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Posts Contributed By "Sidra Saif"

  • 85 Posts in Total Contributed by Sidra Saif
  • A Digital Approach to Calligraphy

    TALKING ABOUT painting using the computer is most common these days, several digital art and design software are available for assistance. The most important matter is; how do humans understand and interpret art? How does art created? What is an artistic style which conveys its meaning and intent, and affects the user’s aesth…Read More

  • HOW TO PREPARE FOR NEXT EARTHQUAKE

    By Sidra Saif A large earthquake my jolt Pakistani land in near future. According to media reports the Director General of Pakistan Geological Survey, Dr Imran Ahmed Khan informed the Standing Committee on Petroleum, that an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or higher may hit Pakistan in near future. Another report published by National Institute of Disaster Management, Mumbai, India reveals that due to large activities of Himalaya North plates and Indo-Burmese plates an earthquake of 8.2 magnitude may hit Himalaya which will ultimately result hundred and thousands of mortalities and causalities. The best earthquake hazard prevention lies in pr…Read More

  • Quality research vital to ensure national progress

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The high class research being carried out in Pakistani research institutes is drastically helping in minimizing the scientific void between developed and developing countries, said Dr Joseph Niemela, Director Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (AS-ICTP), while addressing the International Scientific Spring (ISS)-2016. Dr Niemela, a US national who hails from Italy, said that he is very much hopeful about the scientific research scenario of Pakistan. He also said that in ICTP research studies programs “we receive 50% research students from developed countries while remaining 50 per cent come from rest of the world. …Read More

  • Experts for coop to address climate change impacts on Indus basin

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Experts at an international conference have emphasized for greater collaboration between various actors and initiatives to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the Indus River Basin. They also said that while there are data and research gaps, the situation is exacerbated by the lack of adequate sharing among researchers and between researchers and government suggesting that should be a priority. More than 80 researchers, policy makers, journalists, and practitioners from the four countries including Pakista…Read More

  • Prof. Pasha appointed UVAS VC

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore for a period of four years. Secretary, Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab notified his appointment. Prof. Pasha has the honour to be entrusted with the responsibilities of UVAS Vice-Chancellor for the second consecutive term. He is the senior-most professor of the UVAS and under his leadership as Vice-Chancellor, the UVAS attained its position among the top 10…Read More

  • PCA submits budget proposals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) has submitted proposals and a data sheet to the government for incorporating them in the upcoming budget for 2016-17, aimed at further promoting the information technology sector in the country. The tax policy proposals focus on withdrawal of some taxes and imposition of fixed duties and taxes on IT products. These measures are to encourage legal imports of IT products and removal of GST charges, so that the industry is provided with a level-playing field.  The data sheet shows proposed fixed charges applied on respective products to give yearly, quarterly and monthly estimates of the cost to…Read More

  • Cotton output fall to affect textile exports

    STAFF REPORT KHI: As the cotton crop in Pakistan has witnessed sharp reduction in output, textile manufacturers anticipate serious affects on export activities for which they have demand immediate tax holiday on import of cotton. All Pakistan Textile Manufacturers Association (Aptma) has sent a letter to the finance minister, informing that the cotton crop had miserably failed to meet the industry requirement. There is a shortage of approximately, four million cotton bales compared to the last year and the industry will have no option but to import cotton, it added. The finance minister has been informed that five percent sales tax and three percent customs duty w…Read More

  • Zong, LUMS join hands for strategic partnership

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zong and LUMS have entered into a strategic partnership by signing an MoU for the development of a state-of-the-art 4G research lab at the varsity. The deal would pave the way for Pakistan’s leading telecom company and the most advanced 4G service provider to give hundreds of students of Pakistan’s top-ranked business management university LUMS, the opportunities to polish their academic endeavours on latest technological lines. ZTE would provide technical assistance in this regard. “ZongCMPak is committed to invest in Pakistan for the long term to support the Pakistani lifestyle reach new heights of development in the technology secto…Read More

  • Danish firm offers solution to Pak water crisis

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To explore solutions for Pakistan’s water crisis, the Danish Embassy has hosted a reception in collaboration with world-renowned water solutions provider, Grundfos, a Danish company. Leading development organisations, water authorities and corporate players with a strong CSR focus attended the reception and subsequent meetings. On the occasion, Grundfos introduced its AQtap Water ATMs solution to Pakistan’s water crisis. Speaking on the occasion, Danish Commercial Counsellor Assar Qureshi said, “It is a point of satisfaction that Grundfos company is enlarging its presence in Pakistan and introducing Grundfos AQtap,” said Danish Commerc…Read More

