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Newsmakers

The Milli Gazette Online

Tariq Masroor, general secretary of Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress has been appointed a member of Railway Board Advisory Committee of Bhopal.

Tariq Gandhi has been unanimously elected president of Sir Sayyad Vichar Manch, Aligarh for the next 5 years. Sponsor of the Manch, Er Iqbal Khan, proposing Tariq’s name for presidentship said that under his leadership the Manch has been doing very good and satisfactory work in the fields of social welfare, promotion of goodwill and communal understanding and fight for the rights of poor people and therefore his reelection will be very useful. 

Film actress of yesteryears, Nadira who was introduced in the film world by the famous film director, (late) Mahboob Khan in ‘Aan’, the first coloured film in India and who was initially depicted as an aristocratic and surly lady has now fallen on bad days. In her own words, though her condition has slightly improved now, there was a time when it was difficult for her to get proper food and drinks. She was on the lookout to find who is throwing a party, lunch or dinner and where. She used to go there uninvited to enjoy good food and drinks, knowing well that no body will question her about being an uninvited guest. When asked as to how she returned to her residence late at nights, she said that she used to meet many people in parties who knew her and some one or the other gave a free lift upto her residence. 

India is a favourite place for many Pakistani singers and their albums are also very popular here. Ali Haidar, a pop singer from that country is one of them who recently prepared his latest, and seventh, album in India ‘Tera naam liya to’ in cooperation with Times Music. His first album in India was ‘Chaahat’ in 1991 but he came into lime light and fame with ‘Purani Jeans’, ‘Guitar’ and ‘Chand sa Mukhra’. When asked as to why, being an engineering student, he chose music as his career he said that a job or employment means a limited world but music covers the whole world. He says that in Pakistan Pop music is developing as a big industry but in India almost the entire emphasis is on remix whose models have destroyed classical songs. This trend should be stopped, he said. Even otherwise, he thinks, the age of remix is coming to an end.

New star on the horizon of Indian tennis who created history in the Australian Open Tennis Champion last month, Sania Mirza is flooded with lucrative ad offers from Indian and multinational companies who are trying to vie with each other in luring her. During the past one week such offers from 18 advertisers are valued at more than Rs 7 crore. According to her manager who is vice president of Globe Sports, Sania’s brand value today is Rs 3 to 5 crore, far greater than that of famous cricketers like Kaif and Yuvraj Singh. According to her manager out of 18 ad offers, 12 have been short listed but she will be seen only in two or three. She will be in India only till mid-February when she will participate in Hyderabad Open after which she will go abroad for practice and tournaments.

Shah Rukh Khan has been voted the most powerful man of the film industry for the second year in succession in Filmfare Power List. He headed the Top Ten list in the year 2003 also along with Amitabh Bachchan. His pre-eminent position in 2004 is because of two blockbusters: Veer Zara and Main Hoon Na. This poll was conducted for Filmfare by AC Nielseon ORG- Marg which represents film industry’s opinion as against Filmfare Award which reflects popular opinion. Actress Rani Mukerji is the only female actor in 2004’s Top Ten list. 

Allahabad Nagar Nigam (Municipal Corporation) has exempted cricketer Mohammd Kaif and badminton player Abhin Shyam Gupta from payment of house and water taxes. The proposal for exemption was made by Allahabad Mayor, Dr P.K Shrivastav which was approved by the Nigam. Dr Shrivastav said that both these players were born and brought up in Allahabad, started their careers from here and brought name and fame to the country. Shyam Gupta, a badminton player of international standard had won bronze medal in Commonwealth games.

According to a press release issued by Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, Muzaffarpur (Bihar), Ph.D degree has been conferred upon Mohammad Nisar for his thesis on ‘Sa’adat Hasan Manto ke Afsaanon ka Nafsiati Pas Manzar’ (Psychological background of Sa’adat Hasan Manto’s short stories). He completed this thesis under the supervision and guidance of Prof Farooq Ahmad Siddiqui, head of the department of Urdu of this University. 

AMU Vice Chancellor Naseem Ahmad has appointed Prof Abdul Wahab of the department of Economics as the chief election officer to supervise the election of 5 representatives from the non-teaching staff for AMU Court.

Chairman of Muslim Cooperative Bank P.A. Inamdar has been appointed new Chairman of Islamic Development Bank (Western Zone). This Bank has 4 zones in India and its head office is in Hyderabad with Haidar Khan as overall chairman. This Bank, whose international headquarters are in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) provides financial assistance to Muslim institutions all over the world. P.A. Inamdar is a fine administrator and has rendered yeoman’s service in educational and financial fields. 
India’s left arm, 20-year old fast bowler, Irfan Pathan has been selected as the International Sports Personality of the year 2004 at a function held at London’s Hilton Hotel on 22 January for his brilliant performance in cricket matches against Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh. Pathan was not present in London on that occasion and so in his absence this award was accepted by the Indian born singer Raghav on his behalf. Former Indian batsman Farooq Engineer was honoured with Life Time Achievement Award. 

Taj Hasan, DIG of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has been honoured with President’s medal for meritorious services. An IPS officer of 1987 batch of Bihar Cadre, he served as SP of Hajipur, Darbhanga and Giridih. He served as Deputy Commissioner of Police in Delhi also for 3 years. He was sent to CISF in 2003.

Prominent Hindi novelist and short story writer, (Ms) Mehrunnesa Parvez who was honoured with Padmashri Award on 26 January said that because of being a women she was belatedly honoured with this national award otherwise this should have been given to her much earlier. She said that women, unlike men, do not play the game of politics and groupism in society and that is why injustice is meted out to them. Any way, expressing her joy and thankfulness, she said that she is happy that her works were at last recognised. She has so far written 6 novels and 15 collections of short stories. Her works generally depict women’s problems and pangs and pitiable condition of adivasis.
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