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Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates: Here’s All You Need To Know!

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Source: Valley Morning Star

Update: 3rd April 2020

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given out a warning that he would order the country’s police and military to shoot anyone who would violate the laws during a month-long lockdown of the island of Luzon, to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Here’s what he said addressing to the nation late at night, on Wednesday.

Let this be a warning to all. Follow the government at this time because it is critical that we have order,”



The coronavirus pandemic has affected the world in the worst possible manner. As it is spreading rapidly throughout the globe, the economy, the events industry, airlines and tourism have taken a huge hit!

With thousands of people affected and killed by this horrifying disease, this doesn’t seem to end anytime soon. However, countries worldwide are taking strict actions against this deadly.

Meanwhile, here’s all you need to know about what’s going around in the world in regards to coronavirus aka COVID-19.

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Aamir Ibrahim | CEO Jazz | Brandsynario CEO Stories

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Whilst we are successful, we are only as good as our next game- so we can not never be complacent. Aamir Ibrahim, CEO Jazz talks to us about the office culture, success stories, diversity and practices at Jazz while on an office tour at the Headquarters in Islamabad. #jazz #ceo #ceostories

PSL Draft 2018: Players List Revealed!

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PSL Draft 2018

The PSL Draft 2018 (PSL 4 Players Draft) will be held today on November 20, in Islamabad.

A massive number of 663 foreign and local players are a part of the Diamond, Gold, Silver and Emerging rosters for teams to pick their players.

PSL Draft 2018 Live Updates

Draft Order

PSL Draft 2018

Categories & Their Value

Platinum (US $570,000): Teams can have a maximum of 3 players with no more than 2 local or foreigners. The base price $160,000 and the maximum for one player is $250,000.

Diamond (US $270,000): Teams can have a maximum of 3 players and the base price starts from $80,000, only 1 player can get $100,000.

Gold (US $180,000): With base price $50,000, the maximum a team can pay a player is $70,000 with 3 players.

Silver (US $140,000): The base price is $24,000. The teams can have a maximum of 5 players with a maximum of $40,000 for 1 player.

Emerging (US $25,000): Two players can be in a side with prices of $12,000 and $13,000 respectively.

Supplement (US $175,000): This category doesn’t have a maximum and minimum payroll. It’s an additional round, allowing teams to pick extra players as a backup. They can pick a maximum of four players from the purse of $175,000.

Live Streaming



Update: All six Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have finalized the retentions for the upcoming edition of the league which is to take place in February 2019.

The PSL Team Retention list for Season Four was revealed on PSL’s official Twitter account.

Islamabad United

The defending champions have the following players retained:

Platinum

  • Luke Ronchi
  • Shadab Khan
  • Faheem Ashraf

Diamond

  • Asif Ali
  • Mohammad Sami

Gold

  • Rumman Raees

Silver

  • Hussain Talat (Ambassador)
  • Waqas Maqsood
  • Sahibzada Farhan
  • Zafar Gohar

Karachi Kings

The following players retained:

Platinum

  • Colin Munro
  • Mohammad Amir
  • Babar Azam

Diamond

  • Colin Ingram (Ambassador)
  • Imad Wasim
  • Usman Shainwari

Gold

  • Mohammad Rizwan
  • Ravi Bopara

Lahore Qalandars

The following players retained:

Platinum

  • Fakhar Zaman

Diamond

  • Yasir Shah

Gold

  • Anton Devcich
  • Rahat Ali

Silver

  • Agha Salman
  • Sohail Akhtar
  • Hassan Khan
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi (Ambassador)

Peshawar Zalmi

The following players retained:

Platinum

  • Wahab Riaz
  • Hasan Ali

Diamond

  • Daren Sammy
  • Kamran Akmal (Ambassador)

Gold

  • Liam Dawson

Silver

  • Umaid Asif
  • Khalid Usman

Emerging

  • Sameen Gul

Quetta Gladiators

The following players retained:

Platinum

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed
  • Sunil Narine

Diamond

  • Shane Watson (Mentor)
  • Sohail Tanvir
  • Mohammad Nawaz

Gold

  • Rilee Rossouw (Ambassador)
  • Umar Akmal

Silver

  • Anwar Ali
  • Saud Shakil

The Sixth Team

Since Multan Sultans is no longer participating in PSL 4, a new team will replace them.

The following players retained:

Platinum

  • Shoaib Malik

Diamond

  • Junaid Khan
  • Mohammad Irfan (Ambassador)

Gold

  • Shan Masood

Silver

  • Mohammad Abbas
  • M. Irfan Khan
  • Umar Siddiq

Emerging

  • Mohammad Junaid

Major Developments

The following are the major developments which have been made for PSL 4 2019:

  • Shahid Afridi has bid farewell to Karachi Kings
  • Misbah-ul-Haq has bid farewell to Islamabad United
  • Mohammad Hafeez has joined the Peshawar Zalmi Family
  • Wasim Akram has joined Karachi Kings as the president

Multan Sultans Contract Terminated

Pakistan Cricket Board has terminated the contract with Schon Properties for Multan Sultans as the franchise failed to meet its financial obligations.

Following the termination of the contract, all rights in respect of the team have now been reverted back to the PCB.

The Board shall take complete responsibility of all player and coach contracts. The team selection for the sixth team at the player draft scheduled to be held on 20th November 2018 will be done by PCB itself. The rights holder would have the option of choosing the sixth franchise city and name. -PCB Spokesman



Update: In the latest Pakistan Super League Season 4 new updates, we have found out that this time around 682 cricketers will be available in PSL draft.

These players are from all around the world, except India. AB De Villiers will be available for 2 weeks when Steve Smith only matches in the UAE, sources added.

PSL 4

Breaking down the 682 cricketers, 371 are foreign while 311 are local players. They come from some of the top performing cricket countries including South Africa, Australia, West Indies, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, England, New Zealand, Bangladesh, and Ireland.

PSL 4 2019 Draft Details

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Trading window begins on September 29, 2018
  • PSL Draft to be held on November 20, 2018
  • Up to 10 players can be retained before Draft
  • PSL squads of 16 players each
  • Three Platinum, three Diamond, three Gold, five Silver & two Emerging players.
  • Draft picks will be based on last season’s rankings

PSL Draft Players List

New players expected to play in PSL 4

  • AB de Villiers (South Africa)
  • Steven Smith (Australia)

PSL’s Most Valuable Franchise Revealed!

PSL 4 Draft Player Categories

Platinum Category Pakistan Players: Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Aamir, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed

Platinum Category Overseas Players: AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Mitchell McClenaghan, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan

Diamond Category Players: Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Shinwari and Asif Ali

Gold Category Players: Umar Akmal, Ahmad Shahzad

Silver Category Players: TBA

Emerging Players: TBA

Pakistan Super League Draft Results

Watch this space for live PSL Draft results updates.

You can find all the latest PSL Squads from the 2018 edition here.

PSL Squads Before the Draft

Quetta Gladiators: Sohail Tanvir, Sunil Narine, Umar Akmal

Lahore Qalandars: Hasan Khan, Rahat Ali

Multan Sultans: To be decided.

Islamabad United: To be decided.

Karachi Kings: To be decided.

Peshawar Zalmi: To be decided.

Rounds in the PSL Draft

First round: Platinum Players
Second Round: Diamond Players
Third Round: Gold Players.
Fourth & Fifth Rounds: Silver Players
Sixth & Seven Rounds: Emerging Players
Next Four Rounds: Supplementary Players

Order of 2019 PSL Draft

Yet to be decided.

