Monthly Archives: June 2014

Police reward honest auto driver who returned bag of cash, gold

 City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem is seen presenting the cash prize and citation to auto driver Pradeep.
City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem is seen presenting the cash prize and citation to auto driver Pradeep.

Mysore :

The City Police, in appreciation of the honesty by an autorickshaw driver, yesterday rewarded him with a cash prize of Rs, 1,000 and a certificate of appreciation.

The honest auto driver is Pradeep, a resident of Mahadeshwara Layout and son of Parashurama and Sharadamma. Last Saturday, he had returned a bag containing valuables worth Rs. 50,000 to a passenger who had left the bag in the auto.

Vidyaranyapuram Police said that Mushtaq of Hunsur had boarded Pradeep’s auto from Vidyaranyapuram and alighted near a cinema theatre on Chamaraja Double Road on June 21. Mushtaq had forgotten to pick up his bag containing gold and cash before getting down from the vehicle. Pradeep spotted Mushtaq’s bag only after sometime. Soon after realising that the bag might have belonged to Mushtaq, he returned to the spot, but to no avail.

Pradeep, however, left his cellphone number with a security guard of a nearby convention hall to alert him if someone comes searching for the lost bag.

Police said that Mushtaq came back from Husnur, 45km from here, and approached Vidyaranyapuram police.

An officer said that during investigation, they met the security guard to whom Pradeep had given his number and called him yesterday. Pradeep returned the bag, with valuables intact. Appreciating his gesture, Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem honoured him with the reward and citation.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / June 24th, 2014

7th Nizam’s eldest daughter-in-law dead

Princess Faizunnisa Begum, the eldest daughter-in-law of the seventh Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, died here on Friday. She was 92. She is survived by five sons and a daughter.

The princess was married to Nawab Hasham Jah Bahadur. The Nizam, who nicknamed her ‘Faizu’, presented two gold bangles to her at the time of her marriage in 1935. After the wedding, the Nizam dropped the couple personally at their residence, according to Nawab Najaf Ali Khan, grandson of the Nizam.

The princess was laid to rest at Masjide Judi in King Kothi where the last Nizam also rests. A large number of Nizam family members were present on the occasion.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – June 28th, 2014

City students win laurels in the pool

Swimmers from different age groups from Hyderabad who won medals in the recently-held National life-saving pool championship in Pune. PHOTO: By Arrangement / The Hindu
Swimmers from different age groups from Hyderabad who won medals in the recently-held National life-saving pool championship in Pune. PHOTO: By Arrangement / The Hindu

Swimmers from Hyderabad put up a creditable performance winning four gold, 11 silver and seven bronze at the National Life-saving Pool Championship-cum-training in Pune. The camp’s focus was on life-saving techniques, a media release said.

The young talent, in the age group of 12-17 years, were initially given training in the different forms of saving lives in water. The swimmers were also taught how to respond to crisis calls, with focus on the recent Beas tragedy in which some college students from the city were washed away due to the sudden release of water from a dam.

For the 14 swimmers from the city, who had trained at the SAAP swimming pool here, it was an experience to remember.

“It is a creditable performance given that this was the first-ever exposure for the children, who had initially joined the pool at the Police Control Room solely for recreation. We hope to keep improving in the days to come, given the abundance of talent,” says coach Hajira Abbasi.

“It is a unique event wherein the skills of young talent are not only put to test, but in the process, they are made aware of their social obligation: that of helping the needy in the waters,” says the coach.

The medallists include: Under-12: Nadia Ishan Omer – 1 gold, 3 silver. Asma Anwar – 2 bronze, 2 silver. Devan – 1 gold, two bronze. Under-10: Akash Vardhan – 1 gold, 1 silver. Under-14: Manasa Mohte – 1 gold, two silver. Akshith Reddy – 2 silver. Teja Singh – 2 silver. Under-17: Snehit Reddy – 3 bronze.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / June 28th, 2014

NRI Businessman Wins Abu Dhabi Chamber Elections

Prominent Indian businessman and head of Middle East’s retail major, Lulu group, MA Yusuff Ali has won the prestigious Abu Dhabi Chamber election for the third time.

Ali, 58, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi-based EMKE who had won previous two elections to elect 15 board members of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, retained his seat with 1,721 votes, highest among expatriate candidates.

The elections held yesterday during which 14,555 votes were cast also elected 13 local citizens to the board of directors for a four-year term, his office said today.

Four panels representing 70 Emiratis, including five women and eight expatriate candidates, participated in the elections.

Abu Dhabi Chamber is the only government organisation in the world where expatriates can get elected to the director board through a democratic election process, a statement said.

“I am pleased with faith reposed on me by the business community of Abu Dhabi and I thank them wholeheartedly for helping me to come out victorious once again,” Yusuff said.

“I am fully aware of the responsibilities and I will strive to further enhance the business and investment relationship between India and UAE and work closely with all stake holders for mutual benefit,” he said.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyam, UAE minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development congratulated Yusuff Ali on his hat-trick victory and asked him to continue his work and contribute to the growth of the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular.

Abu Dhabi Chamber is an autonomous entity under government supervision which works towards streamlining and regulating business and industrial affairs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

source: / Outlook / Home> News / Dubai – June 27th, 2014

Wins BodyBuilding contest


Mysore :

City bodybuilder Najeeb Khan, who participated in the bodybuilding competition organised at Dundamma Government School at Ashokapuram in city recently as part of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary celebration, won ‘Dr. B.R. Ambedkar-2014’ title.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News  / June 22nd, 2014

AITA talent series U-14 Tennis : City girl Zeba Amina finishes runner-up


Mysore :

City girl, Zeba Amina, a 8th standard student of Delhi Public School, Mysore, taking part in the AITA Talent series Under-14 National Level Tennis Tournament held at Trivandrum Tennis Club, Trivandrum, Kerala, from June 16-20th emerged runner-up in the Girls Under-14 singles event.

