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NEWSMAKERS: 1-15 February 2002

The Governor of Kerala, Sukhdev Singh Kang, who is also the Chancellor of Kannur University, conferred the university’s honorary D.Litt on MF Hussain, along with A Madhava Chakyar and the sprint rani PT Usha. Hussain who cancelled the visit to the State as he was physically indisposed, was conferred the degree in absentia. In his convocation address Kang said, though Hussain was innovative and daringly innovative, he was conscious of his cultural roots. In his speech read out by the University Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Rajan Gurukkal, Hussain recalled his recent attempt to depict Kerala’s culture and landscape through his paintings. 

K Syed Ali Kutty has been re-elected the Malappuram district secretary of the CPI (M) for the sixth consecutive time. Syed Ali Kutty began his political career by joining the undivided Communist party in 1942. He was first elected as the party secretary of the district unit in 1985.

Marzia Arif, a lecturer at Barkatullah University Bhopal’s Department of Correspondence Course, has been conferred Doctorate’s degree on her research thesis on Artistic analysis of the oaths of the Qur’an. Under the theme she has undertaken a survey of only the oaths of the Qur’an and ahadith. In her research thesis, done under the guidance of Prof Arifa Samin, a retired professor of the Department of Arabic of Barkatulla University, she has exclusively discussed the scientific status of the Qur’anic vows, their importance in religious dogmas and their relation with today’s world. Prof Shafiq Ahmad Khan Nadwi of Jamia Millia Islamia while lauding her work said that it was a unique work on Qur’anic oaths and vows. He also recommended to Prof Harshvardhan Tiwari, VC of Barkatulla University for its quick publication. Marzia Arif’s collection of 23 articles based on research, analysis and literature has been recently published under title of Basat-e-Fikr.

23-year-old Pervez Akhtar is the first ever elected President of London’s Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU) from any minority community. Pervez maintains that he attained the post by a stroke of luck as strangely enough none of his family ever studied in a university. Pervez did his BA in English and Education Studies from Hamilton College.
Out of the total 3,700 votes cast, his close rival got 1,100 and Pervez, leading by 1,700 votes, received about 2,800 votes.
After being elected President of CUSU Pervez’s aim is to start a movement of unity in diversity, so that more students are inspired by this literary drive and they apply for admission in Cambridge. For this purpose he has prepared a Little Black Book - an information-store of various poor groups of people.
Pervez belongs to a Pakistani family whose father Akhtar is a truck driver and whose mother Wazim is a simple house-wife. He was brought up in the industrial city Lincolnshire where he lives with his parents and four brothers and sisters and he did his high school from Boston Catholic High School of North Eastern England.
Pervez is not happy with the British government’s policy regarding higher education which has discontinued stipends. Because poor families would not be able to bear the expense of higher studies, as he himself belongs to a poor family. He says that he could not bear the expenses of study if he had not earned when he discontinued his study after secondary level owing to financial conditions. It was the money saved during those days which enabled him to go ahead, says Pervez.

Qari Muhammad Munir Ahmad, son of Muhammad Azam, a businessman of Hyderabad, secured first position in an All India Qir’at Competition jointly sponsored by Anjuman Talimul Qur’an, Calicut (Kerala) and Calicut Islamic and Cultural Society. The promising young man is the disciple of Qari Muhammad Ali Khan. Students from various states besides Andhra Pradesh took part in the competition. 

Bollywood cine star Shahrukh Khan has recently paid a fine of Rs 12,627 to Delhi Development Authority for misusing a plot of land. Khan’s widowed mother Fatima had been allotted a site by DDA for running a kerosene depot in 1984 at Madangir shopping complex. Shahrukh has yet to pay Rs 2 lakh. DDA had allotted the 400-square ft plot to Khan’s mother Fatima from the freedom fighters’ quota on an yearly lease basis owing to her husband Latif’s contribution in freedom movement. But Khan was using it for residential purposes.


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