N.Md. Farooq is Council Chairman


N.Md. Farooq being greeted after taking over as Chairman of the A.P. Legislative Council on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: HAND_OUT
N.Md. Farooq being greeted after taking over as Chairman of the A.P. Legislative Council on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: HAND_OUT

Payyavula Keshav appointed chief whip; Dokka, three others made whips

Former Minister and Deputy Speaker in undivided Andhra Pradesh N.Md. Farooq was unanimously elected Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council here on Wednesday.

He succeeded A. Chakrapani, whose term ended after the monsoon session.

Mr. Farooq was escorted to the podium by the Leader of the House and Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu.

The Finance Minister and other Ministers such as Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao and Ch. Ayyanna Patrudu recalled how Mr. Farooq played an active role in public life.

Mr. Patrudu recalled how he and Mr. Farooq worked in the NTR Cabinet and lived in the same street.

Ministers N. Chinarajappa, Kamineni Srinivas, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, K.S. Jawahar, and K. Atchannaidu, and former Minister Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu said the election of Mr. Farooq ensured proper representation to the Muslim community.

The Chairman’s post was a highly respected one and the Muslims in the State were happy that it had been given to a leader from their community.

The Ministers said that Mr. Farooq had worked as a Minister for 11 years and as Deputy Speaker in the undivided A.P., and had the experience needed for holding the high post.

TDP MLC Payyavula Keshav was appointed chief whip. The government also appointed Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, Buddha Venkanna, P. Ramasubba Reddy, and Sharif Mohammad Ahmed as whips.

source:  http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Amaravati – November 16th, 2017

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to inaugurate 4th ‘Hunar Haat’ today


Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display.

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display. (Image: IE)
Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display. (Image: IE)

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will today inaugurate the fourth edition of the Centre’s ‘Hunar Haat’ at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, where works of artisans belonging to minority communities and Tihar Jail inmates will be on display.

Speaking at a press conference, the Union Minister said that the fourth edition will continue till November 27 and will exhibit the country’s rich heritage and skills. “This Hunar Haat is unique from earlier exhibitions as for the first time products made by inmates of Delhi’s Tihar Jail are also available. These products include furniture, handlooms, handicrafts, bakery items, hand-prepared oil, organic spices and grain,” Naqvi said.

He added that the artisans’ exquisite pieces of handicraft and handloom works such as cane, bamboo and jute products of Assam; Tussar, Geeja and Matka silk of Bhagalpur (Bihar) and traditional jewellery from Rajasthan and Telangana will be on display at the Haat. “New products to be displayed include baskets made from natural grass by artisans from Puducherry and Uttar Pradesh, Gotapatti work from Rajasthan and mural paintings from Gujarat,” the Union Minister said.

He added that the ministry had earlier organised the Haat for the first time at Pragati Maidan last year.

“The second and third editions were organised in the national capital and Puducherry, which received huge response. ‘Hunar Haat’ will also be organised in Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Bhopal and other cities in the coming days,” the minister said. He further said that the Ministry is working to establish a Hunar Hub in all states of the country where artisans will be provided training as per present requirement.

‘Hunar (skill) Haat’ is a platform created by the Minority Affairs Ministry to offer employment and market opportunities to artisans and craftsmen from minority communities.

source: http://www.financialexpress.com / Financial Express / Home> India News / by ANI / November 15th, 2017

A Nikah with a difference!


Mohammed Qasim lived in a small town in north India. One afternoon he came home and sat on the ‘palang’ placed in the courtyard. While serving the lunch, his wife said, ‘What have you planned about the marriage of our daughter?’ Sitting on the chabutra of the kitchen, the daughter was washing the lentils, at a short distance. Mohammed Qasim glanced at his daughter. He got down from the ‘palang’, wore slippers and went into the ‘baithak’. His wife shouted from behind ‘at least have lunch!’

Mohammed Qasim asked a person to call Maulvi Abdullah. Abdullah was his nephew and was still studying in a madrasa. He lived in a room nearby. He rushed to the call of his uncle. His dress would be always clean but the trouser had a tear and the shirt had a stain of ink.

Mohammed Qasim asked his nephew. ‘Son! Do you have any plans about your marriage?’

Abdullah was a little embarrassed by the question. He said ‘how can I think of my marriage in the presence of my elders?’

What do you say about ‘Ikraman’? If you agree Nikah would be solemnised’.

