Month: March 2017

OLX Pakistan celebrates 5 years of its success

OLX Pakistan is part of the Netherland based OLX group which is a subsidiary of Naspers. Founded in 1915, Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group, is one of the largest technology investors in the world.

It is spread over 130 countries, with a global audience reach of 1.5 billion and 27,000 employees. Naspers is among the most used online platforms in the world, with the biggest online e-commerce audience, after Amazon and Ali Baba. On 29th March 2017, OLX Pakistan celebrates its 5 years of its success in Pakistan.

Event started at 12pm with little introduction about technology have changed the business landscape, globally! It was hosted by VJ Dino Ali. Then he invited Bilal Bajwa – Country Manager of OLX Pakistan to explaing how OLX works and share some facts about the company.

OLX Group is a world leading online classifieds present in 45 countries, across six continents. Back in 2014 Bilal saw big opportunity in Pakistan after seeing these stats.

Bilal reveals the meaning of OLX (online exchange) company started back in 2006 from Argentina. Last year they’ve established Customer Service  Center in Pakistan and in Jan.’ 2017 reached 2.5 Million  download on Google Play Store.

Here is some interesting fact, In Pakistan people are more interested in buy pets after cars and bikes cos they get 89% response recently they introduced Hens and Aseel subcategory in Pets.

After that Ammar, Head of Media & Customer Relations share how their  Marketing Strategy  works. They collaborated with news and sports channels to promote their brand.  After that they invited some OLX users to share their experience and one of the user has sold 65 cars using OLX app.

OLX is now introducing a new service called “Featured Ads” in April 2017, this will allow users to give their ads greater visibility and sell 7 times faster by prioritizing their placement on our platform. For the payment part, OLX Pakistan is partnering with Telenor EasyPaisa to allow users to make their payments in a convenient and hassle free manner. OLX users can pay from their credit cards, mobile wallets and over-the-counter through the Telenor Easypaisa service to avail this new feature.

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The event ends with cake cutting celebration followed by lunch.

Looking back on New Year Resolutions – How far have you come?

Guest Post by Umana Khan

As we enter the second quarter of 2017, it seems like an appropriate time to reflect on how far we’ve come on our over ambition New Year resolutions filled with hope and determination (well…at least when we first made them).

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Most resolutions are usually directed towards bringing about some sort of mental, behavioral or lifestyle change. If you fall into the average fraction of the human population your New Year resolution was probably aimed at losing extra weight, eating healthier, learning a new hobby, socializing more with friends and family, becoming more religious, doing something you’ve never done before or quitting an awful habit of drinking or smoking.

But if you’re anything like the average person, you probably must have already forgotten everything about your resolution and the state of mind you made it with.

Don’t worry guys, even if you’ve made no progress whatsoever in the past 3 months it’s still not too late. Below are super handy tips and tricks paired, with genuine advice to help you get re-motivated to take the correct steps towards your set goal.

Goal #1 – I Need to Lose Weight this Year

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Tip No. 1: Be more specific and change in into a short-term goal instead

  • I need to lose 5 Kgs a Month by going to the Gym an hour each day

The most common mistake people make when setting New Year’s resolution is that they state them vaguely with no specific picture in mind. If you’re really determined to make a change in your life then make sure your set goal is tangible and has some sort of visible process that you can work towards.

Goal #2 – I am going to be More Social.

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Tip: Again, address the if’s and how’s – How are you going to be more social? What extra effort are you going to make?

Your resolution should sound something like this:

  • I’m going to attend all family gatherings I’m invited too and call my friends Every Saturday

The more specific and clear you are with your idea the more likely you are to implement it. Look at your daily routine and see how you can integrate a lifestyle change in it. You can aim to visit your grandparents once a week, plan random meetups with old batch mates, or just catch up with friends over the phone – Do what works for you!

Goal #3 – Try Something I’ve Never Done Before

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Everyone wants their lives to continue to stay exciting and happening, which is why we all promise ourselves that we’ll try something different this year. But my question is how?

Will you learn how to mountain climb? Try Surfing for the first time? Visit the Himalayas or go on a World Tour? How will you break free from your ordinary life and make it extraordinary?

A Word of Advice

Every resolution requires commitment and dedication, without clearly knowing what you want, there’s no way you’re ever going to be able to turn it into a reality.

If you want to travel cheap and explore life from a broader perspective then specify where you want to go, what you want to do, and then determine by when you’re going to make this happen – Trust me, clarity can do wonders for your plans!

New Resolution:

By the August of 2017, I’m going to Book Tickets to See the Eiffel Tower in Paris/the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy/The City of Water – Venice/ The snow covered mountains in Gilgit and Hunza or any other place you want to visit!

The City School stages “Thought Leaders” Pakistan’s First Early Years Education Symposium

The City School (TCS) Pakistan’s largest private school system recently organized the nation’s first ever symposium on Early Years Education, entitled “Thought Leaders”. The symposium convened a platform for renowned experts and influencers to exchange best practices and cutting edge research in designing, developing and managing high performance learning environments for early childhood education. The Symposium drew on a combination of speaker sessions, panel discussions and workshops engaging local stakeholders, early years’ practitioners, schools and parents, to set the future direction for this critical area of education.

