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A tale of hope, struggle and aspirations
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH of 'migrant taxi drivers' is becoming more a

N
ew Zealand is an immigrant nation norm, than an exception.
that has been formed and built Be it the London's iconic Black Cabs or
upon the immigration, which brings New York city's Yellow Cabs, or it is the sight
migrants from different parts of the world of taxis in big cities in our own backyard like
who contribute to New Zealand society Sydney and Melbourne, 'migrant drivers'
and economy. operating different taxi services in the major
world cities, especially in the Anglospheric
However, the attitudes and responses
world, are a new social reality of our
of the average New Zealanders towards
contemporary world.


all migrants are not same and have been a
subject of the ongoing political discourse of The sight of long queues of migrant
the day. taxi drivers in Auckland super city is
another way of reminding everyone about
Recently, some of the new migrant workers
Auckland's growing size and diversity and
perceived to be doing low-skilled jobs have
the role immigration plays in defining the
come under a scanner resulting in a call for
travelling in a local taxi can give an insight contemporary Auckland.
purging immigration numbers. The sight of into the culture of that particular place.
According to a prominent immigration long queues
lawyer, most of the noises in the current
Similarly, apart from an insight of the culture
of the city where they operate, taxi drivers
How important are
immigration debate are rooted in growing of migrant taxi drivers migrant drivers for the
have human stories of hope, despair and
public resentment against the most in Auckland super city is aspirations to share with everyone. taxi industry?
visible section of migrant workers such as
another way of reminding
S
The stories become more interesting and
restaurants, petrol stations, and dairy stores peaking with Indian Weekender, John Hartz,
everyone about compelling when the sample is of - migrant
etc, which can now conveniently be clubbed Executive Director NZ Taxi Federation
taxi drivers - people who chose to drive taxis
as "low-skilled workers." Auckland's growing acknowledges the value migrant drivers
in distant lands driven by various motivations
In addition to this, recently New Zealand bring to the taxi industry.
Herald reported a survey that boisterously
size and diversity and situations in their individual lives.
For some of our globetrotting fellow "Migrants, especially Indian, have
stated that Indian migrants were the "least been very important for the taxi
residents, the sight of 'migrant taxi drivers'
happy" group of migrants in New Zealand Towards this endeavour, Indian Weekender industry throughout New Zealand," Mr
lined up in queues, especially late in the night,
behind the migrant from the United took a microscopic view of the taxi industry Hartz asserted.
waiting to serve customers seeking help to be
States (US). to throw some light on some of the individual transported to their respective destinations is "For most of the migrant taxi drivers, the
In response to this changing discourse human stories around migration and not an uncommon experience. main objective is to provide an education for
around immigration in New Zealand and happiness of m igrant communities. their children and the real benefit to New
In fact, depending on the geographical
the question mark on the "emotional health" Taxis of a city have incredible stories to Zealand comes from the next generation,
and economic size of the city, especially in
of Indian migrants in New Zealand, Indian tell. Just like sampling the cuisine of a place, who get professional qualifications and
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economy," Mr Hartz added.
How is the experience behind wheels in a Sunitha and Jagan Reddy
distant land?
Like everywhere else in life, not everyone
behind the taxi wheels has the same start.
While many have gradually drifted into the
job after exhausting their efforts in finding
something else meaningful, many have
chosen the career deliberately driven by the
flexibility, the opportunity to work hard and
make a reasonable and a dignified living.
Similarly, some were more articulate than
others, in clearly evaluating their experience
of driving taxis in Auckland.
Indian Weekender’s question about the
experience of driving taxis was often met
with bewilderment, with most of the drivers
initially struggling to find words to describe
their experience crisply.
Meet the "couple However, it's not surprising that Sunitha
and Jagan, like many other migrant taxi
Jignesh Patel (above) and Vishu(above)
taxi drivers" in the drivers in the industry, did have an altogether
Not everyone starts Weekender got an opportunity to speak with his community different work experience back from their
country of origin.
driving taxis out of sense
A
favourite topic was about the impact on Uber lthough, meeting couples working in the
on the earning potential of taxi drivers and Sunitha was a schoolteacher by training
of compromise their accompanied resentment towards the
same profession or business is not an
exception, however meeting a couple driving
and meandered into this taxi-driving job

J ignesh Patel from Gujarat has been perceived absence of appropriate regulation after being unsuccessful in securing a job in
taxis and willing to share their stories with
driving taxi since last few years after of the Uber drivers. the same industry in New Zealand. Jagan was
everyone does not happen very often.
initially arriving New Zealand on a a lawyer and multiple-business owner back in
However, that was not the main theme Sunitha and Jagan Reddy have in between
student visa studying Diploma in Business India before migrating to New Zealand in
of Indian Weekender’s interaction with these them a 24-year combined experience of
Management. the skilled migration category.
migrant taxi drivers. driving taxis on the Auckland roads.
He drifted into taxi driving after working Nevertheless, that does not belittle their
Mr Patel and Vishu paused a bit in response The husband, Jagan Reddy has done most "enthusiasm and sense of satisfaction" with
some time for good brands such as Coca- to the question if they were "happy" with of the taxi driving for around 20 years with the job.
Cola in pursuit of better flexibility and being their current job before hesitatingly agreeing wife Sunitha starting to drive taxis since last
his own boss at work. Jagan rose to become Chairman of a
that they were "happy." four years. South Auckland based taxi company Taxi-
"I started this job couple of years ago after Nevertheless, their sense of self-esteem A mother of a university going son and United and cherishes his job thoroughly.
there was some problem in my previous job. and pride became evident as soon as we a teenage daughter who finished her year "I enjoy driving taxi, meeting and talking
"I liked taxi driving as it gives you lot of asked them if they do realise the great work 12 recently, Mrs Reddy had every sense of to new people every day.
flexibility and the opportunity to be your own they do in keeping Aucklanders moving day contentment of doing taxi job. "Not everyone who comes from India has
boss," Mr Patel said. and night. "I started full-time taxi driving about four an unassuming background.
Similarly, another thirty-some driver from Pat came the nod, followed with a childlike years ago after I was inspired by my husband "I was working as a lawyer and owned
Punjab who wanted to be known only as enthusiasm about the "job" they do. to do so. multiple family businesses before coming to
"Vishu" have been driving taxis since last "Yes, we definitely take a pride in "Before that, I was doing school runs New Zealand...[and] I am happy with my
two years. taking people home safely every night," whereby dropping children to schools," Mrs current situation," Mr Reddy asserted in
As many other taxi-drivers to which Indian Vishu affirmed. Reddy said. the end.

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Dairy owner pledges to thrash the next robber
turning in his store
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Mr Singh expressed his disappointment on

F
rustrated over his staff being hit by two the action of the police and the lawmakers.
robbers on Sunday, May 7 during an He alleged that when the police come to
investigate the scene, they close the shop
aggravated robbery attempt, a dairy
for hours, asks many questions to which
shop owner in Onehunga has pledged to
the answers already lie in the CCTV
thrash the next robber who enters his store. video footage.
Two robbers armed with screwdrivers “We gave the police the car number, the
entered the Jellicoe Park Dairy on Trafalgar CCTV footage and yet they are unable to
Street at around 2 p.m. on Sunday and catch the offenders in time. When will the
charged the worker present in the shop. lawmakers take a strong and an


“He pushed my staff onto the counter and effective action, the day we lose
demanded cash from the till. The offender our sons and daughters to
hit my staff a few times before he got into a a gunshot, stabbing or a
scuffle,” owner of the dairy, Joga Singh said. hammer blow to the
Although the plot of the robbers to take head??,” Mr Singh
cash and cigarettes from the shop failed as questioned.
“The police Jellicoe Park Dairy,
they attempted to take out the cash till, one
already has Onehunga Mr Singh said
of the two staffs present at the counter was
left injured and terrified. limited powers he would ask
and can barely all the dairy owners in the
“I have a bat at the counter and an iron “ T h e s e
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rod inside, the next time I wouldn’t think meetings will country to go on a strike
these offenders,
twice before putting these robbers on the only result
floor, let the police do what they want, they
they get away
in another for one day and close all
in three days,
[the robbers] have to be taught a lesson,” Mr and we are back
meeting, and no their shops.
Singh told Indian Weekender. constructive results
to square one,” will come out. In the
The offenders failed to open the till and he added. end, the people at the
quickly drove into a car waiting outside, “I have the police receiving end will only The Crime Prevention Group that was
apparently driven by the third accomplice. visiting the store today suffer,” Mr Singh said. started after an aggravated robbery in Mt
The car was later found dumped in the evening, and I will tell them Roskill that left the owner Jitesh Arora
Mr Singh said he would ask
neighbourhood and is believed to be stolen. on their face that I will not leave the all the dairy owners in the country hospitalised with four consecutive surgeries
The police arrived at the dairy after being offender next time, I will make sure he gets to go on a strike for one day and close all and their store shut down for the last two
called by a customer and cordoned the shop the lesson of his life,” Mr Singh said. their shops. months. Crime Prevention Group organised
area for investigation. The robbery came just two hours before “All dairies should be closed for one day, a protest march on Sunday, April 30 that
“My staff also works at the store next door the Crime Prevention Group meeting was it is not to make the community suffer but witnessed participation of 700 people who
and had come to the dairy to have his lunch. scheduled to be held in Papatoetoe where the ask them to understand our plight and demanded a solution from the government.
He was beaten while he was leaving the members of parliament, community leaders, demand the government for a quick remedy The Prevention Group has also signed a
counter and confronted the robbers before shop owners, victims of robbery and other to this menace of the rise in robbery and petition against rising crime and taken 7,000
being hit back to the ground,” Mr media gathered to discuss solutions to this assaults on small dairy and liquor stores,” Mr signatures from all over New Zealand and
Singh added. rising crime in the city. Singh concluded. will soon march to the parliament.
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New caller location system Steven Joyce defends
for mobile 111 calls immigration numbers, says
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P
olice Minister Paula Bennett,
Communications Minister
Simon Bridges and Internal ¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH “Auckland house prices over the last eight

M
Affairs Minister Peter Dunne, today inister of Finance Steven Joyce has months with both bright-line test and LVRs have
announced a new caller location been flat to falling,” the Minister said.
brought some serenity to an otherwise
system for 111 mobile phone calls that anxious immigration debate in New Similarly, denying any further ammunition
will improve public safety and help to the detractors of the government on what
Zealand by saying that “overall we have got right
save lives. is beginning to be perceived as an “open door
immigration numbers,” and “there isn’t much
 “The new system will automatically immigration policy,” the Minister asserted that
factors such as the type of mobile phone upside in the housing market at the moment.”
provide emergency services with a “overall we have got the right numbers.”
and the location source available. Seemingly, a widely-perceived causal linkage
probable location of a caller when they “When you look at [what bodies like] IMF and
“This solution sees New Zealand between historic net immigration and the heated-
dial 111,” Mrs Bennett said. Moody reviewing New Zealand economy says that
leading the way in emergency response up housing market, particularly in Auckland, has
 It will still be important for 111 one of the reasons why NZ is growing well and
systems, alongside the United Kingdom been at the centre of the current immigration
callers to tell emergency services adding jobs is because companies are able to hire
and other European countries. New debate prompting many political parties to call for
operators where they are. However, if skilled workers both domestically and offshore.
Zealand is the first country outside of a massive purge of immigration numbers by “tens
the caller does not know their address of thousands.” “That’s quite important otherwise that growth
Europe to go live with Google’s Android will occur somewhere else,” the Minister asserted.
or exact whereabouts, the new system The Minister was speaking earlier today at THE
Emergency Location service nationally,”
will automatically provide emergency AM SHOW on Newshub about the latest report Allaying growing fears among some quarters,
services with a more precise location of Mr Bridges said.
of International Monetary Fund (IMF) on New that increasing number of the incoming skilled
a 111 caller than is currently the case. “Technology is changing the way workforce from offshore might be contributing
Zealand economy.
 Each year, there are more than people and communities interact. As we in pressurising the infrastructure, the Minister
continue to use technology to improve The IMF report has rated the New Zealand
two million calls to emergency services. economy as strong, however suggesting that record pointed out that “it’s about a balance.”
Last year, more than 80 per cent of New Zealand, it’s important that we “[infrastructure] things have to be built at the
strike a balance between innovation, immigration could re-ignite the housing market.
calls to 111 were made from a mobile The report is also recommending new taxes same time.
phone, and Police recorded over 1,800 security and privacy protection.” 
to cool “housing speculation” - another topic of “The fact of the matter is that the New Zealand
incidents where they had to make a Minister Bridges says the project economy is performing one of the best in the
interest for the opposition parties.
special information request to a network team worked closely with the Office of OECD countries.
the Privacy Commissioner to address The Labour Party has consistently criticised
provider for a caller’s location.
the government for its perceived inability to stop “The Aussie budget came out last night and if
 “Where people can’t give an accurate any privacy concerns in developing the
speculation in the housing market, particularly you put the two countries side by side then we are
address emergency services can new system.
from overseas-based investors, which according to getting a stronger growth, a more employment
experience real difficulty pinpointing “I appreciate that some people may them are one of the main reasons for shooting up
the caller’s location,” Mr Dunne said. have concerns around privacy, which growth and a low unemployment rate and one
of housing prices. of the reasons for that is we can add more skilled
“This new system will enable police, is why the phone’s location services are However, the Minister categorically denied any
fire and ambulance services to respond switched on only when the 111 call is workforce in our economy,” the Minister said.
plans to bring speculation taxes, stating that the
more quickly to emergency events made and then returned to the caller’s measures introduced so far like bright-line test and Nevertheless, it is another matter that despite
from mobile phones, as they will have original settings within 25 seconds LVRs are doing well in keeping housing market this assertion by the Minister, the government
more accurate information about the of the 111 call being initiated. All under control. has recently raised the bar for all prospective
caller’s location.” location data will only be held for 60 immigrants to an “unrealistic” income threshold
The bright-line test involves a special tax when
The level of location accuracy will minutes and will then be deleted,” Mr residential land is purchased and sold within two of $49,000 annually to be eligible to gain residency
still vary depending on a number of Bridges said. years. It does not apply to a person’s main home. as a “skilled worker” in New Zealand.

