UGCíS GRANT FOR AMU
Aligarh: University Grants Commission has sanctioned a financial grant of Rs 5 million to AMUís electronics department for research in the field of multi media network. According to Prof I M Khan, DSA programme coordinator, this amount will be used for research work in Signal processing applications in network multi media. He said that UGC had invited proposals from different universities of the country from award of this grant. AMUís proposal, prepared by a team consisting of planning director, Dr M. Salim Baig, Dr O. Farooq and Dr E. Khan under the leadership of Prof A.S. Khan was considered the best and hence this grant.
AIM SCHOLARSHIP TO 25 STUDENTS
Rampur: A meeting of Rampur Education Improvement Society was held here in Shams Naved Hall to select brilliant and deserving students for grant of AIM (American Indian Muslims) educational scholarships. Twenty five boy and girl students were selected from 9th to 12th classes. For 9th and 10th class students a monthly scholarship of Rs 300 for the entire academic year and for 11th and 12th class students monthly scholarship of Rs 400 each for the entire academic year will be given. This information was give by Shujaur Rahman Shamsi secretary of Rampur Education Improvement Society.
CARPET WEAVERS IN POVERTY
New Delhi: Hand-made woollen carpet weavers in Bhadohi and Mirzapur, who are almost predominantly Muslims are today in a pathetic condition. Globalisation and anti-child labour campaign have taken a heavy toll of the weavers, specially women, engaged in this industry. Another factor for this sorry state of affairs is competition from countries like Pakistan, Iran, China and machine-made carpets. Many countries like USA and some Europen countries are not importing carpets in which child labour in involved. According to a NCW (National Commission for Women) report, the once booming carpet making towns, specially Bhadohi, which a few years ago were exporting carpets worth 1000 crore rupees annually are now languishing in poverty and unemployment.
NEW MEMBERS OF DELHI WAQF BOARD
New Delhi: According to a notification issued by Lt. Governor seven members of Delhi Waqf Board have been nominated. They are P.M. Sayeed from the MPs quota, Chaudhari Mateen Ahmad (MLA quota), Ms Rana Parveen (Delhi Bar Association quota), Maulana Mohd Yusuf (Mutawalli quota), Marghoob Abdi (govt officers quota) Maulana Mufti Moazzam Ahmad and Umar Faridi (Ulama quota). The old committee of Board members had ceased to exist after the completion of its term about six months ago. In the absence of any new committee, every thing was in a mess in the Board. Chaudhari Mateen Ahmad has been elected as the new Chairman of Delhi Waqf Board.
Computer course for madrasa graduates
South Indiaís renowned Arabic college, Jamia Darussalam at Oomerabad is running a six-month course in computer studies for the last three years. Another one-month course in multi-media, web designing and visual basic programming will be started this year. Admission fee is Rs 200 and the monthly fee is Rs 200. Jamia offers free boarding and lodging. This yearís course starts after Ramadan. For information send Rs 10 by MO. More details from the Principal, Jamia Darussalam Technical Institute, Oomerabad, Vellore Distt. 635 808; tel.: (04174) 2555368;
GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO PROMOTION OF URDU
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while launching the e-paper of Urdu daily Siyasat at his residence said that his government is committed to the promotion of Urdu because it has played a vital role in national integration and freedom movement. It is not the language of any particular region or religion, and that it is a language of the masses. Prime Ministerís views about Urdu should be an eye opener to RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan who, because of his bias and enmity towards Urdu, described it as the language which promotes discord and differences in society and that it is responsible for partition of the country. (In fact it is Sudarshan himself and others of his ilk who promote discord and differences in society.)
WOMEN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPT TO SELL GIRLS
Muzaffar Nagar: Police have arrested seven women along with 12 men in Bhaiswal village, Muzaffar Nagar for their alleged attempt to sell girls brought from Bengal on the pretext of marriage. Some people of the village informed the SP, G.N. Goswamy that 5 girls brought from Bengal are housed in the house of one Shauqeen where they are being auctioned for sale. On receipt of this information police raided the house and arrested all persons there which included the five girls, Shareef, his son Shauqeen, Akram, Jamshed Malik and his son-in-law Rafiulla Shaikh etc. The arrested women included Malti, Salma, Reena Khatoon, Raheeman Bibi, Ratan Bibi etc.
ASI SNUBBED FOR IGNORING JAMA MASJID
New Delhi: Delhi High Court has asked Archaeological Survay of India (ASI) to submit a report about the steps being taken by it to declare Delhiís Jama Masjid a protected monument. At the same time SDM has been summoned to show cause why no steps have been taken to remove illegal occupations and constructions around Jama Masjid. The court took this step after hearing a public interest petition filed by Heritage and Cultural Forum. Expressing deep resentment, the two-member bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice B.D. Ahmad snubbed ASI for not taking any action for removal of illegal constructions around Jama Masjid in spite of its orders of September and November 2000.
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