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Telangana, Rajasthan go to poll on Dec 7:

Setting the stage for general elections 2019
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH in national politics, whereas a reasonably good

elangana and Rajasthan, the last two show for the TDP supported grand alliance will
Indian states, of the total five that raise Chandrababu Naidu’s profile in national
are currently going through polls politics.
for the legislative assembly and possibly On the other hand given the fact that these
setting the tone for the next year’s general days there are no state-elections in India where
elections for the national parliament, are Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not a star
all set to go to polls on Friday, December campaigner, whereby enticing voters to factor
7. his popularity ahead of local state-level issues,
The other three states of Madhya Pradesh, a good show for the BJP will set the tone for
Chhattisgarh and Mizoram had already voted next year’s general elections.
in November, with counting for all five states In the 2014 assembly elections, Congress and
scheduled for December 11. TDP had a vote share of 25 per cent and 15 per
The five state elections are being considered cent respectively, whereby the combined vote
a precursor of the Battle Royale next year, with share of 40 per cent would have trumped TRS’
political pundits considering both Telangana Elections in Telangana vote share of 34 per cent.
and Rajasthan as swing-states that could very TRS had then won 63 seats, just above the
will directly affect the magic number of 60. Congress and TDP had
well alter the script of the national election.
political fortunes of won 21 and 15 seats respectively. It’s another
The global Indian diaspora, including that
of New Zealand, have a significant interest in three leaders – caretaker matter that the TRS tally eventually rose to
the outcome of these state elections, with many Chief Minister and TRS Party. The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) may 91 subsequently with many independents and
enthusiasts travelling back to their respective not be a significant political force in the state, smaller splinter parties choosing to coalesce
leader K Chandrashekhar but riding on the immense popularity of Prime together with the party in the power.
states of origin for campaigning, with many
others committed to going back next year for
Rao, Prime Minister Minister Narendra Modi and absolute control However, regardless of these developments
the national polls. Narendra Modi and on the power in the centre, could still emerge in the last legislative assembly, observers are
The Indian Weekender takes a snapshot neighbouring state Andhra as a decisive political force in after-election convinced that KCR led TRS, which had a clear
of the current state of affairs in the lead up to calculations. early advantage by announcing surprise early
Pradesh Chief Minister Elections in Telangana will directly affect elections and immediately starting election
polling day and evaluates how political-capital
of some of the key players is fairing at the
Chandrababu Naidu the political fortunes of three leaders – campaign, is now facing a stiff challenge from
moment. caretaker Chief Minister and TRS leader K the combined opposition who have witnessed a
Chandrashekhar Rao, Prime Minister Narendra rise in their fortune lately.
Telangana: KCR, Modi and Naidu Modi and neighbouring state Andhra Pradesh Some experts opine that TRS may have

T he battle for conquering India’s newest

state Telangana is heading for a close finish
with the rising stakes of the joint opposition
– Mahakutami – between Indian National
Congress and Telugu Desam Party against the
ruling incumbent Telangana Rashtra Samithi
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu.
A clean victory for TRS will undoubtedly
fuel KCR’s ambitions for a more prominent role
peaked too early in the campaign.
However, nothing is finished till the electorate
has finally voted and given their verdict which
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Government construction
will be sealed on December 7.
Indian National Congress Party – which
many dispels as a spent force in the country’s

projects will support skills

national political scene and does not have a
strong, popular local leader within the state –
would like to take away the satisfaction, and
the model, of an effective, functioning grand
opposition alliance, if it eventually succeeds,
which it wishes to apply in next year’s general
election against the current ruling dispensation.
training “Government agencies can use their capital
investment to find ways to partner more
effectively with the construction sector to
deliver better value, and better outcomes, for
BJP has nothing to lose in the Telangana

elections since it never had a strong ground- overnment is encouraging its agencies New Zealand,” Mr Parker said.
level base in the state. On the contrary, if to take skills and training into account   The voluntary  Construction Procurement
the party can make significant dents in the when contracting for large construction Guidelines were developed in conjunction with
expectations of either TRS or Congress-TDP projects, rather than wait for it to become the industry in 2015 and provide direction on
opposition alliance, riding purely on the back of mandatory. areas such as considering whole-of-life costs
massive popularity of Prime Minister Narendra The Ministry of Business Innovation and and outcomes and the appropriate allocation of
Modi, then it will be a big boost for Party’s Employment (MBIE) is currently working risk.
fortunes in the next year’s general elections. to make skills and training development a Minister for Building and Construction Jenny
requirement for construction procurement Salesa said the Government has had a number
Rajasthan: Sachin Pilot and Modi projects valued at over $10 million and this will of discussions with stakeholders in the

T he outcome of elections in Rajasthan will

have an impact on the fortunes of two
political party – BJP and INC – and two leaders
likely take effect next year.
Economic Development Minister David
Parker and Building and Construction Minister
construction sector about how to work together
better to improve long-term outcomes.
“They have told us that consistent use of
Sachin Pilot and Prime Minister Modi. Jenny Salesa have agreed that Government these Guidelines will be positive for the sector
Mr Modi is trying to use his extraordinary star- agencies should take the lead in setting good as a whole.
power to not only defeat the anti-incumbency construction procurement practice as soon as  “We have heard there is also a tendency for
factor against the ruling BJP government but possible. agencies to favour the lowest cost bid, which
also to buck an important trend in the state They are writing to chief executives of 137 typically favours suppliers who do not invest in
which has not returned any government back to government departments and agencies advising training and developing their workforce.
power since 1993. A win for BJP in the state them not to wait until it becomes a requirement.   “This has been a long-standing issue
will augment its confidence and unshaken faith “While central government contracts only that has contributed to a shortfall of about
in the popularity of Mr Modi to bank upon for make up about 18 per cent of construction 30,000 construction workers. Creating a
the next year’s general elections. activity, government should take a leadership more sustainable construction sector for New
Sachin Pilot is the most influential face for role,” David Parker said. Zealand means we need to invest in workforce
the youths, outside of the Gandhi-clan, that the “There’s no one size fits all solution to the
development and training,” said Mrs Salesa.
Party can put-up to a vast number of young voters delivery of complex infrastructure, but there
 The Government Rules of Sourcing, which
who have grown up without any emotional are good practices that can be more consistently
challenge to BJP and essentially Prime Minister is used in conjunction with the Guidelines,
baggage for the Congress Party and found applied,” Mr Parker said.
Modi ahead of next year’s general elections, will be updated to include a new requirement
themselves naturally attracted to accusations  The chief executives are being encouraged
then it has to happen in Rajasthan. for agencies to provide evidence that
against the Party for unceremoniously bowing to follow the Construction Procurement
This is all irrelevant before December 11, Guidelines,  and to consider adding skills and the  Guidelines  have been considered. This is
down to one single dynasty. when counting for five elections will begin, and training components as requirements in new expected to come into effect next year.
If fortunes of Indian National Congress Party the verdict will be out.
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International Volunteers Day:

Ethnic communities’ views
sought for civic participation
in NZ

nternational Volunteer Day takes place
each year on 5th December and this year to
mark the occasion the Office of the Ethnic
Communities is calling for ethnic communities’
views and opinion on their civic participation
in New Zealand.
Led by the United Nations, International
Volunteer Day is an opportunity for volunteers
and organisations to celebrate their efforts,
share their values, and promote their work
within communities.
This year’s theme for International
Volunteer Day is ‘Volunteers Build Resilient
The theme recognises volunteer efforts that
strengthen local communities in the face of
conflicts and natural disasters.
Following the Christchurch and Kaikoura
earthquakes, ethnic communities were some of
the most active volunteers, working tirelessly to
support victims and rebuild communities.
Volunteering is a great way for ethnic
communities to build skills, networks, and a
positive sense of belonging to New Zealand.
The Office of Ethnic Communities is currently
undertaking a project on civic participation – an
area which includes volunteering. views and experiences of civic participation in
The aim of this project is to remove barriers New Zealand. We are interested in both your
and build opportunities for ethnic communities own personal views and experiences, and those
to participate civically, and contribute fully to of your wider communities.
New Zealand society. Anyone interested in making a submission,
The Office of Ethnic Communities has is encouraged to check it out at their website.
opened a survey to gather ethnic communities’ The survey will close on December, 16, 2018.



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Export Education Levy increased:

How will it affect international students?
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH “It may be possible in future to
Has the levy come at

ducation Minister Chris introduce a system where PTEs that
Hipkins announced on
the right time? are delivering a consistently high-
Thursday, December
6, increase in the levy paid by I t’s not clear how the PTE sector
which comprises a major chunk
of the $4 billion international
quality service might pay a lower
levy while the few PTEs falling into
risk categories, including having
international education providers to
the government. education sector is already facing previous quality issues, might face a
The rate for private training the heat because of a number of higher one,” Mr Hipkins said.
establishments (PTEs) will increase factors, including some bad-players
from 0.45 per cent to 0.89 per cent affecting the overall experience of Will the levy be
of international student tuition fees. international students in the country passed on to
For universities, and Institutes of will receive this new increase in the
Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), EEL.
the rates will increase from 0.45 per Expressing caution over the students?
cent to 0.50 per cent. iven that an increase in the
announcement, an international
marketing manager of an Auckland Export Education Levy will
Why has the levy make a dent in the revenue that
Education Minister Chris Hipkins (Image credit RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King based hospitality school, who chose
been increased? to remain anonymous for obvious educational institutions make from

T he increase in levy has been million-dollar payout to international reported that during the 2014/15 and reasons said, “In the broader scale international education service it is
necessitated by the desire to students who were left stranded 2015/16 financial years only $45,000 likely to generate some concerns
of things the increase in Export
safeguard New Zealand’s reputation halfway through their education was required, but in 2016/17 that rose that the levy, in full or in part, might
Education Levy might not affect
as an international education when New Zealand Qualifications to $908,000 after three institutions be passed on to new international
PTE’s negatively. However, it might
destination and general well-being of Authority (NZQA) – an authority were closed. students.
affect in the short term as the sector is
international students. charged with monitoring and Following that experience and However, it might be too early,
not in good shape as of now.
“The levy fund has to be made assessment of educational offerings overarching-will of regulating the or in absence of any firm evidence,
“The PTE market is already shaky it cannot be stated with confidence,
financially sustainable to safeguard in NZ shut down a few PTEs. PTE sector, the government has with many other reasons, increasing
our international reputation for if the increase in levy will be passed
The closure had left close to proposed an increase in the export the levy is not coming in at the right
education and continue to support on to prospective future international
200 students in limbo, primarily education levy so as to augment its time.”
the wellbeing of our international students coming to NZ, thus
Chinese students, which threatened resources earlier this year. Anticipating some reservations
students. It almost ran out this potentially making it a less-favoured
to jeopardise NZ’s reputation as a A consultation on the proposed within the PTE sector, the Education
year due to payouts resulting choice of international education
desirable international education changes to raise the EEL rate Minister Mr Hipkins has suggested in comparison to other global
from closures at PTEs,” Chris destination in the lucrative China took place earlier this year from the possibility of linking the levy destinations.
Hipkins said. market, forcing Ministry of September 18 to October 15, with surcharge with the quality of The new rates take effect from 1
Earlier this year Ministry of
Education to pay out a full refund. feedback received through an online education and overall service being January 2019. 
Education ended up paying about
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Christmas fever rises amongst

communities across NZ

number of events have been diaried
across almost every suburb in
Auckland and other cities in the next
two weeks to get into the groove of Christmas
The Christmas season is welcomed by almost
every suburb in the country with Santa Parades,
Christmas Carnivals, community gatherings
and Santa to pose for pictures with shoppers at
the malls.
Every city plans for a big Santa parade to
serenade the communities, participation of
whom, both as participants and spectators is
vital for the success of the events. Same goes
with the weather conditions as Auckland’s
Farmers Santa Parade postponed its previously candyfloss, popcorn and a sausage sizzle,”
scheduled parade from Sunday, November 25 event coordinator Melissa Yalomatua told The
to December 2. Indian Weekender.
Encounter Christian Centre in Avondale The event aims to provide a safe, fun and
will be hosting their fourth Christmas event exciting place for families in our community to
‘Avondale Community Christmas Carnival’ on come together and celebrate Christmas. Most
Saturday, December 15. The organisers expect of the activities at the event are free, including
600-700 people to the event to be held at a face painting, bouncy castles, carnival games,
multi-cultural family oriented church at 495 carnival rides and other entertainment.
Rosebank Rd, Avondale. The event starts at 11 The organisers are also hosting a Christmas
a.m. to 3 p.m. Party and Feast on Tuesday, December 25 at the
“We are pleased to collaborate with other same venue for the communities which is going
groups in our community as part of the to be another fun event for the families and it
Avondale Collaboration. includes bouncy castles, games, and other gifts
“The Whau Local Board supports us with for all the children. The event will be held from celebrate with, to come together and celebrate entertainment at the event starts at 9:30 a.m. on
funding for two carnival rides, the teacup 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas,” Ms Yalomatau added. the Village Green with local groups performing
and saucer and the pirate ship. This year the “This is a free party and feast on Christmas The Blockhouse Bay Business Association for the audience, followed by the parade from
Rosebank Business Association has sponsored Day designed to give those that can’t afford will host its Parade on Saturday, December 10:45 a.m.
Christmas or who don’t have anyone to 8 from 527 Blockhouse Bay Road. The The Otahuhu Community will host its
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hosted their Santa Parade event, and Kaitaia in Bay Road, 9:30 a.m. onwards other community leaders.
Gandhi Nivas Governance Board next three years.
the North will host on Saturday, December 15. Avondale Community Christmas Carnival: Gandhi Nivas was established using a
chairperson, Ranjna Patel acknowledged the
The Auckland’s Santa Parade on December Saturday, December 15, 495 Rosebank Lotteries Commission grant and receives on-
support of Deputy Commissioner John Tims
2 marked its 85th anniversary this year and Road, Avondale, 11 a.m onwards going funding and support from Counties
and being the driving the initiative since its
started the parade from Federal Street and Henderson Christmas Festival: Manukau Police, ACC, Total Healthcare PHO,
Mayoral Drive in the CBD crossing Aotea Sunday, December 16, Henderson Park, Massey University, the Ministry of Social
“Gandhi Nivas provides free of cost 24 Development, Catholic Services, and other
Square down to the end of Queen Street. 12 p.m, to 4 p.m. hours/7 days a week temporary accommodation private funders.
People turned up in thousands with their
Otahuhu Christmas Carnival: for men who have been served with a Public Gandhi Nivas is supported by the Serenity
Santa caps on, docked themselves with the
King Street, Otahuhu, 11 a.m. onwards Protection Order (PSO) and with a 24hr wrap- Foundation, New Zealand Police, Total
children on two sides of street to witness the
Avondale Christmas Feast: around service for the individual and his Healthcare PHO and Sahaayta Counselling
grand event. The activities at the event included
Tuesday, December 25, 495 Rosebank family,” Chairperson of Gandhi Nivas, Ranjna & Social Support, it has been phenomenally
a huge sledge with life-size, and Santa mounted
Road, Avondale, 11 a.m. onwards Patel said. successful in timely intervention in cases of
on the icy snowboard waving at the crowd, Gandhi Nivas’ first house was opened in domestic violence.

