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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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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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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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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