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October 4, 2013 Vol. 5 Issue 11 |

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Fair trade, not free trade should be the mantra
Sumantra Maitra


t is not about free trade, but about fair trade”… thundered Roopa Mehta in response to my first question. Well, thundered probably is an intense word to use, as her soothing motherly appearance and soft voice often contradicts the strength and determination behind those words, but make no mistake. Strong and determined it was. I met Roopa in a Trade Aid conference a few days back. She was in New Zealand as a board member of Sasha which is linked to Trade Aid. Visibly tired after a whirlwind tour of New Zealand, the lady from Kolkata was no less enthusiastic. Her voice displayed a perfect combination of emotional integrity and belief. And she looked satisfied with the response she was getting from the listeners. “Craft has both socio-economic and cultural significance in India”, she said, “it is both aesthetically rich, and traditional…and very effective.” She would certainly know. She is on the Board of Sadhna, the handicrafts and income augmentation programme of Seva Mandir, Udaipur, on the Board of All India Artisans and Craftpersons Association (AIACA) New Delhi, and the Managing Trustee of Ruro Agro Services Association, a registered trust which develops natural agro based products, trains producers and identifies suitable markets. She is also on the Board of the World Fair Trade Organisation. “I

learned from the pioneers of fair trade movement in Kolkata, when I was young”, she beamed. Being an MBA from Delhi University with further professional qualifications in Social Communication, it seems seemless when she points out the economics behind the fair trade movement. “The need for an aesthetic green trend, and ethical consumption is becoming the norm, it is foolish not to catch that”…she mentioned. “When you see a MNC like Starbucks going for local crafts you know it is time.” How is that going to work out? “Increased mobility in labour, products, services, ideas and money; indigenous knowledge and skills are

reckoned as aids to society, and IPR actions: copyright, patenting and geographical indicators. These are the current global trends.” “The consumer landscape is going to change in the next ten years”, she almost sounds reflective. “Indian handicrafts export is growing at a rate of 18% per annum, which is around 10 billion US dollars. The ever bourgeoning middle class would want a fair, simple, and gorgeous product…as the global choices change”. Does she visualize a future? “Why not? It will be creating opportunities for the marginalized, open and transparent dialogue and exchange of information, it promotes sound trading practices which go beyond just buying

and selling but also respects the context in which producers and buyers work, and it safeguards the interests of all in the chain and are sustainable in the long run. Capacity building of the producers and their units on the one hand and responding to buyer and market needs is important again for long term sustainability.” I finished with economics again. How will the markets react? “There’s internet. IT enabled information promotes greater reach. Visibility increases.” She sounds optimistic, “The partnership between Trade Aid and Sasha works to promote craft, craft skill and tradition. Every handmade product that is purchased restores dignity and pride and is not a charity.” “Mechanical tools and appropriate technologies will increase productivity and performance. New socio-environmental regulations lay emphasis on using safe, recycled and ecologically sustainable materials.” For the sake of the people working in handicrafts of both India and New Zealand, we certainly hope so.

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ultural performances, traditions and treats will enliven Albany’s campus with the first Diwali and cultural festival to be held on October 9. The festival will feature stage performances, food stalls and henna decoration. “We love the opportunity to welcome the community onto campus and celebrating special events like the Diwali and cultural festival is a wonderful excuse,” says campus registrar Andrea Davies. “Auckland has become such a culturally diverse city, so it’s a chance for people to sample

aspects of different cultures that have become such a part of New Zealand.” The Diwali and cultural festival is being organised by staff from across the university, and one of the organisers, librarian Tom Vadrevu, says it celebrates the diversity of staff and students at Massey. “We have students from over 100 different countries across the globe, and all the different student associations have been invited to set up food stalls and to stage performances depicting the unique cultures they represent,” he says. - IWK Bureau

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Teenager’s bold step for a cure
Aucklander Neha Kolhe raises funds and campaigns for cancer awareness
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and the community to fundraise and her target was 5000. She managed to raise 6,500. She started her campaign by set up a on LBCNZ’s website. “I held raffles at three different locations. I fundraised through Auckland Marathi Association by making around 450 gulab jamuns and sold them at the Ganpati festival function. I held a very successful bake sale at school. My friends and I baked a lot of goodies and sold it at school. We printed and distributed posters and flyers too,” she says. Sure, on the day, she had jitters, but in hindsight is pleased that she was able to go through with it on September 21. She says her school and friends have been extremely supportive. “School principal Mr Watson allowed me to speak at school assembly. They have assured me that no-one will make fun of me once I have no hair,” says Neha. The Kolhes, originally from Mumbai, are a closed knit family. Neha lives with her younger brother Neel, parents Maneesha and Abhay, and grandparents in Mt Roskill. They are very proud of Neha and what she has done. When she first told her parents about her decision, they were taken aback. “We were concerned, how would our family and friends would react to this radical step. In our culture, shaving off the hair is done when there is a bereavement in the family. We were opposed to this to start with but when we read more about the cause and how this will help society in general, we agreed with Neha and backed her decision all the way,” says proud dad Abhay Kolhe.


school friend’s experience at home with cancer and her own grandfather’s battle with the disease motivated 17 year old Aucklander Neha Kolhe to shave her full head of hair for a cure. “I was planning ahead for my 17th birthday, but my mind kept going back to the conversations I had with my friend. I decided I was going to do something that would make a difference to somebody else, rather than myself. I saw an advertisement on TV about a little girl who had lost all her hair because of chemotherapy. That’s when it struck me, I was going to try and raise funds for Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBCNZ),” says Neha, a Year 12 student at Mt Roskill Grammar . She plays inter-club and inter-school badminton, and represented Auckland for the last three years at the U15, U17 and U19 teams at Nationals. A star student, she achieved excellence in NCEA Level 2 and in some subjects in Level 3 for which she was recognized by Mr.. Phil Goff at a school function. Neha wants to become a Vet. “I read about LBCNZ’s fundraiser ‘Shave for a Cure’ and decided that’s what I was going to do. Shaving off all the hair on someone’s head shows support to patients who lose their hair during cancer treatments.” The plucky teenager roped in her friends, family

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broadband. “It will be foolhardy for John Key to dismiss yet another independent report. “The facts stack up. The copper tax is yet another example of the Government’s crony capitalism. John Key is out of touch. Kiwi families know a raw deal when they see one. “Chorus posted a $171 million profit this year. It doesn’t need a corporate hand-out courtesy of the New Zealand taxpayer. “The majority of Kiwi households using copper broadband services will have no choice but to pay more than they should, despite the Commerce Commission recommending their charges be cut by $12 a month,” David Cunliffe says. - IWK Bureau

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Lotto NZ excited to be part of Auckland Diwali

Auckland schools get a taste of Diwali


otto New Zealand is gearing up to celebrate Diwali in a big way this year. Partnering with ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development) and Asia New Zealand Foundation as a sponsor of the Auckland Diwali Festival, Lotto NZ will help welcome thousands of visitors to central Auckland to mark the Indian ‘festival of lights’ on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October. Aotea Square and part of Queen Street will be transformed into a colourful and lively hub of activity including live entertainment, delicious Indian food stalls and performances from artists, some flown in from India especially for the event. Lotto New Zealand will be adding to the festivities with an interactive stand offering games, photos and lots of chances to win fun prizes. In addition, on Saturday 19 October at 8pm there will be a live cross to the Lotto draw on TV2. Presenter Matt Gibb will link live from the celebrations to wish “Happy Diwali” to the nation! Lotto New Zealand’s General Manager Marketing, Val Green said, “This is such a wonderful event and a great opportunity for us to connect with the public and celebrate New Zealand’s cultural diversity. It’s so important for us to play our part in helping New Zealand to build strong and sustainable communities.. The Auckland Diwali Festival is exciting and


inclusive and we are very proud to be a sponsor this year.” ATEED General Manager Destination & Marketing Rachael Carroll remarked “We are delighted to have the support of Lotto New Zealand for this event which is enjoyed by so many Aucklanders, not just the Indian community but the wider community as well. Our valued sponsors enable us to sustain and grow events of this nature that help to make this city such a vibrant and dynamic place to live.” Lotto New Zealand is a long-term supporter of local communities and has been awarding grants via the NZ Lotteries Grants Board to community, sporting, arts, recreation, heritage, culture and environmental groups throughout New Zealand for over 26 years. In 2013 alone, Lotto New Zealand transferred over $200 million to New Zealand communities. - IWK Bureau

ive Auckland primary schools will get a taste of Auckland Diwali Festival celebrations this month as part of Asia New Zealand Foundation’s ‘Asia Awareness in Schools’ programme. A 90-minute programme of dance and music – including traditional masked Chhau dancing by a renowned troupe from Jharkhand State in east India – will be performed for Churchill Park School, Kauri Park School, Cornwall Park District School, Waterlea School and Mangere Central School pupils. Jennifer King, from Asia New Zealand Foundation, says: “These schools are all members of our ‘Principals’ Asia Aware Network’ designed to promote studies of Asia in New Zealand schools. The visits will give students a unique insight into Diwali Festival and Indian culture which is outside their everyday experiences.” The school programme starts on Monday, 21 October after a weekend of Diwali festivities in Aotea Square and Queen Street, where Aucklanders will have the chance to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of India. The 12th annual Auckland Diwali Festival is one of three major social anchor events run by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The event – on from noon to 9pm on both Saturday and Sunday – is Auckland’s largest free multicultural vegetarian festival and is set to attract thousands of Aucklanders.

