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July 01 - 07, 2002

BRIEF - S IT E@SCHOOLS

In today's era, Information technology has turned out to be a major blessing in every aspect of life. Due to its necessity and fast penetration in every sector of the society, IT has been introduced as a vital subject in thc educational curriculum of the countries globally. Today, all realize that IT is as significant as any other compulsory subject at school level and prosperity without it, is near to impossible in the growing competitive world of today.

For the first time ever in Pakistan Standardized IT Education Schools has been introduced which is recognized by Government and International bodies by the name of S IT E@Schools -Standardized Information Technology Education at Schools.

The system has been launched by KalPoint.com (Kalia Group's Dot com company), powered by Fourth R Inc. USA, has the patronage of the 'Karachi City Government' and curriculum has been approved and endorsed by 'Sindh Board Of Technical Educatlon'. Othcr associates of the program are British Computer Society, American E Commerce Association. International Society For Technology In Education and Skill Development Council.

The system offers a complete solution of IT education at school level, which is not only based on books as the S IT E@Schools system is offering schools a complete solution which consists of curriculum having comprehensive Text books/Work books, Teachers Resource Manuals, age appropriate Software, Teacher Training for computer teachers, Interactive Web site for online homework and results, a Comprehensive Software for School Management and much more. The system would also elevate school from a school to an approved center by several international qualifications such as Chartered IT / IS under British Computer Society, Certified E Commerce Consultant Program by American E Commerce Association and many more.

To design an Automated Assessment system etc., in order to further enhance our program, are also in the pipeline.

More details about the program may be obtained from the website www.kalpoint.com

ICAP's POST BUDGET SEMINAR

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan's (ICAP) Annual mega event of the Post Budget Seminar, organized by ICAP's Southern Regional Committee, was held at a local hotel in Karachi on Wednesday 19 June, 2002. The Chief Guest at the Seminar was Mr. Wakil Ahmad Khan, CBR Member Direct Taxes, and the Seminar was chaired by Mr. A. Husain A. Basrai, President ICAP who also presented the welcome address.

The speakers at the Seminar were Mr. S. Masoud Naqvi, Mr. Ebrahim Sidat and Syed Shabbar Zaidi, who made excellent presentations to over 900 participants including chartered accountants and other senior managers from commerce and industry.

The speakers discussed the economic aspects of the Budget and amendments made in tax laws through Finance Ordinance, 2002. They were of the view that the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, was an excellent legislation and should be implemented with the same spirit by the Tax Administration. The law would add to building of confidence between the tax payers and the tax administration.

The presentations were followed by a Question-Answer session, and concluding remarks were made by Mr. Wakil Ahmad Khan. A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Mushtaq Hirani, Chairman of ICAP's Southern Regional Committee.

PSO MEDALS FOR TOP MBA, ENGINEERING STUDENTS

Pakistan State Oil (PSO), the largest oil marketing company in Pakistan, has decided to institute gold medals for outstanding students of six universities.

The company will award gold medals to students who are declared first overall in the MBA class in any discipline from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, and the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.

Likewise, a PSO gold medal will be awarded to top students from the mechanical engineering departments of NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, and GIK Institute of Science and Technology, Topi.

PSO will also honor one graduate from Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering, Khuzdar, who is declared first from this discipline every year.

All gold medals will accompany a cash award of Rs 10,000 and a certificate of merit from PSO.

CITIBANK PAKISTAN
SERVICE EXCELLENCE TO MAKE YOU SMILE

In keeping with its reputation and commitment to service excellence Citibank Pakistan, a member of Citigroup, has launched a"We'll Make You Smile" program. The program brings forward a true spirit of service that encompasses both employees, internal and external customers.

For the next three months, customers visiting/contacting Citibank branches or offices will see and feel the celebration of spirit of service with special efforts to provide service par excellence. Besides banners, buntings, flags and various other material that will decorate and bedeck the branches and customer service areas there will be surprises for customers as well as recognition events for the 'service with a smile' providers.

Speaking at the launch ceremony of the "We'll make you Smile" campaign, Haroon Basheer, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Consumer Banking said that "the program is to reinforce and rekindle the spirit of service, Citibank's true differentiator and to critically look at processes and make them more customer friendly."

