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NEWSMAKERS: 16-31 October
APJ Abdul Kalam, chief scientific
advisor to the government escaped unhurt in a chopper accident in Bokaro on 30
September. ‘It was a sheer chance. Or may be God saved my life to serve the
nation,’ said APJ Abdul Kalam.
Dr Abdul Kalam, accompanied by the Jharkhand science and technology Minister,
Sarmesh Singh and state government’s Science and technology department
Secretary JB Tubid were on the way to Bokaro to attend the Jharkhand science and
technology council meeting.
Kalam’s helicopter came down with a thud from a height of about 100 metres.
President Narayanan has expressed happiness over Kalam’s narrow escape.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Babulal Marandi has ordered a probe into the
circumstances that led to the accident.
Haji Zamiruddin Khan has been appointed general secretary of Delhi
Congress Committee’s Minority Department by Abdur Rahman Antulay, chairman of
All India Congress Committee’s Minority Department. M Afzal, former MP and All
India Secretary of Minority Department informed Haji Zamir about it. Haji Zamir
is a resident of Kucha Naharkhan of the walled city. He has been given this
responsibility in view of his services.
Muhammad Iqbal Bhat of National Conference has been elected unopposed to
Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council. This was announced by Muhammad Iqbal
Ghanai, secretary and returning officer of the State Legislative Assembly.
Ammar Rizvi, a senior Congress leader, has been elected Deputy Speaker of
Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly unopposed. Omnesh of Lok Dal Party had
earlier withdrawn his nomination papers and Rizwi was left alone.
It should be noted that this is the first time after the 11th Assembly when
there would be a deputy speaker in the House. There would be no deputy speaker
in the 12th Assembly. Rizvi has been served a show cause notice by Congress and
will be expelled by the party.
Muzaffar Ali’s latest musical album Paigham-e-Muhabbat is what dreams
are made of…not yours and mine, but of philosophers and poets who dream of a
Paigham…has songs whose lyrics are penned by some of the Subcontinent’s most
distinguished poets such as Ali Sardar Jaferi, Ahmad Faraz, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Jan
Nisar Akhtar, etc. while the singers who feature include the likes of Abida
Parveen and Moin Khan, whose talent defies boundaries. Certainly a corpus of
work worth collecting. ‘Most of the music I get to hear is very subjective and
lacks purity. My kind of music is addictive, where the singer has to be
submissive to the creator and his creation. It is not consumer music that comes
in disposable tumblers with instructions: use and throw. Global music brings
hearts, sounds and countries together,’ defends Ali.
Paigham is quite different from the music Ali has been creating. It is ghazal
with a very contemporary feel, essentially based on patriotism and voices the
anguish of ‘People who suffered during the Partition and rejected artificial
boundaries that divided their heritage and nostalgia.’ No one thinks of
writing about their anguish within division - the geographical separation exists
but it is the soul that is universal, says Ali, the
Zeba Amrohi is a famous artist, who has carved a name for herself the
world over in a very short period. When she painted portraits of former Soviet
Union President Makhail Gorbachev and his wife Raeesa Gorba, she was officially
invited to Soviet Union. She along with her elder brother Tasnim Akhtar went to
Soviet Union on a 25 day tour and visited various cities. It is interesting to
know that besides MA in English she has not done any formal courses, but is
equally skilled in paintings and portraits.
She is the only artist whose two life size portraits have been installed in the
Central Hall of Parliament. She has great interest in oil painting. She has deep
attachment with Rajastahni culture. So far she has organized four shows on
One of her important performances is 30 portraits of Rajiv Gandhi, which were
exhibited on 20 August 1991 at the 48 birth anniversary of the late Prime
Minister at Parliament annexe. Another exhibition of her painting was held in
June 1994 by the Department of Art and Culture, Himachal Pradesh at YWCA, which
continued for 25 days. Later she was nominated life member of the Academy of
Art, Language and Culture, Himachal Pradesh. Her paintings have been subjects of
interest for Indian and foreign tourists.
Besides George Bush, King Hussain of Jordan and King Fahad, she has made
portraits of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Shaikh
Abdullah, which have been installed at various places in Srinagar.
Thespian Dilip Kumar (Yusuf Khan) is now stable. He was admitted to
Leelawati Hospital on 26 September and was in ICU. Later he was shifted to a
private unit and now he is out of danger and was seen in cheerful mood. His wife
Saira Bano was with him. Dilip Kumar experienced uneasiness, when he was out for
a shooting in Loonawala, for suspected kidney problem.
Fatima Beevi, former Tamil Nadu governor has defended her action in
appointing AIADMK supremo Jayalalitha as Chief Minister in May holding that she
had taken the decision according to her understanding of the law as it stood
then. ’The decision was my own. I took it after considering various aspects
like law and order in the state and the election results giving a massive
mandate to the AIADMK,‘ Beevi said.
Mansoor Usmani has been re-appointed secretary of Urdu Academy, Delhi
following a court decision in his favour. His re-appointment has been welcomed.
It is hoped that he would complete his tenure and foil the conspiracies of Urdu
MG editor Zafarul-Islam Khan, who was elected last month as the general
secretary of the Movement for the Empowerment of Indian Muslims (MOEMIN), has
now been selected as a member of the All-India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawart in the
category of eminent individuals.
Dr Khan regularly writes for Arabic and English publications and appears on a
number of radio and TV stations around the world including Al-Jazeerah Satellite
Channel, Kuwait Radio and TV and the BBC Arabic Service, as a commentator and
analyst for Indian and Islamic issues. Most recently he took part in an
hour-long live programme of Abu Dhabi TV on Afghanistan. Dr Khan is the author
and translator of over 40 books in Arabic and English, published since 1969, and
holds an MA in Islamic History from Cairo University and a PhD in Islamic
Studies from the University of Manchester.