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Systems Limited recognized as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year for Pakistan

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

LAHORE: Systems Limited proudly announced it has won the 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Pakistan. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.

“We are extremely honored to receive this accolade from Microsoft,” said Asif Peer, CEO, Systems Limited. “Our unwavering dedication to excellence in delivery and customer service is the reason we have won this coveted award. Our technology implementation teams have worked closely with both Khaadi and our partners at Microsoft to produce a specialized solution that aligns perfectly with Khaadi’s business requirements. To have delivered such a powerful solution in such a short period of time is a landmark achievement, and I commend our technology professionals for their commitment and hard work,” he added.

Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,600 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Systems Limited was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in Pakistan.

The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Systems Limited as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers.

“We are honored to recognize Systems Limited of Pakistan as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Systems Limited has distinguished itself as a top partner, exemplifying the remarkable expertise and innovation we see in our Microsoft partner community to deliver transformative solutions.”

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past year.

About Systems Limited

Founded in 1977, Systems Limited is a leading global technology and business process outsourcing service provider, delivering innovative business solutions and technology-led BPO services. With over 3,000 employees globally, Systems Limited helps its customers around the world maximize their IT investments and create specialized solutions that drive business results. These solutions leverage deep technical skills, domain expertise, products, frameworks, accelerators, and industry best practices that offer customers substantial competitive advantage.

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Khaadi wins ‘Retail Brand of the Year’ award at the HUM Style Awards 2018

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Karachi -September 03, 2018: Khaadi, Pakistan’s premier fashion retail brand, won the prestigious “Retail Brand of the year Award” at this year’s HUM STYLE AWARDS 2018, held at an evening of glamour and style at Karachi’s Expo Centre.

Khaadi, was selected on the basis of its contribution towards establishing a strong foothold in terms of retail expansion and experience. Khaadi was recognized last year for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Brand Development’ category at the same awards last year.

Khaadi’s Chief Marketing Officer Muhammad Usman, received the award on behalf of the company and dedicated the award to “… Pakistan and our customers. None of this would be possible without them.” He added.  “ Khaadi’s Dream Team is fantastic whose passion and commitment have taken it from a 400 square foot corner store in Zamzama to the 400,000 squarefeet in 72 stores across Pakistan, UK and the GCC. Thank you Pakistan, thank you Hum Style Awards.”

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LG’s Ai-Enabled ThinQ Devices Take Top Honors

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

 EISA Recognizes LG’s Artificial Intelligence and Product Innovation

Karachi / SEOUL, September 03, 2018 — LG Electronics’ (LG) innovations in AI technology and design have earned the company recognition from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). LG’s AI ThinQ-enabled products including LG OLED TV, LG SUPER UHD TV and LG XBOOM were honored for their high competitiveness in categories assessing premium picture quality, artificial intelligence performance and sound excellence.

The LG OLED TV AI ThinQ (model OLED65E8) was named the EISA PREMIUM OLED TV 2018-2019, marking this the seventh consecutive win for the company’s OLED technology. The TV was praised for its picture quality powered by the α (Alpha) 9 processor, which provides true-to-life images with incredibly rich colors, sharpness and depth for more realism and its class-leading artificial intelligence functionality. The EISA jury also praised the Dolby Atmos™ performance and its front firing speakers which produce the most immersive audio-visual experience possible. The picture-on-glass design was also cited for perfectly blending into any environment.

In addition, the LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ (model 65SK9500) was recognized as the EISA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TV 2018-2019 for producing the ultimate LCD TV picture through the combination of technologies including Nano Cell, Full-Array Local Dimming (FALD) and the α (Alpha) 7 processor, as well as LG’s AI ThinQ platform and Google Assistant built in. With LG’s proprietary AI ThinQ, users can control the TV, connect easily to external devices, switch picture mode and search for content. The latest advanced voice assistant technology embedded in the TV is achieved by employing Natural Language Processing (NLP) to deliver intelligent voice-activated control and connectivity based on LG’s exclusive deep learning technology. And with the Google Assistant built in, LG’s AI TVs offer a streamlined experience that allows them to manage different tasks, find answers, or control smart home devices, serving as the center of the smart home.

