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Emirates welcome 100th A380 to its fleet

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

  • Celebrates milestone delivery in Hamburg, reaffirms commitment to A380 programme
  • Emirates chairman highlights positive impact of Emirates’ A380 operations on aerospace manufacturing, aviation industries and consumer experience

Karachi / DUBAI, U.A.E., November 07, 2017 – Emirates today celebrates the milestone delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 aircraft at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery centre in Hamburg.

Emirates welcome 100th A380

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive officiated the ceremony. He was joined at the event by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline; Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer; Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Director – Customer and Services; His Excellency Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Germany and Frank Horch, Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 programme. There is no doubt that the A380 has had a big positive impact on aerospace manufacturing and the broader aviation industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and stimulating innovation and new product development in many related areas such as ground handling, catering, airport facilities and cabin products, to name a few.

“Importantly, the A380 also brought the flying experience for our customers to the next level. The aircraft itself is a showpiece of engineering. It is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient and at Emirates we’ve utilised the onboard real estate to redefine the thinking around inflight products and experience. Our flight crew love to fly it and our customers love to fly in it.

“For Emirates, the A380 has been a success. We’ve been able to utilise it at slot-constrained airports, as well as at regional and ‘secondary’ airports where we have grown passenger demand. Each time we deploy an A380 onto a route, it typically stimulates further traffic and demand as travellers are attracted by our flagship A380 experience. We remain committed to the programme and will work closely with Airbus and our partners to continually enhance our A380 product as we look ahead to receiving our remaining 42 aircraft on order.”

“We are extremely proud of our long-standing relationship with Emirates – a partnership that has been integral to the A380 programme,” said Tom Enders. “It is a source of immense satisfaction for everyone at Airbus that such a visionary airline has believed in the A380 from the beginning and chosen it as its flagship and the backbone of its operations. And, of course, it is always exciting to hear positive feedback from our customers and passengers about the aircraft, while associating it with Dubai’s success as the world’s most dynamic air transport hub.”

Dominic Horwood said: “We would like to congratulate Emirates on this momentous occasion. We are very proud to be powering their 100th Airbus A380 and look forward to building on our strong relationship in years to come.”

Powered by Rolls-Royce engines, Emirates’ 100th A380 is configured in three cabin classes, with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business and 426 seats in Economy.  It also features the airline’s newly revamped Onboard Lounge. It will be on display at the upcoming Dubai Air Show and will enter service afterwards.

Year of Zayed tribute

Adding to the celebrations, Emirates unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with bespoke livery for its 100th A380.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “2018 is the “Year of Zayed”, marking 100 years since the birth of our country’s founding father and celebrating his legacy. Emirates is proud to launch our tribute to the man who has been instrumental to the UAE’s formation and development, at the milestone delivery of our 100th A380.”

“Just as the A380 has broken new ground in so many regards, Sheikh Zayed was a true pioneer and visionary. Bringing his message of inspiration, daring and determination to the world as we fly the A380 around the globe, is an apt way to celebrate his amazing legacy.”

Positive impact aerospace and aviation

The Emirates A380 programme creates and supports manufacturing jobs across the global aircraft manufacturing supply chain. Airbus estimates that Emirates’ A380 orders alone support 41,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Europe, including some 14,500 in Germany alone. These are high-skilled jobs and impact a high-value supply chain, creating a significant multiplier effect in the countries where Airbus has aircraft production facilities. The estimated Europe-wide impact of Emirates’ A380 investment amounts to €3.4 billion in GDP in 2013/14. In Germany and France the GDP impact is €1.2 billion for each country.*

In April 2015, Emirates signed an historic €8.7 billion deal with Rolls-Royce for Trent 900 engines and a long-term total care package. The engines will power 50 Airbus A380s which began entering service in 2016. The deal, which is the largest ever for Rolls-Royce and one of the largest ever export orders for a UK-based company, was part of Emirates’ ongoing investment in the UK and Europe.

Setting new standards for flying experience

The introduction of Emirates’ first A380 in 2008 set new standards for customer experience, introducing many industry firsts including the Onboard Lounge, Shower Spas, free wi-fi and advanced inflight entertainment systems in all classes, as well as many other features.

