Volume 07 Issue 04

  • Net metering still a distant dream in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Despite severe energy shortage in the country and the need to have as much decentralised power generation as possible, none of the power distribution companies has stepped up to offer the net metering facility to its consumers which would enable the customers to help generate their own energy through solar panels. Experts said this at a roundtable session titled “Net Metering: An Alternate Source of Power for Electricity Consumers” at the Institute of Policy Studies in Islamabad. NEPRA Standard Department Director Mazhar Iqbal said if subsidies given by the government over fuel prices were rather given on renewable energy technology and…Read More

  • World moot suggests reformed approach to tackle climate change

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The looming threat of water scarcity and adverse impacts of climate change have complicated the serious challenge of ensuring food security for fast increasing populations of the Asian countries. However, active measures such as better watershed management, introduction of water recharge dams, water storage facilities and rainwater harvesting would go a long way to make the people more resilient to climate change.  These views were expressed by expert at a recently held three-day International Conference on “Challenges in Water Se…Read More

  • ECOSF chief delivers lecture at GCU

    STAFF REPORT LHR: President of Economic Cooperation Organisation Science Foundation (ECOSF), Manzoor Hussian Soomro, has delivered a lecture at the Government College University (GCU) on Science and Technology on economic development and cooperation in the region. He visited the university on the invitation of the Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (GCU ORIC). Vice Chancellor Hassan Amir Shah, ORIC Director Prof (emeritus) Ikramul…Read More

  • Seminar discusses to raise higher education quality

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Directorate of Quality Enhancement (DQE) Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan has recently organized a one-day national seminar on “How to raise the quality of higher education” here in Lahore. Prof. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy a renowned Pakistani scholar, essayist and national security analyst, was the resource person in the seminar. The seminar was attended by the principal officers and faculty members from the Virtual University of Pakistan from various stations connected through video link, QECs representatives from the universities in Lahore and those connected through video conferencing from various cities across the country. …Read More

  • NUST sets up Chinese learning centre

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National University of Sciences and Technology has established a Chinese Studies Centre (CSC) at its School of Social Sciences and Humanities.The university administration said the centre will serve as a centre of excellence, and will undertake studies in Chinese society, strategy, politics, language, economy, culture, defence, diplomacy, environment and science and technology. In addition, the centre will undertake studies dealing with various aspects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, as well as …Read More

  • Govt committed to connecting the unconnected: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government of Pakistan is committed to connecting the unconnected as it has made great progress in development of information technology and now the road for digitization of the country is clear after introduction of the telecom policy. Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman expressed these views while addressing at the recent launch of the Telenor Pakistan report in Islamabad. “We appreciate the efforts of Telenor Pakistan in realizing the digital competence of Pakistan and staying c…Read More

  • Climate change impacts hitting Pakistan hard

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan is among the 12 countries that is hard hit by the climate change problem and unfortunately due to unprecedented climatic change and human activities are habitats are being lost or are being degraded. These views were expressed by University of Karachi Vice Chancellor Dr M. Qaiser while addressing an inaugural session of the conference on ‘Climate Change and Phytodiversity: Challenges and Opportunities’. The event was organised by the Pakistan Botanical Society and University of Karachi at KU…Read More

  • Video game based on Peshawar school attack removed

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A screen grab from the video game “Pakistan Army Retribution,” set during the 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, has been removed from the site. Online critics call it “distasteful” and said that the attack was “no game”. The first-person shooter (FPS) game, called “Pakistan Army Retribution,” invited gamers to play the role of a Pakistani soldier ridding a school of insurgents. It was removed from circulation on the internet. It begins with a rousing rendition of the Pakistan national anthem, before recreating in nine levels the terrible events that comprised Pakistan’s worst-ever insurgent attack, in whi…Read More

  • Dr. Khalida appreciated for getting ‘researcher of the year’ title

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) graciously congratulates Pakistani geo-morphologist and postdoctoral DRR researcher Prof. Dr. Khalida Khan, who has been titled ‘ISDR Researcher of the Year’ at the National Postdoctoral Association (US) by the Inter-regional Directors’ Board of the SAARC-ASEAN Post-doc Academia. Director General of ICIMOD, Dr David James Molden has sent his warm congratulations on the on this benevolent victory of Pakistani academia. Dr Molden is a development specialist with more than 30 ye…Read More

