Berger Paints attains ACCA approved employer status


Karachi(Cliff News)Berger Paints has become the most recent addition to the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Approved Employer Programme. With this partnership both the organisations will work together for promoting business ethics, professionalism and developing talent for the future. This milestone also reflects company’s commitment to tax compliance and transparency, as well as improvements in its governance and vision. Berger paints will now gain access to the future-ready finance talent with the right blend of skills developed by ACCA to cater to the businesses’ need to thrive in a digital world. It will also enjoy exclusive access to specialised services and knowledge through ACCA’s various products, specifically customised for approved employers in Pakistan.Talking on the occasion, Sajjeed Aslam – Head of ACCA Pakistan said “Staying relevant to the market is very important in an economy like Pakistan. ACCA believes in continuous development and it would support Berger capacity building of its employees through professional insights.”Abdul Wahid Quershi – CFO Berger Paints, mentioned the need for the government to streamline its policies to facilitate production by creating an equal playing field for big and small manufacturers. Berger also believes that its success lies in its commitment towards its human resource. Building capacity and preparing your team for the future is key to any organization’s success.ACCA is the global body for professional accountants, and aims to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world, who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. The ACCA Approved Employer programme recognises and rewards employers’ quality staff training and development. The programme ensures the highest standards for employers and students are met and maintained.

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ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.ACCA supports its 219,000 members and 527,000 students (including affiliates) in 179 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 110 offices and centres and more than 7,571 Approved Employers worldwide, and 328 approved learning providers who provide high standards of learning and development.Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.ACCA has introduced major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here:


Dettol brings a chance to win school scholarships


Karachi(Cliff News)The Back to School campaign is offered by Dettol every year and they are continuing the tradition this year as well. The scholarship will cover the tuition fee for a period of 12 months, from the 1st of January 2020 till 31st of December 2020 for those who win. There have been 21 Dettol Scholars who have won this scholarship in the past two years along with the winner of the Dettol School Fund. Dettol offers several opportunities to increase access to quality education in the county. “We are extremely thankful to Dettol for providing our kid an opportunity to have a better future through Dettol Scholarship ’’ says Basim Sajjad’s Mother who was one the scholarship winners from last year.The campaign will continue taking entries till August 31, 2019. For taking part in the contest, the applicant is required to buy any qualifying, Pakistani made variant of Dettol soap and give a missed call on 0306-3Dettol (0306-3338865). The applicant will then receive a call and an SMS with further instructions to enter the four-digit batch code number and the details of the kid to participate.Humayun Farooq, Director Marketing – Health, Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan, commented about the campaign “Going back to school is an exciting time for children and parents alike. To add further to their excitement, this year again we are giving parents a chance to win school-scholarships for their children. Through our initiatives, we want to ensure that children have a more productive school year by ensuring good health through sustained hygienic practices that Dettol promotes.Dettol has always played an important part in giving back to the community through different campaigns & programs. The Dettol School Program is an excellent example which reaches out to two million school going children across Pakistan educating them on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene.


Huawei Predicts 10 Megatrends for 2025

Huawei Photo Release - Huawei Predicts 10 Mega trends for 2025 (Aug 08, 2019)

