Metro Pakistan and UniLever join hand to distribute free meals to Paramedics

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Karachi(Cliff News)Covid-19 Pandemic has adversely impacted the lives of many across the world. During this difficult time, METRO Pakistan in collaboration with Unilever Pakistan distributed meal boxes to the frontline warriors, including doctors, nurses, and other medical support functions at various hospitals, fighting the war against the global pandemic.These frontline fighters have been putting their lives at risk day in and day out to save lives of people who have been impacted by the deadly virus. This initiative started at the beginning of this month and till date over 600 meal boxes have been distributed across three cities. However the aim still is to extend this activity on country level to facilitate as many health workers as possible.

About METRO:
METRO is a leading international wholesale company with food and non-food assortments that specializes on serving the needs of hotels, restaurants and caterers (HoReCa) as well as independent traders. Around the world, METRO has some 24 million customers. METRO in addition also supports the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and own businesses with digital solutions and thereby contributes to cultural diversity in retail and hospitality. The company operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide including Pakistan.

JS Bank and clients deploy 110 million fund for Covid-19 response

Karachi(Cliff News)Responding to the unprecedented challenges faced by the nation by the Corona Virus (COVID-19), JS Bank has established a 110 Million Rs fund in association with key partners to help address the impact of the pandemic during the month of April.Based on a pledge matching initiative wherein JS Bank equally matched all support pledges made by its partners, this fund is rooted in JS Bank’s philanthropic philosophy of collaborative efforts and will focus on addressing some of the immediate and long-term issues related to the pandemic.The three-tiered strategy will revolve primarily on providing immediate relief, pandemic control and future response capacity building. The first phase will focus on provision of rations and necessities worth 30 Million Rs to food insecure families while the second phase will see distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and donations worth 50 Million Rs to medical and other frontline institutions including non-governmental organizations.Understanding the necessity of a long-term solution, the third phase of the program will focus on mitigating the long-term health impact of the virus through medical and technological Research and Development. The focus area will include studies on the transmission, evolution and impact of the virus on the Pakistani population including pregnant women with the overarching aim of developing a vaccine, improving the specificity and sensitivity of diagnostic kits and development of rapid testing kits.‘This is a global pandemic and as a responsible corporate entity, it is our duty to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Pakistan in this hour of need.’ said Basir Shamsie, President & CEO, JS Bank. He added, ‘We are thankful to the Government of Pakistan, the medical fraternity and all other parties who are playing a critical role in combating this disease. We would also call upon other organizations to come forward and play their role in combating this disease.’Committed towards its role as a catalyst towards the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, the Bank hopes to continue this journey of impact and will support Pakistan’s journey during these trying times.

 

 

 

WhatsApp introducing limit of forward messages

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Karachi(Cliff News)With billions of people unable to see their friends and family in person due to COVID-19, people are relying on WhatsApp more than ever to communicate. People are talking to doctors, teachers, and isolated loved ones via WhatsApp during this crisis. That’s why all your messages and calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted by default to give you a secure place for your most personal conversations.Last year we introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded many times. These messages are labeled with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from a close contact. In effect, these messages are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp. We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time.As a private messaging service, we’ve taken several steps over the years to help keep conversations intimate. For example, we previously set limits on forwarded messages to constrain virality, which led to a 25% decrease in message forwards globally at the time. Is all forwarding bad? Certainly not. We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful. In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers. However, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.In addition to this change, we are working directly with NGOs and governments, including the World Health Organization and over 20 national health ministries, to help connect people with accurate information. Together these trusted authorities have sent hundreds of millions of messages directly to people requesting information and advice. You can learn more about these efforts, as well as how to submit potential myths, hoaxes and rumors to fact checking organizations, on ourCoronavirus Information Hub.We believe that now more than ever people need to be able to connect privately. Our teams are hard at work to keep WhatsApp running reliably during this unprecedented global crisis. We’ll continue to listen to your feedback and improve ways for people to share with each other on WhatsApp.