Abdullah thought for a while, and said ‘Uncle whatever decision you and father will take, I won’t dare to reject.’

Mohammed Qasim’s brother-in-law lived in Gwalior. He had told Qasim to marry Abdullah if he finds any suitable proposal. Listening to the reply of Abdullah, Qasim asked him to stay there itself, went inside the house and told his wife. ‘what do you say about Abdullah for our ‘Ikraman’? He is our relative; there is nothing to enquire about him. If you agree let us solemnize their Nikah.’

Qasim’s wife also found the proposal suitable. Both agreed Mohammed Qasim came to his daughter. She was still busy washing lentils. He sat beside his daughter and said ‘Daughter! We have decided to solemnized your Nikah with Maulvi Abdullah. First let us have your consent?’

Ikraman buried her face between her knees in shame.

Qasim’s wife told him, ‘How can you talk of her marriage with a girl? Qasim said’ what’s wrong in that. It’s about shariah. It is necessary to have girl’s consent. There’s no place of shame in the matter of shariah. If Ikraman doesn’t agree, we will find another match. But it is necessary to have her consent.’

Qasim’s wife said ‘modest girls don’t show their consent openly. Had she to refuse the proposal she would have looked at me or would have left the room. This way I would have understood her wish. In such matters girls’ silence is their consent.

After listening to his wife Mohammed Qasim stood up and went outside. Abdullah was still waiting for his uncle in the ‘baithak’. Two or three other persons were also present. Mohammed Qasim called them and said. ‘I am giving the hand of my daughter Amtul Ikram in the hands of Maulvi Abdullah for Nikah.’

He gave 2 paise to a man and asked him to bring dried dates from the shop at the corner of the street. The persons present there became witnesses, and the Nikah was solemnized in few moments. Then Mohammed Qasim asked the groom bring a Doli (palanquin) and take away his bride. When the doli arrived Mohammed Qasim came into the house and sat beside his daughter who was on the prayer mat to offer Zohr prayer and said, ‘Daughter! By the grace of Allah I’ve solemnized your Nikah. Maulvi Abdullah is waiting for you outside, now you go to your house with him.’

Mother was also surprised, she said ‘you should have given me some time. I would have made some good dresses for our daughter. At least I would have changed her dress at the time of Nikah.’

‘Why what’s wrong in this dress? Can’t she offer Namaz in this dress? When her dress is good for namaz why not for Nikah’ asked Qasim.

Meanwhile Ikraman wore burqa. Mother prayed for her, father patted her and took her to the doli. On their way he gave her sound advices about rights of husband and domestic responsibilities.

The next day Qasim invited daughter and son-in-law at his house. Served whatever food was available in the house to the people present in the ‘baithak’ and told them that it was the valima of Maulvi Abdullah.

The story is of Deoband. Mohammed Qasim was later popularly known as Maulana Mohammed Qasim Nanotvi, the founder of Darul-uloom Deoband. His nephew Maulvi Abdullah used to study in Darul Uloom Deoband itself. After passing out from there he went to Aligarh. He was counted among close friends of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and became the first Nazim-e-Deeniyath of Aligarh college.

Narrated by Mohammed Tariq Ghazi, grandson of Maulana Abdullah Ansari

source: http://www.siasat.com / The Siasat Daily / Home> Islamic Hub / November 16th, 2017

President confers awards on Dangal’s Zaira, Super 30’s Anand Kumar


President Ram Nath Kovind presenting silver medal to actor Zaira Wasim during National Child Awards function
President Ram Nath Kovind presenting silver medal to actor Zaira Wasim during National Child Awards function

New Delhi :

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday presented the National Child Awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the occasion of Children’s Day.

This year’s recipients included Super 30’s Anand Kumar and actress Zaira Wasim of Dangal and Secret Superstar fame. At the ceremony Dr Virendra Kumar, minister of state for women and child development, was also present.

This year the National Child Award was given to 16 children out of which one was presented with gold medal and 15 were given silver medal. The National Award for Child Welfare was conferred on three individuals and five institutions.

The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for outstanding contribution towards service of children was conferred on three individuals. Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “By awarding kids, we recognise and encourage their talent and potential for nation building.”

source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> News> India News / TNN / November 15th, 2017

Doctors Association Kashmir felicitated for its philanthropic work during ‘2016 uprising’



Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) was felicitated at Infotel Awards 2017 at Tagore Hall during a function held on Sunday. The award was given in recognition to the philanthropic work done by DAK during 2016 summer uprising wherein a group of six doctors namely Dr Mir Mushtaq, Dr Yasir Wani, Dr Masood Rashid, Dr Ijtaba Shafi, Dr Masood ul Hassan & Dr Zahid Nasti worked day in and day out and collected Rs 17 lakh which were utilised for the pellet victims in terms of medicines and surgical equipments.

