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Young Kiwi-Indians come of age:


Five teenagers selected as Youth MPs
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

F
ive teenagers from the Kiwi-Indian
This is a big leap
community – Aksheen Dhillon, from the last
Ishwanka Sharma, Nishita Ganatra,
Meghshyam Prakash and Sakshi Hegde – have time when in
been selected by MPs based in Auckland – 2016, according
where predominantly a large chunk of Indian
diaspora in New Zealand lives, to a region as to available
far as Northland – to represent them in Youth information, only
Parliament 2019.
Every three years, about 140 young New
one Indian-descent
Zealanders experience Parliament as Youth youth (Karan Kalsi,
MPs and Youth Press Gallery members.
Each MP selects their own Youth Member
who was selected
of Parliament to represent them and young by Labour’s David
people in their local electorate for a six- Cunliffe) could
month community-based tenure, including
participating in the two-day Youth Parliament make to the Youth
2019 event.
While many would argue about the growing
they cope with growing up in a vastly changed
Parliament.
National MPs Simon O’Connor, Kanwaljit
aspirations within the Kiwi-Indian community
Singh Bakshi and Matt King selected Aksheen home-environment and the manner in which
of being represented in the parliament,
Dhillon, Nishita Ganatra, and Meghshyam their parents and families struggle to relate to parents and the larger Kiwi-Indian community.
and thereby at different levels of politics,
Prakash respectively, whereas Labour MPs the world outside. It is also important to acknowledge that
same could not have been said with similar
Michael Wood and Priyanca Radhakrishnan Indeed, they can be excused if they choose this year apart from these five exceptional
confidence, about the youths in the community.
selected Sakshi Hegde and Ishwanka Sharma. to not step-up to the demands of engaging with teenagers, many other equally talented, focused
For the youths all over the world are often
The fact that five teenagers, including four politics – probably one of the most serious and aspirational youngsters from the Kiwi-
accused of progressively losing interest, and
girls, were selected as Youth MPs is nothing and the least rewarding work of our times – Indian community, had put up their hands to
thereby aspirations for everything serious in
short of coming of age of the youths within the especially if one is not gifted with charisma or be part of the phenomenal experience of Youth
life, largely distracted by the recent strides
Kiwi-Indian community. not immediately likeable by everyone. Parliament, offering to bring their talents on the
in technology and levels of comfort attained
This is a big leap from the last time when in However, defying many odds so easily table.
by human society – and politics is indeed a
2016, according to available information, only attributed with the youths, especially in ethnic It’s only because of the quality of applications
serious business.
one Indian-descent youth (Karan Kalsi, who migrant communities, these five Kiwi-Indian being too high and competitive that the number
To make it even worse the youths from
was selected by Labour’s David Cunliffe) could teenagers were selected this year as Youth MPs of Kiwi-Indian teenagers that finally cut the list
migrant ethnic communities within the western
make to the Youth Parliament. for 2019 – bringing a sense of pride for their was restricted to only five.
world, often are additionally distracted – as
4 NEW ZEALAND Friday, November 30, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Here, The Indian Weekender is putting a University in the United States. The stint has “The Youth MP position will not only enable
spotlight on the exceptional achievement of given Aksheen a major global exposure. me to see what Parliament would actually be
these five selected Youth MPs from the Kiwi- “I believe that mere academic excellence is like and how decisions are made there, it would
Indian community. not enough to drive the change that we want to also allow me to give back to my community
Unsurprisingly, each one of them has see in our world and for which we need to push by representing them in those decisions,” Ms
an astonishing sense of clarity about the ourselves out of our comfort zone,” Aksheen Hegde added.
importance of the opportunity of being a Youth told The Indian Weekender.
MP, be it for self-development or for driving Ishwanka Sharma
“It is amongst people in our communities
the much needed political and social change,
more the latter.
where all problems, issues, and challenges rest,
and we need to be prepared to work amongst E ighteen-year-old Ishwanka Sharma is
pursuing a conjoint degree in Law and
Global Studies at the University of Auckland.
Aksheen Dhillon the people, Aksheen said.
“I am passionate about making a positive

A
She was selected on the basis of her essay
ksheen is a Year-13 student at Auckland’s difference in the world and I see there are
on the issue of communication challenges faced
Diocesan School and is passionate about
by the youths in 2019 in the wake of social opportunities for me to do that through politics.
economics and political science. This year
media, fake news and other technology-related I am a big advocate for utilising every possible
she received a distinction in NZ Economic
challenges. medium that one can get to make positive
Competition at the University of Auckland and
“Dealing with the rise of fake news and its change. I am good at public speaking and
as per the information on the school’s website
dissemination through numerous sources that therefore I believe is a very essential skill of a
was the only student in her class to have
we cannot trust all the time, is one big challenge politician to voice his concerns and opinion,”
managed to attain Distinction.
of my generation, and I am committed to focus Ishwanka told The Indian Weekender.
Earlier in the July school
upon as the Youth MP for Tamaki,” Aksheen Saakshi Hegde “I think Youth MP will be a wonderful
holidays, she had attended a

S
said. opportunity to experience parliamentary
summer school programme aakshi is a Year-12 student at Mt Roskill
“Aksheen’s essay on the importance of procedures, improve my knowledge of NZ
on “Leadership and Grammar School and was chosen by MP
freedom of expression and tolerance for issues and spend some time with likeminded
Global Engagement” at Michael Wood to represent him in Parliament
different viewpoints was exceptional. young people from across the country,”
Brown Leadership in 2019. She has lived in the Roskill area for
Aksheen articulated her concerns and she added.
Institute, most of her life and is passionate about the
hopes for the future in an eloquent
Brown wellbeing of the community.
and sophisticated style,” National
“I am very passionate about the wellbeing
MP Simon O’Connor said.
of our community and wanted to be part “I am passionate about
Aksheen was of anything that would have a positive making a positive difference
selected on the impact on it and help us grow together,” in the world and I see
basis of her essay Ms Hegde told The Indian Weekender. there are opportunities
on the issue of “Politics are policy decisions for me to do that
communication
challenges faced made that impact everyone to through politics."
by the youths in some extent or another which
2019 in the wake is why I do strongly believe -Ishwanka
of social media, that everyone should be Sharma
fake news and interested in politics.
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Meghshyam Prakash

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IIT Kharagpur, University of Auckland


ink pact for research tie-up institutions and we would be deciding on the institutions in the country through a joint expertise across disciplines, is offered in
¡¡ IWK BUREAU
detailed areas of work leading to exchange of research centre specifically, a New Zealand

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collaboration with leaders in various areas of
IT Kharagpur and the University of faculty and students,” Jenny Dixon, Deputy Centre at IIT Kharagpur and an India Centre academia.
Auckland on Monday, November 26, Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Engagement at at Auckland” said IIT Kharagpur Director P P “The thrust areas in consideration for this
signed a pact to foster academic exchange University of Auckland, was quoted as saying Chakrabarti. collaboration are also in concurrence with
and research collaboration, faculty exchange in an IIT Kharagpur release. A similar Center is functional in China for our country to make giant leaps in healthcare,
and visiting/adjunct appointments, student Prior to visiting India, Ms Dixon had robust eight universities from New Zealand focusing economy and quality of life,” remarked
mobility, the premier Indian institute said. discussions with the Indian High Commissioner on teaching programs, research collaborations, Baidurya Bhattacharya, Dean, International
As per the Memorandum of Understanding to NZ Mr Sanjiv Kohli and Honorary Consul of students and faculty exchange. The proposal Relations, IIT Kharagpur.
- the first strategic partnership of University of India in Auckland Mr Bhav Dhillon regarding would be discussed with the governments of At present Indian students from third
Auckland with a higher educational institution the MoU. both countries. largest student community in New Zealand’s
in India - the two educational establishments The MoU also involves the scope of outreach The two institutes will further explore academia with enrolments mostly in science,
would explore opportunities for research centres at IIT Kharagpur and Auckland possibilities of a Dual Masters and Doctoral engineering and business. The country has
in healthcare technologies, new materials, representing various prestigious higher programmes and a collaborative B.Tech. - an advanced policy setting for international
cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. educational institutions of both countries. M.Tech. Programme. students particularly in terms of post-studies
“The SPARC program of India is of specific “We are the nodal institution for New “At IIT Kharagpur, we have been striving employment drive. They can apply for a 3-year
interest to us. There are several research Zealand for the Ministry of Human Resources to ensure global exposures to gain in-depth work visa after completing their degree.
areas which are of mutual interest for both Development. We can coordinate with other knowledge in core disciplines, as well as ••

90-day trial period to go as govt pushes for employment law changes


¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH coalition partners issuing a media employers only (those employing legislation and delivers rights and

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he 90-day trial period clause release and describing NZ First’s more than 20 employees) and not the protections for workers which were
of the current employment current stand of being “very happy” small and medium-sized businesses, stripped from them by National.
law is all set to be a thing of with the proposed bill. who have raised genuine concerns Overall, there is much to celebrate
past with New Zealand First finally The bill will end 90-day trials for about these changes taking away in this legislation, which I am
giving in to its coalition partners bigger employers, restores rights their ability to do business without sure will lead to better and more
Labour and Green’s wishes to scrap to tea and meal breaks and grants being under undue stress. consistent outcomes in New Zealand
the provision. unions more access to workplaces. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern workplaces,” Ms Ardern said.
The controversial Workplace The bill had come back from says the Government listened to
Relations Amendment Bill was However, National had earlier
a select committee without any the public submissions in the select
re-introduced in parliament on denounced the proposed bill saying
material changes in September, committee process and had taken
November 26th for a second reading. that the changes will take New
at which point New Zealand First on board some of the key concerns
Earlier when the bill was Zealand back to 1970s when the
leader Winston Peters described it as raised.
introduced in parliament, coalition was a “work in progress.” unions had a seemingly a free run at
Today, that “work in progress,” a “work in progress”. “Every aspect of our Bill is
partner New Zealand First had held workplaces.
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Changes to post-study work


visa comes into effect
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The international students who were endured unnecessarily long wait times The relief is temporary as it is still not
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Simon Bridges meets with NZICA, Auckland Indian


Association: Clarifies race-related comments
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH any ethnic group, Parliament or otherwise, in

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New Zealand,” Mr Bhana said.
ational Party Leader Simon “We plan to meet National Party Leader again
Bridges met with key leaders and and work together to remove some perceptions
representatives of New Zealand Indian within the community that two Chinese MPs
Central Association (NZICA) and Auckland are better than two Indian MPs in any way,” Mr
Indian Association (AIA) – two of the oldest Bhana said.
and largest Indian associations - to clear the Meanwhile, Mr Bridges is also reported
air on the controversy around his perceived to have reiterated that National Party was a
race-related comments against the Indian trailblazer in ethnic communities in the meeting
community. with leaders of two major Indian Associations.
The Associations had expressed their Earlier in mid-October Mr Bridges was
concerns on the content of the leaked-tape of caught up in the controversy of a leaked-tape
the conversation between Mr Bridges and his by the then National Party colleague, (now
then colleague National MP Jamie Lee-Ross in discredited and no longer with the party) MP
a press release on October 23. Jamie Lee-Ross, where he was seen tacitly
“NZICA would like to have discussions backing the assertions against the value of
with the Leader of the National Party, and Indian MPs in the Party.
the President of the National Party,” the press The fiasco within the National Party had
release had then stated, putting forward an attracted much criticism from the community
explicit desire to meet with Mr Bridges and including India’s High Commissioner to
address the concerns of the Indian community. New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli, who denounced
Narendra Bhana, President Auckland Indian Association the scandal on his personal twitter account,
Following that request, Mr Bridges was able
told the Indian Weekender, “From our point of view “Shocking attitude. Highly inconsistent with
to meet with key leaders of the two associations
NZ values. Hopefully an aberration. India and
on Monday, November 19, and expressed his it was great that he was open and honest about the Indians respect and admire this country and its
regret on the content of the recording – an mistake that has happened and was willing to front it up. people.”
explanation that has been largely accepted and Mr Bridges and the National Party has since
understood. Kiwi-Indian MP Kanwaljit Singh then been building bridges with the Indian
Bakshi was also present at the meeting at the “He reiterated that what was said in that However, Bhikhu Bhana also emphasised community in New Zealand.
Gandhi Centre. leaked tape does not reflect the culture within NZICA’s desire to keep working with the This included Mr Bridges fronting up the
Narendra Bhana, President Auckland Indian the Party,” Narendra Bhana said. National Party, and other major political most significant Indian community event at the
Association told The Indian Weekender, “From Echoing similar sentiments, Bhikhu Bhana, parties wherever possible, to ensure that there iconic Auckland Diwali Festival and expressing
our point of view it was great that he was open President of NZICA also said, “We are was no discrimination against Kiwi-Indians in regret to be part of the critical conversation and
and honest about the mistake that has happened reasonably satisfied after our meeting with Parliament or outside of Parliament. emphasising that the Party had been a trail-
and was willing to front it up. National Party Leader.” “There should be no discrimination against blazer for ethnic communities in NZ.

