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COMMUNITY ROUND UP

Jama Masjid not to get grand facelift
By A Staff Writer
New Delhi:
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has dropped the idea of grand facelift of historical Jama Masjid and its vicinity. It will now go only for cleaning the area with slight development work. The actual plan, like restoration of the main structure and redevelopment, will have to wait indefinitely.
Four years ago the MCD had conceptualized an idea of a Mughal Garden within the mosque, beautification of 46 acres around it, 650 air-conditioned shops at Meena Bazar and a traffic management plan for Pardah Bagh.

The MCD last month accepted that the Rs 1,200-crore plan will miss its initial deadline of Commonwealth Games. Now it has begun the preliminary work after being criticized from different quarters including the opposition parties and the Delhi High Court.

The court had pulled up MCD last year for not starting the redevelopment work despite all sanctions and budget allocation.

Sources in the MCD said that the actual plan, like restoration of the main structure and redevelopment, will have to wait, as the local body want to be realistic this time and take up only that much work which we know can be delivered.

The MCD has started work on the supplementary plan of decongesting neighbouring areas like Subhash Marg and the area between the Jama Masjid and Parade Ground that was cleared last December. Work is on to remove all encroachments in the area.


Delhi Urdu schools do well despite odds
By A Staff Writer
New Delhi:
The Urdu medium schools in the capital region of Delhi are progressing remarkably well despite several obstacles and odds. Though students of these school are not provided with Urdu medium books and coaching, yet they are giving better result than other schools, thanks to the labour and zeal of teachers and students of the schools.

In 12th standard (CBSE) the success percentage of students in these schools shot up to a remarkable 89.12 per cent result, which is more than that of government-run and private, unaided schools. Moreover two of the 12 Urdu medium schools with senior secondary sections, i.e., Zeenat Mahal Girls School SKV no. 2 and GBSSS Zafrabad, in the city have declared a 100 per cent result.
Facing odds like lack of trained teachers, non-availability of books and crumbling infrastructure, this is the second year in a row that the Urdu medium schools have fared better than others.

In 2000, these schools registered a dismal pass percentage of 31 for the CBSE 12th standard examination. A decade later the performance is remarkable.

Last year, these schools had a pass percentage of 88.7, a shade ahead of the government schools, which stood at 87.14 per cent.

This year, the government schools in the Capital recorded an overall pass percentage of 88.87.
Zeenat Mahal School, whose pass rate stood at 61 per cent in 2006, jumped to 100 per cent in 2008. This year, too, all its 42 students have cleared the exam.

Ilma, who scored 88 per cent in the 12th class credited her SKV Jama Masjid No 2 teachers for all help. " They often helped translate from Hindi books they were not available in Urdu", she said. Another girl Rumana also thanked teachers for taking extra classes before the examination.
IMC urges fair CBI inquiry
Chicago:
Indian Muslim Council-USA, an advocacy group dedicated toward safeguarding India's pluralist and tolerant ethos, has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Justice S. H. Kapadia to monitor and ensure an intimidation free Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the fake encounter killings of Soharabuddin, his wife Kausarbi and his associate Prajapati at the hands of the Gujarat Police.

Lawsuits against the Gujarat police related to the fake encounter killings have already landed 15 senior police officials behind bars and the Supreme Court ordered CBI inquiry has the potential to indict several prominent politicians and ministers in the Narendra Modi administration. The Home Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Amit Shah, has reportedly gone into hiding fearing arrest by the CBI.
In order to subvert and discredit this CBI inquiry, a massive advertising campaign has been launched in the Gujarati media by unknown entities to defame the CBI and dub it with various defamatory labels.

In separate letters sent to India's Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, IMC-USA President Rasheed Ahmed said, "The advertising campaign aims to create a political atmosphere where it would not be possible for the CBI to conduct a fair investigation. As such, this constitutes active interference in the judicial investigative process and may result in the subversion of justice."

He added that "A sincere investigation by the CBI into these fake encounter cases has, for the first time, the potential to implicate many powerful politicians within Narendra Modi's administration who have been involved in terrorizing minorities in the state of Gujarat."

