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Thursday, October 18, 2018

گندے انڈے ، جعلی دودھ اور عمران خان کا نیا پاکستان

گندے انڈے ، جعلی دودھ اور عمران خان کا نیا پاکستان

گندے انڈے ، جعلی دودھ اور عمران خان کا نیا پاکستان

گندے انڈے ، جعلی دودھ اور عمران خان کا نیا پاکستان: کالم رضوان آصف

#UrduLateefay – hahahaha bahut hi funniest #jokes…☺..

#UrduLateefay – hahahaha bahut hi funniest #jokes…☺..

#UrduLateefay – hahahaha bahut hi funniest #jokes…☺.. 

 #Jokes #SardarJoke #UrduJoke #UrduJokes #PathanJoke #PunjabiJoke #LatestJokes #UrduLateefa #Jobs #FunnyPhotos #FunnyVideo #UrduLateefay #LateefonKiDunya

تھر کول بجلی منصوبہ : نواز شریف نے سندھ حکومت کو ناکام کرنے کے لئے فنڈ روک لئے : ڈاکٹر ثمر  مبارک

تھر کول بجلی منصوبہ : نواز شریف نے سندھ حکومت کو ناکام کرنے کے لئے فنڈ روک لئے : ڈاکٹر ثمر مبارک

تھر کول بجلی منصوبہ : نواز شریف نے سندھ حکومت کو ناکام کرنے کے لئے فنڈ روک لئے : ڈاکٹر ثمر  مبارک 

Dr. Samar Mubarkmand On Coal Gasification - Apathy Of PMLN/PPP

Govt firmly committed to reduce cost of doing business, improve ease of doing business: PM

Govt firmly committed to reduce cost of doing business, improve ease of doing business: PM

Govt firmly committed to reduce cost of doing business, improve ease of doing business: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that the government was firmly committed to reduce cost of doing business and to improve country’s ranking in the ease of doing business by extending maximum facilitation and provision of all possible support to the business community.

The prime minister was chairing a meeting of the Council of Business Council here at Prime Minister’s Office.

The prime minister said that in order to strengthen local industry and reduce cost of production, gas prices had been reduced for export oriented industries so as to make Pakistani products internationally competitive. He said that the government was also considering reduction in various duties including custom duty, regulatory duties and others to further reduce business cost.

He said that the government was also working on developing a national tariff policy to address issues of the business community and to remove anomalies in the existing tariff structure.

On improving country’s ranking in ease of doing business in the country, the prime minister said that the government had set the target of bringing the country into the list of first 100 countries by extending maximum facilitation and simplification of the procedures.

The prime minister said that a special Complaint and Suggestion Cell was being established at Board of Investment to facilitate redressal of the complaints of the business community and welcome their suggestions with regards to business policies. He said that the Complaint and Suggestion Cell, which would be connected to Prime Minister’s Office would be functional in a week’s time.

The prime minister also appreciated the input of the business leaders belonging to various sectors of economy, who presented various proposals during the meeting for strengthening of economy and promoting critical sectors such as manufacturing sector, small and medium enterprises, agriculture and IT sector.

Those who attended the meeting included, among others, Muhammad Ali Tabba, Bashir Ali Muhammad, Shahid Sooty, Seema Aziz, Azam Farooque, Shahid Abdullah, Khawar Anwar Khawaja, Babar Badar, Saqib Shirazi, Samina Rizwan, Almas Haider, Abdul Rauf and Zarak Khan.

Minister for Finance Asad Umar, Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood and senior officers were also present during the meeting.

APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018

Education: #Afghan refugees studying in refugee villages

Education: #Afghan refugees studying in refugee villages

Education: Afghan refugees studying in refugee villages

Islamabad: In line with our global education policy which encourages the adoption of the host country’s education curriculum, the UN refugee agency has decided to use the Pakistani curriculum in refugee village schools. The decision has been taken due to the protracted nature of the Afghan refugee situation, where the use of the host country’s curriculum constitutes both the most sustainable and the most cost-effective option.

UNHCR believes that the quality of learning for Afghan refugee children in Pakistan will be improved by following the curriculum of Pakistan, particularly at the primary level, with better access to qualified teaching staff and learning materials. Refugee children will receive government of Pakistan certificates demonstrating their proficiency at primary, secondary and college levels. These certificates will enable them to obtain admission in professional colleges or universities in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Refugee students will obtain accredited examination and certification that will enable them to continue their higher education or compete for employment in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Pakistani curriculum uses English as the medium of instruction for all subjects except Urdu language and Islamic studies. Learning English also has the potential to open other opportunities for work and study, including scholarships for Afghan refugees.

