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Hajra Yamin, Fahad Sheikh & Faizan Sheikh star in See Prime’s latest release “Nam Kya Rakha?”

Hajra Yamin, Fahad Sheikh & Faizan Sheikh star in See Prime’s latest release “Nam Kya Rakha?”

Hajra Yamin, Fahad Sheikh & Faizan Sheikh star in See Prime’s latest release “Nam Kya Rakha?” 

[Karachi, Pakistan; 5th December, 2020]: Pakistan’s fastest growing web-channel, telling stories that need to be told, See Prime is back with another unique short film titled “Nam Kya Rakha?” starring Hajra Yamin, Fahad Shaikh, Faizan Shaikh and Shawaiz. 

Shayan (Fahad Sheikh), the lead protagonist in the story is a cricket fanatic who ends up on a hospital bed due to a car accident, unaware of what waits for him. There he meets up the only woman he ever loved. The story discloses how healing touch of love that can happen in unlikely places at unlikely times.

Penned by Shaha Jamshed and directed by Sohail Javed, the short story has been produced by Ali Hussain and Mahib Bukhari. 

Speaking about this short film, the Executive Producer for the film, Seemeen Naveed said,  “‘Naam Kya Rakha?’ is a reminder to each one of us that it is okay to look back if it will allow you to move forward – and we are glad that with See Prime we are able to tell such simple stories for our audiences.”

 “Nam Kya Rakha?” is a sentimental story that touches one’s soul and makes one realize that the secret to happiness begins with letting go. The short film is available for viewers on See Prime’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Cg-BILxSM&feature=youtu.be

realme and Daraz geared up for another Sale Daraz 12 12

realme and Daraz geared up for another Sale Daraz 12 12

realme is one of the top-selling smartphone brands in Pakistan catering to all phone requirements one might seek at exceptional prices. realme partnered with Daraz.pk for the Daraz 11.11 sale becoming the the Top most sold brand (GMV) in November. The brand partners again for an exclusive sale for Daraz 12.12 from December 12 till December 18, 2020. 

realme is a highly popular mobile phone brand and offers multiple smartphones and AIoT products for its customers. The products include anything from wire-less earphones, Bluetooth earbuds, and mid-range phones to premium flagship phones with the latest technology and artistic designs along with recently launched realme C15 snapdragon version for entry level C series. Following are the details of realme’s offers for Daraz 12 12. realme c15 features 6000 mAh Mega Battery alongwith 18W quick charging. Modern back design square share quad camera setup with 6.5 inch Mini Drop Display on the front.

  • realme C15 3GB + 64GB PKR 22,999 - 20,999
  • realme Buds Air Neo PKR 7,999 -  6,599
  • realme Watch PKR 11,999 - 9,499
  • realme Buds Q PKR 5,999 - 4,699
  • realme Buds Air Pro PKR 13,999 - 11,499
  • realme Watch S PKR 14,999 - 12,499
  • realme fitness band PKR 3,999 - 3,299

When it comes to online sales, realme has become very popular for online flash sales and one of the top two brands sold out in both October and November. The brand introduced six new products in November which include two phones and four AIoT products. realme watch S and realme buds air pro are some hot selling products in Category N.

realme gives one of the best Android experiences at an affordable price and fits the usage for every type of tech user in Pakistan. For an exclusive realme experience, buy your next realme products online from realme Daraz and get it delivered to your doorstep hassle-free. Daraz also offers its customers to buy realme phones in installment with EMI plans with 0% markup and hassle-free 14 days returns. 

You can head over to the realme official store on Daraz at https://www.daraz.pk/shop/realme/ and get the best online shopping experience!   

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PTCL concludes Webinars-for-a-Cause series under its Razakaar initiative

PTCL concludes Webinars-for-a-Cause series under its Razakaar initiative

Islamabad, December 3, 2020: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) concludes Webinars-for-a-Cause series under its Razakaar initiative, which was attended online by more than 160 young graduates from a multitude of backgrounds and economic strata. The series also included students with hearing and speech impairment, with two exclusive webinars for their benefit to develop their skills and confidence building.

The webinars, in collaboration with emerging employment portals such as Kamayi, DeafTawk and Whynot, aimed to bridge the gap between industry and academia by nurturing and upskilling the youth, such as building their personal and professional network, importance of verbal and non-verbal communication, career growth, etc.

Speaking about the initiative, Syed Mazhar Hussain, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, PTCL & Ufone, said, “We are proud of our Razakaars, who play a significant role in undertaking various CSR activities across Pakistan. Webinars-for-a-Cause series is indeed a great achievement, where youth was engaged in gaining knowledge and learning from the practical experience of our employees before stepping into the corporate world.”

The topics included: How to Ace Interviews, Professional Growth through LinkedIn, Building Your Network, Digital Learning, amongst others. Speakers were self-motivated and highly driven to volunteer in sharing their valuable knowledge and experience with the audience.

This series is a part of PTCL Razakaar initiative, which is an in-house employee volunteer force, with approximately 800 Razakaars across Pakistan that undertakes philanthropic initiatives on behalf of the company every quarter. PTCL endeavors to provide learning platforms and knowledge-sharing opportunities to support the youth in their capacity building. Ends


Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice questions new social media rules

Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice questions new social media rules

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Friday questioned the framing of rules for social media and observed that such rules would discourage criticism and adversely affect accountability in the country. 

Taking up a petition filed against the ban on video-sharing social networking service TikTok, the IHC chief justice asked how rules for social media were framed and which authority enforced them.

He observed that even judicial orders of the superior courts were subject to criticism; however, it should not have an impact on the right to fair trial. He asked the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to review the rules in the light of objections raised by the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).

“Social media rules framed by PTA are prima facie not in consonance with Articles 19 and 19A of the Constitution. The best manner to ensure accountability in a democracy is to let people have access to information,” he observed.

