Monthly Archives: June 2017

Sadia’s brother to join her in TV show



Actress Sadia Siddiqui can’t stop beaming. Why? The actress, who plays Priyanka in ‘Satrangi Sasural’, will have her brother Farhaan join the show soon.

The Siddiqui siblings will be seen together for the first time on the screen.

Farhaan, who has dabbled in theatre, films and serials, will be paired opposite actress Resham Tipnis. His character, Raunak Punjabi will be younger to Resham in the  show.

Says the actor, “Sadia is one of the main reasons I took up the offer. It’s going to be exciting shooting with her. I look up to her. We never got the opportunity to work together as I was doing my things — theatre and travelling. Besides, I was sceptical of TV because of its erratic schedule and unpredictable nature. But she felt that I was apt for the role that was offered to me, and I took it up.”

The actor says that Sadia is a protective sister and likes to cocoon him. He says, “She treats me like a baby brother and often starts mothering me, which can get a little annoying (laughs). But I learn a lot from her.”

While he hasn’t worked with his sister before, the actor has featured with Resham in the play. Coincidentally, the two played spouses and he, the younger husband in it. “Fortunately, we will not have to work hard on our chemistry as we are comfortable with each other,” says he.

source: / The Times of India / News Home> TV> News / by Neha Maheshwri / TNN / May 30th, 2015

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Nuzhat Parween has the ability to make full use of limited chances


File photo of Nuzhat Parween. Image courtesy: Facebook/Nuzhat Parween
File photo of Nuzhat Parween. Image courtesy: Facebook/Nuzhat Parween

Although unlikely, Parween could play a part in the playing eleven, with Verma’s own international credentials being far from well established.

Nuzhat Parween played most of her cricket for Madhya Pradesh, which (like the name suggests) falls in the central zone. Also in the central zone are the Indian Railways, the food-chain bosses of Indian women’s cricket. So when it comes to picking the central zone team, there are only a handful of slots left for players from other teams.

In the 2014-15 season, Parween booked one of those slots, more as a second wicketkeeper than a batter. Only after central zone secured their place at the top of the table did Parween get a game, the last of the tournament. Coming in to bat at number three, in what would be her first and last opportunity, against a good bowling side, Parween scored a hundred on inter-zonal debut, mixing dour defence with flashes of aggression.*

How many of you have heard of Singrauli? It is a small town as far from the centre of Madhya Pradesh as you can imagine. Parween’s father has worked there for more than 20 years, in the public sector coal industry as a dozer operator. Parween’s mother runs both a boutique and her home from there. And it is there that Parween was raised as the middle child of a “humble family in a humble town”.

Parween was a willing hostage to one sport or the other all her childhood. Like so many Indian children, after school, she would dump her bag at home and head straight to the nearby stadium, where she first tried her hand at athletics. After she grew tired of long jump, javelin throw, and 100-metre dash, she began a dalliance with football. The youngest by far, and the only girl among the local boys, she became so much a part of their evening games that she was often entrusted with the charge of their only football overnight.

“Our parents would get a bit angry, especially when she would come home late in the evening from practice,” said her older sister Nemat. “But the next day she just stuck to the same schedule.”

Even though football was (and remains) close to Parween’s heart, she discovered cricket around the same time she saw that football would not take her far. Introduced to the gentleman’s game by a female friend, she started wicket-keeping and batting in local tennis ball tournaments. Her affinity at the sport was soon apparent, and it precipitated three big decisions in the Parween household.

The first was a change of school for Parween, and this was tricky, because Parween’s parents were quite clear that she could only continue sports as long as she did not neglect her studies.

“She was always a good student as well, and ended up getting 93 percent in her 12th”, said her brother Amir Sohail, oldest of the siblings. With her brother’s support, her parents took the decision to look for a school that would allow her more flexibility and had good sports facilities.

It took two changes of school, the second to a well-known private school – a big financial step for the family – to bring Parween the opportunities she needed. She was invited for Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association trials, and started climbing her way up the age group ladder.

