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Opposition against dowry in marriages 
Sambhal: A meeting of Turk community (biradari) was held in Junior High School of Sambhal (UP)’s Rai Sati mohalla on 2 May wherein the speakers emphasised that ‘talaq’, one of the worst and most detestable practices, should be adopted as the last resort when all other efforts for reconciliation fail. It was also decided in this meeting that those who violate the commands and principles of Shari’at in marriages, specially in matters of divorce should be fined several times the amount of mehr (dower). It was also decided in this meeting that no one should participate in marriages where dowry is given or taken and that superfluous expenses on bands and other unnecessary items should be stopped. The speakers also said that goods and other items given by the parents willingly for their daughters (brides) will be sent three days after the marriage so that the in-laws of brides may not get the opportunity of publicly displaying them.

Vice chairman of Municipal Board, Mohammad Yaqoob alias Gama, advocate called upon the youth to actively spread awareness about the evil practices in the community and declared that he wont accept dowry in his own marriage. In this meeting a common fund was also created for helping poor people of the community and will be used for arranging marriages of daughters of poor people.

A beginning in implementing these reforms was also made in this meeting when one Abdus Salam of Mandi village was fined for violation of the proposed reforms. 

REservation Quota for Muslims demanded 
New Delhi: Muslims, under the banner of ‘Muslim Aarakshan Andolan’ (Muslims reservation movement) led by its convenor Zafaryab Jilani organised a sit-in strike at Jantar Mantar. Addressing the gathering, Jilani demanded reservation quota of 9 percent for backward Muslim communities, as per the recommendations of Mandal Commission. He further said that out of the 27 percent reservation quota Muslim reservation quota of 9 percent was never given to them.

He demanded the central and state governments to issue white papers and indicate how many persons belonging to Muslim backward classes and communities have derived the benefits of reservation ever since the time of implementation of Mandal Commission Report till date.

Janta Dal (Secular) spokesman, Kunwar Danish Ali said that his party under the leadership of former prime minister Dave Gowda had for the first time granted 5 percent political reservation in Karnatak and this should be done all over the country. He said that it is clearly mentioned in JD(S) manifesto that Muslims should be given reservation and added that unless Muslims are given a share in employment, their social and economic condition will not improve. 

Parcham Party President, Saleem Peerzada speaking on this occasion said that the relevant article of the Constitution concerning reservation to Hindu Dalits should be amended in order to remove the condition of religion so that backward communities among Muslims and Christians should also enjoy the benefits of reservation. 

NCERT’s cruel joke with Urdu students
New Delhi: An idea of how government institutions are taking Urdu and Urdu students for a ride can be had from an advertisement published in a widely circulated and important English daily by NCERT (National Council for Educational Research and Training), the institution which publishes and distributes books for schools throughout country. This institution has clearly stated in this advertisement that approximately 52 school books in Urdu are published and available to students whereas the fact is that many of those books are not even published yet. 

Delhi’s Urdu Academy which is responsible for the supply and distribution of these books to Urdu medium schools has clearly stated that most of these books have not been supplied to it by NCERT and hence there is no question of making them available to Urdu students. Vice chairman of Urdu Academy, M. Afzal strongly reacted to this discrepancy and fallacy and said that the minister for human resources development Arjun Singh should take strong notice of NCERT’s biased attitude towards Urdu and also should take strong action against those who have given this false advertisement in the paper to hoodwink Urdu schools and their students because this will only destroy their educational career. 

Academy sources said that new academic session is to start soon but most of the course books of the 11th and 12th classes specially social science, geography, mathematics, economics books have not been supplied to them even from last year. It is feared that students of schools affiliated to Delhi, Jharkhand and Aligarh (AMU) universities will be very much affected. 

IICC building to be ready by year end 
New Delhi: President of Indian Islamic Culture Centre (IICC), Sirajuddin Qureshi said in the Centre’s general body meeting on 1 May that the construction work on different parts of the building which had been going on at slow pace for years will now be speeded up and the work will be completed by the end of this year. He further said that all this will involve an additional amount of Rs 4 crore and appealed to members of the Centre as well as to common Muslims to render financial assistance liberally so as to facilitate the completion of this building within the scheduled period.

It was also decided in this meeting that membership fee of this Centre would be increased from the present Rs 10,000 to Rs 30,000. Some of members opposed this proposal but most of them held the opinion that compared to other such centres and clubs, this amount is not high. Moreover, the Centre is facing financial crisis these days.

Many decisions were taken in this meeting to improve the performance of this Centre. It was also agreed that it will be used for educational, cultural and social services also.

The meeting was attended among others by the Centre's vice president Syed Mohammad Farooq, Prof Akhtarul Wasey, press secretary of the President of India S.M. Khan etc.

Investigation on 3 encounter deaths begins 
Meerut: National Minorities Commission has started investigation about the death of three Muslim youths in police encounter in Kasna police station. In this connection a two- member team of the Commission visited the village and after meeting members of the affected families also met CID to find out the progress about its investigation in this case. 

It may be mentioned in this connection that last year in September policemen of Kasna police station had killed three Muslim youths allegedly in police encounter. Police version was doubted and it was believed that the encounter was totally fake. The murdered youth were Asif, Arshad and Meherbaan. When this matter came to light, a case of murder was registered against Kasna Thana’s police officer Alok Sharma and 10 other policemen. This matter is currently being investigated by CID.
When this matter was brought to the notice of Minorities Commission, its vice president accompanied by another member visited the concerned village. CID formed five teams for the arrest of these policemen but so far no arrests have been made. It is hoped that now that the Commission is taking interest in this case, CID will expedite its work and the guilty persons will be arrested soon. 

Hand work being performed by feet
Ram Nagar: Noormana Bano, daughter of Qamruddin Ansari, a retired employee residing in Fatehpur town, is physically handicapped since birth. Both her hands are non-existent right from the time of her birth but by her strong will power she is now able to do every thing in her daily life with her feet ie from taking her meals through spoon by holding it with her feet to writing by holding the pen in the same way. In short, she is using her feet to do what is normally done by hands. She has passed all her examinations from first to 12th class and now she is appearing for BA first year examination from Ram Nagar College, Ram Nagar. The Principal and incharge of the examination centre, Dr Dwarik Prasad Singh has arranged a takht in place of a chair for her on which she sits and writes with her feet. This wonderful girl, after completing her education, aspires to be a teacher. She says that she wants to give a message to society, specially to persons like her that physical handicaps are no barriers to success in life if one has strong will power and determination to do something.  
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