Huawei reiterates company strong position despite recent actions by US

Karachi(Cliff News)In his latest meeting with the media, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has reiterated that the company is in a strong position to move ahead despite recent political actions in the United States.Addressing questions about the impact of the White House’s recent executive order, Ren noted: “What the US will do is out of our control. To us, the most important thing is to do our job well. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the US companies that we work with. Over these 30 years, they have helped us to grow into what we are today. They have made many contributions to us. As you know, most of the companies that provide consulting services to Huawei are based in the US, including dozens of companies like IBM and Accenture. In the face of the recent crisis, I can feel these companies’ sense of justice and sympathy towards us.”The Huawei founder then went into greater detail about its relationships with US companies. “The US is a country ruled by law. US companies must abide by the laws, and so must the real economy. The media should understand that these US companies and Huawei share the same fate. We are both players in the market economy. Our close relationships with US companies are the result of several decades of effort on both sides. These relationships won’t be destroyed by a piece of paper from the US government.”The supply of products to Huawei from international partners was also discussed. “Our company will not end up with an extreme supply shortage. We have got well prepared. Even if there is an insufficient supply from our partners, we will face no problems. This is because we can manufacture all the high-end chips we need ourselves,” said Ren.As long as these companies can obtain approval from Washington, Ren commented that Huawei will continue to buy in large volumes from them. “It may be the case that they cannot obtain approval quickly. We have ways to go through this transition period. Once approval is granted, we will maintain our normal trade with these US companies and work together to build an information society for humanity. We don’t want to work alone.”In an answer to a direct question about why the US is targeting Huawei, Ren responded: “I don’t know exactly what [those US] politicians are thinking. I think we should not be the target of US-led campaigns just because we are ahead of the US.”The Huawei founder also responded to questions about overall disruptions to the international ICT market. “Europe will not follow in the footsteps of the US, and the majority of US companies are communicating closely with us. We will certainly be able to continue serving our customers. Our mass production capacity is huge, and adding Huawei to the Entity List won’t have a huge impact on us. We are making progress in bidding worldwide.”With regards to Huawei’s own business outlook for 2019, Ren added: “Our growth will slow down, though not by as much as everyone imagines. In the first quarter of this year, our revenue grew 39% over the same period last year. This rate decreased to 25% in April, and may continue decreasing towards the end of this year. But the US ban will not lead to negative growth or harm the development of our industry.”In sectors where Huawei have the most advanced technologies, at least in the 5G sector, Ren added that there “won’t be much impact”. Not just that, but Huawei competitors won’t be able to catch up with it within two to three years.5G standards are widely considered to have a huge impact on society, added Ren. The company appears to be well prepared for the future in terms of technology innovation and  R&D. Huawei has 26 centers of expertise for R&D globally, over 700 mathematicians, 800 physicists, and 120 chemists working at Huawei, according to Ren. He further noted that Huawei have the most 5G standard-essential patents in the world – about 27% of the total.“We have an Institute of Strategic Research, which provides a large amount of funding to well-known professors at top universities around the world. We don’t expect return on this investment. The way we sponsor research is similar to how investment works according to the US Bayh-Dole Act. It’s the universities that benefit from the investment. By doing so, we will work with more scientists researching technologies at different stages,” says Ren.As Reor its three business groups, when asked about where revenue will come from over the long term, Ren doesn’t take the view that the most profitable one is necessarily the most important. “Only the department that is responsible for building network connections will be able to become number one in the world. It is the very department that has come under attacks from the US. I have compared it to a badly damaged aircraft. Actually, we have realized that this department does not face as many difficulties as others because it has been preparing for a long time. Our 5G, optical transmission, and core network technologies are free from the pressure that is being put on this department, and these technologies will be the world leaders for many years to come.”In addressing its latest reputational challenges, Ren concluded that: “We do not seek to solve our reputation issues outside of China through media campaigns. I think we will ultimately need to solve these issues by providing excellent services to our customers. We are very advanced, and our customers will realize this if they start using our services.

About Huawei

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 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees. 

 

 

Diaspora remittances help Pakistani families send 450,000 children to school

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Islamabad/London(Cliff News)New research from the digital money transfer service WorldRemit shows hundreds of thousands of Pakistani children are in school, have access to books and educational supplies, and are more likely to study and less likely to work due to international remittances.Pakistan is one of the top 10 remittance recipients worldwide, and received $21 billion in remittances in 2018.These findings were calculated using data from UNESCO, the World Bank, and Pakistan’s latest national household survey. Approximately 220 million children in low and middle-income countries are not in school around the world. Of these, 19 million live in Pakistan, one of the highest numbers of out-of-school of children in the world.

