Monthly Archives: August 2015

GRS Junior Talent Star-2015 prize winners

A group photo of the prize winners with the guests and organisers.
A group photo of the prize winners with the guests and organisers.

Mysuru :

GRS Junior Talent Star-2015 contest, sponsored by GRS Fantasy Park, Mysuru, for the 5th year, was held at Jaganmohan Palace in city recently for students from 5th to 7th stds (both Kannada and English medium). The events included pick and speak, collage-making, handwriting and solo dance. In all, 1200 students from 94 State, CBSE and ICSE schools participated.

Subaraya Baliga, Chairman, Baliga Investments Pvt.Ltd., was the chief guest. Director Yogesh Dange welcomed. Directors Pushpalatha Baliga, Dayananda Kudava and Manjunath Nayak were present on the occasion. The event organisers were Ananda Ram, Geethalatha, Gunaranjan and Adithya of Agee’s Events.

Winners of collage-making:

P. Surya, S. Keerthi, S. Sanketh, Faiza, Rohan Lobo, Diya Crystal Menezes, Rakshita D. Shastry, D. Anushya, K. Chandra Kanth, Mir Khayum Shauddin, M. Prarthana Sharon and Syeda Ammarah.

Pick & Speak:

B. Suraj, Adil Ameen, Tejonidhi S. Dixith, U. Parvitha;

Handwriting :

V. Deeksha, V. Kusum, V. Manoj Kumar and S. Spoorthi;

Solo dance:

K.N. Naman Patel and Anan S. Gowda.

source: / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Saturday – August 29th, 2015

People Refused to Work With me When I Fell ill: Kader Khan


Mumbai :

Versatile actor-writer Kader Khan has said that after his illness, producers and directors were unwilling to take him in their films.

Kader Khan, who was present at the trailer launch of his upcoming comedy “Hogaya Dimaagh Ka Dahi”, was clearly having difficulty in talking and walking.

“Some people refused to keep me with them. I was a little unwell. And people refused to take me back into their films,” he told the media.

But Kader Khan is pleased with the conduct of director Fauzia Arshi.

“It is only Fauzia who took good care of me, kept on motivating me. There was freedom from Fauzia right from the first meeting. She is an outstanding director,” he said.

Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav, Sanjay Mishra also star in the film, and Kader Khan termed them ‘thespians’ and expressed delight at getting the opportunity to work with all of them together.

“When there is ‘Dimaagh Ka Dahi’ (extreme irritation), the person gets distanced from oneself. When I got distanced from my films, I got distanced from myself.”

Kader Khan was known for his work as a writer for numerous films with noted directors like Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra, as well as dialogues and screenplay for Amitabh Bachchan’s films.

“There has been a difference in the level of writing. As a writer, I feel that I should come back. I’ll try my best to bring the earlier ‘zubaan’ (language) back and people are definitely going to enjoy talking in that ‘zubaan’.”

Kader Khan said he wishes to remake his production “Shama” and is writing a script on his “Parchai”.

source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Entertainment> Hindi / by IANS / August 28th, 2015

Bangalore: Moosa Kunhi Nayarmoole Appointed to Karnataka Administrative Tribunal

Bangalore :

President Pratibha Patil has issued an order on Sep 23, appointing state Lokayukta’s additional registrar Moosa Kunhi Nayarmoole as a judicial member of the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT). He has served as additional registrar since 2009.


Born of Haji Moidin Kutty and Fatima Hajuma in Nayarmoole, Manila in Bantwal taluk in 1952, he pursued primary education in Pakalakunja HP School and high school education in government high school in Paivalike.

After completing B Sc in Vivekananda College, Puttur, he later studied Law in Udupi and secured sixth rank in the final examination. He began practice as junior to advocates, the late T Yusuf Hyder and M Seetaram Shetty in Mangalore.

He made his entry into the judicial service by being appointed as munsiff and first class magistrate in 1983. In 1992, he was upgraded as civil and chief magistrate and in 2000 as district civil judge.

He has served as city civil and sessions judge, chairman of Karnataka Waqf Tribunal, additional director of Karnataka Judicial Academy, secretary to the chief justice of state high court, additional secretary to state law, justice and human rights department and immediately before the present appointment as additional registrar at the Lokayukta.

source: / / Home / by Team Mangalorean / October 04th, 2011

Ahead of annual Urs, dargah gets new facilities

Municipal Administration Minister Qamarul Islam inaugurating the newly constructed toilet and bathroom block at the Khaja Banda Nawaz Dargahin Kalaburagi on Tuesday.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI
Municipal Administration Minister Qamarul Islam inaugurating the newly constructed toilet and bathroom block at the Khaja Banda Nawaz Dargahin Kalaburagi on Tuesday.— PHOTO: ARUN KULKARNI

New toilets, bathrooms will be open 24 hours for pilgrims visiting the shrine

The famous Khaja Banda Nawaz Dargah, frequented by thousands of pilgrims every day, now has a modern multi-purpose block consisting of kitchen-cum-dining hall with store room, exclusive toilets and bathrooms for the pilgrims visiting the dargah.

