11th Karachi Literature Festival promotes habit of reading and healthy discourse:Shafqat Mehmood

Karachi (Cliff News)Federal Minister for education and Professional training Mr Shafqat Mehmood stated about 11th Karachi Literature Festival is a very exhilarating experience for me. I have never seen so many literary icons in one place and it is a real honour to be able to meet them and discuss issues of common interest. The very richness of this occasion fascinates me and creates in me the wish that instead of being a former bureaucrat and now a minister, I should also have followed the profession of art and literature and expressed my thoughts and feelings in a free-flowing manner.”“As you would be aware, the subject of education is a major priority for the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan and he has given me special instructions to make education viable and progressive if Pakistan is to move ahead on the path of national development. It is events like the Karachi Literature Festival that greatly enable our government to further the cause of education because these events promote the habit of reading and healthy discourse between individuals of all ages.”The Karachi Literature Festival is a three-day event being held on 28, 29 February and March 1. After the inauguration, on 28 February, the following two days of the Festival will comprise full days of discussions, talks, readings, author signings, art exhibition, performances, talks and discussions, etc. A food court and book fair have also been set up at the Festival.The theme of the Festival this year is ‘Across Continents: How the Word Travels.’ As every year for the past ten years, the purpose of KLF is to bring together international and Pakistani writers to promote reading and showcase writing at its best.Earlier, in his welcome address, Mr. Arshad Saeed Hussain, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan, said, “The institution I head is, by its nature, deeply involved in the process of educating Pakistan. I would suggest to you that an event like the eleventh KLF we are inaugurating today, is part and parcel of that process. By bringing together scholars, intellectuals, artists, writers, and policy makers to engage in discussion over many issues, we are creating living examples of Critical Thinking to place before you. By testing and sharpening new and maybe challenging ideas, we are encouraging innovative thinking and promoting Thought Leadership. In this festive spirit, we continue to encourage the habit of reading among young and old alike.” He further added, “KLF brings us together to express ourselves creatively and to engage with the fast changing political situations that surround us, through literature, music, poetry, songs, visual performing arts and other genres. KLF is a platform for people to speak in an open and free forum in celebration of the human spirit in all its forms.”The Guest of Honour, H. E. Dr Christian Turner CMG, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, spoke on the occasion of his very interesting experience of being in Pakistan and his deep fascination with the country’s cultural identity. Remarks were also made on the occasion by Jason Green, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, and Ms. Anna Ruffino, Consul General of Italy in Karachi, while Keynote Speeches were delivered by Mr. William Dalrymple, author and historian, and Ms. Zaheda Hina, Urdu short story writer and playwright.Several book awards instituted by KLF were also announced on the occasion. These comprised:KLF-Infaq Foundation Urdu Literature Prize. The books shortlisted for this prize were Chaar Darwesh aur Aik Kachwa by Syed Kashif Raza, Ae Falak-e-Na Insaf by Hasan Manzar and Sindhi Adab: Aik Mukhtasir Tareekh by Attiya Dawood. The winner was Ae Falak-e-Na Insaf by Hasan Manzar. The jury comprised Mr Asghar Nadeem Syed, Dr Nasir Abbas Nayyar, and Mr Hameed Shahid.KLF-Getz Pharma Fiction Prize. The shortlisted books were Call Me Al by Sheheryar Sheikh, The Miraculous True History of Nomi Ali by Uzma Aslam Khan, Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif and The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack by H M Naqvi. Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif won the Prize. The jury of the prize comprised Mr Ghazi Salahuddin, Ms Hoori Noorani and Dr Nadya Chishty-Mujahid.KLF-HabibMetro Non-Fiction Prize. The books short-listed comprised Interpretation of Jihad in South Asia by Tariq Rahman, The Parliament of Pakistan by Mehboob Hussain, and From Kargil to the Coup by Nasim Zehra. Interpretation of Jihad in South Asia by Tariq Rahman was declared the winning entry. The jury of the Prize comprised Dr Syed Jaffar Ahmed, Mr Zafar Hilaly and Mr Muhammad Ali Siddiqi.The Awards function was followed by a Kathak performance by Zahshanné Malik titled ‘A Tribute to Perveen Shakir’.The first day of the KLF featured a session ‘The Story of Qawwali’ based on a talk by Ally Adnan which was interspersed with performances by Ghayoor-Moiz-Mustafa Qawwal, Farid Ayaz and Abu Mohammad. A discussion was held on ‘Education in Pakistan: A Roller Coaster Ride’ and featured Shafqat Mahmood, Asad Ali Shah, Amjad Waheed and Shahid Siddiqui as speakers. Baela Raza Jamil moderated the discussion.A discussion titled ‘Challenges to International Diplomacy Today’ was also held on the opening day of KLF. The panellists included Christian Turner, Shahid Amin and Tariq Waseem Ghazi and Shaheen Salahuddin was the Moderator. A session titled ‘Women of Substance’ was also organized centering around the lives of Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto and Asma Jehangir. Participants in the discussion were Victoria Schofield, Sheema Kirmani and Karamat Ali.  The moderator was Fouzia Saeed.The Atlantic Muse by the Arabian Sea: Poetry in English’ featured poetry recitations by emerging as well as established poets like Adrian Husain, Arfa Ezazi, Farida Faizullah, Fatima Ijaz, Harris Khalique, Ilona Yusuf, Maya Nadeem, Peerzada Salman, Sadaf Halai and Tehmina Ahmed. 

