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Friday, July 19, 2019

Fertilizer industry Comes Forward To Support The Government

Fertilizer industry Comes Forward To Support The Government

Fertilizer industry Comes Forward To Support The Government 


Islamabad: 18 July 2019 - The fertilizer industry, in order to prevent adverse situation that could cause Government serious problems, has been providing its major contribution towards the employment and the national exchequer. It fully supports the Government nonetheless anticipates that to receive a positive gesture from GOP regarding the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) settlement.  

Last year the fertilizer industry contributed in the economic growth of the country and became the highest tax payer as it paid Rs. 45 billion taxes which are virtually equal to the net profit the industry had earned. The industry has passed on Rs. 527 Billion benefit to the farmers in terms of lower prices against gas subsidy of Rs. 127 Billion since last 9 years. Furthermore, the industry has been offering its extensive support in uplifting the massed through different social projects.

Understanding the Government’s current situation that it can’t bear the additional burden, the fertilizer industry has decided to give its maximum support to the government on the prevalent price issue. The rise in Feed Gas (62%) and in Fuel Gas (31%) prices which, as a result, influenced the fertilizer prices by Rs. 210 per bag. On the other hand the industry has decided not to pass on the full impact of gas prices on the fertilizer to reduce the burden of high prices from the farmers. As these factors play a significant role in the development of the economy.

The industry is optimistic regarding the GIDC settlement as it is significant and help in determining the relief to the industry. This is only possible through GIDC settlement in order to circumvent adverse effect on agriculture sector.  However, the fertilizer industry has shown its full confidence in his leadership and hope the members of cabinet will appreciate the contribution of industry to national economy and food security.



Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pak-Qatar Family Takaful opens new branch near Expo Centre, Karachi!

Pak-Qatar Family Takaful opens new branch near Expo Centre, Karachi!

Pak-Qatar Family Takaful opens new branch near Expo Centre, Karachi! 


Karachi, July 18, 2019: Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited (PQFTL) opened its new branch near Expo Centre, on main university road, Karachi. The new branch was inaugurated by CEO, Muhammad Nasir Ali Syed, Pak-Qatar Family Takaful and Deputy CEO of Pak-Qatar Family Takaful, Muhammad Menhas along with management team members. This new branch will create great convenience and provide a wide range of Takaful services to a vast number of consumers, living in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and its surrounding areas.

Mr. Nasir Ali Syed said that he is very pleased to inaugurate the new branch and appreciated the regional team’s commitment and dedication to the long-term promotion of Takaful across Pakistan.


Mr. Menhas further added that, the new branch near Expo Centre aims to deliver a complete suite of services to its participants. The branch is the result of PQFTL’s vision of providing financial protection through Takaful, to everyone. It will be a one-stop shop for the Takaful needs of its participants, and hope to further augment our members experience through this branch.



Serena Hotel gets World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards

Serena Hotel gets World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards

Serena Hotel gets World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards



Islamabad: Serena Hotel has been awarded the prestigious annual World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Awards, which were announced on the 6th of July 2019 at a glitzy affair at The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Established in 2010, the World Luxury Awards is the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury industry offering international recognition as voted for by guests, travelers and industry players alike.

Over 250,000 international travelers vote each year during a four-week period to select the winners.
Islamabad Serena Hotel’s beautiful and luxurious, “Maisha Spa & Health Club” has been winning this award for the past two years and has managed to yet again claim this accolade, for the third time in a row.

Maisha Spa & health club, meaning life in Swahili, takes pride in its 13 luxurious treatment rooms, alongside a beauty salon, barbershop, manicure and pedicure parlor in addition to the make-up room, creating an ambient air of relaxation and pleasure.

Alongside which, Islamabad Serena has also for the first time won the award, for the best Pakistani Cuisine globally, which was presented to “Dawat”.

Dawat fuses flavors of traditional Pakistani cuisine, originating from Afghanistan and Iran with strong culinary influences from the Middle East, Central and Western Asia, with indigenous South Asian cuisine found in the Indus Valley and Punjab.

The food varies greatly from region to region within Pakistan; Hot & spicy in Sindh and Punjab, whereas the food in KPK uses mild aromatic spices. The diverse cuisine reflects the country’s ethnic, cultural and culinary diversity.

This ceremony was hosted by Michel A. Galopin, General Manager of Islamabad Serena Hotel, in honor of the employees, who are the heart and soul of the organization.




Vivo Launches Y7s - An Affordable Midranger With 4500 MAh Battery And In-Display Fingerprint Reader

Vivo Launches Y7s - An Affordable Midranger With 4500 MAh Battery And In-Display Fingerprint Reader

Vivo Launches Y7s - An Affordable Midranger With 4500 MAh Battery And In-Display Fingerprint Reader


Vivo, the champions of top-notch smartphones has now come up with Vivo Y7s with even more advanced features.

Islamabad (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 18th July, 2019) vivo continues to make its mark in the mobile market with the launch of its latest handset Vivo Y7s.

After reports that Vivo is going to come up with S1, it launched a new handset in China with the name of Vivo Y7s.

Vivo, the champions of top-notch smartphones has now come up with Vivo Y7s with even more advanced features.

