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Saturday, 29 September 2012

Get old Rs500 notes changed by 1st Oct - ProPakistanis

KARACHI: Monday, 1st October is the last date for change of old design big size note of Rs500 from State Bank of Pakistan (SBP)’s field offices as well as from all branches of the commercial banks, Geo News reported.

Following the expiry of this deadline, SBP would not be liable to change this note to any person or bank or for the payment of any amount in exchange of it, said a handout issued here by SBP.

SBP has once again advised the public to get the old design big size Rs500 note changed by Monday, 1st of October within banking hours from SBP field offices and over 10,000 branches of the commercial banks across the country.


1) Participate in building a Masjid. Muslims Pray, you earn.

2) Donate a wheelchair to a hospital. Patients use, you earn.

3) Give a copy of Qur'an to someone. People read, you earn.

4) Place water cooler in a public place. People drink, you earn.

5) Plant a tree. People & animals use for food or shade, you earn.

6) And the easiest of all is to share this message with people. INSHALLAH! Ameen..

Sunday, 23 September 2012

500 Million Android Devices are Active, Globally! - ProPakistanis

In front of iPhone 5 event, which is the sixth generation of the handset, where everyone’s eye is on Apple but Google sees it as a good time to remind everyone that by far Android is still bigger than iOS.
So, to make this aim done Hugo Barra, Google’s Director of Product Management for Android, shared the news on his Google+ account as:
500 million Android devices have been activated globally and over 1.3 million Android devices are added every single day.
More amazingly, when we saw these stats back in December 2011, Google’s Andy Rubin had then said that 700,000 Android devices are activated every day, and in July 2012 the activations grew to 900,000.
Furthermore, back in February, Andy Rubin confirmed that 300 million Android devices had been activated, at a rate of 850,000 a day. Afterward, at this year’s I/O conference, Google announced that 400 million devices had been activated, with one million new Android devices coming online per day.
In comparison, 410 million iOS devices have been sold as of July.
Surely, all these success for Android with big hitting handsets such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X that helped Android to strengthen its position in the market. It has been apparent that Samsung Galaxy S III, which hit the market late in May 2012, has been sold more than 20 million devices.
Other than it, Apple also used to take part in this game as by frequently announcing daily iOS device activations up until 2010, which may or may not have concern with the fact that Android Surpassed iOS in 2011.

Ufone Socialife Offer: Use Unlimited Facebook and Twitter - ProPakistanis

After announcing free Twitter browsing with Ufone, today the company has announced a unique offer called “SocialLife” to enable its prepaid customers can enjoy unlimited browsing of Facebook and Twitter at a fixed daily charge of Rs. 4 (including taxes).
Please note that you must use your native browser (other than Opera Mini) to get free browsing. Standard charges will apply if you use Opera Mini as browser.
Also to mention that any website, other than Facebook and Twitter, will be charged as per usual tariff.
How to Activate:
  • Dial *4242# from your Ufone number and get cracking.
Terms & Conditions:
  • Bucket will be valid on all prepaid packages
  • Customers will be able to unsubscribe by dialing *5242#
  • Customers subscribed to time based data packages will not be able to subscribe to Social life Package
  • Customers subscribed to volume based data packages will be able to subscribe to Social Life Bucket and vice versa. However, the priority in this case will be Volume Based Data Packages.
  • Incase customer browses some other website, they will be charged as per their data plan
  • Customers will be subscribed as soon as request is received
  • All charges are inclusive of Taxes
  • This is a limited time offer
  • Customers will not be able to browse Twitter or Facebook without data charges on Opera Mini Browsers
  • Customers using time based APN ufone.hispeed would be able to subscribe to social life package but they will not be able to enjoy free browsing of facebook/twitter
  • Using SIMs without proper documentation is a crime – PTA
  • 19.5% FED on usage and 10% withholding tax at recharge or bill applies
  • Terms and conditions apply

