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01FEB2019 | Vol 10 Issue 44

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Several events across NZ mark


India’s 70th R-Day celebrations
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Centre on this occasion following communities separated by language

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the footprints of the historic Indian and united by the spirit of patriotism
iwi-Indians rejoiced as and the love for their motherland.
India’s flag was unfurled and Independence Day event at MG
Centre last year that brought all the Earlier the celebratory event in
flew high at several places in NZ’s biggest city had started in the
Aotearoa on Saturday, January 26, community organisations under
morning itself with a small group of
to mark the occasion of India’s 70th one roof to celebrate a festival of
selected representatives of the Kiwi-
Republic Day. significance.
Indian diaspora, coming together in
India celebrates January 26 – the The event was attended by over
an invite-only event at the residence
day when its constitution came into 1000 people from every Indian
of Hon Consul of India, Bhav
effect – to mark the occasion of community organisation and
Dhillon.
becoming a republic, which signifies performers of each organisations
The event commenced with the
complete freedom from any form of displaying their love for the
foreign rule. flag hoisting ceremony followed
country through songs, dances and
Kiwi-Indians across New Zealand by a singing of the Indian National
skit performances. Young Kiwi-
celebrated the zeal of Republic Day- Indian dancers also performed a Anthem and loud chants of ‘Vande
with four significant gatherings Bharatnatyam dance. Mataram’ and ‘Jai Hind’ by the
marking and celebrating the National List MP Dr Parmjeet community leaders gathered at the
nearly 250 guests at the Wellington performance by the Maori group
auspicious day. Parmar, Labour MP for New Lynn event.
Indian Association Community Hall Whakarewarewa from Rotorua.
Wellington with a cultural programme. The event also included awarding Deborah Russel, attended. “You have all come on a Saturday
Ms Russel, quoting fellow Labour morning, the day despite being the

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The High Commissioner was medals from the Govt. of India to
iwi-Indians in Wellington List MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan start of a long four-day holiday, that
joined by Deputy Secretary, Trade the winners of the Bharat Ko Janiye
gathered at the Wellington mentioned about the knowledge and echoes your love and commitment
& Economic Group Vangelis Vitalis Quiz and a Letter of Appreciation to
Indian Association Community Hall information she received about India’s towards your motherland, India,” Mr
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Whakarewarewa singer for her
to celebrate Republic Day with High republic history, the Constitution of Dhillon said.
& Trade. The other dignitaries rendition of Vaishnav Janato, as part
Commissioner of India, Sanjiv Kohli invited were Minister for Ethnic of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth India and the inaugural ‘Tryst with “You are the pride of the country,
hoisting the tricolour at the event Communities Jenny Salesa, Members anniversary celebrations. Destiny’ address made by the first and the country is your pride – your
centre. of Parliament Paul Eagle and Greg There was also an Indian dance Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru actions and contributions to the
The morning event gathered around O’Connor from the Labour Party, performance by the students from a on India’s freedom. greater community and the multi-
a hundred community members who Nicola Willis and Brett Hudson from Wellington dance school. Ms Russel read the passage ‘At the ethnic communities of New Zealand
after the flag hoisting attended the the National Party. stroke of the midnight hour when the makes India proud of its citizens,
cultural event- performances by Auckland world sleeps, India will awake to life and we proudly identify ourselves as
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young Kiwi-Indians children dressed members from diplomatic missions, ew Zealand Indian Central and freedom...’ Kiwi-Indians,” Mr Dhillon added.
in ethnic Indian wear singing patriotic mayors, NZ Government officials Association (NZICA), the The event included an array of The official address was followed
numbers in the festive mood. and leaders from the Kiwi and Kiwi- oldest community organization for cultural performances by both young by a light breakfast and entertainment
Later in the evening, the High Indian community. the Kiwi-Indians organised a big and elder members of the community programme of singing of patriotic
Commission hosted a reception for celebratory event at Mahatma Gandhi representing diverse Indian songs by two singers.
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Government to take away sales


incentives in insurance industry
¡¡ IWK BUREAU insurers, it’s possible the
A comparison of life
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vulnerabilities it identifies
he Government agreed at may exist across the broader
Cabinet on Tuesday, January insurance commissions insurance industry.
29, to fast-track customer
protection measures in the financial worldwide shows New “We will consult with the
public and industry on these
sector.
A report released by the FMA and Zealanders are paying a changes, but we are going to
RBNZ highlighted major issues in move as quickly as possible on
the insurance sector impacting on
high rate of commissions this because New Zealanders
need to have confidence their
consumers. This follows a report
on banking conduct and culture
– more than 20 percent of rights and interests are being
released in December. The problems the cost of the premium protected.”
highlighted in both reports are Kris Faafoi says the
similar, Commerce and Consumer consultation on these measures
Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says, will run alongside work already
though more extensive in life insurance. “This, with the findings from the earlier and conduct of financial institutions,
underway to update insurance contract law.
”There are gaps in the regulation of the sector report on banking conduct and culture, mean including banks.
“We want to see: “Current contract law is based on legislation
that are exposing consumers and we are going that we have to take action. We plan to release
Clearer duties on banks and insurers to that was written more than 100 years ago – and
to address them. We need a regime where banks a consultation paper on the changes by May
and insurers are focused on good outcomes for consider a customer’s interests and outcomes, there are a number of improvements that need
and introduce legislation later this year,” Kris to be made. These include better disclosure
the consumer and are not conflicted by sales and to treat customers fairly.
Faafoi says. protections for consumers, to address situations
rewards. An appropriately resourced regulator to
“The report has found New Zealand life A comparison of life insurance commissions where insurers can completely avoid a policy
monitor the conduct of banks and insurance
insurance industry has a culture that prioritises worldwide shows New Zealanders are paying a when a policy holder does not disclose
companies, with strong penalties for breaching
sales over customer interests and customers high rate of commissions – more than 20 percent duties. something – even if it was an unintentional
deserve better. Cabinet today agreed we are of the cost of the premium. In comparison, Changes applied to both banking and non-disclosure or one unrelated to the claim a
going to get rid of sales incentives in the consumers in Many European countries pay insurance, since the issues identified in both policy holder is making.
insurance industry that are driving behaviour less than 10 percent, and in Australia just are similar. There are also overlaps between “It is an ambitious timeframe but my
that is not in the best interest of consumers. over 10 percent. Annual premiums paid by the sectors, with banks often selling insurance intent is to have both pieces of legislation in
“Incentives such as overseas trips and loaded consumers for life insurance total $2.57 billion, products. Parliament by mid-2020, because it is time to
upfront commissions can cause a conflict for with 4 million life insurance policies in New A strong response to internal sales incentives ensure consumers get protection that is clearly
the salesperson. We have also heard about
Zealand. and soft commissions. needed.”
insurance policies being sold to people who are
Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson “Because the issues identified with insurance The FMA is supplying individual feedback to
ineligible for cover, premiums continuing to be
charged for a policy that’s no longer in effect, says that while the industry has started to and banking are similar, we will consider the 16 life insurers reviewed, with a response
and policyholders not being effectively notified address issues raised in the reports it is clear changes that apply across both sectors. and action plan on how they will address their
of increases in premiums. that the Government needs to act on regulation “Also, while this report focuses on life issues due back to the FMA by June 2019.

