Centenary celebrations of FEA
Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University celebrated the completion of hundred years of its Female Education Association (FEA) on November 30. The function was inaugurated by the former union cabinet minister Mohsina Kidwai. She paid rich tributes to the founder of the association Sheikh Abdullah and stressed the need of women’s empowerment through education.
Jamia Millia Islamia vice chancellor, Prof. Musheerul Hasan also addressed the function and highlighted the historic movement of Muslims from orthodoxy to modernism. He compared Skeikh Abdullah with Sir Syyed Ahmad Khan, the founder of the AMU. He emphasized that female education among Muslims should be on the top of the agenda. Salman Haider, former foreign secretary and members of Abdullah clan also attended the function.
HAJ FLIGHTS TO START FROM 13 DEC ONWARDS
New Delhi: Haj flights from New Delhi, Calicut, Ahmadabad, Chennai, Hyderabad and Srinagar will start from 13 December’ 04. Haj Committee of India will arrange a total of 276 Haj flights from 15 airports of India. Last flights will be on 15 January 2005 from Delhi, Aurangabad and Mumbai. All flights will be through the national carriers of India and Saudi Arabia i.e. Air India and Saudi Airlines. This year the central government has increased the quota of Haj pilgrims from 72,000 to 82,000. In addition to this number private tour operators will also arrange the transportation of several thousand prospective Hajis.
AIMPLB CONFERENCE POSTPONED
Phulwari Sharief: All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s 18th Conference which was scheduled to be held in Calicut on 24, 25 and 26 December this year has now been postponed because of certain unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances. Dates of the next conference will be announced later. Information to this effect was given by Maulana Sayed Nizamuddin, general secretary of the Board.
RAMPUR’S RAZA LIBRARY
Rampur: Afghanistan’s ambassador to India, Masood Khalil along with his wife visited Rampur’s Raza Library and was impressed to see the old and rare manuscripts which were safely preserved. Masood Khalil, who obtained his Master’s Degree from Delhi’s Kirori Mal College, said that the cultural treasures preserved here are unique in the world. He told Dr Waqarul Hasan Siddiqui, OSD of the Library that if he ever visits Afghanistan, he will find India every where. He was deeply touched and impressed when he was shown the manuscript of a book written by an Afghani religious divine. He wrote in the Library’s visitors register that after seeing the rare objects in the Library he felt as if he has entered the paradise.
NAYAB ABBASI COLLEGE SECOND TIME CHAMPION
Amroha: M.J.P. Roohelkhand University’s 30th atheletic meet, organised under the auspices of Hindu College, Moradabad was held at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Railway Stadium at Moradabad on 28 November in which sports teams of approximately 3 dozen colleges took part. In this tournament Amroha’s Nayab Abbasi Girls Degree College won the girls championship consecutively for the second time by securing a total of 55 marks. Girls who brought fame to this college were Om Kari Goojar, Manjeet Kaur, Hena Abbas, Meenakshi etc in races, long jump and triple jump, discus throw, javelin throw etc. President of the College, Mohd Nafees Abbasi, while congratulating the winners and coaches said that sports students would be provided free hostel accommodation, meals, dress, shoes, pocket expenses and other facilities.
KIRTAN AT DPCC’s MINORITIES CELL OFFICE
New Delhi: A ‘Kirtan Darbar’ to celebrate Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary and completion of 400 years of Guru Garanth Saheb was held in Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s minorities department office on 29 November under the chairmanship of Mohammad Jahangir, president of DPCC‘s minorities department. Among those who attended the function were DPCC president Ram Babu Sharma, Rashid Alvi, MP, Prahlad Singh Chandhok, Harcharan Singh Josh, Raj Kumar Kohli, Mrs Dolly Swamy, Abhijeet Singh Gulati and others.
GHALIB AND KABEER POETS OF NATIONAL UNITY
Aligarh: AMU‘s department of Urdu organised a seminar on ‘Kabeer and Ghalib’ on 23 November. Speaking on this occasion, noted Hindi poet, critic and thinker Ashok Vajpayee said that Ghalib and Kabeer were representative poets of national unity and harmony who propagated the message of humanism through the medium of their poetry. He said that even after such a long time both these poets have their unique importance and their poetry is alive today also. Whereas Kabeer in his poetry has criticised and made fun of hypocrisy, Ghalib through his poetry has proved that even despair can motivate a poet to produce master pieces of literature and poetry. Both were great poets of nineteenth century, he said. Introducing Ashok Vajpayee, head of the Urdu Department in AMU, Prof Qazi Afzal said that he is a great poet who has deep knowledge of Indian literature and has written books on both Ghalib and Kabeer. The credit for setting up cultural centres in northern India as well as the famous Bharat Bhawan in Bhopal goes to him, he further said.
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