Soneri Bank, Zong ink contract

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): ZonG has signed a contract with Soneri Bank for the provisioning of ZonG BizXcess & Enterprise Solution Services. BizXcess is ZonG’s unique service that allows the postpaid subscribers to choose a plan and get it customized with 3G / 4G, SMS and Group Call Add-Ons. The BizXcess offers different packages including EconoXcess 149, ProXcess, SmartXcess, SMS Add-Ons and Group Call Add-Ons.

These packages offer call, SMS, internet and other facilities to ZonG’s postpaid subscribers at very convenient rates.

Niaz A Malik, Deputy CEO ZonG said “This contract is another feather in ZonG’s cap of cellular excellence. It is recognition in banking sector that Pakistan’s business community prefers ZonG due to its highest standards of professionalism, technological advancement and affordability. Soon, ZonG would be able to equip Pakistan’s entire banking sector with advanced technological tools practiced worldwide for e-banking.”

Amin Feerasta, Chief Operating Officer (COO) Soneri Bank, said, “Soneri Bank in its mission to continuously innovate and enhance customer service has invested in the world’s leading technology. This platform will allow Soneri Bank to provide consistent customer experience along all touch points.”

UBL pledges Rs100m to FCC

KARACHI (PR: United Bank Ltd supports education as a core element of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda. UBL recently presented a cheque of Rs20 million to Forman Christian College, Lahore as part of a PKR 100 million pledge, for the construction of its Business & Social Sciences Building.

Huawei launches Nexus 6P

Lahore (PR): Tech giant Huawei has launched Nexus 6P, a dynamic and futuristic smart phone in Pakistan. It has been created in partnership with Google and it is the best Nexus smartphone manufactured till date. The price of this smart phone is Rs.71,999 /- and it will be available with an exciting offer from Mobilink which is 12GB free data for 12 months.

Huawei Pakistan’s GM devices, Shawn, expressing his views on the launch event, said: “This device was much anticipated in the local market and we received numerous requests for launching Nexus here, which shows that the thriving and booming tech generation of Pakistan is eager to grab latest technological devices. And in this regard, Huawei is playing the vital role.”

RB, Plan Int’l join hands

KARACHI (PR): Reckitt Benckiser (RB), manufacturer of Dettol, and Plan International Pakistan, a developmental sector organization, have collaborated to design and test a new approach to reduce the incidence of diarrhoea amongst under-five children by improving the health, hygiene and sanitation conditions.

RB and Planhave jointly launched an innovative behaviour changing campaign, “Save a Child a Minute” in Pakistan. The vision is to stop deaths from diarrhoea by empowering women and creating wealth for local communities.

Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development was the chief guest at the launch event of the campaign. Shahzeb Mehmood, CEO RB Pakistan, highlighted the key points of the project.

GIDS hosts seminar

ISLAMABAD (PR): Social policy is as important as economic policy and the universal provision of education, health and social protection is a prerequisite for sustained and equitable development.

This was stated by Khalid Malik, former director, UNDP, human development report while addressing a seminar organized by the Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS), Lahore School of Economics on ‘Pakistan and the Rise of the South.’

Mr. Malik traced the rise of the South, mainly China, India and Brazil, in the last 35 years and the seismic change that has resulted in terms of their share in global GDP over this period. He also pointed out that countries that started with lower levels of inequality e.g. China and South Korea, tend to perform better both in terms of economic growth and better HDI (Human Development Indicators). He stressed the importance of the commitment of the ruling elite to economic development which he felt was missing in the case of Pakistan and which appeared to be more driven by narrow self-interests.

Dr Rashid Amjad, Director, GIDS, Lahore School of Economics stated that the real challenge for Pakistan was to identify the key factors that had prevented Pakistan from reaping the benefits of globalisation, (as China and India) and to implement the economic reforms needed to catch up.

Emirates to add a third daily flight to Riyadh

Karachi (PR): Emirates will boost its services to Riyadh with the addition of a third daily flight to the Saudi capital from 15 December 2015. The addition of the third daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Riyadh to 21.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre said: “Emirates’ expanded schedule to Riyadh will offer more seamless connections for our customers but most importantly will broaden travel options for business travellers and families alike who are looking to visit Dubai.

