Volume 07 Issue 18

  • Skill development needed to combat biosecurity threats

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The fast pace of research in life sciences there is a need to develop skills of scientists and researchers to combat biological threats within the region by providing training on biosecurity, biosafety, pathogen surveillance, and infectious disease surveillance and disaster response. This was the crux of the three-day Regional Workshop on Biosafety and Biosecurity in Life Sciences Research hosted by Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) in collaboration with COMSATS and ISESCO, Islamabad. The key objectives of this workshop w…Read More

  • PAS regional chapter set up in Balochistan varsity

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI/Member PAS, and Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari, Secretary General PAS, have visited the University of Balochistan. Purpose of the visit was to formally inaugurate the Regional Chapter Office of PAS at UoB and conduct the seminar regarding the promotion of research trends in Balochistan.  The province Balochistan is in desperate need to progress in science & technology to accrue the compatibility with current R&D scenario. With t…Read More

  • World Veterinary Day Observed at UVAS

    STAFF REPORT LAHORE: The Vets Care Club of The University of Veterinary and Animals Sciences Lahore observed World Veterinary Day here on Friday. A walk was arranged to mark the day and create awareness about the welfare of animals in the community. Dean Faculty of Life sciences Business Management Prof DrNasim Ahmad led the walk while Prof DrSarwar Khan, Prof Dr Habib-ur Rehman, Prof DrAnilaZameerDurrani, Prof DrAsim Aslam, Prof Dr Masood Rabbani and a large number of students and faculty members were participated. The walk st…Read More

  • Over Rs416b released so under PSDP for uplift projects

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has so far released over Rs 416.725 billion for different social sector development projects under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2015-16 against the total allocations of Rs 700 billion. According to the latest data of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, the Higher Education Commission has been provided Rs 14.037 billion against its total allocations of Rs 20.5 billion while Rs 1.040 billion released for Science and Technological Research Division against the total allocation of Rs 1.510 billion during the current fiscal year development plane.  Under PSDP, 2015-16, Rs 13.678 billion hav…Read More

  • NAVTTC to launch workers training courses

    STAFF REPORT SIALKOT: The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) would soon design training courses for the Sialkot-based industrial workers. NAVTTC Executive Director Zulfiqar Ahmed Cheema made the announcement while addressing a meeting of the Sialkot exporters held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).  He said that NAVTTC would also provide technical assistance, guidance and help for developing Sialkot’s sports goods, surgical and leather garments industries on modern lines, besides, ensuring early provi…Read More

  • Govt ready for spectrum auction by June

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is all set to hold auction of remaining spectrum by the end of June, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Dr Ismail Shah announced. During a ceremony held at PTA headquarters, he said that the authority was ready for more spectrum auction which is expected to be completed by the end of June, 2016. It will further enhance quality of cellular services in the country. “The advantage of availability of 3G/4G technologies is not just the availability of high speed internet; rather it is bringing information which leads to transparency and efficiency,” Shah told the select participants who gathered to ce…Read More

  • 257 graduates awarded degrees at FU convocation

    STAFF REPORT RWP: The Foundation University has recently held Convocation 2016 here at its auditorium where As many as 257 graduates of humanities & liberal arts, engineering & IT, MPhil (psychology) and MPhil (economics) were awarded degrees. Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Haroon Aslam HI(M), Chief Executive and Managing Director Fauji Ferttilizer Bin Qasim Limited (FFBL), was the chief guest. The chief guest also awarded 8 gold medals, 7 silver medals, 6 distinction certificates and 15 merit c…Read More

  • CIIT Islamabad ranks among top 20 regional institutions

    STAFF REPORT ISB: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) Islamabad has topped among Pakistani institutions and also succeeded to clinch 18th position among top western Asian institutions as per the high-quality research outputs ranking table 2016 released by international reputed organisation, Nature. According to the released index, the CIIT Islamabad has showed remarkable performance with 246.2% increase in weighted fractional count (WFC) in 2015 as compared to 2014. Among the top 20 institutions from western Asia all three top universities are from Israel while King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Saudi Arabia remained on 4th…Read More