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Nationwide events
to commemorate SANDRAN BALAN
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rime Minister and Minister for
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Jacinda Ardern has on Thursday, NEED LEGAL ADVICE?
January 31, announced series of events
on marae and lake fronts, in community
centres, local museums and town squares Let us help you with the following:
throughout the country to commemorate
Waitangi Day 2019. 
“I’m delighted the Commemorating
Waitangi Day Fund has distributed Residential Conveyancing
$288,000 to support 46 events across the
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come together to experience those taking place national and community building, bring New
in their communities,” Jacinda Ardern said. Zealanders of all cultures together in a spirit Refinance • Trusts, Wills, Estates
“From large-scale events attracting tens of of partnership to commemorate the bicultural
thousands of people such as those at Hoani foundation of our nation. Matrimonial & Relationship Proper t y
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signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.   “I’m thrilled to see all the varied and
 “From dawn ceremonies to concerts at dusk, thought-provoking events planned for Waitangi
there will be plenty of opportunities for friends Day 2019, and encourage people to take part.
and whānau to be together.   “Together we can reflect on what it means
“Explorations of te Tiriti history include to be a New Zealander and how Te Tiriti o
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Team India loves traditional Māori Pōwhiri welcome


¡¡ IWK BUREAU Image courtesy: NZ Herald “I have watched it on YouTube earlier, but

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when I watched in real it was a totally amazing
hile cricket fans are being
feeling, the energy they created was amazing.
mesmerised by one of the most
“The whole ceremony was really good and at
dominant performances by a visiting
Indian-cricket team in the recent memory, Team the end, the way we met them. It’s good to see
India on the other hand was captivated by the the culture and embrace it, the way we shook
traditional Māori ‘Pōwhiri’ welcome received hands and touched heads together, I’m sure that
at the Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui. passes energy, and it was amazing,” Shikhar
The visiting team was offered a Pōwhiri on Dhawan told reporters.
Friday, January 25, a day before its official Batsman Rohit Sharma led the Indian team
match the next day, when the team reached
and staff on to the ground where they faced a
stadium for its optional practice session.
It was a first for a Powhiri welcome to be stirring haka.Tauranga kaumātua Turi Ngatai
offered to a visiting sports team at the the Mt later addressed the visitors, in both te reo Māori
Maunganui ground. and English.
India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan Ngatai told the Bay of Plenty Times Weekend
when asked about the Māori welcome at the afterwards the Tangata Whenua were pleased
afternoon press conference before the second
ODI responded with a big smile and expressed The visiting team was offered a Pōwhiri on Friday, January and “humbled” to welcome the special visitors
from the subcontinent.
the boost he and the team felt by the Pōwhiri. 25, a day before its official match the next day, when the Indian captain Virat Kohli and his wife and
“I loved it, and I would say that we all loved
it,” he said. team reached stadium for its optional practice session Bollywood star Anushka Sharma missed the
welcome ceremony at the grounds.

Beware: Phone scammers targeting public


pretending to work for NZ Police and Spark
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Police, where the scammer claims to be from a duped into purchasing such large amounts.

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telephone scam in which the caller claims the victim’s trust. – do not engage with anyone on the phone if www.consumerprotection.govt.nz/general-
to work for NZ Police and Spark NZ. These scams run constantly and while most you think you are being scammed – hang up
help/scamwatch
Ironically, the caller claims to be targeting people will not respond or buy into them, some immediately and report the incident.
people are more vulnerable. If you are in doubt as to a caller’s legitimacy, Consumer Protection NZ, along with
internet fraud.
The victim is asked to purchase multiple We urge people to have conversations with ask if you can call them back, or just hang up. Netsafe, also provides helpful advice and
iTunes cards at their own expense and provide vulnerable or elderly family members, to help Regardless of whether you have lost any information about keeping safe online.
the numbers to the scam artist, who then ensure they are aware of the tactics often used money, if you have installed a program Anyone who believes they are a victim of
redeems the gift cards and breaks contact with by scammers and don’t become victims. allowing remote access to your computer, we a scam, in person, over the phone or online,
the victim while maintaining remote access to Business owners who note customers buying recommend you seek assistance to ensure it is should immediately report it to their bank, and
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since the patrol was initiated by local MP for Maungakiekie
Denise Lee at her public meeting on crime and safety in the Mt
Wellington area.
 Among those in attendance at the event were local MP for
Maungakiekie Denise Lee, Police, Community Patrols of New
Zealand Trust Board members, and Mt Wellington Community
Patrol volunteers and supporters.
 “It’s great to see such a strong sense of caring for the safety of
people in this community with the launch of the Mt Wellington
Community Patrol, which marks the 170th affiliated community
patrol in New Zealand ” Ms Lee said.
 “I would like to congratulate them and thank them for the crime
prevention work they will be doing to keep our neighbourhoods
safe. Our volunteers will be a valued addition to Mt Wellington,”
Ms Lee said.
 Community Patrols of New Zealand is a national organisation
that supports over 5,000 volunteers who work closely with Police
as extra eyes and ears. They  receive regular Police guidance,
training and tasking.
“Evidence shows that high visibility in hot spot area helps
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Football lovers gear up for Tenzing-Hillary


Cup in Auckland
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ootball is one of the most loved and
followed sports in the world. The sport
has gained huge momentum in Indian
subcontinent recently and amongst the Indian
diaspora with the Indian Football Team now
ranked 97 in the world from 173 in 2015.
The New Zealand Nepal Society and New
Zealand Nepalese Association are bringing
the Tenzing-Hillary Cup 2018 to Auckland
this year with eight teams competing for the
ultimate championship.
Golden Ball or Best Player
The tournament was formerly known as
($100), Golden Gloves or
the Nepalese Association of New Zealand
Best Goalie ($100), Golden
Incorporated Cup (NANI) and was first started
Boot or Highest Scorer
in 2015 and has been played in Bay of Plenty,
($100).
Auckland and Christchurch in the previous
This year the tournament
years. Auckland will be hosting the tournament
is jointly organised by FC
after three years on Saturday and Sunday,
Khukuri and Gurkha FC,
February 2 and 3 at the Crum Park, Green Bay
both Auckland based Nepali
in Auckland.
football clubs.
The eight teams of eleven players on each side
“This joint partnership
participating in the tournament are FC Khukuri
in Auckland this time,” Mr Chhetri added. is an indication of the
FC, FC Khukuri United, and Gurkha FC from
The inaugural tournament was held in 2015 unity and harmony that is
Auckland, NABOP from Bay of Plenty, Druk
in Bay of Plenty hosted by NABOP (Nepalese displayed by our young
FC from Palmerston North, Bhutanese Nelson
Association of Bay of Plenty) in which FC Nepali generation. This
Football Club from Nelson, Nepal United FC
and Lhotshampa from Christchurch. Khakuri from Auckland was declared the partnership also exemplifies
winner. FC Khakuri continued its winning spell the values that this tournament aims to set and begin on Saturday, February 2 at 8:45 a.m. by
“We are a group of young, energetic and
in 2016 and 2017 when the matches were held is a model example to our younger generation Lady June Hillary, Acting Honorary Consul of
passionate youth who aim to bring about
positive changes in our community and in Auckland and Bay of Plenty respectively. who so dearly look up to these group of Nepal in New Zealand Peter Gibbs, President
represent Nepal in New Zealand as a model The Nepal NZ Friendship Society Canterbury players,” Mr Chettri said. of New Zealand Nepal Society Inc. and New
thriving young community through a sports (NNZFSC), Christchurch hosted the fourth The event is supported by NRNA NZ, New Zealand Nepal Chamber of Commerce Inc.
event,” Prayash Chhetri, Joint-Secretary of the tournament in 2018, and Lhotshampa FC lifted Zealand Nepal Society, New Zealand Nepal Dinesh Khadka, and President of New Zealand
New Zealand Nepal Society told The Indian the cup who are defending their title in 2019. Chamber of Commerce Inc, New Zealand Nepal Association Shreedhar Basnyat.
Weekender. Besides the winners and runners-up prizes, Nepal Association and GoalNepal.com will be Labour MP from Mt Roskill Michael Wood
“We are expecting around 700 people to there are awards for every category such as the Digital Media Partner of the tournament. will be the guest for the prize distribution
come and see the tournament over the weekend Shield Award ($300), Fair Play Award ($500), The official ceremony of the tournament will ceremony on Sunday, February 13.

