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Trump warns countries against M. Karunanidhi
(1924-2018)
doing business with Iran Court grants
Washington: President Donald burial for
Trump on Tuesday issued a
strong warning to America's DMK patriarch
trading partners that anyone Karunanidhi
who does business with Tehran
will not be doing business with at Marina
Washington, following his admin‑ Beach in
istration's re‑imposition of sanc‑
tions on Iran. Chennai
Trump described the new sanc‑
tions, which hit Iran's access to
dollars, gold and precious metals,
as "the most biting ever
imposed".
"In November they ratchet up
President Trump has re‑imposed sanctions on Iran, termed as
India pays
to yet another level," he tweeted.
"Anyone doing business with Iran
will not be doing business with
the US. I am asking for world
peace, nothing less!"
"psychological warfare by his counterpart, Hassan Rouhani.

already took effect and tougher
ones relating to oil exports will
begin in November. The sanc‑
from the Joint Comprehensive
Plan of Action, also known as the
Continued on page 4
homage to
Some re‑imposed sanctions tions followed the US withdrawal Related stories on pg 12

Sushil Gupta selected
Switzerland likely to
share HSBC accounts
colossus of
data in 10 days: FM Goyal
2020‑21 Rotary President
Eminent Rotarian and hotelier will be the 4th Indian
to lead the international humanitarian organization
New Delhi: Finance Minister Piyush
Goyal on Tuesday said that Swiss
government is likely to share the
HSBC accounts data in about 10
Tamil politics
Chennai: Tens of thousands of DMK cadres cheer the news.
days, after the Supreme Court of emotionally charged people from Earlier, a legal battle reigned as
New Delhi: Sushil Kumar Gupta,
Switzerland ordered it to share data all over Tamil Nadu on Wednesday the AIADMK government late on
of the Rotary Club of Delhi
with India. paid homage to DMK patriarch M. Tuesday rejected the request of
Midwest in India, is the selection
"T he Supreme Court of Karunanidhi even as his party bat‑ DMK and asked them to bury
of the 16‑member Nominating
Switzerland has ordered the Swiss tled legally with the state govern‑ Karunanidhi on Sardar Patel Road
Committee for President of
government to share with us the ment for a burial place at the which is home to memorials dedi‑
Rotary International for 2020‑
data. In about a week or 10 days, Marina Beach here. cated to Rajaji (C. Rajagopalachari)
21. He will be declared the presi‑
that is going to get formalized," Led by Governor Banwarilal and K. Kamaraj.
dent‑nominee on 1 October if no
Goyal informed the Rajya Sabha Purohit, Chie f Minister K. Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief
challenging candidates have
during Question Hour. Palaniswami, DMK members, lead‑ Minister Mamata Banerjee flew
been suggested.
He said that HSBC list was ers and people from all walks of into Chennai on Tuesday night, a
Gupta wants to increase
released somewhere in the year life ‑‑ VIPs and others ‑‑filed past host of national leaders, including
Rotaryʼs humanitarian impact as
change the world.” 2010‑11, and from 2011‑12 till the mortal remains of Karunanidhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
well as the diversity of its mem‑
Gupta has been a Rotarian 2014, the government kept trying at the Rajaji Hall in the heart of were expected to arrive here on
bership.
since 1977 and has served to make an effort but was stalled by Chennai. Wednesday to attend the last rites.
“As individuals, we can only do
Rotary as district governor, the Swiss government from getting Meanwhile, in one victory for Early on Wednesday Deputy
so much,” Gupta said in a state‑
training leader, and resource any information on the ground that DMK against the ruling AIDMK, Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam
ment. “But when 1.2 million
group adviser, and as a member, this is a secret information. the Madras High Court granted along with people from dif ferent
Rotarians work together, there is
vice chair, or chair of several "It is only after this government permission to bury Karunanidhi at walks of life ‑‑ leaders, actors,
no limit to what we can achieve,
came in that we sent our Revenue Marina Beach next to his mentor industrialists and others ‑‑ paid
and in the process, we can truly Continued on page 4
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IAAC inducts Dr Mattoo as Chairman
New York: Dr. Nirmal Mattoo has Suman Gollamudi as well as many
been appointed by the Board of volunteers. Plaques were present‑
IAAC (Indo American Arts ed to Aroon by Ambassador
Council) as its new Chairman Chakravorty and the IAAC.
effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Dr. Mattoo announced the
Mattooʼs background as a philan‑ appointments of Sunil Hali as new
thropist supporter of the arts and Executive Director, Rakesh Kaul
artists, educator, humanitarian as Vice Chairman and Anil Bansal,
doctor and successful business‑ Anurag Harshand sas board mem‑
man with a strong track record of bers.
building non‑profit centers of Dr. Mattoo called Sunil Hali a
excellence made him uniquely leader in South Asian media, art
qualified to head and lead the and entertainment field and mar‑
institution. keting.
(from left) Sunil Hali, Yakub Mathew, Rakesh Kaul, Anurag Harsh, Aroon Shivdasani,
The announcement was made Sunil Hali announced a literary
retiring Executive and Artistic Director of Indo American Arts Council. Consul General
at a gala gathering at the Indian event with author Ramchandra
Sandeep Chakravorty, Dr Nirmal Mattoo and Rajeev Kaul at the event.
Consulate in New York on July 30 Guha on October 2nd followed by
attended by over 160 people Aroon Shivdasani, the retiring called Aroon a trailblazer in fos‑ spirit to take the IAAC mission to music with Ustad Amjad Ali
from the arts, media and commu‑ Executive and Artistic Director, tering the arts and the artist com‑ the next level. She thanked her Khan, and his sons Amaan and
nity. Consul General Ambassador for her services in building IAAC munity as well as a film festival, key team members Aseem Ayaan Ali at the Carnegie Hall the
Sandeep Chakravorty welcomed into a premiere art and cultural book festival, dance, music and Chhabra, Ramneek Kang, Nili same month. The New York
the IAAC members in his opening organization of the Indian art festivals. Aroon Shivdasani Lakhani, Rohan Gupta, Monty Indian Film Festival will run May
remarks. The IAAC Board thanked American community. Dr. Mattoo said Dr Mattoo has the fiduciary Kataria, Abhi Chintakunta and 7‑12, 2019.

US continues to welcome NASA names Sunita Williams for first
qualified Indian travelers: space flights on commercial spacecraft
US consul general Houston: Indian‑origin U.S. astro‑ the companies throughout design,
Mumbai: As the Trump adminis‑ India. naut Sunita Williams is among the development and testing to ensure
tration continues to tighten "I think part of this is making nine astronauts named by NASA the systems meet its safety and per‑
screws on the H‑1B visa program, sure we continue to grow trade in who will fly the first missions into formance requirements.
United States consul general in a way that is fair and balanced on space on commercially provided In addition to naming the crews
Mumbai, Edgard Kagan, says his both sides, part of it is making rockets and capsules, starting next of the test flights, NASA also
country encourages and wel‑ sure that both the countries con‑ year. announced the four astronauts who
comes "qualified Indians". tinue to support investment," he After years of vehicle develop‑ will fly aboard the first operational
President Donald Trump is said. ment and building anticipation, the Starliner and Dragon missions to
"very committed" to relations with "We welcome and are thrilled National Aeronautics and Space the space station. Both vehicles
Administration (NASA) has now put The space agency has announced were developed in cooperation
India, he told PTI. with the amount of Indian invest‑
the crew in commercial crew space‑ that the nine astronauts will with NASA to deliver crew mem‑
"The US continues to be as wel‑ ments that are coming to the US,"
craft. launch on the first crewed test bers to and from the orbiting labo‑
coming as it has always been to he added. flights and missions of new
qualified Indian travelers," Kagan Kagan said the US wants to get The space agency announced on ratory. Josh Cassada, 45, will fly
commercial spacecraft built and
said, adding a record number of the right policy framework favor‑ Friday that the nine astronauts will with Sunita (“Suni”) Williams, 52,
operated by The Boeing
Indians flying to the US last year ing investments in both the coun‑ launch on the first crewed test aboard NASAʼs first contracted
Company and SpaceX.
proves that people in India are tries and make sure that ties flights and missions of new com‑ Starliner mission. It will be Mr.
mercial spacecraft built and operat‑ SpaceX Dragoncapsules to the Cassadaʼs first spaceflight. Ms.
aware that his country welcomes between people of the US and
ed by The Boeing Company and International Space Station begin‑ Williams previously logged 321
them. India remain strong.
SpaceX. ning in 2019. days in orbit on two stays aboard
"We strongly encourage and "The president understands all
“Future Commercial Crew astro‑ The missions will mark the first the space station, most recently
welcome Indians to study in the that Indian‑Americans have done
nauts will be riding to space on crewed launches from U.S. soil returning to the Earth in 2012.
US. We believe that Indians study‑ in the United States. He also is
partner vehicles built by SpaceX & since the end of the space shuttle The commercial crew members
ing in the US and our students very proud of what the Americans
BoeingSpace,” NASA said in a tweet. program in 2011. took to the stage during an event
studying in India are part of the have done in India and I think we
“We are on the brink of launching “Today, our countryʼs dreams of led by Bridenstine at the agencyʼs
glue that holds our relationship want to find ways to highlight
American astronauts on American greater achievements in space are Johnson Space Center in Houston.
together," he told PTI. that and expand it," he said.
rockets from American soil,” said within our grasp. This accom‑ Mr. Behnken, Mr. Boe, Mr. Hurley
Indians who are in the US con‑ On the areas in which the US
NASA Administrator Jim plished group of American astro‑ and Mr. Williams were named in
tinue to have great opportunities and India could further strength‑
Bridenstine during the ʻLaunch nauts, flying on new spacecraft 2015 as NASAʼs “commercial crew
there. The country is aware that en ties, Kagan said, "Having more
Americaʼ announcement. developed by our commercial part‑ cadre” and have been working with
Indians there want to be treated travel, having more people know
The eight active NASA astronauts ners Boeing and SpaceX, will Boeing and SpaceX on the develop‑
well. each other, expanding study,
and one former astronaut‑turned‑ launch a new era of human space‑ ment of the spacecraft and the sim‑
Responding to another ques‑ expanding partnerships in educa‑
corporate crew member will launch flight,” Mr. Bridenstine said. ulators that will be used to train
tion, he said the US President is tional institutions, partnerships
on Boeing CST‑100 Starliner and NASA has worked closely with astronauts to fly.
"very committed" to relations with between businesses."
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Sohum Sukhatankar wins South Asian Spelling Bee title
Edison, NJ: Sohum Sukhatankar of Television. The initiative was organ‑ Gokul Venkatachalam. “It fills my
Dallas, TX correctly spelled the ized by leading multicultural adver‑ heart to see such talented young
word “Dasyuridae” (a family of tising firm, Touchdown Media Inc. spellers from across the country
polyprotodont marsupials that Sony Entertainment Television Asia who make us proud as a communi‑
includes the native cats, pouched will broadcast the initiative across ty. The initiative is unique in its
mice, banded anteater, Tasmanian the globe in over 120 countries. reach and engagement and this
devil, and related forms) during the Kawan Foods returned as the main year with the introduction of the
2018 South Asian Spelling Bee sponsor for the initiative which is SAS‑Bee program we were able to
finals to clinch the title of national now in its 11th year. The South give even more spellers the oppor‑
champion and take home a cash Asian Spelling Bee celebrated a tunity to win it all and raise the bar
prize of $3,000. Abhijay Kodali decade of bees, which included even higher. My heartiest congratu‑
from Flower Mound, TX was the some special guests at the finals lations to the winner,” said Rahul
Jaideep Janakiram, Head of North America, Sony Entertainment National 1st Runner‑Up at the such as 2017 South Asian Spelling Walia, Founder. The initiative was
Television‑Asia, Sohum Sukhatankar (National Champion) and Father, Touchdown Media initiative on Bee National Champion, Sravanth open to children up to 14 years of
Abhijay Kodali (National First Runner Up) and Father, and Rahul Walia, Aug.2, which was taped live for Malla and 2014 South Asian age and was held in 7 regional cen‑
Founder of South Asian Spelling Bee broadcast on Sony Entertainment Spelling Bee National Champion, ters across the United States.

India pays homage to istration, the agreement was signed but talks need honesty." The plaints have been filed in 84 cases," Padma Shri Award, the fourth‑high‑
colossus of Tamil politics in 2015 between Iran and China, Iranian President also accused the he said. est civilian award in India, con‑
Continued from page 1 France, Russia, the US, the UK, plus Trump administration of using On Panama Papers, he said, it ferred by the president of India, for
homage to their departed leader. Germany and the EU. It was aimed Tehran as domestic political lever‑ contains details of 426 persons. distinguished service to tourism
Actor‑turned‑politician Rajinikanth to restrict Iran's nuclear program age ahead of November's midterm "Investigations are going on in all and social work.
also paid his respects and consoled in return for the lifting of interna‑ elections in the US. "They will exert the cases. So far, 62 invasive Gupta has also received the
the family members of the DMK tional sanctions. Trump's new pressure on us and cause pain, but actions have been conducted which Distinguished Service Award from
patriarch. Chief Minister for five warning appeared to be aimed at we will certainly come out of the included search, seizure action in The Rotary Foundation for his sup‑
times and leader of DMK party for the EU, which is attempting to pro‑ end of this healthier," he said about 50 cases and survey action in 12 port of its humanitarian and educa‑
50 years, the 94‑year‑old breathed tect European businesses trading in the penalties that went back into cases." tional programs. He and his wife,
his last owing to age‑related ail‑ Iran from facing US sanctions, effect at 12.01 a.m. on Tuesday. Mr Goyal said that criminal pros‑ Vinita, are Major Donors to The
ments in a private hospital in according to CNN. ecution complaints have been filed Rotary Foundation and members of
Chennai on Tuesday evening. Iranian President Hassan Switzerland likely to in 16 cases and in 33 cases, notices the Arch Klumph Society.
His mortal remains was brought Rouhani called the measures "psy‑ share HSBC accounts under Section 10 of the Black Gupta is CMD of Asian Hotels
to the Rajaji Hall early on chological warfare" which aimed to data in 10 days: FM Goyal Money Act have been issued. (West) Ltd., and owner of Hyatt
Wednesday after it was taken to his "sow division among Iranians". The Continued from page 1 "As an outcome of these investi‑ Regency Mumbai and JW Marriott
homes at Gopalapuram here and at sanctions take aim at various sec‑ Secretary to Switzerland. We had gations so far, undisclosed foreign Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. He has
CIT Colony for relatives and lead‑ tors, with further punitive action high‑level discussions with the gov‑ investments to the tune of Rs. served as president of the
ers to pay their last respects. planned against Iran's oil trade. ernment of Switzerland and a joint 1,542.88 crore has been detected ... Federation of Hotel and Restaurant
The veteran politician's body is Rouhani said the US government statement was issued in October and the investigations continue," he Associations of India and on the
covered with the national flag. had "turned their back on diploma‑ 2014, in which both sides agreed said. The Minister said that it was board of directors of Tourism
On Tuesday Union Home cy" with the action. "They want to that they will share information only under this government that Finance Corporation of India Ltd.
Ministry in a statement said the launch psychological warfare with each other and since then we the people have started increasing‑ International.
Tricolour will fly half‑mast on against the Iranian nation," he said. have started getting information on ly filing their returns. Sushil Gupta is a founding patron
Wednesday as a mark of respect to However, the Iranian President also the HSBC accounts from of the Gift of Life India since its
the former Tamil Nadu Chie f said that he was willing to hold Switzerland," he said. Sushil Gupta selected inception in 2002.
Minister. talks with Washington to resolve Responding to supplementaries, 2020‑21 Rotary President Past District Governor
the matter. he said with regard to HSBC, the Continued from page 1 Ravishankar Bhooplapur honored
Trump warns countries He indicated that Iran would already undisclosed income of Rs. committees. Gupta was awarded an him in 2012 on Long Island with
against doing business want the US to scale back sanctions 8,448 crore has been brought to honorary Doctor of Science degree an Angel Award for his outstanding
with Iran before any talks could begin. tax. "The tax demand of Rs. 5,447 by the IIS University, Jaipur, in humanitarian services and help for
Continued from page 1 "Negotiations with sanctions crore has been raised and a penalty recognition of his contributions to setting up Gift of Life India project.
Iran nuclear deal, earlier this year. doesn't make sense. We are always of Rs. 1,290 crore levied in 164 water conservation. Gift of Life India so far has saved
Orchestrated by the Obama admin‑ in favour of diplomacy and talks... cases so far. 199 prosecution com‑ He has also received the coveted 6,000 childrenʼs lives.

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Indra Nooyi to step
down as PepsiCo
CEO after 12 years
New York: Indra Nooyi
w ill step down as
PepsiCo's CEO after lead‑
ing the US food and bev‑
erage giant for 12 years,
the company announced
on Monday, w ith its
Indian‑origin top execu‑
tive exuding confidence
that the "best days are
yet to come" for the soda
and snacks firm.
Nooyi, 62, will leave the
company on October 3
after 24 years with the
PepsiCo. She will remain
as chairman until early
2019. President Ramon
Laguarta was elected by
the board of directors to Indra Nooyi will leave the company on Oct 3 after 24 years
succeed her. Laguarta was with PepsiCo. (Image courtesy: news18.com)
also elected to the board.
"Growing up in India, I never imagined tweeted.
I'd have the opportunity to lead such an "Guided by our philosophy of
extraordinary company," Nooyi, one of Performance with Purpose delivering sus‑
the world's most powerful and influential tained performance while making more
business leaders, said in a statement. nutritious products, limiting our environ‑
"I'm incredibly proud of all we've done mental footprint and lifting up all the
over the past 12 years to advance the communities we serve we've made a more
interests of our stakeholders in the com‑ meaningful impact in people's lives than I
munities we serve. What I admire about ever dreamed possible," she said.
our global team is an incredible drive to "PepsiCo today is in a strong position
compete to be the best, to remain the for continued growth with its brightest
best," the Chennai‑born executive said on days still ahead," she added. It was not
Twitter. immediately clear why Nooyi decided to
"Today is a day of mixed emotions for step down.
me. @PepsiCo has been my life for 24 In 2017, Nooyi was placed at No 2 on
years & part of my heart will always the US Fortune's list of 'T he Most
remain here. I'm proud of what we've Powerful Women in Business' outside the
done & excited for the future. I believe US. She also topped the list of highest‑
PepsiCo's best days are yet to come," she paid female CEOs. (PTI)

JUS Broadcasting announces
launch of Hindi channel
New York: JUS Broadcasting announced a
major change to its line‑up with the
launch of its first Hindi channel JUS Hindi.
Penny Sandhu, founder and CEO speak‑
ing from her New York headquarter said,
“After over 12 years of successfully cap‑
turing the Punjabi market and being the
brand leader, it is time for us to realize
our potential in providing the same quali‑
ty, local content to the Hindi speaking
market.
We aim to do this by rebranding our
JUS 24x7 comedy channel to a brand new
24 hour Hindi channel JUS Hindi.”
JUS Broadcasting has been undergoing
a number of changes lately including the
recruitment of heavyweight media execu‑
Penny Sandhu, Founder and CEO
tive Rajan Singh. Singh brings over 25
years of media experience and is is also about to announce a complete
renowned for his shrewd business acu‑ brand refresh across its entire network
men and boasts a track record of building together with recruitment drive for senior
profitability in companies. The company executives from mainstream media.
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IN BRIEF

Jericho school district named Upset Hindus urge Walmart to withdraw
No. 1 in the U.S. in ranking Lord Ganesh toe ring & apologize

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he Jericho school district is tops in ranked 49th; Manhasset, ranked 58th; the pset Hindus are urging multina‑ gy, besides withdrawing ʻGanesh Toe Ringʼ
the nation among public school sys‑ Bellmore‑Merrick Central High School tional retail corporation Walmart from the website, as this was not the first
tems in the Niche 2019 Best School District, ranked 94th; and Harborfields in to immediately withdraw “Ganesh time for the company to offer such prod‑
Districts ranking, the first time it has Greenlawn, ranked 100th. Niche rankings Toe Ring” from Walmart.com, calling it ucts which were deemed offensive by
achieved that distinction. Eight other dis‑ are based on data obtained from the U.S. highly inappropriate. Hindu statesman Hindu devotees. Zed also urged the with‑
tricts on the Island are among the top 100 Department of Education as well as test Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, said drawal of another inappropriate product
public systems in the United States in the scores and ratings collected from Niche that Lord Ganesh was highly revered in involving Lord Ganesh and being sold at
rankings. This is the fifth year Niche has users, according to the Niche website. Hinduism and was meant to be wor‑ Walmart.com: ʻShri Ganesha Belly Button
released the rankings. Many factors influence a districtʼs ranking, shipped in temples or home shrines and Ringʼ. In Hinduism, Lord Ganesh is wor‑
“We are honored by the recognition,” including academics, teacher satisfaction, not to adorn oneʼs toe. Inappropriate shiped as god of wisdom and remover of
said Henry L. Grishman, superintendent of culture and diversity, parent and student usage of Hindu deities or concepts or sym‑ obstacles and is invoked before the begin‑
the 3,000‑student Jericho system. “I think experiences, overall safety, resource avail‑ bols for commercial or other agenda was ning of any major undertaking. Hinduism
the district has been very consistent in all ability and the variety of extracurricular not okay as it hurts the devotees. Zed, who ʻGanesh Toe Ringʼ, described as .925
the measures. Our kids do really well, our activities and offerings. "We do a lot of is President of Universal Society of Sterling Silver, was selling at Walmart.com
kids love the school district, and our par‑ research to see when people are searching Hinduism, also urged Walmart CEO Doug for $8.99; while ʻShri Ganesha Belly
ents and our teachers love the school dis‑ for the best school district, what that McMillon and Walmart Board Chairman Button Ringʼ, at $14.99, was available in
trict.” In previous Niche rankings, Jericho means to them," Niche spokeswoman Gregory B. Penner to offer a formal apolo‑ Gold and Silver colors.
has made it into the top 10 and top 25 in Jessica Hair said. "We try to capture the
the country, he said. Other districts in whole experience of going to a school."
Nassau and Suffolk counties in the top
100 nationally on the new Niche list are
Researchers analyzed 10,758 public
school districts, 83,542 public schools and Palki Yatra marks Guru Purnima
Great Neck, ranked seventh; Syosset, 3,903 private schools, making the Jericho
ranked 23rd; Roslyn, ranked 33rd;
Herricks, ranked 34th; East Williston,
districtʼs achievement even more signifi‑
cant, Hair said. (Source: Newsday)
celebration at Shri Shirdi
Saibaba Temple, Flushing
Attorney J. Nicholas Ranjan
S
hri Shirdi Saibaba Temple, the old‑
est house of worship in the US for
nominated for U.S. District Judge the revered saint took out a palan‑
quin procession marking the culmination
Seat in Western Pennsylvania of weeklong Guru Purnima celebrations.
The celebrations, part of the centennial of

