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UBER LAUNCHES CSR CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR SHAUKAT KHANUM

As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in Ramzan, Uber the world’s leading technology app that connects riders to drivers (partners) has joined hands with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC). The aim of the CSR partnership is to raise funds for SKMCH&RC by utilizing Uber’s technology platform. Uber will donate the complete payment for any ride taken using the promo code UBERLOVESSKMH to Shaukat Khanum.

For the first round of the campaign, the Uber team went to SKMH last Friday with gifts for children. While there, they distributed these gifts and interacted with the children all day long.

Speaking about the CSR initiative Mr. Safee Shah, GM Uber Pakistan said, “At Uber we strongly believe in the power of technology to shape a better future for the communities we operate in. Our partnership with Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) is another step towards celebrating cities for the greater benefit of society. We will be donating the fare for any rides taken using the promo code UBERLOVESSKMH.”

Uber helps millions of people every day to move around their city, offering access to safe, reliable and affordable rides in 500 cities across the globe.

SIMON COOPER, CEO, CORPORATE & INSTITUTIONAL BANKING VISITS PAKISTAN

Simon Cooper, CEO, Corporate & Institutional Banking was in Pakistan on a two-day visit in the latest demonstration of Standard Chartered’s deep commitment to the country.

During his visit to Pakistan, Simon met with industry, business and finance leaders to explore the country’s growth strategies and the opportunities for greater Group involvement for the Bank.

Commenting on his trip, Mr. Cooper said, “Pakistan is a very important market for us and we are committed to its development and growth. We intend to work closely with both the private and public sectors to deepen our relationships with existing clients and the wider business sector. We are determined to play a leading role in supporting economic growth.”

Commenting on his visit, Shazad Dada, Chief Executive Officer, SC Pakistan said, “Standard Chartered is the largest and oldest foreign bank operating in Pakistan and is a leader in the local marketplace. Our Corporate and Institutional Clients segment has a unique international network and is renowned for providing superior levels of client service with the support of world-class products and solutions to its loyal client base”.

Simon joined Standard Chartered as CEO, Corporate & Institutional Banking in April 2016. He has extensive experience in our client businesses and across our key markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Simon is a member of the Bank’s Group Management Team and is based in Singapore. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Singapore Management University, Lee Kong Chian School of Business.

SHAHEEN AIR INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES ITS FIFTH AIRBUS A319

Cementing the commitment of offering the best service to passengers further, Shaheen Air International (SAI) has welcomed a fifth Airbus A319 to its fleet. The new airbus enables Shaheen to expand its local & international routes, while maintaining their utmost standard of aviation hospitality for passengers. It also commends the carrier’s dream to spread its wings and be a force for good through value creation that continuously unites and enriches the world.

The Airbus A319 has been custom-fitted with thin and linear seats to provide added comfort to passengers. Due to this, it can accommodate around 150 passengers in its all-economy segment. It has a brand new interior, thereby giving a refreshing experience to people choosing to travel by Shaheen Air.

Upon induction of the new aircraft, Zohaib Hassan, Chief Marketing Officer, Shaheen Air International commented: The addition of a fifth Airbus to our fleet will help us enhance our exceptional service standards for our valued passengers. It will not only expand our horizons both domestically and internationally, but also ensure top class hospitality in the sky.”

Earlier this year, Shaheen ushered a brand revival by launching a new logo that aptly complimented its vision and innovation in setting new standards in the field of aviation. The airliner began its journey as Pakistan’s first private airline 24 years ago and quickly garnered the privilege of being Pakistan’s second national carrier. Now with 26 aircrafts under its wing, Shaheen Air is looking towards a brighter tomorrow, not just for itself, but for the industry as well.

The airline is also slated to receive two more aircrafts of the similar model in the coming months.

SAMSUNG SHARES RAMAZAN BLESSINGS WITH ORPHANS

Samsung Electronics – the global technology leader has recently commenced its new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign – ‘Let’s Celebrate Eid like Eid’. Showing a philanthropic spirit, the teams of Samsung employees began visiting orphanages and Old-Homes, as the first two visit were held at the Pakistan Sweet Home Building in Islamabad and at Haven’s Habitat Society, Faisalabad. The orphans and old citizens were delighted to receive the EID gifts and sumptuous food for iftaar and dinner. This activity gave the confidence to these poor people that they are a vital part of the society, this campaign will cover all major cities and then conclude in Karachi activity, the management and employees of Samsung

The MD Samsung Pakistan & Afghanistan – MrJoony Kim. stated: “Samsung has been conducting a vibrant role to be a caring organization that wants to elevate the standard-of-living in every society. In Ramazan, we want to share blessings of Ramazan in true sense with under privilege society, The campaign ’Let’s Celebrate Eid like Eid’ focuses on spending quality-time with the orphans and the homeless people, to bring smiles on their faces. Its not just a CSR activity, it showcase our vision and organization culture to support under privilege class.”

A large number of Toys, Eid Clothes, shoes and Bangles will be distributed, besides applying Mehndi (Henna) to make the colorful celebrations more enjoyable. This way, the company is also appreciating the social contributions of these marginalized citizens.

