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November 18, 2019

7th Sky Entertainment Dil-e-Gumshuda Ends with Record Ratings

7th Sky Entertainment Dil-e-Gumshuda Ends with Record Ratings

7th Sky Entertainment Dil-e-Gumshuda Ends with Record Ratings

November 16, 2019: Millions of viewers settled in for the epic finale of the most popular drama of the season, Dil-e-Gumshuda, produced by ace producers Abdullah Kadwani & Asad Qureshi under the banner of 7th Sky Entertainment, delivered with a record-breaking ending on the ratings chart for Geo Entertainment. 

According to the Kantar Media Pakistan numbers released today, the last episode of the serial (aired on Nov 14th) ended with a bang, getting a record 17.0 TRPs, which is the highest rating for any drama in 2019 on the 9pm timeslot. 

Starring Amar Khan, Aagha Ali & Hina Altaf in lead roles, with 34 highly talked about & watched episodes, this 7th Sky Entertainment's riveting serial reached the end of the road with love, envy, and the essence of forgiveness keeping viewers across Pakistan on the edge of their seats every weekday at 9pm. 

Directed by Shaqielle Khan, Dil e Ghumshuda’s success proves that 7th Sky Entertainment is the only entertainment company that has been consistently giving super hit & quality content for the audiences across Pakistan, changing the face of entertainment television.

Danish Embassy Celebrated a Mega Event DK in PK in Karachi

Danish Embassy Celebrated a Mega Event DK in PK in Karachi

Danish Embassy Celebrated a Mega Event DK in PK in Karachi

Islamabad, 17 November 2019: The Danish Embassy in Islamabad on behalf of Denmark had the honour and pleasure to celebrate 16 November 2019 in Karachi the mega event, DKinPK.

The event was visited by numerous personalities and highlighted the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and put the focus not only why green transition is necessary for Pakistan and to the benefit of Pakistan’s economy, but also suggest concrete solutions from Denmark to the green transition challenges that we are all facing.

The event pointed the significant economic benefits for Pakistan of green transition, and it will encourage Government to do more in paving the way for a real green transition of Pakistan.

The event showed how green transition in the private sector can make best economic sense, and it will encourage Pakistani business companies to adopt sustainable practices in their plants and operations.

The event showed how turning to sustainable living at home and in the everyday sphere can improve the lives of ordinary citizens, and it will inspire Pakistanis all over the country to increase their own efforts in promoting sustainable living in their everyday lives.

Renowned Danish chef Casper Bogeskov is in Karachi and will teach and inspire healthy living and sustainable cooking through training and multiple sessions with Pakistani chefs. MrBogeskov showcased a good number of tasty, but healthy food options to inspire chefs and food-loving Pakistanis in their choice of ingredients and cooking.

Celebrated Danish band Rocqawali fusions the great Pakistani tradition of Qawali music with modern rock and takes it to amazing heights! This stunning cultural fusion inspires mutual cultural understanding and builds friendships across the world.

The SDGs highlighted in the event were: SDG 2: Zero Hunger; SDG 3: Good health and well-being; SDG 7: Affordable Clean Energy; SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

November 17, 2019

First solar system drinking water scheme completed at Chitral

First solar system drinking water scheme completed at Chitral

First solar system drinking water scheme completed at Chitral

CHITRAL (Gul Hamaad Farooqi): First ever solar potable drinking water supply scheme completed at Singoor Chitral by Public Health Engineering Department. According to Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering Department (PHE) Muhammad Yaqub. solar panel water supply scheme launched at Singor for this purpose 10 feet wide and 180 feet deep well was dug near Doctors colony which supply 5000 Gallons water per hour. It provides 40,000 Gallons water in its water tank situated at a height of some 450 feet on daily basis.

This first solar system water supply scheme will provide potable drinking water to residents Mirandeh, Singor, Seenjal and Shahmirandeh etc. talking to this scribe XEN Public Health Engineering M Yaqub said that Chitral is a vulnerable district by geographical point of view because all water resources are existing in mountain areas. Water can be brought through pipeline from a long distance and they always hit by land sliding, heavy stones, glaciers, flood and other natural disasters as a result these pipe lines damage and people deprive from drinking water for months. While on the other hand the government also face heavy loss to restore these schemes on its repair and maintenance.

This is very safe and feasible way of water supply to install solar panel, fix water motor and supply water from water well to a tanker and supply to general public through distribution line as comparative to other schemes. This is one time investment on installing of solar panel and water motor in dug well he added.

A local social worker Safdar Akash said that Golain Goal water supply scheme damaged by flood on July 7 but could not restored water supply even after passing 4 and half months. He said that if Solar system water supply scheme launched at Chitral it will be most easy as comparative to longest schemes which always in hit of bowls.

Social and political circle of Chitral highly hailed efforts of Publich Health Engineering department for successfully completion of first water supply scheme at Singor.

