Jun 19 - 25, 2000
INTEL ANNOUNCES CHINA
WIRELESS COMPETENCE CENTER
Intel Corporation announced the formation of its third Intel® Wireless
Competence Center, based in Beijing. The mission of the center, announced by Intel Vice
President Ron Smith at the Asia Pacific Intel Developer Forum in China, is to promote
development of wireless Internet technology through cooperation with leading companies in
the Chinese cellular phone industry.
With the new center in China and established sites in Japan and Europe,
Intel will continue to help pioneer the development of technologies and solutions for
next-generation cell phones. The center will also provide a venue for Chinese companies to
develop technologies enabling new content and services for broadband Internet connection
via cellular phones.
"Wireless access to the Internet will become a major trend
throughout the world in the coming years," said Smith, general manager of Intel's
Wireless Communications and Computing Group "Intel has dedicated teams at its
Wireless Competence Centers to help develop wireless solutions that work seamlessly with
Internet client, server and network infrastructures."
"China is an important market for wireless Internet products and
this center will play a key role in helping Intel develop products and technologies that
meet the specific needs of the Chinese market," said Wee Theng Tan, Intel China's
chief operating officer.
Intel established its first Wireless Competence Center in Stockholm,
Sweden, in November 1999. Intel's second Wireless Competence Center was announced in
February in Tsukuba, Japan.
Intel announced its commitment to wireless communications with the
formation of its Wireless Communications and Computing Group in December 1999. The group
focuses on cellular and wireless communications, providing building blocks for computing
and wireless communication devices and data applications in the growing cellular market.
Intel's wireless direction includes building on core businesses, such as its
industry-leading flash memory technology; cellular chipsets; high-performance, low-power
processors; and digital signal processing activities.
About IDF: The Intel Developer Forum is Intel's premier technical forum
comprising a multitude of sessions and hands-on labs and more than 100 demonstrations of
cutting-edge products and technologies. Intel Developer Forums are held throughout the
World in the United States, Asia, Japan and Europe and attract thousands of hardware and
software developers of whom nearly 30 per cent are focused on software.
Shell's Rimula-C Grand Draw
The grand draw for trade and consumer of the Rimula-C Anti-counterfeit
drive, a promotional campaign undertaken by Pakistan's premier lubricant company, Shell
Pakistan Limited, was held at Shell House.
This promotion is part of Shell Pakistan's efforts to check the sale of
fake diesel engine oil in the country. The customer is required to match the serial number
on the back of the Rimula-C pack to the one on the cap of the pack to ensure that it is
The draw, the fourth in a series of other draws held earlier in the
year, was enthusiastically attended by a lar ,e number of people, including several
members of the trade community. Among those present were Shell senior management Mr.
Quentin D' Silva and Mr. I7red Frowein, Consumer Marketing Manager, Commercial, Middle
East South Asia (MESA).
The winners, Aziz Ullah Khan Niazi, Hub River Road, Karachi, from the
consumer side, and Haji Sheikh Mohammed Shafiq, Shafiq Filling Station, Jhang, from the
trade side, were the lucky winners ofthe Rs. 100,000 each.
The three draws and the grand draw received a tremendous response, with
thousands of participants from the public, including traders and Rimula-C vendors and
KARACHI SHERATON OFFERS FABULOUS DISCOUNTS TO DAWLANCE CARDHOLDERS
Karachi Sheraton Hotel & Towers recently signed an agreement with
Dawlance in which Karachi Sheraton will be providing numerous discounts to the Dawlance
Discount Cardholders, which was recently launched at the hotel.
"Karachi Sheraton is pleased to offer this unique opportunity to
all Dawlance Card holders to enjoy the high quality services of the hotel with excellent
discounts", says Mr. Thomas van Opstal, General Manager Karachi Sheraton Hotel &
Towers. "This agreement is also an exclusive opportunity for the hotel to serve the
valuable clients of Dawlance."
Valid till March 2001, Dawlance card members will be offered a 15%
discount at Al-Bustan the all-day dining restaurant, (breakfast and lunch), Lotus Court,
offering a variety of cuisine from the Orient, (for lunch and dinner), La Mamma the true
Italian restaurant and The Pakistani (for dinner) and Fanoos, the ultimate 24 hour cafe. A
15% discount will also be offered for all purchases made at the Gourmet Shop excluding
taxes and for Dry Cleaning and Laundry services.
