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Former minister of Maharashtra and founder and chairman of Urdu Education Society HAJI ABDUL AZIM died of heart attack on September 8 at Aurangabad (Maharashtra). He was 62 and is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. A graduate of Aligarh Muslim University he started his political career from Aurangabad Municipal Corporation in 1962. He remained Municipal councillor for 15 years. He also remained member of Marhatwara Waqf Board for 7 years and won assembly election from Aurangabad west constituency in 1978. He was again elected from the same constituency in 1980. From 1982 to 1984 he was state minister for housing, awqaf and drugs control in the cabinet of the then chief minister Vasant Dada Patil. He was also member of Maharashtra State Transport Corporation and Railway Board. In politics he was associated with Congress. Members of several political, social and educational organisations participated in his funeral and paid tributes to him.
Renowned jeweller, diamond expert and former chairman and advisor to Nizam’s private estate, SADRUDDIN HASHAM ALI JHAVERI passed away in Hyderabad on August 22 after a brief illness. He was 63. He had undergone a bypass surgery but later on developed lung infection and other complications. He was buried at the Secunderabad graveyard.
Noted Urdu journalist and Communist leader SYED AHMAD MUAZZAM died of heart attack on September 7 at his residence in Zakir Nagar, South Delhi. He was 75 and is survived by wife, two sons and two daughters. After retiring from Soviet Information Department, he associated himself with Tablighi Jamaat and led a pious life. He also took part in Telangana Movement. Besides being editor of CPI’s mouthpiece weekly Hayat he was joint editor of weekly Soviet Jaize. He also took part in Hyderabad politics. He devoted his last quarter of life to Islamic studies.
KAUSAR SAGHARI, a senior poet of Madhya Pradesh died on August 25 in Bhopal after a prolonged illness. Apart from being a great poet, he always worked for the development of Urdu. Poets and politicians in a good number attended his funeral and paid tributes to him.
Well known journalist and poet of satire SHAMSHEER ALI KHAN known as Zubair Gustaakh died in Rampur on September 7 after a brief illness. Despite being handicapped, he wrote satirical articles. He worked for a long time as news editor of Qaumi Jung. Later he took over the editorial responsibilities of Garaj and Aaina in Moradabad. He also worked for the religious magazine Al-Hasanat. In recognition of his services, various literary organisations of Rampur and Moradabad honoured him several times.
Former printer, publisher and manager of weekly Kanti and monthly Zindagee-e-Nau, published from Delhi, SYED MUHAMMAD HABIBULLAH QADRI died on September 5 in Patna. He was a heart patient. He was 61. Belonging to Phulwari Sharif, Patna, he was associated with the management of Dawat Trust, Kanti and Zindagee-e-Nau for 33 years. He was also manager of Dawat for some time. He is survived by three sons and a daughter.
DR MUHAMMAD RAHMATULLAH, a professor in the Department of Arabic and Persian, Calcutta University died in Calcutta on September 7. He was 41. He had received education in Culcutta and Al-Azhar in Egypt. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. His body was taken to his native place Mahrol Anantpur in Murshidabad district of Bengal for burial.
PROF. AKBAR RAHMANI, famous litterateur and educationist, died at Jalgaon on September 17 at the age of 65. He was editor of Amuzgar, a unique Urdu magazine promoting trade and vocations. Rahmani authored a number of books in history and literature.
Senior officer of Sahara India Pariwar, HAYAT ALAM died of appendicitis on September 5. He was admitted to a private nursing home after he felt stomach problem a week before his demise. Later he was referred to Lucknow. He died near Jaunpur city of UP while he was being taken to Lucknow. Members of Sahara India Pariwar have condoled his demise. He was buried in Varanasi the same day.q