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Nov 05 - 11, 2001

International recognition for Preston student

Dr. Manzoor Hussain a former student of Preston University, Pakistan earned laurels for the country and for Preston, by getting recognition from the International Oracle User Group (IOUG). The International Oracle User Group recently appointed Dr. Manzoor as their web-content manager for Web-based Solutions, in outright recognition of his outstanding skills in 'Professional Oracle 8i Application Programming".

Dr. Manzoor Hussain commenced his journey towards acquisition of computer education in the year 1979, by taking a COBOL language course at the IBM. Thereafter, he developed a number of softwares using various languages like BASIC, GWBASIC, dBase III, C/C++. Comprehending the technological shift of Oracle Corporation towards Java Programming, Dr. Manzoor soon started Java as his supporting language to be used with Oracle, and has, over the years, developed complete command over it.

Dr. Manzoor's formal education in Computer Science began at the Preston University, Islamabad. He did his BS and MS in Computer Science in 1994 and 1996 respectively, from Preston. Because of his outstanding academic record, Preston granted a merit scholarship to him to do his Ph.D. He completed his Doctorate from Preston this year, and is currently engaged in teaching Oracle, SQL, Developer 2000 and Java, as a visiting Faculty at the university's Rawalpindi and Islamabad campuses, in addition to managing his own Computer training institute (LOGICS) in Abbottabad.


ABAMCO Limited and its subsidiary, Confidence Financial Services Limited have acquired the shareholding in Security Fund Management Limited, an investment Advisory Company, which is managing Security Stock Fund Limited. The shares of Security Stock Fund Limited, a closed end mutual fund in the private sector were offered to public in 1994.

Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan has approved the transaction.

ABAMCO Limited is successfully managing BSJS Balanced Fund Limited, which is a closed end mutual fund and Unit Trust of Pakistan, which is the first and the only open ended mutual fund in the private sector in Pakistan.

In September 2000, ABAMCO Limited acquired controlling interest in Confidence Financial Services Limited, an investment advisory company managing Confidence Mutual Fund Limited. Confidence Mutual Fund Limited was merged into BSJS Balanced Fund Limited subsequently.

Celebration Singapore

Singapore gears up for 15 weeks of festivities and fun, as the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) unveils details of the sixth Celebration Singapore.

Right on schedule from 10 November 2001 to 26 February 2002 with more than 500 fun-packed event days; this year's Celebration Singapore is appropriately themed "Festivities for All".

From dazzling festival light-ups to world-renowned arts performances, from intense sporting competitions to the wildest parties, Celebration Singapore will carry on as usual, against the backdrop of an international crisis.


Intel Corporation introduced the industry's first flash memory product built on 0.13-micron process technology. The new flash memory chip is nearly 50 per cent smaller and consumes less power than its 0.18-micron predecessor, making it ideal for cell phones and other electronics equipment where small form factors and low power are critical requirements.

"Intel continues to lead the industry in flash memory technical innovation and reliability," said Curt Nichols, vice president and general manager of Intel's Flash Products Group. "Intel is also the leading supplier of flash memory. Our goal is to ship 0.13-micron flash products before our closest competitors ship 0.18-micron products, putting Intel two product generations ahead of the next largest supplier."

United Mobile

The opening ceremony of United Mobile was held at their Clifton zonal office. This graceful event was attended by the officials of all the mobile companies working in Pakistan, mobile dealers, top personalities of the city and a large number of business tycoons. The event started with recitation of Quraan Pak. The ceremony was commenced with opening speeches of chief operating officer Mr. Azad A. Lalani and director business development Mr. Ejaz Hassan. They expressed their views on formation of the company, it's goals and objectives in lieu of ever increasing demand of mobiles and it's utility. They also provided statistical data in support of their view. United mobile is the pioneering company in Pakistan whose main objective is to provide clients, one window solution to all of their requirements. That is the reason they have developed a wide network of outlets across the city which will provide wide variety of mobile sets of all the well known companies of the world.

United mobile also facilitate mobile connections and packages of all the major mobile connection providers in Pakistan. It also deals in the sale of wide range of accessories and after sale service under one roof. In case of any professional assistance qualified and well-trained staff is always available to accommodate clients at all the outlets, thus saving clients from unnecessary hassle of moving from place to place. United mobiles also provides you professional assistance in choosing the right package and mobile set as per your requirements.

