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Newsmakers: 16-31 December 2001

Nizam dynasty’s Prince Mufakkham Jah Bahadur has been unanimously elected Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Anjuman of Jamia Millia Islamia on 27 November. Jah will hold the title of Amir-i-Jamia. Prince Jah completed his education from Hyderabad, France and England. Being one of the most distinguished personalities of the Nizam dynasty Jah holds various key posts and is a patron of Evening Engineering College. 

Distinguished Urdu poet Shahryar represented Urdu language in All India Kalidas ceremonies organized by Kalidas Academy. The week-long programme held in Ujjain, a pilgrimage centre of Madhya Pradesh was attended by prominent poets of various Indian languages. Shahryar was one of the invitees. The function was inaugurated by Vice President of India Krishn Kant. Prof Shahryar, member of AMU Court and former Head of the Department of Urdu in AMU has participated in various literary functions in America, France, Belgium, Italy, England, Dubai, Qatar, Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Mauritius and Pakistan and has been conferred dozens of awards. His collection of poems has been translated into various Indian and foreign languages. 

Actress and MP Shabana Azmi launched an AIDS Awareness Campaign on 29 November at the New Delhi Municipal Council’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic-cum Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre on the occasion of World AIDS Day. Congratulating the step taken by NMDC she said that it was needed to tackle AIDS as its treatment was expensive. Saying that in India 3.8 million people were suffering from HIV infection, she suggested that HIV positive patients should not be disheartened and should live happily. The centre would be providing rapid testing facilities at a nominal charge.

Ghazal singer Najma Akhtar has never looked back after she won an Asian Song Contest in Britain in 1984 at the young age of 22. Now she is making a history of her own as probably she is the first playback singer in Britain. Najma says she is a playback singer in Bollywood Queen and adds that in British films actors, unlike their counterparts in India, are expected to do their own singing. 

Member of Parliament Amir Alam Khan has joined Samajwadi Party on 21 November. The party President Mulayam Singh Yadav while announcing his inclusion in the party said that his inclusion has made the party stronger in UP. Earlier Amir Alam was with Ajit Singh’s Lok Dal. On Ajit’s joining the BJP-led government he joined the party with Lok Dal (Secular) saying that Ajit had joined hands with communal forces and therefore there was no question of his remaining in the party. Amir Alam had been elected for Lok Sabha from Kairana constituency in the last election. 

23-year-old Abdul Hakim was lucky to be the saviour of Kerala team in 57th Santosh trophy National football championship final held at Mumbai's Cooperage stadium on 17 November. In an exciting final match against Goa, Hakim pumped in all the three goals that Kerala scored in the match. Kerala won 3-2 to be crowned the National Champion for the fourth time. The taste of victory was sweeter this time because the State Bank of Travancore striker Abdul Hakim, the golden boy of final, finished as the tournaments top scorer with seven goals against his name, pipping fellow state mate, Asif Zahir (six goals). Together these two sinewy, slippery strikers vindicated coach M Peetambaran's belief that his team will get the goals, come what may. "I didn't know where the ball went, what happened after that. My mind was blank" confessed Hakim, after netting the `golden goal', the most valuable goal of the tournament in the second half of extra time. Abdul Hakeem, hailing from Palakkad district, began playing football at an early age and has played for many a prestigious team like Calicut University and SBT. Indian football will remain indebted to this golden boy for renewing the belief that the world's number one sport can still remain a beautiful game.

Imtiaz Murtuza has been appointed a judge in Allahabad High Court. Mr Murtuza is the son of Justice Murtuza Husain (Retd) who has also been the Lokaayukta of UP for many years and is now devoting his full energy and time in the spread of education among Muslims. Born on 2 March 1953, Justice Imtiaz Murtuza received his law degree from Allahabad University and started his career as a junior of prominent advocates DN Mathur and BN Mathur . He started practice in High Court in 1980 and got expertise in criminal cases, criminal appeal, appeals against capital punishment NSA constitutional affairs etc, His elder brother Javed Murtuza is also a prominent lawyer of Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court who took keen interest in social and community affairs (Obaid Nasir).

Well-known writer and author Hasan Chishti has compiled two volumes of select writings of Mujtaba Husain, renowned satirist on completion of forty years of writing of Mujtaba Husain. The book has been titled Mujtaba Husain ki Behtreen Tahreeren. Most of Husain’s books are not available in market now. The first of the two parts, consisting of around 350 pages is now out in the market. It has been published by Aligarh’s Educational Publishing House and has been priced at Rs 250. The second part is under printing. 

A reception under the auspices of Anjuman Khuddame-Mazhari Fatehpur Masjid Delhi was held at Aiwan-e-Ghalib in honour of Mufti Muhammad Miyan Samar Dehlvi Sajjadah Nasheen of Khanqah Mazhariyyah on his unanimous election as City Qazi. He himself presided over the function while Qari Muhammad Miyan Mazhari, Chairman of Minorities Financial and Development Corporation organized the programme. Dr Fazlur Raham said in his inaugural address that sighting a new moon is a sensitive matter. Acknowledging the religious and educational services of Mazhariyyah family, Khwaja Hasan Sani Nizami congratulated Mufti Muhammad Miyan in his short but comprehensive speech and said that these services ensure the safety of sharia and a drive to create an awakening in the coming generations. Syed Afzal Ahmad expressed his good wishes and offered a shawl to Mufti Muhammad Miyan. The newly elected Qazi-e-Shahr said that Sharia Muhammadiyyah is a great gift for believers. It is the spirit of deen that a believer should follow Allah and his messenger with great devotion and loyalty.

A special court has allowed incarcerated film producer Nasim Rizvi to undertake treatment for swelling in the neck at the government-owned J J Hospital in Mumbai. Rizvi had developed a lump in the neck and doctors suspected that it was due to secretion problem in the glands. Co-accused and film financier Bharat Shah has already been hospitalised since July 10 after he complained of uneasiness and cardiac problems. Rizvi and Shah have been arrested under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for their alleged links with Karachi-based gangster Chhota Shakeel. Police claim to have recorded telephone talks between them and Shakeel which allegedly reveal that they had targetted film personalities for personal gains. Police also claim that the film “Chori Chori Chupke Chupke” was made by Rizvi at the behest of the underworld. The court had attached the film in March this year and appointed court receiver Santosh Singh Jain to release the film and collect the proceeds thereof.


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