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Shopkeeper appalled by delay in police


emergency response when locked inside with robbers
SANDEEP SINGH would not be able to come before

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30 minutes. Eventually, based on
liquor shop owner is
our conversation on the phone, the
appalled by less than
satisfactory response from Although my first operator issued a trespass notice for
that robber and asked me to open
Police emergency services after reaction was to hold the store and let that guy go, a
his store manager had locked a that guy in the shop visibly baffled Mr Patel said.
robber inside the shop and called
the emergency line 111 to seek and get the police By the time, store owner Mr Jani
managed to bring Police on his own
immediate help. take him away, from the nearest police station; the
The incident took place in a situation got tense store manager was advised by the
liquor shop at Newmarket on operator on the emergency line to
Sunday, April 2, at around 5
as increasingly it
allow the robber to leave.
p.m. when an offender who had became evident that Sunny Kaushal, a community
returned to the shop after having police would not leader and the lead organiser of
escaped earlier in the day without Crime Prevention Group, a new
paying for the bottles, possibly be coming
community initiative formed to
to try his luck again, only to be anytime soon raise awareness and solidarity
identified by the store manager. Chintan Patel at Bottle Shop liquor store in Newmarket about the increasing numbers
The store manager immediately also locked inside the shop. got tense as increasingly it became of aggravated robberies on local
walk to the Police station across the businesses expressed his dismay on
put the shutter down and called Speaking to Indian Weekender, the evident that police would not be
road and get help. the failure of police to respond in a
the police before informing the store manager Chintan Patel, who coming anytime soon.
store owner. Two policemen had timely manner.
was at the forefront of this saga I became more and more scared
accompanied Mr Jani immediately If members of public and
What happened from here has described the situation as scary and confused while speaking with
left the store manager and the store from the police station, but almost shopkeepers have to go to Police
and tense when inside the shop the operator on the emergency
owner aghast and in disbelief. after half an hour of their first call station, literally begging them to
with the robber. line, Mr Patel further said.
to the police emergency line. come and catch the offenders then
The store owner, Rutul Jani, who Earlier in the day two offenders The fact that police emergency it is very shameful for the New
was at Lynnfield at the time when However, the emergency had escaped with bottles, and then team chose not to come to the Zealand police and the Minister,
his store manager had called to response team did not one of them returned to the shop scene immediately even after Mr Kaushal said.
inform about the fact of a robber arrive altogether. to get more stuff from the shop. being categorically told by the This was the fifth robbery
being locked inside the shop Nevertheless, this was not the I recognised him immediately store manager that robber was still incident reported by the community
managed to reach the shop in next end of their story about frustration and brought the shops shutter locked inside the store is a cause directly to the Crime Prevention
20 minutes only to find that police with police response to a situation down, Mr Patel said. of concern. Group indicating that the group
had still not arrived at the scene. which could have easily worsened Although my first reaction was The operator kept on asking me is getting some momentum in
Surprised by the delay in the and risked the safety of his staff and to hold that guy in the shop and get about the looks and appearance of the community on the issue of
arrival of police, Mr Jani chose to a member of the public who was the police take him away, situation the robber and also told that police robberies and aggravated assaults.

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Take back control of our town centres in


South Auckland, community urges to the police
SANDEEP SINGH However, members of the governments line of argument that

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community, many of who have crime numbers are declining.
n a passionate plea by many
been victims of robberies, did One glaring omission from
small businesspersons of the
not seem much impressed with the responses of government
Indian community, the police
is being urged to take back control the rosy picture painted by the representatives was the issue of
of many town centres in South officials and the Minister about the recent spate in ram-raids and
Auckland, which according to them declining numbers and statistics aggravated robberies. There
are currently under the clutches of of crime in New Zealand. has been a surge in the number
gangs of young criminals. Despite best efforts from many of aggravated robberies since
I think the biggest problem speakers in the meeting, the the beginning of this year, and
today is that youth gangs have community remained unfazed by in particular, in the last couple
taken over thetown centres. The what the government was doing of months.
police needs to do something to behind the scene and what had Indian Weekender has published a
take back the control of these been done in the past. detailed story about the spate of
town centres, one of the business Associate Minister for Justice Mark Mitchell at the meeting
Their questions and concerns crime and sense of perpetual fear
owners from South Auckland said
Crime Prevention Group was of senior officials from police were about now and todaythe among the small business owners,
in a community meeting on rising
formed a fortnight ago after a and different ministries in the recent increase in robberies in particularly in South Auckland.
crime in Auckland.
brutal attack on husband-wife duo government to demonstrate their and around South and Central In the meeting, almost everyone
A group of small business owners owners in a Mt Roskill dairy in commitment towards the rising
were interacting with Associate Aucklandwhich remained agreed that the sheer audacity of
Central Auckland, which left the crime, particularly aggravated largely unanswered.
Minister for Justice Mark Mitchell owner badly injured. robberies in the community. ram-raids has increased manifold in
at a community meeting convened In fact, it would not be an recent times, which was unforeseen
by National Party MP Kanwaljit The dairy owner, Jitesh Patel, is It is to the credit of Mr Bakshi exaggeration to comment that
still not back to work, even after for bringing in a well-prepared by many in the community
Singh Bakshi on Saturday, April the meeting continued at two for decades.
1, in Papatoetoe, over the issue three back-to-back surgeries in Minister and his troops from the different levels. At one level,
of the recent spate of aggravated the North Shore Hospital, and is officialdom and in being better The Minister and the other
the representatives from the
robberies.This was a follow-up without any financial support for prepared himself than he was at government representatives failed
government shared insights on how
meeting from an earlier meeting the business. the previous meeting a week before to enlist what immediate urgent
to respond to the concerns of many governments efforts were leading
held on the previous Saturday An incensed community had actions they have initiated at an
in the community. to a decline in crime, and at the
(March 25), where a group of then formed Crime Prevention operational level to control and
other level, the victims continued
aggrieved shop owners under Group with the intention to attract The key speakers, apart deter the rising nuisance of youth
governments immediate attention from the Minister, were Andy to share their plight and evidence
the aegis of a recently formed crime. Against this backdrop, the
community action groupCrime to the problem of the rising spate of Costa, Assistant Commissioner of operational lapses on the part
of police and justice system in Ministers comment that many
Prevention Grouphave sought aggravated robberies, which largely of Police and Deputy CEO in
apprehending and holding alleged of seasoned offenders that we are
immediate government attention. affects small business members in the Ministry of Justice; Allan
the wider community. Warren, Assistant Commissioner perpetrators of crime behind the seeing today were the product of
The meeting was well attended,
however, many from the previous of Police and CEO of the newly bars. To be fair to the officials a generation of a dysfunctional
This meeting was a departure
meeting, including Sunny Kaushal, from many previous meetings formed Ministry for Vulnerable and other speakers, they fully social system, coming eight years
the lead organiser of Crime on the issue in a sense that the Children,OrangaTamariki; and acknowledged the plight and after National Partys reign in
Prevention Group, were not Minister chose to bring an array Rajesh Sharma, Deputy Secretary sense of pain among the victims the government, deserves some
present at the meeting. of Policy, Ministry of Justice. of crime but perpetuated on the further explanation.

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Green Party seeks inroads in Kiwi-Indian community;


launches Raj Singh as candidate in Manukau East
SANDEEP SINGH they will surely be able to take an the Green Party if that is what they

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informed decision. want to vote for. As a Green Party
he Green Party is continuing
IWK: Is there any one member and candidate, I will be
its push to make fresh
particular policy that you want going to people to explain what
inroads into the regions and
to talk more than anything else Green Party has to offer them.
territories considered beyond its
to the Kiwi-Indian community? IWK: Are you included in the
influence in a bid to form their first
ever government in New Zealand. Mr Singh: Yes, certainly, with recent provisional list released
us Kiwi-Indians being the new by the Green Party for the
In 2014, more people had voted
migrants in this beautiful country, parliament?
for Green than ever before and the
I will like to talk to them about Mr Singh: No, I am not on
Party is hopeful that it has a real


Green Partys migration policy.
chance to be in the government the list as I choose to be an
It is one policy that is dear to my
in 2017. Towards this goal, it electorate candidate only, as
heart. As a Green party member,
seems, the Party is coming up with I need to first prove myself to
I am putting my personal bill for
innovative strategies and measures, the Indian community and the
three key policy areas visa for
and connecting with Green Party. I will be talking to
life, home for life, and water
After the recent announcement of Green Party leadership that we
for life. As migrants and residents
provisional list of candidates, which in their deliberations, and non- need to understand what Indian
in this country, we all need a visa,
had many young and popular faces, migrants and other new migrant
violence. Ecological wisdom to me home, and fresh water for life,
communities are seeking from the
the party has announced a Kiwi- means that man is more important Mr Raj Pardeep regardless of our situation.
Green Party. We need to work
Indian Barrister and Solicitor Raj than the machine, which should be
Pardeep Singh as their candidate in our key emphasis. Similarly, as a
Singh is the founder IWK: Do you think that the in ways that bolster the imagery
current National government that Green Party is receptive and
Manukau East. new migrant in this country, I find and principal of or the Labours previously have inclusive for all the communities in
Mr Singh is the founder and myself looking towards the Treaty Legal Associates, not done enough on migration? New Zealand.
principal of Legal Associates, a law of Waitangi as a basis for everyone Mr Singh: Once Green Party
firm based in South Auckland. getting equal and fair treatment in
a law firm based in IWK: Do you think Green Party
makes a government with
Indian Weekender spoke with Mr New Zealand. South Auckland. the Labour Party as per the
has put you in a winnable
position in this election?
Singh on his candidacy with the IWK: Is there any particular Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU), we will work together on Mr Singh: Winnable position!
Green party and the value that he Green policy which attracts you
the most? migration and lets see what we can Well that a good question. Of
can offer to the Kiwi-Indian voters
in the 2017 general elections. do more for the migrating families, course, its not a winnable position
Mr Singh: Yes, transparent
apparently Indian voters do their parents and their children. because South Auckland is the
IWK: Why did you choose governance. I feel that there had
Green Party over other main not know much about the IWK: How do you see adding weakest area for Green Party.
not been much transparency in
stream parties like the National Green Party? value to the lives of Kiwi Indian We are around four per cent vote
many previous governments,
and Labour Party? Mr Singh: Well, I believe that we community all over in NZ as a here in South Auckland, which
especially the National Party
Mr Singh: I find myself personally should not be unnecessarily judging Green Party candidate? includes Mangere, Manukau East,
led governments.
aligned with Green Partys beliefs the intelligence of our Kiwi-Indian Mr Singh: This is the first time and Manurewa. Our main in this
IWK: How are you going to
and values, especially in ecological voters. I am confident that when that our Kiwi-Indian voters will election is to increase party votes
convince the Kiwi-Indian
wisdom, transparent governance, we speak to them about the Green have a choice to vote for a co- in South Auckland and make the
voters for the Green party, as
and centrality of Treaty of Waitangi partys values and policies, then member from the community in party stronger.

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Typhoid scare grips Auckland


IWK BUREAU numbers have since risen to 16 along with a

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death of a woman.
uckland is currently in the grip of a
Typhoid related mini-endemic where The woman, from Mt Roskill, died
one person had already died, and 18 in hospital on Tuesday, March 28, in
people are reported to be suffering from the Auckland Hospital.
illness. The illness is believed to be brought Auckland Regional Public Health Service
back from Pacific after an overseas visit. Clinical Director Dr Julia Peters had said that
The Mt Roskill Samoan Assembly of God the person was hospitalised with some serious
Church is at the centre of this outbreak of health issues and the typhoid infection was
typhoid and all those suffering from the another complicating factor.
illness are members of this church. Other confirmed cases linked to the
The news of typhoid scare was broken outbreak are being treated in hospital. They
in a media statement released by Auckland are all members of the church but lived in
Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) on locations across central and south Auckland.
Friday, March 31, almost three days after the Auckland Regional Public Health Service
death of the woman. It was then reported and the Ministry of Health had come under
that ten people had been hospitalised after severe criticism about the handling of this
a typhoid outbreak in Auckland and the mini-endemic.

Auckland pounded by bad weather


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he former tropical cyclone Debbie has
moved south towards Central North
Island and the South Island after
causing havoc in Auckland earlier this week.
The overnight deluge has left many parts
of the region saturated with widespread road
closures, houses threatening to topple into
the sea and massive landslides.
Auckland Civil Defence had been on alert
and monitoring the situation throughout the
week. Auckland Councils building inspectors
had been sent out across the region on the
morning of Wednesday, April 5, assessing
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O Jatta aayi Vaisakhi


SWATI SHARMA

F
ar away from their
homeland, it is the festivals
that bring the Indians
together and connect them with Wednesday, April 19, which will
their culture and traditions. include cultural performance
displaying not only the traditions
It wasnt long before when we
from northern states of India but
welcomed the new year, and now
also from across the country. This
it is already April. It is the time to
harvest festival is celebrated with
celebrate one of the most famous


various names in different states of
festivals of North Indian and, more
India and this years celebration at
specifically, PunjabVaisakhi, also
the parliament will showcase these
called Baisakhi.
various cultures.
This festival rejuvenates the
Apart from the celebrations in
desi communities, bringing to life
the Parliament, various gurudwaras
a scene from the real Punjab, the
across New Zealand will hold
old Punjab. world. With the community in one of the weekends of April as it religious events on the weekends of
For many years, Vaisakhi has different countries celebrating allows people working on weekdays April 8-9 and 15-16.
been the time when farmers get the festival in their own way, the Vaisakhi has a to join the celebration. Gurudwara Sri Kalgidhar Sahib
ready to celebrate a new year after celebrations have evolved over the great significance in Otahuhu will lead their 22nd
putting their sickles to the harvest. Vaisakhi in New Zealand
years becoming more modernised. for the Sikhs. This
T
nagar kirtan or street procession on
With upgrading technology he Punjabi diaspora in New
In the United States, there Saturday, April 8, starting from the
every day, the sickles have now been are parades through the streets
was the day when Zealand, just like around the
gurudwara till Otahuhu Shopping
replaced by the modern automated followed by the religious gatherings the Sikh religion world, also celebrates the festival
Centre. The parade will begin at
machinery while the farmers are with much fervour. As the festival
at the gurudwaras. New York, was founded by has both religious and cultural
12:30 p.m. and will reach back to
replaced by the outsourced migrant New Jersey, Chicago, San Jose,
workers. The celebrations have the tenth guru of connection to it, people celebrate
gurudwara by 3 p.m.
Las Vegaslarge number of cities On Sunday, April 9, the Otahuhu
also seen a downfall in the cities throughout America host the SikhsGuru Gobind it in different ways to lift up
gurudwara will host a samagam,
and town, but it is celebrated with their spirits.
Punjabi mela to mark the festival. Singh in 1699. paath and kirtan by renowned paathi
the same vigour and fanfare in Recognising the contribution of
Canada is one of the countries Singh Sahib Maan Singh and
the villages. the Punjabi community in New
with the largest Punjabi population. kirtani jathaa from Golden Temple,
Vaisakhi has a great significance Zealand, the Parliament celebrated
The local Sikh and Punjabi Amritsar and Bhai Harnaam Singh
for the Sikhs. This was the day dose of desi masala, tradition the festival in the parliament
communities in cities such as Srinagar Waale. The event will be
when the Sikh religion was founded and culture. building in 2016 for the first time
Vancouver, Surrey, Brampton and held from 10 a.m. to noon.
by the tenth guru of SikhsGuru Similarly, in other parts of the ever. This was seen as a huge
Montreal hold the annual Vaisakhi A similar function will be held
Gobind Singh in 1699. world the festival is marked by acknowledgement of the work that
celebrations in mid-April. The city at the gurudwara in Takanini on
It is a vital part of the social religious events in gurudwaras. community does for the country.
parades, gurudwara ceremonies, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and religious customs of Punjabis cultural shows, and dance and The entertainment side of the This year too, the festival will
settled in various regions of the sports competition give a healthy festival mostly takes place during be celebrated in the Beehive on

