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DECEMBER 2000

MONTHLY    *    Vol 14-12 No:168    *   DECEMBER 2000 / RAMADAN 1421H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP

(News from India)


Hospital Through Small 'Tax'
Congress (I) to Monitor HRD Ministry
Pak Book Translated in Hindi
Maulana Azad Essay Contest
Painless Cure for Tooth Decay
Mohammadiya Society to Start Medical College in Cuddapah
Haj Remittances
West Bengal Flood Relief
Essay Contest Awards
IMAN's Silver Jubilee Celebrations
Now a Finance Portal for Muslims
AP Has 7.2 million Muslims
Interest -free Seminar
Azad Memorial in Pune
Milli Council Meet
People

Weavers Build

Hospital Through Small 'Tax'

From Manzer Khan

Nagpur: The Bunker (weavers) Bazar Committee here has almost achieved a feat by constructing a hospital by levying a simple ‘tax’ of one paisa on every metre of cloth produced by them.

Named as Central Hospital, it commissioned its Sardar Abdur Rauf Maternity Department and Mohammadi Ophthalmology Department on October 23. Quranic scholar Maulana Abdul Karim Parekh inaugurated the maternity department.

The weavers community known as Momins have been pursuing the dream of a hospital since 1980 and had formed a Tamirat Multipurpose Society for the purpose. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation allotted them a 120 x 80 sq ft land near the football ground in the centrally located Mominpura which has a population of 3.5 lakh. The hospital was formally commissioned in February this year.

On completion the Central Hospital will have a total space 27,000 sq ft with ground plus five floors. It will have prime focus on maternal and child health. According to Medical Director Dr. Arif Husain, the hospital will have 30 bed facilities on the ground floor and round the clock consulting services and ambulance facility. The maternity department has been named after noted Momin leader Sardar Abdur Rauf. For more details contact: Central Hospital, Mominpura, Nagpur-440018, Phone: 0712-727099, 5441110, E-mail: centralhospital@ hotmail.com

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Congress (I) to Monitor HRD Ministry

A. B. Masoud in New Delhi

New Delhi: The Congress (I)’s Minority Affairs cell has decided to set up a watchdog committee consisting of eminent educationists, historians and public figures to keep a watch on policies and programmes of Ministries of Human Resources Development (HRD) and Culture.

The meeting, chaired by Mr. Arjun Singh also decided to hold a national convention on minorities at Bangalore during the first week of January, 2001.

The meeting expressed concern at the attempts of the Central government, especially the Ministry of HRD led by the BJP stalwart Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi and the newly formed Ministry of Culture led by another BJP leader Mr. Ananth Kumar, to saffronise the policies and programmes of the government. The meeting noted that leading academic institutions in the country have been handed over to die-hard RSS activists.

Reviewing the political situations with special emphasis on the conflicting and confusing statements of various organs of the Sangh Parivar with regard to minority rights and political affiliations, the party vowed to publicly expose duplicity inherent in these statements.

The Congress party, which has so far spared no efforts to keep its allegiance limited to famed Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has also decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad in a “befitting” manner at all levels of the party. So far, this “befitting” manner was reserved to the family of Jawaharlal Nehru with towering leaders like Subash Chander Bose, Azad and Patel finding no mention in the Congress calender to commemorate their birth or death anniversaries.

Besides, Mr. Arjun Singh, chairman of the minorities department, the meeting was attended by Dr. Manmohan Singh, Mrs. Najma Heptullah, Mr. Ahmed Patel, Mrs. Margret Alva, Mr. K. Rahman Khan, Mr. K. M. Khan, Mr. Gandhi Raj and Mr. Imran Kidwai.

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Pak Book Translated in Hindi

By A Staff Writer

New Delhi: The first ever Hindi translation of a Pakistani book Main Baghi Hoon by Dr. KHalid Javaid Jan was unveiled here by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Mrs. Sushma Swaraj. The collection of poems targets social and political corruption and has highlighted the plight of women.

Already many Indian books both in Hindi and English ranging from Hindu scriptures the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Arath Shastra and Nehru’s ‘Discovery of India’ and Gandhi’s ‘My Experiment with Truth’ have been translated into Urdu by Pakistani publishers. To respond to Pakistani gestures, an NGO, South Asian Fraternity has now decided to choose, translate and impress upon Indian publishers to publish Pakistani books. Main Baghi Hoon is the first book in the series. It will be followed by Samjhota Express of Dr. Owais Sheikh.

Sushma Swaraj stressed the need for translating Urdu poetry into Devnagri script. She lamented that most of the Hindi literates remain unacquainted to sweetness of Urdu poetry. Complementing Dr. Jan for his poetry, she said authors should not remain confined to borders. Reading out certain choicest of her verses from the book, the Minister said, she saw rebellion against social evils in every page of the book. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Jan clarified that he was not a political rebel. “Neither I am a mutineer against Pakistan nor against India. I am proud of being a Pakistani. But, I am rebelling against the system lacking justice, where children don’t have books but begging bowls in their hands.

