QATPL,HEI and GE announce the start of combined cycle commercial operations

Lahore(Cliff News)Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited (QATPL), Harbin Electric International Company Limited (HEI) and GE Power (NYSE: GE) announced the completion of combined cycle commissioning activities and  the start of full-fledged commercial operations on May 20, 2018, 00:00 hours at the Bhikki Power Plant. The facility is now adding up to 1,180 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid – the equivalent power needed to supply up to 2.4 million Pakistani homes.The plant is owned by QATPL, HEI is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project, responsible for setting up the power plant and all commissioning activities and GE has supplied two advanced HA heavy-duty gas turbines, associated equipment and technical advisory services for the facility.“We realize that the country’s energy needs are immediate and growing and have left no stone unturned in meeting these needs,” said Mr. Akhtar Hussain, Chief Operating Officer of QATPL. “Bhikki Power Plant is expected to run for up to 30 years and will help to power homes, villages, towns and cities across Pakistan. The selection of GE’s HA gas turbines, which have helped to deliver world record levels of combined cycle efficiency, will help ensure that the power generated at Bhikki is reliable, affordable and leaves a smaller environmental footprint than average, to the benefit of millions of Pakistanis.”GE’s HA technology has now helped to deliver two world records – one for powering the world’s most efficient combined-cycle power plant, based on achieving 63.08 percent gross efficiency at Chubu Electric Nishi-Nagoya Power Plant Block-1 in Japan and another for helping EDF’s Bouchain Power Plant achieve 62.22 percent net combined cycle efficiency in France. Furthermore, the HA can ramp up or down quickly, while still meeting emissions requirements to help maintain grid stability. It thus offers an excellent flexible complement to renewable sources as Pakistan increases the proportion of solar and wind power in the energy mix, which is intermittent in nature and can fluctuate by time of day and season.Mr. Li Chao, Chief Operation Officer of HEI and General Director of 1st Power Division of HEI added,“The Bhikki Power Plant is a testament to our commitment to power Pakistan and fuel progress. Each stakeholder involved in this project went the extra mile to cooperate, promote and benefit from one another’s expertise to bring power online at an accelerated timeframe.”Mr. Mohamad Ali, President & CEO of GE’s Gas Power Systems – Projects in the Middle East, Pakistan and India, added: “Uninterrupted, affordable power is a cornerstone of modern societies.  The successful completion of the Bhikki Power Plant will benefit communities, businesses and industries across Pakistan and lead the way in helping to secure the country’s energy future. We are honoured to support the government, our customer and the people of Pakistan in establishing this state-of-the-art facility.”GE’s HA technology has completed off-grid, full-speed, full-load validation testing at extreme conditions well beyond those encountered while in service at the world’s largest, most thorough gas turbine test stand located at GE’s manufacturing facility in Greenville, South Carolina. The technology is the fastest growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines today, with more than 75 units ordered to date by over 25 customers across more than 15 countries, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan, Japan, Bahrain, China, France and others. More than 20 units are already operational, clocking in over 100,000 operating hours.“We are proud to bring GE’s industry-leading HA technology to Pakistan, which will help the country save billions of rupees over the life-cycle of the Bhikki Power Plant through better fuel utilization and greater economies of scale,” said Mr. Sarim Sheikh, President & CEO of GE Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. “I congratulate the Government of Punjab and all other stakeholders involved in bringing this critical project online.”GE’s HA technology also equips the Haveli Bahadur Shah (HBS) and Balloki power plants. Together, HBS, Bhikki and Balloki power plants are a significant component of the government’s strategy to enhance access to electricity to over 90 percent of the population and are expected to add a total of up to 3,600 MW to Pakistan’s grid.GE has supported the development of energy, transportation and healthcare infrastructure in Pakistan for more than 50 years. Today, GE-built technologies can generate the equivalent power needed to supply up to a quarter of the country’s electricity.

About Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited (QATPL):

Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power Private Limited (QATPL) is a wholly owned company of the Government of Punjab engaged in setting up the regasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) Bhikki Power Plant to meet the energy demand in Pakistan.

