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SENIOR MEMBERS RESIGN FROM MILLI COUNCIL
New Delhi: Five members of the All India Milli Council including its Delhi state general secretary, Dr Taslim Ahmad Rahmani have resigned recently. In his resignation letter addressed to the official general secretary Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, Dr Rahmani said that the council had lost its democratic and founding principles. Those who submitted their resignations include Dr Mustafa Alvi, Muhammad Ilyas Jafri, Said Ahmad and Aas Muhammad besides Dr Rahmani.

FAKHRUDDIN AHMAD REMEMBERED
New Delhi: Tributes were paid to former President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmad on his 27th death anniversary on February 11. Flower wreaths were placed on his grave on behalf of President APJ Abdul Kalam and Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi also paid tributes.

MUSLIMS NEED A PARADIGM SHIFT: ENGINEER
Vijaywada: Noted Islamic scholar and social scientist Asghar Ali Engineer has stressed the need for social reform of Muslims.
Talking to mediapersons here, Engineer said pronouncement of three divorces in one go was un-Islamic. The pre-Islamic customs have regenerated among Muslims, he said. He also spoke about rectifying cases of polygamy. About wearing burqa, Engineer said it was not a compulsory dress code and added that the Quran asked women not to expose their beauty. Opposing the idea of secondary position to women, he said social reform should begin from within the society.
Speaking about Ayodhya issue, Asghar Ali said that the solution of Ayodhya imbroglio could be sought only through talks between religious leaders of the two communities. He also said that the issue did not hold much water for the common people who think that politicians are using it for their own interests. He praised Prime Minister Vajpayee for his efforts towards restoring Indo-Pak relations.

COMMUNAL VIOLENCE ON THE OCCASION OF EID
New Delhi: Though the occasion of Idul Azha passed away quietly in the entire country, there was a little trouble in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. As Muslims converged to Chhoti Idgah at Chopasani Road some mischievous elements made taunting remarks which infuriated the youth leading to a clash between two groups. As the town’s Partapnagar mohalla witnessed a tense situation, the police swung into action. According to the police, six people were arrested and additional police were deployed in the area.
Irate by the taunting remarks on their way to Idgah Muslims reacted after peacefully offering prayers which left one person injured. The injured was admitted to a hospital. The occasion was celebrated peacefully in other parts of the state.

SHAHID BADR SHIFTED TO AZAMGARH JAIL
Azamgarh: Shahid Badr Falahi, president of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) has been shifted from Bahraich district jail to Azamgarh jail at the instance of judicial magistrate. During a press conference in 2000, Falahi gave an anti-national statement for which cases were filed against him under various Articles of Indian Penal Code.

SIR SYED GROUP AWARDED
Kolkata: Maintaining its glorious past record the Sir Syed Group of Schools — girl and boy students of Sir Syed High School, Gauhar Shahi Educational Institute and Sir Syed Ahmad Primary School — won the “Better Kolkata Contest” organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and The Telegraph. Securing third position the group won the “ICC Trophy for Healthy Living.” Fifty thousand students from 35 schools participated in the city wide contest which is held to propagate and create awareness about health and social services especially among students. The award won by the Sir Syed group besides the trophy includes a cheque of Rs 10,000.

ROUSING RECEPTION TO GOPI CHAND NARANG
New Delhi: “Every language needs a Narang”, said noted litterateur Kamleshwar during a warm reception given in honour of Prof. Gopi Chand Narang, a critic, intellectual and president of Sahitya Akademi on receipt of Padma Bhushan award by the President of India. The reception was organised by Anis Academy on 74th birthday celebrations of Narang at India International Centre on February 11. Prof. Narang is not only an intellectual, thinker and critic but an epoch-making figure who has been continuously struggling for survival and promotion of Urdu language, Kamleshwar said.
Chairing the meeting, Syed Shahid Mehdi, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia said Urdu world takes due pride in Narang. Prof. Qamar Rais called Narang as a tree whose roots were deeply planted in every academic sphere. The more you study Narang, the more you get his critical insight, Prof. Sadiq said. Noted Urdu litterateur and chief guest Qurratul Ain Haider released Dr Shahzad Anjum’s book Deedawar Naqqad. Narang Zad, a book by Dr Abdul Mannan Tarzi was released by Shahid Mehdi.

URDU GETS BETTER TREATMENT IN ARAB SCHOOLS
New Delhi: Speaking at a literary meeting of Delhi’s Ghalib Academy, Dr Ausaf Ahmad of Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah said that there were 10 lakh Indians, 8 lakh Pakistanis and 2 lakh Bangladeshis living in Saudi Arabia and that Urdu had become the common language of communication for them. There are Pakistani and Indian schools where Urdu is taught, he said and added that Indian Urdu dailies Siyasat and Munsif were available there every day. Urdu daily Urdu News Jeddah is being successfully published for the last 10 years, Dr Ausaf said.

KM KHAN REMEMBERED
New Delhi: The Indo-Arab Friendship Association organised a meeting in memory of MP, KM Khan who died a year ago. Political leaders, diplomats and intellectuals participated in a large number. A vibrant social activist, trade union leader, Khan was founder president of the Indo-Arab Friendship Association. He devoted his life to people’s service and was a great leader of religious causes. The meeting presided over by Prof. GK Chaddha, Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University was prominently attended by Dr HL Singhvi, Prof. Qureshi, Arjun Singh, Oscar Fernandez, Khwaja Ikram and Anwar Pasha. 

JAMIA GIVES RECEPTION FOR NORWEGIAN SCHOLAR
New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia gave a reception to a noted Norwegian Hindi poet, story writer, novelist and journalist Suresh Chandra Shukla at the Department of Urdu. Most of Shukla’s works have been translated and published in Norwegian and Urdu languages. Shukla, also a councillor of Norway government said 3,000 of the total 45 lakh population of Norway spoke Urdu. TV channels have played important role in promoting Urdu and Hindi, he said. Instead of opposing other languages we should learn them to promote our own language, Shukla said. There is need for litterateurs and journalists to work together to strengthen Indo-Pak relations, he added. 
Prof. Qazi Ubaidur Rahman, Head of the department lauded Shukla’s academic and literary services and said it was a good omen that India was illuminating the world with its literary light, which of course was universal.

AMU STUDENT DIES IN ACCIDENT 
Aligarh: One student of Aligarh Muslim University died while two others were severely injured in a road accident.
Four students of AMU were going to Delhi by a car to see the World Book Fair. Meanwhile near Dadri a truck jostled the back of the car pushing it under a bus. Faraz Ahamd, son of Muhammad Shahabuddin of Patna, Bihar, a final year student of MBBS died on the spot, while two other medical students Muhammad Nisar Ahmad and Saif Qaisar were severely injured. The police at first admitted them to Dadri Health Centre for First Aid but they were later shifted to Kailash Hospital Noida and AIIMS, Delhi. The other student Muhammad Shihab Hasan Zaidi received minor injuries. On receiving the news, Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad sent a team of doctors along with security guards with two ambulances and also contacted the police in Dadri and Ghaziabad.
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