Milli Gazette Online
Urdu Academy, Delhi has selected Haneef Tareen’s book Ababeelain Nahin Aayeen (Swallows did not come) as the best book of the year 2004 for its award. His other poetic collections are Kitab-e Sehra, Rabab-e Sehr, Zameen la pata rahi etc. Born in Sambhal (UP) in 1952, he is famous not only in India and Pakistan but in Arab countries also. (Rashtriya Sahara, March 16, 2005)
Mrs Shamim Azad Dev has been honoured with Padma Shri award (which was recently conferred on her by the President) for her contribution to Kashmiri folk song and music. Wife of Union minister for parliamentary affairs and urban development, Ghulam Nabi Azad, she started her music career at the age of 17. She sings Naats, Leelas and Ghazals also. In Kashmir she is famous as Lata Mangeshkar of Kashmir. She sang songs condemning militancy in 1990s which earned the ire of militants and received threats from them. The most famous of her song is Meri jannat mere Kashmir, meri jaan hai tu which she penned along with her politician husband.
Bollywood film star Shah Rukh Khan once again dominated the scene at Zee Cine Film Awards function in London. His films Veer Zara and Swadesh won five awards. Veer Zara which is based on Indo-Pak relations won the award for the Best Film and he was awarded as the Best Actor. He was presented a diamond studded ring also.
Uttar Pradesh Urdu Academy has announced awards for the year 2004 to five litterateurs and journalists. According to a press release issued by the executive committee chairman of Urdu Academy,
Dr Yaseen Ali Usmani the Academy has unanimously decided to award these persons.
Prof Asloob Ahmad Ansari will be honoured with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Award (Rs 1,11,000),
Ms Zahida Zaidi will be honoured with an award of Rs 51,000 for overall services to Urdu literature, As’ad Badayuni will be honoured (posthumously) with Rs 51,000 for overall services to Urdu literature,
Masoom Muradabadi, editor of Khabardar Jadeed will be honoured with Maulana Abdul Waheed Siddiqi Award for journalism (Rs 10,000) and
Mohammad Khalil also to be honoured with an award of Rs 10,000.
Agha Khan, spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims and head of one of the world’s largest private development agencies has been selected for the prestigious Vincent Scully Award for the year 2005 for his contributions to the architecture and historic preservation in Muslim world. This Award was presented to him at a function held at National Building Museum at Washington. While accepting the Award he said among other things that he profoundly believes that architecture is not just about building but about improving the quality of life.
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