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Posts Contributed By "Tasleem Nawaz"

  • 282 Posts in Total Contributed by Tasleem Nawaz
  • Country’s floriculture share in global market negligible: UAF VC

    STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: Despite a huge potential of producing good quality of flowers, the country’s floriculture share in the international market is negligible.  This was stated by University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while presiding over the inaugural session of seminar titled “Prospects of bulbous flower production” in Pakistan. It was organised by the Institute of Horticultural Sciences in collaboration with G…Read More

  • Quality fodder of millet and cowpea

    In the age of extreme global development only those countries are mak- ing rapid head way in area of economic development that have attained a selfsufficiency in food produc- tion while rest of countries are just eagle-eyed them. Pakistan is one of the ma- jor milk producing coun- tries and demand for milk is rising due to increase in population and change in eating habits of the people. Fodders are used to feed the dairy stocks, mostly buf- faloes, rely on cultivated forage for the green feed in their ration. Fodder scarcity is considered a major limiting factor for prosperous livestock industry in Pakistan. In Pakistan, animals are poorly nourished which results in inadequate product…Read More

  • Lime: the miraculous fruit

    A natural combina- tion of sweet, juicy and sour sweet lime is a strange sum- mer fruit that can fresh you instantly. You can enjoy its pulpy flesh by slowly chew- ing it or you can drink a glass full of its yellowish green juice.   It is low calorie and low fat diet with strange and countless benefits. It is truly the precious fruit or you can say the fruit of heaven. It is cure of about all diseases in present season. Let us take glimpse of its some benefits:  Prevents and treats sunstroke:  Instead of carbonated beverages that give you nothing but only sugar and acidity, drink sweet lime juice, it not only remove your thirst but also g…Read More

  • DTH (Direct-To-Home) Too Little Too Late

    Direct-to-home is simply high definition digital TV at our door step. Why most of us never heard of it? Because PEMRA didn’t think it was right time to auction out licenses of a technology that is being used by millions of users in the region. DTH would mean high quality international entertainment channels at our doorstep. Now if we look at the possible DTH deployment in Pakistan picture looks pretty dark. Local cable providers not only provide low quality cable services which is unreliable, makes no use of superior display of our TVs and worst not regulated at all. This behavior not only deprived the television watchers of our country but wasted what could have been a great investmen…Read More

  • PARC research activities, new innovations witnessed

    STAFF REPORT ISB A awards held STAFF REPORT ISB: A  group of electronic and  print media of Islamabad  and Rawalpindi region has  witnessed research activi- ties of Pakistan Agricultural  Research Council (PARC)  Rawal Watershed Field Sta- tion at Sitrameel and Crop  Disease Research Institute  (CDRI) Murree during  their exposure visit to these  research establishments.   The ai…Read More

  • Engro, WWF enter into partnership for fishery development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Engro Corporation and the World Wide Fund for NaturePakistan (WWF) Pakistan) have entered into a partnership for community development and fishery improvement in the coastal areas.  Aiming to provide alternative livelihoods to fishing communities and reduce harmful fishing practices, the top management from both organizations inaugurated the two-and-a-half-year long initiative with an aim to explore sustai…Read More

  • KOICA Pakistan held a national workshop, annual alumni reception 2016

    STAFF REPORT ISB:  Korea International Coop- eration Agency (KOICA) of  the Republic of Korea held  a one-day national work- shop and Annual Alumni  reception in Islamabad.  On the occasion the  Country Director KOICA  Pakistan Mr. Sung Choon- ki in his welcoming ad- dress said that KOICA is  actively participating in  socio-economic develop- ment of Pakistan through&n…Read More

  • Pakistan’s first ever National Data Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

    STAFF REPORT ISB:    The National Telecom-  munication Corporation    (NTC) has inaugurated Pa- kistan’s first ever National    Data Centre.    The inauguration cer- emony held in the capital    was attended by State Min- ister for Information Tech- nology Ms Anusha Rahman    Khan, Chairman PTA Dr.    Ismail Shah and various    professionals from the IT    industry of Pakistan.   …Read More

  • Avenues of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The 2nd  National Workshop on “Natural  Food and Health: Avenues of In- novation and Entrepreneurship”  was organized by Pakistan Coun- cil for Science and Technology  (PCST) here at University of Man- agement and Technology, Lahore  as part of this series.  Rana Tanveer Hussain, Fed- eral Minister for Science and  Technology stressed the benefits  of organic food and its health  benefits for human being and en- vironment. The Minister assured  full support of his ministry to ex- plore possible arrangements and  resolve difficulties confronted  to promote scientific research in  Pakistan. …Read More

  • Engro, WWF enter into partnership for fishery development

    ISLAMABAD: Engro Corporation and the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF)   Pakistan) have entered into a partnership for community development and fishery improvement   in the coastal areas.    Aiming to provide alternative livelihoods to fishing communities and reduce harmful fishing   pract…Read More

  • PPAF summer internship programme awards held

    ISLAMABAD: A batch of 18 graduates and under-graduates studying at various universities   across Pakistan were awarded certificates at the closing ceremony of the Pakistan Poverty   Alleviation Fund Summer Internship Program.    The ten-day long program enabled interns to gain insight into dynamics of the development   …Read More

  • WWF-Pakistan held workshop on illegal wildlife trafficking

    ISLAMABAD: The World Wide Fund (WWF) Pakistan has organised a consultative workshop   aiming to seek recommendations from relevant stakeholders on the draft National Plan of Action   (NPOA), developed to combat illegal wildlife trade in Pakistan.    The workshop was part of the consultative and training series conducted under the proje…Read More

  • PARC research activities, new innovations witnessed

    ISLAMABAD: A group of electronic and print media of Islamabad and Rawalpindi region has   witnessed research activities of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Rawal   Watershed Field Station at Sitrameel and Crop Disease Research Institute (CDRI) Murree during   their exposure visit to these research establishments.  …Read More

  • Science diplomacy must for evolving culture of research, sustainable development Dr. I.E. Qureshi

    ISLAMABAD—After spending thirty years in science and three years in diplomacy, Dr Imtinan   Elahi Qureshi , Executive Director of the Commission on Science & Technology for Sustainable   Development in South (COMSATS), is the most vocal advocate of ‘science diplomacy’ in   Pakistan is all set to bid adieu. …Read More

  • Pakistan’s first ever National Data Centre inaugurated in Islamabad

    ISLAMABAD: The National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) has inaugurated Pakistan’s   first ever National Data Centre.    The inauguration ceremony held in the capital was attended by State Minister for Information   Technology Ms Anusha Rahman Khan, Chairman PTA Dr. Ismail Shah and various &nb…Read More

  • KOICA Pakistan held a national workshop, annual alumni reception 2016

    ISLAMABAD: Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) of the Republic of Korea   held a one-day national workshop and Annual Alumni reception in Islamabad.    On the occasion the Country Director KOICA Pakistan Mr. Sung Choon-ki in his welcoming   address said that KOICA is actively participating in socio-economi…Read More

  • UAF holds awareness walk to mark national tree plantation day

    FAISALABAD: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) held an awareness walk to   mark national tree plantation day aimed at creating the awareness among the people about the   blessings of trees.    The rally organised by the Department of Forestry UAF was led by Vice Chancellor Professor   …Read More

  • Orientation week at LUMS LAHORE

    LAHORE: After the long summer break, the LUMS campus saw its vibrancy return with the   LUMS Orientation Week (O Week 2016).    The event started with an orientation session for parents and students of the undergraduate Class   of 2020 held at the LUMS Syed Maratab Ali Sports Complex. A dynamic mix of students,   parents, and facul…Read More

  • Workshop on teaching methods begins at UET

    LAHORE: A three-day workshop on “Teaching Methodologies for Young Faculty” organised by   Quality Enhancement Cell of University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore started at   main campus.    The core aim of this activity is to provide the skills to young teachers regarding effective   pedagogical approach f…Read More

  • Food, water most important factors for development of country Ahsan Iqbal

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Education and Reforms Prof. Ahsan Iqbal has   said that food, water and energy are the most important factors that are required for the   development of a country.    Addressing the 3rd International Water Conference on ‘Water Security & Sustainable Growth’…Read More

  • 12 scholars from Sindh set to leave for UK

    KARACHI: As much as twelve candidates from across Sindh collected their certificates and   prizes during the pre-departure orientation of the Chevening programme held at British Deputy   High Commission office.    The scholars, who have been selected for the programme that is fully funded by the United   Kingdom …Read More

  • 5th TCM of Geoscientists Association held in Bahria University

    ISLAMABAD: The 5th Technical Committee Meeting (TCM) of All Pakistan Geoscientists   Association (APGA) was held at the Bahria University, says a press release.    The meeting was called by Adil Naseer (chief executive/founder), chaired by Rear Admiral (r)   Saleem Akhtar (pro-rector/ director general) of Bahria University. The…Read More

  • Workshop on Econometric Modelling

    ISLAMABAD—International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) held a workshop on   “Econometric Modelling Applications for Economics and Finance”.    The workshop was aimed at imparting knowledge on data issues, analysis, econometric modeling   and its applications in the context of empirical research, which was inaugurated by the university  …Read More

  • PTCL internship programme concludes

    ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) recently concluded its   summer internship program targeting the brightest students from Pakistan’s top tier business and   engineering universities.    The intensive six-week program titled ‘Experia’ featured 20 promising interns who were   provided hands-on experience …Read More

  • SU holds workshop on food, nutrition

    JAMSHORO: A two-day training workshop on "Food and Nutrition" for the officials of Health   Department of Tharparkar was held at Institute of Biochemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.   During the workshop, several highly informative sessions regarding food and nutrition were   conducted. The workshop participants were also taken to Nutrition Laboratory at Liaquat   University Hospital in Jamshoro.  …Read More

  • Investments in dates processing plants sought

    SUKKUR: Ex-chief minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah invited local and international investors to   invest in the Khairpur Economic Zone to explore the opportunities of establishing dates   processing plants.    Addressing the 8th international dates’ festival, the former chief minister said the country exports   90 millio…Read More

  • Prof. Atta to open Global Biotechnology Congress in USA

    KARACHI: Prof. Atta-ur- Rahman, former Federal Minister for Science and Technology, will   open four-day Global Biotechnology Congress 2016 in Boston, USA   An official of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),   University of Karachi, said that this conference provides a platform for researchers and decision   makers to present latest findings and learn about developments in biotechnology. …Read More

  • JST offers ‘Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Programme’ to Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) has offered ‘Japan-Asia Youth   Exchange Programme in Science’ (SAKURA Exchange Programme in Science) for the first time   to Pakistan.    This programme aims to promote exchanges between young Asian researchers and Japanese   re…Read More

  • 3rd Meeting of the Board of Trustees of ECO Science Foundation held in Islamabad

    ISLAMABAD: The representatives of the member states of the Economic Cooperation   Organization (ECO) held the third meeting of the Board of Trustees of the ECO Science   Foundation and reiterate firm commitment and desire to continue their devoted efforts to   make the ECOSF more active, efficient and a result-oriented specialized agency. …Read More

  • National development

    Pakistan today has the lowest GDP growth in the region. The government claims to have a GDP   growth of 4.7 percent but independent experts disagree and insist that it is well below 4 percent.    What has gone wrong? We seem to have no idea that we now live in a world where the most   important resource is knowledge. We continue to spend only about 2 percent of our GDP on …Read More

  • Wapda launches tree plantation campaign

    TISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)  has launched its 'One Million-Tree Plantation Campaign', which aims at planting one million trees at various Wapda projects in the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJ&K), Gilgit Baltistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) during the two plantation seasons of the fiscal year 2016-17.  To mark launch of the campaign, a ceremony was held at Islamabad. Mini…Read More

  • British company seeks 5,000 workers from TEVTA

    LAHORE: A British company has demanded 5,000 trained people from TEVTA in the hospitality and sales sector to provide them job in the United Kingdom. TEVTA would provide services of 5,000 youth to a British company after giving them the required training. TEVTA is paying full attention to train the unemployed youth of Punjab especially in remote areas in order to give them prominent place in the society and ensuring their participation in the national development. …Read More

  • Youngest Pakistani PhD

    ISLAMABAD: Dr Azhar Hussain has become the youngest PhD of Pakistan by completing his PhD at the age of 25 years and 10 month. He has completed his PhD in the Soil Science (Specialization: Soil and Environmental Microbiology) from the Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.  Internationally reputed soil microbiologist Dr Muhammad Arshad (Tamga-i-Imtiaz) supervised Dr Azhar. The young PhD is associated a…Read More

  • Chinese delegation calls on Anusha Rehman

    ISLAMABAD: A high level Chinese delegation called on Minister of State for Information Technology Mrs. Anusha Rehman and discussed matters related to e-commerce promotion in the country.  Federal Secretary IT Mr. Rizwan Bashir and Member Telecom Mr. Mudassar Hussain, were also present in the meeting. Minister of IT apprised the delegates that, "Pakistan’s IT & Telecom Sector has lot of potential and now we have to explore the ways to…Read More

  • Pak-China agree for cooperation in R&D of tropical & sub-tropical fruits

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan gives high priority to China for collaboration in various sectors including for the development of agriculture for food security and poverty alleviation in the South Asia region. PARC also gives importance for cooperation in research and development of tropical and sub-tropical fruits with special focus on mango and their management.  This was stated by Chairman Pakistan Agricultur…Read More