Mr. Rasheed Ahmed also called for strong action to be taken against the people behind the anonymous entities running the advertising campaign and dubbed it as a "tactic of subverting justice at the altar of manufactured public opinion". He further added that "Without basic security and rule of law, no level of economic progress either lasts or earns the nation a global leadership status it may otherwise deserve." (IMC-USA - http://www.imc-usa.org)

Indian Muslim Council-USA is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 10 chapters across the nation. It is also a founding member of the Coalition Against Genocide, which successfully highlighted the complicity of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his administration in the 2002 genocide of Muslims. The campaign eventually led to the revocation of Modi's visas by the US State Department.
Aasra Home for Women opened
Bangalore:
Aasra, Mohsinath's Destitute Home was inaugurated here on May 16 by Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan, Minister for Minority Affairs and Wakfs. The Home will provide shelter and training to indigent women, women from broken homes, victims of domestic violence, and women in vulnerable situations.

Aasra has been set up by Tanzeemul Mohsinath Charitable Trust at Lingarajpuram in the Bangalore Cantonment area in a rented premises on a 80 feet by 50 feet site. It can accommodate nearly 40 inmates and provide them training in various vocations and skills. Karnataka State Women's Wakf Foundation is helping the first of its kind venture in social services to provide succour to Muslim women victimized at the hands of their husbands, society or families. According to Tanzeem Secretary Mrs. Sajida Begum, Aasra would provide training in tailoring and embroidery, knitting and handicrafts, computers, first aid and nursing, health and hygiene, and will also impart Islamic values of family life, tajweed and deeniyath.

Tanzeemul Mohsinath has been active in the field of rehabilitating needy and destitute Muslim women in the D. J. Halli area of Bangalore for the last two decades. But a facility that could serve as short stay home where vulnerable women could stay for a short period was being felt since long. It will also mediate between spouses at loggerheads and will possibly arbitrate in family disputes in order to ameliorate the situation of women.

Opening the Aasra Home, the Minorities Commission chairman Mr. Khusru Qureshi said Muslim should not shun the present BJP government which was committed to the welfare of all sections of the society.

Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan said he would look into the possibility of allotting a wakf property or site for the construction of a permanent facility for the Aasra and would like this to start branches in all districts. He said chief minister Mr. Yeddyurappa had enhanced the allocation of minority welfare budget to Rs. 261 crore and was always concerned about new schemes for them. Karnataka State Haj committee chairman Mr. Dada Peer also spoke the occasion. Ms. Donna Fernandes, president, Vimochana said she disagreed with the minister when he said such homes would protect the fallen women. She said it is because of men that women fall victims to unfortunate circumstances. She pleaded for a more gender sensitive terminology.

Sajida Begum welcomed the gathering. Ms. Naomi Junaid moderated the programme.
Mr. Hafiz Shamsul Huda is the founder and patron of the Tanzeemul Mohsinath and Mrs. Sultana Jaffer is the president of the organization. Mrs. Farrukh Khaiser, Ayesha Wajid and Shameem Khusru are advisors.

More information can be had from Ms. Sajida Begum, Secretary, Tanzeemul Mohsinath, or Office Incharge at Aasra, Mubeen Taj, Aasra, 121-Ist Cross, Kariyanapallya, Thomas Town Post, Bangalore-560084, Phone: 98453-83905, 80509-07706.


Rs. 24 cr. for betterment of Minority Schools
ByA Staff writer
Mumbai:
An allocation of Rs. 24.64 crore for 1,232 minority schools has been made by Maharashtra Minorities Development Minister Arif Naseem Khan under the infrastructure improvement category in the State.

