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LIFT THE DIFFICULTIES ON HAJ PILGRIMS
New Delhi: Former chairman of Delhi Haj Committee and Congress leader Anis Durrani has demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, finance minister P Chidambaram and UPA president Sonia Gandhi to lift difficulties which were put on Haj pilgrims during the erstwhile BJP-led NDA government. In his message to these leaders, Durrani said payment of rent on Hajis staying in camps and depriving them of Haj subsidies were injustice to poor Hajis who gather courage for Haj only due to these facilities. Taking rent from the Hajis who stay with their relatives in Makkah and Madinah is complete highhandedness, he said. Durrani said the saving of only Rs 10 crore after bringing Haj under income tax category was ridiculous. The present government should free Haj from the problem of income tax, he said. Meanwhile Al-Haram Khadi-mul Hujjaj Committee has also demanded to with draw the earlier government’s decision regarding Hajis so that they are saved from additional expenses.

BJP has a tendency to lie: FATMI
New Delhi: RJD leader and State minister for HRD, Ashraf Ali Fatmi has said everyone knows who demolished Babri Masjid and blamed BJP leader Kalyan Singh of speaking lie before the Liberhan Commission. He said BJP has a tendency to lie in every matter, the recent being Kalyan’s “white lie” before the commission.

AP GOVERNMENT’S MINORITY BUDGET
Hyderabad: An estimated budget was presented in the AP Assembly. The details: 12.82 lakh for minorities commission, 69.37 lakh for Minority Welfare Department, 2.8 lakh for Dairatul Maarif, 36 lakh for Urdu Academy. 1.75 lakh for Makkah Masjid and Shahi Masjid and 5.59 lakh for protection and care of other Waqf properties. A budget of Rs 18.4 lakh has been earmarked for Waqf Tribunal under Waqf.

RECEPTION TO AA SAZ AND SHAMIM TARIQ
New Delhi: Dr Khalid Mahmood organised a reception in honour of litterateurs Abdul Ahad Saz and Shamim Ahmad Tariq here at Okhla. This was an interactive meeting chaired by Prof. Zubair Ahmad Farooqui, Head of the Department of Arabic, Jamia Milia Islamia. Teachers and litterateurs participated in the meeting which concluded with a poetic session. Both the guests read out some of their poems.

SHIRK IS THE GREATEST SIN
Lucknow: Anjuman Rafiqul Islam organised a public meeting on seerat and social reform here at Ambar Marriage Hall, Moazzam Nagar on 6 July. Speaking on this occasion Maulana Abdul Aleem Farooqui said shirk i.e. associating a partner with God is the greatest sin which will never be forgiven unless one repented. Mufti Muhammad Abrar Qasmi said one must correct one’s faith and one cannot be a Muslim without believing in Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

PROTEST AGAINST US ATROCITIES IN IRAQ
Varanasi/Deoband: Women under the banner of Dargah Fatimin Ajnuman Haideri for Women led a strong protest march against US atrocities in Iraq. Later, they convened a meeting and condemned US in the strongest terms. Speaking on this occasion Syeda Abbas Naqvi said it is evident that US wanted to annihilate Muslims in Iraq on the pretext of WMDs which were never found there. She condemned the US for destroying religious places. Maulana Syed Ahmad Hasan prayed for restoration of peace in Iraq. Mrs Shahin Abrar termed the atrocities as a slur on humanity. Mrs Ata Hussain asked the world community to interfere in theses violation of human rights and demanded to conduct an impartial inquiry in these cases. A resolution was also passed.
Meanwhile, more than 35 district and state organisation under the banner of Tanzim Ulama-e-Haq protested against Iraqi prisoners abuse at Deoband.

PRESERVE YOUR ASSETS BY LEARNING PERSIAN
Hyderabad: Aqa Asghar Ghurba, deputy consul general of Islamic Republic of Iran in Hyderabad laid emphasis on Indo-Iran relationships and said this relationship was very old. He was speaking at a function organised by students learning Persian at Imam Khumeni Public Library and Research Centre. He said Iran was going to give scholarships to 55 Indian students for pursuing higher studies in any university of the country. It has also announced to provide stipend, free food and accommodation and free insurance to PhD scholars of Persian language. He also spoke about Imam Khumeni’s Islamic Revolution and other social, religious and reforms initiatives. 

DEMAND TO SOLVE UNANI PROBLEMS
New Delhi: Dr Aslam Jawed, general secretary of Hakim Ajmal Khan Memorial Society in his letter to Central Health Minister, Delhi chief minister and Delhi health minister has drawn their attention to the problems of Unani medicine. He has demanded to solve the problems related to Unani medicine and also fill the vacancies in Unani colleges and institutions.

JAMAAT HOLDS MEETING ON SCHOOL DROPOUTS
Vijaywada: Worried about the increasing cases of school dropouts, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind together with some like-minded organisations started a 10-day educational awakening campaign on 16 June which also coincided with the new academic year. Emphasis was laid to bring the dropped children back to school. In a press conference, Syed Abdul Basit Anwar, amir of JIH’s AP and Orissa chapter said the percentage of school dropouts among Muslim children was 90. This is the case with Urdu medium schools. He said the reason for students giving up studies in between was wither poverty or the parents preference for their children to adopt their family occupations. JIH and its sister organisations including its women cell would visits 600 villages in the educational awakening adventure.

INTEREST-FREE LOANS FOR MINORITY STUDENTS
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh State Government has increased the amount of interest-free loans from Rs 75000 to 1.50 lakh for poor and talented students of engineering, medical and other technical courses. The scheme is being run for students belonging to minority communities for the current financial year. This was informed by Muhammad Mustafa, special secretary to the Muslim Waqf and State Minority Welfare Department. Students pursuing education in Government Medical Colleges, ITI, IIM, Engineering Colleges of Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia and Jamia Hamdard would be preferably selected for these scholarships, Mustafa said. Punitive action would be taken for any lapse on the part of officials in the official procedures to these scholarships, he said. He emphasised the need for training only in well-known and good institutions.

UGC OFFICIAL THREATENS JAMIA LECTURER
Ferozepur Jhirka: People of Mewat are angry with a senior UGC officer who allegedly intimidated a lecturer of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi during the National Eligibility Test (NET) at the university. A complaint has been written to the Human Resource Development Minister, Arjun Sigh demanding action against the guilty officer.

Riyazuddin, a senior lecturer at Jamia Millia Islamia, belonging to Mewat, was posted on NET Examination Centre 107. The exams were going on smoothly when, one hour after the exams started, a UGC officia (identified as Ved Prakash) approached Riyazuddin and asked him to permit two students he had brought with him to sit for the test. The lecturer refused to oblige, telling the UGC official that nobody could enter the examination hall after the passage of such a long a time (an hour) as per the rules. This made the official angry and he allegedly intimidated Riyazuddin, telling him to be ready to bear the consequences. The test had started at 9:30 and one could enter the examination hall up to 9:50 as per the rules. The UGC official had reached the place at 10:30, i.e. 40 minutes after the permisible time. 

In his complaint to the HRD minister, Riyaz’s father, Rasheed Ahmad, has demanded protection of his son’s life and action against the guilty officer. Secretary of Mewat Development Society, Asmat Khan, Haryana Vikas Party leader Ahmad Khan, District Councilor Nooruddin, his deputy Karam Ilahi and others have condemned this act and demanded protection of the lecturer.
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