Volume 06 Issue 37

  • NAYS conducts workshop on biosafety in UAP

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

  • Global IT giants physical presence can mature Pakistan`s tech industry: Anusha Rahman

    By Ahsan Jamil   PAKISTAN`S BOOMING Information Technology (IT) industry is propelling on fast pace as few of the shimmering facts tear apart the crimson boundaries and hint an illustrious growth due to the features of adaptability of global IT companies, rising consumer base, increased tech knowledge, the growing demand of network security etc. Pakistan’s share of global IT sales has climbed to $2.8 billion, out of which $1.6 billion accounts for the country’s exports of software and IT-enabled services. The engagement of youth and their…Read More

  • Telecom is the highest tax payer sector of Pakistan: FBR

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telecommunication sector is one of the profitable sectors which contribute a sizeable share in economy of the country and especially with the opening up of 3G and 4G horizons it is booming at fast pace. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) recently leaked in a press statement that telecom companies in Pakistan have paid a large amount of Rs 4.6 billion in lieu of income taxes on different services in the past 5 years. The officials further detailed the breakup of the taxes paid by telecom sector, “The combined percentage of tax levied from telecom sector …Read More

  • Google announces virtual shopping event in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The cyber market has garnered immense popularity over the years. The global eye ‘Google’ has announced largest online shopping festival ‘Tech Mela’ in Pakistan which will last for 10 days starting from September 11, 2015. The shopping festival will entail products such as smartphones, gadgets and data voice plans at discounted rates.  Tania Aidrus, Country Manager, South Asia Frontier Google said while commenting on the event, “ Pakistan`s cell phone industry is on boom as the cyber surfers and online procurers are growing at rapid pace with t…Read More

  • OPL, Chinese firm sign investment deal in E&P sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The oil and gas sector of Pakistan is one of the most underexplored area which needs immense exploitation from both local and foreign E&P companies. The Chinese firm Poly-GCL Petroleum Group of China has recently signed an investment pact with Ocean Petroleum Limited (OPL).  According to the agreement Poly-GCL Petroleum Group will invest about $500 million in exploration sector. The agreement phased out as seven member delegation of Poly-GCL reached out OPL during their visit to Pakistan.  The Chinese delegation was led by Chairman, Barton Yu. He said, “Pakistan is rich in oil and gas reservoirs and has immense potential f…Read More

  • Infrastructure sharing can escalate telecom sector: PTA Chief

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

  • FIT announces national level competition on IT innovation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT) has announced a national level contest for ‘Best Innovation Technology Awards (BITA)’ in order to acknowledge new and creative ideas in the information technology domain.  According to the sources, BITA will entail contestants from both academia and industry and both categories will be eligible for the award. The outstanding contributor will be assessed on the basis of the impact of innovation and the research, originality.  Academia category will account for students’ contribution towards the development of IT sector. The students will have an opportunity to showcase their innovat…Read More

  • Engagement of civil society must for Science Popularization: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The 9th monthly brainstorming session on ‘Making Pakistan Science Conscious’ was organized by Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS). The session aimed at popularizing science in society and exchange of ideas from senior scientists, professors, students were floated.  Dr Zabta Khan Shinwari, General Secretary PAS in his address to participants said, “The students have key role to play in popularizing science and every one amongst them should become an ambassador of science popularization and put efforts for its promotion in his circle. …Read More

  • PITB holds technical training session for public sector officials

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) organized hands on training for public sector departments in collaboration with Information Technology University (ITU). The two day hands on session was held at Arfa Software Technology Park and revolved around the theme of App development. The senior management wing (Batch-18) of National Management College were imparted the basic training to enhance their skills in technology for better execution of their job roles.The Senior Official of PITB said in the inaugural session, “The technology has a major role to play and every one in today’s world needs to be familiar with technology in order to maximize his potentials a…Read More

  • PEF launches mobile app to trace out-of-school children

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has rolled out an exclusive android based mobile application to identify out-of-school children in a ceremony held recently. The app is called as ‘Mujhay School Bhaijain’ and is a freeware available on Google Play Store and also on the PEF`s website.  The application is one of the variables in ‘education for all’ moto that education is the fundamental right of every individual and its access must be to everyone. This app will help to identify those underprivileged children who remain out of the education net in normal circ…Read More

