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Theresa May likely Comey Testimony

to lose majority Trump fired


Exit polls in UK election project hung parliament
London: British Prime Minister
Theresa May is on course to lose
her overall majority in the British
general election, according to an
me to derail
exit poll released as soon as vot
ing finished Thursday night.
The poll, commissioned by
Britain's main broadcasters,
showed May's Conservatives
would have 314 seats, losing 17
Russia
inquiry
seats and the overall majority she
had before the election. She
needs to win at least 326 seats to
claim an overall majority in the
House of Commons, Xinhua
Prime Minister May and challenger Jaremy Corbyn
reported.
May's main rivals, Labour party, first clue about the likely out May. Liberal Democrats would
would have 266 seats, according come of the snap general election gain six seats to reach 14, the
to the exit poll, which gave the called just a few weeks ago by Continued on page 4

PM Modi to meet No frills visit as


India rebuffs
Trump claim in
Trump on June 27 climate speech
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is
set to meet US President Donald Trump on
June 27 in Washington DC, even as the gov Trumps lawyer says Comey confirmed President
ernment is still firming up the agenda cover not under investigation; denies Trump asked FBI
ing visas, trade and security issues.
Unlike the PMs first rock star visit to US, this director for loyalty or dropping Flynn probe
time it will be a lowkey affair. The program is
Washington: Former FBI director the Russia probe.
still evolving. Besides White House meet
James Comey on Thursday Asked at a US congressional
ings, Modi will be addressing a couple of
accused President Donald Trump hearing why he was fired, Comey
business meetings by USIndia Business
of firing him to try to undermine said, "I take the president's words.
Council and CEOs forum.
the bureau's investigation into I know I was fired because of
According to India media reports, the visit
possible collusion between his something about the way I was
is nofrills because of the growing bitterness
2016 presidential campaign team conducting the Russia investiga
in ties with the US coming down heavily on
and Russia. tion was in some way putting pres
India on issues ranging from high import duty
Trump dismissed Comey on May sure on him, in some way irritating
on the iconic American HarleyDavidson bikes to
9 and the administration gave dif him, and he decided to fire me
rising trade deficit and garnering funds for Indias
fering reasons for the action. because of that."
climate change initiatives.
Trump later contradicted his own Comey earlier told the Senate
With frequent visits by top officials to the US, New
staff and acknowledged on May Intelligence Committee in the most
Delhi too has kept up pressure Continued on page 4
11 that he fired Comey because of Continued on page 4

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Meera Gandhi hosts


NYC launch of Zerbanoo
Congressman Tom Suozzi
Giffords book has joined India Caucus
Long Island: In April 2016, at a
reception for the incoming
Consul General of India, Riva
Ganguly Das, hosted by the
Indian American Voters Forum
(IAVC), Tom Suozzi, a
Democratic candidate for US
Congress, had announced that if
elected, he would join the
Congressional Caucus on India
Writer Farida Master (left), Meera Gandhi, Zerbanoo Gifford and and Indian Americans. On June 3
Ajit G. Hutheesing,at the event. (Photo: Snaps India) last week, the Forum honored
Congressman Suozzi at a recep
New York: A biographer and the rights campaigner at the heart of Congressman Tom Suozzi with Varinder Bhalla and other supporters
tion held after he actually joined
subject of the biography come the womens movement. Zerbanoo
the India Caucus. Pointed out Varinder Bhalla, to join the House Caucus on
together on May 23 at the stately has helped to empower women to
Suozzi, a member of the House founder of IAVC, Nearly 200 India and Indian Americans and
home here of humanitarian and take their rightful place in the inter
Foreign Affairs Committee, members of Congress were part now we are proud to enlist
social innovator Meera Gandhi. national arena. Her story reads as a
announced, As part of the India of the India Caucus when it was Congressman Suozzi.
Zerbanoo Gifford, UK based modern tale of shakti power.
Caucus and as a Representative founded in 1992 to strengthen IAVF is a bipartisan commit
human rights campaigner, womens Zerbanoo and Farida have been
and friend of so many Indian ties between the worlds largest tee of community activists, not
champion, former politician, and reaching out to diverse audiences to
Americans, I hope to play a spe democracy and the worlds old beholden to any political party,
founder of ASHA Centre in the exchange stories that empower peo
cial role in enhancing the rela est democracy. Over the years, said Gunjan Rastogi, a member
Forest of Dean in England, was ple, builds communities and hope.
tionship between our two coun membership declined. of the Forum and Vice President
there. As was New Zealand based From NASA to Goddard Space
tries. India and the US share a Unfortunately, in the intervening of IALI.
Farida Master, who wrote Centre, George Washington
special bond based on the years, there was no initiative by Nearly 60 prominent members
`Zerbanoo GiffordAn Uncensored University to Turkish women in
shared values of democracy, the our community to connect with of the Indian community gath
Life published by HarperCollins. Houston and the Zoroastrian com
rule of law and belief in the their representatives to join the ered at the reception to applaud
The biography which was munities in LA, Chicago and New
intrinsic value of every human Caucus. So we started the cam Suozzi; among them, Padma Shri
launched at the Times Litfest in Jersey, to the literary circle in New
being. It is essential that during paign to bring in congressional Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori, Dr. Ajay
India and later in New Zealand and York, everyone was captivated as
these times of globalization and leaders into the India Caucus. In Lodha, President of AAPI, H.K.
Singapore and has been celebrated the central character of the book in
accelerating technology, as well 2010, we connected with US Shah, Founder of Vegetarian
in the US last month. her indomitable way came alive to
as threats from common ene Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to join Vision, Dr. Urmilesh Arya, Sunil
The testimonial by Meera Gandhi, redefine success and pushed people
mies, that the US and India the Senate India Caucus. Last Modi and Rohit Vyas, all three
founder of Giving Back Foundation, to stand up and make a difference
strengthen our bonds of friend year, we recruited former Presidents of the AIANY
on the book reads as: A compelling even when the going gets really
ship and collaboration. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice Chapter.
biography of a renowned human tough.

2017 MoneyGram Cricket Saladino kicks off campaign for


Bee kicks off in July Oyster Bay town supervisor
New York: Cricket fans will soon test tomers as well." Hicksville, NY: Joe Saladino,
their expertise of the game for a chance The Cricket Bee was created by leading who was appointed earlier
to win $10,000 during the second annual multicultural firm, Touchdown Media this year as Oyster Bay Town
MoneyGram Cricket Bee competition. which strives to bring cricket enthusiasts Supervisor, officially kicked
The game includes trivia questions about together from across North America. off last Saturday his cam
the history of cricket, key moments, "Cricket is a passion point for many paign for the same post for
teams, players and other general knowl immigrants and whether one plays the election this fall. The
edge. game or not, one always knows a lot of Republican had served in New
"We are thrilled to sponsor the 2017 trivia. We hope to bring all cricket lovers York assembly since 2004
Cricket Bee and as always we enjoy being together on this platform and encourage when he was called in to
a part of an initiative that our customers the spirit of the game," said Rahul Walia, replace John Venditto who
are passionate about," says Ivy Wisco, CEO, Touchdown Media Inc. quit under a cloud.
MoneyGram's global marketing strategy Open to those 18 and older, the contest Speaking from his new cam
leader. "Our South Asian consumers are will begin in July with regional rounds in paign office in Hicksville to
some of the top senders in the world and San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, New scores of supporters from
we know how much cricket means to Jersey and Toronto. The top two finalists various communities includ
ing the Indian community, Joe Saladino speaking at the event
them. Sponsoring the Cricket Bee allows in each regional round will move on to
us to say thank you to our customers, the finals which will be held in New Saladino also introduced County. They included Jack Senator who ran for US
and build relationships with new cus Jersey on August 12. other Republican candidates Martins for County Executive, Congress unsuccessfully last
for positions in Nassau former New York State year.
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Trump fired me to derail satellite associates of his who did Emmanuel Macron and reset the
Salman, Katrina to perform Russia inquiry something wrong.'"
In attacking Comey's testimony,
tone of Brexit negotiations as well
as working to guarantee the rights
Continued from page 1
at IIFA Awards in New York eagerly anticipated US congres
sional hearing in years that he
Kasowitz said the exdirector
"admitted that he unilaterally and
of EU citizens based in the UK. He
is also not a great fan of US
New York: Bollywood stars Salman surreptitiously made unauthorized President Trump.
Salman Khan believed Trump had directed him
Khan, Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif are disclosures to the press of privi
will lead the to drop an FBI probe into the
among celebrities who will enter Republican president's former
leged communications with the PM Modi to meet
tribute to
tain around 40,000 people at the national security adviser Michael
president." Trump on June 27
actress Reema
mega 18th edition of IIFA Awards Continued from page 1
Lagoo, whose Flynn as part of the Russia investi
New York 2017 slated for July 14 son he played gation.
Theresa May likely to on Washington to not take drastic
15 at the MetLife Stadium in East onscreen But Comey would not say
lose majority steps that might dent trade and
Rutherford, New Jersey. many times. Continued from page 1 economic ties. This is particularly
whether he thought the president
Other stars expected to storm the Scottish Nationalists will lose a due to the Trump administrations
sought to obstruct justice.
IIFA stage include Shahid Kapoor, third of their seats, getting 34, and repeated threats to tighten H1B
"I don't think it's for me to say
Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, the Greens would hold on to their visa norms.
whether the conversation I had
and A.R. Rahman, according to the single seat in Westminster. India has rubbished President
with the president was an effort to
organizers of the annual extravagan It will be early hours Friday Trump's charge that it signed the
obstruct. I took it as a very disturb
za, Wizcraft International before the result is confirmed, but Paris climate accord to get "bil
ing thing, very concerning," Comey
Entertainment. The IIFA Awards similar exit polls carried out at the lions and billions and billions" of
told the committee, Reuters
also known as the Bollywood previous two general elections in dollars from developed nations.
Karan Johar will host the reports. Trump critics say that any
Oscars is an international event Britain came very close to predict "This is completely not true,"
IIFA gala night efforts by the president to hinder
bringing the biggest Bollywood ing the results correctly. External Affairs Minister Sushma
an FBI probe could amount to
celebrities together with fans and our biggest and greatest shows ever Both May and her main rival, Swaraj commented. Earlier, she
obstruction of justice. Such an
media in a different country each being hosted at MetLife Stadium. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, will said India is concerned over the
offense potentially could lead to
year. It has all the celebrity and This announcement of performers is be eagerly waiting to see which rhetoric thats going on in the US
Trump being impeached by
pageantry of Hollywoods Oscars just the beginning and we have party, if any, crosses the 326seat over H1B visas. Any amendments
Congress, although the
ceremony, but with a decidedly much more to come to share with threshold. That is the number of (on H1B visa regime) need
Republicans who control the
Bollywood film flavor. Andre our fans and audiences around the seats needed to guarantee a major Congressional approval, and I
Senate and House of
Timmins, Director, Wizcraft world. Filmmaker Karan Johar, ity in the 650seat House of want to assure you that we are
Representatives have shown little
International, said in a statement: whose directorial "Ae Dil Hai Commons. carefully following the develop
appetite to make such a move
We are so pleased to announce this Mushkil" is the front runner in the Labour's Emily Thornberry, the ments.
against him.
spectacular line up of stars and per nomination pack of the 18th edition shadow foreign secretary, said Modi has spoken to Trump over
In more than two hours of testi
formers for the 2017 IIFA Festival of IIFA, will host the gala night in Thursday night that May should the phone thrice since the latter
mony, Comey did not make any
New York. This is going to be one of New York. quit. I think we're (Labour) on the became President, while Swaraj
major new revelations about
verge of a great result." has spoken to US Secretary of
alleged links between Trump or
Modi meets Sharif his associates and Russia, an issue
that has dogged Trump's first
May's expected losses come after
the 100plus wins predicted early
State Rex W Tillerson. National
Security Adviser Ajit Doval,

in Kazakhstan months in office and distracted


from his policy goals such as over
on in the campaign. She called
snap election seeking more sup
port in her negotiations over the
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar
and Commerce Secretary Rita
Teaotia have visited the US to
Astana (Kazakhstan): Prime India and Pakistan are expected hauling the U.S. healthcare system
Minister Narendra Modi met his to be granted full membership of terms for Britain leaving the understand its policy stance
and making tax cuts.
Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif the SCO at the summit in the European Union. Brexit, though, towards India. The US, on the
Trump, in a speech across town,
here on Thursday ahead of Friday's Kazakhstan capital, making them has not dominated the election other side, will be raising the issue
told supporters their movement
Shanghai Cooperation Organisatipn the seventh and eighth members of campaign which was overshad of strengthening defense ties with
was "under siege" and vowed to
(SCO) Summit. the Eurasian bloc that includes owed by Britain's worst terrorist India. The Trump administration
fight on. Comeys testimony,
According to a source, Modi China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, strikes since 2005. had been pushing India to procure
Trumps outside lawyer Marc
enquired about Sharif's health after Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. There is every likelihood that more armaments from America. In
Kasowitz said, "makes clear that
an open heart surgery in London in This is the first time that the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will April, US National Security Adviser
the president never sought to
May last year. Indian and Pakistani Prime become the next prime minister. HR McMaster visited India and
impede the investigation into
"Both leaders greeted each other Ministers have met since Modi He had opposed Brexit but not met Modi. He emphasised the
attempted Russian interference in
at the Leaders' Lounge at the made a surprise visit to Lahore on strongly and has said one of his importance of the USIndia strate
the 2016 election." "And in fact,
Astana Opera on Thursday evening December 25, 2015, on his way very first acts as PM would be to gic relationship and reaffirmed
the president told Mr. Comey 'it
before the SCO concert," the source back to India from Kabul because of call German Chancellor Angela Indias designation as a Major
would be good to find out in that
said. Sharif's birthday. Merkel and French President Defense Partner.
investigation if there were some

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Indian-American Raja Chari among 12 new NASA astronauts


This is the largest group NASA has selected in almost two decades
Houston: NASA has chosen 12 new astro tion and experience criteria such as hav "firmly committed" to NASA's mission in
nauts, including an IndianAmerican, from ing a bachelor's degree in a STEM field or space and that "America will lead the way
a record number of over 18,000 applicants, accumulating up to 1,000 hours of piloting in space once again."
who will be trained for missions into Earth jets. But it's clear that this new class greatly He said that NASA would continue to
orbit and to deep space. surpasses all the minimum skills that NASA have the resources it needs to "make histo
The seven men and five women comprise requires. ry" even though the president's budget
the 22nd class of American spaceflight After completing two years of training, request cuts funding and cancels certain
trainees since 1959. Lt Col Raja "Grinder" the new astronaut candidates could be programs at the agency.
Chari, 39, is a commander of the 461st assigned to missions performing research He also mentioned that NASA would con
Flight Test Squadron and the director of the on the International Space Station, launch tinue to collaborate with the commercial
F35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air ing from American soil on spacecraft built space industry in the future. While deliver
Force Base in California. by commercial companies, and flying on ing the speech, Pence touted the merits of
Hailing from Waterloo, Iowa, Chari deep space missions on NASA's new Orion the new astronaut class.
earned a Master's degree in aeronautics spacecraft and Space Launch System rock "The courage of these men and women,
and astronautics from MIT and graduated et. Vice President Mike Pence joined NASA and all the astronauts who have gone
from the US Naval Test Pilot School. His Raja Grinder Chari (Image : nasa.gov) leaders, including acting administrator before, inspires me to this very day," he
father is from India. This is the largest Robert Lightfoot and director of flight oper said. The 12 new candidates include six
group NASA has selected in almost two ever had during an open astronaut call. To ations Brian Kelly, in Houston, Texas to military officers, three scientists, two med
decades. It was selected from a record get picked, people had to meet some physi announce the new astronaut candidates, or ical doctors, a lead engineer at SpaceX and
18,300 applicants more than NASA has cal requirements as well as certain educa "ascans." Pence said that Donald Trump is a NASA research pilot. (PTI)

Chawla Hotels partners Lokesh Muni inspired Labor Department to


world peace seminar in NJ
with Trump Hotels to New Delhi: Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, founded ramp up fraud probes of
by Acharya Lokesh Muni, is organizing an
launch 'American Idea' International
Seminar on World
foreign visa programs
New York: A leading Indian Trump team as "very polished Peace and Washington, DC: The U.S. Labor said it was planning to take steps as
American hotelier has partnered people and sophisticated opera Harmony through Department said on Tuesday it is well to prevent fraud in the H1B
with a company of President tors" Chawla said among the Interfaith stepping up efforts to root out visa program. Labor Department
Donald Trump's sons to launch reasons that he wants to part Dialogue on the potential fraud in its visa programs officials said Tuesday the increased
a new midscale hotel chain ner with them is that "they have occasion of for foreign workers, a move that enforcement efforts will involve all
under the name "American developed hotels at such a high International Yoga will include increases in both civil of the foreign visa worker pro
IDEA" in the US. level." He said he has stayed at Day on June 24th investigations as well as criminal grams, including H2A and H2B
Trump Hotels, part of Trump Trump hotels before and "we at Vaikunth referrals. The announcement by visas. Those steps include directing
founded Trump Organisation want to bring some of that pol Hindu Jain Temple in Atlantic City, NJ. The Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta the department's wage and hour
and helmed by the president's ish to our developments too." seminar will be graced by, besides Lokesh follows President Donald Trump in division to "use all its tools" to con
sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Chawla, who was born in Muni, Yogrishi Baba Ramdev, BK Shivani, April ordering a review of the U.S. duct civil probes, ramping up crimi
Trump, announced the tieup Punjab, recalled that his late Brahma Kumaris sadhvi, Sadhvi Bhagwati visa program as part of his nal referrals to the department's
with Mississippibased company father V K Chawla had first from Parmarth Niketan, Ambassador of "America First" campaign pledge. inspector general and instructing
Chawla Hotels, led by Dinesh interacted with Trump about 30 Sikhism in USA Bhai Satpal Singh, and The April executive order specifi the employment and training office
Chawla. The partnership years ago as an immigrant who many other eminent spiritual leaders. A cally entailed a review of the H1B to propose changes to the H1B
includes three American IDEA had come to the US from India press release about the event said, As we visa program, which is routinely labor condition application that
properties in the Mississippi by way of Canada. He was strug all know peace is necessary for develop used by technology firms like Tata companies file when they seek to
Delta area as well as the upscale gling financially and looking for ment. But the world population is present Consultancy Services Ltd, Cognizant hire foreign skilled guest workers.
'SCION' hotel brand. The prop help to finance his first hotel. ly faced with adverse conditions from Technology Solutions Corp and Entities who engage in visa pro
erties will come up in Cleveland, Chawla said Trump had "in a Syria, Afghanistan to Russia and America Infosys Ltd to bring skilled foreign gram fraud and abuse are breaking
Clarksdale and Greenville in quick stroke" advised his father there is an atmosphere of terror and vio workers, such as engineers, to jobs our laws and are harming American
Mississippi. about how he should go about lence. In such conditions worlds largest in the United States. workers," Acosta said in a state
Chawla, CEO of Chawla getting a loan. The senior organizations like United Nations and Critics of the program, including ment. A senior Labor Department
Hotels, told PTI in a telephonic Chawla, who passed away two Parliament of Worlds Religions is giving Trump senior adviser Stephen official acknowledged there are
interview that under the tieup, years ago, built 17 hotels in the importance to Interfaith Dialogue. We are Miller, have argued the laws gov legal limitations in the department's
his company will develop the region. organising this seminar so that spiritual erning these visas are lax and make authority over H1B visas.
SCION and the three American He said he may not agree or Leaders of all faiths give the message of it too easy for companies to replace Exemptions in the law, for instance,
Idea hotels in the Mississippi "see eye to eye" with Trump on Peace, Harmony and Brotherhood from U.S. workers with lessexpensive allow companies to skirt require
area. He will put in an invest political issues but he is very one platform and encourage people of dif foreign labor. ments to protect American workers,
ment of $20 million in addition proud of the professional tieup ferent counties to live with harmony. The U.S. Labor Department and and the department's authority to
to borrowing money for more with the Trump organization Acharya Lokesh Muni is visiting America Department of Homeland Security investigate is restricted. The official
financing. Chawla expects the that will help bring about 100 from June 6 for about a month. He will each play a role in reviewing the said the department was looking
properties to be ready in six to jobs and boost the economy in also participate in JAINA Convention 2017 applications for foreign guest work into whether to ask Congress to
seven months. Describing the the Mississippi area. in New Jersey from June 30 to July 4. ers. In April, Homeland Security amend the law. (Source: Reuters)
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Wells Fargo releases Get College Ready Tracker


