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Lunar Eclipse, Blood Moon to Occur on 27th July 2018 in Pakistan and Other Countries

Lunar Eclipse, Blood Moon to Occur on 27th July 2018 in Pakistan and Other Countries

Sumera Saeed | category: Lunar Eclipse in Pakistan

Complete Details about Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon 2018 on July 27

Lunar Eclipse, Blood Moon to Occur on 27th July 2018 in Pakistan and Other Countries  . On 27th July, 2018 skywatchers across the world will witness the longest total lunar eclipse or chand grahan of the 21st century. .This time there will be total eclipse with the blood moon in July, 2018 and the whole world except the U.S, will witness the moon turning into red.

The total phase of the darkness of the moon on Friday 27th July will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, during which Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color. From start to finish, the entire celestial event will last nearly 4 hours.

This time the blood moon or chand grahan will be a too different view than the 2017 solar eclipse, which darkened the skies for a few minutes as the moon passed in front of the sun.

The Friday, July 27 eclipse will be fully visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes and partially visible for 3 hours and 55 minutes from parts of South Africa and most of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

During the eclipse, Earth’s shadow obstructs the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. A total lunar eclipse takes place when Earth’s dark umbral shadow finally covers the moon.

In July, Mars will also be the closest to Earth in 15 years and will appear brighter and larger.

This eclipse will be the second total lunar eclipse in 2018, after the one on 31st January.

Lunar Eclipse, Blood Moon to Occur on 27th July 2018 in Pakistan and Other Countries

Visibility of Lunar Eclipse 2018

The eclipse or blood moon will not be visible in North America and will have to wait until July 2020 to witness a lunar eclipse, according to NASA, The continents including Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America and the Middle East will be able to witness the longest blood moon of the 21st century.

Visibility of Lunar Eclipse 2018 in Pakistan and India:

The eclipse, blood moon, or chand grahan will be visible in Pakistan on 27th July. It will be visible in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Multan and other cities.

In India, the moon will also be visible for 1 hour and 43 minutes. It can be seen entirety in India at around 1.52 am on 28th June, and last till 2.43 am.

Total duration and time:

The longest duration of totality would be 1 Hour, 42 Minutes. It will start nearly at 10:14 PM PST and will last at 4:28 AM.

No worries for your eyes

Unlike with solar eclipses, you can watch the lunar eclipse with bared eyes there will be absolutely no risk to your eyesight. However, binoculars or a small telescope will be used to watch the details in the lunar surface.

Upcoming Lunar and Solar Eclipses 2018

In the year 2018 there will be five eclipses, 3 solar eclipses and 2 lunar eclipses.

The first lunar eclipse 2018, chand grahan, occurred on 31st January and gave way for a super blue blood moon, while the second lunar eclipse will be on 27th July.

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Etihad Airways offers Free Stopovers to all Economy Class Guests from Pakistan, Africa and Mideast

Sumera Saeed | category: News

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will offer one night’s free accommodation at the Radisson Blu hotel on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, to all guests travelling in Economy Class from Pakistan, the Middle East, and Africa. The offer is valid till 15 September 2017.

In Pakistan, Etihad airways flights are taken off from Karachi, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar. So all customers travelling Economy Class can now avail this revolutionary offer and win a night’s free accommodation and experience ‘high life Dubai’.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial – Etihad Airways, said:

“Etihad Airways is delighted to invite guests to experience Abu Dhabi for themselves. The capital of the United Arab Emirates has so much to offer all types of travelers, whether they look forward to experiencing culture, a beach break or sports and adventure.

“As the national airline, Etihad Airways is an integral part of this incredible city and those who transit through Abu Dhabi should be encouraged by us to experience it. This offer is for guests to make time to explore the many attractions Abu Dhabi has to offer during their stopover. The beautiful desert; a visit to the spectacular Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – among the world’s biggest; a tour of the many attractions on Yas Island, or sampling the emirate’s world class hotels and restaurants are all part of the Abu Dhabi experience.”

More than 4.4 million guest arrivals were recorded in Abu Dhabi in 2016, proving that the emirate is becoming a favourite hub for stopovers. Guests can take advantage of world-famous leisure and business attractions, include miles of beautiful white sand beaches, theme parks such as Yas Waterworld and Ferrari World, unforgettable desert safari expeditions, arts and cultural institutions such as Manarat Al Saadiyat and the soon-to-be-opened Louvre Museum, exquisite local and international dining, world-class golf, and the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and its race track, Yas Marina Circuit.