Auckland Indian Association Mahila


Samaj host fundraising dinner
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

T
he sub-committee of the
Auckland Indian Association
Inc., Mahila Samaj hosted a
fundraising dinner last week to help
support Starship Foundation of New
Zealand.
Mahila Samaj invited the
community members to be a part
of a noble cause and also plan and
discuss how the committee can come
up with new initiatives to serve the
community.
The Executive Committee through
its word of mouth, referrals, contacts
and social media promotions were The Charity Dinner held on Tarun Mohanbhai and 19-year-old
able to get 300 people to the Mahatma Sunday, November 18 was attended talented Opera singer Sid Chand also
Gandhi Centre for the charity worthy by Aisha Daji Punga, CEO of performed at the event.
event. Starship Foundation, as the guest “With so many donations of food,
Mahila Samaj, over the last speaker to the event. raffle prizes, monetary donations it
12 months has held many events The 22 members of the Mahila became an amazing evening with
such as Mother’s Day High Tea, Samaj spread themselves across everyone enjoying their time with
cooking demonstrations, talks different tables at the event speaking family and friends to make the
on health topics, annual rangoli to the attendees at each table evening a great success and surely
competitions etc. discussing ideas and initiatives for it was,” President of AIA, Narendra
Mahila Samaj in the next three the betterment of the community. Bhana said.
years will celebrate its Golden “The committee was broken
Jubilee, since its inception in 1971, down into small groups according to
August 1- at the Gandhi Hall on their field of expertise to undertake
Victoria Street, Auckland. that particular activity for dinner.
“The primary objective behind The discussions were monitored at
Mahila Samaj was to form a Women’s different intervals to make sure that
Group for the Indian Women in New every group was on target and were
Zealand,” the Chairperson of AIA meeting the requirements that were
Mahila Samaj, Vanita B Patel told needed for dinner,” Ms Patel added.
The Indian Weekender. The food at the dinner was prepared
“I am proud to say Mahila Samaj by the in-house kitchen of Auckland
has grown through the decades. Indian Association and entertainment
“The necessity to address issues provided by a dance group called
and topics relevant to women has Desi Beat, led by well-known Kiwi-
proven to be beneficial,” she added. Indian artist Danisha Lal. Comedian
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 30, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 9

Melodious voices echo at


‘Old is Gold 10’ music show

WITH RELIANZ TRAVELS AND IN ASSOCIATION WITH KAYSONS PRESENTS

¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

A
rich mix of old and new voices
mesmerised listeners at the Old is Gold
music show earlier last weekend at the
Dorothy Winstone Centre.
A brainchild of renowned musician-singer
Amit Sengupta, ‘Old is Gold 10’ was the
fourteenth show since its inception in 2002, and
it did not fail to give the audience yet another
good musical evening.
The show featured songs from as old as
1950s Bollywood films in the voices of some
really talented Kiwi-Indian singers. What was
special about this event was the surprising entry
of some lesser-known names in the community
who lead the audience to wonder, ‘where have
they been all this while?’
One of the highlightswas Sandhya Rao who
sang her solo on the stage ‘Maine Shayad
Tumhein’ and then her duet with Amit Sengupta
‘Dil Todne Wale’. The voices complemented
each other, and it was as if legendary singer
Lata Mangeshkar had dawned herself singing
the song in the face of singer Sandhya Rao.
Although most of the amazing songs were
not so popular and dated back to the black and
white Bollywood films era, it did mesmerise the
lovers of the golden era of music.
Another such face was The Indian
Weekender’s Swati Sharma, who was also
the emcee of the show and made her singing
debut in New Zealand stage with ‘Saawan
Ka Mahina’ duet along with Moneesh from
the 1967 hit film Milan, originally sung in the
voices of Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. Ms
Sharma and Moneesh’s performance received a
thunder of applause from the audience.
Other talents who wowed the spectators were
Shibashish Dutta singing ‘Ye kya hua’ from
the film Amar Prem, ‘Awaz De Kahan’ Ho by
Sucheta, ‘Naja Kahin Ab’ by Rachit, ‘Sajan re
Jhoot mat Bolo’ by Ismail, ‘Milan hai kisi ka
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will be going toward the Starship Foundation.
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‘Biggest IRD changes’


you should know about Indian Overseas Congress NZ plans
and how it will affect you
¡¡ SWATI SHARMA
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proposed changes to give everyone he leaders of the Indian Overseas
a more straightforward tax system. Congress New Zealand (IOCNZ) held a
If the proposed law changes go through early meeting, along with the representatives
next year, there are a number of things that
could affect you. of their youth wing, to discuss ways and means
of mobilising support for the Congress Party,
Better information in the upcoming five-state and general elections
You can expect to receive a notification in India.
at the end of the tax year. This will tell you
India is currently in election mode, with
how much you’ve earned and how much tax
you’ve paid – so you’ll know exactly where five states –– Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh,
you stand. Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana ––
undergoing the election process for state-
Automatic tax refunds legislature, followed by general elections for
If you have paid too much tax during the
year, you’ll automatically have a refund paid the centre due in March-April 2019.
into your bank account (so long as your bank Increasingly, the Indian diaspora around the
account details are up to date on our system). world, including NZ are being wooed by the
If you have not paid enough, we will let you major national and regional political parties in The Indian Weekender, “Next week we are “Our meeting was focussed on engaging
know how much you owe and you won’t need India. having a video conference with Sam Pitroda, with youths in our communities, along with
to pay it until February the following year. Initially, the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party Chairman, Indian Overseas Congress and making preparations for the upcoming state and
Foreign Affairs Department, All India Congress general elections in India.
Helping you stay on track (BJP), especially under Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, has upped the ante of wooing Committee, about preparations for upcoming “Indian Overseas Congress NZ is planning to
Inland Revenue will let you know if it
looks like you’re on the wrong tax code to the global Indian diaspora, only to be followed elections. hold a seminar on road safety, especially with
ensure you’re paying the right amount of tax by Indian National Congress Party and several “The discussion will be about relaying Indian the students and youngsters coming fresh into
and so you won’t get any surprises at the end regional parties. Overseas Congress’s views on state-elections the country.
of the year. back in India and also on getting senior leaders “There has been a gradual increase in the
Some examples if the proposed changes More visits from senior Leaders from the Congress Party visit NZ and interact numbers of road incidents involving Kiwi-
and how they could affect for you, can be with the Indian diaspora of New Zealand,” Mr Indian youths, which is a cause of concern
found out on Changing for You website.
of Indian National Congress Party
To be prepared for any changes, simply Eyeing the high stakes on upcoming Cheema said. for our communities, and IOCNZ is keen to
login to your myIR account and check your elections, IOCNZ is working to get senior work in creating awareness and educating our
Road-safety seminar youths,” Mr Cheema said.
contact details and bank account information leaders of Indian National Congress Party in
are up to date. The other major area of discussion in the “We will soon be making an announcement
New Zealand.
IRD has said that it will be releasing further IOCNZ meeting was engaging with the youths about the details of the event,” Mr Cheema said.
Harminder Cheema, President IOCNZ, told
updates early next year. in the community.

Police encourage revellers Employers, don’t get caught out!


to “look after your mates” It pays to comply with minimum
this summer employment standards
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mates and have plans in place to make the holiday period is a busy time with a serious concern for the Labour
sure you and your wider whanau and increased demand on Police, emergency Don’t get caught out!
Inspectorate.
friends have a safe and pleasant time services and our partner agencies across Penalties for non-compliance Make sure you are complying with
while enjoying the summer festivities. Tāmaki Makaurau.
Police are launching Operation can be up to $100,000 (for your legal responsibilities.
“Trends Police see during this period
Summer this week, a targeted Police a company) and even more EVERY EMPLOYER who exploits
include increases in alcohol harm events,
for financial gain, plus the
migrants can be imprisoned
operation across Tāmaki Makaurau which family harm incidents, road crashes, and/or fined up to $100,000.

will be focusing on key areas of demand water-related call outs and burglaries. risk of negative publicity and
that typically increase over the summer “We ask that revellers drink responsibly hiring bans. For more information and your free

period. and we discourage ‘pre-loading’. Employers are being warned minimum rights and responsibilities
guide visit www.employment.govt.nz

Operation Summer identifies trends We will be enforcing liquor bans and about the importance and
in offending and hotspot areas over the checking licensed premises are complying consequences of meeting their
busy summer season and Police will be with the law and not serving intoxicated minimum employment standards
proactively deployed to prevent these people. obligations. The Labour
we also regularly see some is keeping proper records,” says
Inspectorate is active in enforcing
migrant employers exploiting Stu.
these obligations.
staff who are often members of Penalties for non-compliance
Stu Lumsden, National
their own community. can be up to $100,000 (for a
Are you looking to Buy Manager Labour Inspectorate
MBIE says, “Breaches of
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or Sell a Business? employees’ rights won’t be


tolerated in New Zealand.
fair there is clearly a need to keep
strict compliance, including in
examples of an employer’s
financial gain, plus the risk
migrant communities.” of negative publicity. Serious
Employers who fail to meet
Shaun Khanna has a business, sales and marketing experience of more than The Employment New breaches of the law are published
25 years and is a specialist in selling businesses such as Service Stations, Lotto their minimum legal obligations
Stores, Dairies, Supermarkets and Liquor Stores. He also has vast exposure in Zealand website provides a full in the news.
are warned they are likely to be
the hospitality sector. Shaun has sold many businesses and has helped hundreds
range of free resources for both
of buyers and sellers of petrol stations and convenience stores throughout New
investigated and if breaches are To contact Employment
Zealand. Shaun understands both sides of the transaction from the perspective employees and employers. Go
of both the buyer and the seller as he is a former successful business owner as found they will be followed up New Zealand, visit:
he had owned and successfully run a big BP Service Station & thoroughly to www.employment.govt.nz
with enforcement action.
understands how it works.
and enter key words “minimum www.employment.govt.nz
“In the most serious cases the
Shaun offers the degree of professional service that effectively brings business rights of employees”. The For information on record
buyers and sellers together to experience successful and desirable outcomes. potential penalties, arrears orders
Shaun has a nationwide network of contacts and a track record of success, resources include quick guides keeping enter “keeping
and hiring bans could effectively
receiving many referrals from satisfied buyers and sellers. and publications in more than 10 accurate records”.
lead to a non-compliant employer
For a confidential, no obligation discussion about the sale of your business please translated languages.
to go out of business. For details of non-
“Current and future employers
give me a call on 029 770 9767 or send an email to shaunk@abcbusiness.co.nz
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and employees will benefit from
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Diwali celebrated
in NZ Parliament
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No new taxes
                                         security, higher electricity prices, fewer jobs
and lower incomes for New Zealanders.
SANDRAN BALAN
& ASSOCIATES
Barristers and Solicitors
We will have to import coal and gas from
overseas instead of producing it ourselves, that
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi is madness. Good intentions but a very bad
National Party List MP
outcome.
 All the changes the Government is making to
the rental market are supposed to make it better

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his week Simon Bridges made a pledge for renters. But, unfortunately, the opposite is
to New Zealanders. If National wins the happening. Good intentions, bad outcomes.
right to govern in 2020 there will be no  Another one is the expensive tram from
new taxes in our first term. Auckland’s CBD to the airport. It might fulfil
 New Zealanders deserve to have certainty an election promise but it means billions of Let us help you with the following:
when it comes to managing family budgets, dollars in extra costs, paid for by higher taxes.
and the way the Government has managed its That’s one of the reasons why you are paying
budget for the past year has had a huge impact higher prices at the pump than this time last
on New Zealand families. year. Good intentions, bad outcomes. Residential Conveyancing
 Under the Labour-led government rents have  This Government cares a lot about rhetoric.
gone up two and a half times faster than under We care about results. Sale & Purchase of Business
National. They’re up $30 a week, or $1560  Labour said it wouldn’t add any new taxes
a year. Petrol taxes have been piled on. The in its first term. Then we saw a regional fuel tax Refinance • Trusts, Wills, Estates
typical car now costs $15 more to fill up than in Auckland, three national petrol tax increases,
this time last year. That all adds up and families an extension of the bright line test, ring fencing Matrimonial & Relationship Proper t y
are feeling it. of losses and the Amazon tax.
 Higher petrol prices mean groceries become  When we say no new taxes, we actually Employment • Commercial
more expensive too. Heading into the summer mean it.
break we want families to be able to fill up the  We’ve also committed to repealing a Capital Family Trust • Company • Family Law
tank, go on a road trip and pack everything they Gains Tax. Michael Cullen’s Tax Working
need for a BBQ without worrying about the Group has announced it is putting together two Civil Litigation • Immigration
price tag. But that’s just a bit harder now. options for a Capital Gains Tax. But it admits
 Nobody is doubting the Government’s that this won’t fix the housing market but will
good intentions but these good intentions have lead to higher rents for those who can least
consequences that are actually doing more afford it.
harm than good.   A Capital Gains Tax is a tax on small
 The current Government is prioritising good business owners and entrepreneurs, people who
intentions over good outcomes. have worked hard for decades to grow the value
 The oil and gas ban may have sounded good,
its aim was to reduce emissions. That’s a good
of their business, paying tax and employing
people, only to get whacked with yet more tax
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emissions. these policies are hurting Kiwi families and
 On top of that it will result in less energy
heading into Christmas, that’s just not fair.
12 NEW ZEALAND Friday, November 30, 2018 The Indian Weekender

