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GOP lastditch effort is China thaw signal


skinny repeal of Obamacare after Ajit Doval
Breaking 'Skinny Repeal' got 49 yays and 51
8 news: nays, failing to pass in Senate.
Washington: Senate Republicans
Thursday evening unveiled the
text of their latest alternative
meets their
healthcare bill intended to repeal
Obamacare, before starting a
debate and voting that may
extend into Friday.
top diplomat
The legislation, dubbed "skinny
bill" because only amendments in
US won't sit idle if India-China
the few areas where there is con
sensus will be put to vote, was
conflict breaks out: Experts
presented on Thursday night by
Beijing: Amid the
the Senate Republican majority
dragging border row,
leader, Mitch McConnell, reports
China on Thursday
Efe news.
Senators John McCain, who returned a mere week after raised "major prob
Republicans can only afford to his surgery for brain cancer, and Lindsey Graham slammed lems" in ties with
Continued on page 4 the stripped down version as bad policy. (Photo courtesy AP) India as its top diplo
mat Yang Jiechi held
talks with India's
Nitish partners
US House approves $1.6bn with BJP to form
National Security
Advisor Ajit Doval on
the sidelines of a
for Trump's border wall govt in Bihar BRICS security meet.
The two met "sepa
Washington DC: The House of Republican lawmakers included rately" & exchanged
Representatives has voted to the wall budget proposal in the views on bilateral The standoff is over Doklam, at the trijunction of
approve a budget bill which defense budget bill with the aim relations where Yang India, Bhutan and China and of high strategic
includes $1.6 billion requested of forcing House Democrats to expressed China's importance to all three.
by the White House to begin the vote in favor of the wall, one of view on "major problems and bilat
construction of a wall along the the key campaign promises made eral issues", according to China's What USA will do
USMexico border, the media by Donald Trump during his pres official news agency Xinhua,
eanwhile, experts

M
reported. In a 235192 vote on idential campaign but a measure reports IANS.
believe that US is not
Thursday, the lower house gave that has been opposed headon Nitish Kumar (right) took oath as It was not known whether Doval
likely to be an idle wit
the green light to a $788 billion by Democrats. CM with BJPs Sushil Kumar Modi and China's State Councillor Yang
ness in the case of a military
defense, veterans and energy Lawmakers could not agree on as his deputy. (Photo : PTI) discussed the standoff between
conflict between India and China
budget bill for fiscal year 2018 a comprehensive budget to Patna: Nitish Kumar on Thursday their armies in Doklam in Sikkim
and it might take actions to put
which runs from October 1, finance the government as a took oath as Bihar Chief Minister sector that is in its second month,
pressure on Beijing, two experts
2017, through September 30, whole and, therefore, they have at the head of a JD(U)BJP coalition and has added to the host of dis
told The Times of India in inter
2018, reports Efe news. been dividing the total funds into government, a day after dumping putes between the two countries
views.
"Every single dime the smaller bills for different depart his earlier alliance partner, that fought a war in 1962.
"I do not think that the United
President requested to start ments. Rashtriya Janata Dal of Lalu The meeting between the two
States would become involved in
building a wall on our southern Not included in the bill Prasad Yadav and Congress party top officials is seen as a positive
a border conflict between China
border he's going to get. Most approved on Thursday are funds over corruption charges against sign in view of Beijing's tough pub
and India, but I do think that an
importantly, we're sending more for the Department of Homeland RJD leader and Deputy Chief lic posturing on the issue.
increasingly competitive China
to the VA (Veterans Affairs) to fix Security, which is in charge of the Minister Tejashwi Yadav. BJPs Earlier, China had ruled out any
India dynamic is likely to lead to
veterans' health care and reform wall project and financing for Sushil Kumar Modi was sworn in talks over the feud until India
increased security cooperation
outdated VA systems," said House which will be considered in a as Deputy Chief Minister. The BJP withdraws troops from Doklam.
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Donald Trump visiting Amazons Bezos overtakes Bill


Long Island Friday Gates as the worlds richest
New York: President Donald Trump New York: Jeff Bezos, the
will travel to New York on Friday to CEO of the world's
meet with law enforcers on Long largest online retailer
Island. Amazon, has surpassed
Citing Rep. Peter King, Newsday Microsoft cofounder Bill
reported that Trump plans to dis Gates as the world's rich
cuss the violent MS13 gang prob est man. According to a
lem thats resulted in the killings of report by Bloomberg, a
11 young people in the last year sharp spike in Amazon's
there. share prices ahead of the
Brentwood residents Rob Mickens company's earnings
and Elizabeth Alvarado say they report resulted in Bezos'
President will deliver a message on curbing net worth rising to an
hope to meet President Trump dur transnational violent gangs, one of which named
ing his Long Island visit to share a astounding $90.9 billion.
MS13 has been active in Suffolk county.
personal story related MS13 and In comparison, Bill Gates
stress the importance of ending gang vio Associated Press, We are putting MS13 in net worth currently
lence. Their 15yearold daughter Nisa and jail and getting them the hell out of our stands at $90.7 billion.
her friend Kayla Cuevas were murdered last country We are out in Long Island clean The Bloomberg
September by alleged MS13 members. ing out the MS13 scum. Suffolk police say report further says that Jeff Bezos, the founder CEO of Amazon
Attorney General Jeff Sessions even came that there have been at least 17 MS13relat Amazon is likely to post
out to Central Islip in April to meet Mickens ed murders over the past year and a half. In a quarterly revenue of $37.2 billion, plans to buy Souq.com, the Middle East's
and Cuevas families, bolstering Trumps recent months, they, along with the FBI, have which is 22% more from what the com largest online retailer.
commitment to enforcing immigrant laws arrested dozens of MS13 members, includ pany earned last year. Bezos has reportedly added a whop
and battling street gangs before his relation ing those responsible for killing Mickens and Just about three months back, Bezos ping $10.2 billion to his wealth this year
ship with the president grew tense. Cuervas. Immigrant advocates on Long had become the secondrichest man in and $7 billion since the global equities
If you are a gang member, know this Island have accused the president of politi the world, overtaking Amancio Ortega rally began following the election of
we will find you, Sessions said at the meet cizing the MS13 gang problem to justify a and Warren Buffett. This happened just Donald Trump as US president on
ing. Around the same time, Trump told The crackdown on undocumented immigrants. a day after the company announced its November 8.

Modi unlikely to attend UN General Assembly Muslims see friendly


session; Sushma to address debate neighbors in US, but
United Nations: PM Narendra Modi the global leaders from the General
is unlikely to attend the annual UN
General Assembly session here in
September. Instead, External Affairs
Assembly hall's iconic green podi
um on Sept. 19. The U.S. is tradi
tionally the second speaker on the
a foe in White House
Minister Sushma Swaraj will opening day of the General Debate, New York: US Muslims say they optimistic about their future.
address the highlevel session, after Brazil. According to the list of have experienced widespread sus Seventy per cent believe hard work
according to the provisional agenda speakers, Pakistans PM Nawaz picion about their faith in the first can bring success in America, a fig
released by the UN. According to Sharif is scheduled to address the months of Donald Trump's presi ure largely unchanged for a
the first provisional list of speakers global leaders on Sept. 21. Modi dency, but also have received more decade. "There's a sense among the
External Affairs Minister
for the General Debate of the 72nd had visited Washington late last support from individual Americans, American Muslim population that
Sushma Swaraj
session of the General Assembly, month for his first bilateral meeting and remain hopeful they can even others are beginning to understand
Swaraj will address the highlevel General Debate will open on Sept. with Trump. Modi had given his tually be fully accepted in them and beginning to sympathize
session on the morning of Sept. 23. 19 and run through Sept. 25. All maiden address to the UN General American society, a new survey with them,'" said Amaney Jamal, a
She had addressed the General eyes will be on President Trump, Assembly as prime minister in finds. Princeton University political sci
Debate last year as well. The who will deliver his first address to 2014. Source: PTI Nearly threequarters of US entist and adviser to Pew
Muslims view Trump as unfriendly researchers. Prejudice against

Rs 200 note to circulate by Aug 15 to them, according to a Pew


Research Center report released on
Muslims has "pushed the average
American to say, 'This is really not
Tuesday. Sixtytwo per cent say fair. I'm going to knock on my
Mumbai: The new Rs 200 currency duction of Rs 200 currency note
Americans do not view Islam as neighbor's door to see if they're all
note will be available in the market will help address the demand for
part of the mainstream after a right," Jamal said. The Pew survey
much before the reported launch smaller currency notes in the coun
presidential election that saw a is its third on American Muslims
date of August 15. According to try. There was shortage of smaller
surge in hostility toward Muslims since 2007, and its first since
sources the Reserve Bank of India denomination currency notes in
and immigrants. At the same time, Trump took office January 20. He
is in the final stages of introducing the country and shopkeepers in November 8, 2016. Following this
nearly half of Muslims said they promised to fight terrorism
the new currency note in the mar many smaller towns were still not Rs 2,000 currency note was intro
had received expressions of through "extreme vetting" of
ket with enhanced security fatures. accepting Rs 2,000 currency notes. duced in the market and a new Rs
encouragement from nonMuslims refugees and had a plan to tem
It should be noted that the apex Prime Minister Narendra Modi 500 currency note with enhanced
in the past year, an increase over porarily ban travelers from six
bank had stopped printing the Rs demonetised the Rs 500 and Rs security features was also intro
past polls. And Muslims remain Muslimmajority countries.
2,000 currency notes. The intro 1,000 currency notes on duced later.
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China thaw signal after Doval Chinese naval assets," he said House is willing to do," Ryan said.
US stocks open at meets China's top diplomat
GOP lastditch effort is
"The reality, however, is that repealing
and replacing Obamacare still ultimately
Continued from page 1
record highs on Beijing claims Doklam as its own territo
ry. India has said it is ready to pull back
skinny repeal of Obamacare
Continued from page 1
requires the Senate to produce 51 votes
for an actual plan."

strong earnings from the Bhutanese territory if China


does so too.
lose the support of two Republicans in
order for it to pass. Vice President Mike US House approves $1.6bn for
Doval along with his BRICS counter Pence is prepared to be the tiebreaking Trump's border wall
New York: US stocks opened higher on Thursday,
parts will call on Chinese President Xi vote. The Senate on Tuesday approved Continued from page 1
with major indices hitting record highs, bolstered by
Jinping on Friday. the start of a new legislative procedure to separate bill. In May, the White House,
upbeat earnings. Shares of Facebook soared over 5
Some experts fear the festering situa keep the debate on the future of health via the Office of Management and
per cent early on Thursday, after the social media
tion could lead to an armed conflict. care alive, a small victory for President Budget, asked Congress for $1.6 billion
giant posted betterthanexpected quarterly results,
Doklam, located at the trijunction of Donald Trump when all seemed lost in to build 51.5 km of the wall along a sec
Xinhua news agency reported.
India, Bhutan and China, is of high strate that regard. After the first step, two leg tor of the Rio Grande River Valley in
Facebook reported secondquarter diluted earnings
gic importance to all three. It is disputed islative projects were voted on one that South Texas and another 45 km along
per share of $1.32 on revenue of $9.32 billion. The
by Bhutan and China. India says Doklam contemplated the repeal of Obamacare another stretch in the region.
company also posted its daily active users of 1.32 bil
is Bhutanese territory and perceives any and a substitution plan and another that Yet another 22.5 km of wall is to be
lion on average for June 2017, an increase of 17 per
Chinese presence in the area as a threat ended a large part of the current health built in the San Diego sector to replace
cent yearonyear. Twitter and Comcast also
to its own security. system and gave two years of leeway to existing border fencing there. It comes as
announced quarterly earnings that topped Wall
The standoff began over a road being create an alternative none of which no surprise that the bill passed the House
Street estimates. This earnings season has been
built by the Chinese Army in Doklam. prospered. because Republicans hold a 240192
strong so far and pushed the major indices that have
Indian troops halted the work in mid The "skinny bill", which will be voted majority there over Democrats, and it
notched record highs recently. Latest data from
June, leading to the crisis. on late on Thursday night, has become does give Trump and his congressional
Thomson Reuters showed that the S&P 500 compa
Trump's last option to fulfil his campaign supporters something of a minivictory
nies' blended earnings in the second quarter of 2017
are expected to rise 9.9 per cent yearonyear, while What USA will do promise of dismantling Obamacare. before lawmakers leave for their summer
Continued from page 1 This bill would put an end to the obli recess.
the revenues are forecast to increase 4.7 per cent.
between the United States and India," gation to have health insurance or risk But greater resistance is anticipated in
On the economic front, in the week ending July 22,
Zack Cooper, senior fellow at the paying a fine, one of the most unpopular the Senate, where Republicans hold just
the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial
Washington based Center for Strategic clauses in former President Barack 52 of the 100 seats, and 60 votes are
claims was 244,000, an increase of 10,000 from the
and International Studies. Cooper said Obama's 2010promulgated health needed to pass the corresponding budget
previous week's revised level, the US Labor
the US is trying to balance against reform called the Affordable Care Act. bill.
Department said.
China's growing power and India can Moreover, the bill would leave no fed It is considered to be virtually impossi
Meanwhile, Wall Street still digested a monetary
play a major role in this balancing effort. eral funds for the reproductive rights ble that eight Senate Democrats will join
policy announcement from the Federal Reserve. The
"In that sense, if China continues to organization "Planned Parenthood" and with the Republicans to pass the budget
Fed on Wednesday left its benchmark interest rates
pursue its claims against India, Beijing would give states flexibility in complying bill including the wall funds. Congress
unchanged as expected amid soft inflation. But the
risks creating an antiChina balancing with some of the protections guaranteed needs to approve a government budget
central bank signaled that it would begin shrinking
coalition of its own making," he said. "In by Obamacare. for fiscal 2018 before the end of
its balance sheet "relatively soon."
my view, Beijing would be wise to de According to the calculations of the September and, if lawmakers cannot do
escalate the crisis and resolve the stale nonpartisan Congressional Budget so, at least a partial government shut
Andal celebration set for July 30 mate without a violent conflict." Office, the "skinny bill" would leave down could result, as occurred in 2013.
Flushing, NY: An event to celebrate the protection Rising military competition between about 16 million people without any
and preservation of the Mother Earth is scheduled for the US and China has kept Beijing healthcare. With Democrats opposing en Nitish partners with BJP to
this weekend at the Ganesh Temple in Flushing. The engaged in recent weeks. The US might bloc, several Republican senators have form govt in Bihar
Saraswati Hall on the temple premises will play host enhance its naval presence in case of a also shown objections to the new text, Continued from page 1
to the event, titled Andal Thirunakshatram (birth conflict in the IndiaChina border, ana but seem willing to vote in favor of open offered support to Nitish Kumar after he
day of Andal or Bhoodevi). It will feature Dr Uma lysts said. ing a round of negotiations with the resigned as Chief Minister on
Mysorekar, president of the temple, as the main "Should the ongoing push and shove House of Representatives, which passed Wednesday.
speaker. Other notables will also take part in the turn into a hot war, Washington is its own health bill in May. This is the JDUs second innings with
event. Exactly 90 days ago, Ramanujacharyas expected to provide logistical, intelli House Speaker Paul Ryan, in a state the BJP in the state. Nitish Kumar had in
Sahasraabdi (the 1,000 years since the birth of gence and material support to India's ment earlier on Thursday, expressed his 2013 ended his partys association with
Ramanujacharya) was celebrated at the same venue. military," said Mohan Malik, professor of willingness to negotiate with the Senate the BJP after the party projected
For additional information on the halfday (that AsiaPacific Center for Security in on drafting a bill that could be signed by Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial
ends before 2pm) event to be held on Sunday, July Honolulu. "It might even dispatch an air Trump. candidate for the 2014 general election.
30, please call Madhavan 9179577079 or email craft carrier and submarines to the "If moving forward requires a confer Nitish Kumars alliance with BJP is set to
kmadhavan@hotmail.com Indian Ocean to monitor and deter ence committee, that is something the adversely affect the opposition unity.

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Asha Parekhs autobiography


launched in NJ
Edison, NJ: Yesteryears Bollywood star cess of my films starting with Dil Deke is tackling new themes, including the sta
Asha Parekhs autobiography, aptly titled Dekho in 1959. Then came the decade of tus of the contemporary Indian woman.
The Hit Girl, recently saw the North breezy, colorful entertainers, followed by She stated Kahani, Lagaan and Dangal
American launch here. Coauthored by emi 70s, an era of intense emotional dramas, as films one would watch more than one
nent and prolific writer & filmmaker where Parekh blossomed from an endear time, with good storylines and also
Khalid Mohamed, the book was released in ing, gregarious girl next door to a woman declared that Oscars are not important! It
TV Asia premises in the presence of hun who portrayed an array of splendidly is a matter of immense pride that our film
dreds of nostalgic fans. To begin with, a enduring characters. Some of her most actors are making an impact in American
montage of her film clips, dialogs and memorable films are Teesri Manzil, Jab cinema, she said while mentioning actors
songs played on the screen as homage to Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai, Ziddi, Caravan, like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone
the living legend, presented by actress and Love in Tokyo, Aaya Sawan Jhoom Kay, and Irrfan Khan who have portrayed sig
TV host Tabassum. Kati Patang and Mai Tulsi Tere Aangan nificant roles in Hollywood. Asha Parekh
The ageless Asha Vikas Nangia of TV Asia moderated the Ki. She also spoke about her private life ruled the roost at the Hindi film industry
Parekh at the interactive event with Asha Parekh. About with dignity. Nasir Saab was the only man from 1959 to 1973. But even after retir
North American the title of her book, said Parekh, I felt it I ever loved, confessed Parekh, who ing, she transitioned into a life no less
launch of her auto was a bit immodest but Khalid Mohamed remained unmarried. Since Nasir Hussain active or busy than that of a filmstar, run
biography; (inset) and Ajay Mago, publisher, Om Books was already married, she did not want to ning her own charitable hospital and
the title page of International, insisted on retaining the be a homebreaker. Asha Parekh said that becoming the first female chairperson of
The Hit Girl title, going perhaps by the commercial suc Indian cinema is technically advanced and Indias film censor board.

