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NEWSMAKERS: 16-31 October 2002

Congratulations Yasin-Rafat! Yes it was a historic day for India when the YASIN MERCHANT and RAFAT HABIB duo made the country proud at the 14th Asian Games Busan 2002 on October 1. The pair defeated Malaysia and later the indefatigable Marco Fu & Au Chi Wai duo of Hong Kong in the snooker doubles to clinch the first gold medal for India in Busan. Meanwhile last year’s Arjun Award winners QASIM KHAN and MUJIBUR RAHMAN occupied the first position in wrestling making their entry into the final.

MAULANA MUHAMMAD RIZWAN QASMI, rector Darul Uloom Sabeelus Salam Hyderabad was unanimously elected vice president of Delhi-based Islamic Fiqh Academy at the end of a two-day session at its head office in Delhi on September 3.

DR ABDUL BARI “SHABNAM SUBHANI”, former head of the Department of Urdu, Awadh University has joined Muslim Majlis recently. Dr Abdul Bari has been among the earliest members of the Majlis and was considered as one of stalwarts its state unit.

MUHAMMAD SHAFI BHAT, member legislative council, Jammu and Kashmir of the ruling National Conference resigned from the party and joined Congress recently.

SHUAIB AHMAD, Chief of Corporate Affairs, Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has been promoted as Executive Director, Corporate Affairs. He will shoulder all responsibilities of communications and sports activities. A higher marketing degree holder from XLRI Jamshedpur, he has been associated with SAIL for 28 years. Before taking over the charge of Corporate Communications in 1997, his main field of activities was internal and international marketing. Due to his long association and experience of marketing he modulated and brought success to the major product campaign when steel industry was facing slump. SAIL has appointed him member of the following national and international bodies: 1. Communications Committee, International Iron and Steel Institute, Brussels, 2. The Confederation of Indian Industries Sports Aspects Committee and 3. Steel Plants Sports Control Board India. All these apart, Ahmad is a widely travelled man and has visited many countries of the world. He is also a keen cricketer and golfer. He takes keen interest in youth affairs and social activities. 

Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, JUSTICE SRIKRISHNA whose fair and frank report on the 1993 Mumbai riots had created a political storm in the entire country, is being promoted as a Supreme Court judge.

Congress leader SALEEM PATEL has been given charge of various programmes and plans of Madhya Pradesh Madrasa Board by its president Prof. Haleem Khan. His selection has been welcomed.

RASHED LATIF, a deaf and dumb boy of Nagpur has set a new record for his hand made cardboard miniature vintage car models. He makes models from the early vintages to classics from gypsies to Aston Martin and Lancers. The creation of this unique art dates back to his childhood when he used to make chalk stick drawings on the floor of vintage cars and automobiles. Then he started drawing on file board paper by cutting, shaping and assembling them into a complete automobile. He makes various models by seeing photographs, giving them a self-designed touch. The interior dashboard, clutch, accelerator and pedal are neatly cut and pasted in such a brilliant way that they appear to be real. Rashed has done his course in ITI from Government ITI and was also a topper at Deaf and Dumb School. To add to your surprise he is the nephew of the world record holder, Iqbal Ahmed who created the world’s smallest steam engine. Having already registered his name in Limca Book of Records, Rashed is optimistic for setting a world record to make his entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Not impossible Rashed. Come on! 

Defeating his close rival with a big margin in the election of Government School Teachers’ Association, Department of Education, Government of Delhi, FARID AHMAD has re-occupied the post of district secretary. A diligent teacher, Farid Ahmad had been holding the post for four years and he has been associated with several social, cultural and educational organisations.

Presided over by noted Hindi litterateur Prof. KP Singh, an evening of ghazal was hosted in honour of celebrated poet PROF. SHAHRAYAR on September 30 by Academic Staff College, Aligarh Muslim University. Co-ordinating the soiree, Dr Saghira Fahim mentioned the literary services of the poet in detail. They poet was also called upon to recite a few ghazals which were highly appreciated by the audience. The participants of the refresher course also presented a gift to the poet which was given to him by Prof. KP Singh.

Senior Telugu Desam leader and president of Andhra Pradesh Minority Cell, MA SIDDIQUI has been recently nominated member of Andhra Pradesh Minorities Financial Corporation by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. After forming Telugu Desam Party by former AP Chief Minster NT Rama Rao, Siddiqui associated himself with politics and since then has been serving for the welfare of minorities.

Former president of Nizam College Students Union, SYED AZMATULLAH HUSSAINI was recently appointed president of National Union of Students, Andhra Pradesh by AICC President Sonia Gandhi. An MA (Previous) student of political science at Osmania University, Hussaini is the first Muslim president of the Union. Belonging to Karimganj district of Andhra Pradesh (now settled in Hyderabad), Hussaini has been actively involved in the Congress activities under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Shabbir, vice president of Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee. Hussaini’s selection has been widely welcomed.

HAKEEM MUHAMMAD AYYUB belongs to Budhana village of Muzaffarnagar district (UP). The 37-year old Hafiz Muhammad Aiyub is a Hakeem by profession. He is rendering free service to the seekers of knowledge. He owns a personal library which receives several Urdu dailies, weeklies and monthlies published in different parts of the country. His student-days’ hobby of reading and collecting newspapers has now taken the form of community service. Besides a good collection of news papers, the library has also a collection of about 25,000 books on history, sociology, political science and other subjects. No fee is taken from those who study there. Hakeem Saheb treats the needy, widows, orphans and old people free of charge. From his little income he contributes his mite for this noble cause. The young Hakeem wishes that he gets a good collection of history and research books, so that people knew their culture and society in the light of factual history.

BJP spokesman and general secretary, MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI has been appointed president of the Pondicherry unit of the party. He replaces AM Krishnamurthy.

Presided over by Maulana Abdul Wahhab Khilji, a meeting of the consultative committee of Al-Maahadul Islami As-Salafi was held in Bareilly (UP) on October 1. After a one-hour closed door meeting of the consultative body, the committee nominated IMAM SAEED AHMAD as president, MUHAMMAD ASLAM ABDUS SALAM as administrator and SAFI AHMAD as treasurer of the organisation. Their term will be for six months. Ulama and well wishers from Agra, Aligarh, Breilly, Badayun, Meerut and Delhi participated in the general meeting. They spoke on the development of the organisation and pledged their support to meet any challenge.

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