Volume 07 Issue 12

  • Healthy soils stressed to tackle food security issue

    STAFF REPORT RWP: As Pakistan is seriously vulnerable to food security to due to multiple factors, soil scientists have a major role to play by gearing up their efforts for meeting the future challenges of fulfilling requirements of the country’s food security. This was the crux of the speakers at a three-day 16th International Congress of Soil Science recently concluded at the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUER), Rawalpindi. The theme of the congress was “Healthy Soils for Food Security” which was held under the auspices of S…Read More

  • Pakistan offers Liberia tech support in IT sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for IT Anusha Rahman has said that Pakistan has been marked as the leading investment destination of telecom and IT sector in South Asia. She said this while talking to Minister for Education of Liberia, George Kronnisanyon during her recent visit to France. The minister visited France to attend the Mobile Learning Conference under the auspices of UNESCO. The agenda of the conference was to work out the innovative ways of harnessing the potential of mobile learning for socio-economic development. During the meeting, Anusha said that Pakistan’s free-lancers in the field of IT have been ranked No.4 in the world. Sh…Read More

  • Students take part in workshop on technology

    STAFF REPORT KHI: To acquaint schoolchildren of Orangi with a sound technological base, a new media art workshop titled ‘Technology for Life’ has been organised by the Karachi Biennale 2017, in collaboration with the Orangi Pilot Project and Goethe Institut, Karachi. Eight graders from different private schools in Orangi were part of the workshop which was conducted by Stephen Kovats and Wolfgang Spahn who have worked in Sudan and Indonesia on similar projects. The workshop saw the children use rotten fruit and vegetables to generate electricity. This was a fascinating revelation for the children and several admitted to replicating the process when they …Read More

  • HEC, Huawei sign deal for R&D collaboration

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Huawei Technologies Company have entered into a strategic partnership to enhance collaboration through research and development initiatives aimed at promoting and encouraging higher education institutions for joint development of technologies in Pakistan. For this purpose, Huawei will assist HEC to setup its R&D laboratory in Pakistan, says a press release. The agreement has been signed during the current visit of Chairman HEC and a group of vice chancellors to China. Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmed and Swift Liu, President (Network and Security Product Line) Huawei Technologies, signed the ag…Read More

  • Experts for conserving water to make progress

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Water is not only essential for human life but also for economic growth and development, panellists at a discussion titled Water for Livelihoods have said. The discussion was part of the recently concluded five-day workshop on water resources and management at LUMS, arranged in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan and WWF-Pakistan. The panel consisted of forman Christian College University’s (FCCU) Prof Kausar Abdullah Malik, economist Pervaiz Amir, International Water Management Institute (IWMI) researcher Muhammad Aslam and WWF Water Stewardship Project senior manager Ali Hasnain Sayed. Sayed said that Pakistan should lea…Read More

  • Initiatives like CPEC to change Pak fate: Ex-envoy

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Former ambassador to China and envoy at UN Masood Khan has said the fate of Pakistan is rapidly changing due to new initiatives taken by the government like Pakistan China Economic Corridor (CPEC), which would bring prosperity in the region, benefiting all stakeholders. He was delivering a lecture on the topic of ‘Science, Technology and Diplomacy’ at the University of Management and Technology (UMT). “We should trust the Chinese investment but also have to keep an open eye on what is being done for CPEC. Pakistan needs to increase its investment in the field of science and technology. Khan said that UMT Rector Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad is a visionary lea…Read More

  • Tech advancement key to business success

    STAFF REPORT LJR: Technological advancement is a key of success for the business as not only it opens new avenue for progress & prosperity but also provides a chance to the business community to avail the global opportunities with ease.  These views were expressed by the LCCI Vice President Nasir Saeed while addressing the inauguration ceremony of ATS latest machinery display center here at BadamiBagh. Chairman PASPIDA Abul Hameed, Vice Chairman MianIbrar Hussain, the LCCI Executive Committee Members Mian Zahid Javed, Abdul Razaq, Waqar Ahmed Mian, CEO ATS Amjad Wazir, Khalid Wazir, SohailImtiaz Butt, Faisal Imtiaz, Zeeshan Khalil and others wer…Read More

  • Chinese varsity to provide trainers to impart tech edu

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Qingdao Hengxing University of Science and Technology China will provide Chinese Master Trainers to Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) to train youth of the province of the Punjab in Chinese Language. According to details, the Chinese university will also provide technical assistance to promote technical education and vocational training especially in construction sector in the province of the province. The decision has been taken at a meeting of Chairperson TEVTA Irfan Qaiser Sheikh a three-member delegation of Kingdao Hangzing University of Science and Technology China here at TEVTA Secretariat. …Read More

