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Norwegian Minister Visits Telenor Easypaisa Shops

The Norwegian Minister for Environment and International Development Erik Solheim visited a Telenor Pakistan easypaisa retail outlet at a local market today.

He was accompanied by Norwegian Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Kvile and Chief Strategy Officer & VP Corporate Affairs Telenor Pakistan Aamir Ibrahim. The minister is in Pakistan to see ongoing flood relief and rehabilitation activities. Norway has contributed 400 million Norwegian Kroners (USD67 million) for Pakistan’s flood affected.

Talking to the media the minister appreciated Telenor Pakistan’s contribution to the flood relief activities. “I am happy to see that Telenor is actively contributing to social causes in Pakistan. The Norwegian government and people of Norway will always stand beside our Pakistani friends in their hour of need.”

Telenor Pakistan’s Aamir Ibrahim speaking on the occasion said: “Branchless banking solutions like easypaisa can not only address the lack of financial inclusion in Pakistan but can also potentially help generate and disburse funds to the disaster affected people.”

Easypaisa, launched in October 2009, aims to offer financial inclusion to Pakistan’s population, a large majority of which is currently unserved. The recently launched easypaisa Donation Service was used to collect funds for the flood affected people.

Easypaisa is available in 700 locations across Pakistan. With 11,000 agents, 1 million transactions a month, and Rs 10 billion worth of transaction since launch, the service is helping to provide people with much needed financial services.


Nokia Launches its Recycle Program through a Press event in Karachi

Pakistan has become 86th country in the world where Nokia has launched its recycling program, through a press event in Karachi.

“Take Back” program will have recycle boxes at all 9 Nokia Care centers across the country. Along with, there would be 400+ collection points and a mobile van in Karachi to serve urban mobile market.

The initiative is launched to invite the mobile phone users to recycle their old phones.

Nokia isn’t accepting only Nokia made models, but also Samsung, Siemens and other makes are also encouraged to be dropped into Recycle Boxes.

Moreover, customers can drop old batteries, chargers or any other accessories in drop boxes too.

When asked about any incentives offered to customers or society in return, Nokia said that there are no incentives for customers in this. They will have to drop their phones for no-return at all!

So there is no monetary advantage involved here. Nokia assumes that it’s the customer’s social responsibility.

However, for society’s betterment, Nokia said that it will re-invest money saved through recycling, which ultimately will help company bring better devices at low cost.

In response to a question that there are already options available to customers where they can sell their old/useless phones for Rs. 200 or so, Nokia said “Naiki ki koi keemat nae hoti”.

During the briefing, Nokia said that devices collected through this program will be shipped back to Hungry. When asked about the establishment of a recycling unit in Pakistan, Nokia explained that transporting it outside Pakistan is less costly than actually maintaining the plant here.

Following are other highlights of Nokia’s Briefing:

  • Nokia is saving some 500 million Euros, globally, out of this recycling program
  • Nokia was the first company in Pakistan to introduce simple packaging.
  • 80 percent of Nokia’s new devices are recycle-able. New packaging is also made up to 65% of recyclable material. It’s free of PVC since 2006.
  • According to Nokia’s country manager in Pakistan, average life of cell phone is one and a half year or two at most.
  • According to a survey conducted by Nokia, only 3% people know about recycling. 74% have no idea about it. 50% of the people are unaware that it is possible to recycle mobile phone
  • Interesting fact: According to Nokia’s surveys almost 8% of cell phones are stolen each year.
  • Nokia has been trying to reduce the cost of cell phones so basically they are putting their saved money in reducing the cell phone cost.

Ufone Making Tent Villages with recycled Flex for the Needy

Ufone recently set up tent villages in flood hit areas to help those in dire need of shelter.

The recent floods have left the nation at a standstill and even though a lot is being done some how the scenario on ground plus the stake holders suggest that it isn’t enough.

