Print and digital media are fastest tool of modern diplomacy: Indonesian CG

Mr. Totok Prianmato, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, hosted a dinner in honor of senior journalist;s  at a local hotel.
Karachi(Cliff News)Mr Totok Prianmato, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia invited senior journalists for a session of media talk which was followed by a dinner in Karachi.Speaking at the dinner gathering, Indonesian CG said that the bilateral relationship between Pakistan and Indonesia is increasing fast with each passing day.“Both countries enjoys brotherly and friendly relations since the start of diplomatic ties in 1951 and this bond is strengthening further”, Prianmato said.Indonesian CG also told the journalists that “Working as the official representative of Indonesia for the Sindh Province, one of my key task is to nurture and boost up the brotherly relations between Indonesia and Pakistan in all fields of interest including economy, trade, investments and people-to-people contact, effective 
communication with journalists community etc that shall benefit both countries.”“Sindh Province, especially Karachi, is a very important post for Indonesia, notably in the economic, trade and investment sectors. As Karachi is the largest city with 2 sea ports, its holds immediate importance as the main entry point of Indonesia’s products to Pakistan’s market,” Indonesian envoy said further.Talking about the role of media in today’s world, Indonesian CG said that media is playing a strong role in diplomacy whether it is a public diplomacy or state diplomacy, media has transformed diplomacy from being closed to open.
“Print media and also now digital media are the fastest growing tools of modern diplomacy”, Totok added.The Indonesian CG also requested all media friends to continue their unending support and contribution to the Consulate General of Indonesia in Karachi.In this regard, the role of media in covering various activities organized by both Indonesia and Pakistan will greatly assist in strengthening bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries.President Karachi Press Club, Imtiaz Faran, Secretary KPC Armaan Sabir and other senior journalists were also present during the gathering.

Infinix and TikTok join hands to launch all new S5 campaign

Picture - Infinix Joins Hand with TikTok

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.


Facebook taking initiatives to prevent suicide incidents


Written by Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety

As a global online community, keeping people safe on our apps is incredibly important to us. Since 2006, we’ve worked with experts from around the world to inform our policies, practices and products supporting those at risk of suicide or self-injury.

On World Suicide Prevention Day, we’re sharing an update on what we’ve learned and some of the steps we’ve taken in the past year, as well as additional actions we’re going to take, to keep people safe on our apps, especially those who are most vulnerable.

Improving How We Handle Suicide and Self-injury Related Content

Earlier this year, we began hosting regular consultations with experts from around the world to discuss some of the more difficult topics associated with suicide and self-injury. These include how we deal with suicide notes, the risks of sad content online and newsworthy depictions of suicide. Further details of these meetings are available on Facebook’s new Suicide Prevention page in our Safety Center. 

As a result of these consultations, we’ve made several changes to improve how we handle this content. We tightened our policy around self-harm to no longer allow graphic cutting images to avoid unintentionally promoting or triggering self-harm, even when someone is seeking support or expressing themselves to aid their recovery. On Instagram, we’ve also made it harder to search for this type of content and kept it from being recommended in Explore. We’ve also taken steps to address the complex issue of eating disorder content on our apps by tightening our policy to prohibit additional content that may promote eating disorders. And with these stricter policies, we’ll continue to send resources to people who post content promoting eating disorders or self-harm, even if we take the content down. Lastly, we chose to display a sensitivity screen over healed self-harm cuts to help avoid unintentionally promoting self-harm. 

Our engagement with experts has proven so valuable that we’re also hiring a health and well-being expert to join our safety policy team. This person will focus exclusively on the health and well-being impacts of our apps and policies, and will explore new ways to improve support for our community, including on topics related to suicide and self-injury. 

And for the first time, we’re also exploring ways to share public data from our platform on how people talk about suicide, beginning with providing academic researchers with access to the social media monitoring tool, CrowdTangle. To date, CrowdTangle has been available primarily to help newsrooms and media publishers understand what is happening on Facebook. But we are eager to make it available to two select researchers who focus on suicide prevention to explore how information shared on Facebook and Instagram can be used to further advancements in suicide prevention and support.

