Volume 07 Issue 07

  • Major initiative taken to overhaul KP livestock sector

    STAFF REPORT PESH: The people of urban areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are gravely exposed to livestock products coming from unhygienic farming system in the province, like adulterated milk and even dead birds imported there. However, the Dairy Science Park (DSP) has offered its services through veterinary and medical experts and representatives of the industry as well as the administration.   This development has emerged during a meeting of a delegation of DSP with Senior KP Minister Inayatullah Khan recently held in Peshawar.  The delega…Read More

  • PAS invites nominations for gold medals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) has invited nominations for the gold medals and prizes to be awarded to local scientists, who have made outstanding contributions to scientific research. According to the nomination procedure, only one nomination can be made in each subject by fellows of the academy, vice chancellors/rectors of universities and heads of organisations engaged in scientific education and research. “The applications for nominations of the awards must reach on or before Febru…Read More

  • Pak student qualifies for Intel world science fair

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A Pakistani brilliant student from Engro Grammar School has made history for himself and his Alma Mater by winning the competition at the National Science Fair 2015-16, first at the provincial level and then at national level, qualifying for a place at the Intel ISEF (Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) finals, going to be held in the USA. According to details, students of classes 9 to 12 were eligible to participate in different categories and fields of studies from all over Pak…Read More

  • Microsoft set to launch job portal in March

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Microsoft Pakistan is set to present its job portal next month. This initiative is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives in order to fill the gap between employment opportunities and job seekers. “We apply our technology, talent and financial resources to foster opportunity… We inspire the common people to explore their true potential,” General Manager of Microsoft’s NEPA (North Africa, East Mediterranean and Pakistan) region, Leila Serhan, told the media at a recent press…Read More

  • Number of 3G, 4G subscribers reaches 23.65 million

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The number of 3G and 4G subscribers in Pakistan reached 23.65 million by December, 2015 as compared to 21.68 million by November 2015, showing a reasonable growth in modern mobile broadband services with each passing month. The operators, providing mobile broadband services, have collectively added around two million users during one month. According to the recently issued Telecom Indicators by Pakistan Telecommunication Authorities (PTA), among the mobile phone companies, Mobilink stood fir…Read More

  • Pakistan leads South Asia in ‘mobile money’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is leading its way in South Asia with nine per cent of its male and two per cent of its female citizens using mobile phones to carry out financial transactions, reveals a recent World Bank report. The study conducted by the Bank’s Global Findex Database, which provides in-depth data on how individuals save, borrow, make payments and manage risks, said that an average three per cent of people in South Asia used a mobile phone to send or receive money in 2014. “Whi…Read More

  • PTCL offers free EVO wingle with unlimited downloads

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the largest ICT service provider in Pakistan, has launched the “PTCL Muft EVO Offer”.  This allows any new customer the chance to get an EVO Wingle absolutely free. In addition to getting a free EVO Wingle device, customers availing this offer will receive unlimited internet for one whole month by only loading balance of Rs. 1,500. The existing customers can also enjoy unlimited internet by changing their package to EVO 1500 and loading Rs. 1,500 (inclusive of tax). From the second month onwards, the EVO 1500 package will have a 35GB monthly download. The PTCL Muft E…Read More

  • Govt executing national climate change policy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said that the government is preparing a comprehensive plan to tackle the threats of climate change to the country. During the question hour, he told the House that climate change poses a major threat to food, water, energy security, coastal and marine environment, dry land ecosystems, agriculture and livestock sector, forests, biodiversity and health. He said the government is implementing a national climate change policy in which steps have be…Read More

  • Smartwatch future in Pakistan bright

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The revolution of smartphones stepping into market has provided a great level of convenience to people involved in social, technical and even economical activities. The introduction of smart watches is further a convenient option one can possibly utilize as through this facility one can connect with phone via bluetooth. Given a low ownership of smartphone, it might take a few more years before Pakistanis are convinced to adopt newer forms of mobile technologies.   …Read More

  • Young Pak scientist takes part in discovery of gravitational waves

    STAFF REPORT ISB: After Pakistan-born scientist Dr Nergis Mavalvala made waves for being a member of the team of scientists that discovered gravitational waves (ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago), it has emerged another Pakistani was also part of the team. Imran Khan from Peshawar has been known to have worked with a team of scientists at Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) that recorded gravitational waves for the first time in history. The 25-year-old, a graduate of FAST…Read More

  • Pakistan, Sri Lanka sign MoU for academic coop

      MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan and Sri Lanka have signed MoUs to promote mutual academic and cultural cooperation. The agreements were signed between Pakistan’s private sector institution Preston University with Sri Lanka’s College of Information Management and Sciences and Sri Lanka-Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association. Under the agreements, both the parties will also explore and promote opportunities to undertake joint research in areas of mutual interest, …Read More

