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‘Water for Women’ Project Phase 2 launched

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Karachi, November 22, 2018: Phase 2 of the ‘Water for Women’ project, which overall seeks to replenish 200 million litres of water in the freshwater starved, arid area of Kohistan, district Thatta of Sindh has now been launched by the project partners Coca-Cola Pakistan and Indus Earth Trust. The aim of this project is to replenish ground water by harvesting rainwater for about 5,500 inhabitants of 25 villages covered by the project area. Earlier in the now completed Phase 1, the project has over-achieved the water replenishment target that was set. The Coca-Cola Foundation will be providing PKR 13.7 million as a grant for Phase 2, which will last for about one year.

The project work includes the excavation of 25 rainwater reservoirs. Installation of 10 hand pumps for use by the local communities and the distribution of 200 water wheels to the women in the target villages, who typically have the responsibility of fetching water for their families’ daily use. It also targets Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 3, Better Health and Wellbeing, and SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation. The soft components of the project include setting up of Community Based Organizations to empower communities and trainings to build the capacity of women local leaders.
Speaking about the project, Fahad Qadir, Director Public Affairs & Communications of Coca-Cola Pakistan explained, “Kohistan is one of the most marginalized communities in Sindh, where poverty is rampant and access to basic facilities, including clean drinking water is not available around the year. In the communities here, the women are responsible for fetching water from several kilometres away, spending about 3 hours daily in this. This not only reduces their available day time hours for productive use but also has significant negative health impacts, by carrying heavy water load on their heads. This project will vastly improve water accessibility and means the women can now use their time more productively to care for their young, increase income for the family or obtain education.”

Coca-Cola Pakistan is already water positive by recharging 2.7 billion litres back to the communities through various projects undertaken throughout the country, against a target of 1.9 billion and will continue to deliver on the Company’s  global pledge of water conservation and protection.

About the Company:

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company, offering over 500 brands in more than 200 countries. In addition to the company’s Coca-Cola brands, our portfolio includes some of the world’s most valuable beverage brands, such as AdeS soy-based beverages, Ayataka green tea, Dasani waters, Del Valle juices and nectars, Fanta, Georgia coffee, Gold Peak teas and coffees, Honest Tea, innocent smoothies and juices, Minute Maid juices, Powerade sports drinks, Simply juices, smart water, Sprite, vitamin water and ZICO coconut water. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We’re also working to reduce our environmental impact by replenishing water and promoting recycling. With our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, bringing economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Dasani to Launch Innovation Challenge for Countering Plastic Pollution

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Karachi, November 08, 2018: Dasani, the purified bottled drinking water brand of The Coca-Cola Company will be launching a nationwide plastic recycling innovation competition, – “The Dasani Discovery Challenge” at the second annual technology conference 021Disrupt being organized by the The Nest I/O, the technology incubator and community hub of the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) on November 10 and 11 in Karachi. The open competition will seek innovative, efficient, doable and cost-effective ideas to reduce and recycle plastic waste of all types, in line with the Company’s global commitment to work for a World Without Waste

The Dasani Discovery Challenge will invite participants to submit brilliant new ideas which are practically doable and highly effective to counter growing plastic pollution. Ideas submitted can focus on any area within the broader domain of plastic waste management, i.e. reduction in plastic use, collection of plastic waste, its sorting and recycling. The core focus of the challenge for the participants will be to showcase their innovative ideas highlighting, PET collection models and awareness creation strategies, PET sorting model; to sort Coca-Cola PET bottles out of the general plastic waste (shopping bags, wrappers, labels, food packaging etc) and PET recycling models for effective and efficient recycling Speaking about the activity, Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager of The Coca-Cola Company, Pakistan & Afghanistan Region said, “As a responsible corporate citizen, The Coca-Cola Company believes in taking the lead with a diverse array of interventions for environmental protection . To this end, the Company is actively partnering with local communities, NGOs, industry, the government, and with consumers, to also work together to try and ensure that packaging doesn’t end up where it doesn’t belong.”

