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Modi, Trump vow India & US to Trump touts
have world's greatest armies
Manila/Washington: President
Donald Trump and Prime
Minister Narendra Modi have
pledged that the US and India
should have the worldʼs greatest
militaries as they discussed bilat‑
eral strategic partnership and
their shared commitment to a
free and open Indo‑Pacific
region, according to the White
House. The two leaders met on
Monday on the sidelines of the
ASEAN Summit in Manila, the
trip to Asia
The two leaders discussed the PM Modi and President Trump held bilateral talks on the
comprehensive strategic partner‑ sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Manila on Monday. (Photo: PIB)
ship between the United States Pacific region, the White House cooperation as Major Defense
and India and their shared com‑ said in a statement. Partners, resolving that two of
mitment to a free and open Indo‑ “They pledged to enhance their Continued on page 4

Another step to
Indian Americans win liberalization

big in Nov 7 elections Saudi Arabia
allows yoga as
sports activity MORE PIX OF TRUMP
New Delhi: The Saudi Arabian IN ASIA ON PAGE 17.
Ministry of Commerce and
Industry has approved the practice The one controversy in President Trumpʼs long but well‑orchestrated
of yoga as a sports activity, accord‑ Asia tour was when he said‑then backtracked‑that he believed Russian
ing to a social media post of Nouf
President Putinʼs denial of meddling in US election. (Photo : AFP)
Marwaai, the kingdom's first Manila, Philippines: President “itʼs been a really great 12 days.”
woman yoga instructor. Donald Trump headed for home And on trade, the president said
Manka Dhingraʼs win The approval will enable anyone Tuesday following an extensive confidently that U.S. trading part‑
in Washington state Ravinder Bhalla got Vin Gopal got elected to get a yoga centre/studio license tour of Asia that he said had been ners “will be treating us much dif‑
helped Democratic elected as Mayor of to New Jerseyʼs and start teaching yoga as a sports “tremendously successful” and had ferently than before.”
party wrest a majority Hoboken, NJ state senate. service under the head of business put the world on notice that the “I think the fruits of our labor
in the state Senate. activity. “rules have changed” for countries are going to be incredible, whether
New York: After many poll several others were elected to The news of the approval was that want to trade with the U.S. itʼs security of our nations,
reverses in the past one year, local councils and school boards. made public by Saudi Arabia's first Trump also teased a “major whether itʼs security of the world
Democrats had a good election A few of them triumphed despite woman yoga instructor, Nouf statement” on trade and the trip or whether itʼs trade,” Trump said.
on November 7. Contributing to facing racist slurs against them Marwaai. In a November 10 post later this week at the White House, Trump, who campaigned for
that outcome were many Indian during the campaign process. on Facebook, she announced that where he is expected to promote office on a promise to tear up mul‑
American candidates who won in The Sikh mayoral candidate the ministry has granted approval congressional Republicansʼ plan to tilateral trade agreements that he
state and local elections, which Continued on page 4 to practice yoga within the coun‑ overhaul the nationʼs tax code. said have harmed the U.S., insisted
included two who bagged state try. Alluding India as "the land of
MORE ELECTION RESULTS As Air Force One rolled down the during the nearly two‑week trip
senate seats, one emerged victo‑ the yoga," Marwaai acknowledged
ON PAGE 9. runway in Manila, Trump told the that multibillion‑dollar deficits
rious in a mayoral election, and Continued on page 4 reporters traveling with him that Continued on page 4

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PM Modi in Manila: 21st century should be India's century
Manila: Prime Minister Narendra reminded the audience of the sacri‑ region is very important for India.
Modi on Monday interacted with fice of one and a half lakh Indian He further said that India has an
Indian Diaspora in the Philippines soldiers, who laid down their lives "emotional bonding" with Southeast
and urged the community to do in distant lands during World Wars Asia. Lauding his policies in from of
everything possible to ensure that 1 and 2. "India has always con‑ the audience, he said that the initia‑
the 21st century, which is termed tributed to world peace. Our contin‑ tives such as Jandhan Yojana and
"Asia's century" becomes "India's gent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces Ujjwala Yojana, taken by the
century." is among the biggest. India is the Government are for empowering
"Our efforts are aimed at trans‑ land of Mahatma Gandhi, peace is the poor. He also mentioned the
forming India and ensuring every‑ integral to our culture," he said. gains made through Aadhaar link‑
thing in our nation matches global The prime minister also spoke of ing of subsidy during his interac‑
standards" he said. the emotional bonding and the long PM Narendra Modi with other world leaders in a group photograph, at tion. Narendra Modi arrived for a
Talking about India's history of shared heritage that India has with the 15th ASEAN‑India Summit, in Manila, Philippines on November 14. three‑day visit in Manila on Sunday
peace, he said that India has never the ASEAN region. In particular, he Ramayana. He said the Indian role to play in nurturing this her‑ for attending ASEAN‑India and the
harmed another country and also mentioned the Buddha and the Diaspora in the region has a key itage. PM also said that the ASEAN East Asia summits.

Trump touts ʻtremendously Duterte. Trump praised and joked around India and the US will co‑host the entrepre‑ into control of the state senate with a slim
Monday with Duterte, who has overseen a neurship summit. The American delegation majority. Other big wins were in New Jersey.
successfulʼ trip to Asia
bloody crackdown on the illegal drug trade will be led by Trumpʼs daughter Ivanka, who Vin Gopal, a young businessman, stepped
Continued from page 3
that has featured extrajudicial killings, earn‑ is also his senior advisor. down as chairman of Monmouth County
that favor U.S. trading partners will be
ing the Filipino leader the condemnation of The talks between Trump and Modi came Democratic to get elected to New Jerseyʼs
reduced to zero, and that trade overall must
human rights groups. after officials of India, the US, Japan and 11th legislative district in the state senate.
be fair and mutually beneficial.
Trump was in the Philippines to attend the Australia held their first meeting to give He was endorsed by US Senator Cory
“The United States has to be treated fairly
Association of Southeast Asian Nations con‑ shape to the much talked about quadrilater‑ Booker.
and in a reciprocal fashion,” he tweeted
ference and the East Asia Summit. He al alliance to keep the Indo‑Pacific region Samip ʻSamʼ Joshi, a 28‑year‑old financial
Tuesday. “The massive TRADE deficits must
sought during both gatherings to strength‑ “free and open”. executive, was elected to the Edison City
go down quickly!”
en alliances with Pacific Rim nations over Giving details on Mondayʼs deliberations, Council with 11,827 votes.
Trump pressed that point on every stop on
trade and a shared desire for North Korea to Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar in
the grueling tour of Japan, South Korea,
abandon its nuclear weapons program. Manila said Modi and Trump undertook “a Saudi Arabia allows yoga as
China, Vietnam and the Philippines, blaming
his predecessors for yawning trade imbal‑
broad review of the strategic landscape in sports activity
ances and declaring that the United States
Modi, Trump vow India & US to Asia” without further elaboration. Continued from page 3
will no longer be taken advantage of under have world's greatest armies Asked whether the formation of India‑ the support she received from the Indian
Continued from page 3 Australia‑the US‑Japan quadrilateral was government, the Consulate General in Saudi
his watch.
the worldʼs great democracies should also discussed, Jaishankar said there was a pass‑ Arabia and the people of India.
“Weʼve had a tremendously successful
have the worldʼs greatest militaries,” it said. ing mention of it, adding that the meeting of Late on Tuesday, yoga guru Swami
trip,” Trump told reporters before departing
President Trump expressed appreciation the officials of the four countries was part Ramdev termed the decision taken by the
his third summit of the trip. “Tremendous
that Indian purchases of oil from the United of diplomacy. Saudi government as a historic step.
amounts of work was done on trade.”
States have surpassed 10 million barrels in “It was a very expansive discussion,” In the recent past, Saudi Arabia, known for
Trump said $300 billion in deals had been
recent months, and expressed confidence Jaishankar said, adding that Trump also implementing a strict interpretation of
reached, a sum he predicted would more
that stronger energy cooperation will be a shared his “impression” of his ongoing Asia Islam, has been in the news for charting a
than triple in a short period of time. “We
geopolitical and economic game changer for trip which also took him to Japan and China. new modern course for the country.
explained that the United States is open for
both countries. Since catapulting to power with the sup‑
trade but we want reciprocal trade. We want
fair trade for the United States,” he said. The first consignment of American crude Indian Americans win big in port of his father, the king, Crown Prince
The president also sounded a positive oil reached India in October and Indian Nov 7 elections Mohammed bin Salman has pushed forth
petroleum companies plan to purchase Continued from page 3 changes that could usher in a new era for
note about Vietnam, saying the country had
crude oil worth USD 2 billion from the US in Ravinder Bhalla in Hoboken, NJ was one of the United States' most important
changed direction and was now buying at
the next one year. smeared as a terrorist. Another flier, also in allies and swing the kingdom away from
least $12 billion worth of Boeing aircraft.
Prime Minister Modi said that he looked New Jersey wanted Indian American Falguni decades of ultraconservative dogma and
“The reason I like the Boeing is because
forward to hosting the US delegation to the Patel to be deported. From the Democratic restrictions. He's introduced musical con‑
itʼs jobs for the United States,” Trump said.
upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit, party point of view, one important win was certs and movies again and is seen as the
Trump also spoke warmly of the “many
showcasing innovation and collaboration of Manka Dhingra in the 45th District in force behind the king's decision to grant
good friends” he had made on the trip,
between the two countries. Washington state. With that her party came women the right to drive as of next year.
including Philippine President Rodrigo

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Kalsi named to NJ Governor
Electʼs Transition Team
Jersey City, NJ: New policies to advance the
Jersey Governor‑Elect Murphy campaignʼs
Phil Murphy commitment to a
announced his strong, inclusive mili‑
Transition 2018 leader‑ tary that supports both
ship team Monday and active duty and
appointed Lieutenant reserves from New
Colonel Kamal S. Kalsi, Jersey as well as the
President and Founder stateʼs more than
of the Sikh‑American 435,000 veterans.
Veterans Alliance “Iʼm honored to sup‑
Felicitating Joseph Saladino, elected as Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor, (from left) (SAVA), to his Military port and advise the
Councilman Tom Hand, Manoj Narang, Bobby Kalotee, Kamlesh Mehta, Sushil Goyal, and Veteran Affairs Governor‑electʼs team,”
and Dr YashPal Arya. Committee. Kalsi said.
Lt Colonel Kamal S. Kalsi
“I pledged to build my “We need to make

Indian community celebrates administration to mirror the diversity, tal‑
ent, and potential of New Jersey, and my
transition will be no different,” Murphy
sure veterans from all generations ‑ from
those who served in the Vietnam War era
to those who are returning from the ongo‑

Saladinoʼs poll victory said. “To a person, this transition is full of
incredible talent and experience, and Iʼm
thrilled to see them serve. Together, weʼll
ing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan ‑
have the care and support they deserve.
Knowing we are still a country at war, we
Hicksville, NY: The Indian community held dent served in the New York Assembly since
start the difficult job of building a will also work to make sure all New
victory celebrations Sunday morning for 2004.
stronger, fairer economy that works for all Jerseyans have the opportunity to serve
Joseph Saladino, who won the election last The Host Committee for the event com‑
nine million New Jerseyans.” our country.”
week for Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor. prised Dr YashPal Arya, DJ Kucha, Sushil
Kalsi, an Army emergency medicine doc‑ Kalsi, the first Sikh soldier to receive a
About 150 people met for breakfast at Goyal, Jim Hirani, Jerry Kohli, Mukesh Modi,
tor who served on the frontlines in religious accommodation to wear a turban
Antunʼs here to congratulate him. Manoj Narang, Nilesh Patel, Bina Sabapathi,
Afghanistan, was one of five people and maintain a beard in uniform in over a
Saladino, a Republican, was appointed Amandeep Singh (Tony), Inder Singh (Nitu
named to the Military and Veterans generation, founded SAVA in 2017 to pro‑
Interim Supervisor of the Town in January ji), Dr Bhavani Srinivasan, Subin Verghese,
Affairs Committee, which will develop mote Sikh military history and service.
this year. Before that the Massapequa resi‑ and The South Asian Times.

ICCR Chair of Indian Hindu American leaders call for
Studies to come up in political engagement in US
University of Pittsburgh Washington: Hindu American lead‑
New Delhi: An MoU ers in the US have called for active
was signed between political engagement of the commu‑
the Indian Council nity in the country after the election
for Cultural last week of many Indian Americans
Relations (ICCR) at state and local levels. "Dozens (of
and the University Hindu Americans) are contesting
of Pittsburgh to elections and hundreds are follow‑
establish a Chair of ing in their footsteps," said Kumar
ICCRʼs Riva Ganguly Das, and University of Barve, the first Indian‑American
Indian Studies at
Pittsburghʼs Mark Nordenberg singing the MoU. elected to any state legislature in the
University of
Pittsburgh. ICCRʼs Director General signed for a period of five years. US. Member of the Maryland House Hindu Americans account for about 1% of the US population.
(and former CG in New York), Riva Under the MoU, a distinguished of Delegates, he also referred to the
presence of four Hindus in the US in a citation recognized AHCʼs first According to some estimates,
Ganguly Das, and University of visiting professor from India is to
House. America has granted incred‑ anniversary. "Wherever we are, we American Hindus account for about
Pittsburghʼs Chancellor Emeritus, be hosted by the University for one
ible opportunities, said Aruna Miller, must pursue political power," said 1% of the US population. Diplomats
Mark Nordenberg and Vice semester each year to teach cours‑
another member of the Maryland AHC chair Shekhar Tiwari. A biparti‑ from about a dozen countries partic‑
Provost for Global Affairs, Ariel C. es, conduct lectures, seminars and
state legislature. This provides san organization, AHC's mission is to ipated in the event.
Armony, signed the MoU in New workshops on various subjects
incredible responsibility to serve the promote a shared commitment of Mahbub Hassan Saleh, Deputy
Delhi on Monday. The ICCR Chair related to different aspects of
society towards peace, said Miller, American Hindus for a prosperous, Chief of Mission of Bangladesh in
at the University of Pittsburgh is India like sociology, economy, poli‑
who is running for US House of safer and a stronger America, said the US, said the ultimate objective of
the second such Chair of Indian ty, art and culture. The MoU is
Representatives next year. Harsh Sethi, AHC president. organizations like AHC is to build
Studies in the USA, the first being another firm step towards deepen‑
Both were speaking at the first Gurinder Singh Khalsa, represent‑ bridges between communities and
at Rutgers University. The aca‑ ing cooperation and further
anniversary celebrations of the ing Indiana‑based Sikhs Political countries. Bangladesh has the third
demic partnership with the strengthening of relations between
American Hindu Coalition (AHC) last Action Committee, emphasized the largest Hindu community in the
University of Pittsburgh has been India & America.
weekend. Maryland State legislature need to be engaged in politics. world.
6 November 18-24, 2017 TRISTATE COMMUNITY

USISPF appoints Arvind Panagariya, District Leader Dr Neeta Jain hosts
Kanwal Sibal as advisors reception for Consul General
emocratic Dis‑
T he US‑India Strategic Partnership
Forum (USISPF) has announced
serving as the Foreign Secretary of India.
He has served as Ambassador of India to
D trict Leader Dr.
Neeta Jain repre‑
appointment of former vice chairman of Turkey, Egypt, France and Russia besides
senting Assembly
Niti Aayog, Professor Arvind Panagariya having served as Deputy Chief of Mission
District 25th Part B
and former foreign secretary, Ambassador in Washington, D.C. with ambassadorial
of Queens held a
Kanwal Sibal, as as advisors to the Board of rank. He is currently a member of the
welcome reception
Directors. Executive Council of the Vivekananda
for new Consul Gen‑
Professor Panagariya, who is now the International Foundation (VIF) and is on
eral of India Ambas‑
Jagdish N. Bhagwati Professor of Indian the Board of the New York‑based East
sador Sandeep
Political Economy at Columbia University, West Institute. He writes prolifically on
Chakravorty with
will guide the Board on economic develop‑ international affairs and is a Padma Shree
Special Guest Con‑
ment, international trade policy, and eco‑ awardee for 2017. Dr Neeta Jain addressing the meet.
gressman Joseph
nomic reforms in India. Professor Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President of USISPF,
Crowley. Event was held Upper West side munity affairs Mr. & Mrs. Devdasan Nair.
Panagariya was the founding Vice Chair of spoke of the new Advisors to the Board,
in Manhattan. It was well attended by Celebrity Broadcaster and community
the National Institute for Transforming saying, “Professor Panagariya and
elected officials and prominent community activist Renee Mehrra was the emcee for
India (Niti Aayog), the premier think tank Ambassador Sibal have vast knowledge
leaders. Elected officials included New the evening. Crowley talked about Indo‑US
for the Government of India. In this role, and experience regarding recent history
York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, relations and said Diwali should be a offi‑
he worked extensively to promote Prime related to the Indian political economy and
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brew‑ cial holiday in New Yorkcity public
Minister Modiʼs priorities of prosperity for diplomacy efforts. USISPF has carefully
er, Councilman Rory Lancman, Councilman schools. He fondly talked about his memo‑
all. Professor Panagariyaʼs expertise focus‑ selected them in anticipation of combining
Barry Grodenchik, Judge Raja Rajeswari rable trip to India with President Obama.
es on how industry can contribute mean‑ their knowledge with the great influence
and Judge Ushir Pandit. Consul General Ambassador Chakrovarty echoed his senti‑
ingfully to this agenda. of our board members, in order to make
Chakravoty was accompied by his wife ments and invited all elected officials to
Ambassador Sibal joined the Indian the most drastic impact on U.S.‑India rela‑
Mrs. Taruna Chakravorty and his staff in‑ India.
Foreign Service in July 1966, eventually tions.”
cluding Head of Chancery Mr & Mrs. Dr. Neeta Jain spoke about her commit‑
JaideepChola, Consul Visa/passport Mr. & ment to further bring the two Democracies

Diverse Coalition rallies around Weprin Bill Mrs. L. Krishnamurthy and Consul Com‑ even closer.

