Monthly Archives: October 2017

Kumta: North Kanara Muslim United Forum organizes Academic excellence awards ceremony

Kumta, (Uttara Kannada District) , KARNATAKA :


Kumta :

North Kanara Muslim United Forum Kumta Unit on Saturday distributed academic excellence award for around 13 Muslim students of Kumta Taluka for their outstanding performances in academics. The event was organized at Ideal high school Kumta.

North Kanara Muslim Forum’s Gen. Secy. Mohsin Quazi in his address appreciated the awardees, and students are raising the bar of Educational level in town by taking up fields like engineering and other courses which is a good sign for the development of thee town. He then spoke about Islamic courses that have been recently started in the Madrasas and also lauded the efforts put in by the North Kanara Muslim United forum.

Local youth Congress leader Ravikumar Shetty who was present as the chief guest of the event, congratulated the winners of the academic awards and also offered to lend any support to the forum required for educational development through Mohan Shetty trust of Kumta.


Akbar Mulla, Imtiyaz Umar, Muhammad Shafi Shaikh, Zahid, Basti Abdul Malik, Abusaleha and others were present along with local audience during the event.

source: / / Home> Bhatkal News > Kumta / Bhatkallys News Bureau – I. Zaorez Shahab / October 28th, 2017

Tabassum Shahab appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor of AMU


(File Photo)
(File Photo)


The Vice Chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University, Professor Tariq Mansoor has appointed Professor Tabassum Shahab as the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, till further orders, in addition to his own duties. Prof Mansoor has made this appointment in exercise of the powers vested in him under Section 19(3) of AMU Act 1920.

Prof. Tabassum Shahab, a senior faculty member in the Department of Paediatrics, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College passed MD (Pediatrics) in 1981 from Madhya Pradesh and joined the Department of Pediatrics in March 1984.

Prof Shahab has published a number of research papers in important national and international journals such as Indian Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, etc. He has also supervised 16 theses for MD Pediatrics and delivered lectures on important developments in the field of paediatric research at national level conferences and seminars. He has also served as a nodal officer of WHO and UNICEF’s global polio eradication programme.

Prof Shahab has also proved his mettle in administrative capacities as Nodal Officer, Minority Students’ Affairs, President, Gymkhana Club in University Games Committee, Chairman of Department of Pediatrics and Provost, Hadi Hasan Hall.

source: / Two Cirlces / Home> Indian Muslim / TCN News / October 29th, 2017

Watching youth enjoy classical music heartening: Sitarist Shujaat Khan

Kolkata, WEST BENGAL :

The sitar, tabla and flute played on. And the youngsters in the crowd heard the classical ensemble in awe. Sitar maestro Shujaat Khan says it’s surprising and heartening to witness the swelling number of youths — contrary to popular perception — at classical concerts.

“If you go to classical concerts across India, you will be surprised to see the number of people under 25 who are going and listening to them. It’s unbelievable.

“Around 40 per cent people (at concerts) are under 25, and it’s a wonderful thing that they are realising that there’s something more to life than just a three to four minute song, which is also okay to listen to,” Khan told IANS here.

The celebrated musician is the son and disciple of sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan, and he belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana of the stringed instrument.

He was here to perform at the MTV India Music Summit, where a group of school and college students sat with rapt attention and appreciated the expertise, finesse and dedication of the artistes. Khan also sang.

“I’d like to reiterate what Prasoon Joshi says. Music can’t always be heard from the feet — it can’t always be for dance. It’s a good thing that they realise that you can even sit and listen to music, and enjoy it,” said Khan.

But why do most people often undermine the ability of youngsters to understand and appreciate the complexity of classical music?

“Because that’s what the job of the majority is. In the world, the majority will always go to something that’s easy, easily accessible and easily doable.

“If you go and play music on the stage for two hours, and vis-a-vis that, you do a three-minute performance, there will be a difference, right?

“So, whatever is easy for you as a listener, you’re accepting that. It’s upto you.”

He is all for more such platforms where artistes can congregrate and celebrate India’s glorious wealth of classical music.

“The more, the merrier. People are thinking about it. Gradually, literary festivals have started happening in different parts of the country.

