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Noted educationist, Professor Mohammad Sharif Khan, former chairman of the department of education at AMU, died in a road accident near Muradabad. He was 70. He did his BEd. and MA in Economics from AMU and topped the list of successful candidates in MA for which he was awarded University Medal. He was sent by the NCERT to the Ohio State University (USA) for specialization in Business Education. He was awarded Ph.D. degree in Education from AMU. Dr. M.S. Khan started his career as a school teacher in ST High School (Minto Circle). He also worked as principal, Central School, Lucknow, AMU City High School, S.T. High School and Iqra Public School. He served as chairman of the department of education at AMU from 1988 to 1990. Dr Khan was nominated by the minister of HRD as a member of the University and College Teachers Education Committee of the National Council of Teacher Education. 

BASHIR JUNAIDI, news editor of Urdu daily Munsif died of heart attack on 15 April. He was 60 and is survived by wife, two sons and a daughter. Journalists, social and political leaders were present in his funeral in a large number. Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu condoled Junaidi’s demise and hailed his journalistic services.

Noted film story writer and director SYED MOHAMMAD ABBAS died in a private hospital in Mumbai on 16 April. He was 71 and is survived by two sons and two daughters. SM Abbas was suffering from liver cancer for one year. Among many films he wrote stories for are Parwarish, Kahani Kismet Ki, Kab Kyon Aur Kahan?, Purnima, Paras, Fakir, etc. He also directed Hungama, Sewak, Shriman Satyawadi, etc. He wrote stories for more than hundred films.

Famous poet, journalist and chief editor of Urdu daily Sahafat, IRFAN SIDDIQUI passed away in Lucknow on 15 April. He was 65 and affected by brain tumour. He is survived by wife, a son and four daughters. A prominent poet of Urdu, several of Siddiqui’s poetic collections include Canvas, Shab Darmiyan, Saat Samawat. Hawain, Dasht Maria and Ishq Nama. . He worked as public relations officer in Defence, Press Information Bureau and Doordarshan and set new values for journalism. Well-known critic and chairman of Sahitya Akademi, Prof. Gopichand Narang condoled his demise. 

DR MA HALIM, president of All India Muslim Samaj died in Balrampur Hospital, Lucknow on 2 April. He was 70. With the demise of Dr Halim, the city lost an active and selfless person. 

Several state ministers, higher officers and other dignitaries condoled his demise.
MAULANA SYED HAMID ASHRAF, a Barelvi scholar of Maharashtra died after a prolonged illness in Mumbai. He is survived by three sons and three daughters. Belonging to Kachhochha Sharif in Uttar Pradeh, Maulana Ashraf came to Mumbai in 1967 and served the community for 38 years. He founded Darul Uloom Muhammadia in 1968 and was imam of Mumbai’s Zakaria Masjid. He was buried in his native town in Kachhochha Sharif.

Condolence meetings were held in Delhi and Saharanpur at the demise of QARI MUHAMMAD ZARIF AHMAD, 95, imam of Saharanpur Jama Masjid who passed away recently. Saharanpur city president of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Maulana Qadir paid tributes to Qari Zarif.

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