Pakistan Stock Exchange holds Awareness Session at Gilgit

Pakistan Stock Exchange holds Awareness Session at Gilgit

Pakistan Stock Exchange holds Awareness Session at Gilgit

Karachi: In order to create awareness amongst the general public about stock investments, Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) conducted an awareness session at Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Minister for Works, Government of GB, was the chief guest at the occasion. The event was coordinated by Gilgit-Baltistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with two brokerage firms of PSX (TRE Certificate holders), namely JS Global Capital Limited and Zahid Latif Khan Securities (Pvt.) Limited.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Imran Ali, President Gilgit-Baltistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that it was encouraging that PSX was taking keen interest to educate the public on stock investments by holding this event for the second time in the region. He said there were many potential investors in Gilgit-Baltistan but; however, no brokerage firm or branch thereof exists in the entire region. He expressed the hope to see some brokerage houses set up their branch offices to cater to the demand in the region.

The participants were given a detailed overview on PSX and stock investments including the history of the PSX, investment avenues, risk/return parameters, long term investments, and considerations while investing. The participants were briefed on structural, strategic and regulatory developments. They were explained how the stock market was comparatively a good avenue for long term investments.

At the end, Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Minister for Works, Gilgit-Baltistan, addressed the participants. He said that the event conducted by PSX to educate masses at GB was a commendable step. He lauded the efforts of PSX for giving priority to GB in this case. He assured all out support and cooperation to PSX for its future plans and programs in GB.

#Uber Introduces Caller Anonymization as Part of a New Safety Toolkit

#Uber Introduces Caller Anonymization as Part of a New Safety Toolkit

Uber Introduces Caller Anonymization as Part of a New Safety Toolkit

Uber today announced the new Safety Toolkit which, over the next few weeks, will be rolled out to the millions of riders, drivers and couriers using the app across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan. The toolkit will introduce new innovative features which aim to raise the bar on safety and increase transparency and accountability for all users.

Since launching the app, Uber has provided millions of people with technology that allows them to get a ride at the push of a button, track every trip with GPS technology and report any issues 24/7 with a dedicated safety team. With the introduction of new safety features, the company aims to double down on safety and help make the Uber community safer.

-Features that will be introduced as part of the new rider and driver safety toolkit, include:
  • Emergency button – With the push of a button in the app, riders and drivers/couriers can connect directly to local police when needed.
  • Trusted Contacts – Riders can more easily share their trip with up to five contacts and customize their trip sharing preferences.
  • Safety Centre – A new app-housed safety information hub where users can find information on insurance, our community guidelines, safety tips built with law enforcement and more.
  • Share Trip – Drivers can easily share their location and trip status with family and friends
  • Caller anonymization – Riders and drivers will be able to call each other while maintaining the privacy of their number while using Uber

“There’s nothing more critical than the safety of the people we serve. With about 15 million trips happening on the Uber app each day, we are putting safety at the heart of everything we do. That means working to help improve safety and developing innovative products that aim to increase transparency and accountability for all users on the app. We’re proud to begin rolling out this new safety toolkit with the aim to double down on safety in our app and helping all users stay safe and connected throughout their journeys,” says Sachin Kansal, Uber’s Global Head of Safety Product. 

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has made safety a top priority for 2018. Since joining the company, he has introduced a number of changes including limits on the amount of time a driver spends on trip and driver insurance. In Pakistan, Uber organized safety sessions with law enforcement agencies for partner-drivers.

Uber Pakistan teamed up with Kashf Foundation in a bid to educate driver partners in Pakistan on how to refrain from inappropriate behavior to recognize and prevent unsuitable actions, titled ‘Dignity at Work’, this training is a part of Uber’s global initiative to help prevent harassment of any kind. Driving hours limit has been introduced to make roads safer for both drivers and riders. Uber also announced an insurance product for all driver-partners called ‘Injury Protection’.

Key to the product is the ability for drivers to be protected from the financial cost of injury, including medical expenses and lost earning opportunities up to certain limits if an accident takes place while driving on the Uber app. To encourage the use of helmets for riders and drivers on uberMOTO, Uber also conducted the ‘Ride for Safety’ events across Pakistan.

