10th Karachi Literature Festival starts on 1st March 2019

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Karachi(Cliff News)Every year, the city gets its much-needed intellectual and cultural treat in the form of the annual Karachi Literature Festival (KLF). Much awaited each year by the literati and the people of Karachi, this year’s edition is going to be a special Ten Year Celebration of the event. Happening on 1, 2, and 3March 2019, at the Beach Luxury Hotel as usual, the event will mark KLF’s ten successful years of being the leading literary festival of the city and spawning other such festivals celebrating the written word in different cities across Pakistan.The KLF organisers, Oxford University Press (OUP), have announced the names of the Advisory Board members who will be part of the 10th edition of the festival. The Advisory Board comprises prominent writers, poets, and literary figures including Muneeza Shamsie, Bina Shah, Iftikhar Arif, Ahmed Shah, Mujahid Barelvi, Salman Tarik Kureshi, and Michael Houlgate (Director Sindh and Balochistan, British Council).Arshad Saeed Husain, Managing Director, OUP, while sharing his views about the upcoming festival said, “For the 10thedition of KLF, we have created an Advisory Board comprising personalities from different literary fields in order to embrace diversity and inclusion in the society. The members will oversee the festival programming and selection of speakers as well as curate various sessions. The 10th KLF will feature, not only literary works and poetry, but also the fine arts, culture, and the performing arts. Our society is youthful and most of those who throng this annual celebration are young. Therefore, KLF 2019 will have the overarching theme ‘The Focus is Tomorrow’. It will explore emerging trends, new concepts, and the impact of social media and technology on books, literature, publishing, reading, and our lives in general. The KLF Urdu Literature Prize for 2019 sponsored by Infaq Foundation will be awarded at the inauguration ceremony of the Festival.”Talking about her long association with KLF, the literary critic, Muneeza Shamsie said, “I am delighted to be a part of Advisory Board for the KLF’s 10th Anniversary, which is a great milestone for our literary culture and indeed, a celebration of the written word. It is good to be with, and exchange ideas with a team, which has worked assiduously to bring this festival together. It has also been a privilege to have participated in KLF as a guest speaker, since its inception and to watch it grow and develop and inspire other literary festivals in Pakistan too.”“Over the years, KLF has successfully provided an accessible and intellectual space to the citizens of Pakistan. Through discourse and discussions, the Festival cultivates literary values, cultural diversity, and a sense of inclusion. This year is going to be no different as KLF aims to bring together not only the stalwarts of Pakistan’s literary world and academia but also some of the most creative minds beyond Pakistan’s border. I wish to congratulate KLF on completing its ten successful years,” said the eminent Urdu poet Iftikhar Arif.The first Karachi Literature Festival kicked off in 2010 and drew over 5,000 visitors. Continuing the heritage of the literary event, OUP expects a footfall of more than 200,000 at this year’s KLF.Following its ten-year tradition, the festival will have free entry and will be accessible to people in an open and participatory manner. It will include vibrant literary sessions, panel discussions, talks, readings, interviews, book launches, Urdu mushaira, English poetry readings, film screenings, performing arts, and book fair. And, as usual, there will be the pleasure of BaateinMulaqateinwith leading intellectual figures and amongst all those who attend.

Dr. Arif Alvi, emphasized the need for growth of Islamic Finance in Pakistan

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Karachi(Cliff News)Dr. Arif Alvi, the Honourable President of Pakistan expressed his support for the development of Islamic banking industry in the country in a meeting held with Mr. Irfan Siddiqui – President & CEO, Meezan Bank and Mr. Jameel Ahmad – Deputy Governor, State Bank of Pakistan along with a delegation from Meezan Bank.The group discussed the opportunities and challenges of Islamic banking in Pakistan and urged for elimination of Riba from the society.Mr. Irfan Siddiqui updated the Honourable President on the growth of the Islamic Finance industry that presently comprises 15% of Pakistan’s banking industry and appreciated the Prime Minister’s vision to take this number to 25%  by 2023.Mr. Irfan Siddiqui also commended the resolution passed by the Senate of Pakistan on conversion of Government debt to Shariah-compliant modes and said that promotion of Islamic Finance will promote financial inclusion as well as give a boost to the country’s economy.The Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan also requires elimination of Riba as early as possible and the government’s efforts will go a long way in achieving this objective.The Honourable President showed keen interest in promotion of Islamic Banking and emphasized the need for Government support to the Islamic Finance industry.