  • Students urged to transform innovative ideas into business

    STAFF REPORT PESH: University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar has organized an awareness seminar on UNIDO Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs and Starts Up in Pakistan. The seminar informed the students about how to participate in this year’s clean technology competition and win up-to $20,000. The seminar was organized by the Mechnaical Engineering Department, UET Pehsawar, with Dean Faculty of Engineering Prof. Dr. Noor Muhammad in the chair. Dean Faculty of Engineering, UET Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Noor, in his speech urged the students not to underestimate themselves. “You have the ability to face any challenge and have to use your abilit…Read More

  • Zong to empower FUUAST with 4G services

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Zong has signed an MoU with the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology that would allow the varsity faculty members and more than 4,000 students to enjoy the fastest 4G services.  Sharing his views, Naeem Ahmed, Regional Director, Zong, said, “Our prioritized focus was to equip the youth of Pakistan with latest technological tools to polish their skills and abilities on digitalized lines. Under Zong Youth Program, the students were being provided mobile phones, SIMs and fastest 4G …Read More

  • Balochistan, US varsities join hand for coop

    STAFF REPORT KHI: US Acting Consul General Chad Peterson presided over the signing of a Balochistan Consortium University Partnership Memorandum of Agreement. The two-year “Building Bridges” partnership links the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with the University of Balochistan, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University Quetta and Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences. The partnership will send professors and student…Read More

  • Seminar on opportunities for research scholarships held

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A seminar on ‘Opportunities for Research Scholarships in Japan’ organized by Consulate General of Japan in Karachi in collaboration with the Dean Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Karachi.The Director of Japan Information and Culture Centre, Mitsuaki Tosa, was the chief guest, a spokesman of the University.He welcomed the participants to avail such opportunities in Japan but also emphasized the pharmacy students specially to grasp these chances in world renowned universities of Japan in different disciplines and technologies.The event was started by a brief introduction of MAAP by Dr. A.R. Rajput, the Vice President of MEXT Alumni Associ…Read More

  • Experts stress protection of natural resources

    STAFF REPORT LHR: With a mission to promote awareness among people about earth’s natural environment, biodiversity and ecosystem, the International Earth Day was observed. Under the theme of “Trees for Earth”, the day signified the importance of trees in our surroundings as well as broadening the horizons towards planting trees. Due to increasing environmental awareness and education, positive role of the media and decision makers, the annual deforestation rate in Pakistan has decreased to 1.6 percent…Read More

  • Chitrali engineer develops innovative search engine

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A software engineer from far-flung area of Chitral has developed a computer software and search engine that supports 40 regional languages of Pakistan thus making it possible to compose or search material on internet in all these languages. Software engineer Rehmat Aziz acquired his school education from a school of his locality but excelled in the field of information technology on the basis of his personal interest and passion. “I have received number of local and international a…Read More

  • TEVTA to certify 28,000 uncertified skilled force

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) will certify 28,000 uncertified skilled force through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme by June 30. TEVTA has issued nationally as well as globally recognized certificates to 19,000 upto April 15, 2016. This programme is successfully in progress across the Punjab province. Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said this while addressing the progress review meeting of RPL programme for uncertified skilled f…Read More

  • VU, WWF sign MoU to promote environmental edu

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Virtual University of Pakistan (VU) and WWF-Pakistan signed an MoU to promote environmental education amongst the youth of the country.  Through this MoU, both organisations will establish formal relationship to raise environmental awareness and tackle the environmental challenges through innovative research. Moreover, the two organisations will collaborate to develop joint research proposals.  The MoU was signed by Dr Naveed A Malik, Rector Virtual University of Pakis…Read More

  • Lamudi’s research keeps positive outlook for real estate

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan’s multi-billion- dollar real estate industry holds a bright future in 2016, despite being affected by issues such as housing shortages, increasing taxes and lack of transparency in property according to a new report on Pakistan’s property market. The findings are contained in new research conducted by Pakistan’s best real estate website, Lamudi.pk. The report focuses on a series of online surveys of both real estate agents and customers as well as property experts interviews and Lamudi’s onsite data.  The research examines the change in real estate trends between 2014-15, the online property-hunting trends, …Read More

