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Indian Muslim News - MUMBAI ATTACKS AFTERMATH

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 25 April 2009 | Posted in

India's Muslims see bias in housing

By Emily Wax

The sunny apartment had everything Palvisha Aslam, 22, a Bollywood producer, wanted: a spacious bedroom and a kitchen that overlooked a garden in a middle-class neighborhood that was a short commute to Film City, where many of India's Hindi movies are shot.

She was about to sign the lease when the real estate broker noticed her surname. He didn't realize that she was Muslim, he said. Then he rejected her. It was just six weeks after the November Mumbai terrorist attacks and Indian Muslims were being viewed with suspicion across the country. He then showed her a grimy one-room tenement in a Muslim-dominated ghetto. She felt sick to her stomach as she watched the residents fight over water at a leaky tap in a dark alley.

"That night I cried a lot. I was still an outcast in my own country -- even as a secular Muslim with a well-paid job in Bollywood," said Aslam, who had similar experiences with five other brokers and three months later is still sleeping on friends' sofas. "I'm an Indian. I love my country. Is it a crime now to be a Muslim in Mumbai?"

In the months after the brazen three-day Mumbai terrorist attacks, stories like Aslam's are common, even among some of the country's most beloved Bollywood actors, screenwriters and producers in India's most cosmopolitan city. The accusations of discrimination highlight the often simmering religious tensions in the world's biggest democracy, where Muslim celebrities can be feted on the red carpet one minute and locked out of quality housing the next.

The phenomenon has become known here as "renting while Muslim." It raises questions that go to the heart of India's identity as a secular democracy that is home to nearly every major religion on the planet. Although India has a Hindu majority, it also has 150 million Muslims, one of the largest Muslim communities in the world.

"The new generation wants a better India that isn't bogged down in religious strife," said Junaid Memon, 34, a Muslim Bollywood director who is trying to promote religious harmony through his films and his Facebook site. "We shouldn't be an India that ghettoizes all Muslims to apartments near a mosque. This is a real test for modern India."

With national elections across India that began Thursday and last a month, some Muslim activists and Bollywood film directors are raising the issue with political parties and trying to form a voting bloc.

"This election, we have to talk about housing discrimination against Muslims," said Zulfi Sayed, a Muslim actor who is outspoken about the issue and is courting Hindus who agree with him. "In a shining India, this shouldn't be still such a common practice."

Muslims have long served as an important swing vote in India, since Hindus are increasingly divided among nearly 200 regional parties. Historically, India's Congress party won elections with the help of the Muslim vote by running on a platform of promoting religious diversity. The opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has, at times, used anti-Muslim sentiment to court votes while pledging to keep Hindu heritage alive.

India blames the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba for the November attack in which 10 gunmen left more than 170 people dead, including 40 Indian Muslims.

Many Muslims here feared the attacks would unleash cycles of revenge killing of the sort that have recurred throughout India's modern history, from the violence of partition between India and Pakistan in 1947 to the 1992 riots in Mumbai. In the days after November's Mumbai attacks, Muslims from all corners of society united, holding candlelight vigils with a message to protest terrorism and pledge loyalty to India. In the end, there was no communal violence.

But across the country, reports of housing discrimination have increased.

Afroz Alam Sahil, 21, a student activist at Jamia Millia Islamia College in New Delhi, said that more than a dozen students from states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar -- which have large Muslim populations -- have been unable to find housing since the Mumbai attacks.

"Some Muslim friends have dropped out of college because they have nowhere to stay," Sahil said. "There is intense suspicion. Sometimes I ask myself why I was born Muslim."

Rana Afroz, a Muslim editor with the newspaper the Hindu, is investigating the issue after spending three months unable to find a landlord willing to rent to her and her husband.

"It is ridiculous that I have to prove to non-Muslims that I am not making bombs in my kitchen," she said. "Is this really the modern India I live in?"

In India, Muslims are often segregated, and they experience high poverty rates and low literacy. Although they make up nearly 14 percent of India's population, they hold fewer than 5 percent of government posts and are just 4 percent of the student body in India's elite universities, according to a 2006 government report.

But there are few issues more emotional than housing, especially in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, India's pulsating city of dreams where aspiring farmers and filmmakers come from across the country to seek fame and fortune.

"The ethos of Bombay is a city open to the world. The Muslims of this city feel that way, too. But the real question is why do we as Indian Muslims always have to be proving our loyalty?" asked Nawman Malik, a popular Bollywood producer who spent months searching for an apartment.

Mumbai has always had tensions over what are known here as "vegetarian buildings," where meat eaters are not allowed to live and are thus seen as devices to keep out Muslims and lower-caste Hindus. Those kinds of buildings have become more common in middle-class and posh neighborhoods as more merchants and industrialists from the neighboring state of Gujarat, where vegetarian Hinduism is the norm, migrate to India's richest city.

Managers of vegetarian buildings say they don't want the smell of meat in their hallways. But they often also explain their rules by saying they are worried about security and want like-minded residents to live together.

"Say you check one renter and they seem okay. But then they go to mosque and bring back their bearded friends and those friends are terrorists," said Raj Pathak, a vegetarian-building manager in downtown Mumbai. "Why do we have to live with such fears?"

Muslims, who have seen housing discrimination and the number of vegetarian buildings spike after every terrorist attack, see the issue as blatant discrimination.

"Everyone knows the vegetarian-only restriction is code language for 'No Muslims,' " said Naved Khan, a Muslim real estate broker who is trying to help Bollywood's Muslims find housing.

