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COMMUNITY ROUND UP

mPower moves Office
By A Staff Writer
Bangalore
mPower group of companies that took birth in the basement of a mosque in 2005, moved its offices to a new location opposite the Bangalore’s famed Lal Bagh Botanical Garden on Hosur Road on August 4. The company which innovated the automatic software writing code named ‘mPire’ a couple of years ago, has now a workforce of over 100 software engineers and IT workers. Director HR Syed Habeeb, welcoming the gathering at the inauguration of its new offices, said the Company was unique as it had started without any capital, plan and marketing team. Chief innovator and MD, Ahmed Hassan, Former Yahoo India CEO Sharad Sharma, India Builders Corporation Chairman Ziaulla Sheriff and Mohammad Yunus from Microsoft Corporation, spoke on the occasion.
The new offices are located in the Syed Attar Hussain Trust building and can take in over 200 strong workforce, Ph: 96320-35460.

CMA to raise New Hostel
By A Staff Writer
Bangalore
The Central Muslim Association (CMA) has bought a new piece of land to raise a boys’ hostel for 200 inmates. The CMA’s nearly century old edifice was pulled down last year after Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation claimed nearly half of the land for its rail station behind the K. R. Market. The CMA was paid Rs. 40 crore for the piece. The old structure was though in shambles, was a heritage structure and had a lot of memories associated with it. A number of Muslim officers and lawyers had shared rooms at the old CMA hostel between 1950s and 1970s.
The new plot measuring 33,000 sq feet lies behind the busy R. V. Road in Jayanagar area. Mr. Ziaulla Sheriff, chairman, India Builders Corporation and philanthropist has promised to build the new boys’ hostel at the new piece of land.

Working Women's Hostel
By A Staff Writer
Bangalore
‘Comfort Home’, a new working women’s hostel opened its portals early last month. Located near the Ambedkar Medical College on Shampur road, the hostel has seven rooms with accommodation for 30 girl inmates. Convener Sajida Begum told Islamic Voice that need for proper accommodation facilities for Muslim working women in Bangalore was being felt for long. She said the hostel would operate on ‘no profit, no loss’ basis and special arrangements would be made for serving sehri and Iftar. The hostel would provide conducive Islamic environment for women workers and students. Those requiring more information can contact: Comfort Home, 128-New Shampur Road, Next to Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore-560084, Ph: 80657-90421, 90362-25917, 98453-83905
PEOPLES....
Best PR Teacher: Hyderabad: Mohd. Fariyad, Assistant Professor in Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad has been awarded ‘Best Public Relations Teacher’ for the year 2010by the Public Relatins Society of India, Hyderabad Chapter.
He was conferred the award by Prof. U. Tataji, Vice Chairman of A.P. State Council of Higher Education and Prof. Joye C. Gorden, A.Q. Miller School of Mass Communication and Journalism, Kaensas State University, Manhattan, USA.

Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award for Maulana Wahiduddin:
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan has been adjudged the winner of the 18th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award for his contribution towards promotion of communal harmony and peace, it was announced on August 9 by Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, member secretary of the advisory committee of the Award. The award is given every year on the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi (Aug 20). It carries a citation and a cash reward of Rs.5 lakh, said IANS. The previous recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, Ustad Bismillah Khan, Dilip Kumar, Nirmala Deshpande and Lata Mangeshkar. A pacifist, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan advises restraint by the community in all its actions in view of the plural character of the nation.

Bihar Girl wins Fulbright fellowship
Patna: Bringing laurel to Bihar and her community, Zeeshan Ali has won Fulbright Fellowship from the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF). She will be the first Muslim girl from Bihar to have been awarded the prestigious fellowship.
“I was quite surprised when the news was broken on me. I really feel honored. I am happy beyond bounds,” says Zeeshan, Patna University Ph.D. student, talking to TwoCircles.net.
Originally from Pinjrawan town in Arwal district, Zeeshan received post-matric education in Patna. She did graduation (English Hons) in 2005 and Masters degree from Patna University in 2007 and on 20th May 2010, she submitted at the university her doctoral thesis.
The teaching fellowship has been awarded to her by USIEF under its Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. Under this program, Indian nationals, who are between 21 and 29 years of age and currently teaching English at college level or training to be teachers of English, are selected. The selected FLTAs from India teach Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, or Urdu at select U.S. campuses during their nine month fellowship. As many as 150 countries participate in Fulbright program, out of which 60 countries have been selected for Fulbright FLTA.
Zeeshan Ali, who is Assistant Professor of English at Maulana Azad College of Engineering and Technology, will teach Hindi and Urdu under the program. Apart from being Fulbright Fellow she will also be cultural Ambassador from India to the US.

