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Grace Millane murder:

¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH in the minds of many people.

Packing one’s bag and travelling, alone
ew Zealanders continue to pour out
or in groups all around the world,
their emotions on the unfortunate
especially within the group of thirty-
murder of British backpacker Grace
Millane in Auckland last week, ranging from odd developed countries, is a
a public apology from the Prime Minister well-established way of life and
to numerous vigils bringing people in large almost a right of passage for a
numbers, throughout the length and breadth of many young New Zealanders.
the country. Receiving young guests
The story of the death of twenty-year-old from, and sending guests
British backpacker who was supposed to be to, countries like the United
on a journey of her lifetime and was scheduled Kingdom, is in the very
to celebrate her twenty-second birthday in the DNA of this country, thus
country just when her life was tragically cut- explaining the magnitude of
short has touched a chord with everyone in emotional outpourings from
New Zealand. one and all in this country.
The notable outbursts that gained much On Wednesday, December 12,
public attention were a public apology by Grace Millane
public vigils were held in places
the Prime Minister, sombre-faced, emotional An image of Grace Millane amid candles at the Wellington vigil. like Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington,
sentiments expressed by Detective Inspector Photo- RNZ -Emma Hatton
Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Scott Beard – the policeman who led a
A candlelit vigil was held in Nelson
meticulous investigation to find the body of Photo- RNZ-Tracy Neal
Grace and made an arrest – apart from public
vigils all around the county.
Among the more visibly seen emotional
outpourings, some were of differing opinions
as well – especially those who found the
expression of collective grief a bit disrespectful
to many, including the deceased young lady and
also to many other similar unfortunate stories
of murder and deaths that have happened in the
country in the span of ten days that the media
and social media has been all but consumed by young father beaten to death in Christchurch,
this story. differing with the majority. The vigil in Auckland was joined by father
a 71-year-old man decapitated in Petone. None
Over the same period of the ten days that the Indeed, the nation has come to a pause, if not of a Kiwi girl – Emily Longley – who was
of these equally unfortunate deaths attracted
nation collectively mourned Grace Millane’s anywhere close to the attention that the death of to a standstill – as the idea that New Zealand murdered in the UK in 2011 as he felt a strong
murder – a 21-year-old was stabbed to death in Grace Millane received. is a safe country, particularly for young single emotional bond with Ms Millane’s father,
Mt Roskill, a solo mother to a small child was women choosing to travel to the country as a whose exceptionally composed behaviour
To be fair, these opinions were also an
beaten to death in her South Auckland home, a part of her world trip – is being severely tested while being in NZ has moved one and all.
emotional outpouring, much like others, though
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Kiwis pour out emotions

Timeline of the murder The crowd at the Wellington vigil (Photo) RNZ, Emma Hatton

Thursday, Dec 7:
Police issues media advisory
for sighting of Grace Millane

he Police had first issued
media advisory for sighting
missing 22-year-old English
tourist Grace Millane on Thursday, Prime Minster Jacinda Arden A tribute to Grace Millane at Titirangi roundabout.
Photo- RNZ - Maxine Jacobs.jpg
Photo- RNZ - Rebekah Parsons-King
December 6.
At that stage, Grace was last sighted last sighted and Police expressed grave fears The father of missing girl arrives in the an end. It is an unbearable time for the Millane
around 7pm on Saturday, December 1, on of her safety. The investigation to continue country in search of his daughter. family, and our hearts go out to them.
Victoria Street, Auckland CBD. throughout the weekend. The investigation will continue through for
Sunday, Dec 9:
Various sightings have her wearing either, Saturday, Dec 8: some time yet.
Police identifies location
black top, blues jeans and red sneakers, or a Police confirms worst fears of interest The focus now is to piece together exactly
black dress with white shoes. what happened to a young girl, who came to

of Grace’s death
Detective Inspector Scott Beard then said olice investigating the murder of English this country on her OE.
Grace not been in contact with her family back
in UK for a number of days. T he investigation into the disappearance of
Grace Millane has developed this evening.
Just after 3pm this afternoon, a 26-year-old
tourist Grace Millane have identified a
location of interest. Monday, Dec 10:
Man appears in court, gets
A full scene examination is underway in a
Friday, Dec 7: man was located at a central Auckland address name suppression
bush area on Scenic Drive.

Police media advisory confirms last sighting by Police. At this stage, police were not able to confirm he man arrested in Grace Millane case
in Auckland CBD He was brought back here to the Auckland whether Grace has been located at this site. appeared in Auckland court where he
Central Police station and is currently speaking was sent to Police custody and got name
A full road closure of Scenic Drive, between
to us in relation to the murder of Grace Millane. suppression.
the intersection of Mountain Road/Scenic
The evidence police had gathered to this
Drive and the Waitakere Reservoir Carpark, Wednesday, December 12
point of the enquiry has established that this is
was in place from 3pm until 7pm on Sunday.
a homicide.
Grace’s family have been advised of this
development and they are devastated.
Sunday, Dec 9:
Police locates the body of
V igils conducted all around the country to
express sentiments for Grace Millane’s
tragic murder on her first
Grace Rental Car The man is still being spoken to at this point. Grace Millane overseas trip.

S ince first reported missing on Wednesday,

Saturday, Dec 8:
S hortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 9, Thursday, December 13

Final police update Police was able to locate a body believed to
December 1, Police issued another media shovel that was the subject
advisory next day advising possible last sighting
in public at the Citylife Hotel, on Saturday 1 T he 26-year-old who has been speaking with
Police in relation to the disappearance of
Grace Millane will be charged with her murder.
be of Grace.
The formal identification process will now
take place, however, based on the evidence we
of a Police appeal in
relation to the Grace Millane
investigation recovered as
December with a male companion.
Police identifies this man and he has been He will remain in Police custody until have gathered over the past few days, we expect a result of the continued
spoken to. Six days had passed since Grace was Monday morning when he will appear in the that this is Grace. examination of CCTV footage.
Auckland District Court. Obviously, this brings the search for Grace to

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¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH acknowledging the daunting spirit, motivation,

he famous Indian cyclist – Abhishek passion and commitment behind his endeavour.
Sharma – who is on a six-year mission Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Hon.
to bike around the world covering some Consul of India, Bhav Dhillon said, “It is a
90 countries, has reached New Zealand shores great endeavour by this young man who is out
and is aiming to cover the country in 35 days. on a mission since the last four years promoting
Abhishek, 29, began his world tour four years brand India among other key messages of
and one month ago on November 10, 2014, awareness around climate change.
with a desire for creating global awareness “We welcome him here in New Zealand and
against climate change, global warming, and wish him all the best while he remains here in
calling for world peace. world’s most beautiful country,” Mr Dhillon
“I am going around the world, said.
motivating and educating people The only plan is no plan
about the impacts of global
warming and climate change
and calling for peace,”
R evealing his modus operandi of selecting a country and then pursuing tour on his cycle], Abhishek said, “The only plan is that I have
no plan.”
“I have no corporate sponsor supporting my endeavour.
Abhishek said. “I am purely relying on the love and support of the people that I continue to meet on a daily basis to continue my journey,” Abhishek said.
“I am also spreading “I reach the country check Google it if possible and then talk to people in communities and plan my journey ahead.
the message about India “Now I plan to bike to Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, Palmerston North, and Wellington in the North Island.
– our people, our culture, “Once I manage to cross over to South Island by ferry then I will go from Picton to Christchurch to Dunedin and then back to Queenstown,”
values and heritage – and Abhishek said.
spreading the message of “Everything depends on multiple factors including weather, road conditions, and most importantly the kind of support I can get from
world peace,” Abhishek people,” Abhishek added.
The Consulate
of India hosted
Mr Sharma to
a community
reception at an
event in Quadrant
Hotel, Auckland
CBD, on
Wednesd ay,
1 2 ,

Meeting people, connecting Abhishek by facilitating ferry transfer from Wellington to

Picton and return, much to the delight of everyone.
communities Similarly, Sunny Kaushal, another community leader,

A bhishek is relying purely on generous support from

members of communities, both Indian diaspora and
broader community in this magical journey.
who is coordinating all efforts within the community
from Auckland for supporting Abhishek told The Indian
Weekender, “We are confident that our community
The moment Abhishek disclosed this in the event on members would be able to pull in support for this young
Wednesday, several enthusiastic members of the Indian boy ranging from food, accommodation and logistic
diaspora started counting their resources all around the support.”
country who can be reined in to support his journey. “I encourage anyone keen to help this young Indian
Speaking on the occasion Jeet Suchdev of Bhartiya man to get in touch with us. Every help is welcome,” Mr
Samaj said, “One thing we can assure you here in New Kaushal said.
Zealand is full support from our community. We have a “I am also thankful to members of our Indian diaspora
vibrant Kiwi-Indian community all around the country.” who have come out today to extend their support for Mr
Bhikhu Bhana, President of New Zealand Indian Central Sharma’s endeavours here in New Zealand.
Association announced that their organisation will support ••
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Knowledge around KiwiSaver limited

in ethnic-migrant communities
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH Once someone chooses to join, contributions A KiwiSaver member for three or more years

are deducted from their pay at the rate of either is eligible to withdraw money to purchase their
he latest ASB KiwiSaver survey 3 per cent, 4 per cent or 8 per cent (you choose
released on Monday, December 10, first home (not an investment property).
the rate) and invested in a KiwiSaver scheme. Dev Dhingra, of Fund Master – Mortgage and
brings to fore a fact - widely believed
Self-employed people can also join
to be the case for ethnic migrant communities Insurance Advisers told the Indian Weekender,
KiwiSaver by contacting their KiwiSaver
- that the knowledge around KiwiSaver is - “It would be fair to say that within our Kiwi-
provider and informing how much you want to
limited. Indian community, the awareness about
contribute and make payments directly to them.
The survey reveals that the puzzle around the KiwiSaver is related more with the desire to
role of KiwiSaver in retirement planning is at However, not everyone is equally aware of it. Who can join KiwiSaver? buy first-home rather than long-term planning
best at varying levels amongst New Zealanders. Anurag Kashyap, 33-year-old sales for retirement.”
New Zealanders - citizens, or those who are
With about 40 per cent of respondents plan to professional, who had recently purchased “We meet several clients who are at different
entitled to live in New Zealand permanently
use KiwiSaver to cover day to day expenses and the first home in West Auckland came up levels of awareness with regards to KiwiSaver
(residence visa) - under the age of 65 can join
provide income within retirement, and 11 per impromptu with a response on KiwiSaver, “I when they start looking for first home buying.
cent plan on leaving the money in KiwiSaver don’t think there was any benefit of KiwiSaver “A person with an average annual income
Those on temporary visas, student and work
once retired. Another 11 per cent of people plan for first home buyers in Auckland housing
visas are not eligible to become a member of of $48,000 can end up saving roughly around
to use KiwiSaver to pay off mortgages or other market, given the prices of houses are higher
KiwiSaver. $3000 every year with minimum 3 per cent
debt. Splitting into deciles, 46 per cent of people than the national average.”
Mr Kashyap got it confused with Kiwisaver contribution from their employer. When you
aged 30-40 and 54 per cent aged 40-49 plan on When can you get your money back?
Homestart Grant – a grant given by Housing take for three years, and if they are a working
using KiwiSaver to fund day-to-day expenses. The overall objective of KiwiSaver is to help
New Zealand to an eligible KiwiSaver member, couple with a partner in more or less same
The survey also reveals uncertainty about people in long-term saving habits and plan their
how much saving would be required each year who has been contributing to it at least for three earnings, then they can save much money
years, for assisting in first-home-buying. life after retirement. KiwiSaver savings will towards their first home,” Mr Dhingra said.
in retirement, with 20 per cent of respondents generally be locked in until one is eligible for
think that the amount required per year is under What is KiwiSaver? NZ Super (currently 65), or had been a member KiwiSaver HomeStart grant
$30,000 while another 31 per cent think a figure for at least five years (if you joined over the age
KiwiSaver is a voluntary, work-based Once you have contributed to KiwiSaver for
between $30,000 and $50,000 each year will be of 60).
savings initiative, augmented with government a minimum of three years, then apart from the
needed. contributions, which offers a wide range of However, members can also withdraw their
While the most prevalent lack of knowledge ability to withdraw money towards first home,
membership benefits. money for a few more critical phases in their
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Broadly, KiwiSaver savings are made up of lives, particularly buying a first home, moving
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money saving initiative to develop long-term or banks or employer, rather it is placed with From a perspective of the ethnic migrant of contribution to the scheme. It means those
money-saving habits among participants. government approved KiwiSaver providers communities, including Kiwi-Indian, probably contributing for three years can get a maximum
However, money can be used for a first home (though KiwiSaver is not guaranteed by the one of the most well-known benefits of of $3000 and for those contributing five years
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Second language bill set to pass

after consensus: Can Hindi be
taught in NZ schools?
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH Introduced as a private member’s bill at to support the bill and the idea of making the

the beginning of this year, the bill envisages option of second language available to students
ational MP Nikki Kaye’s second
teaching foreign priority languages in New in NZ schools citing it was too aspirational.
language bill is all set to pass the
Zealand schools, encouraging possibilities of However, despite the growing support
second reading in parliament after
getting the Hindi language – the fourth most and emerging consensus, on the idea of
consensus seems to be emerging with Labour
widely spoken language in NZ – also included having foreign languages in NZ schools,
and Green Party extending their support to
the bill. in the curriculum. the nervousness of arranging the logistics of
This is a remarkable departure from the The bill is expected to pass through its second delivering the second language has still not
beginning of the year when Ms Kaye had first reading sometime early next year. eroded completely. Mr Hipkins said he’s a bit
introduced the bill in parliament only to be told Subsequently, it would be going to select nervous about legislating the curriculum, and
by the education Minister Chris Hipkins that committees for further deliberation and the big issue will be having enough teachers.
the proposition was too aspirational. engagement with members of public and wider “We really want to see a much greater
“This is a very significant step for greater communities. emphasis on every child in NZ to have access
support for the future of second language to Maori as our indigenous language. At the
learning and our future. I am looking forward to
How has the second language moment, we don’t have the resources to deliver
a national conversation about my Bill and how bill progressed so far? that,” Mr Hipkins said.
it can create smarter, more culturally aware The idea of inclusion of second languages
New Zealanders who are better equipped to as an option in NZ schools first gained traction What if Hindi gets included in the
succeed in our globally connected world,” Ms when National Party made an electoral promise NZ curriculum?
Kaye said. in August 2017 of the plan to give all primary The demand to include the Hindi language in
“I expect the languages that would be school children the opportunity to learn a the New Zealand school curriculum is not new
consulted on would include Mandarin, Māori, second language with a proposed cash injection and gains traction and wider recognition within
French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Hindi of $169 million. the community time and again.
and Pasifika languages,” Ms Kaye said. However, initially Hindi language did not It is likely that this above development would
Extending support to the bill, Education find mention in the list of languages to be once again spur the demand for introduction of The Indian Weekender had earlier this year
Minister Chris Hipkins said, “It’s better to offered in the National’s electoral promise – a Hindi language in NZ curriculum. reported the efforts of two Wellington-based
approach this in a multi-party fashion, and not fact vigorously raised with the then party leader However, the important question that needs educationists Dr Pushpa Wood and Sunita
split along party lines.” and caretaker Prime Minister Bill English in an to be delved upon is if there were enough Narayan who had sought to explore potential
“Let’s have a debate about whether having a exclusive interview. educational and logistical resources available capabilities lying within our community that
list of priority languages is the way to go about Subsequently, National MP Nikki Kaye within the community and beyond to be able to
could possibly be ready or further developed
it, or if there are other ways to go about it. introduced the bill in parliament at the satisfactorily deliver when the time comes – an
if the popular demand of including the Hindi
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Mr Hipkins said. language in NZ curriculum is approved.
The Labour Party had initially been reluctant Mr Hipkins.

