Volume 07 Issue 14

  • Work on biofuel in full swing

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) Laboratories is working on a number of research oriented projects, the most important being to produce biofuel from crop residue.  Established in 1953 to help industry and small and medium enterprises (SME) in troubleshooting, quality assurance and quality control, the Institute is also working on a plan to set up a modern laboratory for testing the efficiency of electrical appliances, something not done …Read More

  • Experts present proposals to address water crisis

    STAFF REPORT HYD: Water experts have underlined the need for building water reservoirs, preparation of water policy and research in order to form framework to combat water crisis and challenges in Pakistan.  They expressed these views at a meeting on "Water Resources Challenges of Pakistan" held recently at the Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, which was organised by US-Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies i…Read More

  • HEC mulls to speed up innovation in universities

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) Innovation Steering Committee has suggested engaging with senior management of universities to improve output of their Offices of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORICs).  The meeting chaired by HEC Innovation Steering Committee Chairman Imtiaz Rastgar discussed at length the monitoring and evaluation process, development of success parameters and outreach and marketing s…Read More

  • Freelancing thru internet getting popular

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Freelancing is progressing in conventional job markets and it is estimated that by 2020, one in three workers worldwide will be freelancing online. It is a brave new world indeed, as many workers are jeopardizing their full-time jobs to shifting towards self-employment.  According to a survey report, the increasing broadband access in Pakistan has accelerated growth of freelance marketplaces. This online revolution has im…Read More

  • Modern tech urged for seed development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: To strengthen national food security, Pakistan will have to adopt modern agricultural technologies, especially in terms of seed development and farming, said agriculture experts while addressing a seminar on 'Developing Seed in Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities' at PARC.  Experts stressed upon enhancing knowledge sharing initiatives to improve strategies and future opportunities for seed development in general and the potato cro…Read More

  • IST Youth Carnival ends with great success

    STAFF REPORT ISB: IST Youth Carnival (IYC) has recently been concluded at Institute of Space Technology (IST) which featured 60 events with the participation of about 4000 students from fifty universities from all over Pakistan.  The carnival encompassed diverse blend of events providing means of interest to a wide variety of aptitudes. During the event, the students were encouraged to display their oratory, planning, technical, artis…Read More

  • Good farming practices stressed for food security

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Potato consumption has grown significantly in Pakistan over the last one decade, but still, more than 99% of farmers grow potatoes from non-certified seeds, renowned Dutch expert on food security, Romke Wustman said.  In his special lecture on ‘Food Security and Need for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in Crop Production,’ organized jointly by SDPI and the Embassy of Netherlands, he said ensuring uses of technology at all stages of production, which inc…Read More

  • Water conservation guarantees socio-economic development

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Water is a key element for socio-economic development in Pakistan as it ensures not only better health as well as environment but also creates better jobs. Water is a precious asset that requires to be conserved for better human consumption and agriculture usage. These were the consensus points at an awareness seminar organized by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO), Unesco, Economic Cooperation Organisation Science Foundation (ECOSF), National Rural Support Programme …Read More

  • 2016 to be hottest year in world history: Scientists

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Artificial global warming and a strong El Nino, world weather is bursting the annual heat record in this year, reveals a report by the World Meteorological Organization. It said that global temperatures are continuing to climb to fresh records, adding to the urgency of curbing greenhouse gas emissions that are the primary cause. Preliminary agency figures show that for the first 10 months of 2015, average sea and land surface temperatures were 0.73 degrees above the 1961-90 average of 14 degrees.  The past…Read More

  • Dr. Atta for educational emergency in Pakistan

      STAFF REPORT MIRPUR: Former Federal Minister for Information Technology and ex-Chairman of Higher Education Commissioner (HEC) Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rehman (Sitar-e-Imtiaz) has strongly suggested to the governments of Pakistan and AJK to immediately enforce ‘Educational Emergency’ in the country for ensuring speedy economic progress besides for entering the ranks of the developed nations. “A single education system comprising the basic education of science and technology, harmonious to the needs …Read More

  • ICTs role for peace, security discussed

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Discussants at a conference called for the need for peace and security in the country, and also debated the role of information and communication technologies in this regard. “We all want a bright future for our children, so that they can live in a peaceful society, with security of lives and wealth,” said Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Ismail Shah while addressing the opening session of the conference ‘ICT for Peace and Harmony’. The conference was aimed at bringing together technologists, designers, developers, government representatives and peace practitioners to realize solutions to stop violent conflicts. The peace p…Read More

