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American embassy’s Mushaira/ Kavi Sammelan 
New Delhi: American Embassy and its monthly magazine Span for the first time jointly organised Indo-American Mushaira and Kavi Sammelan in the auditorium of American Centre at Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Among the important poets who participated in this poetic symposium and recited their poems were (Ms) Gagan Gill, Shaharyar, Sundar Chand Thakur, Farhat Ehsaas, Asghar Wajahat etc. Also, for the first time poets Satya Pal Anand and Madhu Maheshwari from Washington thrilled the audience with their poems through video conferencing. On this occasion, chief editor of Span, Robert B. Richards and publisher, Michel H. Anderson, employees of American Centre and a large number of people were present.
The audience highly appreciated the couplet of Farhat Ehsaas ‘Mitti ki yeh diwaar kahin toot na jaaye/ Roko, ke mere khoon ki raftaar bahut hai; and also the poems of Shaharyar and other poets. 

Educational activities in Nahtore 
Dhampur: People in Nahtore are worried because there is no proper arrangement for education of girls. In order to solve this problem Muslim Fund, Nahtore had built Muslim Girls Inter College in which academic activities will start from this academic year. Admissions of girl students will start from Ist July. Managing Committee of the College has also been formed. Qazi Fakhrul Hasan has been elected president and Haji Noorul Haq has been elected manager of this college. Building of this college is also fully complete which is located at Dhampur Road near Gangan Bridge.

reservation for Muslim women demanded 
Patna: Muslim Mahila Vikas Morcha has demanded the Parliament to pass Women’s Bill for the progress of women. President of the Morcha, Najma Khatoon said in a press statement that passage of this bill is very essential for providing women with avenues of progress. Seeing the pitiable condition of Muslim women she has demanded 10 percent reservation for them in this bill and has expressed her hope that UPA government will take initiative in getting this bill passed by the Parliament. 

Court hearing Bakery case gets extension
New Delhi: A-two member bench of Supreme Court consisting of Justice P.V. Reddy and Justice Arijeet Pesayet extended the term of Mumbai’s special court hearing the Best Bakery case upto 30 September. Before this, the term of this special court of special judge, Justice A.M. Tripsy was upto 25 May 05 but on the request of Justice Tripsy the term was extended upto 30 September 05. 

Repair and maintenance of Jama Masjid 
New Delhi: A-2 member bench of Delhi High Court consisting of Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice S.K. Kaul said in its ruling on 27 May that Jama Masjid’s ownership rests in Delhi Waqf Board but its repair and maintenance is the responsibility of central government in consultation with and on the advice of Waqf Board. Both the Delhi Waqf Board and central government were directed to submit a progress report to the Court which also took the government to task for ignoring Waqf Board in matters of repair and maintance of the historic Jama Masjid which is visited by hundreds of foreign tourists every day. 

Waqf Board’s lawyer, Najmi Waziri told the Court that right from the beginning of nineteenth century Jama Masjid has been under the control of Waqf Board, that the salary of Rs 501 per month is being paid to the Imam by this Board, that no individual can claim personal ownership of the Jama Masjid and that even the Imam can be changed. He also refused to recognise the Jama Masjid Trust.

The Court expressed its dissatisfaction over the activities of Waqf Board and said that because of inaction on the part of the Waqf Board the problem has become more complicated. It was also stated that whereas the repair and maintenance work in Jama Masjid is not satisfactory, the residence of Imam in the Masjid complex is nothing less than a 5-star hotel. When it was stated that unsatisfactory condition about repair and maintence of Jama Masjid is because of shortage of funds, central government defended itself by saying that Waqf Board never approached it for funds. 

Seerat Meeting 
New Delhi: Majlis-e Fikr-o-Amal organised a function (photograph below) to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet (SAW) at Safina Road, Jogabai Extn, Jamia Nagar. On this occasion a grand reception was also accorded to Allama Sayed Razi Ja'far Naqvi, a religious scholar from Pakistan. Among the distinguished scholars who spoke on this occasion were Syed Shahabuddin, Dr Zafarul Islam Khan and Dr Tasleem Rahmani in addition to Allama Sayed Razi Ja'far Naqvi himself. In his speech he described in detail different aspects of the Prophet's life and also the eternal truths of Islam together with solid arguments.

At the end the volunteers of Majlis-e Fikr-o Amal were honoured with annual awards of this organisation. The Nishan-e Khidmat Award was given to Sayed Nusrat Baaqar Banarsi and Nishan-e Azmat Award was given to Mohammad Alam Ja'fri. 

Documentary on Majaz 
Aligarh: A documentary film on Asrarul Haq 'Majaz', an old student of Aligarh Muslim University and a poet of international fame was shown in Ibn Sina Library's Conference Hall on 6 June. This film, produced by R.T. Bhasin and directed by Mustajaab Malik, depicts Majaz' life, ups and down of his life, his educational and literary journey, his poetry, his days in AMU and his close companions some of whom have now become distinguished persons. The film is of 2½ hours duration and is made for Door Darshan. Many of the persons associated with AMU have acted in this film. Johnny Faster, co-music director of this film along with Ameer Ahmad, said that this film will be shown at different places in Aligarh. 

Maulana Tauqeer Khan’s statement 
Rampur: Rampur’s social and political organisations have strongly condemned the statements of Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan, national president of Ittehad-e Millat Council in Lok Dal’s recent meeting against Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mohammad Azam Khan in which he called the latter as traitor of Muslims and demanded his apologies. District president of Minorities Ittehad Movement, Nasir Raza said that instead of bringing about unity among Muslims, Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan is sowing seeds of discord among them. He further said that by creating Muslim Personal Law Board (Jadeed) against All India Muslim Personal Law Board which is formed to solve Sharai problems Muslims and which has religious and learned scholars he has tried to mislead Muslims.

He said that at present there is complete law and order in UP and Muslims are leading a life of honour and respect, not of fear and insecurity. He also expressed his anger over Maulana Tauqeer’s description of Mohammad Azam Khan as traitor and a Kaafir. District president of Jamiat Al Qasaar, Abul Hasan, advocate, also condemned the statement of Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan and said that if he is a true religious scholar, he has no right to dub Mohammad Azam Khan, the Messiah of Muslims as traitor and Kaafir from any political platform. Moreover, he (Maulana Tauqeer) should not deliver a speech in any political meeting, he said. 

Drama workshop of children 
New Delhi: Urdu Academy, Delhi has rendered valuable services for the promotion of Urdu drama during the past 15 years. So far, 13 drama workshops have been held by Urdu Academy for children whose mother tongue is Urdu in which training in the art of acting is also provided to children along with basic education in dramas.

This workshop in the meanwhile could not be held for the past three years because of shifting of Urdu Academy’s office to other place and also because of non-availability of suitable place. However, Academy’s vice chairman M. Afzal took great interest in it and re-started this programme for which Crescent School at Darya Ganj has provided one of its large rooms for a month where training is imparted to children by the Academy. Experts in the art of drama impart training to children daily for 3½ hours and try to bring out the hidden faculties of children in the art of acting. Children receiving training are also asked to stage a drama.

Children desirous of seeking admission in this workshop were interviewed by a panel consisting of Academy’s secretary. Marghoob Haidar Abidi, Anees Azmi and workshop director Ajay Manchanda in which 26 children were selected for admission.

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