and a silver award at Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA-2015) held in Colombo, Srilanka.  Eyedeus Labs drove the route by securing gold in the startup category for their new product "Ingrain", while Evamp and Sanga clinched gold for their "Mobile Audio Streaming Service" under the Inclusion and Community Category. The third gold was packed away by Noor Asif and Muhammad Farjad Hassan, students of NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, for the…Read More

  • PITB holds exclusive session to highlight ICT accomplishments

    STAFF REPORT LHR: An exclusive session was held from PITB in Lahore with World Bank officials in Islamabad and government officials in New Delhi, India regarding e-government initiatives for citizen facilitation and services.  Presided by Chairman PITB Dr Umar Saif, the session was conducted by Vandana Bhatnagar, Senior Institutional Development Specialist, Water and Sanitation Program in I…Read More

  • PTCL new application allows subscribers to pay bills using android devices

    STAFF REPORT ISB: TouchPTCL is the new feature which will enable Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) subscribers to pay their telephone bills through android smartphones and smart watches.  TouchPTCL is a mobile application which can be used by subscribers to pay their bills of different services including landline/EVO, recharge credit, EVO/V-Fone Pre-Paid etc. This …Read More

  • Water and ecosystem sustainability focused at WWF-Pak workshop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) organized one day workshop in order to stress on the natural conservation and biodiversity downstream of Kotri Barrage. The workshop aimed at ecosystems sustainability and providing adequate enabling environment for protection of natural wealth, through uncommon endeavors and extravagant attempts at governmental level to ensure the maximum output.  …Read More

  • COMSATS, ISOC join hands to launch W4C Project in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The internet access to all was the motive behind the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) and the Internet Society (ISOC).  According to the MoU, both the organizations agreed to launch the pilot project Wireless for Communities (W4C) at Chak Faiz located near Multan. The idea behind the project is to provid…Read More

  • Intel conducts second ‘Punjab Science Fair-2015’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Intel Pakistan has concluded the second ‘Punjab Science Fair’, winners of which are eligible to compete at National Science Fair which will be held earlier in the next year. During the second science fair, participants from across the Punjab province participated and presented their research-based projects in different categories of science including Biology, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.  …Read More

  • Pakistani young girl reaches 'SAP’s Teen Innovator-2015' Finals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Lamia Zuberi, 15, after developing mobile application on health and nutritional needs of students, has notched up to reach the grand finale of “Social Innovation Series”. She I competing for SAP's Teen Innovator title. Lamia is an American based girl having her roots in Pakistan.  Mobile application titled as ‘Select N’ Smoothies’ has tendency to allow studen…Read More

  • Cyber Crime Law inevitable for Digital Economy: ICT experts

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A two-day conference with the theme “Towards Digital Economy in Pakistan - Building ICT Agenda for Sustainable Development” was sorted out by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) with the aim to sensitize government to finalize cyber-crime law without further delay so to ensure cyber security for the sustainable development of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Telecommunication sector.  …Read More

  • MoCC no more headless body, Zahid Hamid takes oath as Federal Minister

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After being a headless organization for more than 4 months, Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) rallied the induction of Zahid Hamid as he took oath as Federal Minister of MoCC.  Zahid Hamid academic credentials are quite high as he possesses law degree from Punjab University and Post-Grad degree from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. Zahid worked broadly in the…Read More

  • Technology boost required to attain food security objective: Experts

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The need to categorically focus on technological interventions to boost agricultural yields was emphasized at All Pakistan Science Conference on Food Security and Security Challenges in Pakistan. The two day event was organized by Pakistan Association for Advancement of Science (PAAS) and Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR).  Various experts…Read More

  • WB sanctions $500 million to Pakistan for energy reforms

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The energy sector of Pakistan has been in tatters for past few years and industrialization and domestic decree due to power shortage has left number of unemployment and other associated social issues. The World Bank (WB) has recently approved an amount of $500 million financial support to Pakistan which will be soon processed.  This was revealed by Ministry of Finance…Read More

  • Pakistan, Tajikistan deepen cooperation in energy and defense

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Tajikistan renew their bilateral relation through agreements for extended cooperation on energy, defense and commerce sector. The executives of both countries i.e. Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and President, Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon joined in the meet at Islamabad and signed 7 agreements in various fields including energy, industrial sectors, science and technology, geology, and defense.  …Read More

  • Deliberation session on ‘Science for Sustainable Future’ held

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A discussion forum on the theme ‘Science for Sustainable Future’ was organized in order to mark the World Science Day-2015. The purpose of the event was to review the S&T advancement status in Pakistan, identify the problems hindering scientific and technological, and propose solutions to those challenges in order to achieve the sustainable development goals and protect future generations from noxious challenges of climate change, food security, water scarcity, malnutrition, and many more. The event was held jointly by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Devel…Read More

  • IIUI consolidates agreement with US varsity to setup CTE

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has surfaced an agreement with US-based University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) to establish a Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at IIUI.  This emerged out as a consequence of meeting of a two-member UNCW delegation with, President IIUI, Dr Ahmed Yousif Al Draiweesh. …Read More

  • MoIT up to setup 500 telecentres for virtual education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 500 telecentres will be setup in far flung and under developed areas of Pakistan in order to enable people to get advantage of National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) services and also get virtual education through these centres.  This was ascribed by Federal Minister for Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman in a Sen…Read More

  • FUU launches Pakistan’s first ever Emergency Rescue Mobile App

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A mobile application aiming at providing emergency rescue communication utility has been launched by Federal Urdu University, Karachi. This mobile application is the unprecedented effort in this regard, and it can be downloaded to any android smartphone.  The user code is assigned by app to particular user which can be shared with the acquaintances and close family…Read More

  • FUU launches Pakistan’s first ever Emergency Rescue Mobile App

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A mobile application aiming at providing emergency rescue communication utility has been launched by Federal Urdu University, Karachi. This mobile application is the unprecedented effort in this regard, and it can be downloaded to any android smartphone.  The user code is assigned by app to particular user which can be shared with the acquaintances and close family…Read More

  • Computerworld names CIO FFC in premier 100 tech leaders

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The IDG’s Computerworld has announced 100 technology leaders’ honouree and Mukhtar Hussain from Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) Limited has secured a spot amongst those. Mukhtar is serving as Chief Information Officer at FFC.  The achievements of Mukhtar include successfully leading the largest implementation of SAP ERP in Pakistan and establishing state …Read More

  • PITB signs agreement with Chinese Co for developing tech infrastructure

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has joined hands with Chinese enterprise for establishment of a joint comprehensive Integrated Command, Control and Communication (IC3) System in various districts of the province.  The agreement signing took place in a ceremony held at PITB. The Chairman PITB, Dr Umar Saif and the General Manager, CETC International Co Ltd, China inked the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The scope of agreement covers the cooperation of Chinese company in identifying areas w…Read More

  • Experts woe environmental concerns in FATA development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An inception meeting was called out in order to examine the practices in the FATA region in which experts, scientists, water resource management professionals, representatives from NGOs, KPK government were present. The meeting marked the launching of two-year project directed at water governance improvement in FATA. …Read More

  • Research Commercialization office inaugurated at AIOU

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has formally launched the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) in an attempt to pool researchers, scientists and also mitigate the gap between academia, industry, and the society in order to nurture a socio-economic viable research with greater impact.  Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor AIOU inaugurated the OR…Read More

  • World Science Day celebrated at PSF

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) held a sublime event in wake of World Science Day (WSD-2015) which is celebrated every year across the globe on November 10. This year’s theme for WSD was ‘Science for Sustainable Future’. The purpose of celebrating this event was to mark the global solidarity for promotion of science and technology in order to create sustainable environments and combat with challenges for a prosperous and safer world. …Read More

  • IT enthusiasts raced for CIIT Visio Spark-2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) held its annual ‘Visio Spark-2015’ festival aimed to give Information Technology enthusiasts from all over the country an opportunity to showcase their skills and innovations and to grasp the merits of staying updated with the latest trends and dynamics of the rapidly growing IT sector.  According to the sources, mo…Read More

  • Telenor join hands with KP gov for IT education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has formed allegiance with Telenor, the premier telecommunication company of the country in order to introduce Information Technology (IT) to primary schools. The purpose of the collaboration is to promote ICT education at grass root level to hone for innovation and technological change.  …Read More

  • SC permits telcos to issue 8 SIMs on a single CNIC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The telecommunication companies had severe concern over Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) limit of issuance of 5 SIM cards on a single CNIC as Zong had earlier on filed a petition in the court couple of months ago. The Supreme Court has now allowed a maximum of 8 mobile SIMS including three data SIMs and 5 normal SIMs.  It is relevant to mentio…Read More

  • Seminar soars PESCO performance, improvement urged by experts

    STAFF REPORT PEW: A seminar was held for brainstorming and exchange of ideas in order to improve the efficiency of Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO). The title of the event was “How to turn around PESCO” and various technocrats from energy management and power sector as well as policy makers were present on the occasion.  …Read More

  • MoIT nearing to become energy efficient by employing EMS

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The energy efficient buildings are one of the important practices of developed world for energy conservation and management. The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication is all set to become energy efficient by developing a self-managing energy system (SES).  According to the sources, the SES will be capable of streamlining energy processes and conser…Read More

  • PARC set to sensitize policy makers on agri-challenges

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The sustainable growth of agriculture sector is necessary to refuel the Pakistan’s economy and this very resolve has prompted Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) to instigate an awareness campaign directed to raise awareness amongst stakeholders to prioritize agriculture sector.  PARC sources revealed that the organization is all set to start the awarenes…Read More

  • Integrated efforts are required to curtail biodiversity reduction: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was held to mark the release of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) in order to formulate protocols to restrict practices responsible for biodiversity reduction. The event was held by Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Speaking on the occasion, Naeem Ashraf Raja, Director of Biodivers…Read More

  • Pakistani technopreneurs head to Telenor Youth Forum

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan's young technopreneurs, Fatima Rizwan and Haroon Yasin have made it to the third Telenor Youth Forum occurring in Oslo, Norway in December 2015. The occasion will assemble youth from Telenor Group's 13 markets in the Nordic district, Europe and Asia, to share their points of view and thoughts on the subject of Knowledge for All.  Fatima Rizwan is the CEO …Read More

  • Tech City project is crucial for ICT development: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National ICT R&D Fund held 40th Board of Directors meeting on November 5, 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to review the progresses made in ICT sector and also deliberations for future programmes.  Minister of State for Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman presided over the meeting. She emphasized on Tech City pro…Read More

  • Prof Zabta clinches ‘UNESCO Avicenna Prize’ for Ethics in Science

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The shining scientist and pride of the country, Prof Zabta Khan Shinwari yet again become the reason for a Pakistani to brag about, considering the fact that the maestro is now the laureate of UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science- 2015 in recognition of his work in S&T. Prof Zabta Khan Shinwari is a renowned biotechnologist with number of accomplishments to his credit. He is currently serving as Secretary General in Pakistan Academy of Sciences where his role for science and technology promotion is widely recognized. …Read More

  • Alternate energy vital for community development: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT FSB: A three-day international workshop on ‘Renewable Energy Technology for Community Development’ was organized in order to highlight the importance of utilization of renewable energy sources in special connection of community development. The event was organized by University of Faisalabad (UAF) in partnership with DAAD Germany.  UAF Vice Chancellor, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan presided over the session. He said while communicating the vitality of renewable energy sources in community development, “Pakist…Read More

  • Intel announces new IoT platform

    Press Release:  Intel Corporation today announced a new Intel® IoT Platform as part of its effort to build out one of the most comprehensive offerings for the Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace. The platform includes two reference architectures that incorporate a portfolio of products from Intel and its ecosystem to address the IoT opportunity. The products include new Intel® Quark™ processors for IoT, free and simple operating systems with a comprehensive cloud suite from Wind River, and analytics capabilities, all designed to build and secure smart and connected solutions from things to the cloud. …Read More

  • Intel announces new IoT platform

    Press Release:  Intel Corporation today announced a new Intel® IoT Platform as part of its effort to build out one of the most comprehensive offerings for the Internet of Things (IoT) marketplace. The platform includes two reference architectures that incorporate a portfolio of products from Intel and its ecosystem to address the IoT opportunity. The products include new Intel® Quark™ processors for IoT, free and simple operating systems with a comprehensive cloud suite from Wind River, and analytics capabilities, all designed to build and secure smart and connected solutions from things to the cloud. …Read More

  • Experts stress to hike renewable energy sector of Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The launch of a renewable energy corporate entity ‘Solar Sigma Limited’ was witnessed in an exclusive ceremony locally held. The company specializes in solar based project management solutions.  The speakers on the inaugural ceremony were from diverse backgrounds including experts of renewable energy solutions, solar, wind etc. The participants included renowned resour…Read More

  • PARC committed to boost indigenous olive production

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The local olive production can reduce much of the load on the national exchequer due to its import in current circumstances. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has rolled out nine new varieties of olive and plans to make them available for farmers for cultivation and multiplication. The main focus of this programme is to raise olive production in the country on commercial basis.  …Read More

  • Intel receives overwhelming response in Sindh Science Fair

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The provincial science fair was arranged by Intel ® International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel® ISEF) in order to promote S&T research projects of the students from across the region. The students took extravagant interest in the science fair and as many as 72 research based projects were submitted by them and winners of the provincial competition will further be taken to national competition which will be held next year in Islamabad. …Read More

  • Importance of apt management of renewable energy projects underlined

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The renewable energy sector in the country often faces severe project management associated risks which are mandatory to be wiped in order to boost the potential of the alternate energy in Pakistan. A seminar on the theme, “Renewable Energy and Power – Managing Project Risk Finance” was held recently. The objective of the event was to identify various management challenges present in renewable energy projects in Pakistan. The event was a productive gathering comprising of eminent experts from renewable energy sector. …Read More

  • 5th 'Innovation Summit' held to showcase student inventions

    STAFF REPORT HARIPUR: The two-day summit on theme ‘Invention to Innovation’ kick started at University of Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The objective of the event was to give students an opportunity to showcase their innovative technological inventions.  More than 500 technologies were given space in the event. …Read More

  • FAST-NU confers degrees to 368 students

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The 42nd convocation ceremony of FAST-National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences was held in Karachi recently. The degrees were awarded to the graduates of different disciplines.  Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Sikandar Ali Mandhro participated in the event as chief guest. He said while addressing on the occasion, “T…Read More

  • PSEB unites fledgling technopreneurs with the IT maestros

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The two-day workshop aiming to launch IT startups and entrepreneurs was organized by Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB). The event entailed renowned figures from Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector to acknowledge the innovative ideas of the technopreneurs.  The workshop training involv…Read More

  • Targeted research inevitable for the overhaul of agri-sector: Experts

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A seminar with the theme ‘Fiscal Space for Investment in Agriculture – A review of Taxes and Subsidies in Agriculture in Pakistan’ was recently held by Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R). The objective of the seminar was to have an insight on the research findings on net fiscal position in agriculture sector.  The researchers, experts from …Read More

  • HEC six projects get green signal from CDWP

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has successfully got approved six of its projects from Central Development Working Party (CDWP). The project accumulative cost amounts to Rs 8 billion approximately.  According to the sources, a meeting of CDWP with Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development was held recently in which the said projects were sanctioned. The HEC projects include setting up of a Technology Development Fund for the organization; establishment of state of the art university i…Read More

  • Eco-friendly development is the way forward for a safer planet: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was held to instigate a public talk on ‘Climate Change and International Security’ which was organized by Embassy of France at Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS). The function whirled around significance of environmental conservation in order to save humans from catastrophic impacts such as floods, earthquakes, drought, food insecurity etc.  D…Read More

  • FJWU signs agreement for setting up advisory centre for eco-friendly transport system

    STAFF REPORT RWP: The sustainable and environmental friendly transport system is the need of the hour in the country as major chunk of the air pollution is contributed by vehicles. Thinking on this pattern, an agreement was signed by Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in partnership with Project Management Unit ‘PAKISTRAN’ and Ministry of Water and Power in order to set up a think tank responsible for advising on policy makers, identifying loopholes in the transport system and suggesting solutions to curtail automobile driven greenhouse gases discharge. …Read More

  • CC Commission grunts effective role of media in boosting environmental awareness

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The environmental commission which was constituted to ensure the implementation of climate change policy and monitor the federal and provincial governments’ activities in connection to environmental footprints has recently rolled out improvement of inter-agency coordination for better resilience against the climate change impacts.  The commission …Read More

  • Punjab Gov deliberates setting up IT University in RYK

    STAFF REPORT RYK: The Government of Punjab has planned to set up Information Technology University at the expense of Rs. 3.84 billion. The purpose of establishing IT university in the region is to promote ICT education in under developed areas of Punjab and bring the human asset to the mainstream industrial channel. This has been proclaimed by the Education Minister Punjab as of late while tending to an appointment of University educators from Southern Punjab.  …Read More

  • Food Security must be ensured for a healthier society: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A training session was held to sensitize the need of food security and improve it from the continuously worsening situation. The event was organized by Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) in collaboration with Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI).  The representatives of more than 65 SMEs from food sector for example, Bakery, Fast …Read More

  • WWF-Pak, KE shake hand to shield Karachi city from CC impacts

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) has joined hands with K-Electric Company, according to which both the organizations will mutually put efforts together for making Karachi city a climate friendly territory as the city has already paid penalty due to pollution and climate change impacts in the form of heat waves etc.  A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was si…Read More

  • PVTC enhances technical training goals

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) will arrange trainings of up to 480,000 people in different fields throughout the following three years. The essential goal of the professional training is to change the lives of the unemployed youth and empower them to win their job through good means. PVTC offers IT related courses like Computer Operator/Office Professional, Web and Graphics Designing, Computer Textile Designing, Computer Hardware and Network Technician. Different fields of training will incorporate Auto CAD, E-Commerce and so on. …Read More

  • PTA raids illegal VOIP Exchange in Lahore

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its enduring efforts to control grey traffick has tramped an illegal Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) exchange in Lahore.   According to details, a successful raid against the grey operator was carried out along with FIA team at Karachi Mohallah, Saddar, Lahore Cantt. An illegal VOIP exchange comprising 4 gateways, multipl…Read More

  • FFC mulls establishment of fertilizer plant in Tanzania

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s premier fertilizer company Fauji Fertilizer Company (FFC) has entered into a consortium with Haldor Topsoe (Denmark based Company) to set up a large scale fertilizer plant in Tanzania.  This undertaking is one of the greatest outside interest in Tanzania. The fertilizer complex is relied upon to be on-stream by 2020, and will be creating 1.3 million tons of urea …Read More

  • Livestock policy research centre inaugurated in UVAS

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A new “Centre for Applied Policy Research in Livestock (CAPRL)” has been established in University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore. The aim for establishment of the centre is to reinforce policy and institutional reforms through robust research and development of livestock sector in the province for sustainable economic growth. The centre is the result of joint efforts of UVAS and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). …Read More

  • Education expo glimmers the role of literacy in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) held education expo to highlight the significance of knowledge and education in development of society. The three-day event is titled as ‘Qazi Hussain Ahmad Memorial Education Expo’.  The event included book fairs in which a large collection of books from diversified fields of S&T, education, literature were exhibited. A seminar on ‘Our Education System and Pakistan’s future: Analysis and way forward’ was also included in the three daylong event in which a…Read More

  • Innovative methods for best utilization of water in agri sector underscored

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was held by US and Pak experts in order to stress on best practices for water consumption in agri sector to mull for water conservation and reduce the adversities associated with the scarcity of water due to superfluous utilization. The meeting was organized by US embassy.  The two-day meeting highlighted advances and practices, for instance, daylight based energi…Read More

  • PITB initiates Automatic Attendance System in PP

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has set up automated attendance system for Punjab Police Department to beat different administrative and validating hindrances and streamline the system. It is pertinent to mention that PITB had earlier provided biometric devices to police department for on spot identification of criminals.  Dr Umar Saif, Chairman PITB while com…Read More

  • ICT block inaugurated in LCWU

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The information communication technology (ICT) is energizing Pakistan and propelling it towards the digital age. Keeping in mind the significance of ICT, Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) has unveiled its newly constructed ICT block.  LCWU Vice Chancellor Dr Uzma Qureshi outlined the gigantic commitment of the foundation in the empowerment of girls through train…Read More

  • KP Gov deliberates IT labs establishment in public sector schools

    STAFF REPORT PEW: The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after declaring the year as ‘Year of Technology’ has decided to establish Information Technology (IT) laboratories in the public sector schools across the province. The lack of IT infrastructure in government schools is a major problem leading towards inadequate skill development and exposure of students towards IT. This step beholds a milestone importance and its fruitful impacts will be observed in coming years. …Read More

  • Solar based innovation stressed at NUST workshop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A three-day workshop on solar based innovation was organized at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). The workshop included sessions on solar based information evaluations, high accuracy gear establishment, energy frameworks and related production apparatuses.  The experts present in the workshop were of the view that coal power plants filter their emi…Read More

  • Dual Degree Controversy: HEC nods to accredit local CIIT degree

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The much of debate of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) double degree controversy is delineated as the Governing Body of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has chosen to perceive and verify just local degree and transcript recompensed by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) under double degree system dispatched as a team with the Lancanster University, UK, and that as well after culmination of degree prerequisites and accreditation by the separate proficient chamber. …Read More

  • Nandipur Power Plant resumes producing power

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Nandipur Power Plant continued delivering 470 MW and was at long last conformed to 430 MW which is being infused to national grid.  The plant was introduced and effectively test keep running in August this year however was closed down hence in light of the fact that an understanding came to with a Malaysian firm for Operation and Maintenance (O and M) of plant was wipe…Read More

  • Warid launches G Five LTE 3 smartphone

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Warid Telecom has propelled fresh out of the box new LTE empowered cell phone for their clients. The G'Five LTE LTE 3 is presently available to new and existing LTE prepaid and LTE postpaid clients. As indicated by points of interest, with every buy a free LTE SIM will be given to clients alongside free 2GB's of LTE portable information every month for 12 months in a row. Both of the handsets accompany 15 months of guarantee only for Warid clients. …Read More

  • KPK Gov launches extravagant food security programme

    STAFF REPORT PEW: The provincial Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province has formally dispatched the 'Insaf Food Security Program' under which wheat seeds will be dispersed to ranchers. The project is an edifying endeavor to ensure the food security and accessibility of appropriate assets to the farmer's group keeping in mind the end goal to support the farming needs and create distinctive sustenance wares in more promi…Read More

  • Reto Foundation set to start e-literacy project

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Reto Foundation intends to start the profound study program in rustic and under considered territories to enable the general population there through preparing, framing understudy clubs and holding book drives. The association is good to go to prepare the students to meet the future difficulties head on.  Senior official of Reto Foundation said, “The organizat…Read More

  • WWF-Pak launches AWS for water management

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A ceremony was held to mark the launching of Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) under the aegis of World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) in alliance with Nestle Pakistan. The project stresses international water management standard that tends to adapt ace water management protocols in various industrial operations at large scale.  Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan said, “Pakistan is a water-based economy and the resource is crucial for sustaining its economic growth and development. However, challenges such …Read More

  • Online Research Database unleashed in IIUI

    STAFF REPORT ISB: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Office of Research Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC) has unleashed first ever online examination database in the university in order to facilitate the students, researchers and faculty members and guide them towards convenient access to research repository.  As showed by the purposes of interest, the idea behind t…Read More

  • WPA, Taiwan offers PhD Scholarships

    WPA frequently offers PhD scholarships for highly qualified and motivated MSc graduates who are interested to start a scientific career on water related research topics. The applicant for a WPA PhD scholarship must submit a high quality proposal addressing one of the research topics given on the WPA website. Be accepted as PhD-Student by one of our Faculties at the University of Hohenheim in order to take up your WPA scholarship. If you fulfill the requirements of the Faculty will be approved on checking your application documents after submission. The candidates…Read More

  • COMSATS CC pledges to strengthen S&T coordination

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Consultative Committee of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) emphasized its promise to strengthen the association's S&T projects and exercises amid its third Meeting held in Accra, Ghana, on 26th October 2015.  Fazal Abbas Maken, Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) led the meeting as Cha…Read More

  • Singapore Fertilizer Company launches operation in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was held to mark the starting of Singapore based fertilizer company 'Agven Private Limited'. The organization has now begun its marketing and distribution operations in Pakistan. AGVEN Pakistan is a completely possessed auxiliary of AGVEN Singapore and is overseen via prepared experts with many years of compost business involvement in Pakistan. AGVEN has long haul relationship with Guizhou Kailin Group, China that is one of the biggest makers of DAP Fertilizer in China. …Read More

  • Experts point energy, water, and agriculture as the prime victims of climate change

    STAFF REPORT KHI: International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has held 14th meeting of National Coordination Body (NCB) of the Mangroves for the Future Programme (MFF). The aim of the meeting revolved around the identification of core areas such as energy, water, and agriculture being the prime victims of climate change phenomenon. The experts from Ministry of Climate Chan…Read More

  • Alternative energy is the way forward for sustainable energy infrastructure: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The two-day international conference with the theme ‘Renewable Energy Trade Mission’ was organized by Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) with the aim to develop a business friendly environment for foreign investors in the alternative energy sector including solar, wind etc. The partner organization of the event was Middle East Solar Industry Associations (MESIA).  The meeting pulled in the energetic cooperation from every single driving Pakistan endeavors and financial specialists working in the …Read More

  • Nine New Maize hybrids sanctioned by PARC for cultivation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council's (PARC's) maize variety evaluation committee (VEC) has ratified nine maize hybrid varieties. The VEC on rice was held under Member Crops Sciences Division Chairman Dr Shahid Masood.  It joins six yellow and three white crossbreeds, one white open-pollinated (OP) variety of maize and two SS hybrids (as grub). Four recommended …Read More

  • GCU holds Science Poster Exhibition

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Government College University (GCU) Lahore held science exhibition with an aim to highlight research of students in different S&T fields. Poster competition was also part of the exhibition.  The posters were on different scientific themes including, nanotechnology, bio-pr…Read More

  • Pakistan students embellished at CERN

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan turning into the first member from the European Organization for Nuclear Research among Asian nations this year, youthful researchers from the nation have as of now made their imprint.  A graduate of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) stood first at the mid-year temporary position program at the examination office famously known as CERN, …Read More

  • AEDB contemplates 30 Wind Power Projects

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 30 windmill energy extends, that will create 1760 MW power, are being scrutinized by Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), said Ministry of Water and Power.  An investment of more than one billion dollars has been made in wind energy segment amid the most recent two years, to construct 30 wind energy ventures with 1760 MW limit. Another three wind energ…Read More

  • AIOU set to promote solar technology

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The renewable advancement is a twofold process and the educated community incorporation and commitment is required with a specific end goal to brace the capacity building in renewable energy and meet nation's energy requests in a viable way. The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) is determined to a right heading and understanding the need of great importance, AIOU and Zhongli Sci-Tech University of China have chosen to cooperate for advancing solar powered innovation, through research center and group based tasks. …Read More

  • PMAS-AAUR celebrates WFD

    STAFF REPORT RWP: The Pir Mehr Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) celebrated World Food Day with an attempt to raise awareness about hunger challenges and guarantee food security.  This year, the topic of the World Food Day is 'Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty,' which means to sharpen individuals about destroying country dest…Read More

  • QAU signs agreement with AGAHI for research promotion

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The joint agreement to promote research has been signed between Qauid e Azam University (QAU) and Agahi which is creating a network of institutional and individual relationships in the country that will facilitate and conduct futures research in support for the Pakistan Foresight Initiative. In its pilot stage, the scholarly organization will strive for making quality research work through Dr Inayatullah Fellowship Program on Peace and Technology. …Read More

  • PU conferred degree to students in convocation ceremony

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab University (PU) held its 123rd convocation to confer degrees to students of various disciplines. PU holds eminent reputation in academic sphere of the country and it is important to note that Noble Prize Winner, Dr Abdul Salam also belonged to this prestigious university.  Vice Chancellor PU, Dr Mujahid Kamran while addressing on the occasion said, “Edu…Read More

  • NDMA unleashes 15-year plan to combat disasters

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) unleashed a 15-year plan to the partners in a conference to adapt to common debacles on the premise of National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP). The goal of the conference was to reveal the future arrangement for usage of NDMP concentrating on Multi Hazard Vulnerability Risk Assessments (MHVRA), Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM), Capacity Building intercessions including Emergency Responses Exercises for government authorities and volunteers, and creating awareness. …Read More

  • KU, SMIU sign MoU for joint research

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The agreement was shaped between University of Karachi (UoK) and the Sindh Madressatul Islam University for coordinated effort in joint research in various fields of education. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was marked between the high officials of both the varsities.  As indicated by the reports both varsities concurred joint effort would achieve…Read More

  • BU IOT workshop concludes

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The three-day Indigenous On-campus Training (IOT) workshops concluded at Bahria University (BU). The IOT workshops, containing three unique sessions every day, were arranged by the Bahria University's Human Resource Development Office in a joint effort with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) under the capacity building of non-teaching staff.  The points o…Read More

  • AIOU and South Korean varsity join hands for exchange programmes

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The academic coordinated effort and global linkages are imperative to amplify the participation and explore new horizons in education, research and development. Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Kongju National University, South Korea, marked a MoU for creating exchange programs for understudies and academicians and helping one another in pertinent scholastic fields for their common advantage.  …Read More

  • Experts stress to incorporate biosafety significance in NBSAP

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A consultative meeting was sorted out jointly by the Ministry of Climate Change and International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pakistan to discuss possible results of interpolating biosafety stresses into the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP).  IUCN is upgrading the NBSAP for the Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan. Driven by Syed Mahmood Na…Read More

  • CIIT faculty member secures International Green Talent Award - 2015

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) faculty member has secured the International Green Talent Award 2015 for his research on renewable energy production. Dr Naim Rashid, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at CIIT, Lahore Campus was the main Pakistani to have won the current year's International Green Talent Award (2015), presented by the Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.  …Read More

  • TheNetwork holds seminar for sensitizing significance of organic food

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The seminar focusing on system on safe common food in Pakistan was engineered by TheNetwork for Consumer Protection. The purpose of the course was to weight on building collaboration with the regular society's accomplices to target policy makers furthermore Pakistan's Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) to manufacture support for a draft on Organic Farming Policy.  …Read More

  • Microsoft expresses emphatic interest to develop Pakistan’s innovation ecosystem

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A high level meeting was held between Federal State Minister for Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunications, Anusha Rahman and the delegation of Microsoft USA to discuss mutual cooperation endeavors and identify the various opportunities in the IT sector for an innovation based economic model.  Anusha Rahman said in the midst of the meeting, "Pakistan is strivi…Read More

  • Australia announces $13m funds to uplift Pak agriculture

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Australian government would contribute $13 million under its Phase-II of the Agriculture Sector Linkages Program (ASLP) to improve the desires for wellbeing of small farmers in Pakistan. This was proclaimed by Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Margaret Adamson; it has been the establishment of Australia's sponsorship to Pakistan's agribusiness territory.  S…Read More

  • MFA, Azerbaijan pledges to support ECOSF

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) Prof Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro held a meeting with the focal person of Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Republic of Azerbaijan during his official visit. For the advantage of MFA, Marat Kangarlinski, Head of the Dept. of Humanitarian and Social Issues, was assigned to meet Dr Soomro. The purpose of meeting was to identify the areas of cooperation amongst the both counterparts in order to boost S&T activities.   President ECOSF also underlined on the prerequisite f…Read More

  • CIIT holds symposium to blemish UNs ‘Year of Light based Technologies’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A three-day International Symposium on 'Light and Life' was held at Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT). This event was sorted out to commend the UN International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, and in addition to highlight the most recent exploration and advancements in this field happening across the world.  Talking on the eve…Read More

  • Training workshop equipped students with ‘Bio-Briquetting’ technique

    STAFF REPORT CHITRAL: The four-day training workshop for students of Gilgit-Baltistan was instiga…Read More

  • Climate pundits compel Pak authorities to accelerate practical measures

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The second training workshop for journalists, before the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) was organized by the German association Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) with the expect to sharpen the abilities of columnists/journalists on environmental change and natural issues and acquaint them with the essentialness of the COP 21. …Read More

  • HEC holds IT training workshop to enthuse technical skills

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has sorted out a three-day workshop on Netw…Read More

  • PARC celebrates World Food Day pledging to dwindle poverty

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In acknowledgment of World Food Day (WFD), an event was sorted out by Pakistan Ag…Read More

  • Zong expresses displeasure over faulty 3G spectrum

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong, the foremost telecommunication company, has whined to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) over faulty 3G spectrum.  The organization expressed that PTA and the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) had set up a mottled band available to be purchased, which brought on the organization immense misfortunes amid the year. …Read More

  • KAAP organizes an Annual Alumni Reception 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan (KAAP) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), official benefactor office of the Republic of Korea held an Annual Alumni Reception 2015. More than 120 higher government officials from distinctive Government Ministries participated in the event.  Sung Choon-Ki, the KOICA Resident Representative Pakistan said amid the occa…Read More

  • PASTIC holds ‘Research Tools & Techniques’ training workshop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Center, (PASTIC) sorted out a preparation workshop on "Research Tools and Techniques" from 14-16 Oct 2015 at PASTIC National Center, Quaid-e-Azam University Campus, Islamabad. The aim of this workshop was to manufacture the limit of youthful scientists and to upgrade their research aptitudes in information technology and research through usage of well-known softwares. …Read More

  • PTA set to auction WLL in AJK, GB

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued an information memorandum (IM) available to be purchased of wireless local licenses (WLL) in Azad Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Biltistan (GB), which would be organized on end of this year.  As indicated by the IM, PTA is wanting to embrace a bartering to honor licenses/rights to utilize range in the 1,900…Read More

  • Nestle – IBA join hands for preferment of agri entrepreneurship

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Nestlé Pakistan has entered in an association with the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) to dispatch a project for those enthusiastic about adding to their aptitudes in agriculture enterprise and administration. As per the understanding, a bunch of 40 understudies would be prepared every year for a long time. The specialized learning and abilities that they procure would empower them to make utilization of advanced and inventive horticultural and business administration works. …Read More

  • RIS launches unprecedented project of using ICT for interactive learning

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Root International Schools (RIS) dispatched an entire new activity with the name ‘Bridged Learning with Interactive Communication (BLINC)’. RIS composed a top to bottom instructional meeting for the branch heads, science educators and ICT instructors.  CEO, RIS CEO Walid Mushtaq said that this activity offers the conveyance of lessons in the classrooms by…Read More

  • HSE: Formulation of Fire Safety Codes, NDMA, PEC join hands

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Engineering Council has held hands with the disaster management authority  to take a shot at change and prerequisite of Fire and Safety Codes at the chamber.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was surfaced between the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). The MoU grants PEC to wear down reforms…Read More

  • USAID, TheNetwork marked disclosure of safe drinking water project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and TheNetwork for Consumer Protection launched 'Ensuring Access to Safe Drinking Water' project in order to enhance the drinking water quality in accordance with the global measures.  TheNetwork CEO Nadeem Iqbal marked the launching of project and said that it is extremely befuddling for buyers to see how …Read More

  • Improvement of water governance and cooperation emphasized in the workshop

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Provincial Water Conference, Sindh was organized by Indus Consortium in Karachi to mull for the strategies that account to address the water scarcity issue in the province. The theme of the conference was ‘Improving water governance & promoting water cooperation’.  The experts, industrialists, academicians, students, and a large number of civil societies turned out…Read More

  • Pakistan’s first multi-brand experience center started

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong has declared the opening of first of its kind experience center in Islamabad. Organization said that a wide range of cellular telephones, tabs, iPads, Zong's 3G and 4G gadgets and other related adornments are put in plain view for clients to experience them direct before making a buy. Experience center at present houses more than 300 cell phones, tabs, iPads and information gadgets in plain view for clients to experience continuously.  …Read More

