Etihad wins ‘world’s leading airline’ award

LAHORE (PR): Etihad Airways has crowned a momentous 2015 by collecting the coveted ‘World’s Leading Airline’ award for the seventh consecutive year at the annual World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2015. Event was held before an audience of the industry’s leading luminaries and international mediaat the exclusive Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, located in the Atlantic port city of El Jadida in Morocco.

The airline added to its winning streak by also picking up the awards for ‘World’s Leading First Class’, ‘World’s Leading Inflight Entertainment’, and ‘World’s Leading Cabin Crew’.

The quartet of awards ends a remarkable year of achievement for the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, which included the entry into service of its flagship Airbus A380s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners, boasting the world’s most innovative and highly customisedcommercial aircraft cabins, newly designed products and inflight services, and the introduction of its new livery and uniform.

Meezan Bank, LUMS ink MoU

KARACHI (PR): Meezan Bank, Pakistan’s largest Islamic Bank, and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan’s leading private university with international repute, recently announced the signing of a MoU that will help foster the learning and development of Islamic banking and finance across the country.

The MoU focuses on robust collaboration on various joint activities including development and launch of training programs on Islamic Banking and finance, co-authorship of case studies and research papers, and participation of Meezan Bank employees as guest speakers in executive programs at LUMS.

Irfan Siddiqui, President & CEO of Meezan Bank, termed the signing of this MoU as an important step in the promulgation of the Islamic financial system in the country and said, “Meezan Bank and LUMS have both played an instrumental role in the growth of their respective industries and believe in the betterment of society through ethical practices, coupled with a great commercial sense. This MoU will benefit from the synergy of Meezan Bank’s expertise in Islamic finance and LUMS’ academic capability and outreach, thus promoting Islamic banking awareness and market development.”


ISLAMABAD (PR): An Intra-University Super colossal event “SPECTRA-15” kicked off here at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Monday. SPECTRA-15 would continue till December 16 (today). Students are taking part in documentaries, debates, sports, essay writing, calligraphy, Qiraat, Naat and many other competitions.

The event is being organized by the students’ advisor office of the university which commenced with an inaugural ceremony here at male campus.

Dr Muhammad Munir Vice President Higher Studies and Research, was the chief guest who termed the SPECTRA as mega event while saying that such constructive activities are necessary for the grooming of students. He said that curricular and extracurricular activities are the sign of talented youth at any campus. He also felicitated the organizers on conducting successful event.

“SPECTRA-15 is aimed at providing a platform to all competitive and confident students of IIUI for curricular and extracurricular activates and to prepare participants for Twin city and All Pakistan Competitions” said Dr. Hafiz Abid Masood, the Students Advisor (male). He added that the event would help students to polish their skills and showcase talent and potential. He reiterated his resolve that IIUI would keep providing opportunities to its talented youth.

“I am participating in chess competition and table tennis and I am all set to win the competitions” said excited students Rohban.

Samsung helps quake-hit

LAHORE (PR): Samsung Electronics is undertaking a generous humanitarian activity in Pakistan, to provide shelter to thousands of people, who have lost their valuable homes, properties and livelihood, due to the recent earthquake catastrophe in the northern parts of the country. Samsung has donated 300 water-proof and snow-proof tents to “Sarhad Rural Support Programme” (SRSP) in Peshawar, to help in the rehabilitation of the earthquake victims in KPK.

These tents, provided by Samsung Electronics, are being distributed in Dir and Chitral districts, in response to the devastating earthquake that recently hit Pakistan, and left thousands of families homeless. This compassionate gesture by Samsung comprises of valuable support to the SRSP, which is the largest Non-Government Organization for poverty alleviation in North-West Pakistan.

The President of Samsung Pakistan – Mr. J.H. Lee stated that; “Being a socially-responsible corporate citizen of Pakistan, Samsung has always remained at the forefront of responding to the challenges faced by the country. The global technology leader has conducted many generous initiatives over the past decade. Our compassionate employees have learned immensely from the past experiences during extensive relief operations, so we are able to respond more quickly and prepare effective plans to rehabilitate the victims”.

Hascol fuel retail facility

Islamabad (PR): Lt Gen Khalid Asghar, HI(M), Engineer-in-Chief, (Pakistan Army) inaugurated Hascol’s newly reconstructed and contemporary fuel retail facility at Chakri South on the Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M-2) here. The chief guest was accompanied by Maj Gen Muhammad Afzal (HI)M, Director General, FWO and Engr Salman Qaisrani, Director BOT, FWO, Chairman Hascol, Mumtaz Hasan Khan and Chief Operating Officer Hascol, Saleem Butt, along with other FWO and MORE dignitaries and Senior HPL management.

Hascol Petroleum Limited has the exclusive rights of retail fuel sales on the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway since the company took over the 10 sites from MORE in the first quarter of 2015. HPL’s monopolistic presence on the M-2 in terms of fuel retailing has strengthened the company’s backbone to broaden its network and has given the Hascol brand a remarkable boost in Central Punjab along with encouraging the company’s sales volume and profitability. The company has gone an extra mile by introducing the concepts of Quality Assurance van and standby ambulances for the motorway travellers, an initiative which is first of its kind by any OMC. It stands undefeated by offering a Re1 discount on fuel and 10% discount on all its lubricants to facilitate the Hascol loyalists, exclusively on the M-2.

‘Pakistan on its way to digital revolution’

LAHORE (PR): Pakistan is heading towards a digital revolution, according to new data released by, Pakistan’s best real estate website. This preparation can be seen in all the major tech cities, like Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi as well as smaller ones, like Gwadar and other emerging cities.

Saad Arshed, country director of Lamudi Pakistan, said, “The nation’s economy, government and business sectors are all embracing the inevitable digital revolution with forward-thinking moves and positive policies. With this concerted effort from all parties involved, both public and private, a “Digital Pakistan” is much closer than we think.”

Over 500,000 active Mobicash accounts

ISLAMABAD (PR): Mobicash has crossed the 500,000 monthly active mobile accounts mark up from the 25,000 monthly active mobile accounts in April 2015. This 20 times increase in active users signifies the strength of the 2.5 million mobile accounts registered by Mobicash. The unprecedented growth over the past 8 months is owed to the company’s effective strategies put in place to register and educate customers on Mobile Accounts.

While congratulating his team at a ceremony held to mark this milestone, Jeffrey Hedberg, President & President Mobilink, said, “This is yet another milestone for our company, which showcases our resolve towards positively contributing to financial inclusion across the communities of Pakistan and is a clear demonstration of our Mobicash strategy in action. I appreciate the efforts of our team who continue to work innovatively to provide the best customer experience across the country, may it be in the shape of new services or by strengthening our retail network. As an entity, we not only believe in opening new avenues for our customers, but also in adding value by building a stronger relationship with them.”

Honorary consulate of Latvia

ISLAMABAD (PR): The honorary consulate of Latvia was inaugurated in the federal capital recently. The ceremony was hosted at the consulate by Chaudhry Iftikhar Rasul Ghuman, who was formally appointed as the honorary consul of the mission by Latvian Foreign Ministry. The inauguration was announced with ribbon-cutting by the Foreign Minister of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, who also hoisted the Latvian flag alongside the honorary consul, and the European Union Ambassador.

The occasion was also graced by the Latvian Ambassador to Pakistan, excellences from various European, Asian, North and South American, and Gulf states including the USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, Greece, Belarus, Hungary, Ukraine, Turkey, China, North Korea, Argentina, and Kuwait, and also other notables of Pakistan.