On a recent afternoon, Aslam, the producer, hung out at a cafe, as she sometimes does so she doesn't get on the nerves of those she is staying with. She wore jeans and a hooded sweat shirt.

Until January, she was living with a Hindu roommate. Then their lease ended. Her roommate was getting married.

"So I thought I would get my own place as a successful adult," said Aslam, who had come to Mumbai from Kolkata with dreams of landing a Bollywood job. "My mom was really proud of me. Now she's really upset."

A broker recently showed her a house in a working-class neighborhood. "It looked haunted. But I was denied even that," she said.

Another broker gave her advice: "Madam, live with a Hindu roommate. Only then will you get a flat."

[Special correspondent Ria Sen in New Delhi contributed to this report.]
(Courtesy: Washington Post)

Indian Muslim News - HEALTH

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 22 April 2009 | Posted in ,

AMU to conduct seminar on Limb Salvage in Malignant Bone Tumors The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will organize a seminar on "Limb Salvage in Malignant Bone Tumors" on 26 April 2009. The venue of the seminar will be AMU’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Aligarh Orthopaedic Club will jointly organize the seminar. Prof. M. K A. Sherwani is the Organizing Chairman and Dr. Abdul Qaiyyum Khan is he Organizing Secretary of the seminar. Eminent speakers from various centres of academic excellence in country will share their experiences in the field of orthopaedic oncology. The one-day symposium will be contributing a vast knowledge to the field of bone tumours.

According to Dr. Abdul Qaiyyum Khan bone tumour was earlier considered to be incurable and the amputation was the only treatment modality for it. "Bone tumours will be discussed at the symposium in the light of latest developments (imaging and chemotherapy/radiotherapy) with special emphasis on limb salvage. The deliberations will help in addressing the treatment of musculoskeletal tumours and improve the understanding of the subject providing new insight into the current concepts of the orthopaedic oncology," he said.

Indian Muslim News - JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 20 April 2009 | Posted in

Walk-in interview/Test at CMERI for Project Assistants Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI), M.G. Avenue, Durgapur- 713209 which is under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) will conduct a walk-in-interview/test during 22nd – 24th April 2009 to select candidates for engagement as 'Project Assistant' under various Institute/externally funded projects. The vacancy position may vary either way even across the disciplines and project staff : Project Assistant : 15 posts, Pay : Rs.7000-12000/- per month consolidated Please view http://www.cmeri.res.in/oth/docs/advt0409.pdf for complete details and application form is available at http://www.cmeri.res.in/oth/docs/app04_09.pdf

IOCL vacancy at Haldia Pipline project The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (Refinery Division), Panipat Refinery, Panipat (Haryana) invites applications from Indian Nationals in Indian Oil for following posts: Engineering Assistant (Telecom & Instrumentation): 01 post, Pay Scale : Rs.5400-10850 Line Inspection Attendant-I : 02 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.4600-8400 Age : 32 years as on 01/04/2009. Relaxation in age as per rules. Application Fee : Crossed Demand Draft for Rs. 100/- drawn in favour of Indian Oil Corporation Limited - Pipelines Division payable at SBI, Elgin Road Branch, Kolkata. How to Apply : Apply in the prescribed format to Chief Human Resource Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Pipelines Division), Haldia-Mourigram-Rajbandh-Barauni Pipeline, Mourigram, P.O. Duillya, Andul-Mouri, Distt: Howrah, Pin -711302, West Bengal latest by 27/04/2009. Please view http://www.iocl.com/PeopleCareers/Eng.Assts.LineInspectionAtted.pdf for details and application form.

Vacancy for Assistant Professors at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) Thiruvananthapuram Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) Thiruvananthapuram is looking for bright and highly motivated faculty at the level of Assistant Professors in the following areas: Aerospace Engineering : 08 posts Avionics : 06 posts Remote Sensing : 02 posts Theoritical Astrophysics : 01 post Chemistry : 01 post Mathematics : 01 post Pay Scale : Rs. 15600-39100 Grade Pay Rs.7600/- Age : 40 years. Experience : For posts in Aerospace Engg, Avionics and Remote Sensing - 2 years after Ph.D., for posts in others - 4 years after Ph.D. All degree should be in First Class. Tentative Dates interview 29/05/2009 & 30/05/09 and expected date of joining on appointment 30/06/2009 How to Apply: The application in prescribed format with attested copies for all certificates should be sent to The Administrative Officer, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), VSSC Campus, ISRO Post,Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram - 695022, Kerala, by ordinary post so as to reach on or before 25/04/2009. The envelope should be superscribed as 'Application for the post of Assistant Professor Post Code ........... '. Application can be submitted electronically to ao@iist.ac.in Please view http://www.iist.ac.in/IIST/compRepository/mediagallery/recruitment/recruitment5.pdf for further details and and application form is available at http://www.iist.ac.in/IIST/compRepository/mediagallery/recruitment/biodata5.doc

Recruitment of Scientist/Engineer-SC at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) is offering challenging career opportunities to bright and result-oriented Graduates in Engineering/Science who are capable of executing time-bound, state-of-the-art tasks of national importance in various positions: Scientist / Engineer -SC: 34 posts, Pay Band: Rs. 15600-39100 Grade Pay Rs. 5400/-, Qualification: M.Sc. (Cehmistry) with 65% marks Or ME/ M.Tech. with 60% marks Or BE/B.Tech. with 65% marks. How to Apply: Interested candidates may fill up the on line registration form after going through the general information, guidelines and conditions. Applications will be received on-line only. Registration of Applications is opened from 15/04/2009 to 30/04/2009. After submission, it is mandatory for the applicant to send a confirmatory copy of the application by speed post without which online application will not be considered. Please visit http://www.vssc.gov.in for more information and link to apply online.

