Transfast partners with Habib Bank for global remittances

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Karachi(Cliff News)Transfast, a leading cross-border payments service provider with presence in over 140 countries, has partnered with Habib Bank Limited (HBL), the largest commercial bank with over 1700 branches in Pakistan, to facilitate expatriates around the globe to send money to Pakistan.The remittance facility between Transfast and HBL is now available to the Pakistani expatriates globally. This partnership further strengthens Transfast’s network in Pakistan and provides an option to customers to receive money from over 1700 branches of Habib Bank across Pakistan.“HBL is one of the most esteemed financial institutions in Pakistan and it is an honor to partner with them. Transfast is fully committed to offer competitive pricing, fast transfer of funds and personalized customer engagement,” said Samir Vidhate, SVP & MD, Transfast. “Through this partnership we will provide our Pakistani customer base with more convenient and accessible ways to collect money from any branch of HBL in Pakistan and to send money to any bank account in the country.”Faisal Noor Lalani, Head International Banking, HBL remarked ‘’I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Vidhate for coming to Pakistan. I look forward to giving full support to the entire teams of both the institutions in my capacity, to make our partnership fruitful. This is a proud moment for HBL as this new arrangement will be beneficial to all the customers who look to make fast international money transfers to HBL Pakistan. Together, we look forward to providing excellent services to our customers with commitment to banking excellence for a better tomorrow.’’Remittances account for 6% of Pakistan’s GDP and the government has offered several incentives to encourage even more cash flow into the country. According to initial estimates from the State Bank of Pakistan, the country received a record $21.84 billion in remittances in 2019. That number is expected to go up as analysts predict that more than eight million overseas Pakistanis will continue to send money back home with remittances poised to hit $23 billion.

Archroma joins hands with Liberty Textile Mill to produce high quality personal protective equipment

Karachi(Cliff News)Liberty will be benefitting from Archroma’s specialty solutions for hygiene protection, and well-established technical expertise in the area of medical textiles. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the PPEs manufactured by Liberty are aimed at easing the current shortage of PPEs for medical professionals in Pakistan.Liberty carries over two decades of experience in medical textiles and exporting them all over the world. Its partnering with Archroma is a major step forward towards creating enhanced protection in the current crisis. With its advanced scientific knowledge and technical expertise, Archroma provides a complete set of specialty chemicals required to produce PPEs, in particular in the area of antimicrobial and barrier coatings. The project will assist in enhancing medical standards in hospitals, isolation centers and intensive care units, in Pakistan and, very soon, worldwide.“By continuously challenging the status quo, we at Archroma are able to support our customers operating in or entering the area of medical textiles, with a holistic and expert approach to hygiene protection. With our collaboration with Liberty, we are so proud to be able to bring state-of-the art protection to health professionals and the general public,” comments Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma Pakistan.“Liberty has a presence of more than five decades with high achieving accolades. Our processing units are fully equipped with latest equipment complying with international standards. We take this new partnership with Archroma as a start of building a strong relationship in the area of medical textiles. The COVID-19 pandemic has given a wake-up call to work extensively towards enhancing healthcare facilities. We are looking forward to new innovations in producing top-class PPEs,” adds Taimoor Mukaty, Director of Liberty Textile Mills Limited.

