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UIT’s graduating students exhibit their projects

Students of Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) exhibited their talent through their final year projects at an exhibition and job fair 2018 organised at the institute on Saturday.

The exhibition provided a platform to students of engineering and information technology to showcase their projects they had been working on during their final semester.

Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was the chief guest at the event. Mehran Sugar Mills CEO Ibrahim Hashim and some other notables from General Tyres and IBEX Global were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said it is a great idea to invite prominent industrialists at the exhibition because such events minimise the gap between the students and the industry. He also appreciated the creative and hard work of the students.

UIT Director Zahir Ali Syed visited a number of projects and hailed the efforts of the students. The event provided students with an opportunity to interact with people in the industry, he said. “Our students did a terrific job as several projects are industry or research-based and cover a range of disciplines.”

A large number of students, parents and teachers attended the event to see projects of the graduating students.

TCF-ADP Annual Session held

TCF-ADP is a sustainable model to the country: Dr. Farrukh Iqbal

A certificate distribution ceremony for The Citizens Foundation (TCF) Alumni Development Program (ADP) was held at the Gani & Tayub auditorium, main campus. Its main purpose was to appreciate the efforts of volunteers, students and the IBA management which played an instrumental role in the program.

The session started with Asad Sajid, Team Lead TCF-ADP and a TCF alumnus, who informed the audience that from almost 1,300 TCF Matric students, only 2% make it to a university. TCF-ADP was initiated in 2014 by Nadeem Hussain, a TCF and IBA alumnus, to improve these statistics. Currently there are 160 TCF alumni enrolled in universities in Karachi, and 350 from across Pakistan and this number is expected to increase by the end of the academic year.

Thanking the volunteers and other participants, Sajid said, “Your continuous dedication and facilitation has ensured underprivileged students to gain an access to higher education.” He emphasized that this could not have been possible without TCF-ADP and the efforts of everyone involved.

Furthermore, two success stories were shared with the audience. Sehrish Yaseen who hails from Hub, Balochistan has obtained admission to the BS Economics program at IBA, and Moiza Naved has been inducted in the Social Development program at Habib University. Both the girls expressed their gratitude towards TCF-ADP for bringing their dreams to fruition.

Addressing the audience, Vice President TCF, Mr. Riaz Kamlani talked about how before 2016, TCF was only providing education up to Matric, after which the students had limited opportunities to higher education. The TCF College at Qayyumabad was founded to bridge this gap in 2016 and has proved to be very effective.

Mr. Kamlani thanked the IBA management, especially Executive Director Dr. Farrukh Iqbal and Professor Dr. Nasir Touheed for their cooperation in provision of classrooms, mentoring by the IBA students along with other resources.

Dr. Iqbal thanked TCF for bringing this great initiative to the IBA for the greater good. He said, “TCF-ADP is a sustainable model, an initiative that is bigger than all of us and means a lot to the country in terms of making quality higher education accessible to the deserving and meritorious students.”

As a token of appreciation, shields were presented to Dr. Iqbal and Dr. Touheed by Mr. Kamlani followed by a distribution of certificates to the participants. Certificates were also distributed to the IBA’s management to acknowledge their dedication to the program.

Dr. Touheed concluded the ceremony by urging the students of TCF-ADP to make the most of this opportunity. He likened TCF-ADP to a tree that provides shelter to underprivileged students and said, “Keep the momentum going and become nurturing trees to shelter future generations and assist them in their quest to quality higher education.”

CINEPAX, STARZ PLAY JOIN hands to offer Subscription service

‘STARZ PLAY by Cinepax’ will be rolled out across iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows browsers allowing access to thousands of hours of blockbuster hits and Pakistani favorites

Cinepax, Pakistan’s favorite cinema chain, announced a joint venture (JV) with STARZ PLAY, the fastest growing Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service in MENA to launch ‘STARZ PLAY by Cinepax’. The new service will grant subscribers access to thousands of hours of blockbuster hits and Pakistani, Hollywood, Bollywood, Kids favorites.

‘STARZ PLAY by Cinepax’ offers an impressive library of content licensed from the biggest Hollywood names. The service provides its customers a diverse array of blockbuster Hollywood movies, award-winning box sets, day-and-date premium series – plus documentaries, kids’ entertainment and Pakistani favorites.

“This landmark joint venture with Cinepax marks STARZ PLAY’s first launch outside the MENA region and will elevate our potential consumer reach from 350 million to over 500 million,” said Maaz Sheikh, Co-Founder and CEO of STARZ PLAY. “We’ve been looking forward to launching in Pakistan for a while; and a partnership with such a well-known name in the entertainment industry as Cinepax is the perfect way to kick off an exciting relationship with our customers in the country. This partnership will also help our studio partners in legitimizing such a heavily-pirated market.”