  • Pakistani makes wind energy turbine in Scotland

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: A young entrepreneur has invented a roadside wind turbine that could help harness energy from traffic. On the side of a busy main road leading into Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland, a small wind turbine spins in the wind of passing cars and trucks. As it rotates, it charges a battery that is below the ground. This is the prototype of an invention by Sanwal Muneer, a young entrepreneur from Pakistan, which has received funding from Shell and won an award from the United Nat…Read More

  • Climate change, heat wave get severe in Sindh

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As the searing heat wave persisted in the interior Sindh for the last few days, it brought a sharp increase in diarrhoea and sunstroke patients across the province coupled with severe water shortage across the region.Pakistan is facing an imminent threat from climate change and is on its way to become one of the most water stressed countries in the world a few years down the road.While there is no clear-cut solution to the issue we are facing with extreme weather, people can focus on some remedies to at an individual level.Impacts such as proliferation of water-borne diseases as is documented every summer, seawater intrusion and salinisation of coastal areas of Sindh,…Read More

  • Telecom sector contributes Rs745b to national kitty

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Telecom sector has contributed an amount of Rs. 745 billion to national exchequer in terms of regulatory duties and taxes during last five years. A higher contribution of Rs. 243.8 billion was made during 2013-14 due to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) extraordinary deposits of Rs. 96.5 billion out of total value of 3G and 4G spectrum auction in April 2014. In 2014-15, the telecom sector contributed Rs. 126.6 billion to national exchequer in terms of regulatory duties…Read More

  • PTA, 3 telcos served notices for mobile phone shutdowns

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court issued notices to PTA, Telenor, Zong and Ufone in a petition against suspension of mobile phone services. The four petitioners are ordinary citizens whose lives were badly affected by suspension of mobile telecom services which happened in Islamabad. The Petitioners have urged the court to declare the practice of suspension of service as illegal. The petitioners have also sought a stay on further shutdowns, during the pendency of the …Read More

  • BoD discusses 2-year plan outline of USF

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Board of Directors of the Universal Service Fund Company has met at the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom in Islamabad. The meeting was headed by Minister of State for IT & Telecom Anusha Rehman in which an outline of the company’s two-year plan together with the core efforts and progress of telecommunication services in un-served and under-served places all over the length and breadth of the country by USF Co were assessed.Other Board members including the Secretary IT; Rizwan Bashir…Read More

  • ILO, HEC to collaborate for better employment

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The four-day “Refresher Training of Trainers” conducted by ILO Pakistan with the collaboration of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) at HEC Regional Campus has concluded with the distribution of completion certificates among the participants. The training was part of the Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme, which is ILO’s global management-training initiative focusing on starting and improving small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment, particularly in em…Read More

  • Urdu online dictionary launched by OUP

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched online Urdu dictionary. An official of OUP Pakistan, Zehra Nasim Haque has said. She pointed out that Urdu has become the fourth language to be available in an Oxford living dictionary as part of Oxford Dictionaries’ global languages initiative. The OGL is a new initiative from Oxford Dictionaries or Oxford University Press which was launched in September 2015. Aiming to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources…Read More

  • Govt to fund innovation, research in textile sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Ministry of Commerce has planned to fund textile sector in research and innovation projects initiated by the National Textile University.“The project would establish Textile Innovation Centre in the university, focus on the global demand for next-era fabric that includes technical and functional fabrics and would provide new initiatives in the field of design and value-addition,” said Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan while chairing the third meeting of the Federal Textile Board in Taxila.The min…Read More

  • Netherlands sees prospects of coop in agriculture

    STAFF REPORT FSD: Netherlands Ambassador to Pakistan Jeanette Seppen has said that they are keen to enhance trade and investment relations with Pakistan, especially in areas of agriculture and agro-based businesses. Talking to University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Seppen said there were prospects for strengthened cooperation in livestock, agriculture and agro-based business, adding efforts were under way to encourage Dutch companies to invest in Pakistan. She pointed out that the Netherlands had a population of about 20 million whereas it was producing food for 70 million people. “We are getting more yield …Read More

  • Climate change bigger threat to terrorism

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A parliamentary panel has been informed that climate change posed a greater security threat to Pakistan than terrorism because it could affect temperatures, environment, economy and the future policies of the country. Climate change experts expressed these views at a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change that was held at the Parliament House. The committee was informed that climate change could trigger severe disruptions with ever-widening consequenc…Read More

