Pakistanis donates 5.9 million through Careem Super App reward points

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Karachi(Cliff News)Careem, the internet platform for the greater Middle East has recieved donations worth Rs. 5.9 million by its users through its REWARDS program in Pakistan over the period of a year ending June 30, 2020.Careem saw an influx of donations across the region where it operates as customers looked to spend their Careem REWARDS points prior to them expiring. Customers including influencers and opinion leaders spread the message to their friends and families for this benevolent act made possible with just a click of a button.

Key Highlights:

Customers redeemed over 610,533,375 points amounting to over 180,000 USD (Rs. 30 million) in donations all over the region where Careem operates.Careem Pakistan saw a whopping increase of 2000 percent in the last week, as customers donated their rewards to different charities.In total more than Rs. 5.9 million were donated in span of one year while to charities such as The Citizens Foundation and Shahid Afridi Foundation (Rs. 2,398,803 and World Wide Fund for Nature (Rs. 3,513,988)“It brings us great joy to witness that our customers share the same philosophy as Careem when it comes to giving back to the society. We are extremely humbled and overwhelmed by this contribution in such trying times. This donation made by customers is the embodiment of our shared vision of simplifying and improving people’s lives”, said Zeeshan Hasib Baig, Chief Executive Officer and Country General Manager, Careem Pakistan, on this achievement.Careem Rewards are points which a customer earns on every rupee spent on a ride or order, that can be redeemed with numerous features within the application. With the recent launch of its Super App, Careem has expanded its Rewards programmes, enabling customers to spend their points on donations, rides, food, shopping, credits, skywards miles, partner services and entertainment.As part of the company’s Super App strategy, Careem is determined to innovate its services and build its REWARDS program further by partnering with local and regional service providers as well as charity organizations.Earlier this year, in collaboration with leading charity partners across Pakistan, Careem also introduced a ‘Donation Button’ providing a platform where customers can digitally donate COVID-19 testing kits to hospitals and items of essential needs to those who have been most impacted by the recent pandemic.Through this innovation, Careem will lead a shift in how people think about charity. Technology will act as an enabler virtually allowing a seamless mechanism for donations.

About Careem:
Careem is the everyday Super App for the greater Middle East region. A pioneer of the region’s ride-hailing economy, Careem provides a host of daily services that people need to move around, order things and transfer money in one unified smartphone app. Careem’s mission is to simplify and improve the lives of people and build an awesome organisation that inspires. Established in July 2012, Careem operates in over 100 cities across 13 countries and has created more than one million income generating opportunities in the region. Careem became a wholly owned subsidiary of Uber Technologies.

 

 

Ahsan Khan makes a sweet connection with children

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Karachi (Cliff News)The current COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy for anyone, in particular for the kids. Apart from symptoms and disease, this pandemic has had different effects on kids, including stress, fear, anxiety, and frustration and all the more so for children who need special attention.An actor, a philanthropist and Government of Punjab’s Child Protection and Welfare Bureau’s Ambassador Ahsan Khan has always had a soft spot for children and he always appears to be the main face for children rights.Recently a mom tweeted a video about her kid Raiyan, where he gushes about how much he likes Ahsan Khan and his show “Bol Nights with Ahsan Khan” and that due to coronavirus he can’t meet his favorite superstar.Ahsan Khan reached out to the kid and had a Zoom meeting with him and his mother, they had a very happy talk, Raiyan told Ahsan about his love for games, current load shedding situation and much more.

Watch the whole video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8AM0UdXpcg&feature=youtu.be

 

Ahsan Khan Social media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khanahsanofficial/?hl=en

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Meezan Bank conducts first virtual Shariah Supervisory Board Meeting