Advises PTA not to follow countries like India where fundamental rights and freedom are being restricted

Justice Minallah said: “Criticism is very important for democracy. Let the people have information and let them judge the government. PTA is discouraging accountability. PTA should encourage accountability by facilitating access to information. When even the courts and judges are not immune from constructive criticism, how can government be shielded from criticism?”

PBC vice chairman Abid Saqi, amicus curiae in the case, said: “The CJ has rightly observed that the best manner to ensure accountability in a democracy is to let the people have access to information. In my opinion, access to information is a sine qua non for meaningfully exercising the other democratic rights, like elections of a democratic government, voting, etc.”

An amicus brief submitted by Mr Saqi was discussed at length in the court. The court appreciated the brief and directed the PTA to take into account the reservations expressed by the PBC, an apex body of lawyers which is by law required to promote the rule of law and work for protection and promotion of fundamental rights.

The IHC emphasised the need for a meaningful consultation before notifying rules which complied with Articles 19 and 19A of the Constitution. It observed that the meaningful consultation would entail sharing a draft of the rules before finalising them, not just writing generic letters inviting consultation.

The court expressed displeasure over not sharing of the draft of the rules by the PTA with the relevant stakeholders, especially the PBC.

When the PTA tried to justify the rules by pointing out that in India such restrictions on freedom of speech and information were also allowed, the court advised the regulator not to follow those counties where fundamental rights and freedom were being restricted.

In the TikTok case, the petitioner had raised broader issues concerning misuse of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act by the PTA, unbridled discretion of the regulator, lack of existence of proportionality test, lack of competency of the PTA to determine vague terms like indecency/immorality, non-framing of rules, etc.

When the PTA informed the court that it had already issued a corrigendum and amended the said rules, Chief Justice Minallah said it did not matter and berated the regulator for framing such rules in the first instance.

Further hearing was adjourned till Dec 18.

Published in Dawn, December 4th, 2020


Fatima Gobi ventures announces first batch of companies for Techxila fund I

Fatima Gobi ventures announces first batch of companies for Techxila fund I

Lahore, December 4, 2020: Pakistani venture capital firm Fatima Gobi Ventures has announced the five startups that have received funding from their maiden fund, Techxila Fund I, which was announced late last year. The companies boast experienced founders in their management teams and operate in a variety of industries from e-commerce, travel, FinTech SaaS and logistics. All of these startups are driven to give Pakistani consumers and businesses a boost with their own individual products and services in spite of the current economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping the local ecosystem grow, five startups that Fatima Gobi Ventures is backing are outlined below.

Tajir is the first Y-Combinator startup based in Pakistan, Tajir is a B2B marketplace. Through their platform, stores can order inventory, receive on-demand delivery services as well as enjoy transparent and competitive prices. The company essentially takes a process that usually consumes a dozen hours weekly and reduces it to a few minutes. On the supplier side, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors can directly sell their products to kirana stores via Tajir while enjoying greater sales at higher margins with zero additional investment. Founded by brothers Babar and Ismail Khan in 2019, the company’s vision is to provide every kirana store in Pakistan with the essential services it needs to grow.

The second one, SafePay, is a FinTech platform and online payment gateway, Safepay is the first Pakistani FinTech to be selected by YC for their Summer 2020 batch. With a business model similar to Stripe in the US, the company has developer-focused APIs and plugins available for Magento, OpenCart, Shopify, and WooCommerce platforms. Founded by wapistanis Ziyad Parekh  and Raza Navi, Safepay’s main focus is on enabling online payments for B2C and e-commerce platforms. The platform has integrated Visa, MasterCard, and local payment methods, such as mobile wallets and bank accounts to facilitate e-commerce transactions. Their seed funding has drawn some leading backers from the West, including Y Combinator.

Inventhub is a first-of-its-kind SaaS startup in deep tech, InventHub was founded by Usama Abid. A truly homegrown entrepreneur, Usama’s vision for InventHub’s is to enable inventors to bring their products to life and help current hardware companies optimize their collaboration processes. The company has developed efficient processes that help eliminate redundancies which translates into lower costs for hardware development and enables faster, more affordable innovations to happen. Despite its founder’s humble beginnings, InventHub has been backed by foreign capital, namely from Tim Draper, an American venture capitalist.

Airlift, which set out to build an efficient logistics platform in Pakistan, raised the country’s largest Series A round of US$22M led by early Uber-backer, First Round Capital. The investment was also the firm’s first venture into the Pakistan startup ecosystem. Initially, the Airlift team began by trying to solve the daily commute problem with the introduction of an efficient mass transit system. However, COVID-19 gave Airlift an opportunity to launch quick ecommerce as lockdowns in the country accelerated the adoption of online purchasing of daily essentials. They now offer customers the delivery of all household goods within 45 minutes. By connecting manufacturers directly with consumers, Airlift provides an efficient and low-cost distribution network for consumers.

Sastaticket, which commenced operations in 2016, is an emerging online travel agency (OTA) that aims to give Pakistani travellers access to all travel products in the country. They are essentially democratizing access to travel suppliers and standardizing transactions via a user-friendly platform. Known as one of Pakistan’s leading OTA, the COVID-19 pandemic had a definite impact on Sastaticket. However, as travel restrictions within the country were lifted, the company recorded a V-shaped recovery; as of October, the number of bookings recorded in the month was 150% over pre-COVID levels. Sastaticket is on track to raise a growth round next year as they seek to expand into more markets locally and aim to dominate 50% of the online travel market share.

