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Protest against arrest of Muslim youth in Hyderabad


MUSLIM DIVORCEE CAN CLAIM MAINTENANCE

Hyderabad: In a recent statement the Andhra Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board president, Muhammad Saleem has said that a Muslim woman divorcee can claim maintenance charges under the provision of Muslim Women’s Divorce and Maintenance Act. She can claim maintenance allowance till her second marriage by filing an application in the district civil court under court of law. If the husband fails to give maintenance allowance in this case, the court can direct the Waqf Board to pay the allowance, the statement said.

AMU STUDENTS SELECTED IN MNC
Aligarh: Six students of B Tech Electrical and B Tech Electronics of AMU’s Zakir Hussain College for Engineering and Technology were selected for a German multinational company, Siemens during campus selection. Prof. Parwez Mustajab, training and placement officer of the engineering college said that positive results were coming out of the campus interview programme started by the college.

BOARD OF ISLAMIC EDUCATION CONVENTION
Bangalore: Muslims lag behind even Dalits in education while Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had said I have been sent as a teacher, said Ibrahim Saeed, chairman of the Board of Islamic Education, Karnataka and Goa. He was speaking at the Board’s annual convention. He said the first revelation of the Quran starts with Iqra i.e. read. If Muslim Ummah returns to the Quran even today, they can be teachers of the world, he said. There have been efforts by the Islamic movement to impart religious and modern education at the same time and place. He made a vehement appeal to Muslim institutions to provide religious education along with modern education.
Sadaqat Piran, chairman of Al-Ameen Educational Society while emphasising the need for moral upgradation through religious education appealed to Muslims to progress in every field. Prizes were distributed among students who secured distinction marks on state level during the year 2003.

PERMISSION DENIED TO REPAIR ZAFAR’S TOMB
Lahore: Urdu daily Nawa-e-Waqt has reported that Burma’s military government has declined Pakistan Government’s request to repair the tomb of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in the capital, Rangoon. The daily has expressed surprise over Burmese Generals’ refusal to $50000 offer by General Pervez Musharraf to repair the tomb.

OBAIDULLAH KHAN HOCKEY TOURNAMENT IN APRIL
Bhopal: The popular Obaidullah Khan Hockey Tournament will be played at Aishbagh stadium in the capital here from April 25. This was informed by the secretary of Bhopal Hockey Association, Ikramur Rahman. Indian Airlines, Air India, Railway, Tata Sports and other teams will participate in the 15-day tournament organised by district association.

AMU VC RELEASES TWO BOOKS AT A FUNCTION
Aligarh: It is the duty of teachers to give preference once to national language while authoring a book so that students could easily grasp the subject, Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad said. He was releasing two books of Dr Jawed Ali Khan: Physical Education and Reading in Sports Sciences. The VC said students in different North Indian universities want to read books in their own language but when they do not find sufficient and useful material in Hindi, they turn to English books. Dr Jawed’s two books would be helpful to sports students. The academic standard of any institution is recognised by the research and books authored therein, he said and added that the Department of Physical Health and Sports Education of AMU has taken several initiatives in this direction. 
Author and head of physical health and sports department, Dr Jawed Ali Khan said since ancient times physical health has been playing important role in human life. Dr GP Gautam, Head of the Atomic School of Physical Education and Sports Sciences lauded the works and said he has always been impressed by AMU’s health department.

WE WILL SEE AND SOLVE PROBLEMS: Qureshi
New Delhi: We will not sit in office and listen to your woes. But we will come to you, see your problems and try to solve them. These views were expressed by Prof. Abu Bakr, chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission. He was speaking at a reception given in his honour by Zakir Nagar Development Society. Complaints and problems, whether individual or collective, will be solved, he said. He also assured to help the poor and the widows of minority community.