Keeping in view the immense need of shelter, Ufone has set up tent villages using re-cycled PVC flex which are taken off from hoardings and billboards after when a commercial campaign is expired.

So far villages have been put up in Charsadda, Sukkur and Multan and are catering to up to 300 people per tent village.

Mr. Akbar Khan Chief Marketing Officer Ufone said

Pakistan is in great need of support from the people and the corporate sector and Ufone as a socially responsible organization is trying its best to meet the requirements by providing basic needs starting from shelter. As the winter is slowly setting in the need for sturdy shelter is essential. Other than the organization a number of our employees have gone out of their way to help the affectees on a personal basis. It is time we all come together for the better of the nation.


PTCL Provides Free Vfones sets in Flood Hit Areas

The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has said that under its corporate social responsibility, it has provided 500 Free Vfone telephone service sets at flood relief camps in Sindh and Balochistan in support for the flood affected people.

A PTCL statement said the IDPs living in relief camps could now make free unlimited local and national calls and stay in touch with rest of the community and their relatives.

Meanwhile, the PTCL General-Manager Consumer Services, Rizwan Ahmed Bhutto and Mushir Khan, the phone utility’s GM Coordination, during their visit of the IDPs camp at Lyari Poly Technical College; Mir Muhammad Baloch Road sympathized with the flood affected people there and conveyed best wishes from the management of PTCL.

They also said on the occasion that PTCL share the ordeal of the displaced people and committed to provide all assistance throughout the country.


Mobilink’s Contribution for Flood Relief Crosses Rs. 236 Million

Mobilink has committed more than Rs 236 million towards flood relief in addition to contributing thousands of volunteer hours.

This to date is one of the largest relief initiatives from the private sector. Besides the distribution of healthy food, hygiene kits and essential items, Mobilink has donated prefabricates sheets worth Rs 140 million to be used as Health Units across Pakistan.

The shelters will be used by renowned NGOs including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Thardeep Rural Support Program (TRDP) to establish health units to meet the medical needs of the flood victims across Pakistan.

The shelters are made of pre-fabricated sheets making them easy to assemble, transport and store as per requirements. Made of durable material, these shelters will not only be useful during the current relief efforts but are a long term donation for future use as schools and dispensaries in coming months and years particularly in areas where rehabilitation will be a slow and lengthy process.

Besides these shelters, Mobilink has committed a comprehensive relief-package, worth 85 million rupees, for the flood affectees. Additionally, over Rs 10 million have been raised by Mobilink employee through their salaries and friends and family; SMS donations, and other private donors.

All funds generated by Mobilink are being channeled through the Mobilink Foundation with the support of Mobilink employees who remain the the key driver in relief efforts.

To date, Mobilink Foundation has reached out to more than 100,000 flood victims in more than 15 severely affected locations by the floods across Pakistan. Over, 95,000 bottles of water, 2,300 bags of flour, 5,050 packs of dry food rations and 7,865 packs of ready to eat food, 4,950 hygiene kits and 1,900 non-food items have been distributed among the flood affectees in last four weeks.


Samsung Continues to Distribute Relief Goods

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd is a proactive and caring company operating in Pakistan.

Recently a team from Samsung visited Muzaffargarh, which is among the areas facing the worst flood disasters in Pakistan.

Mr. Steve Han ,The Managing Director and the Senior Manager Mr. Injae Lee personally visited the displaced victims along with numerous Samsung employees to distribute more than 400 relief packs containing food and clothing items in the relief camps, besides personally interacting with the unfortunate flood victims.

The Managing Director of Samsung Pakistan, Mr. Steve Han said; “It is really painful to see such a large number of Pakistanis, facing such a massive disaster, where they have lost their homes, livelihood, properties, valuables and lives. Samsung is fully committed to help in the revival of a normal healthy life for these fellow citizens.”

During this visit the Samsung team personally ensured the fair distribution of 2 truck loads of relief goods.

The DCO of Muzaffargarh briefed them about the extent of devastation in the area.

