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MARCH 2001

MONTHLY    *    Vol 15-03 No:171    *   MARCH 2001 / ZIL-HIJJA 1421H
  email: editor@islamicvoice.com

COMMUNITY ROUNDUP


J&K Peace Talks: Saudis Keen to Mediate
Unrest Over History Book
Jamia Vision 2025
Relief Worth Rs. 1.15 cr. Disbursed
A Quake Victim
Urdu's Bastion is Lost
Seminar on Urdu
Urdu University Building
Darul Banaat at Pune
Service Above Worship
Yemen Consulate in Hyderabad
Charminar Bank's ATM Facility
Islamic Book Mela
Mosque with a Homepage
Rifaa Home for Girl Children Opened
Milli Council Office Bearers
Jamiat Quraish : Off with Feast
On Record
Amanath Motors Releases out 30 Buses
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J&K Peace Talks: Saudis Keen to Mediate

Saudis have shown keenness to broker Indo-Pak settlement on Kashmir

Ahtesham Qureshy in New Delhi

New Delhi : Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister, is leading the official Indian delegation to Saudi Arabia for Hajj this time. It is quite significant and meaningful, in the context of the present situation in Kashmir.

What makes Dr. Abdullah’s official visit to Saudi Arabia is the keen interest the Saudi government is believed to be taking in promoting a negotiated settlement. It is understood that the Royal government is playing the role of a catalyst in facilitating the resumption of a dialogue between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Gen. Parvez Musharraf of Pakistan. The Saudis wield a lot of influence on Pakistani rulers, and have the full support and backing of the US Administration in working out an acceptable formula to resolve the old dispute. The recent visit by Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh to Riyadh was part of the backdoor diplomatic drive.

Dr. Abdullah’s visit to Saudi Arabia will provide an input to Saudi authorities about the Kashmiri viewpoint. Dr. Abdullah has the advantage of being fully aware of New Delhi’s thinking, as well as having a first hand perception of the realities in Kashmir. His secret interaction with the leaders of Hurriyat and other Kashmiri movements will be of great help in understanding the complexities of the problem.

The on-going ceasefire in J&K by the Central government is another key factor in the present chain of efforts. The proposed visit of Hurriyat leaders to Pakistan too is a link in the process. These leaders will meet Kashmiri leaders on the other side of the border and will pave the way for Kashmiris being made partners in the process of negotiations. It will be for the first time that Kashmiris will become a third partner, besides India and Pakistan, in deciding the future of Kashmir as a composite entity. If things work to expectations, a final settlement might be possible by accepting the present Line of Control (LOC) as the international boundary. This is, by all accounts, the only practical solution. Significantly, the Vajpayee government is not averse to the idea. It is recognizing the ground reality. The ball was set in motion during former US President Bill Clinton’s visit to New Delhi last year in the wake of Kargil.

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Unrest Over History Book

M. H. Lakdawala

Mumbai: Considerable discontent is found in the students community in Mumbai up over the distortion of Islam in the history textbook of third year Bachelor of Arts (TYBA) students of the University of Mumbai. The book History of Medieval India (1000 AD to 1707 AD) authored by Dr R R Singh, Principal of the St. Joseph College of Arts and Commerce at Virar (West) mentions that the advent of Islam was a boon for the Arabs, but has been a curse for people outside the Arab world.

The book, first published in 1996 by Sheth Publishers Pvt. Ltd, is allegedly prepared according to the latest syllabus of the Mumbai University for TYBA students. The issue was brought to light allegedly by students who have been referring to the book for their studies.

Chapter 2 of the book under the heading ‘Invasion of Mahmud of Ghazni’ reads: “The advent of Islam might have been a boon to the Arabs who got united under its banner, and were enthused by it to carry on conquests in Asia, Africa and Europe. But it has been a curse for the people outside the Arab world because wherever the Islamic hordes went, they not only conquered the countries, but killed millions of people and plundered their homes and places of worship and destroyed their homes, places of worship and above all their art works...

