2010, January 28

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Timeline 2010

2010, December 21: Buganda seeks to emulate Aga Khan - There is a lot Buganda Kingdom can learn from the successes registered by the Aga Khan Foundation in the fight against poverty within the Ismaili and other communities. This is the key proposition made to the attendees of the Third Buganda Conference. [Complete article in The Independant]

2010, December 15 - Maputo, Mozambique, H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Maputo on a two-day visit during which he will participate in the inauguration of the Polana Serena Hotel in Maputo, together with His Excellency President Armando Guebuza and Prince Amyn Aga Khan. [Polana Serena Opening, updates here!]

Aga Khan Award for Architecture - TODAY!: 2010, November 24 - By CHURCHILL OTIENO in Doha, Qatar -The winners of the 2010 Aga Khan Award of Architecture will be announced in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. A grand jury has selected the winners from a shortlist of 19 building projects out of 401 entrants from across the globe, according to the organisers. The award, now in its eleventh cycle since its launch 33 years ago, rewards buildings that are environmentally friendly, recognises local culture and espouses a historical context. The winners will be celebrated at a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, presided over by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, and the Aga Khan. Three African buildings are in the running. They are a CBF Women’s Health Centre set in a poor neighbourhood in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; a project that seeks to revitalise the heritage of Tunis, Tunisia; and the rehabilitation of the Al-Qaraouiyine Mosque by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in Morocco. Others in the race are projects in Spain, Turkey, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Qatar, Albania, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia. The award is given every three years since 1977 and was started by the Aga Khan, the hereditary leader of Ismailia Muslims. [Nation Media] [AKAA in Doha - more coverage]

2010, November 18: H.H. The Aga Khan in London from today. H.H. received Prince Charles at the Ismaili Centre in London this afternoon to participate in the celebration of 25 years of the Ismaili Centre.

2010, November 09: Paris, France - His Highness the Aga Khan with his brother Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the Ministry of Culture in Paris after they were decorated for their work in culture. [More speech and news on the recognition here] [And here also]

Image: 2010, October 15: The Aga Khan, second from right, chats to former governor-general Adrienne Clarkson at Koerner Hall in Toronto Friday night at the Lafontainr Baldwin Lecture. Peter Simon, president of the Royal Conservatory of Music is on Clarkson's left, and John Ralston Saul is on the Aga Khan's right. Source: RICHARD LAUTENS/TORONTO STAR

2010, October 29: Aga Khan, International Baccalaureate sign deal to broaden access to quality education. [IB and AKDN Memorendum signed]

2010, October 27:www2.macleans.ca - by John Geddes - If the Aga Khan’s link to Canada began with a personal bond and an urgent need, the connection has deepened. “What the Canadian experience suggests to me is that identity itself can be pluralistic,” he said in Toronto. [A holy man with an eye for connections]

2010, October 15: Toronto - Canada. La Fontaine-Baldwin Lectures: His Highness the Aga Khan Friday October 15, 2010 @ 7:30 PM Koerner Hall RCM. The tenth annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Lectures - The lecture will be streamed live. He will also attend in Ottawa the first Board meeting of the Centre for Pluralism of which he is the Chairman. [More]

2010, October 15: Toronto - Canada. Copyright Lawsuit: Imam Appears for Discovery and Ends the Case. [Heritage news was able to speak briefly with the defendants]

2010, October 7 - Media Advisory: Governor General Welcomes His Highness the Aga Khan at Rideau Hall. OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will welcome His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. His Highness is in Ottawa on the occasion of the inaugural board meeting of the Global Centre for Pluralism. His Excellency will welcome the Aga Khan in the Reception Room at Rideau Hall on Thursday, October 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. There will be a media opportunity upon arrival. Accredited media who wish to cover the greetings must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance by 6:50 p.m. [ More on H.H. The Aga Kan's visit to Canada October 2010]

2010, September 27 Monday: H.H. The Aga Khan to have working lunch with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner at 1:00pm

FLASH!: 2010, September 25: As the Silk Road festival is launched in Aleppo, Prince Rahim Aga Khan meets with Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Abdullah al-Dardari Syria. Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Abdullah al-Dardari on Friday reviewed with the French President's General Secretary Claude Gueant the development of economic relations between Syria and France and means of boosting them. The two sides discussed all projects and cooperation plans between Syria and France, particularly in the field of infrastructure, energy, tourism and transport. In the same context, al-Dardari met Prince Rahim Aga Khan and heads of health, education, drinking water, tourism and culture departments at the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The two sides discussed projects the AKDN intends to carry out in Syria, reaching an agreement on developing cooperation between Syria and the AKDN. [Prince Rahim in Syria]

2010, September 20: Mali - H.H. The Aga Khan landed this Monday afternoon in Bamako with Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya for the festivities of the 50 years of Mali independance. (Bamako Urban Park first phase of 50 acres from a total forecasted of 103 acres completion of the work by AKTC to coincide with Mali Independance Jubilee Celebrations) 22 September 2010. More here.

