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We appreciate both, PC and the Congress

Posted by Indian Muslim Observer | 30 August 2010 | Posted in

By Abdul Rashid Agwan

The recent ‘saffron terrorism’ remark of the Minister of Home Affairs P Chidambaram and the official rebuttal of the Congress on it that ‘terrorism has no color’, both deserve appreciation from the secular India. The former because it is the first high level endorsement of the reality from no one less than the home minister of the country himself that there exists a Hindutva inspired terrorism on the Indian soil and the latter because it is a fact that when ‘terrorism’ sets an ambush and kills innocent people, it hardly represents any color but the red of blood, the color of violence, the color of destruction.

The Chidambaram remark strikes at the very base of the issue. Until we rightly diagnose the disease we will only fumble in the dark. PC’s statement goes beyond the calculative and speculative approach of his party and should qualify as a bold step forward by the home ministry to see the country in order. For last several years India has faced the vice of terrorism that unfortunately took disguise of ‘Muslim terrorism’, which added fuel to the ISI sponsored terrorism. This disguise has misled several investigations wherein innocent youth belonging to one particular community were booked and the propriety of the fair role of police came under censure of leading human rights organizations, secular parties and the leadership of the aggrieved community. On several forums and even on calling upon the prime minister, Muslim leadership demanded that a national commission should be constituted to enquire whether there is ‘really’ any organized Muslim involvement in causing terrorist activities in the country or not. Perhaps, in most cases of terrorist blasts, there existed clear hints that ‘someone else’ must have been there behind such heinous acts, than the faces shown to public. We salute martyred Hemant Karkare who became immortal in history by his great service to the nation, when those stray hints caught his imagination and he and his team boldly pursued the right course of investigation and brought to the fore what others were already labeling and now PC has called, the so termed ‘saffron terrorism’.

On the ‘saffron’ mention of the home minister at the inauguration of a three-day meet of police chiefs of various states and security agencies in the national capital, the BJP’s reaction was that it is an ‘insult to the nation’. A number of organizations inspired by Hindutva philosophy are raising the demand of his removal from the ministry for this unusual comment. Several editorials in print media and the line taken by a few channels reveal anguish of a section of the country on leveling ‘saffron’ with ‘green’ since it belies the assiduously made-believe saying that “All Muslims are not terrorists but all terrorists are Muslims”. His remark also takes us to the ignored history of terrorism in India. The first terrorist attack in independent India was committed on 20 January 1948. Common memory goes that a fanatic Hindu youth Nathuram Godse assassinated the great national leader Mahatma Gandhi on the fateful day of 30 January of that year. The reality is that a team of Hindu youth was attempting since 1934 to do so, and it was the ninth attack in row which succeeded. However, the details of the eighth attempt, the second after independence and just 10 days before the callous crime, indicates something else. According to the conspiracy, fully exposed subsequently by the police, on 20 January a group of seven youth headed by Godse and comprising Madanlal Pahva, Digambar Bagde, Shankar Kishtaiyya , Vishnu Karkare, etc were supposed to work in synergy to throw three bombs, one behind the podium from where Gandhiji was to address his routine assembly at Birala temple, another one on the national leader himself besides being shot and the last one on the attending audience to generate commotion and chaos for staging a safe escape from the crime scene. 
On that day their spearhead Nathuram Godse could not be arrested and moved from the national capital to come back within 10 days and smack again on his target on the saddest day of the newly freed country. May be one may regard it a political murder and not an act of terrorism as we comprehend by the term today. But, what exactly the terrorists do? They use force to drive home some political gains, they kill innocent people along with their actual targets, they target uninvolved people when their targets are not soft and they use their act as deterrent to others and the like. All these elements were visible in the 20 January conspiracy which fortunately fizzled out since the first bomb thrown behind the podium did not explode and the nervous boys ran away to their hide at Metro Hotel from where they were caught by the police, except their spearhead. Nathuram Godse was wearing Shalwar and Kurta, presumably a Muslim dress, when he killed the national leader. What would have happened if he was not caught on the spot? Muslims would have been taken responsible for the assassination, entailing a large scale massacre against them. In Malegaon, Ajmer, Hyderabad, Modasa and in many other places yet to come in lime light, the Hindu fanatics deployed the same technique and their uninvolved Muslim counterparts were brought to the book and hype was created by the selective media and interested public leaders against the Muslim community with the tag word ‘Islamic terrorism’. Another forgotten day in the history of Indian terrorism came again in the same month, on 12 January 1989, when Jagmohan, a collaborator of Emergency, joined for the second time as governor of Jammu & Kashmir to thwart democratically motivated public unrest over there. It was during his five month tenure when actually the militancy took birth in the Kashmir valley. His ruthless repression of peaceful demonstrations and recurring firing on public processions, what Jayprakash Narayan termed in his famous letter of 1969 to then the prime minister of India Indira Gandhi as ‘denial of democracy to the people of Kashmir”, pushed some Kashmiri youths to take recourse to insurgency. Although VP Singh, the reigning prime minister, called him back within a short period due to his controversial administration but things could hardly be reversed since then. And, think who made VP Singh to appoint Jagmohan as governor of J&K, BJP and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. So, historically speaking, the organizations pursuing Hindutva as their ideology can hardly condone themselves from the dangerous trend. Although they may not be as such involved in terrorist activities but a number of Hindu youth and persons holding public office were inspired by them and must be considered responsible for this suicidal tendency directly and indirectly. The instance of the recent outcome of the CBI investigation, and earlier that carried out by Karkare and his team, in a number of bomb blasts as distant as Malgoan and Ajmer and Makkah Masjid and Samjhota Express indicate the fact. Who is insulting and betraying the nation, PC who is calling a cat a cat or those who are defending terrorist acts committed by some of their followers?

In media and public discussions, it has been strived to tone down the notoriety of ‘saffron’ hardliners by differentiating ‘saffron terrorism’ from ‘Islamic terrorism’ and prompting that the former is a stray development which lacks a consistent philosophy of violence and emerged simply as a reaction to the latter one. This is tantamount to belying history. It is an undeniable fact that the so-called ‘Muslim terrorism’ emerged in the mainland only after the demolition of Babri masjid so it could be deemed as the reaction of the acts of some Hindu organizations and not the other way round. For understanding the philosophy of this particular brand of terrorism, the much highlighted speech of Pragya Singh Thakur is enough who used to exhort her audience while quoting Gita as “Papiyon ka nash ho (let sinners be destroyed)”. Both the great epic books Ramayan and Mahabharat have been constantly used in recent time for creating a charged atmosphere in the country. Thus, the attempted distinction between the two colors of terrorism is nothing but the denial of the disease itself. Here comes the relevance of the official version of the Congress on the ‘saffron’ remark of the home minister.

Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters that the controversy has erupted because of a word. "As far as saffron or bhagwa or kesariya (other words for saffron) it was not an issue. The issue was terrorism. Terrorism does not have color. Terrorism has only one color and it is black.” In a way this rebuttal has diffused the debate on the color of terrorism, however, it has also left an impression in the air that his party denies ‘all colors’ of terrorist acts including the one objected upon. Without hardly any exception, the well known Hindu organizations are not prepared to accept the hard truth that their hate campaign against some sections of the country has sprouted tentacles of the so said ‘saffron terrorism’, may be without their discrete notice and involvement. At least the Muslim side has held several country-wide campaigns to dissuade Muslim youth from being recruited for any terrorist cause, although so far there is no concrete evidence of organized involvement of Muslims in such activities, and to give the nation a message that both Islam and Indian Muslims uphold peace as a sacred value and, therefore, there is no need for any panicking due to them. What the Hindu leaders have done on their front? Have they organized mass campaigns to create a positive atmosphere in the country? Have they started reinterpreting Gita and Ramayan for a peace perspective? Have they explicitly condemned terrorist acts of Malegaon, Ajmer, Modasa, Makkah Masjid, Samjhota Express, Nanded, Kanpur, etc and drew a distance from those who were implicated? Have they supported the idea of a national commission to enquire about all cases of bomb blasts to expose the backdrop through an impartial and dispassionate investigation of the heinous acts, as Muslim leadership has suggested? Nothing of the sort happened. It appears that the Hindu leadership has become a party to the debate on terrorism instead of rising above the board for its eradication from the Indian soil. May be some youths on both sides of the fence feel inclined to the perverted course of violence against each other, surely in the spree of vengeance and dogmatic hatred, but it is the national leadership of the country to see that such untoward things should subside and the country could get rid off from them as soon as possible. Time has really come to set a reversal.

‘RTI application can be filed in Urdu’

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Allahabad (UP): Central Information Commissioner Deepak Sindh has said that Right to Information (RTI) application can be filed in Urdu in Uttar Pradesh.

He said, “Urdu is the second language of the state, and according to Section 5(5) of RTI it is a legal right of every citizen of the state to submit RTI application in the language.”

His order against the chief general manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Lucknow, came in the context when a check signed in Urdu by Perwaz Ulum Azmi was returned by the BSNL.

The CIC also ordered to constitute a panel of experts of the language to deal with applications which are filed in Urdu.

Kashmir's stone-pelters may be released before Eid

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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling to set free more than 700 stone-pelters arrested during the past two months in the Kashmir Valley, as a "goodwill gesture" on the eve of Eid next month, officials said Saturday (August 28, 2010).

Id-ul-Fitr may fall on September 10 or 11, depending on the sighting of the moon.

"If we could release militants on such occasions (Muslim festivals as also India's Independence Day and Republic Day), there should be no harm in setting free the stone-pelters," an official, who is behind the move, told mediapersons, and added, "they (the jailed youth) are our own people and we cannot treat them like criminals forever."

According to the official, the idea has been "well received" by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who "is against incarceration of teenagers who in a swirl of anger might have taken to the streets and thrown stones.

For quite some time, the parents of the arrested youth have been pleading with the authorities to set them free. Some of them even asked that if the chief minister could pardon a policeman who threw a shoe at him during the Independence Day function on August 15, then why he can't forgive the youth who acted due to anger and frustration of the times.

Most of the arrested stone-pelters who are in their teens were arrested from Srinagar, Baramulla, Bijbehra and Sopore areas of the Valley, which saw heavy stone-pelting in the past 10 weeks. The motives attributed range from anger against misgovernance, unemployment, sentiment for 'azadi' (freedom), to monetary benefits and instigation.

The government has been contending that the phenomenon of stone throwing started with instigation by Kashmiri separatists and Pakistan. However, the separatists and their sympathisers have called it a "manifestation of resistance against the Indian rule in Kashmir" and also a tool of self-defence against the firing of bullets by security forces.

As many as 64 people, including children aged eight and nine, have been killed and hundreds of others wounded in the clashes that picked up after the death of a 17-year-old Tufail Mattoo in Rajouri Kadal area of Srinagar June 11.

It is hoped that the release of the stone-pelters and their reunion with their families would help calm tempers in the Valley, where voices calling for restraint and understanding the psyche of the stone throwers have gained momentum.

The Politics of Communal Balance

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By Abdul Rashid Agwan

There is a talk in the air regarding proscribing some agitationist organizations in the wake of forthcoming Babri Masjid judgment. The expressed cause seems to control public sentiments in consequence to this emotive issue. Vishva Hindu Parishad and some Muslim organizations are showing their anxiety on the probable fallout of one of the longest and most controversial litigations of the country. The question arises how far it is justified in a democratic country like ours to ban organizations which are otherwise working within a democratic framework? The fate of the British period is before us. In the 62 year long history of its active struggle, the foreign rulers outlawed the Congress only twice and in both the cases revoked it within a few months time while realizing futility of preventing a popular resistance by sheer force. But, in independent India and that too in less than 60 years, our democracy has brought more bans than the British imperialism; three times on RSS, two times on Jamat-e-Islami Hind, repeated four times against the SIMI and once against VHP and Bajrang Dal. Besides these national outfits, there are 175 outlawed organizations on the list having local or regional suffrage. History indicates that at least in case of the afore-mentioned organizations the court of law hardly endorsed propriety of the state action of prohibiting them.

Killing of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 by a Hindu fanatic entailed a ban on RSS for around 11 months. The second time the organization was outlawed during the emergency. However, this time, there was an innovation. Along with the RSS, Jamat-e-Islami Hind was also banned for nothing sort of its apparent or hidden involvement in any anti-government agitation which was the comprehensible cause of prohibiting the RSS but just to communally balance public opinion and to avoid a communal tag on the state decision. In the aftermath of Babri masjid demolition Narsingha Rao government banned RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal. Again, Jamat-e-Islami was banned to deliver a communal justice in spite of the fact that it belonged to the aggrieved party and known to believe in the significance of the judicial process for a proper solution of the issue. SIMI was banned by the NDA government in the hype of 9/11, although no charge of terrorism did exist on it before the ban. Since then the organization has been kept outlawed through four successive notifications. Presently, the same scenario is being created in the backdrop of the forthcoming decision of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court which will make its decision public any time after 15 September. This time perhaps the VHP may be banned once again and to communally balance the act any Muslim organization has to sacrifice its genuine existence. The guess is that the government may spare the Jamat this time and target an emerging Muslim organization named Popular Front of India (PFI), which recently came in the lime light due to its country wide campaign seeking reservation for Muslims.

