Volume 07 Issue 01

  • Scientists set S&T as priority area to promote innovations in ECO regions

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Scientists and researchers have called for focusing on achieving greater research efficiency and more intensive transfer of knowledge by means of establishing networks involving research and business. Priority-setting processes are critical in aligning research funding with regional needs and in identifying the research questions necessary to fill the knowledge gaps.  They expressed these views during the two-day meeting of eminent scientists and experts of ECO member states in Islamabad. The meeting was organized by the Econ…Read More

  • ‘Web accessibility for the disabled’ discussed at PTA

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A meeting on ‘Web accessibility for People with Disabilities’ has recently been held at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) HeadquartersChairman PTA Dr. Syed Ismail Shah held the meeting with a group of People with disabilities, inviting their ideas and opinions on ‘Web accessibility for People with Disabilities’ issues and identifying practical approaches to promote technological ‘inclusivity’ in Pakistan.Saima Yousaf, a web developer, Muhammad Shabbir, a research associate from NDU, Ali Shabeer and AbiaAkram from STEP, Ammar Anwar from Pakistan Foundation for Fighting Blindness and Naveed Haq from the Internet Society attended the meeting.The discussion car…Read More

  • Dr. Yar’s drug for repairing nervous system enrolled in US

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Dr. Muhammad Yar, an Assistant Professor at Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, COMSATS Institute of Information, Lahore, has developed a new drug that may be useful for the treatment of several CNS disorders such as Parkinson disease, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, Alzheimer disease, sleep disorders, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The invention has been successfully registered with US Patent having Number US 9169221 B2 on October, 2015. The Patent title is DIHYDRO 1,4-BENZOXAZINES AND METHOD OF SYNTHESIZING THE SAME USING SULFONIUM SALTS. Benzoxazines have be…Read More

  • Dr. AQ Khan exhorts youth to focus more on S&T innovations

    STAFF REPORT KHI: History has witnessed great scientists with a deep sense of literature, which is a trait of every healthy and successful person, said renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul. He said this while inaugurating a three-day international conference on life sciences tilted ‘emerging trends in biological sciences and genomics’ at the University of Karachi, which was jointly organized by the Dr A Q Khan Institute of the Biotechnology Genetic Engineering (KIBGE) and M A H Qadri Biological Research Centre, KU. He said solution of ev…Read More

  • Intel completes acquisition of Altera

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Intel Corporation has completed the acquisition of Altera Corporation, a leading provider of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. The acquisition complements Intel’s leading-edge product portfolio and enables new classes of products in the high-growth data centre and Internet of Things (IoT) market segments. “Altera is now part of Intel, and together we will make the next generation of semiconductors not only better but able to do more,” said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO.He said that the company will apply Moore’s Law to grow today’s FPGA business, and we’ll invent new products that make amazing experiences of the future possib…Read More

  • Voting through biometric system possible: NADRA

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said that according to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Chairman Usman Yousaf Mobeen, voting through biometric system is possible. The Chairman NADRA had informed a meeting of the Electoral Reforms Committee that biometric voting is possible through offline system of the Authority and also recommended a hardware security system in that regard. Zahid Hamid, who also heads the Electoral Reforms Committee, told media persons that the Minister of State for Information Technology and the Election Commissioner of Pakistan (ECP) would review the hardware security system while …Read More

  • Cell phone users reach 124.24m: Mobilink tops with 35.67m

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobile phone users in Pakistan crossed the figure of 124.24 million by November this year with Mobilink still leading the operators chart having its total 35.67 million customers. The company had added 2,42,088 new customers to its credit by the end of October this year, reveals the fresh data. The five operators, providing mobile phone services in the country, have added a combined user-base of 1.64 million customers during one month. As per latest statistics issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authorit…Read More

  • Efforts on to achieve MDGs covering vital areas

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan, as part of endeavours to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), has introduced environmental monitoring system through stationary and mobile labs to monitor pollution levels in air, surface, ground water and soils. Promoting environment friendly technologies with special focus on clean energy and studying of general public concerning environmental issues to suggest rectification and mitigation are amongst the numerous steps taken to strengthen existing programmes for achieving or reaching close to MDGs by 2018…Read More

  • LHC to introduce mobile app for litigants, lawyers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Lahore High Court is going to introduce an enterprise software system, which is the first-ever for a court in Pakistan, in order to facilitate litigant public and lawyers. The project “enterprise level information technology” would enable litigants to monitor progress and status of their cases on their smart phones, senior puisne judge Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah told media at a briefing. According to him, a global IT services company, Techlogix Pakistan (Pvt), has been awarded a project of Rs250 million to deliver the software s…Read More

