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Dec 31, 2012

Get 1Mb PTCL Broadband Economy Package in Rs.499/month

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PTCL's 1Mbps Broadband Economy Package

PTCL introduces new offer or package after short intervals. Recently, it has launched two awesome offers:

  1. Free Jadoo Box
  2. Free Vfone Set
Just after 10 days of launch of above offers, a new offer is available. PTCL offers 1Mbps Broadband Economy Package with 10GBs download limit in just Rs.499 per month. Normal monthly charges for 1Mb standard package (with unlimited downloads) are Rs.1250. So in this way, if you are a modest internet user you can have quality internet connection with 1Mbps speed in about 500 Pak rupees. Hence, you can save about Rupees 750 per month which are almost 60 percent of the standard charges. You will enjoy same services but with limit on downloads. Free WiFi Modem is being installed with new connections free of cost.

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PTCL Broadband Economy Package

Dec 23, 2012

Jazz Sim Lagao Offer - Free Minutes, SMS and Internet

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Mobilink Jazz has announced an amazing offer to its returning users. Jazz customers who have not used their SIMs since 15th November will get 2012 free minutes, 2012 free SMS and 2012 MB free internet usage through this offer. Just put your SIM into phone and send blank SMS to 550 to avail this offer.

Dec 22, 2012

FIA invited Job Applications for 770 Vacant Posts

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FIA invited job applications from qualified Pakistani nationals to fill its 770 vacant posts. FIA is a federal criminal investigation agency under the federal ministry of interior with its headquarters in Islamabad.
These jobs included:

  • Sub Inspectors (Investigation)
  • Inspectors (Customs, Engineering)
  • ASI (Investigation)
  • Ladies ASI (Immigration)
  • Constables
  • Drivers
  • Assistant
  • Steno Typist
  • DEO (Data Entry Operators)
  • Clerks (UDC, LDC)
  • Telephone Operator
  • Despatch Riders, Naib Qasid etc

Dec 20, 2012

PTCL offers Free Vfone Wireless Telephone Set

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Today, PTCL has announced another wonderful offer of free Vfone set as Happy New Year Promotion Offer. Customers will get free Vfone set on purchase of every new connection. This is a bundle offer, you will get wireless set (value Rs. 4000) and free balance of Rs.4000 in the price of just Rs.4000. You can purchase this bundle offer from any PTCL franchise, OSS or authorized dealer.

Dec 19, 2012

PTCL Free Jadoo Box Offer

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Jadoo Box is an offer of PTCL which provides continuous internet connectivity by using landline DSL as primary connection while Evo wireless device as backup. Evo will be used as backup channel in times when regular DSL connection is not available. This service was introduced earlier this year. Now this has become most reliable internet service in Pakistan with virtually hundred percent connectivity. 

Dec 12, 2012

No Proposal about Salaries of Govt Employees - Finance Minister

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No Salary Increase
Federal Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh denied any proposal about salaries of government employees. During Question Answer Session in National Assembly on 10 December 2012, he told that currently there is no proposal of increase in salaries is under consideration. He further added that federal government of Pakistan has already increased salaries up to 120% during last five years.


Dec 8, 2012

Comparison of Pakistani Mobile Financial Services

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Comparison of Pakistani Mobile Financial Services
Mobile Financial Service is to provide limited banking services  to customers via their mobile phones. It is also called as Mobile Commerce or Branchless Banking. Such type of services are widely being used in other parts of the world since long. It was first launched in 1997 in Finland.

Telenor in collaboration with Tameer Bank launched EasyPaisa, first mobile financial service of Pakistan in 2009. Ufone also launched UPayments service with support of HBL, Bank Al Habib, Soneri Bank and Summit Bank Ltd. Recently Zong and Mobilink started their mobile banking services almost at the same time. Zong partnered with Askari Bank while Mobilink with Waseela Bank.

Dec 3, 2012

CSS Examination 2013 by Federal Public Service Commission

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CSS Examination 2013

Federal Public Service Commission of Pakistan announced the CSS competitive examination for recruitment to  posts in BS-17 in year 2013. CSS examination will be held for recruitment in 12 different occupational groups/ services under the Federal Government of Pakistan w.e.f. February 23, 2013. Examination will be held in almost 21 centres across Pakistan. Number of vacancies and final list of examination centres will be announced later.

Dec 1, 2012

Voter Stats for Election 2013

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Election Commission of Pakistan has published the Final Electoral Rolls 2012, which includes 84.36 million voters on 31 July, 2012.  FER List contains names of eligible voters who are at least 18 years old and have got CNIC. You can check that either your name is registered as voter or not, via SMS. And if you found that your name is not enlisted as voter, you can apply for it by visiting your local District Election Commissioner Office. Visit following post for details:

Election Commission has appealed citizens, political parties and media to check voters' details and apply for any correction if required. People can change their constituency area or make any other correction before the announcement of general elections.

Nov 29, 2012

10 Tips for Safe Online Shopping in Pakistan

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Please read following tips before shopping from any online shopping store in Pakistan. Online shopping is becoming very popular and common in Pakistan but it is not as much safe and secure as in the developed countries. Moreover their is no proper legislation for these stores and mostly these are not approved from any government authority. So, it is advised to take precautionary measures to prevent yourself from any tension. 