2010, September 4: Aga Khan's alledged Lawsuit - CROSS-EXAMINATIONS confirm that the case is not authentic - All documents including Statement of Claim, Defense, Motions, Affidavit and Transcripts of cross-examination are now available. Click here for all documents pertaining to the Case

2010, August 23: Aga Khan Museum - TORONTO. Michael Brand, the former J. Paul Getty Museum director who stepped down at the Los Angeles institution earlier this year, has been appointed to a consultancy post at the Aga Khan Development Network. The position places Brand — an expert in Asian art — in line to assume the directorship of the Islamic art and culture museum when it opens in a Fumihiko Maki-designed building in 2013. [More on Aga Khan Museum]

2010, July 29: Copyright Lawsuit - Since there is so much evidence pointing to this case being initiated and run by a usurper, it is understandable that he and his supporters will feel like they are in hot water, and will continue to fulfill their threat to ruin the defendants and their reputation.
[Defendants Ask Judge to Stop All Proceedings as the Aga Khan is NOT the Plaintiff - Copyright Lawsuit - 2010-07-31]
[Discovery Request by Defendants Will Demonstrate That Imam is Not the Real Plaintiff - Copyright Lawsuit - 2010-07-31]
[Printable PDF Article]

2010, July 20: Prince Amyn Aga Khan, center, arrives at the Kabul International Airport.. Afghanistan opened on Tuesday an international conference on the future of Afghanistan where representatives of 70 nations and organizations were endorsing a plan for how Afghan security forces would eventually take charge, but it's still unclear when the transition would actually begin.(AP Photo/Massoud HOSSAINI, Pool)

SPEECH- July 20, 2010: Kabul. - Afghanistan opened a landmark international conference in Kabul on July 20, aiming to chart a future of peace and development and show supporters the war-torn country is acting on past pledges.: "Afghanistan is recognised as a regional land bridge, east to west, north to south. However, few tangible projects as yet speak to the realisation of this regional potential. The AKDN, in partnership with the Governments of Afghanistan and Tajikistan and the provincial governments of the Badakhshans of the two countries, has taken a regional approach to health, education, tourism, trade, energy and infrastructure, which has begun to yield tangible improvements in the lives of the local communities. Surely connecting Kabul to China through Tajikistan should open new trade corridors and multiply social and economic fallout benefits for the communities of those areas and thereby for the country as a whole. said a Statement of H.H. The Aga Khan read by His brother Prince Amyn Aga Khan [Statement by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Kabul Conference on Afghanistan]

July 19, 2010: Copyright Lawsuit Allegedly by Aga Khan: Motions and replies have all been filed. After reviewing all materials, the following article lists some of the main reasons why there is complete doubt on the authenticity of the Copyright Lawsuit. The article also links to new documents such as additional Affidavits, and the expert report on the handwritten lines of the second letter allegedly by Aga Khan.
[Authenticity of Copyright Lawsuit Allegedly by Aga Khan, Questioned!]

2010, July 8: Prince Amyn in Syria. Prime Minister Mohammed Naji Otri on Thursday reviewed with prince Amin Aga Khan cooperation relations between Syria and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and spheres of bolstering them in cultural, social and health fields. Talks also dealt with the projects carried out by the AKDN in Syria in the construction's development, restoration and rehabilitation of archeological building and sites and financing the micro and medium-sized projects regarding the agricultural, tourist and cultural industries.

June 21, 2010: Toronto - Copyright Lawsuit: The Defendants filed a motion for an order granting summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff's action. The Motion introduces new evidence of forgery and says: "The activities complained of are not infringing the rights of the Aga Khan, who it appears from the forged signatures, has not authorized this action." The motion will be argued 12-JUL-2010 to begin at 09:30, and an affidavit of reply is due from the plaintiff 10 days before this date. The coverage will be shortly updated with copy of Motion, Affidavits and Exhibits from Court. [Expert says NOTARIZED AFFIRMATION is a FAKE!] [Defendants Move for Dismissal of the lawsuit] [Full Coverage of the motion for dismissal] [View All Comments on the Case] [New delay tactics] [Exhibits] [Affidavits. Update: Because of the delays created by the Motion presented under the name of the Plaintiff , the resolution of this case will go to next year. Only cross-examination will happen in August this year.