for Kosher & Halal meals in public schools
s New Yorkʼs legislators prepare for an‑
A other legislative session, a broad‑based
coalition of New York advocates, faith
based groups, parents and students rallied
in support of legislation to provide halal
and kosher meals in New York City public
schools upon request as well as in support
of efforts to extend the Universal Free Yeruchim Silber of Agudath Israel of
America, Jake Adler of the Orthodox Bruhud New York Seniors celebrates Diwali with musical Night: New York‑Bruhud NY Seniorsʼ
Lunch for All program for all students in
Union, Assemblyman David Weprin, leaders Shashikant Patel and Gopi Udeshi organized Diwali Dinner and Musical Night on
all New York City schools. Assembly legis‑
Mazeda Uddin of SAFEST and Shaik November 3 at Long Island City in New York.It was attended by more than 500 people and
lation sponsored by Assemblyman David I.
Tahmeed Taheem. among them were prominent leaders like Councilmember Barry S. Grodenchik, Consul Shree
Weprin (A7231) requires New York City Krishna Murthy from Indian Consulate, Councilman David I Weprin Rep, Harsh Parekh Governor
public schools to provide students who it is our duty to provide for all of those liv‑ Cuomo Rep., Shree Harshad (Pakaji) Patel, Dr. Arvind Shah. (Photograph: Xitij Joshi)
have religious dietary restrictions with ap‑ ing in New York. The students of our state
propriate meal options upon request of the should not have to choose between a nutri‑
student. tious meal and their religion.” AIA‑NY celebrates Children Diwali in Libraries
New York City is home to an incredibly “The urgency of passing halal & kosher ssociation of Indians in America ‑ NY Vandana Dance performance by Ms. Guha,
diverse population, with a growing number food is dire and must not be taken lightly.
The livelihoods of thousands of New York
A on October 19th celebrated Childrenʼs daughter of professor and renowned
of students of faith attending New Yorkʼs Diwali in Bellerose Library, which was at‑ singer Dr. Smita Guha. Children enjoyed
schools. Providing food options for chil‑ City public school studentsʼ futures depend tended by many children and their parents. the cultural program, learned about the In‑
dren with religious dietary restrictions will on it. Many students, due to their faiths, AIA National President Dr Shashi Shah, AIA dian culture and Diwali festival. They also
allow these students to have a nutritious cannot eat all foods and need a specific re‑ NY Chapter President Gobind Munjal, Vice applied mehndi, painted diyas and partici‑
meal with their peers at school, allowing quirement for eating foods. They should Presidents Harish Thakkar and Dr Bal Gil‑ pated in the best‑dressed children comple‑
students to freely exercise their faith while not have to apologize for that. This is a ja, Children Diwali in Library Chair Anita tion, followed by refreshments. This was
also increasing cultural exposure and un‑ country of freedom to practice your reli‑ Thakkar, Cultural Co‑chair Mrs. Jyoti Gup‑ the 7th year of Children Diwali Celebra‑
derstanding for all students. gion freely & we must never forget that. ta and Member At Large Hargovind Gupta tions at the Bellerose Library. AIA NY
"If kosher and halal meals are already So, letʼs begin to make change for all of hu‑ and Gunjan Rastogi were among the AIA Chapter President Gobind Munjal ex‑
provided in prisons, they absolutely should manity starting today with this bill. This is Executives who attended this event. The pressed the need to expand the Children
be provided in our schools" said Assembly‑ for all of us” said Mazeda A.Uddin, Founder program started with the American and In‑ Diwali Program in various other libraries
man David Weprin. "Our state is one of in‑ of the South Asian Fund for Education, dian National Anthem followed by Ganesh and he invited suggestions from the audi‑
credible religious and ethnic diversity, and Scholarship and Training (SAFEST). TRISTATE COMMUNITY November 18-24, 2017 7

Kerala Center honors Pramila Jayapal & other achievers
New York: Pramila Jayapal, the
first Indian American woman
elected to the U.S Congress, was
among those honored at the 25th
annual gala of Kerala Cultural and
Civic Center at the World Fairs
Marina, Queens, on November 4.
She was honored for her achieve‑
ments in Political Leadership.
Attorney Appen Menon, a part‑
ner at Wormser, Kiely, Galef &
Jacobs LLP law firm in New York,
was honored for contribution in
Legal Services; writer Dr. Sheela
N.P. for Literature; Dr. A.K.B. Pillai
for Humanities; Community volun‑
Rep. Pramila Jayapal receiving the Kerala Center Award for Political Ginsmon Zacharia, COO of The South Asian Times,
teer Sheela Sreekumar for Leadership from Consul General Sandeep Chakravorty was honored for achievement in media
Community Service; and Ginsmon
Zacharia for achievement in Somasundaran and Entrepreneur Jayapal shared with the audience Washington, Jayapal said, “There become bigger achievers and con‑
Media. Dilip Varghese. Also honored with her own growing up in a tradition‑ are many more coming forward to tributors to the society.
The Center also honored five of a ʻsurprise award” was E M al Kerala family and immigrating fight elections and making our Ginsmon Zacharia, COO of The
its pioneers with Silver Jubilee Stephen, the pioneer and first to the US as a student. “My par‑ voices heard in the decision mak‑ South Asian Times, has dedicated
Year Life Time Achievement President and the Centerʼs current ents would be delighted to hear of ing process of our nationʼs des‑ 17 years of his life to the news
Awards. The 25th Jubilee Year Executive Director for his vision‑ this honor today at the Kerala tiny.” Urging the Indian communi‑ media. Currently he is coordinator
Life Time Achievers are Shanti ary and hard work in establishing Center,” she told the audience, ty to be more politically active, she of the Indo‑American Press Club,
Bhavan founder Dr. Abraham and running the center in the past referring to her familyʼs long asso‑ said, “If you donʼt vote, you are an organization that he founded
George; Industrialist and Founder quarter century. Chief guest at the ciation with Sreedhar Monon, a giving away your voice.” and chaired. He is also the director
& Chairman of Sami‑Sabinsa gala, Consul General Sandeep founding member of the Kerala Executive Director E.M. Stephen of Jaihind TV USA, publisher and
Group Dr. Muhammed Majeed; Chakravorty said, “Kerala Diaspora Center. Referring to at least 8 per‑ said that Kerala Center had recog‑ chairman of Jaihind Vartha and
Philanthropist Sreedhar Menon; has made India proud. They are sons of South Asian origin contest‑ nized 140 achievers in the last 25 Aksharam magazine as well as the
Columbia University Professor P. incredibly strong,” he said. Rep ing elections in her state of years who have continued to CEO of The Asian Era.

Indian Americans raise $2.4 Indian‑American teen killed in
million for public health in India road rage incident in New York
Washington, DC: With an aim to contribute to
public health in India, Indian Americans New York: An Indian‑American teenager has
raised $2.4 million over the weekend at an been killed in a road rage incident when a
event in New York. The donation worth $2 driver ran his truck over her after a minor col‑
million made by Chirag Patel, co‑CEO and lision in the city's suburb of Levittown,
chairman, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, and his according to media reports. On Sunday, police
family, at the second annual gala of WHEELS in Nassau County adjoining New York City
Global Foundation (WGF) will go towards the were looking for the driver who allegedly
soon‑to‑be established WHEELS India attacked dental student Taranjit Parmar, 18,
Niswarth (WIN) Foundation. The foundation, on Thursday.
which will be based out of the IIT‑ (left to right) Rajat Gupta (chairman, WGF), WPIX TV reported that police told the fami‑
Josh Weston (guest of honor) and Ron ly that the pickup truck's license plate could Taranjit Parmar
Gandhinagar and Indian Institute of Public
Mehta (WGF board member) not be seen on a surveillance video of the inci‑ (Image courtesy:
Health‑Gandhinagar campuses, will work on
core areas of water and sanitation and mater‑ dedicated partner in alleviating issues faced dent. Police released the video and asked the out of the jeep, the truck driver mowed her
nal and child health groups. At its inaugural by rural areas. We are deeply gratified by the public to help find him. Parmar's brand new down and drove away, according to police.
gala last year, the WGF had raised generous donations of attendees, sponsors jeep was hit by a red pickup truck that was Parmar suffered fatal injuries to her chest and
$200,000."The increase in donations this and raffle and auction prize donors," said attempting to make a turn, the station quoted head. Her tearful father, Ranjit Parmar, told
year demonstrates that donors see the Suresh Shenoy, President, WGF. police as saying. The two vehicles then pulled the station: "She bore all the responsibility to
urgency of the issues faced and that WGF is a (PTI) off the roadway and when Parmar got out got carry the family, carry her education. (IANS)

World Court Judge Dalveer
Bhandari running for re‑election
United Nations: World Court and the Council will assume
Judge Dalveer Bhandari of India is office next February. The perma‑
running for re‑election on nent members of the Council can‑
Thursday when the UN General not veto a candidate. The govern‑
Assembly and the Security Council ments of all the seven candidates
will hold separate ballots to elect are campaigning for their candi‑
five judges. dates. The Indian Mission to the
Bhandari was elected to the Dalveer Bhandari UN held a reception for him last
Hague‑based International Court (Image month to meet the delegates who
of Justice in 2012 to complete the remainder will be voting in the election. Besides
of the term of a retiring judge. He is now run‑ Bhandari, President of the court Ronny
ning for a full nine‑year term and is facing Abraham of France, Vice President,
Nawaf Salam of Lebanon for the judgeship Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of Somalia, and
representing Asia. There are seven candi‑ Antonio Augusto Cancado Trindade of Brazil
dates for the five judgeships up for election and Christopher Greenwood of Britain,
this year. The five candidates who each get a whose terms end this year, are running for
majority of the votes in both the Assembly re‑election,.
8 November 18-24, 2017 NATIONAL COMMUNITY

Indian students in US Motel owner, 40, killed in
double in last decade,
shootout in North Carolina
second only to the Chinese New York: An Indian‑origin tweets. Police have not released
New Delhi: The number of Indian General, US Embassy, told reporters, owner of a motel was shot dead the names of three other people
students studying in the US has citing the numbers in the ʻ2017 and four other people were who were injured. Littlejohn
doubled in the last 10 years, with Open Doors report on International injured in a shootout in the state said they included the security
the growth rate running in double Educational Exchangeʼ. of North Carolina, police said. guard and a female employee of
digits for the fourth year running, The other countries which ranked Akash R Talati, 40, who owned the club who operated the cash
the US embassy said on Monday. as top senders to the US after China Knights Inn and Diamondz register.
According to a report published and India were South Korea, Saudi Gentlemen's Club in Fayetteville The detective said security
by the US Department of State Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, city, was an innocent bystander escorted Markeese Dewitt out of
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Japan, Mexico and Brazil. when a man who had been the club because he had caused
Affairs, the total number of Indian The top five US states hosting escorted out of the club a disturbance. He said Markeese
students now in the US stands at international students cited in the returned soon and exchanged appeared to have gone to his
over 186,000, rising by more than report were California, New York, gunfire with a security guard, vehicle, got a gun, went back
police Detective Jamaal Akash Talati inside the club and started
12% in the last one year. Texas, Pennsylvania and
Littlejohn said.
(Image shooting.
Comprising 17.3% of all interna‑ Massachusetts.
tional students there, the Indian stu‑ Courses in the STEM (Science, Police said they were called to reported. Detective Littlejohn said police
dents are only behind China, which Technology, Engineering and the club at 1:51 AM on He said only Markeese Dewitt have no idea what caused
remains the top sender of students Mathematics) field made up for the Saturday. and the security guard Markeese to get kicked out of
to the US since 2009‑10 when it biggest chunk of all those sought by Detective Littlejohn said exchanged gunfire and the oth‑ the club.
toppled India for the number one Indian students, with over 70% Markeese Dewitt, 23, of ers were bystanders. "All we know is he got put out,
position. enrolled in Mathematics, Computer Fayetteville has been charged One of the victims was in a he goes and gets a gun and it
“The number of Indian students in Science and Engineering alone. with attempted murder and fair condition at the hospital. goes crazy from there,"
the US has doubled over the last 10 Although there has been an assault with a deadly weapon The two others were treated and Littlejohn said.
years and India is the second lead‑ increase by 12% in the number of inflicting serious injury. released. Akash Talati, reported‑ Detectives are actively investi‑
ing place of origin for students com‑ Indian students leaving for the US Littlejohn said Markeese ly from Anand in Gujarat died at gating the homicide and shoot‑
ing to the US... The majority of shores for higher studies, it is far Dewitt was shot four or five the hospital. ing and have appealed to the
Indian students (56%) in the US are less than what it was in 2015‑16 times and remained in serious External Affairs Minister, public to contact them if they
studying at the (post) graduate (24.9%) and 2014‑15 (29.4%). condition at Cape Fear Valley Sushma Swaraj confirmed Akash have any information on the
level,” George Hogeman, Consul (IANS) Medical Centre, Talati's death in a series of incident. (PTI)

Houstonʼs radio host gets Wells Fargo announces
probation in sexual assault case Bullying Prevention Campaign
Houston: Sunil Thakkar, 51, the popular host
of the Music Masala radio program and asso‑ New York: Most Americans agree that peo‑ ferent than you helps erode biases and build
ciated cruises and media events, has pleaded ple should be treated respectfully and fairly. empathy.
guilty in Harris County Court to the charge Yet many people in the United States still re‑ 2. Support. Be intentional about support‑
of sexually assaulting a minor. port feeling harassed, bullied or discriminat‑ ing and including others, which helps rein‑
Judge Ramona Franklin of the 338th ed against based on their race, gender, dis‑ force the idea that there is nothing wrong
District Court in Harris County sentenced ability, age, religion or sexual orientation. with people who are being bullied.
Thakkar on Wednesday, Oct. 25 to deferred Approximately 9% of Asian students in the 3. Respect. When bullies make hurtful
adjudication of guilt until Oct. 24, 2022. U.S. report being bullied at school (National statements, others can help put a stop to it
As result of the guilty plea, Thakkar will be Center for Educational Statistics, 2015). and make it clear bullying is not acceptable
on a five‑year probation, spend ten days in Wells Fargo has partnered with the Ad by saying things like, “We donʼt do that
Harris County Jail, pay a fine of $1,500, reg‑ Council in support of the Love Has No La‑ here,” or “Weʼre better than this.” State‑
ister as a sex offender for his lifetime, and do bels campaign: a year‑round national plat‑ ments like this normalize acceptance and
community service for 120 hours. In addi‑ Sunil Thakkar form that aims to fight bias and prejudice, create an environment of respect for others.
tion, Thakkar is prohibited from coming into (Image courtesy: embrace differences, and put aside labels in 4. Love. Many people might think allies
contact with girls under 17. offense occurred in February 2014, when the name of love. As part of the campaign, need to be loud and make grand gestures
The case against Thakkar stems from a K.S. was 15. She first met Thakkar on or Wells Fargo has created a video and a list of when they stand up for others, but not
probable cause complaint issued by the HPD about Nov. 22, 2013 at an event, K.S. told the “5 Ways To Prevent Bullying” that aim to everyone is extroverted or wants to risk be‑
on Dec. 7, 2015 and Thakkar posted a police. However, she did not initiate the com‑ promote a more accepting and inclusive en‑ coming targets themselves.
$30,000 bond on Dec. 10, 2015. A Grand plaint. vironment, and encourage people to stand 5. Unite. Trust people to come up with
Jury indicted Thakkar on Feb. 5, 2016. Harris Countyʼs Assistant District Attorney up against bullying. their solutions and give them credit. Instead
In the probable cause complaint, the minor Joseph Sanchez set the plea bargain agree‑ Since many people face bullying based on of talking down to people about bullying
is identified as K.S. She was away from home ment with Thakkarʼs attorney, Asha Reddi. real or perceived identity labels, the Ad and related issues, create an open dialogue.
when her parents stumbled up on a diary The case will be erased from Thakkarʼs Council staff provided five ways people can Bullying happens everywhere. Getting peo‑
that contained Thakkarʼs name. Since K.S. record after he serves the full five‑year pro‑ help prevent bullying through acceptance, ple to come together and talk about the ef‑
was a minor, the state pursued the felony bation. Thakkar is expected to report to the support, respect, love, and unity: fects and what they might do in those situa‑
charge. Harris County Jail after working hours for 1. Acceptance. Gaining exposure to rela‑ tions makes people more empathetic and
According to India Herald, the alleged 10 days beginning Nov. 5. tionships, cultures, and people who are dif‑ can help prevent bullying. TRISTATE COMMUNITY November 18-24, 2017 9

Ravinder Bhalla elected as first Gopal ousts Beck in
turbaned Sikh mayor in New Jersey battleground Senate race Edison: In a major upset, Vin Gopal
Edison: UC Berkeley alumnus for the values of religious toler‑ ousted state Sen. Jen Beck (R‑
Ravinder Bhalla was elected the ance, racial equality and gender Monmouth) in the battleground
first Sikh mayor of Hoboken, equality,” Ahuja said. 11th district on Tuesday, flipping
New Jersey last week. The Hoboken mayoral race did the Senate seat to Democrats after
“I think the most important not happen without controversy. years of Republican control.
thing to recognize is that his Flyers labeling Bhalla as a terror‑ Gopal had 54 percent of the vote
election was a watershed ist were circulated days before to Beckʼs 46 percent, with 89 per‑
moment for the Sikh community the election, claiming to be “paid cent of precincts reporting, accord‑
in our history in the United for by Team DeFusco for ing to the Associated Press. Beck, a
States,” said Gurwin Ahuja, exec‑ Hoboken.” DeFusco has publicly Vin Gopal
state senator since 2008, conceded
utive director and co‑founder of condemned the flyers and the race at 9:45 p.m. Houghtaling (both D‑Monmouth)
the National Sikh Campaign. “It alleged that they were not associ‑ During a tough night for New won re‑election Tuesday.
showed to young Sikh Americans ated with his campaign. Jersey Republicans, Beckʼs loss was Gopal, 32, is the former chairman
that our potential in the country “I think that thereʼs generally a especially stark. The party lacks a of the Monmouth County
is limitless.” large lack of understanding deep bench and Beck was one of the Democrats. He fundraised at a
An Indian American civil rights Ravinder Bhalla around who a Sikh American is, few politicians that was seen as steady pace all year and got some
lawyer and city politician, Bhalla then ran for city council in New what a Sikh American looks like, having potential to run for higher last‑minute help from a super PAC
entered the mayoral race after Jersey, winning and serving two what it means to be a Sikh office. “I have been so honored to aligned with South Jersey power
incumbent Mayor Dawn terms as a city council member. American, and because of a lot of serve you and I want to wish Vin broker George Norcross, which
Zimmerʼs decision not to run for Bhalla beat out five other can‑ that lack of knowledge, igno‑ Gopal the best as he now takes the dropped more than $876,000 on
re‑election and her endorsement didates for the position, includ‑ rance tends to also manifest in reins,” Beck said in a short conces‑ the race in the last days. “Iʼm a life‑
for his campaign. Bhalla graduat‑ ing fellow Hoboken City hatred,” said Anumita Kaur, a fel‑ sion speech at Guadagnoʼs election long resident of Monmouth County.
ed from UC Berkeley with a Councilmembers Mike DeFusco low for the National Sikh night event. Democrats snagged the I love this county,” he said earlier
degree in political psychology and Jennifer Giattino. Campaign. districtʼs two Assembly seats from Tuesday. The 11th legislative dis‑
before receiving a masterʼs “Weʼre proud to see him have Bhalla will begin working on Republicans in 2015, and now con‑ trict covers 18 towns in Monmouth
degree in public administration his turban and his beard, know‑ his proposed policies when his trol all the legislative seats in the County, including Asbury Park and
and public policy from the ing that people will misinterpret term begins in January 2018. district. Assemblywoman Joann Freehold.
London School of Economics. He it. … He knows that heʼs standing (Source: Downey and Assemblyman Eric (Source:

Falguni Patel elected to Deven Patel re-elected, Joyce Mehta elected
Edison School Board to South Brunswick Board of Education
amidst racial attack Edison: Deven Patel, an Indian‑
American from South Brunswick got
New Delhi: Falguni Patel, an Indian‑ re‑elected for three‑year term as a
American corporate and immigra‑ member of the South Brunswick
tion lawyer has been elected to an Board of Education with more than
Asian school board in New Jersey's 3,500 votes in Tuesdayʼs general
Edison township. Her election to the election. Another Indian‑American
board comes after flyers with xeno‑ woman Joyce Mehta who received
phobic messages had appeared more than 3,700 votes got elected
which targeted her along with a first time in the board for two‑year
Flyers that appeared Deven Patel Joyce Mehta
Chinese‑American. She was elected term. Township of South Brunswick
to the Edison Township School before Patelʼs election is one of the most culturally diverse school board. He is currently Evaluation Advisory Committee
Board for three‑year term, New Jersey residents. The flyers had in the state with more than 23% employed as a Civil Engineer at New (DEAC).
reported. Jerry Shi, the Chinese‑ created uproar among the communi‑ South Asians living in the town. Jersey Department of While Joyce Mehta is newly elect‑
American candidate, was also elect‑ ty members in the city. The resi‑ The Board of Education elections Transportation. Patel serves as a ed to the board but not new to the
ed to the board. Both Falguni Patel dents had received anonymous let‑ had three open seats. Five candi‑ chairman of the South Brunswick school system as she has been
and Jerry Shi were targeted in mail‑ ters in their mail. The said letters dates ran for three‑year term and Township Transportation Advisory actively serving as parent advocate
ings which insisted that both of sought deportation of both Patel two candidates ran for one vacated Committee and a member of the and resident of South Brunswick for
them should be deported and that and Shi and said that Chinese and seat for two year term. The other Middlesex County Transportation the past 12 years with two daugh‑
Chinese and Indians were taking Indian are taking over the town. The two winners were incumbents. Coordinating Committee represent‑ ters in school system.
over their town. Earlier this month, flyers had mugshots of both Patel Patrick Del Piano received more ing South Brunswick Township. She is a lawyer by profession and
flyers with xenophobic messages and Shi with the word "deport" than 3,400 votes and Arthur He has been actively involved in actively involved and working tire‑
targeting the two Asian‑American stamped over them. The flyers also Robinson received more than 4,000 school board committees as a chair lessly for the past few years for all
school board candidates had had the slogan "Make Edison Great votes. Deven Patel has been serving of Curriculum and Academic policy, children in South Brunswick school
reached the mailboxes of several Again." (Source: diligently for the past six years in Policy Committee and District district.
10 November 18-24, 2017 US AFFAIRS

