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APRIL 2001

MONTHLY    *    Vol 15-04 No:172    *   APRIL 2001 / MUHARRAM 1422H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


Fuelling Enterprise among Minorities
Mumbai Violence: Cop on the Chopping Block
Mosque Saved From Going Babri Way
"Doublespeak on Statues Issue": Dr. Naik
Kanpur Riots: Who Instigated?
Minority Welfare in Andhra Pradesh: Rs. 34 Cr. Proposed in Budget
National Unani Inst. in Bangalore
Moradabad Muslim Girls Colleges: Numbers Up by 5 Fold, Passes by 9 Fold
Karnataka Budget: Wakf Schemes Get Rs. 11 cr
Jamia Hamdard Admissions
Mobile Exhibition on Tipu Sultan
Malegaon: Hit by Recession
Muslim Girls Form Association
Move to bring Wakf properties out of rent control act
Rs. 24 cr. in Relief Aid: Saudis Rushed Six Planeloads of Material
Millat Registers Scheme
Anjuman Platinum Jubilee
Ultra Modern Hospital at Lucknow
Peoples

National Minorities Development and Financing Corpn.

Fuelling Enterprise among Minorities

The Central Government’s Financing Corporation for Minorities has done a good job by helping 67,000 beneficiaries.

Ahtesham Qureshy in New Delhi

THE national Minorities Development and Financing Corporation has done a good job during its six years of existence as a Central Government undertaking. Basically set up to provide financial assistance to the minorities, it has given loans worth Rs.330 crore to artisans, entrepreneurs and others. More than 67,000 beneficiaries are spread over various states, including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Assam.

An encouraging feature of the scheme is that the recovery of loans has been fairly good - about 83 per cent from individuals. Besides, 22 NGOs also received loans and 17 of them have paid back the entire amount they got from the Corporation. The NGOs received about Rs. 95 lakh and they in turn passed on the amount to 17,000 beneficiaries in various states.

There is, however, a paradoxical situation: while most of the financially weaker people clamour for financial support for their development, quite a substantial amount of money in the lockers of NMDFC has remained unutilized over these years. According to the annual report, “funds not immediately required” for the implementation of schemes were deposited in the bank, and the corporation earned Rs 3.81 crore as interest during 1999-2000. Added to this is the fact that though the Corporation sanctioned loans worth Rs. 329.61 crore, only Rs 224.34 crore were actually disbursed to the needy. It was attributed to slackness on the part of the state agencies, which acted as channels for disbursement to individual beneficiaries. This work ought to be geared up, and the Corporation has provided grants to the state agencies to better their performance by improving their own infrastructure.

One of the schemes is to provide term-loans for projects costing up to Rs. 5 lakh. The Corporation provides 85 per cent of the funds needed, subject to a maximum of Rs. 4,25,000 for a project. While another five per cent of the project cost is given by the state agencies, only remaining five per cent is the share of the individual running the project. Another scheme is termed margin money loan, and is meant for those who otherwise secure bank finance for their ventures. The bank loan is up to 60 per cent of the cost, and the corporation helps to the extent of another 25 per cent, subject to a maximum of Rs. 1.25 lakh. An interesting feature of the scheme is that the rate of interest on the loan is just a token, varying from one per cent to four per cent, depending on the size of the loan.

As a promotional activity, the corporation participated in a social development fair in New Delhi to give a boost to the “Minority Craft of Uttar Pradesh”. Loans have also been provided to the craft persons’ society in Nagina (U.P.) for the promotion of handicrafts. Marketing support was also extended by way of participation in an exhibition held at Bangalore and another one at Kolkata.

In the prevailing atmosphere of a lot of government undertakings is going in losses, the Minorities Corporation has a rosy picture. Though set up as a non-profit earning body, it has shown a surplus of Rs. 9.13 crore, which has been transferred to the general reserve. But there is a distressing side, too. The Corporation, with a small staff of 34 is, running from a hired premises in New Delhi and is paying a rather heavy amount of nearly Rs. 23 lakh as annual rent, which means about Rs. two lakh per month. It has also extended a rather liberal benefit to its managing director. It recovers a paltry sum of Rs. 520 from the MD for private use of the office car - though there is an added concession of free use of office car up to 1,000 km per month. The MD gets an annual salary of Rs. 4.18 lakh.