June 7, 2010: Islamabad: Due to its sustainable initiatives to improve living conditions of more than 200 villages in Pakistan, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service Pakistan’s (AKPBS-P) Water and Sanitation Extension Programme (WASEP) was recently awarded with the National Energy Globe Award. [AKPBS wins Energy Globe Award]

June 2, 2010: According to Property Week, the Aga Khan, the hereditary leader of the largest group of Ismaili followers of the Shia faith, is in talks with King's Cross Central is finalising details for opening an Ismaili studies and cultural affairs centre at one of its premises. [Section on King's Cross news]

May 28, 2010 INTERVIEW: H.H. The Aga Khan spoke to The Globe and Mail in a conversation that ranged from the prospects for Afghanistan to his profound admiration of Canadian pluralism. [Interview Transcript]

May 28, 2010 H.H. The Aga Khan Receives Honourary Canadian Citizenship today, at the Wynford Park Site
[Full Coverage] [Speech by H.H. The Aga Khan] [Speech by PM Harper] [Comment by Ignatieff]

May 26, 2010 : H.H.The Aga Khan and Prince Amyn Aga Khan arrived in Ottawa for a 3 days visit. /CNW Telbec/ Friday, May 28, 2010, His Highness the Aga Khan will participate in the Foundation Ceremony with several members of his family: Prince Amyn, Prince Rahim, Prince Husayn, Princess Khaliya, to mark the beginning of the development of the Ismaili Centre, the first-ever Aga Khan Museum for Islamic Art and Culture, and their Park, in Toronto's Don Mills area.
[Wynford Complex Album] [Event Album] [Full Coverage]

May 23, 2010 : The shortlist of 19 nominees for the 2010 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was recently announced by the Master Jury. The final Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar in October 2010. The range from a textile factory in Turkey to a school built on a bridge in China. [More]

October 15, 2010 : The 10th annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium - The landmark speaker in this year’s series of lectures and master classes will be the Aga Khan, who will deliver the LaFontaine-Baldwin Lecture in October, presented by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. [ More]

April 29, 2010 : Copyright Lawsuit: Defences Glorifying the Aga Khan filed in federal Court. In a surprisingly rapid twist of events, both Mr Tajdin and Mr Jiwa have filed their respective statements of Defense this 29th of April 2010. They affirm to being devoted followers who will unconditionally abide by the wishes of the Aga Khan, whom they glorify in their defense. They also set out to establish that this lawsuit is not actually filed by the Aga Khan. [More here]. Several exclusive documents have been received and this section is updated every other day. You can also follow the discussions on this subject here!

April 27, 2010 : Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada and the Ismaili community are bonded by shared values of tolerance, compassion, community service and, especially devotion to pluralism. His comments are contained in a special message to the Arusha Ismaili reunion taking place in Toronto from July 30 to August 1 this year. [More]

2010, April 20: THE Serena Group has set up a second hotel in the country, the Lake Victoria Serena Resort. The resort, which is part of the Aga Khan economic empire, lies on an expansive piece of land measuring 275 acres on the shores of Lake Victoria. The land belonged to the Ranch on the Lake Hotel until about four years ago when Serena Group bought it and built a new hotel. The facility has so far cost $20m (about sh40b). Another $30m (sh60b) is earmarked to complete the construction.

2010, April 4: Aga Khan Helps Ravaged Syrian City Aleppo Regain Ancient Glory - (Bloomberg) -- It’s hard to know which of history’s episodes was worse for Aleppo, an ancient fortress city in Syria’s north. Perhaps it was in the year 1400, when Tamerlane, the invading Mongol-Turkic chieftain, piled thousands of skulls at the town gates to persuade inhabitants to give up. Or maybe the earthquake of 1136 that killed tens of thousands of inhabitants, or the massacre of Muslims by more Mongol invaders in 1260 or the 19th-century assaults by cholera and plague. [More]

2010, March 18 - 19: Heritage Photo: Media Conference, Nairobi March 2010: The Aga Khan in talk with Nobel laureat Wangari Mathaai and Princess Kabakumba Labwoni Masiko, Ugandan Minister of Information. at the KICC, Nairobi. "I am pleased to tell you that The Aga Khan University is planning to establish a new Graduate School of Media and Communications, based in East Africa" anounced H.H. The Aga Khan at the Pan Africa Media Conference. The first batch of about 100 exclusive photos taken by the Heritage staff at the Pan Africa Media Conference is now in the New Heritage. [Page 1] [page 2] [page 3] [Full news coverage] 84 more photos from various sources. [Album 4] [Album 5] [Album 6] [Album 7]

