Easypaisa sponsors film

KARACHI (PR): Pakistan’s first and largest branchless banking service and a joint venture of Telenor Pakistan and Tameer Microfinance Bank, Easypaisa has announced that it has entered into an agreement with HKC Entertainment, AAA Motion Pictures and 5th Element productions to sponsor their upcoming film, Arth 2. The film is written and directed by Pakistani veteran actor/director Shan Shahid starring himself, Humaima Malick, Mohib Mirzaand Introducing Uzma Hassan.

Easypaisa acknowledges the progress the Pakistani film industry has made and wishes to support local artists. By sponsoring projects like Arth 2, Easypaisa hopes to set a precedent in the industry for supporting talented artists and their work. The goal is to promote such win-win collaborations, where both the sponsor and the artists benefit from increased awareness, and empower them to continue their contributions towards making Motion Pictures an established industry in Pakistan.

On this occasion, Nadeem Hussain, Founder, President and CEO Tameer Microfinance Bank said, “I am very optimistic on the future of Pakistani cinema. The past few years have positively shapedour industry’s output and I am confident that movies like Arth 2 will further accelerate the momentum. I am proud of our endorsement and involvement with Arth 2 for supporting promising talent and the revival of cinema. We wish Shaan and his team all the best for this venture”.

Muhammad Yahya Khan, Chief Financial Services Officer, Telenor Pakistan and Head of Easypaisa said, ‘We are delighted to endorse Arth 2 and encourage the new wave ofCinema in Pakistan since it provides ample opportunity to our young aspiring talent and veterans to contribute and make their mark in the promising Pakistani film industry. We believe in promoting cultural opennessand want to help Pakistan’s economy through films which is a prime medium for impelling the domestic and international market.’

Kopykats and Mobilink present ‘Siachen’

KARACHI (PR): The renowned Islamabad based theatre group, KopyKats Productions comes to Karachi to bring you the veteran playwright Anwar Maqsood’s Siachen and directed by Dawar Mehmood. Exclusively sponsored by Mobilink, the play narrates the story of soldiers posted on the highest battleground in the world. The Karachi premiere of ‘Siachen’ will take place on the 1st January, 2016 with the last show scheduled for 31st January, 2016.

Based on the lives of soldiers posted upon the disputed glacier, ‘Siachen’ is set in 2016, a time when tensions between the two neighboring countries has dwindled away and peace might be on the horizon. The play is a compilation of multiple short stories experienced by the soldiers over a period of six months. These stories include an entire unit waiting for their goat on Eid-ul-Adha, a love triangle between a Captain, soldier and the journalist, a Behari soldier made prisoner of war by the Pakistani camp, and anticipation between the two groups of soldiers for the upcoming Indo-Pak T20 cricket match on the radio. Legendary playwright, Anwar Maqsood has penned this play to depict the much lighter side of the conflict between two nations usually known for excessive hostilities towards each other across mainstream media.

The preparations for ‘Siachen’ are probably the most intense for any theatre play Pakistan has ever witnessed, and with a 3D set, the house arrest and a huge number of cast members, this play is the biggest local theatrical production ever.

“Anwar Maqsood is one of our most stimulating playwrights,” said Amir Ibrahim, CCO - Mobilink. “And we are thrilled to be partnering with Kopykats Productions for a satirical take on the standoff between Pakistan and India on the world’s highest battle ground. Supporting ‘Siachen’ is a part of Mobilink’s commitment to cultivating local culture as we believe that stage plays are an integral part of our society. We will continue to support such initiatives in the future and will look for ways to promote our local talent and culture across the globe.”

Tickets are now available for sale with details on facebook.com/kopykatsproductions. In the past, Kopykats Productions and Anwar Maqsood have respectively produced and written successful plays i.e. ‘Pawney 14th August’, ‘Sawa 14th August’, ‘Aangan Terah’, ‘Dharna’ and ‘Half Plate’.

NBP awarded gold medal

KARACHI (PR): National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) was awarded gold medal for its "banking and financial services" by Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) during the 39th Export Awards ceremony. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave this award to Syed Iqbal Ashraf, President NBP.

This award is a top slot award and is given on the basis of NBP's banking and financial services for the economy. This is consecutively third year that NBP is honoured with this award.

NBP recently won the globally recognized “The Bank of the Year in Pakistan 2015” award. NBP is well known to be the largest bank of the country in terms of customers, rural penetration and lending portfolio. Being the “Nation’s Bank” it also handles government treasury business.

State Life zonal offices

KARACHI (PR): Cash counters at all State Life Zonal Offices across the country will remain open for the convenience of the policyholders to deposit their premium till 12 midnight on December 31st, 2015.

Workers Union conference

LAHORE (PR): All Pakistan Hydro Electric Workers Union orgainsed a conference on Wednesday at Bakhtiar Labour Hall to commemorate the birth day of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The conference was attended by veteran trade union leader Khurshid Ahmed, general secretary of the Union, along with Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi, Assadullah Khan, Mujahid Islam Billa, chief engineer LESCO, and trade union representative.

Lamudi Pakistan had a big year in 2015

LAHORE (PR): 2015 was a booming year for Lamudi Pakistan. The local real estate startup made a positive impact across the nation’s property sector. From Islamabad to Karachi, the growing enterprise reached many milestones. In March 2015, Lamudi Pakistan participated in the Property and Real Estate Expo in Lahore and did so with great success.

The company also hosted a series of Real Estate Empowerment Workshops in Karachi and Islamabad, each of which was attended by hundreds of agents as well as representatives from the Dubai Islamic Bank. In a market rife with competition, Lamudi Pakistan has grown to offer over 100,000 listings, which is 12.5 percent of the company’s listings globally. Another one of the company’s milestones in 2015 was the anniversary of its quarterly real estate magazine, Property Now, launched in October 2014.

Zong celebrates success

of its GTP

ISLAMABAD (PR): Zong recently announced that after the success of the first-of-its-kind Graduate Trainee Programme (GTP) it has offered permanent employment to the fresh graduates who were engaged under the GTP. The highly educated youth who have been trained extensively in line with the GTP launched earlier this year, are now part of Zong’s permanent workforce.

As many as 88 young graduates were selected for this programme after a detailed evaluation and scrutiny on the basis of their educational competence and intellectual capabilities from 30 leading educational institutions located across Pakistan.

They were then developed through a specially tailored developmental plan, designed to nurture the capabilities of each trainee.

Over the period of one year, the trainees got exposure to various departments received off-job trainings and were made part of dedicated mentoring programs. The top performing graduates who have successfully completed their trainee period have been hired at permanent positions and have become part of Pakistan’s fastest growing and the only 3G and 4G services provider in the county.

Intel completes acquisition of Altera

KARACHI (PR): Intel Corporation has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Altera Corporation, a leading provider of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. The acquisition complements Intel's leading-edge product portfolio.

"Altera is now part of Intel, and together we will make the next generation of semiconductors not only better but able to do more," said Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO. "We will apply Moore's Law to grow today's FPGA business, and we'll invent new products that make amazing experiences of the future possible – experiences like autonomous driving and machine learning."