Metro Matters 23-12-2019

Third Para Taekwondo National Championship

The third edition of Para Taekwondo Championship concluded here at National Coaching Center in Karachi during the reported week. Over 150 athletes from across the country participated.
Patron-in-Chief Pakistan Para Taekwondo Wing of Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) Zeeshan Altaf Lohya organized the event for the first time in Sindh with technical support from Grand Master Najam Khan. The previous two editions were held in Punjab.
Advisor to CM Sindh Qasim Naveed Qamar was the chief guest during the opening ceremony while Head of HMR Group Haji Rafiq Pardesi, Chairman Special Education Committee of FPCCI Mohammad Amaan Pir and America Pakistan Business Development Forum officials were also present on the occasion.
Later Afghanistan Consul General in Karachi Rahimullah Qatra, Zeeshan Lohya and KFC Pakistan Brand Manager Danish Wali and others were in attendance during the closing ceremony of the championship. They assured their full support in future as well in holding events for children with special needs. They also said that they would also make effort to send these players to feature in international events abroad. They said that such events help persons with special needs feel that they are being loved and are integral part of the society.


SZABIST Karachi signed MoU with Balochistan Education Endowment Fund (BEEF) during the reported week. Through this MoU, BEEF will be proving full funded scholarship to 5-6 meritorious and financially challenged students of SZABIST who are local domicile certificate holders of Balochistan. The scholarship will be for the complete duration of the degree program and it will be available for the Fall 2019 entrants and onwards.
Representatives from SZABIST at the MoU signing ceremony included Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President SZABIST, Nasreen Haque, Vice President, Development & Finance/Administration SZABIST, Naila Shah, Manager ERFA, SZABIST, Karachi. Representatives from BEEF included Quwat Hussain, Chief Internal Auditor, BEEF, Muhammad Sohail, Chief Operating Officer/Company Secretary, BEEF.


The singer-songwriter Abdullah Qureshi has released a catchy new romantic single “Aaja,” accompanied by a laidback and equally romantic music video. Having made a name for himself with several singles, the YouTube famed artist has delivered another promising track that has been written and composed by the talented singer himself. “Aaja” is produced by Saad Sultan, and the video is directed by Saad Hashmi, featuring Shahmeera Sohail and the musician himself.
Talking about the release of his song, the excited singer said, “Aaja is a song that I started writing almost two years ago, and I don’t know why but I couldn’t complete the lyrics to it back then, so I put it aside for a while. Although it has very simple lyrics now, but somehow it was very difficult for this specific melody to sound smooth with anything that I wrote back then. So I was waiting for the right words, and eventually, with the help of a few friends, Taimur Rehman and Ahmad Mehdi, I finally managed to jot down the words and put the song together.”
The song has been receiving great response from the fans, as Abdullah Qureshi continues an exceptionally generous flow of tunes keeping his supporters on the edge of their seats for more music.

Daroo lauds Pak-China bilateral trade in RMB to cut pressure on FERs

CEO ICBC Pakistan, Mr. Airdy along with his team visited Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) during the week and held a meeting with FPCCI members and apprised them of the benefits of under taking trade in RMB currency.
The FPCCI chief Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai, in his welcome address on the occasion said, China is a trillion dollar economy, trillion dollar exports and imports, surplus in current account, high and growing per capita income with low level of inflation, unemployment and certainly lower interest rate.
Daroo Khan underscored the need to use RMB as trading currency between Pakistan and China. He said that currency swap would be mutually beneficial and go a long way in strengthening economic ties between the two neighboring countries.
He also highlighted that average trade volume between Pakistan and China is about US$ 20 billion annually in which imports from China is US$ 18 billion and export from Pakistan to China is merely US$ 2 billion. There is a huge export surplus of US$ 16 billion in the favor of China. “That is why, Pakistan and China signed bilateral Currency Swap Arrangement to reduce the pressure on the foreign exchange reserves and give a quantum jump to the bilateral trade between the two countries”, he said.
Airdy said that RMB is now approaching its final frontiers, full convertibility and transformation into a “normal” currency used by companies and individuals in some countries especially southeast Asia and regions such as HK MACAU etc. TMB usage in trades and investment with China has opened the door to many new opportunities.

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