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Jeet Suchdev Hindu diaspora urged to work

receives Community together to serve society ¡¡ DEV NADKARNI

Volunteer Award T
he Auckland chapter of Hindu
Swayamsevak Sangh – the preeminent
global organisation of the Hindu
diaspora – hosted a public event at the Balmoral
Community Hall in Auckland on Sunday,

eet Suchdev from Bhartiya November 2.
Samaj received the Community Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) is the
Volunteer Award from overseas arm of the India-based Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the world’s largest
thePuketapapa Local Board at its
voluntary social organisation that aims to unite
Community award event last week in Hindus and preserve Hindu traditions, while persuasions and expertise together – ranging
Three Kings. contributing to human causes in general. from economic and education forums to media
Mr Suchdev was of one the 13 people The theme for the event was drawn and women’s platforms at the global level.
who were awarded. He was recognised from an ancient verse from the Rig Veda – These forums meet at different intervals at
for his work the seniors and contribution SanghachadwamSamvadwam, which exhorts various locations across the world but once in
to the community through Bhartiya us to walk together, speak in one voice, agree four years the World Hindu Forum combined
Samaj Charitable Organisation. to work for a common purpose that benefits all. all these platforms together, Shri Gokhale said.
“I feel extremely grateful to have A senior member each from HSS and The recent forum held in Chicago in
been recognised with this award, and I RSS spoke engagingly to a rapt audience. September to commemorate the 125th
promise to continue the service towards Joint General Secretary of RSS, Dr anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s legendary
the community,” Mr Suchdev told The ManmohanVaidya, who holds a doctorate in address to the Parliament of the World’s
Radio Chemistry and speaks, reads and writes Religions in 1893 that virtually introduced the
Indian Weekender.
in five languages including Sanskrit, said the Hindu way of life to the world, was a great
The work of community volunteers was that serves the needs of the elderly and concept of diversity is so deeply embedded in
appreciated and applauded by Puketāpapa success with delegates from more than 60
children and its work in migrant settlement and Hindu culture that there is no specific word for countries converging on Chicago, he added.
Local Board at the awards ceremony in Three empowerment of women from South Asian it. Chief guest Judge Ajit Swaran Singh spoke
Kings. Hindu culture is all accepting, he said, and
communities has been richly recognised. eloquently of his experience growing up as
“Our volunteers are the backbone of our such ancient ideals as those enshrined in this
The organisation celebrate all Indian and Hindu in Fiji and made an impassioned plea not
communities, and we are grateful for their Vedic shloka are relevant for all time to come.
local events with the seniors- getting them to forsake one’s mother tongue. “You lose your
selfless work in keeping our communities Every individual is capable of contributing
involved in activities and projects, giving them language, you lose your culture,” he said. Shri
connected and their contribution to people’s to the good of society and no contribution is
learning opportunities. The organisation also small, he said. Everyone had their own part to Pravinbhai Patel proposed a vote of thanks and
wellbeing,” Chair of Puketāpapa Local Board the meet was followed by a lunch.
Harry Doig said. organises summer camps, English and Hindi play toward the weal of society and it would
classes both for the seniors and children of the always be successful as long as those efforts Among dignitaries present were National
Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust was Party MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Honorary
community. were rooted in a common purpose.
established by Jeet Suchdev in 2001 and has Consul of India in Auckland Bhav Dhillon and
Mr Suchdev is a Justice of Peace, is a For HSS Global Coordinator Saumitra
been successful in providing service to the Hindu Council of New Zealand’s Vinod Kumar.
Gokhale, this was his fourth visit to New
senior of the community, helping and engaging recipient Queen’s Service Medal (QSM), Hind The HSS has three shakhas (branches) in
Zealand. An engineer who also holds a
them in activities, voicing their concerns and Rattan Award and Bharat Gaurav award and was MS degree from a Canadian institution, Auckland (Glen Eden, Mount Roskill and
organising events for them. bestowed with Kiwi Indian Service Excellence ShriGokhale, in his address, detailed the Pakuranga) as also in Palmerston North,
Bhartiya Samaj has evolved to become a Award 2018 at The Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame many platforms that have been established Wellington and Christchurch. HSS New
vibrant and thriving community organisation awards event in 2018. to bring the global Hindu diaspora of diverse Zealand has a Facebook page.


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birth anniversary.
Approximately 150 people turned up for the
event including four Members of Parliament.
As a part of the celebrations, Langar was
served to all the attendees at the event.
Speaking to the Sangat, the MPs passed
their good wishes to the Sikh community on
the occasion of Gurpurab and acknowledged
the community for organising the event in “This
parliament. is Wellington‘s start leading to the 550th-
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Time for NZ to strengthen India ties

While NZ must walk on eggshells as regards its critical relationship with China, it needs
to consciously strengthen its longstanding ties with the Indian economic juggernaut
¡¡ DEV NADKARNI As the year winds down, it is quite clear

who NZ has cast its lot with, though politicians
ew Zealand has had to face more than are wont to say NZ would never brook being
usual geopolitical headwinds this year dictated by any country or grouping. There
– and almost all of it has to do with is little doubt that the ripples are being felt in
itssecond biggest trading partner, China. China: according to reports Prime Minister
Over the past couple of years, NZ’s Jacinda Ardern’s impending official trip to
longstanding western allies have increasingly China this year seems destined to remain
voiced concern over what they perceive as impending for now.
China’s growing influence in the country.
The seven-decade-old ‘Five Eyes’ NZ must hedge its global strategy
intelligence alliance between the US, the UK,
Canada, Australia and NZ is one grouping that
clearly appears concerned. Earlier this year, a
W hile NZ must walk on eggshells as
regards its criticalrelationship with
China, in the coming monthsit must take firm
Canadian government report titled ‘Rethinking cases of subversion and foreign influence inside process for Spark’s forthcoming 5G network. A steps toward casting its net wider: It needs to
Security: China and Age of Strategic Rivalry’ its political parties without the approval of the few weeks ago, Spark chief Simon Moutter had consciously strengthen its longstanding ties
referred to NZ as the ‘soft underbelly’ of the service’s minister, whose political calculations openly said he wanted the Government to state with the Indian economic juggernaut.
alliance saying, “New Zealand is valuable to may inhibit action.” specifically what its security concerns were and It would be advantageous for NZ on several
China, as well as to other states such as Russia, This appears to refer to a National Party MP that sourcing hardware from other providers fronts: India is the fastest growing economy
as a soft underbelly through which to access of Chinese origin who is alleged to have taught would drive up the cost. with an equally fast growing middleclass,
Five Eyes intelligence.” at a Chinese military intelligence school for Not much by way of reaction has come from it has familiar democratic institutions and
CIA analyst Peter Mattis, who spoke about the several years and is alleged to have close link frameworks, has a highly skilled workforce
Spark after the Government’s decision last
growing concern about NZ to the US Congress with the Communist Party. that speaks English – and very importantly, is
week, which in itself speaks volumes about
and when asked whether NZ’s presence in the The report is said to draw substantially from being wooed by the western world to counter
what the concerns might be. Australia has perceived geopolitical imbalances of which NZ
Five Eyes group should be questioned, he said NZ academic and China expert Dr Anne Marie long stopped Huawei from both bidding for its is increasingly seen as a victim.
“Precisely.” He later told Radio NZ: “…there’s Brady’s work on Chinese influence in NZ.
sufficient information there to suggest there is own 5G network and its National Broadband The US, India and Australia have
It has been widely reported in the media that Network (the equivalent of NZ’s national UFB strengthened military and economic ties in
an issue, or at the very least, a very real risk.” Dr Brady’s properties have been broken into
Voices growing shriller network). recent years; the US has virtually renamed Asia
and her car tampered with. The investigation Pacific as ‘Indo Pacific’ and just last week at
The latest such report titled Chinese Influence Coincidentally, the NZ Government
is ongoing for months now but not much by the G20, a new alliance ‘JAI’ – Japan-America-
and American Interest came out just last week Communications Security Bureau (GCSB)
way of progress has been revealed publicly. India – was announced by the three leaders.
in which the Hoover Institution, a noted US announcement came in the week that several
Observers have long suspected a connection There is much merit in NZ getting over its
think tank, presented NZ as a case study for high-level security officials from the US were
between her work and the break-ins. anachronistic fear of physical distances and
countries where Chinese influence is perceived on a mission in Wellington meeting GCSB
These events have led to speculation that bringing India closer to the heart of its emerging
to be growing. Minister Andrew Little. There is no public
NZ was under some sort of pressure from its geopolitical strategy.
In what would be an embarrassing information on whether the ban was discussed
western allies, particularly the Five Eyes,
observation for NZ politicians it says, “NZ’s at the meeting. But the timing was enough for
to prevent global Chinese telecom and data – Dev Nadkarni is the founding editor
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Can skilled migrants be allowed to work as

contractors not linked to a single employer?
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH skills New Zealand needs are also in gains through value for money and future-

short-term contractors’ work-visa could high demand worldwide. proofing.
be the possible solution to the complex “This is potentially where the “Even companies interested in longer-term
dyad facing New Zealand, with Kiwi- contractors’ visa would hold most employees would see the benefit, as this allows
businesses struggling for the employable skilled value, as highly skilled candidates, them to assess skill suitability and fit within
workforce, and simultaneously ensuring the value flexibility. the business before committing to a permanent
overall welfare of the migrant workers while “A visa for contractors would bring hire,” said Mr Martin.
they are in the country, argues immigration several benefits for New Zealand However, issuing temporary work-visas
lawyer Aaron Martin. employers. If employers were able to foreign workers is currently less-preferred
“New Zealand is part of a global shortage to fill roles facing skill shortages by Immigration New Zealand (INZ), purely
of skilled workers. At the same time, there are with international candidates on a because it would mean there was no employer
thousands of skilled migrant contractors in the short-term contract there would be to hold accountable for breaches of immigration
worldwide talent pool that Kiwi employers less admin, increased flexibility and and labour laws.
can’t hire. choice, and, importantly, economic ••
“An ideal solution to the issue would be
to introduce a new visa category that enables of keeping workers attached to particular
skilled migrants to work as contractors not employers is based on conventional 9-5 pm
linked to a single employer,” said Aaron Martin. work type, which is not fully serving Kiwi-
Recently, the changes announced by the businesses and economy.
government earlier this year of taking away “The nature of work is evolving with the
the requirement of having the post-study-work- constant changes in technology.
visa sponsored by any particular employer “Employment is no longer as straightforward
came into effect on November 26. as it once was: fewer people are working for
The Immigration Minister Iain Lees long durations with a single employer, and more
Galloway had then announced employer- people are taking up contracts that allow them
assisted work visas as the biggest source of flexibility with projects and clients, as well as
exploitation for migrant workers, especially places and times of work. The 9-5, Monday to
international students seeking permanent Friday workweek is becoming less prevalent,
residency in the country. and agile and remote working is becoming the
The changes that came into effect on norm,” said Mr Martin.
November 26 did not include essential The changing employment work conditions
skill work visa regime, which still requires are more relevant in digital and Information and
temporary skilled-migrant workers to be tied to Technology related work, thereby suggesting
a particular employer. that the temporary contractor style work visa
However, immigration law expert Mr Martin would be most beneficial for the sector.
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All Nations Cricket Festival

kicks off in Christchurch

hile the North Island is still waiting
for summer to arrive, cricket
lovers in Christchurch enjoyed the
brightness of the sunshine, battled the windy
day and kicked off the second season of Ara
Institute of Canterbury All Nations Cricket
Festival on Sunday, December 2.
Eleven teams participated in the T20
championship’s firstday at Hagley Park with
each team showcasing the best of cricket in the
“The tournament was supposed to start
on Sunday, November 25, but bad weather
led to the postponement of the matches but it
was an amazing gathering on the first day of
the tournament and people from all walks of The tournament is supported by Ara
live come and enjoy the cricket mania here,” Kings XI Punjab 172-7 (20) Raman 36, Biala 2-45 Institute of Canterbury, Little India Merivale,
Gurdas 35, Happy 33, Rajesh Khatri 4-17 Tamil Society 120-7 (20) Rajiv Biala 2-19, Travel Corner, Ravel Events, Tech Doctor
President of Christchurch Multicultural
Yogesh 3-22 and Phonefix.
Council, Surinder Tandon said. Tamil Society 169-6 (20) Eddie
Doon Tigers 123-2 (15.5) Yogesh 44, Prakash The Christchurch Multicultural Council
Hundreds of enthusiastic cricket lovers Mariyampillay 69, Pradeep 2-24 Gurinder
gathered for eight matches held on adry yet 31, Mahesh 32* was formed in 1989 to promote awareness
Nijjer 2-6
windy day and cheered their favourite teams in All Rounders 151-2 (13.6) Amandeep Arora and acceptance in the multicultural society
Punjab Warriors 250-2 (20) Inder Grewal
the T20 tournament. 39, Raj Arora 77* in ChCh. The community organisation
131, Gurinder Nijjer 66
“The day was beautiful, the crowd was Cornered Tigers 150-9 (20) Mohit Mayra 60, conducts major events and festivals observed
Cornered Tigers 92/10 (19.0) Harwinder Amandeep Arora 2-21, Sunny Singh 2-22
energetic, and we witnessed some quality the Indian community in ChCh such as
Singh 33, Roop Singh 3-4, Hitesh Valand 3-14 All Stars 153-5 (16.1) Ishtiaq 51*, Tahir 42
cricket played here [Hagley Park],” General Diwali, Holi, Independence Day, etc.
Strikers 96-4 (15.2) Rahul Singh 30, Tamil Pasanga 152-5 (20) Silva 47, David
Manager of Christchurch Metro Cricket, Mike Christchurch Metro Cricket was formed in
Harwinder Singh 2-38 Jayapaul 35
Harvey told The Indian Weekender. 2012 following the amalgamation of the
The summary of the 1st Day, highest Doon Tigers 149-4 (15.2) Pankaj Bhagat 61 Nepal Warriors 154-9 (20) Harish Sharma Canterbury Cricket Christchurch Club and
Tamil Pasanga 148-5 (20) Chidambaram 2-31, Arun Bhardwaj 2-11
scores and team scores are: Youth Cricket departments and the Christchurch
Palaniappan 30, David Jayapaul 37, Rajiv Strikers 236-3 (20) Mayur Tailor 32, Rahul
Nepal 174-3 (19.4) Abhaya Poudel 96 Suburban Cricket Association.
Singh 100, Nilang Deshmukh 34

