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Abrar Mustafa Khan, Professor Emeritus in AMU’s department of Botany, a botanist of international fame, a fellow of National Academy of Sciences and former chairman and Dean of the Faculty of Science, Aligarh Muslim University died in Aligarh on 10 December after a prolonged illness. He was 86 and is survived by his widow, two sons and three daughters. He was also the founder-president of Nematological Society of India. Born in Bulandshahar in 1919, he obtained his PhD in 1950 from USA. He toured England, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and many other countries. He retired in 1979. He was also honoured with Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award for his useful research works in agricultural sciences. 

Ali Jawad Zaidi, prominent Urdu writer, poet, critic, Padmshri award winner and freedom fighter died in Lucknow on 7 December after a prolonged illness at the age of 88. He was associated with progressive writers movement and was also the founder editor of UP government’s ministry of information and broadcasting's magazine ‘Naya Daur’ which under his editorship achieved heights of popularity. Mulayam Singh and UP governor, T. Rajeshwar Rao paid rich tributes to him.

Syed Mir Qasim former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and also a former Union minister, Govt of India died on 12 December at Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He was 82. Prime minister Manmohan Singh expressed his deep sorrow over his death and paid him rich tributes for his selfless services for the welfare and welllbeing of the people of Kashmir and also his sacrifices in voluntarily giving up the chief ministership of the state in favour of Shiekh Abdullah when be was rehabilitated Indira Gandhi - Sheikh Abdulla agreement. His body was taken from Delhi to Srinagar by a special plane from where it was taken and buried in his ancestral home town Shahabad, district Anantnag with full state honours. 

MAULANA JALALUDDIN, Imam of Zabta Ganj Shahi Masjid on Man Singh Road near India Gate died on 22 November after a prolonged illness. He was 58 and had been serving in this mosque for the past 28 years. He leaves behind three sons and two daughters. He was buried on 24 Nov, at Nizamuddin’s graveyard. 

According to a press release issued by All India Milli Council’s central office in Delhi, Bengal’s religious scholar and Imam of Kolkata’s historical Nakhuda Masjid, MAULANA MOHAMMAD SAABIR QASMI died suddenly in Kolkata on 6 December. Council’s general secretary, Dr Mohd Manzoor Alam in his condolence message described his death as an irreparable loss to the community and said that he served as Imam of this mosque for about 35 years.

Justice Khwaja Mohammad Yusuf, Chairman of Bengal’s Minority Commission who died recently was remembered at a condolence meeting held at Ghalib Institute in New Delhi. He was closely associated with many minority institutions of the country, particularly of Bengal where he rendered valuable services for the minorities of that state. He was also associated with Aligarh Muslim University and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies. 

A condolence meeting was held to condole the death of Prof. Ateeq Ahmad Siddiqui of Government Raza Post Graduate College’s Urdu Department who died at Rampur. The meeting was presided over by Dr (Mrs) Sayeeda Begum Rizvi and attended by College teachers, research scholars and students. He was also the pro-vice chancellor of Jamia Urdu Aligarh, director of Sir Sayyad Academy and editor of Tahzibul Akhlaq and Fikr-o-Nazar magazines. 

Master Iqbal Husain Jaffery, a renowned religious leader of Muradabad died on 17 December. He was a man of righteousness and simple living. Condolence messages were sent separately by National Loktantrik Party, Parcham Party (India) and Ashfaque and Bismil Society to pay tributes to him. 

According to Markazi Jamait Ahl-e Hadith (Hind) Press Release, Maulana Faizur Rahman Faiz died at the age of 98 after a prolonged illness. Educated at Jamia Islamia Faiz-e Aam at Mau, he became a teacher at Darul Hadith and taught Arabic and Islamic science for 40 years. He was buried in his native place at Mau Nath Bhanjan, UP. «

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