  • Workshop on biomass gasification techs held at NUST

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNIDO in collaboration with the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) has recently organized a training workshop on biomass gasification technologies at NUST. The activity was conducted under the UNIDO-GEF 'Promoting Sustainable Energy Production and Use from Biomass in Pakistan' project as part of a series of training and awareness raising workshops aimed at enhancing the knowledge base of biomass gasification in the country. The event was designed as a one-day training initiative for non-engineering professionals from small and medium sized industrial facilities, public sector organisations and members of academic institutions…Read More

  • Peshawar police starts SMS to control traffic

    STAFF REPORT PESH: The Peshawar traffic police has launched an SMS service in the district to keep the road users informed about availability of different routes during road closures and traffic jam. The ‘traffic alert system’ will keep roads from getting blocked leading to traffic halt. The road users could now send an SMS to the number provided by the traffic police to get latest information over status on different roads. Besides, the alert system, the Peshawar police is also taking measures to reform the traffic flow. Tracking systems installed in traffic police officials’ vehicles would help to better monitor the traffic problems in the city by high-ups while…Read More

  • PSEB to help 89 IT firms get free certification

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Software Export Board has been given the go-ahead and funding to help IT companies in Pakistan get internationally certified. With the project titled ‘Enhancing IT Exports Through Industry Support Programs’, PSEB is aiming to boost the country’s IT exports from Rs. 2 billion per annum to Rs. 10 billion by 2025. The Rs. 265 million plan, which has been formulated in close collaboration with the industry, will see 30 IT companies being assisted in getting Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) certifications and 50 IT companies being helped to get ISO27001/20000 certifications. 76 per cent of the costs will be borne by the govern…Read More

  • Dr. Umar among 500 most influential Muslims of world

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Chairman Punjab IT Board (PITB) and Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore, Dr Umar Saif, has been declared one of the top 500 most influential Muslims across the globe. His name has been picked from amongst 1.7 billion Muslims of the world along with Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman who have contributed significantly in the field of technology. Earlier, Dr. Saif has also been awarded Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan last year for his remarkable services rendered for e-governance and smart monitoring in Pakistan. Present honour is given by the renowned journal “The 500 Most Influential…Read More

  • Young Pak scientist takes part in discovery of gravitational waves

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After Pakistan-born scientist Dr Nergis Mavalvala made waves for being a member of the team of scientists that discovered gravitational waves (ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago), it has emerged another Pakistani was also part of the team. Imran Khan from Peshawar has been known to have worked with a team of scientists at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) that recorded gravitational waves for the first time in history. The 25-year-old, a graduate of FAST, worked with Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), one of the institutions involved in the research. Among the 1,…Read More

  • NADRA closes online CNIC portal for citizens

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has closed its CNIC delivery to the applicants’ doorstep, who were applying through the online portal. However, overseas Pakistanis can still apply for their ID cards online. The online CNIC Issuance and Renewal Service started in August 2015 to perilous applause and response by Pakistani citizens during the time. In the span of half a year, the service has been indefinitely deferred. Whereas NADRA has not specified any clarification listing their motives behind the hasty move, maybe the registration authority was incapable to keep-up with the tremendous volume of requests, henceforth the move …Read More

  • Pak student qualifies for Intel world science fair

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A Pakistani brilliant student from Engro Grammar School has made history for himself and his Alma Mater by winning the competition at the National Science Fair 2015-16, first at the provincial level and then at national level, qualifying for a place at the Intel ISEF (Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) finals, going to be held in the USA. According to details, students of classes 9 to 12 were eligible to participate in different categories and fields of studies from all over Pakistan. Sarmad Saeed, a student from class A2 at EGS, under the patronage of the school’s principal, Sheila Malik, and with the guidance of his biology teach…Read More

  • Workshop on IPRs held at IUB

    STAFF REPORT BAHAWALPUR: A one-day workshop has recently been organized jointly by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre Faisalabad and Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan. Purpose of the workshop was to orient the faculty members about the basic of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) & the essential requirements for its protection. Participant of the workshop learned about the importance of IP rights, copyrights, patents, Industrial design, trade secrets, drafting and filling of patent application. Prof. Dr. QaiserMushtaq, Vice Chancellor, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, inaug…Read More

  • Haris Aziz entered world’s top 10 AI researchers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine has added Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) alumni Haris Aziz among the ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’. ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’ acknowledges the 10 researchers who are upcoming professionals in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Haris Aziz, BSc (Honours) Class of 2003, is currently working as a senior researcher at Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation group which has recently been established by combining NICTA and CSIRO’s Digital Productivity business unit. He is also a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Haris is also an invited fellow of the Centre …Read More

