SSGC signs MoUs with 5

non-profit organisations

KARACHI (PR): Khalid Rahman, MD SSGC, has said that sustainability is a driving force in making a marked difference in the lives of the marginalized communities.

He was speaking after an MoU signing ceremony for SSGC’s CSR initiatives (2014-15) held at the head office the other day. The MD SSGC inked the MoUs with respective representatives of five leading organizations in education and health sector including IBA Karachi, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, Quaid-e-Awam University of Science and Technology (QUEST) Nawabshah, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centres in Gwadar and Mirpurkas and Al-Hijrah Schools, Ziarat.

The MoU signing ceremony marked implementation phase of the Company’s CSR initiatives in the areas of education and health. In the case of IBA Karachi, MUET, QUEST and Al-Hijrah Schools, SSGC will provide scholarships for students in different disciplines for the period of four years while the Company’s monetary support to the two branches of MALC will help the disease control center in running its operations more effectively.

Exchange of MoU documents was followed by cheque distribution ceremony during which the MD, SSGC distributed cheques to thirteen other CSR collaborators with SSGC. They include Sindh University of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT Sukkur), The Hunar Foundation, Fatimid Foundation Kidney Centre, Quetta, Omair Sana Foundation, Children Cancer Hospital, Poor Patient Aid Society, Child Aid Association (NICH Karachi), WWF-Pakistan, Thal Limited, SoS Village, Make-a-wish Foundation and Markaz-e-Umeed. The collaborations with these NGOs will be focused towards supporting them in meeting their medical needs in the form of equipments and environment conservation support, as in the case of WWF-Pakistan through its beach clean activities and Thal Limited in the creation of bio-degradable shopping bags.

The event was marked by the presence of two renowned social workers Mr. Ansar Burney of Ansar Burney Trust and Dr. Ruth Pfau, founder of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre. Both these figures who have spent their lifetime serving the humanity congratulated SSGC for causing a significant difference to the lives of under-privileged population not just through a supply of gas but through CSR projects in Sindh and Balochistan. The audience gave a standing ovation to the two social workers for their selfless commitment towards the society.

Earlier, Shahbaz Islam, Head of Corporate Communications, SSGC gave a comprehensive presentation to the audience about the CSR initiatives in the Company. Salman A. Siddiqui, DGM (Corporate Communications) presented a vote of thanks.

Meanwhile while talking to the newsmen, the MD said the Company will focus on encouraging schemes for provision of clean drinking water and bio-mass conversion process to useful energy since a large number of population stands to benefit from such schemes. He said that SSGC will attempt to develop a more proactive mindset to make a tangible contribution towards communities in need.

Fifth Element Group to open store in Lahore

LAHORE (PR): Swarovski, the global leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, has announce the second store opening for Fifth Element Group, its official distribution partner in its loose crystal business in Lahore, Pakistan, with effect from June 9, 2015. Nine months after its first store opening in Karachi, Swarovski’s official distribution partner, Fifth Element Group, will open its second store in Lahore, Pakistan. With over 35 years of experience working with Swarovski, Fifth Element Group has amassed a deep understanding of both Swarovski’s loose crystal assortment and the jewelry market.

Following the successful example of Karachi, the store will have a design consultant from Pakistan to provide practical support with trend research findings, including how to adapt such information to suit the local market. Application assistance with using the loose crystal innovations that are launched every year will also be available, together with help in developing local craftsmen and women, and creating domestic and international platforms to promote design. With nearly a year under its belt, Fifth Element Group’s expert team will provide customers with first-class service spanning all stages, from trend information and design to product creation and distribution, strengthening Swarovski’s presence in Pakistan.

The second Fifth Element Group store to provide loose crystals from Swarovski will be located in Lahore. It will also offer the finest jewelry made with Swarovski crystals under the Fifth Element brand.

Microsoft announces Lumia Jeet Ka Khazana winners

PESHAWAR (PR): Microsoft Mobile Devices & Services (MMDS) Pakistan has successfully completed the 1st phase of “Lumia Jeet Ka Khazana” when the winners were announced. The first lucky draw was held the other day where one prize of Rs1 million and 20 prizes of Rs 50,000 were distributed.

The winner of Rs 1 million is Syed Amir Shah from Peshawar. The winners of the Rs 50,000 are as follows: Saifullah Rao from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Sehrish Shakoor from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Umair Ali from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Farah Pervez from Karachi, Durriya Mansoor Hussein from Karachi, Shoaib Khalid from Karachi, Muhammad Jawad Mehdi from Lahore, Muhammad Jamil from Lahore, Amyad Justin from Lahore, Muhammad Waqas from Faisalabad, Mudassir Ali from Faisalabad, Mohammed Shakeel from Faisalabad, Hammad Hassan Ahmed from Multan, Tauseef Ali Khan from Multan, Khizer Abbas from Multan, Mohammed Arsalan Tahir from Peshawar, Syed Abdul Hadi Bukhari from Rahim Yar Khan, Gul Hassan from Shikarpur, Akhtar Rasool from Khanewal and Shazia Siddiqui from Shikarpur.

An independent third party audit firm has been taken onboard by Microsoft Mobile Devices & Services Pakistan to ensure the legitimacy of the campaign whereby lucky draw process in being scrutinized under its watchful eye toensure the distribution of prizes to the winners is absolutely transparent.

With the end of the first lucky draw, Microsoft “Lumia Jeet Ka Khazana” has now entered the phase 2 of the campaign. The second lucky draw for phase 2 will be held on 28th June, 2015 where 10 prizes of PKR 100,000, and two prizes of PKR 500,000 shall be distributed among the winners.