Muslim community in general and educational institutes across the state in particular should make best use of the opportunity to upgrade their school infrastructure and improve the quality of teaching by going for state of the art teaching aids. “We would like to encourage minority students to continue with education, so this will act as an incentive to minority schools to provide computer education and good libraries,” said Arif Naseem Khan. Often minority schools have to deal with high dropout rates, and many being first generation learners, are not encouraged by their families to stay in school. “Through this scheme, facilities will be made directly accessible in their schools,” Khan added.
LEAD Rehmani - 30 Initiative to train boys for IIT-JEE in Karnataka launched
By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj
Bangalore:
The unique initiative 'LEAD Rehmani-30' launched here recently has selected 17 out of the 1,512 applicants for intensive coaching for the IIT-JEE (the entrance test for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology around the country). These students are being admitted into the Al-Ameen PU College for their simultaneous coaching for Plus Two examination as well as for the IIT-JEE. The tie-up with the Patna-based Rehmani-30 will enable them to benefit from coaching imparted at Patna to students from the underprivileged communities. Of the 17, Kerala's share is 10 boys while one is from Andhra Pradesh and six have been selected from Karnataka. The boys would be completing their PUC in 2012 and would be appearing for the IIT-JEE.

The LEAD Trust formed by some technocrats here will guide the entire group and arrange video coaching from Patna by Prof. Abhayanand, who has a proven track record through successful coaching under the aegis of the Super-30 at Patna between 2002 and 2008. Abhayanand, an IPS officer, currently Additional Director General of Police in Bihar government, was here on May 16 to spot the talent and select the 17 students from among the 51 short-listed candidates called here on May 16. The entrance for the applicants was conducted on April 18.

The LEAD Trust will bear the entire lodging, board and coaching expenses for these students.
The LEAD Trust will also partner with Shaheen Group in Bidar in their endeavour to identify bright students who have completed SSLC for the ¡°Shaheen Scholars Group¡±. Selected students from this group will enroll and study at Shaheen for free, while simultaneously receiving intensive coaching for the CET, AIPMT, IIT-JEE or AIEEE entrance exams. The combined results of the LEAD screening test and the SSLC results have been used to shortlist students for the interview by Shaheen.

LEAD is headed by noted educational consultant Ameen e Mudassar of Cigma Foundation. Software engineer Ahsan Ali, B.Tech, MS is its secretary. Riyas Mohammed BE from Mysore is its treasurer. Other trustees include Prof. Ashraf Ali, principal of Al-Ameen PU college, Bangalore; Azeem Uddin, M.Tech from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Lead Analyst at General Motors; software engineer N. A. Harris, BE from Kochi; Md. Ali Shariff: BE, MBA (IIMA), & MSc (Development Mgmt) London School of Economics; Placement and recruitment consultant Tanveer Ahmed, BE; Tousif Ahmed, BE, (MBA), Manager at Pricewaterhouse- Coopers Pvt. Ltd.; and Venkatraman Iyer, formerly with UniLever and now a full-time social worker are other trustees. The LEAD Trust has appealed to the philanthropists to contribute their mite for the unique initiative in the field of human resource development. Contact Details: LEAD Trust, No. 29, R.V.Road, Opp. to Vijaya College, Basavanagudi Bengaluru ¨C 560004; Ph: +91-80415-54225; Mobile: +91-80950-80971;E©\mail: leadtrust.in@gmail.com; www.leadtrust.in


Waqf (Amendment) Bill 2010 Encroachers, Grabbers to be jailed
By Andalib Akhter
New Delhi:
The Government of India has amended the Waqf Act giving more teeth to it in order that the Wakf properties provide maximum benefit to the community.

The Waqf (Amendment) Bill 2010 was passed on May 7 following a debate in the Lok Sabha. The objective behind the Act is to provide more help to the intended beneficiaries such as orphans, women in distress and also to provide representation of women on the State Waqf Boards and the Central Wakf Council. Under the new law the encroachers would be dealt with strictly. A special provision has been made for punishment of offenders by imprisonment of two years in such cases. The officers colluding with any such offenders will be penalized with a penalty of Rs. 15,000. Under new Act, Wakf will not be allowed to transfer the land assets. If any Waqf land is acquired in national interest, the wakf body would be compensated for it at market price and the money would be immediately deposited with some other Wakf.