  • COMSATS publishes Urdu translation of “One Hundred Reasons to Be a Scientist”

    ISLAMABAD:  Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) organized the launching ceremony of Urdu translation of the book titled, “One Hundred Reasons to Be a Scientist”, which was originally published in 2004 by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy.  It comprises of the life achievements of 91 contem…Read More

  • JazzCash and MicroEnsure enter into a strategic collaboration

    ISLAMABAD: JazzCash has entered in to a strategic alliance with MicroEnsure Pakistan, the   leading provider of mass market insurance worldwide, whereby innovative small ticket insurance   products and solutions will be offered to JazzCash customers.    Speaking on the occasion, Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, VP Digital & Mobile F…Read More

  • Oracle launches largest b2b audience data marketplace

    KARACHI: Oracle Data Cloud launched the largest business-to- business (B2B) audience data   marketplace to help make programmatic and data-driven B2B marketing easier.    To help B2B marketers improve their targeting throughout the marketing funnel, Oracle Data   Cloud’s B2B audience solution provides access to more than 400 million busines…Read More

  • Intel CEO Introduces vision for Merged Reality at 2016 Intel Developer Forum

    ISLAMABAD: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich welcomes thousands of developers to the 2016 Intel   Developer Forum in San Francisco, with an opening keynote presentation. His presentation   offered perspective on the unique role Intel will play as the boundaries of computing continue to   expand.   …Read More

  • UVAS, Sadiq Group sign MoU for development of poultry sector

    LAHOREThe University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore and Saidq Group   Rawalpindi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of poultry   sector.    Vice-Chancellor Meritorious Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha and Sadiq Group HR Manager Mr   Toseeq Ahmad signed the MoU…Read More

  • SAARC members pledge to enhance cooperation

    ISLAMABAD: Young parliamentarians of the South Asian Association for Regional   Cooperation (SAARC) countries have agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse fields including   energy, trade, security, and to ease process of visa and travel arrangements.    An understanding to this effect came in a joint statement issued on the conclusion of the first tw…Read More

  • Seminar on control of transboundary animal diseases held

    RAWALPINDI: Speakers at a seminar stressed on the dire need to eradicate transboundary   animal diseases prevailing in the country by devising and opting effective measures and creating   awareness among the stakeholders.    The seminar on ‘Control of transboundary animal diseases in Pakistan’ was jointly organized by &n…Read More

  • ZTBL, Al-Ghazi Tractors to improve farmers’ economy

    LAHORE: Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) has agreed to extend cooperation with the   leading tractors and agriculture equipment manufacturers Al-Ghazi Tractors Limited (AGTL) to   look into the possibilities of improving farmers’ economy and increasing their yield.    This was agreed during a meeting between ZTBL CEO Talat Mahmoo…Read More

  • PU students honoured

    LAHORE: Punjab University (PU) students from various departments participated in various   events conducted by PTV and Higher Education Commission and got prominent positions.    PU Students including Naveed of Pakistan Study Centre and Sami ul Haq of Institute of   Chemical Engineering and Technology clinched 1st position in PTV Azadi Quiz competition   …Read More

  • PTCL signs fibre leasing deal with Zong

    ISLAMABAD: An agreement has been signed between the Pakistan Telecommunication   Corporation Limited (PTCL) and Zong under which the former will lay 789 km long fibre for the   latter; thus enhancing quality telecommunication services of Zong.    PTCL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Daniel Ritz and Zong CEO Liu Dianfeng signed the  …Read More

  • PCSIR upgrades its research, pilot plant facilities

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) has upgraded its   research and pilot plant facilities and launched new initiatives in the development of Nano-   coating for surgical/auto/tool industries etc during last three years.    Besides routine Research and Development & services to industry and exte…Read More

  • Pakistan wins four Bronze at Intl Science Olympiads

    ISLAMABAD: Representing Pakistan in various International Science Olympiads in Vietnam,   Georgia, Hong Kong and Switzerland, Pakistani students have won four Bronze Medals and one   Honourable Mention for the country.      Different teams of students selected under STEM Careers Programme took part in 27th   International Biology Olympiad, 48th International Chemistry Olympiad, 57th International   Mathematics Olympiad and 47th International Physics Olympiad, said a news release. These &…Read More

  • Education and development

    Only 200 years ago, the difference in economic conditions among those living in different parts   of the world was minimal. It was the industrial revolution with automated means of production   that created imbalances in production levels and economic conditions across the globe.     Countries which were able to adapt to the new technologies during the industrial revolution b…Read More

  • MoIT establishes computer labs at Sweet Homes of Baitulmal across Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information Technology has established Computer Labs at Sweet   Homes run by Pakistan Baitulmal wide across the country.     The inauguration ceremonies held at Kohat, Mardan, Manshera, Attock, Karachi, Nawabshah,   Quetta, Dipalpur, Gujrat, Sargodha were attended by people from various se…Read More

  • Intel IoT platform paving road to car of future

    Islamabad: Telematics offerings expand daily, both in number and capabilities. Driven by    consumer demand for vehicles that extend the connected lifestyle, provide enhanced safety, and   reduce environmental impact, the market for in-vehicle telematics is surging, says the statement.   The automotive industry is now the third-largest group …Read More

  • PARC hosts workshop on bio-safety technology

    ISLAMABAD: A workshop on capacity building of biosafety technology was held recently at   Islamabad, hosted by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council & Pakistan Biotechnology   Information Centre.    Addressing the Workshop, the Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research said   that biotechn…Read More

  • Pakistan’s first homemade navigation app launched

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s flourishing tech industry has launched the first locally developed   digital mapping solution. Called TPL Maps, the software is developed by tracking solutions   provider TPL Trakker Ltd.    As per local media reports, the TPL Map uses state of the art technology, enabling users with   …Read More

  • NY college holds global warming seminar in association with Dunya TV

    NEW YORK CITY: Bronx Community College, affiliated with City University New York held   a seminar in association with Dunya News over global warning and its effects.     Physics and Engineering Department of the community college organised the event which was   attended by a number of Pakistani students and professors…Read More

  • 610 projects of Rs 747 billion completed in last three years

    ISLAMABAD: As many as 610 development projects costing Rs 747 billion relating to all   sectors of the economy have been completed during the last three years.    According to official sources in the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, out of total   610 completed schemes, 132 projects costing Rs 51 billion are in …Read More

  • Startup Weekend Lahore Ed-Innovation 2016 attracts over 130 education innovators

    LAHORE: LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with Ilm Ideas 2 and Techstars,   organized a themed Startup Weekend event at LUMS to scout and support innovators looking to   address the enrollment, retention and learning outcome challenges in the education sector of   Pakistan.  &…Read More

  • 17th pure mathematics conference kicked off

    ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Education Engineer Balighur Rehman has inaugurated the   ‘17th International Pure Mathematics Conference.    The three-day international conference is the co-organized by Preston University. The other co-   organisers are Islamia University Bahawalpur, and Advanced Institute of Mathematical Sciences, &nbs…Read More

  • 10,000 PhDs to be produced under Pakistan-US knowledge corridor

    ISLAMABAD: In an effort to developing top quality higher education system for transforming   Pakistan into a Knowledge Economy, the government has approved eight projects worth Rs 36   billion, which include establishment of university sub-campuses in districts, AJK Women   University and PhD scholarship programme.  …Read More

  • China to train skilled workforce for Sahiwal Coal Power Plant

    LAHORE: China will train skilled workforce for the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant. Technical   Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) with the cooperation of Beijing LEVCN   Electric Technology Ltd China will arrange this training program.     This was stated by Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh in a meeting with 4 …Read More

  • Telenor to automate nationwide milk collection network with Engro

    ISLAMABAD: Telenor Pakistan has partnered with Engro Corporation to automate, and digitize   milk collection network across the country with the help of advanced technology-based   mechanism.    An agreement was signed between Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO Telenor Pakistan, and Khalid Siraj   Subha…Read More

  • Speakers call for concrete steps to combat environmental hazards

    FAISALABAD: Speakers have called for steps to combat environmental hazards and adopt   healthy lifestyle to reduce diseases and mortality rate as 3.8 million people die of diabetes each   year only; whereas cancer kills 1.37 million people.    They were addressing at one-day symposium titled "one health" arr…Read More

  • Meeting reviews CIIT performance

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussain has said   that COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) has been ranked among top 10 best   universities in Pakistan by HEC. But my vision as the Chancellor of CIIT is to bring it within top   500 universities of the world.    He was chairing a m…Read More

  • GIS set up in Pir Mehr Ali Shah University

    RAWALPINDI: The Academic Council of Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University   Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) has approved establishment of new Institute of Geographic   Information System (GIS) and also recommended special seats for the students of Islamic   Republic of Afghanistan.    The 54th meeting of the Acade…Read More

  • Ahsan for using space sciences for CPEC projects

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has   directed the authorities concerned to use space technology for mega projects initiated under the   CPEC in order to ensure their planned execution    “Accurate research and new technology based solutions are required to monitor mega   …Read More

  • Alcatel appoints United Mobile as its distributor

    LAHORE: Alcatel has appointed United Mobile as its second official distributor of its smart   phones to continue its expansion in Pakistan. These smart phones will now be available in United   Mobile warranty for the ease of local consumers.    Alcatel which serves more than 170 countries sights Pakistan as a strategic growth market that …Read More

  • UNIDO to facilitate Pakistan in employing renewable energy resources

    ISLAMABAD: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) representative, Esam   Alqararah, said that Pakistan has a great potential in various diverse fields, especially in the renewable   He elaborated that there were a number of localities in Pakistan where residents could easily generate   electricity by putting a small turbine in the water flowing in rivers and their tributaries, and they will   have no need to get connected with any grid station. …Read More

  • SMIU to promote research culture

    KARACHI—Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madressatul Islam University   (SMIU), has said that the research culture will be promoted in the institution and three research   journals will be launched soon.    He said while chairing the meeting of Deans, Chairpersons and faculty members of SMIU, held   at Junagarh Semina…Read More

  • Badrashi successfully defends his PhD thesis

    PESHAWAR—A new research could play vital role in improving the building codes of Pakistan.   The findings of the research, done by Engineer Yasir Irfan Badrashi, Assistant Professor at   Department of Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, Bannu   Campus, showed that how improvement can be made in building structures that can withstand   against natural calamities like earthquake.  …Read More

  • 70 selected for EU scholarship programme

    ISLAMABAD: More than 70 young students from across Pakistan have been selected for the   European Union’s Erasmus plus programme, the world's most successful student exchange   programme.     Young students from around the world will have an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree from   different universities ac…Read More

  • Planting of over 300,000 Olive Trees underway in Pothohar

    ISLAMABAD: Under a five-year plan initiated in 2015, the agriculture department of Punjab   province is providing two million olive saplings free of charge to farmers in the Pothohar region.   The aim of the Olive Valley Project is to develop the region as an olive-growing region and   promote domestic olive oil production.  …Read More

  • ICCBS becomes UNESCO Centre for Excellence Category-2 Institute

    KARACHI—The International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS),   University of Karachi, has become ‘UNESCO Centre for Excellence Category-2 Institute’.   This is an honor for the country, says a spokesman of the ICCBS on Friday. The newly admitted   students of M. Phil. and Ph.D. program-2016 are welcomed to the world class institutions. The   successful students owned the opportunity to be the part of this internationally famous research   establishment. …Read More

  • Cloud Data Centre launched at HEC

    ISLAMABAD: To facilitate universities in becoming part of the world-class research   environment, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on   Thursday inaugurated the Cloud Data Centre at Higher Education Commission (HEC).    This data centre will provide services like Virtual Data Centres (VDC), Virtual Desktop &nb…Read More

  • PHEC organises short-term training

    LAHORE: The Centre for Educational Policy and Administration (CEPA) of the University of   Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education   Commission (PHEC) organised a five-day “In-service short-term training of university faculty”   here on Monday.    Vice-Chancellor Prof Talat Naseer Pasha(…Read More

  • COMSTECH spent $ 2.39 million on 259 projects in OIC region to promote S&T

    ISLAMABAD: COMSTECH had spent $ 2.39 million on 259 projects to promote science and   technology in OIC countries since 2011.    According to a report of Coordinator General, COMSTECH 2011- 16, $ 1,93,000 granted for   161 COMSTECH/TWAS projects in 16 countries, $ 1,155,004 for 92 COMSTECH-IFS …Read More

  • Tackling climate change ‘Invest in green tech’

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to make fundamental changes in production and consumption   patterns and the services sector to tackle climate issues and vulnerabilities, says Climate Change   Minister Zahid Hamid.    All sections of society including government departments, the private sector and individuals   …Read More

  • FIA starts action against misuse of social media

    ISLAMABAD: Even before the enactment of Prevention of Electronic Crimes (PEC) Act 2016,   public bodies have started filing complaints with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against   individuals for alleged misuse of social media to defame the organisation and its management.    The latest complaint has been filed by Comsats Institute of…Read More

  • Pak students to conduct energy research in US

    ISLAMABAD: The United States (US) and Pakistani officials have recognize 33 Pakistani   graduate students and two faculty members who will soon travel to the United States to spend a   semester at Arizona State University and Oregon State University, says an embassy statement   issued here.   During their exchange programme, which is funded by the US Agency for International   Development, these individuals will conduct research relating to Pakistan’s most pressing energy   cha…Read More