LCCI inks Memorandum of Understanding with Institute of Business and Management to make joint efforts for the cause of trade, industry and academia

LCCI inks Memorandum of Understanding with Institute of Business and Management to make joint efforts for the cause of trade, industry and academia

LCCI inks Memorandum of Understanding with Institute of Business and Management to make joint efforts for the cause of trade, industry and academia

Lahore: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Institute of Business and Management (IB and M), UET to make joint efforts for the cause of trade, industry and academia. The LCCI Senior Vice President Khawaja Shahzad Nasir and Dean/Director of IB and M, UET Dr. Ghulam Abbas Anjum signed the MOU on behalf of their respective organizations.

The LCCI Vice President Fahim ur Rehman Sehgal and Executive Committee Members were also present on the occasion. This agreement is continuity of the LCCI endeavours aimed at filling the communication gap between the industry and academia. The MOU will enable both the institutions to share their knowledge and experience for mutual benefits. It was also agreed that both the sides will conduct joint seminars and workshops on common issues.

According to MOU, LCCI and IB and M will exchange information on reciprocal basis regarding activities. The LCCI will establish regular interface with IB and M to share information of mutual interest. Both organizations will collaborate and undertake joint research/industrial projects with mutual consent. The LCCI will engage different faculty members of IB and M at different times, as the need be, for the expert opinion and advice from time to time.

The LCCI Senior Vice President Khawaja Shahzad Nasir said that linking academia with the business needs is a crucial step which should remain at the forefront to motivate both the sides and enhance their skills. He said that the MOU with Institute of Business and Management (IB and M) UET will pave way for the progress and prosperity of the country. He said that the LCCI would make best use of this facility as a number of economic challenges have direct link with the unavailability of correct data. He said that it would not only further strengthen University-Industry collaboration but it would also help researchers to have access to the real challenges being encountered by the trade and Industry.

Khawaja Shahzad Nasir said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has already signed a number of MOUs with the educational institutions and this agreement will also go a long way for the promotion of regional trade that is buzz word in today’s global village. Dr. Ghulam Abbas Anjum thanked the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and assured of his full support for the cause of promotion of research and development culture in the country.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pakistani Telecom Company Ufone achieves ISO 9001:2015 by Bureau Veritas (BV)

Pakistani Telecom Company Ufone achieves ISO 9001:2015 by Bureau Veritas (BV)

Pakistani Telecom Company Ufone achieves ISO 9001:2015 by Bureau Veritas (BV)

Islamabad: Ufone announced today that it has achieved certification of the new standard ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) for its Technology Department, covering both the Network as well as IT portfolios. With this, the Technology Department of Ufone has successfully transitioned from ISO 9001:2008 that it acquired in Y2012 to the coveted ISO 9001:2015 standard, as the company continues to demonstrate uncompromising commitment to quality excellence and customer satisfaction. Technology team has demonstrated great emphasis on leadership management, evidenced its capacity to address organizational risks, and established simplification of the language in its management systems. ISO 9001:2015 sets a higher standard to quality management system than its predecessor; focusing this time also on performance through a process-oriented approach. It also takes into consideration factors like risk-based thinking, while simultaneously employing a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle at all levels. 

The certification was awarded after an independent assessment conducted by Bureau Veritas (BV), an internationally recognized certification body. BV certification is recognized and renowned throughout the world as a valued symbol of reliability, sustainability, and trust. With operations in over 120 countries, BV has issued more than 400 ISO certificates across diverse sectors in Pakistan.

ISO 9001:2015 certificate was presented to the President & CEO of Ufone, Rashid Khan and the Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) Jafar Khalid by the CEO of Bureau Veritas, Syed Talib Hussain on October 15, 2018, in a ceremony held in Ufone Tower. The CTIO of Ufone, Jafar Khalid said, “ISO 9001:2015 based approach to business will help Ufone to further enhance the efficiency of its offered services and innovate customer centricity”. Speaking at the occasion, the President & CEO of Ufone Rashid Khan emphasized that,” Globalization and its associated challenges demand standardization of processes under a structured QA program”. 

CEO of BV Talib Hussain also stressed on the importance of standardization for businesses today. “The certification to ISO 9001:2015 recognizes Ufone’s commitment in monitoring and managing quality across all functions of its Technology Division”. The International Standards Organization (ISO) reviews its standards every five years in order to remain current in an ever-changing business environment. ISO 9001 sets quality management standards and guides businesses and organizations to ensure their products and services consistently meet customer's requirements and that commitment to quality is constantly improving. ISO 9001:2015 is the most relevant certification to date, replacing the previous ISO 9001:2008 standards.

