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Nikki Haley praises


growing India‑US ties
India's Budget for 2018
Washington DC:
Ambassador to the United
Nations, Nikki Haley has
US

said that the sky is the limit


to push growth, pull FDI
for US‑India ties. She noted India-America business advocacy groups give thumbs up
that President Trump is
fond of the growth of his Washington, DC: T he US‑India
countryʼs relationship with Business Council (USIBC) and US
India, and praised India India Strategic and Partnership
Prime Minister Narendra Forum (USISPF), have both lauded
Modi for his aggressiveness India's 2018‑19 Union Budget pre‑
in pursuing economic and sented on February 1 by Finance
administrative reforms, Minister Arun Jaitley. The budget
reports PTI. Prior to a Jan. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley met will accelerate growth, boost man‑
30 meet ing hosted by Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Singh ufacturing and make sectors like
Indian Ambassador to the Sarna on Jan. 30 at the Indian embassy health and real estate lucrative for
US, Navtej Singh Sarna, at residence in the presence of prominent foreign investors. Mukesh Aghi,
the Indian embassy resi‑ Indian Americans. (Photo: Indian Embassy) president of USISPF, told PTI, "We
dence, Indian American applaud the budget. The reason
India‑U.S. relationship even as she
Haley noted that it makes sense for plays such a prominent role in the we applaud is that it's going to
acce lerate the g rowth in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP stalwarts at a meeting
the two democracies to have strong American political sphere,” Sarna
on Feb 1 where he said the budget presented by
ties because they have so much in told PTI. Indian economy.”
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is pro‑people. (Photo: IANS)
common. The lunch meeting was On its part, USIBC said, the budg‑
Haley was quoted as saying that
attended by some prominent Indian when she entered the Trump et displays the Indian govern‑ access to health care, af fordable dations in these critical areas,"
Americans from across the country administration, she desperately ment's commitment to develop housing, energy and education for said the council's President Nisha
.“It is always a delight to see the wanted to see U.S.‑India relations areas that will benefit its growth all citizens form the backbone of Biswal. "American industry is
sense of pride that Ambassador become very strong, “which wasnʼt and prosperity for many years to any growing economy. The USIBC Continued on page 4
Haley has in her Indian roots, and the case during the last two come. is pleased to see that this Budget See Indian budget
the high value she attaches to the "Infrastructure development, contains many of our recommen‑ details on page 24.
Continued on page 4

Grand Republic Day celebration on Long Island War of the Memos


Washington: President Trump has
claimed complete vindication from
a GOP memo that alleges the FBI
abused its surveillance powers
during the investigation into his
campaign's possible Russia ties.
T he Demo crats on the House
Inte lligence Committee who
opposed release of the memo have President Trump felt vindicated
readied their own counter memo, by GOP memo spearheaded by
which is now w ith Trump to
Rep David Nunes, but Dems have
their rebuttal memo ready.
review and okay for release.
Amb. Sandeep Chakravorty, Mrs. Chakravorty and all public officials were welcomed with the traditional T he four‑page do cument whose opposition research, now
garlands by representatives of the 14 organizations of the Coalition of Indian Organizations of Long Island. called the Steele dossier, was fund‑
released last Friday and spear‑
New Hyde Park, NY: The Coalition ed of ficials as well as prominent Chairman of the Indian American headed by David Nunes, head of ed by Democrats. At the same time,
of Indian Organizations of Long members of the Indian community. Voters Forum, and was inspired the House Intel Committee, con‑ the memo confirms that the inves‑
Island ce le brated the 69th T he rare event bring ing 14 by Ambassador Chakravorty. The tended that the FBI, when it tigation into potential Trump links
Republic Day of India on January Indian org anizat ions of Long community responded enthusiasti‑ applied for a surveillance warrant to Russia actually began several
31, attended by the Consul Island under one umbrella along cally packing the Clinton G Martin on a onetime Trump campaign months earlier, and was "trig‑
General Sandeep Chakravorty, with the American dignitaries was Hall in New Hyde Park to capacity. asso ciate, Carter Page, re lied Continued on page 4
judges of NY Supreme Court, elect‑ the brainchild of Varinder Bhalla, Continued on page 4 excessively on an ex‑British spy See related stories on page 11.

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Indian-American lawyer drafted


Dr Sudhir Parikh gets Vishwa
GOP memo critical of FBI
Gujarati Samaj award New York: Indian‑American lawyer
Kashyap "Kash" Patel is the author
New York: Physician, philanthro‑ of the controversial Republican
pist and publisher, Padma Shri memo critical of the FBI and some
Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh of Parikh Justice Department officials that is
Worldwide Media, LLC, was hon‑ roiling the American political land‑
ored with the Vishwa Gujarati scape. Patel drafted the document
Samaj's top award for an NRI on that asserts that there were impro‑
Feb. 1 in Ahmedabad. prieties in the FBI probe into
Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli alleged connections between
presented the Sardar President Trumpʼs campaign and
Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Kashyap "Kash" Patel works for
the Russian government.
Pratibha International Rep. Devin Nunes, who spear‑
The memo prepared on behalf of
Personality Award 2017 to Dr. headed the controversial memo.
the GOP members of the House
Parikh on behalf of the Vishwa Intelligence Committee was made ior counter‑terrorism counsel last
Gujarati Samaj (VGS) at a cere‑ public last Friday after Trump April. The crux of the Republican
mony held in the Gujarat cleared its release despite opposi‑ memo is the allegation that the FBI
Chambers of Commerce and tion from the FBI and the relied on investigations of Trump
Industry and attended by more Democrats. that was paid for by the Democratic
than 300 people from the busi‑ Patel is on the staff of Rep. Devin National Committee and lawyers
ness world, professionals, acade‑ Nunes, the Republican who is chair‑ linked to Hillary Clinton's campaign
Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh received the award
mia, and government as well as man of the committee. when applying to a court for per‑
in Ahmedabad on February 1.
leading Gujaratis from UK, Quoting sources "familiar with mission to wiretap a Trump adviser,
Australia, and Germany. Sam Pitroda, Raj Mohan Gandhi he will soon launch a new TV Carter Page, and that the FBI did
the memo," Daily Beast said that
Besides the citation, a memen‑ in receiving the award. Dr Parikh news and entertainment channel not disclose this fact to the judge.
Patel "read the highly classified
to and shawl, the award to Dr. has recently launched the think in the US. The anti‑Trump dossier was pre‑
intelligence it's based on, drafted
Parikh included and a check of tank, Parikh Foundation for Krishnakant Vakharia, presi‑ pared by Christopher Steele, who is
the memo, and then dealt with FBI
Rs 250,000, which he donated to Indiaʼs Global Development, dent of the VGS, praised Dr described as former British intelli‑
and Justice Department efforts to
the VGS for its children and aimed at discussing and spread‑ Parikh for his service not only gence employee. It was initially
keep it from being released to the
women's empowerment projects. ing awareness about India's for the Gujarati community but commissioned by a right‑wing web‑
public." He formerly worked for the
Dr. Parikh said he was proud to emerging global role, and rela‑ humanity at large. He also credit‑ site that was against Trump, but
National Security Division of the
be in the company of other NRIs tions with the US and other ed Dr. Parikh for furthering US‑ dropped it later and the Democrats
Justice Department.
like astronaut Sunita Williams, countries. He also disclosed that India relations. then commissioned it.
He joined the committee as a sen‑

Dance USA Dance Season 2 kicked off


New York: On January 31, 5678 is the biggest South Asian media
Media Group and ZEE TV hosted platform in the world.
members of the media and multi‑ Matt Steffanina, a leader of Hip
cultural corporate representatives Hop, got off his seat to choreograph
at the Dance USA Dance (DUD) some moves to popular Bollywood
press conference to announce the music tracks. Nakul Dev Mahajan
second season of the popular dance emphasized authenticity when
competition. introducing this new rich Bollywood
The event at the Marriott Marquis culture to the US market, and the
drew numerous media outlets and challenges he faced when he first
select guests who were received on introduced Bollywood music in
red carpet. The competitionʼs four Hollywood movies and TV shows.
official international celebrities Lauren spoke about bridging the
from the dance industry ‑‑ Matt gap between the USA and India
Steffanina, Nakul Dev Mahajan, through this amazing platform. Ashwani Kumar, Executive Producer DUD judges Sarish Khan and Nakul Dev Mahajan show off
Lauren Gottlieb and Sarish Khan ‑‑ Ashwani Kumar, Executive at DUD, speaking at the event. the audition poster for Season 2 in Times Square
shared their life journeys while Producer at DUD and CEO of 5678 vision to contribute to global peace Kunal Kumar, Supervising each city will get a chance to com‑
expressing their excitement on join‑ Media group, said, “Our hope is that and a united world through the Producer, said, “Video auditions are pete in the semi‑finals this summer,
ing DUD Season 2 as judges. everyone in attendance – and even platform as it expands to other accepted through February 15 with in their quest to win the title of
“This type of content doesnʼt those who are not – will come to countries. Bollyshake, an internet dance com‑ Dance USA Dance Season 2
come around very often, and weʼre understand the impact this platform Sunil Hali, Producer of the show, munity platform, selecting which Champion.
excited to help take it to the next has and will have on bringing about said, “We want to build a global teams will move on to the regional The 5678 Media Group is a full‑
level”, said Indrajit Majumdar, SVP change in the world.” platform where Bollywood meets rounds in 15 tour cities, including service entertainment agency con‑
at Zee TV Americas, the broadcast Anjana Kumar, Chairperson and dancing stars from various coun‑ New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, necting brand to youth culture.
partner of Dance USA Dance. Zee TV Executive producer, shared her tries all over the world”. Toronto and Dubai. Two teams from Contact: danceusadance.us
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Hillary Clinton visiting India in March R-Day


Mumbai: Former US the world. celebrated at
Secretary of State Apart from Clinton,
Hillary Clinton will be who lost the 2016 Town of
one of the speakers at
the India Today
presidential election
to Donald Trump,
Hempstead
Conclave here in speakers will include The celebration of 69th Republic
March, organizers said Congress leader Day of India by the Town of
last week. Shashi T haroor, Hempstead was hosted by its
'The Great Churn ‑ Triumphs and designer Naeem Khan, Punjab Chief Supervisor, Hon. Laura Gillen, on
Tribulations' will be the theme of Minister Amarinder Singh, and Feb 1 at the Town Hall in
the 17th edition of the conclave to Patidar leader Hardik Patel. Hempstead, NY. Pictured is flag
be held on March 9‑10, the India Clinton has in the past made sev‑ hoisting outside the Town Hall
Today Conclave organizers said in a eral visits to India, both as with Supervisor Laura Gillen, Town
Clerk Silvia Cabana, and members
statement. Global thought leaders Secretary of State and as the US
of Indian Veterans Association and
will converge at the forum to dis‑ First Lady. The Clinton Foundation
community leaders.
cuss and debate issues from around works in villages across India.

India's Budget for 2018 become lucrative for international relationship trying to make sure sented by President Dr. Ajey Jain; had earlier played at the Trump
to push growth, pull FDI investors and bring in more foreign that we do more with India,” Haley as well as SPARK Youth Club of Presidential Inaugural in
Continued from page 1 direct investment to India. Real said. New York, the World Spiritual Washington DC.
committed to growing, strengthen‑ estate is another sector, which will “I think that skyʼs the limit now. Awareness Forum Inc. and the
ing and sustaining these areas of be lucrative for international play‑ We are going to continue to try and World Malayalee Association. War of the Memos
collaboration with India," she ers, he added. show the values of India to the New York Supreme Court Justices Continued from page 1
added. Biswal said USIBC's goal was "On the consumer goods side, United States and continue trying Denise Sher & Ruth Balkin repre‑ gered" by information involving a
to keep the momentum of the US‑ things will move very strongly. to show the values of the U.S. to sented the judiciary; NY Senator dif ferent campaign aide, George
India commercial partnership by That's where US companies can India,” she said Elaine Phillips presented a Senate Papadopoulos.
prioritizing policies that ensure play a very strong role," Aghi said. Proclamation to Amb. Chakravorty; The warrant authorizing the FBI
greater ease of doing business, pro‑ Aghi said many companies, Grand Republic Day Nassau County was represented by to monitor the communications of
mote certainty, transparency and including Apple, were looking at celebration on Long Island its Legislature Majority Leader Rich former campaign adviser Carter
predictability in decision‑making. India for manufacturing. Continued from page 1 Nicole llo and Legislator Tom Page was not a one‑time request,
USISPFʼs Aghi added that a major‑ The cost of labor had gone up in The participating organizations McKevitt. Also in attendance was but was approved by a judge on
ity of Indians lived in rural areas China and they want to be closer to included the Association of Indians Nassau County Comptroller Jack four occasions, the memo says, and
and the whole health program the consumer market, he said in America represented by its Schnirman who was applauded for even signed off on by the second‑
means that people will have insur‑ national President Dr. Urmilesh including a Hindu prayer in his ranking of ficial at the Justice
ance there which will further drive Nikki Haley praises Arya, and NY Chapter President inaugural program earlier. Department, Rod Rosenstein, whom
growth. growing India‑US ties Gobind Munjal; the Arya Samaj of The Town of Hempstead was rep‑ Trump appointed as deputy attor‑
Commitment to build one core Continued from page 1 Long Island represented by its resented by Supervisor Laura Gillen ney general.
housing is going to create jobs, he presidencies.” “It didnʼt make sense founder Veer Mukhi; Asa Mai and Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana. Trump tweeted from Florida,
said, adding that putting duty on to me because when you look at the Temple represented by founder Gillen and a representative of where he was spending the week‑
completed item will push industry values, theyʼre the same. When you Gobind Bathija; the Brahmakumaris Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph end, "This memo totally vindicates
to manufacture more in India. look at the work ethic and what of LI; the Federation of Malayalee Saladino presented a citation each `Trump' in probe. But the Russian
Aghi said that the new policies they be lieve from a corporate Associations represented by its to Ambassador Chakravorty honor‑ Witch Hunt goes on and on!"
would give further boost to PM standpoint ̶ itʼs the same. When Chairman Thomas Oommen; the ing Indiaʼs Republic Day. Senior Democrats have warned
Modiʼs 'Make in India' program. you look at the research and all the Gujarati Samaj of New York repre‑ Niketa Bhatia, who successfully President Trump not to use that
"Committing to maintaining a 3.3 things that we do, these two democ‑ sented by its President Minesh petitioned the Syosset School controversial memo as a "pretext"
per cent fiscal deficit is a strong racies have so much in common,” Patel; Indian American Physicians District to have the Festival of to fire the special counsel, Robert
message to the world in develop‑ she was quoted by PTI as saying. of Long Island represented by Dr. Diwali designated as an official hol‑ Mueller, probing alleged Russian
ment in some kind of fiscal disci‑ “Weʼre seeing a growing interest, Rakesh Dua & Dr. Ajay Lodha; IALI iday was honored with a citation involvement in the 2016 US elec‑
pline also. I would say it's a good and a growing relationship and see‑ represented by its President Gunjan from the Oyster Bay Township. tion. They said the memo's release
budget. It's a budget which is inclu‑ ing that happen. The president is Rastogi; International Punjabi The pageantry of the event was was a "shameful effort to discredit"
sive. So we applauded it," Aghi said. very, very fond of what is happen‑ Society represented by President enhanced by bagpipers of Nassau the FBI and inquiries into Russian
He said the health care sector will ing with India, growing that Dr. Rajinder Uppal; RANA repre‑ County Firefighters Band which meddling.

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New travel and visa


company launched
New Jersey: The Ultimate Travel
and Visa Company was launched
on Feb 1 with the aim to change
the way Indian Americans travel and get
their visas or OCI cards.
The company's CEO Ranjeet Singh said,
“We want our people to experience the
world in its true form and let them know
intimately the country they visit.” He added
that they want to bring on board a flawless
and streamlined process to help people
avail their Indian visa, OCI card and pass‑
port renewals. Having worked with leading travel and
From family trips to holidays for solo visa outsourcing companies for over a
travelers; motor cycle tours to wildlife decade, Ranjeet Singh has started the
safaris; trekking mountains or exploring
Ultimate Travel and Visa Company as CEO.
miles of scenic coastline; self‑guided holi‑ have had first hand experience of dealing
days or small group trips; there is some‑ with thousands of Visa/OCI applications in
thing for every kind of traveler with the daily volumes. In the past, the company has
Ultimate company, their press release said. worked closely with diplomatic missions on
They will provide expert knowledge, excit‑ several international projects, which not
ing itineraries and outstanding service as only gives them an edge above the rest, but
part of their sustainable travel experiences also makes them a reliable and trustworthy
which take travelers into the heart of the partner who knows the ins and outs of the
country theyʼre visiting for the adventure of whole process.
a lifetime. The Ultimate Company's target is to pro‑
With a satisfied client base of over 5,000 vide world class customer service in travel
travelers from three different continents, and consular segments which at times is dif‑
the Ultimate executives have personally ficult for everyone to deal with. They also
traveled and lead numerous successful trips provide short breaks, group or solo trips to
in various regions of the world including some of the most exotic destinations in the
India, Africa, South East Asia, Europe, The world in Africa, Europe, South East Asia and
Americas and Australia/NZ. South America. They want to help people
The companyʼs consular service section is get out of the routine online and guidebook
led by some highly skilled executives who travel style, and let them explore the planet.

NJ Tamils celebrate Pongal

West Windsor Township mayor


Hemanth Marathe inaugurated
the festival and read out the
proclamation declaring Pongal as
an important cultural festival of NJTS volunteers serving traditional lunch
the community. on banana leaf..
By Suchitra Srinivas ing Tamil culture. Murals and paintings by
local artists were at display for the contest.
New Jersey: The New Jersey Tamil Sangam Senior artist from India Kalaimamani
(NJTS) celebrated the cultural harvest festival Padmabushan Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sudha
Pongal on January 28th in a grand manner Ragunathan was the special invitee whose
by treating the community members with tra‑ Carnatic music concert in Tamil stole the
ditional lunch served on banana leaf. show with big thumps up.
Unlike the buffet tradition personally serv‑ The function was made very special with
ing guests a fulsome meal guided by elabo‑ West Windsor Township mayor Hemanth
rate rules of dos and donʼts is a major part of Marathe inaugurating the Pongal celebra‑
Tamil Viundombal culture. tions and handing over a proclamation
Keeping up with this tradition, New Jersey declaring Pongal as an important cultural
Tamil Sangam (NJTS) for the first time treated event of the community.As a major break‑
about 400 guests a sumptuous lunch on through, this year many state officials across
Vaazai illai (banana leaf). From kids to adults USA have acknowledged the Tamil harvest
every one was thrilled to be served by NJTS festival and took part in the celebrations
president and his team of volunteers. While organized by local community organizations.
childhood memories made many emotional, January 14 every year starting 2018 has
the feeling of oneness in a faraway land took been declared to be the Pongal day in
grip of everyone. Virginia. Frisco, Dallas Mayor declared
NJTS also conducted an elaborate art exhi‑ January to be the Tamil Heritage month.
bition and competition of handicrafts depict‑ Time to rejoice for the US Tamil community.
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Indian‑origin doctor delivers Judge orders release


baby on Paris to NY flight of immigration activist
New York: An of f‑duty was kidney stones, but