  • Ooredoo completes wi-tribe sale in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ooredoo, the Qatar-based telecom giant and cent percent stakeholder of wi-tribe Pakistan, has completed the sale of wi-tribe to NB Offshore Investment Ltd for around $9 million or Rs. 940 million. Without revealing much details, Ooredoo said that transaction was completed in cash payment that is in line with the value of the asset. “The deal between Ooredo and HB Group — the backers of NB Offshore Investment, was locked almost six months back and today’s announcement is made only after complete takeover by HB Group with new management in place,” said an official source.  HB Group is an established entity in Pakistan with expertise …Read More

  • Corporate sector’s CSR role can boost forest cover

    STAFF REPORT ISB: There is a desperate need for exploiting massive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) potential for addressing the country’s shrinking forest cover through large-scale afforestation, said Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid. He was chairing a high-level meeting on ‘Promoting Afforestation Campaign through CSR in Pakistan”. CSR representatives of automobile, telecommunication, petroleum, banking, industry and top key provincial forest department officials att…Read More

  • Collection of shark fishery data stressed

      STAFF REPORT ISB: Stakeholders at a recently held three-day workshop emphasised the need for collecting data regarding shark fishery in Pakistan.  The event was organized by WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with Ministry of Climate Change in Islamabad. The speakers also said that the National Plan of Action (NPOA) provides a viable mechanism for conservation of sharks in the country. They also proposed that three ecologically significant and endangered Chondrichthyian species should b…Read More

  • UK team finds AIOU major user of digital technology

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Students of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) have emerged as major user of digital technology in the educational sector, getting access to their academic programmes, course material and other relevant information through Internet. Around 1.3 million students of the university mainly depend on the digital citizen network that connects them with their tutors and education sources.  This was observed during a panel discussion that has recently been held in Islamabad to evaluate a surve…Read More

  • HEC concerned by varsities violating plagiarism policy

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has expressed concern at universities not following the commission’s plagiarism policy by not taking action on plagiarism complaints against their faculty. HEC’s Plagiarism Standing Committee has recently met in Islamabad to discuss plagiarism complaints against faculty members of 10 universities. HEC Executive Director Dr Arshad Ali chaired the meeting. HEC quality assurance consultant Muhammad Ismail “shared concerns about universities not following plagiarism policy in letter and spirit. He stressed that HEC nominees in the Plagiarism Standing Committee need to be responsible for p…Read More

  • COMSTECH’s 10-year plan to improve living standards

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President Mamnoon Hussain has said the “Ten Year Plan” developed by COMSTECH for development of science and technology in OIC member states will help improve general living standards of the common people. This was stated by President in a meeting with the Coordinator General of the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan at the Aiwan- e-Sadr. The President said that Pakistan was playing a leading role in scien…Read More

  • HEC sets up Tech Council to regulate degree programmes

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The Higher Education Commission has established the National Technology Council (NTC), an accreditation council, to monitor and accredit technology related degree programmes. According to an official from the HEC, Major General (retd) Akbar Saeed Awan and Dr Kausar Malik have been appointed as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the council respectively. He said that the NTC has been assigned to take into consideration different aspects for accreditation of degree programmes in …Read More

  • 18 talented Pakistanis awarded for great gains

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 17 talented Pakistanis received ‘Gold Medal Awards 2016’ at a ceremony recently held for their outstanding achievements in different fields of life. The awards were conferred by eminent nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan in different areas including ideology of Pakistan, science and technology, sports, education, social welfare, literature, art and craft and medical. The ceremony was arranged at Aiwan-e-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park by Nazariya Pakistan Council. The ‘Quaid-e-Azam Award’ was conferred on Dr Anwar Naseem, Bashir Malik and Raz Luni while ‘Allama Iqbal Award’ was given to Naveed Hashmi, Nasim-i-Seher and Waqar Ah…Read More

  • Pakistan Plastic Show pulls huge visitors

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The three-day Pakistan Plastic Show 2016, which attracted around 60,000 visitors at 65 local and international stalls, has recently concluded. The show imparted necessary information about the industry and its products and featured insightful sessions, technologies and strategic discussions. This event received good response from industry professionals and the general public.  The closing ceremony was chaired by Engineering Development Board CEO Tariq Ejaz Chaudhry. The exhibition, held…Read More

