Building to house state-of-the-art laboratory services, doubling capacity up to 10 million tests annually - GOVERNOR STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN INAUGURATES SOPARIVALA BUILDING AT AKU - 2005-08-14Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Dr Ishrat Husain, Governor State Bank of Pakistan, was the chief guest at the inauguration of the new Soparivala Building at Aga Khan University (AKU), which was timed to coincide with the Independence Day celebrations. The Soparivala Building, named after the Soparivala estate generously gifted to AKU, will house the new clinical laboratories. The new laboratories will double Aga Khan University Hospital's (AKUH) existing medical test processing capacity to 10 million tests annually.
Construction of second Tajik-Afghan bridge starts - CORPORATE SECTOR BOOSTS INTERNATIONAL MICROFINANCE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - 2003-07-23Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The construction of the second of five bridges to be built across the Panj river [to link Tajikistan and Afghanistan] has started in keeping with a tripartite agreement between the Tajik and Afghan governments and the Aga Khan foundation.
The bridge is being built in [eastern Tajikistan's] Darvoz District's village of Ruzba.
The deputy head of the Badakhshonroh [road building] company, Khushnazar Abdurahimov, told a Khovar correspondent that the workforce of the Badakhshonroh and Pomirgeologiya [Pomir geology] companies had started to level the area where the bridge would be built.
Chief Secretary Dr Mutawakil Kazi has stressed upon the need for eradicating duality in the country's education system, which ultimately translates into inequality, poverty, and limitation of opportunities.
Addressing a seminar organised by the Centre of English Language (CEL) of Aga Khan University with the theme, 'English and Higher Education: Future Directions' Kazi pointed out that the rapid spread of English language as a means for global communication was becoming a necessity and the government fully realised the challenge.
The park was financed by the Aga Khan Trust for CultureA 30-hectare park built from scratch on what used to be a 500-year-old garbage dump topping one of Cairo's poorest neighbourhoods is ready for inauguration.
The opening ceremony on Friday will be presided over by Imam Aga Khan, the 68-year-old spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims who first devised the project more than 20 years ago.
http://allafrica.com/stories/200401150416.htmlNew Vision (Kampala)
January 15, 2004
Contractors Await Nile Hotel Tenders
Prequalified firms are expecting substantial contracts after Serena Tourism Promotion Services of the Aga Khan signs the $19m concession for the Nile Hotel complex today.
The hotel has not had a major refurbishment in well over a decade. Sources say plans are to upgrade its facilities, which will also involve considerable refitting and re-modelling. This will raise the hotel's standards synonymous with the much respected Serena name.
Irish-based Alamshar, ranked number one on the World Thoroughbred Rankings list in the Turf division, is scheduled to run in the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International, set for Woodbine on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Trainer John Oxx, who trains the dual group I winner for the Aga Khan, told the Racing Post the only way the 3-year-old would not compete in the International is if stablemate Dalakhani is forced to miss the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) this weekend in France. 'Our plan is to (run Alamshar) in Canada,' said Oxx. 'It would be his last race of the year.'
While Al Azhar Park may be a novel project in the Cairo of today, a hundred years ago it would have been one cultivated green space among many. In the 19th century, Cairo was being modeled after European cities, and parks were part of the plan conceived carried out by Viceroy Muhammad Ali and his successors, especially Khedive Ismail, for creating a sophisticated, modern urban space. Today, however, most of the old parks are only a fraction of their original size and dim reflections of their illustrious beginnings, due to neglect and shifting concerns of the state.
Correspondance from the Heritage Team in Karachi - AGA KHAN PLEDGES ENHANCED SUPPORT FOR CHITRAL - 2003-12-04Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
In Chitral, Mowlana Hazar imam gave 2 didars, one in Gharam Chasma in the morning and one in Booni at noon on 4th of December.
On the road from Chitral, several arches were raised with colorful decorations, My Flags and words of 'Welcome Aga Khan' or 'Welcome Mowlana Hazar Imam' and 'Didar Mubarak'
Young Volunteers were standing near some of those Arches with tea and apples for the people arriving for Didar. As we said no for tea, they insisted to offer us 4 apples in a plate, which we could not refuse
Aga Khan's Dealings Stir Questions of Financial Transparency - AGA KHAN'S DEALINGS STIR QUESTIONS OF FINANCIAL TRANSPERENCY - 2005-11-23Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
As 50,000 followers watched, Sultan Mohamed Shah Aga Khan III, wearing a silk coat and blue turban, hefted his 243.5 pounds onto a brocade chair connected to a scale loaded with diamonds. The event in India in 1946 was to mark the 60th anniversary of his role as spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims and to raise cash from his followers.