Kalash community celebrate ‘Phool festival’ in #Chitral

Kalash community celebrate ‘Phool festival’ in #Chitral

Kalash community celebrate ‘Phool festival’ in Chitral

By Gul Hamaad Farooqi

CHITRAL: Kalash community celebrated its annual colorful Kalash Phool Festival with traditional zeal and fervor. The festival marks the reaping of grapes & walnuts harvests. 

Phool festival is one of the four festivals celebrated every year by the community. People of the community adorn their heads with flower, sing songs in the local language and perform traditional dances throughout the two-day festival.

Elderly women  preparing traditional caps decorated with flowers  and put these colorful caps on the head of those young girls who reach to the age of 10 years whereas men and youngsters fully take part in the celebrations. After wearing caps made from roses and flowers these youngest girls also participate in traditional dance and elder women train them.

Tourists from across the country flock to the region to celebrate the festival. Organizing such kinds of festival aimed at to attract more tourists to the scenic valley as tourism is the only source of income for most of population of Chitral. At morning Kalash people dancing at lower dance house and their religious leaders called Qazi singing song while women keeping notes of rupees 50, 100, 500 and 1000 in their caps to decorate it with money and it consider their dignity.

In afternoon a boy took flowered cap from the head of a small girl and thorough to an other one who pick it and run to the upper dancing place where Kalash people move and dancing together. Some girls from Islamabad and other cities also participated in this dance and enthralled the spectators

However, locals complained that dilapidated roads are the biggest problems in the region keeping the tourists away to visit the area. “The people from all ovear Pakistan want to visit Kalash valley to witness its festival but broken roads keep them away,” said Saifullah, a local resident

The federal government has promised to construct the road leading to Bamborat and Rambor and locals hoped that tourists from all over the world will get the chance to witness the festivities if the government addresses the problems being faced by the people living in the region.

Tourists from China, USA, Scotland, UK and other countries also participated in the festival.

Byco Byco Petroleum Pakistan Green Campaign wins Best Ad of Pakistan award

Byco Byco Petroleum Pakistan Green Campaign wins Best Ad of Pakistan award

Byco Byco Petroleum Pakistan Green Campaign wins Best Ad of Pakistan award

Karachi: Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited has won the award for the Best Ad of Pakistan from Herald magazine. On the occasion of Pakistan’s 71st Independence anniversary, Byco conceived of launching their sustainability initiative to plant trees and to distribute seeds through its 350-outlet strong retail network across Pakistan. To kick off the campaign, Byco planted 1000 trees at the Urban Forest Park at Clifton, Karachi which uses the Miyawaki method of afforestation. The company also planted 2000 trees at its Bowzer Village next to its refinery in Balochistan. 

The award-winning design of the “Fuel Up, Green Up” Public Service Message (PSM) was developed by Spectrum Y&R. The campaign promotes tree plantation across Pakistan by distributing Moringa Tree seeds at Byco’s retail outlets. Complimentary seed pouches were distributed to Byco fuel customers. This public service message was launched to help Byco lead the way for Pakistan’s citizens to Be the Change that they want to see in the world and promote environmental consciousness throughout the nation. Azfar Saeed Baig, Vice President of Byco said on the occasion, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that Byco and Spectrum have won this award for our Green Campaign, which is in line with the Government’s initiative for a Green and Clean Pakistan. We believe it will help highlight even further the need for Pakistanis to work together to Make Pakistan Green Again and plant trees across the nation so that we protect and conserve our environment.”

منی لانڈرنگ اور پیسوں کی ہیرا پھیری جاری، کراچی میں مرے ہوئے کے بینک اکاؤنٹ میں 4 ارب سے زائد کا لین دین ہونے کا انکشاف، جبکہ اکاؤنٹ کا مالک دنیا میں نہیں ہے

منی لانڈرنگ اور پیسوں کی ہیرا پھیری جاری، کراچی میں مرے ہوئے کے بینک اکاؤنٹ میں 4 ارب سے زائد کا لین دین ہونے کا انکشاف، جبکہ اکاؤنٹ کا مالک دنیا میں نہیں ہے

منی لانڈرنگ اور پیسوں کی ہیرا پھیری جاری، کراچی میں مرے ہوئے کے بینک اکاؤنٹ میں 4 ارب سے زائد کا لین دین ہونے کا انکشاف، جبکہ اکاؤنٹ کا مالک دنیا میں نہیں ہے

HBL & #QatarAirways Bring New Credit Card for Frequent Flyers

HBL & #QatarAirways Bring New Credit Card for Frequent Flyers

HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank, and Qatar Airways have entered into a strategic partnership to launch a credit card tailored to serve the needs of the country’s swiftly growing frequent-flyer community. The HBL Qatar Airways Credit Card offers a wide array of services and privileges for cardholders to enjoy.

