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Former director general of Doordarshan SY QURESHI has taken over as project director of National AIDS Central Organisation (NACO) from Meenakshi Datta Ghosh who has been appointed principal adviser (Health) in the Planning Commission. Comptroller and Auditor General of India in its report to Parliament had made adverse comments against NACO, saying that it had utilised only 46% of the 300 million USD allotted for the second phase of anti-AIDS campaign.

NASEERUDDIN SHAH, an ace Bollywood star had earlier done "League of Extraordinary Gentleman," is going to star in Danny Linear's latest Hollywood film titled "The Gret New wonderful." Shah will star the film as an Indian police agent working at the Indian embassy in US. The film, which will be set against the backdrop of an uncertain post 9/11 NY city tells the story of several immigrants. "I play the role of an Indian immigrant along with Sharat Saxena. Both of us are supposed to be from the police Service. It is basically a funny film with a very torching and poignant ending," said the actor.

ROOHI MAAJID, an SAS (State Administrative Service) officer was appointment Additional District Magistrate (ADM), at Sihore. Before this appointment she was sub-divisional magistrate. Daughter of Bhopal newspaper Urdu Action's chief editor, Dr Majid Husain, she is an honest and disciplined officer promoted for her distinguished services.

ABDUR RAHIM QURESHI, secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has been appointed spokesman and assistant general secretary of AIMPLB by Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasni Nadwi, President of the Board. He has been authorised tomake statements and clarifications and in case of need to speak to media persons on behalf of the board. He is also a distinguished legal expert. He has already assumed office as the Board's spokesman.

MAULANA ASHRAF ALI, a social activist and Congress Party's worker has been appointed as the secretary of Minority Department of State Congress Committee by Mohd Jahangeer, Chairman of this department. His appointment was hailed by the people who hoped that Maulana Ali would give due consideration to minority related issues. 

India and Pakistan will play a hockey match dedicated to FEROZ KHAN, the oldest surviving Olympic gold medal list who celebrated his 100th birthday on 9 September, 2004. Khan who was born in a village in Jalandhur, India played in the Indian national hockey team that won gold at the 1928 Olympic games in Amsterdam. Khan settled in Pakistan after Partition in 1947. The Pakistan Hockey Federation secretary Brig. Musarratullah said they have decided to celebrate his 100th birthday by dedicating to him the first lest of the hockey series on September 24.

Nazeer Ahmad of Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan has set out for Hajj pilgrimage on a bicycle. A farmer by profession, two years ago he had gone to the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Moniuddin Chishti on foot. The secretary of Rajasthan Hajj Welfare Society, Jaipur provided him with a map of the world and Hajj guide book which mentions travel routes to Makkah via Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Kuwait. The society also gave him a recommendation letter to Central Hajj Committee, Delhi.

Industrialist, Saroop Shrivastav, Managing Director of Saroop Group of Industries has entered into a contract with MF Husain, the world famous painter, under which he will prepare one hundred paintings for him in one year at a total price of Rs 100 crore. Husain told UNI in New Delhi that he would complete the paintings only in five months and hand them over to his client by January next year. Shrivastav said that he would not auction the paintings but sell them in exhibitions. The themes of the paintings will be environment, universalism and freedom.

MUSLIM ANSARI of Hoogly has been appointed general secretary of Lok Janshakti Party’s Bengal State unit. This information was given by state president of the party, Avdhesh Singh. Ansari is an ex-employee of railways and an active social and political worker. Lok Janshakti Party was founded Ram Vilas Paswan. 

SHAMSHAD ALI ‘advocate’ has been unanimously elected president of the reconstituted Minority Institution Association, Saharanpur. Mohammad Naseem Akhtar, manager of Naseem Public Model School has been elected as district president, Shaan-e-IIahi Shamsi as district general secretary and Mohammad Ahmad Khan as district secretary. This Institution was formed to unite all district and provincial minority institutions to raise their voice for solving the problems of minorities.

Delhi government appointed MANSOOR AHMAD USMANI as the Deputy Director of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on 10 September 2004. Usmani who also holds the post of Assistant Commissioner cum Deputy Secretary in the Food & Civil Supplies Department of Delhi government is a respectable person in literary circles. Usmani had once been the secretary of Delhi Urdu Academy. 

Dr Zafarul-Islam KhanMG editor, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, took part in the first meeting of the Higher Committee of Coordination among Islamic Organisations in the World, held by the World Muslim League at Makkah on 23 September. Maulana Asghar Imam Mahdi of the Markazi Jamiat-e Ahle-Hadees also took part in the meeting. A third invitee from India, Maulana Marghoobur Rahman, rector of Darul Uloom Deoband, could not make it to this meeting which was attended by dozens of scholars, leaders and intellectuals from all parts of the world. A larger meeting of Islamic organisations from all over the world will be held next year to form an international umbrella association of Islamic organisations.«

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