  • Kaymu held biggest shopping expo

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Kaymu opened 'Pakistan's biggest shopping center in your pocket' at the Masala Family Festival 2015 held at the Expo Center in Lahore.  Kaymu teamed up with Telenor, and offered Telenor 3G Handsets at reduced costs when acquired from Kaymu.pk. Guests were additionally offered rebates on different items, including beautifying agents and devices. …Read More

  • Local adaptation against climate change stressed

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A one-Day consultative workshop was sorted out for the improvement of Local Adaptation arrangement of Action for region Lahore. The workshop was organized by Oxfam, one of the main NGO working in enhanced parts including environmental change, feasible advancement and neediness easing.  About 17 participants from various government departments including Environm…Read More

  • Zameen.com launches iPad app

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan's top property gateway Zameen.com reported the launch of its iPad application a week ago, which offers a streamlined affair for the world's client’s most prominent tablet and gives Zameen.com a wide reach.  This application is centered on interfacing Zameen.com's ta…Read More

  • HEC urges to foster edu linkages with South Korea

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An event honoring educational, research linkages in between Pakistan and South Korea was held at a service regarding the latter’s Independence Day festivities sorted out at the HEC Secretariat.  The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed while tending to on the occasion focused on the requirement for improving instructive joint effort wit…Read More

  • HEC, CIIT mull for joint initiatives for improvement of work efficiency

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Faculty Development Academy (FDA) of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad has planned to organize a series of seven workshops in a joint effort with Higher Education Commission. In such manner, the first workshop titled 'Office Procedures and Practices' was held.  This workshop was intended for non-instructing staff to learn advanced p…Read More

  • Tetra Pak set to participate in largest food exhibition

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Tetra Pak, the leading food processing and packaging solutions company, will exhibit its way to deal with conveying advancement, worth and initiative for its clients at the 'Gulfood Manufacturing 2015' which is the biggest exchange display for the food and beverages processing, handling and packing industry. The event will entail more than 30,000 participants from all over the world.  …Read More

  • UAF inaugurates local food enterprise

    STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) scholars hold an event to mark inauguration of a food enterprise developed by UAF Food Sciences scholars to fulfill the sustenance needs of the boarding students of university. According to the sources, the company will supply healthy, hygienic foods to hostels at affordable charges.  Vice Chancellor UAF, Prof Dr Iqrar Ah…Read More

  • P@SHA drives 12th Annual Conference and ICT Awards

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), sorted out 12th yearly ICT Conference and Awards Ceremony, amid a prodigious event held Lahore. The key thought behind holding these events each year is to give our organizations a stage to showcase their ability and advancement, and give them an opportunity to increase neighborhood, local and global introduction. …Read More

  • WWF-Pak urges gov to amplify its voice in COP 21

    STAFF REPORT LHR: WWF-Pakistan, alongside The Embassy of France in Pakistan and other common society accomplices sorted out a joint press conference in connection to the climate change issues. The question and answer session was sorted out keeping in mind the end goal to dispatch the 'Pakistan Say Paris (From Pakistan to Paris)' making a course for Paris Climate Conference.  WWF-Pakistan …Read More

  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), Hong Kong

    The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) aims at attracting the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong’s institutions. Candidates who are seeking admission as new full time PhD students in City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Baptist University, Lingnan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong,, irrespective of their country of origin, prior work experience and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstan…Read More

  • Warid launches affordable insurance service ‘BIMA’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Warid Telecom has dispatched a new accidental insurance service called BIMA, which provides Warid clients a simple approach to ensuring the money related eventual fate of their families for as meager as Rs. 30 every month. Warid's BIMA item has effectively paid out its first claim, giving the group of a heartbreakingly perished client PKR 300,000.  Warid's BIMA is accessi…Read More

  • PTA raids illegal gateway exchange in Lahore

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its continuous endeavors to control grey traffickers has uncovered an illegal gateway exchange in Lahore.  PTA conducted an effective raid against the grey traffickers was done alongside FIA groups at Ichra Shopping Center, Lahore. An unlawful trade involving …Read More

  • NIFSAT outs mineral water

    STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: The National Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFSAT), University of Agriculture Faisalabad, has introduced reverse osmosis drinking water with mineral enhancement under public private partnership. This was revealed by Dr Masood Sadiq Butt, Dean Faculty of Food Sciences, NIFSAT.  …Read More

  • PTA initiates ‘Work from Home’ facility for employees

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has reported its 'Telecommute' (work from home) strategy on exploratory premise for its female staff.  Keeping in mind the end goal to provide convenience with workplace for ladies we have presented another strategy which permits our female staff 'TO WORK FROM HOME' utilizing telecom, said Khurram Mehran, Director Commercial Aff…Read More

  • Wapda contemplates solution for ‘Water Security’ challenge

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A consultative session of water-sector accomplices was sorted out by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to discuss the issues relating to water security. This was the second consultative session for ordered considerations about sweeping parameters of water security in Pakistan.  Talking on the occasion, WAPDA Chairman developed the issues concerning wate…Read More

  • COMSATS holds 79th Convocation

    STAFF REPORT ABBOTTABAD: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Abbottabad held its 79th convocation to present degrees to around 650 students from various faculties including engineering, natural sciences, and management etc.  Executive Director CIIT Dr S M Junaid Zaid was the chief guest on the occasion; he rewarded degrees and medals to the students. …Read More

  • UVAS organized ‘World Egg Day’ event

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Department of Poultry Production of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore in a joint exertion with the Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) organized ‘World Egg Day’ and sorted out diverse activities course, walk, egg model making competition, fascinating verse and presentation to make care about of the stimulating estimation of eggs and its essentialness for the improvement of human body etc.  Talking on the occasion, Vice-Chancellor UVAS, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha …Read More

  • Ufone, NAVTTC sign agreement for UPaisa

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was orchestrated on Thursday at National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Headquarter where under the head's supervision of NAVTTC Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, and Ufone's President and CEO Abdul Aziz, an agreement was marked through which Ufone will of…Read More

  • DG MoCC elected as VC of IPCC working group

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has chosen the leader of Pakistan's environmental change service as the Vice Chairman of one of its working group.  Muhammad Irfan Tariq, Director General Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), was chosen as the WG-I Vice Chairman. Remarking on t…Read More

  • Biometric system is necessary to restrict malpractices in education sector

    STAFF REPORT QUETTA: The utilization of technology including ‘Biometric System’ can help in checking truancy of teachers, students and identifying ghost teachers. The application of technology in education sector must be improved for the betterment of the situation and ensuring transparency. This was communicated by Advisor to Chief Minister Baluchistan on Education, Sardar Raza Muhammad Baraich during a locally held event on education reforms.  …Read More

  • Oxford University Press confers certificates under OTA program

    STAFF REPORT ISB: At an event sorted out at the Oxford University Press bookshop, 10 teachers from assorted schools in Islamabad, Abbottabad, Swat, and Peshawar were conceded presentations upon the successful fulfillment of a course held as an Oxford's Teachers' Academy (OTA).  While tending to educators and the media present on the occasion, Ameena Saiyid, Managing D…Read More

  • Workshop underscores role of women in IT sector

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Sanjh Preet Organization organized a consultative workshop at University of Management and Technology (UMT). This workshop was in a general sense created for the female IT graduates with the acquisition of section level position to enhance the employability chances of women in IT division. Starting now the condition of employability of women in IT fragment is only 14pc. Sanjh Preet Organization is working with the planned exertion of USAID under Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program (SGAFP) to …Read More

  • UNESCO, GoP bonded for improving ‘Girls Education’ in far flung areas

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO paired together the Government of Pakistan for the next three years to enhance access to quality learning open doors for essential young ladies in the far flung ranges of the country. To bolster enhanced quality and safe learning conditions for young girls of remote areas, UNESCO and the Government of Pakistan formally propelled in Islamabad the 'Young Girls Right to Education Program in Pakistan'. …Read More

  • Nestle, UVAS sign agreement for joint food safety research

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and Nestlé Pakistan, the world's leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company marked MoU for joint Food Safety research programs.  Vice Chancellor UVAS Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and Head of Technical for Nestlé Pakistan Naveed Ahmad Khan and different authorities from both sides signed the MoU under which …Read More

  • Scientific research and innovation is necessary for social development

    STAFF REPORT KHI: An important lecture titled as ‘How Pakistan can promote scientific research for human development’ was held in University of Karachi (UoK) by Department of Social Sciences, UoK. The lecture was part of series planned by the department for the sake of uplifting of social sector through scientific research.  Director, International Center for Chemical and Biol…Read More

  • Isra University expanding intn’l outreach for faculty development

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Isra University dilated upon 3 years effective association with Ball State University, United States aimed at capacity building in Department of Management Sciences, R&D and business outreach. US Consulate General, Brain Heath in association with the referred to the cooperation cited above visited Isra University Hayderabad Campus.  The Chancellor Prof.…Read More

  • IST observes World Space Week 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Institute Of Space Technology (IST) launched a three day activity oriented event to observe World Space Week that has begun from October 7 with a perspective to produce space awareness among the general public and students from universities of the twin urban communities and encompassing zones.  The World Space Week started with a stunningly rich opening function. D…Read More

  • Mobilink Foundation initiates T2T program

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink Foundation officially dispatched its 'Teach to Transform' (T2T) program by driving a 90 mins mentorship session at Master Ayub's Park School arranged at F-6, Islamabad. Under the program's standards, Mobilink's specialist volunteers contributed their vitality at the school by giving teaching support to students who were struggling academically, and required additional educational expense.  …Read More

  • PSF announces IQ Test / Interview schedule for STFS candidates

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) announced to conduct computer based IQ test and interview of Science Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) applicants fitting in with Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit-Baltistan, and Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) on October 8, 2015 at Islamabad.  …Read More

  • Palestine joins COMSATS as 23rd Member State

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The State of Palestine has joined the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) as its 23rd Member State, on October 5, 2015. The State's Ambassador of Palestine to Pakistan, Walid Abu Ali, consented to the Accession Arrangement for the benefit of the Government of Palestine, while the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, marked it in the interest of COMSATS. With the marking approved by the Palestinian Government, the Accession Agreement is taking effect right now and does not need further endorsement. …Read More

  • Intel Engineers Collaborate with Microsoft to Enhance Key Windows 10 Features

    Press Release: Intel debuted 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, its best ever. Engineered to run best on Windows* 10, 6th Gen Intel Core and Microsoft's* newest operating system mark a major milestone for the computing industry and will make people's "personal computing" experience significantly more personal. Doug Fisher, senior VP and general manager of Intel's Software and Ser…Read More

  • FAO vehemently exalts balanced fertilization for food security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) gathered one-day workshop on the 'Contribution of balanced use of fertilizers towards food security' to underscore the essentialness of balanced treatment/fertilization and soil wellbeing in feasible agribusiness and nutrition security. The workshop advanced the utilization of proper balanced inputs and 4Rs (Right compost at the Right rate at the Right time in the Right place) Nutrient Stewardship in organization with the private segment, including fertilizer and seed companies (FFC, ICI, Engro, and Pioneer Seeds Li…Read More

  • WWF-Pak advocates animal welfare on WAD

    STAFF REPORT LHR: World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) organized an event on the event of World Animal Day to push the need of creature welfare and scattering information and knowledge to cognize the masses about its significance for a supportable planet. The idea of creature wellbeing means to advance their preservation in the wild and also uncover brutality towards them in bondage.  Talki…Read More

  • Significance of ‘Space Technology’ stressed in workshop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A two-day workshop focusing on importance of space sciences and advanced technologies such as remote sensing was held in Government College University Lahore. The objective of the workshop was to create awareness about space technology and its number of applications in various sectors including meteorology, and exploitation of natural resources trough satellite image processing etc. the event was organized by premier body on the object i.e. Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). …Read More

  • Teradata abets Telenor in extending integrated data warehouse

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), the enormous data analytics and marketing applications organization, reported that Telenor Pakistan, a top notch telecom network operator, has extended its Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse to oblige fast business development and additionally take guard of a rising demand for more intense subtle element in analytic and data driven insight.  …Read More

  • Event highlights importance of sustainable transport system

    STAFF REPORT KHI: In order to create awareness on sustainable transport, a poster and debate competition was organized by International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and NED University Karachi. The event was held under the project Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKISTRAN) Project. The event aimed at conveying message of effective energy use in transport sector as its need will be increased to as much as 100% in coming years. The carbon emissions can be neutralized by use of sustainable transport systems that account for energy conservation. …Read More

  • Ufone, Huawei pen down ‘Managed Services’ contract

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ufone, a main telecom network operator in Pakistan has marked a managed services contract with worldwide telecom giant, Huawei, to build effective system for a superior client experience.  Jafar Khalid, Chief Technical Officer Ufone said while commenting on the contract, "Huawei has managed upkeep of Ufone's system for a long time now, keeping that in perspective, we should benefit from the merits of having an entrenched relationship and conservative evaluating - components that permit us to upgrade concentrate…Read More

  • PAC summons COMSATS, HEC to seek clarification on dual degree fiasco

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The COMSATS-HEC hoax of dual degree is erupting as to lead it to the rational conclusion and paying heed to the general population objection, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly had summoned both of the associations keeping in mind the end goal to cognize them with them matter.  …Read More

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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 catalogs, referrals, subsidiary promoting, and even conv…Read More

  • Punjab Forest Department establishes GIS lab

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory has been set up in Punjab Forests Department for aiding being developed steps, administration and checking of forests on research and analysis premise at an expense of Rs 50 million.  In the data's light gotten on investigative premise from the research facility forests will be secured, as well as be got about the assets and steps taken for expanding the forest area. Provincial Minister for Forests, Wildlife and Fisheries Malik Muhammad Asif Bha Awan said that hel…Read More

  • Food fortification is must to improve share in GDP: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The workshop focusing on improving food fortification by use of advanced techniques was organized by Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and National Fortification Alliance (NFA). The advocacy workshop aimed at sensitizing policy makers with several aspects of the subject including capacity building, fortification of staple crops etc.  Minister for Labor and Human Resource Development, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar was present on the occasion as chief guest. He while addressing on the occasion stressed upo…Read More

  • SIAPEP project launched for farmers

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Sindh government has impelled Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project (SIAPEP) with help of the World Bank. The project cost is more than 30 billion rupees. The project aims to improve cultivation productivity among little and medium farmers. Under the errand, the organization would line 5 thousand 500 water courses. A measure of more than 922 million rupees has been held for giving more than one thousand lasers for territory leveling and significant tearing.  The farmers are the important componen…Read More

  • FAST-NUCES holds 41st Convocation

    STAFF REPORT PEW: FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) held 41st convocation ceremony. A total of 99 graduates of Computer Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Business Administration departments were conferred with the degrees. The convocation was attended by corporate illuminating presences, driving academicians, scholarly people, students, and the parents.  Minister for Education KPK, Muhammad Atif, and the Rector of FAST National University Dr Amir Muhammad distributed awards and degree…Read More

  • Mobilink optimizes MobiLocator service

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink has recently patched up its area based service, MobiLocator to support its clients. This service furnishes clients with the capacity to locate their present area and area of their enrolled loved ones individuals. The service has a planned SMS ready alternative, which empowers the clients to track and record the area of their relatives after pre-set time interims.  Interestingly, this service likewise permits clients to discover the area of closest eateries/bistros, ATMs, Petrol Pumps and so on. …Read More

  • EatOye set to launch ‘Crore Week’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: EatOye is all set to launch ‘Crore Week’. The company sources tagline says, ‘Lock down your kitchens and wrap up those utensils before the onset of new week to get prepared for a seven days anti-cooking mayhem with EatOye’. The event is going to start on October 5, 2015.  EatOye's Crore Week 6 has been presented keeping accord with the same vibes to spoil you with a little love from food, offered by some of your most cherished restaurants all through the nation. Natasha Rizvi, Brand Manager EatOye s…Read More

  • Zong, NTU enter into cooperation agreement

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong, leading telecommunication network operator of Pakistan has consented to an arrangement with National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) for the provision of white label Mobile Broadband 4G LTE services to NTC clients. At a function held at NTC Headquarters, DG Operations NTC Maj (Retd) Asim Jelani and Mr. Niaz A. Malik Deputy CEO Zong agreed for cooperation in the interest of their particular associations.  Niaz A. Malik, Deputy CEO Zong said while talking on the event, "We are striving to give best in class s…Read More

  • Workshop highlights sustainable agri water management

    STAFF REPORT RWP: A three-day international workshop on “Sustainable Agriculture Water Management in a Changing Environment - A special Focus on Olive Tree” was held at the Pir Mehar Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). The aim of the workshop was to sensitize policy makers and bring experts, researchers and stakeholder together for use of advanced agriculture…Read More

  • Huawei Mate S phablet set to create ripples in Pak market

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Having propelled universally, Huawei Mate S high end phablet is all set to enter the local market of Pakistan this month. Adding to the rundown of Mate S highlights, its capacity to adjust to ordinary environment is a stand out remarkable feature of this advanced mobile phone.  The gadget has some charming components like the Force Touch and fingerprint mark sensor. Additionally, if your Mate S gets lost, there is no compelling reason to kink out as you can discover it by a basic voice order and the telephone will r…Read More

  • AutoGenie startup bags heavy funding from PakWheels

    STAFF REPORT LHR: AutoGenie which is PlanX (tech accelerator of Punjab Information Technology Board) based startup has successfully captured whoopy $100,000 funding from Pakistan's most popular vehicles portal PakWheels.com.  AutoGenie is an auto support entryway intended to help individuals in keeping up and repairing their vehicles from the solace of home. Their mechanics make house calls and just deal in genuine parts, taking out the 2 billion dollar misfortune that is generally acquired yearly because of the establishment of fake…Read More

  • OIC Summit Postponed - Pak sheds host`s sanctity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The much awaited mega event of OIC Summit has been postponed by authorities, stating security concerns as prime ‘spoiler’. The relevant authorities have confirmed the news and participants have also been officially notified of the postponement. The two day OIC Summit was scheduled on November 10-11, 2015, the new dates have not been announced yet.  According to the sources from COMSTECH, the OIC Summit invitation was sent to Heads of 56 Islamic States, 3 Vice Presidents of World Bank, Director COP21 and many othe…Read More

  • Microsoft unbag MS Office 2016

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Microsoft Corp. has launched MS Office 2016 worldwide. The applications are the most recent expansion to Office 365, Microsoft's cloud-based membership benefit that assists individuals with doing their best work, together. The organization additionally reported new and upgraded Office 365 services built for team productivity.  “The way people work has changed dramatically, and that’s why Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity and business processes for the mobile-first, cloud-first world,” said Satya Nad…Read More

  • Organic pollutants stemming can heal climate change impacts: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The first project steering committee meeting on ‘Comprehensive Reduction and Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)’ was sorted out by Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC). The purpose of the meeting was to exchange ideas in connection to phasing out POPs that are major source of air pollution and trigger heavy environmental challenges.  Secretary MoCC, Arif Ahmed Khan chaired the meeting. In the meeting, he emphasized on effective regulatory policy and a viable enforcement system to keep a check on POP for bett…Read More

  • PARC and Chinese varsity consolidate agreement for agriculture uplifting

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The agriculture sector uplifting can boost Pakistan`s economy to great extent and intensive R&D developments and foreign linkages are required to impart innovative technologies in this field. Based on these lines, Chinese Delegation from Lanzhou University-China and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) framed a formal agreement for mutual cooperation in a meeting held recently.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Secretary PARC, Dr Munir Ahmad and President of Lanzhou University (LZU) Chi…Read More

  • NADRA develops ‘Criminal Record System’ to aid LEAs

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has added to an exclusive 'Criminal Record System' under its belt to help the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in various exercises of terrorists and different offenders through viable utilization of innovation.  Senior official of NADRA said while commenting on the newly developed system, “The software contains names and other essential data of criminals and terrorists; Nadra will further help the law enforcement agencies in gathering biometric data of in…Read More

  • Web portal unleashed for e-governance in KP

    STAFF REPORT PEW: The web-portal of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government`s Right to Information Commission was inaugurated in a ceremony held in Peshawar. The web portal is created in order to ensure transparency, accountability in public sector departments by providing access to information to general public. According to the KP government senior officials, public will be able to lodge their complaints online as a result of the web portal and also track down status online.  The web-portal would enable the masses to acquire information about …Read More

  • PBIF roars loud on coal utility as energy source

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The significance of coal in energy production is inevitable and cannot be cornered on basis of environmental protection grounds. These comments were made by Head Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Mian Zahid Hussain during an event focusing on importance of coal and enhancement of energy production through coal.  PBIF official said, “China and India would be using almost half of the world coal resources for energy production in the accompanying two decades. China's has cut coal demand to six percent due…Read More

  • Pak-Belarus extend orbit of cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Joint Working Group of Pakistan and Belarus moved forward for socio-economic development for respective coordinated effort in short and medium-term through cooperation in S&T and various other sectors to create knowledge based economy.  Federal Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan and Belarusian Minister for Industry Vitaly M Vovk were present at the working group meeting. Dastgir said during the meeting, "Both the countries can take two-sided trade to $1 billion in the accompanying five years fro…Read More

  • UVAS organizes free medical camps for animal treatment in Eid Days

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore gave free clinical services to livestock farmers and general public. The free medical camps were setup in order to facilitate people to treat their sacrificial animals from various infectious diseases that spread out due to various reasons.  Vice Chancellor UVAS, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha sorted out these free clinics and Eid camps to encourage the general public in treatment of their animals amid Eid ul Adha days. UVAS employees and postg…Read More

  • MUET emboldens cooperation with foreign varsity

    STAFF REPORT JAMSHORO: The joint research and development initiatives can extend academia`s outreach and research productivity significantly. An important advancement took place as Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) and University of Utah, USA signed formal agreement under the shadow of US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies on Water. The partnership aims at mollifying Pakistan`s rising water scarcity issue through imperative solutions produced by enhancing R&D activities phased in by counterparts of Pak and US.  …Read More

  • PTA sprints for consumer cognizance on cellular & broadband tariffs

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has jumped high in the establishment of awareness of consumers on tariff-related issues on cell and in addition broadband tariffs.  Senior official of PTA said while commenting on the facility, “The upgraded section on 'Customer Awareness Bulletin on Cellular Tariffs' for Postpaid and Prepaid accessible on the official site of PTA give the points of interest of current tariff bundles for particular classes so that the telecom consumers can settle on wise choices while minimizi…Read More

  • HEC stands firm for internet governance

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced four-day workshop for Pakistan School on Internet Governance (PkSIG) in order to promote internet governance which will be held from October 5-8, 2015. PkSIG will offer a concentrated adapting course spreading over a few tracks and will cover different dimensions of internet governance inside of the connection to the national needs of Pakistan. The focal persons in the workshop will impart to members the best universal works with respect to worldwide and local int…Read More

  • NTU announces workshop on value addition in textile industry

    STAFF REPORT FAISALBAD: Realizing the need of value addition in textile sector, National Textile University (NTU) Faisalabad has announced one day national workshop titled as ‘Challenges and opportunities towards value addition’ which is going to be held on October 05, 2015.  The workshop will aim towards identifying various challenges and converting them into opportunity through mutual cooperation of the stakeholders. The eminent speakers from academia, industry and public and private segment association will share their experience an…Read More

  • Intel, Ericsson, Nokia come together for the Internet of Things Market Segment

    PRESS RELEASE: Intel Corporation declared its backing for Narrow-Band Long-Term Evolution (NB-LTE) innovation as the perfect remote network response for the developing Internet of Things (IoT) business sector fragment.  NB-LTE is an advanced variation of the broadly sent 4G LTE innovation and is appropriate for the IoT business sector fragment in view of its low usage expense, usability and force effectiveness. Intel arrangements to work nearly with Ericsson* and Nokia* to create and convey to showcase the items required for the commercial…Read More

  • PTCL offers free limitless internet for dormant CharJi & EVO customers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the biggest Information Communications Technologies (ICT) service provider, is putting forth its CharJi and EVO clients free limitless internet service for the first month after reconnecting their dormant devices. Clients can benefit this offer by essentially reviving Rs. 100 on their inactive devices.  The new offer by the organization is accessible for all CharJi and EVO clients, who have not used their devices since 30th April, 2015. Post-paid clients have additio…Read More

  • PITB chief bags ‘Performer of the Year’ award

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) adds another feather to its cap when its Chairman Dr Umar Saif was honored with the prestigious ‘Performer of the Year Award’ at the Karachi Social Media Summit 2015 sorted out by the Social Media Summit- a gathering that gets together with honest to goodness talks on distinctive subjects like military, administrative issues, business, remote endeavors and significantly more.  Dr Umar Saif, Chairman PITB, educated the individuals from his stand-out IT appears for persiste…Read More

  • EatOye partners with Saylani Welfare for customers convenience

    PRESS RELEASE: EatOye www.eatoye.pk/ the biggest online food platform, has partnered up with Saylani Welfare Trust this Eid-Ul-Azha to bring convenience to awesome EatOye customers in performing their sacrificial duties. This initiative will allow the customers to make an online booking at www.eatoye.pk/ to share a part in sacrifice. A service like this has never been set up iN Pakistan before!  …Read More

  • WWF-Pakistan launches hydro resources enhancement project

    STAFF REPORT GILGIT: WWF-Pakistan launched its new project 'Enhancing the Value of Hydrological Resources for Livelihood, Youth Employability and Climate Resilience in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan’. The venture intends to advance high-proficiency utilization of water assets for high efficiency utilization of water resources, grow high-value horticulture plant yields taking into account business sector opportunities (to enhance employment) and rationing water to improve group flexibility against atmosphere challenge.  …Read More

  • WWF-Pak, GCU surface cooperation for research programmes

    STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: WWF-Pakistan and Government College University (GCU), Faisalabad signed MoU which will enable students to start research projects under the International Eco-Internship Program. It is moreover expected that more than 250 students from GCU Faisalabad will take an enthusiasm for the International Eco-Internship Program consistently.  Senior official of WWF-Pak said during the occasion, “WWF-Pak has always retained its legacy in promoting educational and research projects in the auspices of environmental conservation …Read More

  • CIIT and Belarusian varsities sign MoU for joint S&T endeavors

    MONITORING DESK: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and dynamic Belarusian varsities have condensed the mutual deliberation of cooperation in research and development and joint initiatives.  According to the reliable sources, a CIIT designation headed by Rector Dr Junaid Zaidi went to Minsk and marked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Belarusian universities. The MoU was marked between the CIIT and top notch Belarusian science and technology organizations and academia including National Academ…Read More

  • CIIT, SECP team up to amplify investor education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) denoted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a meeting held recently, to set up cooperation for investor education seminars in order to spread awareness of investor education amongst the students.  SECP Commissioner Akif Saeed and COMSATS Additional Registrar Ahmed Mumtaz Mustehsan inked the MoU in presence of other dignitaries. According to the MoU, SECP would be holding frequent seminars at COMS…Read More

  • UBL joins hands with Microsoft to establish virtual infrastructure

    STAFF REPORT KHI: United Bank Limited (UBL) being the most dynamic bank has held hands with Microsoft, cementing the objective to complete an exceptionally productive move to a totally virtualized server scenario. Utilizing Microsoft's Hyper-V system for the project, the primary conversion will be totally realized by December 2015 with the hot areas being done by April 2016. This move will achieve different operational store reserves for the bank, furthermore opening up a course to private cloud use.  Yousuf Nasir, Head of Information T…Read More

  • ITU launches global standard tech magazine

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Information Technology University (ITU), Lahore has unleashed the first local release of MIT Technology Review magazine amid a function held at Arfa Software Technology. The motivation behind the magazine is to promote technological advancements in the country.  Present on the occasion, Vice Chancellor ITU, Dr Umar Saif said, “It is our privilege to promulgate that the ITU is the maiden IT University of Pakistan of its kind and also the first to launch a world standard IT magazine from Pakistan”. …Read More

  • ITU researchers develop solar powered telephone network

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistani researchers have built up a convenient, solar power controlled cellular telephone system for utilization in a catastrophes like floods and quakes when standard correspondences are frequently disturbed.  Researcher at the Information Technology University (ITU) in Lahore, together with a group from the University of California, have built up a model "Rescue Base Station" (RBS) for Pakistan – the nation's first crisis telecoms framework that would chip away at typical PDAs. Vice Chancellor,…Read More

  • Job Fair kick starts at SAU

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The employment of graduates must be traversed by the academia endeavors through linkages with industry. One such 'Job Fair’ has been initiated by Sindh Agriculture University (SAU). The three-day job fair aims to convey reputed companies to take on spot interviews and selecting candidates for capacity building and various training programmes. The job fair is sorted out in a joint effort with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and USAID. During the inaugural ceremony of the event, SAU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujeebuddin Memon urged graduates to leave desires for landing government positions and show. He said, "There is a mentality that individuals…Read More

  • NAYS biosafety workshop series concludes

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Academy Young Scientists (NAYS) began a workshop arrangement in a joint effort with The American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), USA to instruct and train youthful analysts and researchers about biosafety. The workshop series ended with its last event held at Karachi. Ten workshops were led in distinctive organizations/colleges across the country by NAYS for the sake of science popularization and promoting biosafety ethics. Aftab Ahmed, President NAYS said while commenting on the series of biosafety workshops, “NAYS-Pakistan and AAAS donated sharp containers, medical aid boxes, safety gog…Read More

  • Samsung unearths Galaxy J Series Smartphones in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Samsung has launched Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, the most recent pro-selfie cell phones, in Pakistan. These splendid, brilliant gadgets of Samsung convey LED Flash with the front camera, which eclipses all the competitor smartphones around in the market. Samsung has proceeded with its custom of conveying devices, which are impeccably composed and convey spearheading advances.  Universe J5 & J7 parade striking yet rich outside, which encases, Android 5.1 Lollipop working framework with a super quick processors 1.2GHz …Read More

  • HEC, EU held dialogue to improve research culture in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher education Commission (HEC) and European Union (EU) will recognize particular regions of common enthusiasm for expanding cooperation among the educated community and analysts through joint effort in higher education.  This was talked about in a meeting between HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad and an EU delegation, led by the development adviser in Pakistan Luigi Brogi. The Chairman HEC shared huge ventures of the commission towards advancement of institutional offices and human asset including workforce, …Read More

  • WWF-Pak, FFC bond together to preserve rare dolphin species

    STAFF REPORT ISB: WWF-Pakistan, the country foremost environmental and nature protection association, and Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited, Pakistan's chief fertilizer brand have bonded together through an agreement, to save the Indus waterway dolphin in Pakistan.  The understanding was marked in a service with incredible responsibility to supporting dolphin protection for one year at first. On the other hand, the undertaking may be stretched out to three years. WWF-Pakistan Director General Hammad Naqi Khan said on the occasion…Read More

  • Mobicash takes ‘Bachat Account’ out of the bag

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobicash, proceeding with its innovative offerings, has impelled a new bank account for its mobile account bearers. Appropriately titled 'Bachat Account' gives impetus to account holders aware of their offering so as to spare propensities them a day by day benefit on keeping up a sure adjusts of cash in their portable account.  Senior Director Mobile Financial Services, Mobilink, Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, while expressing her delight at the launch of this most recent item said, "This new service will be of monstrous adv…Read More

  • Ufone join hands with PRCS to aid flood hit fractions

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan's top notch telecom company Ufone has held hands with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to seek after its convention of recalling the flood affectees in predicament times.  Communicating his perspectives Amir Pasha Head of PR & CSR Ufone said, "Ufone alongside PRCS has taken this initiative to encourage these floods hit people by furnishing them with tremendously required apportions satisfying their quick needs, so that they may not feel abandoned on this propitious event of Eid-ul-Azha". In a…Read More

  • Pakistan efforts shine in protecting ozone layer: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The ozone layer is a protective shield that protects the earth from harmful Ultra Violet (UV) rays. To highlight the importance of Ozone layer, ‘International Ozone Day’ is celebrated on Sep 16 every year since 1995. The day was organized officially in Pakistan as well and a seminar on ‘International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer under the slogan ‘Ozone - All there is between you and UV’ was organized by Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC).  Chairman Pakistan Green Task Force, Dr Jamal Nasir was pres…Read More

  • LHC constitutes climate change commission to monitor NCCP implementation

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has announced the formation of a sophisticated commission to ensure implementation on National Climate Change Policy (NCCP), 2012 and the Framework for Implementation of Climate Change Policy 2014-2030.  According to the sources, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order to establish the commission while hearing a petition urging implementation of NCCP and the framework. The commission will comprise of 20 members including secretaries of Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Ministry of Water and …Read More

  • PTCL hops onto the Google Tech Mela bandwagon

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has promulgated an association with Google for Tech Mela, a first of its kind web shopping festival in Pakistan.  Senior official of the Company said while announcing the partnership, “PTCL is equipped to empower e-business retailers in Pakistan and is additionally taking a gander at this platform to connect with our clients”. PTCL has also expanded its current organization with retailer Daraz.pk to offer doorstep conveyance for Tech Mela. Persuaded that…Read More

  • National conference echoes 'Quality Education' for socio-economic uplifting

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A national conference on ‘Quality Education and Training for Socio-Economic Development of Pakistan’ was held to highlight the important advancement in education sector and technical education for bringing socio-economic change. The Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training in collaboration with the German, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH organized the event.  Federal Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Baligh-ur-Rehman was the chief…Read More

  • MoCC unveils Forest Policy 2015

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  • MoCC unveils Forest Policy 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has released Forest Policy 2015 for public review and remarks. This was revealed by Ministry official in a press briefing.   Senior official of MoCC said, “In perspective of Pakistan's high vulnerability to antagonistic effects of environmental change, specifically to amazing occasions, moderation and adjustment measures are the center of this approach. Enormous part of forestry in climate change mitigation has been overwhelmingly perceived at worldwide level”. In t…Read More

  • MTP for laboratory biosafety and risk management organized at UVAS

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Department of Microbiology of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore organized one-day “Master Trainer Programme for Laboratory Bio-safety and Risk Management” under a research project titled as ‘Viral and Hemorrhagic Fever Disease Surveillance, Diagnostic Testing and Laboratory Capacity Building in Pakistan’. The workshop objective was to give a stage to national and worldwide specialists of human and veterinary health to take an interest and share their insight and involvement in bio-dangers connected with rising pathogens of human and animal origin. The project is financed by NAMRU-3, Egypt. …Read More

  • UVAS held competitions in connection to Pak Defense Day

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore organized sketching, models and posters competition with respect to the 'Defense Day of Pakistan 1965'.  In models making competition, team of Faran, Shahzad and Salsabeel from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition won first position. Famous poet Zahid Shamsi was the chief guest on the occasion and understudies from diverse branches of UVAS took an enthusiasm for the competitions and set their blurbs and modals on showcases at exhibition. Qandeel from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science (IPS) won first position in sketching competition…Read More

  • IUCN launches vulture conservation project

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The project "Arrangement of a National Protection Method" was launched for conservation of vultures in a ceremony held recently. The project is jointly implemented by International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Baahn Beli, the private NGO. The project is supported by the USAID.  Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative IUCN Pakistan, said that Pakistan's work towards preservation of vultures was profoundly refreshing in the locale. He said, "Vultures' project is one of the three ta…Read More

  • PTA raids illegal gateway exchange in Bahawalpur

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its progressing endeavors to control grey traffick has uncovered one illegal gateway exchange in Bahawalpur.  As indicated by authentic sources, one successful raid against the grey traffickers was done alongside FIA team at New Ghala Mandi Bahawalpur. Illegal gateway exchange including five gateways, numerous ports, alongside different types of gear like CPU, switches, SIMs, Tablet and PTCL Modem were appropriated. The successful raid against the grey trafficker…Read More

  • PlanX hosts Startup mentoring session

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Keeping in mind the end goal to enable the local tech startups to achieve their most extreme potential, PlanX accelerator has proved to be a quickening agent by organizing Startup tutoring session on that means to cover vital part of another endeavor that is ‘How to fund and scale your startup’.  The session is facilitated by prestigious Mir Muhammad Ali Khan who is a perceived Speculation Financier, Business visionary and Capital Markets Counselor. He is the person who built up world's first Islamic Value …Read More