What is really needed is an intensive publicity campaign to inform people that there is a Corporation which has enough funds to help those among the minorities who want to do something for their economic upliftment. The Corporation and the state channelising agencies have to reach out to the artisans and farmers. It becomes necessary, as we find that in Tamil Nadu, for example as much as Rs. 325 lakh remained unutilized last year. In Bihar also Rs. 242 lakh remained undisbursed. Address : National Minorities Development Finance Corporation, 1-Taimoor Nagar, Opp. D-996, New Friends Colony, New Delhi-110065.

The Corporation has another encouraging feature too. It has been able to recover 83 per cent of loans from the entrepreneurs


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Mumbai Violence

Cop on the Chopping Block

The DF Govt. in Maharashtra takes its first hesitant step towards punishing the cops indicted by the Srikrishna Commission

M. H. Lakdawala

Mumbai: Eight years and two months after the communal inferno, one of the 31 policemen indicted by the Srikrishna Commission Report is paying for his conduct during the post-Babri Masjid 1992-93 riots in Mumbai. Assistant commissioner of police U. V. Wahule became the first police officer to have his statement recorded as an accused by the special task force (STF) set up by the Democratic Front government last September to implement the Justice Srikrishna report. It is learnt that the STF has forwarded the request for Wahule’s prosecution to the government.

Once permission is given, the chargesheet against him can be filled, and he can be arrested. Wahule, who was then inspector, along with his senior officer, then senior police inspector of Byculla police station P. S. Patankar, have been accused in the Srikrishna Commission Report of “extremely communal conduct, refusing to record complaints of Muslims, harassing and ill-treating Muslims, attending to shield miscreants belonging to the Shiv Sena, fabricating case diary entries to oblige rioters and deliberately scuttling investigation because the accused were influential Shiv Sainiks.” The Democratic Front government will submit an affidavit detailing the action taken by the STF—the suspension of five policemen, departmental inquiries against seven policemen, FIRs against six more, opening of nine closed cases and the arrest of a dozen or so accused. The STF had reopened two cases against Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray as well as the Suleiman Bakery firing case against R.D. Tyagi, who was the joint police commissioner during the 1992-’93 riots. According to sources, the DF government has revived the cases against Thackeray with an eye on future polls.

The Srikrishna commission report had not recommended any action against Thackeray, while a government-appointed committee had exonerated Tyagi saying that he was merely doing his job.

Sarpotdar Trial Begins

The trial of former Shiv Sena MP Madhukar Sarpotdar resumed after a long gap, in a Bandra court here. He is being tried under Section 153 (a) for promoting hatred between two communities, during the ’92-’93 riots, Sections 504-34 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 37(3) of the Bombay Police Act.

The incident concerns a procession by the Shiv Sena to re-install the Ganesh idol which was desecrated at Bandra (East) on the same day as the Babri Masjid was demolished.

The case was adjourned till March 27. For almost eight years, the trial didn’t resume as all seven accused were never present in Court together. Charges were framed only on November 4, 2000, after they all appeared in Court. Yesterday, prosecution witness PSI Ashok Dalvi didn’t appear in Court.

In fact Madhukar Sarpotdar is accused for instigating riots in 92-93. He was allegedly caught red handed by the army carrying unauthorised arms.

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Mosque Saved From Going Babri Way

Obaid Nasir

Lucknow: A mosque here was saved from going the Babri way by timely action by Shia leader Kalbe Jawad and a no-nonsense police officer. The communal elements adopted the time-tested tactics to turn the old mosque in Balaganj locality in the Old City into a disputed place of worship just like the Babri Masjid and later on to occupy it.

