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Volume 06 Issue 52

  • Efficient, safe transport system key to development: Experts

    ISLAMABAD: Experts at a national conference have unanimously agreed that the provision of a decent, efficient, safe and affordable public transport system is a key to development and can have a positive effect on the people’s life and the emissions particularly GHG can be cut down significantly if vehicle technology is upgraded according to the set policy. The two-day conference titled “Paving the Way for Sustainable Transport in Pakistan” has recently been held in Islamabad. National and international experts gathered at the event to discuss and share best practice…Read More

  • Pakistani scientist couple leads the way with underwater drones in Australia

    Just when we got used to the sight of drones in the sky, capturing stunning aerial views, it’s time to get a grasp on a new idea -- drones underwater. Like its airborne cousin, an underwater drone is released to fulfil a mission on its own. It follows a pre-programmed path, captures images and other data, and delivers them back to base.  Intelligent aquatic drones could even make autonomous decisions, like changing course to avoid obstacles, or identifying areas of particular interest. At least that’s the idea.  Underwater drones are a very new…Read More

  • Scientific thought is the key to self-reliance

    The Muslim world seems hypnotized by the advancement of the West and has surrendered to the former’s intellectual success believing of being mentally inferior. This very situation can be observed at every level of our societies. I remember an event from my school time when I understood the principle of gyroscope from a science book and tried to explain it to my friend who seemed very much impressed by the huge and complicated Gyroscopes installed on large ships. A Gyroscope is a device which is used for course guidance during air and sea travel. By using a rotating bicycle wheel I tried to de…Read More

  • Environmental Science vs Three Idiots

    Thousands of years ago, there were three friends named Physics, Chemistry and Biology who were sitting under the Neem Tree of Thar. All three were silent and were deep-thinking about something. Physics used to look up to the tree and was very interested in investigating the nature and its interaction with matter and energy. Chemistry would look down in to the earth and was very fond of analyzing the chemicals present in the natural earth. Biology often looked straight and was crazy for any new living process or living thing his mind and eyes observed and encounter with. While all thre…Read More

  • E-Judiciary – modernizing judiciary with technology

    “The future of law is not to be found in impressive buildings or leather bound books but in small pieces of silicon; in streams of light; and in millions of miles of wires and cable.” – Katsh Technological developments in the meadow of information and communication technology (ICT) and introduction of computers have made a turning point in the history of human civilization. It has brought about a change of tack in all fields of human activity and has resulted in enhanced efficiency, productivity and quality of output in every walk of life. Evolution in technology, particularl…Read More

  • Why conventional agriculture should be banned!

    Conventional farming, also known as industrial agriculture, is defined as methods of farming in which include the use of synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides and genetically modified organisms. When chemicals were first introduced in farming, everyone wonder at what they could do. Yields were dramatically increased. In the beginning, the soil was so healthy that any damage done by chemical fertilizers was insignificant, and pests had yet to advance resistance to the insecticides. Farmers were very happy to see the remarkable results. Now, it is diffic…Read More

  • Spectacular feat of Pakistan in World Merit’s world contest

    World Merit is a global network of young global citizens. They offer opportunities for people who deserve them and aim to build confidence and skills and have the upcoming generation raise their aspirations to reaching their full potential and tackling global issues together. This year, the World Merit organized an international competition/ international challenge. The theme of the competition was “I am a Mover, Shaker and Change-maker”. Engr. Muhammad Zakir Shaikh; Research Associate and Post-graduate student of MUET, participated in this tough international challenge. The competition was d…Read More

  • Wrong priorities, this time again!

    According to the US Energy Information Administration estimates, Pakistan keeps huge deposits of shale gas and shale oil. If these reserves are tapped effectively it can last for about 50-70 years and save precious foreign exchange of over $15 billion being consumed in shape of annual oil import, thus eliminating the trade deficit. The energy-starved Pakistan, though, is making efforts to overcome power and gas shortage, yet the root cause are the wrong priorities by official authorities. The shale gas estimates were made in 2013 and the government had approved the shale gas policy last year, however, still no progress has so far been make on the issue. Rather, the government looks mor…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

  • Water, environment key to national progress: Expert

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

  • PTA holds apps development training for women

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Information Technology, has recently arranged five-day professional training for women on “Android Development & Augmented Reality” at its head office as part of the “m-entrepreneurship for women” programme.  The objective of this training was to equip potential women entrepreneurs with necessary mobile application development skills. The training also focused on equipping participants with marketing skills so that they can promote and sell their a…Read More

  • SWD, WWF release Indian pangolin into Kirthar National Park

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

  • 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

  • Zong partners with Facebook to bring free internet

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong, the Pakistan’s only 3G & 4G telecom operator, and Facebook have come together to connect more people to internet with the launch of Free Basics in the country.  With this initiative more people in Pakistan will have access to a range of free basic service like news, health, travel, local jobs, sports, education, services for women and entertainment via website and mobile application. Free Basics is available to more than one billion people across Asia, Africa and Latin America. “We are excited to make i…Read More

  • Mobile classifieds site Sparklist launched through Telenor

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Sparklist, a peer-to-peer classifieds mobile app, has announced a partnership with Telenor Pakistan.  This collaboration would enable Telenor’s customers to download Sparklist free. In addition, the customers can download the app through the Telenor App Store without the need for registering with a credit card. Sparklist is the latest to join the market as a mobile app meant to connect buyers and sellers on one platform. “Pakistan is one of the most promising markets for establishing an online, peer-to-peer, buying…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

  • PTCL launches Pakistan’s first online gaming lounge

    STAFF REPORT ISB: PTCL, the country’s leading ICT services provider, has launched the country’s first online gaming service, ‘Pakistan Gaming Lounge’ with a live pro-gaming event for the twin cities at Centaurus Mall.  The first of many, the two-day event featured an overwhelming number of young gaming aficionados, drawn in by a chance to play network games and win exciting prizes.  The event was aimed at providing computer gaming enthusiasts a first-hand experience of PGL’s su…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

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

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

  • 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