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Online Shopping Tips

Nov 23, 2012

Top-6 Online Urdu Newspapers and Magazines

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Urdu is the national language of Pakistan. It is also widely spoken in India and people of sub-continent settled abroad use this language around the world. Many Urdu newspapers, magazines, journals, digests and periodicals published from Pakistan, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Europe, America and other countries as well. In the past, people only can read these newspapers' in print form but with the advancement of technology in last decade, now it is possible to read many popular newspapers online on your desktop or laptop computer without facing any delay or paying any direct price for it. 

Nov 19, 2012

PTCL offers Free DSL Broadband Upgrade - from 1Mbps to 2Mbps

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PTCL is very generous in offering special promotions and packages to its existing and new customers these days. Now PTCL has launched another awesome offer of free broadband upgrade from 1Mbps to 2Mbps for new and all existing customers. This is an Opt-in offer; customers must order to activate this offer.

Jobs in Federal Government Educational Institutions (Cantt/ Garrison)

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Federal Government Educational Institutions (C/G) Jobs

Federal Government Educational Institutions (Cantt./ Garrison) Directorate Rawalpindi announced teaching and non-teaching jobs for males and females. FGEI manages 311 schools and 44 colleges located in different cantonments of Pakistan. 

There are 833 total job vacancies available to apply in all provinces and territories of Pakistan; Punjab, Sindh (Urban), Sindh (Rural), KPK, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan, AJK and FATA. These jobs are for Teachers, Librarians, Drawing Master, Band Master, Assistant, Steno Typist, Accountant, Upper and Lower Division Clerks, Lab Assistants, Drivers and Class-IV Staff. 

Nov 17, 2012

Top-10 Honeymoon Places in Pakistan

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Honeymoon is the sweetest part of a couple's life, it is the first month after wedding. Newly married couple get holidays from their jobs or business and spend their time with each other to share some intimate moments  and ultimately establish love and strong relationship between them. They usually go to a beautiful place away from their home. In villages, this tradition is not very popular to leave home for honeymoon but in cities, people often celebrate their honeymoon at a tourism spot.

Few people go to Dubai, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Europe, Canada and America for honeymoon but believe me their are many beautiful places in Pakistan which are not less than any other place in the world, in beauty and attraction. Here we will show you 10 most beautiful places in Pakistan.

Top-10 Honeymoon Places in Pakistan
Top-10 Honeymoon Places in Pakistan

Top-10 Honeymoon Destinations in Pakistan

1. Kaghan and Naran Valleys

Kaghan is a beautiful valley covered in forests, best for hiking and other outdoor activities. Naran is another beautiful valley just 23km away from Kaghan. These valleys are located in District Mansehra of KPK.
Kaghan Valley
Kaghan Valley

2. Murree and Galiat

Murree is a hill station and very popular tourism spot. It is situated about 8,000 ft above the sea level, located in Punjab about 60km from Islamabad. It is a tehsil of Rawalpindi District. There are many Galiyat (Nathiya Gali, Ghora Gali, Ayubia Gali etc) around Murree. These Galiyat has their own attractions for tourists. 
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Murree

3. Chitral

Chitral is a isolated valley located on River Kunar at the foot of Tirich Mir Peak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Its prime attraction are Shandoor and Kalash Valley. The Kalash people are known as decendants of Alexander the Great. Their culture, religion and lifestyle is unique from the rest of country. 
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Chitral

4. Neelam Valley, Muzaffarabad

Neelam Valley is located in Muzaffarabad, AJK. Lush green forests, streams, hills and river Neelam adds beauty to this place. Ath Muqam is another nearby place worth seeing. 
Muzaffarabad is the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. It is located near Neelum and Jhelum River. 
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Neelum Valley

5. Swat Valley

Lush green areas, beautiful lakes, orchards, flowers and rich historical past is the identity of Swat. It is a valley near Pakistan-Afghanistan border on upper side of Swat River. Saidu Sharif is the capital of the valley but Mingora is the main town. Until 1969, it was a princely state in KPK. 
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Swat Valley

6. Lake Saif ul Maluk

Saiful Maluk Lake has special place for the lovers of sub-continent as it is associated with a famous love folk lore. It is located 3,200 meters above sea level. You can enjoy boating in the lake and hear story of Prince Saif ul Muluk who fell in love with a fairy.
It is also located in Mansehra near Naran Valley.
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Lake Saif ul Maluk

7. Gilgit, Hunza and Skardu

Gilgit is the capital of northern areas of Pakistan. Gilgit is an important city on Silk Route. 
Hunza valley is located at 2,400 meters above sea level near Rakaposhi Mountain.
Skardu is located on banks of Indus River in the territory of Gilgit Baltistan.
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Gilgit

8. Shogran Valley

Shogran is located on a green plateau in northern Pakistan, just 34km away from Balakot and about 212km from Islamabad. You can ride a Jeep or horse or hike to several other nearest place like Siri and Paye.
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Shogran Valley

9. Fairy Meadows, Nanga Parbat Mountains

Fairy Meadows is the perhaps the most beautiful and scenic place in Pakistan. It is covered with thick forests and has lush green area. This is the base camp of Nanga Parbit Mountains, from here Nanga Parbat looks very amazing. 
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Fairy Meadows

10. Ziarat

Ziarat is the capital of district Ziarat in Balochistan province. Quaid-e-Azam spent the last days of his life in Ziarat Residency. Summer is the best time to visit this place.
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Ziarat



There are many other tourism places in Pakistan; Taxila, Mohinjodaro, Rohtas Fort, Bhambore, Keenjer Lake. Cities of Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad also has many attractions for visitors. Lahore is the cultural hub of Pakistan, Islamabad is the planned city of Pakistan and Karachi is the mini Pakistan.

