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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 June 2002

Centenary of Mazharul Islam 
New Delhi: Mazharul Islam Secondary School, which is situated in the walled city area of Delhi, celebrated its centenary here at Aiwan-e-Ghalib. Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit graced the occasion as chief guest, while Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard, presided over the function. 
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, in her address, said that her government would accord all possible help to the institution. Delhi Minister Haroon Yusuf recalled the role played by ex-Principal-cum-Secretary Mashkoor Ali Siddiqui for the betterment and welfare of the school. He also said that education plays a vital role in building up a sound mental, moral and physical health. Saiyid Hamid, Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard, lamented that in these 55 years since independence, the community has not been able to open the branches of Muslim institutions as these. Dynamism is a must for attaining prosperity, he said.

Corruption in CCRUM 
New Delhi: Cases of financial misconduct have been detected in Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) -- an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. According to available information, for the last two years financial bungling and other illegal practices on a massive scale were going on unchecked despite the employees of the said council having lodged complaints to the concerned ministry time and again about this specific corruption. However, the higher officials of the ministry failed to act, and studiously avoided the complaints for reasons best known to them.
It may be recalled that CCRUM came into existence in 1979 with the expressed objective of carrying out new research in the field of Unani System of Medicine and work for the upliftment and globalisation for this unique system of medicine.
Several instances of financial irregularities have been highlighted in Audit report of the year 1999-2000. It has been alleged that CCRUM Director Hakim Mohammed Khalid Siddiqui spent Rs 50 lakhs per year continuously since 1994 for the purchase of crude drugs by involving Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), and which is being supplied through a private firm ‘Unimed’ to the Council. However, the KVIC is not at all concerned with any type of crude or prepared medicine. Furthermore, Rs 80 lakhs per year are being spent regularly for kit medicine since 1994 through fake private firms to run the general OPD at different units, whereas OPDs do not hold much importance since CCRUM is basically a research department and was particularly formed to carry out some new research. Rs 32 lakhs was misappropriated in September 1994 for preparation of drug and distribution at the time of plague epidemic. Rs 25 lakhs was misappropriated in the purchase of machineries in 1995. Rs 17 lakhs was misappropriated in August 1996 for the furnishing of the Conference Room and Director’s Room.

Red Fort preservation
New Delhi: Historic Red Fort’s upkeep and maintenance is proving difficult in view of its continued occupation by the army, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has alleged. As such, the restoring of the originality of the historical character of the Red Fort by undertaking necessary archaeological investigations, structural conservation, improvement in historical ambiance, scientific preservation and historical landscaping of various buildings and gardens located within the Fort, is becoming difficult.
AK Sinha, ASI superintending archaeologist, had submitted an affidavit in Delhi High Court, saying that the army authorities have till date failed to provide any concrete commitment for handing over the structures and land presently under their control to the ASI. The ASI also submitted that the army should vacate the area as per the directions of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1974. According to the affidavit, the army should maintain only a token presence for ceremonial functions, and they should make way to shift/re-locate those units which do not require an absolute presence at the Fort so that the buildings occupied by them may be taken over for their proper protection, preservation and maintenance as per established conservation norms.

‘Muslims at the crossroads’
Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh): "Muslims would not be able to live with dignity unless they resort to attaining success in educational spheres. Today, Muslims are at the crossroads of history. It is important that besides madrasas, Muslims should step forward for establishing schools and colleges," said Maulana Wasimul Hasan Kandhlawi, while speaking at a seminar on ‘Education in today’s perspective and our responsibilities,’ which was organised at Jamiatul Mominat here. Maulana Kandhlawi also remarked that the community which spends its time only in accusations, protests and grumbling, will have to face even more difficult times in the days to come.
Delivering his presidential address, Maulana Kandhlawi lamented that Muslims instead of doing purposeful social service, are busy fighting and showing each other down. It is unfortunate that for basic services like education and health, Muslims are dependent on other communities. Muslims should, in fact, take initiative of running charitable dispensaries and hospitals etc., he said.

