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Liquor store owner’s murder pain revived:

Accomplice charged in another murder
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH This news accurately reflects concerns of our

en years after the callous and gut- small business owners – the fear of offenders
wrenching murder of a Kiwi-Indian coming out of our justice system and re-
liquor-store-owner Navtej Singh in offend,” said a visibly agitated Mr Singh.
Manurewa, Auckland, the pain has come back The account of the death of
to grip the family and the community, when Navtej Singh in 2008
NZ Herald revealed on Wednesday, November Z Herald had published the account
14, that one of the accomplices involved in the of the death of Navtej Singh and the
murder was also charged early this year for prosecution process that ended in 2010.
another murder – this time that of a teenager. The night of his murder, Navtej Singh was
NZ Herald reported that Myron Robert Alf busy working in his South Auckland liquor
Felise, 30, admitted assaulting 18-year-old Eli shop.
Francis Holtz at the intersection of Wellesley St A few streets away his killer was running
and Queen St early on the morning of Saturday, out of booze during a drinking and marijuana
January 27. Navtej Singh Myron Robert Alf Felise smoking session with friends in a garage.
This is almost 10 years after Myron Felise, Anitelea Chan Kee said he wanted the party
to continue and hatched a plan to “do a liquor
accompanied six other men, in an aggravated in West Auckland in 2013, by a similar set community about the fateful incident and tragic shop” with brothers Myron and Tino Felise,
robbery at a liquor store in Manurewa on the of fun-seeking, opportunistic teenagers – is death of a young, hard-working store-owner,” Jason Naseri, and cousins Eti Filoa and Walter
fateful night of June 7, 2008, resulting in the permanently etched into the memories of the Mr Singh said. McCarthy.
gut-wrenching murder of 30-year-old hard Kiwi-Indian community. “I want to ask how many lives are we He asked for volunteers to join him.
working liquor store owner Navtej Singh. That pain, along with the sense of insecurity, prepared to lose before we can fix our criminal Armed with a rifle, Chan Kee and the five
That time, Myron Felise escaped without and a question toward the efficacy of the justice system.” others piled into two cars.
being held responsible for murder and only criminal justice system of New Zealand seems “The fact that these opportunist criminals can Navtej and his business partner Gurwinder
being charged and found guilty for the to revisit the minds of dairy store and liquor go out of our justice system and kill others at Singh were watching the clock and looking
aggravated robbery. their will is a big question mark on the system. forward to getting home to their families
store owners within the Kiwi-Indian community
The trial court in Auckland had then found “In this case, we only know of two instances that night.
every time an incident of aggravated robbery The group of looters barged the shop and
only one man, Chan Kee, out of a total six, where this offender had gone out and killed
and assault happens. ordered them to hand over the cash. It was
who had barged in the shop together with the somebody else. Who knows if there were more?
intention to rob, guilty of murder. A question mark on the criminal “This is a major concern of many small
reported that Navtej was shot even when he was
justice system readily cooperating with the orders and handing
The other five, including Myron Robert Alf business owners who are not sure about how

over the cash to the robbers.
Felise, were found not guilty of murder or harag Singh, a Sikh community leader, our justice system will deal with these so-called
Later, at the time of judgment in court,
manslaughter. and owner of a similar small business that young violent offenders,” Mr Singh said.
Navtej’s wife Harjinder Kaur said in her victim
It is important to note that the tragic saga has experienced violent aggravated attacks in “Our shop owners live in a fear that these
impact statement how the tragic death had made
of Navtej Singh, along with Arun Kumar – the past expressed frustration with the news. teenager offenders can go scot-free roaming
her numb, leaving her clueless how to raise her
around their workplaces, even if they get caught
another dairy store owner who was murdered “It is indeed a painful reminder to our three daughters.
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“I’m looking for my Indian father,”:

Kiwi-mum, given away for adoption at birth
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH genealogical researcher, and met a letter to biological father advising Soon after coming out of that

with her in 2004 when she travelled she was pregnant – she never heard adoptee meeting, Mrs Struckett
ifty-two year old Kiwi-mum
to Auckland – an experience that Mrs from him again,” Mrs Struckett said. undertook the Ancestry DNA test for
of two, Anne Ellen Struckett,
Strukett found “pointless and too Mrs Struckett’s mother was sent tracing her biological father side, and
who was given away for
hurtful.” away to Putararu to give birth and reports arrived after eight weeks in
adoption at the time of birth, is still
“I felt no connection with my eventually returned home without the January 2018.
looking for her Fiji-Indian father.
biological mother, right from the newborn baby. Mrs Struckett was linked to a
“From what I have been able to
moment I made my first phone call Years later, when she went to meet Nathan Singh on her father’s side as
find about my ancestry so far, I am
to her in 1999 to the time I visited her biological mother in Auckland, a possible first or second cousin.
aware that my father would be around
her in Auckland five years later,” Mrs Mrs Struckett felt a similar sense of After that she, along with her
74 years old. So time is not on my
Struckett said. disconnect. sister (adopted family) and partner,
side,” Mrs Struckett told The Indian
However, what she came to know The resurgent desire to teamed up together to launch a global
Weekender from Australia, where she
from her biological mother about find the biological father hunt on the internet – via google,
currently lives with her family.
her biological father was even more However, it was not almost a facebook, LinkedIn – for a Nathan
“My research so far is pointing
depressing, as with a fading memory decade after that first meeting with Singh of Fiji-Indian descent, sending
toward the likelihood that my
several experiences of heartbreak, she could hardly recall much detail her biological mother that Mrs numerous emails and social media
biological father could be the first-
desperation, and unrelenting efforts about him, except that he was a Fiji- Struckett felt a resurgent desire of messages.
cousin of some Narendra Singh of
of finding her Indian-roots. Indian. seeing her biological father. One of such shooting-in-the-dark
Suva, Fiji.
Reconstructing the past Biological mother and “It was in November 2017 that I emails was eventually, and divinely,
“My ancestry DNA results have
Mrs Struckett was born in October father were pen friends attended an adoptee support group in answered by a kind family, who
linked me to Narendra Singh’s son
1966 in Putararu, New Zealand to “I was advised by my biological Australia, and firsthand heard about identified themselves as Nathan
Nathan Singh, who currently lives in
a Pakeha mum, before being given mother that she got in touch with my lifelong family searches, heartache, Singh.
California with his family, as a first
away for adoption where she was biological father through a pen friend rejection, loss of identity and self- A phone call followed, where Mrs
or second cousin,” Mrs Struckett said
adopted by a family of Pakeha-mum club. esteem issues. Struckett revealed the findings of
in an emotional appeal to find any
and British father, who moved to “They wrote to each other for “I had left that meeting in tears, DNA test linking her to Mr Singh
information leading to her biological
Australia when she was eleven years almost six months before meeting for and I knew then that I needed to as a possible first-second cousin and
old. the first time in New Zealand,” Mrs embark on my journey so that I can sharing all the information she had
“I have also come to know only in
Since then she had lived a happy Struckett said. truly understand who I am and where about her biological father.
March this year that my biological
life and even going ahead and raising “My biological father is most likely I came from. Fortunately, Mr Singh assured all
father’s family had a transport
a loving family of her own around to be visiting his sister who probably “I needed to know my Indian possible help. It was not up until
business in Fiji in 1966 [at the time
two kids and a husband. lived in the Auckland region. heritage and connect with lost this time (February 2018) that Mrs
of birth],” Mrs Struckett revealed
However, her quest to find her own “My biological mother and father family,” an emotional Mrs Struckett Struckett knew about her biological
in a hope to finally bring the long-
biological parents had never quite had dinner in Mt Eden area along told The Indian Weekender about father’s family business – a fact
awaited good news.
diminished. with his sister. what triggered a relaunch of the revealed to her only in March 2018,
This information about her
Mrs Strucket was first able to “I am advised that I was conceived mission to find her biological father. from a New Zealand court record.
biological father is gold, which
locate her biological mother in 1999 during this brief visit. Armed with this new information,
has come to her after almost two Casting the net within the Mrs Struckett called Nathan Singh
decades of prolonged search, with the help of a New Zealand based “When my biological mother sent Fiji-Indian community again for some help, and this time he

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Indian flag hoisted in

born outside mutual consent and usual conjugal
4-year old
Mrs Struckett
“I am fully aware to understand the fact

Auckland Townhall
that accepting the reality of having a child not
known to the rest of the world could be scary
and can come with social consequences.
“But I am prepared to proceed with utmost ¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH
care and sensitivity, as I have done in the past,

with any information leading to her biological on. Consul of India,
father. At this stage, I don’t even know that Bhav Dhillon,
he would even be aware of my existence in attended the annual
this world. Did he receive the letter that my Auckland Consular Corps flag
raising ceremony on Thursday,
biological mother sent to him announcing her
November 15.
pregnancy at all?” asks an emotionally charged
Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff,
agreed to convince his father, Narendra Singh Mrs Struckett.
hosted the 36th annual event
of Suva, to undertake a DNA test. This is one question, amongst many others
outside the Town Hall (Aotea
The test report arrived in July this year that continuously criss-crosses her mind and
Square Side), which was attended
confirming what has been established in earlier soul every day in the two-decade-long pursuit
by members of all countries with
tests that she was linked as a first or second of her roots and self-identity.
a diplomatic presence in New
cousin to Mr Singh.
In September 2018, another expert on an Keen to embrace her extended Zealand’s largest city.
Indian family Countries that maintain a
ancestry site provided with a definite gene
chart for Mrs Struckett and establishing that diplomatic presence in Auckland
However, it’s not just her own questions and
her biological father should be the first cousin attend the annual ceremony to
anxiety that her quest is all about, it is also about
of Narendra Singh (Nathan’s dad). Since then bring colour and cultural diversity
the keenness to know and accept her extended
her pursuit has not revealed much, but she is to the consular corps flag-raising
Indian family from her biological father’s side.
refusing to give-up tantalisingly so close to event.
“I am indeed keen to find his extended family
fulfilling her long-cherished hope of meeting Auckland-based international
even if he is not interested in knowing me,” said
her biological father. consul generals, honorary consuls
Mrs Struckett with much positive conviction,
“I have exhausted all possible avenues of and life members of the consular
hoping for the best outcome.
further leads, including that of government corps gathered to raise their
Experts of human psychology though warn
authorities in New Zealand and Fiji. respective flags in an annual event.
that not all quests for family-reunions end Delivering the opening address, Mayor Phil
“However, it’s tough for me to give up on my This was the first occasion when the Indian
positively with a memorable experience. Goff acknowledged the work of Auckland
life-long chase so close to its end. flag was raised in this event.
However, Mrs Struckett has so far not given Consular corps in fostering cultural, economic
“I have a feeling that by sharing my story Speaking to the Indian Weekender, Mr
with your readers I might be able to trigger up or refusing to lose hope on the big dream of and political links, along with promoting
Dhillon said, “Indeed it’s a proud moment.
something that could connect me to my finding her Indian-roots. an affinity among the diplomatic corps of
The Indian Weekender wishes Mrs Struckett “Hoisting India’s flag is always a privilege, respective countries.
biological father,” Mrs Struckett said. and when the flag is being raised along
good luck in this frustratingly long search of Consular Corps of Auckland exists to
Fully aware about sensitivities her Indian heritage. We encourage our readers with an elite group of countries maintaining build fellowship amongst and unite foreign
Being an adult herself with a loving family to write to us at a diplomatic presence in the biggest city representatives in Auckland through events and
around, Mrs Struckett is fully informed about if they think they have any information that can of the South Pacific region, it becomes communications.
the sensitivities around connecting with a child help in her search. genuinely joyous.
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Government announces decision Malayali Samajam

to re-enter Pike River Mine gets a new team


¡¡ IWK BUREAU n the occasion of Kerala Piravi,

he Pike River Mine Drift will be re- Auckland Malayali Samajam hosted its
entered, Minister Responsible for Annual General Meeting (AGM) and
Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little released the list of the new team to lead and
announced on Wednesday, November 14. conduct the events for the organisation in its
“I’ve decided the Te Kahui Whakamana Rua coming year.
Tekau Ma Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, Kerala Piravi marks the birth of the state
recommended a course of action to enter the
of Kerala that happened on November 1,
drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far
the safest option,” Mr Little said. 1956, prior to which it was three independent
“I’ve been considering the re-entry provinces named Malabar, Cochin and
recommendations, risk assessments and Travancore. This occasion also marks the
information provided by the Pike River The Pike River Mine disaster popular President’s Trophy Boat Race hosted

