Honda Atlas Cars marks 300,000-unit milestone

LAHORE (PR): Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited (HACPL) celebrated the 300,000 units of cumulative automobile production at its factory in Manga Mandi, Lahore. At the ceremony, an all-new 2016 Civic rolled off from the production line, commemorating the 300,000th unit produced. This remarkable milestone symbolizes Pakistani customers’ trust and strong support to Honda Pakistan. The company will continue its significant contribution to the country’s automobile business and demonstrates its commitment to long-term investment in the country.

Takahiro Hachigo, president, CEO & representative Director of Honda Motor Co,

Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania), Toichi Ishiyama, President and CEO of Honda Atlas Cars, and Aamir H. Shirazi, group president Atlas Group, attended the ceremony together with 1,600 HACPL associates to witness this historic moment.

Hachigo said, “Honda Atlas Cars has been presented in Pakistan automobile market for over 22 years and has always made the greatest efforts to provide best-quality products to our valuable customers. I would like to thank all Honda customers, who have made us proud.”

HACPL started business operations in May 1994 with the launch of Civic, and added the City model to the production line-up in January 1997. HACPL achieved its 100,000-unit production milestone in December 2005, and the 200,000-unit production milestone in July 2012, a mere seven years later. The company achieved today’s cumulative 300,000-unit production milestone in only four years since then.

In celebration of 300,000-unit production milestone, HACPL announced that it is launching a special sales promotion for HR-V customers by giving away free Modulo Door Visor kit and Special Engine Oil package for all orders placed from 21st October to 21st November 2016.

CAA’s efforts in improving services at BBIAP

ISLAMABAD (PR): Benazir Bhutto International Airport at Islamabad has been in the list of the ’10 Worst Airports in The World’ since 2012 when it was ranked the 3rd. In 2013 it ranked 4th Worst Airport and in 2014, it secured the number one position and was categorized as the Worst Airport in the world.

In a report published by CNN, Islamabad has been excluded from the list of 10 worst airports in the world due to dedicated and consistent CAA efforts. Proactive campaigns promoting CAA facilities, new initiatives, safety, security and customer satisfaction has ensured improved ranking of BBIAP Islamabad. This is a tribute to the standards maintained by CAA especially the new director general, who has been in office for only 10 months.

Horlicks provides sufficient nutrition to children

KARACHI (PR): Recently, a Horlicks Masterclass for consumers, mothers and media was held at a local hotel. The session was hosted by Sidra Iqbal. The session highlighted the fact that milk alone cannot meet the daily nutrition intake needed for school going children as they need a supplement that increases the strength of milk and helps make a child taller, stronger and sharper.

The three panelists emphasized that nutritional supplements are essential for children’s vital growth years. Horlicks when added to milk is scientifically proven to provide sufficient nutrition to help children reach their growth potential. A research conducted compared Horlicks enriched milk to non-fortified whole cream milk which proved that Horlicks added to milk doubles the intake of Calcium, Zinc and Iron. Horlicks triples the delivery of Vitamin A, increases the delivery of Vitamin D and adds Vitamin B6 as well as folic acid to milk. With on-going dietary issues that Pakistani children face, these supplements are integral for growth.

Mobilink’s mobile-based agri service launched

ATTOCK (PR): Mobilink is targeting the agriculture sector of Pakistan with the launch of its new value-added service (VAS), ‘Ba Khabbar Kisaan’. The app based service utilising interactive voice response technology will provide farmers information and services related to agriculture such as optimised cultivation methods, modern farming techniques, health education for farmers, health precautions for plants, 24/7 helpline with trainings, weather information, crop insurance, market related information and a platform for sales.

The launch of ‘Ba Khabbar Kisan’ was held in Dera Sardar Sarfraz Khan, Attock, where more than a 1000 local farmers were present. Dr Syed Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA, and Aamir Ibrahim, CEO Mobilink and Warid Pakistan, highlighted the benefits of service to for farming community.

