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Metro Matters 06-01-2020

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1Link and Golootlo ink an agreement

1LINK (Pvt.) Limited (1LINK) and Decagon Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited (Golootlo) have signed an agreement during the reported week in Karachi to enable 1QR as a channel to promote account based digital payments through 1IBFT across Pakistan. This shall allow Golootlo customers to avail year-round massive discounts by making payments in a convenient and secure manner at Golootlo partners using their bank accounts linked to the Golootlo App. Alternatively, participating banks can further augment their Bank Apps to leverage the Golootlo1QR payment service for their customers.
By virtue of this arrangement, Golootlo will utilize 1LINK services to orchestrate account linkage and payment processing for QR based payments. It allows users to conveniently pay for their purchases while availing exciting Golootlo rewards and discounts by simply scanning Golootlo 1QR placed at the participating outlets. This is a one of its kind payments model where the customer avails discounts in a frictionless manner. There is no concept of “MDR” or “acquiring”, and hence recipient outlet/business/person pays no MDR or fee, and the entire transaction amount is transferred to recipient’s nominated bank account, using 1LINK’s 1IBFT rails.
Najeeb Agrawalla, CEO 1LINK emphasized the importance of this milestone in the journey of Pakistan’s rapidly transforming payments landscape, and said, “this marks an important shift in how we envision driving consumer payments in light of the State Bank of Pakistan PSD circular 02 of 2019 on ‘Standardization of QR Code for payments in Pakistan’ and the agenda of digitizing payments in Pakistan through ubiquitous and cheaper means like the QR. With the adoption of 1LINK’s secure and easy-to-use 1QR channel by the popular Golootlo App, we see immense potential for growth of digital payments by bringing both consumer and widespread retail base into the digital payments fold.”
Fahad Mahmood, CEO Decagon commented on this partnership and said, “The Golootlo App has received immense popularity amongst mobile phone users in Pakistan and has currently over 4.5 million users. Through this partnership, Golootlo will be offering a unique opportunity to its customers to make payments through their Golootlo App or Bank Apps by scanning Golootlo1QR. Banks are urged to sign-up quickly for Golootlo 1QR arrangement and join this exciting journey.”

Educate a Girl

Dawood Global Foundation trained vocationally almost 200 girls in “Communication, Innovation & Keys to Success” at Indus University through their award-winning ‘Educate a Girl’ platform during the reported week. 11 resources including 4 global trainers and the Honorable Consul General is Malaysia Khairul Nazran. Spotted at the event were donors and resources Moneeza Butt, Yasmin Dadabhoy, Afzaal Adhia, Jawaid Haider, Sanki King and Tara Uzra Dawood.

Yumna & Wahaj to star in new drama

Currently garnering fame for his role in the critically acclaimed Ehd-e-Wafa, the talented young Wahaj Ali is all ready to star in a new project made in collaboration with Kashf Foundation alongside the versatile and beautiful Yumna Zaidi.
Written by Amna Mufti and directed by Kashif Nasir, the ensemble cast includes Yumna Zaidi, Nauman Ejaz, Samiya Mumtaz, Navid Shehzad, and others.
Wahaj Ali has been making waves with his performances and has starred in three back to back brilliant dramas in 2019, including; Haiwan and Ehd-e-Wafa. He has proved his mettle as an actor with his acting prowess and effervescent charm. Coming on the screens for the first time opposite Yumna Zaidi, with her range as an actor and her potential to play diverse characters, the anticipation is high for the upcoming drama.

Sindh govt working on implementation of Home based Workers Act

Sindh is the first province of Pakistan that has already enacted a law for home-based workers and now its rules are being formed so that this law could be practically implemented, said Secretary Labor, Government of Sindh, Abdul Rasheed Solangi, speaking at a moot here at the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi auditorium during the week.
The convention was organized by the Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) to celebrate the first 10 years of their struggle here.
Solangi said that his department is making efforts to resolve the issues of workers including home-based workers. He said that we are working on how to resolve the issue of labour contribution to the schemes of Sessi and other social security institutions, so that cards could be issued to home-based workers. He said a cabinet meeting is scheduled soon to finalize the matter of the rules of Sindh Home-based Workers Act 2018.
He said Sindh Assembly has passed landmark laws to safeguard the rights of workers. He said we are making law after tripartite consultation. He said the government of Sindh believes in empowering women. He said the chief minister has approved a fund of Rs. 5 crore form home-based workers fund.