MCB Bank receives Award for SAFA Best Annual Report

Lahore (Staff Reporter): MCB Bank Ltd was awarded the SAFA Best Presented Annual Report 2014 in the category of Private Sector Banks at the SAFA Conference 2016. The Award was presented to President MCB, Mr. Imran Maqbool by the Federal Minister for Finance Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Darin recognition of the bank’s excellence in financial reporting, management best practices and corporate governance disclosures.

MCB Bank Ltd. has always been an industry leader in the region and has received numerous other accolades in the past, including “Best Bank in Pakistan 2015” award from Finance Asia and “Most Stable Bank of the Year 2014” by CFA.

ICAP, the premier regulatory body for the development and regulation of Accountancy profession in Pakistan hosted SAFA (South Asian Federation of Accountants) conference in Lahore. The conference, entitled South Asia: Corridor of opportunities encompassed one and a half days of learning, networking and celebrations. The conference was attended by high profile local and international speakers comprising of reputable businessmen, economists and senior Chartered Accountants. Mr Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Finance was the Chief Guest.

MCB Bank Limited is among the top 5 Banks in Pakistan with a net asset base of PKR 1 trillion (USD 9.9 million). The bank has a vast branch network of 1,246 local branches, 11 foreign branches and an employee base that exceeds 17,500. The bank continues its strong performance and recently posted an increase of 12% in profit after tax of Rs. 20.2 billion in the first nine months of 2015.

Khyber food festival

LahorE (PR): Khyber Food festival was inaugurated in PC Hotel Lahore, where a large number of notable’s politicians and well reputed journalists attended the festival and highly admired the graceful effort of PC Hotel regarding the activity of Khyber Food Festival.

The motives behind food festival is to introduce traditional regional foods and promote close harmony among provinces to create awareness and enhance cordial relations.

Khyber Food Festival was inaugurated by GM PC Hotel Lahore Syed HaseebAmjadGardezi , Irfan Mir, (col) ShahzadRafiq Malik, Nadeem RiazChaudary, Mohammad Dawar , Kashif Rabbani and Faisal Rehman were also present on the occasion.

Journey of Project Charlie

Lahore (PR): It was a fine chilly night when Sultan Ghani Afzal and Faisal Hashmi were sitting in the Stimulus office when suddenly it dawned on them that it was high time they made a film! It was always Sultan’s dream to make a film on someone who has left behind a legacy and changed the music industry forever. When it came down to deciding the protagonist, Alamgir – the legend who pioneered pop music in Pakistan was the ultimate front-runner! And so began the Journey of Project Charlie – our code name for this film!

Project Charlie has finally has been launched today as “Albela Rahi” and we are very proud of the fact that this is the first time a film is being made on a legendary pop icon of Pakistan! The idea has been polished for the past two years, the script rewritten and refined to the core and a great deal of effort made to bring it to where it is today., Although the concept of this film is a novel one in itself, we wanted to ensure that every other aspect of it is nothing short of being spectacular! Enter Fawad Khan – who we believe is the perfect actor to play Alamgir and carry on his legacy. We are very pleased to have Fawad on board since day on when we had shared with him the idea and script of Albela Rahi.

We are also immensely grateful to the legendary Alamgir for embarking on this journey with us to tell his life’s story thorugh Albela Rahi. We respect him with all our hearts and cannot wait for the world to see how he transformed the Pakistani music scene with his majestic wave of Urdu pop and burning flair for stage performance!

PTCL smart TV App

nominated for GSMA

Islamabad (PR): PTCL’s Smart TV Mobile Application has been nominated for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO) 2016 in the ‘Best Mobile App (Media, Film, TV or Video)’ category.

The PTCL Smart TV App is the first of its kind and has been recognized for integrating live TV with such handheld devices as mobile phones, laptops and tablets. Nomination of the Smart TV App at this level is an indication of the progress achieved by PTCL in internet and multimedia.