  • Initiative taken to promote Pak IT industry in Japan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: A business seminar mutually organized by the Trade Wing of the Embassy, Saffron Group, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Japan Pakistan Business Cooperation Committee, has recently been held at the Embassy of Pakistan. According to the estimates of Pakistan Software Association, this was the first effort made by the Embassy of Pakistan in consort with its private sector cohorts for sponsoring Pakistan’s IT industry which is anticipated to have its export earnings above $10-billion during the next five years. Ambassador Farukh Amil in his key-note discourse highlighted the progre…Read More

  • PTCL celebrates international women day

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has organized a seminar on the International Women’s Day to celebrate the contribution of women in general and female PTCL employees in particular towards making the world a better place to live on. The theme of the seminar was ‘RENEW – Respect, Educate, Nurture & Empower Women.’ For PTCL, it has always been an honor to pay tribute to women who have changed the course of history, sometimes in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. A woman is a full circle and has the power to create, nurture and transform. Eminent speakers included Bano Qudsia, Haseena Moin, Hasan Nisar and …Read More

  • Iran-Pakistan gasline to enhance trade ties: Envoy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Hoonardost has said that Pakistan has huge doorstep opportunities to get gas from Iran, adding that the Iran- Pakistan gas pipeline would enhance the trade and economic relations between both of the countries. Talking to media at the National Press Club’s Meet the Press Programme recently, he said, “We have no hard conditions like other countries, adding that Iran want to provide cheap energy for industrial and economic progress of Pakistan.”He said both the countries would ink several agreements, including power sector agreement, during the coming visit of President Hassan Rouhani. He said Iran would export 1,000M…Read More

  • Need stressed to promote import substitution industries

    STAFF REPORT KHI: There is a desperate need to promote import substitution industries to Pakistan in order to save valuable foreign exchange, said member of National Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises (NCSME) Zulfikar Thaver. “We are importing vast range of items, although some of them are manufactured in Pakistan and the domestic industry is facing very tough competition. Other items which are imported can be manufactured in Pakistan and every effort must be made to promote the manufacturers of imported items,” he said. China is providing an opportunity through the CPEC to set up import substitution industries in Pakistan with Chinese collaborati…Read More

  • IUB, German varsities to coop in education

    STAFF REPORT BAHAWALPUR: Prof. Dr. Qaiser Mushtaq, Vice Chancellor, Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB) and German Ambassador Ina Lepel discussed new avenues of collaboration in education between the IUB and German universities in a meeting at Abbasia Campus. The Vice Chancellor appreciated cooperation extended by Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation to the University for promotion of research. The organization has provided advanced equipments to Chemistry department besides provision of scholarships. The ambassador appreciated recent jump of IUB in Higher Education Commission ranking from 51st to 11th position and offered assistance for teaching German …Read More

  • Degrees, medals awarded at Sukkur IBA convocation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The third convocation of the Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (IBA) was organized where degrees and medals have been awarded to 150 graduates of the institute in various disciplines including Business Administration, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Education and Mathematics. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was the chief guest at the convocation. A total of nine gold medals were awarded to meritorious students of different academic programmes at IBA Suk…Read More

  • OneLoad launches mobile top-up offer for users

    STAFF REPORT ISB: OneLoad, a Systems Limited company, has introduced one single platform — a mobile app as well as a web portal – through which retailers will be able to top-up any mobile number of any mobile phone operator, i.e. a single device and a single universal balance to top-up mobile phone customers of any operator. So instead of keeping Rs. 5,000 balance in all five mobile phones separately with a constant fear of running out of balance for one operator while still having tons of balance for two operator…Read More

  • FDI in telecom sector reaches 60 per cent

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Anusha Rehman has informed the National Assembly that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has reached 60 percent in the telecom sector. Replying to question in the National Assembly, she said that after launching of 3G and 4G technologies, the number of mobile users increased up to 26 millions, adding the ministry has received three international awards for developments in telecom sectors.  The minister said that 5G is a commer…Read More

  • Raised budget stressed for scientific R&D

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Research and development (R&D) may have become a popular catchphrase in the developing world at large, but in Pakistan its significance is not realized in the least and funding for R&D has steadily reduced in the last decade. The current budgetary allocation for scientific R&D stands at a measly 0.29 per cent and calls are being made by the planning, development and reforms minister to increase the budget to at least 0.5 per cent in 2016. “The government allocated between Rs200…Read More

  • Telenor launches Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Expanding its portfolio of 3G-enabled handsets, Telenor Pakistan in collaboration with Samsung has exclusively launched the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.  As a Telenor-exclusive first-come first-served offer, any customer who buys S7 or S7 Edge on cash from Telenor will get a free Gear VR. The deal also features Telenor prepaid and postpaid bundle offers for Samsung users. The smartphones can be purchased at any Telenor Sales & Service Center across the country. Some of the phones’ key …Read More