Stay tuned to Brandsynario for more news and updates.



HBL PSL 4 Draft 2019 is just around the corner, the 4th edition of the league will start in a couple of months, the squads are yet to be named.

More information about players and their respective categories will surface as we get closer to the tournament dates.

Here’s everything we have gathered about PSL 2019 so far.

PSL 4 Draft and Tournament Dates

PSL 4 will start on 14th February – 17th March 2019, as per Pakistan Cricket Board, a total of 8 matches will be played in Pakistan. Like the last season, the final match will be held in the ‘City of Lights’ Karachi.

However, the number of matches and venue for the final match can be changed due to security measures the board and authorities involved might take for the safety of all players.

PSL 2019: 8 Matches to be Played in Karachi & Lahore!

PSL 2019 Franchises

The following are the PSL 4 franchises:

  • Islamabad United – Defending champions
  • Peshawar Zalmi
  • Karachi Kings
  • Quetta Gladiators
  • Multan Sultans
  • Lahore Qalandars

PSL 4 Draft 

The 2019 PSL 4 Player’s draft has been scheduled to take place in November with an expectedly higher turnout of foreign players this time around. Cricket giants including AB de Villers and Steve Smith are going to be a part of the tournament.

Draft Details:

  • Trading window begins on September 29, 2018
  • Up to 10 players can be retained before Draft
  • PSL squads of 16 players each
  • Three Platinum, three Diamond, three Gold, five Silver & two Emerging players.
  • PSL 4 Draft picks will be based on last season’s rankings

Player’s Draft Categories

The following is the division of the players and their respective categories:

Platinum Category Pakistan Players: Misbahul Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Aamir, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed.

Platinum Category Overseas Players: AB de Villiers, Steve Smith, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Mitchell McClenaghan, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, and Shane Watson.

Diamond Category Players: Rumman Raees, Mohammad Sami, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Shinwari, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz and Asif Ali.

Gold Category Players: Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Rizwan, Khurram Manzoor, Mukhtar Ahmed, Zulfiqar Babar, Bilal Asif, Sohail Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamir Yamin, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Umar Gul, Shoaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Mohammad Asghar, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Rahat Ali, Anwar Ali, Umar Amin.

Silver Category Players: Amad Butt, Ifthikar Ahmed, Zafar Gohar, Sahibzada Farhan, Mohammad Hasan, Waqas Maqsood, Usama Mir, Mohammad Irfan Jr., Saifullah Bangash, Tabish Khan, Danish Aziz, Raza Hasan, Sohail Akhtar, Gulraiz Sadaf, Agha Salman, Salman Irshad, Imran Khan Jr., Mohammad Abbas, Kashif Bhatti, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan Khan, Umer Siddiq, Hammad Azam, Umaid Asif, Taimoor Sultan, Saad Nasim, Kushdil Shah, Khalid Usman, Rameez Raja Jr., Saad Ali, Mir Hamza, Hassan Khan, Saud Shakeel, and Faraz Ahmad Khan.

Emerging Players: Mohammad Husnain, Rohail Nazir, Hasan Mohsin, Mohammad Taha, Mushtaq Ahmed Kalhoro, Ghulam Mudassar, Abdullah Shafique, Sameen Gul, Ibtisam Sheikh, Mohammad Arif, Mohammad Junaid, and Mohammad Azam Khan.

As per the latest news, Pakistani player Ahmed Shehzad has been placed in the Gold Category. Previously, Shehzad was found positive for doping and was suspended from the game. Umar Akal was also in trouble for misconduct and was removed from Platinum, and has reportedly been placed in Gold.

 “Shehzad’s name has now been added to the PSL pool of players. He is placed in the Gold category. Ahmed played for Multan Sultans last year and is currently placed on their roster. Multan can retain, trade or release him back into the Draft pool,” said the board’s release on Thursday.

PSL 4: Three Pakistani Cities to Host the Matches!

Player Salaries

  • Platinum category: $140,000-230,000
  • Diamond category: $75,000-80,000
  • Gold category: $50,000-60,000
  • Silver category: $22,000-33,000
  • Emerging category: $10,000-12,000

Overseas players who feature in matches in Pakistan will be paid $10,000 per game they appear.

Note: This is a developing post, it will be updated as more information is shared.

Stay tuned to Brandsynario for more news and updates.

Meet Maaz-Ur-Rehman – A Madrasa Student Who Cleared His CSS

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This year has been chaotic for most of the world; any good news feels like a breath of fresh air. Meet Hafiz Maaz-ur-Rehman, who is a son of an Imam, for whom his compassion and dedication towards gaining an education has turned many heads.

Maaz-ur-Rehman has studied at a Madrasa until he was 16 years old. Later, he became an Imam of the Masjid. He pursued a master’s degree in Arabic and then gave his CSS exams. He acquired a 6th position in the KPK region and has been allocated to the police department.

Recently, the CSS results for the previous year (2019) came out, and many people made it to the top of the list. Most of them have had a formal education. However, Maaz-ur-Rehaman has been a Madrasa student. Yes, you heard that, right!

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His story is not just inspiring but also portrays how hard work and dedication can alter your life. On Hum News Digital, Maaz tells the host, Owais Mangalwala, how he had financial issues during his course of education, but he never let them come in the way of what he dreamt of achieving.

Hafiz from a Madrasa, Maaz-ur-Rehman, stands 6th in KP province in the CSS exam. Watch Full Video Here:

Education at Madrasas

Education at Madrasas have been showcased as problematic in the past, but Maaz’s case is a clear example of how all fingers are not the same size. While it can be problematic, people like Maaz have been through the same route, which just proves that perceptions need to be changed in our society towards these kids.

He says madrasa students are competent too! It is just how each individual weaves their journey. He aims to alter the perception of people, so their attitude towards similar children changes with time.

“When people like me will come forward, and Madrasa students will work hard and pursue education … they are competent and very much talented.”

When there is a will, there is a way!

What Maaz has achieved didn’t come easy,  he told the hosts of the show. He failed twice in his CSS exams, first time five courses, the second time, three courses. He once cleared his exams but was not allocated to any department, but he didn’t lose hope. In his 4th attempt, he finally made it to the end of the finish line.

“I started preparations from scratch and faced failures many times in my road to success. I failed CSS exams twice; the first time I failed five subjects, whereas, in the second attempt, I failed three papers. Then I passed Provincial Management Services (PMS) exams but wasn’t allocated to any group”.

A Pakistani girl from Quetta has topped in her Central Superior Services (CSS) exam in Balochistan. Read the full story here: 

CSS Examination: Farwa Batool Tops in Balochistan

All we need is a dedication to change paths for ourselves. We think Maaz-ur-Rehman’s story was truly inspiring.

Have something to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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7 Print Ads With Powerful Messages That’ll Make You Think Twice!

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7 Print Ads With Powerful Messages

It’s been a long time since we came across a creative ad conveying a profound health message! Brands and organizations have been collaborating for a long time to create advertisements that, along with promoting the brand, also raises awareness for social, mental, environmental health.

Prevention of health hazards is one of the most pressing issues and what could be better than to spread health awareness via brand advertisements-  they leave a lasting impression. They are easily understandable to the average person. These beautifully articulated visuals force the viewers to witness some of the hazardous health issues affecting society today.

