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PM Modi works for capitalists not for poor farmers: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that the latter works only for capitalists and overlooks poor farmers. “The farmer who grows crops could not get advantage out of it. Modi did not help farmers. He broke his promises. He has forgiven debts of 50 families in last two and half year. He works only for the rich people of the country and does nothing for the youth and farmers,” Gandhi said at rally here. Taking jibe at Prime Minister Modi, he said: “Narendra Modi says that ‘Ganga Maa’ has called him from Gujarat. I would like to ask him whether ‘Ganga Maa’ has only one son?” Stating that voice of poor farmers is not reaching Prime Minister Modi, Gandhi said: “When a farmer sees a bottle of insecticide, then only one thing comes in his mind that is to commit suicide by consuming it. Farmers’ voices are being suppressed.” Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Modi misleads people by making false promises. “Prime Minister Modi said he would waive off farmer’s loan if he wins the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. This is a sheer lie. He tries to build relation on the basis of his fake promises,” Gandhi added. Campaigning for the sixth phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has reached its peak and political parties are making all out efforts to woo the voters in poll-bound areas. Forty nine constituencies spread over seven districts of eastern UP will go to polls in this phase on Saturday. These districts are Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Azamgarh, Mau and Ballia.

Jaitley urges World Bank to increase IBRD’s funding to India

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley emphasised the need for increasing the World Bank Portfolio for India at a meeting held today with Kristalina I. Georgieva, CEO, World Bank Group. Jaitley said that since India has now decided to take assistance from the World Bank only through International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and cease the funding from IDA, an increase in IBRD support is imperative to meet India’s current requirement of USD five to seven billion and a huge pipeline of projects. In addition, he also stressed on the need for capital increase in the Bank Group. Elaborating on the financing issues relating to the World Bank Group, Jaitley highlighted the need for lowering the effective rate of interest on World Bank loans by removing the commitment charges levied on the undisbursed loans; exploring innovative financing options and relaxing the requirement of Sovereign Guarantee for loans to AAA rated organisations. The World Bank CEO is currently on a two-day official visit to India to understand the long-standing partnership between India and the World Bank, in addition to discussing the Bank’s strategy and program in India. During her visit, Georgieva has held meetings with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor and project authorities of some World Bank Group projects to get a firsthand experience of the implementation of the World Bank projects in India.

UP Elections 2017: BJP on backfoot over not giving tickets to any Muslim

For the past five years, the minority cell of the BJP worked overtime to establish close contact with Muslim voters, but when it came to giving tickets to them in the UP Assembly polls, it was a different story. The minority cell of the UP BJP had undertaken membership drives and also made efforts to reach out to a large section of the Muslim voters with an eye on the elections. Though firebrand BJP MP Vinay Katiyar believes there is no point in giving tickets to Muslims, other like Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Uma Bharti and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, feel that the party could have given tickets to the community. Union Minister Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti had on Monday echoed Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s stand on BJP fielding Muslim candidates in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Bharti feels that the BJP committed a mistake by not fielding any Muslim candidate. “I am really feeling sorry that we could not field a Muslim. I spoke with (BJP President) Amit Shah and (state party President) Keshav Prasad Maurya about how we could have brought a Muslim to the assembly,” she has said. Rajnath had earlier said that Muslims should have been given tickets by the BJP in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Naqvi, while reacting to the issue, had said, “As far as tickets are concerned, it would have been better if the tickets were given to Muslims. We will address their (Muslim party workers) concerns by compensating them when we form the government in the state.” BJP state executive member Romana Siddiqui told PTI, “Under different programmes and campaigns conducted by the minority cell of the BJP, the party’s membership count swelled to over 2 lakh. The writing on the wall is now clear that minorities do not consider BJP as politically untouchable.” She said as per her party’s directive, she took part in election campaigning in Gautam Buddh Nagar. “However, owing to some problems at home, I had to stop midway,” she said. When asked as to why the party refrained from giving tickets to Muslims, Siddiqui said, “I feel the party needs more time in shortlisting a Muslim candidate for different elections. I think the party is yet to completely repose faith in Muslim candidates.” On whether Muslim party workers have been promised any government posts or ministerial berths, in case the party forms the government, Siddiqui, said, “The party knows about the contributions made by us, and would definitely look after our interest.” She, however, refused to comment on the nature of posts, which could be offered to the party’s Muslim workers. Co-convenor (organisation) of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (an outfit owing allegiance to the RSS) Merudhwaj Singh Chandel, feels that if the Muslim party workers are competent enough to test the poll waters, they must be given a chance to prove themselves. “For the past few years, a number of Muslim party workers have been working in close sync with the BJP. Though the final decision to give tickets rests on the party, yet those who have rendered exemplary performance in resurrecting the organisation must be suitably rewarded and compensated, which includes giving party ticket,” he said.
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    Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visits Indonesia with huge entourage, tons of gear

