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Published in the 1-15 December 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition


Maulana Reyazur Rahman Rishadi was elected Karnatak state president of All India Milli Council at a function held at Bangalore on 10 October under the president ship of AIMC’s vice president, Mufti Mohammad Ashraf Ali. Sulaiman Khan was elected general secretary of the state unit.

Hafiz Mohammad Usman, senior leader of Samajwadi party and former president of Yuvajan Sabha, has been appointed chairman of Sunni Central Waqf Board of UP. Maulana Mohammad Sayeedi, deputy chief of Madrasa Mazahir Uloom (Trust), while congratulating him has said that lands and properties of Waqf worth billions of rupees are facing serious threat from land mafia and hoped that under his leadership activities of the Board will be more dynamic, efficient, durable and transparent.Hafiz Mohammad Usman has been unanimously elected chairman of UP Sunni Central Waqf Board. This Board was newly formed by the UP government recently which has a 13-member Waqf Board Committee. Other members of the Committee are Kamal Akhtar, Saleem Sherwani (both MPs), Reyaz Ahmad (MLA), Khwaja Haleem (MLC) and Zafar Ahmad Farooqui, among others.

Telugu Desam Party appointed young and highly popular leader of Nizamabad (AP), Naved Iqbal to the post of secretary, T.D.P. District organisation. He started his political life in 1994 when he joined Telugu Desam Party. In 2003 he was nominated as member of State Haj Committee. He is instrumental in introducing many welfare schemes for the educated unemployed including loan schemes on easy terms.

Senior IFS officer, Talmiz Ahmad has been appointed Additional Secretary in the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas. He will take care of India’s participation in the exploration and development of oil and gas fields in foreign countries so as to reduce India’s dependence on import of petroleum and gas.

Nineteen years old Abid Nabi Ahengar is a fast bowler-in-making from Kashmir. Former fast bowler and coach Venkatesh Prasad entertains great hope from him and rates him as one of the most hard working fast bowlers he has coached. The way he bowls at 19 is really impressive, he says. Son of a mason whose monthly income is Rs 2000, this 6’ x 2" pace bowler from Sonwar, (Jammu and Kashmir) thinks that he can bowl at a speed of 140 km ph. Though he has not even played in a Ranji trophy match, he has launched about half-a-dozen products in the world of ads. 

Twenty-five years old Shamshad Begum of Nellore district (AP) is the first Muslim girl of India who has the honour of becoming an umpire in international hockey tournament of Junior Asia Cup held at Hyderabad. She has been representing her state in national championship competitions from 1995 to 2001. Since Asia Cup competition took place during the month of Ramzan, she could not observe fasts but, she says, she will make these up on other days. Daughter of a Masjid Imam in Gudur, she says that her father always encouraged her to play hockey and also agreed to her umpiring. She aspires to act as umpire in foreign countries and also in Asian and Olympic games. 

Mohammad Hashim Amla, a member of the South African cricket team which is presently in India, is the first player of Indian origin to play for South Africa. He is a devout person with a long beard who offers namaz even in lunch and tea breaks. He is surprised at the passion people in India have for cricket and the vast crowd that turns up to watch matches, because, as he says, there is neither so much passion nor so much crowd in his country for cricket matches. In Jaipur when he went to a local mosque to offer Eid namaz, he was mobbed by a vast crowd. His grand parents hailed from Surat (Gujarat). He makes no secret of his love for his country, South Africa but India is a home away from home for him. ‘I can say with pride that my blood is purely green and my heart throbs for green colour’, he says.

Madrasas, among other things, are also being blamed for ignoring science and mathematics. Mohammad Khalil 61, a retired science teacher, however, believes that the main reason for students losing interest in sciences is lack of original material in Urdu because a translated material is not as attractive as an original material. For 30 years he had been trying to write science books in the simple language that they understand i.e. Urdu. He has written articles on biotechnology for higher classes and books on animals, environment etc in simple Urdu for students. He also started publication of ‘Science ki Duniya’ a science journal in Urdu about 30 years ago. Some of his popular books in Urdu on science are Ajeeb aur Ghareeb Janwar and Nehru aur Science. He has been awarded thrice by NCERT for his contribution to science in simple language. He has also been selected for this year’s Ghalib Institute Award for popularising science in Urdu. During his retirement days he plans to write more books for children in Urdu on science. 

Film personality Shah Rukh Khan wants to build a six-storey building for his use alongside his Bandra bungalow, Mannat, a heritage structure for which he has sought permission from civic authorities. The bungalow, formerly known as Villa Vienna, comprised of two vacant plots. When he had bought the plot in Sept 2000 he had sought permission for building a 15-storey building. However, he later on revised his proposal and now wants to build a 6 storied building, whose architecture, which according to authorities, should be in consonance with that of the bungalow. For all this he had to pay a total amount, including stamp duty etc, of Rs crore approximately!

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