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Volume 06 Issue 41

  • Significant improvements in ‘Space Technology’ are the need of hour: Speakers

    Ahsan Jamil    THE SIGNIFICANCE of space science and technology for the fulfillment of reasonable advancement and the need to reinforce the space technology subjects were among the talks held at a three-day event organized by Institute of Space Technology (IST) in order to form unison with the developed countries to mark the celebration of International Space Week.  Chairman Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) Prof Dr Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani attended the inaugural event as chief guest. During his address t…Read More

  • Palestine joins COMSATS as 23rd Member State

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

  • Scientific research and innovation is necessary for social development

    STAFF REPORT KHI: An important lecture titled as ‘How Pakistan can promote scientific research for human development’ was held in University of Karachi (UoK) by Department of Social Sciences, UoK. The lecture was part of series planned by the department for the sake of uplifting of social sector through scientific research.  Director, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) UoK, Prof Dr M Iqbal Chaudhary was present on the occasion. He stressed on the need of advanced technologies promotion for the sake of social development. He said…Read More

  • Workshop underscores role of women in IT sector

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

  • Oxford University Press confers certificates under OTA program

    STAFF REPORT ISB: At an event sorted out at the Oxford University Press bookshop, 10 teachers from assorted schools in Islamabad, Abbottabad, Swat, and Peshawar were conceded presentations upon the successful fulfillment of a course held as an Oxford’s Teachers’ Academy (OTA).  While tending to educators and the media present on the occasion, AmeenaSaiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan, said that the OTA is a first-of-its-kind master change undertaking dispatched in Pakistan for instructors. The OTA has run courses in more than 30 countries, for more than 15 years, having any sort of impact through preparing and making sense of…Read More

  • Awareness campaign highlights importance of sustainable transport system

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

  • Punjab Forest Department establishes GIS lab

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

  • FAST-NUCES holds 41st Convocation

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

  • Ufone, NAVTTC sign agreement for UPaisa

    STAFF REPORT ISB: An event was orchestrated on Thursday at NAVTTC Headquarter where under the head’s supervision of NAVTTC Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, and Ufone’s President and CEO Abdul Aziz, an agreement was marked through which Ufone will offer free of charge services which would empower the recipients to gather their stipend helpfully by going to outlets of Ufone Services focuses, Franchises, Retailers and/or PTML Branches.  Executive Director National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema has said that NAVTTC will proceed with its endeavors to encourage the youth and make business chances to destroy neediness and advance financial adv…Read More

  • PSF announces IQ Test / Interview schedule for STFS candidates

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) announced to conduct computer based IQ test and interview of Science Talent Farming Scheme (STFS) applicants fitting in with Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit-Baltistan, and Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) on October 8, 2015 at Islamabad.  The applicants who cleared science aptitude test conducted by the PSF through Pakistan Testing Service (PTS) will show up for this test/interview. For the applicants having a place with the Punjab region, the IQ tes…Read More

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

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The COMSATS-HEC hoax of dual degree is erupting as to lead it to the rational conclusion and paying heed to the general population objection, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly had summoned both of the associations keeping in mind the end goal to cognize them with them matter.  Chairman HEC, Dr Mukhtar Ahmed went to PAC yet the Rector COMSATS and Pro Rector did not appear expressing unavoidable reasons. The PAC was displeased with their nonappearance and summoned the Rector and Pro Rector again on October 8. …Read More

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

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

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

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO paired together the Government of Pakistan for the next three years to enhance access to quality learning open doors for essential young ladies in the far flung ranges of the country. To bolster enhanced quality and safe learning conditions for young girls of remote areas, UNESCO and the Government of Pakistan formally propelled in Islamabad the ‘Young Girls Right to Education Program in Pakistan’.  The Girls’ Right to Education program which will be executed through common society associations goes for supporting the…Read More

  • Zameen.com rockets to $9m funding

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zameen is seemingly the Pakistani start-up biological community example of overcoming adversity of the year. The online property gateway reported recently that it brought $9 million up in arrangement B subsidizing – effortlessly the most elevated measure of money secured by any home-developed start-up this year.  Zeeshan Ali Khan, fellow benefactor of Zameen.com said while remarking on the effective fundraising, “We were overseeing over a hundred sites, including catalogs, referrals, subsidiary promoting, and even conventional organizations l…Read More

  • SIAPEP project launched for farmers

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Sindh government has impelled Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Enhancement Project (SIAPEP) with help of the World Bank. The project cost is more than 30 billion rupees. The project aims to improve cultivation productivity among little and medium farmers. Under the errand, the organization would line 5 thousand 500 water courses. A measure of more than 922 million rupees has been held for giving more than one thousand lasers for territory leveling and significant tearing. The farmers are the important component of agriculture sector and facilitating them directly means a lot in terms of the sector’s uplifting. It is foremost need of the countr…Read More

  • Isra University expanding intn’l outreach for faculty development

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Isra University dilated upon 3 years effective association with Ball State University, United States aimed at capacity building in Department of Management Sciences, R&D and business outreach. US Consulate General, Brain Heath in association with the referred to the cooperation cited above visited Isra University Hayderabad Campus.  The Chancellor Prof DrAsadullahKazi and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. HameedullahKazi communicated their significant appreciation to the US Consulate General and expected that regular trades and vi…Read More

