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

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Saharanpur: The efforts of Bharatiya Viklang Kalyan Society, (Indian Society for Welfare of the Disabled) bore fruits when a disabled person was married off to a disabled girl. District officers participated in the marriage and blessed the couple. The town is abuzz with the news of the marriage that took place at the Banjaran bridge.

According to sources, the marriage of Muhammad Amil, and Zeenat was made possible with the efforts of the Soceity president, Asif Zamir and his colleagues. District minority officer Irsahd Ahmad gifted a sewing machine to the bride. He said the district authorities would extend full support to such organisations. After the marriage was solemnised, Asif said he would continue his efforts for social services and such marriages.

The couple could not contain their joy and said they would try not to be a burden but prove a support for each other. God bless you!

Kerana (Muzaffarnagar): The police here recovered the car robbed two days ago from near Bhura Road graveyard on 20 May. Mahmood Alam, president of district minority cell of Rashtriya Lok Dal, along with the owner of the car were kidnapped two days ago. The car was also robbed. The owner of the car somehow managed to escape. In his written complaint Mahmood Alam had named one Hashim of Bhura as the suspect, following which the police took action.

New Delhi: Gum Hota Huwa Aasman (The Missing Sky), a collection of poems by Rifat Sarosh, published by Naurang Kitab Ghar, Noida was released by noted poet Mazhar Imam recently. Present on the occasion were senior litterateurs Balraj Verma, Gulzar Dehlawi and Dr Razia of Bhopal besides the author. 
Speaking on this occasion Mazhar Imam said Rifat Sarosh is among the front-runner poets whose long and steady poetic journey is spread over half a century. Be it the Progressive Movement or the later scenario, Sarosh has built up a unique personality, Imam said. Balraj Verma termed Sarosh the greatest poet of opera. Gulzar Dehlawi had a word of praise for Dr Razia for bringing out independently the literary magazine Fikr-o-Agahi. The meeting ended with a poetic symposium. Sarosh recited his nazm Kiraeka Makan (The Rented House). 

New Delhi: The fourth batch of Informatica Computer Education Centre, run by Informatica Foundation completed its course. Situated in AF Enclave Colony of South Delhi, the Centre provides free computer training to intelligent boys and girls. On the completion of the fourth batch 21 girls and 9 boys were given scholarships for their outstanding performance.

Farrukhabad: A worst example of the misuse of MP Fund, despite tall claims of development of these public representatives, is the Lunjiganj Hospital here which has turned into a lumber-house. Though the hospital was constructed for the rural people, no public representative paid attention to it. There is no lady doctor for the last two years in this government hospital. Seldom does a doctor visit male wards. The hospital ground has virtually turned into a tonga and rickshaw stand. It is a hub for gamblers. Patients have almost given up coming to the hospital.
On around a 3.50 acre land, English governor of North West Province, Oakland Kelvin laid the foundation stone of Lunjiganj Hospital in 1892. Lady Dyfferin, the wife of English Viceroy had constructed it as a women’s hospital in 1894. The men’s hospital was constructed later in 1912. 
According to senior residents patients would throng at the hospital due to density of population. There were facilities for treatment of serious diseases. But after independence, it fell victim of government’s negligence. Though doctors are appointed for the hospital, rarely they visit it. MBBS doctors are paid on the scale of BDS doctors. Women’s ward is almost closed due to non-availability of lady doctors. Medical instruments and X-Ray machines have rusted. The generator has been shifted to nearby Gonda district. There are no residential arrangements for doctors. Even the house of superintendent is in a very bad condition.

New Delhi: Rainbow camp, organised by Al-Noor Women’s Welfare Organisation was held at Hamdard Public School recently. Halimia Sadia, the programme co-ordinator said that the purpose of the camp is to give right guidance to the youth and instill self-confidence in them.
Siayid Hamaid, Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard recited some couplets of Persian poets Shaikh Saadi and Firdausi and advised students to respect other religions while abiding by their own religion. Paying tributes to late Hakeem Abdul Hameed, the founder of Jamia Hamdard, Saiyid Hamid said it is due to his farsightedness, wisdom and services that such services were being done. There were dramas and stage shows at the end of the camp.

Aligarh: NSS volunteers of Aligarh Muslim University have launched a social awareness campaign in different parts of the town for prevention of polio. Besides, some street-dramas are also being staged under the supervision of NSS coordinator Dr Shadab Khurshid so that polio bacteria are completely rooted out from the town. Moreover, arrangement for cold water and sherbet was made in backward pockets of the town.

Hyderabad: A meeting of representatives of several centres of Jamia Adabe Urdu was held under the presidentship of Abdullah recently. Representatives of the various centres from all over the state discussed their problems. They also expressed happiness over appointment of Khan Latif Muhammad Khan, chief editor of Urdu daily Munsif as patron of the organisation. Counters for obtaining forms have been opened for students at the city centres and at the head office of the Jamia in Usman Bagh, Bahadurpura area of Hyderabad.

Moradabad: Anything except a portrait of Urdu poet Jigar Moradabadi can be seen here at the district agricultural development and cultural exhibition at the Jigar Manch named after the poet. Urdu has been neglected even in writing the name of the manch. However, after election of the new member of Parliament Jigar Manch has been written in Urdu. An awkward joke has been made of Urdu language through this exhibition. Though people from every community have been given representation in the Cultural Committee of the exhibition, what appears from the six different Urdu billboards circulated in the town for publicity of the exhibition is that no one in the Committee has any knowledge of Urdu language and literature. 
Hindi words like Zila Kirshi Vikas Aur Sanskrit Pardarshani have been written instead of Zila Zarai Taraqqi Aur Saqafat Numaish. Iftitah, Waqt and Nizamul auqat are replaced by Udghatan, Samay and Karya Karam. The name Jigar Manch was itself written in Hindi which was later written in illegible Urdu script also. The newly-elected MP had strong objection for writing the poet’s name in Hindi. Urdu lovers are angry with this awkward joke with the language. 

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