Onward and Upward - Techxila Fund - Reaches First Close

These first five companies are just the beginning for Fatima Gobi Ventures. Since commencing operations in 2019, the firm has gone from five team members to eight, and has now established offices in both Lahore and Karachi. Their vehicle, Techxila Fund I, is set to invest in another 10 to 15 companies over the next few years, and focuses on Seed and Series A investments in technology-enabled businesses that address current pain points in Pakistan, a market with a population of 200m+ and over 75m internet users. Target sectors include travel, logistics, FinTech, healthcare, education, e-commerce, consumer tech, industrial Internet, and TaqwaTech, an investment vertical that targets innovative startups offering products and services that cater for the global Muslim population.

The firm has also announced the first close of Techxila Fund I. Over 70% of the targeted size has been raised thus far and the fund is on track to complete the final close early next year. LPs include leading entrepreneurs representing industries that include agriculture, banking, energy, textiles, and other important sectors of the economy, as well as former Amazon MENA's Regional Finance Director and Souq.com Group CFO Asif Keshodia.

Famous Drama Serial 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah" writer #AbhishekMakwana dies by suicide; claims financial trouble in suicide note

Famous Drama Serial 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah" writer #AbhishekMakwana dies by suicide; claims financial trouble in suicide note

Famous Drama Serial 'Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah" writer #AbhishekMakwana dies by suicide; claims financial trouble in suicide note

Dec 4, 2020 :  In an unfortunate news, Abhishek Makwana, writer of the popular long running television show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah died by suicide. Family members of the late writer claimed that he was a victim of cyber fraud and blackmail.



#Abhishek MakwanaTaarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah writer Abhishek Makwana dies by suicide; caims financial trouble in suicide note

As per reports, Makwana was found hanging in his Mumbai apartment on November 27. A suicide note was found which mentioned financial troubles. Reportedly, the family members have claimed that they have been receiving threatening phone calls from people who demanded that they pay back the loan allegedly taken by Abhishek. His brother Jenis said that he became aware of the financial troubles only after Abhishek's death as he began receiving calls after November 27.

Jenis said that he got calls demanding payback of loans from different parts of the country and some even from Bangladesh and Myanmar. Post this, Jenis checked Makwana's mails and realized that he had taken loans from 'easy loan' apps that charge high rates of interest. On deeper examination, he found out they kept sending small amounts without his brother applying for them and then later demanding the money along with an interest rate as high as 30 %.

Police officials have noted down the numbers from which the family members have been receiving phone calls and will be examining Abhishek Makwana's bank transactions.

Abhishek Makwana, one of the writers of the TV show Tarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashmah, died by suicide last week, as per a report by Mumbai Mirror. The report also states that the family of the late writer has alleged that Makwana was a victim of cyber fraud.

Relatives and friends also claimed that they have been receiving threatening calls from people, demanding they pay back loans that Abhishek had allegedly taken.

As per the Mumbai Mirror report, Abhishek passed away in his Mumbai flat on 27 November and his suicide note mentioned financial troubles as well as difficulties in his personal life. The writer's brother Jenis told the publication that he came to know of Abhishek's troubles only after his death, when the calls started coming in.

Jenis said, "After I began receiving phone calls demanding loans to be paid back I checked my brother's mails. One call was from a registered number in Bangladesh, one in Myanmar and the others from various states of India".

Jenis added that the emails revealed that Abhishek took a loan from an app. "From the mails I found out that Abhishek took a small loan from an 'easy loan' app that charge very high rates of interest. On a close inspection of the transactions I noticed that they kept sending small amounts despite my brother not applying for the loans. Their interest rates are as high as 30%.”

A case has been registered in Charkop police station. An official told Mirror that the family has provided all necessary details and that an investigation is underway.



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Facebook partners with Deaf Reach on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Facebook partners with Deaf Reach on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Facebook partners with Deaf Reach on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

[Karachi, December 04, 2020]: On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Facebook had collaborated with Family Educational Services Foundation’s (FESF) Deaf Reach, one of Pakistan’s only branch networks of schools catering to the needs of the community with hearing disabilities, to adapt Facebook’s We Think Digital online safety resources for hearing-impaired students within the Deaf Reach school network. 

Attendees at “Empowerment Through Digital Literacy and Connectivity” virtual roundtable held by Deaf Reach in collaboration with Facebook

To mark this important day and announce this partnership, Deaf Reach held an online roundtable discussion in collaboration with Facebook on “Empowerment through digital literacy and connectivity”. The conversation revolved around what can be done to improve the experience of people with disabilities online so that they can harness the full potential of the internet for their benefit. 

While addressing the attendees at the discussion, Begum Samina Arif Alvi said “It was pivotal for the society to provide a level-playing field for differently abled people to make them valued citizens. The public and private sector along with civil society in the country had joint responsibility for facilitating access of people with disabilities to opportunities of education, healthcare and employment.” Furthermore, she appreciated the work done by Deaf Reach in partnership with Facebook for the community, and emphasised the fact that a digitally connected Pakistan was the way forward for everyone in the country.

The partnership between Deaf Reach and Facebook will involve adapting Facebook’s We Think Digital Learning Resources for hearing-impaired students within the Deaf Reach school network. These learning materials focus on online safety and will help to build a community of responsible digital citizens equipped with skills for a digital world.

“Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together — and that includes persons with disabilities. We are pleased to work with Deaf Reach and have our digital literacy programs made available in Urdu and Sign Language for the benefit of their students. It is critical that they are equipped with the right digital skills so they are able to use the internet safely and responsibly," said Monica Desai, Global Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, Facebook.

The other attendees included Hassan Ahmed-Pakistan’s first Deaf Social Media Influencer, Dr. Izhar Hashmi, Director, PWTD (Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled), Ameena Zia, United Nations Representative, ECOSOC for FESF, Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar, Special Assistant to Chief Minister of Sindh,Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Sindh, Baela Jamil, CEO Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), Omair Ahmed, Executive Director, NOWPDP, Muhammad Shabbir Awan, President of the Accessibility Special Interest Group of the Internet Society, ISOC Pakistan, Isuru Samaratunga, Senior Researcher, LIRNEasia, Monica Desai, Global Head of Connectivity and Access Policy, Facebook, and Sehar Tariq, Manager Policy, Facebook.