    King Salman Wednesday began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Indonesia in almost 50 years, seeking to strengthen economic ties with the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. The king – who is accompanied by about 1,000 people, including princes and ministers – disembarked from his official plane at a Jakarta airport and was welcomed by President Joko Widodo and a guard of honour. Almost 460 tons of equipment have been flown in for the visit, including Mercedes limousines and escalators for the king to descend from his plane. Most has been transported to the resort island of Bali, where the king will take a holiday after visiting Jakarta. It is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian king to Indonesia for 47 years, and is one of the highlights of a rare Saudi royal tour of Asia which is seeking investment as the world’s biggest oil exporter tries to diversify its economy.This is an extremely historic visit for us,” Indonesian Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung was quoted as saying in local media before the visit.alman will hold talks later with Widodo at the Indonesian leader’s official residence in Bogor outside the capital Jakarta. The king will give a speech to parliament tomorrow. Business deals could be announced, and a series of cooperation memoranda are also set to be signed on issues ranging from security, to health and education during the three-day visit to Jakarta. Indonesia will also seek approval to send more citizens to the annual hajj pilgrimage in western Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam’s holiest sites. Salman will spend several days on Hindu-majority Bali, with the monarch and his entourage reportedly set to stay in five luxury hotels. Salman kicked off his three-week Asian tour in Malaysia earlier this week, and is also set to visit Japan, China and the Maldives.

    EAM Sushma Swaraj asks officials to follow probe into death of 3 Indians

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed Indian mission in the UAE to follow up the investigation by local police regarding the death of three Indians during a fire in a diesel tank. “@cgidubai has informed me about the unfortunate death of three Indian nationals Kishan Singh, Mohan Singh and Ujendra Singh all employees Of Al-Ameer Used Oil Trading in a diesel tank in Sharjah. It appears the cause of death is suffocation,” she said in a series of tweets. “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Our mission will provide them all help and assistance,” she said. “I have asked our mission to follow up investigation by the Police,” Swaraj tweeted. According to a Khaleej Times report, Sharjah Police have launched an investigation to rule out criminal acts behind the deaths which occurred in Al Saja’a area. The bodies have been sent for autopsy, it said
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    Donald Trump’s address to Congress: US President turned the tide and handed lessons to media

