Theatre Play “Heer Ranjha” to open Curtains for the Cause of Education Karachi

[Press Release] Theatre Play 'Heer Ranjha' to open Curtains for the Cause of Education

Karachi(Cliff News)The Citizens Foundation (TCF) in collaboration with Zain Ahmed is presenting ‘Heer Ranjha’, an epic folklore and a love story that has melted hearts for years, to raise funds for educating the less-privileged children of Pakistan. Inspired by Waris Shah’s poetry and based on the evergreen script of Kaifi Azmi, the stage play is being directed by Zain Ahmed, currently the Artistic Director of the NAPA Repertory and Festival Director of the NAPA International Theatre and Music Festival. The play will be showcasing performances of powerhouses, the likes of Sanam Saeed (Heer), Arshad Mahmood (Heer’s father) and Samina Ahmed (Heer’s mother) and will be in Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad this September.“Bringing Heer Ranjha to theatre is a small step to revitalise people’s interest in classic Urdu literature. These stories and the writers are our assets that unfortunately the young generation is not even aware of. The play is also an effort to help the cause of education as all proceeds from this play will go to TCF. We chose TCF because they are a leading name in the social sector and are literally transforming the lives of the deserving children by giving them the gift of education,” said Zain Ahmed, Director.
Heer Ranjha is a story of undying love that many still quote and look up to. It’s an age old tale of the star-crossed lovers, Heer who belongs to Jhang and Ranjha who belongs to Takht Hazara. Upon a chance meeting, Ranjha falls in love with Heer at first sight. He is enraptured by her beauty and charms. Heer is also attracted to him but is disappointed when she discovers that their families have been enemies for generations. However, these lovers vow to fight for their love. Who wins this war of love and egos remains to be seen.“We are proud of Zain and the entire cast and crew of the play for taking up this great task of bringing Heer Ranjha to the theatre as an Urdu musical. The fact that this team is contributing to the cause of education giving their talent and time to help more deserving children go to school, is praiseworthy. We are grateful to them for becoming a part of the TCF movement and playing an important role in making education a reality for those who have little chance of having access to quality education otherwise,” said TCF’s CEO, Syed Asaad Ayub Ahmad.Heer Ranjha – the Urdu musical will be performed in Karachi from 7-11 September, Lahore from 13-14 September and Faisalabad from 16-17 September. For the Karachi show, the tickets are available at Neco’s Bukhari, Neco’s Dolmen Mall – Clifton and Agha’s. For more information and ticket details for Lahore and Faisalabad, please visit TCF’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TCF.Pak

About TCF: The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. Today, TCF is one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model is providing quality education to 204,000 children through 1,441 purpose-built school units located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities.  The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrolment. To magnify its impact, improve enrolment and quality of education, TCF is now adopting Government schools across Pakistan.

Google Launch Pad Accelerator Open to Pakistani Startups and More Countries Around the World

Karachi(Cliff News)Launchpad Accelerator give us an opportunity to work with and empower amazing developers, who are solving major challenges all around the world — whether it’s streamlining digital commerce across Africa, providing access to multimedia tools that support special needs education, or using AI to simplify business operations.That’s why we’re doubling down on our efforts and opening up applications for the next class of the program to more countries for the first time starting today. Here’s the full list:

Asia: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Myanmar
Central and Eastern Europe: Estonia, Romania, Ukraine, Belarus & Russia
Latin America: Costa Rica, Panama, Peru & Uruguay
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia & Uganda

They’ll be joined by our larger list of countries that are already part of the program, including: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Czech Republic.The application process for the equity-free program will end on October 2, 2017 at 9PM Pakistan Standard Time. Later in the year, the list of selected developers will be invited to the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco for 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.
Participants from Class 4

What are the benefits?
The training at Google HQ includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, PR support and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program. Hear from some alumnus about their experiences here.

What do we look for when selecting startups?
Each startup that applies to the Launchpad Accelerator is considered holistically and with great care. Below are general guidelines behind our process to help you understand what we look for in our candidates.

All startups in the program must:
Be a technological startup.
Be targeting their local markets.
Have proven product-market fit (beyond ideation stage).
Be based in the countries listed above.

Additionally, we are interested in what kind of startup you are. We also consider:
The problem you are trying to solve. How does it create value for users? How are you addressing a real challenge for your home city, country or region?
Does your management team have a leadership mindset and the drive to become an influencer?
Will you share what you learn in Silicon Valley for the benefit of other startups in your local ecosystem?