The card was unveiled at a grand launch event held at the Mohatta Palace on Thursday, 27 September 2018 in Karachi. The event was attended by Sultan Ali Allana Chairman, HBL; Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, Muhammad Aurangzeb President & CEO, HBL; Jacob Garlan Miller Vice President CRM and Customer Loyalty, Qatar Airways and Ish Jalal Vice President Commercial – Middle East & Pakistan, Qatar Airways along with senior management and select customers of both organizations.

HBL Qatar Airways Credit Card will be available in Platinum and Gold, empowering cardholders to accumulate Qmiles for everyday spending, including earning up to 1 Qmile for local currency spending of Rs 100.

Benefits of the New Credit Card
  • Earn Qmiles on all local currency spends
  • Earn accelerated Qmiles on all foreign currency spends and by booking your tickets at qatarairways.com
  • Joining bonus Qmiles when you activate your card in the first year
  • Bonus Qmiles on purchasing the ticket for your first flight with Qatar Airways through qatarairways.com
  • Annual redemption discount on accumulating Qmiles
  • Complimentary membership of the Privilege Club, Qatar Airways frequent-flyer program
  • Fast track Privilege Club membership tier upgrade
  • Redeem Qmiles for airline tickets to more than 150 destinations, for upgrades and excess baggage or use as an alternative payment option at Qatar Duty-Free at Hamad International Airport and Oryx Galleria in Doha
  • Enjoy complimentary access to airport lounges worldwide with VISA LoungeKey (for Platinum Cardholders)
  • Enjoy free access to CIP airport lounges across Pakistan for international flights
  • Exciting dining and lifestyle discounts at 150+ partners locally and globally
  • Chairman HBL, Sultan Ali Allana, thanked the dignitaries and valued customers for joining the HBL team on this momentous occasion. He further said, “Today, we have entered into a strategic partnership with Qatar Airways and we see our future in the context of long-term and sustainable association while creating the maximum value for our common customers.”

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said:

We are delighted to partner with HBL in this initiative. The HBL Qatar Airways credit card is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of Pakistan’s rapidly growing frequent flyer community and will provide cardholders with a host of benefits to make travel even more rewarding. We look forward to a mutually rewarding partnership with HBL, and to continuing to strengthen our commitment to travellers in Pakistan.

President and CEO HBL, Mr. Muhammad Aurangzeb, spoke about the significance of this launch at the event, and said, we are delighted to be partnering with Qatar Airways to launch a product that fits well with the travel needs of our clients and offers them a range of world-class services. This strategic relationship will further our goal of providing superior financial solutions to our customers.

On display, at the launch event, was Qatar Airways’ award-winning Business Class experience, Q Suite. Patented by Qatar Airways, QSuite features the industry’s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, as well as private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room, a first of its kind in the industry. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the center four seats allow colleagues, friends or families traveling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialize together.

As part of the launch event, the guests participated in a lucky draw and three couples won a return Business Class ticket to a destination of their choice with Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways operates in all major cities in Pakistan, including Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Faisalabad and Sialkot with up to 68 weekly flights. This latest partnership with HBL will further strengthen the airline’s presence in Pakistan and will offer more areas of collective growth

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

HBL President comments on Pakistan’s dialogue with the IMF, CPEC and Digitalization

HBL President comments on Pakistan’s dialogue with the IMF, CPEC and Digitalization

HBL President comments on Pakistan’s dialogue with the IMF, CPEC and Digitalization

Bali, Indonesia: Mr. Muhammad Aurangzeb was invited as the only CEO representative of the Pakistani banking sector in order to share his views in his capacity as the President & CEO of HBL. It is pertinent to mention that Muhammad Aurangzeb is the only CEO from Pakistan as well as the only Pakistani who has accepted an invite to join the membership of the exclusive Global CEO Council organized and managed by the Dow Jones Group/Wall Street Journal.

In an interview with Bloomberg on the sidelines of the IMF/World Bank annual meetings, the HBL President & CEO, Mr. Muhammad Aurangzeb introspected that Pakistan's Government has some difficult decisions to make in order to narrow the fiscal deficit and come up with solutions that encourage an increase in exports and the tax base of the country. He pointed out: “With dwindling reserves a breathing space is required...that is where the IMF comes in." He further added: “The devaluation will ultimately help exports and Pakistan. In order for government policies to become sustainable in the long run, he stated that "...made-in-Pakistan and an export based model is the way forward."

