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In riot-free BJP rule: Muslim looks through his damaged 
shop after a communal clash in Ahmedabad 15 April 04


Kolkata: Twenty years after its closure, Urdu Department of Calcutta University relaunched its literary journal Dastawez under the editorship of Dr Shahnaz Nabi, Head of the Department. The 80-page journal is priced at Rs 35.

The journal was earlier being published by Dr Zafar Waganwi, former head of the department. The new journal has articles by Urdu professors. It also contains a long article on feminism by Dr Shahnaz Nabi in which she has written a long story of women’s exploitation. 

Hyderabad: For the last few months Muslim youths from different localities of Hyderabad are being kidnapped and harassed by unknown agencies. The case came to light when three youths disappeared suddenly. On their returning back home it was known that they had been kidnapped and taken to some unknown destinations, harassed and then let off. Their frightened looks and weak bodies bore the testimony.
Syed Mukhtar, 26, the only son of his widowed mother was picked up by some unknown people in a Tata Sumo while he was drinking tea with his friends in Santoshnagar area. Mukhtar was taken to some unknown place where he saw some other bearded Muslim youths who were also kidnapped. They were being tortured. Mukhtar returned home after five days. 

Lateef, a pan shop owner and Rasheed were also kidnapped. The kidnappers tortured them and took their photos after undressing them. 

In another such case a cyber-cafe owner in Chappal Bazaar was kidnapped at gun-point. He was let off after three days. 

Complaints have been lodged in different police stations but no action has been taken so far. Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi visited the houses of the youths and consoled them. The youths are too scared to lodge police complaints fearing another kidnap. Complaints of the kidnap cases have also been registered with the Human Rights Commission. (Abu Bakr Bin Haqqani)

Rashtra (Kolkata): Rashtra Ke Adabi Nuqush, compiled by poet and prosody writer Raza Jaunpuri was released by Prof. Abdul Mannan recently. Prof. Mannan also read a long article. Speakers called the work a valuable addition in literature. Local MLA, Ratna Nag praised the sweetness of Urdu language.

Hyderabad: The Indo-Arab League organised a public meeting here at Exhibition Ground recently (photograph below). The programme was organised to protest against US and Israeli atrocities in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan. Ulama and leaders of different political parties were invited to speak. The speakers demanded the NDA-led government to raise its voice against US cruelty in Iraq and also boycott Israel for its inhuman acts in Palestine.

Sitaram Yechuri, polit bureau member of CPM, said America is trying to occupy the oil wells of Iraq and divide the country into three parts. He also criticised the central government’s foreign policy.

S Sudhakar Reddy, the CPI secretary, said that Iran is the next target of America after destroying Afghanistan and Iraq.

Senior Congress leader Keshav Rao sympathised with Palestinian people for the atrocities of Israel. He criticised Dy PM, LK Advani’s visit to Israel. The League president and chief editor of Rahnuma-e-Deccan, Syed Waqaruddin made adverse remark on present foreign policy of India. (Abu Bakr Bin Haqqani) 

Mumbai: Mumbai High Court’s two-member bench comprising Justice S Radha Krishnan and Justice RS Mohta allowed change of applicant’s name in Ghatkopar bomb blast case of December 2002 in which Sayed Khwaja Yunus is an accused. The honorable judges allowed this change on the request of defence lawyers, Majeed Memon and advocate Parvez Memon that since the applicant, Sayed Aiyub, father of Khwaja Yunus died of heart attack on 18 April, his widow, Ayesha Aiyub wants to become the applicant in place of her late husband. These lawyers also told the honorable judges that since after her husband’s death, the widow is observing ‘Iddat’ (period following the death of husband) she cannot step out of her house nor can see or meet any unrelated person, as per Shariah laws, for at least four months. Therefore, any formality regarding filing of fresh application, signature etc can be done only after 4 months of Iddat.

The learned judges also said in their order that if she cannot come to court at Mumbai for completing court formalities, a representative of the court will be sent to her with all necessary papers for completing the formalities.

Meanwhile, additional solicitor general Suresh Gupte and government pleader, BR Patil of CID informed the court that CID and other personnel are busy on election duties at various places and therefore all necessary papers and formalities can be completed only after elections. The court then postponed the hearing of the case to 28 April.

It may be stated in this connection that the accused Khwaja Yunus who was arrested and jailed, is untraceable. His late father, Sayad Aiyub, fearing that his son probably died during interrogation and torture, had stated in his application that he might have been eliminated by police and declared missing or absconder. He had therefore demanded an inquiry in the case. It may further be stated that in this bomb blast in a bus, two persons had died and 21 were injured. Nine persons were arrested in this connection but all of them, including Yunus, were released by special POTA court in the absence of proofs. 

Hyderabad: A meeting of Anisul Ghuraba Trust was held at Hyderabad recently under the presidentship of its chairman Rahimulla Khan Niazi. Members of the Trust took part in it. Executive officer, Ashok Gaur welcomed them and presented the report of the institution. Rahimulla Khan Niazi said that the mission of this institution is to take care of orphans and poor children, provide them with educational and other facilities, and train them in different arts so as to enable them lead respectable life.

Aligarh: AMU Alumni Association Toronto, a Canda-based old boys association of Aligarh Muslim University has given scholarships to 38 boy students and 38 girl students studying in the university on merit basis. More than 950 students had applied for the scholarship but only 76 of them were granted the scholarship after a written test and interview conducted by a Selection Committee comprising senior teachers of different faculties. The organisation has been giving scholarships for the last five years.

Hyderabad: A book under the title Maulana Azad Ki Sainsi Bseerat, by Prof. Wahab Qaisar, incharge Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University who is known for his scientific write-ups is under printing process and is to be out soon. The general conception about Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad is that books have been written on all aspects of his life and services, Prof. Wahab said adding that, in his knowledge no one has written about Maulana Azad’s scientific insight. The book written about him in the above mentioned perspective is the result of one continuous year’s research, he said. He also said that he has, in this regard, benefited from Indian Council for Cultural Relations, National Library, Calcutta, Khuda Bakhsh Library, Patna and most of other old libraries of the country.  «

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