San Francisco: Wells Fargo as college freshman. 2. Request your final tran
launched its annual Get College Other sections in the Get College scripts: Make sure to submit your
Ready campaign and website with Ready Tracker are tailored to in transcript request form, so your
a new interactive tool that navi form collegebound students on school knows when and where to
gates collegebound high school what steps they can take to ensure send your final scores.
students and their families a successful firstday orientation, 3. Thank those who helped you
through learning exercises on how advice on college course registra get here: From family to recom
to pay for college, prepare for tion, financial reminders for tu mendation writers, remember to
school and manage money. ition and campus housing, budget show your appreciation. It keeps
The Get College Ready Tracker is ing for miscellaneous expenses, the door open for more help, and
a selfguided digital checklist expe and how to build and manage ensures that the students who fol
rience that educates students and credit responsibly. low you get similar treatment.
families on recommended actions As collegebound students pre In addition to Get College Ready,
that should be considered for suc pare to graduate from high school, Wells Fargo has developed other
cessful college preparedness. This the Get College Ready Tracker of free online resources to help stu
includes completion of FAFSA, fers the following three tips for dents and families plan and pre
how to search for scholarships, students to consider: pare for college, including Wells
tips for reviewing college award information on how to plan and and families work through the 1. Notify schools: Give your Fargo College Planning Blog,Wells
letters, and information about fed prepare for college remains high, hurdles that come with the high commitment and send your de Fargo Student Center,Col
eral and private student loans. said Gary Korotzer, head of Mar school to college transition, such posit in before the deadline. Then, legeSTEPS, and How to Pay for
Studies continue to show that keting for Wells Fargos Communi as how to search for scholarships, let other schools know you won't College in 5 Steps all which can
among collegebound high school ty Bank. Creating Get College important deadlines for financial be coming so they can award your be found on the Get College Ready
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BAPS Charities holds Domestic Harmony 9th Annual Fundraising Luncheon


Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin
Walk Green 2017 Ahmad (3rd right) presents an
official Town of Hempstead
Certificate of Recognition during

in Parsippany the Domestic Harmony 9th Annual


Fundraising Luncheon held at the
Millerdge Inn located in Jericho.
Pictured (LR) are Consul General
of Pakistan Honorable Raja Ali Ejaz,
Habeeb Ahmed, Legislator Laura
Schaefer, Town Clerk Ahmad, Ishna
Chaudry and Dr. Qamar Zaman.

EKAL SUR EKAL TAAL A SPLENDOR


Walkathon opening ceremony with Parsippany Mayor James Barberio
and other invited guests. OF INDIAS RURALTRIBAL ARTISTRY
New Jersey: Eager to compare and Billion Trees campaign. The Nature New Jersey: Nine artists from tribal was recently felicitated by the from remote areas of Madhya
share his success with his friends, Conservancys efforts focus on pro regions of India are currently tour President of India for his communi Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jhark
Deep excitedly arrived early to sub tecting habitats and preserving biodi ing the U.S. for five months as part ty work. The trip is partially sup hand, Sikkim, and Assam and come
mit all the donations he had diligent versity across the world. Its current of a dazzling stage presentation, ti ported by the Cultural Ministry of from economically disadvantage
ly collected over the past month. campaign aims to plant one billion tled Ekal Sur, Ekal Taal for Ekal India. Ekal Sur Ekal Taal concert background where basic suste
Along with his peers, Deep supported trees by 2025 to which BAPS Vidyalaya Foundation. It is a musi is on the East Coast in June (2017). nance is a challenge. For this
his friends and family with encour Charities contributed $100,000 to cal splendor of rural culture depict They have already completed al tour, the artistes were trained,
agement and reminders to raise plant 70,000 trees in 2016. In addi ing epic folklore, devotional songs, most 50 shows out of 58 and they groomed and molded by the best
money and awareness about the com tion to targeted conservation efforts, and regional dances reflecting na all have been runaway smashhit, professionals in stage performance
munity involvement of BAPS The Nature Conservancy also invests tional unity. For the first time in its with audiences crazily mobbing the for 18 months in New Delhi. The
Charities. Deep is just one of 270 in research related to conservation history, Ekal has brought the best artistes. All the artists of this artists also received fasttrack
community members who supported and climate change to drive interna talent from Ekalschool alumni for years troupe are from very small training in makeup and costume
the annual BAPS Charities Walk tional efforts. Additionally, this years fundraising entertainment, in a se villages of Indias tribal belt. The designing to make them totally in
Green 2017 walkathon in BAPS Charities Walkathon also sup ries of concert, all across U.S. The artists include Dileshwar Yadav, dependent at eventpreparedness
Parsippany, NJ on May 21. Building ported Police Parsippany TroyHills. main objective of this bold step is Sumitra Kakodia, Sandip Yadav, Git while on this U.S. tour. Ekal Sur
off an existing relationship with The Police Parsippany TroyHills aims to to connect with the people here to mala Boraik, Tilak Chandra, Neena Ekal Taal tour finishes on the East
Nature Conservancy, this years provide an exemplary level of service highlight the need for education in Pandey, Johan Singh Markam, Rad Coast with stops in Massachusetts,
walkathon had participants of all and protection to the residents and tribal India. They are all traveling heshyam Yadav, Sampa Shill and New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. For
ages come out and support the all who may visit, work in, or travel by bus accompanied by Ekals glob they are being cared, stageman the tour and ticket information vis
Nature Conservancy and its Plant a through our community. al coordinator, Ramesh Shah who aged by N.P. Amoli. They all hail it www.ekal.org
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40% decline in US visas for IndiaUN development


Pakistanis; 28% increase partnership fund launched
for Indians: Report New York: On June 8th, the Republic of India
and the United Nations Ofce for SouthSouth
Jointly advancing the
Sustainable Development Goals
Islamabad: Pakistan has had a signicant Before March this year, the State Cooperation (UNOSSC) launched a new devel Islands, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic
40 per cent drop in the number of Department did not release monthly opment partnership fund to implement coun of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of
American visas granted to its nationals breakdowns of visas and only annual g trylevel projects that are catalytic towards Micronesia, the Republic of Nauru, the
under the new Trump administration ures were available. achieving the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda. Solomon Islands and the Kingdom of Tonga. It
despite not being on the list of the US The report compared the March and India will contribute towards this new collabo will increase the resilience to natural disasters
President's travel ban countries. April 2017 gures with monthly aver rative initiative aimed at reducing poverty and of these seven Pacic island countries.
Interestingly, the number of nonimmi ages for 2016. Even in 2015, monthly hunger, improving health, education and At a time when a number of global players
grant US visas to Indians has increased average remained 6,179 as a total of equality, and expanding access to clean water, are invigorating their commitments to sustain
by 28 per cent in March and April this 74,150 Pakistanis had been granted energy and livelihoods. Managed by the United able development and SouthSouth coopera
year as compared to the monthly aver visas. Nations Ofce for SouthSouth Cooperation, tion is increasing momentum around the
age of the previous year, according to The data showed that Indian nationals the IndiaUN Development Partnership Fund globe, the IndiaUN Development Partnership
the newlyreleased monthly ofcial data. received 87,049 visas in April and will support Southernowned and led, Fund is a promising contribution to a strength
Nonimmigrant visas granted to 97,925 visas in March this year. Last demanddriven, and transformational sustain ened multilateral system that will turn the
Pakistanis are down by 40 per cent in year, people from India received 72,082 able development projects across the develop 2030 vision into a reality.
March and April this year compared to nonimmigrant visas each month on ing world, with a focus on least developed The event took place at the Permanent
the 2016 monthly average, a Pakistani average with an annual total of 864,987 countries and small island developing States. Mission of India to the United Nations (235
media report said quoting data released visas. Numerous United Nations agencies will imple East 43rd Street, New York) in presence of M J
by the US State Department. Pakistan is not the only Muslimmajori ment its projects in close collaboration with Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs,
Pakistanis were issued 3,925 non ty country experiencing decline in non partnering governments. India; Syed Akbaruddin, Ambassador
immigrant visas in April and 3,973 visas immigrant US visas. A similar analysis of The launch will take place on World Oceans Permanent Representative of India to the UN;
in March 2017 under the Trump admin 50 Muslim majority countries reveals Day and will include an announcement of the Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the SecretaryGeneral
istration. The Obama administration last that number of visas issued to their rst project to receive support: Climate Early on SouthSouth Cooperation and Director,
year issued a total of 78,637 nonimmi nationals has also declined by 20 per Warning System in Pacic Island Countries. UNOSSC; ministers, ambassadors and high
grant visas to Pakistanis with a monthly cent in April as compared to their month This project was formulated by India and the level representatives from Pacic Island coun
average of 6,553, which was 40 per cent ly country average last year, the report United Nations Development Program in con tries and United Nations agency representa
higher than the current average. said. (PTI) sultation with the Governments of the Cook tives.

Decline in H1B Visas to top 7 Nirupama Rao appointed


Indian outsourcing companies Public Policy Fellow
Washington, DC: Top seven India
based outsourcing companies in
said in a statement after releasing
the report.
tal services such as cloud comput
ing and articial intelligence, which
to US Think-tank
Washington, DC: Former Indian
the US received fewer H1B visas in According to the report, the num require fewer workers, and a
Ambassador to the US Nirupama
2016 as compared to 2015, and as ber of approved new H1B peti choice by companies to rely less on
Rao has been appointed public
a group their numbers dropped by tions for Tata Consultancy Services visas and to build up their domes
policy fellow to a Washington
37 per cent, according to a new (TCS) declined by 56 percent from tic workforces in the US," the
based thinktank where she will
report. FY 2015 to FY 2016, from 4,674 report said.
work on a project on the Sino
The companies experienced a to 2,040, a drop of 2,634. "H1B petitions approved for ini
India ties, a top American think
drop of 5,436 approved petitions For Wipro, the petitions declined tial employment in FY 2016 were
tank has said.
(37 per cent) in 2016 as compared by 52 per cent between FY 2015 led by employers in April 2016,
Rao will be afliated with the
to previous year, a report by the and FY 2016, a drop of 1,605, which means the drop in HB visa
Wilson Center's Asia program and
National Foundation for American going from 3,079 to 1,474 use by these companies is not due
spend three months in residence
Policy a Washingtonbased non approved petitions for initial to Donald Trump's election." Nirupama Rao, former Indian
at the Wilson Center, a key non
prot thintank said. employment during those years. "In the past, US policymakers Ambassador to the US
partisan policy forum for tackling
It said, the 9,356 new H1B peti For Infosys, it declined by 16 per have used the number of visas the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
global issues, beginning in June
tions for the top seven Indiabased cent (or 454 petitions), with 2,376 going to Indiabased companies as She also served as India's for
2017.
companies approved in scal 2016 approved H1B petitions for initial a political or policy reason to pro eign secretary from 2009 to
"She will be working on a book
represent only 0.006 per cent of employment in FY 2016, compared pose new immigration restrictions 2011. Following her retirement
project on the IndoChina rela
the US labor force. to 2,830 in FY 2015, said the and to not raise the low annual from public service, Rao received
tionship and will be contributing
"While the threat of job loss has report, which based its research supply of H1B visas, which has an appointment as Meera and
to the Wilson Center's activities
long been exaggerated by critics, it from government data. been exhausted every year for the Vikram Gandhi fellow at the India
on India, including its India in
reaches illogical proportions when "The drop in new H1B visas for past 15 scal years," said NFAP Initiative at the Brown University.
Asia Initiative," the Wilson Center
discussing fewer than 10,000 Indiabased companies, which is executive director Stuart Anderson, She has taught as an undergrad
said. The 66yearold former
workers in an economy that expected to continue when data former head of policy at the uate seminar at the Brown
Indian diplomat was India's rst
employs 160 million workers are released on cases led in April Immigration and Naturalization University called 'India in the
woman ambassador to China and
nationwide," the National 2017 for FY 2018 start dates, is Service under President George W World'. PTI
its rst woman spokesperson for
Foundation for American Policy due to industry trends toward digi Bush. (PTI)
8 June 10-16, 2017 NATIONAL COMMUNITY TheSouthAsianTimes.info

US businessman admits to ISNAS HIGH PROFILE 54TH


making illegal exports to ANNUAL CONVENTION TO
Pakistani atomic, space agencies BE ROLLED OUT IN CHICAGO
New York: A 43year old busi Brush Locker Tools or as Kauser Department of Commerce Entity Chicago: The Islamic Society of North eon, young professionals luncheon,
ness owner in the US has plead EnterprisesUSA. List, the Justice Department said America (ISNA) will be holding its meet the author, largest bazaar in US
ed guilty to exporting products When asked by US manufac in a statement. The illegal 54th Annual Convention from June with 550 booths, lm festival,
without a license to Pakistani turers about the enduser for a exportation of sensitive technol 30 July 3, at the Donald E. Stephens enlightening entertainment, health
atomic and space agencies in product, Khan either informed ogy to prohibited entities such as Convention Center in Rosemont, fair, art & photography exhibit, mat
violation of US federal laws and the manufacturer that the prod PAEC, SUPARCO and NILOP, Illinois. rimonial banquets, basketball tourna
faces up to 20 years in prison. uct would remain in the US, or poses a signicant threat to our ISNA Convention is one of the ment, childrens program & babysit
Imran Khan, of North Haven, he completed an enduser certi national security, said Leigh largest Muslim gatherings in the ting, etc
Connecticut, waived his right to cation indicating that the prod Alistair Barzey, Special Agentin United States and Canada, where The threeday Convention will
be indicted and pleaded guilty on uct would not be exported. After Charge of the Defense Criminal Muslims and guests from other faith unite both Muslim and interfaith indi
Saturday in Hartford federal the products were purchased, Investigative Service (DCIS), communities have a platform to net viduals, families, businesses and non
court to violating US export law, they were shipped by the manu Northeast Field Ofce. work, exchange ideas and listen to prot organizations for a full sched
US Attorney for the District of facturer to Khans North Haven Khan never obtained a license renowned speakers. This years ule of lectures, discussions, debates
Connecticut Deirdre Daly said. residence or to a business owned to export any item to the desig theme, Hope and Guidance through and entertainment.
According to court documents by him. nated entity even though he the Qur'an, will largely center on ISNAs Annual Convention is more
and statements made in court, The products were then knew that a license was required how faith can inspire the community than simply a coming together of the
from at least 2012 to December shipped to Pakistan on behalf of prior to export. Khan is sched to bring positive change in response Muslim community, said Azhar
2016, Khan and others were either the Pakistan Atomic uled to be sentenced by US to challenges and injustices of all Azeez, ISNA President. Our goal is to
engaged in a scheme to purchase Energy Commission (PAEC), the District Judge Vanessa Bryant in forms. unite people across different faiths
goods that were controlled Pakistan Space and Upper August 2017, at which time he The highlights of the Convention and backgrounds in the spirit of
under the Export Administration Atmosphere Research faces a maximum term of impris are: 200 renowned speakers, round peace and better understanding.
Regulations (EAR) and export Commission (SUPARCO) or the onment of 20 years. He has been table discussion, interfaith reception, We hope the convention will be
those goods without a license to National Institute of Lasers and released on a $100,000 bond Qiraat competition, career fair & car used as platform and catalyst for
Pakistan, in violation of the EAR. Optronics (NILOP), all of which since he was arrested in nival, community recognition lunch social change, he added.
Khan conducted business as were listed on the US December last year.