"Congratulations to all of the nominees for the 2016 Glomo Awards,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “With more than 930 entries this year – a new record – the competition is greater than ever, reflecting the tremendous diversity and pace of innovation across the mobile world. We are particularly excited to be celebrating the 21st year of the awards with a dynamic new format that will recognise and honour achievement throughout Mobile World Congress.”

Commenting on the nomination, the PTCL Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Shahid said that winning a global nomination in the category is a matter of pride for PTCL and the people of Pakistan. He further said, “Open Innovation is the key driver of growth in the global ICT eco-system and PTCL is leading this through such innovations as the Smart TV App. We made a conscious decision to allow the Smart TV app for all internet users of Pakistan.We will continue to work harder to maintain this momentum by bringing new world class products.”

“Digital Entertainment is a core focus for us at PTCL. We understand the need for people to have entertainment on the go. PTCL Smart TV App adds that level of convenience to the lives of people in Pakistan,” he added.

The multi-screen App offers a variety of features and is convenient and user-friendly. People can access hundreds of live TV channels and up to 5,000+ hours (and growing) of content on the App for Video on Demand, Personal Video Recording, TV on demand and films. Interestingly, it also offers quick search options to access preferred TV shows and movies and is backed by aparental control facility.

Smart TV App with its unique features has become the choice for broadcasters and producers to bring exclusive content only through Smart TV App. Recent Pakistani films, eJunior Content for kids are few to name. Previously, mega sporting events like Cricket World Cup 2015 was telecast ads free exclusively on the app.

Currently, the Mobile App is available for download on both Android and iOS platforms. A PC-accessible version has also been added recently.

The GSMA Global Mobile Awards is an annual event that is held to recognize efforts the world over for creating greater connectivity and accessibility. This year, the Awards will be held in Barcelona from February 22 to 25.

Mobilink announces

partnership with Qalandars

Lahore (PR): Mobilink has partnered with Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. Mobilink has a history of association with cricket and has taken multiple initiatives to promote Cricket in the country. The partnership with Lahore Qalandars will further strengthen Mobilink’s commitment to promoting cricket in Pakistan. To mark the partnership, an event was held in Lahore which was attended by Mobilink’s management, PCB officials, Lahore Qalandars’ Management, distinguished Media Personalities and fans.

Speaking at the event, Aamir Ibrahim, Deputy CEO and CCO-Mobilink said, “We intend to provide full support to the team. Lahore Qalandars is a formidable team which has a great probability of winning the PSL. We know the pulse of the nation and have always developed innovative products and services that bring cricket closer to Pakistan.

This initiative reinforces our vision. We are proud to be a part of this league. I am confident that this partnership will greatly benefit Pakistan cricket and will help in revitalizing the sport in the country”.

Talking about the partnership, Shahbaz Maqsood Khan, Director Marketing, Mobilink said, “We feel that this partnership is an extremely positive step forward for Pakistani cricket; a step towards bringing international cricket back to Pakistan, for our cricketers to gain expertise and to providing a platform for our budding talent to showcase their prowess. When we back our teams, the winner is ultimately Pakistan. We owe our country this and much more”.

The introduction of Pakistan Super League is a pivotal moment for Pakistan to revitalize the game of cricket in the country. Lahore Qalandars, one of the five cricketing franchises participating in the inaugural Pakistan Super League, comprises of a good mix of players. The squad comprises of Azhar Ali, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Kevon Cooper, Hammad Azam, Zafar Gohar, Mustafizur Rahman, Zia Ul Haq, Cameron Delport, Zohaib Khan, Naveed Yasin, Adnan Rasool, Abdul Razzaq, Mukhtar Ahmed, Ehsan Adil and Imran Butt.

Lahore Qalandars will be battling it out with Karachi Kings, Islamabad United, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators in the inaugural PSL T20 Tournament scheduled to take place in Dubai and Sharjah early next month. Lahore Qalandars will have its first match against Karachi Kings on February 5, 2016.