  • USF recompenses Rs 8 Billion to Telenor and Ufone to amplify services in KPK and Baluchistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Realizing the enormous land significance of far-flung urban communities of Baluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Universal Service Fund (USF) has honored an immense aggregate of Rs 8.76 Billion to Telenor and Ufone to give fundamental telephony and information services to the number of inhabitants in Shangla, Zhob and Sibi.  An agreement of worth Rs.3.61 Billion has been conceded to Zhob which is a residential community and the locale capital of Zhob Region in Balochistan and comprises of regions in Musakhel, Zhob, a…Read More

  • International conference on climate change adaptation held

    STAFF REPORT G-B: The three-day international conference on ‘Mountain and Climate Change- Resources, Challenges and Opportunities for Better Life and Livelihoods’ has begun. The main objectives of the conference are to gel up the stakeholders including scientists, academicians, researchers, journalists, civil society, and policy makers etc. to mull for socio-economic change and improving life quality of people living in mountain areas by providing them viable livelihood opportunities which are inadequate and constantly quelling due to adverse impacts of climate change. …Read More

  • Rs 341 billion agricultural package announced for small farmers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A relief package for small farmers amounting Rs 341 billion was announced by Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif at a ceremony held the other day.  The Famers Convention was held to highlight the issues faced by small farmers and suggest efforts required to curb them through effective policy measures. Prime Minister while announcing the package stated on the occasion, “The relief package is the continuity of government’s upright policies to develop progress agriculture, reducing production cost, increasing yield and e…Read More

  • South-South cooperation is the way forward for sustainable development: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The sustainable development requires integrated efforts from regional and global counterparts to partner and cooperate each other for long lasting, impactful steps. This was stressed in ‘National Seminar on South-South Cooperation: Towards a Sustainable Future’ organized by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in South (COMSATS) in partnership with Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).  The objective of the national seminar was to…Read More

  • PARC, PCRWR join hands for olive sector development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The olive cultivation can improve the growth of agriculture and food commodities and will increase the share in fulfilling the domestic need. Taking the resolve of improving olive cultivation, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has signed MoU with Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR). The agreement took place in order to share the expertise and instigate olive cultivation at large scale in Cholistan and Baluchistan areas.  According to the MoU, PARC will technically assist PCRWR in executin…Read More

  • International Telecommunication and ICT carnival begins in Karachi

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The information technology and telecommunication sector have vibrant share in country`s sustainable economic growth and to flourish it by involving regional players into it was the main motive behind the organization of three day 15th ‘ITCN Asia 2015’ exhibition. The event was organized jointly by Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and E-commerce Gateway Pakistan. The purpose of the exhibition was to showcase the products of local and global key players in tech industry for promotion of a creation of healthy ecosystem and increasing trans-boundary collaboration between stakeholders for forthcomi…Read More

  • Foodpanda.pk organizes ‘Online Food Festival’

    Press Release: Foodpanda.pk, the biggest online food ordering platform of the country has launched ‘Online Food Festival’ this week.  Omair Bakhsh, Marketing Manager foodpanda Pakistan commented on the event, “Yet another exciting time for team foodpanda. Lahore will be our focal point this time around but rest assured, the online food festival is nationwide therefore customers using foodpanda services from all parts of Pakistan are welcome to join in once again”. The successive series of Pakista…Read More

  • Six Pak universities featured in top 800 in global rankings

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The QS global university rankings are out and pleasantly 6 Pakistani universities were featured among the best 800 universities of the world.  A tally of 3,551 universities worldwide was considered for evaluation; the finalists included 894 universities with Pakistani top universities ranging to the ranks in between 500 to 800. The universities included National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS…Read More

  • Climate change awareness is crucial: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The climate change adaptation needs multipronged efforts to curtail its diverse impacts on Pakistan in various socio-economic sectors including water scarcity, energy, food security, health etc. This was the crux of high level meeting of think tank on climate change consultative group that comprised of environmental scientists, planners, policy makers, academia resource persons.  Chairman Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Arif Ahmed Khan stressed that due to climate change impacts various biodiversity reduct…Read More

  • Telenor joins in Google campaign for technology promotion

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telenor Pakistan, the leading telecommunication company of the country has partnered with Google for a tech studded first ever ‘Online Tech Shopping Festival’ which has begun on September 11, 2015 and will continue to enthrall the audience and customers till September 20, 2015. The e-commerce industry of Pakistan is flourishing at a fast pace and the sales of tech products has also increased remarkably and within reach of almost everyone. The online shopping carnival aims to feature leading electronic and tech companies on board and promote e-commerce and entrepreneurship. …Read More

  • WWF-Pak organizes session on sustainable waste management

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The environmental protection spearhead World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) recently held third annual Green Office Network Meeting here in Lahore aiming to vitalize sustainable waste management ethics. WWF-Pak organizes annual meeting in order to convolve the Green Office certified companies on a single forum and provide in depth official and industrial practices layout necessary for keeping environmental constraints in equilibrium.  The various industrial and corporate players attended the ce…Read More

  • Lenovo designates i2 Pakistan as Smartphone distributor in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Lenovo-Pakistan is capturing attention and swiftly penetrating into the tech arena. In a recent announcement, Lenovo-Pakistan proclaimed i2 Pakistan as authorized distributor for complete range of its Smartphone lineup. The partnership was framed through an agreement.  Arif Shafique, Country Manager Lenovo-Pakistan said while commenting on the collaboration, “The cutting edge Smartphone devices by Lenovo should be accessible to maximum public and to achieve the desired level, i2 Pakistan was the best choice having…Read More

  • UAF introduces web based farming solutions

    STAFF REPORT FAISLABAD: The soil test-based fertilizer prediction model is developed jointly by University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and Agriculture Department in order to help farmers to determine the level of nitrogen and phosphorous for optimum yield. The website - www.fertilizeruaf.pk- can be accessed for the details.  Talking to a media briefing, Vice Chancellor UAF, Iqrar Ahmad Khan said, “The project was possible due to untiring efforts of researchers and scientists from both the partner organizations and technical sup…Read More

  • CIIT signs agreement with DRDF to provide technical trainings

    STAFF REPORT SAHIWAL: The dairy and livestock production is an important field and much of the development need to be fetched into it in order to bring it at par. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) for the sake of capacity building and training staff in order to achie…Read More

  • Coca-Cola unwavering initiative of Mobile Book Bank on International Literacy Day

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The creativity nurturing remains one of the main focuses of Coca-Cola Pakistan as a creative activity was organized by the Company on the occasion of ‘International Literacy Day’ to collect books from citizens that was no longer needed by them and donating to ‘The Citizen Foundation’. The activity was held in association with TCF, SZABIST and the Karachi Press Club.  The public participation was pulled off by social activists for the noble cause of book donation. This way the books are not only preserved b…Read More

  • US jolts support for Diamer Bhasha Dam

    STAFF REPORT ISB:The United States affirmed support for DiamerBhasha Dam and committed to invest in renewable energy projects in Pakistan. Pakistan`s energy crisis can be countered through support of local and international stakeholders. The renewable energies can play vital role in combating the energy challenge.  The expression of interest and concreteness of intent of investing in energy sector was rolled out in a meeting held between USAID Administrator of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Larry Sampler and Federal Minister for Finance, Muh…Read More

  • Infrastructure sharing can escalate telecom sector: PTA Chief

    STAFF REPORT KHI: An interactive session for promotion of Information Communication Technology (ICT) was held recently which was jointly organized by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and ICT Forum Pakistan. The session included participants from various companies from telecom and information technology domain.  Dr Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA urged telecommunication companies to outsource infrastructure in order to attain cost efficiency and maximizing their operation tendency for improved services for customers. He said, “The sta…Read More

  • Biomedical engineering can account for various challenges

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The biomedical engineering importance was highlighted in an event ‘Biomedical Engineering Convention’ held by Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology (SSUET) which is most recognized as the prime institution in the cited discipline. The purpose of the convention was to throw light on various aspects of biomedical engineering its career prospects, R&D activities and overall traverse of scientific subjects it involves.  Chancellor SSUET, Engineer Muhammad Adil Usman while underlining the significance …Read More

  • Mobicash steps farther for electronic banking

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The branchless banking service Mobicash is gaining popularity in Pakistan and sensing this, NADRA Technologies Limited (NTL) has signed an agreement to launch this service on NADRA e-Sahulat platform. This will allow Mobicash customers to use e-sahulat booths across Pakistan for payment of utility bills, money transactions, loan repayments, open of new mobile accounts and several other features.  The formal agreement singing ceremony was held. The representatives of both the organizations inked the agre…Read More

  • iCube national competition held to promote innovation

    STAFF REPORT HYD: The idea, innovation compounded in ‘iCube’ competition held by Isra University, Hyderabad. The event aimed at creating competitive innovative environment where best compete for the best. The event was jointly organized by Idea, Invention & Innovation and Isra University. The IEEE students of Isra University played vital role in organizing the event.  Prof Dr Hameedullah Kazi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Engineering & Management Sciences, Chief Patron, iCube 2015 said while commenting on the competition, “The need of su…Read More

  • NAYS conducts workshop on Biosafety in UAP

    STAFF REPORT PEW: The workshop based on theme ‘Biosafety/Bioterrorism & Risk Assessment in Agriculture Research’ was organized by National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) in collaboration with Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) and University of Agriculture, Peshawar (UAP). The main purpose of the workshop was to sensitize students about biosafety ethics and promote a safer work environment in the laboratories and performing different procedures. American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) was the main sponsor of the event. …Read More

  • Google announces virtual shopping event in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The cyber market has garnered immense popularity over the years. The global eye ‘Google’ has announced largest online shopping festival ‘Tech Mela’ in Pakistan which will last for 10 days starting from September 11, 2015. The shopping festival will entail products such as smartphones, gadgets and data voice plans at discounted rates.  Tania Aidrus, Country Manager, South Asia Frontier Google said while commenting on the event, “ Pakistan`s cell phone industry is on boom as the cyber surfers and online procurers are grow…Read More

  • PTCL shakes hands with ITB for LMS

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The primer telecommunication and broadband Company of Pakistan i.e. Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited has stride forward to offer online learning management system (LMS) in Pakistan. The agreement was shaped between PTCL and IT Butler (Partner of Blackboard) in this regard in the presence of senior officials of both organizations. The Blackboard software will account for automating the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of e-learning education courses.  Kamal Ahmed, Chief Digital…Read More

  • PM Youth Training Scheme underway

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Prime Minister`s Youth Training Scheme (PMYTS) was one of the ten projects that got approval from Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) the other day. The PMYTS aims to provide technical trainings to graduates from universities across the country to as many as 150,000 students in the next three years.  Inter-Provincial Coordination Secretary Ijaz Chaudhry said on the occasion, “The college graduates with a 16 years education will be eligible to apply for the training programmes which…Read More

  • PITB holds technical training session for public sector officials

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) organized hands on training for public sector departments in collaboration with Information Technology University (ITU). The two day hands on session was held at Arfa Software Technology Park and revolved around the theme of App development.  The senior management wing (Batch-18) of National Management College were imparted the basic training to enhance their skills in technology for better execution of their job roles. The Senior Official of PITB said in the in…Read More

  • Workshop highlights significance of Biotechnology

    STAFF REPORT PEW: The five day ‘Biocamp’ was organized at CECOS University which aimed at familiarizing students with the biotechnology, its applications and role in national development. The workshop entailed students from various parts of the city.  Riaz Khattak, Vice Chancellor CECOS University said while addressing on the occasion, “The idea behind the workshop is to broaden the vision of students and giving them insight of biotechnology field and apprising them with wider career prospects in this field. Such events are neces…Read More

  • Punjab mulls 3600 MW gas power plant

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The energy shortage in Pakistan has instilled soreness to majority of industries. The government of Punjab has decided to set up 3600 MW gas power project in the province. This was announced by Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif while chairing a high level meeting in which experts and senior government officials and other stakeholders were present.  The Chief Minister apprised during the meeting, “Punjab government`s foremost priority is to stem energy crisis and in an attempt to that gas power plant…Read More

  • Consumers can sell electricity units now

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The electricity consumers having surplus power from solar panels or wind systems will be able to sell electricity to distribution companies. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) approved the Net Metering Regulation, 2015.  NEPRA sources said while commenting on the decision, “Net metering regime will enable customers with a three-phase electricity connection to get monetary benefits by offsetting at least a part of their power bills by generating electricity”. The sold power un…Read More

  • MoIT launches e-office project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication held a session for its e-office pilot project briefing. “Charity begins at home is the famous proverb and MoIT is fully in compliance with this and this e-office system will account for automated official processes saving much of time and cost on paper to as much as Rs 2.5 billion annually once entire system is converted into e-filing”, said Anusha Raman, State Minister MoIT while briefing the participants about the project.  “The system will boo…Read More

  • WB tender support to Pakistan to deal with Climate Change

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan requires support from both internal and external circles in order to fight climate change. The World Bank (WB) has tendered support for Pakistan to develop carbon-resilient sustainable growth regime.  A meeting was recently held between a three member delegation of WB and the officials of Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC). The WB delegation was led by Lead Economist Muthukumara S Mani. The session was highly productive in establishing joint partnership for combating climate change. Secre…Read More

  • KOICA is committed for sustainable development of Pakistan: Sung

    STAFF REPORT KHI:  A regional workshop on ‘Application of KOICA Trainings for Pakistan`s development’ was held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) which was jointly organized by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and KOICA Alumni Association of Pakistan (KAAP).   KOICA is playing a key role in the uplifting of country`s socio-dynamics by imparting useful trainings and educating the human resource through its different initiatives which is a commendable job. Resident Representative KOICA, Sung Choon-Ki in his inaugural speech said, “Korea has become …Read More

  • Biotechnology has tendency to provide cheaper solutions: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT PESHAWAR: The experts, scientists, researchers sat together in a seminar recently held on ‘biotechnology’ and discussed various avenues of improvement in this field. The speakers emphasized that there is a need to develop the biotechnology infrastructure both in academia and industry to facilitate the aggravation of the sector in order to open up new employment ventures for the students of biotechnology.  The seminar was organized by Pakistan Society of Computation Biology (PSCB); senior representative of PSCB said during …Read More

  • USAID upfront to resolve Pakistan`s energy crisis

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has engaged Arizona State University in US to develop a groundbreaking energy research and solution hub in Pakistan. The US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy and Arizona University will start joint researches and exchange information on the core issue of energy crisis and to identify the untapped potential to overcome the rising challenge. Two Pakistani universities i.e. National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) will also be focal stakeholders of the initiative. …Read More

  • Warid attracts NBP, BAFL for payment solutions

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Warid, the leading telecom company of Pakistan has signed agreement with Bank Alfalah Limited (BAFL) and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in order to foster the financial ecosystem of the country. According to the agreement a National Ecosystem for digital financial services will be developed to host National services including P2G & G2P. This will enable customers to perform transactions through services like Mobile Paisa.  The official MoU signing ceremony was held here in Lahore in which senior officials from a…Read More

  • IST holds International Conference on 'Aerospace Science and Engineering'

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The conferences on different S&T fields within academia bridge the barriers of confinement and open up collaborative atmosphere of learning, interacting and educating in a much interesting manner than the classrooms. Institute of Space Technology (IST) recently organized fourth International conference on ‘Aerospace Science and Engineering’.  Vice Chancellor IST, Imran Rahman chaired the plenary session. He said while speaking on the occasion, “The motive of the annual conference is to introduce new trends in the ae…Read More

  • TEVTA signs agreement with Ufone, UBank for students financial aid

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVTA) is the leading technical education institute of the Punjab that has introduced several impressive programs in order to promote tech education and has established linkages with corporate sector to seek funding as well as enhance employability chances of their students. An agreement was signed recently between TEVTA, Ufone and UBank in order to provide stipend to as many as 62, 000 students of TEVTA across the province.  According to the MoU, Rs. 1000/ month will be d…Read More

  • E-Khidmat Center inaugurated in Lahore

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The electronic revolution is in air in Punjab. E-Khidmat Center has been inaugurated in Lahore after successful opening in Rawalpindi. The basic concept of e-khidmat center is to provide public delivery services i.e. CNIC, driving license, domicile, token tax etc. …Read More

  • COMSATS spuds in defense production R&D initiatives

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The academia holds important responsibility to cater to the industrial needs of the country including defense, agriculture, energy and various other sectors. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) mulled to bring together academia-industry expertise in defense production.  The Federal Minister for Defense Production, Science and technology (MoDP&ST) Rana Tanveer Hussain had a productive meeting with COMSATS senior management. Rana Tanveer Hussain said while stressing on the need of exploring new avenue…Read More

  • Formulation of problem solving research is required at national level: PSF Chairman

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The research and development activities in Pakistan must be monitored and redundant researches must be replaced with problem solving researches in order to mull for indigenous solutions for our indigenous problems. Revolving around this theme, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) organized a two day workshop titled as ‘Project Formulation’ at University of Poonch, Rawalakot.  The participants from different universities, academicians, faculty members, scientists, researchers, students, and professionals were present on t…Read More

  • IUCN and local NGO launch project for biodiversity conservation

    STAFF REPORT NAGARPARKAR: The biodiversity has faced immense deterring due to climate change impacts and many human activities which have accounted for extinction of many flora and fauna species in the country. Vultures are at risk of extinction in Pakistan and to preserve them a national level strategy is required. International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a local non-governmental organization Baanhn Beli have come forward to frame a robust strategy for conservation of vultures. Both organizations have initiated the formulation of the National Vulture Conservation Strategy. USAID is the potential donor of the project. …Read More

  • Drone technology can be used for civil purposes

    STAFF REPORT PESHAWAR: The drones are often considered to be of effective military use and the general public perspective is ‘detrimental’ in this regard. Sarhad University of Science and Information Technology (SUIT) project aimed at promotion of civil use of drone and the final product of the project was exhibited this week in SUIT campus.  The drone was developed by electrical engineering department and Anis ur Rehman headed the project. He said while commenting on the project, “The basic theme behind this project is to promote the wid…Read More

  • Pak-Canada advance in tech promotion dialogue

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Information Technology (IT) has tendency to reform lifestyles and interpolate convenience. The growing IT and telecom sector in Pakistan is attracting many foreign investors to take a trek in Pakistan`s market. The Minister State for Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman held a meeting with Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Heather Cruden recently to discuss various avenues of cooperation in the IT and Telecom sector.  The Minister apprised efforts of MoIT in establ…Read More

  • CIMMYT decides to setup of ‘Research Centre’ at NARC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The research and development (R&D) is the amalgamation of knowledge, innovation, and ability to improvise. The agriculture sector of Pakistan is the major economy stabilizer sector of the country having share of almost 21% in the GDP. The R&D activities need significant boost in agri sector. The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) has articulated its intention to establish a research centre at the National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC) recently during the visit of a delegation to Pakistan. …Read More

  • PITB develops app for restaurants grading

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The digitization and automation plays a key role in increasing the operation efficiency of any organization. The Information Communication Technology (ICT) has range of application in multiple sectors. The Government of Punjab has turned a leaf with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to develop a new application that will be used for grading restaurants in Punjab.  The application entails various important features and will help a great deal in automating the complaint processing and food monitoring pro…Read More

  • PPL discovers gas in Hala Block

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has announced the new discovery in Hala Block located in District Matiari of Sindh. These are mainly gas and condensate reserves.  The exploration team of PPL involved in the project said, “This is the third discovery in this block; during the preliminary testing of Fazl X-1 the accumulated gas flow shown 20.3 million cubic feet per day of gas and 50 barrels per day condensate”. It is important to mention here that PPL is the operator of Hala block with 65% stak…Read More

  • Punjab agri department vows to mollify noxious agri medicine sellers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The adulteration in pesticides, fertilizers is the noxious practice that ruins the crops. This malefactor and shady area must be exposed by concerned departments in order to ensure food and agriculture security. The Punjab government department of agriculture has decided to take stern actions on the agriculture and pesticide business owners involved in this consumer crime.  Dr Farrukh Javed, Agriculture Minister Punjab has issued directions to all the district coordination officers and staff of Agriculture dep…Read More

  • ‘Business Clinic’ aiming at technopreneurs training organized

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The technology, innovation and business can be merged together through entrepreneurship which can account a lot of cheaper industrial solutions and economic growth of the country. United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a ‘Business Clinic’ to train Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and startup technopreneurs who qualified as semi-finalists in Cleantech competition. The Business Clinic was organized in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI).  Senior official of…Read More

  • Water scarcity in Pakistan voiced at World Water Week

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is expected to become one of the most water stressed countries of the region due to lack of water policy, climate change impacts, inadequate water reservoir management facilities, and over consumption of water. These views were expressed by Arif Ahmed, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) during his participation in World Water Week (WWW) organized by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).  Arif Ahmed said while speaking on the occasion, “The climate change is one of most surreal glo…Read More

  • Climate change not just a challenge but offers great opportunities: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The climate change is one of the top most challenges Pakistan is facing. There are number of factors that trigger climate change and adaptation policies must be adapted in order to protect country from its adverse impacts. A seminar to highlight the importance of adaptation policies and identification of opportunities that climate change offers in order to balance its adversities. The event was organized by Pakistan Institute of Development Economic (PIDE) in collaboration with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC). …Read More

  • Renewable energy comes to TCF School

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The renewable energy has vast scope in Pakistan and companies working on alternate energies can supplement the energy sector of Pakistan as whole by contributing to the energy mix. Reon Energy Limited, the renewable energy company of Dawood Hercules Corporation (DHCL) has signed agreement with TCF School to provide uninterrupted electricity supply.  Wasi-ud-din, Technical Officer at TCF School Hubco said, “The school offers stress free environment and with the installation of Reon’s solar panels, another milest…Read More

  • Treat for customers: PTCL increases bandwidth, decreases price

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has come up with exclusive packages for EVO, Nitro and Charji services with enhanced bandwidth and decreased costs.  According to PTCL sources, the new packages have been announced in order to cater the market need and expand the market share of the company in 3G and 4G.  The growing number of subscribers is also due to the launching of several 3G, 4G enabled Smartphones which has prompted PTCL to cash in and expand its canvas by engaging more subscribers into …Read More

  • PCSIR held session for S&T, R&D promotion

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The S&T promotion is inevitable to resurrect the quelling economy of the country. A session was recently held at Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories Complex, Karachi to highlight the importance of S&T and exchanging ideas of experts and policy makers to exchange ideas on the promotion of the very subject. The scientists, technologists of PCSIR, government officials participated in the event.  Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Fazal Abbas Maken was prese…Read More

  • LWMC starts awareness programme for clean environment

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The environmental awareness programmes are important to educate societies in order to nurture a healthy environment friendly ambiance in the cities as well as in the whole country. The municipal authorities and the civic agencies of cities shoulder an important responsibility in this regard. Realizing the challenge of environmental pollution, Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has launched awareness programme in educational institutions. The objectives of this programme are to raise community awareness in environment perspective and reforming their daily life habits that add to the pollution. …Read More

  • Chemistry: Book simplifying organic nomenclature released

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The scientific literature and content plays a pivotal role in understanding of the subjects. National Book Foundation (NBF) has recently published a book titled as ‘Systematic Organic Nomenclature’. The book is authored by Professor Zia ul Haq who is an experienced chemistry professor.  Commenting about the book, Professor Zia ul Haq said, “The book is intended for college and university students of organic chemistry. The book attempts to cater the comprehensive understanding of IUPAC nomenclature convention of organic c…Read More

  • Book Review: ‘An Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terminologies’

    Hasnain Nangyal is an eminent research fellow who has rendered immaculate work by creating a glossary of botanical terminologies that is a great contribution in the academic sphere particularly in the field of botany. Hasnain utilized his publishing experience as he is a regular contributor of Technology Times, Microbiology World, By Science it will be a paradise, Biocogzine Newsletter etc. This is the maiden book on this subject and no prior work is done so far from Pakistan. Hasnain has managed to publish his book from renowned ‘Bentham Scientific Publishers’ from Amsterdam …Read More

  • Zong takes customers convenience on whole new level

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The customers of telecom services often have to face a lot of inconvenience every time they had to recharge their account. Zong, the leading telco of the country has come up with an effective solution and one can recharge the account without visiting the retailer asking for the load or the recharge card. The company has launched online recharge facility for its consumers.  Senior official from Zong Telecom said while commenting on the newly launched service, “The need of online recharge facility was largely felt keeping the…Read More

  • USF upright to promote computer literacy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The computer literacy is of foremost important and it must be enhanced in order to improve the proficiency of youth that will further extend their employability chance. These views were expressed by participants in Board of Directors meeting of Universal Service Fund (USF). State Minister for Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman and Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Dr Ismail Shah were also present on the occasion. The projects entailing computer literacy improvement focus were approved during the meeting which was the major outcome of the meeting. …Read More

  • TPL Trakker unleashes Personal Trakking devices

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The rising law and order concerns have prompted tech companies to sneak into the personal safety equipment manufacturing business. TPL Trakker, venture of TPL Holdings has decided no looking back as it launched a range of products under the label ‘Personal Trakking (PT)’.  An official launching ceremony was held in which participants were apprised with the utility of the newly launched devices in terms of personal safety. These are first of their kind devices in Pakistan that can be fit in pocket and comes in two shapes i…Read More

  • Prof Dr Muhammad Hassan Amir Shah sits on GCU throne as VC

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Government College University (GCU) Lahore is one of the finest varsities of the country. Prof Dr Muhammad Hassan Amir Shah has assumed charged as Vice Chancellor of GCU. He is the 30th VC of the university since 151 years rich history of the institution.  Prof Dr Muhammad Hassan Amir Shah has an illustrious career. His services have been recognized at government level as he is the recipient of ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz’.  Prof Hassan was post-doctoral fellow at several reputed foreign institut…Read More

  • NADRA signs agreement with InfoTech for tech solutions

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The role of technology in public service delivery is inevitable and it can help boost an organization`s operation efficiency to a great deal. National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has always strived for ex…Read More

  • Australia vows to promote women entrepreneurship in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The women play an important role in national development and empowering this fraction of society is imperative to uplift the national economy and utilizing this human capital in productive domains. Australia shares strong bilateral ties with Pakistan and further extending the cooperation; Senior Trade Commissioner of Australian Trade Commission (ATC), Nicola Watkinkson held a meeting with Samina Fazil, President Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IWCCI) to identify areas in which joint initiatives could be taken especially women empowerment. …Read More

  • Climate change adaptation stressed at workshop

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The climate change is one of top rated challenges of Pakistan and awareness to communities must be disseminated at optimum level to make a resilient strategy to combat this copious challenge. A workshop in the wake of Climate Change adaptation was recently organized by ‘Individualland’ in which experts, environmental scientists, researchers, and stakeholders participated in large number.  The purpose of the workshop was to identify the available options and exchange ideas in order to productively u…Read More

  • IUB hosts International Mathematics Conference

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) organized a three day ‘International Pure Mathematics Conference (IPMC)’ in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Preston University. The purpose of the conference was to improve the mathematical expertise through interaction with eminent mathematicians and development of studies in the subject as it is the foundation of the precision and scientific accuracy.  Dr Qaiser Mushtaq, Vice Chancellor IUB was present on the occasion. He said during his spee…Read More

  • Easypay - first NFC Payment Solution of Pakistan launched

    STAFF REPORT KHI: EasyPaisa, Pakistan’s first and largest branchless banking solution, has joined hands with KEENU, payment network brand of Wemsol Private Limited to extend its NFC deployment and allow customers to make payments through EasyPay NFC.  Nadeem Hussain, CEO Tameer Microfinance Bank in his statement said, “This is an exclusive partnership between Easypaisa and KEENU where both parties are summing up their key strengths together to provide relentless value to Easypaisa Mobile Account customers and to merchants. Easypa…Read More

  • K-2 Nuclear Power Plant inaugurated

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The energy sector of Pakistan needs sincere efforts from public and private sector in order to free country from the shortfall menace. Alternate energy can be a great ‘antidote’ to quash this challenge. Karachi Nuclear Power Plants (Kanupp) K2 is being constructed which will add about 1100MW to the national grid. The inauguration ceremony of K2 power plant took place recently. Prime Minster of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif unveiled the inauguration plaque this week.  Prime Minster while addressing on the occasion said go…Read More

  • Haier mulls to set up local Smartphone manufacturing facility in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Chinese lead Smartphone manufacturing company, Haier has announced to set up manufacturing facility in Pakistan. The senior officials from Haier Company held a meeting with Minister of State, Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman. The delegation expressed keen interest in peeping the Smartphone manufacturing in Pakistan during the meeting.  Senior officials from Haier Company appraised Minister, “Haier is focused to transfer the Smartphone manufacturing technology in Pakista…Read More

  • Experts emphasize on ‘Innovative Solutions’ for energy & environment conservations

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The experts from key environmental agencies have called for the innovative solutions as the elixir for climate change and coping with the energy shortage challenge. The innovative ideas and solutions were floated in a locally held event stressing on use of climate friendly technologies.  Azeem Khan Khoso, Deputy Director, Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) was present on the occasion. He said that there is a need for architectures as well to introduce improvisation in the designs of buildings that could utilize…Read More

  • FSC held training session in PU on ‘Simulation technology’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The skill development and training the human resource can account for proper executions of different operations in industry as well as equip the trained resource with the requisite skills which can be utilized further to accept entrepreneurial challenges. Foundry Service Centre (FSC), a project of Small Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) recently launched a training program on ‘Importance of Simulation in Metal Casting’ in University of Punjab (PU), Faculty of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. The purpose of the training workshop was to familiarize the students with the latest innovations and technologies that can be adapted…Read More

  • ITU launches telephone based employer-job seeker platform

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Information Technology University (ITU) is striving to produce skilled human resource especially in Information Technology and Robotics domain. ITU on and off initiates several projects aiming to address several socio-economic problems through innovation and technology. The ‘Hello Rozgar’ project has been launched by ITU recently in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The project is aimed to connect job seekers with employers through a telephone based speech portal.  The users can get registered wi…Read More

  • Waqas Ali sparkles in Microsoft Contest

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan brims with exceptional talent in various fields. The youth is playing key role in reflecting a soft image of the country through their immaculate performances in international competitions. The legacy continued as prodigious Waqas Ali hailing from FFC Grammar School, Mirpur Mathelo in Ghotki has secured third place in Microsoft competition for PowerPoint 2013 held at Texas, USA. Waqas was the only participant from Pakistani origin.  Waqas was awarded with Bronze Medal for his outstanding performance inclu…Read More

  • Mobilink unleashes newer version of Mobitunes App

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Mobilink has launched the newer version of Mobitunes Mobile App. The newly launched Mobitune 2.0 is a freeware app and can be downloaded from Google Play AppStore.  The exciting new features are included in the advanced version for consumer convenience. The ‘Status Mobitunes’ and ‘Personalized Mobitunes’ are the additional keys introduced in the latest version. Mobitunes has a rich bank of tunes including 150,000 plus which consumers can opt to welcome the callers instead of conventional boring tunes. Kam…Read More

  • Jovago.com forms allegiance with leading telco

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Jovago.com, Mobilink, and Oracle have formed unison in order to promote tourism industry of Pakistan. An online competition is announced under the name ‘Discover Pakistan’. Jovago, the premier hotel e-booking site has listings of a large number of hotels across the country and has gained immense popularity in a short time.   The winners of the online competition will have luxury to enjoy the luxury of fully paid trip in Pakistan sponsored by Mobilink. Jovago.com officially revealed that Mobilink consumers wi…Read More

  • Australia vows to promote women entrepreneurship in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The women play an important role in national development and empowering this fraction of society is imperative to uplift the national economy and utilizing this human capital in productive domains. Australia shares strong bilateral ties with Pakistan and further extending the cooperation; Senior Trade Commissioner of Australian Trade Commission (ATC), Nicola Watkinkson held a meeting with Samina Fazil, President Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (IWCCI) to identify areas in which joint initiatives could be taken especially women empowerment. …Read More

  • PMAS-AAUR bridging academia-industry fissure

    STAFF REPORT RWP: The annual open house in universities is organized to showcase the innovation and creativity of students and familiarize them with the market dynamics. The 8th annual open house of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR) was held this week.  Dr Rai Niaz Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, PMAS-AAUR was present on the occasion as chief guest. He said while addressing to the participants, “The S&T development and focus on innovation can drive country forward and bring it at par with the develope…Read More

  • Innovation through R&D initiatives is necessary for agri sector development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The agricultural yield enhancement through innovative technologies were highlighted in a two day AIP Annual Conference on ‘Agricultural Innovations for Improved Productivity and Economic Growth’. The conference was organized by International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in collaboration with USAID and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).  Federal Minister, Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan attended the inaugural session of the …Read More

  • Innovation through R&D initiatives is necessary for agri sector development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The agricultural yield enhancement through innovative technologies were highlighted in a two day AIP Annual Conference on ‘Agricultural Innovations for Improved Productivity and Economic Growth’. The conference was organized by International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in collaboration with USAID and Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).  Federal Minister, Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan attended the inaugural session of the con…Read More

  • COMSATS-ISESCO workshop focused on training Omani scientists

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The capacity building in scientific engineering equipment is of prime importance that should be realized by academia to prioritize the issue to meet the industrial challenges. COMSATS organized a five day National Training Workshop on theme ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Engineering Equipment in Universities, Institutions, and Small Scale Industries’ in Oman. The workshop aimed at training Omani scientists and technicians to upkeep their scientific equipment.  The focus areas of workshop were repairing…Read More

  • ABL optimizes operational efficiency with Oracle Exadata Database

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The incorporation of technology can sizably enhance the productivity of an organization and increase the efficiency significantly. Allied Bank Limited (ABL), the leading bank of the country has successfully deployed Oracel Exadata Database Machine in order to reduce the processing time to as much as 50 percent.  Sohail Aziz, Chief Information Technology Group, ABL said while commenting on the upgradation, “The core banking application of the bank was experience severe scalability issues because of large number of transact…Read More

  • PITB mulls weighty ‘VC Fund’ establishment to abet technopreneurs

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) recently held a roundtable conference aimed at IT industry uplifting through concrete collaborative efforts between industry, academia and the other stakeholders. The meeting entailed participants mainly from IT sector. Dr Umar Saif, Chairman PITB presided the conference.  The conference was helpful in initiating a dialogue between stakeholders of IT domain, reviewing changes in taxation policies in IT sector. Dr Umar Saif revealed during the conference that ‘VC fund’ ranging…Read More

  • Indus Motor Company held bloggers meet

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A one day bloggers meet was held at Indus Motor Company in order to engage bloggers and aware them with Toyota`s presence in Pakistan. The various aspects including safety protocols, company`s forthcoming projects etc. were apprised to the bloggers. The purpose of the blogger`s meet was to familiarize the tech publishers and bloggers about the product line of the company, manufacturing facilities, company`s ongoing and the forthcoming projects, innovations etc.  The manufacturing facilities tour was also a…Read More

  • Soybean cultivation must be enhanced using innovative technologies, Dr Azeem

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The soybean cultivation can boost the local edible oil industry because importing 456 million dollar Soybean oil causes a huge load on national exchequer. Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) must adapt innovative technologies in order to enhance soybean cultivation in the country. This was stressed in a seminar held at PARC in the presence of various scientists and media persons.   Dr Azeem Khan, Director General, National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) while addressing to the participants said, “Soy…Read More

  • 45 plus S&T professionals nominated for excellence awards

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President Mamnoon Hussain has conferred 156 civil awards on citizens of Pakistan as well as foreign nationals for showing immaculate excellence in their respective fields in addition to their service to the country. The ceremony took place on the occasion of 69th Independence Day of Pakistan.  More than 45 S&T professionals are nominated for excellence awards. The award ceremony for these awards will take place on Pakistan Day, March 23, 2016, according to the office. The nominees are as follows: …Read More