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he White House July 24 announced commending his “creative approach and Maha Samadhi of Shirdi Saibaba, drew a
that J. Nicholas Ranjan has been responsiveness.” He has been selected as a total of 5,000 devotees. The highlight of
nominated to be the U.S. District fellow with The Litigation Counsel of the annual celebration was the proces‑
Judge for the Western District of America, which is an invitation‑only trial sion, which this year was renamed as Ek
Pennsylvania. Nicholas Ranjan is an equity lawyer honorary, representing less than Yatra. The procession is usually known as
partner in the Pittsburgh office of K&L one‑half of one percent of American Palki Yatra. Ek Yatra procession marked culmination of
Gates LLP. On July 13, 2018, Republican lawyers. He serves as a 2017 fellow with Ek Yatra, in which representatives of all
weeklong Guru Purnima celebrations
President Donald Trump nominated the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. major religions formed a major segment,
Ranjan to a seat on the United States He also serves as a member of the U.S. comprised nine parts representing each
District Court for the Western District of Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center of the nine forms of devotion to god.
Pennsylvania The nomination, made in (state litigation advisory committee), advis‑ A dance troupe and a band representing
response to Kim R. Gibson retiring, was ing the Chamber of Commerce on appel‑ various Indian ethnic groups, mostly
officially sent to the Senate, a White House late amicus involvement throughout the Maharashtrian, drew applause from par‑
news release said. His practice focuses on country. ticipants in the procession and onlookers
a variety of complex litigation and arbitra‑ Ranjan is the pro bono coordinator for on the sidewalks, as it went round in the
tion including class action defense and the firmʼs Pittsburgh office. During his Flushing neighborhood in Queens.
energy litigation, appeals, compliance time in this position, the Allegheny County Shiva Haran, temple president, estimat‑
counseling and internal investigations. Bar Association awarded the firm the pro ed that 1,200‑1,300 people participated
More than 5000 people attended the event
His practice is across a number of differ‑ bono law firm of the year award. He also is in the celebrations on July 28 afternoon,
ent industries, such as the energy, com‑ the chairman of the Pittsburgh officeʼs when the yatra was taken out. There were another feature of the yatra. The person
mercial real estate, financial services, high‑ diversity committee and is a member of also scores of people waiting in the house who acted as Saibaba all through the pro‑
er education, innovation, internet market‑ the K&L Gates global diversity committee. of worship to receive the procession and cession with full makeup as the saint
ing, insurance, consumer, pharmaceutical, He is active in leading diversity initiatives its participants. The re‑enactment of drew tremendous applause along with his
and transportation industries. within the firm and in the community. For Chavdi Utsav, which used to be taken out associates such as Hemadpant, Madhvrao
He has been selected by Chambers USA these efforts, he was a recipient of the from Dwarakamai (where Saibaba used to Deshpande and Shyama. A horse also
as one of the top commercial litigators in Leadership Excellence Award, awarded by be based in much of his lifetime) at Shirdi formed part of the procession to give
Pennsylvania multiple times, with clients the Pittsburgh Leadership Conference. to the neighborhoods in the village, was authenticity to the yatra.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL COMMUNITY August 11-17, 2018 7

Stanford professor Akshay Venkatesh wins Scientist Subroto Chatterjee
Fields Medal, the "Nobel of Mathematics" part of team developing
New York: Akshay Venkatesh, a journey has been full of achieve‑
renowned Indian‑Australian
mathematician, is one of four
drug to reverse hair loss ments and accolades.
He moved to Perth, Australia,
winners of mathematics' presti‑ with his parents when he was 2. New York: Scientists including study, published in the journal
gious Fields medal, known as the He participated in physics and one of Indian‑origin have devel‑ Scientific Reports, the team fed
Nobel prize for math. math Olympiads ‑ the premier oped an experimental drug that Western diet high in fat and cho‑
The Fields medals are awarded international competitions for could successfully reverse hair lesterol, and standard chow to
every four years to the most high school students and won loss, hair whitening and skin two groups of mice who had ath‑
promising mathematicians under medals in the two subjects at ages inflammation ‑‑ all previously erosclerosis ‑‑ a disease in which
the age of 40. 11 and 12, respectively. linked to diets heavy in fat and arteries are clogged by fat
New Delhi‑born Akshay He finished high school when cholesterol ‑‑ in mice. Treatment deposits.
Venkatesh, 36, who is currently he was 13 and went to the with D‑threo‑1‑phenyl‑2‑decanoy‑ The analysis said that mice who
teaching at Stanford University, University of Western Australia, lamino‑3‑morpholino‑1‑propanol had Western diet had lost hair,
has won the Fields Medal for his graduating with first class hon‑ (D‑PDMP) halts the production of formed skin lesions and suffered
"profound contributions to an From being a child prodigy to ours in mathematics in 1997, at certain fats called glycosphin‑ from hair whitening as compared
exceptionally broad range of sub‑ becoming one of the most the age of 16. golipids, or GSLs. to those who ate standard chow.
jects in mathematics."
renowned researchers in the In 2002, he earned his PhD at GSLs are major components of These results became more
field of mathematics, Indian
The citation for his medal ‑ the age of 20. Since then, he has skin and other cell membranes severe when the mice continued
Australian Akshay Venkatesh's
awarded at the International gone from holding a post‑doctoral and could reverse hair dis‑ eating a Western diet for 36
journey has been full of achieve‑
Congress of Mathematicians in ments and accolades. position at MIT to becoming a colouration, extensive hair loss weeks, with 75 per cent of the
Rio de Janeiro ‑ highlights "strik‑ (Image : news.stanford.edu) Clay Research Fellow and, now a and inflammation of skin exhibit‑ mice having skin, hair loss and
ingly far‑reaching conjectures" of professor at Stanford University. ed by multiple wounds which multiple skin lesions.
his contributions. Canadian‑dollar cash prize. Venkatesh has worked at the result due to high fat diets, the But, mice who also received 1
The other three winners are: The prize was inaugurated in highest level in number theory, researchers explained. mg and 10 mg of D‑PDMP in a
Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge 1932 at the request of Canadian arithmetic geometry, topology, "Our findings show promise for capsule per kilogram of body
University professor of Iranian mathematician John Charles automorphic forms and ergodic someday using the drug we weight started regaining hair and
Kurdish origin; Germany's Peter Fields, who ran the 1924 theory. developed for skin diseases such hair colour, and their skin inflam‑
Scholze, who teaches at the Mathematics Congress in His research has been recog‑ as psoriasis, and wounds result‑ mation reduced.
University of Bonn and Alessio Toronto. From being a child nized with many awards, includ‑ ing from diabetes or plastic sur‑ The drug also significantly
Figalli, an Italian mathematician prodigy to becoming one of the ing the Ostrowski Prize, the gery," said Subroto Chatterjee reduced the number of neu‑
at ETH Zurich. most renowned researchers in the Infosys Prize, the Salem Prize and from the Johns Hopkins trophils, implying reduced skin
Each winner receives a 15,000 field of mathematics, Venkatesh's Sastra Ramanujan Prize. (PTI) University in Maryland. In the inflammation and wounding.

Prof Bharat Anand Indian‑American geared up
becomes Senior Academic for Michigan primary
New York: Inspired by the Gandhian prin‑
Administrator at Harvard ciple of ʻBe the change that you wish to
see in the worldʼ, Indian‑American entre‑
New York: An Indian‑origin professor at preneur Suneel Gupta is seeking to enter
Harvard Business School has been named U.S. Congress to fight against the special
Harvard University's new Vice Provost for interests of the corporate sector, which
advances in learning, a role that focuses on he believes have peaked under the
teaching and learning innovation. Donald Trump Administration.
Bharat Anand, who is the Henry R Byers “Our family has always been very prin‑
Professor of Business Administration, will cipled in the ideals that if you donʼt like
take over in October from Peter Bol as new what you see, you have to do what
vice provost for advances in learning (VPAL). (Mahatma) Gandhi said, be the change,
A report in The Harvard Gazette said the you cannot sit on the sidelines,” said
Harvard Business School professor is also the Gupta, 38, as he explained the reasons
Senior Associate Dean and faculty chair of for jumping into electoral politics, which
HBX, the school's digital learning initiative is new to his illustrious family from
that he helped create. Anand said he is look‑ Michigan.
ing forward to the challenge and opportuni‑ His mother Damayanti Gupta was the
ties of his University‑wide role. first woman engineer with a degree at
"Harvard has been a hotbed of innovations
Bharat Anand, who is the Henry R Byers Suneel Gupta is running for the U.S. House
Ford Motor Company and his elder
Professor of Business Administration, will of Representatives from the 11th
in pedagogy and learning during the last few brother Sanjay Gupta is a popular CNN
take over in October from Peter Bol as Congressional District of Michigan.
years," he said in the Gazette report. health reporter.
new vice provost for advances in learning (Image courtesy: suneelgupta.com)
"It's a good time to take stock of what we've (VPAL). (Image courtesy: LinkedIn) Gupta, who holds an MBA from the
learned from these various projects and how Kellogg School of Management and a law happened. They fled, and she ended up in
this might inform our future efforts, while received the HBS Faculty Award for Teaching degree from the Northwestern a refugee camp as a little girl. My grand‑
also recognizing that we are still probably in Excellence," Garber said in his statement University, is running for the U.S. House parents ̶ her parents ̶ spent every
the early stages of imagining and shaping adding that he is impressed by Anand's lead‑ of Representatives from the 11th penny they possibly could to get her an
what the future of higher education will even‑ ership and strategic insight, ability to inno‑ Congressional District of Michigan. Given education... in 1967, she became Ford
tually look like." vate and collaborate, and his deep analytic the current political climate, pundits have Motor Companyʼs first female engineer,”
In announcing the appointment, Provost skills. Anand received his BA in economics described this as a “toss‑up” seat. he said.
Alan Garber cited Anand's experience with from Harvard College and his PhD in econom‑ It is currently being held by Republican Members of the Indian‑American com‑
HBX, describing him as among the most dedi‑ ics from Princeton University. He is a recipi‑ David Trott, who is not seeking his re‑ munity in the district are not only provid‑
cated contributors to the University's efforts ent of the Greenhill Award for outstanding election. ing him with financial support, but also
to explore innovations in learning. contributions to Harvard Business School. The zeal to fight for the common peo‑ with their time and sweat. “Because they
"He is a distinguished scholar of organiza‑ Bol said Anand was instrumental in estab‑ ple against the special interests, he says, believe that itʼs time to send an Indian
tional strategy and digital change, and he is lishing HBX as a model for excellence in comes from his mother. “She was on the American to Congress from Michigan,” he
an accomplished teacher, having twice online business education. (PTI) other side of the border when Partition said.
8 August 11-17, 2018 NATIONAL COMMUNITY TheSouthAsianTimes.info

US Senators question Sundar Asia Society to host kickoff event of
Mahatma Gandhi Sesquicentennial
Pichai on reported China Project yearlong celebrations
ahatma Gandhi, apostle of which falls on October 2.
Media reports surfaced last week that Google is M peace and non‑violence, T he event will be he ld on
demonstrated to the world the September 30 from 2.30‑6.00 pm at
planning a censored search engine for China. effectiveness of non‑violent means Asia Society of Texas, 1370
for bringing about profound social Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX
Washington: Six US senators have written to Google CEO changes and lasting peace. Asia 77004
Sundar Pichai asking about the tech giant's reported Society, Mahatma Gandhi Library, The event will include screening
plan to create a censored Chinese version of its search Arya Samaj Greater Houston and of two episodes of A Force More
engine. "What has changed since 2010 to make Google Boniuk Institute have announced Powerful and a Panel Discussion led
comfortable cooperating with the rigorous censorship the kick‑off event of yearlong cele‑ by Director/Producer of the film
regime in China?" asked the senators, including Florida bration of Mahatma Gandhi Steve York followed by reception.
Republican Marco Rubio, Fortune reported on Sunday. Sesquicentennial(150th birthday) The ticket for the event is only $5.
According to the letter, Google's project is "deeply
troubling and risks making Google complicit in human Bhagwan Ajitnath endowed professorship
rights abuses" in China.
Google in 2010 "refused to comply with Chinese gov‑ in Jain studies established
ernment censorship requirements on ethical grounds, n the Guru Purnima day, July 27 with their big donations to establish
and essentially abandoned the market," said the report. O with a gift of $800,000 dollars, Bhagwan Parshvanath Chair at
Media reports surfaced last week that Google is plan‑ Drs. Jasvant and Meera Modi of Los University of California at Irvine,
Sundar Pichai (Image courtesy: livemint.com)
ning a censored search engine for China. Angeles signed the legal documents Bhagwan Mallinath Endowed
According to The Information, the company is also search product. to establish the Bhagwan Ajitnath Professorship at Loyola Marymount
developing a news‑aggregation app for use in China that The state‑owned China Securities Daily, however, last Endowed Professorship in Jain University, Bhagwan Vimalnath
will comply with the country's censorship laws. week refuted the report that Google is building a search Studies at California State University Lecturership at University of
Google was yet to officially confirm or deny the search engine for China. Northridge (a suburb of Los California at Santa Barbara, Shrimad
engine project. The senators asked whether the agree‑ China is home to 772 million Internet users ‑‑ the Angeles).Philanthropist couple Rajchandra Chair at University of
ment was "connected in any way with (Google's) efforts biggest online community in the world. Modis have promoted gnan mandirs California at Riverside and Bhagwan
to enter the Chinese market via the custom search app." Google, which has hundreds of people working in (temples of learning) in Jainism at Mahavir Post‑Doctoral Fellowship at
The letter also asked "which 'blacklist' of censored China, has launched its Artificial Intelligence lab in the colleges and universities in USA. So Rice University and several other
searches and websites" Google would use in a Chinese country. (IANS) far, they have been instrumental such initiatives.

IMMIGRATION

Protecting Children from “Aging Out” of Petitions
By Michael Phulwani, Esq.
& Dev B. Viswanath, Esq.
The Child Status Protection Act
C TALK
hild Status Protection Act under INA section 209. grant visa becomes available to “seek to acquire” requirement the
(CSPA) which offers a If a petitioner is a derivative them. In order to qualify for CSPA petitioner must:
method to calculate a per‑ asylee their CSPA is their age on the petitioner must remain unmar‑ * Properly file Form I‑485; or
sonʼs age to see if they meet the the date the principal asylee par‑ ried. The formula is calculated * Submit a completed Part One
criteria of a child for immigration may take advantage of the CSPA ents or Form I‑730 petitioner filed based on the age of the child when of Form DS‑260; or
purposes. According to the * Immediate relatives; their Form I‑589. If the petitioner the petition was filed, the number * Have a Form I‑824 properly
Immigration and Nationality Act * Family sponsored preference was under the age of 21 at the of years for the petition to become filed on their behalf.
(INA) the definition of a child is a principal and derivative appli‑ time their parentʼs filed Form I‑ approved. The age of the benefici‑ If an LPR becomes a naturalized
person who is both unmarried and cants; 589, their age froze as of that date ary when Visa numbers become citizen before their child receives
under 21 years of age. If a peti‑ * Violence Against Women Act and they will not age out. In order available. their Green Card, their childʼs peti‑
tioner applies for lawful perma‑ (VAWA) self‑petitioners and deriv‑ to be granted derivative asylum If the petitioner is under this tion is converted to either an
nent resident (LPR) status as a ative applicants; and to qualify for a Green Card category, in order to use the CSPA immediate relative or family first
child but turns 21 before their * Employment based preference under INA section 209 the peti‑ age they must pursue to gain law‑ preference case. There are also an
LPR application is adjudicated, derivative applicants; tioner must be unmarried. ful permanent resident status additional amount of time that can
that petitioner will no longer be * Diversity immigrant visa (DV) Immediate Relative: If a petition‑ within one year of a visa becoming be calculated to protect a childʼs
considered a child for immigration derivative applicants; er is an immediate relative, a open to them. This is called the age because of the September 11,
purposes. This circumstance is * Derivative refuges; and VAMA self‑petitioning abused “seek to acquire” requirement. If 2001 attacks, and the Patriot Act
usually referred to as “aging out” * Derivative asylees. spouse or child of a U.S. citizen, or this requirement is not satisfied, illustrates this additional protec‑
and means that those petitioners If a petitioner is applying for a a derivative child of a VAMA self‑ USCIS may use its discretion to tion.
would have to file a new petition Green Card based on one of the petitioning abused spouse or child excuse this requirement if the The CSPA is the saving grace for
or application, or that their peti‑ categories above, they are eligible of a U.S. citizen, their age is frozen petitioner can show that the so many families that have wait
tion category will convert to an for CSPA consideration if the on the date the Form I‑130 or requirement was not met due to many many years for their oppor‑
adult, and for both scenarios they proper forms were filed or pend‑ Form I‑360 was filed. If the peti‑ special circumstances. Under the tunity for a green card.
will wait even longer for a Green ing on or after August 6, 2002. tioner was under the age of 21 at
Card, or it may be that they no Refugees and Asylees: If a peti‑ the time the petition was filed, Dev Banad Viswanath is the Principal
longer be eligible for a Green tioner is a derivative refugee then they are qualified for CSPA and Attorney of The Banad Law Offices PC in the
Card. To avoid children from their CSPA age is their age on the will not age out. The petitioner United States, and Banad Immigration in
“aging out” and having to start all date the principal refugee parent must remain unmarried or they India for which Attorney Michael Phulwani is
over CSPA was created and went or Form I‑730 petitioner filed will not qualify for CSPA. also affiliated as Of Counsel. With Offices in
into effect on August 6, 2002. their I‑590. If the petitioner was Family and Employment Manhattan, Queens, Bangalore, and Mumbai,
The meaning of a child did not under the age of 21 at the time of Preference and Diversity Visa the firm is able to assist clients with all facets
change under the CSPA. The new their parentʼs interview, their age Immigrants: If a petitioner is a of the immigration process, including
calculated age of the child is called froze as of that date and they will family preference, employment‑ Employment Visas, Consular Visa Assistance,
“CSPA age” and it allows some not age out. In order to qualify as based preference, or DV applicant, Student Visas, Removal & Deportation, US
petitioners to remain classified as Citizenship and Green Card Applications
a derivative refugee, the petitioner their CSPA age is calculated by
a child past their 21st birthday. based on Family or Employment. Dev B.
must be unmarried but they do subtracting the number of days
The beneficiary MUST still be Viswanath can be reached at
not need to remain unmarried in their petition was pending from
Dev@Banadlaw.com and 718‑361‑5999.
unmarried. The following people order to qualify for a Green Card their age on the date an immi‑
TheSouthAsianTimes.info NATIONAL COMMUNITY August 11-17, 2018 9

Sikh man beaten on Obama endorses Indian‑Tibetan
head with rod, told for November Congressional polls
“Go back to your country” Washington, DC: Barack Obama
has endorsed Aftab Pureval, an
are the ones who have been wait‑
ing for. Change starts with us. And
New York: A 50‑year‑old Sikh man welcome here!" and "Go back to American of Indian‑Tibetan in 100 days, we're going to make
was beaten up multiple times by your country!" They then spray descent, for the Congressional it happen here," said Pureval.
two white men who yelled racial painted his truck, Letras said. elections in November as the for‑ Aftab Pureval was the first
slurs that "You're not welcome "This is a heinous crime and we mer US President released his Democrat to get elected as the
here!, Go back to your country!" in are aggressively investigating it," first endorsement list of over 80 Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
the state of California, prompting Letras said. Democratic candidates. in more than 100 years. Born and
police to investigate the "heinous" T he victim required medical Pureval, 35, who is seeking to raised in Southwest Ohio, Pureval
hate crime, authorities said. attention so an ambulance was enter the House of worked at a law firm and became
The incident happened last week called and he was treated on scene Representatives from the first a special assistant federal prose‑
near the intersection of Keyes and for cuts and other wounds. Congressional District of Ohio, is cutor where he worked with the
Foote roads in California as the man According to a Facebook post, the the only American of Indian‑ FBI to prosecute crimes against
was putting up campaign signs man was beaten on the head with a Tibetan descent in the list of 81 children.
alone along a rural stretch on the rod. But he escaped major injury candidates running for various If elected, Pureval would be the
outskirts of Keyes, the police was because of his turban, which is tra‑ positions in the November mid‑ first Tibetan‑American to enter
quoted saying by The Sacramento ditionally worn by Sikh men, the term elections. the US House of Representatives.
Bee. Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam report added. "I'm proud to endorse such a Aftab Pureval, 35 seeks to enter Before that, he had worked at
Christianson said the assault is Also, the post shared an image of wide and impressive array of the House of Representatives P&G as the global brand attorney
being investigated as a hate crime. the pickup truck, which was spray Democratic candidates ‑ leaders from the first Congressional for Olay, supporting a billion dol‑
District of Ohio
"T his is a random despicable painted in large black letters with as diverse, patriotic and big‑heart‑ lar business.
(Image: @aftabpureval/twitter)
criminal act against a member of the words "Go back to ur country" ed as the America they're running "Pureval raised more than dou‑
the Sikh community," Christianson alongside a Celtic cross. The image to represent," Barack Obama said as a toss‑up race. ble what Chabot raised last quar‑
said. Sherif f Sergeant Tom Letras is a well‑known white supremacist on Wednesday as he released his Pureval, whose campaign has ter and is approaching the long‑
said the 50‑year‑old victim was symbol, according to the Anti‑ first list. g ained momentum in recent time incumbent's cash‑on‑hand
placing signs for local candidates Defamation League which tracks One fourth of them are running weeks, said he was "fired up and total," said Sabato's Crystal Ball, a
when two white men wearing black anti‑Semitic and other hate crimes for the US Congress. ready to go." "President Obama weekly online political newsletter.
hooded sweatshirts ambushed him across the country, the report Pureval is seeking to unseat an inspired me to get involved in According to Dayton Daily news,
and beat him to the ground. added. The department is looking 11‑term incumbent Republican public service. It is surreal and Pureval raised $ 823,663 last
He was struck multiple times as for help identifying the suspects or Congressman Steve Chabot, with incredible to have his endorse‑ quarter compared with $339,290
the assailants screamed, "You're not witnesses to the crime. (PTI) local media reports describing it ment," he said. "As he told us, we raised by Chabot. (PTI)

