Volume 07 Issue 09

  • Experts for coop to address climate change impacts on Indus basin

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Experts at an international conference have emphasized for greater collaboration between various actors and initiatives to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the Indus River Basin. They also said that while there are data and research gaps, the situation is exacerbated by the lack of adequate sharing among researchers and between researchers and government suggesting that should be a priority. More than 80 researchers, policy makers, journalists, and practitioners from the four countries including Pakista…Read More

  • PTA conducts survey on waves emission from towers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) along with the Frequency Allocation Board (FAB) has conducted an extensive survey in major cities of the country to check the emission of power level of radio waves from transmitters and receivers of Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs)/Towers installed by Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) and Wireless Local Loop Operators (WLLOs).  The survey was carried out with the help of special tools/equipment in six different cities including Karachi, Lahore, Pe…Read More

  • Prof. Pasha appointed UVAS VC

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Prof. Dr. Talat Naseer Pasha has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore for a period of four years. Secretary, Livestock and Dairy Development Department Punjab notified his appointment. Prof. Pasha has the honour to be entrusted with the responsibilities of UVAS Vice-Chancellor for the second consecutive term. He is the senior-most professor of the UVAS and under his leadership as Vice-Chancellor, the UVAS attained its position among the top 10…Read More

  • Govt enhances PhD scholarship

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The federal government has increased Ph.D allowance to Rs 10,000 from Rs 7,500 per month to encourage scientists, researchers and technologists in the country. “A total number of 60,699 researchers are working in the country with only 10,670 Ph.Ds which is not an encouraging figure so the government has increased the Ph.D allowance and announced further incentives for the scientists, researchers and technologists,” said an official from the Ministry of Science and Technology. He said that the present government had given …Read More

  • Govt committed to boost youth skills: Fazal

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government of Pakistan is striving its best to enhance skills of youth by providing technical know-how and Information Technology education to them, said Minister of State for Capital Administration & Development Division (CA&DD) Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhary. He said this while addressing the inauguration ceremony of Public Private Partnerships Programme between National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) and 360 Technologies (Ptv) Ltd. to provide technical training and education in the field of Information Te…Read More

  • Parliament House fully turned to solar power

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Parliament House, comprising Senate and National Assembly, has been shifted to solar power. The solar energy plant is installed with Chinese assistance. The project is installed to generate one megawatt of electricity, but it’s presently generating 80 kilowatts power, with both the houses consuming 62 kilowatts. According to an official, additional electricity is being supplied to Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO). The project is funded by the Chinese governme…Read More

  • Workshop held on SERVIR HK Himalaya needs assessment

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) has recently organised a ‘National Consultation Workshop on SERVIR Hindukush Himalaya Needs Assessment,’ in collaboration with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) at the PCRWR headquarters here. The SERVIR programme is USAID-NASA joint venture, which supports developing countries to improve their environmental management and resilience to climate change through integration of earth observation information and geo-spatial technologies into development decision-making. Speaking at the inaugural session, the chief guest Fazal Abbas Maken, Federal …Read More

  • Austin to host Pak-US tech exchange programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A new exchange programme designed to link Austin technology entrepreneurs with their counterparts in Pakistan will be launched in April. The programme, ATX+PAK, plans to place about 24 entrepreneurs from the Pakistan-based Information Technology University’s business incubator in Austin-based incubators and accelerators for three weeks.  Organizers expect this initiative would provide the entrepreneurs with advanced training, mentorship and networking opportunities. They are also …Read More

  • Online recharge facility starts for cell phone users

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Recharge.pk has launched an online recharge and bill payment facility for mobile phone users whereby customers of Pakistani cellular networks can recharge their accounts instantly. “This service is available for all five cellular networks including Mobilink, Telenor, Zong, Ufone and Warid,” a spokesman of Recharge.pk told the media. Mobile phone users can recharge their accounts through www.recharge.pk. After completing payment, the users will receive an e-voucher or top-up confirmation instantly through SMS. However, first time users will have to verify their identity in a bid to reduce risks of fraudulent transactions. The website is …Read More

