Volume 07 Issue 02

  • Scientists set S&T as priority area to promote innovations in ECO regions

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Scientists and researchers have called for focusing on achieving greater research efficiency and more intensive transfer of knowledge by means of establishing networks involving research and business. Priority-setting processes are critical in aligning research funding with regional needs and in identifying the research questions necessary to fill the knowledge gaps. They expressed these views during the two-day meeting of eminent scientists and experts of ECO member states in Islamabad. The meeting was organized by the Economic Coopera…Read More

  • Dr. Soomro seeks ECO support for ECOSF

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro has recently called on the new Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akça Tehran. During the meeting, Dr. Manzoor briefly introduced ECOSF and its functioning as well as its high forums to the Secretary General by highlighting the historical development up to establishment of the Foundation. The President ECOSF sought special assistance of Halil Ibrahim for the completion of the process of ratification by Turkey. The Secretary General …Read More

  • Auction of 3G/4G spectrum still hangs in balance

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The auction for next generation network spectrum (3G/4G) hangs in the balance, as InterConnect Communication, the consultant hired for the auction, has reportedly painted a gloomy picture of market readiness. According to an official in PTA, the consultant has completed the market assessment after holding a series of meetings with various stakeholders, including telecom operators in the country. After extensive exercise, the consultant has drafted a report and submitted to the Evaluation Committee of the regulatory authority.  …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 extraordinary displays and new products which will t…Read More

  • Advisory Committee formed for Spectrum auction

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has constituted an Advisory Committee for auction of the unsold spectrum. The committee is headed by Minister of IT Anusha Rahman while Special Assistants to PM for Law, Human Rights, Secretary Finance, Secretary Law, Chairman PTA, ED FAB and Member Telecom will be the members of this committee. The inaugural meeting of this Auction Advisory Committee was held in the IT Ministry. Anusha Rahman, while chairing the meeting, stated that they are committed to conduct the second round of Spectrum auction in most transparent professional manner as was done in 2014. PTA Chairman Syed Ismail Shah app…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 that Indus River dolphin is facing multiple threats which included canal stranding, release of untreated industrial effluents; unsustainable fishing and entanglement incide…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 Quality Assurance, Director General Human Resource Development, Director Gene…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 19th cohort of LDP has been themed around urbanisation and titled as ‘Urban Resilience and Sustainable Cities’.The 19th cohort will have sessions on Sustainable Urban P…Read More

  • Experts speak about cyber security system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The banned outfit, Daish has excellent cyber network for speed, security and global linkages, criminals of today have complete understanding of internet and related technology, and that is the reason that cyber security has become important, said former additional DG, FIA, Ammar Jaffrey. He said this while addressing a seminar on “Cyber Security and Emerging Threats,” organized by SDPI in Islamabad. He said, internet has created shared linkages between economic growth and security which employs that sustainable developm…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. Under the MoU, both the sides would approach the population, an…Read More

  • Meeting projects climate change impacts on snow leopard

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), a joint initiative by all 12 Central and South Asian, that are home to this endangered big cat, held a meeting in Paris, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21).The main agenda of the meeting was to highlight the impacts of climate change on snow leopards, their ecosystems and the livelihoods of local villagers residing in snow leopard habitat.The committee’s co-chair, Sabir Atadjanov, Director of the State Agency for Environment Protection and Forestry of the Kyrgyzstan, underscored the need for the GSLEP program to link community-based snow leopard conservation, a corners…Read More

  • Unesco assisting in developing flood warning system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Unesco, PCRWR and PMD have jointly organised a two-day international workshop aimed at setting up a common understanding and direction for river modelling data requirements. The workshop is part of the Unesco’s ‘Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan” Project, phase 2 which was launched in March 2015. Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata, who was the chief guest, commended the immense efforts of Unesco, PCRWR, JICA for their efforts. He said that the workshop will further acceler…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 the Council of Common Interests in its next meeting for cons…Read More

  • Met Office capable to accurately calculate quake intensity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has 20 stations besides 15 centres of neighbouring countries to accurately calculate the intensity of earthquakes. “The United States Geological Survey has only seven stations in this area, while Meteorological Office gets reports from 35 station, including its own and neighbouring countries centres, and calculate average on their readings,” said Met Office Director General Dr. Ghulam Rasool. He informed that Pakistan falls in the South Asian region which has three big mountain ranges …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 that the project of capacity development of agriculture extension se…Read More