Being a mid-ranger, Vivo Y7s is the first mobile phone with the new MediaTek Helio P65 SoC that upgrades the CPU.

Let’s have a detailed look at its specs:

Display

The Vivo Y7S 2019 accompanies a 6.38” Super AMOLED screen with a fingerprint sensor undeneath. It has a screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.

The water-drop display gives an admirable display experience. The Smartphone has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and the display covers 105 percent of the NTSC color space

Colours

Vivo Y7S is available in two colour choices – Sea Wind Blue or Wave Blue. Sea Wind has a pink gradient while Wave Blue comes with a near-black finish.

Processor

The Vivo Y7s has a MediaTek Helio P65 chipset that offers a quad-core CPU with two Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores, all of which run at clock speeds of 2.0GHz.

The in-vogue smartphone has brought the latest processor which performs proficiently while you can enjoy HD games and various applications with no lagging. The handset runs Android 9.0 Pie-based with FunTouchOS 9 on top out of the case.

Battery Life

The battery backup of Vivo Y7S is going to be your long-route companion. The gadget contains a Li-particle battery with a limit of 4,500mAh that gives a promising backup all day long and helps dual-engine fast charging. Besides, it has intelligent power-saving technologies to further extend battery life.

Camera

The Vivo Y7S has triple back cameras to get perfect pictures and recordings. It has a 16-megapixel essential sensor, an 8MP wide-angle shooter, and a 2-megapixel sensor that captures depth data.

The front camera is a 16-megapixel AI selfie camera opening for selfies and video calling. Coupled with some amazing camera features like Pro Mode, Ai Beauty, Portrait, HDR backlight, panorama, and document correction, Vivo Y7S provides nitty-gritty pictures, enhancing their beauty further.

Memory and Storage

Vivo Y7S encompasses 6GB of RAM coupled with 64GB internal memory that can keep various documents, information, applications, recreations, pictures, films and more. It additionally has an external memory space that can be expanded up to 256GB, with the assistance of a microSD card.

Connectivity

The cell phone supports 4g VoLTE along with dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Price and Availability

Vivo Y7S will be available for purchase from July 20 at a price tag of $260.




PTCL posts double digital growth in operating, net profits

PTCL posts double digital growth in operating, net profits

PTCL posts double digital growth in operating, net profits



Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has announced its financial results for the six months period ended June 30, 2019 at its Board of Directors’ meeting held in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Despite tough economic conditions, PTCL Group’s financial performance has shown marked improvement over comparative period. PTCL Group’s revenue for the half-year has grown year-on-year (YoY) by 9% to Rs66.3 billion as a result of an accelerated growth in the Ufone and Ubank revenues. Ufone revenue has increased double digits YoY, Ubank, a microfinance banking subsidiary of PTCL, has shown significant growth of 50% in its revenue over last year. PTCL Group’s operating profit and net profit for the half-year have improved by 20% and 10% respectively as a result of the revenue growth.

PTCL revenue of Rs. 35.8 billion for the half-year is marginally lower than last year (0.8%). PTCL’s flagship Fixed Broadband services posted revenue growth of 5%. PTCL continues its journey to upgrade top 100 exchanges under Network Transformation Project (NTP) in different parts of Pakistan. For the 76 exchanges fully transformed to date in 12 cities, YoY revenue growth is even higher at 13% and there is a 30% reduction in customer complaints.

Corporate & Wholesale business continued its growth momentum from a strong 2018 and has achieved double digits revenue growth. PTCL has entered into a strategic partnership with Zong for network expansion, through provision of PTCL’s VSAT services in remote and far-flung areas of Pakistan.

Wireless revenue for the period has declined on YoY basis due to strong competition by the cellular companies providing wireless data services. There is continued decline in domestic and international voice revenues due to continued conversion of subscribers to OTT, cellular services and illegal/grey traffic termination resulting in declining voice traffic volumes.

PTCL has posted a Net Profit after Tax, which is 3% higher than last year. Operating profit for the period remained under pressure compared to last year mainly due to increase in operating cost on account of significant hike in power tariffs and currency devaluation. However, non-operating income has increased due to higher income on investments as a result of increase in interest rates.



Huawei to invest around $100 million in Pakistan this year: Huawei to set up its regional headquarters in Pakistan at a cost of $55 million:

Huawei to invest around $100 million in Pakistan this year: Huawei to set up its regional headquarters in Pakistan at a cost of $55 million:

Huawei Can Cooperate In Development Of IT Sector In Pakistan: Makhdum Khusro


Huawei to invest around $100 million in Pakistan this year: Huawei to set up its regional headquarters in Pakistan at a cost of $55 million:



ISLAMABAD: July 17, 2019: Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar, while appreciating Huawei’s continued engagement in Pakistan, said that the leading technological company can support in developing and upgrading IT sector of Pakistan.

The Minister was talking to Vice President of Huawei Group, Mr. Mark Xueman, who along-with a delegation called on him in Islamabad on Wednesday. Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, PD CPEC Hassan Daud and senior officials of the ministry were also present.

Makhdum Khusro noted that Huawei has 25% share in mobile industry of Pakistan and is also the top taxing paying Chinese company in the country. The Minister appreciated Huawei’s engagement with HEC for smart schools project with the latest information and communications technology equipment.