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Awards for meritorious students

of Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School
¡¡ IWK BUREAU have a passion for working with children and every year, and this year took part in the Global “One of the primary objectives of the
for teaching children their mother tongue,” Ms Peace March to inaugurate the commencement Auckland Indian Association Inc. is to promote
Patel added. of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. and preserve Indian culture in New Zealand, and
The students also regularly took part “Some of the proudest moments for us Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School plays a pivotal
in the Auckland Council Diwali Concert, role in helping the association to achieve this
was when students have been able to deliver
Independence Day programmes, Republic Day objective,” President of the Auckland Indian
speeches in fluent Gujarati, recite slots in
concerts and Rangoli competition. Association Inc. Narendra Bhana told The
Sanskrit and perform musical items on tabla Indian Weekender.
The Gujarati School has been operational for and flute. We also now have alumni students Mr Bhana also congratulated the Leadership
over sixty years in Auckland.The Gandhi Gruh helping in the school,” Ms Patel added. and Student of the Year Awards recipients
Gujarati School’s vision is to strive to enhance The end of the year prizegiving event Himnish Patel and Dhruvi Raval for their
Gujarati children’s sense of identity by teaching was well supported by the Auckland Indian outstanding achievements and encouraged
the language both written and oral. The school Association executive officers, the board of them to keep raising their personal standards
is committed to celebrating Gandhi Jayanti trustees, members and parents. continuously.



On Sunday, December 9,
Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School a
sub-committee of the Auckland
Indian Association Inc. held
its annual prizegiving event to
celebrate the end of the school
year and recognise the students
for the high achievements.

tudent Himnish Patel was awarded
the Leadership Award of the Year for
being a role model to other students and
demonstrating commitment and influence in
both studies and extra curriculums.
The Student of the Year award was presented
to Dhruvi Raval for demonstrating commitment
and diligence in her performance throughout
the year.
“This was a well-deserved award for
Dhruvi. All students received a Certificate of
Participation, and top achievers of the classes
were also recognised. The event was attended
by over 200 people – particularly by the parents,
grandparents and relatives of the students,”
Chairperson of Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School,
Shantiben Patel told The Indian Weekender. An all-purpose indoor facility close to the heart of the city makes Mahatma Gandhi
“The prize giving is not only a celebration
of what the children have achieved but also the
Centre a versatile and attractive Venue for Indian Weddings, business functions,
teachers and the schools’ contribution to the social gatherings and religious functions. Our knowledgeable priest provides
Association and the wider community,” Ms
Patel added. religious services and ceremonies including weddings. A large commercial Kitchen
This year the school had an average of fifty
students attending the school every Sunday.
facilities and a wide range of catering options available for all occasions.
The school conducted six classes and eight
teachers with three dedicated helpers.
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All Nations Cricket Festival

approaching finals this weekend

he second day of the All Nations Cricket
Festival was held in Christchurch
on Sunday, December 9, with seven
matches, moving toward the last five games of
the pool before the finals.
Christchurch Multicultural Council and
Christchurch Metro Cricket Association
organise the T20 tournament hosting ten teams
in their second season with more than 110
players participating in the tournament.
The second day of the tournament witnessed
some stellar performances from each of the
ten teams giving a nail-biting end to almost
every match. “We have mixed ethnic teams in ARA All
“The second day of the pool games was Nations T20 Cricket Tournament showcasing
excellent- we saw a lot of enthusiasm amongst cross-ethnicity/nationality integration,
the players and their supporters who cheered
friendship and harmony. The All Stars team
their teams at the Hagley Oval,” President of
is led by captain Habib Marwat, which has
Multicultural Society, Surinder Tandon told
players representing Pakistani, Indian, Afghani,
The Indian Weekender.
Sri Lankan and New Zealand origins- well
The day saw seven matches played and the
done,” Mr Tandon said.
third and final day of the tournament will see
another five pool games and the final that will The tournament is supported by Ara Institute
name the champions for 2018 season. Strikers, too, won three total matches with two The best bowlers in the second day were of Canterbury, Little India Merivale, Travel
“Most of our players in these ten teams play wins on the first day and leading the second Jeewan Bear from Doon Tigers with five wickets Corner, Ravel Events, Tech Doctor and Taaftan
for different league games and at other clubs- day was Punjab Warriors who won all three for 18 runs, Arun Bharadwaj from Kings XI Moroccan Grill Restaurant.
and this tournament helps them get prepared for matches played in two days. Punjab with 5 for 27 runs and Harpreet Singh The last pool games and final will be held
the other regional and national tournaments,” The highest scorers on the second day were with 3 for 24 runs. on Sunday, December 16 at Hagley Oval in
Mr Tandon added. Trev Garrett with 100 not out and Raj Arora This brings the tournament fixture to Punjab Christchurch from 10 a.m.
The second day of the tournament saw with 58 from the All Rounders, Harish Sharma Warriors, Strikers and Doon with total three
three teams consistently performing well and from the Strikers with 51 runs, Umair from matches, Nepal Warriors, All Rounders and All
leading in terms of total wins. Doon Tigers won Cornered Tigers with 52 and Randhika and Stars with two wins, Cornered Tigers with one
two matches in the first day and one match in Habib from All Stars with their 50 and 52 runs win and Kings XI Punjab, Tamil Pasangya and
the second day, making a total of three wins. apiece. Tamil Society with zero wins.

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that over $1 billion a year comes from drug dealing and fraud, and can be laundered
through New Zealand businesses. Risking our reputation and economy. So, we’re making
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Sydney Metro ready to ferry passengers

on 22 ‘Made in India’ trains

ydney is getting ready to start ferry its
passengers on trains made in India, the
last batch of the 22 trains ordered is
expected to be received soon. the specific needs of Sydney Metro to ensure
In March 2014, the French manufacturer, fast, safe and reliable services to the residents
Alstom’s Sricity facility in Andhra Pradesh, of Sydney.
India won the contract to build 22- six-car Sydney Metro train features
trainsets as well as the CBTC signalling system, • Level access between the platform and
for the North West Rail Link, Australia’s train and three double doors per side per
biggest public transport project and first fully- carriage for faster loading and unloading.
automated metro network. • Heating and air-conditioning in all metro
On December 6, the company finished the trains.
last of the 22 Metropolis trains for Sydney • A new generation of fast, safe and reliable
Metro and held a flag-off ceremony before metro train.
sending the trains to be shipped to Sydney. • At all times, a team of expert train
“We are immensely proud to have completed controllers will monitor Sydney Metro,
the last train for Sydney Metro in this landmark making sure everything runs smoothly.
project for the Asia Pacific region. We are also international markets, and this milestone bear The train design is based on International • Wheelchair spaces, separate priority
proud to see Sricity concluding its first export witness to that,” SBS reported. Metropolis train that are used in 25 cities seating and emergency intercoms inside
order on time, delivering on expectations and The fully-automated has the latest in public including metros like Singapore, Barcelona, trains.
information system, areas for prams, luggage, and Amsterdam but is customised for the • Continuous mobile phone coverage
winning our customer’s trust,” Alstom Senior
bicycles, wheelchairs spaces and separate Sydney Metro network. throughout the metro network.
Vice President Asia Pacific, Ling Fang said.
priority seating for passengers with reduced Alstom’s engineering hub in Bengaluru • Two multi-purpose areas per train for
“We firmly believe in India’s role as a
adapted the Metropolis and Urbalis solutions to prams, luggage and bicycles.
manufacturing and engineering hub for mobility.   

Civic Participation Forum Skills Update's

in ChCh discusses the graduation day
participation of ethnic
Skills Update Training and
Education Group had their

graduation day on 6th
and 7th December at their
Mangere campus.
and ethnic agencies
representatives attended
a consultation forum on
Civic Participation.
The attendees were
divided into eight
breakout groups
and supplied with a
questionnaire to refer
and discuss upon.
Some of the
questions part of the
discussions were- what
are their views on civic participation, barriers
for the ethnic communities that prevent them
from participating civically, motivations for
the participation, how can civic participation
made more accessible for the communities and
At least ten years jail term for
any broader issues that the reps would like to
address at the forum.
President of Christchurch Multicultural
Hardeep Singh Deol’s killer
Council Surinder Tandon and Community

Board Member from Waimairi, Shirish hristchurch Court on Wednesday,
Paranjape were among the invitees from the December 12 sentenced Franchesca
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Kororia Borell for at least ten years
Indian community to share their own journeys

he Office of Ethnic Communities of increasing the involvement in various in jail for stabbing her partner Hardeep Singh
Christchurch organised the Civic activities and roles for civic participation over Deol on Christmas Day in 2016.
Participation Consultation Forum the last two decades. Ms Borell was found guilty of murder by
at the Office of Internal Affairs on Friday, Christchurch District Court in October and was
“The aim was to support the creation of an thrown knife as claimed by the assailant.
December 7. sentenced the jail term earlier this week.
environment that facilitates and encourages “Today, Singh’s family told how they are
Community Leaders and Ethnic Agencies' Ms Borell was said to be depressed and
ethnic communities to participate civically suffering a “life sentence of loss” and spoke
drunk on the Christmas day because she could
Representatives were invited to attend and fully in society in order to increase ethnic of a much-loved son and family member,” NZ
not be with her young daughter and ended up
present their views on and experiences of Civic representation and to promote multicultural Herald reported.
arguing with her partner Mr Deol and stabbing
Participation in New Zealand. values and cross-culture integration, respect Mr Doel hailed from the Rania town of Sirsa
him in a fit of rage.
The purpose of the forum was to support the and harmony,” Mr Tandon said. district in Haryana, India and came to New
Ms Borell denied killing her partner
creation of an environment that facilitates and “Some of the key barriers that we discussed intentionally but admitted to manslaughter Zealand to study hotel management in 2014
encourages ethnic communities to participate were cultural understanding of the people, during her trial in High Court. She claimed after completing his B Tech from a private
fully in society. language, lack of knowledge and education that she had thrown the knife at him but did not college in Malout, India.
The Civic Participation aims to support amongst the community members about the mean to kill him. He was on a work visa and had started
Ethnic Communities to participate civically by civic elections and process of participation, The jury in October sided with the Crown’s working as a pivot builder at Precise
creating opportunities and remove barriers. their contributions in the civic elections etc.,” evidence that Singh died from a single stab Water Services in Christchurch in early
Over 40 ethnic group community leaders Mr Tandon told The Indian Weekender. wound to the heart rather than injuries from the November 2016.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 NEW ZEALAND 13

Hindi a Nelson Police welcome new water safety kits

step closer
¡¡ IWK BUREAU York, a former raft guide, using videos provided

by Fire and Emergency New Zealand.
elson Bays Police are wising up on “The initial response has been good and

to being
water safety in preparation for the officers have enjoyed it,” he says.
busy summer holidays. “This is a level of training in water safety
Staff at Stoke Police Station are training with equipment we haven’t had before, but it’s
newly acquired water safety kits which include

taught in
important to stress that Police are not qualified
a rescue throw-rope and self-inflating personal water rescuers.
floatation device. with no flotation device,” says Sergeant York. “This gear is for use around water, not in it.
They are now available in all road policing “Around two years ago we got lifejackets It gives officers some protection should they

our Schools
vehicles, frontline vehicles and rural stations in and throw bags in a single car. Water rescues fall in.”
Nelson Bays. happen really fast – Gita showed us that, in an Police offers the following advice for
The initiative was kicked off by Sergeant area like Nelson, we need the equipment in all having fun and staying safe around our
Mal York, Officer in Command of Nelson Bays our frontline cars. waterways and beaches this summer:
SAR, who has first-hand experience with water “There’s a lot of water in Nelson. We’re • Be prepared – know how to swim confidently.
rescues and evacuations, including during always responding to riverbank incidents or • Wear a lifejacket when out on the water.
Cyclone Gita. ocean rescues so it’s good to have a floatation • Be aware of hazards – obey warning signs
“In Cyclone Gita, we had officers all over device.” and do not enter the water after drinking.
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi responding to people at risk from flood waters, The training sessions are run by Sergeant • Know your limits – if in doubt, stay out!
National Party List MP some officers had to wade through the water

s a country New Zealand is home
to over 100 ethnicities hence it is
important for us to embrace second
language learning.
Research shows positive benefits that
learning and speaking more than one language
has cognitively, culturally, socially and
Hon Nikki Kaye, National Party’s
Spokesperson for Education has managed to
gain support of all major parties in Parliament
towards her second language bill.
Her efforts will ensure that every child in
school years 1- 8 will get the opportunity to
learn a second language.
Apart from Hindi, languages that would be
consulted on would include Mandarin, Māori,
French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Pasifika
Hon Nikki Kaye’s bill would see a final list
of 10 or more priority languages resourced for
teaching by schools including Te Reo and sign
The Bill will now go to select committee so
the public, organisations and communities can
have their say.
Issues that will be worked through at select
committee include details around investing in
workforce development to ensure we have the
teachers and ensuring adequate time is given
for schools to implement this. This could be
phased in over a number of years.
School boards would consult with their
communities to determine which of the priority
languages will be taught at their school.
Every school would be required to deliver
at least one second language, but some may
choose to offer more than one.
Even in opposition the New Zealand National
Party is focused on holding the Government to
account. However, in case we see areas where
we can work working constructively on any
policy, we will do so without hesitation.
I think this is a very significant step for greater
support for the future of second language
learning and future of our children. On behalf
of the National Party, I thank organisations and
volunteers who have worked over the years to
I am looking forward to a national
conversation about this Bill and how it can
create smarter, more culturally aware New
Zealanders who are better equipped to succeed
in our globally connected world.
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A legend of a production

ast week’s exceedingly
brilliant staging of The
Legends of Shiva has once
again proved Chinmaya Mission
NZ’s considerable ability to
put together complex theatrical
productions of excellence time and
Legends, which involved more
than 120 cast and crew, is its third
production in as many years, behind
Ramayana and Mahabharata, which
were also equally well-received.
From classical and folk dances
to ballads and dance-dramas, India
has a rich, timeless tradition of
storytelling through a bewildering
range of performing arts. While from classical dance to
Legends drew from many of these traditional martial arts in the
traditions, it built its narrative on episodic presentations. The
the one most favourite technique of
depiction of Ardhanarishwara
Indian traditional storytelling: asker-
to the instrumentalised
narrator dialogues.
accompaniment of the
Legends is a collection of
traditional Natanagara
stories about Lord Shiva, perhaps
Hinduism’s oldest deity going back Atisundara was a standout,
to the Indus Valley civilisation who as was the quick-fire dance of
is continuously worshipped to this Kali at her most fearsome.
day across the subcontinent. The The strong script provided
stories are drawn from several texts a fine blueprint for the
and traditions and all though popular producers, directors and
and widely known, they were well choreographers to build on –
contextualised by delightful Q&A and what a wonderful edifice
between the equally delightful and they did build! The talented
endearing asker-narrator duo. The choreographers creatively
eternally lovable young Ganesha contemporized the dances,
asking innocent questions of Shiva’s while yet rooting them in
trusted lieutenant and vehicle Nandi, tradition. The backdrop visuals,
who provides answers by way of lighting, on-stage effects
preludes to acts that follow, were a and sound were perfectly
well-devised mechanism that not synchronized rounding off the
only glued the production together production as a flawless effort.
but also provided a delightful What was most impressive
sideshow – quite literally, on a side- was the dedication and hard
stage midway up the auditorium. work of all concerned to draw
Nine months in the making, the best out of one another
Legends owes its success in large Snapshots in making this production so
parts to its engaging, flawless script. successful and memorable.
Indian culture seamlessly
The effort has proved beyond
combines legends, beliefs, The Legends doubt that with dedication and
philosophy, ethics, ritual, devotion, of Shiva willingness, it is possible to not
artistic expression and much else only preserve our traditions
into sheer kaleidoscopic beauty. in far off lands but also instill
And the script of Legends does in our youth a love of our
full justice to all these facets most traditions while developing
handsomely. It is many layered and their talents and providing
one can take away from it as much them a platform to display
or as little, depending on one’s them.
proclivities and familiarity with our Chinmaya Mission NZ’s
many splendoured traditions. President of the Executive
All the more kudos to Committee Ram Lingam
scriptwriters Swami Atulananda and says, “A mammoth effort
Nikhil Mokkapati for not just this like this is a hallmark of
stupendous effort but equally for Chinmaya Mission youth
contextualising it for the uninitiated not just in New Zealand but
and for the partially initiated, if I worldwide. With productions
may use that expression. like these, Chinmaya Mission
(On a personal note, having endeavours to highlight the
worked as one of the editors of the spiritual wisdom of India
well-known series Amar Chitra to the community at large,
Katha many years ago – I recall particularly to our modern
having worked on Tales of Shiva educated generation.”
and Sati and Shiva – I can appreciate If the standing ovations
the effort that would have gone into at the end of the each of the
the script and I doff my hat to the four performances is anything
scriptwriters.) to go by, the audiences will
The different rasas of Shiva be waiting with bated breath
– fearsomeness, compassion, for this wonderfully talented
simplicity and steadfastness, team’s next offering.
to list a few – were expressed
beautifully drawing from a variety Dev Nadkarni is the founding
of performing art traditions ranging editor of Indian Weekender
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 FIJI 15


ndian Prime Minister Narendra “We have excellent co-operation
Modi has congratulated his Fijian in both bilateral and multilateral for
counterpart, Prime Minister Voreqe
Bainimarama, on his re-election as
a for our shared objectives. I am
confident that our strong relationship
Prime Minister throughout the next
four-year term of Government.
will continue to grow under your
on climate
In a congratulatory note to Prime ambition
Minister Bainimarama, Prime Minister We have excellent co- iji has called for business
Modi said India and Fiji enjoy operation in both bilateral houses to place an emphasis
traditionally warm and cordial relations on climate ambition measures
and multilateral for a for
based on mutual respect, goodwill and in their meeting agendas so as to
understanding. our shared objectives. I am ensure that there is more commitment
“On behalf of the Government confident that our strong by all stakeholders.
and the people of India and on my relationship will continue This call was made by Fiji’s
own personal behalf, I extend warm to grow under your Ambassador in Belgium and former
greetings and congratulations on Your COP23 Envoy, Deo Saran at a side
leadership event at COP24 that saw Fiji handing
Excellency’s re-election as the Prime
Minister of the Republic of Fiji. over the Marrakech Business Action
"I also convey my best wishes for Prime Minister Modi added that for Climate (MBA 4 Climate) to
continued progress and prosperity of India and Fiji share important values Poland.
the people of the Republic of Fiji under that support the countries’ strong MBA 4 Climate is a network of
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during
your able leadership.” bilateral relationship. a visit to India in March this year. Photo: DEPTFO News Global Employers’ Associations
committed to accelerating climate

