Farmers target govt for wrong policy on urea import

STAFF REPORT IBD: Farmers fromPunjab have strongly criticised the government’s lopsided policy about importing urea and claimed that the subsidy being given on it from the national exchequer is not going to the farmers but to the black marketers."The government is selling imported urea at the rate of Rs 1300 per bag, while the farmers are getting it at Rs 1750 per bag while the factory rate of domestic urea is around Rs 1600 per bag, which was also being sold to farmers at the same rate,&

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SAP implements ERP solution at Continental Biscuits

STAFF REPORT IBD: SAPPakistan provides its ERP solution to Continental Biscuits Limited (CBL) where Siemens Pakistan is the designated project implementation partner on behalf of SAP. The primary objective of the project is to fast track the implementation using SAP standard functions.Providing a proper ERP support infrastructure to Continental Biscuits Limited would help the company achieve efficiency in its business processes and a competitive edge in the market, said Hassan Jamal, Country

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Institute of Biotechnology, BZU

BIOTECHNOLOGY IS defined as the application of scientific and engineering principles to the processing of materials by biological agents to produce goods and services. The completion of human genome and Arabidopsis genome projects in the year 2000 were great breakthroughs in the field of biotechnology. In the past twenty years, unprecedented progress in biotechnology has been observed, which has made revolutionary impacts on every aspect of human activity such as agriculture, forestry,

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Goldwind to provide 33 units of wind turbines

STAFF REPORT IBD: Goldwind Science and Technology Company (Goldwind) ofChina, One of the world’s largest turbine manufacturer, would provide its first wind power project inPakistan with 33 units of GW77/1500 high-temperature Permanent Magnet Direct Drive (PMDD) turbines."An agreement has been signed an agreement with China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) to provide its first wind power project in Pakistan," says a statement issued by Goldwind.The company said that it is Goldwind’s

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Research phase of PARB projects completed

STAFF REPORT IBD: The research phase of seven projects initiated by the Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB) has successfully been completed."The strategy to demonstrate the technology to farmers is under process and will be launched very soon," said PARB Chief Executive Dr Mubarik Ali while chairing the 31st executive committee meeting here last week.Briefing about the progress of research projects, Dr Mubarik Ali said that these seven projects included a four-year project "

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Experts fear MFN to India to trouble Pak farmers

STAFF REPORT IBD: AsPakistan plans to liberalise its trade withIndia, there is a strong possibility that the inefficiencies in the agriculture sector will expose this sector to international competition causing financial strains for many farmers, agriculture experts say."In my opinion, agriculture will remain under stress during 2012," said Iqrar Ahmed Khan, Vice Chancellor at the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad adding that one of the newest issues will be Pakistan’s decision

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Vestas gets 50MW turbine for Pakistan

STAFF REPORT IBD: Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order from the Turkish Zorlu Energy Group for 28 of Vestas’ V90-1.8 MW turbines for its 50MW wind power project in Nooriabad in the Jimphir region of Pakistan."The contract comprises supply of the wind turbines, supervision of the installation on site, commissioning as well as a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system and a two-year service and availability agreement," says a statement issued by the Vestas.The

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Nokia and Djuice joined to augment Pakistani developers

MONITORING REPORT: With a vision to cater to the lower segment of the market, NokiaPakistan and Djuice have joined hands to start a series of Developer Workshops that aim to provide training focused on S40 devices. The first workshop in this chain was held at Telenor regional office where Tony Torp, Nokia External Trainer shared the details of development tools available to develop mobile apps for S40 devices and gave hands-on training to the participants.Tony Torp said, "Yet again it was

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Hapless consumers the ultimate victim of gas price raise

STAFF REPORT IBD:Indecisiveness and inefficiency were the hallmarks on the part of the sitting government which it earlier last week had firstly notified CNG prices increase to Rs 77.14 in Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Potohar and to Rs 71.07 in Punjab and Sindh but a strong countrywide public reaction immediately forced it to reduce the gas cess by 60 per cent.The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had notified a massive hike of 14 per cent in the gas tariff on all the consumer categories

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Samar unveils plan to end gas crisis

STAFF REPORT IBD: Member of the Science and Technology Planning Commission, Dr Samar Mubarakmand has said that the gas shortage would be end within a year through coal reserves."Pakistanhas enough coal reserves through which we could daily produce 50-60 million cubic feet gasifier, which will end the gas shortage from the country," Dr Samar told the media.To a question, he said that for gas production project the Planning Commission required 1.5 million dollars. He said that three to

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PMNH emerges vital in knowledge sharing

STAFF REPORT IBD: To collect, identify and preserve natural history to develop a reference collection of plants, animals, rocks, minerals and fossils found in Pakistan, meant for serving as repository of all type specimens’, the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) is not only attracting a large number of visitors but also proving the main source of information about natural history of the country.The PMNH has four divisions – Botanical, Zoological, Earth Sciences and Public Services. The

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Plan being mulled to produce gas from coal

STAFF REPORT IBD: Following the worsening crisis of natural gas crisis in the country, the authorities are scrambling to exploit virtually any indigenous sources of energy and are pinning hopes on Thar Underground Coal Gasification UCG pilot project in Sindh province.The underground coal gasification converts coal to gas while still in coal seam, where injection wells are drilled and used to supply oxidants to ignite and fuel underground combustion process, with separate production wells used to

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Lifeline of Pakistan is in severe danger

By Naseem SheikhWE BELIEVE that electricity exists, because its life line of the country and the electric company keeps sending us bills for it, although we cannot consume it all 24 hours.Pakistan is in the grip of a serious energy crisis that is affecting all sectors of the economy and the various segments of the society. LuckilyPakistan has blessed by many types of resources but lack of attention and sincerity among authority leaders and concerned department all resources are just for name of

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Severe natural gas shortage warned in Pakistan

STAFF REPORT IBD: The national gas transmission network is operating on the edge inPakistan and if timely measures for disconnecting a few sectors were not taken the compressors might trip in January resulting in a forced outage that may persist for two weeks. "The country will be facing a severe gas shortage this month and the situation could be only averted by completely blocking gas supply to industrial and CNG sectors for at least a month," said Petroleum Minister Dr. Asim Hussain

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Telecos APRU 4pc up in 2011

STAFF REPORT IBD: Despite sevral challenges during the year 2011 teledensity ofPakistan touched 68.39 per cent reflecting hike of 6.7 per cent over the previous year. But modest increase in cellular industry’s ARPU went up from $2.41 in the previous fiscal year to $ 2.45. Telecom sector revenues swelled to an all-time high Rs 362 billion during the year 2011. The sector contributed over 116.9 billion to the national exchequer.The annual report of Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) shows

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Punjab drops plan to launch Monsanto Bt cotton

STAFF REPORT LHR:Punjab, the largest cotton producing province of the country, has decided to drop the proposal of formally introducing certified imported seed of Bt cotton primarily on financial grounds that outweigh the benefits of biotechnology.Arif Nadeem, Secretary Agriculture Punjab, said thatPunjabhas dropped the idea of introducing the Bt cotton seed in collaboration with Monsanto. He also said that negotiations in this connection have ended without yielding any tangible result.A major

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Schneider Electric Triumphs at 2011 Gigaton Awards Hosted during United Nations Climate Change Talks

Lahore: Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has recently been awarded with the Gigaton Awards for Outstanding Business Leadership in Action’ for its phenomenal contribution to the reduction of carbon usage. This honourable accolade was awarded to Schneider Electric by The Carbon War Room (CWR), the Gigaton Throw down, and the World Climate Summit.Selected from among 25 global companies that were nominated for the awards, Schneider Electric was acknowledged for its

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