Apart from these remarkable discounts, all Dawlance Discount
Cardholders will also be entitled to more than 70% discount on stay at Karachi Sheraton
Classic Rooms, including complimentary buffet breakfast, a complimentary welcome drink and
all other 5-star amenities Karachi Sheraton is renowned for.
Shamoon left for Algeria
Mr. Shamoon Bakir Ali, Member of Managing Committee; Chairman, Fairs,
Exhibitions & Trade Delegation Sub-Committee of the Chamber and Director Pakistani
Pavilion left for Algeria, leading a delegation of nine exhibiting firms, to participate
in the 33rd International Fair of Algeiers beginning from 13th to 24th June, 2000.
The Chamber is officially participating in the fair. The main objective
of KCCI's participation in this fair is to explore new markets and expand the level of
During his stay in Algeria, Mr. Bakir Ali, besides supervising the
Pakistan Pavilion in the fair will also meet members of Algerian Chamber of Commerce &
Industry & other Algerian business and Government Officials.
American Food for Afghans
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, William B. Milam was on hand at Port Qasim
in Karachi on June 15, 2000 to receive a shipment of 40,000 tons of American wheat
destined for the people of Afghanistan.
This single shipment is in addition to a recent American donation of
$500,000 in emergency drought relief, and is in addition to the 10,000 tons of wheat that
the United States donated earlier this year through the UN World Food Program.
A further 45,000 tons is expected to arrive from the U.S. in about 4
The Ambassador expressed ongoing American concerns for the plight of
the Afghan people hit by war, hunger and drought and noted in his remarks that in 1999 the
United States donated 102,511 tons of food to the Afghan people through the
The United States is the largest single-country provider of
humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. Last year, the U.S. donated more than $70
million in assistance to the Afghan people.
Aga Khan Foundation receives Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity
Arab American Institute Foundation Honors International Achievement
In a ceremony at its Annual Awards Dinner, the Arab American Institute
Foundation (AAIF) presented its annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award for
International Accomplishment to the Aga Khan Foundation.
AAIF instituted the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards to draw
attention to acts of leadership and dedication that promote the common good. The Awards
recognize individuals, corporations, organizations and communities whose work, commitment
and support promote tolerance and inclusion in all walks of life. They aim to promote
diversity and cultural interaction, and to showcase initiatives that foster democratic and
humanitarian values across racial, ethnic and religious lines.
The four other 2000 award winners are the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
Center for Human Rights ALSAC/St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Fannie Mae, and
In presenting the award to the Foundation, Congressman Ray LaHood,
(Republican from Illinois), stated. "Tonight, we have a most extraordinary
opportunity to recognize an institution whose reach extends beyond national governments
and organizations and touches villages, people, and groups where they live, and how they
live, on a daily basis.
In accepting the award, Guillaume de Spoelberch, Director of the Aga
Khan Foundation, remarked that "The Kahlil Gibran Award incorporates a philosophy and
an ethic we all share. It celebrates the common desire of people for dignity, respect,
peace and a better quality of life. It honors those people around the world who have
earned the right to say: 'We did it ourselves!"
The Aga Khan Foundation is a non-denominational, international
development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary
Imam of the Isamili Muslims. Its activities focus on empowering communities to create and
apply progressive solutions in the education, health, rural development and civil society
enhancement sectors. Working with a host of cooperating agencies and thousands of
volunteers, the Foundation reaches out to vulnerable populations on four continents,
irrespective of their race, religion, political persuasion or gender. It has branches and
independent affiliates in 12 countries, including the U.S.A. and supports 120 projects in
13 countries. The Foundation's total expenditure was $ 89 million in 1999.
The Foundation is part of the Aga Khan Development Network, which is
one of the largest private international development groups serving people of all faiths
and backgrounds in South and Central Asia and Africa. With mandates ranging from health
and education to architecture, rural development and the promotion of private sector
enterprise, AKDN agencies seek to realize the social conscience of Islam through
AKDN counts amongst its partners multilateral and bilateral development
agencies and non-governmental organizations, including institutions of the World Bank
Group and various agencies of the United Nations and the European Union, as well as
government agencies of Canada, the United Kingdom, several other European countries, the
United States and some 25 countries across the world in which it operates.