Think Tank for Hoga Saaf Pakistan organised in Karachi

Prominent Influencers at the HSP Media Think Tank

Karachi(Cliff News)Hoga Saaf Pakistan (HSP), a movement by Reckitt Benckiser (RB) Pakistan, arranged a Think Tank in Karachi with several prominent and influential individuals. The HSP Think Tank was an effort to discuss and raise counter measures to tackle the current dire state of hygiene and cleanliness in the country.Amongst those who attended were: prominent journalists including Afia Salam, Yusra Askari and Zofeen Ebrahim; Editor of Newsline & Glam, Khursheed Hyder; lawyer and human rights activist, Jibran Nasir; the Executive Director of the School of Leadership (SOL), Maalik Khaskhely; screenwriter, Asma Nabeel; Marketing & Communications Manager at The Beaconhouse Group, Rehan Wajih along with the Assistant Marketing Manager, The City School, Sakina Tahir; corporate representatives including CEO RB Pakistan, Fahad Ashraf and Director Marketing – Health, RB Pakistan, Humayun Farooq.The Think Tank aimed at engaging this diverse group of individuals where each of them can not only contribute in their individual capacities but also how they can collectively work to improve cleanliness and hygiene across the country; kyunke milkay lagayeinge jaan, tau Hoga Saaf Pakistan!

 

Huawei launches Ascend 910 the world most powerful AI processor

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Karachi(Cliff News)Huawei officially launched the world’s most powerful AI processor “Ascend 910”, as well as an all-scenario AI computing framework “MindSpore”. “We have been making steady progress since we announced our AI strategy in October last year,” said Eric Xu, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman. “Everything is moving forward according to plan, from R&D to product launch. We promised a full-stack, all-scenario AI portfolio. And today we delivered, with the release of Ascend 910 and MindSpore. This also marks a new stage in Huawei’s AI strategy.”The Ascend 910 is a new AI processor that belongs to Huawei’s series of Ascend-Max chipsets. Huawei announced the processor’s planned specs at its 2018 flagship event, Huawei Connect. After a year of ongoing development, test results now show that the Ascend 910 processor delivers on its performance goals with much lower power consumption than originally planned. For half-precision floating point (FP16) operations, Ascend 910 delivers 256 TeraFLOPS. For integer precision calculations (INT8), it delivers 512 TeraOPS. Despite its unrivaled performance, Ascend 910’s max power consumption is only 310W, much lower than its planned specs (350W). “Ascend 910 performs much better than we expected,” said Xu. “Without a doubt, it has more computing power than any other AI processor in the world.” Ascend 910 is used for AI model training. In a typical training session based on ResNet-50, the combination of Ascend 910 and MindSpore is about two times faster at training AI models than other mainstream training cards using TensorFlow.Huawei also launched MindSpore today, an AI computing framework that supports development for AI applications in all scenarios. AI computing frameworks are critical to making AI application development easier, making AI applications more pervasive and accessible, and ensuring privacy protection. In 2018, Huawei announced the three development goals for its AI framework: Easy development: Dramatically reduces training time and costs; Efficient execution: Uses the least amount of resources with the highest possible OPS/W; Adaptable to all scenarios: Including device, edge, and cloud applications. MindSpore marks significant progress towards these goals. As privacy protection grows more important than ever, support for all scenarios is essential for enabling secure, pervasive AI. This is a key component in the MindSpore framework, which can readily adapt to different deployment needs. Resource budget environments can be big or simple as needed – MindSpore supports them all. MindSpore helps ensure user privacy because it only deals with gradient and model information that has already been processed. It doesn’t process the data itself, so private user data can be effectively protected even in cross-scenario environments. In addition, MindSpore has built-in model protection technology to ensure that models are secure and trustworthy.The MindSpore AI framework is adaptable to all scenarios – across all devices, edge, and cloud environments – and provides on-demand cooperation between them. Its “AI Algorithm As Code” design concept allows developers to develop advanced AI applications with ease and train their models more quickly. In a typical neural network for natural language processing (NLP), MindSpore has 20% fewer lines of core code than leading frameworks on the market, and it helps developers raise their efficiency by at least 50%. Through framework innovation, as well as co-optimization of MindSpore and Ascend processors, Huawei’s solution can help developers more effectively address complex AI computing challenges and the need for a diverse range of computing power for different applications. This results in stronger performance and more efficient execution. In addition to Ascend processors, MindSpore also supports GPUs, CPUs, and other types of processors.When introducing MindSpore, Xu emphasized Huawei’s commitment to helping build a more robust and vibrant AI ecosystem. “MindSpore will go open source in the first quarter of 2020. We want to drive broader AI adoption and help developers do what they do best.” Huawei’s AI portfolio covers all deployment scenarios, including public cloud, private cloud, edge computing, IoT industry devices, and consumer devices. The portfolio is also full-stack: It includes the Ascend IP and chip series, chip enablement layer CANN, training and inference framework MindSpore, and application enablement platform called Model Arts. Huawei defines AI as a new general purpose technology, like railroads and electricity in the 19th century, and cars, computers, and the Internet in the 20th century. The company believes that AI will be used in almost every sector of the economy.Since its launch, Ascend 310 has already seen wide adoption in a broad range of products and cloud services. For example, Huawei’s Mobile Data Center (MDC), which employs Ascend 310, has been used by many leadingautomakers in shuttle buses, new-energy vehicles, and autonomous driving. The Ascend 310-powered Atlas series acceleration card and server are now part of dozens of industry solutions (e.g., smart transportation and smart grid) developed by dozens of partners. Ascend 310 also enables Huawei Cloud services like image analysis, optical character recognition (OCR), and intelligent video analysis. There are more than 50 APIs for these services. At present, the number of API calls per day has exceeded 100 million, and this figure is estimated to hit 300 million by the end of 2019. More than 100 companies are using Ascend 310 to develop their own AI algorithms.

