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New Delhi: The Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Hind has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against removal of the compulsory subject of Urdu from Public Service examinations in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The court has admitted the petition for hearing and notices in this regard have been issued to the Public Service Commissions of both the states.
The Anjuman having come to know that the Urdu paper was removed from PS examinations filed a writ petition stating that removal of Urdu paper was against Articles 14, 21, 29, 309, 344 (3), 350 (A) and 350 (B) of the Constitution. This decision of the states is also against Article 51 (A) in which the Constitution states that it is the duty of every citizen to strive for survival of the composite culture of India and it is also against Article 14 which grants equal rights to every citizen.

The Anjuman argued that Urdu words were frequently used in courts and old documents, details of lands and dale-deed etc. are written in Urdu which are often challenged in courts. A judge needs to know Urdu to pronounce judgement in these cases, the petition said.

A tug of war over Jammu and Kashmir between two nuclear powers India and Pakistan has left lakhs of people dead. M. I. Ansari, member, Academic Council, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open Univeristy has a solution. He suggests, let a Switzerland be born in the continent. To Mughal emperor Jahangir Kashmir is a paradise on the earth. India, Pakistan and the UNO should guarantee the independence and integrity of the people of the paradise on the earth. Let Kashmir become the most beautiful, peaceful and beloved place in Asia once again. Thousands have lost their mental balance and lingering in hospitals. Let us make them supremely happy and announce the beautification.

Resolution of the Kashmir imbroglio can open the doors of a tremendous progress for the entire continent beyond imagination. We shall have an access to the vast thoroughfare to an entire new world through our northern door i.e. Pakistan. This solution was first brought forward by The Times of India in its main edit “Zurich-on-the-Jhelum” on August 22, 2003 explaining that “Absurd as the idea might seem today, Kashmir as Switzerland could be tomorrow’s reality.” The formula is a marvelous suggestion to the governments of India and Pakistan to maintain peace and harmony in the subcontinent for good.

New Delhi: In a statement in the Lok Sabha on December 18, the government said that the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes sees no justification to include Muslims and Christians in the SC list. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Satya Narain Jatiya quoted the Registrar General of India as saying that stratification among Christians on the basis of caste could well become a matter of international controversy.

New Delhi: Najma Heptullah, Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha seems to create a new history in the Council of States. She is expected to resign as a Congress member of the House to occupy a post vacated by a retired nominated member of the House. She expects to get a fresh term in the Rajya Sabha before the new anti-defection law comes into effect after the approval of the Upper House.

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh Minorities Commission presented an award to Johny Foster, a music teacher at the General Education Centre, Aligarh Muslim University in recognition of his services towards preserving and promoting India's composite culture and for his outstanding services to minorities. The award was presented to Foster by the state governor in Lucknow. Earlier too Foster has been awarded several times.

New Delhi: While expressing satisfaction over the present leadership of the Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu, 17 prominent litterateurs and intellectuals of the country stated in their joint statement that the campaign against the leadership of the Anjuman is false and misleading. According to a press release of the Anjuman, a meeting of its executive body was held recently. A resolution was passed in which members expressed satisfaction over the leadership of Prof. Jagannath Azad and Dr Khaliq Anjum, president and general secretary of the Anjuman respectively. The resolution among others bore signature of Prof. Siddiqur Rahman Kidwai, Prof. Shamim Hanafi, Prof. Abdul Mughni (Patna), Prof. Afaq Ahmad (Bhopal), Prof. Zillur Rahman (Aligarh), Dr Kazim Ali Khan (Lucknow) and Shahid Mahuli (Delhi).

Moradabad: Former member of Parliament Dr Shafiqur Rahman Barq rejoined Samajwadi Party. Dr Barq rejoined the party in the presence of party president and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.

New Delhi: A reception was organised by the Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Urdu Hind in honour of Dr Ruhi Hasan Majeed during her recent India visit. Residing in England for the last 35 years, Dr Ruhi is a noted poet and translator of English and Urdu. She has command over many languages but her prime work is to translate English poetry into Urdu and vice versa.

Speaking on this occasion Dr Ruhi said study of different languages and cultures is helpful in promoting composite values. She read some of her select pieces in Urdu and English.

Dr Khaliq Anjum, general secretary of the Anjuman said Dr Ruhi's poetry reflects world human view in its wider perspective. Syed Shabuddin lauded Dr Ruhi's love for books. Dr Aslam Perwez presented an analysis of fiction and poetry and praised the clarity and flair in Dr Ruhi's poetry.

Amroha: Whether it is the ancient culture of India, Islam or any religion of the world, education has an important place. While in Islam acquisition of education has been made compulsory. These views were expressed by Additional Superintendent of Police, Karya Shankar Singh at a special educational campaign programme held at Nayab Abbasi Girls Degree College. Now there is awareness in society which is a good sign for the country's development, Singh said. There is need for proper guidance, the IG said and added it is a great service to guide someone to the right path

The college secretary M Aslam Farooqui said it is our duty to provide the society an atmosphere in which there is an equal opportunity for boys and girls to acquire education. President of the college Muhammad Nafis Abbasi said there is no dearth of talent in our country, but we need to find them. He made an appeal to people to provide their assistance for the education campaign. Girl students of SBH Inter College and Farooq Beig Inter College presented different programmes. Students of NAGDC participated in the programmes. 

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