Include Minorities in police force
New Delhi: "Unless religious fundamentalism in the police force was curbed, public order would remain vitiated," said former Supreme Court Chief Justice AM Ahmadi, while speaking at the Bar Association of India Conference on "Fundamental Principles of Criminal Justice System." The Ayodhya issue has made the environment highly communalised, and the police force has come under its communal influence.
Commenting on the media reports, which in his view, appear to be fair, Justice Ahmadi said, "Police actually aided the rioters against the minority community. Where the government of the day becomes privy to the activities of the rioters, the situation becomes pernicious." If the riots are to be effectively dealt with, then it is necessary that the minority community members be suitably and adequately recruited in the state police and Rapid Action Force. In such situations, the minority community becomes victim in a big way, Justice Ahmadi added.

Urdu Journalism course soon
New Delhi: Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has announced that it is going to introduce ‘Urdu Journalism Course’ shortly. This was stated in an IIMC press release. Sudhir Sharma, Director, IIMC, disclosed that the need for the introduction of Journalism course for the Urdu-knowing aspirants was being felt since long. IIMC is running Hindi and English Journalism courses as well as electronic media courses since 1965.
According to the press release, those Urdu-knowing students who want to make their career in Print and Electronic media, can go for it as the requisite training would give a boost to their career. The Urdu Journalism course would be for a duration of ten months and would begin from August 2002. The course would include training in Translation, Editorial writing, Feature/Article writing, Editing along with training in Electronic media such as Radio, Television and Internet.

IAS, IPS coaching for Muslims
Ambala Cantt. (Punjab): Dr Rizwanul Haque, Administrator, Punjab Waqf Board, has revealed that ever since independence, not a single Muslim either from Haryana, Punjab or Himachal Pradesh has been able to compete for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) or Indian Police Service (IPS). Dr Haque was speaking to mediapersons at his Punjab Waqf Board office.
"Board has chalked out plans to open coaching centres for preparing students to compete in examinations conducted for IAS and IPS, which fall under the purview of the Union Public Service Commission," said Dr Haque. For the purpose of making the admission of Muslims sure, a pre-school would be established soon. Besides this, another major issue confronting the Board is that of illegal encroachment. The State Government has not undertaken any survey of the Waqf lands after 1996, because of which any action against illegal encroachments cannot be taken.

J&K not to be a ‘Riasat’ again
New Delhi: Indian polity is sought to be drastically changed, with the saffronisation process under full swing. From now onwards, it would be only Jammu and Kashmir and not ‘Riasate-Jammu and Kashmir,’ as it was being referred to till recently during the broadcast on All India Radio and Doordarshan.
Broadcasting Corporation of India or Prasar Bharti, has embarked on the Hindisation drive and has introduced some additions to the long list of ‘rechristened names.’
The Director-General of All India Radio, through a formal communication, has directed the News Services Division and External Services Division to avoid the use of word ‘Riasate’ as prefix to Jammu and Kashmir. Similarly, the use of the word ‘Hindustan’ has to be avoided ‘as far as possible’ and the word ‘Bharat’ has to be ‘preferred’ while referring to the country in its programmes.

Directory of ‘Qureishi’ biradari
New Delhi: Special issue of the Delhi monthly Qureishi Express and telephone directory of the Qureishi Muslims was released here at the hands of Haji Sirajuddin Qureishi, Chairman, Hind Industries Limited. Maulana Qari Mohammed Hanif Qureishi, Imam Shahi Idgah, presided over the function. Amongst the notable Qureishi Muslim community members who participated in the function include Justice Abdul Sattar Qureishi, retired Judge, Gujarat High Court, Professor Qaisar Hayat, Chairman, Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Mohammed Aslam Qureishi, Superintendent, Customs, Babu Chiraguddin Qureishi, ex-chairman, Delhi Haj Committee, and several others.
Explaining about the magazine, Dr Shamim Ahmad Qureishi told the gathering that the purpose of publishing the magazine is to bring Qureishi Muslims on a single platform. Haji Sirajuddin Qureishi, who released the magazine, offered all possible cooperation to Dr Qureishi in his endeavour, and also appealed to others to become subscribers of the magazine.

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