Points to consider before selecting your Honeymoon Destination 

There are several factors, you should consider before selecting any place in Pakistan or abroad for your honeymoon destination. Some of the main points are:

  • Make expenditure estimates carefully and within your budget because you wouldn't want to start your new life with ton of new debt.
  • Make schedule for your tour and decide when to go and for how long. Also decide places to visit.
  • Don't forget to arrange passport, visa and other documents if you are going abroad. You must keep your CNIC and Nikah Naama, if you are travelling within Pakistan.
  • Your honeymoon destination must be secure.
  • Discuss with your partner and decide whether you people like a city with museums, restaurants and historical buildings or a place with natural beauty or just want to spend your time with each other and select your destination accordingly. 
  • You can consult with a tour operator or guide and enquire about travel and living arrangements there.

Have you ever visited any of these places or any other tourism spot in Pakistan? According to your opinion, which is the best place in Pakistan for honeymoon?

Nov 15, 2012

Role of Social Media in Pakistan

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Is social media promoting the image of Pakistan

or damaging it globally?


Media is a means of communication and media through web and mobile based technologies which are used to convert this communication into a form of dialogue among communities, organizations and individuals is known as Social media. Social media technologies take on many different forms including magazines, Internet forums, weblogs, social blogs, micro blogging wikis, social networks, pod-casts  photographs or pictures, video, rating and social bookmarking.

Social media is strongly influencing Pakistan’s international relations. Anybody with a basic knowledge of internet and other media tools can reach out and interact with the global audiences any time. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Orkut have taken over the world by storm. Marketers in Pakistan want to tap into these technologies to gain advantages. Social networks act as a customer relationship management (CRM) tool for various companies and brands. To get into this business creativity is the key here. If you have got something far more exciting and creative then it will help you spread your brand name and publicize it.
Role of Social Media in Pakistan


Social media has provided a wide platform for the exchange of opinions between individuals and different communities from one corner of the world to another. The exchange of views and opinions is more convenient than ever before and due to this the world has become a global village having no cultural boundaries. The usual Social media optimization (SMO) methods include distributing internet content widely across the social media sites and inviting the opinion and thoughts of individuals. Social media can serve as a great setback for the development of Pakistan’s industry and business worldwide. As compared to traditional media the audience can participate any time they wish. Users can express their views by submitting their comments to various forums and blogs. Hence this can contribute a lot to the popularity of a brand or business in and outside Pakistan. To achieve business goals social marketing sites are being encouraged by the companies to promote products and influence communities by their services.

Considering the technology and the power of social media it can shape the future of Pakistan taking it to the higher levels internationally. Social networking sites are not only limited to Pakistan but these websites allows young Pakistanis to connect with young people all across the world which helps in maintaining relationships with other countries. When utilized for business social media accelerates business process and helps in generating income. It also provides ease to customers due to which overall the industry grows. Through this people get a chance to observe our traditional lifestyle and activities closely which helps to heal differences between Pakistan and other countries. Currently social media tools particularly networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are being utilized extensively to build the popularity growth of the youth icon Imran Khan and his political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Social media empowers youngsters and ensures socio-political transformation in our country. If the content of social networking sites is used in the proper way then through social media Pakistan can flourish to new level of heights.

Author Bio:
Umair Maqsood is a Financial Analyst and a Tech Writer. He also writes about Technology and financial solutions across the world.

Nov 14, 2012

Top-7 ways to Earn Online Money in Pakistan

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In a recent post on this topic I have discussed how to make money online and why? In that post I wrote about need of working online and its basic concepts. Read full post here.

Click on the following link to learn "How to earn with Google AdSense in Urdu".

In this post I will show you few best methods of working online and making money. Many Pakistanis are working on one or more ways and earning handsome amounts. I have also worked with some of these myself successfully and researched on others as well before writing this post. Below are 7 best ways to earn online. I will discuss each way briefly so you can have an idea of these ways. However, I would suggest you to learn more about any specific method before working on it.

Ways to Earn Online Money in Pakistan
Top-7 Ways to Earn Online in Pakistan

Top-7 ways to Earn Money Online in Pakistan

1. Blogging

Blogging is on the top due to two major reasons; firstly it is easy to start and maintain and secondly you can start a free blog initially. A blog is a type of website where you write posts regularly on any topic. People interested in these topics visit your blog website and you earn by displaying ads on your blog.

I also started my online career by creating a free blog on Blogspot. You can also create a free blog on blogspot.com. There are many other websites which offer free blogs. Simply fill out simple forms and choose  layout and design of your blog and your blog will be available online. Now login to your dashboard, customize settings of it and start writing posts on it. Once your blog is ready, submit its url to major search engines and also promote it on social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc. Soon you will see visitors coming to your blog.

