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Global Rollout of LG G7 ThinQ Gets Underway

Monday, June 4th, 2018

LG’s Newest Premium Smartphone Delivers Brighter Display, Superior Camera, Louder Audio and Useful AI Functions

Karachi / SEOUL, June 04, 2018 — The rollout of LG Electronics’ newest G7 smartphone kicks off this week in its home market of South Korea with key markets in Asia, the Americas, and Europe to follow shortly thereafter. Officially announced just two weeks ago, the LG G7 ThinQ is LG’s first G series flagship phone with AI capabilities built-in, as well as a host of other new features designed for consumers look-ing for an all-around premium smartphone that will remain relevant and current for years to come.

Running Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, the LG G7 features a Super Bright Dis-play to deliver vivid colors and 1000nit brightness viewable even under the brightest lighting condi-tions. The 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) display with a 19.5:9 FullVision screen ratio is housed in a form factor that is perfectly designed for use with one hand.

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The Boombox Speaker is sure to impress with a large resonance chamber that generates twice the bass of typical smartphones, even room-shaking audio when placed on a solid wood or metal surface. The inclusion of Hi-Fi Quad DAC, DTS:X and earphone jack make the LG G7 ThinQ the smartphone of choice for audio enthusiasts.

The new 8MP front and dual rear 16MP cameras significantly improve image quality while wide angle lenses on both the front and the rear packs even more people and scenery in the frame. Most notable is the AI CAM feature that automatically optimizes shots based on the subject matter and a Super Bright Camera that brightens dimly-lit objects by a magnitude of four without additional noise or grain. And the LG G7ThinQ is among the first smartphones in the market to offer Google Lens right out of the box. As demonstrated at the recent Google I/O conference, Google Lens adds powerful AI and comput-er vision functionalities, allowing users to see more information and perform useful tasks all from within the phone’s camera.

The LG G7 is an AI powerhouse in a smartphone package. The G7 is the first smartphone to offer a ded-icated Google Assistant Key that provides quick and easy access to Google Lens and Google Assistant. Faster and less obtrusive in public than saying, “OK Google,” the Google Assistant Key provides a con-venient way to get more things done with voice than ever before. And with Super Far Field Voice Recognition (SFFVR) that can recognize voice commands from up to five meters away, the G7 easily doubles as a home smart speaker, listening for and responding to requests from across the room.

“The LG G7 ThinQ is a smartphone of strong fundamentals but more significantly, its integrated and meaningful AI features take user conveniences to a whole new level,” said Ha Jeung-uk, senior vice president and business unit leader for LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “We’re confi-dent that once consumers experience the benefits of AI on a smartphone for themselves, they will im-mediately see the ways the LG G7ThinQ can improve their day-to-day activities.”

Prices and dates of availability will be announced locally.

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Emirates launches daily direct service between Newark and Dubai

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Karachi /Dubai June 04, 2018 Emirates today launched a new daily service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dubai International Airport (DXB), adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece.

The new, non-stop flight operates with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 306 seats in Economy Class.  Flight EK223, will depart Dubai at 3:00 a.m. and arrive in Newark at 9:00 a.m. The return flight, EK224, will depart Newark at 11:50 a.m. and arrive in Dubai at 8:20 a.m. This new timing complements the existing Emirates service, as it provides travellers with a new option of a morning arrival in Newark, and a morning departure.

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The second daily flight will improve Newark’s connectivity to and from a range of destinations in the Emirates network, particularly those heading to Africa, Far East and the Indian sub-continent. In the last year, popular destinations passengers have flown to from Newark include Beirut, Bangkok, Dubai, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Addis Ababa. Passengers can also take advantage of over 90 codeshare destinations with flydubai such as Kathmandu, Alexandria and Zanzibar.