The $23.27c kindness that changed


the life of a migrant forever
¡¡ BILL HARRISON
Editor’s note:
Last Christmas, 89-year-old Parbhu
Nathoo, along with his almost same aged
wife Devi Nathoo, overviewed their 21
descendants spanning four generations
and reflected on their family’s seven
decades of life in New Zealand.
This Christmas, Jack and Devi, married
73 years, and now enduring a health-
related, heart-wrenching separation,
with both docked in two different homes
in Auckland – a separation that in Jack’s
own words feels endless.
“It’s more like an eternity,” Jack who
remains at the family home, said.
Theirs’s is a story of indomitable
human spirit, courage, ambitions,
hard-work, aspirations, enduring pain, Having sailed from
overcoming challenges, the satisfaction
Bombay to firstly
of a fulfilled migrant-life. those two was tragically cut-short, (Ranchod
The Indian Weekender teams-up with a passed away in a tragic accident barely a few Singapore in 1946, the
local Auckland based writer Bill Harrison, of years after finally landing in New Zealand) then 17-year-old and
who in his own words always remains on is indeed a remarkable reflection of Jack’s
kindness.
newly-wed was fresh
the hunt for such inspirational stories, to 1982
write, uncover, and present to the world, “We were disappointed with Singapore from his family farm The family relocated to opportunity-laden
to bring out the story of probably one as our first-intended new settlement,” Jack in Karadi, Gujarat. Auckland with its scope for marrying their
of the oldest, if not the oldest, surviving recalled. offspring within their culture.
Kiwi-Indian settler in this country. Within five days the trio was smuggled Jack and Devi bought four houses to
aboard by the friendly Indian crew of Curfu accommodate the now-13 descendants. Their
This story is a tribute to the enterprising
– an English hospital ship bound for Darwin, main enterprise continues as the re-named BP
and enduring spirit of our Kiwi-Indian
Australia. Innocently wearing street clothes “It was $600 which I’d borrowed and saved. 2go Motor Centre, 50 Northcote Road, with its
migrant community who, if not having instead of crew uniform, the three were outed You must already imagine yourself successful,
sailed like Jack and Devi in 1946, but credo including forceful marketing combining
as stowaways while socialising among patients and decide you’ll fix any problems as they creative management.
definitely embarks upon an uncharted and paid-passengers. come along.”
territory to create a better life for “We were handled like such gentlemen,” The pair reunited in 1949, with Devi having 1992   
themselves and their future generations.  recalls Jack. sailed out alone and Jack having achieved Aged early 60s, Jack underwent heart
Beginning the Pacific journey… three years overall ‘investment’ in their surgery though somehow continues defying its
Rama’s gift of $23.27c immersion. Devi took responsibility for the seven-year use-by date.
Friends and family confirm ‘hard reality’ is Reaching Sydney, the lads became Sydney
banking and clerical records related to their
Parbhu Nathoo’s life code. Council street-sweepers for 25c a day. These Days
Few would credit imagination as the silent “Enough for little bread and butter...” subsequent homes and enterprises. The two
were ‘betrothed in advance’ at age five by both Among Jack and Devi’s son and three
partner to this once-wordless teen’s seven Within four days Jack, Rama and Ranchod daughters is a variety of awards based within
decades life as a postwar Kiwi-Indian. had sourced the NZ-bound vessel MV sets of well-meaning parents. They had met
community, commerce, and industry. The early
Having sailed from Bombay to firstly Wanganella. only on brief occasions prior to marriage.
1990s saw Ronnie’s wife Nanette became the
Singapore in 1946, the then 17-year-old and Even now, Jack’s voice softens in recalling “Devi took a few months to settle but when
first lady officer (within the Auckland Indian
newly-wed was fresh from his family farm in Rama’s gift of $23.27c, meaning all three newcomers commit to staying, they set goals
Association (Currently Chair, Law and Order).
Karadi, Gujarat. could sail from Sydney Harbour.  and keep looking forward.” By year’s end
Nanette’s other volunteering spans New
Lying on his bed and envisaging the Pacific If it was not for Rama’s generosity, then 1950, Jack and Devi were parents to Ronnie, Zealand Indian Central Association, crime
venture into which parents Manga and Sukhi possibly Jack’s Kiwi odyssey would not have now aged 68 and with an extensive retailing prevention, Pasifika counsel, Hospice, Rotary
had raised $170 sponsorship, the-then labourer unfolded as it eventually did, or at least the background. club initiative and advocacy of positive ageing.
recalled: “Thankfully I was fearless, mainly as trio would not have experienced the journey These commitments led to her being
I lacked the capacity to foresee the challenges together. The Early 1950s
honoured Queen’s Service Medal 90th
ahead.” Devi was celebrated as the region’s only
Real Settlement begins... Honours List.
resident Indian woman, though her spouse
Forward Friendly Five days later the novice travellers berthed half-joked “that fruit shop had us working like Reflections…
Now nearly 90, the great-grandfather in Wellington where each sensed the upcoming donkeys just to earn a basic living!” Rama’s gifting of Jack’s $23.27 boat
relives his Kiwi immersion: “It was like I breeze of his own destiny. Cheerfully they passage, now blended into a self-renewing
was switching between two lives every few parted company with at least two to briefly 1956 legacy of the Nathoo dual-cultured family tree. 
minutes but people seemed to come from reunite years later. Unfortunately, Ranchod The family moved to Taupo with its then- Jack and Devi overview 21 descendants,
nowhere to offer help.” passed away six years later in 1952 following 1800 populace, buying water in $4-apportioned among the youngest descendent being Shaam
Always a self-driven extrovert, Parbhu a tragic accident when aged in his early 20s. carry tanks. The Nathoos settled into a ‘new’ (2), son of grandson Anil.
(Jack) was to fully retire from his petrol Rama lived a full life and died in 1984. fruit shop which soon became a general store, Devi is nine days older than Jack, though
business proprietorship when he turned 80. Jack credits Indian culture for his welcome later earning itself the area’s first New World less mobile and in her third year within life
The business is continued by son, Ronnie by Nana’ the central city fruitier. franchise. care. Having encouraged young family through
and wife Nanette along with their son Anil. Within a month of bedding-down on every national living skill, Devi herself retained
Jack is valued as a father figure among one his host’s floorboard-laid mattress, Jack 1969 the language and costume of traditional India,
of the first families from their homeland to was fronting 5 a.m. starts as a harbourside A partnership with three fellow investors almost an in-house ambassador.
operate a BP service station NZ franchise. maintenance hand. Any spare time was
in the on-site development of Suncourt, a Yet the Nathoo’s on-rolling ‘brand’ will
devoted to practising the dictionary.
The ship-bonding between the “I learnt mainly by listening, there were no 16-outlet retail Mecca embracing the Nathoos’ always be nestled within the heartiness of
formal lessons. As each new word came along grocery. three young venturers and their 1946 one way
three fellow boat-migrants ticket into a western world of which they knew
I practised it, treasured it.”
Jack had left Indian shores along with The 1970s nothing.
Proudly, Jack counted himself as among
Rama and Ranchod – two fellows of similar The Nathoos departed on 36,000-mile
NZ’s then-300 Indian population, 130 of
enterprising attitude – and with whom he
whom were Wellington-based. After three motoring expedition in Africa and Europe. For the Two Seniors
shared a deflected journey, first to Singapore, months at harbourside, this lifetime car and Touring 29 countries in their American Today’s health-related separation is a rip-
then to Australia and eventually to Wellington. sports enthusiast became a general worker tear in their 73-year fabric. The 15-minute
Chevrolet, driving was shared between Jack
The memories of those two fellow travellers with Todd Motors, Porirua. inter-urban car ride separating them, somehow
and then-teenaged daughter Bharti. Born in
are still clear in Jack’s minds when Bill After eighteen months of first arriving in now greater than the 12,628 kilometres
1962, she is the youngest, following Indira,
Harrison, first spoke to him in his North Shore- New Zealand, and mindful of Devi, his new between Gujarat, India and Auckland, NZ.
Vanita and Ronnie. “The trip and others later
based home. wife awaiting call-out from Gujarat, Jack Parbhu Jack almost whispers “This is our
To cherish those memories, almost seven were unbelievable,” relived Jack. “Race and
bought his own fruit shop in Waipukerau, greatest challenge ever. When Devi passes on,
decades after, especially when the life of one of background of every style right there in front I’ll likely pass also....”    
Hawkes Bay.
of us.”
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 30, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 13

Young Kiwis to head off to Asia on Prime


Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) Zealanders with the skills On completing their PMSA international
to be global citizens, education experience, the awardees report the
Michael Wood including language skills experience will improve their career prospects.
Member of Parliament for Mt Roskill and cultural competence. Applications for the next round of PMSA
and Parliamentary Under-Secretary for
These scholarships
Ethnic Communities and PMSLA opens mid-January and must be
have successfully
submitted online by 30 March 2019. More

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rime Minister Jacinda Ardern has lifted the profile of
information on the application process can be
recently congratulated the 172 young offshore exchanges and
on https://enz.govt.nz/funding/.
New Zealanders who have been awarded programmes in New
Institutions are encouraged to contact ENZ
prestigious Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Zealand and enabled
Asia (PMSA) as part of the August 2018/19 to discuss potential group applications.
more of our young people
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round. to take part in them.
The Prime Minister made the announcement
in Singapore, where she met with PMSA
recipients currently studying in Singapore as a
result of the PMSA programme.
The PMSA programme is funded by the
New Zealand Government and administered by
Education New Zealand (ENZ). The PMSA was
first launched five years ago and was extended
to Latin America with the launch of the PMSLA
in 2016. The August round 2018/19 PMSLA
awardees have been announced, alongside
the names of PMSA awardees.  A total of
$1,408,578 was awarded this round for 2018/19
covering both individual and group awardees.
To date, there have been 1,855 PMSA and
PMSLA awardees. The scholarship covers study
and internship costs and makes a significant
contribution to travel and accommodation
expenses of approximately NZ$ 270 a week.
The newly announced awardees – 49
individuals, and 17 groups totalling 123 –
are either recent graduates or come from
universities, institutes of technology and
polytechnics or private training enterprises
across New Zealand. They will travel to
destinations including China, India, Viet Nam,
Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Singapore
to study, carry out research or undertake
internships – spanning from four weeks to one
year.
“The PMSA establishes personal
relationships that strengthen ties between Asia
and New Zealand. As a small trading nation in
the Asia-Pacific region, this is important for us,
helping build a shared future,” Jacinda Arden
said. The Prime Minister says that ongoing
academic relationships and new business
opportunities are two she would like to see as a
result from the programme.
The awardees are welcomed and supported
by diplomatic communities in New Zealand
and offshore which is highly valued by the
Government.
Individual PMSA awardees will carry out
programmes including a one-year Master’s
in Management at the National University
of Singapore, a 12-week internship at
SmartBlkTrade in Hong Kong as a Machine
Learning Engineer, and a 6-month study of
Mandarin Chinese at the Mandarin Training
Centre at National Taiwan Normal University
in Taipei, Taiwan.
Group PMSA awardees include six Massey
University students who will study Veterinary
Science at the University of Peradeniya in Sri
Lanka, six students from the University of
Waikato who will attend a law summer school
in Viet Nam and 12 students from Whitecliffe
College of Arts & Design who will study
sustainable and ethical fashion design in India.
The Prime Minister reiterates that her
government prioritises equipping young New
14 NEW ZEALAND Friday, November 30, 2018 The Indian Weekender

GURUDWARAS ACROSS NZ CELEBRATE


549TH GURU NANAK JAYANTI
On the occasion of the 549th birthday of Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, gurudwaras across the country hosted several events to his birth anniversary. Some gurudwaras continued
the celebrations for three days starting Friday, November 23 till Sunday, November 25. An integral part of the Gurupurab programme was kirtan and reciting Sri Akhand Path Sahib,
and devotees came to the event with their children and older members of the family to pray and observe one of the most important days of the Sikh community. A Kirtan
and langar event is also planned at the Parliament Lawns on Friday, November 30 by Wellington Sikh Society from 10:30 a.m. till noon.

Sri Kalgidhar Sahib, Takanini Hindu Elders Foundation

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he Gurupurab celebrations at Takanini Gurudwara started with the Bhog of Sri he members of Hindu Elders Foundation celebrated Gurpurab on Sunday, November 27 at
Akhand Path at 5 p.m. followed by Kirtani Jatha, Bhai Balkar Singh, Dhadhi Bhartiya Mandir Community Hall. The Shabad and Kirtan were conducted by Gyani Surinder
Jatha of Harmandeep Singh, and Katha by Bhai Kuldeep Singh. Singh and team who kept the audience spellbound which was followed by Bhajans by Sharda
Monga and Sreeshuta. Gyani ji and his team were presented with a Saropa by Shri Pravin Bhai Patel and
Shri Satya Prakash Pahuja. Shri Harnam Singh Golian, Ex-MP of Fiji was the chief guest of the event.
The occasion was also graced by MP Paramjeet Parmar and President Bhartiya Mandir Hemant Prashar.

Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Christchurch

G
urupurab was celebrated by the New Zealand Sikh Society (South Island) Inc. in Christchurch
on Sunday, November 25 with more than 500 attendees from all walks of life. A Kirtan was
arranged following the Sukhmani Sahib path. Guru Nanak Jayanti (Gurpurab) marks the birth
of the founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak and langar was served following the
conclusion of Ardass. More than 500 people turned up to the small celebration at the Gurudwara.

Sri Dasmesh Darbar,


Kolmar Road, Papatoetoe
The programme started with the
bhog of Sri Akhand Path Sahib at
6.30 p.m. on Friday, November
23, followed by Kirtan from all the
Jathas. The programme concluded
around 10 p.m. followed by
fireworks. Approximately 5000
people attended the programme
through the evening with special
langar served for all devotees
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 30, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 15

Three Kings community NZ Communities Football Cup:


stops new bottle store Growing ethnic participation
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

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he New Zealand
Communities Football
Cup (NZCFC) celebrated
its 10th year in existence last
weekend in a bigger and better
family-friendly event in Auckland
than what it was first started.
The two-day tournament was
held on Saturday (November
24) and Sunday (November 25)
at Mangere Centre Park with 15
men’s teams and six women’s
teams competing for the national title. rounds with different teams playing against
This year there was a mix of several new each other and progressing to elimination round
teams that came to the tournament for the first and finals on the second day of the competition.
¡¡ IWK BUREAU The Football Cup was developed by New
A celebration of this time such as Hermanos (Christchurch), Bullet


We’re thrilled the applicant has withdrawn Boys (Hamilton), Tosso Vitti (Auckland), Zealand Police in 2008 eyeing on young
from adding yet another bottle store to the
community win will take along with more seasoned campaigners RYAN, people’s passion for football to connect diverse
place from 3pm to 4pm Somalia, Ethio-Lions. communities, celebrate success and encourage
Three Kings area, in response to the huge positive social change.
The final was played between RYAN and
community response opposing it,” said Shail Sunday December 9th at the Ethio-Lions and won by the former with a final In its tenth year, the festival has grown
Kaushal, from Roskill Community Voice. score of 1-0. bigger and better than what it first started from
Over 30 official objections were made,
Three Kings Tennis Pavillion, and getting support and endorsement from
Rakesh Naidoo, Senior Inspector New
including from the Puketāpapa Local Board, with an afternoon tea. Zealand Police and Strategic Adviser, Human key regional and government agencies. This
local schools and churches, to the application Rights Commissioner, inaugurated the year several local, government, and non-profit
tournament, with a rousing speech to fire up the organisations, including New Zealand Football,
for a new large format Super Liquor at 509 regional councils, Multicultural New Zealand,
an afternoon tea. teams for the tournament.
Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings. Two community have come together along with the NZ Police
This will also double as an end of year Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Mr
petitions were also submitted, with one of to fund and support the National Communities
event and mark some other big achievements Naidoo said, “Right now there are numerous
them continuing to grow online and through Cup.
for the Puketāpapa community this year, regional, ethnic communities cup all around the
door-knocking in the community after the The main objectives of the cup are
such as winning the 191 bus for Lynfield, country.
deadline for objections closed. A community promoting integration and positive community
“The NZCFC brings together all the regional
the Wesley suburb’s name being gazetted by communities football tournaments together at engagement amongst different communities
committee formed to support other activities to
the NZ Geographic Board, and Transpower one platform. and with government and local agencies.
also make the community’s opposition known, New Zealand Football’s President Phil Barry
announcing they will be taking down two out “The aim of this cup is to bring together our
and was in the process of planning a protest was also present at the finals and the prize
of the three high voltage power lines in our diverse communities and get them to engage
and a preparation session for those speaking more positively with each other.” distribution ceremony to extend support.
area by 2050.
at the hearing, when the applicant was The NZCFC is a culmination of over 1,000 Speaking to the Indian Weekender Mr Barry
“It’s great to work with our local community regional football matches. said, “It is exciting times for New Zealand
withdrawn, due to the high level of community
to make changes we can’t achieve alone, and This year’s diverse line-up included teams football, especially with our women’s team and
objections.
Roskill Community Voice looks forward to representing Fiji, Argentina, Somalia, Poland, women’s U-17 team doing exceptionally well
A celebration of this community win will
more community wins in 2019,” said Anne- Myanmar, Tonga and the Solomon Islands. overseas. It just reflects what’s going on in our
take place from 3pm to 4pm Sunday December The men’s tournament was played in five
Marie Coury of Roskill Community Voice. New Zealand football at the moment.”
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Stop, and the earlier Aditya Birla-backed “More” chain.
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Online retail sales as a percentage of total sales have shown a tremendous rise, going from
0.8 percent in 2014 to 3.6 percent of total retail sales in 2017. This week in New Zealand’s history
While the growth has been enormous and will continue to be fast, the fact that 95 percent of
the market is still with the offline sector drives home a few important points. Access to offline 30 November 1949
stores provides a vast distribution network and brand accessibility, especially beyond the Tier
Election of first National government
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1 cities. Therefore, for a player interested in a higher market share, an offline presence is non-
he Labour government, led by Peter Fraser, was defeated by Sidney Holland’s National
negotiable. 
Party after 14 years in office. The result heralded a long period of National dominance, with
Additionally, besides the offline versus online demarcation, it is essential to understand that
the party holding power for 29 of the next 35 years.
90 percent of all retail in India is in the unorganised sector. The unorganised sector – primarily,
physical stores -- thrives due to an extensive last-mile distribution network and long-term
relationships. 1 December 1898
The key for new players is not necessarily the disruption of the unorganised sector but having First movie shot in New Zealand
access to retail stores that provide organised players with the same distribution networks and
concomitant advantages.
Quite often discussions focus on the market share of online versus offline retail. While it is a
T he first motion pictures known to have been taken in New Zealand were made by
photographer W.H. Bartlett for the entrepreneur Alfred Whitehouse, who in 1895 had
imported the colony’s first ‘kinetoscope’, a Thomas Edison invention that showed moving
relevant topic, the more pertinent discussion is the overall retail market growth rate. images to one viewer at a time.
The retail market in India is expected to cross $1 trillion in the next three years. The greatest
value generation for retail businesses is in capturing market growth as greater cash is generated
by retail consumption.
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A 2007 analysis by McKinsey titled “The Granularity of Growth” had some interesting First 'one man one vote' election
lessons.
A study of 200 large companies around the world showed that almost 80 percent of growth N ew Zealand’s electoral law had been changed so that no one could vote in more than one
general electoral district. This ended the long-standing practice of ‘plural voting’ by those
who owned property in more than one electorate. The 1890 election has long been seen as one
for the companies was driven by growth in the industry segments and successful mergers and
acquisition strategies while only 20 percent was through gaining market share. of the most significant in New Zealand’s history.
The key learning for Indian retail players is that while market share matters, being a direct
beneficiary of rising incomes in India is a lot more advantageous. 6 December 1905
Given the industry dynamics in the last decade, retail e-commerce has dominated headlines. Special votes cast in general election
While e-commerce will continue to be a significant sector, the question is: What other exciting
opportunities exist in Indian retail?
The creation of niche, sector-focused “digital first” businesses backed by consolidated
F or the first time in New Zealand’s electoral history, registered voters who were away from
their electorate on polling day were able to cast a ‘special’ absentee vote at any polling
booth in the country; this would then be posted to their local returning officer for counting. Prior
research-driven manufacturing and distribution platforms hold potential. In the West, businesses to election day in 1905, 3586 electors applied for the necessary absent voter’s permit, and 2781
such as “Seed Beauty” and “Hatch Beauty” are redefining the retail landscape. votes were cast this way.
Given the creation of “digital first” brands driven especially by social media influencers,
businesses such as Seed and Hatch have been able to speed up product research, development
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FIJI OF COUPS, CHAOS ‘IS NO MORE’: PM


