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JS Bank & Chikoo to support small businesses  

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Karachi: Zindigi powered by JS Bank, a leading Pakistani commercial bank has partnered with Chikoo, Pakistan’s premier small business management platform, to launch Pakistan’s first integrated financial services solution.
 
Through this alliance, entrepreneurs have access to a full suite of banking services including immediate access to funds received digitally, bill payments, employee payroll, supplier payments & access to small business financing. Small business owners and their teams will also receive a free debit card for electronic transactions and cash withdrawals.
 
Central to the mission of empowering small businesses, Chikoo has evolved to enable small business owners to easily manage every aspect of their business, from sales, ecommerce, accounting, logistics, marketing, payments and human resources – allowing them to build better, growing & more profitable businesses. The Chikoo platform puts business data ownership, privacy and security at the heart of its merchant experience. As Pakistan’s only PCI-DSS compliant ecommerce platform, Chikoo reaffirms its commitment to delivering enterprise-grade business technology solutions to the smallest of businesses without compromise.
 
Noman Azhar, Chief Officer Zindigi said “Zindigi is all about listening to our customers and providing them not only with the requisite services but also the experience that makes their lives easier. Our partnership with Chikoo to provide wallet services for SMEs and an exclusive debit card is another step towards building the resilience of small business in Pakistan, in an increasingly challenging economic environment.”
 
Salaal Hasan, Head of Ecosystem Development – JS Bank stated “Small businesses are the backbone of the Pakistani economy. In-line with the vision of the State Bank of Pakistan, we are working to drive the growth of small businesses and subsequently support the growth of the national economy. We foresee that our partnership with Chikoo will aim to help more than 5 million small businesses in Pakistan, driving equitable growth and democratizing access to e-commerce and digital financial services”.
 
Raza Matin, co-founder of Chikoo said “In Chikoo we have built a merchant platform that provides the tools that have been traditionally only available to large enterprises, to the smallest of businesses. Over the last year, tens of thousands of merchants have signed up and have been using Chikoo to build better businesses – however, the one set of challenges that kept coming up in our conversations with our customers, particularly women, was the arduous process of opening up bank accounts, setting up digital payments and access to finance. Not satisfied with the current merchant experience, we set about to re-imagine how financial services should be delivered to entrepreneurs, in partnership with our partners at JS Bank Zindigi.”
 
Faizan Siddiqi, co-founder of Chikoo, added “successfully extending financial services to the lowest aggregated economic unit (small businesses), requires a solution-oriented mindset beyond opening more branches and issuing new debit cards.  A move is required towards solving real business challenges, which for small business owners can be as simple as knowing the value of your inventory on hand, or ensuring there are sufficient funds available for payroll at the end of the month. We believe by marrying technology, intuitive design and financial services, we can help millions of small business owners in the region unlock growth, and better economic outcomes for themselves.”
 
Zindigi serves the next generation of customers, with a design philosophy to make banking simple. Loaded with the most innovative product suite in the market including investment in stocks, mutual funds, request money et al. within a fully customizable app interface.

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x.com now redirects to Twitter

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DUBAI: Twitter’s iconic bird logo is set to be replaced as the domain ‘X. com’ now redirects users to the micro-blogging platform. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and founder of X. com in 1999, confirmed the change in a tweet, stating that the interim X logo would go live later.

Musk’s takeover of Twitter last year was seen as an accelerant to creating X, and now he is making moves to change Twitter’s logo to an “X” symbol, indicating a significant shift in the platform’s branding. The little blue birdie that has long represented Twitter may soon become a thing of the past.

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SereneAir offers upto 100kg luggage on Dubai-Pakistan flights

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KARACHI: SereneAir, a popular Pakistani airline, has introduced a special offer called the ‘Baggage Bonanza’ for passengers traveling on the Dubai-Lahore and Dubai-Islamabad routes. This deal is available from 22nd July to 31st July 2023.

Under this scheme, Economy Class passengers can now carry up to 70 kg of luggage, spread across a maximum of three pieces, with each piece not exceeding 32 kg. For Serene Plus passengers, the allowance is even more generous, with a baggage limit of up to 100 kg, divided into four pieces, again with each piece not exceeding 32 kg.

This fantastic offer is valid for specific flights on the Dubai-Lahore route on 22nd, 24th, 26th, 29th, and 30th July. For the Dubai-Islamabad route, it’s available on 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 28th, and 31st July. All these flights will be operated using the Airbus 330-200 aircraft.

To take advantage of this fantastic deal and to find out more details about it, passengers can visit SereneAir’s official website or contact the airline’s UAN at 111-737-363. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy extra baggage allowance during your travel!

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I am safe, says Anju who travelled to Pakistan amid wedding buzz

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PESHAWAR: A married Indian woman recently traveled to Pakistan and released a video expressing her feelings of safety in the country amidst reports of her marriage to a man from Pakistan. According to media reports, Anju, a 34-year-old woman and mother of two, married Nasrullah, whom she had met online.

The couple reportedly tied the knot in a local court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Upper Dir, with an official confirming the marriage. Photographs of the couple on a sightseeing trip surfaced online. Anju stated in the video that she had planned her entry into Pakistan. However, the authenticity of the photos could not be independently verified.

“I want to give this message to all that I have come here [Pakistan] legally and with planning as it was not about two days that I came here all of a sudden, and I am safe here,” she said.

Anju traveled to Pakistan on a one-month visa, and there were initial speculations about their marriage. However, Nasrullah has denied such plans, stating that Anju will return to India after her visa expires. Anju is married and has two children, and her husband was unaware of her travel plans.

The incident reflects a similar story of Seema Haider from Pakistan and Sachin Meena from India, who also crossed borders for love, facing legal consequences before being granted bail.

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