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JOVAGO AND TRAVONEY BRING 15% DISCOUNT ON HOTEL BOOKINGS

JOVAGO AND TRAVONEY BRING 15% DISCOUNT ON HOTEL BOOKINGS

Jovago, Pakistan’s first and No. 1 hotel booking website and Travoney, country’s first THE crowd-shipping application signed a MoU to bring Travoney users’ a flat 15% discount on hotel bookings through www.jovago.net. Travoney was launched in April this year, having a 3,500+ strong community of regular travellers. It allows senders to connect with relevant travellers going to the destination of their intended baggage. The crowd-shipping platform helps senders send baggage from Rs. 25/KG through verified travellers across Pakistan. With 50% increase in travellers each month on Travoney, Jovago is offering flat 15% discount for all Travoney users.  Having 2000+ hotels on board, Jovago is committed to providing convenient and affordable accommodation to local travelers en route to work or leisure activities across Pakistan. Ms. Nadine Malik, CEO Jovago Asia on this ceremony said, “It is exciting to partner with a like minded business model that connects with its users far beyond just facilitation. Therefore, we together are joining hands to strengthen domestic tourism in Pakistan by providing flat 15% discount to Travoney users.I am happy to add another great news for our travelers and will be bringing such exciting announcements in coming times.” Sharing his thoughts, Co-Founder & CEO Travoney Saad Iqbal said, “Travoney welcomes this strategic partnership with Jovago that will benefit Pakistan’s digital audience. Our objective is to have an integrated economy-sharing model giving value to each individual of the society.” Whether you are out of luggage space or cannot seem to send a parcel at the 11th hour, then for you, Travoney is an ideal platform where senders can find trusted travellers to deliver items for them. Added with it is the opportunity to avail best discounted hotel accomodations. So what are you waiting for? Download Travoney from the Play Store and avail discount on your next hotel booking in Pakistan via...

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EMUI 5.1 enriches the true potential of HUAWEI Y7 Prime

EMUI 5.1 enriches the true potential of HUAWEI Y7 Prime

The newest member of the beloved Huawei Y series, the Huawei Y7 Prime is an absolute beast when it comes to a smooth performance; from its robust battery, to its powerful processor, to its sexy sleek design and its upgraded Emotion User Interface (EMUI) 5.1 by which 90% of frequent actions can be completed in 3 steps. In order to get better perception, prediction and resource allocation of resources for smooth experience, HUAWEI EMUI introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve intelligent perception through machine learning. By studying user’s behavior, Y7 Prime will have a better understanding of user’s habit over time, accurately predicting the behavior of user and allocating resources to avoid cold boot. In fact, Y7 Prime can predict 85% of user’s behavior and speed up boot time by 20%. In Y7 Prime, EMUI 5.1 defragments actively instead of passively, enhancing memory allocation efficiency by 30%. The difference is prominent when multiple tasks are processed simultaneously. The system is able to perceive apps’ demand for memory in a real-time sense, whereby using HUAWEI’s proprietary memory fragmentation computation model to perceive fragments in memory. EMUI5.1 also uses a high-compression-ratio algorithm by increasing the ratio to at least 50%. EMUI5.1 adopts HUAWEI’s proprietary speedy memory release technology to recover memory rapidly, effectively and stably, taking less than 1 second in contrast to 12 seconds in the past. HUAWEI EMUI5.1 adopts HUAWEI Ultra Response solutions and optimizes the touch screen driver from the kernel. It simultaneously predicts users’ touch based on their habit and does image rendering at the same time based on Kirin 960, making screen fly with your fingers, similar to a response time as fast as iOS. To add on the wonders EMUI 5.1 does, HUAWEI Y7 Prime offers a powerful Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Octa-core processor, plus 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, making sure every application runs smoothly. The Huawei Y7 Prime is equipped with a 5.5” HD display featuring 2.5D glass, allowing for stunning colors and...