    Now that US President Donald Trump has risen overnight in the estimate of the political firmament and the public with his statesmanlike address to Congress on Tuesday night, his adverse comments on media achieve a higher significance. Derision turned to admiration for Trump, and for a moment the US media was redundant. He began his speech with a reference to the slain Indian scientist Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot in Kansas last week, and the multiple acts of anti-Semitism that are sweeping the US. He attacked the narcotics trade and even used some JFK phrases like a message to “friend and foe” alike that America is now ready to lead. “Protect and defend” was another Kennedy inaugural quote. He touted $3 trillion up in the stock market, and was another man entirely. Sober sans his red tie, he played the audience like a piano, hitting all the right notes. Suddenly the buffoon looked like being to the manor born. He had called for jobs and the call, he said, was heeded across corporate America. ‘Make in America’ was big time. US President Donald Trump. Reuters file image US President Donald Trump. Reuters file image On this canvas the media he has sidelined and mocked and insulted became almost secondary. It was as if the Congress agreed the media had asked for it. That it had destroyed people and careers, reputations and marriages and now had to face the consequences. And the public echoed his sentiments. They do not like or trust the media anymore. What can we, the Indian media with similar freedom granted to us, take as timely lessons from this development? Are we making ourselves vulnerable to “dislike” and loathing from the public? When you visit the Press Clubs in most of our cities, you notice as many Mr Fix-its and PR-types as you do mainline journalists filling the spaces. And you begin to wonder if Trump’s war on the media has a little merit in it as its practitioners of the fourth estate discover they are following agendas rather than following the story. And the more earnest ones are being eclipsed by slick, silver-tongued salesmen of the “story” as they perceive it. Somewhere along the line it’s possible we have let ourselves down by allowing our ranks to be infiltrated by impostors who use the “press” label more for their personal gain than to get access to the corridors of power. The line between packaging public relations and imaging on one side and hardcore news on the other has become indistinct and far too often indistinguishable. As a result, the most important aspect is the manufacture and marketing of news. In the first, have we begun to create headlines where none exist and break down that once impregnable wall between pure reportage and commentary. That was the most vital element in journalistic ethics: You protected your sources, you believed in the sanctity of “of the record”, you confirmed and reconfirmed your facts and you never sold anyone down the river. And you reported those facts without comment. Now, we take the story and mold it to suit our preconceived concepts of what will sell. The singer has become more important than the song and with accountability taking a back row seat, there is a sort of “anything goes, fling the mud and some will stick” approach to events and the prisms through which we project the distortions to the public. I am deliberately staying away from introducing any specific issues or newsbreaks because that would detract from this call to tick a box; do we need to heal ourselves? Fake news, says Trump, and he is not too far off the mark. What is the qualitative difference between cooking up a story per se and ballooning as mini event into a religious or cultural controversy of monumental proportions? Media does not check its facts, says Donald Trump. Thanks to the instant nature of delivering occurrences, who has the time for this luxury, we just go with what we have. Hard luck if social platforms are bloated with untruths, it’s par for the course, the fiscal pie is only so large, and survival has not parameters of conduct. Media runs reports according to its corporate or government controlled puppet masters and stuff the shape of the facts to suit its masters, says the hostile president. Do we? Echo answers who, but there is a bit of a flinch. However, these are mere thorns in comparison to the main issue before us as the bridge between the public and the power brokers. While it is our job to ensure that the freedom of the press allows for investigation of the elected servants of the people and their actions, do we have the right to release classified information and make it public? If it is classified, “for your eyes only”, top secret, need to know, confidential or any of the acronyms used to ensure the security of a nation, does the media have the sanction to ferret for such information and provide comfort to the enemies of the state and the public? This is an issue that the media must address and address it within its ranks. If we have begun to believe that we are above D-notices and security related gag orders, or do we think it’s our duty to get that classified file and disclose its contents, why have any confidentiality at all? Let all the washing hang out, dirty linen and all. We are journalists, not vigilantes and in our rush to be first with the scoop, perhaps we are forgetting the difference. Perhaps the saddest aspect of our media today is that the walls on our hall of fame are empty and we have no one to look up to, no one to enshrine the values that make journalism such an honour and privilege as a career.

