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EDUCATION SHOULD SOLVE PROBLEMS

Aligarh: Maulana Muhammad Rabey Hasani Nadwi, president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board has said that due to cultural attack of West man has become self-centred. He has become so selfish that even a father-and-son’s relationship has become different. All these are happening at a time when science is fast progressing and people speak of high standards. Maulana Rabey was delivering a special lecture on global issues and responsibilities of the youth at Aligarh Muslim University. The new researches of science are having both good and bad effects on people. He said along with development human values should be preserved and our educational system should benefit common people. He said that world issues should be solved through mutual talks which demand positive thinking. Education should not be aimless and there should be a direction to it. Instead of creating problems, education should solve them, the maulana added.

MUSLIM POLITICAL CONFERENCE HOLDS MEETING
New Delhi: All Parties Muslim Political Conference convened a meeting of different Muslim organisation, political, social and religious groups at Gandhi Peace Foundation recently. The conference decided to vote for political parties which give reservation to Muslims according their population in educational institutions, government employments specially police and para-military forces, and grant permission to offer namaz in mosques under A81. The meeting demanded 8 percent reservation for Muslim backward classes out of 27 percent quota reserved for backward classes and exemption of Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia and other minority institutions form common admission test. It also demanded to set up Urdu schools, appoint Urdu teachers, withdrawal of POTA from three hundred Muslims arrested in connection with Gujarat riots and justice for the riots victims.

SEMINAR ON SHAIKH AHMAD SARHINDI
Delhi: Department of Islamic Studies, Jamia Hamdard organised a one-day seminar on Shaikh Ahmad Sarhindi, popularly known as Mujaddid Alf-Thani on 12 March. Presenting his article Dr Ubaidur Rahman Islahi said we need to remove misconceptions from the minds of non-Muslims through good behaviour. Sadiqa Naim emphasised the need for adopting the principles of Shaikh Ahmad Sarhindi. Ms Samia said as the Shaikh laid stress on education we need to abide by it. Several articles were presented on this occasion.

SOCIAL TOGETHERNESS THROUGH LITERATURE 
Kolkata: Kolkata-based organisation “Ram-Rahim Ekta Manch” through poetic symposia has been trying to bring people closer to each other for many years. The Manch recently held an Urdu and Hindi poetic symposium. Inaugurating the function, West Bengal minister for minority affairs, Muhammad Salim hailed the efforts of the Manch president, Khan Nisar Ghazipuri and said such programmes were helpful for unity. Noted Hindi poet Murarilal Dalmiya chaired the symposium. 

DALITS DEMAND RESERVATION IN AMU
Aligarh: Vishwa Dalit Parishad staged a sit-in at collectorate demanding reservation for Dalits in Aligarh Muslim University. In their speeches Dalit Parishad leaders said non reservation of Dalits in AMU was a weakness of Dalit society and that it will not be tolerated anymore. Dalits will get reservation. There are 125 MPs of Dalit society even then this backward class was being denied reservation. University authorities are dilly-dallying Dalit reservation but the Parishad will definitely open those closed doors, they said.

BID ON BIHAR POWER MINISTER
Patna: Bihar energy minister Shakil Ahmad Khan had a narrow escape while returning from Jahanabad to the capital on the night of 6 March. Senior Superintendent of police NH Khan said that a jeep hit the car of the minister while returning from a function. The jeep driver escaped in the darkness. The number-plate showed that the jeep was from UP. Investigation is going on.

RUHELKHAND UNIVERSITY TO HAVE MEDIA CENTRE
Sambhal: During his inspection visit to MGM Post Graduate College here, Prof. Zahid Hussain Zaidi, Vice Chancellor of RuhelKhand University said that six new courses would be soon introduced in the university, the most important of which is establishment of a media centre. The syllabus contains subjects relating to print and electronic media with prominence to TV and video journalism. In answer to a question, Prof. Zaidi said university examinations will not be affected by Lok Sabha elections and that results would be released soon. He warned the affiliated colleges to follow rules and regulations otherwise their recognition would be nullified. 

COMMUNAL VIOLENCE IN BHAVNAGAR
Bhavnagar (Gujarat): Six more people were arrested for violence after a youth was stabbed to death on the night of 3 March. With this the number of persons arrested has reached 10, the police said. In the violence that followed the youth’s death six people including a woman were injured. The incident occurred when one group tried to stop another group from bringing out a religious procession.

