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  • Aga Khan’s Gift to Canada

    September 10, 2014 - The Art Newspaper, Julia Halperin

    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.

  • Private Equity Investment is the Future of Energy in Africa

    September 8, 2014 - AFK Insider, Anna B. Wroblewska

    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.

  • Urban Rehabilitation: the Rebirth of Lahore’s Gali Surjan Singh

    September 7, 2014 - The Express Tribune, Hassan Naqvi

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

  • SEACOM Looks to Offer Low Cost Internet

    September 5, 2014 - Monitor, Frederic Musisi

    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.

  • PECTA Studies Tourism Opportunities in Neighboring Afghanistan

    September 5, 2014 - Asia-Plus, Qurbon Alamshoyev

    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.

  • The Aga Khan's New Islamic Treasure Trove

    September 4, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal, Kelly Crow

    Plenty of museums around the world collect Islamic art—from ornate Persian carpets to Mughal miniature paintings—but there's never been a museum in North America focused solely on exhibiting these pieces, until now. On Sept. 18, Toronto's Aga Khan Museum will open in a roughly 47,000 square-foot space designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, giving visitors a permanent spot to see one of the top private collections of Islamic art anywhere.

  • Tajikistan’s Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) law enforcement authorities have been taught in how to behave with foreign tourists. “A seminar on an international etiquette for receiving foreign guests has been conducted for law enforcement officers in the Darvoz district recently,” Mr. Asadsho Zoolshoyev, the CEO of the Pamirs Eco-Cultural Tourism Association (PECTA), told Asia-Plus in an interview.

  • Minister Commends Aga Khan Hospital

    September 1, 2014 - Daily Monitor, Albert Tumwine

    The Minister for Health, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, has appealed to Ugandan health providers to emulate Aga Khan hospital by offering good health facilities to the public. “I would like to salute the Aga Khan Foundation for its commitment to quality health service provision to Ugandans. Uganda is faced with many diseases while the attempt to contain them is still a challenge,” Dr. Rugunda said.

  • Private Meets Public for Heritage Conservation

    August 31, 2014 - The Free Press Journal

    At a recently held panel discussion at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, experts discuss the future of heritage conservation in India. Non-governmental organizations such as the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) have carried out extensive work at Humayun’s Tomb in Nizamuddin, Delhi, and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum respectively. Ratish Nanda, Project Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, says “Conservation is not anti-development.

  • Humayun's Tomb model for Heritage Rules

    August 30, 2014 - The Times of India, Richi Verma

    Twenty-eight centrally-protected monuments in Humayun's Tomb world heritage site and the crowded Nizamuddin area could serve as case studies for framing heritage bylaws nationwide. Struggling with the task of making bylaws for all 3,600-plus ASI-protected monuments, National Monuments Authority has turned to organizations which are already well-versed in heritage of specific areas. Aga Khan Trust for Culture has been approached regarding all protected buildings in Nizamuddin area.

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