In light of the global crisis of waste management The Coca-Cola Company launched its product packaging policy; ‘World Without Waste’ on January 19, 2018, where the Company will lead the industry in a bold, ambitious goal: to help bring back a bottle or can for every one we sell by 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 our packaging 100% recyclable.

The innovation challenge will be announced and open for entries on November 11, 2018 on Day 2 of 021Disrupt by Coca-Cola and entries will close on December 11, 2018. Details of the challenge and entry process will be shared on www.coca-colajourney.com.pk. For further queries about the challenge, participants can email on cpakistanpac@coca-cola.com .

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Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2018-19

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Karachi / Dubai November 16, 2018: The Emirates Group today announced its half-year results for 2018-19. The Group saw steady revenue growth compared to the same period last year, however profits were impacted by the significant rise in oil prices, and unfavourable currency movements in certain markets, amidst other challenges for the airline and travel industry.

The Emirates Group revenue was AED 54.4 billion (US$ 14.8 billion) for the first six months of its 2018-19 financial year, up 10% from AED 49.4 billion (US$ 13.5 billion) during the same period last year.

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Profitability was down 53% compared to the same period last year, with the Group reporting a 2018-19 half-year net profit of AED 1.1 billion (US$ 296 million). The profit erosion was primarily due to the significant increase in fuel prices of 37% compared to the same period last year, as well as the negative impact of currencies in certain markets.

The Group’s cash position on 30th September 2018 was at AED 21.5 billion (US$ 5.9 billion), compared to AED 25.4 billion (US$ 6.9 billion) as at 31st March 2018.

His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: “Emirates and dnata grew steadily in the first half of 2018-19. Demand for our high quality products and services remained healthy, as we won new and return customers across our businesses and this is reflected in our revenue performance. However, the high fuel cost as well as currency devaluations in markets like India, Brazil, Angola and Iran, wiped approximately AED 4.6 billion from our profits.

“We are proactively managing the myriad challenges faced by the airline and travel industry, including the relentless downward pressure on yields, and uncertain economic and political realities in our region and in other parts of the world. We are keeping a tight rein on controllable costs and will continue to drive efficiency improvement through the implementation of new technology and business processes.

“The next six months will be tough, but the Emirates Group’s foundations remain strong. I’m pleased to note that our home and hub in Dubai continues to attract travel demand, as the airline saw 9% more customers enjoying Dubai as a destination in the first half of 2018-19 compared to the same period last year. We expect this demand to remain healthy as new attractions come online and the city gears up for Dubai Expo 2020. Moving forward we are firmly focussed on sustaining our business. We will do this by being agile to capitalise on opportunities, and investing to serve our customers even better with high quality products that they value.”

In the past six months, the Group’s employee base reduced by 1% compared to 31 March 2018, from an overall average staff count of 103,363 to 101,983. This was largely a result of natural attrition, together with a slower pace of recruitment as the business continues its various internal programmes to improve efficiency through the implementation of new technology and workflows.

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During the first six months of 2018-19, Emirates received 8 wide-body aircraft – 3 Airbus A380s, and 5 Boeing 777s, with 5 more new aircraft scheduled to be delivered before the end of the financial year. It also retired 7 older aircraft from its fleet with further 4 to be returned by 31 March 2019. The airline’s long-standing strategy to invest in the most advanced wide-body aircraft enables it to improve overall efficiency and provide better customer experiences.

Emirates continues to offer ever better connections for its customers across the globe with just one stop in Dubai.

In the first six months of its financial year, Emirates launched new passenger services to Stansted (UK) and Santiago (Chile).  It also introduced a new linked service from Dubai via Bali to Auckland. As of 30 September, Emirates’ global network spanned 161 destinations in 85 countries. Its fleet stood at 269 aircraft including freighters.

Emirates further developed its partnership with flydubai, offering customers even more benefits as both airlines combined their loyalty programme under Emirates Skywards.  Customers also enjoy new flight choices as Emirates and flydubai continued to leverage their complementary networks to optimise flight schedules and offer new city-pair connections through Dubai, as well as open new routes including Kinshasa (Congo), Krakow (Poland), and Catania (Italy) in the first half of 2018-19.

