National Bank and JazzCash to Facilitate with Driving License Fee Payments

Karachi(Cliff News)National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) along with its strategic partner JazzCash, have introduced digital payment collection facility for driving license fees across Sindh, by partnering with Traffic and Licensing Department of Sindh Police. New drivers applying for their driving licenses in Sindh will pay their fees through a completely new channel built, where JazzCash would the front channel to interface with customer and NBP will settle the funds.A grand signing ceremony took place at the newly renovated Saleem VahidyAuditorium of Sindh Driving License Office in Karachi. Mr. Allah Dino Khawaja, IG Sindh Police, Mr. Saeed Ahmad, President – NBP, Mr. Faisal Sattar – Head of Business Services Division, Jazzcash were present on the occasion along with other senior officials including Mr. Nausherwan Aadil – SEVP/Group Chief CRBG, Mr. Mazhar Nawaz Shaikh – DIG Sindh Driving License, Mr. Shahid Saeed – SEVP/CIO NBP and Mr. Azfar Jamal EVP/Head – Payment Services NBP.Speaking on the occasion Mr. Saeed Ahmed said “This service offers simplification of work, which leads to time saving, and minimizes book entry errors as everything will be done digitally. Leveraging the bank’s financial expertise coupled with the strength of JazzCash’s extensive network, we are continuously striving to provide digital solutions to the financial needs of our customer.”“This solution has been designed to facilitate drivers across Sindh, so they no longer have to stand in long queues to pay license fees as per the previous arrangement at the Pakistan Post counters. Convenience has become a necessity in this digital era, and JazzCash along with its strategic partner – NBP, is taking the lead in ensuring not only our customers, but the entire nation experiences the ease technology offers,” said Faisal Sattar.“As a leading digital company, our customer’s financial services needs take top priority and we continue to strive hard in providing them with the best services. JazzCash remains committed to the digitization of financial services and facilities like these further enhance our digital payments ecosystem.” Said Aniqa Afzal Sandhu – Chief Digital and Financial Services Officer.The solution will also revamp the driving fee financial reporting and reconciliation mechanism at NBP. This service has been directly integrated with Sindh Police’s system & the representative at the counter will use JazzCash’s digital solutions to make the payment.NBP and Jazzcash partnered together in 2015, creating a financial service ecosystem of 1450+ bank branches, 1300+ ATMs and over 70,000 Jazzcashretail outlets across Pakistan. This unique combination of strengths of both organizations creates a vast suite of financial services of both branch as well as branchless banking services.B (133)

GYR Films Unveiled the Trailer of Project Ghazi

IMG_20170620_111115_576Karachi(Cliff News)GYR Films recently hosted a press conference in Karachi for Pakistan’s first superhero film, Project Ghazi set to release on July 14, 2017, where the trailer of the film was showcased to the members of the media for the first time.ProjectGhazi is directed by Nadir H. Shah and produced by Syed Mohammad Ali Raza. The action sci-fi has been completely shot in Pakistan and stars Sheheryar Munawar, Syra Shehroz & Humayun Saeed in pivotal roles. Background score has been composed by Taurees Habib, who has been part of the music team in Hollywood film & television productions like Interstellar, Batman vs Superman, Man of Steel (Superman) to name a few.“I am honoured to have worked with a team of extremely talented individuals who have put their all in the movie.” shared Syed Mohammad Ali Raza, Producer of the movie.“It’s a unique genre for Pakistan and could open doors for new and unexplored stories to reach audiences.” said Nadir H. Shah, Director of Project Ghazi.“Mondelez is committed to supporting talent and we believe that local talent plays a vital role in the development and image building of a nation. We are extremely excited about the rise of new cinema in Pakistan and looking forward to lending our support to such promising initiatives – like Project Ghazi – in the future as well.” Shared Usman Muneer, MD Mondelez PakistanProject Ghazi is being distributed across Pakistan by Distribution Club. 