Carnatic music
concert coming
to Lower Hutt
in February
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he New Zealand Indian Fine Arts
Society has been bringing artistes of
international calibre from India and
also staging local talent shows for the last 13
years in the Hutt and Wellington Regions.
In February, music fans will be delighted
to see Madurai G.S.Mani, a renowned music
veteran with several decades of experience
when he graces Auckland city and entertains
audiences with his unique thematic concert.
GS Mani’s concert will highlight the accompaniment (usually a violin), a rhythm
connection between the glorious Carnatic accompaniment (usually a mridangam), and a
classical music and how it has been used in tambura, which acts as a drone throughout the
South Indian films. Mr Mani will be accompanied performance.
on the tabla (Indian percussion) and the
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About Carnatic Music: The event will be held on Sunday, 24
Carnatic Music is usually associated with February from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Epuni
the music from Southern India including the
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states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu,
Karnataka and Sri Lanka. The primary emphasis The tickets for the community music
in Carnatic music is on vocal music; most event has been priced at $25 and $20 for
compositions are written to be sung, and even students and seniors citizens.
when played on instruments, they are meant to For more information about the event,
be performed in gāyaki singing style.
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Carnatic music is usually performed by a small
ensemble of musicians, consisting of a principal Raghu on 027 2103477 and Gayathri on
performer (usually a vocalist), a melodic 022 1633485.
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Reduce summer holidays or not?


Thinking from an ethnic migrant’s perspective
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH If school holidays are so paramount for

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children’s overall well-being and learning
inally, the day came, on Tuesday,
proficiency and development, then our society
January 29, when I had to drop my
should collectively be able to put systems
child to school again, after six weeks of
in place to facilitate cost-effective ways of
holidays.
managing school holidays.
Both, my child and us (me and my wife)
seemed to be pretty excited with the reopening Indeed, the state has to play an instrumental
of schools. role in driving this change.
It was the same for many other parents If the gap in rising living costs and wages
dropping their kids to schools and with whom is the primary factor precipitating the pain of
we casually exchanged smiles and pleasantries. working parents, then that is the area for the
Clearly, the reasons for kids’ excitement of governments to work.
returning to school were different than us Undoubtedly we are living in the modern
parents. period of exceptionally high living costs that
In our regular catch-up with parents, there require in most working families for both
was more about the kids’ excitement and what parents to work, to just be able to make ends
everyone did during the school holidays and meet. But that does not mean that the State
less about the recent debate around the length should also be reflecting similar helplessness
of summer holidays. as of working parents, to find solutions of the
Unsurprisingly many Kiwi-Indians and problem on hand.
other ethnic migrant parents were supremely Negotiating through school holidays is
Managing the exorbitant cost In this regard, it is submitted that while it
unaware, and even more worryingly, reticent a challenge, if not nightmare, for working
may be appropriate to rebut the Opposition in
to express any opinion on the issue when parents, even during semester breaks.
involved in sending their kids the first six months or first year of the change of
explained briefly about the nature and the the government, but definitely not in the second Maybe subsidising the school holiday
origins of the debate. to school holiday programs year of government, especially in a three-year- programmes could be an option to mull upon.
National MP Nicola Wills had sought to term parliament. However, what many parents confided with
initiate a public debate in the country to see if is one such pain, though us is that managing costs of school holiday
It reflects more of a disdain toward the public
there was an appetite for reducing the number of than to the Opposition in a democracy. programs were not their only concern.
school holidays, especially during the summer.
shared by many native Kiwi
The government might do well to keep At least many parents believe that there is not
From the looks of it, the debate has been residents as well. away from this tendency of disfranchising a much constructive and productive use of the
trampled much before it could become a public the Opposition and rather come up with more time made available to children, out of schools,
debate in a real sense. appropriate responses to the issues being raised. especially with parents away at work.
At least this is what social media is telling us. the possibilities if we choose to challenge the Anyway, coming back to the main purpose For me personally, my child’s “screen-time”
The mainstream media’s posts on social status quo. of this piece, that is to come up with an ethnic- goes exceptionally high during the school
media about the story were immediately Any voices of entertaining the idea were migrant perspective of the suggestion that a holiday period as putting them in front of
inundated with disdain, if not an outright either in the minority or were too feeble to put number of school holidays should be reduced
rejection, of the suggestion to reduce the television or laptops for a long time becomes a
forward their views. or not. convenient option either at their school holiday
summer holidays. If that was not enough, the Education A majority of ethnic migrants find negotiating
The social media opinion was backed with programme or at our workplace.
Minister Chris Hipkins was quick to dump the with their children’s school holidays – a It would be helpful to remind that school
media commentaries emphasising why any seemingly rubbish idea in the bin by asserting slightly different experience – like all other
idea of reducing school holidays was absolutely holidays originally began in 19th century
that the government had no such plans to bring social activity they indulge in their new country
rubbish and a symbol of poor-parenting and England before being instinctively followed in
that change or support Nicola Wills’ members’ of residence, in comparison to what they
selfish motives of parents, especially against NZ for the primary reason to allow kids help
bill if it was to see the light of the day. would have experienced back in their country
the teachers, for a number of reasons. Adding insult to injury was the rant by the of origin. the adults during the harvest season.
Surprisingly, this was despite many honest Minister saying, “National has had plenty of Managing the exorbitant cost involved in So if school holidays were started at the first
confessions by parents about the cost escalation opportunities to change the law during their sending their kids to school holiday programs place in response to societal needs in the past
as most of them have to take help of school time in charge.” is one such pain, though shared by many native then why societal requirements (both parents
holiday programmes to negotiate through the Through this assertion, the right of the Kiwi residents as well. working) of present times should not be able to
school holiday period. Opposition Party to raise any issues of However, what is most startling for them is influence them.
In fact, many enthusiastic opponents of public interest was categorically rejected, the fact that despite evident discomfort around Simply putting off an issue as relevant as
the idea of reducing the number of school on the pretext that their own party was in the the issue of school holidays there is the least school holidays is not desirable. Sooner rather
holidays, vowed to happily continue with the government for three consecutive terms. willingness to debate around the issue. than later we will have to think and act upon it,
status quo, rather than explore what could be therefore sooner is better.

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Auckland's Kiwi-Indian soccer fans set to feast


on Wellington Phoenix’s next Eden Park outing
¡¡SANDEEP SINGH Wellington Phoenix in 2017. are a credit to their families and

