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While marking the 20th anniversary of COMSATS, scientists and researchers are of the unanimous viewed that the COMSATS is playing a vibrant role in achieving its set goals by adopting a multifaceted strategy that is based on advocacy of S&T; capacity building, and South-South co-operation.

Microsoft Pakistan conducted an insightful summit for introducing its Cloud Computing Platform - Azure, for businesses in Karachi. It was an interactive gathering of Microsoft customers, who shared their operational challenges and experiences, while gaining valuable information about the diverse uses of Azure, to help them achieve complex business objectives.
Chief Information Commissioner Right to Information (RTI) Commission Major Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid (Retd) has said that the KP RTI law is soon to extend to Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA), saying currently citizens mostly from far-flung areas are utilising the law to ensure transparency in government contracts, and other institutions.
Minister of IT and Telecommunication, Anusha Rahman has said that with the advent of 4G service, an era of accelerated digitization has begun in Pakistan. She was addressing as chief guest at launching ceremony of 4G/LTE services by China mobile company (Zong) here in Islamabad recently. Federal Secretary IT Azmat Ali Ranjha, Chairman PTA Syed Ismael Shah, senior executives from FAB were also present there.
Blocking YouTube - a video sharing website - has proved unsuccessful for the past two years as foreign URLs and proxy tools are being widely used to access this website. YouTube was banned in Pakistan on 17 September, 2012, to prevent access to a blasphemous video - a ban that continues till today. The Ministry of Information and Technology is blaming the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for not doing enough to address the issue and set up a sort of filter; however analysts maintain that the ministry just does not want the responsibility for lifting the ban in the event that another such video is aired.
The government has embarked upon an ambitious programme for improving the IT infrastructure, attracting more investment for this vital sector in Pakistan. According to official sources, establishment of Technology Parks at Islamabad and International Co-ordination Unit are part of the initiatives being launched this year for the purpose. They said the emphasis will be on human resource, IT industry, infrastructure development and strengthening e-governance.
Plan9 and Punjab Information Technology Board's Technology Incubator held an event 'Get in the Ring-the Investment Battle' at Arfa Software Technology, here on Thursday. It may be added that Get in the Ring-the Investment Battle-an International event-was held in Pakistan for the first time and Plan9 grasped the opportunity to host it.


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