THE RECENT DEATH of Ronald Reagan led many in the West to celebrate once again the fall of the Soviet Union 13 years ago. But in Khorog, a town of around 25,000 on the Tajik-Afghan border, that historic event is remembered with less happy feelings. Abandoned cranes, half-finished cement buildings and the hulls of Soviet tanks all hark back to an era when subsidies ran rich to this distant corner of Moscow's empire and supplies were trucked in without consequence of cost. 'Life was very good here during Soviet times,' explains Yorali, a local artist.
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was today conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, by the American University of Beirut, says a press release.
In its citation, the University praised the Aga Khan as 'an avid philanthropist standing at the head of a network of service institutions focused on the have-nots of the world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.'
Alamshar won the Irish Derby by half-a-length from favorite Dalakhani at The Curragh on Sunday to end the French Derby winner's unbeaten record and deliver a home victory for jockey Johnny Murtagh and trainer John Oxx.
Alamshar, who was third in the Epsom Derby, and Dalakhani, unbeaten in six outings before Sunday's race, were left to battle it out as the furious pace left the field trailing with the two horses running neck-and-neck two furlongs from home.
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.
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Aga Khan favours reconstruction of Afghanistan
BERLIN: 'Social and economic reconstruction must be based first on the engendering of hope and trust in new, realistic opportunities' and the need to 'build for the continuity of such efforts by the beneficiaries themselves.'
People sign a condolence book dedicated to the memory of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, at Aga Khan's residence Chateau de Bellerive above Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, May 15, 2003. Aga Khan, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees and uncle of the spiritual leader of the Shiite Muslim Ismaili community, has died at the age of 70 on May 12, 2003, in a hospital in Boston, USA, after a long illness. (AP Photo/Keystone/Gary Ottei)
King receives the Aga Khan His Majesty King Hamad last night received at Rawdah Palace the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, the Aga Khan.
Also present was Crown Prince and BDF Commander-in-Chief Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
The King and the Aga Khan discussed the Ismaili leader's network of services in the education, health, construction, cultural and financial sectors.
They also exchanged views on issues of concern to the Muslim world.
His Majesty later decorated the Aga Khan with the Bahrain Medal (first class) and then hosted a dinner banquet in his honour.
The USAID has launched a new initiative to strengthen the management capacity of a new generation of the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Pakistan through a grant to the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). I
The programme will strengthen and increase the competitive base of NGOs to help them meet management standards required to compete for donor funds, said an announcement issued here on Monday.
US Ambassador Nancy Powell highlighted the USG's commitment to develop civil society in the country, which has an important role to play in Pakistan's social, economic and political development.
Afghanistan ( news - web sites) has licensed an international consortium led by the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) to set up its second mobile phone network, the fund said in a statement on Saturday.
The Geneva-based AKFED said it had a 51 percent stake in the project, while Monaco Telecom International (MTI) will hold 35 percent of the equity, U.S.-based MCT Corp nine percent and French telecoms giant Alcatel five percent.
Aga Khan arrives in Bahrain The spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, Prince Aga Khan, arrived in Bahrain yesterday on a two-day official visit during which he is expected to hold talks with His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and other senior Bahraini officials.
Prince Aga Khan is also expected to attend a number of presentations and visit sites relating to sectors of mutual interest for Bahrain and the Aga Khan Development Network, particularly in education, culture and financial services, according to a statement released yesterday.
Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development (AKU-IED) has agreed to work in partnership with the Research Triangle Institute- Education Sector Reform Assistance (RTI-ESRA) for building the institutional capacity of selected districts of Sindh and Balochistan to be funded by USAID.
An orientation programme was held at the AKU-IED to discuss the institute's role in building institutional capacity.
The Aga Khan, the billionaire spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, will build the English-speaking world's biggest Islamic art museum and cultural center in Toronto after plans to buy a site in London failed, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
The Aga Khan Development Network, one of the charitable institutions and businesses headed by the Aga Khan, said the museum would house artifacts from renowned private collections including those of the Aga Khan and of the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.
The Aga Khan, billionaire spiritual leader to the world's 15 million Ismaili Muslims, has chosen suburban Toronto as future home for the largest collection of Islamic art in the English-speaking world.
Don Mills, an area northeast of downtown full of strip malls and faceless glass buildings, will be home to a complex designed by a renowned Indian architect and filled with ancient and modern Islamic treasures, it was announced yesterday.
The March-2003 Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (WHO) published a research study on the achievements of Aga Khan Housing Board for Pakistan's (AKHBP) Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP).
The programme being implemented in the Northern Areas (NA) and Chitral in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation and KFW-the German Development Bank, provides integrated water supply, health, education and sanitation services to the local communities on the principle of community participation and self-help.
In what must be one of the most improbable attempts at linguistic revival anywhere in the world, the Tibetan script is slowly making a comeback in this corner of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
His Highness the Aga Khan is honoured by DSM Mayor Kleist Sykes during the laying of a foundation stone for the second phase of Aga Khan Hospital in DSM yesterday.The Aga Khan was made an honorary resident of DSM City at the function.(Photo: Emmanuel Kwit)Visiting Ismaili Muslim leader, the Aga Khan, has unveiled plans to provide advanced specialised healthcare services in East Africa at subsidised rates for the poor.
The World Bank and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) have agreed to implement an innovative project aimed at reducing poverty in high-mountain areas around Lake Sarez. The US$ 2 million project is financed through the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) administered by the World Bank.
CAIRO'S historic Islamic quarter, a maze of congested, rubble-strewn streets smelling of car fumes and uncollected trash, is being made over with the opening last fall of a 74-acre park and continuing efforts to restore some of the area's many monuments and noteworthy buildings.
The Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims being is welcomed by the Foreign Affairs Minister Kalonzo Musyoka on his arrival in the country at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi last night.Photo by Joseph Mathenge
The Aga Khan Development Network has pledged continued investment in the country's social and economic projects.The network's resident representative, Mr Anil Ishani, said the support would not be affected by the political or economic situation as the organisation was confident that the people of Kenya would manage their affairs well.
Mr Ishani was speaking to diplomats and heads of international organisations during a reception the network held for them in Nairobi. He said last year, the Aga Khan Development Network spent Sh218 million on social development agencies in the country.