Recovery Agency, along with input from an he Pike River Mine disaster was a in Kerala along with other cultural celebrations.
independent advisor, Rob Fyfe. coal mining accident that took 29 The Malayali community in Auckland
“The re-entry method I have approved is the lives in one of the worst underground
simplest and safest plan.  “The New Zealand Police is closely involved celebrated Kerala Piravi with a gathering
disaster that country has seen.
“The process we’ve gone through to plan a in the operation. With their support and advice, of around 200+ people at the Mt Eden War
the drift tunnel will be thoroughly examined Beginning on November 19, 2010
safe, re-entry has been extensive and robust.  Memorial Hall on Saturday, November 3 with a
through to the roof fall area. in the Pike River Mine, 46 kilometres
Experts from around the world have spent small cultural celebration and later announcing
“Work to prepare the mine drift for re-entry is northeast of Greymouth, in the
months examining details of all the risks
West Coast region of South Island, the new team to lead its activities for the next
pertaining to each option. underway, and includes venting methane from
the mine, pumping nitrogen into the mine, and explosions continued for a few days. 12 months.
 “The planned method of re-entry will be
made safe through the use of controls, in line then filling the drift with fresh air. Additional At the time of the explosion 31 The new team is lead by Yeldos Pukkunnel
with mining standards around the world.  boreholes have to be drilled and this work will miners and contractors were present Varghese as the President, Prasad V G as the
“This is an extraordinarily complex get underway immediately. in the mine. Two miners managed to Vice-President, Sunny Mathew Kuzhikombil
undertaking and we have had the benefit of “The advice I have received indicates that it walk from the mine; they were treated
as Secretary, Dr Mary Smitha Shaji as Joint
advice from some of the best in the world in is likely to be around February before the re- for moderate injuries. Hopes were still
Secretary and Joby George as the Treasurer.
their field. entry proper gets underway, by breaching the alive for the safety of remaining 16
“Safety has been our paramount concern miners and 13 contractors. Other members of the executive team are Mrs
30m seal.
throughout this planning process and supported “The people of New Zealand can rest assured However it was only after second Julie Vinu, Vidhya Elavakunnath, Sunil Menon,
wholeheartedly by the Pike River families.  that this re-entry plan is achievable.  It is now and third explosion on November 24, Dilin Abraham Kuriakose and Kavitha Raj.
“I want to thank the families for working our intention to get this job done, and try and 2010 that all hopes of survivors were AMS has also chosen its Area Representatives
alongside the Pike River Recovery Agency find out why those 29 men went to work on given away bringing greif to families such as Dr.Sam Mathai, Varkey Joseph, Shino
over the past months.  And for the eight years in November 19, 2010, and never came home,” and the nation. Thomas, Shali Clement and Sajan Joseph
which they never gave up hope. Mr Little said.
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Auckland parks recognised as

best green spaces in world
¡¡ IWK BUREAU the Green Flag Awards recognise “These awards are a testament

Auckland as a great place to enjoy to our staff, community volunteers
uckland Council parks have the beautiful outdoors. and contractors who work tirelessly
been recognised for another “Parks make a major contribution all year round to fulfil and maintain
year as some of the best to our quality of life and have far- the high standards demanded by the
green spaces in the world. reaching social, environmental, Green Flag Award.”
The Green Flag Award – an economic and cultural benefits,” she Auckland Council parks
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“RCEP negotiations were launched

RCEP talks makes steady in November 2012 and include 16
countries: New Zealand, Australia,
the 10 countries of ASEAN (the
progress amidst growing Association of South East Asian
Nations), China, India, Japan and

fears of protectionism
South Korea.
“Seven Chapters of the agreement
have now been concluded including
Government Procurement, Customs
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH Partnership (RCEP) have advanced to Procedures, Sanitary and Phyto-
the final stage. Sanitary Measures, and Standards

inister of State for Trade The leaders were in Singapore to and Technical Regulations – which
and Export Growth, participate in the two day East Asia will improve the trading conditions
Damien O’Connor has Summit, ASEAN Summit, and RCEP for New Zealand businesses into the
welcomed a commitment to conclude Summit meetings. The RCEP countries, according to world’s population and markets that RCEP economies.
the Regional Comprehensive RCEP - considered by many as New Zealand government statistics, take more than half our total exports,”  “RCEP countries have worked
Economic Partnership negotiations a major surviving beacon of hope in March 2018, accounted for almost Damien O’Connor said. intensively this year, under
next year following substantial amidst growing fears of protectionism 32 per cent of world GDP, at US$27 “It will also provide us a free Singapore’s leadership as ASEAN
progress this year. and trade wars – envisages creating a trillion, and 28 per cent of global trade relationship with India, a fast- host for 2018, to bring RCEP close to
The leaders of sixteen countries have free trade zone between 10 ASEAN trade, while covering more than 3.5 growing economy with a GDP of conclusion.
collectively issued a joint statement in countries and six countries with which billion people.  more than 2.6 trillion in 2018.  “There is a strong resolve to build
Singapore on Wednesday, November it have separate free trade agreements, “When concluded, the RCEP “RCEP is a counterbalance to the on the current momentum and wrap
14, confirming that negotiation on the viz, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Agreement will anchor New Zealand rising protectionism that threatens the up RCEP negotiations in 2019,” Mr
Regional Comprehensive Economic Australia and New Zealand. in a regional agreement with half the global rules-based trading system. O’Connor said.

Bihar & Jharkhand

Sabha host
Chhath Puja

embers of the Bihar and Jharkhand
Sabha of Australia and New Zealand

MAHATMA GANDHI CENTRE (BJSANZ) gathered at the residence

of a community member in Kumeu to host and
celebrate Chhath Puja.
Chhath Puja is an important and popular
VENUE HIRE | ONSITE PARKING | TEMPLE WITHIN THE COMPLEX Hindu festival with origins in ancient Vedic
times predominantly celebrated in the states of


Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in India and
some parts of Nepal.
Devotees observing Chhath gathered at the
INHOUSE CATERING SERVICES residence of a community member Rupesh and
Shubhu Kumar on Tuesday, November 13 to
observe and participate in the holy festival of
The Chhath Puja is dedicated to the Sun God,
to thank him for bestowing the bounties of life
on earth and request the granting of certain
The rituals of the festival are rigorous and
observed throughout four days including holy
bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking
water, standing in water for an extended period
and offering prasad and argha to the rising and
setting sun.
The very first day of Chhath starts precisely
four days from Diwali and last for another four
days. On this day the people who observe fast
take a bath at a river or pond and prepare lunch
consisting of rice, dal mixed with pumpkin and,
made in pure ghee.
The second day is known as Kharna or kheer-
roti or kheer-puri. The people observe fast for
the full day without taking even water and eat
this kheer-roti as dinner after offering it to the
rising moon and Goddess Ganga. This is the
only time when they eat or drink anything
from the starting of the day until the last day
of Chhath.
The third day is the main festival day of
Chhath where the devotees maintain ‘nirjal
vrat’ (fast without even taking a drop of water)
on the third day. It mainly consists of going to
the river bank and offering ‘argha’ (offering of
fruits and sweets in winnow) and performing
An all-purpose indoor facility close to the heart of the city makes Mahatma Gandhi Surya Namaskar to the setting sun followed by
the next day event of offering argha and Surya
Centre a versatile and attractive Venue for Indian Weddings, business functions, Namaskar to the rising sun on the fourth or last
day of Chhath. The fast then comes to an end
social gatherings and religious functions. Our knowledgeable priest provides after offering argha to rising sun. In this way,
religious services and ceremonies including weddings. A large commercial Kitchen nearly 42 hours of strict penance comes to an
facilities and a wide range of catering options available for all occasions. The main worshipers, called Parvaitin pray
for the well-being of their family, and for the
prosperity of their offspring.
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Radha Krishna Sri Ganesha Temple in

Temple, Bhartiya ChCh hosts Diwali Puja
Mandir to conduct
Tulsi Vivah

hartiya Mandir and The
Radha Krishna Temple on temple group
Tuesday, November 20, holds monthly
will participate in the ceremonial Puja, usually the
festival of Tulsi Vivah at the second Saturday of
Bhartiya Mandir in the presence
of over 200 community members.
the month that brings
Tulsi Vivah is a ceremonial ¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD more than 200 10 despite active on social media as well

mariage of Tulsi (the holy basil devotees s e v e r a l through which the events venues,
he Indian community community special pujas and other news
plant) to the avatar of Lord Vishnu,
in Christchurch came events and social gatherings about its activities are spread to
Sri Krishna. The event is held as together to celebrate
“We have been observing this very conducted by different its devotees and further support
an actual wedding between two people or Diwali last week organised by
important festival, and it is well attended organisations the same day. the temple cause by attending
families with each side representing the Sri Ganesha Temple at Waimairi Men, women and children the events and donating for the
families of the groom and the bride. Tulsi by the devotees and community members.
Community Centre. gathered at the venue from 6:30 temple.
is venerated as a goddess in Hinduism People come well dressed with their Despite not having a permanent p.m. at the venue clad in “We strongly
and is sometimes considered as a wife of families, carry shagun items, gifts, sweets temple space yet, Sri Ganesha beautiful festive dresses, believe it is not
Vishnu, with the epithet, Vishnupriya “the and sharing the festivity with another,” Temple group has organised Puja samagri (items), far away to
beloved of Vishnu”. The legend behind President of Auckland Indian Association several community Pujas fruits and sweets to reach our
Tulsi Vivah and its rites are told in the looking after Sri Radha Krishna Temple and celebrations at different share. primary
scripture, Padma Purana. community centres getting the “We are glad to see objective
told The Indian Weekender.
This year, Sri Radha Krishna Temple on people under one roof observing the devotees coming of having a
The rituals and prayers for the special pujas and Hindu festivals in good numbers and permanent
New North Road will act as a bridegroom Vivah will be conducted by Acharya together. bringing their friends Sri Ganesha
and Bhartiya Mandir as the bride’s side
Upendrabhai Joshi and Pandit Govind The temple group holds and families to such Temple in
with an actual bridegroom procession monthly Puja, usually the second
Prasad Sharma from Bhartiya Mandir events and making the Christchurch
starting from Radha Krishna Temple to Saturday of the month that puja and celebrations a with all our
Bhartiya Mandir. and Acharya Devrambhai from Sri Radha
brings more than 200 devotees big event. It’s a people’s Devotees support
The day is observed with pujas and Krishna Temple. to the selected community venue event and they have been our and God’s blessing,” Ms
other rituals from the afternoon –women The celebrations and wedding and the numbers are increasing support,” one of the trustees and Muralidaran added.
apply henna and prepare themselves for ceremony rituals will start at 7:30 p.m. through time. spokesperson from Sri Ganesh The temple earlier in October
the ceremony in the evening, and the after receiving the bridegroom at Bhartiya To observe and celebrate Temple Charitable Trust in organised Navaratri celebrations,
ceremonial marriage will be conducted at Mandir and will continue till late in the Diwali Puja, more than 50 people Christchurch Sathiya Muralidaran Ganesh Chaturthi puja and other
the Bhartiya Mandir later in the evening. evening. turned up at Waimairi Community told The Indian Weekender. small and big festivals at different
Centre on Saturday, November Sri Ganesha Temple is quite times of the year.

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Shanti Niwas hosts Diwali for seniors NZ Women’s


enior citizens of Shanti Niwas Charitable
Trust on Wednesday, November 14,
gathered in colourful ethnic dresses at
Bhartiya Mandir to celebrate the festival of
team off
The celebration included the rituals of Diwali
puja and some cultural performances planned to India
to play
and performed by the seniors. Present at the
event were MPs Kanwaljit Bakshi, Parmjit as a family. Some seniors
Parmar and Priyanca Radhakrishnan, members The seniors shared their memories of of Shanti Niwas

of NZ Police, and leaders of other community celebrating Diwali with their families and participated at
organisations to support the seniors. friends back in India and performed with equal the saree exhibition with
Speaking at the event, General Manager of vigour and excitement at the temple. Onehunga Library showcasing draping and
Shanti Niwas, Nilima Venkat applauded the Shanti Niwas Charitable Trust hosts several wearing different kinds of Sarees from different
efforts of the seniors for their performances at events for the seniors on a daily basis at their parts of India.
the event. She also acknowledged the work of centre in Onehunga and three different centres Shanti Niwas conducts several activities at
the volunteers in bringing the event together at different intervals of the month. The seniors the Bhartiya Mandir community hall, holds
and hosting the celebrations for the seniors. participate in English learning classes, yoga sessions in branches in North Shore and
The event commenced with welcoming and dance classes, other learning activities at Manurewa.
the guests and seniors followed by a brief the centres. Earlier in October, Shanti Niwas “It feels good to see our multi-talented
about Diwali, its significance in the lives also conducted its second season of Senior Idol seniors so energetic and ready to learn new
of individuals, rituals to follow and how to competition getting the seniors to compete in things and perform without any hesitation,” Ms
celebrate the victory of good over evil together the singing competition. Venkat told The Indian Weekender.


ouch sport Kabaddi has gained
immense popularity in New Zealand
with more number of youngsters
signing up to learn the game.
The NZ Women’s Kabaddi team has geared
up for the upcoming WaWo Women’s League
competition to be held in Rajasthan, India
from 18 November to 9 December.
“The final preparation has been completed
for the NZ Women’s Kabaddi Team selected
to travel to India to partake in the WAWO
Women’s League Competition,” NZ Kabaddi
shared on social media.
The team is headed by Tara Singh Bains
as the President, Kimmi Hassan as Team
Manager, and ten players who have been
practising hard for the last few months to win
the title.
The ten players from the NZ Women’s
Kabaddi team for the India tour are Leanne
Gardiner, Jeyla Ropati, Sally Kao Kao, Gloria
Suddens, Missy Elliot, Corey Roberts, Conal
Grant, Emmeline Croft, Joanne Suemalo and
Kath Wharton as coach and player for the
The team’s first match will be held in Jaipur
on Sunday, November 18 against Pemal
Warriors. A total of 45 matches will be played
in Jaipur, Ajmer, Khatu Shyam Stadium and
finals to be held on December 9.
The six other teams competing for the title
in the league are Jhansi Rani Champions,
Panna Dai Defenders, Karnavati Challengers,
Pemal Warriors, Padmavati Royals and Hadi
Rani Paltan.
“The players have been working very hard
for the league and we are confident they will
giving a very tough competition to the other
teams at the league,” President of NZ Kabaddi
Women’s team, Tara Singh Bains said.
“Thank you to all who have contributed in
getting the team travel and game ready,” NZ
Kabaddi posted on social media.
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 16, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 11

