The affordable uberMOTO comes to Karachi

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Karachi(Cliff News)Uber, the global smartphone app that seamlessly connects riders to drivers, has launched its bike sharing service uberMOTO in Karachi. This service follows the extremely successful launch ofuberMOTO in Lahore last month, giving thousands of people access to quick, convenient and affordable transport at a push of a button through the Uber app.A safety session was held in collaboration with Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) especially for the motor-bike riders before the launch. The session provided guidance and information to the Uber motorbike-riders on the best road-safety practices to adopt while on the road.An ‘uberMOTO ride Karachi’ was also held, where Uber showed support to the Karachi biker community andemphasised the use of safety gear when using uberMOTO. For every rider that joined the bike ride, Uber Pakistan donated a helmet to a motorbike-rider.

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The ‘uberMOTO ride Karachi’ started from outside Urdu Science College and went through Neepa, Nagun Chorangi, Nazimabad, Civic Center and Quaid-e-Azam road. The biker community and partner-drivers showed their support to the cause by joining the ride and appreciating Uber Pakistan’s efforts in ensuring safety for drivers as well as the riders.Uber continues to showcase its reinforced commitment to Pakistan, developing range of services to meet riders, drivers and cities’ needs and standards.

What is Uber?

Uber is evolving the way the world moves through its app. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers at the push of a button, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in more than 600 cities across 77 countries on six continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application forAndroid, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry 7, or sign up at uber.com/app. For more information, please visit: uber.com/cities.

Singer Salman Mithani gets noticed by ZEE Music Company

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Karachi (Cliff News)Tu Jo Kahe, a new romantic love song starred talented debut singer SalmanMithani in collaboration with well-known artist Karan Singh Arora. Song wasreleased earlier this month and picked by Zee Music Company. Tu JoKahe starred a beautiful actress of Indian accent, Sanchita Malik.This song is shot artisticallyat Galveston Texas. The audio of Tu JoKahe was composed, written and directed by Karan Singh Arora, music arranged by Roop Mahanta with mixing and mastering engineering was none other than Bollywood’s own Pankaj Borah of New Sound in Mumbai. Themagical video is directed by Houston based Ray Khan, the man behind Pakistani movie Chupan Chupai, who is also owner of Huzu Production.Salman started making YouTube videos at the age of sixteen. His brothers were always his music inspiration though he is a big fan of Arijit Singh and looks up to him and his story since they both have had similar failures in past and he one day aims to reach big heights.At the launch Salman Mithaniconfessed, “My Youtube and Facebook page was not doing well and I got in touch with Ray Khan, luckily the day I met him he introduced me to Karan and from then onwards there has been no looking back.”In 2 days Tu Jo Kahe reached almost 1.2 million views counting and is showeredwirth praises all over socialmedia. Tu Jo Kahe is available for download on, Itunes, Saavn, Gaana, Jio, Google Play Store, Wynkd.

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Portugal awaits as Leisure Leagues IntraCity Championship kick off

Karachi (Cliff News)The Trunkwala Family’s initiative to revive football in Pakistan is set to enter another unprecedented stage as Leisure Leagues gears up for its first ever IntraCity Championship matches in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.This weekend, teams from Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi will be competing in a bid to get one step closer to realizing their dream to represent Pakistan at the International Socca Federation World Cup which will take place in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, later this year.Winners from the Intra City Championships in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad will participate in the National Championships in Karachi where the winning team would then don the colors of Pakistan.Speaking ahead of the kickoff, World Group chairman, Mr. Mehmood Trunkwala said that Leisure Leagues is keen on giving unique opportunities to thousands of youngster in Pakistan and is excited at the prospect of seeing players represent the country.“We have been working day and night to help football grow in the country. The IntraCity Championship and the Nationals are going to define the future of small-sided football in Pakistan and I’m confident that whichever team wins the nationals, will go on and represent our beautiful country with pride and honor.Matches in Islamabad will take place at Total Football Ayub Park, Ansar Union will be the place to be in Karachi while in Lahore, the venue will be Stadium.