Ramita Ravi gets entry to US allows fast processing


So You Think You Can Dance again for some H1B visa
New York: A 22yearold Indian American student,
Ramita Ravi, has made her entry into the Emmy Award
winning dance reality show of Fox TV So You Think You
applications
Can Dance with an amazing performance that combines Washington, DC: The U.S. gov for up to six months. Under the
both Indian classical dance and contemporary. ernment said on Monday it expedited procedure, applicants
During the auditions for the shows season 14 in New would resume fast processing of can be eligible for visa approvals
York, the Murrysville, Pennsylvania, native impressed the H1B visas requested by institu within 15 days, instead of a reg
judges by a performance on Jai Wolfs Indian Summer tions of higher education and ular review period that can last
and selected for the choreography round. nonprofit and governmental several months.
Ive been watching the show since its first season. Its research organizations, while The United States currently
always been a dream of mine to audition. My best friend leaving in place a longer caps H1B visas at 65,000 a
in college auditioned for the show a few years ago, and approval time for companies year, with an additional 20,000
he encouraged me to try out this year, Ravi told the that use the visas. allowed for those who have
Tribune Review. President Donald Trump cam earned advanced college degrees
She described the audition process as nerve wracking paigned on a promise to crack in the United States.
and exciting. down on immigrants, whom he The overall suspension
Before the New York auditions, she performed two said were taking jobs from U.S. remains in place but USCIS said
A 22yearold Indian American Ramita Ravi
solos, a group routine and choreography in hip hop, con citizens, and signed an executive on Monday in a statement that
temporary, ballroom, and jazz in the preliminary rounds quoted Ravi. The dancer found the talent surrounded her order in April calling for a premium processing would
for her first reality television competition. in New York unbelievable and said that fusing classical review of the H1B program. The resume for some applications
According to the triblive.com report, Ravi credits and contemporary helped her to express her own Indian visa allows foreigners with cer from educational and research
instructors Jaya Mani, Julia Coxon Saltsman and Debbie American identity. tain skills to work temporarily in oriented organizations exempt
Rogers for her performances in Bharatanatyam and con Other Indian dance styles, such as Bollywood, have the United States. from the cap.
temporary, jazz and hip hop. been shown on the program; however, I was the first con U.S. companies often use the The agency resumed premium
Ravi has been dancing competitively since she was five testant representing an Indian style who was fortunate visas to hire graduatelevel processing for physicians work
years old and already won ten regional titles. She also enough to progress as far as I did, she said, adding that workers in several specialized ing under a specific waiver pro
won the National Miss Headliner in 2013. Ravi is a 2013 her aim with sharing this style is to inspire future gener fields, including information gram on June 26.
graduate of Pittsburghs the Ellis School. She holds a ations of Indian Americans, or individuals with mixed technology, medicine, engineer USCIS has said that suspend
bachelors degree in health and societies from the identities. ing and mathematics. The visas ing premium processing was
University of Pennsylvania and is now pursuing her mas Ravi also plans to relocate to dance professionally are heavily used in the tech sec necessary to reduce a backlog of
ters in public health in Penns Perelman School of through her studies with Brinda Guhas Kalamandir tor. On April 3, the U.S. longpending visa petitions and
Medicine in Philadelphia. Dance Company in New York and has been able to per Citizenship and Immigration thus reduce overall H1B pro
Eventually, I plan to work in health innovation/entre form across the country and to teach guest classes at Services (USCIS) suspended pre cessing times.
preneurship with a dance career on the side, triblive.com Broadway Dance Center. mium processing of the visas (News source: Reuters)
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IN BRIEF
Indian Americanled research team at Notre Saladino and Hand: Home improvement assistance
Dame receives $3 M to study monsoons available for homeowners with physical disabilities

I
n celebration of the 27th Anniversary of

A
University of Notre Dame research water and hydroelectricity production, has
team led by Indian American also resulted in deadly floods and land the Americans with Disabilities Act, New
Harindra Joseph Fernando has re slides in India. Current models can predict Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Sal
ceived funds to help conduct a fiveyear monsoon weather seven to 10 days out. adino and members of the Town Board re
study that will measure oceanic and at Fernando hopes the study will help im mind residents with disabilities of the Towns
mospheric conditions and flow patterns of prove those predictions to several weeks, Home Improvement Assistance Program.
monsoons across the Indian Ocean, in par according to the university news release. The program allows eligible individuals to
ticular the Bay of Bengal. For India and Sri Lanka, advanced pre make essential home improvements by pro
The study, which hopes to help im dictions are important for water resource viding them with grant monies and interest
proved predictive models, received $2.9 planners. Knowing when the rains are free loans for necessary home repairs.
million. We want to understand funda coming in, where theyre coming from and Supervisor Saladino stated, Federal funds
allow the Town of Oyster Bay to offer assis
New Oyster Bay Town
mental processes that regulate monsoons. what their tracks are as early as possible
Supervisor Saladino (speaking)
The active and break cycles of rainfall would be a significant advantage for water tance to eligible residents in making im
within a monsoon season, called monsoon resource management, allowing planners provements to their home. On this anniver cations to make their homes more accessible.
intraseasonal oscillations, are difficult to to allocate those resources more efficient sary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Additionally, funds are available for replace
predict and involve intricate airsea dy ly, the professor said. we remind residents with physical disabilities ment of windows, doors, roofs, as well as
namics, said Fernando, a UND professor As part of the study, researchers will de of the Towns home modification program electrical and hot water systems. The pro
in the civil and environmental engineering ploy a number of sophisticated instru which can help accommodate your disability gram is also open to incomeeligible senior
and earth sciences department, in a state ments from research ships and an aircraft through loans for projects such as wheel citizens residing in the Town of Oyster Bay.
ment. Giant atmospheric wave patterns to measure the ocean and atmospheric chair ramps, stair glides, the widening of Councilman Thomas P. Hand added, Im
coming from the Indian Ocean impact properties over two monsoon cycles, ac doorways, and bathroom modifications. proud to be part of an administration that
countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Singa cording to the university. The researchers The program is made possible through a puts our residents first, and looks for all av
pore and Seychelles, and they circumnavi are interested in the temperature, salinity, Federal Community Development Block enues in which to assist them. Estimates in
gate and affect global weather much humidity, flow velocities, turbulence, pres Grant (CDBG), which the Town has been dicate the Home Improvement Assistance
like we see with the polar vortex, he said. sure and wave properties, as well as global proudly administering since the programs program will help nearly 40 households this
The focus of our research is to look at impacts of MISO events. The measure inception. In recent years, the Town has ded year and that means dozens of residents will
how these planetaryscale waves shape the ments will allow the researchers to study icated nearly $500,000 annually in CDBG be more comfortable in their own homes, liv
regional weather and understand the con physical and thermodynamic processes re funds to the Home Assistance Program. Ad ing their lives to the fullest! For more infor
ditions for extreme rainfall events. lated to MISO, the release noted. The fund ministered by the Towns Department of In mation on the Towns Home Improvement
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necessities such as agriculture, drinking fice of Naval Research. ments include wheelchair ramps, stair glides, of Intergovernmental Affairs at (516) 624
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Rutgers student Megha creates health education


program to empower homeless women Upset Hindus urge Brooklyn based
Etsy to withdraw Lord Ganesha
W
hen pharmacy stu the health education program
dent Megha Shah be to her preceptor, Rebecca
gan her internship at Rhoads, the housing and social toilet seat, apologize
the Ozanam Family Shelter in justice service area director at

U
pset Hindus have urged Brooklyn bols of any faith, larger or smaller, should
Edison, she was prepared to Catholic Charities, which oper (New York) headquartered ecom not be mishandled, Rajan Zed noted.
improve the health literacy of ates Ozanam. I care strongly merce company Etsy, Inc. for imme Zed further said that such trivialization of
the residents. What she didnt about womens health, and she diate withdrawal of toilet seat carrying im Hindu deities was disturbing to the Hindus
realize was how much the resi was very open minded and en age of Hindu deity Lord Ganesha; calling it world over. Hindus were for free artistic ex
Megha Shah
dents would teach her. Shah, couraging about my sugges highly inappropriate. Hindu statesman Ra pression and speech as much as anybody
who will graduate in 2019 from the Ernest tions for building a program, Shah says. jan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, said that else if not more. But faith was something
Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers Uni Teaching at Ozanam marked a turning Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hin sacred and attempts at trivializing it hurt
versity, spent seven weeks this summer point for Shah, who decided she wanted to duism and was meant to be worshiped in the followers, Zed added.
developing a health education program at study medicine in high school. It wasnt temples or home shrines and not to adorn a Zed suggested that Etsy and other com
the emergency shelter that houses 16 sin until after a health scare during her under toilet. Inappropriate usage of Hindu deities panies should send their senior executives
gle women and 26 families in Middlesex graduate career that she knew she defi or concepts for commercial or other agen for training in religious and cultural sensi
County. She participated as part of the nitely wanted to continue to pursue phar da was not okay as it hurt the devotees. tivity so that they had an understanding of
Bridging the Gaps Community Health In macy. I was prescribed the wrong medi Zed, who is President of Universal Society the feelings of customers and communities
ternship, a program that links graduate cine during a hospital stay. My mother is a of Hinduism, also urged Etsy and its CEO when introducing new products or launch
students preparing for careers in health retail pharmacist and flagged the error Josh Silverman to offer a formal apology, ing advertising campaigns.
and social services with community initia when she realized it would have been dan besides withdrawing Ganesha Toilet Seat. In the Item details of Ganesha Toilet
tives in underserved populations. The gerous to me in my condition, she says. It Hinduism was the oldest and third largest Seat, Lord Ganesha is described as bath
Philadelphiabased program is adminis was then that I knew I needed to learn religion of the world with about 1.1 billion room Ganesha holding a comb, mirror,
tered in New Jersey by Rutgers School of more about medications before I pursued adherents and a rich philosophical thought toothbrush and toothpaste and his vahana
Public Health. Shah credits the success of any further education. and it should not be taken frivolously. Sym rat is replaced by a rat tail comb.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL COMMUNITY July 29-August 4, 2017 7

Modi's Cabinet approves revision of Indian


Community Welfare Fund guidelines
New Delhi: The Union Cabinet, tress and emergency in the most sular services," said an ofcial in Libya, Iraq, Yemen, South created a sense of condence
chaired by Prime Minister deserving cases on a means test statement. Sudan and other challenging sit among the migrant workers
Narendra Modi, on Wednesday ed basis. "They are expected to provide uations like assistance extended going overseas about the support
approved revision of the Indian "The revised guidelines being Indian Missions and Posts to undocumented Indian workers they can expect from India dur
Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) made broadbased seek to abroad greater exibility in in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ing critical times".
guidelines, to expand scope of expand the scope of welfare swiftly addressing to requests for during the Nitaqat drive in 2013 "ICWF stands extended to all
welfare measures that can be measures that can be extended assistance by overseas Indian and the ongoing Amnesty drive Indian Missions and Posts
extended through the fund to through the fund. The guidelines nationals. in 2017," it added. abroad and is primarily funded
overseas Indian nationals in would cover three key areas "Apart from assisting Indian Noting that the scale and speed by levying service charge on var
times of distress and emergency. namely Assisting Overseas nationals in distress abroad, of these evacuations and assis ious consular services rendered
The ICWF, set up in 2009, is Indian nationals in distress situa ICWF has been a critical support tance rendered through the fund by Indian Missions and Posts
aimed at assisting overseas tions, community welfare activi in emergency evacuation of has been universally appreciated, abroad," it added.
Indian nationals in times of dis ties and improvement in con Indian nationals in conict zones the statement said that it "also (IANS)

Indian American CEO of Google CEO Sundar Pichai appointed to


LyondellBasell to build Alphabet board of directors
San Francisco: Googles parent company,

largest alcohol plant Alphabet Inc., has appointed Indian American


Google CEO Sundar Pichai to its board of direc
New York: Indian American Bhavesh tors."Sundar has been doing a great job as
(Bob) V Patel, CEO of Petrochemical giant Google's CEO, driving strong growth, partner
LyondellBasell, is planning to build the ships and tremendous product innovation. I
worlds largest propylene oxide and terti really enjoy working with him and I'm excited
ary butyl alcohol plant in the Houston that he is joining the Alphabet board,"
area where the Netherlandsbased com Alphabet CEO Larry Page said in a statement.
pany has its operational headquarters. As Google's CEO, Pichai is responsible for its
This worldscale project is a key part product development and technology strategy,
of our organic growth strategy which is as well as the company's daytoday opera
Bhavesh (Bob) V Patel, CEO of
designed to meet rising global demand tions.
Petrochemical giant LyondellBasell,
for both urethanes and cleanerburning Pichai joined Google in 2004 and helped
oxyfuels while creating real, longterm lead the development of key consumer prod ucts and platforms.
value for our shareholders, Patel told ucts, which are now used by over a billion peo After years of working closely with Google's
PTI. Our investment in this plant com ple.In 2014, he took over product, engineering cofounders, Page and Sergey Brin, Pichai
bines the best of both worlds: our leading and research efforts for all of Google's prod became Google's CEO in August 2015. (IANS)

Allow women to sing shabads at


PO/TBA process technology with proxim
ity to lowcost feedstocks, which gives
LyondellBasell a competitive advantage

Golden Temple: Sikh Americans


in the global marketplace for these prod
ucts, Patel added.
Bhavesh (Bob) V Patel, CEO of
Petrochemical giant LyondellBasell,
The $2.4 billion project, which will
start in the second half of 2018 and end Americas and top markets around the Washington, DC: SikhAmericans have pro
by the middle of 2021, is part of the com world, Harvey added. About 120 young Sikhs between the age
posed that women should be allowed to sing
panys $5 billion investment in the US Each year, the main plant is expected to
group of seven & 17 gathered in a Maryland
shabads or hymns at the Golden Temple to rec suburb of Washington and raised the ques
Gulf Coast and is expected to create as produce about 1 billion pounds of propy ognize the important role played by them in tion of why Sikh women are not performing
many as 2,500 jobs at the peak of con lene oxide (PO), which is used to make strengthening the Sikh faith. About 120 young kirtan at Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple).
struction and about 160 regular jobs bedding, furniture, carpeting, coatings, Sikhs between the age group of seven and 17
once it is built. building materials and adhesives, and 2.2 from across the United States and Canada, heart of Sikhism, in Darbar Sahib, the Golden
We are pleased that LyondellBasell billion pounds of tertiary butyl alcohol gathered in a Maryland suburb of Washington, Temple," Rajwant Singh, one of the Sikh
continues to view the Houston area as (TBA), which is converted into two ether raised the question of why Sikh women are not Americans who taught the campers said.
important to their global operations, cre based oxyfuels which help gasoline burn performing kirtan at Darbar Sahib (Golden The Sikh youth camp was organized by the
ating jobs and opportunities for cleaner. Temple). Washingtonbased Guru Gobind Singh
Houstonians, Bob Harvey, president and Reports said the PO and derivative "It is clear from the many other historical Foundation.
CEO of the Greater Houston Partnership. products will be sold to domestic and references that Sikh women were crucial to the "This Panth would not be where it is today
This new project further advances global customers while the oxyfuels will success of the 5th largest religion and it is without the actions of Sikh women, so we
Houstons position as a global hub of mainly go to Latin America and Asia with extremely important that we give them their should recognize their contributions," said
petrochemical manufacturing, leveraging a portion remaining in the US to be used deserving role in Sikh affairs, especially being Sehejneet Kaur, one of the counselors who is
Houstons strategic access to the in tires and lubricants. able to sing shabads or hymns at the very pursuing dentistry. (PTI)
8 July 29-August 4, 2017 NATIONAL COMMUNITY TheSouthAsianTimes.info

IN BRIEF
2017 MoneyGram Cricket Bee Mika Singh to
Dallas winners announced perform at
Naperville India
Day Celebration
B
ollywood musician Mika Singh will be ent kind of parade," Bansal said. "It's more
performing at this years India Day cel colorful, and groups decorate floats and
ebration and parade in Naperville. bring in dance clubs and display cultures of
Scheduled for August 13, the festival will different regions of India."
start at 11 a.m. at Knoch Park featuring an Organizers are hoping the event draws a
ethnic Indian bazaar and a fashion show diverse crowd interested in learning more
The winners with Rahul Walia, founder of the MoneyGram cricket bee along with food and beverages, the parade about IndianAmerican culture.
will start at Naperville Central High School "It's not just for IndianAmericans; it's for
hree North Texas men are headed TX was first runner up and the Regional

T
at 4 p.m. and will run a milelong stretch. everyone," Bansal said.
the Cricket Bee Finals in New Jersey champion was Nadeem Aslam of Murphy, Ever since it was started in 2015, While the event does celebrate India's in
next month after winning the Dallas TX. The competition allows cricket fans Napervilles India Day celebration and pa dependence, "It's more about showcasing the
regional Cricket Bee held on July 16. to compete for prizes while sharing their rade has been growing in both size and at IndianAmerican heritage in our area and
Vikram Shukla of Frisco, TX was declared knowledge of the game to win a cash tendance and this year it will join other India showcasing the culture," Bansal said. Any
second runner up, Vinay Bulusu of Irving, prize of $10,000. Day Parades and Celebrations throughout where from 200 to 250 volunteers will help
the country in celebrating Indias 70 years prepare and run the event. Naperville's India
of Independence. Day celebration started after thenNaperville
Delegate Aruna Miller urges "He's one of the top names," said Krishna Mayor George Pradel created the Indian
Bansal, chairman of Indian Community Out Community Outreach organization in 2013.
Governor Hogan to join compact on reach. "You can compare him to any of the The group provides education opportunities
big names here." The India Day parade isn't throughout the year, and helped with work
K12 Computer Science education your typical procession of marching bands, behind the scenes to bring the Patel Broth
local businesses and politicians. "It's a differ ers grocery store to Naperville, Bansal said.
elegate Aruna Miller this multistate effort, Miller

D announced that she is


pleased that Governor
Larry Hogan has agreed to
stated: A core component of
every child's education must
include computer science. Former US envoy to India Richard Verma
join the National Compact on Computing and computer
K12 Computer Science Edu
cation, where participating
technology touches almost
everything in our lives from
named vice chair of The Asia Group
F
Governors commit to working the cars we drive, to the ormer U.S. Ambassador chair and chief executive Dr.
toward policies that will help ways we conduct business to India Richard Verma Kurt M. Campbell said in a
meet the goal of increasing access to K12 and to innovation in the sciences that can has joined The Asia statement. "The 21st century
computer science education. Delegate lead to cures for diseases. Delegate Miller Group as vice chairman and will indeed be an Asian cen
Miller led the effort, in a December 2016 commented, Computer science is an ab partner, the firm announced tury and Rich will enhance
letter joined by 16 members of the Mary solute must in Maryland because it puts in a July 19 news release. The Asia Group's ability to
land Senate and House of Delegates, urg students on the path toward some of the The former Indian American better anticipate develop
ing the Governor to join what was then 22 highestpaying, fastestgrowing jobs in our diplomat, the firm said, ments and seize opportuni
(and is now 38) other states in this Nation state and nationwide. In todays work brings more than 20 years ties in Asia."
al Compact. Delegate Miller is a trans place, a computer and computer skills are of experience at the highest In his role, Verma will hold
portation engineer and has been a strong vitally needed whether you work in an of level of government, business and diplo a key leadership position, leading the ex
advocate for STEM education in the state fice, an auto body shop, a restaurant, or on macy across the IndoPacific region. pansion of the firm's South Asia practice,
legislature. In explaining the importance of a farm, added Delegate Miller. "The Asia Group's team is innovative, enhancing its ability to provide clients
creative and has a reputation for excel with cuttingedge solutions and meaning
lence," Verma said in a statement. "I am re ful insights across the IndoPacific, the
New Delhi man sentenced to 30 months ally pleased to continue working on the firm said. Additionally, his experience will
critically important trade and economic is help deepen the firm's services across key
for illegally selling gun silencers in US sues across Asia, and in India in particu sectors including energy, manufacturing,
lar." Verma served as U.S. ambassador to defense, transportation, health and tech
n Indian citizen from New Delhi has Foote in April that he had dealt firearms

A been sentenced to 30 months in


prison by a federal court in
Louisiana state for illegally selling gun si
without a license.
Alexander C. Van Hook, the acting feder
al prosecutor for Western Louisiana, said
India for a little more than two years, bow
ing out of his role in January this year
upon President Donald Trumps inaugura
nology, it added. "Rich has an outstanding
reputation in business, legal and foreign
policy circles and a demonstrated record
tion. of success in Asia," the firm's president Ni
lencers and planning to smuggle more of on Wednesday that Chauhan was contact
"Rich brings a wealth of expertise and rav Patel said in a statement. "There is no
them disguised as auto parts. Mohit ing by someone who wanted to buy si
experience to The Asia Group. His distin doubt he will further enhance The Asia
Chauhan, 31, from Pitampura in New Del lencers and he discussed by email and
guished range of service ... brings unique Group's ability to provide partnerled solu
hi, who was sentenced on Tuesday, had ad phone manufacturing silencers for the
capacities to The Asia Group," Asia Group tions and services for the firm's clients."
mitted before federal Judge Elizabeth E. client.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL COMMUNITY July 29-August 4, 2017 9

