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Heritage Mapping of Rawalpindi City
28/08/2019

Internationally recognised references of Rawalpindi’s irreplaceable natural heritage form a small fraction of what survived from the past and are preserved in Islamabad’s Natural History Museum. Ghandharan civilisation left its marks on the landscape of the entire Potohar region in the form of stupas and...

Art Workshop "Raising Glance of Motivation"
19/08/2019

Center for Culture and Development (C2D) recently supported Hareep Pakistan to conduct Three Days Art Workshop titled “Raising Glance of Motivation” 2014” for less privileged children of the society at World Vision Dhoke Hassu, Rawalpindi,...

World Intellectual Property Day Observed at Lok Virsa
19/08/2019

A panel discussion on the eve of World Intellectual Property Day was held here at Shakarparian under the aegis of Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk & Traditional Heritage), Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) and Centre for Culture & Development (C2D). The theme was “Traditional knowledge, folklore and intellectual property rights in Pakistan”. Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration, Asaf...

To Give or Not To Give Patents to Plant Breeders?
18/08/2019

Different views were presented at a seminar on Tuesday on the Plant Breeder Rights (PBR) Bill 2012, pending in the National Assembly (NA) since March 2012, and the impact of genetically modified (GM) seeds on indigenous crop varieties in Pakistan. The seminar titled ‘Biodiversity Under Threat: Traditional Knowledge and Plant Breeders Rights Bill,’ was held at the HRCP office with Sajjad Bhutta, the Director General of the Intellectual Property...

Software Piracy in Pakisan
18/08/2019

According to a recent Business Software Alliance survey, 57 percent of the global computer users confess to pirating software. Yes, you heard it right, 57 percent. It is hard to believe, especially right here in Pakistan, that just 57 percent people are software pirates.  Studies conducted since 2003 to 2012 by BSA and IDC have shown that throughout the last decade, software piracy rate in Pakistan has remained around 86% without any significant...

CIVILIAN VICTIMS OF ARMED CONFLICTS IN PAKISTAN: WHAT CAN WE DO?
18/08/2019

The frequency of terrorist attacks in Pakistan has dampened their shock value. Sadly, it is not the news of the attack, but the body count of the dead and injured that captures the headlines and stir the national conscience from slumber. Contrary to news hype on the terrorist attacks in the media and government’s robust defense to counter them, the information on the conditions of civilian victims of terror is pushed to the margins. The plight of...

NGOs Demand Reconsideration of Plant Breeders' Rights Bill
04/08/2019

Demanding that Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill 2010 should not be passed in haste as it needed more time to be debated by the stakeholders concerned, the civil society organizations on Wednesday asked the government to postpone the bill and to let the new National Assembly after the next general elections to consider it. This was said in a seminar “Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) Bill 2010” held by the Centre for Culture and Development (C2D),...