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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE SUPERLATIVES were not misplaced. Dalakhani, a colt variously described as 'a genius' and 'truly exceptional', lived up to the praise to leave his mark on Europe's biggest championship race on Sunday. To his connections the perfect embodiment of a racehorse, he lifted Longchamp with a performance that confirmed his right to the mantle of equine superstar. Late doubts about soft ground and a wide draw dissolved as Dalakhani won with something in hand.
Burkina Faso government, Aga Khan agree on airline privatization BBCMonitoring Service - United Kingdom; Feb 12, 2001
ARCHITECTURE REVIEW | AZHAR PARK In a Decaying Cairo Quarter, a Vision of Green and Renewal - IN A DECAYING CAIRO QUARTER, A VISION OF GREEN AND RENEWAL - 2004-10-19Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Can thoughtful urban planning heal deep cultural wounds?
Capital venue for Aga Khan architecture award - CAPITAL VENUE FOR AGA KHAN ARCHITECTURE AWARD - 2004-11-22Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
This weekend will see the environs at Humayun's Tomb come alive with an evening of history and architectural excellence. The tomb has been chosen as the venue for the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2004.
The awards mark the completion of the ninth cycle of the programme (2002-04) and will be announced by His Highness the Aga Khan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be the chief guest at the ceremony.
Dalakhani maintained his 100 per cent record with a smooth victory in the Prix Lupin at Longchamp.The Aga Khan colt, trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, came through with a perfectly-timed run inside the final furlong to beat another French-trained colt, Super Celebre, with Aidan O'Brien's Alberto Giacometti third.Pacemaker Balestrini was pushed into the lead of this Group One race after a few strides, followed by Dalakhani's stable companion Diyapour.
The Paris-based Aga-Khan Network is considering reviving the giant Mozambican textile company Texlom, in the southern city of Matola.
Texlom, which once employed 3,000 workers, has been paralysed for the past four years, and was declared bankrupt in 2001.
Aga Khan praise for 'a real champion'Christophe Soumillon, jockey Dalakhani: 'It's a race I wanted to win throughout my apprenticeship and it's unbelievable to ride a horse like him. He's a real champion and I love him so much.'
Cartier Horse of the Year Dalakhani, winning the French Derby - DALAKHANI TOPS CARTIER AWARDS - 2003-11-13Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Cartier Awards: Dalakhani is European Horse of the YearThe Aga Khan's Dalakhani, winner of the Grand Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and French Derby (Fr-I), was named Europe's Horse of the Year when the Cartier Awards were presented in London on Wednesday. The ceremony was held at London's Four Seasons Hotel. A 3-year-old Darshaan colt trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, Dalakhani won eight of nine career starts, including four group I races, before being retired at the conclusion of his 2003 campaign.
The Aga Khan's Dalakhani, ridden by Christophe Soumillon won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp.
The 9-4 second favorite, trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, swept a length clear of 25-1 shot Mubtaker, with 13-8 market leader High Chaparral coming third for the second year running.
Dalakhani, the French Derby winner, needed all his noted speed and stamina to overcome a poor draw and desperately soft ground to add the Arc to his earlier success.
Soumillon, 22-year-old Belgian, was given a tremendous reception by the 40,000-crowd, and reached the unsaddling enclosure in tears.