Sep 11 - 17, 2000
Striving to promote IT Education in Pakistan
Microsoft, the worid's leading software provider,
in an effort to highlight and promote IT education in Pakistan,
supported the National IT Expo 2000, held recently, at the Karachi
The National IT Expo 2000 (NITE 2000), was arranged
by KU-ITians, a society of the alumni and students of the Computer
Science Department of the Karachi University.
NITE 2000, which was the biggest ever IT exhibition
of its kind in the country, boasted a vast display of state-of-the-art
IT hardware and software, such as web servers, networking solutions,
business and personal software and digital entertainment systems. The
two-day event attracted thousands of students, corporate executives
and IT professionals.
Commenting on the local IT education sector, Jawwad
Rehman, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Pakistan, said,
"Pakistan should concentrate on IT based education as IT is the
growth engine of the future. The development of the local IT education
sector will enable the Pakistani youth to compete internationally as
well as locally in the region and will also contribute to Pakistan's
economic status in general".
Recognising the talent of local IT professionals
and students, Microsoft, one of the leading participants in the event,
awarded prizes consisting of original licensed Microsoft programs and
a crystal trophy to the three best programmers, in a software
development contest organised at the event.
Speaking at a seminar also held under the aegis of
NITE 2000, Dina Faidi, Education Manager, Microsoft Gulf and Eastern
Mediterranean, said, "Microsoft realises that comprehensive IT
education is critical for the development of a vibrant IT industry.
This is why we are introducing Microsoft education programs in
Microsoft has a multitude of IT education programs,
ranging from website based programs and self-learning modules such as
MS Press, which allow students to study at their convenience, to
traditional instructor based classroom modules, which allow a more
focused approach. Furthermore, to facilitate learning, Microsoft is
now also leasing software programs to educational institutes and
offering discounts of up to 90% on licensed software for students and
Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the world-wide leader
in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a
wide range of products and services designed to empower people through
great software — any time, any place, and on any device.
Bank Al Habib signed an agreement to sale
A memorandum of agreement signed at Karachi between
Muslim Commercial Bank Limited and Bank AL Habib by which Muslim
Commercial Bank Limited RTC will be marketed and sold by Bank AL Habib
through it's 31 branches in Pakistan. The agreement was signed by Mr.
Mahmood S. Allahrakhia, General Manager of Bank AL Habib and Mr. Fida
Ali Sabz Ali, Executive Vice President of Muslim Commercial Bank
Muslim Commercial Bank Limited RTC was launched in
1993 and since then has emerged as a market leader with the highest
security features present in their cheques. The superior refundability
of the cheque has earned a confidence among its users proving higher
brand reliability. Muslim Commercial Bank Limited was also the first
Bank to introduce the televerification service which enables the
customers to verify their cheques round the clock enhancing its
Another feature of MCB RTC business is that one
Foreign Bank i.e. ABN Amro Bank and three private Banks i.e. Gulf
Commercial Bank Ltd., Al Faysal Bank Limited and now Bank AL Habib
have also signed an agreement with MCB for the sale of MCB RTC. Muslim
Commercial Bank Limited has now above 1000 branches through which the
RTC can be purchased. The product is available in Rs. 100,000/=, Rs.
50,000/=, Rs. 25,000/=, Rs. 10,000/= and Rs. 1000/=.
MCB the largest private Bank in Pakistan has a
network of over 1,200 branches. The Bank is a leader in it's ATM
services and Rupee Travellers Cheques products and strives to provide
quality service to its customers countrywide.
Medical Aid and Financial Assistance to Victims of Chishtian Building
The National Bank of Pakistan has provided
emergency medical aid to the people injured in the incident at a
building in Chishtian where the Chest Branch of the NBP is housed.
The incident occurred on September 2, 2000, when
the landlord of the building where the NBP Chest Branch, Chishtian is
located, despite the Branch Manager's opposition, insisted on carrying
out demolition work on the premises during business hours. Therefore,
as a result of the landlord's negligence, the upper portion of the
building collapsed, which resulted in the instantaneous death of three
people and caused injuries to several others.
