Sania Maskatiya launches Menswear Eid Collection 2019

Sania Maskatiya - Eid Collection 2019 - Menswear - May 2019 (11)

Karachi(Cliff News)After the launch of its womenswear Eid Collection titled Alef earlier this month to much acclaim, multi-award winning fashion house Sania Maskatiya launches their Menswear Eid Collection for 2019.The Eid Collection features 12 menswear ensembles in cotton with subtle pleating details. Available in 4 sizes from extra small, medium, large and extra-large, the collection comes in diverse color tones such as blue, sky blue, light blue, white, black and grey with prices starting from PKR 7,500. The collection also comes with an exclusive linen waistcoat designed by Sania Maskatiya for this collection.Founded in 2010, the Sania Maskatiya brand is best known for its specialized, versatile prints, textile design based on pure textures, exceptional hues, and fine craftsmanship. The design house engages in some of the best artisanship in Pakistan, coming from generations of artisans who have specialized and perfected their craft. The brand is known for incorporating rich textiles, fabric design and embroidery within their pieces. Sania Maskatiya has quickly become Pakistan’s most lauded designer and most prized fashion export.The brands runway shows are much anticipated by critics and patrons alike in Pakistan, Europe, India and the US and to this end consistently showcase at the PFDC and FPW platforms in Pakistan, also having showcased at Lakme Fashion Week in India and New York Fashion Week in the big apple. The brand continues to expand both nationally and internationally. In Pakistan, the brand boasts four stand-alone stores each of which is located in prime shopping locations in both Karachi and Lahore. The brand is further available at select national stockists. Internationally, the brand continues to develop regional and global presence. In terms of retail and global accessibility, the brand is further available worldwide through a dedicated e-commerce store, in the Middle East through a stand-alone retail space in Dubai and in Europe, the US, Singapore and India through a series of stockists.


Huawei reiterates company strong position despite recent actions by US

Karachi(Cliff News)In his latest meeting with the media, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has reiterated that the company is in a strong position to move ahead despite recent political actions in the United States.Addressing questions about the impact of the White House’s recent executive order, Ren noted: “What the US will do is out of our control. To us, the most important thing is to do our job well. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the US companies that we work with. Over these 30 years, they have helped us to grow into what we are today. They have made many contributions to us. As you know, most of the companies that provide consulting services to Huawei are based in the US, including dozens of companies like IBM and Accenture. In the face of the recent crisis, I can feel these companies’ sense of justice and sympathy towards us.”The Huawei founder then went into greater detail about its relationships with US companies. “The US is a country ruled by law. US companies must abide by the laws, and so must the real economy. The media should understand that these US companies and Huawei share the same fate. We are both players in the market economy. Our close relationships with US companies are the result of several decades of effort on both sides. These relationships won’t be destroyed by a piece of paper from the US government.”The supply of products to Huawei from international partners was also discussed. “Our company will not end up with an extreme supply shortage. We have got well prepared. Even if there is an insufficient supply from our partners, we will face no problems. This is because we can manufacture all the high-end chips we need ourselves,” said Ren.As long as these companies can obtain approval from Washington, Ren commented that Huawei will continue to buy in large volumes from them. “It may be the case that they cannot obtain approval quickly. We have ways to go through this transition period. Once approval is granted, we will maintain our normal trade with these US companies and work together to build an information society for humanity. We don’t want to work alone.”In an answer to a direct question about why the US is targeting Huawei, Ren responded: “I don’t know exactly what [those US] politicians are thinking. I think we should not be the target of US-led campaigns just because we are ahead of the US.”The Huawei founder also responded to questions about overall disruptions to the international ICT market. “Europe will not follow in the footsteps of the US, and the majority of US companies are communicating closely with us. We will certainly be able to continue serving our customers. Our mass production capacity is huge, and adding Huawei to the Entity List won’t have a huge impact on us. We are making progress in bidding worldwide.”With regards to Huawei’s own business outlook for 2019, Ren added: “Our growth will slow down, though not by as much as everyone imagines. In the first quarter of this year, our revenue grew 39% over the same period last year. This rate decreased to 25% in April, and may continue decreasing towards the end of this year. But the US ban will not lead to negative growth or harm the development of our industry.”In sectors where Huawei have the most advanced technologies, at least in the 5G sector, Ren added that there “won’t be much impact”. Not just that, but Huawei competitors won’t be able to catch up with it within two to three years.5G standards are widely considered to have a huge impact on society, added Ren. The company appears to be well prepared for the future in terms of technology innovation and  R&D. Huawei has 26 centers of expertise for R&D globally, over 700 mathematicians, 800 physicists, and 120 chemists working at Huawei, according to Ren. He further noted that Huawei have the most 5G standard-essential patents in the world – about 27% of the total.“We have an Institute of Strategic Research, which provides a large amount of funding to well-known professors at top universities around the world. We don’t expect return on this investment. The way we sponsor research is similar to how investment works according to the US Bayh-Dole Act. It’s the universities that benefit from the investment. By doing so, we will work with more scientists researching technologies at different stages,” says Ren.As Reor its three business groups, when asked about where revenue will come from over the long term, Ren doesn’t take the view that the most profitable one is necessarily the most important. “Only the department that is responsible for building network connections will be able to become number one in the world. It is the very department that has come under attacks from the US. I have compared it to a badly damaged aircraft. Actually, we have realized that this department does not face as many difficulties as others because it has been preparing for a long time. Our 5G, optical transmission, and core network technologies are free from the pressure that is being put on this department, and these technologies will be the world leaders for many years to come.”In addressing its latest reputational challenges, Ren concluded that: “We do not seek to solve our reputation issues outside of China through media campaigns. I think we will ultimately need to solve these issues by providing excellent services to our customers. We are very advanced, and our customers will realize this if they start using our services.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes. At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees. 