The communal elements eyed the mosque just because a pipal sapling had germinated within a wall and with the passage of time had turned into a full grown tree. On the night between March 2 and 3, some unscrupulous elements hoisted the saffron flag over the tree and painted a trishul on the main gate in the midst of Allah and Mohammad. In the morning when the Mutawalli Moammar Husain came to know about the mischief, he contacted the local police. But to his utter surprise he was snubbed and threatened with dire consequences if he tried to “give it a communal colour”. Disturbed over the development, Husain contacted Maulana Kalbe Jawad who decided to lead the Zohar namaz in the mosque. He was joined by hundreds of Shia and Sunni youths. While Shia youths offered namaz, Sunni youth stood guards. In the meantime Senior Superintendent of Police Mr. B. B. Bakshi and Superintendent of Police (East) Mr. K. S. Rathore reached the spot with heavy police contingent. Mr. Rathore snubbed the SHO of local police station for his mischievous role and threatened him with dire consequences if the mischief was repeated.

Maulana Kalbe Jawad exhorted the local Sunnis to offer namaz in this mosque as very few Shia families lived around the mosque which is registered with Shia Waqf Board. Sunnis have assured full protection to mosque and its land.

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"Doublespeak on Statues Issue": Dr. Naik

By A Staff Writer

Dr. Zakir NaikBangalore: Islamic Scholar Dr. Zakir Naik has accused the government and the media of whipping up public sentiments on the question of demolition of Buddha statues by the Taliban Government of Afghanistan. While addressing mediamen on his arrival here, Dr. Naik said when the government of Maharashtra removed the 60 feet tall statue of Mahavir Jain from the Jal Hotel premises opposite the Mumbai airport, no one questioned the act, but a lot of official clamour is heard about the destruction of the Buddha statue at Bamiyan in Afghanistan. “Aren’t the Jains citizens of India? And how come the Government forced a community to remove the statue of what they consider their God from a private premises? And why did the media keep quiet over the episode. The whole hullabaloo over Bamiyan episode seems to be orchestrated by interested quarters and it smacks of double standards.”

Dr. Naik said the Talibans destroyed the poppy crops and the heroin industry in their country, yet neither the media nor the Government took notice of it. India being a victim of drug trafficking should have sent a message of congratulation to there counterparts. Yet nothing of that sort happened. He said these instances were enough pointers to the bias in the media. Dr. Naik pointed out that idol worshipping is not sanctioned by the Bhuddist scriptures like Dhammapada.

Curiously, while several correspondents covered the press conference organized by the Centre for Religious Studies on March 23, the newspapers avoided publishing anything about the deliberations. Dr. Naik was in Bangalore to deliver public talks on Status of Women in Islam: Protected or Subjugated”, “Misconceptions about Islam”, “Concept of God in Major Religions” and “Quran and Science : Conciliation or Conflict”. The talks were organized by the Centre.(Also see Editorial)

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Kanpur Riots

Who Instigated?

Kanpur : The recent riot in Kanpur which left 24 people dead and several injured, in the whole episode the role of the controversial police force the PAC is once again in question.

The call given by SIMI and INL under the banner of Milli Itehad Morcha to protest against the burning of Holy Quran by the activist of Hindu Parishad on March 5 in New Delhi, in front of the UNO office turned violent.

On March 16, Muslims started a peaceful march after the Friday prayers from Yatimkhana Masjid. The protestors were moving towards Parade Chauraha, the protestors started burning the effigy of the prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Ashok Singhal. The police resorted to lathi charge without provocation, the protestors ran in panic, at this point the police resorted to firing indiscriminately without warning. Curfew was clamped in Chamangunj, Moolgunj, Becongunj, Raip- urwa, Anwargunj, Clonegunj limits.

The role of the PAC remained partisan from day one of the riots according to the reports, the pac and local police fired on Muslim protestors with the cooperation of local Bajrang dal activists. The partisan role played by the PAC added fuel to the already tense situation.

The PAC personnel themselves engaged in large scale looting, of the property belonging to Muslims. In front of media persons and Congress parliamentary commission members, the Inspector General of Police Mr. Karamvir Singh and D.M. Mr. S.S. Bhullar and SSP Mr. Arun Kumar themselves admitted that “goods were recovered from the PAC trucks”

In the large scale rioting, the police and the PAC fully cooperated with the rioters. The role of the local media also remained controversial in instigating the riots. No Hindi paper wrote about the brutality of PAC and the local police. Only the Urdu Rashtriya Sahara carried the news of misdeeds by the police against Muslims.