Adam Motor Company

Adam Motor Company Ltd., a sister concern of Omar Jibran Engineering Industries Ltd., a leading name in Pakistan's automobile vendor industry, has recently signed an agreement with Sind Engineering Limited for the contractual assembly of their Zabardast 6 wheeler 1.5 ton truck at Sind Engineering plant, West Warf Karachi.

Adam Motor Company is the sole distributor of Jiangsu Mudan Automobile Group of Peoples Republic of China, for their CKD and CBU range of vehicles in Pakistan. Adam Motor has planned to launch their first product Zabardast in the early part of year 2002 followed by other product assortments.

The objective of Adam Motor is to locally assemble and offer comparable quality vehicles to its customers at affordable price and provide excellent after sales support through its 3'S dealership network in Pakistan.

Gold Virtuosi Activities At Peak

The world wide jewellely design contest "Gold Virtuosi International Jewellery Design Awards", attracted numerous entries from experienced and amateur designers in Pakistan. Widely recognized as 'World's Oscars' for Gold Jewellery Designing, Gold Virtuosi is a result of the collaborated efforts of the World Gold Council (WGC) and Vicenza Fair.

With aims to flourish the gold jewellery industry, Gold Virtuosi has become more competitive and challenging as the event's participants are invited from many other countries than the designers invited for the 1st Gold Virtuosi contest. Competitors of 2nd Gold Virtuosi International Jewellery Design Awards include goldsmiths and jewellery designers as well as designing students.

The contest proceedings with the designers began on 4th September 2001 and the last date for sending entries is 5th December 2001. The final phase of judging is in the first week of April 2002 and the award ceremony will be in June 2002.

There are two award categories to judge the talent and potential, one for most innovative design, to have 25 winners and the other for innovative gold technology that enhances the design, to have 5 winners. The judging criteria include originality of design, creative use of gold, use of finishes and textures, appropriateness with today's lifestyles and impact of jewellery

After induction of 100 finalists, 30 winners will be selected. A panel consisting of leading personalities from the worlds of fashion, photography, lifestyle, jewellery design and journalism will judge the winners. The winning designs of the Gold Virtuosi International Jewellery Design Awards will be manufactured by the sponsors.

PSO's annual sales conference concludes

Pakistan State Oil's "Sales Conference for the year 2001-2002" was held on October 26-27 at Hotel Sheraton, Karachi. The conference was attended by divisional managers of the PSO, along with the senior management of the company.

The main theme of the conference was "We Win Together" in order to inculcate the importance of teamwork this year.

In his opening address, the Managing Director of PSO, Mr Tariq Kirmani, gave an overview of the company's performance during the previous year. Highlighting the company's successes, he impressed upon the need for carrying the same spirit of hard work and dedication into the coming year as well. He also outlined the various challenges like deregulation and the overall economic situation of the country. He also highlighted the challenges in the coming year and the management's expectations from the PSO staff.

Following the managing director's address, all the general managers and departmental heads made presentations on the progress and achievements of their respective departments and discussed their plans for the future.

On the behalf of the field force, the respective divisional managers presented their performance report and their action plans and strategies for the coming months. The divisional managers expressed their confidence that with better coordination and support from various PSO departments, they would be able to continuously improve the sales performance and meet any challenges that might come their way.

To facilitate cross-functional communication and share views, focus group sessions were held on pre-assigned topics and the results were discussed. A sumptuous dinner was the culminating point of the conference.

PSO, NRL sign 10-year agreement

National Refinery Limited and Pakistan State Oil signed a sales-purchase agreement for the supply of petroleum and allied products for 10 years in a simple ceremony at the National Refinery on Monday October 29 . The agreement was signed by the Managing Director of PSO, Mr Tariq Kirmani, and MD NRL M M Husain. As per the agreement, National Refinery, Karachi, will sell petroleum and allied products to Pakistan State Oil as per its requirements. The agreement will ensure long-term supply source for PSO, which will be very helpful for both the national organizations in the deregulation scenario as the NRL will also have long-term sale commitments.