DIASPORA

British lawmakers want 9-year-old 75‑year‑old farmer grows
Indian chess prodigy to stay in UK worldʼs largest cucumber,
London: Two British MPs have intervened
in the visa battle of a nine‑year‑old Indian
boy who has the potential to be the future
prayed to it everyday
world chess champion but must leave the London: A 75‑year‑old Sikh living in Derby has "I've been growing vegetables all my life but
country by next month when his father's grown a giant 51 inch cucumber and says pray‑ I've never had anything like this. I think the hot
work visa expires. ing to it every day helped the vegetable grow to weather may have helped it to grow," he said.
Shreyas Royal, who has won a series of a potential world‑record size, British media Sanghera plans to submit the giant cucumber
chess championships, is ranked number reported. Raghbir Singh Sanghera worked as a to the Guinness Book of Records when it has
four in the world in his age group. His farmer in India before com‑ stopped growing.
father Jitendra Singh's IT‑related visa will ing to the UK in 1991. Peter Glazebrook, an
expire in September when the family is Sanghera, a priest at a local expert in growing giant
expected to return to India. Gurdwara and keen gar‑ vegetables, says it appears
Shreyas Royal is ranked number four dener, said the cucumber to be an Armenian cucum‑
In a joint letter to UK Home Secretary
in the world in his age group continues to grow in girth ber (Cucumis meloflexuo‑
Sajid Javid, Opposition Labor MPs Rachel
(Image courtesy: thetimes.co.uk) and length. sus), making it a muskmel‑
Reeves and Matthew Pennycook said the
UK would lose an "exceptional talent" if Rachel Reeves said: "Government plan T he current Guinness on as opposed to a stan‑
Shreyas was to leave. to force a chess prodigy to leave the coun‑ World Record for the dard cucumber (Cucumis
T heir letter notes: "T he UK should try next month because his father earns longest cucumber, which sativus), which is part of
always encourage the world's brightest, less than 120,000 pounds a year. was grown in Wales in the gourd family. "We have
most talented people to work and make "T he UK shouldn't be deporting its 2011, is 42.13 inches (107 seen these presented
their lives here. Shreyas Royal is recog‑ brightest young talent. Sajid Javid should cm), the BBC reported. "I before at giant veg shows
nised by the English Chess Federation as intervene and allow Shreyas Royal to stay have made a seat to sit next only to be rejected,"
the country's greatest chess prospect in a in the only home he can remember." to it and where I can see it Glazebrook was quoted as
generation." Their intervention came as Shreyas and watch it," he said. saying by the BBC.
Shreyas Royal, who was born in India, Royal's parents had appealed to the UK "I pray that it grows, that "However, it is a fine
moved to the UK when he was three with Home Office on the grounds that Shreyas it keeps us all healthy and specimen of its type, and
parents Jitendra and Anju Singh from Royal is a national asset but were told in a that everybody stays well he has done well."
Bangalore six years ago. His father was letter earlier this week that while he and happy ‑ it makes me Raghbir Singh Sanghera has grown a Only members of the
happy seeing it." giant 51 inch cucumber. Cucumis sativus species
of fered a fixed‑term contract under the showed "immense promise" it did not (Image courtesy: indiatimes.com)
Intra‑Country Transfer (ICT) route as an mean he could remain in the country. "Last year I grew a 39‑ can qualify for the
IT project manager with the Tata Group in While the Tata Group is happy for Mr inch cucumber with the same seeds but this Guinness World Record of longest cucumber.
the company's UK office. Singh to continue working for them in the year I wanted to do better. I sit next to it and A spokesman for Guinness World Records
The only way he can now extend his UK on his current salary, there is no visa pray for my health, for my family and for the said they have no current record for the longest
visa for a further four years is if he mechanism for him to apply to remain in cucumber," he was quoted as saying by ITV Armenian cucumber, "but anyone can apply to
earned 120,000 pounds a year. the UK. channel. create a new title via our website."
10 August 11-17, 2018 US AFFAIRS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Trump admits son met Russian to get oppo research
Washington: President Donald
Trump admitted on Sunday that
his son met with a Russian
ADVISERS URGE TRUMP
lawyer in Trump Tower in 2016
"to get information on an oppo‑ TO STOP TWEETING ON
nent" but defended it was "totally
legal." TRUMP TOWER MEETING
P
It was Trump's most direct
acknowledgement that the resident Donald Trump meeting to get information on an
motive for the June 2016 meet‑ has been urged to stop opponent, totally legal and done
ing was to get dirt on Hillary tweeting about the 2016 all the time in politics ‑ and it
Clinton, his Democratic rival for Trump Tower meeting between went nowhere. I did not know
the presidency. his top advisers and several about it!" the President tweeted.
As he has in the past, Trump Russians, a media report said. The The President's Sunday move
insisted in a tweet that he did not President was advised that his about the purpose behind the
know at the time about the meet‑ tweeting only gives oxygen to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting was
ing between his son Donald Jr. topic, even if those around Trump the latest step in the long‑evolv‑
President Trumpʼs new tweet comes after a report that he has
and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a do not believe there is any truly ing story from him, Donald
been worried that Don Jr may have put himself in legal
new development, an informed Trump Jr. and the President's
lawyer with links to the Kremlin. jeopardy by meeting with Russian agent. (Photo AP)
"This was a meeting to get source told CNN on Monday. legal team.
Sunday that Trump has been Jr. later admitted he accepted the
information on an opponent, On Sunday, Trump tweeted an Donald Trump Jr. initially
brooding in private about meeting with Veselnitskaya in
totally legal and done all the time apparent response to stories by responded to the first revelations
whether his son unintentionally hopes of obtaining damaging
in politics ‑ and it went nowhere. CNN and The Washington Post about the meeting by releasing a
put himself in legal jeopardy by information on Clinton, but said
I did not know about it! that said he was worried about misleading statement claiming
meeting with Veselnitskaya. nothing came of it.
The meeting has come under his son Donald Trump Jr.'s legal the meeting primarily concerned
Trump called the report "a Trump's lawyers argue that the
intense scrutiny from Special exposure following the 2016 Russian adoption policy. As more
complete fabrication." Donald Jr. meeting, in and of itself, violated
Counsel Robert Mueller, who is meeting. Calling the reported con‑ details emerged, he released a
initially said in a statement to the no laws.
investigating whether members cerns a "complete fabrication", new statement acknowledging
New York Times in July 2017 "The question is how will it be
of the Trump campaign coordi‑ the President acknowledged that there was an offer of potentially
that the meeting was "primarily" illegal? The real question here is,
nated with a Russian effort to the meeting was accepted on the damaging information on Clinton
about American adoptions of would ... the meeting itself consti‑
sway the 2016 election in the premise that his son would get and the Democratic Party, and he
Russian children. The Post has tute a violation of the law,"
Republican's favor. The dirt on former presidential hope‑ eventually published emails about
reported that the statement was Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said
Washington Post reported ful Hillary Clinton. "This was a the meeting.
dictated by the president. Donald Sunday on ABC's "This Week.

Largest wildfire in California Rick Gates testifies in court he
history still growing and Manafort committed fraud
Washington: Rick Gates on team made it clear
Monday took the stand in the they intend to blame
federal fraud case against his Gates, who handled
former business partner, ex‑ some day‑to‑day busi‑
Trump campaign chairman ness operations for
Paul Manafort, testifying that Manafort, for many of
he and Manafort conspired to the alleged reporting
commit bank and tax fraud ‑‑ deficiencies Manafort
and that he embezzled hun‑ is charged with.
dreds of thousands of dollars “Rick Gates had his
from Manafort. hand in the cookie jar
The day ended with the
Rick Gates (right) is the star witness and couldnʼt let his
Lakeport, Calif.: Wildfires tear‑ 30 percent contained, has been in Paul Manafort case
judge in the case ripping into boss find out,”
ing through trees and brush, less destructive to property
prosecutors, telling them to expe‑ prosecutor asked. “Paul Manafort,” Manafort defense attorney Thomas
rampaging up hillsides and than some of the other wild‑
dite their case. But earlier, federal Gates replied. Zehnle said during opening argu‑
incinerating neighborhoods: fires in the state because it is
prosecutor Greg Andres got the Gates testified that he and ments. Prosecutors have introduced
The place‑names change but mostly raging in remote areas.
government's star witness to admit Manafort under‑reported income a bevy of exhibits and are in the
the devastation is showing But officials say it threatens
he committed crimes while working and failed to file FBAR, or Foreign process of calling several witnesses
signs of becoming the new nor‑ 11,300 buildings and some
for Manafort. Bank Account Report, forms. as part of their effort to paint
mal in California. new evacuations were ordered
“Did you commit crimes with Mr. Gates said that Manafort request‑ Manafort as a tax scofflaw who
On Monday, twin fires being over the weekend as the flames
Manafort?” Andres asked Gates ed “over the years” that Gates make failed to report money spent on lux‑
treated as one incident north of spread.
after he took the stand. wire transfers from foreign ury items ‑‑ then lied to get bank
San Francisco became the Hotter weather attributed to
“Yes,” Gates said. accounts “primarily in Cyprus,” and loans when his foreign consulting
largest wildfire in state history, climate change is drying out
Manafort, facing charges of bank those funds were not reported. work dried up.
destroying 443 square miles vegetation, creating more
and tax fraud related to his work in Gates also testified that he lied to The judge in the Paul Manafort
(1,148 square kilometers) ̶ intense fires that spread quick‑
Ukraine, has pleaded not guilty to Manafortʼs bookkeeper and trial reminded prosecutors on
nearly the size of the city of ly from rural areas to city sub‑
the charges. Gates struck a plea accountants. He replied “yes” when Friday of the high bar for convic‑
Los Angeles. divisions, climate and fire
deal with prosecutors to cooperate asked if he knew it was a crime not tion ‑‑ that they must prove the for‑
The Mendocino Complex was experts say. But they also
in the case against his former busi‑ to file those reports. Gates also mer Trump campaign chairman
still growing as it broke the blame cities and towns that are
ness partner. The usually bearded admitted to embezzling “several knowingly violated tax and bank
record set last December. The expanding housing into previ‑
Gates appeared in court clean‑ hundred thousand” dollars from laws related to his political work
Thomas Fire killed two people, ously undeveloped areas.
shaven on Monday. Manafort while working for him. overseas. Manafort served as chair‑
burned 440 square miles, and More than 14,000 firefight‑
During his testimony, Gates read Gates' testimony is important for man of Trumpʼs presidential cam‑
destroyed more than 1,000 ers are battling more than a
out loud the language from his prosecutors: Ellis said in court last paign during the summer of 2016,
buildings in Southern dozen major blazes throughout
indictment charging him with con‑ week they “canʼt prove conspiracy” and was forced out in August of
California before being fully California, state Department of
spiracy and making false state‑ in the case unless prosecutors call that year amid news stories about
contained Jan. 12. The Forestry and Fire Protection
ments to the government. Gates to the stand. During opening his ties to then‑Ukrainian President
Mendocino Complex, which is spokesman Scott McLean said.
“Who did you conspire with?” the arguments last week, the defense Viktor Yanukovych.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info US AFFAIRS August 11-17, 2018 11

Senator Rand Paul seeks dialogue US to resume
with Russian legislators sanctions against Iran
Washington DC: Republican Senator Washington: The White House ping sectors, its petroleum‑related
The Republican said in a statement on Monday transactions, and foreign transac‑
Rand Paul has said the main pur‑
Senator has that the US will reactivate a slew tions with the Central Bank of
pose of his visit to Russia is to
invited Russian of sanctions on Iran's financial and Iran, according to the statement.
establish and develop dialogue
lawmakers to industrial sectors beginning on The European Union on Monday
between the lawmakers of the two Washington after
countries. Tuesday. The action, followed by said it regretted the US' decision to
meeting Russian
"We are interested in cooperation another set of sanctions scheduled reimpose sanctions on Iran after
members of
with the Russian Federation, espe‑ parliament in for November, will bring US sanc‑ Washington withdrew from a
cially with the legislative bodies, Moscow. (Photo tions against Iran to the level on nuclear agreement that had been
because we have common prob‑ courtesy AP) par with those prior to a major reached by Iranian leaders, China,
lems, common tasks," Paul was multilateral nuclear deal reached France, Russia, the UK, the US,
quoted as saying on Monday by a in 2015, Xinhua reported. Germany and the EU. The bloc
"There are many differences in our ment, led by the committee's chair‑
press release of the Federation US President Donald Trump communicated its decision in a
approaches. Nevertheless, your man Leonid Slutsky.
Council, the upper house of the withdrew the US from the Joint joint statement by EU High
position in favor of developing dia‑ "The conversation with US politi‑
Russian parliament, Xinhua report‑ Comprehensive Plan of Action in Representative Federica
logue that equally meets the inter‑ cians was about resuming close
ed. Paul headed a US delegation, May while other signatories Mogherini and Foreign Ministers
ests of the US and Russia can not cooperation between the Russian
which includes member of the vowed to remain committed to it. Jean‑Yves Le Drian of France,
but inspire respect," Kosachev said. Federal Assembly and the US
Texas State Senate Don Huf fines The first batch of sanctions, Heiko Maas of Germany and UK
Kosachev said the visit is especial‑ Congress," Slutsky told reporters
and representatives of the Cato which will take effect on Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt,
ly valuable as some US representa‑ after the meeting.
Institute, a public policy research target Tehran's purchase of US Efe reported. Meanwhile, the US
tives are attempting to treat all con‑ He said the parties agreed to
organisation. banknotes, trade in gold and other dollar index increased against
tacts with Russian politicians as make efforts in the coming weeks
The delegation met the Chairman precious metals, as well as the use other major currencies as
toxic ones. The senior Russian law‑ and try to relaunch some kind of
of the Federation Council of graphite, coal, aluminum and investors digested the US decision
maker listed the main issues which cooperation format as early as this
Committee on International Affairs steel in industrial processes. to resume sanctions against Iran.
should constitute the core of bilat‑ autumn. Slutsky added that his com‑
Konstantin Kosachev and Vice They also af fect transactions In late New York trading on
eral relations, including maintain‑ mittee intends to continue discus‑
Speaker of the Federation Council related to the Iranian Rial, the Monday, the euro decreased to
ing strategic stability, arms control sion with the US delegation at a
Vladimir Lukin. issuance of sovereign debts, and $1.1553 from $1.1579 in the pre‑
and ensuring a further reduction of luncheon on Tuesday.
The parties discussed issues of the country's automotive sector. vious session, and the British
military tension. Paul also met rep‑ He named the situation in
Russian‑US relations and prospects Another round of sanctions, to pound was down to $1.2943 from
resentatives of the Foreign Affairs Ukraine, Syria and disarmament
of inter‑parliamentary relations, be reinstalled in November, will be $1.3009 in the previous session,
Committee of the State Duma, the issues as possible topics for the
according to the press release. on Iran's port, energy and ship‑ Xinhua news agency reported.
lower house of the Russian parlia‑ upcoming conversation.
12 August 11-17, 2018 INDIA NEWS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Karunanidhi, a colossus in
Dravidian politics, is dead
Chennai: Muthuvel Karunanidhi Tamil Nadu's social scene. hero and party leader MGR as a
was one of the last links to the He joined the Dravidian move‑ future threat to him, Karunanidhi
Dravidian movement that ushered ment as a teenager under the tute‑ began sidelining him and ousted
in the rise of backward classes in lage of the late social reformer him in 1972.
politics and the end of Congress 'Periyar' E.V. Ramasamy and Anna. MGR floated the AIADMK that
rule in Tamil Nadu five decades ago 'Kalaignar', as Karunanidhi was took power in 1977. He cultivated
on the plank of social justice. called for his proficiency in arts and the Congress well ‑‑ sharing liberal‑
A five‑time Chief Minister, the 94‑ literature, fashioned theatre and ly the Lok Sabha seats while retain‑
year‑old Karunanidhi, died on cinema in a way that gave a fillip to ing his hold on the Assembly ‑‑ to
August 7 at the Kauvery Hospital. the Dravidian movement and the effectively consign the DMK to the
He was admitted to the hospital on rise of DMK as a major pole in opposition benches.
July 28 and his condition kept Tamil Nadu. DMK's fortunes revived in 1989
worsening. He strode the public life Karunanidhi's political fortunes when it won handsomely assisted
of Tamil Nadu like a colossus, also rose when Anna broke away from by a split in AIADMK, with one fac‑
played a key role in national politics the DK to float the DMK in 1949. tion led by its founder's widow
when he aligned with Indira Gandhi The box of fice hit of Tamil movie Janaki Ramachandran and the other
in 1971 and reaped rich rewards in 'Parasakthi' for which he wrote the by Jayalalithaa.
elections. script and a 'rail roko' agitation in However, in 1991, the DMK gov‑
Under Karunanidhi, the DMK Kallakudi near Tiruchirapalli made ernment was dismissed in the wake
occupied a prime position in the him known throughout the state. of heightened activities in Tamil
UPA governments at the Centre in He ascended to the DMK throne Nadu of Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers
2004 and 2009 and earlier in the and the Chief Ministership follow‑ whose vocal supporter he was.
NDA government under Atal Bihari ing the death of party founder The DMK suffered a second split M. Karunanidhi, the five‑time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
Vajpyee, an alignment that sur‑ Annadurai in 1969. in 1993 when Karunanidhi saw
prised many given the party's Karunanidhi had the party in his fiery speaker Vaiko as a threat to
Dravidian moorings.
He was a wily politician who suc‑
strong grip till the end despite pre‑
siding over two major splits and
his son M.K. Stalin's ascendancy in
the party and expelled him.
KARUNA'S MORTAL
ceeded his mentor C.N. Annadurai
or 'Anna' as Chief Minister in 1969
being out of power continuously
between 1977 and 1989.
After that it was a see‑saw battle
with people choosing DMK and REMAINS TO BE TAKEN
and kept a stranglehold on the His fortunes gained strength AIADMK alternatively. In 2006, the
party and government. He remained
the President of the DMK for nearly
when the DMK won the 1967 elec‑
tions and Annadurai made
DMK was voted back to power for
its populist promises.
TO GOPALAPURAM
50 years, a rare feat in any demo‑ Karunanidhi the Minister of Public In 2011 Karunanidhi promised Chennai: The mortal remains of DMK leader.
cratic country. Born in Tirukkuvalai Works. more, but the DMK lost the battle. In DMK President M Karunanidhi "T he plan is to take our
in the erstwhile Thanjavur district After Anna's death in 1969, 2016 too, it suffered the same fate. will be taken to his home at leader's body to his residence at
on June 3, 1924, Karunanidhi was a Karunanidhi became the Chief Karunanidhi is survived by his Gopalapuram here from the Gopalapuram. And from there
multifaceted personality ‑‑ journal‑ Minister. He led the DMK to a land‑ two wives Dayalu and Rajathi, sons Kauvery Hospital and then to to Rajaji Hall for people to pay
ist, playwright, script writer ‑‑ slide win in 1971. M.K. Muthu, Alagiri, Stalin and M.K. Rajaji Hall for people to pay their last respects," the leader
whose fiery dialogues as an icono‑ Bad times started soon after. Tamilarasu and daughters S. Selvi their last respects, said a senior said.
clast in films unleashed changes in Perceiving the popularity of movie and Kanimozhi and grandchildren.