Here is a list of the seven most incredibly captivating adverts that do more than merely promote the brand. They save lives.

1. Nike Air Max

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Nike used visuals to make the trainers appear as a pair of lungs. Inspired by the name of the trainer’s Air Max, the poster reflects the placement to indicate the fact that these trainers bring a healthy living, inadvertently keeping you alive, which is what the organ does. Incredible, isn’t it?

2. Ecovia

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One out of every three traffic deaths involves driving under the influence of alcohol. Ecovia, an ecological car renting service, released this advert to prevent the masses from drunk driving!

Best Christmas Ads of All Times

3. Crisis Relief Singapore-Liking isn’t helping

Sporting an incredibly thought-provoking tagline, the ad tries to reinstate how with the advent of social media, people merely click like and share the picture instead of getting up and doing something about it.

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This print ad Crisis Relief Singapore encourages supporters to volunteer and serve for crisis relief instead of liking, sharing, and reposting on social media. Truly intriguing!

4. World Wildlife Fund

WWF is known for their intelligent marketing campaigns, constantly releasing bone-chilling advertisements that serve as a wake-up call for the world.

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This powerful WWF ad campaign highlights and reinstates how climate change is an ever-increasing problem that is already gravely affecting several parts of the world and will continue to cause harm, if not controlled. Makes you stop and think twice, doesn’t it?

5. Feed SA Trolley Campaign

Using grocery carts, with pictures of begging children pasted at the bottom, this ad uses the power of advertisement as a method to have the masses comprehend that the amount of money they spend on feeding themselves, can be donated to those in grave need.

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Hungry kids in your shopping cart? This campaign is truly brilliant!

6. Amnesty International

Child and women abuse is a prevalent issue in our society, and Amnesty International raises awareness with this remarkably powerful visual.

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Displaying a little boy sporting a black eye with the words ‘he has his mother’s eyes’ sprawled across the image portrays the fact that his mother, too, is a victim of abuse.

7. Nicotinell

One of the many effects of smoking is premature aging, and this advertisement perfectly depicts it. The poster displays a lady that looks as though she is in her late eighties on her 42nd birthday, ironically lighting a cigarette with one of her candles.

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Sporting the tagline, “Smoking causes premature ageing,” Nicotinell did an incredible job with this one!

Many advertisement campaigns execute a message across to the viewers so well that it does more than leave an imprint on the brain. I was intrigued, were you?

What do you think of this article? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Workout At Home Without Any Equipment

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Working out without any equipment might sound odd to you if you’re someone who used to hit the gym a couple of times every week before the pandemic. We understand that our movement is restricted, and that is exactly why we must keep it moving.

Regardless of all the odds, the good news is that you can still work without any fancy equipment. Your own body serves the purpose, it is a great tool to get the heart rate pumping. The fact is that we can become better, harder, faster, and stronger by using our bodyweight alone.

There are many workouts available online that you can follow in your day to day routine. For a more tailored workout plan, you can get assistance from well-known Pakistani trainers who are offering online workout sessions, one-on-one, or in a group. They might also be able to help you out with your diet plan as nutrition plays a key in bringing about change.

5×5 Round Bodyweight Circuit 

Exercises that can help you tone down include lunges, squats, planks, push-ups. Here are 3 important bodyweight exercises 

 

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3 VERY IMPORTANT BODY WEIGHT EXERCISES 🔥 | destroy up to 300 calories in 16 minutes, at home! If you’re a beginner feel free to modify the push ups in each combo based on your performance level but do not skip them; this will allow you to build strength and deliver more powerful reps as we continue to train together 💥 Set interval to 30 secs work/ 15 secs rest. Do each movement for 30 seconds and then take a 15 sec break before moving onto the next one. Repeat this round 7 times 💦 Stay sharp Legends! May all your vibes say; i got this 😌 #fitness #fitnessmotivation #motivation #fitnessaddict #fitfam #workout #training #strong #girl #ootd #instafit #instadaily #love

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This 20-minute workout is all you need!

 

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For starters I’d like to apologise to my fam for being mia but I did summon the courage to record this core crusher and fulfil the request of the dms that had been coming through for a killer core workout which can easily be done at home 🙆‍♀️ We’ve all got busy schedules, take out 20 minutes everyday and try to squeeze in a quick 💦 Goals aren’t meant to be executed in a day. It takes time of effort, dedication and commitment. Most importantly you have to be in love with the grind even when it hurts 99% of time. That’s progression in my book. Hurt today to endure more tomorrow 💯 @jackednutrition.pk Video credits @zainabrj Thankyou for being the amazing human that you are 🌝🌻

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4 Critical Body Weight Moves

 

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4 CRITICAL BODY WEIGHT MOVES 🔥 | that you’ll want to crank it up and do right now! I have found body weight, free movement exercises like these to be extremely helpful through and through. Now more than ever we understand that our bodies are really the only equipment we’ll ever need. Trust the design to unlock your secret features. Being left alone is kind’a becoming like being stuck inside the most revolutionary gym ‘round town 😝 set your interval to 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest. Repeat each movement 2 times before moving onto the next one. Repeat the round 5 times to complete the 20 minute protocol 💦 1. Walking push ups 2. In and out squat jump variation 3. Side to side tiger push ups 4. Spider man push up and elevated leg push up variation. Beginner/ low impact – do the push ups with your knees down and skip the jumps in the squats! @shamoonismail #music 😍 backup plan – how fresh is this song! Love and grace gramfam. Lemme know how you go! | #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitnessaddict #fitfam #workout #training #motivation #girl #ootd #instadaily #love

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This has to be the best time to work on a transformation as you can cook for yourself, set a routine, not eat out, etc. Plus, since life has come to a halt as we know it, this might be able to give you a sense of routine.

We suggest investing in a pair of dumbells and a yoga mat because it looks like we are stuck indoors for a while. Better squeeze that strength training in your routine.

Have something to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Indian Man Buys Gold Face Mask Worth $4,000 To Protect Himself

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An Indian businessman, Shankar Kurhade, who comes from a state called Pune, buys a gold face mask, which is worth a whopping $4000 to protect himself from the deadly coronavirus.

The amount of gold used in the mask weighs 60 grams (equal to 2 ounces). It took the craftsmen eight days to bring the piece to life.

The biggest concern the businessman had with the ordinary mask was that it blocked breathing and was uncomfortable, whereas the gold mask is comfortable. He said, “It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that are helping me to breathe.”

The man also adds that he is unsure if the mask he has gotten tailor-made for himself protects him from the coronavirus or not, He said, “I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection, but I am taking other precautions.”

He is, however, taking other precautionary measures. Since the day he has stepped out with his gold mask, people want to take pictures with him. “People are asking me for selfies; they are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets,” he said.

Here is how you can make a face mask at home: Read the full story here: 

How To Make A Face Mask At Home In 45 Seconds!

The 49-year old businessman says he likes to wear a kilogram of jewelry when stepping out. His jewelry pieces include necklaces, a ring on each hand, and bracelets. Now, a gold face mask.

The company that made the mask, Kurhade, who makes industrial sheds, initially told the tabloid that they got the idea of making a face mask out of gold when they saw it on the news. However, the man wore a cover made out of silver.

Wearing facemask can be intimidating daily. Read how they alter our interactions with others: 

How Facemasks Alter Our Interactions with Others

In India, it is mandatory to wear a facemask before leaving home. The decision came after the coronavirus cases increased rapidly in the country. There are around 650,000 + confirmed cases as of now and more than 18,600 fatalities.

