Jan 21 - 27,
announces National IT Excellence Awards winners
The much-awaited NCR IT Excellence Awards were held
in Islamabad to recognize outstanding IT professionals in eight
different categories related to information technology.
The grand event was attended by leading dignitaries
and prominent personalities from government, media and the corporate
world. Federal Minister of Finance Shaukat Aziz was the chief guest on
Speaking on the occasion the Finance Minister said,
"Information Technology has opened up vast new avenues for
developing countries such as Pakistan to use the creativity of their
young through education and training and to make fuller use of their
talent for national development. Initiatives like NCR IT Excellence
Awards will go a long way towards creating motivation amongst
different segments of the society to perform well in this ever-growing
Earlier in his opening statement Country General
Manager, NCR, Syed Veqar ul Islam, said, "IT Excellence awards
are designed to motivate outstanding individuals for doing an
outstanding job for Pakistan. They will also serve as encouragement
for others to perform well in future. He congratulated the winners on
their achievement, and made commitments for continuation of these
awards annually. He also announced the inclusion of another award,
i.e. 'Life Time Achievement Award' in IT from next year."
Furthermore, he informed the gathering about the setting up of NCR's
Center of Expertise in Pakistan in the area of data warehousing, which
he said has already started implementing projects outside Pakistan.
The period for consideration for nomination for the
awards is June 2000 to July 2001. The nominations were judged on
predefined criteria for each category according to the requirements of
the industry. The categories have been selected to cover the entire
spectrum of the IT sector, thus enabling the specialized effort in
each category to stand out and be recognized.
Following are the details of the award winners
in various categories:
The award for the
Software Development went to Mr. Kashif Hisam for his development work
in Urdu Mahir Software. The winning effort relates to software
development in Urdu, which allows for use of Urdu in MS Office XP
environment, thus allowing for creation of documents, spreadsheets,
presentations and databases in Urdu.
Networking: The winner of this year's IT
Excellence award for Networking went to Mr. Shaikh Adil Gul, for the
second year running. He is currently working as manager network
systems and support IT Division Aga Khan University. His most recent
achievement for which he has been selected for the award is design and
implementation of Wide Area Network, using virtual Private Networking
Technology, over the Internet, using point-to-point protocol at the
Aga Khan University Hospital.
IT Educationalist: For his contribution in
the field of IT Education, Prof. Dr. Khalid Rashid has been awarded
NCR IT Excellence Award 2001. He is currently a professor and head
department of Computer Science, International Islamic University and
deputy Dean FMS IIU. The winner of this award has led a distinguished
career in IT education, and has made significant contributions to the
field of IT education, not only in Pakistan, but abroad as well. He
has been instrumental in development of standardized curriculum for IT
Education at Bachelors and Masters level in Pakistan.
IT Research & Development: In
recognition of his valuable contributions towards Research and
Development in general and Pakistan academic Intranet Project in
particular, Dr. Muhammad Hassan Zaidi has been awarded the NCR IT
Excellence Awards 2001 for IT Research and Development. He developed a
cost effective system, which comprehensively brings the different
universities of Pakistan together within one network. He is presently
serving as a Wing Commander in PAF and deployed as Head of Academics
at NUST Institute of Information Technology.
IT Pioneer: This year's IT Pioneer Award
winner is Mr. Mohammad Afzal, who has been actively involved as a
member of the IT Commission Work Group on development of Human
Resources in the field of IT and has worked with the Government in
Policy regulatory issues and planning as an Executive Council Member
and President of Computer Society of Pakistan, Islamabad Chapter.
IT Publication: The recipient of IT
Publication award winner is Mr. Muhammad Kamil, who has written more
than 100 articles, (mostly tutorials & pictorials) in Urdu
language, and has also written informative book "HTML &
FTP" in Urdu, which has got its 4th re-print from June 2000 -
June 2001. This book has been very widely read and accepted all over
Pakistan. He is currently working as Editor in Internet Section of
Monthly Global Science Magazine.
