Super Kabddi League receives OverWhelming response from International Players

Islamabad (Cliff News)The first of its kind, Super Kabaddi League, which has already generated interest across the board is set to be held in Lahore from July. This is in the wake of overwhelming response from International players, who wish to participate in the League.  Muhammad Sarwar Rana, Secretary General, Pakistan Kabaddi Federation, termed the development as a highly encouraging sign to the widespread popularity of Kabaddi and the interest the League has garnered. “This is an unprecedented moment for the promotion of Kabaddi. We are delighted to welcome International players to the inaugural season of“Super Kabaddi League”, remarkedHaider Ali Daud Khan, Founder & CEO of Strawberry Sports Management (Owners of Super Kabaddi League). In the coming days and weeks, the build-up of Super Kabaddi League shall feature various ceremonies, press conferences and broad based engagement with audience. Super Kabaddi League ushers the dawn of new era of celebrating indigenous sports.

Jazz Wins Diversity and Inclusion Award at GDIC 2017


Karachi(Cliff News)Jazz, Pakistan’s number one Telco, has been recognized for implementing Diversity and Inclusion throughout the organization at the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks Conference (GDIC) 2017. The Telco wonthe award in the progressive category; for implementing Diversity and Inclusion systematically and showing improved results and outcomes.A key contributor to Jazz’s effective organizational structure is diversity of thought, through managers with different skills, backgrounds and expertise. Jazz has a long-standing commitment to workplace gender equality, and aims to ensure equal job classifications and pay for equal skills.The award was presented to Syed JaffarAbbas Shirazi, Head of Mobile Payments– Jazz by the Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programmeand Minister of State Marvi Memon andJehan Ara, President PASHA.“At Jazz, we realize that if we are to progress on gender balance, we all need to embrace and accelerate our efforts to adapt to the ever-changing world, both women and men of all generations. For this purpose, we are continuously innovating our products so that our customers, especially women, are able to benefit from the convenience of digital financial services,” said AniqaAfzal Sandhu, Chief Digital & Financial.Speaking at the conference, Syed JaffarAbbas Shirazi, Head of Mobile Payments– Jazz, said: “It is a proud moment for all of us at Jazz. Embracing diversity and inclusion makes businesses more effective and is the right thing to do.  By sharing experiences and ideas, we can all learn from each other and drive the change we need. We would like to thank GDIC for acknowledging our endeavors to promote gender inclusion at the workplace to enable equal opportunities for all.”Additionally, the company empowers every citizen of Pakistan in today’s fast paced digital economy through its primary products i.e. Jazz Internet, Jazz Voice, JazzCash, and Jazz X. JazzCashMobile Account with its millions of customers is enabling the under banked segment, especially women, with its modern, quick and efficient mobile-based financial services. The service is increasing their economic participation by facilitating greater control over finances, allowing them to conveniently manage their money even at the most remote areas of Pakistan.GDIC is based on the work of 95 Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) experts around the world. It supports all types and sizes of organizations in the development and implementation of D&Ibest practices. It is a comprehensive guide to explain what creating inclusive systems and managing diversity entails.

About Jazz

Jazz continues Mobilink’s leadership in the telecommunications arena by leading the country’s digital revolution in the country through the introduction of innovative services & products. The company empowers every citizen of Pakistan in today’s fast paced digital economy through its primary products i.e. Jazz Internet, Jazz Voice, JazzCash, and Jazz X.

Pakistan Juniors wins Australia National Hockey Championship

Hobart, Tasmania(Cliff News)In the final of Australia’s National Junior Hockey Championships, Pakistan defeated New South Wales state team 3-2  to win the title.Coming to the final, New South Wales were the only undefeated side in the 10 team competition and were also the side which had inflicted Pakistan their only loss of the tour; by the same score in the pool match.In the final, Pakistanis played according to a plan right from the start. They went ahead in the 13th minute through a field goal by Naveed Alam who ended up the tournament as Pakistan’s top scorer with five goals.
It didnt take long for the Pakistani colts to extend the lead. In the 24th minute, Ahmed Nadeem gave the final touch to a penalty corner.
Half time: 2-0
After resumption, Pakistani youngsters continued searching for the target and were rewarded in the 44th minute. The Sahiwal boy Ahmed Nadeem had his second of the evening this time via open play.Down by three goals, New South Wales didn’t give up. Within four minutes, they were awarded a penalty stroke and their most prolific scorer Ehren Hazell cashed in on it.

