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MOHAMMED AZHARUDDINWith elections round the corner, political parties are on a hunt for film and TV actors, sports persons and industrialists. A recent report published in some newspapers says that the BJP is trying to rope in former Indian skipper MOHAMMED AZHARUDDIN, who is fighting against life ban imposed on him. However, this classical batsman refused the report saying that he did not know where from the rumour was emanating. He even declined having any interest in politics. Only time will tell if this stroke works for BJP, trying to play another political innings at the centre.

PROF. ABDUL HAQ, former head of the Department of Urdu, Delhi University retired recently. An expert on Iqbal studies, many students did their M Phil and PhD under his guidance. The university’s Urdu department organised many large seminars during his presidentship. His educational and literary services would be remembered for long.

PROF. SHIRIN MOOSAWI was appointed as new Head of the Department of History of Aligarh Muslim University recently. She succeeds Prof. Mansuba Haider.

Sahir Adventure Club has welcomed the appointment of MUHAMMAD RAIS KHAN “Bablu” as state secretary of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee. The Club has thanked AICC president Sonia Gandhi and other Congress leaders for Khan’s appointment.

TAMKEEN HAMIDThe little hearts in Kashmir after years of bloodshed have been filled with grief and fear psychosis. Babes knowing not the war going on is just or unjust, 11 years old TAMKEEN HAMID wants to serve as a doctor. She is one among 30 other children, who were selected by Teh army from Valley to spread the message of peace under ‘Operation Sangam.’ This batch is to all India tour. Tamkin of class sixth standard, tells of her heart. She says that any human heart having even a ‘bit’ of love, affection and pious sentiments can experience the agony of the common masses. She asks how could she be an exception in this regard. She, carrying message of peace, wishes children of other parts of the country to come closer to help in uniting countrymen. And as a girl she believes that girls in the Valley should come forward to spread the message of peace across the nation.

Congress Party has chosen film star and social activist SHABANA AZMI to field her as a minority candidate from Ajmer constituency for the general election 2004. It is said that a lobby close to ex-CM Ashok Gehlot is backing her candidature.

SHAHWAR ALISHAHWAR ALI who always dreamt of a career in films and fashion, is actualizing now. He belongs to Bhopal where his father is into horse breeding. His formal career started in 1998 when he won Best Physique award at a contest held in Calcutta. Reputed companies started offering him modeling job. In the year 2003, he was chosen as the in-house model for ‘Calvin Klein’ in London for their international collection. Model-turned-actor Shahwar, now, has three films ready for release – Asambhav, Hawas, and a film with his negative role of an Italian mafia don. He also played a radio jockey with Raima Sen in 99.9 FM, directed by Sanjay Bhatia.

MUZAFFAR ALI Where there are things heart-touching, MUZAFFAR ALI is standing by there. Muzaffar Ali is a film-maker, a poet, a designer, a writer and an artist. Spirituality that arises from the deepest of heart, Ali knows how to visualize this through the medium of arts. In this month of March on 26 and 27, he organised the annual Jahan-e-Khusrau Sufi music festival. Artists, other than India, gathering at the occasion are from Pakistan, Iran, Israel and Sweden. Singers sang of their hearts. About the poetry and songs of Khusrau, Muzaffari Ali says that Khusrau’s poetry is part of the North Indian cultural milieu. And his songs are sung by women folk on every occasion, such is the way Khusrau touched the lives of common people. Muzaffar says that he himself used one of his songs, Kahe Bihaye Bidesh, in Umrao Jaan.

Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ganai, of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Srinagar was recently awarded with the "Best DM Student" award by All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He received his DM degree as well as the award from Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat at the AIIMS convocation when another Kashmiri, Dr Muzaffar also received his DM degree in Nephrology. Dr Ganai hails from a remote village in South Kashmir. He has always been a meritorious student and was selected for prestigious DM degree simaltanously at AIIMS and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Chandigarh. Earlier he won Young Investigator award at International Congress for hormonal steroids and hormones and cancer at Fukouka Japan in 2002 and was selected as Asia-Pacific Pediatric Endocrinology Fellow at Cairns Australia in 2002 (Shuja'at Bukhari).

Indian fast bowler ZAHEER KHAN has found a fervent fan. Shiv Sena supremo Bala Saheb Thackeray praised this Broda boy for his patriotism. According to Pakistan Urdu daily Jang, Khan had said Indian Muslims have no danger from Shiv Sena or Thackeray. He said there were misunderstandings about Thackeray. 

KHALIDA BEGUM, daughter of Dr Muhammad Nasir Ali Ansari of Haji Nagar, Kolkata secured 1st position in BA Urdu (Hons) examinations in Hoogly Mohsin College of Bardwan University. Khalida obtained 543 marks.

PROF. IQBAL HUSSAIN, a retired professor of the English department, Aligarh Muslim University and DR HAMIDULLAH, also of the English department were appointed Sir Syed Fellows at the Sir Syed Academy by Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad. The Academy director Prof Asghar Abbas said that the Fellows would study materials available on Sir Syed which would be helpful in the Academy’s publications. He said it was for the first time that the university was going to publish Sir Syed’s biography in Arabic and Sanskrit. ¤

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