Oct 16 - 22, 2000
LAUNChing OF PAKBUSINESSPORTALS.COM AND AJRAK.COM
The Governor Sindh, Mohammedmian Soomro hailed Pak-Libya for
taking initiative in providing the much desired support from the financial
institutions of the country to the I.T sector in his inaugural speech at a
ceremony for launching two information portals, held at hotel Sheraton in
Karachi on October 07, 2000.
The ceremony was organised to formally launch two information
portals in Pakistan namely PakBusinessPortals.con and Ajrak.com. with the
support of Pak-Libya's proposed first ever I.T Venture Capital Fund i.e.
PakVenCap.Com. PakVenCap.Com is proposed to be the first I.T venture capital
fund of the country, to be floated by Pak-Libya and other financial
institutions, to provide financial as well as managerial support to viable I.T
venture projects, converting them from Incubation stage to commercial scale.
While the fund is in the process of completing the procedural formalities, it
has already identified and supported two I.T. venture projects i.e.
PakBusinessPortal.com and Ajrak.com, which were launched by the Sindh Governor.
PakBusinessPortals.com (Pvt.) Limited would be the first
network information portal in Pakistan focusing on four vital sectors namely
Healthcare, Food, Home Appliances and Automobiles. Initially the city of Karachi
has been covered in this portal but the plans are to bring the provincial and
federal capitals as well as other major cities of the country under its scope.
Other sectors are also planned to be included in this portal at a later stage.
Ajrak.com features a unique and probably most comprehensive
search engine specifically on Pakistan. It has enormous database, which has been
a major drawback in most of the other local search engines, of Pakistan related
web sites currently hosted on the Internet. All the major search engines like
Yahoo, Google, Alta Vista, Hot Boot and MSN have given place to Ajrak.com as a
leading search engine of Pakistan. From the Government sector to sectors like
Business, Education, Entertainment, Religion, News, Travel, Sports etc.,
Ajrak.com covers it all from Pakistan as well as global point of view.
In the welcome address, the Managing Director, Pak-Libya
Holding company (Pvt.) Limited, Mr. Zaigham M. Rizvi said that "Pak-Libya
feels proud in saying that it had taken a lead position in promotion of I.T.
entrepreneurship in the country. We at Pak-Libya are fully convinced that unless
our young I.T. talent is provided encouragement to conceive and plan various
bankable I.T. projects with a strong business potential, a true I.T.
entrepreneurship could not be developed in the country. We, the financial
institutions need to come forward by further supporting them through Venture
Funding and also arranging for them necessary entrepreneurship support. By doing
so we will be able to effectively equip this massive I. T. brain power of the
country to ensure a respectable place for us on the global I.T. scene. The I.T.
route provides our nation the only viable recourse for our massive economic
The Governor Sindh, Mohammedmian Soomro, in his inaugural
speech hailed Pak-Libya on these efforts to bridge the gap between the idea
originators of the I.T world and the Financiers of the banking and finance
industry. He said "the current I.T Friendly government is also taking
concrete steps to promote I.T. Culture in the country. The National I.T Policy
has provided an excellent platform for the Pakistani I.T. industry to take off
and reach heights, which it has never reached before. On the provincial level,
we are also doing our share. I for one, personally believe that I.T. is the
future of Pakistan and to show our commitment, we have created Sindh I.T. Board
on the provincial level to promote I.T. in Sindh". He also encouraged other
financial institution to join hands for supporting I.T Venture capital Program
launched by Pak-Libya.
I.A.P. Elections for 2000-2001
The Central Committee of the Insurance Association of
Pakistan at its Meeting held on September 16, 2000 at Karachi, unanimously
elected Mr. M.I. Ansari as Chairman and Mr. Zafar Iqbal Sheikh as Vice-Chairman.