Acting on a war footing, the Bank staff immediately
had the injured shifted to hospitals in Chishtian and Bahawalpur,
where they are being provided all the necessary medical aid.
The management of the National Bank of Pakistan
deeply regrets this unfortunate incident, which was caused by the
landlord's intransigence. However, on humanitarian grounds, NBP is
providing all the necessary medical treatment to the injured at
hospitals in Chishtian and Bahawalpur. Furthermore, as gesture of
goodwill, the Bank has also decided to extend financial assistance to
the bereaved families.
on Piano at the Sheraton
Karachi Sheraton Hotel and Towers has organized a
piano recital by Heidrun Holtmann as part of ArtFest 2000 on the 11th
of September in association with Goethe Institut. The recital will be
held in the evening.
Heidrun Holtmann is one of Germany's most sought
after pianists and she is regularly seen in programs on TV. She has
performed in national and international concerts as a soloist as well
as with famous orchestras like the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London
or the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with world famous conductors. This
performance will also commemorate the 250th death anniversary of the
famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
To be held at the Darbar Hall, this performance
promises to be a perfect opportunity for the classical music lovers of
Karachi to enjoy one of the best accomplishments on a piano. Tickets
for the recital are available in the Sheraton lobby from 12:00 hours
to 22:00 hours.
Open Door 2000 Comes to Karachi
Microsoft, Acer and Commerce One form the new Open
Door Dream Team; SQL 2000, Exchange 2000 for the most reliable com.
Microsoft's Open Door roadshow is ready to take off
around the Middle East region once again with Microsoft, Acer and
Commerce One sharing the latest information on today's technologies
and tomorrow's directions with customers, partners and software
developers. The roadshow, which kicks off recenlty in Karachi, will
also visit Islamabad followed by the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait,
Lebanon, Oman, Jordan, Cyprus and Malta.
"Open Door has grown tremendously over the
past couple of years. We, at Microsoft, and our many partners in the
initiative, have been aggressively taking our technology to our
customers' doorsteps, to show our commitment to this market. Over the
past two years, Open Door has built a great resource for our customers
across the region, and this year, it will break the attendance records
we achieved in the last round," said Derek Kerr, Community
Relations Manager, Microsoft GEM. "Our on-going strategy for Open
Door, is to continue providing tens of thousands of people across the
Middle East, access to the very latest information on the IT industry.
Our strategic alliance with industry leaders like Acer and Commerce
One, allows us to give maximum benefit to our attendees."
of APTMA sindh Balochistan Zone
Elections of Aptma Sindh Balochistan Zone were held
on September 5, 2000 for the year 2000-2001. Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Vohra
was elected Chairman, Mr. Rafiq Ebrahim and Mr. Inam ur Rehman were
elected Vice Chairman. Mr. Nadeem Maqbool, Mr. Yaqoob Nagaria, Mr.
Tariq Rafi, Mr. S. Pervaiz Ahmed and Sheikh Khalid Iqbal were elected
as Members of the Central Managing Committee.
Shipping Agencies (Pvt) Ltd.
M/s. General Shipping Agencies (Pvt) Ltd. held a
grand dinner function on board the m.v. LE YI which is brand new
vessel on her maiden voyage to Karachi as flagship vessel of the Conti
Asian Lines Service.
M/s. Conti Lines of Antwerp have operated a regular
break bulk liner service (called Conti Asian Lines) from Europe to
Pakistan since 1976. This company holds a leading share in its market
compared to its competitors.
M.V. LE YI is a sophisticated vessel of 29160 DWT
having 5 holds/hatches with 5 cranes/derricks of 35 MT capacity which
is upgradable to 70 MT. The vessel cost is USD 23 million
Mr. Mohammed Rajpar, Managing Director of General
Shipping Agencies (Pvt) Ltd used the occasion to announce a new
service being launched by Conti Lines. Henceforth, these vessels will
accept break bulk cargoes, especially Bagged Rice from Pakistan to
West African ports, namely Doula, Dakar, Lagos, Tema, Freetown,
Conarky Abidjan, etc. He informed that these cargoes will be accepted
on parcel/inducement basis for the destination region.