  • FATA varsity to start academic activities soon

    STAFF REPORT ISB: University of FATA is expected to start its academic activities from Fall2016 while Gwadar University and Sub-Campus of University of Balochistan at Zhob are expected to start their academic activities by the year 2017. According to an official source, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has submitted the concept paper of the project of establishment of Gwadar University and subcampus of University of Balochistan at Zhob to the Planning Commission this month for approval. The projects w…Read More

  • Punjab – from sugar bowl to grain house

    The sugarcane crop is a source of profound employment at the farm, factory and business community for more than 6 million people of Punjab whereas the total 9 million population of the country is directly or indirectly associated with sugarcane crop. The recent establishment of Sugarcane Research & Development Board (SRDB) in the Government system will open new vistas of research and development. With 1.129 million hectares Pakistan is one of the fourth largest canes growing country of the world and ranks f…Read More

  • Perspective of high efficiency irrigation system

    The geographical area of Pakistan is 79.6 million hectares. The area under cultivation is about 27 percent. Out of this area, 80 percent is irrigated. Competition for water supplies among, industry, domestic, agricultureand environment is a worldwide phenomenon and same is true in Pakistan. In Pakistan up to 30 % water availability decreased was reported. The constraints in efficient utilization of irrigation water are small water streams, soil with high/ low infiltration rate, uneven topography and unreliable water supplies. High efficiency irrigation system provides a…Read More

  • Student Poster Competition 2016 in IEEE RAS

    The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS), MUET students branch chapter was established in MUET on 2014. Since then, the Chapter has organized several events for the benefit of students of MUET under the banner of IEEE. The IEEE RAS organized Student Poster Competition (SPoC’16) on 20th April in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This was made possible due to the efforts of IEEE RAS student chapter’s team led by Advisor Dr. Jawaid Daudpoto and Chair, Owais Rasool. As many as 14 posters were received, which were divided into two categories: …Read More

  • Fox tail palm

    Introduction: Foxtail palm also known as Wodyetia bifurcate belongs to genus Wodyetia and family Arecaeae. It is a specula palm. The foxtail is named for its foliage. It is easy to grow. Foxtail palm tolerate a wide range of soils. It grows in full sun to part shade. This tree has tidy appearance do not needs pruning. It tolerates salt conditions and thrives in temperate coastal climates.  Fox tail palm requires proper amount of water, good drainage and palm friendly fertilizers for proper growth. They require high humidity. Foxtail palm is drought tolerant and disease resistant to some extent. WORLDWIDE STATUS Foxtail is planted worl…Read More

  • Agriculture reforms to impasse malnutrition problem

    Malnutrition is a pathological condition resulting from eating a diet in which nutrients are either not enough or are too much such that the physical function of an individual is impaired to the point where he or she can no longer maintain natural bodily capacities such as growth, pregnancy, learning abilities, physical work and resisting or recovering from disease. The term covers a range of problems from being dangerously thin (underweight) or too short (stunting) for one’s age to being deficient in vitamins and minerals or being too fat. Malnutrition is due to of l…Read More

  • Particulate matter – an alarming source of air pollution

      Particulate matter refers to the finely divided solid and liquid particles of organic or inorganic nature that remains suspended in the atmosphere. Particulate matter can be of different size, composition, and origin, consisting of pollen, mold spores, house dust mites, bacteria, acids, viruses, dust particles, cement dust, fine clay particles containing heavy metals, fly ash, oil smoke, smog, tobacco smoke and soot. Particulate matter (PM) can be divided into different groups ranging from few nanometers to micrometers but dominated size ranging from 2…Read More

  • Losing ground for science & technology

    The 13th OIC summit has decided to shift the COMSTECH summit to Astana, Kazakhstan, following the Pakistani government’s decision to twice postpone the international event last year owing to the volatile security situation across the country. Even efforts are afoot in the OIC headquarters to also shift the committee’s headquarters from Pakistan. The move is being viewed as a major diplomatic setback for Pakistan, which was chosen as COMSTECH secretariat (Islamabad) in recognition of its vigorous contributions to science and technology. If it happens, which could be possible, the country would lose a lot in terms of various research and development projects in the field of science and…Read More