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Friday, November 2, 2012

Sleek, New Smartphone Combines LG’s Best-in-Class Hardware with the Best of Google

Karachi, November 02, 2012 – Designed collaboratively by LG and Google, Nexus 4, the newest smart-phone in the Nexus line-up from Google, was announced today for availability starting next month in se-lect markets. With a sophisticated hardware design from LG, your favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android™, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.

“LG is proud and excited to play this role in helping build the latest Nexus smartphone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Users will be de-lighted by the perfectly balanced combination of form and function with the latest generation of Andro-id.”

“This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google. “They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast un-der the hood.”

Capture and share your world
Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen; with Nexus 4, you can snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredi-ble, immersive Photo Spheres that put you right inside the scene. Plus, photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot.

All of this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, while cutting edge display technology means you feel like you’re touching every pixel, protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.

Built for speed
Nexus 4 comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, so you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is the snappiest Nexus smartphone yet.

Information at your fingertips
Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps, putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. The lat-est version of Google Now is built-in, which keeps you even more organized – get reminders about up-coming flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and even nearby photo opportunities – when and where you need them.

Get to the places you care about quickly and easily with Google Maps™ for Android. With turn-by-turn GPS navigation, live traffic info, and integrated driving, walking and public transit directions, getting from A to B has never been easier. 3D Maps and rich satellite imagery give you a more realistic sense of what’s around you while features like Street View and Indoor Maps make sure you always know what’s in front of you.

Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide. Just pop in a supported SIM card and be up and running in no time. It will be avail-able to purchase in both an 8GB version and a 16GB version on Google Play™ starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November.

Key specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
  • Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • Memory: 8GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours
  • Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 139g
  • Other: Wireless charging, NFC

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Coca-Cola partners with Mehreen Jabbar for a sitcom

Friday, November 2, 2012

Karachi, November 01, 2012: Coca-Cola Pakistan and internationally renowned director Mehreen Jabbar, have partnered to produce a creative 13 episode sitcom for television, based on an important social message. The series promote the value of shared meals with family and friends, with this unique initiative being a part of Coca-Cola’s larger Coke & Meal campaign. The primary objective of the campaign and of the sitcom, appropriately titled Coke Kahani, is to rejuvenate the spirit of shared meals; building on how the simple act of eating together, rather than by oneself, serves to strengthen bonds, encourages sharing and caring, and instills a ‘live positively’ attitude towards life in people. The first episode will be aired on Saturday, November 03, 2012 on Pakistan’s eminent entertainment channels.

“Coke Kahani” has been directed by one of Pakistan’s leading female directors, Mehreen Jabbar, and has been produced by Adeel Farhan. The script has been written by the notable writer, Syed Muhammed Ahmed. Adding further weight to the sitcom is a cast of leading actors like Faisal Rahman, Syra Yosuf, Yasir Hussain and Sonia Rehman. The distinctive feature of the sitcom is its sophisticated cinematography; the colors, framing, lighting and especially Mehreen’s talent of illustrating stories within stories by employing the narrative style of diegesis. The sitcom explores the complexity of modernity and the paradigm shift in family and friends relations with regard to personal interaction. The sitcom being light-hearted in nature will aim to revive the spirit of eating together with family members and with friends, by weaving in the narrative; the importance of meal time conversation.

Speaking about this creative initiative, Rizwan U. Khan, General Manager, Coca-Cola Pakistan and Afghanistan stated: “Family is the bedrock of society, and family meals eaten together is the binding force that keeps the bedrock strong over time; this is what Coca-Cola believes and as a socially responsible corporate entity, we decided to take this message to the people in an entertaining way through Coke Kahani, in partnership with a really talented young director, Mehreen Jabbar who has already proved her mettle both nationally and internationally.”

The sitcom has been developed by MCONTENT (Pvt) Ltd. Like Coca-Cola, Mehreen too believes in the power of shared meals with family and friends; eating together gives a sense of identity, resolves internal conflicts and tension, and most importantly, gives family members precious moments and memories that stay forever.