United Tamil Foundation launches Jallikattu Indian Embassy celebrates Baisakhi


feature film first look teaser & poster Washington DC:
Embassy of India,
New York: United Tamil
Washington DC cele
Foundation (Ma3) launched
brated Baisakhi on
Jallikattu feature lm rst look
June 3rd in the 350th
teaser & poster on June 4th at
Birth Anniversary year
Wall Street, New York.
of Guru Gobind Singhji.
Jalllikattu 523rd Jan 2017 is a
The event was attended
tamil feature based on the recent
The first look poster was unveiled by by around 250 Indian
youngsters uprising at the Marina Vishnu V Raja of United Tamil founda
American community
beach in Chennai, India. tion (Ma3). He was the pioneer who members from various
In the history of over a century initiated the pro Jallikattu protest at
parts of United States.
this was the single largest peaceful, the PETA HQ in Norfolk Virginia and
The celebration was
nonpolitical, leaderless movement was greatly appreciated for the
marked by an auspi
of student gathering by youngsters. peaceful protest organized here. Ambassador Navtej Sarna with guests at the Dr. Harbhajan Singh Ajrawat,
cious beginning by
This movement was about the sense of great pride that we say that 'Baisakhi' celebrations hosted at the Embassy Sikh scholar and prominent
Shabad Kirtan, wel Residence on June 3. community leader
power of the youth, the pride of the we have made this into a tamil fea
come remarks by
soil and most importantly harmony. ture lm for everyone to experience
Ambassador Navtej
"As lm makers we felt there are sev and cherish." Its the rst experimen
Sarna and a cultural
eral stories that need to be told tal Tamil feature in a style wherein
performance consisting
around this and we decided to make real footage is combined with the
of Punjabi traditional
a lm on this uprising. During the lm and characters are all those
music and dance
time of the marina protest, we com were a part of the Marina uprising.
(Bhangra and Giddha).
menced lming the real crowd and This is directorial debut pf lmmaker
Sikh scholar Dr.
started increasing the quantum of Santhosh, and produced by Ahimsa
Harbhajan Singh
coverage with each day. There are Productions headed by
Ajrawat spoke on the
several aspects of the society that Nirupama.Guru Saravanan from
teachings of Sikhism
can be seen through this movement," Singapore, Jayapal N from
and highlighted the sig
the lmmakers said in a press Washington have coproduced this
nicance of Baisakhi.
release. "We have several hours of project and joined the rest of team as
The fun and festivity Bhangra by Virginia School of Bhangra,
real footage from the marina site and they unveiled the rst look of this Gidda dance performance by
was enjoyed by all the a premier Punjabi folk dance
also shot extensively with several lm in New York, Wall Street on Virginia Diya Mutiyaran Group
guests. academy in Virginia.
pioneers of this moment. Its with a June 4th.
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NRIs to adopt US lawmakers flay CNN anchor over remarks


500 villages on IndianAmerican spelling bee champion
in India Washington, DC: Two US lawmakers have
criticized a CNN anchor for allegedly "oth
Washington,DC: Nonresident Indians
erising" IndianAmerican national spelling
(NRIs) living in the US will adopt 500 vil
champion Ananya Vinay by assuming that
lages in India as part of their ef fort to
the 12yearold is "used to using" Sanskrit
develop the rural areas of the county.
due to her heritage, saying the US needs
A formal announcement in this regard
to get educated about Hinduism and India.
would be made during the Big Ideas for
California resident Vinay was being
Better India conference in Silicon Valley
interviewed by CNN anchors Alisyn
on July 1.
Camerota and Chris Cuomo following her
Organized by the Overseas Volunteer
win last week at the prestigious Scripps
for Better India (OVBI), spiritual leader Sri
National Spelling Bee.
Sri Ravi Shankar will give keynote
Towards the end of the interview,
address at the event which is expected to
Camerota asked Vinay to spell 'covfefe,'
be attended by over 1,000 influential NRI
the word recently used by President
leaders, a statement said.
Donald Trump in one of his tweets that
These 500 villages have been selected
took the social media by storm with peo
based on the highest farmers suicide
ple guessing what the US leader could
rates, high unemployment rates and need
have meant by that word. Vinay spelled it
immediate support, said OVBI president Ananya Vinay was interviewed by CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo
'cofefe'.
Satej Chaudhary.
Camerota then told Vinay the correct should have honored the accomplish America in general, and CNN in particular,
"We are bringing together geoscientists,
spelling was 'covfefe' and added, "It's a ments of Vinay instead otherised her and to get educated about Hinduism & India,"
agricultural experts and entrepreneurs to
nonsense word. the IndianAmerican community by play said Tulsi Gabbard, the Hindu
help double the income of farmers by
So, we're not sure that its root is actually ing into stereotypes," IndianAmerican Congresswoman from Hawaii.
2022," he said.
in Sanskrit, which is what you're probably, Cong ressman from Illinois "CNN should be embarrassed: Anchor
The event will address the most chal
uh, used to using, so, I don't know. Krishnamoorthi said. assumes American spelling bee champ
lenging problems being faced by India in
Anyway." "The hosts' treatment of Sanskrit is also must be "used to using" Sanskrit. Do
agriculture, governance and human traf
Criticism of Camerota's comment has insensitive to the language's rich, ongoing ItalianAmericans use Latin?" wrote emi
ficking.
since been circulating on social media. sacred tradition and continues a troubling nent journalist Indira Lakshmanan.
Last year OVBI had organized a water
IndianAmerican Congressman Raja trend in the network's treatment of The sixthgrader had correctly spelled
summit and successfully connected many
Krishnamoorthi and Hindu Congressman Hinduism which was also evident on the the word 'marocain' and became the 13th
specialists from USA with the Art of
Tulsi Gabbard lashed out at the anchors network's prog ram Be liever," consecutive winner from the Indian
Living ground team working on the river
for playing into stereotypes. Krishnamoorthi said. American community at the annual
rejuvenation projects. (PTI)
"It's disappointing that a segment which This is "Further evidence of the need for spelling bee championship.
10 June 10-16, 2017 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Russia tried to hack 2016 Nikki Haley warns


Russia of 'consequences'
election, reveals NSA for US poll meddling
Washington: NSA report.
Intelligence officials Spearphishing is an
around the world on informationgathering New York: US Ambassador to the Haley said. "I could tell you
Tuesday were jolted technique directed at UN Nikki Haley has said the we've taken actions against
by revelations in a specific individuals or international community is "con Russia in the UN Security
topsecret report companies, which often cerned" about Russian poll med Council. We've stood strong on
from the US National uses fake emails as a dling and that Moscow should the sanctions in their situations
Security Agency that way to extract pass know there are "consequences" with Ukraine. We called them
Russia made hacking words from unwitting for interfering in US elections. out in their association with the
attacks to influence targets. A 25yearold "I can tell you, the internation Assad regime."
the 2016 American US government contrac al community is concerned "We're going to continue to
presidential election. tor, Reality Leigh about Russia's meddling within call them out as we need to,"
The NSA report Winner, was accused by all of their elections," Haley said Haley continued. "At the same
published on Monday authorities of leaking on CBS News' "Face the Nation" time, we are trying to see if we
by online news organ the NSA report and in an interview on Sunday. can have talks with them on how
ization The Intercept charged with mishan "But they're concerned about to better come in line in the
said that Russia's mili dling classified informa Russia for a lot of reasons. And Syrian conflict. We're working
tary intelligence con tion. so we'll continue to keep our eye with them on counterterrorism.
ducted over 100 Winner was arrested on them. And when we can work But if we see Russia doing any
cyberattacks on vot last week and remains with them, we want to try and thing wrong, we're going to tell
ing software in jail pending a deten do that. But when we can't, we're them." Haley said that she will
providers and local election offi on electionsrelated software tion hearing this week, accord going to hold the line." support whatever Congress
cials. and hardware solutions". ing to her attorney Titus T. The IndianAmerican lawmak decides to do in terms of sanc
According to the leaked docu "The actors likely used data Nichols. er when asked why sanctions tions against Russia. Pressure
ment, which was dated May 5, obtained from that operation to Winner worked for the aren't being imposed on Russia was mounting on US officials to
Russia's Military Intelligence launch a voter registration Pluribus International emphasized the US isn't going take a tougher stance on Russia,
Directorate (GRU) allegedly themed 'spearphishing' cam Corporation consulting firm and easy on Russia. even as Trump himself is reluc
launched an attack in August paign targeting US local govern had top secret clearance, which "Well, I think that, you know, tant to criticize the Kremlin and
2016 against a US company ment organisations," reported allowed her to handle classified they're going through the Russian President Vladimir
"evidently to obtain information Efe news, citing the classified information. motions of the investigation," Putin, said the report.

Big business revolts after A new US environmental alliance


Trump pulls out of Paris accord is trying to take Trump's place
New York: President Donald field, political pundits said. New York: President Trump's deci hundreds of cities, the most popu
Trump's announcement of with Since the president's announce sion to withdraw the U.S. from the lous states including New York and
drawal from the Paris Accord has ment of withdrawal on Thursday, a Paris Ag reement on climate California and Fortune 500 corpo
caused a firestorm at home and led number of famous American busi change put a nail in the coffin of rations like Microsoft and Target.
to big companies' revolt, analysts nesses jumped away from offering formal American leadership on Many of the group's members
said. support to his decision. On Friday, global warming. Once the move is sought to show their commitment
"It goes against smart, profitable Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank official, the U.S. will play no role in to g reenhouse g as emissions
economics, smart international wrote in the Baltimore Sun, "I dis the international process of setting reductions since the months lead
policy, against American global agree with the decision to exit the targets to reduce greenhouse gas ing up to the Paris Agreement, but
leadership, and against ethical and Paris Accord." Last Thursday, it emissions and reporting progress Former New York City Mayor and those efforts tended not to involve
moral stewardship of our planet," was Elon Musk of Tesla and Disney to the global community. billionaire Michael Bloomberg has the full crosssection of local gov
said Washington, D.C. political CEO Bob Iger who stepped down Rather than let that happen, a committed to paying the US con ernments, corporations and non
insider David B. Richardson. from Trump's business advisory large coalition of American cities, tribution to the UN Framework profit institutions. The new coali
The withdrawal from the world's councils to protest the decision to states, businesses and educational
Convention on Climate Change tion aims to advance that work on
preeminent climate control agree withdraw from the Paris climate institutions are launching some achieved by U.S. cities, states, the a far larger scale.
ment signed in Paris in 2015 by deal. "Protecting our planet and thing akin to a shadow govern private sector, and civil society. The group faces significant chal
197 countries met with wide driving economic growth are criti ment, intended to take America's That freedom to lead is partand lenges be fore it can formally
spread and growing disdain from cal to our future, and they aren't place on the global climate stage. parcel of our federal system." report on its progress to the U.N.
American businesses, Xinhua mutually exclusive," Iger said on The group We Are Still In, which Bloomberg has also committed Such measurements can be dif fi
reported. Twitter. was announced Monday, could to paying the U.S. contribution to cult to tabulate, a challenge com
Leaving the Paris agreement "I deeply disagree with the deci submit their own targets to the the U.N. Framework Convention on plicated by the overlapping nature
"has no benefit other than pander sion to withdraw from the Paris United Nations and report on their Climate Change, the body that of many of the entities. It also
ing to the conservative move Agreement," he added. progress alongside the formal oversees international talks on remains to be seen how the large
ment's ideological opposition to Musk, 45, whose net worth is commitment from the U.S. federal global warming. group will deal with competing
multilateralism and environmental $15.2 billion, has founded and co government. "The current execu T he U.S. committed under personalities all of whom may
regulat ion," wrote Ben Adler founded companies such as tive branch... can, and will, speak President Obama to reduce green want to be seen as the face of U.S.
Saturday in a Washington Post SpaceX, Tesla, OpenAI, Neuralink, to its own willingness to move for house gas emissions by as much as efforts to address climate change.
article. US 45th president narrow and SolarCity. ward on climate action in the 28% by 2025, but researchers now Still, the ef fort has potential to
ly won the 2016 election with a "Climate change is real. Leaving United States," former New York predict they will fall no more than repair some of the nation's stand
probusiness "Make America Paris is not good for America or Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the UN 12.6% with Trump's rollback of ing among those fighting against
Strong" theme. But when he the world," said Musk. In addition, special envoy for cities and climate environmental regulat ions. global warming around the world.
ignored even conservative, profos CEO Tim Cook of Apple, Andrew change and an organizer of the Of ficials from the more than "I am so moved and enthused that
sil fue l burning oil g iants Liveris of Dow Chemical Co., and effort, wrote in a letter to the UN 1,000 groups represented in the so many states and enterprises in
ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, Travis Kalanick of Uber climate change body announcing new coalition believe they make America want to travel this path
who supported the Paris Technologies Inc. jumped ship in the new group. "It cannot, howev up a substantial portion of that dif with us, said German Chancellor
Agreement, he walked into a mine the past few days. IANS er, determine the pace of progress ference. Among the signatories are Angela Merkel.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info US AFFAIRS June 10-16, 2017 11

Comey statement conrms what was leaked before


Former FBI chiefs prepared testimony, released by the US senate, is no bombshell producing
the smoking gun, nor is it complete vindication of the President as his lawyer has claimed.
Washington: The US Senate tion as a cloud that was impair While TV commentators and
Intelligence Committee on ing his ability to act on behalf of legal eagles were trying to ascer
Wednesday released a statement the country," the statement said tain if Comeys testimony proves
from former FBI director James of Trump in the March 30 phone obstruction of justice by Trump,
Comey, which revealed five call, adding that Trump had the President Trump's outside
exchanges between him and US asked how to "lift the cloud". lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, had a dif
President Donald Trump since During their dinner on January ferent take. He said in a state
election day. 27, Trump asked Comey for loy ment that Mr. Trump "is pleased
The seven page statement, alty, to which Comey pledged that Mr. Comey has finally pub
which the former FBI director honesty. The two men later licly confirmed his private
was due to formally deliver in a agreed that Comey would give reports that the President was
hearing on Thursday, offered the "honest loyalty" to Trump, not under investigation in any
accounts of three oneonone despite Comey admitting later Russia probe." His statement goes
meetings and two phone calls that "it is possible we understood on to say that the president "feels
Comey had with Trump since this the phrase honest loyalty differ completely and totally vindicat
year, Xinhua reported. ently." ed," and that "he is eager to con
The exchanges, which took Comey also said all of the tinue to move forward with his
place on January 6, January 27, Fired FBI director James Comey has alleged inappropriate records were made immediately agenda."
February 14, March 30 and April contacts and requests from the President after each exchanges based on Philip Allen Lacovara, a former
11, focused mainly on the FBI's Comey's memory, implying that U.S. deputy solicitor general in
ongoing investigation into his inappropriate contacts with a good guy", but did not say that he there were no recordings on the Justice Department who
alleged collusion between the Russian diplomat came to light. would "let this go." Comey's side. The White House served as counsel to Watergate
Trump campaign, in particular "I hope you can see your way Another request from Trump has said it would not exercise special prosecutors Archibald
former National Security Advisor clear to letting this go, to letting was for the FBI to clarify that he executive privilege to prevent Cox and Leon Jaworski, wrote in
Michael Flynn, and Russia. Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope was not under investigation him Comey from testifying in front of a Washington Post article, I
According to Comey's recollec you can let this go," the state self, to which Comey voluntarily Congress. In the actual hearing helped prosecute Watergate.
tion, Trump has asked the FBI to ment quoted Trump as saying in confirmed in the meetings but Thursday morning, Comey will of Comeys statement is sufficient
stop its investigation on Flynn, the February 14 meeting. Comey was reluctant to make public. "He course have to answer questions evidence for an obstruction of
who resigned in February after said he had replied that "he is a described the Russia investiga following his opening statement. justice case.

Trump to nominate Intel ofcials wont say if Trump


former Assistant AG asked about Russia probe
Washington: Two top US intelli

as FBI head gence officials on Wednesday


declined to offer specifics on any
conversations with President
Washington: President Donald
Donald Trump or to rebut media
Trump announced on
reports that he had asked them to
Wednesday he plans to nomi
intervene in investigations of his
nate Christopher A. Wray, a for
associates contact with Russia.
mer US Assistant Attorney
In the first half of a public hear
General under President George
ing before the Senate Intelligence
W. Bush, to be the next FBI direc
Committee on Wednesday, the
tor. Wray, currently a litigation
nations top intelligence officials
partner at DCbased law firm
refused to address allegations that
King & Spalding, would replace From right: NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers and Director
President Trump had asked them
acting FBI Director Andrew of National Intelligence Daniel Coats
to publicly downplay the FBIs
McCabe, who took over when
Christopher A. Wray, a former US investigation into his campaigns Intelligence Daniel Coats and NSA asked him to convince former FBI
James Comey was fired by
Assistant Attorney General ties to Russia. Director Adm. Mike Rogers Director James Comey to back off
Trump in May, Fox News report
Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia declined to discuss their interac Flynn, who was fired in February
ed. "I will be nominating of Investigation boss James
asked the chiefs whether the presi tions with Trumpbut both insist after reports surfaced that hed
Christopher A. Wray, a man of Comey also was set to testify
dent had asked them to try to get ed theyd never felt pressured by misled Vice President Mike Pence
impeccable credentials, to be the before a Senate committee on
the FBI to back off its investigation Trump to do anything illegal or and other senior White House offi
new Director of the FBI. Details Thursday. Wray will need Senate
into former national security advi immoral. The Washington Post cials about the substance of his
to follow," Trump tweeted. confirmation to take over as the
sor Michael Flynn. reported Tuesday that Coats told phone conversations with Russian
The announcement comes FBI chief. Wray headed the
Both Director of National associates President Trump had Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
ahead of a Senate hearing where Justice Department's criminal
McCabe, among others, was set division from 2003 to 2005
to testify. Fired Federal Bureau under Bush.
Trump offers to mediate Qatar's diplomatic crisis
Ravi Batra commends Trumps choice Washington: In a call with are critical to defeating terror Maldives cut diplomatic ties
President Trump's selecting Christopher Wray to be FBI Director Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin ism and promoting regional sta Monday with Qatar, accusing it
is an ointment to our Republic, buffeted as we are by domestic Hamad AlThani, President bility," a readout of the call said. of supporting terrorism.
and foreign challenges to the very integrity of our sovereignty: Trump offered to mediate the "The president offered to help Earlier in the day, the president
untainted presidential electoral process. Chris Wray is a man cut country's diplomatic crisis with the parties resolve their differ entered the diplomatic spat
from the same impartial and independent cloth, that Bob Mueller its neighbors. "The president ences, including through a meet involving Qatar and major Arab
and Jim Comey are made of. Given the 10 year term, POTUS just reiterated that a united Gulf ing at the White House, if neces nations over Dohas alleged sup
made a durable gift to our cherished Republic, and insures that Cooperation Council and a sary." On Monday, Saudi Arabia, port of Iran and Islamist militant
Public Safety and Law Enforcement will remain top notch and strong United StatesGulf Egypt, Bahrain, the United Arab groups sponsoring terrorism in
politicsfree." Cooperation Council partnership Emirates, Yemen and the the region.
12 June 10-16, 2017 INDIA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Mandsaur burns, farmers say eight killed


Mandsaur/Indore (Madhya
Pradesh): Hundreds of angry
farmers blockaded roads this Rahul Gandhi detained
in Mandsaur
week and attacked two top offi
cials at Mandsaur in Madhya
Pradesh as their leaders claimed
that eight people died in police Mandsaur: Congress Vice give them water. Kisan ko sirf goli
firing. President Rahul Gandhi was de sakhta hai (He can only give
Mandsaur District Magistrate detained when he tried to defy bullets to farmers)," Gandhi said.
Swatantra Kumar Sing h and ban orders enforced in Madhya Asked who was responsible for
Indore Superintendent of Police Pradesh's Mandsaur district the farmers' plight, Gandhi said:
O.P. Tripathi were roughed up by where protesting farmers were "Both. Narendra Modi and Chief
a mob when they reached killed. Minister (Shivraj Singh Chouhan)."
Barkheda Pant in Mandsaur He was taken into preventive Earlier, in a series of tweets
where farmers were squatting on custody by the police in Neemuch Gandhi said: "Rajasthan and
a road with the body of one of district which borders Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh governments are
those killed. Before his detention, Gandhi doing their best to prevent me
Singh and Tripathi wanted to charged the Narendra Modi gov from entering Madhya Pradesh
talk to the farmers in a bid to ernment with writing off the loans and meeting the families of the
persuade them to end their Vehicles set on fire by agitating farmers in of rich industrialists to the tune of farmers killed in Mandsaur."
Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur. Rs 1,50,000 crore but did not "Which law of the land says that
protest but the attempt back
fired. Madhya Pradesh Police and the In a desperate bid to bring the waive the loans of poor farmers. it is illegal to stand in solidarity
Singh was chased by the farm Central Reserve Police Force situation under control, authori "He (Modi) can't waive farmers' with farmers who were killed sim
ers, with some repeatedly hitting loans, he can't give them rate. He ply for demanding what is their
(CRPF) deliberately opened fire ties imposed curfew in parts of
him on the head. Tripathi had a can't give them bonus. He can't right?" the Congress leader asked.
at them when they were protest Mandsaur district.
tough time too. Police reinforce ing on Tuesday. Seven farmers An of ficial said the curfew
ments which rushed to the spot were also wounded in the firing. would remain in force until fur firing was eight and not five. One ment of spreading canards about
rescued both the officials. Police said that it were the ther orders. of the dead was a college stu the farmers.
"T he situation is tense but farmers who triggered the vio Leaders of three farmers' dent. Representat ive of the The Congress party extended
under control," a senior of ficial lence. organizations alleged at a press Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, support to a shutdown called by
said. T he farmers retaliated by conference in Indore that the Aam Kisan Union and Bharatiya farmers in Madhya Pradesh to
The farmers allege that the torching more than 30 vehicles. number of people killed in police Kisan Union accused the govern denounce the firing.