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Karandaaz Fostering Financial Inclusion and Women Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

Karandaaz Fostering Financial Inclusion and Women Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

It is a fact that Pakistan faces gender disparity at various social levels. The country ranks 143 out of 144 in the Global Gender Gap Report of 2016 in terms of economic participation and opportunities for women. This global ranking has been unchanged since 2015 because of the complexity surrounding the socioeconomic factors like employment, financial inclusion, business and asset ownership. Efforts are being made to minimize the gender disparity level in the country. In this regard, Karandaaz Pakistan in collaboration with Department for International Development (UKAid) has launched a program, Innovation Challenge Fund, focused on supporting female entrepreneurs in Pakistan. In 2014, only 25%  of the 90 million Pakistani women actively participated in some form of labor. From 2004 to 2013, the average work force gap between Pakistan and the South Asia market decreased, and an in-depth review of the statistics reveals that most of this development is due to the growth in Pakistani agriculture sector, which increased from 67% to 75%. However, the share of women in industry, services, wage and salaried work has decreased by 3.6%, 4.6% and 6.6% respectively. The above mentioned decline in women’s work participation appeared at the time when adult female literacy rate was increased by 75% between 2005 and 2015. This missed opportunity elaborates the fact that we have a decent number of educated female individuals but the number of females who are actually contributing to the various strata of economy is very less. Last year, the Women’s Economic Participation and Empowerment status in Pakistan published by the UN Women, analyzing various factors representing gender disparity, reported that the policies in Pakistan and subsequent initiatives merely focused on income generation rather than economic inclusion targets set for women. This kind of short-term focus results in one-off initiatives and greater unskilled employment rather than entrepreneurship or highly skilled jobs. The report also highlighted the financial inclusion of females, a sustainable solution, and associated it with the deeper inclusion of women in conventional economy, which would allow them to generate sustainable livelihoods. Only 13% of women are able to borrow from a Micro-finance institution and merely 5% of women have a bank account and in Pakistan. This is because of the fact that a low percentage of women have ownership, joint or otherwise, of physical capital which is an important requirement by the financial institutions. Greater access to formal finance can improve economic empowerment and allow an increasing number of women to participate in the formal economy. It can be argued that better financial access is both a cause and a result of economic participation, as more working class women signify better financial inclusion. Similarly, another report – Financial Inclusion...

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Jovago.pk, Pakistan’s first leading online hotel booking portal has collaborated with Telemart, one of the country’s fastest emerging online and retail brand. The MOU signing ceremony was held in the head office of Telemart in Karachi. With this partnership, Jovago Pakistan brings good news for Telemart’s shoppers, who can use their Telemart discount cards to avail flat 10% off on all hotel bookings across Pakistan carried out through Jovago.pk. This discount can be availed multiple times by Telemart Discount card holders to enjoy extra treat while planning domestic travel through the combined effort of Telemart & Jovago Pakistan. Given the sweltering heat, corporate visits or the holiday season, now is the most suitable time to avail this discount on hotel bookings throughout Pakistan. Through this collaborative effort, Jovago.pk aims to make traveling easier and affordable for travelers who want to explore the breathtaking sites of the country. With around 2,000 hotels on board, Jovago in line with its commitment to facilitate travelers provides convenient hotels at an affordable rate. The recent alliance with Telemart is an extension of this promise and it will play distinctive role in strengthening the tourism industry of Pakistan. Commenting on the occasion, Nadine Malik, CEO Jovago Asia said, “We are excited to collaborate with Telemart. These two e-commerce players will contribute towards delivering convenience to our customers. As our promise, Jovago.pk is already providing travelers with an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Pakistan. This partnership is another step to ease our customers who through this collaboration can now avail amazing discount offers.Jovago.pk intends to facilitate its customers by providing them with reasonable prices and safe accommodation options across the country to encourage local tourism.” Adding on this, Mr. Hamza Rauf Essa, Director Telemart said, “Telemart has been a firm believer in providing customers with an impeccable level of service along with quality products hence this partnership with Jovago is an extension of our customer oriented practices to promote and enhance domestic tourism while providing amazing discounts to our customers. We are hopeful to see that with this partnership, our customers can avail the best available hotel booking services by Jovago Pakistan. We in future with full support from Jovago.pk, intend to bring more exciting announcements for our customers to take forward on this innovative step that will not only benefit our customers but also boost the tourism industry of...