If we go by the political grapevine and selective media reports, a lobby in the central and some state governments is raising the point hither dither that the PFI should be banned. A few weeks back around one dozen PFI activists were arrested in Kerala for allegedly chopping one hand of a Christian college teacher for his sacrilege against the prophet of Islam. The case is sub judice, and the organization itself has condemned the illegal act and suspended the arrested youths from its membership; yet there is a demand by some sections for its prohibition. Hundreds of RSS and CPM cadres are presently behind the bar in Kerala on similar charges but no one demanded prohibitory action against these outfits. It seems that some vested interests are against the emergence of the PFI among Muslims, and for that matter against any other Muslim organization to reckon with, and on having the first make-believe pretext in hand, start voicing for its embargo. The recent spurt of ban fillers has come to fore due to a poster of the said organization on the anti-fascism day. The poster simply highlighted the involvement of some Hindu organizations in terrorist activities. It was analyzed by a section of media as inflammatory and improper in the wake of the awaited decree of the high court within a few days, although it was pasted many days before the news of imminent judgment broke out. It is beyond comprehension, how in a democracy an organization would be banned just for sticking a poster inconvenient to some people in the ruling elite and that too for condemning fascism? Even if the organizations like VHP or PFI chose to mobilize masses on their expressed viewpoint on any public matter within a democratic norm, may it be on such delicate issues as the Babri masjid controversy, then, will it be justified to outlaw them? Presumably, some members of an organization may have committed an illegal act, so will it cause the entire organization to suffer? At least in case of Abhinav Bharat the establishment has not shown any hurriedness to ban it even though its several members have been arrested on the charge of terrorist activities then what will be the propriety of proscribing a Muslim organization on some lame excuse?

The allegation on the RSS about its involvement in the assassination of Gandhji could not be proved correct in the Supreme Court. Even the Kapur Commission set to enquire regarding the circumstances and involvements in 30th January killing concluded that there was no proof of the organizations hand in the heinous act. Consequently, the ban was lifted after 11 months with the condition of adopting a due constitution by the RSS for itself. As regards the last case of ban on RSS, it is a fact that the Bahri tribunal disapproved it and ultimately it had to be revoked. When Jamat-e-Islami Hind was banned in 1993 along with some aggressive Hindu organizations for a communal balance, it was judged illegal within a few months time none less than the Supreme Court itself. Even the repeated ban on another Muslim organization, the SIMI, seems unjustified. May be the state has its own compulsions and the police is ready with several failing stories about the SIMI and its barred activities but so far the only independent opinion available to the nation in this regard favors not the government or the police but the banned organization, that is the judgment of a Delhi high court judge Justice Gita Mittal who repealed the ban in 2008 stating it to be unjustified. The matter was then referred by the government to the apex court, which by this time has four appeals pending against various notifications of ban on SIMI. May be the apex court would have taken a similar decision were it that the matter had been properly processed for fast hearing any time during almost a decade long span of its repeated prohibition. So the historical argument goes against the validity of proscribing any popular organization acting within the constitutional framework, even though some of its members may be alleged or convicted guilty of some criminal act. Perhaps, ban on the said organizations has served some short term political purpose for the ruling gentry but in the ultimate analysis of justice its legitimacy and propriety stood hardly proven.

The current talk of making some well known organizations dysfunctional on the fear of mass outrage will only demean democracy which has severally come under threat in recent times. The promulgation of the amended UAPA by passing it in the parliament in a jerk and without giving any opportunity to the nation to ponder over it seriously is one such thing. The present UAPA is nothing but an amalgamation of its previous version with the incorporation of harsh clauses of TADA and POTA combined; however, with the only exception of disallowing confession in police custody as an evidence. The act in its present incarnation has severely encroached upon the civil space. The enactment of the RTI in 2005 has not been taken by certain politicians and bureaucrats as an instrument which can strengthen democracy in the country but as an irritating hurdle to their conventional functioning and there is a growing aversion to the act in the establishment and the demand is more frequently being raised for tempering it to suit whims and wishes of some vested interests in the government machinery. The union home minister has recently gone public to issue a statement disallowing any discussion on human rights of the people of the Naxalite affected regions and threatened that people who were found helping Naxalites by taking their cause even in a democratic manner will be booked for the act. Only when Arundhati Roy fearlessly reacted on his statement and challenged the government to arrest her for taking up the cause of the said regions the harsh overtures have evaporated. Strike of trade unions is increasing being taken as an illegal act. Any measure which suppresses a genuine public expression is really hitting hard on the very edifice of democracy itself. Posters, public meetings, strikes, demonstrations, rallies, etc are not only widely accepted democratic acts but are also the safety valves of its very survival. Unfortunately, a section of the people at the helm of affairs seems always in a hurry to reduce civil space and deal public in an undemocratic manner or disallow any public ex-pression contrary to a hegemonic way of pursuing things. In a plural world, democracy is our only solace indeed. May be many of us would not subscribe to the controversial views and acts of some organizations of our dislike, but for the sake of upholding democratic values high we must plead against ban on them on any lame excuse. It is irony that those sections of Indian politics which hardly missed any opportunity to implore stern laws in the country are facing these days the hammering of MACOCA and UAPA on their own heads. It is more likely that an unbecoming precedence will hit back the one who sets it.

Coming back to the issue of communal balance, those who are mooting the line of clubbing the PFI with VHP as a preemptive measure, in the wake of potential Muslim reaction on the ensuing decision on the title suit of Babri masjid, are doing nothing but prompting that the judgment is going to be against the Muslim side. How do they have the hint? And, in case the judgment validates the Muslim deposition in the matter, then why Muslims will show upsurge on it? And, in that case raising the point of possible Muslim reaction led by the PFI or any other Muslim organization stands absurd. There is a consensus among Indian Muslims that they will only take recourse to the due process of law for a proper decision regarding the title suit of Babri masjid premises, the PFI hardly falls beyond its pale. Therefore, the motive behind such fillers seems only to prepare mood of the nation to once more have usurpation of democratic rights for political gains. Perhaps some strategists imbedded in the establishment would like the UPA government to ban any Muslim organization for checking electoral drift in favor of BJP due to the expected VHP campaign in either way the judgment goes, no matter which and on what pretext. However, the UPA leadership should think twice doing so since its Muslim vote bank is still floating and any misdemeanor would only further estrange the community from it. It should also remember that, generally speaking, popular organizations only gain and not lose due to political vendetta. No other organization is better testimony to this fact than the congress itself, which emerged victorious from the persecution of the British empire just a few decades back.

[Abdul Rashid Agwan is Chief Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He is a prominent writer, author, social activist and NGO Consultant. He can be contacted at agwan@rediffmail.com]

BJP govt. to build Haj House in Karnataka

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By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj

Bangalore: The BJP Government in Karnatka has promised to construct a Haj House in the State. The proposed building would be constructed on a four acre plot at Belahalli, located on the route to Bangalore International Airport. Most of the states in India have built their Haj Houses, but Karnataka is yet to have one.

Every successive government promised one of its own, on a different locale. But no one knows what happened to the umpteen promises and the plots of land the local Urdu press untiringly identified as the proposed sites.

Latest plan has been unfolded by Prof. Mumtaz Ali Khan, the Minister for Minority Affairs who said a Haj House would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 20 crore. Noted construction company Prestige Group would construct a mosque within the complex at its own cost. Prof. Khan told Islamic Voice in a chat that the wakf land for the purpose of Haj House is being purchased from Yaqeen Shah Wali Dargah at a cost of Rs. 4 crore. The Minister said he would himself contribute Rs. 50 lakh from his personal funds which he received by selling a personally owned farm located on the route to the new Airport.