Karachi(Cliff News)Huawei launched its Global Industry Vision (GIV) report today, continuing its predictions for technology and industry development up to 2025. Drawing from Huawei’s own quantitative data and real-world use cases of how intelligent technology is permeating every industry, this year’s report identifies 10 mega trends currently shaping how we live and work. GIV also predicts technology trends up until 2025, including 5G coverage, AI deployment, home robot adoption, and smart assistant use rates.Trends and examples of GIV’s key predictions for 2025 include; Living with Bots including advances in material science, perceptual AI, and network technologies are powering the uptake of robotics in a variety of home and personal scenarios. GIV predicts a 14% global penetration rate of home robots; Super Sight where convergence of 5G, VR/AR, machine learning, and other emerging technologies will let us see beyond distance, distortion, surface, and history, opening up new vistas for people, business, and culture. GIV predicts that the percentage of companies using AR/VR will increase to 10%; Zero Search where data-driven and sensor-equipped appliances and devices begin anticipating our needs, information will find us. Future searches will be button-free, personal social networks will be created effortlessly, and industry will benefit from “zero-search maintenance”. GIV predicts that 90% of smart device owners will use intelligent personal assistants; Tailored Streets including intelligent transport systems will connect people, vehicles, and infrastructure, creating zero congestion,rapid emergency response, and other functions that will make life smoother. GIV predicts that 15% of vehicles will have Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology; Working with Bots already transforming many industries, smart automation will take on more hazardous, repetitive, and high-precision tasks– a boon for safety and productivity. GIV predicts that there will be103 robots in industry for every 10,000 employees.Trends also include Augmented Creativity where Cloud AI will cut the cost and barrier of entry to scientific experimentation, innovation, and art, opening up a goldmine of creative potential that’s available to all. GIV predicts that 97% of large companies will have deployed AI; Friction-less Communication where AI and big data analytics will create seamless communication between companies and customers and break down language barriers. Accuracy, understanding, and trust will underpin tomorrow’s communications. GIV predicts that enterprises will fully use of 86% of the data that they produce; Symbiotic Economy including companies across the planet are adopting digital tech and smart applications on unified access platforms – that means greater collaboration, resource-sharing, stronger global ecosystems, and higher productivity. GIV predicts that every company everywhere will be using cloud technology and 85% of business applications will be cloud-based; 5G’s rapid rollout where 5G is here and it’s landing far faster than any previous wireless generation – the potential for individuals, businesses, and society is enormous.GIV predicts that 58% of the world’s population will have access to 5G; and Global Digital Governance including advancements in digital tech must be balanced by shared data standards and principles for data use. GIV predicts that the annual volume of global data will reach180 ZB (1 ZB = 1 trillion GB).According to the CMO of Huawei ICT Infrastructure Kevin Zhang, “Human exploration will never stop. We should set our sights beyond what we see now and look to the future, shifting from innovation to invention. We’re seeing rapid changes to life, work, and society as every industry adopts AI, 5G, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies. Huawei is committed to building digital platforms, user experiences, and intelligent technology that power ubiquitous connectivity in every scenario. It’s our mission to offer every person, home, and organization an intelligent future and the benefits of entirely new opportunities for growth.” With the first report released in 2018, GIV @2025 is designed to analyze industry development trends and serve as a strategic guide for ICT deployment.
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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 188,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions.