Speaking on China's One Belt One Road initiative, he pointed out that CPEC stands out as its flagship in terms of investment being made in Pakistan's energy sector, roads and other infrastructure projects which have also benefited Pakistan and in the medium to long term these projects will boost Pakistan's exports and ultimately pay back and create a long term positive effect on the balance of payments. He further stated: "A lot of these projects should be invoiced in RMB and settled in RMB especially energy projects which should not be based on a Dollar index but a RMB index which is a wonderful opportunity for Pakistan to diversify." Furthermore, he added that "HBL is the only Pakistani bank which has a physical presence in China". 

With regard to the future and digitalization he emphasized, "HBL thinks of itself as an IT company with a banking license”.

The annual meeting of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) was held in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia from October 12th -14th, 2018. Both the IMF and the WBG undertake to bring together central bank governors, Ministers of Finance, senior parliamentarians, captains of industry, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues that involve the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness, including many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world's financial system.

Shell Tameer Awards Energy & Waterinnovators Helping Transform Ideas into Reality

Shell Tameer Awards Energy & Waterinnovators Helping Transform Ideas into Reality

Shell Tameer, in collaboration withNED University and the DICE Foundation USA,held a business plan competition, ‘Tameer DICE Shark’ at NED University, Karachi. The objective of the event is to encourage young innovators to develop a cleaner and greener energy future for Pakistan.

The two-day event held at NED University showcased 35 young innovators from eight engineering universities from across Pakistan.

In the final round held, 15 student finalists pitched their innovations in front of a panel of six judges comprising Dr. Mohammad Kamran Mumtaz, Chairperson Management, IBA, Dr.Najam Anjum, Assistant Professor, IBA, Mr. Mukesh Kumar, Provincial Chief, SMEDA Sindh, Mr. SaroshHaider, Founder and CTO mri group. net, Mr. Muhammad Ali Sheikh, Shell Pakistan Limited and Mr. Daniyal Naiyer, Shell Pakistan Limited

The top five business ideas received seed capital through the competition and will be further developed, with the support of Shell Tameer to help them transform into commercially viable enterprises.

“It is inspiring to see so many young engineers here today, enthusiastic to help Pakistan work towards solving energy and water issues that challenge our country”, said Chief Guest, Mr. Habib Haider, External Relations Manager, Shell Pakistan Limited.

“The Tameer Dice Shark competition is a wonderful platform bringing together bright engineering minds, professionals from academia and Shell Tameer to work together tobuild innovative solutions into real sustainable businesses.”

Prior to the final competition, Tameer DICE Shark contestants were trained through a day-long Shell Tameer workshop, ‘How to Pitch Your Ideas’,to help them prepare for their presentations in the final round.

Shell Tameer focuses on enterprise development and provides budding young entrepreneurs with access to essential business knowledge and customized support to transform their ideas into a viable and sustainable business. The program also contributes to national economic growth by promoting entrepreneurship development in Pakistan.

PTCL Holds Reception in Honour Of its Returning Hajjis

PTCL Holds Reception in Honour Of its Returning Hajjis

PTCL Holds Reception in Honour Of its Returning Hajjis

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) hosts a reception at PTCL Academy H-9, Islamabad in honour of its employees from various parts of the country, who have returned after performing Hajj sponsored by the company.

The event was attended by senior officials, along with Syed Mazhar Hussain, Chief Human Resource Officer, PTCL.

Expressing his views on the occasion, Syed Mazhar Hussain said, “PTCL Hajj Scheme is a step in the right direction to provide its employees with this golden opportunity to perform Hajj and undertake this sacred journey on company’s expense. This opportunity is being provided to employees based purely on their best performance and through fair & transparent balloting. Every year 40 employees are selected to perform Hajj, which is one of our most significant religious and sacred obligation.”

He further added that this year we also held balloting for two reserved seats for female employees and their Mehrams, who have also performed Hajj under PTCL Hajj Scheme.

PTCL management, being cognizant for the welfare of the employees and their families, always endeavors to provide opportunities for their well-being.

Daraz Launched it’s New Mobile Application with New Features

Daraz Launched it’s New Mobile Application with New Features

Daraz Launched it’s New Mobile Application with New Features

Daraz has launched its brand new mobile app, boasting an assortment of more than 2 million products and a range of brand new features, offering customers an experience like never before. The new Daraz App is addressed to each user’s preferred customer journey: Official Stores for brand-loyalists, Collections for those fishing for inspiration, Brand Vouchers and Daily Flash Sales for the deal hunters, and so much more.

