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AMU PRODr. Rahat Abrar has been appointed as the Director, Urdu Academy on 21 June. Dr. Abrar has been associated with the university’s Public Relations Office for more than thirty years and was recently reappointed by the Vice Chancellor as Consultant, Public Relations for a period of six months. A scholar of distinction, Dr. Abrar has several books to his credit and holds a special place amongst the people who have rendered distinguished services for the promotion of Urdu language.
ROQAIYYA BEGUM has been elected chairperson of Kishan Ganj (Bihar) District Board by defeating Ms. Sweety Singh, BJP candidate. Qamrul Hoda, who served as chairman of Kishanganj District Board has this time been elected Deputy Chairman
ALIA PARVEEN D/o Mirza Ahsan Raza was elected Mukhia of a Panchayat of a village in Darbhanga. She defeated her nearest rival Shiela Devi by a margin of about 300 votes. She is the youngest Graduate Muslim women Mukhia in the whole of Darbhanga district.
One Ms. AAMINA KHATOON of a village in Azamgarh district who claims to be 117 years old, has disputed government’s claim that Col. Nizamuddin, former driver of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, of Azamgarh district, aged 116 years is the oldes living person of the world and activities at official level are going on to get his name included in the Guinness Book of Wold Record as the oldest living person in the world today. According to family register of Mrs. Aamina Khatoon, her date of bith mentioned therein is 3 July 1899. From this point of view her present age is 117 years. Her husband Ahmad Ali died about 20 years ago and of her two sons and two daughters, only one daughter Safia Khatoon is alive who is about 70 years old now.
MUHAMMAD FURQAN SAMBHALI, noted author and fiction writer has been conferred PhD Degree by AMU Department of Urdu for research work on ‘Roohelkhand mein Urdu Afsaaney ka Irtiqa’ (Evolution of Urdu fiction in Roohelkhand) which he completed under the supervision of Prof. Abul Kalam Qasim, a prominent critic.              

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 July 2016 on page no. 12

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