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Maulana Azad Essay Contest

New Delhi: The Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) is holding Maulana Azad Essay Competition-1999 in English, Urdu and Hindi. Entries are invited by December 15, 2000 on topics “Diversities in the Nation-States in the age of Globalisation”. (for English), “Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and the Reforms of Muslim Society” (Urdu), and Adhunik Bharat ke Nirman Mein Samkaleeno ki Bhumika Aur Maulana Azad (Hindi). The essays should not exceed 5,000 words and should be typed in double space. Citizens of SAARC countries below the age of 30 years can participate by sending their essays before December 15, 2000 to ICCR, Azad Bhawan, I.P. Estate, New Delhi-110002. Tel: 3319309, 3319310, Fax:3318647, 3712639. First prize will carry Rs. 25,000, second prize Rs. 20,000 and thrid prize Rs. 15,000.

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Painless Cure for Tooth Decay

Gulbarga: The Al-Badar Dental College here has come out with a book on painless and cost-effective way of treating tooth decay. Titled as ‘ART’ (Atraumatic Restorative Treatment for Tooth Decay), it was released at a function held in Hyderabad on November 26.

The book focuses on a dental care modality which requires no instrument, electricity and even water to treat decay. The decayed tooth is excavated by hand instruments and the cavity filled with tooth coloured glass ionomer dental cements. This cost effective dental filling method was pioneered by Dr. J. Frencken in poor communities of Africa and South East Asia.

The book has been jointly edited by Prof. M. Rahmatullah, Principal of the Al-Badar Dental College, and Dr. J. Frencken, manager of the ART project of World Health Organisation in the Netherlands. The Al-Badar Dental College has also set up an ART Study Center since September 1999 following a seminar on the topic under the aegis of the college. Dr. R. K. Bali, President of the Dental Council of India has recommended adoption of the ART for the oral health workers under the guidance of qualified dental personnel. More details can be had from: Prof. M. Rahmatullah, Al-Badar Dental College, M. S. K. Mills Road, Gulbarga 585102, Karnataka. Phone: 08472-27610, 20222, 29736, Fax: 29689.

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Mohammadiya Society to Start Medical College in Cuddapah

By A Staff Writer

Cuddapah: The Government of Andhra Pradesh has sanctioned a medical college for the Mohammadiya Educational Society in Cudappah, 250 kms south of Hyderabad. The Governnment Order MS No. 413 dated November 15, said the Andhra Pradesh Ministry of Health has approved the sanction of four medical colleges including the one by minority institution at Cudappah.

Society’s secretary Dr. N. M. Ameer reached on telephone told the Islamic Voice that the Mohammadiya Medical College would start functioning from the next academic session and would have an intake of 100. He said the college campus with a 300-bed hospital is coming up on a 28-acre land. The board for the medical college has 15 directors and is headed by Dr. Murad Shah Wali as president.

Cudappah Muslims are already running Madinah Engineering College, Taiyab Polytechnic and an ITI.

For medical college details contact: Dr. N. M. Ameer, Secretary, Mohammadiya Education Trust, 20/520 Madras Road, Cudappah, Andhra Pradesh, Phone: 4268.

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Haj Remittances

Mumbai: The Haj Committee has fixed the rate of Saudi Riyal at Rs. 12.69 and called for remittance of remainder of the charges towards accomodation etc as per the details below. Since all applicants have paid Rs. 5,000 alongwith applications, the charges exclude this amount.
Category I Rs. 64,795
Category II Rs. 58,450
Category III Rs. 54,643
Rubat Exemption Rs. 36,877
Rubat Exemption Rs. 39,415 (only Makkah)
Rubat Exemption Rs. 55,912 (only Madinah)

Besides this, all pilgrims are required to remit Rs. 12,000 towards airfare. The remittances should favour “Haj Committee, Mumbai” and may be sent to The Executive Officer, Haj Committee, Haj House, 7-a, M.R.A. Marg (Palton Road), Mumbai-400001. Last date for receipt or remittances is December 31, 2000, said a committee press release.

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West Bengal Flood Relief

Calcutta : The floods in West Bengal have left a trail of devastation, and the victims are in dire need of relief aid. The relief work carried out by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, West Bengal zone, is in full swing, and it has distributed Rs 900,000, in addition to 10 truckloads of clothes among the victims. Thirty-two medical centeers are giving their services, and almost 2,000 workers are working round the clock.

The Jamaat has decided to take up 375 villages to carry out relief work, but rice worth Rs 1,000,000 is needed plus tons of articles of clothing, such as saris and loin clothes.

The West Bengal Zone of Jamaat has appealed to the philanthropists and benevolent people to extend a helping hand. Any cheques or DDs could be sent to the Jamaat in care of Jammat-e-Islami Hind Relief Work, 22/1, Lenin Sarani, Calcutta - 700013.

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Essay Contest Awards

Chennai: M. Faijul Hadi of Mayiladuthurai has been adjudged the winner of the first prize in an essay competititon on “The way of life as laid down by the Quran” held by the Tamil Nadu Development Foundation Trust. T. Ravi Kumar of Kumarapuram Thoppoor of Kanyakumari district and J. Vasanthan of Dindigul have bagged the second and the third prize. Nearly 2250 students participated in the contest.

