Daily Archives: June 8, 2017

Guangzhou, a Best Global Development Center for Intelligent Manufacturing

GUANGZHOU, China, June 8, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Soon, passengers commuting by subway in China might enter the station by simply waving their hand or having their face scanned.

Liu Wei, president of PCI-Suntek Technology Co.,Ltd., the pioneer of China’s rail transit intelligent system, is proud that its intelligent technology has been widely used in more than 30 provinces and autonomous regions in China. The company is now striving to become a world-class intelligent technology leader.

PCI-Suntek, founded in 1986 before establishing six research and development bases in the world (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, and Silicon Valley in the United States), is the epitome of innovation in Guangzhou’s industrial chains of intelligent equipment and intelligent manufacturing.

As China’s third largest city, Guangzhou has long been globally known as a commercial metropolis. A large number of world-renowned enterprises have emerged here, especially in the city’s three pillar industries: automobile, electronics and petrochemical, among which, are Guangzhou Automobile Group and GSK CNC Equipment. Last year, the market size of its intelligent equipment and robotics industry alone, almost reached 50 billion yuan, or 7.4 billion US dollars.

The Strategic Planning of Made in Guangzhou 2025, released in March 2016, highlights ten fields: intelligent equipment and robotics, energy-saving and new energy vehicles, bio-medicine and health industries, etc., and plans to develop industrial clusters of ten advanced manufacturing industries.

“The key to the development of Guangzhou’s real economy is advancing the quality and efficiency and improving the level of high-end industries. Our goal is to build a demonstration city adopting the Made in China 2025 initiative, a national innovation base for high-end equipment manufacturing, and a demonstrating and leading area, where intelligent manufacturing and intelligent service are integrated,” said a high official of the Guangzhou Municipal Government. By 2020, the value added in advanced manufacturing industry in Guangzhou will account for more than 70% of that in manufacturing enterprises above designated size.

To achieve this goal, Guangzhou has made promoting intelligent manufacturing a priority in building an international hub of technological innovation, and in the process, “Guangzhou will look up to the most advanced manufacturing industries in the world,” said Li Yujun, inspector of Guangzhou Industry and Information Committee.

According to some market participants, the development of intelligent manufacturing industry in Guangzhou features clear international perspectives and open economy. “Action Plan for Sino-foreign Cooperation Zone Construction” was implemented in 2016, and at the same time, Guangzhou, focusing on advanced manufacturing countries and regions such as the United States, Europe, Israel and South Korea, established an enterprise project library, covering nearly 40,000 advanced technologies.

To better attract international investment in intelligent manufacturing, Guangzhou has established a Strategic Cooperation and Development Alliance for the Sino-foreign Cooperation Zone, holding and assisting over 40 cooperation activities in Germany, Ukraine, South Korea and other places, and inviting foreign experts to carry out technical promotion more than 200 times.

The market has reacted warmly. Advanced manufacturing and information technology projects, led by Foxconn, the world’s largest professional electronics manufacturer, and Cisco, an American networking giant, were launched this March. It is estimated that, led by the Foxconn project alone, the output value of Guangzhou’s electronic information manufacturing industry will exceed 73.5 billion US dollars (about 500 billion yuan) in 2020.

Source: Guangzhou Municipal Government

Turkish Airlines Extends its ‘Stopover’ Services in Istanbul to Other Countries

ISTANBUL, June 8, 2017/PRNewswire/ —

Transfer passengers now will have an opportunity to discover Istanbul, the seamless hub of the global carrier, through its new ‘Stopover’ service

Turkish Airlines, the carrier that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, has now extended its ‘Stopover’ service for its transfer passengers, departing from Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Australia, Russia and Belarus to arrive to the U.S., Europe, South American countries, U.K., Ireland, Far East, Middle East, North Africa and Asia.*http://photos.prnewswire.com/pb-large/EN/2016/12/05/07/20161205075958ENPRN445171-Turkish-Airlines-Logo-1y-1480924798MR.jpg?1496919122

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Passengers from these countries who have over 20 hours of connection time in Istanbul can avail this service which was earlier offered to passengers travelling from Pakistan only. ‘Stopover’ services offer passengers a complimentary accommodation and a great opportunity to discover the unique beauties of Istanbul during their transit.

