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Blue wave on East Coast


VIRGINIA NEW JERSEY NEW YORK
DO NOT
TRY US
Trump warns
Ralph Northam won the hard Phil Murphy replaces Chris Bill de Blasio comfortably won a
fought governor race in Virginia.
Washington: Democrats have
won key races in Virginia and
New Jersey, their first major wins
Christie as New Jersey Governor.
the 2018 midterms, when control
of US House and Senate will be
up for grabs.
second term as NYC Mayor.
ning the governor's race in
Virginia and Phil Murphy victori
ous in New Jersey. Democrats are
North Korea
during the tenure of President The blue wave along the East also on pace to capture control of
Trump and a boost heading into Coast saw Ralph Northam win Continued on page 4

Split verdict in Nassau County Paradise Papers


Mineola: November 7 election Ahmad, both Republicans, lost by expose tax
results brought mixed results for
Democrats and Republicans in
thin margins to their rivals Laura
Gillen and Sylvia Cabana for
haven secrets
Nassau County. The all important
race for county executive was tight
Supervisor and Town Clerk posi
tions respectively.
of ultra rich
but Laura Curran (D) declared vic Queen Elizabeth,
tory over Jack Martin (R) by just 3
points. Judy Bosworth, another
politicians, business
Democrat, comfortably retained magnates in India & US President Trump, accompanied by his South Korean counterpart,
her seat as Supervisor of North among those ensnared Moon Jaein, reviews a Korean traditional honor guard during a
Hempstead town. And in the Town welcome ceremony in Seoul on Nov. 7, 2017. (Photo: IANS)
of Oyster Bay, Joseph Saladino (R) London/New Delhi: A huge new
Seoul: President Donald Trump weapons you are acquiring are not
defeated his Democrat rival Marc leak of financial documents has
has issued a stark warning to making you safer, they are putting
Herman by 10 points. However, in revealed how the powerful and
North Korea's leader Kim Jongun your regime in grave danger", BBC
the Town of Hempstead incum Laura Curran (D) will replace Ed ultrawealthy, including Britain's
in an address to South Korea's par reported.
bents Tony Santino and Nasrin Mangano as County Executive. Queen Elizabeth II's private estate,
liament Wednesday. The US leader is on a twoday
secretly invest vast amounts of
"Do not underestimate us. Do not visit to South Korea as part of an
cash in offshore tax havens, media
try us," he said. He addressed Mr Asian tour. Trumps tone in this
reports said.
Kim in his speech, saying, "the Continued on page 4
The details come from a leak of
13.4 million files that expose the
global environments in which tax
abuses can thrive and the com
Spotlight on H4 Dreamers
New York: DACA dreamers (those nity more. As of 2016, there are
plex and seemingly artificial ways
brought illegally to the US as kids 1.5 million high skilled immigrants
the wealthiest corporations can
Judy Bosworth Joseph Republicans Tony Santino and by their families) have hogged all of Indian origin, who have played
legally protect their wealth. Some
retains Saladino Nasrin Ahmad both lost the headlines. But it is the H4 chil Continued on page 4
Supervisor of has won Oyster Hempstead town races for Continued on page 4 dren who are on the verge of hav
North Bay town Supervisor and Town Clerk EXCLUSIVE REPORT ON PAGE 9
ing their dreams shattered that
Hempstead seat. Supervisor race. SEE PG 22 AND 23 FOR DETAILS. By Suchitra Srinivas
respectively. should concern the Indian commu

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Nikki Haley explains Indias strategic importance for US


The Indian heritage US envoy to the UN is being feted by the Indian community and
praised by Republican leaders, making you wonder if the rising star of the Trump
administration is being primed to take over as Secretary of State.
l By Surekha Vijh come from such rogue regimes hav IndianAmericans in the political
ing the worlds most destructive process, and now are seeing more
Washington DC: Americas strategic weapons. political activity by Indian
partnership with India is one of the She also asserted that the worlds Americans on both sides of the
pillars of President Trump's new center of gravity is shifting to the aisle. I am very grateful for the
strategy to promote security in IndoPacific region. When you look work that youve done on behalf of
Afghanistan and South Asia, said there, you see healthy and robust our community, as well as the
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the democracies like India, Japan, and bridges of friendship and coopera
UN at a recent event here. Australia all share deep values tion you continue to build between
India can help Washington keep and friendships with the United the United States and India, she
an eye on Pakistan to ensure States. Meanwhile, she said, the said. Others who spoke on the occa
Islamabad is being held more summit in June between Prime sion included Rep. Ed Royce, Rep
accountable, even as Trump has Minister Narendra Modi and Eliot Engel, Rep Tulsi Gabbard, and
"taken a tougher approach to President Trump strengthened the Krishna Reddy. Just as the IAFC has
Islamabad harboring terrorists," IndiaUS friendship even more. grown in the past 20 years, so too
Delivering the keynote speech on Working at the United Nations has the IndianAmerican communi
IndiaUS relations at the roundtable really brings home how important it ty and the relationship between
Nikki Haley was honored by the Indian American Friendship Council at
convened by the U.S.India is for the two countries to share our the two nations, said Ed Royce (R
their 20th Legislative Conference. The Council was founded by Dr
Friendship Council (USIFC) on commitment to democracy. Calif). Royce, chairman of the House
Krishna Reddy (extreme right).
Capitol Hill last month, Haley said Haley, who was the first female Foreign Affairs Committee, said that
that the key for India to become a ing Indian American Friendship Iran got hold of nuclear weapons. governor of South Carolina and the IndianAmerican forces in modern
permanent member of the UN Councils (IAFC) 20th anniversary "But India is a nuclear power, and second Indian American after US politics will surely help under
Security Council is "not to touch the on Oct 31 at the Rayburn House nobody gives it a second thought. Bobby Jindal to rule a state, was score that growth. Those forces, he
veto." China and Russia are the two foyer, packed by 300 prominent Why? Because India is a democracy introduced at the event by IAFCs said, include individuals such as
permanent members opposed to IndianAmericans and addressed by that threatens no one." Texas chapter president, Prasad Nikki Haley. He said Haley speaks
UNSC reforms, which India has long Senators and Congress members. She elaborated, Countries that Thotakura, She said, It was not that to American values. Rep. Eliot
called for, and which US supports. The Council was founded by Dr. honor and respect the voice of their long ago that I approached you and Engel (DN.Y.), ranking Democrat on
USIFC was founded by North Krishna Reddy of California and people dont threaten peace and said that the IndianAmerican com the Foreign Affairs Committee, said
Carolina entrepreneur and commu they hold a Legislative Conference security. We work so hard to stop munity excels at everything they Haley was a voice that was needed
nity activist Swadesh Chatterjee. in the capital every year. nuclear weapons in North Korea take on, so why not politics? on the world stage especially
Ambassador Haley gave another Haley said America and the world and in Iran because we know what You responded, along with other because it solidifies the shared val
important speech at an event mark would face a "catastrophic" threat if catastrophic consequences can groups, in your efforts to support ues between the U.S. and India.

AAPI launches Veterans Obesity Awareness Campaign


New York: Over threefourths of Khurana (Chair), Dr. Uma Koduri and liberty. Dr. Vikas Khurana, in
the veterans receiving care in VA and Dr. Satheesh Kathula (Co his address said, The collaborative
facilities are found to be over Chairs). launch of VOAC is a way of seeking
weight or obese and struggling Dr. Samadder pointed out that to acknowledge and to create
with weight related issues. The Indians make up the largest non awareness about obesity among
epidemic of obesity across our Caucasian segment of the veterans as a national problem.
country has adverse effects on American medical community Dr. Raj Bhayani, Coordinator of
morbidity, mortality, and health one out of seven doctors in the US the event, called obesity a form of
care expenditures. American is of Indian heritage. terror from within us. If we do
Association of Physicians of Indian Providing a background to the not run, obesity will run behind
Origin (AAPI), that represents new initiative, Dr. Samadder us. Rajat Gupta, a businessman
more than 100,000 physicians of recalled how AAPI had earlier and philanthropist, in his address,
Indian origin, officially launched organized the Childhood Obesity said, WHEELS Global Foundation
Veterans Obesity Awareness Awareness Campaign by adopt is a pioneer in applying technology
Campaign (VOAC) at the Indian Leaders representing AAPI and organizations partnering in the obesity ing 80 schools across the US. to provide solutions to issues relat
Consulate here on November 2. awareness campaign supporting 100 VA facilities in the country. Joshua Starks, a retired ed with water, health, education,
Dr. Gautam Samadder, President Commander in the US Army, energy, livelihood, and sustainabil
of AAPI, in his address announced Foundation (WGF), Global signed the official document, described obesity as a symptom of ity. Dr. Sudhir Parikh represented
that AAPI has joined a team from Association of Physicians of Indian pledging to work together in the the many major problems faced GAPIO. MOVE! Weight
VA in its mission to improve the Origin (GAPIO) and Veterans of campaign supporting at least 100 by Veterans, and how the veterans Management Program, supported
Health and Healthcare of Foreign Wars (VFW) and MOVE! VA facilities throughout the coun are affected physically, mentally by VA's National Center for Health
Overweight and Obese Veterans Weight Management Program in try. AAPI has formed an ad hoc and emotionally after they return Promotion and Disease Prevention
along with other organizations developing VOAC. Leaders repre committee to oversee VOAC, con from deployment around the (NCP), is designed to improve the
including WHEELS Global senting each of these groups sisting of Dr. Samadder, Dr. Vikas world, while defending freedom lives of veterans.
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Do not try us Trump and several liberals, including

UN General Assembly President warns North Korea


Continued from page 1
New York City Mayor Bill de
Blasio won. In New Jersey, for
mer Goldman Sachs executive

reboots Council reform process


speech was different from what
and Ambassador to Germany Phil
he said at a news conference the
Murphy expectedly defeated Lt.
previous day where he called on
Governor Kim Guadagno by a
United Nations: UN General Permanent Representatives Kaha early as possible." North Koreas ruler to come to
double digit margin.
Assembly President Miroslav Imnadze of Georgia and Lana Zaki He said that a "full calendar" of the table and make a deal to
In Virginia, Lt Governor Ralph
Lajcak is rebooting the Security Nusseibeh of UAE as the cochairs the IGN will be circulated to allow give up its growing nuclear
Northam defeated former
Council reform process with call for for planning. weapons arsenal.
Republican National Committee
an early start and the appointment "I hope this will both enhance the In his speech to Korean law
Chairman Ed Gillespie by over 7
of two new cochairs for the negoti quality of our discussions and facili makers, Mr Trump began by
points. Virginia race was seen as
ations. tate engagement by all delega praising the South's achieve
a barometer of voters feelings
"The time for trying is up; now is tions," he said. ments since the Korean War, in
about President Trump.
the time for action," he told the Georgia has supported increasing contrast to the North's, which he
General Assembly session on the number of permanent members likened it to "a tragic experiment
in the laboratory of history".
Paradise Papers expose
Council reforms on Tuesday. of the Council, which India wants.
Emphasizing the urgency for UAE has expressed support for He said North Korea was ruled tax haven secrets of
reforms, he said that the Council's India gaining a permanent seat on by a "military cult" with the ultra rich
"decisions can mean the difference the Council. "deranged belief in the leader's Continued from page 1
between life and death" as it is the of the InterGovernmental While their national stands is not destiny to rule as parentprotec of the revelations in the Paradise
UN body charged with maintaining Negotiations (IGN), as the reform supposed to color their role as IGN tor over a conquered Korean Papers include millions of
peace and security. process is known. cochairs, not having someone from peninsula and an enslaved pounds from Queen Elizabeth II's
Last week, he appointed Lajcak said: "We shall start as a country opposed to expanding Korean people". private estate that has been
He warned Pyongyang that invested in a Cayman Islands

Twitter rolls out 280 Paypal launches while it may have interpreted fund. It also details extensive off
past restraint by the US as weak shore dealings by President
Trump's cabinet members, advis

character limit to all users India operations


ness, there was now a different
US administration in place, and ers and donors.
New Delhi: Global digital payments urged Mr Kim to give up his From India, the names of
San Francisco: After running a 280limit because it was new and major PayPal on Wednesday country's nuclear weapons. Minister of State Jayant Sinha,
successful trial with few users, novel but soon after, the behavior announced its India operations, after Mr Trump also called on the BJP MP Ravindra Kishore,
Twitter has finally rolled out its normalized. "We saw when people offering crossborder payments in the rest of the world while singling Congress leader Sachin Pilot, P.
new 280character limit virtually needed to use more than 140 country for close to a decade, the com out China and Russia in particu Chidambaram's son Karti and
for all users. characters, they pany said. In a statement issued here lar to exert pressure on superstar Amitabh Bachhan fig
In September, tweeted more easily PayPal Holdings, Inc, said: "At launch, Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ure among 714 people in the
Twitter launched a and more often. But Indian consumers can use PayPal to weapons. financial data expose.
test that expanded the importantly, people shop online at some of India's most "The world cannot tolerate the
140character limit so tweeted below 140 popular businesses. "Merchants offer menace of a rogue regime that Spotlight on H4
that users could most of the time and ing PayPal will be able to process both threatens it with nuclear devas Dreamers
express themselves the brevity of Twitter local and global payments through tation. All responsible nations Continued from page 1
easily in a tweet. remained," said Aliza PayPal, getting access to PayPal's 218 must join forces to isolate the by the rules, and who are waiting
"Our goal was to Rosen, Product million customers around the world brutal regime of North Korea, to in line for green cards for years
make this possible while ensuring Manager, Twitter. and in India through a single integra deny it any form of support, sup and decades because of country
we keep the speed and brevity Only five per cent of tweets sent tion." "PayPal has been offering cross ply, or acceptance," he said. caps. Their children are having
that makes Twitter, Twitter. were longer than 140 characters border payments in India for close to a Earlier on Wednesday, Mr problems getting admission to
"Looking at all the data, we're and only two per cent were over decade enabling SMEs and freelancers Trump was forced to drop a sur colleges, getting instate tuition,
excited to share we've achieved 190 characters. to leverage the global opportunity," the prise visit to the demilitarized or getting jobs.
this goal and are rolling the In addition to more tweeting, company said. The Indian government's zone (DMZ) between North and One advocacy group, Skilled
change out to all languages where people who had more room to recent push towards digital payments South Korea due to bad weather. Immigrants in America (SIIA)
cramming was an issue," the tweet received more engagement has also led PayPal to partner with gov has been doing the rounds of
microblogging platform said in a (Likes, Retweets, @mentions), got ernment and stateowned banks on a Blue wave on East Capitol Hill in Washington to
blog post on Wednesday. more followers and spent more number of initiatives, including digital Coast push for solutions for green card
During the first few days of the time on Twitter during the experi financial literacy programme and Continued from page 1 backlogs.
test, many people tweeted the full ment. eTourist Visa (eTV), the company said. the Virginia General Assembly,

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NJ elections: Racial attacks Sikh Mayoral candidate


called terrorist in flyers
on Indian Americans
New Jersey: An Indianorig in
A Sikh mayoral candidate in
Hoboken, NJ, has been
labelled a terrorist in slanderous
American woman is facing depor
flyers left on car windshields only
tation threats as she decided to
days before the election, accord
contest for a school board election
ing to a media report.
in Edison, where she was born. A
The flyers targeting Ravinder
poster depicting the picture of
Bhalla, the first Sikh to hold elect
Patel and Chineseorigin Jerry Shi
ed office in the state, were placed
was sent to the residents of Edison
on car windshields on Friday
anonymously.
night, New York Daily News
Apart from stamping deport Ravinder Bhalla
reported. They have a photo of (Image : share.america.gov)
marks on the faces of Shi and
Bhalla, a New Jersey Councilman.
Patel, the poster calls to 'Make DeFusco said he has also been
In red letters, the flyers read:
Edison Great Again', reminiscent of the victim of hateful rhetoric
"Don't let terrorism take over our
Trump's election slogan. accusing him of being a part of a
Town!"
Democrats Patel and Shi doubt "crime family" and attacking his
The report alleged that the
that the postermakers have any sexuality, the report said. If elect
leaflets appear to be a modified
truck with Trump's campaign, they ed, he would be Hoboken's first
version of mailers sent out by
may be rivals trying to win elec gay mayor.
Bhallas rival, Mike DeFusco. The
tions by dividing the electorate on The poster mailer sent to Edison residents Bhalla called the flyers "trou
original flyers accused Bhalla of
racist lines. bling", adding, "We won't let hate
having a potential conflict of
The poster asks voters to stop Patel and Shi may have something everything the Garden State stands
interest. Officials in New Jersey win in Hoboken."
Shi and Patel from taking over the to do with the demographic shift. for," said Meng. "More than one in
are condemning flyers that paint "I want to use this incident as
school board and warns the resi The latest census data reveals that five New Jersey residents is an
the Sikh politician running for an opportunity to affirm to each
dents that 'the Chinese and Indians in Edison whites population is immig rant and nearly half of
the mayor of Hoboken as a ter other and our children the value
are taking over our town.' reduced to 44%. Asians constitute Edisons residents are Asian. These
rorist. of living in a diverse community
There is more. 'Chinese School! over 43% in the town. include hard working business
DeFusco has condemned the where we are judged by the con
Indian school! Cricket fie lds! The school board controls the owners, taxpayers, teachers, moth
altered flyers in a statement: tent of our character not by the
Enough is Enough!!' reads the last town's 18 public schools. ers, children and neighbors who
"Today I spoke out not only color of our skin or how we wor
part of the poster. Congresswoman Grace Meng, love their communities. This racist
against the racist, disgusting fly ship," Bhalla said in the state
An annoyed Patel, a lawyer, won vice chair of the Demo crat ic mailer is shameful and disgusting
ers targeting Ravi Bhalla that ment.
ders, I was born and raised in National Committee (DNC), has and was produced for no other
were made to look like it came Senator Cory Booker posted a
New Jersey. To see the word condemned the racist mailer. One intention than to empower divisive
from my campaign, but also photo of the flyers to his Twitter
deport on my picture where of our country's greatest strengths forces of bigotry and hate." She
against the rest of the hate that account. He called it "vile" and
are you going to deport me to? is its vast diversity, and this hateful also urged authorities to do all
has been shamefully displayed "hateful" and said, "We all must
Really, its just outrageous. rhetoric has no place in our they can to find out who is behind
throughout this race." condemn bigotry & hate!"
T he ire against Asian origin democracy and runs contrary to the mailers.

President Trump greets America is now India's biggest trade partner: US


Bengaluru: With bilateral trade between India are seeing cooperation expand in new areas.

Sikhs on Gurpurab
and the US reaching $115 billion last year, US is Bilateral defense trade has risen from near zero
now India's "No. 1 trade partner", a US diplomat to more than $15 billion in the last decade. We
said here on Tuesday. aim for that upward trajectory to continue," he
"The United States is now India's number one said, adding India and the US are "natural and
Washington, DC: President Donald trade partner and US exports of goods and servic highly influential partners". Burgess said that last
Trump greeted Sikhs on the occa es to India support more than 200,000 US jobs," month, there was the first export of US crude oil
sion of the birth anniversary of Guru US Consul General in Chennai Robert G. Burgess to India in more than 40 years, which could add
Nanak Dev, the founder of the faith, said at the inaugural session of "Unlocking US $2 billion annually to bilateral trade. US Secretary
saying the community exemplifies India Trade Potential", a twoday trade confer of State Rex Tillerson, who had visited India in
the fundamental values that all ence being held in Bengaluru by US Consulate in Oct., has laid out an "expansive plan" to take the
Americans Chennai. The bilateral trade between the coun USIndia partnership to "new heights" not just for
share. tries that expanded to nearly $115 billion in the duration of this administration, but for the
Said his press secretary Sarah 2016 was an "alltime high", said Burgess. "We next 100 years, he said.
Huckabee Sanders: "Today,
President Donald Trump sends
warm wishes to Sikh Americans and
Sikhs around the world as they cele
brate the birth anniversary of Guru
Nanak Devji, the founder and first
guru of Sikhism.
"The Sikh community today exem
plifies the fundamental values that
all Americans share: peace, toler
Sikhs celebrated Guru Nanaks birth
ance, compassion, and service.
anniversary on November 4
"President Trump also recognizes the
many contributions Sikh Americans than 100 years, including through mili
have made to our great nation for more tary and public service."
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IN BRIEF
Consular Facilitation Camp on GOPIO interacts with Indian
November 11 at Westchester, NY Parliamentarians on Aadhar card
for NRIs, demonetization issues
I
n recognition of special needs and in support/assistance of India Center of
order to facilitate access of members of Westchester and the MidHudson Kerala
the Indian Diaspora, Consulate General Association, NY.