About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP Pakistan is committed to promoting the reading culture and to improving the intellectual content of life in Pakistan. It has an extensive school and college textbook publishing programme which addresses the need for books that are both of high quality and specific to the environment. It has gained a reputation for publishing well-researched academic and general books which are considered to be authoritative and definitive works on Pakistan.

About Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) seeks to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and pluralism in Pakistan’s society and that expressed by authors from literary and cultural traditions beyond Pakistan’s borders can be freely accessible to people in an open and participatory manner.

 

 

EBM participated Gulffood 2020 exhibition at Dubai

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Karachi (Cliff News)Following the recent launch of their new corporate brand identity, EBM participated in the Gulffood 2020 Exhibition held in Dubai. The overall response received from the buyers present at the exhibition has helped create multiple opportunities for EBM to expand their reach across international markets.In recent months, EBM has focused on enhancing its operational capabilities in order to be able to meet the increased level of international demand. With a reach that already spans to many major countries around the world, EBM hopes to further expand its consumer network to include other countries as well. While speaking on the subject, Dr. Zeelaf Munir, CEO of EBM, said, ‘We have taken the ownership as well as the responsibility to provide wholesome and nourishing food-between-meals to our consumers. With ever increasing levels of demand, EBM has kept innovation, research and development at the core of its production process. Through our market-research, we have observed the evolving needs of our consumers, both at home and abroad, and have been able to fulfill the needs of those looking for high quality innovative offerings including ethnic varieties.’Shahzain Munir, Director Business Development further added, ‘The response from this year’s fair has been overwhelming for our organization. We will continue to break barriers to enter into new markets and adopt cutting edge technologies for efficient operations. International markets are and continue to remain our primary focus for business growth. We are determined to continue contributing to the national exchequer by increasing the export of our products.’With a legacy of over 50 years, as a leading food company from Pakistan, and an example of flourishing entrepreneurship, EBM firmly believes that success and growth are achieved only through consistently striving for excellence. EBM’s commitment to remain abreast of global trends, while staying true to its roots, has enabled the company to satiate the needs of local and international consumers belonging to diverse markets.

About EBM:

EBM has been baking nutritious delights for Pakistani consumers under the brand name Peek Freans since 1966. As one of the pioneers of the industry as well as a dominating market leader, EBM continues to innovate on each of the three fronts: product, quality, and communication.