  • Proposals invited for thematic research grant programme

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The HEC has invited proposals for Thematic Research Grant Programme (TRGP) for 2015-16, especially designed to address contemporary issues and promote Social Sciences in the country. Social Sciences scholars and researchers with theoretical, conceptual and methodological or policy orientation background have been encouraged to apply for the grants. The full-time faculty members of public and selected private sector universities and degree awarding institutions will submit the…Read More

  • QAU retains top spot in HEC ranking list

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) has topped the overall ranking of national universities while Punjab University and NUST took second and third spots respectively in the latest ranking of universities released by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). According to the ranking, the Agha Khan is the best medical university of Pakistan while Iqra University Karachi is a top business varsity and NUST is ranked first for engineering. HEC Chairman Dr Mukhtar Ahmad announcing the rankings said t…Read More

  • Pak US scientist facilitated on cancer discovery

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, Jalil Abbas Jilani, facilitated Pakistan-American scientist Nergis Mavalvala for her outstanding achievement in the field of astrophysics. Mavalvala is Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics and Associate Department Head of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US. She was part of an international team of scientists who have detected gravitational waves, inaugurating a new and historic era of astronomy.“This is just the star…Read More

  • UET, Chinese firm to work in energy sector

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Energy Research and Development and Chinese Zonergy Company have signed an agreement for a mutual collaboration for development of energy solutions and technologies in Pakistan. The MoU was signed which is within the domain of mutual expertise and is needed for Pakistan. The MoU will initiate further collaboration for the projects of mutual interest. Under the agreement, Zonergy will train 10 engineers form the UET for Quaid-e-Azam So…Read More

  • USAID, PBIT sign MoU to boost horticulture, farm sectors

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The United States Agency for Interna¬tio¬nal Development (USAID) and the Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to promote investments in agriculture and horticulture sectors of the Punjab province. “Through this partnership both the sides will work together in promoting investment and creating jobs in livestock, dairy and horticulture sectors,” said USAID Provincial Director for Punjab Dr Miles Toder while speaking on t…Read More

  • Scientists offer assistance, guidance on zoology

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The three-day 36th Pakistan Congress of Zoology has resolved that all the participants of the congress should act as ambassadors of peace, love and spirit of scientific co-operation. The event has recently been concluded at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro.  The concluding ceremony was presided over by Professor Dr Muhammad Siddiqui Kalhoro, Acting Vice Chancellor University of Sindh. Two very eminent Chinese professors Dr Peng Xu and Dr. Wenjun Bu and two young researchers Dr. Zahoo…Read More

  • Bailout package demanded for cotton farmers

    STAFF REPORT MULTAN: United International Group Chairman Mian Shahid has demanded a bailout package for cotton farmers affected by the recent collapse of the crop. Disappointed farmers are switching to other crops which could further reduce the area under cotton cultivation by 20 per cent which would bring production down, he said in a statement. Shahid said that textile sector would be hard pressed as four billion dollars would be needed to import cotton which would hit the foreign exchange reserves and gr…Read More

  • EDF okays setting up of tannery zone in Sialkot

    STAFF REPORT LHR: A project has been approved for the establishment of a tannery zone in Sialkot for climate change adaptation through tanneries relocation in leather industrial zone.  The project, Board of Administrators of Export Development Fund, will be implemented under the supervision of Environmental Protection Agency Punjab with the technical and financial assistance of the UNIDO.  The project will address the concerns of international buyers who often express alarms at the envir…Read More

  • Pakwheels.com ranked most visited sites in 2014-15

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The automotive portal www.Pakwheels.com has emerged as the most visited car website in Pakistan in the year 2014-15. According to the recently-issued Annual Report of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakwheels.com was the most visited car website in 2014-15 and also appeared as the third most searched e-commerce website during the same period. The Annual Report 2014-15 provides details of PTA’s initiatives, its regulatory activities undertaken during the year and also h…Read More