  • Pakistan harnessing wind, but struggles to transmit power

    STAFF REPORT ISB: With the aim of diversifying its energy mix and reducing emissions, Pakistan is no fast turning to wind energy by encouraging private investments but the government’s transmission lines are not keeping pace with energy generation. There are six wind energy projects in the country – two in Gharo and four in Jhimpir, Sindh, feeding 309 MW into the national grid. Set up by the Fauji Foundation, a welfare wing of the Pakistan armed forces, the 40 mammoth towers dotting the landscape are spread across 1,656 acres in Gharo, Thatta district in the Indus delta. Owned by the Foundation Wind Energy these two projects were built at …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 efforts and encouraged SLF to safeguard endangered wild species in the area,” says a statement issued by the SLF. Given the magnitude of the destruction …Read More

  • BZU reshuffles chairmen, directors of various depts

    STAFF REPORT LHR: In a major reshuffle, Bahauddin Zakariya University administration has rotated as many as 11 chairmen and directors of different departments by following its syndicate decision. All those chairmen and directors, who had completed three years tenure in their departments are changed. According to the different notifications, Dr Abdul QudoosSohaib has been made chairman of Islamic Studies Department of BZU. Dr Ghulam Shabbir Baloch has taken over as Chairman Communication Studies department. He has replaced Dr Ashraf Khan. In Pakistan Studies Department, DrJavaid Akhtar Salyana, has replaced Dr Muhammad Farooq as Chairman. D…Read More

  • Monet achieves PCI DSS version 3.1 certification

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Monet (Private) Limited, Pakistan’s first independent and neutral mobile financial services hub, has successfully secured the PCI DSS 3.1 accreditation.Certified by the leading, globally recognized QSA Company, Risk Associates, Monet is now amongst the few, handful of companies worldwide that have achieved this latest security certification. The PCI DSS certification is a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security developed by the PCI Security Standards Council. The certification focuses on data security measures on…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 Gold Medals and three Chancellor’s Silver Medals to students for outstanding academic achievements.…Read More

  • Govt fails to control air pollution in Lahore

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The people of Lahore city continue to suffer with polluted air while the authorities are lacking interest in redressing the menace, which is a direct threat to human health. The Air Quality Monitoring Systems (AQMS), run by the Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD), is not working properly, which means that nobody knows the actual situation of air pollution in a city with population of more than 100 million. The AQMS aimed at monitoring the air quality and pollution level in Lahore. The monitoring system today is almost out of order…Read More

  • Climate changes issues saw mix of highs & lows in 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: While 2015 proved to be positive in terms of some landmark decisions taken both nationally and internationally to deal with climate change, the country also had a fair share of challenges. The government reinstated the Ministry for Climate Change (MoCC) in a bid to pay more attention to climate related issues and deal with them effectively. Countries across the globe reached a historic agreement at the UN climate change conference in Paris in December after negotiating for two decades. They adopted an international …Read More

  • Submarine cable fault affects PTCL broadband service

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Broadband services of Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) have been affected as there is a major breakdown in the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine cable, which has impacted the whole region of South Asia. The IMEWE is an ultra-high capacity fibre optic cable system which links India and Europe via Middle East. Their three fibre pair system with total length of approximately 12,091 kilometres has nine terminal stations of nine telecom carriers from eight countries including Pakistan. The cable fault has occurred somewhere between UAE and Karachi. The highest number of broadband users affected by this submarine cab…Read More

  • Mobilink empowering women in KP through m-learning initiative

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink Foundation, under its ‘Make Your Mark’ initiative, has teamed up with The Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) and GuarantCo for ‘SMS-based Adult Female Literacy Programme’, which is enabling learners to get ICT-based education. Through this initiative, the company is educating around 4,050 women in eight rural districts of KP including Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Malakand, Haripur, Mansehra, Kohat and Buner. “Our m-Literacy project started with 250 female learners, and as of now, it has changed the lives of more than 10,000 women across the country. Success of the program is based on the utilization of mobile as an educational tool, enabling us to r…Read More

  • Cybercrimes bill passage still looks a hard task

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government’s proposed cybercrime legislation has met a stumbling block in the opposition-dominated Senate as its chairman Raza Rabbani has vaguely told the government the controversial bill will not be passed unless it is made acceptable to all stakeholders. Expressing reservations over the ‘very controversial’ draft of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015, he last week asked the government to initiate fresh consultations while calling for the formation of a parliamentary committee to develop consensus on it. …Read More

  • Chinese firm to build $2.4b 1,100-MW Kohala hydroelectric project

    STAFF REPORT MUZAFFARABAD: The China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) will develop the planned 1,100-MW Kohala hydropower project, a run-of-river scheme that will be built on the Jhelum River in AJK. The project with the cost of $2.4 billion is scheduled for commission in 2023. The Kohala hydroelectric scheme will have a gravity, roller-concrete compacted dam on the upper branch of the Jhelum, 40 km from Muzaffarabad. The powerhouse, on the lower branch of the Jhelum near Barasala, will house four 275-MW Pelton turbines. The CWE is requir…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 system increases the scope of its application. “Since its ince…Read More