Job vacancies at Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM), Govindpuri, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh invites applications for the following faculty positions at its Gwalior Centre: Professor: 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs. 16400-22400/- Reader: 04 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 12000-18300/- Lecturers: 02 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 8000-13500/- Applications are also invited for the following administrative posts/ Non Teaching positions. Registrar: 01 post, Pay Band: PB-3 Rs. 15600-39100 + 7600 (Grade Pay) Assistant Engineer (Civil): 01 post, Pay Band: Rs. PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + 4200 (GP) Assistant: 01 post, Pay Band: PB-2 Rs.9300-34800 + 4200 (GP) Receptionist-cum-Telephone Operator: 01 post, Pay Band: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + 2400 (GP) Jr. Stenographer (English): 01 post, Pay Band: PB-1 Rs.5200-20200 + 2400 (GP) How to Apply: Interested candidates may submit their application in prescribed format to Administrative Officer, IITTM, Govindpuri, Gwalior-474011 (MP) latest by 26/04/2009. Further information and application form can be view at http://www.iittm.org

UPSC invites applications for various posts Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) invites application on prescribed forms by 30/04/2009 (07/05/09 for the candidates from far flung areas) for various posts in various Government of India Ministries and Departments in the prescribed format. The posts are: Assistant Soil Survey Officers: 03 posts (OBC-2) in Soil & Land Use Survey of Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, Pay Scale: Rs.15600-39100 Grade Pay Rs. 5400, Age: 35 years. Barrack Stores Officers: 08 posts (SC-1, OBC-2, PH-1) in DGQA, Department of Defence Production & Supplies, Ministry of Defence, Pay Band: Rs.6500-10500, Age: 30 years. Assistant Architects Gr. II: 16 posts (SC-3, ST-1, OBC-4) (PH-1) in Military Engineer Services, Ministry of Defence, Pay Band: Rs. 6500-10500, Age: 30 years. Junior Technical Officer (Instruments): 07 posts (SC-1, OBC-1) (PH-1) in DGQA, Department of Defence Production & Supplies, ministry of Defence, Pay Band : Rs. 9300-34800 + Grade Pay Rs. 4600, Age: 30 years. Junior Technical Officer (Vehicles): 20 posts (SC-3, ST-2, OBC-6) (PH-1) in DGQA, Department of Defence Production & Supplies, ministry of Defence, Pay Band: Rs. 9300-34800 + Grade Pay Rs. 4600, Age: 30 years. Specialist Gr. II (Jr. Scale) (Gynaecology): 10 posts (ST-2,OBC-2) in Central Health Service (Non-teaching), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Pay Scale: Rs. 10000-15200 + NPA, Age: 45 years Specialist Gr. II (Jr. Scale) (Radio-Diagnosis): 09 posts (SC-1, ST-1,OBC-5) in Central Health Service (Non-teaching), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Pay Scale: Rs. 15600-39100 + Grade Pay Rs.6600 + NPA, Age : 45 years. Readers: 02 posts in Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh, Chandigarh Administration, Pay Scale: Rs.16350-20100 + NPA, Age: 50 years. Last date is: 30/04/2009 Fee payable is Rs.50/- in the shape of Central Recruitment Fee Stamp only. For further details please visit UPSC web site at http://upsc.gov.in/recruitment/advt/2009/advt0709.htm Application forms are available in the Recruitment Section of the above said website. Completed applications with enclosures should be sent to the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi - 110069, so as to reach on or before prescribed closing date i.e. 30/04/2009.

Special Drive for Faculty in IIFT for physically handicapped Indian institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) is a premier education, training and research institution of the country in the area of Internation Business set up by Govt. of India. For its Delhi/Kolkata Campus, the institute invites applications for faculty positions with pay scales at IIM level at the level of Professor/ Assosciate Professor/ Assistant Professor from physically handicapped persons in the following areas: Economics Marketing Management Finance Operations Research/ Supply Chain Management Information Technology International Trade Operations & Logistics Quantitative Techniques/Business Research Methods Organization Behaviour/ Human Relations/ Business Communications Pay Scale: Professor - Rs. 18400-22400/-, Associate Professor – 16400-20000/-, Assistant Professor - Rs.12000-18300/- How to Apply: Applications should reach Dr. L.D. Mago, Registrar, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), B-21, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi-110016 latest by 30/04/2009 (Email: ldmago@iift.ac.in). For further information and application format, please visit http://www.iift.edu

APPSC invites applications for recruitment of Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) invites application for recruitment of Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors in AP Transport Subordinate Service. Applications are invited in the Online Application Form from 13/04/2009 to 30/04/2009 from the eligible candidates for the following posts: Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspectors: 218 posts, Pay Scale: Rs.8815-20300, Age: 18-39 years Qualifications: (i) Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Automobile Engineering or any equivalent qualification. OR Diploma in Automobile Engineering or Any other equivalent qualification (ii) Must hold a Motor Driving License and have experience in driving motor vehicles for a period of not less than 3 years and possess Heavy Transport vehicle endorsement. Provided that where persons with 3 years experience in driving motor vehicles are not available, persons with two years experience in driving motor vehicles may be appointed. Application Fee: Rs. 25/- only towards Application Fee and Examination Fee Rs. 80/- (No fee from SC/BC/ST/Ex-SM) in prescribed challan form in any branch of State Bank of India across the country. Application Form: Apply Online at Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission Website from up to 30/04/09. Please visit http://website.apspsc.gov.in/Documents/NOTIFICATIONS/55.pdf for more information about this vacancy and apply online at http://amvi.apspsc.gov.in/amvi.appsc