A spokesperson of the DAK said that the award was given by MoS Health & Medical Education Asiea Naqash in presence of MLA Rafiabad Yawar Mir and Abbas Wani, MLA Gulmarg.

On behalf of DAK the award was received by Dr Arshad Hussain Trag (Joint Secretary, DAK).

President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik also received appreciation award in the said function for elevating the Paediatric health care at Sub District Hospital(SDH), Sopore.

President DAK Dr Suhail Naik has expressed his gratitude to the organizers and has assured that DAK will be continuing social work endeavors under various programmes.

source: http://www.kashmirlife.net / Kashmir Life / Home> Latest News / by KL News Network / November 13th, 2017

Memory of a SUFI SAINT

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

The view from outside | Photo Credit: Serish Nanisetti
The view from outside | Photo Credit: Serish Nanisetti

Mir Mahmood’s dargah comes alive during the Urs

It is an unmissable green dome that can be seen for miles around in the Rajendranagar area. Overlooking the massive Mir Alam Tank, built on the edge of the hillock now called MM Pahadi or Mir Mahmood ki Pahadi, is the dome of Sufi saint Mir Mahmood. “Mir Mahmood saheb came from Iraq. He came during the rule of Abdullah Qutb Shah and settled down here. When the king was constructing other buildings, Mir Mahmood paid double the wages to pregnant women and more people liked to work here. He lit a torch in the lake to carry on the building activity in the night,” says a caretaker.

According to historians, Syed Shah Emaduddin Mohammed hailed from Najf in present day Iraq and migrated to Bidar along with 50 other Sufis. Here, he came into the influence of Moulana Syed Shamsuddin Hussaini who inducted him to the Nimatullahi order and asked him to move to Hyderabad. He reached here during the reign of Abdullah Qutb Shah and stayed at the hillock overlooking the lake. The people started calling him Mir Mahmood Saheb. Within a few years, he started constructing his own tomb and on the other side of the lake, the new king Abul Hasan Tana Shah began constructing the dome of his spiritual master Shah Raju Qattal II. The workers and people knew that a miracle was taking place as the labourers were paid higher wages though the there was no known source of income for the Sufi who spent most his time in a trance like state. Now, the dome of Shah Raju is visible from Mir Mahmood’s dargah and Mir Mahmood’s dargah is visible from Shah Raju’s tomb in Misrigunj. But while Mir Mahmood’s dargah has a coat of green that shimmers in the sunlight, Shah Raju’s tomb is a dull grey requiring maintenance.

Mir Mahmood lived only on the hillock and never went to see any other place though the Charminar was very much visible from where he lived. He passed away two years after Hyderabad was conquered by Aurangzeb.

Most of the inscriptions, jali work and stucco work in the dargah have been erased over the years with layers of paint and repair work but the few remnants show that the tomb is a work of art. Inside the dome, there is a box with some prized relics, which is rarely opened. The real grave of the Sufi can be reached from the outside on the northern side at a lower level.

Just outside the entrance of the dargah is a small masjid where not more than five people can pray.

With land grants from kings and noblemen, the Dargah once had an estate of 600 acres. Now, much of it is occupied and the houses built on the southern slope have reached up to the hillock.

The Urs is celebrated on 13th Shaban which will be in April. During the Urs, the area comes alive as individuals and families jostle to touch the chadar and lay flowers on the grave of Mir Mahmood Saheb. Visitors who come to ask for dua and pray spend time in meditation in absolute calm. “People from across the region, Bidar and its surrounding areas, come here. Many of them stay here for three days participating in various activities and having food from the community kitchen. Even the lower levels of the hillock are occupied by visitors on those three days,” says Syed Afroze, who lives on the edge of the Mir Alam Tank.

