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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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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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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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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Nokia, Unesco ink deal for NED application

STAFF REPORT IBD: Nokia and UNESCO have launched a project "Mobile Learning Project for Teachers’ Professional Development". Under this initiative, both UNESCO and Nokia are joining hands, where Nokia is providing its mobile phones and application "Nokia Education Delivery (NED) for UNESCO’s project on use of ICT for professional development of public school teachers’ in remote areas, says a press release issued here last week.Since 2011 NED has turned into an open source

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PTA, Ericsson confer Excellence Awards

STAFF REPORT IBD:Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) and Ericsson have announced Ericsson-PTA Mobile Excellence Award 2011 winners at a recently held ceremony here.The award has been conferred to the winning team for their exemplary efforts in developing a mobile application "Poor man’s Reader" to facilitate literacy in the country. PTA Chairman Dr. Mohammed Yaseen was the chief guest.Bilal Zafar and Ahmad Bashir, Senior year Undergraduate Students from LUMS, Department of

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Tips on writing autobiography reviews

STAFF REPORT IBD: The inordinate delay in cane crushing has left the growers in a quandary. Long queues of tractor trolleys and trucks can be seen outside sugar mills in various districts of Sindh which have started crushing and this process would take too many days to offload the cane at these mills.Growers were expecting that timely cane crushing would relieve them of financial constraints and enable them to sow Rabi crops mainly wheat after harvesting cane. But contrary to their expectations

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Auction of 3G, 4G by March 2012

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has finally got a go-ahead signal from the Ministry of Information Technology for the auction of third generation cellular licences.According to a statement, the regulatory authority is now planning to auction the frequency spectrum for cellular mobile broadband services and licence will be technology neutral and the licencees be able to deploy any technology including 3G/4G/LTE/ any other upcoming technologies.It said that PTA has

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Pakistan ranks 43rd in scientific research publication

STAFF REPORTIBD: Though the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has made enormous efforts to promote research work, yetPakistan ranked 43rd in the world in terms of published scientific papers in the year 2010.According to the worldwide scientific journal ranking (SJR);Pakistanpublished 6,987 research documents in 2010. However, the same yearUSwas on top with 502,804 papers followed byChinawith 320,800 andUnited Kingdomwith 139,683 research documents. On the other hand,Indiaranked ninth worldwide.

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Genetically modified corn, maize damage Pak farming

SPECIAL REPORT IBD:Pakistan is fast heading towards a serious disaster in the field of corn, maize and cotton sectors as attempts are being made to get formal approval of the Biotech/BT corn or maize seeds which carry heavy risks involved in terms of high costs as well as polluting other maize varieties.It is to be mentioned here that genetically modified seed producing companies – Pioneer, Syngenta and Monsanto – have submitted applications for commercialization of genetically modified (GM/BT

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