  • Habib University hosts Summer School

    KARACHI—Habib University hosted a four-day long Quantum Information Summer School   (QISS), where a public talk by Dr. Barry Sanders was held who stressed for developing a   national strategic research collaboration in Pakistan, at HU campus in Pakistan’s largest city   Karachi.    Dr. Barry sanders discussed Dr. Abdus Salam’s…Read More

  • SDGs part of Pakistan development agenda

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Zahid Hamid has said that Pakistan is fully   committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030.   Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day National Roundtable conference on Sustainable   Consumption and Production (SCP) National Action Plan the federal minister said, "On February   19, Pakistan registered a history and became the first country in the world whose National   Assembly passed a unanimous Resolution adopting the SDGs Agenda as its own nat…Read More

  • Research crucial for development of agriculture

    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan   Bosan has said that the agricultural research is crucial for development of agriculture in the   country.    He was addressing a commemoration ceremony in the honour of Ex-Chairman of Pakistan   Agricultural Resear…Read More

  • Establishment of China-Pakistan joint research centre on earth sciences proposed

    ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) on Wednesday   proposed the establishment of a China-Pakistan Joint Research Centre on Earth Sciences, a   multi-disciplinary Centre with an aim to improve resilience to natural hazards.    The proposal was given in a meeting of a six-member…Read More

  • 44 th convocation of Fast-NUCES held in Islamabad

    ISLAMABAD: National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (Fast-   NUCES) held its 44 th convocation and the speakers of the event have stressed the need for   personality development of students and imparting them scientific education.    The National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad (Fast-NUCES) held…Read More

  • Twelve international companies to complete water projects in 35 tehsils of Punjab

    LAHORE—As many as twelve companies having experience of implementing engineering,   procurement and construction (EPC) projectshave pre-qualified to execute Khadim-e- Punjab   Saaf Pani Programme in the first phase in rural areas of 35 tehsils of the province after fulfilling   stringent criterion laid down by Punjab Saaf Pani Company (PSPC). …Read More

  • Pakistan committed to making cities safer, sustainable

    ISLAMABAD: Minister of State and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program (BISP)   Marvi Memon, has said that Pakistan will continue to support UN habitat's new urban agenda for   sustainable urbanization.    Marvi represented Pakistan as the head of the NDI delegation in the Global Women's Leadership &nb…Read More

  • UNIDO launches sustainable energy project

    ISLAMABAD: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on Tuesday   launched a project, Sustainable Energy Initiative for industries aimed at helping the industrial   sector to explore options of alternative energy for industrial sector development in Pakistan.    The launching ceremony was attended by stakeholders both from the industrial s…Read More

  • Forest Academy established in Ghoragali

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  • Investment in genetics research emphasised

    MANSEHRA: Pakistan should invest in research on skin diseases to prevent the incidence of   these conditions, says Dr. Musharraf Jilani of King Abdul Aziz University Saudi Arabia.    Addressing a public lecture at Hazara University on Monday, Dr Musharraf Jilani said most skin   diseases are hereditary and can be controlled through advance medical researc…Read More

  • Investment in genetics research emphasised

    MANSEHRA: Pakistan should invest in research on skin diseases to prevent the incidence of   these conditions, says Dr. Musharraf Jilani of King Abdul Aziz University Saudi Arabia.    Addressing a public lecture at Hazara University on Monday, Dr Musharraf Jilani said most skin   diseases are hereditary and can be controlled through advance medical researc…Read More

  • Senate body approves controversial cybercrime bill

    ISLAMABAD: Despite continuous outrage from the opposition parties and constructive   criticism by the civil society, the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2016 has   been passed by the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and   telecommunication.    A senate body in Pakistan has…Read More

  • No compromise on higher education

    ISLAMABAD—The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan organized 6th meeting of   all the Accreditation Councils to discuss various accreditation issues pertaining to different   disciplines, universities and their campuses.    While chairing the meeting, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed stressed the need for close coordination and   joint ef…Read More

  • First call for proposals for the SESAME light source

    ISLAMABAD: SESAME, the pioneering new regional laboratory for the Middle East and   neighbouring countries has publicly announced its first call for proposals for experiments.    A third generation light source with a research capacity ranging from medicine to cultural   heritage, SESAME’s first beams will be circulating this autumn, wit…Read More

  • IIU to hold Pak-China business conference

    ISLAMABAD: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIU) has announced to arrange a   two-day International Conference in collaboration with Council for Islamic Chinese Relations   (CICR) scheduled to be held on September 01, 02, 2016, said a news release here on Thursday.    A meeting of the steering committee of the conference held at IIU under the …Read More

  • A blueprint for development

    Since the formation of Pakistan, successive governments have largely ignored   the key pillars necessary for socio-economic development including   education, science, technology and innovation, access to a quick and effective   justice system that swiftly punishes the corrupt and a visionary, honest and   technologically competent government. …Read More

  • PITB discusses different issues for the Punjab ICT Policy

    LAHORE: TechHub Connect, a project by the Entrepreneurial Wing of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), has jointly held a focus group discussion with collaboration of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to discuss the challenges faced by incubators and accelerators in Pakistan.   TechHub Connect has been entrusted to draft the ICT policy for Punjab. The discussion was on the topic of “Incubation and Accelerator Programs in Pakistan: Challenges and Policy Preferences.” The f…Read More

  • Food authority to be set up soon

    KARACHI: An empowered Halal Food Authority is being set up in the country to prevent products prepared with haram (forbidden) ingredients, informed the Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussain.  He was talking to media during his visit to the Pakistan Standard and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) Complex here Monday. The Minister further pointed out that the present government was seriously endeavoring for th…Read More

  • Science and Technology in Pakistan

    Science and technology are the key drivers in the acceleration of development in a society which directly   alter the living standards of the people, and the way they connect and communicate with each other.    Technological improvements provide a root to the advancement of economic development, health   system and infrastructure. The development of science an…Read More

  • President for changing curriculum to attaining scientific progress

     ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon called for immediate measures for changing the curriculum to attain scientific progress and called for hanging the traditional mode of thinking for a creative and innovative approach towards science to come at par with developed countries.  The President made the remarks while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 41st International Nathiagali Summer College on Physics and Contemporary Needs. He lauded the …Read More

  • Chitrali engineer develops innovative search engine

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A software engineer from far-flung area of Chitral has developed a computer software and search engine   that supports 40 regional languages of Pakistan thus making it possible to compose or search material on internet in all these   languages.   Software engineer Rehmat Aziz acquired his school education from a school of his locality but excelled in the field of   information technology on the basis of his personal interest and passion.   “I have received number of local and international awar…Read More

  • NAVTTC to launch workers training courses

    STAFF REPORT SIALKOT: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) would soon design training   courses for the Sialkot-based industrial workers.    NAVTTC Executive Director Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema made the announcement while addressing a meeting of the Sialkot   exporters held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).    He said…Read More

  • World Veterinary Day Observed at UVAS

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Vets Care Club of the University of Veterinary and Animals Sciences Lahore has observed the World   Veterinary Day in Lahore. A walk was arranged to mark the day and create awareness about the welfare of animals in the   community.    Dean Faculty of Life sciences Business Management Prof. Dr. Nasim Ahmad led the walk while Prof. Dr.…Read More

  • Govt ready for spectrum auction by June

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is all set to hold auction of remaining spectrum by the end of June, Pakistan   Telecommunication Authority Chairman Dr Ismail Shah announced.    During a ceremony held at PTA headquarters, he said that the authority was ready for more spectrum auction which is   expected to be completed by the end of June, 2016. …Read More

  • Climate change, heat wave get severe in Sindh

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As the searing heat wave persisted in the interior Sindh for the last few days, it brought a sharp increase   in diarrhoea and sunstroke patients across the province coupled with severe water shortage across the region.    Pakistan is facing an imminent threat from climate change and is on its way to become one of the most water stressed  …Read More

  • Climate change bigger threat to terrorism

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A parliamentary panel has been informed that climate change posed a greater security threat to Pakistan   than terrorism because it could affect temperatures, environment, economy and the future policies of the country.    Climate change experts expressed these views at a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate   …Read More

  • BoD discusses 2-year plan outline of USF

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Board of Directors of the Universal Service Fund Company has met at the Ministry of Information   Technology and Telecom in Islamabad.    The meeting was headed by Minister of State for IT & Telecom Anusha Rehman in which an outline of the company’s two-   year plan together with the core efforts and progress of telecommuni…Read More

  • ILO, HEC to collaborate for better employment

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The four-day “Refresher Training of Trainers” conducted by ILO Pakistan with the collaboration of the   Higher Education Commission (HEC) at HEC Regional Campus has concluded with the distribution of completion certificates   among the participants.    The training was part of the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) progra…Read More

  • Students urged to transform innovative ideas into business

    STAFF REPORT PESH: University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar has organized an awareness seminar on UNIDO   Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs and Starts Up in Pakistan.    The seminar informed the students about how to participate in this year’s clean technology competition and win up-to   $20,000. The seminar was…Read More

  • 257 graduates awarded degrees at FU convocation

    STAFF REPORT RWP: The Foundation University has recently held Convocation 2016 here at its auditorium where As many as   257 graduates of humanities & liberal arts, engineering & IT, MPhil (psychology) and MPhil (economics) were awarded   degrees.    Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Haroon Aslam HI(M), Chief Executive and Managing Director …Read More

  • 5STAR Picture of Sanwal Muneer can be used

    Pakistani makes wind energy turbine in Scotland   MONITORING REPORT ISB: A young entrepreneur has invented a roadside wind turbine that could help harness energy from   traffic.    On the side of a busy main road leading into Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland, a small wind turbine spins in the wind of   pas…Read More

  • Govt to fund innovation, research in textile sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Commerce has planned to fund textile sector in research and innovation projects initiated   by the National Textile University.    “The project would establish Textile Innovation Centre in the university, focus on the global demand for next-era fabric that   includes technical and functional fabrics an…Read More

  • Workshop urges strong cooperation for biosecurity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Experts at the three-day workshop of COMSATS, PAS and ISESCO have called for enhanced cooperation   between the collaborating institutions; active participation of scientists and researchers from common member states of   COMSATS and ISESCO in building relevant capacities; increasing awareness and education in biotechnology ethics.   The event was jointly organized by COMSATS, ISESCO and PAS with over 150 participants from around 20 R&D institutions   and universities from across Pakistan.   …Read More

  • Veterinary Day Observed at UVAS

    LAHORE (29-04- 16): The Vets Care Club of The University of Veterinary and Animals Sciences Lahore observed World   Veterinary Day here on Friday. A walk was arranged to mark the day and create awareness about the welfare of animals in   the community.   Dean Faculty of Life sciences Business Management Prof DrNasim Ahmad led the walk while Prof DrSarwar Khan, Prof Dr   Habib-ur Rehman, Prof DrAnilaZameerDurrani, Prof DrAsim Aslam, Prof Dr Masood Rabbani and a large number of students   and faculty members were …Read More

  • Urdu online dictionary launched by OUP

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched online Urdu dictionary. An official of OUP Pakistan,   Zehra Nasim Haque has said.    She pointed out that Urdu has become the fourth language to be available in an Oxford living dictionary as part of Oxford   Dictionaries’ global languages initiative.   T…Read More

  • Netherlands sees prospects of coop in agriculture

    STAFF REPORT FSD: Netherlands Ambassador to Pakistan Jeanette Seppen has said that they are keen to enhance trade and   investment relations with Pakistan, especially in areas of agriculture and agro-based businesses.     Talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Seppen said there were   pr…Read More

  • FATA varsity to start academic activities soon

    STAFF REPORT ISB: University of FATA is expected to start its academic activities from Fall2016 while Gwadar University and   Sub-Campus of University of Balochistan at Zhob are expected to start their academic activities by the year 2017.    According to an official source, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has submitted the concept paper of the project of  …Read More

  • PTA, 3 telcos served notices for mobile phone shutdowns

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court issued notices to PTA, Telenor, Zong and Ufone in a   petition against suspension of mobile phone services.    The four petitioners are ordinary citizens whose lives were badly affected by suspension of mobile telecom services which   happened in Islamabad. The …Read More

  • Seminar on opportunities for research scholarships held

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A seminar on ‘Opportunities for Research Scholarships in Japan’ organized by Consulate General of Japan   in Karachi in collaboration with the Dean Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Karachi.    The Director of Japan Information and Culture Centre, Mitsuaki Tosa, was the chief guest, a spokesman of the University. …Read More

  • CIIT Islamabad ranks among top 20 regional institutions

    STAFF REPORT ISB: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Islamabad has topped among Pakistani institutions   and also succeeded to clinch 18th position among top western Asian institutions as per the high-quality research outputs   ranking table 2016 released by international reputed organisation, Nature.    According to the…Read More

  • PAS regional chapter set up in Balochistan varsity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI/Member PAS, and Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari, Secretary   General PAS, have visited the University of Balochistan.    Purpose of the visit was to formally inaugurate the Regional Chapter Office of PAS at UoB and conduct the seminar regarding   the promotion of research trends in Balochistan.   The province Balochistan is in desperate need to progress in science & technology to accrue the compatibility with current   R&D scenario. With…Read More