Mehreen is a noted Pakistani filmmaker and television director/producer. Her full-length debut film Ram Chand Pakistani won the FIPRESCI PRIZE from the International Federation of Film Critics and received Honorable Mention by the 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Awards at the London Film Festival, 2008. Her drama serials have also received numerous national awards.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

With Productivity in Mind, LG Demonstrates Superior Display and Technology Leadership with Device that Does Everything
Karachi, November 19, 2012: LG unveils one of the most anticipated smart device, the Optimus Vu:. Equipped with LG’s advanced IPS display technology, the Optimus Vu: offers a unique combination of tablet-like viewing with smartphone portability. Running on a powerful 1.5GHz QUAD -core proces-sor, 32GB internal memory and a large 2,080 mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: is a multimedia lover’s dream device.

“The Optimus Vu: was designed to maximize what customers could not do with a regular smartphone,” said Mr.D.Y.Kim, President of LG Electronics Gulf FZE. “By offering an optimal 4:3 ratio viewing expe-rience, 5-inch display combined with Superior IPS technology, Optimus Vu: is just one example of what we can achieve when we combine our best technology with customer needs.”

The large 5-inch display with bright 4:3 aspect ratio makes viewing documents, books, internet and multimedia contents easier and more comfortable. The 4:3 aspect ratio is optimized for viewing to grasp more at a glance and note taking to increase productivity in everyday life. Moreover, IPS display realizes every color in its natural state for the best viewing experience even under bright sunlight.

Backed by unparalleled speed and performance from LG’s advanced technology, the Optimus Vu: boasts unmatched productivity. Its unique built-in QuickClip™ hotkey allows users to conveniently cap-ture screenshots and memos with a single push. Jotting notes is also possible with a finger or with the dedicated Rubberdium™ pen. Among many productive apps installed in the Optimus Vu:, the included Polaris Office allows users to open any document, spreadsheet or presentation while on the go.

At only 8.5mm, the Optimus Vu: is the slimmest among all 5” SMART phones currently in the mar-ket . Perfectly suited for a hand and also fits comfortably in a jacket pocket. Despite the large 2,080mAh battery, the Optimus Vu: adopts LG’s exclusive floating mass technology to appear slimmer than its actual dimensions.

In addition to HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) and DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Optimus Vu: comes with 32GB memory and an 8-megapixel camera. Currently, it runs on an android operating system ice cream sandwich, v4.0.

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.5GHz QUAD Core Processor
  • Display: 5-inch (1024×768) IPS Display
  • Memory: 32GB Inbuilt and 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 8MP with AF LED Flash (rear) and 1.3MP (front)
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich
  • Battery: 2,080mAh
  • Dimension (L x W x D): 139.6 x 90.4 x 8.5mm

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Emirates opens new office at Peshawar Airport to facilitate customers further

Karachi, November 02, 2012: Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, recently inaugurated a new sales office at Bacha Khan International Airport, Peshawar. The opening of the new office reinforces Emirates’ commitment to provide quality services and further facilitate and assist its growing customer base in the northern region of the country.

The new office was inaugurated by Mr. Khalid Bardan, Emirates’ Vice President, Pakistan in the presence of officials from Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), media and local Emirates staff.

“As a customer focused airline, we need to ensure our presence where our customers need us and this initiative is just another example of Emirates positioning itself close to customers. We strive to provide maximum ease and convenience to all air travelers by offering a comprehensive array of facilities to make their travel experience comfortable and exciting,” said Mr. Bardan.

Targeting the comfort of customers, Emirates new office will accommodate and assist elderly travelers and un-accompanied minor their safe and smooth journey. Free of cost wheelchairs and Ambulifter will be available to elders whereas minors will be escorted to the aircraft by trained Emirates staff. The office can also assist with any enquiries that Emirates’ passengers may have.

