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COMMUNITY NEWS: 1-15 July 2002

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Mass marriage of relief camp inmates in Vadodra, arranged by Hindus

Ram Vilas Paswan defends madrasas
Darbhanga: Madrasas are working all over India under the rights and privileges accorded to them by the Constitution of India. They are not providing training to students in terrorism or anti-national activities. Neither they are enjoying foreign funds. These views were expressed by former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan who addressed a meeting at Madrasa Rahmania, Supaul in Darbhanga. Speaking on the occasion, Paswan said that invaluable sacrifices made by madrasas are significant part of history. Central government has tarnished the image of madrasas for no substantial evidence or reason. BJP and RSS are involved in anti-national activities and terrorism, alleged Paswan. 
The meeting was presided over by noted Islamic thinker Maulana Md. Wali Rahmani. While addressing the meeting, Maulana Rahmani blamed the BJP government for defaming madrasas through media without any conclusive evidence or proof. He focused on the fact that madrasas are the very sign of Muslim culture. Several noted clerics and political leaders also participated in the meeting. 

Enforce POTA on Arya Sena
Khurja: Eminent personalities of Khurja have demanded that the government enforce POTA on the subversive Arya Sena which is hell-bent on terrorising the Muslims and has vitiated the atmosphere in Saharanpur. Tanvir Qamar, president Adbi Ekta Council, has asked the government that activists of such subversive organisations be immediately taken into custody and punished severely. 

Ramz Afaqi remembered 
New Delhi: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Welfare and Literary Society held a condolence meeting to pay tribute to the deceased poet Ramz Afaqi. Although Ramz was an outstanding personality in prosody, he was a poet of great stature which is evident from his famous works Deewan-e-Kainat and Dar-e-Kainat. 
Several noted poets and litterateurs participated in the meeting and eulogized Ramz Afaqi’s contribution to the Urdu poetry. 

PhD on Ruhelkhand clerics
Rampur (UP): Abu Saad Islahi, assistant librarian of Raza Library, has completed his Ph.D on "Contributions of Ruhelkhand clerics to Arabic". He made an amazing collection of 100 personalities and 300 books in Arabic in his proposed thesis. He has covered the history of the Ruhelkhand state from 1741 to 1949. Dr Islahi said that Arabic in India has never been the language of communication. It has rather been treated as a religious language. Undoubtedly, ulema from Ruhelkhand have significantly contributed for the development of Arabic.

Civic amenities denied to Muslim colonies 
New Delhi: Muslim colonies of Badarpur assembly constituency in North West Delhi are in utter filth and squalor due to the sheer negligence and apathy of the government towards the Muslims. Besides several reminders and applications to the concerned authorities, there is no sign of improvement in the situation. Water, electricity and sanitation still elude Muslim colonies. Foul odour, indiscriminate dumping of garbage, choked sewers, filthy public toilets all have affected civic life badly here. Pollution also seems to be endless. 
Local people have demanded an Urdu medium school or public park in place of public toilet. Although they have already submitted applications on 22.11.2001 to the Health Minister, Delhi, 23.11.2001 to the CM, Delhi, and on 3.6.2002 to the Chairman, Ward Committee Shahdara Zone, but nothing yet has moved the concerned authorities. Poor electricity supply too has paralyzed commercial life in the area. And worst of all, potable drinking water is not at all being provided to the colonies. Leaders only make tall promises but deliver little, people complained. 

MFC Delhi made more flexible
New Delhi: In a welcome move Delhi Minorities Development Financial Corporation has made the existing rules flexible so that more people could avail the benefit it provides. The corporation is known to be beyond the access of common people for its strict rules and regulations. Only 100 applications could be collected in two months, though the corporation’s annual budget is Rs 30 million and welfare and development loan varies from Rs 50,000 rupees to Rs 500,000.
Earlier one of its most stringent conditions included income and residential certificates approved by the area SDM. Minorities had to suffer because they could not await for these certificates easily. Like other financial groups, Corporation has now made the grant of loans more accessible provided the applicants furnish ration cards, driving licenses, or photocopies of passports. Income certificates can now be had from the notary public. Muslims have been included in the category of SC and ST insofar as providing of loans is concerned. The Corporation is expected to increase its budget from Rs 30 million to Rs 100 million per year. 

VHP criticised on Darul-Uloom Deoband
Deoband: Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has urged the court to take action against Ashok Singhal, VHP president, for his statement against Darul-Uloom Deoband. Singhal reportedly alleged that Madrasa Deoband is patronizing and sheltering terrorists. Ashwini Mudgal, a senior functionary of RLD, criticised Singhal’s statement and said that this is VHP’s conspiracy to malign the Islamic seminary and demanded stern action from the government. He also reminded the nation that several Ulema from Deoband had played prominent role in the country’s freedom struggle. 
He also appealed the RLD supremo Chaudhry Ajit Singh to talk to the PM in this regard. A press release issued by RLD also emphasised that Darul-Uloom Deoband has been an institution of peace and harmony and has always worked for this cause. RLD workers have urged the Mayawati government to take prompt and effective measures to check VHP’s activities in the state.

Students being harassed at AMU
Aligarh: The AMU administration has begun a campaign to harass students living in the hostel who have come for the preparation of prospective competitive exams. Danish Khan, state convenor of NSUI minority cell and student leader, accused the administration of suspecting such as foreign intruders and advised the administration to firstly investigate about this before taking any action. If this does not happen the students would protest at all levels if they are dispossessed of their boarding facility, he said. Addressing a press conference, Mr Khan expressed his concern for students and assured of full co-operation of his organization. He also said they would be meeting the vice chancellor and apprise him of the sentiments of students.
Regarding general elections of students’ body, Mr Khan informed that a signature campaign would be started and after its collection the same would be produced to the vice chancellor. He also said that all-out efforts would be employed to conduct fair elections. 

AMU to board external competitors 
Aligarh: In a welcome move decision the AMU administration has announced that external competitors would be given boarding facility during competitive exams i.e. B.Tech., B.Arch., MBBS, BDS, Dip in Eng. and eleventh etc. For that purpose students would be accommodated in Academic Staff College, Guest House (near Women’s College), Working and Women’s Hostel, Bal Bardari Club, Community Hall, NRSC Club, ST High School and women aspirants would board in Abdullah Hall.
University administration will provide cabs to aspirants and maps of examination centres will be there to guide them to the assigned centres. External candidates will be entitle to board during concerned examinations only. In case of accommodation problem students may contact in-charge of boarding halls. However, to avail of the accommodation facility at the designated centres the students and their guardian would be required to pay a sum of Rs 100 only.

Preserve Urdu cultural heritage
Chandigarh: Haryana government has appointed a committee which would carry out research on the contribution of Haryana towards the promotion of Urdu. Bahadur Singh, state education minister, presided over the meeting. Several eminent scholars including Mr Khaleeq Anjum, general secretary Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu, Dr Naresh, a noted poet and Vice Chancellor of Kurukshetra and Maharishi universities also attended the meeting. 
The committee proposed to preserve the glorious Urdu cultural heritage of Haryana. The meeting of the general body of Haryana, presided over by Om Prakash Chautala, Chief Minister, took the decision. Mr Chautala is also the Chairman of the Haryana Academy.

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