Suleiman Sait, a champion of India’s weaker sections

Updated 23 May 2012

Suleiman Sait, a champion of India’s weaker sections

Several prominent figures from the Keralite community in Jeddah paid tribute to the late world-renowned Indian Muslim leader and veteran parliamentarian, Ibrahim Suleiman Sait. They said Sait, as a champion of India’s weaker sections and minorities, especially Muslims, fought selflessly and tirelessly to protect their rights. While highlighting Sait’s unblemished public life and his conviction that to serve people is to worship your God, the speakers called on the younger generation to make him a role model. They described Sait as a true believer and at the same time a staunch advocate of India’s secularist and democratic ideals. They made the remarks while addressing a function organized by the Indian Muslim Cultural Center (IMCC) Jeddah Chapter at Chennai Darbar Restaurant auditorium in Sharafiyyah on the occasion of the seventh death anniversary of Suleiman Sait.
Prominent media figure and editor-in-chief of Gulf Madhymam daily Hamza Abbas delivered the Sait memorial speech. He also released a book titled “Suleiman Sait: Life and philosophy,” written by Prof. A.P Abdul Wahab, general secretary of Indian National League, Kerala state. Prof. Reynold (King Abdulaziz University) received a copy of the book.
Speakers at the function included Prof. Reynold, T.M.A. Rauf, secretary general of the Kerala Muslim Cultural Center, Saudi national committee, V.K.A. Rauf, patron of Navodaya Literary Forum, Sakeer Hussein Edavanna, general secretary of Overseas Indian Cultural Congress Jeddah, Siraj Kollam (Kerala Islamic Group), PP Rahim (New Age India), Kasim Irikkur, Hassan Cheruppa, Dileep Thamarakkulam (Peoples Voice of India), Adv. Muneer, PA Muhammad and
Safarali. IMCC Jeddah President KP Abubakar welcomed the gathering and AP Abdul Ghafour gave a vote of thanks.
Noted singer from Kerala Abdul Rahman Kottakal impressed the audience with melodious songs highlighting the life and contributions of Suleiman Sait, who served the Indian Parliament for a period of 35 years. Sait was a towering Indian leader, who served the community of 160 million Muslims in various capacities. He was president of the Indian Union Muslim League and the Indian National League, and was one among the founders of major Indian Muslim bodies, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Majlise Mushawara, All India Milli Council and Babri Masjid Movement Coordination Committee.


Startup of the Week: Eco-friendly food waste startup brings value-added benefits

KAUST has been highly supportive of Carbon CPU, both technically and financially. (Supplied)
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Startup of the Week: Eco-friendly food waste startup brings value-added benefits

  • Aldrees: “Over 90 percent of food waste in Saudi Arabia is dumped into landfills”
  • Carbon CPU’s technology uses a specially developed, eco-friendly reactor to help convert food waste into fatty acids

Carbon CPU is a biotechnology startup specializing in turning food waste into fatty acids for use as livestock nutrients.
Launched through the post-graduate startup accelerator program (TAQADAM) of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), the venture was co-founded by Bin Bian, Jiajie Xu, Yara Aldrees, Sara Al-Eid and Prof. Pascal Saikaly.
The idea behind the enterprise began to take shape in 2018. Al-Eid said: “Our aim was to recycle food waste into value-added products in a manner that matched the Saudi Vision 2030 strategy.”
Similar to most countries, Saudi Arabia has a food waste problem, but Carbon CPU thought of utilizing it in a way that caused less harm to the environment and also benefitted the animal feed industry.
“Over 90 percent of food waste in Saudi Arabia is dumped into landfills,” said Aldrees. “This produces a lot of gas, including methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and cycloaromatics, and contributes to global warming and air pollution.”
Water and soil were also being contaminated through leachate production, she added. “We’re trying to solve those issues, too.”
The team found that animal farms often struggled to provide enough feed nutrients for livestock such as cows and sheep. Al-Eid said there was a huge shortage of fatty acids, which are used as livestock nutrients and were in high demand from farmers.
“We’re trying to help animals live longer and be more nutritious,” she added.
Carbon CPU’s technology uses a specially developed, eco-friendly reactor to help convert food waste into fatty acids.
“We produce fatty acids from the food waste, extracting them through a liquid-liquid extraction system. The fatty acid oils are then used to help animal feed, as well as the feed and chemical industries,” said Xu.
KAUST has been highly supportive of Carbon CPU, both technically and financially, added Bian. “KAUST, especially the Environmental Biotechnology Lab led by Prof Pascal Saikaly, provided us with the facilities to set up our reactors. The KAUST Innovation and Economic Development department and the Entrepreneurship Center also gave us a lot of guidance on how to push our technology into the market.”
The startup initially faced many challenges that KAUST helped to resolve. As individuals coming from backgrounds mainly in engineering and science, the team lacked the know-how in business that its project needed.
“KAUST made up for our lack of business thinking through training on how to solve business issues and create business modules and find the right customers for our product,” said Bian.