    Donald Trump ignored his own national security adviser when he used the term ‘Radical Islamic terrorism’

    During his first speech as president to a joint session of Congress, President Trump said his administration is “taking steps to protect our nation from radical Islamic terrorism.” Months before, on the campaign trail, Trump appeared to revel in his forceful use of the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” even when his critics grimaced. Not one to be easily deterred, Trump continued his use of the phrase from the earliest moments of his presidency when he promised to eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism “from the face of the earth” during his inauguration speech.For Trump and many of his supporters, the phrase has never been just a phrase but a carefully worded departure from the Obama administration’s – and the Bush administration’s – understanding of the world and the U.S. government’s role in combating terrorism. Former President Barack Obama used the phrase “violent extremism,” which severed the violence carried about by terrorists from any immediate association with theology. Trump and many of his associates, meanwhile, have been explicit about their belief that Western democracy is at war with Islam. “We cannot let this evil continue,” Trump said during a September speech in Estero, Florida, that was typical of his campaign rhetoric. “Nor can we let the hateful ideology of radical Islam . . . be allowed to reside or spread within our country. Just can’t do it.” “We will not defeat it with closed eyes or silent voices,” he added. “Anyone who cannot name our enemy is not fit to lead this country.” Now – with Trump neck-deep in the swamp he has promised to drain – the question on the minds of many security experts is whether the president will continue to use a phrase that his most ardent supporters relish, but that many experts, including his new national security adviser, have recommended he eliminate from his vocabulary. The first significant test may come Tuesday night, when Trump delivers his first speech as president to a joint session of Congress. The speech arrives only days after Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, urged the president in a closed-door meeting to refrain from using the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” according to Politico. McMaster’s reasoning, according to CNN, is that terrorists who profess to act in accordance with Islam aren’t true adherents of the religion but anomalies who pervert its teachings. McMaster argued that using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” damages the country’s ability to partner with key allies, many of whom are Muslim. “The trouble with the phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ is that it makes no distinction between the variants that are Sunni and Shiite, which are radically different,” said Bruce Hoffman, director of Georgetown’s Center for Security Studies. “I think there are important distinctions, and if you say ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ does that lump in groups like Hamas, for example?” “The engine that drives policy should always be specific enough to link means to ends,” he added. Trump’s use of the phrase not only departs from his immediate predecessor in the White House but also from the Bush administration, which was at the helm during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that ushered the United States into its contemporary struggle against terrorism. During an appearance on NBC News’ “Today” show this week, former president George W. Bush reiterated his long-standing position that the terrorism threat is not a religious war but an ideological one. “I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to or to not worship at all,” Bush said. “A bedrock of our freedom is the right to worship freely.” During an hour-long phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, Trump “vowed to join forces to fight terrorism in Syria and elsewhere, according to the White House and the Kremlin, signaling a potential shift in U.S.-Russian relations that have been marked by high tension,” according to The Washington Post. If the partnership deepens, the two leaders may have to confront Trump’s use of the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism.” The New York Times reported that Putin has a long history of trying not to link terrorists to Islam and goes so far as referring to the Islamic State as “the so-called Islamic State.” “I would prefer Islam not be mentioned in vain alongside terrorism,” Putin said at a news conference in December, according to the Times. Experts say one of the most important U.S. allies that could be affected by the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” are Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq and Syria, a group that has played a pivotal role in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State in that region. Hoffman said there are countless distinctions across the globe which underscore the importance of avoiding abstraction when our leaders send signals to the rest of the world. “We’re talking about multiple terrorist entities that may have a common theological element, but their interests in some cases are local or regional instead of international and in some cases their interests are more international,” he said. “The classic Pakistani Taliban has more narrow goals than al-Qaeda.” “Our enemies aren’t monolithic,” Hoffman added. (c) 2017, The Washington Post
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    KBN College of Engineering Gulbarga Alumni Celebrated Annual General Meet.

