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KalSoft Recognized as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year

KalSoft Recognized as 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year

KalSoft today proudly announces that it was awarded the 2018 Microsoft Country Partner of the year. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions. Founder, President & CEO, KalSoft, Mr. Khurram Kalia said, “Through these awards, Microsoft has recognized us as one of the most innovative and influential Microsoft partners in the world. KalSoft has shown continued commitment in delivering quality services, solutions and added value to their clients’ businesses. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for their “partnership” along with effort and commitment of the KalSoft’s team that enabled us to improve year on year in delighting our clients and strategic partners alike.” Akhter Zaib, the company’s MD, added, “Winning Partner of The Year Award from Microsoft for the 3rd time is an incredibly humbling and exciting experience in the same breath. Our team at KalSoft works extremely hard and diligently, enabling us to be the best ambassador for Microsoft’s brand. To have received this endorsement, makes the whole company proud.” From over 2600 entrants representing 115 countries, KalSoft was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement. During FY18, KalSoft aligned itself with Microsoft’s strategy focusing on cloud-based services. As a result, a strong cloud penetration was achieved and successfully executed by working closely with Microsoft team. The Microsoft Country Partner of the year award honor partners at the country level who have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes KalSoft as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business excellence, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers. “We are honored to recognize KALSOFT  as Microsoft’s country partner of the year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president and one commercial partner at Microsoft Corp. “KALSOFT has distinguished itself as a top partner, exemplifying the remarkable expertise and innovation we see in our Microsoft partner community to deliver transformative solutions.” The Award recognizes Microsoft partners who have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions over the past...

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PTCL ACHIEVES ISO CERTIFICATIONS FOR CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES SECURITY

PTCL ACHIEVES ISO CERTIFICATIONS FOR CLOUD INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES SECURITY

PTCL has become the country’s first telecom operator to achieve two ISO certifications in parallel for its cloud services ‘Infrastructure-as-a-Service’ (IaaS) offering.  These are ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and ISO/IEC 27017:2015. The International Standards Organization (ISO) and International Electro technical Commission (IEC) are the authorities for these standards. The ISO 27017 is a Cloud security-specific standard, while ISO/IEC 27000 is a family of standards that helps organizations keep information assets secure. On this occasion, PTCL’s Chief Technical Information Officer, Saad Muzaffar Waraich said, “These international certifications clearly demonstrate PTCL’s recognition of the criticality of securing cloud-based solutions. Our customers trust us with their data, and these certifications ensure that proper controls are in place, not only to secure our platforms, but also our customers’ data.” PTCL’s cloud offering allows our customers to utilize the amount of computing resources as per their requirements on an OPEX model without having to invest in hardware themselves. Addressing the specific needs of cloud security, ISO/IEC 27017 builds upon ISO/IEC 27001 – providing additional controls and implementation guidance on architecture, technology and processes to ensure information security is well protected in the cloud. Adil Rashid, Chief Digital Services Officer, highlighted that, “PTCL has set the standard in providing safe and secure solutions to our corporate customers with cloud services security. They can safely utilize our platforms knowing that all their confidential data is protected through multi-layer safety net as provided by international certifications ensuring highest levels of customer satisfaction.” Recently PTCL also announced Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) Level -I certification v3.2 for its Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS)/ PTCL Smart Cloud offering, which assures maximum security compliance as per international...

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PMIC staff engages in “Hike and Clean – Trail 3” activity as part of Pakistan Day Celebrations

PMIC staff engages in “Hike and Clean – Trail 3” activity as part of Pakistan Day Celebrations