The Minister informed that he would soon visit Lucknow and Chennai where ideal Haj Houses have come up during the last decade. He said he would consider setting up a Haj Service Society to finance and service the new facility. He said the plan envisages a five-storey Haj House which will be used even for purposes of marriages and other conventions and conferences. It is mooted that philanthropists would be invited to donate money to construct rooms that would be dedicated to the memory of persons designated by them.

[Maqbool Ahmad Siraj is a prominent Journalist based at Bangalore. He can be contacted at maqsiraj@gmail.com]

Nitish’s covert agenda pushes AMU off-campus to the backburner

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By Manzar Imam

All hopes of Kishangnaj of getting a special centre of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) were dashed with the sudden transfer order of its longest serving District Magistrate, Feraque Ahmad. The DM’s transfer order came at a time when the movement of AMU campus in Kishanganj had gathered momentum. Every hurdle was being removed. After a high profile visit of an AMU team led by Vice Chancellor, Dr. P.K. Abdul Azis to the proposed site on 24 May 2010, the academicians and the Alig fraternity of Kishanganj were all awaiting the good news. But Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s July 4 visit made it clear what he had in mind.

(Left to Right) Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, Kishanganj DM and AMU Vice Chancellor discussing AMU Kishanganj Campus issue
 His statement in the Ruidhasa ground of Kishanganj that the state government had given the land to the University and it was only the University authorities’ responsibility to utilize it, smacked of his secret agenda. There couldn’t be anything more childish than this statement of the CM “Mainne to zameen de di hai ab yeh centre or university ka kam hai woh aakar apna kam shuroo karein”. As if it wasn’t enough, the CM further said, “Hamarey karney ko aur kuch nahin hai. Ham dehat ke log hain. Ham jab khana khanay baithte hain to kuch makhkhiyan bhinbhinati hain. Ham unko pahle bandook se goli mar kar saaf nahin kar dete hain balki ek haat se khate hain to dusre haath se makhkhian bhi bhagate rahte hain.” (There is nothing more I could do. We are rural people, when we sit to eat, some flies start buzzing. We do not shoot them with bullets. We eat with one hand and shoo the flies with the other hand).

His intention was obvious. He was pointing to the illegal occupants of the proposed land. His statement put the future of the centre in doubt. This has made people think to give up the idea of an AMU Centre in Kishanganj. Once again, the fate of quality education seems to have been blurred in political shenanigans.

Nitish Kumar went ahead to pass this illogical remark that the Congress had the knack of bursting on the scene in a ‘’new avatar’’ every fifteenth or twentieth year. He held the Congress squarely responsible for all the ills plaguing the country. Does it have anything to do with the establishment of AMU centre in Bihar where the Nitish-led NDA rules the roost?

It is pertinent to mention here that DM Feraque Ahmad had taken keen personal interest in the move to set up the AMU Campus at Kishanganj. There were many hiccups though, but the DM had convinced the University authorities to get the required land at one place and he was working on modalities to secure a single chunk of land for the proposed campus. He had drawn three blueprints -- the final being the land in one place. There were around 15-20 families with whom the DM was about to negotiate. He wanted those families to shift to nearby places either on government land or on purchased land. He also wanted to give them better returns in exchange for shifting. But all his plans went in vain with his transfer which was due after Assembly Elections in Bihar.

On July 4, Nitish Kumar visited Kishanganj. People stood on roads and streets with placards and banners in their hands expecting the CM to announce allotment of land for AMU Extension Centre. The same day brought a big shock for the locals as people’s favourite District Magistrate Feraque Ahmad had been transferred to Patna as the Special Secretary, Department of Minority Welfare, Government of Bihar. Feraque Ahmad’s tenure as a DM had been exceptional and he had kept a good balance between official commitments and humanitarian association with locals.

Feraque Ahmad was an exception and he changed the perception of District Magistrate in common man’s mind. A firm believer in Islam, he provided a new definition to the post of DM. From youth to elders, literate to illiterate, almost every section of the society was aware of his unique persona. All this happened due to farsightedness of Ahmad, who never tried to show bossiness while handling his responsibilities.

Ahmad opened his doors for common people round the week. His office became a counseling table for the people of the district. People used to visit the DM office to get their problems solved. Not only this, DM Feraque was easily accessible over the phone any time of the day for any genuine concern. Even his subordinates were closely attached to him and they used to act fast on his orders.

Surprisingly, a section of society considered Ahmad the main culprit of the AMU land imbroglio, without knowing the ground realities. In fact, many groups, which were established in the name of AMU off-campus in Kishanganj, targeted the DM and tried to tarnish his image. Some called him the agent of the Nitish-led NDA government. Some even questioned his integrity. However, apart from newspaper statements and television reports, the groups never tried to directly talk to the DM to find solution for the land issue and know the difficulties.

When informed that the Bihar cabinet had given approval for the required land, said Shah Faisal, Administrator of Holy Vision School, Kishnagnaj, “It was a gimmick”. It was just a word of mouth; otherwise no paper was handed over to the District Magistrate confirming that the Nitish government had given the land to set up the AMU campus. People here feel that the AMU administration would not start anything on the given piece of land as it does not fulfill the criteria laid by the varsity authorities as per the guidelines of the HRD ministry, viz., the land being i) contiguous, ii) free of cost, iii) free from any encumbrance, etc.

Feraque Ahmad was silently working to find a solution to the issue of land acquisition and had prepared three new proposals for the AMU off-campus at Kishanganj. He discussed his proposals with local MP Maulana Mohammad Asrarul Haque Qasmi and also submitted a copy to the Union HRD ministry on June 30, 2010. On July 2, he was scheduled to meet AMU VC Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis. But he had to postpone this meeting due to CM Nitish Kumar’s planned visit to Kishanganj.

On July 4, 2010 the Ruidhasa Maidan of Kishanganj echoed with chants of Janata Dal (U) supporters and party workers. Nitish Kumar attended the huge rally of JD (U) and also shook hands with former MP and one time RJD leader, Mohammed Tasleemuddin. Both Nitish and Tasleemuddin shared the same stage and vowed to take the Seemanchal region to the path of progress. But at the same time, Kishanganj had silently lost a sincere District Magistrate. Following the transfer of Feraque Ahmed, Kishanganj MP, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi wrote a letter to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar drawing his attention to the fact that the land earmarked by the state government was in three different places which was against the plans of the AMU authorities. He said that “it is needless to reiterate the wishes/aspirations of the people of this region who have accorded top priority to the establishment of an AMU Campus at Kishangnaj and are very eager to give their personal contributions” for this cause. Maulana Qasmi asked the CM to “issue time-bound instructions to the government authorities” regarding provision of 250 acres of land at one place as desired by the AMU authorities and directed by the HRD ministry.

Despite the transfer of Mr Ahmed, some people are still optimistic that the campus movement will continue. Although things have taken a different turn, it may be a momentary phase which every big movement faces in the way to its fulfillment, said Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasmi, Member of Parliament from Kishaganj and president of All India Talimi Wa Milli Foundation.