“We are thrilled to provide the traveling community with new options to experience Emirates’ excellent product. The availability of the new non-stop flight will not only double our capacity to meet demand for our award-winning service, but also offer enhanced choices and easy connectivity for passengers traveling to Dubai and onwards,” Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West said. “We expect this service to generate consistently high demand, enhance business, culture and leisure connections between major destinations, and support the demands of businesses in New Jersey that export their products worldwide.”

Hello, Newark

The new, daily flight offers another simple connection point for global travellers in the Tri-State Area, connecting flyers to Emirates’ extensive global network. Especially those in the New Jersey area looking to travel to key long-haul destinations, such as Pakistan, can now cut down travel time when flying for business, family events or the honeymoon of a lifetime.

The addition of a second daily flight from Newark means Emirates will continue to serve the New York metropolitan area with five flights a day to Dubai. From Newark, Emirates will now fly one non-stop flight a day to Dubai, and one flight via Athens, Greece. With the suspension of flight EK207/208 announced in March 2018, Emirates flies two non-stop flights a day from JFK to Dubai, and one flight a day via Milan, Italy.

Travelers beyond New Jersey and the Tri-State Area can take advantage of Emirates’ partnerships with JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, allowing for connections to and from more than 100 destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico.

Visiting Dubai

 Passengers flying with Emirates can book a Dubai Stopover package which will allow them to stay in Dubai for a few days on their way to one of over 155 destinations.

Dubai offers everything from desert outings to beaches to family-friendly hotels, and even ski slopes at the Mall of the Emirates. Having become the fourth-most-visited city in the world, Dubai is known for its eclectic mix of offerings, from futuristic architecture to vibrant traditional culture and diversity.

The city offers everything a visitor could want, from shopping at some of the largest malls in the region to dining options which will spoil anyone for choice. Dubai has seen the addition of several new attractions in the last year. Among the latest must-see places in the dynamic city are Dubai Parks and Resorts which features three distinct theme parks – Motiongate™, Bollywood Parks™ and LEGOLAND®. Spread over 25 million square feet, and equivalent to 420 football fields, the parks combined have more than 100 rides and attractions. Other tourist hot-spots inaugurated since 2016 include IMG World of Adventures – the largest indoor theme park in the world, Dubai Safari Park – a 119 hectare wildlife park home to over 2,500 animals and the Dubai water canal – a 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai.

All travellers can take in the sights of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, the Dubai Fountain which dances to a set of music for onlookers, and of course, experience desert camel rides and dinner under the stars at a Bedouin style camp. Recently, Dubai also welcomed new landmarks including the Dubai Frame – a golden 150m high frame that overlooks the city and La Perle – an immersive theatre experience offering a 270 degree viewing angle for all guests to see the stage. Dubai truly offers a variety of attractions to meet the tastes of business and leisure travellers alike.

Emirates’ US services

Emirates serves 12 points in the US, helping to link the world’s largest economy with emerging markets that will further drive American economic growth, trade, and job creation. Of the 80-plus destinations on our Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 67 are not directly served by any US carrier. The breadth of our network between the US and India is unparalleled, offering more flights than any other foreign carrier and significantly reduced travel times compared to airlines connecting via European hubs.

Emirates operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the sky with an average age of just 5 years, compared to the industry average of over 11 years. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of General Electric powered Boeing 777s. Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft offer high levels of comfort and high quality service.

Passengers in all cabin classes can enjoy the friendly service from Emirates’ international cabin crew, meals prepared by gourmet chefs, and over 3,500 channels of the latest movies, TV shows and music hits on its award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. First Class and Business Class customers will also be able to book complimentary chauffeur drive to and from Newark Liberty International Airport.

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Khaadi – the first Pakistani brand to open a retail store in Scotland

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Karachi, June 05, 2018: Khaadi, the country’s leading fashion retail brand announced the opening of its first store in Scotland becoming the first Pakistani brand to open a retail outlet in the country.

