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MAULANA AZAD’S ‘TARJUMAN’ BEING ABRIDGED
New Delhi: Work on abridgement of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s masterpiece Tarjumanul Quran is going to be started soon. This was informed by Aziz Ahmad, director of Maktaba Ishaat-e-Quran. Maualana Abu Masud Azhar Nadwi, a noted scholar, author and translator will abridge the voluminous work. The abridged version will be later transformed in Hindi and other languages.

‘EVERY RELIGION IS BASED ON TRUTH’
New Delhi: Speaking at rainbow camp organised by Al-Noor Women’s Welfare Organisation here at Hamdard Public School, Hashim Qureshi stressed the need for communal harmony and amicable atmosphere.

While referring to religious scriptures Hashmi said every religion is based on truth. Quoting some historical instances of Hindu-Muslim amity, he advised students to spread the message of love. A question and answer session was held under the supervision of Halima Sadia. Students participated in ‘spot the talent’ programme.

FILM ON SIR SYED 
Aligarh: Organised by Film Club of General Education Centre, Aligarh Muslim University, a workshop was recently held on film production. Dr Wajahat Karim, producer and director of Soch, shed light on film production. Selection of theme is the primary condition of film production before deciding budget and star cast, Dr Wajahat said. The special guest, Dr Wajahat said it was his interest in film production which had inspired him to produce Soch. 

Dr Wajahat now intends to make a feature film on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan with Dilip Kumar to play his role. He said that he would try to make films on prominent Muslim personalities so that people could know about their works and contributions. GEC coordinator, Dr Asif H Rizvi and the Film Club president, Dr SF Sherwani also spoke on this occasion.

BANK TO ACCEPT URDU CHEQUES
Allahabad: The Reserve Bank of India has directed the Bank of India to accept cheques in Urdu and other regional languages, appoint Urdu translators and submit a compliance report to RBI.

The RBI, after receiving an application from Uttar Pradesh Urdu Development Organisation (UPUDO), issued an order to the chairman of the Bank of India stating that cheque forms would be published in Hindi and English but people have freedom to fill them either in English, Hindi, Urdu or any regional language. 
Banks should appoint employees for checking and other formalities of the forms, the order said. The UPUDO has welcomed the decision which besides the Bank of India will be applicable to all other banks. 

AZMI IN TEARS AT THE LAUNCH OF ‘TUMHARE NAAM’
New Delhi: Tere Naam of actor Salman Khan moved many young hearts. But this time it was not a movie. Tumhare Naam, a collection of letters of Safia Akhtar to her husband, poet Janisar Akhtar moved actress Shabana Azmi. The former MP, Azmi released the book here at Ghalib Institute on January 2. Lyricist Javed Akhtar, Salman Akhtar, sons of late Janisar Akhtar and Safia Akhtar, her sister Hamida Saleem were present on the occasion.

To say something about one’s parent is neither easy nor proper, Salman Akhtar said. This collection of letters is a story of a secular-minded married woman of the first half of 20th century, he said. There is Indian culture, politics and much more in it. It is a fine piece of Urdu prose, he said.

Shabana Azmi first read out a letter which the authoress had written to her husband in 1943. But while reading out Safia’s last letter written to Janisar Akhtar on December 29, 1952, 19 days after which she died, Azmi could not control her emotions and tears shone behind the spectacles she wore. As her throat choked at the nostalgic feeling of her mother-in-law, she could not, even if she wished, read further. Noted story writer Metreyi Pushpa and poetess Anamika also spoke on this occasion.

DISTRICT STATUS DEMANDED FOR MEWAT
New Delhi: Mufti Muhammad Mukarram, Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi has demanded that Mewat in Haryana be made a separate district. Mukarram says that this Muslim majority region has always been neglected by State and Central Governments.

SENIOR POLICE OFFICER VISITS DARUL ULOOM
Deoband: Sunil Kumar Gupta, Senior Superintendent of Police paid a visit to Darul Uloom Deoband recently. With representatives of Intelligence Bureau and a police posse, SSP Gupta, along with his wife visited Masjid Rasheed and the old library of Darul Uloom Deoband. He saw old manuscripts and spoke about similarities of Urdu, Arabic and Persian. He also inquired about the syllabus and teaching methodology of the seminary. Gupta later met Qari Muhammad Usman Mansurpuri and Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, both senior teachers and administrators of Darul Uloom.

