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Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin receing key to the town of East Brunwick, NJ from Mayor William Neary

Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin receing key to the town of East Brunwick, NJ from Mayor William Neary


Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to increase the retirement age of madrasa employees up to 62 years. An order in this regard would be issued soon. This was stated by state minister for urban development and parliamentary affairs, Muhammad Azam Khan to a delegation of Teachers Association Madaris-e- Arabia, UP, here on 1 August.

The delegation met Azam Khan with a 21-point programme. The minister assured the delegation that the government would soon take a decision to implement 5th Pay Commission recommendations in Arabic and Persian madrasas. Besides, the government is deliberating on implementation of Shiksha Act and on payment of salaries through bank after amending the Pension GO 2000. In order to consider the 21-point programme of the delegation, the ministry has asked the secretary of state minority welfare and development department Muhammad Mustafa to convene a meeting of higher officials in August. The delegation was headed by the Association president Maulana Muhammad Idris Bastawi.

Rampur: POTA will be withdrawn from four poor Muslim youths. The POTA review committee has asked for applications from these youths who were jailed under the draconian law in August 2002. 

STF forces had arrested four very poor youths under Mayawati government. The STF had claimed to have recovered a map of Dehradun military installations from their possessions and accused them of having a telephonic conversation in Pakistan. Two of these youths were doing tailoring job while others ran a PCO. These four youths Jawed, Maqsood, Taj Muhammad and Mumtaz were never accused in any police case, nor they had any criminal link in the past. Still they were shown to have been involved in anti-national activities.

Lucknow: Talaq in one go, without any reason and with no proof won’t be acceptable to court. The High Court has directed its lower courts to implement talaq only after knowing that it was given on the parameters of Shariah. The order was issued by Justice IM Quddoosi on a petition filed by advocate Khaliq Ahmad Khan on behalf of his client Sadiqunnisa Begum of Usri Behra village, under Kamlapur police station of Sitapur. 

Arguing the case on behalf of the complainant, Khan said Sadiqunnisa was married with Wasi Khan of Shamspur village, under Manpur police station in 1999. She used to be beaten for not fulfilling dowry demands and later thrown out of home. A baby was born to Sadiqunnisa whose information was given to Wasi Khan but he did not come to see the baby. The complainant later demanded maintenance allowance in the court of judicial magistrate in Sitapur. Wasi Khan appeared before the Court and informed it that he had pronounced talaq in writing and had sent a letter through registered post. 

On 24 April 2002 the lower court decided that it was a common practice among Muslims and such talaqs are valid. Hence the court dismissed Sadiqunnisa’s petition and also rejected her demand for maintenance allowance. Sadiqunnisa approached High Court and claimed she did not know why and when she was divorced. Advocate Khaliq argued that the lower court did not deliberate whether the talaq given was according to Shariah or not. He said such talaqs are known in Shariah as talaq bid’at or mughallaza. He said it was against orders of the Quran and Sunnah and that the court should have given the complainant a chance to prove her case. 
After hearing his argument Justice Quddoosi dismissed the lower court’s judgement and directed it to issue another judgement within two months after re-deliberating the case.

Rampur: Nawab Muhammad Ali Khan, popularly known as Murad Miyan, a member of Raza Library Board made a surprise visit to Raza Library on 4 August and reviewed the conditions there. He was accompanied by daughter Princess Nikhat Abidi. After seeing the restoration of gold-studded ceiling which had earlier started falling, Miyan Murad admired the library OSD, Dr Waqarul Hasan Siddiqui. He praised the book keeping and preservation work on old manuscript in the library. Assistant librarian Dr Abu Sa’d showed the Nawab rare manuscripts after which he gave some important suggestions. He expressed satisfaction over the library management.

Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad has decided to give admission to Pakistanis and other foreign nationals at its study centres in UAE, KSA and Qatar which will be opened at the end of this year. Vice Chancellor AM Khan said that many students were sending inquiries from Pakistan about the admissions for a long time and also there has been a demand from the Gulf countries to open study centres there.

These study centres of university in the mentioned countries will provide opportunities to NRIs, Pakistani and other nationals to graduate through distance study.

Meanwhile, the Academic Council of the university that met recently, has cleared a proposal for starting campus post graduate degree courses in Mass Communication, Journalism. Business Management, English, Hindi and Urdu. The first semester of all their courses is scheduled to begin on 13 September.

It is noteworthy to mention here that India founded its first Urdu University six years ago and so far over 6,000 students have graduated in various courses through distance education. (Abubakar bin Haqqani, Hyderabad)

Sant Kabirnagar: In order to get rid of economic crisis Muslims must put their entire efforts on removing their educational backwardness, senior Congress leader and member of District Panchayat, Muhammad Ishaq Ansari said. Illiteracy is the greatest obstacle in the way of progress of any community which is prevalent among Muslims. Ansari said acquisition of knowledge of modern education and technology is essential besides religious education. Instead of paying attention to provocative speeches and slogans of some political and social organisations, Muslims should demonstrate their knowledge and skill, he said. He emphasised on self-struggling for solution of basic problems.

Mubarakpur: Even after formation of secular governments in Uttar Pradesh and at the Centre, nothing has been done to remove the slump in the world reputed Banarasi sari industry. The conditions of weavers are the same as they were before the formation of new governments which had brought smiles on the faces of weavers. They thought their conditions would be somewhat improved after five years of great difficulties. But the apathy and cold response of both the governments have further aggravated the weavers’ conditions. There has been no government arrangement for sale and purchase of the Banarasi saris while it is being demanded for many years. This has led to increase in the price of raw materials while the prices of finished products are declining which has also resulted in the decrease of sari labourers who find it difficult to feed their family even after long hours of painstaking work. 

In Mubarakpur and its outskirts alone there are more than 20000 hand-looms where saris of worth Rs 300 to 1000 are prepared. These hand-looms are the source of bread for about two lakh people who have been suffering great difficulties because of slump and closure of many of these machines. Several families are starving. Many have migrated to other places.

Aligarh: Prof. VS Rajput, former Vice Chancellor of Kamayun and Garhwal University said the actual reason for social and economic crises in the world were superstitious beliefs and lack of higher education of science and technology. He was speaking at a scientific conference on the occasion of Hiroshima Day 2004, organised by Awantibai Yadgar Sewa Samiti. He said the destruction caused by bombarding Hiroshima and Nagasaki has become part of history. The incident had shocked great scientist Einstein who wept bitterly, Prof Rajput said adding that by producing more powerful bombs the world today is trying to destroy humanity. Dr BK Verma emphasised the need for development of laser technology in the country against American star laser war so that India is included in the category of world’s safest countries.

Jaipur: The widow and other members of family of former Rajasthan state president of Congress, Abrar Ahmad, have demanded a CBI inquiry into his death. In a memorandum to the President of India and 14 senior leaders and officers, Abrar’s wife Yasmeen, his mother Zaitoon Begum and brothers Rais Ahmad, Asrar Ahmad, Anwar Ahmad, Ansar Ahmad and Humayun Kabir Khan have raised doubts into the inquiry report of road accident in which Abrar had died. The accident had taken place in Deoli, Tonk on 4 May this year.

Abrar Ahmad was sitting in the rear seat of the car when the accident took place while inquiry officer has taken wrong statement of witnesses to show him to be sitting on the front seat. The memorandum says that the driver of the car, Ramesh was absent for four hours on the day of accident and the same day Abrar’s mobile was also missing. Abrar Ahmad had gone to Bhilwara by the car of his new jewelry trade partner whose driver had also died in the accident. The demand for fresh CBI inquiry into the case indicates that there is something fishy into the matter. 

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