Arif Baigmohamed, Chairman Cinepax Group, commented: “While Cinepax has a superb reputation for entertaining our Pakistani audience with an impressive supply of movies, our partnership with STARZ PLAY will help to strengthen our growing movie business and allow customers to live stream top content from a number of different devices. ‘STARZ PLAY by Cinepax’ is a compelling business opportunity to provide a high-quality STARZ PLAY service for both the mass and premium market segments.”

“We are able to offer flexible payment options and multiple price points coupled with localized, third party content, which gives us a clear edge over competition,” added Baigmohamed.

Moreover, an exclusive partnership between STARZ PLAY and Jazz offers subscribers of the country’s leading digital communications company waiver of one month’s subscription fee on usage of the SVOD application. This partnership also provides flexibility in terms of payment method via Jazz Mobile Balance. In the coming months, Jazz’s subscribers will be receiving exciting offerings in relation to STARZ PLAY as well.

“In an increasingly digital world, Jazz’s priority is to provide its 55 million plus subscribers with digital services and content. Our partnership with STARZ PLAY will boost the entertainment portfolio offered by Jazz through a convenient, easy-to-use service offering high-quality video content,” said Babar Ahmed, Head of Products & Services at Jazz.

‘STARZ PLAY by Cinepax’ is available across a wide number of devices including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads and Android, with the ability to register up to five devices per subscription. Simple parental control functions are also easily available for the more concerned parent.

PTCL signed a MoU with WWF-Pakistan

Pakistan contains a diverse topography of geographical features and is home to incredibly diverse flora and fauna. Over the last century, lack of understanding and awareness has led to human practices that have exploited the country’s natural resources without replenishing them. A growing population and increasing infrastructure needs have also led to the decimation of animal habitats and forests, and resulted in loss and endangerment of animal and plant species only found in Pakistan.

PTCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WWF-Pakistan and committed to support plantation of 200,000 mangrove seeds at Miani Hor Balochistan as part of the nationwide Rung Do campaign. Syed Mazhar Hussain, Chief Human Resources Officer, PTCL and Rab Nawaz, Senior Director Programmes, WWF-Pakistan, along with team members of both companies attended the ceremony.

PTCL is a socially responsible organization and promotes the fostering of societal development. The spirit is deeply entrenched in its roots and is the inspiration behind this initiative. PTCL has a history and legacy to serve the nation since its inception and has undertaken a number of CSR initiatives till today as part of its contribution to the society.

With an urgent need for an organization to meet and counter these growing conservation and environment issues, WWF-Pakistan was formed in 1970.

WWF-Pakistan aims to conserve nature and ecological processes by Preserving genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, both now and in the longer term, promoting action to reduce pollution and the wasteful exploitation and consumption of resources and energy.

Communications Ministry Preparing Road Safety Action Plan country wide: Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui

Under the directive of the present government, a comprehensive Road Safety Action plan is being prepared which will be presented to the government for approval. All possible measures will be undertaken to ensure safe and sound journey on roads. This was stated by Federal Secretary Communications Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui during a high level meeting on National Road Safety Action Plan at Ministry of Communications here last week. Senior officers from Ministry of Communications, National Highway Authority, NTRC and all concerned departments participated in the meeting.

Addressing the meeting Federal Secretary Communications Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said, Road Safety is an important issue which needs immediate attention of the concerned to ensure safe travelling on our roads. He said on directive of the Government a detailed National Road Safety Action Plan is being chalked out which will presented to the government for approval. He said, in order to control road accidents, identification of causes of the accidents is an imperative. To this effect, he stressed upon the need of close coordination and cooperation among all the stakeholders. Continuing he said, control over road accidents is a challenge to the relevant departments and it is satisfying that a special programme is being prepared with consultation of all the stake holders. He said, major causes of the accidents include over speeding, bad condition of vehicles, unawareness to traffic rules and regulation and lack of proper training of the drivers. He said, identification of black spots, public awareness campaign and control on overloading can prepare ground to make journey safe and sound on our roads.

BMP Extends support to siraj Kassam led BMG in the kcci elections

We expect BMG will continue to play its role in Karachi development: Mian Zahid hussain

President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister, Mian Zahid Hussain, President of Businessmen Panel Sindh Zakaria Usman, Shoukat Ahmed and Saquib Fayyaz Magoon last week said Businessmen Panel (BMP) has extended unconditional support and cooperation to the Businessmen Group (BMG) lead by Siraj Kassam Teli in the election of Karachi chamber of commerce helped BMG in achieving tremendous victory. Mian Zahid Hussain said Karachi is the aorta of Country’s economy and generates seventy percent of Pakistan’s revenue despite worst condition, broken roads, water scarcity and pecks of wastages scattered across the City. If due attention is given to Karachi, the city can play vital role in curbing the current economic disaster due to its wonderful potential of trade, commerce and industry with diversified and excellent human resource, this city is a real Mini-Pakistan.