800 attend Shrimad Bhagvat Indian convicted of using fake


Katha on Royal Caribbean Cruise identity to get US citizenship Washington, DC: An Indian man then ordered his deportation
Detroit, MI: In the midst of ones has been convicted of using fake from the United States, thus
busy life, there is a longing in identity to obtain American citi making him ineligible to ever
everyone to be united with the zenship, an immigration ofcial become a naturalized citizen. A
Divine, to listen to the spiritual has said. resident of Houston, Sing h,
discourses, and read the scrip Balbir Singh alias Ranjit Singh, instead of leaving the country,
tures. With the challenges of 50, faces up to 10 years in fed changed his name, date of birth,
meeting ones daily needs of work, eral prison, a maximum the manner in which he entered
family, and social life, its hard to $250,000 possible ne, revoca the United States and his famil
nd time for spirituality, prayer, t ion of his cit izenship and ial history so that he could
and divine experience. enforcement of his outstanding obtain lawful immigration sta
To he lp fulll these noble deportation order. tus, and later naturalization,
desires, as well as to provide an According to Act ing US based on a marriage to a United
opportunity for participants to Attorney Abe Martinez, Balbir States citizen. In the process of
experience the divine in a fun and Singh had previously attempted obtaining the citizenship, he
Karshni Gurusharanananda Swami of the Udasin Ashram in Raman,
memorable way, a sevenday to obtain asylum under false denied ever being ordered
Reti Gokul and Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati with Rameshbhai
cruise with spiritual teachings of pretences. When that attempt deported, seeking asylum or
Oza (seated) aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise
Shrimad Bhagvat by Shri failed, an immigration judge using a different identity. (PTI)
Rameshbhai Oza, popularly India as well. tive isolation provided a perfect
known as Pujya Bhaishree, was The presence of saints Karshni environment for devotees to
org anized aboard a Royal
Caribbean cruise ship departing
Gurusharanananda Swami of the
Udasin Ashram in Raman, Reti
develop focused attention and
love for the most beloved scrip
IABC launches India national chapter
New Delhi: The Indian American According to IABC, under its aegis
from Seattle starting July 14th Gokul and Pujya Swami ture and their Lord. Pujya Business Council (IABC) on three investment deals MoUs
courtesy of Jaya Travel & Tours. Chidanand Saraswati, and the Bhaishree acknow ledged the Saturday launched its Indiabased (memorandum of understandings)
Attended by 800 devotees, this spiritual head of the Parmarth inspirations that he received with "national chapter" to provide a totaling over $35 million are
Bhagvat katha was inspired by Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh the presence of these holy sages. platform for micro, small, and currently under way. "IABC has
members of the Board of Trustees made for a special experience on Daily satsang inspired from the medium sized enterprises to been working with industries that
of the Sanskruti Foundation USA. this unique cruise. readings of Shrimad Bhagvat took expand their businesses. include healthcare, manufacturing,
The volunteer force comprised of Specially prepared Jain vegetari the devotees into a different plane T he nonprot org anizat ion energy and infrastructure prod
devotees from Detroit, Seattle, and an meals were available to devo of existence. The cruise katha was headquartered in Chicago said that ucts and services to provide them
many other cit ies across the tees roundtheclock. The abun seven days of continuous celebra it intends to facilitate interaction with access to collaborations, tech
United States, UK, Australia, New dant comforts, good food, lack of tion of Lord Krishna, his creation, and cooperation between MSMEs nical knowhow and investors rela
Zealand, Fiji, Madagascar, and any physical wants, and the rela his saints, and his devotees. from both the countries. tions," it said in a statement. (IANS)
10 July 29-August 4, 2017 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Presidential pardon and the case of Donald Trump


l By Shivaji Sengupta having to do with our president, "shall have the Power to grant ing to the same Robenalt, the written elsewhere in these
this one too, is lacking an anchor. Reprieves and Pardons for offens phrase offenses against the columns that the president should
he Washington Post report Whether or not Trump is guilty is es against the United States, United States is generally meant not try to bring down Robert

T ed last week that President


Trump's personal lawyers
were exploring possibilities of
not for Washington Post to
decide. The investigation is on, at
several levels, and we dont know
except in Cases of Impeachment."
It seems that his pardoning pow
ers are pretty absolute. According
to address federal criminal cases
and to rule out statelevel cases
and civil cases.
Mueller, the special counsel
appointed by the Attorney
Generals Office, because he
President Trump pardoning him when the verdict will be out, or to James Robenalt, an expert on So, from all available sources would then even more seriously
self if he were to be found guilty whether there will be a verdict at Watergate, The power of the par and experts it seems that our implicate himself as trying to hide
of participating in the collusion all. Meanwhile, the president, with don is considered one of the least president can indeed pardon him something. My own conjecture is
with the Russian government in a characteristic flare for muddle, limited powers of the executive. self although one legal scholar that if he does get compromised it
its effort to meddle in the keeps tweeting fire crackers into Apparently, this authority can be has made a fine point of the would have something to do with
Presidential Elections in 2016. the air confusing his constituen traced back to English kings and phrase to grant in Article II, money laundering. He might be
This report, not yet confirmed by cies but keeping them busy. their pardoning powers. quoted above. The president can impeached (though, with
any other source, has neverthe Just as we are busy here, trying Alexander Hamilton, a well grant a pardon, it says. The word Republicans controlling Congress,
less taken the country by a storm. to decide whether Donald Trump known anglophile, wrote in The grant usually means to give I doubt it) but not removed from
Two intriguing questions arise: as president can pardon himself; Federalist Papers, Humanity and something to someone else, not to presidency, something similar to
Why are the lawyers exploring or whether he is guilty of any good policy conspire to dictate, oneself. By this lexical logic, what happened with President
presidential pardon? Is Trump, crime in the first place so that he that the benign prerogative of Trump cannot grant a pardon to Clinton.
after all, guilty of colluding with can pardon himself. pardoning should be as little as himself! But, I dare say, this bit of Thus, what I have written
the Russians? Can a president of Lets take up the constitutional possible fettered or embarrassed. semantics will not prevent Trump amounts to this: if at all President
the United States pardon himself? question first: Can the president Alas, the Honorable Hamilton and his lawyers from trying it! Trump is convicted of something,
But before we engage with of the United States pardon him could hardly have anticipated a As to what crime Donald Trump it will not rise to the level of a
these questions, let me state at self? Article II, Section 2, of the Donald Trump to be the president might have committed, that will crime. Therefore, he will not have
the outset that, like most issues Constitution says the president of the United States! Also, accord take a while to sort out. I have to invoke presidential pardon.

'Trump still Kushner denies colluding with Russia


Washington: Jared Kushner, the
senior adviser and soninlaw of

doesn't accept President Donald Trump, has, in a


statement sent to the Senate and
House Intelligence Committees

intel on Russia'
and published by local media,
denied having colluded with
Russia during the 2016 presiden
tial election campaign.
I did not collude, nor know of
anyone else in the campaign who
colluded, with any foreign govern
ment, Kushner said in a written
statement issued hours before tes Jared Kushner, the senior adviser &soninlaw of President Donald Trump
tifying behind closed doors to the
Senate Intelligence Committee to now with the Russian ambassa lawyer who was expected to pro
about his contacts with Russia dur dor to Washington, Sergei Kislyak, vide damaging information against
ing the 2016 electoral campaign, at the Mayflower Hotel in thenDemocratic candidate and
Efe news reported. Washington. Trump rival Hillary Clinton.
I had no improper contacts. I According to Kushner, he met But Kushner said the meeting
have not relied on Russian funds to Kislyak and three other ambassa was a waste of our time.
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci finance my business activities in dors a few months before Trump Kushner was questioned on
the private sector. I have tried to was designated the Republican Monday by the Senate Intelligence
Washington: President Trump pursuit of the story, saying it
be fully transparent, Kushner said candidate for President. Committee and was due on
remains unconvinced that tarnished Trump's victory in
in the 11page statement. He said they shook hands, Tuesday to appear before the
Russia attempted to inuence November.
Kushner said he had no inappro exchanged brief pleasantries and House Intelligence Committee,
the 2016 election, the newly "The mainstream media posi
priate contacts with anyone who each exchange lasted less than a both currently investigating
appointed White House tion on this, that they interfered
had been or was at that time a rep minute. Russian meddling in the 2016
Communications Director in the election," Scaramucci told
resentative of the Russian govern Recently Trumps soninlaw has elections and the possible collu
Anthony Scaramucci said. CNN. "It actually in his mind,
ment. In his testimony, Kushner been at the centre of a controversy sion of members of the Trump
"He basically said to me, 'Hey what are you guys suggesting? for a meeting with a Russian campaign with the Kremlin.
mentions a meeting unknown up
you know, this is, maybe they You're going to delegitimize his
did it, maybe they didn't do it,'" victory?"
Scaramucci told CNN on Sunday
of a conversation he had with
the President about alleged
Scaramucci said he intended
to review the intelligence com
munity's evidence once he had
Trump backs law expanding
Russian interference.
Prior to Trump's inauguration,
the Ofce of the Director of
his security clearance and
pledged to give Trump his per
sonal thoughts on the conclu
Russia sanctions: White House
National Intelligence released sions. He said Trump would Washington: President Donald House has opposed an earlier ver and lawmakers would have 30
an unclassied report showing make up his own mind in time Trump supports a bill announced sion of the same bill because it lim days to decide whether or not to
the CIA, FBI and National and that if Trump believed on the weekend by Congress to ited Trumps ability to lift sanc allow such changes.
Security Agency all concluded Russia was responsible for the increase sanctions on Russia, in tions on Russia, Efe news reported. Meanwhile, the White House
the Russian government 2016 efforts and a threat to part due to Moscows alleged inter The revised bill, which also also said that Trump is not consid
attempted to inuence the elec future elections, he would act. ference in last years election, includes new sanctions on Iran ering pardoning his advisors, his
tion to help Trump. "A person that's going to be White House Press Secretary and North Korea, retains Trumps family members or himself regard
Scaramucci suggested Trump super, super tough on Russia is Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. sanctionlifting authority and his ing the Russia probe, one day after
does not yet accept the conclu President Trump," the Sanders told ABC News on ability to make significant policy Trump himself claimed that as
sion of the intelligence commu Communications Director Sunday that Trump supports the changes toward Russia, although President, he had the complete
nity and questioned the media's added. bill as it now reads as the White he would have to inform Congress authority to pardon anyone.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info US AFFAIRS July 29-August 4, 2017 11

GOPs last option: skinny Trump takes more


repeal of Obamacare jibes at Sessions
Washington: In his latest attack
Washington: The Senate rejected
on Attorney General Je f f
4555 a proposal Wednesday that The Senate on Sessions, President Donald
would have repealed major parts July 26 voted Trump on Wednesday ques
of the Af fordable Care Act, but against a tioned why he did not replace
Republican leaders were growing proposal to
current acting chief of the FBI
more confident about their repeal the
Andrew McCabe.
chances of passing a more modest Affordable Care
"Why did not A.G. Sessions
overhaul of the healthcare law Act with a
replacement replace Act ing FBI Director
later this wee k, reported
coming within Andrew McCabe, a Comey friend
Washington Post
two years. A day who was in charge of Clinton
Republicans appeared to be
earlier, their investigation but got big dollars
coming around a skinny repeal President Trump is said to be
repeal and ($700,000) for his wife's politi
that would abolish the individual provoking Attorney General Jeff
replace also fell cal run from Hillary Clinton and
and employer insurance mandates Sessions to resign, but he is not
through. her representatives. Drain the
and perhaps just one tax in an complying. (Photo : Reuters)
Swamp!" Trump tweeted.
attempt to sustain their seven
Trump described McCabe as a headed the investigation last
year quest to unwind President that although leaders have not yet Were edging closer and closer
friend of James Comey, the FBI year that cleared Clinton of
Barack Obamas healthcare law. found the sweet spot between to getting 50 votes for a bare
chief Trump fired in May while wrongdoing in her use of a pri
But even if they succeed and conservatives and centrists, they bones plan, Thune said. He said
he was leading the agency's vate email server while she was
start negotiations with the House had picked up support for a more leaders were betting that some
investigation of Russian med US secretary of state from 2009
they will face significant obsta modest plan because it did not Republicans who defected on
dling in last year's presidential to 2013.
cles in accomplishing anything include deep cuts to Medicaid. votes this week would feel more
election aimed at helping Trump US media have said that White
more substantial. Some Republican senators were pressure to support any bill that
defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. House aides have urged Trump
Top Republicans such as Sen. simply open to any legislation emerged from negotiations with
According to a report in Voice to end his almost daily broad
John Thune (S.D.), the chambers that could keep alive the roller the House to face a final vote in
of America, Trump said McCabe sides against Sessions.
thirdranking Republican, said coaster push for an overhaul. the Senate.

Trump bans
transgenders
Sen. McCain pleads for bipartisanship
from serving The war hero and Republican senior returned to Senate merely a week
in US military after the surgery for his brain cancer, and condemned the zero-sum
game in Washington. Excerpts from his speech:

I
have been a member of the US distinction with a straight face on our dependence to learn how insurance system is a mess. We all
Senate for 30 years. I've known today. Our deliberations today to trust each other again, and by know it, those who support
and admired men and women not just our debates, but the exer so, doing better serve the people Obamacare and those who oppose
in the Senate who played much cise of all of our responsibilities who elected us. Stop listening to it. Something has to be done! We
more than a small role in our his authorizing government policies, the bombastic loud mouths on the Republicans have looked for a way
tory, true statesmen, giants of appropriating the funds to imple radio and te levision and the to end it and replace it with some
Washington: President
American politics. They held dif ment them, exercising our advice Internet! To hell with them! Let's thing else without paying a terri
Donald Trump announced on
ferent views on the issues of the and consent role, are often lively trust each other. Let's return to ble political price. We haven't
Wednesday that the US mili
day, and they often had very seri and interesting. They can be sin regular order. We've found it yet and I'm not sure we
tary will no longer allow
ous disagreements about how best cere in principle, but they're more been spinning our will. Why don't we try the old way
transgender individuals to
to serve the national interest. But partisan, more of the time than whee ls on too of legislating in the Senate? The
serve in "any capacity" in the
they knew that however sharp and at any t ime that I can many impor way our rules and customs encour
military.
heartfelt their disputes, however remember. Our delibera tant issues ages us to act. If this process
Trump said in a series of
keen their ambitions, they had an tions can still be because we (Obamacare overhaul) ends in fail
tweets that the military needs
obligation to work collabora important and keep trying ure, which seems likely, then let's
ENT
to be focused on "decisive and
overwhelming" victory.
tively to ensure the
M use ful. But I to find a return to regular orderlet the
"After consultation with my
Generals and military experts,
Senate discharged
its const itut ional COM think we'd all agree,
they haven't been overbur
way to win
without help
health, education, labor and pen
sions committee under chairman
responsibilities effec dened by greatness lately. from across Alexander and ranking member
please be advised that the US
tively. Our responsibilities are Like now, they aren't produc the aisle. Murray hold hearings, try to
government will not accept or
important, vitally important, to the ing much for the American peo report a bill out of committee with
allow...Transgender individu
continued success of our republic. ple. Both sides have let this hap contributions from both
als to serve in any capacity in
And our arcane rules and customs pen. Let's leave the his sides. Something that
the US military," Trump tweet
are de liberate ly intended to tory of who shot first my dear friends on
ed.
require broad cooperation to func to the historians. I the other side of the
"Our military must be
tion well at all. The most revered suspect they'll find aisle didn't allow to
focused on decisive and over
members of this institution accept we all conspired happen nine years
whelming ... victory and can
ed the necessity of compromise in in our decline, ago.
not be burdened with the
order to make incremental either by deliberate actions or neg That's an approach that's been Let's see if we can pass some
tremendous medical costs
progress on solving America's lect. Incremental progress, com employed by both sides, mandat thing that will be imperfect, full of
and disruption that transgen
problems and defend her from her promises that each side criticized ing legislation from the top down compromises and not very pleas
der in the military would
adversaries. That principle mind but also accept, just plain mud without any support from the ing to implacable partisans on the
entail. Thank you."
set and the service of our prede dling through to chip away at other side, with all the parliamen other side, but that might provide
Trumps abrupt decision has
cessors who possessed it come to problems and keep our enemies tary maneuvers that it requires. workable solutions to problems
been widely criticized includ
mind I hear the senate referred to from doing their worst isn't glam We're getting nothing done, my Americans are struggling with
ing by Senator John McCain.
as the world's greatest deliberative orous or exciting. friends! All we've really done this today. What have we to lose by try
The ban may not get ratified
body. I hope we can again re ly on year is confirm Neil Gorsuch to the ing to work together to find those
by US Congress.
I'm not sure we can claim that humility, on our need to cooperate, Supreme Court. Our health care solutions?
12 July 29-August 4, 2017 INDIA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

President Ram Nath Kovind and former President Pranab Mukherjee President Kovind inspecting the Guard of Honor after the
leave after the Guard of Honor in New Delhi. swearingin ceremony. (Photos: PIB/IANS)

Kovind pledges to follow


'mantra' of Constitution
New Delhi: Making history as the
first o ccupant of Rashtrapat i
Bhavan from the BJP, President President Kovind debuts
on Twitter
Ram Nath Kovind has pledged to
always follow the basic mantra of
the Constitution to ensure justice, New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind's entry into the cyber world as the 14th
liberty, equality and fraternity. President of India was swift and seamless garnering over three
Elected to the highest constitu million followers within hours of debuting on Twitter.
tional office last week, Kovind was "Honored to be sworn in as the 14th President of India; would be
administered the oath of office by carrying out my responsibilities with all humility #PresidentKovind,"
Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar said the Twitter handle of Kovind @rashtrapatibhvn even as he was
at a brief but glittering ceremony completing the mandatory constitutional oath of office in the
in the Central Hall of Parliament Central Hall of Parliament here.
before a gathering of MPs, Chief And then followed a series of tweets from his speech after the oath
Ministers and diplomats. of office was administered by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar.
Taking oath in the name of God, Within hours, Kovind had 3.27 million followers, though he was
Kovind pledged to "preserve, pro "following" only his immediate predecessor Pranab Mukherjee
tect and defend the Constitution @POI13. Not to be left behind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who
Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar administers oath of office of the
and the law" and devoted himself is active on Twitter, posted: "Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath
President of India to Ram Nath Kovind in the Central Hall of
to the services and wellbeing of Parliament. (Photo: IANS/PIB) Kovind ji on taking oath as the President of India.
the people of India. @RashtrapatiBhvn." "Very inspiring address by President Ram Nath
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India as "an economic leader as mantra." In another line that Kovind Ji, which beautifully summed up the essence of India's
ministers, opposition leaders well as moral exemplar". avoided any reference to Congress strengths, democracy & diversity," he said in another tweet.
including Sonia Gandhi and for "For us, those two touchstones o ccupants of the Rashtrapat i
mer Prime Ministers Manmohan can never be separate. They are Bhavan barring two, Kovind said is its diversity. Our diversity is the the science of a contemporary
Sing h and H.D. Deve Gowda and must forever be linked." he was conscious he was follow core that makes us so unique. In India." He said as the gram pan
attended the event. At the end of Recalling his humble beginnings ing the footsteps of stalwarts such this land we find a mix of states chayat must determine India's
over three hours of protocol and from growing up in a mud house as Rajendra Prasad, S. and regions, religions, languages, consultat ive and community
formalities on a rainmarred day, in an Uttar Pradesh village, Kovind Rad hakrishnan, A.P.J. Abdul cultures, lifestyles and much based problem solving, "the
the new President accompanied said he has had a long journey. Kalam and his predecessor Pranab more. We are so different and yet Dig ital Republic must he lp
his predecessor Pranab "Yet this journey is hardly mine Mukherjee. Referring to Mahatma so similar and united." 21st centu leapfrog deve lopmental mile
Mukherjee to the latter's new alone. It is so telling of our nation Gand hi, Sardar Pate l and ry India will be in conformity with stones".
abode 10 Rajaji Marg after his and our society also. For all its Const itut ion's architect B.R. its ancient values and compliant Kovind said people needed "to
warm farewell at the Rashtrapati problems, it follows that basic Ambedkar, the President said with the fourth industrial revolu sculpt a robust, high growth econ
Bhavan. mantra g iven to us in the these leaders did not believe that tion, he said. omy, an educated, ethical and
In his speech, Kovind hailed the Preamble to the Constitution political freedom was enough; it "There is no dichotomy there, no shared community, and an egali
vision of Mahatma Gandhi and ensuring justice, liberty, equality was crucial to also achieve eco question of choice. We must com tarian society, as envisioned by
Sangh icon Deen Dayal Upadhyay and fraternity and I will always nomic and social freedom for mil bine tradition and technology, the Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal
and said there was a need to build cont inue to follow this basic lions. "The key to India's success wisdom of an ageold Bharat and Upadhyay.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INDIA July 29-August 4, 2017 13

