USAID supports FESF

LAHORE (PR): Deaf Reach Schools & Training Centers, a project of Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), has a new custom-built campus in the model city of Rashidabad, Tando Allahyar. USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program has been a key supporting partner of FESF and one of the biggest driving forces behind the expansion of the Deaf Reach network across Sindh. The new Rashidabad campus provides services to many more deaf children and youth living in rural areas surrounding TandoAllahyar.

USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program has generously granted FESF significant funding for the academic education of 125 deaf children, vocational training of 50 teenagers and training of 18 teachers who are currently enrolled in Deaf Reach – Rashidabad.

The campus has the capacity for up to 500 deaf youth. USAID’s funding encompasses the cost of furnished classrooms, vocational training workshops, IT lab, staff residential units, sports and playground area.

With the help of USAID, one family member of each Deaf student was provided training in Pakistan Sign Language (PSL). Relatives and parents are encouraged to learn PSL from the PSL book, CD or online website if they aren’t able to attend regular training sessions. This helped facilitate and improve the communication between parents and children.

USAID has time and again demonstrated its commitment to the disadvantaged and marginalized so that they may live full, productive, and happy lives. Over 1,000 deaf students are currently being provided with high quality academic education and vocational skills training at Deaf Reach Centers throughout Sindh. In coming years, the total number of students served by the Deaf Reach Program is set to increase.

PTA launches web portal ‘Smart-Pakistan’

ISLAMABAD (Staff Reporter): In order to encourage the use of mobile broadband, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has launched a web portal, “Smart-Pakistan”.

According to spokesman the new portal would not only provide one stop repository but also directory of mobile applications focusing on different thematic areas including Education, Health, and Government.

“It will provide an easy to use platform where a user can search for applications related to their requirements, he said, adding, another objective of the launch is to engage the application developers and give them an opportunity to showcase their apps through this portal.

The smart Pakistan Initiative is first path-breaking step towards achieving this objective.

The emphasis of the initiative is to promote mobile applications and services that are relevant to the Pakistani society and at the same time to encourage operators, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and local developers in promoting innovative ideas.

This will bring all stakeholders such as citizens, government, mobile operators, OEMs, international organisations, academia, mobile entrepreneurs and others under one platform to build a sustainable echo-system.

In collaboration with professionals from the industry PTA has also set up a ‘Smart Pakistan m-Lab’ at its headquarters to provide mentoring and coaching services for young mobile applications developers and entrepreneurs. It will provide start up, acceleration and launch services to the developers.

Concordia, ACCA sign MoU

LAHORE (PR): Concordia Colleges, a project of Beaconhouse, and ACCA Pakistan have signed an MoU. The MOU was signed between Kasim Kasuri, CEO Beaconhouse Group, and Sajeed Aslam, Country Head ACCA Pakistan. Chairperson Beaconhouse Group Ms Nasreen Mehmud Kasuri presided the event along with Noor-ud-Din Ahmed, Director Development Beaconhouse Group.

My Bright Smile’ art contest

KARACHI (PR): For 15 years, Colgate Palmolive’s “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest has given children across the globe a platform to express their creativity and showcase their artistic talents. The contest is held under the umbrella of Colgate’s Oral Health Education Program “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®” (BSBF), which not only gives children a creative outlet to shine, but also educates them about the benefits of good oral care.

Participating contestants range from children between the ages of 6 and 9 years, and the contest usually receives thousands of entries from across the country. This year, the “My Bright Smile”™ Global Art Contest saw an overwhelming response from children across Pakistan, with more than 85,000 entries from over 1,285 schools.

From29th till 30th of May, 2015, an exhibition displaying various entries was held at the Alliance Francaise in Karachi. Renowned artists Ms Riffat Alvi and Ms Nahid Raza, the chief guests for the event, judged the artworks along with Abdul Jabbar Gul. Prizes were distributed to the 100 best entries and 12 lucky winners were selected for their exemplary pieces of original art.

Vimpelcom’s brands

AMSTERDAM (PR): VimpelCom Ltd (NASDAQ:VIP), a leading global provider of telecommunications services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving over 218 million customers, has announced that five of its brands have been identified among the world’s 250 most valuable telecoms brands in 2015, according to the ‘Brand Finance Telecoms 500 2015’report produced by Brand Finance, a leading consultancy specializing in brand valuation.

VimpelCom’s Djezzy (Algeria), Mobilink (Pakistan), Beeline (Russia), WIND (Italy) and Kyivstar (Ukraine) brands all featured among the top 250 telecoms brands across the globe (out of the 900 assessed). The Group’s banglalink (Bangladesh) brand was ranked number 262, placing it in the top 300 telecom brands worldwide. Djezzy rose 29 positions to 171, while Mobilink moved up 59 places to 201.

Two of VimpelCom’s brands, Beeline and WIND, were recognized among the report’s top 100 global telecom brands: Beeline was valued at USD 2.6 billion, while Wind was valued at USD 1.6 billion.

Rozzyn Boy, VimpelCom’s Chief Communications Officer, says: “VimpelCom’s international portfolio of brands has grown at an impressive rate over the past 22 years and now collectively serve over 218 million customers across 14 countries. We are proud to have earned and improved on a number of leading positions in the global telecoms brand rankings, particularly for our Djezzy and Mobilink brands which have recently undergone brand refreshes in their local markets.”

Telenor collaborates with Read Foundation

ISLAMABAD (PR): Telenor Pakistan firmly believes in the necessity of sharing and spreading happiness amongst the under-privileged. Hence, this Ramazan has seen the advent of yet another exciting initiative put forth by Telenor Pakistan with the intention of spreading the joy. Telenor Pakistan has collaborated with READ Foundation with the aim to feed poor families deprived of the basic necessity of food.

Telenor Pakistan has started an online crusade on twitter where they have asked users to share pictures of their meals with hashtag#TweetAMeal. For each entry received, Telenor Pakistan will donate food to the READ Foundation.

According to statistics; the world’s financial experts have placed Pakistan on the list of 36 countries that face a serious food crisis. A recent analysis of the causes and consequences of Pakistan’s food insecurity points out that food security has been under constant threat since 2008, when world food prices reached their highest levels and Pakistan’s food inflation registered as high as 34%. World Food Programme (WFP) data from 2008 concluded that 77 million Pakistanis, nearly half the country’s population were undernourished. Keeping this in mind, Telenor Pakistan considers it their responsibility to reach out to individuals and provide them with the basic necessity of food.

Telenor Pakistan believes that digital media can connect the dots in our food system and millions of people can be reached online through the #TweetAMeal campaign to be a part of this noble cause. Together through this campaign, Telenor Pakistan and READ foundation aims to provide free meals to as many poor families as possible.

Easypay secure way to pay for online shopping

LAHORE (PR): The biggest revolution in e-commerce in Pakistan has taken place. Easypay is now the most convenient and secure way to pay for online shopping.

Easypay bundles secure, centralized and convenient payments, with widespread access through multiple channels, and value added services like advanced analytics and reporting for online merchants to become the first complete payment suite in Pakistan.

Now people can shop online and pay instantly and securely from the comfort of your home. Simply select Easypay as the payment mode at checkout and select your preferred payment option.

Easypay offers multiple payment options and a hassle-free online shopping experience for any person anywhere in Pakistan.