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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 March 2002

Prime Minister Vajpayee with the members of the Indian Haj delegation

Ghalib remembered
New Delhi: Ghalib Memorial Day was observed followed by a night-long poetic symposium at Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin to mark the 133rd death anniversary of the eminent poet Mirza Ghalib. The symposium was jointly sponsored by Ghalib Institute, Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Delhi and National Council for Promotion of Urdu language. The participants paid glowing tributes to Ghalib and shed light on his life and services. Dozens of poets recited poems and ghazals on the occasion. Similar meetings were held at other places.

Mosque locked in Haryana
Baghpat: Speaking about several mosques which have been locked by Archeological Survey of India (ASI), general secretary of Lok Dal Dr Merajuddin Ahmad has said that before expressing sympathy with the Muslims of Uttar Pradesh, Om Prakash Chotala should first open hundreds of mosques locked by ASI in Haryana. He said that so far no attention has been paid to unlock the jama masjid of Panipat even after the appeal made by a respected scholar Maulana Iftikhar Hasan Kandhalwi to the chief minister. He further said that the Haryana government is not paying any attention to the problems of Muslims who are being exploited.

Media vs Muslims
New Delhi: ‘National media does not present true picture of Muslims. It projects them as traitors. This is a dangerous propaganda.’ These views were expressed by journalist Suhail Anjum. He was giving an extension lecture on National media and Muslim issues at Jamia Millia Islamia, organized by the Faculty of Islamic Studies. He also said that the national media does not take interest in the problems of Muslims.

30 percent discount for Muslims
New Delhi: Muslims and minorities too will get 30 percent discount on the loans of Delhi Khadi Board. This was announced by Jama Masjid Delhi’s Municipal Councillor Azhar Shagufa.
It should be noted that women and scheduled castes used to get 30 percent discount on the loans of Delhi Khadi Board. Azhar Shagufa took a step forward and discussed the matter with the Board’s chairman and Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit demanding the same discount for minorities and Muslims. Her demand has been accepted. 

Educate Muslim Women
Aligarh: No society can progress without educating women, said Prof Ali Muhammad Khusro, educationist and chairman of Maulana Azad Educational Foundation. He was addressing a meeting on Founders’ Day of the Women’s College, Aligarh Muslim University. Paying rich tributes to the founder of Women’s College Shaikh Abdullah and his wife Waheed Jahan Begum he said that they felt the pulse of the community and brought a revolution in the country about women’s education. He asked educated Muslim women to carry on the mission of Shaikh Abdullah so that the literacy rate among Muslim women may be increased. 
At the end of function, prizes were distributed to talented students. Samia Kirmani, a Girls’ High School Student was given best student of the year award while Sihar Waris of Women’s College was given Baba Miyan Padma Bhushan award.

Jamia wins hockey tournament
New Delhi: The hockey team of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi has added to the pride of the university as it won the Nehru Champion Colleges hockey tournament on 12 February held at Delhi’s Shivaji Stadium. 
Jamia defeated Nanakchand Anglo Sanskrit College, Meerut by 2-1 and received Rs 1 lakh as cash prize.

Urdu papers in English
Kolkata: Urdu-medium students in Bengal are being given question papers in English in the Madhyamik examinations. This behaviour of the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education has been criticized as the Students’ Struggle Committee has condemned it. The Committee has been agitating for its demand to set up more Urdu-medium Higher Secondary Schools and that the question papers be introduced in Urdu next year. Though there is no such rule that the Urdu-speaking students cannot get their question papers in Urdu, the Board seems to be uninclined to do so. Imtiaz Alam, secretary of the Students’ Struggle Committee has said that a massive movement would be launched at all Urdu-medium schools for their demand.

Mazharul Islam celebrates centenary
New Delhi: Mazharul Islam Secondary School of Farashkhana, Delhi organized a quiz competition on the completion of 100 years. Other inter school educational and cultural programmes were also organized on the occasion which include painting, cartoon, elocution contest, ode, verse and ghazal recitation, mono acting and fancy dress etc. Various government, semi-government and public schools of Delhi took part in the competition. Educationists and school management authorities and people from print and electronic media visited the school and applauded both the teachers and the students.
Mushtaq Baig, vice principal of the school lauded the services of the management and also announced to publish a special number of the school magazine Caravan in April 2002 on the hundred years’ service of the school.

Darul Qaza set up in Delhi
New Delhi: It is a religious duty of every Muslim to settle their controversial issues and those relating to personal law as per the order of Allah and His messenger (SAW). The reward for reviving and acting upon an abandoned sunnah of the Prophet (Pbuh), mentioned in a hadith, is equal to that of three hundred martyrs. Darul Qaza (an Islamic court of justice) is one of those sunnahs, said Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi, President of All India Muslim Personal Law Board on the occasion of the establishment of a Darul Qaza in Madrasa Baitul Uloom, Jafarabad in East Delhi.
Qazi Muhammad Shafiuddin Qasmi has been appointed Qazi.