  • Huawei plans to launch Honour prodigy in 2016

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Huawei is planning to o-pen the year 2016 in Pakistan with the launch of fascinating smart phones. Along with the highly awaited Mate smart phone, Huawei has got a wide range of smart devices, belonging to all tiers, in store for its valued customers. The company has shown its mettle quite strongly in the year 2015 and tech enthusiasts have high hopes from this brand that it will continue to bring innovative and unique products on the table. Reportedly the smart phones anticipated to be launched in 2016, an Honor series…Read More

  • Call to promote camel milk value-chain approach

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A recently organized two-day international symposium on ‘camel management and reproduction’ called for empowering camel farmers to promote camel milk value chain to improve source of living. Presenting recommendations, Prof. Dr. Mushtaq Memon, who came from the US, said the organising team visited camel habitat areas in Achhro Thar (White Desert) and held meetings with herders from other areas leaned that there is big potential to set up collecting points for camel’s milk to market this important product, which at this time does not have system.…Read More

  • Climate change implications for global food security

    Climate change is imposing serious threats to agriculture production and food security in the 21st century, particularly in many countries of the world, due to possibly decreasing trends in crop yield occurred. Food security is defined as; good quality, safe and nutritious food items available at affordable prices, at all time to all peoples for better health. Climate change affects the four dimensions of food security such as; (1) Food production and Food Availability (2) Stability of food Supplies (3) Access to Food (4) Food Utilization. Food security will not only…Read More

  • DUET robotics contest a starting point for young talent

    Robotics is the only field which can add precision while replacing the slow manual labour in the contemporary industrial world. Thus this field faces enormous pressure from industry to produce all-purpose mobile manipulator robots which can perform simple tasks like grab, navigate and place objects at desired locations autonomously. The future of Pakistan relies heavily on advancement in the fields of engineering and science and events of this nature will encourage and motivate students to improve their technical skills. As part of the growing requirements of the mode…Read More

  • Modern agriculture: Practices, challenges and opportunities

    Everything in universe is changing and these changes have positive or negative impacts on surrounding. Agriculture is an important occupation of majority in the world. Almost everyone is attached with agriculture directly or indirectly. People used to grow crops and rear animals for food, feed and fiber since ancient times. With the passage of time, needs of people climbed enormously. Agriculture is also changing and becoming advance with every passing day. Agricultural operations are more innovative and modern now and quiet dissimilar from conventional agriculture. Previously, tilling…Read More

  • Pakistan’s future: innovation

    In this knowledge-driven world, only countries that invest in their real wealth – their children – can progress. Others are relegated to the fate of beggars and borrowers, living on the little charity that organisations such as the World Bank or IMF may bestow on them. Drowning in debt, our leaders would have us believe that all is rosy.  The hard facts are in fact quite the opposite, and the day draws closer when the ‘nuclear noose’ will be tightened – give up the nuclear weapons or choose bankruptcy. Oblivious to this impending disaster we continue to borrow more and more – more debt to pay off older debts. About $50 billion has been borrowed during the last dec…Read More

  • Vermitechnology: Easy to convert trash into cash. How to do?

    Pakistan is an agricultural country and but it has 1.95 percent population growth rate, which is higher than average growth rate of South Asian countries. At present it is the sixth most populous country in the world with projected population of 188 million. Pakistan with population of 363 million in 2050 is expected to retain the same position. The world population rate is increasing at high rate and by 2050; it is expected to be 9.9 billion. To feed this much population, increase in cropping intensity, excessive and intensive use of fertilizers has become the necessary evil. Ho…Read More

  • Environment and altered attitude of human beings

    There has been of much concern in the society due to the altered and folded attitude of people living on it. People when trying to get the things out of complexities miss to shoot the target at first attempt. They keep trying to shoot the target but all goes in vain. In the end they are left with not even a single success in their hand and they become hopeless and distressed. With the passage of time, the issue becomes global and ‘the attitude’ shifts from local to the regional and international level. Same is the case with ‘Environment Management”, we all are trying to protect environment without hitting the target.  There are some questions that really do not ne…Read More

  • High time for high-tech startup in Pakistan

    The technology entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan is at a tipping point. There are a number of factors at play that make the country so ripe for both local and international investors looking to invest in the tech space. With the quickly growing internet adoption currently estimated to be 25 million internet users and 15 million mobile internet users amid cheap smart phone devices, the local market is widely open to the world. At the same time, the renowned IT giants are aggressively involved in taking initiatives to promote the culture of startups. Development of platforms like The Foundation at LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship and Plan9 have a leading role in the local IT marke…Read More