Ravi Ragbir in US
Indian‑origin doctor had later found out that she
an "oh boy" story when was 39 weeks pregnant,"
he he lped de liver a he said.
healthy baby boy while Dr Hemal said there New York: A US judge has ordered release
on a trans‑Atlantic flight was no time to land the of leading Indian‑descent immigrant rights
from Paris to New York at plane and the best deci‑ activist Ravi Ragbir from custody, granting
35,000 feet, according to sion was to deliver the him a temporary reprieve from deportation
media reports. baby on‑board. Dr Hemal to his native Trinidad and Tobago, according
W hen a 41‑year‑old used a shoestring to tie to a media report.
went into labour a week and cut the umbilical cord Ragbir, 43, was arrested on January 12
early, Air France flight for baby Jake. during a routine check‑in with Immigration
attendants asked if there "This has been a team and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ordered
were any do ctors on e f fort and certainly a immediate deportation, irking local commu‑
board. Dr Sij Hemal, a 27‑ flight I will never forget," nity in New York.
year‑old second‑year he said. Althoug h Dr In a seven‑page decision, Manhattan
urolog y resident at Hemal's practice area is Federal Court Judge Katherine Forrest wrote
Dr Sij Hemal is a urology resident
Cleve land Clinic's urolog y, he de livered that Immigration and Customs Enforcement
at Cleveland Clinicʼs Glickman
Glickman Urological and
Urological and Kidney Institute seven babies during med‑ agents had violated Ragbir's rights to due
Kidney Institute, immedi‑ ical school ‑ althoug h process, New York Daily News reported.
ately came forward, Cleveland 19 News never on the floor of a jetliner. Ragbir was arrested during a routine
"The court finds that when this country
reported. We're trained to stay calm and think check‑in with Immigration and Customs
allowed (Ragbir) to become a part of our
Enforcement (ICE) and ordered immedi‑
Dr Hemal started in New Delhi, stopped in clearly in emergency situations," he adds. "I community fabric, allowed him to build a life ate deportation, irking local community
Paris and was heading to New York, where just tried to think ahead to what might go with and among us and to enjoy the liberties in NY. (Image courtesy: ndtv.com)
he would catch a connecting flight to wrong, and come up with a creative solu‑ and freedom that come with that, it commit‑
Cleveland. He was hoping to drink a glass of tion." ted itself to allowance of an orderly depar‑ deportation for nearly a decade, as the
champagne and take a nap on a plane from After Jake arrived, Dr Hemal said he ture when the time came, and it committed result of a 16‑year old conviction for wire
Paris to New York on December 17, but FaceTimed his parents. itself to avoidance of unnecessary cruelty fraud. He was placed into removal proceed‑
instead helped deliver a healthy baby boy "Look I'm flying first class," he told his when the time came," Forrest wrote. ings in 2006 and spent 22 months in immi‑
named Jake during the flight, the report parents. "I wanted to surprise them and tell "By denying (Ragbir) these rights, the gov‑ gration detention before being released in
said. Together with Dr Stefanie Ortolan, a them I was flying first class. I'd never flown ernment has acted wrongly," Forrest added. February 2008.
pediatrician from France, the two managed first class before. And ... umm ... by the way I She wrote that Ragbir was "entitled to the During immigration detention and since
to deliver baby Jake after just 30 minutes of also just delivered a baby! It was one of freedom to say goodbye" ‑ indicating the his release, Ragbir has worked tirelessly to
pushing, Dr Hemal said. He did not know those moments I'll never forget," he said. activist still faces eventual deportation. end the use of immigration detention, stop
that she was pregnant. He said the mom's For his ef forts, Air France delivered a According to New York Immigration deportations, and secure relief for countless
bump was covered with a blanket. travel voucher and a bottle of champagne to Coalition, Ragbir has lived with the threat of individuals.
"As a urologist, I was excited. I thought it Dr Hemal. (PTI)

Schools should support Google AR executive Nikhil


Chandhok joins Facebook
the whole child
By NYC Schools Chancellor absenteeism is down by six percent.
San Francisco: Nikhil Chandhok,
Indian‑origin Director of Product
for Augmented Reality (AR) at
Carmen Fariña We have transformed schools Google, is joining Facebook to lead
into welcoming places that support

P
product management of its camera
roviding high‑quality aca‑ students and families, where team working on AR.
demics and meeting the experts and educators are available In a Facebook post on Tuesday,
social‑emotional needs of to unpack challenges they may be Chandhok said he is looking for‑
children go hand in hand. You sim‑ facing and come up with tangible ward to build upon a platform that
ply canʼt have one without the solutions. If students are struggling allows for the creation and discov‑
other. New York City has made crit‑ to see the front of the classroom or ery of global AR experiences every‑
ical investments to deliver a com‑ read a book, we give them free eye‑ where.
prehensive framework that increas‑ glasses. If a family is facing immi‑ Nikhil Chandhok (Image: Twitter)
"Now, as I join the Camera/AR
es opportunities and access to gration challenges, we connect ence closer to Android users,
team at Facebook, I'm especially
health and wellness that put stu‑ Carmen Farina (Image: The NYC them to lawyers. Where there is
Department of Education) interested in building more conver‑ Google in August 2017 released a
dents on the path to success. food insecurity, there are food new software deve lopment kit
sation and momentum in cross‑plat‑
Weʼve put this vision into action es are not an “add on” to the school pantries. Public‑private partner‑ (SDK) called "ARCore."
form camera services," Chandhok
by building a network of 227 day; Community Based ships have been an important focus The platform renders AR capabili‑
posted.
Community Schools – an innovative Organizations are integrated into during my time as Chancellor, and ties to existing and future Android
Chandhok worked on Google's
strategy that transforms traditional the fabric of each school to deliver through a wonderful partnership phones.
"ARCore" smartphone AR platform
schools into neighborhood hubs for students and families. with Warby Parker, students have The company built on the funda‑
and Daydream VR platform.
that provide services like vision A recent study by the Learning received more than 32,000 pairs of mental technologies used in Tango,
"While I'm leaving the team at
screenings, mental health supports, Policy Institute shows that free glasses since 2015. Another another AR platform by Google but
Daydream and Google, I'm proud of
after‑school and summer program‑ Community Schools can be an important partnership is with ARCore is scalable across the
the work we did together. We gave
ing, family activities, counseling, important part of improving aca‑ Sprint to provide high school stu‑ Android ecosystem as it doesn't
developers ARCore and expanded
and more. Community Schools also demic achievement at high poverty dents with free Wi‑Fi hotspots, so
access to augmented reality tools," require any additional hardware.
work directly with families to schools, and weʼre seeing results – k ids can complete their assign‑
he said. "We also designed founda‑ "Today is my 1st day at Facebook!
address chronic absenteeism and test scores at Community Schools ments and study outside of schools There are massive opportunities
tional aspects of AR platforms and
make sure kids are in the class‑ that have participated in the initia‑ hours, he lping to address the ahead for AR & I look fwd to joining
explored how people use AR now
room where they can learn. Our tive for several years are up 11 per‑ “homework gap.” Students keep Facebook as we bring more AR
and how they'll use it in the future,"
Community Schools mode l is cent for English Language Arts and these hotspots throughout their experiences to life ‑ for more peo‑
Chandhok added.
unique in that these critical servic‑ five percent for Math, and chronic time in high school. ple!" Chandhok later tweeted.
In a bid to bring the AR experi‑
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL COMMUNITY February 10-16, 2018 7

Indians rally outside White USIBC lauds Indiaʼs


House in support of Trump's Union Budget
immigration plan
Washington, DC: Several hundred
Washington, DC: The US‑India
Business Council (USIBC) has laud‑
ed India's 2018‑19 Union Budget
prioritizing policies that ensure
greater ease of doing business,
promote certainty, transparency
highly‑skilled Indian workers, in President Trump last week used his first saying it displays the Indian gov‑ and predictability in decision‑mak‑
ernment's commitment to develop ing.
long agonizing green card wait, State of the Union address to push for the areas that will benefit its growth "In the last three years, India has
from across the US along with their
children and spouses held a rally in
merit-based immigration system that and prosperity for many years to been on a robust path to growth,
front of the White House here in admits skilled people, a proposal that could come. backed by a strong economic
"Infrastructure development, reform agenda. USIBC's goal is to
support of President Donald benefit technology professionals from access to health care, af fordable keep up the momentum of the US‑
Trump's plan for a merit‑based
immigration system that among
countries like India. housing, energy and education for India commercial partnership to
all citizens form the backbone of ultimately unlock greater growth
other things ends chain migration President Trump for taking initia‑ pro‑Trump immigration rallies at
any growing economy. The USIBC and investment opportunities for
and diversity lottery visa. tive towards a merit‑based immigra‑ the White House. According to
is pleased to see that this Budget businesses in both nations," she
Flying to the US capital from as tion system," Bansal said, adding Republican Hindu Coalition, there
contains many of our recommen‑ said.
far as California, Texas and Chicago that his group is working with the are nearly 200,000 children of legal
dations in these critical areas," Formed in 1975 at the request
and driving several hundred miles W hite House and lawmakers immigrants‑in‑line from India, who
said the council's President Nisha of the US and Indian governments,
from places like Florida, New York towards a comprehensive immigra‑ have never broken the law, but who
Biswal. the USIBC is the premier business
and Massachusetts, these highly tion bill that should include all simply age out at 21 and have to go
"American industry is committed advocacy organization comprised
skilled Indians, living in the US for these things. back, because their parents have a
to growing, strengthening and sus‑ of 350 top‑tier US and Indian com‑
the past several years and in many Giving green cards to thousands 60 year wait to get their green card
taining these areas of collabora‑ panies. It is the largest bilateral
cases for more than a decade, urged of highly skilled professionals from after it is approved.
tion with India," she added. trade association in the US, based
Trump to end the per country limit India would help them realize their "US Economy if it was to grow
Biswal said USIBC's goal was to in Washington with a global pres‑
on legal permanent residency so as full potential and boost country's four per cent per year will need
keep the momentum of the US‑ ence including in New Delhi and
to eliminate the massive Green Card growth and prosperity, he said. another 400,000 high‑skilled work‑
India commercial partnership by Mumbai. (IANS)
backlog of highly skilled Indians. The participants, many of them ers added to the work force each
"We are looking strictly for a software engineers, at the rally had year. Immigration reform needs to
merit‑based immigration. That will
bring prosperity and fast economic
banner and posters with slogans
like 'Cut Green Card backlog', 'strict‑
address this issue as well. T he
Hindu and Indian community has
Slain techie Kuchibhotla's widow
growth of the US," Krishna Bansal,
national policy and political direc‑
ly merit‑based point system', 'end
country limit', 'we need to support
some anxiety re lated
Immigration issues," said Anil
to
attends Trump's State of Union address
tor of Republican Hindu Coalition, legal dreamers' and 'We support Sharma a member of the organizing New York: Sunayana Dumala, out of the US because she came
told the rally. "We are with Trump.' This was one of the rare team. (PTI) the w idow of Indian techie in as a dependent on her hus‑
Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was band's H1‑B temporary profes‑

Trump nominates Indian American to killed in a hate crime last year in


Kansas, was a Congressional
guest at the State of the Union
sional visa but the deportation
has been stayed.
Be fore attending Trump's

Federal Trade Commission address delivered by President


Donald Trump.
address, Dumala met House
Speaker Paul Ryan and Cathy
Washington, DC: On Jan. 25, President organizationʼs website. Dumala called the Tuesday McMorris Rodgers, the chair of
Donald Trump sent the nominations of Brobeck also noted that Chopra is night speech "welcoming and the House Republican
four people to serve on the Federal widely regarded for his expertise in the positive" on reforming immigra‑ Conference, and other lawmak‑
Trade Commission which includes one student loan market as prior to joining tion. ers, according to KHSB's Twitter
Indian American, Rohit Chopra. CFA, Chopra served as the assistant "In the very beg inning he feed from Washington.
If his nomination is confirmed by the director at the Consumer Financial (Trump) said that we all have Kuchibhotla was killed and his
Senate then Chopra, a Democrat, will Protection Bureau from 2010 to 2015, our dif ferences but we have to friend Alok Madasani was
finish out the term which ends Sept. 25, where he oversaw the agencyʼs work on work in unity and harmony," she injured when a former Navyman
2019, of Joshua Wright who resigned. student financial services issues. told the Kansas City TV station, Adam Purinton allegedly fired
Chopra has a masterʼs degree in busi‑ “Iʼm delighted to see Rohit Chopra KHSB. "That is welcome." on them last February outside a
ness administration from the Wharton nominated to serve as an FTC "And he did address immigra‑ restaurant in Kansas while
School at the University of Pennsylvania Commissioner. He did stellar work at tion and that there is a need to shouting, "Get out of my coun‑
and is a graduate from Harvard the Consumer Financial Protection fix a broken system," she added. try."
Rohit Chopra "That is very positive too." Purinton is awaiting trial on
University. Bureau, spotlighting abuses that
(Image : huffingtonpost.com)
He currently serves as a senior fel‑ impacted tens of thousands of service‑ Republican Representative charges of murder and commit‑
low at the Consumer Federation of America, focusing members and veterans with student loans. He has con‑ Kevin Yoder tweeted that he ting a hate crime.
on consumer protection issues facing young people and tinued to work to protect the rights of consumers and invited her to the President's Yoder is the sponsor of a bill
military families. borrowers, and I look forward to his future contribu‑ ceremonial speech "in recogni‑ aimed at cutting the delays for
“Rohit is fair‑minded, independent, and committed to tions to the work of the FTC,” said Holly Petraeus, tion for her tireless ef forts to professional Indian applicants
a marketplace that works for consumers and honest Chopraʼs former colleague. promote peace and as a message for g reen cards which g ives
businesses. He is well‑respected by those with all points Jacob Lew, the former Secretary of the Treasury also to the Indian community that them permanent immigration
of view, and his experience and character will be valu‑ appointed Chopra as the agencyʼs student loan ombuds‑ the US is a nation of immigrants status. The wait time now is over
able assets in this critical role,” CFA executive director man and in 2016, Chopra served as special adviser to and they are welcome here." 11 years and is likely to grow
Stephen Brobeck, said in a statement posted on the John King, the Secretary of Education. Dumala is at risk of being sent longer. (IANS)
8 February 10-16, 2018 NATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Sisodia to talk innovation in Delhi's


education system at Harvard
By Vijaylakshmi Nadar country, is by ensuring quality education for according to the provisions of the Right to
the poor children, with which they can make Education Act 2009, but which was either
New York: In just under three years, since the a significant difference in their lives, in one defunct or non‑existent before Sisodia took
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took charge of the generation alone. charge. The SMC's which is a simple concept
Delhi government in February 2015, their The image one gets of government schools of involving both the parents and the teachers
performance, despite interference by the anywhere in the country is of ramshackle in the studentsʼ welfare, thereby making them
Central government, has been satisfactory. buildings, with poor facilities, missing teach‑ equally accountable, has been so successful
They have especially generated substantial ers, and poor implementation of midday that a team from Harvard university, is study‑
traction in the education and health sectors, meals, all contributing to a high dropout rate ing its impact.
attracting attention worldwide. among students, with most of them failing to One of the biggest concerns of these
It is no surprise then that the deputy chief exhibit age and grade appropriate learning. schools was that 50% of the students of the
minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia has been Things were no any dif ferent in Delhi 1024 government schools dropped out in the
invited to speak at the India centric confer‑ Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of schools when AAP came into power. Sisodia, 9th grade, or held back. Almost 9.5 lakh stu‑
ence in USA called ʻIndia ‑ Disruptive Delhi, with charge of education depart‑ who has been a school teacher in the past, dents from 6th to 9th grades too lacked the
Innovationsʼ to be held at Harvard Business ment. Their innovative initiative has been to quickly got to work, allocating 25% of the requisite grade level competence in the lan‑
School and Harvard Kennedy School in involve both parents and teachers in the annual budget, a whopping sum of Rs 11,300 guages and maths. These students were seg‑
Boston on February 10‑11. He will speak at studentsʼ welfare, thereby making them crore and the highest in the country, towards regated into smaller groups, guided by a
the conference on the simple but concentrat‑ equally accountable. (Photo: PTI) education alone. teacher, who focused on improving reading
ed ef forts they took to completely turn About a 100 AAP volunteers, from across Though AAP has been constantly dead‑ and writing abilities on par with their grades.
around Delhi's government schools, positively the USA and Canada, will be sharing space locked with Delhiʼs Lieutenant Governor over All of this was constantly monitored produced
impacting the lives of almost 16 lakh stu‑ and ideas with Sisodia, who has been recog‑ allotment of land to build new schools, there results soon enough with more students
dents. nized as the country's most successful educa‑ was no force stopping them from turning the clearing their tenth standard than ever
Representatives from other political parties tion minister. He and party leader and chief existing ones around. before, while students in the lesser grades
like Suresh Prabhu from the BJP and media‑ minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal are of the AAP governmentʼs biggest success came gained increased competence in their core
men like Ravish Kumar have been invited as firm belief that the quickest way to put an from forming the School Management subjects.
well to address the conference. end to widespread poverty in the city and Committees (SMC), which is mandatory The author is an AAP volunteer.

FALUʼS BAZAAR – Free Karachi launches next phase


A MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH
SOUTH ASIAN CULTURE of campaign in Washington DC
Washington, DC: The
New York: Faluʼs Bazaar is a vibrant and
diverse album of Indian childrenʼs music
An Indian children’s Free Karachi
Campaign has initiat‑
from Falu, an international artist known for album brings alive the ed its next phase.
her unique blending of modern and classical During this phase,
stylings. This playful yet educational collec‑ sights and sounds nearly one hundred
tion is the first of its kind, teaching South of a diverse world taxis will be running
Asian culture through a spirited presenta‑ in the US capital
tion to todayʼs youth. Join Falu and her tools. In keeping with that history, Falu fea‑
Washington D.C. dis‑
incredible band on a musical journey cele‑ tures three generations on this album per‑
playing FreeKarachi
brating the instruments, languages, sights, forming a variety of ancient vocal stylings.
banner. T he taxis
and humanity of a diverse world, out In fact, the album concludes with a lullaby
route includes impor‑
February 16, 2018. On Faluʼs Bazaar, the that has been passed down through five
tant lo cat ions of
artist explores how arts and roots can be generations in Faluʼs family.
White House, Capitol
both cherished and pre‑ In addition to vocal tech‑
Hill, State
served if introduced to niques and themes that may
Department and law‑
children early on. Falu be new to many listeners
makersʼ offices.
believes that by teaching here, there is also a wide
The campaign for
young children about dif‑ selection of Indian instru‑ Nearly 100 taxis to run around the US capital
the rights of the peo‑
ferent cultures, they will ments including the Indian with FreeKarachi banners
ple of urban Sindh
grow up to respect the flute bansuri, tabla and har‑
Province of Pakistan had kick started last week tary forces. The aim of the campaign is to con‑
diverse world as a place for monium presenting new
in the US capital on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. vey the message to the US administration that
all to live peacefully. Her and distinct sounds for
Day when taxis displaying Free Karachi ban‑ 70 Million Mohajirs are trusted US allies in the
play‑based writing style on fresh ears.
ners participated in the MLK Day parade. One war against extremism and terrorism. Karachi,
these songs keeps the Produced by Grammy‑
of the leading US newspapers, Washington the port city of Pakistan, needs immediate
learning experience natural winning producer Danny
Times, also published a special four‑page wrap attention of the US and world community as
and fun, allowing the educa‑ Blume and by Deep Singh and performed highlighting the aims and objectives of the the city faces serious threat from Taliban, ISIS
tional elements to come through organical‑ with her impressive band, the album was campaign. and like‑minded extremist forces.”
ly. Faluʼs Bazaar represents a complete jour‑ inspired by performances curated by This campaign is getting worldwide attention Since 1992, well over 22,000 Urdu‑speaking
ney through a fictional Indian Hulululu Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Education and US lawmakers are raising voice over Mohajirs have been killed in urban Sindh by
Bazaar, showcasing the unique aspects of in New York City. Bryan Vargas co‑wrote all human rights abuses in Karachi. Pakistani security forces. Since 2013 alone,
Indian life. While on the excursion, children the songs with Falu (Falguni Shah), Soumya Talking to media present on the ocassion to hundreds of Mohajirs have gone missing
experience South Asian culture from the Chatterjee joined as co‑writer on “Pots and cover second phase of campaign, Free Karachi whereas tortured dead bodies of Mohajirs are
vibrant foods and spices at the market and Pans” and “Rainbow” and played the violin spokesperson Nadeem Nusrat said: “The Free routinely dumped in Karachiʼs outskirts. While
from the people and languages that they and acoustic guitar on the album. Gaurav Karachi Campaign has no political objectives. religious extremist outfits are allowed to freely
encounter. They will hear common words in Shah played harmonium and bansuri as well Its purpose is to create worldwide awareness preach their twisted ideology of religious
Hindi and will learn about geography, Indian as acting as executive producer. Producers about the plight of the democracy‑loving, secu‑ hatred in Karachi under the protection of Para‑
rhythms and melodic notes. The trip even Deep Singh and Danny Blume assisted as lar people of Karachi and other urban areas of Military Rangers, the democratically elected
leads them into an Indian kitchen to be well with Singh on percussion and tabla and Sindh who have been facing one crack down mainstream political party of Mohajirs, MQM,
exposed to dif ferent flavors and cooking Blume on bass. after another at the hands of Pakistanʼs mili‑ is facing an announced ban on its activities.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL COMMUNITY February 10-16, 2018 9

Multifaith observance marks


Mahatma Gandhiʼs 70th Punya Tithi
The volunteers of Shanti Fund successfully hosted an observance event to mark the 70th Punya Tithi (death
anniversary) of Mahatma Gandhi with a multifaith program befitting his dream of communal harmony. The
event held on January 29th at Suffolk County Executive Office Building, Long Island, NY saw participation
from members of various faiths including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Jains, Bahai, Buddhist and Islam.
The South
Asian Times
brings you
some
glimpses …

Members of Buddhist faith recited prayer in Thai language “Jaya


Members of Bahai faith recited prayer of Abduʼl‑Bahaʼ and readings praying for Paritta” which means blessing from Buddha for the welfare of all living
peace, love and enlightenment. (L to R): Harriet Pasca‑Ortgies, Akbar Owens, beings and enumerated four principles for unity. (L to R): Sky Hughes,
Master of Ceremony Bakul Dr. Ellen Homayoon and Dr. Sanjida Cabot
Matalia of Shanti Fund. May Barton, Phragrupalad Sukit Peangta, Phramaha Suwannarat

A large contingent of priests and soon to be priests offered Newly elected Supervisor of Town of Huntington Chad Lupinacci Young students of Sai School began with a prayer from
“Litany of Humility” praying Christ to remove our fears and admired the work of Shanti Fund & Long Island Multi Faith Forum Upanishad and recited Sarva Dharma Prayer under the
instill good values. (L to R): Deacon Ed Karan, Vinny Sweeny, while Dr. Dayashankar Vidyalankar, Assistant Vice Consul guidance of Dr. Suhasini Jonnavithula. (L to R) Jatin Inti,
Francesca Yellico, Matthew Yellico, Ann Heverin, Bernie Colvin, eloquently quoted Vedas in Hindi. (L to R): Dr. Vidyalankar, Chad Saaketh Manepalli, Ananya Inti, Sahana Narayan, Annika
Matthew Surico, John Heverin, Karol Garcia, Terry Culhane, Lupinacci, Arvind Vora of Shanti Fund; L. Krishnamurthy, Consul of Prabhu, Sreevarshini Karthikeyan, Shreya Narayan, Keertana
Diana Pizzaro, George Sprance and Father Walter Kedjierski. Passport & Visa section at NYC Consulate. Madhira, Priya Prabhu

Jewish community members presented peace prayer with


Members of Islam: Umar Syed said few verses of Koran, Syed Hafizur music and sweet voices. (L to R): Rev. Bill McBride, William
Rahman, President Islamic Association of Long Island (Selden Mosque) Kelleher, James Kelleher and Cantor Irene Failenbogen A section of audience at the event

Jain youth recited sacred Navkar Gathering of Light


mantra followed by Jain prayer invoked best of each
wishing happiness, generosity, faith ending with 16
enlightenment and peace for all. peace greetings from
(Front row) Shrey Sheth, different traditions. (L
Shraddha Sanghani , Nishi Sheth, to R): Aneela Arshed,
Hriti Sanghvi, Vinisha Sheth, Rishi Sheryl Brooks, Prayasi
Sanghvi , Khushi Shah. (Back row) Bagchi, Sheryl Schapiro,
Ila Vora, Sonal Lakhani, Neha Margaret Fraiser,
Sanghvi, Mansee Shah, Sid Sheth, Catherine Chapey,
Naman Lakhani, Saiyum Sheth, Elizabeth Teplin, Rev.
Yashavi Shah Evelyn Digsby
10 February 10-16, 2018 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Trumpʼs address to the nation was all right


By Shivaji Sengupta when it comes to Donald Trump. I had anticipated nothing
less in the conversation that followed. I wasnʼt disappointed.