Mohammad Kamran Khan, General Manager, Microsoft Mobile Device and Services, Pakistan said “We are thrilled with the response we have received with Lumia Jeet Ka Khazana. This competition is in line with our ambition to bring affordable windows phone for all. Hence, we are challenging the digital generation to use windows mobile communication technology to improve their lives, get more of what they want and feel more empowered. We are now looking forward to the second lucky draw where the biggest attraction will be the grand prize of BMW 2016 Model 318i along with other cash prizes”.

The grand prize of the campaign is a brand new BMW 2016 Model 318i, which will make the winner one of the first few owners of the vehicle in the world. Every customer buying a Microsoft Lumia 535 Dual SIM (DS), Microsoft Lumia 430, Microsoft Lumia 640XL and the recently announced Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM (DS) smartphone will be entitled to enter this campaign. To participate, all you have to do is purchase one of these Lumia device with fool proof sticker on the sales pack and send the number on the scratch card (available inside the box)to 8881 with the phone’s IMEA number. Every customer will get a call balance of PKR 500 within 72 hours of activation of their Lumia Device making every customer a winner.

It’s time for all the Lumia fans to get hold of their favorite Lumia out of the ones mentioned earlier and get a chance to win a brand new BMW 2016 model as well asother high worth cash prizes.

Bokhari inaugurates PPL-funded ICU, ward at JPMC

KARACHI (PR): PPL MD and CEO Syed Wamiq Bokhari inaugurated the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and tuberculosis ward at the Department of Chest Medicine (DCM), Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), sponsored by Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL), at a ceremony held at JPMC on Thursday.

Speaking on the occasion, Bokhari expressed his pleasure on the addition of the equipped health facility at JPMC, which has been serving citizens since 1947. He considered it PPL’s moral obligation to serve the nation through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme with the company being the largest corporate giver in the country having an annual CSR spending of over one billion rupees.

MD PPL accompanied by DMDs Syed Kaleem Akhtar, Dr. Fareed Siddiqui and other company officials was welcomed by Executive Director JPMC Professor Anisuddin Bhatti, Vice Chancellor Jinnah Sindh Medical University Dr Tariq Rafi, Joint Executive Director JPMC Dr Seemi Jamali and Head, Department of Chest Medicine, JPMC, Dr Nadeem Ahmed Rizvi.

The state-of-the-art tuberculosis treatment facility at JPMC with ICU, High Dependency Unit and a women ward equipped with ventilators, ultrasound, X-Ray, dialysis and other modern machines is the only free-of-cost facility in Karachi now open to public. “The addition of 16 beds to DCM enhances the treatment capacity to 110 patients,” added Dr. Rizvi.

Telenor re-launches website

KARACHI (PR): Telenor Pakistan has re-launched its online channel/website with an innovative portal interface designed to enter the e-business arena, featuring unique e-sales and e-care facilities for its privileged customers.

The launch initially comprises redesigning and consolidation of all Telenor Pakistan brands’ websites (Talkshawk, djuice, Telenor Business), and incorporates elements of e-commerce and self-service. Telenor customers can now create an online account and manage multiple Telenor SIMs registered against their name from a single account.

The website, which provides a seamless customer experience across all screen sizes, also enables single click product activation and deactivation facilities, online balance check and personalized recommendations. Users can now buy a new Telenor SIM online, and utilize the ‘Number Search’ function to select a number of their choosing for doorstep delivery.

Expressing his delight, Irfan Wahab Khan, Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer said, “The establishment of an e-business channel represents a monumental stride in the right direction, effectively establishing the digital channel to assist with online sales and services, while remaining aligned to our objective of putting our customers at the heart of everything we do. The new interface not only provides a simplified and superior customer experience, it empowers users to manage their own accounts and transactions on one platform.”

Updates planned to further enhance the online experience in the coming months include 24/7 online recharge, device sales with multiple payment options including Easypaisa, and full access to mobile usage history, poised to revolutionize the way Telenor Pakistan’s customers interact with it online.

UCP student represents

Pakistan in Sri Lanka

LAHORE (PR): Aqsaa Mehmood, a dynamic student of the University of Central Punjab, Lahore represented and conveyed the voice of the students of Pakistan in an education dialogue in the South Asia series which was joined by 80 participants from 8 different countries. The policy dialogue titled ‘English, Skills & Employability ‘Trinity or Trilemma?”, organized by British Council, was hosted by Sri Lanka.

As a panelist, she was in the opening plenary 1 in parallel 3 and the topic assigned was ‘Catch-22- the skills trap’ Quality and relevance of skills outcomes’.

And in plenary 4, the great debate, in the student panel (For), with the motion “This house believes that skill shortages, mismatches and low skills language levels result from poor communication between policy makers, employers and training providers/academia.

ACCA-WWF forum

LAHORE (PR): The annual ACCA – WWF Pakistan Environmental Reporting Awards were held on the world environment day i.e. June 5, 2015 to recognise innovative and transparent corporate reporting. The event attracted representatives from various organisations including CEOs, CFOs, ACCA members and other professionals from corporate, public sector and practice, NGOs and media.

The discussion forum was moderated by Arif Masud Mirza, regional head of policy MENASA, ACCA and the panelists included Professor Imran Ali, rector and dean, Karachi School for Business & Leadership, Nasim Beg, executive vice chairman, Arif Habib Group, Parvez Ghias, chief executive officer, Indus Motor Company Limited and Hammad Naqi Khan, director general, WWF-Pakistan.