Then came the family’s second big decision. “Facilities in Singrauli were not good, there were hardly any proper pitches, and hardly had people to play with”, said Amir. “So we decided that she would go to Rewa, and she developed professionally there.” Parween would stay in a hostel at Rewa, which was five hours away from Singrauli, where she had better facilities to train. And all the while, she was pursuing her degree in commerce.

The path paved by hard work led her to the century in the inter-zonals in 2015, and it made people sit up and take notice. When Western Railway advertised an opening for a wicketkeeper the same year, Parween was the one who made the cut. In the biggest decision of all, Parween accepted the position offered to her and moved to Mumbai.

“There was a big decision-making process at home”, said Amir, “because it meant she would have to put her studies on hold. We asked her what she wanted to do then (and) she said her heart was in sports. She could continue with distance education.”*

Since joining Western Railway, and being picked in the Indian Railways squad, Parween’s opportunities at the senior level have dried up. In the 2015-16 season (representing Madhya Pradesh), she finished on top of the dismissals chart in the one day competition, with 12 scalps behind the stumps. But in 2016-17 (representing Railways), she did not get to play a single game in the 2016-17 season, since the Railways team also featured India’s regular wicket-keeper Sushma Verma.

She got her only opportunity in the season for India U-19 in the Challenger Trophy, and there it was her glovework that pressed her case. An incredible stumping of Mithali Raj off a ball that turned and bounced sharply, helped her make a push for the Indian T20 team, despite next to no runs and hardly any senior level experience in the season to her credit. She made her T20I debut last year, against West Indies at home.

After making the Asia Cup T20 squad, she was excluded from the ODI team that went to Sri Lanka for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. But when the selectors preferred to go in with two wicketkeepers for the World Cup, she was drafted in for her biggest tournament.

Although unlikely, she could play a part in the playing eleven, with Verma’s own international credentials being far from well established. Even before she sets foot on English soil, she is in a potentially tricky situation. Once again, any chance she gets could easily be her last.

But then Parween is used to taking the few opportunities she gets.

source: / Firs tPost / Home> First Cricket> News / by Snehal Pradhan / June 19th, 2017

The voices behind Radio Active

Nayandahalli (Bengaluru), KARNATAKA :

Akshay, the youngest jockey, with his aunt Manjula | Photo Credit: G.P. Sampath Kumar
Akshay, the youngest jockey, with his aunt Manjula | Photo Credit: G.P. Sampath Kumar

From waste pickers to transgender rights activists and slum children, know the RJs of Bengaluru’s first community radio station

Sunday morning saw an eclectic gathering of radio jockeys — transgenders, people living with HIV, auto drivers, the differently-abled, domestic help, waste pickers, and animal welfare activists — come together to celebrate a decade of Radio Active CR 90.4 Mhz, Bengaluru’s first community radio station.

For this diverse group of citizens, who are often marginalised, the community radio has given them a platform to air their views. Most significantly, it has given them the confidence to live with dignity and demand for equal rights.

Salma and Siddique Pasha, waste pickers from Nayandahalli, host two shows – the daily show, Kasa Shramika Parisara Rakshaka, and a weekly Dastaan-e-Nayandahalli, documenting the stories of recyclers in the area. “The shows have given us a platform to connect with others in the community. To reach out to listeners in various slums we do shows in multiple languages — Kannada, Urdu, Tamil, and Bengali,” said Mr. Pasha.

Senior solid waste management expert N.S. Ramakanth has begun a new show called Trash Talk in English and Kannada.

Shiv Kumar, an auto driver, was first interviewed by the radio station for being awarded by the city police for his honesty in 2010. But soon he became an RJ and has since hosted multiple shows for auto drivers. He also has a show where he interviews unknown achievers and unsung heroes.

Akshay, 11, the youngest jockey, also sees a big draw with his show Chinnara Chilipili where he has been documenting traditional games along with storytelling sessions by other children. When asked how he greets his listeners, Akshay went into the RJ mode and said, “Welcome to the city’s first community radio Radio Active 90.4. We will now play games that our grandparents and parents used to play.” He produces the show with the help of his aunt Manjula along with 40 other children in the slums of Dasarahalli.