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Remembering Shalvin Prasad Humm FM’s Light Of Hope
through a friendly football match raises more than $18,000
¡¡ IWK BUREAU

M
ore young people
living with cancer
will have access
to special services provided
by Canteen, thanks to the
generosity of the listeners of
Humm FM 106.2.
Humm FM embarked on
a special campaign last week
where listeners donated cash
Pravin Prasad with Shalvin’s portrait at through various platforms
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD over three days.

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the ground
n the late 2012, a 21-year old ‘Humm FM Light of Hope’
Shalvin Prasad - resident of Flat commenced on Thursday,
told Indian Weekender.
Bush - was deceitfully killed by two May 4 from 6:15 a.m. to 6
of his friends who were trying to fraud “He loved football, if, given the p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The proud Humm FM team
him of $30,000 cash. Shalvin’s charred opportunity, he would have played The Humm FM and Canteen team members
body was discovered on a rural road in soccer all his life,” Pravin added. were positioned with donation buckets at different Ms Prasad said Humm FM, apart from providing
Kingseat on January 31, 2013. The football match gathered the locations in the city between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the best radio programs, is also committed to
The story had then grappled the support of more than 100 community collected funds for the cause.
members who attended the event in working for and with the community.
community and Aucklanders alike, A total of $18,480.62 was raised during the “The campaign came up at the right time when
for not only the fate of young life memory of Shalvin Prasad. The match campaign, and all funds have been handed over to
was played between the teams Shal’s Humm FM had recorded the highest listenership
lost so early but also for the element Canteen. by any Indian radio in Auckland and the right way
of treachery and deceit involved in family, friends, and Manukau United. Humm FM Director, Roshila Prasad said
“Manukau United is a social team; to celebrate it was to give something back to the
the act. they have been incredibly overwhelmed by the
I, Shalvin and our dad played for this community. According to the latest GFK survey
The life has moved on so much since generosity, listeners have shown. results, Humm FM has recorded over 47,000
then, but not for the family of the ill- team for about 15-years. Every Sunday, “Listeners have always opened up their hearts to
we get together and have a game, and listeners,” Ms Prasad said.
fated boy. give to the worthy cause. We had set a target of
this is how we wanted to celebrate and Meanwhile, CanTeen’s Northern Regional
The family came together with $10,000, but the listeners took it beyond $18,000,”
remember Shalvin,” Pravin said. Ms Prasad said. Manager, Graeme Thorpe said this is the first time
Counties Manukau MPES Team any radio station has come forward to help them.
and the Cane Cutters Club members “What better way to remember Humm FM in the past has also run other
Shalvin than doing that one thing he He said the response to the campaign has been
(NZ Police Staff from Fiji) on Sunday, successful campaigns such as ‘55 Hours Christmas
loved the most,” he added. beyond his expectations.
May 7, to organise a friendly football For Kids’ where Humm FM team members went
match in the memory of slain Shalvin “My son was a great soul, he was live for continuous 55 hours to collect gifts for kids. “Apart from raising the much-needed funds,
Prasad at the Centre Park Grounds in smart, empathetic and everybody loved All gifts raised in the last two years were given to the campaign has created a lot of awareness on
East Mangere. him, Shammi Prasad, Shalvin’s mother Auckland City Mission and Salvation Army for cancer. CanTeen, which supports young people
“Every year we organise a football who is now a police employee said. distribution. The Humm FM team members also living with cancer, has received no funding from
match remembering our beloved “I thank my friends and community went on a water diet to raise funds for the victims of the government and money raised through Humm
Shalvin. He was cheerful, enthusiastic, members for coming today and making Cyclone Winston Fiji in 2016. The campaign raised FM’s Light Of Hope campaign will go a long way
decent and a great sportsperson,” this event a success, Shalvin will always over FJ$30,000 which were handed over to Fiji Red in helping many young people who need their
Pravin Prasad, Shalvin’s elder brother be alive in our hearts,” Pravin said. Cross Society. support,” Mr Thorpe said.

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Investing to change lives KiwiSaver HomeStart helping Kiwis
and cut the time it takes people to access
social housing.
to their first homes
Bill English Every six months we will publish a progress
update, so you can see exactly how your
Prime Minister money is making a difference, and how lives
are changing. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi

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I also announced that Budget 2017 will National List MP
elivering better public services that
include a $321 million Social Investment

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improve New Zealanders’ lives is one ational values home ownership - $72.9 million in grants in year two. 
Package, with 14 initiatives designed to
of the National-led Government’s it provides stability for families,
support some of our most vulnerable The scheme is forecast to grow around
top priorities. strength for communities and
New Zealanders. $100 million next year, and is on target to
The Better Public Services targets we security in retirement. help 90,000 first home buyers with $435
Social investment is about tackling our
introduced in 2012 have delivered tangible We are working hard so that more people million in grants over five years. 
most challenging social issues – intervening
and long-lasting results such as reduced can achieve the Kiwi dream of owning their
early to help the most at-risk New Zealanders The report also shows that the value and
welfare dependency, better educational own home.  
lead better lives. proportion of the HomeStart grants being
achievement, improved healthcare and less
A key part of the package is for children The latest Housing New Zealand Financial used for new home purchases is growing.
serious crime.
most at risk of long-term disadvantage. Some Products Quarterly Report Government’s In year one, $9.35 million was used for new
Each of these represents real and positive KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme is delivering homes, or 17 per cent.
$68.8 million will be used to support children
change - but I believe there is always more for first home buyers and is helping more
with behavioural issues, communication This has increased to 22 per cent in year two,
we can do. New Zealanders into home ownership. 
problems or challenging family environments. with $15.7 million being used for new homes. 
And our growing economy and clear The scheme provides three different
Investing early in these children will The use of KiwiSaver funds for purchasing
economic plan give us a rare opportunity programmes. New home buyers can
help them overcome barriers to leading a home has also trebled in the past three
to achieve things we simply hadn’t thought receive grants of up to $10,000 for an
successful lives. years - from $201 million in the year prior
possible ten years ago. existing home and $20,000 for a new one.
This Government is committed to funding to HomeStart, to $627 million in the year to
We can make genuine improvements to It is complemented by enabling first home March 2017. 
initiatives across the social system that
even the most challenged lives and we can set buyers to access their KiwiSaver funds and a
really work. KiwiSaver HomeStart is the most generous
our country up for real and sustained success. That is why Budget 2017 will include the government guarantee for bank loans, called government support for home buyers in more
Last week I outlined a new set of 10 most rigorous investment criteria ever used Welcome Home loan. than a generation, with grants for first home
targets which establish the Government’s to ensure funding goes to evidence-based The support provided for all three buyers and enabling access to KiwiSaver
expectations for the public service, and proposals that deliver long-run benefits for programmes has grown strongly since the funds.
build on the success of the initial targets set vulnerable people and for taxpayers. scheme was launched two years ago.  The scheme has helped 26,981 first
in 2012. In Budget 2017 we set a challenge to The Housing New Zealand Financial home buyers, with over $128 million
The new targets will focus on improving Government agencies – show us it will work Products Quarterly Report shows the scheme in grants over the past two years. 
maths and literacy in primary schools, and we will pay for it. has helped more first home buyers overcome This reflects how KiwiSaver is becoming an
getting better health outcomes for new mums This National-led Government is the most difficult hurdle of pulling together increasingly important part of the solution for
and their children, reducing child abuse and determined to grasp the opportunities that the funds for a deposit. getting young people into home ownership. 
serious crime. a strong economy offers, including tacking 11,943 first home buyers received The government’s housing policies are
They also aim to further reduce the some of our most pressing social issues, so assistance with $55.6 million in grants in year working, with strong growth in new home
number of people who depend on welfare everyone can share in New Zealand’s success. one, and a further 15,038 buyers received building and stabilisation in house prices. 
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NEW ZEALAND 11

Housing is more affordable for renters Youth Sports Carnival
than for first home buyers: MBIE report ahead of Ramadan
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD year, Unity Cup, which is held in

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¡¡ IWK BUREAU April-May and Eid Cup, just after

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he bi-annual youth carnival
new report released by of the Muslim community the Eid-ul-Adha festival.
the Ministry of Business, organised by New Zealand The event is set to bring more
Innovation & Employment Muslim Sports Association than 150 young athletes to the
(MBIE) today, has confirmed the (NZMSA) is scheduled to be held bi-annual sporting event. The
long felt fear that the market is on Sunday, May 14 at Rangomai carnival will also host Dawah-
currently skewed unfavourably Park in Flat Bush. Quran competition on Sunday
towards the renters than the The carnival will host a number in which children can participate
first homebuyers. of activities for the age group 8 in the Quran recitation, and
and 18 years such as football match Naat recitation.
A new approach to measuring
for a team U-10 and U13 with “We want to get the community
housing affordability will provide
teams of 7 on each side and U16 members to come out encourage the
important information to support
and U18 with 11-players in each youth and the children competing
Government and other stakeholder at the sporting event. It will be a
team. There will be the tug-of-war,
decisions on housing, MBIE entertainment for the children and fun day for the families and a great
Deputy Chief Executive Building, food stalls for the visitors. time to spend with the community
Resources and Markets, Chris NZMSA in association with just ahead of Ramadan, which
“MBIE developed the Housing The results of this first measure
Bunny said today when releasing Federation of Islamic Association starts in the last week of May,”
Affordability Measure using cover the period March 2003
the Housing Affordability Measure. of New Zealand (FIANZ) hosts Shaheem Rah’mani, Chairman of
a robust collaborative process to June 2015, with new releases
“Following a review of the with Statistics New Zealand and planned for quarterly intervals. two community sports events every the Tournament said.
Official Statistics System in August key technical stakeholders,” Mr The findings of this first Housing
2012, Cabinet directed MBIE
to develop a statistic on housing
Bunny said. Affordability Measure show that Indian High Commission gears
“The measure provides a picture housing is more affordable for
affordability, because none of of shifts in affordability, broken renters than for first homebuyers. up for International Yoga Day
the existing housing affordability down by the local council and by ¡¡ IWK BUREAU to bring their own mats. 
The report also confirms that the

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measures captured the state of ward in Auckland. This robust International Day of Yoga
Auckland market continues to be igh Commission of
housing affordability at a detailed measurement of how much income India is going to host the will also be celebrated in other
challenging for first homebuyers.
level,” Mr Bunny said. households have left after their basic “MBIE is releasing the Housing International Day of Yoga important cities in New Zealand
Using household-level data household costs have been paid will Affordability Measure today as on Sunday, June 18, in Wellington.  like Auckland, Christchurch and
from the Statistics New Zealand inform policies and decisions for Recognising Yoga’s universal others in collaboration with the
an ‘experimental statistical series’,
Integrated Data Infrastructure Kiwis and their housing. appeal, the United Nations had on Indian diaspora associations.
which means it will continue to be December 11, 2014, proclaimed Event details:
(IDI), the Housing Affordability “The more finely detailed refined to ensure it remains fit-for-
Measure provides a more accurate June 21, as International Yoga
information about smaller purpose and that results are robust Day by resolution 69/131.  Date: 18 June 2017 (Sunday)
picture of how much New areas available in the Housing and meaningful. We will work with Venue:  Bharat Bhawan,  48
This year High Commission of
Zealanders spend on housing, and Affordability Measure can also be Statistics New Zealand to refine the India is celebrating International Kemp Street, Kilbirnie Wellington
tracks whether housing is becoming of use to the Government, local measure and get it adopted as part Yoga Day on Sunday, June 18, Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
more or less affordable over time authorities and other organisations of the official statistics system. ” Mr at Bharat Bhawan in Wellington.  Free: Registration required 
for renters and aspiring first with an interest in housing Bunny said. The participants are encouraged Action Required: Please bring
your own mats!
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from South Island

Christchurch’s Holi team Upcoming events in Christchurch
Indian Social and Cultural Club
helps schools in India and NZ Connects – meet, greet and sangeet

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stablished in 1997, the Indian Social and Cultural Club (ISCC) in
Christchurch, is organising ISCC Connects 2017 this Saturday. With
the tagline as “meet, greet and sangeet”, the organisers informed
that the evening will be an informal fun-filled affair with games of all
sorts including the very Indian Antakshari, and Bollywood quiz, followed
by dinner.

