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Professor Muhammad Iqbal of Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, has been invited by the Russian Botanic Society and the Russian Society of Plant Physiologists to deliver a plenary lecture in the International Conference on "Actual Problems in Botany and Plant Physiology" scheduled to be held at Saransk, Mordovia (Russia). He also chaired a technical session on Floral Biodiversity on April 23, 2004. In addition, Prof. Iqbal visited the National Botanic Garden of Warsaw, Poland in connection with his collaborative research with the Polish scientists.

Adivasis (tribals) in Rajasthan are doing a remarkable job through theatre. They are sensitising people against communalism. SABIR KHAN has acted 200 times in Hatyara (killer) which is set against the backdrop of communal riots in Jaipur in 1989. The play characterises Adivasi lifestyle. Khan is the convener of theater unit of Human Rights Contact Centre, an NGO in Rajasthan. He has organised plays in the tribal dominated areas of Udaipur, Sirohi, Dungerpur, Banswada and Chittorgarh in the past some months. In more than hundred villages nearly fifty thousand tribals watched the play. The centre trained them to enact plays. Later on the tribals staged plays themselves. 

In recognition of his social and political services, Maharshtra Government has appointed ABDUR RAHIM AIWALWI, a well-known poet of witticism, as Maharashtra Special Executive Officer. His appointment has been heartily welcomed. 

PROF. ABDUL HAQUE, president of Urdu Teachers’ Association of Indian Universities and former professor of Delhi University has been appointed Visiting Faculty at Iqbal Institute of Kashmir University. According to a press release of the Urdu Teachers’ Association Prof. Abdul Haque’s appointment has been made because of his deep study of Iqbaliyat and his academic talents. Prof. Ale Ahmad Suroor and Prof. Masood Hussain Khan had earlier been associated with the institute. A year ago Prof. Abdul Haque was nominated member of its advisory council. So far 22 books of Prof. Abdul Haque have been published, four of which are on Iqbaliyat. 

HIDAYATULLAH KHAN has been elected chairman of Muslim Library, Jamshedpur. Out of 572, 292 votes were cast in his favour. IMTIAZ AHMAD has been elected general secretary while RAZI NAUSHAD was already appointed treasurer. Former DSP ASHFAQ KHAN has been nominated trustee. Other 14 members were also appionted. These appointments have been made for the term 2004-07.

Kolkata Study Centre of Maulana Azad National Urdu University gave a reception to PROF. SUGHRA MEHDI, a well-known Urdu novelist and former professor of Urdu of Jamia Millia Islamia on April 11.

It is another matter that SALMAN KHAN does not have a good image in the media but there are many noble aspects of his personality. He has not taken any fees from many producers who were in poor economic condition. Besides these, he has been donating to many non-governmental organisations. The south Indian actress Revti who acted with him in Love nearly thirteen years ago wanted to make a movie Phir Milenge with Bollywood stars. But no one gave a good response to her or demanded too much money. She gave up the idea of making the film. One day Salman’s name came in her mind. She met him and talked about the film. Salman not only agreed to act in the film but also persuaded Abhishek Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty not to take any fees. He did not take any fees from Ravina Tandon also when he acted in her film Stumped . 

RIYAZUDDIN SALFI alias Raju Machinewala, a resident of Seelampur, East Delhi has a unique hobby. For the last 13 years he has been collecting embroidery machines made in the country as well as in foreign countries. He has a total number of 70 machines made in Germany, France, England, Sweden, Ireland, Taiwan and China. He has a desire to get registered himself in Limca Book of Records and then Guinness Book of World Records for collecting largest number of such machines. When people see his machines, they want to buy one or some of them. But he never sells any of his collected machines, Machinewalla says. ¤

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