TEDxLahoreWomen: Let's Get Inspired By Bold & Brilliant Women Of Pakistan!


The TEDxLahoreWomen is a platform to meet and greet the inspiring ladies of Pakistan who achieved their goals despite hurdles. It is a place to recognize the unbelievable work championed by Pakistani women in all fields. It aims to create safe spaces where women and girls can come together to share ideas, co-create and expand their communities.

This year, the British Council in Pakistan collaborated with TEDxLahoreWomen to support women through culture, programs, research and partnerships across Pakistan. The British Council collaborates with partners from different sectors to influence legislation and policy that promotes gender equality – in some cases at the local level and in some others at the national level.

The theme of the event was something that really resonates with great achievers among women; Bold & Brilliant TED Women 2019. The platform provided space to those shining ladies who took extraordinary risks and moved forward like true innovators. The TEDxLahoreWomen event celebrated the pioneers and those who tirelessly working and showing up as allies and advocates.

At the Bold & Brilliant event by TEDxLahoreWomen, the inspirational women shared their inspiring and motivational stories to encourage the next generation of young women – and men. So that their talks and performances will boost the confidence of others to think about what we as a community can do to shatter glass ceilings, challenge stereotypes and start new conversations on how we can best support and champion women in Pakistan.

Dr Aneela Darbar, a neurosurgeon, shared her experiences with the audience that people ask her about her profession: is neurosurgery more difficult than rocket science? People also ask her, if it pays a lot. For her, the real question is: does it save lives? It does, and it doesn't.

Another wonderful speaker Amna Zamir, the Additional District & Sessions Judge from #GilgitBaltistan talked about the hardships faced by her in a male-dominated society as well as a profession and how she created a space for herself in the system despite the obstacles. Zamir told audiences that "Determination, hard work and confidence of a woman can defeat the odds."

"When I wanted to study law in college I was told to choose another degree because it would be hard for a woman to travel to Islamabad or Peshawar. I told my father if I can't study law I won't study anything at all. I did it." said Amna Zamir.

The singer and pediatric doctor Masuma Anwar who got international fame because of her Sufi songs and Coke Studio performances, said, "The tenor and timber of my voice was compared to male singers. I didn't care about the memes and was proud: yes, I stand shoulder to shoulder with the best male singers out there."

The TEDxLahoreWomen emphasized that discriminatory social attitudes, beliefs , and social norms can negatively affect women's and girls’ empowerment. It is important to share positive women's attitudes to encourage other women. Such an event helps to understand, explore and influence change in attitudes, as well as foster opportunities for influencing social norms in the longer term.



Pakistan Launched New WHO Approved Typhoid Vaccine


Pakistan has become the first country throughout the globe to launch the World Health Organization’s (WHO) approved Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV) to battle the epidemic of a drug-resistant strain (XDR).

The new anti-typhoid vaccine has been introduced during the immunization campaign "Mission Typhoid" started from November 19th in Sindh province, where nearly 10,000 cases of the disease have been recorded since 2017. 

The TCV campaign is designed to vaccinate 10.1 million children, aged between 9 months and 15 years against the waterborne fatal disease. The vaccine offers a very beneficial solution to protect children from drug-resistant (XDR) typhoid, a serious illness caused by Salmonella Typhi.

“Within the two weeks, the campaign has successfully achieved 90% of its set target”, said Sindh EOC Project Director Dr Akram Sultan.
The new WHO-approved typhoid vaccines have been provided by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to the Pakistani government free of cost. “This vaccine (Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine) is pre-qualified by the World Health Organization, which means that its production is rigorously monitored by WHO. TCV is recommended for use by WHO because it’s safe and effective in granting the protection (against XDR typhoid)”, said WHO representative in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala.

The UNICEF representative in Pakistan Aida Girma also expressed her views, “UNICEF fully endorses the Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine (TCV), a safe and efficient way to protect children against this deadly disease”.

Health professionals have expressed their apprehension about the outbreak of Typhoid in the country. According to their statistics, Pakistan's awful sewage, water systems, low vaccination rates along the over-populated abodes are the actual reasons behind the spread of drug-resistant typhoid. To combat the situation WHO tested and approved TCV has been introduced in Sindh province to curb the deadly disease. 

However, in the initial stage, some people show resistance towards mission typhoid campaign, as some cases of minor side effects were detected in some children, but WHO, UNICEF & local doctors and pediatricians endorsed the use of the vaccine. Prof Khalid Shafi, the vice president of the Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA) said, ‘my daughter was the first child, who got the TCV shot in her arm when the vaccination campaign started in Sindh’.

As a part of the Mission Typhoid campaign, around 8000 + skilled and trained vaccinators supported the campaign along with 2 social mobilizers per vaccination team visited households to mobilize families to vaccination sites. 

It is also very important that people should be informed about the precautionary measure that apart from TCV vaccination, they should make sure to consume boiled drinking water, avoid rotten food items and always teach children about hand-washing, particularly after using the toilet.