The Glasgow store is located at the Silverburn Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, and is the brand’s eighteenth international store and eighth in the UK. It will showcase products from Khaadi’s Ready to Wear, accessories and Khaadi Khaas collection.

“I am extremely proud of this achievement,” said Shamoon Sultan, CEO Khaadi, “Khaadi is a pioneer of fashion retail in Pakistan. I believe it is our responsibility to highlight our country’s rich culture and heritage, and to represent and promote it locally and globally, while providing customers Khaadi’s unique retail experience.”

The 2772 square foot store uses simple materials like raw finished surfaces comprising of natural wood and stone to highlight the presence of natural elements. The mural wall is a composition of back painted glass and has been designed by the artist, Sohail Abdullah.

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HBL Granted Membership Bank Status under SCO IBA Framework

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Karachi: June 07, 2018: Habib Bank Limited (HBL) is proud to be officially granted the status of membership bank, during the 14th council meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization Interbank Association (“SCO IBA”), was held between 4th to 7th June, 2018 in Beijing, China.

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is a Eurasian political, economic, and security organisation, the creation of which was announced on 15 June 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It is the largest regional establishment in the world in terms of geographical coverage and population, and is one of the world’s most powerful organizations. Pakistan officially became a member state of SCO on the 17th Meeting of Heads of State Council of SCO in Astana on June 9, 2017.

HBL became a partner bank under SCO IBA on August 8, 2014, and has now been elevated as a member bank with the consent of other member banks present at current SCO IBA council meeting. It is a great honor and achievement for HBL to represent Pakistan on the SCO banking forum, and to be the first and only commercial bank in this forum. With its elevation in status as member bank, HBL is positioned to play an integral role in promotion of regional trade, investment and finance.

Amongst many firsts, HBL was the first bank from Pakistan to receive a license for setting up a branch in China. It was also the first South Asian bank to receive permission to set up its banking operations in Urumqi, the largest city in the province of Xinjiang, which borders Pakistan along the traditional Silk Route. HBL’s Urumqi Branch is now fully functional and the bank is in the advanced stage of consultation with Chinese banking regulator to commence its 2nd branch in Beijing.

Moreover, HBL also opened its branch in the Gwadar Free Zone in 2018, making it the first bank to have a branch in Gwadar Free Zone as well as China. HBL was also the first Pakistani bank to offer CNY accounts to its customers in Pakistan.

With progressiveness at its forefront, HBL has been a catalyst for CPEC since its inception. HBL Corporate and Investment Bank continues to drive this initiative forward with its entrenched relationships with Chinese financial institutions. HBL is proud of successfully collaborating with premier Chinese banks to undertake landmark transactions on such a massive scale, making the CPEC dream a reality.

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FACEBOOK MAKING IT EASIER TO DONATE BLOOD

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Facebook announces “Blood Donations”, a dedicated space on Facebook on World Blood Donor Day,
will make it easy for people to find related information to blood donation drives, requests, and nearby blood banks

Karachi, June 12, 2018 – Today, in support of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, we are launching Blood Donations on Facebook, a new center where people in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, and India can find opportunities to donate nearby. We are also running a campaign in these countries to raise awareness of blood shortage and the importance and impact of donating.

People who visit Blood Donations on Facebook can also sign up to be a blood donor to get notified directly when there is a need for blood nearby. To date, more than 10 million people have signed up and thousands of donations have been facilitated through Facebook.

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Blood Donations on Facebook
We know that when donors have information and opportunities to give, they step up to help. But often donors don’t know where and when to donate. Blood Donations on Facebook shows people opportunities to donate in their city, including nearby blood donation events, requests for blood donors and blood banks. We have also made it easy for organizations to add requests and events to the center. People will be able to access Blood Donations on Facebook from the explore menu on their device.

World Blood Donor Day Campaign
In many countries, including Pakistan, blood donations are typically at their lowest during May and June. To help raise awareness of the shortage and the need for donations, Facebook will be running a campaign through the month of June to encourage people to donate blood, share stories of people who have saved lives using these features, and educate people about the process of donating blood.