Full composition of the Central Committee and Sectional
Committees are as follows:-
M.I. Ansari, Chairman,
2. Mr. Zafar Iqbal Sheikh, Vice-Chairman,
3. Mr. Mohammad Rafiq
4. Mr. Fazal
6. Sheikh Abdul
7. Mr. Akhtar K.
8. Ch. Zahoor Ahmad,
9. Mr. M.
10. Syed Umer Ali Shah,
11. Mr. Mujib Khan.
Accident Sectional Committee:-
1. Mr. A. Razzak
2. Capt. Azhar Ehtesham Ahmed, Vice-Chairman,
3. Mr. Amin H.
4. Mr. Afzalur
5. Wg.Cdr.(Retd.) Ishtiaq Ahmed,
6. Mr. Iqbal
7. Mr. Mir Mahmood Ali.
Fire Sectional Committee:-
1. Mr. Salim Rafik
2. Mr. Zaheer Ahmed
3. Mr. M. Jawed
5. Mr. Mirza Ashfaq Ali,
7. Mr. Khalid H. Burney.
Marine Sectional Committee:-
1. Mr. Afaq Ahmed, Chairman,
2. Mr. S. Zahid Ali, Vice-Chairman,
3. Capt. M. Iqbal A.
4.Capt. M. Jamil Akhtar Khan,
5. Mr. Mohammed Asif
6. Mr. Mohammed
7. Mr. Ghiasuddin Ahmad.
Lahore Regional Committee:-
F.A. Jaffery, Chairman,
M.H. Derbari, Vice-Chairman,
3. Mr. Khalid
4. Mr. Arshad P.
5. Sheikh Abdul
6. Mr. Shahzad
7. Mr. Shahbaz H.
3rd Arena IT Guru Seminar
Our world better known as the global village has undergone
sophistication at its peak during the last decade mainly due to the Internet.
Realizing the need to create awareness among people, a seminar was held by Arena
Multimedia (the global multimedia training institute) on 4th October 2000 at
The seminar commenced with a welcome presentation by Mr. Laiq
A. Siddiqui, General Manager, Arena Multimedia. He highlighted few major key
issues regarding the growth of IT industry. He encouraged the Pakistani youth to
enter this industry, which requires over 4 million software engineers worldwide
out of which 330,000 are needed in USA alone. Presenting the IT industry's
overview, he mentioned that the IT sector is growing at 13% per annum and the
world IT industry is $720 billion. For a better positioning of Pakistan in the
Global IT industry, local IT companies have to focus on E-commerce technologies
& Applications, Internet & web-based applications and maintenance,
Coding and testing, Data entry, Digitizing and Authoring.
Followed by a presentation by the IT Guru of the 3rd Seminar
of the 'Arena IT Guru Series' Mr. Viqas Atiq, Director, Axact Cyber Solutions.
The topic was "The Dot Com World, How to become a part of IT?" Mr.
Atiq, an MBA from IBA, highlighted the importance of the Internet as a
full-fledged medium to reach out to the right audience. Furthermore while
explaining the reasons as to why this medium has heavy influence, he explained
that we as humans love interactivity and Internet, besides being accessible it
is extremely interactive too and it also satisfies our curiosity. He laid great
emphasis on how the textile and leather industry of our country can be boosted
by having an online presence and their product can be branded not only
internationally but also effectively. Covering the Corporate side of IT, he gave
examples of MNCs who were a part of the dot com world and were not only
generating amazing results but also reaching out to their target market in the
most effective manner. The comparison of the roles of financial institutions
abroad and in the country was also made. After the presentation, the floor was
opened for questions. A memento was presented to the speaker by Mr. Anis Zuberi
of Arena Clifton Branch.
Microsoft Launches 'Get Legal' Drive for a limited
Period in Pakistan
In an effort to facilitate cost-effective legalisation of
Microsoft software products, Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) has
announced its first ever 'Get Legal' offer. This offer will allow the purchase
of genuine Microsoft OEM Windows software at the lowest cost for existing PC
installations with illegal software.
Microsoft OEM products can only be sold with new PCs and now
are available at significantly lower prices to customers as well. The promotion
will extend from 6th October to 30th November, 2000, and is valid only for PCs
purchased on or after 1st August, 2000.
The 'Get Legal' offer will also enable existing PC
installations with illegal Microsoft Windows software to be legalised by
purchasing Microsoft OEM products. This move is estimated to save customers up
to 50% in legalisation costs. The offer has been conceptualised to benefit
customers by offering them a simple and rewarding alternative by employing legal
Microsoft software. Customers who wish to benefit from this offer should contact
their hardware suppliers (PC vendors).
MCB Towers: Pakistan's tallest building gets
The piling and protection works of Pakistan's tallest
building i.e. MCB Towers, have been completed in Karachi.
The contract for this work was awarded by the Muslim
Commercial Bank to an international firm M/s. Bauer Pakistan Limited in April
last, valued at over Rs. 52 Million. This work has been executed by deploying
latest building techniques and use of heavy mechanical equipment, some of which
was specially imported from abroad and used for the first time in Pakistan. The
work involved 278 cast-in-place concrete Secant Piles to ensure protection of
adjoining properties. The civil work carried out used over 25,000 bags of cement
and over 250 tons of steel.
Muslim Commercial Bank Limited, the largest private bank in
the country has embarked upon construction of high-rise modern "State of
the Art" building for its Head Office on I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi, the
banking district of Pakistan. The Building has been designed by a leading
Pakistan Architect and estimated to cost Rs. 800 million.
