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July 3, 2020

SCO Brings SIM Jagao Offer for Aj&K and GB Customers

SCO Brings SIM Jagao Offer for Aj&K and GB Customers

SCO Brings SIM Jagao Offer for Aj&K and GB Customers

Islamabad: Special Communications Organization (SCO) has introduced a wide range of initiatives to keep the people of AJ&K and GB connected during the Covid-19 Pandemic. To support them during this challenging time, SCO is bringing the new “SCO SIM Jagao” offer.

This offer is for those customers who have not used their SIMs for the last three months. As an incentive, SCO users will get 10 GB of data with 10,000 SCOM minutes and 10,000 SMS for 7 days. In addition, two-way blocked SIMs are being opened to one way (receiving calls/SMS) for 15 days.

Previously, SCO has launched a number of relief initiatives since the beginning of Covid-19. The relief given is in the shape of food/ration distribution among the impoverished class, provision of sanitization material, discounted telecom services, and special offers to facilitate work and study from home.

Below is a run-down of some of the initiatives taken by SCO during the Covid-19 pandemic:
  • Data double offer on all 3G/4G packages and Super Card Gold along with daily Relief Package
  • For broadband customers, cost reductions on all broadband plans
  • Special relief has also been extended to the education sector of AJ&K and GB with free of cost Students Package
  • Ramadan offer was also introduced by offering Double Volume on Mini Super Card and free access to online Islamic sites
  • Access to Covid-19 helpline 1166 for health emergency and SMS to 6677 facilities for contribution in PM Covid-19 Fund is provided free of cost to the people of AJ&K and GB
  • Disbursement of Rs 480 million to beneficiaries of AJ&K and GB through PM Ehsaas Kafalat Program is another milestone achieved during the crisis by S-Paisa mobile financial service.

As a leading telco in the regions, SCO pledges to continue its efforts with even more initiatives in the future.

Allied Bank Launches Pakistan’s First Voice Assisted Banking

Allied Bank Launches Pakistan’s First Voice Assisted Banking

Allied Bank Launches Pakistan’s First Voice Assisted Banking

Karachi: Allied Bank has set another benchmark in Pakistan’s digital banking industry, introducing Pakistan’s first Voice Assisted Banking using Siri. Apple’s iPhone users can enjoy convenience like never before. With just a simple voice command, you can bank with ease.

With this initiative, customers can check their account balances, make instant payments to any bank account and enquire outstanding balances on their credit cards through a simple voice request such as “Hey Siri, what is my savings account balance?”, “Hey Siri, Transfer Rupees 5,000 to Ali Imran for Pocket Money” or “What is the outstanding balance of my credit card? ”

This new exciting feature of Allied Bank is launched amid COVID-19 when digital financial services are considered to be the safest & most appropriate way to the bank. This service is offered free of cost to customers and is available to all myABL Digital Banking customers using iPhone devices running on the latest version of iOS software.

Funds transfer via Siri follows two-factor authentication and it works for both Touch ID and Face ID supported iPhone models. Further details on this initiative can be accessed on www.abl.com/vab

Huawei Pakistan & GIK Sign Agreement for BS in AI Partnered by Huawei

Huawei Pakistan & GIK Sign Agreement for BS in AI Partnered by Huawei

Huawei Pakistan & GIK Sign Agreement for BS in AI Partnered by Huawei

Islamabad: Through the medium of a remote virtual event, Huawei Pakistan and the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIK) formalized their Industry-academia partnership. Both parties took part in an official signing ceremony, with the event solidifying the creation of a four year BS degree in Artificial Intelligence partnered by Huawei.

The program is the first such partnership and serves as a milestone in an already successful four-year-long partnership that started with the establishment of the Huawei ICT Academy at GIK in 2016.

GIK is known throughout the country as a prestigious institution for studies in engineering, and Huawei Technologies leads the world in the ICT industry. In the nature of this collaboration, GIK, with Huawei’s support, has designed the curriculum, theory, and lab courses. GIK will be authorized to use Huawei AI learning resources under the qualified instructors who will be enabled through the ‘Train the Trainer’ program.

Through this process, it is planned that the students will learn theory, gain practical experience with a global outlook, have their Huawei career certifications, and be granted ample job opportunities.

The event was attended by leading figures within both Huawei and GIK like Mr. Farid Rahman, President GIK Board of Governors and SOPREST, Mr. Jehangir Bashar, Rector GIK, Mr. Shakil Durrani, Executive Director, SOPREST, Mr. Mark Meng, CEO Huawei Pakistan and Mr. SpaceLee, VP Huawei Middle East, along with other esteemed members from both sides.