T
he Fiji of coups and chaos is no Mr Bainimarama also highlighted that during
more, said Prime Minister Voreqe his leadership as Prime Minister, no iTaukei
Bainimarama while delivering his land had been lost and the communal ownership
speech in Parliament. of the iTaukei land was protected.
Mr Bainimarama said children and He challenged the chamber to recognise that
grandchildren of Fiji would inherit a Fiji false fearmongering tore the country apart,
of stability, equality, healthy employee and limited the economic potential of the country
employer relationships, business growth and and pulled us down.
investment, adherence to high international “Our record in that regard will remain
standard practices and vigilant and untarnished in the years to come as we found
global leadership. new ways to not only protect and preserve
He assured the Fijian people that he would iTaukei land, but continue to help landowners
never rest in his efforts to serve our nation, to tap into its full economic potential with the
move Fiji forward and to lead a Government full offering of development assistance from
that set an example for integrity, decency, planning to constructions,” he said.
transparency and respect for all Fijians. “We should continue to make strategic
He said: “I am here to serve you. As Prime investments in our economy, investments that
Minister, I am here to listen to you and take are specifically designed to make life easier, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Parliament after its sitting on November 27, 2018. Yesterday was
the second day of Parliament after the 2018 General Elections
your concerns seriously, I am here to bring better and more affordable for all families.”
the change our nation needs to consult the Mr Bainimarama also highlighted that next “We must never forget that when we all challenge towards all of the members of
challenges on the horizon. month he would hand over the presidency of share a country, we share more than a spot Parliament to work together irrespective of
“I am here to build a better Fijian for all the UN Climate Change Negotiation to Poland of land on the earth, we share a destiny and party politics to serve the best interests of all
Fijians wherever they maybe in the country.” at COP24. the love for our nation and each other,” Mr Fijians. He congratulated the Fiji Airways
Mr Bainimarama said the re-election of the “I will do so with a great deal of pride in Bainimarama said. Flying Fijians and head coach John McKee for
FijiFirst government was for Fiji and that their what we together have accomplished during the “We are together in the struggle to build a their win over France last weekend and the Fiji
leadership would remain principled, transparent Fijian presidency of COP23.” nation that is more just, more caring and more Airways Fijiana 15s team defending its Oceania
and accountable in every decision and action to He said Fiji continued to rise to a new height prosperous every day.” Women’s title.
maintain a steady, consistent and responsible and this new remarkable Fiji would benefit all Mr Bainimarama acknowledged President He also congratulated Dr Jiko Luveni for her
financial management of Fiji’s economy. Fijians and those to come. Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote for his re-election as Parliament Speaker.

Mehwish receives international ‘The Sniper’ to take on New


recognition for dental research Zealand champ next month
A F
IJI Boxing Super
final-year dental student human papilloma virus and other
Welterweight champion
has earned appreciation predisposing factors.
Sebastian “The Sniper”
and recognition for her Ms Dean’s research indicated that
Singh was able to land a fight with
research on dental health issues at the there were 74 Oral Squamous Cell
New Zealand’s number one ranked
International Association for Dental Carcinoma cases diagnosed during
welterweight boxer Bowyn Morgan
Research in Perth, Australia. the five-year study period.
on Kiwi soil next month.
Mehwish Dean, a 23-year-old of “Fiji does not have any records on
Singh will fly the Fiji flag in the
the Fiji National University’s College cancer registry on Globocan, simply
under card to the main bout between
of Medicine, Nursing and Health because there have been no available
Joseph Parker and Alexander Flores
Sciences was one of the six FNU data in this field,” she said.
on December 15.
students presenting their research “I plan to continue this study and
“As we know the sport of boxing
at the association’s 58th Annual “Preventing provide new and updated data
is struggling here in Fiji and for me
Scientific Meeting in September. tobacco that could help the Ministry
to get the opportunity in such a big
The focus of her research revealed 15 international and alcohol use of Health (and Medical
show where Joseph Parker will be
the prevalence of mouth cancer schools. and increasing the Services) raise awareness
fighting is big.
among the Fijian population. “It was a great consumption of fruits and plan prevention
“It is big not only for me but for
The mouth cancer known as Oral opportunity and vegetables can also strategies on this life-
Fiji as a nation because it will define
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) and I was potentially prevent the threatening condition.”
to the world what Fiji Boxing is all
is a common tumour of the mouth overwhelmed vast majority of oral She said oral health was
about,” said Singh.
that typically affects elderly men to receive such a cancers" mostly overlooked by people
Singh’s main sponsors Inkk mobile
and women. Her research was titled chance to present my until there was a need for tooth
showed their support by donating
“Prevalence of Oral Squamous Cell research,” she said. extraction.
$3000 to the team to help them in
Carcinoma (OSCC) at Colonial War “It gave us students more insight “Early detection through screening
their preparation.
Memorial Hospital (CWMH) Suva, in future career opportunities and and relatively inexpensive treatment
Operations manager Amitesh with sponsorship support to help him
Fiji Islands, 2011-2015”. It was the importance of research and can avert most severe cases,” she
Narayan said it was only once in a prepare well for the fight.
conducted over a year between May development.” Oral Squamous Cell said.
while such talents emerge out of the “Sebastian is carrying hopes for
2017 to July 2018. Carcinoma (OSCC) is the sixth most “Preventing tobacco and alcohol
boxing arena which was why Inkk Fiji and we are calling all boxing
While there, she also represented common cancer worldwide. use and increasing the consumption
mobile jumped on board to support fans alike to get behind Team Sniper
FNU at the Undergraduate Colgate The exact cause is unknown of fruits and vegetables can also
the sport. as he takes Fiji to the world stage of
poster competition- ANZ Division however it has been associated with potentially prevent the vast majority
“Inkk is providing ‘The Sniper’ professional boxing,” said Narayan.
and was the second runner-up among tobacco and alcohol consumption, of oral cancers.”

Krishna completes 100th match for the Phoenix NGO Coalition on Human Rights
commends Fiji’s ratification

“ T
During my first few months his credit would run out very he International Covenant on Civil and Political
in New Zealand, after every quickly even before he could finish Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on
training I would plead to my talking to his family back in Fiji. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
mother back in Fiji to let me come Last night, Krishna played came into effect in Fiji as of Friday 16th November. The
back home, but my father would his 100th game for Wellington NGO Coalition on Human Rights welcomes the decision
gently tell me that I could change Phoenix, becoming the side’s of the State to sign these covenants to strengthen Fiji’s
our family’s lives.” eleventh ALeague centurion. international accountability in relation to human rights,
These are the words of Fijian Krishna also sits on the cusp especially as Fiji takes its seat on the United Nations Human
Soccer star  Roy Krishna who of the club’s alltime goalscoring Rights Council.
has played 100 games for the record, with his next goal taking Coalition Chair, Nalini Singh says as the Covenants come
Wellington Phoenix while him past Phoenix legend Paul Ifill into effect, they are calling for effective implementation
describing his beginnings with the to the top of the list with 34. of these international mechanisms that complement the
club. Krishna signed for the Phoenix implementation of the rights enshrined in the Bill of
Rights in the Constitution. Singh emphasizing that “the
Krishna says he used to go in the year 2014 and has since then
signing of these covenants should hold State accountable
straight to his room from training been with the club completing his Roy Krishna has played 100 A League matches for Wellington and transparent in respect to civil and political rights; and
just so he could call home however 100th game. Phoenix
economic, cultural and social rights.
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VOTE BJP FOR MORE GROWTH: NEWS in BRIEF


PM Modi appeals to voters in Rajasthan India, Korea working to expand free trade

P
rime Minister Narendra Modi pact, talks in December
T
asked people in Rajasthan to
he next round of negotiations on expanding the India-Korea
vote for the Bharatiya Janata
Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), or free trade
Party (BJP) to ensure a continuance
agreement (FTA), will be held on December 11-12 and both countries will
of “double engine” growth by having
try to conclude the negotiations in 2019, a senior official said on Wednesday.
the same party’s rule at the Centre
and state. The elections are a direct Addressing the India-Korea Business Partnership Forum 2018 here
contest between the Congress and organised by Indian industry chamber CII and the Korea International Trade
the BJP, which swept the last polls Association (KITA), Commerce Ministry Additional Secretary Sanjay
in 2013 by winning 163 out of the Chaddha said that a committee will be constituted shortly under the recently
200 assembly seats. No ruling party formed India-Korea Future Strategy Group to specifically operationalise joint
has been able to retain power for the cooperation in research and development (R&D) projects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election rally ahead of the state assembly
second time in the state for 25 years. elections, in Nagaur, Rajasthan on November 28
He said the India-Korea CEPA signed in 2010 was India’s first FTA entered
“Let us imagine if they [the into outside the developed economies of the Organisation for Economic Co-
Congress] form the government, Modi accused the Congress leaders between moong and masoor.” Modi operation and Development (OECD).
what will happen? They will keep of repeatedly abusing him and his said the Gandhis are cut off from “Both countries are also involved in negotiations for the RCEP (Regional
fighting with Delhi [the Centre] and it family. He said it was a fight between the ground reality. “Their four Comprehensive Economic Partnership) which involves a lot of sensitivities,”
will not do any good for Rajasthan,’’ “naamdaar [dynast]” and “kaamdaar generations do not have anything to he said.
he said at a rally in Nagaur ahead [people who work]” and that he do the ground reality, so they cannot
of the December 7 Rajasthan has lived like any ordinary person. understand the pain and cannot #HearMeToo: UN House in India turns
assembly elections. “Neither you nor I was born with a address it.”
Modi, whom the BJP is banking on golden spoon. Modi rejected the Congress’s
orange as part of ’16 Days of Activism’
to overcome anti-incumbency, said "Your parents have never ruled criticism that the BJP government against gender-based violence
T
there would be no fighting if chief nor have mine,” he told the rally. He has not done anything for farmers. he UN House in India
minister Vasundhara Raje returns to attacked the Congress for claiming He blamed the Congress for sitting turned orange on Friday,
power. that four generations of the Gandhi for 10 years on the Swaminathan ahead of the International Day
“Lotus [BJP’s election symbol] family have contributed a lot for Commission recommendation to
for the Elimination of Violence
brand engine at Delhi and lotus the country’s development. “He give minimum support price 1.5
Against Women, celebrated on
brand engine in Rajasthan will work [Congress president Rahul Gandhi] times of the production cost. Modi
November 25 every year.
as double engine and Rajasthan will does not know whether moong is credited his government with
The movement was
witness maximum development.” a plant or tree and the difference implementing it.
organised by UN Women,
along with the UN India, as
part of the global 16 Days of Activism campaign. The 16 Days of Activism
against gender-based violence is an international initiative which takes place
each year. It commences on November 25, the International Day for the
Elimination of Violence against Women, and continues till the International
Day of Human Rights on December 10.
This year’s theme is ‘Orange the World: #HearMeToo,’ and as in previous
years, the colour orange is used to draw global attention to the issue, while the
hashtag is encouraged to amplify the message of survivors and activists and to
put them at the centre of the conversation and response.
The special event, under UN Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign,  has
utilized the colour orange  to represent a brighter future, free from
violence against women and girls, as a unifying theme running through its
global activities.

