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

UTTAR PRADESH / NEW DELHI :

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!

Deoband, UTTAR PRADESH :

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

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

JAMMU & KASHMIR :

Srinagar

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

KARNATAKA :

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

Why legends of Tipu Sultan live on in Calcutta

Kolkata, WEST BENGAL :

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Tipu Sultan, the `Tiger of Mysore’, born Fateh Ali Sahab Tipu in 1750 at a place now part of Bengaluru, was never in Calcutta. But our city has two masjids in his name as descendants of his descendants live in our city. Last year, the government of Karnataka decided that November 10 will be annually celebrated as  Tipu Sultan Jayanti. This attracted foolish objections from those who never learned from history but want to rewrite it and rip up the country’s social fabric. As Stephen Hawking succinctly puts it, “We spend a great deal of time studying history , which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity.”Tipu Sultan, the powerful ruler in south India during the 18th century , when the British themselves were taking over India in their empire-building frenzy , was a formidable opponent to their imperialistic ambitions.Unfortunately , he died on the battle field in 1799, one of the first Indian rulers to do that. However, he had also signed a treaty with the British seven years earlier by which he ceded half his kingdom and unable to pay the colonists some `300 lakh, had to accept his two minor sons being exiled to Calcutta.Although they were returned to their family two years later, a `mutiny’ in 1806 resulted in the entire family and entourage of about 300 people literally being shipped off to Calcutta. This included Tipu’s 11th son, Prince Ghulam Mohammed Anwar Shah. Ghulam Mohammed is remembered today , if at all, by the name of the road that skirts around the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) and arrives at the Golf Green area.

The family was settled in hutments on marshy tracts of land in Russapugla, the area which now houses Tollygunge Club and RCGC, initially liv ing in penurious conditions.However, Ghulam Mohammed Shah was enterprising. He scrounged and saved the stipend he received from the British and built up his finances through judicious investments, later acquiring the lands they were settled in and setting up the Prince Golam Mohammed Trust in 1872. He built the famous Tipu Sultan Shahi Masjid located at the junction of Dharmatala Street and Chowringhee in honour of his father in 1832. A decade later he built the twin of that mosque in Tollygunge at the crossing of Prince Anwar Shah and Deshpran Sasmal Roads. The Trust started by him is considered to be one of the richest Muslim trusts in the country , their revenues earned mostly from the ownership of multiple properties stretching from south to central Calcutta. It is said the land on which the Lower Circular Road Christian cemetery is located was acquired from Tipu Sultan’s son in 1840.That explains the small mosque in an enclosed area at the rear of the cemetery .

It is fun to extrapolate that despite the political and social conflicts raging in the nation at that time, the Tipu Sultan Shahi Masjid, one of the lesser known heritage attractions of Calcutta, along with the Sacred Heart Church, a short walk down Dharmatala Street, as its contemporary neighbour, are rather obvious examples of this city’s plurality and cosmopolitan nature.Tollygunge, not yet known as Tollygunge, would be called that after Colonel William Tolly dredged the Gobindapur Creek in 1773 and reconnected Calcutta Port with the Matla and Bidyadhari rivers. He was also permitted to levy a tax on ships plying to and from today’s Bangladesh and built a market there, a ganj. The area was thereafter known as Tollygunge. In due course, Prince Ghulam became the owner of almost all the land.

The first hole of  Tolly Club’s golf links is named after Tipu Sultan and for someone who never even set foot in this city, his legacy here is quite something to wonder at. George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history .” Rewriting the history of a country to fit a particular political mould is an attempt to do exactly that and it shall fail because those doing so are in denial. Tipu Sultan was many things to many people. He was probably what many monarchs were at that time, benevolent and violent, fighting valiant battles to retain his lands and his people, harsh and despotic, heroic and innovative, patriotic and tyrannical, and a whole lot more. He, nevertheless, will be a significant character in our history, if for no other reason but that he was where he was, when he was.

One of the ways someone like Tipu Sultan will live on in history is because of music.He featured in folk songs of the period as he did in English ballads of the time. The English songs were of course all derogatory and cursed the Indians in various ways, while being full of self-praise and odes to British military valour.Perhaps there is still time for someone to do what Francis James Child did in the 1800s, collecting Scottish and English ballads and transcribing them to text and notation. The wealth of folk music in India would give us, what could only be an amazing take on the history of our country .

— PATRICK SL GHOSE

source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Kolkata News / by Patrick SL Ghose / TNN / November 06th, 2017

Minister visits hospital to help soldier involved in surgical strikes

Mangaluru, KARNATAKA :

Highlights

  • Minister UT Khader reached the hospital after he had got a call from the soldier’s brother for help
  • The soldier was part of the troop that took part in the surgical strikes against Pakistan
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Mangaluru :

In a humane act, food and civil supplies minister UT Khader rushed to help a soldier, who was bitten by snake, in the midnight and played his part in rescuing a life.