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After making a series of substitute communities, being outstanding
uckland’s Kiwi-Indian
appearances in 2017, Sarpreet was both on and off the field.”
fans will have a rare
named in the starting line up for Further expressing confidence in
feast of watching two of
the first time on February 2018 and his team Mr Dome said, “It’s the
their biggest stars, Roy Krishna
since then had become a regular in first time we’re heading back to
and Sarpreet Singh, play in New
the team. Eden Park since 2014 and the team
Zealand’s biggest city for the
He finished the season as the are looking forward to going back to
A-League clash between Wellington
second-highest goal scorer at the Auckland.
Phoenix and Melbourne Victory this
club behind Andrija Kaluđerović, “The team have a great run so far
month in Eden Park. despite only playing eleven games. this season, with only one loss in 11
The widely anticipated A-League Carrying his form into the 2018- games to date and they are playing
clash is scheduled for Friday, 19 season, Sarpreet capped for New an exciting style of football. 
February 15, on a weekend dubbed Zealand’s All White and winning “We have a talented team, with
by Eden Park as sports lovers’ many accolades for his performance a blend of young, up and coming
extravaganza weekend, for hosting adversary at the away match in previous in four-nation tournament in India in stars and experienced overseas and
another Super Rugby fixture Melbourne last week. leader June 2018. foreign players. 
between the Blues and the Crusaders However, Kiwi-Indian soccer fans Paul Ifill’s His assists in All-White’s two “We’re expecting a big crowd at
the following night. will have added reason to be excited, 33 goals for goals against much higher ranked Eden Park, it’s one of New Zealand’s
The A-League is the professional apart from the capital-based club’s the club. His fourth-round goal India in that tournament not only greatest stadiums and our fans
men’s soccer league of Australia and reputation – that of watching the against Brisbane Roar was deemed helped All Whites defeat India on always bring something special –
Wellington Phoenix is the only New two Indian-origin star players play the team’s Goal of the Year for the their home turf but also won him their singing and chanting – it’s a
Zealand-based professional club at New Zealand’s largest city. 2017–18 season. many fans in the country from where unique experience and one that you
that competes at the highest level of While Roy Krishna has attained Auckland-born Sarpreet Singh his parents originally emigrated to need to experience,” Mr Dome said.
football in this part of the world. star status in the team completing who grew up playing for the local NZ.
There is huge expectation among 100 games for the club last club Onehunga Sports plays as Speaking highly about the two FIXTURE
soccer fans for the match as the November, Sarpreet Singh’s stocks attacking midfielder for Wellington players Wellington Phoenix General Wellington Phoenix V
Wellington Phoenix is coming to have also risen fast in the previous Phoenix. Manager David Dome told The Melbourne Victory
New Zealand’s national stadium year. Sarpreet joined the Wellington Indian Weekender “We’re very WHEN
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Adithya Ashok star Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s


30th Annual Convention concludes
bowler of national ¡¡ IWK BUREAU

tournament H
undreds of Ahmadi
Muslims gathered together
over the Auckland
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD anniversary weekend to celebrate

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the community’s 30th annual
uckland Under-17 Boys claimed the
convention. Bait ul Muqeet, the
New Zealand Cricket’s U17 National
largest purpose-built mosque in New
Tournament title defeating Central
Zealand, saw Muslims from all over
Districts in Lincoln earlier last week, with
the country converge to celebrate
Kiwi-Indian bowler for Auckland’s team,
the ‘Jalsa Salana’, an annual
Adithya Ashok, the highest wicket-taker in the
event started over a hundred years
tournament.
ago in the small town of Qadian,
This win is Auckland U17’s consecutive
India, by the Ahmadiyya Muslim
third win in the last three years and caps off a
Community’s founder Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam
remarkable season for Auckland’s age-group Minister of State for Ethnic Communities
Ahmad.
cricketers. Jenny Salesa was the chief guest for the special
“We chose the convention’s theme of ‘Islam
Auckland U17’s late push continued as they session held for external guests on Saturday,
and Human Rights’ because of the attention
upended top qualifiers Central Districts U17 by January 26.
this topic gets in the media nowadays, and the
five wickets to claim the 2018/19 national title The Minister highlighted the ethnic diversity
controversy sometimes associated with these
in a hard-fought final. of not just her local constituency, but of New
discussions. We want to stress that contrary to
Adithya Ashok was hailed hero in the second Zealand as a whole, and stressed on the steps
School Sports Awards in 2017. what some people may believe, Islam actually
last match that gave Auckland team a 151-run the government is taking to ensure equality
Adithya is a recipient of numerous awards champions upholding of Human rights. We
victory against Northern Districts and powered
such as best batsman from Eden Roskill Cricket have seen a number of charters introduced over for all ethnicities and religions. She lauded
the team into the finals against Central Districts.
Club, Overall Best Player for Suburbs New the last few centuries in an attempt to address the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for the
Ashok finished his ten overs with six maidens
Lynn Cricket Club in 2014 and 2015. He was abuses of human rights, but Islam introduced positive role it has played over the years in
and six wickets for 12 runs.
the captain of the New Zealand team at the the concepts of equality amongst all humans serving the society irrespective of any religious
“It was a match-winning performance
Junior Indoor World Cup U13 age group in well before these.” National President of the or cultural differences, and especially in the
by Adithya, which showed great control,”
Australia in 2015. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community New Zealand integration in society of the newly arrived
Assistant Coach Matt Cowie of Auckland U17
He aims to play for the Black Caps starting Bashir Khan said addressing the gathering. refugees in the country.
Boys had said.
with getting selected in the U19 team and then “Prophet Mohammad’s farewell address laid Hon. Melissa Lee MP also addressed the
In the finals, Adithya settled for two wickets
into the main league of players. down very clearly the high expectations he had attendees of the convention. A number of
giving 39 runs off his ten overs, having claimed
Another player who has marked his place of Muslims as far as dealing with their fellow representatives of other faith groups and
CD captain Sam Sherriff in a top battle between
in the Auckland U17 Boys team was Kiwi- human beings was concerned – this is something members of public attended the sessions and
bat and ball.
Nepalese Dinesh Kharel who took one wicket that all Muslims and Islamic governments need had a chance to see the mosque as well as meet
Adithya , studied at Mount Albert Grammar
each in the semis and final match of the national to strive to achieve if they want to truly follow the members of the community.
School (MAGS) had received the Bowler of
tournament. their religion,” he added.
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Government must Auckland Council: Time to


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exports of goods and services and to improve items before deciding to send them to
our standard of living. landfill,” Councillor Penny Hulse, chair
Dr Parmjeet Parmar of the Environment and Community
National List MP, Spokesperson for  This Government may be struggling to make
committee, said in a media release.
Research, Science and Innovation progress because of the divergent views within
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innovation ranking is sliding. “How can you help contribute to a circular
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 New Zealand was ranked 28th on the economy? Let’s work together to keep
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Fiji to host first


regional-
international
Hindi
conference This is the first ever international Hindi conference to be hosted
in Fiji and is poised to bring together 100-120 laureates, experts
and artists from about 15-20 countries all around the world,” a
press release from the office of Indian High Commissioner in
Fiji, Vishvas Sapkal said.

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High
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the University of the South Pacific – the largest
and most prestigious educational institution of
educationist and
activist Sunita
of India High Commis
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third most spoken language of the world – in


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प्रस्ताववत सम्मेऱन फीजी में आयोजजत होने वाऱा पहऱा ऐततहामसक अॊतराकष्ट्रीय टहॊदी सम्मेऱन है । इस टहॊदी सम्मेऱन
– dio Journalism
entrenched in day to day ये डिमो ऩत्रक रयि
Ra
Australia to participate in the
का आयोजन भारत सरकार द्वारा मशऺा मॊत्राऱय, फीजी सरकार के सहयोग व युतनवसकिी ऑफ साउथ पैमसकफक के साथ

भीडिम - Hindi
ora Writings
Media
ममऱकर ककया जा रहा है । इसके अततररतत इसे फीजी के अन्य दो ववश्वववद्याऱयों फीजी नेशनऱ युतनवसकिी और युतनवसकिी
– Indian Diasp
ऑफ फीजी का सहयोग प्राप्त है । साथ ही भारतीय िायसपोरा की सभी प्रमुख सॊस्थाएॊ इसमें सहयोग कर रही हैं। सम्मेऱन प्रव सी स हहत्म 9 है ।
upcoming conference,” Mr life of the island country. ने की अिंतिभ तिग
थ -15 पयवयी, 201 ry, 2019.