In addition to all we are doing to find more opportunities and places to surface resources, we’re continuing to build new technology to help us find and take action on potentially harmful content, including removing it or adding sensitivity screens. From April to June of 2019, we took action on more than 1.5 million pieces of suicide and self-injury content on Facebook and found more than 95% of it before it was reported by a user. During that same time period, we took action on more than 800 thousand pieces of this content on Instagram and found more than 77% of it before it was reported by a user. 

Becoming a Safer Forum for Difficult Conversations

Experts have told us that one of the most effective ways to prevent suicide is for people to hear from friends and family who care about them. Facebook has a unique role in facilitating those kinds of connections and we’re taking additional steps to support those who are discussing these sensitive topics, especially young people. To help young people safely discuss topics like suicide, we’re enhancing our online resources by including Orygen’s #chatsafe guidelines in Facebook’s Safety Center and in resources on Instagram when someone searches for suicide or self-injury content.

The #chatsafe guidelines were developed together with young people to provide support to those who might be responding to suicide-related content posted by others or for those who might want to share their own feelings and experiences with suicidal thoughts, feelings or behaviors. 

We’ll continue to invest in people, technology and resources so that we can do more to protect people on our apps. Visit our Suicide Prevention Resource page to learn more about what’s available.


Recent restrictions based on ungrounded allegations:Deputy Chairman Huawei

Houkun Hu, Rotating Chairman von Huawei bei der Nationalen CyberSicherheitskonferenz im Hasso Plattner Institut in Potsdam © Peter Adamik/Berlin

Houkun Hu, Rotating Chairman von Huawei bei der Nationalen CyberSicherheitskonferenz im Hasso Plattner Institut in Potsdam © Peter Adamik/Berlin

Karachi(Cliff News)In his keynote remarks delivered yesterday at the Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity in Berlin, Germany, Ken Hu, Deputy Chairman, Huawei said that in recent days, restrictions, based on ungrounded allegations, have been imposed on Huawei in order to disrupt our business operations. We believe this behavior is totally unjustified.Ken highlighted that in Europe, approximately three-quarters of smartphone users rely on an Android-based phone. Huawei accounts roughly for 20% of this market. Such reckless decisions can cause a great deal of harm to consumers and businesses in Europe.This sets a dangerous precedent. It goes against the values of the international business community, cuts off the global supply chain and disrupts fair competition in the market. This could happen to any other industry and company in the future if we don’t jointly confront these issues.I am honored to speak at this beautiful campus of the University of Potsdam. When I arrived earlier, I was told that we are at a historic site where the Berlin Wall once stood. This reminded me of the fact that we don’t want to see another wall and we don’t want to go through another painful experience.  Equally, we don’t want to build a new wall in terms of trade, we don’t want to build a new wall in terms of technology either. We need an integrated global ecosystem which can help us to promote faster technological innovation and stronger economic growth. Ultimately, it is what we have to rely on in order to maintain prosperity for human society.

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. 


Huawei showers its Love in Pakistan with a Coral Red Edition of HUAWEI Y7 Prime

[Key Visual] (FV) - HUAWEI Y7 Prime 2019 (Coral Red)

Lahore(Cliff News)For all the love Huawei has received for its Y Series 2019, the company gives its fans another reason to be excited about by introducing a vibrant and trendy new colour – Coral Red that goes on sale today! The youth-centric device brings a stupendous 6.26″ HUAWEI FullView Display with a Dewdrop notch, a spectacular 16MP selfie camera and a 4,000 mAh battery that runs for almost two days.HUAWEI Y7 Prime 2019 saw huge success since hitting the shelves two weeks ago by showing numbers greater than its predecessors. It is because this year’s variant is fully reimagined to deliver a power-packed and feature-heavy experience. The device has garnered accolades from all quarters of the media and is said to have one of the best AI supported dual- camera in its category. Reviewers have also touted this device for having a super-premium look and feel. In addition, the device has lived up to its claim for having a powerful battery that lasts up to two days – tried and tested by the reviewers themselves!The device comes with a 16MP front-facing camera and a dual 13MP+2MP rear camera embedded with Artificial Intelligence and has a wide aperture of f/1.8 for a truly sharp photography experience. A power-packed Qualcomm Octa-Core SoC and an Adreno 506 GPU with Vulkan support makes the smartphone superfast especially during intense gaming sessions topped off by a 3GB RAM.With the addition of Coral Red, HUAWEI Y7 Prime 2019 is now available in three premium colours, the other two being Aurora Blue and Midnight Black. The HUAWEI Y7 Prime 2019 is sure to make a mark this year by being the best choice for youth thanks to its top-class look and feel with the addition of offering a complete flagship experience, the best any smartphone of this category can currently offer. It is available for PKR 28,999/-.