Overall capacity during the first six months of the year increased a modest 3% to 31.8 billion Available Tonne Kilometres (ATKM). Capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASKM), grew by 4%, whilst passenger traffic carried measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKM) was up 6% with average Passenger Seat Factor rising to 78.8%, compared with last year’s 77.2%.

Emirates carried 30.1 million passengers between 1 April and 30 September 2018, up 3% from the same period last year. The volume of cargo uplifted at 1.3 million tonnes is largely unchanged while yield improved by a healthy 11% .This performance is the result of Emirates SkyCargo’s focussed investments in products and services tailored to key sectors, which gives it a strong competitive edge in a recovering global air freight market.

In the first half of the 2018-19 financial year, Emirates net profit is AED 226 million (US$ 62 million), down 86%, compared to last year. Emirates revenue, including other operating income, of AED 48.9 billion (US$ 13.3 billion) was up 10% compared with the AED 44.5 billion (US$ 12.1 billion) recorded during the same period last year. This result was driven by increased agility in capacity deployment, and improved seat load factors despite fare increases reflect the healthy customer demand for Emirates’ products.

Emirates operating costs grew by 13% against the overall capacity increase of 3%. On average, fuel costs were 42% higher compared to the same period last year, this was largely due to an increase in oil prices (up 37% compared to same period last year), as well as an increase in fuel uplift of 4% due to Emirates’ expanding fleet operations. Fuel remained the largest component of the airline’s cost, accounting for 33% of operating costs compared with 26% in the first six months of last year.

 

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dnata saw steady growth across its global businesses which now span over 35 countries. In the first half of 2018-19, dnata’s international operations accounted for over 68% of its revenue.

dnata’s revenue, including other operating income, is AED 7.0 billion (US$ 1.9 billion), an 11% increase compared to AED 6.3 billion (US$ 1.7 billion) last year.  This performance was underpinned by robust organic business growth, particularly in its international airport operations business.

Overall profit for dnata is up by 31% to AED 861 million (US$ 235 million). This includes gains from a one-time transaction where dnata divested its 22% stake in the travel management company Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), during HRG’s acquisition by Amex Travel Business Group. Without this one-time transaction, dnata profits will be down 18% compared to the same period last year.

dnata’s airport operations remains the largest contributor to revenue with AED 3.6 billion (US$ 976 million), a 6% increase compared to the same period last year.  Across its operations, the number of aircraft handled by dnata increased by 6% to 350,052, and it handled 1.5 million tonnes of cargo, up 2%.

This reflects new customer contracts won across the network and strong business performance in key markets including USA, UK, UAE, Australia, and Italy. In the first six months of 2018-19, dnata strengthened its Italian operations by increasing its share in Airport Handling SPA, a Milan-based ground handler, from 30% to 70%. It also launched passenger handling operations at New York-JFK. In the UAE, dnata acquired a majority stake in DUBZ, a baggage storage and delivery service company which expands its service offering to travellers.

dnata’s travel division contributed AED 1.7 billion (US$ 456 million) to revenue, up 9% from the same period last year. The division’s underlying net sales increased by 6% to AED 5.9 billion (US$ 1.6 billion).

This performance was driven by strong results from the travel division’s UAE operations, revenue contributions from Destination Asia which dnata acquired in September 2017, and healthy business in UK which was also boosted by a stronger Pound Sterling against the US dollar. At the end of September, dnata entered the German market with its acquisition of Tropo, a tour operator specialising in travel packages, last minute holidays and hotel reservations.

dnata’s flight catering operation, contributed AED 1.1 billion (US$ 311 million) to its total revenue, up 4%. The number of meals uplifted increased by 2% to 31.0 million meals for the first half of the financial year.

Downward pressure on yields, particularly in its Australian operations, was offset by a healthy performance from its Alpha Group operations as well as higher meal volumes through increased business in the UK, Romania, Czech Republic and Sharjah (UAE).