November 16, 2019

Team Pakistan Debuts at Global Clean-Tech Business Idea Competition

Team Pakistan Debuts at Global Clean-Tech Business Idea Competition

Team Pakistan Debuts at Global Clean-Tech Business Idea Competition

Islamabad, November 15, 2019: Team Pakistan made its debut in ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s largest green business ideas competition competing against 53 countries at the final event, held in The Netherlands yesterday. Three clean-tech business ideas were presented at the forum: Geothermal Pakistan, Goats for Water and Taaza Grow. 

GeoThermal Pakistan develops solutions to the prevalent costly, inefficient andpolluting air conditioners (ACs).Goats for Water is a social enterprise that aims to provide community-led solutions to rural communities’ waterand energy needs by enhancing livelihood.TaazaGrow is on a mission to provide safe and hygienic food to consumers through development and use of biological fertilizers and pesticides.

Two speakers also represented Pakistan at the International Conference. Mehreen Shoaib, CEO Stimulus was part of a high-level panel discussing development of a clean-tech ecosystem in emerging economies. Hira Wajahat, Pakistan National Lead for ClimateLaunchpadfacilitated a workshop on tools and techniques for implementing large scale programs such as ClimateLaunchpad with limited resources. 

The ClimateLaunchpad Pakistan Team observed tremendous success with the first round of the competition both within Pakistan and globally. Pakistan has been recognized in the international arena for participation of women in the clean-technology space. 

The Ministry of Climate Change also recognized the ClimateLaunchpad program and signed up Stimulus, strategic partner of ClimateLaunchpad as one of the influencers for Prime Ministers’ Clean Green Pakistan initiative. Stimulus is an innovative consulting firm that intends to create awareness, symmetry, engagement and impact via the government, foreign missions and most significantly with the private sector to develop a clean technology / renewables eco-system for Pakistan.

Critical partners and stakeholders that have enabled this success for Stimulus - ClimateLaunchpad Pakistan include Lucky Cement, Engro Foundation, Engro Vopak, Shell Tameer, Cargill Agri-Foods Pakistan, Dalda, City FM 89, Funverks, Impact Network PK, Women Engineers Pakistan, Eco-Guard Impactory and Madvertising.

Apple Has Launched the All-New iPhone 11 Lineup and It’s Available around the Country Now

Apple Has Launched the All-New iPhone 11 Lineup and It’s Available around the Country Now

Apple Has Launched the All-New iPhone 11 Lineup and It’s Available around the Country Now

Islamabad November 15, 2019:- The latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max with Face time has now arrived in Pakistan, and is available online and in stores at key locations.

Having arrived in Pakistan with all its variants, style, and glamour; Apple has also assigned a unique country code: ZP/A to ensure only genuine and authentic Apple products’ reach the customers. Apple has brought a faster (A13 chipset) with its iPhone 11 series, and some major camera upgrades, which is a great news for iPhone lovers in Pakistan as they have been waiting for the all new features.

The new iPhone series has a textured matte glass back and polished stainless-steel band, featuring the most durable glass, and is available in four stunning colors.

iPhone 11 lineup will be available with Jazz FREE 6GB Data Bundle (1GB/Month) for all Jazz Pre-paid and Post-paid customers.

iPhone 11 series prices in Pakistan:


64 GB – PKR 173,499

128 GB – PKR 182,299

256 GB – PKR 200,999

iPhone 11 Pro:

64 GB – PKR 229,999

256 GB – PKR 258,499

512 GB – PKR 296,499

iPhone 11 Pro Max:

64 GB – PKR 248,499

256 GB – PKR 276,999

512 GB – PKR 315,499

Availability in Stores:

The official products, with specially designed QR Code Seals, are now available across all major cities in Pakistan through Apple Authorized Resellers and Airlink Communication Ltd.

To stay connected:

All details about Apple products, availability, pricing, offers in Pakistan can be found at www.istorepakistan.com

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زبردست اردو شاعری۔ پوری پڑھنے کےلئے لنک پر جائیں :  میں نے اِس طور سے چاہا تجھے اکثر جاناں

زبردست اردو شاعری۔ پوری پڑھنے کےلئے لنک پر جائیں : میں نے اِس طور سے چاہا تجھے اکثر جاناں

میں نے اِس طور سے چاہا تجھے اکثر جاناں
جیسے مہتاب کو بے انت سمندر چاہے
جیسے سورج کی کرن سِیپ کے دل میں اُترے
جیسے خوشبو کو ہِوا رنگ سے ہٹ کر چاہے

جیسے پتھر کے کلیجے سے کرن پھوٹتی ہے
جیسے غُنچے کھِلے موسم سے حنا مانگتے ہیں
جیسے خوابوں میں خیالوں کی کماں ٹُوٹتی ہے
جیسے بارش کی دعا آبلہ پا مانگتے ہیں

میرا ہر خواب میرے سچ کی گواہی دے گا
وسعتِ دید نے تجھ سے تیری خواہش کی ہے
میری سوچوں میں کبھی دیکھ سراپا اپنا
میں نے دنیا سے الگ تیری پُرستش کی ہے

