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Pakistan to build six nuclear power plants

Source : IINA / 30 Nov 2013

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced Tuesday that his country will build six civil nuclear power plants.

Speaking at a function, Coastal Power Project K-II and K-III in Karachi, Sharif said the country’s Atomic Energy Commission has identified six sites where civil nuclear power plants could be built, The News International reported. According to the prime minister, Pakistan would produce 40,000 MW of power from nuclear plants till 2050 and the government’s priority was to start work on power projects to overcome the energy shortage.


Uzbekistan to build first solar power plant

Source : / 27 Nov 2013

Uzbekistan will be the first Central Asian country to build a solar power plant in a bid to develop clean energy in the region, the head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said.

"Earlier this week ADB's board of directors approved a loan of more than $110 million to finance construction of the facility," bank president Takehiko Nakao said.


Turkey plants forests equal to size of Belgium

Source : World Bulletin / 22 Nov 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his Justice and Development Party government made history in Turkey by planting Forests on an area equal to Belgium's size in past eleven years.

In a sapling ceremony at Ankara's Gazi University, Erdogan said that the government will continue its efforts on Forestation at universities, saying "free ideas can only be flourished at green universities."


World's largest wild camel herd is down by a third in Australia

Source : BBC with Voice of Russia / 22 Nov 2013

Australia is famous for its wildlife - kangaroos, koalas and numerous species of snakes and spiders - but it is also home to the world's largest herd of camels. There are about 750,000 roaming wild in the outback and they cause a host of problems.

Camels were imported to Australia in the 19th century from Arabia, India and Afghanistan for transport and heavy work in the outback.


2013 is seventh hottest year, rising seas worsen typhoon

By Alister Doyle and Michael Szabo / 15 Nov 2013

This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 and rising sea levels caused by climate change are aggravating the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Wednesday.

More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere meant a warmer future, and more extreme weather, was inevitable, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement during Nov. 11-22 climate talks among almost 200 nations in Warsaw.


Rare antelope-like saola spotted in Vietnam after 15 years

Source : Reuters / 13 Nov 2013

The critically endangered saola, an antelope-like creature native to Southeast Asia, has been photographed in Vietnam, the first sighting in 15 years, conservationists said on Tuesday.

Known for its two parallel horns that can grow to 50 inches (1.27 meters) in length, the saola is so rare that simply seeing a picture of one gives hope to those who want to preserve the species, said Van Ngoc Thinh of World Wildlife Fund.


Kazakhstan Offers Kyrgyzstan Jointly Use KazSat

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 08 Nov 2013

In a excellent step of cooperation between the two Muslim-majority nations, Kazakhstan has offered Kyrgyzstan to use its KazSat communication satellites together,Tengrinews reports referring the official website of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan KazKosmos.

Besides offering the joint use of the communication and broadcasting satellites Kazakhstan offered Kyrgyzstan to rent some of the geostationary satellites' capacity. The proposal on the joint use was made at the 4th session of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Counsel that took place on November 1 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


Data Scientists Required for Malaysian Development

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 08 Nov 2013

Malaysia has to produce many data scientists to drive its effort to become a data management centre so as to pioneer new economic opportunities on a global scale, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said.

He said it was the desire of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to see Malaysia not only as a consumer in the information technology sector but also as a major player in IT development.


UAE Science Festival Draws on Int'l Attraction

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 06 Nov 2013

Martin Croucher

A biologist will dissect squid and fish live on stage during a science exhibition next month in the capital of UAE.

The dissection, which organizers admit is “not for the squeamish”, will be performed by a biologist from Bahrain’s Science Centre and is among several exhibits at this year’s Abu Dhabi Science Festival from the wider region.


Saudi Arabia’s Hayat Sindi to serve on U.N. body

Source : Saudi Gazette / 05 Nov 2013

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Saudi scientist and researcher Hayat Sindi to serve on the world body’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Sindi, one of the first women to be appointed to the Kingdom’s consultative Shoura Council, is among 26 scientists from around the world to join the newly constituted body, which will provide the U.N. leadership with advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.


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