Up until now, the dargah had limited toilets and bathrooms which remained always overcrowded due to the heavy flow of pilgrims. At the time of the annual Urs, the situation used to become very difficult.

The new block constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.25 crore is entirely funded by the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation-North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Programme (KUIFDFC-NKUSIP) with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The multipurpose block has 125 toilets and 39 bathrooms, with exclusive bathroom and toilets for the physically challenged persons.

The kitchen facility has six cubicles, a tone room and a slaughter room also. The entire block is constructed on 1,098 square meters and this would be maintained by Sulab International. Inaugurating the new facility on the dargah premises, Municipal Administration and Minority Affairs Minister Qamarul Islam said that the long felt need of the pilgrims has been fulfilled.

Another toilet block constructed at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh has been completed and handed over to the authorities, he said.

Mr. Qamarul said that the multipurpose block would be available for the use of the general public and the pilgrims visiting the dargah for 24 hours.

The annual urs of the Khaja Banda Nawaz Dargah is scheduled to begin on August 30.

Sajjada Nasheen of the Khaja Banda Nawaz Darga Dr. Syed Shah Khusroo Hussaini, in his brief address, thanked the State government and the former Union Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge for sanctioning the multipurpose block to the dargah.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National /by T.V. Sivanandan / Kalaburagi – August 26th, 2015

Venture Capital scheme soon for pharma start-ups

Chennai  : 

The Government of India is planning to set up a venture capital scheme to promote start-ups in the pharmaceutical sector.

Addressing a Roundtable session on Bio-Pharma 2015, M Aziz Ahammed, Joint Secretary, Department of Pharmaceuticals, said the scenario of drug discovery is changing as more start-ups are involved in the discovery of new molecules, which are later acquired by bigger companies.

₹1,000-cr corpus

Ahammed said the Centre is formulating a Venture Capital scheme that would benefit young entrepreneurs. The scheme with a proposed corpus of ₹1,000 crore, which is under formulation, will aid the start-ups in new drug discovery.

Ahammed said, “Only when India invests in drug discovery, the prices will come down, which will benefit Indians as well as entire humanity.” To encourage drug discovery and innovations, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) has been established in Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Patna and Punjab.

Campus at Madurai

A new campus will be built in Madurai at a cost of ₹500 crore.

P Shanmuga Sundaram, Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Industrial Developmental Corporation (TIDCO) and TICEL, said TICEL Bio Park I and II, which provides lab infrastructure facilities for bio-pharmaceutical industries, houses 30 such incubators.

Bio parks planned

TICEL Biopark III that is proposed to be built in the Anna University campus, Somayampalayam village, Coimbatore at the cost of ₹55 crore, will focus on agro-food processing and poultry vaccine.

Sundaram said the aim of bio parks is to encourage research and development of new drugs and vaccines.

source: / Business Line / Home> Economy> Policy / by The Hindu Bureau / Chennai – August 26th, 2015

TD leader Masqati dead

Telugu Desam leader and former MLC, Ibrahim bin Abdullah Masqati, died on Monday after a brief illness.

He was 85. He is survived by six sons and four daughters.

Before joining the TDP, he was with Majlis-ittehadul Muslimeen and served for two terms as MIM MLA. Subsequently, he joined TDP and was made the Chairman of Urdu Academy, and later became an MLC.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu visited the residence of the departed leader and paid floral tributes to him. Conveying his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members, he said that his death was a great loss to the party.

As vice-president of the party, he strove hard to strengthen the party and used to exert pressure on the government to solve the problems of minorities, he said.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao expressed grief over the TDP leader’s death and recalled the yeoman services rendered by him as a legislator.

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, and MIM leader Asaddudin Owaisi were among those who visited Masqati’s residence and offered their condolences.

source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – August 25th, 2015

Agra’s crucial role in freedom movement not documented: Historians


As the political capital, first of the Mughals and later the British, Agra was always a key centre of political action. The city played a crucial role in the freedom struggle but poor documentation of records has failed to highlight the contribution of the freedom fighters, say local historians.