 

 

Sohaib Sanaullah displaying complete domination in 2nd Shangrila Foods Scrabble Championship

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Karachi(Cliff News)The 3 days 2nd Shangrila Foods Scrabble Champions Trophy ended here today with teenage sensation and former Pakistan champion Sohaib Sanaullah displaying complete domination by winning 17 of his 24 games and being gibsonised for 2 games.8 times national champion Waseem Khatri made a remarkable recovery over the last 2 days to end second with 15.5 wins followed by current National and U-14 and U-16 World Champion Hasham Hadi Khan (also in his teens) in third place after winning 15 games.Ms Asma Ali Shah, Chairperson Sports Committee of North Nazimabad Gymkhana gave away the prizes.The Champions Trophy, an invitational tournament involving the top 30 ranked players of Pakistan is a nationally and internationally ranked tournament and the toughest tournament on the local circuit as there are no easy games.The future of Pakistan Scrabble appears to be in the pink of health as it is currently holding all the possible world titles at youth level (6 age categories of Junior World Scrabble Championship, WESPA Youth Cup and Princess Cup) and with 7 of the top 10 of the Champions Trophy still eligible to represent Pakistan at this level besides other players who have shown a lot of potential, there is every possibility that the Pakistan team is able to retain these titles in the upcoming world events to be staged in the UK in November and Malaysia in December.  

