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New Zealand Muslims decry anti-Islamic video
Coptic activists Nakuola Basseley Nakoula as we find it reprehensible, insulting and disrespectful to Islam and Muslims,” acting association president Javed Khan said. “We are equally saddened at the destruction and loss of lives that have followed the mindless action of Nakoula and his clique. “To produce such provocative venom that would injure the religious feeling of over a billion people and simply go underground speaks of a demonic intent to cause disaffection

he New Zealand Muslim community has come out strongly against an anti-Islam video produced by an Egyptian-American Coptic activist, which has led to world-wide protests by Islamic organisations throughout the world. The protests against the video are also believed to have been behind a violent surge in Libya where the US Embassy in Benghazi was attacked and four diplomats, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed last week. “We of the Federated Association of New Zealand Muslims are angry about the antiIslam video produced by Egyptian-American


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in a world that is working very hard to build alliance and tolerance across different civilisations.” Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year-old Egyptian Copt and fraudster who was sentenced to 21 months in prison in June 2010, has not been seen since Saturday when he was questioned by his parole officer. Just earlier this week, officers from the Los Angeles County sheriff's department escorted four members of Nakoula's family out of their home to be driven in unmarked police vehicles to an undisclosed location to join him. They concealed their faces as they exited the house - besieged by news crews since Nakoula was linked to the amateurish film that depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a womaniser, child molester and ruthless killer - in the

Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos. Local website Patch, in its Cerritos edition, identified the four as Nakoula's wife, his two sons and a daughter. "They decided they would be safer where they could move about and live a normal life," said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the sheriff's department, quoted by ABC News. "All we did was pick them up and reunite them with Mr Nakoula.... What they told me is that for the time now and for the immediate future, for the weeks and months to come, they will not be returning to this address." Protests over the YouTube trailer for the anti-Islam film erupted last Tuesday in Egypt as well as in Libya where an armed mob attacked the US consulate in Benghazi. The demonstrations, sometimes violent,



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later spread to other Muslim-majority nations in North Africa, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Two more American actors have emerged to discuss the making of the film, saying its anti-Islamic intentions had been concealed from the cast and crew when shooting was under way. The religion of Islam has enjoined its followers to respect other religions and to respect the sanctity of life. In the past, we have condemned instances of desecration of Jewish places of worship in this country as we would of any other places of worship including ours. For this is in line with our commitment and belief in the respect for all religions and people of the world. “We equally condemn in no uncertain terms instance of uncontrolled anger that terminates the lives of innocent people or cause them physical injury in the Middle East and elsewhere,” Javed Khan said. “We call on authorities including the leadership of our country New Zealand, to implement a zero tolerance against anyone determined to cause rage and injury to the religious and cultural sensitivities of others. “As Muslims we have remained law abiding and respectful of others and we are not asking too much to demand equal respect. “We cherish the peace and harmony we are enjoying in New Zealand and condemn any attempt by any individual or group who embark on a mission to insult our religion with the aim of provoking excitable people to violence,” Mr Khan said. “The entire humanity share in a single desire for peace. If some unscrupulous elements such as Nakoula target Islam to disrupt humanity's common asset today, they may target others tomorrow to achieve their aim. “That is why Muslims and non-Muslims have a joint obligation to speak out against such disruptive elements and remain vigilant that they don't hold the world to ransom.”

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Making life ‘safe’ and sound


ituated in the historical Customs House building, the Commonwealth Vault office looks more like a museum than a workplace from outside. And once you enter, there is an instant sense of secrecy with thick massive doors opening and closing with access cards - the narrow passage leading us to the CEO’s cabin strangely appearing like a ballroom studio. It’s a hush-hush atmosphere in here, exuding a fascinating combination of aristocracy and corporatelike air. “It is the historical building that gives us a superior lease. Our clients get the feeling of being protected always,” says Jerome Concisom, the dynamic Indian-Malaysian CEO of the Customs House Safe Deposit Limited, aka the Commonwealth Vault. Jerome has been heading the company, which started off as a Jerome Concisom, property concept in 1998, for the CEO, Commonwealth Vault. past 10 years. And today, it has successfully taken over one of the most important banking services in Auckland - that of providing people with an want to get into,” Jerome explained. Talking about the security scene in Auckassurance of keeping their hard earned belongland, Jerome brushed aside the misconception ings in ‘safe’ hands. “The service of providing safe deposits has about the city being safe. Instead, he hightraditionally been with the banks. We have a lighted the fact that Indians were more at risk working relation with ASB. But banks have of getting robbed here than any other ethnic now moved away from this business because group. “Indians are the easy targets for burglars this is not their core business. Safe deposits require a lot more attention, especially in because of our huge interest in one commodity terms of security, which the banks no longer - gold. And people end up paying the price for

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Wellington refugee organisations will be among the first in New Zealand to hear recommendations received at a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) international meeting. The Tripartite Consultations are held annually in Geneva and bring together government representatives, NGOs and the refugee voice from around the world. Dr Arif Saeid, Vice President of the Refugee Council of New Zealand is travelling around the country to provide direct feedback to former refugee communities on the recent UNHCR Tripartite consultations in Geneva. Dr Saeid says, “It is important that for the first time, comprehensive feedback and consultation from the UNHCR meetings comes back from those who attended directly to grassroots community groups, as well as government, NGO’s and advocates. For too long people have been attending without accountability for reporting back to the refugee sector and being responsible for feedback both ways. RCNZ is now addressing this.” The forum in Wellington was held on September 17 at the Changemakers Refugee Forum office at Webb Street. Sessions were held at Aotea Centre at the Diversity Forum on 19 August, and on 7 September at the Christchurch Migrant Centre, organised through Christchurch Resettlement Services. The Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) started in 1995. This process provides an important vehicle for strengthened cooperation between governments, NGOs and UNHCR in the area of resettlement policy and practice. An important outcome is the tripartite relationship itself, which promotes transparency and stimulates the development of new and innovative ways to solve problems and to combine resources to improve resettlement outcomes for refugees. Dr Saeid arrived in New Zealand as a refugee from Afghanistan with his family in 2000. Forced to flee Afghanistan in 1999 with their four children, they lived in Pakistan as refugees until resettling in New Zealand. Unable to continue practice of medicine in NZ, Dr Saeid retrained in counselling at the University of Auckland.

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he early migrants of the South East Asian arrived into New Zealand well over 120 years ago, settling in just about all corners of Aoteoroa. They worked in semi skilled jobs and because of the small numbers hardly got together to celebrate their unique heritage while contributing into the mainstream economy. As the numbers sharply rose in the last few decades so did the arrival of skilled migrants into the country. Also by this time second, third and in some instances fourth generation New Zealanders of South East Asian background have made a head way into the highly skilled job fields in the corporate world in New Zealand. Number of young professionals of South East Asian background working in the corporate world in Aotearoa have increased considerably and up till now there was no platform or organisation dedicated to bringing these upcoming professionals together to network and share their experiences and talent in fun environment. Well that has all changed now, a group of enterprising youth have felt the need for this and have launched New Zealand’s first Young professionals group serving the South East Asian community by hosting their first Inaugural dinner full of fun, food and motivating speeches @ Totos restaurant. YP group has forged ahead to co-ordinate, collaborate, and promote events around wider Auckland that will provide platform, opportunities for Young professionals to network socially and on business endeavours. There will be opportunities for group members to volunteer, promote and work with other members to shape their ideas and dreams. Their mission is to create a platform for their members to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and high quality living of wider community. On Saturday 15th Sept they hosted their first evening at Totos, New Zealand’s best Italian restaurant 2012. It was a well attended event with numbers reaching over 100. Night kicked off with a mix-and-mingle session at the start of the evening, where everyone exchanged their cards and introduced themselves to new faces. There was lot of talk and laughs. Evening session moved to the main dining area and everyone quickly settled into their designated seats.

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New Zealand

World music comes to Kiwi shores
Music of Joy, a multicultural group of musicians from Australia, is bringing world music to Kiwi shores with their ‘Realise New Zealand’ tour during the weekend of Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September. The international concert group is based in Sydney and features musicians from across the world. Their music features soulful pieces from India, Russia, Italy, Africa, Pakistan and England. Music of Joy’s repertoire mainly stems from spiritual songs but ranges across folklore and home-grown compositions as well. “We believe that the purpose of music is to create and share joy. This is our first tour in New Zealand and we are looking forward to performing for the lovers of world music here,” they say. Their ‘Realise New Zealand’ tour features four concerts spread across Auckland, North Shore, Hamilton and Tauranga. The concerts are free and open to all ages. The tour is being organised by Sahaja Yoga New Zealand, a non-profit meditation group that runs free classes to help people learn about the art of thoughtless awareness. Music of Joy has performed at numerous festivals and special events across Australia, Italy, United States and India and most recently in Vietnam, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Malaysia. TouR DETaIlS: Programme 1 Auckland - Date: Saturday, September 29th 2012; Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Venue: Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar; Address: Cnr of Gillies & Silver Rd, Epsom, Auckland. Programme 2 North Shore, Auckland- Date: Saturday, September 29th 2012; Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm; Venue: Brian Gerrard Theatre, Birkenhead College; Address: 140 Birkdale Rd, Birkdale, North Shore Auckland. Programme 3 Hamilton – Date: Sunday, September 30th 2012; Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm; Venue: Gallagher Academy of Performing

Arts; Address: Gate 2B, Knighton Rd, University of Waikato, Hamilton Programme 4 Tauranga – Date: Sunday, September 30th 2012; Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm; Venue: Baycourt Community and Arts Centre; Address: Durham and Wharf St, Tauranga

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Discover and celebrate Auckland's Heritage
Be prepared for more of Tamaki Makaurau’s unique and fascinating past to be uncovered as final preparations are made for Auckland’s ninth annual Heritage Festival. The festival runs from 29 September to 14 October and has more than 200 events for people to discover, celebrate and be inspired by. From Wellsford in the north to Waiuku in the south and many points in between, the festival programme is truly region-wide, and crammed with events that are largely free, or low-cost. “Our people do so much to protect and preserve Auckland’s local heritage. The great scale of this festival shows the strength of their pride,” says Mayor Len Brown. “As the story of Auckland continues to evolve, I encourage everyone to experience the history that makes us unique. Learn something new about your neighbourhood’s past or pick a part of Auckland you know little about and learn its story.” “Find out about our rich natural heritage on guided tours of our Gulf islands, attend a one-off presentation on biodiversity, or join the walks and talks on our special and distinctive volcanoes. Learn about our built heritage at places like Highwic in Epsom, Scott House at Mahurangi Regional Park, Pah Homestead in Hillsborough, Donner House in Titirangi, and Nathan Homestead and Kelliher Estate in the south.” For something a bit different, keep an eye out for events that celebrate the legacy of Sir John Logan Campbell, the ‘Father of Auckland’ who passed away 100 years ago. Cast your vote to help decide the winner in the first ever Auckland Heritage Awards exhibition – or even take the winning photo. This year the festival is geared for the school holidays, with events catering for ‘all ages’. Wynyard Quarter will be the place to take a tram ride or boat ride. A ‘botanist’s adventure’ invites young apprentices to follow in the pioneering footsteps of Captain Cook’s botanist as he discovered new species. As ever, the guardians of our heritage Auckland Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, MOTAT, Auckland Zoo and the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum and library staff - have put together splendid programmes for people of all ages to enjoy. Out in the community, an army of volunteers are ready to share local history through an array of heritage walks, tours, and workshops.