The mask is a vital element in the dance,” says choreographer Gopal Dubey, leader of the Trinetra Chhau Dance Centre set up in 1985 in Seraikella. It liberates the dancer and places greater emphasis on the movement of the body.”
Ella Kumar, Cultural and Heritage representative for Asia New Zealand is well known for her skills in teaching Bollywood dance and will lead the schools programme. “The programme is a wonderful opportunity for children to learn more about the changing face of our city and means they can also interact with expert artists. The teachers rave about the programme and the kids just love it,” says Ella Kumar. To find out more about Auckland Diwali Festival visit - IWK Bureau

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Joseph Devasia: one of the youngest Justice of Peace


oseph Devasia, from Kerala, India became the first justice of the peace for New Zealand from Kerala community in New Zealand. The 34 years old is now one of the youngest JP in Auckland. He lives in Mt Roskill and is excited to serve the community from his residence at 41 Denbigh Ave, Mt Roskill. Community members are free to contact him for JP service appointment at 09 9745057. Joseph is also an Alcohol and Drug Clinician and counsellor with District health Board and a registered social worker as well. He is helpful for private counselling service, especially for Indian community. Joseph came to New Zealand in 2010 and lives with his wife and two children. - IWK Bureau

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The Critical Value of Local Work Experience
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tatistics New Zealand’s Household Labour Force Survey data shows that, while NZ’s unemployment rate has fallen since 2012, it is still much higher than it was before the 20082009 economic recession, when it was below 4%. Unemployment in the June 2013 quarter was still down from a year before, with an unemployment rate of 6.8% in June 2012. What does all this mean for job seekers? This relatively high rate means there is more competition for jobs, and finding suitable employment may take a long time.  To improve your chances of finding work you can consider: • Undertaking volunteer workplace experience placements to gain meaningful local work experience • Relocating to an area experiencing high employment growth, such as Canterbury or Auckland • Continuing your education, or doing further training to enhance your skills such as Job Search workshops, specialists workshops and English Language Courses (details available on • Choosing a career with better-than-average employment prospects, such as one of those on Immigration New Zealand’s long-term skill shortage list.  The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) has been running a Volunteer Workplace Experience Placement (WEP) Programme since

2008. During their placement, migrant job seekers gain experience in different areas of the organisation, while being supported to gain skills, awareness, and networks. The aim of the WEP programme is to assist newcomers to experience a New Zealand workplace environment and become more confident about adapting to New Zealand ways of working, communicating, and interacting. The ARMS WEP Programme, funded mainly by the Ministry of Social Development with some COGS support, provides three month placements to between 70 and 100 newcomers each year in various activity areas, such as customer services, administration, communications and marketing, Multicultural Safari playgroup and special projects. This Programme has become even more essential as the labour market becomes more challenging for newcomers. According to Dr Mary Dawson, ARMS Chief Executive, newcomers are often not sufficiently aware of the local work culture and systems. “In New Zealand about one in four people in the workforce was born overseas; in Auckland this figure rises to forty-five per cent of the workforce. Good understanding of local work culture and communication in the workplace is a key factor in getting employment”, she says. “Local work experience is desired for most jobs here. Newcomers should seek out volunteering opportunities to get some invaluable local work experience – there are many organisations offering these for migrants including ARMS, Migrant Action Trust, Raeburn House Community Volunteers Centre, and Volunteering Auckland.”

In addition to gaining local work experience, the volunteers also have the opportunity to participate in ARMS trainings and workshops to enhance their skills, obtain individual coaching, and obtain a reference. Valerie Hirsch is a newcomer from Russia with a Communications degree, and found having knowledge of Auckland’s local media made all the difference to finding employment. “Through my placement at ARMS, I had the opportunity to understand and liaise with local media, especially those working with International Students.” She adds, “I felt very confident when applying for jobs locally, as I had an understanding of the dos and don’ts within my field of work.” “The added advantage was being exposed to the diverse workforce here at ARMS. The team has more than eight different nationalities! That doesn’t include the volunteers and clients. It’s a great place to practise your workplace communication!” ARMS’ Community Partnership role with the National Tertiary Education Consortium (Ntec) facilitated the opportunity for Valerie to gain employment with Ntec as a Marketing Officer for the Russian market. Sri Bhattam came from India to New Zealand in 2012 and undertook a Masters Programme in Electronics and Telecommunication at the Auckland University of Technology. After graduation, he joined ARMS Employment Team as a volunteer. He says, “Joining the volunteer programme at ARMS made a lot of difference to my profile. By adding local work experience to my CV, I was able to add value to my job

applications.” According to Sri, the coaching and assistance he received from ARMS improved his confidence in preparing for job interviews. “I had applied for a couple of jobs, and went to a few interviews. The interview process in New Zealand is very different from India. Employers are interested in results based approach; for example, I got asked ‘how would I solve an I.T crisis situation’. I was able to answer that very confidently as I had practised this scenario with the Regional Employment Coordinator at ARMS.” Sri is now working with Sky Television as a technician. In addition to providing the Volunteer Workplace Experience Placements, ARMS runs Job Search workshops across Auckland, at locations in North Shore, New Lynn, Manukau and Auckland Central. More information on the dates and venues can be found on www.arms-mrc. For ARMS staff, the WEP Programme also means being able to tap into the skills and positive motivation of highly skilled migrants. ARMS is keen to support mainstream community organisations and businesses to engage skilled migrants as volunteers, and can provide organisational training on the WEP model as well as on the intercultural challenges of more culturally diverse staff/volunteer teams. If you see value in introducing this model into your workplace, contact our Team on 09 625 2440 or email and we can organise training sessions and resources for you.

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High-tea with women of substance
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Sri Harikatha by Dushyanth Sridhar
in 4 languages. His YouTube videos have over 0.2 million views. He has 10 albums to his credit from 5 leading labels. He is a regular speaker in some of the Television channels like Star-Vijay, Jaya TV, Sri Sankara TV, SVBC Channel and Doordarshan’s Podhigai. His talks and discourses appeal to the young and the old alike. Sri Dushyanth’s lectures will be held at Mt. Roskill Intermediate School Hall, Denbigh Ave, Mt.Roskill, Auckland. Friday, 4 Oct. 2013 from 6 p.m. – Discourse in English - Admission free Bhaja Govindam – Adi Sankara’s Magnum opus Saturday, 5 Oct. 2013 from 10 a.m. – Harikatha in Tamil – Admission free Sriman Narayneman & on the Guruvayoor Temple, Kerala - IWK Bureau

asthika Bhaktha Sangeerthana Samajam (ABSS) Auckland, is presenting a series of free lectures, by Sri.Dushyanth Sridhar, an exponent on the religious texts of SanAtana Dharma has travelled worldwide and is a regular speaker in leading Television channels. He is trained in the necessary scriptures by revered preceptors and has been duly acclaimed by them for his oratory skills. Azhwar’s verses, Ramanuja’s philosophy and Desika’s works remain close to his heart. Also found profoundly in his discourses is timely humour, relevant examples and pleasing music. He is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani and currently works for a leading consultancy services firm. He has rendered over 700 discourses in 23 cities worldwide to an audience size of over 0.1 million

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Hospitality and Tourism Seminars by Professor Kaye Chon
IT are extending to the public the invitation to attend the upcoming hospitality and tourism seminars held by world class speaker Professor Kaye Chon at SIT on the 10th and 11th of October 2013. Professor Chon is currently the Dean of School and Chair Professor for the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His areas of teaching expertise extend too: Service management in hospitality, tourism and hospitality marketing and convention tourism. Among many academic and scholarly contributions, he has authored or edited ten books and has published over 200 papers in academic and professional journals. He is a former hotel manager and tourism industry consultant and has previously held academic positions at the University of Houston, University of Nevada, Las Vagas, and Virginia Tech in the United States. He graduated from the University of Maryland (A.A.), Georgia State University (B.S.), the University of Nevada, Las Vagas (MSc) and Virginia Tech (Ph.D.). Professor Chon is delivering two onehour sessions (across two days) on the below fields; 1. Innovations in Hospitality and Tourism Industry 2. Leadership Development for Hospitality and Tourism Industry He will be present at SIT Invercargill Campus on the 10th October and the SIT Queenstown Campus at Remarkables Park Town Centre on the 11th October. - IWK Bureau

urattasi Masam (Pronounced “Patrasi”), is the sixth month in a Tamil calendar and is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara (Lord Vishnu). Lord Venkateswara appeared on earth in Purattasi Masam. Lord Vishnu devotees consider Puratasi as the ideal month for thanking Lord Vishnu for preserving the Universe. ”Ven+Kat+Esha”, in original can be divided into “Ven” meaning sin, “Kata” means “destroyed or burnt and Esha means supreme Lord or controller . Lord Venkatesha is the supreme Lord who removes the sins. On behalf NZ Sangam the devotees are invited, for this auspicious occasion. Saturday 5th October 2013 @ SHRI VENKTESH SWAMY KOVIL 80 O’Neills Road, Swanson, Auckland at the Residence of Bal Ram Goundar Friday 4th Oct: 5pm Jhanda Bandhan followed by Ramayan, Bhajan and Dinner Saturday 5th Oct: First pooja Saturday 12.00pm, Evening Pooja 6 pm followed by Tirikuttu Naach performance and Dinner. - IWK Bureau


