Jain appointed Chairperson of JKSWRRA


Jammu  :

Government has appointed IAS officer Parmod Jain as Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir State Water Resources Regulatory Authority (JKSWRRA).

The SRO-458 issued by the Government today reads: “In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 139 of the J&K Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act, 2010, the Government hereby appoints the new Chairperson and Members of the J&K State Water Resources Regulatory Authority”.

Parmod Jain is presently Vice-Chairman and DG IMPA.

The members of the Authority are Kaneez Fatima, former Principal District and Sessions Judge, Ravi Magotra, former Director General Accounts and Treasuries and Ahmed Muzaffar Lankar, retired Executive Director Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation.

source:  http://www.dailyexcelsior.com / DailyExcelsior.com / Home / by Excelsior Correspondent / Jammu – October 27th, 2017

Why legends of Tipu Sultan live on in Calcutta

Kolkata, WEST BENGAL :


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 .


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

Licence to quill

Bengaluru, KARNATAKA :


Saba Kausar has an eye for detail and we are taking the pun very literally here. The ophthalmologist has an inclination towards detailed, minute works and strives for perfection – a tendency which is seen in her profession as an eye specialist as well as her hobby of quilling.

“I was interested in arts and crafts since childhood but once I got into medical college in 2004, I stopped. I didn’t have time as I was concentrating on my studies. From the beginning of this year, when I finished my course and started working, I started devoting my spare time to this again,” she says.

From stuffed toys and handmade candles to quilling on plastic glasses and stitching – she has tried it all. “I think I got my interest in this field from my mother. She does a lot of embroidery and is a true perfectionist. I don’t think I have got her talent but I have tried to learn a few things from her,” says Saba, adding that the rest of her lessons were largely
by way of experimentation and watching YouTube videos.

Floral motifs are a recurring theme in her creations, many of which find their way into the hands of relatives and friends as gifts. “They love the fact that I spend so much time for them and make something that will reflect their likes and dislikes.

Out of all the things I have made so far, the nameplate that I made for my mother-in-law for her birthday remains my favourite. I was newly married and hadn’t started working yet. So I had time to sit and create something truly special and she loved it,” recalls Saba.

Time remains a constraint as she puts in many hours of work at the clinic every day but she still manages to find time to indulge in her passion and throw in an occasional visit to Raja Market as well.

“I get my raw materials from Raja Market. For me, that place is like heaven. You get anything and everything there, I feel so excited when I go there.”

For inspiration and feedback, Facebook is her go-to place. ” I am part of a group called ‘DIY Creations’ in Facebook. There, I put up pictures of my creations and also see what others are posting. There are many new and innovative things that people are trying and this inspires me. But my ideas are my own,” she says.

Saba plans to keep pursuing her interests even in future, both because she enjoys the pastime and because it acts like a stress buster for her, and wishes to display her works in a show or exhibition soon.

Minister visits hospital to help soldier involved in surgical strikes

Mangaluru, KARNATAKA :


  • 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
  • _________________________________________________

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.


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

Named by the game

Midnapore /  Salt Lake – WEST BENGAL :

Moidul Islam poses with his trophies at his FD Block home. (Sudeshna Banerjee)
Moidul Islam poses with his trophies at his FD Block home. (Sudeshna Banerjee)

The Maidan may know the former Mohammedan Sporting star as Moidul Islam but that wasn’t his name when he came to Calcutta from Midnapore in 1973. “I was born Mohiul Islam. It was commentator Ajay Basu who kept using this name on the radio. And before I knew, I was Moidul to the entire state. So I too started using that name,” says the FD Block resident.

Name change was not new to Islam. He was spotted on the village fields by the games secretary of State Transport Corporation Dasrathi Sinha. “On his advice, I shifted to Calcutta. He even arranged for my accommodation at the STC tent on the Maidan. Whenever I visited his home, he would introduce me to his elder sister as Mridul.”