Samsung Electronics has always been at the forefront of social-development. Some of its notable initiatives include; Donation of hi-tech Echocardiography machines and one Ultrasound Color Doppler machine to the Jinnah Hospital Karachi. Samsung also donated well-equipped mobile-health units running efficiently in Punjab and KPK providing Free-of-Cost healthcare and treatment to thousands of poor patients. As a result, the company has received numerous prestigious awards in the categories of; ’Public-Health & Safety’, ’Community Development & Services’, ‘Technology’ and ‘Innovation’.

PSO INKS FUEL AND LUBRICANTS SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH PAKISTAN RAILWAYS.

Pakistan’s leading oil marketing company, Pakistan State Oil (PSO), has further strengthened its business relationship with Pakistan Railways with the signing of a major Fuel Supply Agreement yesterday under which PSO will meet Pakistan Railways’ fuel and lubricant requirements in all of their entirety.

After a stringent, transparent and competitive process, PSO successfully secured the contract of supplying High Speed Diesel (HSD), Furnace Oil (FO), Lubricants and Greases business for a five-year period to Pakistan Railways.

The agreement was signed by General Manager Lubricants & Chemicals PSO, Mr. Qasim Zaheer and Chief Controller of Purchase Pakistan Railways, Syed Mir Badshah. Present at the signing ceremony were Managing Director PSO, Mr. Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque, Minister Railways, Mr. Khawaja Saad Rafique, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and various other senior executives from both the organizations.

Khawaja Saad Rafique, Federal Minister for Railways said,” Pakistan Railways is working for long term agreements with big national and international suppliers to make the system effective. The Fuel Supply Agreement between Pakistan Railways and PSO is not only cost effective but also help to reduce the repetition of work.”

Expressing his views on the occasion, Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Resources stated that, “I am positive that the agreement will enable both the national organizations, PSO and Pakistan Railways, to enhance their role in the process of national development and contribution to the national exchequer. I look forward to witnessing these two organizations working together to ascend to greater heights.”

PSO has put forth and offered these significantly superior quality fuels, lubricants and greases at the most economical of packages to Pakistan Railways for their entire range of engines and machineries at all locations nationwide. The highest quality PSO fuel would undoubtedly result in better performance of Railways engines including the latest fleet of new and efficient locomotives that it purchased recently. This will further bring savings of millions of rupees to Pakistan Railways and the national exchequer.

Sheikh Imran Ul Haque MD PSO stated “Not only will PSO be providing Pakistan Railways with unmatched quality and quantity of fuels and lubricants, but it will also be providing them a hassle-free one-window solution for their entire fuel and lubricant requirements.”

PSO takes immense pride in offering the best quality fuel and lubricants to its customers. The High Speed Diesel imported by PSO is the best quality HSD available in Pakistan with a lowest sulphur content, which is the most environment friendly and lowest emission diesel fuel marketed in the country. Pakistan State Oil also has the most sophisticated and state-of-the-art Lubricant Manufacturing Terminal (LMT) in Pakistan which produces highest quality lubricants that are API compliant and certified. General Manager PSO Qasim Zaheer stated that “Due to fully automated process, the chances of human error is minimized which ensure consistent high quality and ensures efficient lubricants blending process.”

Having secured the business for five years will enable Pakistan State Oil to efficiently plan the procurement of fuel and raw materials for Pakistan Railways thus causing huge savings to the Railways and the national exchequer.

THE NOKIA 3310 IS BACK!

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has proudly announced a classic reimagined – the Nokia 3310. It speaks for itself.

Kamran Khan, Head of Near East, HMD Global, “Pakistan is one of the top emerging markets when it comes to mobile phones, we have witnessed an overwhelming response in the country ever since we announced our Nokia phones at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The return of the iconic Nokia 3310 is a real statement of our ambition and commitment towards honoring the hallmarks of the true Nokia phone experience.”

Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on one of the best-selling feature phones of all time. Boasting an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by, the Nokia 3310’s fresh, colourful, modern design brings it bang up to date.

Talk all day, text, take pictures, listen to music, and get hooked once more on the original mobile gaming hit Snake, all on a single charge. With its unparalleled month-long standby time, the Nokia 3310 encompasses everything you knew and loved in a sleek modern polycarbonate casing, and with inherent colour throughout its body the Nokia 3310 is more vibrant than ever before.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Technical Specifications

* System: Dual band 900/1800 MHz
* Available in dual SIM variants (microSIM)
* Software platform: Nokia Series 30+
* Dimensions: 115.6 x 51.0 x 12.8mm
* Weight: 79.6 g (including battery)
* Display: 2.4″ curved window colour QVGA (240*320)
* Connectivity: micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector
* Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM
* Camera: 2Mpxl camera with LED flash
* MicroSD card support up to 32GB*
* LED torchlight

Operating times

* Standby time: up to 31.0 days**
* Talk time: up to 22.1 hours**
* MP3 playback up to 51.0 hours
* FM radio playback up to 39.0 hours

The Nokia 3310 will be available in Pakistan in partnership with Jazzfrom 16June 2017. The Nokia 3310 will come in four distinctive colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey, both with a matte finish and will retail at the price of PKR 6490/-.

