CPHGC honoured for CSR work in Balochistan

CPHGC CSR Award

Karachi(Cliff News)China Power Hub Generation Company (Pvt.) Ltd was recognized for its outstanding commitment to local communities in Hub, Lasbella, Balochistan through sustainable CSR initiatives, at the recently held 12th CSR Summit 2020, in Islamabad. Honourable Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Malik Amin Aslam, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, on Climate Change, Ms. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Mr. Qasim Khan Suri, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, graced the occasion.The following Awards were received on behalf of CPHGC by Ms. Ambreen Shah, Vice President Legal & Corporate Affairs, Mr. Yin Jiangang, Head of Human Resources and Mr. Feng Xiaobin, Senior Manager, Administration, respectively:

  1. Community Development & Services (Floating Fishermen-Jetty at Allana Goth)
  2. Education (TCF School and Apprentices from Lasbella)
  3. Fund Raising & Disaster Management (Lasbella Flood Relief).

Speaking at the occasion, Ms. Ambreen Shah, Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs reiterated CPHGC’s commitment to the local communities. She said that despite CPHGC being a young company as we recently went into commercial operations in August 2019, we have been doing CSR Projects from the first year we started the Plant construction and did as much as possible even though the Company was not in commercial operations and not earning. We believe that one should not wait for the perfect moment but do whatever is possible at all stages.CSR and environment protection are both important to CPHGC. We came up with our community projects as per our assessment of what is required in that area based on our interactions with locals and the local Authorities.We respect diversity and equality. We have Chinese, Pakistanis and a sizable number of women employees in our Company. Like Chairman Mao said, “Women hold up half the sky.” This is true and we ensure recruitments only on merit and competence and not on gender or nationality basis.CPHGC has an active CSR program. Since 2016 the company has spent PKR 124 million on various sustainable CSR initiatives. These include the Floating Fishermen-Jetty at Allana Goth; the Clean Hub City program; training of local students and provided them with employment at the Plant; providing relief supplies to the flood affected people of District Lasbella and a school with The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) in Gaddani area of Lasbella.

About CPHGC

China Power Hub Generation Company (Pvt.) Ltd. is a 1320 MW power plant located in Hub, Lasbella in the province of Balochistan. A project of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor it will produce 9 billion kWh of electricity the national grid every year meeting electricity needs of approximately 4 million households in the country.

Teacher’s Literature Festival encourages the learning Pakistan needs

 

Photo Release Day-3 TLF - Teacher’s Literature Festival encourages the learning Pakistan needs (23 Jan,2020)Lahore(Cliff News)The 6th Teacher’s Literature Festival (TLF) was held at the Children’s Library Complex by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA). TLF, a tribute to International Education day 2020. With the attendance of over 2000 teachers, the festival was filled with excitement and eagerness to learn different ways of teaching and delivering material effectively during classes. TLF started in 2014 with the Board of Directors of CLF wanting to engage teachers in the process of loving literature as well. 70% of the teachers attending TLF were from primary classes of government schools travelling from all over Lahore.CLF Advisor of the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF), Rumana Husain expressed her enthusiasm saying “We hope that teachers will take what they learn today and implement it to create a more inclusive and creative learning environment for our children.”“This is such a fruitful platform to train the teachers and encourage them to pass on the information, not only to students but other teachers and school management as well,” said the teachers attending from Government Islamia Higher Secondary School. Sessions from the day included; theater and learning by Atif Badar, how to make book launches more impactful by OUP, a source of learning for students by Khaled Anam, Sarwat Mohiuddin and Raheela Baqai, connecting nature to reading for ECE teachers, the art of bookmaking, how to do a CLF in your school by CLF/ITA team, sign language workshop, critical thinking: 3Cs by TCF, understanding language for literature by Fiona Robertson, Suno Kahani Kaho Kahani by Rumana Husain and OloTatolo, digital learning by Edkasa, Cinema Ghar;what films can do for our children’s learning, and Science Tunnel by Khawarizimi Science.Other resource persons from the day included; Dr Arfa Syeda Zehra, Sadia Sarmad, Akbar Zia, Batool Nasir, Bina Jawwad, Tooba Malik and Ayesha Kitchlew.CLF Advisor and CEO ITA Dr Baela Raza Jamil said, “TLF is a critical part of the social movement on reframing education and learning as well as creating content for meaningful education in Pakistan.”With the ending of such lively two days of the Children’s Literature Festival, the Teacher’s Literature Festival ensured an even more inspiring closing to the festivities of learning. With that, the CLF team leaves Lahore in hope of a change in thinking and systems of education with an emphasis on literature.