خواہشِ دید کا موسم کبھی دُھندلا جو ہوا
نوچ ڈالی ہیں زمانوں کی نقابیں میں نے
تیری پلکوں پہ اترتی ہوئی صبحوں کے لیے
توڑ ڈالی ہیں ستاروں کی طنابیں میں نے

میں نے چاہا کہ تیرے حُسن کی گُلنار فضا
میری غزلوں کی قطاروں سے دہکتی جائے
میں نے چاہا کہ میرے فن کے گُلستاں کی بہار
تیری آنکھوں کے گُلابوں سے مہکتی جائے

طے تو یہ تھا کہ سجاتا رہے لفظوں کے کنول
میرے خاموش خیالوں میں تکلّم تیرا
رقص کرتا رہے بھرتا رہے خوشبو کا خمار
میری خواہش کے جزیروں میں تبسّم تیرا

تُو مگر اجنبی ماحول کی پروردہ کِرن
میری بُجھتی ہوئی راتوں کو سحر کر نہ سکی
تیری سانسوں میں مسیحائی تھی لیکن تُو بھی
چارۂ زخمِ غمِ دیدۂ تر کر نہ سکی

تجھ کو احساس ہی کب ہے کہ کسی درد کا داغ
آنکھ سے دل میں اتر جائے تو کیا ہوتا ہے
تُو کہ سِیماب طبیعت ہے تجھے کیا معلوم
موسمِ ہِجر ٹھہر جائے تو کیا ہوتا ہے

تُو نے اُس موڑ پہ توڑا ہے تعلق کہ جہاں
دیکھ سکتا نہیں کوئی بھی پلٹ کر جاناں
اب یہ عالم ہے کہ آنکھیں جو کھُلیں گی اپنی
یاد آئے گی تیری دید کا منظر جاناں

مجھ سے مانگے گا تِرے عہدِ محبت کا حساب
تیرے ہِجراں کا دہکتا ہوا محشر جاناں
یوں مِرے دل کے برابر تیرا غم آیا ہے
جیسے شیشے کے مقابل کوئی پتھر جاناں !!

شاعر نا معلوم

November 15, 2019

LG Honored With 2020 CES Innovation Awards

LG Honored With 2020 CES Innovation Awards

LG Honored With 2020 CES Innovation Awards

Official CTA Industry Recognition Program Again Singles out LG OLED TV for ‘Best of Innovation’ Award

Karachi / SEOUL, Nov. 15, 2019:   The Consumer Technology Association (CTA™) is recognizing LG Electronics (LG) for groundbreaking innovations in technology and design with 2020 CES® Innovation Awards – led by another Best of Innovation Award for LG OLED TV technology. This marks the eighth consecutive year that LG OLED TVs, home appliances and flagship smartphones all have received CES Innovation Awards, the official industry recognition for the most innovative products introduced at CES, the global stage for innovation.

CES Best of Innovation: For CES 2020, LG OLED TV technology is again being recognized with the CES Best of Innovation Award in the video display category, earning this highest honor in three of the past five years. LG, the world’s best-selling OLED TV brand, created the premium OLED TV category, which delivers perfect black, incredible color and unparalleled high-dynamic range capabilities.

LG Home Entertainment: Particularly noteworthy for 2020 are two Innovation Awards for one of the industry’s first NEXTGEN TVs to be unveiled at CES 2020 – an LG OLED TV incorporating the ATSC 3.0 next-generation standard, co-developed by LG. More details on the award-winning LG entertainment products – including 8K and 4K Ultra HD TVs, audio and computer products and more – will be announced at CES 2020 in January.

LG Home Appliances: CES 2020 Innovation Awards will go to a number of new LG home appliances, highlighted by an LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator with the industry-first Craft Ice™ feature, which reimagines home entertaining. Other award-winning LG home appliances include the second win for the LG Styler clothing care system with its black-tinted mirror front, an all-new portable LG PuriCare™ Mini air purifier and laundry innovations to be announced at CES.

LG Mobile Phones: Leading the company’s CES Innovation Awards for mobile devices is the groundbreaking LG G8XThinQ Dual Screen smartphone, which provides more control for scenarios where two identical OLED displays simply work better than one. Also receiving awards are the LG V50ThinQ 5G smartphone designed to connect, stream, browse, play, share and experience more, without limits, and the LG G8ThinQ with its refined minimalist design, innovative audio experiences, new camera hardware and software, and state-of-the-art touchless controls and biometric security features. 

CES Innovation Awards: Owned and produced by CTA, the CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on engineering qualities, aesthetic and design, functionality and consumer appeal.

The full list of LG’s CES 2020 Innovation Awards will be announced in conjunction with LG’s CES press conference at 08:00 PST on Jan. 6, 2020 in Las Vegas. Owned and produced by CTA, CES 2020 is the global stage for innovation where industry leaders and rising stars will come together Jan. 7-10 in Las Vegas to pioneer future innovation driving the ever-evolving tech industry. CES attendees will have access to the most transformative tech across various marketplaces, such as 5G, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, smart home, smart cities, vehicles, digital health and more.