  • Pak automobile sector rides high demand

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Auto Show-2016 the 12th in its series has recently been staged at Lahore. With increased production capacity and easy prices demand is rising fast. A large number of customers are facing three to four months’ waiting period to get delivery of cars including Toyota and Honda. Mumshad Ali, Chairman Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers, said: “As a result of our high-tech and pro-consumer products the demand for automobiles components and spare parts is expected to…Read More

  • $1.5b Pak-China IT Park moves to execution phase

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Xinjiang No. 13 Division of Construction Corp, Hami, China has been given a “Go Ahead” to finalize the land identified in consultation with all stakeholders and to complete the other formalities for the establishment of Science and Technology Park in Pakistan. Official sources revealed that the Division has requested the provision of a digital map of land and city of Islamabad so that the work on plan and feasibility study could be started. In a few days, they will provide the name and det…Read More

  • National moot on computing, technology concludes

    STAFF REPORT KHI: Bahria University Karachi Campus has recently concluded the 1st National Conference on “Emerging Trends and Innovations in Computing & Technology” (NACTICT ‘16). The chief guest of the closing ceremony of conference was Rector Bahria University, Vice Admiral (Retd) Tanveer Faiz HI (M). In his address, he said that they need to enhance such innovating platforms for encouraging our researchers and academicians so that they can learn and share their experiences at large. Further, t…Read More

  • PARC chief for equipping farmers with latest tech

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Chairman Dr Nadeem Amjad has said that equipping growers with latest technology is vital to achieve self-sufficiency in the agriculture sector as the Council is providing food security assurance through its activities and ideas of agricultural experts. “The recent torrential rains will be beneficial for some crops. He said that prime minister has shown his keen interest for development of agriculture sector in the country,” said the chairman while a…Read More

  • Punjab announces Rs100m Kissan package

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The government of Punjab has announced setting up of Punjab Kissan Commission and a historic package of Rs 100 billion for farmers. “Rs 100 billion funds would be spent on welfare of the farmers and agriculture development to increase per acre yield during the next two years,” said Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif while addressing an agriculture conference here. The chief minister said that agriculture was the backbone of national economy in the real sense and promotion of agriculture, prosperity of farmers and increase in per acre yield was his mission. This agriculture conference, he said, had also been held in vi…Read More

  • Govt okays Rs2.9m for HEC technology fund

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has established an Innovation Steering Committee which will serve as a backbone to newly approved HEC’s Technology Funds, amounting Rs2.95 million. The committee has been established with the aim to further strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship activities in universities that would help create job opportunities and ensure country’s economic empowerment. “Some institutions and individuals have performed very well in the recent years, yet there is d…Read More

  • Mobicash introduces mobile account application

    STAFF REPORT LHR: In line with the continuous digitisation of its services to meet demands of smartphone users, Mobilink has announced an Android based Mobicash application for the facilitation of its Mobile Account users. The application offers a user friendly interface and a secure transactions platform. The application allows users to perform all necessary financial transactions, which were previously being done through USSD. The app will also allow Mobilink to increase its digital financial services footprint across Pakistan by tapping in to customers of other mobile networks. By creating a Mobicash account, users of other networks can also enjoy Mobicash’s exempla…Read More

  • NUML marks Environment Day to sensitise students

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Faculty of Management Sciences of National University of Modern Languages (NUML) has organised an ‘Environment Day’ to create awareness among the students about the importance of green environment and climate change. NUML Rector Maj Gen ZiaUd Din Najam while addressing the inauguration ceremony as a chief guest said that pollution has become world phenomena but situation in developing countries like Pakistan is the worst. He said, “We have to educate our young generation about the b…Read More

  • Tomato: Amazing benefits for human life

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  • Safflower oil – safe and beneficial for health

    Human body requires essential nutrients through a quality diet. Oil is a basic part of human diet, as it is used in cooking etc. Quality of oil highly effects on health of human beings, because with the change in quality of oil, oil chemistry also varies. Low quality may contain nutrients which may cause body not to work properly. There are different sources of oil, but the source which is discussed in this topic is safflower. Kazakhstan ranks first among all the countries of world in production of safflower, India ranks second.  According to production …Read More

  • 11th international symposium on Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at UoS

    The 11th International Symposium on Analytical and Environmental Chemistry was held on 7-8th March at the Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Convention Center, University of Sindh Jamshoro, under the auspicious funding of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Pakistan Science Foundation. The symposium was organized by the National Centre of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry (NCEAC), University of Sindh, Jamshoro. Prof. Dr. Abida Tahirani, Vice Chancellor Sindh University presided the inaugural ceremony. Prof. G. A. Miana (Rector RIPAH University Islamabad) was…Read More

