• Aga Khan’s Gift to Canada

    September 10, 2014

    Eight years in the making, the 113,000 sq. ft Aga Khan Museum seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of Muslim civilisations through the arts of the Islamic world. The first museum in North America devoted to Islamic arts and culture is due to open on 18 September in an unlikely place: the Don Mills suburb of Toronto, Canada. The Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim community, philanthropist and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, is the founder of the C$300m ($275m) complex, which also includes a community centre and gardens covering 753,473 sq. ft.

  • There is a massive infrastructure shortage in Africa. According to the World Bank, electricity is the major weak point: power output for the 800 million people continent is “roughly the same” as Spain’s, which is home to just 45 million. Measures of consumption and supply security are similarly underwhelming. One Uganda energy project, the Bujagali Hydroelectric Power Station, was funded by a consortium of investors that included Blackstone, the World Bank, the Ugandan government, the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, the African Development Bank, and the European Investment Bank.

  • Located inside Lahore, India’s Walled City’s Delhi Gate, Gali Surjan Singh is home to 13 residences.

  • Submarine cable operator, SEACOM, has launched operations in Uganda with direct deployment of two Points of Presence (PoPs) to provide fast and affordable internet connection to the global network. PoP infrastructure enables available networks to access the internet through an interconnection point with long-distance carriers of high speed bandwidth. This will ease global accessibility to Uganda through improvement of the cost and quality of broadband services.

  • A group of specialists and guides from the Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA) has recently visited the Shighnan and Wakhan districts in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province. Mr. Kishvar Abdulalishoyev, Chairman of the PECTA Board of Directors, says the main purpose of the visit was for the PECTA specialists to study opportunities of the tourism cooperation with Afghan Badakhshan province. “Many people, who want to visit Afghanistan Badakhshan, do not have information about tourism opportunities of this region,” said Abdulalishoyev.