Hamariweb and Bayt Join Hands to Offer Jobs Portal - ProPakistanis, the top job site in the Middle East, has collaborated with Pakistan’s to form a job portal, specifically tailored for Pakistani audience.
A statement issued by Hamarweb said that this alliance will greatly facilitate employment in Pakistan for both job seekers and employers within the country and associate region.
Pakistan has a sufficient number of skilled professionals in job industry as well as produces over 400,000 university graduates every year. Those are being fulfilled the demand of various industries within the local as well as in international job market.
The job portal like, with most extensive network as well as relevant database of professionals and employers from middle east, can help to the both as significantly in our job market.
With Humariweb job portal, Pakistani job seekers will have an opportunity to keep a watch on jobs available in Pakistan, Middle East and beyond. Similarly, the employers can attract regional work force with expertise in their respective fields.
This new Job section can be visit at

Pring and GenITeam of Pakistan Ranked in Top 100 Private Companies of Asia

Pring (e-Business Pvt Ltd) and GenITeam have been honored as a winner of the 2012 Red Herring Top Asia 100.
This prestigious list recognizes the most promising and innovative technological companies from Asia from a pool of hundreds of finalists.
Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on quantitative and qualitative criteria. This includes financial performance, technological innovation, management and and their track record, relevant to their sector peers.
“This award is a validation of our groundbreaking achievements that allow us to deliver unmatched value to our customers and partners.” says Dr. Muqtaza Shah, CEO of Pring “Previous winners of this award have gone on to achieve tremendous success and I’m happy to be a Pakistani company finally on this list.”
Pring is Pakistan’s largest social network with more than 4,500,000 users. It has been designed from the ground up to work both on mobile phones and the Internet allowing access to social networking to an unprecedented number of users.
GenITeam, a company based out of Lahore, specializes in developing Web2.0, iPhone and Android applications.
“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Asia to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Pring embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Pring should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been.”
Red Herring’s Top 100 Asia list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring’s editorial staff was one of the first to recognize Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Google and other major technological companies that have changed the way we live and work.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

International University of Sufism and Peace To Be Established In Bhit Shah, Hala, Matiari, Sindh, Pakistan By ProPakistanis

Karachi:The Sindh government has decided to establish an International Sufi University in Bhit Shah, Matiari, to promote cultural and religious education in the rural areas and to educate the local people, especially youth.

The university is being established on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari and it will be situated near Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai’s shrine.

Commenting on the matter, a teacher of Sindh University said that initially classes would be held in the Bhit Shah Degree College building on the subjects of culture, Sufism and Islamiat, while research in other disciplines had also been planned. He added that some components of the syllabus and hiring of faculty members were yet to be finalised.

He said that the caretakers of famous shrines in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and other parts of the country would be approached to take classes once a week or on a regular basis on Sufism. Their teachings will be part of the university’s curriculum.

In addition, he stated that the translation of Sufi thoughts depicted in the poetry of various Sufi poets would be ensured in different languages, including Sindhi, Urdu and English. The main purpose of the International Sufi University would be to promote interfaith and intercultural education to tackle extremism in the country, he opined.

Mir Ghulam Mustafa Talpur, Director, Centre for Peace, Democracy, Diplomacy and Developmental Studies, said that there was a need to adopt modern education system regarding Sufism in the International Sufi University.

He said the university could play a vital role in promoting peace and interfaith harmony, adding that only competent staff should be hired in order to run the affairs of the university amicably.

Regarding specialisation in various fields, Talpur said that the students could pursue Master’s progrmames in any field related to Sufism like meditation, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai’s poetic works focusing on religious harmony.

He suggested that the Sufi University could fulfil its purpose if it was developed on modern lines of cultural diplomacy, and interfaith conflict resolution. He believed that teaching of Sufism and cultural values could be used to promote tolerance and interfaith harmony in society.

When contacted, a government official said that Sindh University had approached the Bureau of Curriculum, Sindh, to identify people who could design a curriculum for Sufi University. He said since there were a few people having traditional knowledge about Sufism, they recommended the names of some persons to the authorities and asked them to avail their services.