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The City School Group Photograph

In his keynote address, Philip Hallworth, Director Academics, The City School said, “Children only get one chance at childhood – it is both our privilege and our duty, whether as educators or parents, to ensure that they spend their childhood actively learning and not passively doing. Actively learning the knowledge, life skills and values that will be the foundation for their future – and that they must have fun doing so. We should never underestimate the influence we as educators can have on young lives. Child-centric Early Years education develops confident, resilient, sociable and tolerant young people who then grow up to be the responsible adult thought leaders of our future society.”

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Philip Hallworth, Director Academics – TCS

Saboohi Irtiza, GM Early Years Education at The City School, laid great emphasis on cognitive learning among young children through interactive play opportunities. The City School vows to innovate in early years education with teaching and learning methods that are an outcome of evolving technology and a stimulating environment in and out of the classroom. As the “Thought Leader” in Early Years Education, TCS is providing the best curriculum, thereby designing the framework best suited to address each child’s needs.

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Saboohi Irtiza, GM Early Years Education

At the panel discussion for developing 21st century skills Saboohi Irteza said, “The contribution of the entire family in the holistic development of the child is vital. Social constructivism is an essential strategy in developing 21st century skills in students.” While Rumana Hussain said that “The medium of education should be in a child’s mother tongue at the early years if we want learning to take place.” Khaled Anum believes that “Teaching foreign languages such as English should open doors not build walls.”

The focus of the symposium was on preparing children for the 21st century, which is characterized by great technological advancements. Technology has advanced education and is playing a vital role in personalizing learning, encouraging collaboration, and preparing students for the future. The City School is investing heavily in integrating technology in the classroom, employing innovative teaching and learning methods to ensure that its students are well prepared for the 21st century. The Symposium was broadcast live on YouTube on TCS’ Official YouTube Channel, another first for Pakistan.

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Role Play – Storytelling Area

Astrophotography in 2016

Here are the snippets from all the astronomy I’ve done in 2016.

Waxing gibbous Moon as on 22nd Jan. 2016

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On 6th Mar. 2016 I was a part of our usual Urban astronomy session with these awesome people  at Sahal Telescopes and Binoculars headquarter.

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From L: Ramiz,Zain,ME,Farrukh & telescope

On 18th Apr. I attended first event of ‘Global Astronomy Month’ by Karachi Astronomers Society at Zamzama Park. It was a public event for viewing Moon & Jupiter via telescope. We have 2 telescopes; 6 inch SkyWatcher Dobsonian telescope & 90mm telescope. Attended by 500 people and lots of them are curious about these telescopes & the objects in the sky.

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On 24th April there was another Global Astronomy event where I viewed Sunspots through telescope at ‘Solar Sunday & Jupiter Watch’ held by Karachi Astronomers Society at PIA Planetarium.

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On 9th May I had an amazing opportunity  to witness Mercury Transit at the Kastrodome observatory. This event is so rare that it happened only 13 times in a century.

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On  18th May, as a premium member of Karachi Astronomers Society (KAS) I received members kit containing a t-shirt, car sticker, membership card, solar glasses & contact card.

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On 16th June I captured 87% illuminated waxing gibbous Moon in Karachi. It’s amazing to see the crater details near the terminator.

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On 13th Aug. I was so excited for the Perseid meteor shower as it was  the peak night. I spent 5hrs on my roof. First there was some scattered clouds in Karachi then at 4am it was all cloudy. My meteor count was 13 and captured two in my camera.

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On 17th Sep. there was Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which is different from normal Lunar Eclipse. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is only a semi darkening of the moons limbs, so it’s quite hard to notice with naked eye. I was on my roof from 8pm-1am to witness this. I setup my camera for time-lapse video but then I decided to make a Moon Collage to show  the change with time.

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On 6th Oct. I captured 16.2% illuminated waxing crescent moon in Karachi as I love the details of waxing crescent.

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21st Oct. was the peak night of Orionid Meteor Shower in Karachi so I was at my roof at 4am it was quite humid but the sky was clear so I setup my camera and luckily just before fajr prayers I captured 2 meteors in my camera. In 1.5 hrs I’ve seen 10 meteors. In the picture you can see the brightest star Sirius, M42 only nebula which is visible with naked eye, Betelgeuse  and of-course the Orionid Meteor. . . Have you seen any meteor shower in your city ?

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On 14th Nov. there was  a Supermoon which is the closest supermoon since January 26, 1948 and  the moon won’t come this close to Earth again until November 25, 2034. I shared that photo on twitter and  Maddie Stone from Gizmodo asked me if he can share that picture with credit.

 

After that conversation that image has been featured at Gizmodo.

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All the images can be found at #fnastronomy hashtag on instagram.