With the launch of the new office, Emirates with an already well-established footprint in Pakistan, thus marks another initiative to strengthen its presence, enhance its operations and provide enhanced convenience to its customers.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lahore, November 05, 2012: Tetra Pak, world’s leading food processing and packaging company, has last week launched a new communication campaign to create awareness about the nutritional benefits of drinking safe and healthy juices, especially as part of the breakfast meal.

The objective of the campaign is to create consumer awareness about the value of complementing meals with a healthy beverage in convenient and safe Tetra Pak packaging. It also highlights the importance of packaged juices as a vital component of a balanced diet.

“Packaged juices have always been the product of choice for health conscious consumers who want to stay active and healthy. The six layered Tetra Pak cartons protect nutritional value of the juice without the need of any preservatives. Conveniently available from grocery stores and other retail outlets, packaged juices are the perfect dietary complement for all meals, especially breakfast which is the most important meal of the day,” remarks Kashif Bhatti, Marketing Director Tetra Pak Pakistan.

The campaign includes an engaging graffiti art competition, which offers young juice drinkers in academic institutions to win lucrative prizes. The graffiti art competition will be held in seven major cities.

In the first phase, students of art schools will paint imagery related to health, nature and happiness on giant wall-sized canvasses. In the second phase, high school students and teenagers will express their creativity by painting on life- sized Tetra Pak packages. All participating entries will be judged by celebrated art critics and winners will get exciting prizes.

Juice consumption helps provide the body with the water it needs for hydration and the energy. Juice products are made from naturally healthy and refreshing fruits and are a good source of Vitamins A and C, which help protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular diseases and other serious ailments.

In Pakistan, where the compound annual growth rate of the juice, nectar and still drinks sector exceeds 16%, more and more health conscious consumers are drinking packaged juice to supplement their healthy and natural lifestyles.

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LG takes learning and education to a new level with its quiz show, titled ‘LG One School One Library, in the country, giving students a platform to showcase their talent

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Karachi, November 05, 2012: LG Electronics, a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics,mobile communications, air conditioners and home appliances,has launched its Knowledge Academy programme for students. The programme, which includes a unique and the first-of-its-kind quiz show, titled ‘LG One School One Library’, (PARO AUR AGEY BARO) aims to engage the youth of the country in a high-quality learning experience on television.

Targeting students from Grade 10 to 12, the LG One School One Library invites them to utilize their knowledge and intellect in an enriching learning experience, showcasing their talent on a national level. The programme encourages the talent of children, engaging their minds in an intellectually stimulating show, giving impetus to their academic growth.

LG has begun its search for the best young minds in the country through an online selection process. Contestants were required to register online for the programme. The second filters for the final contestants are on online test. The final contestants are selected by a panel of educationists based on the evaluation of the online test results. A final set of 80 candidates are selected for the final contest. The winner of the grand finale stands a chance to win a scholarship worth Rs.1, 800,000.

The genre of the ‘LG One School One Library quiz show will be education, knowledge and entertainment.

Commenting on the quiz show, Mr. D Y Kim, President of LG Electronics Gulf FZE, said: “We are pleased to launch the LG One School One Library quiz show. This is a unique programme where students can showcase their talent and intellect on national television. Through this programme, we aim to offer the students a platform to build their future. We urge educational institutes and parents to encourage their children to register as this is a programme that will certainly enhance their educational skills.”

“Pakistan is a very important market for LG. Over the years, LG has grown as a brand in the country. This programme is not only aim to contribute towards to development of the educational sector of the country, but is also our effort to give back to the society. LG stands committed in the development of the country,” Mr. Kim added.

Also speaking on the occasion, Mr. Imran Aslam, President GEO TV Network said, “This is a unique programme designed to accelerate the growth of the education sector in the country. We would like to urge educational institutes to treat the show as a growth platform for their students, as well as the institute itself. This show marks the electronics brand as a ‘thinking’ entity that aims to do something for the country’s educational sector and employment, thereby impact the economy itself. We hope that all educational institutions in the country will send in their students to be a part of this unique show.”

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HBL Declared “Strongest Bank In Pakistan”

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Karachi, November 06, 2012-Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Pakistan’s largest commercial bank, was declared the “Strongest Bank in Pakistan” by The Asian Banker magazine. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Osaka, Japan.