Among the top 10: Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has been listed by Newsweek among the world’s most respected 10 leaders.
The list included British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Brazilian President Lula da Silva.
The US magazine lauded King Abdullah as a reformer “who has given the go-ahead to modernize schools, has appointed women to high office and invested in science and technology and nuclear power.”
It commended the king’s efforts to fight terrorism and extremism, adding that the Saudi leader had urged Muslims “to embrace the spirit of tolerance, moderation and balance.”


Died:Abdus Samad, businessman and member of the executive committee of the Al-Ameen Educational Society died on August 21 in Bangalore. He was 63. Samad developed and managed the Samad House convention centre in Cantonment area of the City. The centre came handy for holding of several community related conventions, meeting and social activities. He is survived by his wife, daughter and a son who is a businessman in Dubai.

Girls’ Hostel: The Hasanath Education Society which runs two degree colleges in the city has unveiled plans for building a Girls’ Hostel on Stephen’s Road in Frazer Town area. Secretary of the Society Mr. Razzaq Adam Sait told news persons that the hostel will be ready within two month and will take inmates from outside the city.

HKBK College of Engineering
By A Staff Writer
Bangalore
Technology Incubation Centre Opened

The HKBK College of Engineering here has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up India’s first Avionics, Aerospace and Embedded Systems Technology Incubation & Research Centre (TIRC) in collaboration with Avembsys Technologies Limited. The MoU was signed on August 9.
The primary objective of TIRC is to develop competencies in the aerospace and avionics to mould students who can be deployed in high-tech Aerospace and Avionics Industry. While this sector has thrown up immense employment opportunities, the country has just about a dozen college that offer a degree in aerospace or avionics.
Avembsys is an Engineering R&D organization with strong focus on Aerospace, Avionics and Embedded Systems and nurtures Indian engineers in these domain through its SOAR (Student’s Orientation for Aerospace Requirement) program.
During the inaugural function Mr. Abdul Hameed S.A., Administrator of HKBKCE, emphasized the need for students to make use of the opportunity available to mould their career in their area of competency.
Air Vice Marshal Shankar Mani, Director (ADA, LCA Induction) during his key note address, advised the students to contribute in the growth of avionics and aerospace engineering as there was tremendous potential. He mentioned the example of kingdom of Saudi Arabia where there is a major shift from oil based economy to technology based economy. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mirza Faizan, CEO of Avembsys Technologies promised to extend technological expertise to the TIRC. He offered to allot funds to the tune of Rs. One lakh to nurture and carry on R&D activities in avionics, aerospace and embedded systems domain in TIRC.
Other present on the occasion were Mirza Rizwan, COO, Avembsys Tech, Vinay Nagaraju, COO, Riders for Health, Nazir Ahmad, CEO, ThinkCircuit, Ajaye from the United Kingdom, M. V. Chaitanya Kumar, Principal, HKBK College of Engineering.