Professor Hasan Abbas Zaheer, National Coordinator, Safe Blood Transfusion Programme explains, “During the summer vacations and in the holy month of Ramadan blood donation rates fall in Pakistan and the past few years these times have overlapped and caused real hardship to the patients, particularly the large population of transfusion dependent thalassaemia patients.

Our blood banks thus face an urgent need to collect blood through repeat donations from our regular donors and also by recruiting (and retaining) more new donors to ensure replenishment of blood stocks from a low-risk population to maintain the smooth functioning of the system. The government’s Safe Blood Transfusion Programme welcomes Blood Donations through Facebook which make it easier for people to support their local blood donation events and respond to requests for blood donations. Remember your one blood donation can help save the lives of three different patients.”

Shasha S. shared her recent experience, “My father had to have open heart surgery and the hospital told us we needed to find 6 donors to fulfil the blood requirements. Unfortunately our friends and contacts were unable to donate as they were fasting. Lucky I remembered the Blood Donation feature on Facebook, and quickly clicked on the icon, shared my father’s blood type and details of where people could donate. Within hours, two strangers came forward to donate blood to my father. My family is so grateful, we were so worried that we would be unable to find the blood we needed, but through Facebook we found extra help we needed. Today my father is getting better every day and I encourage everyone to sign up as a donor.”

We hope that by raising awareness and letting people know where and when they can donate, we can increase blood donations and contribute to a more sustainable blood supply.

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Emirates Skywards introduces enriched family programme to allow 100% pooling of Miles

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Karachi /Dubai, June 14, 2018 – Emirates Skywards has revamped its family offering to provide a richer, more rewarding programme called ‘My Family’. Family members can now pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights, allowing them to redeem rewards faster than before.

Each member can pool up to 100% of their miles earned on Emirates flights and the nominated contribution of Miles from each member can be adjusted at any time. Emirates Skywards has a global membership of 20 million and all members are eligible to join ‘My Family’. Each account can have up to 8 family members including a nominated Family Head.

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“We’re always working to enhance our offerings to ensure our members are given greater value, choice and flexibility at every touchpoint across the Emirates Skywards programme. The new enriched ‘My Family’ programme will provide our members with a better, more intuitive customer experience, allowing them to consolidate up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates to reap faster rewards as well as tailor the proposition to meet their travel needs,” said Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards.

The new Emirates Skywards ‘My Family’ programme complements the airline’s exceptional family offering both on board and on the ground. In flight, young travellers can look forward to special toys, activity packs, child-friendly meals and dedicated kids’ content on ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system.

On the ground, Emirates provides a dedicated family check-in area and complimentary strollers in Dubai and priority boarding for families across all airports.

‘My Family’ is part of the continued evolution of the Emirates Skywards programme to introduce more features giving members greater opportunity than ever to earn Miles and access rewards across its wide range of flights, travel and lifestyle partners. In the last month, the programme gave members increased flexibility in managing their Miles by introducing reduced rates for buying, gifting and transferring of Skywards Miles.

Emirates Skywards membership is free. Besides flight rewards and upgrades, members can earn and redeem Skywards Miles through over 100 programme partners including airlines, hotels and retail & lifestyle outlets. Members also enjoy money-can’t-buy-experiences at popular events worldwide and access to 41 Emirates lounges in major cities worldwide. Other benefits include lounge access, priority check-in and boarding and special privileges for Wi-Fi and advanced seat selection on board. For more information visit

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LG V35 ThinQ: A Faster, Smarter V Series Phone

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

LG’s Award-Winning Platform Updated with Latest Mobile Processor, Camera, AI Features and DTS:X

Karachi / SEOUL, June 14, 2018 — LG Electronics (LG) announces the LG V35 ThinQ, the latest iteration of its highly acclaimed V series of premium multimedia smartphones. The LG V35 ThinQ continues to inject new energy into the V series platform with even faster performance, and enhanced photography, audio and AI functionalities. The newest V series device will be rolling out in the Americas starting in June followed by limited markets in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

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Catering to the most demanding of users, the device features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. The LG V35 ThinQ retains the stunning 6-inch 18:9 OLED FullVision display with QHD+ (2880 x 1440) resolution in a compact form factor that weighs only 157g and measures a thin 7.3mm.