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Auckland celebrates diversity in


International Cultural Festival
More support to keep our
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Auckland Indian Society were some of the ethnic communities safer
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many Indian groups showcasing the diverse, these services. They are, after all, available
ucklanders celebrated diversity rich culture of India. Two performance 24 hours a day, seven days a week and free
in style at the 18th edition of the stages were set, one for the bands to perform of charge.
Auckland International Cultural live music and the other for the dancers. Making services like Victim Support more
Festival 2017 held on Sunday, April 2 at Mt The other performances during the day Bill English
Roskill War Memorial Park in Mt Roskill. accessible is just the first step in keeping our
included Romanian Folk Dance, Dalmatian
Prime Minister communities safer. We are also reforming a
The cultural extravaganza brought together Folk Society, Nepal, Taiwanese, Fijian, Arab,
number of laws and investing in Police in a

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people from about 50 nationalities living in Egyptian, Moroccan dance groups and the
Auckland from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arabian Belly dancers. ere here to make a difference wider effort to make our ethnic communities
The organisers of the event estimate that Mixit- a popular dance group from in the areas that really matter feel safe.
more than 10,000 people visited the festival. Auckland, comprising of performers from to Kiwis. Justice Minister Amy Adams recently
The fun-filled annual event organised by Zimbabwe, Armenia, Afghanistan, Palestine, Thats why we have been working hard to introduced The Family and Whnau
Auckland Council celebrated the diversity Sudan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand received put in place a comprehensive plan aimed at Violence Legislation Bill to Parliament in
of the city through food, music, dance a thunder of applause for their performance. preventing and reducing the impact of crime order to overhaul the Domestic Violence Act
performances, arts and sports. The venue A group of African men played bongo at to help build a safer New Zealand. and amend 39 other pieces of legislation,
hosted more than 100 stalls that included their stall while the crowd formed a circle Last week, Police Minister Paula Bennett regulations, and Orders in Council.
food delicacies from different nations, and danced to their tunes.
and a number of other National MPs This new legislation helps build a new
clothing, cultural artefacts, and sports events. This is what Auckland International
joined Police and Victim Support staff and way of dealing with this issue and will go a
The children enjoyed the bouncing castles, Cultural Festival is all about, its a melting
pot of different cultures, Ella Kumar, MC volunteers to officially launch a range of long way to reducing New Zealands rate of
face painting, joy rides at the venue while the
others delved into band performances and at the event and Puketapapa Local Board new Victim Support brochures for ethnic family violence.
danced to the tunes of different ethnic music. Member said. communities. These will make Victim Early this year, Police Minister Paula
The performers represented Turkey, The visitors attended various workshops, Supports services more accessible to victims Bennett and I also announced a new $503
Thailand, Ethiopia, France, Germany, browsed the arts and craft stalls, or worked up of crime who have limited English. million Safer Communities package to reduce
Hawaii, Italy, Pacific Islands, Egypt, an appetite playing some traditional Mori This new material is available in Hindi, crime, prevent reoffending and make our
Libya, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Ghana, or Highland games. People gathered to learn Korean, Japanese, Tongan, Samoan and communities safer. It will see increase total
Rwanda, Iran, Syria, India, Pakistan, Serbia, Maori Kite making, explored Mamas Hangi, simplified Chinese, and will be available at police staff numbers by 1125 and include
Mongolia, etc. The Anujay School of Dance, Palestine made artefacts, Chinese Sugar Art, Police stations and Victim Support offices another 880 sworn officers.
Mt Roskills Bollywood Dance Group, Tamil Malaysian Carriage, Pearl of Islands- Art around New Zealand.
and Crafts, etc. This investment also includes 20 new
NZ School of Dance, and the University of
These new brochures have important Police ethnic liaison officers. These officers
information about Victim Supports will provide Police with additional resources
services that can help people affected by to help Indian, Korean, and other ethnic
crime, trauma and suicide. It guides them communities go about their lives and business
on how to participate fairly and fully in the safely and with confidence.
justice system and get through the tough This National-led Governments drive to
times in life. reduce crime and create safer communities is
It is great to see that more of our ethnic central to our plan to build a brighter future
communities will now have better access to for all New Zealanders. You and your family
the support they need and that language deserve to be safe at home, at work and in
will no longer be a barrier to receiving your communities.

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SOUTH LINE News-in-brief


from South Island

Earthquake-affected red 2074th Hindu New Year coming up

zone to get a makeover


GAURAV SHARMA

C
hristchurchs rebuild after
the 2011 earthquake got
a major breakthrough
last week with Regenerate
Christchurch (RC) announcing
Gerry Brownlees minister
supporting Greater Christchurch
Regeneration approval for Children performing at a Canterbury Nepalese Society event in 2016

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the companys approach for he 300-member Canterbury our first annual magazine Namaste
developing a Regeneration Plan for Nepalese Society (CNS), Nepal, and ten years of our
the tkaro Avon River Corridor. which was established in Nepali language classes. We will
RC is a new entity, established in 2015, is gearing up to celebrate be releasing the annual Namaste
2016 to lead the regeneration of the Hindu New Year 2074 in Magazine followed by cultural
Christchurch including the central Christchurch on April 14. performances, informed Mr
city, residential red zone and the Mr Bishnu Pokhrel, President Saurab Gautam, Joint Secretary
eastern New Brighton. A good crowd gathered during the recent Otakaro Avon River Community Day at CNS noted, By organizing this of NNZFSC.
Haeata Community Campus to share thoughts on how this area could shape an event we aim to showcase our
Known as the Outline for exciting future for Christchurch
the tkaro/ Avon River Nepalese culture to the wider In Nepal, much like in North
Corridor Regeneration Plan, it over 600 hectares, which was as this regeneration opportunity community. That day, we will India, the traditional lunar
will determine the preferred land later identified as residential red takes shape, added RCs Chief have a Nepalese fashion show Hindu calendar is followed,
uses and activities for the area, zone land. Since then much of Executive Mr Ivan Iafeta. flaunting traditional Nepalese with this year been the Hindu
including who will be paying for it. the land within this area has RC also shared details of a recent dresses, followed by traditional New Year 2074 or Vikram Nav
The Canterbury community been acquired and cleared by the survey of Christchurch residents Nepalese dances and other cultural Varsh Samvant 2074. This
Crown, with deliberations ongoing about the future of the river performances, and of course, so because it is believed that
now has a clear picture of how the
on what to do with it. RC has been corridor. 79 per cent emphasised not to mention mouth-watering Vikram Era was started by King
regeneration of the tkaro/ Avon
also organising community and on safety in regenerated areas, Nepalese cuisine. Vikramaditya in 57 BC as a
River Corridor will take shape.
open days to get the community 75 per cent on protection of Also, one day earlier, on April 13, commemoration of his victory
Having considered the feedback
participation in sharing ideas on the unique and indigenous nature, 66 the Nepal New Zealand Friendship over the Shaks.
we have received, we are confident
regeneration plan. per cent on well-designed urban Society of Canterbury (NNZFC) Thats how the Hindu
that we have developed an
is organising the NNZFC Nepali calendar came to be known
approach that will make the most More than 80 proposals have environment, 64 per cent on a
New Year 2074 at Linfield Cultural as Vikram Samvant after
of this great opportunity, noted already been put forward by various good transport system, 54 per cent
Recreational Sports Club. Vikramaditya. According to the
RC chairman Mr Andr Lovatt. proponents and theyre all on the on community connection, 47 per
table, plus ideas from more than cent on good places to work, visit This years celebrations are Hindu calendar, the New Year
Notably, the Canterbury special as it marks few milestones in
1000 children as well as many more and invest, 45 per cent on valuing is the first day after no moon
earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 NNZFCs journey. Ten years of our in the month of Chaitra, which
caused unprecedented and from our recent Community Day. culture and heritage, and only
weekly radio program Namaste this year began on March 29.
widespread damage to the Avon But we are still in the early stages 39 per cent on range and choice
Nepal, ten years since we published
River corridor, an area covering of planning and open to all ideas of housing.

Telugu Association celebrates Ugadi and Ram Navmi


GAURAV SHARMA New Year by recognising a change one of the founding members of

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in the lunar orbit. It also signals TasiNZ, informed, We had 80
asiNZ, or the Telugu
the advent of Spring. people attending the festivities,
Association of South Island
which included prayers, dance and
New Zealand, an informal The first day of bright half
Telugu song performances.
group in existence since 2006, of the lunar month Chaitra is
The evening ended with dinner.
celebrated Ugadi, the Telugu considered to be the day for Ugadi This year, we also appreciated
New Year, and Ram Navmi, in celebration, which generally the achievements of our
Christchurch last Saturday. Ugadi falls in the months of March/ children in academics, sports,
or Yugadi, as it is called in the April of the English calendar. Mr Telugu Association's new year celebrations in
and extracurricular activities, Christchurch. Picture courtesy TasiNZ
Deccan region of India, marks Diwakar Kandula, a researcher by distributing certificates
the commencement of the Hindu at the Lincoln University, and of excellence.

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Canterbury Police
expresses concern
over aggravated robberies
C
hristchurch Police has expressed
concern about the increased number
of recent aggravated robberies across
the city, many affecting Indian businesses.
These are a priority for our staff and a
dedicated team of 20, including a team of
detectives, has been formed, with specialists
now working across shifts to take positive
action and solve these offences.
We understand how distressing these
events can be for the victims involved, and
have offered them ongoing support and advice
as we work through our investigations, said
Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney, Field
Crime Manager, Canterbury Police.
A team will continue to provide prevention
advice to businesses, and if any business
would like a visit from the police, please
contact us on (03) 363 7400.
You can also contact the same number
if you know of someone involved in
recent offending, or alternatively phone
Crimestoppers anonymously if necessary
on 0800 555 111.


We also encourage anyone who witnesses
Canterbury District Commander Superintendent
any concerning or suspicious behaviour John Price addressing concerns of Indian commu-
to contact 111 straight away, with as much nity about aggravated robberies late last year
detail as possible.
Notably, one of the most oft-repeated
victim of aggravated robberies is a dairy on
Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch, which
was subjected to nine robberies, between
August 20, 2016, and March 8, 2017. We understand how
Eight out of these nine robberies have distressing these events
resulted in 15 arrests, which is a fantastic
result and the remaining robbery continues can be for the victims
to be an active investigation. involved, and have
In addition, we continue to work with offered them ongoing
retailers to support them both in the event of
a crime taking place, as well as in a prevention
support and advice as
role. We have dedicated staff who work within we work through our
the communities to help offer advice and investigations
prevention strategies, said Acting Inspector
Paul Reeves, Area Prevention Manager
for Canterbury.

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Womens freedom shouldnt be labelled


as vulgarity: Babbu Maan
SWATI SHARMA artist has a particular taste of songs

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t was probably the biggest or writing or genre, and they are
Punjabi show you would have good at what they do, he said.
ever seen in Auckland. A fully Not impressed by the music
packed auditorium with many compositions in Punjabi industry,
standing to watch their favourite he said that the industry needs
singer superstar who returned to to start experimenting and do
Auckland after six years. something new.
Singer-songwriter Babbu We have been listening to the
Maan enthralled the audience same tunes for years. When I
at Aucklands Logan Campbell started, there was no concept of
Centre on Saturday, April 1. But music composition. Now its high
apart from the show being a sold- time that people start producing Babbu Maan performed live in Auckland on April 1
out one, there was something good and new music. Thats the We have changed ourselves He said that it was his best show


different and special about it. only way to grow and stay there for almost entirely if we look back ever from around the world and
Known for this honest and frank a long time. at 50-60 years from now. And he would very much like to return
opinions and up-front attitude we also need to change with the soon for an even bigger show.
Talking about his up-front
Tejinder Singh Maan aka Babbu changing time.
attitude, he said that he doesnt like Also known as the king of
Maan and lovingly also known as When asked about what would
to be two-faced. I have learnt this romance in Punjabi music industry,
Khant wala Maan (after his village be his message or advice for the
from my parents. Either you are a Maan rose to fame in 2001 with
Khant), had some important NRIs, he said that they are making
friend, or you arent, there should his hit music album Saun di Jhadi,
messages for the young generation NRIs are India and Punjab proud with the
featuring several hits such as Chann
be no hanging in-between. And we success they have achieved. But
and the NRIs.
all need to get away from this kind making India and they shouldnt let others misuse Chaanani, Raat Guzaar layi and Dil ta
Not only his songs reflect his
perspective of life, but also his
of two-faced attitude. Punjab proud with their goodwill. paagal hai among others.
opinion about the changing world His views about the obscenity the success they If you are sending a donation in So far he has released eight studio
in Punjabi songs would have won India for a good cause, you should albums and six compilation albums.
forces one to re-visit their thoughts.
every feminists respect. Unlike
have achieved. But ask for the accounts of where it has He has also acted in, written
Maan was praised for his they shouldnt let
other Punjabi singers from his time been used. Dont let your hard- screenplays for and produced
knowledge of literature and the
way he incorporates his knowledge and with literary knowledge, Maan others misuse their earned money go down the drain, Punjabi films, and has sung for a
seemed quite open-minded about he said. few popular Bollywood songs as
in his songs and script writing for goodwill. Babbu Maan performed live for well. He was highly appreciated in
his movies. the way women should lead their
lives and said that he believes that a gathering of more than 2600. His Punjabi movie HasharA Love Story
About the kind of songs that
they should not be judged on the Womens freedom shouldnt be performance was a mix of poetry, that released in 2008.
Punjabi music industry is producing romantic numbers and upbeat
these days, he said that change is basis on what she wears. labelled as vulgarity. Till the time Maan suggested that he would
songs. It was almost impossible to
the demand of the time. Why should men decide what a we men control womens freedom soon return with another film and
make the crowd sit on their seats,
I think all the songs are good. It woman should wear. It is a woman or what they should wear, every who was cheering throughout looks forward to bring songs in
is all about your perspective. Every who should determine that. song would look vulgar. the show. English, Hindi, and Punjabi.

