Dalakhani delivers with dynamite performance in French DerbyThe Aga Khan's unbeaten Dalakhani reigned supreme once again as he thundered down the stretch to capture his sixth straight victory in the $1.3-million Prix du Jockey-Club (French Derby) (Fr-G1) at Chantilly on Sunday. The son of Darshaan scored by an impressive two lengths over Group 2 winner Super Celebre.
Dalakhani's sharp performance only enhanced the confidence that the Aga Khan had in his homebred.
Efs Pune: As Shobhana Ranade walks about the palatial premises of the Aga Khan Palace on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, she marvels at the significance of the structure where Mahatama Gandhi was interned during the Quit India Movement, alongwith his wife Kasturba and secretary Mahadeo Desai. ''Gandhiji had made three predictions for The Aga Khan Palace in his writings. One, that this would become a place of pilgrimage. Today about 300 visitors including foreigners visit daily. Secondly he had said that the Aga Khan will donate this palace to the nation.
I think Alamshar has improved hugely since the Irish Derby [Alamshar's owner, the Aga Khan ]Alamshar scored another notable win
Irish Derby winner Alamshar upheld the reputation of three-year-old horses with a comfortable victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.
Day two from LongchampsDalakhani justified his status as pre-race favourite, powering home in a thrilling fast finish to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
The French Derby winner - ridden by Christophe Soumillon - had to come in from stall 14, wide out on the right, and held off a brave challenge from Mubtaker.
Ireland's High Chaparral finished third in the 13-horse race for the second year in a row.
'It's a race I wanted to win throughout my apprenticeship and it's unbelievable to ride a horse like him,' said 20-year-old Soumillon.
A warm winter day at Breezes Beach Club. Photo: Susan WyndhamSusan Wyndham explores Zanzibar's heady mix of history and culture.
Invisible behind loudspeakers in their minarets, the muezzins start their call to prayer at 6.20 on a Friday night. The fugue of male voices bounces off Stone Town's rusting roofs. A canvas-sailed dhow passes in front of the red sun as it melts into the Indian Ocean. Zanzibar is at its most Arab and ancient.
Fur Love to Fur Shame: Change of Heart for a PrincessFashion Wire Daily October 17, 2003 - Paris -On Tuesday night, Le Bar du Plaza Athenée on Avenue Montaigne -- Paris toniest shopping street currently dripping in ultra-expensive winter pelts -- bore witness to a rather unusual event, as it hosted an award ceremony for a competition to produce anti-fur advertising, put on by The Fur Free Alliance.
Banking Services expanded for Tajikistan's marginalised populations Prime Minister Okilov and Aga Khan inaugurate First Micro Finance Bank Dushanbe. - TAJIKISTAN: AGA KHAN OPENS BANK, COMISSIONS BRIDGE, LAY FOUNDATION FOR UNIVERSITY - 2004-07-06Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, today joined Prime Minister Okilov of Tajikistan in inaugurating the First MicroFinanceBank in Tajikistan, a bank which will expand access to a wide range of banking services for the people of Tajikistan. In countries such as Tajikistan, villagers in remote areas must travel long distances at great expense to access financial services. In addition, commercial banks often do not find it profitable to offer services to the urban poor or to populations living in remote locations.
President Benjamin Mkapa has expressed deep gratitude to private providers of education in Tanzania for their solid support in building a learned Tanzanian community.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the Aga Khan International Academy in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the president said such institutions, religious and secular, have always been very important partners in the provision of education which was the cornerstone of the country's development and prosperity.
USDA to Donate $5 Mil. in Ag Products to Afghanistan - USDA SUPPORTS AKF PROJECTS IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN - 2003-11-11Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, in a historic visit to Afghanistan, today announced that USDA intends to donate $5 million of U.S. agricultural commodities under the Food for Progress Program. Veneman also announced the first Cochran Fellowship Program with Afghanistan to provide short-term, U.S.-based training for eight Afghan women to study agricultural finance.
Aga Khan Speaks of Tolerance and Shared HeritageEvokes Iraq and Afghanistan at inauguration of Humayun's Tomb Gardens(see also background information and photos) - RENOVATED HUMAYUN'S TOMB - 2003-04-15Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Whether through neglect or wilful destruction, the disappearance of physical traces of the past deprives us of more than memories. Spaces that embody historic realities remind us of the lessons of the past.'His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims was speaking at the inauguration of the restored gardens that surround the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Syria's Health Minister Maher al-Husami on Wednesday reviewed with Representative of Agha Khan Network in Syria, Mohammed Mufdi Saifo, joint cooperation and programs between the Ministry and the Network and ways of developing them during the forthcoming period.