Wipro and Cipla remain on top
According to the annual Review 200 of the Far Eastern Economic Review, the leading companies of Asia, Wipro and Cipla stand at 3rd and 9th place respectively in the top 10 list. Azim Hashem Premji, the richest man of India, is the owner and manager of Wipro Corporation while Cipla Corporation was founded and owned by the North India’s Hameed family.

Waqf Board sacks officer
Faridkot: High Command of Punjab Waqf Board has sacked the estate officer of Faridkot and has locked his office.
According to information, the high command took the timely action after the Waqf Council and the people found in a surprise raid that the office had been closed for a week. Earlier too Himachal Pradesh estate officer was dismissed for signing allotment receipts without permission, dispatching dozens of wrong proposals and for illegal constructions. In order to streamline the administration, work diary has been given to the Board’s Ambala headquarters to accelerate the work. A committee has also been formed to supervise new constructions under the management of Waqf Board. These steps have been taken for the first time in 41-years’ history of the Board.
According to a new plan of the high command every worker of the Board will now have to give details of his income and property. Imams too have been covered under this rule. All these steps have been taken after complaints were received that workers have properties more than what their income can justify.

Drama on Chughtai’s novel
New Delhi: A two-day stage drama was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 16-17 February. The drama was based on the story Gharwali, written by prominent novelist late Ismat Chughtai.

Direct Haj flights from Guwahati
Guwahati: Haj pilgrims will not have to go to Kolkata to take flights for Jeddah because there will be direct flights from Guwahati’s Gopinath Bardolwi International Airport from next year, Tarun Gogoi, chief minister of Assam said while speaking on the occasion of a farewell function. He further said that civil aviation minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has expressed consent to it.
Gogoi also said that the state government will allot a proper land to build a Haj house there.

Haj house to be constructed in Lucknow
Lucknow: Haj House will be soon constructed in Lucknow, said Tanveer Ahmad, chairman of Central Haj Committee. The proposed Haj House to be constructed at an estimated expenditure of more than 5 crore rupees will have all the facilities for the relatives of Haj pilgrims to stay. He said that the construction of Haj houses in two cities Patna and Bhopal has already begun while Haj houses have already been built in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Jammu.
It should be noted that Muslim leaders in Lucknow had recently staged a dharna demanding construction of a Haj house there.

DCI recognizes batches
Srinagar: The pass out batches of SMN Imam Dental College of Darbhanga, Bihar have been recognized by the Dental Council of India. A notification in this regard has been recently issued. Several Kashmiri students have secured dental science degrees from the same college. However, the notification does not include the existing batches, sources said.

DU bags 1st prize
New Delhi: Delhi University secured first position in All India Allama Iqbal Inter University Quiz Competition held at Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal on 9 February, organized by Allama Iqbal Adabi Markaz, Bhopal. Shamim Ahmad, a research scholar of the Department of Urdu and Ali Ahmad Idris, an MA final year student of DU participated in the quiz competition. Nine universities of Madhya Pradesh and North India, including DU took part in the competition. 
Former VC of Barkatullah University S Dhillon chaired the meeting and congratulated Shamim Ahmad and Ali Ahmad and also applauded DU’s Department of Urdu.

Politics necessary
Kanpur: It is necessary for every class of society to be familiar with politics, because changes can be brought about by political knowledge. Muzaffar Ali, film director expressed these views while talking to newspersons. He had come to Kanpur to start a new channel A to Z. He also said that the fight against terrorism could not be fought with weapons. The misguided youths could be reformed only by love. He said that there is need to introduce Kashmiri culture in the world. But, however, he regretted that it was not done so far.
We want to send our message to the people of Pakistan through TV channel, he added. He remained silent over a question of Indo-Pak border saying that it was a political issue. 

Allah Rakha Khan remembered
Tabla maestro Ustad Allah Rakha Khan, who died on 2 February in the year 2000 was remembered at Mumbai’s Shanmukhananda Hall. Among those present on the occasion were the late maestro’s widow Bawi Begum and his three celebrated sons Ustad Zakir Hussain, Taufiq and Fazal Qureshi. The trio paid glowing musical tributes to their late father, whose death is believed to have been caused by the premature demise of his newly-married daughter Raziya. Later little students of the Allah Rakha Academy paid recital homage to his memory.

UGC proposes Deeniyat degree
New Delhi: The University Grants Commission has proposed Deeniyat course along with courses on other religious priesthood. Siraj Hussain, VC of Jamia Hamdard in his letter to UGC chairman Dr Hari Gautam had stressed the need of starting a BA course in Deeniyat saying that the course sanctioned by the UGC would elevate students’ Islamic education at graduate level. He said that the new course will help the students to have an opportunity to study Deeniyat as comprehensive subject along with other social sciences.
However, the UGC has given free will to universities to shape their own course content and has also promised to give financial assistance for setting up new departments besides asking them to submit the proposal to the Commission for approval.

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