Syed Ikhtiyar Jafri, director of the Mirza Ghalib Research Academy, who recently released a paper on the contribution of Urdu journalists, said “for whatever reasons the authentic history of Agra`s contribution to the freedom movement, to arts and literature, suffers from poor documentation of records, and therefore the contribution under-valued.”

Hardly any documented history book on the `Braj region` is available that could provide a true picture though fragmented pieces, mostly in newspapers are there for study. “Interestingly, Agra was a major centre of Hindi and Urdu journalism, and we have a long line of fighters with the pen,” says Prof Amit Mukherjea, head of the history department at St John`s College.

The first call for freedom in 1857, ignited by the visits of Nana Sahab, Azimullah Khan, Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah and dozens of other revolutionaries to the city, drew passionate support from the local youth who targeted government installations. Thousands of Hindus and Muslims, particularly in the rural hinterland, rose in revolt which forced the colonial rulers to declare Martial Law in the area.

The rebels against the imperialists were more active in the rural areas than in the city till Tantya Tope shifted base to Agra and the mohallas around Agra College and Gokulpura became the hotbeds of unrest. The heroes of the 1857 revolt, Thakur Heera Singh, Thakur Govind Singh, Chand Baba and Thakur Prithvi Singh continued to lead the mutineers with rare valour.

With the introduction of the railway and opening of the Tundla station in 1862, the city became the transit point of revolutionaries from the East. In 1857 the family of Jawaharlal Nehru migrated and settled in Agra following disturbances in Delhi. Motilal Nehru was born in Maithan mohalla in 1861.

The visits of Tilak, Lajpat Rai and the late Mahatma Gandhi in 1920 and 1929 galvanised the youth and the city came into prominent focus.

Revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Raj Guru and Sukhdev stayed here for days in the Noori Darwaza area, making bombs. A series of bomb blasts and conspiracies like the Hardy Bomb case, explosions in Sheetla Gali, Moti Katra, Barah Bhai ki Gali and other parts sent shock waves in British cantonments.

On the vanguard of revolutionary activities were journalists like Pandit Sri Ram Sharma, Mahendra Jain, Devendra Sharma, Goverdhan Das, Ganpati Kela and Hari Shankar Sharma, in addition to scores of poets and litterateurs.

Ram Chandra Bismil from Mainpuri had fired the imagination of youth with his revolutionary writings. Bismil`s “Shaheedon ki chitaon par lagenge har varash mele, watan par marne walon ka yahi namo nishan hoga,” rings an echo to this day.

Hindi daily Sainik of Sri Krishna Dutt Paliwal was the first to launch a frontal attack on the British colonists. Some of the best editors of the time including Ageya served as editors of this daily. The success of Sainik gave impetus to a long line of periodicals including Hanumant Singh Raghvanshi`s Swadesh Vandhav, Laxman Singh`s Praja Hiteshi, Taja Tar, Ujala, Citizen, Punch and dozens of others.

Women played a crucial role leading protest marches and participating in dharnas. Saroj Gaurihar, Parbati Devi, Bhagwati Devi Paliwal, Sukh Devi, Damyanti Devi Chaturvedi, Satyawati, Angoori Devi Jain, Shiva Dixit, Chandra Kanta Mishra, Vidhyawati Rathod and Heera Bahen Hemraj Betai of the INA were some of the leading figures of that era.

“So many others were there and there was absolutely no gender bias or differences,” says Saroj Gaurihar recalling her activities during those years, adding that “the boycott movement against foreign goods was recognized as the most successful by Motilal Nehru in Agra” in a speech.

Two stalwarts of the freedom movement, Thakur Ram Singh, the hero of Kala Pani, and Prof Siddheswar Nath Srivastav, died recently.

Officially, Agra witnessed 110 violent incidents that resulted in the death of British officials or destruction of property. The famous Hardy Bomb case, Postal Robbery case, Chamraua and Jaunia bomb cases at railway stations are still talked about.

Contrary to popular belief, the city played a very crucial and notable part in the hundred years preceding independence in 1947, but much of the record and documentation work has been lost.

“With more than 400 leaders arrested for varying terms in jail at different times, Agra`s contribution needs to be re-assessed and recognised,” says veteran media activist and former president of the press club Rajeev Saxena.