As the new DM Dr. Sandeep Kumar R. Pudakalkatti (IAS) took charge on 7 July, the youth and those interested in the campus at Kishanganj are now contacting him to take up the issue and take it forward. The AMU Kishanganj Co-ordination Committee, that has some highly educated youth in its panel, has called for various meetings in the past and conceived some new strategic plans to impress upon the district and state authorities to speed up the work so that the campus is started soon.

In view of the conspiracy theories and the helplessness of public representatives, a big drama seems to be played behind the public glare to push the area back to the abysmal poverty and low literacy. Will the Sun shine over Kishanganj, would be interesting to see. Looking at the recent political drama staged both within and without the Bihar Assembly, it would be safe to say that we cannot expect roses when flowerpots are broken!

[Manzar Imam is Delhi-based Freelance Journalist. He can be contacted at manzarkhalil@gmail.com]

Mayawati govt. should withdraw mention of Ahmadiya sect from syllabus immediately, demand Muslim Ulema

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Strongly criticising the inclusion of the Qadiani sect founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani in the 19th century in the syllabus of Social Science text book of the UP, all the ulema of various schools of thought, have unanimously demanded its exclusion from the syllabus immediately. They said that since the Muslims the world over had unanimously expelled Ahmadiyya sect from Islam, it is all the more painful to term them as a reformist sect among the Muslims and that if the UP government did not expunge it from the syllabus it should be ready to face the ire of the Muslims. It is surprising that the UP government had been informed of the Ahmadiyya sect being termed as a sect of Muslims and their inclusion in the syllabus time and again but despite assurances, hurting the Muslim sentiments had been going on.

It is to be noted that on page 30 of ‘Samajik Vigyan’ of Class X, in the chapter titled “Ahamdiyya Andolan”, the sect has been linked to Muslims terming it as a reformist sect. Not only that, on page 29, in the essay titled ‘Muslim Andolan’ an attempt has been made to present Muslims as divided into various sects as Wahabi Andolan( Movement), Deobandi Andolan and Aligarh Andolan. It is to be noted that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was born in mouza Qadian in Gurdaspur district of Punjab (India) in 1839. He claimed to be a prophet in 1899 and died in 1908.

Reacting on the inclusion of the Ahmadiyya sect in the school syllabus, the President of Jamiat-e-Ulema, Hind, Qari Syed Md Usman Mansurpuri said that it was grossly wrong and hurtful to Muslims. Despite the fact that Darul Uloom Deoband had constantly run a movement against the Ahmadiyyas, the act has hurt Muslim sentiments. Qadianis do not believe in Hadhrat Mohammad (PBUH) as the last prophet and believe in Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani too as a prophet. So the Muslims cannot compromise on it. He said that it was injustice to Muslims to include the Ahamadiyya sect as a reformist sect among the Muslims and demanded that the UP government should exclude it from the syllabus immediately otherwise the Jamiat-e-Ulema would launch a nationwide movement.

The General Secretary of All India Personal Law Board Maulana Nizamuddin said that the Islamic world including India and Pakistan had excluded Ahmadiyya sect from Islam, so Muslims could not tolerate being ridiculed in this way. The founder of Darul Qalam, Maulana Yasin Akhtar Misbahi said the Muslims of the entire world had rejected the Qadiani sect and a fatwa was in effect against them and therefore, it was intolerable to include them in Muslims or in a book. He also said that the incident also proved that either the author had poor knowledge or he had done it deliberately to create mischief. He demanded that the UP government should take immediate action taking out from the syllabus not only the aforesaid chapter but all such poorly researched material that might mislead the young generation. Joint Secretary of All India Council for the Protection of Finality of the Prophet(PBUH) under Darul Uloom Deoband which is fighting against the ‘false’ propaganda of the Qadianis, Maulana Shah Alam Gorakhpuri told Hamara Samaj that a delegation led by Saharanpur MLA Imran Masud, Haji Md Anas Usmani, Deoband and Amir Usmani, Deoband, conveyed Council’s message to the representatives of the Mayawati government, Nasimuddin Siddiquee , Mr Abudl Mannan and others demanding the removal of the chapter from the syllabus but the state government did not show seriousness over the issue. He said that Hamara Samaj deserved praise for its coverage of the issue over the Ahmadiyya sect and they wanted that the UP government resolve this issue. Renowned Shia scholar and the member of the All India Personal Law Board Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawad clearly said, “The Islamic world has declared the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims and apostates. How then can we tolerate their inclusion in the Muslim community or in the syllabus?” He asked. He said that including them in the syllabus would mean misleading our new generation. “We, therefore, request the UP government to immediately remove this sect from the syllabus”, he said.

Drawing the government’s attention towards the issue, Maulana Abdul Khalique Sambhali of Darul Ulum Deoband said that the issue was an important religious one of the Muslims and no complacency would be tolerated over it. He demanded that the UP government take action and bring the guilty to the book. The President of the All India Milli Council said that the inclusion of the expelled Ahmadiyya sect would not be tolerated at any cost as it would mislead our new generation. Maulana demanded that the UP government remove it from the book and cleansed the book (committee) of Muslims who are enemies of Islam in the disguise of Muslims.

General Secretary of the Jamat-e-Islami Hind, Mujtaba Faruque argues that the Qadiani sect is in fact a product of the Jews and the Christians. That the centre of the Ahmadiyyas is in Britain is clear testimony to this. He said that the UP government should realise that it was not wise to hurt the Muslims. He warned that they would be compelled to launch a movement if the essay was not expunged immediately.

General Secretary of the All India Majlis-e-Mashawarat , Maulana Umeduzzaman Kairanvi and Secretary Md Ilyas Malik jointly said that they would not tolerate it and the chapter should be removed immediately. They said that the syllabus committee should have realised the dangers of including the sect in the syllabus and called for a stop on hurting Muslim sentiments. Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji of Jamiat-e-Ahle-Hadith said that those associated with the syllabus committee should know that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani was a product of the British who had promoted Mirza to create schism between the Muslims and their fellow countrymen. Muslims have jointly declared this sect as apostates. I feel that it was done with the purpose of hurting the sentiments of the Muslims, he said. He further said that if the UP government rectifies its mistake, it will be good for it otherwise it may toll the death knell for this government.

Maulana Tauqueer Raza Khan said, “In fact such problems are created to divert Muslims’ attention from their own problems. Such acts are committed to deprive us of our peace of mind. We do not expect Mayawati government to protect Muslims’ interests. But at least as citizens of a democratic country, we will ask the UP government to remove the essay immediately otherwise it should be ready to face the consequences because if it is not done, we shall launch a nationwide movement.”

General Secretary Tanzeem Abna-e-Sharfia, Mubarakpur, UP, Maulana Mubarak Hussain Misbahi reacted strongly saying this was an extremely wrong step taken by the UP government and the essay should be removed immediately. He furher said that since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani has been expelled from Islam and to include such a person in the ranks of the Muslims hurts sentiments of the Muslims. The former Chairman of the Delhi Minority CommissionKamal Farooquee said that the UP government must punish those guilty of it. He said that there was no alternative to removing such material from the syllabus otherwise the UP government would have to face our agitations. The National President of Muslim Political Council of India Dr Taslim Ahmad Rahmani said the Muslims live on the power of truth. The Ahamadiyya sect can never get a place in the Muslim community till the Day of Judgement, albeit, the Mayawati government will have to pay the price. A teacher in Darul Uloom Salfia, Varanasi, UP said, “All the Muslims in the world are unanimous on the fact that Ahmadiyya sect is out of the purview of Islam. Given the truth, how can we tolerate that this sect is included in the syllabus terming it a parallel sect among the Muslims?” He further said that the essay should be removed immediately otherwise the Muslims would launch a nationwide movement and it will then be difficult for the Mayawati government to face the consequences.