Sahayaata’s forum for South Asian
women on ‘how to fight out the
depression that migration brings’

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he monthly meeting of a recently-launched coffee club by the
Christchurch-based Indian Cultural Group and community
organisation Sahaayta, will focus this Saturday on ways and means
to fight depression caused by leaving your homeland and migrating to a
foreign country. The speaker this time is Ms Kala Nand, a local community
leader from Fiji, who also organises free weekly Hindi classes for children
of Indian origin in the city. While women from Afganistan, Bangladesh,
Philippines, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, and India are the target groups,
the invite is open to all, informed Sahaayta’s co-ordinator in Canterbury
Nimi Bedi.
Children with their new lunch boxes at Shanti Niketan Higher Secondary School in Bhopal
Launch of Christchurch City Council’s
F
ollowing from a highly-
multicultural strategy - a major
in Bhopal, India. While Allenvale Otakaro Limited, informed, “It
successful Holi this year, got cash donation, Shanti Niketan’s was always our intention to donate
the team behind the free
community event attended by over
60-odd students got shining new
lunch boxes.
a part of the proceeds from colour
and t-shirt sales to charitable
milestone in the City’s route to
6,000 people across communities
this March, has fulfilled their Mr Hitesh Sharma, co-partner causes working for children welfare ethnic diversity
in India and New Zealand. We

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promise of giving back to in Revel Events, a Christchurch-
based event management covered two schools this time hristchurch City Mayor, Lianne Dalziel will be launching the
the community.
company, which organised the around and hope to increase the Christchurch Multicultural Strategy - Our Future Together, at
A fraction of the proceeds have number substantially in the years
event partnering with Christchurch Rehua Marae, this Saturday. This is in line with the Council’s
been distributed to Allenvale to come.”
Multicultural Council (CMC), commitment to the collective responsibility of making sure that everyone
School in Christchurch, and Shanti
Christchurch City Council, and feels welcomed and a part of a richly diverse city, informed the organisers.
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NEW ZEALAND 13
Kiwi Indian MP’s bill to
enrol newborns could
become new law
Mara Var No Varghodo
returns on popular demand
¡¡ SWATI SHARMA

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ot that one needs a reason to
be happy, but Aucklanders
are now set to experience
comedy extravaganza with upcoming
comedy production.
Popular Gujarati comedy production
Mara Var No Varghodo is back to take you on

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arliament has accepted a new bill from a non-stop laughter ride. The full-length
a Kiwi-Indian MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar comedy play is ready to give the Gujarati
about registering all newborn children in patron a taste of their homeland.
New Zealand with a GP within six weeks from After three full-house shows in 2011,
their birth. Mara Var No Varghodo (meaning my
Dr Parmjeet Parmar’s Newborn Enrolment husband’s wedding procession) is returning
with General Practice Bill was drawn in the on May 27- 28 and will be performed at
Parliamentary Ballot today and will be introduced Green Bay High School Performing Arts
for its first reading. The cast and crew are all excited to
Centre, 161 Godley Road, Auckland.
“The bill requires all newborns to be enrolled showcase the evergreen production and
The play is quite high on the comedy
with a general practice and primary health is ready to give an opportunity for the
quotient and is sure to leave you in splits
organisation before his or her first immunisation at diaspora to see a high-quality production.
just like it was seen in the last three
six weeks of age,” Dr Parmar says. This play is not to be missed if you want
shows. It is not only a comedy but also
The proposed law change is mostly a guide for to enjoy a relaxing laughter-filled evening
has a message for everyone to take home
doctors than being a compulsory measure for the and the surprise elements in the play.
with them.
families of newborns. Enrolment with a general
The Gujarati theatre productions
practice provides families with improved access The tickets are available at the
in Auckland have increased manifolds
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NZ and Fiji continue to share expertise Fiji attracts
film-makers
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he Fiji Revenue and around Customs as countries in the lice and NZCS to getting a capable

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Customs Authority (FRCA) Pacific also shared the same risks detector dog at Nadi that worked on ij’s incentives for movie
is determined to continue in Customs. making radical seizures and this will makers from India have been
its partnership with the New "In this programme, we've got extend to Suva shortly," he said. a driving force for Indian
Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) participants from the Solomon FRCA chief executive officer travellers to make the long haul trip
in ensuring that expertise is shared Islands, New Caledonia, and the Visvanath Das said the training to the South Pacific.
regionally and collaborative projects New Zealand Immigration Service would go on for one week per Wingspan Group director
are developed. joining us so, it's truly a regional month for the next eight months. Tasneem Udaipurwala said the
These were the words of New initiative," he said. "The good thing about this growing Indian market in Fiji had
Zealand's High Commissioner to "It sits within a whole lot of other project is you go back to your attracted a lot of attention in India.
Fiji, Mark Ramsden, during the positive pieces of collaboration workplace, implement things and The Mumbai-based travel agent
opening ceremony of the Pacific of different parts of the Fiji Gov- then come back to report, validated said Fiji had drawn a lot of attention
Leadership Programme (PLP) in ernment and the New Zealand by evidence. So the success of their from the Indian market because of
Suva last week. Government." work is monitored," he said. the incentives for Bollywood and
PLP was initiated in 2012 as Mr Ramsden said they "This would transform the Tamil film-makers.
New Zealand’s High Commissioner to
an opportunity for members of Fiji, Mark Ramsden had collaborative work with managing of changes for the better "We sell a lot of luxury travel
Customs services from across the Fiji to ensure Customs is by providing the much needed tools
conducted by NZCS and a private packages and Fiji has been a very
Pacific to build on their knowledge properly monitored. for managing changes, managing
training provider brought in from interesting prospect for us and we
and expertise on becoming great "A great example is of the work transformations, people and of
New Zea-land. Mr Ramsden said have been looking at this market
leaders and decision-makers in that Fiji police and FIRCA had course various other leadership
NZCS had a lot of shared interests for a number of years now," said
the workplace. The workshop is conducted with New Zealand po- tools essential for the workplace." the travel agent who is one of 160
international sellers at the 2017

Fiji, Australia air deal Fijian Tourism Expo in Nadi.
"Another thing that my company

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ustralia and Fiji have agreed to double the freight capacity from does and something that we are
to increase passenger and 70 to 140 tonnes per week for each acutely interested in Fiji is film
freight capacity for their country.” shoots and Fiji has been on our
designated airlines. Stephen Borthwick, acting radar for a long time.
This is a result of a recent executive director, Aviation “There have been a lot of
successful air services meeting by and Airports, Department of movies already shot here but I
both governments in Suva. Infrastructure and Regional think there is potential for a lot
The Fijian delegation was led by Development, led the Australian more and that again can be a great
form of marketing from a tourism
Sharvada Sharma, the Solicitor- delegation and said: “The
perspective for Fiji.
General and Permanent Secretary discussions built on the close
aviation relationship between Fiji "We started looking at Fiji about
responsible for civil aviation
five years ago when Tourism
who said: “The discussions were and Australia and will provide
Fiji and Film Fiji came to India
conducted in a very open and additional opportunities for airlines “Australia is a vital destination in third party code shares between the and an-nounced their incentive
friendly manner and due to Fiji to strengthen business and tourism our network and this is a significant two countries. which was really attractive to the
being a popular holiday destination links between our two countries.” step forward, providing more A report by 9news.com.au Indian market.
for Australians and the increased The executive general manager, travel opportunities for Fijians and states that Australia’s Transport "It was really practical and
demand for seats between the two Corporate Affairs for Fiji Airways, Australians.” Minister Darren Chester said the immediately there were film shoots
countries, we have agreed to an Shaenaz Voss was pleased with Both governments have also “long sought-after” arrangement here in Fiji and we were very happy
additional entitlement of 500 seats the outcome of the negotiations agreed to update their air services of about 10 per cent increase in about that."
per week for each country, which and stated that: “Fiji Airways is agreement, which was initially passenger capacity and a doubling Ms Udaipurwala is part of a large
will provide for an extra 1000 seats committed to expanding its network signed in 1982, and to hold further of air freight capacity would contingent from India attending
per week in the market. and growing the number of visitors discussions on more flexible code boost a $4.2 billion tourism and the Expo at the Sheraton Resort
“Both parties have also agreed to Fiji. sharing arrangements including trade relationship. and Spa Convention Centre on

Fiji releases $7 note celebrating rugby
Denarau Island.

Fijians who
team’s 2016 Olympic gold medal wish to travel
Commemorative note for victory in Rio is companion to new coin
to India have
T
wo million pieces of a
legal tender, circulating $7
commemorative bank note
celebrating Fiji’s gold medal in the
to apply for
Rugby Sevens competition at the
2016 Rio Olympics were released a visa
by the Reserve Bank of Fiji on
April 21.
The odd denomination (each the
equivalent of $3.40 in U.S. funds) is
in recognition of the sport, in which
the nation excels.
This is the first Fiji bank note

F
on which one side is oriented ijians who wish to travel to
horizontally but the other India have to apply for a visa.
side vertically. Indian Prime Minister
The primary color is blue, Narendra Modi had announced
corresponding to Fiji’s flag. An in a statement that there would
action portrait of Rugby Sevens be visa on arrival for Fijians in
Olympic Captain Osea Kolinisau The two sides of Fiji’s new $7 bill. (Right): The two sides of Fiji’s commemora- November 2014.
is its main image, with the nation’s tive coin minted in honour of their Olympic gold-winning rugby sevens
flag in the background. team. The Indian High Commission
Also shown, in smaller detail, says people have to apply for a visa
Fiji Rugby Sevens gold-winning form of a round gold online and the result will be notified
is coach Ben Ryan sitting in the
Olympians with the prime minister patch, depicting the
Sigatoka Sand Dunes National to the applicant within 72 hours.
of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, gold medal, with the
Park, as well as a diagram of a play. We have sent questions to the
and team officials. Reserve Bank of Fiji logo
The reverse of the bank note added along with the Indian High Commission on when
Optically Variable Ink is used
features a group portrait of the year 2016. this initiative will be implemented.
on the face of the note in the
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FIJI 15

Big plans for solar power in Fiji
A
renewable energy company The company also intend to construct
specialising in solar, has made solar power plants in the country, he said.
presentations in the country to He added that the company intends to set
stakeholders to work with them and assist up a solar panel manufacturing plant in Fiji,
them to adopt solar to generate electricity. the first in the South Pacific.
The New Zealand based company, Green “We have embarked We
Solar 24 Limited, has already got its presence on sourcing a suitable have
in various parts of the world, including South location for that Plant embarked on
East Asia, the UAE and Jordan. and have already sourcing a suitable
Director Reginald Tora, said the company earmarked a few sites location for that Plant
will work closely with everyone concerned, in the Nadi /Lautoka, and have already
including the business sector to introduce regions”, said Mr earmarked a few sites
mobile solar technology in the country in Tora. in the Nadi /Lautoka, components, to make it affordable other South Pacific Islands.
partnership with its German partners. They will provide regions” to the locals, and will also provide Fiji will be the hub and we intend to
It will also package solutions in the fields of panels with the latest employment to them. further put Fiji on the international radar as
LED and solar street lighting for the nation technology, drastically The Company plans to expand its the leader in the fight against climate change,
and solar for marine vessels. reduce the cost of panels and solar production capacity and export the panels to said Mr Tora.

NZ eye
specialists to
serve Northern
interiors

E
ye doctors from New Zealand will be
arriving in July and for the first time,
are expected to reach as far as Saqani
in Cakaudrove and Nabouwalu in Bua.
This would give an opportunity for people
in the rural interior areas of the Northern
Division to have their eyes examined, receive
glasses if they have eyesight problems and
even get eye op-erations, all which will be
for free.
This was confirmed by the Lions
Club of Labasa president, Mohammed
Imraan Rizwaan.
He said: “The team is scheduled to arrive
in July and when they come this year, we
have sched-uled for the team to reach as far
as Nabouwalu, Bua and Saqani, Cakaudrove
for the first time. Diwali
“The main intention is to decentralise
their services so people in the rural areas can Hong Kong Airlines 1525* Specials
access what this team has to offer.”