G
OPIO officials including GOPIO ed an RTI reply on linking Aadhaar by Dec.
of India, New York, will be holding a Indian Passport holders/US Passport Chairman Dr. Thomas Abraham, In 31st, 2017. However, Govt, of India, Min
Consular Facilitation Camp at holders who have applied for or are in the ternational Coordinator for North istry of Finance had issued a press release
Westchester, New York on 11th November process of applying for Indian America Dr. Rajeev Mehta and GOPIO Intl. on April 5th 2017 saying that Aadhaar
2017. The camp will be held at the India Passports/Visa/OCI Cards may come to the Chamber of Commerce (GICC) CoChairman Card needs to be linked for income tax fil
Center of Westchester, 81 East Main venue of the camp and get their applica Prakash Shah were in attendance at a one ing only for those who are eligible to ob
Street, 2nd Floor, Elmsford, NY 10523 tions/supporting documents preapproved toone interactive meeting hosted by the In tain the card. However, no statement has
from 11.00 AM to 3.00 PM. The before submitting to CKGS. Applications dian Consulate in New York on October been issued whether NRIs need to link
Facilitation Camp is being held under the with all supporting documents would be 27th. bank accounts with Aadhaar card.
"Consulate @YourDoorstep" initiative of examined at the Facilitation Camp and In the interactive session, GOPIO brought NRIs are not currently eligible to get an
the Consulate General of India with the approved for submission to CKGS. some of the current issues faced by the Di Aadhaar Card. GOPIO suggests that all Indi
aspora Indians as follows: an citizens irrespective of staying in India
Demonetization Issue Millions of OCI or outside must be given Aadhaar card sim
card holders and Diaspora Indians with for ilar to the Social Security Number issued to
eign citizenship are still holding demone all American citizens living in the US or
tized currencies (between 7,500 to 10,000 outside. Real estate issues Many NRIs
crores) since they were not allowed to de have not been able to get hold off the
posit them during the extended period of apartment/house for which they have paid,
Jan. 1st to June 30th. GOPIO officials especially in places like Noida and Gur
raised the question, what to do with these gaon. Their inherited properties are also
currencies? being taken over by unsuspecting relatives
On October 21st, the Reserve Bank of In and others in connivance with local
dia (RBI) has issued a clarification, saying officials.
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in collab that the linking of Aadhaar with bank ac The members of the parliament interact
oration with the Indian American community hosted a welcome reception Oct 25 for Sandeep counts is mandatory under prevention of ed with GOPIO officials and others present
Chakravorty, Indias newlyappointed Consul General in New York at the Royal Alberts Palace moneylaundering rules. The central bank at the meeting and promised to take up the
in Fords, NJ. (In the photo) CG Chakravorty addressing the audience at the event. was responding to news reports that quot issue with appropriate authorities in India.

MTA to phase out MetroCards


A
ccessing New York and debit cards; the MTA
Citys broken transit plans to start issuing its
system will soon be own card in 2021. Cubic
a bit more convenient. On Transportation Systems,
Monday, the MTA an which created the Metro
nounced its intention to Card and Londons Oyster
replace MetroCards with card, will be responsible
electronic payments within the next six for installing the new system, which will
years. The first phase of the plan is set to eventually include the Long Island Rail
begin in late 2019, when 500 subway road and the MetroNorth.
turnstiles and 600 buses will be equipped There are so many good reasons to do
with technology that will allow riders to this, I dont know where to start, MTA
pay their fare by waving their phones or board member Andrew Albert told the New Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu (third from right) visited New York on
bank cards at a reader. All subway stations York Daily News. You wont have to pay October 20th. He had an interactive session with leading business houses, technology firms and
and buses are supposed to have the new employees to clean the turnstiles, you financial institutions during his visit. Several projects including infrastructure development in the
equipment by 2020. MetroCard dispensers wont have to be stuck behind someone State and development of the State Capital at Amaravati were taken up in the CEOs roundtable.
and readers will remain usable until they who doesnt know exactly the right way to
are retired in 2023.
MTA officials told the New York Times
swipe. According to MTA head Joe Lhota,
Another potential advantage was that fare
South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters
that people will be able to make payments
through apps like Apple Pay, Android Pay
readers could be installed near the back
doors on buses to allow for alldoor board
to celebrate silver jubilee
outh Asian Marrow Association of Re patient will meet the lifesaving donor for

S
and Samsung Pay, as well as with credit ing.
cruiters (SAMAR) will be having a Sil the first time. SAMAR is an official recruit
ver Jubilee Gala celebration at the Ello ment center of the Congressionally author
Jinnahs daughter Dina Wadia passes away in NY ra Banquet Hall in Edison NJ on November ized BE THE MATCH national registry. Bol
ina Wadia, daughter of Quaide that Dina (98) was the only child of 18th to honor the marrow donors who lywood theme, entertainment by Neel Nad

D Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, passed


away in New York on Thursday.
Quoting family sources, Samaa TV said
Muhammad Ali Jinnah and his second wife
Rattanbai Petit who was also known as
Maryam Jinnah.
have saved lives of patients diagnosed with
leukemia and other fatal blood disorders.
There will be an emotional moment when a
karni (Saregamapa finalist), open bar, photo
opportunity, glittering raffle items and
more attractions are lined up for the event.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info TRISTATE COMMUNITY November 11-17, 2017 7

Manisha Singh wins Senate US lawmakers of both parties


approval to be Assistant favor strong ties with India
Secretary of State Washington, DC: Top US lawmakers cut
ting across party lines have advocated
strengthening of ties with India and asked
had been working to strengthen the friend
ship and bonds that the two nations
already share, and to encourage new
New York: Manisha Singh, a lawyer
the IndianAmerican community to chip in opportunities for growth.
and Congressional staffer, has won
to find new opportunities for growth. "The Indian American Friendship
Senate approval to be the Assistant
Senators and Congressmen from both the Council's work to promote mutual
Secretary of State in charge of eco
Republican and the opposition Democratic exchange of knowledge and ideas, further
nomic and business affairs, making
party said that the relationship with India understanding between elected leaders and
her the second senior official of
was important and IndianAmericans have those in the private sector, and provide a
Indian descent in US diplomacy.
a significant role to play in this. voice to the more than three million Indian
The Senate voted unanimously for
"I have worked very very hard on allow Americans living in the United States has
her appointment on Thursday dur
ing more immigrants and particularly furthered this progress and expanded the
ing the same session that approved
South Asian immigrants, people from India USIndia relationship for the benefit of both
Kenneth Juster's posting as
come to America," said Senate Minority countries and their citizens," Gabbard said.
Ambassador to India.
leader Chuck Schumer, who is often criti Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the
Singh will join Nikki Haley, the
cized for his strong antiH1B stand both powerful House Foreign Relations
permanent UN representative, at
inside and outside the Congress. Committee said the two countries have a
the State Department. Haley has
"The Indian community has done so historic opportunity moving forward.
cabinet rank in President Donald
much for our country in terms of science, in India, he said, lives in a tough neighbor
Trump's administration.
terms of business, in terms of creativity," hood. He called for counterterrorism coop
Singh has an important portfolio Manisha Singh (Image : starsunfolded.com) Schumer said in his address to the 20th eration between the two countries.
within the State Department given
annual Legislative Conference of Indian Congressman Eliot Engel, Ranking
Trump's approach to diplomacy as tools she handled intellectual property issues,
American Friendship Council. Member of the powerful House Foreign
of trade and business development. relations with the World Trade
Schumer said when he wrote the immi Relations Committee, said that the relation
Born in India, Singh was the chief Organization, and trade.
gration bill, he made special provisions to ship between the United States and India
lawyer and policy adviser to Republican Her political career began as an staffer
allow more Indians to come to America. will continue to strengthen and will contin
Senator Dan Sullivan before her nomina on the Senate Foreign Relations
As cochair of the Congressional Caucus ue to be strong.
tion. She had earlier done a stint as an Committee.
on India and Indian Americans and through The gathering was also addressed by
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Before that she was a lawyer, she was
her work on the House Armed Services and more than a dozen lawmakers including
economic bureau in President George W. in the international law practice of a law
Foreign Affairs Committees, Democratic Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Frank
Bush's administration. During that stint firm. (IANS)
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said she Pallone and Sheila Jackson Lee. (PTI)

Dr. Kiran Patel sells health insurance


Sikh teen beaten,
company Freedom Health to Anthem
KIN CALL IT HATE CRIME Florida: Dr. Kiran Patel, an Indian
American cardiologist, entrepreneur
San Francisco: A 14yearold ... I can't explain or myself how I and philanthropist, has announced the
Sikh boy was beaten up by a Sushma Swaraj am feeling," said the 14year sale of his Tampa, Fla.based health
classmate in Washington state, assures help old's father, who declined to be care services company Freedom
with his father claiming that he identified. Health Inc. to Anthem Inc., the second
External Affairs Minister
victim was targeted as he is of The family said the incident largest health insurer in the United
Sushma Swaraj assured all help
Indian descent, the media exposed racial divisions in the States. Anthem did not disclose finan
and assistance to the family of
reported.The incident happened city. However, school officials cial terms for the purchase of the com
the Sikh boy. "I have received
on October 26 less than a block said the attack was not reli pany, which had combined revenues
the report from our Consulate
from Kentridge High School in giously or racially motivated, of $1.4 billion and net income of
in San Francisco. Our consulate Dr Kiran Patel (Image : bizjournals.com)
Kent city, where both the boys but was instead a continuation $10.1 million in 2016. The deal will
is in touch with the community
are students, KIROTV reported. of an earlier classroom dispute. close in the first quarter of 2018. This Optimum. Patel told the Tampa Bay
leaders and is also contacting
In the clip that was posted on The victim's parents denied is Anthems second acquisition of a Business Journal: In life, there comes
the school authorities. We will
mobile application Snapchat, a that, saying their son didn't Medical Advantage company in a time where one has to decide per
provide all help and assistance
teenage boy followed the victim even know his attacker's name. Florida. Last month Anthem, which sonal capacity and capabilities. Im an
as per wishes of the family,
and punched him, knocking him "He never interacted with this has a market cap of $54 billion, entrepreneurial type and the company
Swaraj said.
to the ground. The victim was guy. He never know his name," acquired HealthSun, which has has grown to a level where now, to
punched several more times as he tried to protect said the victim's father. Calls and messages from 40,000 Medicare Advantage members grow to next level, you need a disci
his head and crawl away. people in the region poured in expressing out in MiamiDade and Broward counties. plined approach, a corporate type
The victim father said he felt pain each time he rage about the incident. The Kent area is home to In acquiring Americas 1st Choice, approach and I dont survive in that
looked at the video. "I am feeling so, so bad many Sikhs. The family said it wants peace for Anthem said it had also scooped up type of environment. I like to grow
because this happened with my son. They beat them and everyone. "I don't want to see this again the companys Florida Medicare things and then its time to pass it on
him from the backside and hurt him too much. happen with my son or anyone else. I don't want Advantage brands which include to someone who has a more corporate
"This is a very big thing for me, here in America to see this," the boy's father said. Patels Freedom Health as well as structure.
8 November 11-17, 2017 NATIONAL COMMUNITY TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Nishant Pandey new CEO of IndianAmerican child


America India Foundation Sherin laid to rest
Washington, DC: Sherin vision station.
New York: Nishant Pandey, India Country Director
Mathews, a threeyearold Indian "Because of the intense press
over the last three years has been elevated to posi
girl who was found dead in a and social media attention in
tion of AIFs CEO based in New York. In this role he
ditch after being reported miss this case, the family chose to
will build on the important programmatic, institu
ing by her foster father, has keep the ceremony private so
tional development and fundraising successes he
been laid to rest in a private cer that the focus could be on
has achieved in India.
emony, family attorneys said. Sherin's future in Heaven and
Pandey joined AIF in 2014 with nearly two
The funeral was held on not on her tragic death on
decades of global development experience, including
Tuesday "according to the reli Earth," the attorneys said.
work in countries such as Russia, Tajikistan, Georgia,
gious beliefs and the cultural Sherin's 37yearold father ini
Azerbaijan, Armenia, Albania, Yemen, Egypt,
heritage of her family" attorneys tially told police that she disap
Lebanon, Morocco, Jordon, the UK and India. Prior to
Mitchell R. Nolte and Gregg peared when he made her stand
AIF, he served in Jerusalem as the Country Director
Gibbs said in a statement. in a lane behind their house in
for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territory at
Sherin's body was found in the Richardson city at 3 a.m. on
Oxfam, a global development organization operating
culvert under a road about one October 7 as punishment for not
in 80 countries worldwide. In this capacity, he led
kilometer from her home in sub drinking milk.
Oxfam's social development and humanitarian oper
urban Dallas on October 22. Her But after the girl's body was
ations in Gaza, West Bank, Jerusalem and Israel and
parents, Sini and Wesley discovered, the father admitted
Oxfam's global influencing work on the Israel
Nishant Pandey Mathews, adopted her in June that the child choked while he
Palestinian conflict. As a British Chevening scholar,
2016 from Bihar. was making her drink milk and
Nishant completed his Master's degree in me to contribute to this journey, remarked Nishant.
Her burial location is being died in their home in Texas.
International Development & Finance from the I am confident that working together, we will
kept a secret, the attorneys said, Wesley Mathews was arrested
University of Leicester, UK. He also holds a Masters achieve our ambition of touching the lives of 5 mil
adding that the girl's mother and charged with felony injury
degree in Economics and a Bachelors degree in lion women, men and children over the next 5 years.
was in attendance along with to a child. He is still in Dallas
Anthropology and Economics. Nishant joins AIF as the fifth CEO and succeeds
close family and friends, report County jail on a $1 million
"I am thrilled about the prospect and promise of Alex Counts, who will serve as Senior Advisor during
ed WFAA, an ABCafliated tele bond.
taking AIF to greater heights and the opportunity for the transition period.

American Muslim Trump's exaide may ip to avoid


leaders publish report harsh sentence: Bharara
Washington, DC: Former Indian talking about the idea of cooperat

outlining tools to stop American US Attorney Preet


Bharara said that he believes that
ing," said Bharara.
As for George Papadopoulos,

ISIS recruitment
Paul Manafort, who served as Bharara told ABC News that the
President Donald Trump's former former campaign foreign policy
campaign chairman, may "ip" and adviser had "almost certainly"
New York: The terror attack in WISE Up, is a multifaceted provide damaging information on ipped.
New York by a selfdeclared campaign to prevent the other political associates in Papadopoulos is likely "cooperat
member of ISIS has come on spread of extremist ideology exchange for a favorable plea deal. ing with the government to provide
the heels of last weeks and hate crimes in America. At During an interview on CNN on substantial assistance with respect
Womens Islamic Initiative for its core, WISE Up uses knowl Sunday, Bharara said he had no to someone else higher up in the
Spirituality & Equality Summit edge as the most powerful tool idea what evidence special counsel food chain", Bharara said.
held in Washington, DC which against all forms of extremism Robert Mueller had to back up Last month, Papadopoulos plead
launched the report, WISE Up: and centers around a 375page charges of money laundering, tax Preet Bharara ed guilty to making false state
Knowledge Ends Extremism, research and evidencebased (Image courtesy: nymag.com)
evasion and conspiracy, but if con ments during an interview with the
and where Muslim and inter report authored by 72 faith victed, Manafort would spend seri many witnesses. It's not a lifetime FBI about his contacts with
faith leaders outlined steps to leaders, and public servants. In ous time behind bars. in prison but it's a substantial Russians during the 2016 election
end all forms of extremism, this resource, Muslim, Chris "They're pretty straightforward prison sentence and I expect that campaign, apparently as part of a
from terrorism to Islamopho tian, Jewish, other faith, and charges that you can prove without Paul Manafort and his lawyers are cooperation deal. (IANS)
bia. Daisy Khan, the executive political experts have provided
editor, and the collaborators of their expertise on practical
the WISE Up report are re
questing a sitdown, faceto
ways to counter extremism,
hate crimes, Islamophobia, and
USISPF lauds Senate confirmation of Ken Juster as US envoy
face meeting with the Presi terrorism committed in the Washington DC: The USIndia Strategic Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President of USISPF, said, I
dent and House and Senate name of Islam by groups like Partnership Forum applauds the Senate for con congratulate Ambassador Juster and look forward
leadership to discuss this re ISIS. rming Ken Juster as the new U.S. Ambassador to to working with him in this new capacity. There is
cently published resource. More than 100 mosques and India. Ambassador Juster, who has worked on no better person for the job, and his conrmation
Daisy Khan, Executive Director 50 Interfaith Centers have en U.S.India relations for the past 16 years, was comes at a critical time where India, the worlds
of WISE Up is leading this ap dorsed the WISE Up unanimously conrmed by the Senate on Nov largest democracy, is a vital partner for the U.S. in
peal. campaign. 2nd. geopolitical, defense, and business relations.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info IMMIGRATION November 11-17, 2017 9

Children of high skilled immigrants on


the verge of shattered dreams
While DACA kids got attention, an advocacy group is bringing to light the plight of H4
dreamers, children of tax paying legal immigrants including 1.5 million Indians who have
been waiting in line for years even decades for green cards.