How do you know which facemasks are authentic? 

Here’s a simple trick, wear the face mask and try to blow a candle. If you successfully blow the candle, you better get a different quality face mask before stepping out. Since the pandemic, the market is flooded with fake and low quality face masks that can prove to be dangerous.

A detailed document on the use of facemasks is provided on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website “for individuals in the community, public health and infection prevention and control (IPC) professionals, health care managers, health care workers (HCWs), and community health workers.”

You can do your detailed research from reliable sources on how to stay safe during the ongoing pandemic as we will be using face masks for quite a while now. Some parts of the world are still locked down to curb COVID-19.

Would you prefer a gold face mask during the ongoing pandemic? Let us know in the comment section below.

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6 Common Mistakes You’re Making While Cooking A Steak

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There’s nothing like a juicy beefsteak for celebratory events or a flavourful chicken fillet for those who like to play it safe. But, as surprising as they may be, they’re quite tricky to get perfect. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro; all of us can make mistakes in the kitchen; however, if you want to find out how to nail the perfect steak every time, keep reading!

1. You’re Afraid of Seasoning It

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Your steaks need to be drenched and drown in a potent concoction of spices and herbs to deliver a punch. There’s no such thing as too much seasoning when it comes to making a good steak, so don’t hold back.

2. It Isn’t At Room Temperature

Before you cook your steak, you have to make sure that your choice of meat is allowed to rest. Make sure to keep it out for at least 30 minutes before you cook it. A cold steak will reduce the temperature of the pan, and your steak will become soggy.

3. Let It Rest After Cooking

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A freshly cooked steak is too tempting to resist, we hear you, but your efforts can go to waste. After they’re done cooking, like other foods, they cook further while they’re cooling. If you cut into it right after, the moisture inside the steak can spill out. As a result, your steak will be drier and less juicy.

Cover it in foil for 10-15 minutes after cooking and then eat your heart out.

4. You Don’t Pre-heat Your Pan

The secret to achieving the perfect crust is on the steak lies in the pan too. You need to heat your non-stick frying pan for at least 10-15 minutes before you add your oil and steak. One way to check it is by hovering your hand above the pot and see if you feel the heat.

5. You’re Not Flipping It Enough

A common misconception is that steaks should be slipped only once to get the grill marks looking perfect. However, that can ruin your meat once you take it off the pan. Flipping it multiple times not only makes it cook faster but makes it juicy from the inside. A well-cooked steak is a goal here; aesthetics can take a back-seat.

6. You’re Not Using The Right Oil

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Olive oil is not the best option for steaks at all. They require a high smoke point oil such as canola, grapeseed, sunflower, or vegetable. Smoke point refers to the temperature at which the oil burns and olive oil has a low smoke point.

As a consequence, the oil can start burning at the temperature required to cook a steak and give a smokey flavor.

Which of these mistakes were you making? Let us know in the comments below!

Stay tuned to Brandsynario for the latest news and updates.

Vogue Portugal In Trouble For Controversial Mental Health Cover

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People are criticizing the fashion magazine, Vogue Portugal, has for its stigmatization of mental health in its latest issue. On Friday, Vogue Portugal had released four covers for its July issue. One of the covers was mainly controversial. That particular cover shows a mentally unstable woman in a mental institution. The woman is accompanied by two nurses who are the real-life mother and grandmother of the model.

Vogue Portugal’s Instagram Post

In its Instagram post, Vogue Portugal stated that they aim to bring the topic of mental health, mental institutions, science, and people related to mental health to attention so that people can bring it to the discussion.

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The issue contains stories and interviews of people associated with mental health such as psychiatrists, psychologists, and sociologists.

 

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🇬🇧 Our July/August issue is themed ‘The Madness issue’, with four different covers each designed to address different dimensions of human behaviour, during a time when the global pandemic has brought people to confinement. One of the covers portrays a hospital scene where the model is being taken care of by her real life mother and grandmother, shot by photographer Branislav Simoncik. Our intention is to open up the topic of mental health, and bring to the discussion the institutions, the science and the people that are involved with mental health today. The cover story explores the historical context of mental health and is designed to reflect real life and authentic stories, inspired by deep research of hundreds of reportage photographs from some of the most relevant and famous documentarists who have captured mental health hospitals. Inside the issue, features interviews and contributions from psychiatrists, sociologists, psychologists and other experts in the field. Mental health forms just one of the topics explored within the issue and is not linked to the theme of madness but instead covered as an aspect of human emotions and behaviour. We acknowledge the significance of the topic of mental health and our intention, through visual storytelling, is to shine a light on the important issues of today.

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The cover issue turned out to be straight-up offensive and insensitive towards mentally unstable people. Vogue Portugal handled this sensitive issue exceptionally irresponsibly.

 

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Taking the right steps 

It is noteworthy that due to the global pandemic coronavirus, magazines are trying to come up with innovative and exceptional ideas to attract the audience. For instance: British Vogue photographed three frontline workers in the pandemic. The models included a black hijabi supermarket worker. With this step, the magazine highlighted the efforts of people who are not appreciated enough.

Do you think Vogue Portugal could have handled the situation more responsibly? Let us know in the comments below.

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5 Things You Need To Do Immediately After A Car Accident!

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Some things in life are unexpected; you never know when you can run into your favorite celebrity, win the lottery, or find yourself in a car accident!

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 1.35 million individuals die from fatal car accidents. Whereas 20-50 million suffer non-fatal injuries, but many are left disabled.

This makes it all the more important to be focused on the road. If you find yourself in an accident, there are some procedures which you should follow. These will ensure your safety as well as the safety of others.

Here are five things you need to do right after a car accident!

1. Check for Injuries & Damage

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The most critical step is you conduct a self-evaluation and make sure you are not hurt. After you have done that, if there was another victim, check to see if they are also alright. Try to do a visual survey of the scenario to get an understanding of the damage.

2. Call the Authorities

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If you are hurt or if the other person is hurt, immediately call for help. Do not hesitate as every second may be very critical for the other person. If the injuries are not too big, try to help by using the available resources.

3 Reasons Why Car Prices in Pakistan are Extremely High!

3. Click Images & Exchange Information

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If all victims are doing well, try to capture the scene of the accident, and the damages are done to your vehicle to the best of ability. This will come in handy to claim insurance. Moreover, share your details and take the other party’s features as well.

This will help in the investigation as you will have to be as accurate as possible. Try to avoid words like “I think so, I guess, maybe…” etc.

4. Maintain Record

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It is highly essential for insurance purposes that you maintain a record of all documents. This includes a copy of the report, the claim number, information exchanged with the other victim, eye-witness contact numbers, receipts, etc.

5. Hire an Attorney

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You may want to speak with an experienced attorney if there’s the possibility of a lawsuit following a car accident. Moreover, by having a lawyer on your side protects your rights and ensures valuable evidence is not destroyed.

Be sure to follow these steps to the best of your ability as someone’s life is at stake!

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8 Things Karachi Walay Can Relate to During Rain!

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Monsoon season in Karachi is always exciting; we hardly get to see those sparkling showers in our lives. However, when we do get to experience it, we end up cursing the rain in the end.

That’s due to the apparent problems we face when it rains. Here is a list of 10 exciting things one can do to NOT get bored and enjoy the rainy days in Karachi.