SC gets 3 new judges Modi, Rahul, TN CM express
amidst Justice Joseph row
New Delhi: Justice Indira Banerjee, anguish over Karuna's death
Justice Vineet Saran and Justice
New Delhi/Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra
K.M. Joseph were sworn in as
Mo di and Tamil Nadu Chie f Minister K
Supreme Court judges.
Palaniswami and Congress President Tahul
T hey were administered the
Gandhi expressed anguish and grief over the
oath of of fice by Chief Justice
death of DMK President M Karunanidhi.
Dipak Misra.
In a series of tweets, Modi said: "Deeply sad‑
T he swearing in took place
dened by the passing away of Kalaignar
amidst a raging controversy over
Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most
the government relegating Justice
leaders of India.
Joseph to the third position in the
"We have lost a deep‑rooted mass leader,
order of seniority even though he
prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a
was recommended for elevation
stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare
way back on January 10.
of the poor and the marginalized.
His recommendation was reiter‑
"Kalaignar Karunanidhi stood for regional
ated on July 17 after the govern‑
aspirations as well as national progress. He
ment had returned it for reconsid‑ Supporters outside the Kauvery Hospital
was steadfastly committed to the welfare of
eration by the Supreme Court col‑ The oath of office was where Karunanidhi was admitted.
administered by Chief Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu's voice
legium.
Justice Dipak Misra. was effectively heard," Modi said. Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
With three new judges joining,
Modi said he had the opportunity of interacting Karunanidhi fought for social justice, the Chief
the strength of the top court Justice Banerjee is the seventh
with Karunanidhi on several occasions. "His under‑ Minister said. His death is a great loss to the state. He
judges is now 28 as against the woman judge of the Supreme
standing of policy and emphasis on social welfare of fered his condolences to the late leader's family
sanctioned strength of 31. Court, first being Justice Fatima
stood out. Firmly committed to democratic ideals, his members.
It is for the first time that the Beevi, followed by Justice Ruma
strong opposition to the Emergency will always be Congress President Rahul Gandhi said India has lost
Supreme Court has three sitting Pal, Justice Ranjana Desai, Justice
remembered." a great son, who strode the stage of Tamil politics like
woman judges ‑‑ Justice R. Gyan Sudha Misra, Justice R.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader K a colossus for over six decades.
Banumathi, Justice Indu Malhotra Banumathi and Justice Indu
Palaniswami said in a statement that he was "Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the
and Justice Indira Banerjee. Malhotra.
anguished on hearing about the demise of the former stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, fo
TheSouthAsianTimes.info INDIA August 11-17, 2018 13

Congress slams Modi govt;
to launch battle on corruption
New Delhi: The Congress stepped up its nationalist plank on National Register of together fight a decisive battle in the coming
attack on the Modi government on the issue Citizens (NRC), saying that Congress‑led days to take the matter to people.
of corruption and took ownership of the UPA government had deported 82,728 Surjewala alleged that there had been
National Register of Citizens while accusing Bangladeshi foreigners between 2005‑2013 bank scams to the tune of Rs 72,000 crore
BJP of using it as "divisive tool" as it decided against a mere 1,822 done by the Modi gov‑ and CWC had expressed its shock and dis‑
to launch a "decisive battle" along with ernment. Cong ress Communicat ions may "over the complicity and connivance" of
opposition parties against the BJP. Incharge Randeep Singh Surjewala said the the Modi government in the escape of fraud‑
A meet ing of the Cong ress Working CWC noted with grave concern the "deliber‑ ster Mehul Choksi in Rs 23,484 crore PNB
Committee (CWC), which was held here ate and diabolic agenda of BJP to play poli‑ scam.
under chairmanship of party President tics to use NRC as a divisive and emotional He said the statement made by Citizenship
Rahul Gandhi, spent considerable time dis‑ tool for misleading the people". Investment Unit of Antigua makes it clear
cussing National Register of Citizens in "This is being done to deflect countryʼs that External Af fairs Ministry had given
Assam, which has electoral implications attention from the colossal failures, mega "clean chit" to Mehul Choksi in May, 2017.
beyond the state. scams like Rafale, bank frauds and others as The SEBI had also given a similar 'clean chit'
The CWC also discussed the "scams of the also betrayal of people by Modi Government and CBI and ED failed to provide adequate
Modi Government including bank frauds, on various promise," he said. evidence to Interpol.
failing economy, rampant unemployment The CWC called upon Congress leaders He said the Modi government had ade‑
and agrarian distress" during its four‑hour and workers to expose the acts of omission quate knowledge of bank frauds by jeweller
long meeting. and commission of Modi Government and Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. "
Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
It decided to launch a "decisive battle" in not allow it escape accountability. On Rafale deal for the puchase of 36 fight‑
the coming days with other opposition par‑ uer in the Rafale fighter jet deal, "complici‑ Surjewala said that opposition leaders er jets from France, Surjewala alleged that
ties on the issue of corruption. ty" in the escape of Mehul Choksi, charged have discussed the "corruption‑related" the Modi government was indulging in a
The party accused the Modi government in the PNB bank fraud case, and causing tax issues of Modi government with Rahul "cover up" and had refused to disclose the
of causing Rs 41,000 crore loss to excheq‑ terrorism. The party sought to deflate BJP's Gandhi and other party leaders and they will price of the aircraft.

Countdown begins to elect Swaraj to address 73rd
RS Deputy Chairman UNGA session on Sept 29
New Delhi: External af fairs minister
Sushma Swaraj will address the annu‑
al high‑level UN General Assembly
session at United Nat ions on
September 29, according to the pro‑
visional list of speakers released by
the UN, media reports said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is
not likely to attend this yearʼs UNGA
session. According to the first provi‑
sional list of speakers for the General
Debate of the 73rd session of the
General Assembly, Swaraj w ill
address the high‑level session in the
afternoon of September 29. She had
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. addressed the General Debate last
year as well. The General Debate will
New Delhi: The countdown to elect the ‑‑ which could ally with the government in open on September 25 and run External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had
new Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman began certain situations. through October 1. addressed the General Debate last year as well.
here as Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu Opposition sources said that there were

Army major, 3 soldiers
announced the dates for the likely contest 35 "fence‑sitters" and the outcome will
between the ruling NDA and a united depend on their stance. The two large par‑
opposition. ties in the upper house ‑‑ BJP and
Janata Dal‑United MP Harivansh is likely Congress ‑‑ were unlikely to put up any
to be the NDA candidate while the opposi‑
tion will be meeting soon to finalize its
candidate. Talking to reporters, Harivansh
candidate. The parties which would sup‑
port an opposition nominee include the
Congress (50), TMC (14), SP (13), TDP (6),
killed in Kashmirʼs Gurez
Srinagar: An Army major and three soldiers
said that he was the candidate of the rul‑ CPI‑M (5), CPI (2), DMK (4), NCP (4), AAP
were killed while foiling an infiltration bid in
ing coalition. "I got to know through the (3), BSP (4), RJD (5), PDP (2), JD‑S (1),
north Kashmirʼs Gurez sector, of ficials said.
media that I am NDA's candidate for the Nominated (1), Kerala Congress‑Mani (1)
At least two militants were killed in the oper‑
post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya and IUML (1).
ation, they added.
Sabha. I express my gratitude to the par‑ Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah
The encounter between the patrolling party
ties in the NDA. I am hopeful that I will Naidu had earlier announced that the new
of the Rashtriya Rifles and the infiltrating
succeed," he said. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman will be
group took place at Govind Nallah in Gurez
The election is likely to be a close affair elected on August 9.
sector of Bandipore district, a report in the
as the opposition bloc has an edge over The post of the Deputy Chairman fell
Hindustan Times said.
the BJP‑led NDA in terms of numbers. vacant after P.J. Kurien retired in July.
Initial reports said a group of eight was try‑
The outcome will depend on the stance The election will be held a day before
ing to infiltrate into the country. Of them,
of parties such as BJD, AIADMK, the conclusion of the monsoon session of
Telangana Rashtra Samiti and YSRC Party Parliament.
four ran back to Pakistan‑occupied‑Kashmir, A soldier takes position during a
officials said. gunfight with militants.
14 August 11-17, 2018 OP-ED TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Washington's waiver:
India inches closer to
NSG membership
By Bhaswati Mukherjee Department of Commerce's Strategic Trade
Authorisation licence exception, the waiver

A
gainst the background of intense will not only ensure a much required high‑
speculation about US President tech upgrade for India's lagging defence
Donald Trumpʼs growing indiffer‑ industry but will also promote the ʻMake in
ence to Indiaʼs security needs and the land‑ India' initiative. It will bring US defence com‑
mark India‑US Nuclear Cooperation panies for the first time into India. The com‑
Agreement came the dramatic announce‑ petition with other foreign companies NSG membership is now vital for India since this group controls export and
ment of the "Tier 1 waiver" for India. already in India, including from France and import of high‑grade nuclear related technology.
This exception from the export control Russia, will eventually translate into a win‑ wider range of products to Indian high tech‑ ments, along with the civil nuclear coopera‑
regime will allow the US to export sensitive win situation for the country. nology and military customers. He said tion agreement with US, have also strength‑
technology to India without individual US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross India's new status will benefit US manufac‑ ened India's case for permanent member‑
licences or approval from Congress, where described it as a "very important change" in turers while continuing to protect its nation‑ ship of the UN Security Council.
anti‑India interest groups used to hold them India's status, noting that "US companies al security. NSG membership is now vital for India
up through filibusters. will be able to more efficiently export a Speaking at a panel discussion of the first since this group controls export and import
The waiver is historic and marks a new much wider range of products to Indian Indo‑Pacific Business Forum organised by of high‑grade nuclear related technology.
stage in the India‑US strategic partnership. high technology and military customers. the US Chambers of Commerce, Indian India has been repeatedly checkmated by
No other country in the region has ever India's new status will benefit US manufac‑ Ambassador Navtej Sarna highlighted that the Chinese veto, cleverly disguised in the
been granted such a waiver, normally turers while continuing to protect our the Trump administration's decision plea of equating India and Pakistan's pend‑
allowed only for the US's NATO partners or national security". Also, he added that "it acknowledges the security as well as eco‑ ing membership applications.
key allies like Japan and South Korea. Only finally reflects India's status as a major nomic relationship between the world's two The Trump administration has given a
36 nations currently have this status. It also defence partner of the US". largest democracies and boosts their timely and important signal that India
brings India one step closer to full NSG Ross said this new designation reflects defence partnership in a big way. remains a vital strategic partner in the
membership, a goal so tantalizingly close India's membership in three of the four mul‑ India is a member of three of the four region. Washington demonstrated through
and yet denied because of Chinese intransi‑ tilateral export control regimes, as well the international export control regimes includ‑ the waiver for India (which remains outside
gence and insistence on linking it with development of its national export control ing the Australia Group, the Wassenaar the NPT regime) that the country is a vital
Pakistan's membership. system. He asserted that US companies will Arrangement and the Missile Technology ally in maintaining international peace and
Commonly referred to as Tier‑1 of the US be able to more efficiently export a much Control Regime (MTCR). These develop‑ security.

Why India shouldnʼt rush into engaging with Pakistan
By Brahma Chellaney remain the puppet master calling extremists like Ijaz Shah, an ex‑ISI
the shots from behind the scenes, officer and handler of Hafiz Saeed,

I
t has taken the Pakistani mili‑ with Imran as its newest puppet. Mullah Omar and Daniel Pearlʼs
tary a full year to complete the The military didnʼt just stack the murderer. Shah, now in Parliament,
soft coup it launched when it electoral odds in Imranʼs favour; it also helped hide Osama bin Laden.
used a pliant judiciary to oust an did practically everything to put Make no mistake: After this con‑
elected prime minister. The mili‑ him in power. It took the general trived election, Pakistan seriously
tary‑engineered election outcome election to literally mean that it risks slipping deeper into a jihadist
in favour of Imran Khan came vir‑ was to be run by the generals. The dungeon. Its exploding population,
tually on the anniversary of Nawaz EU team found the voting “well resource pressures, a pervasive
Sharifʼs removal from office. What conducted and transparent” but lack of jobs, high illiteracy and fast‑
happened to Sharif is likely to hap‑ cited “restrictions on freedom of spreading jihadism create a deadly
pen to any PM that seeks to assert expression and unequal campaign cocktail of internal disarray.
civilian control over a praetorian opportunities.” Former Indian chief Caught in mounting debt to China,
military. election commissioner SY Quraishi, it now needs an international
In fact, no PM has been allowed however, gave the polls a clean bailout.
to complete a full five‑year term. Instead of rushing to engage Imran Khan, New Delhi should let the chit. Successive Indian governments
When a PM falls foul of the deep
new leader establish his bona fide intentions for combating terrorism. It was the militaryʼs brainchild to have failed to develop a clear strat‑
state, the judiciary, opposition and ordered his trial post‑ouster. es the odds of a boomerang effect. bring into the political mainstream egy to deal with this Mecca of ter‑
bureaucracy are used to smear the The Sharif removal anniversary So does diplomacy seeking to the terrorists and militants assist‑ rorism.
leaderʼs reputation and oust him or was a reminder that Prime Minister befriend Pakistanʼs civilian govern‑ ing its belligerent India policy and Today, instead of rushing to
her. Every PM has been thrown out Narendra Modiʼs surprise Lahore ment in the hope of both offsetting Afghanistan meddling. In the elec‑ engage Imran, New Delhi should let
on charges of corruption and visit proved very costly for the Pakistani militaryʼs implacable hos‑ tion, not all the Islamists and mili‑ the new leader establish his bona
incompetence. now‑jailed Sharif and for India, tility to India and driving a wedge tants fared badly. One militant fide intentions for combating ter‑
Pakistanʼs Supreme Court hanged with the Pakistani military between civilian and military group, Tehreek‑i‑Labbaik, garnered rorism. Tellingly, in his “victory”
one elected PM in 1979, ousted responding with a series of daring authorities. Such diplomacy has nearly two million votes. speech, he called Kashmir the
another in 2017 and legitimised terrorist attacks on Indian security repeatedly recoiled on India. Didnʼt The military has actually scored “core” subject but evaded the cen‑
every military coup. Sharif was bases, from Pathankot to Uri and Atal Bihari Vajpayee ride a bus to a double win. The next PM is a sup‑ tral issue for India, Afghanistan,
ousted without a trial, let alone a Nagrota. Modiʼs visit sealed Sharifʼs Pakistan and then publicly bewail porter of the military‑backed the US and Pakistanʼs own future
conviction. Turning natural justice political fate, with the subsequent that his “bus got hijacked and jihadists and Islamists. Imran, long ̶ tackling and terminating the
on its head, the Supreme Court first Panama Papers leak providing the taken to the Kargil battlefield”? ridiculed as “Im the Dim” for his presence of terrorist groups on
pronounced him guilty of corrupt perfect pretext for ousting him. The latest election has changed lack of intelligence, has morphed Pakistani soil.
practices on the basis of the report For India, this is not just a cau‑ little in Pakistan, a country still into a religious zealot who plays (Brahma Chellaney is a geostrate‑
of a military intelligence‑associated tionary tale but a sobering lesson struggling to be at peace with the blasphemy card and whose gist and author. The article
joint investigation team and then that policy made on the fly increas‑ itself. The Pakistani military will party brass includes hardcore appeared in The Hindustan Times)
TheSouthAsianTimes.info FEATURES August 11-17, 2018 15

Jaipur: Steeped in royal splendor
and untouched beauty, the walled
city of Jaipur is once again excited
to mark its presence on the world
WHY THE WALLED CITY OF JAIPUR
deserves World Heritage recognition
map with Union Minister for
Culture Mahesh Sharma informing
the Rajya Sabha that the city is the
next proposed site for UNESCO
World Heritage recognition. tertiary roads, further segregated Here's a quick look at some key protecting force for Amber and under the night tourism concept
Notably, it was in 2015 when the on basis of its functional needs, components of the walled city of Jaigarh Fort. Comprising 7 palaces launched by Rajasthan Tourism
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) stand out as an exemplary show of Jaipur: within its walls, it offers the highest recently.
submitted a proposal to UNESCO interesting town planning. Amber Fort: A majestic citadel point, which gives an awesome aeri‑ City Palace: Accommodating sev‑
for World Heritage City status for Emerging from an amalgamation built by Maan Singh, Amber is situ‑ al view of the city. eral renowned temples, gardens
Jaipur. of ancient and contemporary urban ated on a high hillock of Aravali. The fort recently had a few addi‑ and museums, this palace covers a
Since then, it has been in the ten‑ planning principles, which range Once a capital of Rajasthan before tions in the form of a zoo and wax major portion of the walled city.
tative list while Ahmedabad proved from varied Jaipur, it is quite popular among museum. This magnanimous palace also
luckier, bagging the tag of becom‑ local and overseas tourists for the Jaigarh Fort: Built in 18th centu‑ showcases world's largest silver
ing the first Indian World Heritage regal elephant rides, its exem‑ ry, Jaigarh Fort is the majestic containers which were once used to
city last July. plary architecture and the palace which houses world's largest carry water during Maharajaʼs
The International Council on Sound and canon originally built to protect entourages to different countries of
Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Light Amber Fort. the world.
one of the three formal advisory Amer and Jaigarh are also con‑ Hawa Mahal: With intact 953
bodies to the World Heritage nected through secret tunnel. honeycombed jharokhas (windows),
Committee constituted by UNESCO, Jantar Mantar: This is yet another Hawa Mahal enjoys the credit of
then requested ASI for an inspec‑ heritage site which speaks of phe‑ being the tallest building in the
tion tour of the walled city here to nomenal expression of untold mys‑ world without a foundation. Also
scan its potential for the heritage teries of universe. The astronomical there is no front door and hence
tag. skills have been made to bespeak in one needs to enter the palace from
The team visited the city in the form of distinguished architec‑ behind.
September 2017 and since then Amber Fort is one among the UNESCO World Heritage ture which brings out discrete It is also called the Palace of
there have been whispers doing the sites of Rajasthan (Image courtesy: quora.com) observations fascinating visitors Winds owing to its five‑storey exte‑
rounds about its heritage status. But from different parts of the world. rior with 953 windows which help
Jaipur has always been greeted sources such as the traditional Show which pays a tribute to Albert Hall: Albert Hall is basically in keeping the palace cool as the
affectionately for its magnetic her‑ Hindu treatise, imperial Mughal Rajputana heritage in Amitabh the state museum of Rajasthan wind blows gently.
itage and splendor. The blend of principles and western town plan‑ Bachchan's baritone. which houses marvelous paintings, Jal Mahal: This is yet another
wild, culture and history assimilated ning, Jaipur presents a blend of The mesmerizing Sheesh Mahal exquisite sculptures and interesting architectural wonder. With a five
in this city, make it a unique combi‑ architectural styles. It is home to situated within the fort is adorned objects bespeaking a story of their storey palace, there are two floors
nation for discerning travelers. some of the most marvelous monu‑ with millions of glass mirrors on the historic significance. Constructed in which are visible on top of water in
The city also enjoys concept plan‑ ments, a surreal melting pot of walls and ceiling, which offer a fas‑ 1876, Albert Hall is the oldest the middle of Maan Sagar Lake
ning more on the lines of Lahore, world heritage and culture. cinating aura to the visitors of museum in the state which has while the other three remain hidden
Cairo and Tunis; it houses a unique In fact, Amber Fort is one among UNESCO's World Heritage Site in gained enormous fame for its Indo‑ in water.
street layout with the primary axis the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Jaipur. Saracenic architecture. The palace seems as if floating in
leading to a central place of wor‑ Rajasthan that fascinate tourists Nahargarh Fort: Once this mes‑ Surrounded by the lush greenery water and gives a surreal feel espe‑
ship flanked by colorful shops on with its amazing architecture and merizing fort formed a strong from all sides, it basks in the color‑ cially at night with colorful lights all
either side while its secondary and history of brave Rajput rulers. defence ring and created a strong ful lighting during night hours around.

The city of Kolkata is becoming a climate casualty
By Somini Sengupta, NYT rapid extraction of groundwater is flooding has increased, as extreme
causing the landscape to sink. rainfall events have become more
Kolkata: I wanted to glimpse the “Weʼre actually kind of destroy‑ common. One study found that
future in the city where I was born. ing all these natural subsidies,” Mr. Kolkata is receiving many more
So, this summer I returned to India Basu said. heavy rainfall days than before.
for a firsthand look at the way cli‑ And the Sundarbans? The people One of Dr. Hazraʼs doctoral stu‑
mate change is affecting Kolkata. of the Sundarbans are pouring into dents, Amit Ghosh, drilled down fur‑
I spent the first seven years of my Kolkata. The water of the Bay of ther. He found that between 1955
life in this delta city, close to where Bengal is rising faster than the and 2015, the city recorded three
the Ganges pours into the sea. In global average. Their paddy fields times as many cloudburst days,
my memory, it was a city of steam turned salty, they told me, and when it rained more than 100 mil‑
and sweat, rice and fish, of languid, their houses fell down. So they limeters a day, as compared to the
muggy afternoons. A city of water. packed up and moved to Kolkata, first half of the 20th century. These
Lots and lots of water. the closest big city, joining the heavy rainfall events are disastrous
On this trip, in the era of global ranks of the most vulnerable: the for an already flood‑prone city,
warming, I found a city at profound cityʼs poor. where nearly a third of the popula‑
risk. Kolkata, formerly known as Now, they live in houses made tion lives in slums, or worse, on the
s.com) of bamboo and tin, in neighbor‑ sidewalks under the open sky.
(Image courtesy: topyap
Calcutta, now faces more intense
and more frequent storms, cyclones, hoods where the drains back up According to the Organization for
river tides and floods. in the monsoon and you have to Economic Cooperation and
the mangrove‑rich delta region
Plus, its hot, muggy days are get‑ unprepared. “On one side your hitch up your sari to wade through Development, if the current trajec‑
known as the Sundarbans and out
ting hotter and muggier: In mid‑ threat is increasing and you are the filthy, stinking floodwaters. tory of greenhouse gas emissions
to the Bay of Bengal. The cityʼs
June, when I was there, the heat basically in a prehistoric level of Kolkata ̶ once a city of empire, continues, by 2070 Kolkata is pro‑
lakes and creeks could swallow the
index, a measure of temperature preparedness,” JayantaBasu, an then a city of jazz, then a city syn‑ jected to have more people exposed
rains. The soft clay soil, used by the
and humidity, peaked at 45 degrees environmental journalist and a onymous with destitution ̶ sits in to coastal flooding than any city in
cityʼs sculptors to create figures of
Celsius, or 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Kolkata native, said of his city. “All a saucer, sloping down from the the world.
revered Hindu gods, could hold
In Gariahat market, where I once in all, youʼre in for a disaster.” Ganges to the wetlands and eventu‑ (Excerpt from an article published
groundwater. Today, many lakes
watched my mother unfurl sari More upsetting to Mr. Basu, it did‑ ally out to the Bay of Bengal, rough‑ in The New York Times. The author
and canals are filled with muck or
after sari, one street vendor leaned nʼt have to be this way. ly 90 miles away. The Adi Ganga, a Somini Sengupta covers interna‑
built over altogether. An area of
wearily against a wall, dabbing his Kolkata had natural defenses: the tributary of the Ganges, meanders tional climate issues and is the
low‑lying fields that once absorbed
head with a handkerchief in vain. mighty Ganges to the west, wet‑ through the city. Clogged with silt, author of "The End of Karma: Hope
the runoff is now a suburb of high‑
Most worrying, this sprawling lands to the east, all emptying into today, it is no more than a shallow, and Fury Among India's Young.")
rises known as New Kolkata. The
metropolis of 14 million is utterly fetid wastewater canal. The risk of Courtesy The New York Times
16 August 11-17, 2018 ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Pakistan viewers urged Housewives biggest CEOs
to watch ʻMulkʼ illegally in India: Aishwarya
M A
ulk movie
ctress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says the house‑
has been
wives are the biggest CEOs in the country.
banned in
Pakistan, according
She said this on the sets of "Indian Idol 10"
to Bollywood film's
after a contestantʼs mother asked Aishwarya
makers who are
about her views on the housewives of the coun‑
upset over the "prej‑
try.
udiced verdict".
"The housewives are the biggest CEOs in the
Director Anubhav
country and they should be given utmost
Sinha has urged
respect and appreciation in the country. I
viewers in Pakistan
doff my hat off with full respect and appre‑
to "watch the film
ciation to all the housewives of the country
illegally, if you
and the world," said Aishwarya.
must".
To which, one of the show's judges Vishal
According to a
Dadlani said: "Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
statement issued on
being one of the most beautiful women in
behalf of the mak‑
the world is just like any other house‑
ers, the Federal
wife. As I remember on one of my
Censor Board of
music world tours when Amitabh
Pakistan has banned
Bachchanji had invited me and
the film, a court‑
the whole crew to his suite for
room drama around
a dinner party, the world's
restoring the hon‑
most beautiful lady... served
our of a Muslim
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor and Taapsee Pannu dinner with her own hands
family accused of
in a still from the movie. to each and every member Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was recently
treason. Danyal
of the crew. seen in the movie ʻFanney Khanʼ.
Gilani, Chairman, Pakistan's Central Board of Pakistan" in what he calls a "risk of
of Film Censors (CBFC), said via the social being called an anti‑national by some los‑
media: "Members of the CBFC unanimously ers back home", Sinha's letter reaches out
decided not to approve the trailer of 'Mulk'
as its contents flout the Censorship of Film
to film lovers across the border as they will
not be able to see the film legally.
'Karwaan': Irrfan Khan elevates
Code, 1980."
Sinha has penned a "letter to Pakistan",
through which he raises a question about
"Why is it that they do not want you to
see the film that talks about co‑existence. I
know, sooner or later, you will have access
this light-hearted comedy
why the censors in Pakistan are not letting to the film. Please do watch it and give me
the citizens watch a film "that talks about your opinion why did the Pakistan censor
co‑existence". Addressed to "Dear citizens board ban the film.”