The Minister underlined on exploring new business models for future projects and joint ventures in Pakistan. He said that Huawei can contribute to the Government’s e-governance initiative as well in centralizing data to improve efficiency and productivity. The Minister opined that Huawei can support IT start-up projects in Pakistan to benefit the youth in this important sector.

Vice President of Huawei said that Pakistan is a strategic market for Pakistan and said that the company will invest around $100 million in the country this year. He apprised that Huawei will also set up a regional headquarters in Islamabad at a cost of $55 million that will create job opportunities for young engineers in Pakistan. He further informed that Huawei will also invest $15 million more in its Technical support Centre in Pakistan and it will also hire more work force for the same taking the number of its staff from 600 to 800 this year. He stated that Huawei is eager to initiate more projects in Pakistan on grant funding from Chinese government.

The Minister assured of the ministry’s all possible cooperation in future joint ventures.



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

LG Impresses with New Business Solutions Innovations Led by Micro LED Signage

LG Impresses with New Business Solutions Innovations Led by Micro LED Signage

LG Impresses with New Business Solutions Innovations Led by Micro LED Signage




LG’s B2B Technology Wows Show Attendees with Wide Range of Innovative OLED to LED Solutions

Karachi / ORLANDO, UAE, July 16, 2019 — LG Electronics (LG) displayed its newest exciting business solutions in Orlando, Florida (USA) this week at InfoComm 2019. From Micro LED signage, Transparent OLED signage, Open Frame OLED displays to a diverse lineup of LED products, LG is bringing to the largest professional audiovisual trade show in North America a wide range of commercial display products that is sure to capture the imagination of show attendees.

Welcoming visitors to LG’s sprawling InfoComm booth is the immense LG OLED Falls exhibit that offers a unique, immersive installation of eye-popping Open Frame commercial OLED displays. Open Frame LG OLED displays enable a complete new approach for innovative and flexible digital signage designs. With no separate light source, the displays are extremely thin and lightweight, and flexible enough to be bent.

Making its world debut at InfoComm 2019 is LG’s one-of-a-kind Micro LED signage in all its colorful glory. Portending the future of digital signage, LG’s Micro LED technology relies on arrays of microscopic LEDs that form individual pixels that work independently to express image detail. At less than 50 micrometers, each LED is about the size of a speck of dust or approximately half the width of a human hair.

LG’s new LAPE series uses a specially designed flexible LED display module that supports true concave and convex curvature up to 1000R for virtually limitless design flexibility. The fine-pitch LAPE series delivers vivid images thanks to the Dynamic Contrast Algorithm, LG-exclusive technology for a wide range of color and deep contrast.

LG’s new 130-inch LED screen is designed to be easy to specify, order and install. Considered the ideal replacement for conference-room projectors, this LAAF series screen features embedded speakers and AV connections to meet a host of business needs. In addition to compatibility with leading partners such as Crestron, the screen will be supported by LG Signage365Care for real-time device monitoring and diagnostics.

Another crowd pleaser, LG’s Transparent OLED display is designed to offer a unique customer experience in specialized commercial applications, particularly retail and hospitality. The versatile 55-inch class display (model 55EW5F) delivers LG OLED’s superior picture quality, meaning customers will be able to view video on the screen and simultaneously see objects behind the screen.

New to LG’s wide-ranging large-format display portfolio for 2019 are advanced IPS In-cell Touch Interactive Digital Boards (IDBs). The 86-inch model in the LG TN3F series is designed to enhance the user experience in meeting rooms, classrooms and other collaborative spaces with easy and reliable touch performance. These IDBs feature intuitive In-cell Touch technology that employs an innovative direct bonding process to eliminate the gap between the LCD panel and protective glass. This combination delivers a faster response time for a realistic writing experience that is perfect for corporate conference rooms and university lecture halls.

“Advances in B2B technologies are opening up new opportunities for digital signage, exemplified by the diverse OLED and LED portfolio LG is featuring at InfoComm,” said Lee Choong-hwoan, head of the Information Display business unit of LG Electronics Business Solutions Company. “Our knowledge and expertise in both OLED and LED displays allows us the privilege of being the only company that can deliver this wide collection of signage solutions to our customers.”




Emirates to launch services to Mexico City via Barcelona

Emirates to launch services to Mexico City via Barcelona

Emirates to launch services to Mexico City via Barcelona


New route brings daily flight services between Spain and Mexico to cater to underserved demand
Karachi / Dubai :  July 16, 2019 – Emirates announced today its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to Mexico City International Airport (MEX), via the Spanish city of Barcelona (BCN), starting on 9 December 2019.

Emirates’ Mexico City flight will be a linked service with Barcelona, meaning that customers can now travel between the two cities in unprecedented style and comfort.  Citizens from Mexico, Spain and the UAE only need their passports to enjoy visa-free travel to each respective country.  
The new route will be operated with a two-class Emirates Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in Economy Class. The new 777 flight will also offer up to 14 tonnes of cargo, opening up access to more global markets for Mexican exports such as avocados, berries, mangoes, automotive parts and medical supplies.  Emirates SkyCargo has been flying freighters to/from Mexico City since 2014 already and in the last year carried over 22,500 tons of cargo on the route.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “We are excited to be able to introduce new air connectivity between Dubai and Mexico. The availability of high-quality, daily international air services is essential for the development of tourism, business and cultural ties. Trade, especially in high-value and time-sensitive products, will be facilitated by the ample cargo capacity on Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft. We also expect tourism to receive a major boost from the daily flights on our newly-refurbished Boeing 777-200LR.”

