ACCA Pakistan offers exciting new route into profession

LAHORE (PR): After consultation with key stakeholders, including students, ACCA (the Association of Charted Certified Accountants) has announced that it will be launching a new pricing structure to help people start their journey on a rewarding career in finance.

Sajjeed Aslam, Head of ACCA Pakistan, said: “This is an exciting development for ACCA, where we have placed providing greater value at the heart of our offering to students. We have worked to ensure that the product and price is right, and we have done this by listening to feedback, especially from students.”

Our ‘even greater value’ proposition includes academic recognition at all stages of education from Intermediate all the way to Master’s level. It includes gaining a BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University at the same time you are studying towards the ACCA Qualification. In addition students can also earn a Master’s in Professional Accountancy from the University of London.

Employers and learning providers were also consulted on the development, which means that fees for students will be competitively priced, taking into account global foreign exchange rates.

ACCA has also introduced a new pricing structure for its exams. By modifying its prices, the global professional body for accountants also believes that employers who take on ACCA students stand to benefit.

Richard Staunton Head of Global Delivery, explained: “This is also great news for employers that already support and work with ACCA, offering our qualifications, and those that are considering working with us. The increased opportunities for students that the pricing structure offers will have a huge positive impact on organisations.

Staunton concluded: “We are wholeheartedly committed to building and sustaining the accountancy profession in Pakistan, a profession to which I am proud to belong. ACCA has a treasured and long-held value – that of opportunity. Our new pricing structure is modelled on this value, as it offers more opportunities to study to become a qualified certified chartered accountant.”

Zong offers most affordable IDD bundles for S Arabia

ISLAMABAD (PR): Zong, Pakistan’s first and only 3G & 4G network, has introduced international direct dialing (IDD) voice bundles to their prepaid and postpaid customers for calling their loved ones in Saudi Arabia. Zong is the fastest growing telecom brand in Pakistan and has always offered pocket friendly products, value added service and packages that are very economical for the people from the lower and middle class

Sajid Mahmood, Chief Admin, LDI & International Business Officer Zong, said, “A large number of Pakistani’s reside in Saudi Arabia, so keeping their communication needs in mind, Zong thought to further facilitate our valued customers. Now customers can talk as much as they wish with their loved ones in Saudi Arabia on highly affordable rates.”

The customers can send SMS “SUB” to 6966 for the activation of IDD Saudi Arabia Bundle. In order to avail the free minutes, customers need to dial 89 before the desired number. If a call is dialed without 89 in the beginning, customer will be charged from account balance. 

IDD voice bundle starts from bundle 1 which offers 15 minutes in just Rs. 100 and it goes up to bundle 4 which provides 150 minutes in Rs. 1,000 and the minutes can be used until one month. This offer is available for both prepaid and postpaid customers and free minutes could be consumed on all mobile and landline numbers of Saudi Arabia. Greater detail can be accessed on the Zong website.

UBL presents insurance claim cheques

KARACHI (PR): As an employer, United Bank Limited (UBL) has always worked towards providing the best possible compensation and benefit packages to all its employees, whether permanent or contractual. In this regard, as an incentive scheme, UBL in collaboration with the State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan (SLICO) provides free life insurance to all the security guards the bank employs Pakistan-wide. This scheme provides benefits to all guards or their next of kin for on the job death or injury.

Under this scheme, recently UBL and SLICO presented death claim cheques to widows of three guards who lost their lives while on the job. An observance was held in their regard at the UBL head-office in Karachi, where insurance cheques were passed on to the respective widows of the deceased security guards.

Aameer Karachiwalla, COO-UBL, Zia Ijaz, Group Executive-Retail Banking UBL, Abdul Jabbar Junejo, Group Head Customer Services UBL, Adnan Samiullah Khan, Zonal Head (G&P) State Life Insurance Karachi, Aijaz Yousuf Soomro, Manager Marketing (G&P) SLIC, Mian Muhammad Arshad, Sales Manager (I.L) State Life Insurance, Shehzada Humayoon Sultan (Oillinks Security), Mufassir Atta Malik (Superior Security Guards) and Major (R) Iftikhar Alam (Pak Security) were among the executives present at the occasion.

KP govt-TCF partnership

LAHORE (PR): Elementary and Secondary Education Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) for a 5-year partnership to establish and run Second Shift Schools in 5 government schools in Nowshera District, effective from April, 2016.

The MoU was signed by Qaiser Alam, Additional Secretary KPK and Ateed Riaz, Founder-Director TCF at a signing ceremony held in Peshawar at the chief minister’s house, in the presence of KPK Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, Education Minister Atif Khan and Secretary Education Ali Raza Bhutta. Isfandyar Inayat, General manager TCF and Syed Nayab H. Shah, Regional Manager TCF were also present at the occasion.

