Faran Tahir joins Shaz Khan directing debut in “The Martial Artist”

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London(Cliff News)Acclaimed Pakistani Actor Shaz Khan joins hands with renowned Hollywood actor-producer Faran Tahir, for his directorial debut film ‘The Martial Artist’. Both were present in London at a press conference during a trip to London to watch an exclusive Brave MMA event. Khan shared his story of how he had always envisioned making films that tell universal stories for the global audience that have Pakistanis/Desis as the main characters. “The Martial Artist is a sports action drama dealing with the main character’s rise in the MMA world in California and after suffering a horrific loss his journey back to his homeland where he connects with his roots and has a spiritual awakening that leads to his comeback,” adds Khan when asked about the storyline. Earlier this year intense footage of Shaz Khan’s training for the project was released on social media which saw the actor-director learning jiu jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling to prepare for the movie. Faran Tahir saw the potential of the project showing not only an immigrant story but an authentic lens Into the mixed martial arts world. Being a Hollywood staple he came on as a producer and is also playing one of the main characters in the story. It’s simple from my end if you want to see brown faces on the global screen, we have to create those stories ourselves” commented Tahir at the press conference. “ The cross cultural film is based on the story of two Pakistani-American MMA fighters rising up the ranks in California and eventual journey back to the motherland. Shot between the U.S. and Pakistan, ‘The Martial Artist’ will be the first global sports action drama that has Pakistani actors as leads with a universal story exploring relevant themes. In the film Khan will be playing the lead role and also producing alongside his co-producers Faisal Rehman & Faraz Khan of Impact Films, Joseph Faulk and Brian Aspinwall – Shaz Khan’s long time creative collaborators. Khan is represented by his lawyer Elsa Ramo in Beverly Hills. Details of when the movie be released will be disclosed at a later date.

Hidden heroes and living legends

Written by:Syed Qalbe Muhammad

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There is a lot of legends and heroes in this world.Everyone have their own choice to select his ideal personality but there is a legend behind the legend.The real heroes are always behind and they are always aiming to support the future talent.Currently there is a lot of hidden heroes and living legends who are currently support his country despite of economic,water, environmental, education and sports crisis in the country.There is a long list of those people who never care what he gets from Pakistan but their life aim is to deliver his services for his Homeland weather they belong for any feild.I wrote this article to support his services and work for better future of upcoming generation.This is difficult for me to make a sequence of those persons I just write randomly without any protocol because all these dignities are the same.If we talk about the seniority so I select the name of former station director of Pakistan Mr.Yawar Medhi his honest services never forget for the better of this country.He gave lots of legends to Pakistan film,drama,radio and tv industry.Indiplomatic affairs we never neglected the honest services of former consulate Syed Abul Hassan Naqvi in different countries.He was also the executive secretary of SARAC and I personally witnessed that he always work on merit.One of his working partner and family friend Late Barkat Ali Khan also play their role for betterment of Pakistan across the globe and always work for the benefit of country.All these persons families still serving for Pakistan from abroad and present the soft image of his Homeland which are highly remarkable services.One of my good friend and National record holder Nadeem Yousuf despite of ignorance that he never selected for Pakistan cricket team still serving and searching the real talent for his country.He promoted the deserving players all over Pakistan and still representing his country in the age of 63.All of his friends and former cricketers Sajid Abbasi,Shahid Wadood still working in remote areas like tharparkar,badin and some other districts to provided the basic facilities of needy people.Former cricketer Naseer Pasha remain available to help to Pakistani sports persons to groom and Polish the upcoming talent while country is suffering for the shortage of sports stars.Dr.S M Tahir former first class cricketer also affiliated with same services.His main root cause is to provide the best brain for his country with great sportsmanship.To create soft image of Pakistan President International Friends Forum Mujeeb ur Rehman Khan organized different culture and sports activities on the platform of Cliff and always in contact with diplomats,consulates and different international bodies for make country economic future bright.Omer Siddiq Bhai also talk and think about Pakistan when I meet him in dubai despite of his health issues he worried about the country.Engr.Kashif Hafeez who is affiliated with three national institutions and sports he was donated his whole life for betterment of sports, education and technical reforms in the country.The main purpose of wrote this article not to only say thanks to all these Noble personalities also trying to give a message to present and future generations to make role model of these unfame personalities and keep trying to make green flag higher as much as you can.May Allah bless Pakistan forever.Ameen