  • Pakistan needs to raise forest 25pc for green environment

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan should raise its forest cover from five per cent to 25 per cent in order to meet its economic, employment and green environment needs as forest is the source of economic support, employment, oxygen generation, livestock grazing, furniture products, boats, household oven fire, hotel fuel in cities and town, sports goods, and construction industry.  This has been revealed in a research report of final year students of Preston Institute of Management Science and Technology MBA department. …Read More

  • YouTube launches local versions in Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, offering a tailored video experience to users

    Press Release: YouTube announced that it has just launched localised versions in Nepal,Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.   This launch provides Internet users in those countries with a more tailored YouTube experience to find high quality local content so they can be informed, entertained, educated and   inspired by content for their own culture and language, while continuing to access the wide array of content on the  …Read More

  • ADS Lab researchers attempting to unravel the design secrets of the Rocket.

    Press Release: The Rocket has a unique and interesting history, it started life as the Bedford TJ1090 truck which was    produced under license in large numbers and became the standard trucks in Pakistan. A large spare    part industry subsequently developed. However, due to factors of a lack of copyright, market    regulation and closure of the Bedford Company in UK, the truck continued to be produced in    …Read More

  • Met Office capable to accurately calculate quake intensity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has 20 stations besides 15 centres of neighbouring countries to accurately calculate the intensity of earthquakes.  “The United States Geological Survey has only seven stations in this area, while Meteorological Office gets reports from 35 station, including its own and neighbouring countries centres, and calculate average on their readings,” said Met Office Director General Dr. Ghulam Rasool. He informed that Pakistan …Read More

  • Climate changes issues saw mix of highs & lows in 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: While 2015 proved to be positive in terms of some landmark decisions taken both nationally and internationally to deal with climate change, the country also had a fair share of challenges.  The government reinstated the Ministry for Climate Change (MoCC) in a bid to pay more attention to climate related issues and deal with them effectively. Countries across the globe reached a historic agreement at the UN climate change conference in Paris in December after n…Read More

  • Meeting projects climate change impacts on snow leopard

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), a joint initiative by all 12 Central and South Asian, that are home to this endangered big cat, held a meeting in Paris, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21).  The main agenda of the meeting was to highlight the impacts of climate change on snow leopards, their ecosystems and the livelihoods of local villagers residing in snow leopard habitat. The committee’s co-chair, Sa…Read More

  • MOIT and PSEB organize workshop on ICTs for development with UNESCO Chair in ICT4D

    PREES  RELEASE: Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Ministry of IT organized a full day workshop on effective use of ICTs for development with Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, at National IT Board in Islamabad. The workshop included four sessions on local content development, collaboration with international research partners, competition policy, and emerging business models. The opening session included speeches from Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha, Secretary IT, and Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA. PSEB also showed a documentary it has produced to promote the IT industry of Pakistan which was very much appreciated by the audience…Read More

  • Scientists set S&T as priority area to promote innovations in ECO regions

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Scientists and researchers have called for focusing on achieving greater research efficiency and more intensive transfer of knowledge by means of establishing networks involving research and business. Priority-setting processes are critical in aligning research funding with regional needs and in identifying the research questions necessary to fill the knowledge gaps.  They expressed these views during the two-day meeting of eminent scientists and experts of ECO member states in Islamabad. The meeting was organized by the Econ…Read More

  • Dr. Soomro seeks ECO support for ECOSF

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro has recently called on the new Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akça Tehran.  During the meeting, Dr. Manzoor briefly introduced ECOSF and its functioning as well as its high forums to the Secretary General by highlighting the historical development up to establishment of the Foundation. The President ECOSF sought special assistance of Halil Ibrahim for the completion of the pro…Read More

  • PNS got new torch bearers

    STAFF REPORT ISD: “Sharing information with the masses about the peaceful uses of nuclear power is need of the time and dissemination of this information in systematic way is now the duty of forums like Pakistan Nuclear Society”, said Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, former Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), while addressing the investiture ceremony of newly-elected council of Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS) at the COMSTECH auditorium, here in Islamabad.  Newly-elected President of PNS Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, in his welcome address, thanked all …Read More

  • DUET robotics contest a starting point for young talent

    Robotics is the only field which can add precision while replacing the slow manual labour in the contemporary industrial world. Thus this field faces enormous pressure from industry to produce all-purpose mobile manipulator robots which can perform simple tasks like grab, navigate and place objects at desired locations autonomously. The future of Pakistan relies heavily on advancement in the fields of engineering and science and events of this nature will encourage and motivate students to improve their technical skills. As part of the growing requirements of the modern age, the Department of Electronics Engineering, Dawood University of Engineering & Technology, has rec…Read More