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IMAN's Silver Jubilee Celebrations

Mohd. Hidayathulla in Dubai

Dubai: The Indian Muslim Association (IMAN) here will set up a college in India to mark its Silver Jubilee celebration. It was decided at the two-day conference of IMAN on October 26-27.

President of this association Alhaj Syed M Salahuddin, General Secretary Alhaj M. Abdur Rahman, Mr. P.S.M. Habibullah,Mr. Dawood Batcha, Mr. Sadayan Amanullah, Sahitya Academy Awardee Tamil Poet Kaviko Abdur Rahman, Tamilnadu State IUML President Prof. K. M. Kather Mohaideen, Erode Tamizhanban, National Awardee Teacher Mr. Mustafa and others spoke on this occassion. IMAN is a charitable, non-profit body.

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Now a Finance Portal for Muslims

Ahmedabad : Parsoli Capital Finance, a National Stock Exchange member and portfolio managing company here is bringing in a one-stop financial portal for the Muslims.

According to Parsoli director Talha Sareshwala, “The Islamic community is hesitant to invest in financial instruments, like shares, as there is a feeling that they are un-Islamic. Even in the case of MFs, there are doubts as to whether the MFs may be investing in companies, which sell liquor or high interest-charging financial companies.”

Parsoli’s financial portal will, therefore, only deal in financial instruments of shariah-compliant companies. This means companies dealing in liquor, gambling, pornography, high-interest charging firms are a no-no on Parsoli’s portal.

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AP Has 7.2 million Muslims

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh has a Muslim population of 72,09,285.0 Hyderabad has 12,38,074 Muslims followed by Guntur which has 4,90,960. Kurnool is third with 4,36,863. Cudappah has 3,42,524 while Chittoor, Nellore, Nizamabad, Medak, Mahboobnagar and Krishna has over 2 lakh Muslim population each. Smallest Muslim population is in Srikakulam district which has less than 6000 Muslims.

Urdu Daily Siyasat provided the figure but did not quote the source.

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Interest -free Seminar

Vaniyambadi: The Islamiah College, Vaniyambadi, 200 kms west of Chennai will hold a national level UGC seminar on Interest-free banking in India on January 28-29, 2001 in the college campus. Seminar director Dr. Mohammed Ghalib Hussain has invited participants from interest free financial institutions, academics, researchers and entrepreneurs. Aspirants can get the details from Dr. Ghalib Hussain, Islamiah College, New Town, Vaniyambadi-635752 or e-mail: islamiah@md3.vsnl.netin, phone: 04174 - 25438, 25206, Fax: 32876.

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Azad Memorial in Pune

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation will build Maulana Abulkalam Azad Memorial here and has sanctioned Rs. 2.27 crore for the purpose. It will be built on a nearly 9,000 square feet plot of land and will serve as a memorial to India’s first education minister and veteran freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. It will have a council hall, library, computer room, museum, art gallery, auditorium etc. A decision to this effect was taken at the Pune Municipal Corporation Standing committee headed by Anees Sindke. Foundation stone will be laid shortly, the Committee decided.

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Milli Council Meet

Bangalore: The All India Milli Council will hold its three day annual conference in Chennai on January 19 - 21, 2001, said a press note from Syed Mustafa Rifai, South India general secretary of the Milli Council.

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People

Awarded: Late Maulana Abul Hassan Ali Nadwi has been posthumously given the Maulana Shah Waliullah Award for Islamic Services by the Institute of Objective Studies here. The award was presented to Nadwatul Ulama Rector Rabe Hasani Nadwi by Justice M. A. Ahmadi, former chief justice of India on November 3. Institute Chairman Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam said the Institute takes pride in honouring Maulana Nadwi with the first Shah Waliullah Prize. Shah Waliullah was a reformer of 18th century.

Rabat: The Islamic Educational, and Scientific Organisation (ISESCO) has announced honouring late Maulana Ali Mian with its medal of distinction for the service of Islam and Islamic literature. The organisation has invited rector of Nadwatul Ulama Maulana Rabe Hasni Nadwi to Rabat to receive the medal at its seventh conference on November 22.

Died : Dr. K. M. Pathusha, Registrar of the Manomaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu, died of a cardiac arrest in Tirunelveli on November 12. He was 57. A livewire activist, Dr. Pathusha took keen interest in Muslim education. Till last heard, he was working on a report on representation of Muslims in distance education. Pathusha had served as director of Continuing Education, Madurai Kamaraj University.

A Tamil writer, Pathusha had also been principal of Zakir Hussain College, Ilayangudi, Ramnad (now Sivagangai) district. He was also the founding director of the Chennai based Career Guidance and Coaching Centre run by the Crescent Engineering College. He has authored books on various subjects. His books on “Wakf Administration and Development” and “Tamilnadu Assembly Proceedings” were selected for special awards by the state government. He is survived by his widow, two sons and a daughter.

Appointed: Zaheer Khan, India’s new bowling sensation, has been appointed Sports Officer by the public sector Indian Oil Corporation. New test batsman Waseem Jaffer also works as a Sports Officer in the same company.

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