EXCLUSIVE
l By Suchitra Srinivas

merica is probably not a land

A of opportunity for these


300,000 young children of
Indian origin, who are on the verge
of being discriminated in the col
lege admissions process; for the
only reason their parents are still
in line for their g reen card.
Ironically, these stories of H4
dreamers remain untold and In meetings with US lawmakers, children of high
unheard, says SIIA, an advocacy Skilled Immigrants in America (SIIA) members and their families gathered at Capitol Hill to skilled immigrants of Indian origin have demanded
g roup working on g reen card make their case for clearing the green card backlog. permanent status to pursue their American dreams.
backlogs.
Currently for applicants of kids and only aim at holistic over the H4 dreamers when they seek and even their US born children dious she is.
Indian origin getting a green card haul that never accounts for the jobs, they have the risk of being have to exit the country in such sit Why are we, kids of legal tax
could mean a wait for as long as problems faced by H4 kids (whose denied visa as H1B is based on a uations. paying immigrants getting ignored
70 years! Not an exaggeration but parents are on H1 visas). lottery even for them. If they get Not just techies, other profes by Congress? was the question in
simple math working out the num Kids not born in America but unlucky in the lottery they have to sionals too get locked in the back the young minds.
bers, asserts Harshit Chatur from who moved as children of these selfdeport after staying in this log, among them an estimated Many lawmakers seem to be
Texas, the vice president of SIIA or skilled immigrants legally and who country for 15 years or so legally 100,000 doctors. Ironically, it is unaware of the problems that
Skilled Immigrants in America, remain loyal to all the rules of the with their parents paying all the reported that about 20% of resi af flict the life of skilled immi
which has 150,000 members. land get no notice from the law taxes and abiding by law, said dency seats would remain vacant if grants. When explained, most of
As of 2016, there are 1.5 million makers, said Chatur. Ramesh Ramanathan, from we do not have immigrant popula them showed their signs of sup
high skilled immigrants of Indian To our shock we came to know Virginia. tion taking them. port, said Neha Mahajan from
origin waiting in line for green that my daughter currently study SIIA propagates that simple lift New Jersey.
card. Every year US issues one mil ing 11th g rade when finishes PARENTS TRAVAILS ing of the country cap can do a US has given only 14 per cent of
lion green cards, of which only school will be treated as foreign The parents of these H4 dream magic easing the backlog. T he its green cards to skill and experi
80,000 are employment based national for college admission ers too have gone through much country cap is part of immigration ence based category, which is one
(EB2 & EB3) immig rat ion. process as my green card is still waiting for permanent residency. law passed 50 years ago. Today in of the lowest in the world. Many
Further, with 7% country cap, it not approved. Opportunities for Our lives become suddenly an entirely changed economic and countries give as much as 50 per
results in around 5,000 green these children are denied because directionless. The more planned social scenario, this provision can cent of green cards based on merit.
cards for each country, irrespec of their status. She dreams to and focused we were to arrive in not see a re levant lig ht, said This chunk in America should defi
tive of their size and contribution become a neurosurgeon but some the USA, the less enterprising and Chatur. nitely increase when the knowl
to the US economy. Countries like medical colleges that she wants to challenging we tend to become H.R.392 bill is being introduced edge based immigrant visas have
India with massive green card apply to wont even accept her waiting endlessly for the green in the Congress for the fourth time always been adding value to the
applicant numbers inevitably suf application. Even colleges that cards, said Mohan Kumar, an IIT and previously did not make it to economy.
fer a huge backlog. accept do not of fer her instate graduate who moved to the US six the floor. It has close to 300 bipar Yet another proposal is that
SIIA has boldly requested for the tuition, and she has to pay tuition years back. tisan cosponsors, but has not unused g reen card numbers
removal of the country cap on rates higher than those for perma We cannot start new business found the numbers in the senate. should be allowed a methodical
green cards at the earliest. nent residents said Nandu or change work as this will release All because it seems too small a roll over or recaptured the same
As observed by Congressman Konduri of North Carolina and a us from the green card applied legislative pick compared to over year, which has happened only
Kevin Yoder, the lead sponsor of spokesperson at SIIA. His daugh through the current employer. We haul of the system being attempt tw ice in the last 30 years.
HR 392 bill favoring the removal ter, Preethi Konduri, is a frontliner, have to renew the visa every three ed. Currently, 500,000 green cards
of the country cap, there could be talking about their plight to the years even when sticking on to the Meanwhile, the young H4 dream are wasted every year. If regulated,
a mother right now in Greenland, senators and hoping for something same employer. This has huge cost ers are at risk of getting their this can eliminate the backlog.
whose unborn child will be able to miraculous to happen. impact on us, said Reetha dreams crushed, that desperately Counting of dependents is yet
grow up, go to school, graduate Even after having studied in the Krishnan from New York. calls for the lawmakers attention. another issue adding to the back
college, and come to America 30 US schooling system and having H1B visa renewal is stressful SIIA has taken up the cause and log. SIIA recommends that immedi
years from now and will get green secured high credits H4 children every time what if it is denied for since its founding in 2015 has ate family members should be
card sooner than someone from are denied student loans because some reason. We will be forced to made many rounds of advocacy excluded from the count.
India who is already here in they are here still only on tempo leave the country. The house we meetings with Congress members As an interim measure, SIIA rec
America, working hard, paying rary visa. own, our car, all belongings have and Senators, apprising them of ommends to temporarily increase
taxes, and contributing to our It does not stop here, even if to be just sold in 30 days to legally the issues. Last month, on October the employment based green cards
economy. these kids manage a degree from a exit the country. This fear makes 2324, they visited offices of about for a brief 23 years period. This
T hat is simply unfair, said prestigious college, come gradua us think tw ice be fore making 150 Congress members on Capitol will release the backlog to a great
Chatur. tion and they are 21 years old and investments in the country. We Hill in Washington DC and pre extent, said Chatur.
The beatings of this backlog fall their dependent status is no more end up paying huge rents for small sented their case. About 20 kids While all the lawmakers SIIA met
on the children of the immigrant valid. They have to apply for F1 or apartments inconveniencing our joined in. I am very scared and I on Capitol Hill showed positive
applicants whose opportunities are H1 visa and the line of wait starts selves, says Himesh Trivedi, who fail to understand why I will not be response, there is no clarity if
immensely affected while the par anew for them. T hey w ill be has lived here for 12 years. allowed an admission into the col things will change.
ents wait in line. pushed behind, said Padma If the visa is not renewed, the lege I aspire for, innocently asked Suchitra Srinivas is a New Jersey
Current talks about immigration Katapalli of New Jersey. persons spouse, if working, will Saana Mahajan, a sixth grader based business journalist who
reform center around the DACA The worst punishment will befall lose his or her job the same day, from New Jersey, citing how stu writes for this paper.
10 November 11-17, 2017 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

26 killed in Texas DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY


WAS RIGGED FOR
church shooting CLINTON: EXAIDE
Houston: A lone gunman carrying
a militarystyle rifle opened fire on
Washington: Donna Brazile, a for Clinton's Secret Takeover of the
worshippers at a Baptist church in
mer Demo crat ic Nat ional DNC", is an excerpt from Brazile's
south Texas killing 26 people in
Committee (DNC) interim chair, forthcoming book.
one of the deadliest mass shooting
has claimed that the party organi Brazile said an agreement was
in the state, media reports said.
zation helped Hillary Clintons reached between the Clinton cam
The attack took place on Sunday
campaign "rig" the 2016 paign, the DNC and Clinton's joint
morning in Sutherland Springs, a
Democratic primary against Bernie fundraising committee.
small town 45 km southeast of San
Sanders. "This was not a criminal act, but
Antonio.
In a Politico oped last week, as I saw it, it compromised the
The gunman was identified as
Brazile alleged that Clinton was party's integrity," Brazile said
Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, who died
controlling the finances of the about the arrangement.
shortly after the attack. A local res
party before officially winning the Senator Elizabeth Warren simi
ident had engaged Kelley in a gun
2016 Democratic nomination for larly said she believed the 2016
battle as he exited the church. The
President. Democratic presidential primary
motive for the attack remains
The piece, titled "Inside Hillary was rigged for Clinton.
unknown. T he victims ranged
between the ages of five to 72
years old and included at least
eight members of a family, a preg The scene at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs,
nant woman and three of her chil TX, after the fatal shooting on Nov. 5. The shooter was
dishonorably discharged from the Air Force.
dren along with the 14yearold
daughter of the church's pastor. event. He said that he and other Based on preliminary reports," he
The suspect, Kelley had served in Texans were asking "for God's said, the shooter was "a very
the Air Force from 2010 until his comfort, for God's guidance and deranged individual, a lot of prob
discharge after he was courtmar for God's healing for all those who lems for a long period of time".
tialled in 2012 for assaulting his are suffering". "T his isn't a guns situation...
spouse and child. He served a year President Donald Trump, at a Fortunately someone else had a
in confinement and received a bad news conference on Monday in gun that was shooting in the oppo
conduct discharge. State Governor Tokyo, said that he thought "men site direction" or it "would have Bernie Sanders did not concede to Hillary Clinton
Greg Abbott also attended the tal health" was the problem. been much worse". till late in the primaries last year.

Whats for you in the Trump expected to change course


House GOP tax bill on climate accord: UN official
The still evolving House Republican tax plan will be l By Vishal Gulati wildfires and hurricanes, and this high
lights the importance of the climate
tweaked and poked by lawmakers and experts this week. New Delhi: The US will change its atti change issue to the US. At the same time,
Washington: The House Ways and Means Those dynamic effects, according to the tude towards the Paris Agreement and President Trump has expressed doubts
Committee started meeting Monday to kick analysis, could create higher growth, higher play a big role at the UN Climate Change over climate change and announced his
off debating and amending the legislation. wages and 975,000 more jobs. That Conference that began on Monday in withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. We
Meanwhile, think tanks and wonk shops are assumes, in part, that workers would benefit Bonn, said Erik Solheim, head of the UN sincerely hope that that will change and,
crunching the numbers to see who wins and greatly from the big corporate tax rate cut in Environment Programme (UNEP). therefore, continued constructive US
who loses with every change. the bill, even though that's an area of dis The crucial 12day long negotiations on involvement in the process is welcome."
The first broad, independent analysis of agreement among economists. how to keep rising global temperatures But changes to opt renewable technolo
the initial House bill came from the conser But if the premise is correct, the bill could from reaching catastrophic levels will gy taking place in China and India are
vative Tax Foundation, reports CNN. It found lower everyone's tax burden by 2027, the involve nearly 200 nations with an aim to extraordinary and extremely positive.
that every income group would see a tax cut, analysis estimates. Those in the bottom 90% advance the 2015 Paris Agreement imple "For me, there are two aspects that make
but the top 1% of households would do con would see their aftertax incomes grow by mentation. this progress very important. Firstly, there
siderably better than everyone else. The between 4.1% and 4.8%. That's somewhat "What is clear is that increased use of is a technical dimension: the shift taking
aftertax income of the top 1% would rise by higher than the 3.6% to 3.9% of those at the fossil fuels is not the answer. We have to place in China has helped bring the tech
7.5% in 2018 under the bill's provisions. By top of the distribution. do precisely the opposite. Despite a push nology such as solar and energy storage to
contrast, groups in the bottom 80% of the The one thing all that estimated new from the White House for coal and gas, we scale. This has helped drive down prices
income distribution would see their aftertax growth won't do? Pay for the full cost of the are still seeing many US cities and states and make renewable energy solutions
income increase by between 0.8% and 2.4%. tax cuts being proposed in the House bill. embrace renewable technology," Solheim incredibly competitive.
By 2027, the very highest income house The Tax Foundation estimates the bill's pro told IANS in an interview. "Secondly, there is an important moral
holds generally people earning at least in visions could result in GDP that is 3.9% high "This is not because of climate change dimension. Prime Minister (Narendra)
the high six figures will still do best, with er than it would otherwise be over the next but because it makes sound business Modi has described climate action as an
an average 3.3% bump in aftertax income. decade. But even with that they would still sense." article of faith', saying that inaction would
The bottom 90% of households, meanwhile, add another $989 billion to deficits. In many parts of the US, wind and solar be a crime against future generations.
would see a small boost, of between 0.4% Republicans have said they want tax energy present a very compelling business While the conference (COP23) is ground
and 1.1%. These estimates are based on a reform signed into law by the end of the proposition. ed in practicalities and technicalities, it's
conventional analysis of tax measures. year. That's a very aggressive goal given how In states like Texas and Nevada, they are important to never lose sight of this moral
The results differed somewhat when the much work there is to do. cutting costs and providing greater energy dimension," Solheim said.
Tax Foundation did a socalled dynamic The House bill first must be amended. Tax security, said Solheim, who believes corpo India and China are also great advocates
analysis, meaning they considered what the writers in the Senate will produce their own rate sourcing of renewable electricity can for the bounties to be reaped from making
economic growth effects of the House GOP bill. If each chamber passes its own tax bill, be a major driver of the transition to a the shift.
tax bill's provisions would be in addition to the differences between them will need to be robust, zeroemission economy. "The positive fact is that the nations who
making assumptions about how people's reconciled. And a final reconciled bill must About change of stance of Trump, he are taking action are getting a head start
behavior would change in response to the be voted on again. If passed, President said, "We certainly hope that will be the in building the sustainable, inclusive
proposed measures. Trump then has to agree to it all. case. There's been a season of devastating economies of the future," said Solheim.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info US AFFAIRS November 11-17, 2017 11

Sen. Rand Paul


attacked by neighbor
Era of patience over for
Washington: Sen. Rand Paul (RKy.) was attacked
on Friday by his nextdoor neighbor in Bowling
Green, Ky. The
N. Korea, says Trump in Japan
neighbor, Rene Tokyo: President Donald for direct talks w ith North
Boucher, has con Trump declared on Monday Korea.
firmed that he that the "era of strateg ic "We were in complete agree
tackled Paul. Now pat ience is over" when it ment as to the measures to be
it transpires that comes to America's stance taken on the situation with
Senator Paul sus towards North Korea and reaf North Korea," Abe said, noting
tained more severe firmed his use of harsh rheto that he agreed "all options"
injuries than previ ric at a joint press conference should remain on the table.
ously known with Japanese Prime Minister The Prime Minister also said
including five bro Shinzo Abe here. now was a time for strengthen
ken ribs, three of Trump arrived in Japan on a ing sanct ions ag ainst
which were dis twoday visit on Sunday, the Pyongyang. "For more than 20
placed fractures, first stop in his fivenation some years, the international
tour throug h Asia from
meaning they are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes visiting US community attempted dialogue
partially or fully November 5 to 14. President Donald Trump in Tokyo on Nov. 6. (Photo: IANS) with North Korea. "Now is the
cracked and that they will require months of "Some people said that my time not for dialogue but for
recovery. rhetoric is very strong," Trump said at from the US," Trump said. applying a maximum pressure on
Police had initially said that Paul sustained the conference alongside Abe. "But He added that the purchase of mili North Korea."
minor injuries, but now the severity of those look at what's happened with very tary equipment would bring both Trump encouraged North Korea's
injuries could lead to felony charges against weak rhetoric over the last 25 years. employment to the US and safety to leader Kim Jong Un to re lease all
Boucher, rather than the current misdemeanor Look where we are now." Japan. hostages, saying it would send positive
charge. The US leader said Japan can shoot Abe confirmed that Japan was plan signals to the world, the CNN reported.
The motive is still unclear, though the accused down North Korean missiles with the ning to purchase military equipment T he US President and First Lady
has basically admitted to the attack. After some help of US military technology, CNN from the US. He said the country would Me lania Trump also met Emperor
rightwing outlets noted that the neighbor reported. be prepared to shoot down a North Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko
appears to have socialist tendencies, some sug Trump said Abe would be we ll Korean missile, if necessary, as part of at the Imperial Palace.
gested the attack might be politically motivated. equipped for an attack from its "leg al cooperat ion" w ith Trump also met Japanese and
But it is not so, Bouchers lawyer said, adding that Pyongyang after buying equipment Washington. American business leaders where he
it was a very regrettable dispute between two from the US. Abe said Japan and the US were in said: "We want fair and open trade. But
neighbors over a matter that most people would "He will shoot them out of the sky "complete agreement" as to the way right now our trade with Japan is not
regard as trivial. when he completes the purchase of forward in dealing with North Korea, fair and it's not open. But I know it will
lots of additional military equipment including that now was not the time be soon."
12 November 11-17, 2017 INDIA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Sonia Gandhi played a Congress a 'termite', must be


uprooted from India: Modi
role in Tehelka sting Kangra: Prime Minister
Narendra Modi hit out at
New Delhi: Former Samata Party Himachal Pradesh's ruling
president Jaya Jaitly has accused Congress, comparing it to "ter
the Congress of having a hand in mites" and calling for the party
the Tehelka sting 'Operation West to be thrown out in the upcom
End', which led to then Defense ing assembly elections.
Minister George Fernandes' resig Addressing an election meet
nation and that when UPA was in
ing in Chambi in Shahpur
power, Congress President Sonia
assembly constituency in
Gandhi had asked then Finance
Kangra district, Modi said the
Minister P. Chidambram to ensure
Congress' mindset was as harm
that Tehelka's alleged financiers
ful to Indian democracy as a
are not treated in an "unfair" or PM Narendra Modi addresses a
termite "is to the wood it comes
"unjust" manner. rally ahead of assembly poll in
in contact with it".
Jaitly has made these claims in Himachal Pradesh.
"And since this mindset ran
her upcoming autobiography
down threefour generations Sardar Patel and won't be
"Life among the Scorpions:
into the Congress, it was impor cowed down." "I haven't come
Memoirs of a Woman in Indian
Politics", which was re leased tant that such a party to be here to ask you to make the BJP
The charges against Congress President Sonia Gandhi uprooted from power. At every win. I have come here to ask
recently. have been made in a book.
Informed sources have con polling booth, the Congress you to give it a threefourth
firmed that Jaitly has presented a resigning, then Union Ministers as Samata Party chie f by
should be wiped out as it is like majority," he declared.
copy of the letter in the book. It L.K. Advani and Jaswant Singh Vajpayee, while she had made her a termite, which is eating away This was Modi's second rally
also has a copy of a twopage let advised against it. Soon after, stand clear in her own party that India." in Kangra, the district that has
ter from First Global, the alleged Jaswant Singh brought the Prime she had done nothing wrong and Lashing out at the Congress the maximum 15 assembly
financiers of Tehelka, petitioning Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's would not resign. for criticizing the demonetiza seats out of 68 in the state and
Sonia Gand hi, the then message to the Defense Minister, She also claims that the tion of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 holds the key in the govern
Chairperson of National Advisory accepting his resignation. Cong ress, which was then in notes on November 8 last year, ment formation. Votes will be
Council. "George Fernandes was only too Opposition, was the ultimate ben he said: "They are going to cele cast in the Himachal Pradesh
In the autobiography published eager to oblige," she says. eficiary of the sting by Tehelka, brate November 8 as black day polls on November 9 and will
by Rupa, Jaitly also recalls that However, Jaitly was mif fed that which allegedly received hawala and burn my effigies. They be counted on December 18
when Fernandes insisted on she had also been asked to resign funds. don't know Modi is a disciple of along with those in Gujarat.