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who knowingly import drugs must also form a
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi part of New Zealand Police policy.
National Party List MP Information available suggests that Auckland
teenagers were importing drugs to sell to
their peers. These are incredibly dangerous

his Labour led coalition seems to have substances which are so potent even a small
it priorities wrong. amount can kill or be diluted to supply up to
This is visible in its approach in a 50 people.  
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Its soft approach on crime has now filtered its Minister Iain Lees-Galloway inexplicably
way to the New Zealand Police.
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our Police visited 84 addresses as part of a
granting residency to a violent, gang associated,
fraudster who also imported illicit drugs when
there are a number of qualified people from
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Illicit drugs ruin lives and cause a great deal
involved in illicit drug import yet not one
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Voters in the 22 Polling
Venues that had their
voting postponed due to

bad weather to now vote
this Saturday

upervisor of Elections
Mohammed Saneem says that
SANDEEP SINGH the 22 Polling Venues that had
The elections in South Pacific
voting postponed due to bad weather

he provisional results suggest neighbour Fiji was held on
yesterday will now have their voting
that the Fijian voters have Wednesday, November 14 with some
this Saturday from 7.30am till 6pm.
given a tick to the incumbent reported disruption after heavy rains.
Saneem says that 7,498 voters are
Prime Minister and the leader of Fiji Fiji's supervisor of elections, expected to vote at these 22 Polling
First Party, Frank Bainimarama, with Mohammad Saneem, had told a press Venues. He says they had initially
52.8 per cent votes of the total votes conference 23 polling venues had said 23 Venues however he says they
counted so far. become inaccessible due to incessant had repeated one venue that was
His nearest rival and main rain and flooding and polling was Raiwasa Community Hall.
opposition leader, leader of ruled out altogether. He says they will be ready to
SODELPA Party, Sitiveni Rabuka, Mr Saneem said polling at those conduct elections in these venues.
was held back at 37.18 per cent. locations would begin at a later The Polling Venues in the
Biman Prasad, the leader of the date, to be announced following Korovou Area include, Delakano
oldest political party of Fiji, National consultations between his office and FEO Shed, Natadradave FEO Shed,
Fiji's Electoral Commission. Nasinu Community Hall, Turagabeci
federation Party (NFP) was trailing
This year's vote is the second Primary School, Lodoni Primary
at a distant third with 7.53 per cent.
democratic election to take place in School and Naivicula District School.
However, it crossed the minimum 5
Fiji since a military coup ousted the In Rakiraki the venues are Korotale
per cent threshold to ensure it returns Mandir, Raiwasa Community Hall,
to the parliament after decades of Government 12 years ago.
The counting is still continued. Namuaniwaqa Primary School and
languishing with three seats (as per Mataso Primary School.
provisional counting so far). More details are awaited.

Balmindar Singh ready for parliament Fiji Police Force will continue to
closely monitor security situation
irst-timer Balmindar Singh
made his way into Parliament
on a FijiFirst ticket.
during post-election period: Qiliho
An elated Mr Singh said he was olice Commissioner Sitiveni
now looking forward to contributing Qiliho has stated that with
to the welfare of the country. 7,498 voters yet to cast their
“With the election over, vote Qiliho has urged members of the
the concentration is now on public to continue with the positive
implementing our policies and momentum and support the work of
fulfilling our promises as per the police officers when voting resumes
FijiFirst manifesto,” he said. at the 22 polling venues on Saturday.
Mr Singh says hard work had Qiliho has also assured all
really paid off. Fijians that the Fiji Police Force
“It was tiring days and nights will continue to closely monitor the
but finally it had come to fruition security situation during the post-
through our victory at the polls.” election period.
Mr Singh says his priority areas The Police Commissioner stated
would be on water, sanitation and that while the counting of votes
agriculture as these were of great continues at the National Count
concern. Mr Singh worked at the Fiji Center, information received from
Independent Commission Against officers deployed to the more than
Corruption before deciding to enter 1,000 polling stations during pre-
Balmindar Singh
politics. polling and on Election Day have breaches against the Electoral Act
He has a Masters in Commerce was going to take that risk of entering “I am thankful for the teamwork, been positive. that have been referred to FICAC for
and a Masters in Business politics,” Mr Singh recalled. to all supporters who voted and also Qiliho says that from the policing investigation.
Administration and has also “That’s when I told them that life to all who didn’t,” he said. perspective, police operations were Qiliho has also acknowledged the
been actively involved in various was a risk and at a point in time we “It is time that we all come made easier as members of the public, political party agents who
community- based organisations. have to take the risk, whether it was together, hand in hand for an public were very supportive of the were present at polling stations and
The 43-year-old is married and now or later.” inclusive community for all.” work conducted by Election officials, the count centers for cooperating
has three children. He says his So Mr Singh embarked on the He also congratulated Prime Police officers and other stakeholders with police officers as it enabled
family was taken aback when he journey of passing the message Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and involved in the election process. officials and officers to provide a safe
decided to join politics. across to the people and managed to thanked him for his support and He has also highlighted that there and conducive voting environment
“At first they asked me whether I win their hearts. encouraging words. were however three reports of alleged for all Fijians to cast their vote.


Every Media to follow the
rules of the country: Raj

very country has laws which

ommonwealth Secretary- and participated in the preparation needs to be followed while
General, Kamalesh Sharma for these 2014 national elections. covering the General Election.
has sent a congratulatory “The announcement of the Media Industry Development
message to Fijians for participating official results is awaited, but we Authority chair, Ashwin Raj has
in large numbers in a democratic are encouraged by the preliminary highlighted that whether it is an
process to express their views statement issued by the Multi- international media or local media
clearly on their choice of leaders and national Observer Group.” they all must abide by the same set
representatives. Mr Sharma said the election of rules.
“The authorities of Fiji are also to was a critical step in Fiji’s return Raj says at times people get into
arguments which are easily caught
be commended for their organisation to full democratic and civilian
by political critics.
and administration of the election. constitutional rule.
“So here we are saying that we
"We acknowledge with “We urge all concerned to continue
abide by the rule of law and this is
appreciation the many working together in consolidating
what the rule actually is saying. Then
Commonwealth countries and and strengthening the gains achieved they will turn and say oh there is no
individuals who provided support by this landmark election,” he said. rule in Fiji we rule by law.”
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Diwali and Bandhi Chhorh Divas celebrated

at Sikh temples around Auckland
¡¡ SWATI SHARMA New Zealand’s biggest Sikh temple in MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi also joined the According to Sikh history, the sixth guru

he joyous season of festivals continued Takanini saw close to 20,000 people attending member of community in the celebrations of of Sikhs Guru Hargobind was released from
with gurudwaras around the country the festivities this year. At one time the prayer the biggest event in Indian calendar. prison on this day. Mughal Emperor Jahangir
room saw about 600-700 people sitting and also released 52 Hindu Kings along with
celebrating Bandi Chhorh Divas, an History
some waiting in the queue waiting for their

important historic event in Sikh religion on him. Hence the name ‘Bandi Chhorh Divas’
turn to offer their prayers to Sri Guru Granth istorically, Sikhs celebrated Diwali
November 7, the day of Diwali. (meaning the day of releasing from prison).
Sahib. along with Hindus after Guru Amar
A gorgeous display of lights and fireworks The festival is celebrated like Diwali by
A huge crowd of devotees waited in the Das listed it along with Vaisakhi as
was seen at all the major Sikh temples in grounds of the gurudwara to watch the decorating houses, lighting lamps, fireworks
a festival for Sikhs. But later became more
Auckland. From New Lynn to Manurewa, spectacular firework display, one of the finest organising feasts for family and friends. This
popular and known as Bandhi Chhorh Divas
North Shore to Takanini, gurudwaras were in Auckland. is considered an important festival Sikhs’
in 20th century following several religious
packed with devotees from all around From political front, leader of National calendar along with Vaisakhi, Gurpurab, Hola
adopting this name.
Auckland. Party Simon Bridges and National’s List Mohalla and Maghi.

Celebrations in
Gurudwara Sri
Kalgidhar Sahib
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 16, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 15

Auckland’s newest suburb

Milldale to get 9000 homes
¡¡ IWK BUREAU infrastructure, with the Crown contributing who are nearing their debt limits.

less than $4 million. The Milldale development will be a modern,
inister of Housing and Urban
The SPV funding will be repaid over time contained urban development with green
Development Phil Twyford and
partly by Fulton Hogan Land Development and spaces and parks, a town centre, cycleways and
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff had
walkways, and potentially education facilities,
on Tuesday, November 13, announced a partly by section owners as an ‘infrastructure
and will be connected to the Northern Busway.
partnership that will fund $91 million of roading payment’ collected with Council rates bills.
Fulton Hogan Land Development in
and wastewater infrastructure to support the This new model of infrastructure financing conjunction with a joint venture partner
building of 9000 homes near Wainui, north of means that long-term debt can be raised through has previously developed Millwater, on the
Auckland. the SPV to enable the building of large-scale eastern side of the northern motorway and sees
The Government Special Purpose Vehicle infrastructure, which is needed to step up the Milldale as the next evolution of this urban
(SPV) has been created in partnership with rate houses being built and to assist Councils development.
Auckland Council, Crown Infrastructure
Partners and Fulton Hogan Land Development.
Mr Twyford said the Milldale project
demonstrates an approach to funding that
allows private investment in new infrastructure
with the debt sitting on a balance sheet that is
neither the Council’s or the Government’s.
“The Milldale project is an example of
the innovative new approaches to financing
infrastructure that the Government is
developing through the Urban Growth Agenda.
This funding model can be used in other high
growth areas affected by the housing crisis to
help more houses to be built more quickly.
“This could include private investment
in infrastructure funded by a charge on the
properties that benefit from the infrastructure.
“This new infrastructure funding model will
result in a large number of homes being built
much sooner than otherwise would have been
the case. 
“One of the major road blocks to our towns
and cities growing is the lack of ready access
to finance for the infrastructure that allows for
new urban growth, for green or brownfields
developments,” Mr Twyford said.
Mayor Goff said Milldale will be a great
place for Aucklanders keen to live in a new
modern eco-friendly environment connected to
the rapid transport network.
“A key priority for us in Auckland is to
address the shortage and unaffordability of
houses in our city,” Mr Goff said.
“We’ve zoned much more land for housing,
but we need the infrastructure before we can
build on it.
“Using Crown Infrastructure Partners
to fund that infrastructure enables us to
build roads, water and wastewater services
without overburdening Council with debt and
exceeding our debt-to-revenue ratio.
“We can build more homes sooner and tackle
the housing crisis quicker than would otherwise
have been possible.
“This Project enables nearly 4,000 new
dwellings in Milldale and the infrastructure
can support another 5,000 dwellings in the
surrounding areas as well. It’s a big step
towards meeting Auckland’s housing needs,”
Mr Goff said.
Fulton Hogan Land Development has already
started work on the Milldale development at
Wainui, which will have nearly 4,000 homes
and businesses. The infrastructure being
funded will support the Milldale development
and will also enable another 5,000 homes to
be built nearby, with $33.5 million funding for
this being provided by Auckland Council.
Crown Infrastructure Partners has secured
long-term fixed-rate debt from Accident
Compensation Corporation. The SPV
will be funding $48.9 million towards the
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pressing issues that need the attention of the government over the next six years. Policy
changes, new policies and an environment that facilitates investment will be vital. This week in New Zealand’s history
The recent renewable energy auctions, which failed to attract significant bids, bring to the fore
the crucial question around price caps. 16 November 1840
While providing low-cost electricity is essential, so is a sustainable power sector. New Zealand officially becomes British colony
The issue that merits more debate is whether a free-pricing market with a regulator that ensures
no cartels are formed is a better solution in the long run than price caps.
This argument applies not only to renewable energy, but all sectors. Investors in any sector face
N ew Zealand officially became a separate colony of the United Kingdom, severing its link
to New South Wales. North, South and Stewart islands were to be known respectively as
the provinces of New Ulster, New Munster and New Leinster.
variable dynamics across a variety of factors ranging from input prices, credit costs, research and
development costs and foreign exchange risk. 17 November 1925
“Pricing” of a product or a service needs to consider all that goes into making or producing New Zealand and South Seas International Exhibition
the product.
To give an example, drug pricing for a patented drug involves significant research and
development costs.
Therefore, the price of a drug needs to factor in a fair amount of analysis to determine the price
G overnor-General Sir Charles Fergusson opened Dunedin’s New Zealand and South
Seas International Exhibition in November 1925. By the time the exhibition closed in
May 1926, it had attracted over 3.2 million visitors, more than double New Zealand’s total
over and above raw materials.
population at the time.
Similarly, for other sectors, it is vital that the rapid pace of growth and expansion can continue
so that risk-taking businesses can get rewarded adequately.
Extreme measures to control prices can lead to sector problems, thereby discouraging 19 November 2010
investments and research. Pike River mine
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and services, and sustainable industry dynamics.
In the financial markets, India needs to further embrace mark-to-market valuations in the
corners of the market that still utilise hold-to-maturity accounting. Banks hold certain financial
T he Pike River underground
coal mine is high in the rugged
Paparoa Range, on the West Coast
instruments as hold-to-maturity from a regulatory perspective. of the South Island. The only access
Besides these instruments, the quicker the rest of the fixed income product universe moves to the mine workings was through a
towards mark-to-market regulations the more robust a capital market India will have. 2.3-km-long tunnel that intersected
While increased mark-to-market regulations might lead to an initial slowdown in the bond with the Brunner coal seam.
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Only minor
election say
ND observers
he multinational observer
group watching Fiji's
elections says they have seen
no evidence of wrongdoing to date.
Voters in remote areas went to the
polls last week and the group says
there have been only minor glitches.
There have been reports of some
voters not finding themselves on
the voter list and one of the group's
members Jane Prentice said they had
encountered some such cases.
"We can assure you that our
observers will continue to monitor
this issue on Election Day and detail
our observations following the
election. This issue also highlights
the need for voters to ensure they
check the polling station where they
are registered to vote on Election
Day." Ms Prentice said observer
teams saw election officials assisting
people however they could in line
with electoral laws.
The MOG's initial observations