He added, "with regular vessels, we hope to
generate the requisite interest from exporters, especially since they
will no longer have to work only full ship loads or search for
trampship positions. Thus, parcels of 3-5000 tonnes will be executable
promptly instead of having to be delayed for want of balance cargo.
Thus, this service will boost the export performance of the country.
Mr. Mohammad Rajpar also tanked the various
consignees present on the occasion for thier consistent and valued
support to the Conti Asian Line service. He also acknowledged various
progressive measures adopted by recently the Karachi Port Trust. For
example, KPT has been able to maintain zero waiting time at the
anchorage, dredging activity has been consistent, new tugs and pilot
boats have been added, berth hire fees have been rationalized, and
vaious procedures have been streamlined.
prominent amongst those attending the function were
Capt. Noman Alvi, Dock Master KPT, Mr. Javaid Inayatullah Mughal,
Asst. Director FIA, Mr. Sajid Nugha, Dock Security Officer, Mr. Mohd.
Siddique, Additional Collector Appeasement, Mr. Najeebur Rahman Abbasi,
Additional Collector of Customs, Mr. Ali Nasrullah of M/s Ali Niaz
International, Mr. Amin Lakhani of Lakhani Traders, Mr. Haneef Hameed,
of Mohd. Kasim, Mr. Majid Agar of Agar International and Mr. Mohammad
Yunus of Signet Steel.
INTEL SHIPS INDUSTRY'S FIRST GIGA-HERTZ
SERVER AND WORKSTATION PROCESSORS
Intel Corporation introduced the industry's first
gigahertz processor for servers and high-end workstations. Original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will offer systems featuring the
gigahertz Intel® Pentium® III Xeon™ processor starting this
quarter, targeting the rapidly growing high-end workstation and
"front-end" server segments.
Front-end or Internet servers, featuring one or two
processors, have become the solution of choice for companies
conducting e-Business over the Internet. Reliable and affordable
Intel-based servers address the infrastructure trend of "scaling
out," where dot.coms, e-corporations and service providers
quickly deploy more servers to accommodate unpredictable, explosive
"An overwhelming percentage of e-companies and
service providers run their entire e-Businesses on Intel-based
front-end and general purpose servers," said Mike Fister, vice
president and general manager of Intel's Enterprise Platform Group.
"Our continued efforts to deliver more powerful and
high-performing processors will only fuel this trend."
According to International Data Corporation, 75
percent of all deployed Internet servers are based on Intel's open
Server Technology Innovation:
III Xeon processors are specifically designed to meet the scalability,
availability and manageability needs of the server market segment. The
133 MHz system bus, faster clock speeds and cache configurations
integrated on the processor die provide headroom for computation- and
l/O-intensive workloads. Built on the SC330 cartridge, the processors
enable server manufacturers to use existing server platform components
for faster time-to-market. On-cartridge voltage management and system
manageability features provide increased system reliability, along
with remote monitoring and system diagnostics.
The 1 GHz version of the Pentium III Xeon processor
family is based on Intel's advanced 0.18-micron process technology and
features a 256 Kbytes cache. This boosts performance by 4 to 15
percent over previous versions of the processor by placing a
full-speed, level-two cache memory directly on the processor die and
increasing the width of the data pathway to the processor.
Pentium III Xeon Processor for Workstations:
I GHz Intel Pentium III Xeon processor will also be used in
high-performance workstations to drive the next level of content
creation, design suites and simulation tools for today's Internet
environment. The increased speed, performance and dual processor
capability are key attributes for demanding workstation applications.
New Server Motherboards:
Intel also introduced
the Intel SBT2 server board, which is specifically designed to support
systems featuring dual Pentium® III Xeon™ processors. With
integrated networking capabilities, the SBT2 board supports ten
"hot-swap" drives. These allow customers to pull out a drive
and swap redundant power supplies while a system is running, thus
providing higher availability and reliability.