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New office-bearers of Milli Council Elected
New Delhi : The All India Milli Council has elected its new office-bears in its General Body meeting held at India International Centre, Lodi Road New Delhi on 11 September 2004. According to the new Constitution already passed by the body Mr. Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait (Ex. MP) Kerala has been elected President of the Council. Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam, Chairman of IOS, New Delhi and Mr Mauji Khan, the former ACP of Delhi have been elected as the General Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

For the posts of Vice-President Maulana Mufti Ashraf Ali Naqvi (Ameer-e-Shariat, Karnataka) Babgalore, Maulana Abdul Hafeez Mazhari (Qazi-e-Shariat Cuttack) Orissa, Maulana Dr. Yaseen Ali Usmani (Secretary Aala Hazrat Tajul Fuhul Academy, Badaun ) UP and Maulana Abdul Ahad Qasmi Tarapuri (Editor of Sawatul Qur'an, Anand ) Gujarat have been elected unanimously.

Dara Shikoh Library
New Dilhi : Delhi Urdu Academy's Dara Shikoh Library, which was in a very bad condition for about 20 years and had to be locked for 2 years becasue of bad condition and scarcity of space has now been shifted to a new and spacious building near Kashmiri gate. This new building has now been reseved for Urdu and Hindi academies of Delhi and soon the remaining offices of Urdu Academy will be shifted from Shyam Nath Marg. Minister of education and culture, Arvinder Singh Lovely inaugurated this library at its new building on 14 September.

Many killed in chemical godown fire
New Delhi : A huge fire in a chemical godown in Brijpuri locality in Khurej, a thickly populated area of Old Delhi erupted on 14 September in which nine people were burunt alive and dozens injured. Among the injured persons at least a dozen are in serious condition. Janaza prayers of those killed were led by Mufti Mukarram Ahmad, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, after which they were laid to rest in Ahl-e-Islam graveryard. People of the locality in thousands expressed anger and protest that even after a tragic incident of such magnitude, not even a single responsible authority of state or central government came here to take care of the people of the affected families. Even those who had gone to different hospitals to take delivery of dead bodies of their kins were harassed by police. The entire area is in a state of gloom after this tragedy. Whereas people of the locality have demanded a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the family members of the dead, Mufti Mukaram Ahmad and Chaudhry Mateen Ahmad, MLA have demanded immediate payment of Rs 2 lakh to each family and proper treatment of the injured. 

Baba Ghulam Shah University 
Srinagar : The fourth meeting of the State Waqf Council held on 12 September 2004 presided over by Mufti Mohammad Saeed, the chief minister of J&K took many decisions after a careful consideration over the Waqf’s action plan for the current year and its overall performance. The proposed Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University was discussed thoroughly and a unanimous decision was taken to set it up in Rajori district on a spacious land provided by local people. Sources say that professional courses like Business Management, IT and BSc Nursing etc. would be started soon in temporary buildings while the permanent construction work will be going on simultaneously.

Appointment of 3000 Urdu Teachers Demanded
Lucknow : Backward Federation of UP presented a ten point memorandum to the state Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh, the national general secretory of Samajwadi Party.

The demands contained in the memorandum include the appointment of 3,000 Urdu teachers and 7,000 Urdu translators, distribution of text books to Urdu students on the pattern of distribution of text books to Parishad students, opening of Urdu centres for poor students establishment of an Urdu University in Lucknow like the proposed Maulana Mohd. Ali Jauhar University in Rampur, construction of a Hajj House to provide facilities to the prospective Hajj pilgrims, grant of scholarships to those minority students studying in recognised schools who were deprived of their scholarships, postponement of Waqf Board election dates from October because Ramadhan will be falling during these dates and Imams etc. who are electors will find it difficult to cast their votes because of Ramdhan, cancellation of Waqf Order No 1452/2004 dated 6 Sep. 04 which deprives Mutawallis of their power of appointment, publication of voters list for the forth coming panchayat elections in Urdu, appointment of a Muslim as principal secretary in Chief Minister’s office, declaration of 2 days holidays each for Eidul Fitr and Eiduz Zuha and one day's leave for Jumatul Wida.

The memorandum was presented by a delegation comprising Anwar Alam, Wasim Johar and Mohd, Akbar which was led by Abdul Naseer Nasir, the senior general secretary of the Federation.

Bokhari Shareef reliable book 
Nagina : Maulana Qamruddin Gorakhpuri, Shaikhul Hedith of Darul Uloom, Deoband speaking at a function to celebrate the completion of Bokhari Shareef at Jamia Arabia Rashidia here said that after Qur’an, Bokhari Shareef is the most authentic and reliable book. He further said that after examining and analysing almost six lakh Hadiths, Imam Bokhari compiled his own Hadiths in a state of ablution. Also, before compiling 7274 Hadiths, Imam Bokhari offered 18,000 rakat’s of Nafil namaz. That is why ulama consider Bokhari Shareef as the most authoritative after Qur’an, he said. On this occasion Maulana Qamruddin gave certificates and Dastaar to 18 successful students. 

Urdu’s second language status in Jharkhand 
Ranchi : Second official language status of Urdu has been abolished in Jharkhand. The BJP government of this state has issued circular to all state government offices and agencies not to accept applications written in Urdu and replies in Urdu of all applications have also been banned . The entire plan of setting up Madrasa Board has been held up and put in cold storage. Plans are now being made to dispense with Urdu departments in colleges and universities. Not only this restriction on writing of answer books in Urdu in Inter and B Ed examinations has also been imposed. Ministry of education of this state has issued instructions that such answer sheets should not be accepted for examination. Head of Jharkahnd Organisation, Shamsheer Alam has described this attitude of state government as naked case of enmity towards Urdu and has strongly appealed to Urdu speakers to unitedly struggle for protection and promotion of Urdu and foil the dangerous conspiracy of state government to finish Urdu in the state.

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