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RECEPTION TO SABIR GODAUD
New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia gave a reception to Urdu poet and teacher of Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius, Sabir Godaud and his wife Maryam on January 9. Sabir said that Urdu’s future in Mauritius was bright. Mauritius Government has recently passed an Urdu Speaking Union Bill which has increased the possibilities of Urdu’s promotion and development, he said. Radio, television and newspapers are also trying to promote the language.

Speaking about the soaring popularity of Urdu Sabir Godaud said that Urdu drama festivals were being held in Mauritius since 1977. Moreover, there is a sizeable number of Urdu poets, dramatists and story writers to keep the creative journey going on, he added.

In his presidential address, Prof. Qazi Ubaidur Rahman Hashmi expressed satisfaction over the pace of Urdu’s progress in Mauritius. Mrs Maryam also addressed the meeting.

100 DALITS ACCEPT BUDDHISM, MORE TO FOLLOW
Saharanpur: Harassed and oppressed perhaps by the upper caste Hindus, Dalits in this Uttar Pradesh district have now started embracing Buddhism. About 100 Dalits here in Peeki village on January 13 denounced Hinduism and announced to have embraced Buddhism. They were initiated by Acharya Pratigya Raghuvir Singh Bodh Saghar who came from Bodh Vihar. Zonal convenor of Lord Budha Club, Dr MS Gautam, who was present at the religious conversion programme, said the next conversion programme would be held in Gandhi park. He claimed that thousands of Dalit families want to leave Hinduism and accept Buddhism. The function at Peeki village is the beginning, he said.

FREE UNANI MEDICAL CAMP
New Delhi: Organised jointly by the Central Unani Tibbi Board and the National Social Welfare and Educational Organisation a free Unani medical camp was held here recently. Qari Muhammad Miyan Mazhari, chairman of National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation inaugurated the camp here at Makki Guest House. Sadar Dawakhana distributed free medicines on this occasion.

MUSLIMS DECRY ARREST OF INNOCENT YOUTH
Hyderabad: Protesting against arrest of innocent Muslim youth, members of the Tahreek Tahaffuz-e-Sha’aer-e-Islam staged a sit-in near the statue of Babu Jagjivan Ram here at Bashirbagh on January 15. Police has blamed the youth of having links with ISI. The dharna was planned and organised by the Tahreek president Maulana Naseeruddin and it was later joined by members of other organisations including Majlis-e-Amal, Islamic Mission and Sada-e-Haq, women and children. (pix below)

The police arrested the crowd including women. Protesters demanded release of the youth and stop their arrest under false charges.They accused the police of arresting the innocent Muslim youth at the instance of Sangh Parivar. They warned to continue the protest if the youth were not released. The 135 arrested members which included 135 ladies were released after being booked under a section of Indian Judicial Law. 

NADI KE PAAS RELEASED
New Delhi: Urdu is a great strength for Hindi, so is Hindi for Urdu. Taken together, both will make a Taj Mahal of language. This was stated by noted Urdu scholar and president of Sahitya Akademi, Prof. Gopi Chand Narang. He was speaking at the release of Nadi Ke Paas (On the Banks of River), a book written by Salman Akhtar, younger brother of lyricist Javed Akhtar. Poetry is a boon in today’s culture of violence, he said. Published by Star Publication, Nadi Ke Paas is a collection of poems in Hindi and Urdu.

Javed Akhtar read out the preface which was written by himself. With a sinking voice, Javed Akhtar mentioned the separation of two brothers in their childhood. To say some thing about the poetry of Salman is difficult for me, for I can feel the twinge hidden in every poem, he said. Singer Nasir Harwani mesmerised the audience with his sweet recitation of Salman’s ghazals.

GOVERNMENT INCURS ANGER OF 46000 teachers
Partawal (Mahrajganj): Irate with the government’s discriminatory behavior for not filling up vacancies for Urdu teachers 46000 Urdu Muallim degree holders have warned to launch a massive agitation. The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to appoint 46,000 unemployed B Ed and L.T. trained degree holders in primary schools in which Muallim Urdu degree holders have been neglected. The decision has angered the Muallim Urdu Unemployed Committee which has warned to launch an agitation. The Committee’s district president Obaidullah Khan has appealed the Muallim degree holders to get united and pressurise the government for their appointment in primary schools. 

According to Obaidulla Khan, in 1994-95, the government had appointed Muallim degree holders in primary schools because the state government has recognised these degrees as equivalent to B.T.C. Hence out of 46,000 the government should appoint them first and in case of their non-availability, appoint B Ed degree holders.

MIRZA DABIR REMEMBERED
New Delhi: On the occasion of bicentenary celebration of poet Mirza Salamat Ali Dabir, Hadith-e-Dil Trust organised an evening in the memory of Mirza Dabir. Scholars and academicians spoke on the poetry and personality of Mirza Dabir.

NEGLECTING URDU IS AGAINST NATIONAL INTEREST
New Delhi: Shahid Siddiqui, MP and general secretary of Samajwadi Party has proposed starting of an Urdu channel and Urdu radio services for development of the language on communication front. Speaking to information minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Siddiqui said confining Urdu to Doordarshan and Akashwani only is against national interest. He was leading a six-member delegation which met the minister. Siddiqui said Urdu which is spoken not only in India and Pakistan but in the entire world can be utilised for promoting composite culture and communal harmony.
Siddiqui also proposed to include Urdu newspapers and magazines in Doordashan, invite Urdu correspondents in DD News programmes as analysts and provide opportunities to Urdu-knowing artists to make serials for Doordarshan. He asked to reserve 10 percent DAVP advertisements for Urdu newspapers and provide them resources to use modern technologies. According to a press release, the minister told the delegation that he has called for a report in this regard.

SIO DELEGATION MEETS JOSHI
New Delhi: A delegation of the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) headed by general secretary Marghoob Ahmad met the central minister for human resource development, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi and presented him a memorandum. The delegation demanded the minister to increase the expenditure of the annual budget of education from 4.2 to 6 percent.
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