- 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