Sep 7, 2014

Bigg Boss 8 Contestants

Bigg Boss is a series of Indian Reality Show presented by Colors TV Channel in India and ARY Digital in Pakistan. Bigg Boss 8 is the eighth season of this show which will be aired by Colors TV from 21 September while after 1 or 2 weeks of it, ARY Digital will also telecast it for Pakistani viewers. Though this is an Indian show but also have huge viewership in Pakistan. Salman Khan will remain the host for fifth time continuously.


Following celebrities are participated in Bigg Boss Season 8 as contestants.

Occupation and Claim to Fame
Sonali Raut
Model and film Actress
Karishma Tanna
Model and Actress
Upen Patel
Model and film Actor
Soni Singh
TV Actress
Arya Babbar
Bollywood and Punjabi film actor
Diandra Soares
Model, anchor and fashion designer
Sushant Digvikar
Model, TV Anchor and Pageant contestant
Gautam Gulati
TV and film Actor
Sukirti Kandpal
Model and TV Actress
Praneet Bhatt
Actor and Director
Natasa Stankovic
Model and Bollywood Actress
Minissha Lamba
Bollywood Actress

There was rumors that a Pakistani cricketer is going to participate in the reality show which did not happen. It is worth mentioning that two Pakistani actors; Veena Malik and Ali Saleem (Begum Nawazish Ali), have been in the Bigg Boss season 4.

Sep 6, 2014

Participate in World's Largest Online Photo Competition in Pakistan

Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM) is holding an online photography competition in September 2014 to promote cultural heritage of Pakistan. Wiki Loves Monuments Pakistan is a part of the international annual photographic competition Wiki Loves Monuments, which is world’s biggest photography competition according to the Guinness World Records. "Wiki Loves Monuments" is sponsored by Wikimedia Organization, which runs and owns Wikipedia. 

Aim of the photo competition is to highlight and promote the cultural heritage sites of the participating
countries including Pakistan with the goal to encourage people to capture pictures of historically and culturally significant sites.

Wiki Loves Monuments is annually taking place every September since 2010. This is the first time Pakistan is participating in international photos competition. Please participate. The world is waiting to see what cultural heritage of Pakistan mean to you!

Pakistan’s cultural heritage is rich and diverse covering thousands of years of its history. All archaeological sites, monuments, buildings, shrines, places of worship and tombs in Pakistan, listed on Wikipedia’s page, are eligible for the competition.

Wiki Loves Monuments has nominated local organizing committee and jury board for Pakistani Photographer Contestants.

Competition Schedule

Participants can upload photos during the whole month of September, 2014.
In October, judges will begin evaluating the photographs and award prizes for the best photos in Pakistan and globally.
Prizes will be presented to the winners at the awards ceremony which will take place in November

How to Participate in Photography Competition in Pakistan

Anyone can participate in the competition by registering a free account on Wikipedia. 
  • Create an account at Wikipedia by visiting this page.
  • Choose the sites to photograph. You can use lists of cultural heritage sites in Pakistan onWikipedia to find subjects to photograph. The region-wise pages enlist the names and locations of sites. Photos must be of an eligible listed site. All other photos will be disqualified.
  • Take photographs of the sites. You can take multiple photos of the same site; interior and exterior shots, specific architectural details, different times of day, different angles. You are also welcome to submit photos you may have taken in the past.
  • Upload the photos.  Visit lists of cultural heritage sites in Pakistan on Wikipedia and click the upload photo icon in front of the concerned site on lists and follow the instructions in the upload wizard. There is no limit to how many photos you can enter. We would advise however, that you be selective and only upload your best shots! Upload the photos before the final deadline of 24:00 PST on 30th September, 2014.

Awards and Prizes for Photography Competition Winners 

The competition will have two rounds of prizes and awards; Pakistani Awards and International Awards. Followings are prizes for best photographs in Pakistan. 
  • First position: Rs 20,000 
  • Second position: Rs 15,000 
  • Third position: Rs 10,000 
  • Fourth and fifth position: Rs 5,000 each 
  • The top 10 photographs will also win many non-cash gifts.
  • Best 50 photographs including top ten winning entries will be later featured in exhibitions as well. 
The Pakistani jury will nominate three best and the seven highly recommended photos for the international contest, which has its own jury and awards. Last year the international winner won travel scholarship (had a maximum value of $3,000) to attend the Wikimania in London.

Sep 5, 2014

How to use Payoneer Debit Card at ATM Machines in Pakistan?

You can easily withdraw cash from your Payoneer Debit card at any ATM machine. This card works just like any other ATM or Debit Card. I am using Payoneer Card from last 04 years for online shopping and payments. I got this card through Infolinks. You can also get your own Free Payoneer Prepaid Debit Card with 25$ bonus at the time of first money load.

Until few days ago, I was using this card for online shopping only and never withdraw money at ATM Machine. Last week I decided to get cash from my Payoneer account by using ATM Machine to experience process, currency conversion rate and fees applied by either Payoneer or Master Card or local bank. I went to a MCB ATM Machine and successfully withdrawn money without any hassle.

How to Withdraw Money from Payoneer Card at ATM Machine?

The Payoneer card can be used at ATMs where MasterCard®/Visa is accepted. Your Payoneer card is prepaid debit card.  Sufficient funds must be available prior to making cash withdrawal. Never try to withdraw money more than available funds; otherwise your ATM card may be kept/ seized by ATM. 

Here is a simple step by step procedure to use your Payoneer Card to withdraw cash from ATM Machine in Pakistan.
  1. Visit any nearby ATM Machine.
  2. Insert your card in ATM card slot, your name will be shown on screen.
  3. Enter your 04 digit code using ATM keypad, this code was created at the time of card activation.
  4. Enter amount in Pak Rupees in multiples of Rs.500 e.g. 500, 1000, 2000, 2500, 4500, 5000, 6500 etc. and press "Accept" button.
  5. In next step you will be asked for "Account Type", enter Current, Checking, Default or Debit Card whichever is available.
  6. Take your card, money and receipt. 

Fees and Charges for ATM Cash Withdrawal

  • Never check your balance unnecessarily at ATMs because each time you check balance, 0.90$ will be deducted.
  • $0.90 will also be applied as ATM decline fee, if your Payoneer account has less money than you are trying to withdraw. 
  • $2.15 per transaction, plus 3% above all fees assessed by MasterCard, will be charged.
  • MCB Bank also charges Rs. 100 as Bank Fee in addition to all other fees.
I withdran Rs. 4500 and amount deducted from my Payoneer account was $50.87 when inter bank dollar rate was about 99.5 rupees. So total fees/ charges was about Rs. 500.