  To mark Pakistan Day Celebrations, Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company Limited (PMIC) staff engaged in a “Hike and Clean – Trail 3” activity in Islamabad. PMIC staff collected garbage on the trail with the aim to engage in community service to protect the environment. On this occasion, the PMIC staff resolved to give back to the country and create social impact by promoting environment-friendly activities that contribute towards nature conservation for a better tomorrow. “There are many ways in which organizations can and must give back to the society and environment conservation is an important one of them,” said Yasir Ashfaq, CEO PMIC. “Islamabad is one of the beautiful capital city of the world, famous for its hills and scenic environment.  Lately, large-scale urbanization has resulted in an increased influx to all tourist places and these hiking trails are also more frequented now than they used to be a few years ago. What PMIC staff is doing today is just a small step and through this activity, we want to spread awareness about conserving nature and keeping the environment clean” he added.     Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company Limited (PMIC) is registered as an Investment Finance Company under NBFCs regulations with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). It is setup jointly by, Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), Department for International Development (DFID) through Karandaaz Pakistan and the German Development Bank (KFW) to catalyze and lead the next phase of growth in the microfinance sector of Pakistan. The purpose of the Organization is to improve financial inclusion, employment and wellbeing of the poor by providing wholesale financing to the microfinance service providers in the...

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Meizu Appoints Greentech as its Official Distributor in Pakistan

Meizu Appoints Greentech as its Official Distributor in Pakistan

  Formed in November 2012, Greentech is among top leading mobile distributor in Pakistan. With a mission of delivering high-quality products to the end user, Greentech has initiated, developed and managed a comprehensive system of distribution. Global mobile Phone giant; Meizu Pakistan, has signed Greentech to become its sole distributor in Pakistan. Chinese brand Meizu Technology (MEIZU), one of the fastest-growing Chinese smartphones is showing strong footprint After in Europe, Russia, Middle East and other regions, Pakistan is its next key market. With Pakistan emerging as the largest smartphone market in the world, MEIZU’s Pakistan entry re-energizes the sector and sets a benchmark for smartphone design and performance. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Fraz M Khan Country Head, Pakistan said Meizu, is an international brand and one of the largest mobile supplier across the globe. We are super excited to start the operations in Pakistan. We see Pakistan as a high growth market and with 3G and 4G penetration our aim would be to connect the Pakistani’s with the best in class innovative mobile devices at affordable prices.” Speaking on the occasion management Green Tech stated: “Meizu as a fastest-growing brand in the telecommunications industry. We are pleased to officially introduce to our customers their latest innovative smartphones with affordable pricing options.” He further stated “For the last 10 years we have been serving our customers in Pakistan with our distribution network and customer care network. Customer satisfaction and facilitation is our top priority and this partnership has been established with the aim of improving customer services.” Meizu’s smartphones resonate with the millennials, thereby catering to a personal and authentic approach. The company delivers customized user experiences with innovative, high-performance mobile devices that allow consumers to explore and magnify the joy in their daily lives as a result of the devices’ feature-rich capabilities. Green Tech is already an official distributor of other brands in Pakistan and it has a great track record of distribution and after-sales services of other brands of Mobile handsets in Pakistan. Green Tech has expanded its portfolio by adding Meizu smartphones under its umbrella. Meizu is the rising global mobile phone company and in 2015 the global giant Alibaba invested 590 million US dollars in Meizu. Since then, Meizu has experienced accelerated growth thanks to the backing of Alibaba.  This milestone partnership signifies a great achievement for Meizu Pakistan and the organization is eagerly looking forward to the success of this...

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The second edition of Women International Film Festival takes place in Islamabad