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Symphony in motion Dancing divas
It was an evening to remember for an Auckland family recently when their daughters performed their arangetram to a crowd of more than 700. And it was made even more special for the girls when their maha guru from Chennai, India - Shri Sajilal K Narayanan – attended the occasion as chief guest. Yashee and Vanshee Kumar, of Macleans College, performed for their bharatnatyam rangpravesham at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre. Blessed with an inborn flair for dancing and an innate sense of rhythm, Yashee and Vanshee candidly accredit their tenacity to overcome the language barrier to learn Carnatic music and bharatnatyam in a different language to their mother tongue, Hindi, to their spiritual journey and support given by their parents. Their dancing prowess extends to North Indian dance forms and they are equally keen to participate in the traditional Maori dances and Western dance. They are also good vocalists with their own personal flair. Yashee and Vanshee feel privileged to have been taught by great Guru Shri Adyar K Lakshman and Shri Sajilal K Narayanan from Kalashetra, Chennai, India. Shri Sajilal K Narayanan did the nattuvangam for the girls at the arangetram, creating perfect syncopated patterns. Shri Sajilal K Narayanan praised the talent of the sisters and encouraged them to continue with this divine art. Labour MP Dr Rajendra Prasad also addressed the audience at the end of the evening.

ellingtonians will be presented with an elegant ancient dance form by the students of Natraj School of Dance on the last Saturday evening of this month. The Bharatanatyam dance production “Namasankeerthanam – a symphony in motion” will comprise performances by 70 dancers for devotional songs written by several saints from all over India in different languages. It is a unique production and not done before in New Zealand. The focus of each piece is different; the energy changes throughout, says Prabha Ravi, founder, director, choreographer and performer of Natraj School of Dance. Bharatanatyam was being danced in temples and courts for nearly 1800 years in India. This dance tradition, although was known by different names from time to time, has come down through so many centuries. Bharata natyam which derived its name from the Natya Shastra (scripture) attributed to sage Bharata, is considered the foundation of most Indian performing arts. Hindus believe that the easiest way to attain salvation, “Moksha” in this world is through music. Namasankeerthanam “chanting the name of the Lord in a musical form” presented as Bharatanatyam is not for mere entertainment alone, but through its religious and philosophical texture is meant to elevate the audience to a higher spiritual plane. Natraj School of Dance, a Lower Hutt based Indian Classical Dance School, has come a long way since its inception in 1999. The first production was at the Petone Library hall with a group of 15 children. Since then


the school has trained over 350 students in the past 12 years. Three students have also successfully graduated from this school. Mrs Ravi, recipient of 2011 Hutt City Mayoral Civic Awards for Cultural Affairs and NZ Federation of Multicultural Council’s Cultural Award 2012, further adds that “we are a community based school and truly exist to promote Indian art and culture in NZ. “We provide an opportunity to anyone who wishes to learn this art form irrespective of their ethnic background, age or gender. One of our missions is to provide as many opportunities as possible to our students to perform in public thus building the confidence to perform on stage at ease from a very young age.” The students are regular performers at the Asia NZ Foundation Diwali festival, parliament Diwali celebrations, multi cultural festivals organized by the city councils and ethnic councils/organizations to name a few. This dance production, sponsored by Asia NZ Foundation will be held on Saturday 29th September 2012 at 6pm at the Victoria Memorial Theatre, Victoria University 19 Kelburn Parade, Kelburn, Wellington. Tickets: $15 per person available from Radha 569 4420 or email geet777@hotmail. com

The incredible beauty and synchrocity of the 15 and 13-years-old sisters impressed the audience. Yashee and Vanshee’s bharatanatyam arangetram reptoire under the aegis of Kalaichelvi Uthayakumaran was filled with intense dynamism and divine grace. The guru, Mrs Uthayakumaran, blessed both her disciples by saying that they were talented, cheerful, dedicated and affectionate and has enjoyed providing tutelage. The programme began with the Pushpanjali in Gambheerra Nattai, and followed it with Ganesha Kavuthuvam and Alarripu. Splendour in costume colours and design accentuated the meticulous performance and synchronisation for the jathiswaram and the spectacular varnam. The enthralled audience had their spiritual and physical appetites satiated with bhajan by the talented singer Sampagodu S Vignarajah accompanied by Narayananan N Subramanian on mridungam, Ramesh B Nagarajan on flute, Shankar Venkatraman on violin and snacks to eat. Pathams were performed separately by the girls bringing out their own styles of dancing portraying varying emotions (abhinaya). The momentum continued with the challenging poses demanded by the keerthanam and Shiva silokam accomplished by the girls with finesse. The concluding piece, spirited thillana saw the girls complete the repertoire without a break and seek blessings from Mother earth, the guru, the accompanists and the audience with panache. The culmination of this evening was a testament of the girls’ dedication, proud parents Shalendra and Reshmi Kumar said.

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Celebrate the festival of lights with Asia NZ Foundation
Each year thousands of people throng these immensely popular events to mark a much loved Indian cultural tradition. The festivals are organized by the Asia New Zealand Foundation in partnership with the Auckland and Wellington City Councils. “We're keen to build on the success of the 2008 festivals which were attended by over 150,000 people. It is free to attend and everyone is welcome to share this exciting Indian celebration,” said Asia New Zealand Foundation culture director Jennifer King. This year the festivals will be held in Auckland on Saturday, October 10-11 at the Eastern Viaduct and Te Wero Island and in Wellington on Sunday, October 18 at the TSB Arena on Queens Wharf. Hamilton will have the Diwali Concert (Indian troop courtesy-ICCR visiting Performers) on Tuesday, Oct 16 at Skycity (Waikato Hall) and full Diwali Mela at Garden Place, Civic square on Saturday, October 20. Diwali Festivals of Light, gives Indian communities the opportunity to share this much-loved cultural tradition with other New Zealanders and their families. The events celebrate not only the traditions of Diwali, but Indian culture as a whole. Vegetarian Indian food will be available while performances of Bollywood and classical Indian dancing will also take place continuously during the festivals. Ms King says the finishing touches are being put to this year’s Diwali programme and two of the highlights will be a Rajasthani puppet group and a Gujarati dance group, both from India. The involvement of Gujarati performers from northwestern India will resonate with many in New Zealand’s Indian communities because it is from this part of India that many Indian New Zealanders can trace their family history. Meanwhile the puppet group from the northern desert state of Rajasthan will also evoke Indian’s long and rich history. They are the descendents of the nomadic Bhatt people who for the past 1000 years have travelled from village to village presenting popular stories from the sacred Indian epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. This Rajasthani puppet group is one of the very few remaining groups of their kind in India and it is a special opportunity to have them in New Zealand to entertain crowds at this year’s Diwali Festivals, Ms King says. More information about the Diwali Festivals of Light in Hamilton (Oct 16 & 20), Auckland (October 10-11) and Wellington (October 18) can be accessed at www.asianz. The Asia New Zealand Foundation Diwali schools programme will also feature performances by the visiting Indian performers in both centres. For more information visit: education-opportunities/diwali09

Diwali Mela 2012
The Diwali Mela this year will take place on Saturday, October 20 at Garden Place (Victoria street). So look forward to Indian fare in full bloom with food, crafts,Indian dresses/jewellery, mehndi (henna tattoo),Indian head message, and many other stalls. The performances at Garden Place (traditional and international) will take place during day time at the Garden Place followed by entertaining games like musical chairs. Indian students cultural youth club will perform at night at the Gallgher hall, from 7 pm onwards. The Hamilton City Library is also organising events for children like Children Story Time. The inaugural concert will take place on Tuesday, October 16 at Waikato hall Skycity at Victoria street. The entry would cost $10 per person. The Mela however will have free entry.

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FDI to take India's economy by storm

alia, in the business of housing finance, stock broking (including derivatives and currency derivatives broking), depository participant service, commodity broking and investment advisory activities," the statement said. The Union Cabinet on Friday, September 14, approved 51% FDI in single-brand product retail trading after amending certain conditions in the policy. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs also relaxed rules for FDI in the aviation sector, allowing international airlines to invest upto 49 percent in domestic airline firms.

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Top US dailies have hailed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in mutibrand retail. The Washington Post had earlier this month called Singh as ineffectual and a dithering politician. The highly revered newspaper, however, describes UPA government's decision on FDI as 'biggest and arguably toughest economic reforms since Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took over in 2004'. The New York Times described the decision as the 'biggest economic reforms in two decades'. "The central government, led by the Congress Party, is under heavy pressure to kick-start India’s slowing economy, boost employment and improve the country’s shambolic infrastructure. Bringing in big foreign brands, like Walmart which can now open stores in India in partnership with a local company, is expected to help," it said.

New Delhi: The Indian government approved 11 proposals of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) amounting to Rs. 2067.98 crore approximately on Thursday, September 13. "Based on the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) in its meeting held on July 27, 2012, the Gov-

ernment has approved 11 Proposals of Foreign Direct Investment amounting to Rs. 2067.98 crore approximately," said a government statement. "The Press Release dated August 23, 2012 has been modified and the proposal of M/s Cloverdell Investments Ltd. Mauritius worth

Rs. 808.06 crore (FDI/NRI inflows), which was pending for certain clarification, has also now been approved. "The proposal was related to induction of foreign equity in an operating NBFC with downstream investments in companies engaged in/proposed to be engaged, inter

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hile the media overseas gave a thumbs up to PM for the FDI reforms, back home it was rent scenario altogether. Uttar a diffe av Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yad ct Investment (FDI) in said Foreign Dire ntmuti-brand retail will not be impleme state. The Samaed in the north Indian y is jwadi Part y (SP) leader said the part against FDI. On the other hand, Bahujan Samaj ti Part y (BSP) supremo Mayawa United Progresslam med Congress-led over sive Alliance (UPA) government in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and diesel price hike multi-brand retail issue and said it has taken several 'anti few days. people' decisions in the past Reacting on the FDI in muti-brand

esh retail issue, the former Uttar Prad : "We are condemnChief Minister said had ing the implementation of FDI. We continue opopposed it earlier and will el posing it now," she said. She said dies e hike and restr icting sales of subsipric umdised LPG cylinders to six per cons year will affect the poor section er ever y of the country and the middle class. Mayawati announced that the BSP on will hold a huge rally in Lucknow the decisions of Oct 9 to protest against the Centre. West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee the government's decision to allow in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) "Yes, we need multi-brand retail too. n to reforms. But reform does not mea secsell out ever ything to satisfy some

set tions of individuals. In a democratic reforms must reach upto the poor up, of and com mon people and the beauty lies on realizing its respondemocracy le," sibility towards the com mon peop her Facebook page. Mamata posted on "Developed countries have many try, social security schemes. In our coun elaborate social security we do not have for schemes or safety valve mechanism rest of the com mon protection of the inte al people," she said. "A series of unilater might help and anti-people decisions the in raising Sensex points only for being. I agree that Sensex must be time and stable, but at the same time, policy ld not be used to impose plan ning shou mon back-breaking burden on the com said. people," Mamata

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‘middlemen’. The first Amul cooperative was the result of a farmers’ meeting in Samarkha (Kaira district, Gujarat) on January 4, 1946, called by Morarji Desai under the advice from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, to fight rapacious milk contractors. It was Sardar’s vision to organise farmers, to have them gain control over production, procurement and marketing by entrusting the task of managing these to qualified professionals, thereby eliminating the middle men, the bane in farmers’ prosperity.” called a milk strike. After fifteen days the government capitulated. This was the beginning of Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., Anand, registered on 14 December 1946,” wrote Kurien in The Amul saga. “Amul is the brand name of 2 million farmers, members of 10,000 village dairy cooperative societies throughout Gujarat. This is the heart of Amul, it is what gives strength to Amul, and it is what is so special about the Amul saga,” he wrote. Verghese Kurien was born on 26 Nov 1921 at Calicut, Madras Presidency in British India (which is now Kozhikode in Kerala). Kurien in May 1949 on a Government of India deputation first arrived at the Government Research Creamery, Anand. Since then he built the dairy development cooperative model into one of the largest and most successful institutions in India. His work earned so much adulation that when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited Anand to inaugurate Amul “factory”, he had embraced Kurien. Operation Flood had inspired Manthan, the 1976 Hindi film made by Shyam Benegal starring Smita Patil and Girish Karnad, based on a story written jointly by Dr. Verghese Kurien and Benegal. The National Award winning film with the haunting tunes of Mero Gaam Katha Parey became the success song of India’s dairy revolution as it demonstrated the power of “collective migh”. R.I.P. Dr Kurien!