  • Climate change: Pak emissions just 0.8pc in global trajectory

    SIDRA SAIF: Pakistan’s emissions are just 0.8 percent in the global trajectory but on the other hand it is among the most affected by climate change in addition to facing criticism from the world in terms of not following the agreed standards and international conventions. On the other hand, the developed world, which is contributing a lot towards global warming and subsequent climate change impact, is in the habit of shifting the responsibility to the poor and third world states.  Though the country is registering low emissions, yet the price it is paying…Read More

  • Govt fails to control air pollution in Lahore

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The people of Lahore city continue to suffer with polluted air while the authorities are lacking interest in redressing the menace, which is a direct threat to human health.  The Air Quality Monitoring Systems (AQMS), run by the Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD), is not working properly, which means that nobody knows the actual situation of air pollution in a city with population of more than 100 million. The AQMS aimed at monitoring the air …Read More

  • UNESCO assisting in developing flood warning system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO, PCRWR and PMD have jointly organised a two-day international workshop aimed at setting up a common understanding and direction for river modelling data requirements.  The workshop is part of the UNESCO’s ‘Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan" Project, phase 2 which was launched in March 2015. Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata, who was the chief guest, commended the immense efforts of UNESCO, PCRWR, JICA for their efforts.…Read More

  • NUML organises in-house project display

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Sciences of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) has recently arranged an in-house project display 2016 at NUML in which final year students of MCS, BSCS and BSSE displayed their final projects. NUML Rector Major General (r) Ziaud Din Najam inaugurated the ceremony while NUML Director General (DG) Brig Riaz Ahmed Gondal, Registrar Brig Aminullah Khan and Dean Dr Muhammad Akbar were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Ziaud Din said that the students are considered as the future of the country and today after seeing final projects of the students I am very much optimistic t…Read More

  • Envoy lauds Pak engineers calibre, role

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan ambassador Manzoor ul Haq has admired the high calibre of Pakistani engineers and their contribution in the development of brotherly state of Saudi Arabia. He said this while addressin…Read More

  • USAID agribusiness project helps 27,000 farmers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The USAID has recently held a ceremony showcasing a successful agricultural programme that shared modern techniques with 27,000 farmers and helped to increase agricultural exports by $34 million. The USAID agribusiness project worked with both small farmers and larger producers to increase productivity and quality while reaching new domestic and international markets. The four-year programme, which ends this month, created jobs for 14,000 Pakistanis. "The farmers have tremendous potential, and USAID is committed to supporting farmers in adopting modern best practices and technologies," USAID Mission Director John Groarke said at the ceremony.…Read More

  • Speakers debate environmental fallout of nuke power plants

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Many Americans die choking on meat but that doesn’t mean they stop eating steaks, said the former chairperson of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and adviser to the National Command Authority, Dr. Ansar Parvez, while downplaying the risks of nuclear power plants.  Speaking at a seminar, titled ‘Environmental Fallout: Nuclear Power Plants in Pakistan’ at Habib University, Dr. Parvez said that one has to consider all available options to produce energy. It is important to understand that the other me…Read More

  • Water, environment key to national progress: Expert

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Dr Daanish Mustafa, Prof. of Geography at Kings College London, has questioned the ‘development environment dichotomy’ in the developing world saying how people can develop without a holistic environment around them.  He was recently speaking on ‘Environment and Water in South Asia,’ at the Centre for Governance and Policy, Information Technology University (ITU) in Lahore. Dr Mustafa began by exclaiming that there was no such thing as a standalone ‘environment’. “Livelihoods, health and the environme…Read More

  • SWD, WWF release Indian pangolin into Kirthar National Park

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) and WWF-Pakistan have jointly released Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) into Khar Centre of Kirthar National Park, 45 kilometers off Karachi.   The presence of the mammal identified as Indian pangolin was noticed near Islamia College in Jamshed Town, Karachi, this month. The mammal was later on handed it over to Karachi Zoo. The Sindh Wildlife Department being the sole custodian of wild animals in the province received it from the Zoo authorities and with support…Read More

  • Paris climate change deal to help ensure meet SDGs: Expert

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has better chances of economic growth by adapting to the Paris agreement on climate change, rather than going against the current, Dr Tariq Banuri, professor of economics at the University of Utah, USA, said.  He was recently giving a talk on sustainable development goals (SDGs) in post-Paris agreement at the SDPI in Islamabad. “If we do not adopt now, it would become difficult to get any assistance in face of climate related disasters,” he said adding after MDGs, SDGs look forward to poverty elevation in n…Read More

