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Kashmirs in POK using rope to receive gifts from their relatives across Neelum River near Chilliana village in J&K


Aligarh: Hobbies Workshop, Aligarh Muslim University organised an arts competition on the occasion of Republic Day. Students from schools to university level participated in it.

Inaugurating the arts competition, chief guest and AMU Vice Chancellorís wife, Anjum Nasim said such competitions develop talent and personality of students. Syed Aziz Iqbal, secretary of Hobbies Workshop, Dr D Murti, president, GEC coordinator, Dr Arif H Rizvi and others were present on the occasion.

New Delhi: In his presidential address at a free Unani medical camp organised at Lakshmi Garden by the Central Unani Tibbi Board, Dr Lal Bahadur expressed concern over the decreasing number of hakims. World is ready to accept Unanipathy but we do not have any strong and dynamic action plan, Dr Lal said. The government has given the responsibility of Unani Tibís development to people most of whom merely fulfill job formalities, he said. He said that the present CCIM team has people who have published some books in their name and have cunningly got them included in syllabus. Tibbia College representatives are compelled to purchase them.

Deoband: Maulana Mahmood Madani, secretary general of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, while talking to media representatives said Muslims were confronted with innumerable problems, most of whom could be solved by elevating education among them. Therefore, they should put their utmost effort in educating the new generation. Madani said it is essential that we provide our children religious education together with modern education. In a judgmental tone, he said education is the only weapon that can get success to a bruised and tired Muslim nation. Answering a question, Madani said he did not favour coeducation but preferred womenís education.
Maulana Mahmood Madani asserted that Muslims should clear their minds that they were in minority. In fact, Muslims are the second largest majority of India. The government should remember that Muslims are the second majority and if they were illiterate, the country itself will remain illiterate, he added. Hence no government should neglect the basic needs of Muslims and their interests, he said.

New Delhi: Damairul Qurían, authored by Dr Abun Nasr Muhammad Khalidi was released by Maulana Salim Qasmi, president of All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (Salim Qasimi group) at an impressive function here at Urdu Ghar on January 27. The function was organised by Shah Waliullah Institute of Delhi (photograph below).

Shedding light on the importance and efficacy of the book, Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, general secretary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board said such books should be made public so that people could be benefitted from them. Prof. Nisar Ahmad Farooqui, former Head of the Arabic department of Delhi University lauded the work and emphasised the need for bringing out other unpublished works of Dr Khalidi. Authorís son, Dr Omar Khalidi spoke about his fatherís curiosity for learning and his commitment to academic activities. The book has been published after a comprehensive research and analysis by Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, chairman of the Waliullah Institute. Participants included Dr AR Kidwai, former governor of Bihar and Bengal, Faizi Aziz Hashmi, director information and publicity department, Government of Delhi, Prof. Badruddin Al-Hafiz, former Head of Arabic department, Benaras Hindu University, Sirajuddin Qureshi, President of Indian Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi and others. 

Aligarh: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Asiaís largest global software and service company has employed 24 graduates of Aligarh Muslim University. Informing about the selection, Prof. Pervez Mustajab, training and placement officer, at Zakir Hussain College of Engineering and Technology, said150 students of B. Tech, M. Tech and MCA took written tests and 24 of them got selected after the interview during the TCS campus selection. 
Vice Chancellor Nasim Ahmad welcomed the students selection in the prestigious company. He also met Prof. Muslim Taj, Principal of Z H College and Prof. Mustajab and asked them to make the campus interview more effective.

New Delhi: Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Hind and Jashn-e-Saiyid Hamid Committee have announced a Saiyid Hamid Award. Named after noted educationist and Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, Saiyid Hamid, the award would be presented every year to a senior secondary(XII) Urdu medium school of Delhi which comes up with the best result among Urdu medium schools.

Surat: Idols of Durga Devi, designed by celebrated artist MF Husain had to face the wrath of its own devotees. According to police sources, an angry mob of Bajrang Dal activists entered the Garden Gallery of Arts and Textiles where an arts exhibition was going on and destroyed some paintings of MF Husain on January 29. The mob had earlier gathered outside the gallery to protest against some paintings of Durga Devi by MF Husain. Several organisations including SAHMAT have condemned the vandalism. 

Lucknow: Treading in the steps of Kalyan Singh, who rejoined the BJP recently, a former Samajwadi Party MP, has rejoined Bahujan Samaj Party.
Ilyas Azmi, a BSP MP had left the party in 1996 after differences with party president and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and had joined hands with Samajwadi Party. Now he has again joined the BSP. This was announced by the BSP state president Barkhuram Verma.
Talking to media representatives, Azmi said he had joined the SP on the assumption that it would work on the principles of socialism but it seemed capitalists were ruling the party and they were using voters in their interests.
Azmi accused the UP chief minister Mualayam Singh Yadav of neglecting Muslims and Dalits after coming to power by their votes. He said there is no Muslim or Dalit employee in the CMís office or residence.

Ahmadabad: Harsh treatment is meted out to Muslim jail inmates in Modiís government in Gujarat. This was revealed after one such incident recently. The police on January 8 violently caned Muslim prisoners in Sabarmati Jail while they were offering prayers. Six prisoners were injured. These prisoners are being tried under charges of killing a former Gujarat minister Haren Pandya and of being involved in Godhra incident.

According to reports, an accused, Zahir Rana was kept in Barrack No. 3. Rana alleges that one Nasir Pathan barged on in the barrack and asked a boy about him. When the boy indicated towards him, Patahn attacked him, causing severe injuries to his jaws. Fifteen stitchings were needed for both of his jaws. The police, instead of taking any action, caught both Rana and Pathan and caned the innocent prisoners under this pretext. This incident came to light when an Ahmadabad advocate Hashim Qureshi had gone to Delhi in connection with some cases. The prisoners were beaten while offering namaz. The court has asked for details.

Dubai: About 27 Indian Haj pilgrims died due to different reasons while around 32000 of them, mostly belonging to South India fell ill because of bad weather in the twin holy cities of Makkah and Madina. The temperature in Madina went down to 17-12 degrees C, while it was 21-17 degrees C in Makkah, which was unbearable especially for South Indian Haj pilgrims.

Hifzur Rahman, the Indian counsel in Madina told that about 4000 out of the 7500 Haj pilgrims from Kerala could not stay for eigth days in Madina and they returned to Makkah after only 2-3 days stay there. Those seriously ill were admitted to Saudi hospitals whereas Indian council had also opened a hospital and three dispensaries in Madina, Rahman said.

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