Milkman of India dies at 90
Anand, Gujarat: Verghese Kurien, who gifted India the Amul dairyfood brand and played a central role in Operation Flood when he came to be known as the Milkman of India, died at Nadiad in Gujarat on September 9. He was 90.Known as the father of White Revolution whose work had inspired a film of Shyam Benegal, Kurien died after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, one daughter Nirmala Kurien and a grandson, Siddharth. His body has been kept at Anand for the people to pay their tribute to the man who had revolutionised the dairy industry of India. Kurien was suffering from kidney problems and was admitted to a hospital in Nadiad. The founding chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), Kurien, also termed as the ‘father of the white revolution’ created the iconic Amul brand of dairy products and made India the world’s largest milk producer. His achievements with the GCMMF led Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri to appoint him founder-chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in 1965, to replicate Amul’s successes on a nationwide scale. A few years later, the NDDB under Kurien launched Operation Flood (or the White Revolution) which was the world’s largest dairy development programme. Operation Flood helped India become the

world’s largest milk producer; in 2010–11, with close to 17 percent of the global production. Kurien had been awarded nationally and internationally. He received the Padma Vibhushan (India’s second-highest civilian honour), the World Food Prize and the Mag-

saysay Award.In his own words about the Amul brand, Kurien said, “Amul’s birth is indelibly linked to the freedom movement in India. It was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who said that if the farmers of India are to get economic freedom then they must get out of the clutches of the

“The decision was taken that day in January 1946: Milk producers’ cooperatives in villages, federated into a district union, should alone handle the sale of milk from Kaira to the government-run Bombay Milk Scheme. This was the origin of the Anand pattern of cooperatives. The colonial government refused to deal with the cooperative. The farmers

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India’s spirituality attracts youth diaspora
ver 35 overseas youth of Indian origin are on a three-week visit here to know about their parents' and grandparents' homeland and spirituality of India has been the greatest attraction for them. It is this "balance in materialistic pursuits and search for inner happiness" that they will take back to their present country and share it with their other diaspora friends and relatives. The 36 youth, in the age group of 18-26, are from Fiji, South Africa, Suriname, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Israel, Slovak Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, Iran and New Zealand and have been in India since Aug 25. They are here under the 21st Know India Programme (KIP) of the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (MOIA). The last KIP was held in April-May. "India's spirituality is what caught our attention the most. We got to visit a lot of temples and religious shrines from all religions and I could understand the unity in diversity that is talked about in India," Sameer Chand, an analyst at the Reserve Bank of Fiji, said at the valedictory event of KIP held at MOIA at Akbar Bhavan in New Delhi. "I will take this spirituality home and share it with all my family and friends in Fiji," Chand, 24, said. His view was seconded by Adi Nissim from Israel, who participated in KIP


The Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Vayalar Ravi with the NRI youth participants of Know India Programme from 11 countries, in New Delhi on September 17, 2012.

along with her twin sister Shay Lee Nissim. "I really loved the spirituality that is part of the Indian society and culture. Every individual here seemed spiritually inclined," Adi, 23, said. Shay Lee quickly added: "Israel is completely westernised and people there are after material prosperity. Here in India, even if people want to earn money, they maintain a balance between materialist pur-

suits and search for inner happiness. The smile on their faces says it all." Chand and Nissim sisters are part of the 15 male and 21 female visitors from 11 countries participating in KIP held three times annually. His views were echoed by other youngsters, who said this visit to India was a dream come true for them, having heard several stories about their ancestors' homeland from their parents and grand parents. On Monday, the KIP participants

got an opportunity to meet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, who asked all of them to come visit India again after they have made their respective careers and also to pass on their knowledge of India gained from the visit to their friends and relatives, as also their next generation. "But, as you are all now citizens of the countries you live in, your first loyalty is to that country and hence do your nations proud. Your origin

will still remain Indian and your success will be India's success," said Ravi. He also apprised the participants about the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) scheme and encouraged them to take advantage of it. "The KIP programme is for youth of Indian origin from around the world to see India, know India and mingle with families in India and reinvent the idea of India and Indian culture," Ravi told the group at a reception hosted for them. The programme for the overseas youth took them to Tamil Nadu where they experienced the culture of south India, and visited key temples in Chennai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Tanjore, Chettinad, and Madurai. During the stay in Delhi, the group was also exposed to India's progress in economic, industrial, education, science and technology, administration, communication and information technology fields, apart from culture, through interactions with personalities in these sectors including the capital's Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna and Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath. They also visited Doordarshan, Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Indian Institute of Public Administration and Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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Stop the rot
Sai Baba of Shirdi must be rolling in his grave knowing what his disciples are up to in Auckland, New Zealand. Where He has taught love, compassion, patience and perseverance, his devotees seem hell-bent on tearing each other apart following a recent annual meeting in July where certain members of the incumbent executive committee were ousted in a democratic election process. Since then all hell has broken loose in an organisation (Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan of New Zealand), which has so far been an epitome of love, sacrifice and service since its existence in New Zealand not too long ago. Headlines such as “Fragmentation threatens a noble organisation” and “Controversy brews in Shirdi Sansthan” grace the pages of other Indian community newspapers as the organisation’s senior members grapple with who’s doing a better job running the organisation. Why can’t, for Baba’s sake at least, the senior members work together towards a common goal of serving its members and the wider community in guiding them into a righteous path in life? Didn’t Baba teach love, forgiveness and sacrifice before self? “Shraddha” in Sanskrit, roughly means faith with love and reverence. Such faith or trust is generated out of conviction, which may not be the result of any rational belief or intellectual wisdom, but a spiritual inspiration. According to Baba, steadfast love in God is the gateway to eternity. Baba's teaching, both direct and indirect, explicate the significance of “Shraddha”. “Saburi” means patience and perseverance, a quality needed throughout the path to reach the goal. This quality must be ingrained in a seeker from day one, least he loses his stride and leaves the path half way. For Baba, it was not the purity of the body but inner purity that mattered. No amount of physical and external cleansing would serve any purpose if the man remained impure in mind and heart. Therefore, Baba cautioned His devotees not to make austerity as an end itself, lest they should indulge in physical mortification. Himself an epitome of compassion and love, Baba taught compassion among his disciples. Baba often told His devotees: “Never turn away anybody from your door, be it a human being or animal.” Baba put Guru on a high pedestal of reverence. For Him, Guru was the profound base of the path of devotion. Pointing to his physical frame, "This body is my house. I am not here. My Guru has taken me away". He asked for complete surrender to the “Guru”. So what invokes His so-called disciples in New Zealand to rise (sorry, to stoop low) above Baba’s teachings and insist they are doing right in spreading Baba’s word. The previous executive committee members have been an integral part of taking the Sansthan to where it is today – a $4.5 million temple project is underway in Princes St, Onehunga. The aim of the temple is to help depart valuable teachings of Baba to members of our community, including the younger generation, where the Sansthan’s senior members need to set an example. Infighting does not impart a good example to our future generation and some would loathe being part of such a fragmented community. It is time for the past and present executive committee stalwarts to sit down together and sort out their differences and focus on serving their community. And be humble. Apologising does not always mean you are wrong, it just means that you value your commitment to your goal and service more than your ego. - Arvind Kumar
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Tpp - potential partnership path?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has been in the works for about two years now. As a free trade agreement between 11 Pacific Rim countries, it aims to make business simpler and red tape free for our exporters and that should naturally make and trade based nation better off. There has, naturally, been a lot of opposition for this partnership, mainly based on the worry that we will lose sovereignty over our nation believing that foreign nations will be able bring cases against any laws that we make that damage them. Many anti-TPP activists are treating the terms of the agreement as some sort of secret agenda that the countries are concocting. Such assertions are really not thought out and make no logical sense once the factors and issues involved are considered. The agreement would apply to all the eleven countries with equal force and authority. This would mean that if, that is a big IF, New Zealand loses any of its sovereignty in other nations being able to apply their laws on our judiciary, then we would have the some imposition on their legal field and government. In addition to that, what nation would want the authority of other countries in their business?! The allegation that we will lose our sovereignty and no longer control our own state is, to put it simply, silly. New Zealand, as a small country can only gain and learn from these interactions and agreements with other nations. As long as our capable team of lawyers don’t let the big bad countries take over the nation, we can effectively work with these countries in increasing our exports and bring in more revenue. An example of where we were able to succeed in appealing to an international body or tribunal was the Australian ban on New Zealand apple imports. We were able to reach an amicable remedy due to the fact that we were both party to the World Trade Organisation. This only increases our standing and reputation in the global arena as a nation that abides by the international covenants and agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is nothing new. It is just a multi-nation form of the bilateral agreements we already have with Australia and China and the most recent one with Hong Kong. Our revenue from their trade has only helped our economy and allowed us greater exports. This multilateral agreement just aims to achieve what we have with these countries on a larger scale to make it a more effective venture. The reason for all the hush-hush over the terms of the agreement is really simple. It is a delicate and sensitive issue when 11 countries are trying to work together to come up with a common goal. Imagine if the contents of the negotiations got out, and the entire world could read the demands made and agreed upon. Not only would that make New Zealand look bad but would also affect the reputation of many of the other nations, eventually hurting us as well. To those who suggest the world revolve around the US and its interests - this agreement has been the work of the past 10 years since New Zealand started negotiations with Singapore for a free trade agreement. The group just grew in size to what it is today, a group of 11 nations wanting to increase the trade among their countries to promote a smooth and effective process that is beneficial to all those involved. As hard as this is, and I would usually be the last one to say such a thing, but we need to put at least a little faith in the government to act in our interests – if not our interests at least those of our economy. The next round of negotiations are set to be held in New Zealand this December, let’s see if we will have to wait another two years to hear anything more.
* Pooja Sundar is a law and politics student at the University of Auckland