Zeba Amina, a product of the R. Nagaraj Tennis Academy, Mysore and daughter of Saleem and Shehnaz, performed well in the National U-14 talent series tennis tournament and finished runner-up. In the under-14 singles final, Zeba Amina lost to Tamil Nadu’s Kiran Rani 1-6,2-6.

In the semi-final, Zeba beat Janaki (TN) 6-4, 6-4 and in the quarter-finals beat Ananya (Kerala) 6-1, 6-2 to progress further.

The results: Final: U-14 Girls: Kiran Rani (TN) bt Zeba Amina (Kar) 6-1, 6-2.

Semi-finals: Zeba Amina bt Janaki (TN) 6-4, 6-4; Quarter-finals: Zeba Amina bt Ananya (KER) 6-1, 6-2.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / June 20th, 2014

A ‘Taj Mahal’ in Kuwait

Taj Mahal of India is widely recognized as “the jewel of art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. It’s a unique monument built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the best examples of Islamic architecture.

Millions visit India to get glimpses of this unique architectural beauty and this includes a large number from Middle East. How about seeing the beauty of Taj Mahal here itself in Kuwait?

Inspired by the architecture of Taj Mahal, Kuwait has designed a mosque exactly like Taj Mahal, a replica. The mosque is a bigger version of India’s Taj Mahal. It’s 3 times bigger.

Sadeeqa Fatimatul Zahra Mosque, a prayer place for the Kuwaitis, looks similar to India’s Taj Mahal from the outside. Located at Block 6, Abdullah Al-Mubarak area, West of Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, the mosque is already gaining a reputation as one of Kuwait’s most distinctive buildings and is called the “Taj Mahal of Kuwait”.

It’s learned that Hassan Johar, a Member of Parliament, who was behind this unique project here, received the blessing of the Indian embassy before building the mosque.

Internal design of the mosque differs from the original. It consists of carvings of verses from the Quran. The four minarets and central dome of the mosque are adorned with brass crescents. The main prayer area is at the ground floor with library and utilities. It has a separate prayer hall for the women in the first floor. The Mosque was officially opened for the public in 2011.

The beauty of the mosque in middle of the desert is mesmerizing. It’s a proud feeling for all Indians here in Kuwait to witness a replica of the Taj Mahal in Kuwait. Those who have not seen the Taj Mahal in India, they can now see it in Kuwait.

source: / The Times of India / Home> NRI> Contributions> Contributors / by Deepika Nambiar, TOI Contributor / April 30th, 2014

359th Urs of Shah Jahan to commence from May 25

The 359th annual Urs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan will begin at the Taj Mahal from May 25 to 27.
The 359th annual Urs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan will begin at the Taj Mahal from May 25 to 27.

Agra :

The 359th annual Urs of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan will begin at the Taj Mahal from May 25 to 27 and entry will be free for visitors during the three-day celebrations.

“There would be free entry to the monument from 2pm until sunset on May 25 and 26, and on May 27 no entree fee will be charged throughout the day,” N K Pathak, chief superintending archaeologist, ASI, Agra zone said here today.

Khudddam-e-Rauza Committee, the traditional caretaker of the Taj, would put a 735-meter-long chadar on the cenotaph of Shah Jahan, he said.

Committee president Tahiruddin Tahir said that the length of the chadar to be placed on the tomb had been increased by 70-metres from the 635-meters length of last year.

Besides, a chadar made of 359 garlands would also be offered by the Shahi mosque Fatehpuri to mark the Urs on May 27, Saeed Khan, the mutawalli of the mosque said.

During the Urs, prince Yakub Habeebuddin Tusi of Hyderabad, who claims to be the great grandson of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, makes an annual pilgrimage to the monument and offers prayers there.

Shahjahan was the fifth Mughal emperor who ruled the empire for 30 years from 1628 to 1658 before he was deposed by his son Aurangzeb. He died in 1666.

He had erected the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Lucknow / PTI / May 22nd, 2014

Aziz Qureshi is new governor of UP

Lucknow :

Governor B L Joshi will leave for Jaipur from Raj Bhawan on June 23 at 9am and will be given Guard of Honour by the Indian Army at Raj Bhawan, here at 8.45am. The police will give Guard of Honour at the airport before his departure.

The governor designate Aziz Qureshi will arrive at Amausi Airport the same day in the afternoon. Chief justice of Allahabad HC justice D Y Chandrachud will administer him oath of office in Gandhi sabhagar of the Raj Bhawan at 6pm on June 23. It may be mentioned that governor of Uttarakhand Aziz Qureshi has been given additional charge of UP after resignation of governor BL Joshi.

source: / The Times of India / Home> City> Lucknow / June 22nd, 2014

Mohammed Jalaluddin is named special officer in Telangana



Mohammed Jalaluddin Akbar, IFS officer has been posted as Special Officer to the Telangana state Wakf Board.

Jalaluddin Akbar, belonging to 1999 IFS batch, was holding the post of Conservator of Forests (Production), Telangana.

The government on Friday issued orders to transfer him to Minority Welfare department as Special Officer to Board, with immediate effect for a period of one year or until further orders, whichever is earlier, under the provisions of Wakf Act (Central Act 43 of 1995).

However, as per the provisions of the Act, the state government has power to appoint a special officer for a period of six months and not for a period of one year as stated in GO.

After noticing this, the government has decided issue an addendum to the GO.

Jalaluddin Akbar, the first special officer of the Board, earlier served as Buddha Purnima Project director.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / DC Correspondent / June 21st, 2014