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Hindi Day Celebration and Mehfil


opio Waikato celebrated Hindi Day on 14 September 2013. This celebration has successfully pioneered in Hamilton for the last few years. During past several years in celebration the discussions, seminars, talks were among community based Hindi Classes, volunteers, teachers on how to promote Hindi language, connect to the roots as our grandparents language in Aoteroa for all of us who have made it homeland often concerned about how the grand children will learn and keep alive Hindi in New Zealand. A couple of years back Bhakti Bhaav was promoted, i.e. Devotional Songs in Hindi was the theme. This time in a philanthropic effort, like minded people of Gopio Waikato, Indianz Global Women & Family Group promoted some of the local talented singers as means of home grown flowers of garland. It was Salaana Jalsa ( Yearly feast) also The main focus of Mehfil 2013 was to acknowledge the contribution of Hindi language in Indian Cinema which celebrated its First Centenary this year. It was a joyful event where members of different generations made a valuable contribution. Prabh Saran Singh main singer of the evening captured the hearts of the listeners with his soulful melodies including songs by Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Anup Jalota and many other famous singers. The very talented, Manpreet Singh of Auckland accompanied him onTabla. Other singers like Bela Pathak, Priya, Beljit Kaur and Rajani Sharma also added to the charm with their melodies from Hindi Cinema, ghazal and Punjabi folk song. Patron and life member Mrs. Suman Kapoor welcomed the audience and made special announcement about

Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan New Zealand coming to existence soon so that our Indian languages, art, Education, values and beliefs can be promoted forever and remain linked with our roots as well as New Zealand ways for mutual enhancement of knowledge. Mr Trilok Wadhwa proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Pradeep Kumar the President of GOPIO WAIKATO Inc. expressed special thanks to Swapna for flyer designing, Mr. Graham Hasting for Sound Equipments, Mrs. Palvinder Kaur Kattra for back stage help, Vice President Davinder Kaur, Treasurer Malathi Vasudevan, Executive Members Hari Singh Minhas, Somnath Gupta,Mr. V.P.Singh Ms. Bela Pathak (Executive Secretary) and outgoing Mr. Dharam Singh Khattra for their valuable support and the artists and 40 plus dedicated audience for making the evening a grand success.Very special thank to Mrs. Asha and Dr. Nand Kejriwal for their long time support. The program was brought to Hamiltonians by GOPIO WAIKATO Inc. team 2013-14. - Bela Pathak


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Protecting communities from psychoactive substances
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he Government’s goal of supporting communities to prevent and reduce harm caused by legal highs and bringing the socalled ‘legal high’ market under control without driving it underground is working. We’ve taken a market that was a completely unknown quantity and out of control, and in a staged approach, pared it back hugely and implemented strict and robust controls. These controls will continue to be enhanced and strictly applied. When the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force in July there was an immediate

ban on sales from dairies or any sort of grocery store, petrol stations, or anywhere alcohol is sold. Products cannot be sold to under-18-year olds. We have already seen the number of products legally available reduced from 200-300 to 28. The number of retailers has been cut from an estimated 3500 to around 110 with temporary licences. Several retailers have just been banned from trading after breaching temporary licence conditions. Not using legal highs is always the safest option for anyone. However, the new law ensures that people who choose to seek out ‘legal highs’, young people in particular, are not harmed by unregulated substances peddled by unscrupulous people in back alleys, and underground labs. The onus of proof is now on producers and suppliers, not the government, to prove their products are ’very low risk’. This denies backyard

chemists the opportunity to beat the law by simply altering the chemical make-up of their drugs and sends a message to the community and producers and suppliers of psychoactive substances that these products are harmful and won’t be tolerated unless they can be proven to be of ‘very low risk’. Police report a drop in criminal behaviour blamed on synthetic drugs and the National Poisons Centre has seen a drop in the reporting of adverse reactions. Police are determined to enforce this law and, for example, confiscated more than 2000 packets of synthetic cannabis from a Hamilton dairy, following a tipoff from the public. The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority, set up under the Act, is not simply rubber stamping applications. It has a risk assessment framework, similar to those used by medicine regulatory bodies, to determine which products receive interim approval and which are

declined for interim licenses. High-profile Kronic, Kryptonite, and K2 products are all banned. All 28 products with temporary approvals for sale will be further tested by ESR (the Institute of Environmental Science and Research) to ensure compliance as ‘very low risk’ and if they are found to have known harmful substances they will immediately be removed from sale. The Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority is presently appointing enforcement officers to be based in DHB public health units. They will carry out joint operations with Police. There’ll be zero tolerance for any breaches of the law. Local authorities have powers to restrict retailing from particular locations – similar to alcohol policies – such as near schools, health services, places of worship. If you believe the law is being flouted you should contact police.

Voting is a privilege
David Shearer


ocal body elections are coming up on  October 12th. I’m looking forward to voting, and I’m hoping for a record turnout around the country. When I worked for the United Nations, I was posted to Sierra Leone in Africa, where I watched

people queuing for many hours as they waited to vote. At one point there was shooting nearby, but people stayed in their lines and said “they can kill us if they want but we’re not letting go of democracy”. It reminded me what a privilege voting is. It can be easy to take for granted in a place like New Zealand but I’ll never take it for granted. Only 71% of our 18-24-year-olds are enrolled to vote, compared with 97% of our 50-54-yearolds. Let’s remind our young people that through

these elections, they can engage with society and bring the positive change they want. Their votes will help shape our city and country for the future.  And as I remind my children….theirs could be the deciding vote. In Auckland, our population is culturally diverse, so our representation should be too. We need to ensure that our leaders look like our communities and care about the things that are important to all of us. Auckland faces some major issues: these elections will influence how much we pay in rates,

the quality of the parks our children play in, and whether or not our transport problems are solved. My hope is that future generations will benefit from the wise decisions we make in these elections.  If you have yet to inform yourself before voting, visit, enter your address, and you’ll receive a list of candidates, with information about each of them. Through the democratic process, we can bring change that improves life for all of us, and elect the great leaders we deserve. 4 October 2013




Faulty elections candidate booklets


uckland Council Electoral Officer Bruce Thomas is disappointed that some candidate booklets have pages missing. “As of this morning we have had 22 faulty booklets reported to us, out of a print run of one million. We have reviewed our stock and not found any other faulty ones.

“Affected residents have been sent new booklets and directed to www.voteauckland. “I encourage voters to check out www. where all council candidate information is available online and searchable on a user-friendly site. “Our awareness campaign also directs voters to this site.” Further information is also available at:

Workshop running for ‘Zero Waste’ fund applicants


aste innovators can snap up grants of up to $50,000 from Auckland Council’s ‘Zero Waste’ fund – and we’re running a workshop to help them do it. The Waste Minimisation and Innovation Fund (WMIF) opens on 1 October, with a special workshop running on 7 October to help groups and individuals make great

applications. “Sometimes it’s hard to know what sort of information to provide to get the best buy in for your ideas, and meet the criteria of the fund. “If you’ve got an exciting waste reduction project, come along to this workshop and find out how to put together an application that makes the most of this funding opportunity,” says Solid Waste Manager Ian Stupple. WMIF is a regional fund, set up in April this year to seed new ideas that help to minimise waste and reduce waste to landfill. Projects that have already received assistance from the fund include: • Resource Recovery Centre feasibility studies for locations in communities throughout the region • School projects with waste minimisation goals • Businesses and large organisations needing support for recycling and organic waste solutions • Marae-based waste minimisation initiatives The workshop will be held at the Fickling Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings from 7-8.30pm.

Kids log on to vote


ver 8,000 school students across Auckland will lead the way for the future of computer voting at the 2013 local body elections. A total of 45 schools have registered pupils from years 7-10 to take part in Auckland Council’s Kids Voting programme – the only one of its kind in New Zealand and the first to take place online. Although their vote will not officially count, the youngsters will get a taste of democracy in action between 23-27 September when they log on to choose a Mayor, Councillors and Local Board members. In the run up to the election, students are being encouraged to discuss the issues and candidates with friends and family to develop an understanding of why they should participate in the voting process – nationally and locally – once they turn 18. But Kids Voting has taken on extra significance this year with the news that the Government is set to trial full online voting at the 2016 elections. “We are delighted that so many Auckland students are engaging with the Kids Voting programme,” says Auckland Council community development project leader, Jan Ziegler-Peri. “But it’s equally exciting to know that by taking part they will be a step ahead in terms of finding out how online voting works and how easy it is to use. “Hopefully, we will see the benefit of that by capturing many of them as fullyfledged young voters in future.” - IWK Bureau


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India Origin ACP in Fiji ready for challenge

India tops happy banking followed closely by New Zealand

ndian-origin Ravi Narayan has been appointed the acting commissioner of the Fiji police force, reported Fiji Live citing a police department statement Thursday. According to the report, Minister of Defence Joketani Cokanasiga took the decision Wednesday. Narayan was the deputy commissioner of the Fiji police. He took over from Iowane Naivalurua and will head the department till the appointment of a new commissioner of police, officials said. The Fiji Police Force also received $25,000 sponsorship from Vodafone Fiji for organizing this year’s BSP Life Sukuna Bowl Challenge. While presenting the cheque this morning to Acting Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan, Vodafone Fiji CEO Aslam Khan said over the last two years competition has provided Fiji the opportunity to market and showcase players to our National team and international clubs. Meanwhile, Acting Police Commissioner Ravi Narayan said preparations are on track for


the challenge. Ethnic Indians comprise 37 percent of Fiji’s total population of nearly 870,000. Most of them are descendants of indentured labourers who were bought in from India between 1879 and 1916 to work in the country’s sugarcane plantations. - IWK Bureau

ndia tops the list of ‘happy’ banking customers in the Asia-Pacific region with facilities like online banking, transaction efficiency, easy access to ATMs and local branches keeping users content, claims a study by SAP. According to the survey carried out by IDC recently, India scores the highest (8.5) on the happiness quotient of its banking citizens, followed by Indonesia (8.33), New Zealand (8.27) and China (7.93). The report contains insights from 600 bank customers spread across Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. “Investments that banks made in technology seem to be paying off....A standout factor for Indian customers’ happiness is a bank’s online service. This is followed by transaction efficiency and their physical locations,” SAP Asia-Pacific and Japan senior vice-president for financial services Andrew Pitcher told PTI.