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The Das of financial fracas

Apologies beforehand to the experts who will probably pick two dollarsized holes in this article – the finance of commonsense has little research material to back it up. My advice to you would be not to peruse this article with any kind of seriousness.
IT takes a bloody Indian to state the obvious and no-one listens to him, anyway. Satyajit Das (his name could be translated as the servant of victory in truth) has that problem. He has things to say about how we do business, and no one seems to be listening closely. Now, I have always been leery of the mechanisms that drive the stock market, especially the trading in points of a currency. I mean, the cent is the final basic unit of the dollar but when the stock market start trading in fractions of the cent, there is something wrong. Most businesses see the benefit – for example, sell fuel at $2.12:97 and the .097 adds up per litre pretty quickly. We humans, on the other hand, can’t even buy anything for the 10 cents we get in change on the $9.90 purchase. Or the one cent or five cent we give away every time we buy something at $9.99 or $9.95. Our loose change, and fractions of loose change, could be making millions of dollars for others. Or maybe nor. But seriously, it is no longer a case of save a penny towards a pound - for the penny has been sliced into slivers, where these slivers make millions of dollars for any one trading in hundreds of millions of dollars. And trading on futures and derivatives is a twist on the adage “A bird in hand is worth two in the bush” – where the two birds in the bush are as tangible an asset as the one in your hand, as long as both parties accept it to be so. I mean, WTF: you haven’t planted the crop or mined the gold but you can have the cash up front because someone is willing to take the risk of paying you now in a bid to lock up the commodities market. And this is not the loan you need to get a venture started, but the actual payment of a crop or mineral that will be produced some time in the future. It is like someone planted a cabbage patch and is paid for the crop in the ground, and the two crops he is still thinking of planting. Mind you, my understanding of the finance world is limited, and it probably shows here, but commonsense says: plant the crop, mine the gold and then get the cash in hand. “Investing in the future” makes money only for the monied, so they made it legal to do so. And that is why credit is so easily available – your future is locked up just as commodities are. The finance market thrived on these convoluted mechanism, still does and no one is going to stop them, even after the economic disasters of 2008. But Satyajit Das appears to be to banging his head against this brick and mortared wall hard enough to make a few cracks. Das’ understanding of derivatives is overwhelmingly high – the likes of me will need to spend a decade trying to fully understand the ins and outs of what he knows. But man, can he express what he knows effectively. He says things that the economist, the financier and probably the accountant think is blasphemy. Das was recently in New Zealand to speak to the New Zealand Initiative, an independent public policy think tank supported by chief executives of major New Zealand businesses. He has some things to say: On growth - that erudite mechanism that pushes us each quarter to do better than before - he says in his latest paper: “Today, growth has come to the end. The global economy has stalled.” That is the last thing a CEO would want to hear. The whole economy is judged by its growth and any stalling in growth is seen as death looming. No body in their right mind is going to listen to that, not when the very future of your economy is based around having growth. In a NZ Listener interview, Das pointed out how he is welcomed by many who seldom re-invite him to anything again once he has said his piece. In other word, he is a borderline pariah but there is no going past the fact of the matter that Das speaks on. He puts the housing market on par with a belief in God: it is a blind faith exercised by people who have put a value to a basic need, dependent on the vagaries of zoning change and interest rates, and the skewered perception of a market artificially bolstered by “experts”. He used the word “rigged” to describe the housing market. The retirement nest egg is a fallacy – you get to sell your house, live off the benefits in meaner dwellings and wait to die, after having lived so well in your prime. And he sees no harm in NOT having a growth in the economy. That is pure sacrilege for the economists, who follow whatever school of economics which is presently in favour with them. Das laments the past 30 years, where growth has come from speculation, borrowed money and the unsustainable use of non-renewable resources. To quote him in the NZ Listener interview: “I went to a place the other day that had five large plasma TVs – one in every room, including the bathroom, which was quite disconcerting.” Three people lived there. New Zealand, Das repeatedly stressed while he was here, was in a better position than many countries because it was a food producer. The problem of feeding the world, along with the problems of clean energy, water conservation and even logistics – the fact that a lot of stuff is wasted before it can get to market – means there is scope for future growth to come from innovation and productivity gains, rather than being simply debt-fuelled growth. But he worries we have created an artificial demand for growth at any cost, without clear evidence that it makes us happier.” Not only an artificial demand, but a twisted supply situation too. Big food producers keep demanding higher food production from their vassals but are not beyond destroying excess produce, for example, thousands of litres of milk on a regular basis, just to keep food prices where they want it. It is a skewered sort of free market when you have to destroy produce to curtail supply – not a true supply-demand mechanism at all. And adding to the financial fiasco is the reliance on debt-driven consumption to generate economic growth. All of the situations above, according to Das, are fallacies of the highest order. Given the resource constraints, unbridled consumerism and the keening after growth in all sectors, Das sees mayhem in our near future. Mayhem far greater than we have experienced in this generation. Imagine the Great Depression and multiply by a factor of four – four because of the present population is quadruple that of 1923; for resources that will probably last four months if all production were to halt immediately and for four months/defaults until debts are called in, leading to the collapse of the credit sector. And for four years in which the world could revert to post-WWII conditions once economies collapse when/if we have “great” depression. All of which is on the radar of modern economists but only as worst-case scenarios which can be averted ‘easily’ by any amount of Plan Bs to combat any disparities their calculation can throw up. In other words, all is good, all is been taken care of and people like Das are “doomsters” which, Das readily admits, is what he is. All is good because there is a calculation out that

will befuddle enough people and allow the financiers to carry on what they were doing – robbing Paul to pay Peter who will pay Simon who pays them so they can buy a future which doesn’t exist presently. So, here is a former banker, who hobnobs in with top-notch financiers and cabinet ministers, who has a message of doom and gloom for world governments, with so much weight behind his message but who is tolerated only because he has an alternative spin: “It is good to hear the other side, only because it shows how we are doing great with what is already in place.” Even the NZ Listener article - which was well-written - dwelt more on Das the character and what makes him tick, than on his actual message, proving again that even financial articles in magazines need that spin to sell copy. And that spin is easily provided by eccentric characters like Das (and if you play enough on the eccentricities, you can make good copy). Das is presently somewhat of a lone voice in the wilderness, with messages which makes good copy for financial magazines looking for the alternative angle, who has garnered a small but solid band of adherents (count me in) but has little effect on arrogant financiers and/or the finance industry. In the NZ Listener interview, Das pulled no punches in describing financiers: “Finance has become more important than it ever has in the last 30 years. I often see finance as a supporting function to the real economy. Unfortunately, that has been flipped.”… “They (financiers) think they are actually better than they are and, more importantly, they think they are outside the rules because they are the only people who can make the world work; they understand this stuff and nobody else does.” Then, we must be grateful that there is someone out there willing to swim against the current, who is willing to take up the cudgel against the monetary mammoths, the fiscal fossils and the artful artifices that is the finance industry. Only thing: he is a bloody Indian and no one’s going to really listen to him, are they? * Satyajit Das blogs here:

Strengthening obligations on our welfare system
The Government has announced a comprehensive overhaul of the welfare system to ensure we support people off welfare and into work. Last month, benefit numbers dropped by more than 1000. There are now 319,327 people on a benefit in New Zealand, with 50,283 of those on unemployment benefits. An actuarial valuation of our welfare system shows that the lifetime cost of the current beneficiary population to the taxpayer is $78 billion dollars – what the valuation shows us is that Future Focus reforms we made in our first term reduced the number of those on unemployment benefits by 15 per cent. Our investment approach to the welfare system means we are putting money into things that get people off benefits and into work. This approach will change the entire focus of the welfare system so that support is invested where it will make the biggest difference It means intervening earlier, and investing in more support for those who’re capable of working but are likely to remain on benefit long-term without help. In some cases, this means investing more in the short-term to see people move off benefits permanently over the long-term. This approach ensures the Government to spend taxpayers’ money where it will have the biggest impact, whether this means getting treatment for a back injury, access to mental health services, or help to manage a pain-related condition. We are also delivering on another key campaign promise – to strengthen the obligations placed on those who are beneficiaries. We’ve announced new social obligations as part of our reforms that place important health and well-being obligations on parents to ensure children of beneficiaries get the best possible start in life. Beneficiaries with dependent children will need to ensure their children are enrolled in at least 15 hours of Early Childhood Education and ensure they attend school from age 5 or 6. They will also need to be enrolled with a general practitioner and complete core health checks. We expect ‘reasonable steps’ to be taken to meet these obligations and we will work with those families where barriers exist. Parents will have three opportunities to meet these obligations before a financial sanction of 50 per cent will apply. Reasonable and achievable, these obligations reflect the expectations most New Zealanders have of parents, this is a more positive move for vulnerable families. * Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is a National Party MP


Pranab bats for Hindi in official works
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has batted for use of Hindi and other regional languages in government offices. “Language has a crucial role in democracy as it acts as a mode of communication between the government and common man,” Mukherjee said while addressing a function organised on the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’ (Hindi Day). “It is for this reason that in our Constitution Hindi has been given the status of national language for works at the Centre and regional languages were recognised for works in state governments. If we want to see our democracy becoming stronger and progressive then the country should respect Hindi and regional languages in the working of the Central and state governments.”

Sea of protests in Tamil Nadu

Indian Muslims sui generic: Ansari
New Delhi: Addressing after releasing a book titled Muslims in Indian Cities, edited by Laurent Gayer and Christoph Jafferlot, India’s Vice President M Hamid Ansari stated that Indian Muslims are in more ways than one sui generic (a class alone). Ansari asserted, “They are 13.4 percent of India’s population; at the same time, they are the second or third largest Muslim community in our world of nation-states.” Ansari said that Muslims have lived in India’s religiously plural society for over a thousand years at times as rulers, at others as subjects and now as citizens. “They are not homogenous in racial or linguistic terms and bear the impact of local cultural surroundings, in manners and customs, in varying degrees,” he said.

New forms of protests from the villagers over the nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu’s Kudankulam gained momentum in various areas of Tamil Nadu over the last week. While the ‘Jal Stayagraha’ (Water Protest) had people get into the sea, the ‘Graveyard Protests’ had villagers buried them up to neck in sand. Villagers of Koothankuli also went on a silent procession and assembled in front of the church too. The protesters condemned the use of forces by the state and central governments and wore masks of Chief Minister Jayalalitha and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari releasing the book Muslims in Indian Cities, edited by Laurent Gayer and Christophe Jaffrelot in New Delhi

ISRo launches 100th mission
Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh watched, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 100th indigenous mission with the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasting off into space with two foreign satellites from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh. PSLV-C21, which blasted off at 9-53 am, will inject SPOT-6 and PROITERES satellites (of France and Japan) into an orbit of 655 km altitude at an inclination of 98.23 deg. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was present at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota to witness the historic moment, said: “As ISRO’s 100th space mission, today’s launch is a milestone in our nation’s space capabilities.” The 51-hour countdown commenced at 06:51 hours Friday (Sept 7) during which propellantfilling operations of the liquid propellant second stage (PS2) and fourth stage (PS4) of the launch vehicle was carried out. “The launch of these satellites on board an Indian launch vehicle is testimony to the commercial competitiveness of the Indian space industry and is a tribute to Indian innovation and ingenuity,” PM said, adding, “This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the commencement of our space programme. Given the string of successes since then, we often forget how challenging space technology is and what a relatively new field it continues to be. India is justly proud of its space scientists, who have overcome immense odds to set up world class facilities and develop advanced technologies.” “We owe a great deal to pioneers like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai and Prof. Satish Dhawan. Questions are sometimes asked about whether a poor country like India can afford a space programme and whether the funds spent on space exploration, albeit modest, could be better utilized elsewhere. This misses the point that a nation’s state of development is finally a product of its technological prowess,” said the PM.

Indo-Pak visa pact materialises

Islamabad: India and Pakistan signed the much-awaited visa agreement that will ease the visa restrictions on people from both countries, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said. The visa pact was signed by him and India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who was on a three-day visit to Pakistan for talks. “The biggest thing is that the visa agreement will be of benefit to the common people of both India and Pakistan. There is no loss for anyone in this,” Malik said. The Pakistan minister said that with the new visa pact in place, the earlier problems of visa delays and rejections will end. The visa agreement could be a game changer for people-to-people contact between the two neighbours as visa rules for specified categories could be eased by both sides. Though India had said earlier that it was ready to sign the visa pact, Pakistan said it had to clear some formalities on its part.