About Google
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

 

 

Pakistan Digi Awards will be a Mile Stone of Digital Industry,Abdul Haseeb Khan

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Karachi (Cliff News)The 8th Brain storming session of Marketing and Communication Committee of FPCCI was organised yesterday at Federation House Karachi which was chaired by Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan.This meeting was held in lieu of the upcoming Pakistan Digi Awards to be held in October. The marketing committee sought feedback on their decisions from the FPCCI Standing committee. Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan who was also proposed to be the jury member by the FPCCI committee said that he was glad to be part of the Pakistan Digi Awards 2017.He further said that the awards will be a milestone for the Pakistan’s Digital Industry.The Pakistan Digi Awards is termed as the first of its kind event in the calendar and the only independently managed digital industry awards programme. This is not just another awards evening but a unique opportunity to use this prestigious event to achieve valuable year-long exposure in the digital media industry, through multi-media platforms.Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan further emphasized that the Jury panel of the awards must also include representatives from the academic institutions, universities and IT Companies. The Acting Secretary FPCCI, Meher Alam Khan appreciaated the efforts Ashifa Paracha and said that the Marketing and Communication Committee is diligently working on the awards in a very Professional way. The attendees of the meeting included the famous Jewellery Designer Miss Naznain Tariq, Mahvash Khan, Sumeria Sheikh, Fahad Usmani and others. The meeting ended with a note of thanks to the participants and to the presiding members with the vow to make the Pakistan Digi Awards a big success this year and the years to come.

Ahmer Abbas Clinches Independence Cup Tenpin Bowling Tournament

English Group PhotoKarachi(Cliff News)Ahmer Abbas Saldera clinched the title in the open category scoring 265 points in the Independence Cup Tenpin Bowling Tournament here at Royal Rodale Bowling Club on Tuesday night.Ahmer was followed by Fazil Mania in second position and Shabbir Lashkarwala came third in the event.Meanwhile, Anis Asif clinched the title of Amateur category accumulating 244 points. Ahsan Ameen won Novice category event title after scoring 193 points.Pakistan Tenpin Bowling Federation (PTBF) President Sardar Abbas Saldera along with PTBF Vice President and Virtual Axis CEO Khwaja Ahmed Mustaqeem distributed prizes among the top performers.During the closing ceremony, Khwaja Ahmed Mustaqeem said that this championship was organized to pay tribute to all those people, who gave their lives so that we could live in an independent and free country.

 

Osman Khalid Butt turns Choreographer for the Upcoming Movie “Parchi”

Karachi(Cliff News)Renowned actor and writer Osman Khalid Butt is all set to add another feather in his cap by officially becoming the Director of Choreography for the upcoming movie ‘Parchi’. Prior to this, he has choreographed for theatrical productions (2006 – 2013).Parchi is produced under the banner of IRK Films, spearheaded by Imran Raza Kazmi and Hareem Farooq, and is a situational comedy that revolves around a group of friends getting entangled in a series of misadventures. “Choreographing for film has always been a dream of mine – dance is a passion and the scale is massive – and so I immediately said yes when Imran [Kazmi] and Hareem [Farooq] approached me to become the director of choreography for Parchi,” stated Butt.The main cast includes Ali Rehman Khan, Hareem Farooq, Usman Mukhtar, Ahmed Ali Akbar, Shafqat Khan, Mahenur HaiderKhan and Shafqat Cheema. ‘Parchi’ is penned by the talented Shafqat Khan, who has already made his mark as a theatre playwright, and directed by AzfarJafri, who directed IRK Film’s previous production, ‘Janan’.The movie is set to release in winter this year. An official release date will be announced soon.

edotco,Partners with Dawood Hercules to Acquire Jazz-Owned Pakistan Tower Bussiness “Deodar”

