Volume 07 Issue 08

  • Education for sustainable development

    Conventional or parochial way of education is now part of the past in the modern times as education for sustainable development has taken over aggressively. This way of education allows every human being to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future and includes key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. In fact, sustainable education requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to take action for sustainable development. As nations turned their attention to education in the 1…Read More

  • ITU-PTA-ICTI training on mobile apps development

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  • DGKCC selects ERP cloud to handle IT complexities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: D.G. Khan Cement Company Limited, (DGKCC), one of the largest cement manufacturers in Pakistan, has selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, as part of an end-to-end cloud deployment.Oracle ERP Cloud will help drive DGKCC’s expansion and growth strategy, improve corporate agility, and accelerate the company’s time to market. The DGKCC was looking for ways to lower its current IT costs, use new investments as a way to achieve faster time to market and improve agility while simplifying its current and future IT infrastructure. Built on a secure and scalable architecture, Oracle ERP Cloud will provide DGKCC with flexible alternatives via full or modular …Read More

  • Warid launches postpaid super monthly bundle

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Warid Telecom, Pakistan’s most trusted cellular operator has announced the launch of its postpaid super monthly & unlimited monthly bundles. Warid’s Postpaid has always been at the forefront of fulfilling the mobile communication needs of their highly valued customers, by providing convenient solutions and customer centric offers. Continuing with this tradition, new postpaid customers can now enjoy an abundance of FREE Warid minutes, FREE SMS to all local networks and FREE MBs of Lighting Tez LTE Internet. Additionally, these offers provide the benefit of free minutes to other local networks at no additional cost. The Super Monthly …Read More

  • Mobilink users can now access hamariweb.com for free

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink has entered into a formal partnership with Pakistan’s leading web portal, HamariWeb.com, through which subscribers can browse the portal on their smartphones absolutely free of charge.Mobilink subscribers can now utilize the country’s fastest 3G network to surf Hamariweb for the latest news, get live updates on cricket scores, Forex rates, Gold & Stock market, while also search for delicious recipes, and browse through the portal’s Islamic& Health sections. Muhammad Ali Khan, Head of Data and Devices – Mobilink commenting on the partnership said, “As part of our business strategy, Mobilink is committed to bringing the best possible se…Read More

  • Coca-Cola, UNDP to fund water project in GB

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Coca-Cola company has partnered with UNDP for the “New World” programme, focused towards community water stewardship and adaptation to climate change. Under this Rs. 16 million program, Coca-Cola will partner with reputed NGO, Mountain & Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO), for integrated water resource management, safe drinking water and sanitation services in Gilgit-Baltistan.  Targeted outputs of this project include irrigation of 355 hectares of land, installation of 17 water points for sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for 4,000 people. This project will also help empow…Read More

  • Proposals invited for thematic research grant programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The HEC has invited proposals for Thematic Research Grant Programme (TRGP) for 2015-16, especially designed to address contemporary issues and promote Social Sciences in the country. Social Sciences scholars and researchers with theoretical, conceptual and methodological or policy orientation background have been encouraged to apply for the grants. The full-time faculty members of public and selected private sector universities and degree awarding institutions will submit their proposals against different themes. The topics include politics, constitution and governance; national security and foreign policy; society and cu…Read More

  • Police starts SMS service to control traffic

    STAFF REPORT PESH: The Peshawar traffic police has launched an SMS service in the district to keep the road users informed about availability of different routes during road closures and traffic jam. The ‘traffic alert system’ will keep roads from getting blocked leading to traffic halt. The road users could now send an SMS to the number provided by the traffic police to get latest information over status on different roads. Besides, the alert system, the Peshawar police is also taking measures to refor…Read More