Pakistan Zaindabad

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Meezan Bank initiates employee satisfaction week celebrations country wide

Karachi(Cliff News)Meezan Bank, Pakistan’s leading Islamic bank and the Best Bank in the country has launched the initiative of conducting a country-wide Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS) on 19th July, 2019. Chaired by the senior management, this launch ceremony was held at its Head Office premises and was attended by the executives and middle management of the Bank. In order to develop synergy across the organization, the ceremony was broadcast live to all the regional offices across the country.While shedding light on the objectives which the Bank plans to achieve through this initiative, Mr. Khalid Zaman Khan, Group Head Human Resources, Learning & Development – Meezan Bank said: “The voice of our employees is helping us shape the Meezan experience for our customers. It is this approach that is reflected in our achievement and recognition as the ‘Best Bank of Pakistan’ by Pakistan Banking Awards.’’Mr. Khalid’s speech was followed by a detailed presentation on the subject by Ms. Mehar Younus, Head of Learning & Development – Meezan Bank. She presented the highlights of previous ESS along with the impact it has created in upscaling the culture at the Bank and the employee relations community. Mr. Ariful Islam, Deputy CEO – Meezan Bank while addressing the audience, said: “Meezan has a unique culture driven by a strong Vision to ‘Establish Islamic banking as banking of first choice…’ We believe that this exercise will not only help the Bank in devising the right set of policies as per its employees’ needs but will also help us in retaining the best talent in the industry.”During his speech Mr. Irfan Siddiqui, Founding President & CEO – Meezan Bank highlighted the importance of employee inclusion. He re-emphasized the importance of the survey and encouraged the employees towards active participation.

PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019:announcing the 9th iteration

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Lahore(Cliff News)The Pakistan Fashion Design Council [PFDC] and L’Oréal Paris announce their ninth consecutive season of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 schedule to take place in Lahore from 26th to the 28th of September 2019.To date, the platform has showcased over 70 bridal/couture designers. PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week as a platform endeavors to define and present both contemporary and traditional Pakistani bridal/ couture fashion and make-up trends, fusing to create the complete ‘look’ for each respective bridal season.The Pakistan Fashion Design Council will be announcing further details along with a list of participating designers, brands, associate sponsors and teams for PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2019 in September 2019.

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AR and Huawei sign MoU to develop smart railway in Saudi Arabia

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Karachi(Cliff News)Saudi Railway Company (SAR) has selected Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT), as a partner to initiate smart railway and digital transformation in the Kingdom. The companies signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to initiate their partnership during a ceremony held recently at SAR. Dr Bashar Al Malik, CEO of SAR, and Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia were signatories to the MoU.
Through their new partnership, SAR and Huawei will work together to jointly design and innovate in the field of smart railway, including the application of next generation railway wireless network, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud services and 5G across SAR’s railway network. The collaboration will also include training and knowledge transfer for innovative railway ICT solutions, which will enable SAR to provide a distinctive, high quality and reliable railway service across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Additionally, Huawei established its ICT Roadshow at SAR’s headquarters. The Huawei ICT Roadshow 2019 showcases some of the most influential, cutting edge technologies and solutions that are at the heart of the digital transformation era. These include artificial intelligence-enabled ICT infrastructure, All Flash Storage, Wi-Fi 6, Campus Network, Cloud Data Center, Software-Defined Wireless Area Network (WAN), Active-Active Disaster Recovery, and Intelligent Video Surveillance.Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia, said “We are looking forward to working with SAR to develop a unique smart railway system that will be designed specifically to the needs of the Kingdom. This is a major infrastructure project that will have a significant impact on the country, and we are honored to have been selected as a partner to bring our technology into making this vision a reality.”