Nawaz Sharif 'Using human shield is


could meet Modi not Indian Army norm'
Islamabad/New
New Delhi: Undeterred by criticism
Delhi: Pakistan
from politicians and commentators,
Prime Minister
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat
Nawaz Sharif left
says use of human shield by the
for Kazakhstan
India Army is not a norm but indi
to attend the
vidual officers are entitled to decide
twoday
the tactic depending on circum
Shanghai
stances.
Cooperation
He also dismisses criticism that
Organisation
the Army is triggerhappy, but says
(SCO) summit,
the level of violence in Jammu and
with a chance
Kashmir needs to be brought down
meeting with
for any meaningful dialogue with
Indian Prime Minister SCO.
stakeholders. "Dialogue and vio
Narendra Modi not ruled out, a According to sources, there
lence cannot go together," General Army Chief General Bipin Rawat
media report said. may be a chance meeting
Rawat told IANS in an interaction
Pakistan and India are to between Sharif and Modi on
here at his office. remarks defending Major Gogoi's or a uniform that can identify him
become full members of the the sidelines of the summit.
The Army Chief maintains that action of tying a civilian to the bon as a terrorist. Only when he fires
SCO at the 7th SCO summit With the inclusion of Pakistan
the situation in Jammu and Kashmir net of an Army jeep when facing a then you know what to do in such a
being held in the Kazakh capi and India, the SCO will have a
is not as bad as it is portrayed in the crowd of stone pelters in the valley. situation. The Army cannot throw
tal Astana. total of eight states as perma
nent members after China, media and dismisses a perception He was then criticized for justifying stones, that is not my pattern. I
Punjab Chief Minister
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, that people of the state are against the Major's action that was can't throw stones."
Shahbaz Sharif, Commerce
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. the Army. "It (human shield) is not a described as unprofessional and Asked about the absence of any
Minister Khurram Dastagir and
The group will then represent general norm. As a practice it is not damaging to the reputation of the dialogue with stakeholders in
Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj
nearly half of the world's popu supported. But situations would dic Indian Army and being violative of Jammu and Kashmir and whether
Aziz are accompanying Sharif,
lation after the inclusion of the tate. Under the circumstances he the Geneva Convention that lays there can be a military solution that
Pakistan Today reported.
subcontinental neighbours. (Major Leetul Gogoi) took a decision down rules of warfare. can be lasting, General Rawat said it
During his stay, Sharif will be
Pakistan and India both cur independently. He can't look back at Replying to a question on the should be an "integrated" solution.
holding bilateral meetings with
rently hold observer status at that stage and wait for orders. I comments by CPIM leader Prakash "Military has to bring the violence
the presidents of Kazakhstan
SCO. think in his own wisdom he took Karat over his reported remarks level down. We have to bring peace
and Uzbekistan and the
Sharif will also be attending the action," General Rawat said. that stone pelters should rather use for the people of Jammu and
Mongolian and Russian presi
the inaugural ceremony of the "If somebody has any other ideas guns as amounting to instigating Kashmir. After all, it is the poor peo
dents on Friday.
International Expo 2017, in as to how to tackle such a situation, them to take to guns, General Rawat ple like daily wagers, pony walas,
Prime Minister Narendra
which more than 100 coun then he can pass it on to us. We will maintained that he was misquoted shikaras, and others who depend on
Modi is also attending the con
ference, as India too will be tries, including Pakistan, are take a look at it," he said. General on the issue. "In a proxy war situa tourism like hotels. Students are
granted full membership of the participating. Rawat was asked to comment on a tion like this the enemy cannot be also af fected as schools and col
string of criticisms about his earlier identified. He is not wearing a band leges are shut.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INDIA June 10-16, 2017 13

India, Kazakhstan Paris climate deal: India


discuss ways to rubbishes Trump's claim
expand bilateral ties New Delhi: India has rubbished US
President Donald Trump's charge
H1B visa program that could affect
Indian professionals going to
that it signed the Paris climate America for better employment and
New Delhi: India and also expected to be granted full
accord to get "billions and billions impact India's $150 billion IT
Kazakhstan on Thursday dis membership at the SCO Summit
and billions" of dollars from devel industry, the Minister said New
cussed ways to expand their ties here, the two South Asian neigh
oped nations. Delhi was in talks with US Congress
as Prime Minister Narendra bours are going to be the sev
"T his is completely not true," and Trump administration officials.
Modi held a bilateral meeting enth and eighth members of the
External Af fairs Minister Sushma "Yes, the concern is there. We are
w ith Kazakh President org anisat ion after China,
Swaraj said about Trump's claim talking to members of the Congress.
Nursultan Nazarbayev here. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia,
while announcing the US exit from Ef forts are on to make sure the
"Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
the Paris deal. Trump alleged that Trump administration's move does
President of Kazakhstan met PM On Friday, Modi is also expect External Affairs Minister
India had made its participation in n't impact Indians," she said and
@narendramodi and discussed ed to hold a bilateral meeting Sushma Swaraj. (Photo: IANS)
the accord contingent on receiving added that no changes have been
ways to expand bilateral ties," w ith Chinese President Xi
foreign aid from developed coun achievements of Narendra Modi made in the visa policy "as of now".
the Prime Minister's Of fice Jinping on the sidelines of the
tries. government in the last three years. "There are amendments that can
tweeted. summit.
Sushma Swaraj, however, said the She said that to accuse India of not be made through executive
Modi arrived here earlier in However, according to
American move on the Paris climate signing the agreement because it orders," she asserted and denied
the day to attend the Shanghai External Af fairs Ministry
agreement had not changed India was pressurized by some countries that the proposed changes in the
Cooperation Organisation (SCO) spokesperson Gopal Bag lay,
US ties and the re lationship or out of greed for foreign aid is policy had affected India's ties with
Summit on Friday, during which there has been no request from
India is expected to be granted either side for a bilateral meet between the two countries was pro completely baseless and unfortu the US. The Minister said the rela
full membership of the group. ing between Modi and Pakistan gressing as it did during Barack nate. "I would like to officially make tionship between India and the US
India has an observer status at Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Obama's presidency. this clear. I clearly dismiss both since Trump took charge were
present. who is also here for the summit. "India signed the Paris agreement accusations." growing with the "same speed" as
Modi on Wednesday said full After participating in the sum because of Indian culture and ethos The Minister said she has always was the case when Barack Obama
membership of the SCO would mit on Friday, Modi will also and not under duress or out of respected, even worshiped, nature was President.
help India in terms of connectiv attend the World Exposition, greed (for monetary benefits). We and would be "committed to the "There has been no change (in the
ity and economic and counter which Kazakhstan is hosting are committed to the environment Paris agreement, irrespective of ties). We are moving forward as we
terror cooperation with the this year, before returning to and this commitment is 5,000 years what the US decides". were moving."
Eurasian bloc. With Pakistan India. old," she told reporters at a press On President Trump's executive She said India and US have a rela
conference here to highlight the order for tightening the rules of the tionship "of mutual benefit".

Youth from
Telangana Presidential election on
shot, critically
injured in US
Hyderabad: A youth from
July 17, counting on July 20
Telangana was critically injured
New Delhi: The election of the Several opposition parties have
when unidentified assailants
next President will be held on July since held parleys to find a con
fired at him in the United
17, the Elect ion Commission sensus candidate but have decid
States, his family said here on
announced on Wednesday setting ed to wait for the ruling alliance
June 8.
in motion the process to choose to reach out to them with the
Mubeen Ahmed (26), a native
the successor to Pranab name of its candidate.
of Sangareddy district, was on
Mukherjee. Counting of votes will The parties have said that if a
June 4 shot twice in the stom
take place on July 20. consensual candidate does not
ach at a California store where
Announcing the schedule at a emerge, they will field a candidate
he works, though the family
press conference, Chief Election "who will steadfastly defend the
came to know about it only on
Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said constitutional values".
June 8.
the filing of nomination will begin Cong ress President Sonia
He family said that some men
on June 14 and the last date for Gandhi has initiated moves to
went to the store posing as cus
the purpose w ill be June 28. bring the opposition parties on a
tomers and got into an argu
Scrutiny will take place on June President Pranab Mukherjee. common platform for the presi
ment with Mubeen before fir
29 and the last date for withdraw dential and vicepresidential elec
ing at him. An injured Mubeen bers of the Lok Sabha and the of candidates by the ruling
al is July 1. tions.
was rushed to a California hos Rajya Sabha and state assemblies, National Democratic Alliance and
"The date on which polling will T he term of Vice President
pital, where he underwent sur including Delhi and Puducherry the opposition parties for the
be held, if required, is July 17. Hamid Ansari will end in August.
gery. His relatives from Chicago will be provided special pens to country's highest elected office.
Counting, if required, will be done The total value of 4896 electors
were attending on him at the cast their ballot and use of any T he ruling Bharatiya Janata
on July 20," he said. The term of for 2012 presidential elections
hospital. External Affairs other pen will render the vote Partyled NDA, which is seen to
Mukherjee, the country's 13th was 1098882. T his included
Minister Sushma Swaraj called invalid. have a clear edge in the electoral
President, will end on July 24. 54,9408 as as the value of votes
for a report from the Indian The poll announcement has set college, has so far not given any
Zaidi said members of the elec of MPs and 549474 as the value
Embassy in the US. the ball rolling for the declaration indication about its choice.
toral college comprising mem of votes of MLAs.
14 June 10-16, 2017 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Will US withdrawal stop India's


actions against climate change? age the unavoidable climate pledge, it has carried out a raft of
l By Ajay Mathur
change that has occurred due to actions and policy changes to

W
ill the US withdrawal the carbon dioxide already in the achieve its goals. Large scale pro
from the Paris agreement atmosphere. curement of solar energy has both
impact India's efforts to This would be further exacerbat increased the share of nonfossil
tackle climate change? To a limited ed, implying that India would need fuel sources in our grid and has
extent, yes. Will it stop India's to enhance its adaptation actions also been successful in bringing
actions against climate change? so that it can continue to manage down the price of solar energy to a
No. President Trump's announce the impact of inaction or delayed point where it is competitive with
ment of the US withdrawal from action in the US. coal. Our program to promote LED
the Paris agreement leaves a huge The good news is that the last lighting is immensely successful,
void in the global efforts to stabi few years have seen a major down with over 300 million LED bulbs
lize our climate. The US is by far ward trend in the prices of renew sold and prices reduced to a fifth,
the largest historical emitter of able energy and energy efficiency, making large scale adoption possi
greenhouse gases, and its actions the pillars for action to combat cli ble.
in reducing emissions are central mate change. These positive trends What these changes indicate is
to global efforts to address climate suggest that climate mitigation is that our renewable energy capaci
India is pushing ahead with a low carbon growth
change. The Paris Agreement had becoming increasingly viable ty would increase eightfold, and
strategy in the medium and long term.
provided an innovative framework across the world and, as a result, our demand for coal would be lim
for all the countries of the world to mate change in that country itself, ed the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to many countries, and many states ited to doubling to about 800900
pledge what they could do to as well as in other countries to manage these costs. in the US, are preferentially mov million tonnes in 2030, instead of
address climate change; it brought reduce global emissions and to The withdrawal of US support to ing towards larger shares of about 1,200 million tonnes if
all countries on board, with each adapt to the adverse impacts of the the GCF would substantially renewables in their energy mix. accelerated action on renewable
country pledging what it expected climate change that has already reduce the resources available to This trend will continue across and energy efficiency did not
to achieve. occurred. it, and so will inhibit acceleration the world and in the US, irrespec occur. It is estimated that even if
The sum total of all the pledges Climate action, whether to miti of climate actions in developing tive of the US decision to withdraw the US had kept to its Paris pledge,
made at Paris are clearly not suffi gate emissions or adapt to adverse countries, including India. from the Paris agreement. its coal use in 2030 would proba
cient to ensure that global temper impacts of climate change, requires The US will now put out more The favorable longterm trends bly be similar to that of India in
ature rise remains well below 2 access to financial resources and carbon dioxide into the atmos in the costs of renewables and that year, even though India's pop
degrees Celsius, which scientists technology. New technologies that phere than it would have had it energy efficiency are clear. ulation is three times larger.
believe is the maximum to prevent would address these issues are remained in the Agreement. This Chances are, the world, US includ Despite these challenges, India is
irreversible climate change. The always more expensive that tech will have adverse impacts for India ed, would transition to low and pushing ahead with a low carbon
absence of the US leadership nologies currently in use, and the and many other vulnerable coun zero carbon technologies over growth strategy in the medium
would delay actions to address cli countries of the world have creat tries. In any case we have to man time. Ever since India submitted its and long term.

India's military mules: No road too treacherous


l By Anjali Ojha Road has been named, has the dis issued June 16, 2004, with the
tinction of being the longestserv title, 'Special Forces Use of Pack

T
he Indian Army honored its ing mule with the Indian Army, Animals'. A formal pack animal
longest serving mule serving for 37 years, while average training course was also started at
"Pedongi" by naming an mules serve for 1820 years. the Marine Corps Mountain
Army mess after it, but there was a Pedongi had joined the Indian Warfare Training Center,
time when the Army had decided Army in 1962, and served till his Bridgeport, California.
to mark the end of the road for the death on March 25, 1998. He also In the Indian Army, the mules
sturdy mule, that has walked miles found a place in the Guinness Book are categorized on the basis of the
on some of the most treacherous of World Records as the longest kind of load they carry, being
tracks providing logistics support serving military mule. broadly divided into Mule Arti
in difficult situations. While the Indian Army is consid which carry guns and weapons,
Just before the Kargil war, there ering other options for transport and Mules GS that carry general
The Indian Army at present has a 6,000strong force of mules, which
was a proposal to disband the continue to be the reliable lastmile transport. in the difficult mountainous ter supply ranging from food to medi
Animal Transport units that come rain, and considering drones as an cine and even water.
under Indian Army Service Corps, Army official, who did not want to Corps have enabled lastmile logis option among other things, in the An Army official, recounting the
consisting of sturdy mules. be named, told IANS. Availability of tics supply in the most inhos modern world battles the mules services rendered by the mules in
But during the Kargil war, local ponies had also gone down as pitable conditions along our fron have not lost their place. the difficult areas along the bor
Pakistani intruders came inside bombing started, and even helicop tiers in all past wars and opera The mules have remained rele der, said a mule had once strayed
Indian territory in the Drass and ters could not operate because of tions in the highest tradition of the vant since the World Wars. and was taken in by the Pakistani
Kargil mountainous areas. difficult weather. The Animal Indian Army." American forces that landed in troops who then started using it
National Highway 1, that connects Transport unit was used at that The Indian Army at present has a Afghanistan in 2001 to fight the for loadbearing along with their
Srinagar with Leh and cuts time to provide logistics support to 6,000strong force of mules, which Taliban had to employ mules to own mules. "One fine day, the mule
through Kargil, witnessed infiltra Indian posts and troops fighting in continue to be the reliable last transfer loads in the treacherous remembered its way back home.
tion and fighting along a 160km the sector. "Finally the Animal mile transport in difficult mountain terrain. That day he was leading the other
long stretch of ridges overlooking Transport unit was the only avail Himalayan terrain along the Indian The US Army's last Cavalry units mules that were transporting sup
this only motorable road. able resource that worked in the borders in the western as well as had given up their horses in the plies for the Pakistani troops. The
"The situation was such that it face of intense shelling. The mules eastern sectors. At a smaller scale, 1940s and the last pack animals mule, along with other mules that
appeared the line of communica could go through tracks on which mules are also used in the central were phased out in the 1950s. belonged to the Pakistan Army and
tion would be cut. At that time the no vehicle could reach," the official sector. Pedongi, after whom a new However, the animals gained sig their supplies, walked straight
mules played an important role in said. "The dauntless and loyal mili lounge at the Central Army Service nificance again in Afghanistan and back to our post," the officer
ensuring supplies reached," an tary mules of the Army Service Corps (ASC) officers' mess on Polo a new Army field manual was recounted with a laugh.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info LIFESTYLE June 10-16, 2017 15

Bollywood weddings show on Smithsonian


The three episodes will be telecast on the channel starting June 10.
show are Binny and Sumona, who and Italian descent. Looking for Aneesa. Together, they embrace
are second generation Indian ward to a future with his new both their Indian and Christian
Americans living in New York with Indian bride, Richard completely backgrounds, creating a ceremony
huge pride in their Indian culture. embraces the customs and style of that blends their cultures for a
When Binny proposes in front of a true Indian wedding, wearing an unique and modern wedding.
their friends and family, the couple authentic sherwani and joining in My Big Bollywood Wedding is
decides to celebrate their upcoming the numerous symbolic Hindu ritu produced by Tell2C Productions
nuptials in a true Bollywood als with Divyas family. And there is LLC for Smithsonian Networks, a
movie style, in the wedding of Aneesa and Melinda, two teachers joint venture between Showtime
Sumonas dreams. The second cou living outside Boston. Aneesa is a Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian
ple is Richard and Divya, also of roud Indian immigrant who has Institution.
New York, have come together always known that she is gay;
from two different cultures she is Melinda, on the other hand, only
New York: Forget My Big Fat Greek half a million dollars. The the product of a proud Indian her discovered her true sexuality after
Wedding. Here comes My Big Smithsonian series confines itself itage whereas he is of Puerto Rican meeting and falling in love with
Bollywood Wedding. It is a new to the big Bollywood style mar
TV show showcasing big Bollywood riages of three couples as they
style marriages of three couples as attempt to balance millenniaold
they attempt to balance millennia traditions and modern American
old traditions and modern sensibilities.
American sensibilities. The three My Big Bollywood Wedding fol
episodes of the show will air on the lows three different couples as they
Smithsonian Channel June 10, 11 create the Indian wedding ceremo
and 13. ny of their dreams in America. The
More than Greek or Hollywood show claims that the viewers will
weddings, Indian weddings are the see traditional rituals and also get a
most lavish, elaborate and vibrant. unique 21st century look into the
And juicy too, as Mira Nairs merging of different cultures, reli
Monsoon Wedding proved. For gions and practices blending tra
IndianAmericans, many of whom ditional Indian wedding ceremonies
are very wealthy, the unions are with modern, western wedding
perhaps more extravagant here in customs.
the States, with an average cost of The three couples starring on the Promotional stills from the 3part series titled My Big Bollywood Wedding.
16 June 10-16, 2017 BOLLYwOOD

Review
Will Salman bhaijaans smart-
phones be most Wanted? A Death in the Gunj
see. We are starting the smartphones in
small numbers and we hope to have mini-
mum losses and maximum gain.
According to earlier media reports, the Bol-
lywood superstar is targeting at the entry- to
middle-level smartphone segment (which is
anywhere between Rs 8,000-Rs 20,000).
Bhaijaans range of mobiles will surely be
the most Wanted! He is capitalizing on his
personal popularity to start this new busi-
ness. How he will be able to build it into a
sustainable enterprise remains to be seen,
Jaideep Mehta, Managing Director, IDC
South Asia, said. Khan commands a huge fan
base in India that can be leveraged. A still from the movie.
For the smartphone to be successful, it
will have to be different from the current
offerings in the market. The differentiating
can be on any of the software or hardware
Layered and skilfully crafted
going into the phone. A price point of below
Rs 10,000 will make the phone accessible to
a number of users looking for an upgrade B ased on a short story which was in-
spired by true events written by Mu-
kul Sharma, the film sounds more autobio-
bleeds for actor Vikrant Massey who plays
the lonely and depressed Shutu who is taken
for granted by the motley group, because he
from a cheaper device, Shobhit Srivastava,
The actor commands a huge fan base
Research Analyst, Mobile Devices and Eco- graphical than fiction. is 23 years old, the youngest of the adults
in India that can be leveraged.
systems, Counterpoint Research, said. Set in the late 1970s, in the small hilly and malleable. He is charming and sincere.