The project comprises three-level Basements, Ground floor,
Mezzanine floor and twenty-two upper floors and includes a Heliport for landing
of Helicopter on the roof top. The 27-stories building will have a height nearly
100 meters above the I.I. Chundrigar Road level, in addition to 10 meters below
ground level space. The tendering of the remaining works is now in progress and
the building is expected to be completed in three years time.
The Battle for Pakistan in Cyber Space — IBA
BITS Club at Institute of Business Administration, Karachi,
organized an interactive session which focused on "Operation Badr",
which is a project that has been launched by Dr. Zia Ullah Khan with the
objective of providing very high quality e-commerce application development
education at very low cost to the students and professionals of Pakistan. The
speaker on the occasion was none other than Mr. Zia Ullah Khan himself.
Highlighting the dire need to participate actively in the
Information revolution, Mr. Zia said that Muslims of the sub-continent did not
participate in the industrial revolution. The result has been centuries of
subjugation, economic deprivation, and military defeats. If we miss the digital
and information revolution, the consequences are hard to imagine. In the past
only the western powers had the technological edge over us, this time our
hegemonistic neighbor has also made tremendous strides in this area. If we are
not careful our very survival is at stake. However, the good news is that there
is general consensus in Pakistan, both on the individual level as well as at the
national level, that mastery of information technology is crucial for our
survival. The only thing we lack is direction, focus, and a winning strategy.
We should focus on Electronic-Commerce Web Application
Development technologies. The technologies we should develop expertise in should
be industry standards so that our future should not be dependent on the economic
interests of any one company.
The technologies that are emerging as industry standards for
web and e-commerce application development are Java, XML (eXtensible Markup
Language), and UML (Unified Modeling Language). Some of the related technologies
Enterprise Java Beans (EJB's)
Servlets, Java Server Pages (JSP's), and Java Database
Java Message Service (JMS) and the Connector architecture
Unified Development Process (UDP)
Design Patterns for Object Oriented analysis and design
Wireless Application protocol (WAP)
Extensible Stylesheect Language (XSL) and eXtensible
Stylesheet Language Transforms (XSLT)
XML Schema, Xpointer, XPath, Xlink, and Xforms
Resource Description Format (RDF)
E-Commerce and web protocols, such as: ebxml, OFX, ICE, eXML,
CBL, WebDev, SOAP, etc.
"Operation Badar" also called "The battle of
Pakistan in Cyber Space" has been launched with an objective of providing
very high quality e-commerce application development education at very low cost
to the students and professionals of Pakistan. Mr. Zia stressed that most
institutions here are not providing quality education and are charging quite a
lot of money. He also revealed that soon another project would be started which
would focus on practices regarding Software Development.
In the end Faraz Haider, Seminar Co-ordinator BITS club
thanked the distinguished speaker. Others organizers of the event were Nasir
Hussain Khadim, Zubair Naseer, Khurram Mahboob and Mahreen Yousaf.
Allen Thomas Worldwide Creative Director for J.Walter Thomson
recently visited Karachi and conducted a creative workshop for Asiatic
Advertising and their clients.
"Advantage" the creative workshop was held over two
days and was based on JWT's credo for great advertising and also covered Total
Branding, another JWT tool.
Allen Thomas has worked on many of the biggest and best-loved
campaigns in the UK, notably for Bristish Telecom (Beattie) Kit Kat (Have a
Break) and Oxo Family, Kraft Philadelphia and Winston Ciggarettes, amongst
As a copy writer he has also won Gold Awards at Cannes for
Polo Mints and Persil campaigns, and has won a Silver D&AD Silver Award. He
has been president of UK's prestigious D&AD Association and the Chairman of
the Cannes Jury.
CITIBANK-SYNECTIV, SIGNS JOINT PROMOTIONAL
Synectiv & Citibank has signed a promotional agreement to
exclusively offer world's best mobile phones, connection services and related
accessories to all Citibank credit card holders on installment with 0% mark-up.
In addition, Synectiv offers customized solution for after sales service and
original one-year warranty from their display center (opposite Karachi Club).
Cathay Pacific August traffic figures
Cathay Pacific Airways carried a record 1,087,480 passenger
in August, the third new monthly record it has set this year. The figure
marginally surpassed the previous record of 1,085,533 passengers set in July.
The airline has slow carried 7.93 million passengers in the first eight months
of this year, a rise of 15.1% over the same period in 1999.
North Asian routes have seen exceptionally strong growth with
revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rising by 16.9% over the first eight months.