“Music fests will also happen slowly and steadily as people will understand the need to get together and promote the cause of music,” Khan said, agreeing that the market has opened up in a big way for interanational artistes to come and perform.

Khan’s musical career began at the age of three when he began practicing on a specially-made small sitar. By the age of six, he was recognised and began giving public performances.

His album “Rain” was also nominated for the Grammy Awards.

Back in 2010, Khan had even composed for a Hindi movie titled “Mr. Singh/ Mrs. Mehta”. But now he is in no mood for film collaborations.

“I have no interest. I enjoy the more serious, longer format. I prefer that. Also, when someone offers you a film, with that, comes another offer — this is what we want you to do. So, I am not interested.”

(The writer’s trip was at the invitation of the event organisers. Radhika Bhirani can be contacted at



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source: / Business Standard / Home> News-IANS / Jaipur – October 30th, 2017

Rifle replica to commemorate martyrs


A miniature silver replica of a rifle made by artist Sk. Musavir. | Photo Credit: K_ RAVIKUMAR
A miniature silver replica of a rifle made by artist Sk. Musavir. | Photo Credit: K_ RAVIKUMAR

A silver miniature replica of a rifle was made by Nellore-based artist Sk. Musavir, to pay his respects to the martyrs on the eve of the Police  Commemoration Day here on Friday.

The artist used two grams of silver and one gram of wood to make the miniature which measured 2 cm in height and 12 cm in length.

It was time to pay homage to all those officers who sacrificed their lives for the sake of peace and harmony, said Mr. Musavir.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Nellore – October 21st, 2017

Hussainsagar architect’s tomb loses land to squatters

Hyderabad, TELANGANA (Formerly ANDHRA PRADESH ) :

The stone and lime mortar tomb has been painted white in violation of conservation rules.(Pic: Syed Omar)
The stone and lime mortar tomb has been painted white in violation of conservation rules.(Pic: Syed Omar)

Hyderabad :

Hazrat Syed Khaja Hussain Shah Wali. The very mention of this revered name evokes spirituality and science. The saintengineer of the early Qutub Shahi period was responsible for the picturesque Hussainsagar that once irrigated vast stretches of green belts and quenched the thirst of thousands of people in the Hyderabad of yore. He also designed the Purana Pul, Hyderabad’s first bridge  across the Musi. With the unique distinction of witnessing the reign of three Qutub Shahi kings, Hussain Shah Wali also oversaw the execution of the world’s first food-for work programme.

Sadly, large parcels of prime land attached to the grand mausoleum, where his mortal remains are buried, have fallen prey to land sharks.The mausoleum once had about 2,000 acres, but today only a small portion is free of illegal occupation. Encroachments have come up all around the mausoleum in utter disregard to the city’s spiritual and engineering heritage. Even the road leading to the dargah (tomb) is not free of encroachments. As if this was not enough, those manning the dargah have whitewashed the tomb built of stone and lime mortar, thus robbing it of its original beauty. Earlier, the managing committee had painted the tomb green. This is in clear violation of conservation rules. Neither the state Waqf Board nor the archaeology department has taken cognizance of this blatant violation.

“Heritage sites built of stone and mortar are not to be whitewashed or painted. Cement is never used for restoration as it is like cancer to mortar. The tomb was built during the reign of Abdullah Qutub Shah VII. Bad and unscientific upkeep has made the structure weak,” said city historian Dr Mohammad Safiullah, demanding that the tomb be restored by the government on the lines of the Qutub Shahi tombs where experts from the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) are working.

Hussain Shah Wali was the son-in-law of Ibrahim Qutub Shah IV. He was the head of all civil works in the kingdom. He built Hussainsagar in 1562. The saint-engineer died in 1620 and the tomb was constructed later by Abdullah Qutub Shah VII.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News / by Syed Akbar / TNN / October 29th, 2017

Rediscovering Begum Akhtar


Tribute to the voice: Vice-President G.S. Pathak presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani vocal music to Begum Akhtar
Tribute to the voice: Vice-President G.S. Pathak presenting the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani vocal music to Begum Akhtar

It’s been an annual ritual for over 25 years. The first and last week of October have always had legendary ghazal and thumri singer Begum Akhtar spinning on my system. The doyenne was born on October 7, 1914, in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh and passed away on October 30, 1974, in Ahmedabad. So a few days before the dates, I have this Begum Aapa trip.

