Meezan bags global awards

KARACHI (PR): Meezan Bank has won global awards for best Islamic retail bank. Meezan has been recognized as the global winner of “Best Islamic Retail Bank” for 2015 by Islamic Finance News of RED Money Group Malaysia. Meezan Bank has also won the ‘Best Islamic Bank in Pakistan’, an award which has been conferred upon the Bank for the 10th time owing to its contribution to the Islamic Finance industry. Futuremore, Meezan Bank is also the runner-up for the awards of ‘Best Overall Islamic Bank’ amongst all Islamic banks of the world, winning 3rd position in this category for its strong performance and dedicated commitment towards the contribution of the Islamic Banking industry. The Bank has also been awarded Pakistan Deal of the Year Award for providing advisory services to K-electric Limited –$215 million- Retail Sukuk.

Lay’s initiative

KARACHI (PR): Lay’s Pakistan is one of the many products of Frito Lay. Lay’s has now introduced Trashformers. It’s newest pet project to keep the country at its cleanest. Looking at how so much trash goes unnoticed on the streets by youth who have become immune to its presence, Lays decided to make the same trash get noticed. Partnering with art students from the National College of Arts, they used trash to make larger than life garbage disposal structures, that one wouldn’t miss.

The first one to be installed is the fish Trashformer, that can be found at Seaview, Karachi, where it is gaining a lot of attention from the youth and other passersby, who while admiring it, are also utilizing it to dispose off their trash.

Although there’s a long way to go still, but we appreciate the little dent that has already been made by Lay’s in the name of progress and we hope to see Pakistan getting cleaner and greener with each passing day!

BASF Crop Protection pipeline valued at €3b

LAHORE (PR): BASF now projects its crop protection pipeline to achieve peak sales of €3 billion for products launched between 2015 and 2025. Following its strategy to bring comprehensive solutions to farmers, the company will launch new products for all crop protection indications in row and specialty crops. This promising pipeline is the result of continuous investments in research and development. In 2015 alone, BASF spent €514 million on R&D in the Crop Protection division.

“We have been very successful in translating ideas and challenges into best-in-class products and services for growers across the globe,” said Markus Heldt, President of BASF’s Crop Protection division. “Innovation remains a crucial component of agriculture today. It is a dynamic market, with ever-changing needs and new challenges, and we are happy that we can contribute with new solutions and technologies,” Heldt added.

TNS Beaconhouse event

LAHORE (PR): TNS Beaconhouse organised an event to showcase their International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) students’ personal projects. Held at their DHA campus auditorium on Wednesday, the presentations and displays were also open to parents and students from other schools.

The IB-MYPis for students between the ages of 11 and 16 years and culminates with student projects.

The students presented their final personal projects that are designed to be student-centred and age-appropriate. Their aim is to enable students to engage in practical exploration through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection. MYP projects also help students to develop the attributes of the IB learner profile.

Dr Daniel Ritz takes over as PTCL president & CEO

ISLAMABAD (PR): The Board of Directors of Pakistan Telecommunications Company Ltd. (PTCL), Pakistan’s leading telecommunication and ICT services provider, has announced the appointment of Dr Daniel Ritz as President & CEO of the PTCL Group with effect from March 3, 2016. He succeeds Walid Irshaid, who was President & CEO of the PTCL Group since March 2007.

Azmat Ali Ranjha, Chairman PTCL Board, said, “I am pleased to announce that Dr Daniel Ritz will be leading PTCL through the next phase of its growth and development. I would also thank Walid Irshaid who steered PTCL during tough times and helped grow the company in challenging telecom era of Pakistan.”

Commenting on his appointment as President & CEO of the PTCL Group, Dr Daniel Ritz said: ‘I am truly excited to join PTCL. Taking over from a worthy predecessor in Walid Irshaid, I plan to position PTCL as an integrated telecom provider of Pakistan. The new position is a challenge that I plan to take on with all the enthusiasm and energy.”

Huawei Mate 8 features

LAHORE (PR): Recently launched flagship device of Huawei has performed tremendously well in the market and consumer response to Huawei Mate 8 is indeed unmatched as compared to any product introduced so far by any technology manufacturer. These eight wonderfully alluring reasons, made the customers buy this incredible new era high-tech smart phablet. Firstly, Huawei has designed Mate 8 with amazingly good looks and best sleek body design that gives an impression of modern technology and compact feel to the smart device. Secondly, Huawei offers the best hardware combinations as well as the best performance experience to its customers and Huawei Mate 8 users. Thirdly, Huawei Mate 8 offers a highly efficient and advanced fingerprint scanner. Another amazing thing about Huawei Mate 8 is the operating system in it. The Fifth point in this regard is the gigantic battery offered by the technology master, Huawei, in the Huawei Mate 8.

The sixth amazing feature is the highly efficient camera of Huawei Mate 8. Huawei Mate 8 is manufactured with a dual 4G SIM supporting feature. Above all, the 8th point of attraction in Huawei Mate 8 is the best affordable price of this incredible masterpiece.

Samsung’s offer

LAHORE (PR): Samsung has now begun the pre-booking of the most anticipated smartphones of 2016, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge in Pakistan. For each confirmed booking of these devices, the buyer will get a free Gear VR and this special promotional offer will continue from 2nd March till 12th March 2016.

The Price of the Galaxy S7 Edge in Pakistan has been fixed at Rs.88, 999 while the Galaxy S7 Flat has been priced at Rs.78,999/- People can visit selected stores all across Pakistan to pre-book Galaxy S7 |Galaxy S7 edge.

UWA professor meets UET VC

LAHORE (PR): All the stakeholders related to engineering sector including academia, industry and other concerned departments must develop mutual lines of progress and prosperity by bringing innovation.

This was stated by Prof James Trevelyan (University of Western Australia) while meeting with Vice-Chancellor University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore Prof Dr Fazal Ahmad Khalid at UET.

He said that the gap between academics and industrial engineers should be overcome through strong collaboration between research and development to cater down all sort of challenges with proper utilization of resources in progressive manner. Prof James Trevelyan is launching a book on his ideas to become successful engineer, within days.

‘Mobilink Kay Sikandar’

LAHORE (PR): Building on to its rich legacy of supporting Cricket Mobilink recently announced its partnership with Lahore Qalandars in the inaugural Pakistan Super League, strengthening its commitment to promote cricket in Pakistan.

Preserving this historical bond, Mobilink produced an iconic television commercial which was massively praised by fans and critics alike. Stylized as a music video, it is the first viral hit TVC to be viewed a colossal 6.7 million times (and rising) in just 4 weeks.

The amount of views generated means it enters an elite class of the highest viewed Pakistani commercials across all social media platforms including YouTube, DailyMotion etc.

Social media comments about the advert have commended the creators for beautifully capturing the true essence and spirit of Pakistan’s most vibrant city, while critics and fans alike have dubbed the #MobilinkKaySikandar to be one of the best local productions.

EFU wins CSR Award

KARACHI (PR): EFU Life Assurance Limited, a leading private life insurance provider in the country, has been conferred with ‘CSR Award 2016’ in the category of ‘Social Impact’ at the 5th Corporate Social Responsibility Awards, organized by The Professionals Network and Ethical Business Update (EBU). This award is the first and only registered CSR Award of Pakistan registered with IPO. Ms Aman Hussain, Head of Marketing, EFU Life Assurance Ltd., received the award on behalf of the company.

The awards recognized the efforts of the companies who are at the helm of Social Responsibility efforts in Pakistan.