Though online still remains an important channel, about 30 per cent of the respondents from India said they are phone-banking users, he added. “SMS-based systems remain popular here, but mobile banking through smartphones has yet to take off primarily because of low penetration of the device. But this will change as banks invest in technology to bring apps which are convenient for customers,” SAP India director for banking and financial services Vikrant Chowdhary said. SAP, which offers a suite of enterprise solutions, to different industries, is increasing its focus on the banking sector. Economic growth, changing demographics, the expanding middle class, and rapid urbanisation are disruptive forces which are creating new opportunities for banks with forward-looking leadership, Pitcher said. - IWK Bureau

Indians leaving Fiji due to political, economic pressures : Brij Lal


ore and more people of Indian origin are leaving Fiji over gloomy political and uncertain economic environments, an expert on the Pacific nation said recently. Indian indentured laborers, who had arrived in Fiji over a century ago to work in the sugar cane sector, were emotionally uprooted and leaving the island-state, said Brij Lal, professor of Pacific

and Asian History at the Australian National University. These Fijians of Indian origin were part of the over one million indentured laborers that went to the “King Sugar” colonies across the global between 1830 and 1920, he told a conference on “The Narrative of Indian Communities in Singapore and Southeast Asia.” The next general election, due by September

2014, would not see much change either as the military-led regime would not accept any dramatic change in the government through the ballot box. While the professionals and highly qualified people of Indian origin have migrated to Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada, the unskilled laborers were being marginalized. According to Lal, people of Indian origin

accounted for 50 percent of the Fiji population up to 1987. This was now down to 32 percent or about 350,000 out of the total 850,000 population. The number of Indians in Fiji was further declining, he added. More than 100,000 of the Indian-origin Fijians have migrated to Australia and New Zealand and another 80,000 to the United States and Canada. - IWK Bureau

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A dream fulfilled: Pihu’s story
n 2010 I arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, full of excitement and with one dream in mind: to complete a professional early childhood qualification. I began a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) at New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC), where I soon realized that my assignments would need to be submitted online. I felt a little nervous initially as I’m not extremely computer-literate, however, my worries disappeared the first day I logged in to NZTC Online. There I found everything from study guides to research tools were at my fingertips. I knew that if I had any questions about anything relating to my study, they would be sorted as soon as I spoke to a lecturer – and each one treated me as an individual. Due to personal circumstances beyond my control, in July 2012 I had to withdraw from my Bachelor of Teaching program and move back to India. I thought my dream might be over – but thankfully the College got alongside me and helped me to withdraw and re-enroll in the Bachelor of Education (ECE) which I could complete without field practice requirements. Even before I reached India, my admission to NZTC India was finalised and my application was accepted and delivered to my home. I received an incredible welcome from the NZTC India staff – it was awesome! Finishing my degree seemed like an impossible dream at first but I made it with the help and support of NZTC. Now, having graduated with an internationally recognized qualification under my belt, I work at Pathways World School, one of the most esteemed International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in India. For the first time ever I’m able to do what I love in life. On this journey, I have learned so much about the formative early years, but more importantly I have learned a lot about myself. I look back on my College days as fun filled and knowledge

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Thought of the Week


“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
(551–479 BC) Chinese Philosopher

Telling jokes apart
Why it is not ok to let racist jokes pass

– Confucius


K Independant Party press officer Mr. Gawain Towler has apologized over his comments describing a Birmingham (UK) journalist Kiran Randhawa being “of some form of ethnic extraction”. British Asian Ms. Randhawa is a journalist with Evening Standard in London. In a text message to a colleague Mr. Towler said, ““I expect a snapper and a female journalist (of some form of ethnic extraction) at Piccadilly. Am sorry. Possible more than one snapper as they hunt in packs”. The text became public after it was sent it to another member of the press pack covering Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s high-profile visit to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Mr Towler said the “descriptive” phrase was meant to help his colleague identify the reporter of whose descent he was unsure after speaking to her by telephone. Since then, the  right-wing populist political party in the United Kingdom has shrugged off the incident as a mistake. Sure, sending the text was a mistake. Given the nature of the forward message function on mobile phones, it is a mistake to put racist or hateful material in to digital communication. Mr. Towler, a would-be Euro MP, said he had become “today’s comedy racist” and insisted it was “not meant maliciously”. He initially denied that he had made the comment in a racist context, saying that his partner is Indian. Having Indian (or any other) friends or partners does not make anyone any more or less racist than they choose to be. And being racist or not is a choice. If what he has said is true, then this is a disturbing picture of the reality of the world we live in. Where it is ok to cross boundaries and normalise racism as jest. Mr. Towler later reportedly apologised to Ms. Randhawa. But his comments reveal the racism that many have to face, globally, when they are just trying to do their jobs. Normalised racism has many forms: From institutional racism to a street attack or a drunken racist rant (sound familiar?). This year for example, the UN urged New Zealand to to intensify efforts to reduce structural discrimination in the criminal justice system. If there is anything good that may come out of this gaffe at all, it is to use it as an exhibit. An exhibit of how to spot and nip racism in the bud. An appropriate reaction from individuals of ethnic minority is certainly a part of the solution. A reaction that makes it clear in no uncertain terms that if a level playing field is to be achieved; then the focus needs to be firmly on ability, merit and skills. There is no set manual outlining how racism is dealt with. This is as good a way as any other: Ethnic minority person (or indeed, any person) hears, sees or experiences racist comment in professional environment. Ethnic minority person clear their throat and focuses on job at hand. Ethnic minority person reiterates the facts and what needs to be done to achieve productive outcome. Once done, ethnic minority person asks for clarification. Needless to say, a let it pass attitude is not ideal. In this case, the Evening Standard managing editor Doug Wills said: “Kiran’s personal background is not relevant to the highly professional job she does.” - Shriya Bhagwat-Chitale


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t was a bad week for Manmohan Singh. Brutalised at home and abroad, the Prime Minister of India is a shadow of his former self, under criticism and constant mockery, self-doubting and without confidence. The elderly Sikh’s glamour, self esteem and pride lost, his ethics questioned. It should not have come to this. Manmohan Singh was a brilliant student through and through. Standing first class first in his Bachelors and Masters, he completed his Economics Tripos from Cambridge, and went on to earn a Doctorate in Economics from Oxford. He went on to work with merit in the UN Development, taught International trade at the prestigious Delhi School of Economics, and then went on to serve the Planning Commission and as a Governor of the Reserve Bank of India. What went so horribly wrong that such an erudite man lost all his credibility and integrity, and is now seemingly a powerless puppet at the hands of the ruling center-left Congress party and the Gandhi family? In 1991 when India was facing severe economic crisis, due to three decades of socialist statecontrolled policies, of which Singh was an architect, he became the finance minister and had to open up the gates of liberalization to stall the utter doom that was awaiting otherwise. Still to this day, it is debatable how much Singh wanted to liberalize and how much he was forced to due to strict monetary loan guideline policies of the IMF which in reality bailed a socialist India out from bankruptcy. Then he went on to become the first Prime Minister of India since Jawaharlal Nehru to return in power after completing the full first term. His legacy is mixed with nuclear deals and alliance with US being on the positive sides, and bills like food security bills and land acquisition bills on the negative, almost seemingly taking India back to the dark days of the eighties. The spineless and tactless reactions to the Islamist terrorism from Pakistan, the regular Chinese incursions across India’s northern borders, and the Maoist insurgency solidifies the notion of a feckless Prime Minister who’s not actually in charge, negligent at best and incompetent at worst. In recent days, he was in the middle of a political storm when an ordinance, passed by his cabinet was questioned and sent back by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. The same ordinance was ridiculed by Rahul Gandhi, a Gandhi family heir apparent, Vice President of the PM’s own party, a political contender for the next PM post, and an amateur when it comes to economics and realpolitik. His speech in the United Nations showed no grand vision for a rising power like India. It didn’t touch upon Indian foreign policy and grand strategy, India’s growing economic interests abroad and how to effectively protect them, Indian military role in its immediate neighbourhood, or even the Indians killed in terrorists attacks abroad. He went back to the tried and tested Kashmir dialogues, which is more targeted at his domestic electorate who are frustrated with his wimp government. His dialogues with Obama about terrorism and Pakistan are allegedly ridiculed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan as a moaning of a “dehati aurat” (village woman). Even when one questions the right or credibility of the Prime Minister of Pakistan of all people, of saying anything anywhere about any matters of the globe, it cannot be denied that this one was a low blow. And understandably cause of the perception of a weak Indian PM, not effectively in charge of his own party, much less the whole country. There’s an easy way out; to call it quits and call for an early election. Live with dignity and selfrespect; for a man who has rightly or wrongly served the country for so many decades and given his best, for what he thought would be the best for the country. Unfortunately for someone with so much education, Manmohan Singh never learned when to stop with respect. - Sumantra Maitra