APPSC job vacancy for Lecturer in Government Polytechnic College Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) invites applications for recruitment of Lecturers in Government Polytechnic College (Engg. & Non Engg.). Applications are invited in the Online Application Form within 15/04/2009 and 30/04/2009 from the eligible candidates for the following 81 posts of Lecturer in the pay scale Rs. 10845-22955 Lecturer in Civil Engg.: 15 posts Lecturer in Mechanical Engg.: 13 posts Lecturer in Electronics & Communication Engg.: 12 posts Lecturer in Computer Engg.: 09 posts Lecturer in Electrical & Electronics Engg.: 06 posts Lecturer in Textile Tech. Engg.: 03 posts Lecturer in Information Technology: 02 posts Lecturer in English: 05 posts Lecturer in Chemistry: 05 posts Lecturer in Mathematics: 06 posts Lecturer in Physics: 05 posts Age: 18-39 years Qualifications: For Engineering Subjects - First Class Bachelors Degree in the appropriate Branch of Engineering/ Technology., For Non-Engineering Subjects - First Class Post-Graduate Degree in the concerned subject. Application Form: Apply Online at Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission Website from 15/04/09 to 30/04/2009. Please visit http://website.apspsc.gov.in/Documents/NOTIFICATIONS/54.pdf for more information about this vacancy. Apply online at http://gpl.apspsc.gov.in/govtPolyTechLecturersApplication.appsc

APPSC invites applications for recruitment of Town Planning Assistants Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) invites applications for recruitment of Town Planning Assistants in AP Town Planning Subordinate Service. Applications are invited in the Online Application Form from 15/04/2009 to 30/04/2009 from the eligible candidates for the following posts: Town Planning Assistant: 24 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 9285-21550, Age: 18-39 years, Qualifications: Must be an Associate Member of Institute of Town Planners (India) or an equivalent degree or Diploma in Town Planning from any recognized institution or Association. Application Fee: Rs. 25/- only towards Application Fee and Examination Fee Rs. 80/- (No fee from SC/BC/ST/Ex-SM) in prescribed challan form in any branch of State Bank of India across the country. Application Form: Apply Online at Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission Website from up to 30/04/09. Please visit http://website.apspsc.gov.in/Documents/NOTIFICATIONS/56.pdf for more information about this vacancy and apply online at http://tpasst.apspsc.gov.in/TPASST.appsc

UPHJS-2009 Exam by Allahabad High Court Applications are invited from Indian Nationals for direct recruitment to 68 vacancies in the Uttar Pradesh Higher Judicial Service (UP HJS), in the pay scale of Rs.16750-400-20500. The recruitment will be based on a written examination for preliminary exam which will be held on 28/06/2009 followed by an main exam. Eligibility of candidate: The applicant must be an Advocate of not less than 7 years standing on 1.1.2010. The applicant must have attained the age of 35 years and must not have attained the age of 45 years on the 1st day of January 2010. Relaxation as per rules. Application Fee: Rs.750/- (Rs.500/- for SC & ST only). Those candidates who have down loaded the form from the web site shall also pay additional fee of Rs.100/- for the application form. How to Apply: The Application form will have to be forwarded by the District & Sessions Judge of the district within whose territorial jurisdiction the candidate has been practicing or the Registrar General, High Court Allahabad in case of candidate practicing in Allahabad High Court or Registrar, Lucknow Bench, Lucknow for those practicing in Lucknow Bench or Registrar General/Registrar of the other High Court, in case of candidates practicing out side Uttar Pradesh. Last Date: The last date for submission of duly completed application form is 15/05/2009 The complete advertisement is available at http://www.allahabadhighcourt.in/event/UPHJS-2009_13-04-09.html along with application form.

Vacancy by Uttarakhand PSC for various jobs Applications on prescribed format are invited from Indian Citizens for following posts: Homeopathic Medical Officer: 58 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 8000-13500, Age: 21-35 years Drug Inspector: 07 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 5000-8000, Age: 21-35 years Registrar: 02 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 3200-4875 (Old Pay Scale, to be revised), Age: 35-45 years Junior Engineer Electrical: 03 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 5000-8000, Age: 18-35 years District Sports Officer: 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs. 6500-10500, Age: 21-35 years Assistant Sports Officer: 02 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 5000-8000, Age: 21-35 years Assistant Coach (Sport): 05 posts (Swimming-2, Badminton-1, Volleyball-1, Football and Athletics-1), Pay Scale: Rs. 4500-7000, Age: 21-35 years Application Fee: 100/- (Rs. 60/- for SC/ST of Uttarakhand, PH and Ex-SM candidates) in the form of Bank DD in favour of Secretary, Public Service Commission, Uttarakhand payable at Haridwar How to Apply: Application in the prescribed format alongwith self attested photocopies of certificates and fee should be send to the Secretary (Department No.Seva-01/2009-10), Uttarakhand Public Service Commission (UK PSC), Ayog Bhawan, Gurukul Kangri, Haridwar-249404 (Uttarakhand) on or before 08/05/2009 in person or bey Registered Post/ Speed Post only. Two envelopes of size 23x10 cms on which name of post and advertisement no. should be written and one of the envelope stamp of Rs.30/- should be affixed should be send alongwith application form. Kindly view http://gov.ua.nic.in/tenders/Tenders/Dept22-200949153929826.PDF for detailed information and application format.