  • NCT to play proactive role in providing ‘cut-rate’ healthcare facilities: Zabta Shinwari

    STAFF REPORT ISB:  The maiden session of National Council for Tibb (NCT) was held to deliberate the strategies to attain the objectives of the council. The session was presided by newly elected President NCT, Prof Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari. The members of the NCT from across the country participated in the event.  Prof Zabta Khan Shinwari stressed on the need of major reforms required for improvement of NCT. He said while speaking on the occasion, “NCT must be taken at that level where we can ensure access of people to low-…Read More

  • MoCC raises frown on IWTDC project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Punjab government initiative of Inland Water Transport Development Company (IWTDC) has faced rebuttal from Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC); the Global Climate Change Impact Studies Centre (GCISC) which is research wing of the ministry has marked observations that the project could have diverse impacts on aquatic ecosystem if necessary protocols are not ensured and safeguards were not placed in the site.  The GCISC also highlighted that the project has to be in compliance with the flood plain management recommenda…Read More

  • Coca-Cola extends funding for environmental sustainability project

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Coca-Cola Foundation and World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) have taken joint initiatives for environmental sustainability and natural conservation. Coca-Cola has moved to intensify the mutual bond of cooperation by approving grant of $ 90,500 for year 2015-16.  According to the Coca-Cola sources this project is the longest running corporate funded project designed for environmental sustainability. It is pertinent to mention here that the project was launched in year 2008 and since then the total funding provide…Read More

  • Local problems require local science based solutions

    STAFF REPORT ISB:  Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) is a forerunner in science popularization in Pakistan and has initiated several programmes for S&T advancement in the country. The 8th brainstorming session of ‘Making Pakistan Science Conscious’ was held recently in COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad. The purpose of the session was to mull future strategies and work in collaboration for S&T promotion.  Prof Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari, Secretary General PAS said during his speech, “PAS …Read More

  • PARC, GCWU ink MoU for mutual scientific endeavors

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has joined hands with Government College Women University (GCWU), Sialkot to improve and strengthen scientific infrastructure. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between both the organizations in a ceremony.  Secretary PARC, Dr Munir Ahmad and Vice Chancellor (VU), GCWU, Dr Farhat Saleemi inked the MoU on behalf of respective organizations. The MoU entails cooperation of both organizations in technical, scientific, academic, research and development, capacity buil…Read More

  • Open Day held at AIOU

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), infamous distant learning institute held an ‘Open Day’ to introduce new academic courses. The new courses are designed in order to hone student potentials and bring at par to meet the industrial needs. The courses are industry and research oriented. The purpose of the event is to familiarize the perspective students about the new courses, their benefits and the career prospects in respective fields.  Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor AIOU said in inauguration ceremony of the eve…Read More

  • ICCBS connects with Tajikistan counterpart under ECOSF patronage

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) is mandated for S&T popularization and promotion of R&D activities across the region. ECOSF has established first science collaboration among ECO Member States. The collaboration took place between International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) and Institute of Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences (ICAS), Republic of Tajikistan. The agreement of cooperation and joint researches between two institutions was result of efforts of ECOSF. …Read More

  • Pakathon launches online university

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakathon is the premier flagship organization striving to create a pool of technology addicts and increase the worldwide connectivity of Pakistanis across the globe through various programs. Pakathon has recently launched an online university to build capacities in entrepreneurship.  The purpose of the initiative is to educate the rising entrepreneurs. Pakathon has instigated online modules in technology for avid adherents of business.  The modules will be received by the participants through email. The nucleus …Read More

  • Emphasize made on quashing cotton diseases

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A two day workshop on cotton disease research titled as 'Enhancing Cotton Germplasm Improving Resistance to CLCV Disease’, was held at National Agricultural Research Centre to highlight the need of research to mitigate the extent of cotton crop diseases that account for heavy losses per annum.  PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad termed the Pak-US CLCUV as one of the benchmark programmes which would not only help overcome the cotton disease in Pakistan but would also help monitor its spread across the continents…Read More

  • IST convocation ceremony held

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Institute of Space Technology (IST), the premier institution in future technologies celebrated 10th Commencement of Class 2015. The graduation of 152 students took place. The students of Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Material Science were conferred with the degrees.   President Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Chancellor IST, Mamnoon Hussain graced the occasion as chief guest. He said while addressing on the occasion, “I am intensely pleased with efforts of IST in adhering to its resolve of quality …Read More

  • PTA raids illegal gateway exchange in Gujrat

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has taken stringent measures in recent times to ensure the improved telecommunication services through barring the illegal gateway exchanges. PTA unearthed a grey trafficker in Gujrat recently. The raid was conducted by special team of PTA.  The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) team work in close coordination with PTA in identification and stopping these grey traffickers and joint raids are conducted in several areas. The Gujrat grey trafficker housed an illegal VOIP comp…Read More

  • PTCL is the most demanded broadband operator

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the paramount telecommunication, broadband and ICT service provider of the country has taken lead from all other competitors setting new standards in terms of quality. ICERTIAS, Swiss based International Certification Association has revealed in its ‘Best Buy Award Research Survey’ that PTCL is the top notch broadband and fixed line telephony service in Pakistan.  Senior official of PTCL while commenting on the achievement said, “This is a milestone achievement of the…Read More

  • NARC relocation is not ‘doable’, says Dr Azeem

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) support is growing with the passing days. The farmers, agricultural experts, scientists, researchers, and even members from power corridors are displaying vigor to wave support in the NARC-CDA land conflict.  Dr Azeem Khalid, Director General invited Ms Shahida Rehmani, Member National Assembly (MNA) to visit NARC and witness the accomplishments and infrastructure of NARC. The MNA was apprised with various laboratory facilities and the scientific research achievements of N…Read More

  • ‘UBL Funds Smart Savings’ mobile app launched

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The role of technology in financial sector is inevitable. Considering the immense utility of mobile apps; the United Bank Limited (UBL) Fund Managers have promulgated launch of ‘UBL Funds Smart Savings’ mobile app for asset management. The application is freeware and can is downloadable from app store and Google play. The mobile app is compatible with both iPhone and Android platforms. Mir Muhammad Ali, CEO UBL Fund Managers said on the launching of app “UBL Funds firmly believes that innovation can drive us towards success…Read More

  • ‘Farm Mechanisation’ can boost agricultural productivity

    STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Mechanised agriculture is the process of using agricultural machinery to automate the work of agriculture, greatly increasing farm worker productivity. The emphasize on ‘Mechanized Farming’ was laid during a workshop conducted at Agriculture Mechanization Research Institute. The agricultural experts, researchers, industry professionals from public and private sector organizations participated in the workshop. Rana Ijaz Ahmad Noon, Parliamentary Secretary on Agriculture was also present on the occasion. …Read More

  • Cooperation in ‘Space Technology’ mulled under CPEC project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) forum was held to identify areas of cooperation and strengthen the bilateral ties of Pak-China through exchange of technology and joint ventures in this field. Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal represented Pakistan on the occasion.  Ahsan Iqbal floated the idea of cooperation in space technology between both countries under CPEC project. A comprehensive proposal was presented by the Federal Minister. He said, “Space technology cooperation and laun…Read More

  • ‘Placement Cell’ of TEVTA established to enhance employability of pass outs

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Technical and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) is the prime institute working for improvement of technical education in Punjab. TEVTA take cares of employment security of its pass outs as a placement cell has been constituted at TEVTA secretariat to arrange job opportunities for the graduates.  Chairman TEVTA, Irfan Qaiser said while talking to media, “TEVTA placement cell is the body responsible to arrange job opportunities for TEVTA graduates and foster the industrial linkages for better career prospects o…Read More

  • Workshop held to promote ‘entrepreneurship’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A two-day workshop ‘I Am Karachi Youth Champions 2015’ aiming to promote the innovation, and entrepreneurship. The entrepreneurship nurturing is required in Pakistan from both ends i.e. academia-industry and the corporate sector. The mentors in entrepreneurship must train the youth in order to push them towards self-reliance and believing in themselves. The workshop was organized by ‘I am Karachi’ consortium.  As many as 32 teams participated in the workshop and presented their innovative ideas before the …Read More

  • Pak-Australia initiate joint scholarship programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Australia have entered into agreement of education promotion. The mutual cooperation was surfaced as Pakistan Margaret Adamson and Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad signed a document of understanding (DoU) for partial scholarships for Pakistani scholars in Australian universities.   According to the agreement four top ranked universities of Australia including University of Melbourne, University of Wollongong, Macquarie University and RMIT University will offer fellowships to …Read More

  • Iran offers to export 3,000 MW to Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Iran has showed intent to export 3,000MW electricity to Pakistan in order to help country to come out of the hoax of energy crisis. A meeting was held between Iranian Ambassador, Ali Raza and Muhammad Younas Dagha, Secretary Ministry of Water and Power in which the areas of cooperation in energy sector were mutually discussed.  The Iranian Ambassador said during his meeting, “Pakistan –Iran share long term bilateral relationship of brotherhood; the cooperation in energy sector is a great opportunity for both countries to strengt…Read More

  • Ufone unveils ‘Smart U5’ Smartphone

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ufone, the paramount telecommunication company of Pakistan pledges to introduce cutting edge technologies bringing ultimate experience of telecommunication. The company has recently unveiled the brand new ‘Ufone Smart U5’ smartphone. The smartphone entails exclusive features tailored to customers need in affordable price.  The senior official of Ufone Marketing team said on the launching of the smartphone, “Ufone always strives to introduce new, innovative and unique offers in the market. Our team is optimistic about the product an…Read More

  • Huawei ‘Cloud Innovation Road Show’ ends

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Huawei have always strived for ICT promotion in the country. The Company organized a ‘Cloud Innovation Road Show’ which concluded recently. An immense turn out from public and private organizations, students, researchers and professionals appeared in the event in large number.  The advanced Information Technology (IT) and cloud based solutions were showcased in the exhibition and various public and private sector organizations were made cognizant with the latest technology and were urged to incorporate those in thei…Read More

  • Biofortification of staple foods can stem malnutrition issues

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The introduction of advanced techniques can address the rising concerns of malnutrition and food insecurity that are continuously growing and pose serious threat to human health.  Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) plays active role in research and development of agri sector. PARC Chairman Dr Iftikhar Ahmad held a meeting with the focal persons of research team of PARC and discussed strategic measures to improve the food security through adaptation of various techniques.  Chairman PARC emph…Read More

  • NFL switches from SAP to CloudComputing

    STAFF REPORT KHI: National Foods Limited (NFL) has successfully migrated to first core ERP SAP landscape hosting on the RapidComute (cloud computing division of Cybernet) IAAS cloud; it means NFL will be totally relying on RapidCompute for hosting entire SAP landscape that includes disaster recovery on its cloud. The solution is deployed across multiple availability zones of RapidCompute to provide datacenter level redundancy and low latency which will improve the security and reliability for the end users.  Speaking on the o…Read More

  • MI, PSQCA sign agreement to establish six QC labs

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Micronutrient Initiative (MI) and Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) have signed an agreement to establish six quality control laboratories across Pakistan.  The lack of adequate testing facilities for food items in laboratories is a major problem that leads to food insecurity. The situation has to be reversed to ensure the food security.  PSQCA Director General Dr Barkat Saeed Memon and MI Country Director Dr Tausif Akhtar Janjua signed the agreement. According to the ag…Read More

  • WAPDA starts Mangla power generation capacity enhancement project

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has taken up the Mangla Dam refurbishment project to enhance the generation capacity from 1,000 MW to 1310 MW.  Chairman WAPDA, Zafar Mahmood said while talking to media, “The energy shortfall challenge could only be addressed only if we establish new electricity generation resources as well as enrich the existing power plants. This Mangla Dam capacity enhancement project aims to cater the need of electricity production; WAPDA is committed to make sure timely completi…Read More

  • Warid extends LTE internet service to three cities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Warid Telecom is the leading LTE service provider having most number of subscribers than any other telco in Pakistan. The tradition follows as the company has further expanded its LTE service by introduction of region based offer for three cities including Multan, Jaamshoro, and Hyderabad.  The region based offer will allow prepaid customers in the above cited cities to avail 1GB LTE internet for only Rs 50/week, or 5 GB/month for only Rs 100. The subscription method is simple and customers only have to dial *522# to…Read More

  • Pakistan introduces project for ‘knowledge based economy’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The accreditation and recognition of students’ achievements in different fields is significant to encourage them and also in creation of competitive ecosystem in education sector. The ‘ILM Pakistan Movement’ was launched recently in a ceremony organized by Higher Education Commission (HEC). The motive of the project is to realize the importance of civic responsibility amongst students and impart the necessary pros required for sustainability in education sector by acknowledging the accomplishments of students.  …Read More

  • Saudi company acquires NPCC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Saudi firm has taken over National Power Construction Corporation (NPCC) following bidding of disinvestment of 88 percent government shares in the company.  The bidding process was supervised by Chairman Privatization Commission, Muhammad Zubair Umar. Sixteen parties had expressed interest in bidding process and seven were eventually scrutinized on the recommendations of the financial advisers as the pre-qualified parties in May last year. Saudi based company M/s Mansour Al Mosaid was declared as successful bidder as…Read More

  • PITB digitizes books under ‘eLearn’ project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The modern day demands digitization of text books for e-learning in order facilitate students and uplift education standards.  Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is upfront in introducing ICT in various departments of the province. The PITB has successfully completed the project of Punjab government called as ‘eLearn’; thousands of text books, and supplementary resources have been digitized through this project. The students can have free access to those resources. Chairman PITB, Dr Umar Saif said w…Read More

  • NADRA setting up 8 centers for overseas Pakistanis

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The overseas Pakistanis face unendurable inconvenience due to non-existence of NADRA centers in abroad. The government of Pakistan has decided to establish eight NADRA Centers in Bahrain, Malaysia, Canada and Spain in a bid to facilitate overseas Pakistanis.  The government official while speaking in National Assembly (NA) Session said that the NADRA offices in United Kingdom (UK) have insufficient human resource due to which they cannot efficiently cater to huge Pakistani population in the country. He further highlight…Read More

  • NEPRA approves tariff for 350MW Coal Power Plant

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The tariff of 350MW Coal fired power plant has been approved. The power plant is first of its kind project which will be set up at Port Qasim, Karachi by private company Siddiqsons Energy Limited (SEL).  A. Rahim Rafi, Chief Executive Officer SEL commented on the approval of the tariff, “NEPRA approval of upfront tariff for this coal fired power plant will help to speed up the progress on this project. The company strives to bring innovative cost efficient energy solutions and development of energy sector in Pakistan …Read More

  • Pakistan`s IT Company broadens its geographic presence

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Systems Limited, leading IT Solutions Company has marked its footprints in Australia and UAE and is providing various solutions to number of public and private sector organizations.  The company has visible impact on the respective country`s IT market as the recent notification of Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) reveals that Systems Limited has signed strategic contracts with UAE`s Prime Minister office, Etisalat, RasGas, and Emirates National Oil Company. The agreements were signed through the subsidiary of Systems Limited i.e. TechVista Systems. …Read More

  • iNew Pak set to hit smartphone market in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The telecom sector industry in Pakistan has thrived stunningly over a decade in Pakistan and several news that float in industry once a major deal is signed. Fonescape Communications Pvt Limited subsidiary iNew Pakistan (perspective new entrant in Pakistan smartphone market) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mobile Masters recently.  According to the MoU, Mobile Master has become the authorized regional distributor for iNew Smartphones accessories and will be responsible to disburse the company p…Read More

  • PIF initiative to produce ‘Young Innovators’

    STAFF REPORR ISB: The developments in science, technology, and innovation can free Pakistan from predicament time and take it to the zenith of prosperity. The Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF), the private sector organization aiming for S,T&I promotion in the country has launched its second cohort for beginners ‘Robotics Legos 101 Workshop’ to hone the skills of students in various areas of technology at grass root level.  As many as 12 students were certified as they finished week long introductory course on Robotics logo. T…Read More

  • Unilever, WWF-Pak become allies to fight ‘Climate Change’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Climate change is one of the serious challenges Pakistan is facing that has number of detrimental traces on various domains including food security, agriculture, human health etc. The World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak), the agency working on environment and biodiversity as focus areas, has come closer to Unilever Pakistan according to a mutual deal to cooperate for joint initiatives pertaining to nature conservation by increasing tree plantation through their programmes in order to curtail the temperature rise and balance the impact of carbon emissions. …Read More

  • Huawei sprints for capacity building in ICT

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Huawei, the prime telecom company has launched ‘Seeds for future’ programme in order to build capacities for future in Information Communication Technology (ICT). The launching ceremony of the programme was held in Islamabad.  According to the source 11 students belonging from different universities of Pakistan will be given the opportunity to visit China for 2 weeks to enrich their knowledge and learning in the field of ICT. The Huawei targets youth to thrive in this field to bring innovation and to build human capita…Read More

  • Fossil fuels – the major ‘malefactor’ responsible for air pollution

    THE CLIMATE health and the kind of fuels humans utilize to account for their needs are proportional to each other. The ‘façade’ of fossil fuels may exhibit a vibrant picture but the environmental correlation depicts an entirely worsen panorama that is changing the ecological landscape of the globe. The air pollution is primarily the deterring of air quality and inclusion of several pollutants including toxic gases, particulates etc. in air through various sources that render intensely alarming outcomes. The air pollution effects are not confined in fact the issue is multifold and has a web of engaging factors which fuel it and a holistic approach to restrain it are required dir…Read More

  • SAARC member countries keen to replicate NARC`s bioremediation technology

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan entails a highly developed bioremediation system for water treatment purposes. It was recognized by South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries during the meeting at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) on ‘Pakistan Bioremediation Model, Prospects, and Replication in SAARC Countries”. Delegates from SAARC member countries including Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh were present in the meeting.  Chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Cou…Read More

  • PTA straps vendors selling barred DECT Cordless Phones

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In connection to recent announcement by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on barring DECT Cordless phones; PTA has started to strap the vendors dealing in those products by conducting raids in markets.  According to the sources, PTA raided eight different markets in Rawalpindi-Islamabad and confiscated cordless DECT phones in huge quantities while imposing fine on the sellers. The masses were also made aware through SMS from PTA to stop usage of DECT Cordless phones. The PTA official said while comm…Read More

  • ‘Technical Education’ can drive Pakistan forward: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The education reforms in country are required in order to improve quality of education and target under privileged fractions of society and push them into mainstream of literacy to uplift the socio-economic landscape of Pakistan to the desired level.  The ‘6th Inter Provincial Education Minister Conference’ was organized to deliberate education reforms, improve coordination in education sector amongst provinces, identify shady areas that need embellishment, and propose viable solutions for sustainable gro…Read More

  • Mobicash launches ‘NFC Payment Solutions’ in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobicash has introduced ‘Near Field Communication (NFC)’ payment solution to the consumers. The start of the initiative also marked the company to be the only Mobile Financial Service (MFS) provider to offer such solution. The mobile account users can utilize the facility on vending machines.  The Mobicash signed official agreements with Batwa and Wavetec in a ceremony held recently. The consumers will be able to procure items from Wavetec`s NFC enabled vending machines. The machines will be installed at various loca…Read More

  • NAYS conducts ‘Biosafety Training Workshop’ at KUST

    STAFF REPORT KHI: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), premier non-governmental organization working for S&T popularization held a ‘Biosafety Training Workshop’ at Kohat University of Science and Technology (KUST), Kohat. The workshop was sponsored by the American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).  President NAYS, Aftab Ahmad said during his speech, “Biosafety is the prevention of large-scale loss of biological integrity, focusing both on ecology and human health. These preclusion mechanisms include conducti…Read More

  • UAF, SAP committed to identify improvement areas in ‘Seed Policy’

    STAFF REPOR FSB: The need of crystallizing of stakeholders to brainstorm on Seed related issues had become imperative especially after approval of Amended Seed Act, 2015 by govt. The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) and Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP) have formed alliance to hold ‘Pakistan Seed Congress (PSC)’ in order to deliberate pertinent issues on Modern Seed Act, seed policy, seed storage, handling protocols, and to address the issues of researchers and professionals working in the cited domain.  This was decid…Read More

  • Urban Unit instigates ‘Technical Training Program’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The technical education and skill development can account for industrial needs and unemployment issue. The diploma holders and certification holders in different trainings are the middle tiers in the industry and their skill development can ensure the proper execution of various operations in industry which are currently being compromised due to lack of skilled human resource.  The Urban Sector Planning and Management Services Unit (USPMSU) and Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF) have launched a 3 month vocation…Read More

  • Formation of PHA voiced in NA

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The growing Muslim population in the world has triggered a greater potential in Halal food sector and companies across the globe are emphasizing on it. There is a need for the development of Halal food sector in Pakistan and regulation of halal trade which will boost national economy.  The ‘Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA)’ establishment has been voiced in the National Assembly (NA). The much awaited bill on setting up of PHA was moved in NA. The purpose of establishment of PHA is the formation of a legally authorized body …Read More

  • IoBM stresses on entrepreneurial approach to diffuse energy crisis

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan`s greatest challenge in present day is the energy crisis which has spoiled major industries in number of ways. The rising unemployment, under achieved production from industries, shake of investors trust are few of the countless associated problems of this due to which Pakistan has faced serious damage. The Institute of Business Management (IoBM) also expressed grave concerns on the persisting energy crisis and organized a conference on ‘Energy self-sufficiency’ to pop up various solutions of energy crisis and make country as an energy self-sufficient country. …Read More

  • First batch of entrepreneurs passed out from Nest I/O

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The first batch of young enthusiastic entrepreneurs has passed out from Nest I/O. The project was launched by collaboration of Google, Samsung and US State Department with a heavy contribution of $1.4 million.  The project was started with the aim to promote entrepreneurship in the Pakistan by giving young people fundamental skills to professionally start their business venture and operate it with utmost proficiency that will make the market more competitive in the market as well as youth will b…Read More

  • Foodpanda.pk launches ‘Pakistan Online Food Festival 2015’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Foodpanda.pk, the foremost food ordering site of Pakistan in connection to upcoming Independence Day Celebration has announced launching of ‘Pakistan Online Food Festival 2015’.  Foodpanda has named some of local favorites partnering this festival: Broadway Pizza, New York Pizza, Al Inaab Lebanese, Pizzo, Daily Dubai Restaurant, Biryani Express, TOOSOO, The Pizza Guys and many more. Discounts range anywhere between 15-50%. Other exclusive deals/discounts will be made live at commence of festival. Oma…Read More

  • The major sources of copious air pollution challenge

    HUMAN INTERVENTION in nature has resulted in toppling of natural equilibrium in many ways. The deforestation, climate change phenomenon, water and air pollution, depletion of ozone layer, increased catastrophic events occurring at uncertain time are few of the hostile realities that are continuously hovering over the head of mankind these days.  The air pollution is one of the noxious kinds of pollution that have number of adverse implications. It is mainly the fusion of solid particles and gases in the air. In discrete words, air pollution occurs when t…Read More

  • Coalition takes shape between Mobilink and LUMS for entrepreneurship promotion

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The entrepreneurship ecosystem is still at nascent stages and requires a time constraint to get healthier. The need of promotion of tech entrepreneurship in Pakistan is inevitable due to its relentless potentials. Mobilink and LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship (LCE) have knitted a mutual cooperation ambience by signing an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  According to the MoU, Mobilink will provide mentoring facilities and proficient resources of the organization will impart several tr…Read More

  • PSF, DoST ink MoU for S&T development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The science and technological promotion and development requires integrated efforts from central and provincial counterparts of S&T. Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have bonded together for cooperation in S&T development and taking joint initiatives for alleviating the sector.  The official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony was held at PSF. Prof Dr Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF was also present on the occasion. Prof Dr Muhammad Akram Sheikh and Director DoST Zahoor ul Haq signed the agreement in presence of notable dignitaries. …Read More

  • Pakwheels.com celebrates 12th anniversary

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakwheels.com, the foremost vehicle trade portal of Pakistan marked its 12th years in Pakistan. The official ceremony was arranged to celebrate the anniversary of the venture.   Hanif Bhatti, Founder Pakwheels.com while speaking on the occasion said, “Pakwheels.com success is due to the motivation, commitment and perseverance of the team. I do believe that Pakistan has immense potential to become auto manufacturing and exporting hub in Asia”. The people in Pakistan have become smart buyers and sellers and look …Read More

  • NICE partners with Bestway Cement to take joint R&D initiatives

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The joint research and development endeavors between academia and industry can help bridge the gap between both. NUST Institute of Civil Engineering (NICE) has partnered with prominent company Bestway Cement to forge collaborative R&D initiatives.  The official Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between top executives of NUST Institute of Civil Engineering and Bestway Cement. The MoU encompasses wide range of cooperation between both organizations in the field of R&D pertaining to innovative constructio…Read More

  • ITE-SEECS first-rated attempt in developing ‘Innovative Learning App’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The faculty of Innovative Technologies in Education (ITE) of School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (SEECS), National University of Science and Technology (NUST) put forth an ICT based solution to catalyze the science learning of students. The project is called ‘Chotay Sciencedan’ which was launched in a seminar held at SEECS-NUST.  Chotay Sciencedan is a science learning gaming app that entails vibrant graphics and engaging speaking characters that add value to learning and winning student…Read More

  • Huawei Pakistan holds IT Road Show

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The information technology and ICT have range of applications in multiple fields and can account for different challenges by easing the lifestyles through innovation. Huawei Technologies, Pakistan recently organized a two day ‘IT Road Show Pakistan 2015’ to showcase their innovative cutting edge technologies and products to the tech aficionados, IT enthusiasts, gadget lovers etc. The Senior Officer of Huawei Technologies Pakistan spoke to the media team, “The rapidly changing technology landscape in the worl…Read More

  • Pakistani researchers’ effervescence marked in ‘International Chemistry Olympiad’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is full of talent and exuberance in every field as it was attested when the students’ team belonging from HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry (HEJ-RIC), International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) won two bronze medals in 47th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Azerbaijan. Nearly 300 young students and over 250 chemists, scientists, jury members, experts in chemistry, educators, observers and team mentors from 75 countries of 5 continents participated in the prestigious competition. …Read More

  • Molecular techniques are useful in applied biological research: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The biological research encompasses various techniques and skills that a researcher must be acquainted with. The Virtual University (VU), leader in distant leading, organized one day national conference on ‘Insight of Molecular Techniques used in Applied Biological Research’. The conference was organized by Department of Molecular Biology, VU in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC).  The conference aimed at stirring the promotion of applied research in biology by engaging researchers and …Read More

  • Warid launches Pakistan`s maiden postpaid menu over USSD

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The standout telecom company of Pakistan, Warid Telecom has announced the country`s first ever postpaid menu over USSD. The service is absolutely free of cost and subscribers can avail it and get an emphatic digital communication experience.  The USSD menu enables consumers for free, convenient access to a number of features and services that include Voice/SMS/LTE bundles, activation of Value Added Services (VAS). The official of Warid Telecom stated on the launching of the postpaid menu, “The introduction of …Read More

  • ICCBS Summer Internship Programme concludes

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The 8th summer internship programme which was    instigated by International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),    University of Karachi concluded. The internship stressed on familiarizing the   youth in practically applying their science and technology knowledge. The training    helped participants and added luster and proficiency in their knowledge bank.  …Read More

  • Engro trains farmers on advanced rice-wheat farming techniques

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The public and private sector agriculture enterprises a apart from focusing on innovation, R&D must also stress on imparting technical trainings at ground level intended for farmers in order to equip them with necessary skills mandatory for adapting technologies in the farms for improving the agriculture yields. Engro Foundation along with Engro Eximp Agri products held a highly informative and enriching ‘System Productivity Innovative Rice Trainings’ project.  The Project Director said while commenting on the pr…Read More

  • TEVTA, Ufone join hands for tech education promotion

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The telecom service sector has various responsibilities in    providing ICT solutions to various public and private sector organization for    smooth organizational workflow in different domains of business. The Technical    Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has sought assistance from    telecom organization to promote technical education and vocational training    systems in different corners of Punjab. …Read More

  • POFIT inks agreement to impart technical trainings to OMAN

    STAFF REPORT WAHCANTT: The Pakistan Ordinance Factories Institute of Technology (POFIT) is the prime professional and technical training institute that shoulders responsibility of capacity building in various technological domains including CNC Machining, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Controls, Power Systems, Advance Electronics and Electrical Technology.  POFIT outreach has been ecstatic; considering the rich experience of imparting trainings, Oman Munition Production Company (OMPC) has signed agreement with POFIT in order to provi…Read More

  • MoIT sulks on frayed telecom services

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The telecom service operators often claim big in terms of services but consumers’ complaints are rising due to silken atmosphere in terms of audit. The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) has decided to take stern action against the telecom operators against which the complaints are filed.  A high official of MoIT revealed that, “The complaints have risen in past few months and issues like call drop; poor voice quality during call, signal deterring, latency, and mobile broadband (3G and 4G) data networ…Read More

  • PSCB holds moot on biotechnology promotion

    STAFF REPORT PESHAWAR: The role of biotechnology in providing solutions to various agri based problems is inevitable. The innovative, cost effective biotechnology solutions help farmers to maximize the yield with minimum cost. The biotechnology field also opens up channel for new job opportunities. To realize the importance of biotechnology and highlight its career prospects, an interactive seminar was organized by Pakistan Society of Computational Biology (PSCB). Dr Faisal Khan, Director, Institute of Integrative Biosciences stressed on th…Read More

  • UNIL Master’s Grants in Switzerland for International Students

    The UNIL Master`s scholarships are now available for International students in University of Lausanne, Switzerland. The scholarships are available in different disciplines including biology, geosciences, environmental sciences, business and economics etc.  The scholarships are intended for the international students. The ideal candidate must be the holder of a degree from a university of outside Switzerland origin. The qualification held by the candidate must be deemed equivalent to the UNIL Bachelor’s degree. Candidates…Read More

  • FAST-NUCES holds 39th Convocation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The FAST-National University of Computer and    Emerging Sciences (FAST-NUCES) held 39th convocation.    The graduates and post graduates of disciplines including computer science,    electrical engineering, management sciences were conferred the degrees.   Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan graced the event as chief guest. He said    while speaking…Read More

  • Policy shifts are must for water sustainability: Speakers

    START REPORT KHI: The water resources of Pakistan are becoming    extensively scarce and there is a need to sensitize water conservation and underline    water governance issues of the country. The US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced    Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) organized seminar on ‘Water governance in    Pakistan’ to highlight and prompt the policy makers with the rapidly shrinking  …Read More

  • 40th INSC on ‘Physics and Contemporary needs’ starts

    STAF REPORT ISB: The 40th International Nathiagali Summer College (INSC)    on Physics and Contemporary Needs has been inaugurated recently aiming at    broad coverage of topics at the frontiers of knowledge in Physics and allied    sciences. Every year one or two subjects of current interest and their applications    for technological development, with special reference to needs of the developing  …Read More

  • LINE Extension for Google Chrome Released

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Line, the premier life platform has unleashed the LINE    for Google Chrome. The free browser extension of LINE app is compatible   Chrome, Mac, Windows, and Linux.    The users of LINE will only have to install Google Chrome extension version of    Line once to use it on any PC with Chrome installed via their Google account.   In addition to providing LINE's co…Read More

  • CERN Associate Membership; an addition to Pakistan`s scientific arsenal

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The contributions of Pakistani nuclear scientists are    inevitable in global research. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear    Research has conferred the Associate Membership to Pakistan.    According to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), this is a distinct    achievement of Pakistan making it the 11th overall and only Asian country to have    …Read More

  • Pak fellows to depart to Korea under KOICA Fellowship Programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) holds the mission of Human Resource Development (HRD) in developing countries. The KOICA started Master’s Degree Scholarship 2015-16 programme for government officials in different fields including public policy, finance, economics, ICT, agriculture, health, rural development, development studies, fisheries science and women empowerment. Nine students belonging from different public sector organizations from Pakistan were selected under this programme from Pakistan and a pre departure ceremony was held by KOICA for their farewell. …Read More

  • MUET students vivid in research projects

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The students of Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET) have shown excellent academic standings as well as exhibit proficiency in different national and international forums. Recently, three groups of five students under the supervision of Dr Zeeshan Ali were selected to participate in ‘Student Research Paper Conference 2015 (SRPC-15)’ organized by Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad.  The three projects include Mathematical Modeling of Pendulum Hand Pump, Mathematical Analysis of Vehicle Long…Read More

  • The inauguration of 2nd phase of 1320 MW ‘Sahiwal Coal Power Project’ takes place

    STAFF REPORT SAHIWAL: Pakistan massive 3.3 billion tonnes of coal deposits are still not utilized up to the potential and only 3.4 million tonnes per year are used for energy production. The Sahiwal Coal Power Project by Government of Punjab is the continuity of enhancing coal power production in the country in order to reduce the energy crisis in Pakistan. The second phase of the Sahiwal Power Project 1320MW inauguration took place. The Chief Minister Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the project in the presence of Minister of State …Read More

  • TMUC, TiE join hands for entrepreneurship promotion

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The most important area in which nurturing of youth is required is the ‘entrepreneurship’. The institutions need to build strong linkages with industry as well as incubators must be built in order to create pool of entrepreneurs. The concept needs to be changed. The Millennium University College (TMUC) holding the same resolve has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).  Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq (TI), Rector TMUC, and Sayyed Ahmed Masud (Chair Youth Entrepreneurial Soci…Read More

  • AIOU endeavors to improve literacy in far flung areas

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The education access to every person needs special attention from public as well as private sector in order to tap the talent of underprivileged and less developed areas that lack basic facilities and infrastructure due to which the literacy rate sinks in those areas. A day-long conference of regional directors of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) was held to find out ways for promotion of education and providing access to the people to obtain education.  The participants of the conference exchanged ide…Read More

  • LG Electronics unearths NeON ™ 2 Solar power system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The leader in electronic products, LG Electronics (LG)    always brings innovation in its product because of extensive R&D. LG has   introduced a cutting edge technology highly effective solar power system recently.    The newly launched solar power system is called as NeON™ 2. The system is    equipped with the advanced Cello Technology. The system has been   …Read More

  • Pak-EPA directed to show no leniency for environmental law violators

    BY AHSAN JAMIL   The ‘Islamabad Signal Free Expressway’ project work    has been started by Capital Development Authority (CDA) without fulfilling    requisite procedural requirements and submission of Environmental Impact    Assessment (EIA) report to Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA).    The civic agency is believed to have violated Section 12 of the Pakistan    Environmental Protection Act-1997 (PEPA-1997).   …Read More

  • Climate Change proportional to human health: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Climate change impacts multiple sectors and rings bells of    peril to human health as well. The identification of climate change related impacts    on human health and their mitigation requires stringent policies at state level to    assure health security.    A seminar focusing on emphatic connection between ‘Natural disasters and health  …Read More

  • Robotics expo kick starts at ITU

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Robotics is easing the mankind lifestyles, industry etc. in    various aspects. The country needs to build capacities in the important field of    robotics to bring automation to ensure precision and time effectiveness.    Information Technology University (ITU) has been an upfront variable in    recognition of this field and strives to build eminent, skilled human resource…Read More

  • PAD initiative to distribute free ‘Disease Resistant wheat seeds’ to growers

    STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has decided to distribute free of cost wheat seed to 23,838 growers in the province. The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 300 million for this programme. The balloting method will be adapted to enlist the growers who will be provided with the wheat seeds.  This was divulged by Senior Official of PAD. He said that each enlisted farmer will be provided with free 200 kilogram seed for cultivation of wheat at area of four acres. The applications will be invite…Read More