About 2.1 million people among the total population of 3.5 million living in and around Muzaffargarh have been affected by the floods. 50% of the road Infrastructure, 80% of schools and 90% of health centers in the district are either destroyed or severely damaged.

This team from Samsung, which also included Mr. Zeshan Qureshi- Head of Mobile Phones, Ms. Rabiya Siddiqui-PR Manager and Mr. Zahid Saeed- Head of HR and Admin later visited some surrounding areas like Baseera and Shershah, where the level of devastation has been more than 75%. The recent floods have caused a severe disaster for people all over Pakistan.

Earlier, Samsung has been regularly distributing flood relief packs, each containing essential items like; Cooking Oil 2.5 kg, Flour 10 kg, Sugar 3 kg, Rice 5 kg, Gram 1 kg, Pulses 1 kg, Tea 0.5 kg, Sherbet Bottle 1.5 liter, Clothing for Man/ Woman and 1 Pack of Dry Milk.


Telenor Karo Mumkin Show Grand Beginning Show Schedule

Telenor’s Karo Mumkin Show has entered into its final round; they are calling it “Grand Beginning”.

Karo Mumkin is an initiative by Telenor to bring the best idea for glorifying Pakistan, not only it; Telenor plans to get the idea executed as well.

Telenor Karo Mumkin aims at building the  “Can do” spirit among Pakistanis by having them to think positive and have faith in their abilities; and encourage them to do something no matter how small for the country in their individual capacity.

In earlier two episodes, best ideas were unveiled and then based on nationwide voting through SMS, IVR and website ‘Grand Beginning Show’ will announce the winners.

watch Telenor Karo Mumkin Show on leading TV channels starting today; here is the complete schedule.


Wateen Promotes Internet Literacy in Underserved Areas of Pakistan

Wateen has been an active participant in Government of Pakistan’s (Ministry of Information Technology) USF projects working towards the development of telecom infrastructure in underserved areas of the country.

So far, Wateen has been successful in obtaining subsidies of approximately PKR 1.8 billion for OFC projects and PKR 1.0 billion for Broadband projects through successful participation in competitive biddings.

Wateen’s deployment of a robust Optical Fiber Cable network of over 10,000 kilometers and the largest nationwide 3.5 GHz WiMAX network rollout in the world makes Wateen a natural partner of choice to support such initiatives from USF.

Mr. Tariq Malik, CEO Wateen Telecom, commended Wateen’s efforts for promotion of internet literacy in these regions and said

“Wateen stands committed in alleviating the digital divide between the urban and rural population and is always one step ahead of its competition to meet such challenges. Our aim is to promote computer and internet literacy in underserved regions of Pakistan by making these services ‘available’ and ‘affordable’ for the people of Pakistan.

While talking about corporate social responsibility he further stated that through these projects Wateen is not only making services available in educational centers by building computer laboratories that shall be fully equipped with broadband internet but is also generating employment opportunities by creating partnerships with the local community to build internet cafes in the area.

It is Wateen’s vision to contribute towards the development of our great country and hence, participation in USF regions aligns with Wateen’s vision of taking Pakistan into the digital broadband revolution of the 21st century while promoting education and literacy through these means.”


Qubee Donates Funds Rs. 3.5 m to Flood Victims

Qubee, WiMax broadband internet provider in Pakistan , has donated Rs. 3.5 million to support relief efforts and rehabilitation of flood victims in Pakistan .

CEO Qubee Mubashir Naqvi, while stressing the need of the hour said this is the social responsibility of each corporate entity to come forward for the relief efforts for 20 million displaced flood victims. He said Qubee and its employees will never leave the people of Pakistan alone in such trying and testing times. We are committed and standing shoulder to shoulder with the nation to provide all out support to flood victims.

Qubee’s employees have also donated Part of their salaries for the relief efforts while ration and dry food items etc are also being distributed among the people in flood affected areas and relief camps all across Pakistan.