The Social Squad first destination wedding in newyork city

NewYorkCity(Cliff News)Destination weddings have become extremely popular over the last years and are surely the future for the wedding industry in Pakistan. Gathering all your family and friends in a fabulous location for your special day is super appealing for so many reasons.The Social Squad co-founder Fahad Nassr and Ayesha Haroon with their team is trying to promote accessibility of planning and designing a wedding abroad for us to have the destination wedding we’ve always dreamed of.The Social Squad, starting off with their first wedding event in New York, Long Island and Manhattan collaborating with Sona J. Shah who is the Founder and CEO of SJS events, an Indian wedding planning company and who has been admired by many known magazines such as vogue, New York Times etc.The Social Squad ensure that each client is given individual attention and as their client, the bride Amy Sattar and groom Safi Mohammed are the resident of New York, born and brought up there, they don’t get to witness Pakistani essence in the weddings there fully. So The Social Squad is trying their best to take the Pakistani traditional and cultural elements to their events and customizing their event design accordingly.One of the highlights of the event is the notable glitterati of the New York City such as Sonal Shah, a Vogue acclaimed NYC based Wedding Planner, The Lollywood A-list star Fawad Khan with his wife SadafFawad and many other US based prominent residents like members of APPNA etc. The Social Squad has shortlisted the best venues such as Crest Hollow Country Club, Lotte Palace New York and Garden City Hotel New York with the best DJ’s of the town Rohit Sharma, DJ Sharad and DJ USA events to it memorable for everyone.With the best team including ClaneGessel, a passionate photographer whose work has been featured in nearly every bridal magazine and was named top 5 wedding photographers in The Nation, The Paanwaala NYC, presenting authentic paans as a staple back from Home and Bukhara Grill, A Michelin Star acclaimed restaurant in New York City is pulling off this wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Istanbul Airport will be a game changer in 2023

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Karachi:  Mr. TUNCAY Eminoglu, Vice President Sales (Asia & Far East) talking to group of senior journalists.
Mr. MUSTAFA Dogan, VP Sales (America, UK, and Ireland) also present on the Occasion.

 
Karachi(Cliff News)The new Istanbul airport will be a game changer in the World after completion in 2023, and Turkish Airlines will be the largest fleet in the world, THY is serving 124 Countries, 311 Cities and 314 destinations, we are 4th largest network in the world”, this was stated by Mr. TUNCAYEminoglu, Vice President Sales (Asia & Far East), while talking to senior journalists at Turkish Airlines office.Mr. MUSTAFADogan, VP Sales (America, UK, and Ireland) and Mr. AghaAhmed Hussain, Sales manager, were also present on the Occasion.Tuncay said Turkish Airlines expected 120 million passenger, 30 Billion USD revenue and more than 500 fleet by 2023, we are always working in development of Aviation sector and it is expected that Asia Pacific will 

have highest air traffic in 2037, with expansion of Asia Pacific region’s high volume the traffic passing through Istanbul will go up by 2.2 times in next 20 years,potential market shows traffic between connected markets based on 
geographical position of Turkish Airlines in hub, Turkish Airlines was in 15th place in 2018 with available seats, we expect that Turkish Airlines will be in 10th place in 2023.The Vice President said that THY also contribute to development of economy and tourism work,growth level in air travel traffic is higher than GDP growth, Turkey’s yearly total tourist numbers are increasing, and is expected to reach 60 million tourist in 2023.“We are focusing in our fleet development, we ordered 211 aircraft and now Turkish Airlines is ranked 10th largest fleet in the world”. He further added the global aviation industry is growing, aviation in Turkey is expected to grow faster, till now in 2019 THY have served 167 million passengers and we have targeted it to reach to 240 million by 2023, he said that Turkey ranked 17th in 2017 for the International and domestic passenger and it will be among the top 10 carried passenger number by year 2032. Answering a question he said that “completion of new Istanbul airport will provide 200 million people capacity in 76.5 km area, 6 runways and 4 terminal will work, it will be the biggest airport in the World, It will provide 225,000 
employment in 2025, in new airport there will be more than 500 check in points,143 boarding bridges, 500 aircraft parking positions, it will be World’s largest airport terminal under one roof, in new airport 5.5 million tonnes cargo capacity will be available, it will be world’s biggest cargo city, and World’s biggest MROCentre will be available”. Among the selected Hubs, Istanbul Ataturk airport is the largest connection providing airport because of Istanbul’s Geographical advantage, a natural hub, narrow body range capability to and from Istanbul, 
more than 40 percent of world wide International traffic, it is best at giving 
connectivity from World to over 60 national capitals, all of Europe, Middle East,Central Asia and North and East Africa, in terms of departure and landing.While concluding Mr.TUNCAY added that Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA
awarded Turkish Airlines ‘ Best Airlines Best in flight Catering award ‘ also, THY also does Sponsorship and Brand Ambassadorship for sports 
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BFFs launch their first web series on 19th July 2019