Travellers will receive an accommodation cheque from Turkish Airlines’ authorised staff after completing the flight booking process for the passenger. This cheque will allow economy class passengers to stay for one night at a 4-star hotel; and for business class passengers to stay 2 nights at a 5-star hotel in Sultanahmet and Taksim, generally described as the central points of Istanbul.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_uo5cjvti/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

Mr Ahmet Olmuştur, Turkish Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer, said: “After receiving positive response from our passengers we are excited to extend our ‘Stopover’ programme to other countries. We want to provide our passengers an opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality and several other attractions that the beautiful city of Istanbul has to offer. We are confident that our passengers will benefit through this programme and will make the most out of it.”

* The Stopover service is offered to-

Passengers travelling from Kazakhstan to:  USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Cuba, Europe (Schengen Countries), Middle East (UAE, Qatar, Bahrain) South Africa (Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town)

Passengers travelling from Australia to: Europe, Balkans Region and Turkey

Passengers travelling from Russia to: USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Cuba, Asia and Far East

Passengers travelling from Belarus to: Asia and Far East, Middle East & North Africa

Passengers travelling from Pakistan to: USA, Canada, Schengen Countries, U.K., Ireland, Saudi Arabia (Only valid for Hajj and Umrah Passengers)

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About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 337 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 299 destinations worldwide with 250 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2016 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the sixth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the eighth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 and also in 2014 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining”, “Best Business Airline Lounge” awards in last year’s survey, Turkish Airlines was awarded again the world’s “Best Business Class Dining Lounge” and “Best Business Class On-Board Catering” prizes in this year’s survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on its official website http://www.turkishairlines.com or its social media accounts on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/turkishairlines ], Twitter [https://twitter.com/TurkishAirlines ], YouTube [https://www.youtube.com/user/TURKISHAIRLINES ], LinkedIn [https://www.linkedin.com/company/turkish-airlines ], and Instagram [http://www.instagram.com/turkishairlines ].

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brasil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,450 daily flights to 1,300 airports in 190 countries.

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Carrefour Banque offers instant activation of new C-zam account with Gemalto Digital PIN

  • Innovative online account provides users with an ‘out-of-the-box’ banking experience
  • Gemalto’s  Digital PIN delivers codes instantly via mobile app or website for immediate use

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is supplying Market Pay, a payment institution wholly-owned by Carrefour Group, with payment cards and a Digital PIN solution for C-zam.

This new ‘boxed’ account is available on the shelves of over 3,000 Carrefour French retail stores since 18 April. Once the account has been opened, the card’s PIN code is delivered safely and swiftly via mobile app or website Compteczam.fr and the banking card can be used immediately. This process is fully protected by Gemalto’s robust encryption and authentication mechanisms.

“C-zam offers Carrefour customers the opportunity to buy in store a bank account and a banking card  that can be activated on line, said Frédéric Mazurier, CEO of Market Pay. “With the support of Gemalto, we are innovating to evolve the French banking market by offering a new service in terms of accessibility, availability and usability.”

“Carrefour’s C-zam is a clear example of how digital banking transformation is revolutionizing the end-user experience,” said Bertrand Knopf, executive vice president Banking and Payment at Gemalto. “Solutions such as Digital PIN lay the foundations for a new generation of ‘off-the-shelf’ banking services.”

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About C-zam
C-zam is the first current account available in store and can be activated online, accessible to all and without income conditions. This current account, without any possible overdraft, associated with a Mastercard international payment card, is marketed in 3,000 Carrefour outlets in all formats – hypermarkets, supermarkets, convenience stores – as well as on rueducommerce.com. C-zam is a current account connected thanks to its dedicated application, easy to use and very intuitive

About Market Pay

Market Pay, payment institution, wholly-owned subsidiary of Carrefour Group, combine all of Carrefour’s electronic payment systems, such as Carrefour cards, POS terminals and online payment solutions, and to centralize payment acceptance and acquisition services for all of the retail channels. Among other things, Market Pay will improve the security of payment data collected from customers of Carrefour banners and develop new payment solutions for the Group.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.​

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Asia Pacific
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BALOCHISTAN GOVT UTILIZING HUGE AMOUNTS FOR PROMOTION OF AGRI SECTOR

Balochistan government is utilizing huge amounts for promotion of Agriculture sector in the province.

A senior official of Provincial Agriculture Department told our Quetta correspondent, a project of construction of GAT Shalezai gravity dam in Muslim Bagh area of Qilla Saifullah district is to be completed at a cost of more than 93 million rupees. Similarly, construction of emergent shore protection west bay of Jiwani in Gawadar district is also being carried out at a cost of more than 91 million rupees.

Besides, construction of Khan Tangi Delay Action Dam in Qilla Saifullah district is being executed at a cost of more than 49 million rupees.