Stardom comes with a small
price tag to pay: Ranveer Singh
I
n his eight‑year‑long jour‑
ney in the Hindi film indus‑
try, Ranveer Singh has tast‑
ed immense success with
blockbusters like "Goliyon Ki
Raasleela Ram‑Leela", "Bajirao
Mastani" and "Padmaavat". The
actor says attaining this star‑
dom comes with a "small" price
to pay. Popularly known as
'Karwaan' is a road film and stars Irrfan Khan (right) in a pivotal role.
Bollywood's livewire, Ranveer

F
made his acting debut in 2010 ocusing more on the journey rather But after collecting the body, they realize
with the hit "Band Baaja than on the goal, "Karwaan" is a light‑ that there has been a goof up. So to correct
Baaraat". Since then, he has hearted comedy, designed as a road the wrong, Avinash along with Shaukat travel
starred in movies like "Ladies vs film. So obviously, you have little of the road to Kochi to exchange the bodies. En route
Ricky Bahl", "Lootera" and "Dil made his Bollywood and more of the comedy which is quirky, sub‑ they pick up Tanya from her college, she is
Dhadakne Do" among many oth‑ Actor Ranveer Singh Baaratʼ. tle and sardonic. the granddaughter of the dead lady whose
foray with ʻBand Baaja
ers which did well at the box The story written by Bejoy Nambiar, brings body is with Avinash.
office. there to be told and I'm a part of some of to fore the question as to how much of a story Their journey yields enlightenment which
Asked if he agrees stardom comes with a the largest projects. So, the work is good. it really offers? While the setup is interesting, contains the trio's own secrets about life and
price tag, Ranveer said in an e‑mail inter‑ "Along with being a professional in show‑ the payoffs and character arcs are flat and loss and is peppered with moments sans any
view from Mumbai: "Yes, but my point of biz, there are a few things that come with unimpressive. major conflict, but yet action‑packed, senti‑
view is that it is a small price to pay. I feel it. You have to sacrifice a few things in It is the story of a dutiful son Avinash Raj mental and hilarious. The key character who
very lucky and blessed that I'm one of your life. Your personal time, your sense of Purohit (Dulquer Salmaan), who ensures brightens the screen and makes the
those people who is getting to do what I privacy... But like I said, the good (coun‑ that he performs the last rites of film momentous is Irrfan Khan. His
love to do for a living and I could not ask ters) the negatives for me. So, honestly, you his father. Avinash despised his REVIEW peculiar one‑liners are what keep you
for more." will never find me complaining," added the father for not letting him pursue his in splits. It's not that his lines are original,
With big and diverse projects like actor, who also endorses the eyewear passion in photography. but the way he delivers them, the timing et al,
"Simmba", "Gully Boy" and "'83", Ranveer, brand Carrera. Avinash goes to collect his father's remains is what makes it unique, preposterous and
32, has no reason to complain. The "Lootera" star is grateful for the from the airport's cargo section along with memorable, ensuring a chuckle after every
"I'm doing good work, I've collaborated opportunities that have come his way in his friend Shaukat (Irrfan Khan), who owns a delivery. Dulquer Salmaan slips into Avinash's
with the finest filmmakers in the business, such a short span of time. And with suc‑ garage. So it is obvious that he gets the vehi‑ boots with grace and ease. He is the epitome
I'm a part of some exciting stories that are cess, there is also criticism. cle to transport the corpse. of a good and conscientious boy.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info ULTIMATE BOLLYWOOD August 11-17, 2018 17

Actors Saif and Kareena
with son Taimur. Hope I've opened doors for
women of color: Priyanka
A
s Priyanka Chopra bid goodbye to
her role as Alex Parrish in
"Quantico", which gave an unprece‑
dented push to her career in Hollywood,
hopes she has been able to kick open the
door for women and especially those of
color to get to play lead characters in
American showbiz.
"As the season ends, I am saying good‑
bye to Alex Parrish. As you'll see, her story
will come full circle...and that is the best
feeling as an actor. Bringing Alex to life
has challenged me physically and emotion‑
ally, but even more significant it has (I
hope) cracked the door open for female
Having Taimur in public domain talent and women of color to play leading
ladies," Priyanka wrote in an emotional

is Kareena-Saif’s choice tweet.
"Thank you for opening your homes and

K
areena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali access her children's lives. hearts to me every week! Thank you to the
Khan are often heard expressing I think there is a huge takeaway in Meryl's cast and crew of 'Quantico' for being such
concern about over‑exposure of pronouncements on privacy for celebrities an amazing team to work with, for all the Actress Priyanka Chopraʼs ʻQuanticoʼ
their son Tamiur ‑‑ not yet two ‑‑ in the in Bollywood who complain that their chil‑ memories that I will cherish... Memories of journey has come to an end.
media. So how come Saif's other children dren are hounded by the paparazzi. It is laughter, of learning new things, of making When Priyanka landed the role for
from his first marriage did not face the really very simple. If you don't put your chil‑ friends for life. It was a pleasure working "Quantico", she was touted as the first South
same problem when they were kids? dren in the public spotlight, they won't be. with each and every one of you, and I look Asian to headline an American network
Oh I see: The paparazzi were neither that Now, star‑kids learn to face prying cam‑ forward to crossing paths again," she added. drama series.
active nor this persistent back then. eras even before they learn to walk proper‑

I want to change Indian
Ok. So another question to do with other ly. It's not easy for a two‑year‑old or a three‑
star‑toddlers today? How come Aamir year‑old to have flash bulbs piercing his or
Khan's son Azad doesn't get hounded by the her bewildered uncomprehending eyesight.
paparazzi? The answer is simple. Aamir and
his wife Kiran don't want their child in the
limelight.
I brought up my concerns with Aaradhya's
grandfather, who sighed in resignation. "Ab
kya keren? The attention is a little discon‑
cinema: John Abraham
F
Aishwarya‑Abhishek's Aaradhya was con‑ certing. We've gotten used it. Aaradhya rom producing Indian cinema's
stantly in the public eye, till their parents would also have to get used to it," said first ever film on sperm dona‑
Actor‑producer
took a conscious decision to limit their Amitabh Bachchan. tion to giving an insight into the John Abraham
child's appearance on social media. Akshay Kumar, forever playing the real‑ iconic nuclear test of Pokhran, super‑ at the success
As Meryl Streep recently observed, you life role of the monk with the Ferrari, is model‑turned‑actor‑producer John party of his film
can't expect privacy for a celebrity's chil‑ even more charitable about his children 17‑ Abraham has proved he is a perfect mix ʻParmanuʼ.
dren when they are put on a public plat‑ year‑old Aarav and five‑year‑old Nitara of brains and brawn. He says he wishes
form. She chose to be in the limelight and being hounded by the paparazzi. to bring about a change in Indian
therefore had to forefeit her privacy. But "They are only doing their job. Woh unki cinema.
her children were exempted from the atten‑ rozi‑roti hai," he rationalizes the unreason‑ His last release "Parmanu ‑ The Story
tion. She never put their pictures out on the able invasion of his children in tender terri‑ of Pokhran" had a successful run, and
social media and never allowed paparazzi to tory. he is now gearing up for the
Independence Day release of

Fighting censorship scares
"Satyameva Jayate".
"We just had five days of promotion
of 'Parmanu...' and I am really glad how

me: Anurag Kashyap
the film sustained in the theatre for so
long, and not only earned money, but
respect too. I think the best promotion

F
for a film is the film itself. As a actor‑
ilmmaker Anurag Kashyap
producer, I really want to change our
said it is not impossible to
Indian cinema so that people gain that
make a political cinema in
faith to invest time and money on a
India, but the process of fighting
Friday to go to the theatre to watch a
the system scares many filmmak‑
film produced by (my banner) JA
ers, including him.
Entertainment," John told IANS in an
Participating in "Neta Abhineta"
interview.
session of an international media
After "Satyameva Jayate", John has
forum at the Media Rumble in New
two important projects lined up ‑ "Batla
Delhi, Kashyap said: "It's not that if I
House" and "Romeo Akbar Walter
wanted to make political cinema, I
(RAW)". He says both the movies will
wouldn't do it because of the fear for
give him the opportunity to prove his
censorship, but it's the process of
potential as actor and producer.
fighting it which scares me.
shyap is known for From his 2003 debut film "Jism", an
Filmmaker Anurag Ka
"You can't just give up at the first
Wasseypurʼ. erotic thriller, to some successful films
level ‑‑ you have to go through many movies like ʻGangs of like "Dhoom", "Water", "Taxi No. 9211",
levels, the executive committee, the "Gangs
of Wasseypur" and "Bombay Velvet", how‑ "Kabul Express" and "Dostana" among
revising committee, the tribunal, and
ever, said that "the most restrictive others, John was most appreciated for
maybe even all the way to the Supreme
regimes in the world" come out with "the his well‑built body and strong screen
Court in the end."
best films". presence.
The filmmaker, known for movies like
TheSouthAsianTimes.info August 11-17, 2018
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SUBCONTINENT August 11-17, 2018 19

Imran Khan gets MQM‑P Armed men attack
support to form govt US envoy's cars
Islamabad: The Muttahida Qaumi
Movement‑Pakistan (MQM‑P) has
decided to join Imran Khan's
in Dhaka
Pakistan Tehreek‑e‑Insaf (PTI) to Dhaka: Armed men have ed that political activists belong‑
form the federal government, the attacked a convoy of cars carry‑ ing to the governing party beat
media reported. ing the US envoy to Bangladesh students marching towards their
MQM‑P convener Khalid Maqbool in the capital Dhaka, US officials offices.
Siddiqui confirmed the news on a said. Ambassador Marcia The students were demanding
Geo TV programme. "Yes, we have Bernicat and her security team to know why protesters were
agreed to cooperate with them (the were able to get away unharmed, attacked, in clashes which left
PTI) for the formation of (a coali‑ but two cars were damaged fol‑ dozens injured.
tion) government at the Centre," he lowing the attack, BBC reported. The US ambassador con‑
said. The PTI also sought the sup‑ It comes as thousands of stu‑ demned the violence.
port of Balochistan National Party‑ dents and school children con‑ "Nothing can justify the brutal
Mengal (BNP‑M). tinue a week‑long protest calling attacks and violence over the
MQM‑P's Siddiqui added that for safer roads. weekend against the thousands
Pakistanʼs PM‑in‑waiting Imran Khan.
after a series of past experiences, Police used tear gas to dis‑ of young people who have been
the party does not want to side perse crowds. At least 50 pro‑ peacefully exercising their dem‑
with the Pakistan Peoples Party Imran's oath-taking ceremony on Aug 14 testers have also been injured in ocratic rights," a statement on

T
(PPP). "The PPP does not need any‑ street attacks. the embassy's Facebook page
he oath‑taking ceremony of former cricketer Imran Khan, who is
one in Sindh. The MQM‑P will sit The Bangladeshi media report‑ said.
set to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, may not take place
alongside the PTI on government
on August 11, as expected earlier. The swearing‑in is now likely to
benches." "We have decided to sit
be held on August 14, the media reported. Leading daily Dawn quoted
on treasury benches instead of the
Law Minister Ali Zafar as saying that he, along with caretaker Prime
opposition. Sitting with the opposi‑
Minister Nasirul Mulk, want the Pakistan Tehreek‑e‑Insaf (PTI) chief's
tion would have created doubts
swearing in to take place on August 14 (the country's Independence
about our stance and because of
Day). "We wanted that the new Prime Minister should take his oath on
this, the MQM‑P has arrived at a
Independence Day so that the new government can start its functioning
consensus on this move."
with full national fervor and commitment to bring progress to the coun‑
"We respect everyone's mandate
try," Zafar said. The caretaker Law Minister told the media that as per
and want everyone to respect ours,"
the Constitution, the first session of the National Assembly would have
said the MQM‑P convener.
to be summoned within 21 days after the general election. It was neces‑
He also said that the MQM‑P will
sary to fulfil this obligation by August 15.
not be attending the All Parties'
Conference. It will be a meeting of rigging in the July 25 general elec‑ support Khan for the Prime
opposit ion part ies led by the tion. MQM‑P MNA and coordina‑ Minister slot, they were yet to
Pakistan Muslim League‑Nawaz tion committee member Aminul decide if they will take any min‑ The attack comes amidst road safety protest in Dhaka.
(PML‑N) to hold talks on alleged Haq said though MQM decided to istries.

1.67 million ballots rejected 35 killed in Afghan
in Pakistan polls: Report Shia mosque attack
Islamabad: About 1.67 million Gardez: At least 35
votes were excluded from the people were killed
count in Pakistan's July 25 gener‑ and more than 70
al election, surpassing the num‑ others wounded after
ber of ballots rejected in 2013 two explosions ripped
polls, according to a report by an throug h a Shia
independent poll watchdog. mosque in
Free and Fair Election Network Afghanistan's Gardez
(FAFEN) is a coalition of 30 city, the media report‑
domestic non‑governmental ed.
organizations that observe gener‑ T he blasts took
al election and mobilize voters. place at 1.30 pm
According to the FAFEN report, when people were
the increase in the number of dis‑ of fering Friday
carded ballots was a ubiquitous prayers inside Imam‑
phenomenon observed in e‑Zaman Mosque in
Election officials open ballot boxes
Pakistan's all four provinces and Police District 2.
to count votes.
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). Gardez is the capital Security beefed up in Imam‑i‑Zaman mosque after the attack.
Overall, the increase was recorded at cent in Sindh and 6.6 per cent in Punjab, of eastern province of
around 11.7 per cent. There were more said the report cited by Geo News. Paktia, a police of ficer told Xinhua news "Several wounded people were shifted to
than 100 million registered voters in In ICT, the number of ballots excluded agency. Reports suggested two gunmen a military hospital in Afghan Army's Corps
Pakistan but out of them, only about 51 from the count was over double the dis‑ entered the mosque, opening fire on wor‑ 203 Thander for intensive treatment as
per cent exercised their franchise, accord‑ carded ballots in the region in 2013 elec‑ shippers before detonating the explosives. the government‑run hospitals were not
ing to the Election Commission. tion. The report also said that the num‑ The mosque building was severely dam‑ able to provide treatment for all the vic‑
Around 40 per cent increase in the ber of votes excluded from the count sur‑ aged by the blasts. The bombers also used tims," Ahmadzai said.
number of rejected votes was observed in passed the margin of victory in 120 (21 hand grenades during the attack, Paktia He warned that the toll may go up as
Balochistan, 30.6 per cent in Khyber per cent) of the 570 provincial assembly police chief was quoted as saying by TOLO many of the wounded were in critical con‑
Pakhtunkhwa including Federally constituencies where polls were News. Walayat Ahmadzai, head of provin‑ dition. At least 600 people were inside the
Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), 7 per conducted. cial health department, confirmed the toll. mosque at the time of strike, TOLO said.
20 August 11-17, 2018 INTERNATIONAL TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Venezuelan President survives 91 killed in massive
'drone assassination bid' Indonesia quake
Caracas: Venezuelan President
Nicolas Maduro survived what he
called an "attempt against his life"
involving explosive drones, blam‑
ing Colombia's outgoing
President Juan Manuel Santos
and far‑right elements for the
foiled assassination bid. Maduro
was evacuated from a stage dur‑
ing a speech at an event to com‑
memorate the 81st anniversary of
the Bolivarian National Guard
here after what authorities con‑
Most fatalities were caused by the collapse of buildings.
cluded was a "failed" and attempt‑
ed "terrorist attack against the Jakarta: At least 91 people were (BNPB) sent a search and rescue
President", reports CNN. killed and hundreds others team to the affected area,
While he was in the middle of a injured in a massive quake reports Efe news.
pledge to lead the country toward measuring 7 on the Richter Most fatalities were caused by
an economic recovery, two drones
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed Colombia for the attack. scale that struck Indonesia's the collapse of buildings, accord‑
loaded with explosives went of f sions were fireworks which were to Maduro's allegations. Lombok Island, authorities said. ing to the BNPB, which added
near the podium from where the part of the parade. "This is baseless. The President The shallow quake that occured that hundreds of the injured
President was speaking, "The preliminary investigation (Santos) is engaged in the bap‑ only 10 km underground, comes have to be treated outside hospi‑
Communications Minister Jorge indicates that many of those t ism of his g randdaug hter, a week after another temblor hit tals because of the poor condi‑
Ro driguez confirmed to the responsible for the attack, the fin‑ Celeste, and not overthrowing for‑ Lombok, popular with tourists tion of the buildings.
media. anciers and planners, live in the eign governments," a source from who visit its beaches and hiking "The main focus at this time is
Later in an address to the US in the state of Florida," the Colombian President's of fice trails, killing 16 people. the search, rescue and assis‑
nation on state TV, Maduro said: Maduro said. told the media in Bogota. It was followed by about 130 tance to people affected by the
"To all of our friends in the world, On blaming Colombia for the Meanwhile, an unknown group, aftershocks, some over magni‑ earthquake and meeting their
I am fine, I am alive... attack, Maduro said: "All the "Soldados de Franela" emerged on tude 5. A tsunami warning was basic needs," the BNPB said,
"A flying object exploded near investigations point to Bogota... Twitter, claiming responsibility issued but was lifted after a few pointing out the urgent needs
me, a big explosion. Seconds later They have tried to kill me today". for the attack, which it termed as hours. for medical personnel, clean
there was a second explosion." In response, the Colombian gov‑ "Operation Phoenix", according to The Indonesian National water, food, blankets and medi‑
He initially thought the explo‑ ernment said there was "no basis" Efe news. Board for Disaster Management cine.