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Minority Welfare in Andhra Pradesh

Rs. 34 Cr. Proposed in Budget

Hyderabad : The Andhra Pradesh Government has proposed to spend Rs. 34 crore on minority welfare projects. The proposals to this effect were presented before the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on March 3. Most of the amount i.e., Rs. 32.37 crore has been urged under Planned Expenses while the remaining Rs. 2 crore will be under non-plan expenses. The Minority Welfare Department has been urged to sanction Rs. 13 crore. Scholarships to Minority students would require Rs. 1.25 crore, schemes for economic empowerment will take Rs. 1.25 crore, welfare expenses for women and children in urban areas Rs. 70 lakh, poverty alleviation through self-employment schemes in the Old City area Rs. One crore, health camps for minority dominated areas Rs. 30 lakh, repair, supervision and preservation of Waqf properties Rs. 2.75 crore, Waqf Board Rs. 50 lakh, revolving fund for the protection of Waqf properties Rs. One crore, for the completion of the under-construction Haj House Rs. 1.62 crore, for the Development of Waqf properties for enhancing their commercial value Rs. 5 lakh, for maintenance of Muslim divorced women Rs. 5 lakh, for Urdu Academy Rs. 75 lakh, for preparation of publicity brochures about minority welfare schemes Rs. 3 lakh and for promotion of cultural heritage of minorities institutions like Idara Adbiyat e Urdu, Maualana Abulkalam Azad Oriental Research Institute for Islamic Culture etc would get Rs. 70 lakh. Besides this Rs. 20 lakh have been set apart for the Open Schools being started by the Urdu Academcy. So far 104 Urdu Open Schools have been set up in the state. Rs. 4 crore have been devoted for the construction of Urdu Ghar and Shadi Khanas (marriage halls) throughout the state. Rs. One crore are proposed for the betterment of the basic facilities in the Urdu medium schools in the state. Rs. 35 lakh are proposed to be spent on consultancy and planning assistance for the enterprises started by the minorities. The budget proposes to allocate Rs. 31.5 lakh for the coaching centres for minority students for the competitive examinations under Centre for Educational Development of Minorities attached to the Osmania University. Such centers are functioning at Hyderabad, Guntur, Kurnool and Nizamabad. (Also See Editorial)

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National Unani Inst. in Bangalore

Azmathullah Shariff

Bangalore : The National Institute of Unani Medicine(NIUM) is likely to become fully operational by July 2002. Its building and a 200-bed hospital is coming up fast on a 52-acre site at Sunkadakate on Magadi Road in the outskirts of Bangalore. The Union Ministry of Health has so far sanctioned Rs. 4 crore for the building. According to Dr. P. Guruswamy, Officer on Special Duty for the NIUM and Director of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy, Government of Karnataka, the NIUM will be conducting postgraduate courses in Unani medicine and research. The Institute will mainly focus its research in the field of Kulliyat (principles), Mualijat (medicine), Ilmul Adviyat (Pharmacology), and Hifzan-e-Sehath (social and preventive medicine). The NIUM is currently running OPD with the help of two doctors borrowed from the Government of Karnataka.

It may be recalled that the foundation stone for the Institute was laid on Oct 8, 1993 by the then Union Health Minister A. R. Antulay. However the work was delayed due to fund constrains. The total outlay on building and hospital and herbarium is estimated to be Rs.24 crore, of which one-third is shared by the Government of Karnataka in phased manner. The selection of students will be on an all India basis for the PG courses in Unani medicine.

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Moradabad Muslim Girls Colleges

Numbers Up by 5 Fold, Passes by 9 Fold

New Delhi : Muslim girls are increasingly taking to education and putting up better performance year after year in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh. This is revealed in a survey made by the Bharat Seva Trust run by Ahmed Rasheed Sherwani and Begum Nusrat Sherwani. The couple had been constantly monitoring the results of the Muslim schools in Uttar Pradesh in a systematic manner since 1976.

Twenty five years ago, Moradabad had just a single Muslim girls Inter college i.e., Abdussalam Girls Inter College. Now it has three. In 1976, 79 girls had taken the Inter exams and 42 or 53 per cent had passed. Last year 376 Muslim girls took Inter board exams from these three colleges. This shows that the participation rate has increased from 79 in the year 1976 to 376, i.e an increase of nearly five folds as a result the pass percentage shot up from 53 per cent to 98 per cent and the total passing numbers increased from 42 to 369, i.e an increase of nine folds. The number of first classes rose from one in 1976 to 49 in 2000.