  1. PAKORAAAAYYYY!!!!

Well, this one is pretty obvious, right? We MUST have this one in our, to-do lists, during rain. Those yummilicious pakoras with green chutney= AMAZEBALLS!

  1. A walk on the beach.

There is no better time than pre-rain moments to take a walk on the beach. The scent of wet sand and the shadows of those beautiful rain clouds make the walk even more serene and enjoyable.

  1. Singing out loud with friends on the streets.

Add a little more fun and sing along with your friends on the streets while splashing water, add colors if you want.

  1.  Chai Dhaba Conversations

Nothing is better than spending time under the beautiful clouds, drinking chai, and having those spiritual and deep conversations about life.

5. Long Drive

This is something that might not be possible for Karachiites due to heavy water on roads. However, one can still take a chance at it.

6. Street Cricket

Street cricket during rain is something which is a must for Karachiites.

7. Get on Rooftops

The first thing Karachiites do is open their doors and run towards their rooftops to enjoy the moment until it lasts.

8. Capture the moments

There is no better time than monsoon to polish up your photography skills. But make sure your DSLR’s are waterproof…

These are some things almost every Karachi loves to do. Do tell us how you spend your days during monsoon in the comments below till then,

Enjoy the rain 🙂

5 Underrated Netflix Series You’re Missing Out On!

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5 Underrated Netflix Series You're Missing Out On!
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Netflix series are the only commitments we’d like to make this summer. The good ones have the power to make you fall in love with them completely. Be it hating the characters with a vengeance or loving them unrealistically— been there, done that. If you’ve been feeling that nagging empty feeling after recently finishing a series or are in search for one to indulge in, keep reading!

1. Schitt’s Creek

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Schitt’s Creek is a sitcom that was released in 2015 and the world has been sleeping on it. The general plotline is that a millionaire family of 4 suddenly go bankrupt. The only asset they are allowed to retain is an ugly town called “Schitt’s Creek”. Moreover, the town was bought by the father, Johnny, as a joke for the son, David. 

Each episode has split-your-sides laugh out loud moments and all the seasons are easy to follow and endearing. It recently ended with season 6 and fans said goodbye with heavy hearts. The character development of all the characters and the manner in which it is genuinely progressive in nature is incredible. Hence, it’s a must-watch if you’re looking for something light.

2. Mindhunter

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Secondly, this Netflix series is a crime show that is equal parts horrifying and interesting. David Fincher, Oscar-nominated director helped with its production and it was released in 2019 with 2 seasons. In order to understand true crime, detectives need to get inside the mind of the criminal. That is exactly with Bill Tench and Holden Ford initiate in their investigations. As a result, they pioneered the modern serial killer profiling process.

The psychological thriller explores crimes of notorious serial killers like Charles Manson and Edmund Kemper. Moreover, the said killers are made out to be as realistic looking as possible and it’s not for the faint-hearted.

3. Atypical

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A heartfelt comedy that’s being overlooked. Atypical explores the social construct of “normal” through the main character, Sam who is on the autism spectrum. Sam is a teenager and wants to be more than his disorder, he seeks independence and.. romance! The series explores a family coming to terms with Autism, a teenager transcending his limitations and the ills of the society in a light manner. The message it gives is one to acquaint ourselves with.

4. The Haunting of Hill House

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Secondly, this Netflix series is a crime show that is equal parts horrifying and interesting. David Fincher, Oscar-nominated director helped with its production and it was released in 2019 with 2 seasons. In order to understand true crime, detectives need to get inside the mind of the criminal. That is exactly with Bill Tench and Holden Ford initiate in their investigations. As a result, they pioneered the modern serial killer profiling process.

If you’re into a horror show that also has a great storyline running simultaneously, look no further!

5. When They See Us

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Lastly, When They See Us is based on a true story about the Central Park 5. This is a great show to watch not just on its own but also because of how relevant it is to the social climate today. Five teens find themselves in the most horrifying of nightmares when they’re falsely accused of a rape in Central Park. It shows the unjust legal system and the oppression of the black community.

It makes you uncomfortable, opens your eyes and makes you empathise. Additionally, the ending truly feels like a punch in the gut and it’ll be an unforgettable experience.

Which one will you be watching? Let us know in the comments below!

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Danish Taimoor Reveals Ayeza Khan’s Real Name!

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Who doesn’t love celebrity secrets?

Being a celebrity may not be as people perceive it to be. It is indeed tough. People may think it is all glitz and glamour, but it’s much more than that. A celebrity life comprises of struggles, sleepless nights, long hours of the shoot, and so much more. The effort that it takes a celebrity to be recognized in the industry can’t be gauged so easily.

To some, it may look like that a celebrity might be living a happy and fulfilling life, but that’s not the case with everyone. When compared to the lives of unknown people, stars do have more opportunities to prove themselves and to find success and happiness.

Moreover, stepping into the world entertainment takes a lot of guts and courage because there’s one thing that everyone needs to always keep in mind is that not everyone is going to like them. So, there are high chances of people throwing hate on them and criticizing them. This usually happens when a celebrity scandal/rumor surfaces the internet, or some controversial couple photoshoot goes viral.

Danish Taimoor Reveals Ayeza Khan’s Real Name!

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Speaking of Pakistani celebrity couples, some of them have honestly taken over our hearts like Aiman Khan and Muneeb Butt, Hina Altaf and Agha Ali, Hamza Ali Abbasi, and Naimal Khawar and Danish Taimoor and Ayeza Khan. Danish and Ayeza have been ruling our hearts ever since they tied the knot in August 2014.

Moreover, the two are also adored because they belong to the same industry, and it’s always wholesome to see them on-screen. Not only that, but Danish and Ayeza never fail to surprise their fans with their adorable couple photoshoots.

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Just recently, in a game show hosted by Maria Wasti, Danish Taimoor recalled a story from his past. He said,

When I was in college, I had a friend. After one year of being together, I told her straight that we can’t get married as i am too young for it and wanted to focus on my future.

Upon which the girl said,

“No, there be someone else in your life.” To which Danish responded by saying that there is no one, and he’s actually honest. As the girl kept on insisting, Danish felt agitated and randomly said yes, her name is Kanza.

This incident, according to Danish, had taken place ten years before he had met Ayeza and turned out that Ayeza’s real name is Kanza!

Here’s the video where he revealed her name!

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What do you think of Ayeza Khan’s real name? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pakistan To Establish Its First-Ever Space Museum In Islamabad!

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Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, made an important announcement in a meeting. He said that the Scientific Committee of the National Astronomical Observation Commission would build the space museum in 8 months. In addition to this, the committee will be setting up five astronomical observatories in the capital of Islamabad and Gwadar.

On the 3rd of July, Federal Minister Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that people will be able to explore the moon and the stars by themselves. He further said that the ministry has also asked the provincial governments to establish space museums in their provincial capitals.

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Karachi’s good ol’ planetarium

This step will help spread scientific knowledge and educational awareness in the people. Before this, there was a PIA Planetarium in Karachi. In the planetarium, people were able to see a view of the night sky. Schools and colleges would bring their pupils on educational trips to the planetarium. There is also an old airplane in the planetarium.

Ministry’s initiatives

The Ministry of Science and Technology has taken tremendous steps in the promotion of science throughout the country. The ministry has made a mobile app for Android and iOS systems to sight the new moon. This has also put an end to the confusion that traditional moon sightings had previously caused.

Earlier these days, Pakistan also became one of the few countries to make a ventilator called PakVent1.

