Shaan e Pakistan announces details of its upcoming fifth edition

Huma Nasr with her partners at the red carpet event of 5th Promising Shaan-e-Pakistan press conferenceKarachi(Cliff News)Shaan e Pakistan the huge and unique Pakistani platform for culture, food, music and fashion which aims to project the best that Pakistan has to offer beyond its borders, held its star-studded press conference at Zaoq restaurant, Dolman Mall, here earlier today. The event was well-attended by media, celebrities, socialites and corporates who graced the red carpet before the start of the conference.The event was hosted by the charming Hira Hussain who invited the founder and creator of the prestigious platform, Shaan-e-Pakistan, Huma Nassr to introduce the event. She announced the details of the upcoming 5th Edition and said “After the overwhelming success of the previous editions that took place in New Delhi in 2015, Lahore in 2016, Karachi in 2018 and Lahore in 2019, this year Shaan-e-Pakistan aims to cross another milestone by holding their 5th Edition — PROMISING SHAAN-E-PAKISTAN, 3-DAY FESTIVAL, in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 21st till 23rd March, 2020.”She added the objective of doing such festivals outside Pakistan is to give a platform to our country to show what it has to offer in terms of art, culture, music, food, fashion, property and trade. The three-day event will include exhibitions at Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre by both Pakistani and Sri Lankan corporates, women entrepreneurs, designers and artists. There will be a designer Lounge headed by Faiza Malik from Ensembles Dubai featuring Saniya Maskatiya, Fareeda Hasan, Armari and a lot more designers. There will be a Crafters Lounge headed by Anisa Yunus with some great crafts of Pakistan, Savvy Lounge by Aamir Mazhar featuring statement jewellery and exclusive outfits by designers from Lahore, and South Asian Lounge depicting South Asian Ensembles.Among the other speakers on the occasion were Irfan Pardesi from Zee Foundation, the executive producer of the event, Saad Ahsan from Commonwealth Dominica, Saud Faisal from Pakistan Observer, Amir Iqbal (poet), and Faisal Mubeen from Malka Foods.While a fashion show is scheduled for the 22nd, there will be a closing ceremony ‘Aik Shaam Pakistan kay Naam’ on the 23rd, both at Barefoot. Salts Arts would be collaborating with Shaan-e-Pakistan as Music Curator Partners. The fashion show will not only feature local talent like Mushk who will also be hosting the Red Carpet, but also international models. Ali Xeeshan and Humayun Alamgir would also be sharing the stage. Komal Rizvi, one of the ambassadors of Shaan e Pakistan, will also be walking the ramp and singing for the audience. There will also be a cricketers’ meet and greet on the closing night.For the entertainment of those present and to give an idea of what to expect in Sri Lanka, a sensational unplugged session by lead singer Wajih Farooqui of Raeth Band followed by Komal Rizvi and finally Safeer Jaffrey took place, after which the floor was open to questions and answers. High tea was then served.  The event would not be possible without the support of Zee Foundation and Saad Ahsan Immigration Law Firm, and Tranquility Beach Commonwealth Dominica who are the main promoters of the event. Hemani is the organic partner and Malka Foods is the food partner. HUM Network is the official media partner, while Hot FM 103 is the radio partner. Print media partner is Pakistan Observer, which is also presenting a property and pharma pavilion.Among the main partners from Sri Lanka supporting Shaan-e-Pakistan with gusto are aesthetic partner Jewel Gate, hospitality partner Galadari Colombo, venue partner Barefoot and SLECC, and logistics partner ASK, airline partner Sri Lankan Air and travel partner Reems Travel. Zaoq is the official restaurant partner in Karachi.The PR of the event is being handled by Starlinks PR and Events.


Umair Jaswal’s “Chal Raha Hoon” won the best song of the year award


Karachi(Cliff News)Umair Jaswal attended the first-ever Pakistan International Screen Awards 2020 at the Coca-Cola Arena located in City Walk, Dubai. The star performer had the audience fascinated as he rocked the whole show through and through.The show started with an incredible upbeat track, just to get the audience going. Umair came out wearing ripped jeans paired with a t-shirt, sunglasses and an epic statement jacket with an electric guitar. We got old king of rock n roll, ‘Elvis Presley’, vibes. His powerful voice took over the whole theatre. The screens switched turning up the entertainment in full swing. The performance was more than just a mini-concert, it was a whole experience. Jaswal’s performance truly embodied the Rockstar demeanor; he jumped around all over the stage and sang closer to the front row for audience engagement.The main focal point of the performance was of course, Jaswal himself singing several different tracks including his goose bump inducing song ‘Chal Raha hoon’, leaving the audience awe-struck and having the crowd cheering all around. The performance was truly a sight to see, however, his voice was unmatched, reaching every note on point. Finally, the cherry on top of the whole show was that the Rockstar won the PISA 2020 award for ‘Best Song’ for his original track ‘Chal Raha Hoon’, a well-deserved win, we couldn’t think of anyone more worthy of the award, as he had made a huge effort to bring the song to life.Apart from the show, Umair Jaswal has multiple projects in pipeline, details of which will be disclosed at a later date.






