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NEWSMAKERS: 1-15 November 2002

Islamic scholar MAULANA ABDUL WAHHAB KHILJI has been recently appointed assistant general secretary of All India Milli Council by its newly elected president Maulana Abdullah Mughisi. Belonging to Malerkotla city of Punjab, Maulana Khilji has long experience and association with dawah, academics, management and journalism. He is also associated with Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith; Jamia Salfia, Banares; Muslim Personal Law Board; Milli Council; Asian Islamic Council, Colombo; World Islamic Council, London; India and Nepal Students Organisation of Saudi Universities etc. He has toured several countries. He was a close confidant of Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi. AAS MUHAMMAD GULZAR QASMI and HAKEEM ZILLUR RAHMAN have been appointed coordinator and convener respectively for specific tasks.

AM MIR, a retired IAS officer and executive director of Jammu and Kashmir Voluntary Health Association has been invited by Save the Children - Norway, an NGO to attend an international conference at Clombo to discuss issues related to rural development, women and children. The conference is a follow-up of a UN Conference held at Kathmandu last year, which was attended by experts from various countries including USA, UK, Australia, Norway, Pakistan, etc. in which Mir was the only representative of any Indian NGO. Associated with various international development agencies since 1975, Mir has been busy in his social work in Budgam, Wakharwan and Gongoo villages in Kashmir promoting health, hygiene and sanitation awareness.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson NAJMA HEPTULLAH was recently elected honorary president for life of the Inter Parliamentary Union. 
The Geneva-based IPU is an international organisation of parliaments of sovereign states, established in 1889 for worldwide parliamentary dialogue. It works for peace and co-operation among people and for the firm establishment of representative democracy. Heptullah was appointed to the post after her term as president ended last month. She is the first woman to head this world organization, comprising of 145 national parliaments, in its 113 years of existence. Under her leadership the IPU gradually evolved as the parliamentary arm of international diplomacy, effectively providing a parliamentary dimension to trade negotiations. Dr Heptullah told, "I am happy to be appointed to this post. And I want to give a message to Indian women that nothing is impossible in life." She said she was disappointed that fewer women were being elected to Parliament in recent years. Asked what her priorities in the new post will be, she said, "I would like to contribute in dialogue between different cultures and civilizations. And this I feel is needed within the country and internationally too." Her other priorities, she said, are to work for the betterment of women and children in society. 

Former vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and secretary of parliamentary affairs, DR MAHMOODUR RAHMAN has been appointed administrator of Punjab Waqf Board (PWB) in addition to his existing post. Extending from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh to Uttaranchal, PWB is the largest income earning Waqf Board of the country. Dr Rahman was recently appointed chairman of Bombay Mercantile Bank. People have welcomed his appointment and expressed hope that the Board would be more active under his administration.

KHURSHEED AHMAD SHAH and ABDUL MAJID QURESHI have been elected president and general secretary of Amirakadal Maharaja Bazar Committee, Srinagar respectively. The election for the committee was held on September 7. Shah defeated his rival with a big margin. The office bearers of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation and other Bazar Committees were also present on the occasion. 

Warning for the criminals! Naseeruddin Shah, the inspector has arrived. Encounter - the killing has hit the silver screen across the country. Encounter - the killing is not what the name suggests as depicting cops as corrupt as a bunch of crooks. Rather, this is the story of a Parsi police inspector - Naseer who in a bid to kill a young criminal in an encounter, also kills another three innocent youth. But the case remains to be probed as none comes to claim the body of the criminal while the bodies of the three youngsters are claimed by their relatives. But the investigation leads the inspector to some bitter truths of our social order. There is a respite for the police. However, the last scene leaves a question mark on the minds of viewers. To find for yourself, meet the martinet veteran actor.

Justice SYED HAIDER ABBAS RAZA has been appointed public commissioner of Uttaranchal by governor Surjit Singh Bernala with effect from October 18. Born on December 7, 1939, Raza did LL B from Lucknow University. He was appointed judge at Allahabad High Court on January 3, 1989 and retired from the post on December 6, 2001. 

SALIM AHMAD, a 24-year old young man of Rasoolpur, Saharanpur is a daily wage earner. A 10th standard passed Salim is an oil-extracting machine mechanic, but has to pull rickshaw to bring up his poor family. On May 20 he was going to Rampur Maniharan village in search of livelihood. A van coming from Shamli collided with the bus he was in. Nine passengers including 5 children were seriously injured. None of the bus passengers came forward to rescue the injured. But Salim did it and carried all children besmeared in pools of blood to the nearby nursing home. Although none of the children could survive, Salim’s noble and humanitarian work was highly appreciated even by the workers at the nursing home. He was honoured and awarded for it. Well done Salim! 

SHARAF ALI BOHRA, son of Ghulam Abbasji Lohawala of Udaipur is one of the outstanding scientists of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited. Presently executive director (projects & procurement), Sharaf earlier held the post of director, procurement. He has toured several countries including USA, UK, USSR Germany and Netherlands, and is one of the leading professionals in India. He has also taken part in several national and international seminars. He has good experience of construction of Nuclear Power Plants. His exposure and expertise in the area of balance of plate design, engineering, supply, erection and maintenance is widely recognised. Sharaf graduated in Mechanical Engineering with Honours securing 2nd rank in 1965 and joined NPCIL in 1966. He ranked first in BARC Training School’s 9th batch.

Additional advocate general, ISHAQ QADRI has been appointed as the new advocate general following the resignation of Muhammad Aslam Goni who had joined the election fray as a National Conference nominee.
Written in a lyrical Devanagiri script by Rasheda Siddiqui, the biography of painter MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN was released on October 9 at Delhi’s India International Centre amidst a distinguished gathering of journalists, writers and prominent personalities from Delhi and Mumbai. They included former minister Maneka Gandhi, journalist and novelist Shobha De besides actresses Tabu and Nandita Das. Speaking at the book release function, Husain said, "Life has given me many things and I always wish to see it colourful." "The book is a mirror which reflects several aspects of my life," said Husain. 


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