  • Pak-Belarus committed for agri sector development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The official delegates from Republic of Belarus visited the prime agricultural research organization of country i.e. National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) to see the infrastructure and contributions of Pakisatni scientists in agricultural R&D sector.  Chairman PARC, Dr Iftikhar Ahmad said on the occasion, “The visit of Belarusian delegation will help to foster the recognition and acknowledgement of NARC at international level as it is the emblem of agricultural advancement in the country introducing…Read More

  • Punjab Gov takes back decision of 19.5% internet tax hike

    STAFF REPPORT LHR: The Punjab Government has reversed the decision of imposition of 19.5% tax on internet after facing much rebuttal from stakeholders including cyber merchants, telecommunication companies, broadband and ICT companies, students and various corporate circles. Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab announced this in a meeting held on the issue.  The Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Dr Umar Saif was very vocal in addressing the Punjab Government to reverse the decision of tax imposition and he su…Read More

  • NTC, GEOTEL Lanka sign telecom services agreement

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) strives for international collaborations and linkages for betterment of telecom infrastructure in the country. Recently, an agreement between NTC and GEOTEL Lanka was signed for telecom services.  Sanath Jayasuria, former Srilankan Cricketer who is also MD GEOTEL Lanka, graced the occasion. Sanath is also an active parliamentarian of Srilanka. An official agreement was signed by Major Aslam Jelani, DG Operations NTC and Sanath Jayasuria. Brigadier V…Read More

  • Joint efforts required to attain food security objectives

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Food security is one of the major challenges to which Pakistan is exposed and number of steps are yet to be taken for improvement in this particular issue. Collaborative efforts from provincial food departments are necessary to mitigate the adverse multifaceted impacts of food insecurity. A meeting was held to ensure the food quality, and establish a joint working group between provincial food departments and PSQCA and important ideas were exchanged for betterment of overall situation of food security in country. …Read More

  • Mobilink determined to uplift social sector through ICT

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink, leading telecom player has joined hands with Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) for promoting education through Information Communication Technology (ICT). An official agreement was signed in a ceremony. According to the agreement Mobilink will establish six ICT labs in schools under NGOs umbrella across the Pakistan.  The project is bannered as ‘Make Your Mark (MYM)’. This programme is fundamentally an ICT enhancement project aimed to aggravate the local education sector. Mobilink cashes many social…Read More

  • Zameen.com introduces another first with ‘Property Search Trends’ tool

    PRESS RELEASE: Zameen.com, Pakistan’s top property portal, has introduced the Property Search Trends tool on its website, adding another feature to the long list of its ground-breaking innovations in Pakistan’s online real estate market. Property Search Trends is a tool that helps the website’s users explores the real estate search trends prevalent in the market. The tool has the potential to revolutionize a user’s market insight by offering direct, real-time information about trending localities around the country. The facility will help users ascertain real estate hotspots and also assist their investment decisions by informing them how a certai…Read More

  • Intel and Micron introduce high speed memory processing technology

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Shackles were broken as Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc. introduced a whole new 3D XPoint technology that has tendency to revolutionize any device. The technology that benefits from fast access to larger data sets. The memory process technology has witnessed a major breakthrough in shape of this technology.  3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faste…Read More

  • CIIT upfront in R&D promotion; inks MoU with SZABMU

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The inter university departmental coordination and intra university collaboration both are important for improvement of academic quality. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) have come closer to take joint initiatives for improvement of research and nurture the development in S&T.  The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr Junaid Zaidi, Rector CIIT and Dr Javaid Akram, Vice Chancellor SZAMBU. According to the MoU both the universi…Read More

  • Telcos affirmed to give access to data for security purpose

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The lack of telecommunication related data availability to security agencies many times blocks the path to efficiently maneuver and execute the plan against suspects and as a result many times they get safe exit and ample time to flee. To counter this situation, Sindh Police Department felt the need to approach Telecommunication service providers and a formal agreement was signed to give access of call data record and location of subscribers to police department through global system for mobile communication (GSM) and geo-fencing facility. …Read More

  • PTA imparted training to Afghan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) collaborated with International Telecom Union (ITU) to organize a training workshop for Afghan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA) and Ministry of Communication, Afghanistan. The training workshop focused on regulatory issues.  The training workshop included lectures, presentations on regulation regime from PTA as well as from representatives of telecommunication network operators i.e. Telenor, Mobilink etc. Chairman PTA, Ismail Shah was also present on the occasion.…Read More

  • Pak students sparkle in IEEE Biannual Congress

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistani students shine in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Biannual Congress held at Srilanka, by securing 8 awards in multiple categories.  The delegation of 24 Pakistani students participated in IEEE congress, the biggest event in Asia-Pacific region that offers innumerable opportunities to explore, dig, and nurture the potential ideas thus aggravating the professionalism in sparkling talent from the region. The theme of the congress was ‘Today’s Youth for a Better Tomorrow’. The participants …Read More

  • ICCBS announces almost double jump in PhD scholarship

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The meager funding and scholarship money renders insufficient efficiency of doctorate students. The International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) has sensed the pulse of the time and has subsequently raised the scholarship money for MS/MPhil and PhD students.  The scholarship for MS and PhD has been raised from Rs. 14,000 to 16,000 and Rs. 16,000 to Rs. 30,000 respectively. The decision to give monetary hike for the students was made in the 18th Execut…Read More

  • NetSol hosts ‘Throwathon’ challenge for tech entrepreneurship promotion

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The promotion of tech entrepreneurship in country is inevitable to push the young IT graduates in this sector to develop a competitive ecosystem of tech market in the country. Plan9- PITB’s Technology Incubator announced partnership with ‘Throwathon’; a very special hackathon for creators, disruptors and innovators.  It’s a 3 day event hosted by NetSol-Human Capital Division at LUMS, where individuals from reputable institutes will compete for a chance to bring their product idea to life, and get a chance to win aprize money of worth $5000. …Read More

  • ‘Hajj Guider’ device for tracking, communicating during Hajj

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The communication between Hajj pilgrims is a hard task and often partners are lost due to lack of communication and large number of crowd converging for the Holy purpose. The solution for this problem is being nurtured at Plan9 (largest tech incubator of Pakistan) with the startup named as ‘Hajj Guider’ that is a wearable gadget and is gearing up for full scale launch before next year Hajj.  “The device is a wearable band that can be worn on wrist and has supportive smartphone app inbuilt in it for effective communicatio…Read More

  • Pak-Belarus strengthen bond for S&T promotion

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The elite delegation from Republic of Belarus including experts from different fields is on official visit to Pakistan following up on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed for mutual cooperation in multiple avenues of science, higher education, research and development, commerce and industry with Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS).  The introductory meeting was held at PAS headquarter to foster linkage between Belarusian experts and Pakistani scientific organizations including NARC, IST, NUST, COMSATS. T…Read More

  • LUMS Faculty secures US Patent on Advanced Radar Technology

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) faculty of electrical engineering, Dr. Ijaz Haider Naqvi and his PhD student Faran Awais Butt have secured a US patent on Electronic Counter - Counter Measure (ECCM) technique. The technique quashes the effect of jamming on ground based radars and hence improves the accuracy of location of potential targets.  Electronic Counter - Counter Measure (ECCM) is the next level radar technology focused at preventing the attempts to disrupt the normal functioning of radar, in ge…Read More

  • NADRA introduces online CNIC Service

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has taken initiative to provide online Computerized National Identity Card Service. The public will be beneficiary of this service at large due to great facilitation.  The online systems will just a 3-step process for consumer to login, submit requisite documents and fee, and submission of application. The CNIC application will be processed and within due time CNIC will be delivered to consumer at their home. This step was taken upon directives from Fede…Read More

  • Gov. Elite focuses technology solutions for improving public service delivery

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to exchange ideas for technology sector promotion and human resource development; first meeting of Sub Committee of Cabinet on Human Resource (HR) and technology was held.  Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal presided the meeting in which he said, “The government is committed for technology uplifting because it plays a pivotal role in national development. This subcommittee formation also serves the purpose to improve inter-ministerial coordination, planning and execution strategy…Read More

  • PTA announces to cease Blackberry Enterprise Services

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Blackberry Enterprise Services (BES) in Pakistan will be stopped due to its non-detectable conversation that is unable to decode by the law enforcement and security agencies. This was announced by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) this week.  The spokesperson of PTA affirmed that PTA had directed telecommunication companies to stop offering BES services from Nov 30, 2015”. It is noteworthy that the user base of BES has declined with the advent of Android based services in last couple of year…Read More

  • ‘Group Order Feature’ added in foodpanda.pk app

    STAFF REPORT KHI:Foodpanda.pk has added a new feature for its customers in Pakistan. The mobile app now includes an option of “Group Order” which allows more than one people to place order at the same time using single basket.  “Group Order is a simple way to further reduce the hassle. For instance, you’re in a group of five people who wish to order from KFC at the same time but two among you are not physically present, let’s say, stuck in a traffic jam. That is when you make use of the feature and allow the missing pair to place …Read More

  • PARC, OAK join hands for agri sector development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The agricultural sector is backbone of country`s economy and development of this sector is imperative for economic revival. The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is the leading organization in agri sector research and development. It has played pivotal role in uplifting of agriculture through number of initiatives. PARC has once again stride forward for the significant resolve of agri sector development by signing agreement with Korean OAK Commercial Agricultural Farming (OAKS CAF).  The Memorandum of …Read More

  • Education reforms are requisite for knowledge based economy

    THE UNDULATIONS in Pakistan`s education system are not new and are a customary of education system we inherited from British colony during occupation of subcontinent. Most of hackneyed practices and conventional education methodology still stales the education system and drops its effervescence with passage of time.  Knowledge is oxygen for productivity and economic growth, while focusing on role of information, technology and learning in global traverse. The modern economies are principally emphasizing on knowledge through policy reforms in educ…Read More

  • Morocco becomes 22nd Member State of COMSATS

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Morocco becomes the 22nd Member of (Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) as consequence of proactive interaction and consultations by executives of COMSATS with Moroccan government officials. An official accession agreement was signed between COMSATS and Government of Morocco.  Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS and Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training, Morocco signed the agreement. …Read More

  • JS Bank consolidates IT infrastructure on Oracle Exadata

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Oracle Exadata platform has been selected by JS Bank Limited, to consolidate its Information Technology (IT) infrastructure. The platform will allow the bank to run its credit card, core baking, and corporate banking applications.  Oracle Exadata is a database appliance with support for both OLTP (transactional) and OLAP (analytical) database systems. It is noteworthy that Oracle Exadata has cut the administrative expenditures of the bank to as much as 60 percent. The platform frees up the database…Read More

  • Mobilink launches cheapest smartphone Haier Klassic J10

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink in partnership with Haier Mobile has launched an exclusive and economic 3G enabled smartphone Haier Klassic J10 for customers to experience digital entertainment and communication solution right in their palm in extremely friendly prices.  Aamer Manzoor, Head of Data, Mobilink said on the launching ceremony, “The newly launched Haier Klassic J10 lets customers experience supreme 3G and voice services at most affordable 3G phones till date”. The mobile phone comes with a powerful 1450 m…Read More

  • PCST conducts workshop to promote applied research

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) organized series of workshops on ‘Policies for creating Enabling environment for encouraging problem-solving research’ in collaboration with Institute of Research Promotion (IRP). The theme of workshop is to encourage R&D that is aimed for problem solving of industry as well society.  The 8th workshop of the series was held in cooperation with Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) in which the policy proposals and recommendations on va…Read More

  • Iran vows support to Pakistan in energy sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is facing intensive energy shortfall over the years that have accounted for heavy commercial losses and down pour of local industry as well as source of foreign investor repulsion. The neighboring country Iran has vowed support to Pakistan in order to combat with the rising energy crisis for sustainable development and national economic growth.  The delegation from Iran led by Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy member Muhammad Hassan Asafari held talks with Senate Standing Committe…Read More

  • WWF-Pak, Coca Cola connect to improve clean water access

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The water security is the toughest ordeals of Pakistan. The contaminated water is the root cause of various life challenging diseases. The World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak), leading nature conservation organization and Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL) have taken joint initiative for installation of clean drinking water in the different localities of Lahore.  Both the organizations inaugurated water filtration plant as part of the project to account for rising water need and to make available sa…Read More

  • ‘Security Surveillance Systems’ for public safety in Lahore

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The use of technology can ensure public safety and improving quality of life in various ways. The Government of Punjab (GoP) mulls to chalk out ‘Punjab Safe City Authority’ for the same theme in provincial metropolis. The project will be implemented by the end of this year.  The GoP has issued an ordinance for all relevant departments to convolve together in order to establish state of the art security surveillance system. The Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif said, “The safe city pro…Read More

  • ‘Karachi Smart City’ project instigated

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Karachi, the cosmopolitan city of Pakistan is yet to become Smart City having solar street lights, CCTV cameras and the demanding Wifi facilities. The Government of Sindh (GoS) has signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with three companies based in Dubai, China and USA for installation of those systems in the city.  The Sindh Information Minister, Sharjeel Memon said that the first phase of the project will be completed by the end of this year that will include modern solar street lights, free Wifi and CCTV c…Read More

  • Uproar caused on ‘Dual Degree Programme’ offered by CIIT

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The future of various students is on stake as controversy has been generated on ‘Dual Degree Programme’ offered by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).  In 2010, CIIT signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UK`s Lancaster University according to which both universities agreed to start dual degree programme. The procedural requirements however demanded CIIT to take requisite No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) which was not …Read More

  • 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 & 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 DAE Food Technology and Civil Technology Courses.  …Read More

  • UoE advances for education quality improvement

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The quality of education and research culture in universities are fundamentally important for academic excellence. The University of Education (UoE) and Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) have come closer to each other through a mutual agreement to setup an ‘Academy of Professional Development (APD)’ to consolidate the motive of improving education quality and capacity building.  Vice Chancellor UoE, Dr Fiaz ul Hasan and Chairman PHEC, Dr Nizam ud Din inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order…Read More

  • Freelancing is viable source of income: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Freelancing or online earning has become popular over the years and it can complement one`s income to great extent. However, because of lack of awareness many of the youth waste their synergies and their flair gets stale due to not converting their talent into commercial benefit. An introductory seminar on same theme titled as ‘Learn to earn through freelancing’ was held at Information Technology University (ITU), Lahore. The purpose of seminar was to apprise the participants with fundamentals of freelancing and giving them direction how they could channelize their abilities to earn through working online. …Read More

  • PITB introduces ‘Case Flow Management System’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) is committed towards incorporation of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in multiple public sectors to improve public services in the province. PITB has launched an ‘Automated Cause List Flow Management System’ to streamline the workflows and processes of courts in order to ensure transparency and enable improved service delivery.  Through this system the litigants are informed through auto generated messages sent via ‘Cause List Messaging System’ developed by …Read More

  • ECOSF capacity building through IBSE

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The unconventional methodology to impart science and technology knowledge is highly important for popularization of science and stirring the sense of intriguing amongst youth in particular so to push them towards science education. That is one way of building human resource in S&T sector. ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) carried the same thematic note in its four-day capacity building workshop titled as ‘Inquiry Based Science Foundation (IBSE)’. The workshop was jointly organized ECOSF and Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan in collaboration with French Embassy in Kazakhstan. UNESCO (ISTIC) Kuala Lumpur and the Inter-Academy Pa…Read More

  • Aquaponics technique is the solution for food scarcity: Speaker

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The agriculture technology advancement is obligatory to be employed to yield viable results and account for various copious challenges such as water crisis, food scarcity, costly fertilizers, hazardous impacts of pesticides etc. In order to reverse the effect, Chinese roof Top Farming Technology of ‘Aquaponics’ could be introduced. This was suggested by President Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Shah Faisal Afridi (PCJCCI) in a session discussing agri sector advancement through technology.  “Aquapo…Read More

  • Academia-industry linkage is crucial for academic excellence

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission, apex body to promote and regulate higher education in Pakistan is serving for excellence of higher education since 2002. The HEC intends to setup one university or at least its sub campus in each district of the country to create enabling conditions for every fraction of society to get higher education.  Dr Mukhtar Ahmed held a meeting with Federal Minister for Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Rana Tanveer Hussain in which the ideas were exchanged on execution of …Read More

  • Telenor upfront in adapting ecofriendly business strategy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telenor, premier network operator of the country has taken the lead to recycle e-wastes generated by various operations. The project is part of Telenor`s business strategy of ecofriendly and environmentally sustainable policies. The company has upgraded services and its network to offer consumers effective communication solutions that are not harm to environment. Telenor has announced to recycle about 4,000 tonnes of e-waste that was produced by modernization of their network to 3G technology from year 2013.  …Read More

  • PTA permanently removes unverified SIMs record

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had called for submission of record of banned SIMs from network operators. The unverified SIMs delinking was part of National Action Plan to curb terrorism.  In response, the telecommunication companies have submitted the record to PTA which will be overviewed and delinking of 98.3 million SIMs will no more attached to any Computer National Identification Card (CNIC). The PTA has announced that the unverified SIMs record will be permanently removed from the database t…Read More

  • ‘Knowledge Park’ being set up for education uplifting

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The education is the fundamental ingredient of any developed country and without focusing on it, no country can …Read More

  • EasyPaisa joins hand with HBFCL for payment solutions

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The EasyPasisa, Pakistan`s maiden branchless banking service, have come closer to House Building Finance Company Limited (HBFCL) through an agreement to solve the payment related issues of their customers taking the convenience at next level. …Read More

  • HEC announces special programme to promote professional education in FATA & Baluchistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to promote professional education in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Baluchistan, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has promulgated to launch a special programme to attain the objective swiftly.  “HEC is striving towards promotion of professional education in FATA and Baluchistan. We have reserved 29 seats in medical colleges and 55 seats in engineering universities across the country for the students belonging to aforementioned areas”, representative of HEC told the media. The ca…Read More

  • Samsung unveils multi-function printer series

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Samsung, key player in electronics industry has unearthed its exclusive Xpress C430 and C480 series color printers. The series C430 is a single function printers while C480/480W are multifunctional printers that have print, copy, and scan functions.  C480FN/C480FW is a 4 in 1 printer that has additional fax feature apart from scanning, copying and printing. The printers are customized for domestic and official use and also entail scan to email feature with mobile printing support. D…Read More

  • Plan9 holds interactive session to promote cyber entrepreneurship

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Cyber entrepreneurship is on rise in Pakistan, and there is a lot of need to nurture the aspiring entrepreneurs who are bracing themselves for startups in e-commerce sector. Plan9 (larges technology incubator in Pakistan) conducted a seminar in order to give insight to budding entrepreneurs about the ‘E-commerce growth strategies and startup culture in Pakistan’.  The recently started 6th cycle incubates of Plan9 were the participants of the seminar. Adam Dawood, Country Head, Kaymu.pk (biggest e-commerce …Read More

  • Huawei unveils Y5 smartphone

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The cutting edge technology packed Huawei Y5 smartphone has been unveiled by the Huawei Technologies in Pakistan.  A launching ceremony was held recently to mark the official launching of the smartphone. Fanhong Bruce, Director Marketing, Huawei Pakistan said during his inaugural speech, “Huawei Y5 is tailored to meet customers’ needs and give him exclusive comfort and convenience by taking the digital entertainment to a next level. The new technology entails upgraded system with boosted hardware and software that…Read More

  • China pledges ‘Biotech lab’ formation

    STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Pakistan needs uplifting in agriculture because of its large dependence on this sector that has huge role in national economy and national development. Extensive research institutions, laboratories, capacity building is obligatory to meet the future needs. In order to translate this deliberation into reality, Chinese government has announced to set up a start of the biotechnology lab in Multan.  Chinese Ambassador, Sun Weidong during his visit to Cotton Research Station said, “China …Read More

  • Smart metering devices crucial to curtail line losses

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The aid of advanced technologies can help a great deal in curbing the menace of electricity, gas, and water theft that cause heavy loss to companies. Currently, the situation is extremely dismal and to counteract stringent measures must be taken so to avoid the plenty of losses that hurt national economy as well as impede the path of national development. “Smart metering devices can be a great utility in ensuring the transparency and theft identification”, Mian Zahid Hussain, President Businessmen and Intellectual Forum (PBIF) proposed the solution in a meeting. …Read More

  • Warid leaps towards ‘Budget Control Automation’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Warid Telecom, premier telecommunication network of the country in an attempt to streamline and automate the budgetary processes, has signed an agreement with A.F. Ferguson & Co. The Budget control automation will help improve company`s efficiency and productivity by the aid of technological solution.  According to the agreement, the solution offered by the private co, will reorganize the budgetary processes, synchronize the expenditure approval proposals with ERP and also help stakeholders to see real time statu…Read More

  • ICT: PITB inks agreement with MoRA for info management

    STAFF REPORT LHR: In order to effectively smooth the process of Hajj  applications, management, and monitoring of Hujjaj an important agreement was  signed between Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony (MoRA &    IH) and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).…Read More

  • Punjab gov adopts ‘no compromise’ policy to ensure food security

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A high level meeting aimed at improving the food  security in the Punjab province was held. The numbers of challenges agitating food  security such as substandard food, unhygienic environments of food production  etc. were highlighted and various opportunities to cash in were also discussed.  Shehbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab presided the meeting.   CM Punjab said while speaking in the meeting, “Stern action is imperative to be  …Read More

  • Cybermetrics Lab university rankings released

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Agha Khan University (AKU) has been ranked as 2nd top university in Pakistan. The rankings are issued by Cybermetrics Lab, a subsidiary of Consejo Superior de Investigations Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.  More than 20,000 universities from around the globe were ranked by Cybermetrics according to which Punjab University (PU) was placed at 15th spot among South Asian universities, and 1899th position in the world. The ranking also put P…Read More

  • Establishment of CUST approved by Senate

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An important development was made in formation of Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST) in Islamabad Capital Territory as Senate unanimously approved the establishment of University.  “The incumb…Read More

  • Pak-EPA seeks EIA report for SFIE project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The recent construction work that has been started on ‘Signal Free Islamabad Expressway’ project by Capital Development Authority (CDA) is challenged by Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA); the sources of agency state that CDA had neither obtained the obligatory No Objection Certificate (NOC) from them nor conducted any prior Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study to establish the environmental sustainability of the project.  Dr. Khurshid Khan, Pak EPA Director told the press that Pak-EPA had iss…Read More

  • MasterCard Internet Payment Gateway comes to Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Keeping in view the rising trend of e-commerce; Bank Alfalah and MasterCard have formed allegiance under an agreement to bring MasterCard Internet Gateway System (MIGS) to Pakistan in order to fill the fissure of e-payment platform in the country.  MIGS will connect cyber merchants with potential customers while accepting the credit cards on the internet. The remittance will be transferred to the beneficiary`s account directly. Atif Bajwa, President & CEO, Bank Alfalah said while speaking in the …Read More

  • Karachi drapes in shadow due to power failure

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The tripping of four units of Bin Qasim Power Plant blanketed more than half of the city of Karachi with darkness as the electricity supply got suspended from over 30 grid stations. Some parts Baluchistan were also affected by the massive breakdown.  The K-Electric’s management and engineers rebooted the supply systems as per standard operating procedures. The halting of electricity supply also gave birth to several allied problems as water supply also got affected due to non-supply of electri…Read More

  • ICT Workshop for enhancing Agriculture Value Chains in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: The role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is imperative to achieve the goals of food security. This was stressed in a workshop on ‘Role of ICT for enhancing Agriculture Value Chains in Pakistan’. The event was organized by University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).  Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor in his inaugural speech emphasized that ICT had garnered enormous significance in various important areas of agriculture. He stressed on adaptation of ICT to attain food security objectives. Imparti…Read More

  • ICT: ‘Computerized Driving Licenses’ gain space in Punjab

    STAFF REPORT LHR: To curtail forged driving licenses, Government of Punjab has taken initiative to issue Machine Readable Computerized Driving Licenses.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony was held in which Additional IG Punjab Traffic Police, Altaf Hussain inked agreement with President National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Shafiq Ahmed Khan. The machine readable licenses can`t be reproduced thus the menace of forged or fake licenses will be reduced in the province. The project aim is to f…Read More

  • HEIs hail ‘University Model Act 2015’

    STAFF REPORT PEW: In context to recent legislation done by KPK assembly i.e. University Model Act 205; the Federation of All Public …Read More

  • USAID trains grape farmers in Potwar region

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A training session to impart knowledge about advanced techniques amongst farmers for grape production was organized by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The farmers of Potwar region were familiarized with the new techniques and the ways through which they can connect to processors, merchants and exports to get maximum out of the potential benefit.  Scott Hocklander, Director Economic Growth and Agriculture, USAID said, “ “The grape farming in Potwar region relishes a competitive advantage, sin…Read More

  • Pakistani tech entrepreneur gleams at international level

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Amin Shah Gillani, an inspiring young entrepreneur hailing from Lahore has won a global competition Coinbase Bitcoin hackathon, BitHack v2. This was the second global Bitcoin hackathon. He was given reward money of $10000, apart from it he is given an opportunity to work with Silicon Valley in their BOOST VC accelerator program. Amin is known for his venture Payload, a project incubated at Plan9 (largest tech incubator of Pakistan).  The company received as many as 300 entries for the competition from around th…Read More

  • Japan to financially assist FAO in FATA food security projects

    STAFF REPORT ISB:  Japan government announced to provide financial assistance to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in ord…Read More

  • Huawei clutches outstanding performance award

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The elite telecommunication company Huawei has been conferred with DISTREE Diamond & “Middle East Retail Academy (MERA)” awards in recognition of paramount services and solutions that outperform other telecom players in the market.  An award ceremony was held to acknowledge the prominent achievements of telecom and ICT sector enterprises, in which DISTREE Diamond Award was won by Huawei for its ‘Smart Phones’ category. Huawei also managed to clinch the award for ‘Outstanding Performance’ category.   …Read More

  • UAE top notch Co unveils satellite broadband internet services in Pak

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The booming broadband market in Pakistan is growing bigger with each passing day. Realizing the potential of rising internet user base in Pakistan; UAE based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has launched high speed satellite broadband internet service in the country.   The UAE key player in satellite communication technology officially launched its product YahClick to account for domestic and corporate clients. This will allow them for instant connectivity via small satellite dish even in the areas of…Read More

  • AIOU introduces computerized ‘Books Mailing Tracking System’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The student facilitation has attained a new level in Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU); being the foremost institution of distant learning students had to face a lot of interruptions during the delivery of books and checking the status of the mail. The un…Read More

  • Mobile app launched by EFU for customer convenience

    STAFF REPORT KHI: EFU Life, premier insurance company, has launched an unprecedented smart phone app which offers range of solutions for customers bringing convenience into play. The app is called as ‘PlanIT’ and is downloadable for both Android and IOS platforms.  The app enables customers to track the documents including renewal and lapse notices, floating query, receiving important updates, nearest branches and many other features of utility. It also includes an exclusive Need Analysis Tool which guides the customer to opt for a su…Read More

  • Zabta Khan Shinwari elected as president of NCT

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Prof Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari, renowned biotechnologist has been elected as new president of National Council of Tibb (NCT) for 5 years. The decision was made in special meeting which was presided by Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHS, R&C) Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar.  Prof Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari while speaking on the occasion said, “It is my pleasure that I am being entrusted to this prestigious position that shoulders great responsibilities on me. I will put my utmo…Read More

  • Smart Pakistan Portal, new entrant in cyber space of Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a web portal with the name ‘Smart Pakistan Portal’ in order to boost the internet user base and promote the use of mobile broadband. The portal can be accessed at www.smartpakistan.pk. A launching ceremony of the portal was held which was presided by Chairman PTA, Dr Ismail Shah. “The portal is a single platform that encompasses multiple thematic areas including mEducation, mGovernment, mHealth etc. The mob…Read More

  • CIS successfully deploys DNS L-Root Server in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The project of deployment of L-Root mirror server in Pakistan has been successfully completed by COMSATS Internet Services (CIS) along with cooperation of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).   The L-Root servers which are the pulse of Internet Domain Name System (DNS), this server will foster the DNS operation across the country; improve the immunity against various cyber threats, and improving the fault tolerance thus ensuring the quality service with enhanced cyber security. Sp…Read More

  • Pak-Norway sign MoU to jointly setup 150MW Solar Power Plant

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A new chapter of cooperation and diplomatic relation has begun between Pakistan and Norway. The Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is on official visit to Norway. Prime Minister discussed various avenues of cooperation with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg including energy, education, infrastructure development etc. An important development was made as both countries come close to cooperate in a joint venture of setting up solar power plants in Pakistan in order to curb the menace of protracted energy crisis.  …Read More

  • PTA develops ‘Mobile Emergency Alert System’ to ensure public security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To ensure public safety and effective security of schools and hospitals at Islamabad, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a Mobile Emergency Alert System (MEAS). The project is joint effort of PTA and Islamabad Police.  The MEAS is the Android based app which will be provided to administrative staff of schools, colleges, universities, and hospitals of Islamabad. The system is capable of sending emergency alerts to Police department. The police department will have direct…Read More

  • Sarhad University to provide technical trainings to Police Department

    STAFF REPORT PEW:  Technological knowledge and support for law enforcement agencies is imperative these days in order to address dense law and order challenges. In order to technologically advance the police department, the Sarhad University of Science and Inform…Read More

  • ITU strides to develop ‘Robot Building Skills’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Information Technology University (ITU) has offered classes to impart technical skills in robot making and programming. The fundamental aim of the offered classes is capacity building in robotics, imparting knowledge of artificial intelligence to students, promoting innovation for automation led industry in future.   “ITU stresses on promotion of such technologies in order to develop the indigenous resource to account for futuristic needs and reduce the reliability on imported technology thus providing cheaper s…Read More

  • Seminar on ‘Green Office Initiative’ held

    STAFF REPORT LHR: World Wildlife Fund- Pakistan (WWF-Pak), in an effort to promote its environmental management system (EMS) called as “Green Office Initiative” organized a seminar in collaboration with Tetra Pak Pakistan. The project is aimed to cut the carbon footprints and make a bigger impact in natural and environmental conservation. The seminar was followed by training workshop on the EMS and familiarizing the participants on its significance in conservation of nature.  “The implementation of Green Office Initiative assists or…Read More

  • Dr. Saeed Ul Hassan Presents Research Paper at Intnl Scientometrics Conference

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Dr. Saeed Ul Hassan, Director of the Scientometrics Lab at Information Technology University (ITU), presented his Research Paper at the 15th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics (ISSI). This international conference was venued at Istanbul, Turkey. The top experts from around the globe participate in the conference which is held after 2 years.  Dr. Saeed Ul Hassan presented his paper during the "Matters of Semantics" session at Rectorate Conference Hall in Istanbul. His researc…Read More

  • MoCC, UN FAO convolve to dispel climate change impacts on food security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Climate change is the hovering challenge for Pakistan which is implicating on various sectors including agriculture, food security, healthcare, and infrastructure development. In order to minimize the adversities of climate change impacts on food Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have joined hands to work in coordination to improve food security and mitigate the abysmal impacts of Climate Change. This emerged as FAO delegation led by Patrick T Evans, Country representative FAO held a meeting with Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushah…Read More

  • Punjab: ICT based project planned for agri sector

    Staff Report LHR: AgriHub, a project for integrated management for Information Communication Technology (ICT) based initiatives in agriculture sector of Punjab was deliberated. This emerged in a meeting held between officials of Agriculture Department, Government of Punjab and Chairman, Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Dr Umar Saif.  Chairman PITB said while talking to the participants, “PITB remains committed to facilitate every department of the Government of Punjab including agriculture.” Special Secretary Agricul…Read More

  • ‘Consultative group’ of experts formed for viable decision making on Climate Change

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to efficiently monitor the climate variabilities and mull strategies and policies accordingly; Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has decided to establish a consultative group consisting of high level experts. The junction of experts will act as think tank and assist the Ministry in various copious climate change motivated issues to devise strategies and abet in decision making. Senator Mushahidullah Khan, Federal Minister of Climate Change had issued directives for formation of the consultative group.  "The consu…Read More

  • NADRA wins software contract in Kenya

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), foremost biometric agency of Pakistan has won e-passport software contract in Kenya.  The project scope includes biometric data capturing, verification, and validation through the use of Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) technology and printing and personalization of e-passport booklets. The system will be developed by NADRA which has extensive experience in this regard. The projected cost of the project is $3 million. Federal Interior Minister, Chaudhary …Read More

  • IIU New Silk Road School of Technology: Pak-China initiative for technology education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A Chinese delegation led by Din Hai Tao visited International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) for a meeting with Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI. The meeting was aimed to discuss mutual avenues of cooperation in education sector for development of youth specifically in context to China Pakistan Economic Corridorf (CPEC).   The meeting center of gravity was the agreement of both sides on establishment of ‘IIU New Silk Road School of Technology’. The Chinese delegation also inc…Read More

  • KPK to set up Hydel Power Stations

    STAFF REPORT PEW: In order to fluster the stale power sector of Pakistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government deliberated to build Hydel Power Stations in different parts of the province. The accumulated power generation capacity of these projects will be 600 MW that will account for domestic and industrial needs of the province.  “KPK government has allocated Rs. 305 million for these projects,” official of KPK government said. The areas in which the hydel projects are planned to be are Chitral, Uppar Dir, Manseh…Read More

  • Pak Turk link up for IT promotion

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A meeting between the delegation of Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) and Ruhi Deniz, Commercial Councilor, Embassy of Republic of Turkey was held. The orbit of discussion was the prospects and opportunities of mutual cooperation of Pakistan and Turkey in Information Technology (IT) sector.  Munawar Iqbal, President PCA headed the delegation. He detailed number of focus areas of PCA, its objectives, and contributions for escalating the IT sector and the computer industry of Pakistan. The Turkish Ambassador la…Read More

  • Tech revolution pledged

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Technological advancement in Pakistan will be bolstered through Chinese aid in order to bring a tech revolution in the country and resolving copious challenges through the incorporation pf technology. This was said by President, Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) Shah Faisal Afridi during a meeting of PCJCCI.   He said that PCJCCI was focusing on capacity building in technological sphere on priority basis to attain the objectives at rapid pace. Shah Faisal also announced to establish…Read More

  • Six year old MS PowerPoint specialist stuns the World

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The world was stumped as extravagant talent and sheer astuteness awash in six year old Hamza Shahzad as he was proclaimed as Youngest MS PowerPoint Specialist of the World upon clearing the examination.   Hamza is a British Pakistani and it is also pertinent to mention here that he also holds the world record for the youngest MS Office Professional and the recent landmark achievement has added another feather to his cap. Hamza secured 850 points out of 1000 clearing the exam comprehensively. The ach…Read More

  • Renewable energy can play part in Biodiversity Conservation

    STAFF REPORT LHR:  The utilization of renewable energy in territories near natural living space of common leopard specie can im…Read More

  • Somalian Scientists seek help from Pakistani researchers

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Somalian scientists have urged support from Pakistani researcher of Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU), University of Karachi. The axis of requested support was rehabilitation of saline and barren arteries of Somalia through the use of advanced technology in order to boost agriculture production and livesto…Read More

  • Nandipur Power Project to be operational soon

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The crucial Nandipur Power Project is expected to be fully operational in some time. The project electricity generation capacity is 425 MW and was completed by Chinese company M/S Dongfeng Electric International.  Muhammad Mehmood, Managing Director, Nandipur Porject said that the three units of the project were already commissioned and adding 300MW to the national grid station whereas the fourth unit would be operational in a couple of weeks. Nandipur Power Project is of prime significan…Read More

  • E-Stamping system officially launched

    STAFF REPORT LHR: In order to ensure the deceit-free real estate and other business transactions in Punjab; a flagship project of e-stamping has been introduced by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). An orientation ceremony was held at DHA to acquit real estate agents and other stakeholders with the system. PITB has also constituted a team led by Sajid Latif, Director General e-governance to regularly conduct training sessions to familiarize and disseminate information about the system to communize it.  Chairman PITB, Dr Umar Saif also mulls to …Read More