  • VimpelCom CEO lauds govt’s telecom policies

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom Jean-Yves Charlier has appreciated the business-friendly telecom policies of the government of Pakistan. “Teledensity in Pakistan is one of the highest in the region which makes the country one the favourite destination for foreign investors,” he said this during his recent meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. On the occasion, the Prime Minister Nawaz said that the incentive-based transparent policies of the government have res…Read More

  • Student Project Exhibition on Engineering Design 2016 held at MUET

      By Engr. Ali Akbar Shah   A one day Mega Event “Student Project Exhibition on Engineering Design 2016 (SPPED’16)” was organized by Department of computer system engineering in Mehran UET, Jamshoro, on 19th January 2016 at MUET’s Main Auditorium from 09:00am to 02:00pm in collaboration with ACM MUET chapter. In which participants from the different university such as QUEST and PAF KIET participated in project competition. Many of the projects were appreciated by the team of invigilators such as E health monitoring system. …Read More

  • Workshop on IPRs held at IUB

      STAFF REPORT BAHAWALPUR: A one-day workshop has recently been organized jointly by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre Faisalabad and Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan.  Purpose of the workshop was to orient the faculty members about the basic of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) & the essential requirements for its protection.  Participant of the workshop learned about the importance of IP rights, copyrights, …Read More

  • Pakistan a rising market for world firms: German envoy

    STAFF REPORT LHR: With a young and growing population of nearly 200 million people, Pakistan is an interesting market, which cannot be ignored in the long-run by multinational companies, said German Ambassador to Pakistan. Ina Lapel while recently Inaugurating first office of leading German Technology Company Bosch, she said that latest venture of German giant is an important milestone in our bilateral economic relations with Pakistan. Steven Young, President, Bosch Turkey and Middle East, said his company i…Read More

  • 7th phase of Pak-US joint research programme initiated

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and United States (US) have initiated seventh phase of Science and Technology Cooperation Programme with a new focus on health and other fields such as water, energy and Information Technology. Since the programme’s inception in 2005, the United States and Pakistan have jointly funded nearly $34 million in collaborative research, supporting 96 projects conducted by scientists and researchers from both the nations. Each year, researchers, scholars, and scientists from US and Pakistan propose subjects for research, and are selec…Read More

  • WWW urges govt to draft wildlife conservation policy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Senior Director World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pakistan chapter, Dr Ejaz Ahmad has urged the government to devise a comprehensive policy for wildlife conservation as it is an integral part of the country’s biodiversity. He said Pakistan’s wildlife consisted of some 668 species of birds, 195 species of mammals and 192 species of reptiles. For the protection and conservation of these species and their habitat, a network of protected areas was currently in place working under the Provincial Wildlife…Read More

  • Workshop focuses on digital preservation in libraries

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A workshop on “Role of ICT in Digital Preservation Management in Libraries and Documentation Centres” has been jointly organized by the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) and National Information and Communication Technology, Research and Development (ICT R&D) Fund, Ministry of Information Technology at the QAU Islamabad. Purpose of the event was to introduce and equip the library professionals with effective digital preservation management programs based on ICT technologies. Ad…Read More

  • Modern education & tech vital for research: AQ Khan

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Modern education and use of latest technology in the field of research is pivotal and due to which significant developments are taking place in the field of research. Educational institutions are known due to the research and academic activities of their faculty, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. He was addressing at the 15th meeting of the Governing Council of KIBGE, UoK, presided over by Vice-Chancellor, UoK, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qaiser. The UoK is among the top Pakistani universities in the global ranking. Varsities provide leadership to the …Read More

  • Sunflower cultivation on the decline in Punjab

    STAFF REPORT LHR: As sunflower sowing has started in Punjab, the situation appears grim for the crop as it has lost almost 65pc of area to other competitive crops, coming down from 242,000 acres in 2009 to 86,500 acres in 2016. The drop occurred when officials palanned to double the area during the same period from 242,000 acres to 480,000 acres. The sunflower acreage lost, has gone to wheat and maize, and, to a lesser extent, sugarcane. The official plan of doubling the acreage in Punjab was aimed at …Read More

  • VEC recommends 14 new rice hybrids

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on Rice of the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has recommended 14 new rice hybrids to the National Seed Council for their commercial cultivation in the country. According to details, some of the recommended hybrids have yielded up to 106 maunds per acre. PARC Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad said that with the addition of new recommended hybrids in the national system of the country there would be a significant improvement in the rice production in Pakist…Read More

  • NTDC to reinforce existing transmission network

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has approved Rs 133 million for the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) to conduct feasibility study for enhancing its transmission capacity of 500 kV transmission network. “The study will benefit NTDC by exploring the impact of introducing advance technology like Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) including series shunt compensation and Power System Stabilizers (PSSs) on its primary 500 kV network,” says the study. It is important to mention here that…Read More

