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.
Globe and Mail: KAMPALA -- Amin Shivji never intended to stay. On a hot day in 1990, he stepped onto the 600-hectare Ugandan sugar-cane plantation he and his family had fled 20 years before, and surveyed the chaos. Bush had reclaimed the farmland; the house was a shambles, and what equipment remained littered about was rusted and ruined. As he had expected, it looked quite hopeless; his family's fortunes in Uganda were lost. There was nothing for him, and he prepared to return to the comfortable life he had built in Vancouver.
MINISTER OF CULTURE ROSETA AND FIRST LADY MARIA JOSE RITTA JOIN BEGUM AGA KHAN AT CONCERT AND EXHIBITION EXPRESSIONS OF THE PAMIR - 2002-06-05Posted July 10th, 2007 by heritage
Lisbon, Portugal: The Minister of Culture, Dr. Pedro Roseta and the First Lady, Maria Jose Ritta were amongst the distinguished guests who last night joined Her Highness Begum Inaara Aga Khan at a concert and exhibition from Tajikistan at the Ismaili Centre, Lisbon. Expressions of the Pamir includes a performance by twenty-five professional artistes of music, song and dance reflecting traditions of mountain peoples of Central Asia presented for the first time ever in Portugal.
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 .
Vecherniy Bishkek - Ahe third stage of the action by the international humanitarian coalition (IHC) to give food aid to Northern Afghanistan is being postponed until the autumn.The chief engineer of the Badakhshonnakliyet (the main freight company) joint-stock company, Kudrat Davlyatenov, told a Vecherniy Bishkek correspondent this, quoting the organizers of the operation. He said that the drivers of the Osh [Kyrgyzstan] and Mountainous Badakhshon [Autonomous Region] (Tajikistan) transport enterprises that are involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid have been sent off on unpaid leave.
New Vision, Uganda: 'PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni yesterday held talks with His Highness, the Aga Khan, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe.
Mowlana Shah Karim attended the Canadian International at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. His horse Alasha trained by Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Johnny Murtagh raced at 2:26 PM and came in second in the Taylor Stakes. At the finish of the mile and one-quarter classic, contested over a turf course listed as yielding, Fraulein and red-hot jockey Kevin Darley prevailed by one length over a closing Alasha. From Woodbine, Mowlana Shah Karim went to visit the site of the proposed high profile Jamatkhana.
Kampala - New Vision: EXAMPLES of excellent students, excellent teachers, and excellent schools can be found worldwide. The challenge for public education, however, is to create school systems where all children experience success; where all teachers have the capacity for excellence and where the evidence of school-wide effectiveness is not limited to a few exemplary schools.
The Nation - The Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, arrived in Kenya yesterday for a short visit. He flew in from Kampala, Uganda, where he held discussions with President Yoweri Museveni and other senior government officials. While in Nairobi, he is expected to hold talks with President Moi and senior government officials. He is also expected to meet members of the Ismaili community. His last official visit to Kenya was in 1997.
Pakistan Television - By Talat Hussain For News Night : We are delighted and honoured to have as our guest tonight, His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, who is currently visiting Pakistan. Thank you for joining us...
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.
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.
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.
Prince Aga Khan, and Begum Inaara attended the civil wedding ceremony of Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Maxima Zorreguieta in Amsterdam, Saturday Feb. 2, 2002. Most of the European papers covered the story, Paris Match, Point de Vue, Hello etc.
NEW DELHI : As part of its plan to reorient its business, Development Credit Bank Ltd (DCB) is considering hiking the foreign direct investment (FDI) in the bank to 49 per cent from the present 37.5 per cent held by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). The Aga Khan Foundation of France, supports economic development in developing countries. 'With the FDI norms having been relaxed we are considering a possible hike in the overseas holding to 49 per cent,' Mr Sandeep Mookerjee, Head, Personal Finance Services, DCB, told Business Line.
Times Online - The re-creation of a Moghul park in Kabul is seen as a potent symbol of regeneration: A GARDEN for courting couples from 500 years ago is to be re-created in Kabul as a potent symbol of the end of Taleban
Daily Nation (Nairobi) - The Tsavo project was the single largest foreign direct investment in the country in the recent past and was completed ahead of schedule. It was the first open bid project-financed Independent Power Producer (IPP). Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd (IPS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and Cinergy Global Power Inc of US are the largest investors through a joint venture in the Tsavo Power Company at 49.9 per cent.