Mr. Farid Rehman, President, GIK Board of Governors and SOPREST, remarked that “this partnership provides the next and higher level of collaboration, which he hopes will strengthen the mutual cooperation in the field of AI between the two organizations.”

Continuing the sentiment, Mr. Mark Meng, CEO Huawei Pakistan shared his thoughts, mentioning that Huawei will “share the best AI knowledge with GIK” and that “students will have the opportunity to be linked to the industry. Huawei & GIK have joined hands to make this initiative run successfully.”

Mr. Shakil Durrani, Executive Director SOPREST, also commended the efforts of GIK and collaboration by Huawei that will go a long way in the creation of high tech human resources in Pakistan. Through this agreement, both the organizations aim to benefit from their strengths and share their expertise in the field of a modern discipline of Artificial Intelligence.

Mr. Jehangir Bashar, Rector GIK, shared his optimistic remarks about the program, stating that “Huawei has always been one of the top ICT companies in the world, GIK is recognized internationally, it would be a good fit, and thus we have the GIK BS in AI-Partnered by Huawei.”

VP of the Huawei Middle East, Mr. SpaceLee, said that “AI can be used to improve all major industries, bringing forth the new future. AI, 5G & Cloud will reconstruct the world. GIK is a pioneer to be partnered with Huawei on such industry-academia cooperation for AI.”

The online event was broadcasted live at noon on the social media channels of both Huawei Pakistan and GIK, reaching more than 25,000 people across both platforms.

The partnership was established in December of 2019 when both parties signed an MoU to launch a pilot undergraduate degree program for Artificial Intelligence in Pakistan. Huawei will be sharing its AI research and achievements with the faculty and students of GIK for them to benefit from the latest technologies to improve the value of academic education.

With the success of the degree program in Artificial Intelligence, Huawei and GIK look forward to future cooperation in the fields of intelligent computing and cloud computing and so on. Through such programs, Huawei and GIK institute shall support the regional information and communication technology education, share knowledge, and create more opportunities.

Facebook will give priority to original news reporting

Facebook will give priority to original news reporting

Facebook will give priority to original news reporting

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP July 01, 2020): Facebook on Tuesday said it will give priority to original news reporting as part of an effort to divert attention from spam, click bait and specious articles.

The world's leading social network said it will also downplay news stories that lack bylines that can be checked or from publishers that don't clearly share information about their staff.

"We've found that publishers who do not include this information often lack credibility to readers and produce content with clickbait or ad farms, all content people tell us they don't want to see on Facebook," Campbell Brown, Facebook's vice president for global news partnerships, and product manager Jon Levin said in a blog post.

The moves come as Facebook tries to diffuse an advertiser boycott that has morphed into a global digital activist campaign aimed at curbing hateful and toxic content on the social media giant.

The unprecedented move has been joined by major brands like Unilever, Starbucks, Levis and Coca-Cola, with nearly 200 firms pausing advertising on the social network, wiping out billions in Facebook's market value.

Some companies have signed on to the #StopHateForProfit campaign organized by social justice activists, while others have simply acted on their own to avoid the toxic atmosphere of Facebook.

The boycott gained momentum amid the latest civil unrest as activists pressed Facebook to be more aggressive about curbing racist and inflammatory content, including from President Donald Trump.

Michelle Amazeen, a Boston University professor of communication, said the latest action "suggests that social media need to take this issue seriously or it's going to affect their bottom line."

Facebook appeared to respond late last week by announcing it would ban a "wider category of hateful content" in ads.

Jade mine collapses  killed at least 113 in northern Myanmar

Jade mine collapses killed at least 113 in northern Myanmar

Jade mine collapses  killed at least 113 in northern Myanmar 

Myanmar (WebDesk July 2, 2020) At least 113 people have been killed and many more are feared dead in  landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar on Thursday.

The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin state when the “muddy wave” crashed onto them, after heavy rain, the fire service department said in a Facebook post.

Rescue workers recovered 113 bodies, the department said, but more were missing.

“Other bodies are in the mud,” Tar Lin Maung, a local official with the information ministry, told Reuters by phone, “The numbers are going to rise.”

Deadly landslides and other accidents are common in the poorly regulated mines of Hpakant, which draw impoverished workers from across Myanmar, but this is the worst in more than five years.

About 100 people were killed in a collapse in 2015, which strengthened calls to regulate the industry.

Media have reported scores of people killed in the area in recent years, many of them freelance “jade pickers” who scour tailings — the residue from mining — for stones that have been missed by larger operators.

Video footage on social media showed frantic miners racing uphill to escape as a towering pile of black waste cascaded into a turquoise lake, churning up a tsunami-like wave of mud.

Photos showed rows of dead bodies laid out on a hill, covered by tarpaulin.