India extends $5 million aid to Myanmar for


border development projects
I ndia’s Ambassador to Myanmar Vikram Misri hands over a cheque of

SRO launches pollution- million to Myanmar’s Minister for Border Affairs, Lt General Ye Aung at a
ceremony on Monday.
India has extended a USD 5 million aid to Myanmar as its assistance for

monitoring satellite, 30 others development projects on the Indo-Myanmar border. India’s Ambassador to
Myanmar, Vikram Misri handed over a cheque of USD 5 million to Myanmar’s

T
he 31 satellites will be provide all the soil, water, vegetation Guiana, early in the morning on Minister for Border Affairs, Lt General Ye Aung at a ceremony on Monday.
launched in two different and other data. Scientists may December 5 (Indian Standard Time). Under the 2012 Border Region Development agreement, Indian government
orbits by India’s Polar pick and choose what they want, The satellite, weighing 5,854 kg, is extending USD 5 million micro development assistance every year for five
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C43) but pollution monitoring will be is too heavy to be launched by years for projects on India-Myanmar border.
in its 45th flight. The Indian satellite, possible,” said an ISRO official on any Indian launch vehicle. India’s “Friendship Project|Amb @VikramMisri handed over US$ 4.95 Million
Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite will condition of anonymity. heaviest launch vehicle, GSLV Mk Ceremonial Cheque to Union Minister for Border Affairs, Lt. General Ye
help in monitoring pollution from The satellite, weighing nearly III, can carry a payload of only 4 Aung as India’s assistance to Myanmar’s Border Area Development Project,”
industries, according to ISRO. 380 kgs, will be placed in a 636-km tonnes to a geosynchronous transfer
Misri tweeted.
The Indian Space Research polar sun-synchronous orbit, where orbit. The satellite had been recalled
Organisation (ISRO) will launch the satellite passes over any given in April for “some tests” after the Congress tweets for votes on MP voting day,
an earth observation satellite, along geographical area of the earth when Indian Space Research Organisation
with 30 micro and nano satellites of the inclination of the sun is the same. lost contact with another satellite, gets BJP irked
eight other countries, on Thursday at
09:58 am. The 16-hour countdown
began on Wednesday evening.
The satellite will have a five-year
mission life.
The launch vehicle will also have
GSAT 6A, from the same series of
communication satellites.
“The tests have revealed no defects
B JP said that the Congress was violating rules by campaigning on Twitter
even as voting had started in India’s largest state.
As Madhya Pradesh began voting early on Wednesday morning, BJP IT
The 31 satellites will be launched on board 1 micro satellite and 29 nano and the satellite is now ready to be cell head Amit Malviya protested the Congress party using social media
in two different orbits by India’s satellites from Australia, Canada, launched,” said an official. to continue its campaign. He said that the Congress was violating rules by
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle Columbia, Finland, Malaysia, the “For some time now, there has been campaigning on Twitter even as voting had started in India’s largest state.
(PSLV C43) in its 45th flight. Netherlands, Spain, and the US. Of a consensus that the Indian Space
Attaching screenshots of two tweets posted earlier today from Congress’
The Indian satellite, Hyper these, 1 micro satellite and 22 nano Research Organisation should have
official handle, he asked the Election Commission to look into the matter.
Spectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS), satellites are from the US alone. a satellite for monitoring pollution.
“Congress continues to campaign in Madhya Pradesh on the day of polling in
will help in monitoring pollution So far, the PSLV has launched I suspect that pollution monitoring
gross violation of The Representation of the People Act. Election Commission
from industries, according to ISRO. 52 Indian and 239 international is not the primary objective of the
The satellite will also have other satellites from 28 countries. satellite, but it will improve the must take note,” Malviya tweeted.
applications in agriculture, "The Meanwhile, the precision of monitoring vegetation Voting began in Madhya Pradesh today at 7 am in three Naxal affected seats
forestry, geology, coastal tests have heavy communication and mineralogical data,” said Dr with the remaining 227 seats casting their votes 8am onwards.
zone study and inland water revealed no defects satellite, GSAT Sagnik Dey, from Indian Institute The two tweets, posted from the Congress handle are aimed at farmers and
studies. and the satellite 11, is scheduled to of Technology (IIT), Delhi, who has women. In one tweet, the Congress is offering various sops including loan
“The satellite will observe is now ready to be be launched from been working on pollution data from waivers etc to farmers.
the surface of the earth and launched." Kourou, French NASA satellites.
20 INDIA Friday, November 30, 2018 The Indian Weekender

A DECADE OF MUMBAI TERROR ATTACK:


What all happened during attacks and in years to follow

Ten years ago on this day, India's financial capital Mumbai faced the worst terror
attack after 10 heavily armed terrorists sailed into the city Twenty-Six Eleven, as these
attacks are often referred to as, witnessed 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists coming to
Mumbai via sea route from Pakistan and carrying out a series of coordinated shooting
and bombing attacks across the city

T
en years ago on this day, "Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors,
India's financial capital should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in
Mumbai faced the worst Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can't we complete the trial?" Nawaz
terror attack after 10 heavily armed noted in an interview to Pakistan's Dawn newspaper in a reference
terrorists sailed into the city. to the Mumbai attacks-related trials which have stalled in a
Twenty-Six Eleven, as these Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court.
attacks are often referred to as,
witnessed 10 Lashkar-e-Taiba The third site to come under being killed in the horrific attack.
terrorists coming to Mumbai via sea attack on 26/11 was the Leopold The attack and seize finally
(JuD) chief and UN-designated Ties between India and Pakistan
route from Pakistan and carrying Cafe followed by Taj Mahal Hotel culminated on the morning of 29th
global terrorist Hafiz Saeed for his have remained tense since the 2008
out a series of coordinated shooting and Tower. November 2008, after the National
role in 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. Mumbai terror attack and nosedived
and bombing attacks across the city. Four terrorists carried out the Security Guards (NSG) secured the
A day after in the same month, after the Uri terror attack by Pakistan-
The ghastly attacks lasted for four attack at the famous cafe before Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
"We are concerned about the based terrorists in September
By the time commandos of the
After sailing to the city under the cover of darkness, the terrorists mastermind behind the 2008 2016, that claimed lives of 19
National Security Guards (NSG)
targeted major landmarks of Mumbai with first attack taking place Mumbai attacks. And he's Indian soldiers.
gunned down the last terrorists who
at the crowded Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station. a Lashkar-e-Taiba guy who As India remembers the victims
had been holed up in south Mumbai's
Ajmal Amir Kasab and Ismail Khan carried out the attack at this was being held in Pakistan, of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks on
Taj Mahal Palace hotel, over 160
station, killing as many as 58 people and injuring over 100. Kasab and he was eventually let its tenth anniversary today, various
people were killed and hundreds
and Khan later entered to attack Cama Hospital, but the same was out on house arrest, and we events will be organised across the
were left injured.
thwarted with the alertness of the hospital staff. They, however, have a reward out for," said nation, especially in Mumbai, to pay
In these gruesome attacks, 9
killed 6 police officials, including the city's Anti-Terrorism Squad spokesperson Heather Nauert tribute to those who lost their lives in
terrorists were killed and the lone
Hemant Karkare in an ambush after leaving the hospital. while responding to Sharif's the horrific attacks.
survivor, Ajmal Amir Kasab, was
remark. The first phase of a memorial
days killing 166 people and injuring entering the iconic Taj hotel, where caught and was sentenced to death
dedicated to the victims of the 26/11
over 300. they killed as many as 31 people after at Yerwada Central Jail in Pune
former Afghanistan President Hamid terror attack will be inaugurated
The second site of the attack laying a three-day siege at the hotel. in 2012. The Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD)
Karzai also remarked that there is Monday at the Nariman House in
was Nariman House business and The other site to come under attack was believed to have plotted the 26/11
plenty of evidence against Saeed south Mumbai's Colaba area.
residential complex where a Rabbi, during the 26/11 was Oberoi-Trident attacks. Its mastermind, Hafiz Saeed,
for his role in 26/11 Mumbai terror The attack did rattle the country
his wife, and six others, including hotel where another group of two has however been roaming freely
attack and everyone knows about it. but failed to touch the spirit of the
five Israeli citizens, were killed by terrorists entered at almost the same in Pakistan.
In May 2018 Former Pakistan nation, which in the coming years
the terrorists who first held them as time, as other four had entered Taj. New Delhi has, time and again,
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also strengthened all the more.
a hostage. At Oberoi-Trident hotel the siege protested against Islamabad for
asserted that terrorists sent by After combating the attack
The two-year-old child of the officially ended on the evening of harboring Saeed, who is wanted for
Pakistan were responsible for the several policy decisions were
Rabbi couple, Moshe, survived in the November 28 with as many as 30 allegedly plotting the 2008 attack.
deadly 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks taken to strengthen nations
attack. Then 'Baby Moshe' became India's stand on Hafiz has been
that claimed over 160 lives. anti-terrorism framework.
a face of the innocent victims of After the attack, it was supported by many International
Days after Nawaj's not so subtle One of the immediate decisions
ruthless terrorism. established that the 10 terrorists personalities including a former
confessions about Pakistan's the then government took after
In July 2017, Prime Minister had sailed to Mumbai from Central Intelligence Agency
involvement in Mumbai attacks, the the attacks were to deploy
Narendra Modi met Moshe during Pakistan's port city, Karachi. ( CIA) director and former
United States State Department said the NSG commandos in few
his visit to Israel. Later, in January Their voyage to Mumbai Afghanistan President.
that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder metropolitan cities.
2018 the Israeli Prime Minister involved hijacking a fishing Former CIA Director David
Hafiz Saeed and 26/11 Mumbai terror Later on, several NSG hubs
Benjamin Netanyahu on also met the dingy and killing four of the five Howell Petraeus in January this
attack mastermind is a tremendous were set up for faster response to
survivor of 26/11, Moshe Holtzberg men crew, leaving one occupant year said that there are substantial
concern to Washington. terror attacks.
at Nariman House in Mumbai. to ferry them to Mumbai coast. evidence against Jamaat-ud-Dawah
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 30, 2018 INDIA ABROAD 21

NEW RULE FOR INDIAN


Indian-American
businessman to host
Thanksgiving party for
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

NATIONALS SEEKING JOBS IN UAE


A
ll Indians travelling to the with the system. In 2017 alone,
UAE for employment have more than 200,000 workers have
to register online at the come to the UAE through eMigrate,
government’s e-Migrate portal, or according to the Indian embassy.
else will be offloaded. With the new rule, the government
The new rule will be implemented is offering similar protection to non-

I
from January 1, 2019, according to ECR category too. ndian-American businessman
a notice issued by the Ministry of To register, visit the website Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar will
External Affairs in India. and key in the details at the link host a Hollywood Thanksgiving
The government of India has listed “ECNR registration”, and follow dinner for Bollywood director Sanjay
18 countries including the UAE, the steps to fill the registration Leela Bhansali. The attendance is “by
where registration is mandatory for form. On successful completion invitation only”, and only a “small
non-ECR passport holders who are of registration, the emigrant number of distinguished guests from
travelling on employment visa. would receive an SMS/email, the business and industry” have been
Indian citizens will have to non-ECR emigrants at the airports protection to Indian nationals seeking announcement said. invited, according to a statement by
complete the registration at www. would be effected by the appropriate employment in UAE. We have seen For clarifications, job seekers Kumar’s company AVG.
emigrate.gov.in. 24 hours prior to authority after January 1, 2019.” that not all blue collar workers are in can contact Pravasi Bharatiya The party, jointly hosted by the
their departure. Vipul, the Consul General of India the ECR category. Some have higher Sahayata Kendra (PBSK) in India Republican donor and his adopted
The new rule is to provide to Dubai said, “The new rule is in the educational qualifications but don’t on toll free number 1800113090 or daughter, Manasvi, a former Miss
protection and welfare to the Indian interest of safeguarding the interest get included in the e-migrate system. 01140503090 (charges apply) or by India, will be held at the Houdini
emigrants abroad, said the ministry of Indian workers abroad. Even This amendment will help them.” email at mailto:helpline@mea.gov. Estate in Los Angeles on Friday, the
in the notice. beyond the ECR, there are several Launched in 2015, e-Migrate is in, the ministry’s advisory added. American Bazaar reported.
The statement said the dinner
“The said registration on Non-ECR vulnerable workers, and it becomes an online registration system for
ECNR Category will also be a unique culinary
passport holders will be mandatory important for the government of foreign employers to recruit Indian
Indian citizens paying Income experience in Indo-American
and required to be completed at India to protect their interests.” workers. Indian citizens with ECR
tax and those with educational fusion dining, featuring musical
least 24 hours prior to the actual Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, stamp on their passports have to get
qualifications above matriculation and other entertainment treats. The
departure,” read the notice. Starting Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, their jobs offers cleared through the estate was the home of legendary
are eligible for ECNR passports.
01.01.2019, no Indian emigrant Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, e-Migrate system. magician Harry Houdini until his
holding Non-ECR passport would Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, The system was introduced ECR
death in 1926. Kumar is a Chicago
be allowed to go to these 18 ECR Syria, Thailand, UAE and Yemen to protect unskilled and Indian citizens without a businessman who founded the AVG
countries for employment without are the 18 countries listed by India. illiterate blue collar workers matriculation certificate need to get Group of companies.  He is also the
prior registration in eMigrate, as a Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian from contract substitution, an emigration clearance from the founder of the Republican Hindu
measure of extending protection and Ambassadors to the United Arab exploitation and human trafficking.  office of the Protector of Emigrants Coalition which mobilised Indian
ensuring their welfare overseas. Emirates said, “This is an additional Up until early 2018, a total of 40,000 of India to travel abroad to 18 Americans for the Trump campaign
“Off-loading of unregistered measure by government to provide foreign companies have registered countries to seek employment. during the 2016 presidential election.

Indians leaving India: 17m already settled Smart homes of the future
abroad as the country becomes wealthier could adjust to your needs
T R
he disposition to move to esearchers in the US, "We are trying to make a building
a safer and better place has including one of Indian- that is able to 'listen' to the humans
always been a charm for the origin, are working on inside," said Ming-Chun Huang,
Indians, who can afford to migrate a technology that could make Assistant Professor in Electrical
and settle in a different country. homes of the future adjust to Engineering and Computer Science
India has surprisingly seen a 143 your activity without the need for at the same university.
percent increase since in the number invasive cameras. "We are using principles similar
of Indians living abroad the year So when you leave a room, you to those of the human ear, where
1990 to 2017, according to a study by would not require anyone to tell the vibrations are picked up and
analysts IndiaSpend, based on data that the lights, or the fans needed to our algorithms decipher them to
from the United Nations Department be switched off. Sensors hidden in the determine your specific movements.
of Economic Affairs. walls or floors could automatically That's why we call it the 'Internet
An estimated 17 million Indians detect that the room was empty and of Ears.'"
were living abroad in 2017, making do the needful. While Huang is leading the
India the largest source country for a rise in ‘brain drain’--the exodus impacted by a rise of 1.3 million This system would read not only research related to human gait and
international migrants globally. of highly trained professionals from in the working age population the vibrations, sounds -- and even the motion tracking, Mandal focuses on
Besides, the per capita income has their native country. every month. specific gait, or other movements -- vibration sensing and changes in the
increased from $1,134 to $7,055, One of the reasons cited as to why The preferred destination for associated with people and animals existing electrical field caused by the
which is almost 522 percent increase. the number of unskilled migrants migrant Indian workers appears to in a building, but also any subtle presence of humans or even pets.
The Indians who were not able to has declined is the changes made be Qatar (which has seen a 82,669% changes in the existing ambient Huang and Mandal published
find good job opportunities, moved to the criteria used to classify increase in its Indian population, electrical field. details of their research in October
overseas and settled when received a workers when they apply for their to 2.2 million, from 1990 to 2017). "There is actually a constant 60 at the IEEE Sensors conference in
good option. emigration check. Other Middle East countries in the Hz electrical field all around us, New Delhi. A longer version of their
Also, there has been a drastic This revision to the criteria means top 10 destinations include Oman and because people are somewhat results will appear in the journal IEEE
deccrease in the number of unskilled more professionals and workers are (688% increase) and the United Arab conductive, they short out the field Transactions on Instrumentation
migrants leaving the country. An now classified as unskilled, forcing Emirates (622% increase). just a little," said Soumyajit Mandal, and Measurement early next year,
estimated 391,000 left India in migrants to travel on non-emigration Saudi Arabia and Kuwait saw a Assistant Professor of Electrical according to a statement from the
2017, almost half the number in check required passports. 110% and 78% rise in their Indian Engineering and Computer Science Case Western Reserve University.
2011 (637,000), according to a new The Times of India also reported populations over the seven years to at Case Western Reserve University The researchers have tested the
report by the Asian Development in March this year that some 20.8 2017, respectively. in Ohio, US. technology in conference rooms in
Bank (ADB). million Indians applied for 90,000 Several European countries also "So, by measuring the disturbance the electrical engineering department
However this does not jobs with Indian Railways, appear high on the list, with Italy in that field, we are able to determine on campus and in the Smart Living
The
necessarily mean that an Such an example experiencing a 3,967% in the same their presence, or even their Lab at Ohio Living Breckenridge
Indians who
increasing proportion of demonstrates India’s 27-year time period, despite it being breathing, even when there are no Village, a senior-living community
were not able to find
India’s emigrants are stagnant job market, a non-English speaking country. vibrations associated with sound," in Willoughby, Ohio.
good job opportunities,
likely to be higher skilled afflicted by a lack of The UK and the US remain among he explained. Mandal said they had used as few
moved overseas and
or that policymakers employment, which the countries with the highest Indian The researchers call the new as four small sensors in the walls and
settled when received a
should be worried about is being further populations over the last decade. system the "Internet of Ears." floor of a room.
good option.
22 WORLD Friday, November 30, 2018 The Indian Weekender

NASA's InSight lander


has touched down on Mars

A
fter seven months of traveling through space, the NASA
InSight mission has landed on Mars. A few minutes after
landing, InSight sent the official "beep" to NASA to
signal that it was alive and well, including a photo of the Martian
surface where it landed.
Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
exploded into celebratory applause and cheers after the
touchdown was confirmed. The landing was watched around the
world and even broadcast live on the Nasdaq Stock Market tower
in New York City's Times Square.
During a post-landing NASA press conference, the astronauts
on the International Space Station called down to congratulate
the mission team and said they "got some goosebumps" watching
the coverage.
"Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time
in human history," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
"InSight will study the interior of Mars and will teach us valuable
science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later
to Mars.
This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America
and our international partners, and it serves as a testament to the
dedication and perseverance of our team. The best of NASA is
yet to come, and it is coming soon."
Bridenstine said that Vice President Mike Pence called to
congratulate the entire team.
InSight, or Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations,
Geodesy and Heat Transport, is going to explore a part of Mars
that we know the least about: its deep interior.
It launched May 5. InSight will spend two years investigating
the interior where the building blocks below the planet's surface
recorded its history.
To reach Mars, InSight cruised 301,223,981 miles through
space, followed by two cube satellites.
The suitcase-size spacecraft, called MarCO, are the first cube
satellites to fly into deep space. MarCO shared data about InSight
when it entered the Martian atmosphere for the landing.
"We've studied Mars from orbit and from the surface since
1965, learning about its weather, atmosphere, geology and surface
chemistry," said Lori Glaze, acting director of the Planetary

InSight acquired this image using its robotic arm-mounted, MarCO-B took this image of Mars from about 4,700 miles away.
Instrument Deployment Camera.
from 12,300 mph to 5 mph before it gently landed on the surface
Science Division in NASA's Science Mission Directorate. of Mars, according to NASA.
"Now we finally will explore inside Mars and deepen our Countdown to Mars: NASA sweating 'seven minutes of
understanding of our terrestrial neighbour as NASA prepares to terror'
send human explorers deeper into the solar system." Only 40% of missions sent to the Red Planet by any agency
The first image taken by InSight includes the dust cover still have been successful. Part of this is due to the thin Martian
on the lens, which will be removed this week. The black specks atmosphere, which is only 1% of Earth's, so there's nothing to
are dust, and there's a rock in the left foreground. To the right is
slow something trying to land on the surface.
one footpad of the lander.
Like the Phoenix spacecraft, InSight had a parachute and retro
The landing rockets to slow its descent through the atmosphere, and three
InSight robotically guided itself through the landing. The legs suspended from the lander absorbed the shock of touching
landing itself is a tricky maneuver. NASA engineers don't call it down on the surface.
NASA's InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front "seven minutes of terror" for nothing. But the engineers prepared the spacecraft to land during a dust
of the lander using its lander-mounted Instrument Context Camera.
In less time than it takes to hard-boil an egg, InSight slowed storm if need be.
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 30, 2018 SPORTS 23

Mexico,
Canada, Spain,
New Zealand
in the U-17
Women's WC
semis
T
he Mexican U-17 women's
team defeated Ghana 4-2 in a
penalty shoot-out after a 2-2
draw in regulation time, advancing
Powar’s report comes to the World Cup semifinals,
together with Canada, Spain and
a day after the Mithali New Zealand.
alleged that the Thanks to a brace by Nicole Perez
former spinner was and the saves of goalkeeper Jaidy
Gutierrez, who stopped two shots in
out to destroy her and the penalty shootout on Sunday, the
humiliated her during Mexicans reached the classification
and will play the next match against
the tournament in the the Canadians, who on Sunday
West Indies. eliminated Germany 1-0, reports
Efe news.
For the first time in their history,
the Mexicans entered the group of
the four best teams.

Mithali has served Indian cricket for 20 After the 2-2 draw, the game was
decided on penalties where Ghana,
the only team that won all their

years, feel sorry for her: Sunil Gavaskar matches during the first phase, met
with an inspired afternoon of the

S
unil Gavaskar has come out in support of skipper Gavasakar did not agree with that. accusing coach Ramesh Powar and Committee Mexican captain Nicole Perez.
senior Indian woman cricketer Mithali “I feel sorry for Mithali. She has a very good of Administrators member Diana Edulji, saying In another match, Canada beat
Raj in the controversy surrounding her point. She has served Indian cricket for 20 years. the two are biased against her and have tried to Germany 1-0 thanks to a goal from
dropping from the World T20 semifinal team, She scored runs, she won player of the match in “destroy” her. forward Jordyn Huitema in the
saying a player of her experience should not have both matches (she played at the World T20),” Gavaskar said it was difficult to comment on 83rd minute.
been left out of the crucial match. Gavaskar told ‘India Today’. Powar’s role from a distance but made it clear With Sunday's score, Huitema
The 35-year-old Mithali was left out of the World “She was injured for one game but fit for the next that the reason given for Mithali’s dropping was scored three goals in the tournament
T20 semifinal against England that raised quite a game. Just convert this situation into the men’s wrong. after making the first one in the group
few eyebrows after India’s eight-wicket loss. She game. If you had a Virat Kohli who was injured “What happened with Powar. It is very difficult stage with Colombia and the second
was dropped despite scoring back-to-back fifties for one game and then is fit for the knockout, will to comment on that from here. but it’s difficult to one against South Korea, both
in the group stage of the competition held in the you leave him out? accept whatever the reason was. matches Canada won.
West Indies. “You have to pick your best player for the "They said they wanted to stick with the same Mexico and Canada will face
The team management cited cricketing logic – knockouts. You needed the experience and team, I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. each other on Nov. 28 at the Charrua
it did not want to change a winning combination expertise of Mithali Raj,” he said. You can’t drop someone like Mithali Raj,” said the stadium in Montevideo, where one
– behind the move to drop Mithali but former Mithali had written a letter to the BCCI, former captain. will get a ticket to the grand final.

India vs Australia: Tim Paine Hits Back at Virat Kohli eyes another Sachin
Clarke’s ‘worrying about being liked’ comment Tendulkar record down under
A T
ustralia’s captain Tim Paine hit back at Michael he Indian cricket enter the 992 runs in 8 matches against
Clarke’s comment about the national team being Test series against Australia Australia an average of 62.
worried about liked by the opposition following as favourites, primarily The task at hand is not an easy
the ball-tampering controversy in South Africa. because of the better balance in the one for Kohli, as he will have to
Clarke said that if the Australian team is worried about batting order. There is certainty as face the troika of Mitchell Starc, Pat
being liked then the team won’t win anything. However, far as roles assigned to the different Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood. The
Paine expressed that the team has not spoken about being batsmen are concerned, and the three bowlers tormented England in
liked by anyone. fulcrum of this order remains captain the Ashes last season and have the
“No one has spoken about being liked, certainly by Virat Kohli. ability to run through batting orders
the opposition. We’ve spoken about wanting to get the The Indian captain has been and the Indian side should be wary
Australian public’s trust and make sure that clearly you in roaring form this year in Test of the threat.
want the Australian public and cricket fans to like or love matches across conditions and has
the Australian Test team,” Paine told ESPNCricinfo. scored centuries in South Africa
The 33-year-old added that the Australian side will try and England. He has always been a
to make it difficult for the opposition to play against them prolific run scorer on the true pitches
through their skill and not through words. of Australia and when he steps out
“I think there’s been times in the past where we’ve to bat in Adelaide for the first Test,
gone overboard with that and actually gone away from he will be on the cusp of overtaking
what we’re good at. Our number one strength is our skill, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, for
so we’ve got to play hard cricket in terms of making the most number of centuries scored
it difficult for guys to bat against us and to difficult to in Australia.
bowl against us - we want to make it an uncomfortable Kohli has five centuries to his
environment for people to play against us, but we want to name in Australian conditions and
do it mainly by our skills,” said Paine. has got to be on delivering our skill as well as we possibly is one ton short of Sachin’s tally.
However, Paine added that the Australian players have can, so if guys want to get involved in a bit of that stuff In the previous tour, Kohli peeled
the freedom to indulge in a few verbal banters, but they to get themselves going, then that’s great,” Paine added. off four centuries in the series and
will not go over the top. “But we now know the difference between what’s right considering the form he has enjoyed
“It depends on the individual. I know some guys enjoy and what’s wrong, and what’s expected. We’re not going in the recent past, he should ideally
it, for some guys it doesn’t matter. In Test cricket and with to be going over the top, but certainly you’ve got to stand breeze past Sachin’s record.
some of the guys in the Indian side there’s going to be up for your team and your teammates, and I’m sure when Tendulkar has scored 1809 runs
times where there’s a bit of heat out in the middle, and the time comes for that we’ll be doing that. But the main in 20 Tests at an average of 53.20.
guys are going to be right into the contest. The focus for us focus for us will be to play the best cricket we can.” Kohli, on the other hand, has scored
24 FEATURES Friday, November 30, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Methi Paneer

Sweet Lassi
A nectar-like yoghurt drink, served chilled
M
aking yoghurt (dahi) at home in India is a

M
tradition so ancient that even grandparents ethi Paneer is a popular paneer recipe made with fenugreek leaves.
remember their grandparents making it. The 9
It is healthy and nutritious and has a memorable taste. A special
importance of dahi in Indian cuisine dates back to as winter recipe, Methi Paneer tastes great with parathas and naan
early 500 BC, when a sweet preparation of dahi and sugar
RECIPES

and can also be served with steaming hot rice.


(shrikhand) is known to have been described in texts. In
DRINKS

this recipe yoghurt is churned to make a sweet drink. INGREDIENTS for 30 minutes.
Preparation Time: 5min • 250 gm cubed paneer • Squeeze out the water out of
Cooking Time: 5 min / Serves: 3 • 1 finely chopped onion fenugreek leaves and wash again.
• 1/4 cup Refined oil • Boil in 2 cups water for 5 minutes.
INGREDIENTS • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder • Drain off the water and squeeze
• 1/2 cup yoghurt • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder the fenugreek leaves to remove
• 1/2 cup milk • 1 teaspoon salt all traces of water.
• 7–8 tsp sugar • 500 gm fenugreek leaves ( methi) • Heat the oil in a pan. Fry the
• Few ice cubes, to serve • 2 cup Water onion, add the fenugreek leaves
METHOD • 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric and saute for 5 minutes.
• Place the yoghurt, milk and sugar in a blender and • 1 teaspoon spice black pepper • Add the paneer cubes and the dry
process until the yoghurt is evenly blended. • 2 tablespoon fresh cream masalas.
• Serve by adding some ice cubes to it. METHOD • Cook for 5 minutes.
Ruby's Tip: Avoid over-blending the yogurt, otherwise • Cut and wash the fenugreek • Add the cream and remove from
the milk-fat will separate from it like butter. 210 | India’s Most Wanted Recipies Ruby Dhillon

leaves. Apply salt and keep aside flame. Serve hot.

Carrot Amla
Kashmiri Fish Curry Pomegranate
A
re you a fish lover? Try out • 1 cup Refined oil
this amazing curry recipe • 1 1/2 teaspoon powdered aniseed Juice
T
made with aromatic spices • 1 pinch powdered asafoetida he Carrot Amla Pomegranate
and boasting of flavours that will • 2 pinches salt Juice recipe is a nutritious
take you to another beverage that can be served
Method
Ingredients • Heat oil in a large pan over high along with breakfast. The wonderful
• 500 gm washed & dried fish heat. Fry the fish fillets till crisp blend of carrots, amla and pomegranate
fillets and golden brown on both sides. with a slight hint of sweetness from
• 1 crushed black cardamom • Remove and drain excess oil. honey gives a thick texture and a lot of
• 1 cup Water Keep the fillets aside and strain fibre content. You can have this healthy
• 3/4 teaspoon ginger powder the oil to a cup. beverage after your workout sessions.
• 1/2 teaspoon garam masala • Heat 1/2 cup of oil in another Prepared with the goodness of carrot,
powder pan. Saute the cloves and black amla, pomegranate, ginger and honey,
• 2 sliced & slit green chilli cardamoms in this pan. this lip-smacking beverage can be
• 1 tablespoon Tamarind Extract • Add the red chilli paste and stir. asafoetida and salt. • Add the tamarind extract and enjoyed on various occasions.
• 2 clove Now add ginger powder, aniseed • Pour the water and bring to a green chillies. Stir well and cook
Ingredients
• 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder powder, garam masala powder, boil. Add the fish and cook till for a few minutes.
• 3 carrot
gravy thickens. • Remove and serve hot with rice.
• 1 cup pomegranate seeds