With over 40 years of experience in Pakistan, Citibank has been a pioneer in introducing new products and pioneering services that have been emulated across the financial services industry. Amongst the many industry firsts, the Bank was the first to introduce phone banking through CitiPhone, a state of the art Call Center offering customers the facility to access accounts and products range information, pay utility bills, transfer payments or issue a pay order all with complete security, confidentiality, speed and accuracy; day and night over the phone. In the same spirit Citibank also offers customers the facility to bank any time between 9-5, order their Citibank Credit Card Rewards online or apply for a Credit Card or e-Card online.

Citigroup (NYSE: C), the preeminent global financial services company with some 200 million customer accounts in more than 100 countries, provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investrnent banking, insurance, securities brokerage, and asset management. Major brand names under Citigroup's tradernark red umbrella include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Salomon Smith Barney, Blanamex, and Travellers. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com.

PRIME BANK'S DIRECTORS RECOMMEND INTERIM BONUS ISSUE OF 15%

The Board of Directors of Prime Bank in a meeting held on June 13-14, 2002, have recommended an interim Bonus Issue of 15% to their shareholders for the currnt financial year. With this Bonus Issue the paid-up capita1 of the Bank increases to Rs.1.008 billion comfortably meeting the requirement of the State Bank of Pakistan for all commercial banks to increase their paid-up capital to Rs.1 billion by January 1, 2003. Prime Bank has achieved this well ahead of the deadline.

Prime Bank is a progressive private bank with a deposit base of around Rs. l billion, gross advances of about Rs. 8 billion and total assets of over Rs.17.2 billion. Its profit before tax for the first quarter of the current year of Rs.75.6 million showed a growth of 25% over the corresponding period of last year. It has 23 branches in 13 cities of the country and has plans to open up to ten more branches during the current year serving middle market commercial and consumer clientele. The bank continues to invest in state of the art technology and offers facilities like on-line banking, SWIFT transfers and complete computerization of its banking functions for better delivery systems for its growing clientele.

MCB SIGNS WITH TCS PVT LTD FOR SELLING MCB GIFT CHEQUES THROUGH TCS EXPRESS CENTRES

MCB RTC once again establishes their market leadership, which it enjoys over its competitors by making the MCB Gift Cheque available round the clock. Muslim Commercial Bank Limited, which was the first Bank to Introduce the MCB RTC has now extended their product line by offering the MCB Gift Cheque which will now be also available at the Express Centres of TCS Pvt Ltd besides MCB Branches across the country.

MCB and TCS have entered into an agreement through which MCB Gift Cheques will be available at the TCS Express Centres all over the country.

The agreement wies signed by Mr. Mohammad Aftab Manzoor, President MCB and Mr Jamil Janjua, CEO, TCS at the signing ceremony held at MCB, Principal Office, Karachi. Mr. Fida Ali Sabz Ali, EVP, Head of TC Division and executives of both the organizations were present.

MCB Gift Cheques — available in Rs 500/- denomination — is an ideal gift for any occasion including Eid, Birthdays, weddings, graduations, corporate reward program, Christmas and New Year.

MAJ. GEN. (RETD.) AHSAN MADE VISIT TO KALIA GROUP OFFICES

The Honourable Provincial Minister for Health, Major General (Retd.) Ahsan Ahmed made an official visit to Kalia Group offices on the morning of 12th June 2002. The Honourable Chief Guest, was cordially received by the Chairman Kalia Group, Mr. Hanif S Kalia at the KalSoft Complex. Along with Mr. Hanif S. Kalia, the other dignitaries of the Kalia Group were also in attendance to receive the Provincial Minister. Major General (Retd.) Ahsan Ahmed, visited KalSoft Complex and was introduced with the staff working in various departments. The Provincial Minister extolled the state of the art building of the KalSoft Complex. The visited the entire facade and congratulated Mr. Hanif S. Kalia on establishing such a well designed software house and the only one till yet in Pakistan which has been specially built for the purpose of software development. The health minister appreciated the methodology of utilization of the young potential in this field and stated that if we provide better opportunities to our dedicated young talent then we have brighter chances to strengthen our economy. The minister appreciated the collaboration with Euro Software Parks and other foreign companies and also praised the quality standards being maintained through ISO & CMM level 3 certifications.