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EISA also named LG’s premium AI speaker, the LG XBOOM AI ThinQ (model WK7), as its EISA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LOUDSPEAKER 2018-2019 thanks to extraordinary sound quality combined with intelligence. The technical collaboration with Meridian, the British pioneer of high resolution audio, enables LG XBOOM AI ThinQ’s full audio performance to be unleashed for high-fidelity sound, precise vocal definition and accurate bass. The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ’s High Resolution Audio is compatible with high quality lossless files, allowing it to faithfully recreate sounds originally recorded in the studio.

With Google Assistant integrated directly into the device for quick setup, LG XBOOM AI ThinQ responds to a user’s commands without the need for a remote control or smartphone like “Hey Google, what’s my schedule today?” As a hub, the speaker can control Google Assistant-enabled smart home devices as well as LG home appliances compatible with LG ThinQ.

The winner of the EISA SOUNDBAR 2018-2019 award, model LG SK10Y, is an immersive soundbar with 550W of powerful output and 5.1.2 channel support by harnessing the power of Dolby Atmos® to produce an immersive sound from all directions, including the ceiling. With Meridian technology, LG SK10Y boasts a high level of performance to envelop listeners in rich, uncompromising sound and delivers extra clarity to speech and music.

The LG SK10Y is compatible with high-quality lossless audio files to perfectly recreate sound recorded in the studio and also offers a sound upconverting feature that boosts the quality of standard audio files to 24bit/192kHz to enhance subtle details and nuances of each track. This high resolution soundbar is aesthetically designed to fit under LG premium TVs. Moreover, the soundbar is compatible with other smart devices that support Chromecast and can stream songs or podcasts simply with the words, “OK Google”.

“LG is proud to be recognized by such renowned industry experts for its commitment to innovation in AI technologies,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company. “LG has been and continues to be a key global player in AI, offering customers a new level of intelligence at home, aligned with our mission to make their lives more convenient through the implementation of forward-thinking technology.”

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Emirates to add a fourth daily flight to Riyadh

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Karachi / DUBAI, September 4, 2018 – Emirates will boost its services to Riyadh with the addition of a fourth daily flight to the Saudi capital from 1 September 2018. The addition of the fourth daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Riyadh to 28.

Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran said:  “Emirates’ expanded schedule to Riyadh will offer more travel options and choice for business travellers and families alike who are looking to visit Dubai. There are strong passenger flows between Riyadh and Dubai so enhancing our services makes business sense, and further underscores Riyadh’s importance within our global network.

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The fourth daily flight will be serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration.  Emirates flight EK813 will depart Dubai at 1500hrs arriving in Riyadh at 1550hrs. The return flight, EK814 will depart Riyadh at 1750hrs and will arrive in Dubai at 2040hrs.  The late afternoon departure offers an additional option for travellers, complementing the existing morning and evening flights.

Dubai’s attractiveness as a destination for Saudi travellers continues to be strong and in 2017 more than 1.5 million Saudis visited the city, according to data published by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).  Dubai offers an extensive array of leisure and family activities catering to every taste, in addition to hotels for all budgets. As a commercial and business hub, Dubai has become a platform for a myriad of businesses seeking exposure in emerging markets, and is also a springboard for investments coming into the region.  The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the UAE’s largest trading partner in the region, with non-oil trade reaching an estimated AED 880 billion (USD$24 billion) in 2017, according to UAE Federal Customs Authority data.

All cabins on the Boeing 777-300ER flying to Riyadh are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system with over 3,500 channels of entertainment to choose from, including movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world, in addition to over 330 Arabic channels.

As with all Emirates flights, passengers on the Riyadh service will enjoy the extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of up to 35kg in Economy Class, 40 kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.

Emirates has been serving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1989, and also operates to Jeddah, Dammam and Medinah Al Munawarah. Emirates currently serves Saudi Arabia with 84 flights a week, increasing to 91 per week from 1 September.

