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MAQBOOL AHMAD LARIMAQBOOL AHMAD LARI, a noted businessman, religious and social figure, died in Lucknow on 17 May. He was born in May 1916 in Lar village of Dewaria district in U.P. After completion of B. A. and subsequent demise of mother in 1942, the dual responsibility of running the family and business fell on him. He went to Nepal and stayed there for 10 years. Meanwhile, he got acquainted with prominent academic and other personalities there. Lari was the first Indian businessman whose silver jubilee functions were celebrated by eminent personalities of Nepal and other countries in Lucknow’s Rifah Club. He was appointed Senate of Trubhawan University, Kathmandu for 10 years. The Nepal Government honoured him with the Royal Gorkha title. He was also awarded Padma Shri by Indian Government. Lari was a true lover of Urdu and he would help poets and litterateurs in different ways. He bore expenses of Urdu Rabita Committee and played a key role in setting up Lari Cardiology Centre in Lucknow. He also established All India Mir Academy and published valuable books like Hadith-e-Mir. As member of UP Urdu Academy, Lari gave valuable suggestions besides taking practical steps for promotion of Urdu. In fact, he was a practical person. He had a passion for Urdu. He would spend his money generously for social, religious, literary and national causes. He also worked for child education. He is survived by a son and three daughters besides grand children.

Noted poet DR SAGHAR AZMI died of a massive heart attack in Baliya Sadar Hospital on 5 June. The 60-year-old poet had gone to attend a poetic symposium in Baliya. A night before, Azmi had participated in a poetic meeting in Bhadohi. Azmi, whose actual name was Imtiaz Ahmad, was born in Azamgarh but he settled in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh. His poetic collection Kaghaz Ka Shahr won him literary acclaims. For the last 40 years, Dr Azmi was a well-known name in poetic meetings. Poet Malik Zada Manzoor admired Saghar’s rendition of poetry. His death is being widely mourned by poets, litteratears and political leaders. He was buried in Barabanki.

Senior journalist, editor of Rahnuma-e-Telanguna, DR YUSUF NADIM died recently. Ibrahim bin Abdullah Muscati, president of Andhra Pradesh Urdu Academy, Allama Ejaz Farrukh, member, Board of Governors, Urdu Academy and secretary Muhammad Siddique condoled Yusuf’s demise in a joint statement and said his social, literary and political services are unforgettable. Yusuf Nadim was earlier associated with AP Urdu Academy. A resolution passed on this occasion said Yusuf Nadim had carved a name in Urdu literature. His journalistic write-ups were bold. He touched several social problems in his poetry.

HAJI ABDUL WAHEED SAIFI (Shahkarwale), the 97-year-old freedom fighter died of cardiac arrest in Delhi recently. He was a social and political activist and led a pious life.

GULAM MOHIUDDIN SHAH, a former minister and leader of Opposition in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly died in Srinagar on 11 June. He was 68. He was a close associate of late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. Born on 8 April, 1936, Shah graduated from Aligarh Muslim University with law. He was first elected to the state Legislative Assembly in 1977 on National Conference ticket. In the last Assembly elections, Shah was elected from Batamaloo constituency. Chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed expressed sorrow over Shah’s demise. Mufti remembered his public services. Despite his failing health, he would attend Assembly sessions regularly which showed his responsibility towards people and democracy, Mufti Sayeed said. His services would be remembered for long, the CM said. Former chief ministers Ghulam Mohammad Shah, Dr Farooq Abdullah and NC president Omer Abdullah participated in his funeral prayer. He was laid to rest with full state honours.«

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