Easypaisa joins hands with Roshan Energy

KARACHI (PR): Pakistan’s first and largest branchless banking service and a joint venture between Tameer Microfinance Bank and Telenor Pakistan, Easypaisa has collaborated with Roshan Energy to launch a first of its kind Solar Home Solution. The innovative pay-as-you-go model enables customers to purchase and use Roshan Energy’s reliable solar solutions with an upfront payment of just 15%, whereas the remaining payments can be paid within 18 months through Easypaisa.

The product is based on a unique Pay As You Go (PAYG) model allowing users to top-up their Solar Home Solution from any of the 55,000 Easypaisa shops across the country or directly through their Easypaisa Mobile Accounts. The Solar Kits have a unique microcontroller which shuts down the Solar System automatically once the Top-Up amount has been consumed. Once all instalments are paid, the microcontroller becomes inactive and the Solar Solution will continue functioning without any further Top-Ups required. The ownership of the Solar Kitis transferred over to the customer upon consuming a total recharge amount equal to the total cost of the solar kit.

This unique model has empowered customers to pick whether they want their solar equipment to work for a full month or just for a day. Currently, there are three Solar Solution Models being offered ranging from 30 to 100 watts solar panels.

The Solar Home Solutionhas been rolled out in Hyderabad, Thatta, Badin, Tharparker and Rahim Yar Khan so far. Currently, the loan applications are accepted at selected Tameer Bank branches and Telenor Sales & Service Centres, with the aim of extending the solution to all Easypaisa shops.

JS Bank recognised for its CSR Activities at int’l summit

KARACHI (PR): JS Bank has been recognized for its Corporate Social Responsibility efforts at the International Summit on Corporate Social Responsibility 2015.

The 4th International summit on CSR 2015 was organized by the Professionals Network. The award was presented to JS Bank in a ceremony held at a local hotel in Karachi. Prominent personalities belonging to corporate sector, government organizations, NGOs, academia and media attended the event.

JS Bank has been awarded in the category of “Social Impact”. The award recognizes the positive social impact JS Bank has had through its community programs in the areas of health, education, sustainable development and relief efforts across the country. JS Bank conducts its CSR activities through the charitable arm of JS Group, Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation. Over the years the initiatives led by Mahvash & Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation have touched and improved lives of numerous Pakistanis.

The award marks the recognition of JS Bank’s belief in paying back to the community at large. It is said that many national and international organizations had submitted their nominations, out of which JS Bank was selected through a judges’ panel for being the best in overall social impact its initiatives have had across a broad range of segments.

JS Bank is considered amongst the fastest growing banks within the Pakistan’s banking landscape with the support of its vast experienced management. The Bank now has an online network of 238 branches and presence in over 122 cities across Pakistan. In its unrelenting effort to provide high quality products and services, JS Bank continues to pursue the path of innovation and excellence.

Minister visits EPZA

KARACHI (PR): Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs/Minister In-charge, Prime Minister’s Public Affairs & Grievances Wing, Sheikh Aftab Ahmed visited Export Processing Zones Authority, Head Office in Karachi where he was briefed by the Chairman EPZA, Dr. Muhammad Khawar Jameel.

The state minister took keen interest in the operations of EPZA and assured EPZA management that all out efforts are being made by the federal government to promote export based industrialization in the country and in order to achieve this objective all the stakeholders are taken on board to resolve their issues.

On this occasion, Dr Muhammad Khawar Jameel, Chairman, EPZA gave an overview of the operations at different zones, EPZA performance and the facilities & incentives available for the investors.

Federal Minister also took note of the problems being faced by EPZA in different areas and assured a sustainable solution. He specially emphasized on the formulation and implementation of an effective strategy for the revival of sick units as it is very important for social and economic well being.

Furthermore, he instructed the management of EPZA to make extra efforts to attract local and foreign investment in export processing zones. He appreciated the pollution free environment offered by EPZA to its investors and also planted a palm tree on this occasion to mark his visit.

Lamudi.pk looks at the cheapest plots

LAHORE (PR): Property-hunters on the search for reasonably priced and lucrative plots in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad should go for Gulshan-e-Hadid, LDA City and Marigold Block of DHA Valley, respectively, according to Lamudi.pk website onsite data.

Priced at an average Rs.4500/ square yard, LDA City is likely to be cheaper than any other area in Lahore. Similarly, Marigold Block of DHA Valley at Rs.3000-5000/ square yard topped the list for cheapest places to buy plots in Islamabad. Lastly, Gulshan-e-Hadid in Karachi at an average price of Rs. 5000/ square yard secured the first position in this category.

Saad Arshed, Country Director of Lamudi.pk, said: “Based on our extensive analysis of over 130,000 property listings, we have revealed the cheapest places to buy plots in the three main cities: Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

The information mined from our property portal’s comprehensive data gives property buyers an in-depth look into the Pakistan’s real estate market, and informs property investors, where to find the most reasonably priced plots.”

In Karachi, the top five cheapest places to invest in plots are: Gulshan-e Mehran, which is almost at the same level as Gulshan-e-Hadid and is priced around Rs.5000/ square yard. Korangi is up next, where you can invest in a piece of land at around Rs.8000/ square yard. Malir is averaging Rs.9000-13,000 per square yard and lastly Bahria Town, which has recently entered Karachi’s real estate market and is offering plots around Rs. 10,000-20,000/ square yard.

In Islamabad, after DHA Valley’s, Marigold Block, there is Ghauri Town with an average price of Rs.5000-8000 per square yard. Phase 2 of Jinnah Gardens is around Rs.6000-9000 per square yards, followed by PECHS which is averaging Rs.9000-13000/ square yard.

Pakistan’s liveliest city, Lahore, in the list of top five cheapest places to invest, after LDA City, comprises of State Life Housing Society at an average Rs.6500-7000 / square yard. Sui Gas Housing Society came at third position with an average price of around Rs.7500-8000/ square yard. In fourth place there is IEP Engineers Town priced around Rs.8000/ square yard, closely followed by Fazaia Housing Scheme costing Rs.8500/ square yard.