Monday, November 20, 2017

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While in Pakistan, Government is yet to officially launch an investment fund for startups which was announced last year

PM Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled the ambitious ‘Startup India’ initiative to boost startup businesses and digital entrepreneurship in India. A few significant features of the plan are as follows:

Tax Exemption for Startups: Profit of startups set up after 1st April, 2016 will be exempted from income tax for a period of three years. Investment of one’s own wealth will also be exempted from Capital Gains tax.

Fund for Startups: The Government will set up a fund with a corpus of Rs. 2500 crore to support growth of startups. The fund will have a total corpus of Rs 10,000 crore over four years.

Self-certification based compliance: Startups will be allowed to self-certify compliance with labour and environmental laws. There will be no inspection during the first three years of launch of a venture.

Startup India Hub: A single point of contact for interactions with the government.

Mobile App: A mobile app will be launched on 1st April to simplify the process of registration. It will contain a small application form which can be filled up for registering a startup in one day.

Faster Patents: Filing patents and intellectual property claims takes months. This process will be simplified through a fast-track mechanism for startups. Patent fee will be reduced by 80% and cost of legal facilitators for startups will be borne by the government.

Easier Exits: The government is trying to make faster exits for startups in case of failure. A bill will be introduced in the Parliament to facilitate exits in 90 days.

Relaxed Norms for Public Procurement: Startups will be exempted from the criteria of prior experience in order to help them compete with experienced companies in public procurement. Quality, however, will not be compromised.

Credit Guarantee: A credit guarantee scheme of Rs. 500 crore per year will be launched to patronise entrepreneurship for the next four years.

Atal Innovation Mission: The mission aims at promoting research and development. It includes 500 tinkering labs, 35 public-private sector incubators, 31 innovation centres at national institutes, 7 new research parks, 5 new bio-clusters.

Women Participation: The government will try to increase participation of women in startups.

Innovation Programmes: Core innovation programmes will be organized in 5 lakh schools to encourage innovation. Startup festivals will be organized to increase visibility.

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Education is the most important instrument for any society, it is the way to aware someone

Pakistan was established in 1947, it is more than 68 years of independence but it seems it is still not respected in the world community. Pakistan got independence with lots of difficulties. A very crucial time had passed by the great leaders during independence. At that time when there was nothing, all the things were pointless but Quaid-e-Azam was hopeful, he never lost his hope at that time. He knew the art of leading the nation, he knew how to guide the dishearten people, to keep hand in hand he told us the art of living life. The man with great power stood us as the Pakistani nation in the map of the world.

But now after independence,we do all those things which are wrong, we do wrong in our basic necessities too. Education is one of our basic necessity of life. In Pakistan, we always complain regarding our education system. More than 40% of population is illiterate. Karachi is the biggest city of Pakistan, although there are so many schools in karachi. One can easily find a school at the corner of every street.The students who are studying in government schools,they don’t know how to write & read.I usually see these type of students daily in my life. The person who earns 17000/- per month,he is not able to send his child to private school ultimately he sends them to government schools. The duty of parent is to send their children to school either government or private.

It’s a common saying in English, “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

The duty of teachers start then. The duty is to teach the student in a way so that he starts thinking intensively and critically but unfortunately it doesn’t happen in reality.I called such schools ‘ghoost schools’ because they are not providing basic education. The female teachers usually talk about their homes, gossiping, talk about someone else if they attend the school. If she is not teaching to the best of her ability and is not putting in the requisite effort, she is also not being honest with her commitments,her profession and with herself.