The Mir Mahmood hillock is at an elevation of 530 metres above sea level. The Golconda fort is at an elevation of 539 metres. Even with construction of multi-storied housing and office blocks, most of the hillocks give a vantage point view of Golconda fort.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style / by Serish Nanisetti / November 13th, 2017

Doha: KMCA celebrates Karnataka Rajyotsava in grandeur, patriotic fervor


Doha, Qatar :

Karnataka Muslim Cultural Association (KMCA), celebrated the 62nd Karnataka Rajyotsava with full fanfare on November 10 at Indian Cultural Centre, Ashoka Hall. KMCA again presented a well-organized programme that was laced with entertainment, comedy, patriotic fervor and perfect blend of art and music.

The evening commenced with the Qiraat, recited by Faakhir Fayaz Ahmed and translated by Bilal Ahmed Assadi. Zakir Ahamed and Hasan Nihal, as the compere for the evening, explained the schedule of events and handed the stage over to standup comedian, Ajay Sarapure from Belagavi. Ajay, also known as Hasya Ratna, has been a student of Karnataka’s comedy king Gangavati Pranesh.

Young multi-talented Tejaswi Ananth stunned the audience by his mesmerizing LED poi acts, juggling and hand shadow act. His LED poi act was the highlight of the evening that received a thunderous applause, and at a mere 19 years of age, Tejaswi, is a true variety entertainer. His gimmicks and vibrant personality had the audience asking for more.

Jeevansab Walikar Binnala was the next performer of the evening. Jeevan Sab, also a standup comedian, famously known as Janapada Hasya Kalavida, from North Karnataka is a multi-talented artist. He started his performance with a melodious folk song and went on to entertain the audience with his comedy where he brought out the subtle day-to-day life experience in his own style.

KMCA should be lauded for recognizing upcoming talents from the native land and providing them an international platform for a larger exposure. KMCA has started a trend that they live up to, at every community event they conduct.

The guest of honour of the evening, Haji SM Rashid, chairman of SMR Builders and Promoters, had flown in from Mangaluru to be part of KMCA celebrations. During the formal function, he was escorted to the dais by president Abdulla Monu and vice-president Aisha Rafique.

The Chief Guest for the evening, Syed Abdul Hye, founder member of KMCA was escorted by general secretary Saquib Raza Khan. Living up to the Arabic culture, dates were presented to the chief guest and guest of honor. KMCA president Abdulla Monu welcomed all the dignitaries, members and all attendees to the event. He also explained the importance of Rajyotsava, an event that brings all the Kannadigas together with a bond of friendship and plays a significant role in rebuilding relationships and harmony within all.

Saquib Raza Khan read the profile of Haji SM Rashid, after which Haji SM Rashid was felicitated by the executive committee members of KMCA. Haji SM Rashid addressed the gathering and expressed his gratitude on being a part of this spectacular event.

Dignitaries from different Karnataka-based organizations namely, Ravi Shetty Sanjay Kudri, H K Madhu, Arvind Patil, Navaneet Shetty, Deepak Shetty, Nazeer Pasha, Anil Boloor, Nagesh Rao, Seetharam Shetty, Ramchandra Shetty, Subramanya, Mahesh Gowda, Iqbal Manna, Manjunath, Anil Boloor, Veeresh Mannangi, Ilyas Beary, Diwakar Poojary, Asmath Ali and Habibun Nabi were also present at the event.

KMCA annual souvenir, the 5th edition of Pragati, was released on the occasion by the chief guest.

KMCA has been conferring special award every year, on people who are the silent heroes of the community. This year’s recipients were Cajetan Nery Alphonso, marketing manager of Ali bin Ali Group, Ligorio Francis Estrocio, employee of Ministry of Interior and Richard Jurnis. Their voluntary, selfless service to communities is praise worthy and inspiring. Executive committee members of KMCA honored them for their valuable contribution to the society. KMCA Excom and presidents of affiliated Karnataka Associations also honored the performing artistes. Ruksana Begum then rendered the vote of thanks.

Soon after, the stage was again set for the artistes to enthrall the audience. Jeewansab Walikar, the folk artist, sung a patriotic song in memory of Tipu Sultan as November 10 is also the birthday of the Tiger of Mysore – Tipu Sultan. The day is celebrated as Tipu Jayanti by the government of Karnataka.

The folk routine was again followed by another mesmerizing LED poi act by Tejaswi that had the crowd cheering with immense joy, on the images of Qatar and India, and various images of Tamim Al-Majd.