Abu Dhabi also offers a wide range of shopping opportunities to suit all tastes with a large choice of popular outlets and brands. The city boasts a selection of spacious high-end shopping malls such as Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi Mall, Marina Mall, and The Galleria – one of the world’s most luxurious shopping centres.

Etihad Airways has been running stopover programmes since 2011, and offering guests a variety of services including airport meet & assist, transportation, accommodation, tours, and visa processing services.


Samsung Electronics is Reaching Higher for Consumers at MENA Forum 2017

Samsung Electronics is Reaching Higher for Consumers at MENA Forum 2017

Sumera Saeed | category: Mobile Phones

Samsung Electronics is Reaching Higher for Consumers at MENA Forum 2017

Samsung continues to deliver on its promise to make IoT a reality today.

  • ·       Samsung introduced breakthroughs in picture quality, design, and smart features with the all-new QLED TVs that use a completely new metal Quantum Dot material.
  • ·        Samsung revealed yet another first of its kind washing machine; FlexWash™, which has the capabilities of two washers in one system.
  • ·        Samsung expanded on its ecosystem of mobile products and smart devices that extend beyond the phone, allowing users to work faster and live smarter.

Samsung Electronics Middle East and North Africa (MENA), today, unveiled how it is building on its heritage of innovation to reach higher for consumers during its 7th annual MENA Forum in Singapore. Samsung demonstrated a renewed commitment to consumers unveiling new products that offer increased choice and flexible options, a design philosophy that is elegant and thoughtful and technology that puts the customer in control.

During the forum, key product announcements included the stunning new QLED TV lineup, FlexWash™ laundry system, Windless AC and the all-new Galaxy A (2017). In addition to its product line up, Samsung showcased how it has been developing the Internet of Things (IoT) with an ecosystem of products and devices that can seamlessly connect to one another.

Samsung also held an insight session entitled ‘Mining Minds: Big Data Reveals our Desires’ with Dr. Gilyoung Song, Big Data Expert and Senior Executive Vice President of Daumsoft, Inc. at the MENA Forum. During the session, Dr. Song detailed his research and claimed that it is possible to capture the global trends prevailing in our society by observing and grasping the changes and dynamics of people’s minds latent in social media. His session covered the fundamental social big data mining methodology as well as several case studies illustrating successful real world applications.

“Innovation has always been a part of Samsung’s legacy, enabling us to continuously offer consumers unlimited possibilities and new experiences. Over the years, we spoke about our vision of the Internet of Things, and we continue to defy the barriers to ensure our evolution in the IoT space,” said Choong Ro Lee, President of Samsung Electronics, Middle East & North Africa office. “This year, we will continue our heritage of innovation to deliver elegantly-designed products and services that place consumers firmly at the center.”

 In line with its efforts to empower communities throughout the region, Samsung announced the Samsung Youngsters Academy Program, which enables youths in the region to embrace technology. Additionally, in collaboration with NGO’s, ministries of education and universities around the region, Samsung has expanded its Smart School initiative to 10 additional MENA cities – offering more students the prospect not only to learn, but also experience information technology in classrooms.

 “Our aim is to deliver technologies that not only bring flexibility and choice to consumer, but that enhance lives and bring about a positive change. We believe it’s our responsibility to utilize our technologies to contribute to the social wellbeing of the MENA community,” added Mr. Lee.

During the Forum, Samsung also held a TV Tech Seminar for media and partners, detailing its 2017 QLED strategy. The seminar included a familiarization session with the general features of QLED including picture quality, color volume dynamic metadata and more.

Breakthroughs in Entertainment 

Samsung presented breakthroughs in picture quality, design, smart features and premium audio at MENA Forum. Samsung showcased unprecedented picture quality as it unveiled the all-new QLED TV. Samsung QLED TV, which add new metal material to nano-sized semiconductor quantum dots, deliver the perfect mix of light and color currently available in display technology. The result is a stunning large-screen QLED TV, with an incredibly accurate and precise picture that can be viewed from any angle or in any environment.

New design elements introduced by Samsung enhanced the QLED TV experience even further. The practically invisible optical cable helps to solve the issue of unsightly cords and clutter usually found in the living room. Additional accessories include the optional ‘No-Gap Wall Mount’, which makes mounting a TV flush against the wall simpler and faster than ever before.

Every Samsung 2017 Smart TV delivers a more unified experience to consumers. Samsung’s revolutionary One Remote has been enhanced to support more devices. When it comes to content, Samsung is working with an ecosystem of partners including MBC Shahid and STARZ Play to deliver great content directly to the TV. Samsung is also leading the 4K and HDR revolution, with many original titles already coming from regional and global partners.