The second edition of Women International Film Festival takes place in Islamabad

  Women International Film Festival (WIFF) – an event of remarkable global prestige, was held here at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), with the support of the European Union. The overarching aim of WIFF was to promote amateur filmmakers, and female filmmakers in particular, by building and uniting the next wave of talent and connecting the film community. WIFF aimed to give filmmakers, both male and female, the opportunity to use film as a tool to advocate for gender equality, shed light on gender rights, as well as tell powerful stories of the successes and struggles of both genders. The first day of the event was dedicated toParwaaz – A capacity building Film Lab for amateur filmmakers,centered on “The Art of Cinematic Storytelling”. Participants for Parwaaz film lab underwent a selection process, were shortlisted based on merit and prior experience, and were part of an all-day intensive and interactive film lab. The lab trainers wereMs. Gabrielle Kelly – an Irish filmmaker and global expert on Media Labs, and Ms. Emily Macinnes – a Scottish documentary filmmaker and photographer.     The grandscreening event was held on the second day of the eventwhere13 shortlisted film entries received from around the world, centering on the themes of Women & Child Rights, Inspiring Women, and Gender Equality were showcased, whereby the last theme was open to both male and female filmmakers. Women from around the world, including Tajikistan, India, the United States of America, United Kingdom, and Egypt, besides many from Pakistan, had submitted films that were screened at the event attended by students, policymakers, diplomats, and public figures including politicians, journalists, and human rights activists. The event also featured live performances, discussion panels, and a Q&A session along with prize distributionat the end. A small reception followed. The European Union Ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain said: “The European Union is a proud supporter of the Women International Film Festival, as it encourages a dialogue of self-empowerment, creativity, and safe spaces for women. After attending the first edition of the festival last year, it felt natural for the EU to support one of the very few examples of such a festival around the world.” The jurors for WIFF this year included; Ruth Beni (a multi award-winning filmmaker and writer), Hammad Khan (Pakistan’s most defiantly independent filmmakers and the director of “Slackistan”), Samar Minallah Khan (the filmmaker behind the famous documentary “Swara – A Bridge over troubled waters”),Paula Kweskin Weiss (a filmmaker and human rights attorney; producer of Honor Diaries, and award-winning documentary on women’s rights), and JamshedMahmoodRaza (fondly known as Jami – an award-winning film director &founder of Azad Films).After thejurors had concluded their grading and passed...

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Telenor ‘iChamp2’ – successfully delivers digital awareness training to schools across Pakistan

Telenor ‘iChamp2’ – successfully delivers digital awareness training to schools across Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan  launched the latest installment of its flagship program ‘iChamp’, dubbed as ‘iChamp-2’ to leverage internet as an effective learning tool for school children, besides training them on staying safe in the virtual space all the while. The latest installment saw an unprecedented upswing in scale and scope of the program. It will be broadcast on leading electronic channels for widespread awareness. Telenor Pakistan first launched the iChamp program back in 2014 to deliver on its long term pledge to foster a more connected generation. It aims to equip Pakistani students with basic knowledge of mobile and data technology to help them advance and educate themselves for better future prospects. In the 2nd iteration of the program which ran in 2017, Telenor collaborated with Free Basics by Facebook, to provide students free access to an online information portal featuring 17 educational websites through Telenor 4G data connection. In addition, the program trains children on staying safe against instances of cyber bullying, online abuse and harassment through internet. The iChamp2 program has trained over 630,000 students across 1800 schools nationwide, teaching and training them on how they can make effective use of mobile technology to advance their learning skills. It covered schools from Gilgit to Karachi. Over 80 percent of the participating schools were government- run schools that usually lack access to the latest modes of technology. The iChamp-2 competitions will be broadcast on GEO Entertainment and PTV Home for widespread awareness about constructive and safe use of internet. iChamp runs on the idea of hunting an ‘Internet Champion’, who is ready to adopt data and cellular technology for changing their life and also sets aspirations for fellow students and the society. Participants competing for the title will engage in various educational activities using Telenor 4G data and enjoy hands on experience of technology.  Telenor Pakistan will award scholarships to top 12 participants, showcasing exemplary performances. Cash reward of PKR 1 million, PKR 500,000 and 300,000 will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position holders respectively to fund their studies. Last year six students were selected to receive the scholarship. “Telenor Pakistan has been making relentless efforts to further its long term vision of bringing digital enablement to society.” CEO Telenor Pakistan, Irfan Wahab Khan said. “iChamp program being extension of the same commitment, focuses on the responsible and safe use of  internet for advance learning by accessing thousands of online resources. Following our efforts towards empowering our society and connecting them to what matters most, our relentless commitment continues in the same direction with passion that will help nurture a responsible digital generation.” Telenor Pakistan has a strategic ambition of ushering...

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