Sharing his thoughts about this partnership, Mr. Richard Geary, Founder and Director of Programs of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), stated “Pakistan currently has a population of nearly 30 million people from the differently-abled community. It is crucial that they are given equal representation in the society, and technology is an excellent tool to make it happen. We are happy to have partnered with a global social media platform of Facebook’s magnitude to make this happen, and it is heartening to see them being so receptive towards making their community even more inclusive.”

This partnership is part of Facebook’s commitment to supporting accessibility and inclusion in Pakistan, aimed at creating a great experience for all users through features and technologies that helps people with disabilities get the most out of Facebook. 

The full webinar can be watched here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=411409560049432  



[From L to R, Mehrin Iftikhar, Principal, Deaf Reach School, Karachi Campus & Begum Samina Alvi, First Lady of Pakistan]

 


Pakistan International Airlines PIA  Introduces Special Fares, Up To 30 Percent Discounted On Domestic Flights

Pakistan International Airlines PIA Introduces Special Fares, Up To 30 Percent Discounted On Domestic Flights

Pakistan International Airlines PIA  Introduces Special Fares, Up To 30 Percent Discounted On Domestic Flights 

Karachi, December 02, 2020: On the eve of winter holidays and school vacations, PIA has introduced special fares, upto 30 percent discounted on domestic flights operating between Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, Faisalabad, Sialkot and Peshawar from December 03, 2020 onwards.

Passengers would now be able to travel between these cities on a one way minimum fare of Rs. 8,500 and round trip minimum fare of Rs. 17,000, only where previously PIA used to charge Rs. 12,275 and Rs. 24,600 for the same.

PIA Spokesperson, Abdullah Khan said that the purpose of these fares is to facilitate travel of people to their homes and loved ones during these holidays at a much more affordable price. He said that a lot of families intend to travel during this time but they stay back due to cost concerns. He said inventory is available up for grabs and people can benefit from these fares on first come first serve basis.

Preparations for the second wave of coronavirus and its prevention and control in Chitral, There is no laboratory for corona test in both the districts of Chitral yet

Preparations for the second wave of coronavirus and its prevention and control in Chitral, There is no laboratory for corona test in both the districts of Chitral yet

Lower Chitral [Gul Hamad Farooqi] When my father fell ill, we took him to Chitral Hospital. He was tested and when the result came, it was found out that my father had to suffer. This news was no less than doomsday for us. My father who was a social worker and He continued to serve others throughout his life, but when bad times came upon him, he could not be served. He was admitted to Chitral Hospital but there was no ventilator  in Chitral Hospital. He was forcibly taken to Khyber Teaching Hospital KTH Peshawar. I also had a doctor there, but God did not show anyone what happened to us. In addition to treating the patient in the hospital, the attendant's living conditions, eating and drinking, and hygiene are also a major problem. After all, patients who go to the emergency room do not have that much money, and in Peshawar it is even more difficult for them if they do not know each other.



My father was lying in the Isolation for three days. He was constantly giving oxygen. When the oxygen was removed, he would stop breathing. The last moments were very painful. We were also prevented from meeting our father and later the bad news was announced that he had passed away. There is a big difference between a normal patient  and a cornea virus affected. He is often left unattended by his family and people refrain from attending his funeral. We took our father's dead  body to Chitral but we had to face many difficulties. These views were expressed by Saud Bashir, son of the late Bashir Ahmed, who was talking about his father Bashir Ahmed who had died in a Peshawar hospital due to  corona virus. He added that when a patient is referred to Peshawar, he faces many difficulties in Peshawar hospitals. In addition to buying the patient's treatment medication, the attendants who accompany them also face many difficulties. Patients will not need to be referred to Peshawar if all facilities are provided at the Chitral hospital. Although Chitral's District Headquarters Hospital was upgraded to Category B in 2010,  but no additional rooms have been added since then.



Dr. Nisar Ahmed, the Deputy DHO, who is undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Peshawar, also had to suffer when he was spoken on the phone. Were in conflict and went through a lot of pain. He said that unfortunately the only headquarters hospital in Chitral has four ventilators but they are not properly functional and that is why there is no need for serious patients  to refer them to  Peshawar if all facilities existing here.The second wave of coronavirus has once again started bothering people. In this regard, some of these patients or the relatives of those who died from coronavirus were asked to find out their plight so that a possible solution could be found to these problems.

  While the second wave of corona virus has disturbed the world, the number of victims of this epidemic is also increasing rapidly in Pakistan. In remote and backward districts like Chitral, the epidemic has added to the anxiety of government officials as well as the public. Chitral is divided into two districts, Upper Chitral and Lower Chitral, but there is acute  shortage of doctors in both the districts.

Similarly, there is no laboratory for corona test in any of the hospitals in Chitral. Here, samples from a suspicious patient are taken to Khyber Medical University Peshawar by car for a corona test, which takes two days and may take longer if the vehicle is damaged on the way. According to Dr. Taseer Jamal, coordinator of COVID-19 in Lower Chitral, there is a risk of an outbreak due to the lack of a laboratory for testing locally, as we consider a suspicious patient to be isolated. Without it, such patients often blend in with people. And they can affect  other people too.

According to Dr Taseer, they also lack fuel and other facilities for the vehicle. According to him, between 200 and 230 samples are collected daily for tests in Chitral and these samples are sending  to Peshawar for testing.

Now it takes 12 hours to transport these samples to Peshawar. The vehicle arrives late at night and is collected at Khyber Medical University the next day. According to him, it would be great if a laboratory could be set up locally in Chitral.

