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Sohail warriach visiting the bilawal House Islamabad and having a lunch with its occupants.

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As was the case last year, many shopping sites in Pakistan are offering Black Friday deals for online shoppers this year too. These sites will organize massive sales on different items in multiple categories.

What is Black Friday?

An obvious and frequently occurring question in the minds of readers is about Black Friday. What it is? Why does it sound like some sort of depressing holiday?

The term ‘Black Friday’ comes originally from United States of America. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day and the Friday before Cyber Monday.

There are two popular theories as to why the day after Thanksgiving Day is called Black Friday. One theory is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic on the day after Thanksgiving Day left many black markings on the road surface, leading to the term Black Friday.

The other theory is that the term Black Friday comes from an old way of recording business accounts. Losses were recorded in red ink and profits in black ink. Many businesses, particularly small businesses, started making profits prior to Christmas. Many hoped to start showing a profit, marked in black ink, on the day after Thanksgiving Day.

No matter why it is known as Black Friday, it is one of the biggest shopping days in the whole year. The whole day is marked with lucrative deals and sales on items ranging from newest gadgets to daily usage items. Popularity of this day has reached other countries too, with many emulating its success using different names and interpretations.

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Young girl is watching sunset over Tokyo in Odaiba.
Young girl is watching sunset over Tokyo in Odaiba.

After years away on a foreign posting, coming ‘home’ can be overwhelming and isolating. Here’s how many people cope with fitting back in.

Last week, we identified an important, but often overlooked problem of being a long-term expat: how a foreign posting can affect your sense of identity, belonging and home. It prompted many of you to share your own enlightening and often surprising experiences of moving around the globe.

“The sense of never being at home anywhere is very real”

In fact, so many of you identified with our writer’s dilemma that we thought we would both share your experiences and highlight your best tips when it comes to fitting in once you return “home” after a long stint abroad.

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Infinix is a relatively new brand in Pakistan’s smartphone market, but if online sales are anything to go by, the brand’s budget friendly android phones have taken users by surprise with their performance and affordability.

Reluctant to opt for a new brand, I bought the Zero 3 as my third product from Inifinix within the last 6 months.

It’s price? Rs20,899.

Let’s see how it fared as the brand’s premium flagship Android smartphone.


Basic specs

For a rupee less than 20,900 we are getting a handful. The highlights are:

  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop with XUI)
  • Display: 5.5 inch Full HD IPS, 178o Wide-viewing, 1920×1080 (400ppi)
  • Processor: 2GHz, 64 bit Octa-Core, MediaTek MT6795
  • GPU: PowerVR Rogue G6200
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB, SD Card slot for up to 128GB
  • Back Cam: 20.7mp, Dual Colored LED Flash
  • Front Cam: 5mp, LED Flash
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, Dual SIM Slots
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Orientation, Magnetometer, Noise Cancellation
  • Battery: 3030 mAh, Fast Charge

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Pakistan’s love for food is not a secret, we cherish and celebrate food thus the news of the profoundly successful Canada-based International Middle Eastern Restaurant, Paramount Fine Food coming to Pakistan surely serves as a treat for Pakistanis.

The Halal eatery has already over 51 branches sprawling all over the world, including 38 in Ontario and 13 in Edmonton, Florida, New York, Beirut, and Dubai. Their headquarter is in Mississauga and they are rapidly penetrating into the international markets, now planning to open outlets in Pakistan and England.

Offering a diverse range of Lebanese food items, Paramount Fine Foods has gained immense popularity over the years because of their unique menu and irresistible taste.

In three weeks, the CEO of Paramount Fine Food, Mohamad Fakih, will be coming to Pakistan to launch their first outlet in Karachi. This will also be their first outlet in South Asian region. Speaking to the media, Mr. Fakih expressed his delight and satisfaction.

I’m so excited,” said Fakih. “I feel opening in Pakistan is a celebration of the relationship between Paramount and the Pakistani community in Canada.

Mr. Fakih has lots of plans for the future as he wishes to extend the network into more cities and target audiences of different ethnic backgrounds, he wants his food to unite people and cultures.

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Strengthening its already lucrative lineup, the world’s largest manufacturer has just unveiled the fastest SUV ever built.

Toyota’s model was unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. While most vehicles at the event were modified (rather overkill) monsters designed to attract attention, Toyota went on and unveiled a normal looking SUV.

Its new Land Cruiser, while looking normal, is the fastest SUV vehicle ever built thanks to its 2,000 horse power engine.

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Real estate crowd-funding is a relatively new phenomenon in the world. In Pakistan, it is an entirely new concept and naturally comes with numerous challenges including but not limited to lack of awareness, support and high regulatory costs from the government side. Fintech, on the other hand, is up and rising in the Pakistani market, bringing a huge potential to disrupt the real estate industry wits its far-reaching results.

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The business and work-based social network, LinkedIn, has released a new tool that will let you check if you are being underpaid for a job.

LinkedIn has a host of data on businesses and employers and it seems like they are finally putting it to good use. Their new tool called “LinkedIn Salary” is a way to check the median salaries as well as the compensations for a particular designation.

Powered by the company’s Economic Graph initiative, the tool is incredibly simple. All you have to do is head over to LinkedIn’s Salary portal and it will let you check for a particular job’s average salary. You can also narrow down the search criteria according to a particular location, years of experience, type of industries, etc.

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After months of leaks and speculations, Microsoft has finally unveiled its long awaited collaboration tool, a new work-chat app which supports its Office 365 suite.

Microsoft Teams will allow professionals to connect virtually with colleagues in private chat rooms and channels, much similar to the much loved Slack.

Microsoft Teams Features

Just like Slack, Microsoft Teams allows users to create channels or chat rooms for employees where they can communicate and coordinate for projects. The basic layout should look familiar to anyone who has used such apps before.

There’s a main content stream and a left rail, which lists different teams inside of the main channel, where users can be grouped together by things like department. Only those in the main group can be added to the teams (Guest access isn’t enabled in the preview, but will be coming, leveraging that functionality that’s built into the broader Office 365).

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Renault has accepted Pakistan’s invitation and announced to start assembling cars in Pakistan by 2018, confirmed Board of Investment (BoI).

Last month, Ishaq Dar met the representatives of Renault to resolve their queries about the new import/export policy Pakistan has devised for car manufacturers looking to expand their businesses here.

The major attraction for companies such as Renault is the new policy which allows these investors to import tax free manufacturing plant equipment and pay less taxes on import of parts when assembly starts plus various other incentives that can help new entrants in the automotive industry to set up their operations in Pakistan.

After approval from the Prime Minister automotive policy, Ishaq Dar, along with Special Assistant to the PM and Chairman of the Board of Investment (BoI) Miftah Ismail, met the following companies’ representatives:

  • Volkswagen.
  • Peugeot.
  • Renault.
  • Nissan.

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