Emirates continually invests to enhance its A380 product, ensuring its customers enjoy the best possible experience. To date over 85 million passengers have flown on the Emirates A380.

The airline has implemented countless improvements on board its A380 fleet since 2008, ranging from subtle updates such as the addition of in-seat USB ports and introduction of electric window blinds, to more major upgrades such as relocating overhead luggage bins to provide a more spacious cabin, installing bigger and better inflight entertainment systems and a newly revamped Onboard Lounge.

Emirates’ A380 operations

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, flying this iconic double-decked jet to 48 cities on six continents on scheduled services. Including one-off flights, special commemorative services, test flights and other operational deployments, over 70 airports to date have welcomed the Emirates A380.

The airline receives on average 11 A380 deliveries per year, starting from its first aircraft in August 2008. In its 2016/17 financial year, Emirates received a record 19 new A380 aircraft.

In Dubai, Emirates operates the world’s largest A380 hub with an entire purpose-built concourse dedicated to A380 operations. The US$ 3.3 billion facility was an investment to offer travellers unprecedented convenience and comfort with direct boarding to the A380 aircraft from the First and Business class lounges and amenities including duty free shops, spas, an array of dining options and more.

Emirates has 1,500 flight deck crew and over 23,000 cabin crew specially trained to operate its A380 fleet.

About Emirates

Emirates is the world’s largest international airline. It operates a technologically advanced fleet of over 260 wide-body aircraft, creating economically valuable air links that connect Dubai to 156 cities in 84 countries, and connect the world through Dubai. Emirates has earned a global reputation for service excellence, and has won numerous international awards for service and innovation.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, and is one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

The A380 is the world’s largest, most spacious airliner that offers passengers the smoothest, quietest and most comfortable ride. With two full widebody decks, offering widest seats, wide aisles and more floor space, the A380 has the unique capability to generate revenue, stimulate traffic and attract the passengers, who can now specifically select the A380 when booking a flight via the iflyA380.com web site. Today 218 A380s are operated by 13 Airlines on 60 destinations and 240 airports can accommodate the A380 around the world.

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Under the theme Your Success Our Passion Tetra Pak unveils end-to-end innovations at Gulfood Manufacturing 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

APR – DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (01 November 2017) – This year’s Gulfood Manufacturing will feature Tetra Pak’s most significant involvement to date. Under the theme “Your Success Our Passion”, the company will be exhibiting cutting-edge technology, global know-how, and innovations that are designed to meet customer demands and the changing needs of consumers in the region.

The new Tetra Fino® Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM package, as well as new processing equipment, such as the Tetra Pak® High Shear Mixer and the Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel, are among the innovations that will be launched at Gulfood Manufacturing.

Dennis Jönsson, President and CEO of Tetra Pak, said: “The Greater Middle East and Africa region is of strategic importance to our business. The population in this region is expected to increase by almost 60% to 2.9 billion by 2050, and with 38% of the current population below the age of 14 years old, this is a dynamic market with huge potential. Having our largest ever presence at Gulfood Manufacturing this year is a sign of our commitment. We hand-picked a number of recent innovations, which we believe should bring value to our customers and cater for the changing consumer needs in this region.”

In addition to launching new products, Tetra Pak will also be holding “Knowledge Series” seminars for customers covering several topics including, Connected Consumers, digital transformation, the African Consumer, Decoding the Future of Retailing, and Industry 4.0 by Microsoft.

The Tetra Pak display includes several high-tech products including:

Tetra Fino® Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM (Micro Injection Moulding)
A new package that allows dairy and juice drinks to be produced and distributed in small carton pouches at room temperature, and subsequently turned into frozen products in shops or in a consumer’s home. The carton-based package protects against light and oxygen, preserving the freshness, nutrition and taste of the food. The Tetra Fino Aseptic 100 Ultra MiM package can be produced on the A1 Tetra Pak filling machine platform. With a pre-applied opening using Micro Injection Moulding technology, the package can be opened entirely by pulling the tab, making it easy for children and others to enjoy the frozen product.

