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Published in the 1-15 Nov 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition


ShahRukh Khan or King Khan as he is sometimes referred because of his excellent acting, is all set for his first Hollywood film but wherein, strangely enough, he will only be heard, not seen. Disney / Pixar’s/ cartoon film ‘The Incredibles’ will be rendered in Hindi under the title ‘Hum Hain Lajawab’. Both the original and its Hindi version (HHL) will be released simultaneously in India on 17 December. His will be the Indian voice of the English original’s Mr Incredible who in the translated or dubbed version in named as Mr Lajawab.

Seventeen-year old Sania Mirza, after her good performance in Nigeria is all set to enter the top 200 of the WTA rankings, list of which is to be released soon. Her exact ranking may be 195. She aspires to be among the top 100 in next year’s Australian Open Grand Slam Tournament.

Twenty - year old BA student of Maulana Azad College of Kolkata, Mohammad Shafiquddin is the rising star of theater world. Though Urdu drama is on the decline more specially in Bengal, there are still some drama artistes who have whole heartedly devoted themselves to the world of theatre. During his 7-year drama career, he has won admirers by acting in more than a dozen dramas like ‘Shutur Murgh’, ‘Kafan’, An Interview, ‘Rajni’, AIDS etc. In 2001-02, he won Best Actor award in inter school competition organised by Kolkata Madrasa for his roles in ‘An Interview’ and Rajni’. He also won first prize in inter-school competition organised by Islamia High School in 2002.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA and officiating president of Maharashtra unit of the party, Hameed Qazi has been appointed incharge of Jalgaon (12 seats) and Nasik (9 seats) areas for the forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly election scheduled to be held on 13 October. This appointment was made by national president of NCP, Sharad Pawar because of his popularity in these areas, for drawing up election strategy and campaigning for the success of NCP candidates. Hameed played an important role in the distribution of seats between Congress and NCP who are electoral allies in this election. 

Sanjar Bilal Bharti, a teacher in Kolkata’s oldest and historical school, Calcutta Madrasa (A.P. Department) has been awarded Ph.D degree by Kolkata University for his thesis on ‘Maulana Abdul Razzaq Malihabadi : Life and Services’. This thesis was sponsored under UGC’s Senior Research Fellowship and completed under the supervision of Prof Yusuf Taqi of Kolkata’s University’s Urdu Department. 

Hashim Akhtar Naqvi, a Lucknow calligrapher whose calligraphy exhibition was recently held in Lucknow is an artist par excellence in this field. In this exhibition he had exhibited God’s name in 5000 different designs and styles which he had borrowed from Arabic, Persian, Hindi, English, Kannad, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya and Bengli languages in addition to Urdu. He had written God’s name in different ways and styles which give many shapes like musical instruments, guns natural scenery, trees etc. His name is included in Limca Book of Records.

Shamshad Begum, the legendary singer of filmdom of yesteryears was recently in the news but for mistaken identity. The publication of the news of Shamshad’s death had obviously convinced her fans and general public that the legendary singer had died. Shishir Sharma, a columnist who probably specialises in finding the whereabouts of long forgotten film personalities says that after several months nay years’ search he was not only able to locate but actually meet her. The 85 - year old, extremely publicity shy Shamshad Begum who comfortably lives in Mumbai with her daughter and son-in-law told him that Shamshad Begum whose death was reported by media was actually film actress Saira Bano’s maternal grand mother. She strictly forbade Shishir Sharma not to disclose to any one regarding her whereabouts. After the death of her husband Ganpat Lal Batto in 1955 she has been living with her daughter. 

Ms Parveen Talha former director general of National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, Faridabad, was recently appointed as a member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and was sworn in by Mata Prasad, UPSC chairman. Ms Talha (60), who belongs to 1969 batch of Indian Customs and Central Excise Services, has held many important government posts earlier. She was the first Muslim lady in India who had joined civil services of Group A. She is also a renowned short story writer and many of her books have been published.

President of Haj Sewa Samiti, Hafiz Naushad Azmi has been appointed a member of Central Haj Committee, according to Union ministry of foreign affairs (Haj Cell) gazette. His name was recommended by Uttar Pradesh Haj Committee under new Haj Act 2002. He had been carrying on a campaign for safeguarding the interests of prospective Hajis through All India Haj Sewa Samiti for the past several years.

Irfan Pathan, 19 year-old Indian fast bowler who was recently honoured in London with ICC’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year Award was described as future Wasim Akram of India by no less a person than Imran Khan, former cricket captain of Pakistan. He said this at a dinner in honour of Indian and Pakistani film stars and cricketers in Dubai. He said that Pathan not only has all the characteristics and qualities that Wasim Akram had during his younger days but in some respects he has surpassed Akram.

Former National Coach of India and Dronacharya award winner, Sayyad Naeemuddin after being totally ignored by All India Football Association went to Bangladesh to try his luck and took up the responsibility of coaching a local team, Brothers Union. He very successfully completed his job and with his sincere and untiring efforts Brothers Union became the champion in Bangladesh’s National League for the first time. Today he has become a hero among Bangladesh people, football players, football authorities and government officials. On his return to Kolkata after his successful mission, he said that he will be going back to Bangladesh where his services are needed and lauded.

Prof (Ms) Nazoora Khan of the Department of Pathology in AMU’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College has now been appointed head of this department after completion of the term of the former incumbent, Prof Mehr Aziz.

Lucknow University’s research scholar Parveen Shuja’at has been conferred Ph.D degree by this University, for her thesis on ‘Prof Noorul Hasan Hashmi: Personality and Literary Achievements’ which she wrote under the supervision of Prof Anees Ashfaque, head of the Department of Urdu in Lucknow University. She also won awards by UP Urdu Academy and West Bengal Urdu Academy for her book ‘Zaat Zaat Sang-e-Meel’ (1999). «

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