It stayed  1-3 with just five minutes to go. In the 65th minute, Daine Richards caused a stir when he converted a penalty corner to reduce Pakistan’s lead to a bare minimum.

However, New South Wales couldn’t get the equaliser. Pakistanis were the deserving winners of the tournament where they had to play as many as eight matches; won seven and lost one.

1st International Sufi Conference Starts in Karachi

Karachi(Cliff News)With clear message against extremism, terrorism and to promote peace and harmony in the Muslim world, prominent Sufi Scholars from the Arab world are visiting Pakistan to participate in the first International Sufi Conference being held here from Sunday (today) having its first session atNishtar Park on its first day.Leading practitioners of Sufism including judges and professors will interpret the real definition of Sufism and Sufis, concept of moderation in Sufism, authentic Sufi teachings, Sufism against extremism, impact of Sufism on students and scholars, promotion of suficultural exchanges among nations and organization of global Sufi conferences in various countries.Briefing media about the aims of conference, the leader of the Sufi orderShaykh Dr Abdul Aziz Al Khateeb(descendant of Shaykh Abdul QadirJilani), who came from Syria, said that the Sufis are coming to Pakistan with the message of peace and harmony. “We have come with the real message of Sufism which was distorted by some misguided people”, Shaykh Khateebadded.Following the main event being held atNishtar Park, other events will be held on May 01 and May 02 at Regent Plaza andKarachi University respectively.The prominent Shaykhs of Sufi Orderincluding, Shaykh Dr Abdul Aziz AlKhateeb from Syria, Shyakh Dr Muhammad Nasir Al-Hout from Syria,Shaykh Dr Idris Fassi Fahri from Morocco, Shaykh Al-HaHafiz MustafMehmood Zaghloul Al Qadri from Egypt,Shaykh Muhammad Keskin from Turkey,Shaykh Faisal Mohammad AhmedAlamodi from Kenya, Shaykh Dr Osama Abdul Razzaq Al Rifai from Lebanon,Shaykh Ahmed Mazouz from Algeria,Shaykh Dr Abdul Qadir Qareebullah fromNigeria, Shaykh Dr Safwan Muhammad Reza Odaibt from Jordan, ShaykhJustice Muhaddith Muhammad Al KamilSaadi from Tunis, Shaykh Dr MuhammadJarad Al Eesawi from Iraq, ShaykhHamdi Kanjo from Syria, Shaykh Al syedLatif Rauf Rida from Iraq and AalaShumali Yaseen from Syria will address on the occasion.During the course of event the establishment of centre of Sufism in Pakistan will also carried out in the supervision of Arab Sufis.



Depilex Expands its Network by Opening Four New Outlets

Karachi(Cliff News)The largest salon chain of Pakistan, Depilex Beauty Clinic and Institute has recently opened four new outlets; The Lounge by DepilexMen in Islamabad and Rawalpindi andDepilex Beauty Clinic in Swat andIslamabad.Depilex is considered a household name and caters expertly to its esteemed clientele and provides the best in hair and skin care. The new branch in Swat is near Federal Hostel College ColonySaidu Sharif Swat and the new branch in Islamabad is located at Murtaza Heights, Main Service Road, end of street 91, I-8/4.The Lounge by Depilex Men’s new vision is to extend the original concept and idea and create a space that is truly the embodiment of the ‘Depilex Man’. The new branch in Islamabad is at Hamza plaza, Ground Floor, Shop 9 F- 11 Markazand the new branch in Rawalpindi is at B- 574 Satellite Town Commercial market near New Town Police Station.Founder of Depilex, Masarrat Misbahcomments “I’m truly honored and very excited to have open these four newly established branches, with chief guest Mr Sheikh Ansar, Mayor of Islamabad and chairman of CDA having attended one of the openings.”With 43 established salons across Pakistan, Depilex is considered a forerunner in the competitive industry of fashion and beauty.

About Depilex:

Founded in 1980 in Karachi, Pakistan,Depilex is considered to be a forerunner in the competitive industry of fashion and beauty. Masarrat Misbah the founder of Depilex is a well renowned name in the society of beauty service providers with constant hard work and determination along with leadership skills. Over the years with multiple salon outlets, Depilex has one of Pakistan’s largest beauty training institutes with internationally qualified staff. Depilexalso has a College of Cosmetology (DCC) that offers international certification and teaches and trains technicians the practice of beautifying the face, hair and skin. Health Center offers programs for flawless grooming and maintaining mental and physical wellness.