The award was judged against a stringent criteria including Scale of Operations, Balance Sheet Growth, Risk Management, Profitability, Asset Quality and Liquidity. Mr. Jamil Iqbal, Head-Global Compliance and Mr. Faiq Sadiq, Head-Payment Services represented HBL on the occasion.

“We are privileged to have received this honour and are grateful to our customers for their confidence and trust in us.”, said Mr. Jamil Iqbal.

About HBL
HBL is Pakistan’s largest commercial bank with a network of over 1,450 branches across the country and a presence in 24 countries outside Pakistan. The Bank has over 5 million customer relationships. HBL enjoys a leadership position in Pakistan’s Retail and Corporate Banking sectors and a strong presence in Consumer, Commercial and Investment Banking. Additional information may be found at www.hbl.com

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Emirates Flies into Network-wide Fare Promotion

Monday, November 26, 2012

Best Available Fares for ‘Early Bird’ Bookings

Karachi, November 26, 2012 – Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, is revving up for a network sales push, inspiring a new wave of travel around the world.

In the slipstream of recently announced half year profits of AED 2.1 billion (US$ 575 million), Emirates is driving forward by offering attractive prices on Economy fares over a 10-day period.

The special network-wide promotion launches Friday 23rd November and runs to 2nd December for travel between 21st January and 10th June 2013.Customers are being encouraged to plan ahead and book early to enjoy the greatest reductions.

“Emirates has always been customer focused, providing its passengers with best options for their money in order to make their journey more pleasant and convenient. We are so pleased to share yet another exciting offer to encourage Pakistani residents to take advantage of the exceptional value on offer and make their trip special with our award-winning services at reasonable rates,” said Mr. Khalid Bardan, Emirates’ Vice President, Pakistan.

“This is a very exciting offer for our Pakistani travellers as they can now plan their trip in advance while enjoying best discounts, showing our commitment to this vibrant economy,” added Mr. Bardan.

“Emirates is already known for providing superb value for money. This network-wide initiative pushes the value bar a notch higher, making it even more attractive to embark on that trip of a lifetime, visit a relative or friend, or explore a new market for business,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President, Passenger Sales Worldwide.

“No other airline squeezes as much product and service into the ticket price. We are product and value driven. These are the guiding principles of what we do and passengers who book early will be rewarded with the best discounts through this exciting promotion,” said Mr Antinori.

The raft of savings means that passengers can fly, for example, from Pakistan to other Middle & South East destinations for as little as PKR 50,898., Fares to Africa begin at PKR 74,262, Europe can be visited for as low as PKR 70,436, the Americas for PKR 99,489, while Australasia can now reached from PKR 102,560.*

“We know some countries have not traditionally been early booking markets, but under this ‘Early Bird’ offer, booking early will pay dividends and enable us to give unprecedented fares to our loyal customers,” added Mr Antinori.

Emirates Holidays, the airline’s tour operating arm, is offering great savings on all land arrangements including tours and excursions, hotels, transfers and car-hire for bookings made during the promotion period. The Emirates Holidays offer is for travel out of the GCC* to over 100 destinations.

Emirates operates flights to 126 destinations in 74 countries and 2012 has seen a burst of new destination activity. So far this calendar year, Emirates has started services to Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dallas Fort Worth, Seattle, Lusaka, Harare, Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona, Lisbon, Washington DC and Adelaide. Still to come in 2012 are Lyon and Phuket. Warsaw and Algiers will follow in the months to come.

Emirates, winner of more than 500 awards for products and service, most recently picked up Airline of the Year at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards in Dubai and was won the prestigious Airline of the Year 2011 award by Air Transport World.

Aboard modern aircraft, gourmet–chef-prepared meals are served in all cabin classes by highly trained, multi-national and multi-lingual cabin crew.

For families on the move, the airline provides dedicated children’s menus and activities, and ice, Emirates’ award winning entertainment system, offering up to 1,400 channels of on-demand entertainment in every seat.