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT FOR MINORITY INSTITUTIONS
Lucknow: In a press statement, general secretary of Deeni Talimi Council, Dr Masudul Hasan Usmani has said that the former Uttar Pradesh government had allegedly scuttled minority status of modern educational institutions of minorities especially Muslims. Applications were given in this regard but the government took no cognizance of it. It was hoped that Mulayam Singh’s government would get their rights, Dr Usmani said adding that the situation has remained the same. 
Dr Usmani said that he had received written and oral promises by urban development minister Azam Khan and welfare minister Ahmad Hasan but it seems they too are helpless before their officers. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s government makes big announcements but no attention is paid even to the basic problems of minorities and Muslims, Usmani added.

TWO-DAY SEMINAR ON QURANIC SCIENCE
New Delhi: Iran Culture House in collaboration with Jamia Hamdard organised a two-day seminar on Quranic sciences. Speaking on this occasion Dr Jalal Tamla, director of Iran Culture House said the purpose of holding the seminar is to spread the message of the Quran to more and more people. 
Noted religious scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan said that many things which the Quran told about fourteen hundred years ago were being discovered today. In order to understand the meaning of the Quran it is necessary to study science so as to see a resemblance between what Quran said and what is being discovered today. He further said that the message of the Quran is based on welfare and development of people, hence we need to work in this regard. Maulana Akhlaq Hussain Qasmi said Islam is not a religion of violence, but a religion of peace. Islam has come to seek remedy of dangers. We need to spread the message of the Quran to people, he said.

URDU RESEARCH IN 20TH CENTURY
New Delhi: Speaking at the inaugural session of a two-day seminar on Urdu research in 20th century, held at the Department of Urdu, Delhi University, in collaboration with Delhi Urdu Academy, Prof Muhammad Hasan drew attention towards cautious use of words. It is the duty of authors to express their thoughts in correct and suitable words. Speaking about research and criticism, Prof Hasan said there was no contradiction between the two as criticism was impossible without research. There is need to pay special attention on research and compilation, he said.
In his presidential address Dr Tanvir Ahmad Alvi said research is the field for those who have interest in comparative study. Geographical situations should be kept in mind in the study of literature, he said. People are affected with their customs, traditions, religions and social demeanor. 

WOMEN’S MEETING BY AL-QURAN INSTITUTE
Lucknow: Al-Quran Institute organised a meeting of women on 14 Mach. Speaking on this occasion Dr Safia Nasim stressed the need for God-fearing. She said our hearts have become devoid of God’s fear and they are filled with love and fear of world. Therefore, we have been declining instead of making progress. We lack in education. Stressing the need for religious education along with modern education, Dr Safia said education is a light by which we can succeed here and in the Hereafter. Along with acquiring Quranic education we should get together to ponder over it, she said and added that people should lead life according to God’s will.

COW TO BE AN ELECTION ISSUE
New Delhi: While candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections will have to explain to the Election Commission their non-involvement in any criminal activity, a Hindu organisation will ask them to clarify their stand on cow slaughter. According to Shankaracharyh of Badrinath, a countrywide campaign would be started to tell voters to ask their candidate to clarify his/her stand on cow slaughter. 
Stickers and pamphlets would be distributed among people by Akhil Bharatiya Sarvadali Gauraksha Maha Abhiya Samiti, which plans to start the campaign. It will ask voters to cast their votes to a candidate who favours ban on cow slaughter. Swami Madhav Ashram, Shankaracharya of Badrinath Jyotishpith has said protection of cow is important for Indian culture and people’s health.

MAF Academy's AGM
MAF Academy, Noida, hosted a gathering of eminent personalities of its advisory board and other guests on 14 March. Guests were warmly welcomed by the founder-chairman of the school, Abul Fazal Farooqui. Members of the advisory board present at the AGM were Manzoor Ahmed, Dr. S. C. Gupta and Dr. Mahmoodur-Rehman. They offered their views on the rapid growth of the school and emphasized various tasks and goals to be set for the fruitful development of the school. 

School principal Anupama Motwani briefed the guests about various achievements and activities of the school. Mr. Manzoor Ahmed (IPS) and the former VC, Agra University, pointed out that the school has taken long strides since its inception. He said that nothing succeeds like quality. Prof. Abad Ahmad, former pro-VC of Delhi University said that the most fundamental equipment to improve society was education, adding that education should be child-centred. SC Gupta, former secretary of CBSE said that MAF Academy is the best institution in the area. He congratulated the management for their constant endeavours for the upliftment of the school in such a short span of time. He emphasized on the setting up of linguage and maths labs. He also stressed on the professional growth of teachers through lectures by experts, NCERT training etc. Dr. Mahmoodur Rahman (IAS) and a former VC, AMU, said that life without hope is like a nectar in a sieve and hope without an object cannot survive. He said that there should be no doubt that academic excellence should be the aim of all teaching. The function was ably hosted by Nuwayra Farooqui. ¤

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