  • Logistic, Tech Park to be built as part of CPEC

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has the plan to establish the Pak-China Science, Technology, Commerce and Logistic Park in Islamabad at the cost of $1.5 billion. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said the Pak-China Science, Technology, Commerce and Logistic Park would be established in Islamabad at the cost of $1.5 billion. “The park would be set up as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and it would serve as a platform for technological and commercial …Read More

  • Japanese show interest to boost Pak textile exports

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is presently in discussions with the government of Pakistan about ways in which Japanese overseas development aid might be best put to use to assist this sector – of critical importance to the overall Pakistani economy.  JICA works closely with the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), which has sent a request for assistance, according to Daisuke Fukumori, Deputy Director of JICA’s South Asia Division.  “Deta…Read More

  • PCA submits budget proposals

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) has submitted proposals and a data sheet to the government for incorporating them in the upcoming budget for 2016-17, aimed at further promoting the information technology sector in the country. The tax policy proposals focus on withdrawal of some taxes and imposition of fixed duties and taxes on IT products. These measures are to encourage legal imports of IT products and removal of GST charges, so that the industry is provided with a level-playing field.  The data sheet shows proposed fixed charges applied on respective products to give yearly, quarterly and monthly estimates of the cost to…Read More

  • AJK govt, MPL join hands for biodiversity conservation

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The AJK government and Mira Power Limited – a subsidiary of Korea South East Power (KOSEP) setting up 102MW Gulpur Hydro Power Project – have joined hands for implementation of a Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) for the Poonch River Mahaseer National Park located in the districts of Kotli and Mirpur. Both the sides signed an agreement in this regard. The AJK government established the national park for the protection of the Golden Mahaseer, which is a pried angling fish listed as endangere…Read More

  • Mobile internet accounts for 88pc of broadband market

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan is catching up fast with the global trend of explosive growth of mobile broadband such as 3G and 4G or long-term evolution (LTE) technologies that have altered the subtleties of the country’s broadband market. The high-speed mobile internet now accounts for 88 per cent of the broadband market after being almost non-existent two years.  According to a study by the PTA, the telecom sector’s regulatory body, the country’s broadband segment has passed through a major change over the last year, observing how present fixed line and other wireless technologies substantiated to be no match for mobile broadband.According to the Int…Read More

  • Pak Halal authority to start working in two months

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Halal Authority will start functioning within the next two months following the recent passage of a bill by the National Assembly about the establishment of the authority. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said this while speaking at the International Conference on Halal Foods, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics. The event was jointly organised by the PCSIR in collaboration with the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) a…Read More

  • Ufone awarded for GSMA Mobile Connect Service

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ufone, Pakistan’s premier telecom company, has been conferred an award at the GLOMO (Global Mobile) Awards 2016 ceremony for founding the GSMA Mobile Connect Service in Pakistan. GLOMO Awards offer organisations across the global mobile eco-system the opportunity to showcase the latest and best mobile products, apps, devices, services, and initiatives to the industry and the world, and Ufone was one of the 34 network operators who were nominated from around the world. The award was an…Read More

  • Kaymu.pk celebrates its 3rd anniversary

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Kaymu.pk, Pakistan’s largest online marketplace, has celebrated its third year of operations in the country with a website update, week-long anniversary sales and giveaways every day during the last week. The new website design promises enhanced user experience, allowing complete communication between buyers and sellers. “We owe a huge part of our success to our buyers and sellers. Website redesign coupled with week-long anniversary sales is our way of celebrating this milestone with them!” said…Read More

  • Zameen.com launches property index

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Zameen.com, Pakistan’s top property portal, has consolidated its position as an undisputed leader of the region’s property portal industry further by launching Zameen.com Property Index. With real-time, accurate data now simply a few clicks away, this index promises to be an invaluable tool for the discerning investor. Traditionally, decisions regarding real estate have been clouded by speculation due to a dearth of complete and readily available information. With this development, that limitation is n…Read More

  • Mobilink launches ‘Facebook at Work’