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का आयोजन 15-17 माचक, 2019 को युतनवसकिी ऑफ साउथ पैमसकफक में भारत के उच्चायुतत माननीय श्री ववश्वास
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be officially inaugurated by NZ] are excited about the opportunity of produced many renowned scholars of Hindi
India’s Minister of External dialogue and conversation amongst different language like Kamla Prasad Mishra, Joginder
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Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, and stakeholders working towards the common Singh Kanwal, Vivekanand Sharma, and Dr
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बैंक एकाऊॊि में जमा कराया जा performances including the comes naturally with any such mega event.” scholar of Fiji, Nemani Bainivalu, who was
सकता है ।
“The conference has the potential to
दे वन गयी शरपऩ क भहत्व-Importance of Devnagari Script
famous Ramleela presented awarded the ‘Vishva Hindi Samman’ in the
ीढी औय हहिं All theद ीिं -
interested Youth
participants and
may contact Mr. Hindi
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Secretary (hindi.suva@mea.gov.in), Contact:
by well-renowned Shri Ram strengthen Hindi language in the South Pacific World Hindi Conference held in Mauritius, in

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ु ऩीढी औय हहिंदीिं - Youth and Hindi
region,” Mrs Narayan said.
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सभी इच्छुक ककसी जानकारी या स्पष्ट्िीकरण के मऱए, श्री अतनऱ शमाक ( टितीय सगचव, टहॊदी एवॊ सामुदातयक मामऱे) को
Bhartiya Kala Kendra. August 2018.
Hindi) /याin Fiji
3301125 / 9992363 पर सॊपकक कर सकते हैं

It is important to note that Expressing support to the cause of promoting Making diasporic connections
रम भें हहिंदी - Hindi in Australia पीजी भें हहिंदी - Hindi in Fiji Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Hindi language Indian High Commissioner to
The conference apart from promoting
Kendra’s Ramleela is not only New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli told The Indian
the cause of Hindi language also offers the
रेंि भें on
हहिंpromoting
दी - Hindi the Hindi आस्रे शरम भें हहिंदी - Hindi in Australia
inlanguageNew inZealand particular one of the most important events in the cultural Weekender, “We are encouraging participation
opportunity of strengthening existing and
regions of the world. calendar of Delhi, but also regarded as the best and helping the expansion of Hindi teaching
making new diasporic connections in this part
हिम दे ि Indeed,ों भें the हहिंदSouth ी - Hindi न्मज
ू ीरेंि भें हहिंदी - Hindi in New Zealand
Pacific region in Girmitiya is an area Countries
Ramleela in India. capacities here in NZ.”
of the world.
of significant interest for the fact that Fiji is Apart from cultural performances, there What does Fiji have to offer?
ण औयtheहहिंonly दी -country Ramayana outside India where Hindi
and Hindi will be an opportunity for Hindi scholars and
गगयशभहिम दे िों भें हहिंदी - Hindi in Girmitiya Countries Fiji holds the unique reputation of being the
Given the size of the Indian diaspora in New
Zealand, Australia and Fiji, and their passion
experts to present research papers on more
ऊकई बisgrowingष औय हहिं द ीिं
an official language, accompanied with the
- I- Taukei and Hindi only country other than India to have the Hindi for retaining the elements of Indian heritage
य भ मण औय हहिंदी - Ramayana and Hindi
size of the global Indian diaspora in than twenty different topics, including Hindi in language as one of its official languages. This is and culture, such a conference is bound to offer
औय उदू क तनकि सिंफध
New Zealand and िं - Close relationcountries
Australia – the two major New Zealand, Hindi media, Hindi in Girmitiya
of Hindi and Urdu a statement on not only how Fiji has embraced new opportunities of strengthening diasporic
countries of the region. ई -ि ऊकई ब ष औय हहिंदीिं - I- Taukei and Hindi and diaspora literature, in the Hindi not just India’s Girmitiya population and their connections.
ि औय हहिं The दी- Hindi Bollywood Conference andis Hindi being Conference. descendants, but also the Hindi language. ••
हहिंदी औय उदू क तनकि सिंफध
िं - Close relation of Hindi and Urdu
भें हहिंदी के पवक स भें आमू सभ ज, सन िन, सिंगभ व अन्म सिंस्थ ओिं क मोगद न
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Fiji is one of India’s closest friends and Fijians working under


NZ Seasonal Work
takes pride in its own achievements: Sapkal Scheme expected to

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elebrating India’s Republic increase this year

T
Day in Fiji is a great joy he number of Fijians working
because Fiji is one of India’s under the New Zealand
closest friends and even as India Recognised Seasonal
takes pride in its own achievements, Employer Work Scheme has been
it also celebrates Fiji’s growth. growing annually with total number
These were the words of the Indian expected to increase to 60 this year
from the initial 12 in 2015.
High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas
Two employer representatives of
Sapkal who was speaking at the
the Recognised Seasonal Employer
celebration of India’s 70th Republic
scheme, Heather Burton and Penny
Day at Novotel in Lami last night. Gibson met with Employment
Sapkal says India has respect Ministry Permanent Secretary Osea
for the independence of other Cawaru in a meeting to recruit more
countries and India strongly pursues seasonal workers.
international peace and harmony. Burton is the General Manager
He says there has always been Human Resource for EastPack
good relations between India Limited, one of the first employers to
and Fiji. pilot the seasonal work program and
Speaking on behalf of the Fijian has been recruiting seasonal workers
government, the Chief of Protocol from Fiji since 2015.
The total number of workers
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
recruited by East Pack Ltd has been
Jonatani Tagivetaua congratulated the country an independent republic. Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho, Bala and Minister for Lands
increasing over the years from the
people of India in their celebration. He says India has set examples Minister for Industry, Trade and and Mineral Resources Ashneel initial 12 workers in 2015 and rose to
Tagivetaua says the Indian for Fiji. The event was attended Tourism Premila Kumar, Minister Sudhakar. 56 workers in 2018.
Constitution came into effect on the by  President Jioji Konrote, Prime for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau, The event was attended by some The Ministry fo Employment
26th of Jan 1950 with a democratic Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Minister for Forestry Osea Naiqamu, Permanent Secretaries and close to says that this number will increase
government system which made the Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Police Minister for Employment Parveen 400 guests. again to 60 workers comprising of

Prime Minister: Focus on education


17 new workers and 43 returning
30 Fijians awarded workers for 2019. The 60 workers
Australia Awards Pacific are from the Provinces of Ra, Rewa,

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Scholarships to study he posting of a school head to a faith-based Tailevu, Ba, Lomaiviti, Kadavu,
in Fiji institution has nothing to do with religious Serua and Namosi. Cawaru says

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teachings, but it is about the academic welfare that the 43 returning workers were
19-year-old student from and upbringing of our children whose education must not again selected by the employer this
Nabouwalu, Bua is the be affected. year due to their excellent work
youngest recipient among Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made these performance and attitude.
the 30 Fijians who were today comments as he broke his silence on the ongoing
awarded the Australia Awards Pacific debate between the Ministry of Education that insists Fiji calls on UN Security
Scholarships to study in Fiji. that appointments are merit-based against faith-based
Kartik Kaushal Singh is now able
Council to lead efforts to
organisations, mainly the Roman Catholic Church of Fiji,
to pursue his dreams of becoming an which wants members of the church to head its schools.
tackle growing security
electrical engineer. The Prime Minister said the teaching of faith should challenges related to
He will be studying Diploma in always begin in our very own homes where the onus climate change