It is a duty of every individual Pakistani to educate themselves and their child too but providing the education based on thinking deeply. ‘Education For Everyone’ it is a slogan of every government but they are not sincere about it. We have to solve the issues regarding our education system,we have to do something against all those issues. First starts with individual. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

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Infinix Mobility (a member of Transsion group) has announced the launch of its most affordable smartphone, Infinix Hot 2 at daraz.pk

In an exclusive partnership with e-commerce giant Daraz.pk, leading phone manufacturer Infinix Mobility has announced the launch of its most affordable smartphone, Infinix Hot 2 x510, in Pakistan at https://www.daraz.pk/infinix-shop/

Designed in Paris and Shanghai, the Infinix Hot 2 x510 is expected to take the smartphone industry by storm, following the impressive acceptance and patronage of other Infinix devices introduced on Daraz.pk, earlier this year. The latest smartphone which will not make you feel a dent on your wallet is an ode to today’s technologically advanced era – making the concept of affordability coupled with functionality a cemented reality.

The online-only approach, formed in alliance with Daraz.pk, has been hugely successful for Infinix in Pakistan. Thousands of handsets were sold in the first month of collaboration. With this approach, the phones are being shipped directly from the manufacturer to the consumer, saving the customers more than 45 per cent of the price and becoming the pivotal factor behind the evolution of Pakistan’s expansive smartphone industry

This phone is a complete game changer. In a price as low as Rs 9,999, the phone comes with an amazing 5.00-inch 720×1280 display, offering an amazing HD experience. Infinix has integrated this incredibly affordable device with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, ensuring speedy functionality and smooth operations. The phone which runs on Lollipop 5.1 operating system has a slimmed down interface free of all bloat ware. It comes with 1 GB RAM – which can be bumped up to 2GB by spending another Rs 1,400 –, internal memory of 16 GB and offers you an SD card expansion slot; ensuring you never feel lack of space on your phone. It comes with an 8 mega-pixel rear camera and a 2 mega-pixel front camera for selfies and video calling. The phone is powered by a 2,200mAh internal battery, which should last a day and a half of optimum use, epitomizing style, cachet and function in one lean package

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The leading online retailer in Asian frontier markets Daraz, has secured EUR 50m (USD ~55m) in its first major financing round. The investment comes from the CDC Group – the UK Government’s Development Finance Institution (DFI) focused on supporting and developing businesses in Africa and South Asia – as well as Daraz’s existing investor Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG)

Daraz is already the leading e-commerce platform in Pakistan (Daraz.pk), Bangladesh (Daraz.com.bd) and Myanmar (Shop.com.mm). The company started in Pakistan in 2012 as an online fashion business, but since then has expanded its business model to a general marketplace for quality brands within electronics, home appliances, fashion and many other categories. The funding will be used to continue to grow the business in existing markets and for expansion into other frontier markets in Asia.

“Taking the e-commerce business model into these exciting markets is a fascinating journey. Although internet penetration is still relatively low, the market is developing fast and its potential is immense,” says Bjarke Mikkelsen, CEO of Daraz. “By making Daraz a success, we are not only building a great business, but also creating jobs and infrastructure in the countries we operate in – that’s what makes it so exciting”.
Daraz is part of the Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG), one of the fastest growing internet platforms in the Asia-Pacific region, currently uniting 14 e-commerce companies in 15 countries.

CDC is the UK government-owned development finance institution that uses its own balance sheet to invest in the developing countries of Africa and South Asia. CDC’s mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia that create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places

Hanno Stegmann, CEO of APACIG, explains that Daraz is one of the most promising companies in their portfolio. “The markets where Daraz is active are inspiring for entrepreneurs. We are looking forward to supporting Daraz in its ambition to become the No. 1 shopping destination in Asian frontier markets”.

David Osborne, CDC’s Investment Director, reassures the choice of investing in the company. “Daraz is rapidly building an online trading infrastructure across a number of South Asia’s most challenging frontier markets. CDC’s investment will enable the company to continue its impressive growth. We expect our investment to help Daraz create several thousand direct and indirect jobs over the next 5 years, and play an important role in the professionalization and development of local retail sectors, logistics networks and technology industries”.

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Along with the TV commercials, the campaign also comprises a plethora of radio spots on various popular English and Urdu channels.