Flag hoisting ceremony at Indonesian consulate Karachi to mark 74th Independence

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Karachi(Cliff News)The Flag-Hoisting Ceremony was held at the premises of the Indonesian Consulate General in
Karachi, to mark the 74 th Anniversary of the Independence Day of the
Republic of Indonesia. Staff of the Consulate General along with their families and Karachi-based Indonesian community, including Indonesian students, as well as number of Pakistani
guests attended the event.The ceremony began with the flag-hoisting carried by the “Paskibra”, a special flag bearing and flag raising team accompanied by the national anthem of “Indonesia Raya”. The ceremony followed by observing moment of silence in honor of all who have sacrificed their lives for the independence of Indonesia, reading of the proclamation text of Indonesian independence, reading of text of “Pancasila” or Five Principles of Indonesian State Philosophy, reading of text of Preamble of the Indonesian Constitution 1945, and speech by Indonesian Consul General
who leads the Flag-Hoisting Ceremony.
Indonesian Consul General, Totok Prianamto in his remarks among others said that celebration of Independence Day is of great significance to the people and history of Indonesia, marking the
declaration of Indonesia as a free nation from the shackles of colonialism and reminder of the unmatched sacrifices and untiring efforts rendered by the forefathers in their struggle of
independence. The Independence Day also gives message to every Indonesian national to play their due role and work wholeheartedly with full devotion and commitment to present Indonesia
as a progressive and prosperous country among the comity of other developed nations.Indonesian Consul General also highlighted Indonesian Government achievements in
economic, trade and social among other things. The priority programs of Indonesian government also be mentioned, included continuation of the country’s infrastructure
development, human capital development, creating more investment and employment opportunities.
Touching upon bilateral relations between Indonesia and Pakistan, Indonesian Consul General
shortly highlighted activities of the Indonesian Consulate in promoting bilateral trade, economic,social and cultural cooperation, which include regular participation of Indonesia at My Karachi Exhibition, facilitating the visit of Pakistani businessmen to Indonesia’s biggest automotive exhibition, Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) and Trade Expo Indonesia
(TEI), blood donation campaign in collaboration with Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation(AMTF), educational cooperation with University of Sindh, Jamshoro, as well as Indonesia’s cultural performance in various occasions in Karachi. He also highlighted the growing bilateral
Indonesia-Pakistan ties, where the bilateral trade volume has reached US$ 3.1 billion in 2018 against US$ 2.2 billion in 2016 which is a significant growth, while Indonesia has recently
offered additional 20 tariff lines to Pakistan in a bid to further strengthen bilateral trade relations.The ceremony was observed with great zeal and fervour and followed by “prosesi tumpengan”(cutting of well-decorated cone-shaped yellow rice, often prepared for special occasions like
communal feast) by Consul General to mark the celebration of the 74 th Anniversary of Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia. The entertaining dance performance of Bajidor Kahot and Gemu Famire by the Indonesian ladies enthralled the audience and made the
atmosphere more lively.
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PME in association with BookMyShow as the official ticketing partner bring Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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Karachi(Cliff News)PME in association with BookMyShow as the Official Ticketing Partner bring Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to Dubai at the newly opened state of the art, Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai on Friday, 27th of December. After entertaining his fans all over the globe and performing at the biggest arenas in US, Canada, UK, Australia,South Africa, Netherlands , Brussels and Singapore, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to Dubai on Friday, 27th of December for the finale of his World Tour 2019, called Me, Myself & I.Speaking to us about the show, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had to say _” We started this tour in Abu Dhabi on Feb 15 and the grand finale show will be in Dubai. I love my fans from UAE”_Salman Ahmed, Rahat’s Producer and Managing Director of PME, the company which is organizing this World
Tour said _”Me, Myself & I is a totally new concept, where you will see the maestro, in three different acts
showcasing his magnanimous talent for more than 3 hours.”_Giving us some details about the three acts he said _” For the first time the audience will be experiencing the all new Fusion act where Khan Sahab will be performing some of his classics and Nusrat Sahab’s all time favourite qawalis in a totally new manner all along with some young and very talented musicians”_
Further we got to know that the second act will be of the his recent super hits from Bollywood such as Dekhte
Dekhte, Tere Bin from the movie Simba, Nitte Khaer, Rashke Kamar, classics like Mein Jahaan Rahoun, Ore Piya
and several other favourite songs. The third act is the spiritual Qawwali’s and classics like Mein Jahan Rahoun
and Ore Piya.This show is brought to you by PME, who have delivered world class concerts across the globe for over a decade. The exclusive ticketing partner is BookMyShow.“Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of South Asia’s most re-known artists; with his unique blend of music which blends Qawalli and the modern, Rahat has captivated fans across the globe. We are proud and privileged to be working with PME, a music promoter which stands out for its excellence in live events world over.” Sudhir Syal, CEO – Middle East, BookMyShow Salman Ahmed, adds: _“It is our great pleasure to share this wonderful news with the world. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s tremendous devotion to Sufi and Qawwali music has been his life’s work and to be recognised with an honorary degree from Oxford University is a very special recognition to him personally but also to all those who have supported him and are helping to create a musical legacy.”