ndo-Fijians last week marked High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas would be outlined two days after the
the 102 years anniversary of SS Sapkal said yesterday was the day 14 November election and a final
Sutlej, which brought more than when the last Girmit ship completed report issued as soon as possible, Ms
800 Indians to Fiji. its journey to the shores of Fiji. Prentice said.
Between 1879 and 1916, a total of He said after the SS Sutlej, no "We will be looking at electoral
42 ships made 87 voyages, carrying further ship came to Fiji bringing processes based on both Fiji's
Indian indentured labourers to Fiji. Girmitiyas. “The Girmit system was national legal framework as well as
A total of 60,965 passengers left abolished after the arrival of the SS good international practices."
India, but 60,553 (including births Sutlej in 1920,” Mr Sapkal said. She said while the political debate
and deaths at sea) arrived in Fiji. “Today we are celebrating the day has been animated and spirited, the
campaign period had been calm and
A total of 45,439 boarded ships as remembrance for the arrival of the
in Calcutta and 15,114 in Madras. last ship to Fiji.
"We encourage all parties to
The SS Sutlej brought the last lot of “60,553 Girmitiyas came in 87
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, and Infrastructure & continue to conduct themselves
grimitiyas to Fiji before the indenture ships during the 37-year period to Transport Parveen Bala addressing the crowd on November 11, 2018. in this way during and after the
system was abolished. work as indentured labourers. in Fiji. They have contributed labouring time. They had to work announcement of the results.
More than 300 people gathered “We should recognise and immensely and that was against all very hard with just about five hours "It is imperative that all candidates
at the Albert Park in Suva to mark remember all of the passengers odds. of sleep. They have contributed a lot seek to address any complaints
and celebrate the Sutlej Girmit because without their sacrifices, “They were suffering and had to the development of Fiji, including related to the electoral process
Remembrance Day. without their hard work, we cannot a lot of problems, they were not the development in the education through established legal and
While officiating the event, Indian see today’s wonderful development paid properly during the indentured field,” Mr Sapkal said. constitutional channels."

Chief Justice Gates dismisses FICAC's Top awards go to

appeal against Sitiveni Rabuka
Chief Justice Anthony Gates has dismissed FICAC’s appeal against Fulton Hogan Hiways
iji was honoured in
Sitiveni Rabuka and set a cost of $4,000 to be paid to Rabuka Christchurch last

he Chief Justice has just week when two of
ruled that FICAC’s appeal the employees of Fulton
has failed and essential Hogan Hiways received top
elements were not proved in the case. awards at the Fulton Hogan
He also said that Magistrate Jioji Annual Recognition Awards
Boseiwaqa was correct that the
A panel of judges from From left: Fulton Hogan Hiways Operations
prosecution did not prove the case
Fulton Hogan reviewed Manager North, Solomone Nabete, FHH Chairman
beyond reasonable doubt. Bob Fulton, and FHH Construction foreman North
hundreds of entries from Mele Kapaiwai
The Magistrates Court had earlier all of its operations spread
found Rabuka not guilty of the throughout New Zealand, Fiji and in saving the life of Malevu villager,
charges relating to the declaration of the Pacific region. Ratu Ritova Baleilevuka through
his assets and liabilities as required “To win even one of these awards applying CPR to the drowning
under the Political Parties Act. is a singular honour, but to win in victim, a technique he learned in his
It was alleged that Rabuka two categories against the overseas company’s first aid training.
made a false declaration of assets competition is truly special,” said Almost all of the 488 FHH staff
and liabilities to the Supervisor FHH General Manager, Duncan of has now been trained in first aid,
Fraser. The top safety award, The Bill which John Tinsley, FHH Safety
of Elections by failing to provide
Perry Living Safety Award, went to and Training Manager said has
information namely, the tax liability
the 108 FHH Northern Division staff now effectively placed FHH first
with Fiji Revenue and Customs for their “outstanding achievement responders throughout most of
Service in the amount of $316,956, of working 365 days injury free.  the country capable of providing
the investment and interest income Accepting the award on behalf of the emergency first aid treatment.
with Raghwan Construction Limited team was Solomone Nabete, FHH “We are extremely proud of our
in the amount of $200,000 and Operations Manager North. safety record in Fiji and to have
$16,000 respectively and the liability Sitiveni Rabuka In another major category, Mele our efforts endorsed by our parent
with Raghwan Construction in the Kapaiwai, FHH Construction company is a reaffirmation that
amount of $120,000, contrary to the The alleged incident occurred on FICAC had appealed the case after foreman North, was recognized with the team is moving in the right
Political Parties Act. the 29th of December last year. the Magistrate acquitted Rabuka. the Extra Mile Award for his efforts direction,” concluded Mr Fraser.
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 16, 2018 INDIA 19


rime Minister Narendra Modi
on Wednesday launched a new
digital platform to connect
Asean and Indian banks and financial
technology firms and pitched India
as the “best destination” for fintech
companies and startups.
Speaking as the first head of
government to deliver the keynote
address at the Singapore Fintech
Festival, Modi said the economies of
scale achieved in India by the LED
bulb industry allowed the technology
to become more affordable globally.
“Likewise, India’s vast market can
enable Fintech products to achieve
scale, reduce risks and costs, and go
global,” he said
“It also helps that India has the
largest data consumption in the
world and the cheapest rates for
data... So I say this to all the Fintech
companies and startups: India is your
best destination,” he added.
Along with Singapore’s deputy
premier, T Shanmugaratnam,
Modi launched APIX (Application
Programming Interface Exchange),
a global platform that will initially
connect Asean and Indian banks and
Fintech firms before being rolled out Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australia counterpart Scott Morrison held talks and discussed ways to furthers deeoen the bilateral ties, including in areas of trade,
defence and security. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore.
more widely.
APIX is a banking technology
platform designed to reach two
billion people worldwide who are
PM Modi calls for early conclusion of Regional Comprehensive
still without bank accounts and was Economic Partnership
designed by software experts in rime Minister Narendra Modi on bloc, accounting for 30% of global trade, once
Hyderabad, Colombo and London. Wednesday called for an “early implemented.
Modi said his presence at the conclusion” of negotiations on the In convening talks among RCEP leaders,
Fintech festival, the world’s largest, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong said a final
was an acknowledgement of the (RCEP) even as his Singapore counterpart agreement on the deal, expected to cover nearly
financial revolution in India that had warned that the trade deal will lose credibility if half the world’s population and 40% of world
changed 1.3 billion lives. discussions are further prolonged. trade, would be delayed until 2019. “Further
“With the power of Fintech and the Modi joined other leaders of RCEP – which prolonging negotiations puts the RCEP at risk
reach of digital connectivity, we have includes 10 Association of Southeast Asian of losing credibility and support from our
started a revolution of unprecedented Nations (Asean) members and China, Japan, stakeholders,” he said.
speed and scale... More than a billion Sudhanshu Pandey, additional secretary in the
Australia, India, New Zealand and South Korea –
biometric identities, more than a commerce ministry, told reporters in Singapore
in Singapore to take stock of the negotiations that
billion bank accounts and more than that Modi called on fellow RCEP leaders to give
began in 2012 and to give the mandate to trade Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday
a billion cell phones give India by far mandate to trade ministers and negotiators to take highlighted the need for an early conclusion of the
ministers to take things forwards.
the biggest public infrastructure in Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
RCEP aims to create world’s largest free trade the economic grouping forward. (RCEP) agreement through multilateral and bilateral
the world,” he said.
area and will lead to the largest regional trade talks among the member countries

AIADMK unveils new statue of Jayalalithaa at

Chennai headquarters after criticism
he ruling AIADMK unveiled a new
statue of former chief minister J
Jayalalithaa at its headquarters in
Chennai on Wednesday, months after the earlier
one was criticised for not resembling the former
party supremo.
According to a party release, AIADMK
coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint
coordinator K Palaniswami paid floral tributes
to the ‘refurbished’ statue of Jayalalithaa, in the
presence of senior leaders, including MPs and
state ministers.
Palaniswami is the chief minister of Tamil
Nadu and Panneerselvam is his deputy. The
two leaders also felicitated sculptor Rajkumar
Udayar who designed the statue, it said. A life-
size statue of the leader was unveiled by the
two leaders on February 24, coinciding with
Jayalalithaa’s 70th birth anniversary. to go in for a new one. Ramachandran at the entrance of the AIADMK
However, it drew criticism from various Accordingly, the new statue was unveiled headquarters. The new life size statue is made
quarters that it bore little resemblance to Wednesday, and is placed near that of party of bronze and weighs around 800 kg, a little
Jayalalithaa following which the party decided founder and former chief minister MG more than the earlier one, party sources said.
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The actor refused to give his personal opinion on likely to
whether the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was a
“dangerous party” as he had still not entered politics. commit $30m
A in 8 Indian
ctor-politician Rajinikanth “Who is stronger? Is it the 10
has spoken again, this time against the lonely person or the
to clarify his remark about
the BJP that was widely seen as an
latter?” he asked.
He laughed off a question whether start-ups
attempt to distance himself from this could be taken as his view that hinese venture capital (VC)
the party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is funds are likely to invest
The superstar suggested he had the strongest. He said the Lok Sabha around $30 million in eight
been misunderstood and insisted that elections next year would provide the Indian start-ups, the Ministry of
he only meant that if the opposition answer. The actor, who announced Commerce and Industry said after
was working on a front against the his political plunge last year, has the 2nd Startup India Investment
BJP, they clearly perceived the ruling often been accused by his rivals of Seminar held in Beijing on Tuesday.
party at the centre as a danger. leaning towards the BJP. “In the 1st Startup India
Rajinikanth, who has been vocal Tamilisai Soundararajan, who Investment seminar, 12 Indian start-
in his support of the BJP in the past, leads the BJP in Tamil Nadu, said ups participated, of which 4 secured a
was on Monday seen as taking a pot- Rajinikanth had not fully grasped funding of $15 million from Chinese
shot at the BJP when reporters asked the loaded question. She added that
VCs. In the current round, 8 start-ups
him about the opposition effort to it was not what the actor had wanted
out of 20 participants are set to get
unite and its campaign that pitched to convey.
commitment of around $30 million,”
the BJP as a dangerous party.
He had responded “if everybody
‘Release all convicts in Rajiv it said.
thinks that way, definitely it
Gandhi case’ The Ministry said the seminar was
Rajinikanth also said organised by the Embassy of India
could be”. "For
he supported the in China in partnership with Startup
The brief response had even the
early release of the India Association and Venture
surprised BJP leaders in the state. opposition, yes, it
seven convicts in Gurukool to foster innovation and
“For the opposition, yes, it is is (dangerous). But,
the Rajiv Gandhi entrepreneurship among the Indian
(dangerous). But, whether it is so or whether it is so or not is Superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday said if 10 parties are getting together
assassination case
not is for the people to decide and the for the people to decide against one (BJP), then it shows who is strong. youth. The first seminar was held in
on humanitarian
elections will provide the answer,” and the elections November 2017.
he said at an unusual and hurriedly will provide the ministry had rejected the what the issue is.” “The event was planned to expose
“ T h e y
convened press conference at his answer." recommendation. Only the He said he had spoken to one of the Chinese VCs and investors to the
have served 27
residence on Tuesday. Congress and the BJP are not in convicts, AG Perarivalan, who was promising Indian start-ups and
years in prison. I
When reminded about his favour of releasing them. on bail a few months back. “I spoke also help Indian start-ups to reach
am for the release of all the
comment at the Chennai airport, the The actor said the question on the to him over the phone for about 10 out to the large Chinese investors
seven, serving a life sentence,”
superstar said, “Yes, for them if they issue fielded at the airport interaction minutes and consoled him,” the film for receiving investment for their
he said.
think so, was what I had meant.” was not clear and proper. star said. companies,” the Ministry said in a
The Tamil Nadu government had
But he did not give a clear-cut “I was just asked about the release When asked about the raging
in September this year recommended statement.
response to a pointed question on of seven… I had just landed and was debate over free government welfare
the release of all the seven prisoners 42 Indian entrepreneurs
what he thought about the BJP. not aware of the latest development. measures amid the controversy over
to Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who representing 20 Indian start-ups
“I can’t say now. It’s not for me but But it is not as if I am a fool and Vijay starrer Sarkar, Rajinikanth said
had stated that the matter was under participated in the event and pitched
for the people. Moreover, I haven’t unaware of the seven (convicts) in such steps were required 100%.
his consideration. before Chinese investors. More than
launched my party,” he said. the Rajiv Gandhi case,” he said. “But, we have to be very clear
The governor, however, is yet 350 Chinese VC funds and angel
He also said the opposition effort “Had I been asked clearly, I about whom it is being provided and
to decide on the matter. A petition investors participated in the day-long
to form a grand alliance to challenge would have answered yesterday for what. If it is for their upliftment,
under the right to information seminar, it said.
the BJP was like 10 people ganging then and there. Some are creating a it is certainly necessary, but not for
act shows that the Union home
up against one. misconception as if I do not know vote banks,” he said.

Double success, says PM Modi after launch of ‘Bahubali’ satellite

Marking ISRO’s fifth launch for the current year, the communication satellite carries high througout communication
transponders in the Ka and Ku bands which can expand high-speed data transfer in the remote areas of India

he successful launch of the ISRO’s orbit around the earth used to move a satellite
communication satellite GSAT 29 between two circular orbits. The launch vehicle
from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh is also capable of carrying a 10 tonne payload
on Wednesday marked the completion of the to low-earth orbit. The GSAT 29 was placed in
development stage of India’s heaviest launch the geosynchronous transfer orbit 16 minutes
vehicle, the GSLV Mark III, called ‘Bahubali’ 28 seconds after the flight. Its orbit will be
because it has double the carrying capacity of raised to the final circular Geostationary Orbit
GSLV Mark II. by firing liquid apogee motors in stages.
It will now be part of ISRO’s fleet of The satellite was placed at a 190 km perigee
operational vehicles, which includes the (closest distance to Earth) and 35,975 km
highly successful PSLV (Polar Satellite apogee (furthest distance from Earth).
Launch Vehicle). The organisation took to The GSAT 29, weighing 3423 kgs, is a multi-
Twitter to confirm the successful launch of the band multi-beam communication satellite.
communication satellite. It carries Ka and Ku band transponders that
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated “Today, will meet communication needs
ISRO on the launch saying that the double India of people from hilly and
success sets a new record of putting the heaviest has achieved a geographically inaccessible
satellite in orbit by an Indian launch vehicle. significant milestone. regions in Jammu and
“My heartiest congratulations to our Isro’s GSLV Mark III launch vehicle takes off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota
This is a very important Kashmir and the North
scientists on the successful launch of GSLV 2022 and Chandrayaan-2 in January 2019. GSLV Mark III’s first developmental mission regarding Eastern regions.
MK III-D2 carrying GSAT-29 satellite. “Today, India has achieved a significant flight in June 2017 carried GSAT 19 on GSLV Mark III The ISRO chairman had
"The double success sets a new record of milestone. This is a very important mission board. There was also an experimental programme." earlier said that the launch
putting the heaviest satellite in orbit by an regarding GSLV Mark III programme. flight of the GSLV Mark III in 2014, which could be postponed if the weather
Indian launch vehicle. The satellite will provide "The second successive successful mission tested the crew re-entry module essential for a was not conducive in the wake of cyclone
communication and internet services to the of launcher clearly shows the launcher has human space programme. Gaja. The Indian Meteorological Department
remotest corners of our country,” he said. completed the development flight and has Powered by two S200 solid motors, one had previously said that the cyclone was likely
This is the second development flight of entered majestically into the operational stage, L100 liquid core stage, and the third C25 to hit coastal Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh,
the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle along with the PSLV,” said Indian Space liquid cryogenic stage, the GSLV Mark III including Sriharikota from where the launch
(GSLV) Mark III, which will be used for India’s Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K has a carrying capacity of four tonnes into a happened. Gaja, however, changed its course
human spaceflight programme scheduled for Sivan. Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit, an elliptical on Tuesday.
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 16, 2018 INDIA ABROAD 21


ll the four Indian-American The first was Piyush Bobby Jindal, elected
Democrat members of the House Louisiana governor in 2007 who was followed
of Representatives were re-elected by Nikki Haley, elected South Carolina
in Tuesday’s election and a member of the governor in 2010; both are Republicans. The
community won the Attorney General’s third is Harris.
position in Wisconsin state. Shiva Ayyadurai, who ran as an Independent
Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents a against Massachusetts Democratic Senator
constituency near Chicago in Illinois, won Elizabeth Warren, lost badly, getting only about
about 66 percent of the votes to defeat his 3.5 per cent of the votes.
Indian-American challenger J.D. Diganvker of Warren has claimed Native American or
the Republican Party. American Indian ancestry and Ayyadurai ran
The other House candidates re-elected were a controversial campaign with the headline,
Pramila Jeyapal from Washington State, and Ro “Only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian’.
Khanna and Ami Bera from California. At least seven other Indians ran for Congress on
Together with the only Senator of Indian Democratic Party tickets but lost according to a
descent, Kamala Harris, they make up what database of the Indian American Impact Fund
they themselves jokingly call “The Samosa and Desis for Progress, which had endorsed
Caucus,” Harris won from California in 2016 Josh Kaul was elected Attorney General of The first is Gurbir Grewal, a turban-wearing them.
did not face a re-election as she has a six-year Wisconsin in a tight race with a margin of about Sikh, in New Jersey where Attorneys General Harry Arora, who ran for the House as a
term. None of the other Indian Americans 1 percent of the votes, although his victory is are not elected but appointed by the Governor. Republican from Connecticut, lost.
running for Congress made it. likely to be challenged by his Republican rival. Kaul is the fourth Indian-American to win a The database also showed that six Indian-
In a sign of the Indian-American community’s He will be the second Indian-American state-wide election, which sets the stage for him American Democrats had been elected to State
growing political involvement, Democrat Attorney General. to run for other higher offices. legislatures for the first time.

Trump names Indian-American

India emerges as leading
seed hub in Asia: Study

woman to prestigious judgeship I

ndia has emerged as a major seed
hub in Asia, with four Indian
seed companies featuring in top

10 of the first ever "Access to Seeds
S President Donald Trump has announced insensitivity to them and to minorities, Rao's Index for South and Southeast Asia",
that he is nominating an Indian-American nomination could ensure smoother sailing for his a study said.
woman, Neomi Rao, to the senior nominee in the Senate, although as a conservative While the list was topped by the
judgeship that was vacated by Brett Kavanaugh she will face an ideological inquisition at the Thailand-based East-West Seed, the
when he was elevated to the Supreme Court. hands of the Democrats. four Indian companies to lead seed
Flanked by a phalanx of about 20 top Indian- Rao comes from a Parsi family and her parents, industry on increasing smallholder
American officials in his administration, Trump both doctors, immigrated from India. farmer productivity were Advanta,
said at the annual White House Diwali celebrations A graduate of Yale University, she received her Acsen HyVeg, Namdhari Seeds and
on Tuesday that Rao was his pick for the District law degree from Chicago University and went on Nuziveedu Seeds.
of Columbia Court of Appeals judgeship. to be a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence The other five companies in the list
She is a "great person" who "is going to be Thomas. She has worked as a lawyer in former of top 10 were globally active seed
fantastic", he said. President George W. Bush's White House and with companies from outside the region,
Considered the most important court below the the Senate judicial committee before becoming a said the "Access to Seeds Index for
Supreme Court, serving on it is considered to open professor at George Mason University. South and Southeast Asia" study
a path to the nation's top court as four of the nine Trump praised the Indian-Americans in his published on Monday by the World
current justices had risen from its bench. administration, saying: "I'm grateful to have Benchmarking Alliance, a global
Of the 13 courts of appeal, the one in the District numerous Americans of Indian and Southeast multi-stakeholder initiative.
of Columbia is regarded as the most important as it Asian heritage who fulfil critical roles across my "With many foreign seed
is based in the nation's capital and weighty federal administration. And they've done an incredible companies investing in India and
litigation ends up before it. job." About 20 Indian-Americans holding senior strong-performing companies from
Another Indian-American, Sri Srinivasan, who positions in Trump's administration surrounded India itself, the country shows
was on former President Barack Obama's shortlist him at the celebration. itself as a real powerhouse for the
for the Supreme Court, is also on the DC court of But the senior-most of them, UN Permanent development and supply of quality
appeals. Trump said that Rao's announcement was of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court after at least Representative Nikki Haley, who is a member of seeds for smallholder farmers in the
scheduled for Wednesday, but that he decided to two women accused him of sex abuse. his Cabinet, was not there. region," Ido Verhagen, Executive
do it a day early because the celebration was an Although the Senate approved his appointment Haley, who has announced she would be leaving Director of the Access to Seeds
appropriate venue. to the Supreme Court with a vote mostly along her office at the end of the year, was in New York Index, said in a statement.
A conservative former law professor, Rao, 45, party lines, Trump faced strong criticism for speaking at a Security Council session on the Nearly 21 companies sell seeds
heads the Office of Information and Regulatory nominating him and protests were held around the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. in India and 18 have invested in
Affairs in the President's executive office which nation because of the allegations. Trump proudly introduced several of the breeding and production activities in
reviews government regulations and oversees During the approval process, the Senate heard officials with individual remarks praising them. the country.
collection of information by government and graphic testimony from a woman who said that When he called up Federal Communications In comparison, only 11 companies
privacy policy. he had abused her while they were high school Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, Trump joked invest in breeding activities in
The Senate will have to approve her appointment. students more than 35 years ago. about a decision he had made against the merger of Thailand and eight in Indonesia, the
As a woman and a minority, her appointment For Trump, who has been accused of being two broadcasting companies, which the President two other major regional seed hubs,
carries a lot of symbolism after the messy elevation personally abusive towards women and of had favoured. according to the ASI, said the study.

Sikh farmer inducted into Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame

Canadian Sikh farmer, who is the in 2014. Dhillon, whose full name is Peter (RCMP) at the age of 19, rising to the rank
country’s biggest cranberry grower, has Povitar Dhillon, runs his cranberry farming of Deputy Sheriff. In 1981-82, he took early
made history with his induction into the operations under the name of Richberry Group retirement to get into cranberry farming full
Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. of Companies based in Richmond, British time. Peter Dhillon joined the family business
The British Columbia-based Peter Dhillon Columbia. in 1993 after finishing his law degree from the
is the first person of visible minority to join Unveiling his portrait at the annual Canadian UK.
the company of great Canadians who have Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony Currently, he has over 2,000 acres, just
made their mark in agriculture and agro-food in Toronto, Dhillon said he was humbled to be behind the world’s biggest cranberry farmers
business. inducted into the company of great Canadians. in Massachusetts who own about 2,500 acres.
Dhillon is also the current chairman of Ocean “It is a great honour for me and I feel humbled His Richberry Group produced over 20 million
Spray - a marketing cooperative of cranberry because there are so many others who deserve pounds of cranberries last year.
farmers in the US and Canada. Ocean Spray this honour,” he said. “We hope to hit the 30 million-mark soon in
sells its products in over 90 countries, with His father Rachpal Singh Dhillon came production,” Peter Dhillon said
annual sales of over $2.5 billion. to Canada in 1950 from Pandori village in As chairman of Ocean Spray, he said he has “There is a huge potential for cranberry
At Ocean Spray also, Dhillon broke the glass Hoshiarpur and became the first Indo-Canadian been to India to explore the possibilities of juice and dried products in India as Indians are
ceiling to become its first non-white chairman to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police entering the Indian market.  becoming increasingly health conscious.”
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n a major setback to President Maithripala
Sirisena, the Sri Lankan Parliament
on Wednesday passed a no-confidence
motion against the government headed by
his controversially-appointed Prime Minister
Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Parliament on Wednesday met for the
first time since October 26, when President
Sirisena sacked prime minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe and suspended the Parliament
plunging the island nation into a crisis.
Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya
announced that a majority of the 225-member
assembly supported the no-confidence motion
against Rajapaksa, who was appointed by
President Sirisena as prime minister on
October 26 in place of Wickremesinghe.
“According to the voice, I recognise that
the government has no majority,” Jayasuriya
A majority of the 225-member assembly supported a no-confidence motion against Mahinda Rajapakse who was made prime minister on October 26 in place of
announced in the House as Rajapaksa Ranil Wickremesinghe
supporters protested.
In its ruling, the apex court had said including the United National Party and the be the Prime Minister. As pressure grew and
He gave the ruling after the no-confidence
Sirisena’s dissolution of Parliament will be Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and an election both sides claimed they had the numbers, the
motion was taken for a vote. The Speaker
suspendeduntil December 7 and it will consider commission member Ratnajeevan Hoole, President dissolved Parliament and called for
calculated the votes based on the voices he
all the petitions filed on the President’s decision on Monday dragged Sirisena to the Supreme elections.
heard as Rajapaksa supporters disrupted the
next month before giving a final ruling. Court, challenging his decision by filing Rajapaksa needed the support of minimum
proceedings. Jayasuriya later adjourned the
After the court verdict, Speaker Jayasuriya fundamental rights petitions against the move, 113 parliamentarians in the 225-member
House until 10 am Thursday.
summoned Parliament’s session for which they said violated the Constitution. House to prove his majority.
Wickremesinghe’s United National Party
Wednesday morning. Sirisena dissolved Sirisena dissolved Parliament last week, Sirisena on Sunday stoutly defended
(UNP) Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa later
Parliament after it became clear that he lacked almost 20 months before its term was to end, and his move to dissolve Parliament, saying it
told reporters that the Government clearly
support from lawmakers to instal Rajapaksa as ordered snap election on January 5, plunging was taken to prevent clashes among rival
lost the floor test. He said Prime Minister
the new Prime Minister following his sacking the country’s into an unprecedented political lawmakers. He said there were reports that
Rajapaksa must now step down as he does not
of Wickremesinghe as premier. While sacking and constitutional crises. Wickremesinghe politicians would clash during the floor test,
have majority support in Parliament.
prime minister Wickremesinghe, president has maintained that his sacking by Sirisena which was due on November 14.
The unexpected session on Wednesday
Sirisena had also suspended Parliament till was unconstitutional and illegal and he was Rajapaksa, 72, who ruled Lanka for a nearly
morning comes a day after the Supreme
November 16. He, however, advanced the still the prime minister. Wickremesinghe had decades from 2005, was unexpectedly defeated
Court on Tuesday overturned President
convening of the House to November 14 demanded that Parliament be convened to by his deputy Sirisena in the presidential
Sirisena’s controversial decision to dissolve
amid international and domestic pressure hold a vote among the lawmakers to decide election held in January 2015 with the support
Parliament and halted the preparations for
against the move. Major political parties, who enjoyed majority support in Parliament to from Wickremesinghe’s UNP.
snap polls on January 5.