About Huawei Consumer Business Group

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) is one of Huawei’s three business groups, providing a range of products including mobile phones, wearables, tablets and laptops. Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population, ranking second in the world in mobile phone shipments at the end of May 2018.Year-on-year growth was reflected in Huawei’s rise as a globally recognized premium brand. In 2018, Huawei was ranked 48th on BrandZ’s Most Valuable Global Brands list, 79th on Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands list and 25th on the Brand Finance Global 500 Most Valuable Brands list. Among the Fortune 500, Huawei climbed up the list to the 83rd place in 2017, up from 129th with a revenue of USD 78.51 billion, making the top global 100 for the first time.As a leading technology company, Huawei invests a significant amount of its annual sales revenue to research and development efforts, and has established 15 research centers around the world. Among these facilities is the Huawei Aesthetics Research Center in Paris. Huawei’s newest R&D center is the Max Berek Innovation Lab in Wetzler, Germany, where Huawei and Leica are jointly researching technologies to improve mobile device camera and image quality.





Bilal Abbas Khan to play a navy officer in Pakistan Day’s Special telefilm “Laal”

Bilal Abbas Khan (1)

Karachi(Cliff News)Bilal Abbas Khan will be playing the lead role in a Patriotic telefilm Laal that is set to release on the 23rd of March.This telefilm which will show Bilal Abbas Khan in a never seen before avatar as a Navy officer, has been written by Umera Ahmed and will be directed by Haseeb Hassan.While talking about his role Khan said, “I don’t want to keep doing similar characters and with each project test myself as an actor. “Laal” is a completely new experience, and the character I am playing, Behram, is a sophisticated, patriotic guy with a dream to serve in the navy and will do anything for his country. He becomes a naval officer, and there’s a powerful connection to the stone ‘laal’ and the message this telefilm has.”“I’m also very excited for this because it’s a tribute to Pakistan Navy, and I honestly couldn’t be more proud of what we’re trying to make here,” Bilal Abbas Khan further added.Along with Khan, Laal’s cast also includes, Kubra Khan, Adnan Jaffar, Gohar Rasheed, Saleem Meraj and Rashid Naz.In a very short acting career, Bilal Abbas Khan has back to back blockbuster projects to his name, such as O Rangreza, Balaa and currently on air Cheekh – which have racked up audiences’ appreciation, critical acclaim and awards for the young actor.