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Indian High Commission urges students to take


advantage of MADAD an initiative to support students
SANDEEP SINGH to facilitate direct interface with to be a continuing process and can

I
ndian High Commission our students here so that in times develop further only through an
is reminding international of need, both sides can reach the interactive manner.
students from India to take other quickly. They can share their It is hoped that this new initiative
advantage of Government of experiences and concerns with is supported by our student
Indias initiative called MADAD, us. We want to ensure that we do community and they work with
which was launched only last everything possible to promote the High Commission of India
year in July 2016 with the single their well-being. This would also to ensure that the students are
objective of providing support Most of these students, leave madad.gov.in/A ppConsular/ help us to take up their concerns better supported and have better
to the Indian students while Indiaa large number of them welcomeLink) now provides basic with respective institutions and outcomes to the various issues that
being away from their family and from rural villages, leave their guidance on how students can first government agencies. This is going they are faced with.
country. Taking a note of the families and home country register themselves on this module
recent increase in the number of with stars in their eyes, in search and then proceed to provide basic
Indian students who are regularly of their dreams. But alas, the information. This information Date Day Festivals & Observances
finding themselves in trouble of reality is nowhere near what will help the concerned Indian 1 Apr Sat Lakshmi Panchami
one kind or the other here in New they expect. Embassy/High Commission to 2 Apr Sun Sasht, Yamuna Chhath, Rohini Vrat
Zealand, the High Commission is engage effectively with the students
One can only imagine the plight 3 Apr Mon Navapad Oli begins
urging more and more students
of students who already feel under and render them all possible 4 Apr Tue Masik Durgashtami, Ashoka Ashtami
to register themselves with this
immense pressures from their assistance. The data entered in this 5 Apr Wed Sri Rama Navami, Mahatara Jayanthi, Swami Narayan Jayanthi
initiative so as to be able to be in
a position to deliver time-sensitive families, who perhaps mortgage module can be accessed and used 7 Apr Fri Kamana Ekadashi
services as and when required. their homes and lands to meet the exclusively only by Indian Missions 8 Apr Sat Pradosh Vrat, Shani Trayodashi
expenses of their children studying and Ministry of External Affairs. 9 Apr Sun Mahavir Jayanthi
The decision to study overseas,
abroad, and are then served with a The High Commission of India 10 Apr Mon Panguni Uthiram
in a distant location, away from
deportation notice. in New Zealand is encouraging all 11 Apr Tue Hanuman Jayanthi, Chaitra Purnima, Navapad Oli ends
ones family and the comfort of
ones culture can often entail Often, all such situations leave Indian students in New Zealand Baisakhi, Puthandu, Mesha Sankranti, Ambedkar Jayanthi, Good
14 Apr Friday Friday, Sankastha Chathurthi, Vishu Kani, Pohela Baishak
lots of challenges for the young students clueless regarding whom to register them and provide basic
16 Apr Sun Easter
international students in an to contact or ask for help. information about them through
19 Apr Wed Kalashtami
alien land. The Government of India had this platform. This will then allow
23 Apr Sun Varuthini Ekadashi
These challenges are further last year sought to ameliorate the High Commission to support 24 Apr Mon Pradosh Vrat
magnified when students find such situations for Indian students these students when required. 25 Apr Tue Masik Shivaratri
themselves in the clutches of when away overseas by adding Speaking about this new initiative 26 Apr Wed Vaishaka Amavasya
rogue employers or duped by then, the High Commissioner,
a specific student module to its 28 Apr Fri Chandra Darshan, Parashuram Jayanthi
immigration agents back home
Consular Grievances Monitoring Mr Sanjiv Kohli had said, The 29 Apr Sat Akshaya Tritiya, Matangi Jayanthi, Vinayak Chathurthi, Rohini Vrat
who falsifying their documents
System (MADAD). advisory is to convey new initiatives
submitted to Immigration New
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Manukau Indian Association rebrands itself Ugadi celebrated with great


as Indian Association of New Zealand pomp and show in Auckland
IWK BUREAU

N
ew Zealand Telugu
Association (NZTA)
welcomed the Telugu
New Year with a religious fervour
for Ugadi festival on Sunday,
March 26 at Dorothy Winston
Centre in Auckland. NZTA
called for the celebrations in high
spirits that included breathtaking
traditional performances
New team of the newly formed IANZ showcasing the culture, customs
IWK BUREAU

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and integral features of the Telugu
he Manukau Indian Association (MIA) has an ambition of becoming an inclusive, diverse and people, followed by authentic
rebranded itself as the Indian Association of modern association. According to Roy Kaunds, the Andhra delicacies. passes on the virtues to the family
New Zealand (IANZ), a unanimous vote took communication director of this newly revamped body, and the future generations.
Ugadi, a New Year celebration
the decision at the associations annual general meeting the world has changed manifold in the last 20 years
for Telugu people, in literal terms is One of the reasons for NZTAs
held on Sunday, April 2. thus necessitating another change to remain relevant
translated as Yug (new) and adi (the grand Ugadi celebrations was to
Suresh Ramji was elected as the new president of in contemporary times.
beginning). Each year of Ugadi has a emphasise on the significance
this rebranded entity replacing Veer Khar who was In this global, multi-media, digital age the name
specific name in Panchangam (Hindu of the festival and the need for
president for the last three years. Manukau Indian Association sounds like a private
suburban club catering to the small local community, calendar) based on the astrological educating the younger generation
The new name reflects the fast-changing profile influences and the name of the year of the cultural celebrations
of the Indian diaspora and better represents the Mr Kaunds said.
represents the characters of the of the Telugu community in
associations influence in the community and the It restricts our scope of activities and does not
accurately reflect what we do. Today we have Indians time. The year 2017-18 in Telugu New Zealand.
direction in which we are moving, Mr Ramji, the
newly elected president said. The story of Manukau from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Fiji to South calendar is called as Hevalambhi A special dish called Ugadhi
Indian Association began in 1979 with a few Gujarati Africa, as our members. We also do a lot of work with Nama Samvastaram. The people of Pachadi was served on this
and Punjabi Indian families living in South Auckland the wider community and engage with people across Karnataka also rejoice the festival occasion for the attendees. This
teaching their children their mother tongue. New Zealand, Mr Kaunds further asserted. as Ugadhi while in Maharashtra it is dish is usually made using selected
Following this desire, classes were started in hired The current lot of Indians who moved to NZ after celebrated as Gudi Padwa. seasonal ingredients including raw
rooms at the Papatoetoe Central Primary school, on 2000, and our Millennials, are a different demographic. The celebrations at Dorothy mango, neem, jaggery, tamarind,
weekends. The parent would drop off their children They have different aspirations, backgrounds, tastes Winston started with Jyothi chilly and salt representing various
and wait outside while they attended classes. and needs, and the association has to evolve to meet Prajwalana and Vandematram, flavours of life such as bitterness,
The main aim of the association was to hold these needs. While we are changing, our name also followed by Panchanga Sravanam, a surprise, fear, sorrow, anger
language classes, celebrate festivals, preserve and needed to reflect this change, Veer Khar said. recital of astrological predictions and happiness.
promote Indian culture and pass our heritage on to IANZ vice-president Ram Lingam, who holds (mundane and personal) by a The significance of this
the new generation. In 1980 the society raised funds an MBA in marketing and branding, adds, When Brahmin priest. According to particular food is that it reminds
and purchased a property at 25 Tui Road, Papatoetoe, an organisation expands and starts moving in a new the Vedas, listening to Panchanga oneself of their life and the variety
to serve as their headquarters. Manukau which was direction the first thing that you need to change is the Sravanam helps people to convert of excitements that come along
relatively unknown in the early 1980s had transformed brand identity, Today, in an interconnected world, concealed good deeds in the heart motivating them to stay composed
into a thriving suburb. In 1997, the society adopted a we should look at an expanding and inclusive identity, to the implementation stage and during all the phases of emotions.
new identity as the Manukau Indian Association with Mr Lingam said.

Mayor Phil Goff seeks government


support for Aucklands development
IWK BUREAU

A
uckland Mayor Phil
Goff has sought the
central government
support for Aucklands
development needs.
As Auckland is New
Zealands only worlds-class
city, the central government
also needs to pitch into the
cost of the development,
Mr Goff said.


Mr Goff was speaking at
an event organised by the
India New Zealand Business Auckland Mayor Phil Goff with Sameer Handa and
Wenceslaus Anthony at the INZBC event
Council on Wednesday,
March 29, 2017, at Auckland Institute
of Studies.
During the meet, Mr Goff shared his vision During the
on the development of the city and gave his meet, Mr Goff
thoughts on FTA with India. shared his vision on the
The Mayor informed the members about
the ongoing development of Auckland and development of the city
talked about the improvement of public and gave his thoughts on
transport, especially from Airport to CBD.
FTA with India.
To keep this city world-class and pollutions
free, we need to take steps for making public
transport more feasible and extensive, Mr
Goff further added. India and New Zealand has a lot in
The Mayor also touched upon the common; still we havent achieved that
education sector saying that the focus should potential with the trade.
be on the quality of students and not on the
Asia has the most dynamic economy in
quantity. Mr Goff was signalling towards
the recent issue of student-deportation the world and India has the second highest
touching the broader Indian community in population with the fastest growing economy.
New Zealand. However a good quality FTA can take
Mr Goff spoke eloquently about the some time, Mr Goff said.
importance of bilateral trade in promoting At the end of the event, the Mayor had an
bilateral relations between India and opportunity to meet and speak with members
New Zealand. of INZBC representing various industries.
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NEW ZEALAND 13

Syro Malabar Food Festival in Auckland Children and young peoples


safety and wellbeing comes
first in new ministry
care and protection system which focuses
on harm and trauma prevention and early
intervention.
It recognises that crisis management is not
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi the answer.
National List MP It represents real change and courage

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on the part of those who recognise change
ts important our vulnerable children
is needed.
and young people have a safe, stable and
RIZWAN MOHAMMAD loving home so they can go on to lead The Ministry itself will be
Samoa, New Zealand and much more. This

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successful lives. just one part of the equation.
he Syro Malabar Catholic Mission festival is an opportunity for the food lovers to
give try new cuisines from India and different The new Ministry for Vulnerable The other lies with our communities. We
of Auckland (SMC) has organised a need to help people build their own ability to
day of food and fun at the Malaeola countries. Children, Oranga Tamariki, was launched
Besides food, an entertainment programme this afternoon by Prime Minister Bill English be caring and nurturing.
Samoan Convention Centre in Mangere
on Saturday, April 22. The Annual festival is also planned for the day to keep the visitors and Minister for Children Anne Tolley. So partnerships matter. But rather than
is expected to be attended by more than glued to the venue. Musical and dance It will work with families and whnau spending time trying to find the perfect
5000 people that commence from 11 a.m. performances will be given by different ethnic to ensure children and young people have partnership model we want to get out there
until 7 p.m. groups to highlight the multicultural society access to the care and support they need. and do it.
The Auckland Syro Malabar Catholic of Auckland. There will also be activities for It will do this by putting children and Iwi, Pacific peoples and NGOs need to be
Mission Inc. started as a community in 2006 the children such as quiz contests, fun rides, young peoples safety and wellbeing first, and in their own communities using their own
with 40 families, which have now grown bouncy castles, etc. ensuring they have a say in the decisions that models, practices and experiences to change
now close to 300 families and individual The purpose of this event is not just to affect them. the conditions and circumstances that lead to
members; mainly, from the southern part of serve different cuisines to the food enthusiasts disconnected and dysfunctional whnau.
As the Prime Minister acknowledged in his
Kerala, India. but also to raise funds and use it towards the We do not want to repeat the failings of
opening address, young people themselves
Fun and Food Extravaganza is the second betterment of the community. The funds the past.
can be the best ones to ask about what works
food fest organised by the SMC after the generated through sales, sponsorships and
and what doesnt. Thats why we will focus on providing
huge success of the event in its inaugural donations at the food fest will be used to build
a centre for the children and the youth of the The launch of the new Ministry is another children and young people with safe and
year in 2016. Last year the event attracted secure environments along with a sense
community. milestone on a journey this government
approximately 4000 people from different of belonging.
Last year we had people came from began six years ago to better understand
parts of Auckland. People from various
Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton and the lives of our more vulnerable people And its why we will support whnau,
communities including Kiwi, Pacific and
Rotorua and this year the arrangements have and what they need to change their lives for Iwi, Aiga and families to help them provide
South East Asia visit the food extravaganza.
been made to cater more than 5,000 people the better. nurturing, safe and loving environments so
This years food fest will include cuisine
treats from various parts of India, Philippines, at the event, Joby Cyriac, project convener It represents a major transformation that the future for our vulnerable children
of Fun and Food Extravaganza 2017 said. programme to build a more child-centred will be brighter.

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Religious festivals give us spiritual strength


L
ord Rama symbolises But there are times when
courage, commitment and We need to be ones divine path must even take
good virtues, says Minister thoughtful about the precedence over the path of
for Education, Heritage and Arts, people in difficulty around a householder.
Mahendra Reddy. us and at times need to He said Lord Rama sacrificed
He made these remarks during make sacrifices in order everything for the people of
the Ram Naumi celebrations at to assist them. Lord Rama his kingdom.
Fiji Brahma Kumaris Rajyog taught us how to respect We cannot only be always
Meditation Centre in Suva our gurus, teachers,
last week. concerned and worried about our
parents, elders, women
own comfort, convenience and own
He said there were many and youngsters
messages that could be portrayed pleasure, he said.
from Lord Ramas character. We need to be thoughtful about
to support them at every phase the people in difficulty around us
As a son, we should respectfully
in life. We should be the pillar of and at times need to make sacrifices
and lovingly obey our fathers A dancer performs the welcome dance for guests at the Ram Naumi gathering at the strength for them, he said. in order to assist them.
orders, Mr Reddy said. Fiji Brahma Kumari Raj Yog Meditation Centre
As a husband, we have certain Lord Rama taught us how to
There can be situations in life fathers dignity and parents wishes. remain loyal to our brothers. We obligations and responsibilities,
even when we should consider should care for them and be ready respect our gurus, teachers, parents,
As a brother, we need to always such as, protection of our wives.
sacrificing our own comfort for our elders, women and youngsters.

2017 Fiji Census begins on September 17 Fiji eyes qualified doctors from India
G T
o v e r n m e n t Areas are small Family Structure, Education, he Health and Medical
Statistician Epeli geographic units which Disability, Employment Services Ministry is
Waqavonovono has are demarcated based on a and Unemployment, Types interested in bringing
confirmed that Sunday, workload criteria. He has of Economic Activities, in qualified doctors from
September 17 has been fixed also confirmed the 2017 India, says the ministry's
Toilet Facilities, Water and
as the Census night and the census is funded by the $7.8 permanent secretary
Electricity supplies. Philip Davies.
data collection period will million budget allocation
M e a n w h i l e , He said Health and Medical
last 7 to 10 days. with the technical support
Waqavonovono says census Services Minister Rosy Akbar
Waqavonovono says from the Pacific Community was in India and would meet
this year will be different from
(SPC), the Australian Bureau organisations to foster closer
preparatory works started previous years, for the first
of Statistics, the World Bank collaboration between the
last year with the mapping time enumerators will use
and the United Nations Governments of India and
exercise for the 2017 census tablet devices to collect and
Population Fund. The Fiji in areas of work, medical Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar and the Perma-
nent Secretary Philip Davies during a briefing
and the country will be Population and Housing store data.The Population supplies and equipment,
subdivided into 1,900 Census aims to gather and Housing Census are and co-operation on the delivery of we've got doctors from all over the world who
Enumeration Areas. hospital services. are working in our system now.
information on Age, Sex, conducted every 10 years
"We are always open to bringing in well- "We do rigorous checks before they practise
He says Enumeration Marital Status, Religion, in Fiji.
trained health professionals from anywhere but we are not closing our doors on anyone
in the world who can contribute to our who can contribute." The Government
health service. had allocated $8.8m for the recruitment
Obviously we do take careful steps to of doctors from overseas in the 2016-2017
make sure they are appropriately trained and Budget to help bring Fiji's doctor to patient
qualified regardless of whether they come ratio to 1:1000 in line with World Health
from India, Australia, the US, Sri Lanka Organization standards.