In the second phase of his visit, Major General (Retd.) Ahsan Ahmed visited KalPoint.com and KalVault, the other propitious projects being run by Kalia Group. The CEO, KalPoint.com Brig. (Retd.) Soorty welcomed the Provincial Minister at the office premises. The honourable chief guest was first taken to KalVault Lockers and was introduced with the latest Lockers Security system being provided to its clients by KalVault.

The Provincial Minister later visited the different departments of KalPoint.com, the sophisticatedly established Dot com company by Kalia Group. A concise presentation was then given by Deputy General Manager, Mrs. Fatima Ali Akbar, in connection to various unlimited C2C online services at KalPoint.com. The Deputy General Manager for Business Development, Ms. Uzma Osman, later conducted a detail presentation about the IT Education project which has been launched through the platform of KalPoint.com by the name of 'S IT E@School'-Standardized IT Education at schools. Ms Uzma Osman explained that the project had been launched with the approval of the Sindh Board of Technical Education and in association with various leading national and international organizations. The Health Minister appreciated the fact that Kalia group has opted to work for the benefit of the education sector which would aid to implement IT education from the grass root level. Major General (Retd.) Ahsan Ahmed further added that Information Technology has penetrated strongly into our environment and without it prosperity for the national would not be an easy task.

ABN AMRO SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH LBPL

Lever Brothers and ABN AMRO Bank signed an agreement for Direct Debit System for country-wide collection of funds from the company's distributors' accounts. The new collection arrangement which has been developed jointly by Lever and ABN will result in improvement in the collection process.

CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF GIRNE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Girne American University (GAU), the parent University of BIZTEK, Institute of Business and Technology held its 14th convocation and graduation ceremony on 1st June 2002 in North Cyprus, Turkey. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of His Excellency, Rauf R. Denktas, President Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

It was a festive evening and was joined by the Board of Trustees, the Rector and the faculty. There were addresses and speeches by His Excellency Ismail Cem, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Turkey, Prof. Dr. I. Kaya Ozkin, Rector, GAU, Mr. Serhat Akpinar, Chancellor GAU and Mr. Noman Abid, President GAU Pakistan Campus (BIZTEK). Besides, conferrals and entry procession and words from the foreign students and faculty gave the ceremony an international flick. All this literati and glitterati were further laced with the displays, fireworks and the graduation celebrations.

Girne American University has its faculties in various fields — Business and Economics, Architecture and Engineering, Education and Law. Its Pakistan Campus does not only have affiliation but is recognized by various authorities inclusive of University Grants Commission — Pakistan. The management at Pakistan Campus, BIZTEK is geared towards not only providing education on international standards but also grooming, personality building and enculturing the students as per the practical working environment.

On this occasion, we, the GAU Pakistan Campus (BIZTEK) would like to congratulate the Class of 2002 of the Parent Campus, Girne American University on their success and would wish them luck for their future.

TERADATA CUSTOMERS DOMINATE THE DATA WAREHOUSING INSTITUTE

PRESTIGIOUS 2002 BEST PRACTICES AWARDS

Teradata, a division of NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), announced that its customers dominated The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) awards competition by taking eight of the 15 prestigious 2002 Best Practices Awards. The awards are presented annually to companies demonstrating innovative practices in real-world data warehouse implementations.

These Teradata customers were winners in the following categories:

•Travelocity - CRM
•Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad - Business Performance Management
•Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad - Real-time Analytics
•3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing) - Integrating Data Marts & Data Warehouses
•Nationwide Insurance - Web Analytics
•Nationwide Insurance - Data Stewardship & Data Quality
•Harrah's Entertainment - Justifying a Data Warehouse
•Anthem, Inc. - Meta Data Management

Teradata recognizes its partners for their contribution in supporting these award-winning customers. Cognos' powerful reporting and analytical capabilities have played an integral role in the success of Harrah's customer relationship management strategy. Hyperion's business performance management solutions are helping Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad improve performance and drive profitability.