The naib imam of Shia Jama Masjid, Delhi and the Principal of Jamiat-us-Shaheed Maulana Muhsin Taqvi said, “If a sect has already been expelled from Islam, why was such a committee formed that hurt the Muslims’ sentiments?” He warned the UP government of the Muslims’ ire if it did not heed to their protests.

[This report was published in Urdu newspaper Hamara Samaj, New Delhi, August 25, 2010]

Delhi HC upholds election of Mohsina as chief of Haj Committee of India

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IMO News Service

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday (August 25, 2010) upheld the election of former union minister and senior congress leader Mohsina Kidwai as the chairperson of the Haj Committee of India. Ms. Kidwai will now continue to remain in the post. The court also upheld the appointment of two Vice-Chairpersons of Haj Committee.

The petition filed against their elections was dismissed bt a division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Mishra and Justice Manmohan.

The process of the reconstitution of the Haj Committee of India was challenged in the Delhi High Court in a writ petition in March 2010 as also the election of the Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons of the Committee.

The Ministry of External Affairs administers the Haj Committee Act, 2002 under which the Haj Committee of India is constituted.

The Haj Committee of India was reconstituted earlier this year through the process of nomination and election of the members as provided for in the Act.

Thereafter, the elections for the Chairperson and two Vice-Chairpersons of the Haj Committee of India were conducted on March 10, 2010.

The external affairs ministry was represented by the Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium in the high court.

Lalu, Paswan shut door for Muslim CM, Dy CM

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By Andalib Akhter

The two so called Champions of Muslims, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Lok Jan Shakti Party supremo Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday announced formation of a “rock solid” alliance to over through the Nitish Kumar’s government in Bihar. They have even revealed their plan of formation of government. The alliance projected Lalu Prasad Yadav as its Chief Ministerial candidate while Pashupati Kumar Paras, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother as the Deputy CM candidate.

With this announcement, the alliance closed the door for a Muslim to be a chief minister or deputy chief minister of Bihar. The new coalition has shattered the dream of those Muslims who were dreaming to see a CM or dy CM from their community by the grace of Lalu and Paswan.

In the process of making their alliance solid like rock both the leaders seemed to have forgot the political importance of the community in the state. The community makes over 17 per cent of state electorate and has a population of 1.5 crore. The Muslim voters could be sizeable and decisive in at least 70 Assembly constituencies.

Both the leader must not forget that it is the Muslim community on which they are banking upon to overthrow JDU-BJP raj from the state. During the press conference to project their solid tie up they even forgot to mention Muslims.

Lalu, who and his wife ruled the state for 15 years unhindered only due to full backing of Muslims across the state and his downfall in state began in 2005 only when LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan played the political plank of making Muslim chief minister in the state. A large section of Muslim get attracted towards Paswan call, much to the distress of Lalu. At that time Paswan was not ready for anything less than a Muslim chief minister. He played all tactics to demoralize Lalu Yadav in the state politics and in the process he succeeds too. Today Lalu has only four MPs in Lok Sabha including himself. No Muslim could get elected on Lalu’s party ticket in the Lok Sabha polls.

But when it comes to a ‘solid alliance’ Paswan could not get a Muslim candidate even for the deputy chief ministership. The latest decision by both party have left many questions before the Muslim community. They are forced to think that they have no place in the nepotism of top leader of the state.

[Andalib Akhter is a renowned Journalist based at New Delhi. He is Executive Editor of TheIndianAwaz.com. He can be contacted at andalib2001@yahoo.com]

Ambedkar was a nominee of Muslim League

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By Iftikhar Gilani

New Delhi: Amid the growing controversy over the secularism of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, an scholar has revealed that author of the Indian Constitution and famous Dalit leader Dr B R Ambedkar was in fact a nominee of the Muslim League in the Council of States (Upper House) of united India’s Constituent Assembly.

Participating in a discussion on a roadmap for the political empowerment of Indian Muslims, noted historian and former vice-chancellor of the AgraUniversity, Professor Manzoor Ahmed said the Congress had refused to support Ambedkar’s candidature for the upper house.

Tracing history, Ahmed, also a former inspector general of police in Uttar Pradesh, said the Muslim League leader Hussain Shaheed Suharwardi had nominated Dalit icon Ambedkar and a tribal leader Joginder Nath Mandal as candidates for the Council of States from Bengal at the behest of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. “Both seats belonged to Muslim League,” he said.

The scholar also blamed the Congress party’s Muslim face, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, for the political disempowerment of Muslims in northern India.

Professor Ahmed claimed that soon after the partition, Azad chaired a Muslim Political Convention in Lucknow at the Rufai Aam Club. He asked Muslim representatives to renounce community-based politics. He even took oath from them to stay away from community parties and urged them to join the mainstream political parties. Only a south Indian Muslim, Muhammad Ismail, walked out of the meeting.

He later founded the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in Kerala, a step that helped Muslims to share power in the successive provincial government unlike in northern India, where they were left to the mercy and whims of mainstream political parties.

(Courtesy: TheIndianAwaaz.com)

IMO - Job Opportunities

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Urgent openings for Mechanical Engineers in Saudi Arabia

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Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

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Operation / Accounts Executive

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An Accountant (Cashier) & 2 waiters

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Graphics designer

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Cashier with a good accounting background to work in an Indian restaurant

From: ghamdiba@hotmail.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jeddah

Description: Cashier with a good accounting background to work in an Indian restaurant
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Cashier with a good accounting background to work in an Indian restaurant

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Junior technical support required for a big E-learning school

From: aladdin_yehia@yahoo.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Khobar (KHOBAR)

Description: dear all
we are a big E-learning schools searching for a technical support guy to work in our IT Dept.

Here are the skills required:
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any one interested of applying on this position just please send your C.V to this email.
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and write (technical support) on the subject field.

or call the number : 0598630420.

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ASP Dot Net Developer

From: asim@performict.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh

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We are in urgent need of a software developer who has the following skills and at least 3 years of experience.

1) Strong knowledge of Sql Server (2000 and 2005).
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Please note that we are only looking for experienced candidates should apply.

Thanks

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Sr. SAP ABAP Consultant (Functional – Healthcare)

From: jobs@paragoneds.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Saudi Arabia

Description: Currently our Saudi based CLIENT, a Big IT Solution Provider Co, is urgently looking for Sr. SAP ABAP Consultant for Saudi Arabia. Details are mentioned below:

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Executive Secretary

From: recruit.khobar@gmail.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Khobar

Description:

A leading Real Estate Company in Khobar, looking for a well experienced candidate for the post of "Executive Secretary".