  • 3G/4G auction may face a year delay

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A consultant hired by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has deemed that the market will not be ready for another 3G/4G spectrum auction for at least another year.    The PTA commissioned an investigation into the matter by InterConnect Communications, which submitted a report following meetings with the country’s five mobile operators as well as various other stakeholders.   The report found that mobile operators are already contending with low margins, which w…Read More

  • CIIT’s world conference on IT highly successful

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The recently held three-day international conference on ‘Frontiers of Information Technology’ (FIT-2015) has generated tremendous interest in the IT community, providing an opportunity to researchers from around the world to share the latest breakthroughs in the field.    The hallmark of the conference, organized by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), was the ‘Best IT Innovation Award (BITA)’ with prize money of one million rupees for the best innovative idea presented during the moot.…Read More

  • Zameen.com crosses 3m monthly visits mark

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zameen.com has crossed the 3 million monthly visits mark, reiterating its position as the clear market leader in Pakistan with no competitor of comparable scale.    Today, it has a team of close to 500 people, offices in nine and presence in 30 major cities, and over 8,000 estate agencies on board. These major achievements, coupled with the portal’s high focus on performance advertising and its extensive reach across the nation, have led Google to conduct its first-ever marketing case study in Pakist…Read More

  • CRFG to build Dasu project resettlement sites

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The WAPDA has signed a contract worth Rs.571.95 million with China Railway First Group (CRFG) for construction of resettlement sites and Shatial museum - the components of Dasu Hydropower Project.  The contract includes construction of three sites for resettlement of the proj…Read More

  • NCT launches website for update information

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The newly elected body of National Council for Tibb after taking charge focused on issuance of pending registrations since one year and till now 4,000 registrations have been renewed and issued 1100 new registrations and 400 council ID cards. Besides, diplomas of all tibia colleges of 2013 and 19 tibia colleges of 2014 have been issued.  …Read More

  • Arsenic, lead increasing in Indus River water

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Amount of arsenic and lead is increasing in the water of Indus River at an alarming stage, reveals a recent independent research.    About 70 water samples were collected from 70 different locations of upper Indus basin, glaciated valleys, and nallas from Gilgit/Biltistan.   Highest sampling elevation was 4683 m near Khunjrab Pass by lowest about 76 m after Hyderabad city, the report said.   At 24 places water coming from…Read More

  • Ambassador visits NARC for Pak-Uzbek farm research

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ambassador of Uzbekistan in Islamabad, Furkat A. Sidikov, has taken keen interest in the agricultural machinery, plant genetic resources, horticultural and other inventions of NARC.  The ambassador has recently visited the National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) t…Read More

  • Atlas of climate change, water in 5 crucial water basins launched

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: To help address this problem, three organisations have come together to produce the Asia’s first climate and water atlas, a guidebook for policy makers who are tackling crucial adaptation issues.  The “Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in five of Asia’s Major River Basins” has been released by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GRID-Arendal and the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research-Oslo (CICERO).…Read More

  • Intel, USAID join hands for quality education

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Intel Pakistan and USAID Pakistan Reading Project (PRP) have joined hands for better access to and enhanced quality of education in the lesser-developed regions of Pakistan. Intel Pakistan has undertaken the task of training at least 100 master trainers for USAID PRP to enhance their competencies in the effective use of ICT in school education, literacy and daily life through the Intel Education Initiative. Intel Pakistan is also committed to support of PRP field staff in order to improve the quality of reading and other education activities.  …Read More

  • Work on TAPI gas pipeline project starts

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan would be in a position in coming years to overcome its gas shortfall as the work on four-nation mega gas pipeline project has started in Shatlyk, Turkmenistan. These four nations included Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India. Turkmen President Berdymukhammedov along with leaders of these four nations including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif witnessed the beginning of work on the Asia pipeline called TAPI. "Today we were participants and witnesses of a historic event. Today marks the start of a project of great scale -- the TAPI pipeline," said Berdymukhamedov at the ceremony, held in a pavilion imitating a traditiona…Read More

  • Pak student excels in ultrafast laser techniques

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Ultrafast laser techniques have helped MIT physics graduate Fahad Mahmood and fellows establish that electrons form charge-density waves in the thin-film superconductive material LSCO cuprate.  "The question is how does this fluctuating charge-density wave compete or not interfere with superconductivity, and what we found is that it actually competes with superconductivity," Mahmood explains. "Electrons for a very short amount of time are in this charge-density wave state, and in another time scale, if you take another …Read More