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which includes 16 titles including Lagaan, The Namesake, Awara and Aparajito, as well as three panel discussions on topics raised in the series. A day before that New Age guru Deepak Chopra made a presentation. ‘Hindustani Music of North India’, a concert scheduled for Oct 12, will feature noted tabla player and Yale faculty member Samir Chatterjee and flautist Steve Gorn. This concert at the LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens College is the first performance of the Aaron Copland School of Music's Chamber Music Live fall season. Queens College’s ‘Year of India’ will also feature student and faculty exchanges, newly developed credit-bearing courses taught by professors from the college and their partner institutions in India, and programmes by members of the Indian community. To encourage collaborations and partnerships, faculty will lead three study tours to India for faculty, students, and staff. An exhibition titled ‘Art from the Land of the Peacock’ will spotlight India’s distinctive and diverse artistic traditions while drawing upon the collections at Queens College’s Art Library. It will run Nov 1 to June 27, 2013 at the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library in the campus. The Indian Consulate of New York is hosting a reception Sep 20 for Queens College celebrating what the college calls “a vibrant, diverse country with a complex history and globally significant economy”. The college, located in America’s most diverse county, examines each year the history, art, and culture of a different country. China and Turkey have been featured before.

‘Sholay’ at uSa’s Queen’s college
New York: An American college, which has on its rolls over 20,000 students from 170 nations, screened the 1970s Bollywood blockbuster Sholay as it hosted a ‘Year of India’ during the 2012-13 academic year that will also see presentations to explore India. Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is hosting a ‘Year of India’ with exhibitions, a film series, and performances and student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and everyday life in India. Presentations will explore India - its society and politics, arts and culture, math and science, religions and economics - as well as its influence in the South Asian region and the world, and its diaspora in the US, said a press release by Queens College. Sholay, the most successful Hindi film of all time, was screened Sep 12, to kick off the ‘Representing South Asia on Film’ series,

University of Missouri showcasing Hindu Gods
maraj, snake goddess Manasha, Shitala, Krishna playing a flute, Shiva Bhairava, etc. Works include metal, wood, stone, ceramic, leather, paper mache and ivory; as well as paintings on paper, cloth, and glass. Most of the exhibits originated in India but some are from other countries of South or Southeast Asia. Applauding UMMAA for organizing Hinduism focused exhibition, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged major art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d’Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world. Four tie-in films, a program on yoga, and a lecture on ‘Darshan: Hindu Art and the Religious Gaze’ will also be presented as an orientation to the exhibition. Exhibition offers “varied visual landscape of Hindu divinity,” a museum announcement adds. Its permanent collections include various stone and bronze statues of Hindu deities Vishnu, Shiva, Parvati, Durga, Ganesha, Lakshmi and Rama. Alex Barker is the Director and Jeffrey Wilcox is Registrar.

canada honours Indian-origin journalist
Ottawa: Indian-origin journalist Sultan Jessa has been presented with the Queen Elizabeth diamond jubilee medal by Canada’s Governor-General David Johnston at a special ceremony here in recognition of his remarkable service. The medal, specially created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II, was presented Monday to Canadians for their significant achievement and remarkable service. The retired, Tanzania-born journalist has scored a hat trick to mark Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the British throne. He was presented with the Queen’s silver jubilee medal in 1977 and the golden jubilee medal in 2002. “It is quite an honour to receive people who have not only succeeded in Canada, but have made a difference in their adopted country. Born in Moshi on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, the former editor and publisher of Northern News in Arusha, at one time worked for The Nationalist and Standard in Dar es Salaam before moving to Nairobi to work for the Daily and Sunday Nation. He moved to Canada in 1973 and started working for StandardFreeholder, a newspaper owned by the Thomson chain. Six years after arriving in Canada, Jessa was made Citizen of the Year of Cornwall, Ontario. Jessa has received numerous honours from municipal, provincial and federal governments. The jour-

Missouri: University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology (UMMAA) is exhibiting Hindu gods and goddesses in its ‘Seeing the Divine in Hindu Art’ exhibition from Sept 22 to Dec 16. This exhibition reportedly examines many Hindu deities with artifacts as old as from eighth century in a variety of media, including Vishnu and his ten avatars, Shiva, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Enthroned Vishnu, Parvati, Durga astride a lion, Kali, Sarasvati, Surya, Dhar-

Canada’s Governor-General David Johnson (left) presented Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal to Sultan Jessa (right) at a ceremony in Ottawa Sep 10.

Indian-American elected to Royal Society of Canada
Washington: Ponisseril Somasundaran, an Indian American member of the faculty of Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been chosen as the sole foreign fellow of the prestigious Royal Society of Canada. The only one from outside Canada to be elected this year, Somasundaran, who has been at Columbia since 1970 will be inducted in a ceremony on Nov 17 at the Ottawa Convention Centre in Ottawa with 70 other fellows. “Somasundaran is recognized for his ground-breaking contributions towards unraveling complex nano-scale structures and energetics of surfactant self-assemblies and polymer-surfactant hybrids at interfaces,” according to the citation announcing his election. “He pioneered the use of spectroscopic methods for probing surfactant self-assemblies. His work forms the backbone of many of the

current practices in ultra-lean ores beneficiation, hazardous materials/ waste water treatment and personal care industry,” it said. “His seminal work continues to be vital for meeting today's environmental and sustainability needs,” the citation added. Founded in

1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada. Election to its academies is considered one of the highest honours a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Somasundaran was named La von Duddleson Krumb Professor in 1983 and was the chairman of the Henry Krumb School from 1988 to 1992 and of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Mining from 1992 to 1997. Somasundaran is currently Director of the National Science Foundation Centre for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants and Langmuir Centre for Colloids and Interfaces. Elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009, he was awarded Padma Shri civilian honour by the Indian Government in 2010.

all three medals,” said Jessa, who has previously received the Order of Canada, the country’s most prestigious and highest civilian order for 35 years of community service. “It encourages you to continue to help others. You don't seek recognition, but it's heartwarming when the work you do is appreciated,” he said. In 2010, Jessa was selected as one among Canada's top 25 immigrants. This award is given to

nalist has also been honoured by Rotary, Kinsmen and the Ontario Medical Association. An Ismaili, he has a rare distinction of being honoured by the Catholic, Jewish and Sikh communities. Jessa has won Ontario's medal for volunteerism, good citizenship and has been recognized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal Canadian Legion as well as Red Cross.

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Cartoonist declares fight for freedom of speech
Kanpur-based cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, who was arrested for allegedly posting seditious content on his website, was released from a Mumbai jail on Wednesday, September 12. He said he will continue the struggle till Section 124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) is removed. “I did not commit any crime. The government has to accept the mistake,” Trivedi said while addressing a press conference after his release from Arthur Road Jail. “This fight will not slowdown after my release. The fight will continue till 124 A (sedition charges) and all curbs on freedom of speech are removed,” he said. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to Trivedi on a personal bond of Rs. 5,000. According to reports, the sedition charges against Trivedi might be dropped. India Against Corruption (IAC) member Mayank Gandhi earlier told media that Trivedi decided to come out of the jail after Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said he would see that sedition charges against the cartoonist are dropped. Trivedi on Tuesday refused to come out of the jail till the charges made against him were dropped. Patil told reporters he would take the opinion of the law department in connection to the case and then take a decision on withdrawing the him of putting up “ugly and obscene content” on his website. “He has shown disrespect to the National flag and therefore he has been arrested under section 124 A,” Chandrakant Bhosale, Senior Inspector, Mumbai Police, was quoted as saying. The IAC lent its support to Trivedi saying that the arrest is politically motivated. “If anyone is talking against corruption, proclaiming it as anti-national and slamming charges of sedition, one needs to understand that

charges. “After getting the details, we are going to take a decision on the issue of withdrawing the sedition charge on the cartoonist,” Patil told media. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said the state government has not taken any decision on the matter so far. A Mumbai court on Monday remanded Trivedi to 14-day judicial custody till Sept 24. The Mumbai Police did not seek

his custody while Trivedi also did not apply for his bail. Hence the court sent him to judicial custody. Trivedi was remanded to police custody till Sept 16 by the court on Sunday. Trivedi was arrested on Saturday following a complaint filed in December last year by advocate Amit Katarnavea, a member of the Republican Party of India, who alleged Trivedi was responsible for banners purportedly mocking the

Indian constitution. His website too has also been blocked, reports said, over the banners and posters that were put up during Anna Hazare’s anti-graft rally held last year at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The police, that had tried to arrest Trivedi over a non-bailable warrant issued last month but failed as he was untraceable, said the cartoonists arrest is a “procedural formality”, following the First Information Report (FIR) that accuses

I did not commit any crime. The government has to accept the mistake - Aseem Trivedi
this (drawing cartoons) is against the government and not against the country,” said IAC member Mayank Gandhi. The IAC Facebook page posted a link to an online petition demanding the release of Trivedi after his arrest.

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More graduates jobless
As Fiji’s job crisis continues to deepen, 9523 graduates from various tertiary institutions in the country are still unemployed, it has been revealed. Minister for Labour Jone Usamate said out of those 9523 jobless graduates, 858 were degree holders. Mr Usamate said the unemployed graduates had been registered by the ministry's National Employment Centre (NEC) from April 2010. He said the large number of unemployed graduates in the country was a result of not enough jobs but there was still hope ahead. "For the past few years, our economic growth has been slow and job creation has been slow," Mr Usamate said. "There are not enough new jobs being created to absorb the new graduates," Mr Usamate told this newspaper. He said the other possible reason was because of the difference between what was being taught in tertiary institutions and what employers needed. Mr Usamate said Fiji needed to grow the job market and encourage the development of small micro enterprises (SMEs) to make use of the large number of well-educated unemployed youths the country had. "This year, we are beginning to see some positive signs in our economy. There have been good reports of demand in the construction sector. Growth in the construction sector is a sign of potential growth," he said. Mr Usamate outlined that tourism industry that was also doing well and the Fiji Trade and Investment Bureau had reported the number of investors interested to invest in Fiji. "On top of this, a 2.7 per cent economic growth has been forecast," he said. Mr Usamate also highlighted that various proactive measures had been developed by the ministry to counter the increase in unemployment rates. He said the ministry had selfemployment service for those who wanted to start their own small business, Fiji Volunteer Service for those who had a strong sense of service and civic pride and willingness to serve others before self. "Foreign Employment Service is another initiative for those who want to work overseas. This service will be launched with the Foreign Employment Unit under the ministry by the end of September," Mr Usamate said. He said the ministry had been engaging in vetting employment agencies that could take the role of seeking jobs in other countries for unemployed Fijians. Mr Usamate said the NEC could not create jobs but had been effective in carrying out its mandate. Fiji Times

No caretaker Government: Bainimarama

Fiji gets new Indian beauty queen

It was a dream come true for 20-year-old Sheryl Kumar, who was crowned Miss India Fiji 2012 at a glittering ceremony in Suva. An emotional Sheryl, who pipped nine other contestants to win the title, said she never expected to be on stage and win a national pageant. "My mind straightaway went to those days that weren't my best. Every girl has her down days and

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I am no different. Then, I didn't think I would make it through life, let alone take part and win the Miss India Pageant," Sheryl told the Fiji Times. "I am blessed to have come this far and I couldn't have done it without my friends, my family and even those people that passed me on the road with a smile or a bula - they all deserve a mention in this win. They have played a part in building

my confidence," she added. Sheryl is now gearing up for the Miss India Worldwide pageant to be held in Kuala Lumpur in March next year. "The hardest journey begins now. I am honoured to represent Fiji on the world stage and I hope, like those winners before me, I do a worthy job in my reign," said Sheryl. Sheryl also won the Pure Fiji Beautiful Skin award at the event.