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Emirates announces competitive fares around the globe

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Karachi /Dubai -September 05, 2018:  Emirates has announced competitive fares across its global route network to inspire and encourage travellers to explore new destinations and revisit their favourite cities.

Customers have to book by 14 September 2018, for travel between 16 September 2018 and 15 March 2019. Passengers can enjoy competitive fares to more than 150 destinations, including Dubai as well as destinations across the Americas, Europe and the Far East. Moreover, passengers can benefit from Emirates’ strategic partnership with flydubai as this global sale also applies to 90 other destinations across the airlines’ complementary networks.

Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from PKR 120,700 to the Americas, PKR 78,300 to Europe and PKR 55,300 to the Far East. Business Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from PKR 313,300 to the Americas, PKR 265,500 to Europe and PKR 154,300 to the Far East.

Emirates passengers can also enjoy up to 3,500 channels on its award winning inflight entertainment system ice, gourmet dining and generous baggage allowances across all classes.

“Emirates offers a great network of global destinations, a great flying experience, and now for a limited time, great special fares. Whether it is to explore a new city, try out a new experience, or just making that long-promised visit to friends and family, there is never a better time to make those travel plans a reality with Emirates. We look forward to welcoming more Pakistani customers, whether avid fans or first time flyers, on board our flights,” said Jabr Al Azeeby, Emirates Vice President, Pakistan

Emirates operates 71 flights per week from Pakistan to its hub Dubai, with services from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sialkot and Multan. Emirates also recently operated a one-off A380 flight service to Islamabad, the first ever A380 flight to Pakistan.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions, contact your travel agent or visit www.emirates.com/PK

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LG Builds on Successful G7 Series Platform with Two Even More Accessible Models

Monday, September 10th, 2018

LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit Offer Flagship-Level, Intelligent Features at Exceptional Price Points LG G7 Fit 01

Seoul / Karachi, September 10, 2018: At IFA 2018, LG Electronics (LG) will be introducing two exciting additions to the G7 series of smartphones with the LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit. Building on the foundation of the advanced LG G7 ThinQ, both of the new phones offer a balance of premium features and exceptional prices for discerning customers.

Many consumers today are turning their attention to legacy flagship smartphones which are seen as offering better values compared to the newest mid-range models. These customers aren’t satisfied with mediocre components but also don’t want to pay for over-the-top features in some of today’s premium phones that they will never use. The challenge is finding the smartphone with just the right balance.

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 LG G7 One

The LG G7 One is the first Android One smartphone from LG that brings together the best of the company’s smartphone experience and expertise with Google’s latest smartphone OS innovations. Designed to be one of the most versatile Android One smartphones on the market today, the LG G7 One sports the proven Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It has the same all-glass design aesthetic of the LG G7 ThinQ with a polished metal rim for a sleek and slim appearance that is rated IP68 for dust and water resistance. The 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) Super Bright Display sporting a 19.5:9 FullVision screen ratio and thin bottom bezel completes the premium style that savvy consumers are looking for.

The LG G7 One runs Android 8.1 Oreo and includes only the most essential apps out of the box, providing users with a smooth and fast smartphone experience. The phone automatically optimizes background activity for the most important operations to maximize battery life. Users can conveniently access the rich AI experience of the Google Assistant by tapping the dedicated button on the side of the phone. LG’s first Android One phone will receive regular security updates with built-in Google Play Protect for total peace of mind.

Also available on the LG G7 One is Google Lens, Google’s new way to search using computer vision and AI technology. Available from inside the Google Assistant and Google Photos, users can search for information about objects, identify text, visit websites, include business cards in contacts, add new events to the calendar or look up an item on a restaurant menu without any typing.

More consumers are using smartphones as primary devices to enjoy music and movies. The LG G7 One is the perfect companion device for unwinding and relaxing with its 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for superb sound when paired with quality earphones. The LG G7 One also delivers virtual 3D sound for all content, up to 7.1 channel audio with DTS:X.