McConnell calls on
Sexual misconduct transcends Roy Moore to exit
ethnicity and nationality Senate race over
sex claims

An array of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and Bill OʼReilly has been spurred by bold
stands taken by women like Gwyneth Paltrow and Megyn Kelly, which emboldened other women to expose sexual predators.
Roy Moore is digging in the race for Senate
Comment by Chandra K. Mittal and shame for many years. They have American icon Sunil Thakkar for sexual
seat from Alabama, leaving few good options
given them voice and courage to come out assault of a teenager are yet other exam‑ for the GOP establishment. (Photo : AP)

f sexual misconduct were an infectious and state their case to the public. Current ples that sexual misconduct bug has bitten
Washington: Senate Majority Leader Mitch
disease, society would likely label 2017 social media and internet technology has the Indian‑American community as well,
McConnell (R‑Ky.) said Monday that Republican
as a year of sexual epidemic, albeit a also facilitated the exposure of this social which is otherwise an accomplished model
nominee Roy Moore should end his Senate cam‑
multi‑source one. Unfortunately, it is not a evil. minority of America.
paign in Alabama, following allegations that he
time‑specific affliction. Nor is it confined to The menace of sexual misconduct is not Because there are no eye‑witnesses to
initiated a sexual encounter with a 14‑year‑old
a region, race, ethnicity or nationality of confined to any field or race but includes the sexual misconduct crime, such allega‑
girl when he was 32.
the perpetrator. It is indeed specific to people of diverse backgrounds such as tions are difficult to prove in the court of
“I think he should step aside,” McConnell said,
human species, where one exerts his/her politicians, artists, scholars, educators, sci‑ law and hard to prosecute for lack of sub‑
reported Washington Post. His comments
power (be it muscle, money, authority, aura, entists, priests, Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, stantive physical or chemical evidence. As a
marked the most definitive position he has taken
etc.) to coerce the weak (subordinate, jun‑ Asians, etc. There are, however, differences result, many perpetrators are either acquit‑
on Mooreʼs candidacy since The Washington
ior, female, child, etc.) into sexual submis‑ in the degrees and extent of misconduct ted or are never charged with the crime.
Post reported the allegations on Thursday. Asked
sion. Lately, many American celebrities and reporting among various groups, which is As unfortunate and serious as the crime
by a reporter whether he believed the allega‑
icons have fallen from grace due to allega‑ related to their cultural and individualistic of sexual misconduct is, America has not
tions, McConnell responded: “I believe the
tions of sexual misconduct which includes differences. For example, women in Asian seen the last of it. In fact, it is only the tip of
women, yes.”
sexual harassment, assault, sexual abuse, communities suppress their abuse for fear the iceberg.
Although it is too late to remove Mooreʼs name
etc. These have included flamboyant jour‑ of public shame and blame in male‑domi‑ In the end, sexual misconduct is really a
from the ballot before the Dec. 12 special elec‑
nalist Bill OʼReilly, Fox News boss Roger nated closed societies. Unfortunately, this variant of emotional abuse of a person that
tion, McConnell said he is exploring the option of
Ailes, Hollywood Film producer Harvey encourages many men to take advantage of leaves permanent scar on the victimʼs psy‑
a write‑in campaign by Sen. Luther Strange,
Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey, MSNBC this female weakness. che as abuse demeans and humiliates them.
whom Moore defeated in the primary, or another
journalist Mark Halperin, and Bill Cosby to Recently, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Perhaps the best way to prevent this evil is
name a few. Chairman of the UN's Intergovernmental transparency, sympathy, support and quick
T he Post reported T hursday that Leig h
While sexual misconduct is nothing new, Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who had legal action. Although, there are federal
Corfman alleged that Moore initiated a sexual
its frenetic public exposure recently has shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with laws to prevent sexual harassment and mis‑
encounter with her when she was 14 and Moore
caught on with celebrity victims like Vice‑President Al Gore, was forced out due conduct, these cannot be fully effective if
was a 32‑year‑old assistant district attorney.
actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie or to sexual harassment charge against his either the victim or the knowledgeable peo‑
Moore has denied the allegations and has vowed
TV personalities Gretchen Carlson and subordinate employee in India. Similarly, ple do not act including involving the
to continue his campaign. The allegations have
Megyn Kelly taking on the powerful perpe‑ disciplinary and punitive action against media. Society can protect itself against
sent shock waves through Washington, with sev‑
trators like Ailes, OʼReilly and Harvey USC Medical School Dean Dr. Rohit Varma, these characters only by simply exposing
eral high‑profile Republicans urging the married
Weinstein. These victims have indeed University of California, Berkeley legal them and bringing them to justice.
father‑of‑four to quit the Senate race if the
paved the way for many weak and intimi‑ scholar Sujit Chowdhry, and the conviction Houston based Dr. Chandra Mittal is co‑
claims are true.
dated who had been languishing in silence of Houston‑based Radio host and Indo‑ founder of Indo‑American Association.

America's Pledge commits climate action
Bonn: In a first, California prises more than 2,300 signato‑ economy than any nation outside
Governor Edmund G. Brown and ries to the "We Are Still In" decla‑ the US and China," an of ficial
UN Secretary‑General's Special ration. statement quoting Bloomberg
Envoy for Cities and Climate In addition, the report finds said.
Change Michael R. Bloomberg that a total of 20 US states, 110 "Together, they are helping
released the America's Pledge cities, and over 1,400 businesses deliver on the promise of the
report last Saturday at the UN cli‑ with US operations representing agreement and ensuring the US
mate change conference here. $25 trillion in market capitaliza‑ remains a global leader in the
The report is the first communi‑ tion and nearly one gigatons of fight against climate change. In
cation to the international com‑ GHG emissions per year have Paris, the US pledged to measure
munity specifically addressing adopted quantified emissions and report our progress reducing
the scope and scale of non‑feder‑ reduction targets. emissions alongside every other
al climate action in the US follow‑ The most ambitious of these nation."
ing the Trump administration's targets, such as those adopted by The report was released at an
decision to withdraw from the California, mirror the nationally event featuring UN Framework
2015 Paris Climate Agreement. determined contributions (NDCs) Convention on Climate Change
It captures and quantifies the of national governments. (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary
outpouring of public support for America's Pledge co‑chairs Governor Brown and Michael Bloomberg "The group of American cities, Patricia Espinosa and Fijian
at the Bonn climate meet. (Photo: Bloomberg ‑ Twitter)
the agreement since the with‑ states, and businesses who President Frank Bainimarama,
drawal announcement, finding representing more than half the declared their support for the remain committed to the Paris who is chairing the COP‑23,
that cities, states and businesses US economy and population have Paris Agreement. The report com‑ Agreement represents a bigger besides others. US AFFAIRS November 18-24, 2017 11

Trump calls for lower top tax Trump Jr. had Twitter
rate and Obamacare exchanges with WikiLeaks
individual mandate to go Washington: Donald Trump Jr., President's
eldest son, has released exchanges he had
Washington: President Donald Trump just already decided not to put the individual with the WikiLeaks Twitter account via
added complications to the Republican tax‑ mandate repeal into its tax plan. The panel direct messages during the 2016 presiden‑
reform debate.The President on Monday approved a tax bill last week, and House tial campaign, the media reported.
called for major changes to the tax plans Republicans want the full chamber to pass it Trump Jr. tweeted the exchange on
currently working their way through this week. Monday, saying: "Here is the entire chain
Congress. In a tweet sent while he was in House Republicans already face a chal‑ of messages with @wikileaks (with my
Asia, Trump said he wants to see more lenge in holding on to blue‑state GOP votes whopping three responses) which one of
tweaks. He urged Republicans to repeal the due to its proposed plan to end state and the congressional committees has chosen
Affordable Care Act provision requiring local tax deductions. to selectively leak. How ironic!"
most Americans to buy insurance or pay a The Senate has proposed its own bill that According to the released messages,
penalty. By doing so, the GOP could then it is in the process of marking up, or debat‑ WikiLeaks reached out to Trump Jr. on
chop the top individual income tax rate to ing and amending. September 20, 2016, regarding a political
35 percent with "all the rest going to middle Trump's proposed top rate of 35 percent action committee (PAC)‑funded, anti‑
income cuts," the president contended. is lower than that in the House and Senate Donald Trump Jr.
Trump website.
Trump's tweet adds confusion to an plans. The House would keep the highest A source familiar with the matter told In the October 3 exchange, the
already complicated and contentious income‑tax bracket at 39.6 percent. The CNN that Congress has had the documents WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a message
process to overhaul the tax system. Senate bill would cut it slightly to 38.5 per‑ for a while, and Trump Jr. was briefly to Trump Jr. that said: "Hiya, it'd be great if
Lawmakers aim to balance raising revenue cent. The president's call for an even lower asked about the exchanges during a you guys could comment on/push this
to pay for major tax cuts without losing GOP rate on high‑income Americans sparked closed‑door interview he had with the story," and proceeded to link to a quote
votes and endangering the bill. more criticism from Democrats who say the Senate judiciary committee this September. from Clinton suggesting a drone strike
Scrapping Obamacare's individual man‑ GOP plan goes much further to help wealthy Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Trump Jr., against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange,
date would save the government $338 bil‑ Americans than middle‑income workers. said: "Putting aside the question as to why according to the messages shared by
lion over 10 years, the Congressional In a statement, Senate Minority Leader or by whom such documents, provided to Trump Jr.
Budget Office estimated this month, giving Chuck Schumer, D‑N.Y., said Trump's pro‑ Congress under promises of confidentiali‑ "Already did that earlier today," Trump
the GOP more room to chop rates. However, posal "would send premiums for millions of ty, have been selectively leaked, we can say Jr. wrote back. "It's amazing what she can
any proposal to do so will prove politically Americans skyrocketing, all so that the with confidence that we have no concerns get away with."
contentious, partly because the CBO projects wealthy can get an even bigger tax giveaway about these documents and any questions Monday's revelation comes amid several
13 million more Americans would be unin‑ than they'd get under the original raised about them have been easily investigations into possible links between
sured by 2027. Republican plan." answered in the appropriate forum." President Trumpʼs campaign and Russia.
Average health insurance premiums are Said Schumer: "The President's awful idea Trump Jr. responded to two of the mes‑ Trump Jr. faced scrutiny after it was dis‑
also expected to rise without the individual would take a plan that's already heavily tilt‑ sages initiated by WikiLeaks, the one sent closed that he had ag reed to meet a
mandate. ed towards the wealthy and make it even on September 21, 2016, and then again on Russian attorney in June 2016 who prom‑
The House Ways and Means Committee worse." October 3, 2016. ised "dirt" on Clinton.

Joe Biden doesn't rule Flynn probed over plot to
out 2020 run 'kidnap' Turkish cleric
Washington: Former Washington: President
Vice President Joe Trump's former
Biden said that he was National Security
not actively planning a Adviser Michael Flynn
run for president in is under investigation
2020, but he also did for alleged involvement
not rule it out, the in a plot to forcibly
media reported. remove a Turkish dissi‑
Biden made the dent cleric living in the
remarks in an interview US and deliver him
on Sunday with Oprah back to his country in
Winfrey as part of a return for millions of
publicity tour for his dollars.
new book, "Promise Me, According to The
Dad: A Year of Hope, Wall Street Journal,
Former Vice President Joe Biden has just published his memoir.
Hardship, and Purpose", Flynn ‑‑ who quit his
adding to speculation Biden contended that while he thought Michael Flynn, who was ousted as National Security Adviser in
post after misleading
about whether he will join the next presi‑ he could have secured the Democratic the Trump administration earlier this year
the White House about
dential race, reports CNN. nomination, he also thought Hillary Clinton meeting a Russian The Journal reported that the FBI ques‑
During the interview, Winfrey asked would be a great president. envoy before Trump took office ‑‑ dis‑ tioned at least four people in regard to a
Biden if he had considered a 2020 run. But, he said, as Election Day approached, cussed having cleric Fethullah Gulen mid‑December meeting in New York at
Biden responded: "No, not yet... And I say he thought Clinton would lose. transported on a private jet to the Turkish the "21" Club. Discussions between Flynn
that 'not yet' because I'm a great respecter "I did 83 events... A month out, I came prison island of Imrali. He was reportedly and Turkish representatives reportedly
of fate. back and said, 'We're going to lose this offered as much as $15 million for the took place there.
Biden's memoir chronicles the year 2015, election'." act.Gulen is a political rival to Turkish The Journal said the people who
in which his son, Beau, died of brain cancer Biden also pinned Clinton's loss in part President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has described the alleged proposal didn't
at age 46, and he decided against running on "identity politics" and bemoaned her been accused of being behind the failed attend the December meeting and didn't
in the presidential race out of concern for campaign's inability to follow in the foot‑ July 2016 coup. have direct knowledge of the details.
his family and the need to grieve for Beau's steps of former President Barack Obama's Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is There's no indication that money changed
loss. successful presidential bids. examining the meeting Flynn had with hands or that an agreement was made.
In the interview, Biden said he made the "I think what happened is we got to the senior Turkish officials. Flynn's lawyers The discussions allegedly included how
right call, but he repeated his regret that point where it became identity politics... fully denied the Journal story and called to transport Gulen on a private jet to
he had not ascended to the nation's highest T hey learned the wrong lessons from the claims as "outrageous". Turkey.
office. Barack's brilliant campaigns."
12 November 18-24, 2017 INDIA

Hope East Asia Summit Ryan student wanted exams
gets more salience: Modi postponed, killed Pradhuman
New Delhi: In a dramatic twist to the mur‑
Manila: Prime
der of a Class 2 student of Ryan
M i n i s t e r
International School in Gurugram, the CBI
Narendra Modi
said the crime was committed by a 16‑
expressed the
year‑old student of the school who want‑
hope that the
ed to delay upcoming exams. The revela‑
East Asia
tion derailed Haryana Police's claim that
Summit, a pre‑
a school bus conductor, in jail since then,
mier forum of
the Asean mem‑ was the killer.
ber states and A court in Gurugram in Haryana sent
eig ht other the Class 11 student, whose name is
countries, being withheld, to CBI custody after
attains more declaring him a juvenile.
salience in the CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said
future. the student was detained on Tuesday
CBI officials produce the 16‑year‑old stu‑
"We look for‑ night as the prime suspect in the gory
dent of Ryan International School
ward to the East September 8 murder of Pradhuman
accused of murdering Pradhuman, in
Asia Summit Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 12th East Asia Summit Thakur that had earlier led to the arrest Gurugram. (Photo: IANS)
attaining greater in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: IANS/PIB) of the conductor who Haryana Police
salience in years insisted had committed the murder. Meeting postponed". Pradhuman, 7, was
to come," External Af fairs Ministry the leaders to exchange views and assess The CBI said the fresh development his random target. And after the killing,
spokesperson quoted Modi as saying while international issues of concern, including came after "inspection of the crime spot, the school was shut down for days.
addressing the 12th East Asia Summit here. traditional and non‑traditional security scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, The officer said the prime suspect was
"I reiterate my commitment to work with threats, primarily terrorism, maritime statements and questioning of several interrogated mainly on the basis of CCTV
you to address the political, security and cooperation and security and non‑prolifer‑ people" that revealed the suspect had car‑ footage, which showed him coming out of
economic issues of the region," Modi said. ation. In his speech, Modi said the Asean, ried a knife to the school on that day and the school toilet where Pradhuman's body
Leaders of the 10 Asso ciat ion of which was formed in times of a great glob‑ used it to kill his junior school mate. was found with his throat slit ‑‑ a crime
Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) states ‑ al divide and is this year celebrating the "The weapon used in the commission of that generated shock and revulsion.
Brunei, Cambo dia, Indonesia, Laos, golden jubilee of its formation, "shines as a the crime is a knife which was recovered The father of the Class 11 student said
Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, beacon of hope, a symbol of peace and initially by police in Gurugram. It is now his son was being framed.
Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam ‑ and of prosperity". with us," Dayal told reporters here. The Haryana Police had earlier claimed
Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Modi arrived here on a three‑day visit to that Pradhuman was killed by conductor
Dayal said the detained student was
Russia, South Korea and the US hold this the Philippines, the first prime ministerial weak in studies and "wanted to have Ashok Kumar inside the toilet as the boy
annual summit. visit to this country in 36 years since the resisted a bid to sodomize him.
examinations and a Parent‑Teacher
The forum provides an opportunity for visit of Indira Gandhi in 1981.