Various Muslim organisations and groups have registered their protest by submitting a memorandum to the chief minister and university vice-chancellor.

Pamphlets : Circulation of a pamphlet by Hindu Writers’ Forum warning Hindu girl students against marrying Muslim boys too has evoked strong protests. The pamphlets were distributed outside several colleges in Mumbai.

The pamphlets alleged that Hindu girls were being enticed into love affairs by Muslim boys and were then persuaded to convert and solemnize Nikah with them.

Principal of Bandra’s Rizvi College, Mr. Zaidi in a written complaint to Police Commissioner together with a copy of the pamphlet, said these scurrilous pamphleteering would poison the atmosphere and urged for check on such activities. Dr. Ishaq Jamkhanawala, president of the Anjuman Islam group of educational institutions described this as a mischief by communal elements who were out to spoil the atmosphere of communal amity found in the campuses in Mumbai. n

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Jamia Vision 2025

Jamia Millia Islamia will be introducing new courses in infotech, biotech, architecture etc. under a new perspective plan

Ahtesham Qureshy

Jamia Millia Islamia UniversityNew Delhi : Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university, is shedding its yoke of traditionalism; it’s getting mod and techno-savvy. The emphasis will now be on acquiring new skills in information technology. The well-equipped computer centre on the campus of the university will not only make young students computer friendly, but is also intended to provide a new orientation to the teachers to play with his hi-tech instrument of change in education. The teachers and the taught, as well as the Jamia administrators are feeling excited over new dimensions, and hope the institution, initially set up in the 30s for only “basic education”, will acquire a new image and a status among the places of learning in the country.

The new Vice-Chancellor, Shahid Mehdi, is busy preparing a perspective plan, Jamia Vision-2025, for the development and expansion of the central university during the next 25 years. The objective is to provide “quality education”, and to enable its products to compete in this new world of high competition to face new challenges thrown up by globalisation in the world. It marks a realization that imparting education in the traditional subject and in the traditional manner will take the new generation nowhere, and that they have to achieve excellence in information technology and applied sciences for a meaningful future. A beginning has been made by making it compulsory for the teachers to undergo a short-term course in computer programming. The internet facility is also to be utilized to facilitate the teaching community to interact with the fraternity in other universities in India and abroad. This is intended to help those who are engaged in research work.

The idea of Vision-2025 for the Jamia was first discussed at an extended seminar held recently. The invitees included the vice-chairman of the University Grants Commission, renowned educational planner Abad Ahmed, a few industrialists, and of course, all deans and heads of various departments of the Jamia. One of the suggestions accepted was that greater inter-action be sought between the Jamia and industry.

It will serve the dual purpose; it will help in generating finances for starting new courses, and will also serve as a cushion in future placement of the students who pass out in courses like business management, computer programming and engineering. The vice-chancellor has asked all the departments to prepare working papers, visualizing the new job-oriented courses. In fact, new courses in software technology, biotechnology and architecture are being introduced to make a meaningful start of the new vision. The commerce department is starting a new degree course in international business management with an eye on the world market.

To give shape to evolving closer link with the industry, it is proposed that men of industry be taken as special invitees to the board of studies in various departments, particularly commerce, and engineering. This would also need a new orientation to the counseling cell in the Jamia, whose help is broadly limited to young engineering and science students in getting jobs after the completion of their studies. The graduates in engineering are getting good opportunities, and only this year, three of them got attractive offers from the industry with a handsome pay-packet of Rs. 25 lakh a year. A few others have secured jobs in the Middle East on fat salaries.

The Jamia already boasts of having a highly modern Mass Communication Research Centre for courses in advertising and journalism, particularly in TV journalism.

The perspective plan for the Jamia, when implemented, will give it a purposeful leap. It had a modest beginning as a school of the ideas of Gandhiji and Late Dr. Zakir Hussain, and was born in Aligarh. Then it was shifted to Delhi in a hired premises in 1936. It grew into a university, though a deemed one in the 60s and became a full-fledged Central University in 1988. It is quite young that way, and those responsible for its running have to have a vision for the future.

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Relief Worth Rs. 1.15 cr. Disbursed

By a staff writer

Islamic Relief Committee in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: The Islamic Relief Committee in Gujarat has so far arranged relief worth Rs. 1,15,00,000 in the four earthquake-affected districts of Gujarat. The districts are Kutch, Rajkot, Surendarnagar and Ahmedabad. It has brought relief material to people in 190 villages by setting up six relief camps. Reached over phone, secretary of the Islamic Relief Committee Mohammed Shafi Madni told Islamic Voice, “nearly 35,00,000 people have been effected by the quake in the four districts. 

The IRC has provided tents to 1,200 families, built temporary houses for 1,400 families, distributed kitchen utensils among 2,600 families, blankets among 18,600 persons, foodgrains worth Rs. 50,00,000 spent over Rs. 1,50,000 on water supply and attended 35,000 patients besides distributing clothes among countless families.

Mr. Madni informed that nearly 800 mosques have been fully or partly damaged due to the quake in the four districts. Correcting the figures published in this monthly in February issue, Mr. Madni said only 15 mosques have collapsed and 30 have been badly damaged in Bhuj town.

He said 90 per cent of the Kachch’s 14,00,000 people are affected by the quake. Islamic Relief Committee’s central camp in Bhuj (above). Temporary shelters being provided by the IRC to the Quake-affected families (below). A partly damage Mosque in Bhuj (left corner).

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A Quake Victim

Shaking Minarets (Jhoolte Minar)Ahmedabad: A historic sentinel built by a Muslim king became a victim in the quake that struck Gujarat on January 26. Upper portion of one of the two Shaking Minarets (Jhoolte Minar) came tumbling down as the quake rumbled through the state. A portion of the other of the two minarets had already been dismantled by the British to unravel the mystery of the swinging phenomenon during their rule. A monument preserved under Archaeological Survey of India rules, the swinging minarets had mystified even the best of architects. Built nearly five centuries ago, the minarets swung rhythmically when shaken from its parapets by visitors. They were a must on the tourists itinerary in Ahmedabad, a city established by Ahmedshah Badshah in 14th century.

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Urdu's Bastion is Lost

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh has lost its position as the Urdu's stronghold. Gradual phasing out of Urdu newspapers and journals serves as an index of decline of Urdu in the state which has 25 per cent of India's Muslim population. At least 103 Urdu dailies and newspapers have ceased publication during the last five years while another 100 are on the verge of death. This has been quoted by National News and Features which conducted a survey of the Urdu media recently.

The survey said of the 300 and odd Urdu periodicals in the state, only 100 have survived the vicissitudes of the adverse circumstances after partition. According to Hersh C. Chowdhury, editor of the National News and Features, the newspapers that went out of circulation recently include daily Qaumi Awaz, Azaim and As-Subah, from Lucknow, considered to be milestones of the Urdu journalism. Rampur's Qaumi Jung, and Elan, Kanpur's Mazdoor Vahini and Noor e Bareli, and Dukhti Rug, Gorakhur's Subhe Avadh, Bahraich's Ghazi, Muradabad's Aina e Alam and Moonis, Aligarh's Mashaal e Azadi, and Sardar Times. Most of them had to close down due to financial difficulties. Currently Aligarh, Bahraich, Rampur, Azamgarh and Allahabad have no Urdu daily of their own.

Urdu writer Irfan Siddiqui notes that Uttar Pradesh government does not support the small newspapers while in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, small newspapers begin receiving advertisement support after being on their own for some time. The survey estimates that obituary list of Urdu journals will include 83 more journals within a couple of years if no method is devised to boost their economies and circulation.

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Seminar on Urdu

New Delhi: American expert on Indian Muslim Prof. Theodore P. Wright has advised Indian Muslims develop expertise in Indian languages and English along with Urdu in order to keep pace with the mainstream. Prof. Wright who is with the Political Science Department of the State University of New York at Albany was speaking at an international seminar on future of Urdu cosponsored by the National Council for Promotion of Urdu and Dr. Zakir Hussain Study Circle, apprehended that while Urdu’s recognition as official language or medium of instruction would sentimentally satisfy Muslims, it will keep them backward in comparison to other communities.

Heidelberg University’s Prof. Christine Oesterheld of Heidelburg advised Muslims to teach their children Urdu as a language if the language could not be a medium of instruction in order to maintain cultural continuity. She observed that no statistics were available relating to Urdu teaching in India and no conclusions can be drawn with regards to the language’s future.

Prof. David Mathews of the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University rejected the idea of changing the script of Urdu from Persian to Devanagri and likened it to prescribing death for the language. He observed Urdu is a must for any Indologist and Urdu is a mirror of Indian philosophy, religion and culture. Prof. Mathews has translated Urdu master pieces such as Umrao Jaan Ada and Hayat e Javeed in English. Prof. Mathews said while Urdu has declined in India, it has emerged as an important language on international fora. Norwegian Parliament has recognized Urdu as the second major language after Norwegian.

Kashmiri writer Prof. Yousuf Tang wanted Urdu to be promoted as a link language between India and Kashmir. Noted Urdu author Prof. Gopi Chand Narang of Delhi University said Urdu should be taught at school level if it has to be kept alive on national and international level.

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Urdu University Building

Hyderabad: The Maulana Azad National Urdu Open University got its first building at its designated Manikonda campus when vice chancellor Mohammad Shameem Jairajpuri commissioned its first camp site office on February 20.

It coincided with the third anniversary of the start of University’s functioning. It has so far been operating from 68 Brindavan Colony, Toli Chowki, Hyderabad since February 20, 1998. The University is expected to commission its full-fledged building in July this year.

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Darul Banaat at Pune

Pune: The Muslim Samaj Prabodhan Sanstha has recently started an orphanage for the Muslim girls from broken homes at its Sayyednagar complex in Hadapsar in the outskirts of Pune. The orphanage named Darul Banaat, which began with 14 inmates in 1999 has now 35 girls who are looked after by two women matrons. The Rehmani Foundation, Mumbai has gifted a 20,000 sq. ft piece of land for the purpose of constructing a building for the orphanage. The Sanstha is now looking for patrons who could fund the construction of the orphanage building capable of holding 50 inmates and four lady matrons.

The Sanstha was set up by teacher and social worker Mrs. Ashrafi Mulla in 1985. It currently runs Rehmani Foundation Nursery School Shamsuddin Primary School, Rehmani Foundation Girls High School, Pareesha Tailoring Class and Rehmani Rexine Purse Training Class.

The Sanstha has appealed for donations for its projects. For details contact: Mrs. Ashrafi Mulla, Secretary, Phone : 020-6831785 or Muslim Samaj Prabodhan Sanstha, 74 Sayyed Nagar, Hadapsar, Pune-411028.

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Service Above Worship

Palanpur: Kausar Ali Shanasara Jannat, a resident of Candor village in Gujarath has personified the Urdu novelist Munshi Premchand’s short story Hajj e Akbar. Bound for Hajj this year, Kausar Ali was to take a flight to Jeddah on February 14. But realizing the gravity of human tragedy in Kachch areas of Gujarat in the wake of the earthquake, Ali decided to spend the sum of Rs. 60,786 saved for the Hajj on relief and rehabilitation. According to 50-year-old Ali, no worship could be greater than the service to humanity. He fervently hopes that Almighty Allah would bestow upon him another opportunity to perform the Hajj pilgrimage.

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Yemen Consulate in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Yemen will set up a consulate at Hyderabad and will possibly commence Yemen Airlines flights from the city. This was announced by Dr. Ahmad Ali Albashari, Yemani minister for immigration who was announced this in a reception held at Barkas, a colony of Yemeni Arab. He also donated one million dollars for Arabic teaching for the immigrants. Barkas has nearly one lakh Yemeni Arabs settlers who are descendants of the soldiers recruited by the princely Nizam government for Jamiat Nizame Mahboob or Nizam’s Personal Security Guards in the 19th century.

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Charminar Bank's ATM Facility

Syed Alamdar Hussain SajjadHyderabad: The Charminar Bank here commissioned its first ATM (All Time Money) facility at Mehdipatnam on February 6. It thus became the first cooperative bank in Andhra Pradesh to have ATM facility. It may be recalled that Charminar Bank was accorded a scheduled status a few months ago.

Bank Chairman Syed Alamdar Hussain Sajjad while commissioning the facility promised to set up 50 branches during the next five years. He pointed out that the Bank’s deposits have mounted upto Rs. 500 crore and it has 21 branches currently. It employs nearly 1000 persons.

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Islamic Book Mela

Islamic Book Mela

Bangalore: The week-long Islamic Book Mela was a big draw here with book lovers from far and wide visiting the stalls selling books pertaining to various aspects of Islam in hordes. The Mela was organized on the eve of completion of 20 years by the Islamic Book Centre. President of the Jamaate Islami Hind inaugurated the Mela on February 11. Maulana reminded the gathering that Muslims became the Islamic rulers of the land but forgot to be propagators of Islamic message, hence the drastic decline in their fortunes. Sunnat al Jamaat leader Maulana Qadeer Ahmad Adaul Aamiri said Muslims had been raised as the community that enjoins good and forbids evil.

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Mosque with a Homepage

A Coimbatore mosque trains students in Computers and opens a homepage on the website.

M. H. Sharief in Harur

MMHE Computer CentreCoimbatore: It is a mosque with a difference! It has opened its own homepage. Just click www.mmhe.homepage and you can keep yourself abreast of its acitivites.

Mecca Masjid, situated on Madukkarai Road in Sundarapuram area of Coimbatore has also set up a computer training centre on the first floor of the worshipping place.

“Computer education has revolutionised our lives beyond belief and computers have brought the world closer to you at the click of a button. If the Muslim society doesn’t learn the computers, we may be doomed to eternal ignorance. So, to prepare the community to the age of computers , we have started the compute centre,’’ says Haji M. Ameer Althaf, president of the Mecca Masjid committee . Interestingly, this mosque has been registered under the Societies Registration Act (religious, charitable).

The Centre, started with donations from the local community, has grown into a premier institution for computer learning. So far 700 persons including students, Aalims, office workers, businessmen have received diplomas. The Centre has become the first choice among non-muslims to learn computer courses , particularly, with girl students . To boot, it offers training at a fee 60 per cent less than charged by other centres. It also offers two-day free training on Internet and 15-day training on beginners’ course, according to Ameer Althaf.

An exercise to put the Holy Quran and the rare and marvelous structure of the 35 lakhs of Arabic alphabets on its website is also on, informs Ameer Althaf.

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Rifaa Home for Girl Children Opened

Rifaa Home for Girl Children

Bangalore: ‘Rifaa Home for the Girl Children’ was inaugurated here on February 17 with the cutting of ribbon by an orphan girl Salma. Managed by Rabita Welfare Group for Women, the new premises on Hennur Road would house the 50 and odd destitutes and orphans, mostly girls from the broken homes, battered girls working as domestic help, children of alcoholic fathers and unfairly divorced Muslim mothers. The new premises on nearly 10,000 square feet has dormitory, a modern kitchen, dining hall, library, prayer room and a vocational training centre.

According to Sofia Hameed, secretary of Rabita, the new premises would have a school on upper floors from next academic session. The Home for the Girl Children was set up in 1993 and had been functioning from a congested house in Cooke Town in the city. The Rifaa Home can be contacted at Phone: 080-5444671.

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Milli Council Office Bearers

Moulana Mujahidul Islam

Moulana Rifaee

Yaseen Badayuni

Moulana Asrarul Huq Qasimi

From Left to Right:  Moulana Mujahid,  Moulana Rifaee, Yaseen Badayuni, 
Moulana Asrarul Huq Qasimi.

Chennai:Maulana Mujahidul Islam Qasimi was retained as the secretary general of the All India Milli Council for the sixth consecutive time at the national convetion of the council held here on February 3-4. The council also elected three assistant secretary-generals. They are Asrarul Haq Qasimi, Syed Mustafa Rifai Qadri from Karnataka and Yaseen Ali Badayuni. Kamal Farooqui from Delhi was retained as treasurer. The council nominated four new patrons, Maulana Rabe Hasni Nadwi, Ibrahim Sulaiman Sait, Tayabur Rahman Qasimi and Justice E. Ahmadi.

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Jamiat Quraish : Off with Feast

Hyderabad: The Quraish community here has decided that bride’s side will not offer a feast to the guests at the time of marriage. The decision was taken by a 28-19 majority at the executive committee meeting of the All India Jamiatul Quraish on January 18th at Quraish Building, Shahganj, Hyderabad. The executive committee chose to seek opinion through secret ballot after prolonged debate over the issue.

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On Record

No Regrets

I did not have any repentance nor any pangs or agony for the demolition of the mosque and I had a pleasure to declare it as a historic day...

Without the inspiration god such a colossal job of demolition could not have been pulled within five hours without using any explosive device.

Mr. Kalyan singh, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in a speech in Kolkata on February 2, 1993. the recorded cassette of speech were submitted to Justice Liberhan Commission by Jyoti Basu, former chief minister of West Bengal on January 27, 2001. The Hindu Jan. 30, 2001.


Add a Blow

You also pick up a hammer and give it(the dome) a blow.

Kar sevak quoted telling workers of Akhil Bharat Rachnatmak Samaj while demolishing Babri Masjid by Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande


Respecting the Sovereignty: The US Style

The US government has sanctioned $ 4 million to aid the Opposition in Iraq in its bid to topple the Saddam Government. According to Mary Allen Country, spokesperson of the White House National Security Council, the decision to allocate the amount has been made by the Foreign Assets Control of the Department of Finance. According to White House sources, it is the first time that the US Government has decided to fund the groups within Iraq to bring down the government of Saddam. Earlier, it funded activities outside Iraq. It said the decision is indicative of hard stance of new US Present George W. Bush.    Reuter


Hindu Students on the rolls of Madrassa

Bihar’s Khelpur village is witnessing a new spectacle. Its Islamic madrassa has 70 Hindu students on its rolls. Two of them are the grandsons of former MLA Vidya Bhushan Singh. Singh says, initially when he sent the kids to the madrassa, many forehead had creases among the members of his Rajput community. But soon they followed suit. “The question before us is not one of sending our wards to pathshala or madrassa, but one of where good, basic education is imparted. The village is situated in the Baikunthpur block of Gopalganj district.   UNI Urdu Service

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Amanath Motors Releases out 30 Buses

Amanath Motor Owners Cooperative Society

Amanath Motor Owners Cooperative Society leased out 30 new buses on February 9 to Bangalore Mahanagara Transport Corporation (BMTC). On the occasion Minister for Transport C. R. Sagir Ahmed, K. Rahman Khan (MP), Azeez Mohammed, Chairman of the Society and Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan founder Al-Ameen movement were present.

The newly formed Society invites investments for leasing out transport buses to the City transaport authority. The scheme has drawn enthusiastic response. Speaking on the occasion, Al-Ameen Education Society founder Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Khan recalled that a few years ago 150 auto rickshaws were leased out to 150 Muslims. But due to irregular and non-payment of loans Amanth Bank was forced to discontinue the scheme.

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Adil Warisuddin Ahmed of Kolkata has been selected for the US Presidential Scholarship scoring 1590 out of 1600 marks. The 18-year old from La Martinere school will receive a medallion from the US President at the White House. He is currently doing his Intermediate Science (ISC).

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