NZ acting high commissioner


NEW ZEALAND FIRST presents cheque for FJ$15,000
LIST MP to Leadership Fiji
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ew Zealand Acting High equipped to take Fiji forward as a united
Commissioner Amanda Vercoe has dynamic nation.
presented a cheque for FJ$15,000 Fong says that it also exposes participants
to Leadership Fiji that has boosted the 2017 to leaders from across the society, in a
Leadership Fiji Programme. structured manner, providing them with the
Vercoe says that New Zealand High opportunity to deepen their understanding
SPOKESPERSON FOR Commission values and supports the effort of their country, its history, economic and
of Leadership Fiji in the development and social structure. Leadership Fiji has also
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FIJI 15

Police Commissioner to Fijian asylum- NZ wary of Fiji


threat at Hong
seekers in Australia: Safe to live in Fiji Kong
N
ew Zealand Sevens coach

I
t is safe to live in Fiji, declares Scott Waldrom says his
Police Commissioner Brigadier- Couple in Sydney facing deportation claim it is not safe to return
General Sitiveni Qiliho. team is fully
Brigadier-General Qiliho was aware of the
responding to a claim by Fijian challenge Fiji
couple Jiten and Joytika Prasad, pose at this
who are facing deportation from weekend's
Australia, that it is not safe for them Hong Kong
to return to Fiji. tournament.
Scott Waldrom
The Commissioner said: The two
Australians make the biggest old rivals are in the same pool,
number of tourists that visit alongside Wales and Japan.
our shores. Waldrom said Wales were a side
We are a safe country. That is with speed and a huge work-rate
why they visit here, year in and while Japan would gain an insight
year out. into the Kiwi camp, having former
He said the security environment New Zealand assistant coach and
was conducive to tourists enjoying player Damian Karauna at the
their holiday in Fiji. helm. However, Waldrom said Fiji
That is why Australian tourists could well be the team to beat at
keep coming here, he said. the tournament.
We recently released our crime "Fiji has just been on fire the last
statistics which showed an overall few years," he said.
reduction of four per cent in the "They love being in Hong Kong,
crime rate in the country last year. Jitend Prasad and his wife Joytika arrived in Australia in June 2000 shortly after the military coup in Fiji. They have exhausted that's why they are the team that
every possible legal avenue to stay in the country
The Prasad family arrived in has won the most tournaments
Sydney in the year 2000 and have in Hong Kong. They get up for
Jasneel, 12, attending Randwick violence by indigenous Fijians Minister Alex Hawke declined to
two Australian-born children who it and they love being here,"
Girls High and Mascot Public (iTaukei) from a nearby village exercise his discretionary powers
cannot be deported because they Waldrom said. Fiji go into the
respectively.The Prasads sought during the 2000 coup in Fiji and to keep the family together and
are full citizens, with Australian tournament lying in third place
asylum status, but were refused. would suffer discrimination and compliance officials from the
passports. They have lived for on the World Series table on 100
The family claimed that they degrading treatment on the grounds Immigration Department have
17 years in Eastlakes, Southern points with New Zealand 16 points
were caught up in threats and of their ethnicity if they returned. warned the family that deportation
Sydney, with children Jasmita, 15, back in fourth place.
Australian Assistant Immigration action could begin from today.

Myths from Fiji and India


SHALVEEN CHAND The proper home of Kaliya was him and then let him leave the

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efore men could take to Ramanik Dwip. The meaning of river and back to Ramanik Dwip.
cave drawing and writings, the word dwip is island. Some identify it as Fiji.
accounts of creation or Kaliya had been driven away And many Hindus believe
how to explain nature were passed from Ramanik Dwip by fear of that Kaliya still lives in a lake
down to each generation in the Garuda, the foe of all serpents. in Nakauvadra.
form of stories. These collections Garuda in Hindu mythology was
Story of Degei
of stories which are unique to each a large hawk/eagle-like humanoid
culture have become myths. creature who fed on snakes. According to Fijian legend
While no two myths from and stories compiled in the book
Garuda had been cursed by
two different cultures are the Creation Myths of Fiji by John
a sage dwelling at Vrindavan so
same, there are rare cases where Black, in the beginning it was only
he could not come to Vrindavan
similarities in some way do exist. water and twilight everywhere and
without meeting his death.
Our island nation has its own only an island existed, the island of
Therefore Kaliya chose Vrindavan the Gods which floated somewhere
myths and legends but a certain as his residence, knowing it was the
story from India has a very at the edge of the world and could
only place where Garuda could be visible when the sun rose.
uncanny resemblance to Fijis very
not come.
own story of creation. Degei was alone and the only
Once Krishna and his friends living creature was the female
This is the story of Degei, the
were playing ball, and while hawk named Turukawa.
snake god of Fiji and the Hindu
mythical tale of how Lord Krishna playing Krishna climbed up the Turukawa could not speak and
as a child vanquished the poisonous kadamba tree and hung over the the only thing she would do was
serpent known as Kaliya. river bank, the ball fell into the to fly around Earth, until she
The similarities in the two stories river and Krishna jumped after it. started gathering leaves and grass
are that both mythical creatures Kaliya rose up with his hundred creating a nest and finally two eggs
and ten hoods vomiting poison and However, humans could only would worship him as their god.
talked about are humongous were created.
snakes, both the stories have wrapped himself around Krishnas eat from the banana tree and not According to the legend, Degei
The god Degei took the two eggs
another mythological creature body. Krishna became so huge dalo and yams, because they did then established the first village in
to his house where he made a bed
which also happens to be a hawk. that Kaliya had to release him. So not know the art of fire. Dalo and Fiji, Viseisei Village. He himself
for them and kept them warm with
Krishna saved himself from every yams were the food of the gods. is said to have gone into the
Story of Kaliya his body. When the eggs hatched,
When the first humans grew mountain ranges of Nakauvadra
attack and sprang on to Kaliyas two tiny human beings came out,
Kaliya, in Hindu tradition, up they met each other and asked where he is said to be living in
head and assumed the weight of they were his children.
was the name of a poisonous Degei to show them how to harness a cave.
the whole universe, and danced on Once the first humans were
snake living in the Yamuna River, the power of the fire and how to
the serpents heads. Both these stories are from
in Vrindavan. born, they were transferred to
This was killing Kaliya and eat the food of the gods, and so different cultures and different
According to the myth, the water a vesi tree where Degei built a
his wives prayed to Krishna with Degei taught them. And it was places but have similarities
of the Yamuna for four leagues shelter for them, fed them and
joined palms, worshipping Krishna after a while that the first humans nonetheless. And perhaps more of
all around Kaliya boiled and taught them the secrets of nature.
and praying for their husband. left Degei and went to live on their a reason why the stories of Fiji and
bubbled with poison. No bird or But he kept his children separate.
own and had their first children. its people remain interesting.
beast could go near and only one Kaliya surrendered to Krishna He planted trees around them
Degei wasnt upset since he knew Myths they may be, but still very
solitary kadamba tree grew on the promising he would not harass so they could find food, trees like
his children and their children much interesting.
river bank. anybody. So Krishna pardoned banana trees, dalo and yams.
Dont worry about failures, worry about
Editorial the chances you miss when you dont
even try.
Does NZ Police emergency Jack Canfield
response system need a revamp?
T
he latest incident in the community where a liquor store manager was left confused
and on his own when an emergency operator had categorically told him that it Auckland Weather forecast for the week April 8 - 14
would take them more than 30 minutes to send any help as they have other priorities
is a matter of concern. Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri
Although, currently there seems to be something unusually wrong about the entire New
Zealand police system and the way question of law and order is being addressed, yet this
piece will refrain from venturing into that territory and remain focused on the concern
about how the police emergency response system is operating.
It has been almost six months for the then Police Minister to accept publically for what Turning Cloudy A stray Mostly
A Partly Partly
was being reported in the media and believed by the members of the public for some time, morning cloudy,
Cloudy with a Morning Sunny Sunny
that crime figures are rising. Nothing concrete has happened so far on the ground to bolster shower shower shower showers with a with a
public confidence, which is cracking, if not breaking altogether. cloudy around shower shower
Interestingly, even political parties are raising all voices around the question of investments
in our police system and new recruitments, as if the lack of investment is the only avenue 21 21 21 21 21 21 21
of improvising police efficiency. 16 17 17 17 16 15 14
The Labour Party and Winston Peters New Zealand First party for long had vouched for
immediate recruitment of 1000 and 1800 police personals respectively. To which National
Party had responded with their promise of recruitment of 1100 personal over a period of
next four years and in the process taking away all the sheen from oppositions main roaring
point on law and order situation. In fact, both of them, the government and the opposition
repeatedly express satisfaction in the manner in which our police personal work everyday
and risk their lives to keep everyone safe. In that regard, opposition is as guilty as the
government in failing to hit hard on shortcomings of NZ police.
There is nothing wrong in repeated public support for the police, and in fact, this is
reiterated here as well that our police personnel do an incredible job in keeping everyone
safe. Nevertheless, there is no denying of the fact that sometime inadequacy in the system
can undermine best individual efforts.
The latest case of a New Market liquor shop where the store manager had apparently
locked himself with a prospective robber or even with a thief and had called on the
emergency line in the hope that immediate help will arrive soon, the emergency response
system failed on him. The help, however, arrived, when the store owner who was outside
the shop choose to walk to the nearest police station and get two police personnel come
to their rescue. The point is that police personnel worked entirely in a reasonable manner,
rising to the occasion and delivering the service in a safe way, whereas the system, on the
other hand, had failed to deliver and provide assistance to the person in need.
The other point is that not everyone will be lucky next time to have a police station next This week in New Zealands history
door and get someone else to walk and get police help for them.
It is precisely for such situations when people are caught in a vulnerable situation that the 7 April 1856
emergency system is designed to provide immediate assistance. First state secondary school opens
It is high time that our political parties get their act together and comes out of hiding
The first state secondary school in New Zealand, Nelson College, opened in temporary
behind the ivory towers of political correctness on the question of rising robberies and
assault and the less than satisfactory responses of police and legal system. Experiences premises in Trafalgar St with a roll of just eight boys. It eventually attracted boys from
overseas have shown that people are increasingly feeling appalled, if not disgusted, by the around the country as well as the local area. It now has a roll of over 1000 and continues to
necessity of political correctness. take both boarders and day pupils.
Someone out there, government or the opposition should be willing to play a hard-
cop on the police and ask questions that eventually improvise their service delivery to the 11 April 1869
members of the public.
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OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

Bangladesh PMs visit: Needed a Hasina-


Modi visit for sub-regional cooperation
C UDAY BHASKAR for investing in the long term challenge for India is to nurture the

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cooperative endeavour. Bay of Bengal region into a domain
angladesh is Indias most vital
Like most major Muslim where India and its neighbours can
and empathetic neighbor
nations, Bangladesh (population cooperate and if Beijing wishes to
and this is symbolized in the
164 million) is also grappling with be part of this sub-regional effort
decision by Dhaka to posthumously then Modi should make some bold
the post 9/11 Islamist fervour
honour 1,661 Indian soldiers for and innovative investments.
and its more virulent Wahabbi-
their contribution and sacrifice in
Salafi variant. Indias worst- The most viable is to resurrect
the blood-soaked birth of its nation
case security scenario would be the dormant BIMSTEC initiative
in December 1971. This rare that brings together Bangladesh,
a neighbourhood on its eastern
honour by a visiting leader will be flank that corresponds with the India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and
conferred by the Bangladesh Prime Pakistan-Afghanistan violence and Thailand and impart traction into
Minister Sheikh Hasina during her Islamist ideology. this sub-regional entity. Modi has
visit to New Delhi from April 8-10. Hasina has demonstrated outlined his vision of SAGAR
I would make the case that this commendable political courage (security and growth for all in the
summit level visit is the most critical and conviction in her commitment region) in the past and this came up
for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the secular principle and at the BRICS (Brazil, India, China,
for a number of reasons that have one may conjecture that she is Russia, South Africa) Summit in
a historical resonance as Delhi determined that her nation should Goa last October where Hasina
and tolerance within the extended
prepares for the 70th anniversary as the day of the Lahore resolution not go down the Pakistan path. Yet was a special invitee. 17
Islamic world.
of Indias independence and that envisioned a nation based there are deeply entrenched forces The April 8 summit is an
the bloody partition of the exclusively on religion -- in this It may be recalled that even
of obscurantism and religious opportune moment for India
subcontinent in August. case the Islamic faith -- the very before he assumed office as Prime
bigotry and the more recent killing and Bangladesh to bilaterally
birth of Bangladesh in 1971 and Minister, Modi had embarked on
The Hasina visit would also be of liberals in the name of Islam implement many of the suggestions
the first summit-level meeting for its trajectory of the last 45 years innovative diplomacy and invited
is illustrative. that are already in the pipeline and
Modi after the spectacular electoral negates the two-nation theory all the regional leaders for his
Hasina is seeking to maximise her identify the low-hanging fruit.
victory that he single-handedly that led to the partition of August swearing-in ceremony in May 2014.
nations foreign policy options and My personal wish-list would be
delivered to the BJP, particularly 1947. The Pakistan Army is yet There was considerable optimism
here, the relationship with China is to prioritize the connectivity from
in Indias most populous state of to accept the mea culpa of having that Indias neighborhood policy
distinctive -- both for Bangladesh the Indian east coast (Odisha/
Uttar Pradesh killed almost three million of its would be one of amity and Andhra) through Bangladesh ports
tangible cooperation but, barring and India. While it is evident
The high-octane triumph of own citizens during 1970-71 in the that the Sino-Pak relationship is to Agartala in the Indian northeast
Hindu majoritarianism was also most tragic yet forgotten chapters Bangladesh, there is little that and beyond. The Hasina-Modi
unlikely to alter its core anti-India
reflected in the manner that the can be held up as a triumph or vision could also enable Dhaka to
of 20th century history. orientation, the China-Bangladesh
Chief Minister of UP was chosen breakthrough for the Modi-led outline a common sub-regional
Bangladesh, under Prime relationship should not be allowed
and it will be instructive for Indias foreign policy. blueprint that will maximize
Minister Hasina, has adopted to acquire an adversarial or prickly
external interlocutors to monitor Dhaka is the exception. An texture vis--vis India. This will the collective advantages that
March 25 as Genocide Day and
how electoral triumphalism will objective review would indicate be the critical challenge for Modi can accrue from investing in the
will urge the United Nations to
play out in foreign policy. that while Pakistan remains Indias when he receives Hasina. Blue Economy -- that related to
declare this day as World Genocide
The run-up to the 70th most visible and intractable security Beijing has already acquired a the ocean.
Day. What is relevant is the profile
anniversary of August 1947 is and strategic challenge; and China substantive footprint as a major
and orientation of Pakistan and
embedded in the manner in which the more abiding and complex, military supplier in the Indian
Bangladesh -- the former slipping
Indias two principal neighbors -- it is Bangladesh that represents neighbourhood and Chinese built
further into religious bigotry and C Uday Bhaskar is Director,
Pakistan and Bangladesh -- relate the neighbour with whom India submarines in the Bangladesh navy Society for Policy Studies. The
sectarian violence even as Hasina
to the historical narrative. While can demonstrate its positive is a tactical reality that India will views expressed are personal. The
has steered her relatively young article is in special arrangement
Pakistan observes March 23, 1940 intent and showcase the incentive have to factor in. But the deeper
nation towards enviable progress with South Asia Monitor

Which Donald Trump will Xi Jinping meet at Mar-a-Lago?