'Sweet news' as
Bengal wins GI tag Nothing can stop release of
for 'rosogolla'
Kolkata: Ending a bitter fight with neigh‑
boring Odisha, West Bengal won the
Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the
'Padmavati: Deepika
New Delhi: A decade ago when she forayed into Bollywood,
iconic 'rosogolla', signifying that the Deepika Padukone never imagined she would be a Sanjay Leela
spongy, syrupy sweet originated in its ter‑ Bhansali heroine.
ritory. Now, as she prepares for the re lease of epic drama
The announcement by the GI registry "Padmavati", which clocks her trilogy with the filmmaker, the
has drawn the final curtain over an intense actress is confident the movie will tide over the controversy, hit
two‑and‑a‑half year battle between the two the screens and win a "bigger battle" for the industry.
states over the origin of the popular ball‑ "As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film, and to tell
shaped sweet made from cottage cheese. this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now,"
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Deepika, who plays the title role in "Padmavati" ‑‑ Bhansali's
Banerjee, now in London, called it a "sweet professed tribute to the sacrifice, valor and honor of Rajput
news". queen Rani Padmavati ‑‑ told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
"Sweet news for us all. We are very Doubts on the extent to which the National Award winning
happy and proud that Bengal has been filmmaker has fictionalized the story, has led to a spiraling con‑
granted GI status for Rosogolla," Banerjee troversy with politicians, organizations and individuals raising a
tweeted. finger at Bhansali for "distorting history" and demanding that
The dispute began in 2015 when Odisha the release of "Padmavati" be stalled. Deepika is convinced the
claimed that rosogolla originated in the movie will release, as scheduled, on December 1.
state 600 years ago and was first served at "It's appalling, it's absolutely appalling. What have we gotten
the 12th‑century Lord Jagannath temple in ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We
Puri. have regressed," she said, commenting on the hullabaloo the
The Odisha government set up three movie is causing pre‑release.
committees to look into the evidence "The only people we are answerable to is the censor board,
regarding the origin of rosogolla in Odisha. and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of
Countering Odisha's claim, the Bengal this film," said Deepika, adding that the film industry's support
government applied for GI tag for the symbolises how "this is not about 'Padmavati'... We're fighting a
sweet, asserting there was "ample" docu‑ much bigger battle".
mentary evidence to prove the sweet "Padmavati" marks the third film that Deepika has worked in
belongs to Bengal.Bengal has steadfastly under Bhansali's direction after romantic crime drama "Goliyon
maintained that rosogolla was invented by Ki Raasleela Ram‑Leela" and historical drama "Bajirao Mastani"
‑‑ all of which, she says, gave her roles "so similar, yet so
Deepika Padukone during the 3D trailer launch of her
famous sweetmeat maker Navin Chandra upcoming film "Padmavati" in Mumbai. (Photo: IANS)
Das in 1868. INDIA November 18-24, 2017 13

Air quality back to 'severe‑plus' in Delhi
New Delhi: The air quality in Delhi‑
NCR was back to "severe‑plus" or United Airlines
"emergency" category on Nov 13 ‑‑
for the second time in past six days
‑‑ even as the Delhi government operations to
urged the National Green Tribunal
smog‑hit Delhi
(NGT ) to allow exemptions for
women drivers and two‑wheelers New Delhi: US‑based passenger
for "this year" in implementation of carrier United Airlines said it
the odd‑even traf fic restriction has temporarily suspended its
scheme. Newark‑New Delhi flights due
The toxicity in the air rose to to poor air quality concerns in
"severe‑plus" category on a day New Delhi.
schools in the national capital The airline suspended the
reopened after remaining closed Newark‑New Delhi operations
since Nov 9 due to "severe" air pol‑ from Friday and has offered
lution levels. "waiver policies" to passengers
The weather monitoring agen‑ travelling "to, from or through"
cies, on the other hand, warned of Delhi.
further rise in the toxicity levels. "We are monitoring advi‑
Haryana Chie f Minister sories as the region remains
Manoharlal Khattar and his Delhi under a public health emer‑
counterpart Arvind Kejriwal traded gency, and are coordinating
barbs over the proposed meeting with respective government
on the raging issue of stubble burn‑ agencies," a United Airlines
An aerial view of the smog covered Central Delhi (Photo: IANS).
ing. The Delhi government, which Spokesperson said.
had decided to halt the odd‑even Green Tribunal (NGT) had given the The Delhi government had said it Index (AQI) in the national capital
traf fic restriction scheme, which go‑ahead to the odd‑even scheme would approach the green court on Nov 13 at 8.00 p.m was 449, in the air with a diameter less than
was scheduled to be implemented but disapproved the exemptions again, requesting the exemptions with PM2.5 at 447 units. For the 2.5mm ‑‑ is 25 micrograms per
from November 13 to 17, moved given during the previous two and, subject to the NGT decision, it entire Delhi‑NCR, the average was cubic meters as per international
the country's top green tribunal rounds of odd‑even scheme in would "consider implementing it 440 units, with PM2.5 at 438 units. standards, though it is 60 units
with a review petition. The National January and April 2016. again". The average Air Quality The safe limit for PM2.5 ‑‑ particles according to Indian standards.

Rahul sees 'Congress Rs 1,430 CR TAX EVASION
tsunami' in Gujarat BY SASIKALA KIN
Chennai: The Income Tax
Thara (Gujarat): Congress Vice Department has unearthed tax
President Rahul Gandhi asserted evasion of Rs 1,430 crore dur‑
that his party will sweep the ing its raids/searches spread
Gujarat state polls in December, over five days at the premises
as a "tsunami is coming and the of jailed AIADMK leader V.K.
(ruling) BJP is scared of it", and Sasikala's kin and their busi‑
exhorted his party not to speak ness associates, an official said.
low of the of fice of Prime "We have found tax evasion of
Minister even while criticizing Rs 1,430 crore, as of now. This
the government. figure is likely to go up as we
He said the electoral battle have also seized incriminating
between the Bharatiya Janata documents. We have seized Rs
Party (BJP) and the Congress was 7 crore in cash, and gold jewel‑
a "battle of truth versus lies", but ry worth around Rs 5 crore,"
asked his party to exercise the senior tax official said on
restraint even while criticizing the condition of anonymity.
the government's policies and He said the department wait‑
not get personal. Congress Vice President Rahul interacting with people in Gujarat. ed for individuals and compa‑ AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala is
"(Prime Minister Narendra) currently serving a jail sentence
nies associated with Sasikala to
Modi may say anything about us, in Chennai.
but we will not indulge in any Himachal polls see 74% turnout file their tax returns for the last
fiscal, adding that searches connection with unexplained
loose talks about him and main‑ Shimla: A record over 74 per cent, highest in four decades, of were carried out to detect tax routing of cash post‑demoneti‑
tain the decorum of the office of Himachal Pradesh's 50.25 lakh electorate exercised their franchise in evasion based on the filings and zation through shell companies
Prime Minister." the assembly elections where the ruling Congress and the BJP were the data with the Income Tax allegedly connected to Sasikala
Gandhi was referring to some locked in a straight contest. Department. The official said and her nephew T.T.V.
party leaders who during the "The percentage is expected to go up further. This is the highest poll that tax demand would be Dinakaran, who heads one of
election campaign termed Modi percentage recorded by the hill state in assembly polls," Dilip Sharma, raised after analyzing the docu‑ the factions of the ruling
as "feku (one who makes base‑ Director General, Election Commission, told reporters in New Delhi. ments and obtaining clarifica‑ AIADMK.
less claims)" or "gappabaaz (a big Election officials said the polling was peaceful and no major unto‑ tions. Sasikala, currently serv‑ A team of around 1,800 IT
liar)". ward incident was reported from the 68 seats. ing a jail sentence after convic‑ officials had knocked at the
In the fourth leg of his three‑ tion for corruption, was a confi‑
north Gujarat's Banaskantha dis‑ booths and to everyone what you doors of 187 premises ‑‑ resi‑
day pitched regionwise cam‑ dante of late Tamil Nadu Chief
trict, he said: "T he Congress feel about GST, note ban and the dences and offices and farm‑
paigns, Gandhi exhorted the peo‑ Minister J. Jayalalithaa and
workers have tolerated the BJP government taking everyone for houses ‑‑ to carry out one of the
ple to demonstrate their anger lived with her for decades. The
rule for 22 years and now it is a ride on the Narmada dam, and biggest income tax searches on
through votes. searches were conducted in
high time. Show it at the polling bring about a change." Sasikala's kin and associates.
Speaking at a rally in Thara in
14 November 18-24, 2017 COMMUNITY

Ekal Vidyalaya raises $2 Million at a glittering gala
New York: Ekal Vidyalaya Ranjani Saigal, the Executive
Foundationʼs glittering gala on Director, capsuled the Ekal mission
November 4 at the Cipriani hotel on through a couple of brief ʻreality
Wall Street was a grand success. videosʼ that also depicted use of dig‑
The response for this highly antici‑ ital technology, organic farming,
pated event was simply overwhelm‑ and skill‑training centers which are
ing, not only in terms of capacity‑ empowering rural life.
attendance, but also donorsʼ enthu‑ In her keynote, Ms. Mitzi Perdue,
siasm to support a worthy cause. the heiress to the Sheraton hotel
The evening raised over $2 Million. chain and Perdue Poultry Farms,
Ekal had been raising funds in regaled the audience with three
USA so far through a series of con‑ heartwarming stories about Ekal,
certs mainly at grassroot level, until that also reflected the importance
now. This gala reached out to the of education for better achieve‑
corporate world and high net‑worth ments in life. Her speech enthused
individuals and bring mainstream so many people that live mission‑
America into its fold. based auction for raising funds had
T his impeccably organized a jump start with pledging process
Dr Subhash Chandra, founder of ZEE TV and Chairman of Ekal‑Global, was felicitated at the New York event.
eveningʼs main architect was Mohan reaching one million mark within
Wanchoo (Chairman and Founder first 15 minutes. Three generous
of EC Infosystems). He was ably donors – Chirag Patel, Ajay/Ranjini
supported in this event by Chirag Poddar and Sant Singh Chatwal –
Patel (Co‑CEO & Co‑Chairman of each donated $250,000 each.
Amneal Pharmaceuticals), Soner In the other keynote, Dr.
Kanlier (CEO, Jasmine Universe) Subhash Chandra, Chairman of
and Rajesh Gooty (Founder, ZEE TV &Chairman of Ekal‑
Pres.‑CEO of M Corp). Global, challenged the eco‑
We lcoming the guests, nomically blessed group of
Mohan Wanchoo briefed the people to shoulder responsi‑
august gathering about Ekalʼs bility of those in need. Lauding
multi‑dimensional approach to the generosity of big donors, he
uplift rural and tribal areas of elaborated that numerous small
India through emphasis on litera‑ donors were equally important as
cy, healthcare, integrated village Mohan Mitzi they had larger stake in building
development and empowerment of Wanchoo Perdue, heiress any nation by their sheer num‑
village folks. He stated that Ekal (Chairman, EC to the Sheraton ber. T he evening was inter‑
currently has 58,000 schools school. Infosystems) was of Ekal‑USA, hotel chain & Perdue
spersed with fabulous Indian
Chirag Patel the Gala Chair. paid tribute to Poultry Farms.
spread all over India supporting Ranjani dances. Ekal now plans to host
1.56 million children ‑ more than thanked all Ekal teachers working Ekal leadership in such ʻGalasʼ in various US metros
Saigal and Ramesh
half of which were girls. He stressed at grassroot leve l in India and USA as well Ekal‑India team, which such as LA, Chicago and Houston.
Shah were acknowledged while for
that the project cost, including imparting life‑sustaining education had flown in specially for this occa‑
Ekal‑India Dr Subhash Chandra, Founded 29 years ago, Ekal has
administration and monitoring was to the children facing various hur‑ sion. Under Ekal‑USA leadership
Bajrang Bagra, Laxmi Goel, and chapters in 10 countries including
only $1‑a‑day or $365 per year per dles. Vinod Jhunjhunwala, President Ashok Danda, Subhash Gupta,
Naresh Jain were recognized. in the Middle‑East.

AIM for SEVA holds fundraiser with delightful dances
Special to
The South Asian Times

New York: The fourth annual
fundraiser of AIM for SEVA,
titled Antar‑Yatra (the Journey
Within), was held earlier this
month, drawing a near houseful
audience to the dance drama at
the Ganesh Temple auditorium
in Flushing, NY.
There are three dance forms
of the Coromandel Coast in
India, four music styles and five
languages, aside from folk
dances and martial arts. All
these constitute the Yatra, which
drew the multilingual Indian Vignettes from the dance‑drama Antar‑Yatra
audience, aside from a sprin‑ from the eastern coast̶accom‑ ditional art forms of India. The added a press release from the ‑‑ with a place to live, nutritious
kling of Americans. panied by Carnatic, Oriya and versatile Biswas used Sanskrit, organizers about the November food, clothing, education, health
The delightful performances Hindustani music styles ‑‑ mes‑ Maithili, Oriya, Tamil and 3 event. care and extracurricular activi‑
by the participants in the Yatra merized the gathering. Props Telugu lyrics in the songs. The The All India Movement (AIM) ties, all at no cost to their par‑
were choreographed by were also magnificent and light‑ head and neck movements of for SEVA, founded in year 2000 ents. Nearly 40,000 such chil‑
Sharmila Biswas, a noted ing brilliant. The Yatra was the the dancers drew wide applause. by Swami Dayananda Saraswati dren have benefited so far.
danseuse and choreographer in brainchild of Sharmila Biswas, “Biswasʼ attention to detail, (1930‑2015) is an integrated The NYC chapter, one of 23
India. The dances in styles of who is known for her originality, unique utilization of props, community development pro‑ other such centers, is coordinat‑
Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh), techniques and stage designs. stage effects that were synchro‑ gram in India across 16 states. ed by Krishna and Ananda Iyer.
Odissi (Odisha) and Her choreography was based on nized to sound and lighting left It provides underprivileged chil‑ Contact: 516‑234‑9280; aimfor‑
Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu) years of research on diverse tra‑ the audience wanting more,” dren – from grade 4 to grade 12‑york/ November 18-24, 2017
16 November 18-24, 2017 INTERVIEW

I want to be a voice for Indian Americans
in US Congress: Aruna Miller
By Surekha Vijh EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW the 2012 Democratic National
Washington DC: In the November 7 In 1990, Miller moved to Montgomery
elections Democratic candidates won County, where she married her college consensus and forged commonsense, progres‑
overwhelmingly from coast to coast, sweetheart, David Miller. They have sive solutions.”
and that included victorious Indian three daughters: Meena, Chloe, and Miller is one of four Democrats in the race
Americans. Now there is yet another Sasha. Aruna Miller is an avid animal for the same Congressional seat. Incumbent
Indian American politician who is gain‑ rights advocate and vegetarian. Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat, announced in
ing popularity not only in the Indian Maryland House Speaker Michael E. July that he would seek the Democratic nomi‑
American circles but also in the Busch endorsed Aruna Miller earlier this nation for US President.
Democratic Party as such. month in her campaign for a Marylandʼs 6th Congressional District was
Meet Aruna Miller, a member of Congressional seat, weighing into a nas‑ competitive in 2012, when Delaney unseated
Marylandʼs House of Delegates, who is cent race that will become one of the a veteran Republican, and again in 2014.
running for US Congress in 2018. She most closely watched in the state next Democratic turnout is expected to be higher
has already been endorsed by many of year. next year than it was in 2014, and so the
her fellow Delegates and Democrat The endorsement, which marks the Democratic nominee would likely have an
leaders for her Congressional bid from first time a Maryland leader has backed advantage in November.
Aruna Miller with Kumar Barve, former Maryland Majority leader
the 6th District of Maryland. a candidate in a 2018 federal race, comes Miller is running for US House against busi‑
Sworn into the stateʼs House of Delegates in “I have raised three girls, balancing career weeks after Miller received the support of nessman David Trone, co‑owner of national
2011, she was appointed to the Ways and and family while taking care of aging parents, Emilyʼs List, the Washington‑based group that liquor retailer Total Wine & More, state Sen.
Means Committee (revenue, transportation & I have done it all,” she said. helps Democratic women. Roger Manno and retired intelligence officer
education subcommittees). “Iʼm middle America,” she prof fered. “My “In her time in Annapolis (capital of Andrew Duck. Nadia Hashimi, a pediatrician
Talking to The South Asian Timesʼ DC corre‑ main issues in my run for US Congress are Maryland), Aruna Miller has taken on some of and author from Potomac, is the other woman
spondent, Aruna said she has been over‑ education, healthcare and environment,” she the most dif ficult and sensitive issues we seeking Democratic nomination in the pri‑
whe lmed by the support of the Indian added. “I would also fight for the rights of face,” Busch said in a statement. “She's built maries next year.
Americans, who are helping her morally as immigrants.”
well as in fundraising. Miller said she was heartened by the Nov 7
The first thing she said she would do is to election results, in which so many Indian‑ori‑
“expand Indian American voice,” if she is gin candidates got elected in New Jersey. “I
elected to the US Congress. see a change already.”
Miller said she would bring diversity not Miller was born in Hyderabad, India. Her
only to her party but encourage it in the family came to the United States when she
country. She would bring her being civil engi‑ was eight years old. Along with her two sib‑
neer to bear on her new role: “I would have lings and parents, she lived in Poughkeepsie,
the first‑hand knowledge of the data and NY, where IBM employed her father as a
other scientific areas. I can add more expert‑ mechanical engineer. She went on to attend
ise and m voice in the field. I can understand Missouri University of Science and
factual data and understand policy.” As an Technology, earning a degree in Civil
engineer she has worked for 25 years in Engineering.
Virginia, Hawaii, California and, in She has been a Member of the House of
Montgomery County, MD, where she lives. Delegates since 2011, representing the large
She feels that she can help in creating jobs District 15 in Montgomery County. Delegate
in science and math, which were needed in Miller who serves on the Appropriations
the country. She would champion more jobs Committee is the first Indian American
for women, because they were represented by woman to be elected to the Maryland legisla‑
only 19% in the jobs, while they make 51% in ture. She said she has overseen programs that
the country.” advanced access to schools, employment cen‑
She feels confident to become a voice for ters, and community facilities that are safe for
the minorities, for women and for engineers. pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and
those with disabilities.
In 2015 she retired from her job with the
Montgomery County to devote her full atten‑
tion to her service in the Maryland legisla‑
ture. Aruna Miller, 52, was an architect of this
yearʼs successful effort to require the gover‑
nor to include at least $3 million in the budg‑
et annually for sexual assault crisis programs.
She was the lead sponsor of a measure to ban
the sale of e‑cigarettes to minors, legislation
then‑Gov. Martin OʼMalley signed into law in
Miller maintains her activism in community
organizations, including serving on the
boards of the Black Rock Center for the Arts,
the Montgomery County Public Schools
Educational Foundation, & the Indian
Biomedical Association. She is a graduate of
Aruna with her mother, husband David and Leadership Montgomery (class of 2013) and
three daughters. in 2012, she served as an at large Delegate to LENS EYE November 18-24, 2017 17

Trump clicked in ASIA
President Donald Trump flied back home Tuesday after an almost two week long Asia trip that
went off smoothly and generally met even his critics' low expectations. The primary purpose of his
visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines was to shore up relations with
those countries and their leaders, to talk trade and to drive consensus on combating the nuclear
ambitions of North Korea’s rogue regime. Here are a few glimpses of the First Couple in East Asia.

In his speech at the South Korean National Assembly in Seoul Nov.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng
8, President Donald Trump said that his country wants peace
Liyuan posing in front of Taihedian (the Hall of Supreme Harmony) during their visit to the Palace
through strength and does not seek conflict and confrontation.
Museum, or the Forbidden City, in Beijing on Nov. 8.

First lady Melania Trump visits the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall
of China, in Beijing on Nov 10. (Photo courtesy Reuters) Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting President Trump, in Manila, Philippines on Nov 13.

Heads of State pose
for group photo
during the 5th
ASEAN‑U.S. Summit
in Manila, the
Philippines, Nov. 13.
(Right) President
Trump was taken
off‑guard executing
a reverse
18 November 18-24, 2017 ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD


'DESI' TOUR IN MUMBAI 'Qarib Qarib Singlle':
Oscar‑winning actress Halle Berry is in
India and enjoying getting "lost" in the
streets of the country's financial and film
in a ponytail. It's a wide angle back shot,
and encapsulates a street lined by cars and
two‑wheelers and flanked by restaurants.
A frothy entertainer
capital in Mumbai. "Take time to get lost today," Berry wrote irector Tanuja
Berry, known for films like "Monster's
Ball", "Die Another Day" and "X‑Men",
revealed through her Instagram account
with the photograph, which includes a ban‑
ner of popular restaurant Bade Miya, known
best for its delectable kebabs.
D Chandra's "Qarib Qarib
Singlle" is a typical Mills
and Boon fare, a rom‑com in
that she is in India. Her visit comes amidst no pre‑publicity, the dot com age, where two
"Caught a sunrise in Mumbai…," the and the purpose of her visit in not known. drastically opposites meet on
actress posted recently, along with a photo‑ Actress‑producer Dia Mirza who met and the dark web and weave a
graph capturing a skyline full of high‑rises spoke to the Oscar winning Hollywood star romance that's difficult to
as the sun rays add an orange tinge to the said Berry was a warm and intelligent digest, nevertheless, it makes
sky. In another image posted a few hours woman. Last year, actors Will Smith and for a perfect fantasy narrative.
later, Berry is seen wearing a tie‑and‑dye Brad Pitt had come to India and surprised Jaya, a young widow after
knee‑length casual dress, with her hair tied the paparazzi. leading a staid life trying to
make others happy, decides to
add some zest in her own
world, by registering on to an
online dating site 'Ab Tak
Her online conversations
zero down to messages from
Yogi and they decide to meet
at a coffee shop.
The premise is definitely
interesting but the plot seems
forced and labored with a ver‑
bose exposition, flat and one‑
Actors Irrfan Khan and Parvathy
dimensional characters with
during the filmʼs promotion.
clichéd motivation and no
shades of grey. Though the chemistry character is supposed to be quirky and rich
between the lead pair seems forced and does and he portrays this with flourish.
not touch your heart, it is the brilliant per‑ Parvathy is convincing as Jaya, the South
formances and the cheeky one‑liners which Indian executive working in the health sector.
are delivered with élan that keep you hooked. Overall, "Qarib Qarib Singlle" is a well‑
Irrfan Khan as the motor‑mouth poet Yogi is made, light, frothy rom‑com that does not
Hollywood actress Halle Berryʼs visit comes amidst no pre‑publicity.
irritatingly funny, sincere and charming. His touch you emotionally.