Maung Khaing, a 38-year-old miner from the area who witnessed the accident, said he was about to take a picture of the precarious waste mound that looked set to collapse when people began shouting “run, run!”.

“Within a minute, all the people at the bottom (of the hill) just disappeared,” he told Reuters by phone. “I feel empty in my heart. I still have goose bumps … There were people stuck in the mud shouting for help but no one could help them.”

Than Hlaing, a member of a local civil society group helping in the aftermath of the disaster, said those killed on Thursday were freelancers scavenging the waste left by a larger mining company. She said about 100 people were still missing and 30 had been hospitalised.

The government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to clean up the industry when it took power in 2016, but activists say little has changed.

Official sales of jade in Myanmar were worth 671 million euros ($750 million) in 2016-17, according to data published by the government as part of an Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

But experts believe the true value of the industry, which mainly exports to China, is much larger.

Than Hlaing said a local official had warned people not to go to the mine on Thursday because of the bad weather.

“There’s no hope for the families to get compensation as they were freelance miners,” she said, “I don’t see any route to escape this kind of cycle. People take risks, go into landfills, as they have no choice.”

July 2, 2020

Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 million jobs lost, says UN

Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 million jobs lost, says UN

Global employment crisis deepening, equivalent of 400 million jobs lost, says UN


GENEVA (AFP - July 1, 2020): The coronavirus crisis has taken a much heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said on Tuesday, warning that the situation in the Americas was particularly dire.

In a fresh study, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimated that by the mid-year point, global working hours were down 14 percent compared to last December equivalent to some 400 million full-time jobs.

That is more than double the number forecast by the UN organisation back in April, when it expected 6.7 percent of working hours to be lost by the end of the second three-month period of the year.

It is also far higher than the ILO estimateinlate May,whenit expected 10.7 percent of global working hours to vanish during the period.

`Things are getting worse. The job crisis is deepening,` ILO chief Guy Ryder said in an interview. `We are not through this yet,` he warned.

The ILO said the new figures reflected the worsening situation in many regions in recent weeks, especially in developing economies.

Its report pointed out that 93 percent of the world`s workers live in countries still affected by some sort of workplace closures, with the Americas experiencing the greatest restrictions. The United Statesand Latin America are currently the areas hardest-hit by the pandemic, which has killed more than 500,000 people worldwide and infected more than 10 million.

Soaring transmission rates in the United States, which alone accounts for a quarter of all infections and deaths globally, and in countries like Brazil, which accounts more than 1.3 million cases, have hit the labour market hard.

The crisis is `hitting particularly hard the Americas, where we see the loss of jobs as being the worst in the world,` Ryder said.

Overall, the Americas lost over 18 percent of working hours during the second quarter, equivalent to 70 million full-time jobs, the ILO said.

South America has shed a full 20.6 percent of all working hours, while North America has seen its working hours dip 15.3 percent, the study found. By comparison Europe, the Arab states, and most of Asia saw working hours dwindle by around 13 percent, while they fell just over 12 percent in Africa.

The crisis had also hit women harder, threatening decades of progress, said Ryder.

Women are more likely to be in the sectors most af fected by the crisis and they also bear most of the additional burden brought on by closures of schools andcare f acilities.

`All the evidence is that women are being hit harder than men,` he said and the crisis risked aggravating gender inequalities in the workplace.

`The stumbling, slow and glacial gains made towards gender equality in recent decades runs the risk of simply being sent into reverse.` The ILO painted three possible scenarios for the second half of the year, but Ryder acknowledged `we cannot see a scenario in which we get back to the starting point with which we began the year.` The most pessimistic scenarios assumes a second wave of the pandemic that significantly slows recovery. Global working hours would still be 11.9 percent (the equivalent of 390 million jobs) lower at year-end than at the end of 2019, the study said.

The most optimistic scenario, which assumes a rapid recovery, would still see a 1.2-percent year-on-year loss of global working hours equivalent to 34 million jobs.

That is `still a very, very hard hit on the global economy`, Ryder said.

He called on countries to work together to implement the policies needed to help workers and `build back better`.

`The decisions we adopt now will echo in the years to come and beyond 2030,` he said.-AFP

Meezan Bank conducts first virtual Shariah Supervisory Board Meeting, approves guidelines for COVID-19 related re-finance schemes

Meezan Bank conducts first virtual Shariah Supervisory Board Meeting, approves guidelines for COVID-19 related re-finance schemes

Meezan Bank conducts first virtual Shariah Supervisory Board Meeting, approves guidelines for COVID-19 related re-finance schemes to support small businesses!

Karachi, July 02: The 47th meeting of Meezan Bank’s Shariah Supervisory Board (SSB) was recently held as an online event, with the goal of preventing contagion and staying consistent with the recommendations of global and local health authorities and the Government.