  • Cotton output fall to affect textile exports

    STAFF REPORT KHI: As the cotton crop in Pakistan has witnessed sharp reduction in output, textile manufacturers anticipate serious affects on export activities for which they have demand immediate tax holiday on import of cotton. All Pakistan Textile Manufacturers Association (Aptma) has sent a letter to the finance minister, informing that the cotton crop had miserably failed to meet the industry requirement. There is a shortage of approximately, four million cotton bales compared to the last year and the industry wil…Read More

  • Huge potential exists to export farm products

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan has a great potential to earn billions of dollars by developing its agricultural sector through using hybrid seeds and modern technology aimed at increasing per acre yield. “US and Pakistan share the goals of improving the livelihoods of farmers across Pakistan and increasing access to nutritious food for millions of Pakistanis,” said USAID Mission Director John Groarke while handing over new varieties of maize seeds to Pakistani research organizations and private-sector seed compani…Read More

  • Dr AQ Khan urges scientific innovations for national progress

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) has recently organized a unique event of interaction and dialogue between three generations of intellectuals of science and education by organizing a brainstorming session on Wednesday on “Past, Present and Future of Science in Pakistan.” The participants of this event under the banner of “Making Pakistan Science Conscious” included winner of the Olympiad in science organised; MPhil and PhD students of various universities and young scientist…Read More

  • Dr. Umar among 500 most influential Muslims of world

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Chairman Punjab IT Board (PITB) and Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore, Dr Umar Saif, has been declared one of the top 500 most influential Muslims across the globe.  His name has been picked from amongst 1.7 billion Muslims of the world along with Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman who have contributed significantly in the field of technology.  Earlier, Dr. Saif has also been awarded Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the government of Paki…Read More

  • ASU, universities partner to power Pakistan’s future

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Arizona State University (ASU) has welcomed 24 exchange graduate students, the first cohort in a partnership with leading Pakistani engineering universities dedicated to researching and developing solutions for Pakistan’s energy needs. Led by ASU, the US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCAS-E) is a collaboration sponsored by USAID and Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission. An $18 million award supports the project — the largest ASU has ever received fro…Read More

  • 8-foot-long stegodon tusk found in Pakistan

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: An ancient tusk was found by scientists in Pakistan, offering clues to the history of the stegodon, an elephant-like animal that roamed over 1 million years ago. An ancient tusk unearthed in Pakistan could hold clues to the evolution of the modern elephant. The intact tusks are rare, and this specimen should contribute to the understanding of the stegodon, a distant cousin to the modern elephant thought to have roamed the earth around 1.1 million years ago. The tusk measures about 8 f…Read More

  • Danish firm offers solution to Pak water crisis

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To explore solutions for Pakistan’s water crisis, the Danish Embassy has hosted a reception in collaboration with world-renowned water solutions provider, Grundfos, a Danish company. Leading development organisations, water authorities and corporate players with a strong CSR focus attended the reception and subsequent meetings.  On the occasion, Grundfos introduced its AQtap Water ATMs solution to Pakistan’s water crisis. Speaking on the occasion, Danish Commerc…Read More

  • Pak scientist develops device to enable early cancer detection

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: A Pakistani electrical engineer based in the US has developed a device that helps in detecting cancer early, which is one of the biggest factors in successfully fighting the fatal disease. Samir Iqbal, an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), detailed his team’s results in a recent Nature Scientific Reports paper called “Effects of Nanotexture on Electrical Profiling of Single Tumor Cell and Detection of C…Read More

  • Dr Salam paid tribute for work on science

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Eminent scientist and Nobel Laureate Professor Abdus Salam has been paid tribute for his memorable contributions for the development of science and technology in the country. A large gathering of scientists attended the commemorative ceremony held at Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH).  Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, NI, HI, SI, former chairman PAEC, highlighted the contributions of Dr. Salam for the development of science and technology in Pakistan and PAEC in particular. He said that Dr. Salam was a true nati…Read More