According to Dr. Taseer, there is no shortage of personal protective equipment, but there are definitely some problems with universal transport media. He revealed that there are only four ventilators in the District Headquarters Hospital in Lower Chitral which are not working. He added that one of his own doctors who was stationed in the DHO office had to pay homage to Dr. Nisar who was taken to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. Such patients are forcibly referred to Peshawar. According to him, since there is no diagnostic laboratory, it takes a long time to test it and by the time the patient's result comes, he has adopted it. "It would be great if a laboratory was set up locally in Chitral, because the patients we test do not go into isolation. They often say that my test has not come yet," he said. And so it can spread the virus to other people.

He said traces, tests and quarantine are necessary to control corona. He said that at present there are 65 active cases in Lower Chitral and the total number of positive cases in Lower Chitral is 859 and we have tested 10800 suspects people. He said that so far eight people have died due to Karuna.

According to Dr. Shehzada Haider-ul-Mulk, District Health Officer, Lower Chitral, there is one District Headquarters Hospital in Lower Chitral, a Tehsil Headquarters Hospital (Garm Chashma), two Category D Hospitals in Bonni and six rural health centers in Drosh, RHC, as well as 19 BHU health centers. And 32 civil dispensaries. He said that Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Garm Chashma has been handed over to Aga Khan Health Service  under public private partnership but there is also shortage of doctors there. Similarly, there is a vacancy for a female doctor in RHC Ion.

He said that there  is a vacant post for a doctor in BHU Bamburit which was causing severe hardship to the people there due to no doctor in Kalash valley. Similarly, there is no lady doctor in Category D Hospital Darosh.

According to Dr. Saleem Saifullah, Coordinator, National Program for Lady Health Workers, some 105  posts of LHW are vacant at Chitral  for which we have written to the Director General of Health to invite applications to fulfill these vacancies. There will be a big difference in terms of health.

When asked about this, Dr. Shamim, Medical Superintendent, District Headquarters Hospital, Chitral, said that there is a severe shortage of doctors in DHQ Hospital. He added that this is the only district headquarters hospital in both the districts with 200 beds. There are a total of 106 approved posts of doctors, of which 57 have been vacant for the last ten years. These include the current positions of 21 specialist doctors are still vacant. "Most patients are forced to be referred to Peshawar because there are no facilities for cardiologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, nephrologists, neurologists, etc. That is why we refer most patients to Peshawar," he said.

He said that the vacant posts  of these specialist doctors is also a major obstacle in providing health services. According to Dr. Shamim, a lot of gynecological patients come here from both the districts which is why there is a huge burden on our gynecology unit. "The HDU / ICU of this hospital is not fully operational due to the arrival of the second wave of coronavirus as we also have a severe shortage of trained staff, central oxygen plant, ventilators and personal protective equipment," he said.

According to Dr. Shamim, most of the cardiology, nephrology, orthopedic, psychiatric, neuro and surgeon, skin, cancer and complicated gynecological cases are also referred to Peshawar from DHQ Hospital. He said that an estimated 70 patients are referred to Peshawar every month from this hospital. In addition, despite Gaini being here, sometimes the case becomes complicated and he is also referred to Peshawar.

Prominent scholar of Chitral Dr Inayatullah Faizi was also contacted in this regard. He said that his ancestral home is in Balim village of Upper Chitral district where there is no hospital facility yet. He said that Upper Chitral district is a  new district where there is no District Headquarters Hospital yet which is why most of the patients go to DHQ Hospital of Lower Chitral from Upper Chitral. When asked about comprehensive health facilities and arrangements in Chitral, Dr. Faizi said that a foreign-funded burn center has been set up at the District Headquarters Hospital in Chitral to treat burn patients and The injured were to be treated but the burn center is not yet operational and does not have staff. In Chitral, gas cylinder explosions often cause accidents in which people get burnt. Patients are referred to Peshawar, most of whom Doesn't even come alive.

 According to Inayatullah Asir, a well-known social activist, Chitral lacks health facilities. He cited the example of a flower-like child belonging to Ayun village  on Sunday who had difficulty breathing when he was taken to the rural health center Ayun for treatment he was referred to DHQ Hospital the staff there said that they did not have the facility of oxygen etc. so the child should be taken to the District Headquarters Hospital. The child was taken to the basic health center Broze, but the child died due to lack of oxygen.

 Shah Saud, Deputy Commissioner, Upper Chitral District, when contacted and asked about the health facilities, said that there is a shortage of doctors as well as equipment in Upper Chitral District for which he has written to the provincial government and What is the demand for different things through writing? He said that he demanded of equipment’s for Isolation in Upper Chitral district, he has demanded 20 beds, 20 oxygen cylinders, etc. 44 items to prevent the recent second wave of Corona.

Haji Waheed says that the eye specialist in Chitral retired three years ago but no other eye specialist has been posted yet and people are forced to go to Peshawar for eye treatment.

It should be noted that the condition of roads in Chitral is very bad and there are different valleys in Upper Chitral which are located at a distance of several kilometers from each other. Due to the lack of health facilities in these valleys, people often seek treatment through traditional methods. Locals demand the provincial government to provide emergency medical care to backward and remote districts like Chitral so that patients are not forced to be referred to Peshawar and can be treated here.

District Food Controller Chitral Fazal Bari was also asked in this regard that the second wave of coronavirus is spreading rapidly, if necessary, the government can impose  lockdown, what is the situation of food in Chitral, including wheat How much stock is in government warehouses? Because Chitral gets wheat at a discounted rate which is sold in government grain warehouses and the wheat bought from these warehouses is grinded by people through a windmill to make flour. DFC Chitral says that at present they have 3900 metric  tons of wheat, while in Chitral 75 tons of wheat is consumed daily, the current stock is enough for 52 days for Chitral while more stocks are also coming and we can overcome food shortage in case of lockdowns. However, lockdown  can cause  of hardships for shortage of  other things, such as fresh vegetables, poultry, meat, fruits, etc.