Pakistani Scholar among winners of Facebook’s Ethics in A1 research awards

Karachi(Cliff News)Facebook announced the winners of the Ethics in AI Research Initiative for the Asia Pacific, an initiative to help support thoughtful and groundbreaking academic research in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) ethics.Among the winners from nine different countries is Junaid Qadir, Professor at the Information Technology University (ITU) of the Punjab, along with co-investigator Amana Raquib, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.To support AI ethics research in the Asia Pacific, Facebook partnered with the Centre for Civil Society and Governance of The University of Hong Kong and the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong (PCPD; esteemed co-chair of the Permanent Working Group on Ethics and Data Protection in AI of the Global Privacy Assembly) to launch a request for proposals (RFP) in December 2019. The RFP was open to academic institutions, think tanks, and research organizations registered and operational across Asia Pacific.”The latest advancements in AI bring transformational changes to society, but at the same time an array of complex ethical questions that must be closely examined. At Facebook, we believe our understanding of AI should be informed by research conducted in open collaboration with the community. That’s why we’re keen to support independent academic research institutions in APAC to pursue interdisciplinary research in AI ethics that will  enable ongoing dialogue on these important issues in the application of AI technology that has a lot of potential to benefit society and mankind,” said Raina Yeung, Head of Privacy and Data Policy, Engagement, APAC at Facebook.“We’re excited to be awarded this grant and are looking forward to beginning this project. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has great potential to facilitate sustainable human development goals, but it also has significant potential for abuse. Through this work, a culturally-informed, pro-social AI framework for Pakistan and the Muslim world will be proposed. In this regard, the rich Islamic legal tradition and the work on objectives (Maqāsid) of Islamic law will be leveraged for studying contemporary AI-related issues,” said Junaid Qadir, the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project.
“Through the proposed framework, the project team will seek to engage with other AI ethics frameworks and propose new insights that can advance the general body of knowledge on AI and Islamic ethical principles and guidelines,” he added.Junaid Qadir is a professor at the Information Technology University (ITU) of Punjab, Lahore since April 2020, where he also serves as the chairperson of the Electrical Engineering Department since January 2019. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia in 2008 and his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan in 2000.Amana Raquib, the co-PI of the project, has completed her doctorate, summa cum laude, in Religious Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Queensland, Australia. She had earlier completed her undergraduate in Philosophy from the University of Karachi. She is the author of the book “Islamic Ethics of Technology: An Objectives’ (Maqasid) Approach.”

Infinix devices still up for grabs in discounted prices at the Daraz Mobile Week

Infinix Devices Still up for Grabs in discounted prices at the Daraz Mobile Week!

Lahore(Cliff News)Infinix, Pakistan’s leading smartphone brand, has launched amazing discounts and bundle offers on its best-selling devices at the Daraz Mobile week. In collaboration with the online store, Infinix has been offering up to 4000 PKR discounts to the consumers on the purchase of its state-of-the-art modernistic devices. The offers are up till the 21st of June on the Infinix Note 7, Note 7 Lite, and the Infinix Hot 9.The exclusive bundles for flash sales include The Infinix Note 7 with Wireless Earphones XE06 at a discounted price of Rs.30, 599 with free shipping, and the Infinix Note 7 Lite with XE09 Wireless earphones Rs.22, 999 and free shipping. Customers can also avail 500 PKR discount on the Infinix Note 7 Lite, and the Infinix Hot 9 during this week, including free shipment.“We hope the consumers are making the best of these discount offers this week and are getting their hands on their favorite devices,” said Mr. Joe Hu, CEO of Infinix Pakistan.The exclusive discount offers launched on the 15th of June and will be available on Daraz till the 21st of June. Behind some of the best luxury and budget-friendly smartphones in the country, Infinix has been making sure to provide the best experience to the consumers in terms of quality and price.

realme First Flash Sale on saamaan.pk sold out within on first day

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Lahore(Cliff News)realme has launched its AIOT products in Pakistan teasing realme fitness band along with realme Buds Air Neo. Flash Sale of these two smart accessories are live on saamaan.pk id live exclusiveys been sold out with 1000 units at first day of it’s flash sale. realme fans are loving the high-performing tech lifestyle products which they desire. Together, AIoT products and smartphones will enable the next growth trajectory for realme in Pakistan.realme fitness band & realme buds air neo are offered on saamaan.pk exclusive flash sale daily during 8 PM – 9 PM from 15th – 21st June. The flash sale price of realme fitness band is Rs 2,999/- rather than Rs 3,999/- & flash sale price for realme buds air neo is Rs 5,999/- rather than Rs 7,999/-. One of the popular tech KOL Bilal Munir has been endorsing the flash sale over realme Pakistan official Instagram. Alongwith the flash sale offer realme fans can now get another free product on booking of realme band or Air buds Neo on saamaan.pk they just need to share the screenshot of booking order and tag @realmepakistan on Instagram to get a chance of winning an extra product.

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The realme Band is certainly one of the most affordable fitness bands in the market today, but that doesn’t mean that performance is compromised. With a retail price of just Rs 3,999/- , headlining features include a large 0.96” colour display which has a display range of over 65,000 colors. Designed to be used for advanced health and fitness monitoring, the realme Band has 5-level brightness adjustment via the realme Link app for better visibility outdoors (or indoors), along with a “gravity sensor” to automatically wake up the display.The importance of health monitoring is more apparent now than ever, and real-time heart rate monitoring is a key feature of realme’s latest wearable. Whether you’re exercising or simply working from home, the high precision PPG optical heart rate sensor measures your heart rate in real-time every 5 minutes—to a high degree of accuracy, according to realme. Of course, sleep is also a key aspect of life, and the realme band even has an intelligent algorithm to analyse your sleep quality; knowledge is power, after all. In any balanced lifestyle, regular exercise is vital. And with 9 sport modes included, you’re pretty much covered with the advanced performance tracking metrics available—even one for games of cricket. Meanwhile, with IP68 water resistance, the fitness band is protected against dirt, dust, sand, and “occasional dips in the water”.As a cherry on top, realme has also designed their new wearable with convenience and ease-of-use in mind. For example, charging the realme Band is one of the easiest methods around: plug it directly into a USB port, no cables required. Even on the software side of things, the realme Band supports almost all app notifications, so you’ll never miss a message from work again.

