Awards: 1-15 January 2002
Senior journalist and the assistant editor of the Chandrika daily,
RAHIM MECHERI has been selected for the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre award for the best Muslim journalist in the State. The award instituted by the Qatar based Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre carries Rs. 25,000 and a citation. Mecheri was selected for the award considering his laudable contributions in the field of journalism in general and the community in particular. He has been fighting for the cause of minorities in the state for the last three decades or more. Rahim Mecheri, an ideologue of the Muslim League and a possessor of a sharply pointed pen, is well known in the political circles as a doughty defender of his party as well as his community. The experience that he gained from his association with CH Muhammad Koya when the latter was the chief editor of the Chandrika made him a courageous intellectual with a spine that seldom bends. He gave befitting reply to the detractors of his party as well as his community through his columns in Chandrika. Many a time he had been at war with the late EMS Namboodiripad and the RSS ideologue P Parameshwaran. Now the untiring journalist’s contributions are at last recognised by the community. The award will be presented in January.
Farid Ahmad, a teacher of Government Sarvodya Bal Vidhyala, Pataudi House, New Delhi has been conferred the Indira Gandhi Award for best teacher by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit in recognition of his literary services. The award included a cheque of Rs 11,000, a gold medal, a plaque and a trophy. Farid Ahmad has been rendering his teaching services for last several years and is associated with various social, cultural and educational institutions of Delhi. He is also district secretary of Government Schools’ Union GSTA and chairman of Delhi Minorities Welfare Foundation. He has taken revolutionary steps to popularize education among minorities in Delhi.
Ghaffar Sheikh, divisional Officer of Maharashtra Enterprise Development Centre (MEDC)’s Aurangabad Division was awarded the National Award 2001 for Best Entrepreneur, Trainer and Motivator instituted by the internationally renowned Entrepreneur Development Institute of India for training new industrialists. This awarded is given once in two years for distinguished performance in enterprise development and consists of Rs 21,000 in cash, a citation and a memento
Lady wrestler Shamaila Khan of Delhi has won Gold Medal in the 31st National Sports Competition held in Jalandhar. She defeated Raman Chanu of Manipur.
Many important personalities were honoured with awards and titles on the occasion of Allama Iqbal Day for their laudable services.