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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-30 September 2000

MAULANA AZAD NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY
Hyderabad: Five leading universities of the country have assured the Maulana Azad National Open University, of their all needful assistance in overall development of the University. These universities that included Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Hamdard, Indira Gandhi National Open University (all based in New Delhi), Yashwant Rao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (Nasik) and BR Ambedkar University (Hyderabad) have also assured the open university that was aimed with sole goal to provide distance education in Urdu to minority students, to help in establishing necessary infrastructure of the university. 

It was a seminar on "Distance Education Programs of Maulana Azad University, Future Plan and Assistance of other Universities" organized on 7 August that brought these six universities and host of prominent academicians together. It was agreed unanimously that the university will cater to the educational needs of lower middle class and backward classes. It was also stressed that these groups will be the target groups of the University till it achieves stability. And when it happens it will start giving attention to professional education.

The five universities that responded positively and attended the seminar assured all practical assistance to the nascent university. Syed Hamid, the chancellor of Jamia Hamdard advised the officials of the Azad University that it should focus on its target group and prepare useful curriculum for them. President of Anjuman Islam (Mumbai), Dr Ishaq Jimkhanawala said that the university should establish its regional office in Mumbai too as it has become hub of all activities of Urdu. He also said that the university should recognize all Urdu colleges all over India. Shahid Mehdi of Jamia Millia said that we should utilize the experiences of language universities of the country.


NEW EDUCATIONAL CENTRE IN OKHLA
New Delhi: A new educational institute, KNB Islamic Studies was launched here in Batla House on 26 Aug. 
The institute will cater to the needs of modern education for girls. It will also provide basic computer training to the students that include Internet surfing. Dr Abdur Rahman Siddiqi said that this is a welcome step towards upliftment of Muslim women. He also said that it will equip them with the basic knowledge that could help them in propagating Islam. It is a branch of Jamia Fakhrun Nisa, Phulat.


DOWRY VICTIMS FILE CASES
Jamshedpur : Mrs Shabana Parveen, a resident of Zakir Nagar, Mango, Jamshedpur has lodged an FIR in the Azad Nagar Police Station against her husband Muhammad Aslam and his two others to have assaulted her for not bringing enough money as dowry to buy them a moped. According to the FIR, when Parveen was married in 1996 her parents had given the accused sufficient dowry. But Aslam asked Parveen to bring a moped also. When she expressed her inability to bring the vehicle, Aslam and his brothers namely Shamim and Israil ousted her after inflicting physical torture to her. In this connection, the police have registered a case under IPC sections 498(A) and 323 against the accused.

In a similar incident police have arrested Rafiq Shaikh, who is accused of murdering Sajo Bano at Kitadih in Parsudih police station (Jamshedpur) on 8 August. In this connection, the victim’s mother had lodged an FIR alleging her Son-In-Law Shahzada Khan and Shahzada’s sister along with brother-in-law Rafiq Shaikh. Shahzada were arrested immediately after the FIR was lodged, but Rafiq Shaikh and his wife managed to escape. Later on the police were tipped off that Rafiq Sheikh is back home again. Soon they raided the house and arrested the accused. The sources say that the accused had been demanding a TV set and a motorcycle from the victim’s parents who had provided them the TV set, but had expressed their helplessness to fulfill the demand of the motorcycle. As a result, the accused threatened Sajo Bano with dire consequences and subsequently strangulated her on 8 August (Afsar Ali).


FREE UNANI HEALTH CAMP
New Delhi: Rex Remedies, a well knows pharmaceutical company that manufactures Unani medicines organized a free Unani health camp on 26 August. Several reputed and experienced Hakeems were there to treat patients. They examined hundreds of patients, prescribed medicines and gave it free to the patients. 

The camp was organized under the guidance of Dr Mrs. Alia Aman (deputy advisor ministry of family welfare). Several prominent Unani doctors including Hakeem FR Sharar Misbahi (reader A&U Tibbia College, Delhi), Hakeem Syed Ahmad Khan (Sec. All India Unanai Tibbi Conference), Hakeem Masroor Ahmad Siddiqi (Vice. President Central Unani Tibbi Board) and Hakeem Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqi (organizing sec. Central Unani Tibbi Board) examined the patients and prescribed medicines for them. Delhi Police personnel were among the people who benefited most from this medical camp.

The people who participated from the Rex Remedies included its chairman Hakim Nazeef Usmani, it director sales and marketing Hakeem Shamshad Ahmad, director Hakeem Abdul Haleem and others. 


HAFEEZ MEERUTHI REMEMBERED
Kiratpur: A mini Mushaira was organized here in Kiratpur in the memory of famous Urdu poet Hafeez Merathi on 26 August. The famous poet who passed away a few months ago has a large fan following in India and abroad.

The Mushaira organized at Muhalla Shishagaran was attended by a galaxy of poets from both the town and outside. The important poets who attended the Mushaira included Mahinder Kumar Ashk, Sarvar Naginwi, Masood Akhtar Merathi, Shakeel Bijnori, Dr Aftab Nomani and Mausoof Najibabadi etc.