Sir Tim added: “Due to the high altitude of Mexico City airport, it is not possible to operate a non-stop flight from Dubai, and Barcelona was a natural choice for a stopover. We are pleased to offer a direct connection on the route between the Spanish city and Mexico City that has long been neglected by other airlines and remains underserved despite the strong customer demand. We would like to thank the authorities and our partners in both Spain and Mexico for their support of the new route and look forward to provide our unique product and award-winning service to travellers.”

“Mexico supports the launch of the long-awaited flight Dubai-Barcelona-Mexico City, which responds to Mexico’s Government tourism policy towards opening new markets and strengthening connectivity between the Middle East and Mexico. We are eager to receive tourists from this part of the world”, said Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués.

"Emirates’ arrival will bring a significant contribution to our international connectivity network by adding up daily services to Dubai and beyond. Emirates will be the 43rd carrier operating international flights into Mexico ... congratulations!!”, said Rodrigo Vasquez C, Director General, Mexican Civil Aviation Authority.

Mexico City, the first destination in Mexico to be served by Emirates, is the largest city of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. Mexico’s capital is one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas, accounting for nearly a third of the nation’s GDP. Located in the Valley of Mexico at an altitude of 2,240 metres, the city is famous for its historic centre known as Zocalo, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mexico City is also an important trade and industrial city, specifically in the automotive, medical supplies and pharmaceutical industries. 

Mexico is a popular destination for business and leisure travellers around the world, in particular from UAE, Spain, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Egypt and Lebanon. Mexico is also home to Middle East communities that can now take advantage of the new service.

Dubai is also increasing in popularity with Mexican travellers. In the first 5 months of 2019 alone, Mexican visitor numbers to Dubai have grown by 32% compared to the same period last year*.

Passengers flying with Emirates can book a Dubai Stopover package which will allow them to stay in Dubai for a few days on their way to/from one of over 140 destinations. Dubai offers everything from desert outings to beaches to family-friendly hotels, and even ski slopes at the Mall of the Emirates. Having become the fourth-most-visited city in the world, Dubai is known for its eclectic mix of offerings, from futuristic architecture to vibrant traditional culture and diversity. Passengers on the route can also decide to stop over in Barcelona on their way to/from Mexico or Dubai.

Emirates flight EK 255 will depart Dubai at 03:30 local time, arriving in Barcelona at 08:00 before departing again at 09:55 and arriving into Mexico City at 16:15 on the same day. The return flight EK256 will depart Mexico City at 19:40 local time, arriving in Barcelona the next day at 13:25. EK256 will depart once again from Barcelona at 15:10 bound for Dubai where it will arrive at 00:45 the following day, facilitating convenient onward connections to numerous destinations in India, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Passengers in all cabin classes can enjoy the friendly service from Emirates’ international cabin crew, meals prepared by gourmet chefs, and over 4,000 channels of movies, TV programs, music and podcasts, including channels in Spanish, on its award-winning ice entertainment system.




Tuesday, July 16, 2019

LG G8s ThinQ Combines Best of G Series with Features Popular Among Customers in Global Markets

LG G8s ThinQ Combines Best of G Series with Features Popular Among Customers in Global Markets

LG G8s ThinQ Combines Best of G Series with Features Popular Among Customers in Global Markets 


Newest Addition to LG’s G Series Lineup Designed to Appeal to Consumers Seeking a More Bespoke Smartphone Experience LG G8S ThinQ Range

Karachi / SEOUL: —LG Electronics (LG) is bringing the exceptional user experience of the G series to customers in more regions with the introduction of the LG G8SThinQ. The LG G8SThinQ is the perfect choice for consumers seeking a premium smartphone, offering many of the stand-out features and technologies applied to the flagship LG G8ThinQ with unique touches that are popular with target consumers. The latest LTE addition to the G series will be available starting this month in select markets in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, among others.

Introduced for the first time on the LG G8ThinQ, the Z Camera utilizes Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor technology to bring LG G8SThinQ users a choice of convenient and secure biometric recognition options. Hand ID uses the Z Camera’s ability to scan a user’s unique circulatory pattern using infrared light making unlocking the phone in the dark just as accurate as during the day. The same technology comes into play in Face Unlock, which is also extremely accurate and fast due to the Z Camera’s use of infrared light and 3D point clouds to accurately trace the contours and features of the face. The third new feature that utilizes Z Camera is Air Motion, a touchless command interface that allow users to perform various actions without touching the screen. 

