Your Excellency, General Pervez Musharraf,
It gives me great pleasure to take part in the formal opening of the Islamabad Serena Hotel today, although, as some of you know, it has been open to the public since the end of last year.
I should like to begin by expressing to President and Begum Musharraf the gratitude of everyone connected with this endeavour, including myself, for accepting our invitation to be present on this happy day.
PESHAWAR: The country's non-profit sector - social work organizations, non-governmental organizations and religious education institutions, including a large number of Madaris - are receiving 87 per cent of their over Rs16bn annual revenue through indigenous resources. The preliminary estimates of a foreign-funded study, titled 'Dimensions of the non-profit sector in Pakistan', rejected the notion that the non-profit sector was thriving on funds generated or raised by foreign agencies or donors.
Synergos.org. The fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan opened up myriad opportunities to redevelop the social and physical infrastructure of this devastated country. A major player in its rehabilitation is the Aga Khan Development Network, an entity so large, multifaceted and influential that in some countries it has its own embassy and diplomatic status.
IRIN News - PAKISTAN: Water channel gives new life to Bunji villagers.Hundreds of villagers in a remote part of Pakistan's Northern Areas will soon be self-sufficient thanks to an irrigation project by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). 'The government tried to build a water channel there, but it didn't last, and we were desperate to build another one,' father-of-six Salahuddin told IRIN in Bunji, located in the Astor Valley, some 55 km south of Gilgit, the administrative capital of the Northern Areas.
DUSHANBE, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The Central Asian state of Tajikistan opened a bridge on Sunday that provides a new route for vehicles carrying humanitarian aid and goods in and out of war-ravaged Afghanistan. The bridge, opened by Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov and Prince Aga Khan IV, leader of Shi'ite Ismaili Muslims, is the first vehicle bridge spanning the Pyandzh river between the countries. Vehicles can now be driven from the Afghan capital Kabul through north-eastern Afghanistan to Khorog in Tajikistan, then on to Kyrgyzstan and Russia.
Business Recorder - ... It is noteworthy also that prior to his Canada visit, the Aga Khan had a meeting with Hamid Karzai, head of the Afghan interim administration, stressing respect for the rights of each ethnic and religious group in the emerging new Afghanistan. Earlier, at the Tokyo Pledging Conference he had committed $75 million to the reconstruction effort in the war-devastated country. An idea of how Canada values his contribution to balanced, purposeful, development in a fast changing world may be had fom the Prime Minister's laudatory remarks on his arrival in Ottawa.
Tajik news agency Asia-Plus - Dushanbe, Tajikistan: The construction of a bridge across the river Panj to Afghanistan has been started in the Tem microdistrict in Khorugh [in Tajikistan's eastern Mountainous Badakhshon Autonomous Region, MBAR]. The head of road building department No 8, Usmon Yormamadov, told Asia-Plus that the construction project had been submitted by the Rahkinkraft [transliterated] production association. The project costs 385,000 dollars, which have been allocated by the AgaKhan foundation's MSDSP [the Mountain Societies Development and Support Programme].
The Nation - Nairobi. Addressing an international gathering of some 1,800 in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands, he (The Aga Khan) sounded caution about the consequences of 'the present level of global cultural ignorance
Asia-Plus news agency, Dushanbe: 'We commend the level of cooperation with France, but I think that it is time to give our relations a new impetus,' Tajik President Emomali Rahmonov said in an interview with an Asia-Plus correspondent aboard the aircraft on the way to France yesterday... The Asia-Plus correspondent says that an hour after his arrival in Paris, Emomali Rahmonov flew to the town of Aiglemont to meet Prince Aga Khan IV.
SOS has opened playgrounds for the children in the camps. Initially, the youngsters were bemused by the activities on offer and some even went as far as trying to break them up. But once they were taught how to use swings and slides, they had a whale of a time, and Salimah now reckons the play areas have been one of the Pakistani project's biggest successes.
Alltex's foundation stone was laid by Prince Rahim Aga Khan, a director of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) recently and will start operations in July. The firm is a joint-venture between AKFED affiliate, Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) (IPS) and Global Readymade Garments Industry LLC of Qatar.
Aiglemont, Gouvieux. (Press Release) Princess Zahra Aga Khan, the eldest child and only daughter of His Highness the Aga Khan, and her husband Mr. Mark Boyden announce the birth on the 8th of May 2002 in Geneva, of their second child, a son, Iliyan. Their first child, Sara, was born in November 2000. Married in France in June 1997, the couple hold senior positions in the Aga Khan Development Network. Princess Zahra has a BA (Hons.) from Harvard University in Development Studies and Mark Boyden holds an MBA from Oxford-Brookes University.
The Aga Khan and the Begum Aga Khan joined the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, members of the Royal Family and ambassadors of participating foreign and Commonwealth countries that included, besides Kenya, the United States, Canada, France, Pakistan and India to view the presentation as part of an event entitled 'All the Queen's Horses.' 'This event serves to acknowledge the Commonwealth's importance in maintaining relations among countries through both good and less good times in their shared history,' said the Aga Khan.
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The Monitor (Kampala). Margaret Mukobe and Samuel Musoke were awarded Masters degrees in education from Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. Three nurses were awarded diplomas for an advanced nursing studies programme while 52 others received certificates in education for enhancement of Universal Primary Education and education management. Minister for the presidency Gilbert Bukenya who was the guest of honour hailed the university for the nursing programme.
Bishkek, November 1. (KABAR). President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev arrived in Kyrggyzstan to participate in the work of the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit. According to the press service of the Kyrgyz Government, the leader of Kazakhstan intends to have dinner with President of the Kyrgyz Republic Askar Akaev and to meet with His Highness Aga Khan.
Chantilly, France: Le Prix Diane-Hermès qui se dispute chaque année à Chantilly constitue non seulement un événement hippique mais aussi mondain. A l
Mowlana Shah Karim arrived in Houston late afternoon with Begum Inaara and Prince Rahim. The live simulcast of the opening ceremony of the new Jamatkhana started in 11 US cities and in Houston at the Reliant Center on 23rd June from 1:45 to 4:30p.m. The Imam met with his Jamat at 9:30a.m. at Reliant Center on June 24th. Later that day, Mowlana Shah Karim went to Austin where he was invited at a reception by Governor Perry. Audio of some speeches is available now. On June 26th, H.H. The Aga Khan performed with Colin Powel the opening of the Silk Road Festival in Washington.
Le monde diplomatique - Le Sommet mondial sur le développement durable, organisé par les Nations unies à Johannesburg (Afrique du Sud) fin ao
Horizon - The Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi, has started training doctors in a new surgical technology. The hospital has set up a regional training centre at which surgeons will be trained in minimum access surgery also known as laparoscopic surgery. This technic was introduced at the hospital two years ago and doctors have successfully performed close to 500 operations using it. The training, the fifth to be held, starts today and will last for two days. The 14 participants are doctors and nurses from the east and central African region.