On this occasion, the collection of Hafeez Meeruthi was to be inaugurated by Ishrat Kiratpuri, but he could not do it due to his illness. 


BJP REMEMBERS URDU
Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Party desperately needs Urdu to reach out to the substantially large number of Indian Muslims, who take it as a demon. It was stated by Maulana Agha Ruhi in a programme organized in recognition to the services rendered by him. He appealed to organizations working for Urdu to come to a single platform for its development. He further said that it is more important to see our own shortcomings than to accuse any government. We should also see as to why the organizations working for the Urdu language are unable to leave any imprint on the national scenario.
Maulana said that there are people who say that the BJP is anti-Urdu, but the fact is that this party needs Urdu very badly to expand its base among Muslims. He said that the BJP should help develop Urdu in the country and should contribute in every possible way.

Prof. Malikzada Manzoor who was also among speakers on the occasion said that it did not shock him when he came to know that the Urdu magazine Naya Daur has ceased publication. He further said that it was more amazing as to how it remained in publication under the BJP rule.


MAZHARI: BJP KEEPS PROMISES
New Delhi: Muslims were being misled on the name of secularism. On the other hand the BJP government that is being tagged as anti Muslims has implemented all programs meant for Muslim’s welfare announced by it under the leadership of Atal Behari Vajpayee. It was stated by the newly appointed chairman of National Minorities Development Corporation Qari Muhammad Mian Mazhari.

He accused the Delhi government and the Congress party of misleading minorities. He asked as to why the Delhi government has not started state minorities development corporation. 


DELHI GOVT RECOGNIZES JAMIA DEGREE
New Delhi: the minister of education in the National Capital Territory Dr Narendar Nath has announced that the people who have done JBT from Jamia Millia Islamia and BEL from Delhi University will be provided employment opportunities by the Delhi Government. He said that his government had assured to take such step and it has fulfilled its promised.


AWARDS FOR MERITORIOUS GIRLS
Gorakhpur: Raisunnisa Awards were distributed among the girl students of Imambara Girls Muslim Inter College, who secured highest marks in their classes from standard I to standard XII. The awards constituted by Sajid Ali Memorial Committee were distributed among the students by the principal of the college, Parween Choudhary.

The Award is being given for last two years, and it will be given to all Muslim girls schools and colleges this year. Rafiunnisa on whose name the award is constituted was the wife of late honorary magistrate Sajid Ali. She was fond of education and especially theological education. She established a Madrasa Saeediyah in memory of her father that is still fully functional.


TAJ MAHAL HAS TOILETS UNDERNEATH
Agra: What lies below the Taj Mahal, the memorial built by emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal is not very pleasing to the eyes. The Mughal emperor raised the white marble cenotaph in the mid 18th century as a loving tribute to his beautiful queen Mumtaz Mahal on the banks of river Yamuna in the city of Agra. Excavations by the Archeological Survey Of India (ASI) have revealed three layers of an underground minaret below the memorial. One floor has a series of toilets. The other two floors have row of chambers. These were perhaps used to house the labourers who worked on the site to construct the Taj Mahal. The ASI says that they will have to investigate further to find out what these chambers were actually used for.


SAFFRONITES CENSORED
Aligarh: Babri Masjid Action Committee has asked the government to investigate the increasing instance of harassment of Muslims by fundamentalist organizations, like Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. The leaders of the Committee have asked to take stringent action against the VHP which is poisoning the communally friendly environment of the country. 
The leaders said the feeling of insecurity is increasing by every passing day due to the politics of harassment by these very organizations.

They also informed that now the leaders of the VHP and Bajrang Dal; have embarked on unlawfully capturing Muslim waqf properties. They informed that a few elements from these organizations are trying to occupy a waqf property near Achra Adda Pul in Aligarh, and if it is not stopped, the Bajrang Dal people will try to poison the environment by rumors.

Though the city administration has claimed to have maintained status quo, but the leaders said that it was the same way that the communal elements tried to provoke people in the neighbouring Mathura district.

The leaders who were present in the meeting included Muzaffar Said of Babri Masjid Action Committee, SM Qayam, Nasir Millat, SS Mukhtar and Abrar Ahmad.


Sham-e Afsana
Jaipur: The Rajasthan Urdu Academy organized a Sham-e Afsana on 19 August here in Jaipur. A galaxy of famous writers, novelists, critics and poets attended the programme. Several politicians including members of assembly and parliament were also present.

Afsanas (short stories) of Ms Nigar Azeem (Delhi), Anjum Usmani (Delhi), Mehdi Tonkwi (Tonk) and Joginder Pal (Delhi) were presented on the occasion. The short stories were then presented for evaluation to prominent critics like Makhmoor Saidi who was presiding the function, Prof. Ali M Fatimi, Dr Mudeer Ali Zaidi chairman Rajasthan Urdu Academy, Dr Arshad Abdul Majeed and Dr Sheen Qaf Nizami. Prof. Fatimi threw light on the history of these short stories.

KM Khan member of parliament who was also present on the occasion congratulated all the people present there for organizing such a live programme. He also said that if the writers and poets come forward they can contribute a great deal in maintaining communal harmony. 

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