  • Job Fair held at NUST

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Open House & Job Fair was held at College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (E&ME), National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) in order to bridge academia-industry gap and provide opportunity to the graduates enabling them to directly interact with the industry thus opening up robust prospect of employment.   Speaking on the occasion, the Commandant NUST College of E&ME, Brigadier Aftab Ahmad Khan Lughmani, expounded the imperatives of Open House for the students and industry both.…Read More

  • Dr. Saadat represents Pakistan in TechConnect World Innovation Conference 2015

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Dr Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, eminent researcher, represented Pakistan in global TechConnect World Innovation Conference 2015 held at Maryland, USA. He presented his research paper whose title was ‘Preparation and investigation of Nano-carbonated hyrdaxyapatite/polymer composite spongy scaffold for biomedical applications’.  Dr Saadat highlighted various aspects and techniques of preparation of the nanao-carbonated polymer and enumerated its various applications in biomedical field. Dr. Saadat is an Advisor at Interdiscip…Read More

  • 'IIU New Silk Road School of Technology': Pak-China initiative for technology education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A Chinese delegation led by Din Hai Tao visited International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) for a meeting with Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI. The meeting was aimed to discuss mutual avenues of cooperation in education sector for development of youth specifically in context to China Pakistan Economic Corridorf (CPEC).   The meeting center of gravity was the agreement of both sides on establishment of ‘IIU New Silk Road School of Technology’. The Chinese delegation also included Chinese ent…Read More

  • Plan 9 starts 6th Incubation Cycle of technopreneurs

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Plan 9, after successful completion of 5 incubation cycles now has launched 6th cycle. The orientation session of the new cycle has been scheduled on July 06, 2015.   The incubated startups for 6th cycle are WebAdmins, Optimaken, Cube Exchange, Voosh.io, Rabbit Drop, Payload, Edutative, Squarrre, Smart Devices, Homefoodies, Virtual Dressing Room, Trequant, EduCoders, Serverless Smart City, Ges Drive Solutions, Vortex, The Echeleon. Plan 9 is the largest tech incubator of Pakistan has enormous co…Read More

  • 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, Jamshoro, and Larkana districts of Sindh have bee…Read More

  • IFC comes forward to help import of Wind Power Project Equipment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A private sector company Yunus Energy Limited (YEL) mulls to import equipment for its 50MW wind power project at site of Jhimpir, District Thatta, Sindh. The company mulls to import wind power turbine from Germany based Nordex Singapore Equipment Private Limited.  International Finance Corporation (IFC) has issued a guarantee to Deutsche Bank on behalf of Bank Al Habib to support Letter of Credit issued by the bank to allow YEL import of said equipment. Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC regional director for the Middle Ea…Read More

  • PTCL extends ICT solutions to Samba Bank Limited

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has joined forces with Samba Bank Limited (SBL). The agreement was signed between both organizations according to which PTCL will provide Data Centre Services to the SBL for its Production and Disaster Recovery sites.  The agreement was formally signed by Shahid Sattar, President & CEO, SBL and Kamal Ahmed, Chief Digital Services Officer (CDSO), PTCL. Kamal Ahmed said at the occasion, “PTCL is pleased to extend its Data Center Services to…Read More

  • Mobicash leaps forward for customer ease

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Mobicash has introduced another customer friendly offer of Other Mobile Operator (OMO) Load Purchase to all of its Mobicash Mobile Account users. The customers will be able to buy prepaid air time for all other telecom operators as well.   This service fetches exclusive convenience of interconnectivity to the customers. The service can be availed by registered Mobicash Mobile Account users by dialing *786# from their cellular phone, selecting Load Purchase option by opting the desired network operator whose prepai…Read More

  • ‘Agri Tourism Research Institute’ founded

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The first of its kind Research Institute on ‘Agriculture Tourism’ has been founded. The idea behind the establishment of this distinct research institute is to promote tourism and people connection through agriculture fields with its domains food, farms, education etc. The institute is founded by private venture ‘Agri Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan’ which is a dedicated organization proactively working for promotion of agri tourism in the country.  Tariq Tanveer, Chief Executive Agri Tourism Develo…Read More

  • Norwegian Quota Scholarship Scheme for Developing Countries

    The scholarship programme has been launched by Norwegian Government under the title ‘Quota Scholarship Scheme’ aimed for Bachelors, Masters, and PhD. students belonging from developing countries.  The objective of the Quota Scheme is to initiate capacity building and produce resource through education and the scholarship winners will contribute through their knowledge in their respective countries. Another prospect of Scholarship Scheme is to establish and strengthen profound diplomatic relations and people to people contact between Norway and the developing world. Each year, number of universities and colleges in Norway participate in the scholarship programme.…Read More

  • Ecological Cycle Agri R&D Centre establishment deliberated

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Centre (PARC) has deliberated to establish Ecological Cycle Agriculture Research and Development Centre with joint cooperation of China Lanzhou University. The objective of the establishment of the centre will be to give flutter to agriculture research and development of the sector.  This was emerged as delegates comprising of four members visited National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC). The delegation was led by Dr Ruijun Long, Director Science and Technology Department of Lanzh…Read More

  • Exhibition held to showcase FYP of Engineering Graduates

    STAFF REPORT PEW: An exhibition was organized by Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering, Peshawar with the aim to provide platform for…Read More

  • Biometric Verification Devices handed over to Police Department

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A ceremony was held to handover the recently launched Handheld Biometric Verification Devices (developed by Punjab Information Technology Board) to Police Department. The purpose was to equip Police Department with state of the art technology that will enable them to recognize the individuals on spot using the device which is integrated with NADRA database.  Dr Umar Saif, Chairman PITB distributed the devices among police officers from Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Gujr…Read More

  • Intel to provide ICT trainings

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Intel Pakistan has joined hands with USAID and Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh in order to improve the education system of the province from bottom level with prime focus on Information Technology (IT) and ICT.  Under the agreement Intel Pakistan will provide ICT based trainings to teachers in 120 newly established schools in interior Sindh and some parts of Karachi in order to promote IT literacy in far flung and underprivileged areas. Naveed Siraj, Country Manager Intel Pak…Read More

  • Pak Scientist wins 'UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science'

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Professor Zabta Khan Shinwari was designated the laureate of the Prize by the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova upon the recommendation of an independent International Jury of scholars and ethicists, including  Marie-Helene Parizeau (Canada), Jury’s Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of COMEST, Luka Omladič (Slovenia), Rapporteur of COMEST, and Hebe Vessuri (Venezuela), also member of COMEST.  The jury accentuated that Professor Zabta Khan Shinwari has addressed sensitive ethical issues in an intricate c…Read More

  • NSTP establishment founded

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and the eminent Chinese University, Tsinghua University have laid foundation for establishment of state of the art National Science and Technology Park (NSTP). The project is the part of China Pak Economic Corridor (CPEC) and is of critical importance that will bring an educational and scientific boom in country through bringing academia-industry closer and collaboration for the sake of promotion and advancement of S&T through different innovative programmes. The science park focus is also to promote the technopreneurship in the country through joint efforts. …Read More

  • LWMC signs agreement under project ‘Waste to Energy’

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has signed agreement with private sector companies Lahore Compost Pvt. Limited and DG Cement Pakistan Limited with the aim to mutually cooperate in order to convert solid waste into energy under their project ‘Waste to Energy.’  According to the agreement LWMC will provide an accumulative 1000 tonnes of solid waste for recycling purpose daily. Previously, LWMC had previously signed MoUs with companies namely M/s Renoir, M/s Swede tech, China western firm and ALBA grou…Read More

  • PARC knits agri research cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to foster the agricultural research and development and promotion of innovative technologies, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Jobs Trust which is a non-government organization.  Dr Munir Ahmad, Secretary PARC and Shahnaz Akhtar, Chairman Jobs Trust signed the agreement. According to the MoU both organizations will exchange scientific knowledge, expertise, research and lab facilities in order to burgeon the agri sector pr…Read More

  • Climate Change Ministry project for Biodiversity Conservation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Climate Change has deliberated to start a project for    biological diversity conservation promotion with innovate market based approach.   The project is titled as, “Mountains and Market Biodiversity and Business in Northern Pakistan,” that    aims to create institutional capacity for certified production of biological diversity friendly non    timber forest products in the Northern areas of Pakistan.…Read More

  • Handheld biometric devices introduced

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has introduced handheld    biometric devices for the aid of law enforcement agencies. The handheld biometric devices have now    rolled out and are ready for field operations.   The innovative devices have tendency to verify the participants of any event or gathering instantly by  using NADRA database.   Dr Umar Sa…Read More

  • Telenor qualifies as finalist for ‘WSJ Financial Inclusion Challenge’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telenor Pakistan, premium Telecommunication Company of the country has qualified as finalist for The Wall Street Journals ‘Financial Inclusion Challenge.’ The competition categories were technology, education, and operational effectiveness. Technology finalist Telenor Pakistan, which offers mobile banking services i.e. EasyPaisa to about six million people.  The competition was open for non-profits and for-profit ventures and focused on the Asia Pacific region. The finalists were selected by a panel of independent, expert judges fr…Read More

  • NBP signs agreement for establishment of National Payment System

    STAFF REPORT ISB:  To foster the digital banking initiatives of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and UPaisa; NBP, Ufone and Ubank mutually signed an agreement. The agreement entails cooperation of the organizations to jointly create National Payment System in order to benefit common people by facilitating payments and collections.  Syed Ahmed Iqbal Ashraf CEO & President of NBP while speaking at the agreement signing ceremony said, “The merits of financial inclusion are strongly rooted in empowerme…Read More

  • Internet speed decelerates in Pak

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The internet users in Pakistan are facing serious inconvenience due to intolerably slow internet speed from few days. …Read More

  • PMAS-AAUR launches Research Product Display Centre

    STAFF REPORT RWP: An inauguration ceremony for launching of University Research Product Display Centre (URPDC) was held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). The display centre is opened with the aim to showcase the research products of university. This will include fresh fruit, vegetables, and other edibles which will be available for university community as well as surrounding locality.  Vice Chancellor PMAS-AAUR, Prof Dr Niaz Ahmad while addressing to the participants highligh…Read More

  • Workshop on ‘Molecular Diagnostics’ held at UVAS

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A three day national workshop on ‘Molecular Diagnostics’ was jointly organized by Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and Quality Operation Lab and University Diagnostics Lab of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and Penn State and United States Department of Agriculture Research Service. The workshop aimed at training of participants in various molecular diagnostic techniques including ELISA, DNA extraction, end-point and Real-Time PCR and Capillary Electrophoresis.    …Read More

  • Pakistan’s first 4G LTE tablet launched

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan`s first 4G LTE tablet ‘Charji EVO Tab’ has been introduced by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).  Executive Vice President, Wireline Business PTCL, Omar Khalid said on the launching ceremony, “PTCL has a legacy of pioneering cutting-edge products and services to meet the connectivity needs of the nation. Our CharJi and EVO product portfolio is opening up a new world of opportunities for customers through fast, affordable and reliable data connectivity.” The Dual-SIM Charji EV…Read More

  • Training on tomato cultivation to cut import reliance

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A training workshop was conducted by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) with the aim to train farmers and master trainers on tomato cultivation to boost the yield of the crop so to cut import reliance.   Chairman PARC, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad said on the occasion that it was the first phase of training which would be replicated at provincial and district levels to nurture proper human resource development across the country. Director General, National Agriculture Research Center (NARC), Dr. Muhammad…Read More

  • PFA adapts technology for systemizing the complaint system

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has come close to Punjab Food Authority (PFA) to improve the food security situation in the province through technological aid.  PITB will establish helpline and develop a smartphone application tailored to the requirement of PFA and will account for addressing food related complaints from general public. PFA has also started Toll Free number for food quality related complaints in Ramzaan Bazaar, markets, hotels, restaurants. The trained call agents of PITB will attend the comp…Read More

  • SEPA stumps critics by allowing K-2, K-3 construction

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has approved the K-2, K-3 nuclear power plants (2200 MW) Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.  The twin nuclear power plants of Karachi faced immense bashing from critics in the past raising …Read More

  • USAID to support PITB, ITU for promotion of IT

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced to provide financial assistant to Information Technology University (ITU) for forthcoming International Design Summit. The event is scheduled in the start of next year.  The decision was promulgated by Miles F Toder, Director USAID Punjab in a meeting with officials of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). He said that USAID is interested in partnering with ITU and PITB for research and technology oriented projects. …Read More

  • US Company to set up gas power plants in Pak

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The US Company, American Ethane has shown deepest intent in setting up Gas power plants. This was framed in a meeting held recently. The delegation of American Ethane, Prime Minister`s Special Envoy for Overseas Investment, Javed Malik, and Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Asif were the participants of the meeting. The US Company nodded to setup three gas based power plants that will produce 2,000MW each.  Khawaja Asif welcomed the US Company for taking this initiative and said that the government’s…Read More

  • Guardians of climate

    TREES FIRST appeared on earth more than 380 million years ago. They have remarkably changed the face of continents. They have brought forth fertile lands from parched rocks. A tree is stationary but it finds the food from where it is planted. They require water, light, energy and carbon di oxide from the air to live and grow. Trees draw their raw materials from environment and turn them into leaves, branches and trunk. At the same time trees gives off abundance of the substance that allows varieties of life forms to proliferate i.e. oxygen.  The planets for…Read More

  • IWC Masters Scholarship in Integrated Water Management

    The International WaterCentre (IWC) is an Australian organization dedicated to provide education, training, applied research and knowledge services for capacity building in integrated water resource management in a bid to implement water cycle approach. IWC has announced Masters Scholarships for International Students in Integrated Water Resource Management. These scholarships are announced each year for capacity building in the subject of imperative significance. IWC Masters Scholarships application submission date is August 1, 2015. Shortlisted appli…Read More

  • PARC starts Mobile Veterinary Clinic

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has launched Mobile Veterinary Clinic to ensure livestock health. The clinic is aimed to provide treatment to livestock on doorsteps, latest information on animal health and reproduction to the livestock farmers. The launching ceremony of PARC Mobile Veterinary Clinic was held recently.  Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (NFS&R), Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan while addressing on the inauguration ceremony said that the start of Mobile Veterinary Clinic is a highly laudab…Read More

  • ICT sector development is prime focus of gov: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 36th Board of Directors meeting of National ICT R&D Fund Company was held which was chaired by Federal State Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman.  Minister said that government was focusing vehemently on the development of ICT sector and as part of MoIT strategy, a national incubation center was needed for fostering entrepreneurship culture in ICT. During the board meeting, unanimous decision was made to appoint Michael Patrick, CEO Telenor-Pakistan, as Directo…Read More

  • Netsol Technologies makes to top 500 software companies to work for

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Netsol Technologies, Inc. makes its mark to the top 500 software companies to work for in 2015. This was emerged according to the Forbes Survey conducted in accordance with the feedback from a site called GlassDoor.  The list of top 500 software companies was released recently with Netsol Technologies, Inc. placed at rank 330. According to the survey 84% of their employees would recommend the company to a friend and 79% approve of the current CEO. The company has stellar reputation in providing tailored solutions of SAP, inf…Read More

  • NAVTTC starts second Youth Skill Development Programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has started the second episode of Prime Minister Youth Skill Development Programme with an aim to provide Skill Development Training to 25,000 Unemployed Youth (belonging from lower and middle class families) including 35% of girls. The training will be provided in Islamabad and will help to alleviate poverty by opening employment avenues.   The trainings encompasses 100 demand driven trades including Information Technology, accountancy, health safety…Read More

  • Punjab prioritizes agri sector promotion through commendable initiatives

    STAFF REPORT MULTAN:  In order to promote agriculture sector, Government of Punjab has launched a scheme to provide 25,000 tractors at subsidized cost to farmers. The accumulated subsidy of Rs. 5 billion will be given in this lieu.  Assistant Director Information Agriculture, Naveed Asmat Kohloon commended the focus of government in uplifting the agri sector by subsidizing the agri products and increasing the budget substantially. He further said that Rs. 150 billion will be spent in next 3 years to improve the communication infrastructure i…Read More

  • NTDCL Summer Internship Programme started

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Summer Internship Programme has been started by National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) Limited to familiarize students of public and private sector universities with industrial environment and impart necessary skills.  Almost 230 students from around 33 universities were selected for the internship programme. An orientation ceremony was held to welcome the interns. Managing Director NTDCL, Engr. Muhammad Arshad Chaudhary said while addressing in the ceremony that the internship programme will play a key role to foster acade…Read More

  • Germany shows keenness in Punjab energy sector

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Punjab Chief Minister, Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with delegation of German origin private energy company to discuss the possible ventures of setting up of power plants to cope with energy crisis and improve the electricity production in the province.  Dr Syrill Nunn, German Ambassador to Pakistan was also present in the meeting. CM Punjab apprised the delegates the Punjab government along with cooperation of Federal government plans to add 3600MW to the grid by year 2017 through gas power pla…Read More

  • KPK mulls to promote the IT sector

    STAFF REPORT PEW: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has shown its commitment to promote the Information Technology (IT). Deputy Secretary, Science and Technology Department KPK, Arif Jamil said that the government was set to spend heavy parcel of budget i.e. Rs. 1.08 billion for development of IT sector because it was the need of the hour and focusing on it to fulfill the future needs is imperative.  He affirmed that government was planning to establish well equipped computer laboratories at all publi…Read More

  • Punjab to guide KPK to adapt ICT practices for good governance

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The delegates of KPK Information Technology Ministry led by Secretary IT, Farah Hamid Khan held a meeting with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) officials to improve the infrastructure of KPK through e-governance and take guidelines from experience of Punjab in this regard.  Chairman PITB, Dr Umar Saif said during the meeting that Punjab government will assist KPK government to usher the applications of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to improve governance and public service delivery in KPK…Read More

  • PITB hails Hajj Management System developers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) developed state of the art Hajj Management System for Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs for registration, balloting, and intimation to Hajj applicants in a hassle free transparent manner. The system has proved to be a great success and has helped improve the monitoring process through feedback and complaints launched via the system.  Chairman PITB, Dr. Umar Saif cheered the IT experts of PITB who developed this system. He …Read More

  • Ufone, Samsung establish joint Call Centre

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Customers facilitation has always been a concern for top notch companies of any sector. Samsung Pakistan and Ufone have partnered together to take the customer care service to next level by establishing the advanced call center. The call centers will receive queries of customers and address them in quickest possible time ensuring the customer satisfaction.  The call center was inaugurated by Managing Director Samsung Pakisatn, J.H. Lee and Chief officer Customer Operations Ufone, Ahmad Kamal. Ahmad …Read More

  • 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 agricultural extension. These projects are of three …Read More

  • Warid sprints ahead with highest 4G LTE subscribers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Warid Telecom, premier Telecommunication Network Operator Company in Pakistan has marked its 10 years of service in the country. Warid telecom also sprinted fast as it also became the largest 4G LTE Network in a succinct span of less than 6 months. It is noteworthy that Warid entails highest number of LTE subscribers in the country, whereby a mammoth 85,000 people subscribed to it during last 180 days.  Muneer Farooqui, CEO of Warid Telecom, said, “Warid Telecom has proven itself as forerunners amongst state-of-the-a…Read More

  • Public hearing on EIA of Coal Power Plant held

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The public hearing was on authority and influence of Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) was held. The event was organized by SEPA for redressal of rising concerns of public on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report of 350MW Coal power plant project. The estimated cost of the project is $550 million.   EMC-Pakistan EIA Director Saqib Ejaz Hussain gave a detailed presentation on the EIA of the project. He said that hyper-safe technology is to be used by the company for power generation that will produce less greenhouse gases…Read More

  • Climate diplomacy essential to combat climate change

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The European Union organized a gathering in relation to celebrate Climate Change Diplomacy Day (CCDD) which is celebrated each year on June 17. The diplomats including Ambassadors of Germany and France were the focal persons behind idea of the event. The event aimed at organizing stakeholders at one forum to discuss global climate challenges and work in coordination with each other to minimize its adverse impacts that have rung panic alarms around the world.  Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan sai…Read More

  • Pak,Tajikistan identify areas of mutual cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A meeting was held between Anusha Rahman, Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecom and Sherali, Ambassador of Tajikistan in Pakistan. The meeting aimed at identifying areas of mutual interest for cooperation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).   Anusha Rahman briefed Ambassador about the deliberations of government and its special focus on “Accelerated Digitization.” She apprised that government in Pakistan was taking keen interest and measures to foster the IT, Tel…Read More

  • Italy hints to cooperate with Pakistan in various sectors

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Italy entered in a new phase of cooperation in various sectors as Italian delegation had meeting with high officials of different Ministries this week.  Federal Minister for Water and Power and Defense, Khawaja Muhammad Asif urged to strengthen cooperation between Pakistan and Italy in fields of energy sources, power etc. Vice Foreign Minister, Benedetto Detta Vedova expressed his intense curiosity in different areas of investment in Pakistan specifically in energy, hydropower, LPG,  mining,…Read More

  • Nanotechnology has key role in Halal Sector: Iqbal Bhanger

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An International Philippine Halal Assembly (IPHA) event was organized by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Philippine at Marriot Hotel, Manila. It was a 3 day event that highlighted the rising potentials of Halal sector both food and non-food items and its bulging demand in international market.  Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Bhanger from HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi was also invited in the event. He gave presentation on “Application of nanotechnology and its impact on Hala…Read More

  • NAYS drives Biosafety Training Workshop

    STAFF REPORT FAISLABAD: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) being a torchbearer in S&T popularization in Pakistan, arranged one day workshop on “Biosafety for young scientists.” The co-organizers of the event were Molecular Care Department of Biochemistry and University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF). The principal sponsor of the workshop was American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).   President NAYS, Aftab Ahmad in his inaugural speech briefed about the overall scenario of S&T in Pakistan and also detai…Read More

  • Standard Chartered opts internet & transaction security through technology

    STAFF REPORT KHI: An agreement was recently inked between Standard Chartered Bank and InfoTel Pakistan (leading internet and transaction security solutions company). According to the agreement InfoTel will establish EMV Chip Card issuance system in Standard Chartered Banks to ensure the transaction and internet security taking that will take reliability of Bank to the next level. The EMV Chip cards contain embedded microchip that carries encrypted information reducing the vulnerability of possible theft of cardholder information.  Mr…Read More

  • TEVTA Skills Expo 2015 ends

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The two day “TEVTA Skills Expo 2015” stirred the participants from various circles. The event was held at Lahore Expo Centre. The expo was an attempt to promote technical education and increase people and business community’s linkage for career development perspective and give opportunity for young pass outs to interact directly with companies for job purpose.  TEVTA Chairman Irfan Qaiser Sheikh apprised that almost 60 national and multinational companies placed their stalls in the expo. The companies conducted interview of 4,125 stu…Read More

  • Academia is catalyst for industrial promotion

    STAFF REPORT GUJRAT: A seminar focusing on role of academia in industrial promotion and development was organized by Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). The strengthening of academia-industry linkage was stressed upon and methods and ways were to exec…Read More

  • Value addition of herbal wealth and functional foods underlined

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The workshop in connection to “Potential of Value Addition and Health Benefits of Indigenous Herbal Wealth and Functional Foods” was organized by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST). The workshop was intended to appraise numerous benefits of functional foods and indigenous herbal wealth with special context to value addition.  Talking to the workshop, Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Chairman PCST, warmly welcomed the participants. He said that the countries like China had focused on value addition of their Herbal wealt…Read More

  • Food Security, Strategic policy imperative to escalate food supply

    STAFF REPORT LHR: To highlight the importance of food safety, a seminar was conducted at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS). The seminar outlaid numerous aspects and formulations that should be necessarily devised at state level through policies to ensure food safety. The event was jointly organized by Department of Meat Science and Technology, Department of Dairy Technology and Australia Awards Pakistan.   Vice Chancellor UVAS, Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the seminar and vehemently emphasized on the requ…Read More

  • Android app launched for commuters

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Lahore Transport Company (LTC) has launched Pakistan`s first Android app for facilitation of commuters. The role of technology in resolving social problems is identified in Pakistan recently; this android app will assist commuters to get updated information of time, location and route of public busses.  The app is titled as “Bus Da Pata.” Chairman LTC, Khawaja Ahmad Hassan presided the launching ceremony and said in his speech that the newly developed smartphone app will bring revolution in commuters life as he can plan his jo…Read More

  • Japan affirms to upkeep IT sector of Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistani delegation comprising of senior officials from Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) paid visit to Japan. The delegation was led by President PCA, Munawar Iqbal.  The delegation had meeting with First Secretary, Embassy of Japan Economic and Development, Hisahshi Tsumura. Munawar Iqbal briefed him about PCA, its objectives, contributions, ongoing and projects in pipeline. He said that PCA was the only registered body in Pakistan that represents Computer and IT industry. Munawar apprised that PCA can p…Read More

  • Afghan SIMs roaming striped in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Ismail Shah told the Senate’s Standing Committee that talks between the Pakistani and Afghan intelligence agencies had remained successful.  Pakistan has decided to block SIMs roaming in Pakistan to shun the terrorism activities. This was announced during Senate`s Standing Committee talks. Ismail Shah told the committee that Afghan mobile towers had stronger signals on the border due to which Afghan SIMs were used in the Pakistani border areas. H…Read More

  • 1,400MW Thar coal-based project approved

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) approved the project to setup coal power plants in Thar. The project entails four units of coal power plants that will generate 350MW each and 1400MW accumulative. The project aims at utilization of coal resources to account for energy crisis in the country. The project will be established by Chinese company Shanghai Electric Group Company.  The approval was given in the 101st board meeting of the PPIB that was chaired by Federal Minister of Water and Power Kh…Read More

  • 19th Convocation of GIK Institute held

    STAFF REPORT SAWABI: The eminent Engineering and S&T resource hub of country, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institution of Engineering, Science and Technology recently held 19th convocation.  Jehangir Bashar, Rector of GIK Institute, lauded the role of its alumni and said that ex-students are institute’s foremost ambassadors who are playing their role in national development through their knowledge, acumen, and grip imparted by the institution. Professor Dr Javed A Chattha, Pro-Rector (Academic), said the Insti…Read More

  • 147 Pakistani students win Fulbright Scholarship 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An orientation of Fulbright Students programme recipients from Pakistan was held. Fulbright Scholarship is one the most financially beneficial scholarships to study in the U.S. for students from Pakistan. There are numerous monetary benefits of Fulbright Scholarship Pakistan such as 100% tuition waiver, one return air ticket between U.S. and Pakistan, sufficient monthly allowance for living & food, free health, accidental and sickness insurance, initial setup and relocation allowance, books, stationary and research allowa…Read More

  • Carbon emission resilient policies mandatory for environmental conservation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A session on climate change titled as ‘United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Kyoto Protocol and Beyond’ was jointly organized by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS). The event was aimed to address various grave aspects of climate change in context of science diplomacy.  CIIT Climate Change Ambassador, Dr Athar Hussain apprised that Pakistan adds less than one percent in the overall global carbon emission to atmosphere. Dr…Read More

  • SAARC UGC Committee pledged regional cooperation in education

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The meeting of Committee of Heads of University Grants Commission (UCG) of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was held recently with the aim to find avenues for regional cooperation in order to uplift the quality of education, research in the region for sustainable growth and development through joint efforts, collaborations and cooperation. This was the 10th meeting of UCG Committee of Heads.  Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) took charge as Chairperson of SAARC UGC. He expre…Read More

  • Huawei P8 unveiled in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT LHR:  Huawei has launched much awaited P8 smartphone. A ceremony was recently held in Lahore to mark the official launching of the phone that scopes cutting edge technology and exciting new features.  In the launching ceremony Aragon Ming, CEO Huawei Pakistan said: “I am obliged to have such hard working team and partners working with Huawei Pakistan. In 2014, there were 75 million unit shipments of Huawei devices were recorded and this year with the launch of P8 our target is to achieve 100 million shipments.” “Huawei is th…Read More

  • Mobilink decides to upgrade its optical network

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink, leading player in telecom sector of Pakistan has decided to upgrade its countrywide optical network to 100 Gigabytes/second (Gbps). The upgraded Optical Transport Network (OTN) will be the only of its kind in Pakistan. Huawei has been formally been awarded the contract of this venture. This upgradation will provide the subscribers an increased bandwidth, reliability and improved communication experience.   Jeffrey Hedberg, President & CEO Mobilink said, “I am overly confident that the enhancement in our network infra…Read More

  • Biotechnology must be adapted to ensure food security: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The International Conference highlighting ‘Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology’ was organized in Egypt. The conference aimed to build and foster linkages in R&D, S&T organizations specialized in agriculture, food security, and biotechnology sectors.  The event was inaugurated by Dr. Mohamed Hashem, Vice President for Research Affairs & International Relations at NRC. He considered it an honor for Cairo to host that important event, and commended its relevance for addressing vital regional and global issues of …Read More

  • Biogas Plants, Capacity Building Programme initated by PSDF

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A capacity building programme titled as “Skills for Biogas Plants” has been instigated by Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF). The program is aimed at development of skills of professionals in installation of Biogas units in order to promote the renewable energy technologies in rural and remote areas of the province. This programme is a benchmark to support the rural communities of Punjab with the availability of low cost energy.  The program is the outcome of joint collaboration of Reon Enegy Solutions and COMSAT…Read More

  • IIUI, Egyptian University to cooperate for joint research

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and Egyptian University of Islamic Culture, Egypt in order to strengthen the cooperation in the fields of research and other academic ventures. The signing ceremony was held at Almaty, Kazakhstan during the recent visit of President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh. According to MoU both the institutions agreed will put joint efforts for academic excellence, joint research, intellectual growth, training programs, faculty exchange programs and academic resource sharing etc. Furthermore, both universities will conduct series of…Read More

  • DAAD Masters Scholarship

    The DAAD Masters Scholarship for Public Policy and Good Governance Programme offers opportunity to prospective students an opportunity to obtain Master`s degree in relevant disciplines of social, economic, an political development of their home country at renowned German Higher Education Institutions. The applications submission has been started since June 01, 2015 and will close by July 31, 2015.  The scholarship scheme is available to students from Africa, Latin America, North/Central America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia as well as from countries in the Middle East. The scholarship is intended for richly qualified graduates aspir…Read More

  • Emphasis made on adaptation of clean technologies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A 3 day seminar on “Clean technology and innovations” was held. The seminar aimed at promoting the clean technologies for economic uplift and sustainable development. The event was jointly organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Cleantech Open.  Esam Alqararah, Representative of UNIDO while addressing in the seminar said that entrepreneurial trend was buzzing in Pakistan particularly in clean technologies sector. He remarked that Pakista…Read More

  • Punjab Government vows to end energy crisis

    STAFF REPORT LHR:  A meeting to review the progress on ongoing energy projects in Punjab was recently held in Lahore. Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif chaired the meeting.  CM Punjab said while speaking to the participants that speedy work is being done on 900-MW solar project at Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park, Bahawalpur and 100 MW has been already added to grid. He also said that 1200MW electricity will be generated through LNG. Furthermore, another project in salt range is underway that will produce 300MW electricity from co…Read More

  • PARC endeavors to curb Pesticides Residues impacts

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A meeting of Steering Committee of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) was recently held. The meeting was aimed at project of National Pesticide Residues Monitoring System in Pakistan.  Seerat Asghar, Federal Secretary of Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) chaired the meeting. He said that pesticides residues were causing adverse impacts on human health as well badly affecting the export of food products particularly fruits and vegetables. He further said that serious efforts from scienti…Read More

  • Science Talent Farming Scheme approved

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A meeting of Central Development Working Party (CDWP) was recently held which was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning Development & Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal.  …Read More

  • Renewable sources should be focused for clean sustainable energy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The second International Conference on “Power Generation Systems and Renewable Energy Technologies” was held, organized by Mechanical Engineering Department, Islamic International University Islamabad (IIUI). The conference objectives were to explore the horizons by which renewable energy technologies could be promoted in country in order to meet the rapidly increasing energy demand.  Dr Samar Mubarakmand, Chairman National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) and Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), was a…Read More

  • NUST team set to compete in global motorsport event

    Staff Report KHI: The Pakistani engineering students from NUST-PNEC are on the ball to participate in Worlds biggest motorsport competition which will be held at Silverstone next month.  The event is aimed at extracting the potentials of mechanical engineers particularly those interested in automotive industry. It challenges students to design, fabricate, a racing car in succinct span of one year. It is pertinent to mention here that stringent scrutiny method is adapted to process large number of applications from around the world. This year only 13…Read More

  • Workshop highlights snags of climate change

    Staff Report KHI:  A training workshop focusing on “Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation” was jointly organized by World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) with Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and Friends of Indus Forum (FIF). It was part of the WWF-Pak capacity building programme on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas of Pakistan which focusses on improvement of climate resilience of Indus Delta ecosystem processes on which coastal communities depend, supported by regional and transboundary cooperation on adaptation in river deltas. …Read More

  • Punjab lifts tax on internet services

    Staff Report LHR: The tax imposition on 3G/4G internet services by Punjab Government was facing serious criticism from digital and social media, telcos, e-merchants, bloggers and other stakeholders. It is also noteworthy that PTA Chairman also opposed the tax decision. The tax was raised to a high 19.5%.   …Read More

  • Microsoft Pakistan, HEC launch free office plan for students

    Staff Report KHI: The Educational Alliance Agreement has been made between Microsoft Pakistan and Higher Education Commission (HEC) in order to provide access to students enrolled in HEIs to genuine Microsoft software products and enable them to participate in global competitions related to technology by Microsoft.  HEC and Microsoft Pakistan have partnered with Techacess Pakistan to launch ‘Office 365 Services’ in educational institutions of Pakistan. Abid Zaidi, Country Enterprise & Partner Group Director Microsoft Pakistan sai…Read More

  • Climate change an alarm for food security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The agriculture sector is not left safe either from climate change impacts that need timely measures to address the issue. The Ministry of Climate Change and World Food Programme (WFP) have formed a partnership to work in a collaborative manner to account for the wavering issues pertaining to agriculture, food insecurity with special mention of climate change.  Lolo Castro, Country Director WFP and Senator Mushahidullah Khan, Federal Minister for Climate Change agreed for this cooperation in a recently…Read More

  • Contentious Seed Amendment Bill approved

    Staff Report ISB: The much controversial Seed Amendment Bill 2015 got approved by Senate Committee. Earlier, the technical experts, agriculture scientists, nutritionists, medical practitioners, farmers, lawyers, and civil society had already stated their contentions on the said bill as it allows import and commercialization of genetically modified (GM) crops that have adverse impacts on human health and the environment. As per critics the law is approved despite severe resistance from relevant spheres only to pander a multinational GM seed manufacturing company due to personal interests of the lobby sitting in power corridors. …Read More

  • Training workshop on “Biomass Gasification Technologies” held

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A training workshop on “Biomass Gasification Technologies” for Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) was organized by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad with collaboration of Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy and National University of Science and Technology. The objectives of the training session were to equip the participants with advanced technologies and promote the renewable energy being cleaner for sustainable development.   Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmed said while addressi…Read More

  • Biotechnology imperative for agri sector uplifting: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An international conference focusing on “Agriculture, food security, and biotechnology” was held. The objectives of the conference were to highlight the advancements in the field of biotechnology and its significance for development of agriculture sector and mitigation of food security challenges.  The conference provided a platform for researchers and professionals to exchange the information and discuss the adaptation of latest biotechnologies in order to improve the food security situation as well as ensure u…Read More

  • ICT: School Management System introduced

    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 productivity and efficiency of the administra…Read More

  • Foundation stone for gas supply project laid

    STAFF REPORT HAFIZABAD: A foundation laying ceremony for “Mian Da Kot Sui Gas Supply Scheme” was held in which Federal Minster of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar was the chief guest. The project is instigated with an aim to provide uninterrupted gas supply to rural areas.  She said that the government was strongly committed to provide basic facilities to the people belonging to remote and rural areas and this gas supply scheme is also one step toward the resolve. The total cost on proj…Read More