  • Workshop highlights significance of biotechnology

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

  • NAYS conducts workshop on biosafety in UAP

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

  • PM Youth Training Scheme underway

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

  • PTCL shakes hands with ITB for LMS

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

  • WWF-Pak organizes session on sustainable waste management

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

  • Coca-Cola unwavering initiative of Mobile Book Bank

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

  • Telenor adds three new mobile handsets to product portfolio

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telenor Pakistan is one of the finest telecom companies in Pakistan that offers exceptional voice and SMS, internet and various other services and products. A session was recently organized by Telenor Pakistan team in order to register three new mobile handset into its product portfolio.  During the ceremony it was revealed that the new devices added to the portfolio include Lite 3G, Smart Mini and Smart Pro. The cost of each device is about PKR 3,690, Lite 3G is a dual SIM 3G feature phone with video calling & video streaming facilities. Irfan Wahab Khan, Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan said on the occasion, “Telenor…Read More

  • US jolts support for Diamer Bhasha Dam

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

  • CIIT signs agreement with DRDF to provide technical trainings

    STAFF REPORT SAHIWAL: The dairy and livestock production is an important field and much of the development need to be fetched into it in order to bring it at par. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dairy and Rural Development Foundation (DRDF) for the sake of capacity building and training staff in order to achieve sustainable development of livestock sector. Speaking on the occasion Professor Dr Abdul Waheed, Director CIIT Sahiwal, said, “The MoU shoulders responsibility on CIIT to train mas…Read More

  • MoIT committed to develop IT infrastructure in underprivileged areas

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Korean Exim Bank will guide Pakistan to build state of the art Technology Park in Islamabad Capital Territory. This was revealed by Federal State Minister for Information Technology (MoIT) and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman while chairing a high level meeting with Baluchistan counterpart Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal. Anusha Rahman apprised during the meeting that ‘tele-centre project’ which was being executed by USF had entered implementation phase and MoIT is deliberating to build telecentres in rural areas of Balochistan as well. These telecentres wi…Read More

  • Scientific R&D are prime goals of AIOU: Dr Shahid

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) Rawalpindi region held a science exhibition in which science projects developed by university students were displayed. The event was an attempt to promote a competitive environment and promote healthy activities for intellectual growth, sustainable ecosystem development and information exchange.  Dr Shahid Siddiqui, Vice Chancellor AIOU was present on the occasion as chief guest. He said while addressing on the occasion, “The research and development activities are prime focus of AIOU and it is striving to i…Read More

  • Mobicash steps farther for electronic banking

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

  • Warid unveils new Data SIM

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Warid, the leading telecommunication company which also holds largest 4G subscribers user base has unleashed an exclusive ‘Data SIM’. The newly launched SIM has tendency to enable connectivity for all smart devices with SIM slots.  The Senior official of Warid Telecom said while commenting on the launching of newly released SIM, “Warid Data SIM allows customers instant internet connectivity without the inconvenience of searching for Wi-Fi connections. The Data SIM is compatible with iPads, tablets”. The Warid Data SIM is available a…Read More

  • Lenovo designates i2 Pakistan as Smartphone distributor

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

  • USAID provides advanced trainings to farmers from abroad

    STAFF REPORT ISB: USAID has catalyzed the agriculture and energy sector of Pakistan through its various commendable initiatives. One such initiative is the ‘USAID Training for Pakistan Project’ under which training of farmers to advanced farming techniques is done. USAID has sent 18 participants to Netherlands to get hands on experience and trainings in various advanced methodologies including greenhouse systems and hydroponics. These techniques are very handy in increasing the production of vegetables and other agriculture commodities in challenging environment. The farmers which were trained belonged to various areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. USAID official said, “The organiz…Read More

  • UAF introduces web based farming solutions

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

  • Urbanization is great contributor to environmental pollution: Speakers

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A seminar focusing on ‘Urbanization & Environment’ was held to sensitize on raising pollution concerns in the Karachi city due to expansion of urban areas and welled population growth. The event was organized by National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in partnership with PARCO, Sindh and Department of Youth Affairs. The participants from public and private sector, environmental scientists, civil society were present on the occasion in large number. Erstwhile Secreatary, Sindh Environment Department, Shams ul Haq Memon highlighted the ur…Read More