About Project Ghazi:

Project Ghazi is the first ever super hero movie to be made in Pakistan and the cast includes Syra Shehroz, Sheheryar Munnawar, Humayun Saeed, Aamir Qureshi, Adnan Jaffer, Raza Hyder and Nusrat Hidayutullah. Project Ghazi’s story is all about Pakistan’s super soldier program and it is a battle to defeat a sinister organization bent on creating chaos and mayhem across Pakistan.


HMD Global Launches Nokia 3 Premium Design in Pakistan

Karachi(Cliff News)HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announces the launch of the Nokia 3 in Pakistan – a stunning new smartphone designed to deliver an outstanding experience with unprecedented value. With a precision machined aluminium frame forged out of a single piece of aluminium, laminated 5” display with sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass and seamlessly integrated 8MP wide aperture cameras (front and back), the Nokia 3 packs a truly premium quality smartphone experience into its compact and elegant form. The Nokia 3 delivers Android™ in its pure form, giving you the ability to use your phone, your way.Speaking on the occasion, Kamran Khan, Head of Near East, HMD Global said, “We are thrilled to bring an affordablequality smartphone to all consumers in Pakistan with the launch of the Nokia 3.”“Pakistan is an android ready market and with Nokia smartphones, we bring the best of both worlds. The Nokia 3 is ideal for value-conscious consumers who do not want to compromise on design and performance. It combines the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone with a clean pure Android performance and a new level of craftsmanship. We want to reward loyal Nokia phone fans and make a statement that premium design, build, and value for money can go hand-in-hand,” he further added.Superior craftsmanship at an affordable priceThe Nokia 3 has looks that will turn heads. With a precision machinedaluminium frame, delivering exceptional structural integrity, and polycarbonate back, the Nokia 3’s robust design provides protection where it counts. Available in four distinct colours – Silver White, Matte Black and Tempered Blue – the Nokia 3 boasts quality craftsmanship at an unprecedented price.

Exceptional viewing experience 

Featuring a fully laminated IPS display with no air gap and sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass, the Nokia 3 screen offers durability and superb clarity delivering a viewing experience that is second to none. With fewer reflections thanks to the polarised screen, the experience is crisp and clear offering unbeatable visibility even in bright sunlight.

Capture the moment

The Nokia 3 has been designed to give a premium experience at an affordable price. The 8MP autofocus rear and front facing cameras have been balanced with large pixel size and aperture to deliver great images, particularly in low light situations. Combined with the exclusive camera user interface, to provide automatic scene detection, it is easy to take great shots every time. And with unlimited free cloud storage via Google Photos, you can snap all you want safe in the knowledge that every moment you capture can be automatically and securely backed up.“Premium is an experience, not a price point. We’ve been extremely thoughtful about the overall performance of the Nokia 3, to ensure that a premium high quality experience is fully accessible for everyone,” said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global. “We’ve thought hard about how the phone will be used, and then crafted a beautiful device to make sure it looks as good as it performs.”

Always Pure Android

With the Nokia 3 you will have a pure Android experience for your device. With monthly security updates your Nokia 3 is safe, up-to-date as well as clutter-free – putting choice at the heart of the consumer experience.  And with the latest Android comes the latest features including Doze, which saves battery life while the phone is stored. The new Nokia 3 features Google’s most recent innovation, the Google Assistant, building further on a great Android experience. Our teams have worked together to ensure conversations with the Google Assistant happen seamlessly on Nokia smartphones.The Nokia 3 will be available in Pakistan in partnership with Jazz and will retail at the price of 16,900/-. Along with the warranty of Advance Telecom, customers will also be given 1 GB of free Jazz Internet for up to six months.