Indian defense minister's Political corridors buzz as


Arunachal visit angers China PM meets DMK supremo
Chennai: On a halfa
day's trip to Chennai,
Prime Minister
Narendra Modi called
on DMK President M.
Karunanid hi and
enquired about his
health.
"Vanakkam, Sir",
Mo di g reeted
Karunanidhi as he sat
near the 93yearold
veteran and held his
hand.
Accompanied by
Union Ministers
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with army officers at Kibithu in Arunachal Pradesh. Nirmala Sitharaman
and Pon
Beijing: China reacted angrily to Indian ary issue through dialogue and create
Radhakrishnan, Modi
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's enabling atmosphere and condition for
was w ith the DMK
visit to Arunachal Pradesh, saying the this." PM Narendra Modi with DMK President
leader for about 10 M Karunanidhi (centre).
visit to the "disputed" region will not be On Nov 5, Sitharaman paid a visit to
minutes before wind
conducive to peace on the border. Army posts in remote Anjaw district of
ing up his visit to the city during which he and has asked all accused to be present.
"As to the visit by the Indian Defense Arunachal Pradesh bordering China
took part in the 75th anniversary celebra Among them are the DMK's A Raja and
Minister to Arunachal Pradesh, we must which considers the northeastern Indian
tions of Tamil newspaper Dina Thanthi. Kanimozhi.
be very clear about this that there is a dis state as its own and calls it South Tibet.
Karunanidhi's son M.K. Stalin, who was If the DMK leaders are acquitted in the
pute on the eastern section of ChinaIndia Accompanied by Indian Army officers,
on a visit to Sharjah, cut short the trip and case, the BJP could see the party as a
boundary," Foreign Ministry spokesper Sitharaman took stock of the defense pre returned to receive Modi at Karunanidhi's more sound prospective ally ahead in
son Hua Chunying said. paredness along the Line of Actual residence. Tamil Nadu ahead of the 2019 general
"This visit by the India side to the dis Control (LAC). DMK sources said there was no political elections than the ruling AIADMK, which
puted area is not conducive to the peace "We hope India will work with China for signal in the meeting. But the timing is won a big mandate in assembly elections
and tranquility of the relevant region. We the shared goal to seek a solution that is interesting. last year, but is caught in a leadership cri
hope the Indian side will work with the acceptable to both sides and accommo A special court in Delhi is set to fix a sis ever since the death of its powerful
Chinese side to continue to make a contri date our consensus in a balanced way," date for verdict in the 2G spectrum scam leader and former chie f minister J
bution to properly resolving the bound Hua said. case expected to be sometime this month Jayalalithaa last December.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INDIA November 11-17, 2017 13

Masood Azhar's Note ban was to change the way


nephew among 3
JeM militants India spends: Jaitley
New Delhi: Mounting a powerful defense of number of digital transactions.
killed the demonetization that came into ef fect
on November 8 last year to curb black
"You have to see it (demonetization)
together with the spending curbs imposed
Srinagar: Three JaisheMuhammad militants, money, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on cash, the thrust on income disclosures,
including the nephew of terror outfit chief that as a disruptor of the status quo ante the thrust against benami properties," he
Masood Azhar, were killed in an overnight gun the note ban, along with other measures said.
fight with security forces in Jammu and taken, has set in motion a process of "Taking all this, there's going to be a sea
Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said on changing the manner in which India change in the manner in which India
Tuesday. Quoting a JeM statement, local news spends money. spends money," he added.
agency GNS said Talha Rasheed, nephew of "If you look back at all the steps we have Describing the move against black
Azhar, was among the three militants killed in taken in the last threetofour years, money as an ongoing process, Jaitley
the gunfight with security forces in Aglar vil besides demonetization, we have succeed described the fact that most of the banned
lage of Pulwama district. ed in bringing centerstage the whole issue currency had returned to the system as a
IGP Kashmir zone, Muneer Khan said: "We of how financial transactions in India success for demonetization.
will ask Pakistan to collect the body of Masood ought to be carried out," Jaitley said
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. "Cash outside the system can be laun
Azhar's nephew as JeM has owned it. The mat (Photo: IANS/PIB)
addressing the India Today Conclave Next dered, but once deposited it lacks anonymi
ter will be taken up through proper channels." here. "The question before us was do we ue or set in motion a process guided by the ty..it is in an account, which has a holder
Besides the three militants, army soldier continue with the status quo ante of a high belief that an aspirational nation has to with a name and the money can be taxed,"
Sham Sunder of 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was cash dominated society with all its aberra change." Pointing to the normal practice of he said.
killed in the gun battl. Two other soldiers and a tions," he said, adding that the situation purchasing real estate by partly paying in On the note ban impact on the GDP and
civilian were also injured in the operation that was untenable for the fastest growing big cash, or of companies having dual bank on the Indian informal and small scale sec
has ended, police said. economy that aspires to "sit at the high accounts to evade tax, the Finance Minister tor that contributes nearly half the nation
Internet services have been suspended in table with developed nation." noted that various related measures taken al income, Jaitley said this was the transito
Pulwama district to check the spread of T he choice staring at the face was had the triple objective of cutting cash use, ry ef fect of "two backtoback reforms
rumors. whether "we allow the status quo to contin increase the country's tax base and the including GST."

Trump in Asia
IndoPacific pact and its importance for India
By Shivaji Sengupta $4,000 a year of disposable money) now
THE US IS STRENGTHENING TIES WITH THREE OTHER stands at about 270 million, according to
DEMOCRACIES IN THE REGION INDIA, JAPAN, AND
P
resident Trump began his 12day the National Council of Applied Economic
Asian tour last weekend, starting with Research almost that of the entire popula
Japan. He was also scheduled to visit AUSTRALIA TO CONTAIN A RISING CHINA. tion of the United States. Thus, the Indian
South Korea, China, Philippines and market is lucrative to all of the worlds
Vietnam. developed countries.
On Sunday in Japan the President used his T his economic strength is further
speech to call for building a "free and open enhanced by Indias agedemographics. It
IndoPacific" region, a new political and eco seems that post 2020, the Indian popula
nomic approach to Asia that is likely to be tions median age will be just 37 years old,
seen by China as a challenge. According to compared to Japans 57 and Chinas 50.
the New York Times, this idea was first pro Obviously, with a healthy economy and a
posed by Shinzo Abe, the Japanese premier, young country with the largest population
and envisions the US strengthening ties with in the world (it is expected to surpass China
three other democracies within the region by 2024), Indias prospects seem very, very
Japan, Australia and India to contain a ris promising.
ing China. India is slowly transitioning from an eco
President Trump announced, "We will nomic power to a military power. It is
seek new opportunities for cooperation and already thoug ht of as a country w ith
commerce, and we will partner with friends advanced military technology, including, of
and allies to pursue a free and open Indo course, a nuclear weapons program. It is
Pacific region," emphasizing a free and fair also a space power, having sent a probe to
reciprocal trade. the moon in 2008, and, in 2014, placed a
This announcement will definitely be vehicle in orbit around Mars.
music to Indian ears. For India is now stand On the Indian Ocean, India is strengthen
ing at the threshold of becoming a major US President Donald Trump greeted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in ing its defense ties with countries across the
world power. (Some may argue it already Kawagoe, near Tokyo. (Xinhua/IANS) region, building a blue water navy, i.e., a
has). According to Alyssa Ayres, a senior maritime force capable of operating global
Fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at well as be seated as a member of the perma world, behind only China and the United ly, essentially across the deep waters of
the Council for Foreign Relations and the nent Security Council in the United Nations. States. It seems that Indias time has come. open oceans. (The term is more often used
author of a forthcoming book, Our Time has But to me, in the light of Trumps Asia visit If the U.S. and Western European govern in the United Kingdom to describe such a
Come: How India is Making its Place in the and raising the topic of the IndoPacific ments still do not see that India is now, force is a navy possessing maritime expedi
World (Oxford University Press, 2018), India Region, it is of interest in terms of this indeed, a world economic power, CEOs of tionary capabilities).
has now the third largest military personnel regional cooperative alliance, the latest of multinational companies do. A recent survey Thus, India seems poised to become a
in the world, fifth largest defense budget, the many such alliances that have been by KPMG, a company dedicated to reporting member not only of the IndoPacific region,
and the seventh largest economy surpass made and broken in international history. on how large multinational corporations are as Shinzo Abe and Trump are envisioning,
ing Italy and Canada. Also, it comes at a time when, according to carrying out their responsibility, found that but ready to take its place in other Global
Dr. Ayers article, recently published in Ayers, Indias GDP has recently surpassed India has moved up four notches to become Councils.
Foreign Af fairs, is really about how India two trillion dollars. According to the US gov the CEOs top pick for growth opportunities
should be invited to G7, a group of the ernment projection, in about 12 years in the next three years. Indias middle class (The author is a Long Islandbased aca
Worlds seven most advanced economy, as Indias GDP will be the third largest in the population (calculated as having over demic who contributes opeds to this paper).
14 November 11-17, 2017 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Shiv Sena's surprising praise for Rahul Gandhi


l By Amulya Ganguli pare for elections, the possibility ing procedure, and what better
of a formal rupture between the way to do so than by extolling

O
ne of the oddities of the two saf fron outfits cannot be Rahul Gandhi who is gradually
current political scene is ruled out although the Sena has emerging as the BJP's primary
the compliments which been blowing hot and cold for challenger from the opposition
the Shiv Sena has been paying to quite some time. parties in his mother's absence
Rahul Gand hi. T he party's In fact, the Sena has never because of Sonia Gandhi's indif
spokesman, Sanjay Raut, noted taken kindly to the BJP replacing ferent health.
recently how the Congress vice it as the No 1 party in The Sena couldn't but have
president's "body language" has Maharashtra in 2014 since it noted how the BJP is concentrat
changed for the better and apparently regards that position ing nearly all its attention on
expressed faith in his credentials along with the Chief Minister's criticising someone whom it ear
to lead the country since the post as its birthright in case the lier used to derisively dismiss as
Modi wave has "faded away". Hindutva group wins. the "shahzada" and who was lam
As an ally of the Bharatiya The Sena is also aware that the pooned as "Pappu" by the BJP's
Janata Party (BJP), the Sena BJP looks upon it as a burden of legion of foulmouthed support
wouldn't have been expected to sorts because of its rough and ers in the social media.
be so forthcoming in its admira ready ways which can put of f The assembly elections in sev
tion for Rahul Gandhi even if it some of the "national" party's eral states in the coming days
has come to regard the BJP as an more urbane followers. will show whether the Sena has
enemy, as Raut has said, and But if the two have remained read the political tea leaves right
called it "ghotalebaaz" or scam together despite the strains in about Modi's waning influence.
ster in a booklet. The surprise their relationship, the reason is But even if it has misread the
over the Sena's latest position is the fear that a breakup will only scene, its praise for Rahul Gandhi
all the greater because it is by no help the Congress. is noteworthy because none of
means considered close to the The Sena, on the other hand, the Congress's friends on the
Congress, although a BJP leader has come to believe that the BJP "secular" side of the political
has said that the Sainiks have of today is not the BJP of 2014 divide whether the Rashtriya
Hailing Rahul Gandhi as a possible Prime Minister although it may not go as far as Janata Dal or the Nat ional
always had a soft corner for the
denotes a completely different approach for Shiv Sena.
Congress ever since their supre Raj T hackeray of the Conference or the Marxists
mo Bal Thackeray supported the because she is Marathi, which is unless the Sena plans to walk out Maharashtra Navnirman Sena aligned with Sitaram Yechury
Emergency. The Sena did sup the only thing that counts for the of the alliance with the BJP in (MNS) to say that the BJP will have expressed high hopes so far
port the Congress's presidential Sena. Maharashtra and at the Centre. lose in Gujarat. about the Congress vicepresi
candidate, Pratibha Patil, in But hailing Rahul Gandhi as a Considering that the Sena It appears, therefore, that the dent's chances as the Sena has
2007 instead of the BJP's possible Prime Minister denotes chief, Uddhav Thackeray, has Sena is turning up the heat visa done. Clearly, a process of politi
Bhairon Sing h She khawat a completely different approach called upon his party men to pre vis the BJP, perhaps as a bargain cal churning is on.

Doordie battle equally for


Congress and BJP in Himachal
l By Vishal Gulati J.P. Nadda. point to his being out on bail and facing
After thwarting foes within, Virbhadra corruption charges in the Delhi High Court

I
t's literally a doordie battle for both the Singh donned his battle gear much ahead of during the time he was the Union Steel
Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party this arch rival Dhumal, whose name was Minister 200911.
(BJP) chief ministerial faces in the cleared by the BJP as its chief ministerial But against all odds, he alone tours across
upcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly candidate just days ahead of the polling for the state seeking votes for the Congress.
polls. Both veterans one in his eighties the 68seat assembly on November 9. Party leaders said the Chief Minister is sin
and the other in his seventies are strug "The announcement of Dhumal as the glehandedly campaigning and he is con
gling for their political survival. chief ministerial candidate was part of the ducting 15 to 20 meetings in two to three
One is veteran Congress leader and BJP's strategy to boost the morale of the constituencies every day.
incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, cadres as the party for long was divided in Contrary to this, the BJP has fielded its
83, who is pushing hard to get to the helm two camps one led by Dhumal and the entire top brass from Prime Minister
for the seventh time. The other is the BJP's other by Nadda," a senior state BJP leader Narendra Modi to his cabinet colleagues,
Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73, who is making a admitted. including Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley and
strong bid to ensure the party's victory Interestingly, both Virbhadra Singh and J.P. Nadda.
with a record margin to silence his detrac Dhumal are seeking reelection from new Even party President Amit Shah is aggres
tors within the party. seats and that is not going to be easy for sively touring the hill state.
For almost two decades, both the parties them. Virbhadra Singh knows the assembly Political observers say issues like devel
in the state have fought almost every poll will be a vote on the performance of opment have been pushed to the back
assembly and parliamentary polls under Former Himachal Pradesh his fiveyearold government. ground as personal attacks dominate most
Chief Minister and BJP leader
their leadership. "We are seeking votes on the basis of of the election rallies. The future of the
Prem Kumar Dhumal. (File Photo: IANS)
"This time, Virbhadra Singh is fighting on development by our government, especially arch rivals w ill be pronounced on
two fronts one is to establish his son political observer told IANS. in the education, health and connectivity December 18, the day the votes cast will be
Vikramaditya Singh, who is contesting his For Dhumal, it's simply the battle for sectors," a confident Virbhadra Singh, who counted along with those in Gujarat. The
maiden assembly election, and the second "selfsurvival" after facing a humiliating first became the Chief Minister in 1983, Cong ress won 36 of the 68 seats in
is to ensure the party's repeat as he forced defeat in the 2012 assembly polls. Since told IANS. The Chief Minister, who has been Himachal Pradesh in 2012 with a 42.81
the Congress to announce him as the chief then, he was almost marginalized by the in active politics for over 50 years, is a reg per cent vote share, while the BJP bagged
ministerial candidate despite all odds," a BJP faction led by Union Health Minister ular target of the top BJP leadership, who 26 seats with a 38.47 per cent vote share.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
art November 11-17, 2017 15

Where Asia meets America


and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
welcomed its first visitors in 1987.
Renovation was used by curators
to re-envision the permanent instal-
Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian have reopened after a makeover. lations to make them more accessi-
ble to contemporary museumgoers.
By Surekha Vijh in Washington DC life have been pouring in to Freer | Sackler. programs and activities. Performers include Instead of it just being, Here are
I find I am totally lost here, says Vandana the Yo-Yo Ma-founded Silk Road Ensemble; Red these great masterpieces, and were

I t is a new world where the ancient meets


modern and time stops for a breather. A mag-
nificent display of age-old Asian art where Asia
Verma, a local IT professional. It is in a good
way, she smiles, I feel connected to our past
and present. Its great to see it open again.
Baraat, a funky Indian wedding band based in
Brooklyn; Washington Samulnori, a local Ko-
rean percussion troupe; and a variety of tradi-
going to tell you in a very bland,
institutional voice these factoids
about them, each curator came up
happily meets America. After a long wait the It is exciting to see art from our ancient tional dancers. Festivities are continuing with with a big idea, says Lee Glazer,
Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler world here, adds Naman Ahluwalia. various organizations having functions there, the galleries curator of American
Gallery (together the Smithsonians Museums The galleries opened with a two-day festi- including DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, throw- art. Sackler has reopened with four
of Asian Art) on the National Mall in Washing- val IlluminAsia and a range of new and re- ing a lavish Diwali party on November 2. The new temporary exhibits, including
ton DC reopened to public after a $13.6 million vamped exhibits, followed by special public Freer Gallery opened to the public in 1923, Encountering the Buddha: Art and
makeover lasting almost two years. Inside the Practice Across Asia, which shows
Sackler Gallery is contemporary art from India, how Buddhist teachings are ex-
From the ongoing
Buddhist art from across Asia, cats of ancient pressed through diverse art forms.
exhibition titled
Egypt and bells of China while the Freer dis- Encountering the Its one museum but two very
plays reimagined galleries centered on univer- Buddha: Art different experiences, because in the
sally relevant topics in permanent collections. and Practice Sackler, its going to be very immer-
The South Asian art is presented under the across Asia sive, very intense a lot of new me-
heading Body Image, bringing together bronze dia is being introduced, Glazer says.
sculptures of Hindu gods, Buddhist and Jain The Buddhism exhibit, for ex-
works, and painted portraits of Mughal emperors. ample, features the Tibetan Bud-
In the Sackler is a monumental installa- dhist Shrine Room, where visitors
tion titled Terminal by contemporary Indian can view nearly 250 objects with-
artist Subodh Gupta, formed with 30 gleam- out labels or glass cases disrupting
ing bronze towers, some as tall as 15 feet, that the mood; an app for the shrine will
are connected intricately by cotton thread. allow visitors to bring the medita-
The spires are reminiscent of the ones that tive experience home with them.
are placed on religious buildings in India and It manages to be informative
topped with a cross, crescent or other reli- and yet its as spectacular as a fire-
gious symbol. Guptas towers emphasize simi- work display, says Tommy Wide,
larities among religions and the criss-crossing the museums assistant director of
threads may reference the interconnected na- special projects. Its like if a fire-
ture of humankind. People from all walks of works display could tell a story.
16 November 11-17, 2017 Bollywood

Troubles galore for REVIEW

Bhansalis Padmavati
S anjay Leela Bhansalis multi-starrer
Padmavati has run into trouble - this
time political - in Gujarat ahead of its De-
met Alauddin Khilji. The movie wrongly por-
trays history, BJP spokesperson and former
senior Minister I.K. Jadeja stated.
cember 1 release. While the ruling BJP has

Ittefaq
The movie stars Ranveer as Sultan Alaud-
demanded the release be postponed till after din Khilji, Deepika in the lead role of Rani
the state elections, the Congress has said if Padmavati and Shahid as Maharawal Ratan
there is actually distortion of history in the Singh. The movie sets out to tell the tale
movie then it should not be released at all. of Rani Padmavati - the legendary Mewar
The BJP wrote to the Election Commis- queen known as much for her beauty and
sion seeking a ban on release of the movie intelligence as she was for her courage, her
Sonakshi
till after the Gujarat Assembly elections on
December 9 and 14. The BJP claimed the
husband Maharawal Ratan Singh - a glorious
Rajput ruler and a warrior king who fought
A formulaic Sinha plays a
rich lawyers
movie would hurt the sentiments of Kshatri- till his dying breath to defend his kingdom whodunit lonely wife in
ya and Rajput communities for its wrong and his wifes honor and Sultan Alauddin
depiction of history. Rani Padmavati never Khilji - an ambitious and obsessive invader. sans intrigue the film.

D irector Abhay Chopras thriller Itte-


faq is purportedly a whodunit mys-
tery centering on double murders.
dious. Nowhere does the audience get riveted
to the screen, waiting to know who the cul-
prit is. One can sit back, let ones concentra-
A celebrated UK-based writer named tion waver and yet, you have missed nothing.
Vikram Sethi (Sidharth Malhotra) who is in It is only the end, where the unexpected
Mumbai for his book launch, is accused of his twist salvages the weak plot and adds an el-
wife Catherines murder. Catherine is found ement of interest although the manner of
dead by him in their hotel room one night. execution is replete with loopholes. It is the
Escaping from the police to prove his clever dialogues laced with humor that add
innocence, he seeks shelter in the house of to the charm of the characters.
a lady Maya (Sonakshi Sinha), whose hus- On the performance front, all the actors
band, lawyer Shekhar Sinha, has also been deliver, but the film strangely belongs to Ak-
murdered. How investigating officer Dev shaye Khanna, who, as the police officer on
(Akshaye Khanna) steps in to take charge this case, in his inimitable lazy style entertains
and investigate the case in the three-day you as well as delivers a strong performance.
deadline and how the truth unfurls, forms Sidharth as the aggrieved husband who
Deepika Padukone essays the titular role in the movie. the crux of this film. The pace of the first is shattered at his wifes sudden death, try-
half of the film is excruciatingly slow for a ing hard to prove his innocence, is a treat to
thriller and the characters fail to involve watch as well. Sonakshi as Maya, a rich law-
Padmavati to release in US on Dec 1 you, even though the subject is supposedly
gripping -- that of murders. The manner in
yers lonely wife, is competent but does not
really stand out vis-a-vis her other co-actors.