Islamabad(Cliff News)edotco Group Sdn Bhd (“edotco”), in its biggest expansion to date, together with Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (“DHCorp”), a leading listed investment conglomerate in Pakistan announced the acquisition of approximately 13,000 towers from Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Jazz).edotco, through Tanzanite Tower Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of edotco Pakistan Private Limited (“edotco PK”), entered into an agreement with PMCL to acquire its tower subsidiary, Deodar Private Limited (“Deodar”) and its portfolio of over 13,000 tower assets. As part of the transaction, DH Corp will be investing a 45% equity stake with the remaining 55% control stake to be held by edotco. The total transaction consideration for the proposed acquisition is USD 940 million, which will be funded through a combination of debt and equity.Suresh Sidhu, CEO of edotco said, “edotco is delighted to expand its business in Pakistan by catering to the network requirements of Jazz, the country’s number one digital communications company. With DawoodHercules as our partner, we are confident in the potential of the market in Pakistan and will continue to demonstrate our long-term commitment to supporting the development and enhancement of the country’s telecommunications infrastructure.”Inam ur Rahman, CEO of DH Corp, said: “DH Corp has always invested in projects and businesses that directly contribute to Pakistan’s growth and prosperity. Continuing our commitment to the future, we are excited to partner with edotco Group Malaysia and bring their wealth of knowledge to the local telecommunications sector. We are confident this enterprise will serve as a beacon for more investment in Pakistan and in our people.”Aamir Ibrahim, CEO of Jazz commented, “This transaction with Tanzanite Tower will allow Jazz to further improve its core strength in providing best in class products and services to its customers. Partnering with a trusted partner like Tanzanite Tower will ensure that Jazz’ customers will continue to benefit from industry leading network quality. It also allows Jazz to focus on its journey to becoming an innovative digital lifestyle partner.”At completion of the sale, Deodar will enter into a master services agreement (MSA) with Jazz, whereby it will continue to provide tower services to Jazz. The initial term of this MSA is twelve years and is renewable at Jazz’s discretion for three consecutive periods of five years each.As a result of the terms of the Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited (Jazz)/Warid earn-out agreement, following the completion of the transaction, GTH’s stake in Jazz will be approximately 83%.

About Jazz

With over 52 million customers, Jazz is Pakistan’s Number 1 digital telecommunications services provider.

About edotco Group

Established in 2012, edotco is the first regional and integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company in Asia, providing end-to-end solutions in the tower services sector from tower leasing, co-locations, build-to-suit, energy, transmission and operations and maintenance (O&M). (Owned by Axiata).edotco operates and manages a regional portfolio of over 26,000 towers across core markets of Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with over 18,400 towers directly operated by edotco and a further 8,100 towers managed through a range of services provided.

About DH Corp

Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited (DH Corp) is an investment holding company founded on family values. It is listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange, with a market capitalization of approximately USD600 million. DH Corp’s vision is to make food, energy and infrastructure available, affordable and sustainable for the developing world via pairing capital with capability and with ideas that will have the biggest impact.

Celebrate Scrumptious bar-b-que in Picturesque Sceneries of Pakistan with Jovago.pk

Karachi(Cliff News)For the celebrations of this auspicious festival in the country, Jovago.pk plans “why not” to let its travelers enjoy the scrumptious bar-b-que in the picturesque sceneries of Pakistan.Jovago.pk, being Pakistan’s 1st and largest hotel booking website, has brought exciting discounts under its campaign “Moooo Around Pakistan.” The interesting concept of Jovago’s ever ready and on the move “travel freak” cow is to move around the country and is proudly daring all travelers to accompany it. Interestingly, the Eid sale has discounts up to 60% in different areas of the country. The offer is valid till September 4, 2017 and is live now. The steps are quite simple: visit Jovago.net, choose hotels at the best discounted rates and you are ready to avail the campaign.In order to entice travelers to spend this Eid outside of their hometowns, Mr. Abdul Qadir, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Jovago Asia, commented, “Being an e-commerce platform, we always ensure to live up to the expectation of our travelers for providing best discounts. With this campaign, we have taken another step towards bringing something more attractive to people who have passion to make crazy experiences in life they can later cherish. This Eid, the concept of celebrating delicious bar-b-que in different picturesque areas of Pakistan will definitely be a memorable feast and would support in Jovago’s commitment of strengthening domestic tourism.”

About Jovago.pk
Jovago, Pakistan’s No.1 hotel booking website, allows its customers to get the best prices for more than 2,000 hotels across Pakistan and 225,000 hotels around the world. Owned by German Group Rocket.
Internet, it has its headquarters in Berlin. Jovago aims to bring the most convenient accommodation facilities online to create the easiest and affordable way for its customers to book and enjoy hassle free travel. Its offices are located in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad (Pakistan), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Yangong (Myanmar), Porto (Portugal) and Paris (France). 20842203_1209574395855051_209513168229162711_n