Karachi(Cliff News)The 47th meeting of Meezan Bank’s Shariah Supervisory Board (SSB) was recently held as an online event, with the goal of preventing contagion and staying consistent with the recommendations of global and local health authorities and the Government.This was the first Shariah Supervisory Board meeting conducted completely online where members from across different countries participated via video conferencing.The meeting was chaired by Justice (Retd.) Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani and was attended by Dr. Muhammad Imran Ashraf Usmani, Sheikh Esam Mohamed Ishaq (Bahrain) along with other members of the SSB. Meezan Bank’s Founding President and CEO – Mr. Irfan Siddiqui, Deputy CEO – Mr. Ariful Islam and senior management of the Bank were also present at the meeting.In view of the current situation and the outlook for the coming months, the Bank’s SSB has approved guidelines for COVID-19 related re-finance schemes intended to provide relief to businesses and individuals during these challenging times.The Board reviewed several key issues including policies adopted by the Bank as well as the corresponding contingency plans ensuring that the Bank continues to serve its customers normally despite the challenges faced due to COVID-19.Products and structures for providing relief to customers were also discussed in detail after which the SSB approved a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that SMEs get adequate support to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their activities.The SSB also approved Smart Remittance Account that will enable Overseas Pakistanis to apply for bank accounts online either in PKR or USD currency from anywhere outside Pakistan. This account will permit Overseas Pakistanis to remit money either in PKR or USD and to invest in Shariah-compliant alternative of “Overseas Pakistanis Saving Scheme” announced by Government of Pakistan (GoP).Furthermore, the structure for the re-opening of GoP Ijarah Sukuk was also approved by the Board, making it the first time that a re-opening mechanism will be introduced in any Sukuk issued in Pakistan. The re-opening of Sukuk is expected to bring depth in the Pakistani Sukuk market.The SSB appreciated the Bank’s ‘Work from Home’ policy amid the COVID-19 crisis; which has been adopted to protect the wellbeing of its employees, customers and stakeholders and expressed its overall satisfaction on the Shariah compliance environment and operations of the Bank.

Groove to the tunes of Taha-G’s new song “Chal”

 

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Karachi(Cliff News) Taha’s-G latest song ‘Chal‘  is out now, based on a story of his friend, where he speaks about a toxic relationship of a guy with a girl who only approaches the man when she is intoxicated. The man being in love with her doesn’t mind this as he is insanely in love with this woman.With a passion for songwriting and singing running through his veins from an early age, Taha Gurwara’s fervent lyrics and sparkling R&B melodies expose a truly sensitive artist whose soul-shattering vocals have the power to provoke a profound response.In an interview Taha said, “This song is dedicated to all those who are in toxic relationship knowingly but couldn’t save themselves because love is and always was blind”.

‘Chal’ is out and now a…

Listen: https://youtu.be/9_9-zd-01u8 

 

80000 students connected for e-learning with Zong 4G

Islamabad(Cliff News)In continuation to its commitment to stand by the citizens of Pakistan during COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistan’s leading telecommunication network, Zong 4G has partnered with Virtual University (VU) of Pakistan to support 80,000 students with seamless connectivity for e-learning.The objective of the new collaboration between Zong 4G and VU is to transform the current education network in Pakistan and to offer students a service experience that meets the expectations of the digital society and facilitate e-learning. Zong 4G will provide VU students with the best affordable internet packages ranging from 50 GB to 75 GB as per the recommendation of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Leveraging on the widest connectivity of Pakistan, the new offer includes competitive packages to provide the students with unhindered and fast access to internet, all in one bundle.“The connection between students and teachers is at the heart of quality education and that connection and engagement must persist, regardless of our physical settings. With so many of us working and learning from home, Zong 4G recognizes this new education paradigm, with the potential for fluid, student-centered learning, and the fact that the new system heavily depends upon seamless connectivity. Through this new partnership with VU, Zong 4G is playing its due role in facilitating the learning process and have offered our unmatched services to VU students for an enhanced learning experience”, said a company spokesperson.Expressing his views on the new partnership, VU spokesperson said that the integral role of education in our society is undeniable. “Due to COVID-19, governments, companies & educational institutions activated remote work protocols, instructing people to stay home and practice social distancing. Online learning methods were put into effect by many educational institutions somewhat similar to the Virtual University model. In one swift motion, educational institutions and boardrooms morphed into remote desks and workplaces; smart applications into digital classrooms and video conferences superseded physical ones. This transition, for the most part, was seamless thanks to its underpinning technology, the internet. The appetite for bandwidth has gone into overdrive and our partnership with Zong 4G will ensure that the connection between students and teachers is maintained while they are unable to go to one of the many campuses across the country due to this pandemic”, he added.In its fight against COVID-19, Pakistan’s largest and widest 4G network provider, Zong 4G is working closely with local governments in all provinces and has also partnered with UNICEF Pakistan, NDMA, PRCS, SIUT, Indus Hospital, NIH and HEC, thus playing an integral role.