  • Dr. Atta exhorts scientists to concentrate on R&D

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Scientists of the Islamic world need to concentrate on research and development (R&D) to clinch the Nobel prize for their contribution towards science and technology, said prominent scientist and former federal minister Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman. He was speaking at the recently held convocation ceremony of Commecs Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences (CIBES) where a number of students who did their BBA and MBA were awarded degrees. Prof. Atta also urged the fresh graduates to …Read More

  • Expert suggests safe zones for vultures for conservation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Baanhn Beli and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have recently organized a workshop inviting stakeholders to put together a national vulture conservation strategy to arrest the years of decline in the species population across Pakistan. “The government should declare safe zones for vulture conservations, as well as projects aimed at increasing the number of vultures in the country,” said Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia, in her address on the o…Read More

  • PINSTECH to host facility for radioactive wastage management

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Living up to the expectations of the nation as a responsible organisation, the Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) is going to host the country’s maiden licenced facility for radioactive wastage management in Nilore. Certificate for hosting the storage facility was awarded to the PINSTECH at a ceremony recently held in the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) headquarters in Islamabad. Besides this Chairman PNRA also awarded operatin…Read More

  • Govt focusing on skills provision to youth

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The government of Pakistan is promoting the higher education for improving the country’s economy through highly-educated and skilled youth so that an highly educated generation is produced for the national progress. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said this while addressing the recently concluded ceremony of Pakistan Coating Show in Lahore. He said that the government is paying special attention to provide skills to the youth. He said the country’ economy is progressing due t…Read More

  • Tunnel farming getting popular in Punjab

    STAFF REPORT KHI: With the introduction of modern agricultural techniques like tunnel farming the agriculture has started fast changing the cultivation practices in Pakistan especially in Punjab. Tunnel farming, also adopted by neighbouring India, has the farmers of Punjab to reap more profits from the vegetable crops mainly grown in summer. Now the Punjab province has started witnessing a mushroom growth of the structures in the fields in its central districts of Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Lahore and Kasur where farmers…Read More

  • Samsung wins CSR award

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of Samsung Electronics Pakistan have won prestigious award at the 8th Annual CSR Summit recently held by the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) in Islamabad. Kyeong Hun Park, the Business Head of Samsung’s Consumer Electronics (CE) Division, received the award granted in the categories of Public Health & Safety, Community Development & Services and Technology Innovation. Samsung’s public health and safety initiatives include the donation of 2 hi-tech Echo-cardiography units and one Ultrasound Colour Doppler machine to Jinnah Hospital Karachi and mobile health un…Read More

  • APTMA seeks remedial steps to meet textile export target

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan textile industry is impaired due to heavy taxes and surcharges, rendering it uncompetitive compared to regional economies. Other irritants include energy tariff, under utilization of power generation capacity and energy shortage, says a research report prepared by the APTMA.The export sector is subject to five percent duties, taxes and surcharges, while competitors in India enjoy tax-free regime on exports of textile products, while in Bangladesh and China, levies on exports are a…Read More

  • Lasting solution to rising global temperature stressed

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The average temperature of the world has increased by 0.7 degree since the beginning of the 21th century and it may rise by 1.6 to 4.3 degrees by the end of the 21st century, Karachi University (KU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Qaiser has this. He said this while addressing the local and international delegates gathered at the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre at KU for the four-day 14th national and 5th international conference of the Pakistan Botanical Society (PBS), which hosted botanists from more than …Read More

  • LEAD organises debrief to raise climate change awareness

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, an NGO, has recently organized a debrief on COP21 to discuss the outcome of COP21 and way forward. Arif Ahmed Khan, Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, was the chief guest at the occasion while Hina Lotia, Director Programmes, LEAD Pakistan, highlighted the objectives of debrief and the deliberations. It is important to note that COP21, also known as the Paris Climate Conference 2015 successfully reached a historic agreem…Read More

  • ‘Green Pakistan’ plan being devised to promote forestry

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said that a comprehensive plan ‘Green Pakistan’ was being devised to promote forestry across the country. “The ministry is preparing a comprehensive strategy for the Green Pakistan,” he apprised the National Assembly Standing Committee on Climate Change. He said consultation process with concerned provincial secretaries had already been initiated as “the national plan, which is at its advanced stage, has to be implemented a…Read More

  • Pakistan turns to coal to keep factories running

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: The government of Pakistan has signed a number of financial and technological agreements with China aimed at exploiting massive coal reserves at the Tharparkar mine in Sindh province. Under the terms of these agreements, 3.8 million tons of coal will be produced each year at the Tharparkar open-cast mine to fuel a 660MW power plant and other facilities. The estimated cost of the project is $2 billon: China’s banks and private companies will provide $1.5 billion in loans, whil…Read More