See’Me Production Wins big at PAS Awards 2017

Karachi(Cliff News)One of the country’s leading production houses,See’Me Productions’ performance as a company has scaled new heights in the beginning of 2017. Working in collaboration with the biggest names inthe industry, See’Me Productions hasproduced some of the most high profile projects of the year.PAS Awards are a major initiative of Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS) that celebrates and acknowledges ‘ideas that work’. See’Me Productions won two PAS Awards for the year 2017 which consisted of a project for JANG Media Group and the HBL PSL song 2016.PAS Awards recognizes the most effective pieces of marketing and advertising communications and is known as the pre-eminent award programme of the Pakistan marketing, advertising and media industry. It was an honour for See’Me Productions to have won these prestigious awards.The leading production house during the year worked with the country’s top brands, including Dalda, HBL, Tapal, Nestle, Gillette, Safeguard andCandyland to name a few – in collaboration with some of the most renowned advertising agencies in Pakistan including Adcom, Saatchi & Saatchi, Manhattan Pvt Limited, Group M and Ogilvy & Mather.

About See’Me Productions

See’Me Productions is a production house based in Karachi, Pakistan andwas founded in 2004. It aims to achieve the finest for its clients locally and internationally. See’Me Productions has been depicting ideas into visuals providing people the essence of creativity wrapped in its client’s requirements. Projects include TVCs, Content, and BTL initiatives.

ARY Digital Network Hosts “THE ARY FILM FESTIVAL”

[Press Release] The ARY Film Festival 2017Karachi(Cliff News)The ARY Digital Network will be playing host to a much awaited and highly anticipated event, The ARY Film Festival (AFF). A unique event that not only promotes filmmakers in Pakistan, but introduces talent from different parts of the world to this region.The ARY Film Festival (AFF) will officially commence following a press conference on the 3rd of May. Screening of selected entries will begin from the 4th and will continue till the 6th of May at Cinepax, Ocean Mall, Karachi. During the course of the festival a seminar and panel discussion will also be held, highlighting the factors affecting the success of films and cinema in Pakistan. The festival will be concluded at with grand event featuring musical performances and award ceremony for winning entries.The official jury for the festival includes:Anwar Maqsood – veteran actor, writer and artist.Maryln Agrelo – U.S. based filmmaker and actress.Jonn Gan – Former head of DC Shorts now current Director of Programming atthe Film Festival Alliance USA.Andy Merkin – Head of Special Projects and Transmedia at Mirada Studios USA.Jack McDonald – Emmy Award winning director and writer for NatGeo and Discovery Channel Documentaries.Sharmeen Obaid Chinnoy – Two time Oscar Winner Amina Khan – Director Ram Kishore Parcha – Festival Director, Delhi International Film Festival.The duties of Festival Ambassador will be performed by renowned TV actor/host Faysal Qureshi.Over 30 films will be screened during the festival based on a wide array of topics, under
the categories of:

Feature Films

Short Films

Documentary Feature Films

Documentary Short Films

The Presenting Sponsor for the festival is Italiano and is powered by Hamdard –Rooh Afza. HBO is the official movie channel for the festival. Among the numerous films screening during the festival,
some of the special screenings include ‘Mah-e-Mir’ by Director Anjum Shahzad,Sharmeen Obaid Chinnoy’s ‘Song of Lahore’, ‘Liyari Notes’ by Docu-Director Maheen Zia, ‘Choora Ek Paratha’ by Director
Ravindra Singh Rajawat (winner for best director and actress at Delhi International Film Festival),
‘Main Aur Amrita’ by director SumitMishra (short film from Delhi International Film Festival). Tickets for the screenings will be available at the following venues in Karachi, SzabistUniversity, Greenwich University, IqraUniversity, Ocean Mall and CinepaxCinema at Ocean Mall.
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Swiss Business Council Organised Interactive Session “Opportunities for Foreign Investors in CPEC”

