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Mawlana Hazar Imam together with other Padma award recipients at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residents of the President of India. Government of India

New Delhi, 8 April 2015 — In a ceremony held today at the at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President of India, His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee bestowed upon Mawlana Hazar Imam the Padma Vibhushan, one of India’s highest civilian decorations.

Mawlana Hazar Imam visits with the Honourable Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India at Panchavati, the official Prime Ministerial residence. Government of India

New Delhi, 7 April 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam called on the President, Vice President and Prime Minister of India today, visiting them at their respective official residences.

Ismaili Council President Gulam Rahimtoola welcomes Mawlana Hazar Imam with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the India Jamat. Aziz Ajaney

New Delhi, 6 April 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in India today for a week-long visit during which he will receive the Padma Vibhushan. Hazar Imam is also expected to lay the foundation stone for a site museum and visitor’s centre for Humayun’s Tomb.

The AKDN Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurjehan Mawani, bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Manas International Airport.

During a ten-day visit to Central Asia, Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, where he met with senior government and institutional leaders, and assessed the development of the University of Central Asia as well as other AKDN and Imamat projects. In Tajikistan, Hazar Imam granted Golden Jubilee Darbars at Ishkashim and Porshinev, and layed the foundation for the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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