In Dehli, Rahim’s Tomb mausoleum stood in ruins with a risk of collapse until 2014 when the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with InterGlobe Foundation and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), began conservation efforts. After nearly six years of restoration work, the tomb opened to the public in December. Similarly, after lying abandoned for decades, in 2007, a memorandum to redevelop Sunder Nursery (a 16th-century heritage park complex adjacent to the Humayun’s Tomb) was signed by the AKTC, the ASI and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. A decade of work has resulted in a 90-acre park dotted with historical monuments, 300 tree species, 36 butterfly species, two amphitheatres, a bonsai enclosure and a peafowl zone.
Addressing the Pakistan Banking Award ceremony organised by the Institute of Bankers Pakistan on 8 January, State Bank of Pakistan Governor, Dr Reza Baqir, said that although the Covid-19 had derailed the economy but it had also created a lot of opportunities in various sectors of the economy. During the ceremony, Habib Bank Limited received three awards as Best Bank for Small and Medium Business, Best Investment Bank and Best Customer Franchise Bank.
On 12 January, an online exhibition will take place in celebration of the 2017-2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) cycle. Themed around Architecture in Dialogue, the panel of previous conveners, steering committee, and master jury members will explore the origins of the AKAA and its worldwide impact throughout its 42-year history.
The Taj Mahal was not the first symbol of love that was built in India. Nearly 50 years before, Abdur Rahim Khan-e-Khanan, a poet and commander-in-chief of Akbar’s army, built a tomb in Delhi in memory of his wife. Now, after nearly six years of restoration work, Rahim Khan’s tomb recently opened to the public. The restoration of Rahim’s tomb is aimed at ensuring that its importance and beauty don’t fade with time. It included repairs of the mausoleum’s canopies, dalans, facades, domes, and the landscape. The diverse motifs that adorned the structure have been restored to their original 16th-century glory by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
The State Bank of Pakistan has launched an online national dialogue on its forthcoming policy to reduce the gender gap in financial inclusion to address one of the key challenges hindering economic growth of the country to its full potential. The webinar was attended by diverse local and international stakeholders, including Princess Zahra who shared her views on how to make headways in the gender diversity landscape, and also shared her experience on what steps can make a difference.