  • Cell phone users reach 124.24m: Mobilink

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobile phone users in Pakistan crossed the figure of 124.24 million by November this year with Mobilink still leading the operators chart having its total 35.67 million customers. The company had added 2,42,088 new customers to its credit by the end of October this year, reveals the fresh data. The five operators, providing mobile phone services in the country, have added a combined user-base of 1.64 million customers during one month.  As per latest statistics issued by the Pakistan Telecommunic…Read More

  • Pak e-commerce market set to surpass $1b by 2020

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan’s e-commerce market is expected to surpass $1 billion in five years, say local tech gurus who believe the time is ripe to invest in this growing segment and demonstrate leadership to succeed in this industry. “Pakistan is expected to see a boom in e-commerce in the next five years. This represents a huge opportunity for both start-ups and investors,” said Shayaan Tahir, Founder and CEO of local e-commerce giant Homeshopping.pk.  His company has partnered with digital agency Creative Chaos to form HSN Ventures. …Read More

  • Telecom policy to protect against monopolistic practices

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has decided to draft competition rules in an attempt to bar telecom companies from any possible monopolistic practice in the new telecommunication policy 2015. Officials familiar with the development said that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), which has approved the policy in December, has directed the IT ministry to have it vetted by the Law, Justice and Human Rights Division before enforcement. The ECC specifically directed the ministry to ensure that provisions of para 5.1 of the policy are not in contravention with the Competition Commission Act 2010. It also directed the ministry to review para 5.13 regarding industry…Read More

  • Row over BlackBerry services likely to be resolved

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The BlackBerry company has partially accepted the government’s terms with the expectation that it would never grant a backdoor to users’ data, but it is believed to cooperate with law enforcement agencies, sources confided to this correspondent.  It is to be mentioned here that BlackBerry has a similar arrangement in many countries including UAE and India. Under such an arrangement, the company hands over user information only if it is served with a valid warrant.Previously, BlackBerry was said to be planning to discontinue all its o…Read More

  • DUET robotics contest a starting point for young talent

    Robotics is the only field which can add precision while replacing the slow manual labour in the contemporary industrial world. Thus this field faces enormous pressure from industry to produce all-purpose mobile manipulator robots which can perform simple tasks like grab, navigate and place objects at desired locations autonomously. The future of Pakistan relies heavily on advancement in the fields of engineering and science and events of this nature will encourage and motivate students to improve their technical skills. As part of the growing requirements of the modern age, the Department of Electronics Engineering, Dawood University of Engineering & Technology, has rec…Read More

  • PTA auctions WLL services in AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan

    Staff Report ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has conducted an auction of Spectrum for Wireless Local Loop (WLL) services at Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB). PTCL and LinkDotNet Telecom Limited (LDN) participated in the auction for 3.5 GHz in TR-I (Mirpur Region).  The auction was conducted in an open and transparent manner through open outcry method. LDN offered the highest bid of Rs. 10 million during the process and, therefore, was declared the successful bidder for one lot. PTCL took the second l…Read More

  • IT products’ smuggling damaging fair competition, causes tax losses

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Smuggling of IT products and irrational taxes on them are hurting the competition in local market thus resulting in multibillion rupees losses to the national exchequer.  IT traders said the Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) has floated a number of proposals to the government for stopping smuggling of IT products and rationalisation of duties. According to the, if implemented, the recommendations will document the sector, stop smuggling, provide a level-playing field to the legal businesses as well as boost the sector’s…Read More

  • Web accessibility for the disabled’ discussed at PTA

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A meeting on ‘Web accessibility for People with Disabilities’ has recently been held at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) HeadquartersChairman PTA Dr. Syed Ismail Shah held the meeting with a group of People with disabilities, inviting their ideas and opinions on ‘Web accessibility for People with Disabilities’ issues and identifying practical approaches to promote technological ‘inclusivity’ in Pakistan.  Saima Yousaf, a web developer, Muhammad Shabbir, a research associate from NDU, Ali Shabeer and AbiaAkram from STEP, Ammar…Read More

  • Monet achieves PCI DSS version 3.1 certification

    ISLAMABAD: Monet (Private) Limited, Pakistan’s first independent and neutral mobile financial services hub, has successfully secured the PCI DSS 3.1 accreditation.  Certified by the leading, globally recognized QSA Company, Risk Associates, Monet is now amongst the few, handful of companies worldwide that have achieved this latest security certification. The PCI DSS certification is a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing payment account data security developed by the PCI Security Standards Council. The certification focuses on data securi…Read More

  • UET approves annual development budget

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The 33rd meeting of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore Senate has recently been held at the Seminar Hall of Chemical Engineering Department.  Malik Rafiq Rajwana, Governor of Punjab/ Chancellor of the University, presided over the meeting. The meeting approved the recurring and development budget for the year 2015-16 of Rs. 2633.281 million and development budget Rs. 2997.021 million, both for income and expenditures with a deficit of Rs. 71.068 million. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Faz…Read More

