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Indian Muslims newsmakers last fortnight

Noted social worker and RTI activist Ms. PARVEEN AMANULLAH, who was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Sahebpur Kamal Constituency, as a JDU candidate, was inducted into the Ministry as a Cabinet Minister for Social Welfare. She took oath of her office on 28 Nov. 2010 at Patna. She is a first-time member of the Legislative Assembly.

NADEEM AHMAD son of Abdul Hafiz of Kirana, Saharanpur secured the second place in All India CSIR Net Junior Research Fellow Scholarship Test for 2010.

SK MAHBOOB BASHA of Andhra Pradesh under 19 cricket team scored a 'perfect ten' in Cooch Behar Plate Group B match at Anantapur on 27 Nov. 2010 and in the process broke the 38 year old Andhra cricket Association records of VSV Prasad who claimed nine for 25 against Kerala in an under 25 match in Vijoyavada in 1972-73.. Off Spinner Basha bowled 27.3 overs on the trot and conceded 44 runs and picked all the wickets against Tripura.

Dr. ZOHRA AHMAD of Delhi secured the first position in Post-Graduate Entrance Exam of All India Institute of Medical Science held on 14 Nov. 2010. Dr Ahmad broke the trend in the sense that earlier only South India based candidates secured top positions.

The government of Rajasthan on 27 Nov. 2010 nominated LIAQAT ALI KHAN, Inspector-General of Police UMER DEEN KHAN an RAS officer, HAIDAR RAZA a Shia leader, Maulana ZUBAIR ALWARI and Maulana FAIYAZ religious scholars as new members to the Rajasthan Waqf Board quorum of eleven members. The newly constituted Board will elect new chairman from among themselves later in a fortnight.

Bihar ex-Congress Chief MAHBOOB ALI QAISAR, who resigned from the post after the polls debacle, was issued arrest warrant by Madhepura district SP on 28 Nov. 2010 for allegedly violating model code of conduct during the recent assembly elections in the state. Mr. Qaisar alongwith Ms Lovely Anand wife of jailed don Anand Mohan allegedly landed their helicopter without legal permission at a venue of an election meeting at Madhepura district on 4 October, 2010.

Founder and Manager of Deoband Unani Medical College Dr. QAMRUZZAMAN QURAISHI was elected to the Indian Medicine Board UP from the physicians constituency of Western Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Quraishi secured 1295 votes as against his other two rivals Dr. Liaq Hussain 67 votes and Dr. Javed Aktar Siddiqui 13 votes.

Secondary Education Directorate Bikaner Rajasthan on 25 Nov. 2010 reinstated the services of Mr. ABUBAKAR NAQVI president of Rajasthan State Primary and Secondary Teachers Union and State Secretary of Karamchari Samekit Mahasangh. It is interesting to note that he was dismissed for violation of moral code of conduct as he gave a call to vote in favour of Bhartia Janata Party.

Dr. ASLAM JAMSHEDPURI Head of the department of Urdu, Chaudhary Charan Singh University Meerut, was nominated member of UP Urdu Academy for a term of two years for the third time.

Director General of civil aviation NASIM AHMAD ZAIDI, a senior IAS officer of 1976 batch became the new civil aviation secretary after Mr. Madhavan Nambiar retired on Nov. 30 2010. Before the aviation he was posted as the representative of India with the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

SHAHZAD AHMAD of village Moghul Sarai, Saharanpur UP has secured fourth position in the PCS (Civil Judge Exam) 2010. He is an AMU alumni and his father is a teacher at Panwar Junior High School.

HASAN SHUJA of daily Sahafat and JALEES AHMAD of PTI/Bhasha were nominated to the Lok Sabha Press Advisory Council (Urdu) by Speaker Meera Kumar on 3 Dec. 2010. The Council has 27 members besides four designated members. The Council will be chaired by S. Sachitanand Murthi of Malayalam Manorma.

Dr. NIGAR SULTANA took over the charges of head of the department of Urdu, Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh on 9 September, 2010.

Dr. ABDUL WAHEED KHAN former Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by Wawason Open University, Penang, Malaysia. This Doctorate of letters Honoris causa has been conferred in acknowledgement and recognition of Dr. Khan as a self-made man, visionary, leader, educationist and achiever in education and global distance education in particular. Dr. Khan is presently President of Talal Abu Gazaleh Business University, Bahrain and senior Advisor to Arab Open University.

Dr. S. ASMAT ALI senior resident of JN Medical College, Department of surgery, Aligarh was nominated as a member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow. He will be presented with a memento in Glasgow later.

Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) legislator and chief of state RJD Mr. ABDUL BARI SIDDIQUI was named the leader of the opposition in the Bihar Assembly by the Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary on 3 Nov. 2010 Earlier Mr. Siddiqui had been elected leader of the RJD assembly party unopposed, a post that was held by Ms Rabri Devi for the past five years. He represents Alinagar constituency in the Bihar Assembly. RJD, which ruled  Bihar for 15 long years, had failed to qualify for the status of the opposition party in the recently held assembly polls and could secured only 22 seats. Despite two seats short of the required 10% seats for the honour.

Senior leader of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Mr. ZAKIR HUSAIN was unanimously elected leader of the LJP in the Bihar Assembly on 29 Nov. 2010 LJP lead by Ramvilas Paswan has won nine assembly seats in the 2010 assembly election. Mr. Zakir Husain represents Araria constituency in the Bihar Assembly.

Lt. General S.A. HASNAIN took over the command of the Srinagar 15 corps also known as the Chinar corps at Srinagar on 4 Dec. 2010. He replaces Lt. Gen. N.C. Marwah who will now head the command in Andaman and Nicobar islands. The 15 Corps headquarters is considered to be one of the most prestigious Corps of Army in the country. Before this Lt. Gen. Hasnain functioned as Colonel General Staff in the counter-insurgency Victory Force in south Kashmir, he later commanded a brigade in Uri, during which period the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus services was launched. Lt. Gen. Hasnian shot into prominence conducting court martial proceedings against a Major of Rashtriya Rifles battalion. He assumes the charges of the Chinar Corps against the backdrop of the current disagreement between the State government and the Army over demilitarisation and withdrawal or amending of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. Lt. Gen. Hasnian will be also incharge of guarding the LoC, checking infiltration and subduing the threat of insurgency. He is only the second Muslim officer to have commanded the prestigious 15 Corps a crucial shield against Pakistan's offensive intent after Lt. Gen. M.A. Zaki. Lt. Gen. Hasnain comes from a family of soldiers as his father served Garhwal Rifles and retired as a Major General. He is an expert in both conventional and counter-terrorism operations and had served the valley for more than a decade.

State RJD Chief Mr. ABDUL BARI SIDDIQUI was elected leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal in the Bihar State Legislative Assembly. In the recent election in the state RJD has won 22 assembly seats. He is expected to be appointed as the leader of the opposition in the state assembly by the speakers discretion. Non of the parties has secured 24 member technical requirement as the Bihar Legislative Assembly rules to be nominated as opposition party in the assembly in the wake of the land slide victory of JDU BJP combined in the 2010 Assembly Election.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 16

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