About Harbin Electric International (HEI):
Harbin Electric International Company Limited (HEI) is an important member of the Harbin Electric Corporation, and is China’s leading large-scale enterprise in power project contracting and the export of power equipment. Established in 1983, HEI is primarily engaged in the engineering, procurement and construction of thermal, hydro and combined-cycle power plants, and the supply of complete sets of equipment; moreover, the company can be contracted to build large-scale transmission facilities and public utilities, and provides professional comprehensive after-sales service. Since 2014, HEI has expanded its business in power investment to help resolve a global shortage of electric power. http://www.china-hei.com

About GE:
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption. We are transforming the electricity industry by uniting all the resources and scale of the world’s first Digital Industrial company. Our customers operate in more than 150 countries, and together we power more than a third of the world to illuminate cities, build economies and connect the world.

Matloob eyes CNS Open after winning Chevron DHA tournament

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Karachi (Cliff News)Matloob Ahmed is perhaps in the best form of his life but the Lahore professional is confident that he can do even better after triumphing in the Chevron-DHA Karachi Cup All Pakistan Open Golf Championship here recently at the Defence Authority Country and Golf Club.Matloob, who has been in terrific form since the start of this year, was in full flow as he won the Chevron-DHA Open by four strokes ahead of Pakistan No. 1 Shabbir Iqbal.“I’m in great form and hope that with more hard work I will continue doing well on the national circuit,” Matloob said.Matloob’s sights are now firmly set on the US$300,000 CNS Open – an Asian Tour tournament – which will be played in Karachi in July this year.“It’s the biggest event to be held in Pakistan in more than ten years and I will try to give my best in it,” he said.Meanwhile, Pakistan’s rising youngster Ahmed Baig won the amateur title in the DHA-Chenvron Open and then vowed to win more laurels in the future.“I’m gaining confidence after every tournament and hopefully I will do even better in the coming events,” he said.Almost all of Pakistan’s top players featured in the prestigious tournament which carried at stake a total prize purse of Rs3.5 million. The tournament was played from May 10-13 with the main professional event taking place over 54 holes.Top professionals and amateurs from all over the country were part of the stellar cast of the tournament sponsored by Chevron Pakistan Lubricants (Private) Limited, a manufacturer and distributor of premium lubricants in Pakistan. This tournament is a unique yearly event of Pakistan Golf Federation calendar, which is counted among the most prestigious golf events in Pakistan. More than 200 golfers featured in the tournament including leading professionals and amateurs of the country. Other events which were played during the tournament included Senior Professionals, Seniors, Veterans, Ladies, Juniors and Masters.Muhammad Najam Shamsuddin, Country Chairman & Area Business Manager, Chevron Pakistan Lubricants (Private) Limited, stressed that his company will continue supporting golf in Pakistan.“Chevron Pakistan Lubricants (Pvt.) Limited firmly believes in a secure, long-term future in Pakistan and aims to continue investment and provide world-class products and services to its esteemed customers in Pakistan. We have a legacy of more than 75 years of service in this region and are committed to sustain and grow in the Pakistani markets. We will also continue supporting community events and activities like the Chevron-DHA Karachi Cup All Pakistan Open Golf Championship,” he said.The final round of the four-day championship was followed by an impressive prize distribution ceremony. Brig Shahid Hassan Ali, Administrator DHA, was the chief guest. Also present at the occasion were Mr. Muhammad Najam Shamsuddin and Brig Qasim Changezi, Secretary DACGC.

