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COMMUNITY NEWS: 16-31 July 2002

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Kashmiri women praying in Srinagar

Dubai: Construction of a hospital and medical college of Kerala Muslim Educational Society (KMES) would be started from next month. Ten percent seats would be reserved for non-Resident Indian Muslims, said KMES general secretary Dr PA Fazal Ghafoor in a statement to Saudi Gazette. He said that NRI Muslims can draw benefit form the reservation.
The medical college which will have three hundred beds, will start functioning next year in Perindal Manna in Mallappuram district of Kerala.
Dr Ghafoor who is a brain specialist and advisor in Calicut’s National Hospital said that 45 acre land has been acquired for the project and the architect has also been selected to prepare the blue print of the complex.
KMES Engineering College which was established eight years ago in Kuttipuram, is the only engineering college having 9002 ISO Certificate. 

Hyderabad: The followers of Deccan’s prominent Islamic scholar Allama Syed Ashraf Shamsi have decided to set up Allama Shamsi Research Islamic Centre. The Centre’s activities would begin with the publication of Allama Shamsi’s rare Arabic Qur’anic commentary Jawamiul Lisan. A meeting of the concerned people was held in this connection. Work on the text of the book has been started on computer.

New Delhi: In collaboration with their West Bengal counterparts the Delhi Police will be identifying the illegal immigrants by the dialect of Bengal they speak. It would be part of a plan to deport the Bangladeshis. According to an estimate, about 5,00,000 Bangladeshis are living in the capital itself. The north, northeast, east and south pockets of slum clusters are believed to be the main densely populated Bangladeshi areas of the Delhi police districts. 
The union home ministry has given strict orders to Delhi police commissioner to arrange special task forces in these areas. Until the suspect Bangladeshis’ identity is verified, they will be kept in judicial custody and once the identity is proved they would be taken to Bengal from where the BSF will push then into Bangladesh.

Fatehpur: Social, educational and cultural organisation Milli Rifahe Aam Society after distributing Principal Riyazuddin Ahmad Scholarship and Award to the meritorious students of class 10 and 12 of Noorul Huda English School, Riyazuddin Memorial Library, Milli Charitable Library and Fatima Sewing and Embroidery Centre and Shaheed Hikmatullah Kahn “Gaurav Samman”, to students who ranked in the merit list of Uttar Pradesh Education Board Examinations. After successfully running schemes of distributing quilts, mattresses and blankets to poor and widows, it has decided to set up Shaheed Hikmatullah Khan Inter College.
Founder, general secretary and rector of Milli Rifahe Aam Society Maulana Muhammad Umar Sharif told newspersons that the college would be named after the governor of 32 days Azad Government of Fatehpur and martyr of freedom struggle Hikmatullah Khan on the occasion of his 146th martyrdom anniversary. He further said that the college is going to take admission form class 6 to 10th which would be later promoted to Inter College.

New Delhi: Irfan Ahmad Azmi, vice president of the United Muslims of India has expressed serious concern over the financial crisis of Delhi Waqf Board. He said that the electricity connection of most of the mosques of awqaf had been cut off due to non-payment of bills and the problems faced by imams, muazzins and muqtadis were indescribable. Azmi further said that this was happening in Delhi in the Congress government. He said while Muslims lament BJP’s mistreatment before Congress, the situation here is obviously reverse as Congress itself is misbehaving with Muslims. He reminded Central and Delhi governments that it was unfortunate that awqaf have properties worth millions of rupees but are unable to pay even the electricity bill of their mosques. This is all happening due to mismanagement and corruption of offices within the awqaf, he added. He demanded severe action against those guilty officers.

Lucknow: According to the information of AQ Farooqui, director of the Department of Minorities Development, Uttar Pradesh, the state government has set up an Arabic-Persian Development Fund of rupees 1,00,00,000 to activate madrasas. He said that besides government grants, other funds would also be granted by state government. Farooqui said that the purpose of setting up the fund is to provide better books, to encourage and award good authors, to provide monetary assistance to promising students for higher studies and to provide computers to madrasas.

New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind held a meeting under the presidentship of Maulana Syed As’ad Madani to discuss various issues and problems regarding madrasas. Prominent among them were the recent statement of the Delhi government to compulsorily register all the madrasas in the capital and to introduce government syllabus in them. Maulana Madani said that the school syllabi which had been changed recently, had distorted history. He further said that now the government wants us to teach the same books. He said that those who run madrasas and not the government have better knowledge as to what should be taught there. When told that the Pakistan government also had issued orders to register madrasas, he said that Pakistan is not a democratic country while India is a democratic country where Constitution allows religious freedom.
While rejecting the accusation that madrasas give militancy training, Madani said that if there are such madrasas, they should be identified and action should be taken against them, but the government cannot interfere in all madrasas, he added. He demanded action against VHP, Bajrang Dal and RSS who openly distribute swords and trishuls and give arms training.
In another statement he said that the purpose of madrasas would be lost if the government provides monetary assistance or changes its syllabi.

New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain has said that direct Haj flights would be started form Nagpur, Guwahati and Patna or Gaya from next year.
Talking to newspersons he said that the Haj arrangements of last year were made by Air India with the cooperation of Saudi Airlines which were very successful. This year too the same arrangements are going to be made but Saudi Airlines would be given chance to take more Haj pilgrims. After these three new places the number of Haj embarkation points will become 13. He said that he has issued orders to Airport Authority of India officers to make all embarkation points on the pattern of Bangalore, so that customs, immigration and other necessary formalities could be completed at one place and within a short time without any difficulty. He also said that Air India which was incurring losses for the past five years has started earning profit during his incumbency. To and fro transportation of Hajis has greatly helped in reducing losses to Air India.
In answer to a question the minister said that in spite of high increase in the air fare at international level, Haj fares would not be increased. When asked about making new Haj terminals at other places besides Delhi he said that building a Haj terminal at Srinagar is under consideration and a decision will be taken soon.

Jaipur: Dalits have played the worst role during Gujarat riots. In the name of Hindutva. Vishwa Hindu Parishad excited them for riots against Muslims, said Asghar Ali Engineer during a lecture on communalism in Pratap Medical College and Research Centre. He alleged that VHP and RSS so far had been using the Dalits against Muslims by instilling in them feelings of Hindutva. He also said that all Dalit colonies have been set up in Muslim localities.
He also accused the local newspapers and said that they had added fuel to the fire during Gujarat riots.

New Delhi: The VHP has expressed grave concern over the increasing Muslim population and it has demanded strict family planning rules in this regard. The Muslim population from 3.54 crore in the year 1951 has increased to 14 crores in 2001, as against a negative growth in Hindu population, the VHP senior vice president, Acharya Giriraj Kishore said while talking to media persons.


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