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Muslims in Delhi offer Friday prayers at the Jama Masjid on 5 Nov. 04

Muslims in Delhi offer Friday prayers at 
the Jama Masjid on 5 Nov. 04

 

NCPUL’S SIXTH BOOK FAIR IN HYDERABAD 
New Delhi: National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) will be organising its sixth Book Fair in Hyderabad from 4 to 12 December. NCPUL’s director Dr Hamidullah Bhat said that this fair will be held at Quli Qutub Shah Stadium in cooperation with Andhra Pradesh Urdu Academy and that all famous publishers and book sellers of the country are expected to participate in this Fair. As on previous occasions, cultural programmes will also be held daily. 

ORGANISATION TO ADOPT KASHMIR ORPHANS 
Jammu: After Punjab’s Army School, Beas which adopted 105 Jammu and Kashmir orphans and Pune-based NGO Sarhad, which adopted more than 200 Jammu and Kashmir orphans, a Kerala organisation, Markazi Saqafia Sunnia, Calicut, has agreed to adopt at least 100 such orphans. These organisations take care of the education, boarding, lodging etc of these children who became orphans as a result of long years of violence by terrorists as well as security forces. The patron of the Calicut organisation, Sheikh Abu Bakr Al Saqafi had a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed wherein, after a request by the chief minister, he agreed to take care of those orphaned children. 

ONE DEAD IN GUJRAT POLICE FIRING IN HYDERABAD 
Hyderabad: A Gujarat police team, armed with an arrest warrant from Gujarat arrested a religious leader, Maulana Nasiruddin, president of ‘Tahaffuz Shari’at-e Islam’ (Protection of Islamic Sharia) in connection with the murder of Gujrat’s former home minister, Haren Pandya. As the Gujrat police was taking him to Hyderabad airport for onward journey to Ahamadabad, supporters of the Maulana tried to resist and prevent the police from taking him to Gujarat. Police then resorted to firing in which a SIMI activist, Mujahid Islahi was killed and many others were injured, including some Hyderabad Police officers. Gujraat police however succeeded in taking the Maulana to Gujrat but Hyderabad police registered a case against Gujarat police. 

NO OATH IN URDU IN UP ASSEMBLY
Allahabad: UP government, in an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court, has clearly stated that though Urdu is the second official language of the state, the law to this effect does not apply to the proceedings of the Assembly. This is because the seven objectives or fields for which Urdu is to e used do not include the provision for any member taking oath in Urdu in the Assembly. It is also said in the affidavit that Urdu knowing MLAs fill up their nomination forms in Hindi and therefore no Urdu knowing MLA can be administered the oath in the Assembly in Urdu and that since the language of UP Assembly is Hindi, all proceedings of the House are being, and will be, carried on in Hindi only.

VICTIMS OF MENINGITIS
Baghpat: Meningitis, a disease characterised by inflammation of brain cells caused by viral infection, is taking heavy toll specially in western U P and Muslim population is most affected by this dangerous disease. It is said that this disease started from a Muslim locality in Khekhra town of Baghpat and soon enveloped the whole area. Dozens of people have temporarily shifted to others places and it is feared that those places also will soon be affected by this disease. According to available information 15 children, mostly Muslims, have died of this disease in this town alone and many more are laid up with it but the state and local health authorities are treating it very lightly whereas a campaign on war footing is needed to combat this disease.

DEMAND FOR CAMEL MEAT IN HYDERABAD 
Hyderabad: During the month of Ramzan there is a great demand for camel meat in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and camel meat sellers are giving tough competition to buffalo meat sellers. In these cities camel meat is costing Rs 60 a kg against Rs 50 a kg for buffalo meat. According to a camel meat seller, he sells about 200 kgs of camel meat daily but still the demand is increasing. People in these two cities are traditionally consuming camel meat which is considered healthy.

SUDARSHAN’S STATEMENT ABOUT URDU CRITICISED
Reacting to RSS chief, K.S. Sudarshan’s biased remarks about Urdu that it is a language that promotes discord and differences among people, Dr Mufti Mohammad Mukharram Ahmad, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid said that Urdu is a sweet and beautiful language and these attributes are cohesive, not divisive, factors. Knowing this fact, film world has always adopted this language. Urdu, therefore, is not a divisive language but of course Sudarshan’s language and views are certainly divisive. He said that Urdu is becoming more popular now and that is giving sleepless nights to him (Sudarshan). 

SEMINAR ON AL-BIRUNI 
Mumbai: A 2-day national seminar on ‘Abu Rehan Al-Biruni’ jointly sponsored by Iran Culture House, Mumbai and Department of Arabic, Mumbai University was held here on 4 and 5 October in which Indian and Tehran University scholars participated. In his welcome address, convener of the seminar and head of the Arabic department of Mumbai University Dr Shafi Sheikh spoke about the aims and objections of the seminar. Among those who delivered their speeches on the topic were Ishaq Jamkhanawala, president of Anjuman-e Islam, Mahmoodur Rahman, former VC of Aligarh Muslim University and now chairman of Mumbai Mercantile Bomk, Prof Zubair Ahamd Farooqi of Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi, Mushtaq Madni, editor of Usool and others. Those who had come from Iran and spoke on the occasion were Mehdi Mohaqqiq, world-famous scholar; Prof Parvez Azkai and Prof Shukrani. In all, 11 articles (7 in English and 4 in Urdu) were presented by different scholars.  
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