Zanzibar, Tanzania - His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and Zanzibar's Chief Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha today signed an Agreement of Co-operation to initiate a comprehensive urban rehabilitation proposal for the Seafront Area of Zanzibar's Stone Town, after a private meeting with President Amani Abeid Karume. The Seafront Area, characterised by many historic buildings and public open spaces, is one of the most culturally and economically significant parts of the Stone Town, itself recently recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
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.
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
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.
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.
Times of India - : The Baltistan region
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sell-out Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Awards' Dinner heard the Aga Khan, the Guest Of Honor, expound on his breeding philosophy and then present the 13 awards for excellence in British Thoroughbred Breeding. The Aga Khan had a very successful 2000, headlined by Sinndar winning the Vodafone Derby, the Budweiser Irish Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and Kalanisi capturing the Dubai Champion Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Turf. Sir Michael Oswald, the TBA President, presented the Aga Khan with a silver salver to mark the achievements of 2000.
Cowes: Don Juan Carlos y el Aga Khan en el 150 aniversario de la Copa América de Vela. Le bal du Jubilée de l'America's Cup avait lieu à Cowes, à Osborne House.
THE AGA KHAN HAS ANNOUNCED A CONTRIBUTION OF US $500,000 TOWARDS QUAKE RELIEF IN GUJARAT - 2001-01-29Posted July 10th, 2007 by heritage
Times of India (01/29/2001) - MUMBAI: The Aga Khan has announced a contribution of US $500,000 towards quake relief in Gujarat. This is in addition to food, medicines, tents and manpower that has already been mobilised by Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an international emergency response agency associated with the Aga Khan development network. Medical personnel from the Aga Khan health services as well as volunteers from Ahmedabad and Sidhpur in Gujarat and from Mumbai are en route to the worst hit areas.
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.