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87Building Bridges

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    Mar 9, 2005
      Building Bridges

      1. A Hindu temple built by a Muslim

      A new Shiva Temple was inaugrated in Benares, UP, India, to mark the
      annual festival of Mahashivratri. Although new temples are being
      opened everyday, the unusual thing about this one is that it was
      built by a Muslim women, Noor Fatima. (Zee News, March 9, 2005)

      2. Pakistani doctors to adopt village near Wagah, Vibha Sharma, (The
      Tribune, March 9, 2005)

      New Delhi, March 8: A group of physicians of Pakistani descent is
      working on a project to adopt a village near the Wagah border in
      India and provide it with all basic amenities and facilities.

      Chairman of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America
      (APPNA), Hussain Malik, told The Tribune that APPNA was planning to
      adopt Khurmnian village near Amritsar in collaboration with the
      Escorts group, which has a heart institute in Amritsar, and provide
      it with water purification system and other facilities, including
      sewage and sanitation system.

      The APPNA delegation, he said, was in India to build bridges of
      friendship through collaboration in the field of medicine.

      During its three-day stay in Delhi, members of the delegation will
      participate in an international medical conference with eminent
      Indian doctors to work out strategies of cooperation between the two

      "Adopting the village near the Wagah border is the focal point to
      take medical diplomacy forward," said Dr Malik.

      The association, with an initial budget of Rs 10 to 12 lakh, will
      improve the conditions of the village by providing a water
      purification system and spruce up the sewage and sanitation
      conditions in the village.

      The APPNA will also improve the condition of the local school there
      and open a primary health centre.

      Dr Malik said the association was running similar projects in
      Pakistan in Murree, Mardan, Sahiwal and Badine