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Pakistan International Airlines has launched its mobile App

Pakistan International Airlines has launched its mobile App and Online Check-in facility for its passengers. Passengers will now be able to book their tickets online,give feedback and also check-in through PIA website or mobile app prior to arrival at the airport.

PIA CEO - Nayyar Hayat

PIA CEO – Nayyar Hayat

These added facilities and features is part of the Digital Transformation Program at PIA with the aim to facilitate its passengers by providing online and self service capabilities.3

PIA CEO - Nayyar Hayat

On one hand the mobile app will facilitate its customer and on other hand it will help PIA to increase its direct sales. Online Check-in facility is available both on PIA website and its mobile app,however initially available for domestic flights between Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and will soon be implemented on all other domestic and international flights.

PIA CEO - Nayyar Hayat

Passengers will be able to perform web check-in 24 hours prior to the scheduled departure and up to 03 hours before the flight departure time. However, passengers with web check-in would be required to report at check-in counter for baggage drop off at least 45 minutes prior to the flight departure time due to stringent security checks at the airport.

Nayyar Hayat with Bloggers

Acting CEO PIA, Mr. Nayyar Hayat while sharing his views on the occasion,said that Online Check-in through website and mobile app is a step forward in our quest to improve passenger experience with PIA and we will continue to bring further improvements in order to facilitate and please our passengers. He congratulated PIA’s ICT Department for the design and implementation of the new mobile apps and online check-In capability.

SIR KALAM successful run on 1st May in Karachi

After a successful run in Islamabad, The Insane Productions performed SIR KALAM in Karachi, a dark comedy theater play by Saiban Khaliq, produced by ISPR at the Karachi Arts Council, on May 1st.

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Top celebrities and socialites were present at the red carpet event, some of whom included renowned actors and models included Ahad Raza Mir, Asif Raza Mir, Muzna Ebarhim, Syed Tipu Sharif, Danish Nawaz,Naeem Haque, Hania Aamir, Kasim Khan just to name a few.

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Danish Nawaz at the Premiere

The play stars Shamayale Khattak, Aymen Shuja Zuberi, Sardar Osman, Zainab Raja, Tayyab Anwar, Sarmad Bashir, Saiban Khaliq and Wasiq Ali Zia. A famous playwright, Mansoor Kalam, shares the secret “formula” of becoming a successful playwright in Pakistan. He shares this “formula” by giving examples of 3 of his award winning screenplays. While he shares this technique, he is confronted by an obsessed fan who makes Mansoor Kalam wonder; “Can a story, change someone’s life?” This is a story of a commercial playwright who writes meaningless and overly glamorized stories that only serve the purpose of making money.

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Hania at the Premiere

Khaliq has taken his theatre plays across the nation on multiple occasions. Having previously written and directed 9 theatre plays, he now brings ‘Sir Kalam’ to the Karachi Arts council. The play will continue till the 10th of May.

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Muzna Ebrahim at the Premiere

Dastaar-e-Anaa Bloggers Meetup

TV One uncovered mysteries and the OST screening of the upcoming dramatization Dastaar-e-Anaa in the bloggers meetup with the enthusiastic cast at the Pi Social Café.

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Director Mohsin Talat

Uzma Gillani is all set to do her television comeback as Zebunissana in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Abid Ali and Uzma Gillani the legends of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen together after 14 years.

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Salman Saeed & Aisha Gul

Mark your calendars for some memorable performances starting from 14thApril 2017 every Friday 8pm.

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An adept director Mohsin Talat together withthe talented cast including Salman Saeed, Ayesha Gul, Uzma Gillani all the way from Canada over a voice call became part of the launch and bloggers meet of Dastaar-e-Anaa.

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Dastaar-e-Anaa is a captivating drama serial with an interesting story line built up by Amin Sadiq.

Dastaar-e-Anaa will deliver an impactful message amongst audience.

Director’s Note: “Our mission is to create awareness of keeping balance in relationships and solve the negative slot in the society. Either dramas are character based or issue based, here in this drama we have tried to provide audience with a impactful message.”