The channel has a strong programming on transgender rights with five shows, all hosted by members of the community. One popular show is Jeeva Diary, hosted by Uma which is presented as a diary of her life and its travails. “We get a good response and have got several calls from listeners who are shocked to listen to the discrimination and humiliation we face as young people in schools and at work,” she said.

Radio Active has also turned out to be a platform for the northeast community in the city to organise and voice themselves. Urmila Chanam, from Mizoram, who now hosts the show North East ki Awaz, said that the 2012 exodus of northeast community from the city set them into legal aid activism in the community.

“But the attacks on the community members never came down. So we have now started the radio show to have our voice heard. While we started featuring northeast food, fashion shows, and festivals, the show has also helped us intervene on behalf of a few victims of sexual abuse from the community,” he said.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / June 26th, 2017

Nahid Afrin shines in reality show



Biswanath Chariali :

Nahid Afrin, a Borgeet student of Nrityanjali Kala Niketan, here has brought glory to the State by entering the Top Nine in the ongoing reality show programme ‘Indian Idol Junior’ telecast by Sony TV.

The elder daughter of Fatema Ansari and Anowar Ansari of Biswanath Chariali, she has already earned accolades with her melodious voice in the stages at different places of the State and can sing in different languages including Assamese, Hindi and Bengali with the same fervour.

Dr Lohit Sharma, managing director, Nrityanjali Kala Niketan informed this correspondent that Nahid had been exhibiting good performances in music since her childhood and she possesses a bright future.

Nahid, a Visharad Part 2 student in classical music under Bhatkhande Kala Kendra has been able to draw the attraction of the judges in the reality show and even Bollywood superstar Salman Khan had showered her blessings and good wishes upon her in the programme recently.

Now all she wants from the people of Assam is good wishes and votes in her favour.

source: / The Assam Tribune / Home / by Hiranya Borthakur / Guwahati – July 24th, 2015

51 Muslims clear UPSC exams, Kashmir resident bags 10th rank


New Delhi:

Of the total 1,099 successful candidates in the final list of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations, 50 Muslims have made it to this year’s result, with Bilal Mohiud Din Bhat from Kashmir bagging the tenth rank. The number of Muslim candidates is higher than last few years.

In 2016, 36 Muslims had cleared the exams, while the number stood at 38 in 2015, 34 in 2014 and 30 in 2013.

Along with Bilal, nine Muslims have made it to the top 100 ranks. Those in top 50 include: Muzammil Khan (22), Sheikh Tanveer Asif (25), Hamna Mariyam (28), Zaffar Iqbal (39) and Rizwanbasha Shaikh (48). Seventeen Muslims feature in the Top 500.

The selected UPSC candidates are recommended for various government posts which include Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and several other allied services.

Although Muslims comprise 13.4% of total population, they are dismally represented in the top government services, often due to lack of education and unavailability of resources. They account for about 2% in the civil services.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) declared the final result of the 2016 civil services examinations on Wednesday evening. Like previous years, this year too a woman, Nandani KR, has topped the exam. Others in the top five are Anmol Sher Singh,  Gopala Krishna, Sauyma Pandey and Abhilash Mishra.

Successful Muslim Candidates for UPSC Result-16 

S.No. Name Ranks
10. BISMA QAZI 115
13. RAZEEM K 191
14. GAUSH ALAM 206
15. NAHAS ALI 359
29. IRAJ RAJA 674
30. EZAZ AHMED 697
32. REHNA R 735
39. JABBAR 822
41. SHARDUL 828
43. RENA JAMIL 882
44. SHUHAIB T 885
50. AMIR BASHIR 1087
51. UMMUL KHER 420

source: / Two / Home> Indian Muslim> Lead Story> Youth  / by Raqib Hameed Naik , / New Delhi – May 31st, 2017

Cricketers congratulate Mohammad Kaif on crossing 10,000 first-class runs


Cricketers congratulate Mohammad Kaif on crossing 10,000 first-class runs

Kaif is still scoring runs in the domestic circuit
Kaif is still scoring runs in the domestic circuit

A solid middle-order batsman and a live-wire on the field, Mohammad Kaif still holds a special place in the hearts of Team India fans, despite last playing an international match over a decade back. He continues to ply his trade at the domestic level, captaining Chattisgarh in the Ranji Trophy. He recently completed a personal milestone in his career, going past 10,000 first-class runs.