AZAD WORRIED OVER URDU’S DECLINE
Aurangabad: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has expressed deep concern over the decline of Urdu and appealed to take solid measures to preserve it. Speaking at the 37th annual celebration of Urdu daily, Aurangabad Times Azad said lack of interest among the young generation was the main reason for Urdu’s decline. Warning against the present plight of Urdu Azad said the condition of Hindi after 20 years will become like Urdu if the language was neglected further as the new generation will accept English. Azad lauded the service of the Urdu daily. State minister for home affairs (urban), Rajandra Dranda praised the Aurangbad Times’ role in the development of the region and assured all help to the paper.

MUGHAL ERA QURAN STOLEN
Jammu: A Quran, bearing the seal of Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb has been missing from Sri Partap Memorial Museum. Members of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council are agitated over the theft and have blamed the museum authorities for negligence. The manuscript has been missing under mysterious circumstances since September 11. A complaint has been registered with Rajbagh Police station.

‘IICC WILL SYMBOLISE ISLAMIC-INDIAN CULTURE’
New Delhi: Indian Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC) will emerge as a symbol of Indian and Islamic culture. Intellectuals, students, women and people from every social stratum will be given representation in it. These views were expressed by the newly-elected president of IICC, Sirajuddin Qureshi. Construction work of the Centre’s building has been going on for the last two decades and our priority will be to complete it by January next year. The Centre will be standardised and it will reflect Indian and Islamic culture, Qureshi said and added that full information about Islamic culture would be provided from here. He also expressed his willingness to establish a huge library. Students preparing for competitive examinations would be allotted rooms in order to give them atmosphere to score well, Qureshi said. While the Centre will provide Islamic information through information technology on the one and, it will also have better arrangements for higher IT education on the other hand, Qureshi said. He hoped that people will work unitedly for progress of the Centre.

MUSLIM MINORITIES SHOULD GET GOVT. JOBS
New Delhi: In a national convention of backward classes of Muslim minorities, social and political leaders demanded all political parties to associate Muslims’ economic and educational development agenda which the agenda of national development. They said denying share in the country’s politics to 20 percent population of the country would make the agenda of national development meaningless. More than 300 Muslim representatives from 15 North Indian states participated in the convention held under the chairmanship of Qari Muhammad Miyan Mazhari, chairman of Minorities Action Group of India. 
State minister for social justice and empowerment, Nag Mani assured that he will not only demand representation of Muslims in the government and semi-government departments of the State and centre for jobs but also request the Prime Minister to take practical steps in this direction. This is a sheer social problem and should not be seen in religious perspective, he said.

ZAKI BURNEY REMEMBERED
Aligarh: Organised by Bazm-e-Jamalistan, a poetic symposium was held in the memory of poet Zaki Burney here at Academic Staff College, Aligarh Muslim University. Presiding over the meeting, Tariq Gandhi president of Sir Syed Vichar Manch said Zaki was pious and a man of good nature. The programme convener Owais Jamal recited the poem Majeed Ke Naam which the poet wrote eight hours before his demise. Rich poetic tributes were paid to Zaki.

POLITICIANS CANNOT ISSUE FATWAS
Allahabad: No political or social leader, however big he may be, has the right to issue fatwas (religious decrees) on jihad or terrorism, Maulana Mirza Muhammad Athar said. He was speaking at a seminar on secular India and Islamic freedom recently. There is no doubt that jihad is a proven Islamic principle, but it is waged in defence of religion and its teachings, he said. By issuing fatwas of jihad for vested interests some people are spreading hatred in society, he said. The maulana said that Islam stands above caste and creed and it teaches love of human beings. India is a secular country where every religion has equal rights, Maulana Athar said.

URDU: 2ND LANGUAGE OF JHARKHAND
Jamshedpur: Rebel BJP MP and leader of Jharkhand Desham Party, Salkhan Marmu has said that the JMM president Shibu Soren wants Urdu to be second official language of the state. Marmu said his party is not against Urdu but he wants that the Adivasis’ language be granted official state at any cost. He said he has earlier met President APJ Abdul Kalam and opposition leader Sonia Gandhi and presented a memorandum to grant official status to Santhali language.
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