After playing a year in the second division for Suburban Club, he was signed by Kidderpore Fotbal Club. In 1977, he got his first job with Port Trust of India, which had a football team. But when he got a call-up from Mohammedan in 1979, he quit without telling his family. “Word reached our village that I was jobless. I was away playing in Nagji trophy then. My father got worried that if I got injured my career would be over. I had to reason with him.” But he would soon get another job, with Food Corporation of India.

He shifted to Salt Lake in 1983, putting up first at Karunamoyee Housing Estate. He was with Mohammedan then. “I was the only club footballer staying in Salt Lake in those days. People would queue up in front of my building, seeking free match tickets. In those days, the club gave us tickets against deduction from our payments. I could not manage even after picking up a thousand.” He would shift to the FCI Quarters in DL Block in 1991.

Islam gets nostalgic talking of the 80s. “People would queue up from 3am at the Maidan in search of tickets. If we lost a match, it would get difficult for us to get out of the ground. We were escorted home in police vans. Football was rarely on TV except for the big matches at the Salt Lake stadium. Where is that kind of craze now? People don’t go to the ground even if they get tickets.”


The big crowds for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup, he suspects, were driven by a craze to attend a World Cup and also to see the renovated stadium.

He gets goosebumps on remembering the 1.10 lakh people in the stands when East Bengal played Diamant club of Cameroon in 1990. “Anandabazar Patrika printed a picture of me tackling Roger Milla (the 42-year-old star of the year’s World Cup). He got upset that I stuck to his side through the match. Diamant won but by a slender margin of 2-1.”

Other than Durand Cup and the IFA Shield, he has been a part of every tournament win in his 10 years with Mohammedan, three years with East Bengal and one year with Mohun Bagan. Among his clubmates, he has great respect for Mohd. Habib, Gautam Sarkar, Shabir Ali, Prasun Banerjee, Prasanta Banerjee among Indians and the Iranian duo Majid Baskar and Jamshid Nassiri. “My son Tariq grew up in their laps.” He remembers having brought Chima Okorie to Mohammedan while he was a student in Waltair. Emeka (Ezeugo), Chibuzor (Nwakanma) and Christopher also played with him at Mohammedan. He is upset that because of retired players from abroad being hired in the cash-rich Indian Super League, local strikers are not getting enough opportunities.

He is not sure how much hosting the U-17 World Cup would help Indian football. “Unless the infrastructure is in place and sports is made mandatory in school, nothing will happen. Around the time Mannada (Sailen Manna) played football, they were close to the other teams. But the rest of the world improved in leaps and bounds while we stagnated. Look at the standard of the youth teams of African nations like Ghana and Mali which came to the tournament!”

Salt Lake may be blessed with grounds, but parents here, he says, think football is too laborious a sport.

Islam is a poster boy for communal harmony. “We are a family of pirs. My uncle was a maulana in a madrasa. But we grew up in a harmonious atmosphere, with friends from one community participating in festivals of the others.” All hell broke loose when he fell in love with Sonali Das. “She was the only daughter and their family was dead against this alliance. Nonetheless we went for a registered marriage in 1983.” Even his daughter-in-law Priyanka is Hindu. “Tariq too has married for love. We had a grand reception in FD community hall in 2010,” smiles the 62-year-old who can sometimes be spotted playing football with the likes of musician Upal and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar at the Bikash Bhavan ground.

Sudeshna Banerjee / saltlake@abpmail.com 

source: http://www.telegraphindia.com / The Telegraph, Calcutta,India / by Sudeshna Banerjee / October 05th, 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


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

Meerut Boy Shahzar Rizvi Makes India Proud, Wins Gold At The Commonwealth Shooting Championship



There was joy and excitement at the residence of 23-year-old Meerut boy Shahzar Rizvi, who won gold in the 10m air pistol event at the Commonwealth shooting championship in Australia on Wednesday. Indian shooters registered a 1-2-3 finish in the men’s 10m air pistol with Rizvi, a resident of Meerut’s Chhota Mawana village, claiming gold ahead of Omkar Singh (silver) and Jitu Rai (bronze) at Brisbane.