  • Lamudi’s research keeps positive outlook for real estate

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan’s multi-billion- dollar real estate industry holds a bright future in 2016, despite being affected   by issues such as housing shortages, increasing taxes and lack of transparency in property according to a new report on   Pakistan’s property market.     The findings are contained in new research conducted by Pakistan’s best real es…Read More

  • Telecom sector contributes Rs745b to national kitty

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telecom sector has contributed an amount of Rs. 745 billion to national exchequer in terms of regulatory   duties and taxes during last five years.     A higher contribution of Rs. 243.8 billion was made during 2013-14 due to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA)   extraordinary deposits of Rs. 96.5 billion out of total value of 3G and 4G spectrum auction in April 2014.…Read More

  • VU, WWF sign MoU to promote environmental edu

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Virtual University of Pakistan (VU) and WWF-Pakistan signed an MoU to promote environmental   education amongst the youth of the country.    Through this MoU, both organisations will establish formal relationship to raise environmental awareness and tackle the   environmental challenges through innovative research. Moreover, t…Read More

  • Experts stress protection of natural resources

    STAFF REPORT LHR: With a mission to promote awareness among people about earth’s natural environment, biodiversity   and ecosystem, the International Earth Day was observed.    Under the theme of “Trees for Earth”, the day signified the importance of trees in our surroundings as well as broadening the   horizons towards planting trees. …Read More

  • TEVTA to certify 28,000 uncertified skilled force

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) will certify 28,000 uncertified skilled   force through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme by June 30.    TEVTA has issued nationally as well as globally recognized certificates to 19,000 upto April 15, 2016. This programme is   successfully in progress…Read More

  • Zong to empower FUUAST with 4G services

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong has signed an MoU with the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology that would   allow the varsity faculty members and more than 4,000 students to enjoy the fastest 4G services.    Sharing his views, Naeem Ahmed, Regional Director, Zong, said, “Our prioritized focus was to equip the youth of Pakistan   with latest te…Read More

  • Over Rs416b released so under PSDP for uplift projects

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has so far released over Rs 416.725 billion for different social sector development   projects under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2015-16 against the total allocations of Rs 700 billion.    According to the latest data of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, the Higher Education Commission has   been p…Read More

  • Balochistan, US varsities join hand for coop

    STAFF REPORT KHI: US Acting Consul General Chad Peterson presided over the signing of a Balochistan Consortium   University Partnership Memorandum of Agreement.     The two-year “Building Bridges” partnership links the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with the University of   Balochistan, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University Quetta and Bal…Read More

  • Workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Day to the fast pace of research in life sciences there is a need to develop skills of scientists and   researchers to combat biological threats within the region by providing training on biosecurity, biosafety, pathogen    surveillance, and infectious disease surveillance and disaster response.   This was the crux of the three-day Regional Workshop on Biosafety and…Read More

  • Work on biofuel in full swing

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories is working on a number of research oriented projects, the most important being to produce biofuel from crop residue.  Established in 1953 to help industry and small and medium enterprises (SME) in troubleshooting, quality assurance and quality control, the Institute is also working on a plan to set up a modern laboratory for testing the efficiency of electrical appliances, something not done …Read More

  • Experts present proposals to address water crisis

    STAFF REPORT HYD: Water experts have underlined the need for building water reservoirs, preparation of water policy and research in order to form framework to combat water crisis and challenges in Pakistan.  They expressed these views at a meeting on "Water Resources Challenges of Pakistan" held recently at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, which was organised by US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies i…Read More

  • HEC mulls to speed up innovation in universities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Innovation Steering Committee has suggested engaging with senior management of universities to improve output of their Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORICs).  The meeting chaired by HEC Innovation Steering Committee Chairman Imtiaz Rastgar discussed at length the monitoring and evaluation process, development of success parameters and outreach and marketing s…Read More

  • Freelancing thru internet getting popular

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Freelancing is progressing in conventional job markets and it is estimated that by 2020, one in three workers worldwide will be freelancing online. It is a brave new world indeed, as many workers are jeopardizing their full-time jobs to shifting towards self-employment.  According to a survey report, the increasing broadband access in Pakistan has accelerated growth of freelance marketplaces. This online revolution has im…Read More

  • Modern tech urged for seed development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To strengthen national food security, Pakistan will have to adopt modern agricultural technologies, especially in terms of seed development and farming, said agriculture experts while addressing a seminar on 'Developing Seed in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities' at PARC.  Experts stressed upon enhancing knowledge sharing initiatives to improve strategies and future opportunities for seed development in general and the potato cro…Read More

  • IST Youth Carnival ends with great success

    STAFF REPORT ISB: IST Youth Carnival (IYC) has recently been concluded at Institute of Space Technology (IST) which featured 60 events with the participation of about 4000 students from fifty universities from all over Pakistan.  The carnival encompassed diverse blend of events providing means of interest to a wide variety of aptitudes. During the event, the students were encouraged to display their oratory, planning, technical, artis…Read More

  • Good farming practices stressed for food security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Potato consumption has grown significantly in Pakistan over the last one decade, but still, more than 99% of farmers grow potatoes from non-certified seeds, renowned Dutch expert on food security, Romke Wustman said.  In his special lecture on ‘Food Security and Need for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Crop Production,’ organized jointly by SDPI and the Embassy of Netherlands, he said ensuring uses of technology at all stages of production, which inc…Read More

  • CricFlex to represent Pakistan in GSEA Global Finals

    STAFF REPORT KHI: CricFlex continues its streak of earning prestigious laurels. Most recently, it has won the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award (GSEA) organised by Entrepreneurs Organization, Lahore Chapter.  Entries from all over Pakistan were sought and only ten projects were shortlisted to pitch their startup in front of the revered judges including Dr. Omar Chughtai, Uzair Shahid, Ch. Abdul Rehman and other esteemed members. The…Read More

  • SEECS students win SATHA innovation award

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: A team of three final year students Taihami Tariq, MubarizZaffar and Muhammad Alp Arslan have won the South Asia Triple Helix Association (SATHA) Innovation award for their FYP project Di-Nero.  Supervised by Dr. Hammad M. Cheema, the team has developed a low cost diagnostic device for early detection of diabetic neuropathy. This nerve disorder results in a staggering 2500 limb amputations per day and the 415 Million diabetic patients are all at risk of developing neurop…Read More

  • ICGEB training course on basic biotechnology techniques

    STAFF REPORT LHR: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) Pakistan in collaboration with International Centre for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy, has recently organized a three-day hands-on training course on “Basic Biotechnology Techniques” at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi. The event comprised various lectures from national and international guest speakers which covered a wide area of recent advancements in various fields of biotechnology. Hands-on training sessions were also conducted regarding basic tools and applications of biotechnological processes. Around 60 local and international participants were tak…Read More

  • Traditional medicines getting popular in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President, National Council for Tibb, Dr. Zabta K. Shinwari, has said that can generate high revenues through profitable use of medicinal resources particularly in Baluchistan, which has great potential to attract big international markets, as the country is blessed with bounty of countless medicinal and herbal plant diversity.  He said this while taking attending a session hosted by Ministry of National Health Services fo…Read More

  • GCU pays tribute to Nobel laureate Abdus Salam

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Speakers at a seminar at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore have said that the inspiring and fascinating story of Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Abdus Salam must be told to every child in the third world countries.  The seminar was jointly organised by the university’s Jones Physics Society, Salam Chair and the Pakistan Physical Society to pay tribute to the Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate in the field of science for…Read More

  • Pakistan, Belarus agree to enhance edu, S&T coop

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to enhance their cooperation in educational, scientific and technological fields.  A delegation of the Republican Institute for Vocational Education (RIVE) Belarus headed by RIVE Rector Prof ArkadyShklyar visited the Higher Education Commission Secretariat. The two sides agreed that Pakistan and Belarus have many similar priorities for higher education and both the count…Read More

  • SECP for sustaining regulators-academia ties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) Chairman Zafar Hijazi has emphasised that the relationship between regulators and academia is important to face the complex challenges of developing markets, research and equipping the youth with applied knowledge.  He was addressing the participants while signing MoUs with prestigious universities for promoting investors' education, awareness on financial discipline and literacy. The SECP chairman said that inve…Read More

  • IBA computer science society holding competitions

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Computer Science Society of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, is holding competitions starting from April 15.  According to an official of the Institute said that the three-day events will take place at the Main Campus of the IBA. He said that the IBA Karachi is back again with its 4th edition of ‘ProBattle’, hosted by the Computer Science Society (CSS). It was pointed out that th…Read More

  • PARC’s RADP project focuses farming sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is flying under the major project of Research for Agricultural Development Program (RADP) for the development of agriculture sector in Pakistan with a total cost of Rs. 2963 million.  RADP is a basket of technologies for the end users. The government is focusing on a broad based holistic approach to agricultural growth through science based solutions for more profitable farmin…Read More

  • Investment part of solution to energy crisis Speakers

    STAFF REPORT SWABI: Speakers at the recently concluded three-day International Conference on Next Generation Energy Technologies (ICONGET) 2016 at Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIK) of Engineering Sciences and Technology said that Pakistan has great potential to produce energy.  They said that the available resources should be used in a result-oriented way by the government. Funded by Higher Education Commission, the conference was o…Read More

  • wi-tribe starts Wi Net TV services

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The wi-tribe has recently launched its Wi Net TV in Pakistan, a web and app based streaming service that offers over 150 channels.  After 3G/4G roll out in Pakistan, a huge number of people are streaming media content on their handheld devices and this is exactly the segment wi-tribe is aiming to tap. While wi-tribe’s Wi Net TV is not the first of its kind service, the company claims that its services are best in class and offer most number of channels as …Read More

  • Teachers training vital for quality education HEC

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed has said that training teachers on modern lines was necessary to lift the standards of education.  “Teachers are nation builders and agents for a positive social change,” said Ahmed while addressing, via video link, the concluding session of three-day fourth international conference on Education and Research organised by the University of Education (UoE). …Read More

  • IEP-RIC to collaborate with varsities to support engineers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Institution of Engineers Pakistan, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Chapter (IEP-RIC) would develop its partnership with local universities for enhancing professional development of young and newly graduated engineers. It will also seek the support of the higher education institutions to enhance its membership for collective benefit.  Through the mutual collaboration, the two sides would hold lectures and seminars on prof…Read More

  • Dr. Atta for educational emergency in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT MIRPUR: Former Federal Minister for Information Technology and ex-Chairman of Higher Education Commissioner (HEC) Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rehman (Sitar-e-Imtiaz) has strongly suggested to the governments of Pakistan and AJK to immediately enforce ‘Educational Emergency’ in the country for ensuring speedy economic progress besides for entering the ranks of the developed nations.  “A single education system comprising the basic educatio…Read More

  • Ooredoo completes wi-tribe sale in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ooredoo, the Qatar-based telecom giant and cent percent stakeholder of wi-tribe Pakistan, has completed the sale of wi-tribe to NB Offshore Investment Ltd for around $9 million or Rs. 940 million.  Without revealing much details, Ooredoo said that transaction was completed in cash payment that is in line with the value of the asset. “The deal between Ooredo and HB Group — the backers of NB Offshore Investment, was loc…Read More

  • COMSTECH’s 10-year plan to improve living standards

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President Mamnoon Hussain has said the "Ten Year Plan" developed by COMSTECH for development of science and technology in OIC member states will help improve general living standards of the common people.  This was stated by President in a meeting with the Coordinator General of the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan at the Aiwan- e-Sadr. The President said that Pakistan was playing a leading rol…Read More

  • foodpanda launches ‘delivering excellence’ to refine quality

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The leading mobile and online food ordering platform foodpanda Pakistan has taken an initiative to improve food delivery standards in the restaurant industry. The Inaugural event of the initiative “DELIVERY EXCELLENCE” took place at the Nest I/O. The core of the event is built upon sharing of best practices from foodpanda global information repository.  Nauman S. Mirza, CEO for foodpanda & EatOye, explaining the objective behind this initiative, said that P…Read More

  • PEC claims 1,000MW can be saved thru efficient steps

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Engineering Council has claimed that 1,000 megawatts can be saved though efficient measures and the government has undertaken steps to mitigate the energy crisis with policy making as its first priority.  PEC chief Javed Salim Qureshi said this in his address to the 36th annual convention and annual general meeting of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan held recently.…Read More

  • 6-year-old UK-Pakistani surprises world by PowerPoint skills

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Eight-year-old British Pakistani, Saadus Salam Khan, has become the world’s youngest MS Power Point specialist. He performed significantly higher on the ‘free form distractibility index’, achieving an IQ of 131. This placed him at the 98th percentile rank. He secured an IQ of 107 in the ‘verbal comprehensive level’, which indicates his superior concentration level. Having a passion for math, he has solved math books of class 10 with the help of a tutor appointed by his parents. “He was keen to learn math and solve all the books of senior grades,” says his mother Muniza while talking about why she felt the need to hire a tutor for him. …Read More

  • DHA seminar increases awareness about nature

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A seminar on Greener DHA organized by Institute of Architects Pakistan in collaboration with DHA has recently been held at Defence Authority Country & Golf Club. Administrator DHA Brig Zubair Ahmed was chief guest on the occasion. The Administrator termed the seminar as a remarkable initiative heralding the beginning of a reinvigorated awareness in society for preservation of nature and promotion of horticulture to ensure greener, cleaner and healthy environment for a vibrant living. …Read More