Vacancy in EdCIL for various posts Educational Consultants India Limited (EdCIL) (A Govt. of India Enterprise) invites application for following positions from result oriented professionals on regular/contract basis: Director (Technical): 01 post (OBC), Pay Scale: Rs. 18500-23900 Senior General Manager (Projects): 01 post (OBC), Pay Scale: Rs. 17500-22300 General Manager (Finance): 01 post, Pay Scale: Rs. 17500-22300 Assistant Manager (P&A): 02 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 8600-14600 Assistant Manager (Projects): 03 posts (UR-1, ST-1,PH-1), Pay Scale: Rs. 8600-14600 Assistant Manager (Finance): 02 posts (UR-1,SC-1), Pay Scale: Rs. 8600-14600 Sr. Executive (Legal), Pay: Rs. 22000/- to Rs. 40000/- per month consolidated Engineer (Building Maintenance), Pay: Rs. 20000/- to Rs. 34000/- per month consolidated Executive (Finance), Pay: Rs. 20000/- to Rs. 34000/- per month consolidated How to Apply: Interested candidates may send their applications on or before 01/05/2009 to the Deputy Director(P&A), Ed.CIL House, 18A, Sector 16A, Noida-201301 (UP) the envelope should be superscribed with the name of the position applied in block letters. Please visit Recruitment section of http://www.edcil.co.in/ to see the details.

BRBNMPL requires Industrial Workman Trainee Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India, invites applications from candidates for following posts: Industrial Workman Gr. I (Tranee): 60 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 7000-24240 Grade Pay Rs. 2280, Age: 18-27 years as 01/01/2009, Qualification: Diploma in Printing Technology with a minimum of 45% marks in the aggregate (a pass in respect of SC/ST candidates) from a Government Recognized Institute / University. Selection Procedure: Written Exam of objective type on 21/06/09. How to Apply: Application in prescribed format neatly handwritten on one side only on A4 size paper along with photocopies of certificates and complete in all respects, should be sent only by ordinary post to the following address so as to reach on or before 11th May 2009 (18/05/09 for candidates from far-flung areas and abroad). Address: Project Coordinator (Project No. 8467) Post Bag No. 27670, Malad (East), Mumbai - 400097 The envelope containing application should be superscribed as "Application for the post of Industrial Workman Grade -1 (Trainee) - 2009" Project No. 8467. Please view document https://www.brbnmpl.co.in/uploadedfiles/customimages/17_37_020_1682093.pdf for details and application format.

Support Staff Vacancy in CMERI The Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) is looking for dynamic and creative people to work as Support Staff in the following posts: Support Staff Gr. II (1): 41 posts, Pay Scale: Rs. 5200-20200, Qualification: SSC/10th standard with 50% marks in aggregate and ITI certificate in relevant trades or SSSC/HSC/12th with relevant technical subjects with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate. Draughtsman (Mechanical): 19 posts Instrument Mechanic: 02 posts Electronics Mechanic: 05 posts Fitter: 03 posts Computer Hardware mechanic / IT & Electronic System maintenance Mechanic: 02 posts Data Entry Operator: 01 post Library & Information Sc.: 01 post Foundryman: 01 post Laboratory Assistant (Chemistry): 01 post Photographer: 01 post Driver cum Mechanic: 01 post Publication / Printing: 01 post Institution Housekeeping: 01 post Cook (General): 01 post Pharmacist: 01 post, Qualification : SSC/10th standard with 50% marks in aggregate and Diploma in Pharmacy from a recognized Institute and valid registration with Pharmacy Council of India or any State Pharmacy Council Application Fee: Application fee of Rs.100/- is payable separately for each post (candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/Ex-serviceman and regular employees of CSIR are exempted from payment of application fee) in the form of Demand Draft in favour of Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute and payable at SBI, Durgapur (Code No. 0074). How to Apply: The Application Form duly signed together should be sent on or before 18/05/2009 to The Administrative Officer Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) Mahatma Gandhi Avenue, Durgapur – 713209 (West Bengal) Please view http://www.cmeri.res.in/oth/docs/advt0309.pdf for complete details and application form is available at http://www.cmeri.res.in/oth/docs/app03_09.pdf

