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Ishrat Jahan, a Hindustani classical musician and singer from Bangladesh feels that though Pakistani classical musicians and singers have got a strong foothold in Indian market their equally great counterparts in Bangladesh are virtually unknown in India. She said that whereas names like Ali Haidar, Adnan Sami, numbers of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Junoon and Fusion groups are only some of Pakistani success stories, very few of Bangladeshi singers are willing to perform in India. They mostly go to western countries, specially UK and USA, probably because they find it more lucrative there.

The last wish of Habib Mian alias Rahim Khan of Jaipur is to have the distinction of being recorded as the world’s oldest man in Guinness Book of World Records. He claims to be 126 years old. His pension papers also certify his age as 126 years. He retired from former Jaipur State Forces Band in 1938 at the age of 60 and ever since he has been drawing a pension. His papers certify his date of birth as 5 May 1878. He and his family members sent all available documents, including pension papers to Limca Book of Record as well as to Guinness Book of World Records but received no response. In the Guinness Book the distinction of being the oldest surviving person goes to Emiliano Mercado (113 years) of Isabela island in Puerto Rico, South America.

Maulana Mohammad Salim Qasmi, distinguished scholar and rector of Darul Uloom (Trust), Deoband has been re-elected president of All India Majlis Mushawarat (Qasimi group). Maulana Ameeduz Zaman Kairanvi has been appointed the new general secretary of Mushawarat and Maulana Ahmad Ali Qasim, Maulana Wali Rahmani, Dr Manzoor Ahmad and Maulana Junaid Qasimi have become vice presidents.

Well known Delhi-based Urdu journalist, Masoom Muradabadi editor of daily Jadeed Khabar, weekly Khabardar and secretary of All India Urdu Editors Conference has left for USA on the invitation of American government to participate in a group project concerning current international affairs where he will represent Urdu journalists of the subcontinent. The topic of the project is ‘Preventive Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution’. This programme will be held from 17 February to 10 March. During his American trip he will also visit New York, Los Angeles and some other cities in addition to Washington, venue of this Conference. Twenty prominent personalities from 16 countries in the field of diplomacy, defence affairs and journalism have been invited to participate in this programme. Selection of Masoom Muradabadi to represent Urdu journalists of the entire subcontinent is significant. He is associated with Urdu journalism for the past 25 years and till date his half a dozen books have been published. He is counted among the new generation of Urdu journalists. 

IPS officer Nuzhat Hasan, former Dy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of East Delhi District has taken over as Director of National Book Trust of India. She held many important posts in Delhi Police like DCP (Anti-Corruption) and Addl. DCP in New Delhi district. A graduate in chemistry from Delhi University and MA in mass communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, she also participated in Indo-British Police Conference in Liverpool, UK. 

The Hyderabad born singer Talat Aziz, says that his environment of family inspired him to pursue music as a career. The appreciation of his friends and neighbours prompted him to do something seriously and with this idea in mind he went to Mumbai in 1979 and joined Tata Theatre where he remained for 25 years and won name and fame. Once, on the suggestion of his wife to organise a special programme of his evergreen ghazals in Delhi in celebration of his 25 years in Mumbai’s Tata Theatre, he did organise such a programme. He felt proud to see that in addition to a large audience, masters of ghazal singers like Ghulam Ali Khan, Pankaj Udhas and prominent personalities like Mahesh Bhat, Poonam Dhillon, Amrish Puri, Shabana Azmi etc were present there. When cassettes and CDs of that evening’s ghazals were released, they sold like hot cakes. Currently he is working on a new album for Times Music. He has lent his voice till now for only about half a dozen films.

Dr Zafarul-Islam KhanMG editor Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan has been nominated as a member of Jamia Hamdard’s Academic Council for a period of two-years with immediate effect. With a PhD in Islamic Studies from Manchester University, Dr Khan has been a visiting professor at Riyadh’s Imam University and a permanent resource person since 1991 on research methodology at UGC’s refresher courses for Arabic lecturers in Indian universities conducted at the Jamia Millia Islamia. Author, editor and translator of over 40 books in Arabic, English and Urdu published in Cairo, Beirut, London and Delhi, Dr Khan is the director of the Institute of Islamic & Arab Studies which he founded in Delhi in January 1988 and edits the institute’s world-famous journal Muslim & Arab Perspectives since 1993. He frequently represents Islam and India in international conferences and regularly comments on these issues on international TV and radio channels like Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and BBC Arabic. «

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