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New Labour Leader’s Rise to Power is One Great Contradiction
Lyle Skipsey
ew Labour leader David Cunliffe’s election reveals the true nature of a divided Labour party. In his contest with Grant Robertson and Shane Jones he garnered 51.5% of the vote, but the real figure that needs to be noted is 32% - which was the support he received from caucus. Any other business where the boss is backed by less than a third of his charges would be considered a divided mess. There’s no doubt that David Shearer had to go. He didn’t sit well with voters but his position was less indicative of the man than of the party. Much like Australia, the Labour party in New Zealand has been somewhat chaotic, with this Cunliffe success as much, if not more a case of the law of averages as the right man for the job. It is unlikely that it will pay much more than momentary dividends in the polls with voters knowing a tough economic climate calls for safe hands, rather than idealistic intellectuals who care more about pressing an ideological agenda than getting down to business. The irony of Cunliffe’s election should not be overlooked. Labour sought someone who could battle John Key and drive home its point that


the Prime Minister is a rich businessman who is out of touch with ordinary New Zealanders. Yet the man Labour chose is a Harvard educated, Herne Bay resident (where house prices average $2million). Not only that, but his career includes a post at Boston Consulting Group -

circumstances where, as he puts it, “average New Zealanders are missing out”. With a man of his political experience, one need go no further than his own history to show his commitment to liberal agendas right? Well, according to a 2008 profile on Cunliffe in the Listener he was dubbed

Now that Cunliffe is the voting public’s alternative prime minister, questions will be asked about just how much of a difference he will make.
a multinational management consultant with clients like IBM and Google, as the precursor to his involvement in New Zealand politics. Which begs the question whether he is just as out of touch with the ‘ordinary’ kiwi as John Key apparently is. So if Cunliffe is basically John Key dressed in red, then surely his policies provide something different? He, of course, will drive New Zealand in a new direction away from current the first health minister to favour a private insurance policy, which at best, is neoliberal and at worst is quite conservative. One must wonder then how the ‘average New Zealander’ would react to that revelation. Now that Cunliffe is the voting public’s alternative prime minister, questions will be asked about just how much of a difference he will make. Economically, much depends on who his friends are come election time. A Labour-

Greens-Maori-Mana coalition would likely drag economic policy over to the left, ushering in an economically liberal government led by a Prime Minister whose background suggests he may be anything but. There we have contradiction number three. A further contradiction a ‘change’ in government would usher in revolves around that very word and New Zealand’s foreign policy. As a small nation New Zealand’s capacity to influence foreign policy is limited by forces of geopolitics and global economics far beyond its control. Whilst, history shows foreign policy alters very little whether we’re blue or red - so Cunliffe can’t ride the change bus on foreign policy. He just doesn’t have the power to, and saying otherwise is being very economical with the truth. That leaves ‘change’ as a further victim to the great contradiction that this new leadership brings. Whether he is judged on economic policy, work experience or a push for change, David Cunliffe will struggle to free his Labour of being a walking contradiction. The question is whether he can come up with something in the next six months that proves a change to Labour is a good alternative or indeed an alternative at all. - Author is an International Studies scholar at the University of Otago.

The Indian poll Masquerade: Of unmasking and wearing new ones
Vaibhav Saklani


representative from the region. The big picture in the centre only becomes clear after the mathematics of coalition politics has taken place. Most political parties in India have a committed line of lawyers and solicitors at the top doing all

have two clear favorites for the PM’s post. Narendra Modi, a declared PM candidate for the BJP and the Gandhi scion, Rahul for the INC. The 2014 elections will present something similar to a Presidential face-off in a Modi vs

he Indian republic will be using their franchise to choose their parliamentary representatives in 2014. With less than 8 months to go for the elections, the leading political parties are all but prepared for what may ensue. The questions and issues of corruption, leadership, a shaken economy and regional peace will be asked of every political party canvassing for votes. Do they have the answers? Do they have the men, in whom we can have faith to provide answers in their ranks? 2014, will uniquely settle (or spark off) some of these very key debates for the Indian pollsters. Elections are generally a celebration of democracy and the rights of a people to exercise once every now and then, a right to participate, in having their say as to who they want to see at the top making decisions for them. Ironically, still, it is no more a process of selecting the best man for the job but for the compromise candidate, the least harmful of the lot. This general apathy towards politics and politicians has driven voters and electorates away globally. In Indian democracy it becomes even more opaque as people do not vote for the political party they want to see lead the country, or the Prime Ministerial candidate but only for a local

Ironically, still, it is no more a process of selecting the best man for the job but for the compromise candidate, the least harmful of the lot.
the tough negotiations. Only after the brokers in the party have decided on the arrangements and placements of seats and played a few rounds of musical chairs does the 5year deal go through and then in the eventuality does a leader get picked. However, 2014 presents an opportunity for the Indian voters, the two leading parties in the fray, the Indian National Congress (INC, the current leading party in Parliament) and the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP, the main opposition) Gandhi. Whilst India chooses and votes, the issues at stake are obvious the secular outlook of the country vis-a-vis the dynasty politics. The last few months in Indian politics have seen a build up, whereby social media was abuzz with a clash of the economic philosophy’s behind the Congress backed UPA’s governments social welfare schemes being a result of Amartya Sen’s models versus the model of Jagdish Bhagwati, of whom Modi seems to be a proponent. We are on track on seeing a collision in their foreign

policy, their policy on defense. Both seem to be big on industry and modernization and good governance, which augurs well to set a debate. Narendra Modi, has grown in rank coming from being a tea vendor outside the RSS office to an exceptional man-manager, and owing to his organizational skills and intolerance for an opposition broke the glass ceiling for an RSS worker in BJP’s political ranks. While, Rahul Gandhi, was born with a silver spoon, yet in an unassuming manner has stayed away from the place of action. He has little to his credit, or to show on his repertoire but his name and place amidst his own is of great value. Yet, again in 2014, what is unique for the voters as for the first time, there will be two parties in the fray targeting a full majority of 272 seats, which was only INC’s domain, as the default party of India. The election results in the past two decades clearly point out that a single party cannot dictate from the centre. The many voices in India and regional concerns arising from overbearing Delhi based parties has led to the rise in stature of regional parties in Parliament. The challenge for a government’s functioning has not been only from the principle opposition but to manage its own allies to run the government. The government will be formed further the PM will depend on who makes better allies and whose allies turn out to be trump cards. The change of guard will be watched globally, no one has the aces just yet but it will all pan out very soon. Watch this space.


INDIA 4 October 2013

PM loses credibility, home and abroad

UNSC reform is long overdue: G4



he G4 countries, which includes India, on Thursday said that almost 70 years after the creation of the United Nations, reform of its Security Council is long overdue. India was represented by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Minister of External Relations of Brazil Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Guido Westerwelle and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Fumio Kishida. All the G4 nations-Brazil, Germany, India and Japan- have agreed that difficulties of the Security Council in dealing with international challenges, including current ones, have further highlighted the need for U.N. Security

enhance its effectiveness and the legitimacy and implementation of its decisions.” Recalling previous G4 joint statements, the ministers reiterated their common vision of a reformed Security Council, taking into consideration the contributions made by countries to the maintenance of international peace and security and other purposes of the organisation, as well as the need for increased representation of developing countries in both categories, in order to better reflect today’s geopolitical realities. The G4 countries reiterated their commitments as aspiring new permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as their support for each other’s candidatures. They also reaffirmed their view

ongress vice president Rahul Gandhi has sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh voicing his dissent over an ordinance meant to undo the Supreme Court’s order that disqualify convicted MPs and MLAs. In an e-mail to the PM, Gandhi said: “I realize that what I feel about the Ordinance is not in harmony with the Cabinet decision and the Core Group’s view. I also know it would be exploited by our political opponents.” “You know that I have the highest respect for you and I look up to you for your wisdom. I have nothing but the greatest admiration for the manner in which you are providing leadership in extremely difficult circumstances,” he said. “I hope you will understand the strength of my own conviction about this very controversial issue,” said Gandhi. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid welcomed Gandhi’s Friday’s remark on the ordinance. He said Gandhi is keeping the party in check. “In politics you have to balance principle and pragmatism. This is our good fortune that in our leadership someone has said please watch the principle, don’t fall to pragmatism of daily politics, remain adhered to principles and we should acknowledge with gratitude that Rahul Gandhi has said this,” Khurshid told CNN-IBN.