SOCIETY DEMANDS PAYMENT OF WAQF EMPLOYEES
Lucknow: As there is restlessness among Waqf Board employees, Siddiqia Students Society has demanded the Uttar Pradesh Auqaf Minister, Shakir Ali to find solution to waqf employees’ problems. The Society has demanded early payment of salaries of the employees. Members of the Society, Muhammad Anas Maruf, Muhammad Jawed Abbas and Muhammad Farooq have also appealed chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to pay attention to the problem and issue orders to this effect.

MINORITY P.S. INCHARGE AFTER A LONG TIME
Partapgarh: After continued efforts of Zainul Hasan advocate, general secretary of Samajwadi Party and in charge of minority welfare affairs, a minority officer has been given charge of a Police Station here. Advocate Hasan said a new law by the Centre has created problems for Haj pilgrims. He termed it as an interference in personal affairs of Muslims. He demanded the Central Government to withdraw the law and restore all facilities for Haj pilgrims.

INTERNATIONAL URDU CONFERENCE IN APRIL
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Urdu Akademi will convene an international Urdu conference in Hyderbad in April. This was informed by the Akademi president, Ibrahim bin Abdullah Masqati. According to a recent survey Urdu is the second most widely spoken language of the world, Masqati said. Urdu-knowing people are found everywhere in the world, especially in Britain, America and Saudi Arabia. There is a large number of Urdu-speaking people in Gulf countries, he said. There are Urdu scholars in Japan also.

Zahid Ali Khan, chief editor of Siyasat, while addressing a meeting of intellectuals, litterateurs, poets, scholars and journalists on January 30, 2003, had proposed the AP Urdu Akademi to hold an international seminar in Hyderabad. Besides Indian scholars, 400 foreign scholars from eight different countries will participate in the seminar, Masqati said. Prior to his being appointed president of the Akademi, the award amount given to poets and litterateurs was Rs 5000 each which has been increased to Rs 25000, he said. Six people will be given awards this year.

COLONY NAMED AFTER ALI MIYAN
Rae Bareli: A colony being developed here at Ahiyapur has been named after Maulana Ali Miyan Nadwi, a noted Islamic scholar who died on December 31, 2000. The decision was taken by the Rae Bareli Development Authority. There will be 400 plots for construction of houses in this colony. Earlier, Municipal Corporation had named a chowk (crossroads) after Ali Miyan. 

VOTERS LISTS IN URDU
Lucknow: Voters lists in Urdu will be prepared in 130 legislative assembly constituencies of 32 districts of Uttar Pradesh for the first time. Urdu applications will also be accepted for modification of voters lists in these constituencies. This was informed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Election officer, Vijay Sharma. About publishing voters lists in Urdu, Sharma said this is being done in constituencies where 20 percent or more people speak the language other than Hindi.

‘GHALIB PREVAILED ON CONTEMPORARY POETS’
New Delhi: Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib was a poet of greater stature than his contemporary Western poets, noted journalist and intellectual Vishnu Khare observed. He was speaking at a function organised on the occasion of 206th birth anniversary celebrations of Ghalib here at Ghalib Academy.

Ghalib was even greater than Goethe, Baudlaire, Baker, Pushkin, etc., Khare said. He has left his impressions even on Hindi poetry. Ghalib is not known only for romantic poetry, but there is a lot more. He was a modern poet of his time and there is a high standard of classics in his poetry. Eliot repeated what Ghalib had said one and a half century ago. Ghalib is the first poet to acknowledge his weakness which is a sign of modernism, Khare said. There is a sense of self and its artistic expression in his poetry. There were no tensions and contradictions in the West which make poetry great, Vishnu said. He added that Ghalib’s poetry is so informal that he appears to be talking to his readers. He was liberated from the shackles of time. 

We can read Ghalib’s poetry on seeing the face of Saddam Hussein and read it out to George Bush, Khare concluded. Speakers included Prof. Harish Trivedi, Prof. Shamim Hanafi, Khwaja Hasan Sani Nizami and others. 
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