  • WWF-Pak advocates animal welfare on WAD

    STAFF REPORT LHR: World Wide Fund Pakistan (WWF-Pak) organized an event on the event of World Animal Day to push the need of creature welfare and scattering information and knowledge to cognize the masses about its significance for a supportable planet. The idea of creature wellbeing means to advance their preservation in the wild and also uncover brutality towards them in bondage.  Talking on the day, DrUzma Khan, Director Species Conservation, WWF-Pakistan said, ‘Natural life species are declining as a result of unlawful exchange, territory misfortune and strif…Read More

  • Ufone, Huawei pen down ‘Managed Services’ contract

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

  • Biometric system is necessary to restrict malpractices in education sector

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

  • Teradata abets Telenor in extending integrated data warehouse

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC), the enormous data analytics and promoting applications organization, reported that Telenor Pakistan, a top notch telecom network operator, has extended its Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse to oblige fast business development and additionally take guard of a rising demand for more intense subtle element in analytic and data driven insight.  Irfan Wahab Khan, Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan, said, “Telenor considers analytics to be a key basic for our progression. Telenor Pakistan’s extension is interests in Teradata that will give prompt worth, empowering the organization to do profound …Read More

  • Significance of ‘Space Technology’ stressed in workshop

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

  • Nestle, UVAS sign agreement for joint food safety research

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) and Nestlé Pakistan, the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company marked MoU for joint Food Safety research programs. Vice Chancellor UVAS Prof DrTalatNaseer Pasha and Head of Technical for Nestlé Pakistan Naveed Ahmad Khan and different authorities from both sides signed the MoU under which an examination study will be led on “Evaluation of Aflatoxin Control Measures on Performance of Dairy Animals in Punjab.”  The Nestlé will complement the universit…Read More

  • DG MoCC elected as VC of IPCC working group

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has chosen the leader of Pakistan’s environmental change service as the Vice Chairman of one of its working group.  Muhammad Irfan Tariq, Director General Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), was chosen as the WG-I Vice Chairman. Remarking on the accomplishment, Tariq said he was regarded by getting selected as the Vice Chairman seat of the IPCC’s working gathering. “I stay focused on having influence for the benefit of my nation to give policymakers the most noteworthy quality, investigative evaluation of environmental change to spare earth and its occupants from pulverizing effects of dangerous…Read More

  • Mobilink Foundation initiates T2T program

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink Foundation officially dispatched its ‘Teach to Transform’ (T2T) program by driving a 90 mins mentorship session at Master Ayub’s Park School arranged at F-6, Islamabad. Under the program’s standards, Mobilink’s specialist volunteers contributed their vitality at the school by giving teaching support to students who were struggling academically, and required additional educational expense.  T2T is an understudy mentorship program that distributes Mobilink Torchbearers to under advantaged schools the country over. Moved in 2013, it is yet …Read More

  • FAO vehemently exalts balanced fertilization for food security

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

  • Water Scarcity: A grave threat to Pakistan

    WATER IS the most valuable gift given by nature and it is essential to sustain the quality of life on earth. This limited commodity has a direct bearing on almost all sectors of the economy. Fortunately, Pakistan is blessed with a number of water resources, with water flowing down the Karakorum and Himalayas, the world’s highest glaciers, a unique and free bounty of nature. Total earth surface area is 29.9% and the rest of area of this planet is filled with water. Unfortunately, water scarcity is still a constraint. Only one percent of total earth water is available for…Read More

  • Carbon Sequestration: A Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change

    ANTHROPOGENIC ACTIVITIES, especially burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas have caused significant increase of CO2 in the atmosphere from about 280 to 380 ppm for last 250 years is one of the main reason causing global warming. Potential adverse effect includes the rise in sea level; a shift in the intensity and frequency of floods, drought, wildfires and storms; changes in the amount, frequency, intensity, time and distribution of rainfall and also disturbance in terrestrial, marine, and other ecosystems. Rise in CO2 level in the atmosphere is increasing adsorp…Read More

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

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

  • Effective policy making can be triggered by optimum community involvement

    ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH on Technology Foresight revealed some deep facts about normalizing conflicting scenarios, especially in policy-oriented scenarios. A recent development in policy related to energy is to save it for the purpose of channelizing it to where it is needed basically rather than for window shopping oriented markets.  The developed countries have realized it long ago and have successfully implemented the policy to stop the abuse or in soft word the improper abuse of technology. They learned it after suffering a lot, but we may do it s…Read More

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

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

  • IPP vs FDI

    PIRACY OF intellectual property rights (IPR) is one of the most important and rising policy issue for developed countries. The absence of IPR in developing countries is not only becoming an increasing burden to their economy, but also costs a lot for developed countries. Intellectual property protection (IPP) is not meant to protect multinational companies, or to protect only developed economies; IP system also provides opportunity to developing economies to participate in economic activities of the developed world. In the wake of information technology this participation is way beyond the limits. At microeconomic level, copyright, patent, and similar forms of IP protection provides …Read More

  • Problem solving research can lead Pakistan towards betterment: Dr Talat

    Dr Talat Naseer Pasha is the incumbent VC of UVAS. He holds PhD. degree in Animal Nutrition from University of West Virginia, USA. Dr Talat has over 35 years of experience in academia, research and administration. He has supervised over 120 postgraduate students. He is an eminent researcher and has published over 80 research papers in internationally renowned journals. He has also won twelve international research grants for two projects.Prof. Pasha had been conferred Sitara-i-Imitiaz civil award by President Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Independence Day 2015 for his…Read More