MAYANK CHHAYA spoken to Taiwans leader since 1979. Trump Organisation that were pending for and his cohorts have been busy rubbishing

C
China regards Taiwan as one of its quite some time. Kushner came close to the whole science behind it.
hinese President Xi Jinping may have breakaway provinces and Washington has selling a prime piece of New York real estate
a hard time understanding which No one seriously believes that the meeting
historically respected the one-China policy. to the politically well-connected Chinese will convert Trump back to a globalist and
President Donald Trump he will
In playing down the disquiet over his phone company, Anbang Insurance Group, but a supporter of climate change policies. In a
encounter when the two meet in Mar-a-Lago
in Florida on April 6 and 7. conversation with the Taiwanese leader, shied away amid mounting criticism over way, Trumps policy of retreat from a global
Trump had then tweeted: Interesting how conflict of interest. engagement suits China eminently as it goes
Would it be the Trump who has accused the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of None of this, of course, still means that about assertively assuming that mantle.
China of raping our country and being military equipment but I should not accept a Trump will not play hardball with Xi for At the same time, Xi will be mindful that
a currency manipulator, or the more congratulatory call. public consumption in order to keep his core Trumps threat of imposing a 45 per cent
transactional and ideology-free businessman
with next-to-nothing grasp of complex The Taiwan matter appears to have been base in good humour. There are expectations tariff on Chinese imports does not become a
diplomacy? There are apprehensions that put to rest after, according to The New York that recognising the value of not triggering reality considering that the Chinese economy
while Xi will come fully prepared to the Times, Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner, a trade war and creating an appearance of is experiencing its own often understated
meeting, as is his wont, Trump will improvise in tandem with Chinese Ambassador to helping the US President, Xi might announce albeit serious strains.
as he goes along. One will bring deep Washington Cui Tiankai, arranged a phone some significant investment in infrastructure One particular issue that is expected to
deliberateness to the exchange even as the call between the two leaders in February. projects, which Trump can then relay as a consume considerable oxygen is North
other will choose to wing it. According to the newspaper, during that triumph of his tough talk on Twitter. Korea, particularly in the light of Trumps
The highly contrasting styles between the conversation Trump pledged to abide by ultimatum that the US would go it alone if
the four-decade-old one-China policy on Last year, China invested $45 billion
inscrutably modest Xi and the unabashedly China did not lean on Pyongyang to end its
Taiwan, despite his earlier suggestion that it in America in real estate, finance and
vainglorious Trump are expected to inform nuclear programme. In an interview with
was up for negotiation. entertainment. A sizable investment in
the first meeting between the two leaders. infrastructure projects with the potential The Financial Times, he said: Well, if
The US President has already telegraphed That, coupled with not following up on his China is not going to solve North Korea, we
rather ludicrous promise of declaring China to create construction jobs of the kind that
via Twitter that he expects the meeting to be would benefit Trumps core constituents is an will, but refrained from giving any details on
very difficult because of the massive trade a currency manipulator on day one of his
administration -- now more than 70 days into attractive proposition for the Chinese leader. how. This could be part of his characteristic
deficits. Xi, on the other hand, has refrained
it -- is expected to have given Xi some sense The two will meet amid a polar switch grandstanding before his meeting with Xi.
from hyper-ventilating in keeping with the
traditional style of the Chinese leadership. of the chasm between what Trump declaims in the way they view the global roles of On his part, the Chinese leader may be
The choice of Mar-a-Lago, a property and what he actually might do. There are their respective countries. Xi has emerged keen on resolving North Korean President
owned by Trump, is a careful one aimed at reports of Chinas diplomatic establishment as a passionate advocate of unfettered Kim Jong-uns increasingly belligerent
giving a tropical backdrop to a relationship having learned that the best way to reach global trade while Trump has been a vocal posturing but without destabilising the
which is at best unpredictable. Trump and influence Trump is via his family. To that proponent of protectionism and trade
already embattled neighbour because that
muddied the waters early on when he chose end, his son-in-law Kushner has emerged as barriers as part of his America first and
the conduit. buy American, hire American philosophy. will have direct consequences for Beijing.
to speak to Taiwans President Tsai Ing-wen
in December last year, weeks before being Beijing has also been rather kind to Even on the existential crisis of climate It is one of those meetings where China
sworn in, much to Beijings chagrin. It was Trumps business in China by approving change, it is China that has been taking the may opt to play chess even as America goes
for the first time an elected President had several trademark applications of The global leadership position even as Trump for checkers.
18 INDIA 7 April 2017| www.iwk.co.nz

India, Malaysia sign 7 agreements


to further enhance bilateral ties
M
alaysia and India on off the involvement of 75 small
Saturday signed six medium enterprises, and providing
Memorandums of 5,500 jobs. Both countries also
Understanding (MoUs) and an signed a bilateral air services
Agreement that paves the way agreement which would enhance
for further economic growth and air connectivity.
development between the two Other MoUs were between the
countries. India and Malaysia Association of Indian Universities
celebrate the 60th anniversary of (AIU), New Delhi and the
diplomatic ties this year. Malaysian Qualifications Agency
Visiting Prime Minister Datuk (MQA) on mutual recognition
Seri Najib Tun Razak and his host of educational qualifications, to
and counterpart Narendra Modi, encourage students to study in
witnessed the signing ceremony at each others country in all India
Hyderabad House in the capital. courses. also welcomed
It was held in conjunction with Also signed were Malaysias initiative
Najibs six day official visit to India. MoUs between to expand the visa-free
Among the prominent MoUs Pembangunan programme to Indian
is the proposed development of a Sumber Manusia nationals visiting Malaysia
urea and ammonia manufacturing Bhd and the effective today until March 31,
E n t re p re n e u r s h i p 2018 under the Electronic
plant in Malaysia and an Offtake
Development Institute Travel Registration and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak witness the exchange of
of Existing Surplus Urea from
of India, the Malaysian Information. agreements at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on April 1, 2017.
Malaysia to India.
The project is expected to cost Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
and Institute of Chemical Malaysias initiative
US$2 billion, with a capacity to
Technology (ICT) on collaboration to expand the visa-free
produce 2.5 million tonnes per
in technology development in the programme to Indian nationals
annum, and dedicated to supplying
field of palm oil. visiting Malaysia effective today
the Indian market.
In a joint statement issued after until March 31, 2018 under the
MIGHT Technology Nurturing Electronic Travel Registration and
Sdn Bhd also inked a deal with the bilateral meeting between
Najib and Modi, both sides also Information (eNTRI).
the Andhra Pradesh Economic
agreed to explore the possibility India also expressed satisfaction
Development Board (APEBD)
of enhancing cooperation in the at the participation of Malaysian
on implementation of the fourth
financial sector. companies in road projects in
generation Technology Park in the
It includes participation in each the state of Rajasthan. It looked
southern state.
others capital market, as well the forward to the conclusion of
The park is anticipated to attract significant infrastructure projects
private sector investments of grant of commercial banking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak witness
licences. India also welcomed there and in other states by the exchange of agreements at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.
US$100 million, as well as spinning Malaysian companies.

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INDIA 19

PM Modi tells Kashmir youth, Skill development


only way to create

choice is between tourism and terrorism P


jobs: President
resident Pranab Mukherjee
stressed the importance of

O
bserving that 40 years developing skills of youths
of violence had done no to deal with unemployment and
good but only brought said training the young workforce
bloodshed to Jammu and Kashmir, was the only way to ensure
their employability.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Sunday, April 2, said the youth of Inaugurating an exhibition on
the Valley had to choose between skill development here, Mukherjee
said unemployment was the basic
tourism and terrorism to shape
problem for the country despite
their future.
having a huge workforce more
Inaugurating the Chenani- than two-thirds of the population
Nashri tunnel, Modi said the falls in the working age group.
countrys longest tunnel would Imparting training to the youths
change the fortunes of the state and their skill development is the
and its economy and asserted the only way to ensure employability,
Centres commitment in boosting the President said.
tourism in the state. Mukherjee also launched several
I want to tell the youth of the projects across the state, including
valley, you have two paths which laying the foundation stone of a
can decide your fate On one Software Technology Parks of
hand you have tourism and then India (STPI) centre at Jasidih
there is terrorism. in Deoghar.
For the past 40 years so many The STPI will
innocent lives have been lost. This cater to the needs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the country's longest road tunnel that links Kashmir Valley with Jammu by
has done no good to anybody but an all-weather route and reduces the distance by 31 kms. After the inauguration, Modi, along with Vohra and Mehbooba, travelled of information
has only left the valley bloodied. in an open jeep through the tunnel for some distance. technology in-
This bloodshed has not done good dustry and also
to anybody but has only snatched of the state and assured his the money. Such packages often income, Modi asked the people boost the entre-
sons from their mothers, he said. governments continued support. remain in paper and take years of the Valley to work shoulder to preneurship and
Last year the Centre to materialise. But her shoulder with the government to IT export from
Had these 40 years been used I
announced a package government has done a change the fortunes of the state. Jharkhand. The
for developing tourism things want to tell
of Rs 80,000 crore commendable job, He termed the Chenani-Nashri President also inaugurated
would have been different, the youth of the
for the state and he said. tunnel as the valleys fate line two of the 31 new Pradhan Man-
he said. valley, you have two
I congratulate Stressing on the and said it will boost the economy tri Kaushal Kendras in Jharkhand
He also congratulated the paths which can decide and six others in Bihar.
Mehbooba and states tourism of the state and farmers will be
Mehbooba Mufti-led Jammu and
her government your fate On one hand potential and able to send their produce to Delhi These centres are meant to
Kashmir government for utilising
for already utilising you have tourism and ability to boost the markets promptly and without provide high-quality training
central funds for the development
more than half of then there is terrorism countrys per capita concerns of delay. in multiple sectors with special
emphasis on manufacturing and

Dalai Lama in Arunachal:


services trades.
Addressing the gathering, the

India tells China not to


President said many projects
were launched to help hone the
peoples skills and benefit them.

interfere in its matters


... it will widen the employment
landscape in this land of heroes,
Mukherjee added.

I
ndia-China diplomatic tensions questioned Chinas sovereignty
rose afresh over the Dalai
Lamas visit to Arunachal
and has respectfully adhered to
the one-China policy.
Rahul hails
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama being welcomed on his arrival at Thubchog
Pradesh, with New Delhi asserting
on Tuesday, April 4, that no political
So we expect that China also Gatsel Ling Monastery in Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh Yogi's farm loan
should not interfere in our internal
motive should be attributed to Reacting to the visit, the Chinese waiver
C
matters, he stated. His comment The Chinese government is
the visit and asked Beijing not to came as the Ministry of External Foreign Ministry told Efe news: ongress Vice President Rahul
The 14th Dalai Lama is an anti- resolutely opposed to any countrys
interfere in its internal affairs. Affairs said that the Dalai Lama Gandhi on Wednesday
China separatist who has long lived support and facilitation for the 14th
Beijing in a fresh salvo slammed has visited the state six times hailed Uttar Pradesh Chief
in exile following a failed armed Dalai groups anti-China separatist Minister Yogi Adityanath's decision
the Dalai Lama as an anti-China earlier and no additional colour
rebellion by the reactionary group activities, read the statement to waive off farm loans calling it a
separatist and attacked New Delhi should be given to his visit starting of high-ranking feudal serf owners
from April 5. without alluding directly to India. step in the right direction. He,
indirectly for its support to the in Tibet in March 1959.
Tibetan leader. however, cautioned the Central
government against "discriminating
Union Minister of State for Dalai Lama meets Indian guard from 1959 flight from Tibet among states".

T
Home Kiren Rijiju, who is from
he Dalai Lama has come Mr Das, a retired member of "A partial relief for UP (Uttar
Arunachal Pradesh, said that
face to face with an Indian the Assam Rifles, said: Guards Pradesh) farmers, but a step in the
no political motive should be
soldier who guarded him of the Assam Rifles Platoon No right direction. The Congress has
attributed to Dalai Lamas trip.
almost 60 years ago as he fled from 9 had brought the Dalai Lama always supported loan waivers for
India has always been non- Tibet to exile in India. from Zuthangbo and handed him farmers in distress."
interfering in the neighbours over to five of us at Shakti [in
The Tibetan spiritual leader, 81, "I'm happy BJP (Bharatiya Janata
internal affairs in our approach, Arunachal Pradesh, which borders
met Naren Chandra Das, 79, as he Party) has finally been forced to see
Rijiju told reporters in New Delhi. China and Bhutan].
paid a visit to northeast India. reason," Rahul tweeted.
In the same manner, we expect We brought him to Lungla
the same from our neighbours, Looking at your face, I now He also advised the Centre not to
from where he was escorted on
he said. realise I must be very old too, "play politics with our farmers who
his onward journey to Tawang by
he said. He first met the guard are suffering across the country".
When Dalai Lamaji is in another group of guards, he said.
Arunachal Pradesh, he will be in 1959 after agruelling two- "The Central government
Troops had not been allowed to
confined only to religious matters. week trekacross the mountains must have a national response to
talk to the Tibetan spiritual leader. The two men encountered each other
He is not there to make any from Lhasa, after a failed Tibetan Our duty was only to guard and the widespread distress and not
in 1959, close to the Tibetan border
political statement and he is not uprising against Chinese rule. escort him during his journey, discriminate...," he said.
there with any political motive, Disguised as a soldier, the he said. The Dalai Lama thanked escape, he stayed briefly at the The Uttar Pradesh government
he said. Dalai Lama made his way with the former soldier, saying he was Tawang monastery, before settling on Tuesday cleared a Rs
Rijiju, who is scheduled to go a small entourage to the border, very, very happy to meet part in Dharamsala, in the north of the 36,359-crore proposal allowing
having received assurances of of the team that escorted him country, which is now home to the waiver of loans for marginal and
to Arunachal Pradesh to meet the
Indian help. to safety inside India. After his Tibetan government-in-exile. small farmers of the state.
Dalai Lama, said India has never
20 INDIA 7 April 2017| www.iwk.co.nz

India-UK launch 240m pound NEWS in BRIEF


joint fund for green energy India to get over 9 lakh tamper-
proof EVMs before 2019
I T
ndia and Britain on Tuesday,
April 4, agreed to jointly set up a he Election Commission
fund with corpus contributions will replace over nine
of 120 million pounds each to lakh Electronic Voting
finance Indian infrastructure Machines (EVMs) with advanced
M3 machines before the 2019 Lok
projects, it was announced.
Sabha polls, the government has
"In a major step taken today informed Parliament.
(Tuesday, April 4) on the National
These machines will become
Investment and Infrastructure
inoperable the moment someone Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)
Fund (NIIF), a sub-fund with UK attempts to tamper with them. The
and NIIF participation was agreed new EVMs are likely to be introduced by the end of 2018. The move
upon," Finance Minister Arun comes in the wake of allegations of EVM-tampering by several political
Jaitley told reporters. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaders in the February-March assembly polls. While the M3 EVMs are
He was briefing the media after address a joint press conference in New Delhi, on April 4 technologically advanced, there is no operational difference between
the ninth India-UK Economic these and other EVMs and they do not affect booth-management
and Financial Dialogue here infrastructure projects." India set Both ministers said they also system, Minister of State for Law and Justice P.P. Chaudhary told the
with the British delegation led up the NIIF in December 2015 as discussed a possible free trade Lok Sabha in a written reply earlier this week.
by Chancellor of the Exchequer an investment vehicle for funding agreement (FTA) after Britain The minister said the Election Commission has decided to replace
Philip Hammond. commercially viable formally leaves European 9,30,430 EVMs purchased before 2006 in a phased manner before the
greenfield, brownfield Joint Union (EU) through a
"The Green Growth Equity fund aims General Election and simultaneous assembly polls in 2019.
Fund will have contributions of and stalled projects. protracted process that
120 million pounds from each Last year, the
to raise 500m
pounds by also
is expected to take Arvind Kejriwal's legal fees: I gave
g o v e r n m e n t leveraging private sector about two years to
participant to finance energy needs
in India," he added. announced that it investment from the city complete.
a discount to Delhi CM: Ram
The joint statement at the is in the process of of London to finance "Post-Brexit, Jethmalani
M
end of the talks said the "joint setting up two sub- Indian they are looking aking light of his bill
fund aims to raise 500 million funds under NIIF infrastructure for more open of over Rs 3.5 crore for
pounds by also leveraging private one in renewable projects trade, and more trade defending Aam Aadmi
sector investment from the city energy, and another with arrangements with India," Party chief Arvind Kejriwal in a
of London to finance Indian focus on highway projects. Jaitley said. criminal defamation case, noted
lawyer Ram Jethmalani said he had
given a concession to the Delhi chief
minister. "As a matter of fact, I have Ram Jethmalani
given a concession to Kejriwal while
defending him in the criminal defamation case. I have not asked for the
retainer fee I normally charge my other clients. I have also reduced the
fee for each appearance in court. Moreover, I have not charged him a
penny for the elaborate conferences prior to each hearing in the trial
court," Jethmalani Said.
Jethmalani had charged Kejriwal Rs 1 crore as retainer fee and Rs 22
lakh per hearing in the case filed against him by finance minister Arun