Fiji maintains support for global action for the implementation of the
Paris Agreement.
The network aims to create

compact on migration synergy and permanent exchanges

between the private sectors, with

the objective of commitments to
S migration and the However, since the negotiation partner with governments and
treatment of migrants of the text, several countries have others in the implementation of the
continue to gather interest, withdrawn their support for the Paris Agreement. It also aims to
Fiji and the Pacific Small Island Compact. promote the emergence of a new
Developing States have maintained Fiji is represented at the Compact low-carbon economy that combats
support for a Global Compact meeting by Fiji’s Permanent climate change while creating new
on Migration. Representative to the UN in Geneva jobs and advancing shared economic
According to a statement from Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan prosperity.
Government, the compact guide and the First Secretary to Fiji’s In officiating at the handing over
countries on policies for cross Mission to the UN in New York of the presidency from Fiji’s “Fiji
border migration. Gene Bai. Commerce & Employers Federation”
Migration is one of the most Ambassador Khan spoke on Fiji’s to Poland’s “Employers of the
challenging and controversial experiences with climate change Republic of Poland, Ambassador
features of modern reality, together and migration in an event hosted Saran highlighted the vital role of the
with climate change and disasters. by the International Organisation business sector in achieving climate
This year in July, State parties for Migration and also chaired a ambition targets.
of the United Nations agreed to a side event before the GCM meeting Business and industry Ambassador
text for a Global Compact based today, on policy coherence between Saran noted has a significant role to
on the dignity and human rights of international organizations and play in enabling the global economy
all migrants and includes a section national governments, on climate to achieve its climate goals. More and
on migrants who move across Ambassador Khan and First Secretary Bai while attending the Global Compact on change induced migration. more companies are now committed
borders as a result of disasters and Migration
Speakers included the High to leadership on climate action than
climate change. Together with the must include such migration in their Commissioner for Refugees Filippo ever before.
Fiji and the Pacific SIDS recommendations of the Task Force national policies because of their Grandi, the High Commissioner However, it is not enough yet he
have supported the compact and on Displacement of the Warsaw vulnerability to climate change. for Human Rights Ms Michelle says and more needs to be done faster
especially for the sections which International Mechanism at the The member States of the Bachelet, the Director General of to fully transition to a zero-carbon
promote an inclusive approach to UNFCCC COP24 this month, the United Nation and civil society the International Organization for and resilient economy.
climate change displacement, as this GCM provides a blueprint to representatives are meeting Migration Mr Antonio Vitorino and The Ambassador adding that
is an issue of central interest to the guide the policies of all countries, in Morocco to formally adopt the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh through the network there would
be an opportunity to ensure climate
Pacific. especially those in the Pacific, which the Compact. Shahidul Haque.
action remains on its agenda.

Many Fijians benefit from Fiji wins Cape Town 7s after beating USA 29-15
India’s ITEC programme T
he Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s
side has defeated USA 29-15 to claim
the Cape Town 7s title for the first
time. USA had a strong start with both teams

he government of India spends $1.5 showing great skill and defence which was
million Fijian dollars each year to shown when Aminiasi Tuimaba chased down
provide short course trainings for 150 Perry Baker to prevent a try.
Fijians to study in India. Captain Kalione Nasoko led his team
Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas scoring their first try in the third minute giving
Sapkal says the India Technical and Economic Fiji an early lead 5-0 in the first half. minute after breaking through USA’s defence
The Fijian side held their ground defensively and Folau Niua was yellow carded after a
cooperation (ITEC) programme is enabling
as the Americans bombarded them time and dangerous tackle on Jerry Tuwai.
the trained individuals to return to Fiji and
time again. USA scored two more tries but it was not
contribute positively to the workforce. Player of the final, Vilimoni Botitu scored enough to catch up to Fiji’s 29-15 lead.
Sapkal says education is a tool and the Indian Fiji’s second try intercepting a pass from Meanwhile Fiji Men’s National 7s Coach
Government will continue providing assistance Madison Hughes in the fifth minute adding to Gareth Baber says that he is proud of the boy’s
in this sector. Fiji’s lead 12-0 while Sevuloni Mocenacagi performance.
“IT is an important sector along with scored right after the halftime hooter extending Fiji had earlier defeated Spain in their
management and public administration. The Fiji’s lead 17-0 going into halftime. quarterfinal 46-7 and later defeated hosts
police force also goes to India to train and a lot Botitu scored his second try of the game in South Africa in their semifinal 17-12.
of employees from Water Authority of Fiji keep the third minute of the second half. The Fiji side has drastically improved their
going to India, enriching their own experiences USA’s first try came from Ben Pinkleman defence when compared to last weeks games
Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal as he powered through a tackle by Mesulame but discipline is still a lingering issue for the
and knowledge which they later apply in Fiji.”
Kunavula and Jerry Tuwai. side as they had received a total of 3 yellow
Sapkal says this programme also enhances To date, over 8000 Fijians have benefited
Nasoko scored his second try in the fifth cards throughout the tournament.
the bilateral relations between the two countries. from this programme.
Thought of the week
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving
up. The most certain way to succeed is
always to try just one more time"
– Thomas A. Edison
Congress wins, but Auckland Weather forecast for the week
December 14 – December 21, 2018
BJP not yet out: Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
Mixed signals for
2019 Indian elections Partly Mostly
Sunny, a few cloudy,
sunny, a
A little

showers showers shower Pleasant
he Congress recorded its best-ever performance against the BJP since the disastrous
2014 Lok Sabha polls capturing power in the three Hindi heartland states and reviving
its hopes in the next general elections. 23°
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However the outcome has also sent signals that defeating the BJP nationally may not be an 16°
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easy task.
Except for Chhattisgarh, where the party won a two-thirds majority, the results were not as
resounding as the Congress would have liked, especially in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan
This week in New Zealand’s history
where it failed to cross the half-way mark on its own by just two seats.  14 December 2009
It lost power in Mizoram, the only north eastern state it had, and was routed in Telangana
Cabinet endorses Tino Rangatiratanga flag
where its decision to go with the Telugu Desam Party evidently boomeranged.
he government recognised the Māori (Tino Rangatiratanga) flag as the preferred national
The verdict, with the Congress poised to form governments in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and
Māori flag. While it does not carry official status, flying it alongside the New Zealand
Madhya Pradesh, coincided with the first anniversary of Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as party
flag on days of national significance is intended to symbolise and enhance the Crown–Māori
chief, raising his stature as a leader and enhancing his image as a serious politician.  relationship.
The outcome is expected to energize the Congress rank and file who have been largely starved
of election victories since its 2014 debacle. The latest victory is the first time since 2014 when
the Congress has defeated the BJP in a straight contest.  15 December 1915
Questions remain if the verdict is strong enough to dent the image of Prime Minister Narendra The evacuation of Gallipoli begins
Modi as an effective campaigner and communicator but it is likely to give some confidence to
Congress workers that the party has a chance to turn the tables if there is a “Modi versus Rahul”
contest in 2019. 
I n a well-planned operation, which contrasted sharply with those mounted earlier in the
Gallipoli campaign, Allied forces successfully withdrew from Anzac and Suvla between 15
and 20 December.
The outcome will strengthen the position of the Congress in the emerging alliance of
opposition parties to take on the BJP-led alliance in 2019 and increase worries of Modi and 15 December 1944
BJP chief Amit Shah in the Hindi heartland states where the BJP won most seats in the 2014
Poll tax on Chinese immigrants abolished
Lok Sabha battle. 
he Finance Act (No. 3) abolished the poll tax introduced in 1881, which was described by
The Congress has performed well as a challenger but has found it hard to defend its incumbent
Minister of Finance Walter Nash as a ‘blot on our legislation’.
The results showed that the Congress can build its campaign around the issues of agrarian
distress, unemployment, demonetization, corruption, security of women, Goods and Services
16 December 1905
Tax (GST), autonomy of institutions and “misuse” of investigative agencies. All Blacks' non-try hands Wales historic win
The outcome has given the opportunity to Congress to pose a challenge to the BJP though it
would be an uphill challenge to implement its promise of farm loan waivers. It had attacked the A great rugby rivalry was born when a try by All Black Bob Deans was disallowed, resulting
in the only loss of the ‘Originals’ tour (see 16 September). The incident is still debated.
BJP governments in the states and the Centre on the issue. 
Rahul Gandhi ran an energetic campaign since the announcement of polls in the five states in 16 December 1977
October and held 62 rallies, targeting Modi in every meeting.  Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 passed
He addressed 19 public meetings and held one roadshow in Chhattisgarh, 25 public meetings arliament passed the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977 as a result of an
and four road shows in Madhya Pradesh, 19 public meetings and two roadshows in Rajasthan, inquiry by a Royal Commission.
17 public meetings in Telangana and two rallies in Mizoram. 
Gandhi was able to effect an organisational coherence in the poll-bound states, overcoming
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With the opposition unlikely to project a Prime Ministerial candidate, the BJP is likely to play
this to its advantage in the Lok Sabha elections by making it “Modi versus who” battle
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Five reasons for India to lead in

Universal Health Care with Ayurveda
RAM N. KUMAR  expensive and ineffective in terms of healthcare accessibility to a vast population.

he healthcare access of a country assuring overall the health of the common Traditional medicine practitioners are still
reflects its economic, social and citizen. Treatment costs are escalating day primary healthcare providers in the country’s
political standards and growth on the by day, making healthcare accessible only rural and remote areas.
world stage. According to the World Health to a very small percentage of the country’s * The side effects of western medicine and
Organization (WHO), half the world’s 7.3 ever increasing population the inclinational of health-conscious people
billion population lacks access to essential • A holistic and preventive medical towards natures blessings has also increased the
health services. science, Ayurveda is the oldest system popularity of Ayurveda in urban India and it is
Around 800 million people have to spend dating back to more than 3,500 years. No now gathering pace across the world
10 per cent of their income on their healthcare. medicine system understands body and With a focus on research, innovation and
And more than 100 million people become mind so deeply and wholly as Ayurveda market creation, we can make Ayurveda
severely poor due to the medical expenses they does. Its treatment and therapies based on the first call of treatment. India can lead in
incur. natural herbs can cure any disease universal healthcare by taking the advantages
India’s healthcare infrastructure is in a shaky • The Ayurveda medicine system is of this ancient medicine system to everyone,
state and also has to surmount challenges of so deep that just by following the right everywhere.
lifestyle and chronic diseases such as cancer, advice on lifestyle and diet, one can stay By bringing evidence-based treatment
diabetes, asthma and cardiac ailments et al. healthy by minimising the vulnerability to to Ayurveda, we can achieve the universal
In such a scenario, even if accessibility and diseases. ambition of a healthier world. 
costs are improved to a certain degree, the real healthy. Indian Ayurveda has a huge potential Ayurveda is also the only comprehensive It is time for the world’s health organisations
health crisis remains unresolved.  to change the way we look at health services. answer to the most serious of chronic diseases to look eastward. It is time to think Ayurveda.
Even the World Health Organisation has This Universal Health Coverage Day, it is and every Ayurveda practitioner is a proof and
introduced its Traditional Medicine Strategy high time the country realised the potential of witness of the health miracles this age-old (Ram N. Kumar is Founder & CEO of

which aims to support member states to Ayurveda as a key to universal healthcare. Here medical science has accomplished NirogStreet, a technology-led Ayurveda
platform. The views expressed are
develop policies and to strengthen the role of are the five reasons for India to lead:  * The Ayurvedic medicine system is the only personal. He can be contacted at ram@
traditional medicine in keeping populations • Western medicine is becoming more cost-effective solution that can enhance the

Salvaging trust after Urjit Patel’s exit

established a lot of goodwill by
infusing independence in the RBI’s

isagreements between functioning.
the government and the The establishment of the monetary
central bank are a common policy committee that was tasked
occurrence in any economy. It with inflation targeting was the
is an expected outcome, given perfect model that ensured the
their contrasting roles where one operational independence of the
has to maintain the growth of the central bank to attain its objectives.
economy at a healthy pace while the The mechanism gave India a
other has to ensure price stability, state-of-the-art monetary policy
which sometimes dampens growth framework that was sorely missing
prospects. in the economy.
However, this time it was different It was one of the most important
as weeks of animosity between economic reforms of the BJP
North Block and Mint Street has government that is now at risk of
culminated in the resignation of the being dismantled. 
RBI Governor, Urjit Patel. Patel’s resignation, irrespective
To underscore the gravity of the of the reasons that caused it, puts a
situation, it should be pointed out significant dent on the public trust in
that it is only the second instance the autonomy of the functioning of
the central bank; something which
in the history of independent India
this government itself has tried hard
that an RBI governor had to resign.
to build.
The previous case goes back to
Trust is a currency that holds the
1957 when the RBI Governor, Sir
entire modern economic system
Benegal Rama Rau, resigned due collapse of IL&FS, which sparked public sector and one in the private the required reserves at over 26 per together and significantly reduces
to differences with the then Finance fears that banks might become wary sector - under its Prompt Corrective cent of the total assets compared with transaction costs. It will be extremely
Minister, T.T. Krishnamachari of lending to non-banking financial Action (PCA) framework under a global mean of 16 per cent, seems costly for the economy in the long-
(TTK). Rau had disliked the fact that companies (NBFCs) leading to a which these institutions face lending like a viable source to tap into. But run if that trust is weakened in any
TTK believed and publicly claimed liquidity squeeze within the sector restrictions until their proportion of the RBI has maintained that it needs sense.
that the RBI was a subordinate office that might put India’s credit market bad loans are substantially reduced. a strong balance sheet to function So, the government should
of the Finance Ministry and treated at risk. Since this regulation has dampened effectively. be wary of taking any actions
it as such. Most significantly, the MSME lending activity in the economy, The long-simmering tussle over that affect the public trust in the
He even openly hijacked the RBI’s sector was feared to take the worst the government has been pushing these issues was even punctuated country’s institutions as short-
monetary policy by announcing a hit, which would have brought the the RBI to ease its implementation, by finance ministry signalling the terms gains of kickstarting lending
stamp duty on bills. To Rau’s dismay, economy to a standstill. In order which the central bank has firmly invocation of the never-used Section activities or meeting the fiscal deficit
even Prime Minister Jawaharlal to avoid such an outcome, the resisted. 7 of the RBI Act, which allows the targets cannot compensate for the
Nehru sided with his Finance government wanted the RBI to open The third point of contention government to give directions to the repercussions that will emerge from
Minister. a special liquidity window for the was the central bank’s reserves. RBI that it may “consider necessary the means adopted in achieving them. 
The case of Urjit Patel somewhat NBFC sector and avoid the risk of a The government breached its full- in the public interest.” As far as The way forward for the
closely resembles that of Rau in the credit freeze. year fiscal deficit target at the end public knowledge goes, the Section government should be to adopt a
sense that his disagreements with the In turn, the RBI was of the view of October, which was meant to has not yet been invoked.  more collaborative approach with the
government also seemingly arose that a liquidity window should be the happen by the end of March 2019. It is not yet clear what specifically RBI, instead of a combative one, to
from its intrusion into the RBI’s measure of last resort. The situation Nevertheless, the government has led to Patel’s resignation, but a achieve the intended economic goals.
working. was not as exigent in its view. still maintained its commitment to combination of these factors surely (Amit Kapoor - amit.kapoor@
Over the last few weeks, it had The second contentious issue was not breach the fiscal deficit target of has had a role to play. A former RBI - is chair,
become evident that there were at the RBI’s handling of the bad loan 3.3 per cent this year. So, it is looking governor painted the move as “a Institute for Competitiveness;
Chirag Yadav is senior
least three things that the government issue. for avenues to gain additional statement of protest”. researcher, Institute for
wants the RBI to do differently. In response to the NPA crisis, revenues. When the BJP government Competitiveness.) 
The first issue arose after the the RBI put 12 banks - 11 in the The RBI, which has way more than had come into power, it had
18 INDIA Friday, December 14, 2018 The Indian Weekender