About Zong 4G:

Zong 4G, China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) is a 100% owned subsidiary of China Mobile Communications Corporation. Zong 4G has the widest 4G coverage across the country with 4G leadership, market leadership, network leadership and service leadership traits.

About VU:

Virtual University of Pakistan is Pakistan’s first University based completely on modern Information and Communication Technologies, was established in 2002 by the Government as a public sector, not-for-profit institution with a clear mission: to provide extremely affordable world class education to aspiring students all over the country.

Careem and Visa sign landmark partnership to accelerate cashless payments

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Karachi(Cliff News)Careem, the internet platform for the greater Middle East, and Visa (NYSE: V), the world’s leader in digital payments, have partnered to expand digital financial inclusion across the Middle East and North Africa region by integrating Visa credentials into the Careem Pay Super App and providing Careem captains (the term for Careem drivers) with financial payment services that aim to resolve liquidity challenges associated with cash conversion, remittances and real-time access to funds.Initially, Careem’s captains in five countries will be issued with Visa card credentials that will allow them to access a variety of advanced payment solutions. The Careem Pay Super Appwill be equipped with Visa’s real time push payment solution VisaDirect that allows fast, safe, convenient, and real-time payments directly to eligible cards, accounts and wallets. This will enable Careem captains to instantly access earnings from their daily trips in real-time as opposed to any time lags. Careem captains will also be able to use low-cost remittance solutions to make fund transfers to bank accounts and Visa cards worldwide, providing them access to cheaper modes of remitting money.Junaid Iqbal, Managing Director, Careem Pay said: “The only way digital payments truly make a difference is when both sides of the market benefit. Through this partnership with Visa, Careem will be paying captains in real-time, bringing them into the digital marketplace and removing the need for cash. Digital payments are the backbone of Careem’s Super App, giving us immense opportunities to simplify the lives of even more people across the region. The partnership with Visa will not only solve cash flow constraints but will also provide many new use cases to improve the everyday lives of Careem customers.”This move aligns with increased adoption and preference for digital payments. Visa’s latest Stay Secure survey shows that consumers in the Middle East, including Pakistan, prefer digital payments over cash because they find it more secure, faster, convenient and widely accepted. There is also a growing trend of contactless payment adoption, which now represent at least a third of all face-to-face transactions in nearly 50 countries, according to Visa data. In the UAE and Saudi, that figure is higher – with 8 out of 10 transactions in Saudi and more than half of transactions in UAE made using contactless cards or devices. Marcello Baricordi, Visa’s General Manager for MENA, commented, “Societies around the world have been challenged by the coronavirus outbreak, and many individuals and businesses continue to experience severe hardship, especially the underbanked who are more vulnerable. As a company, Visa is working hard, along with our partners including fintechs, Super Apps and Digital Banks, to support, inform and protect our societies. We’re seeing how COVID-19 has radically changed how we spend, send and use money. Enabling secure, immediate movement of money for gig economy workers like Careem captains is especially vital as we support economic recovery efforts.” He added: “With the pandemic already reinforcing existing trends towards increased digitization of payments, it is vital to introduce convenient and secure cashless solutions to bring formal financial services to the underbanked. Through our global payments network, VisaNet, we are helping Careem’s Super App move into global commerce in a fast, secure, scalable and innovative way by giving millions of captains and consumers more options to manage and move their money in real-time. Our next generation fund transfer solutions include earnings payouts, P2P transfers and cross-border remittances that are integral to economic recovery.”Visa and Careem will partner with licensed banks and regulators to roll out this service across the entire region where Careem operates, initiating from the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

About Careem

Careem is the internet platform for the greater Middle East region. A pioneer of the region’s ride-hailing economy, Careem is expanding services across its platform to become the region’s everyday Super App. Careem’s mission is to simplify and improve the lives of people and build an awesome organisation that inspires. Established in July 2012, Careem operates in over 100 cities across 13 countries and has created more than one million employment opportunities in the region. 

