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Community Round-Up

PM's New 15 Point Programme
New Delhi

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programme for welfare of minorities in the country. The Cabinet has also decided to earmark 15% of the funds wherever possible in relevant schemes and programmes, for the minorities. The 15-Point Programme has been re-cast to focus action sharply on issues intimately linked with the social, educational and economic upliftment of minorities, and provide for earmarking of outlays in certain schemes so that the progress could be monitored.

Text Books in Urdu
Reported by Andalib Akhter
New Delhi

The National Council for Educational Research And Training (NCERT), in collaboration with Jamia Millia Islamia, is all set to translate and publish textbooks in Urdu. Urdu-medium schools across the country have been facing a severe shortage of text books in the past few years. It will be three years before every textbook is available in Urdu, but by the time the academic session begins next month, textbooks for classes I, III, VI, IX and XI will be available in Urdu. Textbooks for classes II, IV, VII, X and XII will hit the market in 2007-08, and for classes V and VIII, the following year.

Arab Cultural Centre

An Arab Cultural Centre will come up in the premises of the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi. This was announced by Union Human Resources minister, Arjun Singh, while speaking at a reception accorded by the Muslim Education Society here on June 5. Singh said the University Grants Commission would provide grants for the Centre.

More Jobs for Minorities

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to increase the representation of minorities in government jobs. For this, chief minister, Mulayam Singh has decided to set up a three-member Commission which will finalise the modalities for ensuring participation of minorities in government jobs and opening up more avenues of minority education. The chairman and two members of the Commission, who have not been named, would be from the minority communities. The Commission’s working would be on the lines of the Sachar Committee.

Confederation of Madrasas

An impressive convention of more than 200 Ulemas was held here in Jamia Masjid, City Market last month. The convention presided over by Ameer-e-Shariat, Maulana Mufti Ashraf Ali was attended by Mufti Shoebullah Miftahi and other Ulemas who are also running Madrasas. The convention passed a resolution for the formation of confederation of Madrasas to counter baseless propaganda against them. They also condemned the section of the media which has been carrying negative reports related with Madrasas.

Mass Marriages

The Sadbhavana Welfare Association conducted 125 mass marriages at Seesh Mahal. Along with the Muslim weddings, Hindu and Christian marriages were also held. The organisers spent Rs. 25,000 for each couple.

The Sadhavana Welfare Association under the stewardship of Sadiq Pasha, Tajamul Pasha and Moulana Haneef Afsar Azeezi had selected poor couples from the city and surrounding villages. The Nikah ceremony was attended by Deputy Speaker, Rajya Sabha, K. Rahman Khan also.

AGM of CMA Held

The 78th Annual General Body meeting of the Central Muslim Association (CMA) was held here last month. Newly elected President, Maqbool Ahmed, presided over the meeting. Dr. Zaheeruddin Ahmed, General Secretary presented the audit report for last year. Speaking on the achievements, Maqbool Ahmed said that CMA constructed the boundary walls of the graveyard at Mysore Road and new buildings were constructed for schools beside the Eidgah at Padrayanpura. The real estate under CMA was renovated by virtue of the fact that the annual income from two buildings increased considerably.

Reservation based on Population
By A Staff Writer

A resolution demanding reservations for Muslims in politics and jobs on the basis of population was passed at the Maharashtra Muslim Convention, hosted jointly by the All India Ulema Council and Mumbai Aman Committee, at the Anjuman-e-Islam near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. The resolution said that besides Parliament, state assemblies and councils, representation on the basis of population must be given to Muslims in the police, bureaucracy, local bodies and private institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Zahiruddin Khan, president of the All India Ulema Council, said since Independence, Muslims had not been given proper representation. Among those present were Mumbai Aman Committee general secretary, Dawood Khan, All India Ulema Council general secretary, Moulana Mehmood Daryabadi and intellectuals from all the districts of Maharashtra.

SIO Supports Reservation
By A Staff Writer

The current howl and cry over the reservation policy divided the country into pro and anti- reservation worlds. The Students Islamic organisation of India (SIO), is one of the first major Muslim organisation to come out in open to support the reservation.

National president of SIO, Syed Zamir Quadri said in Mumbai, “we look at the decision of the central government over the reservation policy as a long awaited welcome move. We support HRD minister, Arjun Singh’s announcement on reservation in all higher educational institutions for OBCs, because these backward classes have been deprived from education since hundreds of years on the basis of caste discrimination which still prevails in India.” Syed Zamir Quadri said that the government should ensure that no one drops out or is deprived of education because of reservation. “ If reserved seats remain empty due to lack of reserved students or eligible students, then these empty seats should be filled up by open category students,” he said.

World Memon Organisation

Mr Lateef Adam Hakeem is appointed as chief of the World Memon Organisation, India Chapter. A felicitation programme will be held in honour of the newly appointed vice president and other members of the World Memon Organisation (WMO), India Chapter, on July 23, 2006 at Kesar Bagh, Dongri, Mumbai. Mr Abdul Razzack Gandhi, owner of Q TV will preside over the function. Mr Azeez Mohd Sait, vice-president of the All India Memon Jamat Federation is appointed as a member of the Board of Management of World Memon Organisation, India Chapter. For more details, contact: The office of WMO, India chapter-Abdul Lateef Hakeem, Hakeem Traders, Nagdevi Street. Mumbai. Ph: 022-23407109