Coriander Roti
• 2 tablespoon honey
• 3 amla

C
oriander Roti is a paratha recipe which • To start with, knead a dough by combining • 2 inch ginger
even Jains can devour without being whole wheat flour, 2 tbsp oil and salt to taste. Method
mindful about the ingredients used and it Using appropriate amount of water, knead a • Dice the carrots
tastes genuinely divine. soft dough. Cover with wet cloth and keep it and chop
aside for 15 minutes. the amla. In
Ingredients
• Meanwhile, take a bowl and add coriander a blender, add
• 3 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
leaves, cumin seeds, coriander powder, diced carrots,
• 2 1/2 tablespoon gram flour (besan)
turmeric powder, gram flour, chopped green chopped amla and
• salt as required
chilies and salt. Mix it well to incorporate the it in the shape of roti. Make as many rotis as
• 5 tablespoon refined oil pomegranate seeds.
ingredients well with each other. possible.
• 1/2 pinch powdered black pepper Grind properly
• Take the dough and divide it into equal portions • Now, heat oil in a non-stick pan and cook rotis
• 2 1/2 cup coriander leaves to form a smooth
and shape each portion in a small round ball. until golden brown. Sprinkle oil on the top and
• 2 teaspoon cumin seeds mixture.
Roll the balls in the shape of roti and sprinkle sides of the roti and gently flip it. Cook the
• 2 teaspoon coriander powder • Add honey to the
little oil on it. Place a spoonful of stuffing in the other side as well. Cook all the rotis in a similar
• 3 teaspoon finely chopped green chillies mixture and again
center of the roti. way.
• 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric blend properly. Pour
• Now, enclose the stuffing by rolling the roll • When done, transfer it to a serving plate and
the juice into the
Method again in a round shape. Using dry flour, roll serve it with your favorite chutney.
glass and serve!
The Indian Weekender Friday, November 30, 2018 TIME OUT 25
CROSSWORD NO: 33 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 33
1. What is one quarter of 1,000?  ... Confused Brian Confused Me...
2. Which is larger 50% or five Brian is a genius computer
eights?  It's also a foolish friend
Which helps to solve easy puzzles
3. How many sides, in total, Tangles with the hard ones
would three triangles and
It shows you dreams in the day
three rectangles have?  But runs away like a coward
4. Who changed the name of his When you get in trouble
ship from The Pelican to The I really don't understand it
Golden Hind?  Confused brain confuses me
5. What is manzanilla?  It encourages you to take rsk
6. What is entomophobia?  But scares you by telling
7. Name the actor who died in stories about the consequences
Oh really confusing
1984, and who also starred in
It is creative and dangerous
the film titled 1984? 
Stupid and Crazy
8. Who invented the bikini?  It drives you into useless logics
9. Which Scot founded the Villain for the love birds
Presbyterian Church?  Confused brains confuses me
10. When did the French Siddi Arya
Revolution end?  Lynfield College
11. Which ocean surrounds the
Maldives?  Lets Save the Delicate Relations
12. What is the name of Europe’s Relationships are tied with really thin ribbon
most northern town?  which are really Delicate
which can easily get cut off
13. The last prisoner to be held
with the sharp knife of jeolousy
in theTower of London was the knots can easily get loose
SUDOKU NO: 33 who?  With negative attention of power
14. Which Tasmanian marsupial The knots are frameable
is known for its fiery temper?  Which can easily burn in the fire of greed
15. Who was the lover of the Strengthen these relations with appreciation
Roman known as Marc Tighten up these relations with the power of love
Anthony?  Soak this knots in the water of satisfaction
16. Which summer desert is often Otherwise who knows that your own brother is
stolen away
eaten during Wimbledon’s
Sidhi Arya
tennis matches?  Lynfield College
17. What happened to the
racehorse named Shergar in
1983? 
... Attractive cover of Illusion...
18. In J.M. Barrie’s novel, where Appearance is the attaractive cover of illusion
did the Lost Boys live?  Reality is the purpose which opens up with
19. Name the doctor played by the sharp blade of time
Tom Baker, William Hartnell Just like a brick of gold
and Patrick Troughton, Which shapes up after burning in fire
among others.  The fire of destruction is illuminating
and the tears of worry are the oxygen
20. Which word can be placed Which has an equal hand in demolition
before bottle, bell and bird?  The rain of costruction
Never Never Land. 19. Dr Who. 20. Blue. will extinguish the fire of destruction
Allowance has an equal hand in building a new city
15. Cleopatra. 16. Strawberries and cream. 17. Kidnapped. 18.
Hammerfest, Norway 13. Rudolf Hesse. 14. Tasmanian Devil
8. Louis Reard. 9. John Knox. 10. 1799. 11. Indian Ocean 12.
A light sherry 6. An irrational fear of insects. 7. Richard Burton. the blade of time
ANSWER: 1. 250 2. Five eights. 3. 21 4. Sir Francis Drake. 5. will unpack the reality
hidden inside the attactive cover of illusion
Send us stories, drawings, poems Sidhi Arya
and other contributions by your little
ones along with their photographs for
Lynfield College
this page. E-mail us at reporter@
indianweekender.co.nz

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 32


HITORI NO: 33 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
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Travel
Why Kolkata should be your
next holiday destination? Part II

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n the first part of the Kolkata as the next tourist destination on ndia’s biggest and oldest major museum celebrated its
the list- we mentioned about the heritage and culture of the bicentenary in February 2014. It’s mostly a lovably old-
‘City of Joy’ that emanates thousands of emotions of millions fashioned place that fills a large colonnaded palace ranged
of people living there and the same reflection of the heritage around a central lawn. Extensive exhibits in various galleries
sites. In the first part we talked about the Victoria Memorial, the include fabulous sculptures dating back two millennia (notably
Mullick Ghar Flower range, Kumartoli Idol Making area, Dacres the lavishly carved 2nd-century-BC Bharhut Gateway), Egyptian
lane and the Marble Palace- and in this article we showcase some mummies, relics from the ancient Indus Valley civilisation of
of the historical locations and sites that will wow your senses and Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, pickled human embryos, dangling
make the city as your next holiday destination. A small tip, plan whale skeletons and some 37 types of opium in the library-like
your travels between September to March to avoid the intense
commercial botany gallery.
summer of the city.
New Market
Belur Math
St Paul’s Cathedral

A rguably Kolkata’s most iconic Gothic superstructure,


decorated with a central crenellated tower, St Paul’s
would look quite at home in Cambridgeshire but cuts an equally
impressive profile against Kolkata’s skyline. Built between 1839
and 1847, it has a remarkably wide nave and features a stained-
glass west window by pre-Raphaelite maestro, Sir Edward
Burne-Jones.

S
Mother Teresa’s Motherhouse
et very attractively amid palms and manicured lawns, this
large religious centre is the headquarters of the Ramakrishna
Mission, inspired by 19th-century Indian sage Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa, who preached the unity of all religions. Its
Marked by a distinctive red-brick clocktower, this enormous
centrepiece is the 1938 Ramakrishna Mandir, which somehow
warren of market halls dates to 1874, but was substantially
manages to look like a cathedral, Indian palace and Istanbul’s
rebuilt after a 1980s fire. By day, handicraft touts can be a minor
Aya Sofya all at the same time. Several smaller shrines near
annoyance, and the crowds can swell in the evenings, especially
the Hooghly riverbank include the Sri Sarada Devi Temple,
on weekends. It’s more engrossing just after dawn, when there’s
entombing the spiritual leader’s wife, Sarada.
a harrowing (and a wee morbid) fascination in watching the
Botanical Gardens arrival of animals at the meat market, with its grizzly chopping
blocks, blood-splattered floors and pillared high ceilings.
Shaheed Minar A regular flow of mostly Christian pilgrims visits the
Missionaries of Charity’s ‘Motherhouse’ to pay homage
at Mother (and now Saint) Teresa’s large, sober tomb. A small
adjacent museum room displays Teresa’s worn sandals and
battered enamel dinner bowl. Located upstairs is the room where
she worked and slept from 1953 to 1997, preserved in all its
simplicity. From Sudder St, walk for about 15 minutes along
Alimuddin St, then two minutes’ south. It’s in the second alley

D espite being an awkward journey by public transport,


Kolkata’s lovely 109-hectare Botanical Gardens makes
for a great place to escape from the city’s frazzling sounds and
to the right.
Howrah Bridge
The Howrah Bridge is located between
smells. Founded in 1786, the gardens – home to more than 12,000 the twin cities of Howrah and Kolkata
plant species – played an important role in cultivating tea bushes in West Bengal, India. The 705m
smuggled in from China by the British, long before the drink long and 30m wide bridge was built
became a household commodity. The most touted attraction in in 1943 over the Hooghly River. It
the park is the 250-year-old ‘world’s largest banyan tree’. was rechristened as Rabindra Setu
in June 1965, after the first Indian

D
Indian Museum
ominating the upper Maidan near Esplanade bus Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
station, Shaheed Minar is a 48m-tall round-topped The bridge is commonly called
hollow column commemorating martyrs of the Indian Howrah Bridge. The Howrah Bridge
Independence Movement, though it had originally been was commissioned in February 1943.
built in 1828 to commemorate a British military commander The Howrah Bridge is a suspension type
named David Ochterlony. balanced cantilever bridge. It has a central span
It’s no longer possible to climb the upper ramparts of the tower. of 1500ft between the main towers. The anchor and cantilever
Circus performers, political firebrands and dealers in mystic arms are 325ft and 468ft long respectively. The suspended span
medicines frequently entertain crowds around the column’s has a length of 564ft. Main towers are 280ft high above the
base. Things pick up at this flea market, especially on Saturday monoliths and 76ft apart at the top. The bridge deck measures
afternoons. 71ft in width and features two footpaths of 15ft on either side.
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Fashion & Style 30 November to 06 December | 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 support@askmanisha.com or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
Your thoughtfulness and helpful attitude will help gain instant popularity on the
social front. Distractions and interruptions threaten to make work suffer, so take
adequate steps. A minor ailment is likely to get cured through a home remedy.
You need to pace your progress on the academic front and for you it will not be
too difficult. Eliciting a positive response from someone you have a soft corner
is indicated. Lucky Number :8 / Lucky Colour : Purple
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
A gap in communication may create misunderstandings, so remain in contact and
handle everything carefully. Health issues may crop up, but you will manage to
take care of them successfully. Those thinking of a business venture must weigh
all the pros and cons carefully. You will need to carry out a job entrusted to you
satisfactorily, if you want to make your mark. Lucky Number : 15 / Lucky
Colour : White
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
You will manage to establish yourself on the professional front. You may feel
frustrated by not having your complete say in a relationship, but things are set
to improve. Some of you may plan to buy a new vehicle. This is a good period
to finish time consuming jobs, as you have the time on your hands. Something
achieved on the academic front is likely to hold you in good stead in the job
market. Lucky Number : 7 / Lucky Colour :Baby Pink

CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)


Domestic front can cause a bit of a worry for some but things will turn out
well. Your practical approach will bring you to the notice of superiors and
facilitate professional achievements. Successfully completing something that
you had started a long time back is indicated. It is best not to involve yourself
in somebody’s private affairs. Chances of a friendship blossoming into romance
cannot be ruled out for some. Lucky Number : 5 / Lucky Colour :Bottle Green
LEO (Jul 21-Aug 22)

I
For those in job, a promotion or raise can be expected. A change of plan will help
ndia is a country which is highly influenced by Bollywood and its shenanigans. Anything that you in accommodating all, which you had not catered for before. Joining a gym
our superstars do is widely carried forward. Who can ever forget the wedding of the year last or yoga classes is likely for some. Job market seems rosy for those looking for
year? When Anushka Sharma and Virat Kholi took our breath away when they got hitched suitable employment. A set routine at home will help students concentrate better
in an intimate affair in Italy. Sharma broke all the “wedding stereotypes” and opted for a pastel in studies. Good investments are likely to come your way. Lucky Number :3 /
lehenga. Her choice of outfit created a major snowball effect and pastels became a huge thing. Lucky Colour :Brown
Sarees, lehenga, gowns, you name it and this beautiful shade was everywhere. VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
 Pastels have definitely become a MAJOR trend. Listed below are pastel trends that go best this You will need to be more concerned about someone close to the family, as he or
wedding season and will definitely make you a fashion-forward guest. she expects much from you. Beware of wrong advice on the health front. Equally

T
lucrative investment options may seem confusing, so take advice from someone
 Pastel Kurtis his season is all about simple sarees knowledgeable. Homemakers will find time to achieve much on the domestic
with a heavy blouse. front and may even organise a family get-together. Lucky Number : 17 / Lucky
While there is major conjecture that Colour : Red
pastels are not too ‘wedding-season’ like but LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
with the ever-changing trends, pastels have You are likely to earn some favours on the professional front. Take cue from
become a season favourite. others, instead of guessing and going wrong. Good news awaits some on the
Pick a saree with intricate floral embroidery marriage front. A competitive environment on the academic front can unsettle
and team it with a sequins blouse in the same some, but won’t affect preparation. Some of you are likely to become more fitness
shade to glam up the attire. conscious. Driving off someplace to chill out with friends may hit some hurdles,
but you will pull it through. Lucky Number : 4 / Lucky Colour : Electric Blue
 
SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Pastel jutti  A shopping spree with your loved ones is foreseen. Improved performance will
get you a lot of praise on the academic front. Compromising on certain things is
likely to benefit you in future. Some of you are likely to enhance your career by
remaining in the notice of those who matter. There is no shortcut to good health
and you will realise it much sooner and do something about it. Lucky Number
: 7 / Lucky Colour : Peach

P astel Kurtis are all the trend especially


when they are paired with stunning
palazzo pants.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Some struggle is foreseen in getting your winning edge back on the professional
front. If you are travelling for a vacation, the journey is likely to add to your
excitement. You may find yourself in a position of advantage on the monetary
Thank our Bollywood actresses for making front. Advice of a family elder will help in tackling a contentious issue on the
this a huge rage and sporting this on various family front. You will strive to regain focus on the academic front and succeed.
occasions. Lucky Number : 2 / Lucky Colour : Light Grey
Pick one in a gorgeous sea-green, pink or
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
turmeric yellow colour. Silver heavy jhumkis, Your premonition regarding something important will prove right. A chance
juttis and an open messy hairdo. encounter may result in a budding romance. Property and other assets may
  be put up for sale by some. Watch your step on the social front as someone
is out to undermine your popularity. Cashing in on a deal is possible for some
Pastel Sarees
professionals. An initiative on the health front is likely to keep you refreshed and

I t’s time we go back to the roots. Juttis have


become a major favourite with everyone.
No just with the contemporary outfits, they are
rejuvenated. Lucky Number : 5 / Lucky Colour : Light Pink
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Progress on the academic front remains most satisfactory. Wedding bells may not
a hit with ethnics too. be imminent for the eligible, but they should not lose heart. Those appearing for
You can wear it with a floor length ethnic an exam or competition will manage their time well. Financial front will remain
maxi dress, saree or anarkali.   stable and new opportunities may knock at your door. You become more socially
This beautiful shade soothes the eye and in by taking the initiative of meeting people. Lucky Number : 3 / Lucky Colour
warms the hearth and aesthetically makes up : Brown
our entire look. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
Get in the wedding groove and look your Organising a party or an event can have its share of hassles, but it will eventually
very best at the festivities making you the turn out to be a success. Progress of work on the professional front is likely to
best-dressed guest. pick up speed. Some of you can be extra sensitive to someone’s remarks. A tiff
You can shop all these stunning styles only with someone you love is possible. Those unwell are likely to show a quick
recovery. Favourable period on the academic front is likely to give students a
on Paytm Mall. morale boost. Lucky Number : 15 / Lucky Colour : White
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, November 30, 2018 The Indian Weekender

AYUSHMANN KHURRANA:
Life is a great leveller
H
aving tasted back-to-back success at the box-office Donor, Ayushmann in just six years has carved a niche
with Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho and then facing for himself in Bollywood with movies like Dum Laga Ke
the harsh reality of his wife Tahira Kashyap’s breast Haisha, Nautanki Saala!, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal
cancer, actor Ayushmann Khurrana now sees things through Savdhan, Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho – a film that has now
a different prism and has called life a “great leveller”. crossed the Rs 200 crore mark worldwide.
Tahira revealed her affliction on September 22, posting on Asked what he thinks about getting tagged as an
Instagram that she was detected with DCIS (ductal carcinoma unconventional hero in Bollywood, Ayushmann said: “You
in situ) in her right breast with high grade malignant cells. have to be successful, that’s it. Conventional, unconventional,
Asked how was he balancing his professional and action hero, comedy star – you have to be successful in
personal life, Ayushmann said: “It was very difficult. I have your zone. All I am looking for is a fine combination of
realised that life is never perfect. You have to celebrate the critical and commercial acclaim. Whether conventional or
imperfections of life and you have to accept that there would unconventional – does not matter.”
be a void in your life every time, it cannot be perfect. So, At a time when several stars were trying their luck in the
this was just a small imperfection according to us. We are industry with formula films, Ayushmann dabbled in genres
taking it as it is.” as different as chalk and cheese.
The 34-year-old actor added: “I had two back-to-back Did that give him an edge over others?
films coming and I was going through a professional high “You make your own formula. I think that’s my own
and I was wondering life is so beautiful and suddenly this formula of doing films which have no reference point.
happened, so it is a great leveller. Life is a great leveller.” India does not have a reference point for Vicky Donor or
On Karva Chauth this year, Ayushmann kept a fast for the Andhadhun or even Badhaai Ho. I am proud of the choices
good health and long life of Tahira, whom he proudly calls I have been making and I have made my own space in the
his inspiration. industry,” he said.
“I am glad I have a partner like Tahira who is very But he stressed that adding a sprinkle of your own identity
brave, strong, who is an inspiration. I have started seeing in films is important to him.
life through a different prism,” said the actor, who has two “You bring something of your own into a film. You
children with Tahira – Virajveer and Varushka. give a bit of yourself to every film you do. I had an edge
“I was giving her my time, of course. In the morning I in Andhadhun because, being a musician, I knew how to
was promoting my films, in the nights I was with her in the play a guitar so it was not difficult for me to learn a musical
hospital... It is not easy.” instrument,” said the actor, who has even given his vocals
Making his debut in the world of films in 2012 with Vicky for songs like Pani da rang and Saddi galli aaja.