W
ith his State of the Union address on January 30, Even I would say that, on face‑value, the speech was all
Donald Trump arrived at his first landmark as right. According to a CBS poll, 75% people liked the speech. I
President. Of ficially, this is an annual message was mildly pleasantly surprised that the speech was not full of
given by the POTUS to a joint session of Congress, except in Democrat bashing; Hillary Clinton was not mentioned; and
the first year of a new president's term. The address includes Obama, only once, obliquely. There were even some effort at
a budget message and an economic report of the nation, and appealing to bipartisanship in Congress to get things done, be
also allows the President to outline the countryʼs legislative it immigration or spending on infrastructure. To be sure,
agenda and national priorities. Trump's pet projects were there: the “Wall”, Tax Reform and
The address fulfills rules in Article II, Section 3 of the US de‑regularizing the industry. So were the pet peeves: stopping
Constitution, requiring the President to periodically "give to diversity lottery and chain migration. The latter troubles me
the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and rec‑ because it would prevent Americans from sponsoring their
ommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall siblings, parents, and adult children. On the other hand, he
judge necessary and expedient." In the 18th and 19th cen‑ favors a pathway to citizenship for the children of undocu‑
turies the President primarily only submitted a written report mented immigrants who were brought to this country as
to Congress. After 1913, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th US infants and are now of age. I was relieved to see that our
President, began the practice of delivering the address to often‑giddy president is still supporting the permanent settle‑
Congress in person as a way to rally support for his agenda. ment of "the dreamers."
With the advent of radio and television ‑ and now the Internet And yet, if you read the newspapers (including this column)
‑ the address is now broadcast live across the country on you will be challenged to find fair, objective pieces on any‑
many networks, and thus is also used by the President as a thing the president does. The SOTU was, I think, one of his
platform to speak directly to the American people. This year best attempts at being middle of the road. It does not deserve
45.6 million people watched it. the unabashed open bias the people and press are showing.
President Trump speaking at his first State of the Union
Thus, unofficially – and traditionally – it has become a self‑ My anxiety is about Congress taking up two of the most
on January 30.
laudatory report card on the presidentʼs achievements in the important Bills, and passing laws on immigration, especially
year gone by, created by the president himself: something this rily responsible; acknowledgement of noteworthy heroic protecting the Dreamers, and the push on infrastructure. As
president is very good at doing. deeds of 14 Americans of various ages and ethnicities; a huge‑ much as I am a Democrat, I donʼt care if these laws are passed
Personally, perhaps like many Democrats, I was a reluctant ly trumpeted economic report, particularly the landmark Tax by a Republican government, as long as they are passed. I
viewer, primarily because of my bias against this president. As Reform; surprising paucity on foreign af fairs (particularly wish the Democratic law‑makers we sent to Washington
it turned out, however, this was a standard State of the Union: relations with Russia) although he did talk tough on terrorism; would think less about themselves and the Mid‑Term elec‑
the president marching out his own achievements, with almost and a plea to bipartisanship in getting Congress to pass the tions, and more about the people they represent. It is my con‑
no acknowledgement of his administration. Typically Trump, laws he supports on immigration and strengthening the infra‑ viction that if these laws are passed, it is the Democrats who
many “facts” were exaggerated, interspersed with the usual structure. I detected a faint whiff of defensiveness when he will benefit more, come election time. To quote the President
superlatives like “incredible” and “extraordinary,” superlatives announced the end of mandated health insurance, with a side‑ himself, let us at least for the time being, put our quarrels
that, like his “facts” have become a bit of a bore. There was, at swipe at President Obama, a practice quite uncommon in aside and ask our elected representatives and senators to pass
the outset, some attempts at “bipartisanship,” but, alas, one SOTU addresses. the two laws “where nobody gets everything they want, but
side of the bipartisan – the Democrats ‑ did not fall for it. By now you may have noticed my resentment toward this where our country gets the critical reforms it needs.”
Structurally, Trumpʼs State of the Union can be seen as the manʼs election to the presidency. But even I have been quite The author regularly contributes opinion pieces to The
achievements of America for which he, as president, is prima‑ appalled by the total one‑sidedness of just about everybody South Asian Times.

By Arun Kumar

Washington: His supporters may


be a "basket of deplorables", as
presidential rival Hillary
Method in his madness: Trump is
Clinton suggested on the
campaign trail, but
Donald Trump is no
basket case as his
having his way on most issues
wages and giving $1,000 bonuses threatened to tear up the "disas‑
detractors have
insinuated.
News Analysis to workers. Among them, Apple has trous" Iran nuclear deal on day one.
Twitter‑ merit‑based immigration system. announced plans to invest a whop‑ But he is unlikely to follow through
thumb That's part of the pattern for the ping $350 billion and create even as he has threatened to walk
brought author of "The Art of the Deal". 20,000 new jobs in the US over the away from it after signing yet
Trump may
to the US as These very tactics have helped "The next five years. another waiver on sanctions.
well be the
children ‑‑ down Donald", as his first wife lovingly And corporate titans gathered at Trump has recognized Jerusalem
most
the toilet. called him, notch up in just one Davos too have started warming up as the Israeli capital and
obnoxious
As conservative year an impressive list of successes to the "America First" President announced plans to move the US
egomaniac
Washington Examiner ‑‑ good, bad or ugly! ‑‑ despite the with his declaration that "America embassy there two decades after
to ever
aptly summed it up: Russian "cloud" hanging over his is open for business". the Senate passed a law and succes‑
occupy the
"Trump was breaking administration. Trump has also upended decades sive presidents signing waivers
White
ground on immigra‑ He has instituted the biggest cor‑ of US foreign policy, rattling allies with little more than murmurs of
House as left liberal media paints
tion, then it all went to shit." porate tax overhaul in 30 years and and foes alike. Islamic State has disapproval from powerful Muslim
him to be, but he is no "moron" as
his exasperated Secretary of State But probably that's what he want‑ drastically cut red tape by revoking been virtually crushed, thanks to a nations.
Rex Tillerson is alleged to have ed to up the ante for a larger immi‑ hundreds of regulations to make it free hand given to the military and Whether Trump's actions would
once called him. gration reforms package that he easier to do business. Trump is also some help from Russia. Trump has have a disastrous effect on climate
There is a method to Trump's outlined days after a short‑lived rapidly reshaping the judiciary by also called Pakistan's bluff and change or would end hopes of a
madness. His temper tantrums, shutdown of government with naming a conservative judge to the frozen its funding until it stops har‑ two‑state solution in Palestine is
intemperate tweets, and juvenile opposition Senate Democratic Supreme Court and appointing a boring terrorists. moot. The point is Trump is having
taunts all have a purpose: Distract, leader "Crying Chuck" Schumer record 12 federal appellate judges He has pulled out of the non‑ his way on all but a few issues.
shoot and scoot. And time and throwing in the towel too soon. who serve lifelong with hundreds binding Paris Climate accord, Trump's tantalizing tweets and
again, the media has fallen for it Even as the media upbraided more to come. approved two controversial oil taunts have provided a circulation
hook, line and sinker. Trump for his intemperate lan‑ At home he has been rewarded by pipelines ‑‑ Keystone XL and spinning bonanza to the "Failing
Take the President's latest rant guage, he dangled new hope for the a roaring economy and a soaring Dakota access ‑‑ and opened up New York Times" or Very Fake
against "shithole countries" in Dreamers ‑‑ a path to citizenship for stock market. Companies big and about 90 percent coastal areas for News CNN or other "Dishonest
Africa. The alleged remark sent a 1.8 million of them in return for small have outlined plans to bring drilling, throwing environmental media", as he has nicknamed them.
nebulous bipartisan deal on $25 billion for his "big beautiful back profits stashed abroad and concerns to the winds. But by falling for them they have
"dreamers" ‑‑ illegal immigrants wall" on the Mexican border and a open new plants, raising minimum On the campaign trail, Trump had also given The Donald a free pass.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info US AFFAIRS February 10-16, 2018 11

The Republican memo "totally vindicates" me: Trump


Washington: President Donald Trump last tainted. A closer read presents a far more
Saturday claimed complete vindication nuanced picture.
from a congressional memo that alleges "Having decided to cherry‑pick, the
the FBI abused its surveillance powers dur‑ Nunes team picked a bunch of the wrong
ing the investigation into his campaign's cherries for its own narrative," Matthew
possible Russia ties. But the memo also Waxman, a Columbia University law pro‑
includes revelations that might complicate fessor and former Bush administration
efforts by Trump and his allies to under‑ official, wrote in an email.
mine special counsel Robert Mueller's The memo's central allegation is that
inquiry, reports AP. agents and prosecutors, in applying in
The four‑page document released last October 2016 to monitor Page's communi‑
Friday contends that the FBI, when it cations, failed to tell a judge that the oppo‑
applied for a surveillance warrant on a sition research that provided grounds for
onetime Trump campaign associate, relied the FBI's suspicion received funding from
excessively on an ex‑British spy whose Guided by Ranking Member of the House House Intelligence Committee chair Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and
opposition research was funded by Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, David Nunes spearheaded the GOP memo, the DNC. Steele's research, according to the
Democrats. At the same time, the memo Democrats were trying to release their own which the mainstream media considers memo, "formed an essential part" of the
confirms that the investigation into poten‑ memo as a rebuttal to the GOP memo. underwhelming. warrant application. But it's unclear how
tial Trump links to Russia actually began time request, but was approved by a judge collusion is dead). This is an American dis‑ much or what information Steele collected
several months earlier, and was "triggered" on four occasions, the memo says, and grace!" The underlying materials that made it into the application, or how much
by information involving a different cam‑ even signed off on by the second‑ranking served as the basis for the warrant applica‑ has been corroborated. Steele was working
paign aide. official at the Justice Department, Rod tion were not made public in the memo. As for Fusion GPS, a firm initially hired by the
Christopher Steele, the former spy who Rosenstein, whom Trump appointed as a result, the document only further intensi‑ conservative Washington Free Beacon to
compiled the allegations, acknowledged deputy attorney general. fied a partisan battle over how to interpret do opposition research on Trump. Steele
having strong anti‑Trump sentiments. But Trump, however, tweeted from Florida, the actions of the FBI and Justice didn't begin work on the project until after
he also was a "longtime FBI source" with a where he was spending the weekend, that Department during the early stages of the Democratic groups took over the funding.
credible track record, according to the the memo puts him in the clear. counterintelligence investigation that The FBI last week expressed "grave con‑
memo from the House Intelligence "This memo totally vindicates `Trump' in Mueller later inherited. Even as Democrats cerns" about the memo and called it inac‑
Committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R‑ probe," he said. "But the Russian Witch described it as inaccurate, some curate and incomplete. Democrats said it
Calif., and his staff. Hunt goes on and on. Their (sic) was no Republicans quickly cited the memo ‑‑ was a set of cherry‑picked claims aimed at
The warrant authorizing the FBI to moni‑ Collusion and there was no Obstruction released over the objections of the FBI and smearing law enforcement and that releas‑
tor the communications of former cam‑ (the word now used because, after one year Justice Department ‑‑ in their arguments ing the memo would damage law enforce‑
paign adviser Carter Page was not a one‑ of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, that Mueller's investigation is politically ment and intelligence work.

Dems caution Trump not Trump's pick for Singapore


ambassador withdraws nomination
to foil Russia probe Washington: President Donald
Trump's pick to be US Ambassador
Washington: Senior Democrats paign and the Kremlin. seen since the 1970s when then
to Singapore, K.T. McFarland, has
have warned President Donald Trump, who has consistently President Richard Nixon gave
withdrawn her nomination after it
Trump not to use a controversial denied any such collusion, had in orders to fire justice officials
had stalled in the Senate, a White
memo as a "pretext" to fire the May 2017 even fired former FBI involved in the Watergate scan‑
House official said.
special counsel probing alleged Director James Comey over the dal.
McFarland's nomination had
Russian involvement in the 2016 probe. Comey on Friday tweeted The White House later said "no
become embroiled in controversy
US election. that the memo was "dishonest changes" would be made at the
over the Trump campaign's con‑
Democrats said the memo's and misleading". The FBI said key Department of Justice and
tacts with Russian officials, the
release was a "shameful effort to facts had been omitted in the Rosenstein was fully expected to
New York Times reported.
discredit" the FBI and inquiries memo. continue in his job. K.T. McFarland
Some senators doubted her
into Russian meddling. In a statement, Senate Minority Asked about the contents of the
answers when she was asked White House decided to re‑nomi‑
They warned that such action Leader Chuck Schumer, House memo, Trump said a lot of people
about her knowledge of the dis‑ nate the former deputy National
could trigger a "constitutional cri‑ Minority Nancy Pelosi and eight should be "ashamed of them‑
cussions between fired National Security Adviser in January
sis not seen since the Nixon era", other senior Democrats warned selves".
Security Adviser Michael Flynn despite warnings from Democrats
the BBC reported. Trump against trying to sack spe‑ Although Devin Nunes, who
and then Russian Ambassador to that they were unlikely to support
The memo, written by cial counsel Robert Mueller or commissioned the memo, said it
the US Sergey Kislyak. her. McFarland, who formerly
Republicans, accused the FBI of Deputy Attorney General Rod showed "serious violations" of
"Unfortunately, some Democrats served as a commentator on Fox
abusing its powers. Rosenstein. public trust, not all Republicans
chose to play politics rather than News, has long been controversial,
Trump approved the declassifi‑ "We write to inform you that we supported the release of the
move forward with a qualified the Times reported.
cation of the memo on Friday and would consider such an unwar‑ memo.
nominee for a critically important When she ran in 2006 for the
said it "revealed a disgraceful ranted action as an attempt to Senator John McCain accused
post," Trump said in a statement. US Senate seat then held by
story". Democrats said the release obstruct justice in the Russia his party colleagues, and Trump,
The Senate eventually sent her Hillary Clinton, McFarland was
of the memo was aimed at dis‑ investigation," the statement said. of playing into the hands of
nomination back to the White found to have made multiple exag‑
rupting the probe into alleged They said such action could Russian President Vladimir Putin,
House at the end of 2017 and the gerations about her résumé.
links between the Trump cam‑ result in a constitutional crisis not BBC reported.
12 February 10-16, 2018 INDIA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

BJP, Congress spar in Rajya Sabha


New Delhi: The BJP and Congress He also slammed Congress lead‑ President's address, Shah said that
sparred in the Rajya Sabha with ers for their criticism of Modi over "it will save money and prevent the
Amit Shah say ing that Prime his remarks in an interview that need of frequent elections".
Minister Narendra Modi has put people earning Rs 200 a day sell‑ Azad made a strong rebuttal of
an end to the politics of "dynasty, ing 'pakodas' (fritters) can be con‑ the issues raised by Shah and ques‑
caste and appeasement" and sidered employed, saying: "Selling tioned the government's vision of
Ghulam Nabi Azad stating that pakodas is not shameful but com‑ "New India". "We do not want new
they wanted the "old Bharat" of paring it with begging was." Bharat, we want old Bharat where
Mahatma Gandhi where Hindus "Today if a person is earning there is unity between all religions
and Muslims could give blood for live lihood by se lling pakodas, and Hindus and Muslims give
each other. tomorrow his son would become a blood for each other. This was old
On a day the House witnessed a big industrialist. A tea vendor's son Bharat which you polarized to
lively debate on the President's can became the Prime Minister of form government. We want a
address, opposition parties, includ‑ this country," he said. Bharat where there is no fear," he
ing Trinamool Congress and NCP, Citing the BJP's repeated victo‑ said.
accused the government of failing ries in several assembly polls, he He accused the BJP of seeking to
to fulfill its promise of "Sabka said that "people's mandate" was polarize people and divide the
Saath, Sabka Vikas." BJP's ally TDP the best way to judge the perform‑ Muslim community.
said that the Centre was meting ance. On the Gujarat result, he took "Criminalizing the act of triple
BJP President Amit Shah.
out step‑motherly treatment to a veiled dig at Congress saying, talaq is very dangerous. Earlier
Andhra Pradesh. assemblies and accused the collected under GST go to fund "We can't help it if some people you (BJP) divided Muslims in the
BJP chief Amit Shah initiated the Congress of "opposing" the triple programs for the poor besides sol‑ see victory even in their defeat." name of Shia and Sunni, now you
debate in the Upper House on the talaq bill which he said Mo di diers. Stating there were "three can‑ are trying to divide husband and
mot ion of thanks on the had broug ht to g ive rig hts, Admitting that unemployment cers" ‑ dynastic politics, casteism wife. This community is already
President's address and in his equality and social security to was a problem, he claimed it had and appeasement, he asserted that poor and backward and are living
maiden speech countered the women. been created during 55 years of "we can proudly say today that under fear after incidents of lynch‑
Congress over its frequent slam‑ He took on Congress President Congress rule. He said BJP was Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ings," Azad said.
ming of the government over jobs Rahul Gandhi over his description finding a solution through pro‑ uprooted all of them from the He also made a veiled reference
and GST. of the Goods and Services Tax as grammes such as Skill India, Start‑ Indian political system". to the sudden rise in the turnover
Shah pitched for simultaneous "Gabbar Singh Tax" and asked "is up India, Stand‑up India and On the issue of simultaneous of a company associated with Jay
elections to the Lok Sabha and the this (GST) dacoity?" He said taxes Mudra loans. polls, which found a mention in the Shah, son of Amit Shah.

