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Bohra spiritual leader Syedna Burhanuddin delivering Muharram sermon
Bohra spiritual leader Syedna Burhanuddin delivering 
Muharram sermon at Surat on 17 February 2005 
 

REPORT of WAQF PROPERTies 
Lucknow: President of All India Muslim Welfare Committee, Aminabad, Mohammad Wasim Siddiqui has, in a letter to the Chairman of Sunni Central Waqf Board, Hafiz Usman demanded that the survey and investigation report of Waqf properties of Anjuman Islahul Muslimeen, Lucknow; Anjuman Islamia, Bareily; Jamia Muradabad and Islamia Agency Agra, as ordered by Survey Commissioner of UP Waqf Board be made public. He said that according to reliable information the report has been completed and many irregularities and cases of corruption have been detected but the report has neither been published nor action taken against the guilty persons because of political clout of the head of an important institution. He warned of an agitation and public demonstration if this report is not made public soon. 

URDU IN JAPAN
New Delhi: Sahitya Academy organised a discussion in Delhi on ‘Urdu in Japan’ when three scholars from Japan Prof Tabassum Kashmiri, Prof Soyama and Prof Matsomora visited the Academy’s premises. Prof G.C. Narang, Sahitya Academy president said on this occasion that the tradition of teaching Urdu in Japan is fairly old and this language is fast increasing there. Large number of students are reading Urdu in Osaka, Tokyo and some other universities. Prof Narang said that Japan is now becoming famous for translations and about 250 poems/ ghazals of Mir Taqi Mir and poetry/ prose works of Faiz, Iqbal, Sa’adat Hasan Manto, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi, Krishan Chandar and others have been translated. In addition, texts of films like Umrao Jaan, Pakeeza, Garam Hawa etc have also been translated and published. Prof Soyama said that Japanese people very much like Urdu short stories and poetry.

KAIFI AZMI REMEMBERED
Jaunpur: Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterji inaugurated a road in RK Puram, near Delhi Public School, named after famous Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi on February 22. Somnath Chatterji described Kaifi Azmi as a great poet.
Among those present on the occasion were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his wife Gursharan Kaur, film actress Sharmila Tagore and many other dignitaries. 
Film actress Shabana Azmi said in a telephonic conversation that UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav laid the foundation stone of Kaifi Azmi Academy in Lucknow on 15 February. Similarly, Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University in Jaunpur is setting up a communication complex in the memory of Kaifi Azmi. In Hyderabad there is a plan to erect a statue of the late poet. In Mumbai a park has been named after him. 

Delhi Urdu Academy distributes awards
New Delhi: Urdu Academy, Delhi organised a function at Rajindar Bhavan on 15 February for distribution of awards to 144 students who topped and secured distinction marks in Delhi University Board Urdu Certificate, Diploma and Urdu calligraphy courses. In addition to certificates, shields, medals and cash prizes totalling Rs 8,600 were also given to students. Chief guest, Syed Shahid Mehdi, former VC of Jamia Millia Islamia, praised Urdu Academy’s educational plans to encourage students. He advised the award winning students to purchase and read Urdu newspapers, magazines and books for promoting Urdu. 

BOYCOTT OF TV AND CD PLAYERS 
Saharanpur: People in Saharanpur and other neighbouring areas are feeling alarmed that TVs and VC players are spoiling the young generation. The fact that minor children who are supposed to seriously devote themselves to their studies are wasting much of their precious times in watching TV, CD and VCD players which depict dirty scenes and dialogues, nudity, blue films and violence. Strongly reacting against this, Muslims by taking practical steps have called upon other people to boycott TV, CD and VC players because cases of crimes, violence and teasing of minor girls by equally minor and young boys have taken alarming proportions. 

JAMAAT-E ISLAMI for AN ISLAMIC PARTY 
New Delhi: Jamait-e Islami Hind is thinking of forming an Islamic political party. Indication to this effect appears to be clear not only from its present activities but also from an interview by its chief, Dr Abdul Haq Ansari. According to the representative of a Kuwait’s weekly ‘Al-Mujtama’ who interviewed him, Dr Ansari said that the Jamaat is thinking of forming a party to undertake political activities on its behalf. He said that Jamaat members are not MPs or MLAs but the organisation tries to exercise influence at political level. He said the present government tries to maintain contacts with the Jamaat because it has played an important role in bringing Congress to power.

TASLIMA NASREEN
Mumbai: All India Ulama Council’s general secretary Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi has requested the central government to reject the request of Taslima Nasreen, the controversial Bangladeshi novelist, for granting Indian citizenship to her. In a letter to union home minister Shivraj Patil, he said that in case of Indian citizenship being given to her, the respect Muslims of the world have for India will be affected because she has hurt the religious feelings of Muslims all over the world. 

IMAGINARY PICTURES OF THE PROPHET 
New Delhi: Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Masjid Mufti Mohammad Mukarram Ahmad has requested UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to take strong action against Vidyavati Academy for publishing a book prescribed for class III students which contains imaginary and fictitious pictures of Prophet of Islam (pbuh) and Orthodox Caliphs which hurts Muslims’ religious sentiments. He also demanded removal of the entire chapter which contains such pictures. Similarly in Moradabad a public meeting was held to protest against insulting pictures of the Prophet on an Israeli website. The meeting was sponsored by National Social Organisation. The speakers including the city Imam Hakeem Syed Masoom Ali Azad and others described these attempts as a part of conspiracy against Islam which needs to be foiled. 

JAMIATUL ULAMA LAW INSTITUTE 
New Delhi: Jamiatul Ulama has made arrangements for coaching classes for Judicial Service examinations which are scheduled to be held on 7 March. Arrangements will also be made for diploma courses in Awqaf laws, information about Islamic countries and other subjects. In addition to these, books and magazines in Urdu, Hindi and English will be published in order to familiarise people, especially Muslims, with laws and legal problems. In this connection a book titled Taza hain mere Wardaat containing published articles of Prof Tahir Mahmood has been published in January this year. 

RESERVATION TO MUSLIMS IF LJP COMES TO POWER 
Patna: Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has promised in its election manifesto to grant 10 percent reservation to educationally and economically backward Muslims and establishment of really secular government instead of a deceptive and false one. LJP president, Ram Vilas Paswan said while announcing his party’s election manifesto that an employment guarantee law will be enacted for unemployed people of weaker sections and an insurance scheme for rikshaw pullers, rehriwallas and workers of unorganised sectors will also be introduced. He also said that a special authority will be constituted to prevent cruelty to women.  
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