India calling for Elizabeth Hurley again
fter Halle Berryʼs India visit, British ʻWilling to screen 'Padmavati'
A model and actress Elizabeth Hurley is
also coming to the country's financial
and film capital in Mumbai. According to a
for anyone after CBFC
well‑placed source, Hurley, who was once

he makers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's The movie is embroiled in a controversy as
married to Arun Nayar, a businessman of "Padmavati" are willing to show the some Hindu groups and political parties,
Indian origin, will be in India till November epic drama to anyone doubting its con‑ including the Congress and the BJP, claim
17. "She will be coming to Mumbai... She tent, but only on getting a green signal from that the film distorts history and wrongly
will be in India till November 17," the the Central Board of Film Certification portrays Rajput queen Padmavati, a con‑
source said. The reason which is bringing (CBFC). "We are screening the film to CBFC as tention Bhansali has repeatedly rebuffed.
Hurley, who was last seen on the small per established procedure and convention The conjecture is that the makers have
screen in "The Royals", to India, has been followed in the industry. Once a censor cer‑ showcased a romantic dream sequence
kept under wraps. tificate is obtained, we do not have any reser‑ between Rani Padmavati and invader
vations with screening the film to quell any Alauddin Khilji ‑‑ a claim put to rest by

Want to see Pak before I die: Rishi Kapoor doubts that are being cast on the film,
although such practice is without a prece‑
Bhansali as incorrect. Andhare is confident
the CBFC will have "appropriate representa‑
see their roots. Bas karva dijiye (Please dent," Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, tion from the necessary quarters, historians
make it happen)," Rishi tweeted. Rishi has a Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said. included. We have no reservations on that
house in Peshawar, Pakistan. It was con‑ Viacom18 Motion Pictures has produced count. We trust the CBFC's judgment," he
structed between 1918 and 1922 by Dewan "Padmavati" with Bhansali Productions, and said, as they await a CBFC screening of
Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of it will distribute the film in India. the film.
Prithviraj Kapoor, the first member of the
family to enter the film industry. The
Kapoors shifted to India after the 1947 par‑
Recently, former Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said the
part of Kashmir held by Islamabad will
remain with Pakistan and this was not going
to change. He said Jammu and Kashmir
The Kapoors shifted to India after needed more autonomy and chided those
the 1947 partition. seeking "azadi". Rishi wrote: "Abdullahji,
eteran actor Rishi Kapoor, 65, wishes Salaam! Totally agree with you, Sir. Jammu

V to visit Pakistan before he dies. "I am
65 years‑old and I want to see
Pakistan before I die. I want my children to
and Kashmir is ours and Pakistan‑occupied
Kashmir is theirs. This is the only way we
can solve our problem. Accept it." Actor Ranveer Singh in a still from 'Padmavati'. ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD November 18-24, 2017 19

IVANKA LIKELY TO ATTEND Salman, Aishwarya's films
RAHMAN'S CONCERT to clash on Eid 2018
uperstar Salman Khan's "Race 3" and "Race 3" team on the micro‑blogging web‑
ward‑winning composer A.R. Rahman

actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's site, and drew attention towards "how hot,
will begin his multi‑city tour titled
upcoming film "Fanney Khan" will clash cool, sweet, charming and sexy" Ramesh
A.R. Rahman Encore ‑‑ The Concert by
at the box office on Eid‑ul‑Fitr next June. Taurani looks.
setting the tone for the forthcoming Global
"Race 3" director Remo D'Souza shared Presented by Tips Industries Ltd, "Race 3"
Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in
the film's clapboard and captioned it: "The is produced by Ramesh S. Taurani. It also
biggest race of my life begins. 'Race 3' features Saqib Saleem, Bobby Deol and
The opening night of the concert will also
begins. Daisy Shah.
be the official opening night for the GES.
A tweet from "Fanney Khan" co‑producer On the other hand, "Fanney Khan", a musi‑
President Donald Trump's daughter and
KriArj Entertainment's page read: "Yeh Eid cal comedy film, is being directed by Atul
White House advisor Ivanka Trump is
'Fanney Khan' ke saath! 15th June, 2018. Manjrekar. The film is being jointly pro‑
expected to attend it, read a statement
Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, duced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, KriArj
issued on behalf of the organizers.
Rajkummar Rao." Entertainment and T‑Series.
The concert will be held on November 26
Given that both films are much talked It is the official remake of the Oscar‑nomi‑
at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium.
about, it is likely to be quite a clash. nated 2000 Dutch film "Everybody's
GES, to be held at the Hyderabad
Salman shared a photograph of the entire Famous!"
International Convention Centre (HICC),
will bring together 1,200 entrepreneurs,
investors and ecosystem supporters for
two‑and‑half days of training and mentor‑
ing sessions, networking and investment
matchmaking. The two‑day summit will
start on November 28.
The summit will highlight the theme
'Women First, Prosperity for All', and will
focus on supporting women entrepreneurs
and fostering economic growth globally.
Ivanka will be coming to Hyderabad for
Ivanka will lead the US delegation to the
the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Ivanka, along with Prime Minister tion with MTV, will celebrate his 25 years
Narendra Modi, will attend the main ses‑ in music. The event will take place in four
sion of GES on November 28 and will also Indian cities ‑‑ New Delhi, Hyderabad,
attend a few sessions the next day. Ahmedabad and Mumbai ‑‑ during
Rahman's concert, being held in associa‑ November and December.

MOMENT OF RECKONINGʼ Aishwarya Rai stars in ʻFanney Khanʼ, while Salman Khan stars in ʻRace 3ʼ.

harges of sexual harassment is what ducer and cookbook author, appreciates that
links Hollywood biggies Ben Affleck, people are speaking up. I deserve to be in a Khan‑starrer: Neetu
Brett Ratner, Charlie Sheen, Dustin Will it bring a change? ctress Neetu Chandra says that with
Hoffman, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback
and Kevin Spacey these days. Indian‑born
supermodel Padma Lakshmi hopes things
"Yes, I do (think so). I think it will be in
stages, but I do think it will (change things)
when people are talking (about it)," Padma
A her potential, she deserves to be in a
film opposite any of the three super‑
star Khans of Bollywood.
will change after several women have opened Lakshmi said over phone from the US. Neetu started her career in Bollywood
up, but says only "time will tell". "The number of people that have come out with the Priyadarshan movie "Garam
The entertainment industry ‑‑ be it about it is how things (will change for) all Masala". She then featured in films like
Hollywood or Bollywood ‑‑ is going through women and in all industries. I am hoping that "Traffic Signal", "Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!"
its moment of reckoning in the wake of it will allow for a change. Time will tell," she and "Rann", and worked with filmmakers
reports of sexual abuse coming in from all added. like Ram Gopal Varma, Madhur Bhandarkar
quarters. It all started with numerous women Padma Lakshmi, who was once married to and Dibakar Banerjee, to name a few. In the
coming forward to allege that Hollywood British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie, has last few years, she has not appeared in
mogul Weinstein used his position to harass featured in "Wasteland", "Pirates: Blood many films.
them. Brothers", "Boom" and "The Mistress of Asked what went wrong in her career, she
Padma Lakshmi, who is also a TV host, pro‑ Spices". says there are not many offers that came
her way and in her personal life, she went
through a tough time.
"I lost my father four years ago. He was
India‑born suffering from cancer. So in a way, I was
supermodel also focusing on my family. I have a produc‑
Padma tion house and one of our productions
Actress Neetu Chandra started her
Lakshmi was 'Mithila Makhaan' even won a National
Bollywood career with ʻGaram Masalaʼ.
once married Award. I have done a Greek film. So yes, I
to novelist am working towards quality stuff, but video of "Banjarey", sung by Pakistani
Salman unfortunately, not a lot of offers came my singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Rushdie. way the way I wanted it to be. Neetu feels the Bollywood world is under
"I surely deserve to be in a Shah Rukh a wrong impression that she has shifted to
Khan‑ or a Salman Khan‑starrer film. But my the south Indian film industry.
talent has not been utilized in the cinema "I am open to work with any filmmaker,
properly. Since I do not come from a film anywhere ‑‑ be it Bollywood or Hollywood. I
family and have no Godfather, of course, my just hope the offers come my way," said the
journey is slow, but steady," Neetu said. anchor of the musical show "Rangoli" on DD
Neetu recently appeared in the music National.
20 November 18-24, 2017 OP-ED

Deja vu at Bonn climate conference
l By Rajendra Shende investments made in clean energy!
Financial innovations are in play more vig‑

he déjà vu moments at international orously in "hedging" than in action on
climate meetings are coming more reducing emissions.
frequently than before. But these So, what is the Bonn climate conference
moments are important for the world com‑ expected to achieve?
munity simply because they serve as a In one sentence, the simplified expecta‑
reminder of a grave future. tion is to make accelerated progress in
The frequency of such moments is also operationalizing the Paris Agreement, due
giving rise to growing complexities and for completion not later than COP‑24 in
entanglement of the issues, problems and, 2018.
above all, the agenda of the meetings them‑ The dilemma is that while the emissions
selves. Take, for example, the Bonn Climate are rising, the political support to the Paris
Change Conference under the United Climate agreement by one of the two
Nations Framework Convention on Climate largest emitters, the US, has fallen. More
Change (UNFCCC). than that, there is a dark cloud that looms
It's a bundle of mind‑boggling meetings: large over the Bonn meeting: Would the
The 23rd session of the Conference of the nationalist's virus of "my nation first"
The Bonn climate conference aimed to make accelerated progress in operationalizing spread and the political support wane by
Parties (COP‑23), the 13th session of the
the Paris Agreement, due for completion not later than COP‑24 in 2018.
Conference of the Parties serving as the bringing the process of operationalising to
Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Organisation (WMO) revealed data that the implementation of the Paris Climate square number one?
Protocol (CMP‑13), and the second part of included a shocking observation that car‑ Agreement." Never before was such a blunt Even so, there is light at the end of the
the first session of the Conference of the bon dioxide (C02) levels in the atmosphere warning given by the UN agency. But warn‑ tunnel. The investments in clean energy are
Parties serving as the Meeting of the have surged at "record‑breaking speed" to ings, whether by UN agencies or by more growing over the last three years as per
Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1‑2). new highs in 2016. The report indicates than 3,000 scientists from 130 countries many authentic studies, including that of
To top it all, there is the meeting of the that carbon dioxide concentrations reached working for the Intergovernmental Panel the Paris‑based International Energy
fourth part of the first session of the Ad 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from for Climate Change (IPCC), or by world‑ Agency.
Hoc Working Group on the Paris 400 ppm in 2015. Such a level and the renowned economists like Lord Nicholas Development economists, however, feel
Agreement (APA 1‑4) ‑‑ whatever it means. speed of rise was not observed over at least Stern, have either been refuted or over‑ that this light at the end of the tunnel is a
The quiet flow of the Rhine, on the banks of two centuries. looked. "Adaptation to climate change" is train coming from the other direction. The
which the meeting is taking place in the The UN agency bluntly reported, just one now considered on top of the "to‑do" list, policymakers, in their zest for quick gains,
sprawling UN campus in Bonn, and the year after the historic and hard‑earned taking "mitigation" way down to the bot‑ may reduce the policy and financial sup‑
freezing cold belie the ground realities. Paris Climate Agreement entered into force, tom. Mitigation is now used predominantly port for renewable energy any time, mak‑
Apart from the ground realities, there are that "we are not moving in the right direc‑ ‑‑ and interestingly ‑‑ not in the context of ing such investment risky.
realities in the atmosphere as well. A week tion at all. In fact, we are actually moving in reducing emissions but for diluting the Now, the US, though it ratified the Paris
before, the UN's World Meteorological the wrong direction when we think about risks from the catastrophe and even the Agreement with then President Barack
Obama using his special powers, his succes‑ tion to withdraw, because developing coun‑ promise of finances from the developed Yes, we are in square number one, maybe
sor, Donald Trump, has declared his inten‑ tries are "unfavorably bestowed" with the countries ‑‑ mainly the US. two.

The fall and fall of Nitish Kumar
l By Amulya Ganguli crore. to establish himself as the fore‑
If his new ally, Prime Minister most leader in the state. Lalu
t one t ime, he was the Narendra Modi had any hope, Prasad's conviction in the fodder

A poster boy of Indian politics.
Not only did he slay the vil‑
lain of Bihar's "jungle raj" in 2005
therefore, of making Bihar the
beneficiary of his Sabka Saath,
Sabka Vikas goals, he can bid it
scam case enabled Nitish Kumar
to be the No. 1 in the Janata Dal
(United)‑RJD‑Congress govern‑
by rounding up lawless elements goodbye. ment.
after winning an election and Nitish Kumar's latest pitch in But he appeared to be forever
launching social and economic favor of the backward castes is all looking over his shoulder to check
development projects, he also the more strange because he can‑ whether he was being under‑
scored another resounding elec‑ not seriously expect that his pro‑ mined by the RJD which has more
toral victory in the company of a posal will pass muster at the judi‑ MLAs than the Janata Dal
new set of friends, including the cial level. (United).
"villain", in 2015. Like most Indian politicians, he Prohibition was the policy which
It appeared at the time that he is more interested in posing as a he embraced to w in over the
could do no wrong. So much so champion of whichever group he lower middle class and rural
that he was seen as a possible is courting at a given moment women to his side. But, pre‑
Nitish Kumar cannot but be aware that his position is much weaker
prime ministerial candidate of the now than when he was in the "secular" camp. than in adopting measures which dictably, the liquor ban has led to
"secular" front. have a reasonable chance of suc‑ an increase in drug abuse with 25
But, then, the rise and rise of utation for backwardness by turn‑ the private sector. To begin with cess. He merely wants to impress per cent of the cases in de‑addic‑
Nitish Kumar came to an abrupt ing the entire state into a virtual the second step, it is obvious that his targeted audience by showing tion centres now dealing with the
halt. He remains Bihar's Chief dehat or village. by threatening to take the quota that he did make an honest effort, users of cannabis, inhalants and
Minister, but the halo round his The first step in this bucolic system to such an absurd level, but was stymied by the "system". sedatives.
head has frayed. direction was the imposition of the Chief Minister has scotched Whether it is prohibition or But, whatever his intention,
T he reason is not only his prohibition which has robbed any hope of industrial growth in a reservations, Nitish Kumar's ploys Nitish Kumar cannot but be aware
switching of friends in what is Bihar's clubs, hotels and intellec‑ state which is cry ing out for tend to underline crafty political that his position is much weaker
seen as an exercise in crass tual watering holes of cosmopoli‑ investment. maneuvers rather than any gen‑ now than when he was in the "sec‑
opportunism, but also his pursuit tanism. Now, Nitish Kumar has In 2012, Bihar received invest‑ uine intention of acting in the ular" camp. Nor is there any
of policies which are out of sync taken yet another step backwards ment proposals worth Rs 24,000 state's interest. chance that he will regain his ear‑
w ith the mo dern world and by demanding 50 per cent reser‑ crore. In the post‑liquor ban peri‑ T he fo cal point of Nit ish lier status any time in the near
threatens to reinforce Bihar's rep‑ vations for the backward castes in od, they have dropped to Rs 6,500 Kumar's political career has been future.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times. DIASPORA November 18-24, 2017 21

Indian‑origin couple wins Indian government plans bill to
top US award for 'break‑
through' AIDS research
provide voting rights to NRIs
New Delhi: A bill to amend the the Centre to decide whether it The bench was hearing a batch
Johannesburg: Professors Salim e lectoral law to allow Non‑ would amend the electoral law or of petitions filed by Nagender
Abdool Karim and Quarraisha Resident Indians (NRIs) to vote rules to allow NRIs to vote by Chindam, the chairman of
Abdool Karim, a globally‑ through postal or e‑ballots would postal or e‑ballots in the polls in London‑based Pravasi Bharat
acclaimed South African Indian‑ be introduced in the upcoming the country, taking note of the org anisat ion and other NRIs
origin researcher couple were hon‑ winter session of Parliament, the fact that the Centre and the including Shamsheer V P. Earlier,
ored on Wednesday with a presti‑ Centre informed the Supreme Election Commission of India (ECI) the Centre had said that the draft
gious award for their exceptional Court. A bench of Chief Justice were agreeable to the report of a leg islat ion to provide vot ing
contributions in the field of Dipak Misra and Justices A M panel that NRIs might be allowed rights to NRIs through postal bal‑
HIV/AIDS. The researcher couple Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud to vote. The poll panel had said lots would be further revised
received the award from the considered the submission of the the move to allow NRIs to use before it is tabled in Parliament.
Institute of Human Virology (IHV)
Professors Salim Abdool Karim
Centre and acceded to its request proxy vot ing on the lines of The apex court had said it could
and Quarraisha Abdool Karim
in Baltimore in the US. that the hearing on petitions seek‑ defence personnel and e‑ballot not order the legislature to make
The award was presented to ing voting rights for NRIs, be facility would require changes or amend a law within a particular
them by Robert Gallo, who discov‑ Program of Research in South adjourned. either in the RP Act or in the rules timeframe and had granted time
ered HIV as the cause of AIDS, at Africa (CAPRISA) and Professor Lawyer PK Dey, appearing for made under the Act. to the Centre to effect changes in
the 19th international meeting of Quarraisha Abdool Karim is its the Centre, sought an adjourn‑ The Centre had said that in prin‑ the statute to extend voting rights
the IHV. "To me, both these associate scientific director. ment for six months on the ciple, it was agreeable to the rec‑ to NRIs through postal or e‑bal‑
renowned individuals have made The researchers, who are cur‑ ground that the Bill would be ommendations made in the report lots.
some of the greatest contributions rently involved in the development tabled in the Winter Session. prepared by a 12‑member com‑ It was submitted in one of the
in the history of HIV/Aids in public of innovative ways of preventing However, the bench deferred the mittee led by the deputy election pleas that in Kerala, 70 percent of
health and epidemiology relevant HIV in women, are both professors hearing by 12 weeks. commissioner Vinod Zutshi to the people were NRIs who should
to prevention and care of infected of epidemiology at Columbia On July 21, Attorney General K explore the feasibility of alterna‑ be given this right keeping in view
people," Gallo said in a statement. University in New York and are K Venugopal had told the court tive options for voting by overseas their contribution to the country.
"I don't know any person or per‑ honorary academics at the that NRIs could not be allowed to electors. Former attorney general The PILs have said that 114 coun‑
sons who have done more to University of KwaZulu‑ Natal in vote by merely changing the rules Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one tries, including 20 Asian nations,
advance the proper care of people South Africa. They were the first to made under the Representation of of the petitioners, had said that have adopted external voting. It
with HIV infection or the preven‑ demonstrate that Antiretrovirals People (RP) Act and a Bill was NRIs could be given the right to said external voting could be held
tion of HIV infection among a pop‑ could prevent sexual transmission needed to be intro duced in vote by making changes in the by setting up polling booths at
ulation," Gallo said. of HIV in 2010 when they shared Parliament to amend the Act itself rules only and there was no need diplomatic missions or through
Salim Abdool Karim is the direc‑ the results of the CAPRISA 004 to grant the voting rights. to amend the provisions of the RP postal, proxy or electronic voting.
tor of the Centre for the Aids Tenofovir Gel trial. The court had on July 14 asked Act. (PTI)