Indians cautioned against Indian Army shall give


traveling to Maldives proper reply to
New Delhi : With Maldivian President

Pakistan: Rajnath
Abdulla Yameen declaring a state of
emergency amid a political crisis in the
country, the Indian government has cau‑
tioned citizens against traveling to the New Delhi: Union Home
Maldives. Minister Rajnath Singh con‑
"The prevailing political developments demned the cross‑border firing
in Maldives and the resultant law and by Pakistan in which four
order situation is a matter of concern for Indian soldiers, including a
the government of India," the External Captain, were killed, saying he
Affairs Ministry said in a statement. has full faith in the valor of the
"Indian nationals are, therefore, advised Indian Army and they shall
to defer all non‑essential travels to Male "g ive proper reply" to the
and other atolls until further notice. neighbor.
"Indian expatriates in Maldives are also "Have full faith in the valor of
alerted to the need for heightened securi‑ our soldiers, and they shall
ty awareness, and urged to exercise due give proper reply," Rajnath
caution in public and avoid public gather‑ Singh told reporters.
ings." Yameen of ficially announced that Earlier, Minister of State for
the Maldives was in a state of emergency Home Af fairs Hansraj Ahir
for the duration of 15 days starting on also condemned Sunday's Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Monday night. ceasefire violation in Jammu
The state of emergency gives security and Kashmir's Rajouri and Poonch Referring to the 2016 surgical strikes,
officials extra powers to arrest suspects, districts saying that it shall "cost Pakistan the Minister said, "When the Army carried
the BBC reported. President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen dearly". out surgical strikes it didn't tell the media
The Maldives has been facing days of Abdul Gayoom. "Pakistan has been violating ceasefire about it. Similarly they shall act according‑
unrest after the Supreme Court issued a along the LoC. And this year the number of ly at the right time."
ruling last week to release top opposition "In the spirit of democracy and rule of ceasefire violations are high," Ahir said. He said India has been following interna‑
polit ical leaders including former law, it is imperative for all organs of the "Yesterday (Sunday) also, they again vio‑ tional laws. "There is a Hindi saying in
President Mohamed Nasheed and former government of Maldives to respect and lated cease fire. We w ill not forg ive Bihar 'latkhor' (addicted to being beaten),
Vice President Ahmed Adeeb, saying they abide by the order of the apex court," the Pakistan's actions," the Minister said. and similarly Pakistan is 'latkhor' and thus
must be freed until fair trials could be External Affairs said in a statement. "The ceasefire violations would prove to proper reply would be given to them," he
conducted without undue influence. It also called upon the Maldivian be Pakistan's foolishness and will cost added.
The government has already suspended authorities to ensure the safety and secu‑ them dearly," he added. The Minister's remarks came in the wake
Parliament and ordered the army to resist rity of the Indian expatriates in Maldives Union Minister for MSME, Giriraj Singh of the increased cross border firing in
any moves by the Supreme Court to under all circumstances. also slammed Pakistan for the ceasefire Kashmir valley.
impeach the President. "As a close and friendly neighbor, India violations and said, "Have faith in the On Sunday, four Indian soldiers were
India called for peace and stability in wishes to see a stable, peaceful and pros‑ Indian Army. When the right time comes killed and four others were injured in firing
the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. perous Maldives," the statement said. they shall give a proper reply to them." in Rajouri and Poonch districts.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INDIA February 10-16, 2018 13

Hackers compromise
Jadhav now facing trial on
Kher, Ram Madhav's
Twitter accounts terrorism, sabotage charges
Islamabad: Alleged Indian spy
New Delhi: Twitter temporarily Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to
shut down the accounts of veter‑ death by a Pakistani military tribu‑
an actor Anupam Kher, RSS nal for spying, is now facing trial on
leader and BJP General terrorism and sabotage charges too,
Secretary Ram Madhav and sen‑ Dawn quoted an official as saying.
ior Indian journalist and The Pakistan government has also
Member of Parliament Swapan sought access to 13 Indian officials
Dasgupta after they were to get information in the Jadhav
allegedly hacked by pro‑ case ‑ a fact that is supposedly also
Pakistani Turkish cyber army mentioned in the counter‑memorial
Ayyildiz Tim. submitted by Pakistan at the
"Our teams are working to Veteran actor Anupam Kher. International Court of Justice (ICJ),
resolve an issue affecting a small the official told Dawn news.
number of Indian users. We will notify affected account holders But New De lhi has remained Kulbhushan Jadhav met his family at the Pakistan Foreign Office in
directly. Reminder: do not click on links in DMs coming from Islamabad on December 25.
"stubbornly uncooperative", he
unknown accounts," Twitter posted on @TwitterSupport handle. added. ment, and issuance of the passport His appeals against the conviction
Kher's account handle was changed from @anupampkher to According to the official, Jadhav, in the name of Mubarak Hussain have been rejected by the military
@anupampkhertc and his tweets bore unusual messages. The mes‑ 47, has multiple cases against him Patel. appÂellate court and his mercy peti‑
sages were later deleted. in which he had been indicted on According to Pakistan, Jadhav tion is lying with Pakistan Army
When people tried to access Dasgupta's account, a message read, terror and sabotage‑related charges. was captured by its security forces Chief General Qamar Bajwa, reports
"Caution: This account is temporarily restricted. You're seeing this The cases were progressing, he on March 3, 2016, in Balochistan. Dawn news.
warning because there has been some unusual activity from this said, emphasising the one relating In April 2017, a Field General On December 25 last year,
account. Do you still want to view it?" to spying had only concluded. Court Martial (FGCM) sentenced Pakistan arranged a meet ing
When users went ahead to see the profile, they could see nothing The of ficial did not disclose the Jadhav to death after being found between Jadhav and his family ‑‑
but promoted posts. Ram Madhav's account displayed a message names of the 13 Indian individuals. guilty of espionage. India has said through a glass panel ‑‑ but did not
saying, "Your account has been hacked by Turkish cyber army "We want to reach Jadhav's han‑ that Jadhav is innocent and has allow a private discussion.
Ayyildiz Tim. Your DM correspondence and important data have dlers," he told Dawn news. maintained that he was kidnapped The ICJ is currently hearing an
been captured. I Love Pakistan." Pakistan has also sought infor‑ from Iran where he had gone for Indian pet it ion challeng ing
After the accounts were hacked, #AnupamKher became one of mation about his Navy service file, handling his businesses after super‑ Pakistan's refusal to grant consular
the top trending hashtags on the micro‑blogging site with 1,221 bank record of his pension pay‑ annuation from the Indian Navy. access to Jadhav.
tweets bearing the actors name.
14 February 10-16, 2018 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Budget 2018‑19: Balancing populism with economics


Amit Kapoor and family per year for medical reim‑ Rs 20,000 crores had the tax
Chirag Yadav bursement under Nat ional reduction been done for all firms
Health Protection Scheme for alike.

T
he Budget is finally out around 10 crore families across On a related note, a significant
and to put it simply, India. This is a positive move by miss by the Budget has been on
Finance Minister Arun the government towards univer‑ the investment front. Over the
Jaitley did not disappoint. In fact, sal health coverage in the future. last six years, the investment
a majority of it was along expect‑ As for education, digitalisation of across the country has been on a
ed lines. Most importantly, as education and training of teach‑ declining trend falling to 29 per‑
promised, the government man‑ ers was given a boost. cent as per last CSO estimates.
aged to do a commendable job of In monetary terms, the No major announcement was
balancing economic populism increase in budgetary allocation made to reverse this trend expect
w ith prudent economics. from last year is about 3.84 per‑ indirect measures like higher
However, as is always the case, cent and that for healthcare is infrastructure allocation, which
the good did come with a tinge of about 2.76 percent. This seems might be expected to crowd in
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after presenting Union
bad. Budget 2018‑19 in Parliament. (Photo: IANS) like a significant boost in private investment.
It was a no‑brainer that the absolute terms, but it pales in However, considering the fact
Budget would focus on the agri‑ farmers will help increase their push to boost agri‑business activ‑ comparison when seen in light of that investment has seen a struc‑
cultural sector after BJP's elec‑ incomes, there are two questions it ies across the country and the overall GDP growth of 6.75 tural decline over the last few
toral performance in rural that need to be asked. Will the improve agricultural markets. percent. As for taxes, the corpo‑ years a lot could have been done
Gujarat. Jaitley went a step fur‑ ef fect of this jump in MSP be Allocation has been doubled for rate sector, which was expecting to revive investment sentiments.
ther and, in a major departure inflationary? Also, will it take enhancing food processing and a tax cut on commensurate lines Tthe Budget paints a promising
from the past, began his Budget away the incentive to reduce pro‑ specialised agro‑processing net‑ as that of the US economy, was picture of a government that saw
speech with the government's duction costs? The answer to works from Rs 700 crore to Rs partly obliged. it fit not to resort to populist
plan for the farming community. both of these questions is proba‑ 1,400 crore. Corporate tax for all companies ploys even after it received an
He unveiled a litany of measures bly in the affirmative. Only time Another major highlight of the with a turnover of Rs 250 crores election scare not long ago. Even
in line with the government's aim will tell if the move has any such budget has been its focus on the or less was reduced to 25 per though a lot was left wanting,
of doubling farmer incomes by negative externalities for the social sector. Healthcare and cent. This proved to be a major especially on the investment
2022. economy, but the government education received their fair disappointment to large firms front, the Budget managed to
First, the Budget allowed for should be prepared with com‑ share of budgetary focus. In fact, which will still be taxed at 30 per address quite a few economic
setting the minimum support mensurate remedies to tackle the Mr. Jaitley took pride in cent. However, it was under‑ challenges that India faces. By
price (MSP) at 1.5 times the pro‑ eventuality. announcing the "world's largest standable on the government's targeting the rural economy and
duction cost for kharif crops. The second significant move on healthcare prog ramme" that part as the revenue forgone the poor, it can be said that it
Even thoug h this support to the agricultural front has been a would provide Rs 5 lakhs per would have been an astounding was a Budget for the masses.

Outcome in Rajasthan: Is the Modi magic fading?


By Amulya Ganguli psychopathic wrath of anti‑Muslim elements
was evident in the killing of a migrant labour‑

T
he signs which were available about er from West Bengal.
the decline in the influence of the Both these heinous crimes were filmed and
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in repeatedly shown on television, but while the
Gujarat's rural areas during the state assem‑ murderers of the cattle trader, Pehlu Khan,
bly elections have been substantiated by the have gone scot‑free because of the inability of
drubbing which the BJP has received at the the police to provide credible evidence
Congress's hands in the bye lections in although the lynching took place in broad
Rajasthan, where the saf fron party is in daylight in front of cameras, at least the killer
power. of Afrazul Khan, the migrant labourer, has
Earlier, the Congress had shown that it been arrested.
might well be on the comeback trail by its While any other government would have
success in the Chitrakoot assembly byelection expressed deep shock and dismay over the
in another BJP‑ruled state, Madhya Pradesh. horrific incidents, the Vasundhara Raje gov‑
In all these byelections, it was not so much ernment in Rajasthan has largely remained
the Congress's victory which was noteworthy unperturbed, a trait of indifference to near‑
as the impressive margins of its success. anarchic conditions demonstrated by several
Although it is too early to say whether these other BJP‑led governments as well such as in
election trends point to an ebbing of the saf‑ Haryana.
fron tide after the overwhelming nature of the W hat cannot but be worrying for the
wave in 2014 and again in Uttar Pradesh last Narendra Modi‑Amit Shah duo is that the vir‑
year, there is little doubt that the BJP has rea‑ tually unchecked violence of saffron groups
Rajasthan Congress unit President Sachin Pilot celebrates the
sons to be concerned. win in Jaipur. (Photo: Ravishankar Vyas/IANS) like the gau rakshaks or the opponents of love
In fact, the emphasis placed on the rural jehad is beginning to take its toll on the BJP's
areas in the latest budget is an indication that where at least the urbanites stood behind the over the "Padmaavat" film. electoral fortunes, notwithstanding all the
the party has taken its setbacks in the Gujarat BJP, what the Rajasthan outcome has shown But that can only be one of the reasons. talk about "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas" or
countryside seriously and is trying to make is that all the sections have voted against the What must have also undermined the BJP's development for all.
amends by reaching out to the vulnerable sec‑ ruling party. prospects is the violence unleashed by either After the humiliating setback in 2014, the
tions. The proposed health insurance cover The widespread nature of the discontent cow vigilantes or individuals railing against Congress is showing signs of revival. But it
for 500 million, 40 per cent of the population, underlines a deep and extensive popular the minorities. While the lawlessness of the will be making a mistake if it hopes to make
is not unlike the previous government's food unhappiness with governance although a min‑ gau rakshaks was exemplified by the lynching electoral gains solely on the basis of the BJP's
security programme for 67 per cent of the ister has sought to explain the party's defeats of a Muslim cattle trader although he was car‑ inability or unwillingness to control its mili‑
people. More than what happened in Gujarat, by referring to the grievances of the Rajputs rying the required permits for his trade, the tant followers.

The views expressed in Op Eds are not necessarily those of The South Asian Times.
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Miss World Manushi Chhillar Miss India


Manushi
Chhillar
won the

to grace women Miss World


crown last
November.

empowerment event
New York: Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar will known TV host and a promoter of high quality
be gracing the South Asian Women Empowerment events. She hosted actress Shilpa Shetty last year
Gala 2018 on March 7th at Leonardʼs in Great in various cities in US with multiple events for
Neck. Manushi Chhillar won the coveted Miss women empowerment. "This premium event will
World title 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won be ideal to present and felicitate Manushi
the same. Earlier, Aishwarya Rai had also worn the Chhillar in USA among high profile guests and
Miss World crown. several women achievers,” said Bindu Kohli. She
Title sponsor and fashion designer Premal continued, "I believe in quality and class and I am
Badiani says, “Today women have excelled in all sure to make it a memorable event, and would
domains and we have a lot to learn from each also like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to a few
other. We believe in our uniqueness and are special supporters: Shaheen, Leonardʼs Palazzo, Bollywood actor
happy to be part of this event showcasing women Munawar & Andrews Santillo LLP and AR Helping Prashantt Guptha
will be emceeing
who have made a big difference.” This prestigious Hands, to name a few. "
the night and honor
black‑tie gala is presented by Bindu Kohli Prashantt Guptha, noted Bollywood actor who is
Manushi with New
Entertainment, an event management and produc‑ from New York, will be emceeing the night and York's special love
tion company based in New York. Bindu Kohli, a honor Manushi with New York's special love and and pride
household name on the East Coast, is a well‑ pride.

Each dance group exhibited an abundance of talent, innovative choreography and immense pride in Indianʼs magnificent culture.

FIA celebrates R‑Day with dance competition


New Brunswick, NJ: The Federation
of Indian Associations (FIA) of NY‑
NJ‑CT celebrated India's 69th
Republic Day with its annual dance
competition, "Dance Pe Chance
(DPC)", at the prestigious State
Theatre her on January 27. Many
dignitaries and celebrities attended
the sold out show. FIA has been cel‑
ebrating Indiaʼs Republic Day for
over 40 years now, meticulously
promoting the various dance styles
of India. Fourteen dance schools
participated with over 580 second
generation Indian children in this
yearʼs competition. Audience was Aatma Performing Arts won the ʻBest of the Best' trophy and $1500 cash prize.
amazed by the enthralling and cap‑
tivating performances of the kids
in 26 different groups. This time,
at the request of incoming
President Srujal Parikh, FIA also Srujal Parikh
invited a group of special needs (third from
right), President
kids (SKN) to show their dancing
FIA‑tristate, and
moves. For their five minute per‑
his team were
formance everyone in the hall for‑ sworn in by
got that these kids have any limita‑ Consul General
tions. The all women team, led by Sandeep
Chairperson Jyoti Brahmbhatt, Chakravorty
behind DPC was commended by
Srujal Parikh.
16 February 10-16, 2018 FASHION TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Lolling in lehengas at Lakme Fashion Week


Mumbai: There was a glut of glitz and glam‑
or at the Lakme Fashion Week Actress
Summer/Resort 2018 in Mumbai. The looks Tamannaah
Bhatia walked
̶ from edgy and cool separates to sophisti‑
in a gold
cated gowns weʼre sure to see on the next
embellished
red carpet best‑dressed list ̶ were breath‑
red lehenga
taking and immaculate. And of course, good from designer
or bad, Bollwyood stars have become a sta‑ Ashwini
ple at leading fashion shows in India in Reddyʼs collec‑
recent years. tion titled
Many regulars at fashion shows noted the Tilottama,
not‑to‑be‑missed dream‑worthy lehengas inspired by the
this season. While designers like Payal celestial beauty
Singhal and Reshma Kunhi dazzled us with of apsaras.
their head‑turning romantic lehengas in
dreamy chiffon and silk fabrics, beaded and Tennis star Sania
embroidered ensembles from Anushree
Mirza in a
signature blush
Reddy and House of Kotwara certainly had
pink‑hued
us wishing for the next wedding season to
creation by
come already. From a show‑stopping red designer
and gold‑hued Ashwini Reddy Anushree Reddy.
lehenga on actor The threadwork
Tamannaah Bhatia that and zardozi
gave serious ʻnew‑ embroidery with
age princessʼ vibes fine pearl and
to a heavily‑ sequin make
embellished this voluminous
Jayanti Reddy lehenga nothing
lehenga on
short of whimsy.
actor Shilpa
Shetty that
was just
complete
magic,
Upcoming
here are actress Kiara
our some Advani wore a
fav picks floral and
from the feminine
five day lehenga set
spectacular from designer
in early Julie Shah.
February.

(Photos IANS and


agencies)

Actress and TV personality Shilpa Shetty wore an OK this is not a lehenga, but eye catching
Actress Kriti Sanon was the ensemble sported by Taapsee Pannu,
exquisitely embroidered ivory lehenga with a
Former Miss Universe and film star Sushmita showstopper in a shimmery showstopper for Ritu Kumar, who displayed
scalloped hem and a matching beaded and
Sen stunned in a pristine white ensemble, don‑ dress for fashion designer her line, titled 'Hip Hop Baroque',
embellished blouse, teamed with a rich, ruffled
ning a bridal look, by Muzaffar and Meera Ali. Tarun Tahiliani. a blend of street and rap culture.
dupatta, from Jayanti Reddyʼs collection.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info FASHION February 10-16, 2018 17

Something for men too at LFW


Mumbai: After years of glamorous women's wear, designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock debuted their menswear collection at the
Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018 from Jan 31 to ‑Feb 4. Their showstopper was filmmaker Karan Johar, who walked sport‑
ing two jackets one after the other, and completed his look with silver hair. Titled Louche, the collection was inspired by the shiny era
of 1970s and constituted color pallet of grey, blingy black and dark blue and had ranged from sequined jackets, embellishments on
the bombers and 3‑piece suits. Here are four looks from menʼs designers at the LFW we liked. (Photos: IANS)

Fresh from his outing as a Rajput royal in


Padmaavat, Shahid Kapoor with his real life Former Indian football captain Bhaichung
Filmmaker Karan Johar, sporting silver A real life blue blood, Saif Ali Khan
wife Mira Rajput walked the ramp for fashion Bhutia walked the ramp for label Kuzu by
hair, was the showstopper for Falguni looked royal in an ensemble by
designer Anita Dongre. designer Karma Sonam.
and Shane Peacock. designer Shantanu & Nikhil.

World's largest river


island is in Assam
A
ssam's Majuli faces flood fury ‑‑ and only basic amenities. While driving to your
the threat of erosion ‑‑ whenever the accommodation, you will see paddy and
mighty Brahmaputra river swells. So mustard fields, and bamboo plantations
take a break from your high‑tech lifestyle along the roads.
and hop on that double decker boat to live Out of the various house forms, the bam‑
the simple life in the world's largest river boo stilt houses ‑‑ with an open fireplace in
island before it loses the title due to oero‑ the middle ‑‑ of the Mishing tribe, are unique,
sion. and you will see women working on looms
Cruises on luxury vessels can take you to made with bamboos and a cycle's wheel.
your destination, but it is best to travel like Then there is this tradition of mask‑mak‑
locals on a rickety motor boat, which can ing. Explaining the process of mask‑making,
also carry cars and bikes from Neemati ghat popular mask artiste Hem Chandra
to Kamalabari ghat. Goswami's brother Tilak Goswami said: "The
After the half‑hour ferry ride, you will masks are made of mud, cotton cloth, cow
reach the shrinking island, which is located dung and vegetable colours. One mask takes
over 300 km from Guwahati, Assam's main about 15 to 20 days to make. Our entire fam‑
city, and is home to two lakh people. ily knows how to make masks. We have been
Visitors can stay in various resorts, with making masks for the last six generations."

TRAVEL

A view of Majauli, 352 sq km island on the river Brhamputra.