Zameen.com, Pakistan’s premier property website, has launched a full-blown TV campaign on all major television networks featuring two highly engaging 40-second commercials that highlight the online buying and renting processes. This campaign marks the first time that a Pakistani property portal has expanded its marketing strategy to such an extent.

The entertaining ads, developed in collaboration with some of the top advertisers in the country, visually depict functional elements of the website that facilitate the property search process for new users.

“Although Zameen.com is already Pakistan’s most popular property portal, this campaign will allow us to reach out to a vast number of new users around the country, expand our reach, and build our brand further,” Zameen.com Co-CEO Imran Ali Khan said. “Simultaneously, it will work to educate Pakistan’s relatively young market about the infinite range of possibilities available in the online space, broadening the spectrum and introducing new opportunities.”

Zameen.com was recently in the news for securing a $9 million investment from three top international funds, as well as welcoming on board global property portal authorities Simon Baker, Roland Tripard and Per Brilioth. It currently boasts over 2.1 million monthly visits and more than 1.5 million property listings.

No stone has been left unturned to provide viewers the most appealing, high-quality copy. In this manner, the campaign aims to introduce its brand to a countrywide audience of property hunters.
“With a smart buying strategy that is pervasive yet economical, we’ve made sure that the ads are featured on key channels and in the right time slots so we can reach as much of our target audience as possible,” Khan added.

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Pakistan’s largest property website Zameen.com has raised $9 million from three renowned international funds in its latest venture round

The investment has gone into Zameen.com’s parent company Zamzama Property Group, which also owns UAE’s leading property portal Bayut.com. The group chose not to disclose the current valuation of either portal, but said the Ali Khan brothers collectively retain controlling interest.

The news of the investment comes at the heels of a recent announcement that Zameen.com has welcomed top names from the global property portal industry into its team, including:

  • Simon Baker, the former CEO of REA Group, the former Chairman of the iProperty Group, and now Chairman of the recently listed Mitula Group; and
  • Roland Tripard, the CEO of SeLoger.com.

Per Brilioth, the Managing Director of Vostok New Ventures, one of the funds that was part of the venture round, will also join the Board of Directors.

Zameen.com was founded in Pakistan by the Ali Khan brothers in 2006. The startup grew in size and scope over the next few years and received an angel investment from French property portal authority Gilles Blanchard in 2012, followed by a successful Series A round in 2014. The portal has exhibited meteoric growth over the last year, expanding its team from 90 employees at the start of 2014 to well over 300 people across Pakistan currently. It also reached the 2 million monthly visits mark in August 2015.

Zameen.com CEO Zeeshan Ali Khan said the portal would remain a quintessentially Pakistani company despite the sizeable foreign investment. “The fact that Zameen.com is locally owned and locally managed has played a very central role in the portal’s immense popularity, and over the years we have made sure not to compromise on the innate Pakistani-ness that makes Zameen.com one of the country’s most beloved and successful tech enterprises,” he said.

“We have been at the helm of a digital revolution in the country that has seen millions of Pakistanis come online for the first time. This is a company run by Pakistanis for Pakistanis, and it will always be,” Zeeshan added.

Zameen.com’s Chairman Gilles Blanchard said the portal was well-funded and led by the top names in the industry. “With ample resources and a team that has virtually seen and done it all, we are ideally placed to continue leading the wave of digital awareness in Pakistan. It’s a very exciting time.”