Emil Wyss brings love and prosperity to people’s of Pakistan

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Karachi(Cliff News)Mr. Emil Wyss, who was the Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi from 2014-16, recently was in the metropolis and Hyderabad on a twelve days private visit!“Just before leaving Karachi after my diplomatic assignment ended, my wife and I committed to revisit this beautiful country every year around the 14th of August. I’m very happy that I could come this year to celebrate the Pakistani
Independence Day with friends and to meet with some local charities, and
NGOs to further promote their cause to serve the less privileged” said Mr.
Wyss who arrived in Karachi on August 07.During this visit the Swiss national, who excitedly boasts that his heart is half-Pakistani, paid visits to Karachi Vocational Training Centre for intellectually challenged children, Bint-e-Fatima Old Home Trust for aged / single women,Al-Umeed Rehabilitation Association (AURA) for cerebral palsy children, Deaf Reach School for aurally impaired, Alamgir Welfare Trust where he inaugurated the Trust’s state-of-the art computer institute for the less
privileged students in Korangi area.
Mr. Wyss also visited Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre where he paid homage
to the founder, Late Sister Ruth Pfau. He attended an impressive investiture
ceremony and Independence Day celebrations organized by Saifiyah Girls
School run by the Bohra community in the old Karachi City precinct. He also
granted wishes of terminally ill kids during his visit to Make-a-Wish
Foundation Pakistan.Despite heavy rains over past week-end, the former Swiss diplomat, went out
and about on his mission to visit Friends of Burns Centre at the Civil Hospital(now Dr. Ruth K. M. Pfau Hospital), Brenton Carey Hostel for orphan and single-parents girls students, the Edhi Foundation, IBTIDA Drug Rehabilitation Centre, and Dar-ul-Sukun home for the abandoned children with special
abilities.Dressed in a half-starched traditional Pakistani shalwar kameez, with waistcoat, and sandals, Mr. Wyss made sure to attend the official flag hoisting ceremony at the Mazar-e-Quaid on the morning of August 14. Following which, he visited Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation where he donated blood for thalassemia major children. Later that day, he visited Markaz-e-Umeed to participate in the Independence Day celebrations and enjoyed BBQ dinner with the elderly at Vcare Social Welfare Society in the metropolis’ North Nazimabad area.While he was in Hyderabad, the expat met with students of Government Boys Public School from Kotri’s Dhani Bux Village, visited Neuro Medical Centre,attended Eid and Independence Day celebrations organized by the Rotaract
Club of Hyderabad Galaxy, and showed keen interest in the artworks made by
students during his trip to the Mehran University’s Centre of Excellence in Arts
and Design in Jamshoro.On the second last day of his tour de Karachi, Mr. Wyss visited the offices of HANDS Pakistan, went to meet students at the Anjuman-e-Behbood Samat-e-Atfal (ABSA) School and College. He also participated in a special event arranged by Dawood Global Foundation for its Educate-a-Girl program.In the vicinity of Landhi, he visited Drug Free Pakistan Foundation. Mr. Wyss also made a stop at one of Pakistan’s first ever vocational education institute,Pak-Swiss Training Centre, and spent one afternoon with the especially-able children at the Umeedgah Rehabilitation Welfare Trust.
Few hours before returning back, Mr. Wyss did not miss the Commissioner
Karachi’s City Parade. Talking to senior journalists, and media representatives
at a local hotel he shared details of the tour, cherished the world-famous
Pakistani hospitality, and expressed his interest to revisit Pakistan, soon, with
his wife – Arie.