IT Youth: Miss Manal Ahmad is the proud
winner of this category, who is amongst the youngest females to have
completed MCSE and MCDBA in 2001. Her other achievements include: MIT
Junior Summit Award and one of the founders and editors of the Junior
Summit On-Line Newspaper and youngest participant invited by the ITU
to attend the World Forum, which is an honor for Pakistan.
A panel of judges selected for their expertise,
experience and acumen assessed the nominees for different categories
of IT Awards. The NCR IT Excellence Awards 2001 process was verified
by A.F.Ferguson & Co.; Chartered Accountants, member firm of
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Teradata solutions include the Teradata database, and analytical
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financial management, business performance management and E-Business.
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in the retail, financial, communications, manufacturing, travel and
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services, a complete line of consumable and media products, and
leading edge hardware technology. NCR employs 31,900 in 130 countries,
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NCR and Teradata are trademarks or registered
trademarks of NCR Corporation in the United States and other
TOP COMPANIES AWARD For 19Th Time
ECPL received the Karachi Stock Exchange's
"Top Companies Award" for the year 2000. The award was
presented to 25 listed companies for their performance during the year
On the basis of the selection criteria, 25
companies were selected for the Top Companies Award for the year 2000.
Top Companies Award was instituted by the Karachi Stock Exchange in
1978 and ECPL happens to be the only company that has received this
award for 19 times.
The awards for the year 2000 were presented by the
Federal Finance Minister Mr. Shaukat Aziz, in a ceremony organized by
the Karachi Stock Exchange at Beach Luxury Hotel, Karachi on December
29, 2001. Mr. Zaffar A. Khan, President, ECPL received the award.
INTEL PENTIUM® 4 PROCESSOR OPERATING AT 2.2 GHz
Intel Corporation has introduced its highest-perfomming
Pentium® 4 processor ever, running at 2.2 gigahertz (GHz), or 2.2
billion cycles per second. Built using Intel's most advanced
manufacturing technologies, the processor sets the stage for a new
class of high-performance PCs that power increasingly popular digital
music, photography and video uses, as well the latest applications
being developed for the workplace.
The 2.2 GHz milestone comes at a time when nearly
450 million people use PCs that run at 700 MHz or less. While those
PCs were state of the art two to four years ago, they pre-date the MP3
revolution, streaming video on the Internet, recordable DVDs and the
online gaming phenomenon. The most recent data from InfoTrends
Research Group, Inc. shows that 33 per cent of online households own a
digital camera. By 2005, Forrester Research says that 92 per cent of
US online households will create and share personal multimedia
Option Exercised by CresLease
A+) by PACRA.
Crescent Leasing Corporation Limited First (1st)
Tranche of Term Finance Certificate (TFC), of Rs. 250 million was
Out of Rs. 250 million, Rs. 175 million were placed
in the private placement, and Rs. 75 million were offered to the
general public against which total of Rs. 86.785 million were received
and accepted by the company utilizing its green shoe option as
approved by the SECP.
International set to host first 'Style Awards' in Pakistan
LUX International of Lever Brothers Pakistan
Limited, in a press conference unveiled plans for the first ever Lux
Style Awards, commemorating 50 years of style and glamour in Pakistan.
The award ceremony is scheduled for February.
The brand, LUX International through this event,
will honor 50 years of style, glamour and beauty in Pakistan. Lux
Style Awards, through its different categories, will pay homage to all
those who have been and are associated with style in the country.
Naheed Chowdhry, Brand Manager — LUX while
speaking at the press conference, said, "Lux Style Awards is yet
another milestone in the history of Lux International, setting
standards for others to follow. This is our way of recognizing and
rewarding those who have created and contributed to style in
MCB HAJJ GIFTS PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT BAITUL HAJJAJ
Muslim Commercial Bank Hajj Booth at Baitul Hajjaj,
Karachi arranged a ceremony to present MCB-Hajj Gifts and Foreign
Exchange to Hajis of the 1st flight from Karachi.
