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NASEEM AHMAD Zaidi, who retired as secretary in the union ministry of civil aviation on 31 July has been appointed Election Commissioner by the President of India Pranab Mukherji. A 1976 batch IAS officer of UP cadre, his appointment is for five years and will be effective from the date he takes over this post. Earlier he held the posts among others, of Director General Civil Aviation and India’s Permanent Representative to International Civil Aviation Organisation.
ZAKI AHMAD, an IPS officer of 1992 batch who is presently working in the National Crime Bureau, has been appointed DIG of Meerut in place of DIG Hari Ram Sharma who has been transferred to some other place.
Prof SALAHUDDIN Ansari, a former MP has been appointed Director of Indian Overseas Bank by Indian government for three years. Earlier, he was appointed by Indian government as Director of State Bank of India’s Board.
Dr MOHSIN Wali, prominent heart specialist and senior physician and surgeon of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi has been appointed Personal Physician of President Pranab Mukherjee. Dr Mohsin Wali is the first doctor of the country who has the honour of being the Doctor of three Presidents of the country. Before this, he has served President (Dr) Shankar Dayal Sharma and President R. Venkataraman as their personal doctor.
Mrs JOOHI KHAN, social worker and Principal of Tender Hearts School, Zakir Nagar, Jamia Nagar Okhla has been appointed a Member of Delhi Women’s Commission by Delhi government. She has taken over the charge of her new assignment.
Prof KABIRUDDIN, UGCBSR Faculty Fellow in AMU’s Department of Chemistry has been given a prestigious research project of Rs. 25.50 lakh by Science & Engineering Research Board, New Delhi. Prof Kabiruddin has worked as UGC Fellow Emeritus in different countries like Czechoslovakia, England and USA on post-doctoral posts. His approximately 325 research articles have so far been published and has represented AMU and India in many international conferences.
Prof JAVED A. USMANIof AMU’s JN Medical College’s Forensic Department has been appointed new Director of Medical Attendance Scheme for two years in place of Prof Haroon Subhan. Another new appointment is that of Prof Zafar Ahsan who is now the new President of Department of Mathematics for three years in place of Prof Afzaal Baig.

Lord KHALID HAMEED, NRI from Lucknow and member of the Upper House of Britain’s Parliament, House of Lords, has been honoured with ‘Freedom of the City of London’ in recognition of his services in medical field as a doctor and promotion of understanding and mutual relationship between different religions. Lord Hameed was also honoured by Indian government with Padma Bhushan Award in 2009.

Kerala’s businessman based in Gulf, M.A. Yusuf Ali has resigned as a Member of Air India’s Board of Directors on two personal grounds. Firstly on conscientious ground because, according to him, in spite of his best efforts to do something good to the people of Kerala living in the Gulf, he failed to improve their lot in any way. He considers this as his failure (though this has nothing to do with his membership of AI’s Board of Directors). Secondly he has a plan to introduce a Kerala-based airline to be named Air Kerala which he has already got registered. If his long cherished dream of Air Kerala becomes a reality, there would a conflict of interest i.e. Air India would become a competitor and hence his being a Director of Air India’s Board would be untenable and hence he resigned.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 August 2012 on page no. 13

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