Priti Patel resigns over Israel meetings row
London: Indian‑orig in Internat ional She argued in a letter to Patel that the UK ence of any government officials.
Development Secretary of UK Priti Patel, and Israel were close allies and should A replacement for Patel is expected to be
has resigned amid controversy over her work closely together. announced on Thursday.
unauthorized meetings with Israeli of fi‑ "But that must be done formally, and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told the
cials, media reports said. through of ficial channels. That is why, BBC: "Priti Patel has been a very good col‑
Patel resigned on Wednesday night after when we met on Monday, I was glad to league and friend for a long time and a first
being summoned back from a trip to accept your apology and welcomed your class secretary of state for international
Uganda and Ethiopia by Downing Street clarification about your trip to Israel over development.
after it emerged that she failed to be candid the summer. "It's been a real pleasure working with
with Prime Minister Theresa May about 14 "Now that further details have come to her and I'm sure she has a great future
unof ficial meetings with Israeli ministers, light, it is right that you have decided to ahead of her."
business people and a senior lobbyist, resign and adhere to the high standards of Patel's resignation from the cabinet is the
reports the Guardian. transparency and openness that you have second in seven days, after Michael Fallon
May and Patel met for just six minutes advocated," May wrote in the letter. quit as Defence Secretary on November 1
earlier on Wednesday evening. She added that Patel should "take pride" amid allegations about his behaviour.
In her resignation letter, Patel admitted in what had been achieved during her time The Indian‑origin politician was elected
that her actions "fell below the high stan‑ in office. as Conservative MP for Witham in May
dards that are expected of a secretary of Patel had apologized to May on Monday 2010. She has served as Treasury Minister
state." after news about the unauthorized meet‑ (July 2014 to May 2015), Employment
"While my actions were meant with the ings in August with Israeli politicians Minister (May 2015 to July 2016) and was
best of intentions, my actions also fell including prime minister Benjamin appointed as the Internat ional
below the standards of transparency and Netanyahu and Yuval Rotem, a senior Development Secretary in July 2016.
openness that I have promoted and advo‑ Priti Patel (Image : Israeli Foreign Ministry of ficial, came to Patel was a leading figure in the "Vote
cated. light, reports the BBC. Leave" campaign during the European
"I offer a fulsome apology to you and to of fer my resignation." In response, May But it later emerged she had two further Union referendum.
the government for what has happened and said Patel's decision was the correct one. meetings in September without the pres‑ (IANS)
22 November 18-24, 2017 SUBCONTINENT

Modi, Trump hold 'warm, productive meeting' in Manila
Manila: Prime Minister Narendra
Modi and US President Donald
Trump held a "warm and produc‑ India, US, Japan, Aus hold first quad talks
tive meeting" on the sidelines of Manila/New Delhi: India, Australia, Japan and the US agreed that "a
the Asean Summit and discussed free, open, prosperous and inclusive" Indo‑Pacific served long‑term
issues of mutual interest. global interests, giving impetus to an emerging quad of democracies
A day after they held a brief amid China's rising military and economic power.
interaction at a dinner hosted by "The discussions focused on cooperation based on their converg‑
Filipino President Ro drigo ing vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity
Duterte, the two leaders in an increasingly inter‑connected region that they share with each
"Discussed bilateral, regional and other and with other partners," An External Affairs Ministry state‑
global issues of mutual interest", ment in New Delhi said.
External Af fairs Ministry
Raveesh Kumar said. whole in the world." Modi said ing its economy and heaped
The meeting also comes a day that in the past few days, wher‑ praise on Prime Minister
after India, US, Japan and ever President Trump has trav‑ Narendra Modi, saying he has
Australia held talks to begin the eled and whenever an opportuni‑ been working to bring the coun‑
quadrilateral process for greater ty arose to talk about India, he try and its people together.
cooperation in the Indo‑Pacific has expressed very high opinion "I would like to assure you that
region. about India said things full of whatever are the expectations of
Ahead of his meet ing w ith hope. the world, of the United States
Trump, Modi said: "Relations At the Asia‑Pacific Economic from India, India has always
between India and the US are Indian PM Narendra Modi meets US President Cooperation (APEC) Summit in worked and made ef forts to do
growing." "I also feel that these Donald Trump, in Manila (Photo: IANS/PIB) Vietnam last week, Trump com‑ our bit and fulfill those expecta‑
relations between India and the interests but go much beyond er for the interests of the future mended India for achieving tions and we will continue to do
US are not just for our mutual that, and we are working togeth‑ of Asia and for humanity as a "astounding" growth since open‑ so in the future too," Modi said.

Bangladesh Chief Kulbhushan's wife can
Justice resigns meet him, Pak tells India
amid criticism
Islamabad: Pakistan announced
that the wife of alleged Indian spy
Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been
sentenced to death by a military
court, can meet him "purely on
Surendra humanitarian grounds".
Sinha is the The Ministry of Foreign Af fairs
first Hindu said a Note Verbale to this ef fect
Chief Justice
was sent to the Indian Hig h
in Muslim
Commission here.
Bangladesh. "The government of Pakistan
has decided to arrange a meeting
of Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav
with his wife, in Pakistan, purely
on humanitarian grounds," a two‑
para statement from the ministry Former Indian Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was
arrested from Balochistan.
Islamabad has said that Jadhav, ed on March 3, 2016 after he by RAW to plan, coordinate and
Dhaka: Bangladesh's Chief Justice tions on Bangladesh's politics, allegedly an officer with the Indian crossed illegally into Pakistan. organize espionage, terrorist and
Surendra Kumar Sinha has past dictatorships, Election Navy and attached to the Indian A statement from Pakistan said sabotage activities aimed at desta‑
resigned, six weeks after he went Commission, corruption, gover‑ intelligence agency Research and Jad hav had "confessed" in a bilizing and waging war against
on long leave amid criticism by nance and judiciary in the verdict. Analysis Wing (RAW), was arrest‑ Pakistani court "that he was tasked Pakistan".
the ruling party over his decision The Awami League accused him
to scrap Parliament's authority to
impeach Supreme Court judges.
of "belittling" the Father of the
Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Trump, Xi to jointly fight terrorism in South Asia
The President's office said that Mujibur Rahman in some of the Beijing: China said President Xi
it had received a letter of resigna‑ observations. Sinha sat in his Jinping and his visiting US coun‑
tion from Sinha, who is abroad. office for the last time on August terpart Donald Trump have arrived
Sinha, the country's first Hindu 24 before the annual vacation of at a consensus to jointly take on
Chief Justice in Muslim majority the apex court started. The gov‑ terrorism in South Asia.
Bangladesh, took office on ernment announced his "sick" "T his morning, the two
January 17, 2015. His tenure was leave on October 3, a day before Presidents talked and held a joint
to end in January next year, the vacation ended. press meeting. I am not aware of reported. He left Bangladesh for Australia the details of the talks. What I
He came under fire from the on October 13, to stay with his know is that the two sides also dis‑ Both leaders agreed that
ruling Awami League party after eldest daughter Suchana Sinha. cussed anti‑terrorism issues and terrorism is a threat to
the top court in July this year According to the apex court, upholding peace and stability in humanity.
scrapped the 16th constitutional Sinha faces 11 specific charges, South Asia," Chinese Foreign
amendment, stripping the including graft, money launder‑ Ministry spokesperson Hua with him over a range of issues in zens from extremism and terror‑
Parliament of its power to ing and moral lapse, for which his Chunying said. which South Asia and the strife‑ ism, President Xi and I also com‑
impeach apex court judges. colleagues in the Appellate "They reached consensus in this torn Afghanistan also figured. mitted to working together for a
Ruling party leaders also Division refused to work with respect," she said. "In order to create more secure peaceful future for Afghanistan,"
attacked Sinha for his observa‑ him. Earlier, Trump said Xi held talks future for all and protect our citi‑ Trump said. INTERNATIONAL November 18-24, 2017 23

Putin again denies US poll 134 killed in
quake near
meddling claim: Trump Iran‑Iraq border
Da Nang (Vietnam): US President Donald
Trump said his Russian counterpart Vladimir
Putin again denied interfering in the 2016
US elections and felt "insulted" by the allega‑
The two leaders met briefly at the Asia
Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit here
and Trump said he took Putin at his word
that Russia did not seek to interfere in the US
presidential election last year, despite a find‑
ing from US intelligence agencies that it did.
And Trump stressed that bigger issues per‑
Tehran/Baghdad: At least 134 people
sist between Washington and Moscow that
were killed and over thousands others
require the two leaders to move on, CNN
injured after a powerful earthquake
measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale
"He said he didn't meddle. He said he didn't
struck an area near the Iran‑Iraq border,
meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask
media reports said.
so many times," Trump told reporters aboard
According to Iran's state‑run Press TV,
Air Force One as he flew from Da Nang to
130 victims were killed in Kermanshah
Hanoi in Vietnam.
Trump spoke to Putin three times on the
Russian President Vladimir Putin briefly met his US counterpart in Vietnam. Four other people were killed in Iraq's
sidelines of the summit here, where the
team. "Everything about the so‑called Manafort and an associate are also currently Darbandikhan town, Sulaimaniya
Russia meddling issue arose. "Every time he
Russian dossier in the US is a manifestation under house arrest on charges of money province, Governor Omar Ahmad told
sees me, he says, 'I didn't do that'," Trump
of continuing domestic political struggle," laundering which are unrelated to the elec‑ CNN.
said. "And I believe, I really believe, that
Putin said. tion. The death toll is likely to rise as many
when he tells me that, he means it."
Trump's several key former aides had Trump and Putin did not have a formal people may be trapped under debris,
"I think he is very insulted by it, which is
already been named in connection with the meeting while they were in Vietnam, but they according to rescue officials.
not a good thing for our country," Trump
inquiry. George Papadopoulos, a campaign spoke informally and agreed upon the need The quake hit 30 km southwest of
adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. They Iraqi town of Halabja, near the north‑
Putin later dismissed the allegations as
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the tim‑ also called on the UN member states to build eastern border with Iran, the US
"political infighting". T he US Justice
ing of meetings with alleged go‑betweens for up humanitarian assistance to the war‑rav‑ Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Department is investigating the claims as
well as alleged collusion involving Trump's Russia. Former campaign manager Paul aged country, TASS news agency reported.

Trump 'begged for Will return to Lebanon
nuclear war': N Korea very soon: Hariri
Riyadh: Lebanese Prime Minister
Pyongyang: North Korea lashed out at Saad Hariri, who unexpectedly
US President Donald Trump ag ain, resigned last week during a trip to
describing him as a "destroyer" who Saudi Arabia saying his life was in
"begged for nuclear war" during his tour danger, has insisted that he will
of Asia. return to the country soon to
"His current trip to our surrounding "unite the Lebanese people", the
region is a warmonger's visit for con‑ media reported.
frontation to rid the DPRK (Democratic "I will go back to Lebanon very
People's Republic of Korea) of its self‑ soon and will take all the neces‑
defensive nuclear deterrence," North sary const itut ional steps to
Korea's Foreign Ministry said in a state‑ resign," Hariri told Lebanon's
ment published on the state media, Future TV in an interview from his
Korean Central News Agency. home here.
Trump is in Vietnam as part of a five‑ He also suggested he could
nation tour of Asia and North Korea's rescind his resignation, saying "if I
nuclear weapons program has been a revoke my resignat ion, there
major talking point with his Japanese, should be respect for Lebanon",
South Korean and Chinese counterparts. reports CNN.
"The weapons you are acquiring are It was the first time Hariri has
not making you safer, they are putting Lebanese PM Saad Hariri announced
spoken publicly since resigning as his resignation on Nov 4 (Photo: IANS).
your regime in grave danger," Trump North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Prime Minister via video message
said about North Korea during an from Saudi Arabia on November 4. He had accused Saudi Arabia of holding
address at South Korea's Nat ional "Trump, during his visit, laid bare his also said the Saudi royal family has a "lot Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri cap‑
Assembly in Seoul earlier this week. true nature as destroyer of the world of respect for him" and that the King tive in Riyadh.
"Every step you take down this dark path peace and stability and begged for a (Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud) "sees him "The Prime Minister is detained in Saudi
increases the peril you face." nuclear war on the Korean peninsula," as a son", brushing of f concerns that he Arabia and is forbidden to return to
North Korean officials, who said they'd the statement said. was being held against his will, CNN Lebanon," Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah
be watching the visit, were quick to fire Tensions between Washington and reported. said in a televised speech, Efe reported.
back. Pyongyang described Trump's trip Pyongyang have escalated after North "I am free in the Kingdom of Saudi Nasrallah said that Hariri must return
as "nothing but a business trip by a war‑ Korea's test firing of missiles and con‑ Arabia. If I want to leave tomorrow, I will and declare his real position on Lebanese
monger to enrich the monopolies of the ducting its most powerful hydrogen test leave tomorrow. The leader of Hezbollah soil.
US defense industry", CNN reported. in September.
24 November 18-24, 2017 BUSINESS

Bridge ambition, investment gap
to meet Paris climate goals
Bonn: Finance for countering cli‑ directly support the only sustain‑ Laura Tuck, Vice President
mate change is flow ing at a able future possible, which is cap‑ Sustainable Development, World
greater pace than ever, with grow‑ tured in the international commu‑ Bank said: "The potential for cli‑
ing markets for renewable energy. nity's 2030 Agenda for mate friendly investment in areas
But there is still an ambition‑ Sustainable Development. such as clean energy and climate‑
investment gap to meet the goals Finance is flowing at a greater smart agriculture is enormous."
of the Paris Climate Change pace than ever, with vibrant and "The key is to get the funding to
Agreement. growing markets for renewable flow so that everyone everywhere
To bridge this, which is com‑ energy, electric vehicles, green can benefit from low‑carbon and
pletely inter‑connected, govern‑ buildings and climate‑smart agri‑ climate resilient investments.
ments and the entire financial sec‑ culture seeing aggressive growth, That's why we are working with
tor must see it as a single chal‑ backed by exponential advances in the UN and our other development
lenge. This was the main focus of innovative green financial instru‑ partners to create the conditions
discussion of high‑level represen‑ ments, indices and markets. that will attract investors and to
tat ives at COP23 Finance for Equally, the finance sector is rec‑ get all forms of finance ‑ public,
Climate Day this week who high‑ The high‑level Finance for Climate Day meet focused on investment ognizing to a much greater degree private, philanthropic ‑ working
lighted their ef forts to meet the to reallocate capital flows towards low‑carbon and resilient growth. where and how climate change together for maximum impact,"
goals of the 2015 Paris Climate presents risks to its exist ing she said. Vladis Dombrovskis,
Change Agreement and under‑ below two degrees Celsius and as 2030. W hen it comes to the investments and the need to adjust Vice‑President of the European
lined that this challenge of coordi‑ close as possible to 1.5 degrees. investment gap, however, we need their portfolios away from carbon‑ Commission said: "Hundreds of
nation and coherence needed to "At the heart of the climate chal‑ all financial players to work intensive assets to reduce that billions of euros in investment are
be quickly addressed. lenge are two gaps we urgently together effectively to mobilise at risk. needed to transition to a low car‑
They set out what needs to be need to bridge: the ambition and least $1.5 trillion of climate However, as a series of discus‑ bon economy and meet the target
done next by governments, cities, the investment g ap," UNEP finance that is needed every year," sions taking place at the UN of well below two degrees warm‑
states, business and multilateral Finance Initiative head Eric Usher he said. Climate Change Conference high‑ ing. This is a challenge but also an
institutions to secure the pace and said. W hat is more, every dollar light, much more is needed to opportunity for the EU to become
scale of investment required, "It is up to national governments invested in cutting greenhouse gas secure finance and investment at a magnet for green investment
before and after 2020, to meet the now to increase the ambition of emissions and adapting to climate the scale required to deliver a fully and lead the way in mobilising
Paris goal of keeping the average their NDCs to close the 17 GtCO2e change gets double the bang for de‑carbonised and climate‑ both public and private financing
g lobal temperature rise we ll emissions gap that we still face for the buck because the results resilient global economy by 2050. for sustainable projects."

Idea Cellular, Vodafone GST recommendations
India to sell towers business will benefit people: Modi
Mumbai/London: Vodafone India ing arrangements. The parties New Delhi: Prime Minister
and Idea Ce llular separate ly will work together to further the Narendra Modi said that recom‑
agreed to sell their respective expansion of high speed mobile mendations made by the GST
standalone tower businesses in networks in India," the statement Council will benefit citizens and
India to ATC Te lecom said. add strength to the tax structure.
Infrastructure Private Limited The statement said that after "The recommendations made by
(formerly Viom) for an aggregate Vodafone India and Idea have the GST Council today will further
enterprise value of Rs 7,850 completed their merger, around benefit our citizens and add
crore ($1.2 billion). 6,300 co‑located tenancies of the strength to the GST. These recom‑
In the event that the comple‑ of approximately 20,000 towers two operators on the combined mendations are in spirit of the con‑
tion of the sale of the standalone with a combined tenancy ratio of standalone tower businesses will tinuous feedback we are getting est 28 per cent category while cut‑
tower businesses precedes the 1.65 times as on June 30, 2017. coalesce into single tenancies from various stakeholders on GST," ting the tax on all restaurants out‑
complet ion of the proposed Idea will sell its entire stake in over a period of two years with‑ Modi said in a series of tweets. side starred‑hotels to 5 per cent
merger of Vodafone India and Idea Ce llular Infrastructure out the payment of exit penalties. In another tweet, he said: "Jan but withdrawing input credit facili‑
Idea, Vodafone India will receive Services Limited and Vodafone "This transaction follows the Bhagidari is at the core of our ty for them. Industry welcomed the
Rs 3,850 crore ($592 million) India will sell a business under‑ Vo dafone India/Idea merger working. All our decisions are peo‑ changes saying these would boost
and Idea will receive Rs 4,000 taking to ATC TIPL. announcement of March 20, ple‑inspired, people‑friendly and consumer demand.
crore ($615 million). "Both Vodafone India and Idea 2017 where by the part ies people‑centric. We are working Only 50 products, including lux‑
The standalone tower business‑ as customers, and ATC TIPL as a announced their intention to sell tirelessly for India's economic inte‑ ury and sin items, white goods,
es of Vodafone India and Idea are mobile network infrastructure their individual standalone tower gration through GST." cement and paints, automobiles,
pan‑Indian passive telecommuni‑ provider, have agreed to treat businesses to strengthen the bal‑ In a major revamp of the GST tax aeroplane and yacht parts have
cation infrastructure businesses, each other as long‑term pre‑ ance sheet of the combined busi‑ structure, the GST Council has been retained in the top 28 per
comprising a combined portfolio ferred partners, subject to exist‑ ness," it said. removed 178 items from the high‑ cent slab. SPORTS November 18-24, 2017 25

