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NEWSMAKERS: 1-15 December 2002

Former BJP spokesman, MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI, ABU ASIM AZMI and SHAHID SIDDIQUI of Samajwadi Party and ISHAM SIDDIQUI of Bahujan Samaj Party have been elected members of Rajya Sabha. They were among the Rajya Sabha candidates for 11 seats from Uttar Pradesh and were elected unopposed on November 11. Meanwhile former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, DR FAROOQ ABDULLAH of National Conference, J&K PCC chief GHULAM NABI AZAD and SAIFUDDIN SOZ of Congress have also been elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed. Several Muslim organisations have warmly welcomed Siddiqui, Azmi, Azad and Soz for being elected to the Rajya Sabha with the hope that they would represent the nation and the community in a better way. 

In view of good performance, young Congress leader AGHA DOST ALI was appointed organising secretary of Hyderabad City Congress on October 28. Agha has held several posts and has been active in social services.

ABDUL AZIZ ZARGAR was appointed protem speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on November 12 by J&K governor Girish Chandra Saxena.

President of Safinatul Hidaya Trust and Majlis-e-Fikr-o-Amal, MAULANA SYED ZEESHAN HIDAYATI set out for his 40-day educational, dawah and research tour to Europe, America and Middle East on November 5. He was invited by International Islamic Link, London and Islamic Education Centre, London and America. He is associated with All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Milli Council and several other organisations.

NASIM KHAN of Katihar, Bihar has been honoured with international black belt 6 don in Karate martial art by International Pumas and World Black Belt Bureau America. Nasim is the chief instructor of Hipkedu Korean Karate in India. The belt has been awarded to him because of his best performance and fight in India and for winning gold medals in several championships. Tiger Nasim Khan is the only karate and Hipkedu instructor of Bihar whom International Pumas and World Black Belt Bureau America have given the title of master and tiger along with awarding him membership of the group. President of Katihar District Athlete Association, Kanharya Lal and secretary of All India TMAA Karate Association and Panchwani District Football Association, Nadim Ahmad Khan have congratulated Nasim for this great achievement and called him a pride of the state.

Kudos to Sania! The 16-year old promising tennis player, SANIA MIRZA made India proud in general and Hyderabadis in particular. The 833rd ranked Sania defeated China’s 604th ranked Taipei by 2-4, 6-6, 6-4, 7-5, clinching the title in the $10,000 ITF women tennis tournament in Manali on November 11. It was the second successive title of the talented Sania who had won a similar tournament in Hyderabad a few weeks back. She also won a mixed doubles bronze medal playing in partnership with Laender Paes in Asian Games recently in Busan. Keep it up!

CARLA KHAN, the 21-year old London-based squash player and grand-daughter of legendary former world No.1, Azam Khan became the first Pakistani representative to win a title on the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) world circuit. She won the E1 Salvador Open title, an inaugural WISPA event in San Salvador recently by beating Frania Samantha Teran of Mexico with 9-1, 2-9, 9-3, 9-1 in the final. Although a Pakistani national champion, she was refused permission to represent Pak in the Commonwealth Asian Games this year since she did not reside in Pakistan.
MASTER HASSAN ASSIF of Mangalore has been selected as the goal keeper of the National Special Children’s Football team which will represent India in Special Olympics to be held in Ireland in June, 2003. Assif, who is the only player to be selected for the national team for Karnataka is the student of St. Agnes Special School, Mangalore and son of well known businessman and social worker Mohammed Basheer Bolar of Mangalore. Assif is currently preparing for the National Open School Examination of 8th Standard.

In a recent reshuffling in Delhi Police, additional deputy commissioner of police, MRS NUZHAT HUSSAIN was promoted to deputy commissioner of police. She has been posted to an east Delhi district.

A reception was given in honour of noted Persian and Urdu scholar and professor emeritus at Oakland University (USA), PROF. MUNIBUR RAHMAN in Aligarh Muslim University on November 16. Senior AMU teachers were present on this occasion. Prof. Munib spoke about his days in AMU as a student and later as a teacher. Prof. Syed Jafar Raza Zaidi, a well-known critic of Hindi and dean of the Faculty of Arts said that Prof. Munib had staged several Persian dramas and his poetry had a great impact. He is the first person after Prof. Hadi Hasan who earned great fame in Persian, he said.

In a meeting of the Muslim Association for Advancement of Science (MASS) on October 28 in Aligarh, DR MOHD RAFIQUE SARKHAWAS was elected president of the MASS while DR M RIAZ KIRMANI and DR SHAKEEL AHMAD were elected vice-presidents. DR M ZAKI KIRMANI was appointed honorary secretary whereas DR M RAFI SAYYED and DR ABDUL BARI were appointed honorary joint secretaries. DR RAIS AHMAD was nominated treasurer of the MASS. The meeting also appointed 15 new members of the Governing Council. The tenure of all the office-bearers would remain till November 2005.

The election for district council of Uttar Pradesh Urdu Teachers Association was recently held in Aligarh under the presidentship of former additional district BASIC education officer Jumman Khan. YUSUF JAMAL, KHAN MUHAMMAD TARIQ MUSHTAQ and JAWED AHMAD SIDDIQUI were elected president, general secretary and treasurer respectively. 


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