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Karachi (Cliff News) Imagine Nation pictures (IN) is a new venture by 4 upcoming filmmakers namely Sami Rehman (of Bekaar Films fame), Rida Zahra, Ghania Asad and Sidrah Jamil. IN was formed in the hopes of further exploring the web series market in Pakistan and later dabbling into films and other media. IN’s goal is to present a range of different genres and exciting content that would inspire the Pakistani youth.“BFFs” (meaning Best Friends Forever) is their first web series and will be premiering on the 19th of July 2019 on Youtube. KFC Pakistan has teamed up with IN and is onboard as the official food partner for the web series. BFFs comprises of a total of 6 Episodes. They will release each Episode every Friday respectively.BFFs is a light-hearted, youth centric and a fourth-wall-breaking, experimental comedy. Something to be enjoyed by friends and family alike. The series focuses on two crazy best friends (Rida & Sami), who chose friendship over love – when given an ultimatum. In order to save their 20 year friendship, the two decided to get married and stay ‘best friends forever’, without even having an ounce of romance between them. Life after marriage was of course, not as easy as the both of them had imagined. The series contains some special appearances by a few well known youtubers (namely Bekaar Films).The teaser was released on the 2nd of July and has received a lot of love from the people – it has reached more than 115,000 views on Facebook alone.IN launched the official trailer with KFC on the 10th of July 2019 at KFC ittehad outlet.  KFC Pakistan exclusively hosted the official trailer launch event.

LINK TO THE OFFICIAL TRAILER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_0ekfLlNak

Mr. Noor Alam, the Chief Marketing Officer – KFC, graced the event with his presence and shared his thoughts on the partnership. He stated:“KFC Pakistan has always been highly spirited to explore avenues that connect KFC with youth and the brand is enthralled to support local content like BFFs. Through this partnership, we once again remind our audience that KFC is a brand that is young by heart and feels pride to promote and support local entertainment industry. We accolade the hard work of the young talented individuals and wish them all luck for the venture’s success.”We are also grateful to the Assistant Brand Manager – KFC, Nigah- e-Hasnain for her thorough support.

Moeez,Asim,Sami,Rida,Alycia,Darakshan,Zain,Arsalan,Mishaal,Minahil,Dua,Ghania,Hamza,Sidrah

 

 

Oscar submission call for Pakistani filmmakers

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

Lahore(Cliff News)The Pakistani Academy Selection Committee invites Pakistani filmmakers to submit their films for Oscar consideration in the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category for the 92nd Academy Awards by 15th August 2019 5:00 PM [PST]. This will mark the seventh consecutive submission by the Pakistani Academy Selection Committee having previously submitted “Zinda Bhaag” in 2013, “Dukhtar” in 2014, “MOOR” in 2015, “Mah-e-Mir” in 2016, “Saawan” in 2017 and “Cake” in 2018 to represent the best of Pakistani cinema for award consideration in the ‘International Feature Film’ [previously ‘Foreign Language Film’] category.The Oscar committee for 2019 is chaired by two-time Academy Award and Emmy winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and includes Zeba Bakhtiar [Director and Actress], Zarrar Khuhro [Journalist], Zebunnisa Hamid [Assistant Professor of Film Studies], Sarmad Khoosat [Writer, Producer, Director and Actor], Asim Abbasi [Film Director], Rizwan Beyg [Fashion Designer], Jamil Baig [CEO Nueplex Cinemas], Sanam Saeed [Actress, singer and former model] and Hamna Zubair [Journalist].The committee will choose one film as Pakistan’s official submission for the, ‘International Feature Film Award’. An international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.For entry forms, submission details and queries, please write to: pakistancommittee@gmail.com  T