The veteran business leader while talking to the business community said that long awaited issues of Karachi should be resolved as per the 10 points agenda for the city announced by the PM Imran Khan prior to election. Given to PTI’s victory from Karachi, it is important that the current federal government focus and address Karachi’s issues on priority. Karachi only get one third of the daily required drinking water of 1200 million. The rest has been grabbed by tanker mafia and illegal hydrants, exploiting the citizens for the basic need. Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced measures to resolve various problems faced by the city including clean drinking water, betterment of solid waste management system and early completion of projects running under Federal government. The matters should be discussed with Karachi chamber for their early resolution.

The former minister said that the mega transport project of the federal government is still under process which has increased traffic pressure on roads creating trouble for the citizens. The green bus project needs to be completed immediately. For the betterment of law and order and curbing street crimes, Police reforms are the order of the day. Government should also work to strengthen City’s administration departments and modernizing of existing infrastructure with confidence of all stake holders.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that the victory of BMG after the recent elections conducted after 11 years in the Karachi chamber of commerce is the result of 20 years services and shows Business Community’s confidence on Businessmen Group and Siraj Kassam Teli. We congratulate Siraj Kassam Teli, Junaid Ismail Makda and other elected members of the chamber and expect that BMG will continue to play it role in the development of Karachi chamber and addressing the issues pertaining to Business Community. It will continue working with BMP to attain new heights of success for the largest chamber of Pakistan worldwide, he added.


METRO Cash & Carry Pakistan Collaborates with SOS Children’s Village

METRO Cash & Carry Pakistan celebrated METRO Volunteer Day by joining hands with SOS Children’s Village, which is one of Pakistan’s largest charity organizations dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children. Since a number of children here have experienced difficult situations in life, coming from neglected and sometimes violent backgrounds, METRO Pakistan employees were given the opportunity to dedicate their time to the cause of spreading happiness by creating an unforgettable day for 40 children from Nursery till Class 3 at SOS Children’s Village in Lahore.

Various fun-filled activities were organized with the purpose of creating a safe, interactive and collaborative space for children. The volunteers’ energy levels were consistently upbeat and celebratory, and everyone worked together to ensure that the children had a good time. The day gave METRO’s volunteers a chance as privileged members of the society, to feel the responsibility to give something back to the underprivileged children.

Through active participation and commitment of its employees, METRO Pakistan aims to continue on the path of making a positive difference in the lives of the communities where it operates.

Tariq Jamali, President (A) NBP planted trees at University of Karachi

On the call of the government to make Pakistan green and to combat numerous environmental problems, Mr. Tariq Jamali, President (A) National Bank of Pakistan planted sapling at the University of Karachi, under its CSR program “Green Initiative.” The Bank will plant trees at various parts of the city and across Pakistan.

NBP will plant over 1,000 trees at various sites of UOK to beautify the campus and improve environment. Tariq Jamali said that NBP, Tree plantation in a large scale is essential to avert pollution and to counter negative impact of climate change.

Tariq Jamali said that we need build industry-academia linkages as they are not well developed as our educational institutions rarely engage in such activities. We need to tap into their alumni network or engage with industry. In line with the government NBP is making some serious attempts to reduce the gap between industry and academia. NBP plans to engage with universities more regularly.

He further added that corporate institutions should realise their responsibility and participate in tree plantation drives so that we can plant as many plants as we can. He said there is dire need for measures to control environmental pollution and protect human lives, adding that trees play an important role in eliminating environmental pollution. He has directed managers of all NBP branches to plant tree in their soundings. The NBP has 1500 branches across country including the remotest and far-flung areas.

Professor Mr. Tahir Khan, Vice Chancellor, KU, appreciated the initiative taken by the President NBP, he said ’we are honoured that the drive has been started from the University. This will help in changing the environment by making our city green, healthy and eco-friendly. NBP is not only sapling the trees but will also nurture and monitor the growth throughout the year.

Through this initiative, NBP will help every student to plant one tree as part of this activity. This project will be roll out in partnership with other stakeholder which help schools / colleges to organize tree planting sites where their children can get to plant one tree each. Across all Pakistan, NBP will encourage the youth to not only plant trees but also nourish them.

Earlier, he met NBP team and spoke about various CSR activities of the Bank. Also present at the plantation ceremony were other senior executives and officers of the Bank.

Khaadi donates Rs 30M for Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund

Khaadi, Pakistan’s premier fashion brand announced that it will donate rupees 30 million for the Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund. The announcement was made during a fund raising ceremony at the Governor House Karachi as part of Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s scheduled visit. The donation amount was revealed following the August 14th pledge of Khaadi’s contributing its Independence Day proceeds to a national cause.

