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Volume 2 Issue 13 June & July, 2013, Editor Zulfiqar Ali, Associate Editor Madeeha Manzoor, Editor Photography Usman Hanif, Publisher: Zulfiqar ALi G-6/4, Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Training Workshop Held for Farmers

A training workshop on "Orchard management and Post harvest process" held at Agriculture Research Institute (ARI) Mingora, Swat, in which farmers from Lower and Upper Dir participated.More

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Lack of Good Agriculture Practices, Fruit, Vegetable Output not Enough to Match Consumption

Pakistan’s fruit and vegetable annual production does not match the fast-growing population of the country’s requirement owing to lackMore

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WB Seeks Reforms in Agriculture Research

A new World Bank study has suggested fundamental institutional reforms in the national agricultural research system to make it more efficient and effective. With efforts underway to develop provincialMore

Editorial

Pakistan is a developing country, having important geostrategic location, wealth of untapped renewable and non-resources, potent human capita and an overambitious nation. We have probably lost many years of our development and now require taking faster steps to make up for the time lost. Nation as a whole rightly wants fast development aspiring to witness miraculous developmental changes. But a very well known and widely quoted proverb says, ‘haste More>>>....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Govt Formulating Policy to Generate Electricity from Bagasse

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the government is formulating a comprehensive policy to generation electricity from bagasse in the

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Investing in Fish Farming in Pakistan

Umar: We started the fish farming business in 2007 for three purposes. With the increasing trend of population growth and the  increasing need to fulfill the need of food for the people we a playing aMore

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Ahmad Stresses on Modern Farming Techniques to Slash Losses: Agriculture

Pakistan needs to shift its focus from its conventional  methodology to     modern farming techniques to curtail post-harvest losses and for ensuringr proper wheat storages at production More

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Seafood Export Falls by $2.314 Million

Low international prices have pulled down seafood export by $2.314 million during the outgoing fiscal year 2012-13 to $317.612 million, exporters say. Pakistan exported about 10 percent more seafood in   

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Oil, Eatables Imports Decline

Country’s import bill for oil and eatables fell by over five per cent in 2012-13 from a year ago, suggested data issued by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. In absolute terms, import of these two commodities fell to $19.104 billion          

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Municipal Effluent Pollutes Aquatic Habitat at Margalla Hills

Deteriorated aquatic habitat at Margalla hills due to municipal and industrial effluent from Rawalpindi and Islamabad are a potential threat for upstream migration and breeding of Fish ‘Tor Putitora’. Large scale extraction of truck loads of sand, gravel and stones from the Margalla hills have destroyed the natural breeding grounds of this famous sports fish. The Margalla Hills areas of River Soan has been a natural breeding ground for this fish, which breeds in cool waters with More

Irrigation Plan for Swabi Barren Land Pledged

Qaumi Watan Party chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that his party will strive to include the 90 per cent barren land of Kalu Khan and its suburbs in the Pehur High Level Canal (PHLC) irrigation extension plan. The project was inaugurated few days ago by his son Sikandar Sherpao, who is also senior minister in the cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Addressing an Iftar-cum-dinner party at the residence of Salman Wali in Kalu Khan area the other day, the QWP chief said that

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Natural Resources: Withdrawal of Timber Policy Receives Mixed Reaction

The withdrawal of the timber policy has received mixed reaction. While many welcomed the move, others have criticised Prime Minister NawazMore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wildlife: Puma Cubs Doing Well at Lahore Zoo

Two puma cubs born at the Lahore Zoo are in good health and will be put on display in a few days, Zoo Director Anwar Maan said. The cubs, who were born a couple of days ago, are with their mother at present, the zoo director said. Maan said it was standard practice to leave the cub with the mother for a while after birth. If the children of carnivorous animals like the puma are   removed immediately after birth, there is a risk that they will later be rejected

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Checking Pollution: Ban on Dumping Waste in Rivers

The district administration imposed a ban on dumping solid waste and rubble in rivers Neelum and Jhelum. Construction companies working on projects in the capital city of Azad More

Workshop on Climate Resilient Economic Development Held

Semi-arid regions in Pakistan are witnessing drastic environmental changes with increased rainfall and climate induced disasters, necessitating to have effective adaptation and policy planning to strengthen economic resilience of local communities to cope with their adverse effects, said speakers at a half-day. This was the conclusion drawn at a half-day consultative workshop on ‘Climate resilient economic development in semi-arid