Vacancy for Officers and Clerks in Andhra Bank Andhra Bank, a leading Public Sector Bank, invites Online applications from Indian citizens for the following post. Candidates are requested to apply online between 17/04/2009 to 07/05/2009 only through Andhra Bank's website. Probationary Officers (JMGS-I): 295 posts, Age: 21 yrs to 30 yrs Technical Officers (JMGS-I): 15 posts, Age: 21 yrs to 30 yrs HR Officers (JMGS-I): 15 posts, Age: 21 yrs to 30 yrs Security Officers (MMGS-II): 11 posts, Age: 21 yrs to 33 yrs Chartered Accountants (CA) (MMGS-II): 12 posts, Age: 21 yrs to 33 yrs Marketing Associates (On Contract Basis - Junior Level in various states): 100 posts, Age : 21 yrs to 25 yrs Clerks (in various states): 550 posts, Age: 18 yrs to 28 yrs years. Relaxation in age as per rules. Pay Scale: Officers in JMGS-I: Rs. 10000 – Rs. 18240, Officers in MMGS-II: Rs. 13820 - Rs. 19920, Clerks: Rs.4410 -Rs. 13210, Marketing Associates: Rs.250000/- per annum Application Fee: The fees should be paid by at the Andhra Bank branches in India and at those places where there is Andhra Bank Branches fee can be paid through Demand Draft/Pay Order favouring "ANDHRA BANK RECRUITMENT PROJECT-2009" Payable at Mumbai only For Probationay and Specialist Officers: Rs. 400/- for all others including OBC & Ex-Servicemen. Rs. 75/- for SC/ST/PWD. For Clerk: Rs. 250/- for all others including OBC & Ex-Servicemen. Rs. 75/- for SC/ST/Persons With Disabilities How to Apply: Candidates are required to apply through online. Application registration link on website will be open from 17/04/2009 to 07/05/2009. After applying online, take a printout of the system generate registration form, Sign at the appropriate place on it and send it with application fee by ordinary posts to following addresses in a closed envelope superscribed "PRINT-OUT FOR THE POST OF ________ in Andhra Bank", to the following address on or before 12/05/2009 (19/05/2009 from candidates for far-flung areas): For Probationary Officers: Andhra Bank Recruitment Project - 2009, Post Box no. 8218, Dahisar (East), Mumbai-400068 For Specialist Officers: Andhra Bank Recruitment Project - 2009, Post Box no. 8590, Kandivali (East), Mumbai-400101. For Clerks: Andhra Bank Recruitment Project - 2009, Post Box no. 9004, Goregaon (East), Mumbai-400063 All other details alongwith payment challan form and link to online submission of application available at http://www.andhrabank.in/scripts/recruitment.aspx

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Indian Muslim Ladies Association launched in Kuwait

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 14 April 2009 | Posted in ,

The leading socio-cultural and welfare organization of Indian expatriates 'Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association' (KKMA) recently launched its women's wing 'Indian Muslim Ladies Association' (IMLA) in Kuwait at an impressive ceremony. The IMLA was formed on 6th March 2009, but the launching event took place only on 3rd April 2009. It may be noted that the IMLA has come into being with the sole purpose of promoting and strengthening goodwill among its members and encouraging participation in the social and cultural activities of the association. The launching ceremony was marked by a variety of programmes.


At the outset, Muhsina Abdul Muneer recited verses from the Holy Qur'an signaling the start of the launch ceremony. The General Secretary of IMLA Nameera Isham welcome the gathering. The President of IMLA Arifa Abdul Fatah presided over the ceremony. Addressing the gathering Arifa called upon the women urging them to unite for good and actively participate in all the forthcoming socio cultural activities of the IMLA. She also outlined the vision and future plans of the IMLA.


Sridevi Pradeep, the Principal of Indian Community School of Kuwait (Khaitan branch), was the chief guest on the occasion. In her enlightened address she impressed upon the parents telling them that it is their duty to present themselves as a role model before their children. She pointed out that each child begins his/her lessons from the mother and tries to emulate and inculcate habits by keenly observing their parents in all aspects.


Dr. Rooba Mosses, a well known gynecologist at German Clinic, who participated in the ceremony provided her professional insight to the gathering and counseled them on how and when to seek the help of a gynecologist.


The flyer of the forthcoming cooking contest of IMLA was launched by Executive Chef at Le Meridien Eby Joseph, which was delivered to the KKMA chairman Sageer Trikarpur. Eby also gave tips on how to judge a cookery show.


The winner of the last two cooking contest of KKMA Grace Saju enthralled the gathering with a show with fruits and vegetables. She displayed her cooking and food presentation skills. This enthused participants and braced them up for the next contest which will be a challenge for them.



The cultural programme was hosted by Samah Sageer and Sana Siddique. The guests were entertained with songs, short stories and group songs by the tiny tots of IMLA – Aftab Muhammad Thayyil, Rifa Hamza, Aani Fathima, Rasha Fathima, Ayisha Shahama and Aina Shahima. A speech on modern media and Islam was given by Rasna Hamza.


Chairman of KKMA Sageer Trikarpur and President of KKMA N.A. Muneer felicitated the participants. Secretary of IMLA Saneeba Abdul Ghafoor presented the vote of thanks.

TV talk show tunes in to Indian election drama

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 13 April 2009 | Posted in ,

Charges, counter-charges and baseless allegations marked the ‘Gulf Samvadham’ talk show recording on coming Indian parliamentary polls. Tempers ran high at the two-hour show hosted by the Malayalam television channel Kairali at the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC).
[K K Usman speaks at the Kairali 
debate as moderator E M Ashraf looks on] 


Some members of the audience came close to blows more than once, but mayhem was averted after the timely intervention of senior members of the community. The event demonstrated that a number of participants had absolutely no knowledge of Indian politics and were more interested in rhetoric to catch the attention of the TV camera.


However, there were some exceptions. Indian Cultural and Arts Society (Incas) president K K Usman made a strong defence of Indian National Congress’ decision to field former UN deputy under secretary general Shashi Tharoor as the party candidate from Thiruvananthapuram.


“Tharoor has demonstrated his abilities at various levels and forums at the world level and has made his stand clear on a number of issues concerning the non-resident Indians,” Usman said. He lambasted some of those who questioned the credentials of the former UN official to stand as Congress candidate.


Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) general secretary S A M Basheer said the parent organisation of the KMCC had made its position clear on not only those issues concerning the Muslims in India, but also expressed solidarity with the victims of Israeli aggression in Palestinian territories.


Indian Muslim Cultural Centre (IMCC) spokesperson Usman Parakkadavu opined that the future of India is in the hands of the Third Front, which he predicted would play a crucial part after the elections.
Journalist Ashraf Thoneery and representatives of forums including as Sanskriti, Indian Islamic Association (IIA) and People’s Cultural Forum also participated. Kairali’s regional bureau chief E M Ashraf was the moderator.


(Courtesy: Gulf Times)

For Muslims, graveyards become an election issue

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By Danish Ahmad Khan


Come elections – whether parliamentary of assembly – Muslims in India firm up their girdles and become ready to rake up their pet issues such as Babri Masjid, Gujarat riots, status of Urdu etc. This time even graveyards have become election issue, particularly in a Delhi parliamentary constituency, if not elsewhere. Members of Muslim community are up in arms over the issue of graveyard in Northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency from where Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded Haji Dilshad Ali as the party candidate for upcoming general elections. A decrepit Muslim graveyard for the Mustafabad, Kabir Nagar and Babarpur area will be at the top of agenda during electioneering. Locals in the areas complain that there is no boundary wall around the graveyard. Heaps of garbage can be seen strewn and street dogs loitering and sniffing around the graves looking for human remains. Sometimes the problem is such that the dogs in fact succeed in taking out the bones and skulls from the graves and feast on them. The leftovers keep rotting for days thus creating bad odour and polluting the environment. The issue has therefore become quite emotional and sensitive for local Muslims and the BSP candidate is also ready to cash upon this and use it extensively in his campaign. It may be recalled that Haji Dilshad Ali had contested the Delhi assembly elections from Babarpur constituency on BSP ticket last year and succeeded in getting 28,000 votes. During the upcoming parliamentary elections, the BSP has emerged as the only party in Delhi to provide tickets to three Muslim candidates namely Haji Yunus from East Delhi constituency, Haji Dilshad Ali from Northeast Delhi constituency and Mustakeem Ahmed (Billo) from the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency.


If one goes by what Delhi Wakf Board officials say the scarcity of graveyards is indeed a real problem for the Muslim community in India’s capital. Caretaker of Delhi Wakf Board’s mosques and graveyards Mehfooz Mohammad said, “At least 10 more graveyards are required now all over Delhi. Only a handful of them are operational today. Many of the graveyards have also been illegally occupied and litigation is underway to get the land back.” According to the 1970 gazette notification, 488 Muslim graveyards exist in Delhi. However, as of now there are only 25-30 graveyards that are actually operational. The gravity of the problem which Muslim community is facing insofar as graveyards are concerned can be really assessed by the available data. Another problem of the scarcity of graveyards are some members of the Muslim community themselves. 


According to the Shariah (Islamic law), Muslims are enjoined to make kuchha (temporary) graves in order to facilitate more burials in a particular grave. However, quite on the contrary, some members of the Muslim community openly defy the Shariah and make permanent concrete graves for their deceased kins. They also even go to the extent of erecting tombstones thus making it difficult to bury in layers. This leads to the space shortage in graveyards hence making the problem more severe.


It is not only India’s capital Delhi which is facing the problem of the scarcity of graveyards. Another metropolis Kolkata, the capital of the state of West Bengal, is also facing the same problem. Here the situation is equally grave. According to a report in Indian Express tension erupted in Paharpur under the Garden Reach police station area on 24 March 2009 after caretaker of a Muslim graveyard was found incinerating decomposed bodies to make room for new bodies. The locals, who arrived for the burial of a body around 3 pm, said that they smelt something burning inside the graveyard. Much to their dismay they found that some bones and skulls were found burning lying in a mound of dry grass and leaves. Later over 2,000 locals gathered at the graveyard and tried to beat the caretaker Sheikh Jumman. One of the residents alleged that the graveyard caretaker Sheikh Jumman and his assistant Sheikh Jiauddin resorted to the practice of setting the bodies on fire only to make room for more bodies so that they could earn more money. The residents complained that the graveyard had a severe shortage of space since the ground had been full for the last one year. However, the police arrived on the scene and succeeded in defusing the tension after taking the two accused into police custody.


Elsewhere in the country, even the indigenous Muslims in the northeastern state of Nagaland are also facing problems related to graveyard. Here, however, the problem is of a different kind. According to the indigenous Muslims of Purana Bazar and Naharbari villages of East Dimapur the oldest graveyard is in a pitiable state. The indigenous Muslims of these two villages had acquired the graveyard at Naharbari village in 1857. This oldest graveyard has however now turned into a garbage dump for the area. The complaint being that waste from households are being continuously dumped here thus creating a highly unhygienic environment, facilitating the breeding of mosquitoes and other insects and spreading pollution. The Muslim Committee of Purana Bazar and Naharbari on their initiative conducted a mass social work to dispose off the waste recently. They also urged the residents of the houses surrounding the graveyard not to throw any garbage there since it would hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslim community. They also explained to the residents that the graveyard is the most holy place for the believers.


[Danish Ahmad Khan is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com]

In times of recession, Gulf expatriates risk jobs to campaign for polls in Kerala

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 12 April 2009 | Posted in ,

Gulf expatriates from Kerala are taking an unusual and a daring step now particularly in these turbulent times when the world is in the grip of economic recession. 