Valvoline 300 gas engine celebration at Karachi

Valvoline 300 gas engines celebration at PAF Museum

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










Glitz,Glamour and power pack performance in IPPA Awards

Founders of IPPA, Ali Malik and Mukhtar Ahmed with Aamir J Shiekh, chairman 14th August committee, minister of education and partner Hammad

Oslo(Cliff News)IPPA (International Pakistan Prestige Awards) one of the biggest star-studded Pakistani events taking place internationally for the third time was held here at Oslo, Norway, X-Meeting Point.The award ceremony was well-attended by stars, government officials, media representatives and socialites. The star-studded affair not only brought the giants of the Pakistani entertainment industry under one roof but also served as a great platform to present a soft image of our country.The evening began by welcoming special guests at the star-studded Red Carpet hosted by Zara Fatima and Saim Ali followed by dinner for them. The show opened with the national anthems of both countries – Pakistan and Norway – followed by an AV presentation of the past two IPPA’s. Azfar Rehman and Sarwat Gilani called upon the founders of IPPA Ali Malik and Mukhtar Ahmed to give a speech, during which Aamir J Shiekh, chairman 14th August committee, and partner Hammad were also invited to speak, as was the minister of education.Shehroze Sabzwari and Sadaf Kanwal then took the stage for a powerful dance performance. Yasir Hussain and Moomal Sheikh were the next hosts. The first award they announced was for Best TV Presenter of the Year Viewer’s Choice, which was presented by Mr Zaaem (CEO Opras) & Hania Aamir and went to Yasir Hussain. Next award was for Best Debut female presented by Aima Baig and Mr Arfan CEO Desi Kitchen, which went to Amar Khan and was received by Adnan Siddiqui. Best Debut male presented by Sonia Mishal and Mr Kaiser Ali, CEO Proof Security went to Shayan Khan, while Best Designer of the Year Viewer’s choice, presented by Amy Bernard went to Nomi Ansari. Best Emerging Talent of the Year Viewer’s Choice presented by Sarah Shah of Xpressions & Asad Siddiqui went to Bisha Abbas while Best Model of the Year Viewer’s Choice was presented by Ali Malik and Sonia Mishal and went to Sadaf Kanwal.Next up was a hilarious comedy segment by Yasir Hussain and Adnan Siddiqui that had the audience in stitches.Hira and Mani then came in to host the next set of awards. The first of these was for Ippa Style Icon of the Year Viewer’s Choice which were presented by Nomi Ansari and Maya Ali and went out to Ayesha Omer and Azfer Rehman. IPPA Singer of the Year Viewers’ Choice was presented by Ms. Afshan Oslo parliamentarian Rafiq and Ahmed Ali Butt and went out to Aima Baig. IPPA Star of the Year female and male were presented by Maya Ali and were won by Hania Aamir and Ahsan Khan respectively.Next came a scintillating performance by Zara Noor Abbas brought by Bio Amla, whose amazing moves set the stage on fire.Sarwat Gilani then came to honour Zeba Bakhtiar, the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award, and introduce the video presentation on her achievements.