India court gives sacred Ganges


Jaitley. Conference fees charged by senior lawyers are almost as much as
what they get for their appearance in court.
New liberalised visa regime being
and Yamuna rivers human status implemented: Minister
C
ommerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on said that
the government has started to implement the new liberalised visa

A
court in northern Indian regime from April 1, 2017. The Union Cabinet headed by Prime
has given the Ganges and Minister Narendra Modi had on November 30, 2016, approved various
Yamuna rivers the status measures for liberalisation of the visa regime.
of living human entities. Multiple entry tourist and business visas for a period of five years will
The high court in the Himalayan now be available to nationals of most of the countries, Sitharaman said.
state of Uttarakhand said this The new regime had sub-divided e-Visa into three categories e-tourist
would help in the preservation visa, e-business visa and e-medical visa for nationals of 161 countries
and conservation of the highly to enter India through 24 airports.
polluted rivers. E-visa facility extended to Cochin, Goa and Mangalore sea-ports (to
It added that the legal status benefit cruise tourism) soon also at Mumbai and Chennai sea-ports,
ensures that polluting the rivers Sitharaman said.
would now amount to Upon urgent requests, business visa and medical visa will be granted
harming a human being. within 48 hours of application.
Both rivers are The minister pointed out, Separate immigration counters and
considered sacred facilitation desks to assist medical tourist at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata,
Chennai, Bengluru and Hyderbad. The government has also
in India and are Hindu devotees gather on the banks of the Ganges to take introduced a new category of visa for film production in India (F)
considered goddesses holy dips on Somvati Amavasya, Haridwar
Visa which has a maximum duration of one year with multiple
by the majority
entry facility.
Hindu population.
The ruling comes a Anti-Romeo squads doing good
week after the Whanganui
job: UP government
T
River in New Zealand became the
he Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday, April 4, said the anti-
first in the world to be granted the
Romeo squads were doing a good job and slammed opposition
same legal rights as a person.
parties for creating a controversy about them.
The court said in its ruling that
Addressing the media after the first cabinet meeting of the Yogi
Hindus had deep faith in the Adityanath government, the states Power Minister Srikant Sharma said:
Whanganui River in New Zealand
two rivers and they collectively Anti-Romeo squads are doing a good job and are being hailed by the
connect with them. and spiritual sustenance to all Two top state officials have been
people of the entire state.
The rivers are central to of us from time immemorial, appointed as the legal guardians
Sharma said that opposition parties tried to create controversy and
the existence of half of the it added. It went on to add that of the rivers and will represent
demean it after the squads were formed.
Indian population and their both rivers had become heavily their rights. He said that before going to the field, members of the squads are
health and well being. They polluted due to industrialisation Activists say the order is likely to properly briefed by senior police officials.
have provided both physical and rapid urbanisation. fast track efforts to clean the rivers.
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INDIA ABROAD 21

Haley says she sounds Changed H-1B visa norms dont


mean much for India: Nasscom
strong because that's how T
he Indian IT industry This visa allows work in the
body Nasscom aid the particular area for six years,

her Sikh parents raised her


clarifying guidance by the extendable after that. It is also the
USCIS on eligibility for computer route to a US permanent residency
programmers under the H-1B visa or a US Green Card.
norms will have little impact on Noting that several of its

A
Punjabi may be out of its members, as the clarification members have applied for visas for
Punjab, but Punjab is has been the adjudicatory practice higher level professionals this year,
never out of her. for years. the apex body said the evidence
Nikki Haley, the outspoken US The March 31 USCIS showed that the jobs were complex
ambassador to the UN, says if she memorandum reinforces an and required professional degrees.
comes out sounding strong, it's existing practice by adjudicators Our member companies
because that's how she was raised and clarifies requirements for provide skilled talent and solutions
by her parents, who are Sikhs certain computer professionals, to US firms. The H-1B visa system
from Punjab. said the National Association exists specifically because of the
She does her "job to the best of of Software Services and persistent shortage of highly-skilled
my abilities and if that comes out Companies (Nasscom). domestic IT talent in the US, the
blunt, comes out strong, I am one The US Citizenship Our statement pointed out.
of two brothers and a sister and my and Immigration member Indian IT companies
parents raised us all to be strong," Services (USCIS) companies provide would continue to
she said at a news conference on On March skilled talent and provide skilled talent
Monday, April 3. 31 issued a solutions to US firms. The and solutions to
Her father Ajit Singh Randhwa, clarification H-1B visa system exists fill that gap and
is from Amritsar district. He is an that computer specifically because of the keep US firms
agriculture science professor. Her programmers, persistent shortage of competitive globally,
mother is Raj Kaur Randhwa. to be eligible highly-skilled domestic it added.
One of her brothers, Mitti under the H-1B IT talent in In its policy
Randhwa, was an Army officer visa norms, must the US memorandum, the
who saw action in Operation prove that theirs is USCIS mentioned: Based
Desert Storm, 1990-91, leading a specialty occupation. on the current version of the
a company tasked with finding Merely obtaining a computer Handbook, the fact that a person
chemical weapons. degree may not be enough. may be employed as a computer
Just over two months into her Coming just ahead of start of programmer and may use
office as the first Indian American the new season for H-1B visas for information technology skills and
to be appointed to a cabinet-level skilled workers, it was largely seen knowledge to help an enterprise
position, she has made waves by as the tightening of norms by the achieve its goals in the course
calling a spade a spade, if US authorities for hiring computer of his or her job is not sufficient
not a shovel, in an arena programmers, thus putting a to establish the position as a
where a diplomat squeeze on Indian IT companies. specialty occupation.
may delicately call it US embassies the world over The memorandum said: A
a spoon. started accepting next years H-1B petitioner may not rely solely on the
She has called visa petitions from April 3. Handbook to meet its burden when
the UN Human Indian techies have been the seeking to sponsor a beneficiary for
Rights Council biggest beneficiaries of the H-1B a computer programmer position.
"corrupt", the UN visas obtaining about 70 per cent Instead, a petitioner must provide
of being a partner of such visas -- with companies other evidence to establish that
of a "corrupt" Nikki Haley posting thousands of employees to the particular position is one in a
government, and In contrast, Secretary of State the US. specialty occupation...
Syrian President Bashar Haley Rex Tillerson has kept away
al-Assad a "war criminal",
and declared she was free to
h
emerged
a s
as
from the media and minimised
public appearances. Even his Indian-American entrepreneur to
"beat up on Russia". the face of American spokesperson, Mark Toner, is a challenge Democrat for Senate race

I
And she perceives her job as diplomacy with her outspokenness holdover from President Barack ndian-American entrepreneur
shaking up the UN and pulling and availability to the public and Obama's administration. Shiva Ayyadurai will challenge
it by its purse strings, kicking and the media - she was on three This makes Haley the only liberal icon and Democratic
screaming, to carry out reforms. Sunday morning TV talk shows accessible authentic voice of Senator Elizabeth Warren in the
A TV reporter addressed her as speaking out on US foreign policy, Trump foreign policy, raising her 2018 US Senate race from the state
"Madam President" because she in addition to a speech at the public profile. of Massachusetts.
presides over the Security Council Council on Foreign relations. That in turn has led to media The Indian-American, who
this month, and quipped that's speculation in recent days that she claims that he invented the email,
what she may be called in eight In reality I am the daughter is likely to succeed Tillerson.
of Indian parents who said first announced his candidacy last
years a hint that she may become Answering a question if she month to "defend the American
to me whatever you do be
the nation's President. was offered the job of Secretary dream", the American Bazaar
great at it and make sure
Haley said that in every job she of State, Haley said that Trump Online reported on Thursday.
people remember you for it.
has held "people assumed I was did not make the offer when she On his campaign website,
Indian-American entrepreneur Shiva
Thats all I have ever shown, Ayyadurai
looking for something bigger". met him at the Trump Tower Ayyadurai stated: "I'll always be
try to be
But, she said, "In reality I am barely two weeks after the election grateful for the opportunities has been going after Warren right
Nikki Haley in November. from the beginning, hashtaging her
the daughter of Indian parents I've found here (America). Now
who said to me whatever you do But she said, "The original call I'm committed to preserving, as "FAKEFIGHTER" on Twitter.
Unlike most of President Donald that I got to go to Trump Tower During her political carrier,
be great at it and make sure people protecting, and expanding those
Trump's cabinet and top officials was to discuss Secretary of State." the Massachusetts senior senator
remember you for it. opportunities for the citizens
she has a warm relationship with has earned a name as fighter for
That's all I have ever shown, She added, "When we went of Massachusetts and for all
the otherwise belligerent media. consumers and the working class.
try to be." in that was the position we Americans. That's the new
were discussing." American Revolution, and I hope In a recent tweet, he launched
you'll join me in this fight." a rather "Trumpesque" attack on

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Trump may get involved in India- False


Facebook post
Pakistan peace process: Haley costs woman

T $500,000
he US is concerned about another country to facilitate talks
the state of India-Pakistan between them and asked if the US
relations and President would get the leaders of the two
Donald Trump himself may get countries to talk.
involved in a peace process between With Secretary of State Rex
the two South Asian antagonists, Tillerson keeping a low public
Nikki Haley, the US Permanent profile and generally avoiding
Representative to the UN said on the media, Haley is emerging as
Monday, April 3. the public face of US diplomacy
This administration is making her presence felt in the
concerned about the relationship media aided by her cabinet status.
between India and Pakistan and Her statement about India-
very much wants to see how we Pakistan relations, therefore,
de-escalate any sort of conflict

A
assume importance and it is the first
going forward, Haley, who holds high-level Trump administration judge in North Carolina
a cabinet rank in the Trump statement on Indias relations has ordered a woman to
administration, said. with Pakistan. While it is not clear pay $500,000 for writing a
I would expect that the what steps the US could take, Facebook post falsely accusing her
administration going to be in talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi former friend of killing her son.
and try and find its place to be part is expected to meet Trump in According to a report in
President Donald Trump
of that (process). She added, And Washington in May when the two Telegraph.co.uk, Jacquelyn
also wouldnt be surprised if the that it was only if the two nations a question from a reporter at her could discuss it. Hammond from Asheville wrote
President participates as well. wanted him to. news conference on assuming the Former President Barack on Facebook, in 2015, of Davyne
India has opposed external In an interview to The Hindustan presidency of the Security Council Obama also had said during his Dial: "I didn't get drunk and kill
involvement in bilateral issues with Times he said that he would be for the month of April. 2008 campaign that the US should my kid."
Pakistan. During his campaign honoured to be a moderator. The reporter pointed out that mediate the Kashmir dispute. The But Dial who claimed to have
in 2016, Trump had offered I think if they wanted me to, I India does not want an interlocutor offer met with strong opposition in nothing to do with her son's death
to mediate between India and would love to be the mediator or for talks with Pakistan, while India and he did not actively follow sued Hammond for defamation,
Pakistan, but was careful to add arbitrator. Haley was answering Islamabad wanted the US or it up when he became President. intentional infliction of emotional
distress and negligent infliction
Zardari, Bilawal Cabinet approves MoUs with Bangladesh
of emotional distress. Dial and
Hammond's friendship had broken

A
hit out at Sharif head of Bangladesh Prime locales for shooting. India has so down after the failed attempt to
work together on the radio station.
for failed' policy Minister Sheikh Hasina's far entered into audio-visual co-

F
visit to India this week, the production agreements with Italy, "There are no filters on social
ormer Pakistan President Union Cabinet approved various media to say whatever you think
the United Kingdom, Germany,
Asif Ali Zardari and his behind the safety of your screen.
bilateral MOUs on river transport, Brazil, France, New Zealand,
son Bilawal Bhutto lashed She had made other untrue
judicial cooperation, audio-visual Poland, Spain, Canada, China and
out on Tuesday at Nawaz Sharif- statements through the years, but
cooperation and media. South Korea.
led government for "not doing when this happened, it was very
much against terrorism during last Among these Memoranda of The MoU on mass media will
Understanding (MoUs) is one on painful," said Dial.
two years". facilitate training and study tour of
the development of Ashuganj- media personnel and cooperation The announcement delivered
"The country (Pakistan) has Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh last month awarded Dial $250,000
Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara Hasina between educational, training and
made no progress against terrorism in actual damages and $250,000
and is standing exactly where it was river and Sirajganj-Daikhawa research institutions in mass media
and protocol routes between India in punitive damages, for a total
two years ago," claimed Pakistan stretch of the Jamuna river to field.
and Bangladesh to ferry people judgment of $500,000.
Peoples Party co-chairperson improve connectivity between the This will also facilitate accredited
on water crafts between the two "I think people today don't
Bilawal Bhutto while addressing a two countries. An official release countries. mass media representatives to set
recognise the importance of
mammoth rally held to mark the said the MoU will help reduce up offices on reciprocity basis in the
The MoU that got the nod aims at their words," said Missy Owen, a
38th death anniversary of party logistics cost of cargo movement two countries.
strengthening mutual cooperation lawyer in North Carolina, adding
founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. to northeast India and also reduce between the judiciaries of the two India and Bangladesh are set to that people should learn from
Bilawal cautioned Prime congestion through the Siliguri's countries through exchange of ink 35 agreements during the visit Hammond's mistake.
Minister Nawaz Sharif about the Chicken's Neck corridor. knowledge in infrastructure and of Bangladesh Prime Minister "Just because it is very easy to get
dangerous game of undermining Both countries will undertake information technology. Sheikh Hasina to India from your words out there does not mean
federation by allocating huge funds necessary dredging jointly via the The agreement in audio-visual April 7 to 10. Hasina's last visit to you should. You can get in trouble
for certain areas. India-Bangladesh protocol route. field will cover coproduction of India was in January 2010. Prime anytime you make a false statement
"Mian Sahib, you are playing Another MoU pertains to films, documentaries, animations Minister Narendra Modi visited about someone else that damages
a dangerous game. What do you passenger cruise services on coastal films, and utilisation of Indian Bangladesh in June 2015. their character or reputation."
want to prove by approving Rs 37
billion gas project for an area,"
he said. NASA's Cassini probe set to end 20-year journey
N
Regarding the glamorous ASA's Cassini spacecraft, which was Using expertise gained over the mission's
political life of PPP's founder launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn many years, Cassini engineers designed a flight
Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Bilawal in 2004, is about to begin the final plan that will maximise the scientific value of
maintained that it (April 4) was chapter of its remarkable story this month. sending the spacecraft toward its fateful plunge
the darkest day in the history On April 26, the spacecraft will make the first into the planet on September 15.
of Pakistan. in a series of dives through the 2,400-kilometre Cassini will transition to its grand finale
"On this day, the leader who gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the orbits, with a last close flyby of Saturn's giant
defeated dictators was hanged," mission's grand finale, NASA said. moon Titan, on April 22.
Bilawal said. The 28-year-old "No spacecraft has ever gone through As it has many times over the course of the
chairman enquired about the the unique region that we'll attempt to mission, Titan's gravity will bend Cassini's
NASAs Cassini
progress made during the PML-N's boldly cross 22 times," said Thomas flight path. Cassini's orbit then will shrink so
current stint and added that billions numerous dramatic discoveries, including
Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for the that instead of making its closest approach
of rupees were being spent in an a global ocean that showed indications of
Science Mission Directorate at NASA H to Saturn just outside the rings, it will begin
extravagant fashion to advertise hydrothermal activity within the icy moon
eadquarters in Washington. passing between the planet and the inner edge
this progress. Enceladus, and liquid methane seas on its moon
"What we learn from Cassini's daring final of its rings.
Zardari maintained that he was Titan. Now 20 years since launching from
orbits will further our understanding of how When Cassini makes its final plunge into
waiting for the Panama papers Earth, and after 13 years orbiting the ringed
giant planets, and planetary systems everywhere, Saturn's atmosphere on September 15, it will
verdict to chalk out the future planet, Cassini is running low on fuel.
form and evolve. This is truly discovery in action send data from several instruments most
strategy and claimed that his In 2010, NASA decided to end the mission
to the very end," Zurbuchen added. notably, data on the atmosphere's composition
party was ready for parliamentary with a purposeful plunge into Saturn in 2017.
During its time at Saturn, Cassini has made until its signal is lost, NASA said.
elections even in 2017.
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SPORTS 23

