Pakistan’s top gaming start-ups from Game Launcher pitch investors in Singapore

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Singapore(Cliff News) Seven of Pakistan’s top game developers pitched their gaming products to renowned investors at Google’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore to raise capital for scaling up their games. These game developers were chosen through a Google-partnered ‘Game Launcher’ cohort of Telenor Pakistan’s famed digital start-up accelerator program ‘Telenor Velocity’.In presence, at the Google Launcher event, were the world’s top gaming industry talent, technology leaders, as well as renowned investors. A day prior to the pitch gathering, top three of Pakistan’s seven teams, OT Ventures, The Knights and Big Alpha, were announced and were given the awards by the Pakistani High Commissioner to Singapore, Ms. Rukhsana Afzal.“To strengthen and transform the local gaming community in the country, Telenor Pakistan has made serious commitments and a testament to these efforts is Game Launcher,” said Sardar Abubakr, Chief Digital & Strategy Officer Telenor Pakistan. “The potential in Pakistan’s remarkably booming gaming industry is immense and Game Launcher is an effort by Telenor Velocity and Google to provide a platform to ambitious game developers and guide them on how to scale their ventures. I congratulate the participants of the seed funding event and wish them the very best of luck.”Out of the 40 participating Game Launcher teams, seven were chosen to join the investment funding event at Google HQ in Singapore. Launched in May 2019, Velocity’s gaming cohort, Game Launcher, aimed to convince the next gaming start-up generation to scale their service offerings by leveraging Telenor Pakistan’s platform and insights. Targeting Pakistan’s underdog game developers to bring the next multi-million-dollar games out of Pakistan, Game Launcher brought in industry gurus to educate and up-skill promising gaming start-ups on smart game development and monetization.

About Telenor Pakistan


Telenor Pakistan is 100% owned by Telenor Group and has a footprint spanning throughout the country. With a subscriber base of over 45 Million, it is the second largest mobile operator in Pakistan. Telenor launched its operations in Pakistan in 2005 and has a workforce of over 1,600 employees. 

 

Throwball has been included in Pakistan Interboard Games after 22 years

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Karachi(Cliff News)After 22 years Throwball has been included in Pakistan Inter Board Games for male and female.Pakistan Inter Board Meeting was held at Quetta on 9th Oct 2019 at 9:00 am.Pakistan Inter Board Committee have decided to organize these tournaments in Hyderabad Board Division.This creadit goes to Ms Aisha Razak to include throwball in Pakistan Inter Board games.PTF working last two years to force Pakistan Inter Board officials.President PTF Maqbool Arain once again congratulated all PTF members and officials.

Sastaticket.pk announces upto 75% off on its travel deals

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Karachi (Cliff News)Sastaticket.pk makes for a great travel experience at any time of the year. But it’s on 11 November 2018 that the Pakistan’s largest online travel portal decides to come alive with seasonal finery. Nowhere else in Pakistan will globetrotters find such massive travel deals, coupled with such great savings!
Mark your calendars as this 11.11, Singles Day will set a new precedent for all travel deals to come. Sastaticket.pk offers massive travel discounts on all domestic and international flights and hotels. Book hotel and ticket to your dream destination at Sastaticket.pk with up to 75% off. The biggest travel deal of the year 2018 will be a 24 hour event that will start making its mark from 12:00 AM,11th November till 11:59 PM.
So, if you are done with your mundane daily life or just want to celebrate new year eve with your loved ones at your dream place, just visit Sastaticket.pk and avail these too good to be true discounts. This 11.11 is an opportunity to see travel deals at its best.
Reverberating the enthusiasm on this special occasion, Shazil Mehkri, CEO, Sastaticket.pk (Pvt.) Ltd, announced:
“Sastaticket.pk is a leading Pakistani online travel portal that takes pride in offering affordable and convenient travel services to its customers. Each year we strive to offer bigger and better travel discounts and this 11.11 is no different. The idea is to provide an opportunity to travelers to plan their trips at really affordable prices.”This 11.11 Ab Ghomlay Duya with Sastaticket.pk!

Pakistan is well ahead than India in Martial Arts:Asad Hanif

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Karachi(Cliff News)In terms of game skills and match-winning capability, Pakistan is well ahead than India in martial arts and the country’s players can lead the world of martial arts if they are provided with an adequate level of sports facilities. This was said by Asad Hanif, a martial arts gold medalist and the Guinness World Record holder from Karachi.Asad Hanif, who is eyeing to win more glory for the country this year, said martial arts players from Pakistan do not enjoy any support from the government and the majority of the sportspersons in the country find themselves reeling at the mercy of time.A young martial arts master from Karachi, Asad Hanif is also behind two other Guinness records made in the push-ups segment and has also won a gold medal for Pakistan in the Asian Championship. In October last year, Hanif made a Guinness World Record for most two finger push-ups in one minute carrying a 40lbs weight on his back. Despite his record making performances shown multiple times at the international level, Asad Hanif is still bereft of any sponsorship from the corporate sector and has been struggling all alone in pursuit of more records in martial arts games.“Though I have been able to finish on the victory podium at international sports events, the lack of support from the country fails me time and again,” said Asad Hanif.Talking about the absence of government support for world record holders, he said this tends to be the most frustrating phase of a sportsman’s life when his own people do not come forward to acknowledge his efforts.He added that the martial arts games require more readiness, a fighting spirit and an ideal fitness level to that of other leading games played in the country, but the rampant power politics within the governing body coupled with a declining patronage of the Ministry of Sports adds more ignominy to Pakistan’s sports, particularly the martial arts.