Addressing the first ever rally in the national capital, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi asked how dare the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh was insulted and called a “dehati aurat” (a rural woman) by his Pakistani counterpart in USA where the PM is visiting now. Commenting on the dialogue between Singh and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in New York, at his Delhi rally here Modi projected his nationalist image and said people in India are apprehensive whether Singh can stand upright and question the Pakistani PM during their talks. He also slammed the Indian journalists for attending the breakfast hosted by Sharif, where he called the Indian PM a ‘dehati aurat’ meaning rural, ignorant woman. Slamming Sharif, he said, “How dare you call my country’s PM a ‘dehati aurat’?” “I will fight with my PM internally over principles, but I will never tolerate any external people dishonouring my country’s PM,” he said. He said the Pakistani PM has dared so much because the Indian Prime Minister has lost his position in India itself. “His own party calls him ‘nonsense’; Congress ke vice president ne PM ki pagdi uchal di hai ( Congress vice president insulted the PM),” Modi blamed. - IWK Bureau

Council reform in order to better reflect geopolitical realities of the 21st century. In a joint statement issued after a meeting of the foreign ministers of the G4 countries here on the margins of the opening of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, all of them said: “Difficulties of the Security Council in dealing with international challenges, including current ones, have further highlighted the need for U.N. Security Council reform in order to better reflect geopolitical realities of the 21st century and make the Council more broadly representative, efficient and transparent and thus to further

of the importance of developing countries, in particular Africa, to be represented in both the permanent and non-permanent categories of an enlarged Council. The Ministers underlined the need to achieve concrete progress in the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly and, in this context, expressed their commitment to continue to work in close cooperation and in a spirit of flexibility with other Member States and Groups of Member States, in particular Africa, in genuine text-based negotiations. - IWK Bureau

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Mumbai: Second most honest city in the planet


n an experiment carried out by the ‘Readers’ Digest’ magazine, India’s financial capital ranked second in the world in returning a lost wallet. The experiment was simple: drop a wallet and see how many are returned to the owner. Mumbaikars finished just behind Helsinki. As per the experiment’s results, Mumbaikars returned nine out of 12 wallets they found on the road. Each wallet had Rs 3,000 stashed inside. As part of the experiment, 192 wallets were dropped in 16 cities spread over four continents. The locations - shopping malls, footpaths and parks. But how did those who found the wallets managed to contact the owner? Apart from the cash, the wallets also contained a cell phone number, business cards and a family photo. In Helsinki, the capital of Finland, people returned 11 out of the 12 wallets dropped. Overall, around 47% of the total wallets dropped were returned. Among the cities which fared badly include Zurich, London, Warsaw and Berlin. In New York, eight of the 12 wallets were returned.

Lost trove of Indian jewels found in French Alps

And Lisbon in Portugal was crowned the most dishonest city in the world where only one wallet was returned and that too by tourists from Netherlands. - IWK Bureau


The full list:
1. Helsinki, Finland - 11 out of 12 wallets 2. Mumbai, India - 9 out of 12 3. Budapest, Hungary and New York City, USA - 8 out of 12 4. Moscow, Russia and Amsterdam, Netherlands - 7 out of 12 5. Berlin, Germany and Ljubljana,

Slovenia - 6 out of 12 6. London, UK and Warsaw, Poland - 5 out of 12 7. Bucharest, Romania and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 4 out of 12 8. Zurich, Switzerland - 4 out of 12 9. Prague, Czech Republic - 3 out of 12 10. Madrid, Spain - 2 out of 12 11. 11. Lisbon, Portugal - 1 out of 12

young man climbing a French glacier finds a cache of glittering jewels wrapped in bags stamped “Made in India” -- remnants, perhaps, of cargo from an illfated airliner called the Malabar Princess. The jewels, sachet full of emeralds, rubies and sapphires that had been buried for decades, are estimated to be worth up to US$332,000, was in a metal box that was on board an Indian plane that crashed in the desolate landscape some 50 years ago. The climber turned the haul in to local police. “This was an honest young man who very quickly realized that they belonged to someone who died on the glacier,” local gendarmerie chief Sylvain Merly told AFP. “He could have kept them but he preferred to give them to the police,” Merly said, adding that the climber stumbled upon the box earlier this month and that some of the sachets containing

the precious stones bore the stamp ‘Made in India.’ French authorities are contacting their Indian counterparts to trace the owner or heirs of the jewels. Under French law, the jewelry could be handed over to the mountaineer if these are not identified, Merly said. Two Air India planes crashed into Mont Blanc in 1950 and in 1966. Climbers routinely find debris, baggage and human remains. In September last year, India took possession of a bag of diplomatic mail, in a neat bag marked “Ministry of Exeternal Affairs” from a Boeing 707 flying from Mumbai which crashed on the southwest face of Mont Blanc on January 24, 1966. The crash killed 117 people including the pioneer of India’s nuclear programme, Homi Jehangir Bhabha. - IWK Bureau


INDIA 4 October 2013

Government red faced after President questions ordinance

Economic index for India declines in August


n a move that took the government by surprise, hours after meeting Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday asked the government to clarify the urgent need to bring an ordinance that protects convicted MPs and MLAs from disqualification, according to sources. With major political parties questioning the controversial ordinance on negating the Supreme Court verdict on lawmakers, President Pranab Mukherjee has called Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Law Minister Kapil Sibal for consultations on the issue. The call to the two ministers came after a BJP delegation led by L K Advani met the President and asked him to reject the ordinance or refer it back to the government for reconsideration as it is unconstitutional. The President also enquired about the status of the ordinance in Parliament.


he Conference Board Leading Economic Index for India decreased 1.6 per cent in August after a 0.3 per cent increase in July and a 1.5 per cent increase in June. The index fell on account of structural and domestic policy challenges. The index predicts turning points for economic cycles in 12 countries The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) meanwhile expressed a neutral stance on interest rates for now. Asked about the RBI’s policy stance, the central bank’s Governor Raghuram Rajan said: “At this point we are neutral, we will see how things develop.” He said that inflation was not due just to higher food prices.

BJP welcomes Lalu’s conviction
haratiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) on Monday welcomed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s conviction in one of the cases related to a multicrore fodder scam. “We welcome this verdict. Lalu Prasad had been evading charges of corruption using his association with the Congress-led UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government. Now there is no way out for him,” BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters. “Today’s verdict sends out the message that no matter how powerful you are, you are not above the law.,” JD-U leader Sabir Ali told media. A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi on Monday convicted Yadav, former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and 43 others in one of the cases related to a multicrore fodder scam. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Oct 3. Yadav will face three to seven years’ imprisonment. “Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra have been convicted in one of the cases - RC 20 A/96. They will be given four or more then four years of jail term,” CBI lawyer Arvind Kumar Singh told reporters. With this conviction, Yadav will now lose his Lok Sabha membership. - IWK Bureau


Indian Army foils infiltration bid


major infiltration attempt by militants has been foiled by the Army in Keran sector in Jammu & Kashmir’s Kupwara district in the last two days, with the encounter between the terrorists and the jawans still on. Army sources on Thursday said 30 militants are believed to be trapped in the area and unconfirmed reports said 10 to 12 militants had been killed. They said the figure of those dead will be confirmed only after the encounter concludes. General officer-in-command, 15 Corps, Lt Gen Gurmeet Singh said that nearly 30-35 militants were caught trying to infiltrate. Nearly 10 to 12 of them, mostly belonging to Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al Badr and Jaish-e-Mohammed are believed killed. 4 October 2013





FEATURES 4 October 2013


Reducing stress with mindfulness


ould you like tools to cope with life’s challenges? Are you troubled by stress, anxiety, depression, grief, sleep difficulties, pain or illness? Do you find it hard to focus on what matters most? Are you interested in learning about and practicing midfulness meditation? At East Tamaki Health Care’s Dawson Road Clinic, twelve people have been doing just that. As evening brings a rush of families into the clinic and music drifts up from the street outside, they are sitting together in comfortable silence, focusing a gentle awareness on the movement of their breath. They are participating in a course called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). In doing so, they are joining more than 20,000 people worldwide who are using mindfulness meditation to recover deep inner resources for growth and healing. Developed in the Chronic Pain Clinic of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the MBSR course delivers a potent combination of meditative wisdom and psychological knowledge. Science has proven what mediators’ have known for centuries; meditation increases awareness, well being, and our ability to respond to life with greater wisdom and compassion. For more information, see cfm/stress The Mindfulness programme is suitable for people of all cultures and beliefs. For Sarah, who is Maori, a physical crisis led her to the mindfulness course. She says, “When

I had my aneurysm I had to rely on working from my wairua / spiritual base, and slowly strengthened that. MBSR provided balance of the body, mind, and soul for me that enhanced my growth, personally and professionally.” The course is highly experiential. Each week participants join in 30 to 40 minutes of mindfulness meditation and gentle yoga. In addition to these relaxing practices, teachings from cognitive behavioural therapy help people to work with challenging thoughts, emotions, relationships and physical concerns. An audio CD and workbook provide support for practice in daily life. Business also benefits from mindful managers and employees. Major employers such as the American Red Cross, Apple Computers, Douwe Egberts, and Proctor and Gamble have recognised the benefits of mindfulness for reducing stress and increasing focus, attention, team work and creativity. This support can be accessed through the Workplace Wellness division of East Tamaki Health Care. In mid-October, East Tamaki Health Care will offer the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme in South, West and East Auckland. For eligible patients, enrolment is free. If you would like to learn how you can participate in a mindfulness course or bring mindfulness to your workplace, please call East Tamaki Health Care, at 274-7823. - Lila O’Farrell – Senior Specialist Therapist, East Tamaki Health Care

