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Volume 06 Issue 39

  • CERN membership has given huge flutter to Pakistan: PAEC Chief

    By Ahsan Jamil   PAKISTAN`S INCLUSION in European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN as associate member gave it an unshakable standing amongst global community and it will help louden its ‘say’ whose reverb will be felt across the globe now. An attestation of this was observed when Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) become first-ever head of PAEC to address ‘CERN Council in Geneva’, the dignified gathering of global scientific fraternity since Pakistan clinched the membership of prestigious organization. A…Read More

  • Comsats’ holds joint workshop on cyber security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A joint workshop on cyber security was held in COMSATS to address the information and internet security issues by engaging experts and policy makers on one platform. The purpose of the workshop was to surface cooperation amongst developing countries to identify the loopholes in the cyber security perspective and jointly find out the solutions.  Senior official from COMSATS said during the inaugural session of workshop, “This  workshop gives opportunity to scientists and experts to find out about the most recent headways in the field of We…Read More

  • HEC, EU held dialogue to improve research in Pakistan

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

  • Six Pak HEIs featured in top 800 in global rankings

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

  • Pakistan efforts shine in protecting ozone layer: Speakers

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

  • International conference on climate change adaptation held

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

  • CIIT and Belarusian varsities sign MoU for S&T cooperation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and dynamic Belarusian varsities have condensed the mutual deliberation of cooperation in research and development and joint initiatives.  According to the reliable sources, a CIIT designation headed by Rector Dr Junaid Zaidi went to Minsk and marked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Belarusian universities.The MoU was marked between the CIIT and top notch Belarusian science and technology organizations and academia including National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Belarus State University and Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radio-electronics. Dr Junaid Zaid …Read More

  • PlanX hosts startup mentoring session

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

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

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

  • Quality Education must for socio-economic uplifting

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

  • IUCN launches vulture conservation project

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

  • Ufone join hands with PRCS

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s top notch telecom company Ufone has held hands with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to seek after its convention of recalling the flood affectees in predicament times.  Communicating his perspectives Amir Pasha Head of PR & CSR Ufone said, “Ufone alongside PRCS has taken this initiative to encourage these floods hit people by furnishing them with tremendously required apportions satisfying their quick needs, so that they may not feel abandoned on this propitious event of Eid-ul-Azha”. In accordance with Ufone’s vision of helping individuals and offering back to the general public, Ufone has given over a consignment of 1 week o…Read More

  • Samsung unearths Galaxy J Series Smartphones

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Samsung has launched Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7, the most recent pro-selfie cell phones, in Pakistan. These splendid, brilliant gadgets of Samsung convey LED Flash with the front camera, which eclipses all the competitor smartphones around in the market. Samsung has proceeded with its custom of conveying devices, which are impeccably composed and convey spearheading advances.  Universe J5 & J7 parade striking yet rich outside, which encases, Android 5.1 Lollipop working framework with a super quick processors 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 in J5 and 1.5 GHz Octa-core Samsung Exynos 7580 in Galaxy J7. J5 &J7 processors are upheld by 1.5GB of RAM/8GB ROM an…Read More

  • Rs 341b agricultural package announced for small farmers

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

  • Climate change awareness is crucial: Speakers

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

  • PARC, PCRWR join hands for olive sector development

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

  • WWF-Pak, FFC join hands for biodiversity conservation

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

  • Mobicash launches ‘Bachat Account’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobicash, proceeding with its innovative offerings, has impelled a new bank account for its mobile account bearers. Appropriately titled ‘Bachat Account’ gives impetus to account holders aware of their offering so as to spare propensities them a day by day benefit on keeping up a sure adjusts of cash in their portable account.  Senior Director Mobile Financial Services, Mobilink, Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, while expressing her delight at the launch of this most recent item said, “This new service will be of monstrous advantage to our client base as it provides protection against monetary vulnerability and other individual crises. In accordance with our …Read More

  • USF agreed to finance Telenor and Ufone

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Realizing the enormous land significance of far-flung urban communities of Baluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the Universal Service Fund (USF) has honored an immense aggregate of Rs 8.76 Billion to Telenor and Ufone to give fundamental telephony and information services to the number of inhabitants in Shangla, Zhob and Sibi.  An agreement of worth Rs.3.61 Billion has been conceded to Zhob which is a residential community and the locale capital of Zhob Region in Balochistan and comprises of regions in Musakhel, Zhob, and Sherani regions. While Sibi part that includes Barkhan, Sibi, Killa Saifullah and Loralai has been allocated Rs. 3.2 Billion to introduce BTS to…Read More