W ith Bollywood superstar Salman Khan The Bollywood star is not alone. Report- town of McCluskieganj in the erstwhile Ranvir Shorey as the recently wedded Vi-
confirming that he is venturing into edly a strategic investor in the home-grown state of Bihar, as the title suggests, is about kram Choudhary is the big bully who at his
the smartphones business, industry ex- technology and Internet of Things (IoT) a death that occurs at this place. The narra- age still behaves like he is a 23-year-old, is
perts welcomed his new venture -- though company Smartron, Sachin Tendulkar has tive begins with a corpse being transported aggressive and a chauvinist. Ranvir displays
with a bit of caution. just launched srt.phone (srt is interpreted from the hospital and it keeps you glued to the repulsive side of the character with natu-
Khan, who owns the Being Human cloth- as Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar here). the screen till the very end as to who is dead? ral ease. Tillotama Shome displays a variety
ing brand, said in an e-mail interview from This is the third device in less than a year Apart from the homecoming, it is the of shades to her character Bonnie. She is
Mumbai: We have just started our entry from Smartron, earlier ones being the t.phone reunion of friends that the tale focusses aptly supported by the understated Gulshan
into the category, we need to be careful. If and t.book. The company, however, is yet on. The bulk of the narrative, however, is Devaiah as her husband Nandu who acts like
people buy our products and like it, we will to prove its mettle in the domestic market. about the mundane life of each character a dominant older brother to Vikrant while
described in microscopic detail during the teaching him how to drive a car.
fun-filled holiday activities, which include On the technical front, with moderate pro-
indulging in seance, playing kabaddi and duction values, for her maiden directorial
spending time together frolicking around. venture, Konkona Sen Sharma has astutely
While all the actors are ace performers mounted the film. She has tackled every de-
and they shine in their roles, your heart partment with the sharp-eye of an expert.

Amitabh, Jaya complete


44 years of marital bliss
A mitabh Bachchan and his actress-politi-

Mom trailer finds Sridevi


cian wife Jaya Bachchan completed over
four decades of togetherness. The megastar
has thanked all his fans and followers, whom

again in peak form


he fondly calls his extended family or Ef
for all the love and good wishes.
June 3, 1973, 44 years of marriage...
Thank you all for the wishes you send. Grate-
Sridevi (C) with her daughters at the trailer launch of Mom. ful and filled with love, Amitabh tweeted.
The 74-year-old thespian went down

W hen it comes to Sridevi, adjectives and


superlatives begin to pale and fail. In
the trailer of her eagerly awaited new film
balding pate and buck teeth stand out, as
does his confrontation scene with Sridevi
where she cynically tells Nawaz, God cant
memory lane and shared some details
about his marriage.
And as I set out from Mangal a rented
Mom, she is seen at the peak of her per- be everywhere. house of mine in JVPD scheme, 7th Road...
forming power, furnishing an intensity and Thats why he created the Mother, re- in my newly acquired second hand Pontiac
a heft far beyond what one expects in a film torts Nawaz. Sports, two door, with ma and babuji with
about the mother-daughter relationship. It remains to be see how far this mother is me...My driver Nagesh, now passed away,
The trailer is swathed in mystery. We willing to break the rules for her daughters insisting on driving me to an apartment of
know nothing about the plot except that sake. As expected, there are many moments Jayas family friend at Malabar Hill, Big B
it is a mother-daughter story and for a of warm kinship between the one-and-only wrote on his blog.
change there are pretty strong male char- Sridevi and her screen daughter played by Sa- He added: On June 3, 1973, a few drops
acters in this chick flick. jal Ali. They reminded me of Waheeda Rehm- of rain began to fall...Our neighbor ran out
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (he plays a sleaze- an and Sridevi in Yash Chopras Lamhe. of their house and excitedly screamed to
ball named DK), Akshaye Khanna and Ad- But the trailer gives nothing away as to the us...hurry to the wedding, its raining, a
nan Siddiqui leave a strong impact in the cause of the friction and drama between the good omen. Its been 44 years since.
little that they are given to do in the trailer. mother and daughter. Who are the bad guys On the acting front, Amitabh currently
Nawazuddin, the chameleon of an actor, and who are the good guys in Mom? The has two films in his kitty -- Thugs Of Hind- The couple co-starred in films like Za-
is seen in prosthetics for the first time. His trailer withholds this information. ostan and 102 Not Out. njeer, Abhimaan & Chupke Chupke.
bollywood June 10-16, 2017 17

Abhay turns co-producer


Wont be
for Tamil debut film
able to play a Dev D and Ranjhanaa fame Abhay Deol,
who is making his Tamil acting debut in
upcoming fantasy thriller Idhu Vedalam

dancing hero:
Sollum Kathai, will also be doubling up as
the films co-producer.
He was so impressed with the script

Nawazuddin that he decided to come on board as the co-


producer. The kind of encouragement we
have been getting from him is amazing. We
have already started shooting with him in
Hyderabad, the films director Rathindran
Prasad said. Prasad clarified that Abhay
doesnt play a cameo in the film.
He plays a full-length character. He plays
The actor
a king called Vikramadityan, and he will be will also
Nawazuddin during the trailer launch of his film Munna Michael.
dubbing his own lines in Tamil. He will be star in the

C ritically acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Asked about his experience of working seen in the flashback portion which has a fantasy
Siddiqui says he cannot dance as well with Nawazuddin, Tiger said: I think with period set-up. Its a road action thriller laced thriller.
as other young heroes of Bollywood, but he every character, Nawaz bhais body language with fantasy elements, he said.
can try to match up with them. changes, and that is a sign of a good actor.
Nawazuddin will be seen in Munna Mi- I learnt a lot from him as an actor dur-
chael with Tiger Shroff, who is known for his
dancing skills. Present at the trailer launch
ing the shooting of the film.
The action dance movies female lead Ni- Dont strangle celebrities
of Munna Michael, Nawazuddin said: I
wont be able to play a dancing hero. But yes,
I would love to play a hero in any film.
dhhi Agerwal is making her debut.
She said: I am very lucky to be a part of
this film where I got a chance to work with
with expectations
I think Tiger and our whole team helped Nawaz sir. He is a very down-to-earth person M a n i s h a
me to dance a little bit in the film. I think some- and patient on set. Produced by Viki Rajani,
how I manage just 5 per cent of Tigers level. Munna Michael is releasing on July 21.
A ctress Manisha Koirala says ce-
lebrities shouldnt be strangled
with expectations. Manisha, a cancer

JLo forces beau to


survivor, campaigns for the cause and
has lent her support to preventing
violence against women and human
trafficking. Does her celebrity status

fire female staffers help in making a difference?


Any celebrity or a public figure
would have an impact on the society,

S inger-actress Jennifer but having said that... dont strangle


Lopez reportedly forced them with expectations as at the end
her beau Alex Rodriguez to of the day they are also human beings,
fire attractive female staff- Manisha responded to a question.
ers because she didnt want The 46-year-old added: People who
beautiful women around him. are not celebrities should also be re-
Jen basically made him sponsible in spreading social messages.
fire anyone in his entou- Manisha was last seen in the film
rage or his staff who were Dear Maya, which released recently.
too good-looking. He didnt The film tells the story about Maya,
think she was serious and Manisha was last seen in the a middle-aged woman, who leaves ev-
they had a big of an argu- film Dear Maya. erything in search of love.
ment over it, but hes relent-

Roger Smith dead at 84


ed and is replacing a few
key members of his team,
a source told OK! magazine.
Her controlling behav-
ior is said to have made
Rodriguezs close friends
A ctor Roger Smith, who starred in the se-
ries 77 Sunset Strip and was married
to actress Ann-Margret, is dead. He was 84.
upset, reports aceshowbiz.
Smith passed away at Sherman Oaks Hos-
com. Its not gone down
pital, reports variety.com. Smith retired from
well with his inner circle,
acting after being diagnosed with myasthe-
who think shes a control-
nia gravis in 1980. After that, he managed
ling bully with Alex. Theres
his wifes career and produced several of her
no doubt Alex needed to
TV specials. The couple had celebrated their
be taken down a peg or
50th wedding anniversary on May 8.
two, but not like this! the
On 77 Sunset Strip, Smith played detec-
source shared.
tive Jeff Spencer, who partnered with Efrem
This wasnt the first time
Zimbalist Jr. as his partner. The show ran
Lopez was reported to be
from 1958 to 1964, though he left in 1963.
a controlling bully. Last
After 77 Sunset Strip ended its run,
month, it was reported that
Smith had the lead role in the comedy series
the Aint your mama singer
Mr. Roberts, adapted from the movie about
hired a private investigator
a World War II Navy lieutenant. He also ap-
to spy on the former profes-
peared in movies including Man of a Thou-
sional baseball athlete.
sand Faces, No Time to Be Young and Aun-
Rodriguezs close friends are tie Mame. Smith is survived by his wife and a The actor launched his career
upset with JLos behavior. daughter and two sons from his first marriage. in the 1950s.
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TheSouthAsianTimes.info SPIRITUALITY June 10-16, 2017 19

"This man has won my heart in

Shrimad Rajchandras role in


spiritual matters, and no one else
has made on me the same
impression."
Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi becoming Mahatma


in 'Modern Review'

man as great as Mahatma

A Gandhi, the Father of the


Nation, was captivated in
spiritual matters by Shrimadji, as Shrimad Rajchandras emphasis on truth, compassion
by none other. "I have said else
where that besides Kavi (Shrimad
Rajchandraji), Ruskin and Tolstoy
and non-violence in every walk of life, later crystallized
have contributed in forming my
intrinsic character; but Kavi has as the fundamental tenets of Gandhism, which played a
had a more profound effect
because I had come in personal significant role in the Indian struggle for independence.
and intimate contact with Him."
Gandhiji's public acknowledg evidently not be a businessman Ashram, near Ahmedabad, and
ment of Shrimad Rajchandraji as at all, but a real seeker after later at Sabarmati Ashram.
his foremost spiritual guide in Truth. Gandhiji took these opportunities
the 'Modern Review', June 1930. Even after Gandhiji moved to to publicly acknowledge his
South Africa, the meetings con indebtedness and express his
A CLOSE tinued, though not in person, but heartfelt gratitude to Shrimadji.
ASSOCIATION through correspondence. This About such a saintly personali
close association with Shrimadji, ty Gandhiji adds, We are all
The first meeting with
in person in Mumbai and then worldly people whereas Shrimad
Shrimadji left a deeprooted
through correspondence from was not of this world. We will
impression on Gandhiji. It hap
South Africa, contributed a great have to take many births where
pened in Vikrami Sanvat 1947 in
deal in moulding Gandhiji's char as for Shrimad perhaps one birth
Mumbai on Gandhiji's return
acter. In fact, he attributes his is sufficient. We will perhaps be
from England. He was two years
strong foundation of truth, non running away from liberation
younger than Shrimadji, and in
violence and selfimprovement, whereas Shrimad was advancing
the first meeting, instantly took
to Shrimadji. This beautiful asso towards liberation at a very fast
to His liking. Subsequent meet
ciation continued intermittently pace. [Raichandbhaina Ketlak
ings ensued in the two years that
for several years till the end of Smarano Shri Rajchandra
Gandhiji spent in Mumbai, where
Shrimadji's life. Jeevanyatra tatha vicharratno,
Gandhiji would visit Shrimadji's
page 8889]
office on a regular basis, posing REFUGE IN
doubts which Shrimadji would
SPIRITUAL CRISIS CONTRIBUTION
resolve with utmost ingenuity. In
those visits Gandhiji intently
TO THE NATION
In South Africa, Gandhiji was
observed Shrimadji's way of life. faced with constant pressure Shastra and some of the letters be a Hindu and for that matter, Gandhiji's memorable accounts
As the association grew, his from his Christian and Muslim from Shrimadji with him to follower of any other religion. on Shrimadji testify the profound
respect for Shrimadji grew in friends to adopt their faith. In London but the entire bundle [Raichandbhaina Ketlak Smarano influence that Shrimadji's per
leaps and bounds. The ease with this moment of spiritual crisis, he was lost on a bus journey. Shri Rajchandra Jeevanyatra sonality exerted on the
which he performed his duties as resorted to Shrimadji for help, Shrimadji's unique composition, tatha vicharratno, page 89] Mahatma's life. Shrimadji's
a pearl and diamond jeweller conveying his doubts through 27 'Apurva Avsar Evo Kyare emphasis on truth, compassion
with a perfectly detached atti questions by post. Shrimadji's Aavshe?' was one of Gandhiji's HEARTFELT TRIBUTES and nonviolence in every walk
tude amazed Gandhiji. judicious, direct, and pertinent favorite compositions which was TO SHRIMADJI of life, later crystallized as the
In tribute, Gandhiji writes, answers resolved his doubts and included in his 'Ashram fundamental tenets of Gandhism,
Bhajanavali' a collection of With great reverence Gandhiji
Raichandbhai's commercial restored his faith in Hinduism. which played a significant role in
devotional songs sung at his mentions Shrimadji in his writ
transactions covered hundreds of There remained no question of the Indian struggle for independ
thousands. He was a connoisseur daily public prayer meetings. ings. His words are windows to a
converting to another faith. ence. In the history of India, the
of pearls and diamonds. No knot Gandhiji writes about heart overflowing with devotion
This letter along with two oth success of Gandhiji's nonviolent
ty business problem was too dif Shrimadji's works, The lines of for Shrimadji, particularly in the
ers is included in the volume struggle as a means of achieving
ficult for him. But these things titled 'Shrimad Rajchandra'. his poem, 'When Will That chapters 'Raichandbhai',
freedom will be engraved in gold
were not the centre around However, it is certain that the Unique Moment Come?' (Apurva 'Religious Ferment', 'Comparative
en letters. Even in the history of
which his life revolved. That cen correspondence was far more Avasar Evo Kyare Aavshe) are Study of Religions' and
the world his unique contribu
tre was the passion to see God than this, because Gandhiji men soaked in the spirit of detach 'Brahmacharya', in his autobiog
tions will be immortaliZed.
face to face. Amongst the things tions in his autobiography that ment which I have seen epito raphy.
Gandhiji, who has been praised
on his business table, there were he remained in touch with mized in every moment of Shri Revashankar Jagjivanbhai by the whole world as a messen
invariably to be found some reli Shrimadji through letters till the Shrimad's life during my last two even requested Gandhiji to ger of nonviolence, will ever
gious book and his diary. The very end. years of deep and abiding friend author the preface to the second remain indebted to the teachings
moment he finished his business ship with him. His writings are edition of 'Shrimad Rajchandra', of Shrimadji. Thus, the role of
he opened the religious book or INFLUENCE OF unique in that, they unfold his to be published by Paramshrut Shrimadji's spiritual teachings in
the diary. Much of his published SHRIMADJI'S real experience and do not con Prabhavak Mandal in V.S. 1982. the regeneration of a new India
Gandhiji agreed and wrote an
writing is a reproduction from
TEACHINGS tain even a single grain of artifi
article titled, 'Raichandbhaina
can hardly be exaggerated.
this diary. ciality. I have never seen him The inner bond between
And I saw him thus absorbed Shrimadji's teachings left an writing a single line with the Ketlak Smarano'. In it, he incor Shrimadji and Mahatma Gandhi
in Godly pursuits in the midst of indelible mark on Gandhiji. ulterior motive of pleasing oth porated the reminiscences of initiated a brilliant new chapter,
business, not once or twice, but Shrimadji's priceless letters and ers." [Raichandbhaina Ketlak Shrimadji he had written earlier not only in their own lives, or in
very often. I never saw him lose compositions were his constant Smarano Shri Rajchandra in Yervada Jail after completing the history of Gujarat, but in the
his state of equipoise. [The Story companions physically and Jeevanyatra tatha vicharratno, and making several additions to cultural, political and spiritual
of My Experiments with Truth, mentally. He contemplated upon page 94 them. He paid glorious tributes history of the entire nation.
Part II, Chapter 26, them and he also often recited Gandhiji says, "It is my firm to Shrimadji on several occa
Raichandbhai. Shrimadji's poem 'Nirkhine Nav belief that those who want to sions, such as, being present at The article is courtesy Shrimad
Gandhiji says, The man who, Yauvana' to strengthen his belief free themselves from the torture the celebrations of Shrimadji's Rajchandra Mission Dharampur's
immediately on finishing his talk in celibacy. He had also rendered of their souls, and are eager to birth anniversary in Rajkot and official website. The Mission is a
about weighty business transac Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra into know what is their main duty in Wadhwan; celebrating global movement that endeavors
tions, began to write about the English prose. In fact, he had car this life, will gather a lot from Shrimadji's birth anniversary on to enhance the spiritual growth
hidden things of the spirit could ried this text of Shri Atmasiddhi Shrimad's writings, then may he kartik purnima, at Kochrab of seekers and benefit society.
20 June 10-16, 2017 DIASPORA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