  • Pak-Korea ICT Centre handed over to Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The project for the Pak-Korea Information and Communication Technology Center has been handed over to the government of Pakistan. The government of Korea had extended a grant of $5million for this project, which will be the centre of all trainings for the promotion of IT in Pakistan.  The handing over ceremony was held at the Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI), Islamabad, with the presence of IT Minister Anusha Rahman, Korean Ambassador Dr. Song Jong Hwan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Communic…Read More

  • Winners of Technology Times annual Essay Writing Contest awarded

      Continuing with its annual feature of essay competition, the Technology Times conducted the Essay Writing Contest-2015 on “How to make Pakistan science conscious”. A large number of universities, colleges and general public from across Pakistan participated in the activity. This Essay Writing Contest has grown into a very large activity as the participating number of students, colleges and universities is increasing continually each year. Technology Times had started the Essay Writing Contest in 2011 and gradually it expanded this feature to greater number of citi…Read More

  • US opens centre for farm, food security at FAU

    STAFF REPORT FSD: USAID in collaboration with the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad will establish US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security to yield more growth and innovation in Punjab. US Consul General Zachary Harkenride…Read More

  • Innovation: Pak village rises above flood woes

    STAFF REPORT SEHAR: Farmers in Layya district, fed up with repeated floods in their village, have rebuilt their homes on raised dirt platforms five to six feet high, shored up with eucalyptus trees planted around the edges.  Flooding is an a…Read More

  • Portion of Wali-e-Swat’s palace donated to university

    STAFF REPORT PESH: A portion of the palace of late Wali of Swat has been donated to the University of Swat to establish its departments till the construction of its permanent campus.  …Read More

  • Pakistan recognised by world engineering association

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Through its representation by the Pakistan Engineering Council, Pakistan has been recognised as the first economy under Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) Accreditation System in its meeting held in Penang, Malaysia.  …Read More

  • 52.8MW wind power plant starts operation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Sapphire Wind Power Company’s (SWPCL) 52.8 megawatt wind power plant has started its commercial operations.  …Read More

  • Renewable energy sector attracts billions in investment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The renewable energy sector has attracted foreign investment of over $3 billion during the last year, indicating investment potential of this sector in the country.  …Read More

  • Pakistani academicians feted by envoy in Japan

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan's Ambassador to Japan Farukh Amil has stressed for establishing close linkages between the universities and students of Japan and Pakistan. …Read More

  • UC Davis starts $17m farm centre in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The UC Davis has recently launched a $17 million US-Pakistan Food and Agriculture Centre. The five-year project, funded by the USAID, will help faculty and graduate students to study and perform research at UC Davis and the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF) in Pakistan.  According to details, during its first years the project will consist of workshops to help Faisalabad build relationships both through technology and entrepreneurship. “Establishment of this new centre will allow us to build on our bilateral effo…Read More

  • GIKI innovation summit held

    STAFF REPORT TOPI: The Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute Innovation Summit 2015 has recently been held at the institute’s campus in Topi. The two-day event was constituted of modules from engineering, business and medicine. Teams of students from schools and universities from across the country came to the GIKI to participate in the event. The participants displayed their projects for different modules on the first day of the conference. A health awareness seminar was also organized in collaboration with the Red Crescent Pakistan and Project Top…Read More

  • Zameen.com launches Windows app for customers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zameen.com, Pakistan’s largest real estate website, has launched its Windows App for both phones and desktops. With this significant move, this website is now available across all major technological platforms. Tech giant Microsoft developed the app for Zameen.com, which has exhibited meteoric growth in recent years. Microsoft also helped the company build an in-house Windows App team to ensure that the app is developed further and optimized with new features. “Microsoft with its programs, technology and people…Read More

  • Kaymu hosts mentoring session for TCF students

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Kaymu.pk, Pakistan’s leading online shopping community, has recently hosted a mentoring session for students of The Citizens Foundation (TCF), as part of the TCF Rahbar programme.  TCF Rahbar is aimed at the development of youth as responsible and productive members of society. An important aspect of the program is the ‘Exposure Trip’ which enables the students to discover various professions and broaden their horizon by visiting a workplace. “The idea behind Rahbar program is to familiarize TCF kids with the positive life lessons so …Read More

  • Mobilink, VimpelCom partner with Twitter

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink and its parent company, VimpelCom, have partnered with Twitter, a microblogging service with over 320 million monthly active users, to introduce for the first time in Pakistan an innovative self-care customer service called ‘Mobilinkcare’.   This initiative, for now only being launched by VimpelCom on Mobilink’s platform out of its other 13 business units, enables subscribers to get answers to their basic queries related to Mobilink’s services directly in their Twitter Direct Messages (inbox). “Mobi…Read More