There are clear traffic flows between Riyadh and Dubai therefore boosting our services and increasing our capacity with a third flight makes business sense.”

So far this year, over 450,000 passengers have travelled on the Dubai-Riyadh service.

In 2014, Saudi Arabian visitors to Dubai topped more than 1.5 million, according to a Deloitte Quarterly Middle East Hotel Market Insight Report. Dubai continues to be an attractive destination for Saudi visitors, offering them both luxury and value with an extensive array of leisure and family activities to suit every taste, in addition to hotels for all budgets. As a business hub, Dubai has become a springboard to emerging eastbound markets and Africa and is an ideal destination for doing business. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the UAE’s largest trading partner in the region, with non-oil trade reaching an estimated AED 256 billion in the first quarter of 2014, according to Saudi Arabian Federal Customs Authority data.

The third flight will be serviced by the A330-200 in a combination of a three class and two-class configuration. Emirates flight EK815 departs Dubai at 0125hrs and arrives in Riyadh at 0225hrs. The return flight, EK816 departs Riyadh at 0345hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0645hrs.

All cabins are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system with over 700 channels to choose from, including movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world.

As with all Emirates flights, passengers on the Riyadh service will enjoy the extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40 kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.

Along with Riyadh, Emirates operates to Jeddah, Dammam and Medinah Al Munawarah in Saudi Arabia. Emirates currently serves Saudi Arabia with 59 flights a week. This will increase to 70 flights a week from 15 December with the additional services to Jeddah and Riyadh.

Dell Solutions Forum 2015

ISLAMABAD (PR): Today’s fast paced world holds many challenges for new and existing businesses. Dell has always, and continues to be, at the forefront of creating solutions that cater to a varied array of business strategies” said Mir Saadat Ali, General Manager Dell Pakistan & Afghanistan while speaking at the Dell Summit 2015 held in Islamabad.

The event brought forth IT professionals whilst seeking to help them address key issues in the industry and master the varying landscape to drive IT transformation.

This strategy will ultimately provide organizations the “Power to do More” by improving productivity and efficiency.

Speaking on the induction of their most advanced server portfolio, Mir Saadat Ali said: “Our end-to-end portfolio, strategic alliances, and hardware expertise propel us to offer world class solutions, not only for large and small businesses but also consumers”.

Babyshop event

KARACHI (PR): Babyshop celebrated International Children’s Day in collaboration with Funky Monkies at the Kids’ Music Fiesta recently in Karachi. Both also celebrated the event in other cities including Lahore and Islamabad.

‘Babyshop has initiated this Music Concert Fiesta to celebrate Universal children’s day to give kids a chance to sing and dance and feel the joy within. We are letting parents create the essence of liveliness and energy in their children because they are world’s most valuable resource’, says Shumaila Azeem, Country Operations Manager of Babyshop Pakistan.

Blood donation drive

LAHORE (PR): Ufone in collaboration with the Indus Hospital held a blood donation drive at its regional office and call centre located in Karachi to spread awareness and promote voluntary blood donation culture in Pakistan. The blood donation drive was led by members of Ufone Volunteer Group (UVG).

Under the collaboration, blood donors got free medical checkups and 9 free of cost blood tests were also administered for them.

Speaking about the significance of this blood donation drive, Amir Pasha, Head of PR & CSR Ufone said, “Blood cannot be manufactured, therefore, the need to collect and provide blood at the time of need is of crucial importance. Corporate volunteerism being an integral part of Ufone’s CSR activities, we realize the importance of people’s welfare thus a blood donation drive was held to mobilize the nation towards 100% voluntary blood donation.”

Yellow starts annual sale

LAHORE (PR): YELLOW, an international fashion house, is all set for its annual sale with up to 40% discount nationwide.

The annual sale starts from December11th, 2015 and 40% discount offer is valid on selected items of YELLOW menswear and women collection. Customers can also pick the new arrivals from the winter collection that is available at all YELLOW retail outlets across Pakistan. YELLOW, has four stores across Pakistan, their fifth store is under construction in Lahore.