Notes to Editors:

Technical Specifications:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA: Band 1, 2, 5, 8 LTE: Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40

Network speed: LTE Cat. 4, 150Mbps DL/50Mbps UL

Available in dual SIM

OS: Android Nougat

CPU: MTK 6737, Quad-core 1.3Ghz


Storage: 16 GB internal user memorywith MicroSD card slot (support up to 128 GB support)

Form factor: Touch monoblock with capacitive system keys

Display: 5.0” IPS LCD HD (1280 x 720, 16:9), sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass, Polariser, 450 nits

Camera: Primary camera: 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, flash, Front facing camera: 8MP AF, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84˚ display flash

Connectivity & Sensors: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, BT 4.2, GPS/AGPS, FM/RDS, NFC, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass, Gyroscope, Micro USB (USB 2.0), OTG, 3.5mm ADJ

Battery: Integrated 2630 mAh battery

Audio: Single speaker

Dimensions: 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.48 mm (camera bump: 8.68mm)

About HMD Global

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, HMD Global Oy is the new home of Nokia phones and tablets. HMD designs and markets a range of smartphones and feature phones targeted at a range of consumers and price points. With a commitment to innovation and quality, HMD is the proud exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets. Nokia is a registered trademark of Nokia Corporation.Nokia 3_range


PTV Organised Special Ramadan Transmission for Journalists and their Families

Karachi (Syed Qalbe Muhammad)Pakistan Television Karachi Centre Organised a Special Ramadan Transmission for Journalists and their Families.The Hosts of Special Transmission were Well-known Actors Mr Ahsan Khan, Ms Juggan Kazim and Ms Muneeba.On this Occasion General Manager Karachi Centre Muhammad Amin Memon said “We have organised this Transmission to sit together and meet with Journalists and their Families.In the Busy Schedule of Routine Life, the Journalists have less chance to sit with their Children. The National Channel Provideds the Platform for them to enjoy the Special Ramadan Transmission.We are happy and Thankful to all our Journalists Brothers that they have Participated
in the show and made it more Special”.The Overall outcome of the Transmission is very Positive and Print Media gives us a very Positive Coverage.The Host of
the Show Mr Ashan Khan said “This is Honour for me to host the Program for Journalists.They are also a Part of our family and Media always supports me a lot.I am very Glad to see Large number of Journalist families sitting together in this Show”.

Masarrat Misbah Launches New Lip Varnish Shades for Summer

Karachi (Cliff News)Masarrat Misbah, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and one of the pioneers of the hair and beauty industry of Pakistan is the founder and creative leader for Masarrat MisbahMakeup that introduced two new summer sensational shades of Lip Varnish, MM Orange and Viola, in the existing range of classic colors.Masarrat Makeup is the first Halal Certified Makeup brand to launch in Pakistan, not using any harmful chemicals or intoxicants in the entire collection. Massarat Misbah, Founder of MM Makeup speaking about the launch said “We want to offer the best of global beauty trends for the Pakistani women, while at the same time providing them with top quality cosmetics in affordable prices. The new colors are one of a kind which can be worn on events as well as are perfect for daily wear in the summer months.”“Inshallah, in the coming month we plan to add new additions in the MasarratMisbah Makeup range, as well as increasing our presence in the key beauty & cosmetic outlets all over Pakistan” she further added. Masarrat Misbah Makeup is available online for customers in Pakistan only, for cash on delivery purchases and will be available online for international and credit card customers, as well as at leading outlets across Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad.

About MM Makeup:

MM Makeup is the first Halal Certified Makeup brand to launch in Pakistan, not using any non-permissible animal substances or intoxicants in the entire product range.