Air China 1500*
He said an eye specialist team would be in

Air India 1095*
the division for two weeks.
“The first week they would be doing
outreach along areas from Coqeloa to Saqani
and then the second week, they will attend to China Eastern 1480* China Southern 1085*
Singapore 1020*plus taxes
areas from Labasa towards Nabouwalu.
“Some of these people cannot come to the

Korean Air 1022*
hospital, so what we do is that we reach out
to them. Sometimes they cannot afford to

Thai Airways 1390*
purchase glasses to aid with their sight and
some cannot get to the hospital to get their
eyes operated on.So the services offered by China Eastern 1035*
this team coming in from overseas are free Malaysia Airlines 1125*
of charge, and we want people to see again Jet Airways 1125*
if their visions are being affected. While one
of their main intentions is for the eye clinic,
other members in the team are here for other
diseases and health issues.”
He said they had confirmed upon which
villages they would be stopping in to set up
their tents at during their tour, which will be
announced at a later date.
“Every year we try and widen our coverage
so we are able to help people in the outer
areas. This team will also be visiting Mali
Island in Macuata,” Mr Rizwaan said.
“I am urging people when they do arrive,
please make use of their services.”
Thought of the week
“The world breaks everyone and
Editorial af ter ward many are strong at the
broken places.” – Anonymous
A call for urgent change
in the police response Auckland Weather forecast for the week May 13 - May 19

system to robberies Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri

I
t will be surreal to expect that all those who attended last week’s public meeting where
community leaders, police and Members of Parliament had met together on Sunday,
May 8, to discuss the rising incidences of robberies and assault would have come out of Sunny Mostly Sun Cloudy Mostly Cloud Clouds
the meeting with a sense of satisfaction. and Sunny through and cloudy and sun and
After all, it is not every day that one in the community sees Members of Parliament of breezy high windy with a with a sunshine
all political parties, along with other Members of Parliament especially from the regions in clouds with shower shoerr
Auckland widely perceived to be the biggest victim of aggravated robberies come together showers
to delve into the situation. 16° 17° 17° 17° 18° 16° 16°
8° 11° 11° 11° 12° 10° 10°
Therefore, the confusion or bewilderment or the sense of exasperation as experienced by
many after the meeting was much expected.
However, it is to the credit of Crime Prevention Group and the movers behind this group
to have brought together such a battery of community leaders, Members of Parliament This week in New Zealand’s history
and the police on one platform.
At least, this will drive home to lawmakers the seriousness and sense of frustration within 13 May 1995
the small business owners who are at the forefront of rising incidences of assault and New Zealand wins the America’s Cup
robbery in the community.
Few New Zealanders in 1995 could have avoided television commentator Peter
The meeting was on expected lines with shopkeepers continuing to put forward demands Montgomery’s famous line, ‘the America’s Cup is now New Zealand’s cup!’ The phrase was
for heavy penalties for resellers of stolen goods, the right for shop owners to defend
repeated endlessly as New Zealand enjoyed one of its most significant sporting triumphs.
themselves and a larger police presence on the streets.
Sunny Kaushal, the president of the Crime Prevention Group exclaimed, “Each day
13 May 1936
begins with fear [of facing an assault at work].”
David Yang, representing the Chinese community in the meeting emphasised “the
National Party founded
urgent need for lawmakers to review and toughen the laws against offenders.” Following their crushing defeat by
The lawmakers responded around their respective party lines. the Labour Party in the 1935 general
The National MPs blamed the dysfunctional families, the Labour and the Green Party election, the remnants of the United–
blamed the increasing poverty and growing gap between rich and poor as the cause driving Reform coalition government met in
young offenders. Wellington on 13–14 May 1936 to
Act Party identified tobacco tax, and the NZ First added: “increasing population” as establish a new ‘anti-socialist’ party.
what they believed as the factors propelling the incidences of aggravated robberies.
Another point of divergence among political parties was around the “actual police 14 May 1941
numbers on the streets. While the National Party seems to reiterate about their recent $500 New Zealand minesweeper sunk near Hauraki Gulf
million investment in increasing police numbers, the NZ First still wanted 1800 police HMS Puriri was a converted 927-ton Anchor Company coaster that was commissioned into
recruits. the 25th Minesweeping Flotilla on 19 April 1941.
The Labour Party, apart from continuing to pledge 1000 new recruits emphasised on
“community patrols” and the opening of closed police stations in the community. 16 May 1981
However, despite these visible divergences in responses of Members of Parliament All Whites beat Australia on road to Spain
towards the incidences of crime, one consolable convergence in this election year was on
The New Zealand football team’s 2–0 victory in Sydney was a defining moment in an epic
“the plain acknowledgement of the increase in crime” by one and all.
qualifying campaign for the 1982 World Cup finals.
Almost everyone, from the National Party in the government to the Labours, Greens, Act
and the NZ First conceded the recent spurt in attacks on shopkeepers and retailers, which
in itself is a good outcome from the meeting. Indian Weekender : Volume 9 Issue 08
An honest acknowledgement of the problem is much needed to necessitate immediate Publisher: Kiwi Media Publishing Limited
remedial actions. Managing Editor: Bhav Dhillon | bhav@indianweekender.co.nz
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and NZ First’s Winston Peters chose to engage in a casual war of words about describing Chief Reporter: Swati Sharma | swati@indianweekender.co.nz
the severity of the problem and proposing remedies to them. Reporter: Rizwan Mohammad | rizwan@indianweekender.co.nz
Chief Reporter—South Island: Gaurav Sharma
Given that, both Act and NZ First are known to have limited presence within the ethnic
Chief Technical Officer: Rohan Desouza | rohan@indianweekender.co.nz
communities such a display of passion and temper was unsurprising.
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coincided with the election year, which gives communities and action groups like crime
prevention group best chance to be heard by the lawmakers and authorities. Views expressed in the publication are not necessarily of the publisher and the publisher
is not responsible for advertisers’ claims as appearing in the publication
Against this backdrop, some more concerted actions can be expected in the near future
from the crime prevention group, at least until there is a marked change in the numbers Views expressed in the articles are solely of the authors and do not in any way represent
of aggravated robberies or there is an immediate change in the current “police response the views of the team at the Indian Weekender
system” to the incidences of robberies. Kiwi Media Publishing Limited - 133A, Level 1, Onehunga Mall, Onehunga, Auckland.
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OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

India’s NPA problem has a flip side to it– the
issue of rising corporate debts
¡¡ AMIT KAPOOR repeated stock buy-backs to reduce profit as a percentage of GDP rose

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he IMF, in its latest Global the supply of shares in the market from 4.5 percent to 7.1 percent,
Financial Stability Report, and artificially prop up their prices. as per RBI data. Post-crisis,
warned that rising corporate The shift towards shareholder profits immediately started falling,


debts were a risk to growth in value orientation of firms has eventually reaching 4.5 percent in
emerging markets and pointed resulted in a short-term strategy of 2014. However, between 2004 and
out that India’s debt is one of the boosting share prices rather than a 2014, corporate debt-to-equity
highest among these economies. ratio consistently rose from 0.68 to
1.1. In value terms, corporate debt
In fact, in 2016-17, trading
in corporate debt securities at
n the rose by 8.1 times while net profit
Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) name had merely climbed 3.2 times.
and national Stock exchange (NSE) of creating It is quite clear that the debt
-- and they reinvested this profit “shareholder revolution” by a was not being taken for productive
shot up by 44 per cent.
in accumulating physical and marked shift in their strategy.
‘shareholder value’,
purposes. On the contrary, despite
There is a deep underlying human capital. In the 1960s and William Lazonick and Mary the period following troubling times, Indian corporates
problem within the system that 1970s, this strategy of “retain and O’Sullivan famously wrote in the hostile were generously handing out
is causing this issue of rising reinvest” hit a roadblock due to a 2000: “In the name of creating takeover movement dividends. Between 2011 and 2016,
debt, which is so commonplace massive growth of corporations. ‘shareholder value’, the period witnessed a marked the country’s top listed companies
in corporate practices that it is
often overlooked: The goal of
Through mergers and following the hostile takeover shift in the strategic had tripled their dividend payments
movement witnessed a marked orientation of top
“maximising shareholder value”.
acquisitions, corporations grew 17
while their profits rose by merely
too big with too many divisions shift in the strategic orientation 50 per cent. They were quite
In a recent speech at the of top corporate managers in the
corporate managers
in different kinds of businesses. honourably sticking to Narayana
University of Virginia, Infosys co- Following this, there occurred allocation of corporate resources in the allocation of Murthy’s idea of good governance.
founder N.R. Narayana Murthy two institutional changes that and returns away from ‘retain and corporate resources This is not to argue that
said that “good governance aligned the management’s interests reinvest’ and towards ‘downsize and returns away shareholders are not an important
is all about maximising with that of the shareholders: and distribute’.” from ‘retain and constituent of a firm, but the
shareholder value”. Development of new financial Under the new regime, reinvest’ and obsession with such a metric creates
The statement was not always
passed around as truism till a few
instruments like junk bonds top managers downsize the towards ‘downsize the wrong incentives for managers.
and tender offers that allowed corporations they control, with and distribute They are forced to focus on
decades ago. The phenomenon hostile takeovers and changes in a particular emphasis on cutting boosting quarterly results rather
first arose in the developed world compensation of managers who the size of the labour forces they than enhancing long-term
and India merely imported were offered performance-related employ, in an attempt to increase growth; and satisfying shareholder
these corporate practices. In pay schemes and stock options.  the return on equity. focus on long-term growth of the needs rather than those of its
the immediate post-War era, The 1970s also witnessed the It has been empirically firm with real investment for non- customers and employees. Today,
the role of shareholders was financial and banking deregulation shown that “reduction in force” financial firms. Indian firms are burdened with
restricted and the managers of the American economy, which announcements have a positive Indian firms also began pursuing unmanageable corporate debt
of large corporations enjoyed would help hostile takeovers in the effect on share prices. Rational this self-destructive strategy, due to such misaligned goals.
relative autonomy. next decade by allowing the risky pursuit of these managers led which ties to the corporate Firefighting the NPA issue will not
The financial sector was trade in junk bonds -- a corporate them to do whatever they could to debt problem that they are help the economy in the long-run
strictly regulated and limits were or government bond that the bond- keep the stock prices up and the currently facing and eventually if inherent corporate practices
imposed on the movement of rating agencies consider being shareholders happy. to the country’s ever-widening maintain status quo
capital. Corporations tended below “investment grade”. There was a rise in dividends NPA crisis. During the boom years (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute
to retain the profit they earned Managers responded to the paid out to shareholders and of 2004-08, India’s corporate for Competitiveness, India. The
and the people they employed views expressed are personal.

Modi’s war on black money incomplete without taxing farm income 
¡¡ AMIT KAPOOR with farm income higher than Rs on such a small proportion of the for a country like India, where tax collection. Second, when the

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axing agricultural income 1 crore. The Modi government’s country’s population. agriculture still accounts for about taxpayers have the assurance that
has always been a politically fight against black money will Fourth, a uniform taxation 18 percent of the GDP, the loss in their money will be used for local
sensitive topic in India. This be rendered incomplete if the of agricultural income across tax revenue is significant. development, or more preferably
was evident last week after NITI agricultural sector is not brought the country will eliminate the A major problem that arises out reinvested in improving the local
Aayog member Bibek Debroy within its ambit. competitive disadvantage farmers of any move towards agricultural agriculture sector, they will be
spoke in favour of this above a Secondly, it hardly makes sense of some states face due to taxes taxation is that of the process. more compliant.
certain threshold. Immediate to keep big farmers and agricultural imposed by their state governments. An agricultural income tax To ensure higher compliance,
clarifications followed that the companies out of purview of the For instance, plantations in Kerala above a certain limit based on expenses on inputs can also be
official stance was not the same. tax department. Companies are taxed at 50 per cent, self-declaration of income will made deductible from income and
like Kaveri Seeds The while farmers in be difficult to verify due to the depreciation subject to rebates.
Throughout the history of
and multinational Modi neighbouring Tamil prevalence of cash transactions This will also incentivise farmers
independent India, similar
Monsanto India government’s Nadu pay no taxes. and absence of any standard to invest in inputs, thus boosting
suggestions have met the same fate.
claimed exemption fight against black Such a scenario book-keeping. The few states that agricultural productivity. Taxation
Most famously, B.R. Ambedkar,
who was critical of the land of Rs 186 crore money will be rendered hurts farming have tried taxing agricultural of agriculture isn’t as ghastly a
and Rs 94 crore as incomplete if the activities in the income since independence have proposition as it is portrayed. In
revenue system of the British,
agricultural income agricultural sector is taxed state and witnessed a natural evolution of fact, it can be a blessing in disguise
supported a progressive tax on
in the year 2014-15. not brought within leaves little scope for taxation towards plantation crops. for the tax authorities and for the
agricultural income. More recently,
Surely such companies its ambit agricultural growth. This is mainly because plantation agricultural sector itself. More
the Economic Survey of 2016
suggested similarly. and farmers owning land Finally, agriculture agriculture is the only form of importantly, an income threshold
above a certain threshold can acts as a depressant on agricultural activity that has large- will leave a majority of Indian
In short, the topic of agricultural
be brought under the tax net. the tax to GDP ratio of any scale operations, formal records of farmers, who have small land
taxation is neither new nor without
Third, the scale of tax exemption country due to exemptions. Indira accounts, and connection to the holdings, unaffected. According to
merit and should not be dismissed
in the sector is such that the Rajaraman estimated in a cross- banking system. the Agricultural Census 2010-11,
as such. The first argument in
government will have to consider country analysis of developing But devolving taxation powers 95 per cent of Indian farmers has
favour of such taxation is that an
levying income tax on them. Bibek countries that a one per cent to local levels can be an effective operational holdings below four
exemption in the sector allows non-
Debroy pointed out that two-thirds increase in the share of agriculture mechanism of taxing agricultural hectares. The case for not taxing
agricultural entities to evade taxes
of India’s 225 million households in GDP reduced tax revenues as income. First, local governments agricultural income is weak and
by declaring agriculture as their
are in rural India and are effectively a percentage of GDP by a little will have a greater sense of the only the fear of being perceived
source of income. This undermines
not taxed. Moreover, India has over a third of a percent. For a ground reality of agricultural as “anti-farmer” has been holding
any effort to curb the circulation of
110-120 million cultivators and developed country, where the share practices. It will be difficult to political parties back. The key is
black money in the economy. Post-
a tax payer base of 64.4 million. of agriculture in GDP is quite conceal farm earnings from a to change the narrative around
demonetisation, a Parliamentary
It is both unfair and inefficient to small, non-taxation of agriculture local tax authority than when the making such a move by highlighting
panel raised concerns that there
impose the burden of taxation becomes a minor concern. But, state government is in charge of its inherent benefits.
was a rise in the number of cases
18 INDIA 12 May 2017| www.iwk.co.nz

PM Modi calls for setting NEWS in BRIEF
up model solar cities India’s rise a very welcome

P development: Foreign Minister
rime Minister Narendra

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Modi has called for setting utch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders,
up some model solar cities termed India's rise a "very welcome
where power requirement is development" as in the new emerging
fulfilled solely by solar energy, an world order, it will protect and promote
official statement said. democratic values.
Modi, who reviewed progress of "India's take-off is a very welcome
key infrastructure sectors including development. It is welcome from a political
petroleum and natural gas, power, point of view because we share many
renewable energy and housing, values," Koenders said while addressing
also called for greater emphasis an event organised by Confederation of I Dutch Foreign Minister
Bert Koenders
on ethanol blending, said a PMO ndian Industry.
release on Tuesday, adding that the "They range from human rights to the rule of law, and from free
review meeting came soon after elections to peace and security. Such principles are deeply embedded
the review of connectivity-related in your society - supported by Indians rich and poor, and regardless of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
infrastructure sectors in the last religious conviction. As the global order is being reshaped, we look to
week of April. the world's largest democracy to protect and promote those values with
district-level, so that the progress completion and over 13,000 of
"The Prime Minister called for us," he added.
of poorly performing districts can the 18,452 identified villages had
establishment of some model solar be better monitored. been electrified. India preparing law on Antarctica
I
cities, where the power requirement The release said that Pradhan It said over 22 lakh rural BPL ndia is preparing a law for safeguarding its interest in Antarctica, an
is fulfilled solely by solar energy," Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has households were electrified in official of the Ministry of Earth Scienc-es (MoES) said.
it said. Modi said a similar effort benefited 1.98 crore below 2016-17 and over 40 crore LED “India doesn’t have laws for Antarctica. We are preparing it and
can be made to make certain poverty line households so far, bulbs were distributed in the same it is in circulation in the law ministry,” MoES secretary Madhavan Nair
localities kerosene-free. He said while contribution of gas to the period. The total inter-regional Rajeevan told the media.
manufacturing of solar equipment primary energy mix has risen transmission capacity has been “The law entails regulating our activities. When we go there if we do
should be given priority to boost to eight percent with 81 cities significantly enhanced, with a mistake, what will happen, what to do. It is about safeguarding our
employment generation and being covered under City Gas 41 GW transmission capacity own interests,” he said. Rajeevan said India is also poised to expand
derive maximum benefit from the Distribution networks. being added from May 2014 to its research activities in the coldest continent. Maitri, which is India’s
renewable energy drive. Laying greater emphasis April 2017. The release said second research station in Antarctica as part of the Indian Antarctic
Seeking a consolidated approach on ethanol blending, Modi that total renewable generation Programme, will be replaced by a new one in the next few years.
to various schemes, such as said that setting up of second capacity has crossed 57 GW, with “The Maitri station will be replaced by a new station in the next
electrification, IT networks and generation bio-ethanol refineries an increase of 24.5 percent being three-to-four years. Scientific activities will be expanded. We are also
housing, he called for a focused should be expedited to utilise registered in the last fiscal year. planning to buy a ship which can go to Antarctica,” Rajeevan added.
approach on the 100 worst agricultural residues. Modi enquired about the Yogi wields broom, vows to make UP ODF by 2018. Uttar Pradesh
performing districts in each case. The release said that rural training and skills being given to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday wielded the broom and
He directed that future reviews electrification programme rural masons, who were involved undertook a cleanliness drive. He also vowed to make the state open
should focus on problems at the was on the track for targeted with this scheme. defecation free (ODF) by 2018.

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INDIA 19

India successfully launches South Asia Satellite
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ndia successfully launched, by the Saarc countries. We have added electric power
in copy book style, the South Costing around Rs 235 crore, the facility to check its performance
Asia Satellite, intended to serve satellite was initially known as the for use in future satellites,” the
“economic and developmental Saarc satellite. But with Pakistan official said.
priorities” of South Asian deciding to keep out, it is called He said the next satellite with
nations, using its heavy rocket the South Asia Satellite. With a life electric power will be the GSAT-20
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch span of over 12 years, its objective slated for launch in 2018.
Vehicle (GSLV-F09). is to provide communication The GSLV is a three stage/
Precisely at 4.57pm, the applications in Ku-band for the engine rocket. The core of the
GSLV-F09 rose into the sky from user nations. first stage is fired with solid fuel
the second launch pad at the Satish The satellite, with its 12-Ku while the four strap-on motors by
Dhawan Space Centre at the band transponders-transmitters liquid fuel. The second is the liquid
Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra and receivers of radio signals, will fuel and the third is the cryogenic
Pradesh, carrying the satellite, enable telecommunication, tele- engine.
intended as an Indian Gift for its education and tele-medicine as well ISRO’s communication satellite GSAT-9 on-board GSLV-F09 lifts off from Satish One of the spin off benefits for
Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on May 5.
fellow Saarc nations except for as mapping of natural resources. India through this launch is that in
Pakistan which had opted out. It would also provide/augment people-to-people contact, this I welcome all the South Asian the international satellite launch
The 49-metre, 415 tonne rocket internet connectivity and would be satellite will prove to be a boon in countries who have joined us on market, GSLV-Mk II rocket may
slung the 2,230 kg satellite into useful in disaster management. the progress of the entire region,” this momentous endeavour,” he gain the confidence of potential
geosynchronous transfer orbit, Modi has said the South Asia he said. had said. customers.
from where it would be taken up to Satellite would go a long way in “It is an important step by According to an official, the India puts into orbit foreign
its final geostationary orbit.  addressing the region’s economic India to enhance cooperation ISRO decided to have electric satellites for a fee, using its lighter
In 2014, Prime Minister and developmental priorities. with the entire South Asia... It power for the satellite. rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch
Narendra Modi tasked the Indian “Natural resources mapping, is an invaluable gift. This is an “We have not reduced the Vehicle (PSLV). However the
Space Research Organisation telemedicine, the field of education, appropriate example of our volume of the traditional on-board weight of third party satellites is
(ISRO) to develop a satellite for use deeper IT connectivity or fostering commitment towards South Asia. fuel because of the electric power. not much.

Dharamsala to boast of world’s first ‘skyway’: Minister
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haramsala is going to be also being studied. The minister months. “The plan is to complete where train, metro and monorail the system would be silent, safe and
the first city in the world to was speaking here on the eve of all formalities over the next couple were not practical. earthquake-resistant, as the “area
have suspended “skyway” signing of a Memorandum of of months and then immediately He said a high-speed link to comes under the seismic zone”.
transport system, which will Understanding (MoU) between start work on the project,” he said. connect Dharamsala with the state While the suspended cars can
become operational within three the Himachal Pradesh government Skyway is an elevated light- capital Shimla would also be built. be customised in size for carrying
years, Himachal Pradesh Urban and Belarus-based company rail transportation system with “The suspended cars on the two to 34 passengers at a time,
Development Minister Sudhir Skyway Technologies. suspended carbon-fibre cars skyway can run at a speed from Sharma said six-person driver-
Sharma said. Sharma said a 15-kilometre moving at high speed on steel rails. 50 to 500 kilometres per hour. less cars would be introduced in
Sharma said the feasibility of a stretch had been identified in Sharma added that skyway Since not much land is required, Dharamsala with a capacity of
high-speed “skyway link” between Dharamsala where work would technology was ideal for the hilly acquisition won’t be a problem,” carrying up to 20,000 passengers
Dharamsala and Shimla was start in the next two-to-three terrain in Himachal Pradesh, he said. The minister added that per day.

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Australian visa policy changes
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won't affect Indians much: Envoy
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fter Australian Prime statistics, 95,758 people were (on racism)," she said. In this
Minister Malcolm Turnbull living in Australia under 457 Visa connection, she also pointed out
announced last month that programme last year, with the that 48 per cent of Australia's total
he will be abolishing the existing highest proportion coming from population of 24 million are first
457 Visa programme, currently India (24.6 per cent), followed by and second generation migrants.
used by temporary foreign workers Britain (19.5 per cent) and China As for India-Australia ties, the
to gain employment, the country's (5.8 per cent). Sidhu said that most High Commissioner said that both
High Commissioner to India of the Indian 457 Visa holders countries shared "a fairly strong
Harinder Sidhu said that she work in the IT sector and, given the bilateral relationship".
did not expect the move to affect "great shortage" of IT workers in She said that during Prime
Indians much. her country, "we expect Indians to Minister Turnbull's visit to India
Speaking at a media interaction continue to qualify" for Australian last month, he and his Indian
organised by the Indian Women's visas. She said that the number of counterpart Narendra Modi
Press Corps here, Sidhu said the student visas issued to Indians has agreed to "add fresh momentum"
move to abolish the 457 Visa also continued to rise over the last to the bilateral ties.
programme was aimed to ensure three years. Stating that both countries
that people who come to Australia From 46,000 student visas issued shared common strategic and
should be properly qualified. in 2014, the number rose to 53,000 security interests, Sidhu said
The 457 Visa programme is in 2015 and to over 60,000 in 2017, that military ties were growing
used mainly to hire foreign workers the High Commissioner said. in numbers, "notably bilateral
in the restaurant, IT and medical As for incidents of racism in naval exercises".
industries and the majority of Australia, Sidhu, who is a person She also said that both countries
such visa holders came from India, of Indian origin, said that Australia shared a "strong economic
Britain and China. Turnbull's was "one of the most successful relationship" while mentioning that
statement, coming days after he multicultural societies" with people Modi and Turnbull have agreed to High Commissioner to India
visited New Delhi, caused a lot of from 120 countries. "move forward" on the proposed Harinder Sidhu
consternation in India. "There is a policy of zero Comprehensive Economic
According to government tolerance at all levels of government Cooperation Agreement (CECA).