  • Haris Aziz named among world’s top 10 AI researchers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine has added Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) alumni Haris Aziz among the ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’. ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’ acknowledges the 10 researchers who are upcoming professionals in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Haris Aziz, BSc (Honours) Class of 2003, is currently working as a senior researcher at Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation group which has recently been established by combining NICTA and C…Read More

  • NADRA closes online CNIC portal for citizens

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has closed its CNIC delivery to the applicants’ doorstep, who were applying through the online portal. However, overseas Pakistanis can still apply for their ID cards online. The online CNIC Issuance and Renewal Service started in August 2015 to perilous applause and response by Pakistani citizens during the time. In the span of half a year, the service has been indefinitely deferred. Whereas NADRA has not specified any clarification …Read More

  • GRE test preparation workshop at UVAS

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Centre for Education Policy and Administration (CEPA) of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in collaboration with the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) has organised GRE/Fulbright Test Preparation Workshop for students and faculty members in Lahore. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the inaugural session of the workshop while CEPA President Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad was also present on the occasion.  USEFP Principal Adviser Test Preparation…Read More

  • OGDCL, PPL to start shale gas, oil pilot project

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) have been assigned to launch a pilot project to drill Shale gas and oil wells, said a senior official in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. Following identification of massive resources of the Shale gas and oil in the country, he said, both the companies are making arrangements to launch the project at the earliest. “The pilot project will tap the natural fuel and asses its consequent price,”…Read More

  • Artificial leaves a source of future clean energy

    HUMANS HAVE been struggling for years to create clean, renewable energy that does not decimate the planet. During plant photosynthesis water and carbon dioxide is turned into glucose and oxygen. Recently, mankind has been trying to learn from plants to produce our own clean, green machines - in this case Artificial leaves. What are artificial leaves? “Artificial leaf” is like living leaves;…Read More

  • Biodiesel, a clean source of energy

    The world population is growing rapidly as a result fuel demands are increasing. However, natural resources of energy (crude oil, gas and coal) are diminishing with the passage of time. According to the CIA World Fact book, we are finishing all of the known reserves of crude oil by 2052, gas by 2060 and coal by 2088. Due to the ever diminishing fossil fuels and, increasing fuel demands combined with environmental pollution concerns, the world has been focusing on the development of alternate renewable and cleaner energy resources.  Biodiesel is a cleaner …Read More

  • Health benefits of mung bean (green gram)

    The leguminous plant (Vignaradiate L.),alternatively called the mung bean, green gram, Lentil, however not mungo, may be a plant species within the pea family. Native to the Indian landmass, the leguminous plant is principally cultivated these days in India, China, and Southeast Asia. It is conjointly cultivated in hot, dry regions in Southern Europe and also the South. Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. It’s used as associate ingredient in each savory and sweet dishes. The production…Read More

  • Effects of changing global climate on food security

    Changing climate is a potential driver of change in sustainable food and energy production. It directly and indirectly affects food and energy security by threatening food production and end use quality. Moreover, there is a gradual decrease or loss of natural resources of food and energy as a result of natural disasters, along with climate change. In recent years, Pakistan has faced overwhelming losses due to only floods that have negatively impacted infrastructure and the agriculture sector in Pakistan. In 2010 alone, those losses exceeded US$ 9.6 billion. Since 201…Read More

  • Major problems to agriculture and their solutions

    Economy of each every relies on three segments - agriculture, industry and trade and these three are inter-related with one another as the advancement or decline of one area affects the other two. Agriculture is the main player in economy of our country and it contributes 21 per cent in GDP and employing 44 per cent of workface. Almost 70 per cent of population is connected with agriculture directly or indirectly. Unfortunately, agricultural viability is not up to the satisfactory level. Pakistan’s agriculture is facing multidimensional problems. Population is rising…Read More

  • Perspective of Camelina sativaas – an oil seed crop

    Pakistan is a developing country. With the increasing population, the demand for edible oil increases day by day. In Pakistan cotton sunflower, rapeseed-mustard and canola are considered as major oilseed crops. Pakistan has been constantly and chronically deficient in its production. The country produce only 30% of edible oil and about 70% of the domestic requirements are met through import. Camelina is an important oil seed crop, which have high percentage of oil contents. Its oil is beneficial for human health as compare to cotton and mustard oil, because cotton contain Gossypol…Read More