Sachin best example of Dhoni should be left to
spreading social messages decide his future
United Nations: Cricket legend
Sachin Tendulkar as showed how New Delhi: Seldom does one come that not long ago Dhoni won a
sportspersons can take social across a captain making it a habit match in the company of No.10
messages to the masses, Srinivas of praising his predecessor. And all Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, adding 100
Prasad, the minister at India's UN the former players who played runs in Sri Lanka and also the way
Mission, told a General Assembly with either or both differ on he rescued India against Australia
session. Mahendra Singh Dhoni playing in with Pandya in the first ODI a cou‑
Tendulkar has been involved in the shortest format, Twenty20, ple of months ago.
a campaign for personal hygiene advancing different reasons. More than Dhoni, the team man‑
practices among children and It all started with former crick‑ agement must decide where he
also promotes the national eters Venkata Sai Laxman, Ajit should bat. Imagine any other play‑
"Swachh Bharat" program, Prasad Agarkar and Akash Chopra oppos‑ er in the team getting pushed like
said at the session on Sport for ing the continuance of Mahendra Dhoni had been anywhere between
Development and Peacebuilding. Singh Dhoni in the Twenty20 for‑ No 4 and No 7 positions. They fan‑
"As the national sport of India mat after his glaring "failure to cifully call him, as also Pandya, a
which reaches millions of people pushing things" in the second of "floater". Still, they say they are
in cities, towns and villages the three‑match T20 series aginst looking for a "finisher".
across the country, cricket and its New Zealand at Rajkot, resulting in Should Dhoni quit T20 as sug‑
stars provide a very important India losing by 40 runs. gested by some of his former team‑
Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
platform for spreading social All the three have put forth dif‑ mates? It all depends on his place
messages. ferent reasons, but their solution is "realise his role" in the team. in the ODIs. If he is good enough to
"Indian cricket's greatest icon, the same, that it's time Dhoni made The stoutest and the most logical play ODIs he must play T‑20s also
Sachin Tendulkar, illustrates way for a youngster to gain inter‑ defence of Dhoni, pulling no so that he stays match‑fit, now that
this... Tendulkar was part of a national experience. One of them punches, came from Gavaskar, who there are most T20s these days.
popular national campaign to thought that he has no place in the was furious at people blaming Playing only the Tests is different
promote hygiene among children team as a batsman, now that he is Dhoni for the Rajkot defeat when from playing only one of the short‑
which encouraged school chil‑ not the captain and another felt by the entire team was responsible. er formats. It might work for
dren to wash their hands before pulling out of the shortest format One of Gavaskar's pet theories is youngsters, but certainly not for
eating food. Similarly, he has he could prolong his One‑Day people invariably go at a player those in Dhoni's age and stage of
Sachin Tendulkar was career. touching 30 years and are charita‑ career.
recently been a brand ambassa‑
praised during an event Ranged against them are Sunil ble to youngsters who may not Kohli and Shastri gave it back to
dor for the 'Swachh Bharat' cam‑
at the United Nations. Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and skipper have anything to show by way of the critics equally forcefully. Kohli
paign," the minister said. Prasad
said that while organised sports of safe open spaces and playing Virat Kohli himself who all vehe‑ performance for long stretches. echoed Gavaskar's opinion when he
were a major source of entertain‑ areas" for children who do not mentaly differed with the critics, Expectedly, he picked on Hardik said that Dhoni is being unfairly
ment, the challenge before the have them, he said. advancing equally valid arguments. Pandya failing to pick leg‑spinner targeted. He is correct he is not
world was to extend the pleas‑ "Hence, investment in creating The one man who smartly took Ish Sodhi in successive matches or, questioned even if he fails in three
ures of sports to millions of chil‑ sports infrastructure and a cul‑ the middle path is Virender Sehwag for that matter, the openers doing matches in a row because he is not
dren in developing countries. For ture of participation in sports is who, while backing his former cap‑ little in Rajkot. 35 whereas afer only one failure
this, "the first task is the creation crucial." tain's selection, wants him to The critics also seem to forget they say Dhoni's time is up!

Was embarrassed to make India toil hard
international return: Messi at Eden ahead
Madrid: Argentina star Lionel Messi
said he was embarrassed to make a
comeback to international football
Argentina star
Lionel Messi.
of Sri Lanka Test
Kolkata: India's premier off‑spin‑ shot like that," wicketkeeper‑bats‑
after announcing his retirement
ner Ravichandran Ashwin, who man Wriddhiman Saha told
during the 2014 World Cup.
was out of international cricket reporters on the sidelines of
"(Retiring) was a decision I made
for the past three months, was India's first practice session at the
in the heat of the moment," the five‑
seen practicing wrong 'uns while Eden Gardens here.
time Ballon D'Or holder was quoted
skipper Virat Kohli played a lot of Besides Kohli who was given
as saying by Spanish website Marca
bouncers bowled at him with col‑ throwdowns with a yellowish ball
on Sunday. "But I was embarrassed
ored balls during India's first by batting coach Sanjay Bangar,
to say that I wanted to come back.
practice session ahead of the other batsmen also played a lot of
(The coach at the time, Edgardo)
three‑match Test rubber against bouncers.
Bauza and my team‑mates made
Sri Lanka. Saha said the focus is not on
everything easy for me to return
Sans Saurashtra players South Africa and they want to win
to," Messi added.
Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar this series first. Pujara had said a
The 30‑year‑old said that at his
Pujara who played their round few days back that this would
age he sees things in a dif ferent
five Ranji Trophy match against present a good opportunity for
manner and is far more relaxed
Gujarat, the entire Indian team the No. 1 side to prepare for the
than earlier.
sweated it out for nearly two and Proteas challenge.
"At 30 years old, I now enjoy it in
a half hours in the afternoon. India will play three Tests, six
a dif ferent way and much more
The batsmen also played a lot of ODIs and three T20 internationals
than I did before, I take advantage
reverse sweeps at the nets, with against the Proteas. The first Test
of every moment, both on and off
Ajinkya Rahane spending the is on January 5 in Cape Town.
the pitch," the star forward said.
most time with the bat. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka coach Nic
"I am experiencing this period
"It's how you react to a particu‑ Pothas, captain Dinesh Chandimal
with the national team in a differ‑
lar ball. It's not that we have and the other team management
ent way, I am more relaxed. When
planned differently for a particu‑ staff inspected the Eden Gardens
they criticize me, I experience it dif‑
lar bowler. There's no compulsory wicket.
ferently," Messi added.
26 November 18-24, 2017 PROFILE

What Dr. Nilesh Soni is really proud of !
Inc. magazine has listed Dr Nilesh Soni’s Dynamic Physical Therapy Services
among the 5,000 fastest growing businesses. But the good doctor is more
proud of his pro bono work for charitable organizations and for his
dedication to making the lives of seniors healthier and happier.
l By Robert Golomb

hen Inc. Magazine in this past
Augustʼs publication named
Dynamic Physical Therapy
Services (DPTS) to its 36th annual “Inc.
5,000” listing, which names and ranks
Americaʼs top 5,000 fastest growing pri‑
vately owned small and mid‑sized busi‑
nesses, they placed the firm and its CEO
and founder, Dr. Nilesh Soni, who owns
and runs the companyʼs seven physical
therapy centers located in Queens and
Nassau County, in literally, very good
For such past selectees, which are cho‑
sen each year from a list of hundreds of
Dr Nilesh Soni with a colleague at a health expo. Dr Nilesh Soni
thousands of such entities, have included
Microsoft, Dell, Dominoʼs Pizza, Pandora, this world must involve performing chari‑ ing between the [South Asian immigrant] events, such as Holi and Diwali. “Our pro‑
Timberland and LinkedIn ‑ all of which table works to improve the quality of life parents, who take great pride in the grams have been so successful and so
were to later grow into multi‑billion dol‑ for as many people as I possibly can.” tremendous academic success their chil‑ highly attended because they holistically
lar international corporations. Through his many years of service to dren have achieved, and their dedicated enhance the emotional, physical and cul‑
Dr. Soni, whom I interviewed earlier this several charitable organizations, Dr. Soni teachers. It also affords a wonderful tural lives of our members”, Dr. Soni stat‑
month, said that while he has no such has lived his life by those words. One of opportunity for families in the South ed. “For me, MILANʼs success has meant
grand ambitions for DPTS, he still feels those charities, Herricks Indo US (HIUS), Asian community and participating fami‑ so much because improving the quality of
honored to have his company recognized for which he has held several volunteer lies of other ethnic groups to interact and life for the elderly has been the driving
by a leading business magazine. “Just to leadership positions throughout most of develop positive relationships”, Dr. Soni force in my life.
see our companyʼs name appear on that the organizationʼs fifteen year existence, stated. That “driving force” has gone beyond
list {“Inc. 5,000”} made me feel quite has received praise from local elected Another charity, MILAN (an offspring of the South Asian community. As part of an
proud”, he stated. “And, of course, we officials and educators for its work with HIUS), for which Dr. Soni for many years outreach program he started several
hope to continue to grow, but we always South Asian families with school aged has served as its chairperson, has won years ago, Dr. Soni has presented more
will remain a local health service children, most newly arrived to the west county wide acclaim for its work on than 250 free lectures and seminars, with
provider.” Nassau County Town of Herricks. The behalf of senior citizens, also of South most, like with MILAN, focusing on health
Dr. Soni, who has a doctorate in physi‑ goal of HIUS, which conducts regular par‑ Asian backgrounds. Every Friday from 10 and fitness, to his primarily senior citizen
cal therapy from Mass. General Hospital ent workshops and sponsors cultural am to 2 pm typically at least one hundred audiences, in churches, synagogues, hos‑
Institute of Health Sciences, has the right based community events, is to help devel‑ of such senior citizens can be seen in the pitals and assisted living centers through‑
to feel proud of DPTS. Founded by Dr. op closer relationships between these main building of Clinton J Park located in out Queens and Nassau. Dr. Soni told me
Soni in 2003, DPTS employs doctors of families and their childrenʼs teachers and the village of New Hyde Park participat‑ that he has learned an important lesson
physical therapy and physical therapists school administrators, as well to help fos‑ ing in programs run by MILAN. Most of through his interactions with seniors dur‑
specializing in the treatment of spinal and ter closer ties with other families, which these programs ‑ which include Yoga ing these presentations.
joint injuries. Working as a team, Dr. Soni, include those of Irish, Italian, Chinese, instruction, low stress group exercise and “Regardless of the backgrounds of peo‑
47, married and the father of two high Korean and Jewish heritage, in this multi‑ lectures and seminars on health, fitness ple in the group I was addressing, their
school aged sons, told me that his clini‑ ethnic community. and nutrition ‑ are designed to promote questions and concerns revolved around,
cians use state of the art manual physical “These events help build a bridge of physical, social and emotional well‑being. ʻHow do I live a healthier, happier and
therapy procedures to treat their communication and mutual understand‑ Still others commemorate special cultural fuller life?ʼ My take away was simple. The
patients. “Our doctors of physical thera‑ elderly, whatever their heritage, are far
py and physical therapists work as a more similar than they are different”, he
cohesive unit to first correctly diagnose said.
and then to properly treat our patients, Dr. Soni, who has received county and
using the most advanced, research based presidential awards and letters of com‑
hands‑on therapeutic interventions”, he mendation for his volunteer work inside
stated. and outside the South Asian community,
While DPTS centers provide treatment told me that he tries to live his life by the
to patients of all ages, Dr. Soni himself teachings of a great Indian spiritual
sees mostly elderly patients. “Our staff leader. “My teacher and inspirational
treats patients ranging in age from ten to guide”, Dr. Soni told me, “is Mahatma
100 years of age. However, because I Gandhi, who once said, ʻThe best way to
have always felt a special bond, respect find yourself is to lose yourself in the
and love for the elderly, most of the service of others.ʼ By others, Gandhi
patients I myself as a physical therapist meant not only Indians and Hindus, but
treat in my centers are senior citizens”, he people of all religions, races and creeds
explained. living throughout our entire world.”
Dr. Soni, a Hindu, who was born in India
and immigrated to the United States 20 Robert Golomb is a nationally and inter‑
years ago, described the important role nationally published columnist. Mail him
that his religion has played in his life. “As Dr Nilesh Soni with Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth at at and follow him on
a Hindu, it is my belief that my journey in the 4th Aging in Place conference. (Photo: Juhi Jindal) Twitter@RobertGolomb TECH & HEALTH November 18-24, 2017 27

Smart is over, it's time for Intelligent Phones
By Faisal Kawoosa user‑friendly. This, however, is not mode should be enabled while
going to make the smartphone someone is airborne.
New Delhi: The mode of communi‑ intelligent; it will only make them All these may sound too basic as
cation changed altogether with the super or extra‑smart ‑‑ capable of capabilities. These will not only
arrival of mobile phones in our doing more things. bring comfort for the user but also
lives. It got wider and more mean‑ An Intelligent Phone, however, is have implications on battery con‑
ingful once the world was exposed one which will have "thinking" sumption as well as in ensuring
to smartphones. capabilities and decide the next that there are no "loopholes"
However, changing technology course based on the user's prefer‑ enabled which may not be in use
parameters and fundamentals are ences and priorities. in the device.
calling for yet another disruption For instance, we now have sever‑ Smartphones have focused pri‑
in the communication space ‑‑ this al advanced capabilities in smart‑ marily on the applications and fea‑
time with Intelligent Phones. phones ‑‑ but there are manual tures they can support. It has not
Smart is not necessarily intelli‑ interventions that we, as users, evolved to communicate better
gent but intelligent is always have to apply, like enabling and with the user as per his or her
smart. By this definition, today's disabling network capabilities. preferences and priorities.
smartphones are not necessarily Why shouldn't the smartphone be One hindrance was the evolu‑
intelligent devices. intelligent enough to decide which tionary phase of AI; but since AI
network capability to enable or has now become a reality, the
Here is why. disable based on usage? device should add intelligence and
A smartphone lets us do myriad Right now, if Wi‑Fi is enabled, move beyond applications and
of things in ways that bring effi‑ An Intelligent Phone will have "thinking" capabilities and decide the next the cellular data goes into hiberna‑ functionality. As the smartphone
ciency, effectiveness and produc‑ course based on the user's preferences and priorities. tion. Why can't the phone decide industry looks for innovation in a
tivity in our lives ‑‑ such as work‑ which one to use based on several market that is near its saturation
place communication. cal decisions in a highly‑competi‑ and usage evolve, AI will soon criteria like cost of data, applica‑ point, the Intelligent Phone could
With smartphones, we have been tive world. become a rudimentary thing in tion being used, type of data being be a savior for the industry. It
able to not only manage e‑mails Now, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is smartphones. accessed and so on? could rejuvenate consumer inter‑
promptly but also connect seam‑ set to play an integral role in mak‑ However, the present approach If a user gets into a car, the est and, hence, the market itself.
lessly with people and friends on ing the smartphones of the future. is about finding areas where AI smartphone should be intelligent Faisal Kawoosa is General
real‑time platforms like WhatsApp Algorithm‑based intelligence has has usage as stand‑alone technolo‑ enough to decipher through AI and Manager‑Research & Consulting
that are more informal but quick already begun to percolate in pre‑ gy and for convenience, integrat‑ connect to the audio system via with CyberMedia Research.
and effective means to make criti‑ mium smartphones. As adoption ing it with smartphones makes it Bluetooth. Similarly, the airplane (Source IANS)

American Heart Bill Gates joins the fight against
Association redefines
high blood pressure, Alzheimerʼs ‑ and itʼs personal
New York: Billionaire Bill Gates is per‑ focused on a solution for a noncommu‑
130 is new high sonally investing $50 million to help
fund research to find a treatment for
nicable disease.
In his blog post, titled “Why I'm
Anaheim, CA: The American Heart Alzheimerʼs disease, a type of dementia Digging Deep Into Alzheimerʼs,” the
Association and American College Gates says has struck members of his Microsoft co‑founder said he became
of Cardiology have redefined own family. interested in the disease because of the
the high blood pressure meas‑ There is no cure for Alzheimerʼs, emotional and economic toll it takes
urement for the first time in which destroys memory and other on victims and their loved ones, as well
14 years. mental processes, so Gates said he is as the health‑care system.
The redefinition puts the investing his own money in the “A person with Alzheimerʼs or anoth‑
new high for systolic blood Dementia Discovery Fund, a private‑ er form of dementia spends five times
pressure at 130 mm Hg or public partnership to search for a solu‑ more every year out‑of‑pocket on
higher, while for the diastolic tion. health care than a senior without a
measurement, the new high “Itʼs a terrible disease that devastates neurodegenerative condition,” he
is 80 mm HG or higher. both those who have it and their loved wrote. “Unlike those with many chronic
That is a change from the ones,” the philanthropist wrote diseases, people with Alzheimerʼs incur
Alzheimerʼs disease has struck mem‑
old definition of 140/90 Monday on his blog. “This is something long‑term care costs as well as direct
bers of Bill Gatesʼ own family.
or higher. I know a lot about, because men in my medical expenses. If you get the dis‑
The change is a reflec‑ family have suffered from Alzheimerʼs. tions.” ease in your 60s or 70s, you might
tion of research showing I know how awful it is to watch people Alzheimerʼs, said to be the sixth lead‑ require expensive care for decades.”
complication that can you love struggle as the disease robs ing cause of death in the United States, Through his investment, Gates said,
occur at those lower them of their mental capacity, and affects more than 5 million Americans he hopes to help make progress in bet‑
numbers. This is the there is nothing you can do about it. It ̶ a number expected to spike to as ter understanding the disease, detect‑
first update to the feels a lot like youʼre experiencing a high as 16 million by 2050, according ing and diagnosing it sooner, and find‑
U.S. guidelines on blood pressure detection and gradual death of the person that you to the Alzheimer's Association. ing ways to keep it from progressing.
treatment since 2003. knew. My family history isnʼt the sole Although medication and other thera‑
About 14 percent more people will be diag‑ reason behind my interest in pies may ease the symptoms, they do There are many ways an Alzheimerʼs
nosed with high blood pressure and counseled Alzheimerʼs. But my personal experi‑ not slow the progression. drug might help prevent or slow down
about lifestyle changes. There should only be a ence has exposed me to how hopeless “We don't really have anything that the disease. Most drug trials to date
small increase in those who will be prescribed it feels when you or a loved one gets stops Alzheimerʼs, and so the growing have targeted amyloid and tau, two
medication. the disease.” burden is pretty unbelievable,” Gates proteins that cause plaques and tan‑
By lowering the definition of high blood pres‑ Gates noted that he, personally, is not said in an interview with CNN's chief gles in the brain. I hope those
sure, officials with the American Heart without his own worries. medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta. approaches succeed, but we need to
Association and American College of Cardiology “Anything where my mind would The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation back scientists with different, less
hope the guidelines will recommend earlier inter‑ deteriorate, I have to say I would be has been committed to global public mainstream ideas in case they donʼt. A
vention to prevent further increase in blood pres‑ disappointed thinking about complex health, including infectious diseases in more diverse drug pipeline increases
sure and the complications of hypertension. . problems,” he told CNN. “I hope I can developing countries, but as CNN our odds of discovering a break‑
live a long time without those limita‑ reported, this is the first time Gates has through.
28 November 18-24, 2017 HUMOR

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

Recent examples
which show real life is
imitating the movies

INDIA ou know that movie where someone for a while.