 

Huawei keeps strong R&D pace as 5th top investor worldwide

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Karachi(Cliff News)Huawei has been ranked fifth on the recently released 2019 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard as one of the biggest investors in research and development worldwide. The Scoreboard is made up of the 2,500 companies investing the largest sums in research and development in the world, with data collected from companies’ annual reports and accounts.As a result of its R&D investments focus, Huawei has been able to lead the development of 5G technologies globally and the Middle East region specifically. This has been powered by investments of USD4 billion in 5G research since 2009—more than the total 5G investment from all major equipment vendors in the US and Europe combined. Huawei began 5G research in 2009 and has submitted a total of 23,600 contributions to the 3GPP, which would be a stack more than 10 meters tall if printed out on A4 paper.Huawei now owns 3,367 families of 5G patents accounting for more than 20% of the total and ranking first among all ICT vendors. The company has established nine 5G standards and research centers worldwide, has more than 500 experts working on standards, and holds positions in over 100 standards organizations. As Q3 2019, Huawei had been awarded more than sixty 5G commercial contracts, including 11 in the Middle East, shipping over 400,000 5G base stations globally.Outside of the 5G arena, Huawei’s enterprise business has also benefited from R&D advancements to lay the foundation for the digital transformation of industries in the Middle East and abroad. Globally, more than 700 cities and 228 Fortune Global 500 companies have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner. A focus on innovation has also kept Huawei’s popular smart phone range as a preferred global brand, achieving robust growth in 2019 with a total of 240 million units shipped. The latest ranking comes 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. 

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. 

Infinix and TikTok join hands to launch all new S5 campaign

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Karachi(Cliff News)Infinix, Pakistan’s Leading Smartphone brand is known for delivering feature-rich smartphones to the users. Infinix has always been the leader when it comes to engaging and connecting with its users. To get closer to its users in a fun way, Infinix has joined hands with TikTok for its exciting new product ‘Infinix S5’ which comes with a 32MP In-Display Selfie camera and a whopping 6.6” punch hole display.In this campaign -“S5 Picture Clear Hai”, Infinix is encouraging everyone to show their other side which they are passionate about. We all have a personality that people normally see, one could be a banker, marketer, actor or anything and that is how people mostly see them, but what hides behind is the passion that mostly others don’t get to see, they could also be dancer, singer, racer etc.TikTok, the leading short-form video platform, is gaining global momentum around the world. Infinix has joined hands with TikTok to launch its first hashtag challenge #S5PictureClearHai. TikTok’s format and joyful tone is resonating with a new, influential generation, giving rise to interactive trends and creative memes that encourage everyone to participate. By letting users create their own content, users can be part of the Infinix community and turn into authentic and powerful brand ambassadors.This campaign is an instant hit on TikTok and managed to garner more than 8.8 million views in just two days, almost 150,000 users made their videos to the catchy beat uploaded on TikTok for Infinix S5. Needless to say, we aren’t surprise by how this fun campaign got executed and managed to bring out the clearer picture of everyone. It wouldn’t be wrong to mention here that TikTok users in Pakistan are taking ‘Picture Clear Hai’ to the next level, and once again Infinix has been successful in engaging the youth of Pakistan in a fun way!With Infinix S5’s 32MP In-Display selfie camera, people get a chance to showcase both sides of their personality, hence the tagline for their campaign ‘Picture Clear Hai’ perfectly fits the bill, as it is both inquisitive and making a statement at the same time.To reinforce the narrative, Infinix engaged the diva of Pakistani showbiz industry Sana Javed as their brand ambassador along with famous travel v-logger Irfan Junejo, the most adored young rockstar Abdullah Qureshi, and queen of the ramp, super model Zara Peerzada to show their other sides.

About TikTok

TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo.

About Infinix

Launched in 2013 and targeting the young generations, Infinix Mobile is a premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings. 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, HOT S, and SMART; empowering users to own innovative technologies and experience intelligent lifestyle! Infinix has a presence in more than 30 countries around the world, covering Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and South Asia.

 

Apple has launched the all new iPhone 11 lineup

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Karachi(Cliff News)The latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max with Facetime has now arrived in Pakistan, and is available online and in stores at key locations.Having arrived in Pakistan with all its variants, style, and glamour; Apple has also assigned a unique country code: ZP/A to ensure only genuine and authentic Apple products’ reach the customers. Apple has brought a faster (A13 chipset) with its iPhone 11 series, and some major camera upgrades, which is a great news for iPhone lovers in Pakistan as they have been waiting for the all new features.Mahira Khan, Wasim Akram, Hareem Farooq and Nomi Ansari were among the first few celebrities to have pre booked their phones on istorepakistan.com and have gotten them today.The new iPhone series has a textured matte glass back and polished stainless-steel band, featuring the most durable glass, and is available in four stunning colors.iPhone 11 lineup will be available with Jazz FREE 6GB Data Bundle (1GB/Month) for all Jazz Pre-paid and Post-paid customers.