Now its time to earn money from it, you can register your blog with any ad network e.g. Google AdSense, InfoLinks etc. If your blog fulfils Google's requirements, apply for Google AdSense. Work hard on writing your blog and promoting it, you will start earning slowly in start but keep working and you will get good results.  In Pakistan you will get paid via Western Union, once your earnings reached minimum 100$.

2. Freelance Jobs

If you are computer literate and can work for others, you may join any network of freelancers. There are many websites (e.g eLance.com, oDesk.com) which provide platform to freelancers and employers. Here employers post jobs and workers bid on their jobs. Employer award job to a suitable worker and deposit its bid amount to freelance platform, upon the successful completion of the job, freelancer get paid via cheque, direct deposit in bank or via a debit card issued by the company. There are many different type of jobs posted every day from simple typing jobs to engineering projects, website designs and graphics designing etc.

There are an other type of freelance networks (e.g Fiverr.com) where you create your profile and enlist jobs you can do for a fix amount. People who are interested to hire you will contact you via the same network's website and will pay you after the job completion. This amount will be kept in your virtual account and you can withdraw it via PayPal or Payoneer Card etc.

3. Online Store

This option is best for those who are already in the business of selling or manufacturing goods. You can open an online store by creating a website for it or simply create a Facebook Fanpage for it where you can post details and price of your products and people who are willing to buy will contact you. Many people are selling goods just by posting ads on OLX and other classified ad websites. This option requires investment to store products, to develop a website and to make delivery arrangements e.g. Courier.

4. Writing for Others

If you are good in writing, you can join other websites/ blogs as content writer. Pro-bloggers often welcome paid writers on their blogs and pay you per post. You can also write posts and stories for others or simply can work as an editor. This is the most simple method in which you don't need to create a website or sell anything. Just write blog post using any Text Editor Software e.g. MS Word and send to the admin of the blog. 

5. Software and Website Development

If you are an IT Expert, you can develop websites, software and mobile applications for others. This field has huge earning potential. Just create a website for you and enlist your abilities and show your work to the world. Put your completed projects in portfolio section of the website. People from around the world will contact you to develop a website or program for them. You can also work as Freelancer Developer, see no. 2 above.

6. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is also a popular earning tool. You create accounts with different sellers and promote their products by different means using your own affiliate ID/ URL. You can refer your friends and contacts or can write eBook to promote a product or can add their ads on your website. These companies will pay you commission for every sale made through you. 

7. Reseller Business

Reseller business is also a good way to make money online but requires hard work and marketing skills. Reseller web hosting business is very popular these days. People buy things from the main company and resell to customers with own brand name and on own prices. For example, people buy bulk hosting space from a big company and resell to customers with their own custom packages and rates. There are also some companies which let you sell hosting space without buying. These companies give you whole sale rates and you sell these products to your customers on your price. You act like a middle man where customers buy things from the main company without knowing this. In this business, reseller business companies usually assist you to develop your online store. Just promote your virtual store and earn commission on sales.

Conclusion

Above I have written the best methods for the people of Pakistan to earn money online. If you have tried any of the above methods, please share your success or failure story and your experiences. Please also help others by providing your precious advise in this regard.
 If you know any other good way of earning, you are welcome to write it in comments.

Note: Don't post links of scam websites or your referral links otherwise your comment will be deleted.

Nov 12, 2012

NADRA introduced Smart National ID Card (SNIC)

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Smart National ID Card by NADRA

NADRA has introduced a new state of the art Smart National ID Card to provide hi-tech solution and protection of identity of the holder. Smart National ID Card (SNIC) is much smarter and advance than old Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC).These are chip based identity cards; designed in such a way to fulfil all the needs of latest technology advancements and to store data. Smart cards will be directly connected to central database of NADRA. 

Holder of Smart NIC will have free facility of life insurance for two years. There are plans to associate many facilities with it e.g. biometrics, e-tag on motorway tolls, emergency relief in disasters, driving license, weapon license, passport, school card, health card,  and electronic voting. It would also help to access the cash disbursement programs, branch less banking and financial transactions etc. There is also provision of storing data of approved associates e.g. banks etc.

Mr. Tariq Malik Chairman NADRA wrote in his column in Daily Express on 13 November, 2012 that it is the most secure identity card in the world. It is printed in multiple layers and each layer has its own security features. When this card placed on a machine reader, it first verify its data and then ask for fingerprints of the person to match with the fingerprints stored on card so it is impossible to misuse this card. 

First smart identity card was issued to President Asif Ali Zardai last month.

Salient Features of Smart ID Cards

Following are some of the salient features of smart cards:

  1. Chip based Smart Identity Card with 36 security features
  2. Multi-dimensional usage and services
  3. Social and financial inclusion programs 
  4. State of the art encryption technology
  5. Live identification of captured fingerprints
  6. Easy pension disbursement
  7. Accidental death insurance of Rs.100,000 for 2 years
  8. Compliant with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Standards
  9. Data written on card both in English and Urdu which will be very useful for overseas Pakistanis and people who used to travel abroad.
  10. This card can not be altered, duplicated, forged or misused.
  11. It has name both in English and Urdu.
  12. It has Laser engraved photograph, Optical variable diagram, QR code and machine readable zone.