About Visa Inc. 

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of digital commerce on any device, for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. 

 

Infinix announces exciting new prices for Smart 4

Infinix Announces Exciting New Prices for Smart 4

Karachi(Cliff News)Pakistan’s leading smartphone brand Infinix has slashed the price of its premium device, the Infinix Smart 4. The state-of-the-art device with 6.6″ large HD+ waterdrop display is now available at Rs. 13,999 in stores and online countrywide.The Infinix Smart 4 comes with a beautiful 6.6” Waterdrop display and a Long-lasting 4000mAh Battery. For imaging duties, it boasts AI-powered dual camera lenses, with a 5 MP front and 8 MP rear camera. The device is available in three attractive color options; cosmic purple, quetzal cyan, and midnight black.With its luxurious design and body, powerful features, and Infinix’s product durability, the Infinix Smart 4 has been another best-seller from the smartphone brand and remains one of the most budget-friendly phones in the market. The premium smartphone brand Infinix has been catering to the GenZ with its innovative and futuristic devices in an affordable price range. The price cut on another best-seller comes as exciting news for all the Infinix buyers looking for a quality device.

About Infinix

Launched in 2013 and targeting the young generations, Infinix Mobile is a premium online-driven smartphone brand. With “THE FUTURE IS NOW” as the brand essence, Infinix aims to allow consumers to stand out in the crowd and to show the world who they really are. Infinix is committed to providing the most cutting-edge technologies, bold and stylish designs, keeping consumers on-trend, and up-to-date. Infinix’s portfolio spans five product lines – ZERO, NOTE, HOT, S, and SMART; empowering users to own innovative technologies and experience intelligent lifestyles! Infinix has a presence in more than 30 countries around the world, covering Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. 

 

 

Dot Republic Media and Alchemists has announced the launch of “CreatorsOne Fitness”

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Karachi(Cliff News)Dot Republic Media, one of the biggest YouTube MCN (Multi-Channel Network) in the region, in collaboration with their talent partner Alchemists, has announced the launch of ‘CreatorsOne Fitness’, a first of its kind fitness platform in Pakistan.As the current situation continues to cause hindrance in the health and fitness regimes for people across Pakistan, the popularity of the digital fitness space has grown considerably over the past few months. According to Google’s What is Pakistan Searching For? report, the search interest for “health clubs” has increased by 1.5x and “fitness classes” by 189%. It has also seen a jump in “gym at home” searches by 125%, and “home workouts” by 80%. C1 Fitness is an all-in-one digital platform shaping the future of fitness, nutrition, and wellness of the Pakistani Audience lead by Pakistan’s finest fitness influencers and enthusiasts.Keeping the trends in mind, this platform is an intimate digital space that empowers and enables Pakistan’s top fitness creators and experts to follow their passion and inspire their audience to achieve their health and fitness goals. It will be providing access to unique and purposeful fitness and nutrition-related content to the viewers.The first set of teasers have already been released on the YouTube channel, and it would be marking its official launch with the first video slated for release on the 1st of July.

About Alchemists:

Established in 2018, Alchemists is a fully integrated talent agency representing a roster of clients that include influential as well as emerging talents. Alchemists has assisted in promoting the careers of top-quality talents, changing the face of celebrity PR & management in the country.

About CreatorsOne:

CreatorsOne is Region’s favorite platform for Independent Creators, working with independent creators and publishers, who love story telling through which they can connect with millions of viewers on the network. The platform helps Creators in all stages of content creation. 