As the first smartphone manufacturer to offer a triple-lens camera setup with a wide angle lens, LG continues this now widely emulated design with the LG G8SThinQ. The improved camera – with the widest field of view to date at 137˚ – allows users to enjoy continuous zoom capability without any lag or color distortion. The exception camera performance of the G8SThinQ was even recognized by VCX-Forum, a Germany-based ratings organization, which ranked the LG device best among the industry’s current smartphones. On the front the device sports a standard lens and the Z Camera, which supports features such as Portrait and Spotlight to help users raise their selfie game. The addition of the Z Camera’s ability to quickly measure distances helps produce portraits with more depth and feel. Spotlight detects the user’s facial curvature and simulates studio lighting to bring a professional quality and dramatic edge to selfies. With Video Depth Control, videos shot on the LG G8SThinQ benefit from a beautiful bokeh effect that puts the subject in sharp focus against a soft, blurred background. And for users tired of shaky video footage, LG G8SThinQ comes ready with Steady Cam which delivers smooth, clear videos without the use of a gimbal.

Equipped with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform and a vivid 6.2-inch FHD+ FullVision OLED display (2248 x 1080), the LG G8SThinQ is a multimedia powerhouse. The handset also continues LG’s legacy of superior mobile audio, fitted with stereo speakers that deliver a rich, textured performance and immersive surround sound. The LG G8SThinQ continues the company’s tradition of audio excellence with the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack and DAC.

The design of the LG G8SThinQ is all about the user: the stylish, ergonomic smartphone provides easy one-handed operation and oozes understated elegance, features popular with customers in Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Complete with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass, it has a polished, seamless finish that is both strong and sophisticated and guarantees a comfortable grip. Standard out of the box are 6G RAM, 128GB storage, MIL-STD 810G compliance and IP68 water and dust resistance. The LG G8SThinQ will be available in three compelling colors: sleek and modern Mirror Black, eye-catching Mirror Teal, and alluring Mirror White.

Pricing and details of availability of the LG G8SThinQ will be announced locally.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.2-inch 18.7:9 FHD+ OLED FullVision (2248 x 1080)
  • Memory: 6GB RAM / 128GB
  • Camera:          Rear: 13MP Super Wide (F2.4 / 1.0μm / 137˚) / 12MP Standard (F1.8 / 1.4μm / 78˚) / 12MP Telephoto (F2.6 / 1.0μm / 48˚)
        Front: 8MP Standard (F1.9 / 1.12μm / 80˚) / Z Camera (ToF Technology)
  • Battery: 3550mAh
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Size: 155.3 x 76.6 x 7.99mm
  • Weight: 181g
  • Network: 3G / 4G LTE-A
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5 / NFC / USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Compatible)
  • Biometrics: Hand ID / Face Unlock / Fingerprint Sensor
  • Colors: Mirror Black, Mirror Teal, Mirror White
  • Other: Air Motion / Stereo Speakers / AI CAM / Google Lens / Google Assistant / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / MIL-STD 810G Compliance




Standard Chartered Pakistan Launches “Sustainability Review 2018”

Standard Chartered Pakistan Launches “Sustainability Review 2018”

Standard Chartered Pakistan Launches “Sustainability Review 2018”


  • The Bank has launched a new Community Investment Strategy, Futuremakersby Standard Chartered, empowering the next generation to learn, earn and grow.
  • This strategy builds on the success of ourexisting community programmes.
  • We will expand Goal, our existing girls’education programme; in Pakistan 4,500 girls have been empowered since 2016
  • We will endeavour to incorporate financialeducation into all programmes; in Pakistan 438 employees volunteered to conduct Financial Education sessions in 2018 alone
  • We will develop new global communityprogrammes in employability andentrepreneurship; in Pakistan we have launched the #SCWomenInTech programme to provide training and mentoring to 20 female entrepreneurs
  • We will build on the legacy of Seeing is Believing; in Pakistan over 12 million beneficiaries have been impacted since 2004 


Standard Chartered Pakistan launches its annual Sustainability Review, setting out how it has delivered on its strategy to provide a strong return for shareholders, while creating social and economic value in the communities where it operates.

As the largest international bank in the country, Standard Chartered is now truly a part of the social fabric of this country. Through the Bank’s sustainability strategy we seek to strengthen relationships between the business, community, government and clients.

Giving back to the community remains an important part of Standard Chartered’s sustainability agenda. In Pakistan, the Bank’s community efforts are focused on education and health.

As a responsible company, the Bank has continued to transform people’s lives through its community programmes with employees contributing more than 1,000 volunteering days. Globally, it surpassed the $100 million target for Seeing is Believing (SiB), the Bank’s initiative to tackle avoidable blindness and visual impairment, two years earlier.

In Pakistan, the Bank’s SiB journey in numbers is truly inspiring, impacting over 12 million beneficiaries. It has conducted over 500,000 sight restoring surgeries, trained over 60,000 lady healthcare workers, screened over 1.5 million children for refractive errors, while we have 24 visually impaired employees working in the Bank.

SiB still have projects that will continue to be implemented till 2020 in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Swat and Swabi, with a focus on diabetic retinopathy and accelerating support for female cataract patients through our partners Sight Savers and Layton Rehmatulla Benevolent Trust (LRBT).