  • Investing in higher education

      Education is the most powerful weapon and tool that we can employ to eradicate poverty, to nurture puerile minds, to develop ingenious solutions, to banish the scourge of terrorism and the most paramount of all to make us capable enough of standing, with our heads raised, among the comity of nations. Where primary education helps nurture the pre-mature minds; Higher education aides in building economies that control the world.  It is an era of “knowledge-based economy” defined by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) as…Read More

  • Emergence of e-sports: Pakistani youth in the digital age

    Since its explosion across the country’s socio-cultural landscape over a decade ago, Computer Network Gaming has left a lasting impact on the lives of Pakistani youth growing up in the 21st century. From its earliest beginnings as a small cult phenomenon taking root in seedy internet cafes, network gaming has more or less become the mainstay of how today’s tech savvy youth are expected to socialize and form a healthy hobby around.  Easy to access and with a relatively small learning curve, computer gaming has reached a point where it can be seriously considered to r…Read More

  • Magnetic Hyperthermia

    Magnetic Hyperthermia also known as magnetic nanoparticle mediated intracellular hyperthermia, is a thermotherapy which involves targeting of a tumor with the help of magnetic nanoparticles in the presence of external alternating magnetic field that causes production of heat through Néel-relaxationloss of magnetic nanoparticles. Heat generation through Néel-relaxation is due to rapid changes in the direction of magnetic moments, hindered by anisotropy energy that tends to turn the magnetic domain of the magnetic nanoparticle in a given direction according to their crystal lattice stru…Read More

  • Citizen-Centric e-governance: Can Pakistan’s democracy be improved?

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have turned into the miracle medicine for curing any country from the diseases of corruption, mismanagement, poor governance, inflation, monopolies, illiteracy and so forth. ICT tools and techniques to support good governance have considerably changed with the appearance of social media, simulation techniques, opinion mining, open government data, text analytics and visualization. Today, people are more connected than ever before through ICT, linked to family, friends, social groups, and increasingly, government. Similarly, ICT …Read More

  • Parasites vs politicians

    There are two types of strange creatures found on this simple earth whose characteristics are very similar in some or many ways. Parasites are the micro creatures that are always dependent upon other living things for their survival. Politicians are also being dependent upon other people for their survival. Host of parasite always look after to it for its survival but in return, parasite always attacks and utilizes all available resources which are belonging to host originally. Politicians are always selected by the people whom they are dependent of but in return, they utilize and o…Read More

  • 2015 in review telecom sector on growth trajectory

    The year 2015 was bad for the telecom industry of Pakistan as no new foreign direct investment (FDI) came in, all the cellular operators were struggling to increase their average revenue per user (ARPU) to become more competitive and coverage of 3G/4G services was to be expanded, but long-awaited merger was announced in the outgoing year. Similarly, long-awaited telecom policy was also announced by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) at the end of the year, while Mobilink-Warid merger started the consolidation process in the industry. …Read More

  • Small scale gas turbine jet engine developed indigenously

      Most of us would have surely seen supersonic jets cruising in the high skies with speeds greater than the speed of sound. Their terrifying sound and excellent maneuverability have always fascinated us but the question which provoked my curiosity since childhood was that what those covert forces are which enable this magnificent flight. Flying like birds have been a very old dream of mankind which became a reality when we understood the basic forces of nature like lift, drag and pressure. However, man didn’t only rely on the invention of airplane but now he wanted…Read More

  • Yawning need for rainwater harvesting

    Water shortage – both portable and irrigation – in Pakistan is getting critical with every passing day mainly due to the negative impacts of climate change and subsequent rise in whether temperature. Water flows in rivers are constantly on the decline while storage capacity of water reservoirs is shrinking leaving less water availability for irrigation human usage. If this situation persists in the country, which heavily depends on agriculture sector for survival, would face food security issue in near future. Since most regions across the globe suffer water shortage, various rain water conservation methods like groundwater exploration, aquifer recharge technique, water conservation …Read More

  • YouTube launches local versions in Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, offering a tailored video experience to users

    Press Release: YouTube announced that it has just launched localised versions in Nepal,Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.   This launch provides Internet users in those countries with a more tailored YouTube experience to find high quality local content so they can be informed, entertained, educated and   inspired by content for their own culture and language, while continuing to access the wide array of content on the  …Read More

  • Intel Brings Home Top Awards, Recognition during CES 2016

    Press Release: Intel Corporation announced innovative technologies and collaborations aimed at delivering amazing experiences throughout daily life.    Many of these innovations, ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and wearables to new PCs and tablets, received an array of prestigious awards  and recognition.    For example, Intel's leadership to integrate human-like senses into technology was recognized with various awards. &nb…Read More

  • ADS Lab researchers attempting to unravel the design secrets of the Rocket.