  • Cleaner Oceans must for healthier planet: VC KU

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Seminar in connection to “World Ocean Day” was jointly organized by Center of Excellence in Marine Biology, University of Karachi with UNESCO with the aim to highlight the significance and awareness to keep the ocean cleaner for a healthier atmosphere and protection of marine biodiversity.  Vice Chancellor KU, Dr. Ghazala H. Rizwani while speaking on the occasion said that the oceans entrench biggest ecosystems of the planet and its impacts on human life are irrefutable. She stressed, “It is the responsibility of al…Read More

  • Collaborative research idea cemented by 5 universities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A seminar focusing on “Promotion of research and integrating it to society” was organized this week in which the aim of strengthening the university linkages and improving research was  consolidated as four reputed Universi…Read More

  • International exhibition on food tech kick starts

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The ninth Food Technology Asia International Exhibition kick started this week at Karachi Expo Centre. The three day exhibition aimed to benefit local market and familiarize the business owners connected to food industry with latest technologies.  The event was inaugurated by Hungarian Ambassador, Istvan Szabo, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) Chairman Rafique Suleman, and Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) Senior Vice-President Abdul Rahim Janoo. A large number of…Read More

  • IT lab established for MEPCO employees

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A state of the art “Information Technology Lab” was inaugurated at Multan Electric Power Company’s (MEPCO) Regional Training Centre by Richard Olson, US Ambassador to Pakistan. The lab was fully funded by US government. The lab is established with the aim to train MEPCO employees in latest cutting edge technologies in energy sector. Richard Olson said on the inauguration ceremony, “The United States remains vividly committed to working in close coordination with Pakistan to stabilize the country`s energy supply which immensely crucial for country`s progress.” This lab will enhance the proficiency of MEPCO employees for getting advanced…Read More

  • HEIs play important role in Commercial and Industrial development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A round table talk on "The role of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Pakistan's commercial and industrial development" was held this week with the aim to assess the research, industrial needs and its impact on commercial development and economic uplifting of the country.  The meeting participants included Federal Minister Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan, Vice Chancellor QAU, Dr Javed Ashraf, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Aliya H. Khan, Chairperson, Department of Anthropology, Dr. Waheed Chaudhry, Chairperson Department o…Read More

  • Science education is the key for science promotion

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The sixth episode of “Making Pakistan Science Conscious” was jointly organized by Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) and National Institute of Vaccum Science and Technology (NINVAST) with the aim to find ways of collaborative efforts for the sake of science popularization in Pakistan.  Dr Anwar Nasim, President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences also attended the event and shared his vision regarding making Pakistan science conscious. He stressed on the need of convolving senior scientists and the youth to play a co…Read More

  • Science, Technology & Logistics Centre establishment intended

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The approval of Science and Technology & Logistic Centre in Federal Capital was sanctioned by the government with the aim to increase the access of China trade commodities.  A high level meeting between delegation of Xinjiang, China and high officials of Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) was held. The other stakeholders in the meeting were also present which included Board of Investment, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and Ministry of Planning, Development and …Read More

  • PTCL strides for leadership development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), Pakistan`s leading telecommunication company has recently launched “Harvard ManageMentor (HMM).” This is an online learning program aimed at senior leadership of the company. The project aims at intellectual growth and equipping senior leadership to cope with various challenges in operating the company.  The project has been introduced at PTCL in collaboration with GEM Learning which is the official local partner of Harvard Business School Publishing, fully owned subs…Read More

  • Survey for biomass research underway

    STAFF REPORT HYD: A collaborative effort to collect biomass from Sindh has been instigated by National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Sindh Agriculture University (SAU).  The objectives eyes on conducting and research towards biofuels in general and biomass in particular. Initially biomass will be collected from 13 districts of Sindh. The data acquisition will be done by the help of Global Positioning System (GPS). The surveying areas of Sindh include Hyderabad, Kambar Shahdakot, Sanghar, Larkana, Dadu, Benazirabad, …Read More

  • IFC offers financial support to Pakistan to reduce energy crisis

    Staff Report ISB: The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group has vowed to cooperate Pakistan to address the long held energy crisis. IFC announced to invest $50 million in Gulpur Hydropower Project that will generate 100MW electricity.  The Gulpur project is developed by subsidiary of Korea South East Power Co. Ltd (KOSEP) i.e. Mira Power Limited and is the first venture in Pakistan. Wiebke Schloemer, IFC Regional Industry Head for Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East and North Africa said, “It is our prio…Read More

  • PEC attempts to empower engineers of KPK-FATA

    STAFF REPORT PESHAWAR: Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) organized job fair for Khyber Pakhtunwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas in Peshawar. It was the unprecedented event in the KPK province.  As large as 7,500 engineers registered themselves in the job fair. Many reputed national and international public and private sector companies were invited in the event. International companies offered 250 jobs whereas local companies also stepped forward to offer 100 jobs to the engineering graduates. International companies o…Read More

  • Ecological sustainability of CPEC discussed

    Staff Report ISB: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushahidullah Khan attended the meeting with President, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Zhang Xinsheng in which deliberations of mutual cooperation between Pakistan and China concerning to combat climate change impacts were consolidated.  The minister said that few segments were raising their concerns about the probable environmental impacts of the CPEC. He said, “We are firmly committed to address these issues at all costs with the cooperation of the Chinese government.”…Read More

  • BU holds Open House

    Staff Report ISB: An open house was organized by Bahria University (BU) for the final year students giving them chance to showcase their projects. The students were from different departments that included Electrical engineering, computer sciences, software engineering, management sciences etc.  Rector, Vice Admiral (retd) Tanveer Fiaz attended the event as chief guest. Several national and multinational companies from public, private sector were invited by BU in an ongoing effort to promote academia-industry linkage. In the end, top projects…Read More

  • Affaf Fatima wins world research competition

    Staff Report KHI: The Virtual World Congress of National Dental Student's Association in Croatia give every dental student meetings due to distance and cost a chance to present a scientific paper to colleagues and teachers and get awarded.  The 5th Virtual World Congress of Dental Students happened in the month of May in which dental students from around the globe participated. The winners were announced recently in which Pakistani student Affaf Fatima hailing from Bahria University Medical and Dental College clinched 3rd posit…Read More

  • Pak-US to instigate joint research

    Staff Report ISB: Pakistan and United States have mutually agreed to carry out joint research activities on areas of energy, water, and agriculture sector. The conjunction will bring forth tangible solutions to impending issues in those sectors and will consequently uplift for sustainable development.  The joint research will promote the applied research in focused areas. 7 universities in total agreed to collaborate out of which 3 were of US whereas the rest of 4 belonged to Pakistani origin. A Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) will be establ…Read More

  • ICTs role in dengue eradication underway

    Staff Report ISB: The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) has come forward to aid health sector and is developing a set of technological tools that will help to efficiently monitor and use resources for dengue eradication.  The project is titled as “Dengue Epidemic Surveillance Modelling, Visualization, and Response Management System.”   According to the sources, the Ministry is to develop strong suite of tools that will account for exploration, visualization, monitoring, surveillance, and response. The monitoring system will allow the…Read More

  • Efforts must be made for environmental conservation

    Staff Repot ISB: A seminar on “World Environment Day” was conducted by Capital Development Authority aiming at discussing climate change impacts that are continuously hurling on the country causing serious damage to biodiversity, infrastructure and also sabotaging the efforts of sustainable development.  Planning Commission Water Resources Chief Naseer Ahmed Gillani said while addressing to the seminar that Pakistan was facing a mammoth loss of around $24 billion as a penalty of climate change and environmental degradation adversit…Read More

  • Healthy oceans are must for healthy planet

    Staff Report KHI: The World Ocean Day is celebrated each year on June 8 with the aim to create awareness amongst people about significance of oceans. This year’s theme is “Healthy oceans, healthy planet.”   Pakistan has now extended its authority to 350 nautical miles from the coast as the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) had unanimously approved Pakistan’s claim for the extension of outer limits of its continental shelf adding 50,000 sq. km to its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which extends from 200 nautic…Read More

  • NAYS conducts “Biosafety Training Workshop”

    Staff Report LHR: A one day workshop with the theme “Biosafety training for young scientists” was organized jointly by National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) and Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology (IBB), University of Punjab. The workshop was sponsored by American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).  President NAYS, Aftab Ahmad while addressing in the inaugural session of the workshop highlighted the significance of science promotion in the country. He recounted the projects and different activities of NAYS for science populari…Read More

  • KPK launches billion tree drive to contribute in global forestation campaign

    Staff Report ISB: Government of Khyber Pakthunkhwa in collaboration with IUCN launched its billion-tree campaign as a contribution to the global Bonn Challenge on occasion the World Environment Day in Islamabad. It calls for the restoration of 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020. IUCN President, Xinsheng Zhang was specially invited on the occasion.   A large number of representatives from civil society, federal and provincial government, and the media were present on the occasion. In his keynote address, Xinsheng Zhang …Read More

  • NUST team qualifies for RoboCup 2015

    Staff Report ISB: NUST students garnered immense appreciation upon qualifying in RoboCup 2015. The students will showcase their indigenously made robots in international competition. It is unprecedented as the NUST team becomes the only to qualify from South Asian origin which is sufficient to prove the ingenuity of Pakistani talent. The team will contest in Standard Platform League category under RoboCup 2015 in Hefei, China next month.    RoboCup 2015 is annual international robotics tournament specifically a soccer mega event of robots. The tou…Read More

  • Anchor for optimized network monitoring in Pakistan

    Staff Report ISB: The RIPE Atlas Anchor was hosted by COMSATS Internet Services (CIS). The event was sponsored by Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC). …Read More

  • Punjab imposes hefty taxes on 3G/4G internet users

    Staff Report ISB: The Government of Punjab has imposed a heavy 19.5% tax on 3G and 4G internet services. The taxes are applicable on 2Mbps and the broadband utility bills exceeding Rs.1500/month.   The imposition of this tax will directly affect 56% of population of Pakistan that is internet consumer. The broadband industry response on this tax is vigorously unpleasant. A high amplitude wave of agony has meandered through the telecom service industry and is expected to cause copious loss to them as well as the consumers. Not only existing telec…Read More

  • Mobilink cruises for tech literacy promotion

    Staff Report ISB: Mobilink, leading network operator of the country has launched its flagship corporate responsibility initiative. The ‘Make Your Mark’ initiative is a key element of VimpelCom’s corporate responsibility strategy.   The fundamental objectives of this initiative are to provide access of technology tools to youth, abetting them to cope with challenges at broader level that hinder their goals by any means and pushing them to unleash their potential thus playing there part in national development at large. Furthermore, i…Read More

  • PARC patrons soybean cultivation promotion

    Staff Report ISB: A meeting was held in Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) aiming at promotion of soybean crop and highlighting its advantages. It was decided that soybean crop will be cultivated on 1000 acres of area during current season for seed multiplication at National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) and farmers’ fields through contract farming in Sargodha, Chakwal, Attock and Northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the collaboration of other national partners.  The meeting was presided by Seerat Asghar, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Nat…Read More

  • Pakistan-Korea to cooperate in S&T

    Staff Report ISB: A meeting was held in Islamabad between Korean Ambassador and Federal Minister of Science and Technology. The purpose of meeting was to discuss areas of mutual cooperation in science and technology and take bilateral ties of both countries to next level.  Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Rana Tanvir Hussain said that Pakistan esteems the brotherly relations with Korea and always want to strengthen the bondage through mutual cooperation. He also lauded the efforts of Korean government and said that …Read More

  • AIOU introduces 5 new skill based agri courses

    Staff Report ISB: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has taken step to introduce 5 new skilled-based academic courses in the discipline agricultural sciences in order to impart imperative skills tailored to industrial requirements in students of agriculture.  The new proposed courses which have been conceived to be launched soon are commercial poultry, farming, construction of poultry farm, poultry processing marketing and value addition. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui said that the University would gradually switch over to online cou…Read More

  • ICT sensation: Forge proof e-stamping system introduced

    Staff Report LHR: The conventional stamp paper is vulnerable to forging and can be reproduced for misuse and malpractices. In order to address this issue, Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif has issued instructions for issuance of electronic stamp paper in Lahore District. It will be expanded to various parts of Punjab afterword. This was disclosed by senior member of Board of Revenue, Nadeem Ashraf in a high level meeting.   The e-stamping online system is developed by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). Nadeem Ashraf said, “T…Read More

  • Step taken for promotion of clean technologies

    Staff Report ISB: A seminar on 'Cleantech Competition' was jointly organized by Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in order to create awareness among small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and startups to expand their commercial prospects through venturing in clean technologies.  FPCCI Vice President Hameed Akhtar Chadda enumerated that the SMEs and startup businesses were encountering various challenges in accessing finance for adopting clean t…Read More

  • Pak-Turk identify areas for agri sector development

    Staff Report LHR: In order to advance the cooperation in agriculture sector, a meeting was recently held between Turkish delegation and focal persons of Pakistan. The meeting was presided by Rashid Mehmood, Secretary Agriculture Punjab.  Gulzar Hussain Shah, Special Secretary Agriculture, Hussain Sardar, Additional Secretary (Planning), Dr. Abid Mehmood, Director General Agri. (Research), Dr. Anjum Ali, Director General Agri. (Extension), Ch. Muhammad Ashraf, Director General (Water Management), M. Rafiq Akhtar, Director Agri. Infor…Read More

  • NUST starts Entrepreneurship Executive Training Programme

    Staff Report ISB: The five day Entrepreneurship Executive Training Programme has started in National University of Science and Technology (NUST). The objective of the training programme is to equip entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and enhance their vision thus fostering their entrepreneurial foresight to metamorphose their improvisation into professionalism. The training programme is organized by Professional Development Centre (PDC), NUST. PDC had previously provided trainings, consultancy and services in various sectors.   The training a…Read More

  • Gas discovered in Kirthar

    Staff Report ISB: Polish Oil and Gas Company Pakistan (PGNiG) has discovered tight gas in Kirthar block. The block is located 52 kilometers from Dadu city. The discovery was made while drilling and testing of Rizq-1 Exploratory Well.  During initial testing Rizq-1 well could not produce commercial volume of gas; however it delivered up to 10.7 MMSCFD Gas from Pab formation of Cretaceous age. Rizq-1 well was spudded in October last year and drilled up to total depth of 3173 meters. On the basis of evaluation made through wireline l…Read More

  • Flood monitoring system, a prodigy of PITB

    Staff Report LHR: A meeting was held recently to review the efficiency and capacity of flood monitoring system established by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). The system was developed to counter the problems that halted timely relief activities in past during floods. This system will keep alert and enable monitoring through real time monitoring dashboard thus prompting the government and flood relief organizations to take necessary measures timely so to minimize the losses that may be incurred in predicament of flood.  Chairman P…Read More

  • AIOU to setup FM radios for student facilitation

    Staff Report ISB: Seven new frequency modulation (FM) radio channels will be launched by Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) to facilitate widely spread students across the country. The radio stations will be setup at four different locations at the regional headquarters.  The decision was the outcome of the seminar ‘Community radio for learning’ held aiming at stretching the outreach of frequency modulation (FM) radio throughout Pakistan. The seminar was organized by International collaboration and Exchange office and AIOU Institute of Educati…Read More

  • Easypay, elixir to online payment problem in Pakistan

    Staff Report ISB: The online payment has always been a problem in Pakistan. In order to reverse this situation, Easypaisa has announced the launching of “Easypay” which is the country`s first online payment solution. This will help online traders and customers to send and receive payments through reliable portal. Easypay ensures secure online payment services for the clients.  It is a service that offers various payment methods for online buyers. Customers can pay directly to an online trader through their Easypaisa Mobile Account, or they can make paymen…Read More

  • PTA Seals illegal gateway exchange In Islamabad

    Staff Report ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has unearthed an illegal gateway exchange in Islamabad.  PTA is continuously raiding on illegal gateways exchanges and bolsters its ongoing efforts to control grey traffick.  The raid was carried out along with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team at residential area of Islamabad in Sector I-8/2. Equipment of grey setup was recovered from the spot. The international calls were terminated through IPs and same were routed through 4 PRIs.  A hefty loss to national excheque…Read More

  • Infinix HotNote enters Pakistan

    Staff Report KHI: Infinix is the rapidly growing technology brand in Europe, Africa and Middle East. The company has announced the launch of their new smartphone Infinix HotNote in Pakistan. The device will be made available through the county’s leading online retail store Daraz.pk.    Muneeb Maayr, CEO Daraz.pk gave remarks on the collaboration, “Daraz.pk is priviliged to be the online retail partner for Infinix Mobility due to their unique selling approach we are quite optimistic to see a shift in boosting e-commerce business in Pakista…Read More

  • Internet.org comes home

    Staff Report ISB: Facebook, the largest social media site of the world has introduced its internet facility “internet.org” in Pakistan. This is free, limited edition service and is available on Telenor network.  Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook released the news in his status update that “Internet.org is now live in Pakistan for people on the Telenor Pakistan network and people will be able to access valuable services for free, including resources for health, jobs, local news and communication.” He also revealed that nearly 1 billion peop…Read More

  • Telecom sector abets to accomplish sustainable development goals: Anusha

    Staff Report ISB: World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) with the theme “Innovating Together: Enabling ICTs for Sustainable Development” was held recently in Geneva, Switzerland. The summit aimed at creating an efficient mechanism for coordination of multi-stakeholder implementation activities, information exchange, creation of knowledge, sharing of best practices and continues to provide assistance in developing multi-stakeholder and public/private partnerships to advance development goals. WSIS characterizes the world’s mega annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community. …Read More

  • Experts call for greater awareness of emission impacts

    Staff Report KHI: The Pakistan Sustainable Transport (PAKSTRAN) Project organized a media sensitization seminar in Karachi today, to raise awareness of the significance of sustainable transport, the adverse impacts of carbon emissions, and the issues of mass transit systems in the country.   The seminar aimed at leveraging the media outreach to create awareness across different segments of society, especially vehicle owners. In his opening remarks, Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative of IUCN Pakistan said, “The transport sector …Read More

  • OGDCL secures top rating

    Staff Report KHI: The premier Oil & Gas E&P Company of Pakistan, Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has attained ‘AAA’ and ‘A-1+’ rating for long and short term entities respectively for the year FY14. The ratings were issued by JCR-VIS Credit Raging Company Limited.  The assigned ratings demonstrate the pivotal role of OGDCL and its contribution to the national economy as the largest upstream E&P Company in the country. The company’s large market share and low financial risk profile are also exponential variables in attai…Read More

  • Belarus offers Higher Education opportunities to Pakistan

    Staff Report ISB: The Education Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Zhuravkov Mikhail, and the Chairman of Presidium of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), Vladimir G. Gusakov, who are currently on a state visit to Pakistan, visited the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Islamabad and the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Islamabad this week.  Zhuravkov Mikhail offered his country’s support in Pakistan’s efforts for higher education and scientific/agricultural research by way of supporting post-doctoral research and doctoral research of Pakistani …Read More

  • Introduction of Turkish low-cost technology in Pakistan discussed

    Staff Report ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and Turkish Embassy in Islamabad initiated measures for introducing Turkish low cost technology in Pakistan to benefit common man.   Sadik Babür Girgin, Ambassador of Turkey called on Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PSF at the latter’s office this week. Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, PSF’s Focal Person for International Linkages and Dr. Syed Lal Shah, Principal Scientific Officer PSF were also present on this occasion. Dr. Ashraf apprised the Ambassador about his visit to Turkey and meetings with heads of The Sc…Read More

  • Asif Mushtaq conferred with Certificate of Merit

    Staff Report LHR: Once again, Pakistani talent has been acknowledged at International level as Dr. Asif Mushtaq, research scientist at Department of Mathematical Sciences, Norwegian University of Science and Technology is conferred with Certificate of Merit in recognition of his work in scientific computing of HOMsPy.  The evaluation committee of International Association of Engineers (IAENG) reviewed his work and declared him the winner. Dr. Asif Mushtaq completed his post graduate from Government College University (GCU), Lahore and…Read More

  • Huawei introduces Honor 4C

    Staff Report LHR: Huawei fortifies its product range with advanced Honor 4C smartphone in Pakistan. It is a truly stunning phone decked with a stylish case made of composite materials.  Dual SIMs can operate in parallel. Huawei Honor 4C has a 5 mega pixel front and 13 mega pixels rear camera with wide-angle lens. The image sensor of 1.4 microns image enables users to create an image with a viewing angle up to 88 degrees. The 5 inch special lamination screen makes the picture more clear-cut, and HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels fill the screen w…Read More

  • Safety protocols must be adapted to inverse radiation affects

    Staff Report KHI: A symposium on theme “Radiation and Health Imaging: Hazards to Healthcare Workers” was organized by Radiation Safety Committee (RSC), Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ziauddin University Hospital.  The symposium was aimed at spreading awareness and knowledge about hazardous aspects of radiations and handling protocols of radiations by healthcare practitioners and workers. Mr. Syed Mishkat Ali Jafri, Principal Scientific Officer Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) was also present at the occasion who detail…Read More

  • MNFSR presents proposal to Finance Minister

    Staff Report ISB:  In a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar this week; he was briefed in detail by Seerat Asghar, Secretary Ministry of National Food Security & Research (MNFSR) about the zones which require focus of the government at large.  Minister said that the proposals put forth by the Ministry were all aimed at guaranteeing food security for the people at large and measures through which agriculture yield could be enhanced. He said the government would focus categorically on agriculture and food sector in the next bud…Read More

  • Zong to upgrade existing SIMs

    Staff Report ISB: Zong, leading network operator of country has planned to upgrade SIMs of entire existing customer base. The new SIMs will be 4G compatible. The customers can replace their old SIMs with upgraded ones by visiting nearest Zong customer service centers.  The new 4G SIMs are Universal SIMs, which are different in terms of technology from currently available existing SIMs, with enhanced security features that protect any security leakages, particularly the ones that surfaced after Gemalto hack incident, Zong claims. …Read More

  • Pakistan`s premier energy exhibition to be held

    Staff Report LHR:  Fourth international energy conference and exhibition on “Energy, Oil, Gas and Power (EGO) incorporating Solar Pakistan” will be held this week at Lahore Expo Centre. The event will be organized by Fakt Exhibitions (Pvt) Limited. “EGO Pakistan 2015 would be highly informative, rewarding and would provide profitable business solutions to the associated industry. EGO- Energy, Oil, Gas & Power Exhibition Pakistan, is going to be the benchmark event in the energy sector, which would bring the energy resources and decision makers on one platform.” Spokesman of Fakt Exhibitions (Pvt) Limited said.  …Read More

  • Innovative strategies a must to escalate food legumes production

    Staff Report FSD: An international seminar on “Innovative strategies for enhancing production of food legumes” was held recently in Faisalabad. The objectives of the seminar were to identify, assess and find out ways for opting innovative strategies and methodologies for the development of production of food legumes in Pakistan.    University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) organized the seminar in which considerable number of delegates, agriculture and food scientists, academicians, faculty members and students participated. …Read More

  • Mobile App introduced to stop water theft

    Staff Report LHR: Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) has launched a Mobile App in order to curtail water theft from irrigation channels in Punjab. Dr. Umar Saif, Chairman PITB said, “Smart monitoring of irrigation water system is a milestone initiative by PITB and Punjab Irrigation Department funded by the World Bank that would help real time data collection with geo-tagged pictorial evidences.”  The advanced system has tendency to restrict water theft, misappropriations and negligences currently prevailing in the irrigation department …Read More

  • Institute of Space Technology holds Open House

    Staff Report ISB: The Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad, organized Open House at the campus. The students of the Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering captivated the visitors by displaying their ‘Senior Design Projects’.  Employers and guests who visited the Open House included a large number of people belonging to the academia, prestigious R&D organizations and representatives of industry. The innovative and useful projects reflecting the research skills displayed by the students were appreciat…Read More

  • Belarus offers support to Pakistan in S&T sector

    Staff Report ISB:  Chairman of Presidium of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB), Acad. Vladimir G. Gusakov, visited the Pakistan Academy of Sciences in Islamabad. He was invited by President of Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), Dr. Anwar Nasim.  The Belarus Chief offered support in high tech areas like drone technology, space technology, nuclear energy, agricultural equipments and other areas of mutual interest. The meetingwas held at PAS Headquarters which was chaired jointly by chiefs of Science Academies of both the countries and w…Read More

  • HEC issues university rankings

    Staff Report ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has released the university rankings for the year 2014. The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has taken the lead by clinching top position.  In the engineering category, NUST Islamabad was declared the leader, with PIEAS, UET Lahore,…Read More

  • NFEH plans events for World Environment Day

    Staff Report KHI: In order to spread environment awareness, World Environment Day events will be organized by mutual collaboration between National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) and United Nations Environment Programme. The events will start from June 1 and extend to June 7.  This was announced by Muhammad Naeem Qureshi, President NFEH. He said that the objectives of the events are to feast awareness amongst masses to address critical issues pertaining to environment that trigger several other problems such as food insecu…Read More

  • Indigenous coal can address energy crisis: Speakers

    Staff Report ISB: A seminar with the theme “Role of indigenous coal in solving energy crisis” was organized recently by Centre for Coal Technology. The objectives of seminar were to highlight the significance and potential of indigenous coal in combating energy crisis.  Sher Ali Khan, Punjab Minister for Mines and Minerals, Dr. Mujahid Kamran, VC Punjab University, Prof. Dr. Shahid Munir, Director Center for Coal Technology, Dr. Farzana Nazir, MPA Punjab, and large number of faculty members and students participated in the seminar. Sher Ali …Read More

  • Telenor announces competition for Mobile App Developers

    Staff Report KHI: Telenor, leading network operator of Pakistan has recently announced fifth Apportunity Contest 2015 for Mobile App developers of Pakistan. The competition is intended for professionals as well as students. This annual competition is conducted every year by Telenor for past 5 years.  Appilcations are invited in six categories i.e. health, entertainment, education, internet of things, communication and civil administration (emergency services, disaster management, civic issues, security, parental control, social support, etc). …Read More

  • PMAS-AAUR, KRC to cooperate in agri field

    Staff Report RWP: A meeting between Prof. Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad Vice Chanellor Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) and Lee Sang Mu, CEO Korean Rural Community Corporation (KRC) was held recently in which the collaborative efforts in improving agriculture field through capacity building programs, workshops, trainings, R&D and development was taken into account. The training of farmers to get them familiar with technology to propel yield was also discussed.    In his inaugural speech VC PMAS-AAUR warmly welcomed the K…Read More

  • Ufone announces new 3G packages

    Staff Report ISB: Ufone has recently announced new 3G packages for its customers. The new 3G packages include daily, three-day package, weekly and monthly with data limits up ranging up to 10GB.  The status of previous 3G packages is declared obsolete by Ufone and revisions in its entire 3G packages is announced. There are around 10 new 3G packages. This time over, Ufone has announced the most exceptional offer of the year as they have bundled the most famous social apps i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp & Line, as freebies a…Read More

  • NDMA starts preparations for monsoon

    Staff Report LHR: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has geared up its preparations to deal with monsoon and torrential rains. NDMA governing body is arranging consultative meetings taking federal and provincial departments on board to thoroughly review the readiness and planning of any likely disaster incident with reference to the forthcoming monsoon season…Read More

  • GCU invents nano-powder to enhance covert fingerprints

    Staff Report LHR: Government College University (GCU), Lahore adds another feather to its cap through a recent milestone invention “ZNO-SIO2 nano-powder for the development of latent fingerprints.” The application got approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This is a cost effective nano powder that has tendency to enhance furtive fingerprints from different surfaces such as plastic, glass or metal.  The key persons who contributed in invention of the latest patent in the field of forensics and nano-technology are Dr. Muhammad Ashraf T…Read More

  • Digital geophysical data lab established at Bahria University

    Staff Report KHI: A ceremony was held at Bahria University, Karachi to mark the start of state of the art “Digital Geophysical Data Lab.” This lab has been formed by joint efforts of premier E&P Company Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) and Bahria University.   Wamiq Bokhari, Managing Director, PPL was the chief guest of the event who said that this lab will facilitate range of students belonging from geoscience discipline and will enhance their professional skills and equip them with the tools that are mandatory for oil & gas industry. He also ap…Read More

  • Climate change – hovering challenge

    CLIMATE change is a phenomenon that has swirled across the globe. It is commonly defined as variation in climate patterns either large or small scale.  The frequent devastations caused due to climate change at large have left avowed enigma for scientists and stakeholders to find out solution for challenges hurled due to climate change. It is believed that more than 90% of the natural disasters in recent time have been triggered by climate change. This situation is scarily dismal and requires immediate actions to cope with. The deforest…Read More

  • Warid Telecom marks 10 years in Pakistan

    Staff Report LHR: Warid Telecom, an Abu Dhabi Group owned company, marks its 10th year of service excellence in Pakistan. Within its first decade, the company has earned a reputed name in the market indicating quality & reliability. Recognized as Pakistan’s most trusted cellular service provider, it has grown to become the largest and fastest growing 4G LTE network of the country.  Commenting on the occasion of the company’s 10th Anniversary, Muneer Farooqui, CEO Warid …Read More

  • Hadab Idrees secures third position in Intel-ISEF held at USA

    Monitoring Desk: Hadab Idrees, who hails from Pakistan, has recently secured third position in International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) by Intel in the category of “Energy Physical.”  The event was held at United States of America (USA).  Hadab`s project was titled as “Multi-purpose Smart Solar Device” which involved creating cost effective solar device controllable with an Android App. Abdur Rauf, President Pakistan Science Club (PSC) also supported Hadab during the project. Hadab was ecstatic on achieving this milestone and b…Read More

  • Smoking marijuana causes early puberty and stunts growth in boys

    Staff Report ISB: The scientists at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Agriculture University (PMAS), Rawalpindi studied the levels of certain hormones involved in growth and puberty in the blood of 220 non-smoking and 217 marijuana-addicted boys. The research revealed that levels of puberty-related hormones such as testosterone and luteinising hormone (LH) were significantly high in the marijuana smokers. In contrast, growth hormone levels were decreased in this group. It was also found that non-smoking boys were on average 4 kg heavier and 4.6 inches taller by the age of 20 than the marijuana smokers. …Read More

  • 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. …Read More

  • NAYS celebrates “Science for Youth Week”

    Staff Report LHR: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS), Pakistan celebrated a dedicated “Science for Youth Week (S4Y)” earlier this month. NAYS had collaboration with number of scientific organizations like Technology Times, Tech TV, Emerging Nations Science Foundation (ENSF), Science Society, AMSA Pakistan, Pakistan Science Forum (PSF), Global Young Academy (GYA) and Pakistan Science Club (PSC) for this week and its activities.  During S4Y week 2015, almost 25 activities were conducted across Pakistan including lectures on scientific topics, …Read More

  • IUCN-Pak, FPCCI sign MoU for sustainable development promotion

    Staff Report KHI: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was recently signed by International Union for Conservation of Nature, Pakistan (IUCN-Pak) and Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in order to take up the challenge of sustainable development in Pakistan by instigating collaborative efforts.  Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative IUCN-Pak and Muhammad Adrees, President FPCCI signed the MoU in presence of several other dignitaries. The objectives of the MoU are to establish cooperation between IUCN-Pak an…Read More

  • WARID Expands 4G LTE Network

    Staff Report LHR: Warid, leading network operator of Pakistan has recently announced expansion of rapidly growing 4G LTE network to four more cities of Pakistan that include Quetta, Peshawar, Sheikhupura and Multan. The total number of cities in which Warid 4G LTE service is available now hikes to twelve after inclusion of these four cities.  As an introductory offer Warid has also announced to offer 5 days free 4G LTE service to new and existing subscribers who can enjoy uptil 1GB 4G LTE data. Warid is the front row telecom company in Paki…Read More

  • ICT Conference held at Lahore

    Staff Report LHR: A conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) titled as “Emerging Technologies: Redefining Governance in the Information Age” was recently held at Arfa Software Technology Park, Lahore which was jointly organized by Information Technology University (ITU) and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB).  The objectives of conference were to create awareness regarding to the trends in ICT industry which could be optimally utilized to enhance the service delivery in various fields of governance effectively. Dr. Um…Read More

  • Finance for developing countries must be part of Global Climate Agreement: Mushahidullah

    Staff Report ISB: Mushahidullah Khan, Federal Minister for Climate Change, has warmly applauded Francois Hollande, French President on his statement pertaining to global climate agreement which is highly anticipated. Earlier, the French President said on the occasion of 6th international Petersberg Climate Dialogue `Reaching for the Paris outcome', held at Germany that a scheme for bolstering up climate finance for developing countries to $100 billion a year by 2020 is inevitable to agreeing the new global climate deal in Paris later this year.  …Read More

  • Pakistan Academy of Sciences becomes national member of SCA

    Monitoring Desk: Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) was given the membership of Science Council of Asia (SCA) on the occasion of 15th SCA Conference which was held at Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia this month.  Dr. Anwar Nasim, President of PAS participated in the conference. PAS has become a National Member of SCA and due to this, President of PAS, Dr. Anwar Nasim has become its Management Board Member. At present, the Management Board of SCA comprises of 19 National Members and current President of SCA is President, National Academy of Science…Read More

  • E-project exhibition held at SZABIST

    Staff Report ISB: Electronic Project Exhibition was held recently at SZABIST University in which the students of computer science department displayed their eight different projects. Head of the Campus, Dr. R. K. Malik commended the student’s work. She said, “Students of SZABIST University are multi-talented and the university has always provided excellent opportunities to its students.”  In their projects students displayed  electronic voting system, line following robot without microcontroller, obstacle avoiding robot, cell phone base…Read More

  • Impacts of climate change on biodiversity

    BIODIVERSITY IS defined as variability among living organisms from all sources including terrestrial, marine, mountain, desert, tropic, and other aquatic ecosystems. In today’s world biodiversity is up against severe challenges that are gravely frightening for its conservation. The foremost mammoth challenge is the rapid climate change due to human intervention which is predominant after industrial revolution in 1940. The global climate is changing the socio-economic and geopolitical landscape of the world at large by influencing on almost its every aspect inclu…Read More

  • PTCL introduces EVO double offer for customers

    Staff Report ISB:  PTCL EVO wireless broadband service connects more than 250 cities and towns nationwide and its foot-print is being rapidly increased.  Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has introduced a new EVO Double Volume Double Fun Offer. The customers will be able to enjoy 3G EVO Wingle 9.3 and CharJI EVO LTE twice the volume whereas the monthly charges for the package will remain the same. The new PTCL offer will enable the customers to stream videos, data transfer, browsing etc. at much faster rate t…Read More

  • HEC & PAEC to team up for uplifting R&D culture

     Staff Report ISB:  In order to manifest the objectives of increasing research productivity and building pool of researchers, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has affirmed its full support to Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) for developing research groups in different sectors through universities.  Chairman HEC, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed recently had a meeting with Chariman PAEC, Muhammad Naeem. The focal areas of discussion during the meeting were the development and improvement of R&D resource at national level by collaborativ…Read More

  • Air University organizes seminar on ProQuest

    Staff Report ISB: A seminar on ProQuest Dissertation & Theses (PQDT) and SUMMON was organized by Air University few days back. PQDT is the a system that simplifies the thesis and dissertation searching through a single access point. …Read More

  • Federal government to install solar pumping & sprinkle irrigation systems for farmers

    Staff Report ISB: Following the installation of solar pumping and sprinkle irrigation by Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) in Fateh Jangh, federal government deliberates to introduce these systems in other areas as well in order to make sure cost effective utilization of irrigation water.  According to the sources, PARC has 500 master trainers with solar pumping and sprinkle irrigation system, who will train farmers in their respective areas to reduce use of water for agriculture and horticulture. The main objective of thi…Read More