 

Karachi Literature Festival is like a mini university,Ameena Saiyid

Karachi(Cliff News)Ninth Karachi Literature Festival was inaugurated today. In her inauguration sheech, Ameena Saiyid, Chair, Oxford University Press, and Founder/Director, Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals said that KLF, launched in 2010, is the Mother of all Festivals in this country as it has given birth to literary festivals in Lahore, Hyderabad, Faisalabad, Gwadar, as well as to music, Sufi, film, and theatre festivals. Inspired by KLF, the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) was launched and 46 have been held so far. The momentum begun by KLF has spread across Pakistan.Ameena Saiyid said that KLF is not just an event but a movement. It brings together books, reading, scholarship, and the arts, and celebrates them all. It combines scholarship, culture, and creativity with variety, diversity, colour and vitality.“There is much to look forward to over the coming two and a half days of discussion, debate, dissent, literature, art, and culture. KLF is like a mini-university, a place where one can interact with some of the most creative minds. It affords an opportunity to an emerging generation of Pakistanis to test their ideas and aspirations for a future divested from the colonial mindset and entering the fourth industrial revolution of artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning. KLF draws from or touches upon every part of Pakistan” she added.She told that KLF began and grew as an act of defiance against the forces of repression and intolerance. Today, it has become an Act of Optimism, a Celebration of Hope, a Festival of the Future. Like the great German philosopher and poet Goethe, KLF aims at “More Light!”
KLF is open to all and free. It brings together authors writing in diverse languages and genres. It features debates, discussions, book launches, readings, signings, comedy, satire, a book fair, theatre, film screenings, music, dance and Mushairas in Urdu, English, and now Sindhi. Always innovating, this year will feature performance poetry, two Debate format sessions, and the great Zia Mohiuddin reciting Shakespeare. We have an Open Mic setup to engage youth in reciting their poems and stories.  In order to further impact the community, we have an outreach programme of some authors who are at KLF speaking and engaging with students at universities.
KLF attendance has grown from around 5,000 in 2010 to more than 200,000 in 2017. In 2010, there were 35 speakers/performers. This year, we expect around 250 speakers/ performers.
During this KLF, we will be privileged to hear keynote speeches from historian Francis Robinson; author Noorul Huda Shah; political and diplomatic figure Mani Shankar Aiyar; author, poet, and musician Amit Chaudhuri; and TV and theatre icon,  Anwar Maqsood.
Four literary prizes will be awarded. The KLF- Pepsi Best Non-Fiction Prize,theKLF- German Peace Prize,The KLF–Getz Pharma Best Fiction Prize, and the KLF-Infaq Foundation Best Urdu Prize.Additionally, the UBL Literary Excellence Award winners and the Eqbal Ahmad Centre for Public Education Video contest winners will be announced at ceremonieshere.
KLF was co-founded by Asif Farrukhi and myself, and is produced by Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford that furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Ameena Saiyid thanked all the sponsors including, PepsiCo Pakistan (title sponsor), Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), United Bank Limited (UBL), Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Karachi, Goethe Institut, Karachi, Alliance Francaise, Embassy of France in Pakistan, British Council, U.S. Consulate General, Karachi, Getz Pharma, Infaq Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES); Tapal Tea, Careem, Habib University, LUMS, I Am Karachi, Consulate of Italy, Karachi, TV One, News One, TAQ (Tariq Alexander Qaiser).Ameena Saiyid also thanked the KLF team for their hard work in putting this festival together: Raheela Baqai, Zehra Nasim Haque, Muniza Ali, Somair Qureshi, Zubeida Ahmar, Salman Kazmi, Faryal Farooq, Amman Aziz and his team, Salma Adil and her team, Irfan Ali, Asna Jamal, Faisal Usman, Batool Nasir, and Nadia Ghani. A special thanks was given to team Mediators, Manhattan, and Dinshaw Avari for facilitating this event.In the end Ameena Saiyid said that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said during his recent visit to Karachi that London was the greatest city of the world and that it was open not only for business and trade but also for culture and tourism.  As a citizen of Karachi, in whose streets I have run around and climbed trees, I say that Karachi is the greatest city in the world and IT is open today –for business, culture, and tourism.