AND Y jumps out of a building and lands safely
on a passing truck? I think it was called
Pretty Much Every Movie Ever.
The same day a reader sent me a link to
another news video of real life imitating art: A
beaver was seen guiding a herd of 150 cows

PAKISTAN Well, a reader sent me a link to that exact
clip ‑‑ only it was a real‑life news report. A
in Canada. Perhaps the beaver had actually
seen the movie Babe, about a pig doing the
building in Hebei, in the north of China, was work of a sheepdog, and wanted to try it him‑
ablaze, and several people jumped out of high self. Beavers are smaller than pigs and cows
New York Head Quarter windows on to a truck filed with vegetables, are bigger than sheep, so real life beats the
escaping completely unharmed. movie.
422‑S Broadway Makes you think, right? Next time you've A third example arrived a day later. A man
HICKSVILLE finished work and the lifts going down are broke up with his girlfriend and went off to
full, check the passing traf fic. Perhaps the marry someone else. The annoyed girlfriend
NY 11801
Uber people could provide options. "I'd like to turned up at his wedding with a gun and took
516‑827‑1010 order a truck of vegetables outside my build‑ him away. Police thought it was so movie‑like
ing at 5.30, please." "Certainly, sir, cabbage or that it must have been staged.
lettuce?" I would agree, except for one crucial thing:
This correspondent has noticed that "life‑is‑ The incident happened at an Indian wedding,
a‑movie" items usually appear in batches, as if which is famous as vortexes in which any‑
Destiny decides to recycle old film storylines thing can happen.
Example: At a recent wedding in Uttar
Pradesh, the bride refused to marry the

Laughter is the Best Medicine groom after discovering that he'd provided a
meat‑free banquet. She instead married a man
from among the wedding guests.
Reports of brides marrying wedding guests
By are not uncommon in India, and it puzzles me
that ANY single men dare to attend such cere‑
Shah Several times a year, young men must come
Mahendra Shah home and have the following conversation.
is an architect MOM: "How was your roommate's wedding?"
by education, SON: "The usual. By the way, meet my wife,
entrepreneur by Aditi."
profession, A fourth news report in this category
artist and arrived that night. Two people in the US state
of Washington discovered that they were
born on the same day of the same month of
cartoonist and
the same year in the same town ‑‑ and eventu‑
writer by hobby.
ally learned they were twins. Yes, it's the
He has been
exact plot of the hit movie "The Parent Trap".
recording the
But that's about two young girls.
plight of the
In the real life version, a man and a woman
found they were twins after they got married.
Indians for the
The scientific term for this is "awkward". No
past many doubt they are taking classes in Sibling
years in his car- Rivalry and Cutting Remarks so they can be
toons. "normal".
Hailing from If Destiny is reading this, can I put in a
Gujarat, he request for the movie "Almost Famous" to
lives in come true? In that film, the beautiful Kate
Pittsburgh, Hudson falls in love with a not‑very‑good, not‑
Pennsylvania. very‑famous journalist.
Real‑life Kate, whoever you are, I'm here. ASTROLOGY November 18-24, 2017 29

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ARIES : Valuable support from a col‑ LIBRA: Good week for computer pro‑ 18th November, 2017 will be moments when your achievements
league would help in professional mat‑ fessionals as they realise their Influenced by number 9 and the planet will exceed your expectations, but most of the
ters. You will have to depend on familyʼs dreams. Time spent with relatives Mars, you are highly ambitious, dignified, times you will have to put in your maximum
help for your needs. Long‑term investment in will be to your advantage. Improvement in independent, courageous, outgoing, and an to achieve bare necessary results. People who
stocks & mutual funds will enable to earn prof‑ finances is certain. You enjoy a lovely time as enthusiastic person. You are a born leader have stood besides you till now will continue
its. You find pleasure and enjoy ecstasies of Cupid is on your side. A very healthy week and you have no trouble in motivating and their support. Relationship with your spouse
love in the arms of partner. Your enormous filled with happiness & vitality. Travelling reg‑ leading others, but you need to check your will be highly cordial and on an even footing,
confidence would help in enjoying a healthy ularly might be injurious for your well – tendency to behave erratic, impatient and but you need to control yourself from being
life. Small journey with your office colleagues being. Donʼt spend too much on real estate. arrogant at times. to stubborn, which w ill create uneasy
will be interesting. Mortgaging your plot is not Visiting new places would bring a wonderful This year you should not be too generous moments at home. Romantic alliances will
right for you, crisis may arise. A very success‑ feeling/experience for you. with your time and money. Use the opportu‑ prosper and strengthen. T he months of
ful week when you are likely to get rid from SCORPIO: An excellent time for devel‑ nities that come your way to improve your November, February, June and September will
your legal battle. oping professional contacts. Family earnings and living standard. Your confidence be significant.
TAURUS: Excess workload could trou‑ members will be very positive & sup‑ and morale will be high and you are likely to
ble at workplace in this week. You portive to your plans. Investment needs to be win favours during this period. New partner‑ 22nd November, 2017
move with new excitement & confi‑ made keeping long‑term perspectives in ship will be lucrative and investment will Ruled by number 4 and the planet Uranus,
dence as you receive support from family and mind. A special message from beloved/lover yield gains. You will strengthen your position you are energetic, charming, peace loving,
friends. A new financial deal gets finalized lifts spirits. Pleasure trip would help in main‑ in the social circle. If you propose any new creative and an active person. You are always
paving the way for fresh money. Donʼt forget taining sound health in this week. Your boss ideas, you will be surprised, as many impor‑ given great deal of responsibility at work
to plan something special with partner to may ask you for your company to a friendʼs tant people w ill back your thoug hts. because people know they can depend on
enjoy the ecstasies of love. Sound physical party. Investment on construction business Participating in cultural activities will be edu‑ you. You should receive major success in your
health will enable to participate in outdoor would flourish your income. Developing new cating as well as entertaining. The months of career provided you check your tendency to
activities. Enjoy your holiday with love of your contacts with influential persons would help September, December, March and July will be behave jealous, self centered and overconfi‑
life. Your income can be doubled by renting in expanding your horizons. important. dent at times. Your planetary position is
your house or a part of your house. Timely SAGITTARIUS: Senior colleagues offering major changes in your career. New
suggestions to friends would help them to cooperation brings success at profes‑ 19th November, 2017 opportunities look bright and recognition and
solve their problems. sional front. Relatives will be willing Dominated by number 1 and the Sun, you rewards seem high on your cards. Your
GEMINI: You need to make full use of to lend a helping hand at the time of need. are original, confident, honest, methodical involvement in social activities will bring you
your aspirations, supportive nature and Speculation coupled with some unexpected and a systematic person. You have deep inter‑ close to important people, who will provide
open mindedness at work. Family front gains improves financial health. You face est in spirituality and always search to find favours and benefits. Those wanting to travel
seems to go smoothly as you receive their full some problems in love on dictating your inner peace. You are deeply admired by peo‑ overseas for business or pleasure will receive
support to your plans. Financial position will terms. Yoga and meditation would help in ple around you, but you need to check your a boost to their plans. You will have abun‑
improve later in the week. Your wit & charm keeping in shape and mentally agile. Travel tendency to behave impatient, extravagant dance of energy and you will easily imple‑
would help in catching the attention of oppo‑ plan with a colleague might lead to a new and moody at times. ment whatever you plan. Health however will
site sex. You will be successful in getting rid relationship. Dealings for older properties can Opportunities to lift your living standard need care. The months of October, January,
from tensions. Romantic destinations seems be in process. You are likely to be appreciated will come through new contacts that you May and July will be highly eventful.
appealing to you. It would be beneficial if you for your helpful nature. develop this year. You need to concentrate
plan to buy a small property. A friendʼs influen‑ CAPRICORN:Business partners would your maximum efforts into career improve‑ 23rd November, 2017
tial contact brings into contact with an emi‑ be enthusiastic about new plans & ment, as it will yield desired results. You will Ruled by number 5 and the planet Mercury,
nent lawyer‑which would immensely help you. ventures. Trouble seems to be brew‑ do extremely well socially if you travel and you are practical, energetic, trustworthy and
CANCER: You will be successful in ing at home therefore think twice before get involved in clubs and social events. possess a strong intuition. You are highly
regaining your professional touch. uttering your views. A new source of income Distant pilgrimage is on the cards for some of popular in your group because you are witty
You find relief, comfort and affection will generate through influential contacts. you. Spouse and children will be supportive and intelligent. You are helpful and sensible
in the company of family members. Real estate Love companion will be eager to meet you in but health of your parents will be a matter of but you need to control your tendency to
investment would be lucrative. Love partner this week. concern. The months of January, April, May behave vindictive, stubborn and timid at
would be extremely supportive and in a loving Blessings of a saintly person give peace of and August will bring in the desired result. times. Promising career opportunities ahead
mood. A sparkling laughter filled week when mind. Before you embark on your adventure for fresh graduates and extremely good peri‑
most things proceed, as you desire. Relive the trip plan and prepare each and every thing. 20th November, 2017 od for scholars, scientists, writers and sports‑
holidays by remembering the hassle of last‑ Your possession for acquiring a plot might be Ruled by number 2 and the Moon, you are men as well. This year will be important for
minute preparations. Real estate is one thing achieved. A long pending legal battle might be imaginative, simple, noble, friendly and highly working women, as they will receive a major
on which you can rely on to invest. Your decided to your satisfaction. disciplined person. You can easily accomplish boost in their career. Financial gains are cer‑
patience coupled with continuous ef forts & AQUARIUS : Donʼt forget to devote difficult tasks with your dedication and hard tain but expenses will also take an upward
understanding will bring success. time on acquiring new technical work, but you need to control your tendency trend. For those involved in romantic entan‑
LEO: A test of your ability to handle skills to enhance career prospects. to behave cynical, stubborn and introvert at glement, chances of a matrimonial alliance
pressurised situat ions as you are New relationship at family front will be long times. Pending problems will get sorted out. will be quite high. Travel will bring pleasure.
entrusted with a special assignment. Be lasting & highly beneficial. Investment made This new phase in your life will bring you The months of November, March, June and
generous in your approach and enjoy lovely in this week would enhance prosperity and rewards and recognition. Your financial posi‑ August will be significant.
moments with family members. You are likely financial security. Proposing might benefit, as tion will also improve and you will feel more
to earn monetary profits through most unex‑ chances of succeeding in love are high. secured and satisfied with whatever you do. 24th November, 2017
pected sources. Blossoming love life brings Chances of recovering from physical ailment Family and friends will be there for you when Ruled by number 6 and the planet Venus,
happiness. You attain a bloom in health on are high. you need them. Legal matters will be compli‑ You are energetic, cheerful, trustworthy,
sharing happiness with others. Fly away with Small picnic organized by your company is cating and you should avoid standing guaran‑ dynamic and a methodical person. You have a
your dreams, new business horizons are ready good to change your mood. If you invest on tee for others, as it will cause embarrassment very strong willpower and dislike interfer‑
to explore. Plan to invest in cafeteria or a bak‑ smaller properties then it can be beneficiary and many legal problems. Matrimonial ence of others in your personal affairs. You
ery shop; it might create new opportunities for for future investments. You are likely to be alliances for few lovebirds. Pilgrimage and are carefree and helpful, but you need to
you. Donʼt forget to use your witty nature to highly benefited by your interaction with religious activities will bring peace of mind. check your tendency to behave stubborn, vin‑
brighten a dull atmosphere. strangers. The months of October, December, April and dictive and dominating at times.
VIRGO: Self‑confidence helps in making PISCES: You are like ly to fail to May will be significant. Financial gains are certain provided you
an impact at professional front in this achieve targets at professional front. associate with people who are creative and
week. Do not share personal matters Guests visit would make it a pleasant 21st November, 2017 experienced. Improved finances will make
with casual acquaintances otherwise it will dis‑ & wonderful week. An improvement in finan‑ Governed by number 3 and the planet you spend more on luxuries and other living
appoint family members. Investment in stocks cial position would enable to make important Jupiter, you are confident, creative, systemat‑ comforts. Legal or property disputes will set‑
& mutual funds would help in earning profits. purchases. Search for a true romantic friend ic, generous and an optimistic person. You tle around the middle of the year. New
A romantic week as you receive all praises might end in this week. Inexhaustible energy are good at building new contacts, which in romance for some will develop through social
from partner. High time for you to realize your enables to participate in outdoor activities. return bring you lots of popularity and bene‑ gatherings and recreational activities. Health
true potentials. Travel for fun and pleasure is Official journeys prove to be more fruitful for fits. You are smart and trustworthy, but you of an infant will cause stress and anxiety.
what you demand. Investment on restaurant you. Your plan to own a house is ought to be need to control your tendency to behave Religious feelings will arise making you seek
might be strain on your check book. You get a in the right way. You will have to struggle in extravagant and dominating at times. spiritual blessing later in the year. T he
good opportunity to get involved in some the bid to survive against the greedy & mali‑ Professional gains are all most certain but months of December, April, June and August
interesting conversation in this week. cious friends. rise in expenses will bother your mind. There will be highly important.
30 November 18-24, 2017 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS

The power of attention
offshoot from all of creation and
God. Most religions believe that If we meditate
there are higher regions of exis‑ accurately we will
tence to which the soul goes after
it dies. Scientists and doctors have experience ourselves
tried to verify this by document‑ as soul. Once we
ing accounts of people who were
declared clinically dead but had
identify with the soul,
near‑death experiences and then we will also be
described something beyond this
aware of the inner
world. The question is, where are
these realms? They are not zones Light and Sound that
By Sant Rajinder
Singh Ji Maharaj
in outer space delineated by bor‑ is the radiance and
ders. All these realms exist con‑
currently with this one. The rea‑
vibratory sound of
soul is sent to a life in the son we are not aware of them is God within us.
A human body for a certain
period of time. During that
time the soul is confined in the
because they operate on a differ‑
ent frequency or vibration.
The saints and mystics tell us
one and step two? To accomplish
step one, we must withdraw our
one state of consciousness to the
other. The other state of con‑
scious of being in the different
regions. Ultimately, the Light and
human form like a prison cell. that we have the choice to either attention from our body, mind, sciousness does not exist in time Sound function at their highest
When the soul inhabits a body, stay tuned to this physical world, and the world outside. We must or space. They are operating con‑ vibratory rate, which is the power
the soul is still a part of God and or to tune into the channels of decide to turn off the outer pro‑ currently. We are simultaneously of God itself. When we shift our
is still one with God. The soul, God. God wants us to watch Godʼs gramming. When that program‑ in the other realms and in God at attention to that, we have come to
however, is now overpowered by programming. God is available ming is in the off mode, then in the same time but we are not the state of consciousness where
some very powerful forces, such twenty‑four hours of the day, the silence we will experience aware of it because our attention we are at one with God and merge
as the mind, the body, and the three hundred sixty‑five days a ourselves as soul. That is the step is only focused on one region̶ with God.
outer world, which cause the soul, year. Godʼs programming does not that we call self‑knowledge. Once the physical. It is simply a matter of choosing
over time, to forget itself. The soul turn off at three a.m. like some we identify with the soul, we will So, for step one, the Masters where we want to put our atten‑
slowly begins to identify itself networks do. It is a free station be able to pick up frequencies who have learned to be attuned to tion. That is the true meaning of
with the body and mind and world broadcasting all the time without that the soul is capable of receiv‑ the realm of God, teach us that we the anecdote about Bulleh Shah
outside. It suddenly begins to any cable fees. We only need to ing. We can do a gradual shift in can withdraw our attention from and Inayat Shah. When Bulleh
think that it can only receive know how to tune into Godʼs sta‑ which we go from the conscious‑ the world, the body, and the mind Shah asked his Master, Inayat
information from the outer world tion.The hook‑up to God is not ness of one region to conscious‑ by sitting in meditation. If we Shah (who was a gardener by pro‑
through the senses. Thus, the soul hard. It is just a matter of making ness of the spiritual realms. meditate accurately we will expe‑ fession), “How can I find God?”
has become attuned to only one the choice that this is what we Once someone asked the great rience ourselves as soul. Once we Inayat Shah pulled up a plant and
channel̶the channel of the want to do. The steps to do this saint, Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji identify with the soul, then we will replanted it in another place.
world. are simple. Step one is to stop Maharaj, how long it took to get also be aware of the inner Light When Bulleh Shah questioned
If we think about our life as identifying with the body, mind, from here (the physical region) to and Sound that is the radiance what that demonstration meant,
watching a television program, we and world outside, and identify Sach Khand (the highest spiritual and vibratory sound of God within Inayat Shah said, “To find God it is
have multiple choices as to what with the soul. Step two requires region). Hazur closed his eyes, us. If we absorb ourselves in the merely uprooting your attention
to watch. Just as there are a dozen that when we identify with our and then opened them. He told Light and Sound within, we can from one place and planting it in
network stations and then dozens soul that we shift our attention to them, “I have just been there and then attain step two. We can shift another place.” That is the sim‑
if not hundreds of cable stations the frequency of the higher back.” He was showing that the our attention into the Light and plicity of spirituality. God did not
from which to choose, so, too, realms and ultimately to God. shift of attention from the physi‑ Sound, which attracts our soul to make things complicated. It is
there are many activities in this That is all we must do. God did cal realm to Sach Khand could be higher levels of vibration. simple. It is only we who have to
world that we can engage in. not make it hard for us to become done in the twinkling of an eye. The Light and Sound function at choose to transplant the flower of
Now, let us take a look at the aware of our true Home. It is we Why? Because we are not going different vibratory rates in the our attention from the world into
other choices available to us. This who have made it complicated. anywhere physically. We are different regions. As we shift our Godʼs garden.
physical planet is not a separate So how do we accomplish step merely shifting our attention from attention we find ourselves con‑ (For more visit

Lifeʼs awakening moments we die, and what our purpose in life is.
Read about the life of any of the great saints and mystics
by different names and through different practices. While
Sant Mat respects all faiths, it stresses that religion has two
n each personʼs life a moment comes when we have a tran‑
I scendent experience or a revelation in which we become
and you will find some life‑transforming experience that
awakened their quest. Once these burning questions arise,
dimensions̶outer and inner. Sant Mat focuses on the inner
dimension̶the deep spiritual essence known as mysticism.
there is no turning back. We are restless until we find the so‑ Mysticism looks beyond rites, rituals, and scriptural knowl‑
lution. edge and pursues spirituality as a matter of personal inner
Before our awakening, it is like we are sleeping. Our soul experience. Sant Mat expresses the deepest values of every
has been asleep for aeons. We started out in the lap of God great spiritual tradition̶love for God, compassion for Godʼs
but became lost in the attractions of the world. We have for‑ creation, and a daily life grounded in ethical values. Sant
gotten our true Home. We are in a state of slumber or for‑ Matʼs unique contribution is distilling these noble ideals into
getfulness that we are souls, a part of God. We think we are a simple, universal spiritual path and then providing the
the mind and the body and have forgotten our true essence tools and techniques to make them a personal reality.
as soul, as a part of the Creator. Sant Mat does not demand that we renounce our families
or societies. Instead, we can pursue our spiritual goals while
Sant Mat leading normal lives.
ant Mat, the “Path of the Saints,” reflects the core teach‑

aware that we have a higher purpose in this world. Sudden‑
S ings of saints and mystics through the ages. People new The need for a living master
to this path often say they are attracted by its simplicity, in‑ competent teacher speeds our progress. It's a common
ly, amidst the daily rituals of waking up, getting dressed, go‑
ing to work, eating, and sleeping, we get a glimpse that there
tegrity, and effectiveness in fostering spiritual growth. Al‑
though Sant Mat was born centuries ago in India, it is in
A sense principle of life: studying with one who has mas‑
is something more to this life. That moment may come when tered the subject we wish to learn accelerates our learning.
many ways ideal for the modern seeker. Followed under the That's why seekers throughout history have turned to spiri‑
we are a child. It may come to us while a teenager, or it may
guidance of a living spiritual Master, these teachings couple tual Masters. By virtue of their own inner awakening, these
come in adult life. Some may have it when they are young
meditation on the inner Light and Sound with an inclusive, Masters awaken others. As much as we revere Masters of the
adults, and some have it in their senior years of life. When‑
positive way of living. past, Sant Mat stresses the importance of a living guide.
ever it comes, it leaves us transformed. Suddenly, we begin
At the heart of Sant Mat are these simple principles: There
to question who we are, why we are here, where we go when -Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
is one God of all creation, though people worship the Lord November 18-24, 2017 November 18-24, 2017