We are also leveraging this opportunity to announce the Bank’s new Community Investment strategy, Future makers by Standard Chartered. This is our global initiative to tackle the issue of inequality and seeks to promote greater economic inclusion for young people in our communities. We will do this by supporting disadvantaged young people from low-income households, particularly girls and people with visual impairments, to take part in programmes focused on education, employability and entrepreneurship.For Pakistan, this would translate into furthering our Goal programme. Our adolescent girls’ focused programme grew in its third year to span 17 schools in Lyari, Saddar and Keemari and reached more than 4,500 girls. We will also be looking at providing a financially inclusive environment for females by launching initiatives such as Women in Tech.

Ms. Khadija Hashimi, Head of Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing, Standard Chartered, Pakistan said: “Here for good, our brand promise is all about commitment – to our customers and clients, to our people and to the communities where we work. Standard Chartered has been committed to the long term growth and development of this country. This commitment has spanned one and a half century and remains just as strong today.We stand firm in our determination to create long term value for society as well as our shareholders.”

To read the full 2018Sustainability Review, 




TECNO gives its users the chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi and meet the Manchester City Football Club

TECNO gives its users the chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi and meet the Manchester City Football Club

TECNO gives its users the chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi and meet the Manchester City Football Club



TECNO Mobile, the official partner of the Manchester City Football Club, is initiating an exciting campaign titled #RaceToMancity that gives you the chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi. 

The “Race to Manchester City” is an amazing opportunity that comes in the form of TECNO’s commitment to grow and flourish their partnership with the world renowned football club, Manchester City. 

For this challenge exclusively, TECNO Mobile has developed an H5 game through which players can record their steps and have the chance to participate in the #RaceToMancity challenge. The challenge is based on an interactive online game that will engage users and record their activity. 

The Top 6 winners from all over the world will have the opportunity to participate in the Manchester City activity which will be held in Abu Dhabi. Winners of the #RaceToMancity challenge will be invited by TECNO Mobile and have all their traveling fees covered.

The challenge hosted by TECNO Mobile is free and open to everyone. The 10 day fitness challenge provides perfect chance for fitness enthusiasts, sports fans and all those who can physically push themselves to showcase their strength and hard work and win a trip of a lifetime. 

The activity will be conducted between 11th July – 20th July and the winners will be announced on the 1st of August, 2019. To participate you can visit https://race.tecno-mobile.com/ or take part through http://chiaooo.com/tecno/

The Manchester City Football Club is an English football club based in Manchester and founded in 1880. The Mancity club is one of the main competitors in the Premier League and is among the top sports teams in the world. TECNO’s partnership with Manchester City Football Club started in 2016. Since then the two have sustained a multiyear marketing and advertising collaboration across the globe. The partnership has helped the mobile giant connect with Manchester City fans across the world through its exclusive deals and activities. Through the Race to Manchester Club Challenge, TECNO Mobile is providing an exciting once in a lifetime opportunity for Mancity fans to meet their dream team. 




Engro Fertilizers get Awards for Best Environmental Performance and Tree Plantation!

Engro Fertilizers get Awards for Best Environmental Performance and Tree Plantation!

Engro Fertilizers get Awards for Best Environmental Performance and Tree Plantation! 


Karachi, July 15: Engro Fertilizers Limited has received two awards for Best Environmental Performance and Tree Plantation. Every year, the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) acknowledges the accomplishments of top companies shortlisted on their performance against a comprehensive criteria. Mr. Mumtaz Ali Shah, Chief Secretary Sind, was the Guest of Honor for this Awards Ceremony.

Being the only company in Pakistan aligned with DuPont Environmental Standards, and additionally fully compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Pakistan, Engro Fertilizers remains the torchbearer in combating climate change through major environmental improvement projects like Carbon & Water Footprint Reduction and Energy Optimization projects, as well as its One Million Tree Plantation initiative. 

Regarding these Awards, Nadir Salar Qureshi, Chief Executive of Engro Fertilizers, said, "Winning these accolades is testimony to the high level of focus by our organization towards addressing environmental concerns. With these awards, we reiterate our commitment to ensuring our projects are aligned with global standards for a sustainable Pakistan."



Monday, July 15, 2019

Zong 4G becomes connectivity partner for Faysal Bank Ltd

Zong 4G becomes connectivity partner for Faysal Bank Ltd

Zong 4G becomes connectivity partner for Faysal Bank Ltd


Pakistan’s No.1 Data Network, Zong 4G has partnered with, Faysal Bank Ltd (FBL), one of the leading banks in Pakistan to provide customized corporate voice and data services. The strategic collaboration will enable Faysal Bank Limited to optimize operations for end-to-end customer experiences through unparalleled connectivity of Zong 4G.

The partnership between the companies was formalized, after signing of contract between Mr. Moied Javeed, Acting Chief Commercial Officer of Zong 4G and Mr.Iftikhar Rasul, Divisional Head General Services, Faysal Bank in the presence of Mr. Wang Hua, Chairman and CEO, Zong 4G and Mr. Yousaf Hussain President and CEO, Faysal Bank along with other senior members of management.

Entering the alliance with Zong CMPak, Faysal Bank is set to reach new heights by uplifting the connectivity needs of their team through the widest 4G network of Pakistan. With Zong’s unmatched 4G connectivity, Faysal Bank team will be able to use the fastest internet for daily operations as well as to remain connected through Pakistan’s No.1 Data Network.