In cases where litigation is on between the Government and the Wakf Boards, a 3-member Tribunal will be constituted to decide the matter. Objections with regard to the Wakf survey could also be filed with the Tribunal. The Tribunal would consist of a person not below the rank of a District, Session or Civil Judge, Class I officer as the Chairman and two other members, namely, an officer from the State Civil Service equivalent in rank to that of Additional District Magistrate and another person having knowledge of Muslim law and jurisprudence.

The appeal could also be made with the High Court after Tribunal's decision. The new Act would increase the maximum permissible period of lease or sub-lease of waqf properties from three years, as at present, to 30 years so that the waqf properties are developed in such a way as to derive maximum benefits and to employ the income for the promotion of aims of the wakf.

Minister for Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid told this correspondent that the community has a duty to look after the welfare and protection of mosques, madarsas, khanqahs (hospices) and other waqf properties without which it will not be possible to achieve the objective.

He said there were many Wakfs which were helping even non-Muslims which is a a good augury. There is also a proposal to provide funds for the computerization of the waqf properties.

Participating in the debate Syed Shahnawaz Hussain of the BJP said that 50 per cent of Wakf land were under the illegal occupation of the Government. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had written a letter to the Chief Ministers of States on this subject, but, regrettably, no one took action. He said a number of Wakf properties have been encroached upon by common people. He said there were instances of mosques being used for residential and commercial purposes. Some mosques had been converted into guest houses and some into dustbins, he added. He pointed out that some States like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had given vested the power of getting the waqf properties vacated from encroachers or defaulters.

Lalu Prasad asked the Government to come out with a more stringent law, whereby the Boards could be given a statutory status. The act of grabbing Wakf Board land should be made a cognizable offence whereby the people selling or buying such land should be convicted.


Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad - Scholarships available for several PG Courses
Hyderabad:
The Maulana Azad National Urdu University has invited application for admission into Urdu medium programs in MBA, Master of Social Work, MA in Mass communication and Journalism, Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Hindi, English, Translation Studies, Public Administration, Women Studies, Bachelor/Master/Diploma in Education, PG Diplomas in Information Technology, Functional Urdu, Diploma programs in Arabic, Arabic Translation and Persian, and M. Phil/Ph.D. in Urdu, Hindi, English, Public Administration, Women Education, Social Eclsuion and Inclusive Policy, Arabic and Ph.D. in Urdu. It has also begun polytechnic programmes in Civil, computer, electronic & communication and Information Technology. It also runs certificate programme in Khushkhati and Tahseen e Ghazal.

The prospectus-cum-application forms can be had from from the University Campus, Gachibowli Hyderbad-500032 or from the regional/sub-regional centres and from Colleges of Teacher Education of the University on payment of Rs. 100 through DD (by hand) or through a Demand Draft Rs. 150 (by post). The DD should be drawn from any nationalized bank in favour of “Maulana Azad National Urdu University” payable at Hyderabad.

The prospectus-cum-application form can also be downloaded from the University web site http://www.manuu.ac.in. The last date for issue and submission of filled in application form is June 18, 2010. Programme-wise details are available in the prospectus. Hostel facility would be provided subject to availability. Scholarship of Rs. 1000 per month is provided to the students of Master Degree programmes subject to availability of funds. For further details, like required qualification for admission addresses of Regional Centres, Sub Regional Centres and Colleges of Teacher Education, log on to above mentioned University website.


Kerala AMU Centre to
start this year
Aligarh:
The move to start Management and Law programmes at the AMU Special Centre of Malappuram received a big push on May 17 when Kerala Government decided to transfer 280 acres of land in the district before June 15. This was conveyed to Prof. Abdul Azis, Vice chancellor of the AMU by the Kerala Minister of Higher Education M. A. Baby.

Baby informed Prof. Azis that the second phase acquisition and negotiations with the land owners has been completed. The Minister has further assured that the necessary approval of the cabinet will also be obtained.

