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Dec 20, 1999

Emirates stopover passenger wins return holiday!

As part of the government's initiative, Dubai Summer Surprises, Emirates launched a unique stopover package, which entitled passengers to a three-nights' stay in Dubai for as little as US$66 per person.

The package included a booklet containing over 50 discount vouchers, in addition to entry forms for lucky draws. The grand prize comprised return Emirates Economy tickets to Dubai, plus six nights' accommodation for four, at either Le Meridien Jumeira Beach Hotel or Le Meridien Dubai, sponsored by Emirates Holidays.

The lucky winner is Bernhard Broghammer from Germany, who availed of Emirates' three-day stopover package in Dubai, while en route from Dhaka to Frankfurt.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates' Commercial Operations Director, who picked the winning ticket, commented: "Emirates has promoted Dubai as a holiday destination since 1985 and has been an active supporter of Dubai Summer Surpirses since its launch two years ago by the Dubai government".

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Gillette Pakistan has appointed CMC to handle all its corporate image and public relations activities in Pakistan. Picture shows Muhammad Amin, CEO & General Manager, Gillette, Pakistan (R) and Syed Jawaid Iqbal, President & CEO, CMC signing the agreement.

Eli Lilly Pakistan Identified as Potential Research and Development Centre

Eli Lilly Pakistan has been identified as a potential centre for investment in research and development facilities by Lilly USA. This was mentioned at a meeting of Eli Lilly Pakistan's Clinical Trial Investigators held in Karachi recently.

The meeting was part of Eli Lilly's continuous compliance monitoring and review process, which strives to ensure that the company achieves and maintains the highest standards of Clinical Trials, and adherence to Good Clinical Practices (GCP).

With regards to Good Clinical Practices, it may be mentioned here that Eli Lilly is one of the few pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan that has actively supported research oriented and academically inclined doctors and investigators in their endeavours.

As part of its drive to promote compliance to standards, the company has invested heavily in training its local Clinical Research Associates abroad, so that they may be fully conversant with international compliance standards, and the latest audit results indicate that the companies efforts have not gone to waste.

The company's Clinical Investigation Centres and Laboratory were recently audited by the Lilly Medical Quality Assurance Groups from the UK and USA, and they passed with flying colours.

The regional office in Singapore and our local management have been very supportive of these developments and view them as positive indicators, because the interaction of Medical and Marketing is crucial in setting strategies for the future.

In fact, Pakistan is one of the few countries in the Asia Pacific region, that has been selected by Lilly USA as a Potential Research and Development Centre.

Eli Lilly Pakistan has been serving the country and health care professionals for the last many decades by providing highly innovative health care solutions. The company has actively contributed to the growth and development of the pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan.

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Eli-Lilly Pakistan recently held a workshop in Karachi for its Clinical Trial Investigators. The photograph shows the participants along with Mr. Keith Watson, M. D. Eli-Lilly Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd.

LUMS CONVOCATION -1999

The annual convocation of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) was held at the LUMS Campus on Sunday, November 28, 1999.

The Pro-Chancellor of the University, Syed Babar Ali, conferred the degrees to the graduating students of the MBA, BSc (Honours) and MS (Computer Sciences) Programmes. The Dean, Dr. Wasim Azhar, also addressed the distinguished gathering of academics, diplomats, government officials and proud families of the graduating students.

Professor Muhammad Yunus was the Keynote Speaker at the occasion. He is Managing Director, Grameen Bank, in Bangladesh and winner of numerous international development awards. Professor Muhammad Yunus founded the bank in 1976, which has been involved in providing credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh without any collateral. Grameen Bank, using the Microcredit approach has proven an effective and popular measure in the ongoing struggle against poverty, and it has also served as a catalyst in the over all development of socio-economic situation of Bangladesh. There are more than a dozen organizations within the Grameen family of enterprises. These include the replication and research activities of Grameen Trust, handloom enterprises of Grameen Uddog/Handloom, and fisheries pond management by Grameen Motsho/Fisheries Foundation.

This Convocation marked the graduation of the 12th MBA batch, 3rd BSc (Honours) batch and 1st MS (Computer Sciences) batch. LUMS established The Graduate School of Business Administration 13 years ago, when the Government of Pakistan granted a charter for the establishment of the university. The second programme, BSc (Honours) provides broad-based education at the undergraduate level with specializations in Economics, Computer Sciences and Social Sciences. The University's third programme MS Computer Sciences commenced in August 1998. Now the University has 750 students in its three programmes.

Degrees were conferred to 89 graduates of the MBA Programme, 98 graduates of the BSc (Honours) Programme and 2 graduates of MS (Computer Sciences) Programme. Students on the Deans Honours List and medal winners received special awards for achieving academic distinction.

In addition to the full-time academic programmes, LUMS also offers executive training programmes under the aegis of the Rausing Executive Centre both within and outside Pakistan. The University plans to increase its regional profile by forming alliances with leading institutions in Asia and position itself as a regional centre of excellence in executive education. LUMS now runs training programmes for over 300 days a year. Other programmes at LUMS include the Centre for Management and Economic Research (CMER) and the Small and Medium Enterprise Centre (SMEC).

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Professor Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director, Grameen Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh.