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Kejriwal to sweep Delhi clean

of corruption
partys white cap with the words
Main hoon aam aadmi (I am
a common man) -- reached out
to his vanquished rivals, Kiran
Bedi of the BJP and Ajay Maken
of the Congress, saying he would
consult both on how to develop
Delhi. He described Kiran Bedi as
his elder sister.
After our (earlier) 49 days
in office, we have the confidence
that we will finish off corruption
in Delhi, the 46-year-old said to
loud cheers. We have to make
Delhi the first corruption-free city
in India. We can do it.
And repeating the lines from
his Ramlila Maidan speech of
2013, Kejriwal urged people to
covertly record on their mobile
phones demands for bribes by
officials and send the recording
to him. We will take the strictest
action, he said, triggering

ounding more mature and

pragmatic in his second
innings, AAP leader and
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal vowed to make Delhi the
countrys first corruption-free city
and end VIP culture even as he
warned party colleagues against
arrogance after the AAPs
thumping victory.
100,000 cheering supporters
at the Ramlila Maidan - he had
made a special appeal over radio
to people to come - after being
sworn in, Kejriwal also sought
statehood for Delhi, saying Prime
Minister Narendra Modi had
too many issues to take care of
and that Delhi must be left to
And in comments that drew
a positive response, the Aam
Aadmi Party leader -- sporting his


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another roar of approval. His

government would also pass the
Jan Lokpal bill.
The huge gathering packing
the sprawling ground in the heart
of the capital went wild as he took
the oath of office and secrecy
from Lt Governor Najeeb Jung,
followed by six ministers and then
addressed them in Hindi. The six
included his long-time confidant
Manish Sisodia, who will be the
deputy chief minister, Satyendra
Jain, Sandeep Kumar, Gopal Rai,
Asim Ahmad Khan and Jitendra
Singh Tomar. Sisodia and Jain
were in the earlier Kejriwal
government too.
Speaking from his heart,
Kejriwal admitted that the AAPs
decision to contest the 2014 Lok
Sabha election; he himself took
on Modi in Varanasi and lost; was
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He urged his ministers,
legislators and AAP colleagues
never to show arrogance, saying
this is what which destroyed
the Congress and the BJP. If
arrogance creeps in, we will not
be able to fulfil our mission.
The AAP swept an incredible
67 of the 70 seats, leaving just
three to the BJP. I know people
of Delhi love us. But I didnt know
they love us so much. Calling the
result a miracle, he said God
was trying to convey a message.

We have to understand the

Like last time, Kejriwal
announced a ban on what he
called VIP culture, including red
beacon lights on official vehicles
and strutting around in public
places with a phalanx of security.
He said Indians wanted a society
where political leaders would
also travel in buses like in many
countries in Europe.
The income tax official-turnedactivist-turned-chief
who has been suffering from fever
for some days, sounded unwell.

He told the crowd that he had come

to the venue after taking Crocin.
The AAP leader decried
statements attributed to AAP
leaders that after the Delhi
victory, the party would expand
in other states. This, he said, also
smacked of arrogance.
God has ordered us, the
people of Delhi have ordered us to
serve them... All the coming five
years I will serve only the people
of Delhi.
He said he told Prime Minister
Modi that the AAP stood for
constructive cooperation with

the central government, and it

was high time the capital Delhi
was granted full statehood.
As prime minister, he is very
busy. He has to think about the
country, he has to go abroad...
Please leave Delhi to the people of
Delhi... I am confident Modi will
think about this positively.
He said that although Delhi
Police didnt come under his
control, he was confident his
government would make Delhi
a secure city for people of all

Kejriwal keeps anti-graft portfolio,

Sisodia gets the bulk

n a surprise decision
and a first of its kind in
the country, Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal wont
hold any portfolio but oversee
the work of all the ministers
said Deputy Chief Minister
Manish Sisodia.
In the process, the largest
number of departments will
be with Sisodia, a long-time
confidant of Kejriwal, including
those of finance and power
which were to have been held
by the chief minister.
Our top priority will be to
serve the people in the best
possible manner, Sisodia said,

soon after Kejriwal and his

ministers drove to the Delhi
Secretariat after taking oath at
the Ramlila Maidan.
Sisodia will now hold
finance and planning, services,
reforms, urban development,
revenue, land and building, and
vigilance besides departments
not with any minister.
Kejriwal will not hold any
portfolio, Sisodia said, four
days after the Aam Aadmi
Party won a sweeping victory
in the Delhi assembly election,
bagging an incredible 67 of the

Referring to the Hindu-Muslim

riots in east Delhi and the recent
attacks on Black
churches and Christian
institutions, Kejriwal said Delhi
had never seen troubles of this
sort for 35 years.
People of Delhi want peace.
They wont tolerate this... We
want to live in peace.
He ended his 30-minute
address, by singing a song on
brotherhood and communal
amity, which he asked the crowd
to sing with him, demonstrating
yet again how this unusual, and
in some ways maverick, politician
stood out from the rest.
70 seats. The BJP got three.
Kejriwal will oversee all
ministries through modern
technology. He will try to bring
systemic changes, Sisodia
Kejriwal will connect with
the people, Sisodia said. He
will meet people to know what
their problems are. He will also
oversee the MLAs.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
government will focus on
curbing corruption, controlling
price rise, and providing
water, Sisodia told the media.
Our top priority will be to
serve the people in the best
possible manner, he said,
shortly after Kejriwal and his
ministers drove to the Delhi
Secretariat after taking oath at
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continued from Pg 4

the Ramlila Maidan.

A long-time confidant of Kejriwal,
Sisodia will now hold finance and
planning, services, education, IT,
technical education, administrative
reforms, urban development, revenue,
land and building and vigilance, and all
other departments not allotted to any
portfolio, Sisodia said, four days after
the AAP won a sweeping victory in the
Delhi assembly election. Kejriwal will
oversee all ministries through modern
technology. He will try to bring systemic
changes, Sisodia said.
Kejriwal will connect with the people,
Sisodia said. He will meet people to
know what their problems are. He will


also oversee the MLAs.

Satyendra Jain, who like Sisodia
was in the earlier 49-day Kejriwal
government, would be the health
minister and be in charge of industries,
irrigation and flood control, public
works department.
Gopal Rai, one of the four new faces
in the Kejriwal ministry, will look
after the departments of employment,
development, labour and transport.
Jitender Singh Tomar has been given
law and justice, tourism, art and culture,
as well as home.Asim Ahmad Khan
gets food and supply, environment and
forest, and election.
Sandeep Kumar will take charge of
the departments of women and child,
social welfare, language, and Scheduled
Caste and Scheduled Tribe.

Kejriwal to restart anticorruption helpline

elhis newly sworn-in chief minister

Arvind Kejriwal said that his
government will restart the anticorruption phone line to help the common
man combat corruption in the capital.
During his 49-day tenure as chief minister,
Kejriwal had launched a number - (011)
27357169 - saying anyone who is asked to pay
bribe by any official in the capital can seek
help on that phone number.
Addressing a gathering of thousands in
Ramlila Maidan soon after taking oath as
chief minister, he said during his tenure,
the AAP government had launched anticorruption telephone line, which they will

If anyone asks for bribe, dont say no.

Use your phone to record the conversation
and we will take action against him. We will
also restart anti-corruption telephone line it
will create fear in the minds of every corrupt
individual. We will also introduce the Jan
Lokpal Bill, he said.
After swearing in as chief minister for
the second time, the 46-year-old Kejriwal
pledged to make Delhi the countrys first
corruption-free state.
The tens of thousands of people packing
the sprawling ground in the heart of the
capital cheered him when he took the oath
of office and secrecy, followed by six
ministers, and then addressed them.

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Kejriwal: aam aadmi or a man of steel ?




A profile of Delhis new-found love

M.R. Narayan Swamy and
Gaurav Sharma

Arvind Kejriwal with

Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief
Minister and confidante

maverick and written
off politically less than
a year ago, Arvind Kejriwal has
proved to be more wily than his
seasoned political rivals who
underestimated this slightly built,
doughty fighter who has made an
incredible comeback by scripting
his second sensational election
victory in the space of just 15
After being a lone ranger for
years when he battled corruption
by contractors and officials
in a Delhi slum, the former
has become a household name
across India with his direct style
and unconventional dressing that
earned him this time the sobriquet
of Muffler man because of the
way he campaigned through
Delhis severe winter wrapped in
colourful mufflers.
But those who have known him
for long say Kejriwal is much more
than an activist-turned-politician
devoted to battling corruption.
He knows his mission.
AK is really focussed, said
Pankaj Gupta, a former IT
professional who has known the
46-year-old leader for 15 years.
He has clear thinking. He is a
very tough taskmaster.
Gupta, who has been with the
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) since it
was born in 2012, says the former
Delhi chief minister, otherwise a
diabetic, is very energetic -- a trait
he shares with Prime Minister
Narendra Modi.
But what friends like about
Kejriwal is that despite his
stunning political success, he lives
and dresses simply, has no airs
about himself, has a spiritual bent
of mind and respects elders. In
fact he displayed a puckish sense
of humour when he reportedly
told the online chat show The
Viral Fever: Political parties
criticise me for my political
statement; you are criticising
me for my fashion statement. At
home my wife criticises me for my
bank statement. Everyone just
criticises me.
After the AAP was routed
across the country in the 2014
Lok Sabha election, and Kejriwal
personally lost a prestigious battle
to Narendra Modi in Varanasi,
there was gloom in the party.
Kejriwal - who had earlier quit as
Delhis chief minister after just 49
days - became a butt of jokes.
The I-care-a-damn Kejriwal
was the first to come out of the
resilience for a political rookie, he
immediately began to rebuild the

bruised AAP, now determined to

claw back to power in the capital.
His personality ensured that
despite some desertions, the bulk
of AAPs volunteers remained
with him, sharing his idealism
and confidence that the party
could bounce back.
And when it did in Saturdays
Delhi election, the BJP and the
Congress -- who had mocked at
him a bagoda (quitter) -- had
egg on their face. There was also
a grudging respect for the born
politics, Kejriwal for years fought
for the rights of the urban poor
as he took up issues -- from
transparency to corruption. But
few knew him, even after he got

After being a lone

ranger for years when
he battled corruption
by contractors and
officials in a Delhi
slum, the former
government officialturned activist-turnedchief minister has
become a household
name across India
with his direct style
and unconventional

the Ramon Magsaysay award in

the Philippines, an honour often
described as Asias Nobel Prize.
dramatically transformed the
anti-corruption movement of
social activist Anna Hazare into
a successful political party in just
two years and took to politics
much against his mentors wishes
as he knew that, if he had to
change things in the country,
there was no other way but the
political route.
Kejriwal was born Aug 16,
1968 in a middle class family in
Siwan village in Haryana where
he had early education in Englishmedium missionary schools. The
eldest of three children grew up
with a Hindu religious mindset.
But religion faded away in college.
Kejriwal wanted to be a doctor.
But he went to the Indian Institute
of Technology at Kharagpur
instead, studying mechanical
engineering. He went on to join
the Indian Revenue Service. He
married a colleague, and they
have two children, Harshita and
As an officer in the income
tax department notorious for
corruption, Kejriwal did what
few would have dared -- he tried
to clean up the system within. A
chastened income tax department
was forced to implement his
reforms to make itself more
transparent and less capricious.
While on leave, Kejriwal
unleashed a Dont Pay Bribes
campaign at the electricity
department. He asked visitors
not to pay bribes and offered to
facilitate their dealings for free.
By then, he had founded
an NGO, Parivartan (Change),
which put to use the Delhi Right
to Information Act of 2001 to
expose mind-boggling swindling
of money by corrupt officers and
contractors at Sundernagari, a
slum area.

His dedication fetched him the

Ramon Magsaysay award in 2006
-- for emergent leadership. But
it was his decision to join forces
with Hazare that made Kejriwal a
household name in Delhi in 2011.
While Hazare returned to his
village in Maharashtra after the
government caved in to mass
protests, Kejriwal kept up the
tempo, branching off from the
India Against Corruption group
to form the AAP in November
The AAP steadily expanded its
influence in Delhi as it took up
one public issue after another,
undermining the Congress and
the BJP.
Kejriwal was not content with
just fighting petty officials. He
called Congress president Sonia
Vadra corrupt. And he also
targeted then BJP president Nitin
In December 2013, the AAP
stunned everyone by bagging
28 of Delhis 70 seats, reducing
the then ruling Congress to a
single digit and preventing the
Bharatiya Janata Party from
getting a majority.
history by defeating three-time
chief minister Sheila Dikshit by
over 25,000 votes.
But the 49 days he was chief
minister with Congress backing
proved to be tumultuous. Kejriwal
lost much of middle class support
as he took to the streets against
Delhi Police and did a two-night
long dharna (sit-in) close to
Rajpath just before Republic
Day 2014. Critics declared the
man would always be a street
fighter and an anti-establishment
protester, never an administrator.
Kejriwal re-invented himself
after the Lok Sabha debacle,
rebuilding the AAP brick by brick,
with the help of close associates
and dedicated volunteers. By
the time Delhi elections were
announced for February 2015,
the man had gained much of the
goodwill he had lost.
For all his activism and
politics, Kejriwal is a movie buff
and loves to crack and hear jokes.
Friends say he would often pull
others legs. He is honest to
the core, says Manish Sisodia,
who was a minister in Kejriwals
government. And courageous. It
is not often you find a man both
honest and courageous.

20 February 2015

Highlights of
KejriwalS speech




Highlights of what Arvind Kejriwal said after taking oath

as Delhis Chief Minister

I knew people of Delhi

love us. But I did not

know they love us so
much. (On winning 67 of
70 seats.)
When the votes were
counted, the seats were
raining. This has to be a
People from all sections,
religions voted for us.
God is trying to convey a
message (by giving AAP
such a majority). We
have to understand the
When such a big victory
comes, arrogance follows.
We need to be humble.
I see (some) arrogance in
the AAP. This is not right.
We were over ambitious
in the Lok Sabha election. We were taught
a lesson.
If AAP volunteers do anything wrong, police
should give them double the punishment.
We have to make Delhi the first corruptionfree city in India. We can do it.
I respect Kiran Bedi. She is li ke my elder
We (I and my colleagues) will work 24 hours
a day. I promise that.
We will make Delhi a secure city for all.

I will stay in Delhi and work for Delhis

development for five years.

If anybody demands bribe, do a sting with

your mobile phone and send the recording

to us.
We have to end VIP culture.
Please leave Delhi to the people of Delhi. (To
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.)
AAP volunteers are pearls, they are gold.
I am sure the Indian cricket team will win
the World Cup.

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Littles big dreams

Indian Weekender interviewed Labour
leader Andrew Little where he talks about
rebuilding the party, reviewing the policies
and reaching out and connecting with all
those who really matter
Paula Ray
Paula Ray: You are focusing
image as the jobs party.
In this context, what are
the party policies about
who do not find adequate
employment compared to
their qualifications and work
Andrew Little: Yeah that has
been an ongoing issue for us.
There are two aspects to it. One
is that the sophisticated economic
activities are changing our profile.
We are moving up the value
chain. Our economy is very much
driven by commodity exports.
But we have to change that. It is
a long term project, but we have
to do it to generate the standard
of living we are used to and also
job opportunities. Its about the
opportunities we have available.
Secondly, we are managing
migration. We are not giving
false hope. We are saying, Meet
these criteria to get these points
and then you can come in. That
way we have job opportunities for
We are getting both aspects
right. We are a country that is built
on migration from all parts of the
world. When we welcome people
here, we generate opportunities
for work, housing and a decent
PR: To address the issue
of poverty, due to poor
employment opportunities,
the skilled migrants often
end up with low-paid parttime jobs, leading them to
what we call urban poverty.
How do you plan to address

this situation?
AL: Even with the labour market,
there is low paid part-time jobs.
There is more we could do in the
labour area. Lifting incomes and
wages across the economies is
what we can do. If we move up
the economic value chain, we are
generating quite a wealth of profile
of economic activities.
The short term fix is to raise the
minimum wage and we proposed
to do that last year pushing it
up by $2 per hour. It puts more
money in circulation.
The real answer is to raise
all wages up. We have the
ground disparities now. The
chief executives on the top end
are getting higher and higher
wages in millions of dollars.
The bottom 40 % is struggling
to get any increase at all in real
terms. We have to address that
problem through investments,
economic policies and labour
market regulations. That gives
people a better chance, better

wages and living conditions. We

address that with our investment
and other economic policies and
labour market regulations.
We are working on issues
like workplace productivity. By
encouraging that, the workforce
can benefit from it. But most
important is sharing the gains
and thats how peoples wages will
go up.
PR: Experts have commented
wage goes up, the price of
commodities will also go up
as employees will struggle
to pay their employees. How
does that work out?
AL: We have to think that through
more carefully. People who didnt
have enough to spend on things
like going to the hairdressers and
going to a caf and having a coffee
and a cake so to say, they get more
money in their hands and start
spending on those sorts of things.
When everybody gets a little
of more money, they spend it and
that way everybody else gets a
little more business. When wages
go up, prices do not necessarily
have to go up they dont follow
each other. People spending
the money can boost the overall

Andrew Little meeting members of the public

at Waitangi after the Dawn Service



AL: We know that two out of

every five children are living below
the poverty line in households
that have a working parent. This
takes us back to the wages issue.

These parents struggle to make

ends meet. Lifting minimum wage
is one approach, but a short term
What we need to do is to
change the way people get to
share the gains of a growing
economy. When you go for a job,
you negotiate your employment
agreement; when you join a
union you have a fair chance
of belonging to one and get the
benefits of that; and you continue
to keep working with the business
community to lift productivity,
to lift their earning, so that they
have more to share.
The government plans to
spend more money on child
poverty. That will help things. It
is not only about sharing but also
about having the mechanisms
for sharing. Thats why we were
broken down last year the
mechanisms that help share the
gains of an economy are not there
and so the gains are concentrated
in the hands of fewer and fewer,
while other people who are
doing extra hours cant get ahead
because the link between working
hard and getting the benefits are
no longer there.



PR: Childcare costs are

so high that quite often
mothers are forced to stay
at home and raise children.
Unless they have high-paid
jobs, they struggle to send
their children to holiday
programmes during school
aggravates when it comes to
immigrant families who are
not eligible for government
subsidies. Is there a solution
to this?
AL: Yeah I hadnt thought about
this before. I know that a lot of
working families it is an issue.
They have school age kids, they
cannot take time off during school
holidays and they have to take
unpaid leave. They have to keep
the kids occupied; the kids have
to go to friends houses and things
like that.
But its a thing we have to look
more closely at to make sure the
holiday programmes are easily
accessible. And the costs are not
a barrier to those families who
do need to send their kids to
holiday programmes. I think its
certainly something we need to

Andrew Little with Labours Northland candidate,

Willow-Jean Prime, at Waitangi

How to strike the balance?

Thats why we need to work with
the business community to find
the balance. Some people who
advocate the business model
tend to have a black and white
approach - increase business
productivity to increase benefits.
But they dont consider the
workforce that sustains the
business. A more balanced view
is to allow business to flourish
but also look after the workforce
and allow the institutions to do
that. So thats something the
government can ensure through
its industrial institutions
there is no substitute in my
view to create a climate where
management and workforce is a
good quality one where they are
engaging regularly to make sure
the benefits are shared. Thats a
direction we prefer to be moving.

look at more closely. We do want

to make sure that the school age
kids and working parents are in a
safe place.
PR: Labour Party is for
housing affordability. But
affordable housing often
compromises on housing
quality and that comes with
health issues. What are your
views on that?
AL: A number of things here.
First of all the biggest issue
with housing affordability is
that when it comes to housing
supplies it is more and it is not a
rip-off. Labour has a policy its
Kiwi Build policy which is about
building more affordable houses
10,000 new houses a year over the
next 10 years. If the government
embarks on something that big,
it can negotiate on materials and

20 February 2015

during the same term time?

a very close link with the Indian
it can work with local authorities
community and certainly one of
for opening up land and that
AL: Labour has always been a
my personal priorities is to boost
Black need to Orange
sort of thing. We dont
supporter of free trade. What
that. One of the disappointing
compromise quality and healthy
has been happening in India is
outcomes of the elections last year
housing to do that.
commendable. Modi is poised to
Putting that aside, we also
was that we lost out on Indian
make a big impact and of course
have a policy of Warrant of
representation in the Parliament.
we want to be part of the growing
Fitness for rental houses. Thus,
Thats a priority that when we get
economy. The relation between
private landlords cannot just
to 2017, we get that back. I am
India and NZ has been strong
leave the tenant with dripping
determined to make that happen
for a while now. India is rapidly
taps, cold and un-insulated. Our
and forge the links and build the
modernising, developing and
policy will be to have a housing
relationship again.
generating its own wealth. For a
WOF so that minimum standards
PR: What is that one card
country like ours it would be silly
of accommodation are met.
that you foresee will ace you
We need to make sure,
up against the National Party
trade relationship. It would get a
housing without compromising
its not to serve our purpose to
especially for family with kids that
in 2017?
mutual gain out of two. I am very
on quality and design. The houses
change RMA and build slums.
the kids dont go into unhealthy
will stay for 150 years. You are not
supportive of it and very keen to
and unsafe housing facilities. So
AL: I dont know what I will be
PR: In the urban slums,
going to build cheap and nasty.
see that grow.
we want to know it is properly
holding to my chest until 2017. But
reports compare Auckland
As Andrew said earlier, by
PG: We have faced a roadblock
insulated, hot running water and
we know that after last years result
CBD to HongKong, where tall
using economies of scale and
for the past 2-3 years and would
the basics you require.
we have a lot of work to do, which
rises come up so close to each
planning over a longer time, we
love to see it moving forward. Do
We have accommodation
other in the name of more
is about rebuilding the party,
can cut down the cost of housing.
something for India that makes
supplements, even if you are
housing and lay people like
reviewing our policies. And getting
it what China is for NZ a major
renting from private landlords.
PR: What are your views on
us feel there is no planning
through the arduous process of
trading partner.
I think there is no reason
FTA with India, in the context
going on. What do you have
reaching out and connecting so
PR: Any key message for the
why we cant ensure through
of India emerging as a world
to say about that?
thats the starting point. And the
Indian community?
WOF programme that people
power and Obamas visit to the
ace card, we will play that in 2017!
Phil Goff: One of the things I
get good quality affordable
AL: The Labour Party always had
country for the second time
am looking at in
accommodation and the landlords
Auckland is housing
also abide by the regulations. We
design. We have
dont have to compromise on
talked about more
health and safety of housing in
order to keep people in affordable
The Cornell Education Group, a long established and successful Auckland-based Private
housing in the city as
Training Institute, is establishing new campuses in Tauranga and Christchurch.
well as moving out,
PR: Coming back to the
but when you have
We are seeking to appoint several marketing and administration support members and the
same question of urban
more intensification,
Campus manager to launch our new campuses.
poverty, in CBD area where
it requires more focus
there are more immigrants,
on housing design. I
there are high rises with
1 x Marketing & Administration Assistant ( Tauranga Campus )
have been to places
tiny apartments, no proper
1 x Marketing & Administration Assistant ( Auckland CBD Campus)
internationally where
ventilation and way too many
people living in a small space
with park spaces
Duties & Responsibilities
although there are some
for kids, including
regulations around that. How
Pro-actively add value by identifying marketing and sales opportunities and areas for the
do you propose to address
improvement of marketing process including the support of our Marketing managers
they havent given
The maintenance of accurate and secure records on students and their results, liaison with,
any thought about
AL: Thats a good point. You
and provision of relevant data to, external bodies including NZQA, INZ and Insurance.
leaving a breathing
expect your local authorities to
Carry out operational functions in accordance with The Cornell Education Group's Quality
make sure that people are in
Assurance System, Policies and Procedures.
proper housing. This is a recurring
it to filing cabinets
Skills & Experience
issue. A few years there were
where they keep the
Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience in marketing in Tertiary Education sector
stories of people living in garages
workers overnight to
Administration & Database operation and a good range of other office/admin skills are
and even under the houses and
pull them out to work
mattresses and stuff kept under the
the next morning - a

Excellent relationship management and customer services skills

house tarpaulins on earth and
great expression. But
mattresses on top which evidently

Good understanding of Code of Practice for the International students

the more housing we
show poverty. That highlights that
provide, the more
we dont have adequate housing,
we need to focus on
1 x Campus Manager ( Christchurch )
enough quantity of houses.
good housing design
There are state houses that are
where there are open
The person we are looking for will be a driver and an organiser, with a strong quality focus, and
being shut down. We know that
spaces and a good
experience and success in delivering in a service environment, preferably in an educational
the present government is going
quality of life.
to sell off 8,000 state houses. The
context, but who also understands business.
There are these
majority of them will end up in
Ideally we are looking for someone who displays the capability to:
high rises in CBD
the hands of private developers
area called Scene 1,
Work with relative autonomy but deliver on corporate goals and work within an established
and counter the problem of state
Scene 2 and Scene 3;
corporate model
housing for those who cannot
their nicknames are

Understand education and educational delivery and standards but at the same time
afford their own home.
Obscene 1, Obscene
the importance of business sustainability
This is a serious issue. Good
2 and Obscene 3.
and affordable housing has been
Lead a team and manage inclusively
As a Mt Roskill
a core issue for Labour. We are
Succeed in delivering organisational goals
MP, I can give a
going to make sure that people
Skills & Experience
local example of
have safe and comfortable
state housing in the
Relevant work experience in administration and management in Tertiary Education sector
housing. If you dont have that,
Hamon Ave and
Excellent relationship management and customer services skills
you cannot work well and it sets
Duke Street area,
you back in so many ways. You
all the local people
put your health at risk and also
The ability to speak Hindi would be an advantage
protested saying Oh!
that of your children. This is
We dont want I .but
Please send us your CV and a covering letter to
nobody complains
We dont compromise with
about it now. The
the RMA (Resource Management
houses are connected
Act) changes that the government
and there is space
is suggesting. They are saying
for garden too. Now
we are going to cut the costs
these are some of
and tackle housing shortage.
the prettiest houses
They must make sure they dont
on the street. So we
compromise on health safety and
can have affordable
decent design because you know

20 February 2015



Community project urges to

participate in cultural craft event

n Auckland community
project, which supports
former refugees, is
urging Asian communities to
share their traditional craft and
arts with members of the public at
a unique cultural event in March.
The W.I.S.E Collective has
secured women from Burma,
Congo, Ethiopia and Kurdistan
to share traditional craftwork at
the free Great W.I.S.E Cultural
Craft Exchange event on 7 March
at the Corban Estate Arts Centre
in Henderson and is keen to
have more ethnic communities
W.I.S.E Project coordinator
Heather Tanguay said: We really
want more people from Asian
communities such as Korea,
China, Japan, India and Pakistan
to take part. Japanese crocheting,
for example, is very different
from Indian crocheting. We want
every ethnic group in Auckland to
be represented at this event, she
This is a call to all ethnic
communities. Its open to all
members of the public. Its a
community event.
The inaugural event was
spurred on by the W.I.S.E
enterprise as the women crochet
and sell handmade blankets, bags





Due to unforeseen circumstances

Sachin Tendulkar will not be visiting
New Zealand onFriday, February
27th 2015as had been previously
and brooches.
W.I.S.E Coordinator Heather
Tanguay said: At our W.I.S.E
hubs in Massey and Mt Albert, at
any given time we have women
from five of six different cultures
who do not speak English and do
not know each other but through,
craft, have all become wonderful
friends. It doesnt matter whether
or not they speak the same
language. They speak to each
other through craft.
Funded by the HendersonMassey board, the Great W.I.S.E
Cultural Craft Exchange takes
place on the same weekend as
the International Womens Day,
the theme of which is Make It
manager Chinwe Akomah said

this is particularly fitting as the

purpose of W.I.S.E is to empower
She said: Although the event
is of course open to all and
everyone, it is a great and fitting
opportunity to highlight the
continued push to elevate women
in society in terms of ensuring
that women are self-sustaining.
This is why W.I.S.E exists to
empower, enterprise and inspire
women. We intend to honour
International Womens Day at the
Great Cultural Craft Exchange.
Attendees and crafters can
exchange gifts or if they wish to
sell them, they can register for
a stall for just $20. The event
runs from 9am to 4pm. For more
information contact Heather
Tanguay on 09 818 8809.

Next Generation Sport Ltd the event

promoters would like to apologise to all
fans and supporters of Sachin Tendulkar
that the proposed Gala Dinner has been
All tickets purchased will be refunded
as soon as possible
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Auckland Council
doing all itBlack
can on Orange

uckland Councils Deputy Mayor recently

called on the Government to do more to
address the critical housing issues of emergency
housing, rental accommodation tenure and
quality issues.
The Deputy Mayor of Auckland, Penny
Hulse, spoke in response to the Salvation
Armys 2015 State of the Nation report,
which found that a lack of safe, affordable
housing in Auckland and Christchurch is
badly impacting the health and well-being of
children and their parents.
Auckland Councils response to the
housing crisis has included:
Collaborating with the Government,
Minister of Housing Nick Smith and the
development community to get housing up
within Aucklands 84 Special Housing Areas
Strong advocacy for the early uptake of
the new Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
provisions Developing a forward land and
infrastructure delivery programme
Offering a limited housing bond guarantee
to allow community housing providers to
access cheaper loans, so they can deliver a
greater number of affordable homes
Proposing to create an Auckland
redevelopment agency, which will increase
the councils ability to take a more active
role in urban development, particularly in
enhancing housing affordability, choice and
quality, and
Postponed development contributions
to be charged nearer to developers
cashflow; 30 applications approved to date.

Heavy fine for one

of Aucklands worst
pollution incidents

n Auckland company is paying a heavy

price for causing Aucklands most
destructive freshwater and marine pollution
incident in decades.
Jenners Worldwide Freight, a freight
forwarding company, has been fined
$103,000, and ordered to pay $25,000
costs, after being
found guilty at the
Court of spilling
over 1000 litres of
purple dye into the
Oruarangi Stream
and Estuary and the
Manukau Harbour
in South Auckland.
The dye spill in
July 2013 killed
all eels and fish in
the stream, just under half of the mud snails
and other species in the estuary. It drastically
affected various oysters beds in the area
with many oysters being killed. Fishing was
banned in the area for months. Auckland
Council Resource Consents Compliance
Manager, Stefan Naude, said that this
prosecution and the level of the fine makes it
clear to business owners and managers that
they must find out what their obligations are
under the Resource Management Act and
other relevant regulations, and comply with
those obligations.
The fine took into account the defendants
previous good record, guilty plea and remorse.

Thousands feedback
in first fortnight

round 3,000 Aucklanders have provided

feedback in the first two weeks of public
consultation on councils 10-year budget.
Mayor Len Brown says: To have
feedback from 3,000 people in the
first fortnight of a seven-week public
consultation is an impressive start.
Public consultation on councils 10-year
budget, known as the Long-term Plan 201525, runs until4pm
on 16 March 2015.
There are a
number of ways to
feedback including
an online feedback
atshapeauckland., a hard copy
form (found in
service centres and
local board offices),
using social media and at the have your
say events.
Decision makers, such as councillors
and local board members, will be at the
events to listen to the views of community
members, with note takers recording the
feedback given.
To ensure that all those who want to
be heard at the events, can be, Auckland
Council is encouraging people to register
for the events in order to secure a
place. People can register, as well as
view event times and venues at www.
phone 09 301 0101.

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First legal high

hearings begin this

he first hearings over the sale of legal highs

in Auckland have begun last week with 120
submitters wishing to speak to the Auckland
Council Hearings Panel.
Speakers will include representatives
from industry groups and owneroperators through to health experts
and community associations as well as
members of the public.
The Council received1,454 written
submissions on its draft Local Approved
Product Policy which has been consulted
on since October.
The hearings, which began on Friday
(Feb 13) and are expected to run for a
month, will be heard by councillors
Linda Cooper, Denise Krum, Sharon
Stewart and Dick Quax.
Councillor Linda Cooper, chair of the
panel, says that the hearings process will
provide all sides with the opportunity to
ensure their views are represented.
The draft policy was put together
with a view to protecting the vulnerable,
while respecting the legal rights of
businesses to sell licensed products,
she says.
There are strong views on both sides
of the debate, which we need to hear
before coming to a decision on this issue.
It is important to remember that the
council cannot ban these substances,
and this decision is about where the
substances can be sold once they are
licensed by government.

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The House doesnt always win

Phil Goff
Labour MP

s a member of parliament
Ive spent half my time
in Government and half
in opposition. I can assure you
that being in Government is more
satisfying! The reward for being
in politics is making decisions
that make life better for people.
In Government you can do that
while in Opposition mostly all you
can do is criticise the things that
Government gets wrong.
A good Government however
needs a strong Opposition. The Sky
City debacle shows the benefit of a
strong Opposition. When John Key
and Steven Joyce wanted tax and
rate payers to prop up Sky Citys
profits, Labour put its foot down
and argued strongly why this was

a bad idea. With overwhelming

public support for our arguments
the Government has been forced to
reverse its decision and not provide
more subsidies to the multinational
company. This stops further damage
from the sorry story of how funding
the International Convention Centre
has been handled.
I have no problem with having
an International Convention Centre.
Its an amenity which may attract
additional tourism. However it
needs to stand on its own merits. It
shouldnt rely on corporate welfare
from the taxpayer. Auckland has
far more pressing needs, such as
relieving traffic congestion and
gridlock, to which we as tax and rate
payers have to contribute.
Paying $130 million to Sky City to
increase its gambling profits comes
nowhere near being a priority.
Why should a company be able to
capitalise on its profits but socialise
its losses?
The deal between the Prime

Minister and Sky City was pretty

shonky. It was done behind closed
doors and not in an open and
competitive way. The AuditorGeneral,
watchdog on corruption and
spending, said the process was
neither open nor even handed.
Treasury, the Governments
financial adviser, told National
bluntly that it was a case of public
costs for private gain. It said that
international experience showed
that public subsidies for convention
centres produced poor returns and
the proposed centre could be a
white elephant. National ignored
Treasury advice.
The original
deal saw Government extending
Sky Citys casino monopoly and
removing limitations on expanding
gambling in a special concession
available only to Sky City. It was
worth about $535 million to Sky
over time.
The beauty of the deal was said
by John Key to be it wouldnt cost

the taxpayer a cent. However,

Steven Joyces Ministry revealed it
would add 8000 more Aucklanders
to those affected by problem
gambling. Suddenly, a few weeks
ago, Stephen Joyce was suggesting
Auckland ratepayers could front
up with$130 million in extra
subsidies for Sky City. John Key
said if the taxpayer didnt front up,
the convention centre could be an
eyesore. This was all just nonsense
and had the appearance of
Government doing special deals for
its wealthy supporters and donors.
Fortunately Labour, with
the support of others and
overwhelming public support,
was able to expose and put a
stop to this. That is what a good
Opposition can do.


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Winston Peters
NZ First leader

he government told us wed

get a free convention centre
in Auckland if we gave
SkyCity more pokies, but SkyCity
is a casino, and they always have a
winning hand.
Even before the deal was signed
Treasury expressed strong concern


that private benefits to SkyCity

would exceed private benefits to
New Zealanders.
Prime Minister John Key looks
like hes playing a game of risk
with our money and we will be
the losers.
New Zealand First said the
deal was no good and dodgy from
the start and voted against the
legislation when it went through
Why is the government
propping up a big company?
Why does Mr Key think its fair

that, when the nations books are

in the red and SkyCity has just
recorded a $66 million half-year
profit, it should be taxpayers who
have to stump up the extra cash
for the convention centre?
This is the government
that is selling off state houses
in a deceptive way. This is a
government that tells us the
market rules and the market
will build the economy. So let
the market build the convention
centre if there will be such a great

Remember the extra pokies

the casino got from Mr Keys deal
bring in around $42 million a year
extra to SkyCity.
The convention centre sums
suggest all manner of numbers but
lets face it Sky City will be making
money out of the convention
centre, so why doesnt it pay for it.
Their gambling licence was
extended to 2048 so they have
plenty time to recover the cost.
Theres absolutely no reason
for Mr Key to put his hand in
our pockets and top up SkyCitys

building programme. As we said

last year, and we say again, the
government must walk away from
this bad deal.

Do you know where your money goes?

Barry Coates
Green Party

or those who are fortunate

enough to have savings,
you have to make choices
about the risk you are prepared to
accept and how much of a return
you get. But you also need to
make choices about the ethics of
how your money is used.
accounts and investment funds
use some your funds for purposes

that you probably dont agree

with. For example, they invest
your money in companies that
produce cigarettes or weapons, or
treat their workers badly, or cause
environmental damage.
You have choices. There
are ethical investment funds,
that can provide you with
options. Most of these ethical
or responsible
funds screen out companies in
sectors, like tobacco, that many
people dont feel comfortable
with supporting. Some funds
seek out companies that have
positive impacts, such as solar
power installers. These funds

generally also play and active role

in corporate governance, calling
on companies to implement
high social and environmental
There is growing evidence
that ethical choices are also good
financial choices. A company that
is aware of its responsibilities
towards its workers, its customers
and the environment is likely
to be a well-managed company,
and perform well financially over
the longer term. By contrast, the
corporate world is littered with
companies like Enron or Arthur
Anderson that lost money when
they behaved badly. It is costly for
companies to build a reputation

but it can be lost in a day.

Ethical choices can also help
tackle climate change. There is a
growing international movement
that is calling for people to take
their investment funds out of
fossil fuel companies oil, gas
and coal producers. Most of
their reserves will never be used
- burning them would cause
a catastrophe from runaway
climate change. So their assets
are over-valued. They are not a
good investment for financial
reasons as well as to protect our
The Green Party supports
ethical investment choices and

the growing movement calling

on schools, universities, faith
groups, and investment funds to
divest from fossil fuels. We are
also calling on the government
to exclude fossil fuel companies
from the Superannuation Fund
which invests on our behalf. We
can all make positive choices to
build a better world.
Barry Coates stood for the
Green Party in the Mt Roskill
electorate at the last election.
He was formerly CEO of
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20 February 2015



Fijis Grammy Awards set

for May

eone CabenatabuaThe 2nd

Annual Fiji Performing
Right Association (FPRA)
Awards Night is set forMay 16 at
the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.
This was confirmed by FPRA
director Seru Serevi who indicated
that this years event would be
bigger and better.This was after
the success of last years event.It
will be a Black Tie event and we
are working around the clock to
put things together and also at the
same time hopeful that our Prime
Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will
be available to grace the occasion.
There will be 13 Premier Awards
at stake. He pointed out the new
category is the Best Gospel Award
and the reason FPRA directors have
endorsed is because of the demand
the huge market it serves.
So we are inviting Gospel artists
who released their albums last year
to send in their application for the
Mr Serevi also clarified that the
13 Premier Awards are open to all


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artists regardless of the ethnicity or

This has been misunderstood
for a long time. If youre an Indo
Fijian and have released your Hindi
album you are welcome to enter. The
premier awards are not for iTaukei
artists only but for all Fijians. Also,
weve got a few Indo Fiji brothers
who have released their Gospel
albums and they are eligible to go

for the Best Gospel Award.

He confirmed that only artists
who have released their albums
last year are eligible for this years
awards. The closing date for those
wishing to apply is March 2.
He added that interested
artists and groups could get their
forms by contacting FPRA office
on 3312494 or otherwise call him
on 9026256.

Speights prison term West Papua

awaits MSG

HE 2000 coup leader,

George Speight, will
continue to serve his life
sentence in prison.
Justice Minister Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum clarified this in Parliament
last week in response to a question
by Opposition leader Ro Teimumu
Kepa on the status of Speights prison
He said the issue of Speight was
dealt with by the justice court, the
Prerogative of Mercy Commission
and the office of the President.
By way of facts or background,
Mr Ilikimi Naitini also known as
George Speight, was sentenced
by the honourable justice court in
2002, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
In the judgment, the justice court
convicted Speight after he pleaded
guilty to the offence of treason, which
at that time carried a death sentence.
sentenced to death, given the then
Constitutional provision, the matter
was referred to the Prerogative
of Mercy Commission, and an
application for pardon was made to
the Commission by George Speights
lawyers pursuant to Section 115 (4)
(B) of the then 1997 Constitution.
The commission members
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here is currently no plan in place to hold an election for the Sugar

Growers Council says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
He was responding to a question raised by Opposition
member, Prem Singh last week.No representations have been made by
the growers to convene elections as they know the reason behind this,
Mr Bainimarama said.
The administrative council of the sugar growers council continues
to exist to provide assistance and as I said the council exists in order
to serve the best interest of its members, he said.Prime Minister
Bainimarama also stated that the special cane payment is not necessary
for all cane farmers. The question of as to why Fiji Sugar Corporation
(FSC) refused to pay a Special Cane payment to farmers in January and
why the Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar did not direct FSC to
make the special payment was raised by Opposition member, Biman

5736 new citizenships issued

Nasik Swami

HE Immigration Department issued 5736 people from 60

countries with Fijian citizenship between 2007 and 2014.
Immigration Minister Colonel Timoci Natuva last week
informed Parliament that the highest number of applications requesting
a Fijian citizenship was coming from countries such as New Zealand,
Australia, USA, China, Canada and India. Col Natuva said the total
number of citizenship granted between the years 2007 to 2014 also
included 1321 children of Fiji citizens born abroad and classified as
From those 5736 individuals, 1532 are former Fiji citizens now
on dual citizenship and 569 through naturalisation individuals who
had work permits and lived in Fiji for five years, get the citizenship,
he said. Col Natuva said a Fijian citizenship could be acquired either
by birth registration or naturalisation. He said Fiji had two separate
laws of citizenship with one being the 1997 Constitution and the current
Citizenship Decree 2009.

Seasonal workers to increase for

Ana Sovaraki

Attorney-General Qoriniasi Bale

as chair, Mr Akariva Nabati, also
in attendance at that meeting was
Zulfikar Sahu Khan as legal adviser,
Sisilia Christopher, the secretary,
and by invitation the then SolicitorGeneral Narendra Nand was there
also. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said
the chairman emphasised Section
115(4) to the commission, which
outlined its powers and the fact that
they should take into account the
declared intention of the then SDL
government. He said the late Mr Bale
told the commission the intention
of the then SDL government - to
abolish the death penalty, and
that Government would move a
Bill to abolish the death penalty
which they subsequently did.

here is no confirmation that

Fiji will support West Papua
joining the Melanesian
Spearhead Group (MSG), said
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ratu
Inoke Kubuabola.
The question of Fijis support
of the application of West Papua
to join the Melanesian Spearhead
Group was raised by Opposition
member, Ratu Isoa Tikoca last
week. A meeting will be in July at
Honiara and during this meeting
the application will be taken up by
senior officials of the MSG, Ratu
Inoke said.
However, he clarified that he
had not seen any application from
West Papua to join the MSG.

he demand for the Seasonal Worker Programme in Australia

has increased strongly from 2014 to this year.
A spokesperson from Australias Department of Employment
said the department was required to manage the programme to ensure
that it does not exceed the programme caps.
The Seasonal Worker Programme has had limits, or caps, since its
inception in July, 2012. The programme caps were determined by the
previous government, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the number of places available to employers
each year increases.
- In 2012-2013, there were 1600 places available to Australian
horticulture sector employers and 400 places available to Australian
trial sectors (accommodation, aquaculture, cane and cotton)
- In 2013- 2014, there were 2000 places available to Australian
horticulture sector employers and 500 places available to Australian
trial sectors employers.
- In 2014-15, there are 2600 places available to Australian employers
in the horticulture sector and 650 places available to Australian
employers in the trial sectors.
The spokesperson said next year, the number of places available to
Australian employers increased to 4250 places.
20 February 2015


Biman backs Reddy



Torika Chandra And

Siteri Sauvakacolo

N education commission is
the only solution to address
the drastic decrease in
exam marks in Fiji in the last six
This is the view of Opposition
parliamentarian Professor Biman
Prasad following a ministerial
presentation by Education Minister
Dr Mahendra Reddy in Parliament.
Dr Reddy said that out of the 19


subjects in Year 12, the mean marks

for 10 of the subjects had declined
over the last six years.
He said the performance of Year
12 students were worrying and
similar results were shown for Year
13 students. Presenting statistics,
he revealed that in 2002, English
recorded a 64 per cent pass rate.
However, in 2014, this decreased
to 62 per cent - interestingly after
scaling 57.5 per cent passed which
meant some who passed had initially

In 2002, 44 per cent of the
students passed mathematics.
However last year, it decreased
to 15.5 per cent. Biology had a
35 per cent pass rate and this
decreased to 14.2 per cent in 2014
after scaling showed that 59 per
cent passed. Physics, in 2002, saw
59 per cent students passing while
last year, there was only a 28.4 per
cent pass rate. Prof Prasad called
on the Education Minister to set

up an education commission as
soon as possible, compromising
experts who can determine the real
reason behind students dismal
The Minister for Education is
doing something good. We support
him and let him continue with that,
but please set up an education
commission and task them to do
that work in three or four months,
Prof Prasad said.

India roadshow
continues to grow

angalore and Nagpur in India

have been identified by Tour
Managers Fiji as potential areas
of growth as far as our tourism industry
is concerned.
These areas are seen as those with
which to establish new connections and
further boost destination Fijis presence in
the outbound market.
This comes as Tour Managers Fiji began
its annual India roadshow on February
8 beginning in Bangalore, followed by a
stop in Nagpur and ending in Mumbai on
February 11.
This roadshow dovetails on the heels of
the Tourism Fijis roadshow, which began
on February 2 and ended on February 6 in
Chennai, India.
Through the efforts of Tour Managers
India Representative Alefiya Singh and
Contract Manager India Division Saroj
Gounder, over 300 agents will be visited
and educated through the duration of the
This exposure to industry partners is
extensive and very cost effective in terms
of securing business conversion.
Industry partners involved this year in
the roadshow were Ahura Resorts, Royal
Davui, Namale and Captain Cook Cruises.
The Roadshow is a crucial piece of
the strategy to increase awareness of Fiji
with new travel trade partners in India
and further educate experienced travel
partners who sell Fiji.
It is also to tap into new lucrative market
segments that offer the best returns for
Tour Managers marketing spend in India.
In Nagpur, Tour Managers Fiji was
given the opportunity this year by event
organisers to participate at the GPS
(Global Panaromic Show).
This is a pure business-to-business
event attracting agents not alone from
Nagpur but also from the neighboring
Pradesh/Maharashtra and Vidharbha.
This invitation was then extended to
accompanying Fiji industry partners who
were in attendance with Tour Managers to
be part of the event.
Tour Managers Fiji will continue
to work extensively with Tourism Fiji in
growing the market and looks forward to
increased growth for Indian arrivals this

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If you dont value your time, neither will others.
Stop giving away your time and talents. Value
what you know & start charging for it.


From the desk of the

Managing Editor

- Kim Garst

Funny bone

cannot help but grin from ear to ear as I write this, because the first thing
that comes to my mind is Indias big win in the ICC Cricket World Cup. The
preparations and the song and dance about the game seemed of have paid off.
As us Indians sat glued to our seats until the wee hours of the night, biting our nails,
it all seemed well worth it. The team did us proud. Although there are still miles to go
in the World Cup journey, well begun is half done!!
We had talked in our last issue about Sachin Tendulkars visit to Auckland. We
were very excited and were preparing to welcome the Master Blaster. Unfortunately,
due to unavoidable circumstances, his plans have changed. Even though some of
us might feel heartbroken at the news, lets continue to enjoy the excitement of the
World Cup.

Thats what makes us Kiwi-Indians!

Last week, we had shared the news of Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi being elected the
Chairman of the Law and Order committee. Wed like to share here that one of the
people who voted for him was an MP from a rival party Mr Mahesh Bindra, who
later told us that he wanted to do this so that a fellow MP would be more responsible
and more accountable. Such is the strength and commitment of us Kiwi-Indians.
We are proud of them both!

Pick of the week

As the world celebrated Valentines Day, Arvind Kejriwal picked up the threads of
his love affair with Delhi from where he left off exactly a year ago. We bring you more
news from Delhis brand new Chief Minister and his clean sweep. It will be interesting
to note how this rekindling of Delhis relationship works out. It does, however, seem
that he has now bounced back not just more experienced but well planned and wiser.
Following on from his State of the Nation speech, Indian Weekender caught up
with the leader of the opposition, Andrew Little, for an exclusive interview. Read the
details of his interview in this issue.
In keeping up with the tradition of constantly creating something new for our
readers, we are proud to introduce our new Health column. We start with sharing tips
for summer. Heres hoping that we make a positive contribution to the health of all
our readers and you all enjoy our new endeavour.
We also bring you another serving of Migrant Tales, inspiring stories of Indian
migrants to New Zealand and how their persistence and perseverance has stood
them in good stead. We hope these stories inspire all those who are still struggling to
establish themselves in this country.
I often talk about the three Ps and Im a big fan of them. The team at Indian
Weekender often hears me quote the three Ps to them Patience, Perseverance and
Persistence. If we remember these and continue regardless, there is no way we will
fail to achieve what we set out to do in the first place. So no matter how difficult the
circumstances are, lets never give up the fight.
Giri Gupta

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli celebrates his century during an ICC World Cup 2015
match between India and Pakistan at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia on Feb
15, 2015. Man of the Match Kohli said the victory is one of the biggest wins in
his career as the defending champions beat their traditional rivals by 76 runs.

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20 February 2015

Whats in store for Delhi




The pros and cons of AAPs rise

Amulya Ganguli

he first fallout of the

Aam Admi Partys (AAP)
spectacular victory in Delhi
will be a renewed focus on sleaze in
public life.
This was the issue which was the
mainstay of Anna Hazares anticorruption movement of which the
present-day AAP was a part and
which built up Arvind Kejriwals
reputation as a crusader against
bribery and underhand deals.
Since this image is behind
his political success, he is bound
to buttress it by carrying on the
campaign. The Delhi chief minister
must be aware that his successes
in the winter of 2013-14 and again
this year have been the result of
the belief among the aam admi
(common people) that only he in
the political establishment has the
courage of conviction to nail the
Moreover, this belief is based on
the real-life experience of ordinary
people of the decline in petty acts of
corruption like the police collecting
haftas (bribes) from hawkers,
traders and others in Delhi when
Kejriwal was the the chief minister
for 49 days. His castigation of the
corporate bigwigs with a touch
of insolence also impressed the
people as it showed that the AAP
is not dependent on covert funding
by businessmen.Not surprisingly,
these positives have a negative side
as well because the AAPs intention
of turning the existing system on its

head, e.g. on the funding of parties,

is fraught with the possibility of
economic and political turmoil.
There have been others, too, before
him like the Mr Clean of Indian
politics in the late 1980s, V.P.
Singh, who advised the electorate
not to vote for those of his party
whose reputation was tainted.The
shortness of the Raja of Mandas
tenure as prime minister is a
reminder and a warning to Kejriwal
that he cannot be in too much of a
hurry to mould the system to his
own liking. A note of caution is all
the more necessary because of his
instinctive rebelliousness.
That he is not willing to let
sleeping dogs lie is evident again

from his raising the demand for

full statehood for Delhi. It is also
obvious that once he becomes the
chief minister, he is going to return
to his earlier theme of providing
free water up to 20,000 litres and
lowering the power tariff.
There is little doubt that all of
this will earn him plaudits from
what has come to be known as
the underclass. But whether such
populism is economically viable is
something which the AAP has to
figure out. It may be necessary to
recall the fate of the Congress in the
wake of its indulgence in reckless
populism - subsidized food,
virtual doles for rural labourers
who built nothing substantial, no

examinations for students till Class

VIII which has led to a precipitous
drop in learning standards.
What that experiment showed
was that the people were not
interested in freebies so much as in
a thriving economy which provided
jobs. Considering that capitalism
has won the battle against socialism
with the buoyant private sector
becoming the engine of growth at
the expense of the moribund public
sector, Kejriwal will be making a
mistake if he targets the business
community in matters of, say,
electricity charges.
His pugnacity in this respect
was evident not only from the
cutting of power lines when he was

still an agitator and a decision to

cut the rates when in office without
waiting for the audit of the power
companies which he had ordered.
Outside the matter of user
charges, the AAPs impatience was
seen from the directives given to
the police by one of its ministers to
act against the suspected immoral
activities in an area with a sizeable
population of Africans, which
scared the latter and upset the
ambassadors of these countries.
To avoid such pitfalls, the new
ruling partys first objective will
have to be to ascertain what can
be achieved without overturning
the apple cart. It need not be afraid
that its decision to hasten slowly
will be interpreted as temporizing.
The average voter is perceptive
enough to understand the AAPs
It is also possible that once the
AAP demonstrates that it intends
to reform the system and; not
uproot it, other parties will join it in
its efforts, even if reluctantly. The
business class may also respond
by being more transparent and
less profit-minded. It will be aided
in this exercise by the fact that the
corporate houses will not have to
make under-the-table payments to
politicians - at least not as much as
From this aspect of cooperation
with others in the political field,
the AAP has a great opportunity
to translate into reality the dream
of reformers of transforming the
system. The partys asset of huge
popularity cannot but compel the
other parties and the corporate
sector to accede to its game
plan. One can only hope that the
AAP will not throw it all away
by its intemperance and selfrighteousness.

Making sense of Macca-tiquette

We want to voice what affects us; we want to be heard. This is our platform to stand united against all odds
Paula Ray

t was the big Sunday night

of India versus Pakistan at
the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The FanZone behind Britomart
seemed like a war zone, with
supporters of both the teams
screaming each other out in front
of the big screen. With every run
scored and every ball missed, the
thunder of their voices would go
up and down.
In the midst of all this, my
little one got hungry and I went
with my friend to the nearest
McDonalds for a Happy Meal.
Yes, it was the Macca right next
to Britomart train station in
downtown Auckland.
Cheeseburger, fries and frozen
Coke, please.
A wait for a few minutes and
they realised they had run out
of toys that were kept under the
counter. Soon one of the staff
comes back with a big box of the
latest toys on offer with the kids
meal. Just to appease my child
and make her sit still till the end
of the match, I wanted to pick

with the toy than the food

in the bag. As she settled
down to eat her burger,
I realised there was no
frozen Coke. I must have
forgotten to collect it from
the counter.
Never mind. On our
way back we can stop by
the Macca outlet and ask
In this column, I share my experiences that
about the drink. I am sure
would perhaps be familiar to you too.
they must have realised
If you can relate to them, please share your
one of the customers
thoughts or similar experiences with me
forgot to pick it up, I
explained to her.
In a few minutes, some of our
up the best toy. Unfortunately,
friends started feeling cold and
there was only one kind and so no
wanted to watch the rest of the
choices to make.
match from the comfort of their
Wait for another few minutes,
home. We all tagged along to their
as other customers bustled
house and on the way, we stopped
around me and the TV screens at
by Macca.
the outlet were also screening the
I went up to the counter with
cricket match. It was a big match,
my child and told one of the staff
about what had happened. He
Then, I heard my receipt
asked for the receipt and I told
number being called out and I
him that I had thrown it away.
went and collected the Happy
Sorry, I need the receipt, he
Meal bag. Thanked the staff,
said and walked away from us to
found my friend and we made our
another customer.
way back to the FanZone.
I understand if thats a policy
My child was ecstatic, more

of McDonalds to tally the order

with the food they have served.
But there are exceptions to
every rule.
Here was a child after
her mini glass of drink,
which doesnt even cost
them a few cents to
serve. It was a special
night of merriment as
was obvious both inside
and outside the outlet. I
felt, they could have come
up with a solution and not just
walked away the way the staff did.
What do you say?
Did you just ask why would I
fuss over a fizzy drink for a child
and that too late at night? Well, it
was meant to be a treat for her so
that she would let mamma watch
the rest of the match.


20 February 2015





Modi and soft power: No substitute for

traditional diplomacy
Amit Dasgupta

minister of gujarat
became the prime
minister of India, the personal
interest he demonstrated in
everyone. But what caught
everyone by surprise was the
ease with which he brought his
personal style to bear on his
interaction with world leaders.
Establishing a one-to-one rapport
became his distinctive hallmark.
Whether through the bear hug
or the shirt-fronting joke with the
Australian prime minister or the
first name reference and the chai
pe charcha on the Hyderabad
House lawns with US President
Barack Obama, Modi broke with
convention and protocol.
This was soft power at its
best. Like a master magician,
he demonstrated how soft
power could, most certainly,
be an effective instrument of
foreign policy. Indeed, Indian
foreign policy, under his brief
stewardship, is already seeing an
unprecedented resurgence. After
almost five years of standstill
when the India charm rapidly
dissipated, there is now renewed
interest in an India under Modi.
However, soft power
diplomacy is successful only when
it is sustainable and necessarily
rests on certain basic principles:

complement and not attempt to
replace traditional diplomacy.
Bear hugs and bonhomie set
the tone between world leaders
but do not become a substitute
for the hard work and behind-thescene fine-tuning that translates
vision and expectation into
mutually agreed action areas.
but all they convey is intent. It
is agreements that set out how
intent is operationalized. Without
these details, intent is rhetoric.
Take the case of the recent
India-US understanding on
nuclear liability, which has been
hailed as a breakthrough.
Clarity continues to be elusive.
US companies have expressed
scepticism on what precisely the
contours of the breakthrough
are. The Russian ambassador to
India has gone on record to refer to
the breakthrough as a coupling
of euphoria with promises.
This is seriously damaging
and occurred because soft power
far exceeded what traditional
diplomacy could deliver.
Second, soft power only
conveys a signal; it is not the
entire story.
Take Modis recent visit
relations were under-performing
and moribund, mired in old
suspicions. Modi wished to
convey that he was committed
to changing that scenario and in

making their relations a core

element of his foreign policy.
His extraordinary efforts won
hearts and dramatically changed
But his words are yet to be
translated into any serious
security or defence cooperation.
It is the same story vis-vis the US. Even on the ease of
doing business, which he publicly
assured American business of,
there is no clear outline on the
reforms undertaken or likely to be

Modis soft power outreach, in
other words, was not in tandem
with the details that traditional
diplomacy first needed to
iron out with American and
Australian counterparts.
Indeed, it was so
many steps ahead
diplomacy that
it gave the
that too many
promises were
being made.
T h i r d ,
soft power can
convey unintended
and wrong signals.
The reference
China Sea dispute
during the ObamaModi talks outraged Beijing. Was
this a strategic decision to set
the tone for Modis forthcoming
visit to China? This is debatable
but surely it needs serious
introspection as to whether India
is in a position to confront Beijing
in the South China Sea territorial
dispute. If it is not, this forceful
and unprecedented reference was
nothing but avoidable rhetoric.
Fourth, credible soft power
wins friends; it does not alienate.
Apart from the inappropriate
pinstripe suit, the BJP has run a
professional PR campaign. Yet,

India can show the way to combat

global warming: Modi

alling for an energy

revolution in the country,
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi said India had the strength
and resources to lead the worlds
fight against global warming.
If there is one country to
show the world the way to combat
global warming it is India, Modi
said inaugurating the first threeday Renewable Energy Global
Investors Meet and Expo (ReInvest) in New Delhi last week.
The way for humankind out of
disaster, only India can show the
way because we love nature, we
worship our rivers as mother, he
Speaking of the importance
of solar energy in the Indian

consciousness, Modi referred to

increasing the scope of renewable
sources in the current context.
In our mythology we have
imagined the sun god Surya riding
on seven horses. In todays age
the first four of the seven horses
would respectively be thermal
(coal), gas, hydro and nuclear
We need to utilise more the
three other horses of solar, wind
and biomass.
Modi said the over 50 countries
identified to be blessed with good
solar radiation were trying to
work together on research and
development in solar energy
and on finding ways to make it
economically viable.

there were two serious blunders

in the recent Delhi elections: first,
the reference to Arvind Kejriwals
caste and second, describing
persons from the northeast
as immigrants (and then, to
compound matters, in saying that
it was a typo error). Were these
gaffes? Or were they, in fact, how
they actually perceived others?
mishandling of the church
desecrations and the consequent
silent protest by the Christian
community on the eve of the
Delhi elections are a cause for
serious concern, as indeed are
by so-called fringe elements,
espousing Hindu supremacy.
The prime ministers silence is
particularly worrying because
it is perceived as an implicit
legitimization of the alienation.
India is at a historic crossroads
and this might well be a
transformational phase in our
foreign policy. All eyes are on
India because it could be the game
changer in the world economy
and a crucial pillar in the new
security architecture. It is an
extraordinary opportunity for the
prime minister.
However, Prime Minister Modi
needs to recognize that the magic
of soft power works only when
it carries traditional diplomacy
along. If not, it could well see the
erosion of trust. Magic, after all, is
only fiction.

The UN has declared 201424 as the Decade of Sustainable

Energy. Its Sustainable Energy
for All (SE4ALL) initiative signed
a memorandum of understanding
with the Gujarat government
last month to support the UN
objective to make sustainable
energy accessible for all.
Currently, 15 percent of the
global population (about a billion
people), including 250 million in
India have no access to electricity
and 2.6 billion lack modern
cooking facilities. They depend on
polluting solid fuels.
agreement concluded during
President Barrack Obamas visit
here has eased the way for foreign
firms to develop nuclear energy in
The government has revised
upwards the target of solar power
generation from 20,000 MW by
2022 to 100,000 MW by 2020.
20 February 2015





India, Sri Lanka ink civil nuclear


ndia and close neighbour

Sri Lanka this week sought
to begin a new chapter in
their ties as the island nations
Maithripala Sirisena, on his
maiden visit abroad since taking
over last month, held talks
with Prime Minister Narendra
Modi in New Delhi and the two
sides inked four agreements,
including one on civil nuclear
long-time president Mahinda
Rajapaksa in the Jan 8 election,
signalled the new closeness in
bilateral ties, saying Modi is
expected to visit his country in
March and that they are eagerly
awaiting the glorious event,
which would be an honour and
a blessing to their country.
Modis likely visit would be
the first bilateral visit by an
Indian prime minister to the
island nation in over 25 years.


Hyderabad House, Modi said
the agreement on civil nuclear
cooperation was yet another
demonstration of our mutual
He said it is the first such
agreement that Sri Lanka has
signed and it opens new avenues
in areas like agriculture and
The two sides held talks on the
issue of peace and reconciliation
process in the island nation over
a working lunch.
However, in their speeches,
none of the two leaders touched
on the subject of the 13th
Amendment on devolution of
powers to the Tamil-majority
India has been gently pressing
Colombo on.
He also assured Sirisena
of Indias commitment to

its development partnership

which would continue to cover
areas, including infrastructure.
Both sides have also agreed
to expand their defence and
security cooperation, including
in maritime security cooperation

and in trilateral cooperation

with the Maldives, another geostrategically important Indian
Ocean neighbor of India.
The four agreements inked
are on cooperation in the
peaceful uses of nuclear energy,
on cultural cooperation, a MoU
on establishment of Nalanda
University, and a MoU on
cooperation in agriculture.
The commerce secretaries of
both sides are to meet soon to
review bilateral commercial ties.
He said his first official visit
to India has borne very fruitful
results and helped bring the
relationship to greater height.
Earlier, he was accorded a
ceremonial reception at the
Rashtrapati Bhavan and later
went to lay a wreath at Raj
Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma
He was also hosted
President Pranab Mukherjee at
an official banquet.

Modi awards
Himachal for
renewable energy

rime Minister Narendra Modi

last week honoured Himachal
Pradesh for its outstanding
contribution in the field of
renewable energy.
State Power Minister Sujan
Singh Pathania received the
award at the Renewable Energy
Global Investors Meet and Expo
Speaking on the occasion,
Pathania urged the central
government to continue subsidy
on the renewable energy devices.
He said the state was
programmes to popularise the
which include small hydroelectric
projects, solar water heaters, and
photovoltaic lights.
He said the state has given
special emphasis on popularising
these resources in the tribal and
far-flung areas.

20 February 2015





Indian American researcher gets $500,000

Science Foundation award

ultrathin two-dimensional metal

dichalcogenides nanosheets for
energy storage devices, according
to a University release.
He will use the award to develop
ultrathin metal sheets that can
help produce better rechargeable
batteries, supercapacitors and
catalysts for photoelectrochemical
hydrogen production.
Singh also plans to organize
hands-on educational activities,
nanotechnologyoriented summer workshops for

urpreet Singh, an Indian

professor of mechanical
and nuclear engineering at Kansas
State University, has received
a $500,000 National Science
Foundation Career award for his
research on nanosheets.
The prestigious award will also
help Singh organize educational
activities for high school students
and teachers. Singh has received the
award for his research on Scalable
liquid exfoliation processing of

Akhil Sharmas novel

shortlisted for Folio Prize

ndian American author Akhil

Sharmas Family Life has
been shortlisted for the Folio
Prize, a popular English language
book award, its publisher said last
Family Life, the story of
the Mishras who migrate from
India to the US in the late 1970s.
This semi-autobiographical
account of authors life is one
of the eight books shortlisted
for this prestigious award that
is given to an English-language
book published in the Britain by
an author from any country.
The novel is published in
Britain by Faber and in India by
Penguin Random House.
Sharmas novel is pitted
against the likes of Colm
Toibins Nora Webster, Ali
Smiths How to Be Both,
Rachel Cusks Outline, 10:04
by Ben Lerner, All My Puny
Sorrows by Miriam Toews,
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny
Offill and Yvonne Adhiambo
Owuors Dust.

The eight books we have

chosen explore vast themes
- time, loss, belonging, war,
solitude, marriage and family,
the making and the mystery
of art, with amazing vitality
and grace, jury chair William
Fiennes said in a statement.
They manage to be
both epic and
intimate - in
show those
to be two
sides of the
same coin.
They have
m o v e d ,
enchanted us. They have made
us laugh.
deepened when we read them
again, he added.
Fiennes also said that it just
wasnt the richness and fire of
the individual books that made

high school science teachers and

female high school students.
I want to create excitement
about the opportunities in
nanotechnology and also make
others aware of the challenges
related to scalable manufacture
and high-cost that is currently
hindering introduction in practical
applications, Singh said.
With his Career award, Singh
will study large-scale production of
ultrathin sheets - a few atoms thick
and several micrometers wide - of

India keen to work

with diaspora for
mutual benefit

it to the shortlist.
We are excited by the
range of ideas, voices and
approaches represented here,
and by the way our shortlist
shows the novel refreshing itself,
reaching out for new shapes and
strategies, still discovering what
it might be, what it might do,
he added.

transition metal dichalcogenides,

or TMDs. Nearly 40 types of TMDs
have been identified, including
naturally occurring molybdenite.
Little is known about the
structure of TMDs and their
Singh said. No current method
is available to cost-effectively
produce atomically thin TMDs
in large quantifies, Singh said.
His research aims to make that

ndia shares a symbiotic

relationship with its 25
million diaspora spread
across the world and Prime
Minister Narendra Modi has
investors and professionals from
the diaspora to take part in the
India growth story, said External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
last week.
Speaking at the inauguration
of the International Conference
on Indian Diaspora and Cultural
Heritage: Past, Present and
Future organised by the Indian
Council for Cultural Relations
(ICCR) in New Delhi, the minister
said the Indian diaspora has
emerged as an important and
unique force, making a positive
difference in all fields of human
endeavour, from economics to
We hold our heads high
when members of the diaspora

respected and recognised for their

outstanding contribution in their
respective countries of residence.
The success and prosperity of the
diaspora is our asset, as much as a
strong and a self-reliant India is to
the diaspora. We are determined
to work closely with the diaspora
for mutual benefit, she said.
Sushma Swaraj said that
India is today witnessing an
unprecedented resurgence of
interest from around the world.
The intense exchange of highlevel visits and the qualitative
change in the nature of our
interaction with the world since
our government has taken over is
proof, if proof is required, of the
growing esteem with which the
world sees us.
She mentioned the recent
adoption of the International Day
of Yoga by the UN, with a record
177 countries co-sponsoring it, as
an example of the global appeal of
Indias soft power.

Banned in India, Unfreedom to be released in North America

Unfreedom, a new Indian

film banned in filmmaker
native India, will be released
in North American theatres
and simultaneously on digital
channels via Film Buff on May 29.
Unfreedom will be the first
release of Dark Frames, a new
distribution company dedicated
to bringing high-quality, nonBollywood Indian films to North
audiences through theatrical and
digital channels.

the type of challenging sociopolitical film that Dark Frames
will be bringing to theatres in
the future, said Dark Frames
founder Kumar, who also wrote
and directed the feature.
According to a media release
Unfreedom juxtaposes two
religious fundamentalism and
intolerance. Shifting between
New York and New Delhi, one
tale follows a Muslim terrorist

who kidnaps a liberal Muslim

scholar in order to silence him,
while the other charts the travails
of a young woman whose devout
father tries to force her into an
arranged marriage, which she
resists because she is secretly in
love with another woman.
The four characters come
face to face with gruesome acts
of violence in battles of identity,
sexuality, religion, love, and
family. Recently, Unfreedom
was banned in India, where
homosexuality was criminalised

in 2013, by the Censor Board

of Film Certification (CBFC),
rendering much of its content
too controversial for general
Kumar is mounting an
appeal at the same time that he
is launching a crowd-funding
campaign to finance a release in
India via alternative methods.
Based in Mumbai and Florida,
Dark Frames will distribute
Indian cinema to a US and global
audience theatrically and via
digital channels
20 February 2015





India keeps the faith

Pakistan fails to break the jinx

ndia had won all their

against Pakistan in the
World Cup and it was no different
Sunday (Feb 15) as the defending
neighbours by 76 runs to take
the advantage to a perfect tennis
scoreline of 6-0.
India once again came out on
top in the high-octane clash to
defeat Pakistan in their World
Cup opener at the Adelaide Oval.
A special century by vice-captain
Virat Kohli (107) guided India to
300/7 which Pakistan failed to
chase down. They were bowled
out for 224 in 47 overs.
Statistics showed that Pakistan
have never chased more than 262
successfully and India have always
defended a total of 300 or more in
the quadrennial event. Both teams
allowed the records to continue.
Opting to bat, India got off to a
fluent start through openers Rohit
Sharma (15) and Shikhar Dhawan
(73). Rohit gifted away his wicket
while trying to pull a not-so-short
delivery in the eighth over.
However, Dhawan struck an
important second-wicket 129run partnership with Kohli which
gave India the platform to put up
a big total. Dhawan looked good to
score a hundred but confusion in
the 30th over with Kohli resulted
in him getting run out.
It was the perfect opportunity
for Pakistan to capitalise with
India at 163 for two with 20 overs
to go. However, big-hitter Suresh
Raina made sure his wicket
counted for India as he smashed
74 off just 56 balls.
His innings, which was studded
with five fours and three sixes,
made Kohli take the backseat as
he targeted leg-spinner Yasir Shah
Meanwhile, Kohli played the
anchors innings and applied his
sublime touch to register his 22nd
One-Day International (ODI)
hundred, which was punctuated
by eight boundaries. It was the
first century by an Indian against
Pakistan in a World Cup contest.
Kohli was later declared the
Man-of-the-Match. Probably one
of the biggest in my career so far,
said Kohli, when asked if his latest
century was the best knock he has
played in his career.
Kohli was given reprieve
twice during his innings. In the
beginning, he was dropped by
Yasir at long-on. The 26-year-

old was again dropped by

wicketkeeper Umar Akmal at 76.
India were looking at getting
a 330-plus total while batting at
273/2 in the 45th over when Sohail
Khan (5/55) struck for Pakistan by
clinching Kohlis prized wicket.
His wicket led to a collapse
as Raina, Ravindra Jadeja (3),
skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni
(18) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) all
perished quickly.
Pakistan gave away only 27
runs in the last five overs as the
1992 edition champions clinched
five wickets. Sohail, playing in
only his sixth ODI, picked up his
first five-wicket haul.
In reply, Pakistan looked
steady at the start despite losing
experienced batsman Younis
Khan (6) cheaply in the fourth
Opener Ahmed Shehzad (47)
and Haris Sohail (36) were batting
solidly at 79/1 in the 18th over
when the latter edged one to Raina
in the slips.
Soon three wickets -- Ahmed
Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood (0)
and Umar Akmal (0) -- in the
span of eight deliveries turned the
match in favour of the two-time
champions. Suddenly from 102/2,
Pakistan were tottering at 103/5.
The Pakistani lower order could
not offer much of a fight and the
only person in between India and
their victory was captain Misbahul-Haq (76), who scored his 39th
half-century. He kept running out
of partners and was eventually
caught at mid-wicket in the 46th
Pacer Mohammed Shami was
the pick of the Indian bowlers as
he notched up 4/35 from nine
overs while spinner Ravichandran
Ashwins (1/41) brilliant spell,
which included three maidens,
slowed down the Pakistani
Dhoni lauded the team
for rising to the occasion and
delivering a performance worthy
of becoming the champions.
performance, said Dhoni.
I was very happy with our
batting. When you are batting
first, it is not easy over here. It
doesnt come on that nicely.
He expressed satisfaction at
the way the batsmen applied
It was important we stayed in
the middle. The big partnership
between Virat and Shikhar. And

then Raina capitalised as well.

Misbah was gracious in defeat
and congratulated India for their
superlative performance.
They posted a big total, and
bowled really well. We lost our
way with three wickets in the
middle, he said.
The pitch was really good, and
with the quality of their batting,
300 was a pretty good effort. If
all the batsmen had batted well, it
could have been achieved.
India play South Africa in their
next group assignment Feb 22 in

20 February 2015


RiQ:dAddadleandshis son were riding their bikes and




crashed. Two ambulances came and took them to

different hospitals. The mans son was in the operating
room and the doctor said, I cant operate on you.
Youre my son.How is that possible?
Q: What goes up when rain comes down?
Q: What is the longest word in the dictionary?
Q: If I drink, I die. If I eat, I am fine. What am I?
Q: Throw away the outside and cook the inside, then eat
the outside and throw away the inside. What is it?
Q: What word becomes shorter when you add
two letters to it?
Q: What travels around the world but stays in one spot?

Rudra Vir Sharma, 8 Yrs

Rudras proposal for a Clean Green Flatbush

rity cameras in public areas to

monitor littering. This will keep
Flat Bush city healthy.
There will be bicycle took tucks
to move people around
the city. There will
be special bikes and
scooter lanes along
the roads and
parking too. Special bike streets
for children to
help them stay
safe from other vehicles. We can build
a system of travellators
to move pedestrians quickly and safely to their homes,
schools and shopping centres.
There will be a train station
at the shopping centre to move
people around the Flat Bush
area. Buses will be electric so
there will be no exhaust fumes.

e always want an environmentally friendly

community to live in, so
we all need to contribute as
much as we can. We can
put up signs saying,
I feel we should
have free parking
only for electric
cars. There will
be small machines
to put coins in for
parking for all other
type of vehicles.
There will be a time off
when your parking will be cancelled, then you need to run
to your car and go home or or
park elsewhere. Flat Bush city
will be pollution free when we
all keep our cars clean and
serviced. We can have secu-

A: The doctor is his mom!

A: An umbrella!
A: Smiles, because there is a mile between eachs
A: A fire!
A: Corn on the cob, because you throw away
the husk, cook and eat the kernels,
and throw away the cob.
A: Short
A: A stamp!


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20 February 2015






Summer-time tips

Talking Health with Dr. Pondicherry Sen, President of Arogya Mantra

hat problems are

commonly seen
at the GP in the

Many patients come into
the clinic with insect bites,
food poisioning, heat stroke
and dehydration. You do not
often see patients coming in
with sunburn but it is one of
the bigger problems associated
with summer as it leads to skin
Lets start with the smaller
problems - do we need to be
wary of mosquito bites?
Most insect bites in new
zealand are not serious
They are only serious if they
carry a serious virus but this is
Most insect bites will look
like a red itchy bump
If it is painful if its generally
a spider bite
What do you do if you have
insect bites?
Clean the bite daily and
moniter it- should go away in 2
Keep nails short and avoid
If your bite is very irritated
-soak in water or aloe vera to
Avoid reccurance by using
insect repellant
If your bite mark develops
pus, gets larger or persists for
longer than 2 weeks see your GP
Why do we get more food
poisoning in summer?
Summer time is full of
picnics where food is brought
out into the open and heat for
long periods of time. Avoid an
outbreak of food poisoning this
summer by following simple
guidelines about food safety and

food handling!
How do I know I have food
poisioning and not another
E-coli, campylobacter amd
listeria, all common bacteria
found in food poisioning cause
symptoms such as diarrhoea,
fever, abdominal cramps and
thought to stem from a food
borne illness might actually be
reactions to food intolerance
due to irritable bowel syndrome,
celiac disease or enzyme
Though these other diseases
have similar symptoms, they
can usually be seperated from
food poisioning by characteristic
Celiac disease- you will find
an intolerance to wheat, barley
and rye a patient wiill typically
experience flatulence, bloating
and diarrhoea after consumption
of these products
Irritable bowel syndrome you will find your bowel works
very fast (hyper motility) and you
have odd bowel motions (both
diarhhea and constipation) and
tummy pain but only during the
intolerance is very common

in Indians and many find they

experience gas and bloating after
eating dairy products. These
symptoms often worsen with age.
If you think your upset tummy
is more than food poisioning
consult your GP.
Why do we need to be careful
in the sun?
In New Zealand we do not

symptoms thought
to stem from a food
borne illness might
actually be reactions
to food intolerance
due to irritable bowel
syndrome, celiac
disease or enzyme
have the same ozone protection
as we do in India. Because of
this, harmful rays of light such
as UVb enter our atmosphere in
larger numbers and reach us in a
shorter period of time.
UVb damages our skin by
breaking the destroying the DNA
in our skin cells. Damaging DNA
is very dangerous and leads to
the development of cancer. For
this reason we require a second
layer of protection ontop of our
skin sunscreen!
If I have coloured skin, am
I still at risk of skin cancer?
What should I look out for?
Yes, everyone can get skin
cancer. Most skin cancers are

associated with UV radiation

from the sun or tanning beds,
and many people of color are
less susceptible to UV damage
thanks to the greater amounts of
melanin (the protective pigment
that gives skin and eyes their
color) darker skin produces. But
people of color can still develop
skin cancer from UV damage.
Additionally, certain skin
cancers are caused by factors
other than UV such as
genetics or other environmental
influences and may occur on
parts of the body rarely exposed
to the sun.
For example, darker-skinned
people are more susceptible to
acral lentiginous melanoma,
an especially virulent form of
melanoma (the deadliest type
of skin cancer) that typically
appears on the palms of the
hands and soles of the feet.
Different ethnicities are at
higher risk for particular skin
malignancies: Latinos, Chinese,
and Japanese Asians tend to
develop basal cell carcinoma,
the most common skin cancer.
But the second most common,
squamous cell carcinoma is
more frequent among African
Americans and Asian Indians.
I advise people of all
ethnicities to do a monthly
skin self-exam, looking for
lesions that bleed, ooze or crust,
dont heal, or last longer than
a month; these may indicate
basal cell carcinoma. Squamous
cell carcinomas may appear as
non-healing ulcers, growths,

and sores next to scars or areas

of previous physical trauma/
inflammation, particularly if
they appear on the legs.
New or existing moles (brown,
pink, black, red, or flesh-colored
spots) that are asymmetric, have
an irregular border, change in
color, are larger than a pencil
eraser, or change in any way
may indicate melanoma. Any of
these warning signs should be
examined by a dermatologist,
including growths on the
hands, soles, or under the nails.
Such spots could signify acral
lengitinous melanoma.
Because many doctors and
patients believe people of color
are immune to skin cancer,
diagnosis is often delayed,
sometimes until the disease is
advanced and potentially fatal.
Furthermore, dangerous skin
cancers such as the fast-moving
acral lentiginous melanomaand
a metastasizing (spreading) form
of squamous cell carcinoma are
more common among darkerskinned people. So while skin
cancer is much more common
among lighter-skinned people, it
tends to be more deadly among
people of color.
Arogya Mantra is a
registered charity run by
young health professionals
to improve the health and
wellbeing of the south Asian
community. For more details,
contact us on 02102532530
or visit

20 February 2015





Immigrants share the stories of their journey from their home country to their adopted country

New Zealand, where I found the love of my life

Swati Sharma

ach country is different

with its own laws, rules
and ways of doing things.
Its people have different lifestyles,
different cultures and even
different accent for speaking the
same language.
Hearing stories from other
migrants helps to make sense
of your own experiences, and
as you get more involved and
settled in New Zealand life and
the community, you will be able
to tell your own stories.
Here I take you on another
inspiring journey with another
What better way to find out
what its like to live in New
Zealand but from the experiences
of others, the more you read the
more youll see themes, patterns
and commonalities emerging,
from these youll have a good feel
about how youre going to fit-in to
the country.

Ajit Singh Gill

I think coming to New Zealand
was one of the best decisions of
my life. Not because I think this
is the best country in the world
to live in but because this is the
place where I met the love of my
My story of being a migrant
starts from April 2009 when I
came here on student visa. As
many others, I also had tough
times during my initial years.
While studying business, at the
age of 19 years, I worked on farms
as olive and kiwi fruit picker for
about three months. After that I
started working part-time at an

Indian restaurant. During my

studies, I met my wife, Saryu.
After meeting her, being friends
with her, I decided that shes the
one I want to spend the rest of my
life with. Though I was too young
at that time to get married, but I
had decided, so I told my parents
back in India that I love her and
want to marry her as soon as
possible. Our parents agreed and
we got married here in Auckland.
Now having a partner with
me, I had more responsibilities
and hence I started working even
harder. There were times when
I worked for even 100 hours
a week. In Jan 2010, I joined
Waldorf Tetra Apartments as a
part of the housekeeping team. It
wasnt an easy job. But I worked
hard and didnt lose hope. By
the end of 2010, I was promoted

to housekeeping supervisor. It
sounds like film story but, after
six months, I was again promoted

journey wasnt

only. I also had really

difficult time, when I
had to struggle to find
a stable job. I didnt
want to make any
mistakes because of
what I might had to go
back to India.
to Assistant Property Manager.
Then after almost 2 years I was
promoted to Property Manager/
Hotel Manager, which is my
current position.

My journey wasnt a bed of

roses and all about promotions
only. Its a story of hard work and
tenacity. Of overcoming difficult
times, the struggle to find a stable
job. I couldnt afford to make any
mistakes that might jeopardise
my life in this new adopted
country, I had begun to call home.
When I was a student I did not
value money that much. But once
you have responsibilities, you do
not want to take risks that might
cost my family to suffer. I now
realise the value of money and its
importance for a secure future.
I got my residency in late
2013. My wife is also working at
the Waldorf Tetra Apartment as
manager. Life is a lot easier now.
But hard work is still part of my
life. Earlier there was physical
hard-work and now it is mental
One thing that I have learnt
in these years is that nothing in
life comes easy. There are no free
lunches and good times come at
a price. Success however comes
to those who try and never give
up. To all those, who are going
through tough times, I would like
to say that do not lose heart. Just
focus on your work or job, give it
your best, be patient and wait for
the right time. Not every day and
every time is the same. So do your
best and never let go. Good luck
to all.
Do you also have a story
to share that can inspire
those in similar situation?
Write to us at reporter@

Immigration tip
of the week
Are you filing for a visa
and are worried about
the time it will take?
Make sure you submit the
all documents mentioned
in the immigration
checklist. Your
application is likely to
take longer in processing
if the documentation is
not correct.
For newly arrived
students, looking for
jobs: Go to student job
search at
If you are filing for a job
related visa and want to
get details on positions
available with their
different salary brackets,

In our 6 February 2015 issue,
page 26 Migrant Tales,
tiltled Yes! I can do it, we
had incorrectly mentioned
that Asha Dang owns eight
properties in Auckland. She
actually works as a teacher
and also manages investment
20 February 2015



From the desk of I am Woman




Are you a shopaholic?

Is being a shopaholictruly an addiction?
Or is it just an excuse for excess?
Swati Sharma

o you love shopping?

Of course! This is
the normal expected
answer when a woman is asked
this question.
necessities is normal, but
when people habitually collect
unnecessary things to pass time,
it gets serious. Shopping can
become an addiction and many
people regularly jeopardize their
lives by shopping themselves
broke. Being a shopaholic is
not restricted to any gender,
race or nationality. This is a
very dangerous and universal
problem, and in order to control
this addictive behaviour it is
necessary to spot it at the right
Lets take a look at the top 10
most common signs of shopping
symptoms and some tips to cure
this addiction.
Read on and ask yourself Am
I a shopaholic?
#1: Does your house have many
unopened items?
#2: Is every decision in your life
about the money?
#3: On a scale of 1-10, how
#4: Does excessive spending leave
you feeling ashamed?
#5: Do you feel that you can
control your shopping habit?
#6: Do you always
unnecessary things?


#7: Are you at your happiest

when you buy new things?

#8: Could you afford the last three

things you bought?
#9: Do you compulsively buy the
same thing again and again?
#10: Do you feel compelled to buy
something (anything) every time
you visit a store?
Now that you know what your
answers to our questions about
shopaholic habits are, what do
you think? Are you a shopaholic?
If yes, dont worry. Here are six
financial tips you can implement
today that will help you conquer
your inner shopaholic and give
you more financial peace of mind:
1. Dont budget. PERK instead.
Budgets work, but nobody likes
them because they are hard to
create and even harder to stick
to. Fortunately, theres a quick
and easy solution that I developed
called PERK that takes about 15
minutes and can save you $250 to
$1,000+ a month. First, list all of
your expenses -- everything. Then,

next to each expense write a P, E,

R or K. For those expenses you
can Postpone put a P. For those
expenses you can Eliminate
put an E. For those expenses you
can Reduce put an R. For those
expenses you must Keep put a K.
Dont let the simplicity throw you.
Its easy but incredibly effective.
2. Stop leaking money. We spend
money on stuff that we dont
need or even realize. Things like
cable channels we dont watch,
subscriptions we dont read and
organizations we dont care about.
Take a closer look at where your
money is going by using a free
online program or an app. Cancel
all expenses you dont use or dont
3. Create a buying buffer zone.
The goal is to create a buying
buffer zone of at least 30 days
between the moment you want
to buy something (usually in the
heat of the moment at the store)
and when you actually buy it.

If you force yourself to wait 30

days, youll find that most of the
time you wont want it anymore.
If you still do, it means you really
do want it. So instead of whipping
out your credit card, whip out your
camera. Take a photo of whatever
you want to buy and post it on your
buyer board. Write the date,
the amount, and a short reason
why you want it and how it will
improve your life. After waiting
the 30 days, see if you still cant
live without it.
4. Get real. Fill in the blank:
The three most important
things in my life are _______,
Usually, stuff doesnt make the
list. Its important to get clear and
conscious about what you value.
Print this list, or even better, find
photos that represent the three
things you value (e.g., photo of the
kids) and put these photos in your
wallet/purse. To make sure you
look at them, put them in front of
your credit cards.

5. Volunteer. Get the focus off

yourself, what you want and
what new thing you just cant live
without, and onto others who are
in real need. This is great therapy,
and it doesnt cost you a dime.
6. Boost your income. One of
my irritations with traditional
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Devotees flock Bhartiya Mandir

for Maha Shivratri



Rizwan Mohammad

t is believed that Lord Shiva

presents himself on the night
of Maha Shivratri for its
devotees during the 8 hours long
prayer. The prayer is conducted
by a representative of the temple
and he directs the devotees sitting
in huge numbers to do the rituals
step by step.
Bhartiya Mandir has been
celebrating this auspicious day
for the last 22 years. This year
the there was a footfall of almost
4000 people which was actively
managed by 25 volunteers. The
prayer was led by Acharya Shri
Upendrabhai Joshi along with
two of his aides.
Shivratri is celebrated as the
marriage anniversary of Lord
Shiva and Parvati and on this day
devotees fast and observe special
prayers. It falls on the 13th/14th
moonless night of the Hindu
month Phalguna or Maagh every
The devotees clad in beautiful
colourful traditional kurtas stood
in long queue to get in the temple.
Men, women and children came
with a thali of fruits, bael leaves,
sandalwood powder, kumkum
and milk bottles.


The thali of fruits and milk

are an integral part of the puja,
people showered the lingam with
flowers put kumkum on it and
later poured milk on the lingam.
The devotees then stood for a
minute to pray in front on the
lingam and then moved to the
idol of Sri Ganesh just few steps
ahead of the Shiv Mandir.
thousands and the volunteers
worked hard from the morning
decorating the whole temple and
especially the Mandir of Lord
Shiva and Parvati, to make the
whole celebration go smoothly
and without any chaos. In the
back of the Mandir food and
sweets are being cooked to serve
all the devotees said Ravin
Kotak, Chairman of the religious
committee, Bhartiya Mandir.
Inside the temple away from
the queue, there were hundreds
of people with miniature shiv
lingam, flowers and other
amenities required for the
Maha Vishnu Yag. Following
the directions of Acharya sitting
adjacent, people observed four
pahars of two hours each starting
from 8.30 pm until 4.30 am.

The whole celebration started

early in the evening and people
kept flocking every hour. The
festivity of the day was seen
among the devotees who were
present with their family and
friends at the Bhartiya Mandir.

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Every movie at film

festival teaches
something: Mani ratnam
Haricharan Pudipeddi

Ratnam, a regular at film
festivals across the globe,
attends the movie extravaganzas
as a movie buff because he feels
every film teaches something
Every film you see at a festival
teaches you something. Any good
film you see gives you enough
motivation and adrenaline rush
to produce good content, while a
bad film can get you so angry that
you produce even better content,
Ratnam told media in a telephonic
Ratnam, who has been part
several film fests, both Indian and
international, is looking forward to
be part of the third edition of the
Ladakh International Film Festival
(LIFF), which is scheduled between
June 27 and 29.
Heaping praise on the organisers
of LIFF, he said: The concept of a
film festival in Ladakh is fantastic.
I think its a beautiful place and
its cinematic geography makes it
even more fitting. It is also a proof
of penetration of cinema into the
nook and corner of our country.
The organisers deserve to be
He said the setting of LIFF makes
the fest even more special.
This year LIFF will focus on
Korean cinema, with contemporary
Korean films taking centrestage.
The fest will also include a special
retrospect on acclaimed filmmaker
Akira Kurosawa and tributes will be
paid to late Indian actors - Farooque

Sheikh and Nanda.

When quizzed about the
difference he finds in Indian film
festivals vis-a-vis international, he
said: In India, we have several film
fests, but I think its celebration of
cinema all over. It only varies in
size, budget and the enthusiasm
with which the people involve to
organise it. Therefore, its always
about different kinds of films and
the warmth thats being felt.
Do you feel too many fests in
India spoils the broth?
In our country, cinema is a
major source of entertainment.
In other countries, there are
other sources of entertainment.
So, its fine to celebrate cinema
in different places, said Ratnam,
known for award-winning Tamil
films like Mouna Ragam,

Nayagan and Anjali.

We should look at India like
Europe. As many languages are
there, therefore, there will be as
many film festivals. I dont think
it dilutes the purpose in any
fashion, added the filmmaker
who also went behind the camera
for his terrorism trilogy - Roja,
Bombay and Dil Se....
Ratnam believes every film fest
should encourage cross-cultural
Film festivals should not only
celebrate cinema and its masters
but should also encourage crosscultural interaction. Its an
opportunity to see how films
in some other countries are
made versus our very own. Its a
platform to rub shoulders with
talent from all over, he said.



Makers of Dhoni
biopic dedicate song to
Indian cricket team

he makers of M S Dhoni
- The Untold Story have
dedicated a song Phir Se..
to the Indian cricket team who are
defending their Champions title
at the World Cup in New Zealand
and Australia.
Director of the film Neeraj
Pandey, a cricket buff himself,
has worked on the song and the
video to get it ready before the
World Cup began on February
14. The idea was to sum up the
mood and emotion for the entire
nation, Phir an anthem,
plea, prayer, dream all rolled in
one and M M Kareem (composer)
and Manoj Muntashir (lyricist)
have done this beautifully,
Pandey said in a statement.
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput,
who plays Dhoni in the biopic,
is excited about this tribute to
the team that was launched on
February 15. Phir our
tribute to the inherent passion
our players have for the country
and the love we have towards our
own team. We just want to tell it
to them through this wonderful
track that they have always made
us proud and we always are with
them unconditionally! Sushant
M S Dhoni - The Untold
Story is being produced by
Fox Star Studios and Inspired
Entertainment. It is a high
octane tribute song that the team
of the film is dedicating to the

Indian cricket team - an anthem

to celebrate and support Team
India! said Vijay Singh, CEO,
Fox Star Studios. The biopic is
releasing on October 22.

Scope for Indian actors widening globally: Nimrat Kaur

Sandeep Sharma

Nimrat Kaur, who has
been rubbing shoulders
with Hollywoods creme de
la creme at foreign awards
galas since her internationally
acclaimed and BAFTA-nominated
American TV series Homeland,
says the scope of roles for Indian
actors has widened across the
The scope for Indian actors is
widening everywhere in the world.
The world is becoming a smaller
place. Actors are nowadays
preferring to work in different
Besides, I dont think I would
have been able to make the career

that I have today, 10 years ago.

A lot of multiplexes are coming
up, and making a film is not as
difficult as it was earlier, Nimrat
told media ahead of the premiere
of The Lunchbox on Valentines
The actress was at the British
Academy of Film and Television
Arts (BAFTA) awards red carpet
last week as The Lunchbox was
nominated in the Film Not in the
English Language category. It lost
to Polish drama Ida.
But winning and losing awards
doesnt matter to Nimrat, who
essayed a lovelorn wife named Ila
in the movie.
Considering that its the
beginning of my career, The
Lunchbox is extremely special

for me. The kind of love it has

garnered has made me feel great
about it, Nimrat said of the movie,
in which she shared screen space
with versatile actors Irrfan Khan
and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
I dont think that winning
or losing an award matters.
Its a wonderful thing that the
film got nominated. Its a great
honour for such an amazing
film, as it represented India at
the international level. Also, the
BAFTA platform is not where
India has to nominate a film from
its side (like in Oscars).
It was picked by them only
as one of the five films for the
respective category, added the
32-year-old who, in a ravishing
pink gown with a daring and

plunging neckline, made a style

statement at the ceremony.
Before the BAFTA red carpet,
Nimrat also made an appearance
at the Screen Actors Guild Awards,
thanks to her role as Tasneem
Qureshi in the US political thriller
television series Homeland.
Asked about the difference she
witnessed working for the TV series
in comparison to The Lunchbox,
Nimrat said: TV series abroad
work in a way as big as for movies.
The amount of money that they
use for producing shows is huge.
Their punctuality and their sense
of time is very brilliant.
Now in India, the actress will
begin work on a mainstream film
Airlift, which stars Bollywoods
Khiladi Akshay Kumar.

20 February 2015




Role of a lifetime:
Sunny Leone on Ek
Paheli Leela

actress also heaped praise over the director

and her good friend Bobby.
It was great working with Bobby
(Khan) and the entire team. My husband,
I and Bobby have been friends for a very
long time. We waited to work with him and
then finally Ek Paheli Leela happened,
she said.
Ek Paheli Leela also stars Jay
Bhanushali, Rajneesh Duggal and Rahul
Dev in prominent roles. Largely shot in
Jodhpur, the film is slated to hit theatres
April 10.

Rukh also walked down memory lane and

thanked the people associated with the
My Name is Khan.....the only film I hav
done In & As. Thanx Karan Kajol SEL Ravi
Deepa Shibani & everyone. Noor e Khuda,
he tweeted. The film revolves around
Rizwan Khan, a Muslim who suffers from
a form of autism, and marries a Hindu girl
and how their life changes after the 9/11
terrorist attack in the US.

Im fine now: Sonam

Five years since My

Name Is Khan: SRK,
KJo nostalgic


ctress Sunny Leone, who will be

seen in a totally different avatar
in Bobby Khans forthcoming
film Ek Paheli Leela, says she is thankful
to Bobby for giving her a role of a lifetime.
From the beginning, Bobby was like I
want Sunny to be Leela. So Im very happy
that he cast me for this role. It is a role of a
life time, Sunny said in an interview.
Sunny plays the role of a mysterious
princess in the film. The Ragini MMS 2

My Name Is Khan, a movie about an

autistic mans journey to meet the US
President to give one message; My
name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist; last
week clocked five years. This made its lead
actor Shah Rukh Khan and director Karan
Johar nostalgic. An extremely special
film to me...#5YearsOfMyNameIsKhan,
Karan tweeted. The movie brought one of
Bollywoods hit pairs Shah Rukh and Kajol
The Badshah of the silver screen Shah

ctress Sonam Kapoor, who was

hospitalised earlier last week
after she suffered respiratory
infection on the sets of Sooraj Barjatyas
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, says she is fine
Speaking after being discharged from
hospital, the actress said: It was basically
a respiratory infection and para-typhoid. I
was in hospital for four days.
Bollywoods fashionista also posted a
picture of herself on a social networking
site with a drip attached to her hand.
Though, her father and actor Anil was in
Los Angeles when Sonam was unwell, Anil
kept a tab on her health. He was naturally
very worried when he heard I was in
hospital. Its not a nice thing for a father to
hear his daughter is unwell when hes not
in the country, she said.
The actress also noted that her co-

star Salman Khan was also very anxious

about her state of health. Sonam is now
back to work and has started shooting for
Barjatyas films

What reminds Shruti

Haasan to excel in her

ppreciation is a constant nudge to

perform better, says actress and
singer Shruti Haasan, daughter
of actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan.
So thankful for the work Im doing
the love I get from all of you , a constant
reminder to do better and bigger things!
Have a super day, she tweeted. Its a big
year for Shruti as there are six films -- four
in Bollywood and one each in Tamil and
Telugu -- lined up for release.
In Bollywood, Shruti has
Gabbar opposite Akshay Kumar, Rocky
Handsome and Welcome Back opposite
John Abraham and Yaara. Down south,
she has a yet-untitled Tamil and Telugu
project each.

Shraddha to play the

female lead in Rock
On 2

he gorgeous Shraddha Kapoor,

who also has a beautiful voice, has
been finalised as the main female
lead. The sequel that has Farhan Akhtar,
Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli, who were
also there in the original hit cult franchise,
will now see Shraddha enter the band as a
young girl, who changes a lot of things.
Given that she is a lovely singer, it is fair
to assume that she will also be singing in the
film. Confirming this news to us, she said,
I am extremely excited to be a part of Rock
On 2. I am a big fan of the first part and love
the character I am playing in the sequel.
It is a role that involves singing and live
performances and that very few roles give
you the chance to do. Well, it seems that this
Farhan Akhtar-Ritesh Sidhwani sequel to
their cult franchise looks all set to rock.


20 February 2015

Every gig brings back memories




Vocal artiste Vibha Trivedi keeps the audience mesmerised by her stage performances
Paula Ray

he was first spotted at a

Diwali function hosted
by Bhartiya Samaj at
Freemans Bay, about four to five
years ago. A vocal performer,
Vibha Trivedi had enthralled the
audience and made her music
teacher proud. It was on Sandhya
Raos reference that she had got
this well-deserved break.
Since that evening, Trivedi
has only gone from strength to
strength. Today, she is a regular
performer at Dandiya festivals in
and around Auckland. She also
performed at the Auckland Diwali
Festival last year. Her expertise
lies in Bollywood golden oldies
from 1950s onwards.
The seeds for her current
passion were sown back home
in India through Indian classical
vocal training. Later, she gave
up on it and moved to Auckland.
But how did she re-discover her
My husband, Ravi, fell in love
with my voice the day he heard me
sing for the first time. It was on his
insistence that I took up my hobby
once again and enrolled for Raos
music lessons, explains Trivedi.
Ravis childhood friend had
also heard me sing in India and

Vibha Trivedi
has been instrumental in my
comeback to music, adds Trivedi.
So which has been the best
performance of yours to date?
Every performance brings back
memories and each one of them
was special in its own way, says
Trivedi, who is scheduled to to
perform at Dorothy Winstone
Centre in May at the Old is God
concert organized by Md Rafi
Academy of Music.
What has been that dream
stage performance or that dream
break so far? That great break
has not happened yet. I would like
to be part of a leading music group
in Auckland, replies Trivedi,
adding, Doing an opening for
an international star would be a
dream come true.
Trivedi is a government
employee and works in customer
service. Her employer has always
encouraged her to pursue her
passion. I am invited to sing
at every regional forum even

if my colleagues dont follow a

word of what I am singing. In
fact, Trivedis efforts have been
recognised by her workplace
in the form of a certificate of
How does she feel about
pursuing her passion and being
successful at it? I am just a tiny
dot in the galaxy of singers. There
are lots and lots of artistes and
performing talents in Auckland. I
wish all of them great success.



Date: Friday 27 February 2015 Sunday

1 March 2015
Time: 5 pm- 10 pm
Venue: Albert Park, Princes St, Auckland
Bring all the family to celebrate the new Year
of the Goat (also known as the Year of the
Sheep) at Aucklands 16th annual Lantern
Festival. The 2015 Lantern Festival is set
to be the biggest and brightest yet! Other
highlights include a lantern-only night at
Albert Park on Thursday 26 February, where
the magical hand-made creations can be
enjoyed in a more relaxed environment and
the spectacular fireworks finale on Sunday
night. Not to be missed! The Lantern Festival
is brought to you by Asia New Zealand
Foundation in partnership with Auckland
Tourism, Events and Economic Development

Community GarageSale

Date: Saturday 28 February 2015

Time: 7 am- 11.30 am
Venue: Blockhouse Bay Community
Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Rd,
The market is in conjunction with the Saturday
Market. Good parking available. New stall
holders are welcome. Contact Terry on 027
221 1860.

Communication and
preparation for the
workplace in NZ

Date: Saturday 28 February onwards

Time: 3 pm-5.30 pm

Venue: Citizens Advice Bureau, Library

Building, 3 Memorial Drive, New Lynn
Free 8-week course workshop will be held.
Refreshments will be provided. Registration
closes on 26 February 2015. To get more
information and for registration, please
contact Citizens Advice Bureau New Lynn,
Auckland at 827 7830 or 827 4731 or email at . Please note that the
course will be delivered in English.

Movies in Parks:

Movies in Parks 2015 returns with a fantastic

programme of free movies and entertainment
till the end of March. Happening every Friday
and Saturday evening, all over Auckland there
is something for everyone with blockbusters
to animation movies to home-grown flicks.
Please note that the movie starting times
depend on sunset times, so come early to
secure your spot in some of Aucklands most
stunning parks, have a bite to eat and catch the
pre-movie entertainment. Grab your family and
friends, pack the picnic blanket and come enjoy
a summers evening under the stars.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Date:Saturday, 21 February 2015
Time:6.30pm - 10pm (approx)
Venue:Cranwell Park, Alderman Drive,
Henderson, Auckland
Classification:PG - fantasy violence

Get On Up

Date:Saturday, 28 February 2015

Time:6.30pm - 10pm (approx)
Venue:Riversdale Reserve, Riversdale
Road, Avondale, Auckland
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