  • NA approves Capital University of Science & Technology bill

    Staff Report ISD: The National Assembly (NA) of Pakistan`s lower house has approved the bill for the establishment of Capital University of Science and Technology. The university will be run by private sector and the executive Board of Governors (BOG). It is part of leading educational network, Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC).  The Capital University of Science and Technology will be a corporate organization having main campus in Islamabad and could establish its sub campuses in various parts of the country with the prior approval of the BOG. …Read More

  • Khawaja dispels rumors of ban on renewable energy projects

    Staff Report KHI: In a meeting recently held between Khawaja Asif, Federal Minister for Water and Power and Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Minister for Finance and Energy pertaining to energy issues particularly on clarification of barring solar and wind power projects which was reported earlier on.   Khawaja Asif dispelled the rumors of banning projects on renewable energy and elucidated that Federal Government was focusing towards curbing energy crisis and is a strong proponent for consumption of indigenous resources particularly renewable energy t…Read More

  • COMSATS Internet Services awarded ISO 27001:2013 certification

    Staff Report ISB: COMSATS Internet Services has recently been awarded with ISO 27001:2013 certification for Information Security Management. By accomplishing the internationally acknowledged ISO 27001 certification, COMSATS Internet Services has shown its dedication to Information Security Management, and flagged the further reinforcing of its certifications as an oversaw administration supplier.   ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized information security management standard which guarantees organizations can apply a structure to business meth…Read More

  • WWF-Pak and SNGPL sign MoU for IEIP

    Staff Report ISB: In order to spread environmental education and build resource for nature conservation, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between World Wildlife Federation-Pakistan (WWF-Pak) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) for International Eco-Internship Programme (IEIP).  …Read More

  • PARC recommends 8 new maize varieties

    Staff Report ISB: The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has recommended as many as 8 high yielding maize varieties for cultivation in several environmental conditions.  A total of 11 new varieties were presented before Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) which was chaired by Dr. Shahid Masood, Member Plant Sciences Division, PARC. The evaluation committee examined the varieties and approved 8 varieties which will be forwarded to seed council for final approval.  The approved varieties include 10 hybrid varieties and 1 open pollinated (OP) …Read More

  • Foodpanda.pk joins hands with Telenor Pakistan

    Staff Report ISB:   Pakistan’s leading mobile and online food ordering platform foodpanda.pk has collaborated with Telenor Pakistan, to make the foodpanda app permanently available on Telenor Apps, with a limited time offer for free data usage.  Speaking about the collaboration, Chief Marketing Officer and Deputy CEO of Telenor Pakistan Irfan Wahab Khan said, “We strongly believe in offering convenient solutions for our valued customers and this partnership is another step towards our customer centric approach. Telenor App Store featu…Read More

  • Museums - a cradle of inspiration

    MUSEUMS ARE lyceums where ancientism cuddles modernism. Science, art, mysticism, humanity, barbarians from ancient times, extinct species, spirituality, and the masses flock together to augment a community belonging from diverse backgrounds and constrain them to expand their eyeball for extreme visualization of grand panorama of mankind evolution since prehistoric time. These are common center of attraction for scientists, artists, children, students, historians, archeologists, engineers, broadcasters, and tourists etc. to rally on and know the anecdotes about hostile tidal waves conf…Read More

  • PTCL organizes session on Disruptive Innovation

    Staff Report ISD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) organized a session on “Disruptive Innovation.” The session was aimed to support the talented leaders of the company to stay abreast with the latest research findings, technological discoveries and insights and sustain the technological leadership of PTCL.  The focal speaker of the session was Mark Zawacki, a USA based business strategist, board advisor, keynote speaker and Angel investor, in pursuance of its objective of looking beyond its own progressiveness and towards the greate…Read More

  • Bahria University holds 13th convocation at Islamabad

    Staff Report ISD: Bahria University, Islamabad recently hold its 13th convocation at Jinnah Convention Centre to confer degrees to Masters and undergraduate students. A total of 560 students were awarded the degrees. Pro-Chancellor of Bahria University, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI (M) graced the occasion with his benign presence as chief guest.  In the welcome address, Vice Admiral (Rtd) Tanveer Faiz, Rector Bahria University greeted the students and their parents, and wished them a thrivi…Read More

  • Warid starts LTE services in Murree

    Staff Report LHR: Warid Telecom, Pakistan’s largest and fastest growing LTE network,  announced the launch of its LTE services in Murree.  Having covered eight major cities, the company is aggressively working to expand its LTE footprint in Pakistan.      With the initiation of Warid LTE services in Murree, Warid Telecom is also bringing forth a free of charge SIM replacement offer for Warid consumers with LTE handsets. Moreover, all the new and existing customers will be entitled to 500 free MB for 7 days as a trial.…Read More

  • PIASA Conferred Its first doctorate degree

    Staff Report ISD: First ever doctorate degree issued by PARC Institute of Advanced Studies in Agriculture (PIASA) was conferred to Sabir Hussain Shah. His area of specialization was Plant Genomics and Biotechnology for development of cold tolerant tomato plant. He has become the forerunner student to receive this degree from the institute. The panel of scientists of National Agriculture Research Center (NARC) evaluated his theses work which was successfully defended by Sabir Hussain Shah. …Read More

  • OPPO releases Lollipop based AOSP version for Find 7 and 7a

    Staff Report ISD: OPPO has been aggressively advertising its home baked ColorOS operating system since last year. Just like other customizations ColorOS is based on Android. The latest version ColorOS 2.1 is based on Android KitKat 4.4 and the company is preparing to release version 2.1 based on the latest flavor of Android, i.e. Lollipop 5.x. However in a surprising move, OPPO has released Lollipop based AOSP version for Find 7 and the Find 7a.  For those who are unfamiliar, AOSP is the abbreviation of (Android Open Source Project), meaning this version …Read More

  • Museums are an exceptional resource for public education

    Staff Report ISD: The International Council of Museums (ICOM) Pakistan held its executive board meeting to discuss the plans for bringing museums and museum educational institutions together. It was discussed that to revitalizing the significance of museums, museum education, and their social impacts in terms of awareness, ICOM Pakistan will schedule training workshops, symposiums, and seminars.  Muhammad Akhter Javed, President ICOM Pakistan in his keynote address said, “Museums and specially science museums are an exceptionally important reso…Read More

  • Pakistan and Belarus scientists contemplate to orchestrate joint research fund

    Staff Report ISD: Scientists from Pakistan and Belarus joined the meeting aimed to exchange ideas, highlight issues related to scientific research, and propose solutions for improvement of research productivity by collaborative efforts. The meeting was organized by National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB).  The scientists from Pakistan and Belarus urged establishment of combined fund for scientific research especially in the field of agriculture. Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari, Chief Scientific Secretary, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), showed h…Read More

  • 13th convocation of UET, Taxila held

    Staff Report ISD: The 13th Convocation of University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Taxila held recently in which degrees were conferred to the students.  Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal was the chief guest of the event. He stressed upon the importance of education while addressing to the participants of the event. Minister said, “International economic institutions and media now consider Pakistan as a propelling economy and recent $46 billion colossal investment from China in…Read More

  • Kaymu.pk celebrates second anniversary in Pakistan

    Staff Report LHR: Kaymu.pk, the foremost online shopping portal has recently celebrated its second anniversary of operations in Pakistan.  During the period of this two years’ time, Kaymu.pk has emerged as market leader in online shopping category. The celebration event was organized on both of its offices in Lahore and Karachi. All the employees gelled together through video conferencing as well. Adam Dawood, Country Manager Kaymu.pk said on the occasion, “Kaymu, in a brief time in Pakistan has been breaking down a lot of barriers to trade…Read More

  • Foodpanda.pk launches Pakistan Food Festival 2015

    Staff Report KHI: Pakistan’s leading mobile and online food ordering platform foodpanda.pk has continued its digital food festival cycle by launching The Pakistan Food Festival this week. …Read More

  • MOBILINK expands 3G Network to 43 cities

    Staff Report ISD: Mobilink, leading network operator company of the country has recently enhanced its 3G Network services from 36 to 43 cities. The seven new cities include Chakwal, Dipalpur, Pattoki, Mandi Bahauddin, Wazirabad, Daska, and Bhalwal. Mobilink has also announced free 3G trials these seven cities ending on May 25, 2015.  Head of Data, Mobilik, Aamer Manzoor said on the expansion of 3G network event, “Mobilink is proud to announce that with this latest expansion, we shall be providing superior 3G services in order to facilitate our enha…Read More

  • Digital Youth Summit 2015 ends in Peshawar

    Staff Report PSR: The three day Digital Youth Summit 2015 held in Peshawar concluded recently. The event aimed at promotion of Information Technology (IT) sector in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province in public sector affairs. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inofrmation Technology Board (KPITB) organized the event in collaboration with World Bank, Peshawar 2.0 and other partner organizations.    Young entrepreneurs of IT sector belonging to the province grasped the opportunity to connect themselves with outer world and enhance their ex…Read More

  • Academic Council, GCU approves seven new PG programmes

    Staff Report LHR: The Academic Council of Government College University (GCU), Lahore has recently sanctioned seven new postgraduate (PG) programmes. The approval was the outcome of the deliberations made in 15th Annual Meeting presided by Professor Dr. Muhammad Khaleeq ur Rahman, VC GCU. The PG programmes include highly modern professional fields.   In addition, the rules and regulations, eligibility criteria of admission, number of seats, credit hours, and fee structure were also endorsed by the academic council of the University. The appro…Read More

  • AIOU starts Online Complaint Management Center for convenience of students

    Staff Report ISD: In order to facilitate and streamline the student’s complaint redressal system, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad has recently launched its Online Complaint Management Center.   An orientation session was organized by AIOU to apprise students about this new online service few days back. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor AIOU, said while addressing to the students in orientation session that student facilitation was his top most priority since he joined as VC AIOU last year. The complaint center will …Read More

  • Qatar to extend its support to assist Pakistan in combating energy crisis: Saqr

    Staff Report ISD: Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly was called on by Saqr Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri, Ambassador of Qatar in the parliament house. Sardar said while talking to the Ambassador that Pakistan has rich history of profound brotherly relations with Qatar and wants to propel them to a higher level through parliamentary cooperation between the legislatives of both countries.  He further said, “Parliamentary diplomacy is a remarkable way of bringing both nations closer which are strongly bonded together in perpetual religious…Read More

  • Dr. Daud wins BUMDC Best Faculty Researcher Award 2014

    Staff Report KHI: A ceremony was organized at Bahria University Medical and Dental College (BUMDC) to acknowledge the efforts of Best Faculty Researcher for the year 2014.  Dr. Daud Mirza won the award title of Best Faculty Researcher Award 2014 for his utmost efforts in dental research. Daud is an Assistant Professor in Department of Oral Pathology, BUMDC. Dr. Daud Mirza was awarded with an appreciation certificate, honorary shield and cash prize worth Rs. 50,000 by Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Fiaz, Rector Bahria University. Th…Read More

  • Two day “Hadoop Big Data Developer Training” to be held in Karachi

    The ambitious developers with effervescence who are conspicuous to flaunt their career in big data technologies get baffled the moment they come across free tutorials on internet about big data technologies which are unfortunately much complicated for beginners and they ultimately end up abandoning their impulse due to despair.   In order to reinforce spark, Innovative Management Services has hopped to reverse the situation by announcing two day training event targeted at naive developers starting from May 12, 2015 titled as “Big Data Hadoop Developer Training.”   Both theory and practical work have been incorporated in the schedule of the trai…Read More

  • State of the art nano-chemistry lab established at GCU, Lahore

    Staff Report LHR: In order to facilitate advanced research in various fields including nano-catalysis, nano-forensics, nano-filteration, nano-drugs, waste water treatment, solar cells; Government College University (GCU), Lahore has established state of the art upgraded Nano-chemistry lab.  Prof Dr. Muhammad Khaleequr Rahman, Vice Chancellor GCU said on inauguration of the lab, “the university had won Rs. 10 million for the new high tech equipment laboratory under three highly crucial international projects of nano-technology by the Higher Education Commis…Read More

  • NA panel announces to hold public hearing on contentious cybercrime bill next week

    Staff Report ISD: The much contentious cybercrime bill that was given approval last month by the NA without of keeping in confidence the stakeholders. The bill became shady in the eyes of multiple fractions of society including civil society, and information technology professionals.  The people have severe grievances and are of the view that fundamental right of freedom of opinion will be badly butchered as a result of implementation of this cybercrime bill, therefore, necessary revisions must be done in order to ensure cyber security while keep…Read More

  • Annual NASCON Event kicks off at FAST- NU

    Staff Report ISD: The three day NASCON annual event of FAST National University is started today in which participants across the country will exhibit their ingenuity, skills, and improvisation in S&T.  The NASCON event aims to abet aspiring young entrepreneurs to polish their skills and advance forward to compete in this technology era. Competitions pertaining to engineering and computer science are entailed in the event so to provide a forum to students to showcase their abilities and prove their flare. The categories include, Battle of Bots, R…Read More

  • Food fortification planned to combat malnutrition

    Staff Report ISD: Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Health Services (NHS) chaired an interprovincial meeting on May 05, 2015 to launch food fortification to combat malnutrition and its associated diseases.   …Read More

  • PARC introduces 11 new rice varieties

    Staff Report ISD: The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has recently introduced 11 new high-yielding rice varieties.These new rice varieties include seven hybrid and four open-pollinated seed for cultivation in various ecologies. …Read More

  • ZONG launches samsung galaxy j1

    Staff Report KHI: A new entry in the smartphone series, Samsung Galaxy J1 is launched by leading network operator Zong in collaboration with Samsung Pakistan. Samsung Galaxy J1 entails advanced technology with 4G enabled and is available at competitive rates with six different Zong data bundle offers that range from provision of 1GB at a price of Rs.250 to a maximum of 30GB for a price of Rs3, 500. It also includes free minutes and SMS. The smartphone has TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat), 4 GB, 512 MB RAM (Internal Memory), 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash (primary camera) and 2 MP secondary camera, powered by…Read More

  • Science & Arts Expo Held at Roots Ivy International School, Rawalpindi

    Staff Report ISD: The annual Science & Art Expo 2015 was held at Roots Ivy International School, Rawalpindi. The expo was officially inaugurated by Dr. Zia ul Islam, Director Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (PAK-EPA). Students of the school exhibited their talent and ingenuity at the occasion in different Science & Art related categories. Ms. Khadija Mushtaq, CEO Roots Ivy International Schools complimented the participants; parent community in particular.  She emanated that the expo was aimed to provide students a platform to showcase t…Read More

  • PM Inaugurates Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Park in Bahawalpur

    Staff Report BWP: First unit of Quaid-e Azam Solar Power Park was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Shareef on Tuesday. It is the first ever solar power park in the history of Pakistan. The project was completed in a brief span of 11 months along with Chinese government support. The cost of the project is Rs. 15 billion and is spread over an area of 500 acres. The generation capacity of the solar park is 100MW.Prime Minister also announced reward of Rs. 200, 00,000 to the work force as a token of appreciation that completed the …Read More

  • HEC starts capacity building programme for provincial colleges

    Staff Report ISD: Capacity building of colleges affiliated with public sector universities has been started by mutual efforts of Academic Division, Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Provincial Education Departments.…Read More

  • Heavy Electrical Complex sold to Kenya based company

    Staff Report ISD: Heavy Electrical Complex was sold to M/s Cargill Holdings Limited, a Kenya based company, for Rs. 1.34 billion by Privatization Commission (PC) of Pakistan this satruday. Earlier, the sale of Heavy Electrical Complex was approved by the Cabinet Committee of Pakistan (CCoP) which was headed by Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar. The documents of the bidder M/s Cargill Holdings Limited were duly verified last month  Earnest money of Rs. 25 million was only submitted by one company out of 3 short listed bidders. The oth…Read More

  • LHC directs PTA to probe into illegal SIM issuance matter

    Staff Report ISD: Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been directed by the honorable Lahore High Court (LHC) to probe the fraudulent practice of issuance of SIM cards in the name of person who does not consent it.  Waheed Shahzad, a tax lawyer by profession had earlier taken the matter of illegal SIM Issuance on his CNIC to the LHC. Waheed Shahzad stated in his petition "In response to news published in various newspapers regarding illegal and unauthorised SIM cards issued by various mobile Phone companies/operators, …Read More

  • National University of Science & Technology (NUST) amongst top 400 in global ranking

    Staff Report ISD: In recent rankings issued by QS World University Rankings by subject, NUST makes its mark amongst top 400 universities of the world in the field of electrical and electronic engineering (271) and computer sciences (338) respectively.…Read More

  • US pledge to cooperate Pakistan in combating energy crisis

    Staff Report ISD: The second US-Pakistan Energy Working Group meeting concluded with the aim to promote private sector investments in clean energy. The US government settled to work with Pakistan in close coordination to proceed with the reforms which will enable the stakeholders to add 3,000 MW clean energy to the national grid in the coming 3-5 years. “This clean energy initiative will assist to address Pakistan’s energy challenges,” said US State Department’s Special Envoy for Energy Amos Hochstein. “It is a partnership to help alleviate Pakistan’s energy ch…Read More

  • NTDCL connects 50MW wind power plant to national grid

    Staff Report LHR: The National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL) has recently connected wind power plant to the national grid. The generation capacity amass 50MW which is generated by Foundation Wind Energy Limited (FWEL-I). NTDC spokesman said, “NTDC has built more than 90 km long 132 kV double circuit transmission line network in hard terrain like sea water and hilly areas for dispersion of power from wind power projects of Gharo and Jhimpir wind cluster.” He said that NTDCL has already connected three wind power plants established…Read More

  • First state of the art tech city to be established at Islamabad

    Staff Report ISD: The National ICT R&D Fund Company had its 35th Board of Directors meeting which was held at Ministry of Information Technology. Anusha Rahman, Minster Information Technology presided the meeting. The notable dignitaries included top brass of National ICT R&D Fund Company Asif Roomi, Mudassar Hussain, Tahir Mushtaq, Asim Shehryar along with other members. The meeting outcome was awe-inspiring as unanimous decision to set up first state of the art Tech-City project in Islamabad was cemented. The project will b…Read More

  • Higher Education Commission to augment its own testing service body

    Staff Report ISD:  Higher Education Commission (HEC) is set to launch its own testing service; following the…Read More

  • Muhammad Naeem takes charge as Chairman PAEC

    Staff Report ISD: Muhammad Naeem has been appointed as new Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) by the government after the retirement of preceding Chairman Dr. Ansar Parvez. The official announcement was made by PAEC on Thursday. The duration of his appointment as Chairman is 3 years. Mr. Naeem is serving PAEC for the last 43 years, and has remained on many key positions during his service. He was also conferred with ‘Sitara-i-Imtiaz’ and ‘Hilal-i-Imtiaz’ by the government for his paramount services in country’s nuclear fuel cycle pro…Read More

  • Sindh launches agriculture project worth $76 million

    Staff Report HYD: Ali Nawaz Khan Mahar, Provincial Agriculture Minister, Sindh inaugurated agriculture project worth $76 million. The project is contrived in order to burgeon the income of low-medium farmers and the yield.…Read More

  • Agriculture promotion is amongst top priority of government: Ishaq Dar

    Staff Report ISD: Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar said in inaugural session of two day International conference focusing on “Innovative Agricultural Financing” that government is intending to instigate a credit facility for low income farmers in order to swell the agricultural growth. He further added that in government priority list, agriculture is one of the foremost sectors in which it is taking keen interest in enhancing agricultural productivity as well ensuring food security by setting up advance farming techniques. He informed the…Read More

  • Pak- US Energy Group Meeting to be held today

    Staff Report ISD:Pakistan and US Energy Working Group will have a meeting today. Defense Minister, Khawaja Asif and Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, will also attend the meeting. Affairs Amos Hochstein, US Special representative and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, will be leading elite delegation that has arrived Islamabad to attend th…Read More

  • Hasnat Ahmed Qureshi appointed as Member Finance, Pakistan Science Foundation

    Staff Report ISD: A new entrant Hasnat Ahmed Qureshi has joined in Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) as Member Finance recently. Hasnat, was an officer of the Department of Auditor General of Pakistan.  Hasnat Ahmed Qureshi is a foreign qualified professional who attained degrees of Public Finance from UK and HRM from Canada. He exhibits rich experience in public sector financial management, auditing, and administration.. He worked at focal positions in reputed organizations such as Federal Shariat Court; Director, Foreign and Internal Audits…Read More

  • SEMINAR ON “CLEANTECH COMPETITION” ORGANIZED BY ICCI AND UNIDO

    Staff Report ISD: A seminar on “Cleantech Competition” was jointly organized by Islamabad Chamber of Commerce (ICCI) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the aim to create awareness in SMEs and start-up entrepreneurs to propel their business prospects to maximum by cultivating innovations in clean technologies. The event was attended by large number of local SMEs and entrepreneurs. The event was a part of Global Cleantech Innovation Program (GCIP) which is operated in 7 countries including Pakistan. Its objective is to augme…Read More

  • Govt. contemplates duty cut on invert type ACs, LED TVs for energy conservation

    Staff Report KHI: In order to boost energy conservation, government is likely to consider duty cut on inverter type ACs and LED TV sets to make these electronic devices affordable. The forthcoming budget will see duties cut as part of government initiative to combat the energy crisis that has pestered country in all sectors, said Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform Member Energy Akhtar Ali. “Reduction in duties will be applicable on both local manufacturers and importers,” he added.  “Consumption of electricity goes up much mo…Read More

  • Karachiites Attest K-2 & K-3, Rebuffing nightmare speculations

    Staff Report KHI: Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was besieged by colossal support from people of Karachi on setting up of two nuclear power plants K-2, K-3 near KANUPP (K-I).   .The development on K-2, K-3 was delayed after some antagonistic activists and representatives from NGOs had filed petition in Sindh High Court and obtained stay order that longed for a span of 6 months due to which hefty financial loss amounting Rs.600 million per day was inflicted to national exchequer. Sindh Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), on Monday, con…Read More

  • Warid supports the LUMS Gaming Association

    Staff Report ISD: The three day Intra-LUMS Gaming Tournament was held last weekend which was supported by leading network operator Warid Telecom. The objective of the tournament was to promote e-sports by offering a platform to semi professional gamers to compete at a bigger level. The games category included strategy to action and participants were free to compete in the game that best matched their skill set and expertise. Warid has supported various sports activities at LUMS over past few years; it has remained committed to its resolve of promoting yout…Read More

  • 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 showing their keen interest in Halal products these days. He ur…Read More

  • PAS award 2015 Conferred to Ufone

    Staff Report ISD: Ufone, the premier telecom network operator of Pakistan, has once again proven its mark over other competitors in industry by clinching the prestigious Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS) award in the telecom services category. This has added another feather to the cap to Ufone`s sagacious journey. Infamous ‘Saaf Awaz’ ad having punch line ‘Naram Sa Tau Hai’ was the cause of the success.  It is noteworthy that all three final nominations in this category belonged to Ufone, which was scrutinized out of 18 e…Read More

  • ICCBS sets benchmark at international level for cost effective energy generation

    Staff Report KHI: The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK) has set a benchmark at international level by using air conditioning plant (200 Tons) at zero electricity cost for generation of energy.  The cost effective, self power generation system set up by ICCBS not only fulfils energy requirements efficiently but also provide an eco friendly solution, said Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, Director ICCBS-UoK while addressing to meeting held last week at H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, UoK. …Read More

  • INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INNOVATIVE AGRICULTURAL FINANCING

    Staff Report ISD: An International Conference on Innovative Agriculture Financing is being organized at Islamabad with joint efforts of The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. It will be a two day conference which will be held on April 28-29, 2015.  The conference objectives are to discuss innovative strategies and find solutions to increase outreach of agri-credit to small farmers, and also underscore opportunities at the high-end of market focusing corporate farming and agri-food enterprises…Read More

  • PTA holds Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2015 today

    Staff Report ISD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is going to conduct event today titled “Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2015,” The aim of the event is to encourage budding innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new mobile applications.  PTA has invited individuals from all across the Pakistan to submit the innovative mobile applications categories in six groups, to promote the use of high-speed mobile Internet for the sake of convenience of society at large. The event is organized with joint efforts of PTA, Internet Socie…Read More

  • 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 meeting. Provincial representatives ensured their fu…Read More

  • Fruit and Vegetable Promotion Conference held to promote agriculture production and exports

    Staff Report KHI: A conference on “Fruit and Vegetable Promotion” was organized in Karachi by the DPP PARC in collaboration with All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association with an ambition to prop up agriculture production and exports. …Read More

  • Public safety devices developed by AIOU students showcased at an exhibition

    Staff Report ISD: Public safety devices developed by the students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU), Islamabad were put to display in an exhibition held recently which was…Read More

  • 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 now also have encoded details, including actual photographs, of each of r…Read More

  • PTA Raids Two Illegal Gateway Exchanges in Lahore

    Staff Report ISD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has unveiled two illegal gateway exchanges in Lahore in their crack down operation in an effort to control grey traffick. Two successful raids against the grey operators were carried out jointly with FIA team at two different sites of Lahore. First raid was carried out at residential house, Safari Villas, Sector-B, Bahria Town. An illegal exchange comprising of 2x16 ports, two devices, two modems, one TP-Link and other digital media including hundreds of SIMs were confiscated. Three people were arrested and were detained in FIA custody for further investigation. …Read More

  • Nuclear Power Reactors – non explosive unlike Nuclear Bombs

    THERE EXISTS a pervasive, interesting yet deceptive delirium globally amongst public in general, that the nuclear reactor can explode like an atomic bomb. Nuclear weapons and the nuclear reactor should not be baffled with one other. Both are dedicated for entirely different function and objective. Nuclear weapons are typically used for military purposes whereas; nuclear reactors primarily cater civil applications such as power generation. Although, the working philosophy of both the technologies relies upon same scientific phenomenon i.e. nuclear fission yet there are major disparities that split them apart in terms of identity and put them into an entirely different quadrant.…Read More

  • Environmental edge of nuclear technology over conventional power generation methods

    SCIENTISTS ARE in quest of discovering new methods of power generation that should be cost & time effective, ecologically efficient, sustainable, reliable and possessing extended life cycle. Nuclear energy technology is the imperative source of carbon free electricity generation that puts it into the slab of an eco-friendly and sustainable mode of power generation than all other available power generation preferences.   The benefit of nuclear technology that lures environmentalists & policy makers to deem nuclear technology as the fo…Read More

  • Nuclear industry - least radiation contributor to the environment

    THE ABUNDANCE and provenance of radioactive elements amidst the earth’s surface is flagrant since its creation. The origin for these radioactive elements is believed to be cosmic and pre existing in the earth surface. Radiation is the energy that is emitted from the radioactive elements and is in the process of being transmitted. The source from where earth receives radiation is the outer space and the radioactive substances found in the ground, sea and the air.   There are mainly three kinds of ionizing radiations i.e. alpha partic…Read More

  • Myths about Pakistan’s nuclear energy programme

    # 1: The launch of new nuclear power plants in Pakistan will flare up radiation distribution in Pakistan’s atmosphere. TRUTH: Every person on planet earth is surrounded by naturally occurring or artificial nuclear radiations. Human body also inhabits radioactive substances in it. In Pakistan, total production from 3 nuclear power plants is 792 MW whereas, in USA the total nuclear production comes out to be 98,476 MW from 99 nuclear power plants. It is found that all these 99 nuclear power plants contribute only a sm…Read More

  • Nuclear Technology - the viable source of power generation for Pakistan

    THE TERM nuclear is often considered as ‘detrimental’ amongst masses in general for the matter of historic events of devastation caused by nuclear explosions in two Japanese cities during World War I. The mindset frantically needs renaissance in order to twist the tail of policy makers to prioritize nuclear power generation being safest, cost & time effective and reliable of many other available power generation options such as coal, fossil fuel  and renewable power generation sources i.e. solar, wind etc. The past data indicates strikingly low mortality figures in accidents occurred in nuclear power plants that too were caused either due to force majeure or human neg…Read More

  • PSF and TUBITAK to collaborate for S&T development and strengthening

    Staff Report ISD: The Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) will join hands to attain the mutual objective of development and strengthening of science and technology and alleviate the linkage between both countries.  PSF Chairman, Prof Dr. Muhammad Ashraf had a meeting with Turkish Ambassador, Sadik Babür Girgin at the Turkish Embassy. Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, PSF focal person for the International Linkages and Deputy Head of Mission R Demet Sekercioglu also graced the occasion with his presence. …Read More

  • Solar energy drive: PepsiCo unearths ‘Lighting up Lives’ initiative

    Staff Report LHR: PepsiCo Pakistan has bonded with Liter of Light Pakistan, an ACE Welfare Foundation project – enabling them to launch Lighting Up Lives initiative. This programme focuses at identifying solutions for the communities in need. Launching ceremony of the programme was held on Monday at the Country Club in Lahore.  The ceremony began with a documentary showing the relationship path of PepsiCo and ACE Welfare Foundation since September 2014, that laid foundation to initiate this programme. PepsiCo Director Marketing, Maliha Subhani while speaking on the o…Read More

  • Pak-China to start energy and infrastructure projects worth $46 billion

    Staff Report ISD: Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan Monday, 20th April, 2015 to consolidate a plan for establishment of economic corridor, energy, and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion, strapping their economies and manifesting China’s economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. Xi, whose visit to Pakistan ended on Tuesday 21st April, 2015, said it cemented a ‘perpetual strategic cooperative partnership’ between the neighbors.  “Friendship with China is the foundation stone of Pakistan’s foreign policy,” Nawaz said…Read More

  • S&T Pavilion fascinates public at Islamabad Expo 2015

    Staff Report ISD: Science & Technology (S&T) pavilion was organized at Jinnah Convention Centre, Islamabad on April 18-19, 2015. The event was organized by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and its subsidiary organizations that include Paksitan Scientific and Technological Information Centre (PASTIC) and Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) in collaboration with Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Islamabad.  The Foundation launched this event as part of their science outreach program. The primary objectives of the pavilion were the promotion of S…Read More

  • PTCL Upgrades Integrated Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence System to Enrich Customer Experience

    STAFF REPORT ISD: The big data analytics and marketing applications company, Teradata Corporation, has announced today that the largest telecommunication service provider of the country i.e. PTCL with collaboration with Teradata has established state of the art integrated data warehouse and business intelligence system.  The new system will allow PTCL to dynamically and actively understand customer’s requirements so to provide them exclusive service through telecommunication delivery platforms that add significant value to overall customer experience.…Read More

  • Telenor holds Internet of Things expo

    Staff Report LHR: Telenor Pakistan organized expo in Lahore with the tag “Lets embrace the future” aiming to create awareness pertaining to Internet of Things (IoT) to help society identify their actual potential. This was the Pakistan’s first expo on Internet of Things.  The expo was part of Telenor’s aspiration to provide internet to all through innovative products and solutions, live demonstrations of IoT enabled devices was done to provide their customers with real time IoT experience. The one day long expo also steered the launch…Read More

  • IPCC Vice-Chairman urges sustainable, resilient world in climate change scenario

    Staff Report ISD: Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, the Vice-Chairman of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has said that climate change affects livelihood, water resources, food security besides causing poverty, migration and coastal flooding.  He was delivering a special lecture on ‘Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change’, here under the auspices of Sustainable development Policy Institute and Embassy of the Belgium on Friday at Marriott hotel, Islamabad. As many as 200 people from various backgrounds participated the lecture and showed the…Read More

  • MCB Bank signs MoU with Ufone

    Staff Report ISD: MCB Bank Limited (MCB) joined hands with Ufone in order to provide special offers and discount packages to its customers during the exalted occasion of Hajj. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between the two organizations in this regard at a ceremony held in Islamabad.  Ufone will offer discount on its three exclusive products to all MCB clients during Hajj. The telecom network operator agreed to offer 3G enabled mobile handsets at low price. Call discounts on prepaid and international roaming packages for Saudi Ara…Read More

  • 25 million SIMs blocked as extended deadline of biometric verification ends

    Staff Report ISD: As the deadline of biometric verification of SIMs ended on April 12,2015; more than 80 Million SIMs have been verified through long held tiring efforts of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Biometric verification of SIMs was part of National Action Plan for  counter terrorism. According to PTA, 25 Million SIMs have been blocked after the deadline has passed. The owners of those unverified SIMs will only be able to reactive the blocked SIM upon their request to the network operator. PTA also delibera…Read More

  • Manchester United fans in Pakistan glee as Haier launches its “United, we go higher” offer.

    Monitoring Report: Manchester United soccer league team fans get ready to go and meet, compliment, interact, and watch their favorite team players training sessions in Manchester, as Aon plc and Manchester United unearth their most amazing offer to Pakistani fans. Aon plc, the paramount global company providing consultancy services in risk management, human resource and outsourcing, teaming with Manchester United, have launched their maiden complimentary personal accident cover in Pakistan – “United, we go higher”. The slogan will compliment the aspiring purchase…Read More

  • Haier launches its Mobile Phone venture in Pakistan

    Staff Report ISD: Haier hops into the bandwagon of Smartphone business in Pakistan as President of Haier Mobile Ruba SEZ Group, Shah Faisal Afridi, announced the latest venture officially. Shah Faisal Afridi enthusiastically demonstrated his deliberations to propel the Group to new heights of pride with a sky high ambition. He reiterated that the aim of this new product launching is to provide high quality Smartphones to consumers at reasonable prices. Ruba SEZ, incumbent rich experience of partnering with internationally renowned companies from all over…Read More

  • SEECS Social Hackathon to be held in May

    Staff Report ISD: Major fraction of our population is neglected who despite having access to technology are incapable to utilize it to solve their daily problems and make their lives convenient and competitive. SEECS Social Hackathon is being organized from May 15,2015 to May 17, 2015 in order to extract marvelous results from talent of students of NUST in general and SEECS in particular. Students will be able to showcase their talent, acumen, and flair thus utilizing their analytical skills and knowledge to apply it to solve indigenous social problems. The di…Read More

  • Fourth Cyber Secure Conference held at NUST

    ISLAMABAD: The leaders, domain experts, and professionals from cyber security industry joined in fourth edition of Cyber Secure Pakistan Conference 2015, venued at Pakistan’s premier ICT University – NUST-SEECS, this Wednesday. The purpose of stationing the event at NUST-SEECS was to escalate cyber security research in education sector.    Rizwan Sharif, VP PISA, welcomed revered guests to the country’s biggest conference on cyber security. He detailed the vitality and role of Pakistan Information Security Association at computer and network s…Read More

  • Put price Tag on Research Results, Secretary MoST Directs Scientists

    Staff Report ISD: Motivation is the basic element to accomplish any task; without financial resources and with motivation one can do miracles, said Kamran Ali Qureshi, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST). He was addressing a Certificate Award Ceremony held at Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) as chief guest. The function was held to award certificates and shields to the officers and staff of MoST and its associated departments for preparation of the float which was exhibited in Pakistan Day Joint Services Parade on March 23, 2015…Read More

  • Procurement delay hinders Uch gas development project

    Baluchistan is a prolific province for provenance and abundance of gas reservoirs in Pakistan. The Uch Gas field was discovered in year 1955 located about 67 km southeast of Dera Bugti in Baluchistan by Pakistan Petroleum Ltd. Following a detailed study, OGDCL adopted a development plan to enhance the production capacity of the field to 220-380 MMCFD per day. It will be a slip-up not to mention here multifaceted humongous turmoil of energy crisis pestering number of Industries resulting in alarming deterioration of economy of the country directly. The Uch Gas Deve…Read More

  • Science for peace

    The term ‘science’ does not solely imply a set of subjects pertaining to life. In fact it has garnered a distinguished standing as a metaphor for peace since its inception. The diversity of nature itself and its kafkaesque complexities that haunt men due to their curious nature had driven him to explore it and untangle the layered myths of nature and translate them into irrefutable truths. Science has resolved numerous riddles of nature and still it has a long voyage to embark in search of unfolding the subtle realities that affect the creatures on earth and the world itself.…Read More