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Irfan Pathan during news conference at Mumbai on 9 May

Irfan Pathan during news conference
 at Mumbai on 9 May


Allahabad: Uttar Pradesh Urdu Development Organisation has demanded UP government should create Urdu Cells in all the departments of the secretariat under Uttar Pradesh Official Language (Amendment) Act 1989 on the pattern of State Election Commission and sanction the posts of one assistant secretary, one upper grade assistant and two lower grade assistants for Urdu language so that implementation of Urdu could be made possible legally. The organisation said in a statement that State Election Commission secretary, Ram Nath Tirpathy in a letter dated 17 March to the principal secretary of UP government has complained that in this department there is no Urdu typist and typewriter. He demanded setting up of an Urdu cell in the commission and the creation one post of assistant commissioner, one upper grade assistant, and one lower grade assistant and typist for Urdu Language. 

Hausoora (Ambedkar Nagar): Majority of Muslim children receive their education in maktabs and madrasas spread in villages and towns but most of them, including the intelligent ones, cannot continue their education beyond 5th class because of poverty or lack of proper guidance. In order to partly meet this deficiency, a private organisation National Welfare Society was formed some years ago which, under its Hera Talent Search Scheme invites young students from madrasas and schools from neighbouring areas and selects five intelligent students every year after conducting tests. It make arrangements for their further education and meets all their expenses on books, dress and accommodation from its own limited resources. This scheme was started in 2002 and the students so far selected are now in 6th to 9th grades. The society is currently running three schools, Hera Public School, Zohra Girls School and Maulana Naseem Girls College. 

New Delhi: Barely eight months after his birth, Saif Khan started having liver trouble. His parents ran from one place to another in Pakistan and even in some neighbouring countries for their son’s treatment but having failed everywhere they finally landed in Delhi’s Ganga Ram Hospital after improvement in Indo-Pak relations. By this time Saif had become four years old. First his mother offered her liver for transplant but because of some biological reasons doctors did not agree to her offer. Then his uncle, Naved offered his lever which after tests was found fit for transplant. It took six hours to operate upon Naved to take out a part of his lever, while transplanting the lever to Saif took eight hours. The transplant was carried out through meticulous operative technique and it was first such case in this hospital.For the operation Saif’s parents had requested for financial help through internet and 60 percent help came from the people in India. The total fees of operation was Rs 15 lakh but hospital charged Rs 12 lakh. 

Aligarh: AMU Alumni Association, Toranto, an association of old students of Aligarh Muslim University in Canada, has announced 60 scholarships (30 each to boy and girl students) for this year to intelligent students of AMU who have secured good marks. These scholarships have been given by DSW Prof Muzaffar A Siddiqi who said that AMU is proud that its students always maintain their association with their alma mater. He said that in all about 1200 students had applied for these scholarships of whom after test and interview only 60 boys and girls have been selected. 

New Delhi: Three minors, two girls and one boy were rescued by Delhi police on 30 April. The girls Sameena, 16 and Salma 14 were kidnapped from their home in Bihar about six months ago and sold to a man in Haryana for Rs 50,000. After 3 months they were sold again to a resident of Panipat, Ajmer Singh for even a bigger amount. The girls somehow managed to escape and reached Haryana border where they were noticed by a Delhi Police staff and he brought them to the nearest police station. In another case a six-year-old boy who had been kidnapped in Delhi’s Usmanpur area by a rickshpuller and sold to an issueless couple for Rs 2000 was rescued from Bijnore in UP. All the three kidnappers have been arrested. 

lakhS tonnes of mangoes to be exported 
Lucknow: India plans to export 30 lakh tonnes of fine quality of Indian mangoes like nawab and chausa mainly grown in UP in spite of tough competition from Pakistani varieties like sindhouri, chausa and rataul. According to the director of horticulture and canned fruits department of UP, Manmohan Singh though the taste of fine quality Indian mangoes is better than Pakistani mangoes, that country has an edge over Indian products because of lower freight cost because of Karachi port’s proximity to the Gulf countries and also because of transportation by ship. Indian mangoes cannot be transported by ships because it will take much longer time and their quality will deteriorate and hence these are transported by air which involves higher cost.