Tetra Pak® High Shear Mixer R370-1000D
A next generation high shear inline mixer that offers customers unparalleled ingredient mixing performance and lower operating costs will be showcased using virtual reality. The new design delivers a top-quality end product and also cuts operating costs. The new mixer can handle ingredients with up to 65% dry matter, the highest concentration for infant formula production. This cuts down the need for evaporation, another expensive step in food processing, slashing costs by up to 90%. This flexible machine produces at a capacity of up to 30,000 litres per hour, and can be applied in the production of liquid dairy, beverages, ice cream and prepared food, as well as for most pre-mixing needs in food manufacturing.

Patented Tetra Pak® Extrusion Wheel
Presented as an exclusive preview at Gulfood Manufacturing, the Tetra Pak Extrusion Wheel creates novel and exciting stick ice cream products with large inclusions up to 25mm. The new machine does not use the traditional cutting technology, but instead has a number of cavities on its outer surface in the same shape of the final product. With a synchronized continuous movement, the machine ensures a consistent high quality appearance of the product. At the same time, it is fully flexible with a capacity of up to 200 products per minute.

Located at Za’abeel Hall, Z4-E60, Tetra Pak invites media, existing and potential customers to visit its stand throughout the duration of Gulfood Manufacturing 2017 (31st October -2nd November).

Official hashtags for Tetra Pak during Gulfood Manufacturing 2017:

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LG and Qualcomm to Jointly Research and Develop Next-Gen Connectivity Solutions for Cars

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Karachi / SEOUL, November 14, 2017:– LG Electronics (LG) announced that it is teaming up with Qualcomm to jointly develop a range of next-generation connected car solutions. The two companies will also establish a joint research center in South Korea to develop 5G for vehicle and C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything) technologies essential to the success of next-generation autonomous vehicles.

LG Qualcomm Partnership

As respective leaders in mobile innovation, LG and Qualcomm are bringing decades of R&D experience to the partnership, including knowledge of 5G mobile technology. 5G is vital to the deployment of a fully connected car platform. With connection speeds of up to 5 times faster with 10 times lower latency than the fastest LTE technology, 5G will be able to deliver data at the speeds necessary in a real life driving situation.

C-V2X, which is included in 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) Release 14,  delivers double the operation time at a lower cost than DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communications) over existing mobile communication networks. In parts of Europe and Asia, field tests and standardization activities are already being conducted with rollout by 2020 in mind. A pioneer in V2X innovations, LG Electronics has been the industry leader in the fast-growing telematics market since 2013.

“LG plans to lead the next-generation vehicle components market by combining our experience in automotive communication technologies with Qualcomm’s advanced connected solutions from LTE to 5G,” said Kim Jin-yong, executive vice president of LG’s Vehicle Components Smart Business Unit. “We are optimistic that the combined research strength of Qualcomm and LG will yield benefits that would not be feasible working independently.”

“Building on our long-standing relationship with LG, this effort to advance C-V2X technology further demonstrates our continued commitment to the development of advanced solutions for safe, connected and increasingly autonomous vehicles,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With the automotive industry on a clear path to 5G, we look forward to working together with LG to meet the demands of today’s drivers and advance the commercialization of C-V2X technology in next-gen vehicles.”

The collaboration will be based out of LG Electronics’ Science Park in Seoul. The two companies will begin working together effective immediately.

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Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2017-18

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Group: Revenue up 6% to AED 49.4 billion (US$ 13.5 billion), and profit of AED 2.3 billion (US$ 631 million), up 77%. Results due to capacity optimisation and efficiency initiatives, easing of strong US dollar, and steady business growth.
Emirates: Revenue up 6% to AED 44.5 billion (US$ 12.1 billion), and profit lift of 111% to AED 1.7 billion (US$ 452 million). 29.2 million passengers carried, up 4%, on overall capacity expansion of 2%.

dnata: Revenue up 7% to AED 6.3 billion (US$ 1.7 billion), profit up 20% to AED 659 million (US$ 180 million). 330,317 aircraft handled, up 11%, 1.5 million tonnes of cargo handled, up 25%.

Karachi / DUBAI: November 09, 2017: The Emirates Group today announced its half-year results for 2017-18. The Group saw steady revenue growth and a rebound on profitability compared to the same period last year, in spite of the continuing downward pressure on margins, a rise in oil prices, and other challenges for the airline and travel industry.

