Saturday, April 30, 2011


The Hindu report:

Akbaruddin Owaisi safe after attack

30 April 2011, Special Correspondent

MIM supporters throng the Owaisi Hospital at Kanchanbagh after party MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi was shot at in the Old City of Hyderabad on Saturday . Photo: P.V. Sivakumar

Tension escalated in the old city areas as followers of the Majlis legislator gathered at the Owaisi hospital where a profusely bleeding Mr Owaisi was rushed after the attack.

The condition of Akbaruddin Owaisi, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator from Chandrayangutta, who was injured after being shot at, was declared to be out of danger at the Owaisi Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Doctors operated upon him and removed two bullets from his body.

Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi was shot at by assailants suspected to be belonging to a group led by Mohammed Pehlwan at Barkas in the morning. Ibrahim Ali, 25, suspected to be one of the assailants, was shot dead by the gunman of another MLA who was travelling in Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi’s jeep.

Tension has eased in the old city areas after police made repeated announcements about the safe condition of Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi.

Chief Minsiter N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy along with DGP K. Aravinda Rao rushed to the Owaisi Hospital.

It now emerged that a group of nine assailants attacked Akabaruddin Owaisi’s vehicle in which another MIM legislator Balala and some others were travelling at Barkas. They hit the jeep with a scooter and as it screeched to a halt, the assailants wielding swords attacked the passengers who included Akbaruddin Owaisi, another legislator Balala and other some others, police said quoting preliminary reports.

The gunman of Mr. Balala was reported to have opened fire in which three assailants sustained bullet injuries. They were rushed to Yashoda hospital in Malakpet where one of them, identified as Abdullah died. Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi had refused to take protection from the police department, sources said.

Following the attack, a large number of people gathered at the Owaisi Hospital. Traffic flow was disrupted on the Santoshnagar main road after agitated MIM workers targeted some RTC buses. However, situation returned to normalcy as news about safe condition of Akbaruddin Owaisi was released by hospital authorities.

Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, and elder brother of Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi air-dashed to Hyderabad from Delhi. Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi is also the president of the AIMIM, which has won seven MLAs in Andhra Pradesh.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011



United Islamic Aid IRF Educational Scholarship based on Islamic Knowledge, taqwa and merit is available for Muslim students pursuing courses in Medicine, Engineering, Education, Management etc. They have allotted Rs.1 crore to be given in scholarships.

The scholarship Application Form is available at the Islamic Research Foundation Office or it can be downloaded from

Written Islamic Exam on Sunday, 29th May 2011 at Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Malegaon, Akola, Delhi, Kolkatta, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai.

Scholarship is for:

1. English/Urdu medium students of Maharashtra

2. Only English medium students of rest of India


Monday, April 18, 2011



By V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

It will be clear to any political observer in India that the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) is a highly secular and nationalist party engaged in protecting the rights of minorities particularly Muslims and strengthening the bonds of camaraderie among different linguistic, ethnic and religious people. It is a harbinger of amity and communal harmony. The late Qaede Millat Mohammed Ismail saheb who was elected as its President when it was formed after the partition of country in 1947 is still the soul of the party. It is the main representative body of Indian Muslims thanks to the efforts taken by the Muslim League leaders in Kerala and Tamil Nadu during the past more than 60 years.

All trusted Qaede Millat Mohammed Ismail saheb fully and the Kerala and Tamil Nadu units more so. The Kerala unit of the IUML wanted him to be its representative in the Parliament of India. He was elected to the Parliament from the Manjeri constituency in Kerala three times in 1962, 67 and 71 as an IUML candidate without even going to the constituency for electioneering. He went there only to file his nomination papers. The electorates who respected him immensely exercised their franchise in his favour and he always came out successful with a big margin of more than one lakh votes. He was secular and patriotic to the core. He asked people to follow the verse of the holy Quran: “hold tight to the rope of God and be not divided among yourselves” – Watasimu bihablillahi jameeaun walaa tafarraqoo”.

When Pakistan started a war with India in 1965, Qaede Millat while delivering a speech in the Parliament expressed his desire to send his only son Mr. Mia Khan to the battle field to fight against Pakistan. After the creation of Pakistan, he had asked the Pakistani leaders not to interfere in the internal affairs of our country India and bid adieu to them.

When the issue of national language came for discussion in the Parliament, he pleaded that his mother tongue Tamil, a rich language in all respects, should be made the national language. He was secular and patriotic to the core. He was instrumental in bringing the Muslim community on a single platform particularly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and making them realise the importance of unity and integrity in accordance with the Islamic dictate.