Zong 4G has demonstrated capabilities in delivering corporate solutions and managing the communication needs of corporate clientele. With the largest enterprise portfolio and widest 4G network, Pakistan’s No. 1 Data Network is enabling enterprises with seamless connectivity and finest solutions to ensure optimization of services for their customers everywhere anywhere.

“Speaking at the occasion, Chairman and CEO Zong 4G, Mr. Wang Hua said,” Our tailored corporate propositions are enablers for digital transformation for corporations, which position them to prepare for digital future. Through our industry-leading expertise and widest connectivity, we are acting as a digital bridge for Faysal Bank, allowing them to facilitate their customers with ease.”

Adding to the occasion, Mr. Yousaf Hussain, President & CEO – Faysal Bank said “. It gives us great pleasure to partner with Zong as Faysal Bank is looking for a long term relationship benefiting the customers with exclusive services that will be modulated under this project.  Zong 4G has a reputation of being the 4G leader in the market with widest and fastest connectivity services. Faysal Bank believes that this alliance will be mutually beneficial for both organizations and will help in reaching larger markets.’

Committed to be at the forefront of digitalization in Pakistan, Zong 4G‘s modernized and widest network coverage is shaping the digital future of enterprises and millions across the country.



Sunday, July 14, 2019

HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 Pulls in PKR 75,000,000 in Just Two Hours

HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 Pulls in PKR 75,000,000 in Just Two Hours

HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 Pulls in PKR 75,000,000 in Just Two Hours


The midrange killer is truly living up to its name by selling beyond expectations; people thronging outlets to get their hands on the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019

It seems that the Huawei fever is continuing well beyond the pre-order phase of HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019. After roping in 300% more pre-orders than its predecessor, sales of the midrange killer have swelled up manifolds. In the first two hours since the phone went on sale, people purchased PKR 75,000,000/- worth of Y9 Prime 2019 from Huawei outlets nationwide. Given the sales trends, it looks like the smartphone will be surely clinching the title of midrange king in a short span of time.

While the pre-orders and first sales for HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 hit a new high, it also reveals how much the smartphone has won people over for its remarkable specifications in a competitive price. Fans across Pakistan are queuing up in lines to get their hands on the Midrange Killer of the Year. The consumer response has been overwhelmingly positive and Huawei couldn’t be more pleased.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Scott Huang, Country Manager, Huawei Pakistan said: “With the launch of HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019, we have reassured our consumer’s belief in the company’s expertise in game-changing technology and innovation. We are pleased to say that as expected, this smartphone has very quickly become a hot favorite in Pakistan and the sales prove it. The continued love and support from Huawei fans make us more instilled to build an even stronger base in the Pakistani market and hope to continue providing the best of our products and services.”

The HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 is a phone made for every type of user. It is fast, powerful, stylish and packed to the brim with innovations and features that sets it in a league of its own. Some of these features include a stunning new display design and even an innovative front camera placement that will for sure catch the eye of any tech-savy user. To top that off, all Google-related apps such as Google Play, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube etc. work just fine along with periodic updates from Google and Huawei itself.

Here are the top few features to look forward to.


The massive 6.59” Ultra FullView Display

The display is one of the key features of the modern smartphone, be it for entertainment, browsing or even gaming. On the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019, the display has been improved vastly to accommodate all the user’s needs, stepping up the game in display design and providing an uncompromised vision.

A 16MP Auto Pop-Up Front camera just when you need it

It packs a powerful 16MP lens and is supported by Huawei’s powerful AI capability of identifying up to eight scenarios for accurate scene and object recognition. Users can also benefit from 3D Portrait Lighting features and an AI backlight that contributes towards stunning selfies.

A Powerful AI Triple Camera setup at the back

The HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 also houses a powerful triple camera setup on the back. This setup includes a 16MP + 8MP + 2MP configuration that is capable of producing detailed images with enhanced clarity, contrast and quality.

Additionally, the camera setup also houses Night Mode with AI Stabilization, which helps in low light photography and videography as well as shooting Super Slow-Motion videos at 480 fps.

A large battery to go all day long

The HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 comes with an Ultra-large battery of 4000 mAh for intensive full-day use.

More storage for more memories

Packed into the HUAWEI Y9 Prime 2019 is a massive storage capacity of 128GB, for all your photos, videos, apps, files and more. If 128GB is not enough, you can easily upgrade to 512GB as well.



Tecno Users! Chance to Win meet the Manchester City Football Club

Tecno Users! Chance to Win meet the Manchester City Football Club

Tecno Users! Chance to Win meet the Manchester City Football Club


TECNO gives its users the chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi and meet the Manchester City Football Club

TECNO Mobile, the official partner of the Manchester City Football Club, is initiating an exciting campaign titled #RaceToMancity that gives you the chance to win a trip to Abu Dhabi.

The “Race to Manchester City” is an amazing opportunity that comes in the form of TECNO’s commitment to grow and flourish their partnership with the world-renowned football club, Manchester City.

For this challenge exclusively, TECNO Mobile has developed an H5 game through which players can record their steps and have the chance to participate in the #RaceToMancity challenge. The challenge is based on an interactive online game that will engage users and record their activity.