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he Secretary-General of the United “We should not only have a Just Transition for those workers,
Nations has congratulated Prime Minister regions and economies affected by the move from dirty energy
Voreqe Bainimarama on his re-election. to clean energy, we must have a Just Transition for all. And
Antonio Guterres said in his letter to Mr Bainimarama: “This especially the most climate vulnerable.”
election is an important milestone for the consolidation of He said this was because it was only just that those human
democracy in your country. beings who were facing extreme weather events, rising seas or
“I trust that you will seize this new opportunity together with changes to agriculture were also be given the opportunity and
Parliament, civil society and the private sector to fulfill your the means to properly adapt.
vision of a modern and inclusive Fiji.”
In response to Mr Guterress’s statement, Mr Bainimarama "I trust that you will seize this new
said it was “an endorsement about the good work the opportunity together with Parliament, civil
Government is doing to continue to bring true democracy to society and the private sector to fulfill your
our beloved Fiji.” vision of a modern and inclusive Fiji
Mr Guterres further said the UN remained firmly committed
to working in close part- UN Secretary-General Antonio He said to make the transition to a more secure future in a
Guterres and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. frightening new era that, in many instances, they had played no
Mr Gutnerres further said the UN remained firmly committed part in causing. He said as the window of opportunity to save
to working in close partnership with the Government and with the planet closed, other windows of opportunity were opening,
the people of Fiji. including new technologies that enable us to effectively make
“The steadfast support of your country to United Nations the transition.
peacekeeping is highly appreciated,” he said. “And I also appeal for a renewed effort to free up the many
“Likewise, your international leadership on the issues of billions of dollars needed for that transition and make these
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Prime Minister Voreqe
climate change and the oceans will continue to be invaluable technologies more accessible and more affordable around the Bainimarama.
as we approach the twenty-fourth Conference of Parties to the world. I’m very proud that Fiji’s COP legacy includes the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as Talanoa Dialogue for ambition, which has seen hundreds of co- chairing the Ministerial Talanoa here in Katowice.
well as the Climate Summit next year.” talanoa sessions held throughout the world. As many of you “The primary aim of the Talanoa Dialogue is to take stock
Speaking on climate change in Katowice, Poland, at the High know by now, these exchanges of ideas and best practices are of our collective efforts and inform our current Nationally
Level Segment formally opening COP24, Mr Bainimarama based on a Pacific concept of decision-making that is inclusive Determined Contributions (NDCs).
said: “I also want to say as COP23 President that I support the and respectful. And I ask you all to put the maximum effort into making next
Polish theme of a ‘Just Transition’. “And we look forward next week, with our Polish friends, to week’s Dialogue a success.

Fiji Airways gets its first B737 MAX Fiji, India to establish first
DEV NADKARNI disability rehabilitation
F centre: Dr Koroivueta
iji Airways this week will get
its first Boeing 737 MAX for
The airline plans to use the fuel-
efficient, longer-range version of
the popular 737 jet to expand and
modernise its single-aisle fleet.
Boeing’s new version of its decades
old workhorse, the B737, which is
the most manufactured commercial
airliner in the world, has come under
some controversy following the
crash of a new 737MAX jet operated
by Indonesian budget airline operator
Lion Air last month. The 737 MAX 8 was delivered to Fiji Airways at a ceremony at Boeing’s Everett site
Fiji Airways plans to take delivery Rewa Womens Disability President Litia Naitanui promoting her products to the
of five MAX 8 airplanes. The MAX United Nations Resident Coordinator Sanaka Samarasinha during the International
incorporates the latest technology Day of Persons with Disabilities Day Celebrations on December 3,2018

CFM International LEAP-1B engines, iji and India are working said. “This will be the first in Fiji
Advanced Technology winglets, together to establish which will have a positive report also
and other airframe enhancements the first Disability to countries in the Pacific which are
to improve performance and reduce Rehabilitation Centre in Fiji. struggling to have a rehabilitation
operating costs. The Permanent Secretary for the facility of this nature. It will be open
Compared to the previous Ministry of Women, Children and to them.”
737 model, the MAX 8 can fly Poverty Alleviation Dr Josefa “It will happen in the not to distant
600 nautical miles farther, while Koroivueta, highlighted this during future.
providing 14 percent better fuel the International Day of Persons with He said we need a new special
efficiency. Disabilities. caliber of physiotherapist called
The MAX 8 can seat up to 178 The event was marked at the neuro physiotherapists. Dr
passengers in a standard two-class Fiji National Council for Disabled Koroivueta also said Government
configuration and fly 3,550 nautical Persons in Suva. Dr Koroivueta said would ensure everyone is treated
miles (6,570 kilometers). they have had positive feedback on equally.
Based at Nadi International the establishment of the centre. “We have the Disability Act
Airport, Fiji Airways serves 13 Islands (Oceania), the United States,
“We have already had our round that was passed in Parliament this
countries and 31 destinations/ Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. It
of consultation with our Indian year. We have a commitment to the
cities including Fiji, Australia, New also has an extended network of 108
counterpart. We have the space insurance strategies and now we have
Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, international destinations through its
here at the Fiji National Council for an implementation programme,”
Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon codeshare partners.
Disabled Persons,” Dr Koroivueta he said.

India reassures support in addressing climate change

ndia has reassured its support behind Pacific that many lives were lost and properties to keep the masses informed. Over 20 journalists across the region are
Island Countries in their rally to address damaged adding that even though Pacific people “Media representatives from across the attending the workshop at Nadi’s Tabia
climate change considering its effects on have shown resilience, the role of Government world play an important part in disseminating International Hotel which ends on Friday this
both small and large economies. agencies, Civil Society Organisations and the information, however it is equally important that week.
Officiating at the opening of the Climate media was huge to fight these calamities. the information that they produce is both well The workshop is organised by the Pacific
Capacity Building Workshop in Nadi today, Mr Sapkal said the media played a researched and reliable as the consequences of Environment Journalist Network and co-funded
India’s high commissioner to Fiji Vishvas fundamental role in cascading information misinformation can be drastic and even fatal,” by the United Nations Development Program
Sapkal told journalists from across the region regarding climatic and weather reports in order he said. and the Government of India.
Thought of the week
"The secret of change is to focus
all of your energy, not on fighting
the old, but on building the new."
– Socrates
Mental health and addiction report Auckland Weather forecast for the week
released: Challenges for Asian-migrant December 7 – December 13, 2018
communities Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
he government has released the much-awaited report on the enquiry into country’s mental
health services and addiction on Tuesday, December 4, which has confirmed what was
widely anticipated: that New Zealand was going through a severe mental health crisis.
Releasing the report to Public Health Minister Dr David Clark said, “The Inquiry into Mental
Rain Mostly Variable Mostly Some Occasional Some sun,
Health and Addiction represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how we handle
becoming cloudy, clouds, cloudy, rain and a morning rain a passing
some of the biggest challenges we face as a country.” The government will formally respond to steadier showers sjowers showers thunder- shower
the report in March next year. stom
The report is being considered as the country’s sixth and the most comprehensive since the
Mason Report 22 years ago. 220° 20° 22° 22° 20° 20° 19°
Ron Patterson, former Health and Disability Commissioner who led the enquiry, reflecting
16° 17° 17° 16° 14° 13° 13°
upon the depressing state of affairs around mental health issues said, “The outcomes for Māori
were worse than for the overall population, and Māori were subject to much greater use of
compulsory treatment and seclusion. This week in New Zealand’s history
There are also unmet mental health needs for Pacific peoples, disabled people, Rainbow
communities, the prison population and refugees and migrants.” 7 December 1984
What’s in it for Asian-migrant communities? Queen Street concert ends in riot
Clearly Asian-migrants are at the lowest end, of an already crowded ladder, who are outside
the pale of existing mental health services in New Zealand, despite its obvious failure as pointed
in the report.
T ears, terror at the concert that made history’ was one of the newspaper headlines the day after
the Queen St riot of December 1984. The ‘Thank God it’s over’ concert at Auckland’s Aotea
Centre was meant to be a summer celebration of the end of the university year.
While releasing of this report has sparked a national debate around seemingly failing mental
health system in the country, it is apt to revisit the almost non-existent preference within Asian- 8 December 1932
migrant communities, including the Kiwi-Indian community, to seek help from the current
existing mental health system. First issue of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly
Indeed, Asian migrants, including Indians, are renowned for their under-utilisation of mental
health services in New Zealand. O n 8 December 1932, the 7000 copies printed of the first issue of the New Zealand
Woman’s Weekly went on sale. Launched during the Depression, the magazine
hoped to offer ‘usefulness, cheerfulness and happiness’ to its readers. The Woman’s Weekly
According to a paper titled Mental health service use by Asians: a New Zealand census
published in The New Zealand Medical Journal in September 2017, there is consistent evidence Publishing Company, owned by Otto Williams (editor of The Mirror) and Audrey Argall (a
that individuals from Asian cultures regardless of their age, gender and location have lower rates freelance writer who was running a nursing home) was based in the Mutual Life building in
of mental health service utilisation than other ethnic groups. Queen St, Auckland. The articles were written by Argall (the editor) and various friends.
The paper also cited that this low level of mental health service utilisation by the Asia-migrants
was consistent with other international studies. 8 December 1972
The study used the data from Ministry of Health’s Program for the Integration of Mental Health
Data (PRIMHD) – a single national mental health and addiction information collection of service First Māori woman Cabinet minister
activity – from a period between 2008- 2013. The study found that the number of Indians, who
were likely to present themselves before mental health services, was more than the number of
the Chinese.
W hetu Tirikātene-Sullivan (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu) became the first female Māori
Cabinet minister when she was sworn in as Minister of Tourism in Norman Kirk’s third
Labour government. She was also Associate Minister of Social Welfare until September 1974.
However, the study could not delve into the factors responsible for such low-utilisation of For more than a year, she held both the tourism and environment portfolios.
mental health services.
Why low-level utilisation of mental health services 13 December 1642
In the absence of more scientific studies explaining the low-level utilisation of mental health First recorded European sighting of New Zealand
services, anecdotal evidence suggests that there is a strong cultural bias within our communities owards noon the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted ‘a large land, uplifted high’. His
against the entire gamut of dealing with mental health issues. vessel was probably off Punakaiki, so this may have been the peaks of the Paparoa Range.
The stigma attached to mental health issues is a major obstacle preventing Asian migrants Tasman sailed from Batavia (today’s Jakarta) in the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) in August
from using mainstream mental health services. Besides, a lack of English proficiency, inadequate 1642.
knowledge and awareness of existing services, and cultural differences in the assessment and
treatment of mental illness, are additional barriers to their use of the mental health care system.
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The Indian Weekender Friday, December 07, 2018 OPINION/EDITORIAL 17

Focused higher education can help India

capitalise on its demographic dividend
AMIT KAPOOR  To address the issues of equity, cent in 2017-18. This decline points

hile investment in critical access and excellence in state higher towards the changing composition of
social infrastructure education institutes, the central expenditure on social services, with
like education is a pre- government launched Rashtriya increased spending on sectors such
requisite for a country’s sustainable Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as water supply and sanitation and
development, government scheme in 2013, under which eligible housing and urban development.
expenditure on education in India, state universities and colleges are It is essential for India to target
as a percentage of GDP, has declined entitled to receive central funding in the public expenditures towards the
from 3.1 per cent in 2012-13 to 2.4 the ratio of 60:40 (central:state share) growth-enhancing investment in
per cent in 2015-16, with a marginal for the general category states, 90:10 education sector if it needs to fully
increase to 2.7 percent in the budget for special category states, and 100 capitalize its demographic dividend.
estimates for 2017-18 (Economic per cent for union territories.  There exists a persistent gap between
Survey, 2017-18). While the funds allocated for the funds demanded by the higher
Out of the total expenditure on RUSA increased by 8 per cent in education institutes and the funds
education, the government spends the budget estimates for 2018- allocated to them. It is imperative to
about 1 percent of the GDP on higher 19 over the revised estimates of close this gap to bring excellence in
education, which is much lower 2017-18, indicating greater central the system.
compared to the developed countries, government support to the state Further, it is also important
like the United States and the United 19, the funds seem to be inadequate leaving very small amounts for higher education institutions, one of for the education institutions to
Kingdom, which have the world’s top with regard to the growth projections state universities and their affiliated the issues which needs to be dealt appropriately chart their projected
ranked higher education institutes. for the higher education system in colleges. with is the low percentage of grants expenditure so that the funds 17
The US spends about 1.37 percent of terms of student enrollment, and also According to the 2016 being utilised. As on the September allocated by the government do
its GDP on higher education and the for quality enhancement. Parliamentary Standing Committee 30, 2017, only about 24.7 percent of not remain underutilised. While,
UK 1.34 per cent of its GDP. Another issue India’s higher Report on Human Resource the central government funds were increasing the public spending on the
Although increasing the education system faces is the Development, “Issues and Challenges utilised under the RUSA scheme. education is important for achieving
government spending on education persistent gap between the projected before Higher Educational Sector in Looking at the public expenditure the growth projections for student
does not guarantee improved demand for funds and the actual India”, about 65 per cent of the UGCs on education incurred by the states, enrollment and quality improvement,
performance of the education allocations made. budget is utilised by the central there has been an increase in the it is also crucial to make optimal
institutes, which depends upon a In the budget estimates for 2018- universities and their colleges, while overall development expenditure, usage of these funds so that efficiency
multitude of other factors, it is a 19, only about 55 per ccent of the state universities and their affiliated with higher allocations been made for of public investment increases.
necessary factor in stimulating their funds demanded were allocated for colleges receive only the remaining Education, Sports, Art and Culture in As for the state universities, which
development and making them higher education, making it difficult 35 per cent. the budget estimates made for 2018- comprise the majority share in the
globally competitive.  to achieve the desired excellence in The All India Survey on Higher 19 vis-à-vis 2017-18.  university and college enrollments,
While, the central government’s the sector.  Education, 2017-18, shows that However, the state government given the funding constraints
expenditure on higher education Further, institution-wise allocation state universities and their affiliated expenditure on education as on the state budgets, the RUSA
increased from Rs 15, 472 crore of funds suggests, that about half colleges together account for the a proportion of the aggregate scheme looks promising as long as
in 2010-11 to Rs 34, 862 crore in are given to central universities majority share in the total university expenditure has been declining the central government’s share is
2017-18, followed by a 0.4 per cent (as grants), Indian Institutes of and college enrollment yet lack the from 16.5 per cent in 2013-14 to released completely and also utilised
increase in the allocation for 2018- Technology (IITs), and regulatory required central government funding 15.3 per cent in 2015-16, followed appropriately by the state-level
authorities (UGC and AICTE), for their development. by an estimated decline of 14.8 per institutions.

