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Hindu pilgrims riding ponies on their way to Amarnath cave, 142 kms north east of Srinagar

 

NSA FOR RIOT INSTIGATING
Sardhana: Meerut District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar Singh took strong action against Amit alias Lilu, son of Chhatrapal for instigating Hindu-Muslim riots in Sardhana town of Meerut and invoked National Security Act (NSA) against him. Amit had hatched a criminal conspiracy in Karnawal village during Sardhana riots. He was caught in Karnawal on the night of 24 June in connection with burning a shop and stabbing Narendra. Deposing before the police Amit said besides burning a shop he wanted to kill a youth to ignite communal riots but Narendra was wrongly stabbed due to darkness.
In its July first issue The Milli Gazette had carried a special report on Sardhana riots.

AVAIL OF GOVT. EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES: QURESHI
Miranpur: Muhammad Yusuf Qureshi, Uttar Pradesh State president of All India Jamiatul Quresh said along with religious education Muslims should also acquire modern education and they should avail of the government’s educational facilities given to minorities. He was speaking at the inaugural function of Muslim-managed HL Public School. He said success comes to communities which excel in education. District minority welfare officer, HR Naqvi spoke about government’s educational facilities to minorities and appealed Muslims to provide higher education to their children.

INL for DIPLOMATIC PRESSURE ON ISRAEL
New Delhi: National secretary of Indian National League, Zamir Ahmad Zamlana has demanded the Indian Government to put diplomatic pressure on Israel to respect the judgement of International Court regarding the controversial wall being constructed by Israeli army. 

ANJUMAN DELEGATION MEETS HRD MINISTER
New Delhi: A high-level delegation of Anjuman Jamhuriyat Pasand Musannifin met HRD minister Arjun Singh and expressed its displeasure over misleading statements of governments regarding Urdu. The delegation accused the erstwhile NDA government for using independent Urdu institutions for political mileage. 
The delegation presented a memorandum to Arjun Singh asking him to stop state governments to make misleading statements about Urdu and said that unless the language was taught as a compulsory subject up to high school and knowledge of Urdu was made a compulsory condition for seeking job in government’s higher and lower schools, justice will not be done to Urdu. The delegation also said that Urdu should be made a compulsory language in Hindi belt states under three language formula. It also demanded the minister to keep autonomous Urdu institutions away from political ideologies.

The delegation included Rajya Sabha member Sarla Maheshwari, Chandrakala Pandey, Lok Sabha member Jyoti Maur Sakdar, Anjuman’s acting president Zubair Rizvi, vice-president Rajendra Yadav besides other members and writers.

MURDERED PROF.’s ROOM STILL SEALED

Aligarh: The sealed rooms of Prof. IG Khan of history department of Aligarh Muslim University who was killed under mysterious circumstances two years ago are still not opened. A CBI team which had come here has returned to Delhi. History department Head, Prof. Shirin Moosawi had written a letter demanding to open the sealed rooms of Prof. IG Khan. Prof. Moosawi had said opening of the rooms was necessary. On receipt of the letter, a letter was written by the office of AMU proctor to the CBI director general to break the seals. 
A three-member team of CBI visited AMU and reviewed conditions which led to sealing the rooms. It was found during the inspection that the rooms were locked by local police which had the right to open them. The CBI team has returned to Delhi to submit its report but the rooms are still sealed.

BAZME NISWAN HOLDS SEERAT MEETING
Bangalore: Bazme Niswan Charitable Trust, Bangalore organised a seerat meeting recently. Speaking on this occasion Ms Fatima Sughra appealed to people to follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Trust president Ms Husna Begum shed light on the Trust’s activities. A large number of women participated in the meeting which ended with a prayer.