Edotco and Zong 4G partner to strengthen 4G coverage in Pakistan

Edotco and Zong 4G partner to strengthen 4G coverage in Pakistan

Edotco and Zong 4G partner to strengthen 4G coverage in Pakistan

November 15th, 2019: edotco Group Sdn Bhd (“edotco”), the region’s end-to-end integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company through its local operations edotco Pakistan Private Limited (“edotco Pakistan”) signed a long-term agreement with Zong 4G to collaborate on multiple projects that will strengthen 4G coverage and customer experience across Pakistan. 

With more than 12,000 4G sites across Pakistan, Zong 4G is the country’s leading 4G network supporting over 14 million 4G subscribers. The company focuses entirely on 4G recognizing the importance of data services, the fastest growing segment of consumer demand in Pakistan driven by mobile financial services, e-commerce and social media. 

edotco brings regional operational strength of 29,900 towers across its footprint combined with experience in rolling out next generation’ shareable infrastructure like lightweight carbon fiber towers, energy as a service and smart street furniture that support fast and cost effective 4G rollout for mobile operators. Being the largest independent tower company in the country, edotco Pakistan has grown its portfolio to over 1,400 towers so far this year. 

As part of this agreement, edotco Pakistan will focus on accelerating the next phase of infrastructure rollout for Zong 4G, driving efficiency and flexibility improvements towards a faster and more available 4G network roll out across the country. 

Commenting on the historic agreement Chairman and CEO Zong 4G, Wang Hua said, “The new agreement aligns with Zong 4G’s commitment to provide its customers with better coverage, reliability, speed and overall performance. This includes focus on keeping up with booming mobile data usage while improving capacity and coverage across the country, especially in underserved rural areas. We look forward to working with edotco to keep our 4G momentum going and enable all our customers in every corner of the country to experience world-class 4G services”. 

Country Managing Director, edotco Pakistan, Arif Hussain, said, “We are extremely excited to sign this historic agreement further reinforcing our long-standing relationship with Zong 4G. Having grown our operations by delivering over 1,000 new sites in 12 months to more than 1,400 operational sites, it is clear we have proved ourselves a credible partner to Zong 4G. It is a further testament to our operational strength and I am very proud of the team; at the same time, I am humbled by the trust Zong 4G have placed in edotco. We have to make sure their trust is well placed, and I am confident we will”

TECNO launches TikTok Campaign #TECNOSPARK4MORE for Pakistani audience

TECNO launches TikTok Campaign #TECNOSPARK4MORE for Pakistani audience

TECNO launches TikTok Campaign #TECNOSPARK4MORE for Pakistani audience

TECNO has rolled out yet interesting campaign #TecnoSpark4more on TikTok. The goal of the campaign is to boost the profile of TECNO among millennials. Since, their most popular phone so far is Spark 4, the campaign is focusing on highlighting features of Spark 4 through this campaign.

This is the first time, a smartphone brand in Pakistan has taken initiative to target millennials on TikTok, a place online, where they spend most of their time. TECNO’s first TikTok campaign #Sparkthespeed was a challenge that became very popular instantly and received 4.9B views in just 15 days and now views have reached more than 5.7B.

For this #TecnoSpark4more campaign, TECNO is working with TikTok influencers who have come up with brilliant concepts for their videos and this shows the second TikTok campaign is also following in the footsteps of previous campaign in terms of popularity.

Regarding the TikTok campaign, General Manager, Creek Ma, said,
“TikTok is the most popular application amongst Gen Z. So, we are trying to reach out to them where they are available and we intend to make them aware of what our brand offers to them in budget friendly prices. They will get a lot of incredible surprises as campaign will unfold.”
TikTok creators have come up with very ingenious videos that show their expressions when they get their hands on TECNO Spark 4 for the first time. The audience can very well notice the shiny back panel that gives premium look to the phone in these videos. The mega display is also quite noticeable in the video. Audience can see that the phone is so comfortable to hold.

TECNO has chosen a very appropriate time to execute this campaign as holiday’s season is just around the corner and users will have ample time to scroll down their social media timelines and watch these videos. Other brands can learn from this successful PR strategy and use similar practices to keep their users entertained.

Airlink Communication announces the Grand launch of their Flagship Store in Xinhua Mall

Airlink Communication announces the Grand launch of their Flagship Store in Xinhua Mall

Airlink Communication announces the Grand launch of their Flagship Store in Xinhua Mall

AirLink Communication Limited is set to launch its first ever, one of a kind flagship store in Xinhua Mall in Lahore. Founded in 2011, Airlink Communication is the official partners of Samsung, Huawei, Tecno, Itel Mobile and will be distributing complete iPhone range across Pakistan.

With a nationwide distribution network of over 1000 wholesalers and more than 4000 retailers, Airlink Communication has established itself as a leader in its class and continues to grow. In order to sustain its position as a market leader and further expand its network, Airlink Communication is now going direct to consumer through establishing its own stores across Pakistan, where its patrons will be able to experience and learn about the products, making it possible for them to take an informed purchasing decision.

