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SHOAIB IQBAL, a three-time Janata Dal Secular MLA from Matia Mahal constituency of Delhi, was elected Deputy Speaker of Delhi Assembly on 23 July. Chief minister Shiela Dikshit proposed his name which was supported by Congress members of the House. Born in 1958 in Matia Mahal area of the Walled City, Iqbal started taking part in active politics since student days at Zakir Husain College of Delhi. He remained Delhi state chairman of Minority Committee of Janata Dal for many years and was appointed acting president of the party during 1996-97. From 1993 to 1998 he remained chief whip of the party in Delhi Assembly. He has been Delhi state president of JD(S) since 1990. Politics apart, Iqbal is fond of poetry and has traveled several countries.

The National Institute of Ecology has honoured Prof. Muhammad Iqbal, head of botany department at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi with the prestigious fellowship (FNIE) of the Institute in recognition of his contribution in the field of plant ecology and environmental botany.

Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Mohsina Kidwai, members of the Rajaya Sabha, have been elected as members of Aligarh Muslim University Court.

N Jamal Ansari, freelance journalist and social worker was appointed convenor, Political Cell of UP Rabita Committee. He is a regular contributor to MG. His published works include 212 articles and more than 600 letters to the editor. He has presented three "papers" on different topics in national conferences. 

Former state finance minister and senior National Conference leader ABDUL RAHIM RATHER was appointed the new Opposition leader of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. The post fell vacant after the death of Opposition leader Ghulam Mohiuddin Shah on 11 June. NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar proposed Rather’s name which was supported by other members.

Noted Persian scholar DR MUHAMMAD SHARFE ALAM was recently appointed Vice Chancellor of Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic & Persian University by the government of Bihar. Earlier Dr Alam has held the posts of Professor and Head of Persian department at Patna University. He is associated with the Persian Board of Studies of JNU, Darbhanga University, Amrawati University and Nagpur University. Prof. Sharfe Alam is known for his proficient academic, research and management abilities. He has a 35-year long experience of teaching, research and guidance. His appointment as VC of the five-year old university has been welcomed by Arabic and Persian scholars.

AYAZ SHERVANI has been appointed new president of Samajwadi Party for Aligarh. He replaces Ahmad Said Siddiqui who has been dismissed from the party. This was stated in a letter by UP general secretary of Samajwadi Party and state agriculture minister Shivpal Singh Yadav. Ayaz was directed to present a list of Assembly constituencies and city units 

To raise the standard of madrasa education, Uttar Pradesh Government has formed an Urdu Persian Madrasa Board. MAULANA KHALID ASHRAF has been made chairman of the Board. The UP government has also formed a Minority Commission. SHAIKH SALMAN has been appointed chairman of the Commission whose term will be for three years. The Commission has been empowered to call officers and punish them if found guilty in discharging their duties.

WAQAR AHMAD SHAH, former Deputy Speaker of Uttar Pradesh Assembly was inducted into state cabinet. This was done by chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav after third expansion of his cabinet on 3 August. With this the number of ministers in UP has gone up to 60. Shah had resigned the post of Dy Speaker on 26 July to enable a member of Opposition to be elected to the post.

WAJAHAT HABIBULLAH, a 1968 batch IAS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre has been appointed new textile secretary of the central government. Wajahat replaces Deepak Chatterjee who was holding the additional post besides being commerce secretary.

National Dairy Research Institute of Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) has conferred PhD in dairy technology to young dairy scientist TANVIR ALAM. Tanvir has co-authored nine books in dairy technology which is a proof of his excellent academic career. He completed his research thesis “Studies of modified atmosphere packaging of mozarella cheese” under the supervision of noted food packaging scientist Dr GK Goel. The young scientist has not only obtained PhD but also made a new discovery of packaging to preserve mozarella cheese used in pizza for one your. Son of Ainul Haque and nephew of minister of state for food processing Muhammad Taslimuddin, Tanvir did his graduation from Patna Science College. He has set up a packaging lab in Karnal. At present he is associated with food technology faculty at Jivaji University, Gwalior. Since matriculation Tanvir Alam has been receiving commendations and prizes. 

MUHAMMAD AJMAL has been appointed deputy chairman of Delhi state Minority Department of Congress by chairman Muhammad Jahangir Khan. Ajmal’s appointment has been welcomed by senior Congress leaders.

RAIS AHMAD SIDDIQUI and SAIDUR RAHMAN have been appointed president and vice-president respectively of the Delhi cell of Indian National League by its national president Ibrahim Sulaiman Saith. BADRUDDUZA SIDDIQUI NAJMI was appointed general secretary. Other appointments were also made.

NASIM AHMAD was elected secretary of Jamia Administrative Staff Association (JASA) of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Six candidates contested for the post. Eight cabinet members were elected from four different fields. One of the newly elected cabinet members, GHALIB HUSSAIN thanked all the members on behalf of JASA and said he would fight for the rightful demands.

DR RAJ BAHADUR GAUD has been appointed officiating president of Anjuman Taraqqi-e- Urdu Hind. The post lay vacant after the demise of Prof. Jagannath Azad.

ABRAR AHMAD has taken charge as income tax commissioner. Earlier he was director of Delhi zone of Narcotics Control Bureau in the ministry of finance, Government of India. He held this post for several years. Despite being a high profile government officer, Abrar Ahmad takes keen interest in social services. He is also interested in poetry and literature. 

MIAN ABDUL QAYOOM was elected president of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association on 29 July. He defeated his close rival G N Shaheen Advocate with a margin of more than 200 votes, while GN DAR ADVOCATE defeated his nearest rival Mushtaq Ahmad Dar with 32 votes to be elected vice-president. AIJAZ BEDAR was elected secretary. Just after elections Qayoom said his Ittihadi Forum will continue its struggle for the unification of Hurriyat. «

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