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Noted Islamic scholar PROF ZAINUS SAJIDIN SIDDIQUI has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Head of the Sunni Theology Department, Aligarh Muslim University, whereas PROF SHAUKAT ALI, a Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of AMU Engineering College has been appointed Dean of the Engineering Faculty. The latter’s appointment has been made in place of Prof. S Basu.

PROF M MUBASHSHIR, Principal, JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University has been appointed member of the Medical Council of India (MCI). His appointment has been made under Medical Council Act. PROF QAMAR AKHTAR KAZMI, Dean of the Faculty of Unani Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University has been appointed member of the Executive Council on the basis of seniority.

MASHKUR AHMAD QURESHI, a journalist with Urdu weekly, Akhbar-e-Nau has been nominated secretary of the Minority Department, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee. Qureshi has been associated with the party since 1969 and held several posts.

Good days seem to be ahead for the one time football champion, Mohammedan Sporting Club. In an important decision the club secretary Sultan Ahmad has nominated the Iranian football sensation JAMSHED NASIRI as the coach of Mohammedan Sporting. Nasiri’s nomination was warmly welcomed by the club’s fervent supporters. Majid Bashkar and Jamshed Nasiri are the two Iranian players whom the Club and its admirers can never forget for their decisive goals which led to two successive victories in the Federation Cup 1983 and 1984. Earlier Nasiri had served as coach but left the Club under unfavourable circumstances. His rejoining the Club is seen with optimism. Hope he again proves a great coach.

Despite his towering personality and holding the highest post, President DR APJ ABDUL KALAM is a simple man at heart. His is the heart which bleeds at the mere mention of a common Indian’s problems. According to a press statement of Urdu weekly Gawah, Syed Ahmad Ziauddin, president of an NRI Forum in Gulf, during his meeting with the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan invited him for Umra. President Kalam’s reply was, “I have decided to perform Haj, but not as the President of India but like other 20 lakh Haj pilgrims on my own expenditure.” He appealed the NRIs to invest in the country for its development so as to eradicate poverty, wipe the tears of the afflicted and remove the pangs of penury. He called eradication of poverty and removal of illiteracy as the greatest service (to humanity). Noble words indeed!

JAVED JAFFREY, a multi-talented person who came into the film industry as a youngster is actor, singer, theatre artiste, dancer, stand-up comedian, anchor and director. He is taking another shot at fame with his latest alliance with a 24-hour news channel. The model entertainer became famous immediately, after his first dance-song number Bol baby bol... in Subhas Ghai’s Meri Jung. He is getting of his dream, a burning zeal to be famous. His role in the recently released children’s film Janjantram Mamantaram or as the host of the hugely popular television programme Boogie Woogie and an unconcerned husband in Fire, or his role in Boom, Javed has left his marks on everything that he has tried. He is also busy with his stage shows and his theatre group Couture which has to its credit plays including , Marathon Man, Evita and Trojan Woman.

SARFARAZ ANSARI is associated with Lahore-based theatre group Ajoka. Recently Indian Council for Cultural Relations invited Ajoka group to New Delhi to play at the Kamani Auditorium. Sarfaraz knows the spirit of performance. He says that the performance which can make you close your eyes and feel the moment, is the ultimate performance. One can observe such movement in Bullha, Toba Tek Singh and the play Niki, a critic says. Bulleh Shah was a famous sufi mystic poet. The message behind the play Bullha, Sarfaraz who played the role of this sufi says is of pace and brotherhood. This play was staged last November in various towns of Punjab. Asim Bukhari who played guru Shah Inayat, a teacher of Bulleh Shah says their message to the masses is, let the winds of harmony blow in the region. Shahid Nadeem is the script writer of the play. Director of the play Madeeha Gauhar says that be it in India or Pakistan, fundamentalist forces urgently need to be silenced. After all, why should the majority suffer for the myopic attitude of a minority, she asks.

MUHAMMAD QURBAN has been appointed president of Youth Congress Committee, Asansol Town Bloc, West Bengal. This was informed by Rabiul Islam, president of Burdwan Youth (Industrial) Congress.

Nasim Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University has appointed ISHAT MUHAMMAD KHAN, an M Sc. student as the senior proctorial monitor of AMU for academic session 2003-04. His appointment took immediate effect.

After showing her talents in the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad last year, Pune's ANISA SAYYED is on her next target. She has qualified for the world cup in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, to be held from February 18. A winner of national championship in air pistol category, Anisa won one gold and one bronze medal during the Afro-Asian Games. Inspired by Shivaji Sawant's book Mrityunjay, Anisa decided to become a shooter and met her coach Gani Shaikh. With her target on sight, she will play another world competition in Sydney before taking part in the Commonwealth shooting championship in Delhi. Her ultimate goal is to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games 2008. Hope she does it.

RESHMA, the Pakistani folk singer who lent her voice in Suhash Ghai's Hero – Bichde abhi to hum bus kal parson – was back to India after a long 20 years. In Mumbai a fortnight ago, she sang for industrialist Vijaypat Singhania's Who Tera Naam Tha with famous qawwals, the Sabri brothers.

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