No emergency situation Indianorigin Leo Varadkar set


here, say Keralites in Qatar to be Ireland's Prime Minister
Thiruvananthapuram: Keralites in Qatar on Kochi and Kozhikode airports on Tuesday Dublin: Ireland's ruling party chose Leo
Tuesday said there is no emergency situa morning said "as things stand, there are no Varadkar as its new leader, putting him
tion in the country after seven Gulf coun issues there (in Qatar)". They, however, on track to become the nation's prime
tries snapped diplomatic ties with it on expressed concern over the operation of minister. Social Protection Minister
Monday. "There is no situation of emergency flights. Kerala Local Bodies Minister K.T. Varadkar, 38, defeated Housing Minister
as such here. The social media is twisting Jaleel told the media here on Tuesday that Simon Coveney, 44, to replace Enda
things, and maybe that led to a rush in the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has already Kenny, who is stepping aside after six
supermarkets here," C.V.M. Vanimel, a social written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, years. Varadkar is poised to be elected
activist from Kerala, said, speaking to the asking for his immediate intervention to see prime minister when parliament next
media here from Doha. that Indians are taken care of. meets in the middle of this month.
"The cabinet meeting held Monday made "When schools are closed there and if for The election of Varadkar marks a gen
it very clear that there be no reason for any eign airlines are not operating, there would erational and social shift. Ireland, which
panic as food items will be made available," be problems. Air India should ensure opera voted to recognize samesex marriage in
said Vanimel. "Given our understanding of tion of more flights. The already high price 2015, was among the last European
things, hectic diplomatic efforts are current of air tickets during summer rush could Union members to decriminalize homo
ly on to ease the situation." Saudi Arabia, shoot up even higher," said Jaleel. sexual activity.
Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, the UAE and With other Middle East airlines stopping With Kenny and Finance Minister
the Maldives on Monday severed diplomatic their services, Qatar Airways and Air India Michael Noonan set to depart, a new
ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting ter are operating services to and from three cadre of younger gures is set to move
ror g roups, including the Muslim Kerala airports, and if additional flights are center stage in one of Europe's fastest
Brotherhood. Qatar, however, denied the not run and present embargo against Qatar growing economies.
allegations. "The media should not go over is not lifted, things could go haywire, wor "The country needs change," said
board as it creates panic," Vanimel said. ried of ficials said. The banks and foreign Michael O'Leary, chief executive ofcer
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the exchange outlets have been directed not to of Ryanair Holdings, Europe's biggest Leo Varadkar
United Arab Emirates (UAE) have also closed exchange money for Qatari Riyal, said an air discount carrier, which is based in
their borders preventing any movement by Dublin. "Leo represents a slightly more eyes set on high ofce. He told his moth
line source. According to a study report,
road, to and from Qatar. Also, their airlines risky candidate, more of a change." er he wanted to be health minister when
there are around 1.5 lakh Keralites in Qatar.
have decided to stop flight operations to A physician and the son of an Indian he was 7, Varadkar said in an interview
Around 4.82 million Indians live in the
Qatar. Passengers who arrived from Doha at (IANS) immigrant, Varadkar has long had his with broadcaster RTE in 2015.
Gulf, including 630,000 in Qatar.

Indian film gets screened at Festival de Cannes


Nice: The Wifes Letter (Streer Potro), a glamor, a young filmmaker was excited for gamate the artform of Salvador Dali and the
Bengali film by Aneek Chaudhuri has come the screening of his film at one of the most simplicity of Rabindranath Tagore. Aneek
out in flying colors after gaining a handful of prestigious corners of the world of Cinema. says, The film is targeted to the critics or
international recognitions such as Hamilton T he director has also been featured in anyone who actively belong to this field; the
Film Fest, British Council, a presentation at English magazine, India and you, and a basic reason for choosing this target group is
EFMBerlinale and this time its Cannes. On French magazine, Indes which are widely I truly consider the fact that the film is not
May 17, the film was screened at Gray 5 of available at Cannes. identifiable to many of the common peoples
Marche du film, Festival de Cannes. The film The Wifes Letter speaks of a hallucinated uses and gratifications.
is available for licensing, distribution, sales person who is trying (constantly) to match Music plays an important part in The
at Riviera, K5 at Marche du film booth of emotions with mathematics, or in other Wifes Letter; orchestrated by Saikat
Aneek Chaudhuri represents his film The Adler and Associates. words, in this film, been named X, he is try Chattopadhyay, the music actually takes the
Wifes Letter in Marche du film of Festival Being the opening day of Festival de ing to find the constant to his value. Starring film forward with a slight variation of
de Cannes (Image : mediaindia.eu) Cannes, where the focus was on glitz and Kaushik Roy, the film is an attempt to amal Rabindra Sangeet.

Indian origin charity gives healthcare to 3 million Nigerians


Accra (Ghana): An Indian origin Chanrai family which set up the among the private sector in tric bore holes have been rehabili Hospital in Zaria Kaduna.
charitable organization, Tulsi first Indian company in Nigeria in Nigeria. The Nigerian government tated to provide potable water to The report said its Mission for
Chanrai Foundation (TCF), has pro 1923. T he company has since has accorded TCF the status of an 1.95 million people. Vision program aimed to reduce
vided public healthcare to over become one of the most successful International NGO. "When Nigeria is battling inter avoidable blindness, predominant
three million disadvantaged chil and respected business houses in Since its incept ion, the TCF nally with acute insurgency and ly cataract, among the rural poor
dren and adults in Nigeria. the country. report said, more than 100,000 economic recession for a protract of Nigeria by providing high quali
TCF achieved the feat in the past The TCF report for 201516 said eye surgeries had been performed ed period, TCF remain committed ty ophthalmic surgeries for free.
two decades through its three key the Chanrai family has businesses in Nigeria, restoring vision to the in extending its services unabated "As a result, a large number of
programs: Mission for Vision, in the areas of trade, manufactur poor. Also, over 1.5 million moth and assist the needy across the underprivileged people in and
Mission for Primary Health and ing, agriculture and finance and ers and children have been provid country," the report said. In 2015 around Katsina, Kebbi and Cross
Mission for Water. currently employs about 30,000 ed access to basic healthcare serv 16, the TCF said, it undertook sev River states have been able to avail
TCF, which started operations in people in Nigeria. It is one of the ices. In the same period, 4,384 eral other projects including set of high quality eye treatment for
1994, is the charity wing of the largest employers of local staf f hand pumps and 85 solar and elec ting up the G.K. Chanrai Memorial cataract and glaucoma at no cost."
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SUBCONTINENT June 10-16, 2017 21

Deuba returns as Nepal Pak waging 'undeclared war'


PM after 12 years against Afghanistan: Ghani
Kabul: Afghan
Kathmandu: Nepali Cong ress government since last August. The President Ashraf
President Sher Bahadur Deuba was two parties had agreed that their Ghani accused
elected the new Prime Minister of respective leaders would lead the Pakistan of waging
Nepal returning to the post 12 government on a rotational basis an "undeclared war
years after he was removed from where Prachanda would take the of aggression"
the post by then King Gyanendra. first nine months and the remain against his country.
Immediately after his election, he ing nine would be of Deuba. Addressing a
said his priorities would be holding Deuba, who will be the 40th peace conference
the local elections and the constitu Prime Minister of Nepal, faces a attended by 23
tion's implementation. On foreign huge domestic political challenge countries, the
policy, he said he will maintain but foreign policy is more settled as European Union,
good relations with both India and his predecessor had almost brought the UN and Nato,
China. relations with India and China Ghani asked: "What
He had, while presenting his can almost back on track. will it take to con
didacy, said he will honestly work He will occupy the post for anoth vince Pakistan that
for implementation of the new con er nine months in a period consid a stable Ghani was addressing a peace conference.
Deuba will be the 40th Afghanistan helps
stitution, and will brace his political ered a much challenging phase.
Prime Minister of Nepal.
acumen to address the grievances Apart from holding the second and them and helps our region?" Cooperation Tasneem Aslam.
of the Madhesis and other out parties also extended their support final phase of local elections on Pakistan and Afghanistan Ghani also warned the
standing political issues. after reaching an agreement with June 28, Deuba's other immediate have long accused each other Taliban to embrace peace or
Seventyyearold Deuba, who was him and outgoing PM Pushpa priorities are to take confidence of of turning a blind eye to mili "face consequences".
e lected for his fourth st int as Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', but ruled the Madhesi parties in the constitu tants operating along their "We are offering a chance for
Premier exactly a week short of his out joining the government. tion implementation process, bring porous border, and both forces peace but this is not an open
71st birthday, received wide politi Deuba's victory was a foregone ing them on board in the local elec exchanged fire over a border ended offer.
cal support during the voting in conclusion as none of the political tions and holding other two elec dispute last month, Dawn Time is running out... This is
parliament. Of the total 593 voters, parties fielded a candidate against tions provincial and parliamen reported. the last chance, take it or face
388 voted in his favor as opposed him. tary later this year. Despite strained bilateral consequences.
to 170 votes against the main On May 24, then Prime Minister Born in a simple family, Deuba, relations, Pakistan is attending "If Taliban wants to join
opposition Communist Party of Prachanda had announced his res who hails from the country's far the multinational conference. peace talks, the Afghan govern
Nepal (Unified MarxistsLeninists), ignation, in keeping with his agree west, is a wellrespected leader for The twomember Pakistani del ment will allow them to open
as expected, cast their votes against ment with the Nepali Congress, his participation in the struggle for egation is headed by Additional an office, but this is their last
him. Two Madhesbased political which had propped up his coalition restoring democracy in Nepal. Secretary UN and Economic chance," Ghani said.

Pakborn London IOM plans more help for


attacker's family floodhit Sri Lanka
hotel searched
Geneva: The UN migra
tion agency IOM said it
plans to provide 3,700
she lter repair kits,
London: Police identified the
5,000 nonfood relief
third of London Bridge attack
item kits and 250 tem
ers who killed seven people as
porary shelters to assist
an Italian. Pakistani authorities
the worst floodaffected
meanwhile searched the family
areas in Sri Lanka.
hotel of a Pakistanborn Briton
T he Internat ional
who was one of the three ter
Org anisat ion for
rorists.
Migration (IOM) said it
Security agencies searched
would see k funding
the hotel in Mujahidabad area
from the UN Central
in Karachi owned by an uncle
Emergency Response
of Khuram Shazad Butt, 27,
Fund, and the interven
who was among the three ter
tion would help an esti
rorists shot dead by police.
mated 74,750 people,
The hotel is located on Grand
Xinhua news agency
Trunk Road, Dawn reported. A flooded street in Kaduwela, Sri Lanka.
reported. Heavy flood
Residents in the area confirmed T he IOM cited Sri Lanka's schools, temples and churches.
ing, landslides and flash floods
the search. Disaster Management Centre fig People currently staying in
Butt's link to Pakistan have affected some 684,000 peo
The search was a precaution ure of over 2,500 houses which evacuation centers or with rela
was uncovered by ple in south and central Sri
after Butt's link to Pakistan was were destroyed and nearly tives and friends were unlikely to
British investigators. Lanka.
uncovered by British investiga 15,900 houses damaged. be able to return to their homes
The flooding, which is believed
tors. British media said Butt Rachid Redouane, 30, a
to be the worst in over a decade, "These numbers could rise as in the short term, the IOM said.
was previously known to police MoroccanLibyan pastry chef
has left at least 212 people dead data from damage assessments is "People will need shelter and
and the spy agency MI5. But he who had an Irish w ife, and
and 79 missing. compiled in the coming weeks," other nonfood relief items (when
is said to have been not radical Youssef Zaghba, a 22yearold
The IOM's initial rapid assess the IOM said in a statement they leave the sites) and we will
ized in Pakistan. Italian national of Moroccan
ments conducted last week in issued Tuesday. need to ensure that aid is distrib
Butt even appeared in a descent who was on Italy's list
some district of Sri Lanka showed According to the UN agency, uted at the location most useful
Channel 4 documentary, "The of persons at risk after being
that homes and villages were nearly 22,000 people were still and appropriate for each affected
Jihadis Next Door", last year. held in 2016 while on way to
swept away by the flood waters sheltering in some 200 over family," said IOM Sri Lanka Chief
Butt's fellow attackers were Syria.
and mud slides. crowded "safe sites" including of Mission Giuseppe Crocetti.
22 June 10-16, 2017 INTERNATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

7 killed in London terror, IS claims responsibility


London: Islamists rammed a van into a
group of unsuspecting pedestrians and
tourists on the London Bridge and later
Trump slams
launched knife attacks at nearby pubs, London mayor
killing seven people and injuring 48.
Washington: US President Donald Trump
Police shot dead all three terrorists.
criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan for
According to a report in the BBC, IS'
asking the British public to remain calm
news outlet Amaq, on the messaging app
after the weekend terrorist attack. Trump
Telegram, said "a security unit of Islamic
once more resorted to Twitter to send a
State fighters carried out the London
message that "We must stop being politi
attacks".
cally correct and get down to the business
At least 21 of the wounded, including
of security for our people. If we don't get
two police officers, were reportedly in crit
smart it will only get worse."
ical condition. Police said 12 people have
Trump was referring to the Saturday
been arrested in connection with the ter
night terrorist attack in London that left
ror attack.
seven victims and three terrorists dead,
The weekend mayhem in the heart of
along with dozens of civilians wounded, Efe
London came less than a fortnight after a
reported. The US president once again let
young British suicide bomber detonated a
diplomatic niceties fall by the wayside as
powerful bomb in the Manchester Arena
he criticized Khan, a Muslim with whom he
just when an American concert had ended,
had already developed a tense relationship,
killing 22 people and injuring more than People mourn for victims of London Bridge attack. for seeking to reassure Londoners, and
100.
other Britons, after the attack, although he
It all began when a white transitstyle where three assailants got out and began with only his baton.
took the mayor's remarks out of context.
van speeding toward the London Bridge stabbing civilians at a restaurant as well as One attacker was seen with "a big knife"
"At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror
Tube station drove into people including police officers who tried to stop them, the attacking people in the Borough Market
attack & Mayor of London says there is 'no
foreigners enjoying a pleasant weather BBC reported. whose pubs and restaurants were packed.
reason to be alarmed!'" Trump tweeted,
around 10 pm, sending one man flying Four police officers who tried to stop the British Prime Minister Theresa May said:
apparently misunderstanding Khan's earli
some 20 feet in the air. attack were among those injured, two of "It's time to say enough is enough." She
er statement. Meanwhile, one of the
In no time, four or five people were on them seriously. These were an of fduty said the counterterrorism strategy would
mayor's spokesmen said in response to
the ground, dead or dying, witnesses told of ficer and amateur rugby player who be reviewed, the election campaign would
Trump's tweets that Khan had "more
the media. tackled one of the terrorists but was resume on Monday and the parliamentary
important things to do" in terms of over
The vehicle continued to drive towards stabbed and a British Transport Police elections would be held as planned on
seeing the city's response and recovery.
Borough Market, just south of the bridge, of ficer who took on the attackers armed June 8.

UK leaders make last


campaign pitch before
8 killed as IS targets Iran Parliament
Tehran: At least eight people assailants was arrested while
June 8 elections were killed in the first terror
attack claimed by the Islamic
the other three remained holed
up inside. Minutes after the
London: With less than 24 hours to go before
State in Iran, with killers acting Parliament attack began, two
voting begins in Britain's general election, lead
in coordination targeting the people blew themselves up at
ers of the two main parties hit the streets
Parliament House and the mausoleum of Khomeini,
across the nation for a final day of campaign
Ayatollah Khomeini's mau the founder of the Islamic state,
ing. Conservative Party leader Theresa May,
soleum in Tehran's heart. killing an employee and wound
who seeks to retain her job as Prime Minister in
Details of the twin attacks ing four visitors, Efe reported.
Thursday's vote, began her day with a visit to a
remained sketchy even several Two other terrorists at the
Smithfield meat market in London before head
hours later. Lawmaker Tayebeh mausoleum, one of them a
ing to central and eastern England. Shiite Iran has been singled out as a target by Sunni jihadists.
Siavoshi told Efe news that the woman, were arrested.
Her rival, Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour party
situation was "very confusing forced their way into self up, the stateowned televi Within hours, the Islamic
travelled north to Glasgow before making his
and sensitive" and denied Parliament when it was in ses sion reported. As the attack State terror group claimed
way back south to London, passing through
media reports that the situation sion and opened fire at security unfolded, security forces hur responsibility for both the
several towns and cities in England and Wales
was under control. The Islamic guards and visitors, leaving at riedly closed the doors of attacks through its af filiated
on the way, Efe news reported.
State, a Sunni jihadist group, least seven dead, Efe said. Parliament and neither the law news agency Amaq. The BBC
Corbyn said that public services, particularly
claimed responsibility for both But the BBC reported that makers nor journalists were said this was the most serious
the National Health Service, would be safer in
attacks in the Shia majority only one security guard was allowed to leave. terrorist incident in Tehran
his hands. Home security and police numbers
nation, Efe news reported. killed in Parliament. Efe quoted the Iranian since the early years of the
have been at the crux of the campaign in the
In the first incident, four gun Two hours later, one of the Students News Agency (ISNA) Islamic revolution of 1979 led
light of last week's terror incident in which
men armed with assault rifles Parliament attackers blew him as saying that one of the by Khomeini.
seven people were killed when three militants