 

Valvoline 300 gas engine celebration at Karachi

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Karachi(Cliff News)Valvoline300 Gas Engines Celebration was held here at PAF Museum earlier today chaired by OES shareholders MrAzhar Iqbal, Mr. Nasim Ahmed, Mr Muhammad Saeed and Mr Jawaid Iqbal. Valvoline Business Manager Middle East, Africa & Pakistan – MrChristos Metsios and Marketing Manager MENAP – MrAbid Ali Mawjee also presented and graced the occasion.Around 400 customers from various cities participated in the event and appreciated Valvoline premium products as well as theirvalue-added services of Orient Energy systems (Pvt.) Ltd. forover two decades.It may be noted that OES was the first company to introduce a 24X7 service concept in Pakistan Power sector and contributed heavily across Pakistan.Valvoline® is the world’s first and most enduring lubricant brand for the last 153 Years and this fact alone makesValvolinespecial. It has a unique slogan, “World’s first &World’s finest”and it operates in over 140 countries. Since 1866, Valvoline launched many groundbreaking innovations that changed the industry. Today, the end users trust Valvoline because it offers a better formula for businesses and consumers through innovative products and services, help extending engine life, save fuel, increase performance, reduce environmental impact and enhance reliability.In 1866, Dr. John Ellis established the industry’s first brand when he poured his lubricant into the stuck valves of a large V-shaped steam engine, freeing the valves to move easily. He went to register the name VALV-O-LINE as the world’s very first trademarked oil brand. Today, Valvoline is a leading lubricant specialist globally with 153 years of experience under the belt. It is amongst the top five oil brands in countries like USA, Australia, India etc. Valvolineis the official Lubricants Partner for Manchester City football club and has had brand ambassadors like Virat Kohli and Ricky Ponting in cricket.The improved formulation of Valvoline gas engine oil 100% made in Europe, after rigorous trials from Jenbacher, was introduced in Pakistan in 2018, with Orient Energy systems as sole representatives. In less than two years, Valvoline & Orient Energy have exceeded 300 gas engines in Pakistan with exceptional oil performance & premium services such as international testing and extensive end user trainings.

Mr Christos Metsios along with the valvoline team graced the occasion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angeline Malik launches short film on child abuse to create awareness

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Karachi(Cliff News)A press conference was held here today at Karachi Press Club to launch a campaign against child abuse initiated by actor/producer Angeline Malik to help create awareness against this evil in our society. The event was marked by the screening of promos in Urdu and English of a short film produced by Malik, on the subject.Video shout-outs by various celebrities who spoke against the cause and also offered solutions to tackle the problem were also shown at the conference. Among those who had recorded their messages were Ushna Shah, Hina Bayat, Saman Ansari, Samina Ahmed, Bushra Ansari, Ahmed Ali Butt, Alyy Khan, Sarwat Gillani, Samiya Mumtaz, Rasikh Ismail, Salma Hasan, Suzain Fatima and Nida Yasir.  A number of celebrities were also present in person to raise their voices against this issue and to show solidarity for the cause. Among notable attendees and those who spoke on the occasion other than Malik were Samina Ahmed, Bushra Ansari, Zeba Bakhtiar, Ally Khan, Faraz Khan (Advisory board member of Muhafiz) and Mehnaz Rehman (Auraat Foundation), who strongly advocated that it was everyone’s responsibility to stop child abuse.Child abuse is one of the most ignored issues in Pakistan despite its crippling effects. The number of reported cases has been increasing annually which is why there is a dire need to take on this issue at a national level, and come up with workable solutions.

 

 

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. 