N Korea still pursuing
nuclear, missile
Saudi Arabia expels Canadian
programs: UN report
Washington: A confidential UN report has
ambassador, recalls envoy
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia
accused North Korea of continuing to develop
nuclear and mis‑
sile programmes
announced that it was
expelling the Ambassador of Canada using DNA, ancestry
Canada and froze new trade
in violation of
international
deals with the country after
Ottawaʼs criticism of human‑
websites to investigate migrants
sanctions. Ottawa: Canadian immigration officials are using DNA testing and ancestry websites to try to
rig hts violat ions in the
The report was establish the nationality of migrants, the Canada Border Services Agency said. CBSA spokesman
Islamic Kingdom.
prepared by inde‑ Jayden Robertson said the agency uses DNA testing to determine identity of “longer‑term
T he Ministry of Foreign
pendent experts detainees” when other techniques have been exhausted. “DNA testing assists the CBSA in deter‑
Af fairs announced that it
who submit their mining identity by providing indicators
was recalling its ambassador
findings every six of nationality thereby enabling us to
in Canada for consultation
months to the UN focus further lines of investigation on
North Korean leader and simultaneously declared
North Korea Kim Jong‑un. particular countries,” Robertson said in
the Canadian Ambassador
Sanctions an email.
Dennis Horak persona non‑
Committee of the Security Council, CNN But the process raises concerns about
grata, giving him 24 hours to
reported. The report also says North Korea is privacy of data held by ancestry web‑
leave, reports the Saudi
defying sanctions through diplomats and oth‑ sites, and highlights political pressure
Gazette.
ers based overseas and continues to sell con‑ over the handling of mig rants by
T he move comes after
ventional weapons to fuel violence. Canadaʼs Liberal government. More
Canadian Foreign Af fairs
The revelation comes as US Secretary of than 30,000 would‑be refugees have
Minister Chrystia Freeland
State Mike Pompeo, in Singapore for an crossed the US‑Canada border since
last week called on Saudi
Association of Southeast Asian Nations January 2017.
Arabia to release arrested
(Asean) ministerial meeting, told reporters
civil‑rights activists and sig‑
that he was an advocate of keeping pressure
nalled concern at a new considers the Canadian state‑ trying to make contact with of Saudi Arabia," the spokes‑
on Pyongyang as the country has yet to take
crackdown in the Middle ments as a "blatant interfer‑ Saudi Arabia, reports woman said.
any concrete steps to dismantling its nuclear
Eastern country. ence in the Kingdom's inter‑ Canadian daily The Globe T he detained act ivists
program. "I've also emphasized the impor‑
Saudi Arabia took this firm nal affairs that violates sim‑ and Mail. include Samar Badawi, sister
tance of maintaining diplomatic and econom‑
stance following Canada's ple international norms" that "We are seriously con‑ of writer Raif Badawi who is
ic pressure on North Korea, to achieve the
statement about "civil society governs relations between cerned by these media already imprisoned in Saudi
final, fully verified denuclearization of North
activists" that was negative countries. A spokeswoman reports and are see king Arabia and sentenced to
Korea as agreed to by chairman Kim (Jong‑
and baseless, according to for Freeland said that the greater clarity on the recent 1,000 lashes for insulting
un)," he said.
the Ministry. The ministry Canadian government was statement from the Kingdom Islam.
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CBI moves request for Choksi's extradition from Antigua
New Delhi: The extradition request for fugi‑
tive diamond merchant Mehul Choksi, who
has secured an Atiguan passport and is liv‑
ing there, will soon be sent to the Caribbean
NIRAV MODI EXTRADITION
country, the CBI said.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),
which is probing the Rs 13,500‑crore bank‑
SOUGHT FROM UK
ing fraud allegedly committed by the jeweler New Delhi: The government has sent a Section 10(3)(c) of the Passports Act, 1967,
and his nephew Nirav Modi, said that its let‑ request to the UK for extraditing fugitive on February 16, 2018.
ter to get Choksi deported has been for‑ diamantaire Nirav Modi, who is wanted in "This information was conveyed to the
warded to the Ministry of External Af fairs the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for
(MEA). (PNB) fraud case, parliament has been onward transmission to the Interpol," he
The CBI sent the letter to the Union Home informed. "An extradition request has been said.
Ministry which in turn forwarded it to the received in the Ministry of External Affairs He also said that the Ministry has no
MEA, an official said. (MEA) from the Ministry of Home Affairs means to verify the travels, if any, of Nirav
In its request to the Home Ministry, the (MHA) for the extradition of Nirav Modi Modi, and the passport used for such trav‑
CBI said Choksi's extradition was being from the UK," Minister of State for External els by him.
sought "on grounds of principle of reciproci‑ Affairs V.K. Singh told the Rajya Sabha. Nirav Modi along with his uncle Mehul
ty and dual criminality". A source revealed "The request has been sent by a Special Choksi of the Gitanjali group are being
that the MEA has received the extradition Diplomatic Bag to the High Commission of probed in the fraud scam by the CBI and the
request from the CBI and is currently in the Mehul Choksi. India (HCI), London for onward transmis‑ Enforcement Directorate (ED).
process of conveying it to the authorities in sion to the UK authorities," he said. The ED had, on May 24 and May 26, filed
Antigua and Barbuda. Office on Drugs and Crime, the CBI pointed Singh said that the MEA revoked the pass‑ prosecution complaints or charge‑sheets
India and Antigua are signatory to the out in its request. port of Modi as per the provisions of against Choksi and Modi.
United Nat ions Convent ion ag ainst Choksi is said to have fled India on an
Corruption (UNCAC) ‑‑ a multilateral treaty Indian passport in the first week of January ship in November 2017, for which he may January 15. Days later, on January 29, the
negotiated by the member‑states of the 2018. The Antiguan government is believed have paid around Rs 1.3 crore. He took the CBI filed a case and started investigating
United Nations and promoted by the UN to have cleared his application for citizen‑ oath of allegiance as a citizen of Antigua on Choksi and Nirav Modi.

US jobless rate drops India's Forex
to 3.9%. in July reserves deplete by
Washington: The United States' headline
unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 per
cent in July, a month in which nonfarm
(the share of the population 16 years and
older either working or seeking work),
which peaked at 67.1 percent in 2000,
over $950 million
payrolls in the world's largest economy remained unchanged from the previous
rose by 157,000, the Labour Department month at 62.9 percent.
said. "The unemployment rate edged down to
The US economy remains close to full 3.9 per cent. This is only the eighth time
employment even though the number of that the monthly unemployment rate has
jobs added last month was below the fallen below 4.0 per cent since 1970, and
195,000 forecast by economists, Efe three of those months happened under
reported. US employment has risen for 94 President (Donald) Trump in 2018," US
consecutive months, the longest jobs‑ Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta said in
expansion streak on record. a statement on the July jobs report.
The unemployment rate has now dipped "There is a record 156 million people in
below 4 percent for the third time this the labour force.
Mumbai: India's foreign exchange (Forex) Segment‑wise, FCAs ‑‑ the largest compo‑
year. Since President Trump's election, more
reserves plunged by $950.9 million during nent of the Forex reserves ‑‑ receded by
The jobless rate unexpectedly climbed than 1 million prime‑age people joined or
the week ended July 27, of ficial data $1.01 billion to $379.03 billion during the
to 4 percent in June ‑ up from 3.8 per rejoined the labor force. For the second
showed. week under review.
cent in May, the lowest level since 2000 ‑ consecutive month, the unemployment
According to the Reserve Bank of India Besides the US dollar, FCAs consist of
mainly because more people were actively rate for Hispanics reached a record low,"
(RBI)'s weekly statistical supplement, the nearly 20‑30 per cent of major global cur‑
looking for work. the statement added.
overall forex reserves slipped to $404.19 rencies.
Average hourly wages for all employees Following this latest solid jobs report, it
billion from $405.14 billion reported for However, the value of the country's gold
on private nonfarm payrolls rose in July remains likely that the US Federal Reserve
the week ended July 20. reserves increased by $61.1 million to
by $0.07 to $27.05; average hourly earn‑ will hike interest rates two more times in
India's forex reserves comprise of foreign $21.20 billion.
ings climbed 2.7 percent relative to July 2018. The Fed has already raised its fed‑
currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, spe‑ As per the data, the SDRs' value inched
2017, and economists expect labour costs eral‑funds rate twice this year, with that
cial drawing rights (SDRs) and the RBI's up by $0.3 million to $1.48 billion, while
to keep rising. benchmark rate currently set at a range of
position with the International Monetary the country's reserve position with the IMF
The US labour force participation rate between 1.75 per cent and 2 per cent.
Fund (IMF). was up by $0.5 million to $2.47 billion.
22 August 11-17, 2018 SPORTS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

England beat India in first Test to lead series
Kohli grabs top spot in
ICC Test batting rankings
London: India captain Virat Kohli became lowing the conclusion of the Edgbaston
the top‑ranked batsman in Test cricket Test," ICC said.
for the first time in his career as he Kohli now leads Smith (who had held
ended Australian Steven Smith's reign of the top spot since December 2015) by
nearly 32 months. five points, but will have to maintain the
Kohli scored 149 and 51 in India's 31‑ form in the remaining four Tests to finish
run de feat in the first Test in the series as the world's highest‑ranked
Birmingham against England and has batsman.
gone up by 31 points, according to an Tendulkar had joined South Africa's
International Cricket Council (ICC) Jacques Kallis in the number one posi‑
release. "The 29‑year‑old right‑hander tion in January 2011, but had dropped
from Delhi also became the seventh India to second spot following the Jamaica
batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar Test in June 2011 after he had missed
in June 2011, to top the rankings for the three‑Test series against the West
Test batsmen, which were released fol‑ Indies.
India were bowled out for 162 in their second innings,
losing the first Test to England by 31 runs.
ond innings as well. The Indian skipper ance while most of the batsmen failed mis‑
Birmingham: India were bowled out for 162 rounder Sam Curran was adjudged the Man scored a gritty 51 before being trapped lbw erably. Starting the day needing 84 runs to
in their second innings, losing the first Test of the Match. The 20‑year‑old picked up a by Ben Stokes. win, the visitors' job was made even more
to England by 31 runs before lunch on the total of five wickets. This included a four‑ Apart from Kohli, star of f‑spinner difficult when Dinesh Karthik was caught in
fourth day here. wicket haul in the first innings when he Ravichandran Ashwin and pacers Ishant the slips after edging a delivery from James
Chasing 194, India resumed the day at destroyed the much hyped Indian top order. Sharma and Mohammed Shami were the Anderson.
110/5 but kept losing wickets, including The youngster was impressive with the only other Indians who managed leave a Hardik Pandya joined Kohli in the middle
the one of captain Virat Kohli (51), to fall bat as well. He emerged as the highest scor‑ mark. but the duo could could hold the England
short by 31 runs. er in England's second innings with a quick‑ Ashwin troubled the England batsmen in bowlers at bay for only around 10 overs
For England, medium‑pacer Ben Stokes fire 63 which propelled the hosts to a both innings to emerge with a match haul of before the latter fell victim to a misjudged
was lethal, taking the important wickets of strong lead. seven wickets. Ishant was impressive in the shot. As the Delhi batsman trudged back
Kohli and Hardik Pandya (31) on the day. For the visitors, there was very little posi‑ second innings with figures of 5‑51 while into the pavilion, India's hopes of winning
The right‑armer ended up with figures of tives to take away from the series opener. Shami bagged three wickets during the the Test seemed to vanish along with him.
4/40 in the second innings for a match haul Just like the first innings, Kohli was the hosts' first essay. Overall, the Indian An England victory was only a matter of
of six wickets. England's rookie bowling all‑ only saving grace for the visitors in the sec‑ bowlers turned in a satisfactory perform‑ time from then.

India have to get over touring troubles quickly
By Veturi Srivatsa the replay showed the ball was hit‑
ting just the leg stump and that was

T
here are similarities in good enough to seal India's fate.
India's defeat in the This was not the first time the
Birmingham Test and England team was bailed out by
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu losing the Stokes. Pundits following English
World Badminton Championships cricket counted quite a few where
final. Both were expected to win, yet Stokes bowled critical overs to get
lost. crucial wickets to bowl his team to
Chasing 194 in the fourth innings, victory.
India had a great chance of winning, In his post‑match comments,
provided their skipper Virat Kohli England skipper Joe Root quipped:
stayed till the end. He got out just "Stokesy's just got that knack, hasn't
when India seemed to have weath‑ he, he loves the big moments."
ered the first hour. In the end, 31 If it is any relief for the Indians,
runs separated the two teams. the all‑rounder will not be there for
The victory and defeat can be the second Test at Lord's as it clash‑
seen in dif ferent ways. It can be es with his trial on a charge of
seen as India losing a match they af fray in Bristol that starts on
should have won and England look‑ Monday, Chris Woakes comes in for
ing at it as something their team him.
Indian cricket team skipper Kohli and shuttler PV Sindhu.
badly needed in a five‑Test series to India under Kohli gives the
push ahead. drive in the second game straight‑ finals and another dogged Japanese flick to fine leg to get full value for impression that they have resources
In Sindhu's case, people will start away and never looked like loosen‑ Akane Yamaguchi in the semis, both the shot, but he did not realize that to be gallant travelers, but they sel‑
questioning her temperament, ing the grip. in straight games. if he missed he would be in danger dom look convincing.
ignoring her opponent and two‑ The result was a repeat of another At Edgbaston, just as Hardik of either getting bowled or leg As usual, the positives are being
time world champion Carolina major final at the Rio Olympics. Pandya started showing signs of before to Stokes. That's because he counted in defeat and yet they are
Marin's near flawless court craft Both know each other's game too confidence, hitting Stuart Broad got away with such audacious shots in a fix whether to go into the sec‑
and speed to wit, showing how fit well and it is a case of which one straight past him and then whipped more often than not when well set. ond Test with the same team or any
she is. seizes the opportunity first. him through midwicket, Kohli This time the Indian captain did‑ changes. The only ones who had
Sindhu just could not press home Sindhu looked good to win the thought he could relax a bit and n't, though he had just crossed fifty, acquitted creditably are the
the advantage of a handy lead mid‑ gold this time after beating her con‑ play his strokes freely. and umpire Aleem Dar raised his bowlers.
way through the first game. A game queror in the last year's final Not for the first time in his career left‑hand index finger the moment All said and done, plenty of crick‑
up, the Spaniard went on an over‑ Nozomi Okuhara in the quarter‑ did Kohli go well across to try and the ball missed Kohli's bat, though et still to be played.
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Sahitya Akademi expresses solidarity
with writers as threats continue
New Delhi/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Panaji: In a not available," he said. Writers' Forum, urging it to condemn such darity, the vitriol against Malayalam novelist
major development that has averted a possi‑ "The Akademi is meant to uphold free instances. The writers' forum pointed out that S. Hareesh and his publisher DC Books have
ble return of the 2015 awardwapsi protest, speech and I will not hesitate. I will talk," the Akademi had failed to take a "bold, public continued as they received numerous threats
the Sahitya Akademi has vociferously Kambar asserted. stand" in 2015. and messages of intimidation from some right
expressed solidarity with writers after at least On being reminded that the same body took "We hope this would not happen in your wing outfits. The Kerala state government has
26 heavyweight authors urged Indiaʼs as many as 54 days to publicly condemn the dispensation and that this big literary institu‑ assured the publisher of their support.
National Academy of Letters to condemn killings of rational thinkers and writers M.M. tion will take a brave stand now," the letter An officer of the Cantonment Police station
repeated ongoing threats to Goa's award win‑ Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra read. in Thiruvananthapuram said a case has been
ning writer Damodar Mauzo and Malayalam Dabholkar that had triggered massive Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday registered on Thursday against four activists
novelist S. Hareesh. protests by writers bringing the Akademi to a said that the culture of banning books of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (the
"I must make it clear that the Akademi con‑ standstill in 2015, Kambar said that the past impacts the free flow of ideas and should not youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party)
demns all attacks against writers and I am should be left behind as the Akademi was on be taken recourse to unless they are hit by who took part in a protest before the DC
saddened by the news of Mauzo and Hareesh. the cusp of revival. Section 292 of the IPC that prohibits obsceni‑ Books office on Wednesday.
I condemn these threats in strongest of "Forget the past, we are doing everything in ty. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Mauzo has been provided police security
words," Sahitya Akademi President our capacity and we have taken a stand Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. following threats to his life in view of revela‑
Chandrashekhar Kambar told IANS over tele‑ already that we condemn these attacks Chandrachud reserved its order on a plea tions made by those arrested in the murder
phone from Bangalore. against S. Hareesh and Damodar Mauzo," he seeking to omit certain excerpts from case of activist‑journalist Gauri Lankesh in
The 81‑year‑old said that he will be writing said. A collegium of heavyweight and multiple "Meesha" by Hareesh. Bengaluru. The award‑winning Konkani
to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and draw award winning writers such as Nayantara "You are giving undue importance to this writer and progressive thinker Mauzo had
his attention to the "pressures and attacks" Sahgal, Keki Daruwalla, K. Satchidanandan, kind of stuff. In the age of Internet, you are earlier confirmed to IANS that round‑the‑
writers like Hareesh are facing. “I am also try‑ Ritu Menon, Jerry Pinto and Meena making this an issue. It is best forgotten," said clock security was provided to him after he
ing to speak to the concerned minister Alexander, among several others, had written Justice Chandrachud. was informed by a central intelligence agency
(Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma) but he is to the Akademi under the banner of Indian But even as top writers express their soli‑ about threat to his life.

KBC creator pens book on Will Smith is writing a book
making of modern India with author Mark Manson
New Delhi: A curation of the Los Angeles: Will Smith has revealed the book and they will go with the
landmark events, iconic person‑ he is writing a book, which will be "highest bidder."
alities and benchmark institu‑ full of "stuff" he has gathered over "We're going to be meeting with
tions that have shaped India over the years. The 49‑year‑old actor is five publishers. We're gonna pick
the last century will be released collaborating with self‑help author one. And if I had to take a guess, I
in the form of a full‑fledged book Mark Manson, who wrote "The feel very confident that we're gonna
by creator of the hugely popular Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k" on go with the highest bidder. I'm just
"Kaun Banega Crorepati" the project. saying," Smith quipped.
Siddhartha Basu. Smith took to Instagram to share Manson, on the other hand,
Titled "Indian Century" it will the news on what will be his first revealed that the book is due next
be published by DK Books India, official book. Smith took to Instagram to year. "I grew up watching this guy
known for its illustrated refer‑ "I'm writing a book! I got years share the news on what will after school. It's a true honor to
ence books and a part of the and years of stuff I want to say, and be his first official book. work with @willsmith and help him
Penguin Random House group. I'm finally going to write a book for dent art with this book?" To which share his incredible life with the
"The 20th century is where the Siddharth Basu y'all," the actor said in the video Manson replied, "I spent the last six world. Look for a book from us in
hinge of history turned for mod‑ (Image courtesy: which also featured Manson. months with crippling anxiety, but 2019!" he wrote on Instagram.
ern India. This book, timed to babubasu@twitter.com) Smith then asked the writer, "Are today I feel great.” According to reports, the book will
release as the country completes you feeling confident? Are you feel‑ "The "Bright" actor then joked that be a combination of memoir and
70 years of independence, answer format.
ing like we'll be able to do transcen‑ they are meeting five publishers for inspirational experiences. (PTI)
recounts the milestones of that This format will make it easier
century, and of the millennial for the reader to capture infor‑
years that follow, together with
thumbnail profiles of many of its
mation and gather facts quickly,
the publisher said.
The book will also feature
Ramachandra Guha pens 'the most
major players," Basu said in a
statement. "For me, the best quiz
facts always open up layers of lit‑
more than 250 images.
"The book visually documents ambitious book' on Mahatma Gandhi
tle or lesser‑known details. the evolution of modern India
and provides much‑needed New Delhi: Renowned historian but also the history of our free‑
"This is a curated collection of and author of several bestselling dom movement and its many
facts I find fascinating about the insight into our political land‑
scape. It features milestone books, including the highly strands."
events and people that have acclaimed "India After Gandhi" It is said to be a book with "a
shaped the India we know today," events from each year of the past
century and gives a glimpse into and "Gandhi Before India" Tolstoyan sweep" revealing
he said. The publisher informed Ramachandra Guha has penned a Gandhi to the readers just as he
IANS that the book will be divid‑ the lives of the game changers ‑‑
people who helped shape mod‑ new book on the father of the was understood by his contempo‑
ed into two parts. nation, which has just gone to the raries. The book will also include
The first part "Headlines" will ern India," the publisher added.
Priced at Rs 500, the book will press and will be out in new readings of his arguments
showcase dramatic events, the September. with B.R. Ambedkar, Mohammad
rise of landmark institutions, be released on August 20.
Siddhartha Basu is an award‑ Billed as the most definitive new Ali Jinnah and Subhas Chandra
political evolutions and changing biography of Gandhi, the upcom‑ Bose, among others. Drawing on
sociocultural landscapes of India. winning television producer,
ing book is titled "Gandhi: The never‑before‑seen sources and ani‑
"Snapshots," the second section director, and India's foremost Ramachandra Guha
quiz master. He is the man years that changed the world (Image : khaskhabar.com) mated by its author's unparalleled
in the book will elucidate the (1914‑1948)" and will be pub‑ sense of drama and politics,
lives and achievements of the behind landmark shows such as
lished by Penguin Random House story of Gandhi's life, from his Guha's latest work will be market‑
most iconic personalities of 20th‑ "Kaun Banega Crorepati" and
India. "This magnificent book," departure from South Africa to his ed as the "most ambitious and
century India in a question and "Mastermind India.” (IANS)
sources said, "will not only tell the dramatic assassination in 1948 integral book" on Bapu. (IANS)
24 August 11-17, 2018 HEALTH TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Toxic air to blame for lung cancer;
no longer just a smoker's disease
By Tish Sanghera/IndiaSpend