Bilal Abbas Khan Has a Hilarious Interaction with Ben Dunk on Instagram

Bilal Abbas Khan Has a Hilarious Interaction with Ben Dunk on Instagram

Islamabad:- Ever since the posters for Bilal Abbas Khan’s latest drama ‘Dunk’ have started making rounds on social media – there has been a lot of conversations and anticipation about the story and the posters themselves – and quite a few surprising ones. The world-famous Australian cricketer Ben Dunk who shares his last name with the new drama, ended up having a very hilarious and wholesome interaction with the Dunk star Bilal Abbas Khan.

As it turned out, Ben Dunk took notice of the posters for his namesake drama, which had created quite a buzz in Pakistan, and ended up commenting on Bilal Abbas Khan’s poster. The cricketer shared the poster on his Instagram story and tagged Bilal Abbas Khan commenting, “I’ve been getting tagged in this a bit today, surely the actor needs a fresh haircut?”

That wasn’t the end of it, Bilal Abbas Khan also took to his Instagram story and give a witty reply to Ben Dunk.

Well, this has to be our favorite wholesome interaction on the internet this week. Bilal Abbas Khan is once again reuniting with his Cheekh team for the new drama ‘Dunk’ on ARY, and the expectations are already pretty high. We can’t wait to catch him on our screens hopefully pretty soon!

December 3, 2020

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New cohort of innovators and problem solvers join National Incubation Centre (NIC)

New cohort of innovators and problem solvers join National Incubation Centre (NIC)

Lahore, December 03, 2020:  The National Incubation Centre (NIC) welcomed a fresh batch of innovators and problem solvers to its Foundation Programme at LUMS in Lahore and BUITEMS in Quetta.  NIC aims to bolster the start-up ecosystem of Pakistan by incubating a greater percentage of businesses that scale to address a large commercial opportunity and attract investment capital for growth.

The new cohort of innovators and problem solvers joins National Incubation Centre (NIC) at LUMS in Lahore and BUITEMS in Quetta to reinforce the start-up ecosystem of Pakistan.

The cohorts were selected through a competitive selection process: only top 10% of a diverse pool of 500+ applicants have been invited to join the completely revamped, free-of-cost programme. Each application was reviewed by multiple members of NIC’s Foundation Council which includes founders of venture capital firms and successful start-ups including Bykea, Finja, Healthwire, 47 Ventures, Indus Valley Capital and Fatima Gobi Ventures.

NIC Lahore’s diverse pool of entrepreneurs hail from Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Kasur and Lahore, and include Pakistan’s first shariah compliant buy-now-pay-later service; an automatic low-cost roti making appliance; cost-efficient prosthetics for amputees that utilise 3D scanning and printing technology; logistical solutions such as single wheel motorbike trailers to increase cargo capacity; a bio sensor chip to monitor and reduce toxins in crops and improve nutrition; identifying shoplifters in real time by using AI; an e-commerce aggregator for fashion brands that offers a curated and personalised shopping experience for buyers, and a food delivery service that empowers female entrepreneurs who prepare meals at home.  NIC Quetta’s expanded outreach resulted in recruitment of entrepreneurs not only from Quetta but also Gwadar, Kachi, Loralai, Mastung, Panjgoor, Pishin, Sibi, and Washuk.

Inaugurating the orientation week, Saleem Ahmad, Chairman NIC, spoke about NIC’s role in inspiring and facilitating problem solvers: “Over the next several months, you will embark on a transformative journey with members of your cohort, guided by committed mentorship of business leaders and instruction from LUMS faculty and international technical experts.  You will acquire skills necessary to transform your ideas into a thoughtful and investor-ready business plan.”

Over the course of six months, the completely revamped curriculum will be delivered by LUMS faculty and international technical experts and comprise six intensive bootcamps covering: 1) design thinking, 2) strategy and business modelling; 3) marketing, branding and sales; 4) finance, accounting, valuation and equity management; 5) negotiations and legal aspects of entrepreneurship; and 6) presentation and communication skills.  The applied focus of academic programming, supplemented by bespoke workshops, a speaker series and mentorship by LUMS alumni, will be instrumental in developing ideas into reality.

Harnessing the entrepreneurial energy, imagination and talent of these dynamic individuals, a range of specialised support services will help them cultivate their ideas into compelling investment opportunities that will support economic development of Pakistan.

‘Coke Studio’ 2020 releases song promos for the first episode!

‘Coke Studio’ 2020 releases song promos for the first episode!

Coca-Cola Company Pakistan released song promos for the first episode of ‘Coke Studio’ 2020. The premiering episode will feature three songs performed by a mix of emerging artists and industry veterans. 

In concurrence with rest of the season, the episode will showcase all original songs including an all-female anthem on women’s empowerment, “Na Tutteya Ve” featuring Meesha Shafi, Fariha Pervez, Sehar Gul Khan, Sanam Marvi, Wajiha Naqvi and Zara Madani. Interestingly, this will be the first time ever in Coke Studio history that all the female artists of the season will be singing together, although each artist was recorded separately. In addition this, the episode features two more original tracks including, Dil Khirki, written and composed by the emerging indie artist and CS debutant, Mehdi Maloof, and Jaag Rahi featuring veteran artists Fariha Pervez and Ali Noor in classical thumri.

‘Coke Studio’ 2020 also marks the return of the houseband, with Asad Ahmed on electric guitar, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Babar Khanna on eastern percussions, Shehroze Hussain on sitar, Nawazish Nasri on rubab and Abier ‘Veeru’ Shaan on percussions. An international artist, Volkan Öktem, has also joined the houseband this season featuring on drums. Finally, Coke Studio 2020 also features Nimra Rafiq, Wajiha Naqvi, Kumail Jaffery, Shahab Hussain and Zara Madani on backing vocals.

