New gas reserves

According to an official report, the gas shortage of one billion cubic feet (bcf) was recorded in 2011 alone, and currently it has increased to 1.8 bcf.Owing to this, the industrial sector, CNG and the power sector have been severely affected. The main reasons described for the peril are rapid surge in the demand and less exploration.According to a State Bank report, no exploration has been carried out since 1998 to find gas reserves. However, we have already harnessed 49 per cent of the

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OLX Pakistan investing heavily in advertisement

OLX is a global online retailer and auction site. They have an impressive footprint in a little less than 100 countries, each with their own specific domain (like .pk for Pakistan and .in for India).In Pakistan they have been operating under olx.com.pk for some time with people using it to sell things online.Recently they have started advertising heavily on television, a medium seldom used by online businesses previously. The ads are witty and fun to watch.The most important factor of these ads

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Sane decision, at least this time!

FOR THE last couple of years uptil recent past, the agriculture sector witnessed a hectic series of activities on the part of both the government and the multinational companies particularly Monsanto for the adaptation of Bt cotton seed in Pakistan. However, dismal results came out of the on-ground experiments done ultimately forced the government to shut the door on the Bt cotton seed. Opponents of the government’s decision argue that Monsanto had signed such an agreement with China 1996,

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Computers and health

The girl who became the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional at the age of nine died recently. I don’t know if she had had it since childhood bu t it made me wonder if her epilepsy was caused by spending too much time on the computer. The effect of radiation emitted from computers has been studied and it has been linked to a variety of health issues.Most are not aware of its affects and may not feel much. I am a person who has experienced strange symptoms that even doctors could

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Why Nokia Siemens has evaporated in Pakistan

PTA ALWAYS takes wrong steps at the wrong moment for the wrong reasons. The bubbling and budding telecom industry in Pakistan largely due to the fact that there is no monopoly and the competition is tough and fierce and the consumer base is huge and aware.Nokia Siemens was competing mainly with the ZTE, and both were having a fair chunk of the industry, but it was witnessed that ZTE was given undue fair many times and since 2009 Nokia Siemens has been complaining repeatedly. The European

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Moving story of Arfa Karim

ARFA KARIM came, she did and she conquered. When everything was down in Pakistan, she stood and illuminated the national scene with her brilliance.Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, changed his opinion about Pakistan altogether after meeting with Arfa. Arfa Karim got the honor of World’s Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional when she was only 9 years old in 2004. Bill Gates invited her to visit the Microsoft Headquarters in the USA in the age of 10 only. He was so much impressed by

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Insanity prevails on energy crisis

ENERGY CRISIS in Pakistan has virtually become part of our national life drastically impacting the whole fabric of routine life and putting to halt the industrial units and transport in addition to ever-existing prices spiral. Main responsibility, of course, lies with the incumbent government’s policy makers who lack farsighted approach to effectively realise the national energy needs and fail to curve out a sustainable policy to steer the country out of the present energy mess. Hydel power

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Need to revisit policy on research and development

WHILE GLOBAL expenditure on research and development has been rising consistently, two of the ten countries – China and India – which contribute about 78 per cent of the total are now emerging economies. Most recently, India has announced to double its RandD allocations with the main focus on science and technology as well as information technology. South Asia’s contribution to the global RandD expenditures is estimated at a pitiful four cent of the total and even this expenditure mostly comes

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An appeal for free laptop

I AM doing MPhil in International Relations from the University of Sargodha. And also working at the university as an assistant (BPS 14).Being a university employee, I could not avail myself of the facility of a free laptop scheme launched by the Chief Minister of Punjab.Universities are autonomous bodies and owing to this they are not considered government institutions. The Public Service Commission does not consider the university employees government servants.Owing to low salary package I

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Old textbooks in Balochistan

THE ISSUE of Balochistan’s old textbooks is very critical for Baloch students who are not able to get quality education because of obsolete syllabus. Textbooks, published in 1993, have never been revised, though there have been so many changes since then.Therefore, most of the students are unaware of many facts. Besides, all books from primary to matriculation are in Urdu, while in Intermediate students have to read books in English which creates a big problem for students.Furthermore, books

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Steps needed to overcome energy crisis

IT SEEMS that the government has no short-and long-term solution to the shortage of natural gas. The shortage has paralysed life of the people. The delay in implementing the Pakistan Iran gas pipeline project, which was initiated 10 years ago, will take another four or five years to complete.Owing to the wrong policy of the ministry of petroleum and natural resources, as well as of Ogra, it was not possible for the government to restrict the construction of CNG stations at least five kilometres

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GM seed can solve world hunger problems or not?

THIS REFERS to the story published in Technology Times, titled "Genetically modified corn, maize damage Pak farming".This is a good article; people both farmers and consumers need to know pros and cons of agriculture biotechnology rather adopting it without knowledge of its long term effects.Monsanto, Pioneer, Syngenta etc are pushing hard to sell its GMO or biotech seeds in developing countries like Pakistan due to poor biosafety regulatory system and it is easy to find ways in

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Dismal performance in farming sector

The year 2011 has been marked as black year’ for agriculture sector as imposition of General Sales Tax on agriculture inputs and withdrawal of subsidies have multiplied the cost of farming in the country. Major role in this critical situation has been by the government as on one hand, the withdrawal of subsidies and levy of GST has increased the input cost by over 35 per cent, while on the other hand agriculture produce prices , except wheat, dropped by nearly 25 per cent that caused huge

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