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August 2004 - Rajab 1425 H
Volume 17-08 No : 212
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Madanpura-A Success Story
Doctor's Day Out
Mass Marriage
Awarded
Better Days for Urdu
Urdu Times Vs Secular Democracy
Qawwali in Mumbai Local Trains
Spending Sunset Years amidst Hills
Hamdard Scholarships
Millath Directory
Essays invited

Delhi Waqf Board in Doldrums

Functioning without a chairman for months, the Delhi Waqf Board has woken up to find its coffers empty!

By Andalib Akhter

New Delhi: The Delhi Waqf Board is the richest in terms of resources in the country, but is now facing acute financial crunch. Despite having properties worth crores of rupees, the Delhi Waqf Board is not able to pay even the salaries of Imams and its employees for several months. The Board has even stopped giving scholarships to students from economically weaker section of the society and the pension it used to give to the senior citizens. At least 200 imams are associated with the mosques managed by the Waqf Board and have not been given salaries for several months and they have no chance of getting it in the near future. The total monthly expenditure of the Board including the salaries of imams and staff is Rs five lakh, but the Board is unable to manage it. The Board has another responsibility of burying the unclaimed bodies of Muslims. But due to lack of funds, the Board is not able to discharge even this obligation. The main source of income of the Board is the rent that accrues from its residential properties and commercial establishments. The Board has properties on important locations of the capital such as Mathura Road, Walled City, South Delhi and several other places. Sometimes, the Board changes its tenants and increases the rent to increase its income. But the Board officials do not have the power to change the tenants or increase the rent. Only the chairman of the Board can take this decision. The problem is that the Board is now without a head, with the post of the chairman lying vacant for sometime. The last chairman, Haroon Yusuf has become a minister in the Delhi government. With the Board now without a head, the officials do not have any power to take any major decision. The Board was dissolved after the assembly elections and so far it has not been constituted.

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Doctor's Day Out

Bijapur: The first ever graduation day of Al-Ameen Medical and Dental Colleges, was observed on July 15 at the Al-Ameen Campus. Over 40 Dental and Medical graduates of both colleges received their degrees at the college auditorium. The chief guest was District Police Superintendent, Seemant Kumar Singh. Prof. M. Rahmatulla, the newly appointed Director, Al-Ameen Medical and Dental Colleges, exhorted the students to appear for the P.G. entrance exam and said the students could also appear for the National Board exam. Chief Guest, Singh, reminded the students of their duty towards the society. The graduates were administered the “Hippocrates” oath by Prof. S.K. Shah. Prof. B.S. Patil, Dean, Al-Ameen Medical College stated that last year, five gold medals were won by the Al-Ameen Medical College at the convocation of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. Mithiborwala Sajjad Hasim was named the best outgoing dental graduate of the year. Dr. Arshiya Memon replied to the toast.

Dr. Saif Rauf Siddiqi, a dental graduate read out an Urdu poem composed by him dealing with life in the campus and the nostalgic memories they will carry with them, which enthralled the audience.

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Mass Marriage

By Seema Saleem

Hyderabad: A mass marriage programme was conducted by the Hyderabad Welfare Society (HWS)at the Exhibition Grounds last fortnight in which, the marriages of 51 poor girls were performed. The HWS headed by Haji Ghouse Khan launched this program 19 years ago under the guidance of late Abid Ali Khan (Chief Editor, The Siasat Daily) to help poor families who could not perform marriages of their daughters mainly because of the dowry evil which had crept into the Muslim community. So far, the HWS has performed marriages of 900 girls who belonged to poor families from different communities. Andhra Pradesh has many backward areas where social organisations work. These organisations approach the HWS to seek help for the marriage of the destitute girls. Local poor parents also approach the society for help after selecting the bridegroom.The society makes an enquiry to ensure that they are the most deserving, then their names are registered. The newly married couples are provided with the basic household articles to the tune of Rs. 15000 per couple.

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Awarded

Renowned novelist and short story writer, B.M.Zuhra from Trivandrum has been awarded this year’s K.Balakrishnan Memorial Prize instituted in memory of noted journalist late, Koumudi Balakrishnan. She is the sister of noted cartoonist, late, B.M.Gafoor. Earlier she had received ‘Lalithambika Antarjanam’ award for young literateurs in 1992. Her novels include Kinavu (Dreams), Iruttu (Darkness) and Nilavu (Crescent). She has also translated many Arabic novels into Malayalam.


E.M.Najib, chairman of Air Travel Enterprises Group of Companies has won the Management Leadership Award for the year 2003. This award is constituted by the Trivandrum Management Association for those showing outstanding performance in Team leadership in the Kerala Management sector. E.M.Najib has made notable contributions in the travel- tourism scene.