With railway connectivity to all parts, and situated on the borders of the Deccan plateau, the Thar desert and the Doaab region, Agra was naturally the key hub of revolutionary activities, says senior citizen Surendra Sharma.


source: / Z News / Home> News> India News> States News> Uttar Pradesh / Friday – August 14th, 2015

Relic of finesse, hub of intellect buried in neglect

Lucknow :

Famous as ‘Shahji ki Deodhi’ or ‘Saat Aangan ki Kothi’ (mansion of seven courtyards), the residence of Amritlal Nagar is now in a dreadful state. Today, the kothi with a significant history is shadowed by past and broken with time. Not just family members, artists, neighbours and culturati want the mansion restored and declared heritage building.

The mansion is facing legal problems over property rights and encroachment issues. Put up for sale, a precious piece of history is on the verge of being lost. Daughter of the writer, Dr Deeksha Nagar said, “Government can transform the mansion into a live cultural museum.” In the maze of Old Lucknow there is a subtle presence of shredded memories woven by Nagar’s writings. “The mansion can be transformed into a place where literature can be created, reworked and performed as theatre,” she added.

When TOI contacted principal secretary culture Anita Meshram, she expressed inability to talk on the issue and said, “I cannot comment on this particular problem.” On tracing the forgotten house that Nagar lived in, it found to be actually a rented part of the kothi which originally belonged to Sharf-ud-Daula. It is said to have been the place where once Shahji had given refuge to Begum Hazrat Mahal, the night before she escaped to Nepal. The part of the kothi in which Nagar lived was the mardana (men’s) area of the Kothi’s original structure.

Saat Aangan ki Kothi may be lying in neglect but has not lost the resonance of beauty. Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali remarked, “Amritlal Nagar’s residence should be protected and marked as heritage of the City of Nawabs.” Some extensions of the kothi which earlier included a Thakurdwara, wooden doors and jharokhas with flawless filigree have slowly worn out over time, added Laavi Tikkha, neighbour of Amritlal Nagar from 1964-89.

Residence of Amritlal Nagar in those times used to attract lots of personalities from the Hindi film industry. “Shashi Kapoor, Shyam Benegal, Raj Babbar and K P Saxena were among the visitors and Junoon (1978) was shot here,” recalled Manoj Kumar Mehrotra, who resided in the house opposite Amritlal Nagar’s.

Though Nagar did not own any property, the kothi used to be an evening attraction of Mirza Mandi till a couple of decades ago. “The evening of courtly entertainment of poetry was part of his life in this kothi,” his neighbour Rahul Seth told TOI. Envisaging the past of 1980’s five and eighty years old Munendra Nath Mehrotra recalls that, “Amritlal Nagar’s kothi used to be a charm of this place but now it is surrounded by buildings on all sides.”

Blended with Lucknowi Tehzeeb and Nazakat, Amritlal Nagar was one of the renowned artistes of Lucknow’s literary repertoire. Former MP of Lucknow Lalji Tandon told TOI, “We tried to restore Nagar ji’s place a few years ago but didn’t make a headway. Government spending crores of rupees on development can easily restore this invaluable piece of history.”

Standing very differently from today’s world the work of Amritlal Nagar have transcended all boundaries compelling the reader to think. Made from ‘lakhauri’ and organic paste with Mughal architecture the mansion exudes an arresting aura of uniqueness. Wild grass growing on the 400-year-old building shrouds this relic of visual and oral arts of Old Lucknow.

(Compiled by Ashutosh Agarwal)

source: / The Times of India / News Home> City> Lucknow / TNN / August 23rd, 2015

Shaheer Khan pays tribute to well-known Urdu author Hamida Salim, who once taught at Jamia


Eminent Urdu writer Hamida Salim passed away on Sunday, August 16th at the age of 93 at her house in Delhi. She was laid to rest at Jamia Millia Islamia graveyard on Monday. She is survived by her husband Abu Salim, son Irfan Salim who lives San Francisco Bay area, and daughter Sumbul Salim.

Born in 1922 in a Zamindar family of Rudauli in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh, she did her B.A. from I.T. College, Lucknow, and M.A. in Economics from the Aligarh Muslim University in 1947. She took her diploma and Masters in Economics from the University of London. She taught both in the Women’s College and Economics Department at Aligarh Muslim University in the early 1960s before moving to Delhi where she taught at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Hamida Salim’s death (Hamida Aapa as we used to call her) has come as shock toliterary world in general and Aligarh fraternity in particular.

My interactions with Hamid Apa began about 10 years ago during one of her annual summer visits to the Bay area to see her son, Irfan Salim. After our first meeting, she called me on her subsequent summer visits and left a message in her very sweet voice, “Shaheer Mian Mai Bay Area May AaGai Hun. AapSay Aur Humaira Say Mulaqat Kub Hogi”.

