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Newsmakers

Chaudhari Mateen Ahmad, Congress MLA from Seelampur has been appointed chairman of Delhi Waqf Board. The activities of the Waqf Board were virtually at a stand still for about 8 months in the absence of its proper formation because of which salaries of Imams and financial assistance to widows and needy persons could not he paid. The court also had to pass orders for the formation of Board’s new committee by the end of last month. Chief minister Shiela Dixit had sanctioned a grant of Rs 20 lakh without bothering about rules and regulations. Mateen Ahmad’s first priority will be increasing Board’s income.

NAZNEEN BANO, 59 from Madurai, a former government college principal, has been appointed a member of the MSS Waqf Board College K K Nagar Mosque Committee Jamaat. Her appointment is the culmination of her two decades long struggle for equal rights. She wants to campaign for allowing women perform worship at all mosque from a separate enclosure. However she is opposed to separate mosque and Jamaat for women as it would result in further alienation. She says that the presence of women in Jammat is essential to resolve gender issue. All-men Jamaat cannot deliver judgment on the issues of women fairly.

Deputy librarian in Aligarh Muslim University’s polytechnic, DR AMJAD ALI has been appointed PhD guide in Library Information Science by Bhopal’s Makhan Lal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyalay.

MASOOD CHAUDHARI, former Additional Director General of Police, now retired, has been appointed Vice Chancellor of Ghulam Shah Baadshah University which is managed and run by the income accrued to the Dargah of Hazrat Ghulam Shah Baadshah at Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir. Masood Chaudhari is also the chairman of Gujar Desh Charitable Trust.

Former Union minister of state for home affairs, MOHAMMAD MAQBOOL DAR along with some other political leaders joined Congress on 27 October. The other leaders who joined the Congress included National Conference leaders Farooq Ahmad Andarabi and Mir Subhan. They have left National Congress because of differences with the party’s general secretary, Sheikh Zaheer Ahmad regarding distribution of tickets in the recent bye-elections in the state.

Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Naseem Ahmad has appointed PROF HUSSAIN ABBAS of the depart of civil engineering as new Provost of Sir Sulaiman Hall for 2 years.

AMU has awarded Ph.D degree to research scholar REHAN AHMAD (Biotechnology) and M. Phil degrees to POONAM VARSHNI (Zoology), ZEBA SIDDIQUI (Geography) and RIYAZ AHMAD (Botany). 

One hundred and sixteen year-old Aseeman Khatoon of Ranchi’s Hind Pidhi mohalla has been observing Ramzan fasts for the past 104 years. At present she is 116 years old and had started observing fasts from the age of 12. Her only son died when he was sixty and now she lives with a family of 16 members including five grand sons and four grand daughters. She believes that it is with the mercy of Allah that she is able to keep fasts even at this age. 

BABA GHULAM MOHAMMAD rendered his soofiana kalam at a packed auditorium in Delhi’s Habitat Centre on 4 October which touched the hearts of the audience. People heard him with rapt attention. The octogenarian Soofi poet and singer is from Pakistan who is on a month long tour covering Punjab, Delhi and Chandigarh. The tour has been sponsored by Sanjhe Rang Punjab (United Colours of Punjab), an organisation promoting common cultural traditions of Indian and Pakistani Punjabs. His renderings filled the audience with spiritual fervour. At the end of the concert when the audience were requested to make small offerings for a common fund for budding singers, people were so much overwhelmed that they contributed very generously.

Forty–year old Shaukat Husain, a locksmith of Ahmadabad, claims to have built a lock which, according to him, no thief or locksmith, however expert, can either open or break it. And for this his name has found a place in Limka Book of Records. According to him this lock weighing 5 kiols has many levers which are arranged in particular order. Five keys are required to open it and that too when each key is inserted in the right hole. Above all, there is the master key. It took him 2.5 months to build it. 

After a gap of almost 20 years, Javed Jafri, TV actor, film star, dancer, choreographer, script writer has returned to the world of theatre. It was after repeated requests of producer Sanjay Goradia that the agreed to work in ‘Hum le gaye tum rah gaye,’ Hindi adaptation of the Gujrati hilarious play of the same meaning. In this play he appears in quadruple role. He was further encouraged when he was congratulated by Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries for his performance in the play. He was also in the news recently for having written the Hindi dialogue for Walt Disney’s cartoon film’s Hindi translation ‘Hum hain Lajawab’ which is scheduled to be released in December. «

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