As an audience, we always Storytelling has been


special part of my
want to see love: Tabu growing up years:

P Radhika Apte
opular actress Tabu, who has successfully straddled commercial and off-beat films for over

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three decades, says romance as a genre is great and works in some ways in cinema. Tabu ctress Radhika Apte says storytelling
played a tough cop in Drishyam", an anti-terrorist bureau agent in Fanaa, a suicide has been a special part of her life since
bomber in Hu Tu Tu and many more strong roles, but she isn't against the idea of romance her growing up days. She says
on-screen. she used to listen to Marathi writer and
"Romance is always great. I think it always has its own place and works in some way in humorist Purushottam Laxman Deshpande
cinema because as an audience, as people, we always want to see love. People want love and on cassettes. Radhika was present at the
everybody is inspired by this idea of romance and love... so, definitely (she would like to launch of Audible.in, a dedicated service for
act in a romantic film)," Tabu said. Indians by Audible, the world's leading seller
"But romance of a different kind. I feel very bored looking at the typical way of and producer of downloadable audiobooks
presenting romance. That's okay for some films; but I would like to do romance of a and other spoken-word content. She, along
different kind," added the actress, who has starred in romantic films like Pehla Pehla with actors Rajkummar Rao and Kalki
Pyar, Prem and Cheeni Kum. Koechlin, have come together for the first
She is currently enjoying the success of her film AndhaDhun, which is a rare time to narrate the Audible adaptation of
combination of mystery, thriller, romance and comedy. the novel.
"I took it up because I wanted to work with Sriram Raghavan (the film's director) and On the experience, Radhika said: "I've
because this kind of a character... I will never say no to. It stretches my bandwidth transitioned from an audible listener to an
and gives me a chance to work with somebody who has been around for so long audible narrator with this project, which
and has his own space. He presents and projects his characters in a very unique is the highlight for me. Storytelling has
way. "I am always hungry for these kinds of experiences. I knew that it would be been such a special part of my growing
a really important film for me," she said. up years. I remember the time when I
Tabu also heaped praise on her co-star Ayushmann Khurrana. used to listen to Purushottam Laxman
"I think it's his best performance so far. He was working really hard, but didn't Deshpande on cassettes.
make it look like he was working really hard. He was having fun, cracking jokes He was such a great storyteller, could
and still playing such a difficult role," she said about Ayushmann, who played a really draw you into a great story and
blind pianist in the film. it's great to know that Audible too just
Looking ahead, Salman Khan-starrer Bharat is one of her upcoming films. She does that." Radhika, Rajkummar and
doesn't play the lead role in it though, and it hardly bothers her. On what makes Kalki came together for the first time to
her take up small but pivotal roles in films, the Saathiya actress said: "I see "Romance narrate the Audible adaptation of Hussain
how important the character is to the film. If I feel that it will stand out is always great. Zaidi's novel Mafia Queens of Mumbai.
or if it will have its own place in the story with other characters, I will I think it always has On that, she said: "I really enjoyed
do it. Also, if I trust my director." The National Film award winner its own place and works discovering these amazing stories of
has not only shown her versatility as an actress by starring in films of in some way in cinema these strong women that made a name for
varied genres, including comedy, family drama and action, but also by because as an audience, themselves. It helped uncover a new side o
featuring in movies in languages like Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. as people, we always f Mumbai.
"Hyderabad is my home. I love to go there and shoot. So, any chance want to see love." "My mama (maternal uncle) used to live
of doing a Telugu film, I will always take it up. Tamil and Malayalam in Mumbai and tell me stories of gang lords
offer me a different experience. Working with different kinds of people and but we never heard about the women of the
cultures to explore... interesting na? I never set out to achieve anything. Whatever I underworld, and'Mafia Queens of Mumbai
achieve through a film, I will take that," said Tabu. gave me that opportunity." She hopes she
What about trying something new – like going behind the camera?
would come together with Rajkummar and
"No, I have no interest (in turning a producer or director) so far. I don't have the
Kalki for an on-screen project too.
ability to produce and direct a film as of now. I don't know what I will do next year,"
"I hope so soon! They are truly great actors,"
she signed off.
she said.
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TAAPSEE PANNU:
DISTURBED BY HOW SOME
COMMUNITIES ARE TARGETED
T
aapsee Pannu who worked in a critically acclaimed conveyed and people realise it, thus taking
film Mulk which talked about ‘Islamophobia’ that step against creating a difference,”
and dealt with other social issues, feels happy and added the actress.
disturbed at the same time. Mulk, which released in August, did
After working in a critically acclaimed film “Mulk”, not get a smooth release as it faced a lot
which talked about ‘Islamophobia’ and dealt with other of backlash and criticism from people.
social issues, actress  Taapsee Pannu  feels happy and From the audience lashing out against
disturbed at the same time. the subject of the film to trolling of actors
“I am very happy with the way the audience has received and calling them “anti-national”, the
the film but at the same time disturbed with the way some film was mired in several controversies.
communities are picked out and targeted by the society,” For Sinha, making Mulk was quite
Taapsee said in a statement. challenging.
The 31-year-old, who played a lawyer in “Mulk”, wanted He said: “With the response the movie
to bring a change in society through the film.  received during its theatrical release, I am
She said: “I took up this film to stand up for them and happy to know that the Indian audience is
initiate a change. There were a few apprehensions initially mature and open to movies that are against
about the character that I play, but I can now say with the tide. 
conviction that they have been put to rest.” “Making Mulk was challenging as it not
Directed by Anubhav Sinha, the film features actors Rishi only addresses but also highlights the constant
Kapoor, Rajat Kapoor, Neena Gupta, Prateik Babbar and divide between the Hindus and Muslims. The
Ashutosh Rana in pivotal roles. movie is unlike any other Bollywood entertainer
As Mulk will be telecast on the small screen, Taapsee and and was made with the intention to be heard rather
Anubhav want people to understand “what film has actually than just talk about an issue on surface level.”
tried to convey”. Mulk will have its world television premiere on &
“I hope that with the television premiere, the message is pictures channel on Sunday.

VICKY KAUSHAL: Acting cannot be learnt in classrooms: Sunny Deol


I was an introvert, I
N
ational Award-winning actor Sunny Having started his career in 1983 with
Deol says the art of acting cannot be Betaab, Sunny won National Awards for films
used to hate limelight learnt in classrooms and that it comes like Ghayal in 1990 and Damini - Lightning in

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from observations in real life. 1993. Known primarily for his action-oriented
icky Kaushal has given back to back
Known for his performance in iconic films performances, he also bagged several awards
amazing performances this year. The
like Border, Gadar - Ek Prem Katha, The Hero: for films.
actor spoke about how he managed to
Love Story of a Spy, Yamla Pagla Deewana Sunny's younger brother Bobby Deol and
overcome his fear of inferiority and do better.
and Ghayal, Sunny said: "You cannot learn cousin Abhay Deol too are actors. Asked
2017 has been an amazing year for Vicky
acting... The core of it, cannot be learnt in a that being the elder in the family, how did he
Kaushal. The actor was applauded for his
classroom. You learn acting from observation, deal with the pressure as a youngster initially,
phenomenal performances in films like Love
from exploration as you progress in life." Sunny said: "Of course I was aware of the
Per Square Foot, Raazi, Lust Stories, Sanju and
"Of course when it comes to staging a pressure being the son of a superstar like my
Manmarziyaan. The actor became the heartthrob
performance, there are certain technicalities dad, but I never let the pressure pounce on
of the nation and proved himself as one of the
that can be taught, but one has to articulate and "After me to find my signature as an actor.
most talented and fine actors in the current lot.
use their voice and body in a manner to perform a certain age, "One cannot grow under pressure,
His performance as Kamli in Sanju won him
because stage performance is live. When it of course, we all so I was never a youngster who
a lot of praises. From engineering to being one
comes to cinema, a camera can capture the had to decide on our was bothered about how the
of the leading actors, Vicky Kaushal’s journey is
quite inspiring.
finest movement of your eyes through close- career and that is when I world is going to perceive me.
ups. So as a film actor, one has to internalise realised that acting and My theory is, 'I want to present
As reported by the media, on a show, the actor
the character to deliver it on-screen," added performance is my myself the way I am, then let the
shared how he chose his dream path.
Sunny, who went to a film school in London "After a certain age, of course, true calling" world decide how they what to
The Masaan actor said, “Being an engineer, I
in his younger days and attended classes in we all had to decide on our career take it.'"
tore my job letter to give my entire attention to
theatre and performing arts. and that is when I realised that acting So, is he now teaching the same to his
acting. Your backup can be your weakness, and
Asked if being the son of yesteryears and performance is my true calling. More elder son Karan, who is gearing up to make his
thus to give those 2-3 per cent extra, I dropped
superstar Dharmendra, acting was a natural than attending an acting class, I went abroad Bollywood debut with Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas?
my backup.
choice for him, Sunny said: "As a child, I had for my self-discovery which was not possible "Look, I know that he is going to face the
T o d a y everybody is giving 100 per cent to
problems in reading and writing. but my IQ otherwise in India." same pressure... The expectation is high from
everything, but with
and reflex was very good. Therefore, though "It is only natural for people to find a shadow him and that is again, very natural. But the best
backup, you will lose
in the class I was not a great student, I used of my father in me... But as an individual, to way to grow in life is keeping the pressure and
the motivation to
to score pass marks. I was rather very good at find my own self I had to go away from all others' expectation aside and focus on skill,"
put in those extra
sports and other co-curricular activities." these," he added. said the 62-year-old actor.
efforts.”
He added, “I
was an introvert, Govinda: It’s not a good environment in the film industry
A
I used to hate
ctor Govinda says the hit out at the present CBFC head done to stop release of the film
limelight. But you
need to face your environment in the film Prasoon Joshi, accusing him of and it’s not a good environment
inhibitions. Face industry is not good. being “politically motivated”. in the film industry to release the
your inferiority The actor said he is disappointed When asked when the film will film. I have started my film career
complex. about the Central Board of Film get released, Govinda said: “We with Pahlaj Nihalani’s film, so I
"Over the years get Certification’s (CBFC) opposition will let media and audiences know hope this film releases without any
control over your fear to his forthcoming film Rangeela about the release date of the film. difficulties,” he added.
because fear keeps Raja. The censor board has It is unfortunate that CBFC has Earlier, at a press conference,
you alive and pushes suggested 20 cuts in Rangeela censored few scenes of our film Govinda said that since the last few
you to do better.” Raja for its theatrical release. and because of that, we had to take years some people are deliberately career, I haven’t seen such kind
Vicky Kaushal will be To oppose the CBFC’s decision, legal route to release the film.” opposing his films’ release by of treatment to my films but now
next seen in the film  Uri. It producer Pahlaj Nihalani had Govinda said this kind of not giving enough screen space people from politics are entering
is based on the Uri attack of filed a petition earlier this month environment is not good for the and now CBFC has stopped the into film business and people
September 2016. The actor saying the suggestions were film industry. release of his upcoming film. from film industry are entering
will then work with  Karan unjustified and uncalled for as he “I don’t see any controversial Do these things hurt him? into politics, so that could be the
Johar for his periodic drama firmly believed that the film was scenes which are there in the film. “It doesn’t hurt me as a person reason that such kind of things are
title Takht. not vulgar in any manner. He also I think it has been deliberately because in the initial period of my happening in the film industry.
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Community Safety Ambassador Programme:


Empowering senior citizens
SANDEEP SINGH

N
ew Zealand Police in association
with Shanti Niwas has been running
Community Safety Ambassador
Programme with the goal of spreading
awareness on crime prevention in the local
Onehunga area of Central Auckland.
The programme involves senior citizens from
Shanti Niwas – a charitable trust that primarily
works for the welfare of senior citizens within
the community – teaming up with NZ police and
going out to meet local retailers and businesses
in Onehunga area spreading awareness on
crime prevention.
On Thursday, November 29, The Indian
Weekender’s office at Onehunga was visited
by the enthusiastic team of Community Safety
Ambassadors led by Constable Don Allan,
Community Constable, Onehunga Police
Station, and accompanied with police dog
Pappa.

"The community safety


ambassador programme is about
empowering senior citizens, and
also providing essential crime
prevention information to our
community."

Speaking to The Indian Weekender Constable


Allan said, “The community safety ambassador
programme is about empowering senior
citizens, and also providing essential crime
prevention information to our community.”
“We go out at least once a month and give
information to members of the public.
"We go out to residences, retailers and
businesses and create a general safety
environment,” Constable Allan said. and when we go all out dressed in high res in the area. citizens] is much appreciated by police and our
“We have a team of around 30 senior citizens jackets in creating a scene of an army going out “The good work done by these guys [senior community,” Constable Allan said.

Annual Children & Youth Summer Camp 2019


Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust is organizing the Annual Summer
Camp’ 2019 from 7th Jan’2019 to 11th Jan’2019 for Children aged 6
to 14 years at Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Road, Mt Roskill.
Aimed at enrichment of the young minds,we focus on imparting skills The Legends of SHIVA - A Chrtistmas Tree
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