  • Biomedical engineering can account for various challenges

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

  • Cyber boom is the best thing over the years in Pakistan: Fida Hussain

    Fida Hussain is an avid enthusiast and a rising cyber entrepreneur. He is an advocate by profession but also entails rich experience of cyber marketing who decided to start his own venture with the name ‘Bizcity Casters’ in 2008 that is the lead email marketing co of the country. Fida was the man behind the success of the venture and under his dynamic leadership the Bizcity went on to be a big database of over 500,000 corporate data. Fida shared his thoughts with Technology Times in a recent interview    Brief us about yourse…Read More

  • Organic livestock farming is road to quality food

      AGRICULTURE SECTOR continues to play a central role in Pakistan’s economy accounting for over 21% of GDP and remains by far the largest employer, absorbing 45% of the country’s total labor force. In agriculture, livestock sector contributes approximately 53.2% of the agriculture value added and 11.4% to national GDP. Gross value addition of livestock at current factor cost has increased from Rs. 1304.6 billion to Rs. 1537.5 billion showing an increase of 17.8%. Intensive livestock farming is practiced in most of the countries including Pakistan which invo…Read More

  • Shelf life extension of wheat flour chapatti through various techniques

    GRILLING A pizza has become fashionable but there is at least one traditional product that is tailor made for grill is chapatti. Since no Pakistani meal is complete without accompanying bread with it, unless it’s a rice dish. Bread is served with every single meal three times a day in an average Pakistani home. Fresh breads are cooked with every meal on day to day basis in Pakistan. The variety of bread that is cooked on normal cooking stove is “flat breads”. Flat breads are cooked on flat griddle pans. Pakistani flat breads are cooked in versatility according to t…Read More

  • Bigger is better: The developing pattern of large screen

    IN JANUARY 2014, phablets accounted for only 6 percent of used devices globally. However, by the end of that same year, phablet shipments in the Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) region hit 12.6 million a year on year growth of 225 per cent. Phablets continue to grow at a staggering pace for 2015, holding 22 percent of smartphone share in the region– a phenomenal rate. So why has this demand taken off and who is driving it?  In a country like Pakistan where consumers are keen to have competitively priced consumption devices, availability of plethora of s…Read More

  • Astonishing health realities about ‘Spinach’

    SPINACH (SPINACIAOLERACEA) is a wonderful green-leafy vegetable often recognized as one of the functional foods for its wholesome nutritional, antioxidants and anti-cancer composition. Its tender, crispy, dark-green leaves are one of the favorite ingredients of chefs all around the planet. Spinacia Spinach may survive over winter in temperate regions.  The leaves are alternate, simple, and ovate to triangular, very variable in size from about 2–30 cm long and 1–15 cm broad, with larger leaves at the base of the plant and small leaves higher on the f…Read More

  • Green Innovation Model: Primitive Synergy

    CLIMATE CHANGE is becoming a serious concern and we need to think ‘green’ for preserving the core nature of the planet earth. Scientists have seen destruction of the stars and for our planet to die down is not something new but here case is of managing the pollution, green house gases and technology development management so that we can overcome the tones of polluted output from our industries. It can be done if we think green.  The subsequent steps are the production and development of technologies; even the daily life necessities like using te…Read More

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in aquaculture, environment and society

    The Erasmus Mundus European joint master degree programme is open for international students who wish to pursue their career in multicultural environment then Joint Master Degree in AquaCulture, Environment and Society (ACES) is the right choice that will give students a unique opportunity to study in the United Kingdom, Crete and France, as well as allowing you to gain the practical and theoretical skills needed for a successful career in Aquaculture through industry-led research programmes and fieldwork.  Erasmus Mundus is now accepting applications for fully funded scholarships for the next academic year of the ACES programme, starting in August 2016. Applicati…Read More

  • Ozone day and obligation of Pakistan government

    Pakistan`s efforts to protect ozone layer date back to 1992 when it signed and ratified Montreal Protocol according to which pronounced efforts were required by each member state to minimize the production of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) for the protection of ozone layer. A cursory glance from Pakistan`s perspective show it`s not ODS producing country in fact relies on import of such substances to overcome industrial needs; therefore, Pakistan`s role to phase out the ODS was to adapt advance Ozone friendly technologies as an alternative and cut ODS imports significantly. Did that actually happen? What measures Pakistan took to become a vigilant practitioner in advocating Montreal…Read More