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From Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore to Dr Amartya Sen, Begal has produced great talents. SYED MUSTAFA SIRAZ is one of them. He is known for his detective stories Cornel. Kids enjoy the series. Born in Khosbashpur village in Murshidabad district, Mustafa Siraz started sending poems and short stories to different publications during his college days. He could have been a poet but turned to be a novel writer. Marriage proved a boon for him. His wife too had a literary bent. Both husband and wife would sit beside each other reciting pieces of Jibananda Das. His shift to Kolkata was followed by Gananatya Andolan. He remembers how he was commissioned to write an anti-Muslim piece. But he did not do that. Today Mustafa Siraz is a famous name in Bengali literature for children. He is the recipient of Sahitya Academy award for Alik Manush.
DR MUSHTAQ AHMAD, poet, litterateur and a teacher at the Department of Urdu, Millat College, Darbhanga, Bihar has been appointed the first director of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Chair of Lalit Narain Mithla University, Darbhanga. The Chair, established in 1996 had so far no director.

ASAD FAISAL FAROOQUI, a BUMS 3rd year student of Ajmal Khan Tibbia College, Aligarh Muslim University has been nominated life member of Indian Science Writers’ Association (ISWA). A professional body of science writers, journalists and communicators, ISWA has among its members Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India, Dr R Chidambaram, scientific advisor to the Government of India. A regular science writer in Urdu, Farooqui has also been appointed joint editor of the forthcoming annual college magazine, Ain-e-Tib. Presently, he is working as editor of a trimonthly Newsletter of Science Aur Kainat Society of India, an NGO working for science and health awareness in rural areas.

At a meeting of Zone 27 District Central Department of Education, Government of Delhi held at Jain Boys Secondary School, Daryaganj, New Delhi, vice principal of Mazharul Islam Secondary School, MUSHTAQ BEIG was unanimously appointed convenor of Delhi School Sports and Activities Board for the third consecutive term. The decision has been taken considering the past performance and better management abilities of Beig. All the principals and Zone members have welcomed Beig’s appointment. Total number of the schools under Zone 27 is 7, most of whom are within the walled city.

AYAZ AMIR, the Dawn columnist was on a visit to Hyderabad on the invitation of Anwarul Uloom Degree College to attend its centenary celebrations. United Minority Front invited the celebrated India-born Pakistani columnist to speak on bilateral relations of India and Pakistan at Madina Education Centre. He expressed happiness over the development of friendly terms between the two countries for sometime in the past. He suggested that leaders on both sides should be more lenient. He said the problem of Kashmir has become very complicated and will take long time for solution. He lamented the failure of Agra summit and asked Indian and Pakistani leaders to forget past controversies and strengthen relationships for future development of the two countries. (Abu Bakr Bin Haqqani/Hyderabad)

Abu Barkat Ataul or simply ABA GHANI KHAN CHOWDHURY as he is known in political circles, holds a unique record of being the youngest graduate in the world. But this could be an unofficial claim. So far, the record of the youngest graduate is held by Michael Kearney whom the Guinness Book of World Records notes to have graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College, California at the age of 10. But a thorough investigation could put Kearney into risk zone of record-break. The nomination papers submitted on 21 April show Chowdhury’s date of birth in 1935 who graduated from Behrampore’s KN College in 1944 which makes him the youngest graduate of the world at the age of 9. However, to the relief of Kearny Chowdhury has not made any comment though the Congress supporters are red-faced by the news. On the other hand, the National Informatics Centre records Chowdhury’s birth on 1 November 1927 which makes him 77 and not 69 which the affidavit, supposed to be drawn up by Masudur Rehman, co-president of Malda district Congress, shows. Prudence says that the Informatics website information may be fed by the seven-time MP himself. God knows better.

ANJUM USMANI, a prominent figure of electronic media and Urdu literature was recently appointed honorary electronic media advisor of Delhi Urdu Academy by vice-chairman M Afzal at the instance of Delhi chief minister and the Academy chairman Shiela Dikshit. Usmani’s appointment has been made to popularise the programmes of the Academy. Better programmes would be plotted and filmed for public interest and they would be shown on TV channels.

SABREENA NAZIR, a student of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Kothibagh, Srinagar secured 2nd position in creative writing while MALIK SAJAD, cartoonist of Greater Kashmir, an English daily published from Srinagar secured 3rd position in painting at a national level competition of painting and creative writing held at National Bal Bhavan, Delhi recently. 

Police officer and senior poet SHUJAUDDIN SAJID has left Bharatiya Janata Party. Ideological differences are said to be the reason for his resignation. In a brief statement Shujauddin said whatever happened in Gujarat and the way the BJP leadership has been fielding Narendra Modi for election campaigns in Uttar Pradesh show that the party’s intentions are wrong. «

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