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At around 1.15am on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday, a person who introduced himself as the younger brother of Santosh Kumar, a soldier to Khader over phone, said Santhosh was bitten by a snake and that he had been admitted at a private hospital. However, he said the hospital had asked for 10 injections and as he felt completely helpless in arranging them, he called up the minister. On learning this, Khader rushed to the hospital in the next 15 minutes.

Khader met Santhosh who lay in the emergency ward. After discussions with the doctor, Khader immediately arranged the required injections from the Government Wenlock Hospital and got them administered to Santhosh. Khader again visited the hospital on Monday morning and took note of Santhosh’s health. The soldier is now recuperating.

Santhosh was part of the troop that took part in the surgical strikes against Pakistan in Kashmir last year. He had arrived to his native recently to attend a family function.

source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Mangalore News / TNN / November 06th, 2017

Bucketfuls of nourishment for the needy

Kolkata, WEST BENGAL :

Kolkata man aces rice bucket challenge with a record 39,000-kg contribution

Giving joy Kolkata rises to the challenge/ Usha Rai
Giving joy Kolkata rises to the challenge/ Usha Rai

Since 2014, a social initiative called ‘rice bucket challenge’ has given new meaning to philanthropy in India, and involves collecting and distributing this staple grain to the poor and needy.

The idea of the challenge is to get people to compete with one another in giving. Early this year, Mohammed Tauseef Rahman of Kolkata created a new record by distributing about 39,000 kg in five hours at the Ladies Park in Park Circus.

Started as an online social initiative by journalist Manju Latha Kalanidhi in Hyderabad, the challenge began with ‘Likes’ and shares on Facebook. Tauseef took part in the first challenge in Kolkata in December 2014.

Last year he again distributed 19,000 kg of rice in association with the Kolkata-based NGO Tiljala Shed.

This year’s donation, his third so far, was the biggest, with online retailer Big Basket and seven to eight other local people contributing rice. Even as the distribution started, the contributions of rice kept coming in till the last minute. The queue of recipients seemed endless and there were hiccups like the polythene carry bags tearing under the weight of the rice — 5 kg a person. The recipients had been identified earlier and given a slip of paper each, which they produced on the day of distribution.

The rice bucket challenge was inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge started abroad by an association for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), to create awareness about the ailment and raise funds for further research. It involved pouring a bucket of ice cold water on a person’s head.

Rather than waste precious water, Kalanidhi turned the concept on its head by making the challenge all about raising donations of rice for the poor and hungry.

The Facebook page was launched on August 23, 2014, and received 7,000 likes within a day. The Twitter hashtag #ricebucketchallenge followed and, within a month, it had been tweeted 11,000 times.

The challenge also received extensive coverage in the mainstream media.

Kalanidhi says that as long as the concept reminds people to share, it serves its primary purpose.

Today, the Facebook page has over 65,000 followers and it recently helped raise more than 800 kg of rice for the Maa Illu Orphanage in Hyderabad.

In Kolkata, Tauseef handled the entire event and plans an even bigger one next year.

The writer is a senior journalist based in Delhi

source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com / Business Line / Home> Specials> India Interionrs / by Usha Rai / November 03rd, 2017

Cong MLA’s daughter, councillor nominated to KSOU BoM

KARNATAKA :

Namratha B Yavagal and Yasmin Riyaz Kittur
Namratha B Yavagal and Yasmin Riyaz Kittur

After much dilly dallying, the state government has finally nominated two women members to the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) board of management (BoM), which presently has only male members.

Both members come with strong political affiliations. While one is the daughter of the Congress MLA from Nargund, B R Yavagal; another is a Congress party leader and councillor of Dandeli City Municipal Council.

The department nominated Namratha B Yavagal and Yasmin Riyaz Kittur on October 27, and KSOU notified the same on October 30.

But as per the Karnataka State Open Universities Act, the nominated members should be from the academic, administrative or scientific fields.

Nominations to the KSOU BoM have been shrouded in controversies, especially given the inordinate delay in appointments. The five posts had remained vacant since August 2013. It was only in early July this year that Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddi nominated the members.

This had, however, raised eyebrows as all five members were male. The KSOU Act stipulates that two of the five members, should be women, while one member should be from the SC/ST community. Following opposition, the department had withdrawn its July 3 order.

In its latest order, the department has terminated the nominations of M H Chandrashekar and Hazrat Ali Goravakolla, to accommodate the two women.

The other members are K S Shivaramu from Mysuru, Rachaiah from Chamarajanagar and Ramanna Salabhavi from Koppal.

Namratha, 35, is serving as the principal of Sanjay Gandhi Polytechnic, Ballari; Yasmin, 53, has been elected to the Dandeli City Council four times. She has been with the Congress party from 1996.

When contacted, both the women said that they were unaware that their names had been referred to the government.

The BoM comprises 15 members, including the KSOU V-C, registrar, dean academic, principal secretaries of the Higher Education department and Finance department, V-C of another varsity from the state, four legislators and five nominated members.

The term of the formerly nominated members had been withdrawn in 2013, after the Congress came to power, as all five of them had been appointed by the previous BJP government.

source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> State / by Ashwini Y.S, Bengaluru / DH News Service / November 02nd, 2017