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Dec 11 - 17, 2000

BITS Club, IBA launches an Islamic E-zine

The BITS Club of IBA has recently launched a thought-provoking web-based Islamic newsletter title "Enlightenment". The main purpose of this newsletter is to provide a platform for discussions on the current issues relating to Islam and to create awareness about the teachings of Islam. It also aims to explore the irony that while the western world is moving towards understanding Islam, the Islamic world is drifting away from it.

The contents and the articles in this e-zine have been selected to enlighten the readers with the real essence of Islam. There are questions and answers related to Islam, a survey conducted from the students of IBA and links to interesting web sites where one can find more information on Islam. The e-zine also contains short articles about the life of Holy Prophet, Islamic Banking in Pakistan and introduction to the newly launched Islamic Finance course at IBA.

The E-zine Team include Ahmed Ali Siddiqui Editor, Uzzam Malik - Assistant Editor, Khurram Mahboob, Syed Ali Mohsin, Ahmad Arsalan, Taimur Ali Mirza, Ahmed Fayyaz and Tahira Rahman.

The e-zine can be reached at www.iba.edu/enlight or www.goenlightenment. com.

Buy Kodak Gold 200 and win 2 kilos pure gold

Over the years, Kodak Ltd. Pakistan, has managed to attract the attention and love of Pakistani photography fans by introducing a host of colourful, distinct and exciting schemes.

This year again, Kodak has introduced an equally exciting and easy-to-participate scheme. Now photography fans can win 2 kilos of striking gold (through a draw) by simply stating their complete name, address, and ID card number on the gift coupon, or even a simple, clean sheet of paper, and send their entries, along-with an empty pack of Kodak Gold 200 to: Kodak Ltd. Box No: 4956, Karachi.

This time, Kodak had doubled the number of the expensive prizes. Now the first prize will be 1 kilo gold, second prize will comprise of 1/2 kilo gold. and apart from these, 50 prizes worth 10 gm gold will also be rewarded. This scheme will finally come to an end on the 31st of December, 2000, while the winners will be announced through a grand draw ceremony to be held right after Eid-ul-Fitr. The ceremony will also be televised and aired on PTV.

EPZ problems of exporters

In order to resolve the problems of the exporters related to Customs, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi, Vice Chairman, Export Promotion Bureau on 4th December, 2000. Mr. Khalid Mehmood, Chief (Export Policy), Central Board of Revenue accompanied by senior Custom officials reviewed the cases of the exporters presented by the Associations.

The heads of various Association were informed that this meeting is being held on monthly basis to solve the problems of the exporters in order to achieve the target of 10 billion dollars.

The first and the foremost point of agenda related to the refund of sales tax pertaining to SRO 417. The members were informed that a 3-member committee comprising of Collector of Customs and a representative each of trade as well as EPB would submit their recommendations to solve the operational and the procedural bottlenecks in the implementation of SRO 417.

It was also decided that the Customs and Sales Tax Collectors will regularly hold a weekly meeting on a specified day with the representatives of Trade Associations to solve their day to day problems.

It was agreed that henceforth Associations would be requested to send their complaint to the EPB atleast two weeks in advance so that CBR may study the proposals to make the meeting meaningful.

The meeting proved to be very productive in creating a better understanding between the exporters and the Custom officials and it was hoped that EPB would continue to play a pivotal role in bridging the gap between the various stakeholders.

Microsoft's Vision of .Net Opens Up New Horizons for Local Software Developers

Microsoft, the world's leading software solutions provider, shared its vision of .Net and the vista of opportunities it presents for local software development houses, at a seminar titled "Synergy 2000", held in the alpine resort of Bhurban, recently.

This was the first ever event of its kind in Pakistan, and its purpose was to expose the heads of all Pakistani software development houses to Microsoft's latest products and its vision of .Net, and discuss with them how Microsoft can help the Pakistani IT industry come up to same standards as the world's leading nations in IT.

A wide spectrum of topics, which ranged from transfer of technology and specialised support services for developers, to high level training and workshops, Microsofl Developers Network (MSDN) Special Packages and applications for the next generation internet were covered.

Dilating upon Synergy 2000, Jawwad Rehman, Business Development Manager, Microsoft Pakistan said, "Microsoft is committed to putting Pakistan on the forefront of the world's IT map, and our vision of .Net has opened a whole new horizon for the Pakistani IT industry. Synergy 2000 has proved to be really fruitful in sharing that vision with our partners, and it will definitely give Pakistan added impetus in the IT race".

PAF-KIET Student Wins Software Competition

Asian Management Institute (AMI) Computer society of Iqra University organized a software competition and exhibition at its premises on 17-18 Nov 2000. This was the first opportunity, where informal interaction between the students of different universities was encouraged. Computer Institutes at Karachi took active part in the software competition. Mr. Khawaja Wasi of PAF-KIET won the first prize in this competition. He presented his software developed in "C" language titled as "Traffic Light System". Computer vendors and distributors also had setup their stalls for the benefit of students.

Discussion on CTBT At PAF-KIET

PAF-KIET had organized a talk on "Implication of signing the CTBT by Pakistan" on 23 Nov 2000. The talk was scheduled at PAF-KIET Campus located at Korangi Creek Air Base and was attended by students and faculty members. The guest speaker was Dr. Moonis Ahmar Associate Professor at Dept. of International Relations, University of Karachi. The speaker deliberated upon the genesis of Non-Proliferation Treaty; the different facets of the Treaty and the stand of different countries on the CTBT issue. Dr. Ahmar presented the Pakistan viewpoint viz a viz her contemporaries. After the talk there was a healthy question/answers session. It is hoped that Dr. Moonis Ahmer an eminent scholar will convey the viewpoints expressed by the youth at the different forums he attends.

Citibank declared "Best Consumer Bank in the World"

The Global Finance Magazine, one of the most renowned international publications in Finance and Business, published in October its annual report on "Best Banks 2000" declaring Citibank as The Best Consumer Bank in the World.

In Pakistan, Global Consumer Bank has six branches operating in four major cities across the country and has the largest market share in credit cards, auto loans and home loans, making the Bank a market leader in Consumer Banking.