SKARDU (APP): October 9, 2002: A sum of Rs. 8.5 million has been provided to set up a water channel in order to supply contamination-free water to the residents of Saksa, a locality in Skardu district by Aga Khan Rulal support programme (AKRSP), AKRSP sources told APP here. The sources said the scheme was launched some twenty years back which was stopped due to some political wrangling and now all the bottlenecks have been removed. The water channel has the potential to irrigate thousands of barren land.
- Financial Times: 'Had it not been for the Aga Khan, the chances are that no one would have heard of the Costa Smeralda. He had the idea, back in the 1960s, of finding a Mediterranean island as close to perfection as possible, bagging its best stretch of coastline and building stylish hotels, marinas and nightclubs. He then invited all his rich and famous friends to come and stay and, just for good measure, started his own airline to transport them.'
Islamabad - Pakistan Observer : The Spritual leader of the Ismaili Community, His Highness The Aga Khan held a detailed meeting with President General Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi Sunday evening. The President thanked the Aga Khan for his invitation to inaugurate the First Micro-Finance Vabk and the Serena Hotel, Islamabad. President Musharraf lauded the tremendous contribution to various philanthropic and social development programmes being undertaken by the Aga Khan worldwide, particularly in Pakistan.
Frontier Post - PESHAWAR: Speakers at a workshop on Tuesday stressed that revival of traditional farming methods and knowledge is inevitable for the protection of environment in highlands. The three-day workshop entitled 'Agro-pastoralism in the Hindukush belt of Northern Pakistan
Houston Chroniclet - The Aga Khan, philanthropist and spiritual leader of a branch of Islam, will open a Muslim house of worship and community center Sunday in Sugar Land. The $10 million Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land will sit on 11.5 acres of property on First Colony Boulevard. It will house a collection of Ismaili art, a cultural center, and conference and prayer rooms.
FINANCIAL TIMES - ...Many hope that by returning Afghanistan to its multi-cultural roots, they may build a bulwark against the return of Islamic extremism. 'Having a living culture in a country is a way to support cultural pluralism rather than sectarianism,' said Stefano Bianca of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which pledged $5m.
The Saturday Nation (Nairobi). The Aga Khan University in Uganda held its first graduation ceremony in Kampala yesterday. Fifty seven nurses, teachers and school administrators received certificates and diplomas, including two Master of Education degrees after completing special studies at The Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Addressing the graduates and guests, Uganda's Minister in Charge of the Presidency, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, said the graduation was an important milestone in the government
Islamabad - ... It is, as I would like publicly to acknowledge today, yet another sign of the steadfast support and encouragement that you have given to our initiative to establish The First MicroFinanceBank. Above all, it evidences Your Excellency's commitment...
PORTO CERVO, Sardinia - headed by the Aga Khan and the playground of the international jet set
ISLAMABAD - 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. My respectful admiration and warm gratitude go to those who have made this ambitious undertaking come to fruition. Sadly, I cannot name everyone who deserves to be recognised today. But special mention must go Prince Amyn - my brother
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.
North Shore News - Vancouver. 'Volunteerism. Compassion and consideration. Friendship. The value of prayer and spirituality. The importance of being a part of a global community. Before an audience of 200 community and business leaders, members of her jamat (mosque) and invited guests, 12-year-old Zahra Amarshi spoke eloquently of these and other tenets of her faith. Amarshi is a Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim. Like other girls her age, she's a Pathfinder, likes shopping, listens to pop music and is a huge Canucks fan (Todd Bertuzzi is her favourite player).
Japan to grant Rs4.5m for water channel: GILGIT, Oct 25: The Japanese government will grant Rs4.5m for construction of a water channel at Khudabad, upper Hunza. The channel, after its completion, will irrigate over 1500 kanals of barren land. This was announced by a 4-member Japanese delegation that visited Khudabad and Nagar areas to examine various ongoing development projects undertaken by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), the other day in Hunza.
(CNN) -- Prince Karim Aga Khan is considered one of the most influential voices in the Muslim world. The 65-year-old spiritual head of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims is a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed and one of the world's wealthiest men. His foundation, the Aga Khan Development Network, has been working to raise money to help in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. Judy Woodruff sat down for an interview with the Aga Khan last week.
Bishkek - at 10 AM a Keynote Speech was given by H.H. The Aga Khan on 'Building partnerships for sustainable mountain development. According to Kabar News, 'The work of the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit is continued at the plenary meeting in the Government House. After the speech of His Highness Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, many participants of the programme 'International Partnership for Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions' expressed their opinions on significance of partnership for mountain regions in the modern world.
Eurasianet: Speaker of the lower parliamentary chamber, the Legislative Assembly, Abdygany Erkebaev received in Bishkek on 30 October Prince Agha-Khan the Fourth, leader of the world Ismailits, discussing possible help from the Agha Khan Foundation to mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan.
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.