The numbers and the performance have improved in the 10th Board or Matriculation examination too. Last year 453 Muslim girls appeared from four Muslim high schools in the district. Of this 372 passed the exams i.e., an 82 per cent pass. Out of 372, 32 girls passed in first division i.e. 8 per cent. Looked from the angle of progress in 24 years, the pass percentage has gone up by three folds. First division results shot up from a meager 0.5 per cent to 8 per cent.

Participation percentage in the matriculation exam in the year 1976 was 200. There is a point to note here. In the year 1999 from the very same four schools 546 Muslim girls took the 10th Board exam. One does not know why there was a drop of 93 candidates or 13 per cent decline while the Muslim population is ever on increase.

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Karnataka Budget

Wakf Schemes Get Rs. 11 cr

Bangalore : The Government of Karnataka has proposed to spend Rs. 11.22 crore on various welfare and development schemes pertaining to Muslims.

The budget proposals for the year 2001- 2002 have sanctioned Rs. 2.94 crore in grants-in-aid for repair and improvement of Wakf institutions. The Wakf Board has been sanctioned Rs. 1.30 crore in grant-in-aid. Karnataka Haj committee has been allowed about Rs. 10 lakh. Karnataka State Wakf Council will receive 1.50 crore. Karnataka State Wakf Foundation for women has been sanctioned Rs. 98 lakhs. Rs. 1 crore have been allocated for re-survey of Wakf properties under the new Wakf Act 1995.

The budget proposes constitution of Wakf Tribunal and has given Rs. 1.42 crore for the purpose. It also proposes to set up a fund for the maintenance of divorced Muslim women with a corpus of Rs. 50 lakh. It also proposes to set up a Madrasa Board on the lines of Madhya Pradesh by sparing Rs. 25 lakh. The overall allocations come to Rs. 11.22 crore which is nearly 3 crore more than the funds sanctioned during last year’s budget.

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Jamia Hamdard Admissions

New Delhi : The Jamia Hamdard, a Central University, has invited applications for admissions into Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery (3 years-only for girls), Medical Lab Technology, X-ray and ECG Technology, Pharmacy (all 2 years), BSc Nursing (Hons.), B Pharma (both 4 years), BUMS 51/2 years, Bachelor of Information Technology (4 years), Bachelor of Physiotherapy and MSc in Bio-Chemistry, Toxicology, Environmental Botany, and Chemistry (all 2 years), MD in Unani Medicine, M. Pharma, Master of Physiotherapy, MA in Islamic Studies, Graduate diploma in Computers etc. Prospectus can be had by sending Rs. 200 favouring “Registrar Jamia Hamdard”. Entrance tests will be held at Bangalore, Calicut, Lucknow, Patna and Srinagar. Last date for submitting applications is April 20, 2001.

Application forms can be had from CIGI, B-51, Virindavan Colony, Calicut; Hamdard Wakf Laboratories, Faheemabad, Kanpur: Hamdard Distributors 37, Khazi St., Basavanagudi, Bangalore-4; Office of DSW, Kashmir University, Hazrath Bal, Sirinagar, J&K; Ara Distributor, 24 Jan Mohammed Street, Mount Rd. Chennai; Hindustan Medical Agency, M-11, Marka Commercial Complex, Indira Gandhi Rd., Calicut; Hamdard Wakf Labs. Ashok Rajpath, Opp B.N.College, Bankipur, Patna; M/s Asna Agencies, Abid Circle, Station Rd. Hyderabad ; M/s Anfa Associates, 1/A, Sandal St., Calcutta and Registrar Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi 110062.