Airlink’s flagship store in Xinhua Mall, Lahore has been meticulously designed to make the buying experience for its customers both comfortable and informed. The highly trained staff will give demonstrations and guide its clients on all product features and help them make the right choice by first understanding their requirements.

To celebrate this new and exciting business venture, AirLink Communication is having their Mega Launch Event at their new flagship store in Xinhua Mall. Airlink will be offering discountsand value bundles on some selected products, including the complete range of latest iPhones for its customers on the launch day.

Talking about this exciting new venture, CEO Airlink Communication, Muzzaffar H. Piracha said, “Our goal has always been to build a strong network in Pakistan by providing our customers with state-of-the-art services, we have always strived for excellence and we will ensure that this tradition of excellence is reflected throughout our stores and our patrons get the best buying experience. Our vision is to pave the way for a connected Pakistan through the provision of high-quality products and creating an experiential product buying environment in Airlink stores for all tech lovers and the general public alike.”

IT minister visits U Microfinance Bank headquarters

IT minister visits U Microfinance Bank headquarters

IT minister visits U Microfinance Bank headquarters

Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui visited the U Microfinance Bank Ltd Headquarters here on Wednesday.

The CEO U Bank welcomed the Federal Minister for IT at U Bank headquarters. The minister chaired the briefing at the U Bank where CEO U Bank briefed him about the U Bank's operating infrastructure and its goals.

The Federal Minister was apprised that the bank had a network of over 200 branches and touch-points, across 160 cities and rural areas in Pakistan and offered a wide range of microfinance loans, deposit products and branchless banking solutions.

U Bank's branchless banking offers services under the banner of U Paisa in collaboration with Ufone (Pak Telecom Mobile Limited).

The CEO apprised that the U Bank had embarked upon the journey towards becoming a digital bank that was prepared to deliver value and services via technology, enabling it to potentially become one of the most accessible banks in the country.

The minister lauded the Bank management team for remarkable turn-around story of the U Bank, the PTCL owned subsidiary and discussed the government and bank's mutual agenda to achieve the greater social and financial inclusion in Pakistan.

The bank has a network of over 200 branches and touch-points, across 160 cities and rural areas in Pakistan and offers a wide range of microfinance loans, deposit products and branchless banking solutions.

The service is offered at more than 40,000 agent locations across Pakistan. Currently, U Bank serves more than 850,000 customers, where 22 percent of the served customers are women. The number of U Bank's employees also grew by 50 percent during the year crossing the 2000 mark, where 9 percent of the total workforce comprises of women. PR

Consumer spending in Islamic economy sectors totals US$2.2 trillion

Consumer spending in Islamic economy sectors totals US$2.2 trillion

Consumer spending in Islamic economy sectors totals US$2.2 trillion

Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre,DIEDC, has announced the results of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report,SGIE, 2019/20. Launched alongside the bell ringing ceremony hosted by Nasdaq Dubai, the seventh edition of the report presents an annual update on the continued global growth of the Islamic economy, encompassing halal products, Islamic finance and related lifestyle sectors.

This year’s SGIE report, produced by DinarStandard, a US-based research and advisory firm, estimates that Muslims spent US$2.2 trillion in 2018 across the food, pharmaceutical and lifestyle sectors that are impacted by Islamic faith-inspired ethical consumption needs. This spending reflects a healthy 5.2 per cent year-on-year growth and is forecasted to reach US$3.2 trillion by 2024 at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2 percent. In addition, Islamic finance assets are estimated to have reached US$2.5 trillion in 2018. On the Global Islamic Economy Indicator, comprising 73 countries, Malaysia, the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia continue to lead the ranking, with Indonesia making the biggest jump from number 10 to number five. The UAE also tops five of the seven Islamic economy sector rankings.

Another major development has been the growth in Islamic economy investment activity which reached US$1.2 billion in 2018, growing 399 percent on a like-to-like basis compared to the prior year. Almost 54 per cent of these investments were recorded within the halal products category, while Islamic finance and Islamic lifestyle attracted 42 percent and four percent of the investments respectively. These figures reflect a broad span of corporate-led acquisitions, venture investments in halal tech startups, and private equity investments.

Speaking on the results of the report, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of DIEDC, said: "The UAE’s consistent rank amongst the top 3 in the Global Islamic Economy Indicator year after year is a key outcome of the Dubai: Capital of Islamic Economy initiative and its positive impact on the nation’s economy. The initiative is undergoing globalisation through multiple trade collaborations with entities around the world that are interested in the field, as well as the emirate’s regulatory leadership and robust Islamic finance activity. I commend DIEDC and its strategic partners for the successful implementation of the Centre’s initiatives. Such consistent efforts have significantly contributed to the growth of Islamic economy in Dubai while supporting sustainable development in the UAE and advancing its economic diversification drive."

Essa Kazim, Governor of the Dubai International Financial Centre,DIFC, and Secretary General of DIEDC, said: "The Islamic economy continues to achieve remarkable year-on-year growth across its sectors. The report shows that Islamic finance assets reached US$2.5 trillion in 2018 and are expected to hit US$3.4 trillion in 2024. These numbers indicate the critical role of the Islamic finance sector in the overall Islamic economic system. Successful adoption of modern technologies, such as fintech and digital banking, has created new opportunities for the sector and the wider Islamic economy."