  • Importance of S&T education in Muslim world

    THE SPLENDID time of Islamic human progression in the midst of the 8th to 12th century was set up by organizing both religious sciences and natural sciences in the light of Islam. Toward the day’s end, religious sciences and natural sciences had a practically identical position inside Islamic guideline centers.  It is interesting to note that during those periods Muslim scientists comprehended that Islam does not separate between religious science and natural science (normal science). Regardless of the way that they made game plan of information, …Read More

  • Black Carbon causing pre-mature deaths

    IN PAKISTAN, the atmosphere is being polluted by different sectors i.e. industry, power plants, automobiles, fertilizers, and petroleum refineries. These sectors contributing highest amount of pollutant smoke in the atmosphere. The northeastern side of Pakistani border is also fueled by neighbouring areas of India such as Amritsar, Chandigarh, Bathinda, and Nangal. In the winter season, satellite images show a dense fog in this region, which is directly related to meteorological conditions but it become dense and for the longer duration due to concentrated particulate mat…Read More

  • Climate change and the ‘Lead Poisoning’ are most intimidating challenges

    CLIMATE CHANGE and its devastating effects are evident in developing countries. There are many emerging issues related to climate change, but a very little attention seems to have been given on its impact on metals and the polluting environment. The change in environmental factors such as temperature, precipitation and salinity will unavoidably affect the toxicity, characteristics, behavior and distribution of trace metals. Increase or decrease of any climate change parameter would cause a change in their volatility. The countries which have an agriculture-dependent economy like Pakista…Read More

  • Climate Change: Future trends of heat waves discussed

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: A seminar focusing on theme “Future Trends of Heat Waves: How to Cope?” was organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The purpose of the seminar was to disseminate and aware the general public and sensitize policy makers to guide them in order to cope with impending heat wave challenges that are outcome of climate change phenomenon.  Dr. Fahad Saeed, Research Fellow at SDPI, said during his presentation on ‘heat wave simulation model…Read More

  • Climate change an alarm for food security

    SIDRA SAIF 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 held mee…Read More

  • Need of science museums in Pakistan

    THE BIG difference between the scientist and the layman in their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and technology attaches great handicap to Pakistan’s economic and cultural development, which inadequately meet by academia. In more economically advanced centers of world museums of science and technology have proven their efficiency significantly bridge this gap. Here the exhibits of scientific materials and their application to human use are easy to understand and has attractive features for all ages and conditions of people, educated and illiterate. Science museums ca…Read More

  • Climate change to worsen Pak disease encumbrance, Mushahidullah Khan

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahidullah Khan has expressed his deep resentment by saying that Pakistan’s disease burden and its overall impact on socio-economic development gains made in recent years will further rise. He said that this will lead to rising death tolls in coming years because of abruptly changing climate.  “Most of such deaths will be in urban areas where living standard and health quality of the people are continuously deterring, particularly due to increasing air and water pollution. Children and elderly people will be particularly at stake,” he further added.  Minister Climate Change further said, “The hum…Read More

  • WWF-Pakistan organizes Mountain Community Seminar on Climate Change

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with Hoper Conservation and Development Organization, Hoper Development Organization and Education Department Hunza-Nagar district organized a Mountain Community Seminar on Climate Change in Hoper Valley, Nagar to spread environmental education through WWF-Pakistan’s Asia High Mountain project to focus on climate change impacts on the livelihoods of mountain communities.  The seminar was jointly chaired by Aqil Hussain, Deputy Director Education, Hunza-Nagar district and Professor (Retd.) Nadeem, Mehran Univer…Read More

  • Developed countries must extend their support to vulnerable nations in climate change perspective, Mushahidullah Khan

    SIDRA SAIF ISD: A National Consultative Workshop on environment and climate change was held on Wednesday. It was organized by Ministry of Climate Change and Global Environment Facility (GEF), a partnership for international cooperation to address global environmental issues.  Mushahidullah Khan, Minister for Climate Change, expressed his grievances about developed industrial countries due to their non-concern about global warming and climate change impacts and skimpy attitude in assisting the poor and under developed countries to cope with challe…Read More

  • Green revolution key to progress: Mushahid

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Pakistan cannot develop until sincere and concerted efforts are not made by each and everyone in the society for bringing green revolution, as it is the sole responsibility of every citizen and party. This was stated by Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan here while inaugurating tree plantation campaign on the green belt of I-9 and I-10 sectors in coordination with the CDA. During this drive, the Capital Development Authority would plant as many as 15,000 saplings in sector I-9 and I-10 green belt, the Industria…Read More

