June 23 - 29, 2003 



SriLankan Airlines' flight UL 181 touched down at the Karachi International Airport recently to resume air services between Colombo and Karachi.Pakistan and Sri Lanka are directly linked once again with a thrice weekly service providing convenient connections from Colombo to the Maldives, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hong Kong.Travelling to Sri Lanka is also made easier and Pakistani nationals can now obtain a tourist visa on arrival in the island.According to announcement SriLankan will fly from Colombo to Karachi every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights will leave Colombo at 1955 hours and reach Karachi at 2345 hours.



The flights from Karachi will operate every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Flights will leave Karachi at 0100 hours and reach Colombo at 0430 hours.

Hon. Gamini Lokuge, Minister of Tourism in his address to the media highlighted the initiatives taken by the government of Sri Lanka for the promotion of tourism and archaeology and the relaxation of visa entry formalities to encourage intra-regional tourism while commending the efforts taken by SriLankan Airlines and the Aviation Authorities in Pakistan for the resumption of direct air services between the two countries.

Addressing the media in Karachi, the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, Daya Pelpola stated that "the first bilateral agreement between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was signed as early as January, 1949 and Karachi was one of the earliest destinations of Sri Lanka's national airline".


Skytrax, one of the most renowned opinion research institutes in the airline branch, has given SWISS the award for "Best Cabin Staff" in the European category. More than 1.8 million passengers world-wide cast their votes.

The "Oscar" for the airline branch assesses cabin crews, not only their efficiency, but additionally on "soft factors" which, taken together, demonstrate why the flights represented a special experience for the passengers.


Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has decided to continue with the same lower price for both local and imported High Sulphur Furnace Oil (HSFO) despite an increase in the HSFO prices in the international market.

The following prices for HSFO will continue for the period June 16-June 30, 2003.
Local HSFO: Rs 11,035/40 per metric ton ex-KMR/PRL
Imported HSFO: Rs 11,808/= per metric tonne ex-ZOT

This is the third consecutive fortnight that PSO has retained the same price of local HSFO and the second fortnight it has retained the same price of imported HSFO.


Real business Today and for tomorrow

Ever heard of Qingqi Revolution on Road? Well, now you have. This productive company is busy producing state-of-the-art transportation solutions. Qingqi stands behind all of the much talked two-wheeled stuff that's been coming out of local market lately, prompting the established a wise man fraternity to wonder where it's all going to end. Before you rule Qingqi out as just another sophisticated motorbike producers, the products of the company is a reflection of youth and enthusiasm. Qingqi's latest creations time and after, have left many a journo a bit perplexed to say the least. What an innovation!

Qingqi motorcycle is the landmark product by a Saigols Qingqi Motors Limited, a joint venture of China Qingqi Group and Pakistan Saigols Group. The company is committed to provide efficient and economical transport. It has sloganised the company as the distinctive in the availability of cost effective motor industry.

"Qingqi is very much concerned to provide transportation solution. We are committed to provide better and easy mode of transportation to middle class who are not able to buy other products of the same nature because of prices they can not afford, "said, Mr. Li Shu, Managing Director, Saigols Qingqi Motors Limited.



Saigols Qingqi Motors first launched a 2-stroke, 100cc motorcycle anticipating its tremendous success and popularity throughout the country, Saigols Qingqi Motors introduced a new idea in commercial transport vehicles by launching a perfectly engineered 3-wheeler motorcycle rickshaw, which is a tested product in China. The big idea was replace 'Tonga' as per the official policy.

This 3-wheeler-rickshaw has become one of the most successful and popular means of transportation for short distances in the central cities and towns of the country.

"By introducing this rickshaw Saigols Qingqi Motors has also provided a large number of employment opportunities. Regarding performance of the rickshaw we are getting a very positive response from users and owners. They are satisfied and we are satisfied, too," Mr. Shu said.

According to a private survey, the demand for Qingqi rickshaw is increasing and a lot many unemployed have been considering it a good way to make their living.

Qingqi has introduced the country's first 4-stroke 100cc motorbike. It is yet another Qingqi's state-of-art product. A real marvel of automobile engineering and aesthetics is in Pakistan to stay and make lasting impression and to capture the market.

The bike is a powerful machine, low on fuel and good in looks. It is without any doubt is the most suitable bike for the transportation according to urban requirements.