S anjay Leela Bhansalis


much-awaited period
drama Padmavati will re-
which the investigation progresses is mun-
dane and fails to engage you.
Overall, Ittefaq had the potential to be
a great murder mystery but unfortunately,
The plot is layered, but the screenplay the convoluted screenplay and pace of the
lease in the US on Decem- does not do justice to it, making it seem te- film prove to be its undoing.
ber 1. The film is being dis-
tributed internationally by

Dina Wadia was elegant,


Paramount Pictures. Me-
gan Colligan, spokesper-
son of Paramount Pictures,
said: Padmavati has all
the makings of a hit film
and we are excited to bring
spirited: Preity Zinta
Sanjays incredible vision
to audiences across the in- A ctress Preity Zinta
says she was fortunate
enough to have met the
ternational marketplace.
spirited Dina Wadia, the
grandmother of her former
beau Ness Wadia. Dina Wa-
Akshay looks evil in 2.0 new poster dia, the daughter of Paki-
stans founder Mohammed

S cary, evil and ghoulish are some


words that can describe actor Akshay
Kumars look in the new poster of mega-
Ali Jinnah, died at her home
in New York. She was 98.
Preity tweeted: Sorry
star Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0. A new post- to hear that the elegant
er of Akshay from the upcoming 3D sci-fi and spirited Dina Wadia is
entertainer was unveiled on Wednesday. no more. I was fortunate
The National-Award winner is seen sport- enough to have met her and
ing spikey teeth, golden-yellow eyes, really admired her. RIP.
white hair and long eyelashes and brows. Dina had married Mum-
Akshay will be essaying the prime bai-based Parsi business-
antagonist in the film as an eccentric sci- man Neville Wadia over
entist named Richard, while Rajinikanth her fathers objections and
returns as scientist Vaseegaran. 2.0 also stayed back in India after
has Amy Jackson in a supporting role. Partition. She is survived
A sequel to the 2010 Tamil block- by her daughter Diana N.
buster Enthiran, the film 2.0 has been Wadia, son Nusli N. Wadia,
made on a lavish budget. The film is di- her grandsons Ness and Jeh
rected by S. Shankar and the music is by Wadia and two great grand- Actress Preity Zinta had previously dated
2.0 is slated for an early 2018 release. Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman. children Jah and Ella Wadia. Dina Wadias grandson.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info November 11-17, 2017
18 November 11-17, 2017 Bollywood

Acting in Hotel Mumbai


was harrowing: Dev Patel
A ctor Dev Patel says acting in Hotel
Mumbai was harrowing experience
and an eye-opener in realizing the travails
I just did a film recently which is based
on the 2008 terror attacks on the Taj Hotels
in Mumbai, he recalled. It was a harrowing
Priyanka
of the victims of the 2008 terrorist attack
on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
film to shoot and to really get an inside look
at the suffering of these people in this hotel
in The Worlds
Patel recounted his experience of mak-
ing the film when asked during a discussion
in this terror siege was really eye-opening.
Hotel Mumbai is based on the three- Most Powerful
at the Asia Society if he would like to star in
a movie about British colonial rule in India.
day siege of the Taj Hotel that started on
November 26, 2008, by Pakistan-based Women list
He said that he would love to do a mov- terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba in
ie on British rule, but it would depend on the which 167 people were killed. Patel is re-
script and went to explain the difficulties of ported to be playing the role of a waiter in
making films based on historic events. the movie directed by Anthony Maras.
I feel especially when you are tackling The British-born actor received the
a project that is about real events, that af- Asia Societys 2017 Asia Game Changer
fected real human lives, in a massive cata- Award in recognition of using celebrity to
strophic way, there is great responsibility in place a spotlight on Indias poor.
that, he said. So I tread very carefully when Asia Society said his roles in Slumdog
I am dealing with such subject matters. Millionaire and Lion challenge audienc-
es to view Indias poor not as teeming, des-
perate masses but as individuals imbued
with hopes, dreams, and opportunities.
Patel said that he got hooked on movies
when as a child he saw Enter the Dragon
well past bedtime at his home. Asked if there
was any role he would not play and where he
would draw the line, Patel said: I would take Priyanka Chopra has earlier
home any role if it is executed well. featured among the highest
At one time he used to say that he paid TV actresses.
would not play specific type of characters
like taxi drivers or terrorists, he recalled.
Explaining his change of mind, he said:
It is important that we educate the world
through our art. If I can play a role like
B ollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who
has been named among the worlds
most powerful women in Forbes maga-
ing trailblazers, who show us everyday that you
can accomplish anything you set your mind
to and that its ok to stay true to who you are.
that... and show the grey areas and parts of zines 2017 list, says she feels honored. Heres to strong women. May we know them.
the human psyche and mentality that we Priyanka is at number 97 in the list, which May we be them. May we raise them. Power
are not aware of, then we can break down also features personalities like Ivanka Trump, women, Worlds 100 most powerful wom-
those broad strokes that we have, that we Indra Nooyi, Oprah Winfrey, Queen Eliza- en. Forbes, Priyanka captioned the image.
keep painting in the media and we can get beth II, Beyonce Knowles, J.K. Rowling and This is not the first time Priyanka has
to the core of some of these issues. Taylor Swift. The Mary Kom actress shared featured in a Forbes magazine list. In Sep-
He said that the movie industry in the a clipping of the list on her Instagram profile. tember, the Quantico star featured among
West is doing better in producing movies Honored to stand alongside these amaz- the highest paid TV actresses.
about non-White and diverse people, al-
though he added, Theres ways to go.

Stars skipping red carpets to


Our film-making and art should rep-
resent an exploration of what it is like to
be human, he said. It shouldnt be giving

British-born actor Dev Patel


voice to (only) one part of society. Everyone
should be able to look at that big screen and avoid talking about scandals
plays a waiter in Hotel Mumbai. be able to relate to someone out there...

Netflix breaks ties


with Kevin Spacey
I nternet television network Netf-
lix has decided to not be involved
with any further production of The accusations against influential
House of Cards that includes actor names in Hollywood continue to grow.
Kevin Spacey, who is facing multiple
allegations of sexual misconduct.

I
Netflix will not be involved with n the wake of the industrys ongoing ha- The public relations official added: Ive
any further production of House rassment scandals, many stars are skip- never seen anything like it. People are avoid-
of Cards that includes Kevin Spac- ping the red carpet at events to avoid talking ing and dodging the carpet. They wont
ey. We will continue to work with about the issue. A lot of people are skipping even do photos. It started when a foreign
MRC (the production company for the carpet, pagesix.com quoted a top publi- media house published a story revealing nu-
the show) during this hiatus time cist as saying. The celebs are coming in side merous accusations of sexual harassment
to evaluate our path forward as it doors to avoid the press. against Hollywood mogul Weinstein. Since
relates to the show, Netflix spokes- Its not just Harvey Weinstein, its Dustin then many have come out in the open to talk
person responded with a statement. Hoffman, Brett Ratner, that country-music about sexual advances from big names like
Among other artistes, eight cur- guy (Kirt Webster)... Its playing six degrees of Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Ben Affleck,
rent and former employees who separation. Anybody can make a connection. Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman.
worked on House of Cards accused
Spacey of sexual assault, said reports.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info HISTORY November 11-17, 2017 19

'Britain created Pakistan'


The creation of Pakistan was integral to Britain's grand strategy. Their military planners needed to retain a
foothold in the NWFP and Baluchistan as a means to retain control of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain
and Qatar where they had interests in oil, says Prasenjit K Basu, author of Asia Reborn: A Continent Rises
from the Ravages of Colonialism and War to a New Dynamism, while also comparing the role of
non-violence and militant movements in India's freedom struggle. Interviewed by Aditi Phadnis.
Your book is a modern economic Koireng Singh (who would later The key is to:
and political history of Asia, told become Manipur's first chief minis l Ensure that real estate as an
from an Asian perspective. Where do ter) leading its Manipuri allies, and A alternative means of wealth creation
Pakistan and Afghanistan figure? Z Phizo leading the Naga contingent is minimized;
Prasenjit K Basu: The creation of in the INA. The British had kept a l Credit is directed to those with a
Pakistan was integral to Britain's tight lid on information about the demonstrable ability to create world
grand strategy. INA's military victories and losses. leading and exportoriented busi
If they were to ever leave India, But when the INA trials began in nesses, rather than to property spec
Britain's military planners had made November 1945, the people of India ulators;
it clear that they needed to retain a heard for the first time about this l The bureaucracy develops long
foothold in the NWFP (North West freedom army of men and women, term expertise in key areas of indus
Frontier Province) and Baluchistan, soldiers and civilian recruits who trial development (skills training,
because that would provide the had fought doughtily for our free labor market flexibility and redeploy
means to retain control of Iran dom. ment, technology imports and R&D)
(where BP's predecessor, the Anglo Within a fortnight, the governors and public enterprises are led by
Persian Oil Company, owned oil Jawaharlal Nehru, Lord Ismay, Lord Mountbatten, and Mohammad Ali of Punjab and NWFP were beseech specialist managers with long term
reserves), Iraq (where a British pup Jinnah in New Delhi when the Viceroy presents Britains plan for the ing (British Viceroy Field Marshal mandates to make them world class
pet monarchy enabled tight British Partition of India. (Courtesy Wikipedia) Archibald) Wavell to call off further (and to privatize partly or wholly if
control of the Iraqi Petroleum Co.) trials of INA soldiers, for fear of a full that is the only means to turn around
and the potentially oilrich British scale rebellion in the key recruiting a chronic loss maker).
protectorates of Kuwait, the Trucial grounds of the British Indian army. Additionally, our Constitution hob
States (now the UAE), Bahrain and Far from sentencing them to death bles social development (public
Qatar. for high treason, DhillonSahgal health, nutrition, education, etc.) by
The problem for Britain was that Shahnawaz were acquitted on making them all state subjects, while
the NWFP had elected Congress gov January 4, 1946, in the hope of giving all the revenueraising power
ernments in both 1937 and 1946, keeping a lid on the brewing muti to the Centre.
and the NWFP delegation had nous sentiment in the armed forces. This is a problem that Japan, Korea
entered the Constituent Assembly of But 5,200 personnel of the Royal and Taiwan never had to confront.
India in December 1946 (defying the Indian Air Force still mutinied in Without universal literacy, and the
Muslim League's call to boycott it). January, and the HMIS Talwar basic levels of health and sanitation
The sordid story of how Nehru spurred a mutiny in the Royal Indian necessary to a modern existence, we
Like every other major nation, India ultimately threw off the shackles
caved into Dickie Mountbatten's sly Navy on February 8, 1946, which cannot expect to achieve the 10%
of colonial rule through military means (although ahimsa had played a
entreaties (with more than a little spread to 78 of the 88 ships of the annual economic growth that our
key role in mass mobilization in 192021).
help from Edwina) to persuade RIN by 18th February and to every demographics should be delivering
Jawaharlal to agree to a referendum mounted by Ayub Khan in 1958, This was a nod to (US President one of the RIN's ports. at this stage.
in the NWFP which Ghaffar Khan's with the connivance of the Woodrow) Wilson's 14 Points and On 19th February evening, (British That land reform in India was
Khudai Khidmatgars boycotted is Americans, who made a Faustian his central plank of 'self determina Prime Minister Clement) Attlee uneven is an impediment (relative to
one of the tragedies of the period. bargain with Pakistan's army, allow tion', which the British and French announced in the (House of ) Japan, Korea and Taiwan) but not
Khan Market in Delhi is named for ing it to retain ef fective power in interpreted as not applying to their Commons that he would send three insurmountable.
Ghaffar Khan. But that is little rec exchange for the US gaining access empires (and instead only to those of of his seniormost colleagues to But rapid industrial growth is still
ompense for what happened to the to British military bases in Pakistan the defeated powers, whose territo negotiate India's freedom. needed to move people from low
Pathans on both sides of the Durand such as the one Gary Powers took off ries were subjected to an Anglo The well laid out plans for holding marginalproductivity agriculture to
Line over the past 70 years. from in Peshawar before his U2 spy French race for control via the Sykes India until 1960, and retaining a labor intensive manufacturing (the
Badshah Khan himself was largely plane was shot down over the Soviet Picot plan). solid British commercial foothold first stage of industrial development
confined to Pakistani jails for the Union in 1960. During WWII, Gandhi's Quit India through Divide and Rule, lay shat that India has largely skipped).
rest of his life, in order to ensure that You feel that not enough attention call of August 1942 was crushed by tered. Like every other major nation, Vietnam, Bangladesh and
the ISI could subvert the peaceable has been paid to the role of militant a British military response, and the India ultimately threw off the shack Cambodia are now demonstrating
Khudai Khidmatgars and instead outfits like INA of Subhas Chandra jailing of the top and middle leader les of colonial rule through military that labor intensive manufacturing
train vast cadres of jihadi terrorists Bose and the Ghadar party in Indias ship of the Congress, which was thus means (although ahimsa had played still has a role.
first the mujahideen led by freedom struggle. But surely these rendered moribund until 1945. a key role in mass mobilization in The selfserving consensus that
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, then the movements were underpinnings for Half a million Indians joined the 192021). has emerged in India about robotics
Taliban and Haqqani network, and a bigger tumult that had overtaken British armed forces in August What can India learn from the and artificial intelligence precluding
later Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda. India... December 1942, demonstrating the development economics of the South the basis of labor intensive manufac
Pakistan remained a dominion The biggest tumult during WWI impotent failure of the Quit India East Asian countries? turing is empirically unsound, in my
until 1956, but duly followed its was the Ghadar rebellion led by call. Prasenjit K Basu: The SouthEast view. Those working in IBM's artifi
strategic destiny by joining the Hardayal, Rashbehari, Vishnu Pingle, But India's fight for independence Asian economies, led by Singapore cial intelligence lab, for instance, will
Baghdad Pact and CENTO. Maulana Barkatulla and Bagha Jatin. continued in southeast Asia under and later emulated by China, sought tell you that the human element of
Its first election was to be held in (Gandhi, meanwhile, was recruiting the leadership of Subhas Bose, who to attract FDI by multinational cor work will never be completely elimi
1959, but it became clear by 1958 Indian soldiers for the British). created a provisional government of porations (and overseas Chinese nated. The need for labor market
that 'left wing' and proIndia parties The Ghadar rebellion scared the Free India (74 years ago on October businessmen to China). reform identified in the BJP's 2014
like the ANP (Awami National party) British enough for them to introduce 21, 1943), which was fully financed The more appropriate model for election manifesto still remains rele
in the NWFP, Mujib (ur Rehman)'s the Rowlatt Act in March 1919, by Indians in the region, and had its India will be the model of Japan, vant today, although it has only been
Awami League, the Jiye Sind led by G despite Montague's promise of own goldbacked currency. Korea and Taiwan. Like them, India modestly implemented in five states.
M Shah and Ghous Bux Bizenjo's August 20, 1917 to move towards The INA raised the flag of free has a large entrepreneurial commu Prasenjit K Basu is a Singapore
party in Baluchistan would win the 'progressive selfgovernment' in India over Moirang in Manipur in nity that can be induced to partici based economist.
election. So a military coup was India. April 1944, with Moirembang pate in industrial development. Source: Business Standard
20 November 11-17, 2017 DIASPORA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Indianorigin surgeon Spoke to Indian student


saved me from blindness, attacked in Italy; incident
says former UK PM not racial: Sushma
London: An Indianorigin doctor gets a spe
cial mention as an "old friend" in an autobi New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma
og raphy written by former UK Prime Swaraj said on Tuesday that she had spoken
Minister Gordon Brown. to an Indian student assaulted in Italy's
The Labor Party leader, who was the Milan and was told that it was not a racial
Prime Minister of Britan from 2007 to attack but robbery.
2010, credited Dr Hector Chawla with res Sushma Swaraj, who earlier said she was
cuing him from complete blindness in his personally monitoring the situation amid
book 'My Life, Our Time'. reports of attacks on Indian students in
Brown, 66, who was left blind in one eye Milan, tweeted about her conversation with
after an accident during a rugby match as a the student concerned.
teenager, was operated upon by Dr Chawla "Attack on Indian students in Italy I have
at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh in 1971 spoken to the Indian student concerned in
to rescue him from retinal detachment in his Gordon Brown, the Labor Party leader, Milan. He has told me that it was a case of
remaining good eye and save him from com who was the Prime Minister of Britain from robbery and not a racial attack.
plete blindness. 2007 to 2010, credited Dr Hector Chawla She also appreciated the help rendered by
with rescuing him from complete blind External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
"To my surprise, Dr Jackson highly the Consulate General of India in Milan. (Image courtesy: indiatvnews.com)
ness in his book 'My Life, Our Time.'
esteemed in his own right said that this The Minister had earlier asked the stu
(Image courtesy: politico.eu)
time he was not the best person to do the dents not to worry and said she had got a had on Monday said that it has received
operation; the best hope was his young pro niques. A lifelong friendship followed," detailed report. The Indian Consulate in the reports of attacks and cautioned students to
tege, Hector Chawla. But Dr Chawla was Brown recalls. Italian city issued an advisory, asking Indian stay away from any area perceived to be of
about to go on holiday. He delayed his Dr Chawla, born in Sialkot in prePartition students not to panic and to contact the mis risk. According to reports, the attacks took
departure and saved my eye," writes Brown India to a Scottish mother and an Indian sion in case of such incidents. place on October 17 and October 30. Three
in extracts published from his new book. father who was a doctor in the British The report of the attacks came as Italian Indians students were allegedly attacked
"Had I waited even a day in rushing to the Indian Army, is praised by Brown as a "poly Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni was in India with beer bottles.
Royal Infirmary, he would have been gone math" and a world expert on the retina. on a twoday visit, and held talks with Prime There is a 180,000strong Indian commu
and I doubt that I would have any sight "Partly due to his breakthroughs, the suc Minister Narendra Modi on boosting ties nity in Italy, the third largest in the
today. Hector had recently returned from a cess rate in reattaching retinas rose in forty that have seen a marked downswing over European Union after Britain and the
year in America and I was blessed to be the years from 20 per cent to 90 per cent," he recent years. The Indian Consulate in Milan Netherlands. (IANS)
beneficiary of his newly acquired tech notes.