F
Electrical Engineering at the Fiji should be on parents to guide children on life’s values. iji has called on the UN
National University. He said it was not the job of teachers in an institution Marist Brothers High School. Security Councils to lead and
Singh says helping his father who to make children understand their faith better but they “It is about our children and nothing to do with the support national and regional
is a mechanic by profession is what were there to help students learn academically for a Church. When I attended Marist a brother was the efforts to tackle growing security
inspired him to study to become an brighter future. principal. There were prayers in the morning and other challenges related to climate change.
electrical engineer. “This issue of posting teachers has nothing to do with prayer sessions during the day. It is the same today.” While speaking a the addressing
Singh says he has faced challenges the church. It is not about faith but about our children. Mr Bainimarama said he would not change his mind in the UN Security Council on climate
since coming to Suva such as The ongoing issue about the faith-based schools should prioritising children’s education. related disasters, Attorney General,
familiarizing himself with travel not affect our children’s education.” “Some of these changes are part of the reforms in Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted
routes as well as the different Mr Bainimarama said government’s main concern was 2009 and again stressed in 2017, it’s for the betterment that the effects of climate change
lifestyle. to ensure that students got the best education. of Fijian children academically. We have to be careful on which maybe now be more
Meanwhile, Ilisabeta Susunikoro “My main concern is what will be taught to students this issue. It is simple to understand that the Government pronounced in some places over
is also a proud recipient of the in those schools. I’m not concerned about religious is stressing that our children are given the best education others will none the less be a problem
scholarship says she will be teachings because if this is prioritised then what about the they can have. In reminding village elders to focus on that will ultimately affect each part of
undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma other subjects that students need to also learn,” he said. their children’s education he said “our job is to bring them the world.
in Midwifery at the Fiji National “Too much on (Church) teachings and less on the up in the respective faith and they should get the best He stressed that the open debate
University. subjects to make them better equipped for the future, in education”. at the UN Security Council on the
The 41-year-old who is currently a especially iTaukei to excel and become engineers, Mr Bainimarama said he has had talks with leaders defining challenges of our times
nurse in Namosi says that she loves accountants and pilots. of Seventh Day Adventist church, Roman Catholics of is preparing the international
the challenges and wishes to upskill from primary school at Lautoka Fijian to Draiba Fiji and the Methodist Church of Fiji on this issue two community to confront the growing
to further help people. Primary School, then to Ratu Kadavulevu School before years ago. security consequences arising from
climate change induced natural

BABER: BALL GIRL PART OF OUR FAMILY


disasters.
Sayed-Khaiyum also highlighted
that extreme weather patterns make

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our economies and societies’ more
he Fiji Airways Fijian 7s the Gareth Baber coached side lifted
"Humility fragile as seen time and time again
team displayed something the little girl.
is a big part that when economic and social
special when they lifted the “Humility is a big part of our
of our values, we fragility increase our institutions
ball girl high up in the air while they values, we talk as a team and
talk as a team and suffer.
said their final prayer before kickoff anybody is part of our family.
anybody is part of Sayed-Khaiyum says that Fiji is
against USA “A ball girl coming in there is
our family." still in a phase where relocations
The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team much as likely to be on this rugby
of coastal communities both
displayed something special when field as anybody else. It’s very
domestically and between countries
they lifted the ball girl high up in the special for us to have people in the
can be managed voluntarily as Fiji
air while they said their final prayer sport like that.” Baber said.
has offered support to host some of
before kickoff against USA in the The side was awarded the UL
our neighbours.
Cup final on Sunday. Mark of Excellence Award for the act
However, Sayed-Khaiyum stressed
Supported by Fijian fans that of sportsmanship. Fiji has now won
that very soon these will become
turned out in force at the FMG two of the first three tournaments of
forced migrations on a scale that will
Stadium with their blue flags, they the World Sevens Series tied with Something truly unique to rugby sevens. @HSBC_Sport ball carrier gets lifted high
place severe stresses on our societies
applauded the special moment when USA on 57points. by Fiji!
and international arrangements.
Thought of the week
"The will to succeed is important,
but what's more important is the
will to prepare."
Editorial – Bobby Knight

‘State of the Auckland Weather forecast for the week


February 1 – February 7, 2018
nation’ speech Fri Sat Sun Mon Tues Wed Thu
and ‘year
of delivery’ Some sun
pleasant
Some sun
pleasant
Partly
Cloudy
Sunny
Pleasant
Sunny
Pleasant
Partial
sunshine
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affirmation kicks
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off Kiwi politics 18° 18° 18° 17° 17° 18° 17°

in 2019
This week in New Zealand’s history
29 January 1842

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Auckland's first Anniversary Day Regatta
ew Zealand’s political year kicked off this week with two remarkably Auckland’s Anniversary Day commemorates the arrival of Lieutenant-Governor William
different, but largely expected speeches, by two different political Hobson in the Bay of Islands in 1840. Today it is best known for a regatta on Waitematā Harbour,
leaders, who delivered their supposedly defining messages in an equally
possibly the largest in the world.
different setting.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern informed the media on Wednesday morning, 30 January 1911
immediately after a strategic multi-planning retreat, that she has told her Labour
caucus members that 2019 will be the “year of delivery” for the government, Bookies take last bets on New Zealand racecourses/2-
A 1910 amendment to the Gaming Act banned bookmakers from New Zealand racecourses,other
thus displaying her trademark feel-good style of politics.
public places and hotels. The bookies were farewelled after the last race at Takapuna, with a band
Hours later, on the same day at a different location, down south in Christchurch,
playing appropriate tunes such as ‘We Parted on the Shore’.
National Leader Simon Bridges tried to wrest some early momentum for himself
and his party through the State of the Nation speech seeking to put taxes firmly 31 January 1921
on the agenda of New Zealand politics. New Zealand's first regular airmail service begins
The general reception to both of these addresses by leaders of the main political Piloted by Captain Euan Dickson, the first flight of the Canterbury Aviation Company’s new
parties, was on expected lines, as both media and the public were exceptionally airmail service left Christchurch at 8 a.m., carrying several hundred letters to Ashburton and
critical for one while approving for the other. Timaru into the teeth of a south-westerly gale.
Lest some may hurriedly assume that this is because of two different styles of
politics and personalities that these two leaders bring, it is more because of one 1 February 1842
being in government and the other in opposition. New Zealand Company settlers arrive in Nelson
It is largely observed that in politics there are more takers for the views of The Fifeshire arrived in Nelson with immigrants for the New Zealand Company’s first
those in power and hence more approval, than those in the opposition, who get settlement in the South Island. The company had been trying to purchase land in the area since
more disapproval. 1839. Desire became necessity when news reached Wellington that several immigrant ships were
Though both are unfair and not accurate. However, those in politics are on their way from England.
expected to know this and cannot complain.
In that respect, the Prime Minister’s message to her caucus about 2019 being
the year of delivery, which should have been interpreted as a “telling off” to the Indian Weekender : Volume 10 Issue 44
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hole” in Mr Bridges’ projections also managed to receive much attention.
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week it is clear that 2019 will be decisive for both the leaders.
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government all set to receive reports from several committees including tax
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Ms Ardern.
We’ve
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Note ban brought down land prices,


helped youth buy cheap houses: Modi
P
rime Minister Narendra Modi air travel.
on Wednesday said that the "Today I am happy to say that the
demonetization exercise scheme has catapulted our country
helped bring down prices of houses among the world's fastest-growing
and made them affordable for the aviation markets," Modi said.
youth. Referring to the housing sector,
He said he was being asked about Modi said that his government built
the gains from the 2016 note ban 1.30 crore houses during the last
but the question should be put to the four years of the NDA rule while
youth who gained from it. the Congress-led United Progressive
"I am asked about the benefits of Alliance (UPA) built 25 lakh houses
the note ban decision. You should over a decade.
address this to the youth, who could Praising his own governance,
buy residential homes at affordable Modi said the previous governments
rates after the decision," Modi said. would have taken more than 25 years
The Prime Minister said: "Black to do the work that he had done in the
money used to be parked in real last four years.
estate sector. But with decisions like The Prime Minister called upon
note ban, we put a check on it." the people to vote a single-party
Modi was speaking after laying the majority government at the Centre.
foundation stone of the extension of "For the last 30 years, the country
the terminal building at Surat Airport. had a 'hung Parliament' and this had
He said the UDAAN scheme of affected development. Four years
the Civil Aviation Ministry was the ago, people voted a government
result of his dream that the common with a full majority after which the
man should also be able to undertake country is progressing rapidly."