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Telenor Pakistan partners with NTC for enhanced 4G penetration in remote areas

Telenor Pakistan partners with NTC for enhanced 4G penetration in remote areas

In pursuit of its mission of digital inclusion, Telenor Pakistan has signed an agreement with National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) under which Telenor will provide NTC with large-screen internet devices (4G dongles), mobile handsets, and cellular/data services in areas where NTC infrastructure is not available. Through the partnership, both Telenor and NTC will be pursuing their mutual goals of digital inclusion in the country with NTC reselling Telenor’s customized 4G products & services, such as large screen devices and special data packages, to its clients in remote areas. Through the move, NTC will be able to deliver better and more cost-effective products and services to its clients thanks to Telenor’s extensive nationwide footprint and superior quality of services. Telenor is Pakistan’s second largest telecom & digital services provider with over 40 million annual subscribers and 11 million 3G/4G users. NTC is the official IT & Telecom service Provider for the Government of Pakistan and has been granted Integrated LDI License to provide ICT services to the Armed Forces, Defense Projects, Federal Government, and Provincial Governments, or as the Federal Government may...

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Six Promising Startups Graduate Telenor Velocity’s 2nd Cohort, Network with Investors & Mentors at Graduation Night

Six Promising Startups Graduate Telenor Velocity’s 2nd Cohort, Network with Investors & Mentors at Graduation Night

Telenor Velocity, the digital accelerator of Telenor Pakistan, hosted a Graduation Night in Lahore yesterday to graduate six startups from their Cohort 2. This time around, the event had a modern and minimalist setting, with a strong focus on building startup’s rapport with the investors. Building rapport with investors The event attendees included venture capitalists, angel investors, expert mentors, Telenor Pakistan officials, technology leaders and key players from the startup community. Humayun Mazhar, CEO and Founder of CresVentures attended the event as the keynote speaker. Also present on the occasion were Dr. Umar Saif – Chairman PITB, Nabeel Qadeer – Director PITB, Khurram Zafar – Founder 47 Ventures, and Faisal Sherjan – Director LCE. This evening was organized on the sole philosophy that ‘the best investments happen because of relationships.’ Graduation Night, therefore, provided a platform to startups to pitch their products and converse with investors, mentors and Telenor Pakistan officials, all under one roof. The startups got the opportunity to pitch for investments, partnerships and collaborations as well as kick start conversations that lead to stronger relationships. The Cohort 2 graduating startups Shopsy.pk, Pakshine, Daastan, Artsy.pk, MicropowerLabs and Perkup were the startups that pitched at the event. Shopsy.pk is a search engine for online shopping in Pakistan where anyone can search from more than 100,000 products from Pakistan’s most trusted stores and compare prices to save money on shopping. Pakshine converts ordinary UPS’s into Solar Hybrid UPS’s for low-cost access to solar energy. Daastan is an enabling self-publishing platform for aspiring writers and works for the revival of Pakistani literature by connecting writers with different opportunities for career growth. Artsy.pk is a managed marketplace for artists and artisans that helps the buyer directly connect with the makers. Micropower Labs is a technology innovation company focused on creating next generation devices and gadgets for day to day use. PerkUp helps businesses manage and grow themselves by helping acquire new customers, retain existing customers and manage their entire business operations. Most of these startups have raised grants and investments previously. They are currently at their go-to-market stage, where they have already tested their products and gained remarkable traction. Currently, Pakshine, Artsy.pk and MicrppowerLabs are looking for money injection to scale their operations and reach new customers. What attendees had to say “I congratulate the Velocity cohort 2 graduates and wish they make it big as they’re now equipped with what it takes to be successful in a digital marketplace,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO Telenor Pakistan, while speaking at the event. “I am positive that the purpose of organizing this Graduation Night was effectively met with startup founders pitching their products to important people and...

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