Qaede Millat echoed his voice against all kinds of injustice and encouraged righteousness from whichever quarter it came. His contribution in bringing the DMK to power in Tamil Nadu cannot be forgotten. The trio – Mr. C. Annadurai (Anna), Mr. C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) and Mr. Mohammed Ismail (Qaede Millat) joined together and created history in 1967 when the DMK attained power for the first time and the then DMK chief Mr. C. Annadurai became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He was the first member of a Dravidian party to hold that post and was also the first non-Congress leader to form a majority government in Independent India. It was not on expected lines but the late founder leader of the DMK , Anna made it possible with the support of the above mentioned two leaders. The gift of the gab that he and his young and energetic colleagues like the present DMK chief Dr. Kalaignar Mr. M. Karunanidhi and others possessed helped them in presenting the DMK party ideology to the people in a convincing and befitting manner and winning their hearts. Muslims have been co-operating with them from day one of the DMK. Though EVR was an atheist, he used to address Meeladun Nabi functions praising Islam and Islamic ideology of equality and brotherhood. He had even written a book titled “Manitha kulam waazay Islamay Nal Wazhi (Islam is the right path for the progress of mankind)

Muslims particularly students in places even like Ambur rushed to the book stalls every week end to buy periodicals like Mani Vilakku, Muslim Murasu, Pirai, Tamil Nadu ( Tamizhnadu), Home Land, Murasoli, Thenral, Manram etc. which were brought out by Muslim and Dravidian intellectuals and leaders. The language they used and the matters they discussed were very meaningful and captivating. For example Dr. Kalaignar’s alliterative language, Mr. Kannadasan’s poetic expressions and Mr. Abdul Samad’s sweet and power packed artistry mesmerized readers like me.

Though the subject under discussion is different I mention all this to say the fact that the people connected with Dravida movements and Islam have been working together in social and political fields of activity. It is heartening to note that even today the same camaraderie exists among Muslim League and DMK leaders and followers. Insha Allah it will continue as it is based more on ideology and less on politics. Political connections may change but not ideological.

Coming to the main issue, the Muslim League has never failed to protect the causes dearer to the Muslim community, i. e. Muslim personal law, minority rights in educational institutions, reservation, safe-guard for Urdu, Arabic and Persian, etc. Even today prof. K.M. Kader Mohideen, who is the President of the Tamil Nadu unit of the Muslim League is protecting the interest of the Muslim community well. The 3.5% reservation for Muslims in education and employment sanctioned by the DMK government at the instance of the Muslim League is paying good dividends. The lacunae found in its implementation are brought to the notice of the Hon’ble TN Chief Minister and he has set up a high level committee headed by the State Chief Secretary to monitor its effective implementation. He has also announced accepting the Muslim League demand for increasing the reservation to 5% that it would be considered positively at the earliest. Muslims strongly believe that they will get this benefit as he is a better administrator and a trustworthy leader who understands their feelings and respects their sentiments.

Even in the present election scenario, the Muslim League’s large heartedness in coming forward to accept two constituencies instead of three allotted already to accommodate another political party is a testimony to the fact that it is a cooperative and dependable ally. That it got three seats later is a different matter. Now the three Muslim League candidates Mr. H. Abdul Basith, Mr. M. Mohammed Sheik Dawood and Mr. Althaf Hussain are contesting in three assembly constituencies Vaniyambadi, Nagappattinam and Chennai Harbour respectively. Insha Allah they will come out successful along with other candidates of the DMK alliance.

The message the Muslim League conveys is simple and crystal clear. That is – unity is strength. It will not be possible for any community to attain a better position in society unless it is united and works to achieve what it wants in the educational, economical and political arena in the present highly competitive and materialistic world. (VMK in The Times of League, Chennai)


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


                         AMBUR TRADE CENTRE, AMBUR

AMBUR OPEN 2: the exhibition of Footwear Components, Accessories and Finished Leather will take place on 9th and 10th July 2011 at the Ambur Trade Centre, Ambur.
For details ISF or IFCOMA can be contacted

Tuesday, April 12, 2011



V.M. Khaleelur Rahman

The leather market is firm with more demand and less supply in Periamet (Chennai) and other centres like Ambur, Vaniyambadi, Ranipet, Melvisharam, Pernambut etc. All items - goat, sheep , kip and calf leathers - are on the move. In the Periamet market shoe manufacturers are showing good interest for tanned goat skins Run selection at around Rs.60/- whereas Fifth and Inf.Fifth selections are in demand at around Rs. 50/- and 45/- per sq.ft. respectively. Tanned goat All Suedes are sold at around Rs. 42 and goat Linings A/B/C have continuous demand at around Rs. 36/35/34 per sq.ft. The general feeling in the market is that leather and shoe manufacturers are not able to get the quantity they require in these items. They have to book in advance with tanners for their requirements. The present time is peculiar in the sense that it is out and out a seller’s market.