  • Argentina offers agri, livestock tech transfer

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Ambassador of Argentina Rodolfo J. Martin Saravia has said that although the trade volume was not that big between Argentina and Pakistan, but lot of potential existed for enhancing it, and for that collective efforts are required. “The business communities of both the countries must join hands and work together for improving trade ties by regularly participating in exhibitions, organizing trade delegations’ visits and holding other such activities in both the countries,” he said this…Read More

  • Efforts on to protect human health, environment from POPs

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) accumulate in the fatty tissues of living organisms including humans, and are found at higher concentration in the food chain and are toxic to both humans and wildlife. As a result of releases to the environment over the past several decades, these POPs are now widely distributed over large regions and in some cases are found around the globe. This was highlighted at a two-day “National Inception and Training Workshop for Updating Inventory of Initial and New POPs” recently organised by the M…Read More

  • PSEB to help 89 IT firms get free certification

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Software Export Board has been given the go-ahead and funding to help IT companies in Pakistan get internationally certified.  With the project titled ‘Enhancing IT Exports Through Industry Support Programs’, PSEB is aiming to boost the country’s IT exports from Rs. 2 billion per annum to Rs. 10 billion by 2025. The Rs. 265 million plan, which has been formulated in close collaboration with the industry, will see 30 IT companies being assisted in getting Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) certifications a…Read More

  • S. Korea to set up biggest IT Park in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ambassador of South Korea,  Dr. Song Jong-Hwan, has said that his country would establish one of the biggest and most advanced IT park in Islamabad. “Korea will collaborate with Ministry of IT to set up the biggest IT park to provide most advanced business facilities to IT companies in Pakistan,” the ambassador said. He revealed that the IT park will be established at an area of about 1 million square feet to promote SMEs as the facility would provide SMEs and start-ups in the I…Read More

  • Non-engineers trained on biomass gasification tech

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The UNIDO in collaboration with NUST has organised a training workshop on biomass gasification technologies at NUST. The activity was conducted under the UNIDO-GEF project ‘Promoting Sustainable Energy Production & Use from Biomass in Pakistan’ as part of a series of training and awareness raising workshops aimed at enhancing the knowledge base of biomass gasification in Pakistan. This particular training workshop was designed as a one-day training initiative for non-engineering…Read More

  • Over 2m skilled manpower sent abroad in 30 months

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 2,028,920 Pakistanis have got employment abroad in different categories and professions during the last two and a half years, a senior official in the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development said. “During the last five years (2011-2015), around 3,417,231 Pakistanis had proceeded abroad for employment through Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment,” the official said while talking to this scribe in Islamabad. The ministry, he said, is mak…Read More

  • No chance of food shortage in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research Rajab Ali Baloch has recently told the National Assembly there is no chance of food shortages in next few years as the country enjoying sufficient food reserves. During the question hour in the House, he said that there is no proposal under consideration of the government to introduce agricultural reforms in the country as agriculture department has transferred to the provinces after 18th amendment. “No government had devised agricultural reforms after Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, adding that the Ministry has insufficient budget to continue research activities,” he added. H…Read More

  • Young Pak scientist takes part in discovery of gravitational waves

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After Pakistan-born scientist Dr Nergis Mavalvala made waves for being a member of the team of scientists that discovered gravitational waves (ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago), it has emerged another Pakistani was also part of the team. Imran Khan from Peshawar has been known to have worked with a team of scientists at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) that recorded gravitational waves for the first …Read More

  • National forest policy being finalised

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Climate Change has prepared the first ever national forest policy in consultation with all stakeholders and it would be presented in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) for approval soon.“The ministry has finalized a National Forest Policy to protect and promote forestry and its draft policy is expected to be presented before CCI soon,” a senior official disclosed this scribe.He said the ministry had engaged all the provinces, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA and CDA for evolving consensus on the forest policy.Answering a question, he said the government is attaching priority to afforestation and had taken measures to stop deforestation in the country, ad…Read More