"There are unlimited chances and numberless opportunities to share the export business with Saigol Qingqi Motors Limited," Mr. Shu said.

Saigol Qingqi Motors Limited has received a tremendous positive repose from the consumer for its products and services.

"The company ardently committed to contribute in the economical uplift of the country and will continue to do so a major player in strengthening Sino-Pak relations," Shu said.

The Hub Power Company recently gave a donation of Rs.2 million to Darul Sukun Foundation. Seen in the picture is Vince Harris, Chief Executive and Lesley Ann Middlecoat, PR and Communications Manager, The Hub Power Company greeting the children at the foundation.

Allianz EFU recently signed a health insurance agreement with Pakistan State Oil, to provide comprehensive hospitalization benefits for their employees and dependents. Shown in the picture are: Mr. Ahmir ud Deen, Managing Director & CEO of Allianz EFU and Mr.. Tariq Kirmani, Managing Director, Pakistan State Oil, signing the agreement in the presence of senior officials of the two companies.

Managing Director of Bata Pakistan J.D. Hearns performing the opening ceremony of new outlet at Bahadurabad.


Arena Multimedia organized a discussion forum on 'Multimedia Careers For Life' recently at FTC auditorium. Celebrities and experts from various fields were included in the panel, discussed crucial issues faced by this new emerging field in Pakistan.


Mr. Arshad Khalil (CEO, Arena Multimedia)
Mrs. Huma Bukhari (Educationist)
Mr. Mohsin Hasan Khan (Film Actor/Director)
Mr. Shahzad Mughal (Singer)
Ms. Arjumand Rahim (Model, Actress)
Mr. Azfar Ali (TV Artist/Director)
Mr. Salman Sheikh (Mani) (TV Artist)

Moderator: Ms. Sidra Iqbal (Celebrity Public Speaker/Youth Ambassador of Pakistan)


Mr. Sun Chunye, Consulate General Embassy of People's Republic of China paid a visit to the campus of BIZTEK Institute of Business & Technology on June 14, 2003.

The honorable guest was offered a warm welcome by Mr. Anwer Dawood Chairman of the Institute. He visited the campus in detail and appreciated the curricular as well as extra curricular facilities available at the campus of BIZTEK. He was extremely impressed by the grandiose infrastructure facilities.

He hoped and wished that BIZTEK will become a model academic institute of higher learning in the country. He even held high hopes of foreseeing the prosperity and growth of private educational sector in Pakistan to shoulder the responsibilities of the government in imparting quality and need based education.

Mr. Muhammad Adrees, a renowned industrialist of Pakistan and the Chief Executive Officer of the country's largest chlore alkali industrial complex, Sitara Chemical Industries Limited, has been elected the coveted position of Chairman Multiple Council Pakistan, International Associations of Lions Club. This announcement was made during the annual convention of the Multiple Council, held at Hotel Marriott, Karachi on 31st May 2003 attended by Lions from all over Pakistan.




A group of public relations professional have formed Public Relation Council of Pakistan.The meeting nominated Public Relations Officer Syed Ibne Hassan of PICIC as its Convenor and a committee has been formed consisting of public relation managers, practitioners and officers from renowned institutions and agencies.The Public Relations Council of Pakistan (PRCP) will strive for excellence and building harmony among its members.

The council also decided to hold seminars and workshops etc. on regular basis to provide an opportunity of interaction among each other to update about the latest developments taking place in country and around the globe.

The Council also decided to hold first normal meeting and award ceremony in the second week of June to honour known personalities.

Those who have been invited by the Council include, Advisor to Chief Minister on Information, Salahuddin Haider, Company Secretary and P.R. Head (Pakistan Steel), Dr. Sajid Hussain (Ph.D.), G.M./P.R. PIA, S.M. Imran Gardezi.

On the occasion, Corporate Image Award will also be presented to R.A. Kaleemi-S.E.V.P. National Bank of Pakistan, Dr. Ahsan H. Khan, S.V.P, UBL, Muzaffar Ahmed, Senior Manger ANSP, State Life Insurance Corporation, Shujat Ali Baig, S.V.P. Habib Bank Limited, Kafeel Burni, Senior Public Relations Officer Muslim Commercial Bank, Nasreen Hussain, General Manager Sui Southern Gas Company.