ThePakistani Academy Selection Committee will announce its nomination for award consideration in September 2019.The criteria for eligibility is as follows:

  1. The motion picture must be first released in the country submitting it no earlier than October 1, 2018, and no later than September 30, 2019, and be first publicly exhibited for at least seven consecutive days in a commercial motion picture theater for the profit of the producer and exhibitor. Submissions must be in 35mm or 70mm film, or in a 24- or 48-frame progressive scan Digital Cinema format with a minimum projector resolution of 2048 by 1080 pixels, source image format conforming to ST 428- 1:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Image Characteristics; image compression (if used) conforming to ISO/IEC 15444-1 (JPEG 2000); and image and sound files packaged as Digital Cinema Packages (DCPs) in either “Interop” or “SMPTE DCP” formats. SMPTE DCP refers to SMPTE ST429-2 and related specifications. (Blu-ray format does not meet Digital Cinema requirements.)

 

The audio in a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is typically 5.1 or 7.1 channels of discrete audio. The minimum for a non-mono configuration of the audio shall be three channels as Left, Center, Right (a Left/Right configuration is not acceptable in a theatrical environment). The audio data shall be formatted in conformance with ST 428-2:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Characteristics and ST 428-3:2006 D-Cinema Distribution Master – Audio Channel Mapping and Channel Labeling.

  1. The film must be advertised and exploited during its theatrical release in a manner considered normal and customary to theatrical feature distribution practices. The film need not have been released in the United States.

 

  • Films that, in any version, receive a nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution before their first qualifying theatrical release will not be eligible for Academy Awards consideration.

 

Nontheatrical public exhibition or distribution includes but is not limited to:

  • Broadcast and cable television
  • PPV/VOD
  • DVD distribution
  • Internet transmission

 

  1. The recording of the original dialogue track as well as the completed picture must be predominantly in a language or languages other than English. Accurate, legible English-language subtitles are required.

 

  1. The submitting country must certify that creative control of the motion picture was largely in the hands of citizens or residents of that country.

 

  1. The International Feature Film Award Executive Committee shall resolve all questions of eligibility and rules.

The Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars, are a set of awards given annually for excellence in cinematic achievements. The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards. Organized and are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

 

 

 

UberX riders get drive with Ushna Shah

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Islamabad(Cliff News)Uber, the global ride-hailing giant connecting riders to drivers, is now launching its premium car service UberX in Islamabad. The company will be starting UberX operations that offer top-quality car services for all those moments that are special, only the push of a button away.To celebrate the launch, Pakistani actress, Ushna Shah will be taking on the role of an Uber driver-partner for a day. Ushna Shah will be accepting rides from UberX riders on Friday, July 12, 2019. Keep requesting and try your luck to not only meet her but be featured on her Instagram stories too.With UberX, riders can now avail superior premium quality sedans. The service areas of UberX currently include sectors E, F-5 to F11, G-6 to G-11, H-8 to H-10, I-8 to I-10, along with Islamabad International Airport. When riders need a bigger and more spacious car, they will have the choice to choose UberX as a ride in their Uber app.“The experience of an Uber ride goes beyond simply getting from point A to point B,” said Saad Naveed Pall, GM- Uber. He further added, “We care about the diverse demands of our riders and are constantly looking for ways to enhance their experience through technological innovations and locally relevant products, the people of the capital city will now be able to experience Uber’s premium product as well.”UberX is one of the most popular services, Uber has to offer globally. It has now become the go-to option for comfortable traveling with a high-quality experience. Whether it’s going to an important meeting or creating memories on the go with friends and family, riders can now travel in style with UberX. The service is already available in Karachi and Lahore.Uber has been expanding its operations in Pakistan. Catering to its wide variety of demographics across the country, Uber offers various types of car products on its platform ranging from UberMini to UberGo.Since Uber’s arrival in Pakistan in 2016, it has successfully created thousands of flexible economic opportunities and moved hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Through its products – from UberMoto to UberAuto, and now UberX – Uber is providing accessible and affordable mobility solutions for multiple segments of the population.

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.