With the launch of this service, Mobilink is looking to harness the strength of its extensive telecommunications network to connect farmers, agribusinesses and rural communities, in a bid to drive productivity, profitability and innovation.

“With the launch of our ‘Ba Khabbar Kisaan’ service, Mobilink is showcasing that mobile operators can offer much more than just basic communication facilities,” said Aamir Ibrahim.“This service is in line with the direction we took by re-introducing Jazz, as we now want to offer our subscribers freedom of choice, digital empowerment and the power to do more with less; ultimately becoming the first Telco to reach out and reshape all echelons of society.”

“We believe this service will play an integral role in ensuring farmers get their due reward for playing an important role in the society by transforming their ability to increase crop yields, improve efficiency and grow incomes,” he further added.

Pink Ribbon joins hands with Gul Ahmed

KARACHI (PR): Being a woman centric brand for the masses, GulAhmed feels deeply concerned regarding the well-being of Pakistani women. In order to further the cause of fighting breast cancer, the Pink Ribbon Foundation has joined hands with Gul Ahmed and is taking several noteworthy initiatives to generate awareness. Activities centered on breast cancer awareness and fundraising for building Pakistan’s first dedicated breast cancer hospital are being carried out throughout October which is deemed as the global month of breast cancer awareness and is referred to as #Pinktober.

GulAhmed has also encouraged various players of the business & fashion community to lend their support to the cause of Pink Ribbon Pakistan as well. Chief Executive Pink Ribbon Pakistan, Omer Aftab thanked all the campaign partners.

JS Bank rating upgraded

KARACHI (PR): The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Limited (PACRA) has upgraded the long-term entity rating of JS Bank Limited (JSBL) to ‘AA- (Double A Minus) [previously ‘A+ (A Plus)]. Meanwhile, short-term entity rating has been maintained at ‘A1+’ (A One Plus). The ratings denote a very low expectation of credit risk and indicate very strong capacity for timely payment of financial commitments.

The ratings reflect strengthened relative position of JS Bank in the country’s competitive banking landscape. This emanates from enhanced system share (approaching 2% of deposits at end-Sep16). The benefit has trickled down whereby concentration - both in deposits and advances - is approaching adequate levels. Expanded branch network is supporting deposit growth. Meanwhile, JS Bank is carefully building its loan book; although asset quality is good. The strategy is to i) foster penetration of existing branches whileexpanding the network beyond 300 branches over the near-term; ii) spreadadvances book through different products over multiple sectors; iii) buildnon-fund based income; and iv) hold strength in treasury operations. JS Bankhas adequate capital level (CAR at end-Sep16: ~12% primarily tier I).However, credit expansion may put some pressure on CAR, for which the bankhas option to add support through tier II capital.

Ndure brand ambassador

LAHORE (PR): Pakistani cricketer Yasir Shah, the fastest Asian to get the hundred test wickets mark, has joined Ndure, an all-purpose brand catering to all consumer needs by Servis Shoes, as their brand ambassador.

Head of Marketing SSC, Sharjeel Hasan said, “It is a matter of great honour and pride for us to have Yasir Shah in family of SSC and we believe that his dedication, determination and spirit will enlighten and encourage all young souls to achieve and live their way”.

Launched in 2008, NDURE is a recent addition to the SSC brand portfolio. It offers a platform of convergence for the new generation. The product range comprises casual, formal and sports’ shoes for men, focused on the urban lifestyle across a broad band of styling, ranging from basic to fashion in amazing prices. SSC offers this brand primarily focusing on urban consumers and is in sync with the global trends, a brand that is young at heart.

Samsung plant inaugurated

LAHORE (PR): Samsung, the giant of consumer electronics, along with WAKTECH, consumer electronics arm of WAKGROUP, jointly inaugurated the Samsung assembly plant at Sundar Real Estate, Raiwind Road. The event was attended by Samsung senior vice president Koo Yeun Choi, counselor of South Korean Embassay Bong Soo Park, WAKGROUP CEO Ammar Ahmed Khan and WAKTECH General Manager Shehryar Ali Shah.