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Prince Karim Aga Khan calls on PM & President of India

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]New Delhi: Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, Prince Karim Aga Khan, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today. He is currently on a visit to India, and will be awarded the Padma Vibhushan by President Pranab Mukherjee. The Prime Minister praised the work of the Aga Khan Foundation, especially in the areas of rural development and sanitation, which, he said, he had the opportunity to witness first-hand when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. Shri Narendra Modi called upon the Aga Khan Foundation to play a key role in the 'Swachh Bharat' and 'Ganga Rejuvenation' initiatives. He also sought the Foundation's participation in building toilets for girl children. Prince Karim Aga Khan said he was honoured to be receiving the Padma Vibhushan. He said the Aga Khan Foundation was already undertaking the task of construction of one lakh toilets, beginning with the state of Gujarat. He said the Foundation was also involved in initiatives to promote health and hygiene, and to ensure potable water supply. The Prime Minister and Prince Karim Aga Khan also discussed the current situation in West Asia. AK-1 Prince Karim Aga Khan calls on President His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan called on President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated Prince Aga Khan on the Padma Vibhushan Award being conferred on him and said this reflects the admiration and respect India has for him and for the valuable public service being done by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The President said India appreciates the valuable contribution of AKDN in restoration and heritage conservation. India has been inspired by the intelligent manner in which restoration and heritage conservation has been married with the goal of reviving traditional crafts, employment creation, education, improving health and urban renewal in the Humayun’s Tomb project. India intends to study the model carefully and see how it can be applied to other programmes. Responding to the President, Prince Karim Aga Khan said he was deeply honoured by the reorganization accorded to him through the Padma Vibhushan Award. He said the AKDN will continue to work in India and establish best practices in heritage conservation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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