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Govt launches website, app for moon sighting

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LAHORE: While launching Pakistan’s first official moon-sighting website and Hijri calendar, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday announced that Eidul Fitr would be celebrated on June 5 according to the newly developed calendar. An android application for moon sighting would also be available on Google Play store from Monday (today), the federal […]


Strengthening science and technology

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A major controversy erupted after the new Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Fawad Chaudhry, stated that he would be issuing a science- based lunar calendar to determine the start of Ramazan and other Muslim festivals. The clergy that considers its monopoly on all religion-related issues, even if they fall in the realm of science […]


Mobile-based health reporting system launched

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ISLAMABAD: Provincial authorities have launched a mobile-based health reporting system in Balochistan through support of USAID. Balochistan Additional Chief Secretary Abdul Rehman Buzdar inaugurated the new health reporting system in the presence of USAID, WHO and UNFP representatives. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Rehman Buzdar termed launching of the facility in five districts a big milestone […]


Gap between IT firms, corporate sector hinders growth

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KARACHI: The communication gap between tech companies and the corporate sector is undermining the potential of IT ecosystem in Pakistan, despite some IT firms working for US clients. “There are so many IT companies and entrepreneurs that are doing business of product development with companies in the US and Europe, however, people in Pakistan are not […]


Senate IT body to discuss online offences today

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Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication will meet today (Monday) to discuss online offences. The committee has summoned the National Response Centre for Cybercrimes for a briefing on cybercrime complaints received and investigated, cases registered and their current status, while indicating the nature of offences in the last two years. The […]


Federal govt plans to revive Telephone Industries of Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided, in principle, to make the inactive Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP) operational in cooperation with China for the manufacturing of mobile phone sets. For this purpose, all options, including the privatisation of TIP, located in Haripur, and its running on public-private partnership mode, are being considered. Sources said Chinese […]


Workshop on ‘Technology assessment for organisations’ held

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Technology assessment is a key factor in providing countries with strategic advantage for future growth and development. Dr Jameel Ahmad Khan, president Pakistan Academy of Engineering, in his key-note address during a training workshop on the topic of “Technology Assessment for Organisations”, held at a local hotel. The training programe was conducted by Pakistan Academy […]


Outdated techniques in the modern world

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SINDH’S first sugar factory was established in Tando Mohammad Khan — then part of Hyderabad district — some time in the early sixties. It was situated on the left bank of the Indus. Cotton cultivation was allowed on the left bank while rice cultivation has been banned in this area, at least on paper. The […]


UoP to host expo to highlight technology intervention in disaster reduction

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PESHAWAR: University of Peshawar will host an expo for highlighting how to use technology for reducing damage risk of disaster. The expo planned for April 25 follows a series of disasters the province has suffered in the wake of changing climatic patterns and high level of exposure of the country to natural hazards. In this regard, […]


PEACE Cable, Cybernet Pakistan ink agreement

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LAHORE    –      A Cable Landing Party Agreement has been signed between PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd (PEACE Cable) and Cyber Internet Services Pvt Ltd (Cybernet Pakistan). This landmark agreement, signed on 16 April at Capacity North Africa in Cairo, follows a memorandum of understanding signed by both parties in 2018. Pakistan […]


Pakistan’s internet capacity to be increased by 96 Tb/s with new submarine cable system

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A landing party agreement signed between Cybernet Pakistan and PEACE Cable International Network Company Ltd is set to increase Pakistan’s internet infrastructure capacity by 96 terrabits per second with the country’s first carrier-neutral, open-access submarine cable system. Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) Cable International Network Company Ltd and Cyber Internet Services Pvt Ltd […]


PTI govt finalises cyber security policy

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ISLAMABAD:Minister for Information Technology Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has said that the government will allocate a piece of land in Haripur, Hazara to telecom companies for setting up mobile manufacturing plants. Speaking at the Huawei Mobile Pakistan Summit, the IT minister said the government had discussed with some telecom companies including Huawei the setting up […]


Digitising our past-I

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This month I finished my two-year term as the Project Director of the Punjab Archives Digitisation Project. The project was envisaged in 2016 by Dr Umar Saif, the then Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board and the founding Vice Chancellor of the Information Technology University, after he read about the dismal state of the […]


‘Keep telecom licence renewal fees low’

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An interview with Parvez Iftikhar, Member PM’s Taskforce on IT & Telecom A telecom-industry veteran, Parvez Iftikhar is the founding CEO of Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund (2007-2011), which is a public-private telecom development organisation. Previously, he also served as the country head of Siemens Telecom, Pakistan. After leaving USF, Parvez has been active in ICT […]