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Faiza Saleem – A Mirthful Humorist to have her own tv show on Hum News

Karachi(Cliff News) “I want to explore TV next”, said by none other thanFaiza Saleem and boom! She’s here with another feather on her cap with a regular show titled ‘Cover Page’ on the newly launched satellite news channels, Hum News.Starting from theatre, creating memes and making satirical videos, FaizaSaleem became the pioneer of female comedian market – garnering tremendous positive press locally and internationally. Her first television stint was a telefilm Dil Daariyan followed by big screen debut as the infamousSumaira Khanjawala in 2018 first Pakistan blockbuster – Parchi.“Comedy is my passion and loving what you are doing is crucial to me. I have had an exhilarating journey and I believe originality goes a long way. I am extremely thrilled to be experimenting on a new media – television!”, said by FaizaSaleem.“The show offers a variety of segments – and gives me an opportunity to don multiple roles within the 30 min duration. It is an amalgamation of entertainment updates, celebrity interviews, inside media gossips and a lot more masala!”Saleem further added.Cover Page is a magazine show which will be telecasted on every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30pm on Hum News.

About Faiza Saleem:

Faiza is a lawyer by profession but always wanted to pursue acting and comedy. Faiza spent a lot of her time in Germany but was born and bred in Karachi. The youngest of four siblings, she has been an achiever throughout her academic years. Starting from theatre, creating memes and making satirical videos, she became the pioneer of female comedian market. Right from big screen she’s all set to make waves on TV now.Faiza Saleem - A Mirthful Humorist - To have her own TV show on HUM News

UK based Pakistani girl Rucksar Naaz tv debut drama “MainKhayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka”

Brown Girl Problem fame Vlogger, Rucksar Naaz TV debut drama 'Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka!' (2)

Karachi(Cliff News)UK based Pakistani girl Rucksar Naaz, known on the web for her humour acts as BrownGirlProblems1, after garnering praises for her take on the cultural relevant issues, is now all set to make her mainstream debut with IRK Film’s drama “Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka” – that stars Hareem Farooq & Ali Rehmanin lead roles.“Main Khayaal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka” is written by Shabana Ghulam Nabi and directed by Emraan Kaleem Mallick, and promised to be a soft romantic-drama which emphasizes on the sacrifice of love, a broken relationship.“This is a very interesting transition from me from digital media to electronic and I am glad to be working with such a professional team at IRK Films, who give new talent such a fair and equal chance to break into the industry.” Rucksarshared her thoughts on the drama serial.“We have always taken a step forward in promoting new and young talent – from Bilal Ashraf and Hania Aamir in Janaan, to 14 new actors in Parchi.” stated Imran Raza Kazmi, the visionary behind IRK Films. “We are really looking forward to seeing how the Pakistan audience will welcome Rucksar, as she is an integral part of our serial.”“Main Khayaal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka” is expected to go on air after Eid ul Fitr on Hum TV.

Brown Girl Problem fame Vlogger, Rucksar Naaz TV debut drama 'Main Khayal Hoon Kisi Aur Ka!'

About IRK films: IRK Films was formed by Imran Raza Kazmi in 2012, introducing new faces on the big screen namely Ahmed Ali Akbar (Siyaah),Hareem Farooq (Siyaah), Hania Aamir(Janaan) and 14 theatrical artists including Faiza Saleem in Parchi. IRK films now works as the flagship of ‘IHA ENTERTAINMENT’ which is owned by Imran Raza Kazmi, Hareem Farooq &Arif Lakhani.