We tried to visit her couple of times at her son’s house, depending on her availability, on every visit. During our last meeting some 3 years ago she mentioned that she may not come back here due to their old age and poor health (hers as well as Salim Sahab). She always appreciated that her son will make sure that his parents travel in comfort by business class with a stopover in Europe for several days but still the long journey to San Francisco was too much for them at this age.

It’s hard to explain our feeling every time when we met her. Amazing human being, she was more than just Majaz’s sister. Highly sophisticated and extremely hospitable and very loving person. We enjoyed every minute of her company and always learned something new about the Aligarh, Lucknow and of course Rudauli (her home town and birth place) of her days. It was an honor to be with her. Our conversations will always includeAsrarul Haq Majaz (renowned Urdu Poet), SafiaAkhtar (Urdu litterateur, wife of Jan Nisar Akhtar and Javed Akhtar’s mother) and Ansar Harvani (veteran freedom fighter, parliamentarian and Congressman). She had an amazing memory.

Her autobiography “Shorish-e-Dauran” (Troubulent Times) published in 1995 covers her Aligarh days. Her second book “Ham Saath The”(We were Together) consists of her write-ups about her siblings, and has not received the attention it deserves as noted by Naved Masood Sahab. Several people whose opinion is respected in Urdu world feel that Hamida Apa’s article on Majaz, titles “Jaggan Bhaia” is possibility the best tribute from a sister to her brother they have seen. Majaz was known within the family as Jaggan because he would go to sleep very late. Her other two books, “Hardam Rawan Hai Zindagi” (Life is constantly on the move) and “Parchhaiyon Ke Ujale” (Lights of Shadows) are novels. I am privileged to have all four book sighed by her. She gave us the latter two as gift. According to published reports she was working on two other books ‘Ab aur Tab’ (Now and Then, collection of short stories and a few articles, will compare the times gone by with the present) and ‘Beeti Huee Yaaden’ (Remembrance of the Things Past, Memoir).

Over the years I convinced her to write articles for our Aligarh Magazine. Despite her old age and poor health she agreed to my request. At the end she will say, “Shaheer Mian Aap Ki Zid Nay Majboor Kar Dia LikhNay Kay Liye”. I also requested her to read one of her articles on Majaz, that she wrote at my request, for video recording.

She was an accomplished author in her own right, had her own identity and enjoyed her own place in Urdu literature but for us, the Aligarians, who are so passionate about ‘Tarana-e-Aligarh’ and our love for Majaz; she was our link to Majaz and source of firsthand information about his life and work. That link is broken and gone forever. We will miss you Hamida Apa.

(Shaheer Khan is founder an co-moderator of AMUNetwork, a prominent mailing list of AMU alumni.)

source: / Okhla Times / Home> JMI / by Shaheer Khan / OT – August 23rd, 2015

Shaikh Al Shareef, who belongs to family of Prophet, visits AMU


Shaikh Al Shareef Mustafa Fouad Shafaee, who belongs to the family of the Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Mohammad Mustafa (Peace Be Upon Him) recently, visited Aligarh Muslim University’s Maulana Azad Library to see the collection of rare manuscripts and books.

During his visit, he expressed happiness over the availability of the rare documents relating to the pre 18th century particularly on the history of Islam and the cities of Makkah and of Medina.

The visitor’s family has been holding the key of the Tomb of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) for the last 14 centuries.

Shaikh Al Shareef belongs to the 41st generation of the Prophet and he has arrived in India to see the culture of the country. He had mentioned that he was interested to visit AMU and the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The AMU Librarian, Dr Amjad Ali accompanied Shaikh Al Shareef to the Manuscripts Division where he spent an hour consulting the documents relating to the geography, geology and history of Arab specially the cities of Makkah and Madina.

Shaikh Al Shareef had a look on Futuhat-e-Makkiah of Ibne Arabi and expressed joy over the method of scanning and preservation of the Islamic heritage. He added that he has visited libraries of some Islamic countries including Egypt and Turkey but could not see such a well-maintained rich collection, displayed for the visitors.

While praying for peace and prosperity of India, Shaikh Al Shareef added that this is the land where Hazarat Adam descended from Heaven and from where the human race spread all over the world. During his visit to the Manuscripts Division, the Shaikh added “I love India” and promised the Librarian, Dr. Amjad Ali to visit the Library again for a longer time.

Photo from AMU official

source: / Okhla Times / Home> Despatches / by OTNS – AMU / OT – August 23rd, 2015