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Kashmiri woman in front of Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar
Kashmiri woman in front of Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar
 

61000 PERSONS STILL MISSING IN GUJARAT 
New Delhi: Many social and political leaders, artistes and teachers have demanded the dismissal of the Gujarat government of Narendra Modi, the killer of humanity and the man who brought innumerable miseries on Muslims. They have demanded that the central government, by invoking Article 356 of the Constitution, should dismiss Modi government and punish him because it was during his government that the country’s biggest state sponsored pogrom took place.
In a joint statement, they said that even three years after the massacre of humanity about 61,000 persons are still missing in the state, most of whom are people belonging to the minority community. It may be noted that during the past few moths such bold statements and demands are being made by individuals as well as groups. 

JAVED AKHTAR’s POEMS IN GUJRATI 
Mumbai: Some of the Ghazals and poems of Javed Akhtar have now been translated into Gujarati. Collection of his Urdu poetic works Tarkash has been translated into Gujarati by poet Dr Raees Maniar. This anthology is already in its ninth edition in Hindi and fifth edition in Urdu. Gujarati version of Tarkash was released on 30 April by Praful Shah. Tarkash has received acclaim both as a book as well as India’s first audio book. Shabana Azmi and other prominent personalities were present at the time of release of the translated version of book.

‘Uttranchal govt. sincere to minorities’
Dehradun: According to Uttaranchal Waqf Board’s chairman, Chaudhari Raees Ahmad, Uttaranchal government is sincere to its promises for the welfare and development of minorities of the state. He said that Minorities Commission, Haj Committee and Waqf Board have already been formed. A Madrasa Commission on the pattern of UP’s Arabic-Persian Madrasa Board has also been set up and an Urdu Academy also will be set up soon. Similarly, Unani Tibbi Board also will be formed soon.

MUGHAL-E-AZAM 
Houston: K Asif’s 45-year old black-and-white classic, starring Dilip Kumar, Madhu Bala, Nigar Sultana and others, Mughal-e Azam now colourised and with modified songs, is running continuously for four weeks in USA and enthralling the young and the old alike. It has so far raked in more than US$ 150,000 in the face of tough competition from many new releases. The viewers appear to be spell bound by the film’s grand sets depicting splendour of the Moghul court, rich costumes and jewellery, poetic script, melodious songs and attractive dance scenes. 

DEPARTMENT OF URDU IN BARRACKPUR’s COLLEGE
Kolkata: After long and continuous efforts of Anjuman Taraqqi-e Urdu, West Bengal, the local area MP and many others, state government authorities have given their approval for setting up the department of Urdu in Surendra Nath College of Barrackpur, district 24 Pargana, West Bengal. It will come into being with effect from the academic session of 2005-06. Urdu students of neighbouring areas are being requested to take admission in the college in large number otherwise in the absence of sufficient number of students, the future of this department will be in jeopardy. It may be mentioned in this connection that in many colleges of Muslim populated areas, Urdu departments have already been started.

SYLLABUS OF UTTARANCHAL MADRASAS
Dehradun: Modern educational syllabus, in addition to the religious one, will also be introduced and taught in religious madrasas of Uttaranchal. The announcement was made by Sunil Kumar Mattoo, secretary of the department of social welfare. He said that for this purpose a Muslim Educational Mission has been set up under the leadership of Maulana Khateeb and Wasim Khan Tajwar. He added that Muslims form 14 percent of this state’s population but their educational standard is not satisfactory and the drop-out rate of students is very high. In order to prevent this trend and to improve their educational standard, government has allocated an amount of Rs 50 lakh. 

URDU TO BE TAUGHT THROUGH CD IN UP 
Muradabad: Dr Mohammad Yaseen Usmani, chairman of the executive committee of UP Urdu Academy said at a function at Falahul Quraish School here that in spite of the greatest number of Urdu speaking population in UP the important problem in the state is not the promotion of Urdu but its very survival. The Academy has therefore decided to popularise Urdu education through CD. The Academy is also thinking of starting evening or night schools in order to promote Urdu. The function was organised to felicitate Masoom Muradabadi who was honoured with Urdu Academy’s Award for Urdu journalism. 

STUDENTS UNION TO BE REVIVED IN JAMIA 
New Delhi: In 1992 when the controversy over Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses was at its peak in Jamia Millia Islamia also like other places, a remark by Prof Mushirul Hasan, now Jamia’s vice chancellor, that every one even Salman Rushdie, had the right to be heard evoked the wrath of Jamia students and he was publicly assaulted. Because of this incident and frequent unruly behaviour of the students at the instigation of Students Union, it was banned by Jamia’s former vice chancellor Lt. Gen. Zaki. Now that Prof Hasan is VC of JMI again, he wants to put into practice his belief that everyone has a right to be heard. He has therefore decided that the Students’ Union will be revived from next academic session in July ’05 on the plea that students are the future rulers of the country and that they have every right to assert themselves and raise issues. However, he said that the constitution of Students’ Union has been re-framed and a series of checks and balances have been incorporated in it so as to keep mischief-mongers away from the Union.

COMMUNAL FLARE-UP IN COOCH BIHAR 
Kolkata: Communal riots erupted in Cooch Bihar town on 2 May when a violent mob attacked a religious place of worship and many houses. Police had to fire in the air and also to fire tear gas shells in order to disperse the crowd. IG Police, Mukherjee told UNI that situation was under control but in view of prevailing tension in the city armed police force had been posted. 

JAMIAT AHL-HADITH CONFERENCE 
Lucknow: A-three day conference of provincial Jamiat Ahl-e Hadith, Western UP is going to be held from 24 April at Tanda (Bareily) in which speakers will express their views on educational problems of Muslims, Personal Laws, preaching of Qur’an and Hadith, explanations and clarifications of Ahl-e Hadith sect, Islam and terrorism and introducing reforms in Muslim society. Maulana Me’raj Rabbani, Razaullah Madni, Maulana Asghar Ali Salfi and many other speakers will address the seminar. Abdul Noor Sanabali, announcing this, said that special arrangements have been for purdah of women and for people from outside the city proper arrangements for their boarding and lodging have been made. 

HAJ PILGRIMAGE OF POOR KASHMIRIS 
Srinagar: Indian army in Kashmir is planning to finance Haj pilgrimage of some poor people of Kashmir who are longing for Haj but cannot afford it. Maj Gen M.S. Balhara, General Officer Commanding (GOC) said while talking to media persons at Sharifabad in Badgam district that the army has received suggestions for providing help to extremely poor people in this respect. He said that proposal to this effect has been sent to higher military authorities for approval and if approved, next year 40-50 poor persons will be sent on Haj pilgrimage on army expenses. He was speaking at a function to welcome and honour the Hajis who had returned to the state after performing the Haj. Such a function is said to be a customary practice every year wherein Hajis are welcomed, given presents and asked to preach peace and brotherhood in their respective localities.

Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Sayed Ali Shah Gilani has strongly opposed the army’s decision. He said that by financing the Haj expenses of these poor people, the main objective of security forces is to cover up the cases of violation of human rights by them.

He said that young men are being killed by these security forces in fake encounters and there is no abatement in custodial deaths and crimes against women. He insisted that this is just an attempt to hide the war crimes of security forces.  
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