Seven nations isolate Qatar for supporting terror


mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge
and launched a stabbing rampage at a nearby
market. The current head of government and
former Home Secretary on Tuesday said she Dubai: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, gering a run on supermarkets "protect its national security
would alter current human rights laws if it was Yemen, Bahrain, Libya, the in Qatar. The Arab and Gulf from the dangers of terrorism
deemed necessary in order to crack down on UAE and the Maldives severed nations accused Qatar of and extremism".
terrorism in London. diplomatic ties with Qatar, destabilizing the region and Bahrain, the only Shiamajor
Meanwhile, Corbyn criticised cuts to police accusing it supporting terror claimed Doha had links with ity Gulf nation ruled by Sunnis,
numbers that were made when May was the groups, including the Muslim the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. said it was cutting ties because
government minister responsible for Britain's Brotherhood. The Gulf country Qatar called the decision Qatar was "shaking the securi
Home Office. Around 50 million Britons are eli denied the allegations. "unjustified and based on slan ty and stability of Bahrain and
gible to vote in the general election on The dramatic development der". "T he measures were meddling in its affairs".
Qatar PM Sheikh Abdullah bin
Thursday. At the onset of campaigning a month followed lingering tensions taken despite there being no The UAE accused Qatar of
Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.
ago, May led Corbyn in the public opinion polls within the once unified Gulf evidence to support the accu "supporting, funding and
with an average of around 20 points. But Cooperation Council. Riyadh sations lodged against the Agency said Riyadh had closed embracing terrorism, extrem
according to a new polling data, the rivals were closed its land border and nation," Qatar's Foreign its borders, severing land, sea ism and sectarian organiza
neck and neck now. snapped sea and air links, trig Ministry said. The Saudi Press and air contacts with Qatar to tions".
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Equity markets rise after RBI More than 1 crore


cuts SLR to induce liquidity trained under Skill
Mumbai: Cheered by the deci ratesensitive stocks like banks, India: Minister
sion of the Reserve Bank of auto and realty rose after the
India (RBI) to boost liquidity lev RBI kept rates steady. Major New Delhi: The Skill "Skill India is a silent revolu
els in the commercial banking Asian markets have ended on a Development Ministry has tion that is underway and it is a
system, the Indian equity mar mixed note, while European trained more than 1.17 crore joint investment that the govern
kets recovered from a flat trad indices like FTSE 100, CAC 40 aspirants in various skills since ment along with the private
ing session to close in the green. and DAX traded hig her." the inception of Prime Minister partners is making for the
T he RBI in its second bi According to Dhruv Desai, Narendra Modi's flagship Skill growth of the country," he said.
monthly monetary policy review Director and Chief Operating India Mission, Minister of State Rudy said that Pradhan Mantri
of 201718 decided to reduce Of ficer of Tradebulls, the Bank for Skill Development Rajiv Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY),
the Statutory Liquidity Ratio 31,190.56 points. Nifty hit a record high after RBI Pratap Rudy said. which was launched in July
(SLR) by 50 basis points to 20 It touched a high of 31,346.99 cut the SLR. Addressing media on the com 2015, has witnessed more than
per cent. However, it kept its key points and a low of 31,172.98 "The RBI used a less hawkish pletion of three years of BJP 26.5 lakh people acquiring new
lending rate unchanged at 6.25 points during intraday trade. tone while leaving interest rates government at the Centre, Rudy skills, of which 50 per cent are
per cent. Besides, a betterthan The BSE market breadth was unchanged at its policy meeting, said the figure did not include women.
expected monsoon forecast by bullish with 1,460 advances as inflat ion is running we ll numbers contributed through Last year, women participation
the India Meteorolog ical and 1,200 declines. below forecasts and the econo skill development schemes and under PMKVY was 40 per cent
Department (IMD), coupled with The broader market indices my has slowed more than initiatives under other and "I am elated to see that we
firm global cues and healthy outperformed the Sensex, with expected. T his prompted the Ministries. have an equal malefemale ratio
buying in banking, automobile the S&P BSE midcap index ris rupee to strengthen against the He added that the Ministry this year cumulatively", the
and healthcare sectors, kept ing by 0.46 per cent and the US dollar," Desai said. On the was also striving to improve the Minister said.
market sentiments buoyant. smallcap index by 0.75 per cent. currency front, the rupee quality of industrial training Rudy added that over 480
The Nifty of the National Stock "Markets ended with modest strengthened by 10 paise to institutes which cater to around Pradhan Mantri Kaushal
Exchange (NSE) closed at gains after witnessing intraday 64.33 per US dollar from its pre 23 lakh students across the Kendras (skilldevelopment cen
9,663.90 points up 26.75 volatility after the RBI decided to vious close of 64.43. In invest country. "Human Resource tres) would be set up covering
points or 0.28 per cent keep the reporate unchanged ments, provisional data with the Development Ministry has all the districts of the country.
The 30scrip Sensitive Index after a policy review meet today. exchanges showed that foreign allowed us to conduct exams for Some 162 are already function
(Sensex) of the BSE, which Good prospects of rains and firm institutional investors (FIIs) pur students enrolled in ITIs for al. He said that the industry will
opened at 31,252.71 points, global stocks supported gains on chased stocks worth Rs 73.79 matriculation, secondary and only partner with the govern
closed at 31,271.28 points the bourses," Deepak Jasani, crore, while domestic institution higher secondary equivalence ment if they see quality work
gaining 80.72 points or 0.26 per Head Retail Research, HDFC al investors (DIIs) bought scrips and give certificates to them," force coming out from Skill
cent from its previous close at Securities, told IANS. "Interest worth Rs 166.22 crore. the Minister said. India.

World's first 'aeroboat' made by IndoRussian JV unveiled


New Delhi/Moscow: T he world's first robust than the comparable hovercrafts, he
hybrid "aeroboat" capable of traveling on said. "We have already exported around
land, water, snow and sand that has been five units to India, both for transportation
built by an IndoRussian joint venture was and disaster management applications.
unveiled in Moscow at a startups event These delivered products are poised to help
organised by Russia's staterun Skolkovo save hundreds of lives in India during the
Foundation. monsoon season when the regions experi
The aeroboat is designed to access diffi ence floods," Sharan said.
cult terrain, such as flooded or marshy "After our success with Indian disaster
areas where the use of regular boats is management authorities, Russia's Ministry
made impossible because of shallow water, of Emergency Situations has shown very
patches of dry land or by marine vegeta strong interest in these vehicles."
tion. While hovercrafts on average move at
It has been designed by IIAAT Holding, a around 4550 km per hour on water, aer
joint venture between the International oboats are capable of going at around 150
Inst itute for Advanced Aerospace km or more, he said.
Technologies and Indian firm Millennium "The Aeroboat is also more robust than
Aerodynamics. hovercrafts, and with estimated mainte
The aeroboat is on demonstration in and nance costs of $400$600 per year, is
around a pond in the twoday Startup cheaper to maintain and fuel," Sharan said.
Village annual event in Moscow for technol The aeroboat is designed to access difficult terrain, such as flooded or marshy areas. He pointed out that it runs on a "hybrid"
ogy entrepreneurs and investors organized engine, meaning it can run on either petrol
by Russia's biggest innovation fund the told IANS in an email interview that they in India of which they have already or electricity, enabling users to reduce car
Skolkovo Foundation. IIAAT Holding board have orders for more than 25 aeroboat despatched five for use in disaster manage bon emissions and increase energy ef fi
member Sukrit Sharan, who is in Moscow, units from private and government buyers ment. These are much faster and more ciency.
24 June 10-16, 2017 SPORTS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

CT 2017: Lankan batting trumps India


London: Sri Lanka rode on a solid
batt ing display to reg ister a
sevenwicket victory over India in
their Group B Champions Trophy
India thrash Pakistan
match at The Oval here.
Set a challenging target of 322 in onesided clash
runs, the Lankans rode on half Birmingham: Defending champi method.
centuries from Kusal Mendis and on India put up an allround The Pakistanis were off to a
Danushka Gunathilaka to cross show to drub archrivals Pakistan steady start thanks to openers
the line in 48.3 overs and register by 124 runs via Duckworth Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad,
their first win the tournament. Lewis (DL) method in a rain who put together an opening
The duo dominated the Indian marred Group B encounter of the stand of 47 runs in nine overs
bolwers to add 159 runs between Champions Trophy. before pacer Bhuvneshwar
them and lay the foundation of a Asked to bat, the Indians rode Kumar struck the first blow for
successful run chase. on a powerpacked performance India by trapping the latter leg
Mendis was the highest scorer by the top order to post a chal before.
among the Sri Lankans, produc lenging total of 319/3 in an Ali continued to battle on, top
ing a steady 89 runs off 93 balls innings affected by rain twice scoring for Pakistan with a
Kusal Mendis was the highest scorer among the Sri Lankans,
before being run out thanks to an and consequently shortened to steady 50 runs off 65 balls
producing a steady 89 runs off 93 balls.
excellent piece of fielding by 48 overs. before being dismissed.
Indian pacer Buvneshwar Kumar Pakistan and South Africa have Earlier opening batsman Further rain interruptions But the rest of the Pakistan
off his own bowling. identical records of a win and a Shikhar Dhawan's 125 powered forced the match officials to batsmen seemed to buckle under
Gunathilaka smashed 76 off 72 draw. India will now have to beat defending champions India to revise the target to 289 runs off pressure and failed to rise to the
deliveries with seven boundaries South Africa in their last group 321/6 in 50 overs. Dhawan, who 41 overs according to the DL challenge.
and two sixes. match on June 11 and Sri lanka registered his 10th century in
Thursday's result throws the face a must win contest against OneDay Internat ional (ODI) Sharma (78; 79b; 4x6, 6x3). Then, the next few overs but Dhawan
group wide open as all the teams Pakistan a day later in quest to cricket, shared a partnership of India lost Virat Kohli (0) and kept finding fours to keep Sri
in the group India, Sri Lanka, qualify from the semifinals. 138 with fellow opener Rohit Yuvraj Singh (7) cheaply within Lanka at bay.

BopannaDabrowski Durants last heave clinches a


clinch French Open commanding 30 lead in NBA finals
l By Shiv Chopra
mixed doubles title New York: 1:24 left on the clock in
the fourth quarter, Golden State
Down by 4, Iguodala inbounds to
Kevin Durant who runs the ball up
the paint and drills a floater. 111
113 Cavs. LeBron gets the ball and
dribbles for almost the entire 24
and passes to Korver who misses a
3, Durant gets the rebound. This is
the change to get the lead, this is
the moment Durant has been wait
ing for to prove why he deserves to
win. He dribbles the ball down the
court to the 3point line. LeBron in
his face, Durant jumps up for the 3
with no hesitation and shoots the
ball. With laserprecision the ball
sees nothing but net and Golden
BopannaDabrowski clinch French Open mixed doubles title State takes an improbable 114113
lead with 45.3 seconds left.
Paris: Indian star Rohan Bopanna Japan in 1997.
Kyrie dribbles the clock away and
and his Canadian partner Bhupathi achieved the feat for
takes a step back 3pointer, well
Gabriela Dabrowski won a tough a second time in 2012 with
defended by Clay, and barely grazes
threeset battle to clinch the Sania Mirza before Paes part
the rim, Curry gets the rebound.
mixed doubles title at the French nered Swiss star Martina Hingis This series is unparalleled as no 2 teams
With a 2 second difference between have met in the finals 3 years in a row.
Open tennis tournament here. to win the title last year.
shot and game clock, Cavs had to
The seventh seeded Indo Indians have now won a total
foul. Durant drills 2 clutch free from doing something unprecedent when Cavs did it themselves. The
Canadian combination overcame of 20 mixed doubles titles at
throws and makes the game 116 ed. No team has ever went through task this year is not the same
the unseeded pair of AnnaLena Grand Slam tournaments.
113. After a timeout, LeBron gets the playof fs undefeated or even though, Golden State has Durant.
Groenefeld of Germany and Dabrowski also created history
inbounded to and rises to take a 3 been this close to doing so. Durant is the only superstar on the
Robert Farah of Colombia 26, 6 on Thursday as she became the
pointer to tie the game, but Golden State also now has the two teams without a ring and was
2, 1210 in 56 minutes. first Canadian to win a Grand
Iguodala strips it and the ball is longest winning streak in playoffs blasted with hate after his decision
Bopanna is the fourth Indian to Slam title.
called out on the Cavs. Curry gets history, not just in the NBA, but that to leave OKC and join the warriors
win a Grand Slam title after Bopanna featured in the final
fouled, takes 2 free throws and the of any of the other three major for the sole purpose of winning the
Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi of a Grand Slam tournament
game is then basically over, final American sports, NFL, NHL, or MLB. playoffs. He has something to prove
and Sania Mirza. after a gap of seven years.
score 118113, and that is how Going into game 4, the Cavs are will not allow anyone, not even
Bopanna is also the fourth He qualified for the Grand
Golden State won game 3. down 3 games to 0, no team in the LeBron to get in his way. We will
Indian to become mixed doubles Slam final of his career in 2010
This series is unparalleled as no 2 playoffs has ever come back from a find out on Friday night if the
champion at the French Open. when he and Pakistan's Aisam
teams have met in the finals 3 years 30 deficit but do not count them Warriors can leave their mark on
Bhupathi was the first he won ulhaq Qureshi entered the title
in a row. Golden State is now 150 out. No team had come back from the history books or spiral out like
the title with Rika Hiraki of clash of the US open.
in these playoffs and 1 game away down 31 in the finals until last year last year.
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The Secret of Jahanara Begum


O
ne of the most anticipated a distillate of damask roses, was
novels of 2017, "The meant to be a tonic. But people
Ministry of Utmost found that two tablespoons of the
Happiness" will hit the book sparkling rubycoloured syrup in
stands across India on Tuesday, a glass of cold milk or even just
June 6. The novel comes 20 years plain water not only tasted deli
after the author's "The God of cious, but was also an effective
Small Things," which won the defence against Delhi's scorching
Booker Prize in 1997 and was a summers and the strange fevers
bestseller in more than 30 lan that blew in on desert winds.
guages worldwide. The book, as Soon what had started out as
with its author, comes with its medicine became the most popu
share of controversies for the lar summer drink in the region.
characterizations and back Rooh Afza became a prosperous
grounds which take in burning enterprise and a household name.
issues facing the country today For forty years it ruled the mar
from Maoism, Kashmir unrest, ket, sending its produce from its
caste and minority politics, headquarters in the old city as far
among others. A vocal opponent south as Hyderabad and as far
of the current ruling party in west as Afghanistan.
India, Roy is known for her Then came Partition. God's
tirades against the Bharatiya carotid burst open on the new bor
Janta Party and has drawn flak der between India and Pakistan
for airing her views on Hindu reli and a million people died of
gion and Kashmir issue. For those hatred. Neighbours turned on
waiting for 20 years for another each other as though they'd never
masterpiece from Roy to those known each other, never been to
who prefer knitting to reading it each other's weddings, never
heres an exclusive extract from sung each other's songs. The
'The Ministry of Utmost An extract from Arundhati Roy's new discursive novel in 20 years walled city broke open. Old fami
Happiness.' lies fled (Muslim). New ones
Sarmad. I've brought him here to it just once. His parents decided but Aftab refused to go to school arrived (Hindu) and settled
he first time she made her way you. Look after him. And teach me to send him to Ustad Hameed any more. By then Jahanara around the city walls. Rooh Afza
T past the crowd the sellers of how to love him. Khan, an outstanding young Begum's hopes had more or less had a serious setback, but soon re
ittars and amulets, the custodians Hazrat Sarmad did. musician who taught Hindustani faded. There was no sign of heal covered and opened a branch in
of pilgrims' shoes, the cripples, For the first few years of Aftab's classical music to groups of chil ing anywhere on the horizon. She Pakistan. A quarter of a century
the beggars, the homeless, the life, Jahanara Begum's secret dren in his cramped quarters in had managed to put off his cir later, after the holocaust in East
goats being fattened for slaughter remained safe. While she waited Chandni Mahal. Little Aftab never cumcision for some years with a Pakistan, it opened another
on Eid and the knot of quiet, eld for his girlpart to heal, she kept missed a single class. By the time series of inventive excuses. But branch in the brandnew country
erly eunuchs who had taken up him close and was fiercely protec he was nine he could sing a good young Saqib was waiting in line of Bangladesh. But eventually, the
residence under a tarpaulin out tive of him. Even after her twenty minutes of bada khayal in for his, and she knew she had run Elixir of the Soul that had sur
side the shrine and entered the younger son, Saqib, was born she Raag Yaman, Durga and Bhairav out of time. Eventually she did vived wars and the bloody birth
tiny red chamber, Jahanara would not allow Aftab to stray and make his voice skim shyly off what she had to. She mustered of three new countries, was, like
Begum became calm. The street very far from her on his own. It the flat rekhab in Raag Pooriya her courage and told her hus most things in the world, trumped
sounds grew faint and seemed to was not seen as unusual behavior Dhanashree like a stone skipping band, breaking down and weep by CocaCola.
come from far away. She sat in a for a woman who had waited so over the surface of a lake. He ing with grief as well as relief that Although Mulaqat Ali was a
corner with her baby asleep on long and so anxiously for a son. could sing Chaiti and Thumri with she finally had someone else to trusted and valued employee of
her lap, watching people, Muslim When Aftab was five he began the accomplishment and poise of share her nightmare with. Hakim Abdul Majid, the salary he
as well as Hindu, come in ones to attend the UrduHindi madras a Lucknow courtesan. At first peo Her husband, Mulaqat Ali, was a earned was not enough to make
and twos, and tie red threads, red sa for boys in Chooriwali Gali (the ple were amused and even hakim, a doctor of herbal medi ends meet. So outside his working
bangles and chits of paper to the bangleseller's lane). Within a encouraging, but soon the snick cine, and a lover of Urdu and hours he saw patients at his
grille around the tomb, beseech year he could recite a good part ering and teasing from other chil Persian poetry. home. Jahanara Begum supple
ing Sarmad to bless them. It was of the Quran in Arabic, although dren began: He's a She. He's not a All his life he had worked for mented the family income with
only after she noticed a translu it wasn't clear how much of it he He or a She. He's a He and a She. the family of another hakim what she earned from the white
cent old man with dry, papery understood that was true of all She He, He She Hee! Hee! Hee! Hakim Abdul Majid, who founded cotton Gandhi caps she made and
skin and a wispy beard of spun the other children too. Aftab was When the teasing became a popular brand of sherbet called supplied in bulk to Hindu shop
light sitting in a corner, rocking a better than average student, but unbearable Aftab stopped going Rooh Afza (Persian for 'Elixir of keepers in Chandni Chowk.
back and forth, weeping silently even from the time he was very to his music classes. But Ustad the Soul'). Rooh Afza, made of (Extracted from "The Ministry
as though his heart was broken, young it became clear that his Hameed, who doted on him, khurfa seeds (purslane), grapes, of Utmost Happiness" by
that Jahanara Begum allowed her real gift was music. He had a offered to teach him separately, oranges, watermelon, mint, car Arundhati Roy, with permission
own tears to fall. This is my son, sweet, true singing voice and on his own. rots, a touch of spinach, khus from Penguin India.)
Aftab, she whispered to Hazrat could pick up a tune after hearing So the music classes continued, khus, lotus, two kinds of lilies and IANS
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Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