As solar industry booms, time to start thinking about recycling

VISHU MISHRA & DR Waste Electrical and Electronic
ABHIJIT BANERJEE Equipment (WEEE) directives

ne of the few encouraging impose recycling requirements
trends in the global efforts on solar panel manufacturers and
on mitigating climate mandate the fabrication of new
change is the rapid adoption of panels using recycled components.
solar energy across the world. This However, the Indian E-Waste
change is driven by a combination Rules of 2016 do not include
of government policies and declining solar PV panels, which means
costs. that retired panels are dealt with
The International Energy Agency by the unorganised sector with
(IEA) reported that the global solar poor recovery rates and associated
photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity pollution.
is expected to increase beyond 1,600 To establish a formal recycling
Gigawatts (GW) by 2030. India has ecosystem, a producer-financed
set an ambitious target of 100 GW of compliance fee or consumer-
solar capacity by 2022, with one-fifth financed end-of-life fee can be used
of that already installed. to create a viable financial model.
However, it is important to This model will impose Extended
be foresighted about potential Producer Responsibility (EPR)
future problems. PV panels, the on manufacturers, similar to the
recycling systems take a long time in both India and the world, as aluminium, silicon, copper, polymers
most commonly deployed solar approach being followed for e-waste.
to evolve, India must start planning calculated by IRENA are: and other minor metals. Recycling
application, will inevitably pile up as In addition to creating employment,
now to avoid a similar situation with • For India: Under regular loss not only prevents wastage of
waste at the end of their useful lives the silicon extracted from retired
solar PV. scenario, 0.05 and 0.325 million resources and leaching of pollutants
and create challenges in the absence panels could provide high-quality
Although the theoretical lifespan tonnes by 2030 and 2050. Under from waste, but is also a significant
of an effective plan to deal with them. raw material to strengthen the
of PV panels is 25-30 years, the the early loss scenario, the figures economic opportunity.
Why should we worry now when domestic solar PV manufacturing
International Renewable Energy climb to 4.4 and 7.5 million IRENA estimates that PV
the potential problems are decades chain, which is currently weak.
Agency (IRENA) points out that tonnes by 2030 and 2050. recycling will become a $15
away? Consider the case of electronic Engagement of all stakeholders is
multiple factors frequently contribute • For the World, the figures are billion industry globally by 2050;
waste (e-waste). essential to develop the appropriate
to the early retirement of panels. 1.7-60 million tonnes and 8 and the potential for secondary raw
With the explosive growth in the policy and business framework for a
These include improper installation, 78 million tonnes under the two material recovery equates to about
adoption of computers and consumer circular economy approach to solar
minor manufacturing defects, scenarious. 60 million new panels (18 GW of
electronics over the last two decades, PV.
poor maintenance and soiling, and State-of-the-art recycling equivalent installed capacity) by
India is one of the worst affected
unfavourable climatic conditions. processes can recover up to 90 per 2030 and 2 billion new panels (630 (Vishu Mishra is a Research
countries by e-waste, according to
Many of us have come across defunct cent of the clean glass and 95 per GW of equivalent installed capacity) Engineer and Dr Abhijit Banerjee
the United Nations Environment a Senior Research Scientist at
solar street lights which demonstrate cent of the semiconductor materials by 2050.
(UNEP). Bengaluru's Center for Study
this unfortunate reality. from a retired module. India can learn from global best of Science, Technology & Policy
Only recently has the Indian
Generation of waste panels under The major components recoverable practices in solar PV recycling. For [CSTEP], a research-policy think
government started to address the
regular and early loss scenarios from PV waste include glass, example, the European Union's tank. The views expressed are
crisis. Since waste management and those of CSTEP.)
18 INDIA Friday, December 07, 2018 The Indian Weekender

COP24: Will achieve all NEWS in BRIEF

our climate targets ahead of PM Modi to inaugurate India’s longest bridge Bogibeel
on Dec 25
deadlines, India tells environment meet

T he construction of the bridge will be a major boost in improving logistical

support to the armed forces along the border in Arunachal Pradesh as
India shares a nearly 4,000 km border with China.
Bogibeel, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge connecting Dibrugarh
in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, will be inaugurated by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, ANI reported on Wednesday. The
bridge, which has been constructed by the railways, is 4.94 km long and
32 metres above the water level of the Brahmaputra. It will be the second
largest bridge in Asia with three-lane roads on top and a double-line railway
track below.
World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, the President of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Prime The foundation stone of the bridge was laid in 1997 by then Prime Minister
Minister of Fiji and COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama, Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, Michal Kurtyka, President of the
COP24, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, from left, gather for the opening of the Climate Change Conference COP24
H D Deve Gowda but the work started only in 2002. The project, which has
in Katowice, Poland, Monday missed several deadlines, was supposed to be completed in June 2017 but got
India had, in 2015, as part of the international requirement ahead of the finalisation of the delayed.
Paris Agreement, listed a series of specific actions it would take to fight climate change Modi retains India’s top newsmaker tag on Yahoo 2018

n the first working day of the change. ‘Year in Review’
year-ending climate change Among the important ones, it had
conference, India told the
world that it was well on course to
said it would reduce its emissions
intensity (or emissions per unit of R ahul Gandhi secured the second spot while Former Chief Justice of
India Dipak Misra wrote his way into the list with third position after
landmark verdicts on triple talaq and Article 377, among others, Yahoo said.
achieving all its climate targets much GDP) by 33 to 35 per cent by the year
ahead of the deadlines it had set for 2030 compared to the 2005 baseline. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was once again the top newsmaker in India
itself. It then asked the developed It had also promised to ensure that at in the year 2018, according to the Yahoo Year in Review list.
countries to fulfil their obligations least 40 per cent of its total electricity Modi has featured at the top of the list for at least a couple of years now and
as well, including those relating to in the year 2030 would be generated is followed this year by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
providing financial and technological through renewable sources of energy Former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra wrote his way into the list with
help to the developing countries so and that it would create between 2.5 third position after landmark verdicts on triple talaq and Article 377, among
that India could do much more than to three billion tonnes of additional others, Yahoo said.
it was doing right now. carbon sinks through extensive
“We will achieve all our targets afforestation. India, China review progress in bilateral ties

ahead of our schedule. There is no Environment Secretary C K ndia and China
question about that. Mishra said the current progress on reviewed the progress
We are doing much more than the third target of carbon sink would India’s statement came on a day made in bilateral
we were expected to do. We are suggest that India was lagging behind when a new analysis, by the Institute relations since the informal
monitoring the progress on these at a bit. “But several new initiatives on for Energy Economic and Financial summit between Prime
the highest level… For us (India), the afforestation sector are currently Analysis (IEEFA), a US-based Minister Narendra Modi
climate action is not just a matter of being unveiled. So that the pace of organisation that conducts research and Chinese President Xi
technicalities. For us, it is a moral progress would almost be doubled in and analysis on financial and Jinping in Wuhan, China
issue as well,” Environment Minister the next few years. On our other two economic issues related to energy and
earlier this year, during
Harsh Vardhan said here. targets, we will obviously reach there environment, showed that India was
consultations between Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Vice Foreign
India had, in 2015, as part of the quite soon,” he said. likely to attain the goal of having 40
Minister of China Kong Xuanyou.
international requirement ahead “We are quite conscious of our per cent of its electricity generation
"The two sides reviewed the progress made in India-China bilateral
of the finalisation of the Paris targets. We are doubly conscious that coming from renewable sources by
Agreement, listed a series of specific we are in a position to over-achieve the year 2020 itself instead of the relations since the informal summit between Prime Minister and President Xi
actions it would take to fight climate them,” he said. original target of 2030. Jinping in April 2018 and discussed the agenda for bilateral engagement in
the coming months," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

India clears extension of business visa to 15yrs "The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues

of common interest," it stated.
N A move towards a friendly After being made President for life, Xi hosted Modi for the informal
visa regime, the government has
summit in Wuhan to reset the bilateral ties.
allowed extension of business
The militaries of India and China were involved in a 73-day stand-off last
visa from the existing five years to 15
year at Doklam on the India-Bhutan-China international trijunction.
years, relaxation in grant of internship
In Wuhan, Modi and Xi shared the view that peaceful, stable and balanced
visa, conversion of visa into medical
category in an emergency, and also relations between India and China will be a positive factor for stability amidst
expanded the scope of ‘X-Misc’ visa current global uncertainties. They also agreed that proper management of the
category for foreign nationals living bilateral relationship will be conducive for the development and prosperity of
in India for at least 15 years. permission to attend conferences. nationals; and Iranian citizens living the region, and will create conditions for the Asian century.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv The Centre has asked the states to in India for a long time, subject to the
Kovind, Naidu, Modi pay tributes to Ambedkar

Gauba highlighted the policy screen first-time visitors and focus usual checks. “We have strengthened
initiatives taken to liberalise the on those who violate visa conditions the ‘X-Misc’ visa which can now be resident Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and
visa regime at a conference on rather than create hurdles for used by foreign nationals staying for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tributes to Dalit icon
“Streamlining of India’s visa regime”, foreigners who visit frequently. 15 years and above,” said a senior Babasaheb Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar on his death anniversary.
which was attended by state According to MHA officials, MHA official. Kovind, Naidu, Modi also paid floral tributes to Ambedkar at a function
"We in Parliament House Lawns here. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and
representatives, officials four new categories have “If such a foreigner has to go
from Foreigners been included in the out the country, he/ she may, if several other MPs also paid tributes to the architect of the Indian Constitution.
strengthened the
Regional Registration ‘X-Misc’ visa category to required, obtain a return visa for the "The nation is ever grateful to the architect of the Constitution. His wisdom
‘X-Misc’ visa which
Office, tourism, civil cover foreign nationals appropriate period from the FRRO will continue to guide us at all times," Naidu tweeted.
can now be used by
aviation, health and living in India for at concerned,” says the visa manual "He championed the cause of marginalised and strove for creating a
foreign nationals
higher education least 15 years who are amended last month. casteless society. We will be paying a real tribute to Baba Sahebji by
staying for 15 years
ministries. working in NGOs or The internship visa rules have establishing a truly egalitarian society and by upholding values and ethics in
and above"
He said a friendly doing voluntary work in been relaxed to include students public life," Naidu said.
visa regime is also a part of religious institutions; staying who are still pursuing a course in "India bows to Babasaheb Ambedkar on Mahaparinirvan Diwas (death
‘Ease of doing business’. Besides in ashrams/ gurukuls/ religious the country without remuneration. anniversary)," Modi tweeted.
allowing extension of business visa institutions, leading a spiritual life Earlier, only a graduate who was
He also shared a link of the audio highlighting the works and contribution
for up to 15 years, those who have or practicing yoga, vedic culture etc; drawing remuneration could obtain
of Ambedkar, who died on December 6, 1956 in Delhi.
long-duration visas can also seek stateless people married to Indian internship visa.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 07, 2018 INDIA 19

Kovind to visit

resident Ram Nath Kovind
will pay a five-day visit to
Myanmar from December
10 where he will interact with his
Myanmar counterpart U Win Myint
and State Counsellor Aung San Suu
Kyi, it was announced on Tuesday.