SPORTS
Rohit, Shami back as selectors
back Dhoni for Champions Trophy defence
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he fit-again duo of Rohit Sharma and as it has shaped up well in the last four months.
Mohammed Shami was recalled to "May be, one place here and there. But this
the 15-member India squad for next is the best side." On including Ashwin
month's ICC Champions Trophy, as the cricket without testing him in a match situation,
selectors also reposed their faith on talismanic Prasad said the Chennai tweaker's injury
wicketkeeper-batsman's abilities. was not serious and he merely required
BCCI's chairman of selectors M.S.K. some rest.
Prasad had no hesitations in calling the "The injury was not serious. The
former India skipper "the best stumper" (IPL) franchise was magnanimous
in the world despite his erratic run enough to listen to our request to rest
with the willow in the ongoing Indian him. Rest is what Ashwin required as the
Premier League (IPL). last game that India played, he was there.
"We all believe that he is still the That shows he is fit and not like others
best wicket-keeper in the world. who are getting rehabilitated after
He is invaluable to the team in surgery," Prasad said.
terms of inputs," Prasad told The chief selector also responded
reporters after BCCI joint in the negative when asked if skipper
secretary Amitabh Choudhary Kohli or all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja
announced the Virat Kohli- needed some rest from the IPL,
l e d squad. considering their respective teams are
"He is the best person to out of the race to the IPL play-offs. While
g u i d e Virat. In the past 10- Virat's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are
plus years that I have seen when at the bottom of the standings, Jadeja's Gujarat
he has played for India, he has never Lions are two spots above RCB at sixth.
had a bad day as far as gloves are "Virat didn't play the last Test (against Prasad replied when asked about Gambhir.
concerned. The phenomenal performance Australia) and also the first few matches The stand-by players will be issued visas and
he puts in behind the wicket, nobody “We in IPL. The more he plays, it is better will practise at the National Cricket Academy
looks at that," he added. respect IPL but for him. We have also given Jadeja in Bengaluru, Prasad said. Explaining the
Besides Rohit and Shami, off- in the longer format, a break. (But) considering how reason behind Pant and Kuldeep's omission,
spinner Ravichandran Ashwin we have to also consider fit he is, it wasn't a problem," Prasad said: "We are completely impressed
also made his way back after a the English conditions that he said. with Rishabh Pant. But he missed out because
brief injury lay-off. we are playing in. Not just While an in-form Gautam of squad combination. We will groom him for
While Rohit sustained IPL but one needs to take Gambhir failed to grab the the future."
a thigh injury during the into account the perfor- attention of the selectors, "We respect IPL but in the longer format, we
One Day International (ODI) mance of last one year the other senior members have to also consider the English conditions that
series against New Zealand in also in such a big -- Suresh Raina and Dinesh we are playing in. Not just IPL but one needs
October last year Shami's last tournament.” Karthik -- were, however, kept as to take into account the performance of last
appearance in ODIs was in the 2015 standby players alongside the young one year also in such a big tournament," Prasad
World Cup semi-finals. Ashwin, who suffered trio of Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur and said. The eight-team tournament will be played
a sports hernia, was also advised six-to-eight Kuldeep Yadav. in June, with defending champions India pooled
weeks of rehabilitation after a gruelling Test "As of now, we have picked Shikhar with South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in
series against Australia. With no surprises in the Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as openers and Group B. India will start their campaign against
team, Prasad said it was easy to pick the squad Ajinkya Rahane is the back-up opener," arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4.
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Mother’s day: What working mothers say
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Sabitra Hari Kandel, Indian extracurricular activities, prepping meals and being a mother is being able to “give” that

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just making sure we as parents spend time unconditional love.
other’s Day is a day for many takeaway owner
with our boys.
people to show their appreciation
I have to be organised and plan my days
Akshita Nama, Retail manager
towards mothers and motherly
and months in order to overcome these
figures worldwide.
challenges. One thing I have learned being
Often in our endeavour to appreciate a working mother is finding patience in all
mothers on this day, we inundate them with aspects of life, and motherhood has given me
choicest gifts, and telling them how much an entirely different perspective of life.
we value them in our lives. This year Indian
Weekender thought to do something differently Ella Kumar, Local Board
and hear from mothers, instead of telling member and health and
them how much they are valued about how wellbeing promoter
they manage to do things for which they are
so valued.

I
Celebrated in over 40 countries, Mother’s have two children, nine and 12 years
Day honours the mothers for their love, old. As they are growing up fast, keeping
sacrifice and the bond they share with their up with their pace of need gets quite
children. Be a single mother, a homemaker, or challenging at times, but it also gives me a
a working mother, motherhood is challenging sense of satisfaction and completes my day.
and yet an enchanting experience for a Like many working mothers, I have to get
woman. Like homemakers, working women them prepared for school, make sure they
face a further challenge of creating a balance take their meals on time, they get adequate
in work, life and giving time to their children. outdoor sports time, study time and I get to
New Zealand will celebrate Mother’s Day on spend some quality time with them.

I
Sunday, May 14. Vandana Patel, Real estate agent am very lucky that I have my parents and
Indian Weekender spoke to some of the my in-laws who look after my boys while
working mothers in Auckland who shared I work. At the same time I miss them a lot
glimpses of their journey being a proud and have a sense of guilt always that I could
mother, managing work and children. be there for them more. 
I think the best part of being a mother is

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seeing your children grow and learn. It’s
otherhood is challenging. The
exciting to see what their personalities are
feelings of giving in to anything
going to be, what their interests are going
the children say or want, especially
to be. Nothing compares to the smiles and
while working, it is easy just to say yes to them
laughter of your children, it can brighten the
then, but there are always consequences
worst of  days.
that follow. So separating their demands
and requirements is important. To make I love being able to devote myself to the
an instant decision that is right for them in growth of my children, where you come last,
our stressed and overworked life is quite a being a mum makes you realise how much
challenge. potential a woman has and how much we

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can really do. I want to be home to see my
n a daily basis, the challenges of Nevertheless, I do enjoy being a working
boys grow but at the same time i want them
being a working parent are many like mother, it is also a stress buster for me,
to see their mum working so that they know
managing time between work and speaking to them and spending time with
them is bliss. The one thing I enjoy about that a women can do anything..
pick-up/drop-offs, their sports commitments,

Mother's Day around the world
The special day in the honour of the most important woman in our life, Mother’s Day, is celebrated in several countries around the world in
different ways. Not that we need a special day to thank and love her, but this is an ocassion when you can make her—the woman who is tirelessly
working 24x7 to make you happy—feel special, and express your love and affection. If you are looking for ideas on how to make this day special
for the most precious woman of your life, here are a few ideas from around the world for some inspiration.
India New Zealand flag is hoisted on every house and important South Africa

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other's Day Celebration in India In New Zealand Mother’s Day is celebrated buildings on the occasion of Mother's Day In South Africa, Mothers Day is celebrated
are slowly catching! The concept on the second Sunday in the month of May. to honour motherhood and the mothers of on the second Sunday in the month of May.
of celebrating Mothers Day on the The festival of Mother’s Day has turned the country. People of South Africa celebrate Mother's
second Sunday of May is very new in India out to be a big day for the people of New Day in its true spirit by acknowledging the
Australia importance of mothers in their lives and
and it can be said that in a time span of less Zealand. There is a big euphoria over the
than a decade, Mothers Day has been a great In Australia, Mothers Day is celebrated thanking them profusely for all their love
day and people celebrate the day by going
success. with lot of enthusiasm and joy. It falls on the and care.
out for picnics and dinners.
on the second Sunday in the month of May People also gift flowers and cards to their
Time to Reflect and Rejoice Markets see a busy time as people make and is celebrated in a similar fashion as in mother as an expression of their heartfelt
Just as in the West, Indians too take it a point to buy gifts for their mothers, US. People of Australia take Mothers Day as
Mothers Day as a time too reflect on the grand mothers and friends and relatives who feeling of gratitude and affection.
an opportunity to express gratitude to their
importance of mothers in their life. are mothers. Flowers and cards business The most commonly used flowers on
mother. Children show love to their moms by
They take it is time to think about all the particularly flourish at this time of the year. Mothers Day is the traditional carnation.
gifting flowers and cards to them.
pains their mother took while they were sick, People also indulge their mothers by People wear red or pink carnation for the
Just as in US there is a tradition of wearing mothers who are living while white carnation
the hardships she went through in bringing treating them with breakfast in bed and carnation on Mothers Day in Australia. A
them up and all the sacrifices she made so baking a Mother’s Day special cakes for is used as a symbol of mothers who are dead.
coloured carnation signifies that a person's In South Africa, Mother's Day is taken as
that they lead a better life. Mothers Day is them. Some also like to give their mother a mother is living while a white carnation is
the time to say a big thank you to mother for day’s rest from the kitchen and household an opportunity to thank not just mothers
used to honour a deceased mother. but also grandmothers and women who are
all this and for being a constant guiding force chores and treat them with a spa or
\Besides their own mother’s children like mothers.
in our lives. In India, people send cards to beauty treatment.
honour their grandmothers and other
their mamas on Mother’s Day. Make a meal
for Mothers so that she can have a days rest USA women who love and care for them as a
In USA Mothers Day is a national holiday mother does.
from the kitchen. Tradition of giving gifts
on Mothers Day is also rampant. The whole and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm Children ponder over the role of mothers
idea of celebrating Mother’s Day is to thank and gaiety. On this day people reflect on in their lives and acknowledge the hardships
mother, to make her feel important on the the importance of mothers in their life and their mother go through while raising them
day and be happy about mothering caring thank them for their unconditional love up. As a mark of respect children pamper
children. Mothers should be pampered on and support. Mothers and children in USA their mother on Mothers Day by treating
the day by children and on the whole should them with breakfast on bed and with gifts
look forward to celebrate the day with each
be given a happy Mothers Day. and cakes.
other. Besides, in United States the national
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¡¡ Aries (Mar 21-Apr 20) ¡¡ Cancer (Jun 22-Jul 20) ¡¡ Libra (Sep 24-Oct 23) ¡¡ Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 21)
You will have to stick to what is promised, if you want You may need some time out to relax and rejuvenate, You may have to deal with a situation this week You may have to hire someone to share your workload,
to prosper in your field of expertise. This week things so take a break! Those ailing are likely to be on the that you have not encountered before. Keeping so start thinking on those lines. Freelancers and
your professional front in order will be an ample contract workers will manage to make clients agree
may not go right on the professional front. Your road to recovery. There is a need to adopt a daily
proof of your efficiency at work. Someone in the to their terms and conditions. You may get involved
comments about someone may not go down well routine and stick to it to preserve health. Ups and family expects you to loosen your purse strings, in arranging something on the family front. Falling in
with him or her. Break up in a relationship is foretold downs on the business front cannot be ruled out for so don’t disappoint. A social event may give you love is a strong possibility as you get serious about
for some. Don’t try out a new vehicle in busy traffic. some. Support of family will encourage you to take an opportunity to meet new people. Encouraging someone from the opposite camp. A personal job
Some of you can get embroiled in a legal battle over up a challenge. Accompanying someone for an out of signs appear for the eligible on the marriage front. A may entail a lot of travelling, so be ready for it. Good
property. A cash crunch needs to be overcome. town trip cannot be ruled out. journey you want to undertake is likely to materialise health is foreseen.
soon.
Lucky Number- 17 / Lucky Colour- White Lucky Number- 1 / Lucky Colour- Peach Lucky Number- 8 / Lucky Colour- Electric Grey
Lucky Number- 2 / Lucky Colour- Pink
¡¡Taurus (Apr 21-May 20) ¡¡ Leo (Jul 21-Aug 22) ¡¡ Aquarius (Jan 22-Feb 19)
¡¡ Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22)
You may have to keep on the right side of those who Slow progress of something important may frustrate You will need to be on the forefront in whatever you
Visiting new places to enjoy new experiences is on the undertake to get noticed. This is an excellent time to
matter at work. Those separated from home can you, but not for long. Some worry on the family front cards, but don’t overdo it. Someone may be planning
feel homesick. Don’t get too much concerned about can trouble you. Your love life may hit a bad patch showcase your talents on the professional front for
to take you out for a meal, so remain available! On the
furthering your career. You will be able to raise money
workplace competition, as your work speaks for itself. and it will be up to you to set it right. Stability is likely work front, you are likely to reap rich dividends with
for something specific without any problems. Bidding
Money will pose no problems, but you must get into to be achieved on the professional front. It may be minimum efforts. Financially, all your worries are
adieu to a recurring health problem is possible for
the habit of saving. Home front will be most inviting difficult to find a solution to depleting financial likely to disappear. You may remain surrounded by
relations and friends. News of someone homecoming some. Planning an outing together with family is on
for rest and relaxation this weekend. It can take an resources. Investment options may appear confusing. the cards and will be exciting. A property matter will
may add to your excitement. Romantic front will
effort for some to bring romance back into their lives! be resolved amicably.
Lucky Number- 9 / Lucky Colour- Cream remain warm and cosy, so rejoice!
Lucky Number- 7 / Lucky Colour- Cream Lucky Number- 22 / Lucky Colour- Dark Slate Grey
¡¡ Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 23) Lucky Number- 15 / Lucky Colour- Green
¡¡ Gemini (May 21-Jun 21) ¡¡ Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21) ¡¡ Pisces (Feb 20-Mar 20)
An issue regarding someone in the family is likely to
You will have to give priority to something, before it become clear soon. You will find this week fruitful on Someone may make you do something extra at work You may not have the confidence to do a task alone,
becomes an albatross around your neck. Chances the professional front. Those feeling a bit under the this week, but take it in your stride. A social gathering so don’t shy away from taking help. Tremendous
of owning a house of your own look bright for some. weather on the health front may show improvement. may find you in the spotlight. Fame and recognition improvement is foreseen for those suffering from an
comes to you from work on the professional front. ailment. On the professional front, you will have time
You may get the feeling that the tasks given to you Those staying away due to professional compulsions
Financial worries become a thing of the past as on your hands to complete what had been pending for
at work are serving no purpose. A decision on the may manage to pay a quick visit. You are likely to find long. Those looking for a quick buck are likely to grab
money comes from various sources. Going in for a
home front regarding a family youngster will have to love where you least expect it. Setting out early on a every opportunity they can lay their hands on. Family
lifestyle change at this juncture will find you fitter and
be taken quickly. Your romantic moves will be fully journey is advised. Don’t reject an offer coming your more energetic. Family will be loving and supportive togetherness will prove immensely fulfilling and help
reciprocated by partner. way. of your ideas. create a happy home environment.
Lucky Number- 11 / Lucky Colour- Lavender Lucky Number- 3 / Lucky Colour- Dark Yellow Lucky Number- 5 / Lucky Colour- Parrot Green Lucky Number- 4 / Lucky Colour- Blue

