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USAID Hands Over Mobile Bus Libraries to CA&DD

Islamabad: November 16, 2017: To mark International Education Week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over two mobile libraries to the Capital Administration and Development Division (CA&DD) at a ceremony in a local school today. After the transfer agreement was signed, USAID’s Office Director for Education Dr. Christopher Steel formally presented the bus keys to Minister of State for CA&DD Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry.  “With these mobile libraries, we can make sure that good books are reaching children who want to read and helping them become good readers,” said Dr. Steel.  “I am happy that through today’s commitment, we are continuing this tradition of supporting Pakistan in its effo...

November 16, 2017 at 4:03 pm | News Desk

Bank Alfalah Partners with Mastercard for Masterpass QR Rollout

In a move aimed at further driving the cashless ecosystem in Pakistan, Mastercard, a leading technology company in the global payments industry, has collaborated with Bank Alfalah Limited, the country’s premier banking institution, to enable its Masterpass QR service on the bank’s dedicated mobile banking app ‘Alfa’. As Pakistan’s first interoperable digital payment service, Masterpass QR is a quick response (QR) mobile solution that allows consumers to make simple and secure digital payments across devices and channels. The cost-effective solution, which first went live in Pakistan in August 2016, makes it easy for users to pay for purchases made in-store and for a wide variety of goods and services. With the integration of...

November 10, 2017 at 11:24 am | News Desk

PM to visit Qatar from tomorrow

Nawaz Sharif will hold talks with Emir of Qatar and the prime minister of Qatar. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day visit to Qatar from tomorrow. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation. During the visit, the Prime Minister will hold talks with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani on promotion of bilateral relations in different fields. These include energy cooperation, trade and investment, defence and increase in employment opportunities for the Pakistani workforce in Qatar. The two sides would also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. A number of Memorandums of Understanding in the ...

February 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm | News Desk

Telenor and PTCL Sign MoU

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Telenor Pakistan through which Telenor Pakistan will be able to consume PTCL’s back-haul infrastructure till 2020. This MoU will facilitate Telenor to avail PTCL’s vast network footprint and infrastructure spread nationwide for their rapidly growing 3G subscriber base. Mr. Omar Khalid (EVP Carrier Services & Wholesale, PTCL) and Mr. Khurram Ashfaq (CTO, Telenor Pakistan) signed the MoU in a ceremony held at Telenor Pakistan headquarters recently. Signing ceremony was attended by senior management from both the companies, including Mr. Sikander Naqi, (Chief Business Development Officer, PTCL), Mr. Saad Warriach (Chief Techni...

February 9, 2016 at 11:05 am | News Desk

CDA’s Park Enclave-II Balloting on February 9

Balloting of plots of the unique housing project of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), Park Enclave-II would be held here on Tuesday the 9th February, 2016 at Pak-China Friendship Centre at 11:00 A.M. To ensure execute the balloting of plots of Park Enclave-II, Chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal has constituted committee headed by the Member Finance, Waseem Ahmed Khan. The committee is comprises of Deputy Director General (Land and Estate), Director Estate Management-I (East), Director Law, Director Public Relations, Director Regional Planning and Deputy Director-II (Estate Management-I) as its member. The committee, during its review meeting, finalized all the arrangements made for transparent balloting of plots of Park Enclave-II. ...

February 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm | News Desk

UWatch – Stay Connected With Your Child

Ufone, Pakistan’s premier telecom operator, is primed to launch a first of its kind product that will bring parents some much needed peace of mind – the UWatch. UWatch keeps families connected in the way they want to be without the need to buy a young child a smartphone. UWatch is a wearable mobile watch designed specifically for kids in order for parents to keep in touch with their loved ones. This watch provides two way voice calling functionality i.e. the parent can dial into the watch and also the child can dial from the watch to the parent’s mobile number. Additionally UWatch also provides real-time location capability via GSM/GPS positioning so that parents can be aware of their child’s location. UWatch is securely c...

February 6, 2016 at 12:01 pm | News Desk

Vyshinsky In The Sudan

In 1940, Stalin sent his strongest political operative, Andrey Vyshinsky, to bring the Baltic States to heel under the boot of the Soviet state.  Vyshinsky arrived in Latvia on June 18th, installed  as Stalin’s special envoy.  The president of Latvia, Karlis Ulmanis, was forced to appoint a “people’s government”. Within days, the president and key members of his administration were arrested and deported to the Soviet Union.  A hastily scrambled election took place on July 14-15, with a single list of Soviet-picked candidates on the ballot.  The results gave 97.8 percent of the vote to the previously unknown and unheralded candidates. Vyshinsky preened for the press corps and expressed hope the newly elected “people’s...

August 15, 2015 at 11:46 am | Tammy Swofford

English Speaking Union meet: Pakistanis moving in the right direction: Ambassador Sanchez

  A meeting of the English Speaking Union (ESU) was held at the residence of its member, Khalid Malik and nearly all members attended the event. The Secretary General of the Union MuzaffarQuereshi moderated the proceedings. The Spanish Ambassador to Pakistan, His Excellency Javier Carbajosa Sanchez was the chief guest. Welcoming the gathering, ESU President Retired Major General Masud Akram began by thanking Mr Malik for his generous offer to host the occasion. He then spoke of his aims to make the ESU a more vibrant and well known organization. He said that the Union promotes mutual advancement of education of the English-speaking peoples of the world, respecting their heritage, traditions and aspirations, the events and issues ...