Faysal Quraishi propogates humanitarianism via his Ramadan show

Karachi, May 2019: The superstar Faysal Quraishi hosts over an hour-long interactive Ramadan transmission, ‘Salaam Zindagi’ on ARY Zindagi. The actor, producer and host, already known for his philanthropic work continues to highlight social and humanitarian issues through his Ramadan show. The show has a mass following and is credited for making a huge impact in society. The Salam Zindagi host contrary to the clichéd style of hosting highlights and propagates important issues that are not otherwise given the spotlight. Most of the highlighted issues pertain to the everyday problems in the life of a common man. Quraishi has previously touched upon and discussed subjects like ‘Social Media Bullying’, ‘Road Rage’ (often seen during Ramadan), ‘Rights of Minorities’, ‘Gender Equality’ and ‘Tree Plantation’ to name a few.Otherthan highlighting important social issues, Quraishi’s show also engages the audience with a travel documentary report, cooking segment, short skits on human behavior and a LIVE Qawwali performance.  The LIVE show is telecasted every day from 10pm to 12:30 pm on ARY Zindagi.Sarwat Gilani, Yasir Hussain, Sara Bhatti, Sana Askari, Kiran Khan, Ayaz Samoo, Seemi Pasha and a number of other prominent celebrities have appeared as guests. A fair share of other big names from the showbiz industry are expected to appear in the high TRP show. Always using his work to make a positive impact in society, Faysal Quraishi’s Ramadan transmission recently brought about a huge change for the people of Tharparkar. “We have shot a promo of Shan-e-Ramzan at Tharparker and our team is now putting up hand pumps in different areas,” said the star in the first show of the transmission. “It’s a positive show and I want people to start their fast with maximum positivity.”When asked about what he enjoys most about his Ramadan show, Quraishi opines, “we try to keep our Ramadan show very balanced where we encourage people to run the worldly and spiritual life parallel to each other. I love the idea of adding joy and smiles on everyone’s faces. My favorite segment that we’ve kept consistent on the show for some time now is called ‘Insaan Baniye’. In this segment, we talk about how little actions can make a big impact and the overall response has been great so far.” The actor also says that he is really looking forward to put his best possible efforts for the philanthropic endeavors to help the underprivileged strata of the society.Other than the Ramadan show, Faysal Quraishi is also working on a Telethon, details of which will be disclosed at a later date.  



