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Mr. Khalid A-H Ansari is an Indian businessman and journalist.

He is the Chairman of Mid-Day Group of Publication based in Mumbai.

Khalid A-H Ansari has a Bachelor's degree in Law (LL.B.), a Master's degree (M.A.) in Political Science from Bombay University and a Masters degree (M.A.) in Journalism and Mass Communication from Stanford University, U.S.A.

Today he is the guiding force of "Mid Day Multimedia Ltd.", which publishes Asia's leading afternoon newspaper, MID DAY, in two languages from Mumbai and Pune, the INQUILAB Daily and other publications.

He is also chairman of M.C Media Ltd, whose activities include FM radio broadcasting (a joint venture with BBC) and radio software and film production in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune and Goa.

His biggest contribution to Indian sports, in the opinion of many, was his magazine SPORTSWEEK, which he started in 1968 and published until1989, when he took up an assignment abroad.

Here are some highlights of his professional career:

  • Was a member of the official Indian delegation to the 46th session of the United Nations General Assembly in 1989.
  • Started the Earth Times at the United Nations headquarters in New York and published the Earth Summit Times, the official newspaper for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1994.
  • Was the Managing Director and Executive Editor of the Khaleej Times, Dubai and editor of the Asiad Chronicle, the official publication of the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.
  • Is the author of the "Reliance World Cup" and "Champions of One-Day Cricket".
  • Was a member of the All India Council of Sports under Gen. K. Kumaramangalam and Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Maneckshaw.
  • Covered the Kargil war in 1999 and the Fiji coup in 2000, the NAM conference in Harare and the CHOGM summit in the Bahamas.
  • Covered the foreign visits of Presidents A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Zail Singh and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Atal Behari Vajpayee.
  • Is the Chairman Emeritus of the Squash Racquets Association of Maharashtra and a member of the Organizing Committee of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, 2010.
  • Is a member of various government advisory committees and is associated with numerous charitable, social, cultural and sports organizations.
  • The Abdul Hamid Ansari Charitable Trust, started by him in memory of his father, arranges free eye camps and computer study classes, and sponsors vocational education for 500 girls every year from underprivileged sections of society.
  • He is also a trustee of the CHAMPS Foundation, started by Sunil Gavaskar, which provides financial assistance to retired international sportspersons in need.
  • Son of renowned freedom fighter Abdul Hamid Ansari, he was voted Gentleman of the Year by Gentleman magazine in 1988, given the Alumnus Achiever's award by St. Xavier's College in 2003 and granted honorary life membership of the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in 2004.
  • He is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the Padma Shri and the Giants International Award for distinguished services in journalism.
  • KHALID A-H ANSARI, son of the late Mr. Abdul Hameed Ansari, freedom fighter and active Congressman.

EDUCATION :

  • M.A. (Journalism, Advertising and Mass Communication), from Stanford University, California, U.S.A.
  • M.A. (Political Science), from Bombay University.
  • LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws), from Govt. Law College, Bombay University.
  • B.A. (English Literature), from St. Xavier's College.
  • Book and Magazine Publishing Course, Stanford University, California, U.S.A.
  • Specialised Senior Editorial Course, Thompson Foundation, U.K.

Currently :

  • Chairman, Mid-Day Multimedia Ltd.
  • Chairman, Inquilab Publications Ltd. founded by father, the late Abdul Hameed Ansari, in 1937 during the freedom movement.
  • Advisor - Earth Times, New York, U.S.A.
  • Advisor - Khaleej Times, Dubai

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE :

  • Member of the Indian Delegation to the U.N. General Assembly Session, New York, 1990.
  • Editor, Asiad Chronicle published by the Government of India for the Asian Games - New Delhi, 1982.
  • Managing Director and Executive Editor, Khaleej Times, Dubai, U.A.E., 1989 to 1990.
  • Editor-in-Chief, Earth Summit Times, New York, U.S.A. January-April 1993 and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, July-August 1994.
  * Started Sportsweek in 1968
  * Mid Day (Bombay) in 1979
  * Sunday Mid Day (Bombay) in 1980
  * Sunday Mid Day (Bangalore) in 1980
  * Mid Day (New Delhi) in 1985 (sold subsequently in 1988)
  * Inquilab Urdu Daily (New Delhi) in 1986
  * Gujarati Mid Day (Bombay) in February 1995

  • Accompanied Shrimati Indira Gandhi, Shri Rajiv Gandhi, Shri Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Shri Giani Zail Singh, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee and Shri A P J Abdul Kalam on visits abroad.
  • Covered the Kargil war in 1999 and the Fiji coup in 2000 as a correspondent.
  • Covered the NAM Summit in Harare and the CHOGM Conference in the Bahamas.
  • Also covered 7 Olympic Games, 3 Asian Games, 3 Commonwealth Games, 4 World Cup Hockey Tournaments, 4 Cricket World Cups and Cricket tours of the Indian team to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, the West Indies and Pakistan.
  • Member of various Government advisory committees.
  • Ex-member, All India Council of Sports (2 terms)
  • Member of Boards of various private commercial organisations.
  • Associated with charitable, social, cultural and sports organisations.

AWARDS :

  • Awarded the prestigious Padma Shri National Award by the President of India for distinguished service in Journalism and Literature.
  • Felicitated by St. Xaviers College Association, Bombay as an Outstanding Alumni in February 2003.
  • Selected “Gentleman of the Year” by Gentleman magazine (Bombay) in 1988.
  • Awarded the Giants International Award for distinguished services in journalism.
  • Presented numerous awards by various social, cultural and service organizations.

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