  • Corporate sector’s CSR role can boost forest cover

    STAFF REPORT ISB: There is a desperate need for exploiting massive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) potential for addressing the country’s shrinking forest cover through large-scale afforestation, said Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid. He was chairing a high-level meeting on ‘Promoting Afforestation Campaign through CSR in Pakistan”. CSR representatives of automobile, telecommunication, petroleum, banking, industry and top key provincial forest department officials attended the meeting. “The country’s corporate sector should divert a significant chunk of the CSR funds for re-invigorating country’s ailing forestry sector to fight soci…Read More

  • Pakistan Plastic Show pulls huge visitors

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The three-day Pakistan Plastic Show 2016, which attracted around 60,000 visitors at 65 local and international stalls, has recently concluded. The show imparted necessary information about the industry and its products and featured insightful sessions, technologies and strategic discussions. This event received good response from industry professionals and the general public. The closing ceremony was chaired by Engineering Development Board CEO Tariq Ejaz Chaudhry. The exhibition, held at the Expo Centre in Lahore, was orchestrated by Pakistan Plastic Manufacturers Association (PPMA). …Read More

  • 18 talented Pakistanis awarded for great gains

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 17 talented Pakistanis received 'Gold Medal Awards 2016' at a ceremony recently held for their outstanding achievements in different fields of life. The awards were conferred by eminent nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan in different areas including ideology of Pakistan, science and technology, sports, education, social welfare, literature, art and craft and medical. The ceremony was arranged at Aiwan-e-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park by Nazariya Pakistan Council. The 'Quaid-e-Azam Award' was conferred on Dr Anwar Naseem, Bashir Malik and Raz Luni while 'Allama Iqbal Award' was given to Naveed Hashmi, Nasim-i-Seher and Waqar A…Read More

  • Students jump in IT contests at FAST-NU

    STAFF REPORT LHR: More than 1,000 students from all over Pakistan are participating in the Geek Week 2016 at the FAST-National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES), Lahore.  The winners will be awarded prizes ranging from Rs9,000 to Rs30,000. Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) General Manager Burhan Rasool and Sabri Group of Industries CEO Farid Sabri were the chief guests at the opening event. Faculty members Dr Irfan Younus and DrAmjad Hussain addressed the participants. Aamir Malik, a member of the organising committee, said that the event is aimed to promote technology and make it interesting for youth.  …Read More

  • Experts for consistent research to make progress

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Every discovery creates new questions and to find the answer to these questions, we need consistent research, said Dr. Nargis Mavalvala while interacting with Pakistani scientists community through video link at a lecture arranged recently.  At present, the discovery of gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916, is the most famous scientific achievement prevailing around us. The most important aspect in this discovery is the inv…Read More

  • Lack of S&T behind negative industrial growth

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Mishandling and improper disposal of chemicals in Pakistani industries is life-threatening for thousands of people. Industrial growth in Pakistan is negative which is due to the lack of science and technology. Civil society’s silence over the environmental degradation in the country is really a matter of concern. Chemical security in the industries should be a key concern for the government, industrialists, chemical experts and other stakeholders as well. Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (UoK), expressed these views while speaking at the 3rd webinar on “National T…Read More

  • Rs 1.1b scholarships given to universities students

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 909 students across Pakistan have been given scholarships amounting to approximately Rs 1.1 billion to pursue four-year ICT degree programmes in the top universities of under the PM’s ICT Scholarship Programme. While an amount of Rs 54.72 million has been provided to 866 final year projects of undergraduate ICT students of public and private sector universities since 2013 under National Grassroots ICT Research Initiative of the IT Ministry. The Ministry has also partnered with Microsoft to establish computer laboratories in Bait-ul-Mal women empowerment centres for girls across Pakistan where computer skills will be taught. …Read More

  • Raised budget stressed for scientific R&D

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Research and development (R&D) may have become a popular catchphrase in the developing world at large, but in Pakistan its significance is not realized in the least and funding for R&D has steadily reduced in the last decade.  The current budgetary allocation for scientific R&D stands at a measly 0.29 per cent and calls are being made by the planning, development and reforms minister to increase the budget to at least 0.5 per cent in 2016. …Read More

  • OneLoad launches mobile top-up offer for users

    STAFF REPORT ISB: OneLoad, a Systems Limited company, has introduced one single platform — a mobile app as well as a web portal – through which retailers will be able to top-up any mobile number of any mobile phone operator, i.e. a single device and a single universal balance to top-up mobile phone customers of any operator.  So instead of keeping Rs. 5,000 balance in all five mobile phones separately with a constant fear of running out of b…Read More

  • Pakistan offers Liberia tech support in IT sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for IT Anusha Rahman has said that Pakistan has been marked as the leading investment destination of telecom and IT sector in South Asia.  She said this while talking to Minister for Education of Liberia, George Kronnisanyon during her recent visit to France. The minister visited France to attend the Mobile Learning Conference under the auspices of UNESCO. The agenda of the conference was…Read More

  • Degrees, medal awarded at Sukkur IBA convocation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The third convocation of the Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (IBA) was organized where degrees and medals have been awarded to 150 graduates of the institute in various disciplines including Business Administration, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Education and Mathematics.  Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was the chief guest at the convocation. A total of nine gold medals were awarded to meritorious students of different …Read More

  • Need stressed to promote import substitution industries

    STAFF REPORT KHI: There is a desperate need to promote import substitution industries to Pakistan in order to save valuable foreign exchange, said member of National Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises (NCSME) Zulfikar Thaver.  “We are importing vast range of items, although some of them are manufactured in Pakistan and the domestic industry is facing very tough competition. Other items which are imported can be manufactured in Pakistan and every effort must be made to promote the manufacture…Read More

  • PTCL celebrates international women day

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has organized a seminar on the International Women’s Day to celebrate the contribution of women in general and female PTCL employees in particular towards making the world a better place to live on. The theme of the seminar was ‘RENEW – Respect, Educate, Nurture & Empower Women.’ For PTCL, it has always been an honor to pay tribute to women who have changed the course of history, sometimes in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. A woman is a full circle and has the power to create, nurture and transform. …Read More

  • Pakistan introduces new secret mango variety

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A new mango variety has been introduced in the experimental mango area of the Sindh Horticulture Research Institute in Mirpurkhas. The local administration there is, however, reluctant to publicize the release for fear of upsetting big growers and landlords in the region.  The new mango variety will be available for almost half a year, which could challenge the monopoly of the landlords and large scale growers, who fear financial loss due to…Read More

  • UNIDO, ICCI start initiatives for women business growth

     ceremony to celebrate the Women International Day 2016. Gender mainstreaming is one of the major focuses of the UNIDO Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP), which employs a competition-based ecosystem approach to identify the most promising entrepreneurs across the country. It works as a local business acceleration programme that supports, promotes and “de-risks” the participating companies and connects them to the potential investors, customers, and partners.  At this …Read More

  • MOL starts award winning talent-hunt programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The MOL Group has launch two of its award winning talent acquisition programmes Growww and Freshhh 2016, in line with its strategy to attract top talents from different regions and to cater for its business needs.  According to a statement of the company, Growww is a one-year graduate programme offering a unique opportunity for young professionals to kick-start an international career and learn about one of the most complex industries. Candidates can apply online for Growww latest by mid-April. This programme offers graduates more than 170 Growww positions varying from engineering, economics, IT, natural sciences, and social sciences on grou…Read More

  • AJK hydropower project wins world award

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 102MW Gulpur Hydropower project in Kotli, AJK, has been recognized as the ‘best deal’ of 2015 in the hydropower sector of the Asia Pacific region at the prestigious IJ Global Awards ceremony held in Singapore last week.  The Asia Pacific Energy and Infrastructure Finance Forum, 2016 arranged the event. The IJ Global Awards are an annual feature of a leading international economy publication, Infrastructure and Project Finance Magazine. The awards recog…Read More

  • Six Pak universities among world’s top 800

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Six Pakistani universities are ranked among the world’s top 800 universities by British ranking agency, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). These universities included Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), NUST Islamabad, Lums, University of Karachi, University of Lahore and UET Lahore. According to details, NUST leads with 501-550, QAU ranks second among Pakistani universities with 651-700 while Lums, UET, KU and University of Lahore follow with 701+. The British agency considers employer reputation (10pc), citations per faculty (20pc), student to faculty ratio (20pc), international students (5pc) and international faculty ratio (5pc). National University of Sc…Read More

  • Mobilink becomes founder member of GSMA Mobile Connect

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In a push to simplify the digital experience and making internet on boarding easy for a largely unconnected population, Mobilink has gone ahead with GSMA’s Mobile Connect as a de-facto enabler for seamless online experiences.  The decision to be a part of this global initiative was also made keeping in mind Mobilink’s commitment to a digitalized nation by empowering locals to embrace a digital lifestyle, while protecting its subscribers from the growing number …Read More

  • Use of bio-tech stressed for cotton breeding

    STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Agriculture scientists can improve cotton yield through the use of bio-technology in breeding programmes of cotton, said Dr Aslam Bhutti, Regulatory Scientist BASF America.  Addressing a seminar on "Genetics Changes in Cotton and Needs of 21th Century" organized by Evyol and Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) jointly, here, he said that Pakistan could be brought in the list of top cotton producing countries by working on breeding programme. Bio-technology…Read More

  • Rs100m released for completion of HU building

    STAFF REPORT MANSEHRA: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has issued a grant of Rs 100 million for completion of leftover work of academics blocks at Hazara University Mansehra. Vice Chancellor of Hazara University Dr. Muhammad Habeeb said this while talking to media here. He thanked the federal government and HEC saying it would resolve the outstanding issues of infrastructure and academic blocks in HU. Dr. Habeeb also said that it would also benefit thousands of the university students and research scholars those are getting education without facilities. …Read More

  • Unanimous approach called for prosperity

    STAFF REPORT LHR: As the engineering is quite a challenging field, all the stakeholders related to engineering sector including academia, industry and other concerned departments must develop mutual lines of progress and prosperity by bringing innovation. “The gap between academics and industrial engineers should be overcome through strong collaboration between research and development to cater down all sort of challenges with proper utilization of resources in progressive manner,” said Prof. James Trevelyan University of Western Australia while meeting with Vice-Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid at UET. …Read More

  • Low literacy behind lack of environment awareness

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Vice Chancellor Air University Air Vice Marshal (r) Faaiz Amir has said that there is a strong need for awareness to the layman and this is the reason that they are looking at renewable energy sources to exploit them to the fullest and be fruitful for an ordinary person. He said this during the recently held ‘5th International conference on Renewable energy and energy Efficiency’ in Islamabad. The event was organized in collaboration with REAP. …Read More

  • ITU unfolds quality research ranking of over 200 varsities

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Information Technology University’s Scientometrics Lab (SLAB) has launched quality research rankings of over 200 universities and research institutions of Pakistan. According to the rankings, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad topped the overall ranking followed by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, University of Agriculture (UAG) Faisalabad, NUST, University of the Punjab, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), University of Karachi, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), and Government College University (GCU). …Read More

  • ITU unfolds quality research ranking of over 200 varsities

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Information Technology University’s Scientometrics Lab (SLAB) has launched quality research rankings of over 200 universities and research institutions of Pakistan. According to the rankings, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad topped the overall ranking followed by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, University of Agriculture (UAG) Faisalabad, NUST, University of the Punjab, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), University of Karachi, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), and Government College University (GCU). …Read More

  • Govt to launch projects to help agro-ecologies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has planned to launch special projects for different neglected agro-ecologies through the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and would establish tissue culture laboratories in Turbat and Thatta.  The improvement of irrigation system in Chitral, establishment of training facilities for farmers in Zhob, strengthening of agricultural, livestock institute in Khuzdar, Lasbela, Jafarabad, Turbat and Bark…Read More

  • PARC chief calls for agriculture diversification

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Chairman of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Dr. Nadeem Amjad, has called for diversification of agriculture saying it in addition to growing traditional crops, attention should also be paid towards planting other varieties as well.  “Media can play its role for disseminating the results of scientists’ research to growers, which will not only increase yield but also help enhance earnings of peasants and strengthen economy,” said Nadeem while talking to media.…Read More

  • Dairy Science Park to support farmers in KP

    STAFF REPORT PESH: Senior Minister Local Government, Elections and Rural Development, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Inayatullah Khan, has appreciated the concept of the Dairy Science Park to support the farmers’ income, value addition in the province, self-employment to the youth and hygienic food production for the people of the province.  He said this while recently chairing a meeting of the representatives of the Department of the Local Government, Election and Rural Department; Agricul…Read More

  • Dr Atta to head UN body on science, technology

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The United Nations has appointed Prof. Dr. Attaur Rahman as chairman of the UN committee on Science, Technology and Innovation.  Prof. Rahman, who is former federal minister for science and technology, after appointment chaired the first meeting of the committee in Bangkok. The UN Economic Social Commission for Asia and Pacific also held its meeting in Bangkok the same day, says a message received here. A senior official of the International Centre …Read More

  • PTA conducts survey on waves emission from towers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) along with the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) has conducted an extensive survey in major cities of the country to check the emission of power level of radio waves from transmitters and receivers of Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs)/Towers installed by Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) and Wireless Local Loop Operators (WLLOs).  The survey was carried out with the help of special tools/equipment in six different cities including Karachi, Lahore, Pe…Read More