‘India saving $7bn yearly with PM’s LED


Mamata Banerjee challenges
Amit Shah: Prove claims or

movement’: Union minister Piyush Goyal W


quit politics
est Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata

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Banerjee Wednesday
ower ministers, particularly of European
lashed out at BJP national president
countries, have thanked Modi for making
Amit Shah for alleging she sold her
LEDs affordable across the world after an
paintings to chit fund owners, and
87% decline in the prices of LED bulbs, he said.
asked him to prove his claims or
Railways and coal minister Piyush Goyal, resign from politics.
who was awarded the 2018 Carnot Prize for his Addressing a public meeting in
contribution to the energy policy in New Delhi Birbhum district, Banerjee came
on Wednesday, said the country was saving $7 down heavily upon him for saying
billion annually through the nation-wide LED West Bengal government copied
movement that was conceived by Prime Minister central government schemes and that
Narendra Modi. Power ministers, particularly Durga and Saraswati pujas are not
of European countries, have thanked Modi held here.
"The cost of
for making LEDs affordable across the “Some half-educated and illiterate
switchover to LEDs
world after an 87% decline in the prices leaders from Delhi are saying I have
for the nation must
of LED bulbs, he said. taken money from my paintings.
have been $2 billion at
He recalled how Modi had ushered Prove it that I have taken a single
most, maybe less. But we
in the LED revolution in the country by paisa into my account. I challenge
are saving $7 billion in
replacing a traditional light bulb with an you to prove it. They are speaking
electricity bills every Minister of Railways & Coal, Piyush Goyal (L) receives the ‘Carnot Prize’ from Fatih Birol. in an uncivilised manner without
LED bulb in the Prime Minister’s Office.
year." Executive Director, International Energy Agency, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 showing evidence. Our party has sent
“The cost of switchover to LEDs for the
nation must have been $2bn at most, maybe charge) for power, coal, new & in October last year. a notice to him yesterday. If needed
less. But we are saving $7bn in electricity bills renewable energy from 2014 to 2017. Currently, Speaking on the occasion, Goyal said the we will file a defamation suit against
him,” Banerjee said.
every year,” Goyal said. Goyal also holds charge of the finance portfolio. country is expected to complete electrification of
Yesterday, Shah alleged that
International Energy Agency (IEA) executive Birol praised Goyal for donating the prize money of its railway network over the next four-five years.
state government is not taking any
director Fatih Birol, who was present at the $25,000 (around Rs 17,75,000) to the International “Over 4,000 kms of railway tracks were electrified
action against chit fund companies
ceremony, said India’s power sector reforms under Solar Alliance (ISA). The Kleinman Center for last year, which would increase to 6,000 kms this
as paintings of Mamata Banerjee
Goyal oversaw the world’s “biggest and most Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania year,” he said. was bought by owners of such
successful” LED programme. The award was School of Design formally presented the prize to According to Goyal, till five years ago, the companies. The BJP leader also
given to Goyal for his contribution to the power Goyal in New Delhi as he could not receive the average pace of electrification was only 600 kms alleged that Durga and Saraswati
sector when he was minister of state (independent award in the US due to the Amritsar train tragedy every year. Pujas are not held in Bengal.

Given green signal by party to contest again from Mathura: Hema Malini
On whether she would contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Mathura again,
Hema Malini said, “I have been given the green signal by higher-ups in the party and
have started work on these lines.”

B
JP MP Hema Malini Tuesday the station,” she told reporters after and Lucknow.
claimed she had been given inaugurating various projects at the “I would request Railway Minister
the “green signal by higher- Mathura Junction. Piyush Goel for introduction of a
ups” to contest again from Mathura. On whether she would contest the train between Mathura and Lucknow
She was elected to the Lok Sabha upcoming Lok Sabha elections from for the benefit of pilgrims coming
from Mathura in 2014. Mathura again, Hema Malini said, from eastern Uttar Pradesh,” she said.
The actor-politician also promised “I have been given the green signal Ranjan Yadav, DRM, Agra said the
the people of her constituency by higher-ups in the party and have modernisation of Mathura Junction
“modernisation” of the Mathura started work on these lines.” was on at a cost of Rs 20 crore. rooms, widening of entry at Gate station has been equipped with two
Junction railway station. She also said she would request Facilities like escalators, two lifts, Number One have been undertaken scanners, apart from widening of the
“The railway officials are doing a Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to foot-over bridge at Baad station, at a cost of Rs 8 crore, he said. entry and exit of Gate Number One
wonderful job on (modernisation) of introduce a train between Mathura solar system, renovation of waiting ADRM D K Singh said the Mathura and renovating of the VIP lounge.
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INDIA WILL SOON NEWS in BRIEF


MARK PRESENCE
India, China discuss counter-terrorism efforts

I ndia and China discussed regional and international counter-terrorism


efforts during the eighth meeting of the India-China Joint Working
Group on Counter-terrorism in Beijing on January 29-30, the External

ON MOON WITH Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday.


"Both sides assessed and exchanged views on regional and international
counter-terrorism situation, areas of mutual concerns, including cooperation

CHANDRAYAAN-2,
at bilateral and multilateral level," it stated.
The meeting came even as China, a member of the 1267 UN
committee, continues to block India's application to ban Pakistani terrorist
Masood Azhar.

SAYS PM MODI Sumitra Mahajan says Ram temple should be


built at Ayodhya

L ok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Wednesday that she was a


"Ram Bhakt" and wanted a Ram temple to be built at Ayodhya.
Talking to reporters after an all-party meeting here ahead of the Budget

P
rime Minister Narendra Modi Rural Employment Guarantee Act session of Parliament, she said almost everyone assured her of one's
said on Sunday India will have also been tagged.  cooperation in smooth running of the House which will witness the last
soon mark its presence on He further said the government session before the general election.
the Moon with the Chandrayaan-2 has distributed NAVIC devices "There should be maximum discussion, and maximum number of issues
mission and appreciated the use of to fishermen which is helping in should be raised by members. Parliament is meant for discussion and as
space technology in saving assets providing them safety and developing parliamentarians, nation's interest should be a priority for us," she said.
and life and in delivering government the economy.  Asked if government will bring a full Budget, she said: "It is for the
schemes. Appreciating the use of space government to answer. But yes, such things have happened in the past too."
“We have created a world technology in devices for saving Asked about her remarks as a Speaker and as BJP MP on the Ram temple,
record for launching 104 satellites assets and life, he said: “Whether it she said: "I am still the Lok Sabha Speaker. I would be able to comment as a
simultaneously from the same is cyclone, or rail and road safety, all BJP MP after 15th (February). But as a Ram bhakt I would say that all Ram
spacecraft. We will soon register of these safety measures are being bhakts want a Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya."
India’s presence on the Moon through augmented by space technology.” Saudi Crown Prince likely to visit India next month