    Press Release: The Rocket has a unique and interesting history, it started life as the Bedford TJ1090 truck which was    produced under license in large numbers and became the standard trucks in Pakistan. A large spare    part industry subsequently developed. However, due to factors of a lack of copyright, market    regulation and closure of the Bedford Company in UK, the truck continued to be produced in    …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

  • Met Office capable to accurately calculate quake intensity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has 20 stations besides 15 centres of neighbouring countries to accurately calculate the intensity of earthquakes.  “The United States Geological Survey has only seven stations in this area, while Meteorological Office gets reports from 35 station, including its own and neighbouring countries centres, and calculate average on their readings,” said Met Office Director General Dr. Ghulam Rasool. He informed that Pakistan …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

  • Climate changes issues saw mix of highs & lows in 2015

    STAFF REPORT ISB: While 2015 proved to be positive in terms of some landmark decisions taken both nationally and internationally to deal with climate change, the country also had a fair share of challenges.  The government reinstated the Ministry for Climate Change (MoCC) in a bid to pay more attention to climate related issues and deal with them effectively. Countries across the globe reached a historic agreement at the UN climate change conference in Paris in December after n…Read More

  • Meeting projects climate change impacts on snow leopard

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The Global Snow Leopard & Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), a joint initiative by all 12 Central and South Asian, that are home to this endangered big cat, held a meeting in Paris, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21).  The main agenda of the meeting was to highlight the impacts of climate change on snow leopards, their ecosystems and the livelihoods of local villagers residing in snow leopard habitat. The committee’s co-chair, Sa…Read More

  • MOIT and PSEB organize workshop on ICTs for development with UNESCO Chair in ICT4D

    PREES  RELEASE: Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) and Ministry of IT organized a full day workshop on effective use of ICTs for development with Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, at National IT Board in Islamabad. The workshop included four sessions on local content development, collaboration with international research partners, competition policy, and emerging business models. The opening session included speeches from Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D, Mr. Azmat Ali Ranjha, Secretary IT, and Dr. Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA. PSEB also showed a documentary it has produced to promote the IT industry of Pakistan which was very much appreciated by the audience…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

  • Dr. Soomro seeks ECO support for ECOSF

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro has recently called on the new Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akça Tehran.  During the meeting, Dr. Manzoor briefly introduced ECOSF and its functioning as well as its high forums to the Secretary General by highlighting the historical development up to establishment of the Foundation. The President ECOSF sought special assistance of Halil Ibrahim for the completion of the pro…Read More

  • PNS got new torch bearers

    STAFF REPORT ISD: “Sharing information with the masses about the peaceful uses of nuclear power is need of the time and dissemination of this information in systematic way is now the duty of forums like Pakistan Nuclear Society”, said Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, former Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), while addressing the investiture ceremony of newly-elected council of Pakistan Nuclear Society (PNS) at the COMSTECH auditorium, here in Islamabad.  Newly-elected President of PNS Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, in his welcome address, thanked all …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

  • 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

  • Advisory Committee formed for Spectrum auction

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has constituted an Advisory Committee for auction of the unsold spectrum.  The committee is headed by Minister of IT Anusha Rahman while Special Assistants to PM for Law, Human Rights, Secretary Finance, Secretary Law, Chairman PTA, ED FAB and Member Telecom will be the members of this committee. The inaugural meeting of this Auction Advisory Committee was held in the IT Ministry. Anusha Rahman, while chairing the meeting…Read More

  • Govt fails to control air pollution in Lahore

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The people of Lahore city continue to suffer with polluted air while the authorities are lacking interest in redressing the menace, which is a direct threat to human health.  The Air Quality Monitoring Systems (AQMS), run by the Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD), is not working properly, which means that nobody knows the actual situation of air pollution in a city with population of more than 100 million. The AQMS aimed at monitoring the air …Read More

  • UNESCO assisting in developing flood warning system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNESCO, PCRWR and PMD have jointly organised a two-day international workshop aimed at setting up a common understanding and direction for river modelling data requirements.  The workshop is part of the UNESCO’s ‘Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan" Project, phase 2 which was launched in March 2015. Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Inomata, who was the chief guest, commended the immense efforts of UNESCO, PCRWR, JICA for their efforts.…Read More

  • Submarine cable fault affects PTCL broadband service

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Broadband services of Pakistan Telecommunication Limited (PTCL) have been affected as there is a major breakdown in the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine cable, which has impacted the whole region of South Asia.  The IMEWE is an ultra-high capacity fibre optic cable system which links India and Europe via Middle East. Their three fibre pair system with total length of approximately 12,091 kilometres has nine terminal stations of nine telecom carriers from eight countries including Paki…Read More