    KBN College of Engineering Gulbarga Alumni Celebrated Annual General Meet. - Feb 17 2017

    Indian Engineers from KBNCE Alumni Jeddah chapter organised Technical Presentations as a part of their Annual General Meet at Village Restaurant Banquet Hall in Jeddah. Program was attended by large number of Engineers from Western province of the kingdom who studied from KBN College of Engineering Gulbarga. Syed Nasir Khursheed President KBNCE Alumni Jeddah Chapter Presided over the function while technical presentations were delivered by Saleh Bin Ali Munassar Treasurer and Amjad Ali Joint Coordinator while presentation on KBNCE Alumni was delivered by PR Coordinator Mohammed Ismail Zubair. Event Golden Sponsor Abdul Majeed Bathruddin General Manager Universal Inspection company and co-sponsor Syed Ahmed Ali Soofi Area Manager Global Architectural Industrial Company formally Zamil Partitions also delivered presentation on their respective fields. Syed Nasir Khursheed in his speech suggested engineers to be competitive in their profession by upgrading themselves by sharpening their skills and cope up with cutting edge technologies. He appreciated dedication and hard work of executive committee members for the development of Alumni, also expressed deep sense of appreciation towards Golden Sponsor Abdul Majid Bathruddin General Manager UIC and Co-Sponsor Syed Ahmed Ali Soofi Area Manager Global Architectural Industrial Company for their support to organise technical presentations during Annual General Meet. President applauded the services of late Janab Syed Shah Mohammed Mohammed ul Hussaini Sahab for his services towards community by establishing technical colleges in Gulbarga and he was known as Sir Syed of Deccan. He in his speech thanked Dr. Syed Shah Khusro Hussaini Sahab president Khaja Education Society Gulbarga and Professor Ruksar Fatima for providing opportunity to form KBNCE Alumni Jeddah.   Mohammed Ismail Zubair delivered a presentation on KBNCE Alumni he highlighted the process of formation and functioning of alumni which was formed on 8th Feb 2014 with the recommendation from President of Khaja education society Dr Syed Shah Khusro Hussaini Sahab.   He also highlighted the activities carried out by Alumni by organising technical seminars and workshops on Primavera and Quality assurance program along with contribution of Alumni towards society and regular Iftar gatherings for the members. Members during presentation were delighted to see the photographs of their professors, college campus and the city which was completely changed but still retained taste of its Tahari and Mamu poori.   Finally ended the presentation by launching the website for Western province Alumnus www.kbncealumnijed.com  and emphasised the importance of Alumni which can play important role in sharing knowledge with each other.   Saleh Bin Ali Munassar delivered technical presentation on “Engineering ethics and Attitude” he emphasised on the importance of engineering ethics, which provides methods and techniques to engineers for tackling the moral issues and dilemmas in their work.   Amjad Ali delivered technical presentation on Risk Management, he defined ways to deal with risk as risk management identifies who is responsible for dealing with the risk and what are the actions that can be taken to mitigate the risk, in case of risk occurrence what will be the impact on project base line (time, cost, quality and benefits).   Abdul Majeed Bathruddin invited all the Engineers of Alumni to visit their Material testing laboratory which is fully equipped with machineries of latest technology. Syed Naimatullah Hussaini Vice president of Alumni played role of Master of the ceremony, interestingly conducted the event by keeping audience involved with quiz. Syed Mohiuddin Ahmed General Secretary delivered welcome speech and highlighted the objectives of the Alumni while speakers were introduced by Mohammed Tabrez Hussain Cultural secretary and Syed Qutbuddin IT Coordinator. As a token of appreciation Mementos were given to General Secretary Syed Mohiuddin Ahmed, Joint treasurer Abubakr bin Hussain, IT Coordinator Syed Qutbuddin, Syed Jaleel Ahmed Razvi, Sponsors and the presenters of the event. Program started with recitation of few versus of holy Quran by Mohammad Aejazuddin. Coordinator of Alumni, Mohammed Yahiya proposed vote of thanks, he expressed deep sense of appreciation for executive committee members and all the members coming from Jeddah, Makkah, Yanbu and Rabigh for attending the event and making it grand success, program concluded by Gala dinner.
    Felicitation and Mushaira held in Riyadh