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Garbage created a disastours situation at the seashores:Ali Zaidi

Karachi(Cliff News)Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Hyder Zaidi, while appreciating the immense participation of the business community, Public, KMC, DMCs and Sindh government in Federal government’s ‘Clean Karachi Campaign’, reiterated his commitment to completely cleanse Karachi from garbage and devise strategies to ensure cleanliness all over the city on regular basis.Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) on Saturday, he added that Sindh government, Karachi Municipal Corporation and all District Municipal Corporations have become part of Clean Karachi Campaign in which the first phase to cleanse all the Nullahs has been completed while the second phase will also start soon in which garbage lying at the dumpsters all over the city including parks will be cleared.Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, Vice Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala, General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, Senior Vice President KCCI Khurram Shahzad, Former Presidents Majyd Aziz and Younus Muhammad Bashir, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani along with KCCI Managing Committee members were also present at the meeting.“In order to create a better and civilized society, we, instead of blaming others for the disaster, should look at what we are doing which if we really do, would certainly create a much better society”, he stressed.He also sought peoples’ help to take photos and film those who throw litter on public places and upload them on social media to expose these elements. Such elements should be ashamed of their act and this campaign be titled as ‘Name and Shame’.Ali Zaidi pointed out that out of a total garbage of 14,000 tons, most of garbage was ending up by ultimately landing in the sea which has created a disastrous situation at the seashores. This garbage at Keemari has now reached Hawks Bay and may further go all the way to Port Qasim beach as well.He particularly appreciated Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar and Sindh Minister for Local Government Syed Nasir Hussain Shah for extending their full support and cooperation to Clean Karachi Campaign. “All of us will have to work jointly and take the ownership of Karachi city in order to improve the cleanliness conditions. Situation will only change if all of us will come forward to take the ownership of our city”, he added.In response to KCCI’s suggestion, the Minister agreed to form a committee of all fourteen MNAs of PTI elected from Karachi who will be tasked to hold regular interaction with Karachi Chamber so that the issues being faced by the city could be discussed in detail.To a question, he informed that the new Shipping Policy, which has already been approved, will be announced in a week at a press conference. This new Shipping Policy addresses many issues currently being suffered by the business and industrial community, he added.Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli, while appreciating Ali Zaidi for undertaking the desperately needed cleanliness campaign in Karachi, stressed that this cleanliness must not stop halfway and continue till the entire city is completely cleansed from the garbage while an effective system must also devised to ensure cleanliness across Karachi on regular basis.Siraj Teli announced that the Karachi Chamber will contribute a sum of Rs10 million to the kitty established for Clean Karachi campaign while the bank account details for this particular campaign will also be publicized by KCCI through its monthly publication. “Moreover, KCCI’s members will also be requested on your behalf and also on our behalf to contribute generously towards this cause of completely cleansing Karachi from the garbage. We would like to monetarily and humanly support your campaign”, he added.Referring to the human support being committed by KCCI, he informed that Karachi city currently has a total of 120 police stations and under KCCI’s Police Chamber Liaison Committee (PCLC), two representatives of Karachi Chamber are nominated for every police station of the city, who are purely businessmen and are well-acquainted with their respective areas. This human force, which was available at every nook and corner of Karachi, can be provided to Federal Minister for his cleanliness campaign in order to make it successful.He further commented that every political party during its tenure extracted maximum revenue from Karachi which contributes more than 70 percent revenue to the national exchequer but none of them bothered to do anything for this city. “There was a time when all three major political parties of Karachi assumed control of the government and we felt that now they will pay some attention to the issues of Karachi but unfortunately, during that era, Karachi suffered a lot of devastation” he added and urged that the city, which gives votes to come into power, must get something in return.Referring to