Key results include:
450,000 children in Pakistan are in school as a result of receiving international remittances School age children in Pakistan are 40% less likely to attend school if their household receives remittances.Remittance-receiving households spend more on education — equivalent to a child’s set of school-books for the year
Children in remittance-receiving households spend less time working on non-school activities, freeing up more time for school studies.World Remit also calculates that globally, if traditional, cash-based money transfers were replaced by lower-cost digital alternatives, an additional $825 million would be unlocked for families to spend on children’s education. Savings from “going digital” could pay for the equivalent of 20 million school uniforms, 30 million school books and 16 million sets of school supplies for children in low and middle income countries.Hamza Islam, Country Director, Pakistan, at WorldRemit said: “As millions of children in Pakistan go back to school this term, our research is a timely reminder that the contributions of the diaspora are vital to the education of 450,000 children across the country. Switching to digital remittances would help maximise that even further.With global remittances predicted to rise in 2019, this means even more children are set to benefit.”WorldRemit is one of the leading digital money transfer companies for the Pakistani diaspora. Customer surveys reveal that education is one of the top priorities for Pakistanis living abroad, with many saying they support the schooling of children back home.WorldRemit customers complete 1.3 million transfers every month from over 50 countries to over 145 destinations.Visit the WorldRemit website for more information on how to send money to Pakistan with just a few taps on your phone. We have also created a micro-site for readers to find out more about the research WorldRemit has conducted around the impact of remittances on education: https://educationmatters.worldremit.com/

Note to Editor
Research compiled by Dr. Gregory Thwaites, Research Director at WorldRemit, using a combination of UNESCO education statistics, World Bank remittance statistics, Pakistan’s Household Integrated Income and Consumption Survey, and WorldRemit indicators.

Methodology
According to UNESCO, there were over 50 million children of school age in Pakistan in 2017.  According to our examination of Pakistan’s 2015-6 Household Integrated Income and Consumption Survey, 37% of children aged 5-18 in Pakistan are not in school – nearly 19 million children.  The same survey suggests that children are 40% less likely to be out of school if they are in households which receive remittances, and that this applies to approximately 8% of children in Pakistan.
The World Bank estimates that the total value of international remittances was $689bn 2018. The average cost of digital remittances across the industry is 27% cheaper than offline remittances, according to World Bank data. If all remittances were digital, this would save $14bn, which would raise expenditure on education by $825 million based on 5.7% of household resources typically going to education in the 4 countries surveyed for this study.
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International Fashion Designer Almas Hamirani opened her outlet in Pakistan

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Karachi(Cliff News)International Fashion Designer Almas Hamirani opened her first outlet in Pakistan at Khalid Bin Waleed Road Karachi.The purposes of this launched is to focus the middle class of country to buy their favorite designs said the owner of outlet Almas Hamirani.She added I always worked for foregin customers and overseas Pakistani specially in USA but my aim is to open the outlet for my country people and today I achieve my goal.There is a lot of variety of fabrics like chiffon,silk,cotton,linen,velvet and others types are avaliable here for a affordable price.The colour is eye catching and it’s suitable for all seasons this is depend on your choice.

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Chef Farah was the Cheif Guest of the opening ceremony of Almas Hamirani outlet.She said that it’s a honour for me to inaugurate such kind of ladies outfit outlet.Almas work is very famous across the globle and I am very much glad that the ladies of Karachi are now able to wear their own choice of brands in normal range.Almas work for women of all ages you must need to once the visit of her store.The other very good thing is here that Daraksha opened beauty salon so ladies can fullfil all her demands here under one Roof.Cosmetologist Dr.Farah Naz also give you beauty advice.People from different walk of life are largely visited the fashion store of Almas Hamirani.On the Occassion Capt.Tarana Saleem,Gulzar Firoz,Sana Noor,Afshan Rashid,Shakeel Ahmed Dingra and others important diginitries are also present.

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The Sooper Junoon Concert makes history as most iconic live act ever seen in Pakistan