Ayesha Omer stole the show with her amazing performance

The award was presented by Mr Sabir Godil (GM Marketing Bisconni Chocolatto) and Adnan Siddiqui.The next pair of hosts of the evening were Soniya Mishal and Saim. They announced the award for Best Supporting Actor TV Serial Viewers’ Choice and Best Director TV Serial Viewers’ Choice both of which were presented by Humayun Saeed and went out to Hira Mani and Ahson Talish respectively.Next up was an entertaining performance by Aima Baig, during whose performance stars like Maya Ali also joined in to shake a leg.To host the next segment Shehroze and Sonia Mishal took the stage. Best TV Serial Jury and Viewers’ Choice were presented by Shehzad Sheikh and Kubra Khan and went to Samina Humayun for Dil Maum Ka Diya, received by Humayun received on her behalf, and Suno Chanda, respectively. Best Actor Female TV Serial Jury and Best Actor Male TV Serial Jury were presented by Ayesha Omer and went to Iqra Aziz and Farhan Saeed respectively. Best Actor Female TV serial Viewers’ Choice presented by Mr Muhamad Ali (Head of Media The Brand Partnership) and Hania Aamir was received by Neelum Muneer while Best Actor Male TV serial Viewers’ Choice presented by Mr Mazar Jafre (Snr Media Manager The Brand Partnership) and Hania Aamir went to Adnan Siddiqui.After a laughter-filled comedy session by Ahmed Ali Butt in which he interacted with all the stars seated in the front row, the next host to take the stage was Sarwat Gilani. Best Director Film Viewers’ Choice award was presented by Moomal Sheikh and Yasir Husain and went out to Nadeem Baig, while Best Supporting Actor Film Viewers’ Choice was presented by Sadaf Kanwal and Shehroze to Ahmed Ali Butt, Best Film Jury went to Parwaaz Hai Junoon presented by Zara Noor Abbas. Best Film Viewers’ Choice was presented by Ms Shehla Asghar (brand Manager Bisconni Chocolatto) and Ahmed Ali Butt and went to Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2, received by Humayun Saeed.Ayesha Omer and Azfer Rehman stole the show with their amazing and charismatic performance which was followed by the last hosts of the evening, Ahmed Ali Butt and Yasir Husain announcing the final set of awards. Best Actor Female Film Jury and Best Actor Male Film Jury were presented by Fahim Burney and Sarwat Gilani and went to Kubra Khan and Hamza Ali Abbasi respectively. Best Actor Female Film Viewers’ Choice and Best Actor Male Film Viewers’ choice awards were presented by Zeba Bakhtiar and Adnan Siddiqui and went to Maya Ali and Humayun Saeed respectively.All in all it was a successful event that concluded on a jubilant note with the audience glued to their seats right till the end, looking forward to more such international awards recognizing Pakistani talent.Like last year, the PR of IPPA Awards 2019 was handled by Starlinks PR & Events and the official media partner was HUM TV while Hello magazine was the magazine partner.IPPA is acclaimed to be the biggest independent international Pakistani Awards to be attended by top celebrities of Pakistan. The first two IPPA Awards events were organised in London, while this third edition took place in Norway.

An entertaining performance by Aima Baig at 3rd IPPA Awards 2019


IPPA Awards all set to take Oslo by Strom

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Oslo(Cliff News)IPPA (International Pakistan Prestige Awards), the biggest independent, star-studded Pakistani event taking place internationally, is all set for its third outing, this time in Norway, after two successful stints in the UK. The awards ceremony will be held at X Meeting Point, Oslo, Norway on December 7 and it is expected that the Pakistani diaspora will be in attendance as never before.The first IPPA happened in 2017, celebrating 70 years of Pakistan, and since then there has been no looking back. With our media and showbiz industry supporting the Awards in great numbers in the past, this year too it is expected that many celebrities will be representing Pakistan and presenting a soft image of our country to the rest of the world by promoting Pakistani cinema, television, fashion and music.Celebrities expected to grace the Red Carpet at IPPA this year are Humayun Saeed, Hania Amir, Sohail Ali Abro, Ayesha Omar, Sadaf Kanwal, , Mani, Hira Mani, Mansha Pasha, Wahab Shah, Adnan Siddiqui, Aima Baig, Nomi Ansari, Neelam Munir , Sheheryar Munawar, Kubra Khan and many more.The event, organised by Vision Events International and Lollywood Entertainment is presented by Bisconni Chocolatto, powered by Bio amla, and brought to you by Olivia. Like every year, the PR of IPPA Awards 2019 is being handled by Starlinks PR & Events and the official media partner is HUM TV.






