Maulana (Hakeem) MOOSA QASMI, prominent religious scholar and preacher (Ameer-e Tabligh) died at Muzaffar Nagar on 9 August after a prolonged illness. He was a patient of diabetes and lever problem. Educated at Darul Uloom Deoband, he served as Imam of a Masjid in Muzaffar Nagar for about 57 years. He was 79. SHAKEEL AHMAD KHAN
, a former minister of Bihar and national spokesman of Janta Dal (United) died in a Delhi hospital on 17 August at the age of 70 years. He leaves behind his widow and three daughters. His body was taken by air to Patna en route his native place for performing last rites. Mrs. SHAFIQ FATEMA ‘She’ra’, noted poetess died in Hyderabad on 13 August after a protracted illness at the age of 76 years. She leaves behind three sons. An authoress of 3 anthologies of poems, she was honoured with Ghalib Award. The former vice chancellor of AMU, Prof M.N. Faruqui passed away on 24 August at his residence in Kanpur. He was the VC from 1 September 1990 to 15 December 1994.