The ventilators are now operational. National Disaster Management Authority created these vents with the help of the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is commendable that Pakistan took this unusual step that too in a global pandemic. These vents will not only help the hospitals throughout the country in the epidemic but also afterward.

We only hope that the Ministry of Science and Technology will keep making progress at the same pace.

What do you think about the initiatives taken by Pakistan in the fields of science and technology? Let us know in the comments below.

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4 Radical Reasons Why Brands Must Focus On Evolving

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Brands require a radical evolving mechanism today to survive the future. The word ‘Brand’ is no longer an identifier of a product maker; it identifies communities. Gone are the olden days where all you had to do for sales was to make a product. Today, it’s much more than that, and all the more difficult. Keep reading to find out how a company can stay afloat in the coming years.

Why The Need To Evolve

Previously, ‘brands’ became names of those manufacturers or areas that made the best quality products. For instance, we know Silicon Valley is the hub for all this tech and innovation. That’s how consumers identified them. However, today, brands have become a source of unison for people with shared beliefs and values. Unless and until they aren’t creating an experience for their customers or making them feel belonged, they’re walking on eggshells.

1. First Step Is To Understand Society

There’s no place or space for complacency today. You have to be vocal, active, and participating in social and political movements. The wave of brand activism that took place after the BlackLivesMatter movement is a great example. Those who spoke up united their customers while those who were silent lost them— it is that simple.

2. Creating An Experience

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Consumers today value the experience of shopping more than shopping itself. Your store or your product needs to be sold to them in an emotionally valuable way. Nike brings its truck to football fields, and while that may boost sales on its own, it creates an experience too. It allows parents and children to have quality time together as they shop.

If your employees are complacent in serving the customers, if your policies are not accommodating, your customer will not feel welcomed.

3. Value and Incorporate Human Psychology

 

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Psychologically, humans need to feel like they belong. Your brand needs to reach out to a whole community of people who are alike, so a ‘family’ is created. A consumer can only feel belonged if you have an ethos if you provide an experience and understand society. Sharing values, skills, and points of view come above sharing products.

For instance, Disney’s latest characters are multi-dimensional characters that reflect individual personalities in society. The sister overburdened by family responsibilities (Elsa) or a girl wanting to set things right (Moana). Because of this very reason, characters move beyond the screens onto products, parks, and billboards while earning Disney profits.

4. Agility Is A Huge Factor In Sales

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It’s the age-old understanding that small firms can respond to likes faster than large ones. Large companies have a plethora of processes to undergo before they churn out a product. They have way more factors to consider than their smaller counterparts. However, the ability of a small firm to respond quickly almost always plays in their favor. High fashion brands churn out a collection twice a year while Zara restocks a new one every 11 days.

Some might wait for those twice a year collections, but in between, they turn to fast fashion brands. 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hajj 2020: Saudi Arabia Introduces New SOPs to Nip COVID-19

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Hajj is a significant religious act for Muslims who visit the Holy Kaaba from all around the world.

The act of pilgrimage holds important sentimental and religious significance for millions.

Due to the novel coronavirus, it had been predicted that Hajj 2020 might have to be called off. Not only did this hurt sentiments but also left many afraid of what will happen next.

After weeks of taking precautions, following SOPs, regular disinfecting, it was finally decided that Hajj will be carried out this year. However, no international pilgrims will perform the act; only selective locals will.

To ensure everything goes according to plan to nip COVID-19 in the bud, the government of Saudi Arabia has taken out a new set of SOPs and protocols for performing Hajj.

Hajj 2020 SOPs

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According to the new protocol, touching the Holy Kaaba is strictly banned this year. Each pilgrim will have a distance of 1.5 meters between each other.

Reportedly, other holy sites such as Mina or Arafat will be limited. Facemasks have become mandatory for all pilgrims as well as organizers until further notice.

Hajj 2020 Refund

Those who had applied for Hajj can get their refund.  Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs has also announced that if any successful Hajj 2020 applicant wants a refund for any reason, they may apply for the return of their money.

What Would Be The Procedure To Get Your Refund?

1. The applicants can get their refund forms from www.hajjinfo.org. The ministry will then issue a Refund Authority Letter that would allow the applicant to get his/her deposited money back from the relevant bank branch.

2. After getting the refund, the applicant would get another application that would be submitted to Section Officer (Hajj Policy) requesting permission to allow his blood relative as their substitute to perform Hajj in his/her place.

Read the complete procedure by clicking on the link below:

COVID-19: Here’s How A Successful Hajj Applicant Can Get A Refund!

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IBA Karachi Launches MS In Data Science Starting This August

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Institute of Business Administration Karachi (IBA) has launched a Master Science degree that focuses on Data Science, which is all set to commence in a month (August 2020). The degree comprises a total of 4 semesters altogether and 30 credit hours.

The university has enabled the students to work on their thesis while also working on their course work for two years, followed by a Ph.D. program.

 

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It’s funny how your perceptions can be so off, like when you’re searching for a place to fall in and you realize you’ve been there the whole time, or how just an evening stroll down towards the glorious sunset can take all your worries away, the ones that shouldn’t be there in the first place, and why the hell not? . . Maybe the best course of action if you’re ever lost in the wilderness is to drop all your concerns, hold someone’s hand, and walk down towards the dying light. 📸@saad_zubairy #aethetics #aethetic #photography #lightroom #pics #mobilephotography #ibakarachi #iba #lifeatibakarachi #karachi #ibacamp #ibacampus #university #motivation #beautifullines #poetry #dawnphotography #snapseed #snapseededit

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The degree solely focuses on empowering students who do not come from a non-computer science background. The 2 years program that has been designed by the Faculty of Computer Sciences (FCS) has facilitated the students by adding foundation level courses that will help them reach the level of understanding of that of a student from a computer science background.

“The advancement in artificial intelligence, communications, and robotics across the globe has led to the high demand of data scientists. Although Pakistan lies at the onset of this development, an increasing need is being felt in the software industry and service sectors like financial institutions, telecommunication organizations, healthcare providers, and multi-nationals to produce a trained workforce,” says the Executive Director, IBA, Dr. S Akbar Zaidi.

 

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To all those who have chosen hope over fears, to all those who have secretly hidden their tears, to all those who are constantly waiting for their wishful years, to all those who are tired enough to fight life’s spheres, and to all those who are moving and dazzling on an unknown way for getting a news which might never reach on their ears. May you rest in peace before you die, may your sufferings cease before you cry, may your pains decrease before you’re high! Pic and caption by: @kamran_zulfiqar3290 . . . . #aethetics #aethetic #photography #lightroom #pics #mobilephotography #ibakarachi #iba #lifeatibakarachi #karachi #ibacamp #ibacampus #university #motivation #beautifullines #poetry #dawnphotography #snapseed #snapseededit #lines #life #university #peopleofkarachi #beautifullines #blogs

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“The program prepares students to extract valuable insights from data, and offers rigorous training to handle problems of big data,” said Dr. Khoja.

The admission for Fall 2020 is currently open. Check out IBA’s official website for more information. After the addition of the 2 year-long data science program, the best business school in the city offers 6 undergraduate programs, 9 graduate programs, and 3 postgraduate programs.

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Esra Bilgic to Become Peshawar Zalmi’s Next Brand Ambassador?