  • Govt enhances PhD scholarship

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government has increased Ph.D allowance to Rs 10,000 from Rs 7,500 per month to encourage scientists, researchers and technologists in the country. “A total number of 60,699 researchers are working in the country with only 10,670 Ph.Ds which is not an encouraging figure so the government has increased the Ph.D allowance and announced further incentives for the scientists, researchers and technologists,” said an official from the Ministry of Science and Technology. He said that the present government had given …Read More

  • Govt committed to boost youth skills: Fazal

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government of Pakistan is striving its best to enhance skills of youth by providing technical know-how and Information Technology education to them, said Minister of State for Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD) Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary. He said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of Public Private Partnerships Programme between National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) and 360 Technologies (Ptv) Ltd. to provide technical training and education in the field of Information Te…Read More

  • Parliament House fully turned to solar power

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Parliament House, comprising Senate and National Assembly, has been shifted to solar power. The solar energy plant is installed with Chinese assistance. The project is installed to generate one megawatt of electricity, but it’s presently generating 80 kilowatts power, with both the houses consuming 62 kilowatts. According to an official, additional electricity is being supplied to Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO). The project is funded by the Chinese governme…Read More

  • Workshop held on SERVIR HK Himalaya needs assessment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has recently organised a ‘National Consultation Workshop on SERVIR Hindukush Himalaya Needs Assessment,’ in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) at the PCRWR headquarters here. The SERVIR programme is USAID-NASA joint venture, which supports developing countries to improve their environmental management and resilience to climate change through integration of earth observation information and geo-spatial technologies into development decision-making. Speaking at the inaugural session, the chief guest Fazal Abbas Maken, Federal …Read More

  • Proposals invited for thematic research grant programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The HEC has invited proposals for Thematic Research Grant Programme (TRGP) for 2015-16, especially designed to address contemporary issues and promote Social Sciences in the country. Social Sciences scholars and researchers with theoretical, conceptual and methodological or policy orientation background have been encouraged to apply for the grants. The full-time faculty members of public and selected private sector universities and degree awarding institutions will submit the…Read More

  • EDF okays setting up of tannery zone in Sialkot

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A project has been approved for the establishment of a tannery zone in Sialkot for climate change adaptation through tanneries relocation in leather industrial zone.  The project, Board of Administrators of Export Development Fund, will be implemented under the supervision of Environmental Protection Agency Punjab with the technical and financial assistance of the UNIDO.  The project will address the concerns of international buyers who often express alarms at the envir…Read More

  • Pakwheels.com ranked most visited sites in 2014-15

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The automotive portal www.Pakwheels.com has emerged as the most visited car website in Pakistan in the year 2014-15. According to the recently-issued Annual Report of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakwheels.com was the most visited car website in 2014-15 and also appeared as the third most searched e-commerce website during the same period. The Annual Report 2014-15 provides details of PTA’s initiatives, its regulatory activities undertaken during the year and also h…Read More

  • Logistic, Tech Park to be built as part of CPEC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has the plan to establish the Pak-China Science, Technology, Commerce and Logistic Park in Islamabad at the cost of $1.5 billion. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said the Pak-China Science, Technology, Commerce and Logistic Park would be established in Islamabad at the cost of $1.5 billion. “The park would be set up as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and it would serve as a platform for technological and commercial …Read More

  • Japanese show interest to boost Pak textile exports

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is presently in discussions with the government of Pakistan about ways in which Japanese overseas development aid might be best put to use to assist this sector – of critical importance to the overall Pakistani economy.  JICA works closely with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), which has sent a request for assistance, according to Daisuke Fukumori, Deputy Director of JICA’s South Asia Division.  “Deta…Read More

  • AJK govt, MPL join hands for biodiversity conservation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The AJK government and Mira Power Limited – a subsidiary of Korea South East Power (KOSEP) setting up 102MW Gulpur Hydro Power Project – have joined hands for implementation of a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for the Poonch River Mahaseer National Park located in the districts of Kotli and Mirpur. Both the sides signed an agreement in this regard. The AJK government established the national park for the protection of the Golden Mahaseer, which is a pried angling fish listed as endangere…Read More

  • Pak Halal authority to start working in two months

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Halal Authority will start functioning within the next two months following the recent passage of a bill by the National Assembly about the establishment of the authority. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said this while speaking at the International Conference on Halal Foods, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics. The event was jointly organised by the PCSIR in collaboration with the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) a…Read More

  • Kaymu.pk celebrates its 3rd anniversary

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Kaymu.pk, Pakistan’s largest online marketplace, has celebrated its third year of operations in the country with a website update, week-long anniversary sales and giveaways every day during the last week. The new website design promises enhanced user experience, allowing complete communication between buyers and sellers. “We owe a huge part of our success to our buyers and sellers. Website redesign coupled with week-long anniversary sales is our way of celebrating this milestone with them!” said…Read More

  • Zameen.com launches property index

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zameen.com, Pakistan’s top property portal, has consolidated its position as an undisputed leader of the region’s property portal industry further by launching Zameen.com Property Index. With real-time, accurate data now simply a few clicks away, this index promises to be an invaluable tool for the discerning investor. Traditionally, decisions regarding real estate have been clouded by speculation due to a dearth of complete and readily available information. With this development, that limitation is n…Read More

  • PTCL offers free EVO wingle with unlimited downloads

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the largest ICT service provider in Pakistan, has launched the “PTCL Muft EVO Offer”.  This allows any new customer the chance to get an EVO Wingle absolutely free. In addition to getting a free EVO Wingle device, customers availing this offer will receive unlimited internet for one whole month by only loading balance of Rs. 1,500. The existing customers can also enjoy unlimited internet by changing their package to EVO 1500 and loading Rs. 1,500 (inclusive of tax). From the second month onwards, the EVO 1500 package will have a 35GB monthly download. The PTCL Muft EVO Offer will …Read More

  • NTDC to reinforce existing transmission network

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has approved Rs 133 million for the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) to conduct feasibility study for enhancing its transmission capacity of 500 kV transmission network. “The study will benefit NTDC by exploring the impact of introducing advance technology like Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) including series shunt compensation and Power System Stabilizers (PSSs) on its primary 500 kV network,” says the study. It is important to mention here that NTDC operates and maintains 12 500 KV and twenty nine 220 KV Grid Stations, 5077 km of 500 KV transmission line and 7359 km of 220 KV transmission line in Pakistan…Read More

  • Pakistan a rising market for world firms: German envoy

    STAFF REPORT LHR: With a young and growing population of nearly 200 million people, Pakistan is an interesting market, which cannot be ignored in the long-run by multinational companies, said German Ambassador to Pakistan. Ina Lapel while recently Inaugurating first office of leading German Technology Company Bosch, she said that latest venture of German giant is an important milestone in our bilateral economic relations with Pakistan. Steven Young, President, Bosch Turkey and Middle East, said his company is keen to be part of Pakistan’s rising growth story, adding, the strongly developing middle class, rising consumer demand and the growth of manufacturing and a…Read More

  • PAS invites nominations for gold medals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) has invited nominations for the gold medals and prizes to be awarded to local scientists, who have made outstanding contributions to scientific research. According to the nomination procedure, only one nomination can be made in each subject by fellows of the academy, vice chancellors/rectors of universities and heads of organisations engaged in scientific education and research. “The applications for nominations of the awards must reach on or beforeFebruary 29, to the office of PAS,” said Executive Director of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Subhanuddin. He said that the PAS holds these nominati…Read More

  • Fisheries: Neglect in curbing malnutrition in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The fisheries resources play a significant role in economic welfare, income generation, employment and food security of a country. Global fish production was recorded 82.6 million tons in 2011 and 79.7 million tons in 2012 while the worldwide average per capita fish consumption was increased from 9.9 kg in the 1960s to 19.2 kg in 2012.  In Pakistan, per capita fish consumption is two kg, which is the lowest in the world. InPakistan, annual fish production is 0.6 million tons wherever 53 per cent came from marine resources and 37 per…Read More

  • Pakistani and Chinese sides to evolve Strategic IT Sector Collaboration through E-Corridor supplementing CPEC

    Press Release : A high level Chinese delegation led by Mr.Yan Lijin Chairman, China Investment Promotion Center called on Minister of State for IT Mrs.    Anusha Rehman here in Islamabad today to    discuss matters relating to collaboration between Pakistani and Chinese public and corporate    sector stakeholders in the areas of innovation, IT parks, electronic payments and other ICT    services and infrastructu…Read More

  • Dr. Atta exhorts scientists to concentrate on R&D

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Scientists of the Islamic world need to concentrate on research and development (R&D) to clinch the Nobel prize for their contribution towards science and technology, said prominent scientist and former federal minister Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman.  He was speaking at the recently held convocation ceremony of Commecs Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences (CIBES) where a number of students who did their BBA and MBA were awarded degrees. Prof. Atta also urged the fresh graduates to striv…Read More

  • Pak-US Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy starts in UET

    STAFF REPORT PESH: US Consul General William J. Martin and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has recently unveiled a plaque at the KP Provincial Assembly to formally launch the US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy.   The centre, housed at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar, aims to produce technical experts and to facilitate applied research to find innovative and practical solutions to Pakistan’s energy challenges. This five…Read More

  • Net metering still a distant dream in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Despite severe energy shortage in the country and the need to have as much decentralised power generation as possible, none of the power distribution companies (DISCOs) across the country has stepped up to offer the net metering facility to its consumers which would enable the customers to help generate their own energy through solar panels.  This is despite the fact NEPRA regulations were changed in September last year to account for such a system. Net metering allows the consumers …Read More

  • UC Browser launched for Android users

    STAFF REPORT KHI: UCWeb, maker of the world’s number 1 third-party mobile browser, with 35.3 market share in Pakistan, has released the biggest update in last one year to its mobile browser for Pakistani Android users.  Unlike any other mobile browsers in the market, UC Browser for Android is first of its kind to give its users complete freedom to personalize the way they discover and access web content. The new browser also comes with a new selection of specially designed background images for an enhan…Read More

  • Lasting solution to rising global temperature stressed

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The average temperature of the world has increased by 0.7 degree since the beginning of the 21th century and it may rise by 1.6 to 4.3 degrees by the end of the 21st century, Karachi University (KU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Qaiser has this.  He said this while addressing the local and international delegates gathered at the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre at KU for the four-day 14th national and 5th international conference of the Pakistan Botanical Society (PBS…Read More

  • Seminar discusses to raise higher education quality

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Directorate of Quality Enhancement (DQE) Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan has recently organized a one-day national seminar on “How to raise the quality of higher education” here in Lahore.  Prof. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy a renowned Pakistani scholar, essayist and national security analyst, was the resource person in the seminar. The seminar was attended by the principal officers and faculty members from the Virtual University of Pakistan from various stations connected through video link, QECs representatives from …Read More

  • Expert suggest safe zones for vultures for conservation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Baanhn Beli and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have recently organized a workshop inviting stakeholders to put together a national vulture conservation strategy to arrest the years of decline in the species population across Pakistan. “The government should declare safe zones for vulture conservations, as well as projects aimed at increasing the number of vultures in the country,” said Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia, in her address on the occasion. She cited examples of others countries where decline in species has been a result of numerous factors, but “in the case of vultures, we know it’s a certain…Read More

  • Dr. Khalida appreciated for getting ‘researcher of the year’ title

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) graciously congratulates Pakistani geo-morphologist and postdoctoral DRR researcher Prof. Dr. Khalida Khan, who has been titled ‘ISDR Researcher of the Year’ at the National Postdoctoral Association (US) by the Inter-regional Directors’ Board of the SAARC-ASEAN Post-doc Academia. Director General of ICIMOD, Dr David James Molden has sent his warm congratulations on the on this benevolent victory of Pakistani academia. Dr Molden is a development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in designing, planning, executing, and monitoring programmes on water management, livelihoods, en…Read More

  • Degrees awarded at UET Lahore convocation

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The 22nd convocation of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) has recently been held at its New Auditorium Hall.  As many as 13 PhD, 53 MPhil, 187 MSc, 44 MBA and 1,380 bachelor’s students were awarded degrees. Medals were distributed among 58 students. Sharia Hussaini, the first Iranian to complete a PhD (architecture) from the UET, was also among them. Ayesha Liaqat from the Chemical Engineering Department and Hafiz Ahmad Waqas from Civil Engineering Department received…Read More

  • NUST sets up Chinese learning centre

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National University of Sciences and Technology has established a Chinese Studies Centre (CSC) at its School of Social Sciences and Humanities.  The university administration said the centre will serve as a centre of excellence, and will undertake studies in Chinese society, strategy, politics, language, economy, culture, defence, diplomacy, environment and science and technology. In addition, the centre will undertake studies dealing with va…Read More

  • Govt focusing on skills provision to youth

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The government of Pakistan is promoting the higher education for improving the country's economy through highly-educated and skilled youth so that an highly educated generation is produced for the national progress.  Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said this while addressing the recently concluded ceremony of Pakistan Coating Show in Lahore. He said that the government is paying special attention to provide skills to the youth. He said the country' economy …Read More