iPhone 11 series prices in Pakistan:

iPhone11:

64 GB – PKR 173,499

128 GB – PKR 182,299

256 GB – PKR 200,999

iPhone 11 Pro:

64 GB – PKR 229,999

256 GB – PKR 258,499

512 GB – PKR 296,499

iPhone 11 Pro Max:

64 GB – PKR 248,499

256 GB – PKR 276,999

512 GB – PKR 315,499

Availability in Stores:

The official products, with specially designed QR Code Seals, are now available across all major cities in Pakistan through Apple Authorized Resellers and Airlink Communication Ltd.

 

The next generation of China’s corporate global giants

Karachi(Cliff News)ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has identified the 100 fastest-growing Chinese businesses emerging as global corporations – based on analyses of historical performance and their potential for future growth.Together with the Shenzhen Finance Institute, ACCA has conducted in-depth research of nearly 3,000 private enterprises listed in China and overseas.The research stems from 11 specially designed diverse indicators, with five of these measuring the companies’ historical performance and six predicting their future growth. These factors include the company’s size, growth, profitability, innovativeness, level of internationalisation, and media coverage.Sajjeed Aslam, head of ACCA Pakistan says: ‘ACCA has been monitoring China’s rising corporates and businesses, with an original report in 2014, followed by further analysis in 2016. What’s clear across all reports is the aspiration to go global, with many Chinese firms already doing so. This most recent report indicates that many of these businesses will become China’s next generation of global corporations over the next few years if they continue on their current trajectories. Businesses in Pakistan need to learn from these examples of accelerated business growth and should explore opportunities to build partnerships with them to jumpstart their own global expansion.’

Key findings include:

Internet: More high-tech enterprises have evolved into the leaders of China’s future economic growth. Among the Top 100 companies, 42 companies are engaged in the computer and internet-related sectors. Since the 2016 ranking, the number of internet enterprises has increased by 50%.

Diversity: China’s future giants represent a fairly diverse range of industries. Those listed overseas tend to be involved in the internet, software development and other related sectors. The seven companies which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) are in the manufacturing, medicine and internet sectors.

Highest performers: The companies with the best overall rankings had better scores than other companies for corporate scale, growth, cash flow, overseas strategy and media coverage.

Common features: Despite not being widely-known internationally, the top-ranked enterprises have had a relatively rapid growth and support innovative development with a long-term vision and international strategy, enjoying positive media coverage and having a strong focus on R&D.The report also profiles three companies as case studies:

1)    Sunway Communication started out as a supplier of mobile device antennas in 2006 and is now a big player among global suppliers, with its focus on maintaining an technological edge, achieving organic growth, pursuit of long-term goals and grasping the best moment to become involved in the new technologies.

2)    Autohome Inc began life as a traditional media company in 2005 and is undergoing a successful evolution into the world’s most-visited car website. Even with the decline in growth and fierce competition in China’s current automobile market, Autohome was able to outperform its benchmark and recorded a 39% year-on-year growth in net profit.

3)    Aier Eye Hospital is a leader in ophthalmology with significant growth, offering various types of diagnosis and treatment, surgery and optometry services, with a network spread across mainland China, Hong Kong SAR of China, Europe and the US. The chain has treated almost 6 million patients in over 560,000 surgeries. Among all the companies ranked earnings Aier Eye Hospital achieved the highest scores in earnings quality and cash flow among all the companies ranked.To increase understanding of the impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, ACCA is actively collaborating with a range of strategic partners, working together to explore and define the opportunities and challenges facing countries and businesses along the routes, with special focus on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).ACCA publishes a wide range of Belt and Road focused research and insights to support its members who are already working and supporting BRI projects.

About ACCA

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 208,000 members and 503,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 104 offices and centres and more than 7,300 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee 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 accountabilities.