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7th July 2020: 

Earlier, Javed Afridi had tweeted about Ertugrul becoming the next ambassador for Peshawar Zalmi. Fans instead insisted Esra Bilgic to be a part of the league.

It didn’t take much time for the league to get the Turkish actress on board. Earlier on, the actress tweeted, saying, “I will be sharing some good news with you [email protected] @PeshawarZalmi”

It looks as if Pakistan might be on the verge of witnessing a classical crossover between the two countries.

Cricketer, Wahab Riaz, responded to Esra’s tweet,” looking forward to hearing this news Javed Bhai.”

“I’d Have Visited Pakistan Several Times by Now” – Esra Bilgic

It looks like fans will finally be able to meet their new favorite Turkish actress. Previously, PSL matches had to be dismissed as a safety measure to curb the deadly coronavirus. Have something to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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3rd July 2020: The owner of the Peshawar Zalimi, Javed Afridi, hinted in a tweet earlier of hiring Ertugrul as the next brand ambassador for his PSL franchise.

He tweeted, “WHAT IF #ErtugrulGhazi JOIN PESHAWAR ZALMI AS A BRAND AMBASSADOR.” The tweet garnered great reaction from his fans and looks like your favorite Turkish actor might just land in Pakistan as a brand ambassador for the crazy cricket nation.

Just recently, Ertugrul’s main actress, Esra Bilgic, who plays Haleema Sultan’s character in the series, told Pakistani fans on her social media that if there were no travel restrictions, she probably had come to Pakistan multiple times by now.

A fan knows precisely who the crowd wants to be the next brand ambassador for Peshawar Zalimi, one and only, Esra Bilgic aka Haleema Sultan

Another fan however wants Saad ud din Kopek instead. All in all, Pakistan has been following the series religiously since Ramzan. The series was dubbed in Urdu and was aired on state-owned TV channel, PTV.

Signs That Prove Pakistanis Are Obsessed With Dirilis Ertugrul!

Some fans think there has been an agreement already! We think so too.

Ertugrul isn’t the crowd’s first choice.

It looks like the crowds in Pakistan will be happier to see Esra Bilgic more than Ertugrul.

Reportedly, Esra Bilgic will be featured on the cover of HELLO! Pakistan, this June 2020, announced the magazine, “Esra Bilgiç wins hearts and minds on the cover of HELLO! Pakistan this June 2020. Pakistan’s favorite Turkish star took out time for her Pakistani fans to do an exclusive photoshoot for HELLO! Following all Covid-19 protocols this month. This is her exclusive, first-ever interview and photoshoot for a Pakistani publication.”

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10 Hilarious Ads That Will Tickle Your Funny Bones Amid The Pandemic

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In a world where ads give you a ‘yeh dekha hua hay’ feeling, it is difficult, if not impossible, to break the clutter. Finding a quality commercial is rare and daunting.

Today, our advertising industry is sadly resorting to skin lightening products or are snowed under with creating content that leaves you scratching your head. Although, now and then, you see an ad that becomes the flickering flame at the end of the tunnel and the optimist in you starts to believe that there is still some creativity left in the advertising world.

So, without any further ado, let’s have a look at a few ads that will make you sit and pay attention.

1. HYUNDAI

This Hyundai Ad featuring Kevin Hart, who plays a concerned father lets his daughter and her date borrow his new car, but only because its impressive security features means he’ll know exactly where they are. It’s safety features will keep them, and the vehicle, from any kind of trouble.

2. McDonald’s’

Their ‘saver menu’ commercial is not only witty but leaves you hooked to the screen right off the bat. This is one of those funny commercials aired in the UK.

3. Samsung+6 Underground+Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds is a feast for the sore eyes in this commercial where there’s an ad within an ad within an ad. This is a great funny product commercial for three different products at once—humor in marketing (in marketing about marketing) at its best.

4. Coke Zero 

The man with a witty sense of humor – Ken Jeong proves that, when it comes to Coca Cola’s Coke Zero at least, we don’t need to say “OR,” we can just say “AND.”

5. Amazon 

This ad is 90 seconds of first-rate humor. Amazon managed to nail their messaging with Alexa completely – they invent fake problems and build the Ads around those problems – which lets them make their Ads funny, seemingly at their own expense, yet without ever actually making fun of the “real” Alexa.

14 Classic Ads From The Golden Era Of PIA

6. Pringles 

Pringles collaborated with Rick and Morty to create an ad that would blow you away and also force the viewers to laugh their heads off. The band played it smart and hit the right chord with their target audience.

7. Pepsi 

This commercial is a personal fav. Pepsi hit the mark when they drafted a flawless script for this ad. So, would you go crazy in an interview to scare off all the other candidates – to come to the aid of your bro, the one who wants to get the job?

Yes. You would because you drink Pepsi Max. A confusing message – but still a hilarious commercial.

8. Snickers

Snickers’ 2020 Super Bowl Ad took their “you’re not you when you’re hungry” message and supersized it to another degree – as an entire movement of upset people dug a hole, and fed the world snickers.

9. Doritos 

“Insert Doritos Hɘrɘ for timɘ machinɘ.” From the caption on the cardboard box to this kid’s adorable acting – there is pure delight on the time traveler’s face that sells the product.

10. Zazoo Condoms 

Gold stars for being so talented and humorous. It’s not easy too hit the mark with a product such as this, but it’s safe to say that this commercial hits the mark.

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6 Effective Tips To Start An Online Business At Home

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Online business is a great way to bring your idea to life. Online companies are also an efficient business in the day and age where everything is digitalized. Moreover, most of the business success depends on social media. What better than having your company entirely on social media platforms? Read our guide to know the most useful tips to get your online business flying. If you have a small business, this is for you.

1. Identify a Niche

Inquire about a void in the market that needs to be filled. It can be something for which need has grown in quarantine or anything that is generally missing in markets. Moreover, it needn’t be something inventive. You can also just modify existing products to fit them better for consumer demand. Having done that, try to get the first movers advantage. 

2. Every Nook And Cranny

Research can help you make your business successful more than anything. Visit relevant forums to know what your competitors are offering. At what price are they offering, how can you make it better, what complaints do they face, etc. Acknowledgment of all these factors will ensure your product is different. The difference will be what you will pull customers with.

3. Don’t Underestimate The Power of Sampling

Sample the product first and take honest feedback. Before that, you can distribute surveys to gather information on whether the product is even needed. Find out what will be the motivation factor of consumers when buying your product and capitalize on it.

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Surveying family members and friends is a great way to start. Besides that, many sites allow you to have online surveys.

4. Reach For The Stars Later

Start small. In the initial stages, try your best to add as little financing as possible. The first 5-6 months are crucial; break-even might be confusing so reduce your overheads as much as possible. Gradually increase the investment with sales, so financing is efficient, and you don’t burn out before starting entirely.

5. Marketing is Key

Find cheap alternatives for marketing— you don’t need billboards for startups. But, keep in mind that social media may not always work best. If product targets ppl of 30+ age, then use other means. If, however, your consumer base is comprised of young-adults, then social media is your secret to success.

Various possibilities of marketing
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6. Creativity Creates Customers

As the business grows, start forming a team of 1-2 people and allocate different jobs like designing and public relations. But remember, since marketing is online, always choose creativity over everything.

Creativity in Online Businesses
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Creativity will set you apart from the billions of other businesses found online just because of how easy it is to start.

Lastly, just fail fast. Failure’s fear will become an obstacle in your path to success. Even if you’re unsure about starting a business or a new strategy, go ahead with it. If you’re bound to fail, then fail fast, so you learn and improve.

