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NEWSMAKERS: 1-15 August 2002

President of All India Majlise Ittihadul Muslimeen and member of Lok Sabha from Charminar constituency of Hyderabad SULTAN SALAHUDDIN OWAISI had been ill for some time. Complaining of severe chest pain he was admitted to Hyderabad’s Care Hospital where doctors did an angioplasty. However, Owaisi was kept on artificial respiratory. Hundreds of his admirers ran to the hospital at the news of his illness. Meanwhile Hyderabadis in America have expressed grave concern over his health.

A play was staged at LTG Auditorium by a new Acme group to pay tribute to Urdu poet KAIFI AZMI who passed away on 10 May. Ramlila, a new presentation shows how people forget human relations just for the sake of a piece of land. It is a clear indication that communalism has so deeply penetrated our motherland that it seems impossible to get rid of it. The play has been directed by Danish Iqbal and the script has been written by Rakesh. The play is an appeal to people to put an end to religious fanaticism which has led to communal blood-bath in India.

MANSOOR USMANI, former secretary of Delhi Urdu Academy has been appointed Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Delhi with immediate effect. The press release with signatures of joint secretary services FO Hashmi, order number 376 issued on August 27, 2001 has been cancelled, under which Usman was appointed election officer of Delhi. The post of Assistant Commissioner was vacant.

SM ZAHID has taken over the charge of chairman and managing director of HMT Limited, a public sector undertaking. He succeeds RK Sharma who has joined electricity sector in Uttranchal. According to an official announcement he was associated with the board of HMT Limited as director , organisation and management. Associated with HMT since 1970, Zahid has held important posts and has wide ranging experience of promotion of export, marketing and international trade.

PROF SADIQUE has been appointed head of the Department of Urdu of Delhi University. The professor is a well-known critic and poet of Urdu and has been teaching for 22 years. After being appointed by DU Vice Chancellor Prof Deepak Naiyar as head of the department, Prof Sadique expressed hope for the improvement, welfare and development of the Department of Urdu. His appointment has been widely welcomed.

NAWABUDDIN ZAHEER was elected president of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) at its annual general meeting held on the premises of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 14 July. The meeting was presided over by Umesh Sood, the outgoing president of the DSA and it was conducted by Ajay Jadeja, the observer of All India Football Federation. SYED NASIR ALI, MOHD KHALIL and MM SULTAN have been elected vice presidents of the DSA while ABDUL AZIZ has been appointed joint secretary. About 74 eligible council members attended the meeting.

Veteran actor FAROOQ SHEIKH who started his career in 1981 in Yuva Darshan as a television host for Doordarshan and saw so many ups and downs is his career, is back on small screen after two decades as a Zee TV host in Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai. His stay on small screen was not so long as he got a big break in Indian cinema in Yash Chopra’s Noorie in which he acted superbly opposite Poonam Dhillon. From there he
never looked back. He acted with top actresses of the time like Deepti Naval and Rekha. Now after two decades he is once again on small screen. First on Star Plus in Ji Mantriji and now an amicable host of Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai. He has done a good job and is gaining viewers’ acceptance and is expected to help Zee regain some of its lost popularity. 

Film actor AMIR KHAN has been elected to the jury of the forthcoming 55th Locarno Film Festival slated to start on August 1 in Switzerland. The festival will continue till August 11. Amir’s Lagaan won Viewers Award at the 54th Locarno Film Festival last year having audiences from France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. After Shabana Azmi and Raj Kapoor, Amir is one of the first superstars of Hindi cinema to be chosen as a member of jury at an international film festival.

After the remarkable success of Sir Andrew Webber’s Bombay Dreams, which was released on June 19 in West End, AR RAHMAN released his musical CD in Chennai on July 15. Bombay Dreams collected a whopping two million pounds it its first three weeks, now it has been a grand hit in some cities of India after its first release in India on July 9. British, Italian, French and Latin American audiences were highly impressed by Rahman’s soulful instrumental music. Rahman has composed 50 dramatic Bollywood film scores.

MIRZA BASIR BAIG has been appointed president of Anjuman Abbasia of Nanawta, falling under Deoband tehsil of UP. AFZAL HUSSAIN has been chosen as vice president while MUHAMMAD SHAMA ZAIDI occupies the post of general secretary. INTIZAR HUSSAIN was named deputy secretary whereas SYED NABI HAIDER and MASTER AMIR HUSSAIN have taken over the charge of treasurers. Issues like promotion of education and safety of mosques, madrasas and mausoleums were discussed during the meeting.

His smile is therapeutic, his fingers work as magical soothing balm which give you quick relief after long hours of hard work. These and many others are the attractive qualities of SHAIKH SAHAB which brings actors such as Salman and Saif Ali Khan, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Rekha to him for a good massage. Boogie Woogie anchor-producer Ravi Behl, who was recently accompanied to Delhi by the Shaikh says, "Shaikh’s hands are magical and his calm demeanour rubs off on you. I bet he is among the most sought-after masseurs in the film industry."


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