Nitish takes oath as Bihar Modi invokes Tamil


to captivate audience
Chief Minister again Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu): "I
considered it my privilege to
Lanka to rescue the abducted
Sita.
come to the holy land of Modi referred to Rameswaram
Patna: Nitish Kumar took oath as
Rameswaram," said Prime as one of the sacred sites of 12
Bihar Chief Minister at the head
Minister Narendra Modi in Tamil Jyotirlings and said he was happy
of a JDUBJP government, within
to the delight of the gathering he to inaugurate the train that will
hours of dumping the Grand
addressed here after inaugurating connect the town with Ayodhya,
Alliance.
a memorial for late President the birthplace of Rama in Uttar
This is the JDU President's sec
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Pradesh. He called his presence at
ond innings in the last two years.
"Nanbargale, vanakkam! Indha five functions as 'panchamrut'.
He snapped t ies late on
punid ha sthalamana The Prime Minister spoke about
Wednesday with Grand Alliance
Rameswaram nagarathuku van his government's help to Tamil
partners Rashtriya Janata Dal
dadhai en baghyamaga karud Nadu through liberal financial
and the Congress over corrup
hugiren," was the opening line in assistance in projects like Smart
tion charges against RJD leader
Modi's 40minute speech, which Cit ies, AMRUT Mission and
and Deputy Chie f Minister
was peppered with Tamil words expansion of Chennai Metro for
Tejashwi Yadav.
and praise for the late Tamil Nadu which Rs 4,000 crore had been
The Raj Bhavan here echoed
Chief Minister, J. Jayalalitha, and given.
with chants of "Nitish Kumar
Kalam. "Ramayanathil vanda anil He said Chennai, Coimbatore,
Zindabad" as Governor Keshari
pola (Like the squirre l in Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur are
Nath Tripathi administered the
Ramayana)," he said, calling upon among the nine cities picked
oath to Nitish Kumar.
people to contribute their mite to under the Smart Cit ies pro
BJP's Sushil Kumar Modi was
the building of the nation. gramme for development while
sworn in as Deputy Chie f
"If a squirrel can inspire God, so 33 cities had been selected under
Minister. The BJP of fered sup
can 125 crore people get togeth the AMRUT Mission for which Rs
port to Nitish Kumar after he
er to realise the dream of Abdul 4,700 crore had been allocated
resigned as Chief Minister on
Kalam for a deve loped India, for development of power, water,
Wednesday.
which the government is working sewage and health.
Nitish Kumar took the oath in
to achieve by 2022," Modi said. Rameswaram, Madurai,
Hindi. This is the JDU's second
In the Ramayana, the squirrel is Tut icorin, Tirune lve li and
innings with the BJP in the state.
Nitish Kumar had in 2013 ended
Bhiar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushik believed to have played a part in Nagercoil are among the cities
Kumar Modi after taking oath of office in Patna. (Photo: IANS) he lping Lord Rama build the chosen under the AMRUT
his party's association with the
bridge that was used to cross into Mission.
BJP after the party projected here in a fodder scam case. despite my party being the single
Narendra Modi as its prime min He said that Sushil Modi, who biggest party in the state.
isterial candidate for the 2014 was sworn in as Deputy Chief "I was not selfish," he said.
general election. Minister, was asked to run a cam Everything was fixed," Lalu
Meanwhile, venting his ire on paign to damage the image of his Prasasd said, adding, "He is a
the JDU chief for dumping the family members. very big opportunist. The man
Grand Alliance, RJD chief Lalu The CBI, ED and the Income date we got was against the BJP
Prasad alleged that Nitish Kumar Tax department have filed cases and the RSS. We jointly made
had "conspired" with the BJP to of corruption against the family them return empty handed from
get graft cases filed against his members of Lalu Prasad, includ Bihar (during the 2015 Assembly
family by central investigation ing his w ife Rabri Devi, his election)."
agencies. "Nit ish Kumar has youngest son Tejashwi Yadav, He also claimed that Prime
cheated the people of Bihar. I who was Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Narendra Modi and BJP
charge that he (Nitish Kumar) Minister until Wednesday, and chief Amit Shah were "jealous" of
colluded with BJP to file CBI daughter Misa Bharti. him. "They knew that my base is
cases against me and my family," Describing Nitish Kumar as unshakable. I never g ave
Lalu Prasad told reporters after 'Bhasmasur', Lalu Prasad said, "I Nitish Kumar any problems," he Prime Minister Narendra Modi address at a public meeting at
appearing before a CBI court made him the Chief Minister added. Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

WILL NOT DECLARE 39 MISSING INDIANS


DEAD WITHOUT PROOF: SUSHMA
New Delhi: External Af fairs Singh Bajwa and Ambika Soni as tacted Indian authorities soon basis she was claiming that the the Mosul airfield, and taken to a
Minister Sushma Swaraj said she the latter accused the government after the incident. I repeatedly missing persons may be alive. jail, after which they were put to
would not declare the 39 Indians of "shift ing goal posts" and asked him over phone as to how Sushma Swaraj said she cannot construction work, and then farm
missing in Iraq as dead till she has demanded to know why she was he survived when the rest were disclose sources on the floor of ing, before being taken to Badush
concrete evidence to that effect. not trusting the word of Harjit shot dead according to him. But the House as it may put their lives jail in 2016. But after that there
"I repeat, I will not declare them Masih, one of the 40 Indians cap he kept saying he did not know," in danger. has been no contact.
(the missing Indians) dead until tured by the Islamic State in Iraq Sushma Swaraj said. "Bajwaji if you have the nerve to The Minister said that all the
we have concrete evidence to that in June 2014, who claimed that "Secondly, the family of Nishan tell the families of the missing information was culled from dif
effect," she told Rajya Sabha. the rest of the group had been Singh, one of the missing persons, persons that they are dead, you do ferent sources and there was no
T he Minister said that she shot dead. says they spoke with him on June it. I cannot do it. I w ill keep evidence to support any of the
"never said in Parliament or out "Why would Harjit Masih tell a 17 (2014). How is this possible searching for them until I get con claims.
side that they are alive, as being lie? What would he get out of it?" when Harjit claims they were crete proof that they are dead," Following reports in the media
claimed by some Congress MPs". Bajwa asked. killed on June 15?" she said. Sushma Swaraj said. that the Badush jail building had
T here were some sharp "I have reasons to not trust Congress MPs Bajwa and Soni She said that according to the been demolished, the Minister was
exchanges between the Minister Harjit Masih. I was the first one to demanded to know what the informat ion that has been blamed for misleading the nation
and Congress members Pratap speak with him when he first con Minister's sources were on whose received, the group was caught at on the 39 Indians.
14 July 29-August 4, 2017 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

A strange omission in
PRESIDENT'S FIRST SPEECH the land.
By Amulya Ganguli While lesser functionaries like the state
level ministers may declare that the title of
am Nath Kovind's first speech as "Great" be attached to the name of

R President was in keeping with his


lowkey personality.
He said all the right things about his
Maharana Pratap and not to Akbar because
it was the former who won the battle of
Haldighati according to the saffron camp,
illustrious predecessors, including Pranab it is odd for those much higher up in the
Mukherjee, and also about Indian poverty official hierarchy to display the same bias.
and diversity and combining the "wisdom" It is known that between Nehru and
of ancient Bharat with the science of con Patel, the latter is the Sangh parivar's
temporary India. Similarly, the village pan favourite. Not surprisingly, the President
chayats and a digital Republic were referred to the first Deputy Prime
described as the "twin pillars" of national Minister's sterling contributions towards
life. unifying the country in the turbulent post
This twotrack approach was also evident partition years. Similarly, he mentioned
in the references to Mahatma Gandhi, Ambedkar as the principal architect of the
Sardar Patel and B.R. Ambedkar when the constitution.
President was speaking of the years imme While all of this is in line with the stan
diately after independence. However, the dard account of the immediate postinde
name of Jawaharlal Nehru, generally pendence years, the silence on Nehru is
regarded as the architect of modern India, strange, to say the least. It is all the more
was missing from the luminaries men strange since the President had a special
tioned by Ram Nath Kovind. word of praise for Upadhyay, whose name
The curious omission could not have is even less known outside the parivar than
The name of Jawaharlal Nehru, generally regarded as the architect of modern India, was
been inadvertent, especially when Deen of V.D. Savarkar and M.S. Golwalkar.
missing from the luminaries mentioned by Ram Nath Kovind. (Photo: IANS)
Dayal Upadhyay's name was mentioned in The fact that this is Upadhyay's birth
the same breath with Gandhi's towards the of Indian history both before and after as it apparently believes that the wrong centenary year is not a sufficient reason to
end of the speech. Evidently, the aversion independence as an example of a key fea version has been taught for too long a peri place him on the same pedestal as the
of the present dispensation towards the ture of the saffron brotherhood to rewrite od by the Nehruvians because of their pre Father of the Nation.
founder of the NehruGandhi dynasty has history in accordance with its own distinc viously privileged position in positions of Arguably, the new President can be said
grown stronger of late, considering that tive perception of what the students as power. It was time, therefore, to undo the to have begun his tenure on the wrong
Narendra Modi had once spoken of Nehru well as the people of India should know. earlier mistakes. footing by displaying a partisan bias. Even
in favourable terms in parliament. The Hindutva lobby has been feverishly Few would have expected, however, that if the speech was written by the govern
It may not be out of place to see in the engaged in recent times in pushing its this desire for change would be articulated ment, he could have edited it to make it
blanking out of one of the famous persons agenda of a new interpretation of history by the highest constitutional authority in more statesmanlike.

Pranab Mukherjee set for his new address


New Delhi: 10 Rajaji Road, the new abode incoming President is ceremonially wel
of outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, comed to Rashtrapati Bhavan, an official
is all ready to welcome its newest resi told IANS. Kovind will then escort
dent. Mukherjee to his new home.
The eightroom, twostorey villa quite Mukherjee, 81, who was elected
a change from the 340room Rashtrapati President in 2012, is a voracious reader
Bhavan is no stranger to former and will be carrying all his personal books
Presidents, having previously hosted A.P.J. to his new address, which will be compa
Abdul Kalam. rable to a residence allotted to a Union
The rooms of the villa spread over an minister.
expansive 11,776 sq feet have been "He is also planning to pen a book based
spruced up and the walls repainted. The on his five years as the President although
existing furniture has also been replaced nothing is final yet," another official said.
and the entrance and exit gates await the As a former President, Mukherjee's pen
nameplates of the new resident. "It is not sion will be Rs 75,000 per month (50 per
overcrowded with furniture. We are keep cent of that while in office). There are
ing it simple. Also, a large space has been some other perks, including two tele
created which is being turned into a phones, one mobile phone and a car for
A view of the 10 Rajaji Marg bungalow which will now be the residence of
library," a senior official from the Urban free. The President Emoluments Act also
outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee, in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS)
Development Ministry told IANS. allows the former President to access sec
With Ram Nath Kovind elected as the retarial staff, and office expenses of up to Act 1951, a retired president is entitled to Responsibility for his security will be
14th President of India, it is time for Rs 60,000. facilities like rentfree Type VIII accommo handed over to the Delhi Police.
Pranab Mukherjee to bid adieu to This will be apart from free medical dation anywhere in India, free water and The 10 Rajaji Marg bungalow was allot
Rashtrapati Bhavan and move to the new attendance and treatment as well as travel electricity, apart from the landline, mobile ted to Minister of State for Culture and
address as he goes into retirement. anywhere in India, accompanied by one phones and medical amenities. Tourism Mahesh Sharma in 2015 after
Mukherjee will be moving out of the person, in the highest class in any mode of Mukherjee will have at his disposal five Kalam's death. Sharma has been allotted
sprawling presidential palace atop Raisina travel. personal staffers, including a private sec another bungalow on the adjacent Akbar
Hill to his new home on July 25 after the According to the President Emoluments retary, a personal assistant and two peons. Road.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
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16 July 29-August 4, 2017 Bollywood

Kangana finds Saifs open Talent matters,


letter on nepotism disturbing Soundarya on nepotism
wrote an open letter in the Mid-Day tabloid.
While I enjoyed some of the perspectives
on this subject, I did find a few disturbing ones.
Soundarya
feels that
F ilmmaker Soundarya Rajinikanth, who is
directing her brother-in-law Dhanush in
the upcoming film VIP 2 - Lalkar, says talent
This morning, I woke up to one such open star children
face extra matters in the world of showbiz regardless
letter, written by Saif Ali Khan, she wrote.
pressure. of the background the artistes come from.
The last time I was deeply pained and upset
Asked about the ongoing nepotism de-
about this issue was when Karan Johar wrote
bate in the cine world, Soundarya, who
a blog on it, and even once declared in an inter-
is the daughter of superstar Rajinikanth,
view that there are many criteria for excelling
told reporters: At the end of the day, tal-
in film business. Talent is not one of them.
ent is what is going to last and is going to
Kangana said: I dont know if he was
speak loud... No matter which family you
being misinformed, or simply nave, but to
are coming from or no matter what back-
discredit the likes of Dilip Kumar, K. Asif, Bi-
ground you come from, if you are not tal-
mal Roy, Satyajit Ray, Guru Dutt, and many
ented, people are not going to accept you.
more, whose talent and exceptional abilities
Soundarya feels that star children face
have formed the spine of our contemporary
extra pressure. With star children there
film business, is absolutely bizarre.
is extra pressure because there is so much
She said nepotism, on many levels, fails
of expectation from us that if we fall than
the test of objectivity and rationale. I have
coming back up is all the more difficult,
acquired these values from the ones who
she said. Its the talent that matters at the
have found great success and discovered
end of the day, added the director.
a higher truth, much before me. These val-
ues are in the public domain, and no one
Kangana Ranaut
has a copyright on them.

Film
Taapsee Pannu

A ctress Kangana Ranaut, who started


the nepotism debate by labelling film-
Referring to another part of Saif s let-
ter, she wrote: You talked about the re-
made her acting
debut with a

industry
maker Karan Johar as its flag bearer dur- lationship between genetics and star kids, south Indian
ing his chat show, says she found the open where you emphasized on nepotism being film.

has taught
letter by her Rangoon co-star Saif Ali Khan an investment on tried and tested genes...I
on the subject disturbing. A day after Saif fail to understand how you can compare
shared his views on the debate, Kangana genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes!

me lot of
Aadar Jain nervous, patience
excited about debut film

A ctress Taapsee Pannu, who has impressed many with her strong willed and fearless
woman characters in films like Pink and Naam Shabana, says the film industry
has changed her a lot as a person as she can kind of take a lot of nonsense.
I think it (film industry) has changed me quite a bit, Tapsee said when asked how she
has transformed as an individual over the years after entering the industry.
From being extremely impulsive, short tempered or the person who used to be over
planned in a way that I never used to believe in taking risks...now, I have totally changed.
I used to say no before even trying anything, but now I have at least started to believe
in never say never and that anything can happen in life, she said. I have started being
more experimental so, I have changed quite a bit, especially in terms of patience. I think
this industry has taught me lot of patience as I used to be extremely short tempered.
She was speaking at the launch of Skechers 90th store at Ambience Mall in Gurugram.

Indu Sarkar
cleared by CBFC revising committee

Aadar is Raj Kapoors daughters son. F ilmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar says he


is happy and relieved as his film Indu
Sarkar has been cleared by the Central Board
The film, set against the backdrop of
the 1975-77 Emergency, features Neil
Nitin Mukesh, Kirti and Kulhari Tota Roy

A adar Jain, grandson of late actor-filmmaker Raj Kapoor, is all set to make his debut with
the upcoming movie Qaidi Band. He says he is nervous and at the same time excited
about his maiden film. I am very nervous, but at the same time I am very proud of the fact
of Film Certification (CBFC) revising commit-
tee. Bhandarkar took to Twitter, where he
Chaudhary. It also stars Supriya Vinod,
Anupam Kher and has characters in-
said that the film was cleared with a few cuts. spired by the late Prime Minister Indira
that the trailer has finally come out and people like my family, friends, teachers from my Thank you CBFC revising committee. Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi.
school have been calling me up and saying that You have done such a great job and they Indu Sarkar has been cleared with few cuts. The CBFC had suggested 12 cuts and two
are proud of me, he said. The 23-year-old -- who is Raj Kapoors daughter Rimas son -- says Happy and relieved. See you in cinemas this disclaimers, including removal of words
its a relieving feeling to get such positive responses. Entertainment banner Yash Raj Films Friday, July 28, Bhandarkar tweeted. like RSS and Akali from Indu Sarkar.
(YRF) is launching Aadar and debutante Anya Singh through the Habib Faisal directorial.
Bollywood July 29-August 4, 2017 17

REVIEW
Newbie bags Hollywood
project Turned out
The actors in
the film portray
their characters
with panache.
A fter her award winning performance
in Hindi short Kajal, Salony Luthra
will be seen as a Spanish girl in a Holly-
wood film Turned out that will span three
continents - Asia, North America as well as
South America. Her costars are Hollywood
actor George Katt and Anya Monzikova.
This is Salonys second Hollywood project,
her first film Forbidden is a high octane
action sequence where she has gone under
tremendous training with the same trainer
who trained Brad Pitt and Al Pacino.
Salony Luthra is a popular face in the
South Indian film industry. She won the

Lipstick Under My best actress award for her Tamil film Sarab-
ham. Kajal, directed by Pakhi Tyrewala,
made fetched her the best actress award at

Burkha : Lifelike Bangalore shorts film festival, 2017.

Salony Luthra, who has done a Tamil

and Irrepressible
film and a Hindi short, is to star
as a Latino in Turned Out.

T he much-awaited Lipstick Under My for the cleverly crafted screenplay.