Shaheen Air International Welcomes its 5th Airbus A319

Karachi(Cliff News)Cementing thecommitment of offering the best service to passengers further, Shaheen Air International (SAI) has welcomed a fifth Airbus A319 to its fleet. The new airbus enables Shaheen to expand its local & international routes, while maintaining their utmost standard of aviation hospitality for passengers. It also commends the carrier’s dream to spread its wings and be a force for good through value creation that continuously unites and enriches the world.The Airbus A319 has been custom-fitted with thin and linear seats to provide added comfort to passengers. Due to this, it can accommodate around 150 passengers in its all-economy segment.It has a brand new interior, thereby giving a refreshing experience to people choosing to travel by Shaheen Air.Upon induction of the new aircraft, Zohaib Hassan, Chief Marketing Officer, Shaheen Air International commented:The addition of a fifth Airbus to our fleet will help us enhance our exceptional service standards for our valued passengers. It will not only expand our horizons both domestically and internationally, but also ensure top class hospitality in the sky.”Earlier this year, Shaheen ushered a brand revival by launching a new logo that aptly complimented its vision and innovation in setting new standards in the field of aviation. The airliner began its journey as Pakistan’s first private airline 24 years ago and quickly garnered the privilege of being Pakistan’s second national carrier. Now with 26 aircrafts under its wing, Shaheen Air is looking towards a brighter tomorrow, not just for itself, but for the industry as well.The airline is also slated to receive two more aircrafts of the similar model in the coming months.

Shaheen Air:

Shaheen Air International Limited (SAI) is established as a public limited company under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. It is mandated to perform the business of air transportation of passengers and cargo. Shaheen Air commenced its operations as the first private airline in Pakistan in December, 1993. It operates on various domestic and international routes and in 2015, it became the only private airline from Pakistan to fly east with non-stop flights from Lahore to Guangzhou, China.

Urdu Photo Release (FV) - SAI Fifth Airbus A319-1

World Bank Approved Package of $223 Million to Improve Modernize Karachi

Karachi (Cliff News)The World Bank approved a package of $223 million on Thursday to help millions of Pakistanis, especially women and the poor, to get access to financial services and to improve living conditions in parts of Karachi.“The two new projects have a strong element of inclusion that is at the heart of the World Bank’s partnership with Pakistan, especially where women, youth and the poor are concerned,’’ said Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan. “Five percent of the world’s unbanked population live in Pakistan. We need to change this to empower people financially, especially women. Karachi contributes about 15 percent of the country’s economy and the World Bank’s support will improve public spaces, mobility, and safety for its citizens.” The Financial Inclusion and Infrastructure Project will provide $137 million to help millions of Pakistanis, especially women and the poor who do not have bank accounts and cannot get loans, to have access to these and other financial services. It will upgrade Pakistan’s payment systems to ensure affordable and faster payment services. The project is designed to implement selected actions of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy.“Our goal is to provide transparent and accessible financial services including micro and small loans to individuals and firms, particularly women and women-owned businesses in Pakistan,” said Gabi George Afram, the project’s Task Team Leader. “We will be working closely with the Central Directorate of National Savings to provide more efficient and convenient access to financial services to 7 million clients through computerization of their financial systems.”The project will improve access to financial and banking services for 50 percent of all adults, half of them women, throughout Pakistan by 2020. It will also boost private sector credits to small and medium businesses to 15 percent from 7 percent in 2015.
The $86 million Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project will benefit almost one million residents, business owners and commuters by improving living conditions in the Saddar, Korangi and Malir areas of Karachi.It will help improve the safety, accessibility, and attractiveness of public spaces in Karachi, such as streets, parks, city squares and pedestrian areas. It will ensure equal access to all including women, youth and the poor. The project will also make it easier for the public and investors to access services such as construction permits and business registrations.“This project represents the start of a long-term partnership between the city of Karachi and the World Bank Group and will help strengthen confidence in the city’s administration among residents,” said Jaafar Friaa, the project’s Task Team Leader. “A systematic engagement with citizens will ensure that investments in public spaces are responsive to the local context, and build community ownership of the project.”This project will support the setting up of a multi-member Steering Committee that includes the local government, civil society and private sector. It will guide the development of the city by laying out a vision.Both credits are financed by the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for the poor, with a maturity of 25 years, including a grace period of 5 years.