Luggage allowances are amongst the most generous in the industry with 30kg of check-in baggage permitted in Economy.

Emirates, now flying under the “Hello Tomorrow” banner, operates a fleet of 188 aircraft, including the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A380s, the airline’s giant, but environmentally sensitive flagship aircraft.

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

*local terms and conditions apply

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Karoron Ka 10 Offer, ZONG transforms an individual’s life by awarding 10 million

Friday, November 23, 2012

Islamabad, November 23, 2012: ZONG, the fastest growing network of Pakistan, has turned around life of an individual by awarding him the prize money of Rs. 10 million under its Karoron ka 10 Offer. The campaign launched recently was open for all prepaid subscribers of ZONG and anyone spending Rs. 10 plus tax daily on their ZONG connections for minimum 5 days continuously, automatically became eligible for the lucky draw. This prize money is just one of the several rewards that ZONG is giving away to the lucky winners of this campaign.

Karoron ka 10 Offer campaign was carried out for more than a month and several prizes worth millions of rupees have been given away to winners selected through lucky draw. Subscribers who wished to have the chance of winning Rs. 10 million were required to use Rs. 10 plus tax daily for 15 continuous days and 1 lucky winner has been selected among all participants through a lucky draw. The lucky winner is a resident of Lahore and is very excited about this life changing experience.
Speaking about the campaign winner said, “I could have never imagined winning this kind of money so easily. It’s like one of your craziest fantasies coming true. I am pleasantly surprised and extremely grateful to ZONG for turning my life around. This is a huge amount for me and now I am looking forward to spend the money!”

Director Sales and Distribution of ZONG Mr. Naveed Zafar said, “We are delighted to share our achievements with our customers and stakeholders. We are thankful to all our subscribers for placing their trust in us and for making us what we are today. It’s their trust which gives us the motivation to continuously strive for excellence. For this reason we decided to reward them and this is just the beginning as we have plenty of other exciting campaigns in the pipeline.”

ZONG – the digital partner of Pakistani people has attained unprecedented success during the past few years and is always looking for ways to share its success with its valuable customers. Karoron ka 10 Offer is also part of the same ideology to reward the customers for placing their trust in ZONG.

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ZONG and Huawei establish state-of-the-art GSM laboratory at NUST

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Islamabad, November 27, 2012: ZONG – the international brand of China Mobile and Huawei – a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider have established a state-of-the-art GSM laboratory and training center at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) to liaison with the telecom industry’s needs by creating a bridge between the academia and the corporate world.

With the expertise of China Mobile Pakistan and Huawei’s investment of US$ 1.3 million in hardware, the GSM laboratory will be providing exposure and hands-on experience of operating high-tech GSM equipments which can be used as platform for further Research and Development (R&D) for Value Added Services (VAS).

This lab is to be used for study purposes; the lab is a complete telephone network including a GSM mobile infrastructure with one MSC, one BSC and one BTS, HLR and media gateway.

The lab will also provide the platform for development of software, tools and patches to remove discrepancies. It will familiarize students with the fault, configuration, security, network performance management of telecom infrastructure.

Mr. Fan Yunjun, CEO, ZONG said that the GSM lab created by ZONG is a fundamental part of their corporate social responsibility as helping young people access quality technological education will lay the foundation of cultivating talent necessary for the advancement of industry and development in Pakistan.

Speaking at the launch Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Liu Jian said “I am pleased to learn that ZONG has initiated such a marvelous project to help the talented students accomplish their goals. And with HUAWEI’s laudable investment of 1.3 million dollars, I am confident that this lab is furnished with the latest technology where students will be able to gain experience related to practical application of communication standards.”

He further added, “Moreover, ZONG’s and HUAWEI’s efforts do not only represent promotion of technological education; they also symbolize the commitment of China to Pakistan.”

ZONG is China Mobile’s first venture outside of China. China Mobile has made the largest investment among all the Chinese investment in Pakistan and is considered an emissary of friendship between Pakistan and China.

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