    Felicitation and Mushaira held in Riyadh - Jan 21 2017

    NRI Forum Riyadh and Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra recently honored and felicitated a promoter of Urdu in Riyadh, two Urdu poets and a journalist. An ardent lover of Urdu language who played an important role in promotion of Urdu language and literature in Saudi Capital Mir Ahmed Ali, Urdu poets Hashmat Siddiqi, Malik Mohiuddin and bilingual journalist Mohammed Saifuddin were felicitated for contributions and services in their respective fields. The felicitation function was held along with the Mushaira (poetry recitation) event. The poets Malik Mohiuddin and Hashmat Siddiqui rendered their poetry with scattering attack on the current situation in Syria. Humorous poets Shaukat Jamal and Abu Nabeel Khaja Masihuddin sprinkled laughter with their bone tickling poetry. Their humorous poetry was liked and appreciated by all the audience. Rizwanul Haq Allahbadi, Sagheer Rahmani, Sajjadullah Khan Fikri, Khursheedul Hassan Nayyar and Prof. Iqbal Aijaz Baig captivated the audience with their impressive renderings. All the poets got huge applause. Mir Firasat Ali Khusro read an article about Mir Ahmed Ali and highlighted his efforts in starting Urdu literary and cultural events in Riyadh. Along with his friends and associates he organized numerous programs in Riyadh.  Other than organizing cultural gatherings Mir Ahmed Ali is an ardent reader. Even though he himself owns a huge library, he borrows books from others to fulfill his reading thirst. He holds enormous knowledge and information about the life and contributions of Maulana Abulkalam Azad. He is regarded as an expert in this field. Editor, Hyderabad Express weekly, Mohammed Tajammul Ali Khan briefly introduced Mohammed Saifuddin and highlighted several of his accomplishments during his journalistic journey. A bilingual journalist equally eloquent in English and Urdu, Saif started writing for newspapers and magazines since early age when he was in school. He wrote many articles on Yahind.com about the problems of Indian expatriates in Gulf countries. Later on collection of these articles was published as a book titled “Expat Ride”. This book got very good response all over GCC and India. It was used as one of the reference material for preparation of the theme paper of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013. The PBD organizers for that year, Federation of  Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi contacted Saif and sought the copy of his book for this purpose. In 2012, a question about this book was included in the preparatory material for UPSC examinations. Later on, this question was repeated in several competitive examinations and also included in general knowledge books. The two awardee poets and Mir Ahmed Ali are returning back to India permanently. General Secretary Hindustani Baze-e-Urdu and former president Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club Eng. Abdul Hameed presented memento of appreciation to Mir Ahmed Ali. President, Tanzeem Hum Hindustani and Osmania University Alumni Association Riyadh, Mohammed Quaiser presented appreciation award to poet Malik Mohiuddin. Former President, Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club, Dr. Ozair Ghazi presented the memento to another poet Hashmat Siddiqui. Journalist Mohammed Saifuddin received the memento of appreciation from Mir Firasat Ali Khusro. General Secretary Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra Khursheedul Hasan Nayyar welcomed the gathering and introduced the award winners. Chief Guest Prof. Iqbal Aijaz Baig congratulated all the award winners and expressed his well wishes for those who are returning back to the home land. Abu Nabeel Khaja Masihudin conducted the proceedings while Hafiz Mohammed  Shahid Ali Khan recited the versed of the Quran with Urdu translation. Acting President NRI Forum Riyadh Dr. Sayeed Mohiuddin expressed vote of thanks. Vice President Cultural Affairs NRI Forum Riyadh and Cultural Secretary Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra Shakeel Mah look after overall arrangements. Founder Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra Dr. Haneef Tarin and NRIF President Syed Akram Mohiuddin watched the event live through facebook at New Delhi and Chicago respectively. Yahind.com
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    Felicitation and Mushaira held in Riyadh