The Emirates Group revenue was AED 49.4 billion (US$ 13.5 billion) for the first six months of its 2017-18 financial year, up 6% from AED 46.5 billion (US$ 12.7 billion) during the same period last year.

Profitability rebounded after a low during the same period last year, with the Group reporting a 2017-18 half-year net profit of AED 2.3 billion (US$ 631 million), up 77%.  This result was driven by capacity optimisation and efficiency initiatives across the company, steady business growth, and a more favourable foreign exchange situation compared to the same period last year.

The Group’s cash position on 30th September 2017 was at AED 18.9 billion (US$ 5.2 billion), compared to AED 19.1 billion (US$ 5.2 billion) as at 31st March 2017.

His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: “A lot of the credit for our 2017-18 half-year results goes to our talented workforce who have worked hard to improve our business performance, and address our challenges without compromising on quality and service.

“Our margins continue to face strong downward pressure from increased competition, oil prices have risen, and we still face weak economic and uncertain political realities in many parts of the world. Yet, the Group has improved revenue and profit performance. This speaks to the resilience of our business model, and the agility of our people.

“The easing of the strong US dollar against other major currencies helped our profitability. We are also seeing the benefit from various initiatives across the company to enhance our capability and efficiency with new technologies and new ways of working.  Moving forward, we will continue to keep a careful eye on costs while investing to grow our business and provide our customers with world-class products and services.”

In the past six months, the Group’s employee base reduced by 3% compared to 31 March 2017, from an overall staff count of 105,746 to 102,669. This was largely a result of natural attrition together with a slower pace of recruitment, as various parts of the business adopted new technologies, streamlined business processes and re-allocated resources.


Emirates continues to invest in the most advanced wide-body aircraft to improve overall efficiency and provide better customer experience. During the first six months of 2017-18, Emirates received 10 wide-body aircraft – 4 Airbus A380s, and 6 Boeing 777s, with 9 more new aircraft scheduled to be delivered before the end of the financial year. It also retired 5 older aircraft from its fleet with further 4 to be returned by 31 March 2018.

Emirates launched two new passenger services in the first six months of its financial year – to Zagreb (Croatia) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia).  As of 30 September, Emirates’ global network spanned 156 destinations in 84 countries. Its fleet stood at 264 aircraft including freighters.

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

In July, the airline announced a partnership with flydubai, leveraging both airlines’ complementary networks to open new city-pair routings for customers, and optimise operations at Dubai International airport. Emirates also announced it will extend its successful partnership with Qantas for a further five years in tandem with joint network adjustments that will offer travellers more connectivity and flight choices to and from Australia and New Zealand.

Overall capacity during the first six months of the year increased a modest 2% to 30.8 billion Available Tonne Kilometres (ATKM). Capacity measured in Available Seat Kilometres (ASKM), grew by 3%, whilst passenger traffic carried measured in Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKM) was up 5% with average Passenger Seat Factor rising to 77.2%, compared with last year’s 75.3%.

Emirates carried 29.2 million passengers between 1 April and 30 September 2017, up 4% from the same period last year. The volume of cargo uplifted at 1.3 million tonnes is up 5% while yield improved by 8%. This solid performance speaks to Emirates SkyCargo’s recent investments in products and services tailored to key sectors, and is also a positive sign of a gradual recovery in the global air freight market.

In the first half of the 2017-18 financial year, Emirates net profit is AED 1.7 billion (US$ 452 million), up 111%, compared to last year. Emirates revenue, including other operating income, of AED 44.5 billion (US$ 12.1 billion) was up 6% compared with the AED 41.9 billion (US$ 11.4 billion) recorded during the same period last year. This result was driven by improved seat load factors, tight control on capacity deployment, and the strengthening of currencies in Emirates’ key markets against the US dollar.

Emirates operating costs grew by 4% against the overall capacity increase of 2%. On average, fuel costs were 14% higher compared to the same period last year, this was largely due to an increase in oil prices (up 11% compared to same period last year), as well as an increase in fuel uplift of 3% due to Emirates’ expanding fleet operations. Fuel remained the largest component of the airline’s cost, accounting for 26% of operating costs compared with 24% in the first six months of last year.


dnata saw steady growth across its global businesses which now span 84 countries. In the first half of 2017-18, dnata’s international operations accounted for over 67% of its total revenue.

dnata’s revenue, including other operating income, is AED 6.3 billion (US$ 1.7 billion), a 7% increase compared to AED 5.9 billion (US$ 1.6 billion) last year.  This performance was underpinned by robust organic business growth, particularly in its international airport operations business with its previous cargo and ground handling acquisitions contributing to the 2017-18 half year performance.