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5 Interesting Video Games You Can Try Instead Of PUBG

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The genre: Battle Royale
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Video games are the favorite past time of many. Nowadays, when the world outside is locked, more and more people turn towards video games for entertainment. Hence, when PUBG got banned in Pakistan, avid video game players were distracted. Some trolled, some challenged the ban while others lamented. But, fret not because these are all the other video games you can download and immerse in!

1. Call of Duty

COD has a huge fan following since as long as the game was released in 2003. It was the first of its kind, a first-person shooter video game. The game has many features, game modes, weapons, armors, etc. that you can enjoy. The game was initially set in the post-world war II setting, but over time, it has become more dynamic too. There are modes of recreating environments of the cold war or even futuristic worlds and outer-space.

Call of Duty revamped
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If you’re into exhilarating video games that keep you on your toes, this is it!

2. Fortnite

They were universally held to be one of the best alternatives to PUBG. The video game became a popular favorite for gamers since it released in 2017. Just like PUBG, this game starts with 100 players. All the contestants must contest to achieve victory.

Graphics from Fortnite video game
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However, it’s different from PUBG too. Unlike PUBG, this game has given a comical look to its characters, environments, and weapons. There are a vast number of customization capabilities. 

3. Day Z: Battle Royale

This game involves another exciting element in its battle royale genre: zombies! In this game, players compete on a remote island full of brain-eating zombies. You can either partner with other players and play safe or have a one-person show and kill everyone by yourself.

Shots from Day Z: Battle Royale
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You have to survive a zombie apocalypse with just a gun in hand— sound exciting enough?

4. Counter-Strike

This video game is older of the lot but one of the classics in the genre. It’s a multiplayer shooter game in which teams of terrorist battle to perpetrate an act of terror while counter-terrorists try to prevent it. Players are rewarded based on their performance with in-game currency at the end of each round. That currency comes in hand to spend on more powerful weapons in subsequent rounds.

The cover picture of Counter-strike
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5. Free Fire

Free Fire is in the same genre but more like Fortnite. It’s more like the latter because of its vibrant graphics. Open Fire is an online multiplayer battle royale game that is best optimized for all mobile phones.

Free Fire's cover
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The game also received an award for the “Best Popular Vote Game” by the Google Play Store in 2019. 

Which of these games will you be playing? Let us know in the comments below!

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Pandemic or Business? Schools Are Now Selling Their Own Masks

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Schools in Pakistan just got exposed for making “their own” masks. Supposedly, these masks will become a part of the uniform and will be charged to students. Was this necessary? Not. So, why did they end up doing it? Read more to find out.

Masks Printed With School Logos

Usually, if schools were open right now, masks would be a hefty expense for parents. Most masks are not recommended for repeated use; hence, a new one for five days a week. On average, an N-95 currently costs anywhere from Rs.400-600. Their alternatives, the regular polyester ones, vary from Rs.100-300 for a box. 

The question would be, what are schools going to charge for a mask? This step would be inconsiderate towards those who are not financially stable or have more than one child.

The State of The Education System

Moreover, currently, with all institutions being exposed to harassment incidents within their walls, why are schools focusing on this? LUMS, LGS 1A1, NCA, Aitchison are some of the institutions that were enabling harassers and sexual abusers. The state of education is quite apparent where instead of making schools safer, they’d rather earn through printed masks. 


Is This Normal To Do?

Instances of cashing in on a pandemic are rampant. Initially, as the need for masks arose, masks’ prices shot even upwards of Rs.1000. Those who had their hands on it saw this as an opportunity to earn money.

Admittedly, the general rule of Economics of short supply leading to higher prices must be let go during a pandemic. As soon a medicine is talked about, it goes quickly in the markets because people hoard them. Groceries became unusually expensive overnight as people started stockpiling. 

While schools here are not doing anything unusual, they deserve to be called out for being a part of this. Some are using this moment to crack some jokes.

Were Schools Affected by Coronavirus?

Schools are one of those very few institutions not heavily hit by coronavirus. Students all over the world are still studying; fees are even being paid. However, while the usual fee amount is being charged, the typical cost is not being incurred. Campuses are closed and working at 10%-20% capacity. Expenses like electricity, food, etc. are not being incurred; thus, they’re potentially making higher profits.

Schools empty ever since Coronavirus began
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Despite not being hit as hard as other businesses, schools are trying to earn more. This, beyond anything, reflects how educational institutes operate as businesses. Students are a source of profit, teachers a liability, and all decisions must be taken in consideration of profit/loss.

What do you think about this business? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 Pakistani Dramas Based On Spirituality You Should Really Watch

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Pakistani Dramas Based On Spirituality
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  1. As we’re all locked in our homes amid this pandemic, most of us don’t have much to do and are spending time contemplating about life or just procrastinating. We know the situation doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, but we can try to make the most of this time sitting at home.

However, there’s nothing more beautiful than spending so much time with your family knowing that you’re indoors and safe. Also, what better way to spend some time together by binge-watching some thought-provoking Pakistani dramas? Dramas that are based on Islam and spirituality that would change the meaning of life?

Most of us know that Pakistani dramas often end up disappointing the viewers due to their weak and pointless storylines. Some Pakistani dramas serve a higher purpose. Some of these dramas are focus on portraying what goes on our society while others promote religion. As tricky as this may sound, some Pakistani dramas have done exceptionally well and have won the hearts of viewers and proved to be inspirational.

Here is a list of six Pakistani dramas that are based on Islam and spirituality. These dramas would no doubt change the way you perceive life. Have a look.

1. Main Abdul Qadir Hoon

Written by Sarwat Nazir and directed by Babar Javed, Mein Abdul Qadir was an absolute hit among the view. Featuring Fahad Mustafa in the lead, the drama showed how a mentally disturbed young man finds solace in religion. Mein Abdul Qadir Hoon highlighted how turning towards religion can change your life.

2. Shehr e Zaat

Written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, Shehr-e-Zaat showed how the journey of a young woman. She goes from being extremely materialistic to being entirely spiritual. Another fantastic thing about this drama was its meaningful dialogues.

3. Alif Allah Aur Insaan

Written by Qaisra Hayat and directed by Ahson Talish, Alif Allah Aur Insaan stole our hearts. The drama helps the viewers explore and understand the true meaning of religion and the concept of surrendering oneself to Allah’s will. Moreover, the conversations between Shahzeb and Baba Sain were also significant.

4. Alif

Written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Haseeb Hassan, the story of Alif revolves around a hardworking filmmaker named Momin, who is shown to be stuck between his spirituality and the glamorous life that he leads. The drama is full of emotions that surround family values, and it also shows the journey of a man who gives up his exciting life to opt for spirituality.

5. Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan

Written by Umera Ahmed and directed by Babar Javed, Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan was a drama of all time. This drama showed how a woman who has the utmost faith in Allah and her decision to put her beliefs before everything else made her more reliable than those who tried to ruin her life. The drama mainly highlights how an individual’s strong faith in Allah can help them get through any obstacle in life, and those who question Him will be punished.

6. Parsa

Written by Tahira Wasti and directed by Siraj-ul-Haque, Parsa follows the controversy surrounding half-hearted conversions to Islam. This drama has highlights people tend to convert from one religion to another to marry the one they love, but not for the sake of God.

Which one of these have you watched? Let us know in the comments below.

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