  • PTCL cricket tourney filled with thrill

    STAFF REPORT LHR: PTCL has organized a two-day Cricket Festival at Islamabad’s National Cricket Stadium. Eight PTCL teams representing various regions and zones competed in the PTCL Cricket Fest 2016 and put on an exciting show.  Following the sharply contested league matches Teams PTCL Broadband Knights (North), PTCL Charji Strikers (HQ), PTCl Nitro Riders (South) and PTCL EVO Lovers(Central) moved on to the semi-finals. The final match was played between PTCL Broadband Knights (North), Zone and PTCL EVO Lovers (Centre …Read More

  • 6-year-old UK-Pakistani surprises world by PowerPoint skills

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Eight-year-old British Pakistani, Saadus Salam Khan, has become the world’s youngest MS Power Point specialist. He performed significantly higher on the ‘free form distractibility index’, achieving an IQ of 131. This placed him at the 98th percentile rank. He secured an IQ of 107 in the ‘verbal comprehensive level’, which indicates his superior concentration level. Having a passion for math, he has solved math books of class 10 with the help of a tutor appointed by his parents. “H…Read More

  • PEC claims 1,000MW can be saved thru efficient steps

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Engineering Council has claimed that 1,000 megawatts can be saved though efficient measures and the government has undertaken steps to mitigate the energy crisis with policy making as its first priority.  PEC chief Javed Salim Qureshi said this in his address to the 36th annual convention and annual general meeting of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan held recently.  He said that the Power Policy 2015 aimed at offeri…Read More

  • Broadband users figure reaches 29.23m

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The total broadband subscribers including for 3G and 4G services has crossed 29.33 million mark in the country, registering a reasonable growth rate with each passing month. As per latest figures issued by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the number of broadband subscribers in other technologies are DSL 1,516,938 users, HFC 43,929 users, Wimax 245,284 users, FTTH 20,549 users, HFC 44,136 users, Wimax 207,496 users, FTTH 22,786, EvDo 1,331,976 users and others 6,592 users. Experts of…Read More

  • FAS opens up new market for US dairy cattle

      STAFF REPORT LHR: The first US dairy cattle shipped to Pakistan in 17 years are loaded onto trucks for their journey to the FAS-supported demonstration farm at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences near Lahore. US dairy cows are back in Pakistan for the first time in 17 years. More than 300 heifers arrived in Punjab on March 2, thanks to the efforts of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Most of the dairy cows have been purchased by commercial dairy farms, but 73 Holsteins in the shipment wi…Read More

  • foodpanda launches ‘delivering excellence’ to refine quality

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The leading mobile and online food ordering platform foodpanda Pakistan has taken an initiative to improve food delivery standards in the restaurant industry. The Inaugural event of the initiative “DELIVERY EXCELLENCE” took place at the Nest I/O. The core of the event is built upon sharing of best practices from foodpanda global information repository. Nauman S. Mirza, CEO for foodpanda & EatOye, explaining the objective behind this initiative, said that Pakistan fo…Read More

  • HEC for engaging varsities to improve ORIC output

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Higher Education Commission’s Innovation Steering Committee has suggested engaging with senior management of universities to improve output of their offices of research, innovation and commercialisation (ORIC). The meeting chaired by Imtiaz Rastgar discussed the monitoring and evaluation process, development of success parameters and outreach and marketing strategy for start-up businesses in universities. Executive Director HEC Dr Arshad Ali was also present at the meeting. The members also proposed ORIC participation in national start-up competitions. Dr Arshad said that universities would be encourage…Read More

  • IEP-RIC to collaborate with varsities to support engineers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Institution of Engineers Pakistan, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Chapter (IEP-RIC) would develop its partnership with local universities for enhancing professional development of young and newly graduated engineers. It will also seek the support of the higher education institutions to enhance its membership for collective benefit. Through the mutual collaboration, the two sides would hold lectures and seminars on professional matters in order to equip the engineers with new developments enabling them to play their useful role in the country’s socio-economic development. It was decided at the IEP-RIC Administrative and Finance Committee’s meeting recently held …Read More