In Vaniyambadi which is a good market for wet blue, crust and finished sheep leathers like nappa we can see increased number of customers purchasing these items at varying prices depending on the selection and quality. Imported skins are also available here. There are many tanners who import wet blue goat and sheep skins from countries like Switzerland, Nigeria, Saudia Arabia, Egypt, etc. Even import prices have gone up considerably.

In Erode also which is a popular centre for wet blue cow hides, shoe manufacturers continue to buy their requirements with much difficulty as they have to bargain a lot for prices even with regular suppliers who on the other hand regret their inability to supply at old prices due to abnormal increase in prices of raw hides at different centres in the country.

When I asked a leading exporter the reason for this state of affairs in the leather market, he said, “I don’t think there is any abnormal demand for leather and leather products in the international market at higher prices. The main reason for it is the work pressure in factories and fear complex among particularly new exporters that they may not be able to get raw hides and skins they require to fulfill their obligations”. Of course it remains to be seen what happens in the future.


Chennai exporters are quoting hihger prices for various items of finished leather. F/C goat upper leathers for shoes, 4/7 sq. ft. ABC, are quoted at around US$2.20 and D/E/F at around US$1.80/170/160 per sq.ft. In the S/C and F/C goat lining leathers which have good demand abroad the present prices, quoted by tanners for 3/5 or 4/7 sq.ft. TR-1/2/3, are US$1.30/1.20/1.10 per sq.ft. However it is learnt that overseas customers are mostly reluctant to pay these prices but exporters here say that they have no other option as prices of raw skins, chemicals, wattle extract, labour charges etc. have gone up and apart from this availability of raw skins is also limited at all raw skin centres in the country.


The recent earthquake tragedy occurred in Japan has paralysed the normal life beyond our imagination in some areas in Japan. The valiant Japanese who are reputed the world over for their straightforward and honest dealings are endeavouring their best to cope up with the situation and regain what has been lost. They will achieve it. As far as the leather industry is concerned, it is not known if it has been affected and if so to what extent. However leading exporters say that there will not be any big change in their dealings with our country and in their export and import policy.


As usual tanners and shoe manufacturers are participating in the Hong Kong based Asia Pacific Leather Fair (from 30th March to 1st April 2011) and the Bologna based Lineapelle leather fair (from 6th to 8th April 2011) This time due to the market position explained above it has become necessary for them more than ever before to meet their regular customers during these two fairs and prepare their future export and import plans. Leather and leather products exporters who have entered into big export contracts are in a dilemma as covering their requirements of raw hides and skins has become a Himalayan task at present.

(Indian Leather, April 2011)


Monday, April 4, 2011



By Azhar Mohammed K

Finally after 28 years of long wait, India has done it again. It was a combination of experience, talent and strong determination that has resulted in India lifting the World Cup 2011 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. India outclassed its opposition in all formats of the game. Be it fielding, batting or bowling, they struck to the basics and delivered when needed. It was good to see such a united side backing each other at tense situations. Dhoni, the cool minded captain proved once again that he has the midas touch with him. A balanced innings from him in the final saw India through to winning the cup and the ultimate glory that each cricketing nation had been eager to achieve for the past 6 weeks.

This victory is definitely a team effort as we see contributions coming from nearly all Indian players. Indian team members dedicated this victory to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar who has been so consistent throughout the tournament and finished as the second highest run getter in the tournament. Zaheer Khan bowled his heart out, got necessary break throughs at times and finished being the highest wicket taker in the tournament along with Shahid Afridi (21 wickets). Yuvraj Singh, the man of the tournament, and four times man of the match proved himself to be a perfect all-rounder contributing both with bat and ball. There were excellent contributions from all other players also. Young guns of India, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan and Suresh Raina with their disciplined innings have proved that India has a bright future ahead. There were also good contributions from Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel and not to forget the man behind the scenes, the Indian coach, Gary Kirsten who was always there with the team giving continuous support and sharing his vast experience. He made India the number one team in the test side a few months back and now India is numero uno in the ODI as well.

The emotions shown by the players in the field after the victory had a story to tell. It showed their hard work done and their determination to achieve the goal. It was wonderful to see ‘Sachin’ and ‘Kirsten’ being carried on the field on the shoulders of Gambhir and Raina as a tribute to them.

It is definitely a very proud moment for we Indians as the cup is finally ours. This moment will be cherished always by all cricketing fans. This moment has gone down to history as one of the finest cricketing performances and Dhoni and co will always be remembered when cricket is spoken of. May Indian cricket team continue to achieve new peaks in the days to come and retain this terrific form of winning. Jai Ho!