There will be no caretaker Government to lead Fiji to the elections, says the Prime Minister. Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama revealed this in reaction to a statement made by the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) in their preliminary submission to the Constitution Committee this week at the Suva Civic Centre. FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the only legitimate way forward was clearly spelt out on the Fiji Court of Appeal (FCA) judgment. However, the Prime Minister reminded the FLP leader that they should only make submissions about the constitution and not the way the country is governed. “My Government will not listen to anyone who wants to tell us how to govern the nation,” Commodore Bainimarama said. “The Government had nothing to do with the FCA ruling and must not be brought up.” The Prime Minister said FLP should not mention anything about the 1997 Constitution because it had been abrogated. The PM said FLP should, during its proper submission, make proposals that would help the nation move forward rather than submitting old ideas for the party’s advantage only. Chaudhry, while presenting the party’s preliminary submission to the constitution commission, said the constitution process was “fundamentally flawed and lacked credibility, integrity and legitimacy as sanctioned by Decrees 57 & 58”. “We now submit that there is only one legitimate and credible way

back to constitutional rule and that is to abide by the advice rendered in the decision of the Fiji Court of Appeal (FCA) on April 9 2009Qarase vs Banimarama – Civil Appeal,” Chaudhry said. According to Chaudhry, the judgment calls for a caretaker Prime Minister to oversee the holding of elections and restoration of constitutional rule.

My Government will not listen to anyone who wants to tell us how to govern the nation - Commodore Bainimarama

“We also feel strongly that the members of the Commission must not regard themselves bound by those unethical provisions of Decrees 57 and 58 which they consider inhibit the proper discharge of their duties and responsibilities in accordance with their oath of office.” The Labour Party plans to give in their full submissions early October.

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Lord Ganesha's Ashta-Vinayak Legends
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Lord Ganesha is popularly known as Vighneshwara - the Lord of obstacles. For those on the spiritual path, Lord Ganesha represents a perfect wisdom who removes all obstacles that comes in the way of attaining God. But to those who need a mystical proof of God, the legends of Lord Ganesha's eight temples in Maharashta collectively called Ashta-Vinayak temples offer much mysticism.
No Hindu ritual or auspicious act happens without invoking Lord Ganesha first. 'Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah' is the first mantra that is chanted before beginning meditation, prayer, starting new enterprises or undertaking any new initiative. Seekers who have a subtle intellect invoke a formless Lord Ganesha by "Ajam nirvikalpam nirakaramakam niranandam anandam advaitapoornam | param nirgunam nirvishesham nireeham para-brahmaroopam ganesham bhaje-ma || which translates as "O Lord, You are unborn, formless and absolute; You are beyond bliss and again bliss itself - the One and the Infinite. You are the Supreme, without attributes, differentiation and desire. You are verily the Supreme Brahman. To You, O Lord, do we offer our worship." Says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar about Lord Ganesha: " Ganeshji is not somewhere outside of us, but the very centre of our life. But this is very subtle knowledge. Not everybody can perceive the formless without the form. Our ancient Rishis and Munis knew this; so they created the form for the benefit and understanding of people at all levels." But for those who need a form for invocation, Lord Ganesha's forms are many as we can see in his sacred temples - especially the eight temples of dedicated to Lord Ganesha all in the state of Maharashtra. These temples relate to various events mentioned in the ancient Puranas and other legends are collectively called Ashta-Vinayak. All the eight Ashta Vinayak temples are Swayambhu (self-originated). In each of these eight sacred temples in Maharashtra, Lord Ganesha is called by a different name derived from a legend. Here are the names, place and legends associated with each of Lord Ganesha's temples. quished the demon Tripurasur.

Shri Chintamani at Theur

Shri Mayureshwar at Morgaon

Lord Ganesha defeated and liberated a demon called Sindhu. He fought the battle riding a peacock (Mayur is peacock in Sanskrit) and hence became known as Lord Mayureshwar or Moreshwar in Marathi. A 14th century saint called Morya Gosavi is also known to be associated with this temple.

The legend goes - A greedy warrior King Ganasura snatched a wish fulfilling diamond called Chintamani from Rishi Kapila. Kapila Rishi invoked Lord Ganesha who destroyed Ganasura and got back the diamond. Rishi Kapila in his devotion to Lord Ganesha requested him to stay back, completely dropping his desire for the wish fulfilling diamond. Lord Ganesha took up the name of this diamond Chintamani and remained under a Kadamba tree and came to be known as Chintamani Vinayak.

up at Lenyadri and since he was born to Girija came to be known as Shri Girijatmaj

Shri Vighneshwar at Ojhar

Lord Ganesha is known as Vigneshwara or the remover of all obstacles, this he achieved by vanquishing the demon Vighnasur. The place where the battle was fought was Ojhar and Lord Ganesha came to be known as Vighneshwara Vinayaka - the conqueror of Vighnasur.

Ballal was beaten, tied him to a tree in the forest by his father and went home. Lord Ganesha took form of a learned man, freed Ballal and healed all wounds. Ballal intuitively recognised the true form of Lord Ganesha and pleased by his devotion asked to what boon he wanted. Ballal requested the Lord to stay there permanently in the forest. Lord Ganesha disappeared and a black rock with Ganesha's carved form appeared. This idol came to be known as Shri Ballaleshwar.

Shri SiddhiVinayak at Siddhatek
According to the Mudgala Purana, Lord Vishnu invokes and gets blessings and siddhis (powers) from Lord Ganesha to fight and slay two demons Madhu and Kaitabha. Sages like Maharishi Vyaas, Morya Gosavi and Narayan Maharaj performed austerities and obtained siddhis in Siddhatek. The Lord is called Siddhi Vinayak (one who bestows Siddhis).

Shri Varad Vinayak at Mahad

Shri Girijatmaj at Lenyadri

Shri MahaGanapati at Ranjangaon
The MahaGanapati temple is said to be the most powerful representation of Lord Ganesha. This is the place where Lord Shiva invoked Lord Ganesha in a Maha Ganapati form with 20 trunks, 10 hands and van-

Once Parvati (also known as Girija) asked Lord Shiva who he was mediating on. He said he was mediating on Ganesha "the supporter of the entire universe" and initiated Parvati with "Gam" the powerful Ganesha Mantra. Desiring to have a son, Parvati underwent austerities meditating on Ganesha for twelve years at Lenyadri. Pleased by her penance, Ganesha blessed her with the boon that he will be born as her son. And so he incarnated. Shiva granted a boon that whosoever remembers Lord Ganesha before starting any tasks will successfully complete that task. For 15 years Lord Ganesha grew

Shri Ballaleshwar at Pali

Among Ganesha temples, Ballaleshwar is the only name of Ganesha that is known by his devotee's name. A merchant didn't like his young son named Ballal worshipping Lord Ganesha neglecting his business. While in a deep state of contemplation on Lord Ganesha in the forest,

Vachaknav Rishi was visited by a ruler by name Rukmangad, and during the visit the rishipatni got infatuated on the king, but he King turned her down. Indra, the king of the Devas took the form of the King Rukmangad and procreated an illegitimate son Grudsamad. The son, learning of the story of his birth got stricken by grief, and prayed to Lord Ganesha. His prayer was granted and was given a boon (var) due to which he became a renowned Rishi. Since a boon (var) was given at this place, Lord Ganesha came to be known by VaradaVinayak.


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lord Ganesha… our journey in spirituality!
estivals are a time for celebration, a time for fun and a time to divinize our emotions. Emotions tend to come in a rush and overpower us. Unless they are channelized or guided, they have the potential to do harm. Emotions are like a river in flow. It can be used to make the land (our fields of actions) fertile and yield great harvest or it can flood the land space and destroy all the crops and wash away all fertility. Swami Chinmayanandaji used to say, to grow, one must change the quality, quantity and direction of thought flow in our mind. Hence, channelizing emotions and divinizing our thoughts are the basic purpose behind all festivals and their elaborate rituals. Lord Ganesha is the first God we pray to as He is the Lord who bestows us with Auspiciousness (Mangal). Hence, He is prayed at every new undertaking. But what exactly is auspiciousness? Well, Auspiciousness is nothing but goodness, nobility, righteousness and positivity all woven into one. Ganesha is also one who removes all our obstacles. Our Rishi’s were so very practical when they thought of man’s relationship with God, as majority of us tend to think of God only at the time of distress and as a ‘miracle-doer’, who can take us out from our suffering. But Lord Ganesha not only can remove suffering but also He is the kundalini shakti (power) to march ahead and achieve great deeds. Besides, he is 22 bestower of worldly intelligence the


On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, I’d like to convey my sincerest prayers for the well-being of one and all.
and spiritual wisdom as well. Hence, Lord Ganesha is the Lord to be worshipped for all achievements spiritual and material. But who is Lord Ganesha? Story of Lord Ganesha’s birth… unveiled Ganesh Chaturthi is the birth of Lord Ganesha. As the story goes, One day while bathing in her chambers, Mother Parvati (the primordial powers of the Universe – Adi Paraa Shakti and the consort of Lord Shiva – the Pure Consciousness Bliss) collected the mud from her body and created a form of a beautiful young boy. Seeing her creation, her motherly instincts took over and she felt like having that form as her child… so she breathed life into the form and brought it to life. She then blessed the child all knowledge and skills and then asked him to guard her palace so that no one enters while she was bathing. When Lord Shiva arrives, wanting to see Mother Parvati, this young boy comes in the way and as per his mother’s instructions does not give Lord Shiva permission to enter his own palace. This does not impress the Lord at all and He tries to reason with the boy, tells him who He was, etc. but the boy would not yield. Eventually, after all other methods had failed, Lord Shiva asked his generals to take the boy away so that He could enter. One by one, members of Lord Shiva’s army tried to remove him with force but were unsuccessful. They all fought this tiny boy but all of them lost. This enraged Lord Shiva, and He told the boy to move or else be prepared to die. But the Son of Parvati was not phased from duty … and hence a battle ensued in which eventually, Lord Shiva triumphed by beheading him with his Trishul (Trident). On entering the chamber of Mother Parvati, He found her very that position. Lord Shiva then performed the surgery and brought the child back to life. He then bestowed him with the name of Ganesha and blessed Him with all knowledge and wisdom. Ganesha was made the leader of Lord Shiva’s army and was given the status of being the first to be worshipped before any other God. in the same body, but replaces the thinking (the head). This is the spiritual birth of the child. Now he is fit to be a leader of the Gana’s (the Lord of all classifications of all categories of all groups), showing that the leader must have a spiritual vision, a higher goal. This is the birth of Ganesha, the Lord of Auspiciousness. Now, He is truly worshipable... not possessing skill and good values but one who has the knowledge of and knows that Supreme Atma Tattva in oneself and in all. May we all seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha in our lives and over these 10 days cherish His company in our daily activities. Let us come to fulfill our journey’s by changing the quality of thoughts, reduce the quantity of material thoughts and increase the quantity of spiritual thoughts and change the direction of thoughts through the worship of our beloved Sri Ganesha. The result of auspiciousness is nobility in our goals and actions we perform thereafter. Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya serves as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Auckland and conducts weekly spiritual classes for children, youth and adults. For more information about the Chinmaya Mission and Bramhachari Adarsh Chaitanya please follow this link: or contact him at 21, 2012 | 2756954