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CR-NORINCO completes final leg of track-laying of Orange Line Metro Rail Transit System

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Lahore, November 20, 2018: The main contractor for the Orange Line Metro Rail Transit System, the joint venture of China Railways Corporation (CR) and China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO), today announced that it has finished work of laying down the final remaining track of the Line’s underground stations, and with this the entire main line is now available for the next phase of the project. CR-NORINCO was responsible for tracks laying, supply of the trains and the electrical and mechanical works.\

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The overall length of the Orange Line track is 25.58 kilometers one-line (51.16 kilometers both line) and there are 24 elevated and 2 underground stations along this route. The Orange line track runs in a north-south direction through the city of Lahore, along the Grand Trunk Road, Macleod Road, Lake Road, Multan Road and Raiwind Road. Upon commissioning, this state-of-the-art public transport system is expected to serve up to 250 thousand citizens daily, facilitating their commute via a fast and efficient transit system of an international standard.

“The Orange Line Rail Transit system will prove to be a great asset for Lahore in many ways, as it will not only greatly facilitate daily travel of tens of thousands of people, but it will also reduce vehicular traffic on the roads of Lahore and reduce environmental pollution caused by these vehicles,” stated Feng shuo chief engineer of CR-NRINCO, and added, “It is also to be noted that costs incurred for our scope of work, including the cost of the trains is comparable to the lowest costs internationally.

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Emirates Skywards introduces new on-demand taxi app Emirates Skywards Cabforce

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Karachi /Dubai, November 20, 2018 – Emirates Skywards has launched an on-demand ground transportation booking app called Emirates Skywards Cabforce in partnership with CarTrawler – the first of its kind in the world. The app is a mobile travel companion that will offer its loyalty members an affordable and efficient transportation service in 27 countries and 117 cities across the world with more countries in the pipeline.

Members can earn Skywards Miles on every ride booked through the Emirates Skywards Cabforce app.  The app allows members to book safe and reliable private taxis, executive cars and minibuses at their convenience.

Skywards launches ondemand ground transport booking app

The app offers fixed price quotes, secure online credit card payment and electronic receipts for every journey. The Emirates Skywards Cabforce app is free to download on iOS or Android devices.

Members of the loyalty programme can use the Emirates Skywards Cabforce app by linking their Emirates Skywards membership account to their Cabforce profile. They will be able to book rides selecting their preferred supplier, check the estimated arrival time of their ride, and view the estimated fare and Skywards Miles they will earn at the end of their trip. The app also enables users to share their live location with friends and family during their ride.

Members will earn 1 Skywards Mile for every USD 2 or equivalent spent on each journey. Skywards Miles will be credited within 48 hours of completing their journey.

The Emirates Skywards Cabforce app complements the Emirates app where members can check their Skywards Miles balance, tier status and other member offers in the revamped Emirates Skywards section.

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LG G7 Fit Arrives Bringing Popular Features from G Series to Wider Audience

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Delivering AI Capabilities and High Performance in a Competitively-Priced Package

Karachi / Seoul, Nov. 22, 2018 —Consumers in key markets will be able to take ownership of LG’s newest smartphone, the LG G7 Fit, starting this week. Originally unveiled at IFA 2018 in Berlin, the LG G7 Fit was developed for customers interested specifically in high-end camera, display and audio features at a more competitive price point than current flagship offerings.

 

The concept behind the LG G7 Fit was to offer the most popular advanced features from the LG G7 ThinQ without the price. With the same premium all-glass and polished metal rim of the LG G7 ThinQ, the G7 Fit is as tough as it looks with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance as an added bonus.

 

Powered by the proven Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage, the smartphone is powerful enough for gaming, viewing or listening without any hiccups. The 6.1-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) FullVision display sporting 19.5:9 aspect ratio features Super Bright Display LCD technology turbocharged to a maximum 1,000 nits for visibility under even the brightest sun.

 

A host of intelligent camera features highlighted by AI CAM lets LG G7 Fit owners choose from 8 shooting modes optimized by the built-in artificial intelligence. If the AI CAM-recommended image doesn’t meet the user’s expectations, additional effect options can be manually applied in post-processing.