If there’s a voice that defined pathos, dard, deepness, gehraai, technique, taiyyari, she was definitely somewhere on top, globally. Check out her rendition of Shakeel Badayuni’s ‘Mere Humnafas Mere Humnava’ and the picture is absolutely clear.

Begum Akhtar fans are totally devoted to her singing, and I am no exception. Strangely enough, I hated her the first time I heard her. She didn’t let me sleep in peace. This was back in Jaipur, where I was a young rookie journalist. I was more into rock bands like Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd and Moody Blues, but my senior colleague and room-mate Abhay Kant hated my taste and insisted on playing Begum Akhtar late at night. It was torture, initially. But in a few weeks, I just got hooked on to Mir Taqi Mir’s ‘Ulti Ho Gayi Sab Tadbeerein’ and Momin Khan Momin’s ‘Woh Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein Qaraar Tha’. Honestly, I discovered the names of these poets much later.

Equations changed. Tull and Floyd were put on hold and I would listen to Akhtar even after Kant slept. By the time he left the following year for another job, I think he was sick of my listening to her. Yet, he took all his cassettes with him, leaving me bereft. For the next five years, her songs would only appear as earworms in the recesses of my mind. One day, at Rhythm House, Mumbai, I picked up a double compilation. The surprise was that many compositions were credited to the great Khayyam.

Some old favourites like Badayuni’s ‘Ae Mohabbat Tere Anjaam Pe Rona Aaya’ and Mirza Ghalib’s ‘Dil Hi Toh Hai Na Sang-o-Khisht’. But the real discovery was her rendition of Sudarshan Faakir on ‘Kuch Toh Duniya Ki Inaayaat Ne Dil Tod Diya’, ‘Ishq Mein Ghairat-e-Jazbaat Ne Rone Na Diya’ and ‘Apunon Ke Sitam Hamse Bataaye Nahin Jaate’.

And there was Faiz Ahmed Faiz on ‘Aaye Kucch Abr Kuchh Sharaab Aaye’ and ‘Donon Jahaan Teri Mohabbat Mein Haarke’. Besides ghazals, there was light classical repertoire like ‘Deewana Banaana Hai Toh’ and ‘Hamari Atariya. What timbre, texture, throw, tonality, totality.

Akhtar has always been special. She physically left us 43 years ago, but her music still rings in our ears and resounds in our hearts. Interestingly, there is another musician I get back to this month. The great music director S.D. Burman was born on Oct 1, 1906, and passed away on October 31, 1975. Next week’s column is dedicated to him.

PS: Thank you Abhay Kant for the Begum Akhtar introduction. Sorry about blasting the rock music.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Entertainment> Music / by Narendra Kusnur / October 25th, 2017

Indo-Arab League offers land for Palestine consulate in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

Chairman of Indo Arab League, Hyderabad, Syed Vicaruddin at Media Plus Auditorium in the city on Wednesday. Vice Chairman Mir Akbar Ali Khan and Syed Amiruddin are also present
Chairman of Indo Arab League, Hyderabad, Syed Vicaruddin at Media Plus Auditorium in the city on Wednesday. Vice Chairman Mir Akbar Ali Khan and Syed Amiruddin are also present

Charminar :

The Indo-Arab League  on Wednesday announced provision of space for establishing Palestine’s consulate office in the city free of cost. The league chairman Syed Vicaruddin told media personnel that it has decided to ensure land for the Palestine consulate office in Indo-Arab culture center sans any cost.

“We want to see Palestine’s consulate office opened in Hyderabad,”IndoArab league chairman Syed Vicaruddin said. He added that the central and state government want to establish an Indo-Arab university in either the country or the state, so that Arabs and Indians can study together. He further said that the proposal was discussed with other foreign ambassadors as well.