The overall passenger load factor for August was 83.1%, bringing the load factor
for the year to date to 77.6%, a rise of 7.2 percentage points above the same
period in 1999.
Cathay Pacific's General Manager Network Revenue Ian Shiu
said: "it is certainly encouraging to set yet another resold for the number
of passengers carried in a month. Although the summer peak is now over, the
outlook for traffic remains positive."
Ombudsman's Action Against
The Helpline Trust has lauded the action taken by the Hon.
Ombudsman against the manufacturing and sale of guttka. The Trust has stated
that they have been carrying out a campaign against guttka and suppari for the
last several years, but unfortunately without much success. They had succeeded
in having a ban imposed by the Commissioner on these deadly poisons, which is
ruining the health and lives of thousand's of citizens, including children.
However, these bans have been totally ineffective, as they are only valid for 90
days and have never been properly enforced. THT said that they have even filed a
public interest litigation in the High Court of Sindh on 30th Sep., 2000, but
once again, very little progress has been made. It would seem that those in
authority seem to be the least concerned about the future of our youth, who are
being addicted to this deadly sweet poison.
e-BUSINESS SUMMIT INTEL-BASED SOLUTIONS
Technology and e-Business leaders assembled at the eXCHANGE
e-Business summit emphasizing the momentum behind Intel-based solutions. The
two-day summit, hosted by Intel Corporation, highlighted the importance of a
worldwide e-Business ecosystem to support today's growing Internet economy.
'Decisions you make today on your Internet-based business
model will have consequences for decades," said Craig R. Barrett, Intel
President and CEO. "An open architecture creates unlimited possibilities to
build the most flexible, scalable, cost-effective and innovative e-Business
Industry leaders Carly Fiorina, Chairman, President and CEO
of Hewlett-Packard Corporation; Bill Gates, Chairman, and Chief Software
Architect of Microsoft Corporation; and John M. Thompson, Vice Chairman, IBM,
delivered keynote addresses at the event. They join Barrett, Intel chairman Andy
Grove and Executive Vice President Paul Otellini in offering senior business and
information technology managers blueprints of the diverse technologies that will
help them innovate, grow and respond to the changing conditions of the Internet
In addition to the keynotes, more than 100 companies are
showcasing their e-Business success stories and products that support building
Intel's e-Business and Intel® Architecture
At the event, Intel provided an update on some of its key
e-Business building blocks and programmes. Intel said it is placing the final
touches on its ItaniumTM processor family and expects initial Itanium
processor-based pilots to be shipping this quarter. More than 400 applications
are currently being developed, and Intel has shipped more than 6,500 prototype
systems and almost 32.000 processors since November.
Helped by the Intel® Pentium® III XeonTM and Pentium III
processor families. Intel-based servers make up more than 75 per cent of all
Internet servers deployed, according to 1999 figures from IDC. Intel-based
servers are running some of the largest and most mission-critical e-Businesses
in the world today and continue to achieve significant industry leading
performance benchmarks at much lower overall system costs.
Earlier this year, Intel committed more than $100 million and
created new programmes to assist with developing Internet solutions. One such
programme, the Intel e-Business Network, is the largest of its kind,
encompassing more than 100,000 developers, service providers, resellers,
distributors, consultants and integrators. With Intel-led solution centers and
programmes, certification laboratories and e-Business alliances, Intel is
working with the industry to integrate and easily deploy affordable Intel-based
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading
manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional
information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.
Plea to allow previous
Mr. M. Zubair Motiwala, in a press release issued, has urged
the government to allow the filing of income tax returns on previous forms,
pending the formation of new "simplified" form.
The KCCI Chief, while welcoming the assurances of the Chief
Executive of Pakistan, to extend the date for filing of tax returns till the
simplified forms are made, commented that the same, despite promises could not
be made so far. "A form may be simplified from the point of view of the
government, but it may be very complex and complicated from the point of view of
the tax-payers", he added.
The Chamber President argued that the form for filing tax
returns be prepared afresh, after vetting the same by the representatives of
trade and industry and must be used from the next year.
Mr. Motiwala recalled that the Chief Executive of Pakistan
has categorically stated in one of the meetings with the members of business
community that no SRO, no document etc., pertaining to trade and industry shall
be enforced, unless it is vetted by the representatives of trade and industry.
He said that on the basis of experience, it could be
concluded that the preparation of a "simplified" form was a
"As such, the previous forms be continued for this year
to avoid delay in much-needed tax receipts by the government", he stressed.
Forwarded for favour of publication/relines/broadcast/telecast by your esteemed
— Zubair Motiwala