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6. Good salary package with facilities will be provided.
7. Khobar based candidates only can apply.

Qualified candidates, please forward your CV to (in word format)
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Best wishes.

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Procurement Manager

From: sevenseas_recruitment@hotmail.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh

Description: Dear All,
We are a leading medical equipment company that is seeking a procurement manager to work for it in the main office in Riyadh.

Qualification required for the job:

- Bsc. Degree or higher
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- Knowing the requirement and regulations of the Saudi Food and Drugs and the custom clearance
- English and Arabic both writing and speaking

Very competitive package plus other benefits.

Pleas eemail me your resume with the position title to the listed email (any email that has no position titles will not be looked at).

Good Luck all..

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CIVIL ENGINEER FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

From: ahmedjob786@yahoo.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

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PLEASE SEND CV TO ahmedjob786@yahoo.com

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Sales Executive with HAVC Sales Experience

From: jackbin_2004@yahoo.com

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

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VB.NET Programmer

From: cvhr10@hotmail.com


Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh

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Juice and Frozen vegetable factory openings in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

From: contact

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2010,

•Dear Sir,

Ramadan Kareem!
We are currently looking for qualified professionals for an upcoming juice factory in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. We prefer Arabic speaking candidates and other candidates also may apply. Please forward your CVs to foodtechjobs@gmail.com

Production Manager:

Juice production. (1 position)
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• Production Manager: Frozen Vegetable production. (1position)
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ESL Instructors wanted - Saudi Arabia

From: positions@skylinetechsolutions.com

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Riyadh)

Description: Skyline Global Solutions seeks qualified EFL Instructors for positions at King Saud University in Riyadh, as well as other cities throughout Saudi Arabia. Skyline Global Solutions is a leader in international teaching jobs for Saudi Arabia. Skyline provides exclusive opportunities for teachers throughout Saudi Arabia.

We are currently looking for two types of candidates, please see below for details.

Type 1 - Saudi Local

Currently living in Saudi Arabia, and will be available in August. When applying, enter “Saudi Local” in the subject line of your email. Native or Non-Native speakers applications are welcome. Contracts are starting with 1 semester and can be extended for another. Any type of citizenship is accepted.

Type 2 – Specified Countries

Currently only looking for US, Canadian, Britain, Australian, or New Zealand citizens currently located in their home country or ready/willing to travel back to their home country for visa processing. Native English applications are accepted.

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All applicants must meet the following requirements:

• A CELTA (or equivalent)
• A University degree.
• A native-speaker command of English (only for type 2)
• 2 years of EFL experience preferred

Job Title EFL Trainer
Reports to Academic Coordinators
Works with EFL Trainers

Main Responsibilities

• Teaching up to 25 hours per week, plus cover is required.
• Preparation of lessons.
• Marking of homework and class work.
• Preparation, administration and marking of placement, progress and achievement tests.
• Assessment and reporting of student performance.
• Development of supplementary materials for core syllabuses or for special courses.
• Attending staff meetings and/or workshops arranged by senior staff.
• Assisting with the running of public examinations.
• Playing a full and active part in the life of the University.

General

• To work irregular hours on occasion .
• To dress appropriately at all times.
• Adhere to all statutory regulations, and King Saud University policies and procedures.
• To protect at all times the confidentiality of information.
• Any other duties required by the Academic Manager.

Benefits/Salary Package

• 10 month contract with the potential to renew on an annual basis
• starting salary range of between 9,000 – 14,000
SAR per month (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
• 1 return economy airfare per contract
• a second flight allowance up to the value of 3000 SAR*
• end of contract bonus
• 25 days holiday per contract plus university approved holidays
• full health and medical insurance cover
• visa and work permit
• either provided accommodation or a monthly housing allowance equivalent to 25% basic salary**
• either provided transportation to and from work or a transport allowance equivalent to 10% of your monthly salary
• a strong commitment to providing you with in- service support, training and professional development

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Experienced Electrical Engineer

From: sudheermaac@gmail.com

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh

Description: We are looking for experienced Electrical Engineer
Experience in Aramco Projects Preferred,

Please note that this is for long term basis (Aramco Project), if you are interested please contact me.

Sudheer
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Mob: 0509894074
E-mail: sudheermaac@gmail.com

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Network Engineer

From: m_saud@usys.com.sa

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Riyadh)

Description: Dear All.
Please note we are looking professional &
experiences Network Engineer & you may contact us with your bio-date below number urgent……

Universal Systems.
Fax No. 4624860

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URGENTLY REQUIRED ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS

From: jobs_001@yahoo.in

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jubail (jubail, dammam, khobar)

Description: HELLO FRIENDS,

ONE OF OUR CLIENT REQUIRE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS (4 NOS)

JOB-DESCRIPTION.

>CANDIDATE SHOULD HAVE 5-6 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN
KINGDOM.
>SHOULD HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE FIRE AND SAFETY RULES.
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M.NO:- 0592900724

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HEAVY DRIVER

From: ebtesal@rediffmail.com

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (RIYADH)

Description: TOP URGENTLY,,,,,,,

We need some Experienced with SKILL HEAVY DRIVER for factory works.

1) Salary : 2300 SR.

2) Food Allowance 200 SR each month.

3) Free Accommodation.

4) Overtime will be calculated on basic salary.

4) 10 hours duty each day.

5) Work location inside Riyadh.

6) Candidates must have VALID IQAMA AND VALID HEAVY
LICENCE.

7) Mobilization time within 10 days.

CONTACT NUMBER : 0506222498.

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Automation Engineer-Sales

From: info.aims.jeddah@gmail.com

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jeddah (Jeddah)

Description: We are looking for Automation Engineer for our Sales Department. We Provide Industrial Automation, Building Automation, Railway Automation, Power Station Automation, Control Panel Design, PLC/DCS Programming, HMI/SCADA Configuration and Programming, Installation, Troubleshooting, Control Systems, based on products of reputed international brands.We also provide Consultancy, Electrical Engineering Services and Fiber optics works. If you have good contacts with clients, We offering you Project based Commission/Profit.
Send your CV via mail: info.aims.jeddah@gmail.com

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Urgently required x-ray technician

From: betterjobs2010@hotmail.com

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jeddah (jeddah)

Description: A well known polyclinic in sharafiya urgently required x-ray technician.

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English teaching / Male & Female

From: a.phanivong@gmail.com

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Riyadh)

Description: Hi,

My name is Joe. I have a big project in Riyadh that
will start soon and we're looking for English
Teachers.

The salary will be good and so will the working
hours be.

Those that are interested please mail me your Cv's as soon as possible to:

A.phanivong@gmail.com

Conditions: BA + English certificates (such as
Celta)

Once you're chosen, more exact information will be given to you.

Thank you,

Joe

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TELECOM TECHNICIAN

From: akram@pcclinic.com.sa

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh

Description: We are looking for Telecom Tecnician, familear with internal wiring, Central Connections, DSL Lines
Connections intrested candidate can walkin for interview, salary as per working abelity.