  • Climate change: Pak emissions just 0.8pc in global trajectory

    SIDRA SAIF: Pakistan’s emissions are just 0.8 percent in the global trajectory but on the other hand it is among the most affected by climate change in addition to facing criticism from the world in terms of not following the agreed standards and international conventions. On the other hand, the developed world, which is contributing a lot towards global warming and subsequent climate change impact, is in the habit of shifting the responsibility to the poor and third world states.  Though the country is registering low emissions, yet the price it is paying…Read More

  • Less developed areas a priority: HEC chief

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Mukhtar Ahmad has said that many educational projects in the less developed areas have been initiated with the spirit to enlarge the scope of higher education in the country.  He said that recently 50 development projects with the support of present government in Sindh, Balochistan, Fata and AJK have been initiated to provide educational opportunities to the students within the country and those achieving higher education abroad. The Chairman revealed at an event that major nat…Read More

  • AUCTION OF 3G/4G SPECTRUM STILL HANGS IN BALANCE

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The auction for next generation network spectrum (3G/4G) hangs in the balance, as InterConnect Communication, the consultant hired for the auction, has reportedly painted a gloomy picture of market readiness.  According to an official in PTA, the consultant has completed the market assessment after holding a series of meetings with various stakeholders, including telecom operators in the country. After extensive exercise, the consultant has drafted a report and submitted to the Evaluation Committee of the regulatory authority. …Read More

  • World Innovation & Technology Day celebrated

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The World Innovation and Technology Day has been celebrated across the globe including Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Special demonstrations on connected lighting, the Internet of Things (IoT) and human centric lighting were arranged to allow visitors a glimpse into how lighting is turning Sci-fi into reality. The event was organised by Philips that was attended by media persons from around the globe, says a message received in Islamabad from Netherlands. The event featured …Read More

  • Cybercrimes bill passage still looks a hard task

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government’s proposed cybercrime legislation has met a stumbling block in the opposition-dominated Senate as its chairman Raza Rabbani has vaguely told the government the controversial bill will not be passed unless it is made acceptable to all stakeholders.  Expressing reservations over the ‘very controversial’ draft of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015, he last week asked the government to initiate fresh consultations while calling for the formation of a parliamenta…Read More

  • Several key posts still lying vacant in HEC after months

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Higher Education Commission (HEC) is yet to appoint its principal accounting officer and several other key officials.  A number of senior management slots are still lying vacant at the HEC including Executive Director, Member Operations and Planning, Member (Academics) and Advisor Human Resource Development, Advisor Quality Assurance, Advisor Finance, Advisor Monitoring, Managing Director Quality Assurance Agency, Director General Learning Innovation, Director General Qual…Read More

  • Experts speak about cyber security system

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The banned outfit, Daish has excellent cyber network for speed, security and global linkages, criminals of today have complete understanding of internet and related technology, and that is the reason that cyber security has become important, said former additional DG, FIA, Ammar Jaffrey.  He said this while addressing a seminar on “Cyber Security and Emerging Threats,” organized by SDPI in Islamabad. He said, internet has created shared linkages between economic growth and security which employs that sustainable dev…Read More

  • MUET holds regional school on FPGA design

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy, and the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology have jointly organized the two-week Asian Regional School on “FPGA Design for Scientific Applications” in MUET, Jamshoro.  In his welcome address, Prof. Dr MA Uqaili, Vice Chancellor MUET, informed that purpose of this event is to conduct a hands-on training activity that will provide an opportunity for engineers, physicists, and computer scientists in the regional countries and especially Paki…Read More

  • Speakers debate environmental fallout of nuke power plants

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Many Americans die choking on meat but that doesn’t mean they stop eating steaks, said the former chairperson of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and adviser to the National Command Authority, Dr. Ansar Parvez, while downplaying the risks of nuclear power plants.  Speaking at a seminar, titled ‘Environmental Fallout: Nuclear Power Plants in Pakistan’ at Habib University, Dr. Parvez said that one has to consider all available options to produce energy. It is important to understand that the other me…Read More

  • NetSol signs $100m worth multiple contract

    STAFF REPORT LHR: NetSol, a global business services and enterprise applications solution provider, has signed a new contract currently valued at more than $100 million which includes license, maintenance, services and expected customizations, with a long-standing customer.  This contract, spanning a period of 5 years and maintenance and support for 10 years, will also include the implementation of NFS Ascent in a new market, South Africa, bringing the geographical footprint of the service’s implementation to a total of 12 markets. “This monument…Read More