18 February 10-16, 2018 ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD TheSouthAsianTimes.info

KARNI SENA DECLARES Will Priyanka


WITHDRAWAL OF PROTEST be Markle's
AGAINST 'PADMAAVAT' bridesmaid?
I
ndian actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been
rumored to be one of the bridesmaid at actress
Meghan Markle's royal wedding with Prince
Harry, kept the speculation live by saying "people will
know if they see me".
The actress stayed tight‑lipped about the ceremony on
May 19 but was vocal about her belief that Markle will
help modernize the British monarchy, reports
usmagazine.com.
"She's an icon, truly, that girls can look up to, that
women can look up to. She's normal, she's sweet, she's
nice, she thinks about the world, wants to change it and
this was even before any of this happened," Priyanka
told Harper's Bazaar Arabia magazine. "So, I do think
Meghan being a part of the royal family is a big step in
the direction of so many things; of women, of feminism,
of diversity, of race, of the monarchy versus
Actress Deepika Padukone feasts over a Rajasthani thali as she celebrates
'Padmaavat's' success. everyone else…," added the "Quantico" star.
A file photo of actress Priyanka Chopra

T
On her being the bridesmaid, Priyanka said: "If
he Shri Rajput Karni Sena announced you see me there, you'll know."
at a wedding reception.
it has decided to take back its protest 'Padmaavat' crosses
against the release of Sanjay Leela Rs 150 cr in opening
Bhansali's "Padmaavat", stating the movie
glorifies the valor of the Rajputs.
week in India Tom Cruise ready to leave
Shri Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena's
Mumbai leader Yogendra Singh Katar said
P admaavat" registered collections to
the tune of Rs 150 crore plus in its
opening week in India despite not releas‑
Scientology for daughter
that on the directions of organization's

A
ing in some states. ctor Tom Cruise is reportedly ready for divorce in July 2012, ending their five‑
national President Sukhdev Singh
The period drama had marched past the to leave Scientology as he and‑a‑half years of marriage.
Gogamadi, a few members watched the
Rs 100 crore figure in its opening weekend has not been able to meet Following her divorce from
movie in Mumbai, and found that that the
since releasing on January 25, with paid his daughter Suri for five years Tom, Holmes returned to the
movie glorifies the valor and sacrifice of
previews that gave its earning a Rs 5 crore due to the Church of Catholic Church.
Rajput and every Rajput will be feeling
jumpstart a day before. According to Scientology's strict rules. In September 2017, it was
proud after watching the film.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures, which pro‑ "If he wants her back, he'll reported that "Katie has grown
There is no such objectionable scene
duced the movie with BhansaliProductions, have to walk away from the so tired, disappointed, and frus‑
between Delhi Sultanate ruler Alauddin
"Padmaavat" had a cumulative collection of church, which has been a huge trated with Tom's absence as a
Khilji and Queen Padmini of Mewar which
Rs 155.5 crore till January 31. part of his life, to say the least. father". "Tom does not make
hurts the sentiments of Rajputs, he said in a
"'Padmaavat' is unstoppable. Crosses Rs Leaving Scientology would be time for Suri and she has
letter, declaring that the Karni Sena takes
150 crore mark," trade analyst Taran Hollywood actor Tom
back their protest and will help the adminis‑ the toughest decision he will learned to deal with not having
Adarsh tweeted. Cruise joined
tration to release the film in Rajasthan, ever have to make," a source her father around," said the
It has received mixed reviews, with some Scientology in 1990.
Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat as well as across told HollywoodLife magazine. source. Tom joined Scientology
appreciating the movie for its visual bril‑ His former wife and actress Katie Holmes in 1990 and has been an outspoken advo‑
all cinema houses in India.
liance and impeccable performances, while has full custody of Suri after the actress filed cate for the religion ever since.
The Karni Sena had been demanding a
some slamming it for glorifying the prac‑
ban on the period film on the grounds that
tice of Jauhar (self‑immolation) and for
queen Padmini in poor light. Sushmita walks to the tunes
it "distorts" historical facts and projects
showcasing Alauddin Khilji as demon‑like.

Aamir accepts 'Pad Man Challenge', of 'Umrao Jaan' at LFW


poses with sanitary pad
F
ormer beauty queen Sushmita Sen
was a delight to watch when she

S
uperstar Aamir Khan on accepted regally floated down the ramp on
the #PadManChallenge, sharing on "Umrao Jaan" hit song "In aankhon ki masti"
social media a photograph in which wearing a lehenga, glittering choli and
he holds up a sanitary pad. diaphanous dual dupattas by brand Kotwara
"Thank you Twinkle Khanna. Yes, that's a by Meera and Muzaffar Ali at Lakme
pad in my hand and there's nothing to be Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018.
ashamed about. It's natural! Period. 'Pad The designers showcased a collection
Man' challenge," Aamir tweeted. titled "Samanzar ‑ A Garden of Flowers" for
The actor also challenged superstars Shah their Kotwara label.
Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and megastar Sushmita looked no less than a bride with
Amitabh Bachchan to complete the chal‑ million dollar smile when she showed her
lenge by holding a sanitary napkin and elegance on the runway while taking the
sharing a photograph. walk.
"Copy, paste this and Challenge your "Magical was the feeling while walking the
friends to take a photo with a pad. Here I runway. I always love walking Athe runway
am Challenging Amitabh Bachchan, Shah in Mumbai. I feel like I am home with my
Rukh Khan and Salman Khan," Aamir family and people are hooting for me.
added. The challenge comes close on the Looking royal is very easy with House of
heels of the release of "Pad Man", a film Kotwara," she said.
revolving around menstrual cycles.
Directed by R. Balki, it stars Akshay Kumar, Actor Aamir Khanʼs challenge comes Actress Sushmita Sen at the Lakme Fashion
close on the heels of ʻPad Manʼsʼ release. Week Summer/Resort 2018.
Radhika Apte and Sonam Kapoor.
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SRK, Katrina, Anushka Swara slams filmmaker for


take rickshaw ride his 'low and sick' comments
S
wara Bhasker has condemned film‑
maker Vivek Agnihotri as "low and
sick" after he suggested the actress
take a trip to Bastar, Chhattisgarh to under‑
stand "how the 'real vagina'" feels like.
Ever since Swara has, in a scathing com‑
ment on "Padmaavat", said that the film
made her feel reduced to a "vagina only"
due to the self‑immolation climax scene, she
has been heavily trolled on social media.
After her Twitter war of words with singer
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, Swara faced the
ire of Agnihotri.
"We have interviewed many ʻex‑naxal'
women in Bastar. Each has gut‑wrenching
stories to tell, full of abuse, rape and misog‑
yny. If they marry, they aren't allowed to
have children. I think fake feminist Swara
Bhasker must make a trip to understand
how the 'real vagina' feels like," Agnihotri
wrote.
"What women need to understand that it's
because of the fake feminists like Swara that

S
Actors SRK, Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif will be seen in movie ʻZeroʼ. the feminist movement gets jeopardized.
You just can't piss off people and win the
uperstar Shah Rukh Khan went on a Sharma," Shah Rukh captioned the image. Swara has been in the eye of a
most critical war of modern times ‑ the gen‑
rickshaw ride with his "Zero" co‑stars The three stars are shooting for film‑ storm following her comments
der empathy," he added.
Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif on maker Aanand L. Rai's upcoming movie on film ʻPadmaavatʼ.
Swara replied: "I'm sorry did you just sug‑
the set. "Zero". gest that I go get myself raped? Like seri‑ was very legit questions, so I asked it. If peo‑
Shah Rukh tweeted a photograph in The film's teaser showcased Shah Rukh ously? You typed out this tweet Vivek? I'd ple do not agree, that's completely fine with
which he is seen riding a rickshaw with as a vertically challenged man who seems say pretty low and sick even by your own me. We live in a democracy, so it's a nice
Katrina and Anushka as passengers. They to be fond of Bollywood. abysmal standards of conduct and civility." thing that we have difference in opinions on
seem to be enjoying the ride. Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour At an event, Swara had justified herself for issues and I think we should have debate
"Best memories begin with insane ideas. Yellow Productions have come together raising questions through her open letter. and discussions because art always has that
Girls taking me along for a ride called for the film, produced by Gauri Khan. It "I had a few questions in mind which I felt intent," she said.
'Zero'. Aanand L. Rai, Katrina and Anushka will release on December 21.

Working abroad is a blessing, A.R. Rahman's score to be


but tricky too: Nimrat Kaur played at Oscar Concert
A ctress Nimrat Kaur, who has fea‑
tured in international shows like
"Homeland" and "Wayward Pines",
says working abroad has its pros and cons
‑‑ but she has no complaints.
O
scar‑winning composer
A.R. Rahman's hit score
from "Slumdog Millionaire"
has been included in the line‑up
planned for the Oscar Concert.
The actress, currently basking in the In the run‑up to the 90th annual
glory of the success of her web series "The Oscars, the Academy of Motion
Test Case", says she has not been fortunate Picture Arts and Sciences is collabo‑
with projects getting over quickly and that rating with the Los Angeles
is the reason why her list of Bollywood Philharmonic for The Oscar
films is short. Concert on February 28 at Walt
In an interview before walking the Lakme Disney Concert Hall, reports vari‑
Fashion Week Spring‑Summer 2018 ramp, ety.com.
Nimrat said: "I think what happens with me It will include the world premiere
or what's tricky with me is that I have the of suites arranged from all five orig‑
opportunity to work abroad... This is both a inal score Oscar nominees:
blessing or it can be a little tricky some‑ "Dunkirk" by Hans Zimmer,
times because when you go abroad, you "Phantom Thread" by Jonny
give away more than half of your year here, Greenwood, "The Shape of Water"
and to then come back and get into the by Alexandre Desplat, "Star Wars:
scheme of things takes time. The Last Jedi" by John Williams,
"That's the only thing that I struggle with and "Three Billboards Outside
sometimes. I have given equal time abroad Ebbing, Missouri" by Carter
and here, so what has happened is that the Burwell. Oscar‑winning composer
Nimrat Kaur is known for movies like ʻThe The Oscar Concert is
Michael Giacchino and Oscar‑win‑
projects that I have taken here, have taken Lunchboxʼ and ʻAirliftʼ. scheduled for Feb 28.
a little bit longer to culminate into their ning director Pete Docter will also
final product. army officer named Shikha Sharma. She is present a live demonstration of the scor‑ Rachel Portman and Rahman, with
"That's the only thing I need to balance. happy with the response. ing process, followed by musical selec‑ accompanying film clips.
But I think it's a good problem too and it is "When I heard about web series, I really tions from Pixar's "Up" and additional Indian music maestro Rahman
not something that I ever complain about. found it very attractive as a proposition scores revolving around sounds of brought home two Oscars for the "Jai
It does become tricky but it's not some‑ because it is very rare where you get to be home, fear, love, courage and the chase. ho" composition for British filmmaker
thing unwanted ever. I have not been fortu‑ part of a narrative that has the liberty to be The L.A. Philharmonic will also play Danny Boyle's film "Slumdog
nate with projects getting over very quick‑ told over a period of four‑and‑a‑half to five scores from famed composers including Millionaire" at the 81st Academy
ly." In "The Test Case", the actress plays an hours,” she said. Tan Dun, Quincy Jones, Mica Levi, Awards.
20 February 10-16, 2018 DIASPORA TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Sikh soldiers to get new Steel tycoon to bid for French


assets to secure 1600 jobs
war memorial in London London: UK‑based Indian‑origin steel
tycoon Sanjeev Gupta's Liberty House
[French President] Macron government
make France an exciting and attractive
London: The UK government towards the project. "The part
Group is set to make an "unconditional place for industrial investors such as us
has agreed to support and fund played by Sikh servicemen
and comprehensive offer" for the assets and we want to be part of the energetic
a national memorial to honor really stands out a contribu‑
of two flagship French steel new environment that is
the sacrifices and contribution tion that is all the more
businesses. emerging," he noted.
of Sikh soldiers who fought for remarkable when you consid‑
The offer, to be made in Under the proposal,
Britain and its allies during the er that these brave men trav‑
court next week, is aimed at Liberty has committed to
two World Wars. eled thousands of miles to
securing the jobs of close to protect the jobs of over
More than 83,000 turbaned fight for a country that wasn't
1,600 employees at six 1,500 permanent employ‑
Sikh soldiers gave their lives and their own," said Javid.
operations across France, as ees and around 60 appren‑
more than 100,000 were Over 27,000 people had
well as many supplier jobs. tices and pursue a wide‑
injured during the wars. signed an online petition by
Liberty plans to invest more ranging development plan
"We are indebted to all those Dhesi, the Labor party MP for
than $ 366 millions over which complements its
servicemen who volunteered to Slough who also submitted an Sanjeev Gupta
five years to stabilize and existing specialty steels
serve and fought to defend the Early Day Motion (EDM) in the (Image : abc.net.au)
The campaign was led by grow the business, including business.
freedoms we enjoy today," said House of Commons on the
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, capital investment of $ 122 million to The company will apply its GreenSteel
UK communities secretary Sajid issue, which attracted cross‑
Britain's first turbaned Sikh MP. party support from over 260 upgrade the sites and expand output. sustainable production strategy to the
Javid as he announced govern‑
ment backing for the new
(Image courtesy: india.com) MPs.
"The market synergies between Asco French operations utilizing recycled
Industries and our existing specialty metal in the manufacture of technically
memorial in London. Britain's first turbaned Sikh MP, "Given that the Sikh communi‑
steels business are compelling and we advanced and engineering products.
"A Sikh war memorial in our who now has the support of the ty, which is very proud of its mil‑
know that, by working together and Liberty's latest announcement follows
nation's capital will honor their UK's Ministry of Housing, itary traditions, there has been a
complementing each other in the mar‑ a recent statement that the company
sacrifice and ensure that this Communities and Local demand for more than a decade
ket, both businesses will grow and pros‑ has made a binding offer to acquire the
part of our shared history is Government to help set up a for a Sikh memorial in a prime
per," Gupta said. 570‑worker Aluminium Dunkerque ‑
never forgotten. So, I'm delight‑ Working Group to find a suit‑ central location in London,"
He said the move will lead to Liberty, Europe's largest aluminium smelter ‑
ed to get behind this campaign able location. Dhesi said. "Britain owes a huge
part of a wider GFG Alliance, imple‑ from Rio Tinto as part of a 2‑billion‑
and ensure its success," he said. Once an appropriate site has debt to the Sikh service men and
menting its GreenSteel and euro investment that will create thou‑
The campaign for a new Sikh been identified and detailed women who fought alongside
GreenAluminium strategies in France. sands of new jobs at the site and in the
war memorial was led by plans agreed, the ministry has British troops in the First and
"The pro‑business policies of the wider economy. (PTI)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, agreed to provide funding Second World Wars.

Indian‑origin principal
attacked for Hijab ban gets
Olympics-bound Dutch skater Anice Das
UK government support to visit India in search of her biological mother
I
London: An Indian‑origin school principal, who
was likened to German dictator Adolf Hitler for tʼs a story straight out of a Bollywood roots are there and we still have family in
banning wearing hijab by girls under eight, got potboiler and could well have a happy Mumbai (which we will find),” she says.
crucial support from the UK's schools watchdog ending given the protagonistʼs resolve. Anice says she is very close to her twin
which said it will back heads who take "tough Mumbai‑born Dutch speed skater Anice sister, who could have been an athlete like
decisions" in the interests of their pupils. Das, who will be in action for her adopted her. She says their Dutch parents donʼt
Principal of the east London's St Stephen's country during next monthʼs Winter seem like ʻfoster parentsʼ. In fact, they are
School, Neena Lall had last month decided to Olympics, is planning to visit the country very supportive of the twinsʼ desire to
impose a the ban on girls under eight on the of her origin in search of her biological trace their roots in India.
grounds that Islamic teaching did not require parents after giving her best in South Aniceʼs appearance is very Indian but to
girls to wear it until reaching puberty. Korea. spot the inseparable connect with India,
But she was forced to reverse decision after a The resolve to find her mother got her ʻBengaliʼ last name Das should be
social media campaign, which included her being stronger after the 32‑year‑old topped the enough. But it turns out to be a common
likened to German dictator Adolf Hitler. 500m race at Winter Olympics qualifying Dutch surname.
The school in a statement said that the decision event in The Netherlands. Anice has never “The story about our last name Das is
has been reversed, a move that followed the resig‑ been to India ever since she was adopted Anice Das easy. Our father is called Karel Herman
nation of the chair of governors, Arif Qawi. by a Dutch couple as an eight‑month‑old (image courtesy: wikimedia.org) Das and he married our mother; Ria
Speaking in favour of Lall, chief of the Office for along with her twin sister. Domburg (now Ria Das Domburg).”
Standards in Education, Children's Services and It was only when she turned 5, Anice mother through a Dutch TV program, For now, all her focus is on the
Skills (Ofsted), Amanda Spielman warned that learnt about her roots in Mumbai from her unfortunately without success. After this Pyeongchang Games from February 9‑25.
religious extremists were "perverting" education. foster parents. All the concerted efforts of Olympic season we will plan our trip to A medal could be a long shot so the aim is
Ofsted is a non‑ministerial department of the UK the twins to find their biological mother India and of course, our birth city to be her personal best.
government, reporting to Parliament. "I want to eversince have not yielded much success Mumbai,” Anice told PTI. “To beat my personal best. That is 38.42
be absolutely clear, Ofsted will always back heads and they are now determined to take the She never visited India all these years (at sea level), the time I skated at the quali‑
who take tough decisions in the interests of their search to where it all started. and hardly has any memory of her family, fications. My personal best in general (on a
pupils," Spielman said in a speech to a Church of “I think at the age of 5 or 6. Our parents so why take the emotional journey now? track at high altitude) is 37.8. It would be
England schools conference. spoke about it with us it was very natural “It is right that I have not visited yet but I fantastic to beat that time of course,” she
and kind. Weʼve tried to find our biological feel a strong connection with India. Our concludes. (PTI)
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SUBCONTINENT February 10-16, 2018 21

Maldives Army surrounds Parliament 4 Indian soldiers killed


amidst political turmoil in Pakistan firing on LoC
Jammu: Four Indian
soldiers, including a
22‑year‑old officer,
were killed and four
The other persons were
parliamentary injured in Pakistani fir‑
session was ing on the Line of
cancelled Control (LoC) in
indefinitely Jammu and Kashmir's
due to Rajouri and Poonch
security districts, Army officials
concerns. said.
Indian Army also said
that "heavy damage"
was inflicted on An Indian Army jawan takes position
as India, Pakistan trade fire.
Pakistan Army posts in
retaliatory action. from Haryana's Gurugram, he is
Male: The Maldives Army sur‑
A statement said Pakistan survived by his mother Sunita.
rounded the island's Parliament ‘President not attempting to flee country’ Army initiated "unprovoked" and The others were Riflemen
as opposition lawmakers tried to Male: Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is not attempting "indiscriminate" firing around Ramavatar, 27 from Baraka vil‑
make their way into the premises to flee the country, his spokesperson has said, refuting rumors 3.30 p.m. in Bhimber Gali sector lage in Madhya Pradesh's
following the resignation of the that the leader was planning on travelling to Singapore amid the in Rajouri. Gwalior, Subham Singh, 23 from
Parliamentary Secretary General. turmoil after the top court's landmark order to free former "Indian Army retaliated strong‑ Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua,
The media reported that some President Mohamed Nasheed along with other high‑profile prison‑ ly and effectively and heavy and Havilder Roshan Lal, 43 of
opposition lawmakers had been ers. Gayoom's spokesperson Ibrahim Muaz Ali tweeted that the damage has been inflicted on Jammu and Kashmir's Samba.
allowed to enter the premises, "talk was all false and that the picture of a ticket being spread in Pakistani Army posts," said a "Martyrdom of Indian Army
despite the heavy military pres‑ the social media, purportedly belong to President Yameen, was fal‑ defense statement. soldiers will not go in vain. The
ence, Xinhua reported. sified". He called "the rumors a deliberate attempt to spread fear "However, in the exchange of unprovoked action by Pakistani
Parliamentary Secretary General and panic". fire, one officer and three jawans Army will be given a befitting
Ahmed Mohamed announced his
were grievously injured and suc‑ response," the statement added.
resignation without citing any plunged into a fresh round of Attorney General Mohamed Anil cumbed to their injuries..." According to Indian army offi‑
specific reason. The move came political turmoil after the told reporters that the govern‑ The killed soldiers include cials, the firing started around
after the first parliamentary ses‑ Supreme Court ordered the imme‑ ment has received information Captain Kapil Kundu, who would 11 am with Pakistani soldiers
sion for 2018 was cancelled diate release of jailed political that a Supreme Court order to have celebrated his 23rd birth‑ using small arms, automatics
indefinitely due to security con‑ leaders including self‑‑exiled for‑ arrest President Yameen was day on February 10. Hailing and mortars.
cerns. The Maldives has been mer president Mohamed Nasheed. imminent.