"Through this visit, the President
will reaffirm India's commitment to
developing its important partnership

'The Big Bird', launched successfully

with Myanmar," the External Affairs
Ministry said in a statement.
"This is a country where India's

ndia’s heaviest and next of the entire team,” Sivan added. Act East and Neighbourhood First
generation communication According to ISRO, GSAT-11 policies intersect; it is also the only
satellite with high throughput will play a vital role in providing Asean (Association of Southeast
GSAT-11 was put into orbit by broadband services across the Asian Nations) member state that is
Ariane-5 rocket of Arianespace from country. It will also provide a both a land and maritime neighbour
French Guiana on Wednesday, the platform to demonstrate new of India," it stated.
Indian space agency and Arianespace generation applications. India has been increasing its
said. The satellite with a mission life engagements with Southeast Asia
Weighing about 5,854 kg, GSAT- of 15 years will have 32 user beams
under New Delhi's Act East Policy.
11 is the heaviest satellite built (Ku band) and eight hub beams (Ka
India is also a key development aid
by ISRO. GSAT-11 is the fore- band) and the throughput data rate of
partner of Myanmar and is working
runner in the series of advanced 16 Gbps. The Indian space agency
on some major infrastructure
communication satellites with said the GSAT-11 will be used to
multi-spot beam antenna coverage meet the increased data demands projects in that country, including the
over Indian mainland and Islands, with high data rates over regions Aerospace Research Institute,” said launcher family to orbit the CSO- India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral
Indian Space Research Organisation using spot beams. Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel 1 spacecraft for France’s DGA highway and the Kaladan multimodal
(ISRO) said. The satellite will support VSAT in post-launch comments from the (Direction generale de l’armement) transport project connecting Sittwe
“GSAT-11 will boost the terminals and for enterprise Kourou Spaceport. defence procurement agency and port with Mizoram.
broadband connectivity to rural and network and consumer broadband Israel noted that GSAT-11 was the French CNES space agency, the "In the past three years, political,
inaccessible Gram Panchayats in the applications. After the GSAT-11 was the 22nd ISRO satellite orbited space agency said. economic and defence ties with
country coming under the Bharat launched into a Geosynchronous by Arianespace and Ariane-series In April, ISRO had recalled GSAT- Myanmar have grown rapidly," the
Net Project, which is part of Digital Transfer Orbit (GTO), ISRO’s launchers, tracing the relationship 11 from Arianespace’s rocket port in Ministry statement said.
India Programme,” ISRO Chairman Master Control Facility at Hassan back to India’s APPLE small French Guiana for further tests, to be It stated that Kovind's visit was
K. Sivan was quoted as saying in a took over the satellite’s control experimental communications on the safe side. expected to maintain the momentum
statement issued on Wednesday. to raise the orbit to a circular spacecraft, which had a liftoff mass “We are bringing back the GSAT- generated by Prime Minister
The Bharat Net Project aims Geostationary Orbit, ISRO said. of 670-kg. and was lofted in 1981 by 11 satellite to carry out some tests to Narendra Modi's visit to Myanmar in
to enhance the public welfare It was a dual launch for an Ariane 1 version. be doubly sure of its performance September 2017 and the visit of Suu
schemes like e-banking, e-health, Arianespace as its heavy lift Ariane During its 33 minutes mission, the orbiting in the space. There is Kyi to New Delhi in January 2018
e-governance among others. 5 rocket also put into orbit Korea’s Ariane 5 rocket deployed first the nothing more to it,” K. Sivan, for the India-Asean Commemorative
He said GSAT-11 will act as GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite. GSAT-11. For Arianespace this was Chairman ISRO had told IANS then. Summit.
a forerunner to all future high “I want to express my deepest its 10th mission in 2018. The GSAT-11 was planned to be
A joint statement will be issued
throughput communication gratitude to two very special partners Arianespace has one more mission launched mid May. The satellite had
during the visit and several
satellites. “Today’s successful since the beginning of their space scheduled before year-end, using the reached Arianespace’s rocket port in
agreements will be signed.
mission has boosted the confidence ambitions: ISRO and KARI (Korea Soyuz medium-lift member of its March.

Doctor claims world's first in-human telerobotic coronary

surgery in Ahmedabad
r Tejas Patel, an terminology, the operation was the down. This is first of the coming
internationally renowned one which is popularly known as transformations of utilizing mobile
cardiologist, performed the stent placing in the arteries. technology in modern surgery, "
world's first cardiovascular stent The difference between added Patel.
surgery in a female patient, operating conventional stent placing and the "Our patented technology can
from a remote area, claiming to make latest method was that the cardiologist even be adopted in the existing
history in cardiovascular surgery in performed the surgery while sitting in conventional operation theaters,
the world. the auspicious place of Akshardham second (100 Mbps) internet network, clogged. This history making feat with some modifications. Due to
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay temple in Gandhinagar, while the this landmark achievement was is my small tribute to the Pramukh limited access to specialized and
Rupani, present at the Akshardham female patient being operated upon fulfilled. The first-of-its-kind surgery Swami Maharaj," said Dr. Tejas Patel timely medical care, only a few
temple to watch te surgery take was lying admitted in a hospital in happened 32 years after the world's after the operation. patients worldwide receive life-
place, said: "Gujarat government Ahmedabad, 32km from the surgeon. first stent surgery was carried out in The patient need not be near the saving treatment. We hope that
will be thinking on how to utilize this World's first such surgery was 1986. A female patient volunteering expert. our technology will revolutionize
technology to save precious lives. operated upon through a revolutionary for such operation is a woman from "Right now, as the technology is cardiovascular disease treatment by
With experts like Tejas Patel, we will and patented technology, Corpath, Kalol. "The woman had a heart attack in a nascent stage, it is somewhat providing such treatment to anyone,
move ahead." developed by an American corporate, recently and one artery was already costlier by around Rs 45-50 thousand anywhere," said Mark Toland, the
Known as in-human telerobotic Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. operated upon. Today we placed a than conventional surgery, but with president and Chief Executive
coronary intervention in the medical Using a hundred Megabytes per stent in the second artery that was increase in its usage, it will come Officer, Corindus.
20 INDIA ABROAD Friday, December 07, 2018 The Indian Weekender

First Indian-American senator Kamala Harris Saudis keen to invest in

Indian food sector: Envoy
‘to decide on 2020 US presidential race’
audi Arabia was keen to invest

in the Indian food sector as
f Kamala Harris decides to run, Representatives from Hawaii, did
India was one of the largest
she will notch up a pair of firsts: not figure in that early poll. But she is
exporters of grains and vegetables to
the first Indian-American woman said to be considering a run as well,
the desert kingdom, its ambassador
and the first African-American according to some Indian Americans
to India Saud bin Mohammed Al-
woman to mount a bid for the White sounded out by her.
Sati said.
House. Her mother is from India and If she decides to, she will be the
"We are looking to invest in the
father from Jamaica. first Hindu to run for the country’s
Indian food sector, particularly
Kamala Harris, the first Indian- elective top office.
in packaging, storage and
American US senator, will decide Bobby Jindal, the first Indian
transportation, as India is one of the
whether she will run for the White American to get into the race, in
largest exporters of food grains and
House in 2020 “over the holiday”. 2016, is Christian.
vegetables to our kingdom," Sati told
“It will ultimately be a family Democrats are rushing to the
an interactive session with India Inc.
decision,” she said at an event in San starting line more and more as
In view of the 30 per cent wastage
Francisco on Saturday. “And over President Trump has appeared
in the Indian farm sector due to
the holiday, I will make that decision vulnerable, besieged by an unending
bottlenecks in storage, packaging
with my family.” litany of scandals and probes. The
and transportation, the envoy said
If Harris decides to run, as has 2018 midterm elections last month
investment by Saudi Arabia would
been speculated from the time she did not help him much.
benefit both the countries.
was elected to the Senate in 2016, Though he sought to portray it as
Projecting a 10 per cent increase
she will notch up a pair of firsts: the a victory as Republicans improved
in bilateral trade between the two
first Indian American woman and their tally in the Senate,
the countries this fiscal (2018-19) from
the first African-American woman the party lost
first Indian $27.5 billion last fiscal (2017-18),
to mount a bid for the White House. the House of
American woman Sati said there was immense scope
Her mother is from India and father Representatives
and the first African- to boost it further by investing in
from Jamaica. by a wide
American woman to mount margin. agriculture, chemicals, fertilizers and
The California senator has been Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American US senator, will decide whether
a bid for the White House. tourism.
frequently mentioned along with a she will run for the White House in 2020 “over the holiday” There is talk
"There is a great potential for
growing list of Democrats said to Harris is among the favourites, She narrowly edged out Her mother is from India of Republicans
and father from tourism as we are reducing our
be planning a run for the Democrat coming in at Number 3 in a poll by Senator Elizabeth Warren, planning to
Jamaica dependency on petroleum oil. We
party nomination to go up against the media in October, behind former the firebrand lawmaker who “primary” him as
are expecting about 8 lakh Indians to
Republican Donald Trump in 2020, vice president Joe Biden and Senator has clashed with Trump. well, run against him
visit our country this year as against 5
and deny him a second term. Bernie Sanders, in the first and Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic in the primaries, which is
lakh last year," said the ambassador.
It’s a packed field at present. But second positions respectively. member of the House of rare for a sitting president.

Pramila Jayapal recruits former Indian-American Obama aide

New Australia bill gives
police power to spy on

former Indian American Monday, the US media reported. known her practically my whole life, WhatsApp messages

White House official A first-generation immigrant, being from Seattle, Washington," ustralia is mulling a strict
has been recruited by Raghavan was born in India, raised Raghavan told News India Times, a law that gives enforcement
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal as in Seattle area and graduated from community newspaper. agencies power to track
her Chief of Staff. Stanford University. "I have watched her establish messages on platforms like
Gautam Raghavan used to be the Under Obama, Raghavan also herself as a bold, national presence, WhatsApp and Telegram that offer
White House liaison to the LGBTQ managed White House and inter- right from 9/11. She is certainly a end-to-end encryption and also to
force users to open their smartphones
community as well as the Asian agency policy working groups and very visible presence. She is not
when demanded, a media report said.
American and Pacific Islander directed the administration's roll out afraid to speak up," Raghavan said.
The controversial encryption
(AAPI) community during former and implementation of landmark Jayapal is the first Indian-
bill comes amid allegations of
President Barack Obama's time. accomplishments including the American woman in the US House
encrypted platforms facilitating
He has also been the founding executive order prohibiting LGBTQ of Representatives. spread of rumours, hate speech and
Executive Director of Indian discrimination in federal contracting She has been a longtime even criminal activities like child
American Impact Project and Fund and marriage equality among other immigrationrights leader and trafficking and drugs businesses.
that supports Indian Americans things. founded Hate Free Zone -- later In countries like India, messages
in politics. "It's a whole new part renamed OneAmerica -- dedicated to circulated in WhatsApp have been
He has also served as the White of government, and I'm advocacy work including registering linked to several lynching cases,
House Liaison and Deputy White of Defence. obviously excited to work with new immigrants to vote and lobbying forcing the government to ask
House Liaison in the Department The move was announced on Congresswoman Jayapal. I've for immigration reform. platform to take suitable preventive
action. But the new Australia bill also

Kavita Krishnamurthy, L. Subramaniam raises privacy concerns as under the

proposed legislation, the Australian

celebrate Indian classical music in New York

government agencies could compel
companies to build spyware.
The proposed laws could force

here was a little bit of emotion, forward a world of fusion in music companies to remove electronic
chemistry and lots of music with his notes and rhythm. protections, assist government
when globally renowned He set a sombre mood with his agencies in accessing material from
violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and music. The thing that stood out was a suspect's device, and in getting
popular vocalist and his wife Kavita his jugalbandi with his wife and technical information such as
Krishnamurthy got onto the stage team. It was not only mesmerising design specifications to help in an
to celebrate the power of classical but captivating as well. investigation, reported.
music at the Carnegie Hall. He ended the night with "Ganga". Critics have slammed the bill for
As part of HCL concerts – an Talking about taking the concerts being broad in scope, vague and
initiative to preserve and promote out of India, Arthur Filip, Chief potentially damaging to the security
of the global digital economy,
India's art and cultural heritage Managing Officer said: "Every venue
the report said, adding that a
– Subramaniam and Kavita got is like an ultimate hack for us. Try
Parliamentary Joint Committee on
together to put a musical evening. and test.
Intelligence and Security has been
This is the first time HCL has taken "There are couple of things we are
scrutinizing the bill.
the concert to foreign shores. thinking about like putting a price on The laws will help security agencies
Kavita, who has rendered hits like sari in the chilly winter of New shouldn't make any sense. It should the ticket so that people appreciate nab terrorists, child sex offenders and
Hawa hawai, Dil diya hai jaan bhi York, Kavita turned back the clock be gibberish." the art. We are going to take small other serious criminals, Australia's
denge, Tu hee re, Albla sajan and and returned to her hits like Pyar She then sang an A.R. Rahman ticket price and find charities which Attorney-General Christian Porter
Maar daala, started the evening hua chupke se from 1942: A Love work titled Dheeme dheeme. are very meaningful in the local was quoted as saying.
on a spiritual note with Om Namah Story and Hawa hawai picturised on The evening promised to celebrate country or city that we are hosting About 95 per cent of people
Shivaya, before adding a Bollywood late Sridevi. classical music, and it became a the event. We will most likely do currently being surveilled by
touch to the evening. Sharing an anecdote, she said: reality when Subramaniam got on to something in education, children, security agencies are using encrypted
Looking elegant in an off-white "Javed Akhtar told that song the stage with his violin. He brought wellness and art." messages, he added.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 07, 2018 WORLD 21

George HW Bush
1924 – 2018
Condolences to the Bush

family and the people of
USA on the passing away
of former President George
H .W. Bush. He was a leading
statesman at a critical period of world

– PM Narendra Modi
America has lost a patriot
and humble servant in

George Herbert Walker
Bush. While our hearts
are heavy today, they are
also filled with gratitude. Our
thoughts are with the entire Bush family
tonight – and all who were inspired by
George and Barbara’s example.
Former US President George H W Bush, died on Friday at the age of
94. Bush, who was the 41st president of the United States, served as
– Barack Obama the president between 1989 to 1993.
President George H.W. Bush
led a long, successful and
beautiful life. Whenever
I was with him I saw
The leadership of George H W Bush
his absolute joy for life It is difficult not to take note of the profound differences between George HW
and true pride in his family. Bush and Donald Trump: one gracious and modest, the other rude and vain.