In the women’s 10m air rifle event, India’s Pooja Ghatkar won gold with a score of 249.8 in the final, beating India compatriot Anjum Moudgil (248.7), who claimed silver. India won two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal at the championship in Australia on Wednesday.

Rizvi’s father Shamshaad Ahmed, a freight contractor at a private company in Meerut, said, “All of us at home are very happy for him. He has done the entire country proud. I still remember the day nine years ago when he told me how he wanted to train as a shooter. I did not have enough money to buy him a gun, but I told him to pursue his dream and he started practising by borrowing weapons from others. It was only in 2012 that he got a gun of his own.”

Shahzar completed his schooling from Jawahar Inter College in Meerut and started pursuing his dream. He went on to win a silver medal in the 58th National Shooting Championship Competition (NSCC), Pune in 2014 and then won a gold medal in the 59th NSCC, Delhi in 2015.

“His gold medal in Delhi helped him secure a place in Indian Air Force, where he works as a sergeant. After he got employed with IAF, his game improved further as he got access to better weapons. Later, he got a bronze medal in National Games 2015 and a gold medal in 9th Asian Airgun Championship in Iran,” said Ahmar Rizvi, Shahzar’s younger brother. Ahmar is also a shooter and has played till pre-nationals. A head injury had forced him to opt out for some time, but he is back now and aims for the nationals.

Shahzar’s mother Shahjahan Rizvi – a homemaker – says she is eagerly waiting for her son’s arrival. The gold medallist is going to tie the knot with a local girl on November 18. The family said his victory in Australia has doubled their excitement and happiness for his wedding.

source: http://www.indiatimes.com / IndiaTimes.com / Home> Sports / by Ishita Bhatia / November 02nd, 2017

Pampa Award for Nisar Ahmed


Renowned poet and Kannada writer K.S. Nisar Ahmed of Nityotsava fame, has been chosen for the prestigious Pampa Award by the government for 2017.

The award is the highest literary honour conferred on a littérateur for his/her lifetime contribution to Kannada literature. The award carrying a purse of ₹ 3 lakh and a citation will be presented to Prof. Ahmed by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during the Kadambotsava scheduled to be held in Banavasi of Uttara Kannada district.

Other awards

Besides Prof. Ahmed, writer Sa. Usha has been chosen for the Danachintamani Attimabbe Award; B.A. Jamadar for K.G. Kundanagara Gadinada (border area) Literary Award; K. Gokulnath for Kanaka Prashasti; G. Made Gowda for Sangolli Rayanna Award; and Akkamahadevi Samithi Uditadi for Akkamahadevi Award.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correspondent / Bengaluru – November 02nd, 2017

Who is Abdul Qavi Desnavi?

Desna(Block Asthawan – Nalanda District) BIHAR :


Abdul Qavi Desnavi’s 87th birth anniversary celebrated with a Google Doodle

The Google Doodle on Wednesday commemorated the 87th birthday of Urdu writer Abdul  Qavi Desnavi.

Born on November 1, 1930 in Desna village of Bihar, Desnavi has over 50 books on Urdu literature to his credit.

Among his major works were Hayat-e-Abul Kalam Azad, a book on freedom fighter Maulana Abul Kalam Azad published in 2000.

Some of his other famous works include Sat TahrirenMotala-E-Khotoot Ghalib and Talash-E-Azad.

“As the head of the Urdu Department at Bhopal’s Saifia College and a member of several regional and national literary bodies, he exerted a powerful influence on the evolution of Urdu literature and academic thought in India. At a personal level, he mentored some of India’s finest Urdu poets and writers such as Javed Akhtar and Iqbal Masood,” Google’s blog reads.

He died in July, 2011.

source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Books> Authors / by The Hindu Net Desk /November 01st, 2017