  • PTA raids illegal gateway exchange in Bahawalpur

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in its progressing endeavors to control grey traffick has uncovered one illegal gateway exchange in Bahawalpur.  As indicated by authentic sources, one successful raid against the grey traffickers was done alongside FIA team at New Ghala Mandi Bahawalpur. Illegal gateway exchange including five passages, numerous ports, alongside different types of gear like CPU, switches, SIMs, Tablet and PTCL Modem were appropriated.  It is important to take stern activities against those components with a specific end goal to guarantee the transparency of telecom and ICT area so as to offer more wo…Read More

  • International Telecommunication and ICT carnival begins in Karachi

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

  • MoCC unveils Forest Policy 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC) has released Forest Policy 2015 for public review and remarks. This was revealed by Ministry official in a press briefing.   Senior official of MoCC said, “In perspective of Pakistan’s high vulnerability to antagonistic effects of environmental change, specifically to amazing occasions, moderation and adjustment measures are the center of this approach. Enormous part of forestry in climate change mitigation has been overwhelmingly perceived at worldwide level”.  In the 21st centur…Read More

  • MTP for laboratory biosafety held at UVAS

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

  • LHC constitutes climate change commission

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

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  • Green future of Pakistan

      AGRICULTURE THAT sustainably increases productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security of Pakistan and development goals. Climate-smart crop production contributes to food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation by addressing different current and projected climate change impacts (e.g. variability, unpredictability). Crop production, encompassing  the series of processes involved in the growing of crops – from land preparation through planting…Read More

  • Summer Camp focusing on dental and bio-materials

    BIOMATERIALS ARE in continuous demand in the healing process of common man.  The products based on biomaterials are numerous and there is hardly any surgical operation that proceeds without consuming biomaterials.  A biomaterial is any material, natural or synthetic, partly or as a whole or biomedical device that can perform, supplement or replace a natural function in a living body. Biomaterial science has undergone significant development and several companies have invested heavily in this discipline for evolving innovative and technically superior products that are a…Read More

  • Biochar: A vital soil amendment for degraded land

    LAND DEGRADATION is an emerging issue in several countries especially in Pakistan as a consequence of climatic variabilities. Land degradation is impoverishment of the land by human activities and by natural causes. The loss of arable land has been caused by a number of factors, many or most of which are tied to human development in last 2 decades. It has been grouped into five classes: water erosion, wind erosion, soil fertility decline, salinization and water logging. Water and wind erosion takes place due to abuse of natural resources, caused by vegetation clearance and intensiv…Read More

  • Silicon application can minimize cadmium accumulation in wheat

    Si is beneficial in healthy growth and development of plant. Different studies have proved that plant growth significantly increased by Si application. Beneficial effects of Si are prominent when plants subjected to multiple stresses (biotic and abiotic stress). It reduces toxicity of heavy metals, accumulation and uptake in plants. Si makes plant resistant against diseases caused mostly due to fungi and bacteria. It optimises the hormones and enzymatic balance in plants which helps in metabolism WHEAT IS an important staple crop of Pakistan. Last few decades were d…Read More

  • Scholarships announced by Australian varsity

    Charles Darwin University, Australia has offered Vice-Chancellor’s International High Achiever’s Scholarship 2016 for International Students. Pakistani Students who have strong academic background and high achievers can take benefit from this grant.  Charles Darwin University has declared restricted research grants for Pakistani and global grants. Students will get the stipend of which depends on 25 to 50 percent educational cost charge for global Students and Pakistani Students.  Grants will be offered in any subjects that offered by Cha…Read More

  • SDGs – leaving old goals behind for new

    AFTER THE expiry of Millennium Development Goads (MDGs) in September this year, the United Nations is adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Running from 2016 to 2030, the proposed SDGs aim to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” and include broad topics such as hunger, health, gender equality, education, water and sanitation, energy, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production, climate change, biodiversity and marine conservation. Sustainable Development Goals are escorted by targets and will be further elaborated through indicators focused on measurable outcomes. SDGs are built on the substance laid by the MDGs, seek to complete the unfinished business o…Read More

  • Pakistan`s tech culture on top to promote entrepreneurship in the country: Yasir Nazir

    Yasir Nazir is Graduate in Software Engineering from University College London. His family business gave him jolt to skip onto the transitory pattern of getting a charge out of big business. Yasir is learned with mechanical movements and rising examples, subsequently he setup an online store in 2010 with the title “Iamextreme” (Beegeek now). Starting now and into the foreseeable future, he had no reasoning back and surging his business with each going day through his acumen. Yasir shared his thoughts with Technology Times in a recent interview Brief us about yourself, …Read More