BritishIndian singer sends out Bank employee jailed on


strong message on bullying
New Delhi: British singer
and songwriter RIKA,
itage?
"No," she replied.
paedophile charges in UK
who is of Indian origin, Since its release in London: A 38yearold Indianori Birmigham Crown Court was told
says her latest English September, the racy gin bank employee in London has last week that the video was
single "No need" empha dancepop number been sentenced to 15 months in streamed live on Facebook, during
sizes the fact that people debuted at No. 82 on prison after admitting to attempt which the Londonbased banker
should not be "unkind" the Indian iTunes plat ing to arrange or facilitate the and married father of one broke
to anyone whatever the form. "The Indian pub commission of child sex abuse. down in tears and claimed he just
reason may be. She is lic gave me a huge Balachandran was caught on wanted to have lunch with the
Rika (Image :
just 17. So, what made thequint.com) opportunity by appre camera by a UKbased vigilante youngster. However, his own
her come up with a ciating my song and group called "Internet Whatsapp messages were read out
song that focuses on people being vocals which made me enter the Interceptors" tracking the internet to him which indicated otherwise.
rude? "The song says not 'to be charts. I am over the moon that this to catch adults grooming children "It's not right. I accept my mis
unkind' to anyone, whether it be for part of my heritage has appreciated online for sexual abuse. take," he told members of the vigi
bullying, racism or a divorced couple. me and my music," she said. Talking Kavungalparambath, a Citibank Balachandran lante group on camera. At one
It is very relatable to any situation about the struggles of being an Indian Kavungalparambath was
business manager, was intercepted stage he is ordered to empty the
caught on camera by a
where people are unkind to each singer in London, she said: "The strug in a hotel room in Birmingham contents of his rucksack, with per
UKbased vigilante group
other," Chandrika Darbari, popularly gles are only there if one does not put where he had arranged to meet fume and condoms spilling onto a
known as RIKA, told IANS in an email in hard work and dedication, and be one of the group's activists posing as punishment. "I have heard table in front of him. Besides his
interview. involved in their own production and as a 14yearold girl during about this. I heard about these 15month jail term handed down
Any incident that inspired her to songwriting. Naughty Boy and Jay Whatsapp chats. "I will have to groups. But as I said, I was sup last week, Kavungalparambath has
write the song? Sean are great examples of successful leave the country. I am from India. posed to have a chat with her, it also been placed on the sex
"Bullying incidents in school Asians in the mainstream market." I lose my job, I have to leave the was not with the intention of get offender register for 10 years and
inspired me to write the song, as RIKA's song's viewership is increas country," Kavungalparambath is ting her into a bed and having sex handed a 10year sexual harm pre
shown in the music video," she said. ing day by day. It has already been heard saying on the video when with her. That was not my inten vention order to prevent any
Anything to do with her Indian her viewed 868,664 times on YouTube. asked what would happen to him tion," he is heard saying. future reoffending. (PTI)
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SUBCONTINENT November 11-17, 2017 21

China again blocks move to 622,000 Rohingyas


ban Jaish chief; India upset have taken refuge in
Bangladesh: Hasina
New Delhi/Beijing: India
expressed "deep disap
pointment" with China's
decision to block con Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh
sensus on the listing of Hasina said that 622,000 Rohingyas have
Pakistanbased Jaishe already arrived in the country and urged
Mohammad chief Myanmar to repatriate them immediately.
Masood Azhar on the Sheikh Hasina, who was speaking at the
UNdesignated list of inauguration of the 63rd Commonwealth
international terrorists. Parliamentary Conference in Dhaka, also
"We are deeply disap urged Myanmar to stop the persecution of
pointed that once again, the Rohingyas.
a single country has "Over 622,000 Myanmar nationals have
blocked international fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in
A file photo of Indian PM Narendra Modi
consensus on the desig recent times," Hasina was quoted by Efe as
with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
nation of an acknowl saying.
edged terrorist and leader of UNdesignat that due to the lack of consensus at the "The inhuman persecution meted out on
ed terrorist organization, Masood Azhar," UN Security Council committee, the appli the Rohingya population in the Rakhine
External Affairs ministry spokesperson cation seeking a ban on Azhar has been state of Myanmar and their forceful expul
Raveesh Kumar said. "India strongly rejected. This is the second time Beijing sion from their homeland have created
believes that double standards and selec has vetoed the proposal which was first Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina urged
instability in the region and beyond," she
tive approaches will only undermine the moved by India at the Al Qaida Sanctions Myanmar to take back Rohingyas.
added.
international community's resolve to com Committee of the United Nations Security The figure raises the number of Rohingya for Myanmar to take them back at the earli
bat terrorism," he said. "We can only hope Council in March last year. refugees in Bangladesh, mentioned in the est. The Rohingya crisis had erupted on
that there will be a realization that accom It did the same to a US proposal backed latest report by the United Nation's Inter August 25, following a series of attacks by
modating with terrorism for narrow objec by France and Britain, first blocking it in Sector Coordination Group, by 15,000. Rohingya rebels on multiple government
tives is both short sighted and counter January and then put a technical hold for Bang ladesh has given she lter to the posts in Rakhine, following which the
productive." three months in August. A new resolution refugees on humanitarian grounds, said the Myanmar army had unleashed a largescale
A Chinese Foreign Ministry official said will have to be moved now. prime minister, while reiterating the need military offensive in the region.

Sharif denies
From Tom & Jerry to beheading deal for return
videos, Osama saw them all to Pakistan
Washington: Freshly released documents
seized from Osama bin Laden's Pakistan
hideout show the Al Qaeda founder had a
peculiar habit, watching everything from
Tom and Jerry cartoons to beheading
films.
Nearly half a million files found on the
computer seized in the May 2, 2011
American commando raid on his hideout Nawaz Sharif was disqualified as PM by
at Abbottabad were released by the CIA. Pak's Supreme Court on July 28.
T he then Al Qaeda chief, who once
topped the FBI's mostwanted list, had col Islamabad: Ousted Pakistan Prime
lected kid movies "Antz", "Chicken Little" Minister Nawaz Sharif has denied any deal
and "Cars". He watched Tom & Jerry too. with the establishment for his return and
In addition to the more serious docu also dismissed the possibility of a tech
mentaries on himself, there were BBC and nocrats government in the country. The
National Geographic videos including Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PMLN)
"World's Worst Venom", "Inside the Green President said that after November 3,
Berets" and "Kung Fu Killers". 2007 emergency he stood for the cause of
According to the CIA, there were also independence of the judiciary. "I am not
documents and videos that give an insight the supporter of a judiciary which wel
into Al Qaeda's internal fissures and dis comes dictators, endorses doctrine of
putes between it and its allies. necessity and garlands them." Sharif said,
It was the fourth tranche of materials to Dawn reported. He said he would not go
A 2011 image released by the US shows AlQaedas Osama bin Laden watching TV. for any deal or accept a new National
be made public by the US government
since they were taken from the walled leader. "Today's release of recovered Al said. The CIA said the materials provide Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) to escape
compound where bin Laden and his family Qaeda letters, videos, audio files and other insights into the origins of the differences trial, adding that those who had sought
lived since May 2015. materials provides the opportunity for the between Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, the NRO in 2007 might seek another one
Some materials are still being withheld American people to gain further insights disagreements within Al Qaeda and its in 2017, but the PMLN was not interest
because they could harm national securi into the plans and workings of this terror allies, and the problems Al Qaeda faced at ed in any such deal. The NRO was promul
ty, are blank, corrupted or duplicate files ist organization," said CIA Director Mike the time of Laden's death. gated after a deal between then military
or are protected by copyright, said a CIA Pompeo. The release comes less than a week after ruler Gen Musharraf and the Pakistan
statement. The seized material included Laden's President Donald Trump decided to Peoples Party. Sharif said he did not see
T he copyrig htprotected materials personal journal and 18,000 document release some but not all files pertaining to formation of any technocrats' government
include over two dozen videos and two files, about 79,000 audio and image files the assassination of John F. Kennedy, as he had been hearing such rumors for
other documentaries about the Al Qaeda and more than 10,000 video files, the CIA reports CNN. many years.
22 November 11-17, 2017 INTERNATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Paradise Papers expose tax Saudi Arabia freezes


haven secrets of ultrawealthy accounts of detained
London: A huge new leak of
financial documents has
ers and donors, including
substantial payments from
princes, businessmen
revealed how the powerful a firm coowned by
Riyadh: Saudi authorities have
and ultrawealthy, including Russian President Vladimir
stated that they will be freezing
Britain's Queen Elizabeth Putin's soninlaw to the
the accounts of those detained on
II's private estate, secretly shipping group of the US
corruption charges, reported Al
invest vast amounts of cash Commerce Secretary,
Arabiya.
in of fshore tax havens, Wilbur Ross. The leak also
The authorities said that no
media reports said. includes how some of the
"preferential treatment" will be
The details come from a biggest names in the film
given and the cases will be han
leak of 13.4 million files and TV industries protect
dled as per procedure.
that expose the global envi their wealth with an array
The Saudi Centre for
ronments in which tax of of fshore schemes and Crown Prince Mohammed bin
International Communication stat
abuses can thrive and the the complex offshore webs Salman heads the anti
ed that money in the frozen
complex and seeming ly used by two Russian bil corruption committee.
accounts which appears to be
artificial ways the wealthi lionaires to buy stakes in
linked to corruption cases will be nomic reform programme that
est corporations can legally Arsenal and Everton foot
reimbursed to the Saudi state's aims to draw more foreign and
protect their wealth. ball clubs.
General Treasury. private sector investment into the
The material, which has The publication of this
Prominent princes and business kingdom, which is the world's top
come from two of fshore investigation, for which
men were detained in a probe by a oil exporter and the most power
service providers and the more than 380 journalists
new anticorruption body, only ful country in the Gulf Arab
company registries of 19 have spent a year combing
British Queen Elizabeth II has millions stashed in hours after its formation. region.
tax havens, was obtained by through data that stretches
offshore tax havens. Saudi King Salman, by royal Meanwhile, US President Donald
the German newspaper back 70 years, comes at a
decree, announced the creation of Trump lauded Saudi Arabia on
Sddeutsche Zeitung and shared II's private estate that has been time of growing global income
a new anticorruption committee achieving the commitments he
by the International Consortium invested in a Cayman Islands fund inequality.
chaired by his son Crown Prince announced during the Riyadh
of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and some of her money that went Of fshore finance is about a
Mohammed bin Salman on Summit earlier this year, the
with 100 other media organiza to a retailer accused of exploiting place outside of one's own
Saturday. Al Arabiya said the body White House said on Sunday.
tions including the Guardian, the poor families and vulnerable peo nation's regulations to which com
had detained 11 princes, four cur Trump made the remarks in a tele
BBC and The New York Times. ple. panies or individuals can reroute
rent ministers and tens of former phone call with Saudi King Salman
Some of the revelations in the It details extensive of fshore money, assets or profits to take
ministers. The crown prince is bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Xinhua
Paradise Papers include millions dealings by US President Donald advantage of lower taxes, reports
spearheading an ambitious eco news agency reported.
of pounds from Queen Elizabeth Trump's cabinet members, advis the BBC.

Lebanese PM Saad SEOUL APPROVES NEW


Hariri resigns; says UNILATERAL SANCTIONS
life in danger AGAINST PYONGYANG
Seoul: South Korea announced
Beirut: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
the imposition of new unilateral
has unexpectedly resigned, saying his life was
sanctions against North Korea in
in danger, and creating a leadership vacuum
response to its nuclear and mis
in an already politically fractured country, the
sile development program,
media reported.
ahead of US President Donald
In a televised address from Riyadh, Hariri
Trumps arrival in Seoul.
said he feared an assassination plot and
The measure bans transac
accused Iran of meddling in the region, caus
tions with 18 North Koreans
ing "devastation and chaos", reports CNN.
from five stateowned banking
"Iran controls the region and the decision
entities which have overseas
making in both Syria and Iraq," he said.
operations and are allegedly
"I want to tell Iran and its followers that it
linked to the regime's weapons
will lose in its interventions in the internal
programs.
affairs of Arab countries."
The sanctions entail a symbol
In response, Tehran dismissed the reports,
ic move, since the transactions
accusing the US and Saudi Arabia of orches
between the two neighboring
trating the resignation.
countries have already been
"Hariri's resignation was coordinated with
blocked for years, reports Efe
US President Donald Trump and Saudi
news.
Arabia's Mohammad bin Salman," Iranian
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri also accused After arriving in Japan, Trump
Foreign Ministry of ficial Hossein
Iran of meddling in the Arab region. again hardened the rhetoric with
Sheikholeslam told the Fars News Agency.
North Korea, warning that "no
"The resignation was aimed at creating ten decades, Hezbollah has unfortunately man
dictator, no regime and no
sion in Lebanon and the region. This resigna aged to impose a fait accompli in Lebanon by
nation should underestimate
tion was also meant to compensate the US for the force of its weapons, which it alleges is a S Korean President Moon Jaein wants tougher
ever American resolve". punishments for N Korea.
its failures after the defeat of the IS (Islamic resistance weapon," he said.
With this new measure, South
State)." In his speech, Hariri, a Sunni politi Hariri added that the present atmosphere in
Korea hopes to underline again in, who stresses the need to toughen the
cian, also pointed to Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanon was similar to the one that existed
the message from the current govern punishments against the Kim Jongun
Iranianbacked Shia militant group in 12 years ago right before the assassination of
ment of the liberal President Moon Jae regime.
Lebanon, CNN reported. "Over the past his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
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Politicians among 714 Indians in global tax evasion scam


New Delhi: Minister of State Jayant Sinha,

Congress dares Modi on


BJP MP Ravindra Kishore, Congress leader
Sachin Pilot, former minister P.
Chidambaram's son Karti and Bollywood
superstar Amitabh Bachhan figure among
714 Indians named in a financial data
expose on how the world's rich and power
'Paradise Papers'
ful have stashed their wealth abroad to New Delhi: The Congress dared Prime Compromised Bureau of Investigation'
evade legitimate taxes, according to a world Minister Narendra Modi to initiate action (CBI) and ED (Enforcement Directorate)
wide investigation whose first lot of revela against the suspected Indian tax evaders take action?" Congress Spokesman
tions was published on Monday. who feature in the "Paradise Papers" leak, Randeep Surjewala said.
India ranks 19th among 180 countries, including one of his ministers, and put the The "Paradise Papers" are a set of 13.4
exposed in the cache of 13.4 million docu entire facts before the Supreme Court million leaked financial documents from
ments dubbed as "Paradise Papers", in terms bench overseeing black money investiga law firm Appleby on investments of major
of the number of individuals and companies tions. multinational corporations (MNCs) and
who have skirted taxes and invested in off The Congress also demanded the resig that of well known individuals in India
shore companies in tax havens. nation of Minister Jayant Sinha. and abroad in tax havens.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant
It comes a year after Panama Papers leak "Will the Prime Minister show the The German newspaper Sddeutsche
Sinha. (File Photo: IANS)
and two days be fore the government courage of conviction to hand over this Zeitung obtained the documents and sub
observes "AntiBlack Money Day" to mark sequently came under the scrutiny of inves entire information to the bench of sequently shared them with the
the first anniversary of demonetization a tigating agencies like the Central Bureau of Supreme Court that is looking at action International Consortium of Investigative
move that sought to hit at illicit wealth. Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement against black money holders? Will the Journalists (ICIJ).
The data relates to two firms Bermuda's Directorate.
Appleby and Singapore's Asiaciti and 19 tax These include firms in the SunTVAircel Network. BJP Rajya Sabha member Ravindra him mentioned in the investigation were
havens across the world that help the global Maxis case; EssarLoop 2G case; SNSLavalin Kishore Sinha, a former journalist who "fully disclosed" to relevant authorities and
rich to move their money abroad, according in which Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi founded the private security service firm SIS were done in his "official capacity, not per
to the Indian Express which was part of the Vijayan was named and then cleared; the or Security and Intelligence Services, is sonal". "These were bonafide and legal
worldw ide probe carried out by the Rajasthan ambulance scam which has heading a group that has two offshore enti transactions undertaken on behalf of highly
International Consortium of Investigative recently been routed to the CBI and which ties in Malta offshore. reputed worldleading organisations in my
Journalists (ICIJ). names a company called Ziquista Healthcare Besides corporates, the data revealed fiduciary role as Partner at Omidyar
"Interestingly, it is an Indian company, Sun (Sachin Pilot and Karti Chidambaram were details of individuals as well: Amitabh Network and its designated representative
Group, founded by Nand Lal Khemka, that earlier honorary/independent directors of Bachchan's shareholding in a Bermuda com on the D.Light Board," he tweeted.
figures as Appleby's secondlargest client the firms respectively); and fresh financial pany acquired before the 2004 Liberalised The daily said Jayant Sinha did not men
internationally, with as many as 118 differ links in a CBI case against YSR Congress Remittance Scheme kicked in; corporate lob tion this in his declaration to the Election
ent offshore entities," the newspaper said. chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. byist Niira Radia and film star Sanjay Dutt's Commission when he contested the Lok
The leaked data indicates that among Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant wife who figures under her former name Sabha polls in 2014, nor to the Lok Sabha
Appleby's Indian clients were several promi Sinha's name figures in the record because Dilnashin. Jayant Sinha denied any wrong Secretariat or the Prime Minister's Office as
nent corporates and companies which sub of his past asso ciat ion w ith Omidyar doing and said all transactions related to a Minister of State in 2016.

918 kg Brand India 'khichdi' enters Guinness World Record


New Delhi: A team of 50 chefs as started gathering momentum.
part of a governmentled initiative They launched the Brand India
created a Guinness World Record khichdi, which was cooked using
by cooking a mammoth 918 kg of 800 kg of grains in a big 'kadhai'
"khichdi". (wok) of 100 litres, by adding 'tad
As the clock ticked towards 12 ka' to it. Multigrains such as rice,
p.m. time scheduled for the bajra, and ragi, as well as pulses,
khichdi to get ready people vegetables, amaranth and spices
around, mostly media persons, were used in the khichdi.
started growing restive. Guinness World Record officials,
T hey eagerly waited for the who were present, announced
mammoth dish to be presented later that Brand India Khichdi had
before them so they can capture made it to the record books.
the moment in their cameras, Ramdev said khichdi was a nutri
which was set to become a world tious food and it was globally
record. However, they had to wait accepted. Khichdi is also Prime
for a while after famous che f Minister Narendra Modi's favorite
Sanjeev Kapoor, who headed the dish, Ramdev said, to thunderous
project, sought more time. applause.
With the arrival of yoga guru
Baba Ramdev and Union Minister Yoga guru Baba Ramdev during
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who were to the preparation of khichdi at India
launch the khichdi, the festivity Gate. (Photo: IANS)
24 November 11-17, 2017 SPORTS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Kenyan wins TCSsponsored Film on 1983


NYC Marathon
New York: Kenyan Geof frey
Kamworor won the Tata
World Cup set for
April 2019 release
Consultancy Services (TCS)spon
sored New York City Marathon
held under the heaviest security
ever for the event in a metropolis,
unfazed by the terror strike earlier Mumbai: 83, a Bollywood As a filmmaker, for me, the
this week. film which will tell the story of journey to that win, filled with
More than 51,000 runners from India's incredible 1983 cricket raw energy and sheer passion
about 125 countries participated World Cup victory, will release of that young Indian team, is
in the race officially known as the on April 5, 2019, its makers probably one of the most
TCSNew York City Marathon, a Reliance Entertainment and exciting stories I have worked
major promotional event for the Phantom Films in association on.
Indian tech giant. with Vibri Media and Kabir "And it's great to have
About 2.5 million spectators Khan Films, announced on Ranveer come on board to
lined the 26.2mile route snaking Sunday. play Kapil Dev, as honestly, I
across all the five city districts. The Kabir Khan directorial could see no one else for the
Kamworor finished at 2:10:53 in w ill feature actor Ranveer role, ever since I started final
the marathon dominated by Singh as star cricketer Kapil izing the script."
Geoffrey Kamworor Wins Tactical NYC Marathon. Dev. S h i b a s i sh S a r k a r, C h i e f
Africans. Fellow Kenyan Wilson
Kipsang of Kenya came in second At the starting point on Staten Blasio assured the city that the The film follows how, under Operating Of ficer, Reliance
and Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa third. Island, runners were checked with event of g lobal importance in the captaincy of then newbie Entertainment, said: "Winning
Kamworor had won the 2015 metal detectors. marathons will "be well protected." Kapil Dev, the Indian cricket the '83 cricket World Cup was
Beijing 10,000meters and the Heavily armed police and T he marathon ended at the team defeated West Indies. It a very proud moment for us as
Cardiff halfmarathon last year. National Guard troops were on Central Park in Manhattan. tracks the comingofage of Indians and we at Reliance
American Shalane Flanagan won alert along the route. Garbage A terrorist attack by an Islamic not just a cricketing team, but Entertainment aim to bring
the women's side of the marathon trucks and trucks loaded with sand State sympathiser using a truck as of a young nation in the eyes back those glorious moments
for the first time in 40 years. With blocked off many intersections to a weapon killed eight people in of the world. for the current and future
a timing of 2:26:53, she outraced prevent terrorist attacks using Manhattan earlier this week. The Khan said in a statement: "As generations through this film."
the threetime Kenyan woman vehicles. attack allegedly by an Uzbek immi a young school boy, when I According to Madhu
champion, Mary Keitany. Counterterrorism commandos g rant, Sayfullo Habibullaevic watched India win the 1983 Mantena of Phantom Films
New York City police chief Carlos stoodby, snipers took positions on Saipov, near the site of the 9/11 Cricket World Cup, I had no and Vishnu Vardhan Induri of
Gomez said the number of security buildings, and bombsniffing dogs terrorist strike in 2001 put the idea that from that day Vibri Media, "it's a story wait
personne l "w ill be the most worked their way through some city on edge, especially because of onwards cricket in India will ing to be told" and one that
deployed at this event" ever. spots. New York City Mayor Bill de an attack on the Boston Marathon. change forever. the "country needs to know".