Burkha is a bold and brutally honest
film about the unbridled dreams of four
women, trapped in their lives owing to so-
The actors portray their characters with
panache and sincerity, each one becoming
the character they are essaying.
Parmanu is based
on true story:
cietal norms and stereotypes. Ratna Pathak Shah although distinct
Set in a middle-class mohalla (locality) in her typical style, essays the sexually re-
in Bhopal, the film centres around the lives pressed Buaji with the requisite restraint

John Abraham
of the four protagonists - Usha Parmar aka and candor befitting her caliber as an actor.
Buaji, (Ratna Pathak Shah), an elderly wid- Konkona Sen Sharma as Shireen, is brilliant
ow, who supresses her deep-seated physical as always but does not offer anything that
desires, Shireen Aslam (Konkona Sen Shar- one has not seen her do before. It is Plabita
ma), a sales girl who does a job without her
husbands knowledge as she is a mere sex
as the split personality Rihana who steps
out of her burkha and is a different person A ctor-producer John Abraham, who is
coming up with a film Parmanu - The
Story Of Pokhran, says that its entertain-
the greatest Prime Ministers we had, but
this is film and it has to be entertaining.
Neither we are political nor are we show-
object for her husband who has scant re- who renders a realistic performance, as does
gard for her feelings, Leela (Ahana Kumra), Ahana Kumra. She is a bohemian, dauntless ing but based on a true story. Parmanu ing anything in the film which is overtly
who loves a photographer Arshad (Vikrant girl who is unapologetic about her physical - The Story Of Pokhran is based on the political. We have just tried to make an
Massey), and Rehana (Plabita Borthakur), needs and lives life on her terms. nuclear test conducted at Pokhran in 1998 entertaining film.
a collegian who is a musician at heart and Director Alankrita Shrivastava, manages when BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee was He added: Parmanu - The Story Of
finds her burkha stifling as it confines her. to take the audience into the lives of her four the Prime Minister. Pokhran is a very entertaining film but a
How each of them lead an unhappy and protagonists with ease. The layered screen- Asked if this film is somewhere a trib- true story which happened in India.
uncomfortable life and secretly long to be play debunking myths about women in small ute to the leader, John said: I think it The film also features Diana Penty and
someone else, forms the crux of the film. towns and their bottled-up dreams and de- is an interesting film. Atal Ji was one of Boman Irani in lead roles.
Although the four protagonists are not sires is well-written. The use of erotica which
related to each other in the film, the dex- Buaji secretly reads to propel the narrative
terous manner in which their lives are in- forward, metaphorically linking it to the lives
terwoven is laudable and speaks volumes of all four protagonists is astutely handled.

Playing double-role isnt


easy: Arjun Kapoor
A ctor Arjun Kapoor will be seen play-
ing a double-role for the second time
in his five-year-old acting career in up-
coming Mubarakan. He says its difficult
to play a twin role in films.
The 32-year-old previously essayed a
double-role in the 2013 film Aurangzeb.
Asked how easy or difficult it is for an ac-
tor to essay a double-role on screen, Arjun
said: Its definitely not easy. It is difficult.
But, its a challenge you look forward to as
an actor. Thats what excites you, makes you
nervous and work harder because you are
not just playing, but two and specially with
comedy... With Mubarakan being a comedy
there is a definite new situation for me.
Directed by Anees Bazmee, Mubara-
kan, which also features Anil Kapoor, Il-
Arjuns Mubarakan is slated eana DCruz and Athiya Shetty, is slated for
for release on July 28. release on July 28. John Abraham during the promotion of his upcoming film Parmanu.
18 July 29-August 04, 2017 LIFESTYLE

Beauty conscious Indian


men boost skincare market
A rising aspiration among Indian men to look better groomed has led to this markets
rapid growth of more than 42 per cent in the last five years, as per an Assocham report.
Over the years, men have begun to ac- back of a rise in middle class disposable in- make-up range, and so did Grammy Award
By Nivedita cept that basic skin care and even make-up comes and the growing aspirations of people winner Justin Bieber. He has a nail polish
to live the good life and look good.

W
is a daily routine to keep the skin healthy collection under brand Nicole by OPI.
hether it is workplace competi- and flawless. Competition among the work- Also, a rising aspiration among Indian Indian men are increasingly gravitating
tion, a growing urge to appear force too has upscaled the drive to look men to look better groomed has led to this towards lighter skin as more and more fair-
well groomed, or increased visibil- youthful and has led to increased demand markets rapid growth of more than 42 per ness commercials and branding populates
ity of metrosexual men in pop culture, a me- for products specific to men. cent in the last five years, revealed the report. the digital space. The notion of acting, being
lange of social and cultural factors are driv- In India, as in other parts of the world, Interestingly, men are even replacing and looking more Western has influenced
ing Indian men to break stereotypes and opt light skin is the culturally accepted and en- women in some beauty product endorse- a lot of young boys and men, Vidushi Agar-
for skincare products -- giving, in the process, dorsed form of beauty. Skin lightening, hair ments. For instance, Maybellines Big Shot wal, Head Brands of Headstart International,
a boost to the skincare market, say experts. color and oil control products are most pop- mascara campaign, released earlier this year, a marketer of beauty brands, told IANS.
Shikhee Agrawal, Head Training, The ular among Indian men, Agrawal told IANS. featured a male model with an eye make-up, Bollywood also plays a big role in influ-
Body Shop, feels that men have evolved from According to a 2016 Assocham report, thick eyelashes and well-groomed stubble. encing youth. Remember actors like Shah
basic shaving creams and shampoos to a vari- the market size of Indias beauty, cosmetic Apart from models, male singers like Rukh Khan and John Abraham endorsing
ety of products for haircare, skincare, beard- and grooming market will reach $20 billion English-Irish pop band One Direction have skin lightening creams despite criticism?
care, fragrance, accessories and beyond. by 2025 from the current $6.5 billion on the ventured into the beauty industry with a With more and more Bollywood celebri-
ties and public personalities openly support-
ing fairer skin, young audiences are natu-
rally drawn towards the same. Traditionally,
Indians associate good looks with fair skin in
women, but now even men are being judged
by the same benchmark, added Agarwal.
Experts at ayurvedic beauty and well-
ness brand Kama Ayurveda feel that fair-
ness and brightness remain important for
Indian consumers. The rise in demand for
male grooming products is driven by vari-
ous emerging factors such as rising dispos-
able incomes, growth of social media and
the increased visibility of metrosexual ce-
lebrity men in Indian pop culture.
The changing grooming behavior of In-
dian men is also largely due to exposure and
access to international influences and trends.
The younger demographic requires and de-
mands to be well presented and attired.
Male consumers in India are becoming
(left) Bollywood King Khan endorsed skin lightening cream despite criticism. Men have evolved from basic shaving creams increasingly conscious of the need to look
and shampoos to products for haircare, skincare, beard-care, fragrance and accessories. (right) Grammy Award winner Jus- groomed in order to evolve personal hygiene
tin Bieber has a nail polish collection under brand Nicole by OPI. Metrosexual men have created demand for new products. and boost self-confidence, said the experts.

Redefining gifting in India with technology


ing the way people gift each other. Though it offers greater choice to the buyer and re- spa/beauty treatment, fine-dine, luxuri-
by Vivek Gupta
it is still the beginning of this new trend, gift ceiver. It also comes in multiple forms: E- ous hotel stay, etc. the e-gifting industry
tech is rapidly becoming an acceptable way vouchers, branded gift cards, gift cards and is also seeing fast growth in experiential

G
ifting has always been a part of In- of gifting for the mobile-enabled Indian. virtual currency, each one of which comes gifts. This form of gifting can help curate a
dian tradition and culture; a way to Adding to this, the world economy today with a variety of features and benefits. unique unforgettable experience from the
express love, gratitude, apprecia-
tion and good wishes. In the past decade,
is driven by millennials, who bring their own
unique flavor to gifting. Millennials live in an
* Gift Cards: Gift cards are available in
both digital and physical formats; they are
giver and for the receiver.
Happy gifting!
rising income levels, changing consump- impulsive world, stimulated by social media. often offered in tie-ups with banks, retail- (Vivek Gupta is Co-founder
tion patterns, nuclearization of families, Besides being educated, they are tech-savvy ers and e-commerce platforms for grati- and CEO of Storecheq)
emigration, work-life balance and womens and super-connected and have the capacity fication options. The flexibility to choose -- IANS
empowerment have led to a sharp change to spend well. The number of occasions for what one likes is the driving force for gift
in the nature and form of gifting. gifting is not just confined to festivals but cards in the e-gifting industry.
The evolving scenario in gifting has also
been aided by the advent of technology and
also includes several personal moments.
They want to make these moments thought-
* Currency Gifting: Monetary value in
e-gift holds high importance with millenni-
internet penetration. This has led to ease in ful, warm and full of personal attention. als. Hence, digital currency gifting is gain-
gifting, enabling a range of gifting experi- Here are the key trends helping the ing momentum. Multiple brands have joined
ences, making the gifting industry flourish. gifting industry boom: with the gift-tech companies to cater to this
Technovation in gifting is similar to how
Fintech companies are revolutionizing mone-
* E-Gifting: While cash is seen as imper-
sonal and a physical gift may not be liked
segment. With built-in rewards points and
cumulation of gift credits, the users are ac-
tary transactions. As the mobile and internet by the receiver, e-gifting offers the flexibil- tively seeking the new age gifting paradigm.
are revolutionizing the way people interact
socially and make payments, it is also chang-
ity to buy anything, anytime and anywhere.
E-giftings rising popularity is also because
* Experiential Gifting: From an array of
products to bespoke services like holiday,
TheSouthAsianTimes.info DIASPORA July 29-August 4, 2017 19

Indianorigin Muslim woman Indians missing in Iraq: Families


murdered in suspected swing from hope to hopelessness
honor killing in UK Chandigarh: Families of 39 Indians, mostly
from Punjab, who went missing in Iraq's
efforts to trace and facilitate the return of the
39 Indians. Other af fected families, who all
Mosul town three years ago are still keeping are from poor backgrounds from dif ferent
London: A 19yearold Indianorigin thriller film. Mujahid Arshid, 33, their fingers crossed even after Iraqi Foreign parts of Punjab, say that they have nothing
Muslim woman was kidnapped, raped appeared in Wimbledon Magistrates' Minister on Monday said that he was not sure but to pin hopes on the government's and the
and murdered in the UK in a suspected Court charged with the murder, rape if the missing Indians were alive or not. minister's assurances.
honor killing for dat ing an Arab and kidnap of the woman. "We can only hope for the return of our "The families are in a bad shape with chil
Muslim, a media report has said. He is further charged with the rape, loved ones. We have been going through this dren and old parents to fend for. T heir
T he deceased was allegedly kid attempted murder and kidnap of the torture for the past over three years," said respective breadwinners, who had gone to
napped with the other woman, bound second woman. Manjit Kaur, whose husband Dalwinder is Iraq to earn money are not safe. The families
and gagged and taken to an address in He appeared alongside his codefen among the missing men. are hardly able to sustain themselves despite
KingstonuponThames in south west dant, Vincent Tappu, 28, who is "The minister (Sushma Swaraj) told us that government help," said Balbir Singh, friend of
London where they were raped and she charged w ith the kidnap of both things are settling in Iraq and the area, where one of the missing persons.
was killed on Wednesday, a UK court women. the 39 men are said to be held hostage, could Meanwhile, a Punjab government of ficial
has heard. "The deceased was involved in a rela be cleared in the next 23 months," said Kaur, said that they were in touch with the External
Her body was found inside a 1.5 mil tionship with an Arab Muslim and the who had met her in New Delhi last week Affairs Ministry "to ensure that all efforts are
lion pound home after the other family members didn't approve of this along with families of the other missing men made to trace the missing Indians and to get
woman in her 20s who had her throat relationship because they are Indian and been assured that all efforts were being them back home safely."
slit alerted police from a hospital, The Muslims," said prosecutor Binita made to trace the missing men. A man from Punjab, Harjit Masih, who
Mirror reported. Roscoe. "Her face and mouth were cov Visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al escaped from the clutches of IS terrorist
A postmortem examination carried ered in duct tape. Her hands were tied Jaafari, who met Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi organization in June 2014 had claimed that
out on Friday gave the cause of death with cable tie. She believes a sock was on Monday, later said: "We're not 100 per all 39 Indian nationals who were taken
as an incised wound to the neck. placed in her mouth. She had heard the cent sure if they're alive or not. We don't hostage on June 11, 2014 in Mosul town had
The deceased was an aspiring make deceased who was in the shower know, but we'll do our best." been killed.
up artist, and a blog from a school screaming," she told the court. District Sushma Swaraj had, earlier this month, also However, the External Affairs Ministry had
media project described her as having Judge James Henderson remanded assured Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder maintained that it had no information con
worked in the makeup department of a Tappu and Arshid in custody. Singh that her ministry was making allout firming that they were dead. (IANS)

Greet global audience with Hindu Keith Vaz elected to


salutations, Miss T&T urged head UK's committee on
PortofSpain: In this Caribbean conviction that she was the win
immigration, visas
nation, where 44 percent of the ner all through, even before the
London: Britain's longest serving
population is of Indian origin, the results were announced."
MP of Indianorigin Keith Vaz has
new Miss Trinidad & Tobago has "I hope these values would be
been elected to serve as the head
been advised to greet g lobal applied at the Miss World Queen
of a new parliamentary committee
audiences at the Miss World Pageant in China in October and
to deal with issues concerning
2017 pageant in China in to bring home that glory and
immigration and visas.
October with Hindu salutations international honor as a Hindu
Vaz, 60, who has served in
like "Sita Ram, Namaste." woman for Trinidad and Tobago," Keith Vaz
Parliament for 30 years will be
Chandini Chanka will be the Mangaroo said.
joined as an Officer of the Group of the UK who need urgent clarifi
person of Indian origin in 40 Chanka is the only daughter of
by Conservative MP Bob cation of that status," Vaz said.
years to represent the multieth Debra and Krishendath Chanka
Blackman, who will be the Vice "It is imperative that we get a
nic society at the international of Aranguez, San Juan. She has a
Chair for the group and Martyn grip on the immigration and visa
beauty contest in Sanya, China. brother and holds a bachelor's
Day, a Scottish National MP who situation. There is concern that
Surujdeo Mangaroo, Public degree in international relations
will serve as Secretary. visa decisions are now being
Relations Officer of the National and has been accepted to pursue
The group will look at the work taken in New Delhi rather than in
Council of Indian Culture (NCIC), a law degree at the University of
that is being done on a number of Mumbai and concerns that once
the country's premier sociocul the West Indies in September.
Chandini Chanka areas concerning immigration and you apply in Sylhet in Bangladesh
tural organization, made the plea She has plans to become an
visas. you have to have your visa grant
at a reception held in Chanka's that as she makes her way on the attorney.
"As the United Kingdom leaves ed in New Delhi," he said.
honor at Divali Nag ar, international stage ... please do Trinidad and Tobago's Indian
the European Union, issues of "We are also very concerned
Chaguanas, earlier this week. not forget or ignore the tradition diaspora hails principally from
Immigration come to the fore. The about the decline in the number of
Chanka won the Miss World al Hindu form of greetings, Sita Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. People
Home Office in the UK is still suf Indian students coming to study
Trinidad and Tobago 2017 title Ram, Namaste," Mungroo said. from these two states were
fering from a backlog of hundreds in the UK. We want to know why
last Sunday. She was crowned by He said that when Chanka won broug ht to the country to
of thousands of cases. In addition, this has happened. It is hoped that
the reigning queen Danie lla the annual Miss Divali Nagar enhance the agricultural capacity
there are thousands of Indianori this new Parliamentary
Walcott after beating back some Queen Contest in October 2015, of the then colony between 1845
gin citizens who are now Committee will help cut red tape,"
tough competitors. she strode the walkaway "with and 1917.
Portuguese citizens and residents he added. (PTI)
"I want to remind Miss Chanka dignity, poise, confidence and (IANS)
20 July 29-August 4, 2017 SUBCONTINENT TheSouthAsianTimes.info

No talks unless India US withholds aid


withdraws, China says to Pakistan
before Doval visit
Beijing: On the eve of Indian NSA Ajit
Washington: The Pentagon has
said it will not give Pakistan the
remainder of a key US military
reimbursement fund allotted to
Doval's China visit to attend the BRICS secu
the country for 2016 due to
rity summit, Beijing on Wednesday made
Islamabad's insufficient countert
clear that India's pullback from Doklam on
errorism action.
the border remained the "precondition" for
The Pentagon announced the
any dialogue on the issue.
move to withhold $50 million in
T he Foreign Ministry said Foreign
"Coalition Support Funds", saying
Minister Wang Yi's remarks, who blamed
it had determined Pakistan had
India for triggering the border row and
not taken "sufficient action"
asked it to withdraw its troops, were
against the Haqqani network, the For fiscal 2016, $900 million were
"authoritative".
Taliban offshoot responsible for marked for Pakistan.
"The solution as the Foreign Minister put
numerous attacks in neighboring
it is that Indian border troops pull out
Afghanistan, the Washington Post funds does not "prejudge" the White
unconditionally and this is the precondition
reported. "This decision does not reduce House and Pentagon's upcoming strate
for any meaningful talks between both
the significance of the sacrifices that the gy for Afghanistan and the surrounding
countries," Foreign Ministry spokesperson
Indias National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Pakistani military has undertaken over region, now known as the "South Asia
Lu Kang said.
previous years," said Pentagon Strategy".
Doval will attend the twoday BRICS draw troops from Doklam, which it calls as
spokesman Adam Stump in the state "Pakistan still has time to take action
National Security Advisers meet in Beijing its own. New Delhi says troops from both
ment. For fiscal 2016, $900 million were against the Haqqani Network in order to
beginning on July 27. sides should withdraw as Doklam belongs
marked for Pakistan, $550 million of influence the Secretary's certification
The meet, where the fivenation bloc tra to its ally Bhutan.
which Islamabad had already received. decision in," Stump said. The US in 2012
ditionally discusses counterterrorism and Bhutan, a Himalayan nation that has no
However, before withholding of $50 mil designated the Haqqani Network as a
security issues, assumes significance in the diplomatic ties with China, has also protest
lion announced on Friday, Defense terrorist organization. Since the US inva
view of festering border row between India ed against the road construction by Chinese
Secretary James Mattis' predecessor Ash sion of Afghanistan in 2001, Washington
and China. It is not known if Doval will meet troops in Doklam.
Carter decided last year to withhold had often made pledges to put more
China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi separately Doklam, at the trijunction of China, India,
another $300 million of the funding. pressure on Pakistan to help stem the
on the sidelines of the summit. and Bhutan, holds strategic importance to
In the statement, Stump said the 2016 tide of fighters moving back and forth
An editorial said India should not pin all three. In June, the Indian Army stopped
funds had to be "released or repro between the two countries. Despite some
hopes on Doval's visit to resolve the border road construction by Chinese troops, lead
grammed" before their expiration. He Pakistani military operations in the
standoff. ing to the standoff that is now in its second
added that the decision to withhold the region, little progress had been made.
China has told India repeatedly to with month.