 

The display is further accentuated with the scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 that is curved around the edge for a sleek and premium feel. The LG V35 ThinQ is built to withstand the rigors of daily use with its IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and a passing grade in 14 of the US military’s MIL-STD 810G tests for reliability of equipment performance in harsh environments.

 

A Better, Smarter Camera

The LG V35 ThinQ sports a new rear dual camera module featuring two 16MP lenses in standard and Super Wide Angle configurations that was first introduced in the new LG G7 ThinQ. The Super Wide Angle camera now features less edge distortion with sharper and more natural photos from previously. The front camera gets a huge bump in resolution from 5MP to 8MP.

 

The LG V35 ThinQ features the improved AI CAM with 19 shooting modes to help users take better photos every time. Users will also find Portrait Mode to create bokeh shots with both the front and rear cameras, Live Photo to record a scene immediately before and after the shutter is pressed as well as Stickers for fun 2D or 3D overlay effects using face recognition.

 

Improving on the low light photography capability in the V30S ThinQ, the V35 ThinQ features the new Super Bright Camera to capture low light images that are approximately four times brighter. With the help of pixel binning and advanced software processing techniques, the AI algorithm determines the best settings when shooting in dim environments.

 

AI Features to Make Life Convenient

Following the LG G7 ThinQ, the newest V series smartphone will also feature Google Lens in the camera app as well as from within Google Assistant and Google Photos. With Google Lens, users can get more information on objects such as landmarks, plants, animals and books by just pointing with the camera. Users can also visit websites, add a business card to contacts and add events to the calendar directly with the camera.

 

With Super Far Field Voice Recognition (SFFVR) technology, Google Assistant can be accessed by voice up to five meters away. SSFVR is capable of accurately understanding voice commands even over background noises such as a TV and traffic.

 

Immersive High Definition Audio

The Hi-Fi Quad DAC featured in the V35 ThinQ delivers richer sound when paired with a pair of high-end headphones. And with DTS:X, listeners can enjoy virtual 3D surround sound up to 7.1 channel audio with any content while on the move.

 

“The LG V35 ThinQ is part of our strategy that we announced early this year to introduce new iterations of existing products that improve on a proven and successful idea,” said Hwang Jeong-hwan, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With carefully considered updates that increases performance and convenience, the LG V35 ThinQ is a great option for anyone looking for a complete and powerful multimedia smartphone.”

 

Additional details including price and purchase locations will be announced locally at the time of availability.

 

Key Specifications:*

 

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 845 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.0-inch 18:9 QuadHD+ OLED FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 538ppi)
  • Memory:

– V35+ ThinQ: 6GB RAM / 128GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)

– V35 ThinQ: 6GB RAM / 64GB ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)

  • Camera:

– Rear Dual: 16MP Super Wide Angle (F1.9 / 107°)

16MP Standard Angle (F1.6 / 71°)

– Front: 8MP Wide Angle (F1.9 / 80°)

  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Operating System: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Size: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 157g
  • Network: LTE-A 4 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 5.0 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colors: New Aurora Black, New Platinum Gray
  • Other: AI CAM / AI Haptic / Super Bright Camera / Super Far Field Voice Recognition / Googles Lens / IP68 Water and Dust Resistant / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS: X 3D Surround Sound / HDR10 / Crystal Clear Lens / Google Daydream / Voice Recognition / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 Technology / Wireless Charging / FM Radio

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