Children’s Literature Festival takes off with a bang

Karachi(Cliff News)Day 1 of the two-day programme of 60th Children’s Literature Festival CLF culminated at Arts Council, with children and adults participating with great gusto in all the sessions.All locations of the venue being used for the festival had been renamed by CLF to commemorate authors, literati, artists, citizens, noble prize winners and grand geographies of Pakistan like Shah Abdul Latif Bithai Auditorium, Sohail Rana open air theatre, Hakim Said ki Baithak, Anita Ghulam Ali Auditorium, Fahmida Riaz ki Baithak, Dr Hamida Khuhro ki Baithak, Sadequain Gali, Bab-e-Hingol, Abdus Salam labs, Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta Courtyard, and Burns Road.The festival opened with multiple sessions taking place simultaneously leaving one hard put to decide which one to attend and which to leave. One could even see people hopping from one to another in a bid to attend as many as possible within the same time slot. The first day saw Bhittai Auditorium packed with kids interested in theatre, where from a theatre workshop conducted by Atif Badar to string puppetry by Thespianz Theatre, play by Tehrik-e-Niswan to dramatic readings by Zambeel, to music and poetry, took place at different time slots. Sohail Rana Auditorium witnessed an open mic session for students under an expert panel followed by Sing Along with Khaled Anam, while a musical concert by young qawwals glued attendees to their seats. The inaugural programme also took place here as well, with Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Minister Education and Literacy Education, Culture, Tourism and Antiquities as the chief guest. Among recitations, performances and speeches were special CLF Outstanding Service Awards presented to Resource Persons and Institutions that have supported CLF since 2011. Also in the same auditorium there were film screening and talks by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Shehrbano Saiyid.The room titled Hakim Said ki Baithak had sessions through the day varying from storytelling, theatre workshops, discussions on children’s history of Sindh by Rumana Husain in conversation with Tom Moore, to talks on books and innovative approaches to learning.Anita Ghulam Ali Auditorium had book launches, a play, panel discussions and talks on Karachi’s Heritage Buildings by architect Mukhtar Husain.In Fahmida Riaz ki Baithak OUP had a morning session on the great poet after whom the room was named and her contribution to children’s literature after which there was full-day activity on the art of bookmaking.Dr Hamida Khuhro ki Baithak had various sessions on storytelling, emotional and mental health by Arsalan Larik, interactive fun games for children, a young authors forum, a session on reading improvement programme and one on creating awareness about the welfare of donkeys.The full day programme comprised sessions at Sadequain Gali which was divided into learning spaces where through the day on-going activities took place including arts and crafts workshops, theme games, photo both and exhibition on children’s book illustrations.Bab-e-Hingol featured a sand and 3-D art performative interactive display through the day while Abdus Salam Labs featured various digital activities. To highlight the creative side of our young generation, Jamshed Nusserwanjee Mehta Courtyard featured on-going activities like clay modelling, digital 3D activities, pop-up learning, documentary and hands-on activities on Makli, mental health camp, learning and reading corner.CLF’s sponsors included Oxford University Press (OUP), British Council, Telenor, Allied Bank, UNESCO, Italian Agency For Development Cooperation and National Foods. The festival attended by media, parents, teachers and students of various institutions was a huge success and the participants benefited greatly from it.It may be noted that CLF is the largest learning festival for children and teachers in Pakistan enabling children to learn with all their multiple senses and intelligences. Managed by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA), it has a nationwide footprint having completed 59 CLFs (in all four provincial capitals and Islamabad and over 25 districts of the country, reaching over 1.4 million children and teachers since its inception in November 2011.



Aania Farooq retains SGA Ladies Amateur Golf title


Karachi(Cliff News)When Aania Farooq had a forgettable second round of 85 at the 2nd SGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship on Saturday, it seemed that the Karachi girl won’t be able to successfully defend her title.After all, her chief rival, 15-year-old Hamna Amjad, a former national champion, had catapulted herself to the top of the leader-board with a superb 78 that gave her a two-shot advantage going into the final round of the three-day championship here at the Karachi Golf Club.But in the end on Sunday afternoon, the more experienced Aanya reigned supreme to win the prestigious title for a second year in a row by a solitary stroke.It all came down to the last hole – the challenging par-14 18th hole on the Yellow course – where Aanya prevailed over her spirited opponent.Her cause was helped by lady luck as her opponent was dogged by a couple of triple bogies. But despite those two major blemishes, it was heartening to see that the young Hamna still managed to finish the final round with a score of 80.“There was a bit of bad luck for me on the 6th hole,” Hamna said about the par-4 6thon the Red course (front nine). “I hit my tee shot and everybody thought that it had gone into the water hazard on the left. So I hit my third shot but later we found out that my first ball was safe. I went on to have a triple bogey on that hole.”Hamna’s other triple bogey was on Yellow’s par-5 10th where she hooked her second shot from the rough into the hazard.Meanwhile, Aania gave her best when it mattered most. She carded an impressive 77 in the last round for an aggregate of 243 to beat Hamna (244) by one stroke. Karachi’s Daniah Syed finished third with an aggregate of 250.In category B, Ayesha Fauzan won the gross title with a margin of three strokes. Abeeha Hanin Syed was the runner-up.In category C, Syeda Iman Ali Shah won the title ahead of Shabana Waheed and Shabana Siddiqui.MPA Dr Seema Zia was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony of the championship which was sponsored by Sindh Golf Association.Speaking at the occasion, Fawzia Naqvi, Lady Captain KGC, underlined the fact that ladies golf was on the rise in Pakistan. She hailed the role of Pakistan Golf Federation, SGA, KGC as well as of Dr Asma Shami, Chairperson Ladies Golf (PGF) for her tireless efforts towards the promotion of ladies’ golf in the country. Also present at the occasion were Asad I.A Khan, President SGA, Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, COO KGC, Rizwan Feroz, Captain KGC and Cmdre Zafar Mehmood, Chief Referee among others.