Highlighting the purpose of the report, Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of DIEDC, said: "The SGIE report, now in its seventh edition, has become a trusted reference on the Islamic economy worldwide. We are proud to support this annual initiative that helps position Dubai as the global capital of Islamic economy while contributing to the growth of the Islamic economy sectors worldwide."

He added: "This year, the report presents carefully identified ‘signals of opportunities’ for each of the seven sectors covered, with clear recommendations for governments, businesses, and investors to reap substantial economic benefits. Among these signals is the growth of Islamic digital startups and ventures, particularly in Islamic fintech. Given its underlying value-based ethos, it is encouraging to see the important role that the Islamic economy plays in addressing the needs of global ethical consumers and its link to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals."

Rafi-uddin Shikoh, CEO and Managing Director of DinarStandard, said: "This year, we are proud to have broadened the reach of the report through introducing executive summaries in Arabic, French, Bahasa Indonesia, and Spanish. We have also organised live launch events in New York, Madrid, Luxembourg, Madinah, Kuala Lumpur, and Jakarta. The expanded coverage highlights the growing impact of the report and the Islamic economy worldwide. Most impressively, the report has helped make a business case for funding startups and driving multiple national-level halal economy strategies and investments as well as corporate expansion initiatives."

Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said: "As Nasdaq Dubai expands its activities across the Islamic capital markets, we are delighted to host the launch of this important report detailing the growth and health of the Islamic economy globally. We are keen and committed to supporting the growth of Islamic capital market products, building on Dubai’s global role as one of the largest Sukuk listing venues at US$64.3 billion."

The SGIE report 2019/20 has been produced in partnership with SalaamGateway.com, the largest Islamic economy news and media platform. Global strategic partners of the report this year include modest fashion e-tailer Modanisa, halal certifier IFANCA, bank CIMB Islamic, the Halal Trade and Marketing Center, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,UNHCR. WebDesk

Emirates Airline set for major presence at 2019 edition of Dubai Airshow

Emirates Airline set for major presence at 2019 edition of Dubai Airshow

Emirates Airline set for major presence at 2019 edition of Dubai Airshow

DUBAI: As Emirates aircraft make their way to the Dubai Airshow site today, the airline is gearing up for the 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow, where it will showcase its full family of commercial and training aircraft.

With Expo 2020 Dubai less than a year away, Emirates is set to showcase its latest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER with the ’mobility’ (blue) and ‘opportunity’ (orange) themes of the Expo.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said: “The Dubai Airshow is one of the most important platforms for Emirates to showcase our aircraft, our innovative products and services, and grab international attention around our latest initiatives. As we count down to the UAE’s flagship event, Expo 2020, it is fitting that Emirates is showcasing our aircraft that are helping to promote the world’s greatest show to Dubai Airshow participants and visitors, and the rest of the world closely watching the developments of the event. Our message is clear – we are creating opportunities and enhancing mobility by connecting visitors and participants at Expo 2020 with passenger and cargo links to Dubai to experience this truly global event.”

Emirates’ latest Boeing 777-300ER, decorated with the orange ‘opportunity’ Expo 2020 livery, features refreshed cabin interiors fitted with the airline’s signature Game Changer fully enclosed First Class private suite, which debuted in 2017 to wide acclaim. This will be the aircraft’s second appearance at the Dubai Airshow. Designed with an emphasis on exceptional customer comfort and the ultimate in privacy, Emirates’ Game Changer Boeing 777 private suites feature floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and ultra-modern design features. Offering up to 40 square feet of personal space each, these innovative suites include seats that manoeuvre into multiple positions , including a full recline and a “zero-gravity” state, a multitude of ambient lighting colours, suite climate control, the industry’s first virtual windows, and an innovative video call function, amongst numerous other features.

Always a popular draw for aviation enthusiasts and trade visitors, Emirates’ latest generation Airbus A380 will be dressed in the blue Expo 2020 livery, representing ‘mobility’. The Emirates A380 will feature 14 luxurious First Class suites, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class and 429 spacious seats in Economy Class, as well as its latest A380 Onboard Lounge.

The Cirrus SR 22 and Embraer Phenom 100 jets utilized for training flights by the Emirates Flight Training Academy will also be on display to visitors. Emirates Flight Training Academy instructors will be available to provide tours of the training aircraft and highlight their capabilities. The Emirates Flight Training Academy, which was inaugurated at the last edition of the Dubai Airshow, is a state-of-the-art facility that was developed by Emirates to meet the global aviation industry’s requirement for skilled commercial pilots, utilising advanced learning technologies and training aircraft that provide opportunities for training cadets to develop their flying knowledge and skills.

Emirates will open the flying display of the first afternoon of the airshow with a special fly past comprising of an Airbus A380 adorned with green livery representing the ‘sustainability’ theme of Expo 2020, followed by the UAE’s air-display team, Al Fursan.