ongress president Rahul Gandhi declared victory in
Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, giving
the credit to “party workers, farmers, youth and
small businesses”.
Ending its near eclipse and breathing new life into Opposition
attempts to set up a united front against the BJP-led NDA in the
run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress returned to the
Hindi heartland with impressive gains in the assembly elections
Tuesday, routing the BJP in Chhattisgarh after 15 years.
The party is set to form the government in Rajasthan and has
staked claim in Madhya Pradesh though, until late at night, the
seesaw battle for power in Bhopal continued.
That nine of the 13 Independents elected in Rajasthan and the
four Independents in Madhya Pradesh are all Congress rebels
appeared to have tilted the scales in the favour of the party in
these two states.
MP Congress president Kamal Nath sought a late night
appointment with the Governor on behalf of his party to form
the government. In his letter to Raj Bhavan, he underlined that
all the Independents have assured support to the Congress.
In the evening, Congress president Rahul Gandhi declared
victory in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan,
giving the credit to “party workers, farmers, youth and small
businesses”. He thanked the outgoing Chief Ministers of the
BJP-ruled states for their achievements, saying “it is time for
change and we will take their work forward”.
Soon after, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections — Ashok Gehlot spoke not just Yet the success in this round pose challenges as well. While
tweets, congratulated the Congress “for their victories” and for his party in Rajasthan but Congressmen elsewhere too: “ Congress leaders feel it will give the party bargaining rights
said: “We accept the people’s mandate with humility. I thank People did not have the confidence that anybody can actually with regional parties when it comes to seat sharing, they also
the people of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan defeat Narendra Modi. And today’s victory has dispelled admit it also will inject a sense of insecurity among them.
for giving us the opportunity to serve these states. The BJP that perception.” Echoing this sentiment, senior CPI leader D Raja said: “It
Governments in these states worked tirelessly for the welfare Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan together will strengthen the Congress, also strengthen all secular,
of the people.” account for 65 Lok Sabha seats, of which the BJP had won 62 democratic parties.
He also congratulated “KCR Garu for the thumping win in 2014 when the Modi wave swept the Hindi heartland. "Everyone will have to draw lessons and be mutually
in Telangana” and “the Mizo National Front (MNF) for their For the Opposition, there is a significant takeaway from accommodative and realistic so that the unity of secular and
impressive victory in Mizoram”. Thanking his party workers, the verdict Tuesday — that the BJP under Modi is no longer democratic forces is taken forward to ensure the defeat of the
he said “victory and defeat are an integral part of life”. invincible. The victory is doubly sweet for the Congress BJP in the 2019 elections.”
As the results came in and it became clear that the Congress because it is the first time that the party has defeated the BJP in Leaders in the Opposition said had the Congress tied up with
had finally managed to buck the trend of electoral reverses a direct fight since 2014. It came close in Gujarat but the BJP the BSP in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the results would
and voter alienation — it lost power in a dozen states since eventually raced past the post. not have been so close.

Rahul Gandhi to decide who will be CM in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

In Madhya Pradesh, the main contenders are Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia. In Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot are eyeing for the top spot

ongress president Rahul The Samajwadi Party and the years, the grand-old party wrested
Gandhi will announce the Bahujan Samaj Party have offered power from the BJP in the state.
name of the new chief support to the Congress. Mizo National Front (MNF)
minister in Rajasthan and Madhya president Zoramthanga to be
Who will be CM in Chhattis-
Pradesh, the Hindi-heartland states garh: Rahul Gandhi to decide Mizoram CM
won by the party in the recently Mallikarjun Kharge, Observer for Mizo National Front (MNF)
concluded Assembly Elections. Chhattisgarh said party chief Rahul president Zoramthanga would be
In Madhya Pradesh, the main Gandhi will decide who will become sworn-in as the chief minister of
contenders for the position are the Chief Minister of the state.” Mizoram at the Raj Bhavan on
It has been unanimously decided Saturday. The MNF returned to
state party president Kamal Nath
that the head of the CLP leaders power in Mizoram by bagging
and campaign committee chief
will be decided by Rahul Gandhi. 26 seats of the 40-member state
Jyotiraditya Scindia. In Rajasthan, legislature after a decade.
former chief minister Ashok Gehlot Rahul Gandhi had said that even if
a resolution is passed unanimously, KCR sworn-in as Telangana
and the party’s young face in the deliberate on the CM face, Congress central observer of the state and was
every MLA should be talked CM
state-Sachin Pilot-are eyeing for the leader Shobha Ozha announced present at the meeting. In Rajasthan
to & their opinions have to be With the emphatic victory of the
top spot. that MLAs made a unanimous too, the onus is now on the party considered,” media quoted him TRS, K Chandrashekhar Rao was
A day after the results were decision that party president chief to choose between the hopeful as saying. The contenders are sworn in as the Chief Minister of
announced, the Congress said it Rahul Gandhi will decide CMs. Tamardhwaj Sahu-the 69-year-old Telangana on Thursday, his second
would stake claim to form "It who will be the Chief Meanwhile, Gehlot and Pilot MP from Durg, TS Singh Deo-who consecutive term. Known for his
the government in both has been Minister in Madhya have arrived at the residence of was the Leader of Opposition in penchant for Vastu and Astrology,
states. unanimously Pradesh. Former Governor Kalyan Singh to form Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly, KCR decided upon taking oath at
After a Congress decided that the head Defence Minister the government. T and current President of Chhattisgarh 1.34 pm following advice from
Legislative Party meet of the CLP leaders will AK Antony was The Congress party won 99 seats Pradesh Congress Committee Laxmi Narayan Acharya, the chief
be decided by Rahul Bhupesh Baghe. priest of the Yadadri temple, who
in Bhopal Wednesday to appointed the in the 199-member house.
Gandhi." Ending electoral draught of 15 has cited the time as “auspicious”.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 INDIA 19


15,779 Indian websites hacked during January-
November 2018, says IT ministry
ver 15,700 Indian websites were reported hacked this year up to

November, Parliament was informed Wednesday.
rime Minister Narendra Modi “As per information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency
on Wednesday inaugurated
Response Team (CERT-In), 33,147, 30,067 and 15,779 Indian websites were
the fourth Partners' Forum, an
hacked during the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 (up to November) respectively,”
international conference organised to
electronics and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the
improve the health and well-being
Lok Sabha.
of women, children and adolescents,
with about 1,500 participants from He added that the government has taken following measures to enhance the
85 countries. cyber security and prevent cyber attacks in the country.
Addressing the Forum, Modi said: The minister said Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In)
"India was one of the first countries issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats and countermeasures
to advocate focused attention on a regular basis and cyber security exercises are conducted regularly to
on adolescence and implement enable assessment of cyber security posture and preparedness of organisations
a full-fledged health promotion in government and critical sectors.
and prevention programme for Prime Minister Narendra Modi with dignitaries at the inauguration of the Partners'
India to launch GSAT 7 satellite for Indian Air Force
Forum-2018 in New Delhi on Dec. 12, 2018
He also said that "it is only
partnerships between citizens,
Mission Indradhanush has been
selected as one of the case studies
for Maternal, Newborn and Child
Health (PMNCH), will conclude. I ndia will be launching
GSAT 7A, a military
communication satellite for
communities and countries that will under Quality, Equity and Dignity The mission of PMNCH is
get us to our goals". (QED) theme. to support the global health the Indian Air Force (IAF),
"India stands ready to support "I am pleased to note that India's community to work successfully on December 19 with its
its fellow countries in the march to immunisation programme, a subject towards achieving the Sustainable Geosynchronous Satellite
achieving their development goals close to my heart, is being featured Development Goals (SDGs), Launch Vehicle (GSLV Mk
through skill building and training as a success story in this forum. particularly the health-related SDGs II) rocket, said Indian space
programmes, provision of affordable Under Mission Indradhaush, we as articulated in the Strategy for agency.
medicines and vaccines, knowledge reached 32.8 million children and 8.4 Women's Children's and Adolescents' According to the Indian
transfers and exchange programmes." million pregnant women over the last Health in support of 'Every Woman Space Research Organisation
Modi said that the countries have three years. "We have also increased Every Child' (EWEC) movement, the (ISRO), its GSLV rocket will launch the 2,250-kg communication satellite,
gathered to discuss ways to improve the number of vaccines under the Prime Minister's Office said. GSAT-7A from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre
health and wellbeing of mothers and universal immunisation programme The invited countries have been SHAR, Sriharikota.
children as it "will determine the from seven to 12. Our vaccines now selected from across all regions and The Indian space agency said just over 19 minutes after GSLV rocket's
health of our tomorrow". cover life threatening diseases like income levels and nations that are lift-off, GSAT 7A will be injected into a geosynchronous transfer orbit from
"We have achieved a lot of pneumonia and diarrhoea," he said. currently chairing key global and
where it would be lifted to its final geostationary orbit.
progress in the last few years and yet This is the second time India is regional bodies, including G7, G20,
The satellite with a maximum life of eight years will be for the use of IAF.
a lot remains to be done. From bigger hosting the Partners' Forum. The last BRICS, and others.
The satellite is built to provide communication capability to the users in Ku-
budgets to better outcomes, and from one was held in 2010. The programme of the Partners'
band over the Indian region.
mindset change to monitoring, there The two-day conference, Forum will be framed around the
are a lot of interventions required," organised by the Central government Earlier, ISRO had sent up GSAT 7 or Rukmini, a communication satellite,
objectives of the Global Strategy of
Modi added. From India, Intensified in association with the Partnership for use by the Indian Navy.
Survive - Thrive - Transform.

India hands over first 50 houses built

India joins elite club, inducts advanced submarine
rescue vessel

for Rohingya refugees in Myanmar I ndia has joined an elite group of nations by inducting its first flyaway Deep
Sea Submarine Rescue System along with other associated equipment here
on Wednesday.
The first batch of 50 houses was formally handed over to the Myanmar authorities on Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba inducted the first of the two non-
Tuesday, President Kovind’s office tweeted. tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) at the Naval Dockyard.

ndia on Tuesday handed over to "I hope we don't have to use it, but in case we need to use, the intention is
Myanmar the first 50 houses built to rescue each and every life," Admiral Lanba observed.
by the country for the displaced The induction of DSRV has catapulted India into a small league of navies
minority Rohingya Muslims in the globally that posses an integral submarine rescue capability, said Vice-
restive Rakhine province. Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval
The housing units were handed Command. Designed and supplied by M/s. James Fisher & Sons, UK, to meet
over after President Ram Nath the unique requirements of the Indian Navy, the most advanced DSRV is
Kovind and his Myanmar counterpart manned by three crew members and has a capacity to rescue 14 personnel at
U Win Myint held delegation-level
a time from a distressed submarine upto a depth of 650 metres.
talks and decided to step up bilateral
While the first DSRV will be based in Mumbai, another one will be
ties. India is building 250 houses
inducted in a few months and will be based in Vishakhapatnam, the Eastern
in Rakhine province as part of a
Naval Command headquarters.
developmental project.
The first batch of 50 houses More than 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to PM hands over tricolour to divyang mountaineer

was formally handed over to the neighbouring Bangladesh since August 2017 after a military crackdown, triggering a
rime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday handed over the tricolour
massive refugee crisis.
Myanmar authorities on Tuesday, flag to Arunima Sinha, marking the beginning of her expedition to Mount
President Kovind’s office tweeted. designed to assist the Myanmar Rohingya Muslims fled from
Vinson, Antarctica.
India is building 250 houses in government in Rakhine State to build Myanmar’s Rakhine state to
Sinha, the first female divyang to climb Mount Everest, called on the Prime
Myanmar’s Rakhine province as housing infrastructure for displaced neighbouring Bangladesh since
Minister here and apprised him of her upcoming mountaineering expedition
part of a developmental project. The persons, which senior Indian officials August 2017 after a military
to Antarctica. Modi lauded her impressive achievements and extended his
first batch of 50 houses was formally said was appreciated not just by the crackdown, triggering a massive
handed over to the government of Myanmar but also refugee crisis. best wishes for her latest venture.
India signed a development by the United Nations and other Kovind is currently on a three-day Sinha had earlier conquered the highest peaks in five continents, becoming
programme for Rakhine State in agencies. state visit to Myanmar, the first by a the first female divyang to achieve the feat
Myanmar late last year which was More than 700,000 minority President of India in 12 years.

