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Sheikh Abu Bakar of Sunni Jamiatul Ulama honoured
Calicut: Sheikh Abu Bakar who was honoured last month (October) with ‘Jewels of the World Award’ in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) in the International Educational Conference sponsored by Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in recognition of his activities and works for the promotion of education on international scale is the general secretary of All India Sunni Jamiatul Ulama of Kerala. He has set up many welfare institutions, religious and modern educational institutions in India and many foreign countries through which religious and modern education is being promoted on a fairly large scale and because of their growing educational popularity an educational agreement has been signed between Malayasia International University and Central Islamic University, Calicut for mutual cooperation in the educational field. In addition to this, educational agreements have been signed with about half a dozen universities of foreign countries. According to recent information, more than 300 English medium schools have been set up, more than 5000 mosques have been built, more than 10,000 maktabs, about 500 Darul Ulooms and more than 20,000 orphanages have been built and run and financed under the patronage of Sheikh Abu Bakar. In addition to all these, many voluntary and milli organisations also are being run under his patronage.
Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards function 2015 was held in Delhi on 2 November when selected journalists in Broadcasting and Printing fields were honoured with Awards. Among 35 odd winners in diferent fields of journalism, the following were also honoured with Awards: Broadcast: SYEDA AFIFA KHATOON of News 24 (Hindi), HALIMABI ABDUL KURESHI of IBN Lokmat (Reporting on politics and govt), AAMIR RAFIQ PEERZADA of NDTV (on-the-spot reporting). Print: M. FIROS KHAN of Madhayamam Daily (Regional languages), ASHWAQ MASOODI of MINT (Uncovering India Invisible)
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav honoured more than 70 important personalities in the fields of social service, literature, science, music, education etc with UP’s award ‘Yash Barti’ started by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1994-95 when he was chief minister of UP. Among those honoured with this Award, which consists of a shawl, memento and cheque of Rs. 11 lakh and monthly pension of Rs. 50,000 for each, were BEGUM HAMIDAH HABIBULLAH for social service, BASHIR BADR, Urdu poet, for literature, NASIRUDDIN SHAH in the field of acting and film, JA’FAR MIR ABDULLAH, ASLAM WARSI  and SABRI BROTHERS in the field of Qawwali, SHARIB RUDAULVI (litterateur), Ms. SABIHA ANWAR, fiction writer, Dr. MANSOOR HASAN and many others. The Award giving function was held in the new Secretariat Buiding in Lucknow on 27 October.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2016 on page no. 12

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