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Indian Muslim woman shouting slogans against US behaviour in Iraq, near the US embassy in Delhi

Indian Muslim woman shouting slogans against US 
behaviour in Iraq, near the US embassy in Delhi (2 June 05)


The central government had recently reconstituted the National Urdu Council but some people had raised objection that there is no representation of Bihar and South India in the new Urdu Council. In order to meet their demand some more members have been added to this Council. The new members are, in addition to the existing ones, Jaleel Pasha (Hyderabad) and Sayyad Mohammad Husaini (Gulbarga). In addition, Prof A.M. Pathan vice chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University will represent University Grants Commission and Madhup Mohta will represent Indian Council for Cultural Relations in this Council. Moreover, according to a press release by the Council, Jabir Husain (Bihar), Sayeda Shah Noorul Haq Qadir (Andhra Pradesh), Mumtaz Rasheed (Maharashtra), Prof Shakir Khaleeq (Bihar) and Abdul Mannan Tarzi (Bihar) also will attend all meetings of the National Urdu Council as permanent invitees.

Aligarh: Ten members from the teachers category have been declared elected for Aligarh Muslim University Court. Chief Election Officer, Rahimullah Khan announcing the results said that from professors category, Prof Mohammad Hanif Baig of department surgery and Prof Mohammad Jamal Siddiqi, of sociology department have been elected. From readers constituency are Dr Shamsul Haq Siddiqi of department of Geography, Dr Rafiuddin from department of chemistry and Dr Ali of department of Commerce. From lecturers constituency are Armaan Afridi of computer science department, Dr Mohammad Asif Khan of Commerce department, Mujeeb Ahmad Ansari of civil engineering, Mohammad Naved Khan of business administration and Dr Adam Malik Khan of the department of Islamic Studies. They will be members for 3 years. 

New Delhi: Admirers and supporters of Sayyad Mir Qasim, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir who died recently have decided to form a Sayyad Mir Qasmi Memorial Committee so that the new generation could be familiarised with the life and achievements of this famous Kashmiri leader. Zaheer Ahmad, a close colleague of the late leader and former member of NDMC who rendered political, national and Milli services along with Mir Qasim for years has been unanimously elected founder and officiating president of this Memorial Committee. Mrs Maryam Begum (wife of late chief minister), Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union minister for Parliamentary affairs have been requested to become patrons of this Committee. 

London: Sixty-four artefacts belonging to Tipu Sultan who died in 1799 while fighting the British were auctioned in London and fetched 1.23 million British pounds sterling (approximately Rs10 crore). Chief attraction was a gold-inlaid gun which had Tipu's signature and known as roaring tiger was sold for one hundred thousand pounds (approximately Rs 8 million) to an unknown telephone bidder. Strong protests were raised by non-resident Indians in Britain and many people in India. Their contention was that these are Tipu Sultan's treasures but looted by the British after Tipu's defeat and death and hence should be returned to Government of India or Tipu's heirs who live in Kolkata. The liquor baron and owner of United Breweries Vijay Mallya also purchased Tipu's famous sword sometime back and kept it as a prized and proud possession but now there is a controversy that it is a fake sword and the original one is still preserved in the British Museum. 

Jamiatul Ulama’s 28th Conference 
New Delhi: An important meeting of Delhi branch of Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind was held on 13 May in Ramzani Masjid, Abul Fazal Enclave, Jamia Nagar under the presidentship of Mufti Zafruddin, president of Delhi Unit in which Maulana Kausar Ashraf, secretary of the Jamiat’s Delhi Unit and vice chairman of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee’s minorities cell was also president. The meeting discussed the steps to be taken to make the 28th Conference of Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind, which is going to be held on 29th May at Ram Lila ground a grand success. 

For this purpose a committee was also formed and its members including Maulana Moinuddin Zulfi, Imam of Batla House Jama Masjid and others were assigned the duty of mobilising general public to attend the 28th Conference to make it a big success. It was also decided to hold a public meeting at Batla House Chowk on 23 May night for the same purpose. This meeting ended with a prayer led by Maulana Moinuddin Zulfi. 

In addition to this, Imams of different mosques in Jamia Nagar delivered speeches asking people to participate in large number in the 29th May meeting at Ram Lila grounds. 