India, Iceland discuss geothermal energy cooperation

ndia and Iceland discussed cooperation following the meeting. "The Icelandic Geothermal energy is thermal energy Reykjavik, said that his country wants more
in geothermal energy among other areas Minister appreciated growing opportunities for generated and stored in the earth. Thermal bilateral trade with India, especially through
during a bilateral meeting between External Icelandic companies in the fast-growing Indian energy is the energy that determines the the export of high quality seafood.
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Icelandic economy," it stated. temperature of matter. India has been working He also said that with the launch of the new
Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarso. "The two Ministers expressed satisfaction on renewable energy initiatives with New Delhi New Delhi-Reykjavik flight, Iceland wants to
"The two Ministers noted that in the areas at the ongoing cooperation at multilateral and setting up the International Solar Alliance (ISA) attract Indian tourists and referred to the song
such as geothermal energy, fisheries, IT, international forums." following the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Geruwa from the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol
pharmaceuticals and tourism, both countries Ahead of the meeting, Thordarson said that Thordarson, who arrived here on Friday starrer Dilwale that was shot entirely in Iceland.
could establish strong partnership," the his country was keen to share its experience in on the inaugural WOW Airlines flight that Thordarson believes a smoother visa regime
External Affairs Ministry said in a statement generating geothermal energy. connects New Delhi with Iceland's capital will boost tourist flow both ways.
20 INDIA ABROAD Friday, December 14, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Sundar Pichai denies chef overseas to prove

'Challenging for an Indian
political bias to Congress himself on home ground'
oogle CEO Sundar Pichai

on Tuesday denied that the ondon-based Alfred Prasad
tech giant favours the more may be a Michelin-starred
progressive political currents, in Indian chef with over 25 years
contrast to what some legislators of experience. But in India, he is
and media outlets have claimed, in born again, with a flourish, setting
his first appearance before the US up the Indian restaurant Omya in The
Congress. Oberoi Hotel in Delhi. Prasad also
“I lead this company without recently curated dishes for the frozen
political bias and work to ensure food major Innovative Foods that
that our products continue to operate owns the Sumeru brand.
that way. To do otherwise would go "The challenge for an Indian
against our core principles and our chef who has established himself
business interests. We are a company overseas is to prove his mettle in his
that provides platforms for diverse home country," Prasad, now running
perspectives and opinions - and we other controversies. messages with the aim of influencing his own Mahika Ltd consulting
have no shortage of them among Another basic question being the 2016 presidential election. company, told said.
our own employees,” Pichai told the handled in these hearings has been In April, Facebook CEO Mark Many chefs and brand experts
Senate Judiciary Committee. the ability of the tech companies to Zuckerberg also faced lawmakers’ media spoke to agreed that Prasad's service restaurants) Rs 1,500 crore
The Google CEO said that Google deal with foreign interference in US questions, although on that occasion tie-up with Innovative Foods is a and hotels and restaurants about
does “want to allow for diverse elections. they focused on the scandal first-of-its-kind in the country -- Rs.1,000 crore," Innovative Foods
perspectives and opinions, but we Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and involving Cambridge Analytica, a curating the food for a brand and CEO Mithun Appaiah said.
have rules of the road. When we Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told political consulting firm that gained his name and image featuring on On the setting up of Omya
find violations on our policies, the Senate in September that their unauthorised access to 87 million the product pack. The tagline on restaurant, Prasad said: "For
we do remove those videos (from firms are now “better prepared” to Facebook user accounts. the product pack says: Michelin- the Oberois, the Delhi property
YouTube),” Efe reported. combat those type of attacks. On Monday, Google announced starred Chef Alfred Prasad's is prestigious. When they
In recent months, the committee Sandberg and Dorsey defended that it had decided to move up the Signature Dishes. "The refurbished the property, they
headed by Republican Sen. Bob their efforts almost a year after closure of its social networking "The Omya at The challenge decided to have an Indian
Goodlatte has held hearings focusing their companies confirmed before platform Google+ to April 2019 after Oberoi and Sumeru for an Indian chef restaurant."
on whether big tech firms display any the same committee that Russia detecting a new security breach that frozen food are the who has established "I told the Oberoi's top
kind of anti-conservative bias against used accounts on their platforms exposed the private information of two opportunities for himself overseas is to management, it should be
such policies or lawmakers, among to disseminate divisive political 52.5 million users. me to prove myself prove his mettle in his collaborative effort with
as an Indian chef once home country" their knowledge of the
Diaspora should act as India’s ambassadors: Rijiju again," Prasad said. local market as I didn't know

Queried about his the current Delhi market after
nion Minister of State for
professional journey from being in London for over 20 years,"
Home Kiren Rijiju told
traditional hot kitchen food to frozen Prasad said.
a visiting group of 40 Looking back, Prasad said the
foods, Prasad said: "The talks with
Indian Diaspora youths to act as Innovative Foods started a year back. training at Bukhara and Dum Pukht
ambassadors of India’s growth story We wanted to disrupt the frozen food at ITC Maurya in Delhi and working
and spread the good word about their market in India. Earlier, it was only in the South Indian restaurant
experience in this country on their fried stuff and raw frozen vegetables Dakshin at ITC Park Sheraton in
return. and not the gourmet range," Prasad Chennai gave him a good foundation
The group from eight countries said. in Indian cuisine.
is in India as part of a 25-day The Bengaluru-based company He said he went to London to
visit under the 49th ‘Know India Netherlands (1) and Sri Lanka (1) for New Generation Acceleration), recently launched four frozen food work in Veerasamy restaurant and
Programme’ (KIP) being organised here, Rijiju said: “The government Scholarship Programme for products – Super Millet Kichidi, later joined the Tamarind restaurant.
by the Ministry of External Affairs in recognizes the importance of the Diaspora Children (SPDC) and Coromandel Roasted Chicken, In 2002, at the age of 29, he got the
partnership with the Andhra Pradesh Indian Diaspora and has a well laid Indian Technical and Economic Coromandel Paneer and Signature Michelin star.
down policy for engaging with the Cooperation (ITEC). Pepper Chicken – curated by Prasad. "I was not chasing stars... it
Diaspora community.”  Besides Andhra Pradesh and Delhi, "Eight more products are in the happened on its own. The Michelin
The KIP is an initiative to engage
Rijiju invited the Indian Diaspora the 25-day tour will also takes them development pipeline," Prasad said. star rating is given based on what
young Indian Diaspora in the age is on the plate and not on other
Prasad is quite elated as his name
group of 18 to 30 years and make youths to avail scholarship to Agra. They will also meet senior
and image will enter thousands of considerations like the restaurant
them feel a sense of connect with programme GIAN (Global Initiative functionaries in the Central and state
Indian and overseas homes. decor," Prasad explained.
their motherland. for Academic Network), VAJRA governments.  Experts agreed that as far as
"The ready-to-eat or heat-and-
Interacting with the participants Faculty Scheme which aims to bring Since 2004, the MEA has eat food market size is about Rs the Indian restaurant and the food
from Fiji (11), Guyana (6), Myanmar a strong international connect to the conducted 48 editions of KIP with 3,500 crore, out of which retail industry is concerned, Prasad is a
(6), Trinidad and Tobago (6), R&D ecosystem of India, Mission participation of 1,612 overseas will be about Rs 1,000 crore, new face now with a reputation built
South Africa (6), Suriname (3), the Shodh GANGA (Global Alliance Indian youths. food services (supplies to quick- in London.

'Indian city' Brampton to have Canada's first

world-class cricket stadium
ith its population or live in his city doesn't miss what To make the huge Indian
of cricket-loving they love, the Mayor told the Indo- community feel at home in his city,
immigrants increasing Canadian gathering. the Mayor said: "We will also have
rapidly, the Indian-dominated city of Known as a friend of India and the first outdoor 'garba' this year out
Brampton on the outskirts of Toronto Prime Minister Narendra Modi in on the streets." He also mentioned
will soon build the first world-class the Indo-Canadian community here, that Brampton already allows
cricket stadium in Canada. Brown, a former MP, has been to the Indo-Canadian community to
Announcing this while addressing India 18 times during the past 11 celebrate Diwali with fireworks.
members of the Indo-Canada years. The Mayor said that since creating
Chamber of Commerce on Friday, In fact, he started this year in jobs tops his agenda, he would diaspora communities of his city Brampton to businesses in India," he
Brampton's newly elected Mayor India by doing a puja in Varanasi take every step to make Brampton as its biggest assets, the Mayor said.
Patrick Brown said cricket is a and offering prayers at the Golden attractive for businesses and said he would use the huge Indian Assuring the Indian-friendly
passion in India as he has witnessed Temple in Amritsar. investors from anywhere, including community to pitch his city to Mayor of all support, Indo-Canada
during his visits. The Indo-Canadian community India, by keeping the cost of doing businesses in India. "The Indo- Chamber of Commerce President
"That's why we will build a world- accounts for a huge portion of the business in his city low. Canada Chamber of Commerce can Pramod Goyal said the chamber
class cricket stadium in Brampton city's population of over 600,000, "There won't be any tax increase open doors for Brampton in India. I has been building business bridges
during my term," so that anyone with Punjabis alone making up over during my term," he said. have been India 18 times in 11 years between the two countries for over
coming from India to do business 20 per cent of its population. Describing Indian and other and I will do now as Mayor to pitch 40 years and creating jobs.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 WORLD 21

Sri Lanka

passes vote of
confidence on

wins Conservative
ousted PM
ri Lanka's Parliament passed
a vote of confidence on
ousted Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe with 117 lawmakers
from the 225-member Parliament

Party vote of confidence

voting in his favour.
The vote came as incumbent
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

by 200 to 117 and parliamentarians loyal to him

boycotted sessions for the third
consecutive week, alleging that
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya was acting
in favour of Wickremesinghe and his
United National Party (UNP), Xinhua
news agency reported.
May had needed 159 votes for the simple majority to win the vote Following the vote, Wickremesinghe

rime Minister Theresa May won a from talks with European leaders aimed at the West as it grapples with the U.S. presidency thanked all the parliamentarians who
confidence vote from her party on winning additional assurances about her deal. of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness voted for him and promised to protect
Wednesday but 117 of her lawmakers said After two hours of voting in Committee Room from Russia and China. The outcome will shape democracy in the island country.
she was no longer the right leader to implement 14 in the House of Commons, Graham Brady, Britain’s $2.8 trillion economy, have far-reaching Rajapaksa loyalists, however, termed
Britain’s exit from the European Union. chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative consequences for the unity of the kingdom and the vote as "invalid", saying former
May had needed 159 votes for the simple backbenchers, said 200 Conservative lawmakers determine whether London keeps its place as one strongman was appointed the Prime
majority to win the vote. had voted in support of May as leader, and of the top two global financial centres. Minister and there was a government in
Britain’s March 29 exit has been plunged into 117 against. Supporters of Brexit admit there may be place as the Court of Appeal had only
crisis by parliamentary opposition to the divorce May, who voted to remain in the EU in the some short-term pain for Britain’s $2.9 trillion temporarily suspended the government
deal she struck with the EU last month, which has 2016 referendum, had warned opponents of economy, but say it will prosper in the long term from performing its duties.
opened up possibilities including a delay to Brexit her withdrawal deal – struck after two years of when cut free from the EU, which they cast as Meanwhile, the Speaker informed
or even another referendum on membership. negotiations – that if they toppled her, Brexit a failing German-dominated experiment in President Maithripala Sirisena on the
May on Monday cancelled a parliamentary vote would be delayed or stopped. European integration. results of the confidence vote, officials
on the deal, which is designed to maintain close Shortly before the vote, May sought to win over May, the 62-year-old daughter of a Church of said. Sri Lanka has been embroiled
future ties with the EU, after it became clear she wavering lawmakers by promising to step down England pastor, won the top job in the turmoil that in a political turmoil since President
would lose it. before the 2022 election. followed the 2016 EU referendum. Sirisena surprisingly sacked Prime
Eurosceptic critics of the deal within her Brexit is Britain’s most significant political She promised to implement Brexit, while
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in
own party triggered a no-confidence vote in her and economic decision since World War Two. keeping close ties to the bloc, to heal a
late October and appointed former
leadership on Tuesday, hours after she returned Pro-Europeans fear the departure will weaken divided nation.
President Rajapaksa in his place.

Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce De Leon

bags Miss World 2018 crown
ndia’s Manushi Chhillar, who
won the Miss World pageant
last year, on Saturday passed the
baton to Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce De
Leon at a glitzy ceremony, where the
first runner-up title went to Thailand’s
representative and Femina Miss
India 2018 Anukreethy Vas failed to
make it even to the top 12.
“I can’t believe it, I really can’t
believe it... And I think all the girls
deserved it. I am proud to represent The Sun's heat can no longer touch Voyager 2 but its gravity still can.
all of them. I will do as much as I
can in the time I have got. Thank you Voyager 2 is now also in interstellar
so much, everyone,” Vanessa said
backstage after winning the crown at space behind its Voyager 1 twin
the Sanya City Arena here. orty-one years after it left As NASA explains, it will take With that little memory, the duo
The 26-year-old smiled away Earth, NASAs Voyager 2 Voyager 2,300 years to enter the inner produced remarkable images of
with moist eyes as she folded her
probe has now become only edge of the Oort Cloud, a collection planets unlike the often pointless
hands in gratitude to gesture the
the second human-made object to of small objects still affected by the selfies that that people produce using
traditional Indian ‘Namaste’ greeting
enter interstellar space after its twin Sun's gravity. their powerful smartphones.
when Manushi placed the elaborate Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, Voyager 1 did in 2012. Estimates of how far the Oort The Voyager missions have been
crown on her head. She took a walk 26, is crowned by former Miss World
as the newly-crowned beauty queen, 2017 India’s Manushi Chhillar as she Since November 5, the instrument Cloud stretches vary between about an astonishing success for NASA.
waving at the crowd and wrapped up
wins the Miss World 2018 title in Sanya, on Voyager 2 that detects plasma from 1,000 astronomical units (AU) - one Originally built to last five years
the evening with a celebratory dance
Hainan island, China on Saturday,
the Sun, also called solar wind, has AU is the distance between the Sun they both lasted nearly eight times
December 8, 2018.
with co-contestants. representative Nicolene Pichapa not observed solar wind, indicating and the Earth of about 150 million that and during those four decades
Having pursued a degree in Limsnukan, 20, got the runner-up that it has left the heliosphere, "the kilometers - and 100,000 AU. transformed human understanding of
International Business, Vanessa, is spot. Others in the top 5 included protective bubble of particles and It will take the probes up to 30,000 the solar system.
currently on the board of directors of contestants from Belarus, Jamaica magnetic fields created by the Sun." years to completely cross the Oort They both conducted close-up
a rehab centre for girls and volunteers and Uganda. Voyager 2 is now some 18 billion Cloud. The Sun's heat can no longer studies of Jupiter and Saturn. NASA
for ‘Migrantes en el Camino’. She Indians were keeping their kilometers away compared to touch Voyager 2 but its gravity altered the path of Voyager such that
is a speaker for the National Youth fingers crossed for Anukreethy after Voyager 1 at 21.6 billion kilometers, still can. it conducted flybys of Uranus and
Institute as well as working as a Manushi broke a years-long jinx both offering a measure of how far However, for all practical purposes, Neptune, making the first exploration
model and a presenter.  for India at the Miss World beauty the empire of the Sun stretches. both spacecraft are in interstellar of those very distant planets.
An adventurous soul, she has pageant last year. But Anukreethy, a In terms of the reach of heliospheric space or the space between stars. The two spacecraft are expected
qualified as an open water scuba native of Tiruchirappalli, made it to particles or particles from the Sun, One everyday example of how much to last billions of years, drifting
diver, and also enjoys playing the top 30, but failed to make the cut both spacecraft are effectively technology has been revolutionised around in space and could be the
volleyball, painting and ultimate to the top 12 at the gala. outside of it but they still have a long since they left, smartphones now only available evidence of human
Frisbee, according to the official A total of 118 contestants way to traverse for them to escape have 200,000 times memory than the civilization in deep space for a
Miss World website. Thailand’s participated in the contest this year. the influence of solar gravity. two probes. prospective advanced civilization.
22 SPORTS Friday, December 14, 2018 The Indian Weekender

excites me,
says recently
retired Gautam
Gambhir Haven’t decided about it (coaching), but then
I like being part of an action. It is something
that has always excited me for all my life.
Let’s see, I am going to evaluate whether to
get into coaching or mentorship.

Talking about the controversial chapter in women’s cricket concerning the likes of Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and ex-
coach Ramesh Powar, ICC Test batsman of the year (2009) said that it is unfortunate to see such dissension in a team.

fter joining the family of retired Indian Johnson who plans to train himself to become Powar, ICC Test batsman of the year (2009) lots of confidence because it is already a 1-0
cricketers, Gautam Gambhir who is a coach, Gambhir said: “I have been a senior said that it is unfortunate to see such dissension advantage.
excited about coaching, is still torn player for Delhi for a very long time and in a team which is taking cricket forward to On the Perth pitch, former left-hander
between becoming a coach or a mentor. mentored those young kids as well. Coaching great heights. batsman said, “Wicket is going to suit fast
The highest run-getter in the final of 2007 T20 is not rocket science. I think it is about sharing “It is something unfortunate. These bowlers so whoever bowls well and put runs
World Cup and 2011 World Cup, Gambhir in your experience and being as honest as you can. controversies shouldn’t happen. I think it has will have the advantage in the Perth Test”.
an exclusive interview said: “Haven’t decided It is just your passion whether you like it or you more to do with ego. Whatever BCCI would Gambhir announced his retirement from
about it (coaching), but then I like being part don’t. And If you like it you will enjoy and help decide, it will be best in the interest of the team. all formats of cricket earlier on December 4,
of an action. It is something that has always someone become better and try to achieve his Ultimately, it is not about what an individual calling it the most difficult decision taken with
excited me for all my life. Let’s see, I am going dream. So that is something that excites me to wants. Whatever is better for the team that the heaviest heart. In his last outing for Delhi in
to evaluate whether to get into coaching or become.” should happen,” he said. the Ranji Trophy against Andhra Pradesh, the
mentorship.” Talking about the controversial chapter in Meanwhile, reacting on the second-Test of former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain
When asked whether he will follow the women’s cricket concerning the likes of Mithali the ongoing four-match series between India went on to score 112 off 185 balls with the help
footsteps of Australian bowler Mitchell Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur and ex-coach Ramesh and Australia, Gambhir said India will have of ten boundaries at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Australia storm Sindhu beats defending champion

into hockey World Yamaguchi in BWF World Tour Finals in China
Cup semis
ndia's P.V. Sindhu on been too defensive against her
Wednesday beat world opponent and would be hoping
number two and defending to repeat last year's performance,
champion Akane Yamaguchi of when she went on to win the
Japan 24-22, 21-15 in her opening tournament despite a first-round
match of the BWF World Tour loss to Sindhu.
Finals in Guangzhou. The top two players from
World number six Sindhu, who the two groups will qualify for

lost last year's final to Yamaguchi the semi-finals, after which a
ustralia thrashed France 3-0 to enter in Dubai, saved two game points knockout draw will be held.
the semi-finals of the ongoing Hockey in the opening game and took the Sindhu and Yamaguchi have
World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga match in 55 minutes, reports Efe. but once I won that game I played Sindhu trailed in both games been clubbed together with world
Stadium on Wednesday. "It's important to start well in better," the 23-year-old Indian but absorbed the pressure and number one Tai Tzu Ying of
Jeremy Hayward scored from the penalty the group stage. I was nervous Olympic silver medallist said fought back each time with a mix
Chinese Taipei and the United
corner as he found space between two players towards the end of the first game after the match, according to an of aggression and patience.
States' Beiwen Zhang in Group A.
and the goalkeeper failed to protect. official BWF report. Yamaguchi said she may have

Australia favourites to win second Test: Ponting

Australia took a 2-0 lead as Blake Grovers
found the back of the net in the 19th minute.