  • Innovation without fear of competition vital for success

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Young entrepreneur and provincial parliamentarian Hina Butt has said focusing on constant innovation without any fear of competition besides understanding her potential in life has helped her become a successful businesswoman. “It is important for aspiring entrepreneurs in the country to identify their talents and create their own stories instead of following others on set patterns. Fear of failure, inadequate system and lack of merit scare a young entrepreneur to take necessary risks and creates doubts in his/her mind,” she opined while talking to the media. She said that after completing her MBA from LUMS, her focus towards entreprene…Read More

  • BUMDC organizes workshop on ‘pedagogical innovation’

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Bahria University Karachi Campus has recently organized a two-day workshop on “Pedagogical Innovation”. The workshop was conducted by team of instructors from Valparaiso University. The Valparaiso University is an institution in United States of America which offers professional training and graduate study, helps students find their own paths to life-long personal and professional growth. Dr. Saman Hakeem, HOD Prosthodontics &Asst Prof. and Dr. Syed Ahmed Omer,…Read More

  • PRISE body meeting pledges focus on semi-arid economies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The three-day (Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies), PRISE steering committee meeting has recently concluded in Islamabad with a resolve to collaborative efforts to find a sustainable solution for building resilience in semi-arid economies. The delegates condemned Charssada attack and posed confidence in the resilience shown by Pakistani nation, in combating terrorism. PRISE is a five-year, multi-country research project that generates new knowledge about how economic development in semi-arid regions can be made more equitable and resilient to climate change. The PRISE consortium agreed on work plan for next 30 …Read More

  • Degrees awarded at UET Lahore convocation

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The 22nd convocation of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) has recently been held at its New Auditorium Hall. As many as 13 PhD, 53 MPhil, 187 MSc, 44 MBA and 1,380 bachelor’s students were awarded degrees. Medals were distributed among 58 students. Sharia Hussaini, the first Iranian to complete a PhD (architecture) from the UET, was also among them. Ayesha Liaqat from the Chemical Engineering Department and Hafiz Ahmad Waqas from Civil Engineering Department received six gold medals each. Deans Abd…Read More

  • WEF head focuses on climate change impacts

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Chairman Water Environment Forum, Nisar A Memon, has recently visited the OICCI to give a lecture on the climate change challenges. He was welcomed by President OICCI Atif Bajwa, Vice President Shahab Rizvi and Secretary General M Abdul Aleem. On the occasion, Memon highlighted that climate change is already happening in the form of rising temperatures, atmospheric carbon dioxide level, frequency of tropical storms and sea levels. Its impact are already being felt by Pakistan in the form …Read More

  • UC Browser launched for Android users

    STAFF REPORT KHI: UCWeb, maker of the world’s number 1 third-party mobile browser, with 35.3 market share in Pakistan, has released the biggest update in last one year to its mobile browser for Pakistani Android users.Unlike any other mobile browsers in the market, UC Browser for Android is first of its kind to give its users complete freedom to personalize the way they discover and access web content. The new browser also comes with a new selection of specially designed background images for an enhanced and classy browsing …Read More

  • Pak-US Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy starts in UET

    STAFF REPORT PESH: US Consul General William J. Martin and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has recently unveiled a plaque at the KP Provincial Assembly to formally launch the US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy. The centre, housed at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar, aims to produce technical experts and to facilitate applied research to find innovative and practical solutions to Pakistan’s energy challenges. This five-year …Read More

  • Insects…not enemy

    Generally, insects are considered as a worst enemy of humans and destructive creature of the planet. Mostly insects are termed as a pest and literally pest are those organisms that compete with humans and cause economic losses, but all insects do not  cause economic losses rather some insects also have a lot of beneficial aspects which are directly and indirectly related to humans and environment. No ‘doubt, a large number of insects are phytophagous like borers, bollworms and sucking bugs  in nature, voraciously feed upon crops and trees  cause an enormous economic loss.…Read More

  • How to be a successful Bioinformatician

    Biological Sciences are divided into a number of disciplines in order to understand biological phenomena well and easy. Most of these disciplines are dependent on each other and thus one needs to have knowledge of multiple disciplines in order to understand it. Let’s have an example of Biochemistry; to be a Biochemist you must have knowledge about both Biology and Chemistry. So we can call such kind of multidisciplinary as Network based disciplines because they form a kind of network among multiple areas. In the current era of science and technology Bio-resear…Read More