New Delhi: Smokers and non‑smokers now
Currently, lung cancer is responsible for five deaths
represent an equal number of lung cancer
patients, according to a study carried out by
per 1,000 in India and seven per 1,000 in Delhi
the Lung Care Foundation, a not‑for‑profit
male preponderance”, according to the Lung tion to environmental factors such as heavy
organization focused on improving lung
Care Foundation study. Nearly 21 per cent of air pollution.
health in India.
patients analysed in the 2018 study are Increased levels of lung cancer amongst the
An analysis of 150 patients at Sir Ganga
under 50 years old. Of this group, five out of 20‑30 age group and high prevalence of the
Ram Hospital (SGRH), New Delhi, found that
31 patients are between 21 and 30 years of ardeno carcinogenic pathology point towards
close to 50 per cent of patients with lung can‑
age, representing 3.3 per cent of the total a looming epidemic, the study warned. Late
cer–the type of cancer responsible for the
patient group. Compare this to 70 years ago, detection and misdiagnosis as tuberculosis
highest number of cancer deaths nation‑
when the proportion of cancer patients under are further adding to the situation. However,
wide–had never smoked, and yet had devel‑
30 was 2.5 per cent, according to a study con‑ prevention and early detection is possible.
oped the pulmonary disease.
ducted across 15 teaching hospitals between Currently, 70‑80 per cent of patients are diag‑
Health professionals in India now believe
1955‑59. The number of women contracting nosed at stage III and IV, and health profes‑
there is strong evidence that points to the
the disease appears to be increasing, data sionals are calling for more screening and
role of air pollution in the increasing inci‑
show. The male to female ratio of lung cancer diagnosis to take place at stage I instead.
dence of lung cancer amongst the young and
patients went from 6.7:1 between 1958‑85, A reduction in air pollution levels is also a
female populations. 21 per cent of patients in the 2018 study to 3.8:1 between 2012‑18. key point of action for health campaigners,
“This is the first time I have seen this 1:1 are under 50 years old. Of this group, five
In 2012, 3.2 per cent of women were smok‑ who hope additional data on health risks will
ratio of smokers to non‑smokers suffering out of 31 patients are between 21 and 30
ers compared to a 23 per cent prevalence activate policymakers into looking at the
from lung cancer”, Arvind Kumar, chairman, years of age, representing 3.3 per cent of
the total patient group. Compare this to amongst men, according to this study at the issue more closely.
center for chest surgery, Sir Ganga Ram
70 years ago, when the proportion of Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation The decision on whether to ban firecrackers
Hospital, New Delhi, told IndiaSpend.
cancer patients under 30 was 2.5 per cent. (IHME) at the University of Washington. – which emit PM 2.5 and contribute to heavy
“Looking at this data, the obvious reason that
Women are also less likely to be exposed to levels of pollutants in the air – during Diwali
comes to mind is air pollution, which contains per 1,000 in Delhi, a city that regularly expe‑ work environments which can increase the was heard in the Supreme Court on World
smoke and PM 2.5.” riences high levels of air pollution) and is chances of developing cancer, such as mines Lung Cancer Day, August 1, 2018. Opposition
PM 2.5 is particulate matter less than 2.5 accompanied by a survival rate of no more and construction sites. to the ban was heard from firecracker manu‑
microns in size, or 30 times finer than a than five years. The increasing numbers of non‑smokers facturers who believe the impact on air quali‑
human hair, which, when inhaled deeply into The effects of air pollution on respiratory now suffering from lung cancer, is another ty and lung health is not as severe as is made
the lungs is known to cause lung cancer, car‑ and lung health – typically associated with ʻdisturbing trendʼ that points to factors out, positing that the car and construction
diovascular and respiratory diseases. Outdoor decades of smoking tobacco and tobacco‑ beyond smoking tobacco as being the pri‑ industries should also bear responsibility for
pollution was classified as a cancer‑causing related products – have become a growing mary cause. Of the total 150 patients sur‑ their emissions. The case is now listed for
agent in 2013 by the International Agency focus for medical researchers and health veyed, 50 per cent or 74 were non‑smokers concluding arguments on August 8, 2018.
for Research on Cancer (IARC), a part of workers, as awareness of health hazards (meaning they had never smoked in their life). Over the Diwali weekend of 2016, Indiaʼs
WHO. amongst the public has risen. The proportion of non‑smokers rose to 70 air quality was among the worldʼs worst and
In November 2017, a public‑health emer‑
per cent amongst the younger age category between 40 per cent and 100 per cent worse
gency was declared by the Indian Medical Patients are younger, more (i.e less than 50 years old). in five north Indian cities than at the same
Association in Delhi as the air quality index females and non‐smokers Amongst the reasons given in the study for time the preceding year, an IndiaSpend analy‑
breached 999, likened to smoking 50 ciga‑
non‑smokers contracting lung cancer were sis of national data and our Breathe network
rettes a day. Currently, lung cancer is respon‑ Lung cancer is no longer “a smokerʼs dis‑
exposure to radiation and asbestos and occu‑ of sensors showed in November 2016.
sible for five deaths per 1,000 in India (seven ease, a disease of old age and [one of] strong
pational hazards attached to mining, in addi‑ Sanghera is a graduate of Kingʼs College London

Swachh Bharat Mission can avert up to 3 lakh deaths: WHO
New Delhi: “As the initial results of a WHO declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) this
modelling study on the health impact of the year.
Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM‑G) “India pursues WHO South‑East Asiaʼs
outline, Indiaʼs accelerated coverage of safe Flagship Priorities and strives to fulfill the
sanitation services, and its determination to Sustainable Development Goals, including
end open defecation, will have a substantial Sustainable Development Goal 6, which
effect on the burden of diarrheal disease obliges countries to ensure access to safe
and PEM by reducing mortality and accu‑ water and sanitation for all, and
mulative Disability Adjusted Life Years Sustainable Development Goal 3, which
(DALYs),” said WHO quoting Poonam obliges them to ensure healthy lives and
Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director for promote wellbeing for all at all ages,” Singh
South‑East Asia. said. The Swachh Bharat campaign is a
According to WHO, the Swachh Bharat brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra
Mission could result in over 14 million Modi. It was officially launched on 2
more years of healthy life in the period October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi by the
measured, with the benefits accruing yearly prime minister. It is India's largest cleanli‑
thereafter. ness drive to date with 3 million govern‑
“That is especially remarkable given that ment employees, school students, and col‑
before 2014 unsafe sanitation caused an lege students from all parts of India partici‑
estimated 199 million cases of diarrhea Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a Swachh Bharat Mission event. (Photo: Wikipedia) pating in 4,041 statutory cities, towns and
annually, with modelling showing the prob‑ associated rural areas. Modi has called the
lem will almost be eliminated when univer‑ According to ministry of Drinking Water rose to 85 per cent with 7.4 crore toilets campaign "Satyagrah se Swachhagrah"in
sal use of safe sanitation facilities is and Sanitation, sanitation coverage in rural built across rural India. As a result over 3.8 reference to Gandhi's “Champaran
achieved,” she added. India, under the Swachh Bharat Mission lakh villages and 391 districts were Satyagraha” launched on 10 April 1917.
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SELF HELP August 11-17, 2018 25

Even on your worst day, don't stop loving yourself
By Vishnu Makhijani "We all have something that
"I am writing from the deep makes us come alive. In my case, it
ven on your worst day, don't realization that India needs to was writing. So despite an MBA in

E stop loving yourself, says
content specialist and human
rights evangelist Reeta Gupta,
delve into her rich spiritual
past if she is to solve her
HR, and two jobs thereafter, I
wanted to somehow find my way
back into a career that involved
whose just‑published book, writing," Gupta explained. She also
"Rescripting Your Life", presents a
problems," says Reeta Gupta, started looking for “my purpose".
cogent five‑step guide to achieving content specialist and human "As if the universe was listening
just that. to my command, people in sectors
rights evangelist.
"My everyday mantra is: Even on such as disability, gender, impact
your worst day, don't stop loving investment and policy reform in
yourself... What you listen from best part of it is that you are the into her rich spiritual past if she is healthcare and education, public
others is what your ears hear. monarch of this kingdom! Guard to solve her problems," Gupta told health came knocking.
That's external appreciation, criti‑ the gates of your imagination fero‑ IANS in an interview. "Everyone and everything I knew
cism or validation. But your most ciously ‑‑ don't imagine what you "As a nation, if we are to emerge up to that point was preparing me
powerful conversation happens don't wish for. as a world leader, we first need to for a life where I could take on this
between your ears, in your mind. 8 Master your emotions: Practise look within and set our house in role. Now, instead of creating con‑
Reeta Guptaʼs book has a tuning into how your body would order. We are a diverse country ‑‑ tent on the 'hottest trends for sum‑
You can hear that conversation
blurb on the cover from feel ‑‑ when you live the life you with multifarious problems. We
louder than any other. That's inter‑ mer 2012', I started writing about
cricket legend Kapil Dev
nal self‑worth. You are only as wish for. Increase your overall con‑ need creativity, energy and 'what percentage of university
good as your next thought about have within you the immensity of scious experience through becom‑ resourcefulness to solve them. seats allocated for students with
yourself," Gupta says in the book, the source that created you and ing more aware of your bodily These attributes exist within our disability were going empty'. I
which has been published by Rupa. the rest of this world. Tap into that reactions to thoughts, feelings and youngsters ‑‑ we need to harness could reach out to influencers and
"Believe that the best will hap‑ boundless creative energy. events. Stay with emotions that and channelize them. ask them to endorse these causes
pen and it often does. When it 8 Opt out of being ordinary: Start energize you. "We have a collective responsi‑ too ‑‑ and Bollywood was more
comes to yourself, choose kindness actively challenging any non‑serv‑ 8 Find your values: They act as bility to take the message of posi‑ than willing," Gupta explained.
‑‑ being unkind to yourself is vio‑ ing thoughts and beliefs given to guideposts that direct your behav‑ tive self‑worth and happiness to Today, her team at The Network
lent," Gupta penned in a copy of you from your childhood. Don't try ior and shape your goals in useful the young. Through this book, I'd creates slogans and effective con‑
the book that she presented to this to blend in or be normal against ways. Even a terrorist can connect like to sow the seeds of a socio‑ tent for public health as well as
correspondent. your wishes. Rise above labels to his source, opt out of the ordi‑ spiritual awakening ‑‑ and ask our inclusive social development ‑‑ and
How then does one go about given to you. nary, activate his imagination and politicians to make this message a she connects influencers to causes
rescripting one's life? It's a five‑ 8 Activate your imagination: As master his emotion ‑‑ but his val‑ part of their manifesto for the they may be inclined to support.
step process, Gupta explains in the the Creator created you, so you ues are compromised. 2019 elections," Gupta added. "This would explain my evolu‑
book: create your future. Your imagina‑ How did the book come about? How did she evolve into a con‑ tion into a human rights evangelist
8 Connect to your source: tion is your domain for creating "I am writing from the deep real‑ tent specialist and human rights and content expert," Gupta said.
Nothing comes from nothing ‑‑ you the life that you desire, and the ization that India needs to delve evangelist? ‑IANS

5 Life Insurance myths busted
L
ife insurance. Itʼs something typical group life benefit is two about the value of all the unpaid trusted partner who will keep an
that most people need but a times your annual salary, but you services that would need to be eye on how your policy is keeping
topic that no one wants to may need more like six to eight replaced, such as childcare, house‑ up with your life. Plus, the appli‑
discuss, leading to many miscon‑ times your salary just to break hold cleaning, transportation and cation at such providers as Erie
ceptions. even,” says Louis Colaizzo, senior cooking. A stay‑at‑home parent in Insurance only takes about 15
To help you make sense of it all, vice president for Life at Erie 2018 contributes a salary of minutes, doesnʼt include compli‑
here are five common my ths Insurance. $162,581 annually, according to cated forms and may not require
de bunked ‑‑ just in t ime for Whatʼs more, if you take anoth‑ research by Salary.com. doctorʼs visits.
Nat ional Life Insurance er job, your policy may not be Bottom line: Most people could
Awareness Month in September: transferable.
5. I don’t have the time benefit from life insurance, but itʼs
to research this not a one‑size‑fits‑all scenario.
1. I’m single; I don’t 4. I’m a stay‐at‐home T he amount needed really
or sign up.
need life insurance. parent. depends on individual circum‑
An insurance agent can quickly stances. To protect those who
Most people think life insurance ance. Sixty‑six percent of partici‑
If youʼre not the breadwinner in walk you through the process to matter most, check with your
is more necessary for married pants in the Insurance Barometer
your household, you may think identify what you need and your insurance agent to make sure you
people than for singles, according Study said itʼs too expensive. The
your family doesnʼt depend on options, as well as explain the get the right coverage.
to the 2017 Insurance Barometer same consumers overestimated
your income. However, think terms. Think of your agent as a StatePoint
Study by Life Happens and the price by more than three
LIMRA. But even if youʼre single times the actual cost. It can cost
and donʼt have children, you may as little as $14.24 per month for a
still leave behind loved ones who $250,000 policy at Erie
would have to pay your debts. For Insurance, for example. Thatʼs less
example, if you have a cosigner on than 50 cents a day. Millennials
a loan, he or she would be respon‑ can get an even bigger break by
sible to pay it back. Life insurance purchasing while theyʼre still
can provide peace of mind by young. Premiums are typically
potentially paying off any remain‑ less expensive since theyʼre gener‑
ing debt. Or, if you want to leave ally healthier and have fewer
money to a charity, life insurance assets.
can help ensure your wishes are 3. My employer pro‐
carried out.
vides life insurance;
2. It’s too expensive.
I donʼt need my own. While itʼs
Cost is one of the top reasons great to have coverage through an
people donʼt purchase life insur‑ employer, it often isnʼt enough. “A
26 August 11-17, 2018 FOOD TheSouthAsianTimes.info

The city has one of the best and
Eating out in deepest restaurant rosters in the
world with close to 30,000 eateries.

New York If you are a foodie, here are the best
strategies from experts on how
to make the most of it.
F
ew questions
are more
urgent than brating Maison Premiere in replaced a “dirty‑water dog” as
where to eat when Williamsburg, Brooklyn (it also New Yorkʼs most iconic street
youʼre travelling to a has one of the cityʼs best $1 oys‑ food. Reichl has recommenda‑
place with more than ter happy hours); and Bar Goto, tions: “I just had the most deli‑
two restaurants. In which serves exquisite okonomi‑ cious Taiwanese oyster omelet in
New York the problem yaki, or Japanese omelet, to go TurnStyle at the Columbus Circle
is of plenty. with its meditative drinks. subway station. The guy at N.Y.
The city has one of Dosas at Washington Square
the best and deepest
6. You think Brooklyn Park, are another stop. Now that
restaurant rosters in is the only other itʼs summer, what could be better
the world, and the num‑ than eating outside?”
ber is increasing: in
borough.
2017, there were
8. You’re not going
Yes, yes, Brooklyn is fantastic
26,697 restaurants in when it comes to food. Donʼt not big at lunch.
the city. eat in Williamsburg; Lilia contin‑
Of course you can Fancy restaurants offer great
ues to be one of the top five
make a list of must‑try deals at lunchtime. Le Coucou has
restaurants in New York, and itʼs
restaurants; that never a $48 lunch with many of the
here youʼll find the cityʼs best
hurts. But for a city as same sought‑after dishes that are
pancakes. Robert Sietsema, sen‑
big and fast moving as served at its impossible‑to‑get‑
ior critic at Eater.com, recom‑
New York, having a solid into dinner. Mareaʼs lunch time
mends Di An Di, the new
set of strategies to maxi‑ meal is $58. And the $38 prix fixe
Houston‑style Vietnamese spot in
mize your meals is the at Nougatine and the Terrace at
Greenpoint; the fresh pasta spe‑
expert way to go. Jean‑Georges is still a steal. Reichl
cialists Faro or its offshoot
also sees opportunity, and value,
General Debʼs, in Bushwick; and
Hereʼs how youʼve been at many of the cityʼs top Japanese
the “wonderful” Pheasant under
messing it up. restaurants. “Thereʼs a great
the BQE.
omakase sushi deal at Sushi Ginza
And then thereʼs Queens.
1. You skip “They have food from every‑
Onodera̶if $130 can be called a
and itʼs also a good place to get deal,” she says. Sakagura, too.
breakfast. standing by for their call̶and
tips on where to eat from the
where, itʼs such a great place to
Also Sushi Yasaka, probably the
then do. Most restaurants lose eat,” says Sietsema, “with prices
Unlike some breakfast‑oriented staff and other diners if youʼre best cheap sushi in the city, is
10% of their reservations to no‑ that are half of what youʼd pay in
cities like Atlanta and San visiting. remarkable at lunch. I honestly
shows or last minute cancella‑ Manhattan̶if you could find
Francisco, New York hasnʼt “And donʼt forget the counter at donʼt know how they do it.”
tions. If they can rely on you to that food in Manhattan.” He
always taken the first meal of the the Oyster Bar,” advises Reichl, of
day seriously, beyond a bagel and
fill a slot, theyʼll be more inclined
the Grand Central Station icon.
shouts out Taqueria El 9. You’re afraid of a
to offer it to you, first.” Sinaloense, which offers regional
schmear or slapped‑together deli “Itʼs a quintessential New York
Mexican food; Mapo B.B.Q. with little line‐up.
bacon‑egg‑cheese. Now the city 3. You’re blinded experience. And you only need to
its stellar Korean menu; and the Lines have become routine.
has embraced it, and youʼll find have a few oysters to have the
stellar options from the maple‑
by stars. pleasure of watching those fan‑
O.G. Xiʼan Famous Foods in a Diners are drawn to them; itʼs
Flushing mall that started a part of the experience and an
cinnamon crullers and smoked‑ tastic guys open the shells and
Famed food writer and former robust pulled‑noodle empire.
gouda‑and‑sausage breakfast concoct oyster stews.” event you can record. Among the
Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl sug‑
places where thereʼs often a line
bagels at the compact Daily gests you pay attention to the 5. You’re only order‐ 7. You’re not pound‐ thatʼs worth standing on:
Provisions in Gramercy to the second, less‑expensive and less‑
ranchero eggs at NoHoʼs Atla. For time‑intensive restaurants from ing cocktails. ing the pavement. Momofuku Noodle Bar;
a true New York bagel, splash out Dominique Ansel Bakery; Bubbyʼs
great chefs. One of the best exam‑ Even with all our restaurants,
with a spread at Russ & We happen to be in the golden for brunch; the Michelin‑starred
ples is Enrique Olveraʼs all‑day make time to eat on the street.
Daughters Café on the Lower age of cocktail bars in New York, Tim Ho Wan for dim sum; and, of
Mexican cafe Atla instead of his The midtown‑based Halal Guys,
East Side. For a statement break‑ with destination versions of course, the original Shake Shack
high‑end Cosme. Likewise the Bar with their chicken and gyro
fast in midtown, the Lobster Club everything from speakeasies in Madison Madison Park.
Room at the Modern has a more combo and incendiary hot sauce,
highlights dishes from other (Dear Irving) to tiki bars (the
modestly priced menu than the have long since
Major Food Group restaurants Polynesian) to rooftop hideaways
adjoining Modern dining room.
including Sadelleʼs sticky buns, as (Broken Shaker). Many of these
Thereʼs also Nomad instead of
well as an over‑the‑top caviar places also have very decent bar
Eleven Madison Park, and JoJo
breakfast egg toast. menus. Meehan, who put chef‑
instead of Jean‑Georges.
made hotdogs on the map at PDT
2. You’re taking “No” 4. You’re only sitting along with fully loaded tater tots,
recommends eating while drink‑
for an answer. at a table. ing around New York.
If you really want to eat or Among the top spots to do this
The time‑honored tradition of
drink at a restaurant or bar that are the Italian‑styled Dante in the
eating at the bar at great restau‑
accepts reservations and there Village where the negronis (and
rants like Gramercy Tavern, Le
arenʼt any, stay strong, advises ice) are an art form; the Office,
Bernardin, and Union Square
Jim Meehan, co‑founder of cult where Michelin‑starred chef
Café also appeals to Reichl. Itʼs a
cocktail bar PDT. “Ask to be put Grant Achatz oversees dishes like
more social experience than the
on the cancellations list and tell prime ribeye tartare; the James
dining room; you can often walk
the contact that you will be Beard‑winning, New Orleans‑cele‑
in and still enjoy the full menu;
TheSouthAsianTimes.info SCI-TECH August 11-17, 2018 27

Google releases AI‑ Facebook removes US conspiracy
packed Android 9 Pie theorist's pages for hate speech
San Francisco: Google has released adding that the company was
San Francisco: book has “completely fake”.
its latest version of Android working to add key capabilities
announced it has removed four Facebook said after it blocked
Operating System ‑‑ Android 9 Pie, right into Android to help people
pages of US conspiracy theorist those Jones pages, it received
which harnesses the power of achieve the balance with technolo‑
Alex Jones for violation of its more content from the same
Artificial Intelligence (AI) to pre‑ gy they are looking for.
policy that bans extremist behav‑ Pages that was taken down for
dict how users would like to expe‑ At Google developers conference
iours including hate speech. glorifying violence.
rience their devices while offering in May, Google previewed digital
“Earlier today, we removed Those pages broke Facebookʼs
a smoother navigation system and wellbeing features for Android
four Pages belonging to Alex graphic violence policy, and used
an easier way to track and limit including a new Dashboard that
Jones for repeatedly posting “dehumanizing language to
usage of apps. shows time spent on the device; an
content over the past several describe people who are trans‑
It comes with features like App Timer that lets users set time
days that breaks those gender, Muslims and immi‑
Adaptive Battery, which learns the limits on apps and greys out the
Community Standards,” grants, which violates our hate
apps you use most and prioritizes icon on the home screen when the
Facebook said on Monday, speech policies,” Facebook said.
battery for them, Google said in a time is up.
Xinhua news agency reported. Apart from Facebook, Jones
statement on Monday. Google said "Digital Wellbeing"
The worldʼs largest social has also been banned from other
Another interesting feature that is now available in beta for Pixel
media company said it has been major social media platforms,
Android 9 Pie brings is Adaptive phones running Android 9, and Alex Jones of Info Wars
pursuing a policy that wants such as Google‑owned YouTube
Brightness, which learns how you will be officially available in the
“everyone using Facebook to feel Page. Jones has been banned and Apple.
like to set the brightness in differ‑ next few months.
safe. Itʼs why we have from posting violating content Apple confirmed on Monday
ent settings, and does it for you. It will be coming to Android One
Community Standards and on his Facebook pages for a peri‑ that it had taken down five pod‑
"Android 9 aims to make your and other devices later in 2018,
remove anything that violates od of 30 days, Facebook said. casts of Jonesʼ infamous “The
phone even smarter by learning the tech giant added.
them, including hate speech that Jones is a notorious conspiracy Alex Jones Show,” and a number
from you and adapting to your Android 9 features a new system
attacks or dehumanizes others.” theorist who claimed the Sandy of other audio streams from his
usage patterns," said Sameer navigation featuring a single, clean
Facebook said it banned four Hook Elementary School shoot‑ right‑wing media platform
Samat, Vice President of Product home button. Users can swipe up
videos on four Facebook Pages ing that occurred on December InfoWars.
Management, Android and Google to see a newly designed
for violating its hate speech and 14, 2012, in Newtown, Apple said Jonesʼ podcasts that
Play. "Overview", the place where you
bullying policies, and these Connecticut, was a hoax. violated its guidelines were
"It also helps you get things done have at‑a‑glance full‑screen pre‑
pages were identified as the Alex He denied the shooting, which removed from its directory
faster, like predicting what you views of your last used apps.
Jones Channel Page, the Alex killed 20 students and six school “making them no longer search‑
will want to do next based on your The "Smart Text Selection" fea‑
Jones Page, the InfoWars Page staff, had never actually able or available for download or
context and displaying that action ture is designed to make switching
and the Infowars Nightly News occurred, asserting that it was streaming”.
right on your phone," Samat said, between apps easier.