Engro Vopak partners with Circle to Develop Pakistani Female Coders

Karachi(Cliff News)Engro Vopak Terminal Limited in partnership with CIRCLE Women, a social enterprise focused on women’s economic empowerment, held Tech Karo’s Closing Ceremony today, at the Karachi School of Business and Leadership. The Tech Karo Program aims to create a pipeline of women in tech by providing web development and life skills to youth, especially women from the underserved communities – an initiative that champions the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 & 8, of Gender Equality and Economic Growth.With 62% of the students being female, the first batch had 50 graduates. Over 30 students were placed in internships with leading tech companies, including 10 Pearls and Ibex Global. The program also ensured that the students received proper guidance regarding the tech industry through Tech Mentorship. British Deputy High Commissioner Elin Burns was the chief guest for the afternoon. Tahira Raza former President First Women Bank, Dr Zahir Syed Vice Chancellor Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) and Dr Shoaib Zaidi Professor and Head of Academics at UIT were present amongst many others to show their support.While speaking at the occasion, Jahangir Piracha, CEO Engro Vopak Terminal Limited said “It was indeed an inspirational afternoon, seeing what CIRCLE had envisioned for this young talent and how they delivered their promise to give them a holistic program. We are proud that we embarked this journey to introduce more women in the tech sector with CIRCLE.”On this occasion, Sadaffe Abid, Founder CIRCLE shared the challenges in introducing this innovative program and said “Technology is an equaliser and enabler. We are thrilled to bring digital skills to young Pakistani women and men so they prosper and Pakistan progresses.”

HBL Pakistan Super League-Statistical review

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The HBL Pakistan Super League has grown stronger with every event. This is not only the unanimous opinion of the local and foreign cricketers or the spectators or the pundits of the game, this can be established by carrying out a statistical review of one of the world’s most competitive and challenging leagues on the planet.Below are some statistics for your interest and analysis:

 Most successful team

 The most successful team in HBL PSL’s brief history is Islamabad United, which won titles in 2016 and 2018 and holds a success percentage of 59.67 after winning 19 out of 32 matches.

 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi are the second most successful team, with 19 victories in 34 games. Two-time losing finalists Quetta Gladiator (56.66) are third, with 17 wins out of 31 matches.

 Highest and lowest totals

 203 for eight 8 in 20 overs is the highest total in HBL PSL, which was posted by Gladiators in a successful run-chase against Lahore Qalandars in the first edition of the PSL in 2016. Qalandars batted first and scored 201 for two in 20 overs, but Gladiators chased it on the last ball of the match.

 The lowest total belongs to Qalandars, who were bowled out for 59 against Zalmi in Dubai in 2017.

 Highest PowerPlay score

Gladiators hold the record for the highest total in a PowerPlay – 77 for one against Qalandars during a successful run-chase of 202 in Dubai in 2016.The next highest score at the six-over mark is 75 by Qalandars against Gladiators in Sharjah in 2017 and by United against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2018.

 Most prolific batsman

 With 929 runs at an average of 29.96 and a strike-rate of 133.28, Kamran Akmal is the most successful HBL PSL batsman to date. Zalmi’s Akmal is also the only batsman who has struck two centuries.The most prolific foreign batsman is Australia’s Shane Watson with 684 runs at 29.73. Watson played the first two tournaments for United and the last for Gladiators.

 Centuries in HBL PSL

 There have been only three centuries in the HBL PSL. Two of them by Kamran Akmal and one by Sharjeel Khan of United.

Akmal scored his first hundred (104 off 65 balls) against Karachi Kings in Dubai in 2017, while his second (107 not out off 61 balls) was against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2018.

Sharjeel’s century (117 off 62 balls) was against Zalmi in Dubai in the inaugural edition and remains the highest score in the tournament.

 Highest partnerships

 153 runs opening stand between Watson and Sharjeel for United against Qalandars in Sharjah in the inaugural tournament remains the highest partnership for any wicket in HBL PSL to date.The next best is by Zalmi’s pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Dawid Malan against Gladiators, also in Sharjah in 2017.The most successful pair, however, has been Hafeez and Tamim Iqbal, who have together posted 431 runs in nine innings for Zalmi.

 The most destructive batsman

 The batsman with the highest strike-rate among those who have scored, at least, 200 runs in the tournament is United’s Luke Ronchi. He has piled 435 runs off 239 balls at a scoring-rate of 182.00.Ronchi only played in the 2018 tournament and left a huge mark after clubbing 51 fours and 24 sixes.The next most destructive batsman is Shahid Afridi, with 311 runs off 188 balls at a strike-rate of 165.42.However, the batsman who has hit most sixes in the tournament history is Kamran Akmal (49), followed by Watson (43).

 Fours and sixes

 The HBL PSL is known for big hitting as fours and sixes have galore in the three events to date.Before the first ball has been bowled in the tournament, the tournament has already produced 1892 fours and 920 sixes from the bats of some of the finest players in the world.Kamran Akmal has hit the most fours and sixes. He has struck 85 fours and 49 sixes, a tournament record on both counts.Shane Watson is second on the list of batsmen with most sixes – 43 – whereas Ahmed Shahzad with 74 fours is second on the list of batsmen to hit most fours.