To complete the entertainment experience, Samsung showcased its 2017 lineup of home audio visual products, including the new Soundbar Sound +, which features a built-in sub-woofer, H7 Wireless Audio and the latest UHD Blu-ray Player. The products deliver a suite of premium features that complement the user experience across multiple devices.


Brilliance to Rely On In the Home 


Samsung unveiled a truly differentiated line up of home appliances to give consumers more flexibility and choice in how they live their lives. At last year’s MENA Forum, Samsung introduced first-of-its-kind products that transformed how people do laundry; including the AddWash which features an additional door to add items during the wash cycle.

Bringing more flexibility into the laundry room this year, Samsung introduced FlexWash™ to meet the evolving needs of today’s modern families. This two-in-one washer, the largest in its class, is equipped with a 27 inch, up to 23kg capacity front load washer and a 3.5kg capacity top load washer enabling consumers to do two separate loads simultaneously or separately.

Samsung introduced yet another first to the MENA region, the award-winning Wind-FreeTM wall-mounted air conditioner.

Wind-Free™ Cooling is Samsung’s new energy-saving technology that maintains a comfortable level of coolness without the unpleasant feeling of cold drafts of air. It achieves this effect by gently dispersing cold air through 21,000 micro air holes, a method that creates “still air” moving at speeds slower than 0.15m/s.*The Wind-Free two-step cooling system first lowers temperatures in ‘Fast Cooling Mode’ and then automatically switches to ‘Wind-Free™ Cooling Mode’ creating ‘still air’ once the desired temperature is reached. This has the potential to reduce energy consumption by up to 72 percent*.

Samsung highlighted the flexibility and redefined freshness offered in its refrigerators. The Samsung Twin Cooling Plus RT7000 top-mounted refrigerator brings flexibility to consumers with five conversion modes enabling them to choose to maximize or reduce refrigerator space, or save energy depending on their requirements. The unique Triple Cooling System found in Samsung’s T9000 refrigerator with Precise Chef Cooling Technology controls and optimizes the temperature and maximizes humidity to preserve food by ensuring that it retains its natural flavor and aroma. 

An Ecosystem Beyond the Phone

During MENA Forum, Samsung showcased an ecosystem of products aimed at enhancing the lives of consumers, and introduced Samsung CUE, a digital content retail store and multimedia entertainment service to the MENA region. Samsung CUE offers consumers the latest music, ringtones, magazines and more. This is just the beginning as Samsung CUE plans to roll out additional content services including television, movies and educational content in the future.

Constantly looking to expand its ecosystem, Samsung introduced the all-new Galaxy A (2017) earlier this year, which caters to discerning pioneers who seek top quality products and are keen to find real purpose and practicality in their purchases. In addition, Samsung’s Gear S3, a striking and innovative smartwatch, combines timeless design with the latest in mobile technology, including IP68 water resistance, built-in speaker and GPS.

In line with its ecosystem offering, Samsung continued to forge partnerships with industry leaders to offer a diverse range of apps – all optimized for the Gear lineup. During MENA Forum, Samsung announced new designs for its watch bands, and Under Armour’s fitness range – the largest fitness community in the world, which will be available in the MENA region at the end of February 2017.

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Limofied – Australian Rideshare and Car-Booking app Launched in Faisalabad

Limofied – Australian Rideshare and Car-Booking app Launched in Faisalabad

Sumera Saeed | category: Autos and Vehicles

Limofied™ – an Australian-owned, rapidly growing ride-share, car-hire and car-booking app, has been launched in Pakistan. After a magnificent launch in Lahore recently, this team of ‘transport-management specialists’ has now launched their innovative services in Faisalabad too.

It allows passengers using smartphones to submit a trip-request, which is then transmitted to the closest Limofied™ drivers, who use their legally registered vehicles to provide timely, comfortable, courteous and most economical transportation services, to diverse segments of consumers.

A grand ceremony was held at a local hotel, to launch the services of Limofied™ in Faisalabad and some surrounding rural areas too. So the people of Faisalabad can now conveniently book a car for point-to-point travel, airport transfers, weddings or special events for corporate clients and leisure travels. Soon, these services will also be expanded to Karachi and all other important cities of Pakistan. Limofied will bring a whole new standard of high quality, professional car-travel services, which Uber and Careem have failed to deliver.