Hockey: India beat China to win Asia Cup title


Kakamigahara (Japan): India launched a counter attack soon
created history as they edged after, the Indian defenders were
past China 54 via shootouts to up to the task in denying them
win the women's Asia Cup hock success.
ey title here. India began the third quarter
With this, India also qualified rather positively as they persist
for next year's World Cup as ed with an aggressive attack.
Continental Champions. They dominated the ball pos
It was skipper Rani who session with accurate passing,
scored the winning goal for rotating the ball and testing
India while Savita made a great China's patience. Neha Goyal
save in sudden death to ensure and Lilima Minz showcased
India the 54 score in the penal good dribbling skills to steer
ty shootout. past the Chinese defenders but a
Earlier, it was Navjot Kaur who second goal was not to come by
scored India's lone goal in the even as the clock ticked away to
25th minute. It was in 2004 the third hooter.
when the Indian Women's Team On China's part, they stayed
lifted the Asia Cup after beating disciplined in their defence to
Japan 10 in the final. deny India a chance to score
It was advantage China right through a penalty corner.
at the start as a stick check in The final quarter was tense as
the circle saw India concede a China won a penalty corner
penalty corner in only the sec With this win, India also qualified for next year's World Cup as Continental Champions. throug h a successful video
ond minute of the game. referral in the 47th minute.
However, Savita was at her attentive Wang Na averted the wards kept the pressure on 25th minute when India found Tiantian Luo kept low as she
usual best to pad it away while danger. China, meanwhile, won China as they made brave forays its first breakthrough when improvised from the injection to
an alert Deep Grace cleared the their second penalty corner but into the striking circle. Navneet Kaur and Rani played find the right corner of the post,
ball. Savita was spot on yet again to Navjot Kaur came close to con giveandtake before penetrat scoring a sensational equaliser
Soon after, the Indian for pad away Meiyu Liang's flick. verting a field goal in the 17th ing the circle only to assist for China.
wards launched a swift attack With the first quarter ending minute but her diving effort was Navjot who took a clear shot on T he following minutes saw
with Navneet Kaur and Vandana in a stalemate, India came back blocked even as skipper Rani goal. both teams play at par with each
working in tandem to find space looking determined to find a made a quick attempt to find a It was a muchneeded 10 lead other not allowing either of
in the Chinese defence but an breakthrough. The Indian for deflection. It was not until the for India. T houg h China them to stay in control.
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l By Madhuri Ruia

V
eganism as a concept comes
from a sense of responsibili
ty towards animals and ani
In praise of veganism: From
fad to growing food habit
mal products and towards the
need for a healthier lifestyle. In a
world where people are looking to
turn to healthier foo ds and
processed food is usually high in mint leaves with slices of cucum
lifestyles, veganism could just be
the need of the hour. Nov 1 is World Vegan Day sodium or sugars which make ber.
While many have considered them unhealthy. 5. Start small and stay positive:
turning vegan at some point, the Hence, reduce the intake of Going vegan suddenly can be a
most predominant reason people processed foods by carrying your big adjustment for your body and
do not go through with it is the snack with you. Vegan foods like may end up making you uncom
struggle to maintain a vegan diet. sunflower/flax seeds and almonds fortable. Try starting your transi
However, being conscious and are fuss free, convenient snacks tion by being a parttime vegan
keeping these few things in mind that can be eaten anywhere and at keep one meal/snack time in a
can help achieve success in your any time of the day. day in which you will consume
effort to become a vegan: Whether at home, work or on moderate servings of nonvegan
1. Don't forget to include pro the go, snacking of these alterna food items that you have been
tein in your diet: Once you give tives instead of unwholesome used to like chicken, fish or eggs.
up the meats, eggs and milk prod snacks, can make a healthy differ Gradually decrease your cheat
ucts, you may end up depriving ence to your life. days from once a day to once a
your body of this essential nutri 4. Drinking water is not passe: week and so on till your body has
ent. While plantbased foods can While veganism does increase transitioned successfully into the
provide you the required amount, your consumpt ion of fruits, vegan diet. Eating fresh, healthy
remember to include adequate 2. Don't limit your food choices, can be replaced with soya chunks including those with a high water food and exercising regularly can
amounts in your daily diet. find alternatives: You may or nuggets. While it does take a content, you must still strive to help bring positivity and stay
For example: almonds are a assume becoming vegan would little getting used to, but once you consume at least two litres of calm.
source of 15 nutrients, including mean fewer food options. This, do, you may not even miss what water every day. If you get bored This World Vegan Day, let us
essential ones such as protein. In however, is a myth. There are you have left behind. or tired of drinking plain water, celebrate the compassion that
fact, these nuts are a richer source alternatives for almost everything. 3. Reduce dependency on you can mix it up by adding slices vegans feel towards animals and
of protein when compared with For instance, milk can be replaced processed snacks: It is easy to fall of citrus fruits like lemon, sweet their own bodies and let us also
other nuts. Hence, snacking smart with soya or almond milk. Eggs prey to the processed food avail lime and/or orange or add make a conscious effort to make
with almonds is a great way to and cottage cheese (paneer) can able off the shelves, when hungry, mashed fruits like strawberries, our lives healthier and fulfilled.
start leading a healthy lifestyle. be swapped with tofu, and meats in between your meals. However, cranberries, or even just fresh (The author is a nutritionist.)

Strengthbased exercises Gut bacteria


may help you live longer linked to stroke,
dementia: Study
London: Imbalances in the good Floris Fransen from the
and bad bacteria in the gut of University Medical Centre
the elderly causes inflammato Groningen in The Netherlands.
ry responses that are linked to "Since inflammation is thought
agerelated conditions such as to contribute to many diseases
stroke, dementia and cardio associated with ageing, and we
vascular disease, a research now find that the gut microbiota
has showed. plays a role in this process,
The findings showed that strategies including changes in
chronic inflammation causes diet, probiotics, and prebiotics
imbalances, or "dysbiosis" of gut can alter the gut microbiota
bacteria that results in "bad" composition in the elderly,
bacteria being more dominant reducing inflammation and pro
than "good" bacteria. moting healthy ageing."
An overgrowth of bad bacteria For the study, detailed in the
can make the lining of the gut journal Frontiers in
Sydney: Do you want to stay fit and ings reflect cause and effect rela showed that exercises performed become more permeable, allow Immunology, gut bacteria from
longer? Daily pushups and situps tionships, it may be even more using one's own body weight with ing toxins to enter the blood old mice was transplanted into
may add a few extra years to your vital when it comes to reducing out specific equipment were just as stream where they can travel young mice that induced age
lifespan, reveals new research. risk of death from cancer," effective as gymbased training. around the body with various related chronic inflammation.
The research found that the peo Stamatakis added. The researchers "When people think of strength negative effects. The team analyzed immune
ple who did strengthbased exer observed 80,306 adults for two training, they instantly think of Dysbiosis can have serious responses in the young mices'
cise had a 23 per cent reduction in years and made some adjustments doing weights in a gym, but that health implications including spleen, lymph nodes and tissues
risk of premature death and a 31 in order to reduce the influence of doesn't have to be the case," noted several disorders, such as in the small intestine as well as
per cent reduction in cancerrelat certain factors such as age, sex, Stamatakis. inflammatory bowel disease, analyzed wholegenome gene
ed death. health status, lifestyle behavior "Many people are intimidated by obesity, diabetes, cancer, anxiety expression.
"The study shows exercise that and educational level. gyms, the costs or the culture they and autism, the researchers said. The findings may give rise to
promotes muscular strength may All participants with established promote, so it's great to know that "Our gut is inhabited by a huge therapies that target the bacteri
be just as important for health as cardiovascular disease or cancer at anyone can do classic exercises number of bacteria. And there al composition of the gut in eld
aerobic activities like jogging or the baseline and those who passed like triceps dips, situps, pushups are many different kinds of bac erly people, through changes to
cycling," said Emmanue l away in the meanwhile were or lunges in their own home or terial species, and the bacterial diet and pre and probiotic sup
Stamatakis, Associate Professor at excluded from the study. local park and potentially reap the species that are present can plements, which may lead to a
the University of Sydney in The research, published in the same health bene fits," the vary a lot from person to per healthier ageing population, the
Australia. "And assuming our find American Journal of Epidemiology, researcher said. (IANS) son," said lead researcher researchers added.
26 November 11-17, 2017 SCI-TECH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Stephen Hawking: Robots will Chinese scientists


replace humans completely develop intellectual suit group of Chinese scientists one of the most influential in the

T
he rise of machines isnt just
some plot in a James
Cameron movie. Stephen
A have developed an intellec
tual suit which is fitted with
largearea textile sensors that
field of nanoscience and energy.
This year it focused on topics
such as nanogenerators, self
can detect temperature, ph levels, powered sensors and systems,
Hawking says robots will replace
pressure and other indicators piezotronics, piezophototronics,
humanity completely.
showing the health status of a energy storage and selfcharging
The physicist told WIRED mag
person. At the third International power systems. Over 700 scien
azine he believes artificial intelli
Conference on Nanoenergy and tists from more than 30 coun
gence will eventually become so
Nanosystems in Beijing, Wang tries attended the conference
advanced it will essentially be a
Zhonglin, an academician of the that ended on Monday.
"new form of life that will outper
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wang also mentioned nano
form humans."
introduced the invention, reports tattoos. These stickers on the
He says, "I fear that AI may
Xinhua news agency. arm, which can be shaped as a
replace humans altogether. If
The suit, via wireless transmis pattern much like a tattoo, will be
people design computer viruses,
sion, can send signals to a cell able to administer drugs into a
someone will design AI that
phone, a computer, or even to a patients veins, providing a pri
improves and replicates itself." World famous physicist Stephen Hawking doctors computer a thousand vate and painless way of injection
If that doesnt sound doom and
miles away, so a persons health for diabetics.
gloom enough, the 75yearold becoming too small for us. Global belief that theres not much of a
can be monitored anytime and Scientists have made proto
also predicts there will be seri population is increasing at an difference between what a brain
anywhere, said Wang. types of all these gadgets at the
ous consequences if people dont alarming rate and we are in dan can do and what a computer can
The conference, organized by institutes technopark. They are
start showing more of an interest ger of selfdestructing." do, adding the advancements in
the Beijing Institute of expected to hit the market in two
in space to colonize other plan Last year at Cambridge selfdriving cars are a sign of
Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, is to three years, said Wang.
ets. Hawking said, our earth is University, Hawking stated his what is to come.

IIT students win Good news: Earth's ozone


competition with hole is shrinking
earthenware air cooler H
ere's a rare piece of good
news about the environ
ment: The giant hole in the
Earth's protective ozone layer is
shrinking and has shriveled to its
smallest peak since 1988, NASA
scientists said.
The largest the hole became
this year was about 7.6 million
square miles wide, about two and
a half times the size of the United
States, in September. But it was
still 1.3 million square miles
smaller than last year, scientists
said, and has shrunk more since This falsecolor image shows ozone concentrations above Antarctica on
Oct. 2, 2015. (Photo by NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center.)(NASA)
September.
Warmerthanusual weather Space Flight Center in Maryland. living in the southern hemi
conditions in the stratosphere are "It's like hurricanes. Some years sphere. Ozone, a colorless gas,
to thank for the shrinkage since there are fewer hurricanes that protects the Earth from harmful
2016, as the warmer air helped come onshore . . . this is a year in ultraviolet radiation, which could
fend off chemicals like chlorine which the weather conditions led cause higher rates of skin cancer
and bromine that eat away at the to better ozone [formation]." and cataracts disease, as well as
ozone layer, scientists said. But The news comes just after the disrupt plant growth, scientists
the hole's overall reduction can 30th anniversary of the hole's say.
Nimisha Gupta and Raja Jain utilized the Indian homegrown technology be traced to global efforts since discovery, which led to the 1987 Scientists first realized chloro
of using earthenware to cool water the mid1980s to ban the emis Montreal Protocol a landmark fluorocarbons (CFCs) were wear

I
nnovating at the ageold theory of evaporation, stated sion of ozonedepleting chemi international agreement that led ing down the thin ozone layer
thought of the usage of earth Gupta, a fourth year scholar of cals. to major global efforts to phase above Antarctica in the 1970s.
enware to stay the water cool, chemical engineering at IIT. "Weather conditions over out the use of ozonedepleting From the mid1980s and through
two scholars of IIT Roorkee have So, we all know that Indians Antarctica were a bit weaker and chemicals. the 1990s, the ozone hole
made Evacool, an air cooler which used earthenware for cooling for a led to warmer temperatures, Deterioration of the ozone layer became a worldwide sensation,
makes use of the similar basics of very long time and we now have which slowed down ozone loss," was mainly taking place over with frightening connotations
cooling as hired via many Indians implemented an identical thought said Paul A. Newman, chief Earth Antarctica, and became a particu that led the public to support sci
in use of earthenware and received for the cooling of air. scientist at NASA's Goddard lar cause for concern for those entists' battle against its growth.
an award for it. Jain, a 3rd year biotechnology
Raja Jain and Nimisha Gupta scholar, told IANS, Two qualities
aced the worldwide competition of Evacool are that it is very rea
'Go Green in City 2017' held via sonable and it does not emit green
Schneider Electrics, a French MNC house gases and in contrast to dif
specializing in power and automa ferent air coolers, its going to use
tion answers, in Paris in August much less power.
outdoing 12 different groups. Where a routine cooler makes
We now have advanced a cool use of about 300 watt in line with
ing device for air, it is referred to hour, Evacool makes use of 65
as Evacool. It really works at the watt.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info LIFESTYLE November 11-17, 2017 27

Halloween gets a 'desi' twist in India


New Delhi: Halloween, known for
spooky traditions, takes place on
October 31 annually. People
mostly get together and plan fun
activities and events to scare one
another, including trick or treat
ing. The international concept is
gradually getting popular in
India.
Many of the places held special
parties to honor the global tradi
tion, but some places have taken
a step further and gave an Indian
twist to it. Delhibased Lord of
the Drinks had a 'Fright Night'
through which the outlet rolled
out 'desi' dishes like the killer Chudails roaming around in a purani haveli to Bollywood songs Despite the terror attack killing eight in lower Manhattan the
pumpkin halwa. that's not a scene from a Hindi horror flick , but the setting same afternoon, the annual Halloween parade in Manhattan
"We decided to give Halloween for a Halloween celebration in India. on the night of Oct. 31 went ahead. (Photo: IANS)
a 'desi' twist while staying true to
our roots and brought a combina Halloween parties," said that decoded the theme of the LightHouse Cafe in Worli, Things: Gateway to the Upside
tion of Indian and western. We all Haimanti Bhattacharya, COO at event each year. Mumbai, also mentioned that cel Down' event, held on November
have a Bollywood side to us and Kaama. "Today not only the youngsters ebrating Halloween "affects 3, the interiors were transformed
the Halloween night is a perfect Bhattacharya says youngsters but also the 27 plus want to restaurant business positively". into the alternate universe with
opportunity to embrace it com like new and innovative things. dress up and attend such parties Shisha Bar Stock Exchange also strange creatures walking
pletely," Priyank Sukhija, chief of "Desi Halloween being very and are always up for something hosted 'Darr Night' in full around. They were also providing
First Fiddle Restaurants, told new in town attracts a lot of peo that's new and innovative," Shetty Bollywood style with DJ Siana makeup, face painting and spe
IANS. ple who want to experience said. Catherine. cial effects by celebrity artist
From having 'nagins' to quin something new... Aao Kabhi There is a business angle to the Apart from Bollywood, some Aradhana Khanna and Neha
tessential white sari clad spirit, Purani Haveli mai, was the theme story too. "Halloween being a bil places are taking notes from pop Dhara.
the Kaama, Lower Parel, Mumbai, this year. We wanted the cus lion dollar business globally ular international series and For a change, celebrity makeup
also hosted a 'desi' party with DJ tomers to experience more than means the global market is turning it into their theme. artist Elton J Fernandez, Kavya
Aqeel. draculas, vampires and Adam's warming up to this trend. Thus, From having a "Game of Trehan singersongwriter and
"The spooky Indian version Family." we are utilizing this trend to keep Thrones" inspired menu and onehalf of indie pop band Mosko
with grooving Bollywood music, According to Sneha Shetty, up with the global trend, this will decor to planning a 'Stranger and Shaan, electronic DJ and
is something people can expect in Head of Brand and Business at not just boost the business but Things: Gateway to the Upside music producer, joined
the coming years. Unlike any The Stables, Andheri East, also lead to evolution of brand Down', TabulaBeach from Delhi Budweiser's "Join the Fearless"
party done till date, we plan to Mumbai, there are many factors philosophy," Shetty added. added a glitzy touch to the cele campaign, which urged people to
keep 'desi' element in coming like customer and market trend, Karan Dharod, partner at brations. For the 'Stranger face fears on their own terms.