Mr. Mohammad Aftab Manzoor, President MCB
presenting MCB-Hajj Gift and Foreign Exchange to 1st Haji of a group
of 1st flight from Karachi, also seen in picture are Mr. Manzoor
Hussain, Director Hajj Govt. of Pakistan, Mr. Mohammad Shoaib Qureshi,
SEVP Corporate/Islamic Banking Group & Mr. Hanif Khan, EVP &
General Manager, Main Circle Karachi and other MCB Team members.
Inbox Business Technologies participated in The
Indus Entrepreneurs banking bazaar held at a local hotel recently. For
the first time Inbox showcased its Inbox e-Bridge range of high-end
servers for end-to-end banking solutions along with a host of software
options for Customer Relationship Management. Governor State Bank Dr.
Ishrat Hussain, who inaugurated the event took keen interest in Inbox
products and emphasized on the need for local banking institutions to
support Pakistan computer industry.
first-ever Operations Conference
Pakistan State Oil's vision is to remain as the
market leader in the country, providing the highest quality petroleum
products and service, and a low cost supplier with assured access to
Addressing the first-ever Operations Conference
2002 of Pakistan State Oil, which concluded on January 15th at a local
hotel, Mr Tariq Kirmani said he wanted to see professionally trained,
high quality workforce working as a team in an environment that
recognized and rewarded performance.
The theme of the two-day conference was
"Let's Be the Best."
Explaining the values that he wanted to see in the
company, Mr Kirmani said that he sought ethics and integrity, quality
and productivity, innovation and creativity, diversity and teamwork
among other values.
The managing director said that in 32 years of his
experience, he had seen only two changes in the prices of petroleum
products while in the last three-and-a-half months, there had been no
less than nine price changes.
Mr Kirmani said the first-ever operations
conference of PSO would result in improved operation at all depots and
installations and would lead to cost effective distribution of POL
Mr Aftab Ejaz, GM Operations and Construction, said
the Operations Department was focusing on operational readiness and
effectiveness, use of improved monitoring methods, modern
methodologies and concepts, rationalization and customer oriented
culture. Explaining the new trends in the market, he said apart from
other factors, optimum utilization of resources, modern operating
techniques and quality and quantity concepts had become essential for
any company to flourish in the market.
At the end of the conference, the managing director
gave away the award for the Best Installation Manager to M Tariq Khan
of Machiche while Chaudhry M Zaman of Chak Pirana Depot was declared
as the Best Depot In-charge.
Launches Enterprise Security Program in Pakistan
Microsoft organized a one-day seminar on
"Security in the Enterprise" at local hotel entitled
'Microsoft Security Roadshow'. The Chief Guest at the seminar was Mr.
Salman Ansari, Advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology. The
seminar was attended by Chief Executive Officers (CEO's), Chief
Technical Officers (CTO's), and IT Heads representing enterprise
customers, financial institutions, the government, ISP's, telecos and
The objective of the seminar was to highlight the
paramount importance of data and transaction security in today's
rapidly expanding commercial and government networks, as well as the
emerging internet economy. Microsoft invited prominent international
consultants and professionals as guest speakers to speak on the
critical question of Internet Security.
The seminar commenced with the welcome note by
Jawwad Rehman, Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan. Welcoming the
guests he remarked, "Today, Enterprise Security" is one of
the prime concerns of all enterprises whether private or public.
Microsoft has globally mobilized its resources to combat the security
threats head-on by educating the masses that it is an industry wide
challenge and can only be dealt with awareness. Microsoft has
developed simple tools and resources to increase awareness in the
masses. In this regards Microsoft Corporation has taken several steps
in Pakistan for its Enterprise customers which includes Special
Hotline, Security Toolkit and Workshops".