Agha Steel DeploysFiori enabled SAP

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Karachi(Cliff News)Agha Steel Industries is all set to implement “Pakistan’s 1st End-to-End Fiori-Enabled SAP on Cloud” in collaboration with SAP, Ernest & Young, TallyMarks and IBL Unisys.This end-to- end driven technology elevates the quality precision to the highest level by producing large production volumes without any human error. The project is aimed to upgrade the technological capabilities as well as operational harness of Agha Steel Industries. The kick-off ceremony of the event held today.This up-gradation would transfer the supply chain of Agha Steel Industries (ASI) on the paradigms of lean manufacturing by elevating its operational and strategic agility, adaptability and alignment. SAP ERP has proven track record of reducing inventory holding cost and presently 10% to 15% reduction in cost is projected from this technological up gradation. It is also expected that system will reduce the data storage space requiring less amount of space to store high data volumes. Furthermore, compact storage would result into better throughput by reducing the manufacturing cycle time.Speaking at the occasion CEO of Agha Steel Industries, Mr. Hussain Agha emphasized that global steel industry was moving at disruptive speed and to keep pace with it, Pakistani steel producers had to be highly competitive. This latest, state of the art, solution makes it possible for an organization to be ambidextrous by allowing organization to maintain a fit between its cost effectiveness, product quality and innovativeness.He further clarified that phrase “zero man intervention” coined for this new system did not mean elimination of human resource from the production processes. Instead, this represents the capability of the new system to help the human resource quarters in dramatically improving their efficiency and effectiveness. Doing so, the new system not only delivers better customer experience, but also bridges the demand and supply gap. In addition, the adoption of SAP Fiori tool will simplify the user interface; help to display data in a clearer and more intuitive way and make data entry easier.SAP-Pakistan Country Head Mr. Saqib told that the system would transfer the supply chain of Agha steel on the paradigms of lean manufacturing by elevating its operational and strategic agility, adaptability and alignment. From the strategic management perspective, system will provide the real time information to the stakeholders for precise decision making. Putting together, the new system is expected to provide resilient supply chain and operational efficiencies to Agha Steel Industries (ASI) enabling the company to be a global competitor.Unveiling the details related to execution of project, the spokesperson of EY (collaborator for SAP delivery) Mr. Inayat Qureshi, Country Head told EY had been selected as strategic partner by ASI due to their high global credentials. Finally the system consulting company, TallyMarks Consulting, shed the light on the cloud-based-storage capabilities of the newly inducted technology. TallyMarks assisting Agha Steel for effective implementation of SAP S/4 HANA and end-to-end Fiori enabled SAP. Providing the details, TallyMarks spokesman Mr. Abdul Haseeb informed that cloud infrastructure is built on the basis of S/4 HANA certified hardware, having secure environment, unfailing and uninterrupted connection, coupled with TallyMarks Consulting’s superior 24/7 client support.

Sohai Ali Abro’s MotorCycle girl launched in a star-studded premiere in Lahore and Karachi

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Karachi(Cliff News)The much-anticipated film “Motorcycle Girl produced by Excellency films, Jami and Logos films was released recently in a star-studded premiere in Lahore & Karachi.Featuring Sohai Ali Abro in the lead role with Ali Kazmi, Sarmad Khoosat, SaminaPeerzada and Shamim Hilali, Motorcycle girl is written and directed by Adnan Sarwar who gained a lot of praises for his earlier biopic Shah based on the life of the famous Pakistani boxer Hussain Shah, who won the bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics and became the only boxer in Pakistan’s history to secure an Olympic medal.Motorcycle Girl, since its trailer release has created a buzz leaving audiences anticipated for its release. A truly motivational story inspired by the real-life events of Zenith Irfan, a girl who travelled northern areas of Pakistan on a motorcycle to fulfill the wish of her father.Featuring Sohai Ali Abro as the leading lady, the film being shot in Lahore,Hunza and Khunjerab is packed with thrill, adventure, and relationships all the way encouraging enough to fulfill all your dreams.“I have always tried to make films that are relatable to the audiences and give a lesson at the end. Motorcycle Girl is made to break the barriers prevailing in our society and to develop a norm that a girl can achieve whatever she wants on her own.” Stated Adnan Sarwar – Writer and Director of the film.The film is distributed under the banner of Excellency Films which is one of the leading distribution houses in Pakistan.

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Chairman BOI speaks at Toronto webinar on investment opportunities in Pakistan