On I-Day, Sri Lanka vows to OLI, SUSHMA PLEDGE TO


achieve economic freedom BETTER NEPAL‑INDIA TIES
Kathmandu: Indian External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj wrapped
up her two‑day political visit to
Nepal where she got wide assur‑
ance that the new government in
Kathmandu, set to be headed by
CPN‑UML chief K.P. Sharma Oli, will
work closely with New Delhi.
India's outreach to Nepal's Prime
Minister in waiting Oli, with whom
Sushma Swaraj held two meetings,
saw both sides agreeing to work
together for the betterment of
Colorful celebrations mark Sri Lankaʼs 70th Independence Day. Nepal‑India relations in the "new
changed context".
Colombo: Sri Lanka celebrated freedom. The year 2018 will be a Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and
The assurance of betterment in
the 70th anniversary of its crucial year for Sri Lanka in Nepal's PM‑in‑waiting K.P. Sharma Oli.
ties came during her three impor‑
Independence here on Feb 4 with achieving economic freedom, and tant political engagements in relationship with India since 2015, together for the betterment of the
grand military parades and atten‑ the government must ensure the Kathmandu where she met key and who New Delhi is apprehensive Nepal‑India relations in the new
dance of political leaders. country achieves its long term political actors of Nepal ‑ K.P Oli, may tilt towards China as he had changed context. While congratu‑
Sri Lanka tri‑forces held a col‑ goals, said the president. Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', done during his last tenure as lating the UML for its victory and
orful grand parade along the "We must remember that true chairman of the CPN(Maoist Prime Minister. people's mandate, Sushma Swaraj
Galle Road, close to the Colombo freedom does not comprise only Center), and Madhes based leaders Oli held one‑on‑one meeting with extended congratulations to the
Harbour to celebrate the 70th of political freedom. As a country, ‑ who are respectively forming gov‑ Sushma Swaraj for over an hour UML and its leadership saying that
anniversary of independence our future successes lie in our ernments at the Centre and seven and held delegation level talks with Nepal is getting a stable govern‑
from British colonial rule in commitment to achieving long Provinces. Two Madhes‑based par‑ top UML brass, demonstrating his ment and we want to work with the
1948, Xinhua reported. term goals with firm determina‑ ties will form government in desire to mend ties with India in new government in Nepal," he said.
In his speech, President tion, as we have done in the past," Province no 2 at the Madhesi heart‑ the changed context. Sushma Swaraj expressed pleas‑
Maithripala Sirisena said Sri Sirisena said. He paid tribute to land. UML's secretary Pradip Gywali ure over the successful holding of
Lanka would gain complete inde‑ the patriots who had sacrificed The objective of Sushma Swaraj's put out the perspectives of the out‑ elections at the local levels,
pendence only after achieving their lives in achieving the coun‑ visit was to reach out to Oli, who come of the meeting. "Both Oli and Provincial Assembly and Federal
complete economic and cultural try's freedom over the years. has had a "patchy and acrimonious" Sushma have agreed to work Parliament in Nepal.
22 February 10-16, 2018 INTERNATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Thousands protest in Greece Kuwait assumes UNSC


over Macedoniaʼs name presidency, invites
Palestine to address it
United Nations: Kuwait, which assumed the bership in the Council "include of course
presidency of the Security Council, is invit‑ the issues of our region as we are the Arab
ing Palestine President representative and the
Mahmoud Abbas to closest to them geo‑
address the top decision‑ graphically, including ‑
making body of the UN. Palestine, Iraq, Syria,
Abbas is scheduled to Yemen, Libya," Al‑Otaibi
address the Council on said.
February 20, at a Council Abbas will be speaking
session on the Middle to the Council at a time
East, Kuwait's Permanent of heightened tension
People were seen brandishing national flags outside the Greek parliament. Representative Mansour between the US and the
Athens: Hundreds of thousands of people of term they see belonging exclusively to the Ayyad Al‑Otaibi told the Palestinians following
all ages came out in protest in the Greek northern Greek region of the same name. media after he took over President Donald
capital Athens over a long‑running dispute Scores of people were seen brandishing the leadership of the Trump's decision in
with a neighboring country whose official national flags outside the Greek parliament Council. December to recognize
name includes the word "Macedonia". building in Syntagma Square. He said that it would Jerusalem as the capital
Protesters flocked to Athens from all over Among those present at the rally were "be a good thing" for of Israel and move his
Council members to hear Palestinian President Mahmoud country's embassy there.
the country, on buses chartered by local leader the far‑right Golden Dawn party
bishops and mayors, in cars and on public Nikolaos Michaloliakos and former the Palestinian President Abbas will be speaking at a time of After Trump
in person. "He is the heightened tension between the announced his decision,
transport, Efe news agency reported. Conservative Prime Minister, Andonis US and Palestine.
Amid shouts of "Macedonia is Greece, Samaras, as well as bishops and mayors. President of the state Abbas said that
Greece is Macedonia" and "Hands of f Police put the number of participants at and he is directly concerned by the topic Washington can no longer play a mediat‑
Macedonia," the demonstrators expressed about 140,000, while the organizers esti‑ that will be discussed." ing role in the region, putting an end for
their rejection of any possible solution to a mated 1.5 million had turned out for the Kuwait, which won election to the now to the initiative launched by Trump
dispute with the government of the Former action. Since FYROM declared its independ‑ Council in June 2017, is returning to it through his son‑in‑law Jared Kushner to
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia that ence in 1991, Greece has been opposed to after 40 years and is the sole Arab mem‑ broker a peace between Israel and the
involved using the word "Macedonia", a its official name. ber. The priorities set for Kuwait's mem‑ Palestinians.

US statements on Russia's N Korea earned $200m


nuclear posture slammed flouting sanctions: UN report
Moscow: Russia has rejected
Washington's statements New York: North Korea earned ted to the UN Security Council, said North Korea "is already flouting the
made in its 2018 Nuclear $200 million last year by exporting the North "continued to export most recent resolutions by exploit‑
Posture Review that banned commodities in breach of almost all the commodities prohibit‑ ing global oil supply chains, com‑
Moscow refuses to further international sanctions, according ed in the resolutions... between plicit foreign nationals, of fshore
decrease its nuclear capabil‑ to a UN report. January and September 2017". company registries and the interna‑
ities. The report by a panel of experts It said shipments of coal had been tional banking system", the docu‑
"While just having a flick said many countries including delivered to China, Malaysia, South ment stated.
through the document, one China, Russia and Malaysia had Korea, Russia and Vietnam in Monitors also suggested that
can not ice that its con‑ failed to stop the illegal exports, the breach of sanctions using "a combi‑ Pyongyang supplied weapons to
frontational charge and anti‑ BBC reported. nation of multiple evasion tech‑ Syria and Myanmar.
Russian focus stare in the Pyongyang is subject to sanctions niques, routes and deceptive tac‑ "Myanmar and Syria continued to
face," the Russian Foreign from the US, UN and EU over its tics". co‑operate with North Korea's main
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ministry said in a statement, nuclear and ballistic missile pro‑ China has consistently denied arms exporter, Komid, despite it
Xinhua news agency reported. "The of negotiated reductions and to grams. breaching sanctions. being on a UN sanctions blacklist,"
document's statement that Russia pursue reductions in non‑strategic But the report, which was submit‑ Investigators highlighted that the report said.
allegedly refuses to further reduce nuclear forces," it added.
its nuclear capabilities is yet anoth‑ The Russian Foreign Ministry
er example of the blatant 'falsifica‑ said it has nothing in common with
tion'," the statement said. the actual state of af fairs.
The US said in its 2018 Nuclear "Certainly, we will be compelled to
Posture Review that Russia contin‑ take into considerat ion the
ues to violate a series of arms con‑ approaches introduced now by
trol treaties and commitments. Washington and to take necessary
"In the nuclear context, the most steps in order to ensure own secu‑ North Korean
significant Russian violat ion rity," it noted. leader Kim
involves a system banned by the The Russian Foreign Ministry Jong Un
(center) with
Intermediate‑range Nuclear Forces urged the US to "team up to look
Korean
Treaty," said the 74‑page US for solutions to the problems that
People's Army
nuclear policy report. have been accumulating in the
Tank Crew.
"In a broader context, Russia is field of strategic stability."
either rejecting or avoiding its obli‑ The US report reaffirms commit‑
gations and commitments under ments to non‑proliferation treaties
numerous agreements, and has but emphasizes the need to
rebuf fed US ef forts to follow the enhance capabilities to match with
New Strategic Arms Reduction Russia, showing supports for US
Treaty (START) with another round nuclear modernization projects.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SPORTS February 10-16, 2018 23

U19 World Cup: Manjot Philadelphia Eagles


guides clinical India to win won Super Bowl
Minneapolis: The Eagles defeated After the Patriots took their
the Patriots with final score of first lead of the game, at 33‑32
41‑33, winning their first ever with 9:22 remaining, the Eagles
Tauranga (New Zealand):
Super Bowl championship on could have wilted. But quarter‑
Promising opener Manjot Kalra
Sunday. Eagles fans swarm the back Nick Foles led the Eagles on
played a starring role with an
streets to celebrate team's victo‑ a 14‑play, 75 yard touchdown
unbeaten century as India over‑
ry over Patriots. drive to retake the lead with 2:21
powered Australia by eight wick‑
The Patriots were 4.5 favorites remaining on an 11‑yard pass
ets in the final to claim the ICC
to beat the Eagles. If they had from Foles to tight end Zach Ertz.
U19 World Cup for a record
won, they would have walked Nick Foles started this season
fourth time here.
away with the franchise's sixth as a backup quarterback, and he
The opener batted through the
Super Bowl championship. ended it as Super Bowl MVP.
innings for his 101 runs off 102
Patriots erased a 29‑19 third‑ Foles threw for 373 yards and
deliveries as the Indians romped
quarter deficit to take a 33‑32 three touchdowns, with one
past the modest target of 217
lead early in the fourth quarter. interception (that was not his
runs with 67 balls to spare.
Brady threw three second‑half fault) and also caught a touch‑
T he Indians were dominant
touchdowns to spark the rally. down in the Eagles upset win.
throughout the tournament, win‑
ning all their six matches in com‑
prehensive fashion on their way
to the title.
Harvik Desai played an excellent The Eagles
Manjot Kalra played a starring role with an unbeaten century at 101.
defeated the
supporting role at the other end
"Great feeling. Enjoyed a lot. won the title in 2000, 2008 and Patriots with
and was not out on 47 runs off 61
final score of
balls. Desai brought up the title Conditions were very good. It was 2012.
41‑33,
win in style, smashing a boundary a flat wicket to bat on. In the Australia are second on the list
winning
of f Australian pacer Will team, it's been a great environ‑ with three titles.
their first ever
Sutherland through the off‑side. ment," an overjoyed Kalra told the T his is the second time that Super Bowl
Kalra was adjudged the man of media after the final. India have defeated Australia in championship.
the match while compatriot India thus became the first the final. They had earlier defeat‑
Shubman Gill took home the play‑ nation to win the ICC U19 World ed the boys from Down Under in
er of the tournament award. Cup four times. They had earlier the final of the 2012 edition.

this Indian team. For instance, in

Indiaʼs South African success


the three Tests, over six innings,
there was only one century: Kohliʼs
153 in Cape Town. (He followed it
up with another unbeaten century
By Shivaji Sengupta er, was no contest. India lost by in the first ODI which India won.)
135 runs. But it was in the third

T
He is leading the team with verve,
wo matches into the 6‑ Test, amidst sharp criticism by the excellent planning and execution.
match ODI series, and after press and nay‑sayers, with the He plays only to win. While Dhoni
completing a highly com‑ series gone, that the Indian team used to talk about process, Kohli
petitive Test Match series, India came back and snatched victory by emphasizes results. For him, the
seems to be living up to its resolve 63 runs. So, the series ended the only result is victory. Losing is
that this time around they are same way as with the past Indian very tough for him. He can be
going to stay toe‑to‑toe and slug it teams – by losing. After all the pos‑ magnanimous as he did after the
out on foreign soil. They lost a turing by Ravi Shastri, the coach, loss to Pakistan in the Championʼs
very close Test series 2‑1. In the the result was no different from Trophy final; he can keep up a
ODIs, they are up 2‑0, backing up that of the past Indian teams. brave face after a shocking loss to
the constant refrain that we hear Or is it so? Australia in Bengaluru. But here in
from the Indian cricket manage‑ I beg to differ. There were three South Africa, he was angry after
ment that the Indian team, playing notable dif ferences that separate losing the first two Tests. Some
abroad, will be far stronger this this team than the ones in the past. would say, he was angry at the
time around. This team is far superior in ground reporters. True, but I would attrib‑
Up to now, their reputation as fielding, running and catching than ute his anger to losing. “There is a
tourists has been tenuous at best. Indian skipper Virat Kohli celebrates his half century during the 1st ODI anything I have seen in recent sort of madness,” he said, “that
The last five years has been better match between India and South Africa in Durban. (Photo: BCCI/IANS)
years. Players are far more physi‑ drives you to win even in the most
than the last 10. Under Dhoni their Africa. India happens to be the No. most lethal pacers. Finally, they cally fit than their previous coun‑ adverse conditions. We need that
record of victories abroad read 1 team in the world in Test Cricket, were humiliated losing 0‑3 in India terparts. Secondly, cricket lovers madness.”
just six, against 13 losses includ‑ South Africa, 2. In ODIs, South recently, succumbing to wily spin everywhere are sitting up and With people like Kohli at the
ing 0‑4 ag ainst Eng land and Africa is No. 1, and India, 2. So you bowling. noticing Indiaʼs battery of five fast helm, Indian cricket is rising. Far
Australia. Recently, under Virat can appreciate why this series of Cricket pundits were sitting up bowlers, a first. Yes, there have away in New Zealand, almost on
Kohli, India has won eight Tests on cricket matches in all three for‑ on their ring‑side seats to watch been the Zaheer Khans, Sreenaths the other side of the world, Indian
foreign soil. Some of this may be mats (the last one being T‑20). this battle. and the Sreesanths, but four fast cricketers under 19 brought home
the luck of the draw (pun intend‑ India had played the last 13 Tests Well, itʼs true, Kohliʼs men lost bowlers in the team, relentlessly the World Cup last week. T he
ed). When Dhoni captained India, at home where they are almost the Test series, 2‑1; but all three attacking – the Proteas were not Indian womenʼs team beat both
teams like Sri Lanka and the West unbeatable. Tests were keenly, and evenly, totally prepared for it. Their cap‑ Australia and England (two former
Indies were a lot stronger than Those who question Indiaʼs No. 1 fought. In the first Test India came tain said after the last Test that champions) in the ICC Trophy last
they are now. Nevertheless, Kohliʼs status were even more interested oh‑so‑close to winning, but they “these fast bowlers are very, very summer. They lost in the final
Indian team seems to be far more in seeing their performance in collapsed for 135 in the fourth good.” And finally, the third big dif‑ against Eng land, the eventual
aggressive in its approach to the South Africa. There was one more inning when the pitch was “a mine ference is the captain himself, champions. Kohli is not directly
game than Dhoniʼs was. caveat: the Indian team, historical‑ field” for batsmen. In the second Virat Kohli. responsible for all of this success.
Cricket enthusiasts, and not just ly, has been notoriously suscepti‑ Test, too, the home team was Kohliʼs energy, aggression, skill But he has probably inspired
from India, were buzzing in antici‑ ble to quality fast bowling. And ahead by only 28 runs in the first as a fielder, batsman and captain, Indian cricket in general for it to
pation of Indiaʼs tour of South Proteas have some of the worldʼs inning. The second inning, howev‑ were definitely factors in shaping climb these heights.
24 February 10-16, 2018 INDIA’S UNION BUDGET TheSouthAsianTimes.info

FM Jaitley extends sops to poor,


squeezes middle class in budget
New Delhi: With an eye on the ise before coming to power in rate taxation rate, the Finance
next Lok Sabha elections, Finance 2014, the Finance Minister Minister reduced the rate for all
Minister Arun Jaitley in his 2018‑ announced that the Minimum companies with turnover of up to
19 budget proposed a major Support Price (MSP) for unan‑ Rs 250 crore, up from Rs 50
health insurance scheme for the nounced kharif crops will be 1.5 crore. He said this would take care
poor, a higher minimum support times the input cost and stepped of almost 99 per cent of the com‑
price and a step up of Rs 1 lakh up the institutional credit for the panies and would have a negative
crore as institutional credit for sector to Rs 11 lakh crore ‑‑ 1 lakh impact of Rs 7,000 crore on gov‑
farmers along with a spend of crore more than last year. ernment finances. Only about 250
nearly Rs 6 lakh crore on infra‑ Leaving the individual taxation companies would have a turnover
structure development. slabs and rates untouched, Jaitley above the cut‑off level and would
To pay for this seeming bout of in his last full budget before the continue to pay 30 per cent tax.
generosity, albeit with votebanks 2019 elections proposed to rein‑ An ID on lines of Aadhaar would
in mind, the finance minister has troduce a standard deduction of also be set up for companies,
mopped up huge sums through Rs 40,000 for salaried tax payers Jaitley said.
three or four simple steps, mostly in lieu of present exemption of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
aimed at the middle class. While transport allowance and reim‑ hailed the Finance Minister for
providing some sops to salaried bursement of miscellaneous med‑ presenting an all‑friendly budget
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addresses a press conference after the
individuals and pensioners, it has presentation of Union Budget 2018‑19, in New Delhi. (Photo: IANS) ical expenses that will involve a 2018‑19 with the focus on agri‑
aimed to raise Rs 11,000 crore by revenue sacrifice of Rs 8,000 culture, health and small busi‑
increasing cess on income of indi‑ he ld for more than a year, Similarly, the Social Welfare crore to benefit 2.5 crore people. nesses. "This budget is farmer‑
viduals, from three to four per exempting only profit of up to Rs Surcharge of 10 per cent on all In a bid to help senior citizens, friendly, common citizen‑friendly,
cent. Additionally, it has aimed to 1 lakh. The stock markets reacted customs duties replaces the edu‑ the budget proposes to increase business environment‑friendly
raise money by imposing a 10 per sharply initially to the move, later cation cess on imported goods. He the exemption of interest income and development‑friendly."
cent Social Welfare Surcharge on recovering. also raised the customs duty on on deposits with banks and post The Finance Minister indicated
all imported goods. The four per cent health and mobile phones by 5 per cent to 20 offices from Rs 10,000 to 50,000 a slippage in fiscal deficit for the
At the same time, the finance eduction cess replaces the 2 per per cent. He also levied a 15 per and there will be no TDS deducted current year revising it from 3.2
minister has eyed the share‑own‑ cent cess for primary education cent duty on some of the parts on them. T he limit for health per cent to 3.5 per cent and from
ing and investing class by remov‑ and 1 per cent cess for secondary and accessories of mobile phones insurance premium and medical 3 per cent to 3.3 per cent (Rs 5.95
ing an exemption on long term and higher education on individu‑ and TV sets to promote creation expenditure w ill go up to Rs lakh crore) of the GDP next year,
capital gains to possibly raise als and corporates to take care of of more jobs under the "Make in 50,000 from Rs 30,000. implying that the government will
over Rs 36,000 crore in a full year the needs of education and health India" program. In keeping w ith his earlier be borrowing more to balance its
‑‑ by taxing at 10 per cent shares of BPL and rural families. In line with the BJP's poll prom‑ announcement of reducing corpo‑ books.

Chidambaram Railways get largest‑ever


slams Union allocation of Rs 1.48 lakh crore
Budget New Delhi: Stressing on boosting the safety
aspect of Railways and its carrying capaci‑
ty, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
New Delhi: Congress leader P. Chidambaram
announced the largest‑ever allocation of Rs
slammed the Union Budget, terming the prom‑
1.48 lakh crore capital expenditure for the
ise of Rs 5 lakh for health care for poor fami‑
Indian Railways in 2018‑19.
lies as "a big jumla", and said there was
"Railways capex for 2018‑19 has been
"tokenism" on creating jobs and nothing to
pegged at Rs 1,48,528 crore," Jaitley said in
indicate rise in farmers income.
his Budget speech. T he amount is Rs
There was also no tax relief to the average
17,000 crore higher than the previous
tax payer and no measures to boost exports
year's budget.
while expressing his disappointment about
In 2017‑18 Union Budget, the total capex
some major schemes having reduced outlays.
of Railways was pegged at Rs 1,31,000
"It is the last full budget of this government,
crore. Jaitley said that modern‑train sets
and I should add ʻthank god for that," the for‑
with state‑of‑the‑art amenities and features
mer Union Finance Minister told reporters
would be commissioned during 2018‑19. The 92‑year‑old practice of a separate Railway Budget was discontinued from
here. Referring to the proposed national health
The 92‑year‑old practice of a separate last year and was merged with the Union Budget.
protection scheme, he said it will entail huge
Railway Budget was discontinued from last
expenditure but no money has been provided ment in the achievement of physical targets trains will be progressively provided with
year and was merged with the Union
for it. by railways. We are moving fast towards wifi," he said.
Budget.
"The promise of Rs 5 lakh per family for sec‑ optimal electrification of railway network. The government will also install CCTVs
The Finance Minister said that enhancing
ondary and tertiary healthcare is a big 'jumla'. About 4,000 km are targeted for commis‑ at all stations and on trains to enhance
the carrying capacity has been a major
T he target g roup is 10 crore families. sioning during 2017‑18," he said. security of passengers.
focus of the government. "A large part of
Assuming each family will avail of Rs 50,000 ‑ The Finance Minister said that work on Speaking about the 508 km Mumbai‑
the capex is devoted to railways capacity
one tenth of Rs 5 lakh ‑ the amount required the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project, Jaitley
creation," he said.
per year will be Rs 5 lakh crore," he said. Corridors was also in full swing. said, "Foundation for the bullet train proj‑
"Doubling of 18,000 km and work on
He said if the insurance companies will foot The Finance Minister said that redevelop‑ ect, country's first high speed rail project,
5,000 km of third and fourth lines to con‑
the bill, the estimated premium at Rs 5,000 to ment of 600 major railway stations is being was laid on September 14, 2017.
vert them into broad gauge will eliminate
Rs 15,000 per family will require an outgo taken up by Indian Railway Station "An Institute is coming up at Vadodara
capacity constraint. It will also transform
from Rs 50,000 crore to Rs 1.5 lakh crore per Development Corporation Limited. "All sta‑ (Gujarat) to train manpower required for
almost the entire network into broad
year. "Is the Finance Minister serious?" he tions with more than 25,000 footfalls will high speed rail projects," the Finance
gauge," Jaitley said.
asked. have escalators. All railway stations and Minister added.
"There has also been significant improve‑
TheSouthAsianTimes.info BUSINESS & IMMIGRATION February 10-16, 2018 25

Global cues unleash bears, Jerome Powell sworn


Sensex plunges in as US Fed chief
Mumbai: A massive downturn in the US and
East Asian stock markets unleashed a sell‑
ing frenzy in the Indian equity markets dur‑
ing the morning trade session on February Jerome Powell
6. The two main indices of the Indian equity (Right) takes
the oath of
market ‑‑ S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 ‑
office as
‑ corrected by around 3.30 per cent each,
Chairman of
with the Sensex plunging by over 1,000 the US Federal
points. Reserve,
Market observers pointed‑out that factors succeeding
like the budgetary proposal to tax long‑term Janet Yellen, in
gains on shares and concerns over the cen‑ Washington.
tral government's fiscal prudence measures (Xinhua/Ting
amplified the global downturn. Shen/IANS)
Just after the pre‑open session, the barom‑
eter 30‑scrip Sensitive Index of the BSE
traded more than 1,000 points or 2.90 per
cent lower from Monday's close. Washington: Jerome Powell took the January to lead the central bank in a
Similarly, the wider Nifty50 of the oath of office as Chairman of the US term of four years.
National Stock Exchange receded deep into Federal Reserve, succeeding Janet "My colleagues and I will remain vigi‑
the red. It plunged by over 300 points or Yellen. lant, and we are prepared to respond to
3.00 per cent. "Today, unemployment is low, the evolving risks," Powell said.
At 10.30 a.m., the Sensex traded lower by economy is growing, and inflation is low. The new Fed head faces an immediate
More "volatility" was expected on the
1,074.79 points or 3.09 per cent to Indian stock market. Through our decisions on monetary pol‑ challenge from the wobbly market, as
33,682.37 points from its previous close of icy, we will support continued economic the US stocks opened sharply lower on
34,757.16 points. India) will take during Wednesday's review growth, a healthy job market, and price Monday after a heavy sell‑off on Friday.
The NSE Nifty50 traded lower by 320.80 has led to this melt‑down or selling panic," stability," said Powell after being sworn One of the worries from the market is
points or 3.01 per cent at 10,345.75 points. Deepak Jasani, Head, Retail Research, HDFC in to lead the US central bank, Xinhua that the Fed, under Powell, will acceler‑
"The unprecedented downfall in Dow yes‑ Securities, told IANS. news agency reported. ate its interest rate hikes, undermining
terday (Monday) and combination of other According to Dhruv Desai, Director and Powell, who is the 16th person to hold the momentum of a bull market.
negative factors like the high fiscal deficit Chief Operating Officer of Tradebulls, more the position, was nominated by US Economists widely expect the Fed to
projected and proposal on LTCG and fear of "volatility" is expected and can last till President Donald Trump in November hike interest rates three times this year,
the stand that the RBI (Reserve Bank of Thursday. last year. US Senate approved him in late with the first coming in March.