2010, March 17: President Mwai Kibaki hold talks with His Highness The Aga Khan who called on him at his Harambee House office, Nairobi. President Kibaki gave the assurance when he met and held discussions with The Aga Khan who paid a courtesy call at his Harambee House Office. The President said the Government recognises and appreciates the substantial economic impact created by diverse programmes implemented in various parts of the country under the Aga Khan Development Network [More]

2010, March 16: H.H. The Aga Khan arrived in Nairobi for a 3 days visit this evening. He will attend the 50 years Jubilee celebration of the Nation newspaper and the Pan Africa Media Conference organised to coincide with this occasion.

2010, March 18-19:The Pan Africa media conference , in Nairobi, will bring together prominent personalities in media, business, governments, civil society, and academia across the world. Some of the 40 eminent guests lined up to grace the event include the Aga Khan, Nobel laureate Prof Wangari Maathai, former South Africa’s president Thabo Mbeki, telecom investor Mo Ibrahim, and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The conference key theme is Reflections on the past, present, and prospects for the future. Thursday 18th March 2010 - 8.30 am – 9.45am - Opening Ceremony Programme - H.H. the Aga Khan Keynote Address – “Media and the Africa Promise” -Lessons learnt in the last 50 years for NMG and modern journalism in Africa, and the voices that have been locked out and need to be heard. [More]

2010, March 4-5: Photo of H.H. The Aga Khan and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner By: BERTRAND GUAY AFP. His Highness the Aga Khan to speak at March 4-5 conference in Paris. The Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development, organized by the Agence Française deDéveloppement (AFD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, andthe World Bank, will be held March 4-5, 2010 in the Cité des Sciences et del’Industrie in la Villette, Paris. The goal of this international eventis to foster the creation of newfinancial mechanisms to better address development challenges at the global, regional, or local levels. The event, to beopened by Christine Lagarde, French Minister of Economy, Industry, and Employment, will bring together leading experts on these issues. The speakers will include:Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Managing Director,The World BankGroup), Jean-Michel Severino(Director General, Agence Française de Développement), Geoffrey Lamb (Managing Director, Public PolicyOperations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Philippe Douste Blazy (Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Special Adviserto the Secretary General on Innovative Financing for Development, Chair of the Board of UNITAID), Rachel Kyte (Vice President, InternationalFinance Corporation), Eckhard Deutscher (Development AssistanceCommittee Chair, OECD), and His Highness the Aga Khan. [More]

2010, February 2-4: Paris, France - Prince Karim Aga Khan attends the International 'Global Zero' Summit Against Nuclear Weapons. 2010 PARIS SUMMIT - The Global Zero Summit in Paris will bring together 200 international political, military, business, and faith leaders for strategy talks on the phased elimination of all nuclear weapons and for the launch of the next phase of the global campaign to build public and political support for this agenda. The Summit will take place at the Le Grand InterContinental Hotel in Paris, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 2nd and concluding at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4th. Photos and text to follow. [More here]

2010, January 28 - London, UK: "Results change minds, not rhetoric." His Highness the Aga Khan's Statement at the London Conference on Afghanistan today. International conference on Afghanistan begins in London Foreign ministers of over 70 countries gathered at a conference in London to discuss the current situation and future of Afghanistan.[More]

2008, january 20: The Aga Khan University Hospital plans to set up a heart and cancer centre in Kenya by the end of the year. The centre, the first of its kind in the region, will provide medical treatment for heart ailments and cancers, the university’s president, Mr Firoz Rasul, announced on Wednesday. This is only part of their expansion agenda, which Mr Rasul said, is expected to cost more than $700 million (Sh52.5 billion). Besides offering treatment, Mr Rasul said the centre would also train specialists in cardiac diseases and cancer. “This expansion will directly impact on the services we offer the communities we serve and contribute to the development of the East African region,” he said. He was speaking during the sixth graduation ceremony of the university hospital, located in Parklands, Nairobi. Mr Rasul told the ceremony, which was presided over by Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, that the project, will create 6,000 jobs for East Africans. During the occasion, 82 graduands were awarded degrees and diplomas. Mr Musyoka said that the government attached great importance to education as evidenced by the large budgetary allocation over the years. [Nation, KBC etc - More on Kenya Graduation, More on Uganda Graduation]

NEW! 2010, Janvier 07: Le nouvel Economiste — N°1503 - Rendez-vous a l'Hotel - Le Prince Karim Aga Khan. More

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