Samsung Galaxy S7 &

S7-Edge launched

LAHORE (PR): Samsung held a grand launch ceremony the other day to announce the launch of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, at Samsung Imax in Lahore. The entire area of Samsung IMAX was turned into a new-age technology experience zone where people could interact with the most powerful smartphones till date.

Samsung recently closed the pre-orders of Galaxy S7edge and Galaxy S7 where 70% of the smartphones were pre-ordered within the first day of pre-order announcement by Samsung. Samsung has seen overwhelming response and interest of people in the newly launched powerful smartphones.

The advanced camera on Galaxy S7edge & Galaxy S7 captures more light to deliver high quality images. The F1.7 lens on both sides of the phone and larger pixels on the rear camera’s image sensor allow for brighter and sharper images – even in low light. It offers the world’s first dual pixel sensor on a smartphone camera, using 100% of the pixel on the Dual Pixel sensor for phase detection. Each pixel has two photodiodes that capture light independently to enhance the detection even in the dark. The camera also has the Motion Panorama, Hyperlapse video mode, Selfie flash and spotlight features.

AkzoNobel introduces ‘ICI Dulux Velvet Touch’

LAHORE (PR): AkzoNobel, one of the world’s leading global paints and coatings companies, has launched ICI Dulux Velvet Touch - a range of premium interior and special effects wall paints. Created by colour experts and designers, Velvet Touch is based on an advanced paint formulation that offers unique wall decoration solutions, allowing home owners to turn inspiration into personalized reality.

“Today’s home owners with a good sense of personal style and individual aesthetics like to add personality, creativity and uniqueness to their home décor. ICI Dulux prides itself in having a deep understanding to its consumer’s needs. With this collection, we continue to leverage our strength to bring the latest innovations in sustainable paint and coatings technologies for the developing consumer market in Pakistan.” said Jehanzeb Khan, Chief Executive of AkzoNobel Pakistan.

A collaboration of international creative experts from design, architecture, and fashion led to the meticulously selected range of rich colours in the Velvet Touch Collection and the fine featured finishes and textures, inspired by lustrous metallic tones, smooth and sleek silk, linen and add a physical and visual dimension to the walls.

“Personalization in déco is a growing trend – we see them in cafés, restaurants and public spaces and Velvet Touch makes this feasible for home owners as well. We want our customers to personalize their world. By combining beautiful colours and the finest finishes with special effects, the possibilities of transforming living spaces with decorating solutions are endless.” added Saad Rashid, Business Manager for ICI Dulux.

Real estate sector perfect for flipping properties

LAHORE (PR): Buy low, sell high. That is the basic principle behind flipping properties. In other words, flipping is when investors buy inexpensive properties and sell them at a profit after their value increases.

But how do you ensure that a given property’s value will increase? Lamudi Pakistan has the answers, according to the Lamudi guide to flipping recently published on Lamudi.pk.

According to the Lamudi guide to flipping, the ability to identify up-and-coming areas is extremely important. This ability is required to find the perfect location and property to invest in for short term gains.

In Pakistan, it is relatively easy to find up-and-coming areas, even in famous and high-demand developments. For example, a 125-square-yard residential plot in Bahria Town Karachi’s Ali Block that cost between Rs. 1,700,00 and Rs. 4,000,000 in 2014 can cost between R.s 4,000,000 and Rs. 7,000,000 today. That’s a potential profit of more than 300 percent.

Based on this, anyone can see that flipping is a possible source of immense wealth, especially for investors who are able to flip multiple properties. Pakistan’s real estate market is full of potential for flipping because of its many areas with affordable prices and rapidly increasing property values.

Other locations where property values are expected to continue their exponential rise are DHA City Karachi and Islamabad’s Sector F7.

The Lamudi guide to flipping demonstrates how to identify up-and-coming areas. It also shows how to find the right property, the right purchase price, the right budget and finally, the right sale price.

Not all properties can be flipped immediately. Many require maintenance, renovation or construction to increase in value.

Coca-Cola’s water

interventions change lives

LAHORE (PR): Coca-Cola Pakistan has brought a positive change in the lives of thousands of people by providing access to clean drinking water and better sanitation services through various projects in the country, stated a press release issued by the company on World Water Day.

The company’s flagship project ‘Watershed Management’ in Galiat, in partnership with WWF Pakistan, has positively impacted the lives of more than 28,000 people around the area. The project which started 7 years ago, also entails plantation of over 14,000 trees, 4 women vocational centers, construction of check-dams and rehabilitation of 20 springs. Furthermore, the company recently partnered with reputed NGO, Mountain & Glacier Protection Organization (MGPO) for integrated water resource management, providing safe drinking water and sanitation services in Baltistan. Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager, Coca-Cola Pakistan and Afghanistan region, said on World Water Day, “Water is a key resource which must be protected. We at Coca-Cola are making all efforts to not only bring water usage efficiency in our operations, but also help protect and rehabilitate the watershed of key areas across the country”.

In the past five years, over 566 million litres water has been replenished through the Galiat project. The Coca-Cola Company also set an aspirational goal of being water neutral by 2020, which it remains well on track to achieve before time.

Another key project with UNHABITAT focuses around clean drinking water and improved sanitation facilities in over 100 schools of Islamabad & Rawalpindi. This project is now impacting over 20,000 children of these schools, where a high number of females are now able to attend school due to provision of separate washrooms.

Globally, The Coca-Cola system returned approximately 126.7 billion liters of water used in its manufacturing processes back to communities and nature through treated wastewater in 2014-15. These combined efforts put Coca-Cola on track to be the first global food and beverage company to replenish all the water it uses back to communities and nature.

JS Bank upgrades its core banking system

KARACHI (PR): JS Bank has upgraded its core banking system to Temenos T24 R14. The bank has been using T24 core banking system for nearly a decade and has successfully moved all of the operations at its head office and branches to the latest version of Temenos flagship core platform. The upgrade will enhance the technology platform in line with the banks focus to improve customer experience and provide a wider range of product offerings.

Commenting on the occasion, Khalid Imran, CEO JS Bank, stated “Temenos Core Banking System upgrade to R14 will enable the bank to further increase its operational efficiencies and improve its compliance and risk management functions. It will also provide the Bank an advanced banking platform to position itself to launch innovative products & digital banking services for the customers”.

Imran Soomro, CIO JS Bank said “T24 R14 version offers an advanced & agile banking platform ”.

Earlier this year JS Bank opened its first branch outside of its home country, in Bahrain. The announcement followed the awarding of a wholesale banking license to JS Bank by the Central Bank of Bahrain in 2015. The Bahraini branch is also underpinned by the T24 R14 core banking system.

SL automates HSE processes for FG

LAHORE (PR): Systems Limited has completed their project of automating Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) processes for Fatima Group. Systems Limited is providing an integrated, powerful and flexible solution that is designed specifically to effectively manage Process Safety Risk Management Program.

Systems Limited introduced a centralized solution by using Microsoft SharePoint to automate and optimize business processes related to HSE, which will increase the operational efficiency of Fatima Group. The implementation of Safety Management Information System (SMIS) will help Fatima Group in achieving safety standards and creating a real-time environment, in turn saving lives.

Asif Peer, CEO of Systems Limited commented on the completion of this project “Systems Limited is helping companies around the world attain enhanced levels of operational efficiency by providing customized solutions and services. The new centralized system will allow Fatima Group to make fast and appropriate decisions to ensure a secure and safe working environment.”