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Gilgit to celebrate birthday of His Highness Aga Khan with an official holiday

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The district administration of Gilgit has announced a public holiday on 13th December 2018 to commemorate the 82nd birthday of His Highness Aga Khan, the 49th spiritual leader of over two million Ismaili Muslims.

In a notification issued last month, the District Magistrate, also the District Commissioner, Captain Retired Sami Ullah Farooq had notified authorities to make special arrangements for security and other matters related to celebrations of Aga Khan’s birthday celebrations, known as Salgirah Mubarak.

Gilgit district is home to some hundred thousand Ismaili Muslims. His Highness Aga Khan visited Gilgit-Baltistan last year in December. The visit was part of Diamond Jubilee of Ismaili Imamat visits to countries where Ismaili Muslims live. His Highness visited and gave Deedar to millions of his followers in countries including Pakistan, India, United States, Portugal, Canada and the United States.

His Highness Aga Khan also met Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman during his visit to Gilgit-Baltistan and signed a memorandum of collaboration. 

Aga Khan in Gilgit
His Highness the Aga Khan meets with the locals of Jaglot to discuss the projects of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in the area in May 1983. Photo credits: AKDN / Christopher Little

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) have been a vital partner of the government in sustainable development of the region. 

The district administration of Gilgit has further extended the understanding between the office of Ismaili Imamat and the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Specials arrangement have been made for fireworks on the mountains of Konadass, Danyore, Sultanabad, Nomal and Jutial.

DC Gilgit Captain Retired Sami Ullah Farooq has directed security forces to ensure foolproof security in the district, especially in areas where Ismaili Jamatkhanas are located. 

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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7 Photo-stories on World Water Day 2020 from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC)

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AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
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World Water Day is celebrated every year on 22nd March as an observance day to highlight the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

As part of the World Water Day 2020 celebrations, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) shares these stories of people from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral whose lives have been deeply impacted by water and sanitation-related projects in the region.

AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Over half of the people across Pakistan lack access to safe and clean water and have no choice but to consume water from whatever source exists in their villages, regardless of quality. Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, aiming to improve quality of life, is implementing water supply schemes across mountain communities in Pakistan.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
In mountainous parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, traditional wells are used as water reservoirs collecting the water coming from streams through canals. This water, coming directly from open sources, is unsafe as it is contaminated due to its exposure to both humans and animals. Without access to another source of water, people use this unsafe water for different purposes including drinking, cooking, and other domestic purposes.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Clean drinking water has always been a huge problem for communities living in mountainous areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Women and children are impacted the most as they must travel long distances to fetch water for cooking, washing, and laundry. AKAH’s work to connect each household to safe and clean with a water tap in their home enables women to keep their children safe from waterborne diseases, spend more quality time with their families, and also reduces time and labor lost to fetching water.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), with the help of communities, identifies water sources in the village, tests the water quality using its technical expertise, develops water infrastructure, constructs water reservoirs, and provides each family with a water tap in their home. More than 500,000 people across Pakistan now have access to safe drinking water in their homes, through AKAH’s efforts.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s WASEP model uses a community-based approach to help mountain communities get year-round all-season access to safe water. AKAH’s approach uses deep digging and other techniques to ensure that water does not freeze in the pipes despite the fact that these villages are covered in snow for more than five months of the year.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
“I enjoy taking freshwater from this tap in my home; you would say I am in love with it that’s why I stand here many times a day”.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, with its mandate to improve quality of life, is helping women and young girls across Pakistan enjoy a healthy life, by providing access to safe water in their homes, reducing their exposure to water-borne diseases, allowing them to spend more quality time with families.
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Winter Tech Camp by TechScape and Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan concluded at KIU Gilgit

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TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

TechScape and Accelerate Prosperity (AP Pakistan) concluded the Winter Tech Camp 2019-20 with an ending ceremony organized at Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit. Certificate of participation and token of appreciation were distributed among the participants and sponsors of camp by the chief guest Col. Saqib Iqbal, the Commander of Special Communication Organization (SCO). Guest representatives of Karakoram International University (KIU), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and Gilgit-Baltistan Rural Support Programme (GBRSP) were also present at the event held at KIU’s Musharraf Hall.

The Chief Guest of the ceremony Col. Saqib Iqbal in his address stressed the importance of information technology in the current era. He appreciated the efforts of TechScape in changing the dynamics of Gilgit-Baltistan through digital skills and committed to supporting in every possible way, not just to organize such events but also to support tech camps in the future.

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

The Chief Technical Officer of TechScape Mr. Sajid Khan informed the audience regarding the services provided by TechScape. In his speech he stressed upon the need to learn the digital skills and requested the parents to encourage their children to pursue the field of their interest. 

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Khan, Investment Analyst Accelerate prosperity Pakistan, highlighted the services of Accelerate Prosperity in creating the eco-system for the young entrepreneurs. He also appreciated the efforts of TechScape and their services in the IT Sector GB, Specially, Concentration on young minds, Kids and future of the Youth.

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

Winter Tech Camp was organized by TechScape in Collaboration with Accelerate Prosperity at AP Co-working space and Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (AKHSS), Gilgit. Modules included in the camp were App Development, Game Development, Web Development, Robotics, Freelancing, Photoshop, and MS office. Students worked on their tech projects by using platforms like Scratch, Unity, Mobirise, WordPress, etc. The camp also conducted industrial visits where students visited SCO and CaliberOn International. The basic idea behind these visits was to familiarize the students with the tech-based industry around them and to give them a glimpse of the future of work.

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

TechScape is the first Education-Technology company in Gilgit Baltistan, which organizes different bootcamps for students across Gilgit Baltistan on different emerging technologies and Skills. It has trained more than 1000 students in Gilgit and has started camps in Hunza and Ghizer as well. Currently, TechScape is working in backward areas of GB like Chipurson and Hundur. Teaching the students about technology and its uses in daily life.

Disclaimer: This is a Press Release.

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