GE announces scholarship award winner from Pakistan

Islamabad(Cliff News)GE (NYSE: GE) Renewable Energy – Hydro Solutions, recently announced the scholarship award winner from Pakistan. Hissam Karim, who is a student of National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) obtained a fully funded ‘Master in Hydraulic and Civil Engineering’ at the prestigious Institute National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INP) in Grenoble, France. The ceremony took place in the presence of Henri Argenson, Deputy Director Global Hydro Projects Execution GE, Dr. Asif Raza, Pro Rector Academics NUST & Sébastien Cartier, Higher Education Attaché Cultural & Cooperation Department at the Embassy of France in Pakistan.Hissam Karim, who hails from Karimabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, was elected following a rigorous selection process from top engineering schools across Islamabad, Karachi, and Topi. The scholarship encompasses 100% of the costs for a two-year Master’s Program in France, covering tuition fees of INP Grenoble with all related travel and living costs, as well as an internship in GE Renewable Energy Hydro facilities in R&D and Engineering. The Embassy of France has also pledged to assist in the visa process and provide free of cost French lessons to facilitate the student.As part of its CSR initiative and leveraging its global technology expertise, GE is working to promote capacity-building of Pakistan’s energy sector workforce. In addition to the scholarship award, GE is also looking to introduce advanced training programs that will be offered to top engineering institutes of Pakistan, with an emphasis on hydropower, covering both engineering theory and practice, including GE’s digital portfolio as well as state-of-the-art Operations and Maintenance technology.The institute is based in Grenoble, a city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France and has always been at the forefront of development in energy technologies, with an emphasis on hydroelectric power.GE has been supporting the development of energy, transportation and healthcare infrastructure in Pakistan for more than 60 years. Today, GE-built technologies can generate the equivalent power needed to supply up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity.

About GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewable and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ giga watts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.


Komal Rizvi original song “Oh Hello Ji” have won 1st place in International Competition

Hello Ji

Karachi(Cliff News)It was announced here today that Komal Rizvi’s original song “Oh Hello Ji” that released last year on Eid and the collaboration remake “Desan da Raja” have WON 1st place in the International Song Competition in the World Music Category from 19,000 song entries from around 140 countries in the world.Speaking about the award Rizvi proudly said, “I feel so grateful and blessed that my hard work has paid off and my work has been appreciated internationally from so many contestants around the world. It is a testimony to my love for music and a proof that it runs passionately in my veins.”

About Komal Rizvi

Komal Rizvi, the famous Pakistani pop diva, song-writer, television host and actor marked her presence in the music industry from a very young age and has since then been acclaimed for her thrilling vocals and famous music videos.She established her career as a singer, releasing three albums. Rizvi took centre stage with her Cornetto Pop-Rock performance ‘Desan da Raja’ and Coke Studio hits Daanah pe Daanah, Washmallay, Lambi Judaai and O Laal Meri that stole the show and have been in the limelight to date. Indeed, Rizvi endeared herself in the public eye since by her songs Yehi Pyaar Hai, Baujee, Chahiye, Dil Ruba, Tu jo Mila, Tu Beh Gaya, and mashups like ‘How Long’ and ‘Pehla Pyaar’ and ‘My Immortal’ and Aitebar. Her latest song Hello Ji featuring Pakistani actor Yasir Hussain, and Chitta Chola, a wedding mashup collaborated with Indian YouTuber Siddharth Slathia were released in 2018.Rizvi has been entertaining audiences across musical genres from Pakistan to the West, in places like Norway, California, Sacramento, Houston, Ohio, Atlanta, New Jersey, Dallas, Vancouver and Toronto to list a few, where she regularly performs live.

About ISC

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. ISC is designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting.



