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Published in the 16-31 Oct 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition


Distinguished religious scholar and an authority on Hadiths and Islamic jurisprudence, Dr Fazlur Rehman Madni has been appointed a member of Islamic World Rabta Committee’s Fiqh Academy in place of Dr Razaullah Mubarkpuri consequent upon his death. This was announced in a press release issued by Markazi Jamaat Ahl-e Hadith-e Hind. Maulana Madni is an author of more than a dozen Arabic and Urdu books.

Annual meeting of Bazm-e Adab, literary and cultural organisation of Delhi University’s Department of Urdu was held in Delhi on 30 September in which the following new office bearers of the Bazm were elected: Khan Mohammad Firoz, President; Arif Ishtiaq and Seema Sultana, vice presidents; Akbar Yahya Khan, general secretary; Romana Farhan Baig, joint secretary and Sarfaraz Ahmad, treasurer. The Bazm also passed a resolution condoling the death of prominent Urdu progressive writer Dr Mulk Raj Anand. 

Munna Mushtaq, former cabinet minister of Bihar who recently joined Laloo Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) has been appointed state general secretary of this party by RJD president, Laloo Prasad. His appointment has been hailed by all supporters of RJD who said that his appointment to this important post shows Laloo’s confidence in Muslims. 

Rabiya Afreen, a student of Jamshedpur’s Cooperative College is one of the 22 toppers, and the sole Muslim student, of Ranchi University. She has secured 14 the position in M. Com in the whole university by dint of sheer hard work and determination.

Naseem Ashraf of AMU’s Faculty of Medicine has been elected president of Aligarh Muslim University’s Student Union, elections for which were held on 30 September. Other top office bearers of the Union elected are Juned Lodi of MIBM as vice president and Shams Shahnawaz Khan, a student of journalism in MJMC as hon. secretary. Chief election officer, Noor Mohammad announced the election results. There are 10 members of the Students Union cabinet. Elections for cabinet members were also held in which Sayyed Arshad Kamal, a blind student secured maximum number of votes. 

Former AP minister and TDP leader, Bashiruddin Babukhan joined Congress Party on 7 October. He drove at the head of a big car rally on that day from Jagjivan Ram Statue Circle to Gandhi Bhavan which houses Congress headquarters in Hyderabad. The rally was received and addressed by Mr.D.Srinivas, president A.P. Congress Committee. He had resigned from TDP government in 1998. TDP denied him assembly tickets in both 1999 and 2004.

Prominent criminal lawyer, Farid Ahmad Khan has been appointed by Union law minister H.R. Bhardwaj as Delhi High Court’s senior panel counsel on behalf of central government. A notification to this effect has also been issued by the government. Khan has been practicing law in Delhi’s Patiala House Court for the past 20 years. 

Congress High Command has appointed All India Congress Committee’s secretary Dr Shakeeluz Zaman observer and in-charge of two by-elections in Madhya Pradesh, one for Lok Sabha and one for state assembly, that will take place soon. He will plan the strategy along with other leaders of the state Congress for the success of Congress candidates. Thereafter, he has also been appointed incharge of Maharashtra state assembly elections that will be held on 13 October. 

Farah Khan, choreographer has now stepped in the field of film production and direction. After the popularity and success of her first venture, Main Hoon Naa she says that she has become more confident and will keep the taste of the viewers in mind while scripting and producing her next film, work on which will start some time in March next year. Obviously because of her preoccupation with that she wont be able to devote any time for choreography. She plans to get married to Shirish Kunder sometime by the end of this year.

Imaduddin, 17 year old son of Nasiruddin Shah recently made his first appearance on stage in his father’s three-in-one presentation at Katha College. He says that his father does not want him to become an actor, but he wants to become an actor. He started acting in plays when he was still in school. He also acted in a Polo commercial. He is now looking forward to act in Akash Khurana’s English play ‘Once There Was a Way’. He is not interested in commercial Hindi cinema. However, he will act in a non-commercial cinema, if he is offered some interesting role.

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan is prominently figured by America’s Time magazine among 20 Asian heroes below 40 years of age. SRK, as he is popularly known and who is presently on a two-month song-and-dance tour of Europe and North America, was quoted by this magazine in London, as saying ‘I get people who fall sick and think I can cure them’. Many of his films since 1995 are super hits and he is believed to have raked in quarter of a billion Dollars ie more than a thousand crore rupees. Among Time’s other Asian heroes are Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka Shankar, one Pakistani lady and one Afghanistan’s human rights activist. 

A case of cheating, forgery and non-payment of hotel bill has been registered against Akbar Khan, producer and director of film Taj Mahal, his wife Maryam and Arbaz Khan, brother of Salman Khan in Jodhpur. According to the manager of the hotel, Pukhraj Purohit these people and some other members of the film unit were staying in his hotel during the shooting of Taj Mahal film but after getting check-out clearance through dubious means, left the hotel without paying the bill which amounted to Rs 1.42 lakh.

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