His accomplishments were great istorians will measure the presidency him five years later. Even after four years as
from beginning to end. He was a truly of George H.W. Bush in familiar president and a quarter-century in public life,
wonderful man and will be missed by all. ways — by how well or poorly he Bush seemed to many Americans a distant
– President Donald Trump managed the major domestic and international and diffident figure, a caretaker without strong
challenges of his time, his leadership qualities, purpose or compelling strategy.
Sorry to hear of the passing
the moral and social legacies he left for future A Times editorial after his defeat called Bush
of President George HW generations. “an incomplete president” — good at some
Bush. He was a warm, Yet, at the moment of his passing, it is things but clumsy at others. Fate had dealt him
unassuming & friendly difficult not to take note of the profound one of the strongest hands in foreign affairs ever
person who nonetheless differences between the 41st president of the awarded a new president, and for the most part
suffered the image of an out- United States and the current occupant of the he played that hand cleverly and energetically.
of-touch patrician & lost his bid for White House, Donald Trump. Beyond a desire But when it came time to rescue a depressed
re-election in 1992. I had the greatest to be president — Bush was more competitive nation, he had little to offer, either spiritually or Republican presidential candidate George W.
respect for his internationalist instincts. and ambitious than his self-effacing personality in terms of coherent policy. With the economy Bush (L) is hugged and given a handshake by his
May he RIP. sometimes suggested — there is almost nothing in decline in the winter of 1992, he told a New father, former president George H.W. Bush, during
– Shashi Tharoor in common: the one gracious and modest, the Hampshire audience, as if reading from a cue a concert by the Bellamy Brothers in Milford,
Connecticut January 29, 2000.
other rude and vain; the one prudent, the other card, “Message: I care.” That very formulation,
Hillary and I mourn the brash; the one steady, the other unmoored. a bit precious and patronizing under the his indifferent predecessor — the upgrade
passing of President Bush’s death Friday is also a moment to circumstances, fell well short of the kind of of the nation’s clean air laws was a major
George H. W. Bush, and recall a less quarrelsome political order, when the emotional jolt the moment called for. His achievement — faced up to the savings and
give thanks for his great relations with traditional allies were more opponent, Clinton, found a much more resonant loan scandal and offered creative approaches
long life of service, love and cordial than combative, when government message: “I feel your pain.” to the debt of developing nations, especially in
friendship. I am grateful for attracted people of talent and integrity for Bush’s political persona was no less baffling. Latin America.
every minute I spent with him and will whom public service offered a purpose higher He could be charming on the campaign trail, Foreign policy was Bush’s great strength, and
always hold our friendship as one of my than self-enrichment, when the Republican sometimes in an endearingly goofy way. On of his diplomatic contributions, two stand out.
life’s greatest gifts. Party, though slowly slipping into the tentacles that same foray into New Hampshire he got One was to keep America and the Soviet Union
– Bill Clinton of zealots like Newt Gingrich, still offered so wound up trying to show his down-home moving forward along a path to peace charted
room for people with pragmatic policies and persona by quoting a song from the Nitty Gritty by  Ronald Reagan  and Mikhail Gorbachev,
sensible dispositions. Dirt Band that he called the band “the Nitty a path that in time led to the reunification of
Bush’s tenure was shorter than he had Ditty Nitty Gritty Great Bird.” On another Germany, the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction
hoped, and ended ingloriously in a lopsided occasion, he referred to the endangered spotted Treaty, the dissolution of the Soviet Union and,
defeat at the hands of an upstart governor from owl, a source of contention among loggers in more broadly, the end of nearly a half-century
Arkansas,  Bill Clinton, presaged by a huge the Pacific Northwest, as “that little furry- of Cold War. These transforming events may
drop in Bush’s approval rating from nearly 90 feathery guy.” well have occurred no matter who occupied
percent at the time of the 1991 Gulf War to the Yet, often in the heat of combat, Bush’s good the White House, but the fact is they happened
mid-30s in the summer before the election. manners and amiable disposition gave way to under Mr. Bush, who managed these changes
Fingers pointed in every direction after his bombast and shrill exploitation of fears of race with skill and saw them through to a successful
defeat — a deteriorating economy, a divisive and crime. His 1988 campaign infamously conclusion. As he put it in his acceptance
convention in Houston, a disjointed campaign. strove to tie his opponent, Michael Dukakis, speech at the 1992 convention, “I saw a chance
But one big reason for Bush’s precipitous to an African-American named Willie Horton to help and I did.”
fall was Bush himself, chiefly his inability to who committed rape after being released on
US President George W Bush sits at his desk in the convince Americans that he understood the a weekend furlough program — an effort for
Oval Office for the first time on Inauguration Day as
his father, former President George H.W. Bush, looks
depth of their fears or could summon up a which Bush’s attack-dog campaign manager,
on January 20, 2001 coherent plan for addressing them. Lee Atwater, later apologized.
What Bush had impatiently dismissed as “the So hapless was Bush’s last year in office that
vision thing” — in an interview with a Time it was easy to overlook his early successes.
magazine writer in 1987 who had pressed him He began smartly, moving quickly to end
for his governing philosophy — turned out to the ideological combat of the Reagan years,
be precisely what the voters found missing in broke cleanly on environmental issues with

Then US President George H W Bush addresses

Father and son, both former US Presidents, U.S. military personnel from different branches of
US President Barack Obama awards the Medal of
George HW Bush (L) and George Bush, shake the U.S. Armed Forces after arriving to celebrate
Freedom to former U.S. President George H.W. Bush
hands at the dedication for the George W Bush the Thanksgiving Day holiday, at an air base in the
during a ceremony at the White House in Washington
Presidential Center on the campus of Southern eastern Saudi Arabian city of Dhahran November
February 15, 2011
Methodist University in Dallas, Texas April 25, 2013 22, 1990
22 SPORTS Friday, December 07, 2018 The Indian Weekender

India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma’s

Nathan Lyon jinx continues at Adelaide
ohit Sharma made a comeback to He targetted Pat Cummins and hit the
the Test arena for the first time since paceman for two flat maximums and also got
January 2018, when he was named a lucky one off the bowling of his nemesis
in India’s playing XI for the first Test against Nathan Lyon.
Australia in Adelaide. Lyon had troubled Rohit during India’s last
With Virat Kohli deciding to bat first on a tour down under and the off spinner knew he
relatively easy surface, Rohit must not have had a chance against the Mumbai batsman, who
expected to come out to bat in the first session. likes to face pace bowlers more than spin.
But with India losing its first four wickets It was Lyon who had the last laugh, as Rohit,
with just 41 runs on the board, Rohit had to in his attempt to unsettle the bowler, went for
come out and face the music. But the ‘Hitman’ another big shot just after hitting a six.
was ready to fight fire with fire and he got going This time though he got a top edge and was
with a lovely cover drive. caught in the deep by debutant Marcus Harris.
Rohit knew the Australian bowling attack This was the fourth time that Lyon had
had the firepower to keep bothering the Indian dismissed Rohit, the most that the Indian has
batsmen and that is why he decided to take the got out against any bowler in Test cricket.
attack back to them. Interestingly, this was also the third consecutive
He hit two boundaries and three massive time that the offie had got the better of Rohit Most importantly this was the fifth straight Rohit was brought into the side based on his
sixes to somewhat bring the Indian innings at Adelaide Oval, someone heard the word jinx innings when Rohit Sharma had failed to score current limited overs cricket form and he
back on track. before? half-century or more in the longest format. disappointed again.

New Zealand face uphill battle after Azhar, Shafiq hit hundreds
zhar Ali and Asad Shafiq hit centuries Afridi trapped Jeet Raval for nought while leg- New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (R) plays
to leave Pakistan in command of spinner Yasir Shah had Tom Latham caught for a shot as Pakistani wicketkeeper captain Sarfraz
Ahmed looks on
the third and final Test against New ten, his 199th wicket in Tests.
Zealand in Abu Dhabi despite a batting Yasir needs just one more wicket to become
collapse that curtailed their first innings lead. the fastest to 200 wickets, in his 33rd Test, a
Azhar hit an attractive 134 for his 15th Test record currently held by Australian leg-spinner
hundred while Shafiq scored 104, but debutant Clarrie Grimmett who reached the milestone
New Zealand off-spinner Will Somerville took in 36 Tests, 82 years ago.
four wickets to restrict Pakistan to 348 all out. Azhar and Shafiq put on 201 for the fourth
Pakistan appeared set to build a huge lead wicket, but once they were dismissed only
before collapsing from 286-3 to lose their final Sarfraz Ahmed (25) and Babar Azam (14)
seven wickets for the addition of just 62 runs. offered some resistance.
The 34-year-old Somerville finished with Azhar edged medium pacer Colin de
4-75 while left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel took Grandhomme through the slips to complete
2-100 and pace spearhead Trent Boult chipped his first century since May 2017 against the
in with 2-66. That gave Pakistan a 74-run lead West Indies in Dominica - and his first hundred
- the same they got in the first Test at the same against New Zealand. He took 210 balls to
venue before losing by four runs. reach the three-figure mark, before being (nought) bowled and wrapped up the innings second new ball in the 81st over with Pakistan
New Zealand were then reduced to 26-2 caught sweeping off Somerville, just before by getting Sarfraz caught at mid-wicket. comfortably placed at 213-3, but the bowlers
at stumps with Kane Williamson unbeaten tea. Shafiq brought up his 12th Test ton with a Earlier, Azhar and Shafiq frustrated New struggled to extract much life from a flat pitch
on 14 and nightwatchman Somerville on one sharp single off Somerville before falling leg- Zealand’s search for early wickets as they took at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
not out to leave them trailing by 48 runs with before to Patel to a straight delivery. Pakistan to 224-3 at lunch. Pakistan levelled the series with an innings
eight wickets intact. Paceman Shaheen Shah Somerville then had Azam and Hasan Ali New Zealand skipper Williamson took the and 16-run win in the second Test in Dubai.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 07, 2018 FEATURES 23

Travel Special Feature

Nisargopachar Ashram: Wellness and
health through naturopathy treatment

n June 2018, on the occasion of International
Day of Yoga, Indian Tourism and Ministry of
Ayush invited delegates from across the globe
to experience and explore India – participate in the
IDY held in New Delhi and explore selected parts of
the country that promotes yoga – the ancient form of
mental, physical and spiritual exercise for wellbeing.
A troupe of 32 delegates from 12 different
countries that included trained yoga instructors
(yogis), journalists, media and travel promoters
explored three different and special institutions that
practiced and promoted yoga not just as a drill but as
a way of life, and teaching and using yoga and yogi
practices as a treatment to many patients.
The first leg of the tour after IDY New Delhi was
Nisargopachar Ashram, located at Urli Kanchan near
Pune, Maharashtra
This institute is one of its kind learning and
practising Naturopathy, or Cure by Nature. The
institute takes a holistic approach towards curing
certain chronic functional diseases- that is using the
power of nature to cure a patient instead of using
The institute has a rich history of its providing
benefits of Naturopathy to patients suffering from
diseases such as Arthritis, Cardiovascular diseases,
diabetes, bronchitis, skin diseases, Asthma. Digestive
and Gynaecological problems, neuromuscular
disorders, obesity etc. The institute was formed by
Mahatma Gandhi in 1946 when he found about Nature
Cure Centre near Pune and decided to establish an
institution that will develop the rural area and also
provide health benefits to generations to come.
The institution was later managed and expanded
by Dr Manibhai Desai, and the institution has grown
exponentially over the last seven decades.
The 30-acre property has houses built for the
patients to stay during their treatment, a small school,
yoga centre, gardens growing organic fruits and
vegetables to be used, medicinal plants, kitchens,
guest houses etc.
The idea behind establishing this institution was
to promote naturopathy and cure diseases that are
chronic and to avoid the use of chemical-infused
drugs and replace it using the power of nature, and
Naturopathy treatment includes colon irrigation,
mud therapy, hydrotherapy, manipulative and
massage therapy, neuro therapy, acupuncture,
meditation etc.
The institution has guest houses for patients come
to stay for their treatment for at least seven days and
to a maximum of 60 days. Special routines are set for
every patient depending on their case, treatment given
through medicinal plants, exercises, yoga sessions, and
special diets.
The food served to each patient is strictly
vegetarian with organic vegetables grown in-house.
The ashram has an indoor capacity of handling 200
patients a day.
“By following the laws of nature, one feels
relaxed, rejuvenated and revitalised as a result of rest
to various systems of body and detoxification.
In naturopathy, we emphasise on the right
way of living and management of health
problems through simple lifestyle and natural
therapies,” says Dr Abhishek Divekar, Director of
Nisargopachar Ashram.
The institution treats at least 10,000 patients every
year with inbound and outbound patients.
In the last eight years, the institution has trained
over 2000 traditional health practitioners. These
doctors go around to rural villages in different parts
of the country and provide the knowledge, treatment Contact Nisargopachar Ashram: Website:
and benefit of naturopathy and yoga. NISARGOPACHAR GRAMSUDHAR TRUST
Urulikanchan, Pune 412 202, Maharashtra, India Reaching Nisargopchar Ashram:
With its work in Naturopathy, the institution has Uruli Kanchan is a town situated on 25 acres of land with picturesque
received international recognition and patients from Phone : +91 20 2692 6298 | +91 20 2692 surrounding on Pune Solapur highway No. 9 and is 30 km east to the
all over the world, especially Japan, Italy, Brazil and 6230 | +91 20 2692 6250 Pune city.
Fax : +91 20 2692 6225
France, Israel and Middle East countries. From Pune and other big cities, train services stop at Urli Kanchan;
E-Mail : there road access with cars, buses and rickshaws to the ashram.
24 FEATURES Friday, December 07, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Unbelievably easy and healthy

ideas for your office lunch box
n the morning rush, your lunchbox always takes the back seat. It is the
most ignored box of your home which is often stuffed with last night’s
chapati and veggies or a quickly prepared salad. And you have little
motivation to open this box on a hectic weekday in office.