Truecaller opens its globally successful ads platform for its brands in Pakistan

Islamabad (Cliff News)Truecaller today announced the launch of its long-awaited advertising platform for brands in Pakistan. Partnering with the Truecaller Ads Platform launch, Sana Safinaz’s Lawn’18 campaign generated 33 million impressions each in two separate week-long roadblocks on the Truecaller inventory. With millions of users in Pakistan, Truecaller will continue to expand its presence in South Asia and Middle East, opening its unique ad inventory to the skyrocketing number of advertisers in the region.  The platform’s unique roadblock format enables brands to achieve 100% share of voice through in-app video ads, banners, and interactive content. Truecaller has also activated its Ads Manager in Pakistan, a self-serving platform for companies and small and medium businesses to manage their ads proactively. Truecaller Ads has witnessed a repeat customer rate of 70% among existing partners and advertisers in other geographies. The fully programmatic advertising platform creates multiple opportunities for a brand to connect with a consumer, with Truecaller receiving seven to eight calls on average per day. Tejinder Gill, Vice President, Global Sales, Truecaller remarked on the announcement, “Our foray into Pakistan with Truecaller Ads has been a highlight for all of us. We see a huge opportunity at the cross-section of the country’s fast-tracked user and consumer growth, and the rise of new-age of programmatic advertising. We are thrilled to be able to deliver a truly unique roadblock experience to brands, which offers brands fully autonomous management and complete share of voice.”Sidrah Ahmed, Digital Marketing Lead, Sana Safinaz, commented that “The transition to Truecaller enabled us to experiment with a unique and immersive mobile advertising platform. The ad-serving strategically fashioned relevant micro-moments, to deliver pertinent and enhanced interactions with consumers for our Lawn’18 campaign, without appearing interruptive or intrusive. Sana Safinaz is ecstatic with the results the campaign generated, and we anticipate even more prolific collaborations in the future.” Faisal Sheikh, Director, Brainchild Communications, said, “Mobile is a significant contributor in reaching our audience in Pakistan. You can only achieve effectiveness of a digital campaign when it is intelligently targeted using innovative platforms that are substantial part of our consumers lifestyle. Truecaller helped us in breaking into a clutter-free space with excellent reach and reap the benefits.” With the launch, Truecaller is expanding its frontiers to add more value to the lives of its customers and partners in Pakistan and beyond.

About Truecaller:

People use Truecaller to stay ahead. It helps them know who’s getting in touch, filter out unwanted calls and SMS, and focus on what really matters. The company provides a suite of unique services such as a dialer that offers caller ID, spam detection, messaging and more. Truecaller’s mission is to build trust everywhere by making communication safe and efficient. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company was founded in 2009 by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Atomico and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.

Microsoft Pakistan and P@SHA sign partnership for cloud based trainings

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Karachi (Cliff News)As part of Microsoft’s worldwide efforts to empower people along with organizations, across a variety of industries and verticals, it is driving ‘digital transformation’ as a means for achieving economic prosperity. By boosting a company’s productivity through cloud computing, Microsoft believes that organizations that are enabled with cloud computing will be more innovative and capture new business worldwide. Digital transformation is a digital eco-system that can present untapped opportunities for a variety of organizations such as governments, community and business leaders who want to increase their export capabilities along with attracting foreign investment. Microsoft has a long history of partnering with governments, businesses and individuals to make technology accessible to the younger generation. Further to these goals, Microsoft’s vision to use Azure as a way to democratize artificial intelligence (AI) will help companies to build cloud fueled AI based solutions across the globe.Throughout Pakistan, Microsoft has led initiatives to support digital transformation. As a partner led company, Microsoft relies on local economies to create considerable growth across the digital domain. Microsoft Pakistan is steadfastly pursing a cloud readiness strategy for the future within Pakistan. Amongst these initiatives Microsoft Pakistan has signed a partnership with P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) that will introduce a new universe of cloud computing with specialized courses and certificates. The participants can connect with experts and meet like-minded cloud enthusiasts with the help of these courses specifically designed for them. They can get acquainted with insights on Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and opportunities for start-ups plus come to know about the success stories. Microsoft‘s cloud platform can help the participants acquire the tools to achieve Digital transformation. This will enable them to empower their customers and help them grow their business.The courses that will be offered by Microsoft Pakistan for this partnership are: – Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, Migrating Workloads to Azure, Data Science Essentials, DevOps for developers –Getting started and Artificial Intelligence.“Microsoft’s vision is to enable and empower individuals and organizations through technology. We create robust platforms that our partners and customers use to solve business challenges. We are focusing on building a strong ISV and startups ecosystem and ensuring that they are ready on new digital skills including cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, big data and IOT. Partnership with P@SHA is in line with our mutual goal of enabling the ISV ecosystem” said Abid Zaidi, Microsoft Pakistan Country Manager.He then added “In order to scale and have the required impact, we are keen to further collaborate and forge similar partnerships. I see these technology-driven alliances will go a long way in nurturing fresh efforts for nation-building.”P@SHA Secretary General Shehryar Hydri said, “Microsoft Pakistan is very active and committed to the local market and this partnership around their cloud solutions will not only upskill our local workforce but also enable tech companies to expand outside Pakistan and scale aggressively.”
Microsoft Pakistan is on its way to nurture a highly evolved academic culture in the country, by integrating global advancements and cutting-edge tools thus, empowering our students and businesses to contribute and compete in the global workforce. Microsoft Pakistan has worked with all the business sectors and industries in Pakistan and is helping them to attain growth in all dimensions. Microsoft is a global leader in technology and innovation and has over 40k sellers and hundreds of thousands of partners in Pakistan. By plugging ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) into a sales engine, Microsoft Pakistan can connect them directly to customers.Cloud technology is popular throughout the regions and in Pakistan by way of contributing to national development, enhancing socio-economic growth, enabling innovation and improving service delivery. Regardless of these efforts there is still a significant shortage of skilled job candidates to fulfill the demands of cloud related jobs. To full realize the full potential of the cloud Microsoft has launched the ‘Microsoft Cloud Society’ program to offer people working in the technology sector to be trained, certified and work face to face with Microsoft cloud experts.  Microsoft Cloud Society is aimed at equipping IT workers at all levels with Azure based cloud ready skills. The program enables learning at one’s own pace. Allowing one to select a learning program online, or choose from a variety of cloud topics including cloud administration, big data, security, deployment and data science. Each topic provides online courses that allows individual enrollment. As knowledge grows, the individual can also complete exams both through Microsoft or its training partners, to receive official Azure certifications recognized throughout the industry.
 