The Kookaburras scored their third goal
espite India winning the first Test, "They were pretty poor this week and got should be dropped.
from fourth penalty corner as a stunning work former Australia captain Ricky Ponting within 30 runs. And that's not saying India "Why wouldn't they do that for this game if
by Aran Zakerski put the finishing touch on feels the hosts will have an upper hand played at their absolute best either, but they're that's their best line-up?" Ponting asked.
the move. In the semi-finals, Australia will in the second Test beginning here on Friday. absolutely capable," he added. "I just think that would be really reactionary.
now take on the winner between India and the India defeated Australia by 31 runs in the "There's some positives to take from it but The selectors have made a decision, or whoever
Netherlands and that which takes place. opening match to take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test they've also got to take a good hard look at what is setting the batting order, that they think
Earlier, England stunned Rio Olympic series. Ponting opined that the newly laid pitch they've done through this game and make sure Aaron Finch is the right guy to be opening the
champions Argentina 3-2 to book their place in at the Western Australia Cricket Association they do it a lot better." batting for Australia.
Saturday’s semi-finals. (WACA) Stadium here will suit the Australians Ponting further said Australia should not "When you start moving guys around, it
England scored three field goals through more than their rivals. tinker with their playing XI in the second Test. just creates more uncertainty. Finch would
Barry Middleton (27th minute), Will Calnan "I think Perth will definitely be a lot more Aaron Finch, who was playing his first potentially train differently next week than he
(45th) and Harry Martin (49th), while Gonzalo suitable for our guys than the Indians. But our Test on Australian soil, failed to live upto had this week because he's not opening (and)
Peillat (17th, 48th) struck both the goals for the players need to bounce back pretty quickly," expectations, with scores of 0 and 11. Ponting Usman has to train differently because he is
losing side at the Kalinga Stadium. Ponting told reporters. however, dismissed suggestions that the opener opening," he added.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 FEATURES 23

Travel Special Feature

INDIA’S phants

hough the 48-hect-
the Ghats on are grounds.
average reach 915m, in
Munnar: tea, carda-
Tamil Nadu they tower over
mom and cooking classes
2500m high in the Nilgiri Hills –
where you’ll meet Ooty, ‘Queen of Hill
Stations’ – and the Palani Hills near Kodaikanal.
J ust over the border in serene
Kerala, Munnar (1524m) is
the hustle-bustle hub of South India’s major tea
Across the border in Kerala, some of the world’s highest-
noor growing area. Much like Ooty, Munnar’s commercial, traffic-
altitude tea plantations sprawl around Munnar. In between,
tigers, elephants, langur monkeys, chital deer and gaur (Indian (not hectic central Coo-
bison) flit through the unspoilt wilderness of several contiguous noor) makes a more peaceful alternative Nilgiri base to Ooty,
protected parks. with easy access to superb viewpoints, the 50-year-old High-
field Tea Estate, and such gorgeous heritage accommodation as
Ooty, queen of the Nilgiri Hill
1900s British bungalow 180° McIver. Meanwhile, quiet Kotagiri
(1800m), 30km east of Ooty, is the Nilgiris’ original hill sta-
tion: its earthy-red Sullivan Memorial is the 1819 house of Ooty
founder John Sullivan.
With the Nilgiris, half the fun is getting here – ideally aboard
the celebrated British-built, narrow-gauge Nilgiri Mountain
Railway. Awarded World Heritage status by Unesco, the blue-
and-cream-coloured ‘toy’ train trundles between Mettupalayam
in the plains and Ooty, via Coonoor, traversing tunnels, tackling
bridges and passing ever-more-spectacular forest and tea-
plantation views; you might even spy a wild elephant pushing
through the undergrowth. choked centre fades fast as you venture out into its mellow,

I t was British colonials who originally sought refuge from enticingly green valleys and hills, where cottages hide amid the
Kodaikanal, princess of the Palani Hills glinting leaves of manicured tea and cardamom plantations.
the sweltering lowland heat in these cool, mist-shrouded
mountains of native shola (virgin forest), founding South You can join guided treks to high-altitude mountain outlooks
India’s eccentric collection of hill stations. Today, it is Indian and tea estates and tour the model Tea Museum, or get hands-
holidaymakers rather than foreign tourists who flock to the on with delicately spiced Keralan cuisine at a cooking class
Western Ghats seeking cool air, natural beauty and green serenity. with respected food writer Nimi Sunilkumar. Among Munnar’s
Major town of the Unesco-designated Nilgiri Biosphere mountain escapes, gorgeous family-run homestay Rose Gardens
Reserve – a highly biodiverse 5520-sq-km area that flows shines for its cooking courses, valley vistas and coconut-pancake
across northwest Tamil Nadu into Kerala and Karnataka – the breakfasts.
typically frenzied yet historically captivating town of Ooty
Protecting The Western Ghats
(Udhagamandalam; 2240m) is Tamil Nadu’s most popular hill
station. Like its Himalayan siblings, it was founded in the early
19th century, when Madras (now Chennai) was the capital of
British India’s Madras Presidency. Ooty is also the springboard
for exploring Tamil Nadu’s wildlife-rich Mudumalai Tiger
Reserve, just northwest.
Ooty’s Hindu temples, lively bazaar, chaotic centre and
pedalboat-sprinkled lake give way to flower-wreathed English-
R inged by the protected Palani Hills, 250km southeast of
Ooty, Tamil Nadu’s 2100m-high ‘Princess of Hill Stations’,
Kodaikanal (Kodai), is all the more atmospheric when (often)
style lanes, passing splendid Raj–era buildings like the red-hued, veiled in mist. Unusually, Kodai was founded in 1845 not
still-operating 1867 Nilgiri Library, and St Stephen’s Church, by moustachioed British Empire officials but by American
dating from 1829. Many of these have been reimagined as missionaries escaping malaria in the Madurai lowlands, and has
exquisite heritage hotels: cosy 1855 bungalow Lymond House, its own distinct character punctuated by its international school,
or the early 19th-century Taj brand Savoy. organic-fired cuisine and popularity with Indian honeymooners.
A cuppa in Coonoor Rowboats bob on the star-shaped lake, and the hazy
surrounding hillsides are carpeted with shola forest – found
only in the Western Ghats – and kurinji shrubs, which blossom
C risscrossing between Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu,
the adjoining protected areas of Bandipur, Nagarhole,
Wayanad, Sathyamangalam and Mudumalai host the planet’s
in lavender-blue just once every 12 years (including in 2018!). single largest tiger population. According to India’s 2014 tiger
Walks thread through forests to horizon-reaching viewpoints, census, 570 tigers prowl these wilds – you’ll be lucky to spot
shimmering lakes, and the budget-traveller haven of Vattakanal one, but keep your eyes peeled in the Ghats’ many national parks
village (4.5km southwest of Kodai), which has the sociable vibe as there’s always a chance.
of a miniature South Indian Manali. Karnataka’s 643-sq-km Nagarhole National Park, west
If you’re feeling adventurous, there are two-day treks (with of Mysuru (Mysore), is home to one of the world’s greatest
guides) across to Munnar in Kerala via Top Station (1880m), with concentration of wild Asian elephants, joined in its Kabini-
glorious views over the Ghats. The long-running and reputable River-flanking forests by tigers, leopards, dholes (wild dogs),
trekking outfit Tracks & Trails offer guided walks and insider ex- chital, gaurs and langurs. Many of these signature species
also roam Bandipur National Park just to the southeast, which
pertise. Stars of Kodai’s accommodation scene include expertly
encompasses 880 sq km at Karnataka’s junction with Kerala and
run, ecofriendly Cinnabar homestay, and the high-end, lake-view
Tamil Nadu.

B ustling Coonoor (1720m) sits 20km southeast of Ooty, encir-

cled by an emerald-green sea of tea plantations. Upper Coo-
Carlton, a majestic colonial-era mansion, or choose to retreat to
ecofocused Elephant Valley in the Palani Hills below, where ele-
Courtesy for Article and Pictures: Isabella Noble, Lonely
Planet Writer
24 FEATURES Friday, December 14, 2018 The Indian Weekender

About low-cholesterol recipes

A collection of recipes most searched and frequently tried by the health-freaks and weight watchers. These
low-cholesterol recipes are easy to make and tops the list of most delectable yet healthy recipes.


I f you are looking for a healthy meal this evening, Chicken Avocado Salad should be your go to dish today!

Ingredients • 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard

• 100 gm boiled chicken
• To prepare this salad recipe, peel the avocado
• 150 gm lettuce leaf
and cut fine slices of it in a bowl. Next, wash the

PISTA KULFI • 1 handful arugula

• 1 small avocados
• 100 gm cherry tomatoes
cherry tomatoes and cut them into halves. Peel
and finely chop the red onion in a small bowl.
Then, finally cut julienne of boiled chicken. Also,
A fragrant, sweet and delicious ice cream with pistachios • 2 tablespoon red onion
wash the arugula and lettuce leaves, and pat them

aking and eating kulfi is 10
For Dressing dry. Keep these salad leaves aside until required.
India’s way of putting up a • 2 tablespoon oregano (Note: You can also grill the chicken for better

fight against the tropical sun • 1 teaspoon red wine taste using the least oil.)

– it’s a delicious gastronomic weapon. vinegar • Now, prepare the salad dressing my mixing
And it is not a new way to keep cool. • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice together red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil,
This frozen dessert is known to have • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper oregano, Dijon mustard, black pepper and lemon
been first mentioned as early as the • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil juice.
mid-1500s. The key difference between
kulfi and ice cream is that there are no CHICKEN SOUP
eggs added. Kulfi is simply pure milk,
reduced, caramelised and cooled to
create a glorious treat.
Preparation Time: 5 min caster sugar, cardamom powder and
Ruby Dhillon India’s Most Wanted Recipies | 217
C hicken Soup Recipe is a basic continental soup recipe which is prepared with chicken, sliced onions,
garlic, carrots and celery. This authentic soup recipe is loved by people of all ages and is really healthy
Cooking times: 60 min / Serves: 4 saffron. Bring the mixture back to the
• 900 gm chopped into cubes chicken
boil and simmer for another minute or
INGREDIENTS: • coarse sea salt as required
two. Stir the mixture continuously to
• 5 cups full-fat milk • 2 cup sliced onion
ensure that it does not burn and that
• 1/2 cup caster sugar • 2 cloves crushed garlic
the sugar is dissolved completely
• 1 tsp cardamom powder 1/4 tsp • 4 cup water
(and doesn’t caramelise). Take it off
saffron • 1 sliced celery
the heat and let it cool.
• 5 cups full-fat milk • 3 medium sliced thick carrot
• Add pistachios to the thick milk (keep
• 1/2 cup caster sugar • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
few aside for garnishing), mix well
• 1 tsp cardamom powder 1/4 tsp pot with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes.
and pour into moulds. Freeze at the
saffron METHOD • When boiled, remove the breast of chicken and
coolest possible temperature.
• Take a large stockpot and pour water in it. Boil keep it aside. Now add sliced carrots and simmer
METHOD • To serve, take the mould out of the
water on medium flame, then add chicken in the for another 40 minutes.
• Bring the milk to the boil in a wide, freezer and remove the kulfi (with
the help of a knife) and place into an pot. Season chicken with salt, and let it boil on • Next, remove the remaining chicken from the pot
heavy-bottomed pan and then simmer
over medium heat, stirring from time individual serving bowl. low flame. and cut off the back and wings. Keep it aside to
to time to avoid scorching or burning, • Garnish with vark and pistachios and • Dip a rim of the spoon below the foam and scoop cool slightly. Once cooled, remove meat from
until the milk reduces to about half its serve immediately. it up. Rinse the sieve in the bowl and continue bones.
volume (about 30–40 minutes). to scoop the scum. Keep the liquid at a simmer • Cut the meat into small bite-size chunks. Stir in
• Once the colour of the milk changes Ruby's Tip: You can freeze kulfi in rather than a hard boil. the chicken and use a large spoon to skim off
to beige-cream, and bubbles begin to any kind of mould (such as decorative • Then add sliced onions, celery and garlic. Mix the the fat that rises on top. Sprinkle salt and black
appear in the centre of the pan, add the pans or bowls) and serve according to it. vegetables well with chicken. Partially cover the pepper. Serve hot.

