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This week, the Aga Khan will be in Ottawa to address a joint session of Parliament, a signal honour reserved for a handful of extraordinary people who have a special relationship with Canada.
It is not hard to understand why this country is special to the Aga Khan, who for more than 50 years has been the spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Ismaili Muslims. Shocked in 1972 when Uganda suddenly expelled anyone of Asian descent, including thousands of Ismailis, he turned to Pierre Elliott Trudeau in his search for a haven.
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Kabul, 21 December 2013 — Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Afghanistan today, where he met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, as well as ministers and other senior government officials. During high-level discussions on development issues with the president, Hazar Imam reiterated the commitment of the Ismaili Imamat and the Aga Khan Development Network to Afghanistan, and expressed appreciation to the Government of Afghanistan for their continued support of and partnership.
Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Princess Zahra.
I think what drives our network is to enable people to manage their destinies. Once they manage their destinies, you will see, generally speaking, a take-off situation. It’s when they cannot manage their destinies and cannot achieve a level of economic independence that they are indebted in a terrible way or are subject to climate change because they are in agriculture or because they are high-risk and they have an earthquake — these are situations which we try to assist.
France has conferred its highest decoration medal to a Tanzanian Amin Kurji for his outstanding achievements and eminent services for the promotion of French culture, education and arts between France and Tanzania.
The medal was presented to him on behalf of the French President Francois Hollande by the country’s envoy to Tanzania Marcel Escure.
The award is the top French National order of the ‘Legion of Honor’ which was established way back in 1801 by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
DHAKA (Vnewsbd.com) – Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the 49th Imam of Nizari Ismailism, inaugurated newly built Jamaatkhana for Ismaili Muslims in Bashundhara Residential area, Baridhara in the capital on Tuesday.
The 49th Imam of Nizari Ismailism, arrived here Dhaka on Monday morning on a two-day visit.
A MOU was signed between Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Bangladesh on Monday and as per the MOU, AKDN will boost its development works by ten of its affiliated associations in different sectors like education, health, and environment.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Award Ceremony for the 12th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013-09-06Posted October 14th, 2013 by librarian-hd
Your Excellency President Cavaco Silva
Your Excellency Vice-Prime Minister Paulo Portas
Honourable Mayor António Costa
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a special joy for me to welcome you this evening, and to thank you for being a part of this most auspicious ceremony, in this most appropriate place.
The Pamiri spiritual leader risks state alienation as tension over regional autonomy rumbles on.
To much of the world, the Aga Khan is famous as a celebrity royal, with a jetsetting lifestyle, a personal fortune estimated by Forbes at about $800m - including a $150m yacht - and Rita Hayworth as a stepmother.
Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the UNESCO Conference on Culture and Development in Hangzhou, China - 2013-05-15Posted May 19th, 2013 by librarian-hd
Madame Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO,
Ladies and Gentlemen.
My warmest thanks go to all of you who have received us so generously here in Hangzhou, our Chinese hosts and our many friends from UNESCO.
I am honoured by your invitation, and pleased for this opportunity to talk about two subjects that are very close to my heart – culture and development.
Aiglemont, France, 26 April 2013 -- His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince Rahim Aga Khan, to Ms. Kendra Spears of Seattle, Washington, the United States.
The Aga Khan, who is the Spiritual Leader or Imam of the global community of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, said he was delighted to announce the engagement.
Prince Karim Aga Khan Ismailis leader arrived to Kabul Saturday morning to discuss development projects funded by the Aga Development Network in Afghanistan.
According to the presidential website, Karzai has thanked Aga Khan for the development projects he has funded in the last 12 years in Rehabilitation of historical places, Health and Education sectors.
The Aga Khan Development Network is one of the largest donor organizations operating in 30 countries, employing over 80,000 people.
This year, as a part of Brown’s 250th Anniversary opening weekend, His Highness the Aga Khan and World Bank Leader Jim Yong Kim ’82 will deliver the Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lectures on International Affairs.
2013, December 9: Karachi, Pakistan - This year’s AKU Convocation in Karachi celebrates the 30th graduating class of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the 25th graduating class of the Medical College, and the 20th anniversary of the start of the Institute for Educational Development. In addition to the Convocation ceremony and the annual Awards Night ceremony, special events are being organized that include an alumni reunion. To mark these milestones AKU Chancellor is expected to preside at the 2013 Convocation in Karachi.
Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend at Longchamp started off in the best possible fashion for the Aga Khan as the owner celebrated a winner in the Qatar Prix Chaudenay.
It was Valirann, a course-and-distance winner in Group Three company last month, who stepped up one grade with Christophe Soumillon producing him with a strong late run and holding off stern challenges from Montclair and Lucky Loo in a head-bob.
British raider Nearly Caught attemped to make all of the mile and seven furlongs but weakened in the closing stages and was sixth.
Press Trust of India New Delhi
Aga Khan, the chairman of Aga Khan Development network, arrived here today on a 12-day India visit during which he will meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Khan would preside over an inauguration ceremony to mark the completion of the restoration of Humayun's Tomb Heritage site tomorrow.
The restoration work at the heritage site has been carried out by the Aga Khan Trust.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, arrived in Dhaka on Monday morning on a two-day visit.
Foreign minister Dipu Moni received him at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on his arrival by private a jet to a red carpet reception.
From there, he will go to the National Memorial in Savar to pay respects to the Liberation War heroes, a foreign ministry official says.
The Aga Khan is also the founder and Chairperson of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the largest private development groups in the world.
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa were married on 31 August 2013 on the shores of Lake Geneva at the residence of late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan in Switzerland.
Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Global Centre for Pluralism while introducing Kofi Annan 2013-05-24Posted October 14th, 2013 by librarian-hd
Your Excellency the Governor General
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am delighted to welcome all of you to the Global Centre’s second annual Pluralism Lecture. And I am especially honored to introduce today’s lecturer – Kofi Annan – the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Nobel Laureate, and global peacemaker.
Lisbon, 30 April 2013 – The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced today at the Palacio das Necessidades (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The 20 nominees for the US$ 1 million prize range from a modern high rise apartment block to the revival of traditional building techniques. Shortlisted projects, which are selected by an independent Master Jury, are located in Afghanistan, Austria, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Thailand and Yemen. The shortlist includes:
His Highness Prince Karim, the fourth Aga Khan, has been the spiritual leader of 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, building a hugely effective global development network. In Chantilly, home to France’s most prestigious horse race, James Reginato explores how the press-shy, Harvard-educated prince, at 76, fuses two worlds.