Faiza Saleem and Chef Saadat collaborate for new web series


Karachi(Cliff News)The social media influencer, Faiza Saleem is all set to start a new web-series in collaboration with Chef Saadat – ‘Faiza Learns To Cook With Chef Saadat’. A weekly online cooking show, the web series will feature quick recipes as well as some friendly banter between the chef and Saleem. The first episode is scheduled to release on 10th May 2019. This marks the first time Saleem will be collaborating with a chef for a cooking series.Talking about  series the concept behind the series, the multifaceted Saleem opines, “Faiza Learns To Cook With Chef Saadat is for everyone who struggles in the kitchen but still wants to try their luck at cooking. The idea came when the chef and I met during a recent digital video campaign. That’s where we thought of collaborating. We came up with the idea of making cooking easy for the younger audience especially those who have to constantly juggle between work and cooking. We’re also hoping to make Ramzan cooking a little more fun and easier.I am extremely excited for this show to be released. It’s very close to home. Literally because I actually make recipes by famous chefs at home and my family LOVES each one. I started off as an average cook but now everyone thinks I’m a magician in the kitchen. I would say I do know how to cook on a very basic level. I can make some desi dishes and pasta but other than that I’m actually learning from the chef, something you’d be able to tell in the show itself. So, consider this series as our way of helping all those who want to put in minimum input for maximum output in the kitchen.”The web series, will be featuring some fun, quick and easy recipes, mostly snacks and desserts like cinnamon rolls and potato puffs. When asked about what the audience would expect from her cooking series, Saleem comments, “fans can expect a light, cute show with a little bit of chitchat and some brilliants recipes. Expect quick recipes as well as helpful hacks. The show will be fun but not comical in any way.”The weekly web series, ‘Faiza Learns To Cook With Chef Saadat’ will be available online on Faiza Saleem’s Facebook, Instagram and Youtube channels. Saleem’s wardrobe for the series has been sponsored by Khaadi. Currently Saleem is also working on other projects including ‘DoodhPatti With Daadi’ and ‘2 Minutes with Faiza Saleem’.


OICCI hails appointment of Shabbar Zaidi as Chairman FBR

Karachi(Cliff News)The Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI), has appreciated the appointment of well-known tax expert Shabbar Zaidi as Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).The OICCI President, Shazia Syed commenting on the appointment said “Mr. Shabbar Zaidi, is a well-respected tax professional, who has been closely associated with tax policy and administration in Pakistan for many years. His appointment as FBR Chairman by the government is very commendable as it will strengthen the FBR capacity substantially”. Shazia was confident that “with full support from a well experienced and large FBR team, the new FBR Chairman will be able to lead the needed transformation of the tax culture and significantly boost the tax collection, in line with the true revenue potential of the economy”. OICCI reminded that in the World Bank’s 2019 Ease of Doing Business (EODB) rating, Pakistan was assessed as the 17th worst country in the world on the parameter of ‘paying taxes’. The OICCI is hopeful that with a rejuvenated FBR, supported by a close coordination among the provincial tax authorities, and government’s clear direction to improve on EODB, the country will significantly improve its EODB rating. The recently concluded IMF–Pakistan staff level agreement also recommends tangible actions to revamp the tax regime and boost the tax to GDP ratio in line with the relevant international standards.OICCI members comprising of leading multinationals operating in Pakistan contribute about one third of the total tax collection, the highest by any trade body. OICCI has already submitted a series of progressive taxation proposals for the 2019-20 Fiscal Budget to FBR and provincial revenue authorities mainly focusing on facilitating investment and growth in the economy, including need for longer term incentives to boost FDI in the large greenfield and job creating manufacturing facilities, and ensuring implementation of predictable, consistent and transparent policies. OICCI has also strongly urged for Revamping of Withholding Tax Regime from current over 50 sub-clauses/provisions to less than ten, with number of tax rates reduced substantially, better coordination between Federal and Provincial Legislations, with policies and tax rates harmonized across all jurisdictions, integration of all revenue authorities in such a way that each Authority remains functional but with one window solution for filing a simplified single return for both Federal and Provincial Taxes. OICCI has also shown serious concern on the booming illicit trade with significant damage to revenue base of the economy and urged the authorities to re-visit Afghan Transit Trade agreement supported by structural reforms in Customs to stop the highly visible availability of smuggled foreign FMCG products. OICCI has also given workable recommendations, including the use of IT technology, for substantially improving the Documentation of the economy and Broadening of Tax Base, besides reducing the frequency of interaction of the tax officials with the compliant tax payer.