  • Need to prioritise education, research on climate change

    Pakistan is facing not only a climate change crisis but also threats to sustainability on all fronts. Though the country has only meager percentage towards releasing green house gases, global warming and environment pollution, yet the price it is paying is too high in terms of change in annual whether cycle, floods, land erosion, damage to crops as well as properties, dangers to ecosystem and biodiversity. The government as an attempt to resolve the issue a couple of years back had devolved the subject to provinces, however, no tangible result has been witnessed since then. Where the authorities need to bring all the stakeholders on one page, there is a dire need to rope in all educa…Read More

  • PTCL offers free EVO wingle with unlimited downloads

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), the largest ICT service provider in Pakistan, has launched the “PTCL Muft EVO Offer”.  This allows any new customer the chance to get an EVO Wingle absolutely free. In addition to getting a free EVO Wingle device, customers availing this offer will receive unlimited internet for one whole month by only loading balance of Rs. 1,500. The existing customers can also enjoy unlimited internet by changing their package to EVO 1500 and loading Rs. 1,500 (inclusive of tax). From the second month onwards, the EVO 1500 package will have a 35GB monthly download. The PTCL Muft EVO Offer will …Read More

  • NADRA closes online CNIC portal for citizens

    STAFF REPORT ISB: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has closed its CNIC delivery to the applicants’ doorstep, who were applying through the online portal. However, overseas Pakistanis can still apply for their ID cards online. The online CNIC Issuance and Renewal Service started in August 2015 to perilous applause and response by Pakistani citizens during the time. In the span of half a year, the service has been indefinitely deferred. Whereas NADRA has not specified any clarification listing their motives behind the hasty move, maybe the registration authority was incapable to keep-up with the tremendous volume of requests, henceforth the move …Read More

  • NTDC to reinforce existing transmission network

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has approved Rs 133 million for the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) to conduct feasibility study for enhancing its transmission capacity of 500 kV transmission network. “The study will benefit NTDC by exploring the impact of introducing advance technology like Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) including series shunt compensation and Power System Stabilizers (PSSs) on its primary 500 kV network,” says the study. It is important to mention here that NTDC operates and maintains 12 500 KV and twenty nine 220 KV Grid Stations, 5077 km of 500 KV transmission line and 7359 km of 220 KV transmission line in Pakistan…Read More

  • Pakistan a rising market for world firms: German envoy

    STAFF REPORT LHR: With a young and growing population of nearly 200 million people, Pakistan is an interesting market, which cannot be ignored in the long-run by multinational companies, said German Ambassador to Pakistan. Ina Lapel while recently Inaugurating first office of leading German Technology Company Bosch, she said that latest venture of German giant is an important milestone in our bilateral economic relations with Pakistan. Steven Young, President, Bosch Turkey and Middle East, said his company is keen to be part of Pakistan’s rising growth story, adding, the strongly developing middle class, rising consumer demand and the growth of manufacturing and a…Read More

  • PAS invites nominations for gold medals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) has invited nominations for the gold medals and prizes to be awarded to local scientists, who have made outstanding contributions to scientific research. According to the nomination procedure, only one nomination can be made in each subject by fellows of the academy, vice chancellors/rectors of universities and heads of organisations engaged in scientific education and research. “The applications for nominations of the awards must reach on or beforeFebruary 29, to the office of PAS,” said Executive Director of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Subhanuddin. He said that the PAS holds these nominati…Read More

  • Pak student qualifies for Intel world science fair

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A Pakistani brilliant student from Engro Grammar School has made history for himself and his Alma Mater by winning the competition at the National Science Fair 2015-16, first at the provincial level and then at national level, qualifying for a place at the Intel ISEF (Intel International Science and Engineering Fair) finals, going to be held in the USA. According to details, students of classes 9 to 12 were eligible to participate in different categories and fields of studies from all over Pakistan. Sarmad Saeed, a student from class A2 at EGS, under the patronage of the school’s principal, Sheila Malik, and with the guidance of his biology teach…Read More

  • Workshop on IPRs held at IUB

    STAFF REPORT BAHAWALPUR: A one-day workshop has recently been organized jointly by the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Pakistan Scientific and Technological Information Centre Faisalabad and Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan. Purpose of the workshop was to orient the faculty members about the basic of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) & the essential requirements for its protection. Participant of the workshop learned about the importance of IP rights, copyrights, patents, Industrial design, trade secrets, drafting and filling of patent application. Prof. Dr. QaiserMushtaq, Vice Chancellor, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, inaug…Read More

  • Haris Aziz entered world’s top 10 AI researchers

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine has added Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) alumni Haris Aziz among the ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’. ‘AI’s 10 to Watch’ acknowledges the 10 researchers who are upcoming professionals in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Haris Aziz, BSc (Honours) Class of 2003, is currently working as a senior researcher at Data61, Australia’s largest data innovation group which has recently been established by combining NICTA and CSIRO’s Digital Productivity business unit. He is also a conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Haris is also an invited fellow of the Centre …Read More