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عسکری بینک لمیٹڈ اور یونین پے انٹرنیشنل کے درمیان این ایف سی اور ای ایم وی ڈیبٹ کارڈ کے اجراء کے معاہدے پر دستخط

/شنگھائی، 13 جون 2017ء / پی آر نیوزوائر/– پاکستان کے اہم بینکاری ادارے عسکری بینک لمیٹڈ (اے کے بی ایل) اور دنیا کی سب سے بڑی ادائیگی اسکیموں میں سے ایک یونین پے انٹرنیشنل کے درمیان پاکستان میں یونین پے کوئیک پاس (این ایف سی) اور ای ایم وی چپ کارڈز جاری کرنے کا معاہدہ […]

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Askari Bank Limited and UnionPay International Sign Agreement for NFC & EMV Debit Card Issuance

SHANGHAI, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Askari Bank Limited (AKBL),Pakistan’s premier banking institution and UnionPay International, one of the world’s largest payment schemes, has entered into an agreement to issue UnionPay QuickPass (NFC) and EMV Chip Cards in Pakistan. The initiative will allow AKBL customers to enjoy convenience of contactless payments “TAP & GO” while keeping the payments safe and secure. Further, the agreement would allow AKBL customers to conduct transactions at 41 million merchants and over 2 million ATMs worldwide along with 10 million online merchant sites.

The partnership was signed by Mr. Farrukh Iqbal Khan, Group Head Operations, Askari Bank Limited Pakistan and Mr. Han Wang, General Manager, UnionPay International Middle East in Shanghai, China in the presence of Mr. Larry Wang, Chief Business Development Officer of UnionPay International, Mr. Asim Bashir-Country Head Branchless Banking & ADCs of AKBL.

“Askari Bank has always been at the forefront in re-shaping and re-defining financial services landscape and signing agreement with UnionPay International for QuickPass (NFC) and EMV chip card issuance is yet another step”, said Farrukh Iqbal Khan, Group Head Operations, Askari Bank Limited. He further added that the Askari Bank will take advantage of UnionPay successful best practices for financial inclusion in China while re-defining AKBL strategic plan for financial inclusion.

“We are excited to work with UnionPay in Pakistan. Askari Bank continues to focus on improving customer experience and providing greater convenience by continuing to introduce new and innovative products. ‘Tap & Go’ contactless payments will add further convenience for AKBL customers while keeping the payments safe and secure”, said Asim Bashir, Country Head Branchless Banking & ADC, Askari Bank Limited.

Mr. Larry Wang Chief Business Development Officer of UnionPay International, said, “We are glad to offer new payment options for Pakistanis together with AKBL. UnionPay have made quite an achievement in Pakistan these years. At present, 70% of ATMs and 95% of POS terminals in Pakistan accept UnionPay cards, and over 3.4 million UnionPay cards have been issued in the country. The launch of UnionPay innovative products like QuickPass and EMV chip cards here this time will further enhance our service capability for the local residents.”

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A new 220 KV Grid Station is being constructed in Malakand district to improve power supply in the area.Sources of Peshawar Electric Supply Company told Radio Pakistan that the grid station will be completed at a cost of four and a half billion rupees ...

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Sisi, Putin discuss latest developments in Middle East

Cairo (IINA) � Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi received a telephone call from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, during which they discussed the latest developments in the Middle East.

During the telephone conversation, the two sides agreed on the importance of continued coordination and consultation between the two countries on issues of mutual concern, which will contribute to serving the interests of both the countries, Egypt's presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.While very hot weather expected over plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh.Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday morning was:-Islamabad, twen...

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UNICEF urges action as Yemen grapples with ‘unprecedented’ cholera outbreak

New York (IINA) � Amid an unprecedented increase in suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has stepped up its response but warned that time may be running out, UN News reported.

More and more children die every day in Yemen from preventable causes like malnutrition and cholera, said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the UNICEF, more than 65,000 suspected cases of the deadly disease have been reported in Yemen, of which about 10,000 were reported in the past 72 hours alone. Some 532 people, including 109 children, have succumbed to the disease over the past month. The numbers are feared to rise as more cases are verified.

Responding to the outbreak, UNICEF has sent in three aircraft carrying over 40 metric tons of lifesaving supplies. It is also helping provide chlorinated drinking water, disinfect wells and set up water filling stations and storage.

But needs continue to increase, with medicines and other vital medical equipment in short supply, said UNICEF.

The situation in Yemen is teetering on the verge of disaster [] over 27 million Yemenis are staring at an unforgiving humanitarian catastrophe. The biggest victims of this man-made tragedy are Yemen's most vulnerable population � its children, underscored Meritxell RelaAo, UNICEF representative in Yemen.

The international community needs to support long-term investments in social services like water and sanitation. Otherwise, deadly disease outbreaks will strike again and kill many more, she added.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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