The Top 6 winners from all over the world will have the opportunity to participate in the Manchester City activity being held in the beautiful Abu Dhabi. Winners of the #RaceToMancity challenge will be invited by TECNO Mobile and have all their travelling fees covered.

The challenge hosted by TECNO Mobile is free and open to everyone. The 10-day fitness challenge provides the perfect chance for fitness enthusiasts, sports fans and all those who can physically push themselves to showcase their strength and hard work and win a trip of a lifetime.

How to take part?

The activity will be conducted between 11th July – 20th July and the winners will be announced on the 1st of August, 2019. To participate you can visit https://race.tecno-mobile.com/ or take part through http://chiaooo.com/tecno/

The Manchester City Football Club is an English football club based in Manchester and founded in 1880. The Mancity club is one of the main competitors in the Premier League and is among the top sports teams in the world. TECNO’s partnership with Manchester City Football Club started in 2016. Since then the two have sustained a multiyear marketing and advertising collaboration across the globe. The partnership has helped the mobile giant connect with Manchester City fans across the world through its exclusive deals and activities. Through the Race to Manchester Club Challenge, TECNO Mobile is providing an exciting once in a lifetime opportunity for Mancity fans to meet their dream team.



Saturday, July 13, 2019

Infinix S4 Surprisingly Lets You Beautify Your Live Video

Infinix S4 Surprisingly Lets You Beautify Your Live Video

Infinix S4 Surprisingly Lets You Beautify Your Live Video


Upcoming Budget Smartphone is expected to have a brilliant beautification feature that lets you edit your live stream videos.

Infinix is releasing a new phone in July, the Infinix S4 which is expected to be one of its biggest hits ever. What makes the S4 special and a true game-changer is its powerful front camera and it’s AI video beautification tool.

Previous smartphones by Infinix have been widely praised and popular whether it’s the Infinix HOT, the Infinix Note or the Infinix Zero. However, the S4 is expected to be one of the biggest sellers by Infinix.

According to sources, the Infinix S4 will feature an AI Video Beautify tool that will enable users to trigger highlight to make their skin smoother, softer and whiter – all while they are recording their videos. By adding brightness to live videos, the users can enjoy video chatting without the need for finding better lighting. This feature is especially brilliant for those who use their phone or want to use their phone to engage with large audiences whether on Instagram, Dubsmash, TikTok or Snapchat. By altering the live video brightness and by putting live effects in the stream, users can make sure that they look their best and present themselves in the most beautiful way for their social media followers.

The AI Beautify tool will have the capacity to pinpoint thousands of facial feature points all the while supporting recognition of multiple faces and allowing for skin tone alteration for various users. The tool optimizes a face by improving more than 18 dimensions including smart acne remover, improving hairline luster, providing natural eyeliner, removing freckles and under-eye puffiness, highlighting the facial form and smoothing complexion and lip colour to achieve an enhanced beautiful effect.

The beauty tool will be amazing for users as it limits the need to edit videos and photos after taking them. The S4 allows for instant beautification and that’s what will make it a highly popular smartphone device.

The S4 also boosts a remarkable 32MP front camera. This is the highest resolution for a front camera yet and is undeniably one of the most powerful selfie cameras ever created by the smartphone brand. This high pixel camera will allow users to take extremely high-quality pictures and videos using the front camera. Moreover, the smartphone will also feature a triple camera in the rear that can provide with different effects such as a 2MP Bokeh Camera and an 8MP Wide Angle Lens, along with a 13MP main colour camera.

The S4 is estimated to cost between 21 to 26 thousand rupees and is set to be available for orders in July online and at all major cities and mobile distributing stores in Pakistan.

Infinix is set to change the selfie scene with its gadget of the year and we can’t wait for the official release of the S4.



Friday, July 12, 2019

PVMA demands to abolish additional duties and tax on imported edible oil

PVMA demands to abolish additional duties and tax on imported edible oil

PVMA demands to abolish additional duties and tax on imported edible oil


Karachi: Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association demanded to abolish additional 5pc custom duty and 3 pc Value Added Tax on imported edible oils, immediately.

Office bearers of the association demanded this during a meeting with Traders of edible oils and Vanaspati Ghee. It was noted that Pakistan is the third largest importer of edible oils in the world which costs more than 2.5 billion annually and also imports oil seeds valued 1.5bn yearly. They said that despite frequent announcement from the government and reminders from the industry government didn’t take back the decision which would add 15 to 20 rupee per Kg in the production cost.

Leaders of PVMA said that more than 70 pc of people consumes vanaspati ghee and imported palm oil and palmolein is the basic ingredient of this commodity. “To promote production of oil seeds locally, 25 pc additional duty should be imposed on imported oil seeds, it would be the first step to make country self-sufficient in edible oil production” PVMA urged.

It was also said that due to ambiguities in news tax initiatives clearance of raw material was pending and causing loss to national exchequer. PVMA said that this is also causing delay in production and shortage of ghee and edible oil is well anticipated. The association demanded that for the promotion of Vanaspati and edible oil industry government should reduce taxes and duties on the sector, which is already facing heavy burden of taxes and duties.




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