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Trump campaigns ties to UK Parliament


Russia under FBI probe attacked by
President Trump threatens to leave
Obamacare in place if repeal bill fails
Washington: FBI Director James
Comey publicly confirmed that
Islamist terrorist
his agency was investigating pos
sible collusion between Russia
and the Donald Trump campaign
and whether any crimes were
committed during the 2016 US
elections.
"They wanted to hurt our
democracy, hurt her (Democrat
Hillary Clinton), help him
(Trump). I think all three we were
confident in at least as early as
December (2016)," Comey said on
Monday in a dramatic hearing FBI Director James Comey has confirmed investigation that Kremlin
tried to hurt Hillary and help Trump in US election
before the House Intelligence
Committee, CNN reported. Democratic servers and the it rebuke to President Trump, say
The investiagtion is part of a Clinton campaign. ing that he had "no information"
wider probe into the hacking of Comey also delivered an implic Continued on page 4

TERROR IN HEART OF LONDON


IT industry need not fret over AS MANY SUSPECTS ARRESTED.
H-1B visas: Sushma Swaraj London: Police on Thursday iden
tified Khalid Masood as the man
Birmingham on suspicion of
preparation of terrorist acts fol
New Delhi: External Affairs are four bills in the US Congress about it as of now," she added. who carried out the Westminster lowing Wednesday's attack.
Minister Sushma Swaraj on about curbs on H1B visas. We are The Minister pointed out that attack, as the death toll rose to PC Keith Palmer, 48, Aysha
Thursday said there was no reason engaged (in a dialogue) with the even before Donald Trump became five. Masood, 52, was born as Frade and US tourist Kurt Cochran,
to worry about the curbs on H1B US at very high level regarding President, there had been a "flip Adrian Elms in Kent and was shot 54, were killed on Wednesday,
visas or the job security of Indian this... We are making all efforts flop" in the H1B visa policy by the dead by police. He had not been while a 75yearold man died on
IT professionals working in the US (through diplomatic channels) to US. the subject of any current police Thursday evening.
for the time being as the Indian ensure these bills are not passed," "In 1990 when H1B visas were investigations, BBC reported. The Islamic State group has said
government is in talks with the US Sushma said in the Rajya Sabha. first introduced, the cap was Three women and five men were it was behind the attack.
regarding this. "Currently there "So there is no reason to worry Continued on page 4 arrested in London and Continued on page 4

US LAWMAKERS URGE THE NEED TO STAND UP AGAINST HATE CRIMES


Washington: Amid a series of hate crimes Bera said during a Congressional hearing. with several other rights bodies and advoca
against religious and ethnic minorities, Bera, the past coChair of Indian Caucus in cy groups, Congresswoman Judy Chu said
including IndianAmericans, there is need the US House, said that it is high time the the communities should collectively push
for these communities to be united and community rose up to this challenge. It back against the rising tide of hate crimes.
speak up against such an increasing rheto would be incumbent upon all of us, if we see In recent weeks, three Indian men and one
ric, several Democratic lawmakers and rise of Islamophobia or attack against the Sikh were victims Continued on page 4
human rights groups said on Thursday. We Sikh community, we have to stand up, we
Rep Ami Bera speaking at a Congressional
have to step up against any incident of dis have to speak up, Bera said.
briefing in Washington DC on Thursday on
crimination against the community or any Addressing the Congressional hearing rising hate crimes against religious and
others community or religion. This is just organized by South Asian Americans ethnic minorities, including Indian
the starting point, Congressman Dr Ami Leading Together (SAALT) in association Americans, in the US. (Source: PTI)

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Trump nominates Indian-American to top judicial post


Washington: An IndianAmerican legal lumi Trump for announcing his intent to nomi America (SABA), which is normally critical of
nary has been nominated by President nate Thapar to serve on the Sixth Circuit Trump, lauded the President for his intent.
Donald Trump to a key judicial position. Court of Appeals. Throughout his already Judge Thapar is a respected and thought
Amul Thapar, 47, who in 2007 became the impressive career of public service, Amul has ful jurist who has long served as role model
first South Asian Article III judge when he shown an incredible intellect and an unshak for the South Asian and greater legal com
was appointed as a US District Judge for the able dedication to the law, McConnell said. munity, said Vichal Kumar, SABA president.
Eastern District of Kentucky, is the first He has earned the respect of his col Despite being among the youngest judges in
IndianAmerican to the powerful 6th Circuit leagues, and I know that he will bring to the the federal judiciary, Judge Thapar quickly
Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from Sixth Circuit the same wisdom, fairness, and established a reputation as a top legal schol
Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Michigan. ability that he has shown on the District ar among his peers.
Thapar was among the 20 judges whose Court. President Trump made an outstand His nomination furthers SABAs mission of
names Trump had released during his presi ing choice and I look forward to the Senates ensuring a judiciary that reflects the diversi
dential campaign as shortlisted candidates confirmation of Judge Thapar, the Senate ty of our country and we anticipate that his
for his Supreme Court nominees. Senate Majority leader said in a statement. The eminent qualifications will earn him a swift Amul Thapar, 47, is being nominated for the
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell applauded South Asian Bar Association of North confirmation, Kumar said. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

56% Americans
disapprove of GOP
Farewell to DCG Mohapatra reflected
healthcare plan: Poll
New York: The majority of American voters,
his popularity in community
56%, disapprove of the Republican health care
plan to replace Obamacare, according to a
Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
Only 17% of voters approve of the plan and
26% are undecided. The question "There is a
Republican health care plan to replace
Obamacare, known as the American Health Care
Act. Do you approve or disapprove of this
Republican health care plan?" did not go into
specifics of the plan.
"Replacing Obamacare will come with a price
for elected representatives who vote to scrap it,
say many Americans, who clearly feel their
health is in peril under the Republican alterna
tive," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the
poll. Most voters, 61%, also disapprove of the
way President Donald Trump is handling health
care. The President and Republican leaders are
With musical bands, the outgoing Deputy Consul General Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra was led into the grand hall of Royal Alberts
scrambling for a deal on landmark legislation to
Palace in Fords,NJ, for a farewell reception. (Left) Dr Mohapatra addressing the audience. (Photos: Ashok Ojha)
repeal and replace Obamacare. Republicans can't By Ashok Ojha/SATimes Replying to the felicitation bestowed The outgoing officer named a number
lose more than 21 members of their party and upon him, Dr. Mohapatra said, My first of organizations that partnered with
still pass the bill, since no Democrats are expect Edison (NJ): It was one of the most spec assignment after moving to New York him in improving the image of his office.
ed to support it. One out of every seven tacular farewell parties in living memo was to oversee the arrangement for the My relationship with the FIA helped me
Americans 14% believes they will lose their ry organized for an outgoing official of visit of Prime Minister Modi at the extend quick support to people in dis
health insurance under the Republicans' replace the Government of India. Madison Square Garden in September tress, he said highlighting the impor
ment plan. Led by bagpipers musicians of an Irish 2014. tance of a cordial relationship with the
And the plan doesn't enjoy majority support band and Indian drum players, Dr. The audience at the event had over local community.
among Republicans, with only 41% backing the Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Deputy whelmingly responded to a suggestion One of the significant activities initi
bill. Nearly half of voters, or 46%, say they will Consul General of India in New York, by PM Modi about unpopularity of the ated by the Consulate was holding open
be less likely to vote for their US senator or rep was ushered by dozens of community Indian Consulate. I told myself how houses twice a month, which proved to
resentative if he or she votes to replace leaders into Royal Alberts Palace in important it was to work hard for be a successful initiative for solving
Obamacare with the Republican health care Fords, New Jersey for the farewell improvement of the image of my office. problems faced by the members of the
plan. Nearly one in five say they will be more reception organized by a host of social Dr. Mohapatra vowed to help each and Indian community, he said.
likely to vote for their lawmaker if he or she sup and cultural organizations based in the every complainant reaching his office A number of community leaders repre
ports the replacement plan. And 29% said they Tristate area. since then. He oversaw the overhauling senting AAPI, AIA, Maheshwari Samaj
vote won't matter. The felicitation and honor on Tuesday of procedures for issuing passports and and others spoke on the occasion.
Most men, 56%, disapprove of the plan as do proved his popularity in the community, visas to qualifying applicants. He trav Among them were Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Dr.
most women, also 56%. While more than half of as he was instrumental in initiating a elled frequently around the 10 US states Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Raj Bhayani, Jitendra
white voters disapprove of the plan, even more number of programs that bridged the under the jurisdiction of the Consulate Muchchal, Srinivas Gangani, Rahul
nonwhite voters 64% disapprove. Overall, gap between the Indian Consulate and General in New York in order to develop Walia, Malini Shah and HarshVardhan
58% of independent voters disapprove of the the community since he took over his close ties with the IndianAmerican com Singh. Andy Bhatia, president, FIA, con
replacement plan. job in New York. munity. ducted the event.
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UK Parliament attacked by grants, Sushma said that the US authorities


Islamist terrorist have given a list of 271 persons of Indian
Continued from page 1 origin who they have identified for deporta
Masood drove into pedestrians on tion. "We have asked for more details about
Westminster Bridge before crashing his car these 271 persons. Once we check their
into railings and then running into the antecedents and find they are actually Indian
grounds of Parliament, armed with a knife. citizens, we'll provide them travel documents
He stabbed PC Palmer before being shot back to India so that they are not put behind
dead, BBC added. bars by US authorities," she said.
The Metropolitan Police said there had She said India will once again raise the
been no prior intelligence about Masood's issue of totalization once "the jobs of Indian
intention to carry out an attack. IT professionals are ensured to be secure".
But he was known to the police and his
previous convictions included causing griev US lawmakers urge the need to
INOC USA officials and supporters celebrated the news of Congress partys landslide ous bodily harm, possession of offensive stand up against hate crimes
victory (77/117) under Capt. Amarinder Singh in the state election in Punjab. weapons and public order offences. He was Continued from page 1
believed to have been living in the West of hate crimes across the US, she said, alleg

INOC lauds Congress win in Punjab, Midlands. Masood is believed to have lived at
various times in Rye, Crawley in West Sussex
ing that President Donald Trump continued
with his preelection rhetoric that has wors
ened the atmosphere in the country.
peeved by Yogi Adityanath as UP CM
and Eastbourne, in East Sussex. He also
appeared to have been convicted of a knife Congressman Raul Grijalva from Arizona
crime in 2003 in Eastbourne. said to single out and to victimize and demo
New York: We are indeed shocked that the RSS will be on full display soon. nize people because of their religion, country
Yogi Adityanath, whose virulent public pro In its press release, INOC quoted a New
Trump campaigns ties to Russia of origin and skin color is unAmerican. We
nouncements often borders on contempt York Times report that Yogi Adityanath
under FBI probe have to be honest about the situation that we
for the minorities in India, is anointed by rose to prominence as part of the campaign are dealing with today. We cannot allow
Continued from page 1
the Narendra ModiAmit Shah combine as to rebuild the Ram temple, and has repeat racial identity and religion a dividing issue in
to support claims by the President that he
the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, said edly been charged with fanning religious this country. We need to stand firm. We need
was wiretapped on the orders of predecessor
Harbachan Singh, the SecretaryGeneral of tensions. INOC has urges NRIs in America to defend the nation that we are part of, he
Barack Obama.
Indian National Overseas Congress, USA. to strongly express their disapproval of the said. IndianAmerican Congressman Raja
Meanwhile, President Trump has demand
George Abraham, Chairman of the INOC, selection of a Hindutva extremist to be the Krishnamoorti called for a joint effort to
ed that House Republicans vote on Friday on
added, It is a recipe for disaster for Uttar leader of the most important state in India. fight a common threat. We need to get to
a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable
Pradesh; however, it is part of a carefully Opposing Trumpism in America while the root cause of what is going on. We may
Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a media
calibrated plan by the BJP to further sow remaining silent on the fundamentalist have come on different ships in the history
report said.
the seeds of polarization and conflict to ascendance in India would tantamount to of our country but we are on the same the
According to the Office of Management
profit from especially looking at the upcom nothing less than duplicity, their statement boat now, he said.
and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Trump
ing Parliamentary election. The real face of added. The most important values are treating
is prepared to leave the current healthcare
system established by former US President each other with dignity with respect regard
Barack Obama in place if his bill does not less of race and religion and empathetic to
gain enough support in Congress, Efe news increased visibility, said Congressman Ro
reported on Thursday. Khanna from California.
As per a SAALT report Power, Pain,
IT industry need not fret over H1B Potential, which documents 207 incidents of
visas: Sushma Swaraj hate violence and xenophobic political rheto
Continued from page 1 ric aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh,
65,000. In 2000 it was raised to 1,95,000 Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communi
for three years. In 2004 the number of these ties, there is a 34 per cent increase in less
visas was again reversed to 65,000 by the than a third of the time covered in its 2014
US. So there has been a flipflop on this poli report.
cy even before Donald Trump government," SAALT stands ready to work with
she said. Congressional leaders to fight hate violence
Warm reception to Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay, Secretary (CPV and OIA), The Minister also informed the house that and xenophobic political rhetoric impacting
visiting New York, and sendoff to Manoj Kumar Mohapotra, Deputy Indian Consul the visa facility extended to the spouses of our communities nationwide, said Suman
General in New York. Seen in the picture Prem Bhandari , Ravi Batra, Ranju Batra, Raghunathan, executive director of SAALT.
the Indian professionals has not been with
Dr Raj Bhayani, DCG Manoj Mohapotra, Amb. Mulay, and Jagdish Sewhani. (Source: PTI)
drawn by the US so far. On illegal immi

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Amb. Mulay exhorts community to do


more for preserving Indian culture
By Ashok Ojha/SATimes prominent community leaders and pro We pass on our bank accounts to our
fessionals, including Dr. Sudhir Parikh, children, we should also pass on our her
Edison, NJ: Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Rajiv Bhambri, Dr. Navin Mehta, Ramesh itage to our children before we die.
Mulay, Secretary for Overseas Citizens of Patel, and Dr. D. Noori, who all praised If we lose our language, we would also
India Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the visiting dignitary as a friend of the lose our soul. In order to retain our iden
appealed Indian Americans to do more community. tity, we must empower our children to
for promoting their native languages and They also spoke highly about H.R. Shah, speak, write and read our language.
culture. Chairman of TV Asia and Padma Shri He underscored a number of steps
Mulay, who served as the Consul awardee this year. taken by the Government of India includ
General of India in New York until his Elaborating upon the decade old contri ing the India Development Fund, which
posting in the ministry in January 2016, bution made by the Indian community in he presided as an exof ficial. The fund
was addressing a gathering of the Indian materializing the nuclear deal between was chaired by the Minister of Foreign
American community in Edison, New USA and India, Mulay moved on to Af fairs who worked as a custodian of
Jersey, at a reception. There are 30 mil express his disappointment at the status funds deposited by NRIs for the purpose
lion people of Indian origin living outside of Indian culture and languages that was of development projects in their location
of India, out of which more than four mil virtually absent from the mainstream in of choice.
lion are settled in USA, most of whom are USA. Why are there no Broadway shows You can transfer a certain amount of
prosperous, influent ial and huge ly or performances at premier theaters like money for completing a project of your Ambassador Dnyaneshwar Mulay,
empowered. However, the global imprint the Lincoln Cent on Indian epics such as choice at a location of your choice and Secretary, (CPV & OCI), was accorded a
of this population is very weak, he the Mahabharata? he asked. we will guarantee to utilize your entire warm welcome in Edison, NJ, during his
regretted. Continuing his passionate speech about contribution for the project ensuring that visit to USA. Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das,
The event hosted by TV Asia in Edison the importance of preserving heritage no part of the fund is deducted for any Consul General of India in New York also
was attended by a wide spectrum of culture in the adopted land, Mulay said, other purpose, Mulay explained. attended the event. Photo by Ashok Ojha

Consul general sees burgeoning bilateral trade Community in shock:


Special to The South Asian Times
New York: Consul General Riva
Indian teen arrested a year
Ganguly Das has expressed the
hope that trade between India and after he strangled mother
the United States will increase
Washington, DC: A 17yearold have been beaten before she was
tremendously in the next three
IndianAmerican boy has been strangled, the report said, citing
years as the bilateral relationship is
arrested in North Carolina in con the autopsy report.
growing in several areas.
nection with killing his mother. Uppalapati was a person of
Trade between our countries will
Arnav Uppalapati was arrested interest in the case from the out
rise from the current $110 billion
by Cary police on Friday after set, said Wake County District
to $500 billion by the end of the
more than a year for the death of Attorney Lorrin Freeman.
present decade, she said last week
Consul General Riva Ganguly Das at Baruch College participating in the his 51yearold mother Nalini One te lling clue were early
in her opening remarks to a panel
event India: Startup Nation or Mature Economy Te llaprolu. Te llaprolu, who reports that indicated there were
discussion organized at Baruch
worked at Duke Medical Center, no signs of a forced entry into the
College, af filiated to the City youth. Krishna Memani, chief Oppenheimer has invested $5 bil
was strangled on December 17, family's twostory, $ 450,000
University of New York. Aside from investment officer at Oppenheimer lion in India and it is involved in,
2015 with a plastic bag over her home at the Upchurch Farms sub
Das, five panelists all executives Funds, strong ly criticized the what Memani described as, value
head. The incident has sent "shock division, Freeman said. "We're
from major firms participated in November demonetization by the creation.
waves" among the community. "It's shocked as a community. This was
the discussion titled India: Startup Modi government. It was a flawed Anupam Ghose, CEO of System
very devastating. There's never not something we expected to
Nation or Mature Economy? policy to begin with and badly Two Advisors, pointed out that the
been an incident where a son has hear. She focused all of her energy
The consul general remarked that implemented, he opined. Its politi country has a 5,000year history.
taken the life of his own biological on her kids," said Padma
India has progressed on many cal impact is enormous, but its eco Such an ancient country now has
mother. It really sends shock Tummala, a longtime friend of
fronts over the years and the gov nomic ef fect is a question mark. more than $2 trillion modern econ
waves," Satish Garime lla, a Tellaprolu. "I still don't believe it.
ernment is laying stress on differ T he executive pointed out that omy, he added.
Morrisville town councilman of This is completely out of the blue,"
ent sectors. We now have to get many oldage citizens like her moth According to Nishchay Goel, man
Indian descent, was quoted as say said Vijay Javvadi, another family
into the manufacturing sector, she erinlaw had to stand in line at aging director at Mousse Partners,
ing by the local 'T he friend. It wasn't clear how police
said, referring to the Make in India banks for no fault of theirs. He, India is still a startup economy. It,
News&Observer'. finally broke the case or what
initiative of Prime Minister however, acknowledged that there however, of fers a lot of growth
Uppalapati was 16 when he motive played a role. Police said in
Narendra Modi. would be great potential for growth. opportunity, Goel said. Raj Tripathi,
reported coming home from a statement that Uppalapati would
Das highlighted the human Cautioning the government against national leader of India Business
school and finding his mother's be tried on a class B1 fe lony
resources potential of the country, vested interests, the chief invest Group at accounting & auditing
body in the garage with a plastic charge, which is punishable by a
saying that by 2022 India is expect ment officer said such measures as group Grant Thornton, said language
bag over her head. Her feet were maximum sentence of life in
ed to have a 1.7 billion population GST (goods and services tax) would is an advantage with the country as
in the back seat of a car. She may prison without parole.
with a significant proportion of the help the economy. English is spoken everywhere.
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IndianAmerican South Asian community leaders endorse


woman says she was democrat George Maragos
told to "get out"
Washington: A Sammamish resi
dent says she was driving in her
car in Issaquah when another driv
er got angry and started swearing
at her. When she rolled down her
window and told him to "calm
down," she said he continued
swearing at her and told her to "get
out."
Tarul Kode Tripathi is a pharma
cist, a mother of two and an Indian
George Maragos with community leaders
American. Tripathi said she was
shocked and felt "a feeling of sad Mineola, NY: George Maragos, many local community leaders. across the county who are strug
Tarul Kode Tripathi
ness we would have to encounter candidate for Nassau County Ex They understand the high cost of gling just to survive, said Ragini
that kind of hate in our neighbor dismissed. She would like to see ecutive has received the enthusi corruption and the paytoplay Srivastava, resident of Manhasset
hood." She was upset by the en more training and communication astic endorsement and support culture maintained by both party Hills. She continued George was
counter, but wasn't sure a crime for police officers. The Sam from many South Asian commu bosses. They know that only a the only one who saw the shift in
had taken place. When she got mamish Police Department is nity and business leaders for the candidate who is not beholden to the tax burden to the middle class
back to Sammamish, she saw a staffed with deputies from the September Democratic primary. either Democratic or Republican coming and warned the current
couple of Sammamish police offi King County Sheriff's Office. Sgt. George Maragos is the only Party Boss can bring about administration.
cers along East Lake Sammamish Cindi West says Tripathi never told qualified candidate with proven change and lower the unaf ford At the event over 30 small busi
Parkway and stopped to talk to the officers the man told her to experience, unquestionable in able taxes, said George Maragos. ness owners, residents and com
them. "get out" during the road rage inci tegrity, independence, and knowl George was the first one to munity leaders endorsed George
She said one of the officers, a dent, and even if she had, Sgt. West edge of county government who speak with the Muslim communi Maragos for Nassau County Exec
Caucasian woman, told her it is im says that still wouldn't meet the re can bring about real change, low ty after Trumps travel ban was utive. We need a fighter to lead
portant not to make such an inci quirements of malicious harass er taxes, create good paying jobs, enacted. I know he will stand up Nassau County, someone like
dent personal, that it could have ment or a hate crime. "Never did and improve our public trans to Trump and fight for us, said George Maragos, who under
happened to anybody. Tripathi she say he made comments about portation, said Jose Jacobs, Sec Muslim American business owner stands our struggle and answers
didn't think so. She believes she her race or religion or anything retary Indian American Chamber from, Syed Wasim of Valley to the people, not the insiders and
was told to "get out" because she is that would rise to the level of mali of Commerce. Stream. special interests, said Indian
not white. She was disappointed cious harassment," said Sgt. West. I am honored and humbled by Nassau countys high taxes are American Community Leader Jay
with the officers' response and felt (News source: kiro7.com) the confidence placed in me by so hurting my family, and families Singh

iCAN Awards Night rocks Chicago Raveena inaugurates PNG


Rolling Meadows, IL: iCAN Finale Jewellers store in NJ
Night was a dazzling affair as the
Iselin, NJ: PNG Jew
crmedelacrme of Chicagoland
ellers, a 185 year old
added to the glamor quotient and
legacy, further fortifies
made it a memorable evening.
its presence in the US by
The scene at Meadows club was
launching its third store
nothing less than any film award
here on 17th March.
night. All the nominees and their
The store was inaugu
families were specially treated as
rated by Bollywood diva
heroes for that evening. Satnam Singh Aulakh received lifetime achievement award for
Outstanding Humanitarian Service from Bhavesh Patel. Raveena Tandon in the
The iCAN Awards Night was
presence of Mr. Saurabh
launched in association with Star ances, entertainment and glam ing performance of 150 artists Gadgil CMD of PNG
Plus & Life OK, 2 of the leading our, iCAN honored the contribu was an icing on the cake. The and other dignitaries.
TV channels along with 40+ local tions of these community heroes presence of the 40 generous This 4000 sq. ft. spa
sponsors. The evening celebrated by giving away its 1st iCAN tro sponsors was a great morale cious and elegant show
the achievements of real commu phies to the most deserving social booster for all those who were as room located in the
nity heroes with much fanfare workers, community leaders, and sociated with the conceptualiza heart of the city showcases exquisite Saurabh Gadgil stated, Our success in
and spirit. The show saw some of performers across various cate tion and execution of the whole pieces of Minakari, Jadau, Kundan, and US from our stores in Sunnyvale and Fre
the most prolific personalities gories. event. Mrs. Neeta Bhushan, Con the classic understated patent yellow mont is evident with the positive re
from Chicagos Indian American With about 700 nominations in sul General of India in Chicago, gold, diamond, contemporary and silver sponse we have received from our cus
political, social, business and en various categories and over who was the Chief Guest at the jewelry for the Indian expatriate cus tomers, and we will repeat the same with
tertainment community walk in 100,000 votes, the event had all event, had great appreciation for tomers. They even have products that our third store in New Jersey, which has
along with 200 plus award nomi the trappings of the world famous the high profile event which, she will cater to the international audience. a strong presence of Indian community.
nees. Amidst fabulous perform Academy Awards. The electrify said, reminded her of the Oscars
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL COMMUNITY March 25-31, 2017 7

Chicago universities to sponsor entrepreneurs on H-1B visas


Washington, DC: Chicago Mayor Rahm as a place where their ideas dreams their chance to make a home base at their mation provider Outcome Health, also
Emanue l has announced that ve companies can happen," Mayor Emanuel sponsor university and mentor its stu shared her experience as an aspiring
Chicagobased universities will launch the said in a press conference on Wednesday. dents. immigrant entrepreneur during the news
Global EntrepreneurinResidence (EIR) "I believe this initiative ... is saying yes to T hese application would like ly be conference.
Program. entrepreneurship, yes to diversity and exempt from an annual cap on H1B "The rst year, I didn't get the visa ...
The universities Columbia College, most importantly, yes to the future of the visas, which restricts spots to 65,000, Fortunately, the second time around, I did
DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of city of Chicago." with another 20,000 reserved for those hit the lottery ... but it shouldn't be that
Technolog y, Loyola University and The universities will sponsor entrepre with Master's degrees or higher. way. It shouldn't be held to such uncer
Northwestern University will work with neurs based on their company's growth. The universities will independently run tainty," Agarwal said.
the city of Chicago and sponsor between Early stage entrepreneurs w ill be the admissions and reviews, although the Massachusetts also launched a similar
10 to 20 visas for startup founders in employed parttime for the university and requirements and decisions would be program in 2014, rst at University of
the rst year of the program, American work separately on their companies, said unique. Massachusetts' Boston and Lowell cam
Bazaar online reported on Thursday. the report. IndianAmerican Shradha Agarwal, the puses, and more recently at Babson
"We want entrepreneurs to see Chicago The established startups will get a cofounder of Chicagobased health infor College. (IANS)

IndianAmericans protest Kansas recognizes March 16 as


in front of White House IndianAmerican Appreciation Day
against rising hate crimes Washington, DC: The state of Kansas
has recognized March 16 as 'Indian
American Appreciation Day' to honor
an Indian techie who was killed last
month in a raciallymotivated hate
crime.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed
when 51yearold US Navy veteran
Adam Purinton opened re at him
and his friend Alok Madasani at a
bar in Olathe on February 22 before Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said, "The unique contribution of
yelling "get out of my country." Indian community has made Kansas a better place. We are very very
Washington, DC: Indian happening recently ag ainst thankful to them." (Image courtesy: indiatimes.in)
Madasani and American national Ian
Americans, particularly Hindus IndianAmericans," Adapa said,
Grillot were injured in the attack.
and Sikh, became victims of 'hate urging the President to acknowl
crimes' in the US, the community edge and condemn what is hap
Asserting that the senseless act of Indian community to honor Ian Grillot
violence "will not divided or dene"
members said as they held an pening. Houston: IndianAmericans will honor a 24year
the state, Kansas Governor Sam
awareness rally against hate "A lot of Sikh people and Hindu old American who was injured while trying to
Brownback said, "The unique contri
crimes in front of the W hite people are mistaken for being intervene during a raciallymotivated shooting in
bution of Indian community has
House seeking President Donald Muslim, for being Middle east Kansas that left an Indian techie dead and anoth
made Kansas a better place. We are
Trump's intervention in the mat ern," she said, adding that the way er injured. Ian Grillot was injured when he tried
very very thankful to them."
ter. "Hindus have been recently to tackle that is to spread aware to intervene in the shooting by a Navy veteran
"These actions can never overshad
af fected and victimized (in the ness about these dif ferent com targeting Indians at a bar in Olathe, Kansas last
ow our shared values and believes,
US) as a result of Islamophobia. It munities. month. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and his colleague Alok
the dignity of mankind...We will con
does af fect our community as In a petition memorandum sub Madasani was critically injured in the shooting. Grillot will be honored
tinue to welcome and support the
we ll," Vind hya Adapa, 27, a mitted to President Trump, the as 'A True American Hero', at the 14th annual gala of India House
Indian community in the State of
Virginiabased corporate lawyer, recently established Coalition of Houston here on March 25. "Without all the prayers and positive sup
Kansas," Brownback said at an event
told PTI outside the White House. Indian American organizations of port from everybody, I wouldn't be doing as well as I am right now. It's
in Topeka, the State Capital.
Adapa along with a few dozen the USA, which organized the been a blessing to be alive. I am looking forward to attend India House
Madasani and Grillot also attended
IndianAmericans representing event, urged him to intervene in Gala event on March 25, in Houston, TX. You guys are wonderful and I
the event to commemorate the life of
various IndianAmerican groups the matter and take steps to pun thank you all for such a support," Grillot said. The annual Gala is the
Kuchibhotla.
from in and around the Greater ish the culprits under federal hate main fundraising event of the India House, with all proceeds going to
Brownback publicly apologized for
Washington Area held a peaceful crimes law. the daytoday community programs and expansion of India House.
the loss of life and injury to
demonstration in view of the "We really want to appreciate
Madasani. "I'd like to thank Ian tion today, I am declaring Indian "Moving forward, Kansas remain
recent surge in hate crimes what President Trump said con
Grillot for his heroic efforts to inter American Day in the State of committed to standing with the
against the community. doning hate and violence. As a
vene, and I wish Alok and Ian both a Kansas," the Governor said. Indian community. We will always
"We are here today to raise proud Republican, a proud
speedy recovery," he said at the "This is a deplorable act that hap reject the acts of violence and harm.
awareness against hate crimes American, I want to support my
event during which he issued a pened, we will not let it dene us as We reject hatred in all its forms," he
particularly against people of community members in raising
proclamation to recognize March 16 people," he said. "Srinivas, embodied said. Brownback said Kansas is com
Indian origin. This is not neces awareness and bringing attention
as the 'Indian American Appreciation what it means to be a Kansan," mitted to protect all its neighbors
sarily a protest against the Trump to the crimes or ignorance of a lot
Day'. Brownback said, adding that his is a and its guests.
Administration. We are here to of people who are attacking
"We nd peace in the Sanskrit similar story of tens of thousands of In his brief remarks, Madasani said
seek bipartisan support against Indian Americans and other
mantra Satyamev Jayate or truth Indian Americans who have called the proclamation is an honor that
the hate crimes that has been minorities," Ahluwalia said. (PTI)
alone triumphs. With this proclama Kansas home over the generations. Kuchibhotla would be proud of.
8 March 25-31, 2017 NATIONAL COMMUNITY TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Tulsi Gabbard elected cochair of the


Congressional India Caucus
Washington, DC: Tulsi Gabbard, the rst Congress on key foreign policy and key lawmakers at a round table at the US
Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, national security issues, Gabbard is the Capitol organized jointly by USIndia
e lected as the cochair of the rst ever woman to be elected as cochair Friendship Council and US India Business
Cong ressional Caucus on India and of the House Congressional Caucus on Council.
IndianAmericans, has vowed to work for India. Noting that there is growing momen
furthering IndoUS relations. Congressman George Holding from tum, interest and excitement around India
The level of engagement seen in both North Carolina is the Republican cochair US relationship, Gabbard said there is
the House and Senate on issues related to to one of the largest country specic really unity in the issues of cooperation
India and America's partnership and caucus in the House of Representatives. and opportunity between the two coun
friendship "only continues to grow," She succeeds her Democratic congres tries. "We have to capture this moment
Gabbard said after it was formally sional colleague IndianAmerican Dr Ami and really take advantage of the contin
announced that she has been elected as Bera. "Congressman Holding and I are ued interest, not taking this for granted
the new cochair of the House India working together on what is the legisla and be vigil and in doing so," she said.
Caucus. tive strategy for building an agenda for "We are off to a great start in the cur
Gabbard, 35, the rst ever Hindu elect Congresswoman from Hawaii. the caucus to move forward in the 115th rent administration. Some of the brightest
ed to the US House of Representative in Having made a mark for herself at the Congress," Gabbard told a selected gath time for US India relationship is for now
2013 is the threeterm Demo crat ic national scene both inside and outside the ering of inuential IndianAmericans and and in the future," Holding said.

Sandeep Mathrani IndianAmerican to lead


listed fourth overpaid PWE Department in Houston
Houston: Indian "We can't sit there as

CEO in US: Report American eng ineer


Karun Sreerama has
been named to head
engineers and plan things
and then give it to them.
We need to talk to them,
Houston: An Indian chie f execut ive in the
Houston's Department of ask them what their ideas
American chief executive country. Mr Moonves
Public Works and are. I'll never start an
of a Chicagobased prop earned compensat ion
Engineering by the city's answer with, 'You don't
erty rm has been worth $56.7 million in
Mayor Sylvester Turner. understand.' We are a
ranked fourth on a list of 2016.
53yearold Sreerama, service organization," he
top 25 overpaid bosses Marc Beniof f of
a consistent local politi added.
in the US, according to a Salesforce ranks second
cal donor, would replace Sreerama said he plans
new report. Sandeep on the list with a total
retiring director Dale to meet with all Public
Mathrani, chief executive compensation of $33.4
Rudick as chie f of Works staf f about his
of General Growth million. Discovery Karun Sreerama
Houston's $2 billion and vision for the department
Properties, has been list Communication's David (image courtesy: angellist)
4,000plusemployee as part of a broader, com
ed fourth on the list of Zaslav comes in third
operation. If conrmed by council, the municationsdriven plan for his rst 100
top 25 overpaid CEOs in with a compensation of
Hyderabad native would start work on days.
America, according to Sandeep Mathrani $32.4 million.
April 3 and would also become Houston's "Karun has developed an impressive
the report from the non Not only are many of the
rst Asian department director in the 100day transition plan," Mayor Turner
prot 'As You Sow'. The nonprot organi CEOs on the list overpaid, but the report
process. said, adding that he will be able to build
zation promotes environmental and social argues that their companies underper
Sreerama is a highly respected engineer upon the excellent progress made during
corporate responsibility and takes a close formed on the S&P 500 last year, so they
with 28 years of experience managing Dale Rudick's tenure.
look at CEO pay. may also be a drag on shareholder
multimillion dollar capital projects across Sreerama holds a bachelor's degree in
Mathrani, with a total compensation of returns.
the US and abroad. He is a registered pro civil engineering from Osmania University
$39.2 million in 2016, is overpaid by $26 Mathrani joined General Growth
fessional engineer and holds a doctorate in and a master's in earthquake engineering
million, according to the report. Properties as the company was emerging
civil engineering as well as a Master's for the University of Roorkee. He received
Using a regression analysis that ties from bankruptcy in 2010 and refocused
degree in business administration. another master's degree in engineering
CEO pay to performance and other indica the mall owner to highend shopping cen
Sreerama said the organization for from Cambridge University.
tors such as the portion of pay that is ters.
decades viewed as rigid and allergic to After moving to the US, Sreerama earned
offered in options and returns on corpo His name has been mentioned several
feedback must improve its outreach and his PhD in civil engineering from the
rate capital, 'As You Sow' has determined times as a potential candidate for a posi
develop a "servant" mentality. University of MissouriRolla, followed by
which CEOs are paid above and beyond tion in the Donald Trump administration.
"We can be more inclusive of the people an MBA from the University of Texas at
their performance. The company operates approximately
who are actually going to use Public Austin.
So the gap between CEO's performance 126 retail propert ies in 40 states.
Works' products and treat them as cus Sreerama comes to the city from ESPA
to his pay is the criteria for the rankings. Headquartered in Chicago, General
tomers, treat them as the people that we Corporation where he served as president
The report cites Leslie Moonves, chief Growth Properties Inc has 1,800 employ
work for," Sreerama said. and CEO. (PTI)
executive of CBS, as the most overpaid ees. (PTI)
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Washington: The FBI has infor


mation that indicates President
Donald Trump's associates may
have communicated with sus
'Trump associates may have
pected Russian operatives to
influence the November presi
dential polls, a media report
said.
coordinated with Russians'
T he Federal Bureau of beg an looking into possible tact and it appeared they were
Investigation says the Russian coordination between Trump giving the thumbs up to release
operatives may have possibly campaign associates and sus information when it was ready."
coordinated the release of infor pected Russian operat ives But other US of ficials who
mation damaging to Democrat because the bureau had gath spoke to CNN say it's premature
nominee Hillary Clinton's cam ered "a credible allegation of to draw that inference from the
paign, US officials told CNN. wrongdoing or reasonable basis information gathered so far
T his is partly what FBI to believe an American may be since it's largely circumstantial.
Director James Comey was acting as an agent of a foreign The FBI cannot yet prove that
referring to when he made a power." collusion took place, but the
bombshell announcement on The White House did not com information suggesting collu
Monday before Congress that ment and the FBI declined to sion is now a large focus of the
the FBI is invest ig at ing the comment. investigation, the officials said.
Trump campaign's ties to Russia, White House press secretary T he FBI has already been
according to one source. Sean Spicer maintained Monday investigating four former Trump
The FBI is now reviewing that after Comey's testimony that campaign associates Michael
information, which includes there was no evidence to sug Flynn, Paul Manafort, Roger
human intelligence, travel, busi FBI Director James Comey (L) and National Security Agency Director gest any collusion took place. Stone and Carter Page for con
ness and phone records and Mike Rogers speak during the House Permanent Select Committee on "Investigating it and having tacts with Russians known to US
accounts of inperson meetings, Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election cam proof of it are two dif ferent intelligence.
according to those US officials. paign, on March 20, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. things," Spicer said. All four have denied improper
The information is raising the One law enforcement of ficial contacts and CNN has not con
suspicions of FBI counterintelli place, though officials cautioned gation is ongoing, CNN reported told CNN the information in firmed any of them are the sub
gence investigators that the that the information was not on Wednesday. In his statement hand suggests "people connect jects of the information the FBI
coordination may have taken conclusive and that the investi on Monday Comey said the FBI ed to the campaign were in con is reviewing.

Trump, House GOP lawmaker: Trumps communications


may have been monitored
Republicans working Washington: The chairman of the dents communications were picked happens, intelligence analysts are
House intelligence committee said up. obliged to hide or minimize the
on health care deal Wednesday that the communica
tions of Trump transition officials
Nunes said the information on the
Trump team was collected in
name of the American, unless know
ing the Americans name is neces
Washington: President Donald gized by that". possibly including President Donald November, December and January, sary to understanding the foreign
Trump and House Republicans On Monday, House Republicans Trump himself may have been the period after the election in intelligence described in the report.
are still scrambling to reach a unveiled a set of changes to modi monitored after the election as which Trump was holding calls with Nunes said the names of Trump
deal on legislation to repeal and fy the bill, as a last minute effort part of an incidental collection. foreign leaders, interviewing associates were unmasked after
replace the Af fordable Care Act to win more votes for the legisla Speaking to reporters on Capitol Cabinet secretaries, and was begin the incidental collection, though he
(ACA) or Obamacare ahead of a tion. Hill, Rep. Devin Nunes, RCalif., said ning to sketch out administration did not identify those aides. Those
vote on T hursday, the media Many of the changes would the intercepted communications do policy. Nunes said the monitored aides are be lieved to include
reported. House Speaker Paul make addit ional revisions to not appear to be related to the ongo material was widely disseminated Michael Flynn, who was fired as
Ryan he ld a long meeting on Medicaid a programme that has ing FBI investigation into Trump in intelligence reports. W hite House national security
Wednesday night with moderate provided coverage to more than associates contacts with Russia. He Asked whether he believed the adviser after misleading Vice
Republicans. 10 million people in 31 states said he believes the intelligence col transition team had been spied on, President Mike Pence and other top
During the meeting, Republican that was pushed by conservative lections were done legally. T he Nunes said: It all depends on ones of ficials about his contacts with
Representative Charlie Dent, the members. White House said Nunes would brief definition of spying. Russias ambassador to the United
leader of a mo derate g roup, Another alteration would imme Trump on the matter later The California congressman did States. Nunes would not say how he
slammed the bill spearheaded by diate ly prevent states from Wednesday. not say how the Trump teams com had received the new information.
Ryan and Trump. expanding Medicaid. It was unclear whether Trumps munications were picked up. U.S. Nunes notably did not appear along
The vote count for the bill is t Trump and Ryan must get 216 own communications were specifi intelligence agencies routinely mon side Rep. Adam Schif f, the intelli
As of Wednesday night, 24 House Republicans on board and can cally monitored. Nunes initially said itor the communications of foreign gence committees top Democrat. A
Republicans have flatout said af ford only 21 defections, if no yes when asked if Trump was of ficials. That surveillance some Schif f spokesman said Nunes had
they will vote against the bill Democrat joins them. among those swept up in the intelli times includes the name of an not informed his Democratic coun
called the American Health Care Trump has been meeting with gence monitoring, but then said it American that the foreigner is terpart before disclosing the new
Act, while four more have indicat lawmakers at the White House to was only possible that the presi speaking to or about. When this information publicly.
ed they were likely to oppose it. press for votes, but shied away
However, the Freedom Caucus a from a public display of confi
conservative Republican faction dence. Starbucks to add 240,000 jobs worldwide by 2021
is sounding more optimistic than Asked if he plans to keep trying
New York: US cof feehouse chain, comes as Starbucks is heavily ments may af fect global brands.
ever after talking with Trump and on health care if the House bill
Starbucks has planned to hire focused on growing its business Certainly, as an American brand,
the party leaders. fails, the President said: "We'll see
240,000 more people globally by abroad. It is currently opening one sometimes politics in the US can
Trump was personally calling what happens", CNN reported.
2021, including 68,000 jobs in store per day in China, and the com carry over, Johnson said.
individual members of the Trump has warned of big losses
America, the media reported. The pany has also entered the Italian Schultz, who endorsed former
Freedom Caucus on Wednesday at the ballot box if Republicans
company announced its plans for a market. The cof fee chain plans to presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton
evening as a possible deal fail to repeal and replace
hiring spree at its annual sharehold add 12,000 new stores worldwide during the campaign last year, said
emerged. Obamacare, and the White House
ers meeting on Wednesday, CNN by 2021. it was too soon to tell whether
Trump is not at all involved in insists there is no alternative leg
reported. Johnson told CNN that the single Trumps policies will hurt
the details, a presidential aide islation or plan if they fail.
It marks the final shareholder most important thing Starbucks Starbucks. Starbucks is also stand
told CNN. "There is no Plan B. There's
event that Howard Schultz will needs from President Donald ing firm behind its commitment to
"Either (he) doesn't know, does Plan A and Plan A," said White
attend as CEO before being Trump is more guidance on trade hire 10,000 refugees around the
n't care or both," an aide told House press secretary Sean
replaced by Kevin Johnson on April policies and there is concern globe, a move that the company
CNN. But he is very involved in Spicer.
3. Schultz will remain as executive about how Trumps America First announced the day after Trump
the sale now, and "appears ener "We're going to get this done"
chairman. T he announcement platform and antifree trade senti implemented his initial travel ban.
10 March 25-31, 2017 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

By Shivaji Sengupta

T
hese days, the media is agog
w ith President Donald
Trump's mistrust of his own
Donald Trump: Bureaucracy,
government's bureaucracy, espe
cially when it has expressed diffi
cult ies in carry ing out the
Presidents Executive Orders. Nay
politics and the Deep State
sayers will point out that Trump policy, including career public ser
dislikes and criticizes whenever Every head of state, a prime vants. In other words, Lofgrens
people or institutions oppose him. perspective is somewhat akin to
This is true, but Trump's issues
minister or a president, mine, as described above, except
with his bureaucracy actually rais must learn to work within that I wouldnt include the private
es some fundamental aspects of sector in it. Private sector influence
governance itself. the parameters of is the work of lobbyists.
I am not thinking about "Deep What we, the public, will do well
State," which New York Times governmental framework. to understand is that every head of
explains somewhat controversial
ly as a network of civilian and
The Trump administration state, be he or she a prime minister
or a president, must learn to work
government of ficials who control through its over-reaction within the parameters of govern
or undermine democratically elect mental framework. As the New
ed governments. What the Times to the Washington bureau- York Times noted, the Trump
could have said is that Deep State
runs the government at the behest
cracy may risk making administration through its over
react ion to the Washington
of the President, but sometimes is those very problems worse bureaucracy may risk making
capable of undermining it. those very problems worse that it
These of ficials are not elected. that it is trying to combat. is trying to combat. To accuse them
Those at the top have risen to posi of leaking information, publicizing
t ions of considerable power duty! view about them. According to gan among these bureaucrats. The internal conflicts and politicizing
through the civil ranks. Since they This is not peculiar to America. It Time magazine, it is an organized reason the public knows so little institutions such as the intelligence
are not elected, they cannot be happens in Europe, Britain and resistance within the government, about them is because they operate agencies, might force them to
fired (though they can be trans India. In Britain and India, it is working to subvert his presidency. under the radar, quite happy to become truly secretive and coer
ferred). In fact, their permanence called "the Stee l Frame." They blame career bureaucrats, yield to the elected officials all the cive in the way they try not to.
affords them immense knowledge T here are famous many of whom they see as being publicity. David Gergen, the CNN American bureaucrats are not (yet)
instances of cabinet minis loyal to former President Barack commentator, weighed in on this:
T

of governmental af fairs, D.C. like their counterparts in Egypt


EN

style. They belong to dif fer ters or even the Prime Obama, for leaking damag ing This is a dark conspiratorial view and Pakistan where apparently
M

ent departments such as Minister being frustrated by their information to the news media. that is being pushed by Steve they literally run the country!
M

Chief Secretary (a Secretary there, T he fact that the term Deep Bannon, his allies at Breitbart and
CO

the Interior (Home), According to the Times, the leaks


De fense, Home land unlike in the United States, is not State is not common in this coun some others in the conservative do not amount to conspiracy.
Security, and advise the appointed by the president). There try can be sensed in Times banish movement trying to delegitimize Trumps or Mr. Bannons exag
Secretaries, appointed by the are novels and television shows ing it out of America altogether! the opposition to Trump pass the gerated reactions may force the
President, on creating policies. about them. (A particularly funny Until recently, it states, Deep State blame to others. potentially powerful civil servants
They may also create regulations one is BBC's Yes, Minister! a come was a term mainly used outside the However, not all commentators into a corner (they are powerful
based on the legislatures passed by dy about a w ily and w izened United States, and generally associ on Deep State hold such a gloomy because they are the keepers of
the Congress and signed into law Secretary, who, by taking advan ated with authoritarian regimes view. Mike Lofg ren, former many sensitive state secrets) and
by the President. However, if they tage of the elected Minister's igno like Turkey and Egypt. I am afraid Republican congressional staf fer force them into an impossible
happened to disagree with the rance of governmental rules and the Time is quite wrong! In every and author of The Deep State: The dilemma. Either they give in, and
president regarding how the regu regulations, repeatedly makes a country, regardless of its ideology, Fall of the Constitution and the become reduced to nothing by the
lations should be written, or take a fool of him). there is a government run by non Rise of a Shadow Government, has TrumpBannon combine; or they
strong dislike for any of the So Trump's problems are not elected of ficials, working under used the term in the context of hit back, trying to maintain the tra
Secretaries, they may refuse to new. Past presidents have com e lected Ministers, Senators or American politics but not in the dit ion of their centuries old
cooperate, invoking obscure laws plained about their bureaucrats. Congress people. The way they same negative way. To him, Deep bureaucracy that have served pres
and regulations. When crossed by However, according to much of the behave is remarkably the same: State constitutes the practice of the idents, more or less faithfully, since
the Secretary, they can simply say American media, President Trump They make the laws; we make the members of the public and private 1788.
stiffly I am just trying to do my has taken a decidedly negative regulations! goes the common slo sectors who influence government Beware the fury of a patient man!

Intel chiefs reject Trumps wiretapping allegation


Washington: FBI Director James
Comey says the FBI and Justice
Department have no information to
substantiate President Donald
Trump's claims that former
President Barack Obama wire
tapped him before the election.
Appearing be fore the House
Intelligence Committee, Comey Despite demands to regret his tweet, President Trump is not likely to oblige.
says no individual can order sur
veillance of an American. He says National Security Agency, denied Trump. The British intelligence
courts grant this permission after a that the British intelligence com agency flatly denied it happened.
rigorous application process. munity was ever asked to conduct The ranking Democrat on the
Comey said the Just ice e lectronic surveillance on House intelligence committee, Rep.
Department also asked him to President Trump at the behest of Adam Schif f of California, asked pened. The Senate's top Democrat House panel that there was no
share with the committee that the former President Barack Obama. Rogers if he thought it was "utterly says that President Trump "severe information that supports Trump's
answer also applies to the Justice Few days ago, White House Press ridiculous" that anyone in the U.S. ly damaged his credibility" with allegation.
Department and its various compo Secretary Sean Spicer referred to would ask British spies to do sur Twitter postings claiming that for Schumer said Trump "needs to
nents. T he Justice Department unsubstantiated allegations made veillance on a presidential candi mer Obama ordered wiretaps of retract his claim immediately."
oversees the FBI and other law by a Fox News analyst that GCHQ, date. Rogers said it was and added him. New York Sen. Charles He added that Trump "should
enforcement agencies. the British electronic intelligence that he had seen nothing at the Schumer issued the statement after admit he was wrong, stop the out
Mike Rogers, the director of the agency, had helped Obama wiretap NSA that would indicate that hap FBI Director James Comey told a landish tweets."
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Gorsuch finds attacks on US stocks tumble


judges disheartening on Trump policy
Washington: President Donald
Trump's Supreme Court pick
Judge Neil Gorsuch has said dur
uncertainty
New York: US stocks
ing his Senate hearing that the
reversed early gains to
President's attacks on federal
end sharply lower on
judges are "disheartening" and
Tuesday, amid growing
"demoralizing".
concerns over
Gorsuch once made a reference
President Donald
to Trump's attacks on federal
Trump's ability to
judges in a private conversation
implement his eco
with senators, which was later
nomic policies.
reported in the media, but he
T he Dow Jones
made his latest remarks in his
Industrial Average dropped since its ratification in 2010.
public Senate hearing on Tuesday.
237.85 points, or 1.14 per cent, The Obama administration said
"W hen anyone criticizes the
to 20,668.01. The S&P 500 lost the ACA expanded healthcare
honesty or integrity or motives of
President Trumps pick for Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch is undergoing 29.45 points, or 1.24 per cent, to coverage to millions more of citi
a federal judge, I find that dis
Senate hearings before confirmation vote in April. (Courtesy AP) 2,344.02. T he Nasdaq zens, while some grumble that
heartening and I find that demor
Composite Index plunged their healthcare premiums have
alizing," Gorsuch said, Efe news based on what the law and the Judge Merrick Garland in 2016,
107.70 points, or 1.83 per cent, surged after the ACA was put in
reported. facts of a particular case require," nominated to replace Scalia by the
to 5,793.83, Xinhua reported. place. Financials took a hit as the
W hen asked if his comment and added that "there's no such thenPresident Barack Obama.
Worries about the country's US benchmark 10year note
re ferred to Trump, Gorsuch thing as a Republican judge or a To secure his position in the
health care reform weighed on yield continued to fall. Financial
replied, "Anyone is anyone." Democratic judge we just have Supreme Court, Gorsuch needs to
the market as House sector, the biggest lagg ard
Gorsuch's comments respond to judges in this country". w in at least 60 votes from
Republicans are expected to vote among the S&P 500's ten sec
the criticism that Trump has pub Gorsuch, who currently serves Senators, which is an obstacle
on repealing and replacing the tors, slumped 2.87 percent
licly launched against federal on the US Court of Appeals for the hard to overcome as there are now
Af fordable Care Acton (ACA) Tuesday. In corporate news,
judges after their ruling against Tenth Circuit, was nominated by only 52 Republicans in the Senate.
Thursday. Apple announced a new version
his order which prohibits the entry Trump to take the Supreme Court Gorsuch, therefore, needs sup
Analysts thoug ht that the of its 9.7inch iPad and special
into the US of refugees and citi seat left vacant by the late Justice ports from the Democrats.
enthusiasm has come off the boil editions for the iPhone 7 and
zens of several Muslimmajority Antonin Scalia, who died in Although the process may be
as a lot of Trump policies got iPhone 7 Plus Tuesday. Shares of
countries. February 2016. delayed by the Democrats, the
mired in legislative process. the tech giant, however, reversed
During the hearing, Gorsuch also Democratic senators have reject Senate Republicans are likely to
The ACA has been heatedly early gains to close down 1.15
assured "I have no difficulty ruling ed Trump's nominee after the eventually reach a simple majority
debated in the United States per cent.
against or for any party other than Republicans also turned down vote.
12 March 25-31, 2017 INDIA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Adityanath bans pan, gutka in UP offices, allocates portfolios


Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief The BJP Chief Minister asked the osmosis water system should run
Minister Yogi Adityanath has Chief Secretary to fix a time table properly and ordered verification of
banned chewing of 'paan' (beetal for presentations and review meet firefighting systems installed in the
leaves), and consumption of tobacco ings and said the meeting room building. Expressing displeasure
and its products in all state govern should be properly maintained. over some files gathering dust in
ment of fices, hospitals and educa Noting that cleanliness pledges the corridors, he stressed on the
tional institutions and directed for should not remain mere formalities need for their proper upkeep and
ban on use of polythene. and officials need to set an example maintenance. Those present during
The Chief Minister also allocated for others to emulate, Adiyanath the inspection included Deputy
portfolios to his ministerial col laid emphasis on cleanliness and Chief Minister Keshav Prasad
leagues, keeping several key depart called upon of ficials to encourage Maurya and senior state officials.
ments like home, revenue, mining their subordinates to maintain it. During the day, Adiyanath also
and jails with him. The Chief Minister said he will con allocated portfolios to 22 Cabinet
Adiyanath inspected the Shastri tinue to conduct inspections to Ministers, nine Ministers of State
Bhavan (annexe) here during his ensure his directions were complied (Independent Charge) and 13
first full working day here after tak with. Ministers of State.
ing oath as the Chief Minister on Expressing displeasure at wires Deputy Chief Minister Keshav
Sunday. He inspected various floors dangling in the of fice, Adiyanath Prashad Maurya has been given the
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
and sections of the building to get a called for immediate steps for portfolios of public works, food pro
firsthand account of cleanliness those found wanting in discharge of within the period. He hoped that improvement. He said clean envi cessing, entertainment tax and pub
and work ethos. their duties. Adityanath asked Chief similar mechanism will be adopted ronment in of fices will lead to lic enterprises.
According to an of ficial release, Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to in subordinate of fices and noted enhanced productivity and also Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh
Adityanath gave a stern message ensure a proper system for upkeep, that departmental presentations stressed on the need to work with a Sharma has been given secondary
that "old work style and lax attitude maintenance of files and records and reviews will be conducted in team spirit. and higher education, science and
towards work" will not be tolerated within a week and to ensure cleanli the fifthfloor conference room T he re lease said the Chief technology, electronics and infor
and stringent action taken against ness in the Shastri Bhavan premises between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Minister instructed that reverse mation technology.

Resolve Ayodhya 'Amarinder emerged as a model


dispute amicably: SC for a dispassionate biography'
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has 403member assembly in the Chandigarh: Unlike a politician or a royal, both of which
favored an amicable settlement to FebruaryMarch election. he is, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh does not
the RamjanmabhoomiBabri Masjid The BJP said friendly negotiations hold back on sharing information about himself. This is
dispute in Ayodhya and offered to was the best way to resolve the dis reflected in his justreleased authorized biography.
act as mediator, which was wel pute while Union Minister Mahesh "Amarinder emerged as a model for a dispassionate
comed by the BJP but ruled out by Sharma, another BJP leader, said the biography, which many political leaders would find
the Babri Masjid Action Committee court's advice may pave the way for hard to emulate. Amarinder never ducked answering a
and others. The apex court's sugges the temple's construction. personal or awkward question," author Khushwant
tion for a negotiated settlement to BJP MP Vinay Katiyar said the Singh (not to be confused with the famous writer), who
the longstanding dispute on the land court's suggestion, along with the has penned Amarinder's authorised biography "The
title in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya fact that the BJP had come to power People's Maharaja" (Hay House India/Rs 699/pp 392),
attracted mixed reactions. in Uttar Pradesh, will have a positive told IANS in an interview here.
"These are issues of religion and effect in settling the dispute. While the idea of the biography emerged at a time Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh
sentiments. All of you may sit togeth On the other hand, Babri Masjid when Amarinder Singh was down politically, after lead
er and hold a cordial meeting," Chief Action Committee convenor ing his Congress party to its second successive defeat in tors headon over the issue of his friendship with
Justice J.S. Khehar, who headed the Zafaryab Jilani as well as All India Punjab's assembly elections in 2012, the timing of its Pakistani journalist Aroosa Alam; or his taking a stand
bench hearing the matter, said. Muslim Personal Law Board (AIM release was extremely apt coming just 20 days ahead and quitting the Congress in 1984 over Operation
Chief Justice Khehar said the nego PLB) member and AIMIM MP of Amarinder leading the Congress' revival in Punjab by Bluestar ordered by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi
tiated settlement is the best course Asaduddin Owaisi virtually ruled out sweeping the assembly polls and becoming Chief to root out heavilyarmed terrorists from the Golden
for resolving the dispute and offered an outofcourt settlement. Minister for the second time. Temple complex (where the holiest of Sikh shrines, the
himself or other members of the "An amicable solution is impossi "I will not hesitate to state that he was the frankest of Harmandir Sahib, is located).
bench to act as mediators. ble. This has to be dealt in the court all the people that I interviewed while doing the spade "You took any question to him and he frankly replied
The Bharatiya Janata Party rul itself. If the court passes any order to work of this biography. Also, never during the writing to it. The onus was on the biographer to ask questions
ing both at the Centre and Uttar that ef fect (amicable solution), we of the text did he request that any insertion or deletion based on research. It is not a normal biography of a
Pradesh heartily welcomed it but will think about future course of be done. Neither did he seek adulation," Khushwant, political man. There is ancestry, a very actionpacked
the Babri Masjid Action Committee action," said Jilani. "We have faith if who has authored four books earlier, including the early life, a military life, a writer's life and his social and
and the Muslim Personal Law Board, the CJI himself mediates or nomi bestselling "Sikhs Unlimited" (2007); the gripping personal fronts," Khushwant pointed out.
which are prominent parties to the nates a team of Supreme Court "Turbaned Tornado The Oldest Marathon Runner Asked about Amarinder as a person, Khushwant said:
legal battle, dismissed an outof judges or court itself hears the mat Fauja Singh" (2011) and the widelyacclaimed novel "He is quite belligerent as a person, if he is decided on
court settlement. The court was ter. But we are not willing to accept "Maharaja in Denims" (2014), pointed out. something. It's very difficult to convince him the other
hearing BJP leader Subramanian an outofcourt settlement," he "Usually political leaders would try to control an way. He is a man who is very particular about his per
Swamy's plea for constituting a added. authorised biography. In an authorised biography, there sonal space, about protocol and conduct in the public
bench to hear a batch of petitions "Several rounds of talks on earlier is always a fear that it will be compromised. Nothing of space."
challenging a 2010 Allahabad High occasion have failed to yield result. the sort happened here. As a subject and the author, we The book mentions that hardly has anyone around
Court order on the matter. That is why the AIMPLB had decided both understood the sanctity of not pushing a false nar Amarinder ever heard him use cuss words or really get
The 2010 order said there should that it will not go for any more talks," rative," said Khushwant, who has varied interests angry. Even in situations where Amarinder disagrees
be partition of the disputed land in Owaisi said, adding that the "case from horticulture and agriculture to writing a column with someone during a discussion, he would withdraw
Ayodhya between parties to the was about the (land) title which the for a leading national daily. instead of being impolite or rude to the other person.
dispute. The apex court's observa Allahabad High Court wrongly decid Even events like Amarinder's dif ference of opinion With the book going into a reprint within 20 days of
tion comes after BJP leader Yogi ed as a partnership case". Owaisi said with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, when he its launch and Amarinder back at the helm of affairs in
Adityanath a strong advocate of he hoped the apex court will decide came close, in late 2015, to quitting the party over a Punjab, Khushwant pointed out that "the election
building the Ram temple at the dis other cases pending since the demo year ahead of the assembly polls that he eventually won proves that he is really the 'People's Maharaja'. The
puted site was sworn in as the new lition of the Babri Msjid in December and started the process of Congress revival in a state; idea to take this project and the title of the book have
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on 6, 1992, including conspiracy realistic acknowledgement of him and his wife Preneet been vindicated with this election."
Sunday. The BJP, which included the charges against prominent BJP lead Kaur (former Union Minister of State for External "If I have to add a chapter (later), I would like to see
construction of the Ram temple in its ers like L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Affairs) "drifting apart after two decades" of marriage him make a shift from 'People's Maharaja' to be the cap
poll manifesto, won 312 seats in the Joshi and Uma Bharti. but still standing "united in politics"; taking his detrac tain of modern Punjab," the author said.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INDIA March 25-31, 2017 13

Maharashtra medicos agitation escalates


Mumbai: The threeday mass Casual Leave by hard earned degrees," the Association said in
resident doctors in Maharashtra's govern a statement.
ment hospital escalated with 40,000 medicos He said there was no discussion on com
of the Indian Medical Association joining pensation for the doctors who were beaten.
their protest. Despite a strong rap by the Bombay High
The state government meanwhile served an Court on Tuesday, MARD made it clear that
ultimatum till 8 p.m. of Wednesday asking the agitation would continue till the govern
doctors to resume duties failing which they ment ensured security in hospitals against
could face a sixmonth pay cut. violence by patients' relatives.
"We have given them the final ultimatum," IMA Youth President Sagar Mundada said
Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan its 45,000 memberdoctors in Maharashtra
told the media. and over 200,000 in India also oppose any
Individual hospitals in Mumbai and other punitive action against the agitating resident
parts of Maharashtra also initiated their own medicos.
action of slapping showcause or suspension Bombay High Court Chief Justice Manjula
notices on the agitating medicos. Chellur and Justice G.S. Kulkarni made strong
According to a spokesperson for the observations on the doctors and asked them
Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors Members of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) participate in a candle to join duties, failing which the government
(MARD), suspension notices were served on march at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Nagpur. (Photo: IANS) was free to act against them.
370 resident doctors in Nagpur and 114 in T he MARD agitation against frequent
Solapur. T he BrihanMumbai Municipal across the state, but only essential or emer De lhi, the AIIMS Resident Do ctors attacks on resident doctors by relatives of
Corporation served notices to around 500 gency medical services shall be maintained. Association said that instead of providing patients led to major disruptions in govern
doctors asking them to resume work as per Boosting the agitating doctors' cause, the security to the medicos, the government was ment hospitals. Hundreds of scheduled sur
the Bombay High Court directive immediate IMA extended support to the medicos' threatening to cut salaries and evict them geries were postponed and snaky queues of
ly or face acton. demand for implementation of the Violence from hostels. poor pat ients were seen outside the
IMA President Ashok Tamble said that from Against Doctors Act, 2010 and adequate pro "We resident doctors of AIIMS are forced to hospitals.
Wednesday, all the 40,000 member doctors visions for their security as per court direc work with helmets in Emergency as we don't In Mumbai, the government hospitals hit
would strike work in government hospitals tives. Expressing support to MARD from New want to lose our vision and life as well as our were KEM, Sion LTMG, Nair and Sir JJ Group.

Congress exleader 19 Maharashtra MLAs suspended Mumbai: In a drastic move, 19

S.M. Krishna joins BJP opposition legislators were on


Wednesday suspended
December 31 by Maharashtra
till

New Delhi: Former Speaker Haribhau Bagade for creat


Cong ress leader ing ruckus over farm loans in the
S.M. Krishna has house on Saturday.
joined the BJP, call The combined opposition cried
ing it "very impor foul over the move, terming it "an
tant stop in my unconstitutional step and a murder
onward journey". of democracy" and later met
T he former Governor C.V. Rao.
Karnataka Chie f The house, which reassembled
Minister heaped after three days, adopted a resolu
praise on Prime tion moved by Parliamentary
Among the legislators suspended for nine months include nine from
Minister Narendra Affairs Minister Girish Bapat, seek
the Congress and 10 from NCP.
Mo di, say ing "a Congress leader and former Karnataka Chief ing suspension of the Congress and opposition legislators wearing black Rao and submitted a memorandum
g reat India is Minister SM Krishna joins BJP in the presence Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) bands. They alleged that the gov demanding his directions to the
emerging under his of BJP Chief Amit Shah in New Delhi. legislators who disrupted Finance ernment took the step to avoid government to revoke the suspen
leadership". paign for the Karnataka assem Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar's defeat over a cut motion which sion. They also urged him to direct
Krishna formally became a bly elections due next year. budget speech that day. requires voting in the house. the government to issue directives
member of the Bharatiya Janata The BJP has been struggling to The resolution was adopted with Condemning the move, for announcing writing off all farm
Party in the presence of party make inroads in south both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Opposition leader Radhakrishna debts to bring relief to the farmers
President Amit Shah. He left the Karnataka, where Krishna is an Party and ally Shiv Sena members VikhePatil accused the government who were committing suicide.
Congress earlier, saying he was influential leader among the voting in favour after which the of being insensitive to the farmers' Among the legislators suspended
feeling neglected. dominant Vokkaliga community. Speaker issued the suspension plight and attempting to muzzle the for nine months include nine from
"It has been a great journey Speaking on the occasion, Shah orders. opposition by resorting to undemo the Congress and 10 from NCP who
and I have landed at very impor called Krishna "an asset for the The Speaker's suspension order cratic measures. are also barred from entering the
tant stop in my onward journey country"."He has played various was greeted with protests, a silent Later, VikhePatil led an allparty legislature precincts at Nariman
in the nation's service. I am feel important roles in his long public sitin outside the legislature by opposition delegation to Governor Point.
ing grateful on joining the BJP. life. He served in various capaci
Now, a great India is emerging ties, be it MLA, MP or Chief
under the Prime Minister's lead Minister or External Af fairs AIADMK factions get 'Electric Pole', 'Cap'
ership, ably supported by Amit Minister or Governor. His entry
Chennai: The Election Commission AIADMK faction led by the now represented by the late Jayalalithaa.
Shah," he told the media here. (into BJP) w ill increase our
on Thursday allotted the symbol jailed General Secretary V.K. AIADMK Deputy General
Re ferring to former Prime power in Karnataka," Shah said.
"Electric Pole" to the AIADMK fac Sasikala has been given the "cap" Secretary T.T.V. Dinakaran will con
Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shah said Krishna's decision to
tion led by former Tamil Nadu Chief symbol and would be known as test in Radhakrishnan Nagar on
Krishna said he had been "associ join the party was in tune with
Minister O. Panneerselvam and the "AIADMK Amma". behalf of the ruling party. T he
ated with the great leadership of the country's ongoing transfor
"Cap" to the ruling AIADMK group. The ruling AIADMK split into two Panneerselvam faction has fielded
the BJP" when he was the Chief mation and BJP's increasing
We have been given `Electric Pole' factions after the death of Chief E. Madhusudanan. In an interim
Minister of Karnataka from 1999 acceptance across India.
to fight the bye lection from Minister and party icon J. order on Wednesday night, the
to 2004. Three Union Ministers from
Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. Jayalalithaa. The allotment of the Election Commission froze the 'two
Krishna was also the Indian Karnataka Ananth Kumar,
And our group will be called the symbols is important as a byelec leaves" symbol of the now divided
External Affairs Minister. Sadananda Gowda and Ramesh
'AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma'," tion will be held on April 12 to the AIADMK and ruled that neither fac
The development could help Jigajinagi were among those
former MP K.C. Palaniswamy told Tamil Nadu assembly from tion will use the original party
strengthen BJP election cam present.
IANS. On the other hand, the Radhakrishnan Nagar, which was name in the byelection.
14 March 25-31, 2017 INDIA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Delhi election panel acting Aadhaar forced on


as subordinate: AAP people: Opposition
New Delhi: An opposition mem cannot be duplicated. "If dupli
New Delhi: The ruling AAP has
accused the Delhi State Election ber in the Lok Sabha accused the cate PAN (Permanent Account
Commission of acting as a subordi government of forcing Indians to Number) Card can be made, can't
nate of its political masters by get Aad haar Cards, w ith a duplicate Aadhaar card be
ordering removal/covering of Congress, Trinamool Congress made," Salim asked.
"Aam" word displayed in Delhi gov and Biju Janata Dal members Soon after, Mahtab said his
ernment's schemes. walking out before the Finance party was not satisfied with the
Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi conven Bill was passed. The opposition Finance Minister's reply, and the
er Dilip Pandey, in a memorandum also objected to one of the BJD staged a walkout.
to the commission, said that the amendments in the bill that Congress leader in the house,
party members were shocked over makes Aadhaar Card mandatory Mallikarjun Kharge, then urged
the directions to remove the word for filing of income tax returns, the government to announce a
from various schemes, including but it was eventually passed. loan waiver for farmers across
Mohalla Clinics and public trans As Finance Minister Arun the country.
port buses. Jaitley finished his reply to a "The Prime Minister, Finance
"What shocks us the most is the debate on the Finance Bill, Biju Minister, and Ag riculture
fact that a constitutional body is Janata Dal leader Bhartruhari Minister are all sitting here. As
AAP leader Dilip Pandey addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Mahtab said the government is you promised in Uttar Pradesh,
acting as a subordinate of its polit
ical masters and taking orders forcing Indian citizens to get waive loans of farmers across the
AAP leader said. He said the com words "Indian" and "National" from
from them," Pandey said in the Aad haar Cards by making it country," Kharge said.
mission did not even care to follow all government buildings, installa
memorandum. mandatory for filing of tax "Jaitley sahib has got so much
due procedure and issue notices to tions and billboards because they
"We urge the commission to returns. money as you yourself have
the state government and the AAP also figure in the name of Indian
immediately correct this mistake," "You are forcing the citizens," said. You have got more than Rs
and allow them a hearing. National Congress?" Pandey asked.
Pandey said. He said that Aam Mahtab said, to which Jaitley two lakh crore; why don't you
He wondered whether the State The State Election Commission
Aadmi Mohalla Clinic concept is a said: "Yes, we are." make the announcement," he
Election Commission will ask the on Tuesday directed the AAP gov
revolution in the field of public T he minster, justifying the said.
Chie f Secretary to cover ernment to remove "Aam" word
healthcare and the model was move, said people were using The treasury benches, however,
"Bharatiya" and "Janata" words, from all displays visavis its
being appreciated worldwide. more than one PAN card to evade remained quiet, and Speaker
wherever they appear on govern schemes as demanded by BJP leg
"We are pained to note that com paying taxes. Sumitra Mahajan moved ahead
ment buildings, installations and islator Vijender Gupta.
mission of ficers have trampled Communist Party of India with the process of bill passage,
billboards, as the two words figure The commission also demanded
over the Constitution by following Marxist leader Mohammad Salim which agitated the opposition
in the name of the Bhartiya Janata a "compliance report" within 48
the diktats of political leaders," the wondered if an Aadhaar Card members.
Party. "Will the commission cover hours.

Sena MP defends
colleague, Air
Key to reviving Punjab lies in
India to FIR
New Delhi: Air India said it will file an FIR
revitalizing its industrial cities
By Amit Kapoor
against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for
assaulting a staffer after he was forced to
he conversation around BJPs electoral

T
travel economy class though he had a busi
win in UP has completely overshadowed
ness class ticket.
the political scenario in the state of
Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar
Punjab. Political commentators attribute this
told IANS: "We have formed a committee to
to Punjab's small electoral share compared to
examine the whole incident. As soon as the
UP, but there is more to it than mere arith
report comes, the management will decide
metic.
the next course of action. We are planning
Only a few decades ago, Punjab was a poster
to file an FIR today."
boy for development a state that was the
Air India has begun contacting passen
centrestage of the Green Revolution and
gers on the flight as some of them may have
whose cities were fast industrializing.
videoed the incident or clicked pictures dur
Ludhiana was a production hub for cycles;
ing the fracas between Gaikwad and the air Only a few decades ago, Punjab was a poster boy for development.
Jalandhar had a thriving sports goods indus
line officials.
try and Amritsar had its textile industry. Punjab were a driving force behind Punjab's nomic policies followed by the state leader
Meanwhile, Arvind Sawant, a Sena leader
Punjab's economic size made it hard to be erstwhile growth, it should be instructive to ship. Punjab's agricultural sector is riddled
and MP from south Mumbai, defended
sidelined. Now, the state and its cities have delve into the reasons for their decline. with controls and huge subsidies, which
Gaikwad and described the assault as a
fallen into Detroitlike insignificance. First, was the availability of cheaper imports makes the state's fiscal situation highly
"reaction to rude and insulting behaviour of
Industries have chosen to exit the state. of manufactured and intermediary goods from unmanageable. The state provides free elec
Air India officials".
Between 2007 and 2014, about 18,770 facto China. For instance, Jalandhar, which was a tricity to its farmers. To compensate for this
"Gaikwad is a professor by profession and
ries have closed down. As a result, employ global supplier of sports goods, lost its com subsidy, arcane duties and cesses are imposed
he is known for his peaceful demeanor.
ment and economic growth have fallen below petitive edge to cheaper Chinese products. on electricity provided to industries. This
Although Gaikwad was quite polite during
the national average. Moreover, the rising Similarly, the cycles industry in Ludhiana lost makes operations unreasonably expensive.
the argument, the Air India officers were
menace of drugs has added to the woes. its place to cheaper imports of cycle compo The newlyelected Congress government
rude," he said.
The strong antiincumbency shown in the nents from China. The second reason is the needs to reverse all these policy errors to
"They insulted him and used abusive lan
recent elections reflects the desire for change loss of competitive advantage to Punjab's revive Punjab's growth story.
guage. One cannot expect us to keep quiet
among the people of Punjab and, hopefully, neighboring states. Tax structures are more Since agriculture is no longer the mainstay
in such a situation. We at Shiv Sena do not
the Amarinder Singhled government will live attractive in Himachal Pradesh. of its economy, the best approach that the
tolerate injustice. We do not see anything
up to the expectation of the electorate. The state has been offering a tax holiday to incoming government can take is to revive the
wrong in Gaikwad's reaction," Sawant told
Reviving the state needs to begin at the level industries since 2003 along with other sops. state's basic units of economic power: its
IANS. The incident happened when flight
of its cities as they have the potential to Also, industrial power is much more abun cities. Reviving the industrial clusters that
AI852 from Pune landed at Delhi airport
become engines of growth and prosperity. dantly available and considerably cheaper in once thrived in the cities of Punjab is its best
around 10.30 a.m.
Since industrial clusters across the cities of Himachal Pradesh. Third is the flawed eco bet in a failing economy.
Seasons March 25-31, 2017 15

Spring has Sprung


The season of flowers and colors symbolizes
new beginnings, new hopes and rejuvenation.
WASHINGTON DC DELHI
E ach year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift
of 3,000 cherry trees from the Mayor of Tokyo to the city of Washington,
DC. The Festival celebrating US-Japan friendship spans four weekends and wel-
P resident Pranab Mukherjee seen at the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bha-
van in New Delhi during the spring opening for public of the famous gar-
den, which boasts tulips. In Mukherjees last year in office, two rose varieties
comes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse programming and the have been named after him and his late wife, Suvra Mukherjee, growing next to
trees. The Yoshino produces single white blossoms that create an effect of white Abraham Lincoln, Christian Dior and Queen Elizabeth.
clouds around the Tidal Basin and north onto the grounds of the Washing-
ton Monument. Intermingled with the Yoshino are a small number of Akebono
cherry trees, which bloom at the same time as the Yoshino and produce single,
pale-pink blossoms. The Tidal Basin is a partially man-made reservoir between
the Potomac River and the Washington Channel in Washington, D.C. It is part of
West Potomac Park and is a focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
held each spring. Last weeks snow storm and cold weather has delayed the full
blooming of the cherry blossom, which usually happens in mid-March.

CHINA
A herdsman transfers sheep to spring pastures in Ili Kazak Autonomous Pre-
fecture, northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on March
9. Local herdsmen started to move their herds from winter pastures to spring
pastures, as the weather grew warm.
KOLK ATA
G irls perform at a cultural program during Basanta Utsav (literally, spring
festival that coincides with Holi) in Kolkata on March 12.
16 March 25-31, 2017 BOLLYwOOD

Machine Dont act like God, Sunil


Grover tells Kapil Sharma
Mechanical sans heart A ctor-comedian Kapil Sharma and
Sunil Grover from The Kapil Sharma
Show seem to have mended their strained
relationship after Kapil extended apology
and said he was sorry if he had uninten-
tionally hurt his co-star.
Kapil was accused of allegedly hurting
Sunil while drunk on a flight from Melbourne.
Kapil tweeted: Paji Sunil Grover. Sorry if
hurt you unintentionally. You know very well
how much I love you. Love and regards always.
In reply to the tweet, Sunil sent out a long
post via social media. In it, Sunil said that
even though working with Kapil has been a
learning experience, he requested that Kapil
should treat everybody with respect.
All are not as successful as you. All are
not as talented as you are. But if they all
are talented like you, who will value you? Sunil Grover (left) with actor Akshay
So have some gratitude towards their ex- Kumar on The Kapil Sharma Show.
istence. And also, if someone is correcting wrote: You won my heart. I love you more
you, dont abuse that person, Sunil said. and more. According to the buzz, Sunil
He added: Refrain from using foul lan- skipped the shooting of the shows latest
guage in front of women who have nothing episode on Monday.
to do with the stardom you carry. They are Kapil tweeted: Today packed up at 6 a.m.
Lead actors of the film Kiara Advani and Mustafa Burmawala. just travelling with you. Thanks for making After so long and I missed so many things. Love
me realise it was your show and you have you. See you in the evening at your home.

T his is a convoluted love story. A car en-


thusiast and an all-rounder Sara Thapar
(Kiara Advani) is the most popular girl at a
purported to be the launch pad into the big
league for Abbass son Mustafa.
He has earlier appeared in cameos in
the power to throw out anybody, anytime.
Sunil also asked Kapil to not act like
On The Kapil Sharma Show, Sunil plays
the characters Doctor Mashoor Gulati and
God.Responding to Sunils post then, Kapil Rinku Bhabhi. This is not their first spat.
school somewhere in North India. films like Coffee Shop (2008) and Players
One fine day, Sara -- on her way back from (2012). But alas! Mustafas personality is de-
a convent where she goes to offer charity -- void of charisma and he lacks screen presence.
is interrupted by a mysterious young man
Ransh (Mustafa). He apparently is a new
His performance on screen is low on en-
ergy and lacks the requisite intensity. Also,
Jacqueline to host Justin
entrant to the school. And soon they realize
they share similar interests.
The writing lacks depth and novelty. The
his diction, especially in English, leaves a
lot to be desired and his two left feet are
obvious in the dance sequences.
Bieber during India visit
script starts off as a romance flick. In the
first half, the narrative breaks into numerous
song sequences that make the film seem like
Kiara Advani as Sara is competent and
she delivers with sincerity. Ronit Roy as
Saras father and Dalip Tahil as Kris Alter
S ri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez
will be taking Grammy Award winner
and global pop sensation Justin Bieber to a
a musical and there is Shakespeares Romeo are perfunctory in supporting roles befit- tour around Mumbai during his scheduled
and Juliet thrown in for good measure. ting their personality. trip to India in May. She plans to give him
And then, the track quickly changes gear Visually, the film is glossy and the direc- a taste of all things desi as his tour guide.
to an intriguing thriller only to later disin- tor duo have exploited virgin foreign lo- Bieber will be performing at the D.Y. Pa-
tegrate into a confused cauldron of genres, cales to give the film a fresh look, but pass- til Stadium here on May 10 as part of his
which includes a full-blown revenge drama ing these off as India, is one of their follies. Purpose World Tour.
with clichs galore. The film is replete with They resemble a music album, well-cho- Jacqueline intends to take Bieber to the
Abbas-Mustans trademarks of shock value reographed and picturized, but they are Gateway Of India, Iskon Temple, Colaba
and mystery. But unfortunately, as they un- not memorable. Also, they do not add to the Causeway and also on auto ride through the
ravel, one gets the feel of deja-vu. All of it progression of the tale. streets of Bandra apart from a tour of Film City.
seems to be oft seen in their earlier films. Overall, the film which had the potential I am a huge fan of Bieber and I already
The film is a stylishly mounted and is to be engrossing peters off as an insipid fare. have quite a few things Ive thought of that
would make his visit multi-dimensional. While
hes in India Id love to take him around and

Aishwarya Rai give him a taste of all things desi and be his
tour guide, Jacqueline said in a statement.

Bachchans
The actress also plans to curate a special
menu comprising of Maharashtrian, South

father no more
Indian and Gujarati delicacies at her newly-
launched restaurant. The A Flying Jatt ac-
tress also wants to take him to meet under-

A ctress Aishwarya Rai Bachchans fa-


ther Krishnaraj Rai, who was under in-
tensive care at the Lilavati hospital, passed
privileged children at Dharavi slum area.
Arjun Jain, Director, White Fox India --
the sole promoters of the tour, said: We
away after a brief illness. are working towards finalising the itiner-
According to Lt Gen V Ravishankar, who ary and we hope to give Bieber a multi-
was treating him at the hospital, he had lym- dimensional perspective about India and
phoma. He was in hospital for over a month. make it a memorable event indeed.
Mr Rai passed away around 4 pm in Lila- The 22-year-old Canadian singer-songwrit-
vati hospital ICU, Ravishankar said. er is expected to perform hits like Where
A Mangalorean, Krishnaraj is survived by are you now, Boyfriend, Love yourself,
his wife, son and daughter. Company, As long as you love me, What
During his stay at the hospital, he was do you mean?, Baby and Purpose.
visited by Aishwaryas in-laws Amitabh Biebers latest jaunt is in support of his Jacqueline will give Justin a tour
Aishwarya with father Krishnaraj Rai.
Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. fourth album Purpose. around Mumbai.
BOLLYwOOD March 25-31, 2017 17

Karan was
Khushbu
expressing his
views at the
being considered for
India Today
conclave. Rajinikanths next
A ctress Khushbu Sundar might land a
pivotal role in superstar Rajinikanths
yet-untitled next outing, a source said.
Khushbhu and Rajinikanth, in their hey-
day, have starred in Tamil films such as
Mannan, Pandian and Annamalai.
Its true that Khushbhu is being consid-
ered for one of the leading roles. The mak-
ers have even initiated talks. However, she
hasnt officially signed the project yet. One

A happy marriage in
of the reasons being a Telugu project with
Pawan Kalyan and she fears the dates for the
both the projects will clash, the source said.

the industry would To be produced by Dhanush, the project


is expected to roll from May.

jolt me: Karan Johar


Tipped to be a story set against Mum-
bai backdrop, the makers are in talks with Khushbhu hasnt officially
Vidya Balan for the leading ladys role. signed the project yet.

F ilmmaker Karan Johar says he would be


shocked and surprised if he comes across
ducer and writer, the 44-year-old is the
son of acclaimed late producer Yash Johar.
a happy marriage in the film industry.
A happy marriage in the industry would
The actor also talked about his new experi-
ence as a father to twins via surrogacy earli-
I would rather be stupid than
really jolt me. Id be like, Youre a dinosaur,
get out of here, Karan said at the India To-
er this month. The daughter has been named
Roohi - a rearrangement of Karans mothers pretend to be intelligent
day conclave. name Hiroo and the son has been chris-
Besides being a successful director, pro- tened Yash - on Karans late fathers name. Alia Bhat t
A ctress Alia Bhatt, who has been trolled its not okay if you dont have an answer. You

Reese Witherspoon furious a lot on social media, says she would


rather be stupid than pretend to be smart
and intelligent. I would rather be stupid
get trolled for even getting out of your bed.
The Udta Punjab actress says it would

with Nicole Kidman


bother her if there are no jokes at her expense.
than pretend to be intelligent. A lot of energy One day, if the jokes on me stop coming,
is consumed in pretending to the world that Ill be upset. I am either relevant and irrel-

A
you know it all. If you preserve this energy, evant. If I am crossing your mind at any
ctress Reese Witherspoon is report- Reese is furious that Nicole hasnt done
you can use it to learn. True knowledge in point of the day, I am relevant. So why I
edly furious with once best friend and more to support Big Little Lies. All shes
acquired by being on the threshold of igno- should be upset? My father says one day,
colleague Nicole Kidman. talked about in interviews is Lion. Had Re-
rance, Alia said at the India Today Conclave. the flowers will stop coming and youll be
Gossip platform New Idea has claimed ese known that Nicole would put the show
She added: If I dont know about any singer upset. I say one day, the jokes will stop
there is no love lost between the Oscar- so far on the backburner, she would have
of the 1970s, I think it is ok. Problem is that coming, and then Ill be upset, she said.
winning actresses after a fallout over their cast some random, said a source.
new TV show Big Little Lies, reports dai- The magazine said the frosty relations
lymail.co.uk. between the pair manifested themselves at
The publication claims Witherspoon
is unhappy at her Australian co-star Kid-
the Oscars last month. You could cut the
tension with a knife at the Oscars. When Anushka Sharma
scared SRK at his house
mans failure to promote the HBO series in Nicole was telling her people to keep Re-
the run up to its debut in February, claim- ese away from her - theres no love lost at
ing Kidman used too much of her airtime all, added the source. The show is aired in
to discuss her latest Hollywood hit Lion. India on Star World Premiere HD.
A nushka Sharma got her first co-star
Shah Rukh Khan to help her promote
her forthcoming production Phillauri
when she landed up at his residence Man-
nat here to scare him.
Anushka plays a friendly ghost named
Shashi in the forthcoming film, and to fit
the theme, she made a promotional video
with her Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab
Tak Hai Jaan co-star at his house.
I am making this video because people
nowadays have become a lot more supersti-
tious and feel that they are surrounded by
supernatural beings... There are no ghosts
actually, Shah Rukh says in the video, before
getting interrupted by Anushkas voice.
He poses as if he is scared, and then
Anushka introduces herself as Shashi, say-
ing she is a big fan of King Khan.
Shah Rukh then requests fans to watch
the film, which will release on March 24.
Directed by Anshai Lal, Phillauri also
features Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma and
Mehreen Pirzada. Meanwhile, Shah Rukh
Witherspoon is unhappy at Kidmans failure to promote and Anushka will return to the silver screen Anushka is busy promoting
their TV series Big Little Lies. together with Imtiaz Alis The Ring. her film Phillauri.
Religion

Quest for
18 March 25-31, 2017

While traveling intensively through Sri We came to Nuwara-Eliya from Colombo


Lanka, I found that it is a very beautiful where we spent the night. In the process,

Ramayan
country. Its natural beauty abounds. Each from sea level, we climbed almost 7000
and every inch of its land is decorated by feet. Next day morning, we traveled down
nature with thick dark nourished trees and by about 4000 feet to Ravana Cave, the site
bushes, exquisitely colored flowers, and of Ravans Underground Palace that either

in Lanka
ripe bright-colored fruits and vegetables. is buried under a 650-700-step mountain
We traveled from Colombo to Kandy and or was carved out in the stone.
then traveled to Ashok Vatika where Ravan Ravanas Falls are a short drive further.
held Sita captive. Beside it, there are two In caves behind these falls, he held Sita be-
deep footmarks described as Hanumans. fore transferring her to Ashok Vatika.

The writer is Professor at Stillman School of Business in New Jersey.

Sri Lanka is mulling to develop Ravans Golden


Lanka into a tourist attraction that could
become a gold mine for it attracting tourists
just from its neighbor on the north.
By Prof A.D. Amar why Sri Lanka does not build on its past of
Ravans Golden Lanka and turn it into a tour-

A fter completing my third annual trip to


Sri Lanka earlier this month in search
of Ramayan ruins, I have come to believe
ist attraction that could potentially become
a gold mine for it, with tourist flow just from
India. The dean of the School of Manage-
that Ramayan does indeed have some rel- ment replied that Sri Lanka was working to
evance. The epic seems to have historical do precisely that. But first, they are not sure
veracity. I want to share some of it through of the antiquity of Ramayan - whether its pe-
a few pictures I took. riod was 7th millennia BCE or 11th millennia
In 2014, during my first visit to Sri Lanka BCE. The Archeological Survey of Sri Lanka
with my students, I posed the Ramayan ques- is working on the sites. Sri Lanka expects to
tion to the faculty at the University of Co- come up with more structured tourism pro-
Entrance to Ashok Vatika, Sri Lanka
lombo, where we were visiting. I asked them motion plan over the next several years.

Dancing the Vedas


I n order to highlight the significance of
Vedas in our daily life, Rays of Wisdom
Society organized The Vedas: Eko Ham
tionships. The wisdom of the Vedas can bring
back Vedic living in contemporary India.
In Odissi and Gotipua dance styles, the
Bahu Shyam dance performance in Delhi. performance included: Sanskar: Discipline in
It showcased aspects of the Vedic culture & Childhood; Grihasta: Importance of Women
lifestyle as Vedas, the scriptures of ultimate in Vedic Life; Nitya Karma: Importance of
knowledge, show the path to purge negative daily rituals; Sanyas: The Philosophy and
past karmas and fulfill all human desires Goal of Human Life. Bijoylaxmi Hota con-
while maintaining the harmony in society. ceptualized, scripted and choreographed
The word Veda is derived from Vidya mean- the event. Musical composed by Padma Vib-
ing knowledge. On the one hand, it propa- hushan Rajan Mishra and Shri Swaraansh
gates spiritual life and on the other, it teach- Mishra. The event was supported by Minis-
es the ways of to fulfill human desires while try of Culture, ITDC, The Ashok and is sched-
living in this world. Todays lifestyle has cre- uled to be held on March 18, at the Ashok
ated conflict in interpersonal and social rela- Amphitheater in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

Ravan Falls in Sri Lanka (left) and


On the steps to Ravan Caves, Sri Lanka (right)

Vishnu on Sheshnag
at Colombo City
Museum
The Vedas: Eko Ham Bahu Shayam was presented in classical
dance form in Delhi on March 18 to highlight the
significance of Vedas in daily life.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info OP-ED March 25-31, 2017 19

By Amulya Ganguli

D
id the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
desist from naming its Chief
Ministerial candidate for UP before the
Love jehad to sabka vikas:
assembly polls because it wanted to spring a
nasty, or pleasant, surprise depending on
one's point of view on an unsuspecting pub
lic? For some, the earlier deafening silence
Can Modi tame Yogi?
on a possible Chief Minister might have been morphosis of this magnitude, there has also
a deceitful ploy considering that as virtually been a manifold increase in Modi's clout
the sole ef fective campaigner, Narendra after UP's overwhelming verdict in the BJP's
Modi gave the impression that he remains favour.
focused on development notwithstanding a As the master of all he surveys at the
few sops to the Hindutva brigade as in the moment, he can take the party and the coun
'kabaristhanshamshan ghat' controversy try in almost any direction that he wants.
relating to the Samajwadi Party's alleged par It has to be remembered that in the last
tiality towards the Muslims. few months, Modi succeeded in clipping the
To critics such as these, the choice of Yogi Yogi's wings in respect of the latter's ghar
Adityanath perhaps the most trenchant of wapsi and love jehad programs. One doesn't
the saf fron hardliners as UP's Chief hear any more of these provocative cam
Minister is also a message to the BJP's core paigns to reconvert Muslims and stop Hindu
constituency of communalminded Hindus Muslim marriages. Modi also virtually called
that for all the talk about 'sabka saath' and the gau rakshaks or the cow vigilantes anti
'sabka vikas' or development for all, Modi's socials.
heart remains in the right place. Considering that all these operations had
The jury will be out till it becomes clear the blessings of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak
whether the BJP is playing a double game. Sangh (RSS), the BJP's ostensible mentor,
However, to give it the benefit of doubt, it Modi's boldness in reining them in is obvi
has to be admitted that so far the party's ous.
emphasis has remained on development with In this respect, he is way ahead of Atal
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, centre, with Deputy Chief Ministers Behari Vajpayee, the tallest leader in the BJP
even the Yogi articulating the key word,
Keshav Prasad Maurya (left) and Dinesh Sharma in Lucknow. (Photo: IANS) before him, who shied away from taking on
vikas, in his first few comments after his
selection was announced while the central hate speeches figure prominently in Google thousands, in Manmohan Singh's words, into the RSS in a frontal confrontation.
observer, Venkaiah Naidu, repeated it thrice searches, to change his saffron stripes, it will an "avatar of modernism and progress", to Even so, any ef fort to bring Yogi
to remove all misgivings. be an extraordinary achievement. quote Congress M.P. Shashi Tharoor, then so Adityanath in line will be Modi's biggest test.
There is little doubt, however, that the Perhaps Modi believes that if he himself can the Yogi. If he succeeds, it will be like inducing Hitler
choice of Yogi is one of the most audacious can change from being a textbook fascist, as It is also undeniable that if anyone can to embrace the Jews or Abu Bakr alBaghdadi
of gambles by Modi, far more than the sociologist Ashis Nandy said, or a modern bring about such a seminal transformation, it of the ISIS expressing love for infidels.
demonetization venture. If the prime minis day Nero, in the Supreme Court's view, or a is Modi. It's not only that there is no one else Modi, therefore, can be said to have
ter can make a person, whose antiminority person who "presided" over the killing of in the BJP who is capable inducing a meta embarked on his most daring mission.

Portrait of a Muslim home amid rising BJP colossus


By Saeed Naqvi Jub banaa chuke to, Firaq T he leaderless Muslim, mes
Pukar uthe ki, isi ne merised by Nehruvian blandish

I
t was a spectacular celebration. Hamein banaya tha. ments, pitched his tent in the
The beating of drums, sprin (After men had completed mak Congress park as its permanent
kling of colors, group songs, ing their God. vote bank. In the 1980s, V.N.
dancing continued well after dusk. Look, they screamed, it is He who Gadgil, General Secretary of the
As I watched from my window, a made us)" Congress, took me into confidence.
thought crossed my mind: Why had Juggle around with this couplet "Muslim appeasement is beginning
we not been invited? Ours is the and you get a fair idea of how to rankle with the Congress' Hindu
only Muslim home in the colony, Muslims are themselves responsi base." This "appeasement" was
but a pride of place has always ble for the rise of the Bharatiya exposed by the Sachar Committee
been accorded to us in all celebra Janata Party (BJP). First they help Report in 2005. Successive
tions, including Holi. We have strengthen the BJP, then they cry: Congress governments had
inherited this knack of integration We are afraid. brought Muslim socioeconomic
from our elders. The Mahant of Basically, the Muslim is not at status down even below the Dalits.
Basically, the Muslim is not at fault.
Shiv Sharan Das temple in Lucknow fault. The Congress is from the Some appeasement.
The Congress is from the very beginning.
always made special "bhang"free very beginning. When it agreed After the Muslim vote defected en
"thandai" for my father on Holi. are the ogres imagination conjures my village near Rae Bareli, where with Lord Louis Mountbatten and masse from the Congress following
I called up the President of the up. my sister keeps a television with its Mohammad Ali Jinnah to Partition the demolition of Babri Masjid in
Residents Welfare Association Yes, one is afflicted by deep anxi tube burnt out no images only the country on religious lines, it 1992, a seering truth has settled in
(RWA) to register my protest. He ety, but Narendra Modi's extraordi sound. It is surrealistic. We heard had diluted its own stand on the the Muslim mind. The Congress had
was vacationing at Corbett Park. nary victory is only a fraction of the the election results in stupefied, twonation theory Hindus and cheated the community from day
T here had been deaths in the problem. The anxiety is accentuat stunned silence. My cousin Asghar Muslims constituted two separate one. So he left the Congress but
neighborhood; RWA had therefore ed by the context in which politics broke the silence. nations. Once you created Muslim having done so, where should he
not organized a Holi celebration. It is unfolding. Spaces for open dis "The state of the Muslims in the Raj (Pakistan), India had glided go? Rank casteist parties
was private initiative some cussion political, social, economic country is just like your television, seamlessly from British Raj to Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan
friends had come together for the and cultural are shrinking. In any Suraiya blind but noisy." Hindu Raj. Samaj Party (BSP) opened their
festivities. We know them well, but case they are all in the hands of Suraiya asked: "How have the I have argued this case in my doors. In a daze, the Muslim walked
they probably did not include us in philistinism and propaganda. This Muslims fared?" book: "Being the Other: The Muslim in as an enabler of casteist power.
their list of revelers because they afflicts not all of the media, but a Asghar: "They have helped the in India". A fair bargain could have There was nothing in it for him.
thought we may not be in the cele large chunk of it. A creeping voice BJP win and now they are terrified been struck with the Muslim even And now, Congress, SP, BSP are all
bration mode or in depression at lessness therefore is our anxiety. at the outcome: at that stage, avoiding all the fallen icons, piled up in a lifeless
the turn of political events. Such I was with family in Mustafabad, Khuda ko aihle Jahaan hypocrisy about secularism. heap. Where should the Muslim go?

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
20 March 25-31, 2017 BOOKS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Yogi Adityanath's arrest changed


him, claims upcoming book
ven as most people are still trying to refrained from leading the mob and partici

E come to terms with the appointment of


Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister, an upcoming book on him and his
Dhirendra K. Jha says
pating in attacks on Muslims as he was ear
lier wont to. Later, even as the HYV revived
its organizational activities, his reactivation
Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) claims that his in his book, "Yogi was restricted to making inflammatory
arrest in January 2007 changed him to a
large extent.
Adityanath and the speeches and part icipat ing in token
actions," says the upcoming book from
Yogi Adityanath was arrested while he Hindu Yuva Vahini", Juggernaut.
and his followers were marching towards Ever since then, according to the book,
Gorakhpur's troubled areas on January 28, that after his 2007 Yogi has become cautious of his actions.
2007 after he made an inflammatory "In his speeches he still followed the same
speech. arrest, new chief min- old extremist politics. But in action, he
"Whatever be the reason, the arrest and
the state government's decision to withdraw
ister still followed the appeared to have become cautious even if
he claimed to be the same old Yogi," Jha
the security guards who had been assigned same old extremist adds in the book.
to protect Adityanath seemed to have The book is part one of an eightpart
unnerved him so much that his eyes welled politics, but in action, series "Shadow Armies: Fringe
up and tears rolled down his face as he Org anizat ions and Foot Soldiers of
explained to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath
he appeared to have Hindutva" and w ill be available on
Chatterjee about what he called the 'politi
cal conspiracy' ag ainst him," author
become cautious. Juggernaut and in bookstores in April
2017.
Dhirendra K. Jha ment ions in "Yog i The author, Dhirendra K. Jha, is a sea
Adityanath and the Hindu Yuva Vahini". Parliament image of a firebrand leader as took a serious hit. "For some time the HYV soned political journalist and has previously
With this episode Yogi weeping in the well as his outfit's activities in eastern UP appeared to be in shambles and Adityanath coauthored "Ayodhya: The Dark Night"

Amarinder Singh threatened to quit Congress


if not made state party chief: Biography
unjabs newlyappointed son Raninder, was adamant that in Punjab for so many years as

P CAPTAIN
Chief Minister, Amarinder
Singh told Congress Vice
he would not consider the case of
his fathers friend, Khushwant
well as for making him the Chief
Minister (in February 2002),
president Rahul Gandhi in 2015
that he was ready to quit and float
AMARINDER Singh writes. Published in the last
week of February by Hay House
states the biography, based on
scores of interviews spanning
his own outfit if he was not
appointed state party chief. An SINGH: India, it is the authorised biogra
phy of the Punjab Chief Minister
over five years.
The situation, according to the
authorized biog raphy of and, therefore, clearly implies that biography, deteriorated further in
Amarinder Singh claims that even The Amarinder Sing h has duly one closeddoor meeting at 10,
though Sonia Gandhi was open to approved all the incidents and Janpath, in late September 2015
bringing Singh back at the helm Peoples facts that find mention. when the Congress Vicepresi
in Punjab, Rahul Gandhi was dead By the end of 2014, several dent did not bestow the respect a
against taking away the baton
from Pratap Sing h Bajwa.
Maharaja meetings between Amarinder
Singh and the Congress top brass
senior leader like Amarinder
Singh deserved. Rahul Gandhi
Tensions reached a high point in is an yielded no result. was reminded by Sonia Gandhi
October 2015 in the capital when During this period of uncertain that he was talking to his fathers
Rahul Gandhi asked Amarinder unauthorized ty, his team also flirted the idea of friend, after which he calmed
Singh if he was floating his own him becoming part of the down. Besides tracing the career
party to which Singh replied: biography Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and graph of Amarinder Singh, the
What youve heard is absolutely when this too did not work, he book provides meaning ful
correct, biographer Khushwant flexed his muscles further. Singh insights into crucial events that
Singh, not to be confused with the as the Punjab Pradesh Congress totally on regaining his lost berth then went on to question the lead have made an immense impact on
late literary giant, quotes him as President on November 27, 2015. as the Punjab Congress chief, ership ability of Rahul Gandhi that state and its neighbouring
saying in Captain Amarinder He was sworn in as the Chief which would eventually help to time and again but the Congress areas over the past few decades.
Singh: The Peoples Maharaja. If Minister on Thursday after the again catapult him into the Chief high command seemed to be Often confused with late writer
I do not fit in your scheme of Congress romped home with 77 Ministers chair. But the Congress shutting its eyes, the ground reali Khushwant Singh, who wrote the
things, I will need to find an alter seats in the 117member assem high command turned a deaf ear ty notwithstanding. muchacclaimed 1956 historical
native. I live in Punjab; the Akalis bly. Bajwa represented Gurdaspur to his claims, pushing the Punjab After his pride had been hurt, he novel Train to Pakistan, biogra
have ruined Punjab and I have to in the Lok Sabha from 2009 to unit of the party towards faction was advised by his supporters to pher Khushwant Sing h is the
look for my own path if you dont 2014. He was earlier a member of alism as Singh and Bajwa began float his own party, but Singh held author of three books: the best
have a plan for me, the biography the Punjab assembly and was ele flaying each other in the media. Sonia Gandhi in high esteem. selling Sikhs Unlimited (2007), a
quotes Amarinder Singh as telling vated to state party chief in March Amarinder Sing h, who had The reverence is not just an travelogue featuring extraordi
Rahul Gandhi. 2013. enjoyed a very cordial relation outcome of she being an exPrime nary Sikhs; the g ripping
Rahul Gandhi, on his part, said Even after Amarinder Singhs ship with Sonia Gandhi, suddenly Ministers wife or his schoolmates Turbaned Tornado: The Oldest
that if this step was taken both victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha felt coldshouldered by the Gandhi wife but more so for her ability to Marathon Runner Fauja Singh
the Cong ress and Amarinder election from Amritsar where is family. Rahul Gand hi, whom lead the party. Referring to her as (2011); and the widelyacclaimed
Singh would be the losers. So be resounding ly de feated Arun Amrinder Singh would frequently Mrs Gand hi, he frequently nove l Maharaja in Denims
it, contended Singh. Eventually, Jaitley despite the Narendra Modi take out for outings whenever he expresses gratitude to her for (2014), a story set in Chandigarh.
Amarinder Singh was appointed wave of that year his focus was visited Doon School to meet his allowing him to lead the Congress Source: IANS
TheSouthAsianTimes.info DIASPORA March 25-31, 2017 21

Hindujas are UK's wealthiest Asians in 2017


London: NRI businessmen, the pounds last year a rise of 25 per pounds last year.
Hinduja brothers, have retained cent. At the awards ceremony, Surinder
their position as the richest Asians According to the list, the recovery Arora, founder and Chairman of the
in the UK in 2017 with an estimated in the European steel market has Arora Group, collected the presti
wealth of 19 billion pounds, an enabled the Mittal family to double gious Asian Business of the Year
increase of 2.5 billion pounds over its net worth during the year. Award. The Arora Group is one of
last year, according to an annual Prakash Lohia, Chairman of the UK's largest private owner operator
ranking of the richest Asians in Indorama Corporation of hotels.
Britain. (Petrochemicals) is the 3rd richest Other winners included Young
Steel tycoon Lakshmi N Mittal in the list with a fortune worth 4 Entrepreneur of the year Aly Esmail,
secured the second place with a for billion pounds up 1 billion pounds CEO of SME Group, Entrepreneur of
tune of 12.6 billion pounds up over last year. the year Subodh Agrawal, Chairman
from 6.4 billion pounds last year Anil Agarwal, executive chairman of Euromax Capital and the
in the Eastern Eye Asian Rich List, of Vedanta Resources, one of the Business Personality Award winner
Britain's 101 Wealthiest Asians Hinduja brothers (Image courtesy indiaempire.com) fastest growing mining and metals Prakash Lohia, Founder and
2017, released last night. group in the world, is fourth in the Chairman of Indorama Group.
According to the list, the Hinduja This has justified the family's long Marketing Group, presented the list along with Arora brothers "London is home to one of the
brothers Srichand and Gopi in adopted policy of pursuing the path first copy of the Rich List to GP Simon, Bobby and Robin who own a largest and most diverse South
London, Prakash in Geneva and of diversity, the list said. Hinduja, CoChairman of the chain of retail stores. Asian communities in the world,
Ashok in Mumbai have seen sharp Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Hinduja Group. Leading NRI industrialist Lord which contributes a huge amount to
increases in profitability in Ashok who was the Chief Guest at the 20th Britain's 101 wealthiest Asians Swraj Paul is 14th in the list with an the city's success socially, cultural
Leyland, InduSind bank, Gulf Oil, Annual Asian Business Awards are collectively worth 69.9 billion estimated wealth of 800 million ly and economically," Khan said in
energy and real estate. organized by the Asian Media & pounds, up from 55.4 billion pounds as against 300 million his keynote speech. (PTI)

Indianorigin woman Kerala priest stabbed Attacker of Indian priest


by Italian in Melbourne;
officer sues Scotland Yard out of danger
arrested, says Sushma Swaraj
New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday
over sexism, racism claims said that Australian Police have arrested the attacker of the Indian
priest, who was stabbed in Melbourne, and charged him with
London: An Indianorigin female as a "whitewash".
attempt to murder.
officer is among three policewomen One senior officer she accused of
"Our Consulate officials met Father Mathew in the hospital. The
suing Scotland Yard over racism discrimination, former detective
police have arrested the attacker and charged him with attempt to
and sexism claims, a media report inspector Mick Standing, was "pro
murder," Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet on Monday.
said on Sunday. tected" by the Met and, after her
"Our Consulate is in touch with the police authorities and will
Police constable Usha Evans, complaint about him, was allowed
keep us informed of the progress of the case," she tweeted.
detective constable Nighat Hubbard to retire and join the Independent
Speaking on the reason for attack, the minister said: "The attack
the Metropolitan Police's first Police Complaints Commission
er had a problem with Father Mathew presiding over the church."
Muslim policewoman to be awarded (IPCC), according to Hubbard's
an honor by the Queen and claim.
Hubbard's colleague Catherine Bell Standing, who left the organiza Thiruvananthapuram: A Government will ensure safety
Catholic priest from Kerala was
allege they had faced discrimination
from white male of ficers, T he
tion earlier this month, denies the
claims and said he had been "com attacked by an Italian on of diaspora: Sushma
Sunday Times reported. A judge pletely exonerated" by a Met inves Sunday when the former was
New Delhi: External Af fairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on
ruled last week that it would be tigation. leading the Sunday mass in a
Wednesday that India has raised the recent incidents of violence
"just and equitable" for Hubbard to According to Hubbard's witness Melbourne church.
with Indian citizens in the U.S. at the highest level and assured that
bring the legal claim after the Met statement, Be ll reported that "The priest, Tomy Mathew,
the government will ensure safety of diaspora.
Police was trying to block her from Standing had told another female was stabbed in the neck with a
The minister was making a statement in the Lok Sabha, where
making the employment tribunal Asian officer, "You need to grow a kitchen knife by the Italian dur
she made an appearance for the first time since her kidney trans
claim. beard, shout more and be more ing the mass at a Catholic
plant surgery.
In a preliminary judgment, among masculine". church in Melbourne suburbs,"
The minister assured the House that the government was giving
the allegations made by the three Hubbard's claim makes allega said Thiruvallom Bhasi, editor
highest priority to the safety of Indian diaspora.
of ficers included white colleagues tions about another white, male of a Melbourne daily who is
"Safety and security of Indian diaspora abroad remains a top pri
being allowed to work on more of ficer who she claims mocked currently visiting here.
ority for this government. We are in a continuous dialogue with
complex investigations, while the Evans' religion. "While the ceremony was on,
the U.S. government.
women were held back. The allega Hubbard is leading the allegations the accused came forward and
Close contacts with the local Indian community groups are being
tions date between 2013 and 2014. which include that when she, Evans shouted that since he (Mathew)
maintained through our embassy and consulates to address any
Hubbard also alleged that male and Be ll complained about the is an Indian, he cannot conduct
emergent issues.
of ficers had made discriminatory alleged discrimination to Scotland the mass," Bhasi added.
"We will remain vigilant to developments impacting the lives of
comments on her and other women Yard, the anticorruption command Bhasi said the accused was
Indians abroad and do everything possible to safeguard their
in the force. Directorate of Professional arrested by Melbourne Police.
interests and welfare," Swaraj said.
An internal inquiry by Scotland Standards (DPS) investigation that The priest is now said to be
The minister's response came a week after the Lok Sabha mem
Yard found the men had "no case to followed was a "sham and a out of danger. (IANS)
bers raised concern over hate crimes against Indians in the U.S.
answer", but Hubbard described it coverup".
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Prachanda to meet Xi on China visit


Kathmandu: Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa neighbour will be keenly followed and Likewise, issues related to NepalChina
Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' left for China on watched in New Delhi, it is almost of ficial Transit and Transportation Agreement, its
Thursday to attend the Boao Asia Forum in that no accord or understanding will be protocol and expansion of crossborder
China's Hainan province during which he signed during the visit, announced transmission line in northern border would
will also meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prachanda a day ahead of his China visit. be discussed.
the Foreign Ministry announced. "We are not going to sign any deal in this On OBOR, the Foreign Minister said Nepal
Prachanda will travel to Beijing to meet Xi. visit," said Prachanda at a CPN (Maoist and China have discussed in length about it
This is his first official visit to China after Centre) Central Office meeting. and its possible advantage to Nepal, but "we
becoming the Prime Minister in August last "My visit will be to lay the ground for the cannot agree on free trade with China as
year. visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nepali side is still considering its merits and
"The Prime Minister will meet the Chinese Nepal and the objective of my China visit is demerits", he added.
President on March 27 (Monday) at the focused on bringing him to Nepal," he said. Mahat said Nepal had prepared to sign at
Great Hall of the People where both leaders Foreign Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat least five agreements with China on various
will discuss matters of mutual interest," the also said that Nepal is not going to sign any issues, but they wouldn't be signed this time
Foreign Ministry said. deal with China but will discuss some crucial as Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and
The Chinese side has already communicat bilateral issues. Foreign Minister Wang Yi will not be avail
ed that the meet ing between Xi and He said that discussions would take place able in Beijing during Prachanda's visit.
Prachanda will a brief one no longer than on matters pertaining to the Chinainitiated Prachanda will return to Nepal on March 29.
20 minutes and Xi had cut short his other "One Belt One Road" (OBOR) plan and par
engagements to make time for it. ticipation of Nepal in China's flagship for Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa
As Prachanda's visit to Nepal's northern eign policy initiative. Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda'.

MUSHARRAF WANTED Sikhism to be included in


'UNDERHAND' DEAL census forms: Pakistan court
Islamabad: The Peshawar High minorities, reported Geo TV. munity leader Advocate Heera

IN 2007: SHARIF Court (PHC) has directed the


provincial statistics department
to include the Sikh community in
T he court directed that the
implementation of the ruling
should be carried out in the sec
Singh Khalsa said he filed the
case on the basis of article 251
that said:
the national census form pre ond phase of the population cen "All citizens are equal before
pared for the ongoing headcount. sus. the law and are entitled to equal
The PHC was hearing a case On Tuesday, a Sikh community protection of the law."
filed by the Sikh community, leader filed a petition in the Following this, the SHC sent
which requested that the Sikh Sind h Hig h Court (SHC) to not ices to the Chie f Census
minority should be included in include Sikhism in the religion Commissioner and Provincial
the form, similar to other sec column in the census form. Census Commissioner to submit
tions present of the religious Talking to Geo News, Sikh com their response in the matter.

ExSri Lankan
minister fasts, 'Pakistan to blame
seeks release
Colombo: Sri Lanka's former
Housing Minister Wimal
for violence in
Weerawansa, currently in prison on

Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.


allegations of misusing state vehi
cles, has begun a hunger strike
Afghanistan'
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime "We left the country in a mis demanding his release. Washington: Afg hanistan's any prospect of normal bilater
Minister Nawaz Sharif has said erable condition and were not Weerawansa, a strong ally of for Foreign Minister Salahuddin al relations, and pose a serious
that former military ruler allowed to return for a long mer President Mahinda Rajapakse, Rabbani has accused Pakistan threat to peace and security in
Pervez Musharraf of fered him time," he said. was arrested on January 10 over of supporting terrorist organi our reg ion and beyond,"
an "underhand" deal to form a T he Prime Minister noted allegations of misusing state vehicles zations and praised India for Rabbani said.
joint government but he turned that Musharraf, a former during the former Rajapakse regime. being helpful in the develop He said Afghanistan tried to
it down. Pakistan Army chief, was now This caused a loss of 91 million Sri ment of his country. open a new chapter of relation
Addressing the ruling facing a similar fate and had Lankan rupees ($599,000) to the Pakistan's reluctance to end ship w ith Islamabad but,
Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz left the country in disgrace. state. A spokesperson for the former its support for terrorism under "unfortunately, we did not see
(PMLN) parliamentary com "Now, Musharraf is willing to minister said Weerawansa's arrest pins the continuation of vio pract ical steps taken by
mittee, Sharif said: "Musharraf return to the country, but he was a political witchhunt and he had lence in Afghanistan and the Pakistan".
wanted a secret deal with me in cannot... it's divine retribution started a hunger strike in prison reg ion, Rabbani said while Rabbani said defeating ter
2007, but I declined." for his actions," Sharif said. after his bail application was reject speaking on Afghanistan's for rorism in Afghanistan and the
Musharraf was the then Sharif was toppled by ed by a high court on Tuesday. eign policy priorities and impli reg ion is, fundamentally,
Pakistan President and Sharif Musharraf in a 1999 coup, Prison authorities confirmed cations for the new US adminis dependent on eliminating ter
had just returned from exile. after which Sharif and his fami Weerawansa had refused to have his tration at a meeting organized rorist safehavens in countries
T he Dawn on Wednesday ly went to live in Saudi Arabia. breakfast on Wednesday and they by the Atlantic Council think that harbour terrorists.
quoted Sharif as saying that he However, Sharif 's assertions were monitoring the situation. This tank in Washington. "They must end their spon
didn't believe in making clan were disputed by former is the second time Weerawansa has T he Atlant ic Council is a sorship of terrorism through
destine deals with people who Musharraf aide and All gone on hunger strike. The former forum for countries to discuss continual flow of financial,
had ruined people's aspira Pakistan Muslim League mem minister launched a "fast unto death" key issues such as peace, secu moral and material aid."
tions. ber Ahmed Raza Kasuri, the campaign in 2010 outside the UN rity, democracy and prosperity T he minister said
He said his family did not Dawn reported. office in Colombo demanding that around the world. Afghanistan has always chosen
want to leave Pakistan after the "I have been working with former UN General Secretary Ban Ki "Pakistan violates our air cooperation over confrontation
Musharrafled military coup Gen. Musharraf for a long time Moon dissolve a threemember panel space and frequently shells and Islamabad should see its
but was forced to go into exile and I have never heard any looking into human rights abuses in eastern Afghanistan. T hese neighbour as a sovereign and
by the military dictator. such thing," he said. the final stages of the war against routine violations undermine independent country.
Tamil Tigers that ended in 2009.
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London: British police confirmed

TERROR IN HEART OF LONDON:


that deal toll in March 22 terror
attack outside the Parliament in
central London has risen to five.
Three people and a terrorist
were dead after an attacker
broug ht carnage to central
London, mowing down pedestri
5 killed in Parliament attack
ans on Westminster Bridge and after stabbing Palmer. The other after the terrorist atrocities in
hacking at police with knives in three victims were all civilians, Brussels, was being treated "as a
the grounds of the Houses of the police officer said. terrorist incident until we know
Parliament. At least 40 people were hit on otherwise".
Metro Police Assistant the crowded bridge when a 4x4 Witness Jayne Wilkinson said:
Commissioner Mark Rowley told drove along the pavement, "We were taking photos of Big
reporters that about 40 people kno cking down pedestrians Ben and we saw all the people
were injured in the attack. before crashing into a fence running towards us, and then
Rowley, also London's top anti below Big Ben, the local media there was an Asian guy in about
terror officer, said that the offi reported. An intruder, described his 40s carrying a knife about
cer who died in the attack has by a witness as "middleaged seven or eight inches long.
been named as Keith Palmer, and Asian", then managed to "And then there were three
who was 48 and had 15 years break into the grounds of the shots fired, and then we crossed
service as a police officer. Parliament where he fatally the road and looked over. The
He said he would not comment stabbed a police officer with two About 40 people were injured in the attack. man was on the floor with blood.
on the identity of the attacker, knives, the Daily Mail reported. Prime Minister T heresa May chair a meet ing of the "He had a lightweight jacket
althoug h he suggested the T he policeman died at the was bundled into her car by a Government's emergency Cobra on, dark trousers and a shirt. He
police was aware of who the scene. The attacker, who was plainclothes police of ficer and Committee. was running throug h those
assailant was. shot by armed of ficers, died driven quickly from the scene as Scotland Yard said the attack, gates, towards Parliament, and
The attacker was shot dead after he was taken to hospital. the attack unfolded. She will which comes a year to the day the police were chasing him."

Iraqi forces evacuate US bans electronics on flights


civilians from Mosul from 8 Muslim countries
amid heavy clashes Washington: Passengers headed
to the US from eight Muslim
and games bigger than a phone.
The restrictions would not apply
the carriers that fail to follow
them risk losing their authorisa
majority countries and North to aircraft crews, officials said in tion to operate in the US.
Africa have been barred from car a brie fing to reporters on The ban applies only to flights
rying electronic devices larger Monday night that outlined the on foreign carriers, and not
than a cellphone under a new terms of the ban. Americanoperated airlines.
flight restriction enacted by the The new policy took ef fect on Officials did not say how long the
Trump administration. Tuesday, and must be followed ban would remain in place or if
Officials said the directive was within 96 hours by airlines flying other airports would be added,
an attempt to address gaps in for to the US from airports in Cairo said the report.
eign airport security, and said it (Egypt), Dubai and Abu Dhabi In all, officials said an estimat
was not based on any specific or (UAE), Istanbul (Turkey), Doha ed 50 flights each day into the US
credible threat of an imminent (Qatar), Amman (Jordan), Kuwait would be affected.
attack, the New York Times City, Casablanca (Moro cco), T he airlines af fected are
reported. Jeddah and Riyad h (Saudi Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad
The Department of Homeland Arabia). Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar
Security said the restricted items Officials said the airports were Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal
included laptop computers, selected based on the "current Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian
People evacuating eastern Mosul. tablets, cameras, travel printers threat picture" and added that Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
Mosul: Iraqi government forces Mosque in the middle of Mosul's
battling the Islamic State in
Mosul's western side evacuated
old city centre, but were slowed
by heavy resistance from the IS North Korea's latest missile Israel says 2014
assault in Gaza
hundreds of civilians from the
city centre, as troop progress
militants and the presence of
some 500,000 people living in test 'worries' China 'disproportionate'
slowed down faced with strong old homes with narrow alleys. Beijing: China has expressed seri Jerusalem: Israel's military Chief
resistance from the militants, The mosque with its famous ous concern and called for of Staf f Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot
Iraqi officials said. leaning minaret, which gave the restraint amid tensions in the said that Israel's offensive in the
"Our forces evacuated hun city its nickname "alHadbaa" or region following a fresh missile Gaza Strip in 2014 was "dispro
dreds of civilians to prevent ter "the hunchback", has a symbolic test by North Korea. portionate". "The Israel Defence
rorists from using them as value as it was the place where T he South Korean De fence Forces employ a policy of using
human shields, while our troops IS leader Abu Bakr alBaghdadi Ministry said in a statement that aggressive and disproportionate
are pushing inside the old city declared the crossborder Pyongyang's latest missile report force to prevent situations in
centre to recapture the alNuri "caliphate" in large areas in Iraq edly explo ded after being which they fire rockets at us and
Mosque," Lt Gen Raid Shakir and Syria in his sole public launched from near Kalma air we return shells," Eisenkot told a
Jawdat, commander of the fed appearance in July 2014. port in Wonsan city, reports Efe Knesset committee.
eral police forces, said in a "T he battles to liberate news. He said Israel will continue to
statement, Xinhua reported. Mosul's western side is pro Chinese Foreign Ministry
"Any unilateral actions for self react "proportionally" to any
"Dozens of federal police gressing slowly caused by fear spokesperson Hua Chunying.
ish interest will only complicate rocket fire.
snipers positioned themselves of harming civilian lives, in addi the situation and will not help fied stance ag ainst the "For us, there is one address in
atop building tops in the neigh tion to the presence of increas achieve their own security," Pyongyang weapons program. the strip: Hamas," he said.
borhoods of the old city centre ing number of Daesh (the IS) Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua advocated China's proposal Hamas is a Palestinian Islamist
around the alNuri Mosque," snipers in Mosul's city centre, spokesperson Hua Chunying said. to suspend the USSouth Korea organization that controls the
Jawdat said. The troops have with its narrow alleys," Defense Hua declined to say if the mis joint military manoeuvres in besieged enclave. On July 8,
been fighting street by street Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. sile test was meant by the Kim exchange for North Korea halting 2014, Israel launched a 51day
and house by house to recap Yahya Rasool told a news con Jongun regime as a threat to the its nuclear and ballistic missile long military campaign in Gaza,
ture the historical alNuri ference in eastern Mosul. US and China in view of their uni tests. citing rocket fire from the strip.
24 March 25-31, 2017 BUSINESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Hoping to implement GST Merger benefits to accrue


only from Q3 2017-18: SBI
from July 1: Jaitley New Delhi: Benefits from the
merger of five associate banks of
crore and figures at No. 64 in
the global ranking of banks (as
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun world will become the simplest in
the State Bank of India (SBI) into of December 2015; December
Jaitley said that the government the world. The enabling laws are
itse lf, which w ill come into 2016 ranking is still awaited).
was hoping to implement the before the Parliament. By middle
ef fect from April 1, will accrue Postmerger, with assets of over
Goods and Services Tax (GST) by of the year (2017), we hope to see
only from the third quarter of Rs 40 lakh crore, it w ill be
July 1 after the enabling Bills get the implementation of GST," he
201718 as the initial two quar among the top 50 banks in the
Parliament's nod in the current said.
ters may see some increase in world. SBI Chie f Economist
budget session. "Evasion of taxes will be difficult
costs, the country's largest Soumya Kanti Ghosh told IANS
"GST is the biggest reform in under GST. Size of Indian econo
lender has said. that, postmerger, the bank will
India. Hope fully, GST w ill be my will increase," he added.
"We should start seeing the be at No. 45.
implemented by July 1. GST Bills Jaitley also noted that India is
benefits of the merger after the With a 450 million customers,
w ill hope fully be cleared in an open economy with 90 per
end of the second quarter," SBI the merged entity is likely to
Parliament," Jaitley said here at cent of the investment happening
Manag ing Director Dinesh have deposits worth Rs 25 lakh
the 23rd Conference of Auditors through the automatic route.
Kumar Khara told IANS. crore and advances worth Rs 19
General of Commonwealth "Opposition to reforms is mini
"There will be some increase lakh crore, according to
Nations hosted by the Comptroller mal. Opposition to protectionism
in costs of SBI because of the December 2016 figures.
and Auditor General (CAG) of is minimal. Reforms in the foreign
merger as we will relocate peo T he combined employee
India. direct investment (FDI) in India
ple. What I expect is that costs strength of SBI after the merger
Jaitley said that India's indirect have been significant and we are
may go up temporarily. But w ill be 270,000, including
taxation regime, which is current among the most open economies
costs will not be the real repre 70,000 employees of the five
ly the most complex in the world, in the world," he said.
sentative in Q1, where it will associate banks.
will transform into a simplified The Finance Minister, however,
merely be the aggregation, or SBI will own a total 58,000
one with the implementation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. lamented that while public invest
consolidated balance sheet," he ATMs and 24,000 branches,
GST. ment and FDI were high, private
said. SBI is India's largest bank which it intends to keep at the
"We have the most complicated mented, what is currently the sector investment still lagged
with assets of Rs 30.72 lakh same number.
indirect tax systems. Once imple most complicated system in the behind.

MUKESH AMBANI TOPS FORBES


New York: India has the fourth
largest number of billionaires
globally, with Reliance Industries
(RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani

LIST OF 101 INDIAN BILLIONAIRES


heading the list of more than
100 high net worth individual
Indians, as per the latest listing
by American magazine Forbes. Krishnan. The combine, which Gautam Adani (250), Bajaj Group
The US, with 565, has more bil awaits regulatory approvals, will Chairman Rahul Bajaj (544),
lionaires than any other nation. be the country's fourthlargest investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
China comes next w ith 319, mobile phone operator". (939), Infosys cofounder NR
while Germany is at number Arce lorMittal Chairman Narayana Murthy (1,161), Dabur
three with 114. Lakshmi Mittal follows next at Chairman Emeritus Vivek Chand
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates the 56th spot with a net worth of Burman (1,290), Infosys co
heads the list for the fourth year $16.4 billion. founder Nandan Nile kani
in a row with a fortune of $86 About Mittal, Forbes said: "The (1,290), Wockhardt chair Habil
billion, up from $75 billion last world's biggest steelmaker also Khorakiwala (1,567), Mahindra
year. got a reprieve from import tariffs group chief Anand Mahindra
Mukesh Ambani tops the list of on steel imposed by the US and (1,567) and Yes Bank head Rana
Indian billionaires, and is placed Europe and a onetime $832 mil Kapoor (1,795).
33rd with a net worth of $23.2 lion saving from a new labour Only four women billionaires
billion. contract signed last year with its from India feature in the list, led
Forbes said the RIL chairman US workers." by Savitri Jindal at 303rd with a
sparked a price war in the Indian Mobile wallet Paytm founder net worth of $5.2 billion.
telecom market with the launch Vijay Shekhar Sharma is ranked "After declining last year, the
of the Jio4G phone service last 1,567 with his net worth of $1.3 fortune of steel and power clan,
September. His younger brother billion and is "one of the biggest whose matriarch Savitri Jindal
Anil is ranked 745th with a net beneficiaries of the government's chairs the OP Jindal Group, rose
worth of $2.7 billion. decision to demonetise 86 per as steel prices recovered," Forbes
T he US magazine said Anil cent of India's rupees and move said.
Ambani "orchestrated the merger to a cashless economy", Forbes Smita CrishnaGodrej from the
of his Reliance Communication's said. Godrej group is ranked 814th,
telecom business with that of Other Indians in the list include followed by Bio con founder
rival Airce l, controlled by Wipro Chairman Azim Premji Kiran MazumdarShaw (973) and
Malaysian billionaire Ananda (72), Adani Group founder Leena Tewari (1,030). Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SPORTS March 25-31, 2017 25

Kohli has become the Trump of world sport: Oz media


New Delhi: The onfield antics from crick Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media Glenn Maxwell, who started mocking the
eters of either side in the ongoing India as a means of trying to hide the egg India captain, when he dived to save a
Australia series are refusing to die down, smeared right across his face," the news boundary. Kohli gave it back with simi
with the Australian media comparing paper reported. lar gestures, when leftarm spinner
home skipper Virat Kohli to US President After completion of the third Test, Ravindra Jadeja went through opener
Donald Trump. which ended in a draw at Ranchi, Kohli David Warner's defence in the second
Kohli, who had earlier lashed out at the had on Monday accused the visitors of innings.
Australians before falling short of calling trying to disrespect the Indian team Denying his counterpart's accusations,
them 'cheats' after the second Test in physio Patrick Farhart. Smith said: "It was a bit disappointing. I
Bengaluru, was held accountable for con "They (fourfive of them) started taking didn't actually do anything. Virat was
tinual perpetuation of fake news by Patrick's name. I don't know why. He's having a go at me saying I was disre
Australian newspaper 'T he Daily our physio. His job is to treat me. I don't specting Patrick Farhart. I was probably
Telegraph'. find the reason behind it. I could not the exact opposite."
The newspaper alleged that the 28 understand. You must ask why they have "I think he (Patrick) probably did a
yearold Delhi batsman launched a scan started taking his name," Kohli said at pretty terrific job to be able to get Virat
dalous attack on his opposite number post match press conference. back on the field after that shoulder
Steve Smith and the Kangaroos where he Kohli, who hurt his shoulder while injury. He's a terrific physio and he obvi
accused of them being systematic cheats, fielding on the opening day of the third ously does a great job for them," the 27
but refused to apologise or provide any Test, only came to bat on the third day yearold added.
concrete evidence. after missing most of the action on the
"Virat Kohli has become the Donald first two days.
India skipper Virat Kohli.
Trump of world sport. Just like President Later, it was Australian allrounder

Pujara gains No.2 slot; Jadeja pips Ashwin Third Test: Handscomb, Marsh
Dubai: Indian players continued
to rule the International Cricket
landmark as his tally of 899 rat
ing points puts him on the brink
carry Australia to safety
Council's (ICC) Test rankings as of becoming only the second Ranchi: The middle order duo of unbeaten on 72. Marsh produced
Ranchi doublecenturion India bowler after Ashwin to Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb his own impersonation of a stone
Cheteshwar Pujara gained four touch the 900point mark. produced some gritty batting to wall at the other end, taking up 197
spots to a careerbest No.2 spot Ashwin, who had a highest rating he lp Australia salvage a draw deliveries enroute to an extremely
while his teammate Ravindra of 904 points, has slipped 37 against India in the third cricket patient 53 before falling to an
Jadeja consolidated his stay on points behind Jade ja to 862 Test match at the Jharkhand State excellent catch by Murali Vijay off
top of the bowler's list after push points after finishing with only Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium Ravindra Jadeja's bowling around
ing fellow tweaker Ravichandran two wickets in Ranchi. here. Handscomb and Marsh forged nine overs from the close.
Ashwin to the No.2 spot. India pacer Umesh Yadav also a brilliant 124run fifthwicket Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin
Jade ja, who g rabbed nine gained three places to find him stand as Australia ended their sec got rid of Glenn Maxwell a couple of
Australian wickets in the drawn self at a careerhigh No.26 while ond innings at 204/6 and denied overs later, but that proved to be
third Test, gained seven points South Africa spinner Keshav the hosts any chance of gaining a 2 the last bit of meaningful action in
after starting jointfirst with Maharaj has risen 15 places to 1 lead in the series. the match as Matthew Wade joined
Ashwin at 892 points. The left reach a careerbest 37th spot The Indians had declared their Handscomb to bat out the remain
arm spinner has become only the after taking eight wickets against first innings at 603/9 on the fourth ing overs. For India, leftarm spin
third Indian player after Ashwin New Zealand in Wellington while day for a lead of 152 runs in ner Jadeja was the pick of the
Cheteshwar Pujara.
and Bishan Bedi to top the bowl Mustafizur Rahman of response to Australia's first innings bowlers with figures of 4/54 while
ing charts on his own. 124 and four for 52 in Ranchi, Bangladesh jumped 20 spots to total of 451. Handscomb consumed Ashwin and pacer Ishant Sharma
Jadeja, who grabbed five for has also closed in on a major be positioned at No.47. 200 de liveries and remained clinched a wicket each.

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Entertainment ( WWE) champi he writes about his biggest regret All it took was an interview to a
onship. This is the story of The in life not completing his basic media house to gain some atten
Great Khali. education. Being a fifth standard tion in his locality and eventually
"The Man Who Became Khali," dropout, Khali had to face huge got him a job with the Punjab
written in seemingly simple lan criticism and go through humilia Police. The reason? He was differ
guage, is a short memoir of the tion. ent'. "You are huge, very huge.
journey of Dalip Singh Rana who "Being uneducated, I know the Don't you think people should
later went on to become the The pain of not receiving a good educa know about you?" a journalist
Great Khali. tion. I had to face a lot of hardships asked him during an interview.
The 178page book is spread due to the lack of knowledge and This led to the publication of a fea
over 27 short chapters, opening communication skills. I remember ture story on him and fame and
with a prologue which conveys the feeling a sharp sting in my heart recognition followed. For a man
thought behind the book. when people mocked me because I who had never heard of WWE end
He writes about one incident couldn't speak English, when I was ing up being a champion perhaps
when people flocked around him, not able to make quick calculations counts for a story to be told.
making him feel like a superstar. It or when I wasn't able to fill the par "It intensified my interest in
was one of his friends who suggest ticipation forms by myself," he wrestling and I found the moves
ed with the idea of scripting down mentions in the book. fascinating," he writes when he
The Great Khali.
his emotions in the form of a biog However, just like in Bollywood first watched a match on television.
26 March 25-31, 2017 SCI-TECH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Stephen Hawking raises concerns One billion Yahoo


over Trumps environmental policy accounts are
The worlds most famous scientist has also signed up
for space journey aboard Branson's Virgin Galactic.
up for sale
ne billion Yahoo

O
eading physicist Stephen

L Hawking has slammed


President Donald Trump's
environmental policy and called for
accounts are up for
sale
$200,000 or
at

the oust ing of Environmental best of fer, a


Protect ion Agency chie f Scott media report
Pruitt. has said.
Hawking is a recipient of the T he pass
prestigious U.S. Franklin medal for words do not
science and winner of the presiden work, but the
dates of birth, added.
tial Medal of Freedom from Barack
telephone numbers The authorities
Obama and spoke out his concerns
and security ques were t ig htlipped about
over "definite swing to a rightwing,
tions could still be their investigation of the 2013
more authoritarian approach."
useful to an adept cyberthief, a attack, which is the largest
"He should replace Scott Pruitt at
New York Times report said. known breach of a private com
the EPA," Hawking said and noted
US Federal prosecutors pany's computer systems. The
that climate change is an unstop Stephen Hawking experiencing zero gravity.
unsealed indictments this week 2014 hacking of Yahoo's
pable danger.
ag ainst four Russian men, servers is the second largest.
"It affects America badly, so tack globalization," he said in Good yes immediate ly," he said.
including two hackers and two "We're not willing to com
ling it should win votes for his sec Morning Britain. According to Branson's spaceship named Virgin
intelligence of ficers, responsi ment right now if there is a
ond term. God forbid." Hawking, Trump's priority seems to Galactic hopes to carry people into
ble for a 2014 intrusion into connection between the two
Comment ing on a quest ion be satisfying his electorate who is space on commercial missions.
Yahoo's systems that af fected invest ig at ions," Malcolm
whether he would visit the United neither liberal nor well informed. Meanwhile, in a testimony, U.S.
500 million user accounts. Palmore, who oversees the
States, Hawking said he may not be Meanwhile, Hawking revealed Defense Secretary James Mattis
Despite this, data on 1 billion Federal Bureau of
welcome under President Trump. that he has given his nod for a told a Senate panel that climate
accounts stolen in another Investigation's cybersecurity
In the past, Hawking had called space journey on board Richard change is a serious threat to nation
attack on the company in 2013 division in San Francisco, said
Trump a demagogue. Branson's spaceship and never al security. This dif fers from the
appeared to remain available on Wednesday in a brief inter
"Trump was elected by people dreamed of a space journey. stand of Trump administration that
on underground hacker forums view after the government
who felt disenfranchised by the "Richard Branson has offered me has been playing down the threats
on Friday, the NYT report unveiled the indictments.
governing elite in a revolt against a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said of climate change.

Great Barrier Reef's Apple unveils


Why jokes are funny?
updated iPad with
survival relies on lowest-ever price Ask quantum theory
reducing warming
pple Inc unveiled an

A updated version of its


hy was 6 afraid of 7? added in the paper published in

W
iPad tablet with a brighter
Because 789. Whether the journal Frontiers in Physics.
ustralia's Great Barrier screen on Tuesday, available to

A
this pun makes you The results indicate that apart
Reef can be order from Friday and with a
giggle or groan in pain, your from the delivery of informa
saved only if $329 start
reaction is a consequence of the tion, something else is happen
urgent steps are ing price
ambiguity of the joke. Thus far, ing on a cognitive level that
taken to reduce that is the
models have not been able to makes the joke as a whole funny
g lobal warming, a lowest ever
fully account for the complexity whereas its deconstructed com
new research for a full
of humor or exactly why we find ponents are not, and which
revealed on Thursday. sized tablet
puns and jokes funny but makes a quantum approach
Attempting to stop f r o m
researchers now suggest a novel appropriate to study this phe
coral bleaching Apple.
approach: quantum nomenon.
throug h any other Apple also said its smaller
theory. For decades, researchers have
method will not be suf per iPhone SE model will be avail
In a paper, they have outlined tried to explain the phenome
ficient, according to the atures." able in 32 and 128 gigabyte
a quantum inspired model of non of humor and what happens
research, published in Pratchett said he remained (GB) versions, replacing the 16
humor, hoping that this new on a cognit ive leve l in the
the journal Nature. optimistic the reef could recover, GB and 64 GB models.
approach may succeed at a moment when we "get the joke".
It said bleaching events should but the "window of opportunity" The hardware updates are
more nuanced modeling of the During the buildup of the joke,
no longer be studied individual to curb emissions was closing. incremental improvements that
cognition of humor. we interpret the situation one
ly, but as threats to the reef 's "It's the number one thing we were announced w ithout a
"Funniness is not a preexist way, and once the punch line
survival, the BBC reported. need to think about now to save major media event. Apple is
ing 'element of reality' that can comes, there is a shift in our
The bleaching or loss of algae the reef," he told the BBC. widely expected to unveil an
be measured; it emerges from understanding of the situation,
in 2016 was the worst on The reef a vast collection of update to its flagship iPhone
an interact ion between the which gives it a new meaning
record. "Climate change is the thousands of smaller coral reefs this fall that might have new
underlying nature of the joke, and creates the comical ef fect,
single greatest threat to the stretching from the northern tip features such as wireless charg
the cognitive state of the listen the authors noted.
Great Barrier Reef," said co of Queensland to the state's city ing, 3D facial recognition and a
er, and other social and environ Although much work remains
author professor Morg an of Bundaberg was given World curved display.
mental factors," explained Liane before the completion of a for
Pratchett, from Queensland's Heritage status in 1981. The new iPad model starts at
Gabora from University of mal quantum theory model of
James Cook University. The UN says it is the "most bio 32 GB of storage and replaces
British Columbia, corresponding humor, the findings provide an
"It all comes down to what the diverse" of all the World the iPad Air 2. It will be slightly
author of the paper. exciting first step and opens for
governments in Australia and Heritage sites, and of "enormous less expensive than the smaller
This makes the quantum for the possibility of a more
around the world do in terms of scientific and intrinsic impor iPad Mini 4, which starts at
malism an excellent candidate nuanced modeling of humor,
mitigating further rises in tem tance". $399 for a 128 GB model.
for modeling humor, Gabora the team said.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info LIFESTYLE March 25-31, 2017 27

Impulsive Facebook use may Emma


Watson's
cause brain imbalance Beauty &
the Beast
New York: Do you have the habit of chology and neuroscience which For the study, detailed in the
constantly checking Facebook or holds that humans have two differ Journal of Management Information dress was
other social media sites while driv ent mechanisms in their brain that Systems, the team obtained respons
ing, in a work meeting, or at other influence their decisionmaking. es from 341 undergraduate college crafted in
times? Beware, it could lead to a defi While System 1 is automatic and students from a North American uni
ciency in the balance between two reactive, quickly triggered, often sub versity who use Facebook.
India
systems in the brain, researchers consciously, in reaction to stimulus The results showed that individu
New York: As Emma Watson artisan brothers Kasam and Juma
warn. such as a sight of or notifications als who displayed higher levels of
brings to life the Disney classic from Bhuj to painstaking ly
The findings showed that when from social media, System 2 is a problematic use of Facebook had a
Beauty And The Beast heres an embroider the fine bodice by hand
there is an imbalance between two reflective, reasoning system that strong cognitiveemotional preoccu
interesting piece of information using an 18th century French flo
cognitivebehavioral systems in the moves more slowly, regulates cogni pation (system 1) and a weak cogni
about one of her costumes that ral design. The films assistant cos
human brain, there is a higher rate tions and controls behaviors, accord tivebehavioral control (system 2),
was crafted in India. Gujarati tume designer Sinad OSullivan
of problematic use of social network ing to Hamed QahriSaremi, assistant creating an imbalance.
craftsmen embroidered the flow shared more details of the work
ing sites. professor at DePaul University. The In fact, the greater the imbalance
ery bodice of an of fwhite dress that went behind it in her
In the study, researchers from the second system can help individuals between the two systems, the more
Emma Watson is seen wearing in Instagram post, revealing the Aari
DePaul University in the US applied control impulses and behaviors that likely individuals were to engage in
the film. T he films costume technique used to create this par
the dual system perspective an are not in their best interest, he problematic social media use behav
designer Jacqueline Durran got ticular design.
established theory in cognitive psy added. iors, the researchers said.

IBM, MIT Pune


introduce Watson
powered robot 'Chintu'

Pune: IBM in collaboration with Maharashtra


Inst itute of Technolog y (MIT ), Pune, on
Thursday introduced 'Chintu' a cognitive
assistant powered by IBM Watson that will
assist senior citizens in conducting everyday
tasks.
The students at MIT, Pune, have been using
IBM Watson APIs powered by IBM Bluemix to
solve day to day problems, the company said in
a statement.
"What I like most about Watson is that it can
solve real world problems. These services can
be used as and when required, and are always
accessible," Krishnamohan Manmohan, a stu
dent at MIT, Pune, said on the sidelines on the
ongoing MIT Tech Fest.
"The robot has opened up a new and exciting
research avenue for our students. Robotics,
machine learning and cognitive computing are
interesting and exploring fields of research
today and our students are getting first hand
experience of working in these fields," added
Vrushali Kulkarni, Professor and Head of
Computer Engineering Department at MIT,
Pune.
Meanwhile, Mezjan Dallas, University
Relations Leader at IBM India said that it was
amazing to see what bright young students
could do with technologies like IBM Watson.
"This is a great example of cocreation. You
put great technology in the hands of bright and
enthusiastic students, you give them freedom
and a fun element and India's next generation
of engineers start to do magical things. This is
the way in which innovation will happen in the
future," Dallas added.
Drawing from Watson's domain knowledge,
Chintu assists senior citizens in completing
tasks like reading the newspaper/book, provide
mood based entertainment services for song
and dance and generate reminders on their
daily medication.
28 March 25-31, 2017 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Humor with Melvin Durai

If your Facebook friends arent


inspiring you, you need to try mine
y three children have wonder that they havent yet com maybe it will convince Melvin to

M grown up in the Internet


age and dont remember
what life was like be fore
peted in the Olympic Games, but
thats only because they have very
important jobs and cant take time
get his butt off the couch and join
me in the next marathon. And
maybe hell be close enough to
Facebook, Twitter and other social off to attend the Olympic trials. take pictures of me from another
media were around. I remember it Im certain that if they had a angle.
well. I remember the days when I chance to compete in the Whenever they post something
didnt have to compare myself to Olympics, lots of records would be on Face book or other so cial
all the people on Facebook who broken, such as the record for media, theyre taking a risk that
have achieved so much in their most Facebook posts while run people will think theyre showing
lives. ning a marathon. off, that people wont realize the
It isnt enough that many of You mig ht think that my motivational service theyre pro Mumbai tend to attract many Well, it depends. If a friend is
these people are ultrasuccessful Facebook friends are just using viding. Theyre also taking a risk likes, but not because people updating me about the marathon
in their careers, theyre also ultra social media to brag about their that researchers will conduct enjoy being updated about these he just completed, Im neither
successful in other areas of their exercise routines, but I dont think studies about them and make mis accomplishments. annoyed nor inspired. I know Ill
lives, particularly in their exercise so. I know these people well, and leading conclusions. Although our results suggest never run a marathon, so it does
programs. I dont know about let me tell you, if they have a con Indeed, researchers at Brunel that narcissists bragging pays off nt bother me that one of my
your Facebook friends, but some ceited bone in their bodies, they University in London conducted because they receive more likes friends is doing it. There is no
of mine are regularly running must be hiding it under their Nike such a study and concluded that and comments to their status voice in my head saying, You
marathons, completing Ironman FlexRepel training shorts. people who share their exercise updates, it could be that their should run a marathon, too,
triathlons, and swimming across T he main reason they share routines on social media tend to Facebook friends politely of fer Melvin. You should run 26 miles
the English Channel. Meanwhile, their sports accomplishments is be narcissists. support while secretly disliking and then spend 26 months recov
Im flipping through my cable TV not to brag, but to inspire me and Narcissists are people who are such egotistical displays, said Dr. ering in the hospital. (It still
lineup, looking for an English others. In the middle of a obsessed w ith themse lves. Tara Marshal, a psychology pro amazes me that any human can
channel. marathon, when they take a selfie (Donald Trump, in case youre fessor at Brunel University. run a marathon. The most Ive
Yes, some of my Face book of themselves, they say to them wondering, isnt a narcissist. Hes When my friends post some ever run is about five miles and
friends are in superb shape. Its a selves, If I post this on Facebook, the NarcissistinChief.) thing about their exercise rou that was with a stray dog chasing
The main goal tines, I immediately like the post, me.)
of these people partly because I want to encour On the other hand, if a friend is
is to brag about age them and partly because I updating me that he just went for
how much time want Facebook to stop showing a 20minute run, then Im a little
they invest in me the post over and over. annoyed, because I know that I
their looks, (Unfortunate ly when Al Gore could easily get myself of f the
according to invented the Internet, he also cre couch, run for 20 minutes and
the researchers. ated something that determines post about it on Facebook.
Status updates what Facebook shows me on my Yes, with a little more effort and
such as Just news feed, something called an discipline, I could be the one
completed a 10 AlGoreRhythm.) whom everyone be lieves is a
km run through Am I annoyed by these posts? narcissist.

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MARCH 2531, 2017 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK
ARIES: Learn from past mistakes and keep LIBRA: Selfconfidence & discipline will 25th March, 2017 interact with important people who would
longterm interest in mind at professional be required to bring positive results in Ruled by number 7 and the planet also help you in your career. Your contacts
front. Entertainment will be a real fun pro competitive examinations. Encourage Neptune. You are intelligent, sensitive, with the public will be lively and challeng
vided all the members of the family join you. Do children to engage themselves in household activi adaptable, independent and kindhearted ing. Your earnings would improve but it
not make rash decisions, especially when negotiat ties in their spare time. Investment is recommend person. You can easily charm others with would be essential for you to save. Your
ing major financial deals. Use your discretion ed but after a proper advice/guidance. Avoid tem your words and actions. You enjoy a special beloved would be in a highly romantic
power in love this week. You need to remain calm per flair up especially in romance. If possible try
respect in your group, but you need to con mood and the two of you would have good
& tensionfree to enjoy a sound health. Some to make your life a tree, giving shade to others
trol your tendency to behave spendthrift, time together. Renovation, construction and
arrangements before you go on an overseas trip while personally enduring the scorching heat.
reckless and stubborn at times. You would pilgrimage would also interest you later this
will save your time, effort and give you peace of Success would bring unlimited joy. If youre plan
get great deal of satisfaction from the work year. The months of September, December
mind. If youre planning a property, be sure to ning a vacation, be sure to consider your work
that you do this year. Your coworkers and and May would be highly eventful.
consider the legal aspect. High time to get ready does not effect. Dont shift from your rental house,
to face the life of adventure & risk and dont give its not the right time to shift on your own proper
colleagues would be helpful and some of
unnecessary importance to minor hurdles. ty. Avoid running away from a situation rather them would become your best friends. Your 29th March, 2017
TAURUS: Make sure you dont hire for the face it to bring something good out of it. job would bring you good profits, but you Influenced by number 2 and the Moon,
sake of hiring. Make sure you do some SCORPIO: You need a careful planning and would have trouble in collecting your gains. you are active, imaginative, simple, trust
thing exciting and different with people at will have to chalk out new strategies at Romantic entanglement would be pleasant worthy and impressive person. You value
home. Dig deep beneath the surface to find out professional front. Engaging yourself in and chances to enter into a matrimonial relationships more than anything else in
more about the investment scheme that seems to praiseworthy things would add to familys reputa alliance would be strong. Expect gifts and life. You often devote more time and atten
be attracting you. However consult experts before tion. Investment needs to be made keeping long goodies both in cash and kind. The months tion in looking after the needs of others
making any commitment. Behave properly while term perspectives in mind. Avoid making false of December, March and August will espe than doing things for selfgain. You are cre
going out with love companion. It is time for you promises especially in love life otherwise it would cially improve prosperity. ative and honest, but you need to control
to enjoy a short pleasure trip to recharge body only create problems. You need to relax and get your tendency to behave moody and care
Minor preparations before you travel overseas involved in hobbies that you enjoy doing the most. 26th March, 2017 free at times. This year you need to be
will make your trip a lot smoother. Shopping for a A systematic approach to plan your journey will Influenced by number 8 and the planet more particular about your health and diet.
commercial real estate loan can be tricky. You will benefit you in future. You might be facing problem Saturn. You are authoritative, practical, sys Long pending legal matters would be sorted
have to constantly adjust opinion in public. if you invest on long term plans. If you want to tematic, friendly and sober person. You are out to your satisfaction. Your rapport with
GEMINI: Keep business interests supreme really benefit make sure you carefully listen & fol fond of adventure and you have no prob important govt. authorities in various
while hiring professionals. Performing rit low friends advice.
lems in accepting challenges, but you need departments would improve and you would
uals/auspicious ceremonies at home prove SAGITTARIUS: To achieve a desirable out
to check your tendency to behave impatient, be rewarded for your hard work with pro
high beneficial. Avoid overspending in order to come at work you must get the support
spendthrift and jealous at times. motion or an increment. Matrimonial
impress others. If possible, spend quality time with of team members. Have fun in the compa
T his year you can expect exce llent alliances for some. You need to prepare
love partner to know & understand each other bet ny of relatives. You seem to know exactly what
rewards for your work. You would celebrate yourself for a better future by investing in
ter. Knowing your calories would enable to keep people need and want from you, but dont try to be
yourself fit. Traveling with kids can be a challenge, too lavish in your spending. If possible, give the
your success in a special way, and spend additional education and training. The
try to reduce the stress and nerves. Your plan for a gift of time to beloved/lover. Chances of recover more on comforts and entertainment. Your months of October, March and August will
personal loan might not work out. Make sure you ing from physical illness are on the card. income would rise, and you would make prove to be highly eventful.
are not very busy in own af fairs otherwise Vacations are at a premium, if you consider them. some good longterm investments. You
chances of people losing interest in you are high. You will have to go out of the way to buy your would establish a better understanding with 30th March, 2017
CANCER: Time to put thrust on looking dream house. If possible, just motivate others to your beloved, which would make every Influenced by number 3 and the planet
for selfdriven people who could take make their life worthwhile by involving them moment that you spend together a truly Jupiter. You are ambitious, dignified, philo
business to newer heights. You succeed selves in some charitable work. memorable one. Health of your parents sophical, and religious individual. You are
in making new acquaintances provided you partic CAPRICORN: You will have to take some might cause concern and anxiety. Spiritual selfreliant and possess enormous leader
ipate in social /family function. Be sure where you calculated risks to conquer challenging gains for some later in the year. The months ship qualities and you like to take your own
put hardearned money because only wise invest situations at workplace. An auspicious of September, January and July will be decisions, but you need to check your ten
ments will fetch returns. Avoid revealing personal week for family functions and important cere result oriented. dency to be jealous, over ambitious and self
& confidential secret to lover/beloved. Time to monies. You are likely to make good money, but centered at times. This year you would
understand body and at the same time avoid the the rise in expenses could make it difficult to save. 27th March, 2017 change plans more often than usual. You
food that does not go well with it to keep ailments Dont give into unnecessary demands of romantic Ruled by number 9 and the planet Mars. would be working closely with known peo
a bay. partner. Make the best use of your energy to enjoy You are energetic, dashing, courageous, ple who would influence your decisions.
Excitement for a vacation is not enough, planning a sound health. Planning for traveling requires
enthusiastic and remarkably brilliant. You Both your earnings and your expenses
is also required. Plan your budget first, and then advice of persons whom you travel with. First
have high tastes and people who are intelli would be high. It is a period to spend as per
try for a property. You need to sincerely devote resolve the legal issues then mortgage your prop
gent and sophisticated appeal to you. You your budget. Frequent and fruitful journeys
yourself to excel in whatever you do. erty. You need to exploit your active, pioneering
are very fond of cleanliness and hygiene, are likely to keep you on the move. Later in
LEO: This week much of professional suc and exploring nature to your benefit.
but you need to control your tendency to the year, influence of a spiritual person
cess depends on senior colleagues cooper AQUARIUS: Use sharp thinking and abili
ation. Gracefully accept the invitation with ty to formulate quick strategies to bring
behave dictatorial, aggressive and moody at would be a source of inspiration in your life.
family, if you are invited to somewhere you positive results. A week for renewal of times. This year there would be a steady Health would definitely need more atten
havent been. Finances will definitely get a boost. bonds and family ties.Instead of wasting time, bet rise in your career graph. Your earnings tion, especially for those suf fering from
But at the same time there will be rise in expenses ter to get involved in something to improve your would exceed your expectations and keep asthma, bronchitis and high blood pressure.
too. Shortlived romantic opportunities could financial position. you very satisfied. Later in the year, you are The months of December, April and July will
come your way. Health will be fine despite some Make sure you dont get sentimental on likely to get involved in construction or ren prove to be significant.
mental pressures. It is advisable to be careful lover/beloveds comments. To counterattack your ovat ion for yourse lf or for others.
regarding your safety, while traveling. Consider a stress you will have to go in shelter of spirituality. Matrimonial alliances for some around the 31st March, 2017
friend of yours when you plan to buy an office. It It is important to delve into your desires before yearend. Judicial matters might not bring in Ruled by number 4 and the planet Uranus.
is time for you to focus attention to achieve higher you plan to travel. Preparations are must before the desired results, therefore avoid getting You are bright, energetic, active, methodical
goals. you plan for a new house. If possible, make people involved in legal complications. Children and systematic person. You are fond of
VIRGO: Make sure you work in close coop realize that the path of truly successful & signifi will be supportive and bring in some happy good, respectable lifestyle and you specially
eration with seniors to bring desired cant life is through friendship and acts of generos and goo d news later in the year. T he enjoy building new contacts and relation
results at workplace. Benefit from the free ity & selfsacrifice. months of November, March and June will ships, but you need to check you tendency
time by enjoying some lovely moments with fami PISCES: Remain selfconfident & deter especially prove to be significant. to behave stubborn, destructive and vindic
ly members. You will be presented with many new mined. This is the secret mantra of suc tive at times. This year you would be able
financial schemes. However you must weigh them ceeding at work.
28th March, 2017 to make your point heard without being
considering all pros & cons before making any If possible undertake the projects that would ben
Governed by number 1 and the planet pushy or forceful. Financial gains and other
commitment. Romantic partner seeks a firm com efit the whole family. The secret mantra of earning
Sun, you are creative, hard working, warm rewards would be plenty but working under
mitment in love. Channelizing energy for self your profits: invest wisely. You need to hold
hearted and sincere by nature. You are extreme stress levels would show on your
improvement would immensely benefit you. romantic emotions and shouldnt do anything
admired by people around you for your abil health. Children would be interesting and a
Vacations are meant to be fun filled and relaxing making you repent later. Time now to realize that
but hectic schedules may ruin it. Being an oppor drinking/taking wine is a deadly enemy of health
ity to take quick and courageous decisions, major source of your happiness. For those
tunity seeker is not good for you, as you want be and retards efficiency. When preparing to travel but you need to check your tendency to who have been unsuccessful in finding a life
getting the correct value for your property. You with a family be humble and patient. Put together behave reckless, impatient and shorttem partner till now should rejoice, as a matri
will have to be original in your conversation a few ideas to help you in purchasing a lodge. pered at times. This year improvement in monial wedlock seems later in the year. The
because putting up an act would take you Avoid picking up an argument at any cost espe your work atmosphere would be there, giv months of November, February and May
nowhere. cially over petty issues. ing you lot of job satisfaction. You would will prove to be eventful.
30 March 25-31, 2017 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Part two of the discourse 'Don't stop until the goal is reached'

The love of God will


flow eternally
Then, let us select another cate perceived by our soul. When soul
gory and begin improving in that experiences God, it is experienc
quality also. Over time, we will ing its own divine nature. That
By Sant Rajinder Singh discover that our diary glistens force is so attractive that the soul
with the purity of a diamond is enraptured and filled with love
Ji Maharaj
reflecting the light. and bliss.

I
f we find that we are not mak
ing internal progress in medi Let us take stock of where we Sant Darshan Sing h Ji is
tation, we need to look to the are in our meditations and our describing that love as perennial
failures in our ethical living that ethical life, and resolve to not fountains of eternal bliss. The
we record on our introspection stop, but keep moving forward. image of a fountain is that it is
diary. The diary is a record of We will find that we will gain continually flowing. The water in
impediments to our inner more and more spiritual wealth. a fountain never runs dry. It goes
progress. Do we think we can We will go from just collecting on gushing continually. So it is
make inner headway to the king mere trees, to collecting spiritual with the love of God. It is always
dom of God, if we are thinking or sandalwood, spiritual silver, spir flowing. It will flow eternally.
saying violent words or commit itual gold, and ultimately the What a wonderful destiny for our
ting acts of violence? Do we spiritual diamond of becoming soul! Once we are connected to
think we can merge back in God one with God. that fountain through a living
if we are hurting Gods crea Master, our soul can drink of that
tures? Do we think we can merge Hazur was a living example of bliss for all times to come. We
back in God if we are egotistical one who did not stop until he can do so by meeting the Master
and think we are better than all reached his goals. I would like to outwardly and experiencing his
the rest of Gods creation? The take up a poem of Sant Darshan divine darshan. We can also do
introspection diary shows us Singh Ji that he wrote in praise so by meeting the Master within
where we are blocking our spiri of Hazur in the 1950s. From through meditations. The inner
tual progress. The goal is to weed these verses, we can get a form of the Master is so radiant that we no longer suffer. Instead, with the Light and Sound of God
out those hindrances that stand glimpse of how Sant Darshan and loving that we want to stay we are lost in the ecstasy of at the time of initiation, he gave
between us and God. Those hin Singh Ji revered him and the immersed in that form for all Gods love. people a way to rise above body
drances are the minds efforts to wondrous qualities he found in times to come. The bliss without consciousness.
slow down our progress. We him. is great, but the bliss within is far The Master removes our pain
need to keep a vigilant watch on greater. We can experience those by bathing us with so much love By doing so, they realized they
the many ways in which the mind The first verse says: fountains of bliss when we medi and grace that we are no longer were not the body, but the soul
distracts us from spiritual You have set afloat the peren tate and go within. aware of it. We become oblivious that inhabits the body. T hey
progress. By doing so, we are nial fountains of eternal bliss and to the slings and arrows of life. could journey to wondrous spiri
clearing the pathway to go deep everlasting ecstasy. If we were to not stop but move They may still come our way, but tual realms within. Through med
er into the forest. You have brought forth fra forward, we would ultimately we are so intoxicated that we itation, they could cross the
grant roses where there were come to the radiant form of the lose awareness of even our body. astral, causal, supracausal, and
The Masters want us to move prickling thorns before. Master. Then, that form would Thus, we are so filled with love pure ly spiritual realms. T his
forward in two areas. They want guide us into higher and higher that instead of the thorny pains inner journey brings confirma
us to put more time and more In this verse, Sant Darshan regions where we would experi and sorrows, we experience the tion that there is no death. Death
accuracy into our meditations. Singh Ji Maharaj is describing ence those fountains of bliss. If beauty of the rose garden. is just like taking of f a layer of
They also want us to weed out what it was like to be in the pres we know this bliss is waiting for clothing to reveal one below it.
any failures in ethical virtues ence of Hazur. Sant Darshan us, why would we want to stop If we knew that freedom from We realize that the body is only
that bar our way to moving for Singh Ji is describing the incredi before bathing in those fountains pain and sorrow was awaiting us an outer coat for our soul. When
ward spiritually. It is a twostep ble ecstasy and bliss he experi of divinity? within, why would we stop until we remove it, we have our astral
process. Clear the pathway by enced when in the presence of we reached that painfree state? body, our causal body, and a thin
weeding out failures in ethical Hazur, both outwardly and with The next line of verse says: veil over the soul in the supra
virtues on our introspection in during meditations. Although You have brought forth fragrant In another verse of this poem, causal region. When we reach
diary and then move forward in we may not have met Hazur, we roses where there were prickling Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj the purely spiritual region of
our meditations. can relate to what he is saying by thorns before. Sant Darshan says: Sach Khand, then all layers are
remembering t imes we have Singh Ji is saying that in the You have taught us the lan removed and we experience our
If we find that we are commit been in the presence of Sant presence of Hazur, all the thorns guage of love which is both selves as pure soul, free of all
ting the same failures we have Kirpal Singh Ji or Sant Darshan of life grew into fragrant roses. unspoken and unwritten. coverings. It is at this stage that
been making for years, then we Singh Ji. W hat he is describing is the You have solved for us the we merge back in God.
are stagnating. We need to make power of a true Master. When we mystery of life and death.
ef forts to take a good look at How is it possible for people to come into his presence, all the (To be continued....)
where we are and resolve to do get so much bliss from being problems and pains of the world Sant Darshan Sing h Ji is
better the following day. If we around another human being? disappear. Problems may be describing how Hazur has Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
hurt other peoples feelings by The truth is that the bliss is not there, but we do not feel them. enabled us to solve the greatest is an internationally recognized
our harsh words twenty times a coming from the human form of Instead, we experience a deli mysteries of life. There is hardly spiritual leader and Master of
day, then let us reduce that num the Master. It comes from the cious nectar and wondrous fra a person who has not at one time Jyoti Meditation who affirms the
ber to nineteen the following God power that radiates through grance of love. The Master can or another pondered over the transcendent oneness at the heart
day. Then, let us go further to that form. God is love, and our turn thorns into roses just by his question of life and death. Many of all religions and mystic tradi-
reduce that failure to eighteen soul is love. When we come into loving glances, his sweet words, wonder why we are here and tions, emphasizing ethical living
the next day. Then, day by day, the presence of a Master, that or his gentle touch. We may be in where we go when we die. Hazur and meditation as building blocks
let us continue to decrease the love radiates from God through the thick of terrible suffering, but enabled people to solve this mys for achieving inner and outer
failures until we reach zero. the vehicle of the Master and is the Masters love is so embracing tery. By putting people in touch peace. www.sos.org.
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