This was the first Shariah Supervisory Board meeting conducted completely online where members from across different countries participated via video conferencing.

The meeting was chaired by Justice (Retd.) Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and was attended by Dr. Muhammad Imran Ashraf Usmani, Sheikh Esam Mohamed Ishaq (Bahrain) along with other members of the SSB. Meezan Bank’s Founding President and CEO - Mr. Irfan Siddiqui, Deputy CEO - Mr. Ariful Islam and senior management of the Bank were also present at the meeting.

In view of the current situation and the outlook for the coming months, the Bank’s SSB has approved guidelines for COVID-19 related re-finance schemes intended to provide relief to businesses and individuals during these challenging times.

The Board reviewed several key issues including policies adopted by the Bank as well as the corresponding contingency plans ensuring that the Bank continues to serve its customers normally despite the challenges faced due to COVID-19.

Products and structures for providing relief to customers were also discussed in detail after which the SSB approved a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that SMEs get adequate support to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their activities.

The SSB also approved Smart Remittance Account that will enable Overseas Pakistanis to apply for bank accounts online either in PKR or USD currency from anywhere outside Pakistan. This account will permit Overseas Pakistanis to remit money either in PKR or USD and to invest in Shariah-compliant alternative of “Overseas Pakistanis Saving Scheme” announced by Government of Pakistan (GoP).

Furthermore, the structure for the re-opening of GoP Ijarah Sukuk was also approved by the Board, making it the first time that a re-opening mechanism will be introduced in any Sukuk issued in Pakistan. The re-opening of Sukuk is expected to bring depth in the Pakistani Sukuk market.

The SSB appreciated the Bank’s ‘Work from Home’ policy amid the COVID-19 crisis; which has been adopted to protect the wellbeing of its employees, customers and stakeholders and expressed its overall satisfaction on the Shariah compliance environment and operations of the Bank.

Ahsan Khan makes a sweet connection

Ahsan Khan makes a sweet connection

Ahsan Khan makes a sweet connection

The current COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy for anyone, in particular for the kids. Apart from symptoms and disease, this pandemic has had different effects on kids, including stress, fear, anxiety, and frustration and all the more so for children who need special attention. 

An actor, a philanthropist and Government of Punjab's Child Protection and Welfare Bureau’s Ambassador Ahsan Khan has always had a soft spot for children and he always appears to be the main face for children rights! 

Recently a mom tweeted a video about her kid Raiyan, where he gushes about how much he likes Ahsan Khan and his show "Bol Nights with Ahsan Khan" and that due to coronavirus he can’t meet his favorite superstar.

Ahsan Khan reached out to the kid and had a Zoom meeting with him and his mother, they had a very happy talk, Raiyan told Ahsan about his love for games, current load shedding situation and much more.

Watch the whole video here:

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Vietnam`s aviation authority grounds all Pakistani pilots

Vietnam`s aviation authority grounds all Pakistani pilots

Vietnam`s aviation authority grounds all Pakistani pilots

HANOI (Dawn 30 June 2020): The Vietnam`s aviation authority said on Monday it had grounded all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines, amid concern from global regulators that some pilots may have been using `dubious` licences.

Pakistan said last week it would ground 262 airlinepilots whose credentials may have been falsified, after global airlines body IATA said that irregularities found in pilot licences at in Pal(istan represent a `serious lapse` in safety controls.

`The head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has ordered a suspension for all Pakistani pilots working for Vietnamese airlines,` the CAAV said in a statement on Monday.

The suspension will be in effect until further notice from CAAV, it said, adding that the authority was coordinating with Pakistani authorities to review the pilots` profiles.

Vietnam had licensed 27 Pakistani pilots, and 12 of them were still active, while the other 15 pilots` contracts had expired or were inactive due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the CAAV.

Of the 12 active pilots, 11 were working for budget airline VietJet Aviation and one for JetstarPaciñc,aunitofthenationalnagcarrier Vietnam Airlines.-Reuters Our Staff Reporter Mohammad Asghar adds from Rawalpindi: When Pakistan International Airlines spokesman Abdullah Hafeez asked about the Vietnam`s aviation authority`s move of grounding all Pakistani pilots working for local airlines, he said that the PIA had nothing to do with Pakistani pilots working for other airlines as they had joined them at their own.

Meanwhile, PIA and two other private airlines have grounded their 119 pilots suspected of obtaining `dubious` licences of commercial pilots. Of the 119 pilots, 107 were associated with PIA, ten others were serving with Serene Air and the remaining two were with other private airlines operating in Pakistan and abroad.