“We had said that have no right on the money earned on August 14th as it belongs to our homeland,” said Shamoon Sultan, Founder and CEO of Khaadi, “Today we donated 30 million rupees as a reflection of our commitment.”

Building on last year’s #MainBhiPakistanHoon tagline which celebrated all-inclusiveness across Pakistan, the brand focused this year’s Independence Day Campaign on giving back to Pakistan, thus changing the hashtag to #HumBhiPakistanHain. Through a nationwide poll that crowd sourced suggestions, customers had the autonomy to choose from 5 sectors vital for national development, namely; water, health, education, sanitation, and environment. Results revealed water to be a sector of utmost importance, given the alarming situation the country is facing, pertaining to this scarce resource.

JS Bank Organizes Unity Through Football Tournament

To promote unity and encourage football in Pakistan, JS Bank, one of Pakistan’s leading and fastest growing banks held the Aik Awam Cup 2018.

An annual football tournament which commenced on Defence Day i.e. 6th September, the event aimed to bring together communities through the medium of sports and celebrate our biggest national asset i.e. our Unity as a nation. The tournament also provided a platform to encourage young footballing talent in Pakistan. Featuring 32 football clubs from across Karachi, the event took place over a period of 11 days with the final taking place on Sunday 16th September 2018.

The final saw an exciting matchup taking place with the National Fighters FC scoring a last-minute penalty goal against its opponent Gizri Star to win the closing match at Gizri Stadium Karachi. JS Bank’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Zaid Haroon was Chief Guest during the prize distribution ceremony.

Speaking at the occasion, Zaid Haroon stated, “Inclusiveness amongst all Pakistani’s is a foundation stone for JS Bank and through initiatives such as sports and other activities we aim to promote this message across the country.”

Working day and night, JS Bank is striving to serve the nation and take it to new heights of prosperity and progress.

IBA-CICT will hosts two conferences in 18th ITCN Asia IT & Telecom Show 2018

IBA-Centre for Information & Communication Technology (CICT) is organizing two conferences titled ’Social Media Threat Protection’ and ’E-Governance – Impact & Challenges in Public Sector’ in 18th ITCN Asia IT & Telecom Show 2018 which is scheduled to be held on 25-27 September at Expo Centre Karachi.

Mr. Imran Batada, Director IBA – ICT & CICT will be the Moderator and Keynote Speaker for the conference ’E-Governance – Impact & Challenges in Public Sector’.

The panel discussion ’Ministers Forum’ will be the part of the conference E-Governance – Impact & Challenges in Public Sector in which several ministers across Sindh Government will be participating as panelists. The discussion will focus on exploring the ways in which public sector services can be improved with the help of Information Communication Technology. Mr. Batada will present the idea ’Go Digital Pakistan’. Its main objective is to explore the ways in which e-governance can play a key role in resolving Pakistan’s most daunting issues.

The conference on ’Social Media Threat Protection’ will be focused on identification of threats that social media platforms are facing and strategies to mitigate them.

IBA – CICT has been playing a significant role in ITCN Asia Conferences as a Knowledge Partner for the past 2 years.

ADATA launches new rugged and durable HD710 Pro external hard drive

ADATA recently launched the HD710 Pro external hard drive that has more capacity and is more shock resistant and durable while offering better portability and excellent performance. It is the best choice for active people who appreciate rugged devices that help them record and carry their adventures, but at the same time sporting newer technology and higher fidelity.

The HD710 Pro offers the advantages of an HDD in a robust, stylish enclosure at an attractive price point, and can easily accommodate larger files. Its highly durable protection and stable performance mean worry-free data mobility, which is especially important for people who love adventure and travelling. The HD710 Pro takes external hard drive durability to the next level since it is tested beyond IP68 dustproof and waterproof standards and complies with military-grade shock proofing standards with a triple-layered protective construction. With up to 5TB capacity, this master of storage survival an ally in keeping content safe whether users enjoy diving, hiking, biking, or simply taking a quick stroll. The HD710 Pro is a drive with total dust-tight protection and tested to withstand 2 meters of water for 60 minutes.

The drive will stand up to the U.S. Military MIL-STD-810G 516.6 standard. That means it will easily take falls from a height of 1.5 meters. This ensures data is safe since it also has three primary layers coating it. From tough silicone on the outside to a shock-absorbing buffer, it has it all. The tough plastic shell that is closest to the drive itself will also hold it firmly in place. The HD710 Pro features shock sensors that immediately stop all drive activity if a shock is detected. With 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, 4TB and 5TB, users get the flexibility of great external storage for their needs.

The drive has a nifty groove that goes around its shell serving as convenient storage for the detachable USB cable. This greatly reduces the risk of annoying cable misplacement and clutter. With attention to every minute detail, the HD710 Pro’s tab cover is one-touch easy but totally secure and waterproof.

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