Shah's grandson and successor, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, still collects cash from his followers, who typically tithe 12.5 percent of their income to the Imam. He has chosen a quieter approach than his ancestor.
Alitalia's board of directors is to discuss the possibility of acquiring a partial or controlling stake in Meridiana, the Sardinia-based airline owned by the Aga Khan, at a board meeting on Tuesday.
Industry sources said Alitalia was interested in Meridiana because it would add 16 percentage points to the flag carrier's current 55 per cent share of the domestic market. However, they said it was not certain that the Alitalia board would take a final decision at the meeting on Tuesday.
KABUL - There's a riddle here few people can solve.
What organization controls the country's largest cellphone company, is throwing itself into humanitarian development work in some of the poorest provinces in Afghanistan, is building the city's first five-star hotel, is restoring historic landmarks in Kabul - and is dominated by Canadians?
La guida degli ismailiti: non c' è un conflitto di civiltà bens
THE Aga Khan has been a great lover of Irish racing all through his life. He showed that love is no uncertain fashion with his amazing multimillion euro gift to Irish racing this month.
He bought a hotel at the back of the present Curragh stands for an estimated 15 to 20 million euro and presented the whole area occupied by that hotel to the Irish Turf Club, the owners of the Curragh racecourse. This purchase enables Horse Racing Ireland to make the Curragh one of the real gems of the sport in the world.
In a conservation effort that took nearly a decade to complete, one NGO has undertaken the comprehensive restoration and repair of Baltit Fort, making it a beautiful and functional building, writes Fauzia HusainNestled high in the mountains and surrounded by unrivalled vistas of rugged terrain, stands a 700-year-old fort which has been witness to the socio-cultural history of a resilient people, and to a remarkable feat ofmodern day conservation.
The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide a $13.5 million contribution over five years to the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) to pursue the Partnership for a New Millenium Program. This initiative will focus on the areas of health, basic education, rural development and civil society strengthening. The Minister made the announcement after meeting His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan during his visit to Ottawa.
French Derby winner Dalakhani is once again the toast of Paris with his stirring performance in winning the 2003 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) at Longchamp Sunday.Ridden by Christophe Soumillon for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, the Aga Khan Irish hombred 3-year-old son of Darshaan was sent off as the 5-2 choice at Longchamp. Winning at Longchamp for the fifth time in as many starts, Dalkhani defeated 33-1 Mubtaker by three quarters of a length in a time of 2:32 for the 1 1/2-mile classic on heavy going. Second choice High Chaparral, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr.
Alamshar, winner of the Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, has been sold by the Aga Khan to the Japanese Racing Association and will commence stud duties next year.Retirement plan: Alamshar could run in the Champion Stakes before being sent to stud
The announcement yesterday came just 24 hours after Dalakhani provided Europe's most successful owner-breeder with his third success in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
Announcement of the 2005 Award Winners die quadriga - ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2005 AWARD WINNERS DIEQUADRIGA - 2005-09-22Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Every year on the day of German Unification the association Werkstatt Deutschland awards die quadriga. This award honours personalities from the political, economic and cultural side of life, that have shown a commitment towards vision, courage and responsibility and that have excelled in far-sightedness, pragmatism, pioneering-spirit and the power of conviction. die quadriga honours both concrete merits as well as the idealistic engagement for the future.
The award winners 2005 are:
Allan Rock, Minister of Industry, Government of Canada, visited Aga Khan University (AKU) on Wednesday.
He was accompanied by Margaret Huber, High Commissioner for Canada to Pakistan, Raymond Simard, Member of Parliament, and other senior Canadian government delegates.
Dalakhani swept the boards at the Cartier Racing Awards ceremony in London last night when capturing the titles of Horse of the Year and Top Three-Year-Old Colt.
The brilliant Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and French Derby winner dominated both sections at a function attended by an audience of leading owners, trainers, breeders and other racing personalities.