June 10, 2015 at 12:53 am | News Desk

Standardized education essential to overcome economic challenges

The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) celebrated Convocation-2014 to honor its graduates. More than 100 graduating students gathered at ICMAP Islamabad Centre with their families, fellow students and friends, taking the chance to consider past achievements, aspirations and challenges before them. ­They cheered up together as the Chief Guest of the occasion, renowned nuclear Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, conferred degrees upon the ICMAP graduates. Dr. Qadeer Khan, in his speech, praised the senior fellows and faculty members of the institute for their excellence, distinction and efforts in elevating the institute’s image. Addressing the convocation at ICMAP in Islamabad, Dr A Q Khan said, “Nothing...

January 19, 2015 at 3:39 pm | News Desk


CAFÉ RESTOS OPENS ITS DOORS A day prior to opening its doors for the guests, Restos, the neighborhood roof-top bar & cafe was inaugurated with a red carpet launch on College Road in Jinnah Super. ­The Ambassador of Argentina and Dean of the Diplomatic Corp Islamabad Rodolfo Martin J. Saravia honored the occasion along with other foreign dignitaries and diplomats. With a very finely selected Continental Menu, the café is all geared up to serve Italian, Mexican and seafood choices. Apart from a very serene roof-top, the café also has a very cozy coffee bar for the coffee lovers. ­The rooftop dinning concept was the brainchild of Mr Tahir Qureshi who is known to this city because of Qureshi Frozen Foods in Kohsar Market. ­The f...

January 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm | News Desk

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 launched in style

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has been introduced in Pakistan. Famous showbiz icons like the Ali Zafar, Sajjad Ali, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Aysha Umer, QB etc gave breath-taking performances in the colorful evening. ­e iconic Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is featured on Telenor Pakistan’s Sales & Service Centers and franchises for its customers across the country. All Samsung Galaxy Note 4 buyers will receive 6 months free internet along with free apps like Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Line. A pre-order campaign has also been conducted o?ering free S-View Flip covers to Telenor Pakistan’s customers.­ edevice comes with accidental coverage that includes screen breakage, liquid damage and numerous other types of damages. ­e Samsung Galaxy Note 4 i...

January 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm | News Desk

Pakistan needs political will in face of climate threats – experts

By Saleem Shaikh Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change is being made worse by poor governance and the degradation of its natural resources, posing risk to the food security, health and livelihoods of its poorest citizens, climate change experts claim. “Poverty is a crucial factor in assessing vulnerability ... to climate change and extreme events,” said Adil Najam, dean of Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies, during a recent meeting on implications for Pakistan of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report.   He described Pakistan as being highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. That is in part because “not only forests but also land and water resources are deg...

October 5, 2014 at 10:56 am | News Desk

Contributions of minorities to nation-building recalled

The important role played by religious minorities in the creation and development of Pakistan was recalled by the participants of seminar organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Speaking at the seminar titled ‘Role of Minorities in Nation-building’, Romaina Khurshid, MNA from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said that legislation must be drafted to put a stop to the practices of forced religious conversion and forced marriages of girls belonging to minority communities. “Minorities made important contributions for the creation of Pakistan and have a right to practice their religion,” she said. She expressed concern over reported cases in which girls as young as 16 and 17 years of age were forced into...

October 5, 2014 at 10:03 am | News Desk

Samsung’s donation for flood victims

Samsung donates Rs5 Million worth of food supplies for flood victims Samsung is the global technology leader in electronics, telecommunications and Convergence technologies. As a leading corporate citizen of Pakistan, this socially responsible enterprise has initiated a generous flood-relief and rehabilitation response to meet the needs of the flood victims all over the country. To initiate the relief activities, Samsung donated Rs. 5 million worth of Food items, comprising of 1722 bags to be delivered to thousands of unfortunate families left homeless due to the catastrophic floods all over Pakistan. Samsung has already dispatched 8 trucks loaded with food items, to the various flood affected locations of Punjab. These supplies sho...

October 5, 2014 at 9:13 am | News Desk

Ladiesfund 5th Entrepreneur Conference

KARACHI, Pakistan: The 5th LADIESFUND® Entrepreneurship Conference (LEC 2014)hosted by Dawood Global Foundation (DGF) was held in Karachi, according to a press release. The head of UN Women National Committee Canada (NCC) Almas Jiwani was the chief guest at the LEC2014 whereas mountaineer Samina Baig was the keynote speaker at the event which was also attended by a large crowd of women entrepreneurs, professionals and students. The LEC2014’s theme was “Extreme Entrepreneurs” and the event featured a special message by former UK First Lady Cherie Blair, a social media for business inside scoop by Kamal Faridi, an inspiring talk by Amin Hashwani, a panel of leading women across sectors Asma Yusuf, Dr. Huma Baqai, Saira ...

October 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm | News Desk

National Foundation Day of the Republic of Korea

Korea has great regard for Pakistan and keenly looks forward to further expansion of relations. This was said by the Consul General of the Republic of Korea, Mr Lee Chang  Hee at a reception hosted by him to celebrate the National Day of Korea. Mr Lee said that Pakistan was well-known to the Korean people as the home of the Indus civilization and a long history of culture spread over thousands of years as well as being the birth place of Buddhism.

October 4, 2014 at 8:07 pm | News Desk

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