In 178 matches, he averages 39.84, with 19 centuries to his credit. He featured in a total of 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for the national side in a career that extended from 2000-2006. He was also part of the 2003 World Cup team. He played a stellar role in the finals of the 2002 NatWest series, steering India home with an unbeaten 87. He came into the limelight when he captained the Indian U-19 team to victory in 2000.

In 2014, he jumped into the political bandwagon, joining the Indian National Congress ahead of the Loksabha elections.

Cricketers took to Twitter to congratulate the 35-year old on reaching the landmark.

source: / / Home> Cricket> First Class Cricket / by Aadya Sharma  @aadyasharma20 / October 10th, 2016

Farah Hussain-2nd Muslim to Clear UPSC Exam from Rajasthan



26-year-old, Farah Hussain became the second Muslim from Rajasthan to crack the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Examination in her second attempt. Selection of a female Muslim candidate in the prestigious Indian Administrative Services is not an easy task. Among the very few women who have surpassed this massive barrier is Farah Hussain who got  267th  position  in UPSC 2015.

Like every other girl, Farah Hussain dreamt of many roles to become after growing up. As a child she wanted to be a doctor, and then in her teen age she decided to enter a beauty pageant. But she ended up doing something quite different from all these, as Farah Hussain chose the discipline of law and studied a 5 year law course in Government Law College in Mumbai and became a criminal lawyer instead.

Farah Hussain said, “I will try to serve the nation will complete honesty. I will try to work particularly for children and women. As far as giving to the community is concerned I am ready to provide every possible help to competitive exam candidates. I will try to create awareness among people and inspire them.”

In 2007, Jaipur’s Aslam Khan became the first Muslim from Rajasthan to get into the all-India services. She is posted as the additional deputy police commissioner in Delhi.

Family Background of Farah Hussain

Farah Hussain belongs to a minority Muslim group Kayamkhani that is found mainly in the central and northern Rajasthan districts of Sikar, Jhunjhunu, Churu, Nagaur and Bikaner. Her family belongs to Jaipur, Rajasthan and are currently living at Dausa.

Farha’s family is full of administrative officers – her father Ashfaq Hussain is the district collector of Dausa, her uncle is retired as an Indian Police Officer and another uncle is a Joint Secretary in the State Government. Her uncle and father were promoted to the all-India Services from the State Cadre. Her mother is a housemaker and her elder brother is practising lawyer at Rajasthan high court. Two of her cousins are Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) officers and her sister-in-law is awaiting her RAS results.

Right from the beginning it was there in the family that Farah Hussain too have to go in the same field. Seeing her father and the family atmosphere she too decided to become an IAS officer and serve India.

Farah Hussain said, “I am really glad that I was born in a well educated family. My father always said that for a person to attain anything big he must attain education. Education is real wealth and with its help a person can attain great heights in life. It is sad that Muslim parents do not give attention to their daughter’s education. We Muslims blame the government for everything but we don’t try hard enough ourselves to attain our right.”

Educational Background

Farah Hussain is an alumna of Ajmer’s Sophia School, Jodhpur. Farah Hussain studied the five-year integrated law course at Government Law College in Mumbai from Mumbai University and was the only one from her batch to find a place in the team of one of the country’s top lawyers, Mahesh Jethmalani.

Farah Hussain opted out of a coaching institute she joined in Delhi. “I feel coaching is a waste of time. I realised that in a month and ejected,” she says.