PIA spokesman said that the PIA had taken action against 107 pilots with dubious licences that have been grounded in line with the government`s directives.

He said earlier 105 pilots with suspected dubious licences were grounded, but two more were added on Monday. They are Captain Usman and Captain Baksh Bijrani, vice presidentofPalpa.

Also on Monday, PIA announced reduction of fare for domestic flights.

The PIA spokesman said that Rs12,000 had been fixed for one-way tickets inclusive of all taxes for different destinations including Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and other cities.He said the minimum one-way fare for domestic flight will be Rs12,000. The new fare would come into effect from Tuesday, the spol(esman said, adding that the aim of reduction of fare was to facilitate passengers.

Judicial inquiry The disclosure by federal minister for aviation about fake and dubious licences of pilots has sparked a new controversy with former chairman of the Senate Mian Raza Rabbani demanding a judicial inquiry into the working of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which issues licences pilots.

Talking to reporters in Islamabad on Monday, Mr Rabbani said the credibility of the CAA and the PIA had taken a massive hit after the disclosure of the minister and IATA had expressed serious concerns over the issue.

Mr Rabbani said an impression was created by the government that the alleged fake and dubious licences were due to favouritism in the appointments of pilots.

He said in fact in and around 2012, the CAA required pilots to give seven to eight written papers. Until then, their flying hours had counted as being of greater value and requirement was essentially knowledge of English, matric certificate and flying hours.

This new methodology was created by the CAA to line the pocket of its employees.

He said there should be a thorough inquiry of the working and functioning of the CAA.

He said it was strange that the PIA should ask for a list from the CAA of those pilots with fake or dubious licences.

He said the standing committees on aviation of both houses of the parliament should meet as a committee of the parliament and lool(into the matter. He said the panel should examine amongst other matters the mode and method of recruitment in the higher echelon of the management of the PIA.

Published in Dawn - 30 June 2020

China study warns of possible new `pandemic virus` from pigs

China study warns of possible new `pandemic virus` from pigs

China study warns of possible new `pandemic virus` from pigs

SHANGHAI (Reuters June 01, 2020): A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential `pandemic virus` a study said, although experts said thereis no imminent threat.

A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and found a `G4` str ain of H1N1 that has `all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus`, according to the paper, published by the US journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Pig farm workers also showed elevated levelsofthe virusintheirblood,the authors said, adding that `close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented`.

The study highlights the risks of viruses crossing the species barrier into humans, especially in densely populated regions in China, where millions live close to farms, breeding facilities, slaughterhouses and wet markets.

The current coronavirus sweeping the world is believed to have originated in horseshoe bats in southwest China and could have spread to humans via a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan, where the virus was first identified.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will read the Chinese study carefully, spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva briefing on Tuesday, saying it was important to collaborate on finding s and keep tabs on animal populations.

`It also highlights we cannot let our guard down on influenza and need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even in the coronavirus pandemic,` he added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news conference on Tuesday that China was closely following developments. `We will take all necessary measures to prevent the spread and outbreak of any virus,` he said.

The study said pigs were considered important `mixing vessels` for the generation of pandemic influenza viruses and called for `systematic surveillance` of the problem.

China took action against an outbreak of avian H1N1 in 2009, restricting incoming flights from affected countries and putting tens of thousands of peopleinto quarantine.

The new virus identified in the study is a recombination of the 2009 H1N1 variant and a once prevalent strainfoundin pigs.

But while it is capable of infecting humans, there is no imminent risk of a new pandemic, said Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington.

`There`s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure,` he said on Twitter. `That`s the key context to keep in mind.

More than 10.3 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 504,269 have died, according to a tally.-Reuters

Unilever Announces to Change Brand Name of Fair & Lovely Product Range

Unilever Announces to Change Brand Name of Fair & Lovely Product Range

Unilever Announces to Change Brand Name of Fair & Lovely Product Range

Thank God it’s 2020 and the much-needed repairs of damages, caused by decades of conditioning, are being done now. One such notable change has been announced by Unilever India to change the brand name of its Fair & Lovely product range.
“We recognize that the use of the words ‘fair’, ‘white’ and ‘light’ suggest a singular ideal of beauty that we don’t think is right, and we want to address this,” 
said Unilever India’s president of beauty and personal care division, Sunny Jain.

Subject to approval from regulatory authorities, the new brand name will be announced soon. The company however shared its plan to make a more diverse range of beauty products and aim at being inclusive regardless of skin color.

The decision has come on the back of ongoing debate about colorism and racism

“We are making our skincare portfolio more inclusive … a more diverse portrayal of beauty,” said Chairman Sanjiv Mehta.

The decision, a much appreciated one, has come on the back of debate and attention Black Lives Matter has brought on issues like colorism, racism and deep-rooted stigma against darker skin tone.