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Karachi (Cliff News) Finally bought your much awaited Corolla Altis Grande 1.8L? Thanks to TPL Maps, You can now get the most out of your new purchase without paying a penny! In addition to mapping services, TPL Maps’ flagship offering includes in-dash navigation hardware and software which is a state of the art advanced system equipped with the latest technology tailored for the region to make navigation accurate, faster and on-point!
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Young Singers to perform in “The Citizens Foundation “Obhartay Sitaray”

Karachi (Cliff News)The Citizens Foundation (TCF) has organized this year’s Obhartay Sitaray to provide a singing platform to school going students of Karachi. Obhartay Sitaray2018 competition will kick off from the mid-January with finale scheduled for 27th January. The judges’ panel comprises of the musical powerhouses like Tina Sani, Salman Alvi, AfshanAhmed, SB John and Azhar Hussainamong others.Speaking about Obhartay Sitaray as a platform, veteran singer, Tina Sani said, “It is heartening to see such young students sing these difficult songs. These are the children who are singing well without any training at such a young age. With the right kind of mentorship, they could easily make a name for themselves in the music industry. Kudos to the TCF supporters for taking this wonderful initiative to help these young minds develop a good music sense. At the same time they develop a philanthropic spirit to raise funds and realize that education is the right of every child.”Hosted by Supporters of The Citizens Foundation (STCF), Obharaty Sitaray has become the flagship singing competition event of TCF that celebrates music alongside the spirit of giving. Apart from taking part in the competition, the school students raise funds for TCF so more of the less privileged children can get educated.Supporters of TCF are a group of volunteers assisting TCF in raising funds and spreading awareness about the mission and ultimate goal of TCF. STCF works tirelessly to engage students and management of private schools to take part in raising funds. Obhartay Sitaray(OS) is a singing program where we engage our leaders of tomorrow to start thinking about the future of the under-served children of Pakistan.“Obhartay Sitaray as the name suggests, is a platform for the young generation to prove their singing mettle. We came up with this idea because we felt that there should be an activity that is entertaining yet raises awareness for the education issue and TCF’s contribution in this regard. This event is for our new generation to celebrate music and stand side by side with TCF students to understand that with a good education in place, there are no barriers of class and privilege. We are trying to help these children break the stereotypes so they can build a stronger, more positive future together. We are grateful to all the participating schools and our judges to making Obhartay Sitaray a success,” said Mrs. Biba Basir, Obhartay Sitaraycoordinator.The competition is a classic example that demonstrates TCF’s vision of ‘removing barriers of class and privilege to make the citizens of Pakistan agents of positive change.’ It is heartwarming to see the well-off students of elite private schools share the same stage as the less privileged students of TCF and perform Pakistani songs with equally impressive finesse.TCF was formed in 1995 when six friends in the sprawling metropolis of Karachi decided that this was an unacceptable status-quo. They pooled their resources and funded five professionally.Designed purpose-built schools in a few slums. And they decided not to stop. Those five schools have gone on to ignite a movement across Pakistan, expanding to 1,441 school units in over 58 districts across Pakistan. The Citizens Foundation, now one of South Asia’s largest nonprofits in formal schooling, has educated boys and girls from some of Pakistan’s poorest, most neglected communities for two decades. But it has done much more than building schools. It has become – along with the 204,000 children it has helped thrive – one of the most uplifting stories coming out of a country reduced to a global symbol of violence and despair.Obhartay Sitaray began in 2012 with a very positive response from students and schools. In 2016-17, over 60,000 students raised funds for TCF students and 635 students participated in the singing competition from 130 school units. Four of the last year’s winnersEman, Ayesha, Simal and Sajar were selected by Salman Ahmed (who was present at the OS Finale) for further training, they later formed their own band called IRTEASSH and got a chance to perform in Coke Studio 10.In an interview, Ayesha said, “All four of us have been participating in this fund raising singing competition called the Obhartay Sitaray organized by The Citizens Foundation since the past five years. Hence, we sort of knew each other from before. This time we were there at the finals of the competition and as fate would have it, Salman Ahmed was there as a guest. We performed as usual but what we didn’t know was that Salman Ahmed was recording our performances.”The participating students are required to sing Pakistani songs only, the reason is to help youngsters support and appreciate the local music and develop greater affinity with. In a world where cultural differences are fast eroding, it is a good takeaway for the school kids to value Pakistani music and learn the importance of knowing their roots.

 About TCF

The Citizens Foundation (TCF) is a strong advocate of the belief that a truly informed and educated society forms the foundation of a progressive state and instills in its citizens the ability to adapt and evolve with changing times. It is a

Non-profit organization set up in 1995 by a group of citizens who wanted to bring about positive social change through education. 22 years later, TCF is now one of Pakistan’s leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged. The TCF model focuses on providing quality education through purpose-built schools located in the heart of Pakistan’s urban slums and rural communities. The organization ensures that girls represent nearly 50% of overall student enrolment. To magnify its impact, improve enrolment and quality of education, TCF is now adopting Government schools across Pakistan.