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Indian Muslim carrying his polio-stricken son in rally 
on World Disabled Day at Kolkata on 3 December


Meeruth: After a surprise visit to Chaudhari Charan Singh University‘s Institute of Journalism, Mass Communication and Multi-media Centre, Vice Chancellor Dr Ram Pal Singh while addressing the students said that he wants to make this Institute at par with Jamia Millia Islamia‘s Masscom Department. With this aim, he announced in the first instance a grant of Rs ten lakh for the promotion of mass communication media. New coordinator of this course, Dr Aslam Jamshedpuri assured the masscom students to remove the difficulties faced by them in pursuing this course.

Bahraich: A 3 - member fact finding mission of American Embassy in New Delhi consisting of Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Robert C. Smith, Executive officer K.S. Hannan and Country Exchange adviser, I.P. Das undertook secret visits to Indian madrasas to find out if education in jehad and militancy is imparted in these madrasas. The delegation visited several large and small madrasas at random in different parts of the country, including the Indo - Nepal border areas where many madrasas are located, without disclosing its motive. The delegation met state president of Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind, Maulana Hayatulla Kazmi and also visited Madrasa Noorul Uloom in Bahraich where it sought to see and find out every thing ie problems related to jehad and militancy minutely which is a cause of concern and worry to USA. After meeting students and teachers of this madrasa and probing every thing, all the three members expressed their views separately in the visitors’ book and praised its working and education which is purely Islam-oriented. It also gave a clean chit to all other madrasas in the country and invited Maulana Hayatulla Kazmi to visit USA.

New Delhi: Vice chairman of National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Dr M.S. Usmani has requested UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to take immediate and effective steps to control the communal activities in different parts of UP. According to a press release issued by the Commission, Dr Usmani said in a letter to Mulayam Singh that in many districts of UP. specially Gorakhpur, Basti, Deoria, Siddarth Nagar etc activities of communal forces against Muslims are continuously increasing which can become explosive any time.

New Delhi: National Minorities Commission recently convened a special meeting in which about two dozen legal experts, judges, administrators and representatives of five important minorities institutions were invited. They advised the central government to enact a central law to control and put a stop to communal riots and violence in the country. They suggested that if communal riots break out anywhere and not stopped within 24 hours, immediate action should be taken against district collector and police chief, and FIRs by the affected persons must be registered in local police stations. If riots are not controlled within 24 hours, army should be deployed in the riot affected areas. On the other hand, government should provide for an insurance budget for providing financial assistance to riot-hit people and also consider the possibility of imposing collective fines and punishments on the perpetrators of crime. 

Azamgarh: Social worker and former MP, Shabana Azmi said in Mijwan, her ancestral home town in Azamgarh district that government is trying to spread education through its scheme ‘Education for all’ but this scheme is defective and that is why there is no end to the problem of illiteracy. Therefore, this scheme needs to be changed in order to improve it and make it effective. She was speaking at a function in Kanya Madhyamic School where she also distributed bicycles to one dozen girl students under a government scheme. She also criticised central and state governments’ half hearted measures in providing primary and junior education in the country. Earlier, speaking at Jaunpur she accused a section of the country’s population who, under a conspiracy after Independence, limited the scope of Urdu by declaring it the language of Muslims only whereas in fact it is the dominant language in northern India, she said. 

Parcham Party clebrates Nov. 9 as the Urdu day
Aligarh: The Parcham Party of India celebrated the completion of 100 years of the song "Sare Jahan Se Achcha Hindustan Hamara" on the 128th birth anniversary of the writer of the song Dr Mohammad Iqbal on November 9 here. The party had given a call to Urdu lovers to observe Dr Iqbal's birth anniversary as the Urdu day. 

A commemoratives meeting was organised in the vicinity of Aligarh Muslim University campus in which poets, academicians, intellectuals and prominent social and political personalities attended the meeting. The participants raised their concern to the sad plight of the Urdu language. They said that the Urdu which was lingua franca during Indian freedom struggle was not given a proper position after independence by any government in the last 57 years. Urdu was deliberately penalised by the governments because of communal bias, ignoring the services rendered to Urdu by Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. It is regarded as an alien language as if having no roots in the country. 

A the end of the meeting a resolution was passed in which the participants pledged to promote Urdu.  

seminar on Maulana Shibli Nu'mani
Azamgarh: A two day international seminar was organised on the life and works of Maulana Shibli Nu’mani by Darul Musannif in Azamgarh on November 28-29. The seminar was attended by several distinguished speakers. The Aligarh Muslim University was represented by Prof. Abdul Ali, Prof. Mohd. Yasin Mazhar Siddiqui and Dr Zafarul Islam from the Department of Islamic Studies and Dr Abu Sufyan Islahi from the Department of Arabic. 

Prof. Abdul Ali, chairman, Department of Islamic Studies, said in his paper titled "Maulana Shibli's Critique of Orientalist: An appraisal" presented at the seminar that the Maulana's masterpiece Sirat al-Nabi was the greatest historiography ever produced by the Muslim world after Ibne Khaldun.

Prof. MYM Siddiqui in his paper highlighted the maulana's deep knowledge of Islamic theology with special reference to the Quran, Hadith and Fiqh. 

Dr Zafarul Islam in his paper delved deep into the maulana's works on the rights of the non-Muslims in Islam and pointed out the great relevance of the peerless Islamic provisions in the modern times. He also presented a paper on the personality of Maulana Shibli.

Dr Abu Sufyan Islahi in his paper presented the critical appreciation of the maulana's contribution in the field of Arabic language and literature.

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