He maintained that the curriculum of the university must be designed by people who were experts in their particular subjects, while the text should be compatible with international standards.

HYDERABAD – As the first international Sufi university opened in Sindh Province, Pakistan, its founders said they hope the school will help eradicate extremism by promoting peace.

The International University of Peace and Sufism (IUPS) is in Bhit Shah town, Mitiari District, home to a shrine of the Sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.

“The IUPS has been established in such a situation when we daily read the news of attacks on Shia buses … and news of Hindus’ migration from various parts of Sindh,” said Sindh University Vice-Chancellor Dr Nazir A. Mughal. “This happens only during intolerance, terrorism and extremism.”

“It was the need of the hour to establish such an institution of higher education from which we might be able to educate our youth so that they may select the path of the Sufis, who always chose the way of love, tolerance, harmony and brotherhood,” Mughal said at the August 29 inauguration ceremony.

First Sufi university in Asia

The IUPS is the first Sufi higher educational institution in Asia to earn the status of university, Mughal said.

The first class of students will start their studies October 1, said Nadir Mugheri, spokesperson of Sindh University, adding that it will initially offer only diploma courses, but master’s-degree studies will start next year.

“The students at the IUPS will be taught job-oriented courses and degrees, and … (to value) brotherhood and religious tolerance,” Mugheri told Central Asia Online.

Students will later be able pursue masters’ degrees in any field related to Sufism like meditation, interfaith harmony, and Bhitai’s poetic works focusing on religious harmony, he said.

The university will have three major wings: Sufi thought and practice; mystic poetry and literature; and South Asian arts (fine arts, folk music, performing arts and architecture). It will follow admission quotas for all provinces to ensure a geographically diverse student body.

Setting up Sufi university hailed

Educators, writers, peace activists and other have praised the founding of Sufi University, saying it will help curb extremism and promote tolerance.

“The menace of terrorism and militancy could be eliminated from the country by promoting the teachings of Sufi saints, and the setting up of the IUPS is a part of efforts the government is making in this regard,” said Pakistani Senator Aajiz Dhamrah, who added that IUPS is being established according to a directive from President Asif Ali Zardari.

Sufi religious leaders and poets like Bhitai, Rehman Baba and Bhulay Shah command the respect of the local population, said Muhammad Arshad Khan, a Karachi-based artist and a leader of the Pashtun Thinkers Forum.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should also try to establish a Sufi university in that province as Sufism had had a deep impact on Pashtun society and Sufi shrines dot the landscape, he suggested.

Sufism is key target of Taliban militants

Sufism has a deep influence on the sub-continental societies and a large number of Sufi shrines dot the landscape of Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Sufi leaders.

But Taliban militants have frequently targeted Sufi shrines in Pakistan, especially those in the Pashtun regions.

Such attacks are linked to the arrival of al-Qaeda-linked Arab militants in Afghanistan, said Abdul Majid Baqi, a Lahore-based Sufi researcher, adding that such extremists often are ingrained with a philosophy that conflicts with Sufi Islam.

The militants justify their attacks on shrines and other cultural symbols as attempts at constructing a new culture and a new identity, Baqi said.

More than 25 shrines across the country have been attacked since 2005 and more than 200 devotees have been killed, Baqi said.

For example, in July 2010, two suicide bombers attacked the shrine of Sufi saint Data Ganj Baksh Hajveri in Lahore, killing about 45 devotees and injuring dozens of others. A suicide attack on the shrine of Sufi saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi killed nine people in October 2010. And an attack on Baba Farid Ganj Shakar’s shrine in Pakpattan that same month killed seven.

“They are desecrating the graves of Sufi saints and poets loved by people, and it is an attempt to provoke them,” said Yousaf Ali Dilsoz, president of the Rehman Baba Adabi Jirga. “Those Sufis are icons of spirituality and humanity, and their love for peace and tolerance is a guiding principle for all of us.”

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