The wide range of Limofied features, includes ‘Le Femme’ an exclusive program for nurturing female drivers (Captains), to empower and facilitate women. It promises the ultimate security and peace-of-mind for the female passengers, who prefer to be driven around by a well-trained lady-driver. The customers can access reliable 24/7 facilities, through a world-class App, website and service center – seamlessly connected to its vast network of professional and licensed drivers. It is the ideal choice for discerning clients, who value their time & safety, while appreciating quality delivered by the industry’s best drivers, reaching them on-time, every time.   Limofied – Australian Rideshare and Car-Booking app Launched in Faisalabad
The CEO of Limofied Technologies Ltd. – Syed Muhammad Kashif Iqbal stated that: “Being a Pakistani living abroad, it was my desire to make innovative contributions to empower the deprived segments in our motherland, through technological solutions, that create sustainable employment opportunities. Limofied is the first platform that is introducing ‘Motorcycle Taxi’ in Faisalabad, allowing the bike-owners to earn a respectable income.

Limofied has added two more services in its App at Faisalabad Launch. A service called MOTOTaxi, (Motorcycle Taxi) and the Rickshaw. The App will now allow the students of the university and college to travel on less using its MOTOTaxi service, a motorcycle taxi service which will cost less then the conventional travel. It will create ease of travel for students and will also create jobs. Faisalabad has a massive population of the Rickshaws and at present the community is looking for the solution where they can call the Rickshaw with ease rather then running after them on the roads. Limofied App will cater for the both new MTOTAXI and RICKSHAW services along with the Limofied Business Class and Premium Economy.

MOTO Taxi Fares are as follows:

Base Fare: 50

Per Km: 5

Per Min: 1

Minimum Fare: 70


Rickshaw Fares are as follows:

Base Fare: 50

Per Km: 15

Per Min: 1

Minimum: 70

After Lahore, Limofied is proud to expand to Faisalabad – which is the birth-place of its Chief Technology Officer & Co Founder – Mr Zahid Khan. The vast business-community in the industrial hub – Faisalabad is very happy to see that Limofied has a firm belief in the great potential of this business hub of Punjab. Kashif expressed his commitment and love for the people of Faisalabad.

With the CPEC – Gwadar project being built throughout Pakistan, our business community needs world-class services. Limofied will make sure that various consumer-segments get their desired quality of services – Business-class facilities for the business travelers and premium economy services for the economy travelers. With Limofied; everyone will be a winner.

The Chief Technical Officer of Limofied – Muhammad Zahid Khan stated that: We have created the most innovative transport-management application, customized to Pakistan’s needs. We have a vision to empower the local businesses by providing them the most versatile platform, to deliver a wide range of world-class services, with unmatched convenience. Limofied has successfully optimized the advantages of today’s revolutionary telecom technologies and mobile networks.

Limofied™ is already available in most major cities of Australia and many European cities too. Its network is growing rapidly due to its cost-effective pricing, transparency and simplified app design. After Pakistan, this service will soon be launched in many other regions including: USA, UK, Canada, Middle East and Asia.
‘Always On Time’ is the key promise of Limofied, as it delivers an unparalleled degree of reliability along with Multiple Options for Booking your rides in advance, via our website, phone or mobile app. At the end of the ride, the passengers get an auto-generated e-receipt for the exact amount you have paid. Using proprietary technology, every car in the Limofied fleet is tracked. The passengers can also track their ride through our mobile app. In-app text messages, along with email updates, are sent to the customer, when the car is on its way and when it has arrived at a pick up location. For more details please visit: https://www.limofied.com/


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HomeSend and JazzCash Join Hands to Enable International Remittances

HomeSend and JazzCash Join Hands to Enable International Remittances

Sumera Saeed | category: Jazz

HomeSend and JazzCash Join Hands to Enable International Remittances

JazzCash, Mobilink’s Mobile Financial Services arm, has joined hands with HomeSend to let its users receive international remittances directly into their Mobile Accounts. JazzCash is the first mobile financial service provider to integrate with HomeSend and offers real-time transfers.

Customers can then cash-out from JazzCash’s 65,000 network of Jazz Experience Centers, Jazz Points, Mobilink Microfinance Bank branches (MMBL) and ATMs across Pakistan. In addition to that, users can avail cash-over-counter services as well as cash transfers to accounts of other banks.

Initially JazzCash users will be able to receive money transfers from the United States of America and Europe. In the coming months, HomeSend will also enable retrieval of funds from the Middle East. The service is already operational, with HomeSend going live with the new system following its successful integration.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, VP Digital & Mobile Financial Services – Mobilink, stated,

“JazzCash has always looked to provide digital and mobile solutions to meet the financial needs of its users. With the addition of this service, we shall be adding a significant degree of convenience and reliability to families that rely on financial support from abroad to run their households.”

Stephen Doyle, CEO, HomeSend said,

“These are exciting times for the financial industry. Mobile is currently playing a key role in enabling new financial services, which offer ease of delivery and added security. We look forward to connecting with JazzCash, our preferred collection partner in Pakistan, to continue assisting thousands of families, separated from their main breadwinner, by offering innovative money transfer services”.