  • Tunnel farming getting popular in Punjab

    STAFF REPORT KHI: With the introduction of modern agricultural techniques like tunnel farming the agriculture has started fast changing the cultivation practices in Pakistan especially in Punjab.  Tunnel farming, also adopted by neighbouring India, has the farmers of Punjab to reap more profits from the vegetable crops mainly grown in summer. Now the Punjab province has started witnessing a mushroom growth of the structures in the fields in its central districts of Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Lahore and Kasur wher…Read More

  • APTMA seeks remedial steps to meet textile export target

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan textile industry is impaired due to heavy taxes and surcharges, rendering it uncompetitive compared to regional economies. Other irritants include energy tariff, under utilization of power generation capacity and energy shortage, says a research report prepared by the APTMA.  The export sector is subject to five percent duties, taxes and surcharges, while competitors in India enjoy tax-free regime on exports of textile products, while in Bangladesh and China, levies on exports are around one percent. The rep…Read More

  • PINSTECH to host facility for radioactive wastage management

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Living up to the expectations of the nation as a responsible organisation, the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) is going to host the country’s maiden licenced facility for radioactive wastage management in Nilore.  Certificate for hosting the storage facility was awarded to the PINSTECH at a ceremony recently held in the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) headquarters in Islamabad. Besides this Chairman PNRA also awarded operating licence of is…Read More

  • Climate change impacts hitting Pakistan hard

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is among the 12 countries that is hard hit by the climate change problem and unfortunately due to unprecedented climatic change and human activities are habitats are being lost or are being degraded. These views were expressed by University of Karachi Vice Chancellor Dr M. Qaiser while addressing an inaugural session of the conference on ‘Climate Change and Phytodiversity: Challenges and Opportunities’. The event was organised by the Pakistan Botanical Society and University of Karachi at KU. He said that unfortunately due to unprecedented climatic change and human activities, habitats are being lost or are being degraded in Pakistan.&nb…Read More

  • Research paper: Literary contributions of Pak scientist

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The contributions of five famous Pakistani scientists in the field of literature is identified in the research paper of Imran Akhtar of Bahauddin Zakariya University, titled: “Pakistan ke namwar sciencedano ki adabi khidmat”.  The researcher has named about a dozen personalities but has reserved separate chapters for Dr. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Dr. Abdus Salam, and Dr. Anwar Nasim.  The relation of science and culture is found back in Sparta and Athens, centuries ago. The importance of science and literatur…Read More

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  • Workshop calls for wider use of ICTs

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of IT and Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) have organised a daylong workshop on effective use of ICTs for development to improve lives of marginalised sections of society. The workshop was held under the ICT4D UNESCO Chair Prof. Tim Unwin included four sessions on local content development, collaboration with international research partners, competition policy and emerging business models. The opening session included speeches from ICT4D UNESCO Chair Prof. Tim Unwin, IT…Read More

  • 12pc growth in broadband penetration in 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Thanks to millions of 3G and 4G users, the year 2015 witnessed a 12 per cent growth in broadband penetration from mere 2.07 per cent in 2014. At the end of November 2015, the total number of broadband subscribers reached 24.78 million, out of which 21.68 million broadband users were on 3G/4G technology, 1.5 million were on DSL and another 1.3 million were using EvDO. This huge increase in broadband usage is clearly the result of 3G/4G services but less than 20 per cent mobile phone user…Read More

  • PINSAT, NCP sign deal for tech collaboration

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Preston Institute of Nano Science and Technology (PINSAT), Preston University, Islamabad, and the National Centre for Physics (NCP), Islamabad have inked an agreement accord for collaboration between the two institutions. Under the MoU, a formal linkage has been established to give boost to research and technical cooperation in the area of Physics. This is being done with a purpose to advance the state of science and technology in general and Physics in particular within the country and to bring be…Read More

  • USAID, HEC give warm sendoff to students for US

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Senior officials from the USAID and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan held a send-off reception at the NUST for approximately two dozen students and faculty members who are departing for a semester abroad at Arizona State University. Over next four years, approximately 200 energy-engineering graduate students and faculty from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar will each spend a seme…Read More

  • PTA highlights potential of mobile banking

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) in collaboration with Total Communication has recently organised the “2nd International Conference on Mobile Banking” in order to explore potential opportunities across mobile commerce sector in the country. Representatives from SBP, banks, financial institutions, Ministry of IT, cellular operators, software houses, ICT consultants and academicians attended to impart their invaluable input and expertise on the subject. In his remarks, Chairman PTA Dr Yaseen briefed the audience about ass…Read More

  • Launch of IP-COM to be landmark for IT, internet sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Global Sales Director, IP-COM, a China based wireless APs and networks manufacturer company, Bruce has said that Chinese companies are keen to market their products in information technology sector in Pakistan as this would help people of both countries to come closer. He said that if internet reaches every corner of Pakistan this would be a result of economic growth of the country. The launch of IP-COM will be a landmark for IT and internet sector in Pakistan. He sai…Read More

  • Future of Pakistan relies on solar technology

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Solar energy offers security and independence to businesses and the individual consumers of Pakistan. Costing lower than grid electricity, a smaller set-up time and smoother integration with the existing energy systems, the technology offers a viable solution to create a diversified and greener energy mix. Pakistan is located on a sun belt with potential capacity for solar photovoltaic installation at 1,600 GW, which is 40 times greater than the present consumption.  Reon Energy L…Read More

  • Integrated Biometrics to help get rid of ‘ghost teachers’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A ‘ghost teacher’ problem in Pakistan that had grown so bad and led to the closure of thousands of schools is finally being addressed through biometrics. The problem was much worse than the standard ‘ghost’ employee issue where fake or former workers exploit bureaucratic holes to continue drawing monthly salaries. In Pakistan, particularly its southern Balochistan and Sindh provinces, entire ‘shadow schools’ were still being funded although the facilitie…Read More

  • University of Haripur signs MoU with Tech Valley

    STAFF REPORT ABBOTABAD: The University of Haripur (UoH) and Tech Valley Abbottabad, a private tech organisation, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). UoH Vice Chancellor Dr Nasser Ali Khan, UoH Head of IT Department Muhammad Junaid, Tech Valley Abbottabad founders Umar Farooq and Abdullah Ijaz, activists and academics were in attendance on this occasion. While briefing the participants about the MoU, Farooq said Tech Valley Abbottabad plans to hire over 1,000 interns from UoH, and arrange capacity-building sessions, expo…Read More

  • LEAD offers fellowships to professionals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan under its flagship Leadership Development Programme (LDP) has invited applications for fellowships from junior to mid-level professionals belonging to different sectors in Pakistan.  According to the details, since 50 per cent of mankind is now urbanised, the battle for economic growth, climate change, poverty alleviation and health of communities will be lost and won in cities in the 21st century. Given its vital importance, the…Read More

  • National Forest Policy being drafted with consultations

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is preparing a comprehensive National Forest Policy in order to curb deforestation and increase forests across the country while all provinces are finalizing the forestation measures at the national level.  Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has recently informed the National Assembly during the question hour. He said the process of consultation on the draft policy is in its final stage and revised version of draft policy will be presented before th…Read More

  • PARC trains 75 farm field officers from Malakand, Hazara

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has always acknowledged the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for various development projects in Pakistan including the establishment of Plant Genetic Resources Institute (PGRI) at the NARC campus.  Chairman PARC Dr. Nadeem Amjad said this while addressing the certificate distribution ceremony of Capacity Development Program of Agriculture Extension Services of KP at NARC in Islamabad. He said…Read More

  • Water shortage endangering Indus river dolphin

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Habitat of the Indus River dolphin, currently reduced to one-fifth of its historical range, is degraded primarily due to shortage of water caused by its diversions to meet the growing agricultural needs in country.  This was stated by speakers during an awareness event about conservation of Indus dolphin, organised by WWF-Pakistan on Sunday at Indus River Dolphin Conservation and Information Centre, Sukkur. Imran Malik, Senior Conservation Officer of WWF-Pakistan said th…Read More

  • SLF taking initiatives to protect snow leopards

    STAFF REPORT CHITRAL: Snow Leopard Foundation (SLF) Pakistan has been camera trapping in Terich Valley, which is helping determine the population of snow leopards and other ungulates in the region.  SLF has successfully captured on camera many wild species, including the snow leopard, wolf, ibex, fox, jackal, wild cat and cape hare by using the latest motion sensor camera with night vision. “The most important aspect of the study is the support from Terich Valley community which strengthened conservation …Read More

  • Tech Times, Kamyab Pakistan ink MoU for joint cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the weekly Technology Times and Kamyab Pakistan with an aim to develop cooperation and collaboration for the promotion of scientific culture in the society and strengthen the links between science and society.  The signing ceremony has recently been held in Islamabad where Sayyed Ali Mustafa Zaidi Paras, Editor and CEO of the Technology Times, and Mansoor Malik from Kamyab Pakistan signed the agreement. Unde…Read More

  • Pakistan asked to upgrade flash floods guidance system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The world weather body has asked Pakistan to upgrade its current flash floods guidance system and expressed its willingness to help the country in this regard.  In a letter to Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that although Pakistan is already leader in South Asia and using flash flood guidance system, it can become regional centre by upgrading its system to South Asia Flash Flood Guidance (SAsiaFFG). The new sy…Read More

  • Concern expressed over land erosion in coastal areas

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Senate Standing Committee, on Planning, Development and reforms has stressed the need for resolving issues of non-conventional security threats of the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.  In its recent meeting, the Senate committee discussed the serious issue of sea erosion. Kareem Khawaja, on the occasion said “We need to understand the gravity of issue in the provinces which are facing serious threats of sea intrusion and land erosion”. He asked the Fed…Read More

  • Engineering students lament lack of corporate, govt support

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Governments and industrialists do not offer financial and technical support at a macro level to enable students to turn projects into commercial successes.  This is the opinion of Talha Saleem, a student of Pakistan Navy Engineering College of NUST, and part of a team that designed the prototype of a fuel-efficient and light-weight smart car to be put in the race to win the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) to be held in Manila in coming March. Saleem believes that he and his team can make the car into a commercia…Read More

  • UET approves annual development budget

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The 33rd meeting of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore Senate has recently been held at the Seminar Hall of Chemical Engineering Department.  Malik Rafiq Rajwana, Governor of Punjab/ Chancellor of the University, presided over the meeting. The meeting approved the recurring and development budget for the year 2015-16 of Rs. 2633.281 million and development budget Rs. 2997.021 million, both for income and expenditures with a deficit of Rs. 71.068 million. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Faz…Read More

  • Less developed areas a priority: HEC chief

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmad has said that many educational projects in the less developed areas have been initiated with the spirit to enlarge the scope of higher education in the country.  He said that recently 50 development projects with the support of present government in Sindh, Balochistan, Fata and AJK have been initiated to provide educational opportunities to the students within the country and those achieving higher education abroad. The Chairman revealed at an event that major nat…Read More

  • 144 students of S3H receive degrees at NUST convocation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The second Convocation of NUST School of Social Sciences and Humanities (S3H) in Islamabad where as many as 125 students received their bachelor’s degrees in the disciplines of economics, mass communication and government & public policy, while another 19 got master's of science (MS) degrees in economics.  PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was chief guest on the occasion. Earlier, the chief guest awarded President’s Gol…Read More

  • World Innovation & Technology Day celebrated

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The World Innovation and Technology Day has been celebrated across the globe including Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Special demonstrations on connected lighting, the Internet of Things (IoT) and human centric lighting were arranged to allow visitors a glimpse into how lighting is turning Sci-fi into reality. The event was organised by Philips that was attended by media persons from around the globe, says a message received in Islamabad from Netherlands. The event featured …Read More

  • Several key posts still lying vacant in HEC after months

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher Education Commission (HEC) is yet to appoint its principal accounting officer and several other key officials.  A number of senior management slots are still lying vacant at the HEC including Executive Director, Member Operations and Planning, Member (Academics) and Advisor Human Resource Development, Advisor Quality Assurance, Advisor Finance, Advisor Monitoring, Managing Director Quality Assurance Agency, Director General Learning Innovation, Director General Qual…Read More

  • Infinix Mobility introduces Infinix NOTE 2 LTE

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Infinix Mobility, a leading smartphone brand in Africa, has introduced its latest NOTE series product, the brand new Infinix NOTE 2 LTE. The most advanced NOTE series product ever is now available exclusivity on DARAZ.PK.   “Customers, response toward Infinix HOT NOTE had been so positive, with Infinix NOTE 2 we want to raise the bar and offer better product. Infinix Mobility is offering new dimensions and new features that will simplify your daily use,” said Benjamin Jiang Infinix Mobility’s CEO. The Infinix NOTE 2 LTE offers a bright and large 5.98 inch screen with slim bezels that maximize the space of the display…Read More

  • Industries polluting Chenab river

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Industrial waste dumped into Chenab River is threatening the aquatic plant life, says a new study conducted by researchers at the Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. The study investigates the impact of polluted sediment on the morphological and biochemical prospects of Brassica napus seedlings, grown in vitro. “Pollutants dragged into the river are posing more danger to plant life, as compared to that of pollutants on dry land,” said Gulistan Wali, expert at the environmental science department of Fatima Jinnah Women’s University. “Empirical evidence shows that organo-chlorine pesticides, organic pollutant…Read More

