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Dr. KHALIQ ANJUM, Vice President of Anjuman Taraqqi-Urdu Hind (ATUH), critic, noted researcher, and considered an authority on Ghalib died in Delhi on 18 October at the age of 83 years. An author of about 85 books, he served as general secretary of ATUH for about 38 years. He served as teacher in Delhi University and Kirori Mal College before joining ATUH and did PhD from Delhi University. Among his many books like Ghalib ka Safar-eCalcutta, Intekhaab Khotoot-e Ghalib, Classiki Adab ki Baazyaaft (Resumption of Classical literature) is considered his most important literary work. He was honoured with many awards including Pandit Datatriya Kaifi Award in 2009. He leaves behind his wife, one son and one daughter.
Prof. ABDUL WADOOD AZHAR DEHLWI, eminent teacher of Persian who was also well versed in Urdu, English, Arabic, Sanskrit and Punjabi died in Delhi at the age of 80 years. A brilliant orator in Persian and English, who did PhD in Persian from Iran, he became Associate Professor of Persian in JNU in 1970 and had become President of the Department of Foreign Languages or Linguistics Department. He was also an active member of Jamat Ahl-e Hadees.
Prof. (Dr.) AEJAZ ALI ARSHAD, teacher, noted writer and administrator and presently Vice Chancellor of Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic and Persian University was honoured with a Special Award, along with 9 others, by Patna University in recognition of his multi-farious activities in different fields. Earlier, he was Head of Patna University’s Department of Urdu and Dean of Students Welfare in the University.
Prof. (Mrs.) SHAMIM NIKHAT, noted fiction writer and critic died in Lucknow on 28 September at the age of about 70 years. She had served as a professor in Delhi University’s Department of Urdu. Wife of noted Urdu critic Prof. Sharib Rudaulvi, she too was a literary critic and author of many collections of Urdu short stories like Do Aadhay (Two halves), Ta’asuraat (impressions), a collection of essays, Prem Chand ke Novelon mein Niswani kirdar (Women’s role in Prem Chand’s novels). She set up ‘Sho’aa’ (beam or ray) Fatema Girls Inter College in Lucknow for poor girls. She also played an important role in teaching Urdu to non-Urdu knkowing studetns
MUHAMMAD SHAFI’ BHAT, senior leader of J&K and former Lok Sabha MP died in Srinagar on 13 October at the age of 71 years after a prolonged illness. After holding many important posts in Kashmir Bar Association he had joined National Conference and was elected Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Parliametnry constituency in 1989.              
Fourteen-year old Salma Khatoon of 9th class of Bihar’s Aurangabad district had received serious burn injuries when a boy of her locality had thrown acid on her on 24 June (month of Ramzan) when she was sleeping in her house. She was got admitted first in the local hospital, then to district hospital, then to a Patna hospital and finally to Delhi’s costly hospital, Apolo by a voluntary welfare NGO ChhaaoN (shade) but the burn injury was so serious that even after three months treatment in the hospital’s ICU she could not survive and breathed her last. The Bihar government neither gave any compensation to her family members nor took any interest in her treatment. Salma’s brother Manzar Husain says that his family has no money to take her body to home by air with the result that her body is still lying in the hospital. It is not known who bore the expenses of 3 months treatment in ICU of this costly hospital.
MUHAMMAD NASIMUDDIN, noted and fearless Urdu journalist of Bhagalpur died of heart attack on 6 September at the age of 67 years. He was associated with the Urdu daily‘Qaumi Tanzeem’ since 1989.

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

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