Aurangzaib Khan, Area Head, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Mastercard, said,

“Pakistan is one of the world’s largest recipients of foreign remittances, and the World Bank estimates that remittances into the market would have grown an additional 5.1 percent in 2016. The collaboration between HomeSend and JazzCash further enables the nation’s citizens with a fast, easy and convenient way to receive money sent from abroad.”

HomeSend is a joint venture between Mastercard, eServGlobal and BICS, which enables cross-border and cross-network value transfers globally through a single connection.


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Systems Limited bags a Gold Award for Top 10 IT Exporter

Systems Limited bags a Gold Award for Top 10 IT Exporter

Sumera Saeed | category: News

Systems Limited bags a Gold Award for Top 10 IT Exporter

Systems Limited, the leading next-generation IT and software company of Pakistan, is honored to be presented a Gold Award for Top 10 IT Exporter at the PSEB IT Awards 2016 ceremony held at Marriott Hotel, Islamabad. Mr. Asif Peer, CEO and MD of Systems Limited received the award from Mrs. Anusha Rehman Khan, member of the National Assembly and Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication.

The ceremony was jointly organized by PSEB and Ministry of IT and Telecom to recognize, motivate and support technology innovation and IT excellence in the ever-evolving Information and Communications Technology industry of Pakistan.

At this occasion, Asif Peer, CEO Systems Limited said “Since 1977, the company has been innovating for the growth of IT industry in Pakistan and contributing to strengthen Pakistan’s brand image globally. We are honored to receive this award and we will continue to acts as a conduit of opportunity to create employments in Pakistan and contribute more Foreign Direct Investment in the country by capitalizing on our intellectual capital, innovation and responsible actions.”

PESB’s inaugural IT award ceremony was graced by esteemed public officials, senior executives from the IT & Telecom sector and the diplomatic community representing top IT export destinations. The ceremony commenced with a welcome address from Director PSEB, followed by a documentary on Pakistan’s IT industry, highlight of PSEB’s activities, success stories of Top IT Exporters and award distribution. It ended on a graceful note with Chief Guest’s address, group photo and a delightful Hi Tea.
About Systems Limited

Founded in 1977, Systems Limited is a leading and globally recognized Technology and Business Process Outsourcing service provider that delivers innovative business solutions and technology-led BPO services. With over 3000 employees globally, the organization helps customers capitalize on their IT investments and create specialized solutions to effectively drive business results.

Systems Limited directs its industry experience and insights and unmatched technology-agnostic skill set towards offering mission-critical enterprise software solutions. Several Fortune 500 companies, government and corporate entities span Systems Limited’s vast customer lists. Its offshore facilities are established in Europe, North America, and Middle East and in all the major cities of Pakistan.


Jobs For Women:Careem Pakistan to Introduce Women Drivers

Jobs For Women:Careem Pakistan to Introduce Women Drivers

Sumera Saeed | category: Careem Pakistan services

Jobs For Women: Careem Pakistan to Introduce Women Drivers

The taxi hailing giant in Pakistan is taking another initiative in the country by offering jobs to women drivers.

Now the women drivers will also be available at Careem taxi hailing services. The Careem taxi driven by women will pick up both male and female customers.

Careem will first introduce the women driven taxi haling service in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Th General Manager at Careem Pakistan, Ahmed Usman said that they want to offer same opportunities and same chance to women to earn healthy income.

He said that the company has appointed 7 qualified women drivers for their taxi haling services in the country  and company is looking for to make further appointments as they receive applications.

Careem is the largest taxi haling giant that is offering its services in most of the 32 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region in which it operates.

Get 25% Discount on Careem Pakistan Ride: Bank Alfalah and Careem Sign A Contract

Sumera Saeed | category: Careem Pakistan services

Get 25% Discount on Careem Pakistan Ride: Bank Alfalah and Careem Sign A Contract

Now you can get the 25% Discount on Careem Pakistan Ride. Premier chauffeur-driven car hailing platform, Careem and Bank Alfalah have signed a contract. According to the agreement the Alfalah Credit Card customers can get 25% discount on hiring the Careem Pakistan services.

Careem Pakistan is offering its taxi hailing services in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. The taxi service company is giving its online car booking services for its customers in 29 cities across Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan.

You can download the Careem’s app from Google App store and Apple app stores and buy utilizing app, customers can hire a car from their homes or offices.

Now you can get the 25% discount of Careem services if you are the holder of Alfalah Credit Card.