Samsung’s Family Hub Brings Food AI and Automation into the Kitchen at CES 2020

Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. unveiled the latest edition of its Family Hub refrigerator, with intelligent new features that automate meal planning and other daily tasks and deliver a more personalized experience. Family Hub for 2020 will enable families to more easily share life’s important moments with one another and control more of the connected devices within their smart home.

“In the five years since we launched Family Hub, we have introduced innovations that reflect the new ways that busy, modern families are managing their daily lives,” said John Herrington, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Home Appliances, Samsung Electronics America. “The latest Family Hub is the most innovative yet, with more personalized, intelligent features that enable busy families to stay better connected to one another.”

The latest version of Family Hub is simple, sophisticated, and modern, making it the perfect addition to today’s connected kitchen. In response to years of consumer insights with Family Hub, the next generation delivers innovative features that people want the most: AI-enhanced cameras inside the refrigerator and improved, thoughtful meal planning and recipe suggestions tailored to personal preferences. The new Family Hub also enables families to share more types of media and entertainment together, and brings a new level of control to the connected home.

Intelligent Meal Planning

Family Hub is more streamlined and more personalized than ever, meaning you’ll spend less time preparing your meals and more time enjoying them. It customizes the entire food experience for you recommending Smart Recipes based on the dietary preferences you set, helping you come up with a weeklong Meal Plan based on your refrigerator inventory, and preparing your Shopping List with all the right ingredients.

Family Hub’s ViewInside cameras have been upgraded with brand-new AI image recognition technology, which automatically scans the products inside your fridge, identifies them, and sends you updates on items your family has added or depleted. Family Hub’s Meal Planner is also smarter, with the Quick Plan feature now offering a week’s worth of recommended recipes with just one click.

Another new feature for meal planning is brought to Family Hub through innovative technology from Whisk, a food AI start-up recently acquired by Samsung NEXT. Whisk can help you plan an entire meal or even a week’s worth of meals – by adjusting recipes based on the number of guests you expect and building a smart shopping list that consolidates ingredients from several recipes.

Bring Your Family Closer

Since the launch of the Family Board last year, families have been using this virtual bulletin board to enhance life’s special moments, sharing favourite songs and images for the whole family to interact with. Now, for the first time, the Family Board supports video clips, so you can transfer videos from your smartphone to the refrigerator and relive important memories together.

To make sharing easier, Family Hub has also updated the SmartView feature, which mirrors content from connected Samsung TVs and Samsung mobile devices. With portrait mode, you can enjoy vertical smartphone videos, as well as your favourite social media content on the full screen of Family Hub. With almost half a dozen options available, your family members can continue to enjoy music from their favourite music streaming apps.

Connect and Control Your Smart Home

The new Family Hub takes managing your smart home to the next level. You can monitor and control over 1, 000 SmartThings-compatible products throughout your home: turn your lights on or off, see who’s at the front door, set the temperature, and lock the front door. And with the addition of the new SmartThings Video widget, you can now view multiple security cameras at-a-glance, to keep an eye on your entire home from the kitchen. The new Family Hub software enhancements will be available this spring.

For more information, contact:
Samsung Electronics
Technology Park, 2nd Floor Tower A,
Shahrah-e-Faisal, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-32790281-3
Fax: +92-21-32790284

Daraz launches express delivery in 19 cities to enhance customer experience

Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Daraz, the leading online marketplace in the country, has launched express delivery in order to enhance customer experience. With the new premium service, customers in 19 cities will be able to receive their orders within 24 hours. Furthermore, customers in Karachi will have the option to avail same-day delivery.

In 2020, a key strategic priority for Daraz is to optimise delivery lead times by leveraging the robust logistics infrastructure that the company established in 2019. At the core of this infrastructure stands Daraz Express (DEX), a digitised logistics company specifically designed for ecommerce operations which employs 1, 800 DEX Heroes (delivery agents) who fulfil 63% of the company’s orders. Through further optimisation of DEX routes, the platform is confident that express deliveries will be scaled over the year and has already taken the first step towards that goal.

The one-day delivery service has been launched in 19 cities including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Faisalabad and Peshawar. It is also being offered on DFresh, a service through which customers in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad can have fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to their doorstep. The option for same day delivery is currently available to customers in Karachi provided orders are placed before 4 pm. Plans for expansion into other cities are underway and should be launched in the coming months.