Voluntary departure: Does it do more harm than good?


By Michael Phulwani, Esq. & If a foreign national chooses to and the immigrant may argue that not leaving the U.S. will not apply.
Dev B. Viswanath, Esq. accept voluntary departure they they are not subject to the conse‑ INA § 240B(d)(2) also allows
should earnestly be focused on quences of overstaying. If an immi‑ Violence Against Women Act self‑

V TALK
oluntary departure is an departing the U.S. before the time grant was not informed of the petitioners who overstay a period of
order allowing an immigrant frame ordered by the court. If an penalties of failure to depart or if voluntary departure remain quali‑
to depart from the United immigrant does not depart within the immigration judge did not pro‑ fied for cancellation of removal and
States by a certain day without an the specified time they may be sub‑ vide notice of the requirement to adjustment of status if it can be
order of removal. Meaning that the ing a petition for review and pro‑ ject to a monetary fine of up to provide proof to the BIA within 30 shown that extreme cruelty or bat‑
foreign national may “Voluntarily vides proof of departure to DHS, the $5,000 and will be barred for ten days that a voluntary departure tery was at least one main reason
Depart” the U.S. without carrying departure will not be considered a years from being granted cancella‑ bond was paid, then the immigrant for the overstay passed the depar‑
the ramifications of a deportation removal. tion of removal, adjustment of sta‑ may be granted a new period of vol‑ ture date.
order. A voluntary departure may An order to voluntary departure tus, change of status, registry, and untary departure. But those in The greatest benefit of voluntary
be ordered before removal proceed‑ can also be terminated automatical‑ voluntary departure. Once an immi‑ removal should be cautious of departure is that after departing the
ing are initiated, before completion ly if the immigrant files a motion to grant fails to depart, the voluntary jumping into any of these argu‑ U.S. the immigrant is not automati‑
of proceeding, and at the conclusion reopen or reconsider the immigra‑ departure order automatically ments and must consult with an cally inadmissible from the U.S. for
of proceedings. The voluntary tion judgeʼs decision. The filing of becomes a removal order and they experiences attorney practicing a set number of years. A voluntary
departure order will state the the motion automatically ceases the will accrue unlawful presence, and Immigration Law. departure should not be accepted
amount of time the immigrant has voluntary departure order and the may be subject to the three or ten‑ In addition, according to Matter unless the immigrant intends to
to leave the United States; this time alternate order of removal will be in year bar under INA § 212(a)(9)(B) of Zmijewska, if an immigrant leave because then they will have to
begins to run on the date of the effect. Once a voluntary departure in addition to all the other ramifica‑ “through no fault of his or her own, face a removal order, possible mon‑
order. If the immigrant chooses to order is terminated neither an tions that stem from the removal. is unaware of the voluntary depar‑ etary penalties, and automatic ten‑
appeal an immigration judgeʼs deci‑ immigration judge nor the BIA can In a few circumstances the failure ture order or is physically unable to year bar to some types of immigra‑
sion to the Board of Immigration reinstate, toll, or stay voluntary to leave the U.S. once the voluntary depart” then the consequences of tion relief.
Appeals (BIA), the voluntary depar‑ departure, except as allowed under departure order expires will not
ture time does not run until a “final” 8 C.F.R. § 1240.26(h). Under 8 result in civil penalties for the for‑ Dev Banad Viswanath is the Principal
decision is made. If the BIA rejects C.F.R. § 1240.26(h) an immigration eign national. If the immigrant or Attorney of The Banad Law Offices PC in the
the appeal, then the voluntary judge or the BIA can restore volun‑ the attorney representing the immi‑ United States, and Banad Immigration in
departure will be reinstated for the tary departure if the immigrant suc‑ grant did not receive proper notice India for which Attorney Michael Phulwani is
same amount of time initially cessfully reopens their case before of the voluntary departure order, also affiliated as Of Counsel. With Offices in
ordered by the immigration judge. the expiration of the original period the immigrant may argue that they Manhattan, Queens, Bangalore, and Mumbai,
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can be terminated automatically if time for voluntary departure cannot of overstaying. If an immigrant did of the immigration process, including
the immigrant files a petition for pass 120 days. If an immigrant files not request voluntary departure, did Employment Visas, Consular Visa Assistance,
review of the judgment or any other a motion to reopen or reconsider Student Visas, Removal & Deportation, US
not have an opportunity to decline,
Citizenship and Green Card Applications
judicial challenge and then the after their voluntary departure time or if there was no strict compliance
based on Family or Employment. Dev B.
alternate order of removal will be in expires then it will be considered as with eligibility and notice require‑
Viswanath can be reached at
effect. However, if the immigrant overstaying their voluntary depar‑ ments, the voluntary departure Dev@Banadlaw.com and 718‑361‑5999.
leaves the U.S. within 30 days of fil‑ ture period. order may be considered invalid
26 February 10-16, 2018 HEALTH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

A
ccording to the American

5 hacks for living with diabetes


Diabetes Association (ADA),
approximately 30.3 million
Americans are living with diabetes,
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Daily turmeric intake IS SUGAR THE CAUSE OF YOUR


boosts memory, WEIGHT GAIN? TIPS TO CUT BACK
F
ebruary is American Heart arenʼt making us fat, sugar is.” says ened.” Unsweetened. That means
uplifts mood: Study Month and a great opportunity
to focus on your cardiovascu‑
Dr. Arthur Agatston, founder of the
South Beach Diet.
there wonʼt be anything lurking in
there that could throw you off.

E
ating turmeric lar health. According to the American To avoid extra sugar in your diet 4 Make Sugar Swaps. Simple swaps
daily may Heart Association, cardiovascular dis‑ and get on a path to greater health, can help you save on sugar. Swap
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your mood, a study Taking care of your heart starts perimeter of the grocery store is a flavored yogurt for Greek yogurt with
suggests. with your diet and making healthy good rule of thumb, as this tends to be fresh strawberries and save 19 grams
Found in turmeric, changes. Cutting down on sugar, where youʼll find the least processed of sugar. Swap your favorite vanilla
curcumin has previ‑ which experts say most Americans foods, such as vegetables, fruit, dairy, latte for black coffee with a splash of
ously been shown to consume far too much of on a daily meat and seafood, most of which are cream and save 35 grams of sugar.
have anti‑inflammato‑ basis, is the perfect place to start. free of added sugar. 4 Try Something New. Consider a
ry and antioxidant properties. tomography, or PET scans, to Processed sugars add empty calories 4 Read Food Labels. Seek out foods diet plan that focuses on good carbs,
It also has been suggested as a determine the levels of amyloid to your diet and can disrupt your containing little to no sugar, being good fats, healthy protein and high
possible reason that senior citi‑ and tau in their brains at the metabolism, making weight loss or careful to read labels. You may have fiber, such as the South Beach Diet,
zens in India, where curcumin is start of the study and after 18 maintenance difficult and posing seri‑ to look hard though, as sugar is ubiq‑ which is proven to have a positive
a dietary staple, have a lower months. ous health risks. uitous in American foods. Bear in impact on heart health, weight loss
prevalence of Alzheimer's dis‑ The people who took curcum‑ Americans on average get about 16 mind that ingredient listings on pack‑ and belly fat. Delivering on average
ease and better cognitive per‑ in experienced significant percent of their daily calories from aged foods are in order of volume. just 1 percent of calories from added
formance. improvements in their memory added sugars, according to an Food 4 Learn Sugarʼs Other Names. sugars, it was the first plan to propose
"Exactly how curcumin exerts and attention abilities, while the and Drug Administration report, but “Pretty much anything ending in ʻoseʼ dieters focus less on cutting out fats
its effects is not certain, but it subjects who received placebo the USDAʼs dietary guidelines recom‑ is a sugar. And whether itʼs fructose, and carbs and focus more on consid‑
may be due to its ability to did not, Small said. mend less than one‑third of that dextrose or sucrose, it will end up as a ering the quality of the fats and carbs
reduce brain inflammation, In memory tests, the people amount. And itʼs not just the usual sugar in your body,” says Mandi theyʼre eating.
which has been linked to both taking curcumin improved by suspects like candy, cookies and cake Knowles, Registered Dietitian at South A healthy diet and lifestyle are
Alzheimer's disease and major 28 per cent over the 18 months. that can cause the sugar surplus. Beach Diet. Avoid them if you want to among your best defenses to help
depression," said Gary Small, Those taking curcumin also “Foods like white bread and bagels eat less sugar. fight cardiovascular disease. This
from the University of had mild improvements in break down the same as added sugar, 4 Buy Unsweetened Foods. Look for American Heart Month, you can help
California, Los Angeles in the mood, and their brain PET scans so, itʼs about the types of carbs youʼre food labels that say the food is improve your heart health and overall
US. The study, published in the showed significantly less amy‑ eating, too. In fact, I would say fats unsweetened. Not “naturally sweet‑ health by reducing sugar in your diet.
American Journal of Geriatric loid and tau signals in the
Psychiatry, involved 40 adults amygdala and hypothalamus
between the ages of 50 and 90 than those who took placebos.
years who had mild memory The amygdala and hypothala‑
complaints. mus are regions of the brain
They were randomly assigned that control several memory
to receive either a placebo or 90 and emotional functions.
mg of curcumin twice daily for Four people taking curcumin,
18 months. All 40 subjects and two taking placebos, experi‑
received standardized cognitive enced mild side effects such as
assessments at the start of the abdominal pain and nausea, the
study and at six‑month inter‑ researchers said.
vals, and monitoring of curcum‑ "These results suggest that
in levels in their blood at the taking this relatively safe form
start of the study and after 18 of curcumin could provide
months. Thirty of the volunteers meaningful cognitive benefits
underwent positron emission over the years," said Small.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info BOOKS February 10-16, 2018 27

Discussing the Perils of Celebrity ‑ Soha Ali Khan and Sharmila Tagore Congress MP and author Shashi Tharoor was the main draw at the Jaipur Literature
in conversation with Sanjoy K Roy. Festival held late last month.

JLF: Literature as it relates to life


By Prakash Bhandari indispensable than ever, precisely Investigative journalism is expen‑
because the imagination is no sive. It is important that people
Jaipur: The Zee Jaipur Literature respecter of boundaries or fences,” keep supporting big news organi‑
Festival late last month that has he argued. zations."
established itself as the leading The Written World: The Power of Fimmaker Anurag Kashyap paid
festival of the world lacked quality Stories to Shape People, History homage to the role of cinema in
speakers and authors this this and Civilisation found renowned social change, saying, “I credit the
time. Dance, history and civiliza‑ philosopher and literary critic daring of earlier filmmakers, and
tion, Bollywood, terror‑ Martin Puchner in con‑ am grateful to the upcoming gen‑
ism and investigative versation with the Indian eration, who will in their turn con‑
journalism ‑ all were American professor tribute to positive change through
there but not enough Homi K. Bhabha who cinema. Creating change is like
marquee names to give brought up the question felling a banyan tree little by little,
the tonic that the visi‑ of the politics of world with small blows, until it finally
Pico Iyer (Right) and Patrick French at the JLF.
tors wanted.Yet the JLF literature, which accord‑ falls.”
drew staggering crowds on all ing to the former, “is in congru‑ research, even though it continues Rider series, Anthony Horowitz Vishal Bhardwaj ruminated on
days. The hosts had featured ence with the politics of post‑colo‑ to have an international percep‑ OBE spoke from the heart with the challenges of adapting
author and MP Shashi Tharoor in nial literature. The politics is inter‑ tion of being backwards in provid‑ writer Paro Anand. Recently, the Shakespearean plays into film. In
all nine sessions and he was the ventionist in the sense that it dis‑ ing health care. However, he cited estate of Arthur Conan Doyle another session, he candidly went
only draw. covers and establishes previously India as one of the countries that announced that Horowitz was to into a personal journey of love,
Peter Bergen, the only journalist unacknowledged texts adding new has contrasting attributes in terms pen a new Sherlock Holmes novel, denial and self discovery. The audi‑
granted access to the Abbottabad voices beyond the canon. The cre‑ of providing affordable medica‑ to be titled the House of Silk. Julia ence got a glimpse into the mind of
compound before the Pakistani ation of a new narrative becomes tion, but with a huge number of Donaldson, author of the best‑ the genius who apart from being a
government demolished it, was integral”. Puchner gave the exam‑ untreated patients. selling childrenʼs series The music composer, film director and
there. ple of the recent publication of the The Feminine Gaze: Women Gruffalo, who has created a vibrant singer has recently published a
The writer of ʻManhunt: African Epic of Sundiata which was Writing Memoir highlighted how and exuberant parallel world for poetry book titled Nude.
Pakistan and the Search for Bin previously only transmitted orally, memoir writing is a powerful medi‑ young readers, was also presented. Manto: The Man and the Legend
Ladenʼ, revealed that Bin Laden and points to a growing interest in um to articulate traumas and histo‑ Hamid Karzaiʼs The Great with Nandita Das and Nawazuddin
intended to target President the oral tradition of texts. ries that cannot or should not be Survivor had a packed audience as Siddiqui drew huge crowds and
Obama and General David Creating a novel is a distinctive fictionalized, particularly for the former President of vocal audience participation.
Petraeus to lead the US into a crisis art and a gift which needs to be women writers who are often side‑ Afghanistan shared his perspec‑ China was in the spotlight with
and alter the warʼs path. “With the honed. Five great exponents of the lined in favor of male voices and tives on his country and its rela‑ The Day of the Dragon: China and
10th anniversary of 9/11 genre took to deconstructing what other normative narratives. A dis‑ tion with India. In conversation the Future of Asia, and reportage
approaching, he felt he hadnʼt real‑ it takes to craft one in The Art of tinguished panel of writers exam‑ with Dalrymple, he spoke about of conflict and war in The
ly done anything against his the Novel: On Writing Fiction. “It is ined this issue. the impact of the Soviet invasion in Frontline Club saw leading interna‑
biggest enemy.” a feeling for life, for language and An Invite‑only session for the Afghanistan, recounting how after tional war correspondents demys‑
Keynote speaker Pico Iyer said, a need to tell a story,” said modera‑ shortlisted writers of Jaipur much difficulty getting back to his tifying their fascinating career of
“If London was the capital of 19th tor and author, Chandrahas Bookmarkʼs New Writers country, he walked for 36 hours to chance and risk‑taking.
century writing in English and New Choudhury in conversation with Mentorship Programme, and win‑ reach Kabul. He was shattered to The Mahakavi Kanhaiyalal Sethia
York of the 20th, the capital of Amy Tan, Chika Unigwe, Helen ners of the JLF Writing see the state it was in. The Taliban, Award for Poetry, supported by the
21st century writing in English so Fielding, Joshua Ferris and Michael Competition, featured a panel dis‑ Karzai said, were an outcome of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, was
far is Mumbai.” The Empire Writes Ondaatje. Amy Tan revealed that cussion where professionals talked American involvement in awarded to Punjabi poet and
Back, he quipped. after her first book that came to about the intricacies of the pub‑ Afghanistan and Pakistan. He writer Surjit Patar.
As one who has lived all over the her naturally, she had to struggle lishing and pitching process. remarked acidly, “If you nurture At The Music Stage, literature
world, Pico Iyer spoke on ʻCharting to produce work that effortlessly. Panelists Urvashi Butalia, Mita vipers in your backyard you will be joined hands with music, as audi‑
a World Without Bordersʼ and Having felt the same, Joshua Ferris Kapur and Manasi Subramaniam bitten!” ences were regaled to the haunting
opined, “For more and more of us, found himself “pulling his teeth” to gave good advice to writers. Michael Rezendes, Pulitzer win‑ tunes of Real Sugar featuring
home has really, less to do with a create stories with ease after his This time, to reinforce its com‑ ner for his investigative work as a Paban Das Baul and Sam Mills, and
piece of soil than, you could say, first book. Health International, mitment to reach out to children member of The Boston Globeʼs leg‑ Shilpa Rao and Talvin Singh. As
with a piece of soul.” . Innovations in Healthcare : The through literature, the JLF present‑ endary Spotlight team, highlighted part of the Heritage Evenings,
In an era of increasing travel India Example featured American ed several acclaimed childrenʼs the importance of a free press in a Hawa Mahal hosted the worldwide
bans and walls, Iyer reminded us biologist William A. Haseltine, best authors such as Anthony Horowitz, democracy: “Investigative journal‑ premiere of The Troth: Usne Kaha
that most people crossing borders known for his work on HIV/AIDS Julia Donaldson, Satish Mehta, ism is essential to democracy. The Tha, a dance and music perform‑
were doing so to overcome dispari‑ and the human genome. He Sudha Murthy in exciting sessions job of a journalist is to always ance of a tale of love and loss, nar‑
ty between the disadvantaged and praised India for innovating treat‑ and conversations. question authority. Don't take any‑ rated through accompanying mul‑
the privileged. “Literature is more ment methods and medical Creator of the legendary Alex one's word for anything. timedia by UK‑based Akedemi.
28 February 10-16, 2018 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Funny Side by Nury Vittachi

7 things which are too


successful for their own good

(Image : truestress
management.com)

BEST
RATE
B
oys and girls, remember that it is me the news item.
FOR extremely stupid and dangerous to 2) It reminded me of that super‑scary
pour explosive fuel on to the flames ghost movie "Bhoot" launched in India in
INDIA of a backyard bonfire or barbecue. Let 2003, after which a cinemagoer was found
DADDY do it. dead of a heart attack. In a rare case of good
AND I know a father‑of‑three who did this and
created a fireball of Hollywood proportions
taste, filmmakers resisted the temptation to
capitalize on it with a challenge: "HE didn't
PAKISTAN that instantly vaporized the bonfire and a
nearby tree. The children loved it. (The
make it ‑‑ will YOU survive our movie?"
3) Then there was a Hong Kong emigra‑
mothers less so.) tion advisor whose business appeared to
I was reminded of that anecdote by a news contain the seeds of its own destruction.
New York Head Quarter
item which soon grew into a list of seven "We're losing all our clients," he told me in
422‑S Broadway examples of things which are too successful his third year of operation. "They're moving
HICKSVILLE for their own good. away."
1) A "stress‑releasing" massage chair 4) "At the end of last year, the Delhi
NY 11801 relaxed a shopper so much that he fell into a municipal authorities announced that their
516‑827‑1010 deep sleep ‑‑ and missed the closing of the anti‑plastic bag campaign had been so suc‑
shop and departure of all staff. When he cessful they had collected 1,200 kilos of
eventually woke up in the chair it was dark, polythene bags," said Amithaba Kumar, a
the electronics shop in Japan was locked, reader from that city. "Then they admitted
and police had to be called to let him out. that they had nowhere to put them and were
"It was a good advertisement for the planning to throw them into a landfill!" Ah.
chair," said reader Mark Chinney, who sent Right.
5) A reader of the Reddit website sent a