SNIC Fee

Normal fee of SNIC is Rs.1500 while there is no fee for ordinary fresh CNIC. Normal renewal fee of CNIC is Rs.75. Initially smart cards will be issued for a period of 10 years.
To get your smart card, visit your nearest NADRA Registration Center. 

Nov 10, 2012

How to Make Money Online in Pakistan

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Make Money Online in Pakistan

Pakistan is a country of talented and hard working people but unfortunately, due to lack of education and job opportunities unemployment is on rise in the country. In this situation young generation is very depressed because they have no clear idea about their future. Some are leaving the country, some are under-employed while many are still searching for jobs. 

Though IT has progressed considerably in last decade in Pakistan and many institutes have produced a number of IT and Computer Graduates but according to my observation these graduates also tends to get a 9~5 Jobs. It is the need of hour that these IT graduates and other people who know computer and English language should be provided guideline to work online. I am sure that a huge ratio of these unemployed educated people can be employed just by giving them guideline that how easily they can earn handsome money online while staying at their home and with little or no extra investment.

Earning online is very attractive due to various reasons and above all is that you don't need to go anywhere or to follow strict office timings. You can work in the comfort of your home and as per your own time schedule. You will get as much as you work. Moreover students, housewives and people who are already doing a job or business, can also work online in their free time to make some extra income.

How to Make Money Online in Pakistan
Learn to Make Money Online in Pakistan


This is a fact that earning money online is possible but it is not as easy as some people say on newspapers. Many people are doing fraud by promoting scam businesses in newspapers and on internet. So, please beware about such fraud schemes. Please keep remember that there is nothing free in this materialistic world and you can not earn money without doing something really fruitful. You can earn only if you have a skill that may be beneficial for other over internet.

Following are some of the most popular ways to make money online:
  1. Blogging
  2. Freelance Jobs
  3. Online Store
  4. Writing Articles for Other's Websites and Blogs
  5. Software and Website Development
  6. Affiliate Marketing
  7. Reseller Business
Soon I will write one or more articles to discuss above methods in detail. Till then I will advise you to learn internet and computer in depth. Also improve your existing skills and learn new skills which may help you to work online. If you want to earn money online, you must first learn proper use of internet and English. Learning proper and legitimate earning methods is also prerequisite. 

Nov 9, 2012

Write Urdu on Computer, Facebook, Websites, Emails with Urdu Installer

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Writing Urdu on Computer and Internet

Once it was a time when it was not easy to type in Urdu on internet. You could write Urdu only with InPage like soft-wares which were not compatible with internet and other software like MS Word, Excel etc. So, people used to convert Urdu text into a photo format before posting it on websites. But now things have been changed after the development of Pak Urdu Installer Software and support for Unicode in Windows OS.

Following line is an example of Urdu typing on internet with this software. 
پاک اردو انسٹالر کے ذریعے اردو لکھنا بہت آسان ھو گیا ھے۔

Pak Urdu Installer

Pak Urdu Installer
Pak Urdu Installer
Pak Urdu Installer is a complete Urdu software package which has made Urdu typing very easy. There is no need of any additional hardware or Urdu Keyboard. You can type Urdu with ordinary English Keyboard. Just install Pak Urdu Installer and it will let you type in Urdu anywhere on your computer, even you can write Urdu on internet websites and can write emails and chat in Urdu too. It also allow you to write file and folder names in Urdu. It is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. Three fonts are built-in this software; Jameel Noori Nastaleeq, Urdu Web Naskh and Urdu Naskh Asia Type.

How to Install "Urdu Installer Software"?

  • Free Download "Pak Urdu Installer" and install on your PC after downloading.
  • Restart your computer after installation.
  • You will see Language Bar on Task Bar.
  • You can set/ change your language before typing by clicking on this button. Click with left mouse button to toggle between Urdu and English.
Urdu Language Bar in Task Bar

How to write in Urdu?

It uses phonetic type keyboard which enables you to write words as per their sound e.g. press "a" to write "الف" and "B" to write "ب" etc. 
Phonetic Urdu Keyboard layout is given below as reference. 
Urdu Phonetic Keyboard Layout
Urdu Phonetic Keyboard Layout

Nov 7, 2012

Are we clear about the goal? Pakistani Dilemma

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PakistanGoal defines the strategy for an individual, group, organization and countries. When I was studying MBA, one of my professors asked the students; "What is your goal of doing MBA?” Trust me, answers were funny but raised a question in my mind. As a group of people, we are not clear about the goal. There were diverse answers like one student wanted to do an MBA because job market was not good enough and another student entered into the program due to the pressure from her parents. Professor said something which I still remember that MBA is the corporate input to the economy. In the game of foot ball, there is only one ball and for a team, there is only one goal to score. However, Pakistan faces the dilemma of multiple goals. I have joined the MNC through a Management Trainee program and MT Program was designed for the fast track career progression. In few years, our batch was moved to the middle to upper management positions. One of the major challenges I have faced is; alignment of individual and departmental goals to the organizational goals. I asked the team to write their objectives for the organization and there was no synchronization in the responses. People in one team have so diversity in their goals towards the organization. Goal for any individual should have been the contribution towards the profitability for the shareholders. Rest of the goals for department and personal development are part of it but one goal was not clear.