Apart from this, the Indo-Arab League is going to organize programmes in the city on October 29, in which, delegates from different  Arab countries, including Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon , Judge of Palestine, Egypt and Saudi Arabia are expected to visit.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News> Schools & Colleges / TNN / October 26th, 2017

A Tribute to Kalam – A R Rahman Musical | GV Mediaworks



Published on Oct 15, 2017

Here is a very special tribute from team Kootathil Oruthan to the one person who, Till date continues to inspire everyone with his words and deeds and raised India to its heights – Honorable Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Novelist Kunhi wins literary award


Short-story writer, novelist and playwright Bolwar Mahammad Kunhi has been announced the winner of this year’s ‘Literary Achievement Award in Kannada’ presented by Atta Galatta and Bangalore Literature Festival.

The awardees have been announced ahead of the sixth edition of the literature festival on October 28 and 29.

This year, in the fiction category, Anees Salim has won the prize for his book ‘The Small Town Sea’. In the non-fiction category, Ruskin Bond’s autobiography ‘Lone Fox Dancing’ has been selected for the prize. In the newly introduced category of ‘Popular Choice’, the prize has gone to Twinkle Khanna’s book ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’.

The prizes will be given away at an award ceremony during the festival which will be held at hotel Lalit Ashok on Kumara Krupa Road.

source: / Deccan Herald / Home> City / DH News Service / Bengaluru – October 22nd, 2017

Mohammed Siraj: Auto driver’s son’s rags-to-riches story is an inspiration for all struggling cricketers

Hyderabad, TELANGANA :

The 23-year-old speedster from Hyderabad, born to an auto rickshaw driver came to limelight with his scintillating performance in the 10th season of Indian Premier League | Photo Credit: PTI
The 23-year-old speedster from Hyderabad, born to an auto rickshaw driver came to limelight with his scintillating performance in the 10th season of Indian Premier League | Photo Credit: PTI

New Delhi:

You call it a fairytale rise up the Indian ranks claiming it to be a classic rags-to-riches story, or praise his bowling prowess as he honed it little by little, but Mohammed Siraj’s run from an absolute nobody to a call-up for the T20I series against New Zealand has created quite a stir in Indian cricketing fraternity.

It was only in late Monday afternoon that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the 16-member squad for the three-match T20I series against a touring New Zealand side. Much to the surprise of many, Siraj and Shreyas Iyer – two uncapped players were named in the squad for the shortest format of the game.

The 23-year-old speedster from Hyderabad, born to an auto rickshaw driver, came to limelight with his scintillating performance in the 10th season of Indian Premier League (IPL). And it was not just after the Hyderabad-based franchise roped in the pacer with a whopping INR 2.6 crore, but also because he lived up to the expectations finishing off the campaign with 10 wickets in six matches. Well, it did include a stunning four-fer against Gujarat Lions that helped the former champions qualify for the playoffs. But that is not where it had all started.

It was at the age of seven that Siraj fell in love with the Gentlemen’s game. Back then, it was mere bunking classes to play tennis-ball cricket. Later in 2015, he picked up the red ball and bagged quite a few five-wicket hauls. He soon got a call-up for Hyderabad’s Under-23 side and then the senior team and finally for Ranji. In the 2016-17 season, the pacer scalped 41 wickets at an average of 18.92 as he became the third-highest wicket-taker in the campiagn after Shahbaz Nadeem and Anupam Sanklecha. And what followed next was a maiden IPL season.

He then recieved a call for the India A series against South Africa where he continued with his brilliancy picking up 10 wickets. Of late, he played against New Zealand A where he picked up four wickets in three matches. Overall, he has played 16 T20 matches, picking up 26 wickets at an average of 18.73.

“I knew that some time in future I will get a call-up but did not expect it this soon. I can’t tell you how happy I am. When I told my parents, they were speechless. It’s a dream come true,” said Siraj in an interview to PTI.

“Whatever I am today is primarily because of Ranji Trophy performance. My 40-odd wickets last season gave me the confidence. There’s nothing like getting wickets in first- class cricket. I was picked for Rest of India after that and because of Ranji Trophy, I got the IPL deal. So 60 per cent credit for this call-up is performance in first-class cricket,” he added. “I can’t tell you how much I am indebted to Bharath Arun sir. He is a brilliant coach. Last year, he was with the Hyderabad team and for the first time, I got an insight to the kind of variations needed to survive at the highest level.”

source: / Times Now / Home> Sports . by Times Now Digital, Agencies / October 23rd, 2017