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Emirates delivers on customer promise, offers travel confidence

Emirates delivers on customer promise, offers travel confidence

Emirates delivers on customer promise, offers travel confidence

  • Expedited processing has cleared nearly 650,000 refund requests in 8 weeks
  • Policies offer customers confidence to plan and book their travel
Karachi / Dubai, UAE, 02 July 2020 – In the past two months, Emirates has processed nearly 650,000 refund requests, returning over AED 1.9 billion to its customers and making good on its promise to expedite refunds after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travel plans for millions of customers around the world.

In April, Emirates had announced that it would ramp up its refunds capabilities and committed to clear its backlog by August, which at that time stood at nearly half a million requests. The airline had crossed that target by early June, after expanding its processing capability from an average of 35,000 requests a month, to nearly 200,000.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said: “This pandemic is a black swan event no-one expected, impacting travellers and hitting the airline and travel industry hard. At Emirates, we’ve earned our customers’ trust over the years and we value that greatly. It is tough times for everyone, but we are committed to doing what’s right by our customers. That’s why we ringfenced cash to honour refunds, and invested resources to expedite processing. Our average processing time for refunds has reduced from 90 days to 60, and as we see lower volumes of new requests we expect this rate to further improve. We still have over half a million refund requests to manage, and expect to clear these within the next 2 months. We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and trust, and to those who have opted to hold their ticket or rebooked to travel at a later time - we look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.

In addition to refunds, Emirates continually reviews its booking policies and travel products, to offer customers added confidence to plan and book their journeys.

Flexibility and assurance

Emirates currently offers travellers flights to over 50 cities, with convenient connections between the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific through its hub in Dubai. Dubai has recently announced that it will re-open to welcome international visitors from 7 July 2020.

With the gradual re-opening of borders over the summer, Emirates has revised its booking policies to offer customers more flexibility and confidence to plan their travel.

Customers who purchase an Emirates ticket by 31 July 2020 for travel on or before 30 November 2020, can enjoy these fully flexible terms when they book a Flex or Flex plus fare, or if they have to change their travel plans due to COVID-19 related flight or travel restrictions (applicable to all bookings):

Free date change for travel in the same cabin to the booked destination, or to/from Dubai

Free rebooking to any alternate Emirates destination in the same region, or to/from Dubai

Extended ticket validity for 2 years from the purchase date for future use

Convert the ticket value to a Travel Voucher that may be used as credit towards future travel purchases with Emirates, providing flexibility to reschedule when they are ready to travel again

Emirates customers whose travel plans are disrupted by COVID-19 related flight or travel restrictions, can easily request travel vouchers or refunds via an online form on Emirates' website, or contact their travel booking agent for assistance.

Dubai is ready to welcome international visitors from 7 July 2020. Click here for more information on travel requirements for international visitors.

For more information on Emirates’ current flights and services, visit www.emirates.com/wherewefly

Emirates has put in place a comprehensive set of measures for the health and safety of its customers and employees, at every step of the customer journey. For more information, visit www.emirates.com/yoursafety

Systems Limited Appoints Asif Akram as Chief Operating Officer

Systems Limited Appoints Asif Akram as Chief Operating Officer

Systems Limited Appoints Asif Akram as Chief Operating Officer

Systems Limited announced the appointment of Asif Akram as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company. Asif Akram comes with extensive management experience of delivery of IT and IT-enabled services spanning over 2 decades and honed at leading IT services providers in the region including IBM and PwC.

He’s a cross-industry consultant who led sales and delivery of several consulting, transformation & system integration projects. He has held several senior executive positions in IBM Global Business Services (GBS) including being the Vice President & General Manager for IBM GBS across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.

Holding an MBA in Management Information Systems, he is passionate about talent growth and leadership development and mentors several experienced and young leaders.

As COO, his role will cover the delivery of all services of the organization including talent growth and he will be responsible for driving operational excellence, improve efficiency and build upon Systems Limited’s strong foundation for achieving growth.

“Systems Limited has been a pioneer of IT services in Pakistan and has increased its local and global presence with an opportunity to be the next Accenture of the region. Joining Systems is exciting for me, since I can bring my IT services and consulting experience and help in the growth of Systems and more importantly help our talent learn and grow faster,” said Asif Akram, COO, Systems Limited.

“I am excited to have Asif Akram in our team and am confident that his operational expertise and proven leadership skills will help us enhance the quality of our resources, deliver superior services to our global clients and keep Systems on its growth path,” said Asif Peer, CEO, Systems Limited.