The Emirates exhibition stand will also be open to all airshow visitors. Spread across two floors, the stand will feature a number of Emirates divisions including: Emirates Engineering, Emirates Flight Training Academy, Emirates SkyCargo, Emirates Aviation University, Emirates UAE Sales and Emirates Official Store. The Emirates stand will also exhibit the airline’s game-changing Boeing 777-300ER First Class Private Suite.

Amazon to Challenge Its Loss of $10 Billion Defence Contract Won By Microsoft - by AP

Amazon to Challenge Its Loss of $10 Billion Defence Contract Won By Microsoft - by AP

Amazon to Challenge Its Loss of $10 Billion Defence Contract Won By Microsoft

Amazon said on Thursday that it has filed a notice in the US Court of Federal Claims, indicating a plan to protest the Pentagon’s decision to give Microsoft a $10 billion contract for cloud computing services.

The Pentagon said Microsoft had won the contract, which could span 10 years and be worth up to $10 billion, on October 25. It was originally due to be awarded last year, with several companies, including Amazon, bidding for the deal. 

“Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified,” Amazon told CNBC in an email.

In August, the Pentagon announced that US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper would review the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) deal after President Donald Trump said that he had received complaints from companies about the process. Trump said in July that companies conveyed that the specifications of the contract favored Amazon, according to Bloomberg.

“I never had something where more people are complaining,” Trump said last month at the White House. “Some of the greatest companies in the world are complaining about it,” he added, naming Microsoft, Oracle and IBM.

In announcing the decision to hand the contract to Microsoft last month, the Department of Defence said the acquisition process "was conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations." Microsoft, whose cloud business has been growing faster than Amazon's in recent quarters, said the decision reflected the fact that it brought its "best efforts to the rigorous JEDI evaluation process."

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Pakistan’s gaming prodigy Arslan ‘Ash’ Siddique takes his rightful place among the Tekken elite

Pakistan’s gaming prodigy Arslan ‘Ash’ Siddique takes his rightful place among the Tekken elite

Pakistan’s gaming prodigy Arslan ‘Ash’ Siddique takes his rightful place among the Tekken elite

Arslan ‘Ash’ Siddique hosted a grand event at Nishat Hotel Emporium in Lahore. The purpose of the event was to address the e-sports community and the broader gaming audience in Pakistan.

The event was graced with the presence of Ash’s friends and family, e-sports community members, socialites, bloggers, and the media. As the guests walked in, they were transported to an area adorned with Ash’s posters and trophies noting his outstanding achievements.

A montage of Ash’s ultimate journey to being the undisputed crown-winner of the Tekken world was played at the event. After a reveal video, the 24-year-old undisputed champion from Lahore graced the stage. The moderator for the segment Mamoon Sabri asked him questions about his rise as one of world’s greatest Tekken players today and his long journey. Ash also spoke about his sensational victories in international Tekken tournaments and his history. He announced that he is the first Pakistani athlete to be signed by Red Bull.

“If you’re a gamer, it is your dream to be a Red Bull athlete,” said Ash. “Red Bull has a huge presence in the international gaming industry and it feels like finally joining my family. Red Bull athletes are a class apart and some of the greatest players in the world. So, it really feels amazing to be a part of this elite group. And it’s an honor for me to represent Pakistan through this in the world.”

The Tekken maestro also spoke of the potential impact of him being a Red Bull athlete on the local gaming community. He has singlehandedly put Pakistan’s gaming community on the world map; therefore, he feels it has a huge scope for growth and more local players to aspire higher and make it.

From playing in the local arcades in Lahore to winning EVO Japan 2019 and EVO USA 2019 consecutively, Ash is currently on the top of the world. In the process, he has defeated the world’s finest Tekken players, including Tekken legend Knee, Chanel, Book and LowHigh (Evo 2018 Champ).

His rise as an elite player has led him to be signed by Red Bull in order to join the likewise elite gamers in the world. After making history in 2019, Ash is still not done.

Ash said, “I always move forward with a dream to achieve. 10 years ago, my dream was to collect one hundred thousand (Pakistani) rupees. My next dream was to become the number one player in Pakistan. Then it was to become the number one player in the whole world and to win two consecutive EVOs for Pakistan. I have fulfilled that.”

Now, Ash focuses on his next goal: winning the prestigious Tekken World Tour 2019 Finals in December in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is among the top 20 players invited to compete.

At the event, Ash also offered everyone a sneak peak of watching him in action with an opportunity to play Tekken with him. Two of his fans as well as Red Bull country manager Taimoor Afaq played the game with him.

Post-game, Afaq gave the concluding remarks, welcoming Ash to the Elite Red Bull family. But he wasn’t the only one to do so. To Ash’s surprise, four Red Bull esports legends, including the FIFA eWorld Cup player Abdulaziz Alshehri aka Mr. D0ne, also sent in their video messages, congratulating and welcoming Arslan to the family.

Finally, Ash made his last remarks to send the crowd home with a high-adrenaline experience and newfound inspiration in the young Tekkenace.

