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Kishan Ganj (Bihar): A conference on spreading educational awareness among Muslims was held in eastern India’s famous educational institution, Milli Girls School, Talimabad in Kishan Ganj (Bihar) on the occasion of its Foundation Day celebrations. Speakers on this occasion emphasised the importance and necessity of education, specially women’s education, without which our community cannot progress because education is the key of all-round progress. The credit for setting up this school goes to the president of All India Talimi wa Milli Foundation and founder of this School, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi. Principal of this School, Prof Jamal Sayeed presented the annual report of the School and announced that Maulana Qasmi will lay the foundation stone of this School’s Girls Hostel on Ist January 2005 where girls from far off places will be provided accommodation.

New Delhi: God’s Grace Foundation organised a function here on 17 December on the great poet Allama Iqbal. Speaking on this occasion on the subject of ‘Iqbal’s Universalism and His Philosophy of Self’ Dr Rif’at Hasan, professor of Humanities in USA’s Louisville University said Iqbal’s poetry is not confined to any particular community or country but is universal and is valid for all times. About his philosophy of ego or self, she said that Iqbal believed in the realisation of self because unless a man realises his own importance, he cannot progress and achieve greatness. Director General of God’s Grace Foundation, Dr S. Zafar Mahmood also spoke on the occasion. 

New Delhi: Delhi government, under its Bhagidari scheme, has decided to empower RWAs (Residents Welfare Associations) to protect and maintain ten historical monuments in the first instance on an experimental basis because it thinks that their direct involvement in this task will go a long way in their proper upkeep. All RWAs, market associations, NGOs etc will be given Rs 1 lakh each per annum for this purpose. The monuments which are proposed to be entrusted to them are Dara Shikoh library at Kashmiri Gate, Baradari at Sadhna Enclave (South Delhi), Mutiny Memorial (Northern Ridge), Turkaman Gate, Chumchi Tomb in Mehrauli, Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli (Ballimaran near Chandni Ghowk), Maqbara Pak near G.T. Karnal Road, Tombs near Delhi Golf Club, Qudsia Begum’s palace near Kashmiri Gate and the Tomb opposite Baradari (South Delhi).

Dehradun: Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, in collaboration with scientists from Portugal, Italy and Spain, has launched a project to protect Qutub Minar against earthquakes. The project to improve the seismic resistance of heritage buildings in Europe and India is being financed by European Commission which has earmarked an amount of 1 lakh Euros (Rs eakh approx.) for this purpose. Four scientists, one each from these countries, including Dr Sailash Aggarwal, Dy Director of CBRI from India have carried out the seismic study of 4 heritage buildings, one in each country. In India the heritage building selected for this purpose is the 800-year old Qutub Minar for the seismic and historical study of which CBRI’s share is Rs 54 lakh. Dr Aggarwal said that transducers (censors) will be installed at the Qutub that will record the minutest seismic activities and vibrations which will be helpful in monitoring the seismic impact on the stability of the building. 

Forbes magazine has compiled a list 40 richest among whom three are Muslims ie Azim Premji of Wipro, Yusuf Hameed of Cipla and Habil Khorakiwala of Wockhardt. Azim Premji occupies the second place after Lakshmi Mittal of Mittal Steel who tops the list among the wealthiest Indians. Yusuf Hameed and Khorakiwala occupy seventeenth and 19the place respectively in this list. Lakshmi Mittal, the steel magnate is a none-resident Indian who resides in London. Ambanis hold this place in this list. 

Surat: Majlis -e Dawatul Haq, Surat (Gujarat) organised a short-term Urdu educational camp under the supervision of Prof (Dr)Zubair Qurshi, an educationist in which boy and girl students of NCPUL (National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language)’s Surat Centre and others took part and acquired the knowledge of reading and writing Urdu in 7 days only. Dr Zubair Qureshi, in the light of his teaching experience, has devised a strange and novel method by which students can acquire good knowledge of reading and writing Urdu in a brief period of one week only. Many boy and girl students from Surat, Baroda, Anand, Godhra and other cities of Gujrat, most them being non-Muslims, are benefiting from this method. 

New Delhi: Delhi High Court’s 2-member bench consisting of Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice B.D. Ahmad has directed Archaeological Survey of India, Delhi government, DDA and Anglo Arabic Hr. Sec. School Management Committee to sit together, Chalk out a programme and prepare a joint report within 15 days for removal of all difficulties in the way of declaring the 250 -year old building of this school a protected monument. Since Delhi’s Zakir Husain College was also located a few years ago in its premises, the Court has directed the college management also to prescribe a time limit before by which unauthorised houses of its employees in the school campus could be got vacated and they be rehabilitated to alternative sites. Next date of hearing of this case has been fixed on 16 February’ 05. The Court issued the above directions a public interest field by Firoz Bhakht Ahmad of Friends for Educational, an NGO. 

Lucknow: Ma’had Ali Ibn Abi Talib, a branch of Jamia Islamia Sanabil, New Delhi, a Qur’anic institution of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Islamic Awakening Centre has been set up at jagat Narain road Lucknow on the pattern and standards of the institution at Delhi. Qualified and learned teachers will teach the Holy Qur’an, Nazira and Hifz (memorisation of Qur’an) along with Qira’at, phonetics etc in this Qur’anic institution.

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