As a nation, we are facing the same dilemma of non clarity in terms of national goals. Provinces, groups, clans and people are moving in different directions in the pursuit of diverse goals. We are lacking the process of synergy because we are trying to achieve different goals. Our players have different foot balls and goal post is also different for every player in the team. We can not decide so far that what kind of Pakistan we want to be, in terms of economy, politics and social structure.

Pakistan is the nation of extreme talent. Artists, politicians, Military strategists, scientists, corporate minds, volunteers, students, doctors, engineers and skilled labour are the assets of Pakistan. Pakistan's important resource is its human resources. Resources can not be utilized with maximum capacity and potential if we do not create the concept of synergy among them by giving them one vision and one goal. I don't call myself a man of vision; perhaps I am a man in search of vision. Whatever the strategy we prepare for 5 years, 10 years or 15 years, we need to have one goal that derives the strategy. We have a vision provided by the founders of this nation, but we have not been able to transform the vision into a goal that gives one direction to whole nation.

Written by: Asad Ali

Nov 6, 2012

New Revised Pay Scales expected in January 2013

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Government employees are anxiously waiting from last several months for an increase in their salaries either through new revised pay scales or unified pay scales or by introducing any allowance. Though this government has increased salaries of employees almost double but it is not sufficient keeping in view the inflation rate. Generally salary is the only source of income for majority of the government servants and price hiking effects govt employees directly.

Increase in the salaries is the hottest gossip topic among federal government employees these days. And there are also many rumours, predictions and expectations being discussed in employees while some people have also prepared Revised Pay Scale Charts as well depending upon unreliable sources. Revised pay scales were expected in October and then November of this year but now some newspapers published a news that federal government of Pakistan has decided to introduce revised pay scales w.e.f. January 2013. 

According to sources, federal finance ministry asked Pay and Pension Committee to revise the pay scales in accordance with the budget 2012-13 so as to benefit the employees without putting much burden on national exchequer. Dr. Ishrat Hussain (Former Governor SBP) is the Chairman of PPC.

Daily Nawa-e-Waqt published following news on 05 November, 2012.
Revised Pay Scales 2013 News
Revised Pay Scales 2013 News

Nov 5, 2012

Free Laptops for Students of Islamabad, KPK, Sindh, Baluchistan, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan

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Free Laptops for Students of Islamabad, KPK, Sindh, Baluchistan, AJK, Gilgit Baltistan and Deeni Madaris by Government of Punjab

Provincial Government of Punjab gave laptops to 1 lac talented students of Punjab last year on merit base, see details. This year 1 lac more laptops will be granted to students, see details of Laptop Scheme Phase-II. Now government has taken one step further by offering laptops to meritorious students of other provinces of Pakistan including federal capital Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir. Students of other provinces are pleased with this decision.



According to details, 400 top students each of Matric and Intermediate examinations, from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan will be granted HP laptops free.   Top 10 students in each department of public sector federal universities in Islamabad and their campuses in Islamabad will also get free laptops. Foreign students of Indian Occupied Kashmir also eligible for this scheme.

4000 laptops will also be gifted to talented students of Deeni Madaris. Auqaf Department will make merit criteria for students of madaris and will also distribute laptops after approval of merit policy by CM. 

Foreign students and students who are doing any job or getting scholarship from HEC are not eligible for this scheme. Students who have already got laptop last year are also not eligible.

Nov 4, 2012

Specifications of HP1000 Laptops

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Last year Government of Punjab granted 100 thousands Dell Laptops to students of Punjab. Now Punjab Government has started 2nd phase of free laptop scheme with another 100,000 laptops, click for details

This time HP's HP1000 Model Laptop will be granted, which has some specifications better than laptops which were gifted to students last year. HP1000 has Core i3 Processor instead of previous Dual Core, and it has 500GB hard drive instead of 320GB. To see details specifications of Dell Laptops which were granted in the first phase, click here.

Specifications of HP1000 Laptops

Specifications of HP 1000 Laptop is given below:
Processor
Intel Core i3-2370M Processor (2.4 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache)
Chipset
Intel HM75 Express Chipset
Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Display
14.0-inch diagonal HD Bright View LED Display (1366 x 768)
Memory
2GB DDR3 RAM
Hard Drive
HP 500GB 5400RPM
Optical Drive
HP SuperMulti DVD Burner
Networking/ Wireless
Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic
I/O Ports
3 USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ-45, Headphone out, Microphone in
Webcam/ MIC
HP 720p High Definition Webcam with integrated microphone
Audio
Altec Lansing Internal Speakers
Keyboard/ Touchpad
Notebook keyboard with Touchpad supporting Multi-Touch gestures
Media Card
Multi Format Digital Media Card Reader for Secure Digital and Multimedia Cards
Battery
6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
Power
65W AC Adopter
Carrying Bag
HP Backpack with customized logo


Specifications of HP 1000 (Free Laptops by Punjab Government)
Specifications of HP 1000 (Free Laptops by Punjab Government)

Free Laptops by Punjab Government - Phase II

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Punjab Government's Free Laptops Scheme - Phase II

After successful completion of first phase of free laptops distribution, Punjab Government has once again started Free Laptops Scheme. 100 thousand laptops will be awarded to talented students on merit basis during phase-2. Now students of other provinces and Islamabad will also be awarded free laptops, Click to see more details.

