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
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.
Singapore gears up for 15 weeks of festivities and fun, as
the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) unveils details of the sixth Celebration
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
INTEL INTRODUCES FIRST FLASH MEMORY PRODUCT
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."
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
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
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
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
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.