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Copyright Pakistan, India to be on watchlist

WASHINGTON- The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) has recommended United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Zoellick to place Pakistan on the “Watch List” for copyright piracy and market access issues. India would be on high priority watch list for massive piracy and copyright, violation. The report released and submitted to USTR, said that piracy levels […]


Pakistan Data Management System (PDMS) develops software for Urdu websites

ISLAMABAD- Data Management Systems (PDMS) has developed the software to be used in the training and the subsequent development of Urdu websites. Now it is possible to create Urdu websites on Internet and there is a need to promote and develop web pages of Pakistani origin. Realizing the paucity of local content on Internet, especially […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)to be sold after careful study: Dr Atta

ISLAMABAD- Privatisation of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is a very sensitive issue and the government is carefully considering all the issues related to it. This was stated by the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Prof Atta-ur-Rahman while presiding over a meeting of Information Technology (IT) Advisory board. He said that the final decision […]


Internet exchange to be set up at Karachi

ISLAMABAD- PTCL will establish an internet exchange at Karachi in collaboration with a renowned American Information Technology (IT) firm SYSCO said, Khalid Habib member (Tech) PTCL. Speaking in a Pakistan Television (PTV) programme he said, an agreement has been signed between PTCL and Sysnet which represents SYSCO. After establishment of this internet exchange, the country […]


Internet merchant accounts allowed

KARACHI- The Internet merchant accounts have been allowed in the country. This was stated by Minister for Science and Technology, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, talking to reporters after inaugurating a seminar organised by Karachi Institute of Information Technology (KIT) at a hotel. He said the Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued instruction with respect […]


40,000 used computers being imported in 6 months

KARACHI- The Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman, has said that about 40,000 used computers, costing $ 2 million, for distribution to educational institutions, would arrive in Pakistan within the next six months. After inaugurating an Information Technology (IT) seminar on “Human resource development aspects of IT industry”, he said that these computers […]


Ufone in Karachi by August

KARACHI- Federal Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman said that the Ufone mobile telephone service introduced by the Pakistan telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) last month in Islamabad will be available in Karachi by August and in Lahore by June or July. The minister said Ufone service was gaining popularity day by day in Islamabad, […]


Pakistan has immense potential in IT field

KARACHI- Speakers at a seminar on emerging technology of medical transcription were of the view that time has come we should take the information technology as a challenge and prove that Pakistan has immense talent in the Information Technology (IT) field. The seminar which was organised by the Amjad Ahsan Infotech (Pvt) Limited at its […]


Nine IT institutes may get Karachi University affiliation

KARACHI- The Affiliation Committee of University of Karachi is actively considering applications of nine private sector institutions of Information Technology (IT) for their affiliation with the varsity. The Pakistan International Airlines (PIAs) newly set-up IT institute is also among the aspirants applied for affiliation with the university, secretary of committee, Prof Dr Shahid Hussain Zaidi […]


Petroman to be given status of university

ISLAMABAD- The Ministry of Science and Technology has decided in principle to convert Petroman into a full-fledged university. According to a press release, the ministry has launched a project for the upgradation of Petroman and an amount of Rs39 million has been allocated for the purpose. Under the project the number of students enrolled with […]


Telecom policy draft to be ready in two months

LAHORE- Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ata-ur-Rehman, has said that the draft of the new ‘Telecom Policy’ would be prepared within a couple of months. “The new policy would not revolve around the monopoly of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL); rather, it will address the issues arising after foreign competitors enter the telecom […]


Pakistan IT firm in New York bourse

ISLAMABAD- A $647 million Pakistani company has launched itself on the prestigious New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, despite the fact that IT stocks are not doing so good in the market. The US-based health sector company, Align Technologies, with its back-up IT development centre in Lahore, has done a successful initial public offering (IPO) and […]


Government may extend tax holiday for software companies to 10 years

ISLAMABAD- The government is seriously considering to extend tax holiday to 10 years for software companies to promote investment in Information Technology (IT) sector, Minister for Science and Technology Dr Atta-ur-Rehman said. “We have already given 5-year tax holiday and now seriously thinking to extend it to 10 years to attract more investment in the […]


Pakistan achieves 80 pc Internet coverage in 10 months

ISLAMABAD- No country has achieved 80 per cent internet coverage in 10 months like Pakistan. This was said by the Federal Minister of Science and Technology Dr Attaur Rehman while speaking at the launching ceremony of WWW.PAKWATAN.COM. One thousands IT kiosks with the help of PSO at petrol pumps he said would be established throughout […]