Daraz operates three warehouses in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad which together cover a space of 200, 000 square feet and carry the platform’s top selling products. Same day delivery is available on these products which include authentic goods from leading local and international FMCG brands including P and G, Unilever, Nestle, Reckitt Benckiser, Tapal and Shan Foods. The service is also available on popular products from popular electronics and fashion brands such as Samsung and Daraz Select.

Whether they are paying digitally or with cash on delivery, customers can select the express delivery option at the time of check out. At Daraz, customer experience is paramount. In the outgoing year the platform focused on building a strong logistics network and, by harnessing it this year, Daraz hopes to ensure a convenient shopping experience for its growing customer base.

For more information, contact:
Marketing Manager
Tell: +92-346-8202505

Emirates Announces Huge Discounts on Air Tickets for Pakistani Passengers

Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Travellers in Pakistan will have fun planning another exciting year of travel with Emirates’ 2020 global fare promotion. Emirates is offering its Pakistani customers special discounts of up to 15% in Economy Class and 20% in Business Class to destinations across its global network. The discounts cover destinations from Africa, the Middle East, Europe and more. The special fares are applicable for bookings made between 14 and 27 January for travel between 17 January and 30 November 2020.

With return fares starting at only USD 270 in Economy Class or USD 620 in Business Class, travellers have another compelling reason to embark on new adventures in 2020 and plan them in advance.

Below are some of the featured destinations and starting from fares:

Destination – Economy Class Fares – Business Class Fares

Dubai – 270 – 620

Istanbul – 410 – 1, 313

Kuala Lumpur – 419 – 1, 072

Bangkok – 414 – 1, 043

New York – 812 – 2, 143

London – 639 – 1, 808

Toronto – 905 – 2, 289

Mohammad Sarhan, Emirates’ Vice President Pakistan said:

We know that many people have begun thinking about their travel plans and aspirations for 2020, and we are pleased to add a little more inspiration and incentive to help turn those plans and dreams into reality. Our global destination network across six continents offers something for every traveller, and we are now combining that wide range of travel choices with special rates to offer would-be travellers with an even more appealing value proposition.

Customers across all cabins enjoy 4, 500 channels of entertainment on Emirates’ ice system, from the latest movies to TV shows, music and games. Complimentary beverages and regionally inspired meals, as well as the famed hospitality of the airline’s multicultural cabin crew, including crew from Pakistan, make up the airline’s award-winning service.

Emirates also offers a generous baggage allowance of up to 35Kg in Economy Class and 40Kg in Business Class. Passengers across all cabins can stay connected throughout the flight with 20MB of free Wi-Fi data. Emirates operates 67 weekly flights between Dubai and five cities in Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Sialkot.

From the vibrant and dynamic city of Dubai, Emirates connects its customers to more than 150 destinations in 85 countries and territories including 43 destinations in Europe; 17 in the Americas; 23 in Africa; 13 in the Middle East; and 17 in South Asia.

For more information, contact:
Emirates Corporate Communications
Tel: +97-14-708 3363
Mob: +97-1-56 676 8186

TPL Unveils World’s Tallest Mural – A gift to Quaid-e-Azam on his birthday

Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): We are pleased to announce that Pepe Gaka has painted the world’s tallest mural on Centre-point, the flagship office building of TPL Properties. The mural was completed for unveiling on 25th of December, as a special gift to Quaid-e-Azam on his birthday. This project is a collaboration with International Public Art Festival (IPAF) – an initiative of I AM KARACHI (IAK) and is supported by the Government of Italy, a Democratic Republic.

Mural Painter: Mr. Giuseppe Percivati Pseudonym: Pepe Gaka

Pepe Gaka is a mural artist from Italy. His work includes depictions of the relationship between human beings and nature, creating pieces that are in harmony with their surroundings. The 286 feet tall mural by Pepe Gaka on Centre-point will be the world’s tallest. Tracing the stunning Karachi coastline, the bird shown is found in Karachi around the record breaking million mangroves planted across a coast stretching 350 km. These mangroves support Pakistan’s ecosystem as a breeding ground for marine life and birds, providing firewood and fodder for livestock.

The Red Dot on the top, dates back to Britain’s greatest art rivalry in the 18th century between the nation’s most renowned painters Joseph Mallord William Turner and John Constable, whose painting, “The Opening of Waterloo Bridge” was hung alongside Turner’s latest seascape. The surface of Constable’s painting stood out, leaving its rival in the shadow.