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KWSB MD Seeks Action Against Dubious Mineral Water Firms

Karachi Water & Sewerage Board Managing Director Misbahuddin Farid said that a number of dubious mineral water companies have been supplying substandard drinking water in different areas of the city for the past many years but no method could be devised to check the quality of this water. He said that the Pakistan Standard Quality Control Authority has the responsibility to check the standard of any brand or product and certify the same,  adding: “The  

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Punjab Government Creates ‘Crop Biomass cell’

Punjab government has created a "Crop Biomass Cell" in Agriculture department for estimation of crop size and biomass of major and minor crops.  According to the spokesman of Punjab Agriculture Department the

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Two New Rice Varieties Introduced

Rice Research Institute (RRI) Kala Shah Kaku has introduced two new  varieties of rice and got them approved from Punjab Seed Council for cultivation. Experts said, two varieties include PS-2 and KSK-434.

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Export Market: China Opens up for Pakistani Mangoes

Pakistan and China have signed a protocol paving the way for a significant break through for market access of Pakistani mangoes in China. The document was signed between Pakistan’s Ministry of

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Rawalpindi to have Nine Mini Dams

The district administration imposed a ban on dumping solid waste and rubble in rivers Neelum and Jhelum. Construction companies working on projects in the capital city of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) will not be allowed to toss rubble in the rivers because it pollutes the waters of River Neelum and River Jhelum, according to a notification issued by the Muzaffarabad deputy commissioner. Initially, the AJK Environmental Protection Agency raised   the issue with constructionMore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fast Depletion of Pigeon in Chitral

Wildlife experts have attributed the fast depletion of wood pigeon in Chitral to disturbance of its ecology caused by over-harvesting of Chilghuza pine in the recent years owing to its high price in the market. “The bird mainly migrates from Central Asian regions bordering Chitral when Chilghuza pine is ripe that is known as its favourite food,” Altaf Ali, a biodiversity specialist, told. He said that wood pigeon, locally called agagh, had a high population density in the region ofMore

PTI President Involved in Deforestation

In a surprising revelation, the name of PTI Chitral president Abdul Latif came up in a recent action against forest mafia cum forest officials link in destroying green deodar trees in Bumburet area of Chitral. It may be  reminded that PTI Chairman Imran Khan during his huge public meeting in Chitral last September had vowed to stop deforestation in Chitral. Forest   department took action against illicit cutting of green trees of Deodar, Kail and Fir. According to Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Chitral

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Pakistan’s New Big Threat Isn’t
 Terrorism it’s Water

In a report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pakistan was pinpointed as "one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, 'water-scarce'." As water demandMore

Govt Formulating Policy to Generate Electricity from Gagasse

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the government is formulating a comprehensive policy to generation electricity from bagasse in the province. He expressed these views while talking to a delegation of prominent engineering company associated with power generation Avant Grade Engineers at Model Town. The CM said that there were 46 sugar mills in Punjab and power could be generated from bagasse   

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Seafood Export Falls by $2.314 Million

Low international prices have pulled down seafood export by $2.314 million during the outgoing fiscal year 2012-13 to $317.612 million, exporters say. Pakistan exported

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Oil, Eatables Imports Decline

Country’s import bill for oil and eatables fell by over five per cent in 2012-13 from a year ago, suggested data issued by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. In absolute terms, import of these two commodities fell to

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Climate Change: Pakistan's Anti-climactic Response

At a time when developing and developed countries across the globe are investing heavily in adaptation to and countering climate change, Pakistan has not only dissolved it’s More

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Tiger Numbers Increase by 63 Percent in Nepal in 4

An encouraging announcement from the Government of Nepal put the number of wild tigers in the country at 198, though there may be anywhere from 163 - 235 tigers    

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Global Analysis Finds Wild Staple Crops

Sea barley (Hordeum marinum) has a tolerance for high salt levels and water-logging. These are useful traits in the face of our changing climate. Julio Reis Global efforts toMore

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Robots to Revolutionise Farming, Ease Labour Woes

Country’s import bill for oil and eatables fell by over five per cent in 2012-13 from a year ago, suggested data issued by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. In absolute terms, importMore