Muslim girls hostels needed 
New Delhi: A delegation of Muslim women will be meeting Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and Union human resources development minister Arjun Singh soon to impress upon them the immediate need of setting up Muslim girls hostels in Delhi. This decision was taken in a symposium on ‘Women’s Education and Residential Facilities’ held at Saltanat Girls Hostel organised by Talim Society of Delhi. The symposium discussed the necessity and importance of girls hostels.

According to a press release of Talim Society, Jamia Millia Islamia’s head of the department of history, Mrs Sunita Zaidi said that in the universities of Delhi admission of many girls is rejected because they are unable to find suitable accommodation in the vicinity of the institutions and that there is not much accommodation for them in university or college hostels. Moreover, living in rented flats is not safe for them.

Well known short story writer, Nigar Azeem has appreciated Talim Society’s efforts for the establishment of girls hostels as this will help the girls coming here from far off places for education. Editor of a monthly magazine Mahfil-e Sanam, Shahla Nawab said that since admission in educational institutions has no meaning without proper arrangements for accommodation, government should pay special attention to this problem and set up more and more of such hostels. 

Islamic jurists to discuss the use of TV 
Deoband: Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind organised eighth All India Islamic Jurists Conference on 27, 28 and 29 April in Bangalore to discuss the viewing of TV by Muslims. The Darul Uloom management on the instructions of Maulana As’ad Madni sanctioned special leave to muftis and ulama to participate in the conference. In view of this, a large number of delegates left for Bangalore to participate in this conference.

The way electronic media like TV etc has entered daily life of common man has made many ulama think whether any Islamic channel is also needed to meet the requirement of people specially Muslims. All these aspects will be discussed in this conference. 

As regards common practice it is found that not only common man but even in homes of religious leaders, who make speeches and pronounce ‘fatwas’ against the use of TV, it has become a matter of necessity.

Before setting off for Bangalore, Darul Uloom’s muftis and senior teachers expressed their views privately that there is no question of permitting the use of TV under any circumstances. They further said that any soft attitude about viewing TV will give the clear message to people that restrictions imposed by Darul Uloom on TV viewing or any channel have been removed.

Urdu academy’s Literary gathering
New Delhi: Urdu Academy, Delhi organised a three-day literary assembly named ‘Naye Puraney Charagh’ of Delhi’s men of letters on 30 April, 1 and 2 May at Ghalib Academy, Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi. This function was inaugurated on 30 April by the former vice chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Syed Shahid Mehdi. The chief guest was Khwaja Hasan Sani Nizami and the other prominent participants included Dr Tanveer Alvi, Prof Qamar Raees. On this occasion, a book Tarz-e Khayal consisting of critical essays and articles of Prof Mohammad Hasan was also released. The book was recently published by Delhi Urdu Academy. 

In this literary meet, three sessions were held daily in which critical and research articles, short stories, essays, poetry were read out, recited and discussed. One of the objectives of such literary meets is to encourage budding poets, writer and critics who want to step in the literary world. They get an opportunity to present their works in the presence of prominent and experienced litterateurs where they get valuable advice and guidance from senior and experienced men of letters which is very beneficial to them in improving their literary faculties. 

It is estimated that around three dozen research and critical articles, short stories, essays, manuscripts were read out in the meet and around 110 poets recited their poems.

distribution of books in madrasas 
Muradabad: Department of primary education will now provide free books to students of government recognised religious madrasas and for this purpose department of education will conduct a survey to find out the exact number of students. Since the government proposes to introduce modern education in religious madrasas along with religious education from the forthcoming academic session, it has decided to provide free books to students of recognised madrasas from 1st to 8th grades. However, free books will be supplied to students of only those madrasas which fulfill all the required conditions. It may be noted that till now free books from 1st to 8th class were being supplied only to the students belonging to reserved categories.

A survey is presently being conducted by the education department in 30 madrasas of Muradabad district in order to find out the number of students. In addition to this, free books are also proposed to be provided to the students of aided basic schools.

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