Mug recipes for the lazy days you’re craving comfort food on
or the days where even getting out of bed seems a task, • 1/2 tsp sesame oil • Cut the lasagna sheet in half, and cut each strip in half again.
do yourself a favour and cook up these scrumptious mug • 1/2 tsp onion powder Place the pasta sheets into a bowl, and pour very hot water in
recipes full of comfort food. • 1/4 tsp five-spice powder it, until it covers all the pieces and set it aside.
• Chop the spinach and place it in a microwave-safe bowl
• Cover the top with plastic wrap and poke a few holes in
• Place the rice into a large mug. Lay the peas, red pepper,
Ingredients: it for ventilation. Microwave for 1 minute. Take out the
green onion, mung bean sprouts and cabbage on top. Cover
• 1 egg, spinach and let it rest. Mix the spinach with the ricotta,
the mug with cling film. Using a knife, puncture one or two
• 2 egg whites, pepper, granulated garlic, and salt. Set mixture aside.
small holes through the film. Don’t miss this step under any
• 2 tsp of shredded cheddar cheese, Pour 2 tablespoons of pasta sauce at the bottom of the mug
• 1 tsp of diced green bell pepper, • Top with a piece of softened pasta sheet. Add some spinach
• Microwave on high for 1 minute 15 seconds.
• Salt and pepper as per taste, mixture, 2 tablespoons of mozzarella, and a pasta sheet.
In the meantime, beat the egg and mix in the seasonings (soy
• Cooking spray. Continue building the lasagna, ending with a layer of pasta
sauce, sesame oil, onion powder and five-spice powder).
You can add any other vegetables or ingredients as per your sheet at the top. Sprinkle mozzarella over the pasta.
Pour the egg mixture into the mug, and stir with the
taste. • Microwave everything for 1 minute 30 seconds. Check to
vegetables and rice.
make sure that the mozzarella is melted. If it isn’t, continue
Method: • Cover the mug with cling film again, and microwave for 1
microwaving at 15-second intervals until the cheese is fully
• Combine egg, egg whites, cheddar cheese, bell pepper, salt, minute 15 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds. Take the mug out
ground pepper in a microwave-safe mug coated with non- of the microwave, and give everything a good stir. Let the
stick spray. Microwave on high for 1 minute and give the fried rice stand for a minute to finish cooking. Use a fork to MAC AND CHEESE IN A MUG
contents a stir. Return to the microwave and cook until the fluff up the rice and serve.
eggs are completely set, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Here again,
LASAGNE IN A MUG • 1/3 cup elbow macaroni
time varies according to the microwave you’re using.
• 1/2 cup water
• Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top or any other ingredient you Ingredients
• 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
want and dig in. • 1/2 fresh lasagna sheet
• Splash of milk
• 2 1/2 cups baby spinach, roughly
chopped Metho
Ingredients • 1/4 diced medium yellow bell • Put the macaroni in your microwave
• 1 cup cooked rice pepper safe mug or bowl.Add in the water, you may need a little
• 2tsp frozen peas • 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese more if you have a strong microwave.
• 2 tsp chopped red pepper • 3 finely chopped large basil leaves (optional) • Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring at every 2
• 1/2 stalk of sliced green onion • Salt as per taste minutes. The pasta should be cooked with just a
• Small pinch of bean sprouts • 1/8 tsp granulated garlic little bit of water at the bottom of bowl or mug.
• Small pinch of shredded purple • 6 tsp pasta sauce or tomato sauce Add the shredded cheese to the cooked pasta and place in
cabbage • 1/3 cup grated mozarella cheese microwave for 30 seconds. After the cheese has melted, stir
• 1 large egg well and add in a splash of milk.
• 1 tsp soy sauce • The milk will help make the pasta extra creamy. 
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 TIME OUT 25
1. I am Liverpudlian but not Liverpool.
What am I? 
2. Name the French novelist and poet,
born in 1802, who was exiled to Jersey
and who wrote about a hunchback.
3. Who was the Hollywood star, born in
1928, who made her first film at the
age of three, and who was famous for
frilly dresses and ringlets? 
4. Name the American actress famous for
her violet eyes and voluptuous figure,
who found fame as an Egyptian. 
5. Which type entertainment has cars
but no roads, curves but no figure, and
white knuckles? 
6. What has three classes, can be found
underground or high up, and can be
a target for ultra-modern hopes or
lavish nostalgia?
7. I have a cake and a table named after
me, and I’m used all round the world.
What am I?.
8. Home to the Ross Sea and a species of
flightless bird. Where is this? 
9. Name the British lady who played
a role in the Crimean War, and who
received the Order of Merit in 1907? 
10. Name the Corsican who captured
Toulon and who sold Louisiana to
America. .
11. Born in the 16th Century in Devon,
SUDOKU NO: 35 England, his career was linked to
tobacco and potatoes, and he was
imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Who was this? .
12. I’m called thick when close to the
ground, but people smile when I’m
high. What am I? 
13. Who created the animation for Monty
Python? .
14. Who, in 1806, became King George’s
favourite potter?
15. In the long-running British TV series,
Coronation Street, what was the name
of Minni Caldwell’s cat? 
16. What is painter and sculptor
Michelangelo’s full name? 
17. Name the artist who was born in
Milan in 1571 and was described
during his lifetime as the most famous
painter in Rome, despite having had
a death warrant issued against him by
the pope. 
18. Whereabouts in London is the Stock
19. What is the world’s biggest spider? 
20. is famous for being what? 
Golaith Birdeater tarantula 20. The world’s very first website
Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni 17. Paternoster Square 19.
Gilliam 14.Josia Spode 15. Bobby 16. Michelangelo di
Bonaparte 11. Sir Walter Raleigh 12. A Cloud 13. Terry
Coffee 8. Antarctica 9. Florence Nightingale 10. Napoleon
Temple 4. Elizaveth Taylor 5. Roller Coaster 6. Trains 7.
Answers: 1 Everton Football Club. 2.Victor Hugo 3. Shirley

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HITORI NO: 35 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 14, 2018 The Indian Weekender

14 December to 20 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)
Overseas travel is foretold for those wishing to visit exotic places. Be a realist
enough to take no for an answer from a potential lover on the romantic front.
You will be able to raise your performance level on the academic front through
outside help. Your efforts on the professional front will bring you into the notice
of those who matter, so keep up the good work. Lucky Number :6 / Lucky
Colour : White
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
Investing all your money in one venture or scheme is not recommended,
howsoever attractive be the prospects. Things remain in order on the professional
front, as you go about your task efficiently. Your attempts to curry favour with
those who matter on the academic front will succeed. Joining a group of health-
conscious people will prove immensely beneficial for your health. Lucky
Number :11 / Lucky Colour : Silver
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
A minor job at work may get complicated and eat away your working hours. You
may resolve to save money for paying an outstanding amount. You are likely to
miss out on some good investment opportunities by being over cautious. Some
development at home may not be to your liking and can pit you against others.
An official trip may need to be postponed. Lucky Number :5 / Lucky Colour :
All Shades of Green

CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)

his outfit ideas are going to make you look the most stunning guest The wedding This will be a blissful week for you. Money comes your way and fill your coffers
season is in full swing and we literally have someone or the other getting married. all to the brim. Taking an instant liking for someone is possible, so expect romance
the ‘shaadi-festivities’ bring in a lot of fun and jazz, its the closing ceremony aka the to knock on your door soon! Your strong showing on the academic front is likely
gala reception which is something that everyone looks forward to.   to mark you as an achiever. Adopting an active lifestyle is indicated for some and
will help achieving good health. Lucky Number :18 / Lucky Colour : Sandy
Traditional weave A pleasant period greets you and promises to climax towards exciting finish. Your

T raditional weaves are the new cool. Everyone is romantic endeavours prove fruitful, as you go around spreading your charm! An
going back to our Indian roots and adapting the exciting trip may materialise and take you on a tour of beautiful sites. Increased
earning and perks are likely to give a boost to those in the private sector. An old
gorgeous Benarasi and Kanjeevaram sarees. Team
ailment disappears, as you step on the path to perfect health. Lucky Number :4
your saree with a pair of block heels, a clutch and / Lucky Colour : Dark Grey
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
The week promises much fun and gaiety, as you get the time to mingle in your
social circle. Not breaking your daily routine will help you in retaining good
health. Initiative taken on the professional front will get due recognition from
those who matter. Misunderstandings doing the rounds on the family front will
be sorted out, so expect the domestic harmony to prevail. Lucky Number :3 /
Lucky Colour : White
LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
Sharara set YYou are likely to remain in high spirits throughout the week. A business trip

T his one is definitely everyone’s favourite

offlate. A sharara is comfort defined. Pick one
in an occur yellow, rani pink, deep red hued. Team it
will prove fruitful in bagging a lucrative deal. On the professional front, chances
of getting selected for something prestigious cannot be ruled out. Good price can
be expected for a property, if you are interested in it. Those going steady may
think on the lines of solemnising their relationship. Lucky Number :17 / Lucky
with golden juttis, a multi layered pair of chandbalis Colour : Light Blue
and you’re all ready for the party.
SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
A piece of good news on the social front may get you into a celebratory mood.
You will do well to refurbish your professional image to attract better clientele.
Academic excellence is likely to help you achieve your dream. Financial worries
become a thing of the past, as money comes from unexpected sources. An old
flame is slated to enter your life once again and brighten the romantic front.
Lucky Number : 8 / Lucky Colour : Electric Grey

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)

Lace saree Your burden of work on the professional front is set to increase, so tighten your

P erfect for this wedding season. A lace saree belt. Change of scene, just to resurrect your married life is possible. Your current
exercise regimen will make you feel stronger and fitter. A family youngster may
can never ever get out of vogue. Pick one in a
join the family business soon. You may need to search out a mutual friend who
gorgeous pastel hue. Go minimal with your jewellery can introduce you to the one you admire on the romantic front! Lucky Number
but dont forget to style your outfit with an elegant : 9 / Lucky Colour : Lemon
Metallic Clutch.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
You will be able to get your ideas implemented at work and make your mark.
Travel plans will go without a hitch. You will be able to maintain the balance
between food intake and workouts to enjoy good health. A treat, coupled with
an enjoyable outing, is likely to make it a best time for you. Financial stability
will be maintained by concerted efforts. Lucky Number : 15 / Lucky Colour :
Dark Brown
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Metallic Clutch Those searching for accommodation near place of work or study may get lucky.

Keeping seniors informed of the developments at work will be in your interest.
he perfect accessory which defines grace, poise
Someone may convey his or her indebtedness to you for your help, in a most
and elegance, a clutch is a wedding favourite. If touching manner. You may be singled out for a special honour on the professional
you’re that guest who loves to stick to minimal styling front. You will feel fit and energetic, like never before! Lucky Number :4 /
then a Metallic Clutch is just what you need. Style it Lucky Colour : Dark Grey
with a beautiful saree or a floor length ensemble. The
PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
wedding season definitely calls for a lot of glamming Luck favours you on the financial front, so expect money to flow in. Your
and dressing up. initiative on the academic front is likely to give good results. Someone may
persuade you to accompany him or her on an interesting excursion. You may
spend more than you had budgeted for in setting up a new house, but it will be
worth it. Don’t let personal differences spoil the fun on the social front. Lucky
Number : 11 / Lucky Colour : Silver
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 FEATURES 27

December harvest highlights

December is the start of summer
in New Zealand in contrast to the
northern hemisphere where winter
is stepping up after November. We
have been enjoying couple of months
before the festive season and are
welcoming New Year to celebrate.
In the past two months in October are best to water in the morning and season. Remove them at an early to rapidly. Keep an eye on insects like besides using other tools like light
and November vegetable gardeners evening time, not during mid day of avoid larger volume at late stage. snails, slugs, caterpillars, beetles, traps and bug scans and hand
might have completed all sowing and heat. Frequency of watering varies Never allow them to grow up to weevils, aphids, and whitefly. Try picking. All these measures are used
planting of summer vegetables like from crop to crop. Leafy vegetables seeding otherwise new seeds may to control them soon they surfaced to minimise pest population.
cucurbits (gourds, melons, squashes, need more watering as compared again grow with high density and in crops. Diseases like early and late Some mild insecticides like
courgettes, rockets etc.), tomato, egg to other, but keep soil always moist create difficulty in weeding later. blight are very harmful to potato, metaldehyde or mesunol pellets are
plants (brinjal), chillies, capsicum in all conditions. High volume of Weeding and hoeing are almost same tomato, and capsicums.  Powdery useful against snails and slugs, retinol
,beans, garden peas, potato, sweet water is being used during summer operation which remove weeds and and downy mildew are similarly or carbyl dusts are against chewing
potato, coriander, sweet corns, due to more consumption by plants, at the same time loosen the upper dangerous to cucurbits like gourds insects like beetles and weevils, 
spinach, amaranths, fenugreek which could be supplemented by soil crust for better soil aeration for and melons. maldison or mineral oil spray against
(methi) beet root, radish and few installing water harvesting system fasten root development. One can As I mentioned in my previous sucking insects  like white fly and
others. at your house. This system is not use systemic insecticide on path and articles that follow integrated pest aphids and mancozeb or copper
only keeping the water supply boundaries to control weeds for long management practices, which oxychloride against mildew and
abundant but cuts short the water bill time, but this is however practiced include, keeping pest population blights are some chemicals available
All these vegetables at this time
considerably. only on an expert’s recommendation. under thresh hold level without  in the market. They are to be used
are on high growing stage, (photos
affecting plant health and production. as preventive rather than control
of few full grown vegetables) need Weeding and Hoeing Plant Protection
Follow proper sanitation, crop measures, but only under expert’s
frequent irrigation, considering hot With the onset of summer, weeds Summers are favourable time for
rotations and companion cropping, recommendation.     
and dry weather conditions. Plants are spring up faster than winter certain insects and diseases to grow

Unparalleled warmth changing Arctic

he Arctic is experiencing a multi-
year stretch of unparalleled
warmth “that is unlike any period
on record”, according to the 2018 Arctic
Report Card by the US National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration.
The report released on Tuesday stated that
human-caused climate change is transforming
the Arctic, both physically through the reduction
of sea ice and biologically through reductions
in wildlife populations and introduction of
marine toxins and algae, CNN reported.
Temperatures in the Arctic were warming
more than twice as fast as the overall planet’s
average temperature, with temperatures this
year in the highest latitudes (above 60 degrees amount of warming and ice loss that has been an inch, the US sapace agency has said. According to NASA, ICESat-2 managed
north) coming in 1.7 degrees Celsius above the observed would take much longer than the few Less than three months into its mission, the to observe some of the previously unmapped
1981-2010 average, it said.  years over which we have seen these drastic Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2, or features of the Transantarctic Mountains, which
These were the second warmest (behind changes. ICESat-2, is measuring the height of sea ice to divide East and West Antarctica.
2016) air temperatures ever recorded during The rapid warming of the within an inch, tracing the terrain of previously The satellite measures elevation by tracking
the Arctic year, which runs from October "The Arctic is known as “Arctic unmapped Antarctic valleys, surveying remote the photon returns reflect from the surface. It
through September to avoid splitting the changes we amplification”, which is due ice sheets, and peering through forest canopies showed high ice plateaus, crevasses in the ice
winter season. are witnessing in the to multiple feedback loops and shallow coastal waters, NASA said in a 65 feet (20 meters) deep, and the sharp edges of
Arctic are sufficiently
The five years since 2014 have that the report describes.  statement on Tuesday. ice shelves dropping into the ocean. 
rapid that they cannot
been warmer than any other years in Warmer temperatures ICESat-2 was launched on September 15 During its first few months, ICESat-2
be explained without
the historical record, which goes back lead to less ice and snow, with a three-year mission to understand Earth’s observed ice in the Arctic and Antarctica. 
considering our impacts
to 1900.  which means less sunlight ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, snow cover and Using its six beams for data collection,
on the chemistry of the
Although Arctic temperatures have atmosphere" is reflected and more permafrost.  researchers say we’ll soon have a better
been subject to wild swings back and is absorbed by the darker This information from tracking Earth’s understanding of sea ice thickness than ever
forth through the decades due to natural oceans.  rapidly changing ice, would aid researchers to before.
variability, they have been consistently warmer This warms the ocean further, which study impact of sea level rise and to improve So far, “the data’s spectacular...The fresh ice
than average since 2000 and at or near record in turn decreases the sea ice even more. The sea ice and climate forecasts. is totally flat to within a couple centimetres”,
since 2014, the report said. lack of sea ice and more ocean surface leads “ICESat-2 is going to be a fantastic tool for noted Ron Kwok, a sea ice scientist at NASA’s
“The changes we are witnessing in the to additional cloudiness later in the fall season, research and discovery, both for cryospheric Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Arctic are sufficiently rapid that they cannot which keeps the Arctic region warmer even sciences and other disciplines,” said Tom “We’ll have much higher resolution of where
be explained without considering our impacts later into the winter. Neumann, ICESat-2 project scientist at NASA’s it’s ice and where it’s water in the marginal ice
on the chemistry of the atmosphere,” Thomas NASA satellite maps Antarctica ice sheets, Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland. zones, where the compact ice cover meets the
Mote, a research scientist at the University of sea ice, forests The team shared some of the satellite’s ocean, during melt and freeze-up.” 
Georgia who authored part of the report, told NASA’s satellite to track Earth’s melting ice preliminary findings at the American “That’s going to be new science to think
the media. Mote expressed than any natural has revealed accurate first maps of Antarctica Geophysical Union’s annual meeting in about,” Kwok said. 
cycle or mechanism that would lead to the such that it can measure sea ice height to within Washington, D.C.
28 ENTERTAINMENT Friday, December 14, 2018 The Indian Weekender

Deepika Padukone turns producer Was wonderful

as parent
eepika Padukone teams up with Also, when you take a face as beau-
Teams Meghna Gulzar for acid attack
survivor Laxmi Agarwal’s
tiful as hers and portray it as an acid
survivor, the magnitude of the vio-
to share
up with story. This film, which is yet untitled, lence and damage is that much more Mowgli...
MEGHNA will mark Padukone’s debut as producer
as well as she felt very passionate about
Looking forward to the journey with with Aaradhya:
GULZAR the subject.
She said, “When I heard the story,
Gulzar, Padukone said, “I have been
greatly impacted by Meghna’s work Abhishek
to tell
I was deeply moved. It is a story not and beyond thrilled to be collaborating ctor Abhishek Bachchan,
just of gross violence, but of strength, with her. We now look forward to com- who has voiced the character
the story courage, hope and victory. It has had
such a massive impact on me that I
mencing our journey on this film.”
Laxmi, who comes from a humble,
of Bagheera in the Hindi
version of Mowgli: Legend Of
of acid personally and creatively needed go
beyond and hence the decision to turn It is both an emotionally and
unprivileged background, was 15 when
the attack occurred, which was at a
the Jungle, says it was wonderful

attack producer too.” physically challenging role to

play. I was instinctively convinced
New Delhi bus stop in 2005.
for him as a parent to be able to
share this story with his daughter

survivor Gulzar added, “Despite regulation

on the sale of acid and changes in that Deepika can do justice to the
Her assailant was a man twice
her age, known to her family and an
Aaradhya Bachchan.
Asked what's his fondest memory