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Mobile Exhibition on Tipu Sultan


Portrait of Tipu Sultan

Embroidered Cuirass and Helmet used by Tipu Sultan

Golden Watch presented to Tipu by French King Louis XVI

Musical Tiger found in 
Tipu's Palace

Bangalore: The Tipu Sultan Research Institute and Museum here has arranged a mobile photo exhibition on artifacts related to Tipu Sultan (1780-99). It is based on 122 panels of 2ft.x 2ft each on untearable banner material. The multicolour photographs depict the personal belongings of Tipu Sultan such as his watch, epaulettes, battle dress, several swords with Arabic inscriptions, helmets, furniture in Darya Daulat Bagh (Tipu’s Summer Palace), royal insignia, emblems, seals, flags and standards, turbans, decanters and utensils. It also includes panels on gifts given by Tipu to various temples in Karnataka such as jewellery for idols, bells, silver bowls etc.

According to the Chairman of the Institute, Mohammad Moienuddin, the exhibition is aimed at creating an awareness about the administrative and secular policies of Tipu Sultan. Tipu’s belongings were looted by the British after the sacking of Srirangapatam near Mysore on May 4, 1799 and are preserved in nearly 70 different museums, archives and libraries in the Western countries. The photographs and microfilms of the artifacts were gathered from these places under a project to reconstruct the history of Tipu era.

The exhibition was first organized at the 61st session of the Indian History Congress held at Calcutta on January 2-4 this year. It was also displayed at the Plenary session of the All India Congress Committee held on March 17 in Bangalore. More information can be had from: Md. Moienuddin, Ph. 080-6340018, 6638160 or Email: mdmdeen@hotmail.comin Bangalore.

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Malegaon

Hit by Recession

Gujarat quake saps the profits in Malegaon

MALEGAON, yet another powerloom town with 95,000 looms, mostly managed by Muslims, is drenched deep in recession following the Gujarat earthquake. The raw material including yarn and warp which are supplied by the companies like Reliance, Birla group and a number of Gujarat companies, are in short supply at present.. About 4,00,000 people in the town are dependent on the powerloom industry. The loom owners are incurring a loss of Rs. 50 lakh each day as the profit margin has fallen from Rs 1 to 50 paise per metre, since one crore metres of cloth is prepared here everyday.

Besides, the workers who get 15 to 20 per cent of their salary every week have also been affected due to late payment by exporters to city weavers. For about a month, the situation seemed critical because supply of raw material from Gujarat was disrupted and semi finished goods dispatched from Malegaon to Gujarat had to be stocked up. The whole economy of Malegaon depends on the powerloom business. After the quake, the big traders started demanding clothes from Malegaon at a lower price and weavers had to accept it because there was no other alternative. MHL

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Muslim Girls Form Association

By a Staff Writer

Bangalore: A band of college girls in Bangalore have formed the Young Women’s Muslim Association recently. It aims at the over-all development of Muslim womenfolk and girls. It also aims to create awareness of human rights and women’s rights, initiate steps towards uplift of young helpless and hapless grils, work for the promotion of secularism and communal harmony and to engage in community service.

At a function organised on March 18, Dr Ataath Kareem, a prominent Dawah activist, stressed the importance of Dawah-related activities in colleges. Ms Tazaiyun Omar profiled her organization, Humane Touch. Mrs. Farrukh Khaiser of Bazme Nizwan urged the girls to take up community service. Office-bearers of YWMA: Dr Mrs Fatima Taneem (president), Dr Syeda Amina and Ms Bushra Vahedna (vice-presidents), Ms Shazia Andaleeb (secretary), Ms Raheema Begum (joint-secretary) and Ms Naveeda Jukaku (treasurer). It can be contacted at : 2nd floor, Young Womens Muslim Association, No 6, 5th Main, Jayamahal extn., Bangalore-560 046 (Ph:3430312).

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Move to bring Wakf properties out of rent control act

New Delhi: The Central Government proposes to exempt Wakf properties from the purview of Rent Control Act to facilitate the magistrate and sub divisional magistrate to deal with the illegal occupants of the Wakf property. This is part of the larger plan to make the Wakf Boards more effective and also to take care of the vast Wakf properties by removing its illegal occupants and to enable their commercial use for generation of revenue to the Boards for enhancing their welfare and developmental programmes. The task plan was formulated in the presence of welfare and development secretaries, collectors from 41 districts, and chief executives of wakf boards from various states. In the meeting, a decision was also taken with respect to forming a Wakf Tribunal for the early disposal of cases related to the Wakf property.