First consignment of 30,000 HP1000 Laptops has been reached in Lahore. Distribution of laptops will be started on 07 November, 2012 from Bahawalpur. These laptops are latest than last year's laptops. Click to see specifications of HP1000 Laptops.

Free Laptops by Punjab Government
Free Laptops by Punjab Government


Laptops Distribution Schedule

Following is the city and date wise schedule of laptop distribution ceremonies.
Bahawalpur - on Wednesday 07 Nov 2012
Faisalabad - on Thursday 08 Nov 2012
Lahore - on Monday 12 Nov 2012
Multan - on Thursday 15 Nov 2012
Rawalpindi - on Friday 16 Nov 2012

Eligibility Criteria

Bachelor Degree Programs

All first year / first semester students of 4-year BS / BSc Program, Medical / Dental Colleges, Engineering Universities, Agriculture Universities, Veterinary and Animal Sciences Universities and Technology Colleges who have secured
Minimum 60% marks in the last annual exam
70% or above marks in the last semester exam

Master Degree Programs

All first year / first semester students of 2-year Master Degree Program who have secured
Minimum 60% marks in the last annual exam
70% or above marks in the last semester exam

New MS/ M. Phil / PhD scholars of Public Sector Institutions in Punjab who have secured
Minimum 60% marks in the last annual exam
70% or above marks in the last semester exam

Students of Evening Programs

Left over eligible evening students of last year will be provided laptops during this phase. Only those students will be awarded laptops who are already registered or declared eligible. No new name will be added in the existing lists.

Students outside Punjab

100 top students of Matriculation Examination from each of the eight Provincial Boards, Technical Board  and Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education.

400 top students each of Matric and Intermediate Exams, from other Provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

Top ten students of MS/ M. Phil/ PhD Programs in each department of the public sector Federal Universities in Islamabad and their campuses in Punjab.

Students of Deeni Madaris

4,000 laptops will also be awarded to the students of “Deeni Madaris”. Laptops will be distributed by Auqaf Department after devising merit criteria subject to the approval by Chief Minister.


Free Laptops in Pakistan


Ineligibility

Following students are not eligible for this scheme.
MS/M. Phil/PhD scholars who are recipients of Higher Education Commission Scholarships
Students who are doing any kind of job
Students who have earlier received laptops in the last year’s scheme
Foreign nationals except students from Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Indian Occupied Kashmir

Nov 3, 2012

World's Largest Human Flag and National Anthem Records by Pakistanis

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Worlds Largest Human Flag Record by Pakistanis

Pakistanis are a great nation and they love their country, flag, anthem and all other national identities very much. Pakistanis have set various types of world record in past. Now they have beaten World Record of Human Flag by making Flag of Pakistan with 24,200 people. This event was organized by Government of Punjab under Punjab Youth Sports Festival on Monday 22 October, 2012 at National Hockey stadium Lahore.

Guinness World Record of Largest Human Flag
Pakistan's Guinness World Record of Largest Human Flag - Photo by The Nation

24,200 people made it with green and white sheets. They have broken previous record of biggest human flag by Hong Kong with 21,726 persons. Guinness World Records has officially accepted this record. Gareth Deaves, Guinness World Record Representative along with his team, witnessed this event.

Talking to the crowd, Guinness World Records Adjudicator Gareth Deaves said, "it is amazing, amazing display of unity of 24,200 people here in Lahore tonight. Every single one of you hold this record. It was an amazing view and I am surprised to see the unity of Pakistani youth"
Chairman Punjab Sports Board Mian Hamza Shahbaz Sharif was the chief guest of the day.

World record of Most People Singing National Anthem

Earlier on Saturday 20 October, 42,813 Pakistanis have also beaten a 5 years old Indian record by singing a National Anthem of Pakistan (Qaumi Tarana) in unison, beating the previous record of 15,243 by India.

Chief Minister of Punjab, Mian Shahbaz Sharif was also present there and also sung the national anthem with others. He said that this is not Punjab Festival but Pakistan Festival.

Other World Records by Pakistanis at Youth Festival 

Pakistanis have also beaten many other world records as well as set many new records such as:
  1. World's Biggest Human Mosaic Display of Lahore Fort by 1936 Pakistanis
  2. Most Martial Arts Kicks (616 Kicks) in three minutes (using one leg) (male): by Ahmed Amin Bodla
  3. Heaviest Vehicle (1700kg) Pulled by Beard: by Sadi Ahmed
  4. Fastest Time (35.93Sec.) to Wire a Plug: by Mian Nouman Anjum
  5. Fastest Time (3 min 14.98 sec) to Make 3 Chapatis: by Mohammad Mansha
  6. Fastest Time (45.48sec) to Arrange a Chess Set: by 12 years old Meher Gul
  7. Most Consecutive Football Headers (335): by Daniel Gill & Qamar Rizwan
  8. Fastest Time (1min 18.21sec) to Dress in Cricket Whites/ Batsman Gear: by Mohammed Jaleel ul Hassan
  9. Most Leapfrog Jumps (30 jumps) in 30 seconds: by Lt. Nouman Rafeeq and Seraz Sarfaraz

This Youth Sports Festival has marked the day as an effort to show the world peaceful and true image of Pakistan. 