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Karachi(Cliff News)Karachiites were treated to the most awaited concert of the year featuring Pakistan’s biggest Sufi rock band, Junoon. The event – which was organized by leading biscuit brand, Peek Freans Sooper to celebrate Pakistanis’ passion for their country on the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam as well as to commemorate nearly 30 years of Junoon’s music – was declared a roaring success as it not only kept the audience singing along to the nostalgic tunes loud and proud, but also proved to be an awe inducing showcase of live effects and animation.Although there have been countless large-scale concerts throughout Pakistan’s history, a recent lull in the frequency of such events threatened to derail and completely submerge its live entertainment scene. The Sooper Junoon concert proved to be the impetus needed to jumpstart that trend once again.The event was a star-studded one with popular celebrities such as Wasim Akram, Zohaib Hassan along with an army of other celebrities and personalities in attendance. The much talked-about Ladies Only Pink Circle, which even Ali Azmat acknowledged on-stage as a first, was the crowning glory of the event while other enclosures were packed with people of all ages, all of whom had come together to see Junoon’s reunion after a long halt of 13 years.With a massive stage set for the Sufi-Rock Kings, the host for the evening, Faizan Haque, kick-started the event with Pakistan’s top DJ, Faisal Baig, whose Classic Rock music set helped build the mood for what was to come later. Following him were four brilliant opening acts, namely Lyari Underground, Khumaariyan, Tamasha and Sounds of Kolachi, every band making its own mark with the audience and leaving them yearning for more.With the appearance of each live act, the anticipation of the crowd for Junoon’s first live act in years grew, eventually getting to a point where it seemed like they just couldn’t take any more. However, once Junoon took to the stage, the evening took a turn from absolutely amazing to dream-like spectacular. With an incredible light show that was accompanied by L.E.D graphics and animations playing on three humongous screens which in their entirety spanned more than 200 feet in length, the audience was completely swept away by the entry. ” Wow! Look at all these people!” was the band’s first words on stage after 13 years when they saw the more than 10,000 in attendance.Junoon began with a tribute to the Father of the Nation before going on to perform iconic hits such as ‘Khudi’, ‘Sayoonee’, ‘Saaien’ and countless others.

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The band then came full circle with a beautiful tribute to Junaid Jamshed in the form of a heartwarming performance of ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’, thereby filling the atmosphere with great emotion and nostalgia.Perhaps the most memorable moment of the concert was when Salman and Ali veered away from the script to sit down on the stairs of the stage and do an impromptu performance of the legendary hit, ‘Wish You Were Here’; their way of paying tribute to global icons, Pink Floyd. From there they entered their classic hit ‘Chalay, Chalay Thhay Saath Saath’. To everyone’s surprise, Ali didn’t sing the last line of the song, a rare display of emotion by the rock star, which pushed many in the audience to tears again. He turned away from the audience and said, “They ask that ‘oooh Ali what does this reunion mean to you…and I go, meh it’s the usual’, but – this reunion…”, and just left it at that, simultaneously echoing the feelings of everyone in attendance.Even with such a fantastic presentation of raw sentiment and emotion through the power of music and lyric, nothing could prepare the massive crowd for what was next in store. For the band’s last performance of the evening, Jazba Junoon, the audience was treated to what was, arguably, the longest and most brilliant firework show in recent history. The event concluded with the singing of the National Anthem with everyone gasping and cheering in awe as massive green fireworks appeared, just as they played the last note. The coincidence of the timing escaped no one. Maybe it was all planned to perfection. Goosebumps.It is no doubt that Peek Freans has, once again, exceeded expectations with the Sooper Junoon Concert and given the people of Karachi an evening where they were left both dazzled and awed by legends and newcomers alike. One hopes that EBM – the makers of Peek Freans – are able to come up with even greater initiatives for the future and thus make good on their promise of promoting all that is great about Pakistan.

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Cinepax and McDonald’s announce valueable partnership for customers

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Lahore(Cliff News)CinepaxCinemas and McDonald’s announced a new joint collaboration that is to begin in this week.The partnership will pair a 40% percent discount for all Cinepax loyalists at all Cinepax Cinemas and Mcdonald’s food chains. McDonalds deal for Cinepaxcustomers includes a 40% discount on McCrispy Burger, a McChicken Burger and two regular drinks deal. Whereas, McDonalds customers will enjoy a 40% off on all movie tickets, silver category from Monday through Thursday. While the length of the agreement is for a month, it may be extended if both the brands agree mutually.Marketing team at Cinepax Cinemas, while speaking to the media about this venture said,’’We are constantly on the look-out to make things exciting for our customers and this is another token of appreciation from us to all the people and for the love that we receive from all over Pakistan.”Cinepax aims to Pakistan is to ensure that we WOW our guests by delivering a state of the art entertainment experience and service excellence together. Cinepax’s Vision to be the most favouriteentertainment company in Pakistan.Cinepax Limited is looking to continue its expansion across Pakistan with more screens, play areas/amusements and Family Entertainment Centres and many more exciting collaborations.

About Cinepax Cinemas:

Cinepax is Pakistan’s Largest Cinema Chain, which is currently running 13 cinemas with 43 screens in 9 cities across Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Gujrat and Hyderabad having a total of 7400 seats nationwide.