Ateed Riaz, Founder- Director TCF, said, “We feel privileged to have partnered with Elementary and Secondary Education Department, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This partnership is of great value as it will help us in our mission of providing quality education to the less privileged. TCF brings to this collaboration, its 20 years of experience in operating schools and delivering quality educational outcomes in low income communities. TCF also intends to pursue opportunities for collaborating with all provincial governments in order to bring children off the streets and into schools.”

Pfizer to support education programs for GPs

KARACHI (PR): Pfizer Pakistan Limited and College of Family Medicine Pakistan (CFMP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pledge and support a sustained medical education of general practitioners (GPs). By virtue of this collaboration, Pfizer Pakistan will support membership of the College of Family Medicine Pakistan – affiliated with Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), UK – for more than 170 General Physicians (GPs) from across Pakistan. The signing ceremony was held at the CFMP head office in Karachi. Pfizer Pakistan will propose nominations and offer enrollment for various Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) for general physicians practicing in Pakistan in accordance with the eligibility criteria prescribed by CFMP.

Apart from the programs that are conducted in major cities, small towns will be reached through Distance Learning Programs (DLPs), where the GPs will learn remotely through the help of technology. Every GP has to undergo a test to qualify for next module. These training courses will enhance the GPs Skills to treat the patient better.

Dr. Farid Khan, Country Manager of Pfizer Pakistan, in his message to CFMP said, “We are very pleased to share that we are making significant investments in continuing medical education for the physicians in Pakistan. After the Credit Hour CMEs, this internationally recognized and comprehensive training program for General physicians will greatly help in enhancing their medical knowledge for better diagnosis and management of patients.”

CFMP thanked Pfizer for this support in enrollment of over 170 physicians in the program. Dr Shehla Naseem, Secretary General CFMP recognized the importance of continuing education for GPs, “Physicians in Pakistan have to constantly undergo education programs carried out by renowned medical bodies since so many advancements in treatment regimen are taking place globally and we need to be up to date,” she said.

Huawei’s P8 max big

LAHORE (PR): Mobile phone market is one of the most innovative battle of the titans, with Huawei’s P8 max big has just got bigger; Huawei has always been innovative with trend setting with product. Recent add ons such as RGBW camera directors mode and light painting which is the bench mark for the company’s flagship product P8, These fabulous features found a new home under P8 max, 6.8 Inch Phablet that redefines the cross between a smartphone and tablet. 6.8 mm device has its sleek curves and bindings which makes this a phenomenal design with the 6.8 inch display this ideal for gaming browsing and on those long haul flights watching movies.

May be the P8 max is not for everyone but the target audience is the one who like their screen bigger with Powerful Kirin Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor and 3 GB of Ram. So before criticize it’s too big understand this it is supposed to be big. The camera on the device is pretty sharp with the world’s first RGBW technology that gives a whole new approach towards pictures and light painting photography. Huawei’s emotion UI looks pretty sharp with lollipop version 5.0.2. Battery is another strong hold for P8 max 4360 mAh Li-Po battery that gives you around 2.23 days on normal usage and 1.4 on heavy usage.

Nadra, InfoTech join hands

LAHORE (PR): InfoTech Group, a leading systems integrator and technology solutions company, recently signed a contract with NADRA to provide an application server middleware platform, enabling the automation of the CNIC acquisition process through an online service. According to the agreement, InfoTech deployed IBM Websphere at NADRA, and would continue to provide the consultancy services and back end support as the project goes live.

NADRA was able to develop its online application in-house, with InfoTech providing back-end web hosting support. As IBM’s Premier Business Partner, InfoTech was selected by NADRA through an open and competitive process to deploy the IBM Websphere software on an IBM P8 series server to help facilitate its new online service.

As a result, NADRA will enable Pakistani citizens to apply for CNIC card services online instead of visiting their registration centers. This will be especially useful for Pakistanis living abroad. The process, which boasts online document submission, credit card payment and home delivery of the CNIC, will greatly facilitate the public by eliminating the hassle of long queues and enabling overseas Pakistanis to access their documentation from anywhere at any time.

Workshop at UMT

LAHORE(PR): The School of Advanced Studies (SAS) at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) conducted two-day workshop on August 26-27 titled “Exploring Anthropology and Ethnographic Research” to raise public awareness about the discipline and showcase the cultural diversity of Pakistan and the rest of the world. Workshop was organized by UMT SAS Assistant Professor Ali Islam Ghauri with a grant from the United States Education Foundation Pakistan (USEFP).

Over 80 participants, including students, professors, academic researchers, and social sector professionals attended the free workshop.