Managing Director Daraz Pakistan, Ehsan Saya, put the launch of the new Daraz App in a wider context, saying, “We are very excited to bring a new era of e-commerce to our customers with the launch of the new app. Judging from the new Daraz App’s adoption rates in the first few days, the response from customers has been phenomenal.”

“In addition to giving you access to millions of products at your fingertips, the new Daraz App now gives you front-row access to your favorite brands. Top-up your phone on-the-go, purchase event tickets and games from the E-Store, access daily brand vouchers, and the list goes on. We want to provide our customers with an unprecedented shopping and lifestyle experience,” he added.

Daraz App Official Stores
Official Stores are 100% verified and approved. An Official Store badge indicates that the seller is the brand or possesses explicit authorization from the brand to distribute their products. This guarantees that the products are 100% authentic and duly registered. Customers can now follow their favorite stores and stay informed about vouchers, updates, and special offers.

Daraz App Collections
Collections are a curation of products keeping a customer’s personal interests front and center. The Daraz App analyzes and reads the customer’s needs and wants. If a customer ever showed interest in ‘flip flops’, they may find a themed collection called ‘Eat. Sleep. Beach. Repeat’’ featuring related items like shorts, sunglasses, sunscreen and Bluetooth speakers, all clubbed together for them to get inspired. Each customer has access to hundreds of unique collections based on their interests. The more they browse on the Daraz App, the more our algorithms gets acquainted with their likes and interests.

Daraz App Daily Flash Sales
The Daraz App has Daily Flash Sales offering big discounts! Customers can now keep tabs on which products are selling out faster than others, track upcoming flash sales and never miss out. New flash sales are added every day – with limited time and stock, fastest fingers take all.

Daraz App Brand Vouchers
The brand voucher section offers new vouchers from brands and sellers every day. Customers can visit the Daraz App to check if their favorite brand is offering a discount voucher which they can use right away or save for later.

Daraz App Product Recommendations – Just for You
The Daraz App knows the customer’s choice – customers can discover products based on their needs and wants under the ‘Just for You’ section. As the name suggests, from an assortment of 2 million, the selection of products will be unique to every customer’s specific interests. The more time a customer spends on the app, the better Daraz will know their choice.

Daraz App Wishlist
The Daraz App is where every customer’s wishlist comes true. Customers can add their favourite, most sought after products to their wishlist, and simply check-out when the price drops. Wishlists provide a convenient reminder of when your desired products are on sale, so you can shop at the right time, at the best price.

Daraz App Easy and Secure Checkout
Daraz App has made the checkout process faster and safer. Customers need to enter their payment details once only and enjoy fast check-out with their payment details auto-filled on their next purchase – Daraz App is PCI-compliant which means that it is 100% secure with best-in-class technology. Enjoy the convenience of a smooth and secure payment with debit and credit card, bank transfer and Wallet (launching later this month).

Daraz App Top-Up and E-Store
Customers can top-up their prepaid mobile accounts in seconds via the Daraz App – whenever and wherever. Daraz gives access to special discounted packages for all relevant mobile networks in Pakistan – customers can select the best top-up plan that suits them.

The e-store is a new category on the Daraz App. Customers have access to digital vouchers, games, and event-tickets in one place. The vouchers get delivered instantly via email and most of them come with a big discount. You can surprise your loved ones with a great gift like a restaurant visit or a Daraz gift card.

Daraz App QR Code Scanner
The Daraz App now has its own QR code scanner. It allows app users to scan every QR code. Daraz and its sellers will use QR codes for special campaigns, products, and free vouchers. These can be redeemed instantly within the Daraz App.

Daraz App Easy Returns
The Daraz App now has a very simple refund process. Customers can track and manage their orders online and initiate returns if their product is defective, incorrect or incomplete at the time of delivery. The entire refund process can be managed on the Daraz App with just a few taps.

Happy Shopping Sale Live Now!
The new Daraz App festivities aren’t over at the Daraz Head Office just yet. On the 29th of September, Daraz, in its push for even greater heights in Pakistani e-commerce, launched its new-and-improved app, featuring best-in-class interface and technology. The Happy Shopping Sale, 10th-15th of October, is set to celebrate this milestone in the way only Daraz knows best: deals, deals, and more deals!

And there’s more: an added bonus for prepayments on the app, with an additional discount of 15% OFF on credit/debit cards. With all of this on offer and more, The Happy Shopping Sale promises to be a ten out of ten experience.