Accu Chek Pakistan Held 'Healthy Me' Poster Competition


The theme for World Diabetes Day 2019 was Family and Diabetes. The theme was aimed to raise awareness of the diabetes effect on one’s family and promoting the support as well as the role of the family in managing, carefulness, prevention and acquiring knowledge of diabetes.

A lack of knowledge about this silent disease – diabetes means that noticing the early symptoms is not just a hindrance for family members, but it’s a bigger concern impacting the whole society. Do you know that diabetes was responsible for four million deaths in 2017? It was due to untreated or unmanaged diabetes that leads to life-changing impediments.

In order to create diabetes awareness in country, the Roche Pakistan, the pioneers in Diabetes Care, took a great initiative by engaging young children and school going students to highlight the significance of diabetes care, prevention, and alertness about the silent disease. The main focus was to educate them that how changing a lifestyle can prevent diabetes or help in managing it. The initiative aimed at helping students in understanding the symptoms and complications of diabetes. Diet plans were shared to teach them healthy eating routine from an early age to avoid obesity that can lead to diabetes.

The Accu Chek Pakistan, a brand of blood sugar-testing devices manufactured by Roche Diagnostics, organized a poster competition ‘Healthy Me’ as a drill to tell young minds that healthy living amongst children ensures a healthy future. 

Children were asked to draw, make posters to express their knowledge about World Diabetes Day theme; Family and Diabetes. The contest further enabled students to absorb the maximum information about the symptoms of diabetes and how Accu-Chek can help to monitor blood sugar levels.

The Healthy Me poster contest was judged by cricketer Mr. Wasim Akram, who himself is a diabetic patient and an inspiration for many people who want to be active and fit. The competition administration received hundreds of entries from schools all across Pakistan showing that such activity can really promote awareness among children and their families.

Following are some of the creative posters and illustrations that children made to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet to prevent and control diabetes in families and children.



Swvl, An App-Based Bus Hailing Service Launched In Karachi


The Egyptian firm expands its operations further in Pakistan and launched its services in metropolitan city Karachi. 

Swvl is the first of its kind app-based bus hailing innovator, announced an investment of $25 million in Pakistan by mobilizing half a million Pakistanis by 2023. The investment plan will create around ten thousand jobs a year. 

After the successful launch in Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, the new bus service expands its services for another big city, Karachi. At the moment, the country's largest city has the meager infrastructure and deteriorating public service facilities from the government. So, the Swvl will be welcomed by Karachiites as it will provide comfortable and safe transport at an affordable price. 

The Swvl is also planning to start an incubator to fund pre-seed startups to kickstart a healthy tech ecosystem in Pakistan. Moreover, the company plans to open an offshore support and engineering office in Pakistan. 

The bus-hailing service, Swvl claims to be a convenient, reliable and affordable transport solution with an aim to revolutionize people's lifestyles including transportation by running busses on fixed routes that users can book seats in through the Swvl app.   

Swvl provides an air-conditioned top-notch bus hailing service for just Rs20 through its app which uses the person’s location and destination to determine the shortest possible trip time based on the nearest bus stop. 

The Swvl app is now available for both the android and ios app users. SWVL also aims to give women a safe and comfortable ride and enable women to reclaim public space by mobilizing them through safe and sound travel options.

Mostafa Kandil,  the founder of Swvl said, "We are also planning to start an incubator to fund pre-seed startups to kickstart a healthy tech ecosystem in Pakistan. Moreover, the company plans to open an offshore support and engineering office in Pakistan.”  

“Currently we have introduced 13- and 22-seater vans and Coasters but it doesn’t end here. The buses and vehicles would grow gradually as well as their capacity. We have close to 100 routes in Karachi alone,” said Shahzeb Memon of Swvl Pakistan. 



Xiaomi Launched Redmi Note 8 Pro And Redmi Note 8 In Pakistan


Xiaomi, the world’s fourth-largest smartphone brand, launched Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 in Pakistan at an event in Lahore. Xiaomi becomes the pioneer of 64 MP Quad camera in Pakistani smartphone market.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro

The Xiaomi’s latest smart phone Redmi Note 8 Pro will be remembered as the pioneer of 64MP Quad camera in Pakistan. Its quad-camera system comes with powerful Liquid-Cool system, which makes it an outstanding device for photographers, gamers and everyone looking for a handy high-quality capability.

Redmi Note 8 Pro is equipped with four cameras; 64MP+8MP+2MP+2MP AI quad rear camera which delivers a high-resolution photo. With its 64MP the primary camera, the device is also equipped with 8MP ultra-wide camera with a 120° field of view, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor, all making it the most multipurpose Redmi.

It also uses 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel to capture bright night photos. Likewise, the AI technology lets users take in-depth portrait selfies, with scene detection and face unlock.

Redmi Note 8 Pro developed with a gigantic 4500mAh battery—the series’ largest ever, along with a power-saving mode. It is also powered by the cutting-edge MediaTek Helio G90T processor, an octa-core CPU clocked up to 2.05GHz for prolonged use. Redmi Note 8 Pro is available in Mineral Gray, Pearl White, and Forest Green.