Prof. Azis said that the state government is keen to make AMU Special Centre functional by next academic session. The officials have been directed by the state government to identify a Camp Office at Perinthalmanna close to the site of the new Centre. The district officials have received instructions also to identify a Guest House for visiting AMU staff. A 1,440 sq. mt. building has been identified by the State Government near the site to serve as the improvised classrooms and office.
Prof. Azis said that the deck is now clear for starting two new 'Centres' of AMU in West Bengal and Kerala. AMU received the approval on May 5 from the President of India in the capacity of Visitor for establishing two new Centres of AMU at Murshidabad and Malappuram under Section 12 (2) of the University Act.
Marwar Muslim Society to set up solar power plant
By A Staff Writer
Jodhpur:
Marwar Muslim Education & Welfare Society (MMEWS) plans to install a five megawatt solar power generation plant in Jodhpur District. The Society is creating a 'Solar Energy Fund' at a total investment of Rs. 80 crore.

According to Mr. Mohammad Atique, secretary of the Marwar Muslim Education & Welfare Society, 80 bighas of land has been identified for the purpose on which solar panels will be installed. The Government of Rajasthan has drawn ambitious plans to farm solar energy and earmarked thousands of acres of land for installation of solar panels in the Thar desert around Jodhpur. According to Project directors, Jodhpur has 352 sunny days in a year which is why it has been given the sobriquet of 'Sun city of India'.

The Society has called for investors who could invest in multiples of Rs. 25 lakh in separate Solar Project Bank account.

Says Mr. Atique, solar plant once installed, shall generate fixed annual income for next 25 years as the Government of India has guaranteed purchase of such power at Rs. 16 a unit. Once installed, the project does not require any input cost as solar rays alone generate power. Income from solar power plant shall be used for promotion of MMEWS objectives of education, health, social welfare. He said investors can advise donating their share of income into Zakat Fund. He said, 'On an investment of Rs. one crore, the MMEWS shall promise an assured return of Rs. 15 lacs every year for the next 25 years.

As per estimates, a 5 MW solar farm will annually generate one crore units of power which the Government intends to purchase at Rs. 16 crore i.e., at the rate of Rs. 16 per unit.

The Rajasthan Government has given new impetus to setting up solar power farms as it has huge stretches of unused land with enough sunrays descending down on it for 352 days in a year. It plans to enter into Power Purchasing Agreements with the investors for 25 years. Under the Government of India's Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission, it is planned to produce 20,000 MW of of power through solar plants by year 2020. For details, contact: Mohd Atique, Secretary, MMEWS, Jodhpur, Ph: 0291-2752850, 2545167, 94141-27387, email: info@marwariimuslim.org
Rehmani-30 now in Maharashtra too
By A Staff writer
Mumbai:
After Karnataka, even Maharashtra Muslims have taken cue from the Patna based Rahmani-30 model. Having tasted success with its first batch and keeping up the good work, the Rahmani Foundation of Patna is all set to take its Rahmani-30 program to Maharashtra. The organization which trains poor students to appear for IIT-JEE, has now launched its coaching program in Aurangabad.

“Along with Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, from this year on, Rahmani Foundation will be organizing the entrance tests in Maharashtra for the students who are interested in appearing for IIT Joint Entrance Exams - 2012”

The foundation has conducted entrance test to select the deserving candidates, who upon clearing the test, undergo a personal interview to finally secure a seat at the Rahmani Academy. The Academy then prepares these students for both, the IIT-JEE as well as the higher secondary examination.

The Academy's entrance tests were conducted across various centers in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Maharashtra. Malegaon which has a large Muslim population has been chosen as the centre four districts of Maharashtra, namely Nashik, Dhule, Jalgaon and Nandurbar.

A total of 650 students from across the state appeared for the written test held a few months ago. Of them, 36 were selected and called for the interview at Haj House recently. Sixteen were shortlisted in this round. We hope most of our students will clear the IIT-JEE which they are going to face in 2012, said Abhyanand, a senior IPS officer and administrator at Rahmani-30.

These 16 students will be provided with accommodation at a hostel in Aurangabad and taught both by the faculty in Aurangabad as well as by those based in Patna, through video-conferencing.Rahmani-30, a brainchild of Maulana Wali Rehmani, a former Speaker of the Bihar Assembly. Rahmani was inspired by the Patna-based coaching Institute, Super 30, which hit the headlines last year when all its 10 students cracked the IIT-JEE exams. After successful experiment in Bihar, we wanted to replicate it in other states. We are glad we have opened a centre in Aurangabad, said Maulana Rahmani.

