Primary Teacher publishes book to showcase poetic skills of her students Culture 

Primary Teacher publishes book to showcase poetic skills of her students

Solapur: Shaheen Sultana – an Urdu primary teacher from Solapur felt the need to show case the poetic skills her students exhibit. In an unprecedented move, she published the collection of poetries penned by little poets on her own expenses. The 46 pages book “Hamare Nanhe Shayar” (Our Junior Poets) has been launched at the hands of Maharashtra state Minister Subhash Deshmukh recently in presence of dignitaries from education sector. Shaheen, an Assistant teacher in Zilla Parishad Urdu Primary School Vidi Gharkul has executed the project single handedly. She calls it an…

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Maharashtra Education Minister assures second state language status to Urdu Culture 

Maharashtra Education Minister assures second state language status to Urdu

Aurangabad: Maharashtra Education and Minority Affairs Minister Vinod Tawde assured hundreds of teachers on Urdu being confer the second state language status in recently concluded educational event in Aurangabad. A three day event ‘Shikshanachi Vari’ (Educational Convention) under the aegis of the state government, was held at the Divisional Sports Complex from 10 to 12 March. The Minister addressed the event through Skype video conferencing. The event was organised exclusively for Urdu teachers to improve the educational standards of Urdu schools and provide platform to showcase ideas for promotion the…

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Turkey President Erdogan calls for ‘updating Islam' after Saudi ‘Moderate Islam’ Culture 

Turkey President Erdogan calls for ‘updating Islam’ after Saudi ‘Moderate Islam’

Ankara: Days after 32-year-old Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman advocating for “Moderate Islam”, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stirred up a hornet’s nest saying “Islam needs to be updated” on the occasion of International Women’s Day program at the Presidential Palace in the national capital. Tayyip Erdogan in his address to women from all walks of life, heaped praise on women’s role in society but also slammed clerics justifying violence against women and defending other forms of misogyny with reference to Islam. “Recently, some people claiming to be…

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Urdu teachers hardly get time to promote their mother tongue -- Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui on Mother Language Day Culture 

Urdu teachers hardly get time to promote their mother tongue — Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui on Mother Language Day

Eminent poet, writer, Journalist and well known personality of Urdu literature Hamid Iqbal Siddiqui expressed himself wholeheartedly about the promotion and survival of Urdu on the occasion of “International Mother Language Day” (21st February) in a freewheeling chat with Imran Inamdar for TheShahab.com. Hamid Iqbal feels that Urdu teachers today hardly get time to promote Urdu because of their busy schedules and somewhat the system is also responsible which doesn’t generate much opportunity to showcase their natural talent. According to Hamid, TV serials and movies are slowly taking us away…

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Lohri Special: Dulla Bhatti – a Muslim landlord who revolted against the mighty Akbar

Dulla Bhatti – a Muslim landlord who fought for the honour of Brahmin girls, saving them from the mighty Mughal emperor Akbar who wanted them in his harem. Songs of his bravery of are sung by Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims alike on Lohri, a festival which celebrates the end of winter season. A popular folk song sung on Lohri “Sunder mundriye ho” depicts the story of Sundri and Mundri, two Brahmin girls who were rescued by Dulla Bhatti. Later he became their godfather and married them off with much fanfare…

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Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam Culture 

Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam

Riyadh: Professor Irwandi Jaswir of Indonesia was named winner of the King Faisal International Prize, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes during a ceremony at a luxury hotel in the country’s capital on Wednesday, for “service to Islam”. Prof. Jaswir, deputy dean of the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) was recognized for his contribution to the establishment of ‘Halal science’ pertaining to food; his research in that area and the development of new methods for quick detection of non-Halal substances in food. A notable example being…

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Noted Urdu poet Anwar Jalalpuri, who translated Gita into Urdu, dies of stroke Culture 

Noted Urdu poet Anwar Jalalpuri, who translated Gita into Urdu, dies of stroke

Lucknow: Noted Urdu poet Anwar Jalalpuri passed away today. He was about 70 years old. He was taken to a hospital after suffering brain stroke late Thursday night while at his home in Lal Kuan area of the city. Jalapuri was referred to King George’s Medical University (KGMU) by a private hospital in the vicinity of his house where he breathed his last around 9 o’clock this morning at the Truma Center. He was not keeping well after the death of his daughter in London on November 17, 2017. His…

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21st National Urdu Book Fair inaugurated in Solapur - a treasure-house of Urdu books Culture 

21st National Urdu Book Fair inaugurated in Solapur – a treasure-house of Urdu books

I remember Choudhari Charan Singh once said that, Urdu is language of Turks and Mughals although their language was either Persian, Turkic or even Arabic. Can we deny the fact that the major slogans during the freedom struggle to kick out the British were penned in Urdu? Can we also deny the fact that the immortal narration of our country emanates from Allama Iqbal’s “Sare Jahan Se Achha Hindustan Hamara”? To name a few, two distinguished icons of Urdu literature, devote Hindus, Firaq Gorakhpuri and Krishna Bihari Noor. Can we…

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Three Muslims writers among 24 winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2017 Culture 

Three Muslims writers among 24 winners of Sahitya Akademi Award 2017

New Delhi: The Sahitya Akademi – India’s National Academy of Letters has announced its annual awards recognising the literary works of 24 writers including three Muslims in 24 Indian languages on Thursday. Baig Ehsas for his Urdu short story ‘Dakhma’, Afsar Ahmed for his Bengali novel ‘Sei Nikhonj Manusta’ and noted Tamil poet Late Inqulab for his Tamil poetry ‘Kandhaal Naatkal’ are among those honored with Sahitya Akademi award 2017. The award, given for books published between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015, includes a casket containing an engraved…

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Jashn-e-Rekhta: a celebration of Urdu by country’s younger generation Culture 

Jashn-e-Rekhta: a celebration of Urdu by country’s younger generation

Urdu, which is said to be declining steadily in India after the partition, however now found new love from the country’s younger generation. The fourth edition of “Jashn-e-Rekhta” saw an eclectic mix of literary discussions and joyous sessions. The festival kicked off at Delhi’s Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium on cold evening of 8th December and ended on a musical note with a qawwali performance by Nizami Bandhu of Rockstar fame on Sunday. The three-day witnessed timeless glory and spirit of Urdu through multiple panel discussions, music and dance performances,…

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