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To complement this lifestyle, realme has also announced a value-for-money pair of TWS earbuds: the realme Buds Air Neo at retails price of Rs 7,999/- . This is essentially a “Lite” version of the previously-launched realme Buds Air, albeit one with a larger 13mm DBB sound driver along with dynamic bass boost for the perfect listening experience. Powered by the R1 chip, the Buds Air Neo offers up to 3 hours of music playback on a full charge, and 17 hours in total with the included charging case.
But the idea of a balanced lifestyle also involves sitting back, relaxing, and giving your mind a rest from the hectic world around us. For many of us, that involves gaming—specifically, mobile gaming. As such, the Super Low Latency mode is essential. As any seasoned gamer will tell you, latency is a key aspect of gaming. For example, high latency results in a delayed response from the gamer, which is very often a make-or-break in-game situation. This is all part of the Gaming Mode, which offers a reduced audio latency of just 119.2ms—perfect for first-person shooter games like COD or PUBG.Plus, with the help of Google Fast Pair Technology (GFP) and Bluetooth 5.0 technology, the realme Buds Air Neo supports Instant Auto Connection with smartphones. All you need to do is open the realme Buds Air Neo charging case, and compatible phones will automatically detect the earbuds for easy and instant pairing (10m effective range).And when you’re exercising, the Buds Air Neo are also the ideal companion—in rain or shine. With an IPX4 splash-proof resistance, you should be safe to run in the rain, so you won’t have to pause your music playback no matter what.

GENIX chooses Zong 4G as connectivity partner

Islamabad(Cliff News)Pakistan’s leading telecommunication network, Zong 4G has partnered with one of the fastest-growing company in the pharmaceutical industry, GENIX PHARMA, to provide customized corporate voice and data services. The strategic collaboration will enable seamless connectivity and unmatched services to GENIX for an enhanced experience.The agreement was signed between Mr. Moied Javeed, Acting Chief Commercial Officer, ZONG 4G, and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ch. Muhammad Israr Sharif in the presence of officials of respective entities.The collaboration with GENIX PHARMA highlights and strengthens Zong 4G’s position as the trusted communication and connectivity partner for corporations across Pakistan. The company’s wide-range corporate portfolio offers flexible and cutting-edge services and solutions that are designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of the corporate sector.Commenting on the partnership, Zong 4G’s spokesperson said, “Partnering with GENIX is testament to our unprecedented digital and connectivity services. By delivering wide-ranging connectivity services to a leading pharmaceutical company, GENIX, Zong 4G is extending the competitive reach of its corporate portfolio which are in line with the digital agenda of Pakistan.”Adding on the occasion, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Ch. Muhammad Israr Sharif said, “Today seamless communication is imperative and has completely transformed the way businesses operate. We are proud to partner with the country’s widest 4G network and by choosing the No.1 Data Network, we aim to provide our employees with an enhanced connectivity experience.”An industry leader and pioneer of mobile connectivity in Pakistan, Zong 4G has and is deploying the country’s largest and widest 4G network. With more than 14,000 4G sites Zong 4G will maintain the position of the being an industry leader which is investing heavily to provide state-of-the-art 4G services to its customers across Pakistan.

About Zong 4G:

Zong 4G, China Mobile Pakistan (CMPak) is a 100% owned subsidiary of China Mobile Communications Corporation. Zong 4G has the widest 4G coverage across the country with 4G leadership, market leadership, network leadership and service leadership traits. 