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زبردست اردو شاعری : آندھی چلی تو نقش کف پا نہیں ملا

آندھی چلی تو نقش کف پا نہیں ملا
 دل جس سے مل گیا وہ دوبارہ نہیں ملا
 آواز کو تو کون سمجھتا کہ دور دور
 خاموشیوں کا درد شناسا نہیں ملا
 بجھ گیا شام حرم باب کلیسا نہ کھلا
 گل گئے زخم کے لب تیرا دریچہ نہ کھلا
 چلے تو کٹ ہی جائے گا سفر آہستہ آہستہ
 ہم اُس کے پاس جاتے ہیں مگر آہستہ آہستہ
 گریہ تو اکثر رہا پیہم رہا
پھر بھی دل کے بوجھ سے کچھ کم رہا
 دیوانے کو تکتی ہیں تیرے شہر کی گلیاں
 نکلا تو اِدھر لوٹ کے بدنام نہ آیا
 مت پوچھ کہ ہم ضبط کی کس راہ سے گزرے
 یہ دیکھ کہ تجھ پر کوئی الزام نہ آیا
 میں کس کے ہاتھ پہ اپنا لہو تلاش کروں
 تمام شہر نے پہنے ہوئے ہیں دستانے
انہیں پتھروں پہ چل کر اگر آ سکو تو آئو
 میرے گھر کے راستے میں کوئی کہکشاں نہیں ہے
 قدم قدم پہ تمنائے التفات تو دیکھ
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Quetta: The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) held a half-day conference in Quetta for developing strong linkages between duty bearers and community institutions in Balochistan. The objective was to empower Local Support Organisations (LSOs) to strengthen socio-economic development through PPAF’s Tabeer-o-Tameer Fund initiative. The project supports the development of community driven institutions through consistent financial and technical support, in order to facilitate initiatives for sustainable development in Balochistan.

The LSO conference was attended by government officials from Balochistan including; Secretary Environment, Mr. Saboor Kakar, Secretary Education, Mr. Noor Ul Haq, Director General, Research, Agriculture, Balochistan, Dr. Javed Tareen, and Chief Engineer, Planning and Design PHE Department Mr. Javed Ahmad.

Mr. Tahir Malik, General Manger – Institution, PPAF, Innovation and Integration, welcomed the participants and shared the progressive role of community institutions in the development of society. He highlighted the opportunities that the PPAF’s Tabeer-o-Tameer Fund is offering to help strengthen local communities at the grass roots.

LSO representatives shared the progress and development plan with the provincial administration for sustainable development in their respective areas.

Addressing the conference, Honorable Secretary Education Balochistan, Mr. Noor Ul Haq said, “There is only one formula for development and alleviation of poverty, i.e. the provision of education. No nation can develop and escape the vicious cycle of poverty without education.” He discussed the role of the Government of Balochistan in improving the literacy rate in the province with an estimated budget of more than 60 billion allocated for education. He stressed the need for each teacher to leave no stone unturned in shaping the hearts and minds of students to help secure the future of the province. Secretary Environment, Mr. Saboor Kakar thanked PPAF for proposing solutions for problems affecting local communities, and expressed his commitment to work with LSOs to formulate plans that can better address issues of local communities.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Javed Ahmad, Chief Engineer, Planning and Design PHE Department addressed the challenge of water scarcity and the water-poverty nexus. He discussed the mitigation measures being taken by the Government of Balochistan to opt for workable solutions to resolve the issue with a vision to resolve the water crisis by 2030 in Balochistan. He said that there are currently five dams proposed in Balochistan for countering water scarcity. He also mentioned that water from existing resources is being channeled to improve the supply of water in the province in order to counter groundwater depletion. He thanked PPAF for its efforts in empowering local communities.
Dr. Javed Tareen, Director General, Research, Agriculture, Balochistan in his address stressed on the need for exploring the agricultural potential in Balochistan to uplift the state of the provincial economy.

In her closing remarks, Chairperson, PPAF, Ms. Roshan Khursheed Bharucha emphasized on the need for local communities to step forward and take charge of their destiny by sheer will, hard work, and by ensuring inclusion of women in the process of development. She ensured PPAF’s continued support for local communities to alleviate poverty in Balochistan.

The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) is the apex institution for community-driven development in Pakistan. PPAF works as private sector organization in support of public policy, by providing an array of financial and non-financial services to the poorest and the most marginalized communities across Pakistan.

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