For those who prefer to listen to music without earphones, the LG G7 One also features the unique Boombox Speaker which utilizes the internal space of the phone as a resonance chamber to deliver double the bass and audio of conventional smartphones. When placed on a solid surface or box, the resonance chamber acts as a woofer to amplify the bass effect even more. AI CAM, first introduced in the LG V30S, will be added with an update later this year.

 LG G7 Fit

LG G7 Fit was designed to bridge the gap between mid-range and flagship models, delivering exceptional value and performance as well as key features and innovations introduced in the LG G7 ThinQ. Featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, the LG G7 Fit comes with the stunning 6.1-inch LCD FullVision display with QHD+ (3120 x 1440) resolution powered by LG’s exclusive Super Bright Display LCD to delivery an industry-leading 1,000 nits of brightness.

Like the LG G7 ThinQ, the LG G7 Fit offers premium and intelligent features such as AI CAM, 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Boombox Speaker and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound.   AI CAM lets users choose from eight shooting categories – person, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise and sunset – for perfectly optimized shots along with three effects options for even more personalization.

“Both the LG G7 One and the LG G7 Fit are designed to allow a broader range of consumers enjoy LG smartphones with proven and flagship-level features,” said Ha Jeung-uk, senior vice president and business unit leader for LG’s Mobile Communications Company. “As the smartphone ecosystem matures, it’s not enough to just offer premium and mid-range phones, there is a growing demand for models in between.”

Visitors to IFA 2018 from August 31 to September 5 can visit LG’s booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin to experience and get more information on the LG G7 One and LG G7 Fit. Pricing and other purchase details will be announced locally at the time of availability.

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Orientation workshop in KP on KfW funded new programme for communities

Thursday, September 13th, 2018

The Livelihood Support and Promotion of Small Community Infrastructure Programme (LACIP) commenced Phase–II of its operations in Lakki Marwat, district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), after completion of LACIP-I in 8 districts of KP with financial assistance of Federal Republic of Germany through KfW. PPAF is implementing LACIP phase-II in three districts of KP comprising Buner, Shangla and Lakki Marwat.

Social Action Bureau for Assistance in Welfare and Organizational Networking (SABAWON) with financial and technical support of PPAF will be implementing LACIP phase-II in the Lakki Marwat district, KP.SABAWON organised an introductory session in Peshawar to ensure smooth and timely execution of all operations of LACIP Phase–II. The programme was well attended, with senior officials from PPAF and SABAWON, including Muhammad Nadeem, Sr. General Manager, PPAF and Muhammad Tariq, Chief Executive Officer, SABAWON present at the occasion.

Focused on the value-driven social mobilisation of vulnerable communities and households, the programme aims at community and staff training, formation of village development plans and village council development plans. The project has been designed to support decentralization reforms in selected districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. This will contribute to greater political participation of villagers in decision making at the tehsil and village council level for infrastructure and livelihood improvement.

Mohammad Nadeem, Sr. General Manager, PPAF highlighted the salient features of the project and its core objective of strengthening local communities. ‘Vocational training and skill development through community organisations can be a significant factor in alleviating poverty’, he said. He also appreciated SABAWON for the development work one of the most deserving district, Lakki Marwat. He added that LACIP Phase-II will be implemented using innovative approaches and new methodologies.

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Coca-Cola, WWF and NVP to conduct beach cleanup on International Coastal Clean-up Day

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Karachi, September 14, 2018: Coca-Cola Pakistan is partnering with WWF-Pakistan and the National Volunteer Programme to conduct a beach clean-up activity at the Seaview Beach on Saturday, September 15, to commemorate the International Coastal Clean-up Day. This Day is observed throughout the world, and seeks to draw public attention to the urgent need for everyone to work towards stopping the increasing pollution of the world’s seas and oceans.