And because the LG G7 Fit was designed to deliver LG’s most advanced audio capabilities in one exceptional package, it is the perfect device for the music lover. Featuring LG’s unanimously-lauded 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for high-quality sound when paired with quality earphones, the G7 Fit also delivers incredible bass with Boombox Speaker as well as virtual 3D sound up to 7.1 channel audio with DTS:X 3D Surround Sound.

“The LG G7 Fit plays an important role in our global lineup which is very focused on introducing meaningful smartphone technology and innovation to a new and wider audience,” said Ha Jeung-uk, senior vice president and head of LG’s mobile business division. “LG’s strategy to include our best technologies across our entire G series portfolio is to make it easier for more consumers to experience LG mobile innovation.”

Beginning this month and continuing throughout the fourth quarter, customers in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East will be able to add the G7 Fit to their shortlist of phones to consider.

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Key Specifications:*

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Mobile Platform
  • Display: 6.1-inch QHD+ 19.5:9 FullVision Super Bright Display (3120 x 1440)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM / 32GB or 64GB ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
    • Rear: 16MP Standard Angle (F2.2 / 76°)
    • Front: 8MP Wide Angle (F1.9 / 80°)
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Size: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 158g
  • Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Color: New Aurora Black / New Platinum Gray
  • Other: New Second Screen / AI CAM / Boombox Speaker / Google Lens / QLens / 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / DTS: X 3D Surround Sound / IP68 Water and Dust Resistance / HDR10 / Face Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0 / MIL-STD 810G Compliant / FM Radio

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HBL leads the way as the only bank in Pakistan to offer instant Personal Loans through Mobile App

Monday, November 26th, 2018

HBL, the largest bank of Pakistan, has also become the first bank in the country to offer instant personal loan through its mobile application. This innovation in service is yet another step in HBL’s fulfilment of its brand promise of enabling dreams, as customers can now select and apply for a loan of their choice from the comfort of their home, in just a few taps!

The new offering seeks to provide the quickest turnaround time of loan processing seen in the financial industry as HBL revolutionizes how consumers loans are applied for and disbursed to customers. Speaking about this, Mr. Aamir Kureshi, Head – Global Consumer Banking at HBL stated, “HBL is pleased to give unparalleled convenience to its customers by digitizing loan approval and disbursal. The entire process is paperless, and the loan can even be disbursed within minutes. The customer response has been extremely encouraging so far and we have disbursed over 1000 loans in less than 30 days of the launch.”

The product is currently available to selected salaried customers across Pakistan exclusively through HBL Mobile. Customers can avail the service by simply logging in to their HBL Mobile and applying through the loan option in the menu bar. The loan applications then undergo credit evaluation and the response is shared within 24 hours. Customers, upon completion of the evaluation, have access to multiple loan options to select from, which can be up to PKR 500,000, and can have the preferred loan amount credited into their account instantly.

Commenting on the ease of the service, Ishtiaq Ahmed, one of the first customers to take an instant personal loan through HBL Mobile, stated, “It took me less than 60 minutes to go through the process and I had my desired loan amount in my account instantly! Without any paperwork or without stepping into the branch even once. It was unbelievable!”

 

This innovative service enables the customer to apply for and avail a loan without visiting any branch or filling out lengthy forms.

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Emirates takes home five awards in one week ending with big win at the ULTRAs as “Best Airline in the World”

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Karachi / Dubai: November 26, 2018 – Emirates made a clean sweep this week with award wins across multiple countries – from Russia and Belgium to the UAE – a testament to the airline’s consistent delivery of industry-leading travel experiences for its diverse customer base, and its commitment to investing in innovative products that will ensure its customers fly better.

E. Emirates Award

Emirates was named ‘Best Airline in the World’ and ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’ at the prestigious 2018 ULTRAs. In a vote taken by over 500,000 readers of The Telegraph’s luxury travel magazines Ultratravel UK and Ultratravel Middle East, the awards recognise the world’s best providers of luxury travel experiences. Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, received the awards at a ceremony held last night in Dubai at the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel. The ceremony was attended by key members in the global travel industry.