Rs. 54 cr. Grant for Jamia Millia
New Delhi
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has allocated a special grant of Rs.54.2 crore for Jamia Millia Islamia University, an official said here August 12.
"The fund has been allocated for the purpose of upgradation of laboratories, construction of new buildings, extension of old buildings, expansion of hostels and dinning facilities, availability of high speed internet servers and 2G and 3G network services," said Simi Malhotra, media coordinator of the university.
She also said supporting services to feed existing infrastructure will also be upgraded such as construction of waste water treatment plant to recycle water, provision of safe drinking water system and solar day lighting system in the classrooms.
"The grant will also be used to make hard/soft copies of journals available to students/researchers in the university. The sum will also help upgrade the facilities and infrastructure of Jamia schools," Malhotra added.
Voice of Bihar launched
Patna
Urdu and Hindi Monthly Voice of Bihar was launched here on August 11by Bollywood star Shatrughan Sinha. The periodical owned and published by Darbhanga-born and Dubai based businessman Omer Hejazeen will work for the development of Bihar. ‘We will only side with truth alone, not with any party or politician’, Omer said while releasing the first issue.
Omer has businesses in several countries including India. In the last four and half years, Hejazeen has invested huge sum in several government-guided projects.
Launching the monthly in Urdu and Hindi, Bollywood star and BJP Member of Lok Sabha from Patna Saheb constituency in Bihar’s capital, Shatrughan Sinha showed his love for Urdu. “The language is our national heritage, not confined to any particular religious community,” said Sinha. Omer Hejazeen also launched a news portal with the same name at the occasion, said the news portal TwoCircles.net.


Mysore bids farewell to noted social workers
Mysore
Mysore lost two of its most noted social workers during August. While joint secretary of Madrasa e Siddiqia Arabic College Md. Abu Bakar Sait died on August 6, its secretary Md. Iqbal Sait died after two weeks of hospitalization on August 20. The twain had earned a good reputation for taking up social causes in the city and were associated with the Milli Council. They had together with others set up Madrasa e Siddiqia and ran it for nearly three decades. They were permanent fixtures at all community related meets and occasions. Both were businessmen. Abu Bakar Sait was 74 while Iqbal Sait was 83. They were also instrumental in developing a Shadi Mahal cum convention hall complex in the N. R. Mohalla of the City for which foundation stone was laid two years ago.
Iqbal Sait was admitted into the hospital after he met an accident on August 7, the day Abu Bakar Sait was to be buried. Both were laid to rest in the City’s graveyard by hundreds of mourners.
Abu Bakar Sait has left behind his widow, two sons and three daughters while Iqbal Sait is survived by his widow, three sons and four daughters.
Qur'an More Feminist Than Bible: Dutch Philosopher
Amsterdam
Muslim text 'more modern' than Christian regarding women
Certain passages in the Koran give women more freedoms than the Bible, a Dutch philosopher tells Radio Free Netherlands. On the site bibleandkoran.net, Marlies ter Borg compares texts on economic independence, marriage, and divorce from both books to dispel what she calls misconceptions about the Islamic faith. "In many ways, the Koran is more modern than the Bible," she says.
Ter Borg cites dowries and divorce procedures that favour women as evidence of the Koran's progressive outlook. "Many people think the Koran is anti-women," she says. "But there's nothing in the Koran to suggest this. Christians, on the other hand, often think they are more tolerant towards women. But Bible texts can be worse on that point."
Exhibition on Maulana Azad by National Archives
New Delhi
The National Archives of India organized an exhibition on the life of India’s first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad between August 13 and 19 at the India International Centre here. The exhibition titled “The Making of Modern India: Maulana Azad 1888-1958” was inaugurated by Chief Election Commissioner Dr. S.Y Quraishi.
The Exhibition focused on various facets of Maulana Azad’s life and works. It recounted his early education, his association with the Islamic scholar Shibli Nomani, the launching of journal Al Hilal, and his subsequent participation in the freedom struggle. As Congress President he reaffirmed his secular vision and religious broadmindedness. It was his constant endeavor to promote secularism and communal harmony, which were amply reflected in his writings.


Telugu translation of Quran
Hyderabad
He is a nephrologist by profession but his aim is to propagate Islam. Meet Dr. Abdul Raheem Mohammed Moulana, a Saudi scholar heading the Department of Nephrology in the King Abdul Aziz Hospital in the holy city of Makkah.
For Dr Abdul Raheem, who migrated to Saudi Arabia from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh about 35 years ago, his dream came true at a function in the capital late on August 12 evening when the state Chief Minister K. Rosaiah released the Telugu translation of the Holy Quran.
It took 12 years to translate the Holy Quran into Telugu language. The translation is available both in book and CD forms which are supplied free of cost to Haj pilgrims. He has also designed a video CD to ensure that even illiterates can understand it.
Rosaiah, while releasing the translation of the holy book titled Divya Quran Sandesham, lauded the efforts of the scholar.