Overall profit for dnata is up by 20% to AED 659 million (US$ 180 million). This was driven by dnata’s continued focus on extracting operational, process and cost efficiencies across all business streams, and supported by strong performances from both its international and UAE airport operations divisions, with new customers won and the expansion of existing contracts.

dnata’s airport operations remained the largest contributor to revenue with AED 3.4 billion (US$ 922 million), a 9% increase compared to the same period last year.  Across its operations, the number of aircraft handled by dnata increased by 11% to 330,317, and it handled 1.5 million tonnes of cargo, up 25%.

This reflects new customer contracts won across the network, and expansion to new locations such as Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam (ground handling) as well as the overall upturn in global cargo volumes. In the first six months of 2017-18, dnata continued to strengthen its international footprint with the acquisition of AirLogistix USA marking its entry into the US cargo market and expanded its marhaba lounge product to new markets in Australia and Pakistan.  Additionally, a new maintenance base was opened in Singapore and a new cargo facility was opened in Adelaide.

dnata’s travel division contributed AED 1.5 billion (US$ 420 million) to revenue, up 3% from the same period last year. The division’s underlying net sales remained stable at AED 5.5 billion (US$ 1.5 billion).

This was a good performance in the face of increased competition and a challenging landscape. dnata’s investment in technology has included rolling out Avaya to connect its contact centres globally, and a new proprietary booking system for Emirates Holidays. The division’s Middle East corporate business secured significant new accounts, and its newly launched bedbank – Yalago – began trading with third parties. Australia was a new market for cruise, and has already delivered a strong performance with growth continuing across this segment. dnata’s travel division continues to build a strong management team with key personnel changes geared to lead the business and extract synergies across its extensive portfolio of travel brands.

dnata’s flight catering operation, contributed AED 1.1 billion (US$ 298 million) to its total revenue, up 4%. The number of meals uplifted dropped 7% to 31.8 million meals for the first half of the financial year. The unit’s improved performances in Australia, Singapore, Romania and Czech Republic was dampened by key contracts lost in UK and Italy primarily from Alitalia and Monarch Airlines which ceased operations.

In the first six months of the year, dnata’s catering unit continued to win contracts from new customers and expand existing customer relationships. It also opened a new state-of-the-art kitchen in Melbourne, and invested to expand its capabilities in other value-added inflight services such as onboard retail.

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PFA reaffirms quality of Haleeb after testing by international laboratories

Friday, November 10, 2017

Lahore, November 9, 2017: Based on comprehensive tests carried out by 2 independent international food testing laboratories at the behest of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA), Haleeb’s UHT treated packaged milk was found fully meeting the specified quality standards, thereby negating all baseless rumours of recent months about its quality.

It is to be noted that Haleeb’s packaged milk was tested earlier in the year also on the orders of the Supreme Court and had cleared those tests too, based on which the Supreme Court had declared Haleeb milk fit for human consumption in its March 9, 2017 ruling. At that time the honourable Court had instructed the PFA to conduct another round of tests during the summer period to reconfirm the consistency of quality, and now the results of this second round of tests has reconfirmed the conformity of Haleeb milk to the laid down quality standards.

The PFA had collected the samples of all UHT milk companies from the market and sent these for analysis to 2 independent testing labs, Intertek and SGS laboratories. Both the labs belong to separate international chains of food testing laboratories and their results are accepted globally. The tests of both laboratories have confirmed that Haleeb milk is free from any harmful elements.

Haleeb Foods Limited CEO Memosh Khawaja said that the test results of the 2 laboratories engaged by the PFA have reconfirmed that Haleeb’s UHT packaged milk is of high quality and meets all applicable food safety standards. Memosh Khawaja also lauded PFA’s commitment to ensuring supply of safe and hygienic food and beverages for the public and stated that Haleeb Foods limited supports the PFA and other regulatory bodies in their work towards industry development.