 

 

Bank Alfalah,NBP and MasterCard unite to facilitate donations to PM relief fund

Karachi(Cliff News)Strengthening its commitment to supporting the Pakistani government during the COVID-19 crisis, Bank Alfalah has joined forces with Mastercard and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to provide a safe online donation portal to support those in need during the pandemic.Through the platform, people can now securely donate to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund 2020 from anywhere in the world by using their debit or credit cards.The initiative is in line with the State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) guidelines for banks to take necessary steps to facilitate donations to the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund 2020.With Bank Alfalah as the Mastercard Payment Gateway Services (MPGS) provider, Mastercard as the payments technology partner and NBP as the facilitator with the payment link, the new partnership ensures donors’ convenience, making contributions from across the globe easy and effortless. It also encourages customers to switch to online banking and avoid unnecessary visits to branches.Commenting on the initiative, Mehreen Ahmed, Group Head Retail, Bank Alfalah said: “Bank Alfalah understands the difficulties that people across Pakistan are facing in the prevailing circumstances, and we aim to go beyond our call of duty in order to help the government during these unprecedented times. We are committed to the government’s vision to fuel the growth of digital payments and to work towards this goal, we are pleased to collaborate with Mastercard’s fully-integrated global payment platform. We encourage people – those who are in Pakistan or even abroad – to donate generously to the PM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, through this safe channel from the comfort of their homes. Now is the time for us to unite as a nation and emerge stronger than ever.”“As a leading global payments provider, we’re equipped with the technology to help people during these difficult times,” said Magdy Hassan, Country Manager – Egypt and Pakistan, Mastercard. “This is why we’ve recently made several commitments towards combating the spread and mitigating the impact of COVID-19, including our most recent commitment to connect 1 billion people to the digital economy by 2025. We’re pleased to partner with Bank Alfalah and NBP to not only enable payments to the donations platform but to also enhance the digital payment ecosystem in Pakistan, so people can use their cards to donate to those who are in need.”Commenting on this partnership Mr. Amin Manji, Head of Technology & Digitalization NBP said: “National Bank of Pakistan is The Nation’s Bank and has always led Government initiatives especially those involving social well-being of the underprivileged. NBP shares SBP’s vision of creating a robust and easily accessible Digital Financial Ecosystem and is continually making headway to ensure we play an instrumental role. NBP collaborated with Bank Alfalah and Mastercard to facilitate the seamless inflow of contributions from around the world. We urge individuals to donate generously to the PM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund and help those amongst us rendered destitute as a result of the Pandemic.”The Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund 2020 was launched to be utilized to provide food and cash to about 14 million people in need who have been severely affected by the lockdown. The option to donate to the fund will remain in place until the pandemic is over.

 

 

 

Emirates resumes scheduled services from Pakistan

Karachi(Cliff News)Emirates has resumed scheduled services from Pakistan, operating flights from Karachi and Lahore to Dubai yesterday. The first scheduled flight from Islamabad will take off on Thursday. The resumption comes after over two months of travel restrictions imposed globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Emirates is operating 14 weekly flights to Dubai, including seven from Karachi, five from Lahore and two from Islamabad using its modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Passengers can book tickets on Economy and Business Class. From Pakistan, the airline is flying UAE residents and citizens, as well as cargo to Dubai. From Dubai to Pakistan, the airline is flying in only cargo.Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of the UAE government. Details are available here.
Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates’ Vice President Pakistan said: “We are extremely pleased to resume services successfully from Pakistan, and thank the authorities for the arrangements and their assistance. Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller’s journey to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees at all touchpoints. Our customers travelling with us will find these measures reassuring and comforting.”Social distancing measures have been applied and baggage is disinfected at all three airports. The boarding sequence has been staggered in Economy Class and passengers board by row, from the last row to the first, in small numbers.
All cabin crew on board are fully kitted out in PPEs. Crew hand out hygiene travel kits that contain masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and a sanitiser to every passenger. Comfort items such as mattresses, pillows, blankets and headphones are hygienically sealed. Hot meals are served with high-quality cutlery and crockery, sterilised before each use. Cabin service assistants ensure toilets are cleaned at frequent intervals of every 45 minutes. Toilets are equipped with sanitising soap and handwashing instructions.Emirates’ modern aircraft cabins feature advanced HEPA air filters which remove 99.97% of viruses and eliminate dust, allergens and germs from cabin air for a healthier and safer on-board environment. In Dubai, each aircraft goes through enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes after every journey.Customers transiting through Dubai International airport and boarding another Emirates flight go through thermal screening after disembarkation. Transfer desks at the airport have protective barriers and for extra assistance, airport staff dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE), direct customers from a safe distance.The airline is currently flying from Karachi daily, from Islamabad on Thursdays and Saturdays and from Lahore on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

