Tokyo, Japan: His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today announced, at the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance to Afghanistan, a multiyear commitment of US$75 million by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to help re-build Afghanistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - (AP) Tajikistan's national airline on Thursday began passenger service to Afghanistan and officials announced plans to build five bridges connecting the countries... The Tajikistan Airlines decision to open service between Dushanbe and Kabul, the Afghan capital, was largely in response to demand by businessmen, airline officials said. The flights are expected to go once a week.
ISLAMABAD - (Dawn) : The Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, arrives here on Sunday for a short visit to Pakistan. The Aga Khan will meet with President Pervez Musharraf as well as senior government officials. During this visit, he will attend the inauguration of the First Micro-Finance Bank, sponsored by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). The Aga Khan is also expected to be present at a ceremony to formally inaugurate the Islamabad Serena Hotel, developed and operated by Tourism Promotion Services, an affiliate of the AKFED.
Washington Post. For the first time in its 36 years, the Smithsonian Folklife festival will be dedicated to a single subject: an exploration of the ancient Silk Road, the trade route that linked Asia and Europe, and its influence of its cultures on American life today... The event has attracted three principal sponsors, which are also underwriting Ma's project: the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Ford Motor Co. and Siemens, the German conglomerate... The festival will spotlight about 350 artists, another record for the event.
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has clarified an article that appeared in the East African Standard newspaper on Thursday, July 25, 2002 titled 'NGOs fail to account for grants.' AKF said the article that stated: It has been 'revealed that NGOs affiliated to Aga Khan Foundation Early Childhood Development Project (ECD) have failed to account for funds awarded to them,' was incorrect. The Foundation would like to inform the public that: First, there are no NGO's affiliated to AKF in Tana River District.
Times of India - : The Baltistan region
11:32AM: MAPUTO, Mac 1 (SNNi/AIM) - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) has purchased 100 per cent of the shares in Maputo's best known hotel, the Polana. the hotel is just the first step of a tourist development programme in Mozambique, which is to focus on the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Dawn/Gemini News Service: Locals say an intervention by the Aga Khan, leader of the Ismaili community, helped halt the downward spiral. The billionaire, who has been channelling aid to the region since the fall of the Soviet Union, made his help dependent on the halt of drug cultivation and trafficking. 'And we know for a fact now that none of our farmers grow poppy,' said Mirza Jahani, chief executive officer of the Aga Khan Foundation in Tajikistan.
The Nation/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX -- The Aga Khan Hospitals in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu will extend their laboratory services to reach surrounding areas through satellite laboratories.
Canadian-backed grassroots program in Pakistan puts village girls in school and helps women help themselves wrote Martin Regg Cohn in the Toronto Star. 'Backed by Canadian government aid, the Aga Khan Foundation helps villagers overcome formidable obstacles - natural and man-made - by bringing education and electricity to these former backwaters. Isolated by both geography and conservative local customs, women here have long borne the brunt of rural Pakistan's backwardness. The legacy of purdah - the covering up and confinement of women - has been poverty, disease and illiteracy.
New York Time. n packed, polluted and noisy New Delhi, the tranquil, sweet-scented oasis of Humayun's tomb is still remarkably empty, even desolate at times. 'For reasons I don't understand, Humayun's tomb has always been overlooked', said Tom Kessinger, general manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which funded the garden's $650,000 restoration. 'It's the insiders' best-kept secret in historical and architectural terms'. That may soon change. The restoration of the garden, itself a monumental task, will be completed by year's end.
AFT. - KABUL: Afghan girls went back to school for the first time in five years Saturday, elated and emotional at the end of the draconian ban on female education imposed by the now ousted Taliban regime. Interim Afghan leader Hamid Karzai and the UN's special envoy for Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi led a ceremony to celebrate the start of the new school year at the capital's Amani High School. Some 500 officials and pupils attended the ceremony, including Interior Minister Yunus Qanooni, Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, the Agha Khan and UNICEF chief executive Carol Bellamy.
Kyrgyztan Daily Digest: Representatives of the International Agha-Khan Foundation visited on 1 March the mountainous Naryn Province. They chose together with the local authorities a place in the center of Naryn town to build a branch of the Agha-Khan University. The university would have its branches in the several Central Asian states. Compiled and translated by Naryn Idinov in Prague.
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom - The minister of information and culture, Dr Sayd Makhdum Rahin, has visited the current reconstruction work on the Babor Garden [in the Afghan capital, Kabul]. During the visit, he recalled that the Babor's Garden is one of the pleasantest places for the people of Kabul, and said that the garden contains the mausoleum of Babor Shah and Queen Qamar, as well as other monuments. Unfortunately, these have been damaged by the passage of time, carelessness and continuous wars.
Business Recorder - KARACHI : The Aga Khan University (AKU) in collaboration with the University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham, USA, has been awarded a grant from the Fogarty International Centre of the United States National Institute of Health, to co-develop research training courses in Karachi and abroad for Pakistani health professionals wishing to advance their expertise in occupational and environmental health.
According to Charles Clover of the Financial Times Ethnic Tajiks fought a pitched battle against Pashtuns in Afghanistan's western province of Herat this week, killing dozens, according to local news agencies. It was the second big clash in the west in the past few weeks, signalling that violence among warlords is spreading from the north to the west. 'Old scores are getting settled in the north. And the west and south are next,' said Jolyon Leslie, former humanitarian co-ordinator for the United Nations in Afghanistan, currently a consultant to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Kabul.
L'AGA KHAN ET LA BEGUM INAARA à LA PIèCE DE THEATRE INTITULEE <I>LA DAME AU CAMELIAS</I> - 2001-02-12Posted July 10th, 2007 by heritage
Ohla Magazine : Ce soir là, plusieurs célébrités du monde, du théatre et du cinéma étaient venus applaudir Isabelle Adjani jouant dans la pièce de théatre La Dame au Camélias. Entres autres, étaient venus l'Aga Khan et sa femme, la Begum Innara.
Zanzibar: Consideration of the marine and maritime dimensions of Zanzibar's history and culture, broader tourism opportunities and major education projects were among the expanded development initiatives agreed by the Aga Khan, during a three-day visit to Tanzania.
LARGEST COMMERCIAL BANK IN KYRGYZSTAN OPENS BBC MONITORING SERVICE -UNITED KINGDOM: AUG. 30, 2001 - 2001-08-29Posted July 10th, 2007 by heritage
Bishkek - : President Askar Akaev today officially inaugurated the Kyrgyz Investment and Credit Bank (KICB). With a fully paid-up share capital of 7m dollars, KICB becomes the country's largest commercial bank.The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), the principal shareholder, will also oversee management which draws on both international expertise and local professionals.
DAMASCUS, Syria: Vice President Abdel Hallim Khaddam received here Sunday Ismaelite Moslems spiritual leader, Prince Kareem Agha Khan. Talks dealt with the importance of studying culture and the Islamic legacy and with boosting coopeartion between peoples of the Islamic World.
Also, the Republic's Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Keftaro received the Prince Agha Khan. Talks during the meeting dealt with the current international situation and tolerance of the Islam religion and Islam call for intimacy and peace between peoples of the world.