  • Mobile phones import goes up by 6.77pc

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The mobile phones import to Pakistan rose by 6.77 percent in first eight months (July-February) of the current fiscal year (2015-16) as compared to same period of last year. The mobile phone imports increased to $497.192 million during the period July-February (2015-16) from $465.649 million during the period July-January (2014-15). The data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the imports, however, fell on year-n-year basis, by 12.63 percent from $73.156 million in February 2015 to $63.915 million in February 2016. …Read More

  • Teachers training vital for quality education: HEC

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed has said that training teachers on modern lines was necessary to lift the standards of education. “Teachers are nation builders and agents for a positive social change,” said Ahmed while addressing, via video link, the concluding session of three-day fourth international conference on Education and Research organised by the University of Education (UoE). The HEC chief said that universities not only served as centres of higher education but also helped maintain and strengthe…Read More

  • UET Peshawar producing quality engineers: VC

    STAFF REPORT PESH: Prof. DrIftikhar Hussain, Vice Chancellor of University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, has said that being the only public sector engineering university in KPK, the UET Peshawar is providing a helping hand in the development of the province by producing quality engineers.  “We believe in bringing reforms in the education system at the university and that is why the university is moving towards OBE System of learning,” said the VC while talking to the gathering arranged for media at the university campus.…Read More

  • USF asked to expedite setting up telecentres

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Board of Directors of Universal Service Fund Company (USF) has directed the management to expedite the implementation, bidding process and establishment of Universal Telecentres. The decision was taken in the 43rd Board of Directors meeting of the USF, which has recently been held with Minister of State for IT and Telecom Anusha Rahman in the chair. The meeting took deep interest in the implementation of Universal Telecentres project, which is aimed at facilitating the local community with state-of-art computer equipment and broadband facility. The company’s two-year plan along with the main efforts and development of…Read More

  • UET, PMD join hands for weather info service on mobiles

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalize liaison in the promotion of training exchange, workshops and research collaboration. Vice-Chancellor UET Lahore Prof. Dr. Fazal Ahmad Khalid and Director General PMD Ghulam Rasool signed the documents at the campus in Lahore. The agreement envisages collaboration between both organizations, a mobile-based weather information service, covering 139 districts of Pakistan has been launched. It will provide easy and speedy access to users to get updates about weather forecast. In his remarks, U…Read More

  • DHA seminar increases awareness about nature

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A seminar on Greener DHA organized by Institute of Architects Pakistan in collaboration with DHA has recently been held at Defence Authority Country & Golf Club. Administrator DHA Brig Zubair Ahmed was chief guest on the occasion. The Administrator termed the seminar as a remarkable initiative heralding the beginning of a reinvigorated awareness in society for preservation of nature and promotion of horticulture to ensure greener, cleaner and healthy environment for a vibrant living.  …Read More

  • CCP approves Mobilink merger with Warid

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has approved the merger of Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Mobilink) and Warid Telecom. This approval is the first of four required approvals from the local regulatory bodies, including PTA, SECP and SBP. “The CCP has approved our request to merge the two businesses. This combination will be a positive step for the development of technology and communications services in Pakistan. Together, the future entity will serve more than 45 million customers throug…Read More

  • Federal capital to have national skills university

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The government has mulled to establish a National Skills University in the federal capital. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to immediately consider the feasibility in this regard. The initiative should be taken to address the shortage of skilled human resource at all levels. Under the umbrella of the National Skills University, skills development centres in Karachi, Hyderabad, Quetta, Gwadar, Multan, Peshawar, Ko…Read More

  • How to get rid of weeds

      Weeds are plants out of the proper place. A plant may be desirable in one location and an undesired (weed) in another. For example, in lawns any plant other than our desired turf grass is weed. Weeds detract from the beauty of lawns due to the dissimilarity in color and texture between the desired grass plants and the weeds. In addition, weeds compete with the desired grass plants for space, available water and nutrients, usually resulting in thinning, poor growth and ugly look of desirable plant cover. Lawn weeds may c…Read More