  • E-Pakistan

    Pakistan Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Development (PIID launched the E-Pakistan (Vision-2025) titled “Good Governance and Women Entrepreneurship” at Convention Centre, Islamabad, on December 14, 216. The PIID is a subsidiary centre for information technology. The ceremony included interactive session and panel discussion on ICTs for agriculture, educations, women empowerment, good governance, health and tourism.  Speakers on the occasion highlighted the importance for imparting modern techniques a…Read More

  • ‘Recruitment Made Easy’ book launched

    On the invitation from Mehran University of Engineering & Technology Jamshoro and IEEEP Local Centre Hyderabad, Engr  Jawed Salim Qureshi visited the Mehran University and was warmly welcomed by Vice Chancellor and Dean Faculty of Electrical, Electronics and Computers System Prof. Dr. Bhawani Shankar Chowdhry on Saturday -- 9th January 2016. On the occasion, he and addressed engineers in MUET. In his remarks, Engr. Jawed Salim Qureshi, Chairman PEC, highlighted the programmes envisaged by the PEC for the betterment, welfare, implementation of PEC…Read More

  • Grapefruit: a fruit from the paradise

    Refreshing and delicious grapefruit is rich in phytonutrients like lycopene, vitamin A, and beta-carotene. The fruit is well known as “fruit from the paradise” for its unique health promoting as well as disease preventing properties especially among the health conscious, fitness and enthusiasts. The scientific name is Citrus paradisi. Citrus paradisi is a subtropical citrus tree. Botanically, it belongs to the large Rutaceae family of citrus fruits, in the genus: Citrus, and closely related to oranges. Grapefruit is an evergreen, medium-sized tree grown for its fruit.…Read More

  • Sunflower a superlative choice for diet and health

    Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) belongs to the family Compositae. Its plant is 5-feet tall and it produces large brilliant yellow flowers and edible seeds. This tall plant earned its name because its flowers resemble the sun and twist on their stems to follow the sun throughout day. While sunflowers are thought to have originated in Mexico and Peru, they are one of the first plants to have ever been cultivated in the United States. They have been used for more than 5,000 years by the Native Americans.  A. …Read More

  • Preservation Urdu language on Internet

    As the government of Pakistan has embarked upon a task to make Urdu as the official language of the country, all the state institutions, government ministries and departments are in the process of achieving this target. Initially, the timeframe for this conversion is set at 15 years from now. This means that prime minister, president and other government officials will deliver speeches and greet foreign officials in Urdu language even when outside the country. Thus everything official including websites for government institutions, utility bills, driving licences, passports and other documents will carry text in Urdu. At the same time, we need to take into account the bottlenecks in …Read More

  • Dr. Atta exhorts scientists to concentrate on R&D

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Scientists of the Islamic world need to concentrate on research and development (R&D) to clinch the Nobel prize for their contribution towards science and technology, said prominent scientist and former federal minister Prof. Dr Atta-ur-Rahman.  He was speaking at the recently held convocation ceremony of Commecs Institute of Business and Emerging Sciences (CIBES) where a number of students who did their BBA and MBA were awarded degrees. Prof. Atta also urged the fresh graduates to striv…Read More

  • Pak-US Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy starts in UET

    STAFF REPORT PESH: US Consul General William J. Martin and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has recently unveiled a plaque at the KP Provincial Assembly to formally launch the US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy.   The centre, housed at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Peshawar, aims to produce technical experts and to facilitate applied research to find innovative and practical solutions to Pakistan’s energy challenges. This five…Read More

  • Video game based on Peshawar school attack removed

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A screen grab from the video game "Pakistan Army Retribution," set during the 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, has been removed from the site.  Online critics call it "distasteful" and said that the attack was "no game". The first-person shooter (FPS) game, called "Pakistan Army Retribution," invited gamers to play the role of a Pakistani soldier ridding a school of insurgents. It was removed from circulation on the internet. It begins with…Read More

  • Net metering still a distant dream in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Despite severe energy shortage in the country and the need to have as much decentralised power generation as possible, none of the power distribution companies (DISCOs) across the country has stepped up to offer the net metering facility to its consumers which would enable the customers to help generate their own energy through solar panels.  This is despite the fact NEPRA regulations were changed in September last year to account for such a system. Net metering allows the consumers …Read More