The Redmi Note 8

Available in Space Black, Neptune Blue, and Moonlight White, the Redmi Note 8 has a 48 MP Quad camera with AI technology and a 6.3’’ Dot drop display with 2.5D curved glass design. It features a ½-inch sensor with an f/1.79 aperture and 79.4° field of view while the 8MP ultra-wide camera with 120° field of view, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP depth sensor helps to shoot spectacular pictures from a distance.

It has a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 with advanced AI technology, and 4000mAh high-capacity battery which supports fast charge. These improvements in power-efficiency safeguard top performance for longer period.


The Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8 Pro is available for Rs.42,999/- while the Redmi Note 8 is available for Rs.39,999/-



FBR Launched A Simplified Version Of Tax Asaan App


The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) launched a broad new version of its ‘Tax Asaan’ mobile app for filing of income tax returns for salaried and non-salaried class along with a facility of an E-registration for the new taxpayers.

The application “Tax Asaan” has been operational since Sept 16; however, its scope is limited to the salary income person. The fresh version will now cover all incomes and assets of individuals irrespective of salaried and non-individuals.

According to FBR sources, the new version of Tax Asaan mobile app has received nearly 50,000 salary returns digitally and thousands of downloads of the app, within 24 days of its launch which indicates that now the latest version is easy for public use.

The newest version of Tax Asaan mobile app can be downloaded on Google’s official Android operating system and on Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

After the registration, the app procedure will generate a user name and password. An individual can login on the home page of the mobile app and proceed step by step without any disruption. To facilitate the tax prayer, there is also a choice of generating new wealth statement through Tax Asaan app.



Faraz Abid Sheikhu Showcased His Parwane-E-Husan Collection At PLBW'19


The famous fashion designer Faraz Abid Sheikhu of FAS Design Studio stunned the audience of PLBW’19 with his astounding bridal couture “Parwane-E-Husan”. 

Bridal collection Parwan- e -Husan, is a flawless merger of eastern and western bridal creativeness. It features traditional sherwani, waistcoats and turbans for men, as well as ball gown silhouettes, shararas, ghararas, and pleated peplums for women.  

The designer showcased a wide range of bridal ensembles for the modern bride and groom. His show featured more showstoppers than any other designer over the course of three days.

The Parwane-E-Husan collection is made by using the delicate luxe fabrics with floral fiesta created with 3D fluorites and micro-pleatings with myriad fabrics and bright ornate embellishments to render a decadent tale of past royalty time-travelled into modern times giving it an distinctive uniqueness.

Faraz Abid Sheikhu while sharing his views about the new collection said, “My team and I have spent many days and nights for the past few months just conceptualizing and finalizing the designs for this collection. We have worked tirelessly to make sure we deliver the most fantastic designs, quality and craftmanship, leaving our audience in awe and I am humbled by all the wonderful feedback we have received.”

The designer is known for his regal designs that are developed while keeping modern aesthetic in mind. The brand delivers ethereal beauty when it comes to Eastern wear and demonstrates genius creativity in designing traditional, rich and opulent apparels.



Review - Infinix HOT8 With 5000mAh Battery & 6.6" Screen Launched In Pakistan


Infinix has launched a new smart-phone with an attractive budget in Pakistan. The latest entry in HOT series smart mobile phone category is Infinix HOT8.

The wonderful HOT8 handset has 5000mAh battery, a 6.6-inch HD+ waterdrop notch display, and a triple rear camera so that user can fully enjoy smart-phone without disruption. 

The battery is supported by a 2A Fast Charge Technology and equipped with Battery Lab using Artificial Intelligence to optimize power usage. It adjusts the parameters according to conditions around the users. It also enables the phone to last longer without headache of charging again and again. Due to 2A Fast Charge, a user can charge the mobile phone within 3 hours for the next 4 days.

HOT 8 has Android 9.0 with artificial intelligence, it gives you fascinating experience with smooth run. For sharing files, you can enjoy Yo party app, vskit app and Xshare app.

Hot8 has a bigger 6.6” waterdrop display, 20:9 screen to body ratio takes gaming and watching videos to a whole new level and is made for a better viewing experience. The frame rate speed has increased upto 125% and gaming time extended to 113% because of optimization.

HOT8 has a triple rear camera setup of 13MP+2MP+QVGA allowing users to capture more detailed and clearer pictures. It is also equipped with a quad flash and an f/1.8 aperture for a further enhanced camera performance.

The HOT 8 phone offers finger print sensor and face unlock feature for better security. It also offers Dirac sound effect for premium sound and music quality.

Infinix Hot 8 comes in amazing dynamic gradient colors, with three different variants for example 2+32GB, Hot 8 4+64GB and Hot 8 Lite. The Hot 8 2+32GB variant is available across Pakistan. For online shopping, HOT 8 is available on Daraz.pk for Rs.16,999.