Despite the ongoing economic crunch in the country, Systems Limited closed the first quarter of 2020 with a 71.15% growth in profits. The company is experiencing accelerated growth and expanding its global footprint. The appointment of Asif Akram as the Chief Operating Officer is aimed at supporting and sustaining this growth.

Haroon Rashid elected as President of OICCI

Haroon Rashid elected as President of OICCI

Haroon Rashid elected as President of OICCI

Karachi, July 1, 2020: Mr. Haroon Rashid, CEO Shell Pakistan Limited, has been elected as the President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI) with effect from July 1, 2020.

His appointment came following a successful tenure of Mr Shazad Dada, who resigned as the President of OICCI after resigning from Standard Chartered Bank and taking over as President of United Bank Limited.

Mr. Irfan Siddiqui has been elected as the Vice President of the OICCI from July 1, 2020. Irfan is the founding President/CEO of Meezan Bank Limited. He initiated the formation of Al-Meezan Investment Bank in 1997, which was converted into a full-fledged scheduled Islamic Commercial Bank in May 2002 – the first ever Islamic Commercial banking license given in Pakistan.

Commenting on his appointment as the President of OICCI, Haroon Rashid was very upbeat and said, “It is really an honor to have been elected as the President of a prestigious organization like the OICCI, which is the largest chamber in the country in terms of economic contribution, contributing over one third of all government levies and is also the largest foreign investor in the country”.

Haroon was appreciative of the “proactive role of the Government of Pakistan in managing the enormous challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic”.

 OICCI President added “OICCI members are fully cognizant of the need to ensure that the wheels of economy keep moving, business activities continue, with full safety guidelines enforced and all stakeholders are well looked after”. Haroon concluded that “OICCI believes in the economic and investment potential of Pakistan which, with forward looking policies, and their robust implementation will put Pakistan back as one of the most promising country for foreign and local investors” .

Haroon Rashid is the Chief Executive & Managing Director of Shell Pakistan Limited, where he has been a Director on the Board since 2011. He joined Shell in 1995 after graduating from The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Haroon has had a diverse experience across Shell in Pakistan, United Kingdom and Singapore and has held various senior leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Downstream Strategy Consultancy, Trading & Supply and Aviation.

After working in Retail in Sales, Non-Fuels Retailing and Network Planning from 1995 to 2000, he took time off in 2001 to complete an MBA from INSEAD, after which he rejoined Shell as a Consultant in Downstream Management Consultancy in London.

In 2005 he became the Downstream Competitor Intelligence Manager in London, before moving to Singapore in 2008 as the Global Marketing Manager for Aviation.

 In 2011, Haroon returned to Pakistan as the General Manager Supply & Distribution for the Middle East South Asia Region. In 2016 he became General Manager Lubricants. Haroon has been on the boards of a number of leading industry associations and social cause organizations.

In his free time, Haroon spends time with his family, play squash and support social welfare causes.

Established in 1860, Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI), is the largest Chamber of Commerce in Pakistan based on economic contribution in the form of taxes and investment by its members and is the collective voice of over top 200 foreign investors in Pakistan, including over 50 Fortune 500 companies, who contribute about one third of the total tax collection in the country and a significant portion of the GDP. Coming from 35 countries and working in 14 key sectors of the economy, OICCI members are leaders not only in economic activities and investment but are also thought leaders in transfer of technology and in CSR activities.

July 1, 2020

PUBG Game Banned in Pakistan by the Telecom Authority (PTA)

PUBG Game Banned in Pakistan by the Telecom Authority (PTA)

PUBG Game Banned in Pakistan by the Telecom Authority (PTA)

In view of complaints received from different segments of society, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has decided to temporarily suspend the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) game.

PTA has received numerous complaints against PUBG wherein it is stated that the game is addictive, a wastage of time and poses a serious negative impact on the physical and psychological health of the children. According to recent media reports, cases of suicide attributed to the PUBG game have also been reported. Children behaviour changed. 

Lahore High court has also directed PTA to look into the issue and decide the matter after hearing the complainants. In this regard, a hearing is being conducted on 9th of July 2020.

The Authority also decided to solicit views of the public with reference to the said online game. In this regard, the public is encouraged to provide feedback through consultation-pubg@pta.gov.pk by July 10, 2020.

Uber rolls out enhanced safety measures amid Covid-19 outbreak

Uber rolls out enhanced safety measures amid Covid-19 outbreak

Uber rolls out enhanced safety measures amid Covid-19 outbreak 

As the government begins to ease off lockdown and workplaces slowly resume operations, Uber Pakistan’s #MoveWithSafety campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of the additional safety measures it has put in, in order to help the app’s users stay safe.

