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Union minister for electricity and power PM SAYEED was unanimously elected to Rajya Sabha along with Janardan Dwivedi (both of Congress Party) from Delhi on 9 August. The two Rajya Sabha seats had fallen vacant after Ambika Soni and AR Kidwai vacated their seats. Soni resigned after her election from Punjab, Kidwai resigned after his appointment as governor of Haryana. 

Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, NASEEM AHMAD has been nominated as a member of National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education by Union Human Resource Development Ministry. The Committee shall advise the government on all matters pertaining to education of minorities. It will also review the functioning of various schemes launched by the ministry for promoting minority education. 

The National general secretary of BJP’s minorities cell, S.K MOHIUDDIN has been appointed chairman of Madhya Pradesh Madrasa Board by MP government. This was stated in a press release by BJP media in-charge, Manish Mishra. Senior BJP leaders welcomed his appointment.

Haryana Congress Party has appointed Muslim Welfare Society’s president, IMAM ALI ANSARI as state secretary of the party’s minorities cell. The press release of the party said that the post was given to him in view of his loyalty and services to the party. Senior leaders of the party in particular and Muslim community in general have welcomed his appointment. 

A 10-years old girl RUKHSAR has passed high school and broken the record set by her brother Jaan Nisar Hameed who passed high school when he was 11. She completed ‘naazirah’ of Quran (sight reading of Quran) at 7. Now a class 11th student, Rukhsar aspires to join Rajasthan administrative service. She wishes that chief minister Vijya Raje Sindhia grants her scholarship for higher studies because her parents are not well off financially. They are school teachers.

Well-known social worker, JAAN ALAM has been appointed general secretary of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC)’s minorities cell by CK Jaffar Shareef and Harcharan Singh Josh, general secretaries of All India Congress Committee’s minorities cell. 

Supreme Court advocate, MOHAMMAD SAJID has been appointed vice chairman of DPCC’s minorities cell by the cell’s chairman, Mohammad Jahagir. Delhi Madrasas Education Organisation secretary Qari M. Hasan, while congratulating Sajid on his appointment requested him to arrange maximum number of scholarships for the students of madrasas in Delhi.

DR FAIZAN MUSTAFA, reader at law faculty in AMU has been appointed Member in-charge of Public Relations Department for two years by AMU vice chancellor, Naseem Ahmad. He has been appointed in place of Prof. R.P Singh. Dr Mustafa has also served as director of Coaching and Guidance Centre and Career Planning Centre of the university. He has written many books on law.

On Independence Day, certificates of honour were awarded to three Arabic and three Persian scholars by the government namely ISMAT LATEEF MEHDI, VEERAN MOIDEEN, M. SALEEM KIDWAI (Arabic) and ABBAS MEHBOOB HUSAIN AHMED HUSAIN, YM PATHAN and HAFIZ MOHAMMAD TAHIR ALI (Persian). In addition to these scholars, certificates of honour had also been awarded to 15 Sanskrit scholars.

In a computerised quiz contest sponsored by Joint Organisation of Youth (JOY) in Hauz Rani, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, KALIM AHMAD, ADNAN SIDDIQUI and ABDUS SALAM secured first, second and third positions respectively. The contest was organised in the premises of Elite Study Point, Hauz Rani with a view to create awakening among youth and encourage them for competitive examinations. 

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) appointed MASROOR HUSAIN as chairman of the party’s minority cell of Delhi state. He was appointed by NCP national general secretary, Tariq Anwar in consultation with Rajinder Bharadwaj, president of NCP’s Delhi branch. Mansoor Husain is a well-known social worker and has a burning desire for the service to the community and nation.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has appointed PEERZADA MOHAMMAD SAYEED as the president of J&K Pradesh Congress Committee in place of Ghulam Nabi Azad who had been included in the Union cabinet. Peerzada, has been also a minister in J&K government in the past and belongs to Anantnag district.

DR SABA AHMAD of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) was unanimously elected deputy speaker of Jharkhand Assembly. His name for this post was proposed by CPI(M) MLA, Mohinder Singh which was seconded by RJD member Sanjay Kumar.

MOHAMMAD JAHAGIR, chairman of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s minorities cell appointed Mohammad Umar Khan as general secretary of DPCC’s minorities cell and hoped that he will put into practice the policies and programmes of Sonia Gandhi-led Congress Party.

Distinguished author, critic and research scholar DR M Q SALEEM obtained distinction in MA (Urdu), MA (Arabic), MA (Hindi), MA (Linguistics), LLB, B.Ed., M.Phil and PhD. He has written eight books in Urdu including books for children. His books are popular and he has received awards and certificates of honor from different academies of the country. Two or three more of his books are under publication and will be soon available in the market. He is a teacher and is an active member of many ‘Anjumans’, associations and organisations.

Voluntary organisations honoured 11-year old orphan, AASHIQUL ISLAM in Kolkata on 16 August for his film Aami , a 20-minute documentary film directed by him. The film was shown in the International Children’s Film Festival held at Athens in June this year and awarded for the best documentary film of the year. He also bagged the award for the best film director of the world. In the film festival 323 films from 120 countries were shown. Ashiqul Islam’s poor father was killed by dacoits four months before his birth and when he was four years old his mother also died because of malnutrition and illness. Thereafter, he spent his life in 24 North Pargana’s Muktneed orphanage where he got opportunities for developing his faculties.

SOHA ALI KHAN, daughter of Mansoor Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore will soon appear on the silver screen as a heroine in Nitin Manmohan’s film ‘Mohabbat ki…’ opposite Shahid Kapoor. She acted in Meera Nair’s film ‘Mississipi Masala’ as a child actor when she was 12 . News is making the rounds that Rituprang Ghosh has also signed her for his as-yet-unnamed Bengali film opposite Abhishek Bachchan in which she will play the role of a Bengali damsel. Ghosh wanted a Bengali-speaking girl for the film and found Soha suitable for the role. Soha is well-educated. She obtained Masters’ degree in International Relations from London School of Economics.

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