 

Cleveland Clinic AbuDhabi share insights at 49th Annual Cardiocon Event

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Karachi(Cliff News)A full delegation of cardiovascular physicians and surgeons from the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a leading center of medical excellence in the United Arab Emirates, are highlighting the latest innovations in heart and vascular health at the 49th annual Cardiocon event this week.The delegation is being led by two of the most seasoned heart and vascular physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. E. Murat Tuzcu, Chief Academic Officer and the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine in the hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute, and Dr. Faisal Hasan, a seasoned Interventional Cardiologist and Vice Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.Dr. Tuzcu, speaking for the first time in Pakistan, is an internationally recognized expert in the emerging field of heart valve repair and replacement and treats patients from all around the world.  Dr. Hasan is specialized in minimally invasive complex cardiac and vascular procedures, following his initial medical training at the Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi.Physicians from the hospital will cover a range of topics, including treatments for high risk patients, structural heart disease, and new vascular approaches for saving the limbs of patients at risk of amputation.Cardiocon enables the team from Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to exchange ideas and best practice with peers from Pakistan’s medical community about the changing needs of the patient populations in both markets.The Heart & Vascular Institute is one of the five Centers of Excellence at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Led by some of the world’s most respected physicians and surgeons, it offers basic diagnostic to cutting-edge treatments including minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery.  The Institute was the first in the Middle East to introduce transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as an alternative to traditional open-heart valve replacement surgery – TAVR is one of the key innovations being discussed at Cardiocon this week.

 

 

PCB partners with Uber for ground breaking girls school participation program

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Lahore(Cliff News)The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced a partnership with Uber for the development of girls’ cricket at school level across the country through its Cric4Us Programme.The six-month partnership, which commences from the day of signing, will benefit more than 1,500 players through collaboration with schools in 14 cities namely Abbottabad, Bahawalpur, Charsadda, Haripur, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Mardan, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Nowshera, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi.Under the six-month partnership, playing and training clothing will be provided to 850 children, while cricket equipment will be provided to 50 schools.The programme will select a minimum of four schools in every city.With women coaches and mentors given priority, 50 school-based sports staff will be provided training. Twenty-five pitches will be developed in schools across five zones.PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “For the promotion of women and girls cricket and the enhancement of the player pool, it is imperative that women cricket is developed at school level.“The PCB has been undertaking many initiatives through its Cric4Us Programme and plans to exhaust all avenues to provide better opportunities for girls to take up the sport and to see it as a viable profession at a later stage. “I am hopeful that this valuable partnership between the PCB and Uber will help us in achieving this very goal. I want to thank Uber for putting its trust in the PCB for the development of women and girls cricket at school level.”GM Uber Saad Naveed Pall: “Our goal is to not only tell stories of empowered women but to create an ecosystem which enables aspiring women cricketers.“We are excited about this partnership with the PCB to provide opportunities to young girls who will go on to challenge the status quo by becoming change agents of the future.”Cric4Us Programme is a women cricket development project launched under the flagship of Women Cricket Vision 2022, which focuses on the growth of the sport in schools and provide a proper pathway for making way to the emerging and national teams. The schools’ children will also avail the opportunity of regular evening practice, so as to provide them maximum development opportunities. The schools will also play matches on regular basis, which will help children in developing the desired skill-set. 

 

Nestle inaugurates new plant worth USD 22 million in Sheikhupura

Lahore(Cliff News)Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar inaugurated a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Nestlé Pakistan’s Sheikhupura Factory.The production capacity of the NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS (Nestlé’s range of juices, nectars and drinks) Plant – the newest edition to its facilities operating in Pakistan – is 24,000 units per hour. The company’s investment of USD 22 million is one of its largest investments recently.While speaking at the occasion, Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar said, “We aim to create conditions in which foreign companies are attracted towards making new investments. At present, the government is making concerted efforts to revive the nation’s economy. I am really pleased to see that Nestlé, one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies, is making such good progress in Pakistan.”Welcoming the investment, the Governor added, “I am heartened to see that Nestlé has always taken a keen interest in creating opportunities for the people. Their investment demonstrates and speaks volume about Nestlé’s trust in the future of Pakistan.”Samer Chedid, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé Pakistan, while sharing his views said, “Nestlé’s recent investment is a testament to our continuous trust in Pakistan and its growth potential. We are also excited about integrating our Chaunsa value chain. We are procuring Chaunsa mangoes from the 110 farms that we introduced interventions at to improve their yield’s quantity and quality. This integration demonstrates our Creating Shared Value approach in which we ensure that our activities and products are making a positive difference to society while contributing to Nestlé’s ongoing success.”“We appreciate the government’s steps as a result of which Pakistan has been listed by the World Bank as among the ‘Top-20 Improvers in Ease of Doing Business 2020’.   This is a clear reflection of the government’s commitment to improve competitiveness by increasing support for the development of the private sector, reducing regulatory and administrative burden on enterprises,” he said.