  • Farm reforms to impasse malnutrition problem

    Malnutrition is a pathological condition resulting from eating a diet in which nutrients are either not enough or are too much such that the physical function of an individual is impaired to the point where he or she can no longer maintain natural bodily capacities such as growth, pregnancy, learning abilities, physical work and resisting or recovering from disease. The term covers a range of problems from being dangerously thin (underweight) or too short (stunting) for one’s age to being deficient in vitamins and minerals or being too…Read More

  • Tackling climate change through livestock

    Agriculture sector contributes 10-12 per cent of total GHG emissions from human activities directly. Additional indirect emissions that can be attributed to agriculture arise from fertilizer production, clearing of forest land and the use of fossil fuels in farm operations, storage and transport. Emissions directly associated with animal production have increased by about 1.1 per cent per year since 2000, linked to a steady growth in demand for animal products.  At the same time, the GHG emissions intensity of animal pro…Read More

  • Need to develop production technology of Rosemary

    Rosemary grows on a small evergreen shrub belonging to the Labiatae family that is related to mint. Its Latin name, Rosmarinusofficinalis, means “dew of the sea” and rosemary is most closely associated with the cooking and treatments of different diseases. Its leaves look like flat pine-tree needles, deep green in color on top while silver-white on their underside.  Rosemary is one of those wonderful herbs that make a beautiful ornamental plant as well as a welcome culinary seasoning. Rosemary has had the reputation for miracles for thousands of years. It has been used as an antiseptic, antidepressant, analgesic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, aphrodi…Read More

  • Hasty approval of GM crops

    Most recently, Senate Committee has approved a bill regarding introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops in Pakistan. This development has the potential to deteriorate the already waning agriculture yields along with other negative impacts on environment as GM crops launch in the country has received sharp criticism from the stakeholders. This controversy is likely to persist as the law allows the import and commercialization of GM crops, which many agricultural and environmental experts consider harmful for the country. Such concerns do carry the weight as GM crops are going to be commercialized without any proper regulatory body and procedure in place and also without any envi…Read More

  • Raised budget stressed for scientific R&D

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Research and development (R&D) may have become a popular catchphrase in the developing world at large, but in Pakistan its significance is not realized in the least and funding for R&D has steadily reduced in the last decade.  The current budgetary allocation for scientific R&D stands at a measly 0.29 per cent and calls are being made by the planning, development and reforms minister to increase the budget to at least 0.5 per cent in 2016. …Read More

  • OneLoad launches mobile top-up offer for users

    STAFF REPORT ISB: OneLoad, a Systems Limited company, has introduced one single platform — a mobile app as well as a web portal – through which retailers will be able to top-up any mobile number of any mobile phone operator, i.e. a single device and a single universal balance to top-up mobile phone customers of any operator.  So instead of keeping Rs. 5,000 balance in all five mobile phones separately with a constant fear of running out of b…Read More

  • Pakistan offers Liberia tech support in IT sector

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Minister for IT Anusha Rahman has said that Pakistan has been marked as the leading investment destination of telecom and IT sector in South Asia.  She said this while talking to Minister for Education of Liberia, George Kronnisanyon during her recent visit to France. The minister visited France to attend the Mobile Learning Conference under the auspices of UNESCO. The agenda of the conference was…Read More

  • Degrees, medal awarded at Sukkur IBA convocation

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The third convocation of the Sukkur Institute of Business Administration (IBA) was organized where degrees and medals have been awarded to 150 graduates of the institute in various disciplines including Business Administration, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Education and Mathematics.  Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was the chief guest at the convocation. A total of nine gold medals were awarded to meritorious students of different …Read More

  • Need stressed to promote import substitution industries

    STAFF REPORT KHI: There is a desperate need to promote import substitution industries to Pakistan in order to save valuable foreign exchange, said member of National Committee on Small and Medium Enterprises (NCSME) Zulfikar Thaver.  “We are importing vast range of items, although some of them are manufactured in Pakistan and the domestic industry is facing very tough competition. Other items which are imported can be manufactured in Pakistan and every effort must be made to promote the manufacture…Read More

  • PTCL celebrates international women day

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has organized a seminar on the International Women’s Day to celebrate the contribution of women in general and female PTCL employees in particular towards making the world a better place to live on. The theme of the seminar was ‘RENEW – Respect, Educate, Nurture & Empower Women.’ For PTCL, it has always been an honor to pay tribute to women who have changed the course of history, sometimes in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. A woman is a full circle and has the power to create, nurture and transform. …Read More