Significance of the story This story is what is popularly spoken off, but the significance of it is very beautiful indeed. We are all born from prakriti (Mother Parvati). We too are made out of mud (earth) and the 5 Great Elements are nothing but her body. She then breathes life into us, because she loves us as her creation. She endows the boy with knowledge and skills. We too are given all the faculties of acquiring cheerful but also very surprised on knowledge and developing our skills. seeing Him as she didn’t expect to The boy is then sent to guard her as see anyone there. She questioned his duty… We too are guided by our Lord Shiva as to where her child was nature to perform our various duties and how did he allow Him to enter in life. However, all this time the child the palace. On knowing what had created, is ignorant of Lord Shiva (the happened to her dear child, she was Pure Consciousness) as his father. He thrown into an abyss of sorrow and is efficient and skillful but cannot grief and demanded that her son be recognize the Lord who is Pure Bliss. brought back to life. This is the Ego... The Lord, even Immediately, Lord Shiva on real- after introducing Himself, does not izing the pain He had caused set out gain the favour of the child. Finally, to rectify it by asking his army to go it is with the Trident, the weapon and find a head of a creature facing that cuts the three guna’s - Sattva the north before sunset and bring it (noble ego), Rajas (desirous ego) and to Him so that the child be brought Tamas (ignoble ego)… then the child back to life. The Gana’s (Lord Shiva’s (the Ego) is dead. When Lord Shiva army) in haste could only bring an revives him with an elephant head, indian Weekender | another life elephant head which was lying in He blesses Him with September



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clT20 set for an explosive tournament
Mumbai: The Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2012 is set to be an explosive tournament after confirmation of each team’s final squad. Team line-ups are again brimming with the world’s elite T20 talent as the champion domestic teams from a record eight countries chase the US$2.5m first prize from a total pool (including participation fees) of US$13m. The 2012 Champions League Twenty20 will feature a record 14 champion teams from India (4), Australia (2), South Africa (2), England (2), New Zealand (1), Sri Lanka (1), West Indies (1) and Pakistan (1) for the first time. Eight teams have automatically qualified for the Group Stage while the remaining six teams will compete for the remaining two places via a Qualifier. The Qualifier will start on October 9 before the Group Stage starts on October 13. The Final will be played on Sunday, October 28 in Johannesburg. Last year’s Champion Mumbai Indians and 2010 Champion Chennai Super Kings headline the returning teams. Both teams will be playing in their third CLT20 tournament along with Trinidad & Tobago, the 2009 CLT20 Finalist. Of the other teams, Highveld Lions, Auckland Aces, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders are making return visits. Six teams will be making their first appearance in the tournament – England’s Hampshire and Yorkshire, South Africa’s Titans, Pakistan’s Sialkot Stallions and Australia’s two new Big Bash League Twenty20 teams, the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers.

Changzhou: India’s P.V. Sindhu recorded the biggest win of her career on September 14 when she stunned London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China to enter the women’s singles semi-finals at the China Masters Superseries badminton event here Friday. Ajay Jayaram made the men’s singles semi-finals after beating compatriot Sourabh Varma 12-21,

21-14, 21-16 at the Olympics Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium here. Sindhu, seen as another emerging world-class player after Saina Nehwal, held her nerve for a 21-19, 9-21, 21-16 win over the World No.2, who is also the reigning All England champion. She will have to beat another Chinese, Jiang Yanjiao, for a place in the final. The 45-minute battle was an ab-

sorbing one with both players making a slew of unforced errors while going for their shots. The aggression though worked better for Sindhu, who came up with 26 smash winners to Xuerui’s 20. She also conjured up nine net winners, one more than the Chinese. A win seemed distant for the 17-year-old Indian when Xuerui, 21, ran through the second game to level the contest. But Sindhu showed remarkable grit and courage in the decider for a memorable win. Sindhu ran to hug her coach Pullela Gopichand after Xuerui netted a back hand on the first matchpoint. The Hyderabadi defeated an opponent who has been the best player of the year, winning four titles besides the Olympic gold at London. Meanwhile, Jayaram is the sole Indian left in the men's event following R.M.V Gurusaidutt’s 8-21, 12-21 loss to top seed Chen Long of China in the quarterfinals.

uS to conduct Indo-pak soccer exchange
Washington: The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Sports United Division Monday announced the first India and Pakistan dual country soccer exchange. This programme will bring 18 young female soccer players and two coaches from India and Pakistan to the United States from Sept 11 to 22. This marks the third sports exchange with Pakistan and the fourth with India. According to official reports, throughout the ten-day programme members of the delegation will share their experiences, learn about the United States through the lens of sports, interact with young American athletes, and meet with U.S. sports professionals. The US Sports Division stated that the programme will include a series of intensive soccer clinics, conflict resolution workshops, and sessions on disability sports. “The group will meet with of-

India’s batting line-up the key to win World Twenty20?

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Deccan chargers terminated
ests of the players,” he said. “Considering the stated position of the Deccan franchise to refuse to rectify the various defaults including payments to players, foreign Boards etc, as also the deleterious effect such conduct would have on the reputation of the IPL and the franchise itself, a decision was taken to forthwith terminate the Deccan Chargers franchise,” he added further. “The BCCI is completely justified in this action which was taken with careful deliberation and only due to the absolute inability of the franchise to effectively run the team,” he said. Earlier on September 13, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. (DCHL) rejected the sole bid by PVP Ventures for its IPL franchise Deccan Chargers on the basis of the payment terms offered by them. The team had finished last in the inaugural IPL but won the next edition in South Africa in 2009. The Chargers were second last in the most recent IPL tournament that ended in May. New Delhi: Former India captain Kapil Dev feels that it will be tough for Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lead India to their second World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka. Kapil said his doubts are strong because of the way India played in their last T20 International against New Zealand. “My heart says that India will win the World Cup and my cricketing brain thinks that they will find it very difficult. The way they played in the last T20 against New Zealand is not a good sign ahead of such an important tournament,” Kapil said. “India lost from a winning position and one cannot let go opportunities just like that. A team can lose confidence if they are defeats like these,” Kapil added. “Getting off to a good start in the tournament will be a key thing and then should think about the later part of the tournament,” he added. Kapil said all will depend on the batting line-up if India have to win the World Twenty20. “India’s biggest strength is the batting. Every team has 1-2 match winning batsmen, but India have around 5-6 batsmen who can turn the match all by themselves. But then, they will have to avoid complacency,” he said. Kapil said Dhoni has proved himself as a captain. “He has done enough as captain and doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone,” he said. The Legendary all-rounder also praised comeback man Yuvraj Singh. “Everyone is talking about it, but then for me his comeback is more than whatever he does on the field. It is not about scoring 100 or 50 or taking five wickets but the spirit that he has showed,” he said.

Mumbai: Ending all speculations, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) terminated the contract of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Deccan Chargers on September 14. The BCCI held an emergency meeting of the IPL Governing Council and took the decision of terminating the contract of the franchise that was plagued by financial woes.

“BCCI was compelled to hold an emergency meeting of the IPL Governing Council late Friday evening to discuss certain developments due to the Deccan Chargers’ defaults,” said BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale. “The Governing Council took note of the sudden change of stance by the franchise and also the fact that any further extension of time would seriously prejudice the inter-

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igh-end technology at an unbelievable price is the dictum of this internet slate. The Penta T-Pad IS907C Tablet PC is an on-the-go device with an inbuilt SIM slot that takes care of all your connectivity needs. It has a 0.3 MP front and a 2.0MP rear camera to capture the images of your loved ones. It responds instantly and accurately to every touch, drag, zoom, or twist of the fingers. It is pre-loaded with many applications that include Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, Skype for video calling, and many more that keep the users hooked on to this tablet for hours as there is a 6+ hours of battery back-up. It boasts of the best battery back-up in its class. The tablet has a 1GB DDR III RAM, with an internal storage of 8GB (expandable to 32GB).The device comes with a 2160P HDMI port that enhances the viewing pleasure. And as if that’s not all, the 3D video HDMI output to a 3D TV promises you don’t just watch, you experience your favourite movies! A 4:3 aspect ratio and 16M colours TFT-LCD display adds to the viewer’s experience. Penta NZ Ltd is the country partner for a young Information Knowledge and Communication devices hardware company in India called 'Pantel Technologies PVT Ltd', providing ICT products under the brand name of PENTA in India, Asia and now in ANZ & Pacific. We design the specification suitable for ANZ & Pacific to be manufactured by Pantel Technologies PVT Ltd. Check out the features of the Penta PC Tablet as compared to the iPad 2 and decide for yourself. iPad 2 Processor Memory USB HDMI Screen Price Apple A5 16 GB (Non Expendable) No No 9.7 inch $ 579 Penta PC Tablet Android ICS 4.0.3 OS 8/16 GB (Expandable upto 32 GB) Yes Yes 9.7 inch $360

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he Femina Miss India beauty pageant kickstarted the celebrations of its 50 years. The first Miss India Meher Castellino, was joined by other former Miss India beauties at a function in Mumbai, said that even though 50 years had passed, she felt like it was just yesterday when she won the crown. "It feels like just yesterday, I won the contest. But I have been watching all the contests and every time I try and guess who the winner will be and 80 percent of the time I get them right,” she said. Current Miss India World Vanya Mishra said: "It was my childhood dream to wear the Miss India crown, I always wanted to be a


Miss India. This is like a dream come true. Very few women have actually got an opportunity to wear this crown." S i n g e r Shibani Kashyap sang a song which celebrated the true essence of being a woman. Rochelle Maria Rao, who is Miss India International 2012, said that being a part of the Miss India family is like being a part of a sisterhood. "It is like being part of a sisterhood which has lasted 50 years. We have shown the world that Indian women can make changes wherever they go," she said.


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Dining with friends India’s new fashion hub can make you fat
Dining with a friend could be bad for those on a diet - it tempts you into eating unhealthy dishes from the menu, just to keep him or her in good humour, says a study. Researchers believe it may help to explain why groups of friends often put on weight at the same time and why some women complain that they get heavier when they find a boyfriend - they start to copy his eating habits. The research asked 100 female volunteers to select from a choice of food consisting of healthy fruit and vegetables or unhealthy foods including crisps, pastries and cocktail sausages. They found that when they were eating with someone who had been asked to pick unhealthy options, the volunteers also picked far more of these compared to when they ate alone or with someone who chose healthier foods. Suzanne Higgs, reader in the psychobiology of appetite and study coauthor, added: "This research underlines the social nature of eating and how this influences our behaviour."

New Delhi: Meghalaya is the new fashion destination. The first edition of Shillong Fashion Week (SFW) has got the green signal and it will see talent from the North-East region showcasing creations with tribal influence. As many as 16 designers will showcase their collection at the two-day fashion gala schedule to take place at the North Eastern Hills University (NEHU) convention centre from Oct 19. Out of 16 designers, six are from Meghalaya, two from Manipur, one from Mizoram and one from Arunchal Pradesh have been confirmed till date. Rest of the six finalised yet. “For this season, day one is dedicated to the tribes, so one of the basic criterion that is needed to be the part of this fashion week is have to have some kind of tribal origin and technical background. We thought let’s push designers from our region as they have never got such kind of backbone,” Julie Deb, marketing director of the show, said. “The participating designers are very

excited to be a part of this event. Also, we have dedicated the first edition as the Year of Youth so all the participating designers are not only young, but also very innovative,” she added. The fashion week is initiated by the state of Meghalaya under the leadership of the Mukul Sangma, chief minister of the state. According to Nathaniel Weller Rynjah, creative director of SFW, the aim to organise the fashion week is to promote Shillong as the next fashion hub of the northeast. “Shillong is one of the main education spots for northeast, hence the state is basically the hub of youth. So why not make it a next fashion hub. With Shillong being considered very fashionable city, we also realised that there is so much potential within the city and this is the reason why we wanted to promote it,” said Rynjah. Established designers Anand Bhushan, Guaurav and Ritika, Dev r Nil and Nachiket Barve will also participate in it.