Pak Qatar Takaful Group bestowed the best brand of the year 2018

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Karachi (Cliff News) Pak-Qatar Takaful Group, which comprises of Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited and Pak-Qatar General Takaful Limited was bestowed the Best Brand of the Year 2018 award by FPCCI apex body. Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Finance was the chief guest at the occasion.Pak-Qatar Takaful is Pakistan’s Pioneer and largest Takaful Group operating for more than a decade with the largest branch network nationwide. The Group owns Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited and Pak-Qatar General Takaful Limited.Mr. Zahid Awan, CEO of Pak-Qatar General Takaful and Mr. Syed Nasir Ali, CEO of Pak-Qatar Family Takaful were present at the award ceremony organized by the FPCCI in Karachi.Pak-Qatar Family Takaful Limited (PQFTL), is the first and largest dedicated Family Takaful Company in Islamic Finance industry. PQFTL is a progressive and a technology-driven Shari’a Compliant company providing innovative Takaful solutions in Pakistan since 2007. PQFTL is one of the fastest growing Family Takaful operators in the country with more than 70 branches in over 58 cities, in addition to over 3,500 bank branches in over 200 cities that provide BancaTakaful products.The Company is chaired by Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al-Thani and sponsored by some of the strongest financial institutions from the State of Qatar. An independent Shari’a Advisory Board comprised of world renowned Shari’a scholars and chaired by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani certifies all products and operations for Shari’a compliance.The Company’s paid-up capital is in excess of Pak- Rs. 1.250 billion, with credit rating of ‘A’ (Positive Outlook) by JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited. The company is the recipient of “Best Takaful Operator Award” from the International Takaful Summit, London, as well as from IFN Redmoney, Malaysia and the Best Takaful Company Award by the President of Pakistan from RTC, Islamabad.Pak-Qatar General Takaful Limited offers a comprehensive products’ portfolio for the national General (non-life) Takaful market. The Company is chaired by Sheikh Ali bin Abdullah Al-Thani and sponsored by some of the strongest financial institutions from the State of Qatar.The Company’s paid-up capital is in excess of Pak-Rs. 509 million, with credit rating of ‘A-’ (Stable Outlook) by the JCR-VIS Credit Rating Company Limited and ‘A’ Rating with Stable Outlook by Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited. The company continues to be the recipient of several domestic and international awards.