Coke Studio 2020 also marks the return of the houseband, with Asad Ahmed on electric guitar, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Babar Khanna on eastern percussions, Shehroze Hussain on sitar, Nawazish Nasri on rubab, and Abier ‘Veeru’ Shaan on percussions. An international artist, Volkan Öktem, has also joined the houseband this season featuring on drums. Finally, Coke Studio 2020 also features Nimra Rafiq, Wajiha Naqvi, Kumail Jaffery, Shahab Hussain, and Zara Madani on backing vocals.

Indeed, this season’s Coke Studio, produced by Rohail Hyatt, was administered under a careful management and maintenance of COVID-19 SOPs which resulted in both singers and musicians being recorded separately. Yet despite these challenges, Coke Studio was committed to releasing a season as an opportunity to keep hope alive amidst difficult times, especially keeping in mind the artist and musician community that has suffered the most due to COVID-19. 

Coke Studio 2020 and not Coke Studio Season 13. The core values of the Coke Studio platform have always been to explore, experiment and share the unique music of Pakistan and the sub-continent with the rest of the world. Hence, with this evolving discovery of the Pakistani identity also continues the journey of Coke Studio and its music.

The first episode of ‘Coke Studio’ 2020 is set to air on Friday.

FPCCI urges for stopping double toll collection on the Faisalabad-Pindi Bhattian motorway (M-3)

FPCCI urges for stopping double toll collection on the Faisalabad-Pindi Bhattian motorway (M-3)

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Mian Anjum Nisar has called for stopping double toll collection on the Faisalabad-Pindi Bhattian motorway (M-3), suggesting the government to shift the second toll plaza to somewhere else, as it is unjust to charge extra tax in the same area.

He said that the purpose of the motorway is to make travel faster and safer but the government is doing otherwise and inviting the public anger. He said that the government has been collecting toll tax from interchange to interchange and the motorists have been paying it without any complaint although the rates of the toll are increased frequently.

He said that the travelers had to wait for hours for their turn to pay the toll due to manual way of tax collection.

Mian Anjum Nisar lamented that instead of facilitating the motorists the National Highway Authority is making the travel difficult even on the motorways. He also quoted the businessmen as complaining of waiting for hours in the queue to pay the toll on the recently reactivated toll plaza, which would increase the fuel consumption of vehicles and waste of time.

If the motorists would wait for hours on the motorway then what is the difference between the GT Road and motorway. The National Highways Authority (NHA) should introduce a mechanism and announce categorically that the vehicles having no required balance in their E-card would not be allowed to run on the motorway.

He said that erection of two toll plazas on a distance of just two kilometers does not make sense, as the toll has been charged from the motorists from the Pindi Bhattian interchange, which is just two kilometers from the earlier toll plaza, besides creating traffic mess for commuters.

He said that the double toll plazas in the same vicinity result into a constant traffic jam in the area where the motorists have to wait for a long time to pay toll while travelling on the motorway. He termed toll collection in long queues in the middle of the road an unwise decision. He observed that practice of receiving tolls on the motorway in the past has proved to be a failure but the same exercise has again been started, which should be condemned. Moreover, there are more chances of accidents due to the long queue on the motorway to pay toll in the middle of the road.

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December 2, 2020

Jazz World becomes Pakistan’s largest local app with 7 million monthly active users

Jazz World becomes Pakistan’s largest local app with 7 million monthly active users

ISLAMABAD – Jazz World, the self-care platform of Pakistan’s number one 4G operator and the largest internet and broadband service provider, has crossed seven million monthly active users. This milestone cements Jazz World as the largest local app in Pakistan. 

Jazz World is an online customer engagement platform that allows subscribers to check prepaid balance and postpaid bill, recharge their mobile balance, pay phone bills, and access usage history along with information on the best packages. The platform also allows users to submit complaints, buy SIMs, stream games, and receive information on seasonal content and discounts. Innovative new features include the ability to let users create their preferred bundles, share balance with friends and family and save their credit/debit cards for ease of payments.This is a translation of Jazz’s customer-centricity ambitions into a consistent, digital experience that allows subscribers timely and effective assistance with most of their account requirements. Jazz World’s popularity has played a critical role in maintaining the connection with, and confidence in, the Jazz brand, which today serves more than 64 million subscribers.

 “Jazz World is a testament to our commitment to developing best-in-class digital products to facilitate our customers. 7 million monthly active users is a big milestone and we would like to thank all our users for placing their trust in us. Jazz remains committed to providing the best-in-class customer experience to our loyal users,” said Jazz Chief Digital & Strategy Officer, Aamer Ejaz. 

The consistent increase in engagement comes on the back of new user feedback led, scroll-based User Interface with an intuitive design. The new-look of Jazz World is in-sync with the objective to transition from a basic customer app to a digital lifestyle partner.

Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) welcomes PM decision to establish Export Development Board

Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) welcomes PM decision to establish Export Development Board

Karachi (WebDesk) Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) has welcomed the decision of PM Imran Khan to establish Export Development Board under his supervision and landed hope for revolutionary initiative for industrial sector in future. 


Patron-in-Chief of KATI SM Muneer said that PM Khan has taken many well deserved initiatives for the revival of industrial production in the times of pandemic and promotion of exports, and we hope that now establishment of Export Development Board under his supervision will prove an effective and game changing decision towards prominent increase in country’s exports. 

President KATI Saleem-uz-Zaman noted that as financial stimulates given by PM Khan government helped to maintain pace of industrial production and exports during covid-19 crisis, it is hoped that this decision would also bring some good news for the industrial sector of the country. He said that post coronavirus, circumstances require to revisit our economic policies as per changing local and international scenarios. He mentioned that while financial stimulates for industry was a helpful step taken by the government, along with the continuation of such initiative this time to bring down interest at least to 4 pc. Saleem-uz-Zaman said that PM Khan acknowledged the challenges of industries regarding higher cost of production, with this clear vision we hope that more decisions would be taken in due course. He added that higher prices and interrupted supply of gas are the biggest hurdles in industrial production and growth, this issue should be dealt with futuristic approach. He said PM Khan always stressed on the importance of exports for national economy, and we hope that after establishing Export Development Board more relief and support would be offered to the industrial sector of Pakistan.


