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NEWSMAKERS: 16-30 September 2002

ASLAM SHER KHAN has come back to the Congress Party. He started his career after being elected to Lok Sabha in 1984 from Betul constituency. He won the election once again in 1991 from the same constituency. He had been a state minister and incharge of the Minority Department in 1995 in the office of the then Prime Minister. He left the Congress in 1997 and was nominated president of Madhya Pradesh Nationalist Party in 1999 which joined hands with the Congress the same year in April. Motilal Vora, MP and treasurer of All India Congress Committee has described his return to the party as "home coming".

Central minister for food and president of Janata Dal (United) Sharad Yadava has appointed TANVEER AHMAD as general secretary of the party. A resident of Bihar, Tanveer was twice elected by Bihar Assembly as member of Legislative Council. At present, he is the chairman of the election campaign committee of the party for Bihar unit.

Aligarh Muslim University has recently conferred Ph D degrees on the following students: OBAID IQBAL ASIM (Arabic), EJAZ AHMAD (Islamic Studies) and UROOS ILYAS (Wild Life Sciences).

Former minister of state for defence, SYED SIBTE RAZI has recently been nominated spokesman of All India Congress Committee. General secretary of Uttar Pradesh Congress Minorities Cell, Laeeq Ahmad Khan thanked Sonia Gandhi for this selection and said that it was a valuable gift for minorities.

Filmmaker AZIZ QURESHI has been nominated a member of the organising committee of the International Film Festival of India 2002, which is slated to be held in Delhi from October 1 to October 10.

The managing committee of National Senior Secondary School, Shahi Idgah Delhi, on August 24, unanimously elected JAFAR ALI KHAN, former principal of the school as its manager while MS MUZZAMMIL SIDDIQUI was nominated president of the managing committee. Earlier the committee had accepted the resignation of Siraj Quraishi from the post of manager and lauded his services.

HAJI ABDUS SALAM has been recently nominated president of Rampur district unit of All India Banjara Federation by its national president, advocate Mahmooduz Zafar Rahmani. He has been asked to tour the district, make more units of the Federation at tehsil and city levels and draw Muslim children’s attention to education.

The Samajwadi Party high command has recently dismissed the president of Moradabad Municipal Corporation, IKRAM QURESHI for his anti-party activities. The party workers are reported to be unhappy ever since he took over the charge of president of the corporation. He has also been accused of conspiring for the defeat of the party candidates during his tenure.

After successfully making more than 50 documentaries, national award winner and a 1982 batch graduate of Jamia Millia Islami Delhi, ANWAR JAMAL has completed his first feature film Swaraj. Swaraj received a huge response from the audience when it was premiered at Delhi’s India Habitat Centre on the occasion of India’s 55th Independence Day. Produced by Professor Georage Mathew of the Institute of Social Sciences, it is Jamal’s socio-political and gender issues in retrospect with the story revolving around four women who are in search of water, one of the most basic needs of life. The film was shot on 35 mm with a budget of Rs 40 lakh, funded by the Institute of Social Sciences. The central idea of the film, according to Anwar, is that in such difficult circumstances when these women have to struggle hard for such an essential thing of life as water, instead of becoming rebels, their peaceful role in building society is the real swaraj or independence.

After 10 years of legal fight, TEHMINA KHATUN has won the battle to get admission to Gandhi Centenary B Ed College at Habra in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The college had refused her admission for not mentioning the surname of her husband (Sukumar Mitra, a social activist, whom she had married in 1991 and her religion as Hinduism). Tehmina Khatun who has now entered 36th years, after which she cannot get a teacher’s job, belongs to Barasat, North 24 Parganas district. She had also struck out the column of religion while filling the admission form. After running form sessions court to high court for ten years, the Kolkata High Court finally issued orders to the college authorities to give her admission to the college. Whether she gets a job or not after crossing the age limit, she calls it the triumph of reason and logic. It is to be noted that of the five governing body members of the college, three belonged to CPI (M) while two were members of RSS. They had however, unamnimouly agreed earlier to allow her admission on the condition that she wrote her name as Tehmina Mitra and her religion as Hinduism.

Delhi High court rejected on August 19 the petition filed by TV anchor SUHAIB ILYASI to provide security outside Delhi. Justice Manmohan Sarin rejected the petition saying that it carried no weight. Producer of India’s Most Wanted, Ilyasi said in his petition that he faces danger to his life as he goes out of the capital and at times has to stay at several places for his serial which has led to the arrest of so many criminals. Ilyasi also said that he has been receiving threats from the criminals whom he has shown in his serial.

After two months’ tug of war, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit has appointed FAIZI HASHMI as the director of the Department of Information and Broadcasting, Delhi. Hashmi is the joint secretary of the Department of Services, Government of Delhi. After successfully competing in Indian Administrative Service in 1984, Hashmi took over the administrative charge of the Indo-Bar cadre of National Capital Territory of Delhi. He did his graduation from MS College in Motihari district of North Bihar and MA in history from Jawaharlal Nehru University of Delhi.

Ever since the death of her husband in 1993, SAJIDA, a help-based employee who is bringing up two daughters and a son, has become a living example of courage, honesty and devotion to duty. A 4th class employee at the office of Chief Public Relations Officer in Northern Railway, Sajida foiled the attempts of three Lashkar-e-Toiyaba militants who were trying to enter the office in January this year. On January 14, three militants in the guise of beggars tried to enter the office whom she stopped. When they tried to force their entry, Sajida clashed with them and raised an alarm which made them flee. Later when the three militants were arrested on January 16 and their photos were published in newspapers, then only it was known that these were the militants who had tried to force their entry but were not successful. A dutiful Sajida has been honoured by railway authorities for her courage and also by Sahara India which rewarded her by paying Rs 1100. 

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