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20- medium carrots 2tsp- garlic paste 2tsp- ginger paste 4 tbsp- jaggery (cane sugar) available from Indian supper market. 1 cup- water 200 ml- vinegar 125 ml- mustard oil ( available from Indian supper market) or you can use any vegetable oil. 2 tsp- mustard seeds 2 tsp- turmeric powder 2 tsp- red chilli powder 2 tsp- red paprika powder 2 tsp- garam masala powder 125 ml- mustard oil ( available from Indian supper market) or you can use any vegetable oil. 2 tsp- mustard seeds 2 tsp- turmeric powder 2 tsp- red chilli powder 2 tsp- red paprika powder 2 tsp- garam masala powder

Wash, peel and cut the carrots into 2 inch pieces. Keep them aside. In a small pan dry roast mustard seeds and ground in a clean coffee grinder (coarse) Put the jaggery into a small heavy bottomed pan. Add water. Stir and cook over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until a syrup forms a single thread (to test that take out the spoon and put a drop in a plate. when the drop slightly cools down, touch it with your fore finger. Now touch your thumb and forefinger together and pull apart gently and you see single thread is formed). Remove from the heat. In a large pan or wok pour oil and set over a medium heat. When the oil is hot, add ginger paste and garlic paste and stir for 30 seconds. Add vinegar. Add carrots to the ginger, garlic. Stir and cook for about a minute or until the carrots are coated with oil and still fairly crisp. Reduce the heat to low and add all the spice powders, mustard seeds and salt. Stir and mix

for a minute or two until the carrots are coated in the spices. Pour in the jaggery and stir. Take off the heat and allow the pickle to cool. Spoon the pickle into one or two clean jars, with its juices, then refrigerate. The pickle may be eaten immediately but can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. TIP- You can also make this pickle with cauliflower florets and baby turnips, peeled and halved.

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It's musical, its minimal, its meaningless. Yet, its a profound experience. Beckett's productions have that kind of effect on the audience. They are not meant to be understood, just supposed to be felt. So come experience the absurd, come feel, with Samuel Beckett's short plays Play and Come and Go, staged by the drama students of the University of Auckland. When: October 4 at 8pm October 5 at 8pm October 6 at 4pm and 8pm October 7 at 8pm Where: The Drama Studio, Arts One Building, Level 3, University of Auckland

Going West Books and Writers Festival, a month-long festival, started in the last week of August, concludes this week with their last event, Kids Storyfest, offering a treat for tiny tots. When: 22 September, 10am-4pm Where: Kelston Community Centre, 135 Awaroa Road, Sunnyvale Admission: Free Give the kids a taste of life on the farm. Ambury Farm Day is filled with farming and recreational displays, demonstrations and activities, such as sheep

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shearing, butter making, farm animal petting and feeding, gumboot throwing, horse and cart rides, live bands and much more. One of the 26 regional parks managed by Auckland Council, Ambury Regional Park is a working farm with a variety of cattle and sheep, as well as pet lambs, goats, chickens, pigs, turkeys, rabbits and peacocks. Ambury Farm Day brings a touch of country to the big smoke, allowing visitors the chance to experience a real working farm up close and personal. When: Sunday 7 October, 10am-4pm Where: Ambury Regional Park, 43 Ambury Road, Mangere Bridge Admission: Free

The full list of the 44 acts taking part in Southside Arts Festival 2012 has been unveiled at an exclusive event hosted by the Mayor at the Auckland Town Hall. This year’s festival line up is the largest in its five-year history and boasts a diverse programme including art, fashion, theatre, music and comedy performances. A show-stopping performance by internationally acclaimed hip-hop dance crew ReQuest is the highlight of the event, led by choreographer-to-the-stars and local girl, Parris Goebel. It includes three cornerstone events - the Southside Gig, Cult Couture and the MIXER 3 concert.

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The actor is not only turning to Gujarati and Marathi theatre for stories but is also producing a Marathi film

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‘Ishkq In Paris’, Preity’s toughest film
“It’s great to have a script doctor working on your film. Someone like the sheer brilliance that Anurag Kashyap works best for a film. We are very thankful to him that he came on board as the script doctor for the film,” Bahl, who has written the film’s script, said in a statement. Internationally, a script doctor is consulted to improvise a script and make it stronger. It is believed that a third eye perspective is beneficial for any creative process. This is said to be Kashyap’s first project as a script doctor. Kashyap and Bahl are also partners in a company named Phantom, which is coowned by a group of directors including the duo.

Actor-producer Akshay Kumar’s quest for good stories and unique concepts is now taking him to Marathi plays. He has produced a film in the language. “I like the sensibilities of Gujarati plays and I love Marathi plays also. I can speak Marathi fluently. I go and watch Marathi plays as well. I must say that they come up with very unusual subjects,” Akshay said. “I am producing a Marathi film. It is already completed. I am not acting in it. It’s called 72 Mail, (72 Miles),” he added. Based on a novel by Ashok Vhatkar, 72 Mail has been directed by Rajiv Patil, whose film Jogwa won the National Award in 2009. It is about the journey of a 13-year-old boy who walked from Satara to Kolhapur in Maharashtra in 1960. Akshay has been associated with Gujarati plays since 2002 when his Aankhein, which has been inspired by director Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Gujarati play Andhalo Pato, released. Even his 2005 hit Waqt - Race Against Time

has been an adaptation of a play in the same language. Both the films were appreciated. But he wasn’t third time lucky as his 2010 release Action Replayy, also an adaptation of a Gujarati play, failed to replicate the success of his last two films. When asked about his fascination for Gujarati plays, Akshay said: “It might be that Gujarati people appeal to me a lot. Paresh Rawal is Gujarati, Vipul Shah is also Gujarati and 80 percent of my staff is also Gujarati. Aankhein and Waqt are very close to my heart, but something went wrong with Action Replayy and that was the only film which didn’t work.” The 45-year-old is currently promoting Oh My God, which is again inspired from Paresh Rawal’s Gujarati play Kanji Virrudh Kanji and tells the story of an atheist who incurs huge losses when his antique shop is destroyed by an earthquake. The play was staged in Hindi too as Krishan vs Kanhaiya. Oh My God is slated for a Sep 28 release.

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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s magic touch and powerful campaign Sirf gyaan hi aapko aapka haq dilaata hai (Only knowledge gets you what you deserve), has helped the opening episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati 6 (KBC) in getting maximum eyeballs. The show, which went on air Sep 7, has registered a 6.1 television rating (TVR). The show is said to have had the highest opening this year across all shows on all general entertainment channels, says Sneha Rajani, senior executive vice president and business head, SET. “We were confident that viewers would really enjoy watching this season of Kaun Banega Crorepati. The numbers more than corroborate this. We are really pleased with the opening week results and there is a lot more to look forward to on the show in the days to come,” Rajani said in a statement. “Overall, we are delighted at the performance of all our shows and over the next four to five weeks we aim to further consolidate our position,” she added. This season of KBC was launched at the weekend slot from Friday to Sunday. The opener saw a special rendition of a powerful narrative on knowledge, by Big B in his distinct baritone. This season has already got its first crorepati in Manoj Kumar Raina from Kashmir.

reity Zinta, who gears up for the release of Ishkq In Paris, feels shooting for her first production venture has been the most difficult job so far. “Till now I considered Lakshya my toughest film but after shooting for Ishkq In Paris, I realised that the latter has taken over that tag,” said Preity, who made her acting debut with 1998 film Dil Se... Directed by Farhan Akhtar, 2004 film Lakshya saw the 37-year-old actress as a journalist, who goes to Kargil as a war reporter. “I went 18,000 feet above sea level for Lakshya and I used to get blue on my face and for Ishkq In Paris when we began to shoot, it started snowing in Paris. All this made me realise that nothing comes easy in life, one has to work hard for it,” Preity said. Directed by Prem Raj, Ishkq In Paris sees the actress in lead role after Heroes in 2008. The film also features French actress Isabelle Adjani and debutant Rhehan Malliek.

Riteish Deshmukh has been finalised for Filmy Picture and says he is excited to be a part of the project, a spoof on various Bollywood films. “Excited about doing Filmy-Picture, remake of Telugu super-hit Sudigadu to be produced by Suresh Productions. Will start shooting soon,” tweeted Riteish. “Filmy-Picture will be a spoof on the clichés of Hindi cinema, it will feature lot of blockbuster films from classics to recent hits,” Riteish, last seen in Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, further posted. To be produced by southern producer D. Suresh Babu, Filmy Picture is in casting stage. Meanwhile, Riteish has also ventured into film production with Balak Palak. Directed by Ravi Jadhav, Balak

Anurag turns script doctor for ‘Queen’
After producing and directing critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has turned script doctor for Vikas Bahl’s Queen.

The show, which was originally telecast on Star Plus when it was launched in 2000, is being aired on Sony since 2010. This season has bagged the highest opening out of all three seasons on the channel. While the episode aired Sep 7 received a 6.1 TVR, the episode aired on the following day earned a 5.3 TVR, according to television audience measuring agency TAM.

Palak is based on a Marathi play of the same name and it deals with the sensitive subject of sex education among children.


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‘Emraan the most underrated actor’
Emraan Hashmi, who is riding high on the success of Raaz 3, is the most underrated actor of the present generation, says Bollywood star Salman Khan. Emraan's box office success ratio was recently compared to Salman's, as he has earned a thumbs up with most of his recent films, including Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Murder 2, The Dirty Picture, Jannat 2, Shanghai and most recently, Raaz 3. "Emraan Hashmi is the most underrated actor and now he should get his due. He has given hit after hit. He is damn good as an actor. I really like him," Salman said during the music launch of Ishkq In Paris. Salman, who launched the film's music, was at his wittiest and bullied everyone on stage, including actressproducer Preity Zinta, actor Rhehan Malliek and director Prem Raj. Salman shot a special song titled "Kudiye di kurti" for the film with Preity, and the actress says she was stunned to see his professionalism. "I have worked with Salman Khan in tons of films, but when he came on sets, he asked the choreographer to show the steps. Then he said 'Let's go for a take', and he did it perfectly on the first take itself," she said. "He is super professional. I thought we will take four to five takes, but we finished in just two takes," added Preity, who has turned producer with the movie.

Actress Sharmila Tagore has confirmed that Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are getting married Oct 16, according to media reports. But Kareena is tight-lipped about it. Asked why was she holding back her wedding date, she said that the “only thing is that we have not decided where it will be and when it will be. So, whenever we will decide, we shall talk.” Sharmila Tagore had converted to Islam when she married cricketer Mansur Ali Pataudi, donning the name Ayesha Begum. When asked whether she will convert into Islam post her marriage, the 32-year-old Kareena said: “That’s a very wrong question, which I will not be answering.” She also refused to elaborate on her wedding plans. “No I can’t. I am so sorry. This is not a press conference about my wedding.” But she confirmed that she will wear red as “red is my favourite colour and you all will see me in a red sari.” Media reports claim that on her wedding day Kareena will wear Sharmila Tagore’s bridal sharara and for other ceremonies she has zeroed on Manish Malhotra’s creations. Meanwhile, Kareena also spoke about her

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upcoming film Satyagraha with Prakash Jha and is happy to be working with Ajay Devgn once again. “He (Prakash Jha) has made great films with Ajay Devgn before and I have a lovely role, but it’s very soon to talk about it because we start in January. It’s my honour that we (Ajay and she) are working together after a long time and it’s my privilege,” said Kareena who featured with the actor in the critically acclaimed Omkara. Kareena reportedly plays a journalist in Satyagraha and the film also stars megastar


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When a tornado destroys his antique store, Kanjibhai (Paresh Rawal) loses faith and thus begins his journey to prove that God does not exist. His obsession cuts a swathe of mayhem through the city from which no-one, not even the priests, are spared. His quest comes to a head before long, when God pays him an unepxected visit.



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