Diabetes study to be held at Auckland Hospital


or babies born to diabetic mothers, especially uncontrolled diabetes, the mother’s high blood sugar levels cause the baby’s body to pump out more insulin — a hormone that helps lower blood sugar — in response. After birth, all the extra insulin can make the baby’s blood sugar levels drop. Because the baby may have been living in a high-blood sugar environment, their bodies may not compensate as well. Now an easy-to-use gel containing dextrose — a form of sugar — may be an effective way to treat low blood sugar levels in newborns, new research finds. Giving infants two doses of the gel nearly halved the odds of treatment failure for low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, compared to an inactive placebo, according to study author Jane Harding, at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues. Diabetes is increasingly becoming a major threat, and more recent studies are being initiated in Auckland hospital in the next two to three weeks. To be included in the trial, the person must be aged 25 – 45 OR 55 - 70 yo., being overweight (BMI > 25kg/m2) and Pre-diabetic: fasting plasma glucose 5.6 – 6.9 mmol/l and/ or plasma glucose at 2 hour postprandial (after drinking 75g of glucose in 300ml of water) 7.8 –

10.9 mmol/l OR HbA1c 41-49mmol/mol. Participants cannot be diabetic and their blood pressure cannot be above 160/90 (with or without medication) although if on higher without medication, but controlled with medication for at least 3 months, it will regarded fine. For more on this study, one can contact Dr. Nivedita Vij, Telephone +64 9 379 4022 | Facsimile +64 9 379 4024 | Mobile 021599029, Unit D, Level 4|210 Khyber Pass Road| Auckland 1023. - IWK Bureau

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Looking ahead at home insurance
Most homeowners are aware of the importance of insuring what is likely to be their biggest asset: their home. But now, the way lots of Kiwis go about insuring their homes is having to change.
Over the next 12 months, most New Zealand home insurance policies will switch from an unlimited or ‘open-ended’ replacement basis to having a speci ed Sum Insured. Many new and existing homeowners will be asked to estimate the likely cost of rebuilding their home as a way to assist them in setting the Sum Insured. While di erent insurers may use di erent terms, generally a home’s Sum Insured amount will be the maximum amount payable to repair or rebuild a home. It’s important that, if you are a homeowner facing this change, you are comfortable that your home’s Sum Insured re ects your home. If you set your Sum Insured too low, it may not be su cient to meet the cost of a future claim and you may have to rebuild or repair your home to a lesser size or quality, or pay for some of the repairs yourself. Conversely, if you set your Sum Insured too high, you may be paying too much premium – and if it costs less than the Sum Insured amount to repair or rebuild your home, then only the actual cost will be payable.

It’s all about understanding rebuilding costs
The signi cance of the changes won’t be lost on homeowners. IAG, through its various brands, is recommending its customers determine their Sum Insured amount by looking closely at what their homes, including features such as decking, paving, retaining walls, outbuildings, fences and driveways, might cost to rebuild. If you are a home owner, this should help you decide on a Sum Insured that better re ects your home rather than having it based on simpler measures such as oor area multiplied by a square metre building cost. By estimating the likely cost of rebuilding your home based on an assessment of its features – often things only you would know – or by sourcing a valuation provided by a building professional, you should be well placed to decide on an appropriate Sum Insured for your home. This way, the many variables that can impact on rebuilding costs – such as how the home is constructed, the slope of the land it’s built on, everyday features such as retaining walls, recreational features like swimming pools and special features like bridges and cable cars – are taken into account when you set your home’s Sum Insured.
* IAG o ers general insurance under the NZI, AMI, State and Lantern insurance brands. It also underwrites general insurance products for some of New Zealand’s leading nancial institutions. Homeowners with a replacement home insurance policy from one of these insurance providers will nd the website relevant to their home policy.

Why the changes are happening

The switch to insuring a home up to a speci ed Sum Insured amount is IAG’s response to meeting the new requirements of its global reinsurers. Reinsurers are the companies that insurers obtain their disaster cover from, and the reinsurance they provide helps insurers meet the costs of claims after catastrophic events like the Canterbury earthquakes. A number of major reinsurers have advised New Zealand insurers that they need to know the maximum amount insurers would have to pay out in claims for New Zealand homes. Under current arrangements for home insurance that information isn’t as well de ned for the reinsurers.

Help is at hand for homeowners
IAG and its brands and partners are supporting this change with a range of tools and information, including a website explaining the changes and a user-friendly online calculator that can help estimate the likely cost of rebuilding many New Zealand homes. For more information go to

Disclaimer: The Need to Know website and online calculator are in English and you may need to get assistance to work through it if English isn’ t your rst language.

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Audiences floored by Gujju Hindi comedy
IGHT-I THEATRE, has been involved in multilingual theatre in New Zealand for more than a decade. It has the pleasure of hosting plays not only in Hindi, but also in Gujarati, English and Marathi. After the super duper success of Maara Varno Varghodo and Amtho Atvayo, Meri Saas Maha Traas, was its third Gujarati production with a twist of Hindi mixed in, to make it more flavoursome! True to its past, this play went a notch above and the audiences were in splits right from the word go! The plot revolved around a man doubting his wife when she falls pregnant after years of their marriage yielding no child. He is a butt of his mother-in-laws jokes for his inability to bear a child. He checks into a clinic and the result shows that he will be unable to have any child. Heartbroken he returns home only to find that his wife is pregnant and he doubts his neighbour. Enter a ruffian, known to take contract killings. He offers the main lead an option to kill his wife for 3 lakh rupees, to which he readily agrees. Confusion reigns when two attempts on his wife boomerang on the main lead himself. Finally the ruffian outsources his contract, with more disastrous result. Meanwhile the ruffian has fallen for saas and to add to the spice is a lady police inspector interested in singings and dancing as well as the clumsy fertility clinic Parsi Doctor. But the play ends on a positive note about girl child, a sweet twist indeed. The main lead Indu (Jyotsna Kangokar Trivedi) set the tone of the evening having the audiences in splits with her rendition of “Kyunki Saas bhi kabhu bahu thi”. The laughter didn’t

subside after that right till the end. Her versatility as an actress came to the fore when she easily essayed the role of a pregnant lady! Not an easy task on stage! The lead hero of the play Jignesh Kukkadia (Jayesh Bateriwala) had huge responsibility on his shoulders as the play revolved around him and his relationship with his wife and saas. His mannerisms and dialogues had enough potency to get rip roaring laughter from the audiences. It was interesting to see the audiences laughing after

every sentence, a rarity even in comedies! Adding spice to the mix was the clumsy Parsi Doctor (Cyrus Mehta) who mixes up the reports of Jigesh! Cyrus’s was the epitome of Parsi mannerisms and being a Parsi, the language came very naturally to him. His positive thinking even in times of difficulty had the audiences giggling throughout! Enter Sharad Sopari (Prashant Belwalkar), who is a contract killer and trying to escape the Police. He enters the house of Jignesh and is saved by him. Obliged he offers his services to Jignesh with hilarious consequences. Prashant had to essay multiple roles that of the killer, and then a cook as well as the love interest of the saas, Jayshree. He was able to quickly move into all the roles with ease and had the audiences rooting with his timing of “shers” (couplets) as well as the funnily presented “Lungi dance” with Inspector Madhubala (Varsha Belwalkar). His mannerisms

as a South Indian help in Gujju house had the audiences in splits of humour! While Varsha in a cameo of a lady police inspector easily portrayed the mannerisms of the Mumbai cop as well as one who is interested in the “Rajanikant” style hero in Jignesh’s house! A fine debut for her indeed! Hats Off to the Director Kuntal Trivedi for managing and adapting the original play to suit the tastes over here. While the play could have moved into the territory of cheap or crass humour, he managed to maintain the dignity of every character without lapsing into such pitfalls. Indian Weekender, Humm FM104.6 and Jadoo TV were instrumental in bringing this play to the masses through the media. The support of Creative NZ, and other sponsors Roops Vegetarian Takeaways, East Tamaki Health Care, Native Herbs, Fund Master and Patel Pike is highly appreciated by the producers – MigHT-I Theatre! - IWK Bureau 4 October 2013



Bollywoood Diary
Sanju Baba on sick leave, comes home
hang ups. The film has quite a few bold scenes and since I have worked with her earlier, I know the comfort level she shares with the camera.” The director is yet to zero in on the male lead. He says, “Actors like  Gurmeet Choudhary  and  Kay Kay Menonare being considered. We will take a call soon.”

Bangalore singer’s Love ki Ghanti
Bangalore boy  Sujeet Shetty  is currently over the moon, what with all the appreciation he’s been receiving for the track  Love Ki Ghanti  fromBesharam. The  singer, who has also composed music for  Kannada films  Jothegara  and  Shatru, in addition to some Hindi films, says it wasn’t an easy task for him to get this track right. Sujeettells us why it was difficult, and also talks about his first steps in music, the brickbats he’s had to face, and his cameo in Besharam.