Adab Festival Pakistan concludes at Sindh Governor House Karachi


Karachi(Cliff News)“The seed and idea of literature festivals caught on and spread like wildfire in a forest where it seems that a fuel of parched trees was waiting for it”. These thoughts were expressed by Ameena Saiyid OBE, SI, Chevalier des Ordres des Arts et des Lettres, Founder and Director Adab Festival Pakistan, at the closing ceremony of first Adab Festival Pakistan.The three-day Adab Festival Pakistan (AdabFest) featuring writers, poets, showbiz figurers and journalists concluded on Sunday. On the third & last day of AdabFest, thousands of literature lovers attended the festival. People of all ages attended the festival, including avid readers, writers, academics, and literary figures from across Pakistan and the world for the 3rd day of the festival, which began on Friday at the Sindh Governor House, Karachi.Addressing the participants at the closing ceremony the, Ameena Saiyid said that AdabFest was a unique event but hoped it would not remain so. “For me AdabFest is a movement to spread peace and harmony through expression: that is through books, dialogue, debate, art, music, storytelling, and dance and through watching, listening, and asking questions,” she said.In his concluding remarks, Founder & Director of Adab Fest Asif Farrukhisaid that theses 3 days were full of magical atmosphere with discussions, book launches, theaters, dramatic readings, music and through all this a wonderful answer was given to all those who were against the magnificent backdrop of this monumental location. He said this was made possible by the efforts of a very small team. He apologized for all the short comings and said that the real triumph is the way we managed to do anything at all against all odds as it took us a very painful route to reach here. He felt guided by the courageous example of Fehmida Riaz. He also acknowledged Kirshna Sobti who was born in what is now called Pakistan and is connected to us through her knowledge and historical vision. He also acknowledged Altaf Fatima and ended in the words of Khalida Hussain saying that ‘writing represents the love of life’.CEO Getz Pharma, lead sponsor of AdabFest, Khalid Mehmood in his concluding speech said “Getz Pharma from its very inception in 1995 has always played its role to support literature and preserving our cultural heritage, as envisioned by our founding fathers for a peaceful and progressive country. Our support as lead sponsor of the Adab Festival is part of the larger mission of encouraging tolerance, dialogue and nation building without which neither the industry & the economy nor other institutions can sustain and prosper.”Before the closing ceremony, the third day started with the session ‘Ushering in a new area of youth activism: Hope or despair?’ with participants Faisal Siddiqi, Jibran Nasir, Alia Amirali and moderator Palvasha Shahab. The panel engaged a diverse spectrum of activists and their perspectives on the opportunities for activism that can be seized or created in moments of rupture and/or system breakdowns. It was particularly interested in exploring the potency in such moments for mobilizing youth driven movements. The panel discussed the unique sets of possibilities and opportunities that can be teased out in the Pakistani context. Pakistan operates under a certain degree of anarchy, and a continuing lack of access to justice. Given this, it was discussed as to how can we engage in effective activism to address this? When can moments of breakdown be harnessed to our advantage? What are the strategies that can be employed to raise our voices, to keep hope alive, and to emerge victorious despite the discouraging circumstances? Where can the nexus between judicial activism, advocacy and social political activism be exploited to empower the marginalized? Why is it important to bring the marginalized into the fold of ‘rule of law’?In the session ‘Pakistan in the second globalization (we missed out on the western led post 1980 wave: can we catch the bus on the second, China led one?) the speakers Mushtaq Khan, Asad Sayeed, Ehsan Malik, Saquib Shirazi engaged in a thought provoking discussion with the moderator Salim Raza.Later, a dramatic presentation on P.G. Wodhouse by Richard Heller was given which was moderated by Lynette Viccaji. Parallel book launch session were held where Hani Baloch’s ‘Zind ak aadink’ (the mirror of life) was discussed by Sheema Kermani and Amar Sindhu with the author and Aleeya Khan ‘House’ was discussed by moderator Basit Usman with the author.In the session ‘Education emergency: 22.6 million children out of school: expanding partnerships or shrinking space for private sector’ it was discussed that as per government statistics, 22.6 million are children out of school. According to recent surveys, children in school are not learning well. How do we address the challenges of access, equity, quality and governance? On one hand we have the successful launch of the government-financed Education Management Organizations (EMOs) in Sindh through the PPP Node, seeking support of non-state actors to manage new and old government schools and teacher-training facilities. On the other there has been rising judicial activism to protect families from private-sector school fee increases. The New Deal 2018-2023 speaks about a ‘robust yet flexible’ framework to streamline efforts of private actors to ensure value for money in teaching quality, recruitment, infrastructure, school management etc. What is the score so far in Naya Pakistan in its very early days ? Is there a trend towards expansion of partnerships or shrinking space for the private sector?  