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Jun 19 - 25, 2000


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 genuine.

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 dealers.


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 country's export.

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 months.

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 WFP.

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 Award

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 Focus Hope.

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 institutional action.

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.