Report of Moscow Sri Lanka urged to end


arming Taliban
'groundless': Russia impunity for crimes
United Nations: UnderSecretary
Moscow: Russia General Jeffrey Feltman urged Sri
denied a report Lankan officials to ensure an end
that it supplied to impunity for crimes when he
arms to Taliban met them last wee k follow ing
militants in harsh criticism by a human rights
Afghanistan, and official of what he called "routine
called the allega and endemic" torture mainly
t ion "g round against Tamils.
less". "Russia He asked the island nation's lead
does not support ership to make Sri Lanka a "model
the Taliban, and of postconflict country with har
maintains con monious relations among commu
tacts w ith it nities", Farhan Haq, the deputy
exclusive ly to spokesperson for Secretary
UN UnderSecretaryGeneral Feltman with Lankan President Sirisena.
ensure the safety CNN showed a video in which militants demonstrat General Antonio Guterres, told
of Russian citi
ed sniper rifles, Kalashnikov etc. reporters. "routine and endemic" torture of accounts of brutal torture, which
zens in Afg hanistan and to and American governments Feltman, who is in charge of those detained under national "included beatings with sticks,
encourage it to join the process of deeply concerned about Moscow's political affairs, met with President security law. "The Tamil communi stress positions, asphyxiation using
national reconciliation," a Foreign intentions here," the CNN report Maithripala Sirisena, Prime ty has borne the brunt of the plastic bags drenched in kerosene,
Ministry statement said. said. Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, state's welloiled torture appara pulling out of fingernails, insertion
CNN showed a video in which The Russian Foreign Ministry Foreign Minister Ravi tus," a UN News Centre report of needles beneath the fingernails,
militants demonstrated sniper said the allegations were "ground Karunanayake and Tamil National quoted him as saying. various forms of water torture, sus
rifles, Kalashnikov variants and less", pointing out that it was Alliance ( TNA) leader R. He noted that the Prevention of pension for several hours by the
machine guns, claiming that the impossible to determine the origin Sampanthan as well as representa Terrorism Act is used dispropor thumbs, and mutilation of the geni
weapons were originally supplied of the shown weapons in the tives of civil society organizations tionate ly against the minority tals", the report said. During
by Russian government sources. video, as they were stripped of during his threeday visit. group, it added. Eighty per cent of Feltman's visit, President Sirisena
Although the video does not any means of identification. Feltman's trip was preceded by a all those arrested in late 2016 signed the notification on the
provide incontrovertible proof of No evidence has been provided fiveday visit of Ben Emmerson, the under the law had reported torture Missing Persons Act, which will
the trade, it of fers "some of the that could confirm the accusa UN Special Rapporteur on human and other physical illtreatment, create an investigative of fice for
first battlefield evidence of a flow tions against Russia, according to rights and counterterrorism, who the report quoted him. During his identifying people missing during
of weapons that have the Afghan the ministry. criticized what he described as visit, Emmerson heard firsthand the years of civil conflict.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INTERNATIONAL July 29-August 4, 2017 21

Will strike 'heart of US' if China tells India to give up


Kim regime threatened: 'illusory thinking'
Pyongyang Beijing: China urged India to give
up impractical "illusory thinking"
Pyongyang: North Korea has and immediately withdraw all its
threatened a nuclear strike on "the troops that it said have "illegally"
heart of the US" if it attempts to crossed into Chinese territory.
remove Kim Jongun as Supreme China would defend its territori
Leader, Pyongyang's staterun al sovereignty "at all costs",
news agency reported. Defense Ministry spokesman Wu
The report in Korean Central Qian told reporters.
News Agency (KCNA) quoted a "T he 90year history of the
spokesman from the North Korean People's Liberation Army (PLA)
Foreign Ministry. demonstrated its increasing
T he spokesman said the law capacities and unshakable deter
stipulates that if the supreme dig mination to safeguard national
nity of the nation was threatened, sovereignty and territorial
North Korean leader
"it must preemptively annihilate integrity. It is easier to shake the
Kim Jongun.
those countries and entities that mountains than to shake the
are directly or indirectly involved needed to find a way to separate PLA," Wu was quoted as saying Chinas Wu Qian urged India to immediately withdraw its troops.
in it, by mobilizing all kinds of Kim from his growing nuclear by the staterun Global Times. withdraw its troops, saying this China's territory. China has every
strike means including the nuclear stockpile, CNN reported. Indian and Chinese troops have was a prerequisite to resolving right to build road in its own ter
ones." "Should the US dare to show "As for the regime, I am hopeful been eng aged in a dragg ing the issue. ritory," Wu added.
even the slightest sign of attempt we will find a way to separate that standoff in Doklam, which is at a "India should immediately with India has blamed China for try
to remove our supreme leader regime from this system," Pompeo trijunction of India, Bhutan and draw its troops to the Indian side ing to change the status of the tri
ship, we will strike a merciless said last week. "The North Korean China. of the boundary w ith China, junction and wants the issue to be
blow at the heart of the US with people I'm sure are lovely people China calls Doklam its own ter which is a precondition and basis resolved diplomatically. China
our powerful nuclear hammer, and would love to see him go." ritory but India and Bhutan say it for resolving the conflict. says the withdrawal of troops by
honed and hardened over time," North Korea's threat comes amid is Bhutan's. "India should take practical India is a precondition for talks.
the Foreign Ministry spokesman an ongoing assessment from the India stopped the Chinese Army measures to correct its wrongdo The matter is expected to fea
added. The threat was in response US intelligence community that from building a road in Doklam in ing, stop provocation and jointly ture in talks between National
to comments from CIA Director Pyongyang has accelerated its June, leading to the faceof f safeguard peace in the border Security Advisor Ajit Doval and
Mike Pompeo, who said the intercontinental range ballistic between New Delhi and Beijing. regions. his Chinese counterpart State
Donald Trump administration missile program, CNN reported. Wu urged India to immediately "The Doklam region is part of Councillor Yang Jiechi.

EU court upholds Russia: Fresh US sanctions


Hamas terror listing, blow to normalizing ties
removes Tamil Tigers Moscow: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister
Sergey Ryabkov slammed the US move to
impose fresh sanctions on Moscow, calling
it "destruction of prospects for normaliz
Brussels: T he ing relations between the two countries".
European Union's Ryabkov's comments came after the US
top court annulled a House of Representatives approved a
court ruling to package of further punitive measures for
remove the Hamas Russia's alleged interference in the 2016
militant group from US elections and its 2014 annexation of
the EU terror black the Crimea.
list. "What is happening is beyond common
The court, howev sense," Ryabkov told Russia's official TASS
er, removed Sri news agency. "The authors and sponsors
Lanka's Liberation of this bill are making a very serious step
Tigers of Tamil towards destruction of prospects for nor
Eelam (LTTE) from malizing relations with Russia."
the 28member He said the approval of the law "would
Ryabkov said US move has complicated
blo c's terror list, negotiations between the two countries.
be the work of the enemies of Russia and
BBC reported. the US". Ryabkov also said that the measure. Ryabkov called the result of
T he Court of Militant group Hamas denounced the ruling. Washington's move had complicated nego the vote "predicted" and said that the sanc
Just ice of the tiations between the two countries about tions bill would soon be approved by the
European Union (CJEU) ruled on an "Only the initial entry of a person or
the return of seized Russian diplomatic US Senate.
appeal lodged by the Council of the EU entity on the list must be based on a
property in the US. The bill also includes extended punitive
after the European General Court (EGC) nat ional decision by a competent
"The US executive authority's capabili measures against North Korea and Iran
decided to scrap Palestinian Islamist authority," it added.
ties to make the only correct decision to and would limit Trump's capacity to ease
group's retention on the terror list in Hamas, whose political wing governs
return to us the diplomatic property with sanctions on Russia in the future without
2014. the Gaza Strip Palestinian territory,
out any conditions are significantly nar seeking the approval of lawmakers.
The Luxembourgbased CJEU over denounced the ruling and said its lead rowed... Therefore, of course our dialogue Since taking over at the White House in
turned the judgment and said "the coun ers were preparing an official response. on this topic becomes even more difficult," January, Trump had been fighting of f
cil may maintain a person or an entity The EU's terrorist list was drawn up
Sputnik news agency quoted Ryabkov as accusations that members of his election
on the list if it concludes that there is an after the September 11, 2001 attacks telling RIA Novosti. campaign team colluded with Russia in
ongoing risk of that person or entity on the US. The list was last updated in The bill awaits a final vote in the Senate order to gather damaging information
being involved in the terrorist activities January and now included 13 individu before it can be presented to US President against his Democrat opponent Hillary
that justified their initial listing". als and 22 organizations.
Donald Trump, who has the power to veto Clinton.
22 July 29-August 4, 2017 BUSINESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Nifty closes above 10,000 for first time


Mumbai: Boosted by positive glob The BSE market breadth was, in 2017, and on when the Fed will
al cues, along with expectations of however, slightly bearish with begin winding down its multitril
healthy quarterly results and 1,365 declines and 1,324 liondollar investment holdings,"
intense buying activities wit advances. Desai added.
nessed in metal, banking and In terms of the broader markets, On the currency front, the rupee
automobile stocks, the Indian the BSE midcap index rose by strengthened by 23 paise to
equity markets surged to a record 0.18 per cent and the smallcap 64.36 to a US dollar from its pre
high, with the benchmark index index by 0.28 per cent. vious close at 64.3839.
NSE Nifty50 closing firmly above "Markets rallied to new life In investments, provisional data
the 10,000point mark for the highs on Wednesday with the with the exchanges showed that
first time. Nifty closing above the 10,000 foreign institutional investors
On Tuesday, the wider Nifty50 level for the first time. The main (FIIs) sold scrips worth Rs 60.60
of the National Stock Exchange indices opened the session with crore, while domestic institutional
(NSE) climbed the 10,000point small gains amid initial volatility, investors (DIIs) purchased stocks
peak for the first t ime in its which later hovered in green with worth Rs 676.61 crore. According
almost 22year history, but soon smalltomo dest g ains. T hey to Dhruv Desai, Director and Chief
ceded its gains to close on a flat extended intraday gains towards Operating Of ficer of Tradebulls,
note on the back of profit booking BSE Sensex too touched a fresh high of 32,413.63 points intraday. late trade to hit fresh record the benchmark index Nifty
and expensive valuations, after highs," Deepak Jasani, Head of reclaimed the 10,000milestone
touching an intraday high of BSE Sensex too, touched a fresh 56.10 points or 0.56 per cent to Retail Research, HDFC Securities, led mainly by g ains in metal
10,011.30 points. high of 32,413.63 points intra close at a new high of 10,020.65 told IANS. stocks. "Expectations of a better
However, the key index sur day. According to market points. "Globally, investors awaited the earnings season with improving
passed even that level and scaled observers, some cautiousness pre The 30scrip Sensitive Index outcome of a twoday US Federal economic indicators have
a record intraday hig h of vailed in the global markets ahead (Sensex) closed at a fresh high of Reserve's policy meeting sched increased investor confidence,
10,025.95 points on Wednesday of the outcome of the twoday US 32,382.46 points up 154.19 uled later to day ( July 26). extending a recordsetting rally
be fore closing at 10,020.65 Federal Open Market Committee points or 0.48 per cent from its Markets will be watching for any this year, although high valua
points. meet later in the evening. At clos previous close at 32,228.27 signals about another possible tions are seen capping gains in
The other benchmark index ing time, the NSE Nifty50 rose by points. rise in the benchmark lending rate the near term," Desai told IANS.

SC asks Sahara to INDIA SHOULD TARGET


INFLATION RATE OF
deposit Rs 1,500 crore 45%: US EXPERT
New Delhi: The Supreme September 7 and sub
Court has asked Sahara mits a plan, it would stall New Delhi: Indian policy
chie f Subrata Roy to the process of auctioning makers would do well to
deposit Rs 1,500 crore a Aamby Valley. target keeping annual
part payment of Rs 24,000 However, it was subject retail inflation in the coun
crore that two group com to payment of this sum, try in the range of 45 per
panies had raised from the the court said, which cent without aiming to
investors with market reg also include balances of lower this rate significant
ulator Sebi to stall the auc Rs 305 crore that Roy ly, according to an
tion of its lands in Aamby has yet to pay from his American expert.
valley. last installment that he "India should target
Direct ing the sum be was to submit by June inflation at 45 per cent," Kenneth they would opt for a 3 per cent tar
deposited by September 7, 15. Rogoff, Professor of Economics at get," he added. Noting "there is no
the bench of Justice Dipak On April 16, the court Harvard University in the US told rush to come down to a lower
Misra, Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked the Bombay BTVi in an interview. inflation target, the American
and Justice A.K. Sikri per High Court's of ficial liq "Many people in the advanced economist said it is "predictability"
mitted Roy to place before uidator to evaluate and economies are saying we should that is important in keeping down
them a reasonable plan for auct ion the Aamby have been at 4 per cent (inflation inflationary expectations.
the payment of balance Valley property of the rate), and not be at 2 per cent, "In economic theory, which who
amount over a period of 18 Sahara Group and which was a mistake. There is a knows if its true...historically it has
months as he had himself Sharma, in his reportq debate on," he said referring to the been seen that if you are pre
sought. on its worth, said that its prolonged phase of low inflation dictable, that's what people expect.
As it cleared all the Sahara chief Subrata Roy. market value is Rs 37, coupled with low growth being People can adjust to any steady
terms and conditions sub 390 crore and the fair experienced by Western inflation rate," Rogoff said.
mitted by Bombay High Court's invite bids for the auction of value is Rs 43,000 crore. economies. "There are number of reasons for
of ficial liquidator Vinod Sharma Aamby Valley, the court said that The next hearing would take "I think that if a lot of countries India, not to bring it (inflation)
for floating a global tender to if Sahara pays Rs 1,500 crore by place on September 11. were starting from scratch, I bet down too quickly," he added.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SPORTS July 29-August 4, 2017 23

Harmanpreet, Jhulan
gain big in ODI rankings
Dubai: Indian cricketers Jhulan
Goswami and Harmanpreet
Kaur's brilliant performances in
the justconcluded ICC Women's
World Cup lifted them to the No.2
and No.6 spots respectively in the
latest International Cricket
Council rankings for bowlers and
batswomen, released here.
Harmanpreet vaulted seven
slots to the No.6 position after fir
ing a swashbuckling unbeaten
171 to help India defeat Australia
Indian women cricketer
by 36 runs in the semifinal and
Jhulan Goswami
followed that with a fighting 51
in the final, which India narrowly Jhulan Goswami has gained four
lost to England by nine runs at slots to reach the second position
Sri Lankan pacer Lahiru Kumara celebrates fall of Hardik Pandya's wicket at Galle International Stadium in Sri
Lord's on Sunday, according to an and within four points of South
Lanka. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
ICC statement. Africa's Marizanne Kapp.
The Punjab batswoman is now The 34yearold India pacer had

First Test: Sri Lanka off the second Indian to feature in


the top10 after her second
ranked skipper Mithali Raj, who is
figures of 3/23 in the final and
2/35 in the semifinal.
Jhulan's newball partner

to shaky start
10 points behind Australia cap Shikha Pandey (up one place to
tain Meg Lanning. Australia's 12th) and legspinner Poonam
Ellyse Perry is third, trailing Raj Yadav (up six places to a career
by 12 points. Apart from best 28th) are other India
Galle: Sri Lanka scored 38/1, before wicket by pacer Umesh helped India post 600/10 in the
Harmanpreet, opener Punam bowlers to move up.
trailing by 562 runs at tea in the Yadav. Fe llow opener Upul first innings.
Raut has gained five slots to reach As for the ICC Women's Team
first innings on the second day of Tharanga (24) and new batsman Shami (30) and middleorder
14th position after scores of 86 rankings, there was no change in
the first cricket Test against India Danushka Gunathilaka (12) were batsman Pandya (50) contributed
and 14 in the final and semifinal positions with Australia retaining
at the Galle International Stadium at the crease when the umpires 62 runs for the ninth wicket.
respective ly, while Veda top spot at 128 points.
here. called for the tea break. Pandya's halfcentury was laced
Krishnamurthy has gained seven England have gained one point
After India scored 600 runs in Tharanga's 14ball knock was with five boundaries and three
slots to reach a careerbest 26th to reach 125 in second position,
their first innings, Sri Lanka got laced with five boundaries while sixes while Shami slammed three
position following scores of 35 in while New Zealand and India
of f to a poor start as they lost Gunathilaka slammed two bound sixes in his cameo innings with a
the final and 16 not out in the remain on 118 and 113 points,
opener Dimuth Karunaratne (2) aries in his steady start. strike rate of 100.00. Incoming
semifinal. Among the bowlers, respectively. The West Indies
w ith just seven runs on the Earlier, resuming at 503/7, batsman Umesh Yadav stayed
world's leading wickettaker in (105), South Africa (93), Pakistan
board. debutant Hardik Pandya and unbeaten on 11 runs off 10 balls
Oneday Internationals (ODI) (73) and Sri Lanka (67) follow.
Karunaratne was caught leg tailender Mohammad Shami at the end.

Indian women cricket team did a Chak De India!


l By Shivaji Sengupta remember is the indif ferent manner the
Indian women's cricket team have been
et me remind the readers of a famous treated over the years. The men received

L Indian film, Chak De, India! in which an


out of sorts inept Indian women's
hockey team is coached by an erstwhile
every conceivable support, in terms of
money and equipment. Compared to that it
is only very recently, the Indian women
male Indian hockey captain, came from received even anywhere near the support.
nowhere to win the Hockey World Cup in This, in spite of the fact that they had made
Australia, against the six times champion, it to the finals in 2005 (where they lost
Aussies. Last week the 10th Women's World badly to Australia); that the Indian captain,
Cup in cricket ended in England, with India Mithali Raj and their pace bowler, Jhulan
being narrowly beaten by England in the Goswami, topped the batting and bowling
final. Indeed, according to the seeds, India rankings respectively.
were not supposed to figure in the final at What their runners up position in the
all. But the tournament started auspiciously tenth World Cup has done, hopefully, is put
for them when they defeated England, the the focus back on the women. This is a very
second ranked team, and the eventual cham PM Narendra Modi hosted the Indian Womens Cricket Team in New Delhi on July 27. The young team that flourished under the lead
pion. Not unlike the men's team in 2015, the team were runners up in the 10th Women's World Cup in England. (Photo: PIB) ership of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
women's team also won their first four upended Australian women, the six times Harman playing that kind of an inning." Mithali Raj has called for the BCCI to organ
matches. Players like Smriti Mandhana, reigning champions. In fact, their eventual The final was a seesaw affair, with both ize a women's IPL where great professional
Poonam Raut, Ekta Bisht and Rajeshwari victory by 39 runs was flattering to teams holding the upper hand, unt il women from all over the world would come
covered themselves with glory. However, Australia. At one stage Australia were 1699 England, by far the more experienced and and play, much like the women's Big Bash
after that, they were beaten easily by South in reply to India's 281. In that match, reputable team, won out. The Indian crick League in Australia. I heartily support her
Africa and Australia. The magic started hap Harmanpreet Kaur decimated the Australian eters were crushed with disappointment, but call. Let me end with what Mithali Raj said
pening immediately after. India beat New attack by scoring a mammoth 171 in only there was no shame in losing. when, upon their departure from India, a
Zealand, ranked number three, with ridicu 115 balls. She hit seven sixes what Meg Congratulations to the Indian Women (all journalist asked her for her favorite Indian
lous ease and made it to the semi final. As Lanning, currently ranked the best batsman Indian women) for this tremendous feat. male cricketer. "Let me ask you this," Mithali
the fourthranked team, this was not a sur in the world and Australia's captain said, Congratulations to the women's cricket quipped, "Do you ask a male Indian cricketer
prise. should be etched in everyone's memory: "We team upon being awarded 50 lakh rupees who his favorite Indian woman cricketer is?
But what was a huge surprise was that in are sad not to make the final, but no one each! I hope the respected journalist was put in
the semifinal Indian Women convincingly could have won against India today with W hat every Indian supporter mig ht his place.
24 July 29-August 4, 2017 BOOKS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

l By Saket Suman and Centre: The Idea of India"


(Penguin/Rs 599/269 Pages)

T
he worlds largest democra which has been edited by televi

The
cy is witness to debates on a sion journalist Nidhi Razdan. It
range of issues and noted brings voices from all the three
public intellectuals from across spectrums of our politics. You
the political spectrum Left have the likes of Chandan Mitra,

idea of
Right and Centre have shared Derek O Brien, Sunita Narain and
their thoughts in two recent Shabana Azmi sharing their per
books. spectives in this book.
The first "India Now and in In the introduction Razdan
Transition" (Niyogi/Rs 595/448 makes her point that the idea of

India
Pages) has been edited by Atul K. India is different for different
Thakur, a public policy profes people. In an apparent reference
sional who specializes in the to the ruling government, Razdan
interface of politics and econom says that it is responsible for
ics. This scholarly offering has fuelling a kind of nationalism
essays by 37 leading thinkers where "youve to wear your patri
such as Ramachandra Guha, otism on your sleeve" and where
Shashi Tharoor, Robin Jeffrey,
Jayati Ghosh, Vinod Rai and T.S.R.
And how our public intellectuals define it "to question the government, the
courts, the army is to be anti
Subramaniam. and language and literature. nation has the worlds largest this emergent nation. The book national". She also takes readers
With a foreword by Sunil The beauty of India, the book youth population and is undergo notes that while beset with both through the many instances of
Khilnani, Professor of Politics and reminds us, is that there are ing tectonic social and political internal and external challenges the recent past and succeeds to a
Director of the Kings College, many kinds of Indias. changes at present; therefore this on many fronts India isnt waiting large extent in establishing that
London India Institute, the book Understanding the fundamentals book becomes crucial as it helps for its moment. It is making its there is indeed a rising tide of
analyzes the way ahead for the that have given birth to such mul one understand what direction moment happen. "India Now and nationalism in India. She counters
country in the fields of politics tiplicity across various segments India may take in the future. in Transition" is an enquiry into this with the words of Tagore
and governance, economics and is especially imperative in the Each essay critically analyzes a possible futures based on current who despite penning Indias
development, security and for present day when the Idea of major theme of Indias present to happenings. national anthem was a strong
eign policy, society and culture India is keenly contested. This propose the likely way ahead for And then there is "Left Right critic of nationalism.