Going beyond religious conflict
¡¡ SADHGURU, would like to call it, by approaching within a person, nothing of
ISHA FOUNDATION it either through the body, the tremendous value can be done in

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he moment man became mind, emotion, or through inner the external world. Whatever you
religious it should have been energies. These are the only four do, it is only your quality that you
the end of all conflict, but realities that you know. Everything are going to spread.
unfortunately, everywhere in the else is imagined. Everything else Whether you like it or not, this is
world, religion has become the has been taught to you. the reality. Who you are is what you
main source of conflict. These are the four basic ways are going to spread everywhere. If
This has taken the maximum of yoga. If the body is used for you are concerned about the world,
number of lives and caused the growth, it is karma yoga. If the the first thing is that you must be
maximum amount of pain on mind or intelligence is used, it is willing to transform yourself.
the planet for thousands of years. gnana yoga. Yoga is about ‘I am willing to
This is only because people believe If emotion– love and devotion, change myself.’ This is not about
in something that is not a reality are used, then it is bhakti yoga. If wanting to change the world;
for them. you transform your energies and you are willing to change. When
Somebody believes in something, grow, it is kriya yoga. This is you say, ‘I want everybody else to
somebody else believes in something just like referring to head, change,’ only conflict will occur.
“Yoga heart, hands and energy.
else, and naturally conflict cannot Only when you are willing
is about ‘I am
be avoided. Today or tomorrow That is what you to change, a change can really
willing to change
they are going to fight. are; that is what every happen in this world. It is this self-
myself.’ This is not
They may avoid conflict for some human being is. transformation that will lead to true
because of this. This basic problem in things that you about wanting to
time, but some day they will fight. Nobody is all head, wellbeing for the individual and
has not been properly addressed. have not seen and change the world;
As long as you believe that only or all heart, or all society. This is a true revolution.
People are always trying to do patch experienced. This has you are willing to
your way is right, and somebody hands, or all energy,
up jobs between one group and the become the basis of all change.”
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became a set of beliefs. karma. All the four need to be people in India, Sadhguru is
come down to reality, it is the same Do not start with any belief; start there in your life, only then there a yogi, mystic, visionary and
Though all religions have taught reality for everybody, no matter looking inward. Whatever is true, is growth. Only then there is a bestselling author. Sadhguru
about the value of a human life, for what religious background you experience it and go further. has been conferred the “Padma
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Virtuality Reality 11 surprising home remedies
for constipation
wows Auckland The cure for constipation may be
as close as your kitchen! Try these
natural cures for quick relief
Sesame seeds
Lemon water
The citric acid in lemon juice acts as a
stimulant to your digestive system and can
help flush toxins from your body. Squeeze
fresh lemon juice into a glass of water every
morning, or add lemon to tea; you may find
that the refreshingly tart water not only acts
as a natural remedy to your constipation
but also that it helps you drink more water
each day, which will improve your long-term
digestion.

The oily composition of sesame seeds
¡¡ @MAHESH
I too took my son along who is an avid works to moisturize the intestines, which
gamer, and it was like a candy store for him. can help if dry stools are a problem. Add
He kept queuing up at all the stalls battling the seeds to cereals or salads for crunch,
aliens, playing cricket, riding a roller coaster or pulverize them in a coffee grinder and
or just fishing. Needless to say, he loved the sprinkle on food like a seasoning. This home
experience. remedy for constipation is a favorite of Amish
The second day of the summit had and Chinese folk healers.
keynote session and talks from renowned
Molasses
content developers, hardware manufacturers

I
have been hearing about virtual reality and thought-leaders from all around the One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses
(VR) and augmented reality (AR) for far world. It tried to help understand that VR before bed should help ease your constipation
too long. What seemed like a fascinating and AR will not only be limited to gaming by morning. Blackstrap molasses is boiled and
but far-fetched, straight-from-sci-fi stuff, took concentrated three times, so it has significant Coffee
or entertainment but also become a major
painfully long to turn into something tangible part of our day-to-day life and a driving vitamins and minerals; magnesium in Coffee can stimulate your colon and
and exciting. technology in industries as diverse as particular will help relieve your constipation. speed up your trip to the bathroom. Other
Today, with all the major tech companies healthcare, education, and research. hot drinks work too: Herbal tea or a cup of
worth its salt—from Google, Facebook to hot water with a little lemon juice (a natural
Some of the technologies that wowed the
HP, HTC—getting in the play, the segment laxative) or honey may stimulate your colon
attendees were Fulldome Pro and Omen by
seems to explode with new possibilities as well. Coffee is also a diuretic, however, so
HP among others.
and potential. Virtual Reality has come to make sure to keep drinking water or your
be regarded as one of the most disruptive Fulldome Pro constipation could become worse.
technology with phenomenal growth Raisins
potential. According to a report by Goldman
High in fiber, raisins also contain tartaric
Sachs, VR/AR revenues are predicted to
acid, which has a laxative effect. In one study,
surpass the TV market, making it an $80
Fiber doctors determined that panelists who ate 4
billion dollar industry.
1/2 ounces of raisins (one small box) per day
Recently, Auckland got to play with some Fiber acts like a pipe cleaner, scrubbing
had their digested food make it through the
of these exciting technology at Magnify food and waste particles from your digestive
digestive track in half the time it took other
AR/VR Expo Summit 2017 on May 7-8. A tract and soaking up water. It adds bulk to
subjects who did not. Cherries and apricots
part of the Techweek 2017, the exhibition your stool, giving the muscles of your GI
are also rich in fiber and can help kick your
showcased some real cool demos and the tract something to grab on to, so they can
constipation. Eat these fruits with a bowl of
technology that had people queuing up to keep food moving along. Aim for 20 to 35
yogurt for the added benefits of gut-soothing
experience. grams of fiber a day to stay regular. Foods
probiotics.
Founded and organised by Matt Coleman, particularly high in fiber include bran cereals,
the Skycity Convention Centre that hosted beans, lentils, oatmeal, almonds, barley, Prunes
the summit, was thronged by technology many vegetables, and fresh and dried fruits.
enthusiasts, gamers and just-curious Fulldome Pro was founded in 2010 and is If you’re constipated and taking in additional
computer geeks. Even the Prime Minister Bill the global leader offering an immersive dome fiber, be sure to drink more water than usual
English was captured taking a taste of Virtual experience. The technology can connect up to keep your stool soft and easy to pass.
Reality when he tried out an HTC Vive. to 64 projectors, play up to 8K 360 content
right from a single server with extremely Mint or ginger tea
Over 100 events were organised as a part of
the Techweek throughout New Zealand. precise calibration.
The idea behind the summit is not just Headquartered in Los Angeles, USA
to educate and create awareness about Fulldome Pro has over 200 employees with
the technologies but also explore practical regional offices in Thailand, China, India,
solutions for the industry and provide Brazil and Russia. Having partnered on
a platform for creative and technology nearly 300 projects worldwide, Fulldome These fiber-rich fruits are a go-to home
professionals to network and develop new Pro excels at designing new concepts for the remedy for getting your digestion back on
work. dome and creating immersive digital art. track. Three prunes have 3 grams of fiber,
Prominent names among the sponsors HP Omen and they also contain a compound that
and exhibitors were Air NZ, HP, Fulldome, triggers the intestinal contraction that makes
HP is quite serious about gaming. you want to go. Another great dried fruit
BendVR, Joyful Immersive eXperience, Mint and ginger are both proven home
Through Omen, HP has collaborated choice is figs, which may not cause as much
Samsung, and Staples VR. remedies to help alleviate a slew of digestive
with experts to offer the ultimate in virtual bloating as prunes.
reality. With the latest VR systems and an problems. Peppermint contains menthol,
OMEN PC, the platform offers a seamless which has an antispasmodic effect that relaxes Exercise
out-of-the-box experience. the muscles of the digestive tract. Ginger is a Even a daily 15-minute walk can help move
There were many other cool games' “warming” herb that causes the inside of the food through your bowel more quickly. If you
demos, including one by NZ Fire service body to generate more heat; herbalists say feel sleepy after a heavy meal, try to move
which showcased immersive 'Escape My this can help speed up sluggish digestion. In around instead of lying down. Jumpstarting
House’ project via Samsung Oculus headset. tea, the hot water will also stimulate digestion the digestive process can help you avoid
All in all a great experience which left us all and help relieve constipation. Dandelion tea that painfully full feeling that often follows a
wanting for more. is also a gentle laxative and detoxifier. large meal.
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AUCKL AND’S HOT TEST BOLLY WOOD STATION

I choose projects that leave When Arth blew
Vidya's mind

me sleepless: A.R. Rahman A
ctress Vidya Balan, known
for portraying strong willed
characters, reminisced the
moment when she watched the

O
scar-winning composer A.R. Rahman says whether different way. It comes naturally when you are involved 1982 film Arth, starring Shabana
a project comes from Bollywood, Hollywood or in it.” For now, Rahman is upbeat about his latest tryst Azmi and Smita Patil. She "just fell
from any part of the world, it catches his interest with technology – Le Musk, a Virtual Reality (VR) multi- in love" with it.
as long as passionate people are involved in it and it leaves sensory episodic film which has been shot across "I was in the middle of my 12th
various locations in Rome. He has not just exams. I had a history exam and
him sleepless about giving it his best shot.
directed it, but has also written it. I was really not interested in the
“I love music. I always tell my team that we have to
Rahman said he was introduced to the exam and happened t o
move forward and look into projects that excite us. If
technology in 2015. He was hesitant to switch on the
something doesn’t excite me, I don’t show interest in doing
try it, but got so hooked on to it that TV. I saw Arth
it. I don’t want to let my listeners suffer,” Rahman said in
he would spend as many as six hours and just fell
an interview at the India prelude launch of his Le Musk
a day working with it. But how did in love with
directorial debut.
the concept of Le Musk emerge? what I saw.
“Before taking up a project, there is research done at
first. It needs to excite me. So far I have done what I had “One day I was chatting with "I loved
energy to do and will keep doing that. The project needs to my wife (Saira Banu) and she the fact that
make me sleepless to deliver something satisfactory. is fond of perfumes. So, she this woman
said, ‘Why don’t you make a in the end
“I just look how passionate the other person is about
movie on perfumes?’ It was of the film walked away
the project, irrespective of the language or place that he
actually her initiative. That saying 'What if I was the one who
belongs to,” added the 50-year-old, who has completed 25
time I wanted to create a had done this, would you have
years in the music industry since the release of the 1992
theatre with projections accepted me?' He says 'No'. And
film Roja. Besides India, where he is known by the Mozart
all over and have scent she walks away. That blew my
of Madras sobriquet, Rahman has carved out a niche for
added to it – just as mind. I have never seen that,"
himself in the West through his impactful and award-
an experiment. Vidya said on the CNN-News18's
winning compositions in films like Slumdog Millionaire, 127
Hours and Pele. He has also composed music for Iranian “But, in three show "Virtuosity".
and British movies. About Hollywood, he feels watching months, somebody The film's actresses Shabana
movies from the American market has been part of India’s gave me a headset and Smita "completely blew" her
movie-going culture. and then my wife mind as well. "In one viewing, I
said don’t create knew the dialogues of the films. I
“We have been seeing Hollywood films since a long
a theatre and knew moments from the films so
time now. It has become a part of our culture. I have been
rather do it with while I was studying I would go up
watching them since childhood. It’s part of me now,”
VR, which is to my friend's terrace and study...
Rahman said.
evolving.” sometimes in the open, but what
On whether his approach to Hollywood projects is any
“It was a kind of an actually I was doing there was
different as compared to his work in Indian movies, the
experiment and I loved enacting scenes from Arth," she
composer said: “It’s about wearing different hats... When
doing it. So now I will added.
we go to a party, we speak in a different way, and when
look at doing more of it,”
we speak to our mother or a friend, then we speak in a
he added.