  • RIPP roundtable highlights vitality of forests

    RIPHAH Institute of Public Policy (RIPP) & PRIME Institute jointly organized a roundtable policy discussion on “Forests Policy” to mark the “International Forest Day” on Monday, 21st March 2016 at the RIPHAH Campus, Rawalpindi. Guest speakers included DIG Forests, Ministry of Climate Change, Abdul Munaf Qaim Khani; former IG Forests Basheer Wani, Director Bioadversity Ministry of Climate, Naseem Ashraf Raja, Dr. Masood Raja University of North Texas, Ali Salman, Executive Director PRIME and Dr. Rashid Aftab, Director PIPP. The experts…Read More

  • PCBF turns out a major success

    The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) introduced the Pak China Business Forum (PCBF) in 2012, which was the 1st Pak- China Business Forum and takes place every year since then. The first four were held at the Pak-China Friendship Centre, Islamabad. This year the 5th Pak- China Business Forum 2016 took place at the Expo Centre, Lahore, from 19-22 March.  These forums attended and visited by hundreds of Chinese and Pakistani companies have been hailed an astounding success. This is a unique opportunity for Pakistani and Chinese e…Read More

  • Camel: A future pillar of food industry

    Camels continue to be the preferred livestock species for exploiting extreme dry land areas. They are part of the culture of pastoralists and make up over 30% of the livestock biomass in desert. The Camelus genus of family Camelidae have two species Camelusdromedarius, the Dromedary, single humped or the Arabian camel and the Camelusbactrianus, the Bactrian or the double humped camel. The world population of camels is estimated to be 17 million. Dromedary, the single humped camels comprises about 91% of this figure and are mainly concentrated in the Arab world, predominantly in the A…Read More

  • Soil deserves love and care

    Adam and Eve were living peacefully when Satan whispered and they were thrown out of the heaven. Human were living peacefully enjoying serenity and beauty of nature Satan again whispered “industrialization” and destroyed the peace of planet earth. Then the giant started, this planet had become a kingdom of industry. Factories propagated on the land like weeds. Trees vanished, fields were barren, rivers blackened. The sky clogged on ash and smoke, and the people too are spending their existences coughing and itching. Villages grew into tow…Read More

  • Impacts on environmental economics

    Efficient use and conservation of environmental resources have always been critical for long-term sustainable economic development and for the survival of mankind. However, in Pakistan the situation has entirely reverse as rapid degradation of these resources has emerged as a major concern for the stakeholders as this negative factor is not only destroying ecosystem but also leading to fast decline in foreign exchange. The rampant deforestation, encouraged by lack of relevant laws, is eating up forests which, by no means, are the natural assets of a state. Water scarcity, water pollution, air pollution, waste management, deforestation, inefficient use of energy, loss of biodiversity …Read More

  • Teachers training vital for quality education HEC

    STAFF REPORT LHR: Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Mukhtar Ahmed has said that training teachers on modern lines was necessary to lift the standards of education.  “Teachers are nation builders and agents for a positive social change,” said Ahmed while addressing, via video link, the concluding session of three-day fourth international conference on Education and Research organised by the University of Education (UoE). …Read More

  • IEP-RIC to collaborate with varsities to support engineers

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Institution of Engineers Pakistan, Rawalpindi-Islamabad Chapter (IEP-RIC) would develop its partnership with local universities for enhancing professional development of young and newly graduated engineers. It will also seek the support of the higher education institutions to enhance its membership for collective benefit.  Through the mutual collaboration, the two sides would hold lectures and seminars on prof…Read More

  • Dr. Atta for educational emergency in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT MIRPUR: Former Federal Minister for Information Technology and ex-Chairman of Higher Education Commissioner (HEC) Prof. Dr. Atta ur Rehman (Sitar-e-Imtiaz) has strongly suggested to the governments of Pakistan and AJK to immediately enforce ‘Educational Emergency’ in the country for ensuring speedy economic progress besides for entering the ranks of the developed nations.  “A single education system comprising the basic educatio…Read More

  • Ooredoo completes wi-tribe sale in Pakistan

    STAFF REPORT ISB: Ooredoo, the Qatar-based telecom giant and cent percent stakeholder of wi-tribe Pakistan, has completed the sale of wi-tribe to NB Offshore Investment Ltd for around $9 million or Rs. 940 million.  Without revealing much details, Ooredoo said that transaction was completed in cash payment that is in line with the value of the asset. “The deal between Ooredo and HB Group — the backers of NB Offshore Investment, was loc…Read More