Turner retaliated by painting a red dot in the middle of his green sea, changing the entire composition. Suddenly it looked exciting, experimental – set alight by red in a moment of pure painterly freedom. Turner’s historical red dot had profound influence on the birth of modern art – the concept of ‘less is more.’ Interestingly the red dot also represents the logo of Centre-point.

For more information, contact:
TPL Corporation Limited
12th Floor Centre-point, off Shaheed-e-Millat Expressway,
Adjacent to KPT Interchange Karachi – 74900, Pakistan

Pak-China Joint Naval Exercise Sea Guardians-2020 successfully culminates at Karachi

Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Closing Ceremony of sixth bilateral exercise Sea Guardians-2020 between Pakistan Navy and PLA (Navy), was held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi. Deputy Commander of Southern Theatre Command PLA, Vice Admiral Dong Jun graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq was also present on the occasion.

While addressing the ceremony, Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq expressed his gratitude to Southern Theatre Command for their engagement and joint collaboration in exercise Sea Guardians-2020. While alluding to warm and cordial relations between the two countries, the Admiral expressed satisfaction over mutually benefiting and professionally rewarding conduct of the exercise. Commander Pakistan Fleet, also emphasized that such interactions will further improve exchange of professional experience in maritime threats, developing a synergistic approach in naval domains and stepping up the capabilities to ensure safe and sustainable maritime environment in the region.

Earlier, Deputy Commander of Southern Theatre Command PLA, Vice Admiral Dong Jun thanked Pakistan Navy for extending warm hospitality to visiting naval platforms/ assets of PLA (Navy). He hoped that this exercise will further enhance bilateral relationships and cooperation between the two countries in general and navies in particular. The Admiral also formally declared culmination of the exercise.

During the exercise, Pakistan Navy and PLA (Navy) Flotilla comprising naval platforms/ assets along with Marines Corps Detachments carried out advance level joint drills and naval manoeuvres in North Arabian Sea. The harbour and sea activities of the exercise were also witnessed by senior officials from both navies.

Exercise Sea Guardians-2020 spanning over nine days was designed to share professional experiences on contemporary and non-traditional threats as well as to enhance bilateral cooperation and interoperability between the two navies. The closing ceremony was attended by a large number of military officials from both the navies.

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486

Employees’ promotion issues to be addressed on a priority basis: Jam Ikramullah Dharejo

Karachi, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Sindh Minister for Industries and Commerce and Cooperative Department Jam Ikramullah Dharejo has said that the problems of employees of Sindh Industries including Government Sindh Printing Press will be resolved on priority basis and no employee will be deprived of his legal and due right. This he said while talking to a delegation of Sindh Government Printing Press Union in his office here today.

Union President Mohammad Wasim and other office bearers were also present on the occasion. On the occasion, office bearers of Sindh Government Printing Press Union briefed the Provincial Minister for Industries and Commerce and Cooperative Department Jam Ikramullah Dharejo about their issues and especially the time scale. Provincial Minister Jam Ikramullah Dharejo said that solving the problems of Sindh Government Printing Press employees was among his top priorities.

He asked the Secretary Industries to resolve the long-standing demand for time scales at earliest. He added, ‘ Industries Employees’ promotions issues will also be resolved and for the promotion of employees, the seniority list of the employees will be kept in mind. Provincial Minister Jam Ikramullah Dharejo assured union office bearers that no employee would be deprived of his right because promotion was the basic right of the employees.

He said that timely promotions encouraged the employees to work hard and unless the employees of any department were satisfied and prosperous then no organization could truly make progress. Sindh Minister for Industries and Commerce and Cooperative Department Jam Ikramullah Dharejo said that development of Sindh was linked to industrial development and the government was following the vision of Sindh PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to promote industrial development in the province and taking all possible measures in this regard.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Information and Archives Department
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401

IG Punjab Shoaib Dastagir chairs video link crime meeting at CPO

Lahore, January 14, 2020 (PPI-OT): Inspector General of Police Punjab Shoaib Dastgir said that success of all initiated IT projects with respect to modern policing and smart working are conditioned with polite behaviour, diligent performance and quick response to public therefore, officers should pay surprise visits to police stations and offices in order to improve service delivery and change in behaviour of Police. He stressed that officers should minutely examine working of deputed staff at front desk, operations and investigation branches and ensure the execution of all tasks in accordance with the defined SOPs of the CPO.

