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HAKIM SHAMSUL AFAQ, assistant advisor (Unani medicine) has been promoted to deputy advisor by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The All India Unani Tibbi Congress has welcomed the government’s decision. Dr AU Azmi, president of the Unani Tibbi Congress commended Dr Afaq’s services to the cause of Uananipathy for the last two decades.

PROF SK JABEEN, the only Muslim woman member of Bihar and Jharkhand chapter of the All India Congress Committee was nominated general secretary of Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Senior Congress leaders have welcomed the decision. Prof Jabeen was made president of Sahsaram Women’s Cell of Congress for the first time in 1985. Later, she held different posts.

PROF MUHAMMAD SHAFI, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Geography, Aligarh Muslim University was appointed Fellow of Indian geographers’ organisation on the occasion of silver jubilee celebrations in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Prof Shafi delivered Moonis Raza Memorial Lecture on environmental conservation in Indian agriculture and elimination of poverty which was lauded by participants.

A good human being, an obedient son, a great brother, a beloved husband and above all, DILIP KUMAR is a very good friend. In his book Dilip Kumar: Star Legend of Indian Cinema – The Definitive Biography, published by Harper Collins, film writer Bunny Robin notes down. Going down the memory lane, Robin tries to find out how a reticent and hesitant young man becomes thespian with his talent, determination and steadfastness. Dilip Kumar is an eight times winner of Film Fare Award for his acting. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan (1991) and Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1995) besides Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award of Pakistan. Robin gives first-hand accounts and knows the tragedy king closely. This 489 page biography contains interviews of 50 people who have known the Bollywood legend closely.

HAFIZ SALIMUDDIN, a former Delhi Municipal Councillor left BJP and joined Janata Dal (Secular) recently. A meeting was organised on this occasion. The party state president Shoaib Iqbal congratulated Salimuddin for joining the party.

Jamia Millia Islamia conferred PhD in history on MUHAMMAD HIFZUR RAHMAN SIDDIQUI. Siddiqui completed his thesis ‘Architecture of Dargahs of Sufis in Medieval Delhi’ under the supervision on Prof. Azizuddin Hussain.

FAIZI AZIZ HASHMI, director of Publicity Department, Government of Delhi was given additional charge as Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Waqf Board by Lieutenant Governor Vijay Kapoor. Hashmi has taken over the charge. He succeeds Qazi Azhar Ahmad whose term ended on December 17, 2003. Hashmi worked as chief administrator of Punjab Waqf Board from 1992 to 1996 and he has been working as director of the publicity department of Delhi government for one and half years. As waqf properties are given on low rents and many of them are illegally occupied, Hashmi said he would try to remove encroachments and increase the rents. The Board draws a monthly rent of 1 lakh and 66 thousand rupees whereas its monthly expenditure crosses 6 lakhs. However, the Board gets grants from time to time from Delhi government but that does not fulfill the requirements. The pensions given to widows have not been distributed for the last eight months due to paucity of funds. Salaries of imams have also not been paid for two months. Delhi Waqf Employees Association is happy with Hashmi’s appointment and hopes his leadership will bring about progressive changes. Hope he does!

MY KHAN, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Bank was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the prestigious Burkers University, London for exhibiting resounding success in banking. After a stringent selection procedure, the honorary doctorate committee of the university unanimously acknowledged the achievements of Khan in banking sector and selected him for the degree. A state approved open and distance university, Burkers University accords the honour to a limited number of exceptional candidates worldwide after asserting their achievements in their areas of endeavour.

Nasim Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University has appointed PROF MUZAFFAR A SIDDIQUI as Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) for a three-year term, while PROF MM ADNAN RAZA has been appointed Head of the Department of English. He succeeds Prof Farhatullah Khan whose term has ended.

Mention kabab, and your mouth gets watered. A peculiar nawabs’ especial, kabab is still popular in the subcontinent. But the former Awadh region which falls in India’s Uttar Pradesh is best known for its variety of culinary tastes. AZRA KHAN of Sambhal in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh has got the recipe from her parents. She has a little eatery but as quality counts, there is a great demand for her spicy kababs which are different from those of Lucknow’s Tunde kabab. As she has been spotted by food-loving Jiggs Karla, she hopes to open her new shop in Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar. Good time for Delhiites.

Amrawati University has conferred PhD in Urdu literature on NAZIR AHMAD QURESHI, a teacher at Qalandaria High School and Junior College. Qureshi completed his thesis “Services of Darul Musannifeen, Azamgarh in Evaluation of Urdu Prose” under the supervision of Dr Yahya Nashit.

Fingers thrilling on tabla and ‘Wah Taj’ on tongue. Recall. It is ZAKIR HUSSAIN, son of the celebrated tabla exponent Allah Rakha. He is a tabla wizard, music composer, filmmaker, actor and one of the few Indian classical musicians with star status. To him, music is a way to God. Founder of the band Shakti, he counters fears that fusion spells an end to the purity of classical Indian music. He says that fusion is just a process. Fusion music makes one aware of cultures all around. And there is no danger of dying Indian classicals that crores of teenagers musicians practice eight hours a day. And traditional music is no danger due to recent trend of remix, electronic and quick-fix, he says. Music is power. Music affects the five elements of our planet. Raga Deepak can light up oil lamps without fire and raga Malhar can cause rain, he says in reference to Tansen.

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