Both sides concentrated on the necessity of supporting the nursery schools and to improve the scientific level of the teaching staff at these schools.
Talks also dealt with the hospitals situation, showing interest in improving the English language for the nurses.
USDA to donate agricultural commodities for Tajikistan - USDA TO DONATE AGRICULTURAL COMMODITES FOR TAJIKISTAN - 2001-08-08Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 5,500 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) for use in Tajikistan under the Food for Progress program. AKF, a private voluntary organization, will directly distribute the donated commodities to an estimated 206,000 people in the Autonomous Oblast of Gorno-Badakhshan. The donation will include approximately 450 metric tons of whole dry milk, 850 tons of vegetable oil, 700 tons of corn-soy blend, and 3,500 tons of wheat flour. AKF plans to provide rations to about 206,000 people.
Aga Khan Urges 'Rediscovery' of Timbuktu and DjennePoverty alleviation and cultural revitalisation can be linked through focused investment - H.H. THE AGA KHAN IN MALI - 2003-10-10Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims today retraced the footsteps of scholars and merchants whose journeys across the Sahara once helped establish a major cultural and commercial crossroads in this medieval city. Walking through the sand-swept alleys of this ancient seat of learning to the 14th century Djingereiber Mosque, the Aga Khan, accompanied by Mali's Prime Minster Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani, spoke of the need for cultural revitalisation to be linked to focused investment in the social sector and carefully planned economic development.
TAJIK PRESIDENT CALLS FOR COMBINING EFFORTS IN SOLVING PROBLEMS OF RATIONAL USE OF WATER RESOURCES - AGA KHAN AT THE INTERNATIONAL FRESH WATER FORUM - 2003-08-29Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Tajik President addressing International Freshwater Forum has urged to focus efforts on appropriate tasks.
DUSHANBE, September 1, Asia-Plus - 'The main task is in focusing efforts of all countries and directing them to an appropriate turn', Tajik President Emomali formulated the task faced by participants at the Forum.
Members of the Aga Khan University (AKU) board of trustees have started arriving in Kenya for the board's second meeting this year, to be held in Mombasa from today until Sunday.
The focus will be a review of the university's medical and education programmes in East Africa, which now has more than 500 students.
The team will also meet top government officials in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
AKU has established a permanent presence in the three countries and has plans to become a major partner with the governments in meeting development goals.
Tajikistan May Receive about One Billion Dollars for Combating Poverty - TAJIKISTAN MAY RECEIVE ABOUT ONE BILLION DOLLARS FOR COMBATING POVERTY - 2003-04-05Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Members of donor countries' governments and of international agencies for development have expressed readiness to allocate $900 million to Tajikistan for combating poverty.
According to Director of the World Bank for the Countries of Central Asia Dennis de Tray, the money will be given to Tajikistan during a three-year period, with $200 million in the form of humanitarian aid and $700 million in the form of grants.
Veneman Reaffirms USDA's Commitment to Relief And Reconstruction of Afghanistan - USDA SUPPORTS AKF PROJECTS IN NORTHERN AFGHANISTAN - 2003-11-11Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, in a historic visit to Afghanistan, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture intends to donate $5 million of U.S. agricultural commodities under the Food for Progress Program. Veneman also announced the first Cochran Fellowship Program with Afghanistan to provide short-term, U.S.- based training for eight Afghan women to study agricultural finance.
Resettlement programme in trouble as migrants ask to go back to their old homes in the mountains.
By Boris Khairuddinov and Zafar Abdullaev in Dushanbe and Beshkent (RCA No. 286, 21-May-04)
Three years after the government of Tajikistan resettled hundreds of people to develop an arid region in the south of the country, many of the settlers want to go back to their old homes in the mountains because they say the experiment has failed.
VICTORY IN TODAY'S PRIX de l'ARC de TRIOMPE WOULD CROWN AN ALMOST PERFECT RACING SEASON FOR THE AGA KHAN - DALAKHANI TAKES ARC GLORY - 2003-10-05Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Aiglemont is bathed in sunshine, although heavy overnight rain has brought a reminder: the Arc encourages October's capricious nature.
Tajiks have more faith in Aga Khan than UN water forum - TAJIKS HAVE MORE FAITH IN AGA KHAN THAN UN WATER FORUM - 2003-09-02Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Fountains played all around Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe for a UN-sponsored water forum this week, but many in this war-weary Central Asian country drew greater comfort from the visit of Ismaili Muslim leader the Aga Khan.
Having been wracked by civil war in the 1990s, this remote mountain republic of 6.5 million people was determined to show the world a new face at the International Fresh Water Forum, intended to help ease ex-Soviet Central Asias deepening crisis of desertification and disease.