Size Zero is like Daydreaming shows your


the walking dead:
Grace Jones smartness, creativity
Atlanta: Worried about the habit of
inger and former

S
daydreaming or a wandering mind
model Grace Jones during meetings in office or at
believes size zero home? Take heart, it may not be as
in the fashion world is bad as you think, but a sign that
not "sexy at all", and you are really smart and creative,
that it is similar to researchers say.
"walking dead". Jones The findings showed people with
told The Guardian: "I'm efficient brains may have too much
glad I'm not doing it brain capacity to stop their minds
now (modeling). I'd from wandering when performing
probably be dead. easy tasks.
Everybody's so skinny. People tend to think of mind
Size zero is like the walk wandering as something that is bad.
ing dead. Not sexy at all. You try to pay attention and you
"When I modelled, I cant. Our data are consistent with
would normally be a the idea that this isnt always true.
model size six, eight, Some people have more efficient
though my shoulders are Higher efficiency means more capacity to think, and the mind may
brains, said Eric Schumacher, wander when performing easy tasks. So, daydreaming is not a disorder.
wide, it's hard to make Associate Professor at the Georgia
Grace Jones, former supermodel
them fit into things." On Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
and entertainer the data to identify which areas of gested that these same brain pat
her own fashion choices, Higher efficiency means more the brain work together during an terns measured during these states
she said: "Now I can't get into ing sewing and creating fash
capacity to think, and the brain may awake, resting state. are related to different cognitive
model sizes, because they're ion."
make the mind wander when per The correlated brain regions abilities, Godwin added.
really small. When it comes to Jones is currently finishing
forming easy tasks, he said. gave us insight about which areas Individuals who reported more
fashion, I'm loyal. I love Issey off her eleventh studio album
For the study, published in the of the brain work together during frequent daydreaming scored high
Miyake, Alaa, Kenzo, Philip and has a documentary coming
journal Neuropsychologia, the team an awake, resting state, said er on intellectual and creative abili
Treacy. out about her called "Grace
measured the brain patterns of peo Christine Godwin, doctoral student ty and had more efficient brain sys
I'm going to open a founda Jones: Bloodlight and Bami". It
ple while they lay in an MRI at the varsity. tems measured in the MRI machine,
tion in my mom's name, teach is directed by Sophie Fiennes.
machine. The researchers then used Interestingly, research has sug the researchers said.
28 November 11-17, 2017 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

Accidental livestreams
can bring fame,
fortune and even love

BEST
RATE
FOR (Image courtesy: fox40.com)

INDIA
S
o what if I answered a kid's "Where do ment when a friend turned up and their
babies come from" question with "3D conversation accidentally went straight into

AND
printers"? It's not a lie, it's just... antici the New York Times comment section.
pating a probable future truth. The text that was posted under her name

PAKISTAN Technology is amazing. Dads can get home


from work, flop in their favorite chairs in
was this: "Zero optimism that the Democrats
can ever regain hello hi oh you're there are
their oldest underwear, pick their toenails you outside oh well let me come to the door
and simultaneously be livestreamed by their I'm icing my knee and I'm hard boiling some
New York Head Quarter children as global entertainment. Me: I don't eggs I'll turn them off and then will do our
think the world wants to see this. Child: You'd meeting..." It went on in the same vein for
422S Broadway be surprised. many lines. The post was widely celebrated
HICKSVILLE I mentioned this at work and a colleague and the New York Times magazine declared it
told me of a woman who last week achieved "the best comment of the year".
NY 11801
fame through highly unlikely use of technolo Another colleague told me that a reporter at
5168271010 gy. Christine McMorrow of Massachusetts US National Public Radio last month tried to
posted almost 10,000 comments on a news share a family picture of his cute baby look
paper website without making the slightest ing at his cute cat with friends but accidental
impression on human society. A few days ago ly uploaded it as a news item on the station's
she was using her phone's speechtotext website. It turned out to be one of the popular
function to dictate yet another bland com news reports of the day. "Sometimes you just
need to look at a baby smiling at a cat," said
one news junkie. But perhaps the best happy

Laughter is the Best Medicine techaccident story of the week came from a
UK woman named Emma Perrier who fell in
love with an internet conversation partner
who was a handsome 34yearold man, judg
By ing by the photograph he showed. After six
months of romance, he still refused to meet
Mahendra
her facetoface. You can guess the ending.
Shah Yes, he was a creepy old man who had stolen
Mahendra Shah a photo of an actor.
is an architect Yet the story, reported by The Atlantic mag
by education, azine, has an extra ending. Emma wrote to the
entrepreneur by actor to tell him that his photo was being
profession, used and he fell in love with her. Thank you,
artist and creepy old man!
But tech mistakes can be dangerous. This
humorist,
summer in the Philippines, the President's
cartoonist and
office accidentally broadcast a bit of a super
writer by hobby.
hero movie, "Logan", on their esteemed
He has been
leader's Facebook page. President Rodrigo
recording the
Duterte is famous for his merciless "Ohlook
plight of the
allthesuspectsdiedresistingarrest" anti
immigrant
drug campaign. "Logan" is about a superhero
Indians for the
who manages to finally defeat evil by taking
past many an overdose of a powerful drug. A coinci
years in his car- dence, of course.
toons. Anyway, going back to creepy old men, is
Hailing from there a payperview site of lazy dads in their
Gujarat, he underpants cutting their toenails? As a deeply
lives in moralistic, prudish person, this columnist
Pittsburgh, most sincerely hopes not. Unless of course
Pennsylvania. they send me fame, fortune and a large check.
One has to be practical, right?
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By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma Delhi, India: +91-11- 2644 9898, 2648 9899
psharma@premastrologer.com; www.premastrologer.com

NOVEMBER 1117, 2017 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK
Aries: Positive thinking will have a Libra: This week you will spend 11th November, 2017 seen provided you make use of the opportuni
good impact upon you, as you inte much more than required on your Ruled by number 2 and the moon, you are ties that arise before you. Good flow of
grate more practical methods into home and entertainment. You'll an honest, responsible, trustworthy, intelli finances will improve your living comforts
your work and decisions. You will be more have a chance to earn extra money gent and broadminded person. You are fond and savings. An infatuation with the opposite
skillful in handling your clients and negoti through the strength of your personality of intellectual conversation and soothing sex will come as a surprise and it will take
ations will work to your benet, but you and wonderful contacts. You will feel that music, but you need to control your tendency some time before you start thinking straight
to behave extra nervous and restless during again. The health of your parents will cause
need to keep your secrets to yourself and destiny is playing a favourable role in your
dif ficult times. This year you will benefit some concern, but dont worry unnecessarily.
avoid overspending. Sports and physical t life and things are moving according to
immensely if you listen to what your family The months of October, February, April &
ness programs will be highly benecial. your plans. Travelling will be benecial
members have to say. New sources of income August will be highly important.
Those connected with arts will nally be and educating. Children may bring
will improve your financial position and your
rewarded for their efforts. in some thrilling news towards the week confidence will be at its peak. Career changes 15th November, 2017
end. if any will prove to be beneficial. Your outgo Influenced by number 6 and the Planet
Taurus Take advantage of your stars ing nature will work to your advantage. Venus, you are enthusiastic, loyal, charming,
and seek favours from important Scorpio: This week you will gain Spouse and other female members will do witty and helpful in nature. You have a very
people. Efciency will be the key to approval from seniors if you present their best to keep you happy. Avoid standing sharp memory, and your grasping power is
success, so nish pending correspondence your ideas well. Refrain from argu surety or a guarantee for others, as it would really wonderful. You can easily hold position
on priority basis. In a business environ ments and avoid being too outspoken and lead to embarrassment and legal problems. of leadership and authority but you loose
ment, your creative ability will ourish, and critical about others. Property related Realestate transaction towards the yearend good opportunities due to your tendency to
you will be able to convey your new ideas investment will be highly benecial. should bring monetary gains. The months of behave moody, stubborn and vindictive at
in a simple way. Those planning a trip Lectures and seminars that you attend will Nov., December, May, July will be eventful. times. This year there will be a rise in your
abroad will have a pleasant and a memo be highly interesting and educating. expenses making it difficult for you to save.
rable journey. Pleasant news towards the Financial losses are like ly if you get 12th November, 2017 Although slow progress of work and dis
Dominated by number 3 and the Planet agreements over small issues will irritate you
weekend uplifts the spirit of the entire fam involved in new ventures or risky invest
Jupiter, you are energetic, charming, ambi and even show on your health, but towards
ily. Spiritual gains for some provide mental ments. Get involved in creative hobbies in
tious, talented, dignified and highly methodi the yearend, you will be pleased and satisfied
peace and comfort. order to relax.
cal person. You are independent by nature with your achievements. Investments made
and people admire you for your ability to take during this period will bring in good returns,
Gemini: This week you need to be Sagittarius: This week you will have bold decisions, but you need to curb your ten though not immediately but eventually.
highly cautious while doing busi treme dous mental pressure trying dencies towards stubbornness, extravagance Students will perform well in academics and
ness. Watch out for individuals who to cope up with your professional and dictatorial nature at times. This is the will be rewarded for their contribution
might think that you could be easily as well as personal responsibilities. Refrain right time to take important business deci towards extra curricular activities. Spouse
tricked. This week is denitely not good for from any actions or statements that will sions. Investments made during this phase remains cooperative despite your erratic
taking any risky chances, especially with make you regret later in life. Your nancial will bring in good profits. Matters related to behavior. The months of December, February,
money. Your charisma will no doubt attract status seems to get better with new oppor property will bring gains. Distant travel, may May and June will be important.
lot of attention. Time spent with old friends tunit ies and ventures in the ofng. be overseas, brings joy and happiness along
will leave you with happy memories. Travel Sportsmen and athletes can look forward with a possible reunion with an old contact. 16th November, 2017
will be on your mind, but you need to be to some benets and fame. Spiritually you Renovation of the house or construction Governed by Number 7 and the planet
extra careful of your belongings. will be gaining a lot. related activities will also be high on your Neptune, you are independent, creative, confi
agenda. Chronic patients definitely need to be dent, practical and a systematic person. You
more careful about their health. Preventive are highly ambitious and want to be very rich
Cancer: Opportunities to make Capricorn: Your accomplishments
medicines should not be avoided at any cost. and famous, but at times you need to check
nancial g ains w ill deve lop will exceed your expectation if you
The months of October, January, March and your tendency towards stubbornness and to
through connections that you have concentrate on your jobs. Special
August will prove to be highly significant. ignore the opinion of others. This year finan
recently made. You will get inspiration honour and recognition will come your way cial gains will be from various fronts but
from your large circle of friends and if you help your colleagues and coworkers. 13th November, 2017 uncertainty regarding your partner is likely
acquaintances. Important message from a This is also a very good period for matters Influenced by number 4 and the Planet to be one black spot on your chart of success
distant place, later in the week, will boost relating to the heart, as a casual partnership Uranus, you are talented, bold, reliable, ener and achievements. Do not trust others more
your moral and spirits. Your nancial posi will turn into more serious commitment. getic and systematic individual. You always than required. Time management and plan
tion will improve from unexpected gains, Meddling in the affairs of others should be aim high and work with complete dedication ning w ill be of immense importance.
but your health however will need extra avoided. Legal problems will cause a state towards your goals, but at times you receive a Socializing, parties and pleasure jaunts will be
care, herefore take preventive medicines if of nervousness and tension. setback after coming extremely close to your quite regular and pleasurable. Wedding bells
necessary. goals because of your changeable, inconstant will ring for those eligible and others will find
Aquarius: This week simplicity will and stubborn nature. This year although pro romance to keep them going. Your over
Leo: You need to stop other activi be one of your greatest strengths ductive but results will be slow and will involvement in work will bring in some dis
ties and nish of f pending corre and your determinat ion w ill require you to give in your best. Your inability may and resentment among family members.
to gather support on your prevailing project The months of September, December, March
spondence that you have neglected become your greatest asset. A close friend
will create a sense of dissatisfaction and frus and June will be highly significant.
recently. Investment connected with arts or colleague will help you complete pending
tration. Period in the second half of the year
and antiques will be protable. A visit to a jobs on time. Opportunity to meet new
will be better for financial dealing, though 17th November, 2017
spiritual person or a holy shrine later in lovers will evolve through your involvement
partnership and joint ventures should be Ruled by number 8 and the planet Saturn.
the week will bring mental peace and hap in functions and ceremonies. It would be completely avoided. Romance will flourish You are ambitious, energetic, confident sober
piness. Your health will show remarkable wise to do a safety check on water taps, and some lovebirds will even go for a matri and a simple person. You possess sharp mem
improvement, but there would be little door and electrical equipment, before going monial alliance. Despite tensions and stress ory and are always interested in improving
activity on the professional front. Avoid on a vacation. Unexpected guest makes sur your health w ill be fine. T he month of your knowledge and skill, but your progress
people who like to pry into your affairs. prise, but pleasant visit later in the week. February, March and August will be eventful. gets hampered because of your tendency to
behave erratic and stubborn at times.
Virgo: You should disassociate with Pisces: Put your creative ideas to 14th November, 2017 This year a promotion or an increase in
colleagues who are fond of gossip good use. Taking immediate deci Governed by number 5 and the planet responsibility will bring you reasons to cele
and spreading rumours. Work sions will be crucial for your career Mercury, you are active, authoritative, dash brate. Those professionals looking for a
should be on your top priority. Your and your goals therefore do not waste your ing, confident, helpful, sincere and kind heart career abroad will receive favorable response.
accomplishment will bring you good time. Financial front looks bright as gains ed person. You like to enjoy life to the fullest. New projects will add a touch of class to your
results in the long run. Dealing with land from speculat ion are also foreseen. You are not very good in expressing your profile. A healthier and loving atmosphere
emotions to your lover and your tendency to will prevail at home, which will bring good
and property matters will ensure gains. Romantic pleasures are assured as spouse
behave extravagant and lazy always attracts health and prosperity. Housewives will have
Time spent at home will improve your or beloved will be in a loving and caring
criticism from those around you. to cope with regular arrival of guests and rel
understanding about the family needs and mood. Cultural activities will be entertain
This is going to be an extremely rewarding atives. Traveling to a distant place for spiritu
bring you enormous love and af fection. ing. Journey would yield returns. Some
period for women. Favorable stars will bring al gains cannot be ruled out. The months of
Your income will denitely improve but good news expected during the end of the you prosperity and good fortune. A spectacu December, January, May & August will prove
there will be a rise in expenses as well. week. lar leap in your professional career is fore to be result oriented.
30 November 11-17, 2017 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

The Spiritual Catalyst


from a Master, because we are
open to receive the spiritual radi
ation.
We can receive the spiritual
boost from the Master through
his eyes. That glance is called the
darshan of the Master. It is so
powerful it can uplift our soul to
the third eye to connect with the
lig ht and sound w ithin. T he
glance of grace gives more bliss
By Sant Rajinder than intoxicating drugs and alco
hol and has no harmful side
Singh Ji Maharaj
effects to our body, mind, society,
or relationships. Physical intoxi

T
he catalyst that ignites our
cants may temporarily make us
spark to connect with the
forget our pains, but when these
Divine is a divine Engineer.
wear off, we need another fix. The
Right now there is static interfer
spiritual intoxication of a glance
ing with the connection between
of grace uplifts us immediately
the soul and God. We cannot com
and takes us to a state of con
municate with God because on
sciousness higher than any we
our own we do not know how to
eliminate the interference to open The Master is a catalyst that connects us to the spark can reach in this world. It takes us
to a state of bliss more intense
the lines of communication. Just
as we are untrained to connect a
of the Divine. When performing certain scientific than any in this physical realm.
Through his charged attention,
radio station with a radio or a experiments, we add a catalyst to cause a chemical we can receive that glance direct
computer with the Internet, simi
larly, we are untrained to connect reaction; similarly, the Master is a catalyst that makes the ly whether in his presence or dur
ing meditation even when we are
our spark to the Divine. To make
the connection between our soul
connection between our soul and God. The process by physically ten thousand miles
away from him, because that
and God, we need training. We which he makes that connection to experience the light glance is not emanating from the
need to call someone who is com
puter literate to hook us up to the and sound of God within us is called initiation. physical form of the Master. The
charg ing is coming from the
Internet. We need to call a cable
Divine through the catalyst of the
technician to hook our television instructor and is eager and ready night. opens our inner eye to see the Master. The beauty of this glance
to cable TV. In the field of spiritu to learn will gain something. Most people act and feel as if light of God and opens our inner is that it stays with us. It is free
ality, if we were able to connect However, if a student is egotistical the whole universe circles around ear to hear the sound of God with and available to us anytime we go
our soul to God ourselves, each and thinks he or she knows more them. In reality, we are a small in. He gives us a spiritual boost so within during mediation.
would have done so by now. Yet, than the teacher, little will be part of the whole. W hen our we can withdraw our attention The Master is not the physical
few people know how to do it. To gained. When we have the atti heads become swollen, thinking from the body to focus at the sin bo dy, but a catalyst throug h
connect with God, we need an tude that we have nothing to we are better than everyone else g le or third eye between and which the Divine can flow to us. It
expert. T hat person who can learn, we close ourselves off from including God, we can no longer behind the two eyebrows to expe is always radiating divine love.
make that connection for us is a receiving what the teacher has to be open to learning and receiving. rience inner light. We become We can experience that power of
spiritual Master. give. We then remain at a stand We become small and congealed absorbed into the light and wit divine love when we turn our
A spiritual Master teaches a still as far as our own develop and do not learn and grow. To ness inner vistas such as flashes attention from the world to the
form of meditation that does ment is concerned. increase knowledge, sharpen our of light, pinpoints of light, lights channe l of Go d w ithin. T he
more than help us feel peaceful Great scientist Isaac Newton skills, and improve our techniques of various colors and the inner Master is that divine Engineer,
and calm; he connects our soul once spoke of the vastness of in any worldly field, we need to be sky, stars, a moon, and a sun. That who through the glance of grace,
with God. The meditation con knowledge. He remarked that he open to receive what the instruc boost then leads us to the radiant helps us switch our channel from
nects us to a current of light and was just picking up pebbles from tor has to give. This principle is or ethereal form of the Master, the world outside to God within.
sound emanating from God that is the seashore of time. If such an equally valid when we look at the who serves as our inner Guide. In On our own, we are tuned out. If
already reverberating within us. intellectual giant as Newton felt spiritual sciences. When we go to the presence of the radiant form we are open to receive the spiritu
We just need to learn how to tap as if he were still a student with a spiritual Adept to learn how to we travel beyond the physical al radiation and the glance of
into it to see and hear it. A Master much more to learn, then how can realize ourselves and realize God, realm to experience the astral, g race of the Master, we w ill
is a catalyst who makes that inter anyone of lesser stature feel so we need to approach him with a causal, and supracausal realms, become tuned in to the channel of
nal connection for us. He teaches proud of his or her learning? w illingness to learn. W hat a until we merge back in God in the God. Through initiation by a spiri
us how to meditate to stay in tune There is an anecdote about for Master has to give is unique. It is highest spiritual realm of Sach tual Master, the spark of the
with the light and sound current, mer United States President not available from anyone else in Khand. Divine is ignited so that through
which takes us through the astral, Teddy Roosevelt. He was a great this world. From all other instruc Souls experience upliftment to meditation on the light and sound
causal, and supracausal regions nature lover. In the evenings, he tors we gain esoteric knowledge, reconnect with God in two ways: current we journey through high
until the soul merges back with would spend time talking with a which is knowledge of the outer through the radiation of a Master er spiritual realms until our soul
God in Sach Khand. friend, and afterwards they would world. From a Master we gain that emanates from his physical reconnects with God.
The divine Engineer attunes our take a walk together. One night, esoteric knowledge, or knowledge presence, and throug h his
instrumentthe soulto receive the as they went for a walk, they of the inner world. charged attention sent to us even
spiritual communication from looked up at the starry night sky. The Master is a catalyst that from around the world. Those Sant Rajinder Singh Ji
God. As in science, the process They noticed how vast space was connects us to the spark of the who are receptive receive the full Maharaj is an internationally
must be done correctly to work. and how many stars there were. Divine. When performing certain dose of divinity whether in his
recognized spiritual leader
Even in the worldly sphere, when They looked with wonder at the
and Master of Jyoti
scientific experiments, we add a presence of not. The spiritual
we go to a teacher, there is an Meditation who affirms the
Milky Way, the Big Dipper, the catalyst to cause a chemical reac boost either from the spiritual
understanding that the teacher transcendent oneness at the
Little Dipper, and the vastness of tion; similarly, the Master is a cat radiation in his physical presence,
has something to offer to the stu heart of all religions and
space, and were in such awe that alyst that makes the connection or from his charged attention
dent. It may be intellectual knowl
mystic traditions, emphasizing
they walked in silence. between our soul and God. The which we receive in meditation,
ethical living and meditation
edge or career training. It could Finally, Teddy Roosevelt spoke process by which he makes that helps us enjoy inner experiences.
as building blocks for
be techniques of playing a sport what both of them had on their connection to experience the light The emptier we are of distracting
achieving inner and outer
or skills in the performing arts. mind, saying, "Well, I think we are and sound of God within us is thoughts during our meditation,
peace. www.sos.org.
Any student who goes to an small enough now. Lets call it a called initiation. At initiation, he the greater the benefit we receive
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