  • Consumers allowed sell power to distributing companies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The consumers can sell extra electricity to the power distribution companies at off peak rates which they could generate easily through the solar and wind systems during day hours.  Instead of staying just as consumers, the clients of power distribution companies have been provided a modern facility of selling the extra electricity. Following successful models of several western and eastern countries, the government ultimately introduced this technology to facilitate power-producing customers and help overcome the unendi…Read More

  • UNESCO extending support to develop flood warning system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to set up a common understanding and direction for river modelling data requirements, a two-day international conference on Meaning and Characterizing River Morphology for Hindcasting and Forecasting River Responses to Major Floods has recently been held in Islamabad. The event was jointly organized by UNESCO, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), PCRWR, UNESCO’s category-II centre ICHARM, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and a number of Pakistani and Japanese organisations. The workshop was part of UNESCO’s Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan project, which was launched in March this year…Read More

  • Power generation to reach 42,467 MW by 2018

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is embarking on an ambitious plan to enhance the power generation in the country from the existing 22,570 MW to 42,467 MW by 2018.  “880 MW including 400 MW solar would be added to the national grid in 2015, 1590 MW (600 solar, 340 MW Nuclear & 650 MW wind) in 2016, 5,985 MW (Coal 1320 MW, Hydel 3805 MW, Nuclear 340 MW & 520 MW wind) in 2017 and 11,442 MW (11,220 MW coal and 222 MW hydel) in 2018. The government since its inception completed delayed projects of 2,100MW, which were added to the …Read More

  • WB approves additional $35m for water resources

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The World Bank has approved an additional financing of $35 million to support improved management, planning and development of water resources in the Indus River Basin with better environmental and social considerations.  This financing would help enhance the government's capacity to address the basin level management of Indus water resources, including support to climate-change adaptation and mitigation measures. "Water sector issues are enormous and complex and addressing them will require a strategic engagement ove…Read More

  • Farm workers prone to facing disasters

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Small farmers, agricultural wageworkers and tenants in rural and agri-based communities are prone to disasters and rapid climate change impacts. These farmers, as a result of disturbed rain patterns are in dire need of measures to rebuild and create resilience to respond the climate change phenomenon.  The observations were shared at a roundtable on ‘Private sector resilience’ and launching of Resilience Scoping Study organized by Oxfam-Novib Pakistan in collaboration with Indus Consortium. The study findings emphasised …Read More

  • 64 new oil, gas discoveries marked 2 years

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 64 new oil and gas discoveries were registered in Pakistan during the last two years.  According to an official, the government’s efforts to fulfil the country’s growing energy needs have started yielding results with adding 65 new oil and gas discoveries so far. However, a total of 227 wells have been drilled while 46 new petroleum exploration licenses were awarded, which was a record performance in the country’s history, he claimed. Similarly, the source added around 560 MMCFD of additional gas a…Read More

  • PLCIP, UVAS sign MoU for hide quality improvement

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The European Union (EU) funded Pakistan Leather Competitiveness Improvement Program (PLCIP) has signed an MoU with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in Lahore to improve hide collection practices for quality enhancement. Usman Malik, Project Director PLCIP and Agha Saiddain, Chairman - Hide and Skin Improvement Sub-Committee, Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) and Prof. Dr Zafar Iqbal, UVAS, signed the MoU. Bernard Francois, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union, witnessed the MoU signing ceremony. …Read More

  • Dangers of mycotoxins for human life

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mycotoxins are the harmful substances produced by certain species of fungi. Many species of fungi may produce more than one type of toxin, said Dr Aneela Zameer Durrani, Chairperson of Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery at UVAS, Lahore.  She said that the more common types of mycotoxins occurring in foods and animal feeds include aflatoxin B1, B2, G1, G2, ochratoxins, fumonisin and zearalenone. Mycotoxins have got attention as they are toxic to human and animal health. The most acutely toxic is a…Read More

  • Bahria University holds summit to bridge industry-academia gap

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Bahria University Islamabad has recently has conducted a one-day summit on open source technologies with the aim to gather leaders from the IT industry with the focus to enhance the linkages between the academia and industry.    The industrial delegation met Bahria University Rector Vice Admiral Tanveer Faiz, Bahria University Islamabad Campus principal, deans and head of Computer Department. All the parties affirmed their support for the development of Pakistan’s economy by efficiently utilising the…Read More

  • 6,636 HEC scholarships given to students in last five years

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has awarded 2,528 foreign as well as 4,108 indigenous scholarships to various scholars during the last five years. HEC also extended financial assistance to 8,178 students under different need-based programmes during this period, an official source this correspondent.  According to details, 1432 foreign scholarships were awarded to scholars including 238 females in Punjab during the said period. A total of 304 scholarships including 68 to female scholars hailing from Sindh were aw…Read More

  • CIIT world conference attracts IT community

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The three-day international conference on ‘Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT-2015),' recently organised by the Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), 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 was the ‘Best IT Innovation Award (BITA)’ with prize money of Rs1 million for the best innovative idea presented during the moot.  …Read More

  • USDA, USAID partner with UVAS to set up dairy research farm

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to improve dairy production and resolve multiple issues in the farming sector Pakistan, USDA and USAID are partnering with the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) to establish the Pattoki Training and Research Demonstration Farm, a model dairy farm for high-producing breeds in the city.  According to an official from the Punjab Livestock and Dairy Department, the demonstration farm will house approximately 50 imported Holstein heifers from the US, which are expected to arrive during the ongoing wint…Read More

  • QAU hiring best faculty to compete globally: VC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Vice Chancellor Quaid-e-Azam University, Prof. Dr. Javaid Ashraf, has said that they spent Rs 95.64 million in the year 2014-15 on awarding scholarships to its students and is hiring best faculty members to further improve the teaching standard.  “We are trying to hire the best faculty from across the country to further boost the quality of education and compete the top-ranked universities of the world,” he said this while talking to media in Islamabad. He said that the university is spending much of its funds on giv…Read More

  • Electric, Telecom Safety Code launched

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Electric and Telecommunication Safety Code (PETSAC) has been launched in order to ensure protection of workforce and general-public.  “The code will help implement internationally recognized safety practices in power and telecommunication sectors in the country.” said Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain while addressing at the code launching ceremony in Islamabad. He said this achievement will certainly pave the way to open international job markets for Pakistani en…Read More

  • Mobilink equips needy youth with tools to shape future

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink has successfully completed its nationwide ‘ICT Enhancement Program’ in partnership with Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP).    Under the initiative, Mobilink has set up six state-of-the-art ICT labs in its partner schools to ensure youth from marginalized communities are equipped to thrive in the fast evolving digital economy.    This initiative, launched five months ago, saw Mobilink and PCP join hands to identi…Read More

  • PARC unveils solar powered AC pumping systems

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) has introduced and installed solar powered AC pumping system at Talagang in district Chakwal to address the power issues for irrigation.    This system is much economical than the existing DC solar pumping system and is affordable for farming community, said a statement issued by PARC here.   PARC Chairman Dr. Nadeem Amjad and former Chairman PARC Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad inaugurated the solar powered AC pumping syst…Read More

  • Anusha urges consensus on global agenda for use of ICTs to achieve SDGs

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman Khan has emphasized the need for global policy consensus to maximize the utility of ICTs for achieving the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  She said this while recently delivering her policy statement at the UN General Assembly high level meeting in New York. The meeting was arranged to review the achievements of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) over the past decade. “Today we recognize ICT as true drivers of economic …Read More

  • Justeatislamabad is now Justfood Pakistan

    Online food delivery check is a rising industry in Pakistan like other countries as we’ve seen moderately a few players creating their mark in that gap.    JUSTEAT made its first step to the Federal market in 2011 by achieving a majority pledge in local startup Foodzone in Islamabad, Pakistan. They began as a technology organization in the online food demanding space that can get your food on the go, They have ventured to stay consistently with our core mission; altering the way Pakistani orders food. Furthermore, their journey f…Read More

  • ECC approves Telecom Policy 2015 with greater vision

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved the Telecom Policy 2015 designed to attract investment and innovation in the sector.  The policy includes various new elements such as competition framework, spectrum strategy, spectrum sharing, satellite communication, which were not present in earlier policies. …Read More

  • Broadband users including 3G, 4G cross 23.6 million mark

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The total broadband subscribers, including for 3G and 4G services, have crossed the 23.6 million mark in Pakistan, posting a reasonable growth rate with each passing month. The market data reveals that the 3G and 4G subscribers also reached 20.6 million by November this year. In September last, the highest growth rate of 14.43 percent was by cellular companies, which have added 2.35 million 3G/4G subscribers. “The number of broadband subscribers in other technologies are DSL 1,563,321 users, HFC 43,929 users, Wima…Read More

  • Govt urged to ustilise IT for innovation, transparency

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Systems Limited CEO and Managing Director Asif Peer has urged the government to utilise information technology (IT) as a medium to bring innovation and transparency in the system.  “Given the vast opportunities Pakistan provides and in order to keep up with the pace of the world, it is important to use IT as an enabler to streamline the country's infrastructure,” said Peer while talking to media. He revealed that his company hired 120 fresh graduates and young entreprene…Read More

  • UET Taxila graduated awarded degrees, medals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 14th convocation of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Taxila, has been held at the Jinnah Convention Centre in Islamabad.    Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana in his capacity as chancellor of the UET, Taxila, awarded degrees and medals to the passed out graduates and outstanding performers during the ceremony.   In his address as chief guest, the governor said that academic excellence in science and technology is a stepping stone for Pakistan towards developm…Read More

  • Microsoft Pakistan starts move to empower women, youth

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Microsoft Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to contributing to the development of women and youth through its “UpgradeYourWorld” campaign.  The main vision of the campaign revolves around the idea that innovation and talent s…Read More

  • Innovation only way forward for Pak progress

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Panelists, participants and stakeholders of a conference agreed that innovation was the only way forward for Pakistan and there was a need to synergise the digital and financial end of the market.  They were speaking at a recentl…Read More

  • PARC transfers solar dryer tech to farmers of Sukkur

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) is introducing and transferring new innovations and technologies among farming community for promotion and development of agriculture sector in Pakistan. “Farmers can increase their production…Read More

  • PSEB to provide internship to 3000 IT graduates

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) has approved to enhance volume of the prime minister’s internship programme and approved to provide internship to 3,000 IT graduates including 30 per cent female graduates yearly.  …Read More

  • E-commerce thriving in Pakistan despite barriers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: With more than 2,000 shopping portals, the country’s e-shopping space is expanding quickly despite multiple barriers to entry, NetSol Technologies Founder and CEO Salim Ghauri said on the launch of its e-commerce portal Turbooz.com.    A new initiative, Turbooz.com is a portal designed to provide designers, artisans and entrepreneurs a platform to promote and sell online both locally and internationally.   “We want to enable and empower the incredible Pakistani talent,” said …Read More

  • Solar plants provided to Chitral hospitals

    STAFF REPORT CHITRAL: The Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) has provided solar power plants to the health department at a ceremony held in the Chitral Scouts Headquarters.  This was done to restore power to hospitals in upper parts of Chiral that were confronted with power issues after Res…Read More

  • Pakistan receives $3b renewable energy investment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has received a record $3 billion investment in the renewable energy sector over the past one year as the government seeks to ensure energy security in the country. Pakistan has become a choice destination of investors because of the potential in this sector, robust policy framework, lucrative tariff structures and bankable security documents, said Amjad Ali Awan, CEO Alternative Energy Develo…Read More

  • Spate irrigation key to sustainable agriculture

    STAFF REPORT HYD: Experts, researches and academia carrying expertise on spate irrigation system spoke on the need to invest in the irrigation system to cope with the challenges of food security.  They were speaking at the 'National Conference on Spate Irrigation: Potential and Challenges' …Read More

  • Solar power firm plans to install generation facilities

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A solar power generator has come up with an innovative plan, where a company intends to install small-scale solar generation facilities at various premises.  Shams Power (Private) Limited has approached the Nepra for generation of 50MW gross combined capacity of various ge…Read More

  • No danger of nuclear leaks from K2, K3’

    ALI RAZA KHI: The nuclear plants planned to be built near Karachi are according to the latest designs, with radiation control devices installed and that there would be no danger of nuclear leaks from the plants.  …Read More

  • YouTube accessible despite regular ban

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After a ban of almost three years, video sharing website Youtube is now accessible in many parts of the country despite ban on the website.  The cities where the site is operation…Read More

  • Broadband users to undergo biometric verification

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Customers will have to verify their identity through thumb impressions to confirm that the Computerized National Identity Card they are using for activation of their internet connection is legitimate, original and it belongs to them.  …Read More

  • Provinces’ tax collection on telecom sector irks minister

    STAFF REPORT ISB: State Minister for IT Anusha Rehman has expressed annoyance over the provinces' interference regarding collection of taxes on telecom sector.  She raised the issue at the Senate…Read More

  • Pre-paid cell phone users robbed of Rs40b over WHT

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The pre-paid mobile phone users were robbed of by Rs. 40 billion, when 14 percent withholding tax was automatically deducted from every card recharge they made last year.  T…Read More

  • Pak-China e-corridor planned for greater connectivity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and China have agreed to develop an e-corridor to establish greater connectivity in the region, keeping in view the importance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).  The…Read More

  • NA passes bill to set up Pak Halal Authority

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Assembly has passed a bill to establish the Pakistan Halal Authority.  This authority would help promote Halal food products trade and capture Pakistan’s share in th…Read More