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Today I met a person who is a driver and trying to educate his children in a private school. He was very upset today i asked him what happened dear. and then he burst out and shared with me his feelings about education system of Pakistan. His comments were as follows:

<ol><li>Why we don’t have similar education system in Government and Private Schools?</li><li>
Is there any Institution to monitor exploitation of Private schools?</li><li>
Is education a service to the nation or an industry? where schools owners run three to four different types of business e.g. Uniform Shops, Stationery Shops, and Transportation as well. He further said that this is where private schools exploit us the uniform which is available at a low cost in the market the dedicated shops of schools sell that uniform at a higher cost and we have no choice to buy from open market because of schools logo etc. Same is happening with stationery schools printed stationery is a new trend introduced by private schools and they charge much higher from the open market. additionally those note books are a good marketing tools of schools.</li><li>
Schools Van owners charge for even summer vacations. is this not an exploitation?</li><li>
A country which is facing education emergency, where it is very difficult to convince lower middle class to send their children to schools, If such exploitation continued that our education related indicator will further go down.</li></ol>

He asked me to raise a voice for his issues and request concerned quarters to look into this serious matter of general public.

By using social media forum I am requesting all my friends and family members please do raise your voice, please do write on this issue, please put these issues in the eyes and ears of our policy makers.

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Alfred a youth drummer of Karachi who has also performed internationally has a lot to say about his love for drumming and a bit about himself

Music plays a vital role in soothing the mixed feelings churning up in any soul. May it be the sweet flow of an organ or the bass of a guitar, the melody of a flute or the beat of a drum. It’s passion for music that keeps the rhythm alive. When we talk about music and when it is beat then Drummers are the only person who can drive the crowd crazy. No rock band can survive without a drummer and neither any orchestra.

Alfred D’mello –Alf a 29 year old is a name in the world of passionate drummers who clearly make the bands rock with the magic of their sticks.

When and why did u start playing?
I stared playing when I was 9, got influenced by the live band that would perform at our community weddings/parties back in those days, I was deeply fascinated by the drums/drummers.

Your first event as a professional drummer?
It was with Mizmaar at BVS s school in 2004.

Is your family into music?
They do like music, but no one played any instrument

Which famous musician do you admire and why?
I admire a lot of international musicians the list can go on, Chris Colman, Greg Bissonette, Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl, Marcus miller, victor Wooten, Producer Quincy Jones just to name a few.. I admire them because they are masters of they trade, and watching them play really inspires me a lot.

Where did you learn playing instruments?
I’m self taught, and of course youtube helped a lot too.. But I’m from the time when I had to hear songs and drum solo on repeat to understand what the drummer is playing. Today kids getting into music are very lucky, they can watch all these drum instructional videos n learn stuff.

Is it only drums that you play or some other as well?
I play a bit of guitar and bass guitar too, I love playing the bass.

Which famous musician have u learned from (if any) or the name of your teacher?
Like I said youtube helped me to learn some theory later but.. No teacher as such.

Describe your first instrument?
My first instrument is the drums and it is and extension to my feelings

What are your fondest musical memories?
Well theere are many memories.. But I feel the best memories are yet to happen.


Were you influenced by old records and tapes which ones?
Yes definitely I’m influenced by a lot of old classic music like Zeppelin, Ddeep Purple, Beatles etc..

Is music your first love or your first love inspired your u to become a musician?
Yes music is my first love.. Nothing or no one comes close to it.. 🙂

Do you nervous before a performance or a competition?
I’ve never been part of any competition, but yeah sometimes I do get nervous before a gig I think most Musician’s do, but once I sit behind the kit, it’s all gone.

What advice would you give to beginners?
Practice is the key to reach your goals keep working in the right direction, dream big but don’t expect any results if you do get a big break take that as a bonus

How often and for how long do u practice?
A few years back I used to practice all the time, minimum 5 hours in a stretch. But now I’m more busy with projects, direction, production, teaching so I have a very organized practice routine very focused one or two hours of practice.

Do you teach music?
Yes I do, been teaching for almost 10 years now.

Your awards n achievements?
I don’t believe in awards, the biggest award for me is when a senior/better musician or producer/artist says good things about my musicality. Earning their respect feels like getting an award.

How do you balance your music and other obligations – mate children – job
I’m very bad at balancing that, so I keep a notification track/reminder of what commitments I have in order to keep a balance between both the music side and my family and friends.

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