Speakers Zobaida Jalal, Shahid Siddiqui, Shehzad Roy Salma Alam, Faisal Mushtaq Ameena Saiyid discussed all these burning issues with moderator Baela Raza Jamil.In the session ‘A conversation with Ahmed Rashid’ speakers Zahid Husain and Fatemeh Aman had an interesting discussion while in a parallel session ‘Dilli jo ek sheher thha’, Asif Farrukhi will talked with Zehra Nigah and Saif Mahmood (author of Beloved Delhi) about Mughal Delhi, its syncretic culture and its great Urdu poets from Sauda and Mir to Ghalib and Daagh.The session ‘Life in Karachi during Ayub Khan’s rule’, a 30-minute talk was led by Lt Col Ian Vaughan-Arbuckle, followed by conversation with Ghazi Salahuddin and Sher Shah Syed.At the book launch of Syed Kashif Raza’s ‘Chaar Darwesh Aur Ek Kachwa’ Mohammad Hanif had an interesting discussion with the author; at the book launch of ‘Kishwar Naheed’s Shirin Sukhani say paray’, Zaheda Hina and Ajmal Siraj had a discussion with the author and at the book launch of Maheen Usmani’s ‘The mercurial Mr. Bhutto and other stories’, Shafaat Ali had an interesting discussion with with the author. The parallel session ‘Making music in Karachi: A talk by Sharif Awan’ was moderated by Rafay Mehmood.In the session on the launch of Urdu translation of Alys Faiz’s memories, ‘Kab yaad main era saath nahin’, speakers Nayyer Rubab, Zehra Nigah along with Sania Saeed viewed a short film on Alys Faiz with the moderator Moneeza Hashmi. At the book launch of Farooq Bajwa’s ‘From Kutch to Tashkent: The Indo-Pakistan War of 1965’, speakers Syed Javed Husain, Nauman Naqvi had an intriguing chat with the author along with the moderator Omayr Aziz Saiyid. At the book launch of Aysha Khan’s ‘The women’s movement in Pakistan: Activism, Islam & Democracy’, speakers Anis Haroon, Amar Sindhu,  Uzma Noorani, Sultana Siddiqui discussed the book’s details with the author with moderator Kausar Saeed Khan.In the session ‘What about the rest? Challenges and strategies in National league pedagogy’, speakers Suleman Shahid, Inam Nadeem, Zahid Hassan, Imdad Husaini along with the moderator Gwen Kirk discussed that the mother-tongue of most Pakistanis is not Urdu, but too few institutions teach Balochi, Pashto, Punjabi, Sindhi etc, as second languages. The rare institutions that are developing programs to teach these face not only academic and infrastructural, but also ideological challenges questioning the value of teaching these languages, and the skills required to teach them. Teaching diverse Pakistani languages as second languages can contribute to a more just and interconnected society. How can teachers develop material to serve both heritage and non-heritage students? How can digital technologies help?At the book launch of Mohammad Hanif’s ‘Red Birds’ Madeeha Syed and Saira Shah Halim discussed the details of the book with the author. Similarly at the book launch of Iftikhar Salahuddin’s ‘If stones could speak. Echoes from the past’, Javed Jabbar had an interesting interaction with the author. This session was presided over by Zehra Nigah.In the session Urdu edition of Peter Oborne’s “Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan” Richard Heller, Najum Latif, Qamar Ahmed discussed cricketing information with the author. Dr Saad Shafqat moderated the session.In the session ‘Stefan Weidner’, it was discussed how the Islamic tradition can help us to deal with exile & alienation and origins and recent developments in German public discourse. This included a lecture by the German writer, intellectual, translator (from Arabic) and former editor of the cultural magazine “Fikrun wa Fann”. The session was moderated by Kamran Asdar Ali.In the much awaited session ‘Transformation and Resistance: The challenging art landscape in Pakistan’, Salima Hashmi, Mohammad Zeeshan, Adeela Suleman with moderator Rabeya Jalil discussed the diversity and depth of art-making in Pakistan was evident in the Karachi and Lahore biennales.In the session ‘Pakistan’s population prerogative: A talk by Mehtab Karim’, Asif Iqbal, Naeem uz Zafar discussed details with moderator Yasmeen Kazi that the 2017 census results indicated that during the past 20 years, Pakistan’s population has been growing @ 2.4% per annum, and in 2018 has exceeded 213 million, adding about 79 million people during the last 20 years. The 2017-18 Pakistan Demographic & Health surveys results have been equally alarming, indicating that fertility rate in Pakistan has remained much higher than other South Asian countries. The rapid population growth rate in Pakistan has resulted in poor health indictors particularly of women and children; increasing number of illiterates; keeping poverty level high and rapid urban growth.  The session discussed the results of the 2017 census and its resultant social and economic consequences.