An IPS officer of 1977 batch, Abhyanand, currently the DGP (Bihar Military Police), helped in the launch of Super 30 a few years ago. The 16 students who have been selected from different parts of Maharashtra will be admitted to a junior college in Aurangabad as well as provided with tuition, which is likely to be pretty gruelling.

Except two Eid festivals, these students will not be allowed a holiday from the studies during their 'incubation'. We will motivate them to attempt the maximum number of questions, said Zakir Illahi, a professor at Saboo Siddique College of Engineering, who helped set up the branch of Rehmani-30 in Maharashtra.


Civil Services Exam results - Only 21 Muslims among 875 candidates
New Delhi:
Only 21 Muslims could pass the muster of the civil services this year which has recommended 875 candidates for the all India services this summer. This is a massive drop from 31 who were selected last year following UPSC examinations.

Though it is heartening for Muslims to note that the person who topped the civil services exam this year is a Kashmiri Muslim getleman Shah Faesal, the overall drop in the number of successful candidates is a matter of concern as the number of total candidates recommended has gone up significantly this year. Muslim candidates together with their rank (as show in the bracket) as they appear in the final list are following: Mohammad Y. Safirullah K (55), Mohammed Shahid Alam (74), Yunus (18), Ahmed Iqbal (118), Rayees Mohammad Bhat (124), Md. Sadiq Alam (135), Abid Khan (144), Abu Imrah (209), Ashiquzzaman (249), Showkat Ahmed Parray (246), Tamanna Alam (288), Ansari Sohail M. Shafi (325), Mohammed Yusuf Qureshy (331), Mir Umair Nabi (368), Danish Ashraf (409), Faraz Ahmed Qureshi (451), Rizvi Sarah Afzal Ahmed (556), Ahmed Muyeen Farooqi (569), Kashif Hafeez (610), Rizwan Ahmed (741).

Most of the selected candidates received coaching from Hamdrad Education Society, New Delhi who maintain excellent facilities to accommodate the candidates and provide faculty and content for preparation. Share of other centres such as the ones in Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi, Aligarh Muslim University and the centres in Hyderabad and Chennai has been minimal.
Pawar urges housing quota for Muslims
By A Staff writer
Mumbai:
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar recently said the Maharashtra government should explore possibility of giving reservations to Muslims in housing schemes.

“Many poor Muslims come to meet me with grievances that they cannot avail of a house,” Pawar said. He asked minister of state for housing Sachin Ahir to look into the issue as cohabitation is good for society.

He asked city unit to plan strategy for BMC polls scheduled in two years by taking up issues like water and electricity and expose Shiv Sena-BJP which has been in power in the Mumbai civic body for over 15 years.

Pawar said Marathi speaking people should encourage Muslims when they show inclination to learn Marathi and speak the language for communication purpose.

Citing his own experience, Pawar said when he got the opportunity to travel in north India, he had problems speaking in fluent Hindi. “But people in Lucknow, Bareilly and Allahabad appreciated my efforts when I spoke in broken Hindi and my confidence level also grew. Many poor Muslims come to me with grievances that they cannot avail of housing schemes,” Pawar said.

The uniqueness of Mumbai lies in the fact that every Indian can come and live here with dignity. “If this secular and cosmopolitan fabric is damaged, Mumbai’s future will be at stake,” he said.

Pawar’s suggestion of reservation for Muslims in public housing has raised eyebrows within and outside the community. If the government was merely able to end negative discrimination in the housing sector, there was no need for positive discrimination by quota, they said.

It is true that several private housing societies deny accommodation to Muslims. I have faced similar problems, said Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, who heads, Markazul Maarif. Several cite excuses like vegetarianism while some builders simply refuse, saying other buyers may object.