In Russia, Emirates was recognised for its operational excellence and outstanding customer service last night, when it scooped two prestigious awards as ‘Best International Airline’ at the eighth National Geographic Traveller Awards 2018, and ‘Best Middle Eastern Airline’ at the Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards 2018. The National Geographic Traveller Awards ceremony was attended by industry leading figures as well as media representatives from across Europe.

Earlier this week in Belgium, Emirates was named the ‘Best Long Haul Airline 2018’ at the Travel Magazine Awards 2018. The ceremony was attended by 700 industry leading figures, travel professionals and media representatives. This is the 21st Travel Magazine travel Awards where global brands are recognised as best hospitality providers in Belgium.

Emirates is an industry trendsetter when it comes to providing a better customer experience, both onboard and on the ground. Emirates was first to unveil enclosed First Class private suites in 2004, and in 2017 the airline took luxury travel to the next level with its new Boeing 777-300ER First Class private suites. With floor to ceiling the new Emirates Boeing 777 suites are in a league of their own when it comes to exceptional luxury and privacy. The spacious, fully-enclosed private suites are laid out in a 1-1-1 configuration, offering up to 40 square feet of personal space each. The new private suites also showcase the latest in cutting-edge onboard technologies, including a NASA inspired ‘zero-gravity’ seating position, ‘virtual windows’ for middle aisle suites, and a personal video-call service, along with unique lighting and climate control features.

Over the last 12 months, Emirates has continued to deliver on its “fly better” promise to customers, elevating the customer experience through significant enhancements to its Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft. The airline invested US$ 150 million to introduce a new Business Class cabin and configuration on its fleet of Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. On the A380, Emirates’ newly enhanced Onboard Lounge continues to wow customers with its modern finishes and expanded seating options.

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HBL hosts a Donation Drive for the Indus Hospital Expansion Project in line with its commitment to serve the country.

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

HBL prides itself on being a socially responsible entity and continues to play its role as a responsible corporate citizen through the support of charitable causes that promote education, health and community welfare.

HBL collaborated with the Indus Hospital, Korangi, Karachi to support them in their mission to expand to a larger facility to be able to serve more under-privileged patients with free of charge and quality healthcare. The kiosks were set up on November 29, 2018 at three different HBL premises: HBL Tower, HBL Plaza and HBL Annexe. Employees at HBL enthusiastically participated in the event to support this noble cause. HBL’s focus has always been people and their dreams, enabling it to be the catalyst for progress. Special thanks to Mr. Yunus Hashim Bengali – Chairman The Indus Hospital, Dr. Abdul Bari Khan – CEO The Indus Hospital and Mr. Ahson Tariq – Executive Director The Indus Hospital for their gracious presence at the HBL premises for the activity along with Mr. Sagheer Mufti – Chief Operating Officer HBL, Mr. Amir Kureshi – Head Global Consumer Banking, Mr. Naveed Asghar – Chief Marketing Officer HBL and other senior members of HBL.

About HBL: HBL was the first commercial bank to be established in Pakistan in 1947. Over the years, HBL has grown its branch network and maintained its position as the largest private sector bank with over 1,700 branches and 2,000 ATMs globally and a customer base exceeding eleven million relationships. The key areas of operations encompass product offerings and services in Retail and Consumer Banking. HBL also has the largest Corporate Banking portfolio in the country with an active Investment Banking arm.

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Emirates invests in latest bus fleet to enhance on-ground comfort for Economy Class passengers

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Karachi /Dubai, November 30, 2018 – To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations.

These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the terminals and its aircraft at remote stands. Ten of these new buses are already in service. 30 more will be delivered by January 2019, with the entire fleet to comprise 128 buses by 2020.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer said: “In line with our “Fly Better” brand promise, Emirates has taken the decision to invest in our own customised buses to transport customers airside at our Dubai airport hub. Together with our latest transport management system, these new buses will enable us to provide our valued customers with a more comfortable ride and smoother connections.”

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