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TAFF-VTI’s ‘Customer Service and Retail Sales’ caters to the growing service industry of Pakistan

Monday, November 13, 2017

Karachi, November 09, 2017: Recognizing the growing need for trained staff accompanying the huge expansion in retail industry, TAF Foundation’s Vocational Training Institute (VTI) is launching its pilot for the ‘Customer Service & Retail Sales’ course from November 2017. TAFF-VTI has recruited women from across Karachi for the pilot batch. These women, mostly from marginalized localities of the city, aged 18-28 years with at least intermediate education will be trained, preparing them to effectively work in fast-paced sales environments.

The 15 weeks vocational training program covers different aspects of customer service and retail sales and the learning material for the program has been designed in consultation with industry partners.
The aim of the program is to offer students an understanding of different types of organizations and their products, enabling them to deal efficiently with both internal and external customers while having the ability to make a sale. With theoretical learning and practical simulations of the subject matter, the graduates can adapt to diverse working environments in the industry such as the front desk of restaurants and hotels, call centres and sales assistant at clothing, shoes, furniture and many other retail outlets.

Supported by growing urbanization, retail industry in Pakistan is growing at unprecedented rates. The country’s retail market size is currently estimated to be around $152 billion with an annual growth rate of 8%. This sector is also the country’s second largest employer, employing more than 16% of the country’s total labor force.

Aatiqa Lateef, CEO TAF Foundation, shared, “We all know that retail staff and customer care personnel are the frontline troops in the battle to win and keep customers. So it makes sense for businesses to invest in staff members who can make the customer experience a better one than the competition. The corporate sector is continuously looking for skilled individuals especially women for the service industry and many are excited about TAFF-VTI’s upcoming Customer Service and Retail Sales course. We’ve designed our program keeping in view the industry requirements and with a special focus on personal grooming and professional ethics.”

A lot of retail staff in Pakistan comes from lower-middle class background with no formal training. TAFF-VTI’s Customer Service and Retail Sales course will ensure the recruited women are provided hands-on experience regarding the skills they will be required to perform in a work setting that requires selling products and dealing with customers.

All of TAFF-VTI’s programs include modules related to soft skills such as Legal Empowerment, Financial Empowerment and Professionalism and Ethics. “TAFF-VTI’s aim is to enable women in Pakistan by not only providing them with a professional skill set but to also empower them with a legal and financial understanding of their rights as women. We have seen that these additional skills have had a transformational impact on their personal lives” asserts Ms Aatiqa.

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Emirates and flydubai Further Expand Partnership, Announce New Codeshare Destinations

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Nearly 14,000 sectors ticketed during the first week of operation

New exotic destinations included such as: Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro

Combined network expected to reach 240 destinations by 2022

Karachi /Dubai, November 16, 2017 – Building on the success of the initial phase of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced 16 additional destinations to which Emirates’ passengers will be able travel on a single ticket. The new, expanded network now includes sought-after destinations such as Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro.

Travellers can book on Emirates.com, through Emirates’ Contact Centres, or via travel agents for travel commencing from 8 November 2017.

Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark said: “We are thrilled with the positive response from travellers. Nearly 14,000 sectors have been ticketed during the first week of operation, surpassing our expectations. We have witnessed strong demand for travel from Europe and the United States to South Asian destinations.”

“This partnership is an unprecedented opportunity for both airlines to unleash the combined power of their networks, offering travellers greater choice and flexibility when planning their trips. We want to make exploring the world as friendly and as convenient as possible.”

flydubai Chief Executive Officer, Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “The many benefits of Dubai’s international aviation hub have been recognised by travellers who have already shown that they are keen to explore the world together. Today’s announcement will allow them to discover another 16 destinations as well as enjoy the unique personality of each airline.”

New codeshare destinations:

Bratislava (Slovakia)

Chittagong (Bangladesh)

Djibouti (Djibouti)

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

Hargeisa (Somalia)

Istanbul – Sabiha Gokcen (Turkey)

Kathmandu (Nepal)

Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)

Mattala Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka)

Makhachkala (Russia)

Podgorica (Montenegro)

Sylhet (Bangladesh)

Ufa (Russia)

Voronezh (Russia)

Yerevan (Armenia)

Zanzibar (Tanzania)

Emirates and flydubai will continue to offer a travel experience reflective of each other’s brand. For bookings under the codeshare, Emirates passengers will receive complimentary meals and the Emirates checked baggage allowance on flights operated by flydubai in both Business and Economy.