Film by SRFTI students at Busan Film Fest
Sanjay Dutt was expected home on sick leave last Friday. However, since there was a delay in processing his furlough papers, he could leave only now. The actor is expected to be home for a fortnight.  Sanju was granted the furlough after being diagnosed with a leg ailment. Apart from medical attention, the sick leave will also allow him some time with family — twins Shahranand Iqra, wife Maanayata and sisters Priya and Namrata. Infected, a short film made by  students of SRFTI, is vying for a trophy at the  Busan International Film Festival. The movie stars  Adil Hussain  and  Kolkata actor Shamaun Ahmed. It has been selected in the Best Cinematography category of the fest being held in South Korea. Venu Madhavan, cinematographer of the 10 minute 38 seconds film, is already in Korea for the fest. Says Shamaun, “It’s a good opportunity for students to showcase their talent. I hope they win it.” Adil adds, “I love these kind of films because the only thing they focus on is creativity. My character was challenging because I haven’t played anything like it before.”  Shaantilal Mukherjeeand Ushashie are also a part of the film directed by Fowzia Fathim.

Veena Malik in psyco thriller

Salman roots for the girl child

Veena Malik is all set to do a psychological spine chiller, ‘Cottage No. 9’. Director Navin Batrasays, “The plot revolves around a married couple whose relationship gets affected due to one of them suffering from a split personality. Whether it is the husband or the wife with the disorder will be revealed only in the film.” This isthe director’s second outing with Veena. He says, “Unlike other actresses — who wear hot pants and minis in real life, but turn ‘Savitris’ before the camera — Veena has no

US based fashion designer-social activist  Sanjana Jon  is in India with reigning  Miss Universe2012, 21-year-old American model, Olivia Culpo, on a 10-day tour to raise awareness about various social issues. The two will be meeting Bollywood superstar  Salman Khan  at his Panvel farmhouse on 2nd October in presence of select media, to raise awareness against female foeticide. During her tour, Olivia is also most likely to meet our legendary singerLata Mangeshkar and few other renowned Bollywood actors. - IWK Bureau


ENTERTAINMENT 4 October 2013

Creation Group is going to organise a beautiful musical evening again
Creation Group is going to organise a beautiful musical evening again on 9th of November.

Akhand Hanuman Chalisa for 2014 Aotea Square, Queen Laghu Rudra Abhishek and Yagna whereby 11 Brahmins will perform a special Yagna for Street, Auckland Bhagwan Shankarjis blessings, interested
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Auckland Heritage Festival

For all ages, India’s best loved festival Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. To celebrate, families light small oil lamps (diyas) around the home and set off fireworks. Now you too can enjoy a taste of authentic Indian culture at Auckland’s 12th Diwali Festival of Lights. The Auckland Diwali Festival is organised by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.

delicious food. There will be a bouncy castle, and Fireworks ( 8.30pm ) and Garba dancing till late. Celebrate Diwali and the start of Navratri .

Date: 5th October 2013 Venue: Vodafone Centre ( formerly Telstra) Time: 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This weekend kicks off the Auckland Heritage Festival at the newly refurbished Shed 10. “This public open weekend is a great chance to celebrate the new lease on life of this wonderful piece of our waterfront history and sample what’s on offer during the Auckland Heritage Festival with entertainment, kids’ workshops, tours and more,” says Mayor Len Brown.

Date : Sat 19 Oct, 1:00pm–10:00pm Sun 20 Oct, 1:00pm–10:00pm Venue: Aotea Square, Queen Street

Waitakere Indian Association presents Diwali 2013
Date: Saturday 12th October, 11 am to
10:30 pm

Contact: Pravin Kumar 021846663 Pt. Anil Sharma 02102449366 Venue: Shri Ram Mandir, 11 Brick Street, Henderson

Date & Time : 28 September to 13 October,

Manukau Indian Association Diwali celebration
Come celebrate Diwali with us on Manukau Indian Association with many cultural programs , school dance competition and

Venue: Trusts Stadium Arena, Central Park Drive, Henderson Ticket: FREE entry. Call 021 900 867 for

the Auckland Heritage Festival features more than 200 events, many of which are low-cost or free.

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the those of a rocky relationship who steps out and falls in love with someone whom she has never met. The play of expressions on her face are a treat to watch. Lunchbox has received rave reviews at film festivals where it has been screened and it seems to be well on it’s way to becoming India’s official entry to the Oscars this year. Let’s hope what Kamal Hassan’s “Nayakan” and Amir Khan’s “Lagaan” could not achieve is nailed by the Lunch box.

Phata Poster Nikla Hero
After the stupendous success of Rohit Shetty’s comedy flick “Chennai Express” the current flavour in Bollywood seems to be comedy. This time we have Raj Kumar Santoshi trying his hand at comedy again after giving us women oriented films like “Lajja” and “Damini”.Of course he is the same man who in the past has given us the classic comedy “Andaz Apna Apna” starring two khans (Amir & Salman). This time Santoshi teams up with the talented Shahid Kapoor in another comic caper which can be described as a comedy of circumstances. Shahid plays an aspiring actor and Ilena D’cruz ( of Barfi fame) plays a committed social worker who is in the habit of lodging police complaints at the drop of a hat, earning her the moniker “Complaint Kajal” from the cops who are battle weary dealing with her complaints. The fun starts when their paths cross and all hell breaks loose. While Shahid is at his comic bes, Ilena too does a competent job and handles comedy well while coming across with a graceful screen presence.

Lunch Box
First came “Chennai Express” which was a virtual bilingual film (Tamil and Hindi). Before one could dismiss that off as a one off in Bollywood, along comes Lunchbox in which a large part of the dialogues are in English. Take two strangers, one a nearing retirement (Irrfan Khan) and the other a young housewife (Nimrat Kaur) who relationship with her husband is on a rocky grounds. Throw in a “Dabba”(lunch box) from the “Dabba-wala”,Mumbai’s ubiquitous icon that keeps the city’s workforce well fed. A rarest of rare mix up in the delivery of the dabba sets the ball rolling for a simple tale of a bittersweet love story between two strangers who don’t meet, but express themselves through notes in the lunchbox. The audacity of the storyline lies in its extreme simplicity. Such movies in Bollywood are rare, specially one that is bereft of songs and is not shot in exotic locations. It is such an awesome treat to see two of India’s finest actors Irrfan Khan and Nawazuddin Sidiqui together again. Both have essayed their roles with such competence that it seems to make acting so easy. But it is the debutant Nimit Kaur who gets my kudos for her brilliant portrayal of a housewife in

Verdict: 4.5 stars from me.

Definitely a MUST WATCH. So go on and treat yourself to a sumptuous fare.

specially Mika singh’s catchy number “Tu mere agal bagal hai”. All in all a good movie that one can watch with one’s family without cringing.

Verdict: 3 stars from me.

Nothing great about the story or any other technical aspectexcept that some of it’s songs are climbing up the charts

- Rajesh Krishnamurthy is a writer, columnist and film reviewer based in Auckland. His reviews are also available on his blog 4 October 2013


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Ingredients ½ cup- caster sugar 3- Eggs ½ cup- plain flour 2tbsp- cocoa powder 1tbsp- boiling water 1- dark milk chocolate ½ cup-cherries ¼ tsp- rum essence 2tbsp- cherry syrup Ingredients for filling 2 ½ cup- Cream 2tbsp- icing sugar ½ tsp vanilla essence
Method • • • • • Pre heat oven to 180c Gas mark 3. • • Bake for 8-10 minutes, taking it out as soon as the center of the sponge springs back when pressed lightly with a finger. Quickly loosen the sponge cake from the sides of the pan, and turn it out on to a clean piece of fine muslin cloth that has been wetted, then wrung out as dry as possible .

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Lift the baking paper off the sponge and roll up the sponge cake and cloth together, lightly but firmly. Stand the roll still in the cloth on a rack until cold.

For Filling

Whip the cream with the electric mixer in a bowl until it starts to thicken then gradually beat in the icing sugar and vanilla essence until the mixture begins to hold its shape. Add Rum essence to 2tbsp of Cherrie syrup. Remove seeds from the cherries and keep aside. Then unroll the sponge carefully and soak it evenly with cherry syrup, spread the surface with the fresh whipped cream and spread some deseeded cherries, roll up again without the cloth.

Grease 25cm x 30cm (10inch x 12inch) swiss roll pan, line base and sides with baking paper. Sieve flour and cocoa powder together and keep aside. Beat the eggs and sugar together with electric mixer until mixture is very thick and creamy.

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Cover the roll completely with the whipped cream on all the sides and the top. Make swirls with the cream in a line on top of the roll as shown in the picture and place a cherry on each swirl. With the help of a Potato- peeler, start peeling the back side of the chocolate on to a plate and lovely flakes will be ready. Put chocolate flakes on the side and around.

Mix gently the flour/cocoa with the egg/ sugar mixture with a plastic spatula then add the 1 tbsp boiling water. Do not mix using an electric mixer or do not mix vigorously. Pour and spread the mixture evenly into the prepared swiss roll pan.

Tip: The above recipe is of a reduced fat cake as it does not use butter and such sponge cakes should not be stored and hence consumed within a day or two for best taste and texture. 4 October 2013


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