Nov 1, 2012

Ufone Uth Full Toss Offer Calls at Rs.1/ Hour

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Ufone Uth Full Toss Offer

Ufone has announced cheapest hourly call rates with its Uth Full Toss Offer. Now all Ufone Uth Prepaid customers can call all Ufone numbers at the rate of Rs.1 per hour. Previously this offer was launched as Heavy Scene Offer which is now renamed as Full Toss Offer. Customers who have subscribed to Super Call Offer can not avail this offer. This offer will not apply to location based offers, calls to free numbers and short codes. 

Ufone Uth Full Toss Offer
Ufone Uth Full Toss Offer

Full Toss Offer Details


  • Ufone Uth Customers can avail this offer by dialling *2001# from their Ufone number.
  • If you are on any other package except Uth Package, you can change your package to Uth just by dialling *22#.
  • With daily charges are Rs.2, you can call at Re.1/ hr till mid night.
  • All other daily charges of regular Uth Package/ Offer will be applicable.

Oct 19, 2012

PTCL 3G Evo Wingle - USB Device with 9.3Mbps Speed

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PTCL 3G Evo Wingle - A USB Dongle

PTCL 3G Evo Wingle USB Device
PTCL 3G Evo Wingle
PTCL has introduced Pakistan's first 3G USB Modem with in-built Wi-Fi Hotspot. Now you can connect upto 5 gadgets at hyper speed of 9.3 Mbps via this 3G USB Dongle. It supports both 3G and Wi-Fi. It has universal Wi-Fi compatibility. PTCL has 3G Nitro coverage in about 200 cities while Evo coverage in more than 250 cities. This new USB device will automatically switch between Nitro and Evo systems whichever is available at your location.

It does not require any installations. Just plug Evo Wingle and start surfing. You can power it through any USB Power Adopter and it will become Wi-Fi Hotspot and will give Wi-Fi coverage in 100 meter circumference. You can use any Wi-Fi enabled gadget (Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone etc) after creating link with it. 

Unlike Nitro Wi-Fi Cloud, Evo Wingle is a smart USB Device. Evo USB Dongle has a very compact and sleek design. Function of 3G Nitro and 3G Wingle is same however type of these two devices is different. Wingle requires  a USB Power source but 3G Nitro just requires turned ON. 

3G Evo Wingle - A USB Dongle with Wi-Fi Hotspot
3G Evo Wingle - A USB Dongle with Wi-Fi Hotspot

3G Evo Wingle Price and Packages

You can get your free 3G Wingle USB Dongle Device by paying 3 months advance line rent of Rs.7,500. Upon payment, you will get a USB Dongle with 3 months unlimited internet (100GB Fair Usage Policy applies).
Price of only USB Dongle Device without bundle offer of 3 months internet is Rs. 4,000. 

After 3 month, you have to pay normal rates. There is one postpaid package of Rs.2,500 per month for 100GB volume. While 5 other prepaid packages; Daily, Weekly, Monthly....

After reaching prescribed volume limit, speed throttle to 256Kbps.

Additional usage will be charged at the rate of Rs. 0.2 per Mb. 

You can recharge your Evo Wingle via PTCL Landline Billing, PTCL OSS, PTCL One Stop Shop, EasyPaisa, Ufone Franchise and Service Centers, MCB Bank, EvLoad.

Oct 18, 2012

How to Send Gifts to Pakistan Online

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How to Send Gifts to Pakistan Online?

In the past, overseas Pakistanis usually wait for a time when he himself or his friend visits Pakistan, to send gifts to his family. Another option was to deliver via courier service which is very costly; sometimes courier charges may be more than the price of gift itself. But now the time has changed, now there are many online stores in Pakistan from which you can send gifts to anywhere in Pakistan just with few clicks of computer from anywhere in the world. Just visit website of any online store of Pakistan, browse through the category you wish to buy a product, select your desired gift item, pay its price online via Credit Card or any other option e.g. PayPal, Western Union, Cheque etc. enter the address to deliver gift, that's all. 

Send Gifts to Pakistan
Send Gifts to Pakistan

Many online stores offer free delivery within Pakistan and it takes only 24 hrs to deliver the item at your doorstep. There are other payment options also available at some stores like cash payment at the time of delivery and depositing payment in bank accounts too.

There are various online stores in Pakistan but please make it sure that it is  a trust worthy store before placing an order to any store. These stores have a variety of items; Mobile Phones, Camera, Laptop, Computers, Play Stations, Electronics, Jewellery, Clothes, Garments, Sports Items, Shoes, Toys, Home Appliances, Watches, Books, Flowers, Sweets, Fruits, Foods, Chocolates etc. Even you can ow buy goats and bulls online for Eid ul Adha and can also buy grocery items.

Click here to view few best online stores in Pakistan

You can Google to find a best online store. Beliscity.com, TCSConnect.com, Tohfay.com, Giftxperts.com, Shoprex.com are few examples of online stores in Pakistan.

Online stores has made it simple and easy for you to send gifts to your loved ones in Pakistan on special occasions like Eid, Birthday, Wedding Anniversaries and on all other special days.

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