Karachi/Toronto(Cliff News)As part of its mandate to project Pakistan’s image and its trade and investment potential, the Consulate General of Pakistan Toronto arranged a webinar titled ‘Investment opportunities in Pakistan’ held recently at Pakistan House. The Minister of State and Chairman Board of Investment Mr. Naeem Zamindar made a live skype presentation to the participants.The webinar was attended by prominent and reputed Canadian businesses including President & CEO of Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), Vice President of OCC, CEO of JCM Power, Chairman of Robson Capital, Chairman of Morgan Solar, Partner Stikeman Elliot, Director MIDAS Safety, Chairman of CMI Group and representatives of Gravitas Financial and Polaris Capital Power.In his presentation, the Minister of State said, “Pakistan has made progressive strides recently for improvement of ease of doing business and created a favorable environment to attract investment. Pakistan’s large population and geo-strategic location makes it an ideal investment destination.”Referring to marked improvement in ratings for Pakistan in the recent international surveys and reports, the Minister said that appropriate mechanisms were in place in Pakistan for protection and high return on investments.On ease of doing business, the participants were informed that the government has established a single window facility for setting up of a company. There is 100% repatriation allowed on remittances of royalty, technical and franchise fee, profits, dividends, capital and capital gains. Moreover, utilities and land connectivity are ensured by law and there is one time duty exemption on import of plant and machinery. Earlier, Mr. Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, Consul-General for Pakistan while welcoming the participants, said “It is the right time and the right place for doing business in Pakistan, we are on a vertical curve, our ratings are positive, innovation and technology are the focus, widespread infra-structure developments in place and a thriving economy is a strong indicator. I am grateful to you for showing your interest in doing business with Pakistan.”The participants gave positive feedback on the event and keeping in view the incentives on the offer, expressed interest in exploring investment opportunities in Pakistan.

 

 

 

Hum Films officially released the first teaser “Parwaaz Hai Junoon”

Karachi(Cliff News)Momina and Duraid Films and Hum Films have officially released the first teaser of the much anticipated film “Parwaaz Hai Junoon” , a glorious tribute to the Pakistani Airforce.The teaser is filled with patriotism, enthusiasm and adventure. Showcasing Hamza Ali Abbasi as a fighter pilot for whom speed is a thrill. He plays the role of a young officer who always inspires his co-pilots with his amazing flying skills. Shaz Khan has also been featured in the first teaser and has been shown as Hamza’s friend. The teaser shows how important the safety of the nation is for our Airforce officers who do not for a second think about their lives and keep their country as a first priority.Starring Hamza Ali Abbasi, Hania Aamir, Ahad Raza Mir and Shaz Khan in the lead roles, the film is directed by Haseeb Hassan and written by Farhat Ishtiaq and is scheduled to release on Eid-ul-Fitr 2018.Parwaaz Hai Junoon is being distributed by Hum Films.

About Hum Films

Hum Films is a film production and distribution company based in Karachi, Pakistan, working under the Hum Network Group. It was launched in September 2014, setting trends with Bin Roye which was the first Pakistani movie to be released simultaneously domestically and internationally. It also became the highest grossing film internationally, setting the benchmark for the Pakistani film industry.

 

TPL Life Insurance launches Pakistan 1st Epidemic based digital insurance products

Karachi(Cliff News)As another first in Pakistan, TPL Life has launched Pakistan’s first epidemic based insurance products which can be bought online from the company’s website – and all it takes is less than 3 minutes to make the purchase through TPL Life’s end to end digital processes.As an initiation, TPL Life has launched 3 Epidemic Insurance Products which offer financial assistance to the consumers in case of suffering from Mosquito Borne &/or Water Borne illnesses such as Malaria, Dengue,Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Cholera, Hepatitis A and E, Typhoid, Diarrhea and Naegleria Fowleri. The company has made it a point to keep the acquisition and claim processes as easy as possible and hence these products can be bought directly from TPL Life Insurance’s website, without going through the hassles of paperwork and unnecessary delays. TPL Life Insurance has a huge network of panel hospitals across the country inclusive of remote rural areas, where its customers can avail cashless claim services against their medical expenses.Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Faisal Abbasi, CEO – TPL Life Insurance said, “We understand today’s needs of our customers. Epidemics related to mosquitoes and water are a reality and people face them every now and then resulting in a lot of medical expenses. Our Mosquito Shield, Water Shield and Hybrid Shield are the answer to the growing demand of our customers. Anyone with access to internet can get insured in less than 3 minutes via our end to end digital processes.”TPL Life provides innovative life and health insurance products which adhere to international standards and address the divergent needs of Pakistanis. The company came into existence with a mandate of providing top-notch quality and affordable insurance solutions based on the strength of their seasoned professionals.Further information about TPL Life Muavin can be gathered from the company’s website.