Laxmi legislation regarding acid attacks, character and the story. unlikely suitor whose advances Laxmi of The Jungle Book, Abhishek
both of which are consequences of the acid attack survivors are still very real had clearly declined. said: "Most of people my age will
Agarwal acid attack case of Laxmi and her PIL
(Public Interest Litigation), the ground
challenges. Using Laxmi’s story as
a lens, we are attempting to explore
Through this story, the film
attempts to understand the on-ground
probably tell you of the original
cartoon film and that's pretty much
reality is still very grim. these aspects and consequences of acid consequences of surviving an acid my generation's childhood was spent
Acid violence is a very prevalent violence in our society. This is what attack in India, the medico-legal-social singing a lot of those songs and re-
danger even today. Medical treatment, makes this story relevant and one that state of affairs that transpire after the enacting a lot of those scenes."
compensation, rehabilitation and must be towld. Because, if anything, acid has been hurled and the face is "It was wonderful for me today as
inclusion of awareness is the first step irreparably burnt. a parent to able to share that story
towards change.” While the film showcases her with my daughter. It was really nice."
Terming Padukone as the journey in the time after her attack s, a Abhishek says the interpretation of
best choice for the role, she significant part of the story is the game- the classic, which released globally
added, “It is both an emotion- changing PIL in the Supreme Court on the streaming site Netflix on
ally and physically challenging that inspired the amendment on acid Friday, have come out and it is nice.
role to play. I was instinctively laws in 2013. She is currently running "To give something which is more
convinced that Deepika can do the Chhanv Foundation to help acid contemporary and something they
justice to the character and the attack survivors.With might be able to associate with.
story. Also, her physicality matched various narratives Today's generation is very aware and
what I had imagined for the character intertwined, the mature than what we were at that
of Laxmi. film is a gritty age... So, I am not sure the original
I am grateful and feel extremely en- investigative piece, 'The Jungle Book' story which was
couraged that Deepika was so interspersed with made into a cartoon would appeal to
spontaneous in her decision a compelling them anymore. They might find it a
to do this film. courtroom drama. little infantile," he said.
Directed by Andy Serkis, Mowgli:
When I heard the story, I was deeply Legend Of The Jungle is a layered
moved. It is a story not just of gross interpretation of author Rudyard
violence, but of strength, courage, hope Kipling's The Jungle Book.
and victory. It has had such a massive "I think what is wonderful about
impact on me that I personally and cre- Mowgli is that it's a representation
atively needed go beyond and hence the of Kipling's story which appeals to
decision to turn producer too. today' youth," Abhishek added.

Disha Patani: Bharat is very special to me as I bagged

a role opposite Salman Khan so early in my career
Was on my mind but didn’t work out;
isha Patani made her Bollywood debut in
2016 with the film MS Dhoni: The Untold
Story in which she starred alongside love will come to me at the right time
Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress later acted in atrina Kaif will be seen playing an I’m sure there’s a bigger hand that
Kung Fu Yoga and Baaghi 2. unusual character of a superstar shapes your destiny.”
Her last release Baaghi 2 alongside Tiger herself on screen in Aanand L Katrina was in a serious
Shroff was a blockbuster at the box office. Rai’s Zero. relationship for around
Currently, the actress is busy with the shooting The movie also starring Shah Rukh 5 years with Ranbir
of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat. Khan and Anushka Sharma will see a new Kapoor before their public
The film stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in side of the actress, which was definitely breakup in 2016. 
the lead role. In Bharat, Disha Patani will be not an easy one to portray. Speaking  Katrina also says that
playing Salman Khan’s sister’s role. The duo has on length about the impact it left in her bad experience does not
been shooting since July for the film. The cast has real life, Katrina also got candid about deter her from believing
shot for the film at various locations like Mumbai, her love life, if marriage and children and “feeling” a Mills and
Malta and Chandigarh. is on cards for her in an interview with Boon romance.
In Bharat, Salman and Disha will be seen doing the media.  She added, “I know love
some breath taking action scenes. In an interview She opened up about marriage saying will come to me at the right
with DNA, the stunning actress said that 2018 has that it was on her mind a few years back time when I least expect
been a great year for her. but since things didn’t work out the it. I could drop a book
About working with Salman Khan, the actress way she hoped, she last left everything at the airport and as I
to universe. bend down to pick it
said, "Bharat has been very special to me since
Katrina said, “It was on my mind but up, someone else
I bagged a role opposite Salman Khan so early in
it didn’t work out and you have to keep goes down on his
my career. My role in Bharat has been the most
"Bharat following the path set for you in life. I hunches too, to
challenging one so far."
has been don’t stress about it now. I fought that help me. I would
 Bharat also stars Sunil Grover, Jackie battle and am at peace with the fact that look up, our
very special to me
Shroff, Tabu and Nora Fatehi in pivotal roles. some things didn’t turn eyes would
since I bagged a role "It
The film is all set to hit the silver screens on opposite Salman out the way I had lock and in
Eid next year.  was on my
Khan so early in hoped for. Now, mind but it didn’t that instant…
 On the personal front, she is in a steady my career." I’ve left it to the work out and you have (Clicks her
relationship with her Baaghi 2 co-star Tiger universe and to fingers) love
to keep following the
Shroff. However, the couple has never officially God because path set for you in life." would happen!” 
accepted of being in a relationship.
The Indian Weekender Friday, December 14, 2018 ENTERTAINMENT 29

Supriya Pathak reveals why playing

a mother on-screen excites her
eteran actress Supriya Pathak, who played an that manufactures baby formula products. When he who had starred in the 1985 Malayalam movie
unwed mother in Masoom and an unschooled discovers that the products have killed hundreds of Akalathe Ambili.
mom in Wake Up Sid, knows that she plays a children, he decides to expose the company. "Those days, a lot of Hindi films were made
mother all the time, but they are different. She says she Directed by Oscar winner Danis Tanovic, the film in south India. Then also, it was much more
tries to bring in variations in her roles -- and she always had premiered at the Toronto International Film organised than in Mumbai or north India. My
finds them exciting. Festival back in 2014. idea of south (Indian film industry)
The quinquagenarian has attained a cult status in "I feel that a film made with so much of hard work, was always that it was more
the country for playing Hansa Parekh in the comedy if it doesn't see the light of day... that's a feeling of organised and that attracts you
franchise Khichdi. But the audience also loves her work sadness. Being in the profession of acting, we would because it has got discipline.
in films like Bazaar, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela like our work to be watched by people. That's the People are professionals
and Delhi-6. While she has played various characters reason why we work and if it is not seen, it is upsetting. and, still, there is a
in her Bollywood career that started in the early 1980s, Now that it has come out, we are happy," said Supriya. kind of basic emotion
one thing she accepts is that she often gets to essay a surrounding it and very
mother's role in movies. I am very fond of acting. My only interest, work-oriented," said
"I know that I play a mother all the time, but different love and passion is acting. Wherever you put Supriya, whose
kinds of mother. Every time I get a role of a mother, I me, if you ask me to act, I will be the happiest. I mother tongue is
try to find a different area, person or milieu where I can am ready to explore any avenue, any role. Gujarati.
put the mother... that's always exciting. That's the age She wants
bracket I am in, so I am going to get a mother's role. It's Tigers is not her first international film. She had also to experiment
me who has to make it more interesting and find things featured in UNindian, which starred former Australian more as an
to do in it," Supriya said. cricketer Brett Lee. actress.
Even in Tigers, which released in India last month on Asked about working on an international film, she "I am very
ZEE5, she plays a mother. said: "I learnt a lot from the director (Tanovic). He was fond of acting. My
"I found the subject to be relevant and an important very clear with what he wanted. He taught me how to only interest, love and passion
issue to be brought forward. I feel that cinema, if made look at a character and be precise." is acting. Wherever you put me,
entertainingly with a certain meaning, reaches out to The year 2018 also saw her making her debut if you ask me to act, I will be
a lot more people. It makes them aware of issues or in Telugu filmdom with Aravindha Sametha Veera the happiest. I am ready to
things that help people to understand what's around Raghava, helmed by Trivikram Srinivas. explore any avenue, any role.
them," she explained. "I really enjoyed working with the people. It Anything given to me which
"It was a kind of subject that needed to be told," was wonderful. I feel I can do something
she added about the movie that tells the story of a "My director was a wonderful person. I hope I get with, I will take it up," said the
salesman, who works for an international company an opportunity to work there again," said the actress, theatre actress.

I feel more free, feminine in saris: Modelling will always be special:

Kangana Ranaut Malaika Arora
aris make me look feminine, says ctress Malaika Arora, who will be
National Award winning actress Kangana one of the judges for the auditions of
Ranaut, who has been seen wearing and models for the forthcoming edition of
experimenting with the six-yard wonder quite Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort
often. 2019, says that she is extremely nostalgic about
“I discovered sari much later in my life... her modelling days.
I grew up in hills where there is almost no “Modelling will always hold a special place
tradition of wearing saris. But when I became in my life. It marks the start of my journey in
an artiste, my love for saris started gradually. this industry. I am extremely nostalgic about
Through acting, I got an opportunity to travel my early days as a model. I owe everything that
to different places and see different cultures. I have learnt to my mentors,” Malaika said. 
That’s how my journey with saris started. Lakme Fashion Week is a platform that
“It (sari) makes me look more feminine. provides aspiring models a launchpad that one
When I wear a sari, I automatically feel more can only dream of. I am thrilled to be a part of
free and able to express myself better... There the hunt for fresh talent,” said Malaika.
is some magical power in saris,” the Queen The actress along with designer duo
actress said during the launch of Taneira, a Shantanu and Nikhil, show director Anu Ahuja,
flagship handloom sari store by Titan. Head of Innovations, Lakme – Ashwath
While talking about the beauty of saris, collection. She was accompanied by her elder Swaminathan and Vice President and "Modelling
Kangana also expressed concern over the sister Rangoli. Head of Fashion, IMG Reliance – will always
condition of Indian weavers. Asked what’s her favourite sari look, Jaspreet Chandok will be judging the hold a special place
“No doubt, the trend of saris is always there, Kangana smiled and said: “I feel comfortable show.  in my life. It marks
but not as much as it should be. We a have a in saris the most. Be it my airport sari look with The fashion week is credited with the start of my
lot to do. Till now, our weavers are suffering. sneakers or top bun, or be it a complete Indian launching some of India’s most journey in this
There were thousands of handicraft firms which traditional look, I love all the looks.” successful models including Deepika Vice President and Head of
have disappeared. With synthetic fibre gaining Giving more details about the collection, Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Anjali Lama, Fashion at IMG Reliance, Chandok,
popularity among youth, handloom weavers are Shyamala Ramanan, Business Head, Titan Bhumika Arora, Pooja Mor and Kiara said, “Every season, we at Lakme
suffering, so we have a long way to go,” she Company Limited, said: “Our collection Advani.  Fashion Week aim at introducing new and fresh
said. represents the Indian woman... The main Swaminathan says that he is looking forward talent by providing the ideal platform to make a
For the inauguration ceremony of the store, aim of Taneira is to impart the beauty of our to the upcoming edition where new talent promising debut. This season too, we continue
Kangana was dressed in a handcrafted Banarasi Indian women through our saris. All saris are spotted in these auditions will sport the latest our commitment to present fresh talent on the
moonlight blue coloured sari from Taneira’s handwoven and made up of natural products.” trends in beauty and fashion at the fashion gala. runway.”

Bollywood wishes long life for Dilip Kumar on 96th birthday

rom veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan in 1998's Qila. and humble human being. Satyajit Ray aptly
to younger talent like Shraddha Kapoor Here's what the celebrities have tweeted: named him 'ultimate method actor'.
and Abhishek Bachchan – celebrities Amitabh Bachchan: The ultimate master Subhash Ghai: How can I express this
from the film world on Tuesday wished the of his craft -- Dilip Kumar -- Mohammed greatest legend Dilip Kumar. Who taught
legendary Dilip Kumar good health and a long Yusuf Khan turns 96. Prayers and duas for his me so many values and virtues of life While
life on his 96th birthday. good health and happiness always. The history making three films with him 'Vidhata', 'Karma',
Dilip Kumar, who is confined to his house of Indian cinema shall always be written as 'Saudagar'. He inspired me to set up Whistling
due to his frail health, has amassed a huge fan 'before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar'. Woods International for the next generation.
following with his work in films like Andaz, Shatrughan Sinha: A legend, icon, thespian Happy birthday sahib. Saheb... Dilip Kumar. Lots of love and
Babul, Deedar, Aan, Devdas, Azaad, Naya and an institution Dilip Kumar. Happy Abhishek Bachchan: Happy birthday Dilip happiness. God bless always.
Daur, Yahudi, Madhumati, Kohinoor, Mughal- birthday! The most outstanding, magnificent Kumar sahab. We pray for your happiness and Karan Tacker: A very happy birthday
e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna and Ram Aur Shyam. and admirable actor of Indian cinema, spanning good health. Have a wonderful day. Dilip Sahab... Thank you for being such an
As an actor, he last graced the silver screen a career of six decades. A great humanitarian Abbas Mustan: Happy Birthday Yusuf inspiration to millions!
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Humm FM’s ‘Christmas for Kids – 55 Hour Radiothon’ will

bring joy on more than 7700 children’s faces in 2018
SUPPLIED CONTENT and a few listeners couriered gifts Prasad says, “Christmas is a time
from Whangarei, Napier and even as of giving and sharing, as a radio

737 kids who would have far as Wellington. A listener, Montu station we provided a platform to
gone without a Christmas who believes Radiothon has become our listeners to come forward and
gift this festive season will a ritual for him and his family came become a Santa for the kids who
now celebrate with a smile as all the way from Whakatane to would have gone without a present
hundreds of Humm FM listeners donate gifts at Humm FM Station. this Christmas”.
walked through the doors with gifts Humm FM started the trend of Roshila says, this year a lot of new
making Christmas for Kids 55 Hour ‘Christmas for Kids Radiothon’ listeners joined the cause and as a
Radiothon a milestone. in 2015 which lasted for 54 hours community we are proud to make a
Humm 106.2FM’s Breakfast Show and nearly 2000 gifts were donated difference in thousands of kids’ life.
Host, Vijay, Drive Show Hosts Dev to the Auckland City Mission for She says, this shows the strength of
and Sandy with Ruzbeh went without distribution. In 2016, Vijay, Dev and Humm FM as a radio station.
sleep for 55 hours and stayed On-Air Sandy, decided to go an extra hour The gifts have been handed over to
to appeal for Christmas presents for ( Historically based on GfK Radio ‘Christmas for Kids Radiothon’ on making the radiothon, 55 Hour long the Salvation Army for distribution.
kids, who otherwise, would have Audience Measurement, Commercial Thursday 6th December at midday and nearly 4000 gifts were collected Humm FM congratulates all
gone without the magic of Christmas Radio Stations, Auckland Survey 4 and by 7pm Saturday 8th December, and donated to the Salvation Army listeners who came with their
this festive season. 2018, Cumulative Audience (000.0s), the station was flooded with toys. and last year 5024 gifts were donated family and friends to donate gifts,
Auckland’s undisputed number Mon-Sun 12mn-12mn, People 10+, During Humm FM Radiothon, by Humm FM Listeners. making Christmas for Kids 55 Hour
1* Bollywood Radio- Humm FM, *Hindi Stations Auckland) launched listeners came from all over Auckland Humm FM Director, Roshila Radiothon 2018, a milestone.

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Annual Children & Youth Summer Camp 2019 Glitter Jewellers names winners of Diwali
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Glitter Jewellers director Manoj Singh thanked
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he team at New Zealand Cricket are getting ready for a To get set for the season New Zealand Cricket is reaching out With the historic nature of the tour featuring both the men’s
massive summer season ahead with tours from India’s to community groups and teams around the country to spread and women’s teams NZC want as many people to be involved
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