In recognition of their meritorious services in different fields, the government of Karnatak State has selected 84 persons for Rajya Utsav Awards of whom 4 are Muslims. They are
Zia Meer, chief executive editor of the Urdu daily Pasban of Bangalore (journalism), Khalilur Rahman
(literature) of Bangalore, Ghulam Mushkul Haq (Photography) of Bidar and
Mohammad Sharif Bidari (handicrafts). Other fields for which awards have been given are science, medicine and medical science, sports, social service etc.
Afroz Alam Nadwi Shamsi, an MA (Urdu) student of B.N. College, Patna University was awarded first prize in a written competition held on the occasion of Allama Jameel Mazhari’s centenary function. This function was jointly organised by Moderate Writers Association and Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library on the occasion of Jameel Mazhari’s centenary celebrations.
Dr Manazir Aashiq Harganvi, Professor of Urdu at Bhagalpur University and well-know Urdu-Hindi writer was honoured by Gemini Academy, Panipat on the occasion of Subhadra Kumari Chauhan (a noted Hindi poetess)’s birth centenary celebration function at Bhagalpur. In 2004 alone, 9 of his books in Urdu, Hindi and English have been published so far and the total number of books written by him in all these languages has reached 89.
Molvi Ilyas, advocate and former member of Minorities Commission from Saharanpur was honoured with an award for rendering distinguished services in the field of national unity and harmony among people. The award, consisting of Rs 5100 in cash, a shawl and a commendation certificate, was presented to him by Uma Dhar Dwivedi, district magistrate on behalf of Nagar Shanti Samiti on the occasion of Eid-Milan programme. For receiving this award, he was warmly congratulated by many important personalities and
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