 Fastest fifties

 The fastest 50 in the HBL PSL was scored off just 17 balls and came from the bat of Zalmi’s opener Kamran Akmal in the eliminator against Kings in Lahore in 2018. Akmal finished with 77 off 27 balls as Zalmi qualified for the final.The only other batsman to score 50 in less than 20 balls is United’s Luke Ronchi. He took 19 balls to reach half-century against Kings in the Qualifier in Dubai in 2018.

 Most innings without a duck

Watson has never been dismissed for a duck in the HBL PSL and holds the record for batting most innings without getting out on naught. The next batsman with most innings without a zero is Ravi Bopara, also an overseas player. Among local players, Misbah-ul-Haq and Anwar Ali both have batted 19 innings without a naught.

 Most prolific bowler

The most successful bowler in the history of HBL PSL is Wahab Riaz. He has collected 48 wickets at an average of 16.50, with an economy of 6.75. The left-arm fast bowler has played all the editions for Peshawar Zalmi and was the driving force behind their title win in 2017.The next best is United’s Mohammad Sami with 37 wickets at an economy of 6.55.The overseas player with most wickets is Watson, bagging 22 dismissals.

 Five-wicket hauls

 There have been five five-wicket hauls in the HBL PSL with the first one registered by Kings’ Ravi Bopara. He finished with six for 16 runs against Qalandars in Sharjah in 2016. While four more bowlers have taken a five-for in the tournament, Bopara’s figures have not been bettered.Shahid Afridi (Zalmi) and Mohammad Sami (United) were two other bowlers who claimed five wickets in 2016. No bowler managed a five-for in the 2017 edition whereas two, Umar Gul (Multan Sultans) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (Qalandars), pouched five-wicket hauls in 2018.

 Most maiden overs

 Shahid Afridi, who played the first two tournaments for Zalmi and third for Kings, has bowled five maiden overs in the PSL, which is most for any bowler. Next best is Mohammad Amir, who has delivered four scoreless overs for Kings. The tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has bowled three maidens for United and Sultans.

 Most dismissals and catches

 Zalmi’s wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has inflicted the highest amount of dismissals behind the stumps. He has 30 dismissals (23 catches and 7 stumping).The player who has taken most catches as an outfielder is his younger brother, Umar Akmal, grabbing 15 catches.

Most player of the match awards

Luke Ronchi may have appeared in only one season so far, but his number of player-of-the-match awards is more than anyone else. He has bagged five in 11 games in the United’s successful campaign in 2018.Three players have bagged the award on four occasions – Zalmi’s Kamran Akmal, Gladiators’ Mohammad Nawaz and United’s Mohammad Sami.

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GE Healthcare and Aga Khan University Hospital Pakistan announce strategic partnership

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Karachi(Cliff News)On the sidelines of Arab Health 2019, the region’s leading healthcare exhibition, GE Healthcare and The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) in Karachi, Pakistan, today announced a strategic partnership to give Pakistan’s leading private quaternary care hospital access to a new range of advanced medical imaging and diagnostic equipment. GE Healthcare and its distributor in Pakistan, Shirazi Trading, have already started installation of the imaging, ultrasound and lifecare solutions and anticipate the project will be completed by May this year.The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is a private, not for profit, university hospital, focusing on the delivery of the highest quality health care in Pakistan for over 30 years since 1985. It also serves as the teaching hospital for the brightest doctors, nurses, and midwives in the country. AKUH is the only teaching hospital in Pakistan accredited by the Joint Commission International, commonly considered the gold standard in health care delivery, and its clinical laboratories are the only institution in the country to be accredited by the prestigious College of American Pathologists.Mr. Al-Karim, Chief Financial Officer & Vice President Finance of the Aga Khan University Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network Health Network Group Purchase Program, said: “Technology plays a critical role in helping our doctors, nurses and staff deliver the highest quality care.  Our strategic partnership with GE Healthcare will give our clinicians access to the most cutting-edge medical imaging systems which will ensure that patients continue to receive timely care that is of the highest standard.Dr. Mazhar Qureshi, Country Manager, GE Healthcare in Pakistan, added: “The Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan has built an impressive reputation both through delivering high quality care to the patients who need it most and by setting the standard in clinical training for leading healthcare professionals across Pakistan and the region. In equipping this renowned institution with our latest suite of innovative imaging, ultrasound and life care solutions, we help enable their clinicians to deliver faster, more accurate diagnosis that ultimately support better patient outcomes.  GE Healthcare is proud to partner with the Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan.”Farooq Saleem, CEO, M/S Shirazi Trading Company, said: “Each of GE Healthcare’s solutions, installed and maintained by M/S Shirazi Trading Company, are ideally suited for the busy hospital environment at Aga Khan University Hospital Pakistan, making diagnostic procedures faster, safer and more efficient.   This technology will undoubtedly benefit both patients and students of Pakistan’s best private teaching hospital.”Among the key solutions being installed at the hospital includes GE Healthcare’s SPECT (single-photon emission computed tomography) system, the Discovery NM630, which delivers superb image quality using scan times and doses as low as half that of standard Nuclear Medicine protocols.  Designed to maximize scannable population, it reduces table time for patients as scans can be set up faster, contributing to improved scanning speed and efficiency, as well as streamlined workflow. This is ideally suited for the busy hospital offering several specialty services under one roof.GE Healthcare will also supply the Revolution™ EVO, an innovative CT designed to support the widest variety of patients and applications, from complex trauma or cardiac cases, to large patient backlogs in busy emergency departments that strain workflows and resources.The Senographe Essential Mammography system, a full-field digital system for high-quality mammograms, will help elevate women’s healthcare at the hospital. It helps perform a wide variety of breast procedures-from in-office screening and diagnostics to interventions to mobile screenings.A portable, robust cardiovascular ultrasound system, the Vivid S70 N provides fast, accurate visualization and quantification, while reducing clicks and repetitive tasks, while the Vivid E95 is a premium 4D Cardiac Ultrasound System assuring better image quality, faster volume rates with higher processing power, and smaller probes. Also new at the hospital is the Voluson™ E6, a versatile ultrasound system offering the superior imaging with added flexibility.Visit GE Healthcare’s pavilion at Arab Health 2019 at Booth #S3B10, Sheikh Saeed Hall 3, Dubai World Trade Center.