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Rs. 24 cr. in Relief Aid

Saudis Rushed Six Planeloads of Material

Hyderabad: The International Islamic Relief Organisation based in Saudi Arabia has distributed relief material worth Rs. 24 crore in the earthquake affected areas of Kachch district in Gujarat. Six Saudi aircraft carrying tents, blankets and other relief articles arrived in Ahmedabad last month. A team of Saudi doctors is also working among the quake victims. This was stated by Fazil Saifuddin, IIRO’s Director for India in an interview to a daily.

Saifuddin told the daily that the IIRO would install 200 borewells in the area as quake has reportedly upped the water table in the region. He said the IIR0 has pitched tents to provide shelter to nearly one lakh people and taken upon itself the responsibility of feeding 5000 families. He thanked the state administration for the cooperation offered. He hoped the sharing of the sufferings would heal communal cleavages in Gujarat created during the last few years.

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Millat Registers Scheme

Bangalore: The newly formed Millat Management Society of India proposes to introduce Millat Resident Register in mosques and compile a masjid directory.

At its meeting held here recently, the Society members decided to promote the Millat Management Register for listing the basic information about Muslims living in and around mosques. It will record information about family size, occupation, address, phone nos., socio-economic data etc. According to Society chairman, Prof. Salam Musheer, the register is being initially introduced in districts of Bangalore and Kolar and will be sent to other mosques if desired.

The meeting also decided to compile a directory of mosques in Karnataka with basic data about their size, nature of building, activities associated with the mosques, employees etc. More information can be had from: Millat Management Society of India, No. S 3 Hameedshah Complex, Cubbonpet Main Road, Bangalore-560002, Ph. 080-2290226.

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Anjuman Platinum Jubilee

From Aftab Kola

Bhatkal : The Anjuman Hami-e-Muslimeen which runs a string of institutions at Bhatkal,will celebrate its platinum jubilee on May 5-8. Karnataka chief minister S. M. Krishna, deputy speaker of Lok Sabha P. M. Sayeed are likely to attend the function at the Anjuman College. Coinciding with this, a muslim educational meet will also be held. Eminent educationists, intellectuals and scholars are likely to participate in the conference. Former bureaucrats Zafar Saifullah, Moosa Raza, Saiyid Hamid, Economist A M Khusro, Maulana Abdulla Mughaisi, Maulana Saalim Quasimi etc. will be the prominent participants.

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Ultra Modern Hospital at Lucknow

Lucknow: Moulana Alimiyan Memorial Hospital was inaugurated on March 26. The Hospital is managed by Jamiat Shabab-ul-Islam society. The Ultra Modern 30 beded hospital houses operation theatre, pathology lab, ultra sound and X-ray facilities. At present the hospital has three doctors and six paramedical staff. The management of the hospital also has plans to organize medical camps and mobile clinic facilities in future. Siraj Naim

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Peoples

Recorded: The Voice of Qurratulain Hyder, Urdu novelist has been recorded by the American Library of Congress. It is considered to be an honour for writers of universal acclaim to be sound-recorded while reading part of their writings by the Library. These sound recording will be preserved in the Motion Pictures-Broadcasting and Record Sound Division of the Library. Hyder, born in 1927, has authored several novels such as Aag ka Darya, Kare Jehan Daraz Hai, etc. Her father Sajjad Hyder Yildrim was also a famous writer of Urdu prose. Hyder worked for Illustrated Weekly of India for some time during the 60s and 70s. She later devoted herself to Urdu writings. Aag ka Darya, her magnum opus, has been translated into English recently. She was awarded with Gnanpeeth Award, Ghalib Award and Shitya Academy Award. Several Indian writers such as Khushwant Singh, Arundhati Roy, Upamanyu Chaterjee, Nida Fazli, Mulk Raj Anand, Mahashweta Devi, Suresh Dalal, Nirmal Verma have been sound recorded by the Library of Congress earlier.

Afzal MuhammedElected : Prof. Afzal Muhammad, vice chancellor, B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad has been elected the president of the Indian National Cartographic Society, a professional body of survey engineers, geographers, IT professionals and personnel of the three wings of the services. He succeeds Major General A. K. Ahuja, the Surveyor General of India. He was elected at the general body meeting of the society at Dehradun on March 2.

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