Over one hundred volunteers belonging to the National Volunteer Programme (NVP) will be participating in this activity, titled Beaches Without Waste. Both male and female volunteers will include university students, corporate executives, professionals, social activists and members of the digital community. The activity will clean up over 300,000 square meters of the public beach, with litter being collected in separate colour-coded bags for plastic waste, paper waste and other waste, to facilitate recycling as far as possible.

Speaking about the activity, Coca-Cola Pakistan General Manager, Rizwan U. Khan said, “This activity is a small but significant component of Coca-Cola’s global product packaging policy, ‘World Without Waste’, launched on January 19, 2018, under which the Company will help bring back a bottle or can for every single one that it sells by year 2030. The goal is to make recycling more accessible to achieve 100% collection and recycling by 2030, creating public awareness about what, how, and where to recycle, with continued focus on making all packaging 100% recyclable. Towards this end, the Company is actively partnering with local communities, NGOs, industry, the government, and with consumers, to try and ensure that packaging doesn’t end up where it doesn’t belong.”

The WWF and Coca-Cola representatives will give a detailed briefing to the volunteers at the start of the activity, following which the volunteers will be form into teams and carry out the clean-up activity in designated areas. At the end of the activity all the waste collected will be weighed and then taken away for recycling and proper disposal.

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Khaadi donates Rupees 30 Million for the Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund as part of its Independence Day pledge

Monday, September 17th, 2018

KARACHI: Khaadi, Pakistan’s premier fashion brand has donated Rupees 30 million for the Diamer Basha and Mohmand Dam Fund.

The announcement was made during a fund raising ceremony held in Karachi as part of Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s scheduled visit.

 

The donation amount was revealed following the August 14th pledge of Khaadi contributing its entire Independence Day proceeds to a national cause.

 

“We had said that have no right on the money earned on August 14th as it belongs to our homeland,” said Shamoon Sultan, Founder and CEO of Khaadi, “Today we donated 30 million rupees as a reflection of our commitment.”

Building on last year’s #MainBhiPakistanHoon tagline which celebrated all-inclusiveness across Pakistan, the brand focused this year’s Independence Day Campaign on giving back to Pakistan, thus changing the hashtag to #HumBhiPakistanHain. Through a nationwide poll that crowdsourced suggestions, customers had the autonomy to choose from 5 sectors vital for national development, namely; water, health, education, sanitation, and environment. Results revealed water to be a sector of utmost importance, given the alarming situation the country is facing, pertaining to this scarce resource.

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Hutchison Ports Pakistan sets new vessel handling record for Karachi

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Karachi, September 26, 2018 - Hutchison Ports Pakistan, the country’s first deep-water container terminal, has set a new vessel handling record for Karachi, having handled 5,862 moves in just over 27 hours while servicing the 8,652-TEU Hyundai Brave. During the vessel’s stay, the terminal achieved a vessel operating rate (VOR) of 212.16 container moves per hour and a gross crane rate (GCR) of 35 moves per hour.

Hutchison Ports Pakistan is the country’s most high-tech container port. This expanding deep-water facility is the only terminal in Pakistan that is capable of berthing the world’s largest vessels. The ultimate annual capacity will be around 3.2 million TEUs when the facility is fully completed.

The terminal operator also holds the current national vessel handling record, achieving 2,683 moves in just over 13 hours on the 8,562-TEU vessel Hyundai Courage/ 064E that berthed in September last year. During the vessel’s stay, the terminal achieved a VOR of 203.4 container moves per hour and a GCR of 32.3. Since starting test operations on 9 December 2016, Hutchison Ports Pakistan has already broken the national productivity record four times.

“When we started operations in Pakistan, our goal was to achieve world-class productivity and quality. In just under two years of operations, we have not only successfully implemented global shipping standards in Pakistan, we have continued to improve and further enhance our operations,” said General Manager and Business Unit Head, Captain Syed Rashid Jamil. “Hutchison Ports Pakistan is one of South Asia’s most advanced container terminals, running on a state-of-the art operating system and the latest container handling equipment. This, coupled with our very capable team gives us all the right tools, so we can continue supporting the flourishment of trade in Pakistan.”

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