Connecting via Dubai’s ultra-modern hub offers a smooth transfer experience and under the partnership, passengers will benefit from a reduced minimum connection time (MCT) between Emirates’ home in Terminal 3 and flydubai’s in Terminal 2 of 120 minutes.

More benefits for frequent flyers

Emirates Skywards members can earn Skywards miles and Skywards Tier Miles on codeshare flights as per the existing Skywards mileage programme.

In addition to the Emirates free checked baggage allowance, Skywards Premium members can also enjoy their extra checked baggage allowances of 20kg (Platinum members), 16kg (Gold members) and 12kg (Silver members) on codeshare flights operated by flydubai.

Skywards Silver, Gold and Platinum members travelling on codeshare flights can access flydubai’s Business Check-in counters and receive priority tags.

Further benefits for members of each airlines’ frequent flyer and loyalty programmes will be announced in due course.

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Programme for Poverty alleviation making positive impact on the marginalized in Swat

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Islamabad, November 15, 2017: A recent delegation comprising of Director of Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (ACIS) Dr. Santa Mole, World Bank officials and senior officials from Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) visited the District Swat of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to review the progress and ascertain impact of the Programme for Poverty Reduction, a five-year, 40 million Euro Program financed by the Italian Government through the AICS.

E. Inaugration of Link Road, Kabal


Under Programme for Poverty Reduction, more than 4,000 community institutions (43% women representation) have been formed and strengthened. 5,049 individuals (48% women) have received productive assets while more than 11,000 individuals (42% women) have undertaken livelihoods trainings. As many as 753 infrastructure schemes consisting of clean drinking water, link roads, flood protection works, irrigation and renewable energy projects have also been completed.

Under the health component around 865 community resource persons (60% women) in health, lady health workers and community midwives have been trained around disease prevention and health seeking behavior, nutrition and maternal and child health. In education, the programme provides selected communities with an improved access to education and increased literacy level. 88,084 students (44% girls) have been supported in 728 programme supported government and community schools. Community resource persons and teachers have received trainings in educational related themes including development of school development plans, awareness on right to education, innovative teaching approaches and running schools as a social enterprise.

The delegation met with members of local support organizations, asset recipients under the livelihood component and communities benefitting from education and health facilities and infrastructure projects being implemented in village Landai Kabal and village Maloch of district Swat.

Dr. Mole shared “The objective of Programme for Poverty Reduction is to reduce the poverty of the marginalized communities in Pakistan. We aim to do this by supporting creation of sustainable conditions of social and economic development, including income and production capacity increase in Programme areas. We greatly appreciate PPAF’s efforts in implementing infrastructure projects and schemes in remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.”

During her visit, Dr. Mole inaugurated a 1,100 feet concrete link road now connects the village Dhero Khaimdara of union council Bar Abakhel in Swat, KPK with main road Dhero. Benefitting more than 100 households, the link road will improve their access to the market, and facilities like education and health.

PPAF, implementing partner for AICS collaborated with LASOONA, a PPAF partner organization in Swat to build the link road. The link road was built at the total cost of Rs. 746,686 with 85% of this cost funded by the Programme and the remaining amount contributed by the community partly in cash and mostly in kind as skilled and unskilled labor. Apart from improving access, the road will enable residents of the village to save time and labor incurred on the transportation of goods and services; and will also facilitate women and girls to access health and education facilities easily and safely thus bringing a positive transformation in their lives.

PPAF is implementing Programme for Poverty Reduction in 14 districts (38 union councils) of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA through 17 local implementation partner organization. The 40 million euro Programme for Poverty Reduction ensures creation of sustainable conditions of social and economic development in programme areas.

In Balochistan the districts are Zhob, KillaSaifullah, Killa Abdullah, Pishin, Gwadar, Lasbela, Awaran, Panjgur and Kech. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa districts include Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral and Swat and the Bajaur Agency in FATA.