4th Karachi International Water Conference explored food security solutions

Governor Sindh, Mr Imran Ismail presenting the appreciation shield

Karachi(Cliff News)Day two of the two-day Fourth Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders, actors and players of the water sector that are working on Water-Energy-Food Nexus concluded successfully here today. Major global, regional and national organizations and their representatives, researchers, professionals, decision-makers, business innovators, practitioners, experts, women’s groups, youth groups and leaders on WEF Nexus exchanged ideas on fostering new thinking, developing innovative solutions and work on the water agenda for the 21st century.Day 2, began with Session 5 ‘Fireside Chat on Valuing Water’, with free-flowing conversation with three defenders of water, Dr. Adil Najam, Ms. Ayesha Khan and Ms. Naida Naqi.  – the discussion explored the intrinsic value of water in protecting our ecosystems. Session 6A ‘Water Governance and Security – Food Production and Agriculture Development’ explored food security solutions for Pakistan and the panelists shared global and regional good practices that can be adopted locally. Moving towards Session 6B ‘Nexus Approaches for Water Policy and Strategy’ assessed whether the much needed WEF Nexus is reflected in our policy discourse. Session 7A ‘Water Infrastructure and Investment – A Bespoke Model for Water Financing’ chaired by Dr. Reza Baqir, Governor State Bank identified water financing instruments and financing models for water, especially for Pakistan in the 21st century. Session 7B ‘Leaving No One Behind – Young People Calling for Climate Change Emergency’ highlighted the efforts of youth in connection to the nexus and climate emergency. The conference closing session featured talks by Country Director World Bank, Ilangovan Pachamuthu and FAO representative to Pakistan Ms. Mina Dowlatchahi. Ms. Simi Kamal unveiled and gave an overview of the first of its kind Water Center being set up at NED University Karachi, The Panjwani-Hisaar Water Institute. Ms. Meher Noshirwani read the conference declaration wrapping up the intellectual discourse and discussion from two days. Towards the end, Governor Sindh, Mr Imran Ismail gave his remarks and lauded the efforts of Hisaar Foundation. The centrality of water in the Water Energy Food Nexus as a tool for analysis and the paradigm for action is obvious. Delivering water, energy and food for all in a sustainable and equitable way is one of the major challenges faced by our societies. By the end of the conference emerged an agenda for research, policy and action on WEF nexus, pledges of government and people working together, and connection between developed and developing countries. The Water-Energy-Food nexus was explored through various lens of valuing water, water governance, water infrastructure and investment, and social inclusion (gender and youth).The day ended successfully with the attendees hopeful that the water problems of the country could be addressed in a more positive and innovative way in the near future.  The PR of was handled by Starlinks PR and Events.

The day ended successfully with the attendees hopeful that the water problems of the country could be addressed in a more positive and innovative way in the near future


4th Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders

President Of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi at the opening session on the first day of 4th Karachi International Water Conference

Karachi(Cliff News)The first day of the two-day Fourth Karachi International Water Conference aiming to bring together thought leaders, actors and players of the water sector that are working on Water-Energy-Food Nexus took place here today. Major global, regional and national organizations and their representatives, researchers, professionals, decision-makers, business innovators, practitioners, experts, women’s groups, youth groups and leaders on WEF Nexus exchanged ideas on fostering new thinking, developing innovative solutions and work on the water agenda for the 21st century.Day 1 opened with Ashraf Kapadia, Chairperson Hisaar Foundation who welcomed the guests and gave a short introduction of Hisaar Foundation – a Foundation for Water, Food and Livelihood Security. Next Simi Kamal, the Founder of Hisaar Foundation spoke on the purpose of the conference, linking it to the global discourse on Water-Energy-Food Nexus and the centrality of water in the nexus. Ghias Khan, head of ENGRO Corporation spoke of access to clean water. He mentioned that as responsible corporates, we must monitor, measure and analyze our water usage to uncover opportunities to enhance our water management. He urged the public and private sectors to work together to bring positive change for the future.In his Keynote address Dr Roberto Lenton, Daugherty Distinguished Fellow, provided his perspective on the challenges of the 21st century and the water-food-energy nexus, during which he highlighted the Sustainable Development Goals as the framework for articulating the challenges, examining the inter-relationships among water, food and energy security. He discussed the value of considering these three key challenges jointly rather than separately, and provided a few examples of these inter-relationships in specific contexts.His Excellency President of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi, highlighted that he has selected water as one of his main areas of focus and keenly supports initiatives aimed at providing short and long term solutions to Pakistan’s water problems. He spoke of the Clean and Green Pakistan initiative and other dedicated efforts for water management, agriculture efficiency and use of renewable sources for power generation. The exhibition of the conference was also opened by the President.Session 2A ‘Valuing Water – Harnessing Energy and Food Production’ focused on understanding and localizing the WEF Nexus. Session 2B ‘Leaving No One behind – Café of the Unheard’ provided a platform for the audience to directly engage with the experts present on a range of subjects. Session 3A ‘Water Governance and security – Saving Urban Water from Urban Decay’ explored governance and politics of urban water and identified the way forward for the city of Karachi. Session 3B ‘The Indus and Murray Darling – A shared experience of reform’ identified Australian sustainability initiatives of relevance for Pakistan’s consideration. Session 4A ‘Water Infrastructure and Investments – Who gives a Dam’ explored the place of large and small water infrastructures in the context of WEF Nexus. Session 4B ‘Does the Nexus actually work? Women’s perspective’s sought to ascertain if the WEF Nexus resonates with Pakistani women.The session ended successfully with the attendees hopeful that the water problems of the country could be addressed in a more positive and innovative way in the near future.The PR of was handled by Starlinks PR and Events.

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