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PROF HAKIM SYED KHALEEFATULLAH, Unani medical consultant of Chennai, member of the Central Council of Health and former honorary physician to the President of India has been nominated as vice-president of the Governing Body of Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. Member of the Central Council of Health, Prof. Khaleefatullah also holds the post of president of Central Council of Indian Medicine and Niamath Science Academy, Chennai. The committee comprising five Unani experts includes PROF HAKIM M TAIYAB of Aligarh and HAKIM MOHD. LAIQ ALI KHAN of Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh. Members from other streams include former Bihar and West Bengal governor, DR AR KIDWAI (Chemistry), PROF AKHTAR HUSSAIN (Botany) and DR M WALI (Modern medicine). The tenure of the committee is for three years.

The octogenarian famous artist MF HUSAIN is still producive. He thinks of innovative ideas and is lunatic for creative paintings and arts. His lines and strokes on convas resemble different hues of society. His exhibition, The Thief of Baghdad reflects how tyrannical Americans compelled people to suffer, their lives ruined, resources looted. Husain and his group radicalized traditional paintings to choose water colour and from 1950 to 1956 changed the entire mental set up of the aspiring painters around Ahemdabad and Mumbai. This boosted up morale of Indian painter not to lag behind the West. Landscape paintings in water colour better reflect nature, and hill stations play major role in it. Regarding major chunk of painting at Paris and various other airports in Europe, he says kids and ladies were his favourite in such drawings. He says that stone work in the palaces at Jaisalmer appeals him for paintable monument architecture. He is, of course, very fond of painting and films. 

The rising young musician IMRAN ALI and TANVEER AHMAD are sons of the 'Taan Samrat', the later Ustad Naseer Ahmad Khan, an impetuous exponent of the Delhi gharana. Recently, both brothers performed at India International Centre, in the memory of BADE GHULAM ALI KHAN. The concerts of the legend's death anniversary were organised by his disciples and admirers who founded Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Yadgaar Sabha. Imran and Tanveer, like their father, possess immense music talent and modulate their voice wherever the aesthetical situations demand. Both brothers like their father, musically speaking, are rather erratic instant effect with quack, ornamental flourishes that be tied down to ponderous vistar. 

PROF SHAHID ALI SIQQIQUI, chairman of the Department of Radiotherapy, JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University has been appointed Medical superintendent of the Medical College Hospital by Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad. He succeeds Dr Badrul Hasan who retired recently.

JASIM MUHAMMAD, an MA previous student of Hindi was appointed president of NSUI's Aligarh Muslim University unit recently. A reception was given to Jasim.

SAJID KHAN, host of Zee Cinema's Ikke Pe Ikka terms the episode a bizarre. The show has completed 400 episodes and has been eight years now. He wishes another 400 episodes and cannot see it going out. He appreciates another host like Satish Shah for latter's great sense of timing and humour. He likes watching Cops on AXN.

MA QUDDOOS and RIZWAN FAROOQUI, members of Nizamabad Municipal Corporation have been appointed vice-presidents of minority cell of Andhra Pradesh Congress. After joining Youth Congress in 1982, MA Quddoos held several posts and won Municipal election in March 2001. Rizwan Farooqui joined NSUI in 1983 and was appointed its general secretary in 1984-85. He joined Youth Congress in 1987 and was appointed director of Electricity Department in 2000.

Jamia Millia Islamia has conferred PhD in geography on PERVEZ AHMAD of Nowpora, Srinagr. Pervez completed his thesis 'Deforestation and its impact on land degradation' under the supervision of Prof. SM Rashid.

Srirangam-based SHEIKH MAHaBOOB SUBHANI and wife KALEESHABI MAHaBOOB are exponents of nadaswaram, a musical instrument. They have been playing with nadaswarm for the past 25 years and have performed across India, the US, UK and Gulf countries among others. The duet are disciples of the eminent Sheikh Chinna Moulana, who reigned as a monarch of the nadaswaram in his time. Women nadaswaram players are a rarity, so this performing couple are unique. Their nadaswaram tradition goes back ten generations. At the age of five, Kaleeshabi's father died. Her uncle, Sheikh John Sahib took over her training, and she began performing with him from the young age of nine. Nadaswaram is said to be temple instrument and its players require robust health and lung power.

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