Source: Radio Pakistan

MASTUNG OPERATION FOILED ISIS-ORGANIZED INFRASTRUCTURE ATTEMPT IN BALOCHISTAN: ISPR

Inter-Services Public Relations has issued further details of intelligence base operation at Mustung in Balochistan.

According to details, security forces killed twelve hardcore terrorists including two suicide bombers during the operation that was conducted from 1st to 3rd of this month.

The successful operation foiled any attempts of establishing any direct or indirect ISIS organized infrastructure in Balochistan.

There were reports of ten to 15 terrorists of a banned outfit Lashrake-Jhangivi Al-Almi hiding in caves near Mastung making efforts for communication with ISIS (Daish) and intending to facilitate establishment of ISIS foothold in Balochistan.

5 security forces personnel including two officers also got injured in the operation.

The forces destroyed IED making facility inside cave and recovered large cache of arms and ammunition.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has appreciated effort of Southern Command, Intelligence Agencies and the troops for this successful operation.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan’s Sindh Province Increases Security Budget to Combat Crime, Extremism

Pakistan has a plan to curb extremism and violence in a key terror-wracked province: add 10,000 police officers, flood the region with security cameras, and enhance protection of a major economic project with China.

But analysts and activists question whether boosting security spending in Pakistan’s Sindh province by 10 percent in the new fiscal year will significantly deter terrorism and crime, particularly in Karachi, a city of 27 million people.

“We don’t just need a plan but execution of the plan,” said Jameel Yusuf, a citizen crime fighter and founder of Citizens Police Liaison Committee, a self-funded nonpolitical organization which gathers data on crime and extremism-related activities in Karachi. “We need huge changes in the current law-and-order system. We need massive funding, mapping, modern investigative and management tools and an up-to-date intelligence network to counter crime and extremism in Karachi.”

Sprawling Karachi has several pockets which serve as territories to organized criminal gangs and armed political parties where police hesitate to enter. The city is also home to various terror and militant groups.

“In these trying times. Law and order remains at the forefront of our efforts to create a nation that is safe for all its citizens regardless of caste, creed and religious affiliation,” Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said in his recent budget speech, as quoted by the Dawn newspaper. “Strengthening our law enforcement agencies through training and equipment is at the forefront of our fight against terrorism.”

In addition to adding police to ease the world’s worst police-to-population ratio in Karachi, the provincial government plans to install security cameras in major cities and create 3,000 security posts to protect parts of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a multi-million-dollar project designed to create jobs and facilitate trade.

Past attacks

Karachi has been a victim of several terrorist attacks in recent years.

In June 2014, 36 people died when Karachi’s International airport was stormed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan militants. In May 2015, gunmen sprayed bullets on a bus carrying Ismaili Shia Muslims, a minority sect, killing 46; Islamic State claimed responsibility. Security agencies recently arrested five Islamic State operatives who they say were planning to carry out terrorist attacks there.

Pakistani media say there’s been a significant decrease in terrorism-related activities in the city over the past two years, but analysts fear more attacks are possible if security isn’t bolstered. Security experts say Karachi has the worst police-to-citizen ratio in the world: one police officer for every 950 residents, when it ideally should be one for every 275 people.

“Karachi needs more police presence. It is a demographic pressure cooker,” Huma Baqai, a political analyst, told VOA.

According to the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee, some 60,000 citizens were mugged in 2016.

Adnan Abro, a resident of Lyari, one of the oldest and most densely populated areas of Karachi, says her perception is that crime is increasing.

“They [gangsters] come and kill us or snatch our belongings in broad daylight, and there’s no one to stop this or to protect us,” Abro said.

Allocation of resources

Sindh, Pakistan’s third-largest province, has allocated nearly $893 million to strengthen its security agencies in fiscal year 2017-18, which includes adding 10,000 posts of different ranks to the provincial police force.

The total also includes nearly $19 million to equip law enforcement agencies with hi-tech security equipment, $1.9 million to install security cameras, $25 million to build a state-of-the-art forensic laboratory, and $2.69 million to build an intelligence school and data center to help police solve complex crimes.

Ahmed Khan, a longtime resident, is hopeful that increased security will help to fight lawlessness.

“The raise in security budget is laudable and will help Karachi to overcome street crime, which has swarmed the city for decades now,” Khan said. “People lose their lives for a mere mobile phone. We can only hope the government will make sure to keep up their promises.”

Analysts say the anti-terror proposals are “highly optimistic,” but warn that the government should take many other factors into consideration as well.

“Smart political footwork, vigilance and accountability is needed at the topmost level to resolve government,” analyst Baqai said.

Source: Voice of America