    Felicitation and Mushaira held in Riyadh

    NRI Forum Riyadh and Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra recently honored and felicitated a promoter of Urdu in Riyadh, two Urdu poets and a journalist. An ardent lover of Urdu language who played an important role in promotion of Urdu language and literature in Saudi Capital Mir Ahmed Ali, Urdu poets Hashmat Siddiqi, Malik Mohiuddin and bilingual journalist Mohammed Saifuddin were felicitated for contributions and services in their respective fields. The felicitation function was held along with the Mushaira (poetry recitation) event. The poets Malik Mohiuddin and Hashmat Siddiqui rendered their poetry with scattering attack on the current situation in Syria. Humorous poets Shaukat Jamal and Abu Nabeel Khaja Masihuddin sprinkled laughter with their bone tickling poetry. Their humorous poetry was liked and appreciated by all the audience. Rizwanul Haq Allahbadi, Sagheer Rahmani, Sajjadullah Khan Fikri, Khursheedul Hassan Nayyar and Prof. Iqbal Aijaz Baig captivated the audience with their impressive renderings. All the poets got huge applause. Mir Firasat Ali Khusro read an article about Mir Ahmed Ali and highlighted his efforts in starting Urdu literary and cultural events in Riyadh. Along with his friends and associates he organized numerous programs in Riyadh.  Other than organizing cultural gatherings Mir Ahmed Ali is an ardent reader. Even though he himself owns a huge library, he borrows books from others to fulfill his reading thirst. He holds enormous knowledge and information about the life and contributions of Maulana Abulkalam Azad. He is regarded as an expert in this field. Editor, Hyderabad Express weekly, Mohammed Tajammul Ali Khan briefly introduced Mohammed Saifuddin and highlighted several of his accomplishments during his journalistic journey. A bilingual journalist equally eloquent in English and Urdu, Saif started writing for newspapers and magazines since early age when he was in school. He wrote many articles on Yahind.com about the problems of Indian expatriates in Gulf countries. Later on collection of these articles was published as a book titled “Expat Ride”. This book got very good response all over GCC and India. It was used as one of the reference material for preparation of the theme paper of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013. The PBD organizers for that year, Federation of  Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi contacted Saif and sought the copy of his book for this purpose. In 2012, a question about this book was included in the preparatory material for UPSC examinations. Later on, this question was repeated in several competitive examinations and also included in general knowledge books. The two awardee poets and Mir Ahmed Ali are returning back to India permanently. General Secretary Hindustani Baze-e-Urdu and former president Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club Eng. Abdul Hameed presented memento of appreciation to Mir Ahmed Ali. President, Tanzeem Hum Hindustani and Osmania University Alumni Association Riyadh, Mohammed Quaiser presented appreciation award to poet Malik Mohiuddin. Former President, Bazm-e-Urdu Toastmasters Club, Dr. Ozair Ghazi presented the memento to another poet Hashmat Siddiqui. Journalist Mohammed Saifuddin received the memento of appreciation from Mir Firasat Ali Khusro. General Secretary Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra Khursheedul Hasan Nayyar welcomed the gathering and introduced the award winners. Chief Guest Prof. Iqbal Aijaz Baig congratulated all the award winners and expressed his well wishes for those who are returning back to the home land. Abu Nabeel Khaja Masihudin conducted the proceedings while Hafiz Mohammed  Shahid Ali Khan recited the versed of the Quran with Urdu translation. Acting President NRI Forum Riyadh Dr. Sayeed Mohiuddin expressed vote of thanks. Vice President Cultural Affairs NRI Forum Riyadh and Cultural Secretary Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra Shakeel Mah look after overall arrangements. Founder Bazm-e-Rabab-e-Sahra Dr. Haneef Tarin and NRIF President Syed Akram Mohiuddin watched the event live through facebook at New Delhi and Chicago respectively. Yahind.com
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