Huawei founder and CEO downplays the US ban at Davos 2020

Huawei Photo Release - Huawei Founder and CEO, Ren Zhengfei

Karachi(Cliff News)Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei believes his company has withstood the challenges posed by a US entity list ban last year, emerging as a stronger organization and one committed to international cooperation. The CEO’s comments were made around a panel session held at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which began on January 21 under the theme “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”.Zhengfei said his company has “basically stood the challenges” posed by the current US administration, including being placed on an export black list and targeted on various fronts in recent months. “This year the US might further escalate their campaign against Huawei, but I feel the impact against Huawei would not be very significant,” he said. “I am confident we can survive future attacks.” Zhengfei added that Huawei has spent billions to prepare a “plan B,” which has allowed the company to survive the US entity ban. “This year in 2020, since we already gained experience from last year and we got a stronger team, I think we are more confident that we can survive even further attacks,” he added. The executive’s comments come at a time when Huawei leadership estimates that its global sales revenue will have topped USD122 billion in 2019, an increase of roughly 18% year-on-year.Speaking at Davos, the CEO also made note of his respect for American companies and championed international cooperation. “Huawei used to be an admirer of the US, we learned a lot from them. We hired dozens of American consulting firms to learn how to manage our business. The US should feel proud of [Huawei], they have the US management system exported and implemented. They should not be overly concerned about Huawei and our position in the world.”
Huawei was recently ranked fifth on the 2019 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard as one of the biggest investors in research and development worldwide.As a result of its R&D investment focus, Huawei has been able to leadthe development of 5G technologies globally, and more than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

  Seeme Productions opens doors to offices in the UK and UAE

Seeme Productions opens doors to offices in the UK and UAE.

Karachi(Cliff News)One of the largest independent production houses in Pakistan, Seeme Productions, has expanded its business and creative services to the international market, now operating in the UK and UAE.This expansion comes intending to take this independent business venture to the next step portraying Pakistan on the production map worldwide and introduce Pakistani industry talent to the world. Seeme is now providing enhanced production facilities in the UK and UAE as part of its strategy to promote the production of global content, bringing work opportunities to Pakistan, and also providing the directors with the opportunity to deliver on the international market.Speaking about this new step, the CEO, Mr. Naveed Arshad, said, “Seeme has always been aspirational, and going international is a part of that aspiration. The UK and UAE market is flourishing, and this provides the perfect opportunity for us to create a customer base abroad as well. At the start of this new decade, we hope that we can continue to deliver the same high standard of quality and reliability we are known for in Pakistan and take our vision abroad.”Seeme’s step also opens doors for Pakistan to become a production hub, and to prove its mettle and potential in the international market. Seeme’s new premise will strengthen its operations and create an even more comprehensive business offering for the production specialists.

About Seeme:

Seeme Productions was the brain-child of Seemeen and Naveed Arshad. It started as a small production house with a core team of six individuals. Still, despite its humble beginnings, today, Seeme Production is ranked as one of the most highly esteemed companies in Pakistan. At See’Me, we believe in providing solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

Children’s agency remains at full swing at CLF Lahore

CLF Lahore Photo Release 2 (Day 2) - Children’s agency remains at full swing at CLF Lahore (Jan 22, 2020)