Farah Hussain achieved this success in her second attempt and has beaten every religion related stereotype by becoming the second Muslim who cleared UPSC Exam 2016. She wrote the Mains of Civil Services Examination in 2013 but didn’t get a call for the interview round in her first attempt. Farah Hussain got 267th rank in the UPSC Exam and is waiting for allotment of service before she decides if she will take another attempt to better her rank.

Advice for Aspirants

  • First of all you should decide what you have to do.
  • Work hard.
  • Honestly working hard in the right direction is the key to ace any examination.

The percentage of Muslims is always very, the reason behind that is very few Muslims are able to qualify UPSC examination. First of all there is lack of education in Muslims. A big flaw is that they are not well informed about the examinations they should appear in. If they will not sit in competitions how will they succeed. Muslim fathers prime concern is to get their daughters married. This is wrong. Parents should encourage their daughters for attaining higher and higher education so that they can attain something great for themselves and also make their parents proud.

source: / Syskool / Home> People / by Prafull / May 24th, 2016

Muslim farmers donate land for hospital

Beswa Village, Fatehpur Tehsil (Sikar District), RAJASTHAN :


In a rare humanitarian gesture, two Muslims farmers of Rajasthan have donated their land for the building a government hospital in their area. The hospital will come up in Beswa village, in the Shekhawati region of Sikar in the state.

Recognizing the contribution of the two farmers — Asghar Khan and Hakim Ali — State Medical and Health Minister Rajendra Rathore visited the Beswa village on Sunday and laid the foundation stone for the Community Health Centre. He sanctioned Rs. 3 crore on the spot from his department’s budget for the CHC.

Villagers were all praise for the two farmer-brothers, who have donated their land measuring eight bighas, situated at a prime location on Mukundgarh Road. Beswa Sarpanch Zarina Bano said the hospital would have a minor operation theatre and a labour room in addition to regular treatment facilities.

Asghar Khan, 68, who has been tilling the land since his youth, told media that he could not see the difficulties of people in the rural area who had to traverse long distances during medical emergencies.

source: / The Indian / Home / by Ashfaq Kayamkhani / May 31st, 2016

A P Bapu Haji has only acres to give away

Malappuram , KERALA :

Last year he gave 15 acres to set up a PG study campus

 A.P. Bapu Haji
A.P. Bapu Haji

Malappuram :

“There is nothing worth  writing about me” says A.P. Bapu Haji, an octogenarian landlord who has been on a land donation spree for years. For Haji, 84, who hails from Adakkakundu village near Kalikavu in Malappuram, donating vast areas of his own land is nothing but sharing the grace of God with fellow beings. He hates publicity for that.

Haji is busy with the works of old care homes for the aged and downtrodden,  which are being built in three acres of land he donated. Haji has spent nearly Rs 1 crore  for the Hima care homes named ‘Sneha veedu’ for the elderly who have nobody to look after.  Ten  such homes are nearing completion in his village.

The story of Haji is moving. In 1974,  he donated five acres of land for setting up a high school in his village. Last year, he gave away 15 acres of land for a charity organisation to set up a post-graduate study campus near Kalikavu. Haji and wife lead  a humble life with farming and have no children. There are many labourers around him  to look after his farming. “I consider that this is my duty,” Haji sums up his charity acts.

Haji was recently in the news when the head of CRPF inspector Harjinder Singh, posted in Kalikavu as part of the elections, called on him to praise him for his exemplary services.

source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> In Other News / by N M Salih, Deccan Chronicle / May 18th, 2016

Saying it with science

NEW DELHI / Hyderabad , TELANGANA  :

Mohammad Parvaiz at the first Urdu Science Congress in New Delhi in March 2015. Photo: Special Arrangement
Mohammad Parvaiz at the first Urdu Science Congress in New Delhi in March 2015. Photo: Special Arrangement

A 23-year-old Urdu science magazine uses popular science to inspire progressive thought

Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz likes to describe a process that is a combination of four of his passions — botany, education, philosophy and religion. “The roots imbibe water and nutrients from the soil. The leaf photosynthesises, produces food, retains just enough for its own sustenance and sends the rest to the parts of the tree that need that food. This is the natural world’s law of diffusion — movement happens from the region of high concentration to the region of low concentration. If we see the tree as our community, that is how resources should flow too,” says Dr. Parvaiz, publisher of the magazine Urdu Science.