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Mobilink has become the first company in the world to launch Facebook at Work, the business version of Facebook that allows companies to build more productive, efficient and collaborative workplaces. The enterprise service shares a similar look and feel to the personal Facebook network but is completely separate from the consumer Facebook service. The service also has built in enterprise-grade security and administration tools. “As we move towards digitalization, Facebook at Work wi…Read More

  • Ebola virus disease

    Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is acute, serious illness lead to death, formerly known as Fatal Hemorrhagic Fever in humans and mammals, caused by genus Ebolavirus, family Filoviridae, and order Mononegavirale. It is negative sense single stranded RNA and disease is caused by Zaire ebolavirus. EVD is highly fatal disease and epidemic in South Africa, transmitted by wild animals and spread through humans to humans. It affects human and non human primates. EVD in human being is caused by four viruses belong to genus Ebola virus. These are viruses named as Bundibugyo, Sudan…Read More

  • Loss-free agriculture - science or an art?

    Pakistan has a very fertile land and a variety of soil. It has variation in its soil as well as in its climatic conditions, which is very favorable for the production of field crops, fruits and vegetables. Ranging from tropical to temperate climates, allows growing of various field crops, 40 different kinds of vegetables and 21 types of fruits. However, Pakistan contributes a huge percentage of post-harvest loses. Post-harvest produce losses are poor pre-harvest measures-adoption of poor production techniques and varieties with low shelf life, imbalance use of nutrients, insec…Read More

  • Tapeworm: A threat to human health and its prevention

    What is worm? “Any of numerous long, slender, soft-bodied, legless, bilaterally symmetrical invertebrates is known as worm”. There are different kinds of worms like flat worms, roundworms, tapeworms. Among these, tapeworms are of great medical importance because tapeworms are the worms which transfer most from livestock to humans so having great zoonotic importance. Tapeworms are given such a name because of their tape like structure. Their body is divided into different segments known as proglottids. Specialty of tapeworms is that every segment of tapeworm is a complete w…Read More

  • Allelopathy for the pest management

    Allelopathy is basically defined as the influence or the impact of a plant on the growth of the other plant and microorganisms by releasing certain chemical compound. The allele chemicals could have a promontory as well as inhibitory effect depending upon their concentration. These allele chemicals are usually the byproducts of the plant metabolic processes and can be produced by leaves stems and roots. They can be released in the environment as root exudates, decomposition or by leaching from plant residues. Presently, in the conventional agricu…Read More

  • Infusion of green tech in wood protection against termites

    Termites is social insect that belongs to order Isoptera, Like ants, some bees and wasps, termites divide labor among castes that consist of sterile male and female “workers” and “soldiers”. All termite colonies have fertile males called “kings” and one or more fertile female called “queens”. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material and cellulose, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung. Termites are major detritivores, particularly in the subtropical and tropical regions, and their recycling of wood and plant matter is of consi…Read More

  • Home Generators: Solution or a curse…..

    Noise pollution, after hearing this first thing comes in your mind….”Aaah NOT again! all those same cause and its effects and all”…am I right ?? So here is a recent news. Noise pollution is updated with its new generation, as noise pollution that is considered to be caused by automobiles, industries etc. In short “old ways” now back in action with its latest version in Pakistan ……here presents “generators”. People think of generators as an effective power alternative but its environmental hazards are very high, more than that we can imagine. More often, noise pollution increasing day by day due to deficit of electricity in Pakistan.   “That’s one thing I hate…Read More

  • Need to remove gender disparity in science

    Despite many good intentions and initiatives taken by the decision makers towards popularizing higher education in Pakistan, gender inequality is still rife in science. Although there are more female than male undergraduate and graduate students, there are relatively few female full professors and scientists. The present state of quantitative knowledge of gender disparities in science has been shaped primarily by anecdotal reports and studies that are highly localized and monodisciplinary. These studies also take little account of the rise in collaborative research and other changes in scholarly practices. Effective policy cannot be built on such foundations as these factors hold no …Read More