News items prove that annoying


people are often useful
I
have an ethics issue. What do you do when committed by teenage girls.
you're having an argument on Facebook Now the last time I mentioned this sort of
and an incredibly stupid, annoying person thing, someone pointed out that there's a
joins in, but they're on your side? It's shock United Nations convention which specifically
ing that society has no answers for the huge bans the repeated playing of unwanted music
moral dilemmas of today. as torture. But apparently it only applies in
It's an odd truth that annoying people often war situations. My local police are running a
turns out to be useful. A case in point was "war on bad parking" but I don't think that
sent to me by reader Ann Chin recently. A counts. The one group of Annoying People
daring robber raided a bank in the US state of who I find Not Useful are folk who are
Vermont and got away. Excessively Politically Correct. The British
Elsewhere in the same town, a woman who Medical Association recently issued a guid
was the sort of annoying person who gets ance document telling doctors and nurses
called an "ecoNazi" (my family is full of them) they could refer to mamastobe as "pregnant
was throwing away a piece of garbage in her people" to include "transmen who might
bin. (Image courtesy: lifehacker.com) become pregnant". This is a bit much. Of
She noticed someone had thrown away a course it is possible that I may be swamped
paper coffee cup in the LITTERBIN instead of suit of the woman's housecleaner's gender, to stand outside the homes of non with angry letters from pregnant "transmen"
THE PAPER RECYCLING bin. Outraged, she boyfriend. The moral of this story? Always taxpayers and be as annoying as possible but I will take that risk.
retrieved it and found it contained a crumpled put draft copies of criminal threats you write until people paid up. A Spanish debt collec It would be annoying to lose the word
piece of a paper with writing on it: "This is a in the correct bin. tion agency employed a dog with an annoying "mama", a term you find in almost every lan
robbery give me the money and no one will You can even make money being annoying. yap and a bagpiper for similar purposes. guage around the world. (The exception is
get hurt." Police guessed it was the robber's I remember the Inland Revenue Service in More recently, the Minnesota police depart Buckingham Palace in London, where the
practice note and immediately set off in pur Karachi hiring hijras, persons of nonstandard ment in the US announced that arrested peo Queen's babies have to address her as
ple may be subjected to a really annoying "ma'am" or find themselves on the "to be
Justin Bieber video "all the way to the jail." beheaded" list.)
There was no followup report on whether One day the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody
the crime rate fell, but I worry that there may will go: "ParentPerson, just killed a Person."
have been an unexpected boom in crimes Just not the same.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Monetary gains from unplanned sources will front will be long lasting & highly beneficial. sophical in nature. You are admired by those stress levels would show on your health. Legal
brighten your week. You need courageous Increase in income from past investment is around you for your ability to take quick and matters that have been bothering your mind
efforts to turn loveatfirstsight into a strong foreseen. Those engaged will find their fiance courageous decisions, but you need to check would be decided in your favour. For those unat
romantic bond. Cataract patients should avoid a source of great happiness. Unnecessary worry your tendency to behave quarrelsome, impatient tached romance would add a zing to their life.
visiting a polluted environment as smoke could about health would only invite further prob and shorttempered at times. Children would be interesting and a major
cause further problems to their eyes. Many peo lems. Going to a business trip, beware might This year you will gain from your ability to do source of your happiness. For those who have
smart business and you would also build up been unsuccessful in finding a life partner till
ple want to fly international and you are one of have some problem. First resolve the legal
excellent rapport with eminent people in public now should rejoice, as a matrimonial wedlock
them. You might apply for bank loan as to get issues then mortgage your property. If possible,
and private sector. Favours from banks and seems later in the year. The months of October,
back the possession of your mortgaged proper help whosoever comes to you this week.
financial institutions would enable you to February and April will prove to be eventful.
ty. You will be successful in others thinking that SCORPIO: You will be on the seventh
streamline your present projects. New job oppor
you are too old to learn new things. heaven when you receive recognition
tunities for those in service are quite imminent. 14th June, 2017
TAURUS: Innovative ideas & technical for your achievements at work. You will Romance and new alliances look likely for the Influenced by number 5 and the planet
expertise would enable to win the confi be in the mood to celebrate with family and unattached. Elders and children in the family will Mercury. You are active, smart, confident, origi
dence of seniors at professional front. friends in this week. New moneymaking oppor demand a lot of your attention. Health of your nal, and highly independent individual. You are
Family members will be very positive & sup tunities will be lucrative. Sharing candyfloss spouse may cause concern and anxiety. Spiritual loved by your friends and your parents take
portive to your plans. Property dealings would and tof fees with lover/beloved would bring gains for some later in the year. August, enormous pride in you, but you need to check
materialize helping in bringing fabulous gains. unlimited joy. A very healthy week filled with November, January and May will be result ori your tendency to behave moody, introvert and
The presence of love would make you feel life happiness & vitality. By traveling youll learn ented. restless at times.
meaningful. A sparkling laughter filled week about new places and cultures, which is ulti This year new alliances and partnerships
when most things proceed, as you desire. Your mately a great deal about yourself. There are 11th June, 2017 would bring in prosperity. Your confidence and
whole family needs a holiday, look further and chances of getting good amount from an older Influenced by number 2 and the Moon, you are determination will be at its peak. Financial gains
take a break. Dont deal in a property which is property of yours. You succeed in using your active, imaginative, simple, trustworthy and as delayed payments and bad debts are recov
crime ridden. Interacting with strangers might sharp & active mind to help the needy people. impressive. You are fond of travelling to distant ered. Speculation in real estate and stocks will
unnecessarily waste your valuable time. SAGITTARIUS: Your creativity will places and learn more about different cultures prove to be profitable. Those at service might
GEMINI: To achieve a desirable outcome amaze people around you besides and people, but you need to check you tendency face hectic period at work, because of the unpre
at work you must get the support of enhancing career prospects. Good to behave moody and highly unpredictable at dictable behaviour of their boss. Your spouse
team members. Make sure you avoid advice from family members brings gains. All times. This year promises good and unyielding would be supportive to your concerns and pro
returns. Take extra precautions before making vide you with love and af fection. A budding
overreacting to tense situations at family front. financial commitments & transactions need to
any major investments. Those involved in art, romance is on the horizon for some of you. A dis
Avoid overspending and investments in dubious be handled carefully. Difference of opinion with
writing and other creative professions should tant trip cannot be ruled out for pilgrimage or
financial schemes. You will be in a loving mood, love companion would create some problems.
expect recognition and monetary benefits. auspicious ceremonies. The month of July,
therefore make special plans for romantic part Pleasure trip would help in maintaining sound
Sudden help from an influential person will September, November and March seem to be
ner. Engaging yourself in creative work would health. Traveling at time is what you dont
bring a major boost to your career and prosperi highly significant.
keep you relaxed. By traveling you will learn expect from yourself. Property disputes can be ty. Later in the year you are likely to get involved
about new places, ultimately its a great deal for there. Make sure you dont give unnecessary in construction or designing activities for your 15th June, 2017
yourself. You will have to go out of the way to importance to minor issues otherwise they self or for others. Financially you would be in a Influenced by number 6 and the planet Venus.
buy your dream house. You need to be very would disappoint you. much better state and you would find your confi You are active, energetic, warmhearted, and are
cautious with whatever you do or say this week. CAPRICORN: You will have to take dence and morale very high. Matrimonial fond of worldly pleasures. You are good at con
CANCER: Excess workload could trou some calculated risks to conquer chal alliances for some around the yearend. Judicial versation and you easily make friends because of
ble at workplace. A careless attitude lenging situations at workplace. You matters might not bring in the desired results, your helpful nature, but you need to check your
will make parents worried. Spending need to take the approval of everyone before therefore avoid getting involved in legal compli tendency to behave spendthrift and stubborn at
money carelessly would backfire. Love life making changes at home. You should look twice cations. Children will be supportive and bring in times.
brings some memorable moments that you at investment schemes that are presented to some happy and good news later in the year. This coming year good financial gains are fore
could cherish rest of your life. An impulsive you. You need to make a proper planning September, December, April and July will espe seen along with appreciation and plenty of
behaviour might cause health problems during before embarking on love journey. High time cially prove to be significant. reward. Your stars seem favourable for building
this week. Planning a trip is not what you want, for you to realize your true potentials. Plan and new alliances and partnerships. Promotion and
try to implant them. Your plan to own a house enjoy a holiday, little hussle bussle might be 12th June, 2017 transfers likely for some. Selective speculation
is ought to be in the right way. You will not possible. The plot you were looking for can be Influenced by number 3 and the planet Jupiter. would be beneficial therefore be extra careful
compromise your principles & values at the profitable from investment point of view. You You are ambitious, dignified, philosophical, and not to squander hardearned money. Romantic
religious. You are selfreliant and possess enor alliances likely for those unattached, others
face of distress. are likely to handle tough situations to solve
mous leadership qualities and you like to take would get tied into a matrimonial wedlock.
LEO: Service people, artists and those in friends problem during this week.
your own decisions, but you need to check your Distant journey, pilgrimage or foreign travel
creative field will get several new oppor AQUARIUS : New job opportunities for
tendency to be jealous, over ambitious and self later in the year. You are likely to be more
tunities. Relatives will be willing to lend some will be better than expected. The
centered at times. inclined towards religious and spiritual activities.
a helping hand at the time of need. You are like company of family friends will keep
This year improvement in your work atmos September, November, January and May will be
ly to earn monetary gains through various you in a happy & relaxed mood. You get some phere would be there, giving you lot of job satis highly significant months.
sources. Your flashing smile would work as the financial rewards as dedication & hard work faction. Sudden major monetary gains, either
best antidote for romantic partners unhappi gets noticed. Company of love partner would from foreign transactions or a major govt. con 16th June, 2017
ness. Your enormous confidence would help in inspire to take initiatives this week. You need to tract, cannot be ruled out. The later half of the Governed by number 7 and the planet
enjoying a healthy life. Pack your bags and develop selftrust to encourage yourself to fight year could bring opportunities to travel overseas Neptune. You are simple, dignified, original,
some eatables and go out for a picnic. Plan to illness. Thinking of a holiday trip with differ for business as well as pleasure. Selective specu dashing and confident. You possess remarkable
invest in cafeteria or a bakery shop; it might ence could bring difference to your budget. It is lation will bring you gains. Some thumping news leadership qualities and blessed with strong
create new opportunities for you. You are likely better to try for your office accommodation as expected from your children towards the last imagination and intuition, but you need to check
to be a realistic on living life on a physical soon as possible. You will be successful in quarter of the year. Some renovation, construc your tendency to behave extravagant, hypocrite
plane. releasing yourself from the trap of hidden tion and pilgrimage should also be carried out and stubborn at times.
VIRGO: At work you are likely to win enemies. this year. Meditation and yoga should be prac This year friends and family members would
appreciat ion and awards for past PISCES: You are likely to fail to achieve ticed for spiritual as well as physical gains. The provide good support. Professionally things look
efforts. Parental guidance in your deci targets at professional front. You need months of November, January and June would be much better and you would move around with
sion would immensely help. Monetary gains are to control your tongue otherwise it highly eventful. new confidence and energy. A change for the
likely to be from more than one source. Love could hurt the sentiments of your parents. better in your business or career seems likely
partner touches soul that would take imagina Desire to earn quick money invites financial 13th June, 2017 later in year. Those involved in art, writing and
Ruled by number 4 and the planet Uranus. other creative profession should expect recogni
tion to unlimited heights. Blessings of a saintly losses. Love works like a panacea as you find
You are bright, energetic, active, methodical and tion and monetary gains. Health would definitely
person give peace of mind. You and your loved sanity. Yoga and meditation would help in keep
systematic. You are fond of good, respectable need more attention. Meditation and yoga should
ones been busy for quite sometimes and have ing in shape and mentally agile. You should
lifestyle and you specially enjoy building new be practiced for physical and spiritual gains.
finally decided to go on a vacat ion. leave fire arms at home when traveling. Time to
contacts and relationships, but you need to check Children will be supportive and bring in some
Preparations are must before you plan for a think about your investment plans, as investing
you tendency to behave stubborn, destructive happy and good news. Pilgrimage or journey
new house. Chances of the people who havent residentially might be profitable. Timely help of and vindictive at times. would be high on your agenda. The months of
been on goo d terms w ith you w ill see k a close friend would enable to fail/defeat your This year new assignment and plans come October, December, February and March will
company. overt enemies in their nefarious designs. your way. Work pressure would increase and especially bring in happiness and prosperity.
30 June 10-16, 2017 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Concluding part of the discourse 'Sharing the divine honey'

Meditation makes us
calmer, more balanced
By Sant Rajinder Message H. H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Singh Ji Maharaj
JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS
ome people drink alcohol

S and take drugs. In many


places of work, Friday is a
time in which people meet for
We often fall into the habit of misjudging others. We can be quick
to criticize or pass judgment without knowing the background of a
persons life or situation. It is remarkable how wrong we can be.
When we do not know why people act as they do, we jump to con
Happy Hour. There, they
clusions. Someone might even be trying to help us or make things
engage in drinking to feel good.
better, yet instead of taking the time to ask why something is being
There are numerous television
done, we berate them.
commercials for beer and wine,
As we go about our work, we need to think twice before we criticize
depicting the happiness people
experience by drinking. In private or pass judgment on someone. When we dont know the whole
circles, people speak of how good storythe motives or reasons a person has for doing somethingit
they feel when they get high on is better to take a few minutes to stop and ask about it. Many times,
drugs. There is a tremendous we will find that the person is trying to do something helpful. We can
drug culture in modern societies. be so wrapped up in our own lives that we do not take the time to
People seem to feel they cannot find out more.
be happy without alcohol or When a person criticizes someone, others tend to jump on the band
drugs. But we all know that that wagon to join in. Yet they do not know the situation either, and soon
happiness is temporary and many are spreading false information.
nd blissful and intoxicated we
comes at a high price.
ar e h appy a It is better to resolve a problem right away, learn the situation, and
we ey fix it before it escalates into something bigger and worse than what it
They
p le s e e that d alcohol, th are without the use of
started out to be. We need to refrain from judging others. If we get
may feel p e o s a n e ca n unnatural means such as
good for a When it h o u t drug so good. W a drugs and alcohol, they too
caught up in doing this, then we have filled our minds with thoughts
s
few min blissfu
lw
w e c an feel tion gives u want such happiness. Just
that are not true and that take us away from our own inner peace.
utes, but ask us
how
th at medita ion. We can like the princess who saw
Whatever we do comes back to us, so we risk reaping the fruits of our
ex p la in to x ic at d iv i ne the joy that people had thoughts, words, and deeds, whether positive or negative. When we
later they
then of in f th e
feel sick to
atu r al state e e t n ectar o xication when they tasted the
criticize others, we are bound to get the fruit of our actions, for we
n
w th e sw o r e i nto g s have hurt them by our words.
their stom ho es m dru sweetness of honey and
ach. They explain ithin provid which outer how they wanted to
To keep peace of mind in our daily life and to meditate with a calm
may get Wine w intoxication n give us. share that delicious
mind, it is beneficial to develop the habit of not jumping to conclu
addicted and h a n a ny o h o l ca sions lest we misjudge others. Instead, let us be loving and caring and
and alc
t taste with others, peo
require more get ple will see the joy we experience find out what the persons real story is. This will contribute to our
and more to this bliss. We do own inner peace and spread out to our environment and the world.
from meditation and they will
make them not have to cause car accidents want to enjoy that as well.
maintain their or commit crimes. Rather than I am reminded of a verse by THE ART OF MEDITATION
high. Drugs and alcohol lead to lowering our consciousness Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj
impaired judgment and poor through drugs and alcohol, we The art of meditation is based on the fact that we are not the body,
which says:
motor skills, which in turn can but the soul that inhabits the body. Medical research on neardeath
are raising our consciousness to Who has said that you must
lead to deadly car accidents. experiences shows that people who have been declared clinically
spiritual heights and even attain drink in secret?
People turn to crime to get dead, but were revived, shared common experiences. After the
ing Godconsciousness. The joy This is divine Wine that you
money to buy drugs and alcohol. moment of their clinical death they found themselves traveling
people see we have in our lives must share with others.
This leads to people getting hurt through an inner tunnel to a region of light and love. They were met
will inspire them to also want to While drinking this Nectar, for
and those perpetrating the partake of that sweet honey with get the sorrows of life and the at the end of the tunnel by a benevolent, radiant being. They
crimes going to prison. In some described the bliss they felt in the presence of that light, and they all
in. When people who see us med pains of the world.
cases drugs and alcohol lead to talked about their reluctance to leave that joy, that bliss, to return to
itating notice a change in us, they And hum songs of beauty and
disease and death. their physical body. This experience has been common to those who
are also inspired to experience love.
When people see that we are the same change. They see that passed through the gates of death, whether they were adults or chil
We can appreciate what a
happy and blissful without drugs meditation makes us calmer and dren, whether they belonged to one religion or another.
blessing it is to have a Master
and alcohol, they ask us how we more balanced. They see that we Some of the adults identified the light with the religious figure
and to receive the spiritual teach
can feel so good. We can then are able to deal with the chal prominent in their faith. The latest book on this subject describes the
ings from him. This is a valuable
explain that meditation gives us a lenges of life in a much more neardeath experiences of children. The young people interviewed in
gift that actually is sent to us by
natural state of intoxication. We even manner. They see that even the book did not associate the light with any particular person.
God through the Masters. God
can explain how the sweet nectar though everyone goes through Because the children had not yet associated spiritual experiences
wants each of us to have the gift.
of the divine Wine within pro the challenges of financial prob with any particular religious beliefs, they did not associate the loving
If we are lucky enough to receive
vides more intoxication than any lems, health problems, relation light with a particular personality. This mounting evidence, uncov
such a gift from a Master, we
intoxication which outer drugs ship difficulties, and other chal ered by doctors and scientists, that there is another dimension of
should treasure it and put it to
and alcohol can give us. We can lenges, we sail through them existence, has become more and more accepted by our society.
use. We should make the best use
talk about how we get this divine much more easily than most peo We do not have to wait for a physical calamity to have a neardeath
of the gift by spending time in
bliss within that lasts twentyfour ple. This makes people wonder experience. Through the process of meditation we can learn an easy,
meditation. Let us enjoy the
hours. There is no hangover. what secret we hold that helps us simple, and safe method of separating our soul from the body and
divine honey of the Light and
There are no side effects. We do face lifes struggles with more traveling to other dimensions. By using a method to concentrate our
Sound within. Let us then travel
not pass out or get sick. We do fortitude. attention at a particular point, our soul can transcend our body and
on the divine nectar back to the
not have to steal from anyone to Finally, when they see how enter regions of bliss.(For more visit www.sos.org)
Lord.
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