California wildfires death toll People raise over

$1bn on Facebook
rises to 50 F
acebook on
We d n e s d a y

he statewide death toll in Californias said its
wildfires has reached 50 as rescuers charitable giving tools
continue to search for the missing have helped people
persons, authorities said. raise over $1 billion in
The deaths from the Camp fire, the deadliest a span of three years.
wildfire in the state's history, increased to So far, over 20 million
48 on Tuesday, said Butte County Sheriff people have either
Kory Honea. donated to or started a fundraiser on Facebook.
The social network also announced that it
Two people died in the Woolsey fire, a major
was bringing the non-profit fundraising tools to
blaze in Southern California that charred more
Canada and Australia.
than 150 square miles, an area larger than the
"Our nonprofit and personal fundraising
size of Denver, CNN reported. tools are now available in 20 countries," Naomi
Authorities in northern California ramped Gleit, Facebook's Vice President for Social
up the search for more victims buried in rubble Good said in a statement.
left by the blaze that incinerated the town People use Facebook's charitable giving
of Paradise. The death toll increased after Wildfire burns in Oroville, California, the United States, on Nov. 13, 2018. The death toll from the raging
tools for non-profit and personal causes.
Camp Fire in the U.S. state of California has increased to 48 as rescuers continue to search for missing
an additional six bodies were discovered in residents in and around the town of Paradise, local authorities said Tuesday. Facebook introduced these tools in 2015.
the town. They are still not available in India.
All the six victims were found in their homes. "Our non-profit community also continues
More than 200 people were still missing as a to grow, and there are now over 1 million
result of the fire and the list of names would be nonprofits in 19 countries that can receive
published soon, said the Butte County Sheriff. donations directly through Facebook," Gleit
He also said the recovery teams were using added. With fundraisers both big and small,
"cutting-edge technology" to identify the people have made a lasting difference in their
badly-burnt bodies. communities.
According to reports, a Rapid DNA-analysis Save the Children, for example, raised more
than $7.5 million over the past two years, which
system was set up in the decimated town,
California Department of Forestry and Fire contributed to helping 6.5 million children in
equipped with portable devices that can identify
Protection (Cal Fire) said the fire had scorched Wildfire burns at a hillside near a freeway in Simi crisis across 60 countries.
someone's genetic material in hours, rather
130,000 acres (526.1 square km) with 35 per Valley, California, the United States . The fire in Similarly, No Kid Hungry raised over $5
than the days or weeks it takes to test samples Southern California continued to destroy homes.
cent contained. million from more than 200,000 donors on
in labs. Facebook to help feed kids across the US,
According to reports, the fire was still actively to deliver retardant as crews on the ground
There had been 208 suspicious incidents Facebook said.
burning and more than 5,000 fire personnel worked in steep inaccessible terrain, Cal Fire
reported in Camp Fire's evacuation zone, "For Giving Tuesday on November 27,
were on the scene from across the country. authorities said. More than 7,600 structures
with 18 of them linked to looting, according 2018, with our partner PayPal we are matching
They continued to battle flames including were destroyed. The vast majority of those were
to an announcement by the Butte County donations up to a total of $7 million for all
in the area north of Magalia near Stirling City. homes in Paradise, a Sierra foothill town of
Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Six people had US-based non-profit fundraisers happening on
With increased visibility, planes were able 27,000 about 180 miles north of San Francisco.
been arrested. Facebook that day," Gleit said.
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 16, 2018 SPORTS 23


ormer India captain Sourav Ganguly on he is the brand ambassador. taken 20 wickets in every test,” Ganguly said.
Wednesday said the possible absence Complan had launched ‘Aro Sapno-Aro Bere “But you also have to keep in mind that
of Steve Smith and David Warner in Otho (Dream More, Grow More) contest last Australia in Australia are a different kettle of
the Australia team for the series against India month, of which the winners were announced fish. Many feel that they are a weak outfit but I
would be a “huge factor” as it’s like India here at a plush hotel to celebrate the aspirations don’t think so,” the 46-year old added.
not having Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in of children on Children’s Day. India play four Tests starting December 6 at
their ranks. The contest was held across 100 schools in Adelaide Oval. India’s best result Down Under
The Australian Cricketers Association the city and children were asked to bring their was 1-1 in 2003-04 series under Ganguly.
(ACA) had made a submission to Cricket dreams to life through creative expression. Asked about Kohli’s ‘leave India’ comment
Australia at the start of the month to lift the ban Students from classes 2-6 participated in the to a fan, Ganguly said, “I would not like to
on Australian captain Smith and vice-captain challenge. comment on that. It’s not necessary to react to
Warner. But indications are that they are not Ganguly went through the created artworks each and every comment.”
ready to bring the trio (Cameron Bancroft and selected ten winners of the contest. The Meanwhile, Ganguly also hinted that India
included) back to international cricket early. winners took home Rs 1 lakh prize money each. pacer Mohammed Shami has expressed his
Therefore, there seems little hope they will Ganguly further said that this is India’s best desire to play for Bengal in the next Ranji
play Test cricket before March 29 when the ban chance to win a test series in Australia, keeping Trophy game against Kerala.
on them ends. in mind their bowling attack. “Shami has wanted to play. If he plays it’s
“It’s a huge factor. This is like the Indian “It’s a great moment for Indian cricket. This good for the Bengal side. We had written a
team not having Rohit Sharma and Virat is their best opportunity to beat Australia. India letter before the first match as well to play him
Kohli,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines are a good side and have good bowling attack. but he had few fitness issues for which he had
of health drink Complan’s programme of which I have seen in England that they (bowlers) have to go to rehabilitation. If he plays, it’s great.”

Mary Kom, Sarita spearhead Indian India need to be ready for life
challenge at women’s boxing Worlds without Sunil Chhetri: Coach
V Stephen Constantine
eteran Indian stars

M.C. Mary Kom and n the last few years, Sunil Chhetri
Laishram Sarita Devi will has become almost synonymous
spearhead the Indian campaign with the Indian football team.
when the women’s World Boxing The 34-year-old has been a regular
Championships start on Thursday. performer for the side on the global
Both boxers are strong contenders stage and with 65 goals from 103
for the gold in their respective matches, the record speaks for itself.
weight categories in what is possibly However, he will not be a part
the last world championships of the squad that travels to Amman
of both their careers. With both ahead of India’s friendly encounter
boxers eyeing medals at the 2020 against Jordan on November 17 and
Tokyo Olympics, the upcoming coach Stephen Constantine believes
tournament will be crucial. that the Indian national team needs
advantage will
Five-time world champion champion had to start preparing for a future without Jordan friendly due to ankle injury
be a factor that will
Mary will compete in the 48 won the world finished as the top nation with four Sunil Chhetri. While the 23-member contingent
help us. But it is going
“I don’t think you can replace a does have five other names listed as
kilogram category at the to be very tough. All our title in the 52 gold, three silver and one bronze.
player of his calibre. But we need strikers, the quality takes a serious hit
November 15-24 event. boxers will be up against kg category For a similar result this time
someone to step into his shoes as with Chhetri not travelling to Amman.
Although she is the tough opponents from the way back around, the other Indian boxers will
there will come a time when he will The other options - Jeje Lalpekhlua,
favourite for a sixth first round itself. We will in 2006 and have to step up and be counted.
not be around. As a result, we would Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary,
world title, the 35-year- have to be at our will be hoping Former World Cup silver medallist like to identify the options right now Balwant Singh and Manvir Singh –
old Manipuri warned that best." for an encore in Simranjit Kaur, who competes in the so that he can share his experience have not enjoyed a great run of form
competition will be tough. the twilight of an 64 kg division, is expected to be with the younger lot,” Constantine in the ongoing Indian Super League
“Home advantage will be a factor illustrious career. more prominent among them.  said. and with the exception of Manvir and
that will help us. But it is going to “I have trained really hard and I Lovlina Borgohain (69 Kg) and “Sunil (Chhetri) missing the game Passi, they have not even scored on
be very tough. All our boxers will be am definitely expecting a medal. Saweety Boora (75 Kg) are also is a huge blow for the team. He is 36 the international stage in the last six
up against tough opponents from the This tournament is extremely expected to put up a strong fight for years old and father time catches up months. However, when asked about
first round itself. We will have to be important for me and I want to win medals.  with all of us. So we need to be ready the lack of talent pool, Constantine
at our best,” she said. at any cost,” Sarita said. The experienced Pinky Jangra is for the time when he decides to call it pointed a deeper problem and said
Sarita will compete in her usual When the event was last held also a strong contender in the 51 Kg quits,” he added. that young players are not looking to
60 kg division. The four-time Asian in the capital in 2006, India had class and is expected to get a medal. Also Read: Sunil Chhetri out of play as strikers.

Women's World T20: Confident India eye semis berth

aving convincingly won spinners -- Hemalatha and Poonam
their first two matches, a Yadav -- ruling the roost in both the
dominant India will look to games. The spin duo of Hemalatha
stamp their authority and inch closer and Poonam shared six and four
to a semi-final berth when they face wickets between them in the two
a lowly Ireland in a Group B match matches. Ireland, on the other hand,
of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 have lost both their opening two
here on Thursday. matches. In the first match, they went
India are on a roll in the ongoing down to Australia by nine wickets
World T20, having beaten an in-form followed by a 38-run defeat against
New Zealand by 34 runs in their Pakistan in the second.
tournament opener before extending The batting department failed
their dominance over arch-rivals in the first match, the second game Mandhana got to a decent start in the in both the matches as the batters
Pakistan with a 7-wicket win in their witnessed a composed knock from second tie, but eventually failed to could only manage to score 93 runs
second match. veteran Mithali Raj that helped India capitalise on it. in the first match and 101 in the
It has been a combined team outshine Pakistan. While Harmanpreet and Mithali are second match. The bowlers also
effort for the women-in-blue in the Going in to Thursday's match, expected to form the backbone of the stumper Taniya Bhatia and Dayalan disappointed as they could only pick
opening two matches so far. While India will be desperately hoping Indian innings, the team management Hemalatha before the tournament up seven wickets in the two matches.
skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and the for their opening batswoman Smriti will be hoping to give enough enters its business end. But the good news is that pacer Lucy
young Jemimah Rodrigues batted out Mandhana to come up with a big match time to the likes of the other Coming to India's bowling in the O Reilly came back to form in the
the White Ferns comprehensively score. After failing in the opener, batswomen in Veda Krishnamurthy, opening two games, it has been the last match, taking three wickets.
24 FEATURES Friday, November 16, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Deep Fried Scotch Eggs

f you are planning to eat
something fancy over the
weekend then try these Deep
Fried Scotch Eggs recipe. These tiny
mouth-watering egg slices make
for a perfect evening snack and are
sure to be a hit amongst your family
members. An easy-to-make dish, this
Continental recipe is cooked with
mutton sausages and then deep fried
in the oil to give it an irresistible
look. Serve this mouth-watering
snack recipe with some exotic dips or • Mix properly. Wrap the eggs in
pickles in order to relish it in a better this mixture. Cover the bowl with
way. a cling film and refrigerate for 10

Express Butter • 5 egg

• 2 teaspoon thyme
• Take the bread crumbs and add
them to a blender jar. Grind the

• sea salt as required until they are powdered. Now,
• 200 gm powdered breadcrumbs pour the flour and powdered bread
• 5 cup water crumbs in two separate bowls.
Fried chicken pieces cooked in a mild creamy sauce • 300 gm mutton sausages • Take out the eggs from the

lthough simplified for speed, this delightful • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil refrigerator and roll them in
recipe keeps the combination of spice and tang • 150 gm flour the bowl containing flour first
that complement each other perfectly. Its origin 3 • black pepper as required and then in the bowl containing
is rooted firmly in the cuisine of India’s northern State of HOW TO MAKE DEEP FRIED powdered bread crumbs. Repeat

Punjab, where it is eaten piping-hot with Indian bread. SCOTCH EGGS it again so that the eggs have an

