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Newsmakers:

Prof. Muhammad IqbalProf. Muhammad Iqbal, head of the Department of Botany at Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi has been elected as the Vice-President of Indian Botanical Society. The society, having about 1500 botanists from all over the country as its members, has been promoting the cause of botanical research and publication in the country since 1920. Earlier, Prof. Iqbal was on the executive council of the IBS.

MAhmood Alam, a student of Aligarh Muslim University has secured first position in Bihar Civil Services Examination-2004.

Actor and anchor FAROOQUE SHEIKH is the best anchor on television today. His personal agenda or an interview, notice, what he really is. An ambivert, he enjoys with his family on a holiday trip and is really happy seeing the snow. He would love to have twenty more children in addition to his two daughters, Shayesta and Sanaa. The man not dogging hallucination, is a realist one. His current state of mind is always searching content. As an idealist, he dislikes hypocrisy. Therefore, he likes Medha Patekar because, she is full of action. She does what she says and he finds realism in her ideal. Some aesthetic and some mystic,-he likes good looks, someone with a lot of honesty, intelligence and goodness. And his wish to God is-better understanding and harmony in the world.

NISHAT SIDDIQUI was made president of Dastak Adabi Forum, formed recently at Urdu department of Benaras Hindu University. ASHFAQ ALAM and MASROOR AHMAD were appointed vice-president and general secretary respectively. Dr Nasim Ahmad, a teacher Urdu department hailed the department’s literary services.

ZAFEER AHMAD, a class XII student of Delhi’s New Horizon School stood first in Urdu in All India Secondary Board Urdu examinations. AZIMA AMBARIN, a class X Student of the same school won 3rd position in India. Urdu Academy has awarded both students.

ABDUL AZEEM assistant commissioner of police, Bangalore city crime branch has surprised the people by resigning from the detective agency only to join the murky world of politics. The news is making round that the former civil aviation minister CM Ibrahim is the man behind Azeem’s decision. According to an Urdu journalist Ibrahim is planning to challenge the leadership of former railway minister CK Jaffer Shariff whom Karnataka Muslims consider the greatest Muslim leader of the state. The ace detective, Azeem is known for his tireless investigative skills. Calling his decision as “conscious” Azeem said he had an invitation from a national party. Just wait and see which way the wind blows.

IQBAL KHANOne hardly comes across a Kashimiri face in Bollywood. Shining IQBAL KHAN, 23, a Kashmiri, enthusiastic enough to the world of aesthetics and a student of Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, preferred to travel to Switzerland for shooting a music video film than to complete a degree in English (Hons). Model turned actor Iqbal inaugurated Suburbia at Gurgaon (Haryana). And currently shooting for Hasratein and Raju Mawani’s Ek Datak. Now, Iqbal is looking forward to Bullet on Target in association with Hollywood crew and technicians. The film is a spy thriller. His first release Fun 2shh... is not clicking well with the audience. aghast to media and renew, he comments that reviews carry a lot of weight. They can make or break a person. So the media should be careful about what is written. And finally, they must understand that cinema is really a director’s medium, he says.

SHIFA SHAIKH, president of District Women’s Congress, East Singhhoom, Jharkhand has been appointed state chairperson of Women’s National Ekta Samiti. This information was given by the Samiti chairman, Abdul Kalam Ansari. The Samiti for many years has been working for social, political and communal harmony on national level. Shifa’s appointment has been welcomed.

MUHAMMAD JAHANGIR, president of East Delhi Youth Welfare Society was appointed chairman of the minority department of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. This information was given by AICC secretary of Minorities Department, Harcharan Singh Josh. Jahangir has been associated with the Congress for a long time.

NASRIN BANO was recently appointed deputy chairperson of District Congress Panchayati Raj Samiti of the East Singhbhoom district of Jharkhand by State Women’s Congress president Mrs Pritibha Pandey. Bano’s appointment has been welcomed by Congress representatives.

NIDA SHAFIQNIDA SHAFIQ, a class 12 student of Mallinson Higher Secondary School, Srinagar topped the merit list in Sciences with 91 percent marks. She secured 546 marks. The results were announced by the State Board of School Education on 20 February.

The University of Delhi conferred PhD on SHAMIM AHMAD on his thesis “Fikr-e-Iqbal Ka Tanqidi Mutalaa” (A critical study of Iqbal’s thoughts-with reference to his prose). Shamim completed his thesis under the guidance of Prof. Abdul Haq.

MUHAMMAD ASIF and ABDUR RAHMAN duo of Bazm-e-Adab won the four-day Carom Championship little organised by the United Club M2 PSB, Kadma, Jamshedpur. They won the trophy and a cash prize of Rs 2500.

Chhattisgarh Government has treminated the membership of Congress leader and former minister BADRUDDIN QURESHI from State Haj Committee. An order issued by the government said that Qureshi was given membership of the Haj Committee as a Muslim MLA. It further said that his membership was terminated because he was no longer a member of the state Assembly.

BR Ambedkar Bihar University conferred PhD on ABUL KALAM CHAND on his thesis “Hosh Azimabadi Ki Shairi” which was completed under the supervision of Prof. Abdul Wase.

Delhi University conferred PhD on HINA KAUSAR on her thesis “Sharh Qasaide-Sauda wa Zauq” which she completed under the guidance of Prof. Atiqullah Tabish.

MUZAFFAR ALIThe mystic Persian poet Rumi died seven centuries ago but he is still a living legend for artist and filmmaker MUZAFFAR ALI. An exhibition of Ali’s paintings at Delhi’s Appararao Galleries with the theme “Let the spirit fly” would prove the point. Each of these three-dimensional enticing painting carried a couplet as captions by the great poet himself. Ali is attracted by poets like Khusro and Rumi because they write about the hidden voice of nature. He says. “I connect my paintings with the soil first and then with the greater force we sometimes refer to as God.”

Controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen had a gendre clash when she was confronted with Kolkata-based social activist ATIYA MUSHTAQ on the occasion of an invitation in Hotel Taj Bengal. On seeing Taslima, Atiya was filled with anger and she said “I do not want to see your cursed face.” If I had a soot I could have blackened your face.” But it made no difference to Taslima who wore a sly smile and was surrounded by her admirers. However, Atiya’s remarks won her applauds.

Senior Urdu journalist and treasurer of All India Urdu Editors Conference MAUDUD SIDDIQUI was nominated member of Press Acreditaion Committee, Delhi Government. The list among others also includes NUSRAT ZAHEER of Urdu daily Qaumi Awaz. Associated with Urdu journalism for about 40 years, Siddiqui presently works with Urdu weekly Akhbar-e-Nav.

IRFAN KHANAs a good patangbaaz in childhood IRFAN KHAN seems flying high in infinity in Bollywood. Mother wanted Irfan to go for a white-collar job. But young Irfan joined National School of Drama. Later, to cinema. After Maqbool, he is ready for Telgi to be directed by Pooja Bhatt. Alvida, a film made for BBC, was a turning point in his success story. Those days Asif Kapadia, a UK-based filmmaker was looking for an Indian actor to play the lead in The Warrior. His role in the film was so amazing, Asif compared him to Sean Pen. Irfan bagged prestigious award BAFTA for his role in the film. A BBC film reviewer wrote -- Irfan Khan, a little-known Indian theatre actor, has the screen presence that could carry the leanest of stories. Haasil placed him high in Bollywood in 2003. His films in the year 2004 are Dubai Returned, Killing of a Blue Filmmaker and Chetna. Expected new star of Bollywood, Irfan wishes rather to be an actor.
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