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An Urdu anthem for an English medium school looks somewhat strange but this is what Javed AkhtaR, poet and film song writer is doing for a Delhi School when approached by the school management. Javed says that he agreed to write the anthem because in this English-medium school, Urdu is a compulsory subject and also because this is the language he loves and writes in. Others associated with this anthem are music director Raju Singh and singer Madhushri, who will sing this anthem. Madhushri said that she had to take Urdu lessons in order to improve her pronunciations. 

Farid Ali, a student of MA (Sociology) in Jamia Millia Islamia’s Faculty of Social Sciences won a bronze medal by securing third position in All India Inter-University Shooting Competition held in Poona University in which approximately 40 universities of the country took part. 

Bashir Badr’s name needs no introduction in the world of poetry. Mir Taqi Mir wrote a total of about 19000 couplets and Ghalib wrote 1600 odd couplets but of those, Mir’s 70 -75 and Ghalib’s 100 odd couplets only are famous but out of more than 15000 couplets of Bashir Badr, at least 300 are on every body’s lips. Bashir says that he in fact writes poetry neither in Urdu nor Hindi but in pure Hindustani. According to him, Mir and Ghalib wrote right poetry in wrong language but he cannot write wrong poetry in right language. He uses common and simple words for his poetry. When he was only 12 years old, he said this couplet in a ‘Tarahi Mushaira’ in a small village ‘Ujaalay apni yadon ke hamaare saath rahne de/ na jaane kis gali mein zindagi ki shaam ho jaaye’. This became so famous and popular that people in their ignorance wrongly attributed this couplet of his to many persons like Ghalib, Mir, film actress Meena Kumari etc and it was quoted, read and written at several places and on many occasions in their names. It was then only that Bashir himself revealed the truth. 

Justice Fakhruddin Ahmad has been appointed officiating Chief Justice of Chhattis Garh High Court till further orders in place of Chief Justice Venkatachal Murthy who has retired. Formerly a judge at Madras High Court, Justice Venkatachal Murthy had become Chief Justice of Chhattis Garh High Court on 14 June 2004 only. 

One of the oddities of M.F. Husain, the famous artist, painter and film producer is that he is always barefoot and moves everywhere barefooted irrespective of the fact whether the place is ordinary or a posh hotel or club or a VIP house. Gulabbhai, owner of 'Lucky Tea Stall' in Mirzapur locality of Ahmadabad considered himself really lucky when one day recently Husain gifted his freshly completed painting to him as a ‘token of affection to the place that has served fantastic tea for the last 40 years’ as he entered the shop for taking his favorite tea. He says that whenever he goes to Ahmadabad, he makes a bee line from the airport to Lucky Tea Stall for taking tea whose good taste has not changed from 1962 onwards when he took it for the first time. The location of this tea stall, which is in a graveyard, also struck Husain as it reminds him of life and the inevitability of death. This painting contains ‘Kalma’ in Arabic and has the setting of a typical Middle East country of yesteryears like desert, sun, camels, palm trees. This painting is now a prized possession on of Gulabbhai and his Lucky Tea Stall. «

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