Require Fiber Optic cabling Technician also

Contact 0530786729

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Sales Executive required

From: attuabdul@yahoo.com

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Dammam

Description: Urgently required sales executive for
Dammam having at least 2 experience in Sanitary
field, walk-in interview will be on 25th-26th Aug.
Attractive package based on experience. Call
0541373615

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I. T. Computer & Network Engineer

From: network.eng.job@gmail.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Saudi Arabia

Description: I.T. Computer & Network Engineer

Key Responsibilities:

• Network setup, operate and monitor.
• System and Hardware setup and preparation
• Setup, install and test software, application, utilities and systems.
• Support user's technical problems and give them with solutions.
• Inform users with any technical modification on system and any additional requirements to operate and run.
• Analyze any technical changes and enhancement that would raise user's performance.
• Convey problems to vendor and follow up.
• Tasks logging in Helpdesk system.
• Maintain technical documents problems related to machines & systems and update them.
• Network maintenance & following up maintenance requests.
• Prepare general lists related to periodic preventive maintenance.
• Network Cabinet handling and maintenance.
• Cisco Router configuration 800 series, 2800 series, 1800 Series.
• Providing solutions for implementing or improving of connectivity with regional branches.

Required Skills:

• Higher professional certificate

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Storekeeper

From: rafi_198011@hotmail.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Riyadh)

Description: Urgently required a Storekeeper for a reputed company, Freshers can also apply.

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Urgently require Civil foreman and Civil Supervisor

From: nawayathalarabia@hotmail.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jubail

Description: Urgently require Civil foreman and Civil Supervisor for Jubail Project

Please forward your CV below E-mail.

nawayathalarabia@hotmail.com

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QUALITY SURVEYOR IN ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL

From: ahmedjob786@yahoo.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Riyadh)

Description: ONE OF INTERNATIONAL COMPANY OFFERING JOB FOR QUALITY SURVEYOR
IN ELECTRICAL OR MECHANICAL SECTION, WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF QUALITY WORK,

PLEASE SEND CV TO ahmedjob786@yahoo.com very good salary and five star accommodation.

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Purchasing officer

From: recruit.saudi@yahoo.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Khobar

Description: A Saudi trading company is looking for purchasing (Procurement) officer.

The minimum experience required is: FIVE years.
References are required

If experience is less than five years the application will not be processed thus the applicant will not be contacted.

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Web Developer .NET

From: mawhiba10@gmail.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh

Description: A full time (Transferable Iqama) .net developer is required for a position in Riyadh. minimum 2 years experience. SharePoint experience is a huge plus.

Please send ur CV in this email
mawhiba10@gmail.com

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Accountants

From: one.route@yahoo.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Olaya,)

Description: We are a company based in riyadh, Looking for the position of an Accountant and must have an experienced of 5 - 7 years in GCC Countries.

Who can manage Accounting department, reporting directly to controllers, posted to general ledger accounts and performed cash flows analysis, Analyzed business perform to maximize operations and financial plan.

Please send your resume in this contact :
Email : one.route@yahoo.com

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Urgent Positions for King Abdulaziz University Project

From: bshrinfo@yahoo.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jeddah (King AbdulAziz Unive)

Description: 1. 3 Civil Engineers

2. 2 Design Structural Engineers

3. 1 Quantity Surveyor

4. 1 Construction Manager

Qualified applicants submit CV to email: bshrinfo@yahoo.com

Kindly submit CV with latest 2X2 photo. Must be resident in Jeddah and having transferable iqama.

Send your CV now!!!

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CIVIL DRAFTSMAN REQUIREMENT- TOP URGENT

From: prasanth@tandeemsa.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jubail (Jubail /Dammam /Khobar)

Description:
Dear Gents,

Urgently we are looking for 3 Civil Draftsman with minimum 3 yrs experience.

Location- Eastern Region.

Kindly forward the resume urgently.

Reagrds,

PRASANTH
TANDEEM SAUDI ARABIA
055 879 2289

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Hotel Receptionist
 
From: maqaisar2003@yahoo.co.in

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Batha)

Description: We are looking for a Receptionist for our hotel urgently.

Any one who can read, write and type Arabic very well do contact on given numbers.

0567352769

2760081 Extn. 0

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Urgently Need a PROCUREMENT OFFICER for Riyadh

From: procurement.2010@yahoo.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh (Riyadh)

Description: We a leading construction company in Middle East is willing to fulfill the vacant position of Procurement Officer for Riyadh.

Must be Graduate from the repeated University with 5Year experience in the same position, Should able to prepare Material logs, commercial evaluation supplier offers. And
must be familiar with building material & supplier's network.

Only candidates who fulfill the above may send their CV at email: procurement.2010@yahoo.com

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Maintenance Engineer- Electro Mechanical

From: gm@petrotech-saudi.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jubail

Description: Having 5-10 years experience in Mechanical and electrical maintenance in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power sectors. Experience in rotating and static equipments repair and maintenance a must. Sound knowledge in hydraulic and pneumatic equipments services.

Prefer: Degree/ diploma in Mechanical or electrical
Iqama transfer preferred but not mandatory

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INTERNAL AUDITORS

From: info@nottinghamcanada.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Riyadh

Description: WE are looking for a few Internal Auditors to be based in Riyadh, with some traveling within Saudi Arabia. Candidates must have:
A Finance/Accounting qualification.
At least three years training with a reputable Auditing Firm.
Experience in Internal Auditing, Forensic Accounting or Investigations.
Strong command over English with some working knowledge of Arabic. Good know-how of Microsoft Office and other computer programs including Power Point.
Must be currently in Saudi Arabia and available within a month or so.

if you meet the above criteria please email your CV today to info@nottinghamcanada.com

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OFFICE SECRETARY

From: binhelabi@gmail.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jeddah (JEDDAH)

Description:

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Jeddah (Balad - Jeddah)

Description: A leading importing agency looking for a office secretary with below qualifications:
Well English with read write and speak
Computer knowledge requiring Ms.Office and Photoshop.
Kerala - Indians are more preferable.
Salary can offer SR 2000 to 2500/- depend on your ability.
If interested please forward your CV to binhelabi@gmail.com

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I.T. Technician

From: it.technician.job@gmail.com

Date: Monday, August 23, 2010

Category: Jobs Offered

Region: Saudi Arabia

Description:

I.T. Computer Technician

Key Responsibilities:

• Networking setup, operate and monitor.
• Analyze user requirements related to computer in order to direct purchasing or internal/external delivery.
• Installation & Configuration of Microsoft Operating Systems
• Setup, install and testing of Antivirus, application, utilities and systems.
• Inform users with any technical modification on system and any additional requirements to operate and run.
• Analyze any technical changes and enhancement that would raise user's performance.
• Convey problems to vendor and follow up.
• Logging all activities in Computerized Helpdesk System.
• Maintain technical documents problems related to machines & systems and update them.
• Systems maintenance & following up maintenance requests.
• Prepare general lists related to periodic preventive maintenance.
• Convey external maintenance requests of machines to contractors follow up and evaluate the maintenance transactions.
• Fol

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