Laughter is the Best Medicine


link to a post by a US woman who joined a
weight loss group and managed to shed 100
lbs ‑‑ after which the other members wanted
her to leave because she made everyone else
feel like a failure.
6) Another sad example came from a
By Mahendra stressed woman who pre‑paid for a course
Shah of relaxation therapy sessions at an expen‑
sive hotel spa in Jakarta.
"I slept through the first two sessions, so I
Mahendra Shah is
drank a pint of coffee before the third ‑ but
an architect by
still slept through it," sighed the woman,
education,
Jacqueline Wan. "It was probably very good
entrepreneur by
but I can't remember any of it."
profession, So basically she paid a fortune for the
artist and same Saturday afternoon nap this columnist
humorist, achieves on the sofa for nothing. I expressed
cartoonist and my deep sorrow for her by pointing, laugh‑
writer by hobby. ing, and feeling smug.
He has been 7) "Surely the ultimate example of being
recording the too successful is IKEA," said a colleague,
plight of the referring to the Swedish furniture shop now
] immigrant found in most countries. "Roughly once a
Indians for the month, somewhere in the world, people are
past many years found to have slept overnight in IKEA bed‑
in his cartoons. room display."
Hailing from True. I once saw people in a Chinese IKEA
Gujarat, he lives store having lunch in the dining room dis‑
in Pittsburgh, play.
Pennsylvania. Column done, now it's time for a sleep. I
recommend the IKEA Stockholm 2017 sofa
in blue velvet. Good night.
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Chandigarh, India: +91-172- 256 2832, 257 2874


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

FEBRUARY 10‑16, 2018 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK
ARIES: If you donʼt have the will, LIBRA: Whatever you do, you 10th February, 2018 ness programs or practice yoga and the past. You should go for investing in
donʼt expect to be shown the are likely to impress those Traits in you: Being governed by the meditation for better results. Do not real estates and share market.
Sun, you are endowed with uniqueness avoid your regular medication. Look Career this year: You will find your
way. Things may not go as antic‑ who matter! An exciting out‑
and philosophy. You are courageous, out the health of your family members profession hectic enough as you have
ipated at work and put you in a spot. ing with friends may not turn out to daring, courteous, affectionate, decisive, as they may fall ill frequently. to do overtime due to the project
Something may be amiss on the aca‑ be so. Desist from bickering about and very determined. You need to work Finance this year: Sudden gain in requirements. Your confidence and
demic front and prove a disadvantage someone or something. A family mem‑ on your impatience and short tempered money may surprise you. Your pending determination will be at peak so you
for you. Losses cannot be ruled out in ber is likely to bank upon you for nature. legal issues will get resolved this year will perform better than ever this year.
Health this year: You may remain and provide you with ample of money. You may not like the behavior of your
a new venture. Your firm resolve to small errands. You are likely to come
worried for the health of your spouse. You may go for new investments this seniors. You need to deal diplomatically
stay fit will do a whale of a good to out with flying colours on the academ‑ year as this year seems to be profitable with the unpleasant situations arising
Your health will remain fine though it
your health. A much anticipated gath‑ ic front. Love may beckon, but you will needs extra care. You should regularly for you. Do not trust strangers in busi‑ at your workspace.
ering may turn out to be a damp be able to retain your focus. Concerted visit to your doctor for checkups. Try to ness. Do not lend any money this year Romance this year: Your spouse will
squib. efforts may be able to get rid of an ail‑ secure your parentʼs health as they may as you face a straight loss. be supportive enough throughout the
TAURUS: Expenses mount, but ment. suffer from minor ailments throughout Career this year: You will be over year in crucial times. You can rely on
this year. ambitious as far as your career goals your partner for any kind of support
they w ill all be for a goo d SCORPIO: This is the period
Finance this year: Financial gains are are concerned. Take time to plan your may be financial or emotional. You
cause! Your self‑confidence will when you need to catch up on sure for you this year as you may get career. Do not be in a hurry for a job should get married this year as this is
see you through a trying phase in your things at work. Winning brown‑ into new business ventures. However, change. You will improve your skills the best time for you.
professional life. Networking assumes ie points is possible on the academic try to avoid partnerships as much as and expertise. You will find your work 15th February, 2018
importance on the academic front to front. A new friendship shows all signs you can. You may get benefited from pretty interesting and it will give you Traits in you: As you are influenced
your past investments or sale of pater‑ the job satisfaction you wanted. by your ruling planet Venus, you are
link up with important people. Beating of turning into romance, so keep your
nal land or property. You may go for Romance this year: Your romantic very energetic, joyful, optimistic, practi‑
the path to total fitness may be on fingers crossed! You may receive the life would be at its peak this year cal, realistic, punctual, determined and
renovation of your house and that will
your mind and promises excellent possession letter for a property make you spend enough money. You around. Try to sort things out if you kindhearted. Your he lpful nature
health. booked by you. Opting for moderate may go for business trips later in the have any problem with your spouse or toward all help you earn friends and
Planning out something on the roman‑ living will help you retain good health. year and you will succeed in bringing partner. Do not initiate an argument popularity wherever you go. Your
new business. with your beloved as it may result in friends are quite fond of your company.
tic front with the one you love is possi‑ Rising expenses may cause concern,
Career this year: The nature of your weakening your relationship. Health this year: You will remain fit
ble. A joint vacation with your near but donʼt worry you have enough
professional work will allow you find 13th February, 2018 and fine throughout this year. However,
and dear ones is possible. financial strength to absorb it. many new job opportunities with high Traits in you: As you are ruled by the health issues of your family mem‑
GEMINI: The more you try to SAGITTARIUS: A long journey salaries. You should take up a new job planet Uranus, you are highly energetic, bers may put you in immense pressure.
curb someone, more stubborn is in store for some. Some of to flourish in your career. You will gain generous, focused, friendly, humble, You need to secure the health of your
he or she seems to become, so you are likely to break free required expertise in your profession honest, hard working and optimistic. family member by investing some
and perform better than ever. You are endowed with the ability to money every year.
soften your stand a bit. You are likely and start living on your own. Good job
Romance this year: You will be in a deal with various kinds of people. You Finance this year: You will be in ample
to get a clean chit in something gone and pay packet will motivate you to peaceful relationship with your beloved should control your mood swings and financial gains this year. Your new busi‑
wrong on the professional front. Good venture into business or speculation. this year. You should take care not to stubbornness to be a better individual. ness ventures will be successful this
contacts are likely to do wonders for Domineering nature of a parent may get involved in any kind of confronta‑ Health this year: You may suf fer year. You should go for new partnerships
you on the academic front. Some of not go down well with you. Someone tion or argument with your partner. from stress related sickness throughout and businesses as your star favors your
You may get into marital relationship the year. Do not work overtime and luck this year. You may go for invest‑
you are set to grow financially strong. from the opposite camp may offer you
this year if you are yet to marry. take unnecessary stress. You should see ments in any sector. Do not spend
Mental tensions are likely to become a friendship, but you may smell a rat!
11th February, 2018 a doctor regularly to get relieved from unnecessarily in luxury & comfort.
thing of the past, as you move towards Selective eating will keep you fit as a Traits in you: The influence of your your health issues. Try meditation to Career this year: Your communica‑
peace and tranquility. fiddle. Start preparing for a future ruling planet Moon makes you simple, avoid your problems. You should also tions skills will be proved instrumental
CANCER: This is the time to commitment now. dynamic, charismatic, creative, reliable take care of the health of you parents. in the overall improvement of your pro‑
reconsider whatever decisions CAPRICORN: If you get spare and focused. You need to control your Finance this year: Financial gains will fessional career. You will be able to
frequent mood swings and stubborn‑ be plenty for you this year as your past make enough contacts and you will get
you have taken to be on the time, donʼt waste it on mun‑
ness to become a better individual. investments would pay of f. You may regular projects and assignments. You
safe ground. You may have to take dane things as there is lot to be Health this year: You will enjoy an start few new business ventures. You may get promotions and salary hike
your chances on the professional done. A romantic situation may devel‑ overall good health this year though may expand your business in foreign as towards the end of the year.
front. Donʼt let anyone sweet‑talk you op at workplace, so now it is up to you you may go through minor health well. Do not trust new people as they Romance this year: If you are yet to
into parting with something important how far you want to take it! An over‑ issues throughout the year. You should may prove untrustworthy. Do not lend a be in a romantic relationship, this is the
practice yoga and meditation for better big amount of money. ideal time to go for one. You will enjoy
on the academic front. You will be able seas vacation is on the cards and will
result. Your parents may fall sick and Career this year: Being a hardwork‑ a pleasurable relationship with your
to ease a tight situation on the finan‑ prove enjoyable. Your efforts to own ing professional, you may create won‑ spouse or partner.
this might make you tensed. Take spe‑
cial front by cutting corners. Those property are likely to prove fruitful. cial care of your spouseʼs health. Take a ders for your organization. You need to 16th February, 2018
trying to come back in shape can ill Meeting someone you have not met in normal diet and medicines to remain learn more and look for better options. Traits in you: As your governing
afford to miss out on workouts. Donʼt years seems possible. Eat right to healthy. You may not get your expected promo‑ planet is Neptune, you are simple, digni‑
Finance this year: Your past invest‑ tion or salary hike in spite of your hard fied, unique, charismatic, reliable, trust‑
let a fight escalate. remain fit and healthy.
ments may yield a lot of money for you work and efficiency. worthy and confident. You have a great
LEO: Favourable outcome of a AQUARIUS: There is someone
this year. You need to be extra cautions Romance this year: You may get mar‑ leadership skill and you are very cre‑
legal matter can be expected. who is waiting for your con‑ while investing huge amounts as it is a ried to your long time partner this year. ative. You should not be pessimistic and
An opportunity to travel exten‑ sent, so donʼt disappoint him bit risky to put money on unpredictable If you are already married, this year show your stubbornness.
sively may afford you a chance to visit or her! You will be able to garner sup‑ things. Overall, you will enjoy a strong will bring you the joy of being in a mar‑ Health this year: As far as your
many exotic places. Chance to add to port for something you have undertak‑ financial condition. ital relationship. Do not create any health is considered you may go
Career this year: You will enjoy a unpleasant situation at home as it may through minor health issues this year.
your list of properties by buying an en on the professional front. Not get‑
great professional career this year. If weaken your relationship with your However, regular medical checkups and
apartment or a freehold house is indi‑ ting the desired result on the academ‑ you are involved in arts or creative spouse. proper medication will solve this prob‑
cated. Remaining stoic and neutral in ic front may disappoint you. field, this year will be very good for 14th February, 2018 lem. You may go for Yoga and medita‑
any adverse situation on the profes‑ Rise in expenses may get you worried you. You will reach new heights in your Traits in you: The influence of your tion classes to remain healthy.
sional front will work in your favour. and prompt you to an extra source of career and you will gain enough recog‑ ruling planet Mercury makes you Finance this year: Your financial con‑
nition. You may seek help from an dynamic, unique, smart, confident, ditions will be very stagnant this year.
Your decisions on the home front may earning. Stepping up the pace on the
experienced person to succeed in your workaholic, knowledgeable, and highly As you will not earn much or spend
not be agreed to by others, so take workout front will prove more benefi‑ independent. You being very social much, you will lead a peaceful life in
career.
everyoneʼs opinion. cial. You are set to enjoy an exciting Romance this year: You will spend a loved by your friends and you are capa‑ money matters. You may invest for
VIRGO: Tension on the social trip. peaceful life with your spouse. If you ble of making friends very soon. You future. Do not lend or borrow money
front regarding an event will PISCES: There are people who are unmarried, you may get into a mat‑ should not become introvert and work from your friends or colleagues.
begin to disappear, as help may promise their support, but rimonial relationship towards the end on your frequent mood swings. Career this year: With an enhanced
of this year. Health this year: You need to stop confidence and brushed up skills, you
comes your way. Past arrears may be may not honour their word, so
12th February, 2018 your bad habits such as smoking and will become very successful profession‑
received and promise to beef up your donʼt rely too much on anyone. You Traits in you: As you are influenced consuming alcohol to remain healthy. ally. You will do justice to the role
bank account. An ailment troubling will feel mentally at ease by sharing by planet Jupiter, you are dignified, reli‑ You should take expert advice from a assigned to you. You may get promo‑
you for long is likely to disappear your innermost feelings with someone gious, mentally strong, enthusiastic, doctor to avoid health related issues. tion or a hike in your current salary. If
soon. Distractions threaten to under‑ you are close to. lovable, respectable, determined, devot‑ You should take your medicines at time you are in creativity field, this year will
ed, and courteous. You are self depend‑ to avoid further complicacy in your bring you much more success and
mine your focus on the academic A brush with law is possible, but you
ent and have a great leadership quality. health. Take care of the health of your recognition.
front. An initiative taken by you on the are likely to come out unscathed. You spouse and parents as well. Romance this year: Your marital life
You are able to take quick decisions.
professional front may not be will be able to clarify a misunderstand‑ However, you need to take care of you Finance this year: Your new business would be a peaceful one this year. Your
approved by higher ups and may put ing over an issue by remaining matter nature of being arrogant and stubborn. alliances and partnerships will help you partner will be supportive enough in
you in difficulties. A tiff with spouse is of fact about it. A relaxing time is in Health this year: Your health will earn financial stability this year. You every tough situation. You should get
remain good throughout the year. will receive all the pending payments married this year if you have not mar‑
possible. the offing.
However, you need to go for regular fit‑ and money you gave away as loans in ried yet.
30 February 10-16, 2018 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

The Spiritual Catalyst


arts. Any student who goes to an Most people act and feel as if ear to hear the sound of God boost from the Master through
instructor and is eager and ready the whole universe circles around within. He gives us a spiritual his eyes. That glance is called the
to learn will gain something. them. In reality, we are a small boost so we can withdraw our darshan of the Master. It is so
However, if a student is egotisti‑ part of the whole. When our attention from the body to focus powerful it can uplift our soul to
cal and thinks he or she knows heads become swollen, thinking at the single or third eye between the third eye to connect with the
more than the teacher, little will we are better than everyone else and behind the two eyebrows to light and sound within. The
be gained. When we have the atti‑ including God, we can no longer experience inner light. We glance of grace gives more bliss
tude that we have nothing to be open to learning and receiv‑ become absorbed into the light than intoxicating drugs and alco‑
learn, we close ourselves off from ing. We become small and con‑ and witness inner vistas such as hol and has no harmful side
receiving what the teacher has to gealed and do not learn and flashes of light, pinpoints of light, effects to our body, mind, society,
By Sant Rajinder give. We then remain at a stand‑ grow. To increase knowledge, lights of various colors and the or relationships. Physical intoxi‑
Singh Ji Maharaj still as far as our own develop‑ sharpen our skills, and improve inner sky, stars, a moon, and a cants may temporarily make us
ment is concerned. our techniques in any worldly sun. That boost then leads us to forget our pains, but when these

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he catalyst that ignites our Great scientist Isaac Newton field, we need to be open to the radiant or ethereal form of wear off, we need another fix.
spark to connect with the once spoke of the vastness of receive what the instructor has to the Master, who serves as our The spiritual intoxication of a
Divine is a divine Engineer. knowledge. He remarked that he give. This principle is equally inner Guide. In the presence of glance of grace uplifts us immedi‑
Right now there is static interfer‑ ately and takes us to a state of
ing with the connection between (Image courtesy: thespiritualindian.com)m consciousness higher than any
the soul and God. We cannot we can reach in this world. It
communicate with God because takes us to a state of bliss more
on our own we do not know how intense than any in this physical
to eliminate the interference to realm.
open the lines of communication. Through his charged attention,
Just as we are untrained to con‑ we can receive that glance direct‑
nect a radio station with a radio ly whether in his presence or dur‑
or a computer with the Internet, ing meditation even when we are
similarly, we are untrained to physically ten thousand miles
connect our spark to the Divine. away from him, because that
To make the connection between glance is not emanating from the
our soul and God, we need train‑ physical form of the Master. The
ing. We need to call someone who charging is coming from the
is computer literate to hook us up Divine through the catalyst of the
to the Internet. We need to call a Master. The beauty of this glance
cable technician to hook our tele‑ is that it stays with us. It is free
vision to cable TV. In the field of and available to us anytime we go
spirituality, if we were able to within during mediation.
connect our soul to God our‑ The Master is not the physical
selves, each would have done so The Master is a catalyst that connects us to the spark of the body, but a catalyst through
by now. Yet, few people know which the Divine can flow to us. It
how to do it. To connect with
Divine. When performing certain scientific experiments, we add a is always radiating divine love.
God, we need an expert. That per‑ catalyst to cause a chemical reaction; similarly, the Master is a We can experience that power of
son who can make that connec‑ divine love when we turn our
tion for us is a spiritual Master. catalyst that makes the connection between our soul and God. attention from the world to the
A spiritual Master teaches a The process by which he makes that connection to experience the channel of God within. The
form of meditation that does Master is that divine Engineer,
more than help us feel peaceful light and sound of God within us is called initiation. who through the glance of grace,
and calm; he connects our soul helps us switch our channel from
with God. The meditation con‑ was just picking up pebbles from valid when we look at the spiritu‑ the radiant form we travel the world outside to God within.
nects us to a current of light and the seashore of time. If such an al sciences. When we go to a spir‑ beyond the physical realm to On our own, we are tuned out. If
sound emanating from God that intellectual giant as Newton felt itual Adept to learn how to real‑ experience the astral, causal, and we are open to receive the spiri‑
is already reverberating within as if he were still a student with ize ourselves and realize God, we supracausal realms, until we tual radiation and the glance of
us. We just need to learn how to much more to learn, then how need to approach him with a will‑ merge back in God in the highest grace of the Master, we will
tap into it to see and hear it. A can anyone of lesser stature feel ingness to learn. What a Master spiritual realm of Sach Khand. become tuned in to the channel
Master is a catalyst who makes so proud of his or her learning? has to give is unique. It is not Souls experience upliftment to of God. Through initiation by a
that internal connection for us. There is an anecdote about for‑ available from anyone else in this reconnect with God in two ways: spiritual Master, the spark of the
He teaches us how to meditate to mer United States President world. From all other instructors through the radiation of a Master Divine is ignited so that through
stay in tune with the light and Teddy Roosevelt. He was a great we gain esoteric knowledge, that emanates from his physical meditation on the light and
sound current, which takes us nature lover. In the evenings, he which is knowledge of the outer presence, and through his sound current we journey
through the astral, causal, and would spend time talking with a world. From a Master we gain charged attention sent to us even through higher spiritual realms
supracausal regions until the soul friend, and afterwards they esoteric knowledge, or knowl‑ from around the world. Those until our soul reconnects with
merges back with God in Sach would take a walk together. One edge of the inner world. who are receptive receive the full God.
Khand. night, as they went for a walk, The Master is a catalyst that dose of divinity whether in his
The divine Engineer attunes they looked up at the starry night connects us to the spark of the presence of not. The spiritual
our instrument‑the soul‑to sky. They noticed how vast space Divine. When performing certain boost either from the spiritual Sant Rajinder Singh Ji
receive the spiritual communica‑ was and how many stars there scientific experiments, we add a radiation in his physical presence, Maharaj is an internationally
tion from God. As in science, the were. They looked with wonder catalyst to cause a chemical reac‑ or from his charged attention recognized spiritual leader
process must be done correctly to at the Milky Way, the Big Dipper, tion; similarly, the Master is a cat‑ which we receive in meditation, and Master of Jyoti
work. Even in the worldly sphere, the Little Dipper, and the vast‑ alyst that makes the connection helps us enjoy inner experiences. Meditation who affirms the
when we go to a teacher, there is ness of space, and were in such between our soul and God. The The emptier we are of distracting transcendent oneness at the
an understanding that the awe that they walked in silence. process by which he makes that thoughts during our meditation, heart of all religions and
Finally, Teddy Roosevelt spoke connection to experience the the greater the benefit we receive mystic traditions, emphasizing
teacher has something to offer to
what both of them had on their light and sound of God within us from a Master, because we are ethical living and meditation
the student. It may be intellectual
mind, saying, "Well, I think we is called initiation. At initiation, open to receive the spiritual radi‑
as building blocks for
knowledge or career training. It
are small enough now. Letʼs call it he opens our inner eye to see the ation.
achieving inner and outer
could be techniques of playing a
peace. www.sos.org.
sport or skills in the performing a night.” light of God and opens our inner We can receive the spiritual
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