Mumbai: In a historic judgement, Mumbai High Court has permitted Muslim lawyers to wear cap (which they don at the time of namaz) during court proceedings. This problem arose when a two-member bench of High Court consisting of Justice F.I. Rebello and Justice S.P. Kakriye had prevented Shakoor Ghafoor Kudlay, an advocate who has been dealing with criminal cases in courts for 25 years, from pleading the cases with his cap on. Refusing to put off his cap, he stopped pleading the case, but he did not keep quiet. Immediately he shot off letters of President of India Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of Mumbai High Court, Dalbir Chand Bhandari complaining about the treatment meted out to him in the court. The result was that a few days later the registrar general of Mumbai High Court, R.C. Chauhan in his letter permitted him to don the cap while taking part in court proceedings.
Lucknow: A 2- member bench of Allahabad High Court, consisting of Justice Jagdish Bhalla and Justice M.A. Khan prima facie rejected a public interest petition filed by Amar Nath Mishra of Bajrang Dal to declare Taj Mahal as a Shiv Mandir, saying that the court has no right under Article 226 to decide about the ownership of any monument. Pundit Amar Nath Mishra had stated in his petition that he has got all the proofs which show that Taj Mahal was in fact Tiju Mahalay (old Shiv Mandir). He has also stated in the petition that according to Hindusí belief there was ĎAsht Kothyaí at this place. He also said that the presence of a gau shala (cow shed), Yagya shala, Pathshala, guest house, Sundar Bagh and a 7- storied building etc are all against Moghul traditions and this buildings is a complete and living example of Hindus customs and traditions.
FAIYYAZI BEGUM COLLEGE
Buland Shahar: The result of 12th class (Higher Secondary) examination of Faiyyazi Begum Muslim Girls Inter College, Buland Shahar was 100 percent this year. In all, 98 girl students had apeared for this examination of whom 55 students passed with first division and the rest in 2nd division. Twenty students had appeared for science subjects of whom 16 passed with first division and 4 in second division. In arts 78 had appeared of whom 39 passed in first division and remaining in second division. Aanchal Arora, with 77% marks topped the list of successful students. People congratulated School principal Rehana Ali and teachers for the grand success.
Construction of temple in place of mosque
Shahjahanpur: Communal atmosphere of Shahjahanpur is taking a turn for the worse because of forcibly occupying of Masjid land and construction of a temple there in Mohalla Bharat Waji in city Kotwali area. Office bearers of Masjid Action Committee in a press conference expressed their intention of holding a protest rally on 25 May. On the other hand activists of VHP and Bajrang Dal have given an ultimatum against this rally. In view of the prevailing tension district administration has declared section 144 in the area as a precautionary measure. Convener of Masjid Action Committee. Mushtaq Ahmad Khan said in the press conference that a number of applications were given to district authorities against building of temple on Masjid land but in spite of this temple was built there in the presence of police.
GYAN VAPI MASJID
New Delhi: Shiv Sena has threatened to remove the mike used for azaan in Varanasiís Gyan Vapi Masjid. Sayyad Shahabuddin, former MP and present chairman of All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat expressed his fear that the agitated mob can indulge in unruly behaviour and try to harm the Masjid and create a Babri Masjid-like situation. He has therefore appealed to Union home minister Shiv Raj Patil that in view of Shiv Senaís threat security arrangements around this Masjid should be tightened and all necessary arrangements be made to protect it. He said that in view of Shiv Sena and B.Dís threat members of both these extremist organisations should be taken into custody before they take the law in their own hands.
JAMIA HAMDARDíS SPECIAL CAMP
New Delhi: Under Jamia Hamdard (Delhi)ís National Service Scheme (NSS) a 10-day special camp was held in Baba Mohan Das Nagar near Badarpur border from 13 May under the sponsorship of Dr Sayed Mehtab Ali, programme coordinator. In this camp 50 volunteers of NSS daily visited houses in all mohallas, lanes and bylanes of Baba Mohan Das Nagar to teach and create awakening among the residents about protection against epidemics and infections diseases, necessity and importance of cleanliness and vaccinations for protection of children against such diseases. On anti Polio Day also they paid visits from house to house and made arrangements for giving polio drops to children. In addition to all this, they themselves cleaned roads, lanes and gutters of the Nagar.
TIPU MUSEUM TO BE SET UP IN BANGALORE
London: Vijay Mallya, industrialist and chairman of liquor producing company United Breweris, appears to be a great admirer of Tipu Sultan and feels proud in owning Tipuís properties which were looted by the British after his death in 1799 and which were auctioned in London. Towards the end of May he bought back many items such as two small cannons, a silver mounted sporting gun, Tipuís famous sword etc for which he spent about a million British pounds (approximately Rs 8 crore). He plans to set up a museum in Bangalore dedicated to Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore if he is given import licence by the Indian government. He says that he feels very happy and proud as an Indian for acquisition of Tipuís legacies for India.
AMUís ANNUAL PERIODICALS RELEASED
Aligarh: Annual periodicals of AMUís Arts Faculty published in Urdu, Hindi and English were released here at a function in the Faculty Lounge. The function ws presided over by the vice chancellor Naseem Ahmad. The Urdu publication was released by Prof Shaharyar who said that all the articles published in this periodical are of a very high standard. Prof K.P. Singh, famous Marxist critic and author released the Hindi periodical and said that relations between Urdu and Hindi are unbreakable and none of these languages can progress without the cooperation of each other. Prof Viqar Husain, former head of the English department released the English publication and said that all the three magazines of the Arts Faculty are of a high standard and the Dean of this Faculty, Prof Azarmidakht Safwi has performed a hat trick by publishing the periodicals in three languages.
varasity RECOGNISES Madrasa courses
Chennai: According to information available from Madras University, students having degrees and certificates of Alim and Fazil from religious institutions like Darul Ulooms, Deoband and Nadwa, (Lucknow), Mazahirul Uloom, Saharanpur, Jamia Urdu, Aligarh and Jamia Nizamia, Hyderabad can now seek admission for MA in Urdu from Madras University, Chennai.
Demonstration against City Qazi
Bhopal: According to a press note, Muslims in large number, with placards and banners demonstrated at Masjids Committee (Disputes) at Bhopal and submitted a memorandum to the office bearers of this Committee demanding the removal of City Qazi because of his anti-Shariat activities. They also warned that if the City Qazi was not removed immediately, Muslims of Bhopal will hold demonstrations outside every mosque in order to save Shariat.
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