  • Govt committed to connecting the unconnected: Anusha

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government of Pakistan is committed to connecting the unconnected as it has made great progress in development of information technology and now the road for digitization of the country is clear after introduction of the telecom policy.  Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman expressed these views while addressing at the recent launch of the Telenor Pakistan report in Islamabad. “We appreciate the efforts of Telenor Pakistan in realizing the digital competence of Pakistan and staying committed to developing a dig…Read More

  • UC Browser launched for Android users

    STAFF REPORT KHI: UCWeb, maker of the world’s number 1 third-party mobile browser, with 35.3 market share in Pakistan, has released the biggest update in last one year to its mobile browser for Pakistani Android users.  Unlike any other mobile browsers in the market, UC Browser for Android is first of its kind to give its users complete freedom to personalize the way they discover and access web content. The new browser also comes with a new selection of specially designed background images for an enhan…Read More

  • Lasting solution to rising global temperature stressed

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The average temperature of the world has increased by 0.7 degree since the beginning of the 21th century and it may rise by 1.6 to 4.3 degrees by the end of the 21st century, Karachi University (KU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Muhammad Qaiser has this.  He said this while addressing the local and international delegates gathered at the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre at KU for the four-day 14th national and 5th international conference of the Pakistan Botanical Society (PBS…Read More

  • Seminar discusses to raise higher education quality

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Directorate of Quality Enhancement (DQE) Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan has recently organized a one-day national seminar on “How to raise the quality of higher education” here in Lahore.  Prof. Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy a renowned Pakistani scholar, essayist and national security analyst, was the resource person in the seminar. The seminar was attended by the principal officers and faculty members from the Virtual University of Pakistan from various stations connected through video link, QECs representatives from …Read More

  • Expert suggest safe zones for vultures for conservation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Baanhn Beli and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, have recently organized a workshop inviting stakeholders to put together a national vulture conservation strategy to arrest the years of decline in the species population across Pakistan. “The government should declare safe zones for vulture conservations, as well as projects aimed at increasing the number of vultures in the country,” said Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Director, IUCN Asia, in her address on the occasion. She cited examples of others countries where decline in species has been a result of numerous factors, but “in the case of vultures, we know it’s a certain…Read More

  • Dr. Khalida appreciated for getting ‘researcher of the year’ title

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) graciously congratulates Pakistani geo-morphologist and postdoctoral DRR researcher Prof. Dr. Khalida Khan, who has been titled ‘ISDR Researcher of the Year’ at the National Postdoctoral Association (US) by the Inter-regional Directors’ Board of the SAARC-ASEAN Post-doc Academia. Director General of ICIMOD, Dr David James Molden has sent his warm congratulations on the on this benevolent victory of Pakistani academia. Dr Molden is a development specialist with more than 30 years of experience in designing, planning, executing, and monitoring programmes on water management, livelihoods, en…Read More

  • Degrees awarded at UET Lahore convocation

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The 22nd convocation of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) has recently been held at its New Auditorium Hall.  As many as 13 PhD, 53 MPhil, 187 MSc, 44 MBA and 1,380 bachelor’s students were awarded degrees. Medals were distributed among 58 students. Sharia Hussaini, the first Iranian to complete a PhD (architecture) from the UET, was also among them. Ayesha Liaqat from the Chemical Engineering Department and Hafiz Ahmad Waqas from Civil Engineering Department received…Read More

  • NUST sets up Chinese learning centre

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The National University of Sciences and Technology has established a Chinese Studies Centre (CSC) at its School of Social Sciences and Humanities.  The university administration said the centre will serve as a centre of excellence, and will undertake studies in Chinese society, strategy, politics, language, economy, culture, defence, diplomacy, environment and science and technology. In addition, the centre will undertake studies dealing with va…Read More

  • Govt focusing on skills provision to youth

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The government of Pakistan is promoting the higher education for improving the country's economy through highly-educated and skilled youth so that an highly educated generation is produced for the national progress.  Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said this while addressing the recently concluded ceremony of Pakistan Coating Show in Lahore. He said that the government is paying special attention to provide skills to the youth. He said the country' economy …Read More

  • Tunnel farming getting popular in Punjab

    STAFF REPORT KHI: With the introduction of modern agricultural techniques like tunnel farming the agriculture has started fast changing the cultivation practices in Pakistan especially in Punjab.  Tunnel farming, also adopted by neighbouring India, has the farmers of Punjab to reap more profits from the vegetable crops mainly grown in summer. Now the Punjab province has started witnessing a mushroom growth of the structures in the fields in its central districts of Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Lahore and Kasur wher…Read More