Jazz brings A.R Gurney’s “Love Letters” to Lahore

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Lahore(Cliff News)Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital communications company, has partnered with renowned director Hameed Haroon, to showcase a play called “Love Letters.” Written by Pulitzer-prize nominee A.R. Gurney, the play was performed by two world-class artists Rehana Saigol and Imran Aslam. The letter reading depicts a story of two people in love who write soulful letters to each other from their youth to their advanced years. Literature enthusiasts, as well as Jazz’s business partners came together to find solace in a lost art form.Jazz is in its 25th year in Pakistan and has played a significant part in the digital revolution. To this end, the event also shed light on how communication has transformed over the years. This latest Jazz adaptation of the famous play is unique in a way that it transforms the age-old letter writing into digital social media conversations to depict a sharp contrast between communication, then and now. Increasingly, conversations have moved towards becoming less profound and more fleeting on the smart phone.The actors, giants in their own right, sit side by side at their tables and read the love notes, letters and cards they had exchanged over 50 years. They discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats as they live apart, making separate experiences.Through this unique take on the play, Jazz sought to convey the message of the importance of words and the craft of persuasion. “Hameed Haroon is one of Pakistan’s most inspiring intellectuals,” said Ali Naseer, Chief Corporate & Enterprise Officer at Jazz. “We are thrilled to be collaborating with him for an evening dedicated to enjoying great art, but also to remind people that digitalization can and should find a way to continue to connect people.”Both actors shared their views, as well, where Rehana Saigol said, “Relationships are all about communicating. The difference between then and now is the incredible immediacy of modern communication.” while Imran Aslam stated, “Communication – now it’s sooner. Back then it was later.”With about 200 people attending, the event concluded with a networking dinner. During the evening, guests visited a booth to send family and loved ones old-fashioned letters, digitally.

 

Junaid Khan to Collaborate With Indian Rock Band Spunk for “Talaash”

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Karachi(Cliff News)The celebrated actor and Lahore-based music band Call’s lead vocalist Junaid Khan collaborated with the Indian rock band Spunk to create an anthem of unity, Talaash.Being a peace lover, Junaid Khan’s upcoming single “Talaash” aims to send a message of positivity to the people of the subcontinent. The song’s vocals have been rendered by Khan and Spunk’s lead vocalist, however Khan has also co-written Talaash’s lyrics. With this track, the musician seeks to heal the wounds and bring India and Pakistan closer together in harmony.The literal meaning of Urdu word “Talaash” is “Search” and in reference to the title, Khan approaches to touch both personal level – the search for yourself, your own identity, your own place in this world and national level – the search for a common ground, the unifying purpose.Junaid Khan stated, “Music knows no boundaries and this collaboration with Spunk is a way to improve understanding and communication between the two countries. I have always believed in living peacefully in a borderless world and Talaash is going to spread the message of harmony amongst the people of both cultures.” Khan further added, “It is also a fun song and its genre is metal-rock.”Junaid Khan always tries to convey social message through his songs, hence Talash brings the hashtag movement #TalaashForPeace. The singer hopes that the song will break the barriers and bring unity and peace across borders.