  • Workshop on disaster management organised

    STAFF REPORT ISB: In order to assess the current and future requirements of critical telecommunication infrastructure and services, Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) have recently organized a workshop on ‘Regulatory Framework for Disaster Management using ICTs’ in collaboration with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) at the PTA headquarters. Dr. Tamer Demir, ITU expert, BCM, Global, Turkey, shared international best practices and standards on disaster management, emergency telecommunications and busines…Read More

  • Zong, LUMS join hands for strategic partnership

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zong and LUMS have entered into a strategic partnership by signing an MoU for the development of a state-of-the-art 4G research lab at the varsity. The deal would pave the way for Pakistan’s leading telecom company and the most advanced 4G service provider to give hundreds of students of Pakistan’s top-ranked business management university LUMS, the opportunities to polish their academic endeavours on latest technological lines. ZTE would provide technical assistance in this regard.…Read More

  • Big room exists for promotion of Pak-Russia ties

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President Mamnoon Hussain has said vast opportunities exist for promotion of bilateral relations between Pakistan and Russia in diverse fields. “Cooperation can be enhanced with Moscow especially in the areas of education, technology,” the president said while talking to Ambassador-designate to Russia Qazi Khalilullah in Islamabad. He said that both Pakistan and Russian should explore new vistas for peace and prosperity in the region. The president stated that bilat…Read More

  • Dedication only key to successes

      Muhmmad Hasnain is CEO and Founder of SCIENCE Pakistan (an online science directory). He brings with him a rich experience of mentoring. During his recent interview with the Technology Times, he spoke about the future of ICTs, youth skills development initiatives as well as ICTs potential in Pakistan.     Brief us about yourself, professional highlights and your interests. Basically, I was born in rural area of South Punjab, Pakistan. After class 8 in 2003 I moved to K…Read More

  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Carbon diamond in rough

    This is the process of capturing waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from large point sources, such as fossil fuel power plants, transferring it to a storage site, and dumping it where it will not enter the atmosphere, normally an underground geological formation. The aim is to prevent the release of large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere (from fossil fuel use in power generation and other industries) that cause environmental pollution. It is a potential means of mitigating the impact of fossil fuel emissions to global warming and ocean acidification. Alt…Read More

  • Grapefruit and its tremendous health benefits

    In Pakistan, about fifty percent of population depends upon agriculture in their daily life. Grapefruit believed to be a natural hybrid of pommel and sweet orange is botanically known as Citrus Paradisi which has assumed tremendous significance. Citrus Research Institute Sargodha has successfully introduced seedless and pigmented grapefruit types which is superior to the varieties introduced earlier i.e. Dunkan, Foster, which were highly seedy and mostly white flashed with low juice contents. The newly introduced varieties such as Shamber, Red Blush, Star Ruby and Flame poss…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 c…Read More

  • Insect growth regulators for managing insect pests

    Storage of cereals and their products is a vital part of post-harvest operations, through which food commodities passes from its way from farmer field to the ultimately consumer. Annual post-harvest losses of stored cereals due to various biological factors in the storages range from 10-20% of overall production. Insect pests are the main factor responsible for these losses as they reduce both quality and quantity of grains. Among various stored grain insect pests, khapra beetle and red flour beetle are pests of economic importance because they feed on a wide range of stored cereals and their products. There is a continuous need to protect the stored grains and their products against…Read More

  • Cotton output fall to affect textile exports

    STAFF REPORT KHI: As the cotton crop in Pakistan has witnessed sharp reduction in output, textile manufacturers anticipate serious affects on export activities for which they have demand immediate tax holiday on import of cotton. All Pakistan Textile Manufacturers Association (Aptma) has sent a letter to the finance minister, informing that the cotton crop had miserably failed to meet the industry requirement. There is a shortage of approximately, four million cotton bales compared to the last year and the industry will have no option but to import cotton, it added. The finance minister has been informed that five percent sales tax and three percent customs duty w…Read More