 

Sound Diaries launch music video of “Ho Mian” by Natasha Baig and Karim Barolia

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Karachi(Cliff News)Sound Diaries, a journey of Karim Barolia and Aamish Hussain exploring beauty of Pakistan through Sound. Sound Diaries brings its second video of the song “Ho Mian” featuring Natasha Baig with stunning audio and visual presentation of exploring pathways and connections of being one with God, the journey of self-realization and of finding God within us and showcasing exquisite landmarks and heritage sites by filming “Ho Mian” at Kalan Kot Fort, Haleji Lake and Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta, Sindh.Karim Barolia, music producer and co-director of video of the song “Ho Mian” came up with the concept from his real life journey. The video starts with Karim on a journey of self-exploration trying to find the connection with God, he is traveling and exploring through the beauty of Sindh where Natasha Baig is subliminally singing the song in different characters crossing his path unnoticed on the course of his journey. The visual equally compliments the grandeur feel of the song and makes connection with the viewer instantly.Natasha Baig, giving her mystical voice to the lyrics of Ghulam Murtaza Mehdi and music production of Karim Barolia makes “Ho Mian” touch soul of the listener.The second video of Sound Diaries wouldn’t have been possible without its production team lead by Aamish Hussain and co-directed by Zainab Nasir, executing Karim’s directorial vision on location.Through this video, Sound Diaries pays tribute to the architectural glory and historic allure of these sites that have stood the test of time. Alongside their extraordinary appeal, each of these landmarks tells a story of years gone by. It is our responsibility to ensure we do our part in preserving the mystique of our exquisite heritage.Sound Diaries is determined to continue its journey through exploring different regions of Pakistan as well as different property of Sound. The project has been self-funded till now and is looking for sponsorship to continue its journey for showcasing the beauty of Pakistan through its actual auditory image.

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UIT holds Entrepreneurship Competition in collaboration DICE Foundation USA

Karachi (Cliff News)Usman Institute of Technology (UIT) affiliated with NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, held a competition titled ‘Virtual Innovation Competition’ (VIC) organized by UIT DICE Student Chapter at UIT auditorium. The well attended event featured an innovative ‘idea competition’ which features opportunities for students and teams to pitch their innovative startup ideas for cash prize awards up to Rs.75,000. Esteemed guests and judges included: Azhar Rizvi – CEO and Director, Cambridge Advisors Network, OwaisMangalwala – Senior Producer, HUM TV, Rizwan Khan – Founder, BIStructures, Interim Manager Global Investment, SasiGroup, Shazia Hassan – Journalist, Dawnalong with Saif Akhter – Co-Founder & CEO, 10xC.pk and StartupSpace.pk.DICE is a strategic initiative of DICE Foundation, USA aimed at fostering innovation and entrepreneurship culture in the country at all levels. DICE UIT Student Chapter is a society that promotes the concept of entrepreneurship amongst students, encourages and motivates them to develop themselves as healthy entrepreneurial leaders. The event brought together UIT students, IT professionals, software developers, designers and data analysts to create entrepreneurial solutions.Starting in 2014, DICE launched focused innovation platforms in various key sectors of economy such as Automotive, Energy & Water, Health, and Information & Enabling Technologies. Through these focused platforms DICE promotes innovation and local product development, collaboration among stakeholders, capacity building through expatriate mobilization, commercialization of innovations, providing access to Pakistani businesses to international markets through extensive expatriate network, and providing support to Government of Pakistan in policy-making. DICE also established several innovation centers throughout the country for focused platforms to pursue strategic projects such as design and development of an indigenous demo car, medical devices, innovative textile products, and low cost renewable energy.It is worth mentioning that last year DICE Sharks was launched in Pakistan to support commercialization of innovative ideas by connecting young innovators and entrepreneurs with potential investors. Several projects have already been funded (~4M PKR) and are being executed through DICE Sharks initiative. In addition, National Innovation Basket (NIB) initiative was also launched last year to identify opportunities, strengths, issues, weaknesses, and threats in each of the strategic areas of economy, as represented by various platforms.UIT stated that – “UIT is happy to collaborate with DICE to promote development of local innovative products to reduce imports and increase exports of local products creating a sustainable job market for youth in Pakistan.

About Usman Institute of Technology (UIT)

Usman Institute of Technology is Pakistan’s leading technology institution offering undergraduate and graduate level programs in Engineering and Computer Sciences. Established in 1994, the university is now affiliated with the NED University of Engineering & Technology. UIT’s engineering programs are accredited by Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and its computer science programs are accredited by National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC). Of late, UIT has been granted the coveted “W” category by NCEAC. It is also recognized by Higher Education Council (HEC) as an affiliate of NED.UIT offers a number of scholarships, grants and awards to brilliant and needy students. It also offers concessions for siblings and children of UIT’s staff members.