Feb 14 - 20, 2005

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25TH PAKISTAN CONGRESS OF ZOOLOGY

By M. MITHAL JISKANI

Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Pakistan is hosting a 3-day, 25th Pakistan Congress of Zoology (International) to be held on March 1-3, 2005. Theme of the Congress will cover all the major areas of Zoology and related disciplines e.g. Entomology and Pest Management; Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Environmental Biotechnology, Bioremediation, Genetics, Toxicology, Parasitology; Microbiology, Physiology; Paleontology, Environmental Biology, Wild Life Conservation; Fisheries, Freshwater Biology and Marine Biology.

 

 

The President of Zoological Society of Pakistan and the Congress Organizing Committee cordially invite the Fellows/Members of the Society and all other scientists interested in various disciplines of Zoological Sciences to take part.

The scientific program will consist of plenary lectures and oral presentations. There will be three sessions each day. The first session will start at 9.00 am. The paper reading session will start immediately after inauguration and will continue till the 3rd day. Fifteen minutes will be allowed for presentation of paper and discussion. Poster session is also arranged specially for the younger scientists.

A committee will review the posters and adjudge the first, second and third best posters. The authors of these posters will be given certificates at the Closing Ceremony on the third day of the Congress.

It is also pertinent to mention here that Prof. Dr. Bashir Ahmed Sheikh, Vice Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam supervise and look after the arrangements as Chief Organizer. Near about three months before, SAU also organized 'National Conference on Agricultural and Animal Science in November, 2004 at Campus. This is the second time of positive activity at campus in which hundreds participants belongs to Universities and Colleges of Pakistan, Agriculture Research Institutes (ARI), Agriculture Research Stations (ARS), Agriculture Training Institutes (ATI), Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI), National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Nuclear Research Institutes of Agriculture and Biology, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Technology Transfer Institute (TTI) will attend the conference and authors (of the above organizations) will present their research papers.

This congress will also provide a platform to the researchers, extension workers, teachers and students to discuss on various current issues and share their experience with each other. It will serve as better training source to the practically working scientists and on whole future strategies could be formulated to solve the problems faced by the relevance.

Meanwhile, the conference will provide a forum to interact with fellow scientists, researchers and farming community to identify the issues and challenges lying ahead to better serve the nation and to keep country in the research and development areas compatible with international standards in various fields Biological-nearly related to zoological sciences.

It may also be kept in mind that the Zoological Society of Pakistan will honor Medals and Awards to its Fellows for their scientific contributions to the discipline of Zoology. The committees are specially constituted for this purpose which will decide and select an outstanding zoologist out of the nominees.

Award giving ceremony will be held during the inaugural session of 25th Pakistan Congress of Zoology. Citation of the award will also be read before conferring the medal which is in the form of a medal and a certificate as follows:

GOLD MEDALS AWARDING CEREMONIES

The Twelfth Mujib Memorial Gold Medal will be awarded to a student of Karachi University, standing first in the recent M.Sc. Zoology examination, with specialization in Parasitology.

The Twelfth Muzaffer Ahmad Gold Medal will be awarded to a student of the Punjab University, standing first in the recent M.Sc. Zoology examination.

The Tenth Muhammad Afzal Hussain Qadri Memorial Gold Medal will be awarded to M.Sc. Zoology student of University of Karachi obtaining first position.

The Seventh M.A.H. Qadri Memorial Gold Medal will be awarded to a student of Karachi University, obtaining Ph.D. Zoology degree in Parasitology.

 

 

The Fifth Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed Gold Medal will be awarded to a student of Karachi University, standing first in the recent M.Sc. Zoology examination with specialization in Entomology.

The Fourth Ahmed Mohiuddin Memorial Gold Medal will be awarded to a student of University of Sindh, Jamshoro standing first in the recent M.Sc. Zoology examination.

The Fourth Prof. Dr. S.N.H. Naqvi Gold Medal will be awarded to successful Ph.D. Zoology specializing in the field of Toxicology from University of Karachi.

ZOOLOGIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

A committee specially constituted for this purpose will select an outstanding Zoologist out of the nominees.

PROF. A. R. SHAKOORI GOLD MEDAL

The Sixth Prof. A. R. Shakoori Gold Medal will be given to a young researcher up to the age of 45 in any area of biological sciences.

PROF. DR. MIRZA AZHAR BEG GOLD MEDAL

The fifth Prof. Dr. Mirza Azhar Beg Gold Medal will be given to a young researcher up o the age of 45 in Ecology/ Wildlife/Vertebrate Pest Management/Taxonomy/Fisheries.