Butter Chicken is a familiar dish on Indian restaurant • Place a pan over full flame and even coating of both the flours.
menus around the world, especially in New Zealand, and add eggs along with water. Once • Take a non-stick pan and add oil to
enjoys immense popularity. boiled, remove the eggs from the it. Fry these eggs in a large pan for
Preparation Time: 15 min water using a slotted spoon and 3-4 minutes over medium flame
Cooking Time: 30 min place them carefully in the cold until they are cooked properly.
Serves: 4 / Taste: Medium water one by one for a while. Once Once all the eggs are fried, place
Marination Time: 4 hours or ideally overnight they are cold, peel them carefully. them on the tissue paper in order
• Take the sausages, mince them to drain the excess oil.
INGREDIENTS and chop the thyme leaves. In a • Your deep fried scotch eggs are
separate bowl mix the minced now ready. Serve them hot with a
For the marinade. mutton sausages with chopped dip of your choice.
• 500g boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces thyme, oil, salt and pepper.
• 1 tsp ginger paste
• 1 tsp garlic paste
Dahi Curry
Ruby Dhillon India’s Most Wanted Recipies | 117

• 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder 2 Tbsp lemon juice for at least 4 hours to marinate, preferably overnight
• 1 cup plain yoghurt
• Salt, to taste
• 3 Tbsp oil
For the gravy.
• Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add D ahi Curry is a delicious main
dish recipe that can be easily
prepared for lunch and dinner.
chicken along with its marinade and cook stirring it
For the gravy. occasionally, until the chicken is tender, cover and INGREDIENTS
• 2 Tbsp unsalted butter keep aside. • 2 cup buttermilk
• 2-3 green cardamom seeds • Melt butter in a heavy-bottomed pan on low heat. Add • 1 pinch asafoetida
• 2 cloves cardamom, clove and cinnamon; when they start to • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 2.5cm cinnamon stick crackle, turn up the heat to medium, then add garlic • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
• 2 tsp garlic paste paste, stir, add ginger paste and sauté for 2–3 minutes • 1 sprig coriander leaves
• 2 tsp ginger paste or until the liquid evaporates. • 1 inch ginger a chopping board and chop them
• 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder • Lower the heat and add red chilli powder, turmeric • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric finely. Also, mince curry leaves
• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder powder, garam masala powder, salt and mix. Add • 10 leaves curry leaves and keep aside. On the other hand,
• 1 1/2 tsp garam masala powder tomato purée, sauté for 2–3 minutes or until oil • 2 dry red chili place a vessel over medium flame
• Salt, to taste surfaces. Add water, mix, cover and turn up the heat; • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds and pour oil in it.
• 400g tomato purée bring the mixture to a boil. • 2 teaspoon vegetable oil • Once the oil is heated, add
• 1/2 cup water • Reduce the heat to medium, add chicken pieces, sugar • 1 green chilli, salt as required mustard seeds. When the seeds
• 1 tsp sugar and fenugreek leaves to the masala, cover and cook for • 2 tablespoon gram flour (besan) start to splutter, add fenugreek
• 2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves • 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream and METHOD seeds, cumin seeds, red chillies,
• 200ml cream cook for another minute to warm through, stirring • To prepare this easy recipe, take asafoetida and curry leaves. Stir
• 2 Tbsp fresh coriander leaves, chopped continuously. a bowl and pour buttermilk in it. them well.
• Garnish with chopped coriander. Now, add salt, turmeric and gram • Now, add chopped ginger, green
METHOD: • Serve hot with Jeera Rice or Naan flour (besan) and beat the mixture chillies and cilantro and saute
Ruby's Tip: If you like your Butter Chicken punchy well until the batter becomes well for a minute. Turn the flame
For the marinade.
increase the amount of spices to give it more flavour. 8–10 smooth and creamy. low and add buttermilk mixture.
• In a large bowl, whisk together ginger, garlic, chilli • Secondly, add ginger, green While stirring continuously, cook
fresh tomatoes (pureed in a blender) may be substituted
powder, lemon juice, yoghurt and salt. Add chicken chillies and coriander leaves over the mixture for 5-6 minutes. Serve
for the 400g can of tomato puree.
pieces and mix to coat evenly. Cover and keep aside hot!

Chicken Avocado Salad

f you are looking for a healthy meal this • For Dressing arugula and lettuce leaves, and pat them dry.
evening, Chicken Avocado Salad should • 2 tablespoon oregano Keep these salad leaves aside until required.
be your go to dish today! Try out this • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (Note: You can also grill the chicken for
delectable and easy recipe filled with the • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice better taste using the least oil.)
goodness of avocados and the deliciousness of • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • Now, prepare the salad dressing my mixing
chicken, and you are not going to feel guilty • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil together red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive
after this indulgence. 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard oil, oregano, Dijon mustard, black pepper
and lemon juice.
INGREDIENTS • Once the salad dressing is ready, take a
• 100 gm boiled chicken breasts • To prepare this salad recipe, peel the
large bowl and throw in the washed arugula
• 150 gm lettuce leaf avocado and cut fine slices of it in a bowl.
and lettuce leaves.
• 1 handful arugula Next, wash the cherry tomatoes and cut
• Add the finely chopped red onion, chicken
• 1 small avocados them into halves. Peel and finely chop the
julienne along with halved cherry tomatoes
• 100 gm cherry tomatoes red onion in a small bowl. Then, finally cut
and arugula slices in the bowl. Pour the the ingredients. Once done, serve with a
• 2 tablespoon red onion julienne of boiled chicken. Also, wash the
prepared dressing over it and toss well all bread of your choice.
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 16, 2018 TIME OUT 25
1. How many legs does the
Legs of Man have? 
2. How many tails does a Manx
cat have? 
3. How many teeth does an
aardvark have? 
4. Which sea creature has three
5. Which instrument has forty-
seven strings and seven
6. Whose face was said to have
launched 1000 ships?
7. In the traditional rhyme, how
many mice were blind? 
8. How many bones does an
adult human have? 
9. How many pedals do most
modern pianos have? 
10. Water boils at 212 degrees on
which temperature scale?
11. Who went to school with a
12. Who sat in a corner eating a
Christmas pie?
SUDOKU NO: 31 13. Where did the lady wearing
rings on her fingers and bells
on her toes ride to?
14. Which item of nursery
furniture was set on top of a
15. Which traditional children’s
rhyme was about the plague? 
16. Name the once-popular
boy’s building game which
was aimed at developing an
understanding of mechanics
and electronics. 
17. Name the doll which was
famous for crying. 
18. Which furry creatures lived
on Wimbledon Common? 
19. If you rode a Chopper, what
was this? 
20. What was soaked in vinegar
then hung on a string? 
19. Bicycle 20 Conker
15. Ring O’Roses 16. Mechano 17. Tiny Tears1 8. Wombles
11. Mary 12. Little Jack Horner 13. Banbury Cross 14. Cradle
Troy 7. Three 8. Two hundred and six 9. Three 10. Fahrenheit
Answers: Three 2.None 3.None 4.Octopus 5. Harp 6. Helen of

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ones along with their photographs for
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HITORI NO: 31 See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo.
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple them in Black.
rules and challenging solutions. Can You are not allowed to have two
you eliminate numbers until there are Black squares touching horizontally
no duplicates in any row or column? or vertically (diagonally is ok).
Objective / Rules Any White square can be reached
Eliminate numbers until there are from any other (i.e. they are
no duplicates in any row or column. connected).
Eliminate numbers by marking
26 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, November 16, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Sanjay Khan has 'extraordinary

when V
eteran actor-filmmaker Sanjay

There were days ed

Khan, popular for acting in and
producing the television series

I was lost, he help
The Sword of Tipu Sultan, says he is
planning to make movies, but he also
has some extraordinary stories that can

ushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan are all set to share be told on the small screen.
the screen space for the first time in Abhishek Kapoor’s It was back in 1989 that a major fire
Kedarnath. accident took place on the set of The
The film has crossed all the hurdles, and today, finally, the Sword of Tipu Sultan, based on the 18th
filmmakers have released the trailer. century Mysore ruler.
Both Sushant and Sara have done an incredible job in portraying After surviving near fatal burns,
their characters just right on the screen. Going by the trailer, we years later Sanjay produced shows like
can say the movie will be surely worth the wait. The Great Maratha and Jai Hanuman.
At the trailer launch, Sara was asked about her experience of "The last time I faced the camera was for ...Tipu Sultan. I have been busy
doing other things like building a five-star hotel in Bengaluru. We are planning
working with Sushant in this project.
several motion pictures now. Three or four pictures in the coming months,"
On this, she said, “I am so glad that you asked me that. I have
Sanjay said.
no idea how I have done this film. I have tried my best but I feel
What about TV shows?
I couldn't have done any of it without Sushant. He has just been
"TV is making much more money than films these days. TV has a greater
most helpful person I have had. reach. I have some extraordinary stories for that. There is one on the British
There were days when I was lost and scared as it's the first time I Raj. It's called the 'Beginning of an Empire'.
am facing the camera but he has been hands on. Sushant also helped "I would like to make it as a long series of three or four seasons capturing
me improve my Hindi and jo bhi tooti taati bolti hun inhone hi sikhayi the long duration of the British Raj in India," said the "Haqeeqat" actor.
hai. He has helped me a lot.” He has historical stories on mind for the big screen as well.
In the film, Sara features as a tourist-pilgrim Mukku, who embarks "There is one on a Brigadier, who died fighting for his country and I have
on the 14-km journey from Gauri Kund to Kedarnath at a time another one on the 1965 war. I have always made stories that have a national
when the Kedarnath floods destroyed Uttarakhand in 2013. appeal and are meaningful," said the "Chandi Sona" actress.
In the film, we see Sushant playing a Muslim pithu Sharing an example, he said: "When I made 'Jai Hanuman', I got great
named Mansoor who happens to be Sara’s companion satisfaction. Hindu ladies said 'We are grateful to you Sir for showing us the
on the pilgrimage, during which the two fall in love. childhood of Hanuman'. Even Muslim people loved it. I felt great that I had
Kedarnath is a love story set against the communicated something." But what about going beyond mythology and
backdrop of the Uttarakhand floods which historical genres? "In the larger packaging of my work, there would be stories
wrecked havoc in 2013. of romance, etc.," he said.
Earlier, we got in touch with Sara’s mother He doesn't want to focus just on a love story.
Amrita Singh to know her reaction on the teaser. "The value of love between a man and a woman is eroding. All kinds of
She was elated with the response and told us, “Just things are happenning. The mood of the world is different so, the best bet is
pray for my catching historical and social-economic problems, which are perennial. Those
are the problems that we can address," said Sanjay.
kid. I think she
Talking about the content of films made by young Indian filmmakers, he
is very beautiful.
shared: "I like some of them. Indian cinema is coming-of-age though the
I have seen the
music is suffering. The lustre of music is gone.
"The technical quality has come up. Some very good films like Dangal have
When we asked her what advice come out."
did she give her daughter for her He is also interested in the digital medium.
Bollywood debut, she said, “I have "If there is an offer, subject or big companies come to me then I can talk
just told her to work hard, give your to them," he said. At the moment, he is focussing on promoting his new
best shot, work with your head down autobiography, The Best Mistakes of My Life, which takes the readers to his
and stay grounded.” world of films, family, his near-death accident and more.
Directed by Abhishek Kapoor "I am happy that it has come out the way it has. I worked really hard on it.
and produced by RSVP and Guy in I had gone into my past and relived all those glorious times," said the actor
the Sky Pictures, Kedarnath releases in his 70s.

Naseeruddin Shah: I've worked for money and Working with Raj Kumar Gupta
an honour, privilege: Arjun
there's no shame; I need to run my kitchen
ctor Arjun Kapoor
has wrapped up

aseeruddin Shah is one of the most phenomenal actors in shooting for his 12th
the Hindi film industry. He has been a part of the acting film India's Most Wanted and
world for more than 4 decades. called it "special", adding
Naseeruddin has been a part of all the three platforms- TV, Web that working with director
and films. He is also a role model for all the aspiring young actors Raj Kumar Gupta has been
who want to venture into the industry. an honour and privilege for
The veteran actor has always been vocal about his opinions him.
and has never shied away in putting them out in the public. In a Arjun tweeted a
conversation with the media, the actor said he has no qualms in photograph of himself
accepting that he has worked for money in some films as he had to along with Gupta, who has
run his kitchen. previously directed films
"The easiest way for an actor to get corrupted is by like No One Killed Jessica
easiest way
becoming a star. Then you start believing your own and Raid, from the film's set.
for an actor to
myth. You start believing what the press writes "Some journeys are special because of the team and the
get corrupted is by
about you. That's very dangerous," Naseeruddin effort that the people put in to fulfil a vision... as my 12th
becoming a star. Then
said. He went on to add that, “There's no way you start believing film India's Most Wanted wraps today all I can say is Raj
anyone can ensure what will be the quality of a film your own Kumar Gupta sir it has been an honour and privilege to
independent cinema was thriving and he worked for free in
when you read a script. You have to go by instincts myth." work with you and your team," he captioned the image.
many projects.
and do it. Sometimes it goes right and sometimes Arjun added: "To tell a story that needed to be told and to
wrong.” Well, right said! Do you agree with his thoughts? "I was just an actor these filmmakers used. I admired the fact play one of the many unsung heroes we have in our country.
The actor said he had to work for just money in a few films as that the filmmakers were trying to do this and I'm honoured I Also, a big non corporate hug to Fox Star Hindi and their
he had to earn for his family and he is not ashamed of that fact. "I've became a centre of that movement. Some cynical friends used to entire team for bringing your vision to the forefront without
worked for money and there's no shame. I need to run my kitchen. say they want me in their films because I am ready to work for free," any compromise."
That's what I tell younger actors. Don't be afraid to do things for Naseeruddin Shah said. In India's Most Wanted, Arjun plays an intelligence
money. What are we all working for? Aren't we working to feed "On many occasions I was told there would be no payment, a officer. It was shot in Nepal and Delhi. The film will be
ourselves. I've done films for money but not too many films," lot of times I was promised chicken feed amount like Rs 5,000, Rs about finding and arresting a terrorist during a secret
Naseeruddin said. 10,000 which I never got by these so-called serious filmmakers," mission. The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on May
He said that he is proud of the fact he was a part of the age where 24, 2019.
he added.
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 16, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 27