IGI Holdings initiative live webinar sessions on Covid-19

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Karachi(Cliff News) IGI Life Vitality is Pakistan’s first active life insurance product which rewards its customers based on their steps and heart rate activity in a weekly, monthly and annual fashion while securing their future with an underlying insurance policy. The motto of IGI Life Vitality is ‘Rewarding Life Every Day.’ Many renowned brands are linked with IGI Life Vitality – which puts the brand in a league of its own. For more understanding on the brand or to know better about how it works, readers are recommended to visit www.igilifevitality.com.pk or Google search IGI Life Vitality and check out the social media handles.Moderated by Nomaan Bashir, Business Head, IGI Life Vitality, this session is co-hosted by Vitality Group, South Africa. This session focuses on a discussion of IGI Life Vitality – shared value insurance model boasting higher return on investment.This session will comprise panelists including Francis Bakos, Senior Vice President, Vitality Active, Tahir Masaud, Head of Business and Operations, IGI Life Vitality, Leanne Joubert, Director of Product Development, Vitality Group, Ali Nadim, Chief Operations Officer, IGI Life Vitality, Muhammad Wasif, Fitness Influencer and Consultant and Terry Harris, Head Dietitian, Discovery Vitality. People can attend this live session via registering it for free on http://www.tinyurl.com/IGIVitalityWebinar for this session which will be beamed live on Zoom, Facebook and LinkedIn handles simultaneously on Thursday, 11th June 2020, 1-2 pm. 

 

Higher Education Commission of Pakistan deploys Microsoft teams over 100 universities

Karachi(Cliff News)In an effort to accelerate remote learning in a safe and secure environment, Microsoft is supporting the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan by deploying Teams for official online and remote learning interactions across more than 100 public and private universities.The move is in response to the call by the HEC for ideas on how to address the impact of COVID-19 on education and research.This pandemic has forced educators and students to rush into distance learning.“Our strong collaboration with Microsoft has spanned many areas including research innovation, capacity building, and of course the services provided by Office 365. The use of Teams will ease the transition for many of our members into innovative modes of educational delivery, and also help us address the future needs of our students in rapidly shifting employment markets”, says Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman for Higher Education Commission in Pakistan.With the help of Microsoft, the move to a virtual classroom environment has allowed for seamless continuity with no disruption in the learning experience for many students. Functions such as Whiteboard in Teams allows for a live interactive environment, while educators are able to moderate classroom discussions by muting, recording and sharing control which drives engagement. For assessments, educators are also able to easily create and grade quizzes in Teams using Microsoft Forms.Many industries are adapting to a new way of living, working, and learning. Microsoft’s commitment is centered on supporting educational institutions to maintain continuity through the provision of remote learning tools. “As universities move to remote learning, Teams can provide an online classroom that brings together virtual face-to-face connections, assignments, exams, files and conversations into a single platform accessible on a mobile device, tablet, PC, or browser. Through this partnership, we’ve been able to provide access at the various institutions and are working alongside HEC to ensure the smooth training and rollout throughout the country,” says Jibran Jamshad, Education Lead for Microsoft Pakistan.Other tools that have been revolutionizing the education experience of educators and learners alike include that of Microsoft Flipgrid, a tool for educators that engages students through creating and sharing short videos. Flipgrid includes Immersive Reader, with tools that read text out loud and provides other reading assistance and accessibility features to help ensure all students can participate. It also enables students and learners of all abilities to express themselves with confidence.Educators can also make use of Microsoft Streams to record their lectures giving them automatic access through their classroom channel on Teams. For ease of reference, having their assignments and other class materials on One Note provides one repository where all materials are organized and easily accessible.“We are also acutely aware of the online safety for our students as they transition to this new way of learning. Microsoft Teams, as part of the Microsoft 365 (M365) service, follows all the security best practices and procedures such as service-level security through defense-in-depth, customer controls within the service, security hardening and operational best practices proactively protecting our customers from security threats, added Jamshad.On the long term, HEC and Microsoft have created the Education Transformation Framework (ETF) – a foundational agreement modeled on the pillars of capacity building, skill certification, outreach campaigns and the annual Imagine Cup competition. Digital transformation is an indisputable force revolutionizing our industries, reinventing our products, redefining our services, and reshaping the way we work. This means that students will enter a very different job market. Microsoft is committed to working with HEC to provide immersive learning that will improve experiences and education outcomes of the students in Pakistan.