The first issue was launched at the World Book Fair in New Delhi in 1994. It dealt with AIDS and the myths surrounding condoms. In the last 22 years, the magazine has covered a gamut of subjects including water conservation and the need for a National Water Policy, common ailments and how to prevent them, sex determination, balding, sleep, life on Mars, and animation.

“Science is very effective in feeding the intellectual hunger of young people.Only with knowledge can they think for themselves and learn to analyse the religious scripts that they memorise. Most often it is the children of the poorest Muslims who attend madrasas. With only religious texts to lead them, and if they can read only in one language, how can you expect them to develop their personality and prosper in society?” asks the mild-mannered crusader, at present the Vice-Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad.

In the campus, boulders display signages with scientific information and many trees carry their botanical names. “A person will absorb anything that is part of his environment,” he said to the graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students at the inauguration of an Urdu writers’ workshop. As an Urdu-medium student in a madrasa in Delhi, young Parvaiz hardly found any books or magazines in Urdu that could satiate his curiosity. In the Sunday markets of old Daryagunj, he used to find Russian books translated into Urdu, and that is how he discovered Benjamin Franklin. As a high-school student, he set up a science lab in his house. Years later, when he became the principal of Zakir Hussain College, he started a new venture in another corner of his house — Urdu Science.

“Survival depends as much on physical health as on intellectual growth, and sadly, the low potential for growth for poor students in madrasas is a problem across our subcontinent,” he says. An active member of the Modernization of Madrasa Education Project, he says that it is “ironic and tragic that clerics who lead our prayers and teach us about religion and the Koran do not have the means or the knowledge to impart a broad and progressive education. They accept that religious education is not enough, and many of them are now waiting for progressive teachers and educators to come forward and teach at madrasas.”

Having completed a PhD in botany, Dr. Parvaiz started writing in Urdu for Quami Awaz, then edited by Mohan Chirag. Noticing that most Urdu-medium students opted for the humanities, he wanted to popularise science. As a first step, he started a society called the Anjuman Farogh-e-Science, with patrons like Nobel Laureate Prof. Abdus Salam, Jamia Hamdard founder Hakeem Abdul Hameed, and Jamia Hamdard Chancellor Saiyid Hamid. The not-for-profit organisation held its first Urdu Science Congress in New Delhi in March 2015 and the second in Aligarh, this February.

“Urdu was a language of poetry and literature. People of different faiths patronised Urdu. But in those days, and even today, information in the language was very limited. And that is why I started this organisation and this magazine. My wife Shaheen helps me with proof-reading. And now I also have assistance from my colleague Dr. Tariq Nadwi.” Dr. Parvaiz is proud that the magazine has attracted enough Urdu science writers to contribute, and the magazine has so far never had to translate an article from another language. Issues from 2005 are available on the website.

Translation is an important key to dissemination of knowledge, agrees Parvaiz. He is on a personal mission to compile a glossary of scientific words in English, with meanings explained in Urdu. Sharing a slice of history, he says, “Delhi College was started as a madrasa by Ghaziuddin Khan. Here, mathematician Master Ramchandra and Maulvi Zakaullah translated many of the Western scientific texts into Urdu through the Vernacular Translation Society. It was there that I studied and later became the principal. I started Urdu Science when I was there. And I feel very humble that I now head MANUU, the university aiming to promote Urdu.”

A voracious reader of both religious texts and international science, Parvaiz says, “Science helps us interpret the Koran in many ways. And that is as relevant today as it was when the first issue of Urdu Science was launched.”

Mala Kumar is a children’s author, editor and freelance journalist.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Literary Review / October 15th, 2016