The Gulf expatriates have their own reason to do so. The global economic recession has also hit the Gulf countries hard, particularly the UAE. 


A significant number of expatriates have lost their jobs or are in the process of losing them. They see the upcoming parliamentary elections as most important enough. Most of the expatriates feel that electing an efficient and able parliamentarian their problem of joblessness will be effectively handled.


[Data Courtesy: The Hindu Businessline - August 2005]
These days one can witness thousands of expatriates from Gulf countries heading back to their home in Kerala to aggressively campaign in the general elections. Most of the expatriates have even gone to the extent of risking their jobs by coming to their home on leave without salaries. They are unsure whether they will continue in their jobs after going back when the poll process is over. It is just three weeks ago that the expatriates began thronging to their homes. By the last days of elections it is expected that the number of expatriates having reached India will cross one lakh.  Kerala, being a politically vibrant state, is abuzz with the usual hustle and bustle of electioneering these days. The election frenzy can be seen in the Muslim-dominated district of Malappuram which also has maximum expatriates from Gulf. 


The elections will be held in Malappuram in the first phase on April 16. Recently, more than 300 expatriates took part in motorbike rallies and processions. These have become part of regular election campaign activity. Almost all the major political parties such as the Indian National Congress (INC), Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) are taking support of the Gulf expatriates. It may be noted that the Gulf expatriates are working under the banner of cultural organizations like INC-led Indian Cultural Congress (ICC), CPI-led Kerala Pravasi Sangamam (KPS) and IUML-led Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC). The Gulf expatriates chip in with their money and organize cultural activities to help these political parties during times of elections. Moreover, other expatriates are also encouraged to become members of these cultural organizations. 


According to Ismail, President of KMCC, Riyadh Centre, at least 7,000 members of the KMCC are currently in Malappuram and helping the party in the elections. He says that for the Gulf expatriates taking part in the elections is a matter of pride as well as their responsibility. M.J. Mohamed Iqbal, an expatriate living in Dubai for long, said, “Every expatriate should actively take part in the electoral process. In the present times of global recession this has become all the more important. 


A significant number of expatriates have now lost their jobs and are headed for troubled times. If good representatives are not elected to the Indian parliament then the cause of the troubled expatriates will not be effectively handled. We spend money and help these parties in the elections. We hope that the parties and the elected representatives will stand by us in these crucial times.”


According to reports nearly 25,00,000 Keralites have immigrated to several countries to take up lucrative jobs with 90 percent of them being settled in Gulf countries. Around Rs. 200 billion is remitted from Gulf countries to banks in Kerala every year.

Indian Muslim News - PEOPLE

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Vice President of India to release book on Saiyid Hamid By Danish Ahmad Khan The Vice President of India Hamid Ansari will release a book on the present Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard Saiyid Hamid. A highly respected elder of the Indian Muslim community, Saiyid Hamid is also the editor of fortnightly ‘Nation and the World’. The book will be released at a function at the Indian Islamic Cultural Centre at New Delhi on April 13. The book will highlight the contributions of the 89-year old educationist and former bureaucrat. It may be noted that Saiyid Hamid was appointed Vice Chancellor of his alma mater Aligarh Muslim University after putting a long and distinguished career in the Indian Administrative Service. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also appointed Saiyid Hamid as a member of the Sachchar Committee to probe the social and economic conditions of the Indian Muslim community. The book has been compiled by Pune’s Mushtaque Madni. The book has been published by P A Inamdar, himself a towering personality in the fields of business, education and banking. The book is of 168 pages and has 26 contributors which include former and serving Vice Chancellors, public figures and other distinguished persons who have known Saiyid Hamid for ages. Some of the contributors are Vive Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Prof. Mushirul Hasan, Justice Rajinder Sachchar, Govind Narain, John Dayal, UC Agarwal, and Prof. Amrik Singh. Saiyid Hamid is widely respected in the Muslim community as well as on the national level. People hold him in high esteem by virtue of his being an educationist and a great community leader who has always espoused the cause of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect for co-religionists. The writers have described some qualities of mind and heart that has been seen in him over the years. Saiyid Hamid describes himself as “a listener”. He is also a writer of impeccable prose in both Urdu and English. Saiyid Hamid is involved in some advisory capacity with dozens of educational institutions across the country. He had also been instrumental in establishing and nurturing the Jamia Hamdard University. He is also looking after the Hamdard Education Society that runs Hamdard Public School and Hamdard Study Circle for Civil Services examinations.

Indian Muslim News - EDUCATION

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 07 April 2009 | Posted in

Jamia Millia Islamia announces admission for 2009-10 The Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has announced admission for different courses offered by the varsity for 2009-10. The prospectus and admission forms are available now. The university has announced admission for 205 courses offered through 32 departments and 12 research centres. According to a communique the sales outlet will remain open on all days including Saturdays and Sundays. The Jamia Millia Islamia website – www.jmi.nic.in – also offers facility for downloading the admission form and prospectus. Students need to submit a demand draft for the prescribed admission fee. The university has also printed more than 1,10,000 prospectus and forms for sale. Entrance test is conducted by the JMI for all courses except Ph D. The written test has 85 per cent weightage and the rest is for the interview. Students need to score 45 per cent to qualify for the entrance test. The last date for submission of the form of the most courses are from first week of May onwards. But those applying for M Sc Electronics, B Tech. and diploma in engineering should check for the submission dates and send in applications early.

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