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Dr. SALAHUDDIN, noted Urdu author and former lecturer of Delhi College died in Delhi on 25 June after a protracted illness at the age of 76 years. His first book was Dilli ke Urdu makhtootaat which in Urdu was published by Anjuman Taraqqi-e Urdu and in English by India International Centre. His most important work is Dilli Walay, running into 1100 pages and is in 3 volumes published by Delhi Urdu Academy in which he has written articles on Delhi’s famous academic, literary, social and business personalities. In recognition of his teaching and literary services he was honoured by Delhi University with Mirza Ghalib Award and Dr. Radhakrishnan Award. He leaves behind his widow, two sons and two daughters.
Twenty-four year oldMAQSOOD ALAM who was observing Ramadan fast, had gone to river Ganga along with his friends saw two persons drowning in the river. He jumped into the gushing water to save them. While he succeeded in saving one, he jumped again in the river to save the other person but was drowned at the Ganga Barrage. This happened on 23 June. Ironically, his marriage was fixed recently and the ‘Nikah’ was scheduled just after Eid, according to his brother Mansoor. District Magistrate, Kaushal Raj Sharma of Kanpur said that the administration was recommending Maqsood’s name for bravery award to be given posthumously. The DM said that ‘His act was selfless as he took the risk, knowing well that he could lose his life. I salute Maqsood’. His six other friends with whom he had gone to the river were also drowned.
Prof. SAYEEDA JAAFAR, former president of Osmania University, Hyderabad’s Department of Urdu, prominent researcher and critic, an expert on ‘Deccanism’ died recently. In a condolence meeting held at NCPUL’s office in Delhi, NCPUL’s Director Prof. Irtiza Kareem described her death as a great loss to Dakhini research which can never be forgotten. He said that she compiled Urdu Adab ki Taarikh in cooperation with Prof. Gyan Chand Jain is a master work. Her other literary works are Dakhini RubaeeyyaN, Man smjhaavan, Kulliat-e Muhammad Quli Qurub Shah, Dakkinin adab ka Tanqeedi Mutala’ etc. She did PhD on Urdu Mazmoon ka Irtiqa’ (Evolution of Urdu essays) and she tried to project Master Ram Chandar as the first essayist of Urdu.
Prof. ZAKI ANSARI, Principal of State Unani Medical College, Bhopal died of heart attack on 13 June. Earlier, he was Principal of Al Farooq Unani Medical College, Indore.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2016 on page no. 12

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