He further said that the time of exaggerating and hiding the performance of Police is over now because the government, media and public eye on us round the clock and with the help of counter actions, effective patrolling and public friendly policing, the environment of protection in the society may be promoted. IGP further said that special attention should be given to arrest the absconders, proclaimed offenders and their accomplices of gangs involved in heinous crimes whereas punishments should be awarded in accordance with discipline matrix to those officers and officials for violation of their professional duties and absconsion of accused from police arrests.

He further emphasized that only a single incident of death under police custody washes away the good work of Police in all year therefore zero tolerance policy should be adopted and no delay should be observed in such incidents. He further said due to free registration of crimes , number of traced cases should also be increased accordingly only then the performance of Police shall stand satisfactory whereas circle officers should themselves write down “Zimni” in case file of heinous crimes.

He moreover said that the environment of trust between police and public can only be ensured with better behaviour, observation of merit and improvement in service delivery therefore all officers should impart special briefing to their subordinates regarding public dealing so that they may win the hearts of people by offering their duties effectively. He further directed all DPOs to personally visit the crime in women and child rape cases and should also conduct investigation of such cases under their own supervision, and not leaving it solely on SDPOs and SHOs. He further directed to ensure close follow up of such cases in courts so that accused would not be able to get relief from the court due to delay in provision of DNA reports.

He added that emergency measures should be adopted for immediate arrest of hardened proclaimed offenders across the province so that lives and properties of the citizens might be protected by putting such social monsters behind the bars. IGP further expressed that ratio of working out of cases should be improved besides efforts for controlling crimes and modern technology should be utilized to maximum end for arresting the convicts of murder, dacoity and ransom.

He further directed SP complaints to enhance their role for timely registration of FIRs upon complaints of the citizens whereas the officers who don’t take stern actions against drugs dealers, land mafia and extortionists should be ready for departmental action. IG Punjab further said that those officials and officers who are guilty of illegal detention of accused don’t deserve any concession because all force has to face the music due to such black sheep therefore, officers should not procrastinate in taking legal and departmental actions against those officials under whose custody accused die due to torture.

IGP added that, crackdown against illegal and license less holders of arms should be beefed up and actions should also be taken against persons involved in making of metallic and chemical kite threads and kites as well. These views were expressed by him while addressing all RPOs, CPOs and DPOs during video link crime meeting at CPO.

During the conference, all officers briefed about police actions and overall crime scene of their respective regions and districts and told that police force is fully alert for protection of wealth and lives of people and quick actions are continued against anti social elements in accordance with devised SOPs of CPO. While acknowledging performance of District Faisalabad in crackdown against criminals involved in social evils, IGP said that police teams of other districts should also boost the crackdown against professional criminals like Faisalabad police.

IG Punjab directed officers to continue monitoring of front desks, lock ups and rooms of SHOs through CCTV cameras and in cases of custodial death or fleeing from the custody , punishment should be ensured against the responsible as per Discipline Matrix. IG Punjab moreover said that search, sweep, combing and intelligence based operations should be boosted up in all districts across the province and there should be no slackness in taking actions against violation of tenancy act. He further said that schedule of Tehsil level visits of Khidmat Marakiz should be properly promulgated so that the citizens may benefit from this facility to the maximum end.

He said that steps should be taken on priority basis to address the complaints of public via prime Minister portal whereas inspection of modern technology and smart working ideas based special initiative police stations, police Khidmat Marakiz along with effective use of IT technology should be ensured at any cost. He added that those officers rightly deserve praise who got cancelled the license of those weapons used in criminal activity and in this regard active proceedings should be continued.

In the conference, Addl IG PHP captain retired Zafar Iqbal Awan, Addl IG IAB Azhar Hameed Khokhar, Addl IG operations Inam Ghani, Addl IG welfare and finance Rao Sardar, Addl IG Elite force Shahid Haneef, Commandant Punjab Constabulary Addl IG Kanwar Shahrukh, Addl IG Establishment B.A Nasir, Addl IG CTD Muhammad Tahir Rai, Addl IG Special Branch Zaeem Iqbal Sheikh, DIG SPU Umar Sheikh, DIG IT Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, DIG Training Suleman Sultan Rana, DIG Logistics captain retired Faisal Ali Rana, DIG welfare Shariq Kamal Siddiqui, DIG Traffic Punjab Riaz Nazeer Gara, DIG Tele and transport Shahid Javed were present whereas all RPOs, CPOs and DPOs attended the conference through video link.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Police
Punjab Police Computer Bureau,
5th Floor, Central Police Office (CPO),
Punjab, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-99213019, +92-42-99213013
Fax: +92-42-99213012