The Qutb Shahi Tombs, the 16th Century necropolis and one of Hyderabad’s most known heritage tourism sites, is set for a new chapter. The combined efforts of the Aga Khan Foundation, Heritage Telangana and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) will soon see the 106-acre premises donning the mantle of a one-of-its kind heritage park. According to Ratish Nanda, CEO of AKTC India, almost 60 percent of the works have been completed so far. "In 2021, conservation works are being undertaken on over a dozen monuments including five baolis. These works will be completed by 2024," he said.
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.