Uber partner drivers in Pakistan will be asked, as part of a new in-app safety checklist, to verify that they are wearing a mask using their new object recognition technology. Any driver who is not wearing a mask or a face covering will not be able to go online. Drivers can cancel the ride if a rider is not wearing a mask, without incurring a penalty. Partner drivers will also be asked to confirm if they have taken additional safety measures, such as regularly sanitising their car and making hand sanitizers available for their riders. Riders will also be able to cancel rides, without incurring penalties, if drivers aren’t wearing masks.

Similarly, riders will be asked whether they have taken necessary safety precautions, like washing their hands before getting in the car, sitting in the backseat and opening windows for ventilation. Only two riders per car will be allowed, in line with government regulations in Sindh and Peshawar, and three riders per car in Punjab and the Federal Capital.

Globally, Uber is investing $50 million to help ensure every driver and courier has access to personal protective equipment, and cleaning and sanitising supplies needed to work more safely on the Uber app. This includes providing masks to drivers across Pakistan and reimbursing eligible drivers and couriers for the purchase of a sanitizer or disinfectant product of their choice up to a maximum amount which is defined for each country. So far, Uber has provided or reimbursed hand sanitisers, cleaning sprays and disinfectant wipes to drivers in Pakistan, as well as over 20,000 masks. It is also partnering with Unilever to distribute hygiene kits to drivers and couriers across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Saad N. Pall, General Manager at Uber Pakistan said, “At Uber, we put safety at the heart of everything we do and we believe technology can make travel safer than ever before. Now, as cities begin to reopen, we want to ensure that both riders and drivers recognise that they have a shared responsibility to make travel safer, and enough flexibility to manage this, while prioritising health and safety. Governments as well as the private sector across the globe are continually working to assess and adapt a world post the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to use the scale and influence of our platform to proactively complement the government’s efforts to help everyone stay safe and healthy.”

Previously, Uber also announced the launch of Uber Medics in the UAE and Saudi Arabia as part of its global commitment to Move What Matters, providing healthcare workers with discounted trips to and from their workplaces. Additionally, ‘Uber By the Hour’ offers riders with an hourly ride option, without having to re-request a trip at each location – strengthening safety, providing additional flexibility for riders and an additional earnings opportunity for drivers.

Other safety initiatives announced in light of COVID-19 include:
  • New health and hygiene feedback system: Uber is adding new options for feedback in the app. This includes an option to report if a rider or driver is wearing a mask or not. Anyone who is repeatedly flagged for violating the new safety policies risks losing access to Uber’s apps.
  • Safety education materials: Working with the World Health Organization and the latest public health advice, Uber has compiled safety tips and recommendations specifically geared toward ridesharing. This will be used to educate riders and drivers on unsafe behavior.
  • Financial Compensation: Financial assistance will be provided for up to 14 days to any driver who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is individually asked to self-isolate by a public health authority while their account is on hold.

These new safety measures will stay in effect until the end of July, when they will be reviewed based on the latest official health guidance.

Airlift Grocer launches in Pakistan with an impressive foreign investment of $10m

Airlift Grocer launches in Pakistan with an impressive foreign investment of $10m

Airlift Grocer launches in Pakistan with an impressive foreign investment of $10m

Lahore, July 1, 2020: Bus ride-hailing service Airlift has introduced a new online grocery shopping service in Pakistan introduced as ‘Airlift Grocer’, bringing in an impressive foreign investment of $10 million. This investment comes to Pakistan at a time when the economy is crippled due to the havoc caused by Covid-19 and creation of new jobs and supporting the local suppliers can serve as a lifeline for the local economy through such foreign investments. 

Pakistan’s retail e-commerce sector has registered a significant growth during the recent past but there is ample room for new entrants to further uplift the market. The initial investment round for Airlift Grocer was led by Quiet Capital, based in San Francisco, with TrueSight Ventures (London), RT Ventures (London), Shorooq Partners (Abu Dhabi), and ACE Capital (Taiwan) participating, among other local partners. Existing investors, First Round Capital (San Francisco), Fatima Gobi Ventures (Pakistan) and Indus Valley Capital (Pakistan) also continued their support for Airlift in this financing.

This new service from Airlift promises to provide an international experience of retail e-commerce to Pakistan’s every growing base of online shoppers, while strictly following safety guidelines as issued by public health authorities to restrict the further spread of Covid-19. Airlift Grocer promises a satisfying shopping experience through its express delivery of all orders within 45 minutes. Shoppers will also be able to choose from a wide range of products which are sure to be delivered with accuracy of order and fixed transport charges irrespective of order value. 

The service is currently introduced for online shoppers in Lahore and will soon be launched in Karachi. Shoppers can log on to the website airliftgrocer.com to start shopping or download the Airlift Grocer mobile app from Google Play store and Apple’s App Store.

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