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January 1, 2013

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The crushing weight of corruption

DR ZAFAR ALTAF If corruption were to be defined as any benefits which fall free to a nation or its population then the extreme position is corruption by inheritance. The only redeeming factor is that one's parents must have worked for it. Even then the saying in the West is 'every generation must find its own oil (meaning assets). The 'goras' (white men) used it to their benefit and gave lands to the Muslims and Hindus and used that ploy to rule India. It was an established…

Lasbela University teachers delegation visits UVAS, call on Vice-Chancellor

LAHORE: (January 1, 2013): A 14-member delegation of teachers led by Dr Abdul Raziq from the Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences Uthal (Balochistan) called on University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha on Tuesday at syndicate room. The Vice-Chancellor briefed the delegation on the education, research and extension programs of the UVAS. He said that the UVAS had won Rs 350 million research projects from different…

Sweet lime, a miracle to malaria

January 01, 2013 Round the World, the malaria situation is serious and getting worse. Malaria threatens the lives of 40% of the world’s population i.e over 2200 million people. Proper malaria treatment is possible using herbs. Malaria is a very contagious parasitic infection that is common in tropical and subtropical regions. There are three types of malaria: Tertian Fever, Quartan Fever and Malignant Fever. In Tertian Fever, the attacks happen on alternate days. With Quartan Fever, the…

Gardening: Rocket, launched

By Zahrah Nasir Few people seem to be aware of the fact that the deliciously pungent herb commonly known as rocket is indigenous to many areas of Pakistan and that, being climatically suitable, it is much easier to cultivate than many other salad herbs, especially those originating in cooler climes than ours. Botanically called ‘Eruca vesicaria subsp. sativa’ and otherwise known as ‘roquette’, ‘Italian cress’, ‘rucola’, ‘arugula’ and ‘salad rocket’ the cultivated version of this annual…

DAILY MARKET PRICES OF POULTRY AND ITS PRODUCTS ON 01.01.2013

SECTOR DAY OLD BROILER CHICK (RS./CHICK) BROILER LIVE EGGS (RS./KG) (RS./DOZEN) Minimum Maximum Average Minimum Maximum Average Minimum Maximum Average Rawalpindi 33 35 34 155 160 157.5 124 125 124.5 Lahore 38.5 39.5 39 141 147 144 125 126 125.5 Faisalabad 33 35 34 147.5 154.5 151 124 129 126.5 Multan 34 36 35 147 149 148 126 128 127…

Growers advised to cultivate oilseeds on maximum land

January 01, 2013 ZAHID BAIG Pakistan Oilseed Development Board (PODB) is planning to focus on to bring maximum land under cultivation of sunflower and canola which has registered a drastic reduction of 34 percent and 80 percent respectively in the year 2011-12 as compared to 2010-11. Sunflower sowing came down to 800,000 acres in year 2011-12 against 1,200,000 acres in 2010-11 while area under canola sowing from 250,000 in year 2010-11 to only 50,000 in year 2011-12. Sources in the…

GRI levy may affect Kinnow export

January 01, 2013 Shipping lines are reportedly contemplating to impose General Rate Increase (GRI) from January 1 onwards. In case that happens, it could affect which currently earn 90 to 100 million dollars annually. Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Trading, Ahmed Jawad estimates that a drastic addition of $1500/40ft will be added on the current tariff of Reefer containers cargo. Kinnow export which faced many issues from the start of season, with the addition of GRI, the cost would…

Cotton market: protest by mills hurts trade activity

January 01, 2013 Not a single deal was witnessed on the cotton market on Monday as a result of protests by mills against the poor supply of gas and electricity, but it is expected that business activity likely to begin very soon, dealers said. Official spot rate was unchanged at Rs 6000, they said. Prices of cottonseed (phutti) in Sindh at Rs 2300-2700 and in Punjab rates were at Rs 2400-2800, they said. They said that it was assured by an assurance of the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline…

Provincial government wins Reko Diq case: Raisani

January 01, 2013 Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani has said that provincial government has won the Reko Diq case and has allocated Rs 8 billion for exploration of work. Talking to media here on Monday, he said that work on the Balochistan Gold and Copper Project will be initiated soon adding it would provide jobs to tens of thousands of jobless besides improving the life standard of the area people once started. Provincial government has allocated Rs 8 billion for…

Indian sugar futures steady

January 01, 2013 Indian sugar futures were treading water on Monday as higher supplies and subdued demand outweighed hopes the government will raise tax on imports of the sweetener to protect local mills. As of 0828 GMT, the benchmark February sugar contract on the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange was up 0.09 percent at 3,280 rupees ($59.84) per 100 kg. "Supplies are comfortable. They are putting pressure on prices," said Badruddin Khan, associate vice-president of…

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