The magical part of the evening was Basavaraj Umarani from Belgaum. A Maths magician, he is renowned as the ‘Blind Walking Computer’. Completely blind since birth, Basavaraj has never glimpsed the external world, but his mind sees and interprets things that no normal person could ever perceive. He is gifted with a brain of unparalleled capacity, immense memory, unbelievable levels of perception, mathematical and analytical skills that could challenge the greatest brains in the country. His mind-blowing cricket commentary of a random match, and nine digit calculations carried out mentally, was the highlight of the evening. Interacting with the audience with his inspiring words, he quoted that nothing is impossible when the word itself states ‘I’m possible. His sheer talent, simplicity and words of immense wisdom received a standing ovation.

The final icing of the evening was yet again Tejaswi Ananth, who stunned the audience with the Hand Shadow Act and concluded the celebrations for the evening.

An evening that promised to deliver entertainment and lived up to its promise.

source: http://www.daijiworld.com / DaijiWorld.com / Home> Top Stories / by Media Release / Monday – November 13th, 2017

Youngest headmaster Babar Ali in Mysuru on November 14

Murshidabad,  WEST BENGAL :

Babar Ali
Babar Ali

The youngest headmaster Babar Ali will take part in a session, organised to mark Children’s Day by city-based Learners PU College in association with All India Corporate Council for Skill Development (AICCSD), at Kalamandira on November 14 at 5 pm.

Babar Ali, who was born in 1993, started his teaching career when he was nine-year-old and became headmaster in a school in West Bengal when he was 16. The biography of Ali has been included in the pre-university English textbook, published by Karnataka state government.

English teachers, students of class X and PUC can attend the event. Interested people can register by sending SMS along with the name to 99169 33202 or 99163 97939 or email to learnerspuc@gmail.com.

source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DH News Service / Mysuru / November 11th, 2017

Talat Mahmood’s melodies to be re-introduced


Talat Mahmood (Photo Credits: SNS)
Talat Mahmood (Photo Credits: SNS)

Legendary singer Talat Mahmood’s songs will be re-introduced to listeners in Delhi on Sunday (November 12). The melodies would come alive once again in the capital at a college of Delhi University.

Students from four Delhi University colleges will come together to sing Talat’s songs. Each student will be judged by music experts.

The curator of this grand event, Sahar Zaman who is Talat Mahmood’s grand niece is making sure to re-introduce the singer’s old melodies to the youth of today.

This special singing competition in memory of the legend will take place from 11am to 2pm at Sri Aurobindo College, Shivalik, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi.

About Talat Mahmood

One of the most popular singers of the Indian film industry, known for his soft velvety voice Talat Mahmood was an Indian playback singer. He was a significant part of the Golden Era of the Indian music film industry and gave several memorable hits from the ‘40s – ‘60s. Known as the King of ghazals, he was the first to bring the genre of ghazals to mainstream music of the film industry. He tried his luck at acting, but later gave up for his career in singing. He has been a part of movies like Daak Babu, Waris, Ek Gaon ki Kahani and more.

A special series of singing competitions in the coming weeks will be organised by the team of “Talat Mahmood Today” at prominent Delhi University colleges and institutes in Delhi. The students will be singing old ghazals and filmi songs of Talat Mahmood. This is an ongoing competition stretched across 3 months up to January 2018. These will be judged by well known artists from the music industry. The winners will have a chance to share stage in the grand finale celebrations during the 3-day Jashn-e-Talat festival in February 2018. February 24th, 2018 is Talat Mahmood’s Birth Anniversary.

source: http://www.thestatesman.com / The Statesman  / Home> Entertainment> Music / by SNS Web, New Delhi / November 08th, 2017

Dr Lone gets Award of Excellence in Lucknow


Jammu :

Dr. Parveen Akhter Lone, Prof. & Head of the Department of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, Indira Gandhi Government Dental College, Jammu has been conferred with Award of Excellence at Golden Jubilee Celebrations of King George Medical University, Lucknow .

Dr Lone is a distinction-holder and gold medalist during her BDS and was awarded with ‘Outstanding Student of BDS’ by International College of Dentists in 1991.
She has completed advanced course in trauma and attended various Workshops and conferences along with presentation of research papers & posters at national and international level.
She is also the Vice-President of J&K Chapter of the Association of Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeons of India (AOMSI).

Recently, for her consecrated achievements in Dental field, she was awarded with Women Achievers Award – 2017 by Times of India Group.

source: http://www.dailyexcelsior.com / Daily Excelsior.com / Home / by Excelsior Correspondent / November 10th, 2017