A Musical Icon in the Making:Meet Fadia Shaboroz

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Karachi(Cliff News)Fadia Shaboroz, U.K. based Pakistani,is singing her way to fame and is surely here to stay! A cursory glance at the work of the rising star reveals that the songstress is brimming with immense talent, which has taken her places over the years. From Punjabi to Sufi, Urdu to Hindi, Classical to Pop; there is no musical genre she has not dabbled in!If you are an ardent fan of watching the golden musical evenings of PTV Virsa: Heritage Revived, you might have spotted the versatile voice of Fadia Shaboroz, turning the atmosphere melodious with her earthy vocals.From a very young age, she has harbored a love for singing. After kick-starting her professional music career in 2012, she made a splashing feat as she performed at the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty, the Queen. She represented herself as the first-ever British Artist at the Palace of Westminster in the presence of Lords, MPs and Ministers of Her Majesty’s Government.However, while living in Manchester, she has been passionately expressing her love for Pakistan. She has made us proud by being a cultural ambassador and reciting the national anthem on Pakistan’s Independence Day at various celebrations and flag-bearing ceremonial events hosted by Pakistan High Officials.Her musical covers for Sang e Mar Mar’s OST, Teri Galiyaan, and Raksh e Qamar have gained immense popularity on YouTube and even made waves in India.She has even penned her own tracks ‘Aatish Dil Di’ and ‘Megha Barse’.She is beyond a cover singer. Fadia is a champion of human rights and has been volunteering actively with different communities and charities in the U.K to work for humanity. 

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Pakistan Onshore LNG invite expressions of interest to setup first onshore terminal

Karachi(Cliff News)Elengy Terminal Pakistan Limited (ETPL), a joint venture between, Vopak LNG Holding B.V. and Engro Corporation (“Shareholders”) intends to design, build, own and operate a multi-functional onshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) storage and regasification terminal at Port Qasim, Karachi, Pakistan, Pakistan Onshore LNG (“Project”).  In this regard, the Project has invited Expression of Interest from parties which intend to secure regasification, storage and other operational services (i.e. Bunkering, Trucking, Reloading) from the Project.Subject to the final investment decision on the Project, the onshore terminal is planned to be developed under a typical industry open access business model, with a send out capacity projected up to 1,200 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscf/d) and storage capacity of up to 480,000 cubic meters.The onshore terminal is expected to start its commercial operations from 2023.The Expression of Interest is being sought on a non-binding basis from international and local LNG suppliers, in addition to participants from Pakistan’s domestic gas market and industry in general. Interested parties can share their applications through the Project website (PakOnshoreLNG.com).According to Yusuf Siddiqui, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ETPL, “In 2015, when Pakistan was facing a severe energy crisis, we setup the Engro Elengy Terminal (EETL) as the country’s first floating LNG import facility on a fast track basis. As an extension of our longstanding association with Vopak, we joined hands to create an even greater impact in the energy industry and create shared value for the prosperity of Pakistan. With the energy needs projected to show continued growth, we firmly believe that developing and investing in an onshore terminal is a step in the right direction to ensure flexibility of operations and provide energy security to Pakistan for the coming decades.”Today, EETL terminal fulfills as much as 15 percent of Pakistan’s daily natural gas requirements and is recognized worldwide as the most utilized floating storage regasification unit (FSRU). EETL terminal has safely and efficiently handled over 300 LNG cargoes to date. The RLNG provided through the terminal has reduced the cost of electricity generation by 40% and, in turn, boosted productivity and economic growth across Pakistan. The EETL terminal is also undergoing an expansion by replacing the existing FSRU with a newbuild vessel, which will increase its send out capability by more than 150 mmscf/d by the end of this year.Together with joint venture partners, Vopak LNG own and operate two onshore terminals, the Gate Terminal, located in the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, with an annual throughput capacity of 12 billion m3 per annum (bcma) (8.5 mtpa) and Terminal Altamira TLA, situated on the east coast of Mexico, with an annual throughput capacity of 7.4 bcma (5 mtpa).  In addition, Vopak LNG are partners in the SPEC LNG terminal, situated in Colombia, which has an annual throughput capacity of 4 bcma (2.7 mtpa.  Together, Vopak LNG have a combined LNG storage capacity of 1,160,000 m3 and a total throughput capacity of 29.9 bcma (20.2 mtpa).