Lahore(Cliff News)After the two exhilarating days of literature celebrations of Lahore, the 64thChildren’s Literature Festival (CLF) wrapped up at Children’s Library Complex on Wednesday with children’s participation and agency being the most vibrant aspects of the fun-filled event.The two-day event organized by civil society organization Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan, Open Society Foundations (OSF), Oxfam, British Council, Life Skills for Kids (LSK), Lahore Grammar School and Roots Millennium School.The co-hosts, sponsors and partners of CLF Lahore were also pleased to see such a great turnout in the event held in the capital. They all pledged to continue their efforts in improving the means and outcomes of learning for the children.On the second day, Amjad Islam Amjad visited CLF as a special guest and engaged with the kids on the importance of literature and creative writing. He also distributed his signature pens as a souvenir for young writers and encouraged all the aspirants to use the power of pen to change the world.Children’s agency remained at full swing at CLF Lahore 2020 as they were at the center of the two-day festivities at the Children’s Library Complex. The literature festival received a huge response from students, teachers and the general public as over 30,000 children attended the event. Schools from distant districts like Kasur, Faislabad, Gujrat and Sheikhupura also participated in the event.“This is not co-curricular activity but Children’s Literature Festival is Mainstream Curriculum,” said the Minister Food Punjab Sami Ullah Chaudhary, as he heard the young authors and read their writings. This was the best tribute to the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF). He further said that “CLF is indeed mainstream curriculum where reading, creativity, Science, Math, heritage, technology, theatre, music and movement is being promoted for making “Learning” happen. He said ‘when a child learns in this mode, she/he never forgets, the dots begin to connect – the truth begins to illuminate. This is an unforgettable and largest learning event for children that I have ever seen!”At least 80 sessions were held at CLF Lahore with over 125 resource persons and 36 partner institutions who were a part of the learning activities. Learning was at the heart of the two-day festival, CLF was packed with Augment reality sessions, robotics, pottery making from Harrapa, toy making, Science Fuse, Kitabgari, Alif Laila Book Bus activities, theatre workshops, open mic sessions, Cinema Ghar, Dastan-Goi, puppet shows, book launches, science activities, STEM workshops and experiments and exhibition, panel discussions, history of coins by State Bank of Pakistan and many more activities organized for the children. Child poets from Sanjan Nagar schools impressed the audience with an energetic Moshaira. Moreover, there were insightful and thought provoking panel discussions on topics concerning children’s literature, heritage and child rights.The second day’s morning session saw the main ground packed with children who were being entertained by non-verbal storytelling session through animations by Fauzia Minallah followed by sing-along session with Khaled Anam, a wonderful puppet show by Rafi Peer that was the main attraction of children and theater workshop by Atif Badar.Bano Qudsia room had several panel discussions in which one of the session was about Child Protection “Hamari Hifazat Kaun Karay Ga”. During the discussion CLF Ambassador, famous host and panelist of the session Juggun Kazim, ardently stressed on the rising concerns and alarming cases of child abuse and how we all need to knit together against it. There was a unanimous spirit of spreading maximum awareness and fighting this evil to make the society more amicable for our younger generation. CLF Advisor, Rumana Husain had wonderful session on history of Lahore and its heritage, creative writing and also she launched a book named “The Winged One”.The room titled Karwan-e-Iqbal had sessions through the day varying from storytelling to talks on Truck Art, Craft and Literature and innovative approaches to learn poetry. Suno Kahani Meri Zubaani was also there that was the main attraction to promote Urdu as a language alongside giving children valuable input on morals and ethics. Iqbal Shah from Shaman family of Kailsah joined CLF to narrate stories from the children’s literature from Kailaash.Faiz Ghar Auditorium had theater performances by Sanjan Nagar School, puppet show by Alif Laila, drum circle, theater performances by kids, theater competition by Khaled Anam. The CLF also gave special tribute to Fehmida Riaz, the poet-author who had been associated with CLF since its inception in 2011 and wrote many beautiful books for children. While in Waris Shah ki Baithak OUP had a full-day activity on the art of bookmaking.In other spaces CLF was packed with Augment reality sessions, robotics, pottery making from Harrapa, toy making, Science Fuse, Kitabgari and Alif Laila Book Bus activities.ITA CEO and CLF founder Baela Raza Jamil expressed great delight over the successful event. She said that it is very encouraging to see all these young faces excited to broaden their knowledge. “This is a dream come true that we have managed two amazing days in Lahore. We encourage and celebrate the joy of literacy and welcome anyone with an interest in children’s literature to join us. The festival went really well and I am thankful to all of the sponsors and partners for their support and love,” she added.With the success of 64th CLF held in Lahore, it has become the largest social movement for children’s learning in Pakistan. Through these interesting and interactive activities, CLF Lahore promoted the ideas of multilingualism, girls’ education, children’s literature, multiculturalism, diversity, sustainable lifestyles, tolerance, and gender equality, among others. Having a nationwide footprint with a reach of over 1.4 million children, CLFs continue to promote a culture of learning, focusing on creativity, imagination and multi-sensory stimulation, and not just on school textbooks, tests and examinations.

Hamid Ismail Foundation organised Tape Ball Cricket Tournament

Presenting awards to the winners and runner up of Tape Ball Tournament

Karachi(Cliff News)The closing ceremony of the Tape Ball Cricket Tournament presented by Hamid Ismail Foundation (HIF) took place on Saturday at the Annu Bhai Park in Nazimabad, Karachi. The ceremony included an award distribution to the winning teams and a musical performance by a renown music artist, AsimAzhar.Many notable personalities attended the ceremony including Mr. Hamid M. Ismail, Founder of HIF,Dr. Farooq Sattar, Head of MQM Organization Restoration Committee; and Firdous Shameem Naqvi, Member National Assembly.The Tape Ball Tournament had commenced on November 30, 2019 and welcomed 48 teams from all over the city. The winner and runners-up of the tournament were awarded prizes worth Rs. 100,000. The aim of this initiative was to engage the youth of Pakistan in healthy sports activities and to provide them with a platform to display their talent.Hamid Ismail Foundation is a non-profit organization which was founded by Mr. Hamid Ismail. The aim of the foundation is to work towards quality education, environmental sustainability, healthy entertainment opportunities, and women empowerment. HIF has been actively involved in organizing activities and implementing projects that reflect their values.

CPEC first phase completed while second is underway:Chinese Envoy

chinese cg welcome dinner

Karachi(Cliff News)Newly appointed Consul General of People’s Republic of China Li Bijian, has said that China-Pakistan enjoy long history of bilateral relations. Talking to media at the welcome dinner hosted in his honour by the management of Avari Group of Hotels at Beach Luxury Hotel, The dinner was largely attended by diplomats, businessmen, industrialists, journalists and elite of City.Mr. Li Bijian said that Work on the first phase of the CPEC has been completed while the second phase is underway and the people of both countries will get benefit after the completion of the project.Li Bijian found the people of Karachi very friendly and loving, as he looks forward to further strengthen the relations of two neighbouring friendly countries as both hold a similar stance on important issues. To a question, he said that enhancing the bilateral trade and investments would be his prime focus during his assignment.He further said that Pakistan is the Seventh country where he gets the opportunity to work and after full completion of coal-fired power plant by China in Thar interior of Sindh the load shedding of power will be overcome.Mr. Azeem Qureshi, Corporate Director Sales Avari Group of Hotels said that after the completion of CPEC project the tourism can enjoy the maximum traditional food festivals.