  • COMSTECH’s 10-year plan to improve living standards

    STAFF REPORT ISB: President Mamnoon Hussain has said the "Ten Year Plan" developed by COMSTECH for development of science and technology in OIC member states will help improve general living standards of the common people.  This was stated by President in a meeting with the Coordinator General of the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan at the Aiwan- e-Sadr. The President said that Pakistan was playing a leading rol…Read More

  • foodpanda launches ‘delivering excellence’ to refine quality

    STAFF REPORT KHI: The leading mobile and online food ordering platform foodpanda Pakistan has taken an initiative to improve food delivery standards in the restaurant industry. The Inaugural event of the initiative “DELIVERY EXCELLENCE” took place at the Nest I/O. The core of the event is built upon sharing of best practices from foodpanda global information repository.  Nauman S. Mirza, CEO for foodpanda & EatOye, explaining the objective behind this initiative, said that P…Read More

  • PEC claims 1,000MW can be saved thru efficient steps

    STAFF REPORT ISB: The Pakistan Engineering Council has claimed that 1,000 megawatts can be saved though efficient measures and the government has undertaken steps to mitigate the energy crisis with policy making as its first priority.  PEC chief Javed Salim Qureshi said this in his address to the 36th annual convention and annual general meeting of the Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Pakistan held recently.…Read More

  • 6-year-old UK-Pakistani surprises world by PowerPoint skills

    MONITORING REPORT ISB: Eight-year-old British Pakistani, Saadus Salam Khan, has become the world’s youngest MS Power Point specialist. He performed significantly higher on the ‘free form distractibility index’, achieving an IQ of 131. This placed him at the 98th percentile rank. He secured an IQ of 107 in the ‘verbal comprehensive level’, which indicates his superior concentration level. Having a passion for math, he has solved math books of class 10 with the help of a tutor appointed by his parents. “He was keen to learn math and solve all the books of senior grades,” says his mother Muniza while talking about why she felt the need to hire a tutor for him. …Read More

  • DHA seminar increases awareness about nature

    STAFF REPORT KHI: A seminar on Greener DHA organized by Institute of Architects Pakistan in collaboration with DHA has recently been held at Defence Authority Country & Golf Club. Administrator DHA Brig Zubair Ahmed was chief guest on the occasion. The Administrator termed the seminar as a remarkable initiative heralding the beginning of a reinvigorated awareness in society for preservation of nature and promotion of horticulture to ensure greener, cleaner and healthy environment for a vibrant living. …Read More

  • Corporate sector’s CSR role can boost forest cover

    STAFF REPORT ISB: There is a desperate need for exploiting massive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) potential for addressing the country’s shrinking forest cover through large-scale afforestation, said Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid. He was chairing a high-level meeting on ‘Promoting Afforestation Campaign through CSR in Pakistan”. CSR representatives of automobile, telecommunication, petroleum, banking, industry and top key provincial forest department officials attended the meeting. “The country’s corporate sector should divert a significant chunk of the CSR funds for re-invigorating country’s ailing forestry sector to fight soci…Read More

  • Pakistan Plastic Show pulls huge visitors

    STAFF REPORT LHR: The three-day Pakistan Plastic Show 2016, which attracted around 60,000 visitors at 65 local and international stalls, has recently concluded. The show imparted necessary information about the industry and its products and featured insightful sessions, technologies and strategic discussions. This event received good response from industry professionals and the general public. The closing ceremony was chaired by Engineering Development Board CEO Tariq Ejaz Chaudhry. The exhibition, held at the Expo Centre in Lahore, was orchestrated by Pakistan Plastic Manufacturers Association (PPMA). …Read More

  • 18 talented Pakistanis awarded for great gains

    STAFF REPORT ISB: As many as 17 talented Pakistanis received 'Gold Medal Awards 2016' at a ceremony recently held for their outstanding achievements in different fields of life. The awards were conferred by eminent nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan in different areas including ideology of Pakistan, science and technology, sports, education, social welfare, literature, art and craft and medical. The ceremony was arranged at Aiwan-e-Quaid, Fatima Jinnah Park by Nazariya Pakistan Council. The 'Quaid-e-Azam Award' was conferred on Dr Anwar Naseem, Bashir Malik and Raz Luni while 'Allama Iqbal Award' was given to Naveed Hashmi, Nasim-i-Seher and Waqar A…Read More