* Not included in the sales package. To be purchased separately.
**Standby and talk times are based on single SIM variant

SBP GRANTS APPROVAL OF NIB BANK’S MERGER WITH MCB BANK

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has granted approval for the merger/amalgamation of NIB Bank Limited with and into MCB Bank Limited.

SBP, through its order dated 13th June 2017, has sanctioned the Scheme of Amalgamation of NIB Bank with and into MCB Bank in terms of sub-section (4) of Section 48 of the Banking Companies Ordinance, 1962. This approval is subject to the compliance of the provisions of the applicable laws by both the Banks.

The Scheme of Amalgamation will become effective within thirty (30) days from the SBP sanction on a date to be notified by the two Banks to SBP (the “Effective Date”). On the Effective Date, all properties, assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of NIB Bank will stand amalgamated and vest permanently in MCB Bank and, as a consequence, NIB Bank shall be amalgamated with and into MCB Bank. NIB Bank shall cease to exist on the Effective Date. Both Banks will now start work towards technical migration of client data.

The merger/amalgamation of the two Banks will take place through a share swap arrangement whereby one share of MCB Bank will be issued for every 140.043 shares of NIB Bank. The dissenting shareholders of NIB Bank shall be entitled to receive the value of their shares at the rate of Rs. 1.70 per NIB share.

The merger/amalgamation of the two Banks also received the approval of the Competition Commission of Pakistan on 2nd June 2017 and other requisite corporate and regulatory authorizations and consents in this regard.

Hassan & Hassan (Advocates) (Legal Advisors) and PWC Pakistan (Financial and Tax Advisors) handled the legal and financial/tax affairs of the merger for MCB Bank.

HMD GLOBAL AND JAZZ JOIN HANDS TO LAUNCH THE RANGE OF NOKIA PHONES

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has partnered with Jazz to exclusively launch the range of Nokia smartphones and Nokia 3310 in Pakistan. Under this partnership, Jazz will offer special promotions on the purchase of Nokia phones to the consumers.

Setting a new standard in design, quality and user experience throughout its smartphone range, HMD Global believes that every consumer should have access to premium quality, outstanding design and a pure android experience. Combined with a thoughtful design philosophy that focuses on improving the smartphone experience at every level, each technical component of a Nokia phone has been carefully considered and integrated to benefit consumers’ daily lives. Drawing on the hallmarks of the Nokia phone heritage of quality, simplicity and reliability, Nokia phones are designed for the new generation of fans.

With a commitment to deliver pure Android on all smartphones, users can expect a simple, clean and clutter free experience. Featuring the latest Google services, as well as monthly security updates, Nokia smartphones are safe, secure and up-to-date. The new Nokia smartphones feature Google’s most recent innovation, the Google Assistant, building further on a great Android experience.

Kamran Khan, Country Head, HMD Pakistan said, “This partnership will go a long way to help us in providing a seamless experience to the mobile phone users in Pakistan. We have partnered with Jazz – Pakistan’s largest mobile network to build up on the excitement & the anticipation we’ve seen from Pakistani consumers following the announcement of Nokia phones at the Mobile World Congress in February this year. We are working closely with Jazz to bring the Nokia phones into the hands of fans and ensure we’re accessible to everyone.”

“The partnership between Jazz and HMD Global will be an excellent experience for fans of the Nokia phones. As the leader in digital telecommunication in Pakistan, Jazz believes such enterprises will reap stimulating benefits for our customers,” said Aamir Ibrahim, CEO – Jazz.

The Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 along with Nokia 3310 will be available for sale in partnership with Jazz from the end of June 2017.

FACILITY UNDER ALI HAJVERY FREE DRUG BANK

Ali Hajvery Free Drug Bank is facilitating deserving patients in Govt. Hospitals (Mayo Hospital. Lahore General Hospital, Mian Munshi Hospital Lahore) Since 2012. We are providing free Medicines & Laboratory Tests to deserving patients. Especially we offer, Dialysis services to the deserving kidney patients, and treatment services to Cancer, Thalassemia, Diabetes and Hepatitis patients. Since 2012, Ali Hajvery Free Drug Bank has provided free medicines to more than 300,000 Patients which costs almost Rs. 41 Million. This became just possible due to the support of generous people and organizations. Currently we are providing free medicines to more than 20,000 patients in each month, which costs almost Rs. 3 Million.

Recently we had started Ali Hajvery Free Dialysis center at Mian Munshi Hospital costing Rs. 15 Million. Now there are twelve machines and thirty six patients getting free dialysis services on daily basis. Our one day dialysis expense is almost Rs. 90,000.

With the ever-increasing number of patients, Ali Hajvery free drug bank needs more kind hearted people in our pool of benevolence to provide relief to the deserving.

Your Donations become the lifeline of the suffering poor dependent on Ali Hajvery Free Drug Bank. By which you can help provide solace and treatment to many patients in their time of distress and need.

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