  • Sustained, resilient world needed in climate change scenario

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, 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. “Change in climate can be observed through the warming of hot days and heat waves, and intensity of the precipitation. A small amount of warming is observed, however, its impacts are immense, which shows that if warming increases, the impact will be more severe,” said Prof Jean while delivering a special le…Read More

  • K2 & K3 – safety aspects

    THE KARACHI nuclear power plant projects K2, K3 contrive the advent of new era in nuclear power sector of Pakistan. Both power plants will jointly propel the crumbling power sector of Pakistan and give it a flutter by contributing 2200 MWe to the grid collectively. By the obliging collaborative efforts of neighboring country China, the project is expected to be operational in year 2021.   Karachi nuclear power plant projects K2, K3 remained in shadows, encountering copious criticism within the country, which is indeed hard to fathom. Th…Read More

  • Workshop on INDCs, climate change is a biggest challenge of the 21st century

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Lead-Pakistan and WWF-Pakistan organized the three day workshop on “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions development. In the workshop Mushahid Ullah Khan, climate change Minister expressed his views about climate change impact on Pakistan. He said that global warming has emerged as the biggest challenge of the 21st century and resulted in frequent flash floods, forest fires, torrential rains, sea-level rise, glacier melt and depleting river flows. The minister said INDCs would contribute towards firming up Pakistan’s contributions towards climate change. The minister further stated that every country has become helpless to meet with the challenges due…Read More

  • Govt efforts on to protect forests

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushahid Ullah has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is deeply concerned over the rapid shrinking of forest cover of the country. For, deforestation has exacerbated country’s exposure to various devastating impacts of climate change caused due to global warming. “The PM is deeply upset over illegal tree-cutting in the country, particularly in Chilas, Swat, Chitral and those which constitute riverine forests. Because, the vanishing of forests has exposed the country to the mounting risk of floods, landslides and land erosion,” he said. However, efforts are being made to take those to the task, who a…Read More

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

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

  • Experts caution environment issues may plague Pakistan in future

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Pakistan is facing major environmental issues, mainly water shortage, which have the potential to plague the country in coming years in terms of impacting ecosystems and biodiversity besides triggering more natural disaster deterioration of climate change. They called for a comprehensive policy framework and its effective implementation involving all stakeholders to minimize environmental impacts. These views were expressed at a meeting organized by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pakistan in Islamabad. A large number of representatives…Read More

  • Modern farming skills stressed for mountain areas

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Agriculture experts at a roundtable, while mentioning that majority of the people in mountain area is not well aware of modern agricultural practices, said there is a need to give new knowledge and initiate skill development programmes about machinery usage and upgrade their agriculture for better productivity. The roundtable was jointly was organized by ICIMOD, IOM, PIDE and PARC in Islamabad. Purpose of the event to discuss the policy implications of the research findings in context of the national and provincial climate change adaptation policies an…Read More

  • Opportunities explored to reduce emissions in urban transport sector

    SIDRA SAIF KHI: While showing grave concern over the global warming and climate change threats especially in Pakistan, experts have called for exploring new vistas and identifying more opportunities including carbon financing in the transport sector as it would contribute a lot in reducing emissions and improving the environment. A three-day training has recently been organized by the Climate Change Division and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in Karachi, to focus on reducing emissions in transport sector.  The experts focused on i…Read More

  • Pakistan needs major work to mitigate climate change impacts

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Climate changes have started adversely affecting the overall quality of life in the country in the form of reduced agriculture productivity, increased human morbidity. Pakistan needs to develop a national plan of action on climate change which will address some of the most pressing issues and outline areas of priority for investments and actions. This was the crux of the remarks expressed at a recently held International Climate Change Conference in the University of Poonch, Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir. The event was organised by the Poonch University, Pakistan …Read More

  • Political will needed to control climate threat

    SIDRA SAIF ISB: Poor governance is making Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change and the degradation of its natural resources, jeopardizing the food security, health and livelihoods of its poorest citizens, climate change experts claim.   “Poverty is a crucial factor in assessing vulnerability to climate change and extreme events,” said Adil Najam, the Dean of Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, during a recent meeting on implications for Pakistan of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. According to him, …Read More

  • Pakistan starts taking initiatives for revival of biotechnology

    Sidra Saif ISLAMABAD: The future of biotechnology has brightened one again as the government of Pakistan has taken a major step forward for coordinated and targeted initiatives meant for research and development in biotechnology, which, subsequently would improve the engineering of medicines, food or other sector. Biotechnology has a considerable potential for promoting the efficiency of crop improvement, food production, and poverty reduction, especially in developing countries like Pakistan. The agriculture biotechnology has proved a p…Read More