some previous meetings with Chairman PTI Imran Khan particularly a meeting held on July 22, 2018 before being elected as Prime Minister, Chairman BMG said that although the government has made some compromises after assuming charge of the country’s affairs as compared to their claims and commitments given before the election yet the business & industrial community still has high hopes from PM Imran Khan who is on track but the government should not make those compromises that may create problems in the long term.In order to efficiently deal with the issues of Karachi which is spread on a huge area of 3500 square kilometers with a huge population of around 22 million, Siraj Teli suggested that all fourteen Ministers of PTI who were elected from Karachi must take similar initiatives in their respective areas as done by Ali Zaidi which may result in awakening the Sindh government and they may also start taking those steps which were in favor of Karachi. “Every single step either taken by the federal government or Sindh government for the betterment of and in favor of Karachi will be fully supported by KCCI”, he added but cautioned that any retreat from the task to completely cleanse Karachi from garbage was going to receive a lot of criticism from Karachi Chamber.Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala suggested to form a committee comprising all the fourteen Ministers of PTI government from Karachi and the proposed committee must hold regular meetings with Karachi Chamber either once a month or once in two months so that KCCI could well-acquaint them about the issues of Karachi which would surely enable them to efficiently advocate and debate on the issues of Karachi at National Assembly’s sessions.Commenting on the massive garbage being generated in Karachi city, he suggested that in order to get rid of this huge garbage, the government must look into the possibility of utilizing it for power generation as being successfully done in some of the most developed countries around the world. In this regard, numerous feasibility studies had been completed in the past for establishing two such power plants at both sides of the city which will be capable of producing 700 megawatts. “All these studies can be reviewed again by the present government for setting up these power plants and I am sure many foreign companies will come forward to set up these plants”, he added. President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda, while welcoming the Federal Minister, paid glowing tribute to PTI government which has been extending full support and cooperation to Karachi Chamber from time to time and was also paying pay special attention to the issues being raised by the Chamber. He hoped that the liaison between the government and Karachi Chamber will continue to improve further in the days to come.Highlighting the overall cleanliness situation in Karachi, Junaid Makda pointed out that Karachi has been a story of neglect since the last many decades. During the recent monsoon rains in Karachi, there would not have been any stagnant water on the roads had the 38 Nullahs (drains) been cleaned.Referring to ‘Clean Karachi’ Campaign initiated by Federal Minister Ali Zaidi, President KCCI stated that over 15 private companies, celebrities, Karachi Chamber and around 5,000 volunteers pledged their support for the campaign while KCCI stands shoulder to shoulder with the federal government to make this campaign successful. “If Karachi can be cleansed of crimes, it can also be cleaned from garbage provided there is a will and desire to do it through collective measures and motivation”, he added.Commenting on the pathetic performance of Sindh Solid Waste Management Board, Junaid Makda stated that of an estimated 20,000 tons of garbage thrown out onto the city daily by a population of 20 million residents, nearly 70 percent reaches the two landfill sites while the rest remains strewn around the city in drains and some even finds its way quietly into the Arabian Sea. As a result, a bulk of residential, industrial and medical waste was being burnt on the daily that produces toxic gases contributing to harmful diseases and infections. “Sindh Solid Waste Management Board has to be blamed for failing to devise effective strategies to efficiently and swiftly deal with the massive garbage being produced all over the city everyday”, he added.

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Chairman Businessmen Group & Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli and President KCCI Junaid Esmail Makda presenting crest to Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Hyder Zaidi during his visit to KCCI. Chairman Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Rear Admiral Jamil Akhter, Vice Chairman BMG Zubair Motiwala, General Secretary BMG AQ Khalil, Senior Vice President KCCI Khurram Shahzad, Former Presidents Majyd Aziz and Younus Muhammad Bashir and Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani are also seen in the picture.

 

 

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