PROF. DR. NASIMA M. TIRMIZI GOLD MEDAL

The Second Prof. Dr. Nasima M. Tirmizi Gold Medal will be given to a researcher in the field of Marine Sciences.

SRI LANKA, PAKISTAN DISCUSS BILATERAL TRADE

The Commerce Minister of Pakistan Humayun Akhtar Khan met the President of Sri Lanka Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga at Marriott Hotel, Islamabad to discuss bilateral trade relationship.

The Commerce Minister expressed Pakistan's concern on the recent Tsunami Tragedy affecting Sri Lanka. He said that the visit of the President of Sri Lanka was an historic event and both the countries would be exchanging diplomatic notes to initiate a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) . This would be the first FTA of Pakistan with any country.

The minister expressed that bilateral FTA was possible only with the political support extended by the President of Sri Lanka during the recent visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Sri Lanka. This support indicated deeper political relations between the two countries, he added. He stated that bilateral FTA was the beginning of deeper economic and commercial relations with Sri Lanka.

CDC TO LAUNCH A SERIES OF ROAD SHOWS

The Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited (CDC) have taken another lead in the development of the Capital Market by initiating a series of Road Shows on Investment to educate small investors about the stock markets. These shows are planned in cities including Sialkot, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Faisalabad in order to expand the investors' base. Chairman SECP Dr. Tariq Hassan will inaugurate the first show of the series in Sialkot on February 12.

CDC is the infrastructure company of the capital market and offers unmatchable benefits of instant shares credit, greater liquidity, stamp duty and postage cost savings, reduced workload and costs for issuers, quick service and convenient accommodation of huge volume issues. CDC has come a long way since its beginning in 1997 under the capital market reforms. The company has facilitated investors in the best possible way and has introduced a number of services.

CDC's Chief Executive Mr. Hanif Jakhura informed that the Road Shows are targeted to attract savings to the capital market from these small cities, educate intending investors about the risks and benefits and address the misconceptions associated with stock market investments. He said that this initiative would also help fund managers, brokerage houses and financial institutions reach investors in small cities across Pakistan.

FEDEX EXPRESS FIRST TO TAKE DELIVERY OF AIRBUS A380

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), recently announced that it will be first to take delivery of the giant Airbus A380-800F in August 2008 and the first to deploy the plane in service for its global customers.

"The A380 will play a significant role in our ongoing efforts to expand our networks and broaden our range of services," said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer, FedEx Corp. "With its ability to provide greater network capacity with lower direct operating costs, the A380 will facilitate even more global trade, and the ultimate beneficiaries will be our customers, and future customers, around the world."

Delivery of the first A380 cargo plane will be followed by two more by the end of 2008, three more in 2009, three in 2010 and the 10th in 2011. FedEx also holds options for 10 additional aircraft.

HABIB BANK DISBURSES RS7,628M IN AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Habib Bank has disbursed agricultural finances of Rs7,628m during the first half of year 2004-05, against a target of Rs4,000m allocated by State Bank of Pakistan, showing an achievement of 191 percent more than the amount of Rs3,812m disbursed during corresponding period last year.

Habib Bank is focusing on agricultural financing in a big way catering to the needs of all sub sectors of agricultural sector, as it is the backbone of the country's economy, contributing 25 percent to the national GDP.

Agricultural finances of Rs7,628m disbursed during the last 6 months by Habib Bank includes Rs866m for tractors, Rs39m for tubewells, Rs43m for godowns and cold storages, Rs313m for livestock and dairy, Rs306m for poultry in addition to financing for production purposes for crops, fruits, vegetables etc.

IT MINISTER VISITS DHL CALL CENTRE

The Federal Minister for Information Technology, Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari, recently visited the corporate head office of DHL Pakistan during his visit to Karachi. Upon his visit he was given comprehensive presentations on DHL Pakistan's Customer Service capabilities and its Hi-Tech Call Center facility. He was also given a tour of the state-of-the-art Information Systems department of DHL Pakistan led by Faysal Ali Khan, Director. The director also gave Awais Leghari the presentations on various ways of track & trace of shipments via the Internet and the GSM technology used by DHL Pakistan. He was informed that this system was introduced by DHL globally and in Pakistan. The firm using this system to track and trace its shipments in over 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Also present at the time were the Federal Minister's staff from the Ministry of Information Technology and DHL Pakistan's senior management. Irfan Ali, Country IS Manager, Rizwan Chhapra, Country Sales Manager, Jahangir S. Khan, Country HR & Administration Manager among other DHL staff participated.