Roasted Broccoli with Peanuts and Chili

W ith the goodness of peanuts and broccoli, this dish is ideal for those
who are trying to lose those extra pounds.
• 250 gm broccoli
• spice black pepper as required
• 2 tablespoon roasted peanuts
• 2 tablespoon refined oil
• 1 clove garlic
• 2 dry red chili

• salt as required
• On a chopping board chop broccoli into
An easy yet satisfying dish of potatoes cooked with onions, tomato and spices small florets followed by ginger and red chili. In a pan heat oil and add

chopped ginger, saute for a while until fragrant.
staple dish in India, cooking and eating Aloo
• Now add on the chopped florets with chopped red chili and season with
(potato) Curry provides instant gratification. 2
salt. Stir fry the mixture until the broccoli is slightly cooked, but not soft.
Often potatoes are an easy way of giving
Keep the flame high or the broccoli will lose its crunch. Stir in the roasted

nourishment and comfort to even the fussiest eaters in
peanuts with black pepper and mix well. Once done remove from heat

the family. No elaborate recipe is required. The simple
and serve!
combination of onion and tomato with potato makes for a
fantastic side-dish to accompany flatbreads. Quinoa Salad
Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 35 min
Q uinoa Salad is an easy-to-make recipe that has very less calories. A
delectable healthy recipe which is ideal to serve as an appetizer as well.
Serves: 4 / Taste: Medium
• 1/2 cup boiled quinoa
INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup chopped red peppers
• 2 large potatoes, washed and cut into cubes • 2 tablespoon finely chopped
• 1 large tomato thyme
• 2-3 green chillies • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
• 2 Tbsp oil, for cooking • 1 pinch black pepper
• 1 medium onion, grated Ruby Dhillon India’s Most Wanted Recipies | 61

• 1/4 cup chopped yellow pepper

• 1 tsp garlic paste • 2 tablespoon finely chopped basil
asafetida and salt (turn down the heat while adding the
• 1 tsp ginger paste • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
powders so that they don’t burn). Mix well and gently
• 1 tsp red chilli powder • 2 pinches salt
cook until oil surfaces, then add tomato and green herbs.
• 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
chilli purée.Sauté gently until oil separates again, then METHOD • Drizzle it with olive oil and
• 1 tsp garam masala powder A pinch of Asafetida
add the cubed potatoes and water, mix well. Cover • For preparing this easy salad lemon juice.
• Salt, to taste
and cook over medium heat for 10–15 minutes until recipe: In a salad bowl, mix all • Season with salt and pepper and
• 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped, to
potatoes are cooked through. the vegetables with quinoa and serve cold.
• Garnish with chopped coriander on top.
• 1 cup water
• Serve hot with Poori Poha Oats Dosa
METHOD ats is one of the healthiest and versatile grain that can be used in a dessert
• Purée tomatoes and green chillies in a blender and Ruby's Tip: Pressure cooking potatoes will reduce or a savoury dish. To make a dish healthy and fibre-rich, you must opt
keep aside. the cooking time; only two whistles are enough to cook for oats. Poha Oats Dosa is a lip-smacking Fusion recipe cooked using oats,
• Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, add grated onion potatoes. To adjust the consistency of the dish, add more hung curd, pressed rice, semolina, and rice flour.
and sauté until light-brown in colour. Add garlic and or less water. To thicken the dish, mash a few potato cubes
ginger pastes, sauté for a few seconds, add red chilli INGREDIENTS
against the side of the pan with the ladle while cooking
powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, • 1 cup oats
and mix.
• 2 pinches salt

Avocado Bruschetta • 2 tablespoon ghee

• 1 cup pressed rice
• 1 green chilli

T here can be no better way of having bread than this! Nutrient rich and tasty, it is one of the best lunch box items.
This Italian twist on the avocado toast is perfect for warm summers and a nice break from the traditional guacamole.
• 1/2 cup water
For The Main Dish
INGREDIENTS • 3/4 cup semolina
• 2 baguette • 1 cup hung curd
• 4 cloves garlic • 1/2 cup rice flour
• 2 diced,peeled avocados way a dosa is prepared.
• 1/2 teaspoon sea salt METHOD Drizzle a little oil around and on
• 2 diced cucumber • Take a jar and add oats, pressed or the top of the dosa, cook the mixture
flattened rice, semolina and grind for 2-3 minutes on medium flame till
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
it into a fine powder. In a mixing it becomes brown and crisp. Flip it
• 1 cup cherry tomatoes
bowl, put grounded flour, rice over and let the dosa cook from the
• 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
flour, hung curd and salt to taste. other side too.
• 1/2 cup basil
Mix it well. Once both the sides get cooked
METHOD • Add water gradually in the oats and dosa becomes brown and crisp,
• Take baguettes, use a sharp knife to cut it into thin and rice flour mixture to make a remove it from the pan and in the
slices. Brush the bread slices with extra virgin olive oil medium-thick smooth batter just same way spread the rest of the
and place them on a cookie sheet. Meanwhile, pre-heat like idli batter. The consistency of batter to make another dosa.
the grill and place the sheet on it. the batter should be pourable. Now, to make a spicy dosa, spread
• Toast the bread slices until they are golden brown in • Mix continuously so that no lumps the batter with a spoon in a circular
colour. are remaining in the batter. Now, motion and sprinkle some finely
• Once bread slices are toasted, slice 2 garlic cloves in put a non-stick pan on medium chopped green chilli on top, slightly
Toss well to mix the ingredients. flame and let it heat. Make sure press it with the spatula.
half and gently rub them over the warm and crisp bread
• Sprinkle balsamic vinegar, sea salt and crushed basil that the pan is not too hot. Once Drizzle little oil around and on
in the bowl. Add diced cucumber and mix the mixture the pan becomes slightly hot, the top of the dosa, cook on medium
• Take a small bowl, add half tablespoon olive oil in it.
well with a spoon. Add crispy toasted bread slices pour 2-3 spoonful batter towards flame till it becomes brown and
Mince remaining garlic cloves, put it in the bowl along
over avocado mixture, keep it in the refrigerator until the centre and spread the batter crisp. Instant poha oats dosa is ready
with cherry tomatoes. in a circular motion, just like the to serve.
• Peel and dice the avocados and add them in the bowl. chilled. Serve chilled.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 07, 2018 TIME OUT 25
1. Which Russian town suffered an
infamous nuclear disaster in 1986?
2. Which planet shares its name with
a dog?
3. In nautical terms, what is the
opposite of windward?
4. What is an irrational fear of trees
called? .
5. Which is the most northerly of the
Channel Isles?
6. Where on the human body is the
zygomatic bone found?
7. Which Welsh poet insisted that we
do not go gently into the night?
8. In women's gymnastics, what is
6ft. 6" long?
9. Which famous novel featured Jo,
Meg, Beth and Amy March?
10. Who wrote the poem Paradise
11. Name the Chinese writer, born in
551 BCE, known for preaching
high moral standards.
12. Name the fictional character whose
household duties did not prevent
her determination to dance.
13. What did A.E. Frick invent in 1887,
SUDOKU NO: 34 which are now worn by thousands
if not millions of people?
14. Which hero of a seasonal song has
a very shiny nose?
15. Usually partnered with milk, but
sometimes also with jam and
custard, name this yellow-gold dry
16. Available in many sizes and styles,
and able to halt at many train-free
stations, what am I?
17. Name this stringless fictional
character created by Carlo Collodi
over one hundred years ago.
18. Which English national park
is associated with poets and an
illustrator of small animals?
19. Which London square is famous–
or infamous–for its pigeon
20. Which frequently-used household
item has a tree but no leaves?
Trafalgar. 20. Mug
Cornflakes 16. A radio. 17. Pinocchio 18. Lake District. 19.
13. Contact lenses. 14. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer 15.
Little Women. 10. John Milton 11. Confucius 12. Cinderella.
5. Alderney 6. Facial cheek 7. Dylan Thomas. 8. Beam 9.
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HITORI NO: 34 See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo.
Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple them in Black.
rules and challenging solutions. Can You are not allowed to have two
you eliminate numbers until there are Black squares touching horizontally
no duplicates in any row or column? or vertically (diagonally is ok).
Objective / Rules Any White square can be reached
Eliminate numbers until there are from any other (i.e. they are
no duplicates in any row or column. connected).
Eliminate numbers by marking
26 FEATURES Friday, December 07, 2018 The Indian Weekender

07 December to 13 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 or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 •
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
Some of you may have to undertake an out of town journey, which will be far
from comfortable. Those awaiting orders may feel a bit frustrated by the tardy
pace. Bouncing back with a vengeance on the professional front is indicated.
Prosperity is assured for those involved in trade and business. Those feeling
down will recover with a medical help. Lucky Number : 1 / Lucky Colour :
Light Browne
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
Your insightful suggestions will give you an edge over others on the professional
front. Be patient in case there are unforeseen delays at workplace. Chance
meetings with your latest crush could make you contemplative about the future.
Family contacts could open up new avenues for business expansion. Don’t
neglect your domestic and social commitments. Lucky Number :5 / Lucky
Colour : All Shades of Green
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
Love life appears to cool down a bit. Try doing something constructive for
the people you love. Unnecessary expenses need to be cut down immediately.
Someone can challenge your authority at work but you should calibrate your
responsibilities accordingly. Don’t let problems on the health front make you
feel lethargic; charge up yourself to face the challenges. Lucky Number :17 /
Lucky Colour : Saffron

CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)

Businesspersons may find this week profitable, as they manage to beat the
competition. There is an outside chance of romance knocking at your door!
Appearance of a close competitor at work can be a bit unsettling, handle
it effectively. Resist the temptation to splurge. Stop considering family
W ell, we believe it has already been established that the wedding season
is in full swing. While many are hit by the marriage wave, the rest of us can
be happy guests and enjoy the entire vibe. Weddings call for a lot of decking
commitments to be burdensome. Lucky Number : 4 Lucky Colour : Light Blue
LEO (Jul 21-Aug 22)
up and making the right statements. However, what is a wedding without Going for soft options on the career front is not advised at this juncture. Your
confidence returns as you receive total support of the one you love. You attain a
jewellery? As Indians, we all just absolutely love decking up and jewellery just
bloom in health on sharing happiness with others. Don’t be too carefree while
adds up to our overall glam. playing the stocks; an expert guidance will always be helpful. Fine tuning with
the colleagues will make your job easy. A romantic relationship grows stronger.
Chandbalis Lucky Number : 9 / Lucky Colour : Coffee colour

T he accessory of the season, hands-down goes to

Chandbalis. This one is a major favourite with
ethnic wear and our Bollywood celebrities, especially
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
Don’t keep double standards as this can affect your reputation adversely. Those
in the media and advertising may find some good opportunities coming their way.
Deepika Padukone, is majorly obsessed with it. If you Someone will be supporting enough to bail you out from an adverse situation
on the academic front. Your belief in the one above will not be enough to turn
want to keep it minimal then for a simple chandbali,
things in your favour, own efforts will be required. Lucky Number :2 / Lucky
however, if you’re in the mood to go all out, then Colour : Baby pink
blindly opt for a stunning piece of multi-layered
Chandbalis. When you’re opting for the latter one, LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
You will be successful in regaining your professional touch. Investing in property
make sure that you avoid wearing a heavy neckpiece.
business sounds very appealing. Sharp observation would help in staying ahead
of others. Those serving the nation in uniform are in line for some recognition.
Help will be around on the domestic front when you really need it. Health may
need constant monitoring. Flames of passion can fizzle out as lover remains
preoccupied! Lucky Number : 6 / Lucky Colour :Parrot Green

W e have to agree that us Indians have been gifted

with the best features. With wedding being a
time when one can go all OTT, a Maang-tika is just the
SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
This week, everything moves smoothly on the professional front. Domestic
front seems satisfactory. Those suffering from bodily ailments can hope for a
perfect jewellery one needs on themselves. This time, quick recovery. Profitable deals will come your way and can get the cash register
go all out and about and sport a heavy Maang-tika Team ringing. Someone you were in love with may enter your life once again. Visit to a
it with a jadau neckpiece, statement rings and you’re historical monument or a pilgrimage site is likely for some. Lucky Number :22
super good to go. / Lucky Colour : Electric Grey

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)

What you claim to be yours may not be. You may feel the undercurrents of a
silent revolution brewing against you from someone close. Differences will need
to be sorted out with lover urgently. Family front may witness some ugly scenes
Jadau neckpiece over some pending bills. Mental stress cannot be ruled out. Be prudent in giving
frank opinion, as you are liable to hurt someone. Lucky Number :15 / Lucky

E lement of the hour, a jadau neckpiece just

accentuates your neck all the more, making it
stand out. When opting for a heavy necklace, stay
Colour : Parrot Green
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
Seniors can have high expectations from you regarding a project; it is up to
away from dangler earrings as they tend to clash. you to prove them right. An outstanding cheque from client may get delayed. A
Pick a suiting Maang-tika and slay your desi wear family youngster will require your support and guidance to do well academically.
like no other. You manage to remain in top physical condition simply by being regular in
daily workouts. Sheer thrill of new sensations can extend your vacation. Lucky
Number :3 / Lucky Colour : Brown
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Don’t repose too much faith on those you have only casual acquaintance with.
Excellent health will be ensured through self-discipline. Things remain a bit
uncertain on the professional front. You manage to steer clear of petty rivalries at
work. A friend or relative can touch a sensitive nerve and get you all upset. Those
involved in a legal case can expect to edge towards victory. Lucky Number :9 /
Lucky Colour : Coffee colour

Statement rings PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)

A celebration is on the cards and may find you in the thick of organizing a

Y our fingers deserve to look beautiful too. Pick

statement rings for your fingers so that all your
perfectly filed manicured nails compliment it all
feast. Those interacting more than usual with others can expect to develop good
contacts. Students can expect praise for their efforts on the academic front. Don’t
allow the flames of passion to die down, especially towards the end of this week!
together. Multi-layered bangles or a simple classic Not being regular in workouts may start showing on your body. Lucky Number
watch goes best. :5 / Lucky Colour : All Shades of Green
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reveals the
most special
her wedding
to Nick Jonas
ctor Priyanka Chopra
and American pop singer
Nick Jonas tied the knot
at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhavan in
the presence of their family and
friends over the weekend.
The pictures from the wedding
ceremonies had fans on social
media going gaga over the new
couple. Priyanka said about her
wedding and revealed the the most
special moment from it: When ‘the
curtains opened and I saw him at
the altar’. In the video shared by
People magazine, we could notice
Nick getting emotional at the sight
of Priyanka walking down the
Priyanka said, “The most
PM Modi attends Priyanka-Nick wedding reception in Delhi special moment was when the