Yet, housing is one sector that has remained untouched by quotas played out to appease vote banks. I feel Muslims would benefit more if the government agreed to implement the recommendations of the Raghunath Mishra Committee granting us reservation in education, jobs and politics, said Qasmi.
A Revolution in Gold Shopping
Bangalore:
Riddhi Siddhi is in the business of manufacturing, retailing and wholesale supply of gold jewellery. Its products include handcrafted and hallmarked enameled studded with precious and semiprecious stones, traditional and exclusive designer gold jewels. Its portfolio includes haar, necklaces, bangles, chada, rings etc. Riddhi Siddhi products have presence across different price points to cater to all customers needs across high-end, mid-market and value market segments which allow the company to manage a large and diverse portfolio of designs.

Coming up with one of the biggest showroom at Nagarathpet, Bangalore in the name and style “Riddhi Siddhi” for exclusive 916 BIS hallmark gold jewels. Promoters plans to develop its brand 'Riddhi Siddhi' and sale all of its products under the same brand name. Riddhi Siddhi will be coming up with Karameter facility for gold testing without melting and damaging the same.

The only gold jewellery brand at Nagarathpet with exclusive BIS 916 hallmarked gold jewels, actual rate per gram gold, no stone or wastages charges, minimum gold rate assured exclusive Muslim traditional and handicrafted designed, collection from Bombay, Calcutta and Gujrat designs, strictly superior designs and finishing, 100% gold rate buy back guarantee. Opening shortly on 9th June with vast range in haar bangles, necklace and chada. Whenever you thought of buying of gold jewellery take three steps confirm the 916 hallmark seal on each and every piece, get it checked at the karatmeter installed and finally ask anywhere the existing gold rate and pay minimum at Riddhi Siddhi no-49 Nagarathpet Bangalore.

Riddhi Siddhi is promoted by the talented jewelers having idea how to reduce their manufacturing cost by reducing overhead expenses and to get highly finished jewels by avoiding lower finished jewels. Now first time in Bangalore coming up gold revolution for Muslim designs in gold jewels and finally what our esteemed customers will save at Riddhi Siddhi will definitely adds to their gold investment earning.
PEOPLE...
Honoured:
Al-Ameen Community Leadership Award was conferred upon Dr. Shamim Jairajpuri, noted zoologist who also helped establish the Maulana Azad National Urdu University in Hyderabad as its first vice chancellor. The Award is conferred on a prominent Muslim every year by the Al-Ameen Education Society, Bangalore. Jairajpuri is known for his work Nematode and has authored several books. He was twice head of the department of zoology in Aligarh Muslim University and has been President of the Indian National Science Academy and Director of Zoological Survey of India.

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Appointed: A. M. P. Jamaludeen, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Joint Secretary, has been appointed Officer on Special Duty to take up works for revival of the Legislative Council, the Upper House of the State Assembly, says a government order. The appointment of OSD (Officer on Special Duty) comes in the wake of the Tamil Nadu Assembly passing a resolution for the revival of the Legislative Council and a Bill to this effect was also passed in both the Houses of Parliament.
Mr Jamaludeen will establish limits of constituencies and election of members to the council. Approximately 78 Legislative Council Members are in the proposed deck. The Council was abolished by former chief minister M. G. Ramachandran in 1986 following his failure to get a Tamil film actress Nirmala to it.

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Died: Zia Meer, noted Urdu journalist who enriched Urdu journalism and literature in Karnataka for nearly 50 years died on April 28 in Bangalore. He was 85. Zia Meer served as editor in leading Urdu dailies of Karnataka namely Daily Salar, Azad and Pasban for nearly 45 years and nurtured a lot of youth in several genres of Urdu adab. He is survived by his widow, two sons and three daughters. His eldest son Sajjad Ahmed is currently joint director, Land Records, Government of Karnataka at Gulbarga. Zia Meer's most noted contribution lies in matter of Urdu criticism. His association with Daily Salar enlivened its Urdu literary edition with several new talents cropping in print. He was born in Kunigal and did his intermediate from Govt. College, Tumkur. Prior to switching his career to journalism, Zia sahib had a stint as inspector in the Department of Excise.