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AkzoNobel agrees to acquire V. Powdertech business to strengthen leading powder coatings business in South East Asia

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lahore: AkzoNobel has today agreed to acquire the business of V. Powdertech Co., Ltd., the leading Thai manufacturer of powder coatings, supplying a range of products for domestic appliances, furniture and general industrial applications, and currently employing more than 250 employees.

The acquisition of V.Powdertech will bring new technologies and services to complement AkzoNobel’s global technology portfolio and business in market segments such as architectural and automotive coatings.

The transaction includes all relevant technologies, patents and trademarks, as well as a manufacturing plant in Samutsakhon, Thailand. In addition, the employees from V.Powdertech will be joining AkzoNobel, bringing with them product and market expertise to serve an expanded customer base in the region.

“We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues to AkzoNobel” said Ruud Joosten, AkzoNobel’s COO of Paints and Coatings. “This business is an excellent strategic fit and will further strengthen our leading market positions in powder coatings in South East Asia. With V. Powdertech’s strong brand, we will be able to offer a broader range of products and services to more customers and target new growth segments.”

Completing this acquisition will secure the position of AkzoNobel as one of the largest powder coatings players in South East Asia. The valuable addition of V. Powdertech’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant further strengthens AkzoNobel’s manufacturing foot print in fast growing markets in South East Asia, providing a solid foundation to accelerate profitable growth in the region.

The transaction is expected to be completed within the coming weeks.

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LG Unveils Expanded Medical Imaging Product Lineup at Medica 2017

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Karachi / Dusseldorf, GERMANY, November 23, 2017:– LG Electronics (LG) is showcasing its expanded lineup of medical imaging devices at Medica 2017, the world’s largest medical trade fair held in Dusseldorf every year.

LG, which launched its medical imaging devices business in 2016, has years of experience in advanced flat-panel display technology, sees a lucrative market in the fast growing medical imaging industry. At Medica 2017, LG will present its new 3MP Diagnostic Monitor (model 21HK512D) and a 1.3MP Clinical Review Monitor (model 19HK312C) to medical professionals from all over the world. The 21HK512D is the first product in the diagnosis category for LG and it rounds out LG’s medical imaging device lineup, which now provides hospitals with total display solutions for patient care from registration to examination, diagnosis and treatment.


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The LG 21HK512D is a 21.3-inch, 3MP (1536 x 2048) Diagnostic Monitor capable of impressive brightness level and its built-in calibrator checks which colors need to be adjusted and fix the inaccurate colors to ensure that MRI and CT scans are clearly shown. LG’s new 1.3MP (1280 x 1024) Clinical Review Monitor features a 19-inch, 5:4 ratio IPS screen that can connect to existing hospital equipment. Like all of LG’s medical imaging devices, both monitors are Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) compliant Part 14, which means that grayscale tones are corrected to maintain image accuracy and consistency over time.

LG’s monitors are equipped with backlight stabilization technology to guarantee stable luminance levels and are finely calibrated to ensure consistency across multiple devices. Dynamic Sync Mode reduces input lag while Flicker Safe and Reader Mode settings help reduce eye strain experienced by doctors when working long shifts.

LG’s complete range of medical imaging devices will be exhibited in a variety of scenarios, including a consultation room, an operating table and a radiography room. The monitors’ advanced IPS technology make it possible for multiple medical professionals to view the monitors from different angles with minimal color distortion. What’s more, LG’s medical monitors are water and dust resistant, ensuring that they continue to function flawlessly in the presence of moisture, fluids, powders or any of the many environmental challenges encountered in today’s hospitals.

“We are aggressively expanding our product offerings in the medical field with the aim to become a leader in high-quality medical monitors worldwide,” said Jang Ik-hwan, vice president of LG Electronics’ IT Business Division. “We are optimistic LG’s reputation in the premium display category will carry over to make a positive impact in people’s lives. LG’s long history of developing premium displays will give medical professionals the peace-of-mind that what they are seeing on-screen is extremely accurate. ”

Over 5,100 exhibitors from 70 countries participated in Medica 2016. Medica has hosted leading individuals in the fields of business, research and politics for more than 40 years, and is also the site for forums and special shows on varied medical-technological topics.

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