riyanka Chopra and Nick Quantico actor shared curtains opened and I saw him at
Jonas exchanged wedding a photograph in which the altar and life was okay in that
vows in a Christian ceremony she and her husband moment.” Talking about life after
on December 1. The next day American singer Nick marriage she said, “Women are
they got married as per the Hindu Jonas and her mother always expected to have to shift
traditions. Madhu Chopra can bee their focus after love or marriage,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi seen having moments but Nick didn’t expect me to do
attended wedding reception of of laughter with the that. I’ve never had a guy who has
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas as PM. The couple hosted said be ambitious and do what you
he flew back to Delhi after raising the reception at Hotel want to do.”
poll pitch in Rajasthan. Taj Palace in Delhi Speaking of her outfits at both
Newlywed Priyanka Chopra following a three-day the Hindu and Christian weddings,
has thanked Indian Prime Minister wedding celebration in designed by Sabyasachi and Ralph
Narendra Modi for gracing her Umaid Bhawan Palace of Lauren, she said that it was not
wedding reception with his presence. Jodhpur. about fashion but a personal choice.
“A heartfelt thank you to our Dressed in a white She said, “I wanted something
honourable Prime Minister Shri Kurta-Pyama and a unique. Both the dresses- red and
Narendra Modiji for gracing us with black Nehru jacket, white - were personalised for me...
your presence. Touched by your PM Modi was received
I wanted the longest veil in the
kind words and blessings,” Priyanka by Priyanka's mother
world and I got that. The outfits
wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. Madhu Chopra, met
were personal choices.”
Along with the tweet, the families of the couple
Speaking of love, The Sky is
and stayed on the stage
for about 10 minutes Pink actor said, “Don’t focus your
exchanging greetings energy so much on what people
and pleasantries, news think of you, or what society
agency reported. says. Focus more on what your
PM was introduced by loved ones think of you. If we
Priyanka to her brother- lived more in reality, life is really
in-law singer and fairly simple. She also said that the
actor Joe Jonas and groom’s side was more in number
his fiance Game Of than the bride’s at the wedding and
Thrones actor Sophie they were well prepared for an
Turner by Priyanka Indian wedding.
Chopra. Inki bhi shadi Priyanka and Nick had a
hone wali hai, (They Christian and Hindu wedding
are also going to get ceremonies followed by a reception
married) Priyanka told in New Delhi on Tuesday. The
PM. couple is also expected to host
Guests, which mostly included She wore some of my designs. I am Of her wedding, Priyanka, a receptions in the US and Mumbai
Priyanka's family members, also very happy for her. She has come a National Award-winning actress who for their friends from the industry.
saw designers like Ritu Kumar, long way," Kumar said. has made her name in Hollywood
Rohit Bal, Ritu Beri, Anju Modi, Priyanka and Nick have had three- as the lead star in American show
JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore, day wedding festivities at Jodhpur's Quantico, told media: "I love that
Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Gandhi and royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where our wedding was a religious mash-
Rahul Khanna, along with Fashion they exchanged wedding vows as up. "We took beautiful traditions
Design Council of India (FDCI) per both Christian and Hindu rituals that we both grew up with and
President Sunil Sethi, in attendance. in two separate ceremonies. personalised them in a way that
Key mediapersons were also invited. Their pre-wedding rituals made sense for us.
Kumar was touched by Priyanka's at the celebrations, which saw "It's been incredible to find the
invitation. participation from just a little commonalities between our beliefs
"I remember Priyanka A over 200 guests, included a and figuring out how to blend them
had come to me first heartfelt "mehendi" ceremony. There in a respectful and meaningful way."
before she was going thank you to our was also a friendly cricket For now, she will divide her
for the Miss World honourable Prime match between the two excitement a bit towards work too
pageant, and I had Minister Shri Narendra families, as well as a as she gears up to launch dating app
told her to wear a Modiji for gracing us glitzy and power-packed Bumble in India. She has invested in
lot of ethnic wear. with your presence musical evening. the company.
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Genelia had a 'blast' working
with Riteish after 4 years
ctress Genelia Deshmukh,
reveals that he touched who is coming back on the
big screen after four years

Sridevi’s feet every with a cameo in her actor-husband

Riteish Deshmukh's upcoming

time they met, ‘She had Marathi film Mauli, says she did not
realise for how long she has been

immeasurable talent' away from facing the cameras.

Genelia shook a leg with Riteish

nil Kapoor and Jeetendra shot with the " W e in the film's special Holi track called
participants of Dance Plus for a special shouldn’t Surf laavun dhuvun tak, which
episode as the team paid a tribute remember her released on Sunday.
to Sridevi. The episode will see contestants with sadness Talking about her comeback on
recreating her hit tracks. and rather screen and working with Riteish had fun shooting with his wife for
Anil Kapoor and Jeetendra have both worked celebrate her after a long gap, Genelia wrote on the song. He said in a statement:
with Sridevi in many iconic films like Lamhe, brilliance as a Instagram: "My God it's been four "I would never want to leave any
Tohfa, Himmatwala among others. performer with years since I was last on screen... Did opportunity to work with Genelia.
On the show, Anil Kapoor shared some fond love, affection not even realise it. Thank you Riteish I have actually forced her to do this
memories and revealed that he touched her feet and joy.” for 'Dhuvun tak' and for making sure song. "It felt great to be dancing
every time they met. S r i d e v i I did it...had such a blast." together after four years and that
He said that Sridevi used to feel awkward and passed away Four years ago, the Bollywood too on an Ajay-Atul composition.
couple also did a similar cameo in Hopefully the audience enjoys it as
used to tell him not to touch her feet. on February
a festive track in Riteish's debut much as we did."
He also shared that even after wrapping up his 24, 2018 after
Marathi film Lai Bhaari. Riteish and Genelia, who were
scenes, he would sit on the set to watch her en- accidentally
"Mauli", directed by Aditya seen together in movies like "Tere
act a scene as she used to perform every scene drowning in her
Sarpotdar, written by Kshitij Naal Love Ho Gaya", "Tujhe Meri
beautifully. He said on the show, “As an artist I hotel bathtub. The Patwardhan and produced by Genelia Kasam" and "Masti", got married
feel blessed to have worked with Srideviji and she actor was in the UAE is scheduled to release on December in 2012 and have two sons named
had an huge contribution to my career. She was an to attend the wedding of 14. Not only Genelia, Riteish also Riaan and Rahyl.
actor with immeasurable talent who could fill the Mohit Marwah.
screen with her magic. Anil Kapoor said that as
an artiste he had immense Kareena open to
do web series
respect for her.
On Sridevi’s 55th birth
anniversary this year, Anil

Kapoor had said that they ctress Kareena Kapoor Khan
an artist I
miss Sridevi a lot and says she is game to star in a
feel blessed to have
he and his wife Sunita web series only if the content
worked with Srideviji
Kapoor talk about her is as "wonderful" as Sacred Games.
and she had an huge
every day. Asked if she would like to star in
contribution to my a web series, Kareena said: "Well, if
He had added that
career." the content is as wonderful as Sacred
Sridevi was a family
member but they also Games, I'm quite sure I would. It's put
shared a great friendship and India on a global map. The kind of
Sunita Kapoor was quite close to her. content and the characters Saif (Ali
Khan) and Nawazuddin (Siddiqui)
have played... It's like a craze."

Simmba trailer overpowers with colour, choler She praised Sacred Games and hypnotic python Kaa for the Hindi

said it is a path-breaking show in version of Andy' Serkis' Mowgli:
here are a lot of flying objects in the trailer of terms of content. Legend Of The Jungle – releasing
Simmba... Fists, fireworks, rhetorics and of course "I do not think Saif has got so on Netflix on December 7 – said name it. This is the larger-than-life many compliments for a film the way she is open to do a show on digital
world of Rohit Shetty. Something or the other has to be he has got for the series.... In India, to platforms.
golmaal, boss. have such bold content has not been "As an actor I think I should do
Sure enough, Ranveer Singh plays a corrupt cop who done before," she added. different things so that fans all over
believes making money from the law is his birthright. Kareena, who has voiced the get to see me," said the actress.
After several hurriedly-cut escapades showing Ranveer's
Simmba in positions of financial compromise, the trailer
swerves broadly into a conscientious trip with Simmba
Forbes 100: Deepika, Alia and
taking on rapists while an innocent-looking girl tells him,
"Bhaiyya, rapists must die".
Anushka are at the top
On comes an assistant cop with serious blood pressure
issues, muttering "Until the rapists die, nothing will
Well, yes. But is it that simple? Bad cop turns good
cop, takes on the baddies... crime is eradicated. In this
Operation Clean-up, Ranveer is joined at the end of the
trailer by Singham Ajay Devgn.
Didn't I tell you, the trailer began with a voiceover

about this ill-tempered little boy who grows up wanting orbes, like every year, has felt with her films like Piku, Bajirao
to be a cop? released the complete list of Mastani and Padmaavat.
So, now we have Singham and Simmba hand-in-hand. women who had made it big Next in line, we have Alia Bhatt
By the time the breakneck (and break bones) trailer in 2018. Deepika Padukone holds the who has amazed fans with her acting
groaned to a halt, we knew the entire story of Simmba, and 4th position with the earnings of Rs skills in films like Highway, Udta
why Rohit Shetty has joined hands with Karan Johar to 112.8 crore this year. Punjab and Raazi. The actor has tried
tell us about one more badass cop who will come around Contrary to popular belief, women varied genres and has a massive fan
to make this world a better place. Sara Ali Khan, so pivotal in Kedarnath, is here reduced to are no lesser than men, Forbes 100 following. Alia Bhatt holds the 12th
1976's angry young cop Vijay (Amitabh Bachchan) a prop mouthing inane lines like, "The next time you need list is a proof of it. Starting with position with the earnings of Rs
in Zanjeer is now the smirking Simmba. So smug in his to do someone's ‘encounter', I can give you tips." Deepika Padukone, she is the only 58.83 crore this year. Following Alia
corrupt cocoon, that he seems like an anomaly. That's all we need. An encounter specialist who looks one female contender in the top Bhatt, we have Anushka Sharma in
We can never get enough of Vijay/Singham/Simmba. like she just walked out of the beauty parlour. 10 with the earnings of Rs 112.8 the list who is at the 16th position
Because we are still fighting the same forces of corruption The trailer of Simmba doesn't hold back. It tells us the crore this year. Deepika had been in with the earnings of Rs 45.83 crore.
that bothered writers Salim-Javed in the 1970s. And yes, entire story, introduces us to all the twists and turns in headlines for her wedding to long- Following Alia Bhatt, we have
the heroine continues to be marginalised in these macho the plot and gives enough ‘feud' for thought to make us time boyfriend Ranveer Singh. DP Anushka Sharma in the list who is at
tales of heroic forbearance. grateful that Singham Ajay Devgn is around to ensure his is surely one of the top divas in the the 16th position with the earnings of
If Jaya Bhaduri was a minuscule presence in Zanjeer, new spinoff doesn't spin out of control. industry who has made her presence Rs 45.83 crore.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 07, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 29

Huawei Nova 3i : Perfect Christmas

gift for your loved ones

t's festival time again. The season brings lot
of joy, celebrations, family time and also
the dilemma of what to buy for your loved
ones. Well, let us help you solve that problem.
Have a look at Huawei Nova 3i. An incredible
value-for-money phone that brings all the
features of more expensive phone in a nice
package that won't break your bank. Launched
in August, Nova 3i has been getting attention
for all the good reasons from tech reviewers
and users alike. Specifications
The phone really looks premium with
glass front and back and feels solid in hands. SCREEN 6.3 inches, 2,340x1,80 resolution
The fingerprint scanner on the back is super CHIPSET Kirin 710
quick and unlocks the device instantaneously.
they intelligently optimise the brightness, GPU Mali-G51
The phone can also be unlocked with Face
colours to ensure the pictures come out perfect.
recognition, and in my experience, it also works RAM 4GB
very well without any lag. The 2MP sensor captures the depth of field. The
resulting selfies really look good. ROM 128GB
Nova 3i’s 6.3-inch full HD-plus screen is
really bright and stunning. Minimum bezels Nova 3i’s 16MP + 2 MP rear camera has FRONT CAMERA Dual 24MP + 2MP
give you maximum screen. The display comes some great features like Pro, Slow-mo, Night,
Panorama, Light painting, HHR, Time-lapse, REAR CAMERAS Dual 16MP + 2MP
with a notch which can be disabled if you are
not a fan of the notch displays. The phone has 3D Panorama, Document Scan, Beauty, OS Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
some excellent viewing angles too. Aperture, Portrait, and AR Lens.
BATTERY 3,340 mAh
Under the hood, the Nova 3i has Huawei’s The phone does come with some
new Kirin 710 octa-core chipset which has been fun 3D Qmoji which are similar PRICE $499
optimised AI and gaming performance. to iPhone X’s Animoji. You can
The star attraction of the Nova 3i is the also record a video with Qmoji
useful improvements. Nova and your loved ones will thank you for that.
camera setup. The phone features four AI and turn them into a GIF. The
camera can also shoot up to Full 3i has a 3,340mAh battery You can check out the phone and buy it from
cameras- two on the front and two on the back which combined with an all major retailers like PB Tech, Noel Leeming,
HD resolution at 60fps.
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Nova 3i runs on EMUI 8.2.0 based
On the front is 24MP + 2MP dual camera setup.
on An droid 8.1 Oreo which has some really day’s power. network providers like 2 Degrees, Vodafone,
The cameras are AI enabled, and that means
Overall, the Nova 3i makes for a great gift Spark etc
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At 357 Great South Rd, (Upstairs) Otahuhu Town, Auckland Sports, Yoga, Creative craft, Computer workshops, Music, Dance,
For Prompt, Qualified and Professional Service.Contact 09 276 5650 or Motivational and Communication Skill sessions and much more to • (see online for guides on polish and groom the young ones.
new business and tax compliance) For more information and enrollment please contact:
M T Khan BA (Accounting) 25 Years New Zealand Tax Practice Jeet Suchdev QSM JP on 0212221020
Ruchika Agarwal on 620 0579 / 021 08881461or
Call Khan (027) 678 8154 or (021) 255 9893 email
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FROM $499,000

Claim your very own piece of Kiwiness at Lakeside.

This exciting new masterplanned community offers an
affordable and relaxed lifestyle right on the banks of
Lake Waikare. There are 30 quality designs to choose
from with heaps of wide open spaces for you and your
family to enjoy.

Mark Fourie +64 21 349 530

Bayleys Real Estate Ltd, Pukekohe

Indian Weekender 8 Dec

09 973 1940
Get Ready to
Discover new Places
Australia $397* Kuala Lumpur $785*
Thailand $921*

Fiji $628* India

Pakistan $972*

China $668* Philippines $882*

USA $1021*

Bali $782* Nepal $897* Sri Lanka $1108*



(Sale Ends on: 21st Dec. 2018) DON’T MISS OUT!
Delhi $967*
Dhaka $1062*
Chennai $1002*RETURN FARE
Hyderabad $1079*

Bengaluru $1010*RETURN FARE

Mumbai $1026*RETURN FARE

Departure Dates
16th Jan - 31st May 2019
(Inclusive of all Taxes*)
Available Until Sold Out,T&C apply*