DISPLAY CLASSIFIEDS
28 August 11-17, 2018 HUMOR TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Humor with Melvin Durai

We need ice, but
do we need ICE?
I
f you ask Indians on the street immigration laws. Others feel that Some politicians want to abolish
how they feel about ice, you will ICE has not been aggressive enough. ICE, prompting many others to
probably get puzzled looks that Itʼs an interesting debate, but the defend ICE. Theyʼre concerned that
say, “What kind of an idiotic ques‑ first thing that the U.S. government ICE might melt away in the heated
tion is that?” needs to do is rename ICE. Itʼs not political climate. But many of the amount of ice used during the the interior may be thankful at first.
Those who bother answering the fair to ice to be connected with ICE. people who donʼt want ICE to melt recent World Cup in Russia. No, not West Virginia businessman: “It
question may say something like Letʼs just compare them: away are often oblivious to a bigger for the beer, but to cool off all the used to take my grandfather six
this: “Of course, I love ice. Who does‑ 4 Ice has been around for bil‑ concern: ice melting away. German fans. hours to get to the beach, but it
nʼt love ice in this burning heat? If lions of years; ICE has been The world needs ice badly, partic‑ So why should we be concerned takes me only four hours. Isnʼt it
you want some cold water, just ask around since only 2003. ularly the ice in the Arctic and about all this ice melting? Why great?”
for a cup of ice and wait a second or 4 Ice helps cool people down; Antarctic regions. According to a should we try to slow down global Son: “Did your grandfather drive a
two.” But if you ask Americans on ICE makes people sweat. report in The Guardian, two studies warming? Well, when the ice melts, slow car or what?”
the street how they feel about ice, 4 Ice can be used to treat ankle have shown that me lting in it increases the amount of water in Businessman: “No, the ocean has
you will get mixed opinions. “We sprains and other injuries; Antarctica has “accelerated three‑ the worldʼs oceans. Some scientists been moving closer to West
donʼt need it anymore,” some will running from ICE can cause fold in the last five years” and the believe that unless something is Virginia.”
say. “Ice is too cold.” ankle sprains and other polar ice sheet is now disappearing done, global sea levels could rise by Son: “Arenʼt you worried that it
Ice is indeed cold, but those com‑ injuries. faster than a crowd in Los Angeles more than one meter over the next will keep coming closer?”
plaining that itʼs “too cold” are usu‑ 4 In hot weather, people often after someone shouts “ICE!” 50 years. The choice is clear: Either Businessman: “No, Iʼm prepared
ally referring to ICE, not ice. ICE ʻraidʼ the refrigerator for ice; Ninety percent of the planetʼs ice we do something about g lobal for that. Why do you think I bought
stands for Immigration and Customs during an ICE raid, people is found in the Antarctica, which lost warming or we all take swimming a mobile home? If the ocean gets too
Enforcement, the government hide in the refrigerator. a total of 2.71 trillion metric tons of lessons. close for comfort, weʼll just move
agency that arrests and deports 4 Ice is used as a surface for ice between 1992 and 2017, accord‑ Granted, only the coastal areas further back.”
unauthorized immigrants. Many hockey, figure skating and ing to a study published in the jour‑ will be submerged at first. People Son: “So this is what they meant
people believe that ICE has been too other sports; ICE never lets nal Nature. Can you picture 2.71 tril‑ who live near the shores will gradu‑ on CNN when they said that America
aggressive in enforcing Americaʼs people skate. lion metric tons of ice? Thatʼs the ally move inland. People who live in is turning blue.”

Laughter is the Best Medicine

By Mahendra Shah

Mahendra Shah is an
architect by education,
BEST entrepreneur by pro-
fession, artist and
RATE humorist, cartoonist

FOR and writer by hobby.
He has been

INDIA recording the plight
of the immigrant
AND Indians for the past
many years in his
PAKISTAN cartoons.
Hailing from Gujarat,
he lives in Pittsburgh,
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By Dr Prem Kumar Sharma Delhi, India: +91-11- 2644 9898, 2648 9899
psharma@premastrologer.com; www.premastrologer.com

AUGUST 11‑17, 2018
ARIES: Be pragmatic about your expansion CANCER: There is a new opportunity LIBRA: Remain alert at work, as you are CAPRICORN: Newlyweds can expect a
plans. Try to be discreet with your views waiting for you, but you will have to seize prone to committing mistakes. You will time of their lives, as love overwhelms
and make sure you have all the relevant it quickly. You can be a bundle of nerves succeed in cutting domestic expenses by them. Financial stability is regained
information handy as the top management may in this week regarding some issue. Delegating tightening your belt. You may need to bring about despite overstepped budget. Irregular workouts
be gauging your levels of efficiency. Attending to tasks and asking for help as and when required some changes at home. Stop being over conscious may tell upon your health. A delayed payment is
your social obligations will be a priority this will he lp you meet the desired objectives. about the way you look; concentrate more on the likely to be released, but not without you running
week. Suspicion is likely to cloud your mind on Someone in the family may irritate you to no end, happiness that you got to look forward to. A dis‑ around. Encounters on the social front could
the romantic front, but things will turn out differ‑ but keep your temper in check. Robust health will puted property bothering you is not likely to get impress you by the welcoming respect you are
ently. Avoid digging the things happened in the find you energetic and cope up with challenges! you into any legal wrangle. Interest and gain from given. Children bring laurels and give you one
past and handle the situations with tact this Unexpected expenditures might shake your bank occult experiences and legacies is indicated. more reason to smile. Health should not be one of
weekend. balance and could be a matter of concern. SCORPIO: Homemakers may have their your worries as you feel on the top of the world
TAURUS: You will find your coffers brim‑ LEO: A change in the place of work is hands full with chores around the house. this week.
ming, as you grow financially stronger. worth considering and in fact is the need Someone on the social front is likely to AQUARIUS: You are slated to enjoy this
Make sure you have evaluated the poten‑ of the hour. Someone you helped in the take you for granted. Career is set to shine for week with friends and relatives. Some of
tial of your resources before making any strong past is likely to reciprocate in full measure. those involved in sports or adventure. Those you may travel out of town for health
commitments. Health remains good, as you Excellent time to rejuvenate as friends make you involved in litigations will see successful settle‑ reasons and benefit from it. An excellent opportu‑
become more fitness conscious. Students are like‑ feel special and celebrate your success on the ment of disputes. Some of you may face an nity awaits those who are planning to embark on
ly to fare well in competitive exams. Do not neg‑ career front. An opportunity on the romantic embarrassing situation as you forget your wallet something new on the professional front. This is
lect your love life as it can hamper the peace of front will need to be seized, if you want someone at home. Capricorn women are likely to hear the right time to get your business expansion
mind. Litigation cases will settle in your favor. on your side. A house bought on installments may some good news from abroad and should cash in plans on paper. Some other unscheduled tasks
Wear something in white or yellow if appearing finally be yours. Donʼt get too involved in the on the opportunities immediately. Commit your‑ can delay an important assignment at work.
for a job interview. problems of the loved ones as they may resent self a daily exercising regimen. Spend quality time with loved ones and find ways
GEMINI: Plans for a get‑together are likely your interference. SAGITTARIUS: Good returns from a finan‑ to show your appreciation. Finances will be good.
to be cancelled, as others may not be in VIRGO: You may feel overwhelmed with cial venture can be expected. Stars gov‑ PISCES: Stars advise you to carefully
the mood. Taking centre stage and the new responsibilities that need to be erning your love life seem on the ascen‑ study the financial trends before making
expressing your ideas generate new business accomplished. Avoid any monetary trans‑ dant! Spiritual travel or exposure to spiritual liter‑ any investments in this week. Your consis‑
opportunities. Focus on supervising things under actions this week as stars appear unfavorable. ature is now indicated. tent efforts will help to prove your mettle at work
your guidance rather than doing everything by Seniors would want you to work over time. All Singles have excellent possibilities of entering this week. On the work front, it is best to seek
yourself. Someone may interfere with your desire work and no play might irritate you. Getting used into wedlock. Small changes in personal relation‑ assistance from co‑workers to ease your work‑
to arrange the house in an aesthetically pleasing to changed circumstances on the home front will ships might upset you, especially if your efforts load. A social gathering is likely to prove most
manner. Stars advise you to control your temper be good for your peace of mind. Delays in a long are being taken for granted. Be diplomatic in your enjoyable. Spending a romantic evening with the
while things do not turn as per your plans. journey cannot be ruled out. A lifestyle disease interactions at work and donʼt react to any dis‑ one you love cannot be ruled out. A business trip
Wearing shades of blue will help you stay calm can play up, if you are not regular with your exer‑ agreements. Efforts on the work front bring more will give you enough opportunities to attract a
and composed. cising regimen. recognition and fame. good financial position in the long run.

11th August, 2018 ANNUAL PREDICTIONS: FOR THOSE BORN IN THIS WEEK keep you trave lling frequently
Traits in you: As you are governed throughout this year. You will be able
by the planet Moon, you hold the traits health but one of your aged family may help you grow in your profession. lot in your personal life as well. to get success by cracking overseas
such as honesty, sensitivity, emotions memberʼs health may degrade and put However, you will find your seniors to business, which will bring you foreign
and intelligence. You are respected you in immense stress. be too tough to appease. 15th August, 2018 currency.
among your know circle for your wit Finance this year: You are not Romance this year : Your love life Traits in you: You being guided by Career this year: Your pending
and decision making capabilities. Your advised to get involved in any financial will be strengthened by the trust and Venus are dynamic, creative, honest, works may gain momentum and get
charismatic personality and knowl‑ deals or partnerships this year as it love of your partner. You may receive joyful, and charming. Your carefree completed by the end of this year.
edge wins you admiration in your pro‑ may end up in your loss. You may lots of gifts from your partner, which nature can influence people to lead Though you will be ahead of others
fessional and personal friend circle. invest in real estate business this year will make your love stronger than their lives the way you do. This may regarding to efficiency, you would not
You are blessed with patriotism and as you will be benefited in future from ever. You should give enough time and help them heal them emotionally. You be able to earn much.
you are pretty religious. However, you these investments. take care of the elders and children in need to control your mood swings. Romance this year : Your romantic
have many negative traits that make Career this year: Your commitment the family. However, your laziness may make you life may get disturbed due to your fre‑
you lag behind others as an individual. and enthusiasm towards your work lag behind others though you are quent business outings. You need to
Health this year: You may remain win admiration from your colleagues 14th August, 2018 more deserving than they are. spend extra time with your partner to
worried for your health throughout and seniors. Your stubbornness may Traits in you: As you have the ruling Health this year: You should start make up the loss of time you are
the year. create problems for you in future. You planet Mercury, you are born smart, practicing Yoga and meditation to keep expected to spend together. Keep your‑
Finance this year: You will have a will be able to face your challenges sentimental, sharp, practical, dignified, yourself mentally and physically fit. self away from any nasty arguments
fluctuating income this year. You will bravely this year and expectedly, you and unique. You have a charismatic Finance this year: Your management with your partner as it may make your
receive financial support during cru‑ will solve them all to perfection. If you personality, which attracts people skills will enhance, which will help you relationship weak.
cial times from your friends and rela‑ are a sportsperson or artist, you will towards you. You can make friends invest your money in a right way. If
tives. You need to perform on every receive awards, rewards, and apprecia‑ easily as you are trustworthy. You you are into business, you should 17th August, 2018
opportunity you get as it will stabilize tions from all around the world. need to work on your characteristics enter into some computer related busi‑ Traits in you: Saturn being your rul‑
your financial condition. If you can of being impatient and possessive at ness as this will be a highly rewarding ing planet makes you ambit ious,
realize your plans into actions, then 13th August, 2018 times. business this year dynamic, creative, sober and practical.
you may get benefits straightaway. Traits in you: Your ruling planet Health this year: Your health will Career this year: You are expected to You are the owner of a dynamic and
Career this year: You may take vari‑ Uranus allows you to showcase your remain good provided you take a good gain fame and good luck throughout charismatic personality, which differ‑
ous crucial decisions to grow profes‑ vibrant nature and win many hearts care of your health. You may consult this year. To get new heights in your entiates you from others. Your stub‑
sionally but you would not get enough with you enthusiasm and simplicity. By doctor to take preventive vaccines and profession, you need to be more bornness and selfishness might stop
support from your family. nature you are smart, dynamic, realis‑ medicines to remain healthy. knowledgeable and you should create you being a better individual. So you
Romance this year : You w ill be tic, daring and religious. You never Finance this year: You may go for new contacts. need to work on your nature to make
enjoying love, care, and support from lose your composure on tough times selling your property this year. You Romance this year : You w ill be it better.
your spouse or partner throughout the and solve every problem with equal may let your house for rent and this deeply involved in the romantic rela‑ Health this year: Some young family
year. If you have become eligible for efficiency. You are well aware of the will bring you monetary gains. Your tionship you are currently in. You may member may fall sick and you may
marriage, you will receive many mar‑ rules of life and consider each and dividends and interests may pay of f decide to get married this year. feel stresses and concerned for the
riage proposals this year. every thing in a realist ic view. this year. You should invest on orna‑ same.
However, you nature of behaving rest‑ ments or antique items as this seems 16th August, 2018 Finance this year: You may consider
12th August, 2018 less may hamper your personality and to be very profitable for you. Traits in you: Your dominating plan‑ investing in shares and real estates as
Traits in you: Your ruling planet impression. Career this year: T his year may et Neptune makes you realistic, opti‑ it might give you the highest returns
Jupiter makes you audacious, courte‑ Health this year: You should go for prove to be very rewarding for you. mistic, reliable, creative, and a simple for a long term. You may have to travel
ous, ambitious, dignified, and devoted regular medical checkups this year as You will be hugely benefited in your individual. Though you take a lot of to a distant place for business purpose
towards your work. You love music there are chances of degradation of profession as a result of your time to trust someone, it last forever towards the end of the year.
very much and you want to be a musi‑ your health conditions. improved personality and confidence. once you start trusting someone. You Career this year: You may be benefit‑
cian always. Your personal traits dis‑ Finance this year: You will settle You will be appreciated and admired believe in being a methodical person. ed in your professional life by working
play that you are an independence lov‑ your property related legal matters to by your colleagues and employer as However, you have to work on your on the current projects.
ing individual and you like to take your satisfaction and the settlement you will be able to showcase your tal‑ nature of behaving arrogant and domi‑ Romance this year : Your romantic
your own decisions without anyoneʼs will bring you mental peace. ent and skills. nating at times. life will flourish this year with lots of
interference. Career this year: You will be hugely Romance this year : Your romantic Health this year: You need to take love, care, and concern from your part‑
Health this year: You may have to benefited in your professional career life would be extra ordinary this year. more care of your health by going ner. You will gain immense confidence
visit distant pilgrimages to attain men‑ this year. You will develop a very good You will not find your spouse to be through regular medical checkups. from the trust of your partner and you
tal peace. You will enjoy a sound relationship with your colleagues. This supportive enough. You may suffer a Finance this year: Business trips may will succeed in your new ventures.
30 August 11-17, 2018 SPIRITUAL AWARENESS TheSouthAsianTimes.info

Truth is high, true living is higher
we have accumulated while pass‑
ing through the wheel of life. How In order to progress in
many times we have gone wrong spiritual path, we need
in matters of non‑violence? to develop right under‑
Nonviolence has several aspects.
It involves non‑injury in
standing so that we can
thought, word and deed. We know have right thoughts,
that we should not kill or hit any‑ right words and right
one but still we are violent to deeds. Each day we
some. We may be able to develop
have so many shortcom‑
control over ourselves so that we
do not physically harm anyone, ings in leading an ethical
but we are quite careless when it life. We have so many
By Sant Rajinder Singh comes to non‑violence in words failures in the areas of
Ji Maharaj and thoughts.
non‑violence, truthful‑
We injure the feelings of so

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ife on earth, as we have it, many people, we think ill of so
ness, humility, selfless
has a tremendous bearing many others. And because of our service and chastity.
in building the body and grievous lack of patience, we are
mind. We must therefore strive to prone to speak harshly. We must each one in a humble tone, with How many opportunities for self‑ through touch. So how should we
simplify life and learn to live truly. weigh our words carefully. If we a sweet voice. But in reality each less service, we take advantage maintain chastity? We have to just
It is true living on which every‑ can keep control on our tongue, person thinks that he or she all of? By serving se lflessly, we control our attention. If our atten‑
thing e lse depends, even the we will find that our issues will be powerful, all‑know ing and expand our hearts from our self to tion is riveted at the centre of the
search for one self. The impor‑ resolved lovingly and we will not endowed with the greatest of our family, to community, our soul in the body, we will not be
tance of true living cannot be over injure or be injured in the process. qualities. We are filled with ego. country, the world and ultimately affected by what we see or hear.
emphasized. It is rightly said, For those treading the spiritual Ego manifests in dif ferent forms the cosmos. We should observe chastity in
"Truth is higher than everything, path, truthfulness is one of ethical i.e. ego based on know ledge, Selfless service comes from an thoughts, words and deeds. To be
but higher still is true living." The virtues we need to inculcate. wealth and power. We try to understanding that we are all pure is the ground on which God
problem of personal conduct of Failures in truthfulness can be flaunt our knowledge. We try to members of one large family of manifests. Christ said, "Blessed
man as an individual is one of broken down into categories of overawe others with our power God. To truly perform selfless are pure in heart, for they shall
prime importance for success in falsehood, deceit, hypocrisy and and we try to prove our superiori‑ service, we must act without any see God."
spiritual path. In order to illegal gain. Some failures under ty to others on the basis of the desire for a reward or recognition. As a result of failure in leading
progress in spiritual path, we these headings are quite obvious, riches we possess. It is one of the goals of spirituality ethical life, our soul continues to
need to develop right understand‑ such as telling a lie or stealing. We should have love for all the to help all humanity develop the come again and again to this cre‑
ing so that we can have right People can lie in thought, word or people, regardless of their social quality of love and service to all. ation, without hope of returning
thoughts, right words and right deed. It basically means they are status and position in life. The Chastity is the most important to its source. The only way to
deeds. hiding the truth. We need to real‑ more we empty ourselves of our part of spiritual life. Spirituality become purified is to take shelter
Each day we have so many ize that while we may sometimes ego, the more God's grace can cannot dawn on a mind which is under a Living Master. T he
shortcomings in leading an ethical hide the truth from others but we enter into us. driven or attracted through the Master throug h meditat ion
life. We have so many failures in cannot hide it from God. He is all Then we lack compassion. Man outgoing faculties to the outward process helps us to lead an ethical
the areas of non‑violence, truthful‑ knowing and He is watching us all was created to have sympathy for enjoyment. Out of five outgoing life. He has treatment for all our
ness, humility, selfless service and the times, so our thoughts, words his fellow beings, to share the faculties of eyes, ears, nose, touch ailments. He is yearning and long‑
chastity. and deeds should be above board. pain, the trials and tribulations of and taste, three are most power‑ ing to come and bestow His love
Unfortunately, we have devel‑ Next comes humility. Humility others. We should share the sor‑ ful. Lust attacks us eighty percent on us.
oped ugly blemishes and are cov‑ means treat ing every human rows and afflictions of our fel‑ through eyes, fourteen percent
ered with the dirt and dust of sins lows, as well as of entire creation. through ears and six percent (For more visit www.sos.org)
being as equal and speaking to

Being active and being still
However, each person needs to lem or create something new, we
By Sant Rajinder take time from all their busy activ‑ need to take time from our busy
Singh Ji Maharaj ities and be still. schedule to tap into our inner

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Being still has many purposes. It resources. Similarly, to achieve
rom childhood, our life is a is in stillness that we come up self‑knowledge and God‑realiza‑
series of activities that with creative ideas. It is in stillness tion we need to learn to sit in still‑
occupy our time. Parents that we solve a difficult problem. ness.
create a schedule for their infants It is in stillness that we have reve‑ When we sit in stillness it may
and toddlers. As children, our life lations. Scientists, musicians, look to others as if we are not
becomes a regiment of one activity artists, poets, writers, philoso‑ doing anything. Yet, in stillness we
after another. In school, we rush phers, and inventors often came are doing the most important
about to reach classes on our up with masterpieces by sitting in activity in life̶finding our soul things at work. If we run a house‑ be used to stopping our mind, to
schedule. When we graduate, we stillness. From the stillness arose and God. Few people attain God in hold, we can spend some time sit‑ let our soul have its voice. When
take a job and we have a list of new ideas that revolutionized the life. Why? They do not know how ting in stillness to reflect on how all is still, we find the soulʼs voice
tasks to do. It seems our whole life world. to do nothing. If they would learn we can solve our family problems is calling for us to find God. If we
is occupied in one activity after Similarly, stillness is where we to sit and do nothing, they would or make life for our family better. are still, we can hear the Voice of
another. Thus, when we try to find our soul and God. God cannot find everything. If we are involved in the arts, the God, or the Music of the Spheres,
meditate, we find it almost unnatu‑ be found by outer activity; God It may be good for each of us to stillness can help us tap into our the Celestial Harmony, or the holy
ral to sit still and still our mind. can only be found within. set aside some time daily to prac‑ creativity.If we learn the art of sit‑ Word.
As a society we seem to value Meditation requires stillness for tice sitting in stillness. At our jobs, ting in silence, even for our world‑ We can balance our activities
activity. The more we are seen attaining spiritual results. we can spend some time thinking ly work, we will be able to transfer with times in which we are still. In
doing, the better it looks. Few peo‑ Our life is like a train rushing about whether we are doing our that ability to sitting in silence for this way we can improve our medi‑
ple value sitting in silence. We along tracks of busyness. We are work in the best possible manner meditation. We will find we are tations. By sitting still in medita‑
think that if we sit still, we are not so used to being busy that it feels and if not, how to make improve‑ less jumpy and restless. We can tion we will find that we can be
doing anything. We fear being unnatural to stop our activities to ments. We may come up with a develop the ability to sit still for the most productive, because we
labeled as lazy or incompetent. sit in silence. Yet to solve a prob‑ new and better way of doing the longest possible time. We will can attain the state of finding God.
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