Sindhu conquers Marin


NEWS in BRIEF
Paes wins Leon
Challenger title
to bag maiden India Open title V eteran star Leander
Paes and his Canadian
partner Adil Shamasdin

I
notched up a straight sets win
ndias Olympic 2016 silver medallist equalising at the seven-point mark. to clinch the mens doubles title
P.V. Sindhu overcame her Rio Games But Sindhu pushed on, holding at the Leon Challenger Tour
conqueror Carolina Marin of Spain an 11-7 lead at the mid-game break. tennis tournament.
in straight games to win her maiden Marin fired two angling smashes to The Indo-Canadian
India Open Superseries badminton title make it 9-11 before the Indian snatched combination defeated Luca
at a packed Siri Fort Sports Complex on three consecutive points to have a Margaroli of Switzerland and
Sunday, April 2. five-point advantage. Brazils Caro Zampieri 6-1, 6-4
The match-up between Sindhu and Then onwards, double World in the final of the $75,000 hard
Marin was a repeat of the 2016 Rio Championship bronze medallist court event. This is 20th ATP
Olympic final which saw the Spaniard Sindhu never looked back and sealed Challenger title of Paess career
taking away the gold medal in a hard- the match with a 21-16 victory. and his first final this season. He
fought encounter. In the mens final, top seed Viktor had earlier reached the semi-finals
But in front of her home fans here, Axelsen of Denmark won his first of the Dubai Championships and
third seed Sindhu posted a 21-19, 21-16 India Open title as he thrashed the Delray Beach Open.
triumph in 46 minutes to give another Chinese Taipeis Chou Chen Tien
display of her fast-rising career. 21-13, 21-10 in 36 minutes. It was the Federer wins 3rd
Since the Rio final, it was the second
contest between the two shuttlers and the
Rio Games bronze medallist Axelsens
third straight final appearance as the
title in Miami,
21-year-old Hyderabadi has won both. Dane further enhanced his domination defeating Nadal
R
With this win, Sindhu also equalised 5-5 in career meetings against Chou oger Federer won his third
in career meetings against the two-time to 6-1. ATP World Masters 1,000
reigning world champion. The mens doubles title went to tourney at the Miami Open
The Spanish top seed struggled with Indonesian fourth seeds Marcus in Key Biscayne, Florida, once
her net game which proved to be the Gideon Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya again defeating Spains Rafael
difference between the two. But Sindhu Sukamuljo, who took only 30 minutes Nadal 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and
also had to be credited for showing her to see off compatriot sixth seeds Ricky 34 minutes.
ever-improving game, especially in the Karanda Suwardi and Angga Pratama The Spaniard this year has lost
cross-court net-game and defence. 21-11, 21-15 to retain their crown. all three of his confrontations with
Backed by a partisan crowd, Sindhu In the womens doubles final, the Swiss champ, including the
got off to a flying start, opening up a 6-1 Japanese seventh seedss Shiho Australian Open final.
lead but Marin got her act together to Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto Im moving up in the (Emirates
reduce the deficit to one at 6-7, thanks defeated compatriot third seeds Naoko ATP Rankings) and I just want to
to her delectable half smashes. Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao 16- stay healthy, Federer told ESPN
Sindhu then upped the ante and then 21, 21-19, 21-10 in an hour and 12 on Sunday after the match, Efe
pushed Marin into all corners. Hitting to minutes. It was Tanaka and Yonemoto news reported.
the right of left-hander Marin, Sindhu pairs first Superseries title. When Im healthy and feeling
gained the ascendancy even though the In an all-Chinese mixed doubles good, I can produce tennis like
fighting Marin kept coming back at her. clash, second seeds Lu Kai and Huang this. Thats why taking a break and
Sindhu felt the pressure as Marin Yaqiong got the better of top seeds resting during the clay season and
equalised at the 16-point mark and for Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen focusing on Roland Garros, the
the first took the lead at the next point. 22-24, 21-14, 21-17 grass and the hard courts after that
The see-saw game continued till the in an hour and is best. It would be great to be No.
19-point mark. f o u r 1 again, but its a long way away,
Then, a powerful stroke from Sindhu minutes. the No. 4-ranked star added.
to which Marin put it wide made it 20-
19 for the Indian. Sindhu then sealed Messi back for
the first game when Marin was slow to
defend a half smash.
Barcelona; Real
The second game also saw Sindhu Madrid take on
getting in the lead early, forcing Marin
Leganes
A
to play the catch-up game.
rgentine talisman Lionel
Marin seemed to be struggling with
Messi is back for FC
her movement due to a right foot niggle.
Barcelona as they look to
But the warrior that she is, the Spaniard
maintain their La Liga football
fought back to come within a point of title hopes with a home game
against Sevilla on Wednesday,
April 5. Wednesday could be
decisive in the race for the La
Liga title as Real Madrid kick off
their game away against Leganes
almost as soon as the final whistle
blows in the Camp Nou stadium in
the Barcelona-Sevilla tie, reported
Xinhua news agency.
Barcelona kick off two points
behind Real Madrid and with an
extra game played, but Messis
return after suspension and that of
defender Gerard Pique, who was
rested for the 4-1 win away over
Granada, will be a major boost for
Luis Enriques side.
Neymar and especially Luis
Suarez ensured that Messi wasnt
missed at the weekend, but his
return will be important against a
Indias P V Sindhu (R), pictured here with her opponent Carolina Marin, celebrates after win- Sevilla side that looks to have run
ning womens singles final of the 'Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2017 tournament', in New Delhi off the rails in recent matches.
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2. How many holes are there in a ten pin 13. 1How many arms does a starfish usually
bowling ball? have?
3. What is a baby seal called? 14. What is the name given to a group of Lions?
4. How many valves or keys does a trumpet 15. Cats were once sacred animals in what Page 2/2
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5. How is the number 5 written in Roman 16. Who were the backing group for Bill Hailey?
numerals? Comets
6. What cheese shares its name with an English 17. In Childrens TV, Who had the ability to
Gorge? swap heads?
7. In which country is the Louvre Museum? 18. What was the name of the cow in The
8. Which is the tallest mountain in the world? Magic Roundabout?
9. What is the name of Fred Flintstones 19. What type of sandwiches were Paddingtons
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FEATURES 25

How technology fills void


when you feel lonely

12 foods that lower Cholesterol naturally


Oats: If you're looking to lower your even keep arteries unclogged.
cholesterol, the key may be simply changing Margarine: Switching to a margarine
your morning with plant sterols, such as Promise activ or

I
meal. Switching Benecol, could help lower cholesterol. Plant
t may be easy to carry on a conversation In the study, the participants were asked up your breakfast sterols are compounds that reduce cholesterol
with Siri on your iPhone or your Google to play an online game of "catch" in which to contain two absorption; a study found that women who
assistant from your living room as they other participants who were computerised, servings of had a higher plant sterolbased diet were
can help fill a void when you feel lonely. unknown to them. oats can lower able to lower total cholesterol by 3.5%.
But, according to a new study, these After engaging with a Roomba vacuum LDL ("bad") Garlic: Aside from adding zing to almost
humanlike products keep people from whose design made it seem like it was smiling cholesterol. The any dish, garlic makes the list of foods that
seeking out normal human interaction -- or when asked to think about their cellphone key to this cholesterol buster is beta-glucan, lower cholesterol; it's also been found to
which is typically how people try to recover in humanlike terms, participants would not a substance in oats that absorbs LDL, which prevent blood clots, reduce blood pressure,
from loneliness - thus negatively affecting feel the need to plan to spend time talking to your body then excretes. and protect against infections. Now research
their social needs. family or friends, the researchers noted. Red wine: Scientists are giving us yet finds that it helps stop artery-clogging plaque
"Generally, when people feel socially Nevertheless, the ability for these products another reason to drink to our health. It turns at its earliest stage by keeping cholesterol
excluded, they seek out other ways of to replace human contact has its limits out that high- particles from sticking to artery walls.
compensating, like exaggerating their number because certain statements seemed to snap fiber Tempranillo Olive oil: This common cooking
of Facebook friends or engaging in prosocial participants back to reality. red grapes, used ingredient can help your health. Olive oil is
behaviours to seek out interaction with other "As soon as we tell people we know that it to make red full of heart-healthy
people," said Jenny Olson, Assistant Professor looks like the Roomba is smiling, they seemed wine like Rioja, monounsaturated
at the University of Kansas in the US. to realize it was a machine and not a person," may actually fatty acids (MUFAs),
However, "when you introduce a human- Olson said. significantly lower which lower LDL
like product, those compensatory behaviours "The effect goes away. This seems to be cholesterol levels. cholesteroland have
stop", Olson rued. happening on a very subconscious level," Salmon & fatty fish: Omega-3 fats are the welcome side
The study, published the in the Journal he added. one of the natural health wonders of the effect of trimming
of Consumer Research, showed evidence The research could be important for world and have been shown to ward off heart belly fat. Use it to
that people who felt socially excluded would consumers to realise how these types of disease, dementia, and many other diseases. make your own salad
exhibit these compensating behaviours unless products could thwart their motivation to Now these fatty acids can add yet another dressings, marinate
they were given the opportunity to interact interact with real people, especially because health benefit to their repertoire: lowering chicken and fish, or
with an anthropomorphic product. so many new products feature interactivity. cholesterol. According to research, replacing roast vegetables.
saturated fats with omega-3s like those found Spinach: This

Can Instagram help adolescents


in salmon, sardines, and herring can raise popular green food
good cholesterol. contains lots of lutein, the sunshine-yellow

fight depression?
Nuts: If you're looking for a snack food pigment found in dark green leafy vegetables
that lowers cholesterol levels, research shows and egg yolks. Lutein already has a reputation

S
that you should get cracking! Almonds and for guarding against age-related macular
ome may scoff at adolescents' use of From 2013-2014, Frison set up a large- cashews are other good options. However, degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
social media networks as they pine scale study to investigate the relationships while nuts are heart healthy, they're also high Now research suggests that just cup of
for likes, but a new study suggests that between adolescents' social networking site in calories, so practice portion control1.5 a lutein-rich food daily also guards against
using the photo-sharing app Instagram can use and their well-being. oz is about a shot glass and a half. Use a shot heart attacks by helping artery walls "shrug
actually strengthen the closeness of their Students filled out paper-and-pencil glass to measure out your portion so you can off" cholesterol invaders that cause clogging.
friendships which in turn may help curb see exactly how it looks.
surveys between six-month periods. Avocado: Avocados are a great source of
depression.
The surveys asked students about their Tea: While tea has become well known heart-healthy
"This age group may be particularly at for its cancer-fighting antioxidants, it is also
use of social networking sites like Facebook, MUFAs, which
risk for the impact of Instagram, given a great defense
Snapchat, and Instagram, and their well- may actually
the increasing popularity of Instagram against high LDL
being (depressive symptoms, life satisfaction, help raise HDL
in adolescence and given the increase of cholesterol levels.
loneliness). cholesterol
depressive symptoms during this stage of According to
The data analysed revealed that using while lowering
life," said researcher Eline Frison from research, black tea
Instagram at one point was related to LDL. And,
University of Leuven in Belgium. has been shown more than any
"This study offers practitioners greater increased closeness to friends (perception
to reduce blood other fruit, this
insight into the outcomes of adolescents' that they are appreciated and loved by their lipids and also help delectable food packs cholesterol-smashing
Instagram use," Frison said. friends) six months later, which in turn was reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. beta-sitosterol, a beneficial plant-based
The findings are scheduled to be related to lower levels of depression. Beans: Beans, beansthey really are fat that reduces the amount of cholesterol
presented at the 67th annual International However, the researchers cautioned that good for your heart. The key to this heart- absorbed from food. Since avocados are
Communication Association conference to if the use of the photo sharing app fails to healthy food is its abundance of fiber, which a bit high in calories and fat use them in
be held at San Diego, California from May stimulate the feeling closeness to friends, it has been shown to slow the rate and amount moderation.
25-29, 2017. could be harmful in the long run. of absorption of cholesterol in certain foods.

Health Tip of the Week


Try black, kidney, or pinto beans; each
supplies about one-third of your daily fiber
needs. Have garlic on empty stomach every
Chocolate: This powerful antioxidant morning with water. It flushes cholesterol
helps build HDL ("good") cholesterol levels. and helps regulate weight gain.
Remember to choose the dark or bittersweet
kind. Compared to milk chocolate, it has
more than 3
times as many
antioxidants,
which prevent
blood platelets
from sticking
together and may
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PARENTING
Parents spending more time Mothers find parenting
with kids than in 1960s: Study more tiring than fathers
P
arents generally enjoy

D
o you feel guilty of being being with their kids but
unable to spend quality mothers enjoy it less than
time with your children? fathers because they do more of
Take heart, as according to a new the "work" and less of the "fun"
counter-intuitive study, parents parenting duties, says a study.
are spending more time with their The researchers found that
children than they did 50 years ago. mothers reported more stress and
The findings showed that the greater fatigue than fathers due to
time spent with kids is highest parenting tasks. This experience
among better-educated parents. gap is attributed to the differing
"According to economic theory, tasks of each parent.
higher wages should discourage "Mothers are more likely than
well-educated parents from fathers to be called on by When
foregoing work to spend extra kids 'around the clock'. mothers are
time with youngsters. Also, they Fathers' sleep and with their kids,
have the money to pay others to from all education levels. But, as supervising and helping with they are more often by
down-time are less
care for their children," said Judith the researchers found quite a homework," Treas said.
difference between parents with a likely than mothers' themselves. When fathers
Treas, Professor at University of However, France was the only
college education and parents with to be interrupted by are with their kids, they
California, Irvine. country that showed a decrease are more likely to have
low levels of education. kids.
in mothers' childcare time. The
For the study, the researchers
The college-educated mothers decline was not as steep for college- This is part of other adults around, The researchers
the reason fathers are offering some back- found that not only
studied 122,271 parents (68,532
mothers, 53,739 fathers) in Canada, spent an estimated 123 minutes educated moms as it was for less up.
daily on child care, compared educated French mothers, while for less tired than mothers do parenting activities
the UK, the US, Denmark, Norway,
with 94 minutes spent by less dads, both education levels saw an when parenting," said one of between mothers and fathers
France, Germany, the Netherlands,
educated mothers. Fathers with increase in parenting time. the researchers Ann Meier from differ, the environment surrounding
Italy, Spain and Slovenia from
a college degree spent about 74 According to Treas, the study University of Minnesota in the US. the activity differs as well.
1965 and 2012 for the amount of
time they spent with their kids. minutes a day with their kids, while results are in line with an "intensive Meier and her colleagues Kelly "When mothers are with their
less educated fathers averaged 50 parenting" ideology that has Musick at Cornell University and kids, they are more often by
In 1965, mothers spent a daily
minutes. become a cultural child-rearing Sarah Flood at the Minnesota themselves. When fathers are with
average of 54 minutes on childcare
"Time spent with children trend. "The time parents spend Population Centre used time their kids, they are more likely to
activities, while in 2012 they
involved everything from preparing with children is regarded as critical diary data from more than 12,000 have other adults around, offering
averaged almost twice that at 104
minutes per day. Fathers' time with their meals and snacks to feeding for positive cognitive, behavioural parents that linked to their feelings some back-up. This helps us
children nearly quadrupled. In and bathing them, changing and academic outcomes," she said. in the 2010, 2012, and 2013 understand why fathers are less
1965, fathers spent a daily average diapers and clothes, putting them "Contemporary fathers -- having American Time Use Survey. stressed when with kids," Meier
of just 16 minutes with their kids, to bed, getting up in the middle more egalitarian gender views The team examined the types of explained.
while today's they spend about 59 of the night, unpaid babysitting, want to be more involved in their parenting activities mothers and Sleep also had an effect
minutes a day caring for them. providing medical care, reading children's lives than their own fathers performed and individual on parents' differing levels of
These numbers include parents and playing with them, as well fathers were," Treas stated. well-being during the activities. happiness, Meier said.