Mr. Salman Ansari' Advisor to the Minister of
Science and Technology while greeting the distinguished panel of
speakers and attendees of the seminar on behalf of the Government of
Pakistan said" Information Technology in our country is
progressing fast and the need for embracing future challenges must not
be overlooked. As a nation, we are on the threshold of great
opportunities, now and in the future".
Microsoft organized a one-day seminar on the launch
of Enterprise Security Program in Pakistan. The objective of the
seminar highlighted the paramount importance of data and transaction
secunty in today's rapidly expanding commercial and govemment
networks, as well as the emerging Internet economy. The picture shows
(Left- Right) Jawwad Rehman, Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan; the
Chief Guest Mr. Salman Ansari, Advisor to the Minister of Science and
Technology; Paul O' Kirwan, Principal Consultant, Microsoft Gulf;
Johan Grobler, Chief Executive Officer, Inobits Consulting and Mervin
Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Security Audit and Control Solutions
(SACS) with the Microsoft Pakistan team.
Commercial Bank Ltd. Introduces MCB CarCash Car financing at lowest
MCB CarCash, a car financing product was introduced
at a special preview held for leading car dealerships and resellers at
a local hotel recently.
"MCB CarCash is being launched in line with
Muslim Commercial Bank's vision to become the most preferred provider
of quality financial and asset building products and services that are
widely and easily accessible for the banks' customer base of over six
million," said Aarij Ali, Head of Consumer Banking, MCB while
addressing the gathering.
MCB CarCash is being introduced with 16% per annum
financial charges, by far the lowest in the market today. Coupled with
simple qualification criteria and an extensive support through a wide
network of car dealerships and MCB's own branch network, MCB CarCash,
the bank believes, will also attract a new segment that has not been
tapped so far. "We are offering financing facilities starting
from Rs. 150,000 for individuals and this, we believe will enable MCB
CarCash to become the obvious choice for individuals from a diverse
strata of society to procure vehicles in a simple and affordable
way," added Aarij. He also said that the bank has concurrently
launched lease financing for small to large size institutions. With
both, individual and institutional leasing, MCB aims at providing a
wider base of financing options to customers.
Established over 50 years ago, Muslim Commercial
Bank is the largest private commercial bank and currently has a
network of over 1000 branches in the country including 650 automated
and 170 online branches. With leadership in products such as Rupee
Travellers Cheques, ATMs, and various asset and liability products,
MCB caters to the growing middle class and corporate clients.
TwentyOne Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Century TwentyOne Technologies Pvt. Ltd. was
incorporated in 1999 as Information Technology Company. Especially in
the business of Internet Service Provider (ISP). A license of Internet
Services Provider was issued by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
(PTA) for having services all over Pakistan.
Century TwentyOne Technologies Pvt. Ltd. launched
an ISP called Tryinter.Net in 2000, with State of the Art Equipment
including SUN Servers, New bridge Access Server, Cisco, 3 Com
The growing industry of IT as leads us to the new
generation communication Techniques with that we are experiencing new
ways to communicate, one of them is Internet service provider and
among all the new and the most highly equipped ISP is TRYINTER.NET.
Tryinter.net is became one of the most leading
names in this IT Service Industry for its state of the art equipment
and a powerful backbone, with highly skilled people working under the
banner of tryinter.net in all departments with full support and
dedication to provide the best of the services and performance to
their customers throughout the city.
Tryinter.net believe in building customer friendly
relationships, with their network of 150 Dealers all over the city
make them an easy access approach to the customers for their
convenience. TryInter.Net nominal rates for the hourly packages and HI
speed browsing makes them stand in some of the leading names of the
ISP Industry of Pakistan.
Tryinter.Net is a member of Internet Service
Provider Association of Pakistan (ISPAK). Century TwentyOne
Technologies Pvt. Ltd. also has the Software House handling clients
Local and International.