Bank Alfalah & Byco Petroleum Partner to Launch Alfa Payments Nationwide

Bank Alfalah & Byco Petroleum Partner to Launch Alfa Payments Nationwide

Bank Alfalah & Byco Petroleum Partner to Launch Alfa Payments Nationwide

Petrol cost to fall to Rs. 100 per litre by using Alfa app at Byco’s outlets

Byco Petroleum Pakistan Limited has partnered with Bank Alfalah to launch digital payments across Byco’s nationwide network of retail outlets. Together, they intend to break the shackles of financial marginalization by digitizing the retail landscape in Pakistan.

Bank Alfalah being an advocate of the OneQR concept, has now enabled BYCO Petroleum to not only accept payments through its Alfa App but also accept payments made through 25 other Digital Banking Apps being used across the country.

Now every Bank Alfalah customer with Alfa app can drive to their nearest Byco retail outlet and avail a liter of petrol for just Rs. 100, purchasing as much as 10 liters of petrol in a day and 300 liters in a month, at this discounted price.

Mr Fayaz Ahmad Khan, VP, Byco Petroleum said on the occasion:-
“Byco has always innovated in Pakistan’s Oil and Energy sector. I am very pleased to have signed the agreement to partner with Bank Alfalah to roll out Alfa digital payments across Byco’s network of 383 retail outlets, beginning with all 31 stations in Karachi. We hope to expand the use of digital payments to facilitate our customers and also better document the economy as well.”

Mr. Yahya Khan, Group Head, Digital Banking Group, Bank Alfalah said on the occasion:-
“Partnering with BYCO, opens up new avenues for our customers to avail an experience of easy and convenient payments at retail pumps across Karachi and that too belonging to one of the leaders of the Pakistani Petroleum Industry. Now, a common Pakistani, banked or unbanked can go to a Petrol Station and avail up to 10 liters of Petrol every day at a discounted price through scanning a simple QR”

Byco will serve as an evangelist for the FinTech industry, helping to digitize its nationwide retail network into accepting digital payments through QR code. Petrol and Diesel is just a QR scan away and at a significant discount from the regular price. Digital payments make lives easier for customers who do not need to worry about having enough cash.

Moreover, opening an Alfa account is a very simple process. It just requires a CNIC and/or your thumbprint. All your banking needs are just a simple touch away with an Alfa account. Alfa simplifies payments and also facilitate significant savings for customers as well.

Meri Pharmacy: A one of its kind pharmacy and health care centre now operational in Karachi

Meri Pharmacy: A one of its kind pharmacy and health care centre now operational in Karachi

Meri Pharmacy: A one of its kind pharmacy and health care centre now operational in Karachi

With increasing inflation, Meri Pharmacy provides a much needed relief and easy access to affordable medicines

Karachi: Meri Pharmacy has opened its flagship pharmacy and health centre in PECHS, Karachi. The centre was toured by the distinguished Chief Guest Mr. Abdul Latif Sheikh, President and CEO, Pakistan Society of Health System Pharmacists and Guest of Honor Syed Adnan Rizvi, Director, Drug Testing Laboratory of Pakistan. During the tour, guests were briefed about the variety of medicines available as well as the health care services being offered. The event was attended by the pharmacists, health care providers and Meri Pharmacy team.

Meri Pharmacy is a new concept in community pharmacy and health care services. Operating 24/7, the centre will stock medicines from all the major pharmaceuticals in the country and offer up to 15% discount on the retail price. The centre will also offer express delivery of medicines catering to emergency cases. Meri Pharmacy brings a highly convenient medicine delivery platform whereby medicine purchase orders can be placed through the website, phone call, WhatsApp and Facebook with nationwide delivery service.

“I feel honored to be a part of this initiative. Meri Pharmacy is certainly going to be a game changer in the health sector of Pakistan. They are redefining the provision of complete health care setup under one roof that is in line with the international quality and health safety standards,” said Mr. Abdul Latif Sheikh, President and CEO, Pakistan Society of Health System Pharmacists.

“The need for holistic health services is on the rise in Pakistan. The changing fast-paced lifestyle leaves people with little time to take care of their health. That’s why they are looking for easy access to medicines and health related advice. Meri Pharmacy has been introduced based on this concept, making it convenient for everyone to get affordable medicines and drug poison information. They can either visit the centre or get in touch remotely through website, social media or phone call”, said Shahrukh Butt, Head of Operations, Meri Pharmacy.

Additionally, Meri Pharmacy will have trained pharmacists with expertise in health counselling and providing drug poison information. They are ensuring the availability of authentic medicines
at these centres. Currently, Meri Pharmacy centres are operational in PECHS and Malir. The flagship centre in PECHS will also continue to offer free health check-ups for community welfare.

Meri Pharmacy is open  24/7 where medicines are sold following the highest standards. Meri Pharmacy is here to make a difference. We assure everything our customers buy is 100% authentic. At Meri Pharmacy, we have an updated stock of most reliable drugs and medicines. We consider medicine handling a crucial factor for human lives, all medicines are transported and stored under controlled temperature, without compromising on quality. We sell medicines at an affordable and competitive 

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