Bijapur: Three students from SECAB Composite Pre University College for Boys, Bijapur secured distinctions with over 80 per cent marks in the PUC exams held in April this year. They are K. M. Asim Khan 88.5 per cent (with 100/100 in Physics), Aneesur Rahman Madani 84 per cent and Asif Afzal Turki 83.6 per cent (100/100 in Physics). The English Medium High School under the same college also earned a name by producing four distinctions in SSLC this year. These boys are Jamal Hanafi (560/625 marks), Guru Siddappa Gogi (552/625), Pradeep Patil (539/625) and Basangouda Gogi (100/100 in Maths)

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Better Days for Urdu

New Delhi: The Union Human Resources Development Minister, Arjun Singh has said that the budget for the National Council for the Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) has been increased in the current financial year. In 2003-04, Rs. 975 lakh was allocated to the Council, while in the current financial year, a budget provision of Rs. 1,100 lakh has been kept for it.

Tops: Safeena Mariyam scored 94.8 per cent marks in the SSLC exam 2004. She is from the Anju-man Girls High School, Bhatkal, North Kanara district.

Appointed :A.P.M. Muhammed Hanish has been appointed as District Collector of Ernakulam. He completed the 1997 I.A.S. examinations, after his civil engineering degree from the Trivandrum Engineering College. He was earlier appointed as Sub-Collector of Perinthalmanna.

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Urdu Times Vs Secular Democracy

By A Staff Writer

Mumbai: Police Commissioner, Mumbai, A. N. Roy has promised prompt inquiry in a complaint against Urdu Times, the Mumbai-based news Daily. Accusing Urdu Times for launching a malicious communal campaign, inciting religious hatred and violence against famous lyricist and Muslims for Secular Democracy (MSD) president, Javed Akhtar, a delegation led by MSD convener, Gulam Mohammad approached Roy with a complaint letter. Speaking to the delegation, Roy said, “He would soon direct an immediate investigation into their complaint against the editors, publisher, proprietors and certain columnists of Urdu Times.” The delegation, in a 6-page letter to the commissioner, complained against Urdu Times for spreading holy abhorrence among Muslims. “Not all Muslims, however, agreed with MSD’s secular-democratic perspective, progressive outlook, aims and objects, one amongst them was Urdu Times, which was highly critical of MSD since its inception”, avowed the letter. The MSD is compelled to demand a criminal prosecution against the Daily, as in blatant disregard of all norms of journalistic ethics, it intensified its campaign of character assassination and slander in its highly irresponsible attempt to spread hatred and incite violence against MSD by projecting them as part of an international conspiracy against Muslims by the enemies of Islam.

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Qawwali in Mumbai Local Trains

By A Staff Writer

Mumbai: From August 15, the Mumbai branch of the Indian Union Muslim League will start qawwali sessions on local trains running along the Central, Western and Harbour lines of the railways. The reason behind this melodious move, says the League, is national integration. President of the Greater Mumbai Muslim League, Abdul Hameed Sahil, said, “India is a country of saints and mystics. We are starting this programme to propagate the teachings of saints.” “There is no question of controversy. In fact, the programme is meant to promote national integration. But we will see to it that the bhajan singing group and the qawwali group are not in the same compartment. And if it does happen, we will sing songs of national integration,” he adds. Sahil says that the first qawwali to be sung by the group would be one called Khwaja ka Hindustan. Initially the qawwalis will be sung by 10 groups of professional qawwals, all during peak morning and evening hours, said Sahil.

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Spending Sunset Years amidst Hills

Chikmagalur: The Mountain View Educational Institutions group will be shortly commissioning a ‘Home for the Aged’ at their scenic campus here. The complex meant for 30 inmates and built over 50 cents of area has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 30 lakh. Headed by Dr. Azra, the Mountain View Educational Institutions have nursery, primary, secondary schools and Pre-University and Degree Colleges. The group began its activities in 1962 when kindergarten and primary schools were established under the Academy of General Education. More information can be had from: Mountain View College, Vidyanagar, Chikamagalur-577201, Phone: 08262-222228

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Hamdard Scholarships

New Delhi: The Hamdard Education Society has invited applications from Muslim students for the award of loan scholarship in arts, science, commerce, medicine and engineering for the year 2004-05. The selection would be on the basis of merit-cum-need. The written test and interviews are likely to be held in Delhi in September. The amount ranges from Rs. 250 to Rs. 1200.

The aspirants can get in touch with Secretary, Hamdard Education Society, Taleemabad, Sangam Vihar, New Delhi-110062. The last date for submission of filled-in applications is August 21, 2004.

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Millath Directory

Bangalore: The Millath Management Society is compiling the directory of the Muslim charitable, social and educational institutions, banks, cooperative societies and hospitals in Karnataka. All organisations interested in registering themselves are requested to send in their names, addresses and brief description of their activities to the Society office.

Contact: Ph: 9243135238, 9243117335.

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Essays invited

The Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi has called for young scholars and researchers (Below 45 years of age) to submit an Essay on ‘ Human Rights in Islamic Perspective.’ The best essay will be awarded Rs 25,000. The Urdu version of the topic stands as –Insani Huqooq Islami Tanazur Mein. The last date for submission of the essay is September 15, 2004. Forms and rules for the Essay Writing Competition can be had from: The Programme Officer, Institute of Objective Studies, 162, Jogabai Main Road, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi-110025. Ph: 011-26981187, 26989253, Fax-011-26981104,Email: manzoor@ndf.vsnl.net.in

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