narrative can’t
TO DIRECT SRIDEVI, be reduced to
one colour:
terating that India’s narrative of
India cannot be reduced

ilmmaker Karan Johar, who is known said he was blown away by her performance to one colour,
for working with several renowned in English Vinglish. filmmaker Mahesh
celebrities and making career of “...She was from the 80s and 90s but Bhatt said on
aspiring actors, said it was his dream to when she acted in English Vinglish and Saturday the
direct late female superstar Sridevi, which even in many parts of Mom, I feel like she plurality of
remained unfulfilled. has watched other actors, she has imbibed a the diverse
“I’m her huge fan. When she (Sridevi) certain tonality. And a lot of actors from that c o u n t r y
passed away this year, I was like this is generation don’t do that. You know they get needs to be
not fair. I used to say she is the one actor stuck in that 90s acting... Even though she celebrated.
I really want to direct and I would have was detached from cinema since ‘Judai’ “We cannot
done something with her in my writing and which was in 1997, she came back many reduce the
directorial existence. I just love her. She is moons later in English Vinglish in 2012 and narrative of India
one actor who updated her craft,” Johar said I was blown away by her. into only one colour. It
on Saavn’s entertainment-based audio show “And I really feel like we lost a special is a diverse country and we need to
“Take 2 with Anupama and Rajeev” podcast actor. I really wish I could have directed celebrate the plurality,” Bhatt said
which will be televised on Monday. her,” Karan sighed. at the opening ceremony of the 24th
Johar did not get a chance to direct the Sridevi died aged 54 in February by Kolkata International Film Festival
‘hawa hawai’ girl of Bollywood, but he accidentally drowning in a bath tub in a here.
launched her daughter Janhvi Kapoor in Dubai hotel, leaving the film industry, her Bhatt said the festival commits
film Dhadak. family and legions of fans in a state of itself only to the idea of India “which
Talking about Sridevi’s acting, Karan shock. says all make it together or none of
us makes it together”.

Ajay Devgn wins big at film fest in China

Expressing his gratitude for
being invited to the event, Bhatt

said: “In these changing, shifting
ctor Ajay Devgn has won Best Foreign “The best actor victory for Ajay Devgn at the times, I believe that the filmmakers
Actor award at the 27th China Golden Golden and Hundred Flowers Film Festival is and storytellers will hold the world
Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film another feather in his cap and affirmation of together. It is the occasion to realise
Festival in China for his role in film Raid. his strong acting talent,” said Bhushan Kumar, that one of us is much lesser than all
The four-day festival was held in Foshan, and T-Series chairman and producer of Raid, in a of us.”
wrapped up with the Popular Movies Hundred statement.  Bhatt spoke about the Chinese
Flowers Awards ceremony. The winners are Set in Uttar Pradesh in the 1980s, Raid is mystical bird which has one eye and
selected by the audience.  "We based on real life events involving one of one wing, and is incomplete till it
The fest is organised every year are proud the most high profile income tax raids in meets the other half to complete it. It
by CFA – China Film Association to be associated India.  is only when they come together that
which is associated with ICFS – with a film like Raid, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Producer they can fly and see.
India China Film Society founded which has made its and Chairman at Panorama Studios, “This happened to us in Hindi
by Kishor Jawade.  mark in global said: “We are proud to be associated cinema. It is when Bengal came to
“We have always believed in cinema." with a film like Raid, which has us with its wisdom and sensitivity
backing content driven cinema, films made its mark in global cinema. As a that we in Mumbai bloomed. Let
this stream grow more intense so that
with stories which are engaging and relatable. producer, it gives us immense confidence
we as a nation can bring out all the
‘Raid’ has been a very special film for us. It’s a and encouragement to make films like these.”
colours,” he said.
film we believed in from day one. 

Manikarnika producer Kamal Jain on Kangana: Baazigar defines my career: SRK

She’s delivered the vision that we envisaged
ommonly known as king
of romance, but it was

angana Ranaut will be next seen in Manikarnika: Manikarnika. She has given her his villainous role in film
The Queen of Jhansi. heart and soul to the project. Once Baazigar which garnered superstar
The actress plays the role of Indian warrior and you see the film, you will know Shah Rukh Khan a huge fame and
freedom fighter Rani Laxmibai in the film. On October 2, she’s done a phenomenal job. stardom. As duo director Abbas-
the teaser of the film was out and the audience is impressed She’s delivered the vision that Mustan directorial film completed 25
with Kangana's portrayal as the Queen of Jhansi. we envisaged. It’s a spectacle years on Monday, Shah Rukh took
After director Krish walked out of the film due to coming everyone’s way this to Instagram to treat his fans with a
his other commitments, the Queen actress donned the January 25. We are definitely video in which he can be seen reciting
director's hat and made sure the film gets completed. going to wrap the film and the post- famous Kabhi Kabhi Kabhi kabhi
However, completing the shoot of the film wasn't easy production and edits on time." jeetne ke liye kuch haarna bhi padta
for the actress. Actor Sonu Sood, who was supposed Manikarnika also stars hai ... aur haar kar jeetne waale ko in the film. "People still like the film
to play Sadashiv in the film left the film midway after Ankita Lokhande in a baazigar kehte hai (Sometimes to and it is a big compliment to the
Kangana took over Manikarnika as a director. He was pivotal role. It will win you must lose something ... and entire team. The important thing is
then replaced with Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. mark her debut one who wins from a losing position the maker should be convinced with
While talking to DNA, the film's producer Kamal Jain in Bollywood. is called a gambler)” dialogue from his own vision as that will reflect
said that the actress is very attached to Manikarnika. He The film is
the film. on screen. We had a hero playing a
said, "You haven’t seen a woman warrior fight like this on set to hit the
Along with the video, the 53- year- negative role. Though it led to the
Indian screens before. What Kangana has managed to do theatres on
old wrote: “25 years of ‘Baazigar’. A hit pairing of Shah Rukh and Kajol,
is commendable." January 25,
film that defines my career and gave it was not a romantic film. But it all
Kamal Jain added, "Kangana is very attached to 2019.
me lifelong friends...” worked well," media quoted Mustan
He also thanked the directors and as saying.
his co-stars Kajol and Shilpa Shetty, Baazigar, a crime-thriller,
who played pivotal roles in the film. showcases the story of a young boy
The film also marked Shilpa’s Ajay (played by Shah Rukh Khan),
Bollywood debut. who, in order to seek revenge for his
Speaking of the film's success, father's death, decides to destroy a
Mustan said that it is a "big business tycoon and his family. The
compliment" that people still like film's songs such as Yeh Kali Kali
the film despite the fact that Shah Aankhein and Baazigar, O Baazigar
Rukh Khan played a negative role also gained massive popularity.
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Fashion & Style

16 November to 22 November | By Manisha Koushik
Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 •
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
Those pursuing higher studies may get lucky in campus recruitment. Be more
understanding of someone not toeing your line. It is advisable to consider all the
options before making an important decision at work. An ailment or sickness
can become a source of worry if you don’t take remedial measures soon.
Improvement in your financial status is indicated, as you start earning better.
Lucky Number : 22 / Lucky Colour : Electric Grey
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
Whatever you are involved in may take some time, but is certain to give positive
results in future. Someone of opposite gender is likely to make this a best week
on the romantic front! Those wanting to go in for higher studies abroad can
expect something positive happening soon. A delicate domestic issue needs to be
handled with care. Your level-headed approach will help smooth ruffled feathers.
Lucky Number : 1 / Lucky Colour : Light Yellow
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
Your efforts will help make a mark on the academic front. It is not right to covet
what is not yours, so review your actions or decisions. Some retailers may face
decreased footfalls, but it will only be a temporary phase. Better prospects are
seen in something that you are contemplating on the professional front. Financial
situation may warrant cutting corners, so don’t relax on this account. Lucky
Number : 7 / Lucky Colour : Pink

CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)

Your field of work may take you places and get you immense experience. Those
not pulling along in a relationship need to decided now, any which way. You will
find things going smoothly in your career life. A family member’s contribution
will prove invaluable on the business front. Don’t get negligent towards your
health. A change of scene will be a great idea. Financially, you stand to gain.
Look your stunning best wearing this outfit Lucky Number :18 / Lucky Colour : Lemon

ore than the celebrations, figuring  Shararas/Palazzos LEO (Jul 21-Aug 22)
out the perfect outfit for the night is Some of you may get a chance to grab an opportunity you had been waiting for
the biggest task. Worry not, we’ve long. Managing time for a social event may pose difficulty but results are certain
for those who give it a try. Financial stability is foreseen and will encourage you
got you covered with our best edit of outfit for
to turn your ideas into action. Travelling makes you happy and you will find any
this festive season. excuse to remain on the go! Good news regarding a family youngster is likely.
 Kurti Lucky Number : 11 / Lucky Colour :Deep sky blue

T his festive season if you have decided to

go desi but in a chic way, then every girl
should definitely invest in a Kurti. No matter
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
Making a positive beginning in a matter that had been worrying you for long is
indicated. A financial issue will be satisfactorily solved. A transfer is on the anvil
how much you like wearing desi outfits or not, for government servants. Be tactful in handling a family situation and don’t let
a Kurti is the best investment and your saviour things escalate. Desire to multiply your money manifold may consume you, so
for those sudden plans like Diwali office party expect early success. Things are likely to work for you on the academic front.
or a wedding. Looking for an all-eyes-on-me Lucky Number : 15 / Lucky Colour :Cream
appearance? Pick a Kurti and you can pair it up LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
with palazzos and cigarette pants. It is time you reached out to someone in need of your help on the academic

S harara is one of the most comfortable front. Opportunities to earn big bucks may soon come your way. Financially, you
will manage to bring down expenses. Newlyweds are likely to enjoy a blissful
pieces of clothing that you can pick for
existence. Earning brownie points on the social front will not be too difficult.
this festive season. Stylish yet comfortable, Overcoming laziness is important to achieve fitness, so work towards it. Lucky
embellished shararas are the right pick to Number : 8 / Lucky Colour : Yellow
enhance your look this Diwali. They also make
a perfect style statement. If you’re looking for SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
something comfortable yet statement-making, Becoming more technologically savvy is indicated for some. Tackling a big
project has its share of difficulties, but you will overcome them. Those newly
then sharara is the right pick for you. Also,
introduced to acting or public speaking will manage to overcome stage fright.
someone who does not like wearing sharara Diet and exercise is good for health, but maintaining it may pose problems for
can opt for palazzos pants, which are equally some. Differences with lover need to be sorted out to strengthen the relationship.
stylish.   Lucky Number :17 / Lucky Colour :Lavender
Potli bag
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Keep your cool, even if things don’t go your way; they are set to improve as the
 Jutti week progresses. Take full advantage of your contacts to achieve your objectives
on the academic front. You will need to get better acquainted with something
you want to take up in a professional way. A chance of getting to know someone
intimately is about to materialise, so make the most of it. Lucky Number : 2 /
Lucky Colour : Red
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
Romance remains on the backburner in the coming week since you don’t
show any extra enthusiasm. Someone may work against your interests on the
professional front, so watch your step. A deal may swing in your direction, if
you play your cards well. Some of you may choose an exercise regimen to come
back in shape. Family life remains stable and provides much happiness. Lucky
Number : 5 / Lucky Colour : Light Green
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Preparing well for a competition may require extra efforts, so give it your best.

C ome out and experiment your desi look by

opting for a stylish potli bag which has all
Choose only healthy options to remain fit. Your initiative on the romantic front
will keep your chances alive with the one you admire. Take steps to refurbish

​T his festive season, let’s choose something the elements to team it with your festive attire. your social image by being more helpful and considerate. Completed paperwork
The intricate handwork on the potli bags will will help you get a loan sanctioned for your dream house. Lucky Number :11 /
comfier while we are glammed up in our
look beautiful to complete your festive attire Lucky Colour : Deep sky blue
traditional outfits. Blingy yet comfortable,
Juttis are a perfect pick for any occasions. It is and you can stand out in the crowd. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
a must have an ethnic piece in your wardrobe  Now that you know what ethnic essentials Financial help will be forthcoming for those venturing on their own. Expect
you should have this festive season, it’s high favourable developments on the academic front. Fitness bug is likely to bite
to wear with traditional outfits and more than
time you head out for shopping. Besides, who some and do their health a lot of good. Getting even with someone working
anything, you can not only wear it on your against your interests may bring you into a needless confrontation, so think out
does not love those flowery and decorative
traditional outfits but also pair it with your subtler ways to deal with the situation. Wait and watch policy will work wonders
compliments? So let your inner desi-ness ooze
basic tee and jeans. in a contentious situation. Lucky Number : 1 / Lucky Colour : Light Yellow
out and opt for this look with all your heart.
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