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Aisha Gul

Cast’s Note: ” Challenging roles like these is the beauty of acting, this is my passion that’s why I am here”- Aisha Gul

Dastaar-e-Anaa revolves around a story of a lady Zebunissa (Uzma Gillani) who loves to control life of people around her. The main lead Saniya Shamshad as Mahnoor is shown as the granddaughter of Zebunissa. Mahnoor is a gentle and kind soul, who is scared of her granddaughter and tries to obey. Salman Saeed is playing the opposite lead role to Saniya Shamshad and the story is a traditional love story which is shot on the beautiful locations of Northern Areas in Pakistan.

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The melodious OST of Dastaar-e-Anaa is composed by Maestro Waqar Ali and sung by none other than Coke Studio star Jabir Abbas.

Do you think Mahnoor will go against her grandmother for lover?

Kashif Mahmood a well known face of Pakistani Drama industry will be seen in a negative role as Waleed in Dastaar-e-Anaa. Kashif has a boy next door personality and this role must be a challenge for him.

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Bloggers playing sequence with Aisha Gul & Mohsin Talat

The launch was a successful event along with a meet and greet session cast and bloggers indulged in board games which are the specialty of Pi Social Café, the cast time win the game against the bloggers team, the challenge was worth gazing and way to interesting.

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KFC Pakistan Day Celebration

KFC Pakistan has been working with Zindagi Trust (owned by Shahzad Roy) since a while now and it  has raised over 70 million rupees. KFC previously donated this money to Zindagi Trust, but has started taking ownership in terms of running the school. On 23rd March, there were kids from a school – which was the second school which KFC is jointly running with Zindagi Trust, gathered at KFC Ittehad outlet, with the aim to celebrate 23rd March, along with the agenda to highlight the achievement of KFC and Zindagi Trust.
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The reason of highlighting this is to prove KFC as a socially responsive brand, highlight its CSR capacity and at the same time, promote the spirit of doing something for the nation, particularly in terms of education and literacy, because educated Pakistan will be a smart Pakistan. Event was attending by numerous celebrities such as Farhan Agha, Sarwat Gillani, Nida Khan and others. KFC CEO Raza Pirbhai along with these celebrities talked to students, motivated them to excel in life; students sang national songs, which was a wonderful moment.
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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.

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.

 

 

Karachi Literature Festival 2017

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) is the literature festival that provides the connection between the author and the reader. It is also a platform for art performers and cultural programs.

The festival starts with the welcome speeches by the organizers followed by the performance by  Asif Sinan.

In her keynote speech Ayesha Jalal  said that, “Pakistan needs to focus on gaining consumer rights before political rights.”

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Asif Sinan performing at KLF

Then there was an Award ceremony of KLF Pepsi and the winner of the prize for the non-fiction book of the year was “The Raj at War” by Yasmeen Khan. The Getz Pharma Prize for fiction went to Omar Shahid Hamid for his “The Spinner’s Tale”. The Infaq Urdu literature prize went to Nasir Abbas Nayyar.

First day was concluded by a captivating ‘Kathak’ performance by Shayma Saiyid.

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Shayma Saiyid at KLF

This year there were 18 book launches at KLF but I really wanted to attend the launch event of Omar Shahid’s new book “The Party Worker” but unfortunately couldn’t reach the festival on day 2  cos I got sick.

So I went to the festival on day 3 and at the entry there was stall of Tapal Danedar where people were standing in queues to get Chai/Tea proves that how much we love Tea.

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First I attended ‘Celebrating Faiz’ where  Zehra Negah an Urdu poet  praised his work by saying  that, “He was an evergreen, extremely generous and down-to-earth man who was open to criticism.” Adeel Hashmi  concluded the session by reading  Faiz’s sublime poetry.

After that I had to the Book Fair, first stop was Liberty Books to buy my copy of ‘The Party Worker’.

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And I found the some great collection Marvel and DC Comics at the some book stall at the end of the Book Fair.

Comics at KhiLF

Last session of the day was ‘Memories and Reflections’ by  Zia Mohyeddin who needs no introduction. It was a treat for me to listen him reading  the paragraph from his book “The God Of My Idolatry”.

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Zia Mohyeddin at KLF

Then  there was closing speeches by Ameena Saiyid and Asif Farrukhi followed by Performences by Shayma Saiyid and Suhaee Abro and a concert by Saif Samejo.