Karachi (Cliff News)Recognizing the importance of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for the economic and social development of Pakistan and the region, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Karachi and the Swiss Business Council of Pakistan (SBC) organized an interactive session on 27 April 2017 to discuss “Opportunities for Foreign Investors in CPEC”.Welcoming the guests present among which were several diplomats, Chief Executive Officers of various multinationals including Swiss companies, leading Pakistani businessmen, and media representatives, the Consul General – Mr. Philippe Crevoisier mentioned that the Embassy of Switzerland arranged a similar event last month in Islamabad. Mr. Crevoisier was of the opinion that many foreign investors initially considered that CPEC is mainly a China-Pakistan venture. However as the project has advanced, many new business opportunities are coming up for other countries to be part of CPEC.In his opening presentation the President of SBC – Mr. Farhat Ali highlighted that CPEC for Pakistan is all about connectivity, thereby, opening up and aligning the whole of the country, notably, the remote areas of Pakistan into the mainstream economic growth of the country, CPEC is all about the availability of much needed energy to spur the economic growth of the country, the over 32 Special Economic Zones being established under CPEC are meant to spur industrial and commercial growth supported by the government providing incentives in favor of ease and cost of doing business. All these goods happening, on the soil of Pakistan, are the assets of the country open to be capitalized upon by the local and foreign investors from all countries. It is encouraging to note that the Swiss Companies operative in Pakistan are already availing the benefit drawn out of CPEC and others are on the way to do so. Mr. Ali also said that “Considering potential of CPEC SBC – in collaboration with Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE) and other Chambers of Commerce of Switzerland – is all set to hold a series of events under the title of ‘Focus Pakistan’ in Switzerland during first week of July 2017.”Chief Executive Officer of KPK Economic Zones Development & Management Company – Mr. Syed Muhammad Mohsinand Director Projects of the Sindh Board of Investment – Mr. Abdul Azeem Uqaili, who spoke at the event, emphasized that under CPEC project their provincial governments are proactively facilitating existing and new foreign investors to set themselves up in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ)s being set up all over the country along the proximity of corridor route alignment. Consul General of China – Mr. Wang Yu also spoke on the occasion.

Mehreen Elahi Represented Karachi Women’s Chamber in Unido Workshop

Islamabad(Cliff News)Unido Organised workshop in islamabad with the Collaboration of KWCCI and IWCCI.Mehreen Elahi is Representing Karachi Women’s Chamber in this workshop.
Unido Working on helping expedite the formulation of renewable policy framework for industries in Pakistan.The Unido Head Thanked Karachi Women’s Chamber and appreciated women to be here to understand very technical information and now would bring it to the knowledge of their Women chamber and FPCCI.

NBP Maintained Growth Q-1 PRE-TAX Profit up by 7.8%

Karachi(Cliff News)Meeting of the Board of Directors (BoD) of National Bank of Pakistan (bank) was held onApril 21, 2017 at Bank’s Head Office in Karachi in which the BoD approved the financial statements of the bank for three months period ended March 31, 2017.The bank recorded a pre-tax profit of Rs. 6.7 billion i.e. 7.8% up against Rs. 6.2 billion for the corresponding three months period of 2016. After-tax profitfor the period was Rs. 4.2 billion i.e. 4.1% higher than Rs. 4.0 billion for thecorresponding three months period of 2016. This translates into earnings per share of Rs.1.98 as against Rs.1.90 for the corresponding quarter of 2016.Bank’s net interest / mark-up income increased by 2.2% to Rs. 12.3 billionagainst Rs. 12.0 billion for Q1 of 2016.This was achieved through maintaining an efficient asset-mix of high-yield loans and investments. Similarly, growth was also achieved in non-mark-up / interest income for the period which increased by 13.1% YoY to Rs. 7.4 billion.While the balance sheet footing dropped by 2% compared to year end 2016, the bank recorded a healthy YoY growth in both deposits and advances. As of March 2017 bank’s deposits amounted to Rs. 1,588 billion being 25% up against that of March 2016; whereas the netadvances also increased to Rs. 648 billion i.e. 17% up YoY.

About NBP:

National Bank being the largest bank of Pakistan is operating with more than 1400 branches across Pakistan. In addition to core services being trustee of public funds, bank has diversified its business portfolio and has been competing market in the debt equity market, corporate investment banking, retail & consumer banking including agricultural and government collections & payments. NBP aims to evolve a National Payment Eco-System to facilitate entire population of country through every possible delivery channel 24/7. Under this initiative bank is already in process to enhance digital outreach through all available digital channels in the banking.