REALME “RACE” COMING UP WITH POWERFUL AND FAST SPEED QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 888 FLAGSHIP MOBILE PLATFORM

REALME “RACE” COMING UP WITH POWERFUL AND FAST SPEED QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 888 FLAGSHIP MOBILE PLATFORM

December 2, 2020 – With the slogan “Dare to Leap”, the young and trendsetting technology company, realme continues to introduce remarkable devices for its Pakistani customers. At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit 2020, realme announced becoming one of the first manufacturers to apply the latest Qualcomm flagship 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon 888. 


realme is known to bring consumer products with trendsetting technologies, features, and proficiencies due to its pioneering technologies of smartphones and AIoT. The brand shall be launching its new flagship phone called “Race” powered by Snapdragon 888. The code name “Race” indicates the fast speed and high performance of the upcoming model. 

In his video speech at Tech Summit 2020, realme’s CEO Sky Li said “Qualcomm has always been one of realme's most important partners. realme has already started the development of “Race” a few months ago, realme will once again deliver a product that will exceed the expectations of users around the world.”

As the world's fastest-growing smartphone brand, realme has worked closely with Qualcomm since its inception. They have brought forward dozens of high-quality powerful smartphones for its users globally from the 4G era to the 5G era. realme was one of the first manufacturers to use Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and 765G mobile platforms in 2020. realme X50 Pro 5G with Snapdragon 865 and realme X50 5G with Snapdragon 765G both have been highly praised by the international markets.

“Race” with Snapdragon 888 will be among the first S888-based phones to reach the market. Complete features have yet not been revealed but sources report the chipset will be paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage and runs Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 on top. An image of the phone shows a quad-camera with an “Oreo” style bump but no information on the modules inside yet. There’s also talk if realme “Race” will feature Realme’s 125W UltraDART charging or if that will debut with another device. More details are yet to be revealed. 

Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform has created new potentials for the development of realme's new flagship "Race". With its powerful performance and top 5G capabilities especially in terms of gaming, video, and communication capabilities, “Race” shall be bringing a next-level user experience. With the success of realme’s previous phones and AIoT products in Pakistan, fans are eagerly waiting for the brand’s new products. 

Pakistan’s first ever plastic waste management study report launched

Pakistan’s first ever plastic waste management study report launched

Islamabad, Dec 02, 2020: Pakistan’s first ever research study (baseline scoping study) for plastic waste management, conducted by WWF-Pakistan with support of The Coca-Cola Foundation, was launched during a special ceremony on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in Islamabad. Ms. Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change was the Guest of Honour. 

Fahad Ashraf, VP and General Manager at The Coca-Cola Export Corporation presenting Pakistan’s first ever scoping study on plastic waste management to Ms. Zartaj Gul, Minister of State for Climate Change in the presence of Hammad Naqi Khan, CEO at WWF Pakistan and other officials.


This scoping study report is the outcome of a joint realization by Coca-Cola and WWF-Pakistan to map out Pakistan’s current plastic waste generation and management supply chain. And further, to identify current perceptions and opinions of key stakeholders with regards to plastic waste generation, segregation, collection and disposal. These include the informal sector comprising scavengers, junk dealers and recyclers; the formal waste collectors such as public and private waste management companies; the commercial sector comprising of hotels, educational institutes, restaurants; and lastly household consumers of PET bottles. Data was collected through interviews and survey questionnaire to analyze PET consumption, collection, disposal and recycling patterns in 10 selected cities across Pakistan. These included Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit, Murree, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Gujranwala and Faisalabad.

This informative research aims to guide Government and environment related stakeholders in policy planning, so that the issue of plastic waste management can be addressed much more effectively. The study encourages PET bottles recycling as an effective solution to tackling Pakistan’s plastic waste pollution and also help create a circular economy of reusable plastic. 

The event was also attended by Ms. Naheed Shah Durrani, Secretary at the Ministry of Climate Change, Fahad Ashraf, VP & General Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan region at The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Hammad Naqi Khan, CEO at WWF-Pakistan, Dr. Masood Arshad, Senior Director Water, Food & Climate at WWF-Pakistan, representatives from UNDP, CDA, GIZ, Federal Environment Protection Agency and members of Pakistan’s first plastic packaging alliance CoRe as guests.

While highlighting the importance of this report, Hammad Naqi Khan, CEO at WWF-Pakistan said, “8 million tonnes of plastics are dumped in the oceans every year. It is reported that if no action is taken, there could be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. We need urgent action to stop the leakage of plastics into all water bodies. There is a dire need to formalize plastic recycling and bridge the gap between distributors and recyclers ensuring products are manufactured from responsibly sourced materials. It is therefore an extended producer responsibility to ensure that the waste is sustainably managed."

Speaking at the occasion, Fahad Ashraf, VP and General Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan region at The Coca-Cola Export Corporation said, “In line with the growing concern of reducing packaging waste generation, The Coca-Cola Company launched in 2018 a bold and ambitious product packaging policy titled ‘World Without Waste’, whereby the Company pledged to lead the industry by helping to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle or can it sells in the market by year 2030. While preparing to gear up on tackling plastic waste pollution in Pakistan there was a need to understand the current landscape of plastic waste management so challenges and opportunities can be effectively identified and policy making can effectively tackle plastic waste pollution to help create a sustainable future for all”.

The pioneering report will serve as an invaluable baseline for policy development in the waste management and recycling sector. Through this report Coca-Cola Pakistan and WWF-Pakistan have created awareness around waste segregation and disposal of plastics to provoke action by relevant stakeholders. 


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