Working knowledge of Arabic 
New Delhi: Hamdard Education Society organised a week-long training programme for madrasa teachers. Speaking in the first session of this programme on ‘Linguistic Introduction of Arabic Language’, Prof Shafique Ahmad Khan Nadwi, head of the Department of Arabic in Jamia Millia Islamia said that it is easy to have a working knowledge of Arabic language by just a little effort. He described Arabic language as unique and distinct from other languages because of its phonetic importance and vowel points. 

Speaking in the second session on ‘Educational Psychology’ Nazeerul Hasnain, reader of psychology in Jamia Millia said that educational psychology is helpful in solving educational problems and with its help educational problems can be made simple and easy so that improved and better teaching could be made possible in lesser time which could benefit the students.

Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University plans to open an examination centre in Jeddah for the academic year 2005-06 for the convenience of Indians there in cooperation with Indian embassy there. For this purpose Indian Consul General at Jeddah Dr Ausaf Sayeed and vice chancellor of Maulana Azad Urdu University, Prof A.M. Pathan have given necessary instruction to their respective offices to take immediate action in this matter. Moreover, Urdu University’s Study centres in Jeddah and other Saudi Arabian cities are also planned to be opened from next academic year on the pattern of Indira Gandhi National Open University. Non-resident Indians in Saudi Arabia will also be given the facilities of admission tests for University’s under graduate, post graduate, distance education and other courses. 

New Delhi: Prof Tahir Mahmood, member of National Religious and Linguistic Minorities Commission said here in a statement that functioning of Darul Qazas and Sharai Panchaits is in no way in conflict with Indian Constitution and laws. He said that these Islamic institutions are not parallel judicial courts but they come under the category of Alternative Resolution of Disputes (ARD). 
He said that cases in these institutions are also decided in accordance with Muslim Personal Law as in government courts but in these courts cases linger on for years and involve enormous expenditure whereas in Darul Qaza and Sharai Panchaits people get justice at much cheaper cost and in a short time. In any case he advised member of these Islamic institutions to get familiarised with Sharai as well as Indian laws. 

Man divorces wife over trifling
Lucknow: In a village in Lakhimpur district (UP) one Maslehuddin got married to Zahida. After nikah he went to market along with his friends and returned heavily drunk. He complained about not enough dowry. When his in-laws humbly tried to explain their difficulties, he started misbehaving and abusing them. Enraged at his insolent behaviour girls father called in the Qazi who had solemnised nikah and requested him to have the marriage cancelled. The groom who was still under the influence of liqueur divorced Zahida in a fit of anger. Next day another youth offered himself to marry Zahida and within a few hour he and Zahida got married to each other. Another incident took place in Pilibhit also in UP where one Riazuddin got married to Punno, the bride. At dinner though there were many non-veg dishes, there was no biryani. The groom who was probably in a mood to have biryani called in his father-in-law and brother-in-law and asked for explanation why there was no biryani which he considered a matter of insult. The pleadings of his in-laws had no effect and he divorced his wife then and there. Social reformers should seriously think whither Muslim society is going. 

New Delhi: All India Jamiat Quraish president Siraj Quraishi while addressing the annual conference of this organisation said here that our organisation has always taken active part for the promotion of secular values and communal harmony. Now this organisation fully supports ban on cow slaughter in the country, he said and added that this organisation which represents 4-5 crore people of the country is trying to improve social, educational and economic condition of the community. Delegates from all over the country who attended this conference complained against harassment by police. The delegates said that people of this fraternity are sometimes harassed on the pretext of slaughter houses and sometime on some excuse or the other. A demand was made that the process of harassment of people engaged in meat business should be stopped. 

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference led by Mir Waiz Umar Farooq observed martyrdom week from 16-21 May in the memory of martyred Hurriyat leaders Mir Waiz Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone. Under this programme a seminar, a blood donation camp and a conference on ‘Kashmir Dispute and process of Negociation’ was held at its head office at Raj Bagh. Distinguished scholars, intellectuals and religious leaders paid tributes to the martyred leaders at Jama Masjid. A rally was also taken out in this connection. It may be recalled that on 21 May 1990 some unknown persons had shot dead Mir Waiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq, father of the present Mir Waiz, at his residence. On his 12th death anniversary on 21 May 2002, senior leader of Hurriyat Conference Abdul Ghani Lone was also shot dead at Eidgah ground during a rally.  

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