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Some other avenues of making money may open up Blowing your own trumpet gets you nowhere on the You are likely to take the right course of action in a Good contacts will translate into new opportunities
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You may not find yourself in the right frame of mind Professional guidance may be required in completing
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a project. Those in the upper tax bracket will need to
to have a nice time in the company of friends this
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week. Professionally a satisfying period is foreseen,
tighten your belt. Your steps to become financially soul mate, this week you get lucky. Dont let a minor appreciated. Person you are in love with will offer you
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successfully. Focus on networking and increasing
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beneficial, as it had first seemed. handy. a loan is likely to become a financial burden and figures before playing with stocks.
compel you to scrounge the bottom.
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keep you busy. Spending on friends will may get your become stronger through only with your own efforts. will need to be dealt with diplomatically. Chances an outing to spend time together. You manage to
wallet lighter, so dont overdo it. Getting romantically A vacation will do you a whale of a good in relaxing. of promotion start looking slim for borderline cases. motivate yourself for workouts and keep fit. An
linked with a co-worker or fellow student may affect Change your eating habits to remain energetic. You Sudden insights could lighten your tensions in love entertaining pastime can keep you busy. Horizon on
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enemy number one. hectic and stressful.
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Priyanka
Farhan hopes to make Don 3 soon
A
ctor-filmmaker Farhan
Akhtar hopes to soon bring
the much-awaited "Don 3"
to the big screen.

is 2nd most beautiful The first part, starring superstar


Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka

woman in the world,


Chopra, in the "Don" franchise
hit the screens in 2006. Its sequel,

right behind Beyonc


also helmed by Farhan, released in
2011. And now, fans are rallying
for the action thriller to be brought

P
riyanka Chopra has just while this years Oscar back for the third time.
added another feather winner, La La Land Asked about it, Farhan said in a
to her much bedecked star Emma Stone video chat: "Soon I hope." He also
hat. Our Desi Girl has is at number 12. said "different things are happening
defeated famous personalities Supermodel right now" related to work.
like Angelina Jolie, Emma Gigi Hadid "You will hear about them soon,"
promised Farhan, who was last "It's exciting to see animals out
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As of now, he is urging his fans to had pets... be it dogs or cats," said
woman in the world. former first
help him in preserving the planet. Farhan for whom environment
In a poll done by LA-based lady of the
He has teamed up with National awareness is very important.
photo journal and video- US Michelle
Geographic brand to drive an "I would love to visit the northeast
sharing social media network Obama is on
important social cause. again. It's such a great place. The
BuzzNet, Priyanka is just number 21.
"There is something very time when we were shooting 'Rock
behind pop diva Beyonce in The list also includes important and exciting that I need On 2' there... nature in that part of
the list of the most beautiful Wonder Woman star to share with you all. National the world is just phenomenal. To be
women in the world. Gal Gadot, Oprah Winfrey, Geographic and I have teamed there and to be able to breathe all
The 34-year-old star took Naomi Campbell, Alicia up for what is important to us. that fresh air would be amazing,"
to Twitter to share the list and Vikander, Margot Robbie, and What we are going to be talking he said. Also a singer, Farhan's
thanked her fans for voting. Priyankas Baywatch co-star about is an issue that we will share
next stop is Dehradun where he
Model and Victorias Secret Alexandra Daddario. with you on 21st," said the "big
will perform on April 22.
angel Taylor Hill is at number Priyanka Chopra became animal lover".

Sussanne Khan, Gauri Shinde to


three, followed by Emma a name to reckon with in the
Watson, Dakota Johnson and West after she landed the lead
Hillary Clinton at fourth, fifth
and sixth positions respectively.
role in the TV series Quantico.
Her singles In My City be feted as women achievers
E
Jolie is on eighth number, and Exotic, in which she was ntrepreneur Sussanne Khan
seen alongside Pitbull, and film director Gauri
also fetched her much Shinde will be recognised
acclaim beyond the as young women achievers by
countrys shores. Young FICCI Ladies Organisation
Over the last two (YFLO). Sussanne, former wife of
years, in the post- Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan,
Quantico world, is a successful entrepreneur and
Priyanka Chopra has interior designer herself, and ad-
been to the Academy film and feature film director
Awards, the Golden Gauri is known for helming
Globes, in addition to English Vinglish.
picking up awards for The annual YFLO Achiever
her role in the series. Awards 2016-17 will be held at
Chopra was named "YFLO, as a pan-India business
Hotel Lalit in central Delhi.
the Favorite Dramatic organisation working towards the
Others who will be conferred
TV Actress at the 2017 goal of women empowerment
awards include Malvika Poddar
Peoples Choice Awards. confers the young achievers awards
(fashion), Simran Lal (business),
to women who have excelled
The actor is now Kalli Purie (media), Shaina NC
looking at her maiden in different spheres of life and
(politics), Deepa Malik (sports),
Hollywood film have created an impact through
Chiki Sarkar (literature), Preeti
Baywatch, scheduled for their stupendous work in the lives
Chandra (community service),
an April 2017 release. of others," said Trupti Gupta,
Bhavna Kakkar (art) and Vidha Lal
Chairperson, YFLO.
(performing arts).

The Bollywood report card


NAVDEEP KAUR MARWAH Rukh Khan-starrer Raees, which is good for Bollywood. We had to make an impact at the
Film:
Raess:
Jolly LLB 2:
Box office collection

Badrinath Ki Dulhania:
137.51 crore
116.92 crore
112.13 crore

T
was released along with Hrithik four films [that] earned more than box office. Talking about Kaabil: 103.84 crore
here have been around 25 100 [crore], namely Raees, Kaabil, the same, trade analyst
filmsboth big budget and Roshan-starrer Kaabil. While
Badrinath Ki Dulhania, and Jolly LLB. Atul Mohan says, Rangoon can be Baahubaali 2. There are some
small budgetthat have Raees earned 100 crore at Box great films lined up in the coming
Kaabil was only an average hit, considered an epic disaster. Once
released in the first quarter of 2017 Office, Kaabil, although not in the quarter, and we can just hope for
considering its production cost. [It] again, it proved that it is only a good
and the trade report card from 100-crore bracket,managed to earn the best. The most anticipated of
recovered its investment with very script that works at box office and
January to March reveals that it profits at the box office. not just big names. On the other the lot is Baahubali: The Conclusion,
fewer profits than expected, trade
has been a mixed bag. While films February saw the release of analyst Amod Mehrasaid. hand, Badrinath was the dark horse which is set to release on April 28,
such as Raees, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Akshay Kumars Jolly LLB2, which of this quarter and established that 2017. Others to watch out include
One of the biggest
and Jolly LLB 2 managed to bring earned more than 100 crore and in Varun Dhawan can make a film hit Vidya Balans Begumjaan, which is
disappointment for the quarter
in moolah at the box office, there March, it was Badrinath Ki Dulhania, on his shoulders. releasing on April 7 and Akshays
was Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali
have been many disappointments which was a big hit, too. Khan, and Shahid Kapoor-starrer Looking forward, the next Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which is
as well. The first month saw the The first quarter of this year has Rangoon, which was touted to gross quarter looks promising with some scheduled to release on June 2,
release of films such as Shah been better than the last year, which more than Rs 100 crore but failed big films ready to release including trade analyst Taren Adarsh said.
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I'm unapologetic about my


body, sexuality: Swara Bhaskar
S
wara Bhaskar is not afraid not worthy of societal respect she is part of an inherently
to address issues on female in an obviously male-centric disreputable profession. As
sexuality that Hindi film patriarchal world. So keeping that a vocal supporter of gender
heroines generally brush under the vulnerability of Anaarkali alive, equality and an opponent of
(red) carpet. The actress, whose was my real challenge. patriarchal perversity, where
performance in the just-released Q. Was it difficult for you to do you place your character in
Anaarkali Of Aarah, says portraying perform the raunchy dances this film?
the unapologetic nature of her and lip sync the double- Absolutely. This was one of my
character in the film was not as meaning lyrics? How have non-negotiable requests to my
challenging as it may seem. you managed to make the director Avinash Das-ji when he
Swara plays a performer in a performance so free of was writing. We were certain that
village and her act is being hailed inhibition and vulgarity? there will be no doubt about our
as a breakthrough projection of a intention and message in this film,
The difficult part was not so
woman's right to decide when to say that it doesn't matter what the
much the raunchiness of the
yes or no and she is overwhelmed. woman does, what her character
steps as just the live dancing. I've
Excerpts from an interview: is, loose or slutty or whatever... She
never done a proper Bollywood may be a prostitute, but even then
Q. Your performance in Anaarkali dance number. And even though consent is paramount.
Of Aaarah is spectacular. Would I've trained in Bharatanatyam,
I think our bravest move was
you say it is the most well-received Bollywood dancing as a form is
to make Anaarkali actually
performance of your career totally different. I think credit
characterless or loose from the
so far? should actually go to Shabina point of view of a middle class
Yes I think so, and I must confess Khan for being able to keep the morality. We offer no explanation,
that I'm quite overwhelmed. choreography rustic and sensual apology or justification for the fact
Happily overwhelmed but still and yet not vulgar. I think credit also that she may have casual sex -- but
overwhelmed. I had a lot of faith goes to my dance guru Padma on her own terms. That makes the
in the story, in Anarkali's Shri Leela Samsonji, whole question of consent totally
Being
journey and in the whose rigorous non-negotiable. I think that is our
unapologetic training perhaps
intention and spirit greatest victory in this film.
about my body, my enabled me to
with which we made Q. Swara, your career has
sexuality, my lifes perform raunchy,
the film. I was hopeful so far demonstrated an
that audiences will decisions is a political bawdy and fairly
assertive will to choose
connect with the tale belief that as a overtly sensual the unconventional. Would
but I didn't expect feminist I strongly choreography it be correct to say the
this level of praise and espouse. without it being unconventional is the
such accolades. I feel both cringe-worthy. conventional for you?
vindicated and blessed. Q. I believe the dances Perhaps! See as an actor, and
Q. How difficult was it for were shot in front of actual moreover an outsider with no
you to play a woman who is live audiences? Godfather within the industry, I
so unapologetic about her Yes, while shooting sometimes don't have a whole lot of control
sexuality and so unabashed the challenge became the all-male on what kind of roles are offered
in her contempt for the lustful crowd, local to Amroha (where to me. But I can control what I
male gaze? we shot), who I think began to choose. And I like to choose tough
Honestly, the unapologetic enjoy the shoot as if it were a real roles that I haven't done before
nature of Anaarkali was not that show and passed those kinds of and roles that make me grow as an
difficult, because that's how I feel comments (smiles) some of those actor by challenging me..
as a woman about my own body. comments were pretty vulgar Q. As an outsider in Bollywood
Being unapologetic about my body, and offensive but I reacted like what has your journey so
my sexuality, my life's decisions is a Anaarkali would. I believe shedding far been like? Have you
political belief that as a feminist I inhibitions is step 1 for any actor encountered prejudice, bias,
strongly espouse. What was difficult to get into any character, so that, I cynicism and how have you
for me and my real challenge was guess I did as part of my great faith tackled them?
to preserve and express the fact in this script and this part. It's been a pretty wholesome
that however feisty Anaarkali may Q. This is an important film, journey. Tough and disappointing
seem, she is still vulnerable. perhaps extending further in parts but also very fulfilling
the idea that a woman saying in parts, so a pretty complete
Because ultimately she is a experience of Navarasa in
woman, and a woman considered no must be respected even if that sense.

Never intended to be a hero, but a credible actor: Manoj Bajpayee


M
anoj Bajpayee, who has proved he is not familiar with the world of a Filmfare Awards, does he lead a good life?
his versatility as a performer on fiction character? Well, financially I am not a rich person,
screen, says he never wanted to Bajpayee said: I think I have had an but I am doing good. I am leading a normal
create an image like that of a mainstream interesting and colourful life journey where life, doing something that I enjoy doing the
Bollywood star. I have met thousands of people from various most - acting.
He was rather interested in establishing walks of life. So whether a police officer, my There was a time when I did some films
himself as a credible actor. friends, landlords, villagers, politicians or for money because I bought my house and
Asked if he ever tried to create a screen school teachers I have come across had to pay off my loans.
image, Manoj said: No, I never did... Because many of them. But I got very frustrated, so my wife
I
that was not my aim. I never intended to be a Observing them has think I have told me not to take up projects that I do
hero but a credible actor. I also think that my always given me an insight had an interesting not believe in as that spoils domestic
driving force as an actor is to experiment with of characterisation. No and colourful life harmony, he said with a smile.
different roles one is a better teacher journey where I have Does winning awards motivate
So when I choose a script, I make sure I than life. met thousands of him to do better work?
am attempting something that I have never Born and brought people from various I feel humbled receiving awards,
done before. up in small village name walks of life so I thank them (who have honoured
Whether it was as a deadly gangster in Belwa in Bihar, Manoj me), but I do not feel disheartened if I
Satya, police inspector in Shool, a cunning moved to Delhi and picked the dont get it.
politician in Rajneeti, a prince in Zubeidaa nuances of acting at the National The day my remuneration and number
or a homosexual professor in Aligarh School of Drama. In his initial days as an of offered scripts will increase because of
Manoj has showcased his acting prowess actor, he faced a struggle. my award, perhaps I will start bothering too
in these myriad roles and more. So how Now almost 70 films later, and after much about that. Till now, a good story is
does he prepare for a role, especially when bagging two National Awards and three motivational for me.
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Venue: Library Building, 3 Memorial Date: Friday, April 21 Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards
Drive, New Lynn Venue: Vector Arena, Auckland Freyburg Room,
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Mt Roskill War
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information sessions for newcomers on will set the stage on fire on April 21 13 May Rd.
The New Zealand Dance Company
Finding Employment in New Zealand. at Vector Arena. The Da-bang tour forges its stellar reputation for
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