Business is to increase not only A spiritual powerhouse


wealth but also 'dharma' and an iconic Swami
l By Porisma P. Gogoi hard to find things to discuss convinced l By M.R. Narayan Swamy people to walk out of hospitals because they did
me that it would be worthwhile to pres not need any operation; those who obeyed him

T
he first thing that comes to mind ent an account of business law in these

D
evis Emerald" is a touching and beautifully realized he was so very right. Miles away from
when we hear the word "dharma" traditional sources to a general audi written story of a small hospitals he would tell doc
is "religion". But ence." temple in Bengaluru tors to change their line of
how is "dharma" The book aims to dedicated to Mookambika medication. His predictions
related to business? describe substantive Devi where until he passed often stumped people
It is interpreted as legal concepts and away, an electrical engineer because they had never met
"duty" the duty of categories of com turnedSwami made such the Swamiji ever before. He
traders towards their mercial laws found suggested different religious
accurate predictions that the
businesses as well as in medieval and remedies for various prob
wellknown author Ruzbeh
themselves. As the early modern
Bharucha ended up calling lems; in rare cases alone he
"Laws of Manu" state, Dharmashastra texts.
him as "one of the most spiri would gently say that there
"Commerce (varrta) is It also provides an
tually powerful men on the was no hope.
the religious work interpretation of
globe". How did he manage all this?
(tapas) of a Vaishya how common mod
V.S. Nayak, a father of five, Swamiji would light camphor
(trader)." ern assumptions, val
used to work in Phillips India in the Devi temple and he said
To that extent, busi ues and goals in the
and was far removed from the he could see yes literally see
ness law in medieval business world
spiritual world when he had a answers to questions that
and early modern would look through
divine calling. It led to the were posed to him. "She
India was developed the prism of
birth of the temple where shows me like a movie the
within the volumi Dharmashastra.
Swamiji as he came to be entire place and scenario.
nous and multifac The
widely known became the This is why we can answer
eted Dharmashastras, Dharmashastras
Devis medium and gave innumerable but always questions pertaining to past present and future.
which codify the concept of dharma, explicitly state that among the four
accurate predictions that turned even the most We can answer about unseen people dead people
which laid down rules for merchants, classes or 'varnas', commerce and busi
doubting skeptics into staunch devotees. living people... everything comes in front of me
traders, guilds, farmers and other indi ness are the dharma of the Vaishyas.
The Swamiji did not believe in mumbo jumbo. like a movie."
viduals in terms of the complex reli The book also identifies the fact that
He would tell visitors not to go deep into trying The best part of the story was that he would
gious, legal and moral idea of dharma. business is not only a way to make and
to understand and experience God. Have sincere not charge money for his predictions; except a
Gurcharan Das, a former CEO of increase wealth but also a religious
faith and utter simple prayers that would do. bare minimum that went to cover the cost of run
Proctor and Gamble and author of duty, which came as a set of laws that
Dont starve in search of God. As a sage he was ning the shrine and feeding every single person
books like "India Unbound", in a lucid gave religious significance to secular
very different. He liked to laugh loudly, usually who visited it. Nobody was allowed to leave the
introduction to The Dharma of business dealings.
avoided philosophical and religious stuff and had temple without food. Swamiji had seen grinding
Business, Donald R. Davis, narrates how As Davis explains: "The whole point of
no problems eating in restaurants. He would tell poverty and he knew what hunger was; he didnt
a dishonest seller loses her market Dharmashastras was to convert ordi
devotees that the best way to know God was to want anyone to be hungry ever.
share by selling low quality mangoes at nary activities into sacred duties by pre
feed the poor and hungry. "He is the most practi "Devis Grace" is a followup to the first book by
a high price, referring to her as a "per scribing particular ways of doing them.
cal Swamiji you will ever meet." He was more two devotees who explain how Swamijis son,
son of low dharma". The message? If you followed the rule for making
than practical. Although Swamiji was on the dot Guruji, is carrying on his fathers tradition.
Good actions are rewarded and the bad loans, for paying employees, for secur
visavis whatever he predicted he was humble Devotees who have benefited from Gurujis pre
ones punished. Going further, Davis, an ing partnerships, and so on, you were
and truly devotional. He credited whatever he did dictions tell their astounding tales to Karen
Associate Professor of Sanskrit and not just conducting fair business but
to Devis grace. He would predict accurately Rajesh and Vishal Desai. "Devi s Emerald" intro
Indian Religions at the University of also building religious merit, good
when people would die and when babies would duced the otherwise little known Mookambika
Texas, explains: "The fact that it wasn't karma."
be born even how they would look like. He told Devi temple to the larger world. IANS
religion July 29-August 4, 2017 25

Shrimadji - in the eyes


these truths on the very day I landed in Bom-
bay. The acquaintance with the poet which
began on this occasion grew over the years.
One rare feature of his writings is that

of Mahatma Gandhi
he always set down what he had felt in his
own experience. There is in them no trace of
unreality. I have never read any line by him
which was written to produce an effect on
others. He had always by his side a book on
some religious subject and a notebook with
It was Gandhijis personal interaction and correspondence through letters blank pages. The latter he used for noting
down any thoughts which occurred to him.
with Shrimad Rajchandra that had a profound influence on his character. Sometimes, it would be prose and sometimes
Presenting the Mahatmas expressions about the spiritual luminary. poetry. The poem about the supreme state
must have been written in that manner.
terities in the history of mankind. It was vashanker Jagjivandas, another elder broth- Whatever he was doing at the moment,
by Dr. Bharatbhai Shah his association with Shrimadji and the wise er of his. The doctor introduced Raychandb- whether eating or resting or lying in bed, he
hai as a poet, and added, though a poet, he was invariably disinterested towards things

T
counsel provided by him on the principles
he personal relationship of Shrimad of truth and non-violence, which formed is in our business. He is a man of spiritual of the world. I never saw him being tempted
Rajchandra and his contemporary the cornerstone of this great mans life. knowledge and a shatavadhani (One who can by objects of pleasure or luxury in this world.
Mahatma Gandhi, is a bright chap- In his autobiography, the chapters on pay attention to a hundred things simultane- I watched his daily life respectfully, and
ter not only in their personal lives, not only Raychandbhai, Dharmik Manthan, Dhar- ously). Someone suggested that I should ut- at close quarters. He used to walk slowly,
for the state of Gujarat, but for the cultur- ma-Nirikshan and Brahmacharya, and his ter a number of words in his presence, say- and the passer-by could see that he was ab-
al, political and spiritual history of India. other writings and lectures on Shrimadji re- ing that no matter to what language they sorbed in thought even while walking. There
Gandhijis herculean and countrywide ef- flect Gandhis faith in him. Revashanker Jag- belonged he would repeat them in the same was a strange power in his eyes; they were
forts in freeing the nation from slavery by jivanbhai had requested Gandhiji to write a order in which I had uttered them. I could extremely bright, and free from any sign of
fighting on the principles of non-violence preface of the book, Shrimad Rajchandra, not believe this. I was a young man, had just impatience or anxiety. They bespoke single-
and truth, resulting in the attainment of second edition, published in 1982, under returned from England, and was a little vain, minded attention. The face was round, the
freedom - represent an unprecedented vic- the auspices of Paramshrut Prabhavak too, of my knowledge of languages; in those lips thin, the nose neither pointed nor flat
tory of non-violence, self-restraint and aus- Mandal. Gandhiji accepted his request; com- days I was under the powerful spell of Eng- and the body of light build and medium size.
pleted the last chapter on some lish. Having been to England made a man The skin was dark. He looked an embodi-
of the memoirs of Shrimadji that feel that he was heaven-born. I poured out ment of peace. There was such sweetness in
he had previously written in the all my store of knowledge, and first wrote his voice that one simply wanted to go on
Yervada jail, added other mate- out words from different languages - for listening to him. The face was smiling and
rial to it, and prepared an ar- how possibly could I afterwards remember cheerful; it shone with the light of inner joy.
ticle entitled, Raychandbhaina them in their due order? I then read out He had such ready command of language
Ketlak Smarano. In this, he has the words. Raychandbhai repeated them that I do not remember his ever pausing for
heaped a lot of praise on Shrim- slowly one after another and in the same a word to express his thoughts.
adji. Presenting some excerpts: order. I was pleased and astonished, and These qualities can exist only in a man of
I was introduced to formed a high opinion about his memory. self-control. A man cannot become free from
Raychandbhai in July 1891, This was an excellent experience to break attachments by making a show of being so.
on the very day on which, re- a little the binding spell of English on me. That state is a state of grace for the atman.
turning from England, I landed The poet did not know English at all. At Anyone who strives for it will discover that
in Bombay. At this time of the the time I am speaking of, he was not more it may be won only after a ceaseless effort
year the sea is stormy. The ship, than 25. His study in the Gujarati school was through many lives. One will discover, if one
therefore, had arrived late and it not much either. And even then he possessed struggles to get rid of attachments, how dif-
was already night. I stayed with such a powerful memory and such knowl- ficult it is to succeed in the attempt. The Poet
Dr. Pranjivan Mehta, Barrister, edge, and was respected by everyone around made me feel that this state of freedom from
now the well-known jeweler of him! I was all admiration. The power of mem- attachment was spontaneous to him.
Rangoon. Raychandbhai was his ory is not sold in schools. Knowledge, too,
elder brothers son-in-law. The can be acquired without going to school if This article is a reprint from Sadguru
doctor himself introduced me one wants it - is keen on it - and one need not Echoes, Shrimad Rajchandra Missions
to him. On the same day I was go to England or elsewhere to command re- monthly magazine. http://www.shrimadra-
also introduced to Jhaveri Re- spect, for virtue is always respected. I learned jchandramission.org

Miles OSullivan becomes Jain Saman Abhiroop


O
n July 9, Miles OSullivan, a pro- Saman means a male monk following the
fessional underwater photogra- Shramanic Tradition, and Abhiroop means
pher, took Jain Saman Diksha un- beautiful inside and out. Immediately af- The newly initiated monk is grateful
der Acharya Shree Yogeesh at Siddhayatan ter, Saman Abhiroop delivered his very first to Acharya Shree Yogeesh,
Tirth in Dallas, TX. speech as a newly initiated Jain monk. founder of a Jain center in Texas.
Miles had his calling to become a monk In his inspiring and deeply heartfelt
at the age of 22. Looking for a master, speech, he delved into the deeper reasons
he found Shree Yogeesh while browsing why he wanted to follow this path: When I
through YouTube videos. Miles moved to realized that I do not have freedom, it became
Siddhayatan four years ago to live, work, the most important fight in my life. My mis-
and practice intensive sadhana. He studied sion. My purpose. When a person becomes
Jain scriptures and the Hindi and Sanskrit a monk, they become a protector of all life,
languages. For Miless initiation celebra- because when you begin to understand your
tion into monkhood his family travelled suffering, you automatically see the suffer-
from California, and the Carolinas. ing of others and you know that their pain
The Acharya gave Miles his vows to re- is no different than yours. You become one.
nounce all wrongdoings for the rest of his Saman Abhiroop has become the third
life. He also committed for all of his life American student to take Jain Diksha un-
to follow the 5 great vows--nonviolence, der Acharya Shree Yogeesh.
truthfulness, non-stealing, brahmacharya,
and non-possession. Email: info@siddhayatan.org
He was then christened Saman Abhiroop:
26 July 29-August 4, 2017 HEALTH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Innovative newborn hearing New class of breast


screening device Sohum launched cancer drugs are
A valuable contribution to Make in India campaign well tolerated: Study
New York: Researchers, includ Administration (FDA), and sec
New Delhi: The Minister of State for
ing one of Indianorigin, have ond ribociclib (Kisqali) was
Science and Technology & Earth
found that a new class of oral approved in March 2017, while
Sciences, Y.S. Chowdary has formally
drugs for treating breast cancer a third abemaciclib is cur
launched the indigenously developed
are generally welltolerated rently undergoing Phase 3 tri
newborn hearing screening device
with a manageable toxicity pro als.
Sohum in New Delhi. The newborn
file for most patients. For the study, Bardia and his
hearing screening device is devel
T he new class of drugs, team reviewed all the publicly
oped by School of International
known as cyclindependent available studies conducted on
Biodesign (SIB) startup M/s Sohum
kinase (CDK) inhibitors, have a palbociclib, ribociclib and abe
Innovation Labs India Pvt. Ltd.
great potential for treating the maciclib.
Sohum is a low cost and unique
most common type of breast T hey found that the most
device which uses brainstem audito
cancer known as hormone common side effect of palboci
ry evoked response, the gold stan
receptorposit ive (HR+) clib and ribociclib was a low
dard in auditory testing to check for (Image courtesy: sohumforall.com)
metastatic breast cancer in level of white blood cells, a con
hearing response in a newborn. As of
which the cancer cells express dition known as neutropenia,
now, this technology is prohibitively ly and economically lifelong. babies do not need to be sedated,
hormone receptors. which can increase the chance
expensive and inaccessible to many. Globally, 8,00,000 hearing which is the current, and risky, test
"CDK inhibitors have changed of infection.
Startup Sohum has made the tech impaired babies are born annually of ing in process at present. Another
the landscape of management However, the e f fect was
nology appropriate for the resource which, nearly 1,00,000 are in India. key advantages over other testing
of HR+ breast cancer," said found temporary and dose
constrained settings and aims to And all this preventable damage systems is the patented, inbuilt algo
Aditya Bardia, a specialist in dependent.
cater to nearly 26 million babies needs is early screening, which can rithm that filters out ambient noise
breast cancer at the Neutropenia was found less
born every year in India. facilitate timely treatment and reha from the test signal. This is impor
Massachusetts General Hospital common with abemaciclib, but
One of the most common birth dis bilitation. Sohum team has come up tant because health clinics can be
in Boston, US. the side ef fects such as diar
orders congenital hearing loss is with a screening device to facilitate incredibly crowded and noisy.
CDK inhibitors interfere in rhoea and fatigue were more
a result of both genetic and non the routine screening of newborn This innovative medical device has
cancer cells' ability to multiply common. Nausea and alopecia
genetic factors. These factors are babies with the potential to help been developed under Department
rapidly by blocking the activity are less common side ef fects,
mostly associated with resource children at a key stage of their devel of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of
of enzymes known as CDKs, researchers found, but they
poor economies such as India where, opment. Science and Technology,
particularly CDK 4 and CDK 6, were typically mild and easily
unlike advanced healthcare systems, T he portable Sohum Hearing Government of India supported (SIB).
that help to regulate cell divi treated.
hearing impairment goes undiag Screening measures auditory brain SIB is a flagship program of the DBT
sion, the researchers said in the Currently, CDK 4/6 inhibitors
nozed. Thus, when it is discovered at waves via three electrodes placed on aimed to develop innovative and
paper published in the journal are being investigated for their
4+ years, its too late to reverse the the babys head. When stimulated, af fordable medical devices as per
The Oncologist. ability to treat various other
damage and this leads to a host of they detect electrical responses gen unmet clinical needs of India and to
The first CDK inhibitors pal cancers, including lung cancer,
problems such as impaired commu erated by the brains auditory sys train the next generation of medical
bo ciclib (Ibrance) was prostate cancer and ovarian
nication skills and even possible tem. If there is no response, the child technology innovators in India, it is a
approved in February 2015 by cancer, the researchers stated.
mental illness; all of which have a cannot hear. The batteryoperated valuable contribution to the Make in
the US Foo d and Drug (IANS)
deep impact on the child, emotional device is noninvasive, which means India campaign of the government.

Four myths about olive oil busted


live oil is a gift of God, especially Fact: Flavour may change when heated,

O due to the numerous health bene


fits it offers. It is a gold standard
when it comes to edible oil.
but the health benefits remain. You can
cook with all types of olive oil without
losing health benefits because their
Whether making the heart healthy or smoking point is higher than most other
regulating sugar levels or bringing with cooking oils.
itself vitamins and antioxidants, olive oil Myth 4: Olive oil cannot be used for
is an ideal companion for all who wish to cooking, frying and sauting.
lead a healthy life. Fact: You can cook on high heat with
But due to a lack of precise knowledge olive oil. Here, the answer lies in under
about this oil, some are reluctant to make standing the various grades of olive oil.
it part of their daily lives. This is, to some One can most certainly find three grades
extent, a result of all the crazy marketing of olive oil extra virgin, classic/pure
out there: Peruse the olive oils in a typi and extra light and, lastly, pomace, which
cal grocery store and youll be greeted by is a chemically extracted variant of olive
all kinds of terminology. oil.
Some of it is confusing like pure The difference lies in the taste, aroma
and extravirgin which is better? and smoking point. Extra virgin olive oil
Other terms are just pointless cold has a strong flavour of olives and low
pressed, for example, doesnt really smoking point as it is obtained from cold
mean much. Basically, all extravirgin pressing. Pure olive oil is obtained from
olive oil is coldpressed. cloudy in the refrigerator and some ety, growing conditions and country of refining olive oil, so its smoking point is
So its time we debunk some of the dont. Quality is best checked through origin create variability in oil color high but has the flavor of olives, so it can
my ths about this bene ficial taste and smell authenticity is best from pale yellow to dark green and be heated and used for cooking pizzas,
Mediterranean favourite. tested in a properlyequipped lab. how fast the oil will cloud or solidify in pastas, sauting vegetables et al. Extra
Myth 1: If olive oil gets cloudy or solidi Myth 2: A very green colour indicates the refrigerator. light has neutral/no flavor of olives and
fies in the refrigerator, it is 100 per cent high quality olive oil. Myth 3: Heat diminishes olive oils be used for everyday cooking/frying in
authentic and of high quality. Fact: Color is not an indicator of the health benefits; so it is best to use extra Indian kitchens.
Fact: There is no home test to check for oils quality. Quality olive oil isnt a virgin olive oil raw or straight from the Need any more persuasion about the
olive oil authenticity. Some oils get generic product. Factors like olive vari bottle. benefits of olive oil? (IANS)
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28 July 29-August 4, 2017 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

