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.
Washington Post Staff Write - Folklife Festival on the Mall: The Smithsonian badly wanted Indian woodworker Aash Mohammed. His skill with bamboo was exactly what was needed for the elegant towers, arches and plazas at the heart of the festival. When reached at his shop in Ghaziabad, he immediately said yes. But there was a problem. The 22-year-old artisan was born at home; he had no birth certificate. That meant it would take two months to get a passport and visa, even after he had documentation of his birth. The festival organizers couldn't wait that long..
- 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 Dawn News from Karachi writes: 'Speaking on the occasion, Prince Karim Aga Khan said the tourism was a different industry which easily shied away when it perceived threats to security, to health, or from inequitable business practices.'
Al-Ahram Weekly, Egypt - Issue No. 597 - Opinion: Ahead of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month, Sadruddin Aga Khan questions the very notion of sustainable development. The following is the text of a recent speech he delivered: It will be my thesis today that the dogma of 'sustainable development' is inherently misleading, and is now deluding our mindsets in much the same way as the flat earth theory once did -- but with implications which are infinitely more dangerous to our future survival.
AL-AHRAM WEEKLY ONLINE : The programme to preserve and restore Egypt's Islamic heritage is in full swing, reports Nevine El-Aref. One of the important components of the city's architectural and social history is the eastern wall, built in the late 12th century by Salaheddin El-Ayyubi (Saladin), founder of the Ayyubid Empire. Six years ago the Ministry, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, launched a programme to preserve part of Cairo's Islamic heritage and save this distinguished Ayyubid architecture from destruction.
Dana Micucci write: 'The instability that we see around the world, from Afghanistan to Central Europe, is a consequence of the rejection of cultural pluralism,' said the Aga Khan, a man who knows a great deal about cultural pluralism. He blames that rejection on the enormous gulf of knowledge between the Islamic and the non-Islamic world, a situation that, he said, leaves him deeply saddened.
Boston Globe. The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, spoke at MIT's Media Laboratory with the presidents of Harvard and MIT at the debut of ArchNet. With just a personal computer and Internet connection, scholars, students and professionals in the developing world will have access to a Web site with more than 600,000 images, and 6,000 members in 110 countries. ''Historically, the Islamic world has stood out in the area of design, but if you look at higher education in the Islamic world,'' there are problems, the Aga Khan said.
Dushanbe [BBC]: The World Bank will give Tajikistan three credits worth a total of 32.5m dollars. Agreements on these credits were signed in Almaty on 3 July. longside the World Bank, two separate lenders, namely the Swiss government and the Aga Khan Fund for economic development, are taking part in implementing a project to complete the construction of the Pomir-1 hydro-electric power station and to put it into operation. They allocated 5m dollars and 7.5m dollars respectively.
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).
New Vision (Kampala) : The private and non-government sector are well placed to come up with well focused, creative, time-bound and efficient implementation and monitoring capacities. This is the niche that the Aga Khan Education Service Uganda has identified and come in to fill for government-aided schools within Kampala City Council under the Enhancement of Universal Primary Education in Kampala (EUPEK) project.
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.
Karachi: President Gen Pervez Musharraf has appointed Dr Shamsh Kassim Lakha, President, Aga Khan University, as chairman of the Steering Committee on Higher Education. As Chairman, Dr Kassim Lakha will have the status of a Minister of State and will report directly to the President of Pakistan on matters relating to the working of the committee, according to a press release issued by the Aga Khan University here on Monday.
(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.
His Highness is expected to meet President Yoweri Museveni and other senior government officials to discuss and review the activities of the Aga Khan development network in Uganda, a statement from his office says. His Highness will meet his followers in Kampala Monday 27th and in Nairobi on Wednesday 29th. His Highness the Aga Khan was welcomed upon arrival at Entebbe Airport Saturday by The Minister of state for International Affairs Tom Butime and Dr Martin Aliker a presidential advisor .
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.