UN Wire - In an interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera yesterday, the spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili Shiite Muslims, the Aga Khan, accused the Taliban of imposing on Afghanistan an interpretation of Islam that was previously foreign to the Afghan people. 'I am amazed by the ignorance about Islam,' he said.'Abandoned by all and conquered by the Taliban, [Afghanistan] turned into an immense international terrorist training camp,' the Aga Khan added.
ISLAMABAD (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The European Union (EU) has just approved a grant amounting to 9.85 million euro (about 8.72 U.S.dollars) for education in Pakistan under the implementation of the Institute for Educational Development of the Aga Khan University, a press release by the EU said here Thursday. This grant, which equivalents 532 million Pakistani Rupees, is addressed in particular to the improvement of the quality of the education.
Text of report by Tajik radio on 14 April - The permanent representative of the Aga Khan office, Hakim Frista, told Dushanbe Mayor Mahmadsaid Ubaydulloyev that the Aga Khan Foundation has transferred 2.5m dollars to the Dushanbe administration's account to improve conditions in Dushanbe to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tajikistan's anniversary.
Geneva, Switzerland - The European Commission has approved a grant for EUR 25.5 approximately US $ 23 million) to help the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) address rural poverty in central-west India over the next ten years.
Osh (TCA) : Since assuming the office of Imamat in 1957, the Aga Khan has demonstrated concerned for the well being of all Muslims. Resulting from their tradition of service, Ismailis Muslims have elaborated a well-defined institutional framework to carry out social, economic and cultural activities.
Islamad: The European Union will extend 19 million euro (Rs540m) to assist the educational sector in Pakistan. The funding will mainly support the Aga Khan Foundation's Institute for Educational Development (IED), Phase-2.
Copenhagen, Denmark : His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of one of the largest private networks of healthcare institutions in the developing world, this evening received the prestigious Archon Award from the international nursing honour society, Sigma Theta Tau International. The Award Ceremony took place as delegates from around the world gathered in Copenhagen for the 12th International Nursing Research Congress and the International Council of Nurses
<>Dawn.com<>KARACHI reports that 'The first private sector micro financing institution is being set up by two Aga Khan institutions with a capital base of Rs500 million and is likely to start functioning from November. All ground work has been done, formalities completed and even a consent has been obtained from the State Bank of Pakistan for the chief executive and directors on the board of the Aga Khan Micro Finance Bank. The sponsors are now just waiting for the promulgation of the ordinance. Complete article by By Sabihuddin Ghausi
PARIS - Reuters News Agency - Story Filed: The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community, said in a French newspaper interview on Wednesday that the United Nations should steer the reconstruction of a pluralist civil society in Afghanistan.
Hola! Magazine - page 27-28 :Prince Karim Aga Khan and Begum Inaara at Chantilly with Prince Aly Muhammad.
Corriere della Sera.(The Article is in Italian) L' Aga Khan:
Independent Bangladesh News: The 69th meeting of the Board of Directors of the Industrial Promotion and Development Company of Bangladesh Limited (IPDC) was held in the city recently under the Chairmanship of Al-Ameen Chaudhury, Secretary, Ministry of Industries. IPDC
Burkina Faso government, Aga Khan agree on airline privatization BBC
A new small hydroelectric power station with a capacity of 100 kW/ hour has been put into operation in a mountainous village in eastern Tajikistan, Tajik radio reported on 16 July. 'Japan and Switzerland have provided comprehensive assistance with drawing up this important project for the mountainous village in Shughnon [District]. The countries allocated 74,211 dollars through the Aga Khan Development Foundation for the construction of the station,' the report said.
Air Burkina Set to Extend Its Network
Bishkek (KABAR). According to Kyrgyz National News Agency The meeting of President Askar Akayev and Prince Karim Aga-Khan was held in Bishkek, where condition and cooperation perspectives were discussed. During the meeting an agreement on cooperation in the sphere of development between Kyrgyzstan and Imam of Ismailit of Aga-Khan Fund was signed. After the signing ceremony President Akayev told journalists that this is the fundamental perspective in the sphere of development, provides for cooperation in economy, humanitarian and cultural spheres.
Mowlana Hazar Imam took part in the 2 days Peace conference in Lisbon with other religious leaders. Mowlana Hazar Imam took part in the 2 days Peace conference in Lisbon with other religious leaders. Accepting human differences, building upon pluralism, insisting on honesty in public service and creating national and international responses to the AIDS crisis were, the Aga Khan said, the components of 'a new social ethic that should be taught and led by the faiths.' 'Social ethic today in Africa,' he stressed, 'needs to be founded not on the notion of taking, but on the notion of giving.
Inauguration of the Professional Development Centre. 'The inauguration of this fine new facility is highly symbolic. It signifies the dawn, inshallah, of a new era in the quest to bring quality education to the children of this region.,' His Highness the Aga Khan said.
The Times of Central Asia: 'But what perhaps really mattered was the all-out war on the scourge of narcotics declared by Prince Aga Khan, the spiritual leader and the only mainstay of the Pamirians. He announced that withdrawal from drug trafficking was the essential condition for the resumption of the food supplies he had provided for the locals for years regardless of their nationality or religion.'
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan addresses the inaugural session of the World Mountain Forum in UNESCO, Paris. 'I am especially happy that the Ismaili Imamat has been given the opportunity to participate in a Forum organised by and for all those concerned with the difficulties facing the populations of mountain regions, and to share lessons that have been learnt, to exchange mutual experience and advice, to better identify the problems that exist, and to try, as part of a joint effort, to propose new and more efficient solutions,' His Highness the Aga Khan said. [