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JANNAT HUSSAIN, principal secretary to Andhra Pradesh chief minister Dr YSR Reddy, is another name of politeness and integrity. A reticent person, Hussain is a God-fearing man who possesses great self-confidence and discharges his duty with great responsibility. A 1977 batch IAS officer, Hussain was born in a farmer’s house in Siddharthnagar, Uttar Pradesh. An untiring struggle led him to a position which is a distant dream for 98 percent of the Muslim population in India. During the last 26 years, he has held many important posts in various departments of Andhra Pradesh and has left indelible impressions everywhere. Now after being appointed principal secretary to YSR, Hussain says efforts would be made to act on government projects and to benefit the common man. Problems of minorities and backward classes would be solved. Steps would be taken to protect their rights. One who tries does not face failure and one must aim high, says Jannat Hussain. Concentration, sacrifice and struggle are the keys to success, he says and ads that doing one’s duty with truthfulness is also a form of worship. True indeed!

Headed by MK Sathe, Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee has re-constituted the Press Advisory Committee for the year 2004. The new members of the Committee include 

Ms JALEES AHSAN (PTI, Bhasha), SHAIKH MANZOOR AHMAD (UNI, Urdu), S IFTIKHAR GILANI (Kashmir Times) and others.

DR ANWAR AHMAD KHAN, Head of the Department of Physics was appointed Pro Vice Chancellor of Ranchi University by governor and chancellor of state universities, Ved Prakash on recommendation of chief minister Arjun Munda. The term of the university’s Pro-VC Dr Anand Bhushan ended on 2 June. Dr AA Khan is the first Muslim to represent the President of India at the Academic Council of Eastern Hill University, Shillong for three years from 1999. Born in Patna in 1947, Khan did M Sc from Patna University in 1968. He did PhD in electronics in 1977 and was appointed lecturer in electronics in Magadh University in 1969. He joined Ranchi University in 1978 and was promoted to Reader and Professor in 1985. From 1983 to 88 and 1990 to 95, he worked at the Electrical Engineering Department at King Saud University, Riyadh. His works were hailed in Western countries.

DR ABDUL HAQ ANSARI, amir Jamaat-e-Islami Hind set out for Spain on 10 July to participate in Parliament of World Religion Conference in Barcelona. Dr Ansari presented two articles on “Shariah and Sufism: Indian Perspective” and “Islamic Spirit: God, Prophethood and Hereafter”. He also participated in the annual conference of Islamic Mission, UK on 1 July. 

AMU dons DR MUHAMMAD AZAM QASMI, and DR ZAFARUL ISLAM ISLAHI’s biographies have been included in the 21st edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World 2004, published from New Province, USA. After graduating from Darul Uloom Deoband, Qasmi obtained BA, MA and PhD degrees in Islamic Studies from Aligarh Muslim University and was appointed lecturer at AMU in 1974. At present he is a Senior Faculty member. A member of Indian History Congress, Qasmi has contributed a number of articles in English and Urdu to Indian and foreign journals. He was honoured with Nuqush Award for his contribution to reputed Urdu journal Nuqush published from Lahore. A fazil of Madrasatul Islah, Azamgarh, Dr Zafarul Islam Islahi did his BA in history from Lucknow University. He did MA and PhD in history from AMU and was appointed lecturer in Islamic Studies in 1984. He has authored five books and written 120 articles in reputed journals in India and abroad. He is also associated with many academic and research institutions including Darul Musannifin Shibli Academy, Azamgarh and Idara Ulumul Qur’an, Aligarh.

Actor SALMAN KHAN is again in news but all for good reasons for sometime now. In these columns we have written about his gentle behaviour with co-stars Ajit Vachhani and Shilpa Shetty. On July 16 Salman played another Good Samaritan when a Lancer car carrying three students trapped in an electric pole in Bandra. Salman rushed to the spot and rescued two students Turaib Darvesh and Raunaq while the third Anzar Darvesh succumbed to injuries. Salman admitted the injured to Lilawati Hospital and also informed their family. In September 2002, Salman was caught for careless driving which had cost one life and left six others injured. But the actor seems to have turned kind. Somewhere in Salman lies a good human being. We feel Garv. Well done Sallu!

KS HANIF, advocate, has been nominated organising secretary for legal wing of minority department, Bangalore City District Congress Committee by the chairman of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Minority Department. It is hoped he will work for the development of the department.

Congratulations to Faiz. FAIZ AKRAM SIDDIQUI, son of Dr Ahmad Raza Siddiqui of Patna qualified for four competitive courses for the year 2004 which include B Tech (Mechanical), and Medical of Aligarh Muslim University, CBSE Medical and AFMC, Pune. In CBSE Medical he holds 1033rd rank. Earlier in the 10th CBSE Board Examination of 2002 he secured 83.25 percent marks while in AMU 12th Board in 2004, Faiz secured 82.50 percent marks. In the 11th AMU Board he succeeded in securing 83.25 percent marks. Finally he got admission in AMU medical. We hope a bright future for Faiz. 

Subimal Mitra, president of Central Kolkata District Congress Committee dissolved the 62 Block Congress Committee and re-constituted it. AFTAB AHMAD has been appointed new president of the re-constituted 62 Block Committee, while MUHAMMAD ANWAR ALI has been made acting president. HAJI NOORUL ISLAM, PROF. HUMAYUN KABIR, HAJI MUHAMMAD JAHANGIR and ABDUL MANNAN have been appointed vice-presidents.

MUHAMMAD SUHAIL AKBAR, a promising student of Kolkata’s Kankinara Himayatul Ghuraba Higher Secondary School secured 15th position in General category of Joint Entrance Examination 2004. Suhail is to get admission in Jadavpur University in electronic engineering. In the higher secondary science examination he received 171 marks in physics, 173 marks in chemistry and 196 marks in mathematics. Suhail’s parents have died.

WASI AHMAD SALMANI was appointed president of Delhi cell of Bharatiya Janawadi Party by its national president MA Khan on 8 July. This was announced during a party meeting attended by senior members.

In a by-election for the post of chairman in Gangoh tehsil of Saharanpur, HAFIZ MUHAMMAD HANIF was declared victorious. The SP-backed Hafiz Hanif defeated BJP candidate Sureshpal Rana with 7376 votes. In all he received 14854 votes. The by-election was held due to death of Gangoh chairperson Rafiqan Begum.

Samajwadi Party candidate RAIS AHMAD defeated BJP’s Om Prakash Maurya with 10759 votes in Aonla chairman’s election. He received 14550 votes. BSP candidate was on third position. In the last 13 years this is the biggest victory for Samajwadi party in Aonla. After taking charge as chairman, Rais Ahmad promised to keep the area clean and develop roads.

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