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AFROZ KHAN AND RESHMA JOIN BSP
Rampur: Former MLA, state secretary and member of All India Congress Committee, Afroz Ali Khan and chairman of Municipal Board and general secretary of State Congress Women’s cell, Reshma Afroz along with several party activists denounced Congress and joined Bahujan Samaj Party here on February 9. This was announced by BSP leaders who said they won’t need anybody if Muslims and Dalits were united. Khan and Reshma said they had joined the party to defeat BJP. They questioned the performance of Rampur Congress MP, Begum Noor Bano and also accused state minister Muhammad Azam Khan.

IMPLEMENT NARENDRAN COMMISSION: IUML
Thiruvananthapuram: E. Ahmed, general secretary of Indian Union Muslim League and the Industry-IT Minister, P K Kunhalikutty, urged Kerala chief minister, A K Antony to take steps to implement the Narendran Commission recommendations. The IUML sources said that the CM had agreed to initiate a dialogue to this effect.

RELIGION AND COMMUNALISM ARE DIFFERENT
Aligarh: Dr Ramesh Rawat, a professor of Hindi at Aligarh Muslim University has said that religion and communalism are commonly understood to be the same which is wrong. The danger looming large to the national unity and integrity is from communalism and not religion, he said. Dr Rawaf was speaking on religion and Marxism on the occasion of birth anniversary celebrations of Karl Marx. 

In a pluralistic society, religion has no separate role to play, Dr Rawat said. The anti-fascism role of Bhakti Movement in Medieval Times and its anti-imperialistic role during National Movement are the proofs, he said. It is because of this that the anti-communal groups have the sympathy of the followers of true religions, he said. The event was organised by Indian Association of Lawyers.

ROSARY BEADS GIFTED TO PRESIDENT KALAM
Patna: Urging students to abide by truth, honesty and social services, President APJ Abdul Kalam administered a 10-point pledge to them. The President was invited by different educational institutions run under Imarate Shariah, Bihar. Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, general secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board gifted a beautiful rosary to the President

ROSHAN BEIG QUESTIONED OVER STAMP SCAM
Bangalore: Former Karnataka minister Roshan Beig was interrogated over the fake stamp paper scam. Beig, who resigned from the state cabinet on January 4 appeared before the stamp paper investigative team on February 13. The Stamp paper investigative team head and Additional DIG, Police, R Sri Kumar has asked Beig to reappear before it.

SIR SYED’S IDEAS BASED ON JUSTICE & EQUALITY
Aligarh: Speaking at a two-day seminar on “Sir Syed’s services in Islamic studies”, organised by Idara Uloom-e-Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad said Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was not only a front-rank educationist and social reformist but also a modern day founder of Islamic thoughts in the subcontinent. His religious thoughts reflect altruism, he said. There are modern scientific thoughts in Sir Syed’s ideas. His social, religious and educational movements brought change in the thinking of new generation, the VC said. 

In order to create a scientific mentality among Muslims Sir Syed established scientific society in 1875 on the lines of Cambridge and Oxford universities. Sir Syed established Muslim Educational Conference in 1886 to exchange views and promote reform movements. Sir Syed is the first Indian Muslim who wrote a commentary on the Bible in 1862, Nasim Ahmad said. Prof. Usloob Ansari said Sir Syed was a man of broad vision. Prof Abdul Ali said that Shah Waliullah of Delhi, Sir Syed and Mahatma Gandhi left their impressions on 18th, 19th and 20th centuries respectively.

LAND MAFIA ENCROACHING AULIYA MOSQUE
New Delhi: A R Khan, residing in the vicinity of Delhi's Auliya mosque has complained that land mafia has done some illegal constructions on the mosque land. A gazette says that the land belongs to Waqf Board.

Khan says that the mafia has not only encroached the land by keeping articles of his bidi and cigarette shop but also has done some pucka construction work. Police has taken no action even after complaints. Khan's family is being harassed which is leading a poor life.

INDIAN COUNSEL PRAISED FOR HAJ MAINTENANCE
Dubai: National media and Indian Haj Committee has praised the Indian counsel in Saudia Arabia for its good services during Haj. It should be noted that 251 Hajis had died in a stampede during Haj. Fourteen of the dead were Indians. According to Arab News, as against most foreign Missions, Indian officials provided more help to the Haj pilgrims after the stampede. After the incident, the paper noted, the Indian Counsel General Akbaruddin and his officials identified the victims and promptly contacted their families.

NO LANGUAGE IS INIMICAL TO OTHERS
Aligarh: No language is inimical towards any other language but the enmity rests in the hearts of people. This was said by noted short story writer and income tax commissioner, Syed Muhammad Ashraf. He was speaking at the 4th annual meeting of All India Urdu Journalists Forum. He said Urdu experts have served Hindi literature and most of Hindi intellectuals have promoted Urdu. Urdu is the language of India's freedom fight, he said adding that the reverberating slogan of Inquilab Zindabad was a gift of Urdu language. Urdu today is one of the select languages of the world.

Expressing his concern over government policies on advertisement to Urdu newspapers and magazines, Syed Ashraf said that there is need to reform the polices.

Chief guest and secretary of Samajwadi Party, Khwaja Halim said Urdu journalism has a bright future and Urdu-lovers need to be active for its promotion and dissemination. Tributes were paid to litterateur and noted critic M Habib Khan.

BIHAR, JHARKHAND TO CELEBRATE URDU WEEK
Patna: Urdu Council, Bihar and Jharkhand is to celebrate an Urdu awakening week in mid-March and set out a caravan of Urdu from the famed Anjuman Islamia Hall of Patna. This was informed by Dr Aslam Jawed, an administrator of the Council who also said that the caravan would be started after flagging off by the movement leader Ghulam Sarwar. The caravan would return to Patna after touring different districts of North Bihar to participate in the Urdu bachao (save Urdu) conference to be held at the week-end.

Speaking on this occasion, Shamail Nabi said there is need to launch a public awakening campaign for protection and promotion of Urdu in Bihar and Jharkhand and to let both the governments know about it. Journalist Rehan Ghani, who is associated with Urdu movement, said that a Pressure Group would be formed to get Urdu its due rights. This would also help in uniting organisations working for Urdu, he said.
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