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NEWSMAKERS: 16-31 July 2002

Prominent heart specialist and director of the cardiology centre at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College of Aligarh Muslim University DR MU RABBANI has been nominated executive member of the Cardiology Centre of India for his outstanding services in the field. Dr Rabbani is the Committee member of the Advisory Group formed in view of the burgeoning population of the country. The Committee will pay special attention to the causes of heart diseases to have control over this fast spreading disease.

MUFTI ZAFIRUDDIN of Darul Uloom Deoband has been appointed president of the prestigious Islamic Fiqh Academy (IFA) New Delhi. The post was to be filled after the death of Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi. Badrul Hasan Qasmi, Burhanuddin Sambhali and Mufti Ashraf Ali have been appointed vice-presidents while Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rahmani occupies the post of Secretary General of IFA. Maulana Atiq Ahmad Qasmi, Obaidullah Asadi and Amin Usmani have been named secretaries while Maulana Rizwan Qasmi holds the post of treasurer.

Uttar Pradesh government has appointed social activist and senior Congress leader TARIQ KHWAJA life member of Uttar Pradesh Anti-Crime Committee. His appointment has been welcomed.
Aligarh Muslim University has conferred M Phil and Ph D degrees on the following research scholars of various faculties:
Ghaznafar Ali Khan (Islamic Studies), Raees Ahmad (Applied Chemistry), Zarrin Mabud (English), Khurshid Ali (Commerce), Shakil Ahmad (Sunni Theology), Afaq Ahmad Khan (Botany), Iqbal Ahmad (Law), Ahmad Naeem, Nasim Ahmad (Chemistry), Muarraf Hussain (Bio-chemistry), Matin Ahmad Khan (Bio-technology), Farah Tabassum (Urdu) and Nazil Pervez (psychology) Ph Ds. Aghbin Abidi, Amir Al-Ahmad (Applied Chemistry), Zubair Ahmad, Rafat Siddiqui, Riyaz Ahmad (Zoology) Fuzia Khan and Asma Farhat were conferred M Phil degrees.

ABDUS SATTAR has received neither any award nor applause from government, still he is the proverbial straw for the drowing man. He sits on the bank of Yamuna river to rescue anyone who falls into the river. So far he has saved hundreds of lives. He came into lime light when a school bus fell into the Yamuna from Wazirabad bridge of Delhi and he rescued several school children. He says it is his duty to save lives. Forty five year-old poor Abdus Sattar started diving in the Yamuna at the age of 18 to find coins to satisfy hunger and was able to collect 50 to 100 rupees. Meanwhile, a woman in a suicidal attempt jumped into the Yamuna and was rescued by Abdus Sattar. This incident changed his life. Now instead of finding coins, he finds lives in the depth of water. In recognition of his humanitarian services Sahara India Group has recently given him an honorarium.

Kargil is not a place to be forgotten specially when it comes to those whose childhood days have been spent among gunshots. It is not an easy job to acquire education when troops exchange heavy gunfire but nothing stops Nawaz from going to school covering a distance of 22 kilometers. Seventeen year-old NAWAZ ALI wants to change things around and get his voice heard. He is one of the promising students who represented India at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on children held in New York recently.
Nawaz wants that everyone-rich and poor alike should get education. “All our hopes are the same wherever we come from. You adults have heard us. Tell us what you are going to do about it,” said Nawaz to the UNICEF representatives in India.

GHULAM NABI NOORANI has been appointed president of the editors conference for six months. Noorani, who succeeds Sofi Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din has been appointed to the post by the editors of litho dailies of J&K. Ghulam Muhi-ud-Din is not in a position to hold the post of president on health ground.

Director of Kashmir Tourism, SHEIKH NISAR AHMAD has been inducted into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) on probation. He has been appointed to J&K cadre.

Nayab Abbasi Girls Degree College (NAGDC) Amroha’s first annual results were 95 percent. KAHKASHAN, a BA 1st year student of NAGDC, ranked first in the entire district securing 68.75 percent marks in the 1st annual result of the college. RUHINA SHEHZADI who secured 67.75 percent marks ranked third in the district. President of the college Muhammad Nafis Abbasi congratulated the students for their outstanding performance. He has also announced cash prizes of Rs 11,000, 6,000 and 3,000 to 1st, 2nd and 3rd rank students of the college respectively. The college was founded in July 2001 where girls were given admission with Hindi, Urdu, English, History, Political Science, Economics, Drawing, Painting, Sociology, Home Science, etc. Prizes will also be given to college principal Miss Lubna Hamid and lecturers of related subjects. 

Dr Atiqur Rahman, a self-motivated health-activist and English teacher in a DAV Senior Secondary School is dedicated to naturopathy and has been working tirelessly for de-addiction amongst school children who fall easy prey to smoking., tobacco-chewing and alcohol. He is ceaselessly trying to spread awareness amongst the addicted against the hazards of different addictions. He installs his counter on the eve of festivals, fairs and different social and religious gatherings. He believes that balanced diet, total cleanliness, proper rest, positive attitude and hard work are mantras for perfect health.

A Muslim’s love for Shrimad Bhagvad Gita, Upanishads and other Sanskrit literature could not spare him from the wrath of Hindu communalists during anti-Muslim pogroms in Gujarat. Dr Sayeed Mushkoor Ali, head of English department at Government Commerce College, Gandhinagar, has written papers on teachings of Shrimad Bhagvad Gita and Upanishads and their influence on literature, which have been presented at seminars and published in international journals on literature. Even Dr Ali’s works were not spared when his house, including the library, was set on fire in communal violence that followed Godhra carnage. Undoubtedly, this is a great setback for Dr Ali. However, he maintains his composure and expresses his determination to spread the message of integrity and peace amongst Hindus and Muslims.

Waheeda Rahman, a legend, graceful, unassuming, down-to-earth and poised, broke the ice after a long interval in a show Rendezvous with Simi Garewal. She was very much nostalgic about her films, co-stars, directors and, of course, about Guru Dutt. She focused on the constructive role of cinema in society but she was aggrieved at the contemporary Bollywood trend which revolves around violence and obscenity. 

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