Someone is probably filming you reading this


A
LL adults have a vital duty to tell army arrested 14 squirrels for suspiciously
young people about The Olden Days hanging out in the woods near a nuclear
(a phrase which covers the period enrichment facility. Smug of ficials proudly
from the early Triassic era to about 2016). said they detained the creatures "before
"In the past, people would go a whole day they were able to take any action", but did
without taking a single picture of anything," not say what the squirrels' expected actions
I declared. were. I suspect the list would include "eating
My Facebooking Snapchatting children nuts", "hanging out in trees", and "stealing
were stunned. "So how did you have fun, food from bird feeders", which are things
dad," one asked. we've all done at some time, right? Or is that
"We would look at clouds and see if we just me?
could find animal shapes," I told them. Yes, The night before writing this, this writer
life was thrilling then. They have no idea. was strolling to a meeting and looked to the
But now family life is upside down! In my skies for animalshaped clouds. Lo and
house, the only people who can open child behold, there was a camera drone hovering
proof packaging are the children. The only overhead! It stayed there for about two min
people who can get past the netnanny web utes, watching me walk and eat junk food.
filter are the children. The only people who (Image courtesy: thedigitalsheepdog.ca) Either it was hungry, or (more likely) it had
can do online hedgefund asset swaps that been sent to check up on me by my calorie
crash the Dow Jones are the children. whole hitech spying thing has been out number written on its feathers, the news counting app. Or my kids.
One friend said that this resourceful, hi sourced to wildlife. A few days ago, a pigeon item said. Now spies don't usually share con But there's one good thing about technolo
tech generation of youngsters would make was arrested and charged with espionage on tact details, so this might just be the pigeon gy: If it's time to summon people for dinner,
great spies. No, I've met spies, and it's no the PakistanIndia border not a joke. The equivalent of when you write down your I just turn off the WiFi and watch the whole
fun: they get swallowed up by their cover bird was detained for acting suspiciously, phone number on your hand because you're family come running.
jobs. I knew one agent who played the part which probably means it was wearing a false getting old. Pigeons get old too, right? And here's a tip to help adults use comput
of a harddrinking, grizzled journalist so well moustache and taking snaps of military Just a week before the dramatic pigeon ers. Change your password to "invalid."
that he drank himself to death. Probably got facilities. arrest, the Egyptian authorities detained a Every time you get it wrong, the computer
an authenticity award from the espionage Indian security of ficers discovered mes stork for espionage and readers may recall will says: "Your password is invalid."
community. What's more, read the news: the sages in a foreign language and a phone the stillearlier incident when the Iranian You're welcome.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

By Mahendra
Shah
Mahendra Shah
is an architect by

BEST education,
entrepreneur by

RATE profession,
artist and
humorist,
FOR cartoonist and
writer by hobby.
INDIA He has been
recording the
AND plight of the
immigrant

PAKISTAN Indians for


the past many
years in his
cartoons.
Hailing from
New York Head Quarter Gujarat, he lives
in Pittsburgh,
422S Broadway
Pennsylvania.
HICKSVILLE
NY 11801

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Chandigarh, India: +91-172- 256 2832, 257 2874


By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma Delhi, India: +91-11- 2644 9898, 2648 9899
psharma@premastrologer.com; www.premastrologer.com

JULY 29AUGUST 4, 2017 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK
ARIES: Subordinates/coworkers would LIBRA: Auspicious week to start a new 29th July, 2017 1st August, 2017
be very helpful. Believe it or not someone venture. An important development at You come under the influence of 2 number Governed by number 1, and the Sun, you are
in the family is watching you closely and personal front brings jubilation for and the moon planet and the planet mercury authoritative, dignified, determined, assertive
considers you a role model. An improvement in entire family. Longterm investment would also manipulates you. Your level of understand and a passionate person. You have lot of in built
monetary position makes it convenient to pur enable to make substantial gains. You enjoy a ing and intellect makes you class apart. The talents and you can easily impress others with
chase essential items. You are likely to get a memorable time with partner to cement the hunger for knowledge inside you would become your intellect and knowledge, but you need to
new friendship opportunity in the evening. A lovely bond. A benecial week to work on your mentor and would show you the way of check your tendency to overspend and domi
pleasure trip gives the muchneeded tonic to things that will improve your health. Dreaming success and would also help you to attain some nate others. This year will prove to be signifi
health. You will discover travel destinations of traveling is good, but if possible than plan a thing unachievable and implausible. Your undi cant for those in creative jobs and for profes
that are unique and magical. Time to spend trip. You might be purchasing a refrigerator or vided dedication and strong determination sional people. Financially things will improve a
money on your homely accommodations. any other gadget for your house. You nd would sure make you the center of attraction at lot. Some of you may get promoted or trans
Adhering to your priorities would be gainful in yourself having a desire to do something professional front. It would also facilitate you to ferred to a place of your choice. Real estate mat
the long term. creative. get promotion and increment. The forthcoming ters will take a shape. Renovation or beautifica
TAURUS: Pending proposals will get SCORPIO: Professional attitude at work year would allow you to add so many feathers tion of the house or purchase of the luxurious
implemented with the help of seniors. brings success. A happy time in the in your cap. After a long series of efforts and items may be on the anvil. A few journeys are
The company of family friends will keep company of friends and relatives as struggle, a sure shot victory in the matter of likely to take place, resulting in financial gains
you in a happy & relaxed mood. You seem to they do many favours to you. Financial hassles love and relationships will be possible. Your as well as an opportunity to meet imminent and
know exactly what people need and want from will be eased out with the help of your friends. unconventional thinking may become a reason influential people. Students will perform
you, but dont try to be too lavish in your You will be attracted to someone special. Your of family dispute but you would settle all the remarkably well in academics and sports. The
spending. Romantic vibrations from someone condence and energy will be high in this issues in your favor sooner or later. Just try to months of March, June, October & December
unknown would lift your spirits taking imagina week. Take some time to travel with your keep a tab on your fanatic nature. A happy will be eventful.
tions to scaling heights. Mental alertness would spouse for romance and seduction. Purchasing married life is waiting for most of you singles. 2nd August, 2017
enable to solve a tricky problem. Take a trip, as of electrical appliances can be done. You try to Slowly and gradually, new doors and ways will Ruled by number 2 and the planet Moon, you
there is some place waiting for you. Deals on take some time to pursue hobbies to keep be opened for most of you. August, December are imaginative, warmhearted, emotional, hon
commercial property can tend to be at full yourself busy. and March will be lucky and joyful. est, simple and hard working person. You are
boom. Turning thoughts towards love and fun SAGITTARIUS: Your ef forts to put 30th July, 2017 loyal to your friends and enjoy substantial
would immensely benet. yourself in a strong position at work Number 3 and the Planet Jupiter operate you respect within your group, but your fickle
GEMINI: You need a careful planning place are not likely to materialise. and that makes you fun loving, dedicated, mindedness and introvert behavior makes you
and will have to chalk out new strate Enjoying the company of close relatives will decent and reverent person. Your cooperative loose many good opportunities that come you
gies at professional front. Parental guid brighten your evening. Certain important plans and happygolucky nature showers incredible way. This year provides you with plenty of
ance in your decision would immensely help. will be executed, bringing fresh nancial gains. energy and spirit to people around you and opportunities to improve your financial status.
Your brilliant ideas would help in bringing Warm romantic thoughts occupy mind. A week work with you. Your associates and colleagues Foreign travel or transaction will prove benefi
nancial gains. Love life brings immense when smile will perpetually be on your face try to match up with your style of working but cial. Disputes related with property will get
romantic pleasure. A cheerful state of mind and strangers will seem familiar. You can make fail to get success in it. But the most important resolved. A pilgrimage is on your cards later in
brings mental peace. Great time for perfect your vacation extra special by planning it with thing, you must abide all the rules and regula the year, providing you with solace and mental
family vacation to an exciting destination. your family and friends. A good deal for resi tions at your workplace so that nobody can comfort. Children will bring you good news, but
Investing residentially is one thing you can rely dential property is ahead. You learn a lesson never have a chance to pinpoint you at your at the same time theyll demand more attention.
on. Your highly developed intuition would act from negative experiences and get on with life. flaws. Dont indulge yourself into nasty office Take care of your health. T he months of
as a guide to lead in a positive direction. CAPRICORN: Learn from past mistakes politics and gossiping as it could tarnish your February, April, September, December will
CANCER: Mental clarity would remove and keep longterm interest in mind at image anytime. The upcoming year is positive prove to be significant.
past business confusions. You will be professional front. Shopping with fam in terms of profits in business tie ups and joint 3rd August, 2017
the star of attraction of familys get ily members will be highly pleasurable and ventures. Seems you would be blessed with the Governed by number 3 and the planet
together. You succeed in making some extra exciting. Speculations are likely to bring mone lady luck. Your partner or spouse would Jupiter, you are ambitious, enthusiastic, hard
cash on playing your cards well. Your wit & tary prots. Your charm & generosity bring bestow his or her love, care and money upon working, warm and kindhearted person. You do
charm would help in catching the attention of new romantic opportunities for you. If possible you. Although you would try your level best to not compromise with the work. You have the
opposite sex. Charity work undertaken will try to make your life a tree, giving shade to fulfill all the expectations of your family but command on the projects you undertake. You
bring mental peace & comfort. Your journey others while personally enduring the scorching still somewhere down the line they would give are well behaved and you can easily impress
might be affected when you begin to yearn for heat. Success would bring unlimited joy. you a sense of dissatisfaction with their increas others with your decent manners and witty con
your work. Time to plan a gift for your parents Spiritual vacation is a quest for life, plan it and ing demands and aspirations. Monetary gain versations, but you need to check your tenden
may be their dream home. Some of you plan to enjoy it with your family. Time to make invest form stock market and real estate business cy to be restless and skeptical. Excellent returns
go on an adventure to broaden horizons. ments on farmlands. You nd yourself in would take a twist and would end up in your from Investment that you would make this year.
LEO: Good week for implementing new search of creative pursuits to make life joyous favor at the end of this year. November, Foreign trip or transaction may prove to be
plans and ventures. A week when mis and fullling. January, April and June would be crucial highly beneficial. Property transaction, con
understandings at family front are sort AQUARIUS: Seniors colleagues are months in decision making. struction or renovation would be high on your
ed out with ease. A promising week to earn likely to lend a helping hand. You will 31st July, 2017 agenda. Avoid any kind of confrontation and
prots in real estate and nancial transactions. be at the limelight in a social gather This day is predisposed by the Uranus planet things that lead to tension and stress. Your fam
Traveling proves a blessing in disguise by ing provided you attend. Monetary position is and 4 number and that makes you vigorous, full ily front needs to be handled carefully, other
bringing a love in your life. Good time to divert likely to improve later in the week. Love life of feelings and imagination and realistic. You wise you may face resentment from certain
attention to spirituality to enhance mental brightens your week. Your energy level will be carry a down to earth and practical attitude. family members who expect lot from you.
toughness. Travel opportunities full of chal high. Better to channelize it in a positive direc You love attending events/ parties, mingling Weeding bells for some and others find healthy
lenges are often the beginning of great enter tion. Vacation full of beauty and history as well with people and are quite comfortable in a big period of romance. The months of March,
prises. Investment on overseas property has to as exciting is waiting for you. Your investment crowd of people. Your supporting nature and September and December will prove to be
be considered seriously. Changing attitude and plans are at full boom and you might succeed simplicity leave a lasting impression on people important and eventful.
prioritising things would help in managing in them. Your relations with friends will be full you meet. At some point of time, you tend to 4th August, 2017
everything. of warmth, sharing and caring. behave whimsically and that eccentric charac Ruled by number 4 and the planet Uranus,
VIRGO: Traveling brings new overseas PISCES: Hard work & dedication would teristic must have been controlled for your bet you are active, energetic, ambitious, methodical,
business opportunities. Dont forget to win the trust of seniors at work. If pos terment. The coming year will provide you a systematic and a reliable person. You are fond
spend quality time in the company of sible share the company of close rela lot of opportunities to attend some holy and of literature and art and like to associate with
family friends you care. You are likely to make tives who understand your feelings and needs. spiritual ceremonies. Your quality to gel well people who have similar taste and intelligence,
good money, but the rise in expenses could Hard work of previous days brings good for very easily with people around you will but you need to control your attitude to be
make it difcult to save. New romance that tune enabling to fulll monetary promises. increase your networking and social circle. This stubborn and jealous at times. New assign
some of you are going to experience would take Dont give into unnecessary demands of year, you will get ample chances to change your ments and opportunities are certain this year
the worries off mind. Cutting down the number romantic partner. Positive outlook impresses job profile but a sense of satisfaction may not bringing you financial gains. Marital front
of parties and pleasure jaunts would help in those around you besides keeping you t & exist. Chances to move on from job to business seems comfortable despite moments of argu
keeping in good mood. A trip that is unconven ne. Traveling on your own, with a friend or are very high. A person of opposite sex may ments and disagreements. Your creative mind
tional and adventurous will be favourable enjoy with the whole family will be exciting and com add new wings to your life and may change will make you popular amongst your friends
every minute of it. A good week to make some fortable too. your entire vision towards life. You may get a and in social gatherings. Those suffering from
investment on kitchen items. Your convictions Your girlfriends desire for an apartment might legacy and money from a will. In the months of piles and blood pressure need to be extra care
give you the courage to stand up for justice, lead to its destination. Group activity is likely August, November and February, you may get ful about their health. The months of Jan., April
values and priorities. to bring a lot of happiness. success in your respective fields. & Oct. will prove to be good months for you.
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Setting spiritual goals in our lives


Keeping the mind focused on God That is why we find a quiet place to
helps us in this process. That is meditate, but when we reach a cer
where the principle of simran comes tain level in our spiritual growth,
into play. Simran keeps the mind none of these outer things bother
occupied by the repetition of the us.
names of God. If the mind is empty, There is a story of Isaac Newton
thoughts will come in, and as soon who was sitting by a roadside, lost
as a thought enterswhether it is a in thought.
good or bad thoughtit distracts us He was so absorbed that he did
in our meditation. Once we learn not notice a band passing by.
how to still our mind, we automati Similarly, when someones attention
cally get closer to a state of having is focused on the divine within,
By Sant Rajinder no desires. nothing in the outside surroundings
If we want spirituality, it can be bothers him or her. It takes a long
Singh Ji Maharaj
developed in any place. It does help time to get to that state, but we can
when we live in a peaceful environ improve spiritually wherever we are
pirituality is not only developed
S in one place like a monastery, or
ment where there is little or no com
motion around us. It definitely helps
and in whatever environment we
live.
goals, we need to evaluate our prior
ities so that our desires do not make
ties of the world. Instead, when we
are detached, our attention will
on the banks of a river, or in the when there is peace, calm, and quiet. In order to reach our spiritual us attached to the objects or activi automatically focus on the Divine.
wilderness. If we want spirituality, it
can be developed in any place. We
can recognize our spirituality in
whatever culture, region, or religion
we are born and in whatever activi
THE STRONGEST ENEMY
ties we are involved. This article has been selected and reprinted from Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharajs book,
Although in some forms of mysti
Spiritual Pearls for Enlightened Living (Radiance Publishers) an inspirational collection
cism people try to negate life and
everything else just to concentrate
of stories from the worlds great wisdom traditions.
on their spiritual journey, we need uring the time of Guru Gobind Singh, world? The mind is the obstacle our soul
to become complete human beings.
We need to develop physically,
D there was a great rishi who gave up must deal with to return to God. The mind
everything to go to a forest to meditate. is like a soccer goalie, guarding the goal. It
mentally, emotionally, and spiritual There was also a king who had already will try everything to keep the ball from
ly. Actually, on the health of the spir conquered many other territories and reaching the goal. If even devoted rishis
it depends the health of the body, their people. One day, the king set his am had trouble overcoming the mind, how
mind, and intellect. bition on conquering the rishi to make can we do it?
In the East it is said that when the him obey his The fact is that we cannot conquer the
peacock dances in the jungle or for commands. People thought it was mind on our own. The only way to con
est and nobody sees it, what good is strange that the king would focus on con quer the mind and still it is through the
it? Just like a flower that blooms quering a rishi who had no property, king help of someone who has conquered the
and gives fragrance to others, so dom, or wealth. But it turned out that the mind. Such enlightened beings give us a
should we. Hence, we should remain rishi had previously been a king before lift to contact the Light and Sound within
in our outer societies and not giving up his kingdom for the spiritual us. The Light and Sound help uplift our
negate that part of our life. life. This made the present king have an soul beyond the realm of mind.
Once we recognize that we are obsession with wanting to conquer the The rishi found that doing spiritual
soul, we need to spend time in rishi. So the king gathered his entire army practices alone in the jungle did not help
enhancing our spiritual capabilities. to prepare for battle. him overcome the mind. The mind still
To do so, we need to set spiritual The army marched into the deep forest. tempted him with the countless desires of
goals. If, on the other hand, we The army finally reached the rishi, who the world.
spend our time haphazardly, with was sitting in the woods, deep in medita The mind knows that contact with the
out knowing where we are going, tion.
When we learn to concentrate soul will render it harmless. Thus, the
then we will have a hard time reach The king waited for the rishi to come fully, wholly, and solely into the mind will find all kinds of excuses to keep
ing our aspirations. In the spiritual
arena, our goals consist of spending
out of meditation, but he kept on sitting
Light and Sound, we will experi us from meditation. It will make us think
there. of the past. It will make us think of the fu
time in meditation and in improving Finally, the king became restless and ence bliss, peace, and joy. We will ture. It will make us wiggle around instead
our ethical life. shook the rishi out of meditation. want to repeat meditation again of sitting still. It will make us feel sleepy
On the spiritual path we need to The king shouted, Prepare for a fight. I just when we sit to meditate. It will make
realize what is important, set our have come to do battle with you. and again because of the won us feel hungry. It will make us feel jealous.
goals, and do whatever makes sense The rishi surveyed the scene calmly. He derful experience we receive. It will make us feel depressed. It will
to take us in a direction to reach saw the great army and said, Fight! I ran make us feel like doing work instead of
those goals. It is essential to realize away from my worldly life for fear of my one The king replied, If I cannot conquer him, I meditating. It will find a million excuses.
that there are certain factors that great enemy. I came here to hide in the woods will consider myself a failure. How do we overcome the minds tendencies
will help us in our spiritual from this enemy. My soul shudders in fear The rishi then told him, This great enemy to distract us? We must use the tendency of
progress. when I hear the sound of my enemys name. of whom I am speaking is the mind. the mind to form positive habits. The mind
The key is to still the mind. If we Just to think of this enemys name causes my From that day on, the king tried everything likes habits. If we tell our mind that we need
do not still the mind, we will not be heart to quiver. to overcome the mind. He tried all kinds of to sit for meditation each day at the same time
able to recognize ourselves spiritu The king listened carefully as the rishi con techniques to gain control over his own mind. and place, a habit will form. Soon we will find
ally. Therefore, leading an ethical tinued to describe his feared enemy. Finally, Years passed and still he could not conquer ourselves compelled to sit for meditation at
life in which we cultivate the virtues the king became angry and shouted, Is your the mind. Finally, the king had to admit that that time each day. If will miss meditation, we
of truthfulness, nonviolence, humili enemy stronger than me? he had failed and that the mind is truly the will start to feel like something is amiss. Soon
ty, purity, and selflessness will aid The rishi replied, Even the thought of this strongest enemy. we will find ourselves meditating regularly.
us on the spiritual path. When we enemy destroys my soul. I left everything to The mind is powerful and will try every When we learn to concentrate fully, wholly,
lead virtuous lives, our mind is escape from this enemy. means possible to gain control over our soul. and solely into the Light and Sound, we will
calmer, and once our body and mind The king said, Tell me the name of this ene Many yogis and rishis have tried to gain experience bliss, peace, and joy. We will want
are stilled, we can connect with the my of yours. control over their minds but failed. If such is to repeat meditation again and again because
divinity within. This is why the The rishi said, There is no use in telling you the fate of those who have given up the world of the wonderful experience we receive.
mind, which is the source of all who it is. You will never be able to conquer to conquer their own mind, then what is the
desires, must be stilled. him. fate of the rest of us who are immersed in the (For more visit www.sos.org)
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