 

 

Karachi Knights prevail in cliffhanger final of Red Bull Campus Cricket

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Karachi(Cliff News)A hush fell over the crowd as anticipation peaked. Two deliveries left, four runs required, and two wickets in hand.Months of hard work came down to this point and both sides were firm in the belief that theirs was the truer claim to glory.Yet, there could only be one winner and it was Karachi Knights’ Abdur Rehman who came out on top in the battle of nerves, dispatching the second-last delivery of the penultimate over by Peshawar Markhors’ Nazim Hussain to the boundary.The thrilling finish marked the end of yet another highly successful edition of Red Bull Campus Cricket in Pakistan and secured Karachi’s spot at the world finals to be held later this month in Dubai.As the revelry commenced for Karachi, though, no one present at the Moin Khan Academy Stadium was in any doubt that it could have easily been Peshawar’s day too.Both sides overcame stiff competition in the Super Six and semi-finals stages, knocking out Lahore Lethals, Multan Infernos, Islamabad Shaheens, and Quetta Thunders to book a spot in the national final.As has almost become a tradition, this year’s Red Bull Campus Cricket national final was also a low-scoring affair but it was never short on action or suspense.The two contenders were worlds apart in their approach – Peshawar cut a more focused and strategising figure, while Karachi exuded confidence and a certain degree of nonchalance stemming from past triumphs and unwavering self-belief.It was Peshawar’s first-ever appearance in the Red Bull Campus Cricket national final and the team from Islamia University was off to a stumbling start after winning the toss and electing to bat first.Barring their one-down batsman Nawees Muhammad, Peshawar’s top order failed to click and they were soon in deep trouble – first reduced to 13 for 3 and then 34 for 5.At that point, the writing seemed to be on the wall for the Markhors as the dominant Knights’ bowling line ratcheted up the pressure with a disciplined display focusing on line and length.However, the top-scorer Nawees found support down the order in the form of the hard-hitting Awais Ali Shah, and the duo notched up a 40-run partnership to guide the Markhors towards a three-figure total.Their resistance was ended by Karachi’s eventual Man of the Match, Sheraz Hussain, who picked up Shah’s wicket and effectively blocked the flow of runs. Sheraz followed up the vital breakthrough with two more wickets as Karachi bowled out Peshawar for a meagre total of 104.With opener SM Tahami leading the charge, the team from University of Karachi got off to a decent start and at 50 for 2 seemed well on course for a comfortable victory. The Markhors, though, refused to give up without a fight and they had Karachi down on the mat at 81 for 7 after nicking five wickets in quick succession.From that point onwards, it was anyone’s game. While Peshawar’s bowlers went in for the kill, Karachi’s lower order batsmen, Abdur Rehman and Mahmood Ali, held the fort as the chase steadily drew towards a nail-biting finish.That was precisely what an enthralled audience got to witness. Karachi’s composure and confidence never wavered despite the loss of their eighth wicket in the penultimate over.Buoyed by the breakthrough, Peshawar could dare to dream but their hopes for a first-ever appearance at the Red Bull Campus Cricket world finals were shattered as the resolute Abdur Rehman guided Karachi to a hard-earned victory with a ball to spare.  

A fitting finish

The captivating finale once again proved the significance of Red Bull Campus Cricket in Pakistan.The competition has secured its status as the country’s premier varsity-level T20 tournament and that fact was evident by the plethora of current and former international players who lent their support to the teams from Karachi and Peshawar.From Pakistan, two legends of the game – T20 World Cup-winning captain Younis Khan and another former captain Moin Khan – were a source of inspiration for the youngsters competing for glory in Red Bull Campus Cricket.Along with theirs, video messages from current national side players Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan, as well as Sri Lanka’s captain and Red Bull athlete Lahiru Thirimanne, were also played before the final to give Peshawar and Karachi an extra lift for the all-important clash.The fight put up by the two finalists was certainly worthy of support from such big names of the game and it will only continue to grow with such fine displays of cricketing skills.For now, Karachi once again shoulders the responsibility of representing Pakistan in the international arena.Cricket fans across the country will be in high hopes following Karachi’s strong showing in the 2018 world finals, where they managed a third-place finish while also defeating the eventual champions, Sri Lanka, in the group stages.With the finals – starting October 26 – just weeks away, an opportunity has come for Team Pakistan to give the world a glimpse of the young talent that has helped the country remain a powerhouse in international T20 cricket.Here’s wishing Karachi Knights – now Team Pakistan – the best for the world finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019. May the most deserving team win!

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