Sania Maskatiya launches NISA for Eid-ul-Azha

Sania Maskatiya -  NISA - Edit I - July 2019 [F] (34).jpgKarachi(Cliff News)Multi-award winning fashion house Sania Maskatiya proudly introduces the latest formalwear and pretwear collection titled NISA commemorating Eid-ul-Azha 2019.NISA combines Sania Maskatiya’s signature compositions of cut, colour, and embellishments and features accentuated sleeves, Swarovski detailing, embroidered florals, tassel detailing, print ruffle blouse hand-woven cotton ensembles and embroidered draped saree-dresses. Indeed, the collection is the perfect summer staple and brings an effortlessly glamourous uplift to the wardrobe. Comprising of over 30 distinct designs available in size options and colorways, the collection is now available online and in-store at Sania Maskatiya Flagship outlets.


Top players to feature in second SGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship


Karachi(Cliff News)Pakistan’s leading female golfers will feature in the 2nd Sindh Golf Association (SGA) Ladies Amateur Golf Championship 2019 which tees off here at the Karachi Golf Club from August 2.Sponsored by SGA, the three-day championship will see in action a total of 55 players from all over Pakistan. A total of 16 players from upcountry have joined a field of 39 Karachi-based players in the event.The tournament to be played from August 2-4 is one of the annual events on the SGA calendar and is sponsored by the provincial association. The subsidiary sponsors include UMA, Bank AL Habib, Kings Group, Golootlo and others.At a press conference held at KGC on Thursday, the organisers of the tournament shared details of the prestigious championship with representatives of the media.Asad I.A Khan, President SGA, underlined the fact that the popularity of golf was on the rise among ladies in Pakistan.“Ladies golf is coming of age in Pakistan and SGA is seriously contemplating a ladies’ section in the SGA secretariat,” he said.Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, KGC’s COO, said that the club management will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to make the tournament a resounding success.“All arrangements have been made to make the tournament a big success. The fairways and greens are in great shape and I’m sure that the visiting players will love the experience of playing at our course,” he said.“This is a ranking match and we are trying to prepare young ladies from school and colleges to play golf and eventually compete internationally. We are thankful to President Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) for their great support to ladies golf in the country,” said Tournament Director Fawzia Naqvi, also Lady Captain of KGC.Due to heavy rains, the organisers had to work overtime to bring the KGC course in top shape for the event.“It was an unusual situation for us because of the heavy rains as it became difficult to maintain the course,” commented Rizwan Feroz, the KGC Captain. “But we have worked very hard and now the course is in great shape for the tournament,” he added.Humera Khalid, Executive Committee member PGF said, “These associations are there to facilitate and to encourage golf among ladies at every level. We are extremely thankful to KGC for their all-out support for conducting the championship.There will be five different categories to be contested during the championship – category A (handicap 0-13), category B (handicap 14-24), category C (handicap 25-36), category D (seniors 60 plus) and category E (junior girls 13 and below).The tournament committee includes Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, Cdr Majid Satti, Rizwan Feroz, Ahmed Ismail, Fawzia Naqvi, Humera Khalid and Durdana Soomro. Cmdre Zafar Mehmood is the chief referee.The tournament will conclude with a prize distribution ceremony on Sunday. MPA Dr Seema Yazdani will be the chief guest.


Asad I.A Khan, President Sindh Golf Association (SGA) addresses the media here at the Karachi Golf Club to share details of 2nd SGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship on Thursday. Also present at the occasion (from left) Cmdre Ghazanfar Abbas, COO KGC, Ahmed Ismail, Vice Captain KGC, Rizwan Feroz, Captain KGC, Fawzia Naqvi, Lady Captain KGC and Humera Khalid, Member PGF Executive Committee.