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Celebration at the Base Camps of the K2 Mountain


Saturday was party time in all Karakoram BCs; the porters celebrated Aga Khan’s birthday [Imamat Day] by dancing and singing around bonfires.


Naveed opens hydro-power project in Hunza valley

GILGIT, July 19 (APP):  The federal minister for Finance, Privatization and Investment Syed Naveed Qamar, here on Saturday, inaugurated  a micro hydro-power unit in remote valley of Ahmed Abad, Hunza to provide uninterrupted power supply to the people.


The power project of 350 KV was completed at a cost of Rs.12.3 million.

The small hydro unit was joint venture of the local community and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Funds (PPAF).

Addressing on the occasion, the minister lauded the role of the local  people who had completed number of projects in this remote region, on self-help basis.

The minister assured government’s full support for the development of remote areas.

He appreciated the efforts of Aga Khan Development Network and said  that the organization was serving the humanity not only in the country but also throughout the world.

Chief Executive PPAF Kamal Hayat, speaking on the occasion, pledged more financial support for the initiation of another power project in the area.

Later, federal minister visited Gemstone polishing center at Karim Abad being run under the auspices of Karakurma Area Development Organization (KADO) and took keen interest in the products of precious stones.


MoU signed with Aga Khan Health Services to improve health services in Chitral

PESHAWAR: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the provincial Health Department, district government Chitral and Agha Khan Health Service (AKHS) here Monday to hand over Rural Health Centre (RHC) Shagram to AKHS for efficient delivery of health care services through public-private partnership.

The MoU was signed in a special ceremony held in the committee room of Health Secretariat, Peshawar.

Provincial Minister for Population Welfare Salim Khan was chief guest on the occasion. Secretary Health Dr Syed Sohail Altaf, District Nazim Chitral Haji Maghifirat Shah, District Coordination Officer Chitral Motasim Billah Shah and chairman AKHS Dr Amin Delawala signed the MoU on behalf of the Health Department, district government and AKHS, respectively.

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 Another small Power Plant put into commission in GBAO under support of AKF

21 July 2008 / Asia-PLUS Daily Blitz

KHOROG, July 19, 2008, Asia-Plus /Shonavruz Afzalshoyev/ — A small hydropower plant Bardara was put into commission in the village of Bardara in the Bartang Valley, GBAO’s Rushan district on July 18.

The plant has been constructed under financial support of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).

Speaking in an interview with Asia-Plus, Khujamiyor Khumorikov, engineer-manager with AKF’s Mountain Societies Development Support Program (MSDSP), said that the power plant Bardara with the rated capacity of 160 kW had been constructed in two years, and $87,000, including $7,000 contribution of local residents, had been spent for construction of the station.

Resident of the Bardara village, Sultonsho Mamadbekov, noted that the plant will allow using electrical power not only for lightening residential buildings, cooking and tackling other everyday problems but also watching TV. According to Khumorikov, Bardara is the eighth small power plant built by MSDSP in the Bartang Valley.

“In all, with direct participation of our program and contributions of local residents and under financial support of international organizations 29 small power plants with different rated capacities, ranging from 30 to 300 kW, have been constructed in Gorno Badakhshan since 1997,” Khumorikov said, noting that a total capacity of those 29 plants is some 2,500 kW. “They provide electricity supplies to more than 30 villages; besides, we have constructed some 30 kilometers of electricity-transmission lines,” the engineer-manager said. A ceremony of putting the Bardara plant into commission was attended by Minister of Energy and Industries Sherali Gul, Resident Representative of the Aga Development Network (AKDN) in Tajikistan Munir Merali, and CEO of AKF Tajikistan Yodgor Fayzov.


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