URDU IS A BRIDGE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN
New Delhi: Urdu is a bridge of love and affection between India and Pakistan which no politician can ignore. This was stated by Padma Bhushan Dr Gopi Chand Narang at the prestigious International Urdu Conference held recently in America. The noted Urdu critic Narang delivered speeches on Urdu language, literature, poetry, criticism, research, journalism, script, etc. At the concluding session of the 10-day long conference resolutions were also passed about protecting Urdu script and future of Urdu in new places.

The conference was sponsored by Urdu newspaper Urdu Times in New Jersey, a neibhouring state of New York. Participants included senior litterateurs, poets and journalists from India, Pakistan, England, Europe, Canada and Dubai. 

ORDER TO GIVE MOSQUE LAND TO NHW AUTHORITIES
Kolkata: Expressing concern over a Kolkata High Court judgement to hand over the Jama masjid land at Sidha in Banskoda district of West Bengal to National Highway authorities within 15 days, representatives from different walks of life have demanded the state and central governments to intervene into the matter.

In a press release on 15 July, Advocate Anwar Alam Khan expressed concern over the far-reaching effect of the court order and demanded a stay order on the notice issued by Additional District Magistrate (Land Acquisition) of Midnapur. He said by a little change in the direction of the National Highway the fear of breach of peace can be averted. He said he had contacted the West Bengal Minorities Commission chairman, Justice Khwaja Yusuf, senior journalist Ahmad Saeed Maleehabadi and Shariat scholar Hakim Muhammad Irfanul Hasan in this regard. Attention of All India Muslim Personal Law Board has also been drawn in this direction. He also asked members of the Jama Masjid Committee to further appeal in Supreme Court in this case if it was rejected in the High Court. 

Anwar Alam says the mosque situated on National Highway No 6 is 416 years old. It was made a double-storeyed mosque in 1910 and five times prayers are being offered in the mosque regularly. 

Meanwhile, a one-member bench of Justice Baran Ghosh has rejected the appeal and asked three mosque trustees to take Rs 10 lakh and shift the mosque from there. The judgement has created tension among Muslims some of whom are planning to protest against it. 

The Court should re-consider its judgement as it may set a precedent for many such mosques’ removal in the country, creating more problems, area Muslims said.

INSULTED FOR WRITING PETITION IN URDU
Allahabad: Uttar Pradesh Urdu Development Organisation (UPUDO) has demanded chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and officials to take action against police officers for refusing to accept applications written in Urdu in Kareli police station of Western Allahabad. At the same time it has also demanded to issue a fresh order to all police stations to write Urdu boards and also register names in Urdu.
In a press release here on 11 July, national president of UPUDO, Muhammad Akhtar Churiwala blamed police officers for not accepting Urdu applications. On 6 July some Muslims had gone to submit their applications which were written in Urdu. The clerk and two sepoys present at the police station not only insulted the people but also refused to accept their forms saying “We have no Urdu translator in our office. Bring your applications in Hindi, then only will they be accepted.” Urdu translator Muhammad Osama present there heard these words but said nothing. 
The Organisation has presented a memorandum to UP governor, chief minister, chief secretary, DIG and higher police officials and demanded to accept Urdu forms and also to take action against the guilty police personnel.

PERMISSION SOUGHT FOR NAMAZ IN ASI MOSQUES 
New Delhi: In his Friday speech on 16 July, Mufti Muhammad Mukarram, imam of Fatehpuri Masjid made a fervent appeal to the President of India to allow Muslims to offer namaz in the mosques which fall under ASI. In a letter addressed to the President Mufti Mukarram appealed to him to protect ASI mosques’ sanctity. He said people enter these mosques while wearing shoes and do illegal things there which is unbearable for Muslims. He demanded conditional permission of namaz in these mosques. India is going to celebrate its 57th independence anniversary but Muslims are not allowed to offer namaz, he regretted.
Mufti Mukarram condemned the act of putting lock in a mosque in Fatehpur Vishnoi village in Moradabad and demanded early intervention of chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to solve the problem. He justified the action taken by railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav for conducting inquiry into Godhra train fire and relief records for victims of Gujarat riots.
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