Amazed with efforts of Freida Pinto wants to find love traditionally
newcomers now: Amitabh I
ndia-born US-based actress Freida Pinto The 32-year-old has ruled out
wants to meet men the “traditional way”. the possibility of having any

M
The Slumdog Millionaire actress, who was children at the moment as she is
ega star Amitabh “I think you will have to leave
previously in a relationship with actor Dev Patel, committed to figuring out herself.
Bachchan, who will that choice to the audience. If
is currently “single” and says she doesn’t like to “It’s about figuring out who I am
next be seen in they like somebody with a good use apps like Tinder in order to find love, reports first. The job of motherhood
Ram Gopal Varma’s I body... fine,” the 74-year- femalefirst.co.uk. is far more important than
Sarkar 3, says he is am absolutely old replied. being an actress. You can
“Dates are fun: you meet new people and
amazed with the amazed with the Directed by Ram only raise an empathetic
sometimes you become good friends and other
kind of effort and kind of effort these Gopal Varma, child if you have empathy
times, pfft. You think, I never want to see that
hardwork the newcomers make before Sarkar ” is the third crazy person again. I meet people the traditional towards yourself,”
newcomers put even their first film. Which installment of the way,” Pinto said. she said.
into their films is why I admire the fact Sarkar franchise.
today. that every time they The political crime Priyanka proud of Indian judiciary on Nirbhaya verdict
P
A promo video appear for the very thriller film also
first film, they are riyanka Chopra has penned reading out the death sentence to strident and clear - the six must
which will release stars Amit Sadh, Yami an emotionally touching the four accused in the Nirbhaya be punished. Finally, they will
so perfect.
on Monday online Gautam, Jackie Shroff and note after the Supreme rape cum murder case. I’m so pay. The brutality of such crimes
has Varma in conversation Manoj Bajpayee. Court confirmed the death proud of the justice system for is something I refuse to accept,”
with Amitabh, discussing the new sentences of all four convicts in hearing her voice.. in her dying she said. The former beauty queen
talent in the film industry lately. the Nirbhaya gang- rape case. The declaration she appealed that also voiced her concerns over the
“I am absolutely amazed with Indian actress says she is “proud” her perpetrators not be spared,” fact that even in 21st century, how
the kind of effort these newcomers of the justice system. Priyanka she added. The 34-year-old actress can a society allow such heinous
make before even their first film. shared a note, where she said that said that it was “justice” that the crimes taking place against women
Which is why I admire the fact that she refuses to accept the brutality entire country demanded “Each and expressed that it “never ceases
every time they appear for the very of such heinous crimes. voice that joined the battle was to trouble” her.
first film, they are so perfect. Their “Yes, it has taken five long years, “Unfortunately, the past can
face, expression, body, language, but today justice finally prevailed. never be undone. So, we move on
performances... flawless,” said The flame of this verdict should and make a promise to ourselves.
Amitabh, in the promo video which singe not just the dastardly four That when an entire country is
will come online on Eros Now. (of the other two, one is dead and unified in wanting something,
one accused is a juvenile) but such action is taken. This awakening,
Commenting on the
perpetrators in India as well,” this unified voice to stop such
perfectionism and the worked out
Priyanka wrote. brutal and demonical crimes, as
bodies the actors now have, Varma
“’The brutal, barbaric and our Supreme Court said, is what
said: “They (actors) are all looking we must never let go onto mute
demonical conducts of the convicts
the same. They all come with a mode,” she wrote.
shook the conscience of humanity
chiselled body, stylised hair and all
and they don’t deserve leniency’ “You will never be forgotten
that. They just look like models and
– said the Supreme Court while Nirbhaya,” she added.
I think it’s working against them.”
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Parineeti: I've always got great roles
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N
ational Award-winning actress Parineeti Chopra various chapters in our lives. "That's something that I relate to
feels lucky that she has always landed "great roles" even in my real life because I have songs for every event and
in Bollywood, as well as a chance to sing – because person in my life. I connected a lot to the film, so I thought I
music is her "soul". should be a part of it."
"I started with Ladies vs Ricky Bahl for which I won awards. Talking about her and Ayushmann Khurrana's chemistry
Then I did Ishaqzaade for which I won a National Award. I in the film, Parineeti said: "Our chemistry is beautiful because
have always done roles which were amazing. By the grace of of the real-life bond that we share. He is one of my closest
God, I have always got great roles," Parineeti t said. friends right now. I have connected and bonded a lot with
Parineeti, who has received rave reviews for her debut him off screen.
single Maana ke hum yaar nahin from the forthcoming film "Also, there is a lot of comfort with him. He is a very
Meri Pyaari Bindu, says singing is the most important thing in easy co-star and not a very demanding or difficult one.
her life. He is a very simple and honest guy. We both used to
"Any person who knows me knows that singing is the most sing a lot on the set as we both have been born with a lot
important thing in my life. Music is really my soul. That's why of musical influence. The shooting of the film has been
Meri Pyaari Bindu is a special film for me as I wanted my first very organic and beautiful for me."
song to be done well." Meanwhile, Parineeti is also not worried about
"I wanted it to be a hit. That's exactly what has happened. the clash between Meri Pyaari Bindu and Amitabh
It's a beautiful track. Everybody loves it. People talk about Bachchan starrer Sarkar 3 at the box office on
it wherever I go. I am very happy about it now," she added. Friday.
Parineeti, also known for her roles in films like Hasee tho "If the film is good, it will
Phasee, is returning to the silver screen with Meri Pyaari Bindu connect with the audience. A
after almost two years. film becomes a hit when
"I just took a break for nine months in 2015 and that was people love and enjoy
because I was making my house and working on my fitness. it. If people will like
After nine months, I signed Meri Pyaari Bindu and started Meri Pyaari Bindu, it
shooting it. So, by the time you finish shooting and the film will be a hit," she
releases, it takes one more year," Parineeti said. concluded.
"I was getting a lot of work, but I just wanted to
Our
look better and feel better. I had to concentrate
on my health, which I had neglected. chemistry is
“Also, I wanted to make my house and
beautiful because
give my heart and soul to it," she added. On of the real-life bond
choosing Meri Pyaari Bindu, the 28-year-old that we share. He is one
said: "It was really one of the sweetest films of my closest friends
that I read. The moment I read the script right now. I have
I felt this was the character that I wanted to connected and bonded
play. The film is full of nostalgia. It has a lot a lot with him off
of old songs which are associated with screen

Nobody can ever replace pure singers: Ayushmann
I
t’s great that actors are venturing maiden concert in Mumbai. other actor... they are doing it for films which are different, unique;
out and trying their hand Several singers were not very themselves, and that’s allowed,” they have normal concepts
at singing, says Ayushmann happy – in fact, Kailash Kher he said. and that work in my favour,”
Khurrana, who believes they are had expressed dissent and said In his next Bollywood release he said.
no threat to professional singers. that getting an actress to perform Meri Pyaari Bindu, his co-actor Does he see himself doing an
Apart from his acting career, at Bieber’s concert in the country Parineeti Chopra plays a singer action film soon?
Ayushmann is a successful singer over an acclaimed Indian singer and she has also warbled. “I’ll do it if it comes naturally to
who has come up with his was not a good sign. Ayushmann ventured into me. I have to go through a lot of
own singles. What does Ayushmann think Bollywood in 2012 with filmmaker mental and physical transfomation
A debate was sparked last about actors trying their hand a Shoojit Sircar’s romantic comedy for that. I think everything will
month when it was announced t singing? Vicky Donor, for which he sang Paani happen with time,” he said.
that Bollywood actress Sonakshi “I think it’s great. It’s lending da rang. Ayushmann says he will take
Sinha would be performing at your own voice to the characters Ever since, he has featured in some more time to venture out into
Canadian singer Justin on screen – like it happens in the films like Nautanki Saala, Hawaizaada different genres.
Bieber’s west. Why not? and the National Award winning “Let me first be a perfect guy
But at the same time, I would film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. next door, perfect actor in the
love to reiterate that singers... Why haven’t we seen him in a film I’m performing in. I think in
Pure singers are here to stay and commercial masala film? another four or five years, maybe
nobody can ever replace them,” “I think I would love to own that I’ll venture out into different
Ayushmann said. space of these films... These kind genres,” he said.
While Ayushmann did not (slice of life) of cinema also work In Meri Pyaari Bindu, he plays
directly comment on the and do good business. They have a a novelist. He also has two more
Sonakshi issue, the 32-year- certain audience for that,” he said. films in his kitty – Bareilly Ki Barfi
old actor said it’s okay for Ayushmann feels it’s important and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.
an actor to sing for his for an act or to have his own niche How does he feel about having a
characters on screen. in the industry. busy year ahead?
“If you are singing “I have the space “It feels great because I am
for yourself and for I of a singer and not used to doing a lot of films. I
your character have the space actor... At hardly do one film a year. This time
on screen... of a singer and the same around, I am going to do three.
b e c a u s e actor... At the same time, time, I “This time it is going to be a
most of the I would love to own the would different year for me.
actors are space of doing films which love to “I am a very laidback person
not doing are different, unique; they own the and I am excited about this,
stage acting have normal concepts and space as it’s a very good change,”
for any that work in my favour of doing Ayushmann said.
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CAB Manurewa The Colors of India by Simar Sahni Kiss the Sky
Date: Saturday, May 13 Date: Saturday, May 27 Date: Thursday, June 29 until Saturday, July 1
Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Time: 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards
Venue:Manurewa Library Community Room, 7 Hill Road, Venue: Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, May Road, Mt Roskill, Venue: Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna Beach
Manurewa, Auckland Auckland The New Zealand Dance Company forges its stellar reputation for
CAB Manurewa will hold a free information session for newcomers “Every artist dips their brush into their soul to create a part choreographic mastery and extraordinary contemporary dance
on Knowing your Money and Taxes. Please come and join to of themselves onto a canvas.” are thrilled to invite you all to with the premiere of its 2017 triple bill Kiss the Sky, opening 29
find about budgeting today and understanding the New Zealand Simar’s second solo art exhibition which will feature the mix of June at the Bruce Mason Centre for four performances only. The
Tax System. Registration and light refreshments will be at 10am. abstract, contemporary and modern art inspired by one of the season includes special opportunities to connect with The New
The session will promptly start at 10.30am and finish at 1.30pm most beautiful and magnificent countries in the world, our own Zealand Dance Company through an engaging “whole whanau”
followed by light lunch. For more information please call at Patricia homeland. We humbly present to you “ The Colours Of India”. workshop and creative pre- and post-show talks.
Pera at 0211222014 or Armmajit Kaur at 0211421855 or Email at Simar’s first art exhibition still feels like dream. It was a great
settlement.manurewa@cab.org.nz success where she showcased 30 art pieces and paintings were
sold like hot cakes. We again look forward to your support to
motivate her once again. Please feel free to extend the invitation to
International Day of Yoga  your known art lovers.
Date: Sunday, June 18
Time: 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
Venue: 48 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington Sexual Violence Workshop with
The High Commission of India is going to host the International
Day of Yoga on Sunday, 18 June 2017 in Wellington. International
NZ Police
Day of Yoga will also be celebrated in other important cities  in Date: Sunday, May 14,
New Zealand  like Auckland, Christchurch etc. in  collaboration Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
with the Indian diaspora associations. Attendees will have to bring Venue: Univeristy of Auckland
their own mats. Hosted by University of Auckland Indian Society, The purpose of
this workshop is to explore how sexual harassment affects people
in society and what boundries need to be maintained.
Despite living in the 21st century, many girls and boys especially
face this issue and it is often neglected as a crime that only occurs
Fundraising for Vishal
in third world countries.  Boccia Trust
Date: Saturday, May 13
Shri Ram Mandir 2nd Anniversary Time: 11 a.m.to 6 p.m.
Venue: Sacred heart Girls College Hall, Clyde Street, Hamilton
Date: Wednesday, June 7 until Sunday, June 10 East
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. onwards A major fund raising for sportstar Vishal Boccai at the Under 21
Venue: Ram Mandir, 11 Brick Street, Henderson Grand Kirtan Sammelan-2017. Vishal originally from Suva, Fiji is
Shri Ram Mandir is organising its annual Paath Uthsav, the confined to wheelchair. He has been playing this game of Boccia
four-day programme includes Pooja and cultural performances. for nearly 2 years and have won atleast 13 medals ranging from
Several passion-packed cultural activities all organised to engage GOLD to BRONZE. He also took part in some Events in Australia.
the audience as well as helping promote the understanding and Currently he is ranked 1 in New Zealand Singles. Vishal has been
appreciation of the Indian culture. We are requesting our people selected to represent New Zealand in 2020 ParaOlympic to be
in our community to come together to contribute our unique Hosted in Tokyo, Japan. We as former Fiji residence would like to
cultural heritage to highlight as a tremendous year for Shri Ram
help Vishal make this his Dream come true.
Mandir Paath Uthsav.  

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