DR LATIF SUBHANI has been conferred this year’s Shahid Asif Shah Miri Award for his literary contributions. The award, instituted by Madhya Pradesh Asif Shah Miri Memorial Committee, Bhopal, in the memory of late freedom fighter, litterateur and journalist, Asif Shah Miri, is given for outstanding services in the field of national, religious, political, literary, journalistic, educational and sports services. Dr Latif Subhani is a critic, researcher, dramatist, story writer and essayist of Urdu. His articles and reviews have been published in prominent magazines and newspapers in England, America and Pakistan besides India. A member of Maharashtra State Urdu Sahitya Akademi, Dr Subhani’s speeches are aired from Akashwani Nagpur and Aurangabad. Vidarbh Main Urdu Sahafat, is a popular book written by him. Presently, he is serving at the Urdu department, Government College of Arts and Science, Aurangabad. He is also rendering his honorary services at Dr BR Ambedkar Marathwada University in
Bharat Ratna USTAD BISMILLAH KHAN has been honoured with National Artist Award by Prasar Bharati in recognition of his services to music. The Ustad’s private secretary Jawed Ahmad informed that Prasar Bharati had announced on 29 March in Hyderabad to award 35 senior musicians including the Ustad. Bismillah Khan could not participate in the function due to failing health. Mrs Karuna Srivastav, director of Akashwani, Lucknow presented the award to Bismillah Khan at his residence in Varanasi on 10 April. The award consists of a cheque of Rs 1 lakh and a certificate of honour.
MUFTI KHALIL AHMAD KAZMI was awarded FB Nigam Memorial Award by Navratn Organization for his outstanding social work. The award carries a cash prize of eleven thousand rupees, a shawl and a citation. The function was held at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra. Former chief justice J.S. Verma was the chief guest.
Two women, RASHIDA BI, 48, and CHAMPA DEVI SHUKLA, 52, were awarded Boldman Prize as ‘Nobel’ for environment for their tireless battle for justice for the victims of 1984 gas tragedy in Bhopal. Bhopal gas tragedy has killed about 20,000 people. The award citation reads: “Bi and Shukla’s courage and tenacity have galvanised the grassroots in their own country and abroad. In the process, they have drawn low-income, illiterate women like themselves from the margins of society to the centre of a closely watched showdown whose endgame is to hold chemical companies accountable for the gas leak and its deadly legacy”. Both philanthropists announced at the Goldman’s offices in San Francisco that they would create a trust and the prize money would be used to provide medical care for the tragedy survivors.
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