About TPL Life:

TPL Life offers an extensive suite of life and health insurance solutions to address a range of segments including corporate, retail, micro-health and e-commerce digital consumers. Our life and health insurance and savings solutions aid you at every stage of life, ensuring your protection and giving you access to better healthcare, while  helping you secure your dreams for the future, and providing a financial cushion for any unforeseen life event, accident, or illness. http://www.tpllife.com        

GE Energy expands wind power capacity in Pakistan

Karachi(Cliff News)GE Renewable Energy [GE: NYSE] and Hawa Energy (Pvt.) Ltd today inaugurated the 50 MW wind farm, Hawa Power Project, in the Gharo-Keti Bandar Wind Corridor in Jhimpir, Sindh – a highly anticipated launch that seeks to further drive the growth of renewable energy in Pakistan. The project is installed with 29, 1.7-103 wind turbines, with implementation of the project undertaken by Power China, as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.  The 50 MW project is the fourth in Pakistan to feature GE’s advanced wind turbines. In addition to the provision of wind turbines, GE will also provide 10 years of operations and maintenance services as part of the contract, making it a one-stop shop for Hawa Power Project. This agreement will encompass technical experience, data-driven insights and industry-leading trouble-shooting practices, smart maintenance and repairs while prioritizing lifecycle costs and guaranteed availability. Dr. Manar Al Moneef, General Manager of GE Renewable Energy in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said: “GE has a rich heritage of more than six decades of collaboration and partnership in Pakistan, cementing its position as a committed solutions provider to the energy sector. The commissioning of this fourth wind farm and its provision of an additional 50 MW of renewable energy, which serves to create critical capacity that didn’t previously exist, and meet the low-cost and reliable electricity needs of thousands of citizens, is a proud moment for us.”GE’s 1.7-100/103 wind turbine offers a 47 percent increase in swept area when compared to GE’s 1.6-82.5 turbine, resulting in a 24 percent increase in Annual Energy Production (AEP) at 7.5 m/s. This increase in blade swept area allows greater energy capture and improved project economics for wind developers. GE has been providing advanced wind turbines for the development of wind power plants in the Jhimpir corridor in Thatta district, adding more power to the national grid. Farman Lodhi, Chief Executive Officer, Hawa Energy, said: “This partnership is built on numerous critical factors, including the exceptional reliability provided as well as the commitment to deliver by GE. All 29 turbines are now online, feeding power into the national grid and can meet the needs of more than 20,000 households. I look forward to seeing this project bridging a part of the power supply-demand gap in the country.”GE Renewable Energy is one of the world’s leading wind turbine suppliers, with more than 35,000 wind turbines installed globally. GE is focused on supporting Pakistan’s socio-economic growth, with technologies that generate more than 1/3 of the country’s electricity. Sarim Sheikh, President & CEO of GE Pakistan, Iran & Afghanistan, said: “GE is committed to supporting local developers in Pakistan to build additional wind power capacity in the country. This project is a significant step toward an increase power generation from alternative sources of energy, a supply which is abundant in Sindh. It is a moment of pride for me to see our presence in Pakistan grow from strength-to-strength, especially given the profound impact these types of projects have on local communities.” The Government of Pakistan has tasked the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) to ensure 5 percent of total national power generation capacity to be generated through renewable energy technologies by the year 2030, following the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that Pakistan has over 132 gigawatts (GW) of wind energy capacity.

Note to Editors

About GE Renewable Energy: GE Renewable Energy is a $10 billion start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, hydro and innovative technologies such as concentrated solar power and more recently turbine blades, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 55 countries, GE Renewable Energy is backed by the resources of the world’s first digital industrial company.

National Savings expedites efforts to launch new product for overseas Pakistanis

Karachi(Cliff News)National Savings, along with their Advisors – EY Ford Rhodes and HaidermotaBNR,
organized a pre-bid conference here at Movenpick Hotel with local and international banks for selection
of the Manager to the Issue (MTI) for the upcoming product specifically for the Overseas Pakistanis.Government has decided to launch a retail bond under the platform of National Savings called Overseas Pakistanis Savings Certificates (OPSCs). OPSCs will be a script less retail certificates in both the US Dollar
and Pak Rupee currencies, which are being initially being launched in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
countries.National Savings desires to hire services of a bank or financial institution which has got
comprehensive and robust operations, custody business and strong compliance mechanism with the local
presence in Pakistan. After the hiring of the MTI, the OPSCs product is expected to be launched by May
2018 in the target markets.Mr. Huzefa Mazahir of EY Ford Rhodes briefed the participants about the salient features
of the OPSCs and described the objectives comprehensively which National Savings desires to attain
through hiring of the MTI for OPSCs product. Mr. Ali Akbar from HaidermotaBNR commented on the legal aspects of the proposed product.
Mr. Zafar Masud, Director General, National Savings answered the queries raised by the participants and clarified the issues related to the new scheme of National Savings. Mr. Masud described
the process of OPSCs products structuring as first-of-its-kind in the world given its professional process
and management undertaken by National Savings.Mr. Zafar Masud thanked all the participants for joining the Pre-Bid Conference Call.
Participants from the World Bank, Standard Chartered, DIB Pakistan, UBL, MCB, Samba Bank, Pakistan
Stock Exchange and other financial institutions joined the Pre-Bid Conference.