  • Zong, LUMS join hands for strategic partnership

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zong and LUMS have entered into a strategic partnership by signing an MoU for the development of a state-of-the-art 4G research lab at the varsity. The deal would pave the way for Pakistan’s leading telecom company and the most advanced 4G service provider to give hundreds of students of Pakistan’s top-ranked business management university LUMS, the opportunities to polish their academic endeavours on latest technological lines. ZTE would provide technical assistance in this regard. “ZongCMPak is committed to invest in Pakistan for the long term to support the Pakistani lifestyle reach new heights of development in the technology secto…Read More

  • Danish firm offers solution to Pak water crisis

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To explore solutions for Pakistan’s water crisis, the Danish Embassy has hosted a reception in collaboration with world-renowned water solutions provider, Grundfos, a Danish company. Leading development organisations, water authorities and corporate players with a strong CSR focus attended the reception and subsequent meetings. On the occasion, Grundfos introduced its AQtap Water ATMs solution to Pakistan’s water crisis. Speaking on the occasion, Danish Commercial Counsellor Assar Qureshi said, “It is a point of satisfaction that Grundfos company is enlarging its presence in Pakistan and introducing Grundfos AQtap,” said Danish Commerc…Read More

  • Workshop on biomass gasification techs held at NUST

    STAFF REPORT ISB: UNIDO in collaboration with the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) has recently organized a training workshop on biomass gasification technologies at NUST. The activity was conducted under the UNIDO-GEF 'Promoting Sustainable Energy Production and Use from Biomass in Pakistan' project as part of a series of training and awareness raising workshops aimed at enhancing the knowledge base of biomass gasification in the country. The event was designed as a one-day training initiative for non-engineering professionals from small and medium sized industrial facilities, public sector organisations and members of academic institutions…Read More

  • Peshawar police starts SMS to control traffic

    STAFF REPORT PESH: The Peshawar traffic police has launched an SMS service in the district to keep the road users informed about availability of different routes during road closures and traffic jam. The ‘traffic alert system’ will keep roads from getting blocked leading to traffic halt. The road users could now send an SMS to the number provided by the traffic police to get latest information over status on different roads. Besides, the alert system, the Peshawar police is also taking measures to reform the traffic flow. Tracking systems installed in traffic police officials’ vehicles would help to better monitor the traffic problems in the city by high-ups while…Read More

  • PSEB to help 89 IT firms get free certification

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Software Export Board has been given the go-ahead and funding to help IT companies in Pakistan get internationally certified. With the project titled ‘Enhancing IT Exports Through Industry Support Programs’, PSEB is aiming to boost the country’s IT exports from Rs. 2 billion per annum to Rs. 10 billion by 2025. The Rs. 265 million plan, which has been formulated in close collaboration with the industry, will see 30 IT companies being assisted in getting Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) certifications and 50 IT companies being helped to get ISO27001/20000 certifications. 76 per cent of the costs will be borne by the govern…Read More

  • Dr. Umar among 500 most influential Muslims of world

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Chairman Punjab IT Board (PITB) and Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore, Dr Umar Saif, has been declared one of the top 500 most influential Muslims across the globe. His name has been picked from amongst 1.7 billion Muslims of the world along with Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman who have contributed significantly in the field of technology. Earlier, Dr. Saif has also been awarded Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan last year for his remarkable services rendered for e-governance and smart monitoring in Pakistan. Present honour is given by the renowned journal “The 500 Most Influential…Read More

  • Young Pak scientist takes part in discovery of gravitational waves

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After Pakistan-born scientist Dr Nergis Mavalvala made waves for being a member of the team of scientists that discovered gravitational waves (ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago), it has emerged another Pakistani was also part of the team. Imran Khan from Peshawar has been known to have worked with a team of scientists at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) that recorded gravitational waves for the first time in history. The 25-year-old, a graduate of FAST, worked with Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), one of the institutions involved in the research. Among the 1,…Read More