About Nestlé

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives.

 

 

Huawei Predicts 10 Megatrends for 2025

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Karachi(Cliff News)Huawei launched its Global Industry Vision (GIV) report today, continuing its predictions for technology and industry development up to 2025. Drawing from Huawei’s own quantitative data and real-world use cases of how intelligent technology is permeating every industry, this year’s report identifies 10 mega trends currently shaping how we live and work. GIV also predicts technology trends up until 2025, including 5G coverage, AI deployment, home robot adoption, and smart assistant use rates.Trends and examples of GIV’s key predictions for 2025 include; Living with Bots including advances in material science, perceptual AI, and network technologies are powering the uptake of robotics in a variety of home and personal scenarios. GIV predicts a 14% global penetration rate of home robots; Super Sight where convergence of 5G, VR/AR, machine learning, and other emerging technologies will let us see beyond distance, distortion, surface, and history, opening up new vistas for people, business, and culture. GIV predicts that the percentage of companies using AR/VR will increase to 10%; Zero Search where data-driven and sensor-equipped appliances and devices begin anticipating our needs, information will find us. Future searches will be button-free, personal social networks will be created effortlessly, and industry will benefit from “zero-search maintenance”. GIV predicts that 90% of smart device owners will use intelligent personal assistants; Tailored Streets including intelligent transport systems will connect people, vehicles, and infrastructure, creating zero congestion,rapid emergency response, and other functions that will make life smoother. GIV predicts that 15% of vehicles will have Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology; Working with Bots already transforming many industries, smart automation will take on more hazardous, repetitive, and high-precision tasks– a boon for safety and productivity. GIV predicts that there will be103 robots in industry for every 10,000 employees.Trends also include Augmented Creativity where Cloud AI will cut the cost and barrier of entry to scientific experimentation, innovation, and art, opening up a goldmine of creative potential that’s available to all. GIV predicts that 97% of large companies will have deployed AI; Friction-less Communication where AI and big data analytics will create seamless communication between companies and customers and break down language barriers. Accuracy, understanding, and trust will underpin tomorrow’s communications. GIV predicts that enterprises will fully use of 86% of the data that they produce; Symbiotic Economy including companies across the planet are adopting digital tech and smart applications on unified access platforms – that means greater collaboration, resource-sharing, stronger global ecosystems, and higher productivity. GIV predicts that every company everywhere will be using cloud technology and 85% of business applications will be cloud-based; 5G’s rapid rollout where 5G is here and it’s landing far faster than any previous wireless generation – the potential for individuals, businesses, and society is enormous.GIV predicts that 58% of the world’s population will have access to 5G; and Global Digital Governance including advancements in digital tech must be balanced by shared data standards and principles for data use. GIV predicts that the annual volume of global data will reach180 ZB (1 ZB = 1 trillion GB).According to the CMO of Huawei ICT Infrastructure Kevin Zhang, “Human exploration will never stop. We should set our sights beyond what we see now and look to the future, shifting from innovation to invention. We’re seeing rapid changes to life, work, and society as every industry adopts AI, 5G, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies. Huawei is committed to building digital platforms, user experiences, and intelligent technology that power ubiquitous connectivity in every scenario. It’s our mission to offer every person, home, and organization an intelligent future and the benefits of entirely new opportunities for growth.” With the first report released in 2018, GIV @2025 is designed to analyze industry development trends and serve as a strategic guide for ICT deployment.
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 188,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions.