Tribute – Habibullah Badsha
Najwa Hafiz
Obituary – Urdu Writer Mushtaq Yusufi

Died: Abdul Majid, secretary of the Idara Adab e Islam of Karnataka died on November 4 in Bangalore. An activist of Jamaate Islami Hind, Majeed took the pseudonym Arshad Siddiqui for his literary works. He was 70. He suffered a heart attack while taking a morning walk and died instantaneously. He was buried the same evening at Tilaknagar graveyard.  

Moulana Azad Award for Ghiasuddin Babukhan
Mr. Ghiasuddin Babukhan, Managing Trustee Foundation for Educational and Economic Development (FEED) was presented the Moulana Abul Kalam Azad National Award-2014 by the Government of Telangana on the occasion of 127th Birth anniversary of Moulana Abdul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of India.
The Government of Telangana organized Minorities Welfare Day celebrations on November 11 at Ravindra Bharati Auditorium, Hyderabad. The Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana Mr. Mohammad Mahmood Ali presented the award in the presence of Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment.
Other dignitaries including MPs, MLAs and MLCs and Government officials of Minority Welfare Department were also present. As part of this prestigious award function Mr. Ghiasuddin Babukhan was felicitated and a memento was presented to him, in recognition of his dedicated and consistent services for the upliftment of minority community, economically and educationally.
Babukhan together with his later brother Basheeruddin Babukhan organized the FEED and Hyderabad Zakat and Charitable Trust (HZCT) to fund the courses in modern education to thousands of students in Andhra Pradesh for the last 15 years. The organizations are now disbursing scholarships to the tune of Rs. 15 crores a year to the needy students across the state. They also set up the Hyderabad Institute of Excellence (HIE) for enabling meritorious students to enter prestigious institutes.

HIE Scholars on Highway of Success
The three scholars are: Mohammad Salman belongs to Jammikunta village of Karimnagar district. Mohammad Aqib Zeeshan belongs to Sangareddy, Medak district and M.Balakrishna comes from a small village Chinnarajanoor in Mahboobnagar district. It is noteworthy that the annual fee of college under Government (Convener) quota is Rs. 1,05,000, but since EAMCET Ranks of these three scholars were less than 10,000, the entire tuition fee is exempted for them as a gesture of recognition of their outstanding performance in EAMCET ““ 2015.
The HIE recorded another success with 21 scholars getting seats in Muffakham Jah College Engineering and Technology (MJCET), one of the reputed colleges of Hyderabad.
These scholars even though came from a humble background their academic record was bright since beginning. Many of them scored 9.8 GPA and above in their SSC exam (Class 10th) and continued the same performance and could achieve 95% and above marks in their Intermediate (10+2). Their ranks in EAMCET (2015) ranged from 4296 onwards, which shows their hard work and excellence in academics.
Since their family income is around Rs. 6,000 per month and their parents are engaged in small jobs like tailoring, mechanic, daily wage earner, hotel worker, and salesman etc, the FEED will be supporting their studies with scholarships ranging from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 40,000, a press release added.
Syed Akbaruddin, an additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs was appointed as India’s permanent representative at the United Nations, following retirement of Asoke Kumar Mukerji. Akbaruddin was earlier spokesman of the External Affairs Ministry. He was India’s Consulate General in Jeddah for several Years. Akbaruddin is a 1985 batch civil servant. He was also on deputation for four years at the Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna and returned to India in 2011. His father Syed Bashiruddin was Head of the Department of Journalism, Osmania University and was later appointed Ambassador to Qatar.

Shukria Barakzai Appointed as Afghan Ambassador to Norway
Shukria Barakzai who is currently a member of the Lower House of Parliament or Wolesi Jirga and women’s rights activist has been appointed as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Norway. Barakzai’s appointment procedures have been completed inside the country and her documents have been forwarded to the Norwegian government for processing. Well known in the media as an outspoken female member of the house .backing women’s rights, Barakzai supported the incumbent President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the election 2014.
Born in Kabul in 1972, Barakzai completed preliminary education in Kabul and went to Kabul University in 1990, but left her degree incomplete due to war in the country.
She resumed studies after the fall of the Taliban and received a bachelor degree in Archaeology and Geology from Kabul University in 2003.