In New Dehli, it took five years of effort for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) to restore the Khilji mosque to its former glory. The Hazrat Nizamuddin Committee thought AKTC would be the best organisation to conserve this monument. AKTC removed years of paint, repaired leakages and revealed the intricate incised plasterwork of the 14th century building. The restoration has seen the removal of lead paint that had begun affecting the red sandstone structure. The effort was also to reveal the original stone structure with its Quranic inscriptions and stone carvings. Neetipal Brar, conservation architect at AKTC, said: "This work was an example of flexible conservation because the mosque was in use."
Over a third of all children in Pakistan are chronically malnourished (stunted), while 30% of under children under the age of five are acutely malnourished. This situation contributes to high mortality and morbidity rates among children under the age of five. The Lancet published the latest series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition Progress, which reiterates that previously highlighted interventions continue to effectively reduce stunting. AKU faculty Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhutta and Dr Jai K. Das are senior and lead authors of two papers in the Lancet series. They noted that Pakistan, like many developing countries, faces the challenge of the triple burden of malnutrition where stunted growth and deficiencies of essential nutrients are prevalent, alongside a trend of rising overweight and obesity.
In Toronto, Canada, the Aga Khan Park is organising a new outdoor exhibit, called "Spring is here", which runs until 25 April. The exhibit is an opportunity to celebrate diverse spring traditions. It has five unique installations with twenty colourful panels all about spring. They explore traditions from all over the world, with everything from the Easter Bunny to the Haft Seen Table on display.
During a recent conference on Sustainable Rice Finance in Karachi, Adnan Pasha Siddiqui, Chief of staff of Habib Bank Limited (HBL) discussed economic and strategic benefits of successful global rice trade and the role Pakistan’s agriculture and finance sector could play. The bank official shared HBL's interest and plans for sustainable development finance in food crops, especially rice. The event aimed to promote involvement of the private sector finance to expand and grow rice agriculture and trade.
The 4,8-hectare Aga Khan Garden, which is one of the most comprehensive and first of its kind in the far north-west of the world, goes beyond its natural role as a place of rest and recreation, to act as a unique art gallery that reflects an aspect of the classical Islamic architecture blended in harmony with contemporary Canadian architecture of the Alberta region. Through its charming atmosphere and stunning natural and artistic elements, the Garden seeks to play an important and pivotal role in creating a new and calm social space that brings together people of different nationalities, races, and cultures, in a country known for its cultural and social pluralism. It invites all people to communicate, discuss, reflect, participate, and think together in the future of human civilisation.