S
the Chandrayaan-2 campaign,” Modi Modi also mentioned that the
audi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin
said in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ monthly number of successful space missions
Salman is planning to visit India next month
radio address.  attempted since the country’s
in the wake of criticism by the international
He added that Indian satellites independence until 2014 have been
community over his handling of the murder of
symbolise the country’s growing equal to those successfully completed
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's
power and help in establishing better in the past four years. 
nations.”  mission in Turkey last year, media reported.
relations with other countries. The Prime Minister remembered
Modi said the government is Citing sources, the Nikkei Asian Review
“It has contributed a great deal in Vikram Sarabhai saying that he
using space technology in delivering business journal reported from Riyadh that apart
fostering better relations with many played an important role in India’s
government schemes as well as from India, Prince Salman is also likely to visit China and South Korea in
countries of the world. The ‘South space program. 
maintaining accountability in February.
Asia Satellite’ has been a unique “Our space program has been
government programmes.  "The Crown Prince has drawn criticism from the international community,
initiative, which has gifted hues of possible due to innumerable young
Giving an example, he said the especially from the US and Europe, over his handling of the murder of
development to our neighbouring scientists... The sky and stars have
‘Housing For All’ scheme involves Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," the report said.
allies,” Modi said.  always enthralled children. Our space
geo-tagging of about 40 lakh houses "He apparently hopes to counter criticism from the US and Europe
“Through its highly competitive programme provides an impetus
spread over 23 states. Along with this, by deepening energy cooperation with Asia," it stated. Saudi Arabia, the
launch services, today India not to children to think big and reach
more than 30.5 million properties world's largest oil exporter, is a major energy security partner of India.
only propels satellites of developing across those boundaries, which were
under Mahatma Gandhi National
countries but also those of developed considered impossible till today.”  Work on for visit by Israeli PM to India
I sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to visit India next
month for a second meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a little
over a year after his last visit to New Delhi, it is reliably learnt.
Though sources here were tight-lipped, they indicated that work was
underway for the visit. Netanyahu may arrive on February 11 but there was
no official confirmation. Netanyahu visited New Delhi on January 15 last
year during the course of which India and Israel signed nine agreements,

India to have world's only including in the areas of cyber security and oil and gas.
Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat recently visited India

completely-electrified and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
During Ben-Shabbat's visit, Netanyahu spoke to Modi over the phone and
planned the upcoming visit.

large railway network Meanwhile, Modi will also visit South Korea for a day on February 21-22
to receive the Seoul Peace Prize.
Gandhi reimagined by rural traditional artists

I ndia is targeting complete


electrification of its railway
previously been unable to accept
the award in the US due to the train
called the most economically viable
project he had ever come across.
G andhi, who has always inspired Indian
art and literature, is the focal point of an
exhibition of traditional art depicting various
network over the next four-five years, tragedy at Amritsar. The award "The cost of switchover to LEDs
events of his life by rural artisans.
which will make it the only such recognizes the transformations in for the nation must have been $2
Developed for the Export-Import Bank of
large rail network, Union Railway India's energy sector. billion at most, maybe less. But we
India (Exim Bank) and exhibited at the Nehru
Minister Piyush Goyal said. Accepting the award, Goyal said are saving $7 billion in electricity
Memorial Museum and Library here starting
He said that over 4,000 km of one can't have a nation with over 250 bills every year," he said.
Wednesday, these 25 paintings are a unique
railway tracks were electrified last million people living without access Goyal donated the award money
interpretation of Gandhi's life.
year, which would increase to 6,000 to energy, which was the case even to the International Solar Alliance to
institute the Diwakar Award which "The three monkeys, which is a pictorial maxim of 'see no evil, hear no
km this year. seven decades after independence.
"Till five years ago, we used to He said that over the last four-five would recognise an outstanding evil, speak no evil,' was one of the favourite themes of the artists and it
be able to electrify only 600 km years, the government had changed organisation every year working was manifested in several paintings of the Gond artists who worked on
every year," he said, while receiving that and now India had come from for special children and maximising the project," said Vikramaditya Ugra, Bank's General Manager. "All the
the fourth annual Carnot a period of energy shortage to the use of solar energy, an official paintings have a story to tell and the artists worked for over two months on
Till them," said Ugra.
Prize awarded to him by where it was -- grappling statement said.
five years The artists represent traditional art forms: Warli art, Gond art, North East
the Kleinman Centre with surplus power. He said the award was a recognition
ago, we used to weaving, Pattachitra art, Papier Mache art, Tanjore art, Sanjhi craft, Pattua
for Energy Policy He said it was perhaps of the holistic manner in which India
be able to electrify art, and Kalamkari art, among others. It is open for public viewing in Delhi
at the University of due to the world's largest was contributing to the global effort
only 600 km every till Saturday, after which the exhibition will travel to Pune, Ahmedabad,
Pennsylvania School programme to switch to fight climate change.
year, Kolkata and Mumbai.
of Design. Goyal had to LED bulbs, which he
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KAMALA HARRIS KICKS OFF Kerala to launch


NRI pension
2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN scheme
T
he Kerala government will soon launch a

I
ndian American Senator Kamala Harris of Democratic candidates in history for the ‹Pravasi Dividend Pension Scheme’ to provide
has officially kicked off her campaign for presidential bid. regular pension to Non Resident Keralites
the Democratic presidential nomination During her 35-minute speech, she also on a one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh, Governor P.
at a rally where she warned that the US and discussed racism, police shootings and the Sathasivam said on Friday.
the world were at «an inflection point» in impact of police brutality, The Washington He announced the scheme during his address to the
history and called on all Americans to "speak Post reported. state Assembly.
the truth about what's happening". “Too many unarmed black men and “My government is committed to the welfare of
Harris announced her official bid to run for women are killed in America. Too many millions of Pravasi Malayalis. The one-time payment
President in 2020 on January 21.  black and brown Americans are being locked of Rs 5 lakh will be deposited with KIIFB (Kerala
Before a crowd of more than 20,000 people up,” the Senator said.  Infrastructure Investment Fund Board) for financing
in her hometown Oakland, Harris on Sunday “Our criminal justice system needs drastic infrastructure projects,” said Sathasivam.
threaded together a biography from her years repair. Let’s speak that truth.” There are 2.1 million migrants from Kerala across
in the Bay Area with her work as a prosecutor Harris framed her campaign as a response the world whose estimated total annual remittances to
and a senator, and set those details against a to President Donald Trump, highlighting how the state has been found to be Rs 85,092 crore, a study
broader populist vision about “running to be he has divided the country and attempting to said.
President of the people, by the people and for make the case that she would unite it. Of these, close to 90 per cent are in the Middle East.
all people”, reports The New York Times. “People in power are trying to Sathasivam pointed out that the state would set up
"People in
“We are at an inflection point in the history convince us that the villain in our a call centre with an international Toll Free Line to
power are trying
of our world,” she said at the rally.  American story is each other,” she provide information, register complaints and details
to convince us that
“We are at an inflection point in the said.  about action taken on various issues faced by the Non-
the villain in our
history of our nation. We are here because “But that is not our story. That Resident Indians.
American story is
the American dream and our American is not who we are. That’s not our “A comprehensive interactive portal will also be
each other."
democracy are under attack and on the line America. You see, our United States launched to provide information on job opportunities
like never before... When we have leaders of America is not about us versus them. with dignity and respect. I will lead in various countries, online attestation and recruitment
who bully and attack a free press and It’s about ‘we, the people’.” with integrity. And I will tell the truth.” processes.” He also spoke about the Loka Kerala
undermine our democratic institutions, that’s She mocked Trump’s foreign policy, Harris will have to first win the Democratic Sabha (LKS) that was established with the aim of
not our America.” saying: “We have foreign powers infecting Party nomination next year battling several using the expertise, talent and resources of NRIs from
Harris, 54, who became the first Indian the White House like malware.”  candidates, including Tulsi Gabbard, the first Kerala for the overall growth and development of the
American and the second black woman to The Senator pledged that if she is elected Hindu elected to Congress, Senator Elizabeth state. The LKS was supposed to offer a meaningful
serve in the US Senate when she took office President, she “will always speak with Warren and former Housing Secretary say to the NRI community in implementing schemes
in 2017, has joined the most diverse field decency and moral clarity and treat all people Julian Castro. for building a new Kerala and the scheme proved to be

Sikhs in US to donate funds,


a success, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan later told
the media.
“We are soon going to have a regional meet of LKS

food to unpaid federal workers in the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

Cabinet approves agreement with

T
wo Sikh communities in the US Kuwait to safeguard domestic workers

T
state of Indiana will donate funds
he Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved
and food to Transportation Security
the signing of an agreement with Kuwait
Administration (TSA) workers, as they
to safeguard three lakh Indians working as
remain unpaid due to the ongoing partial
domestic workers there and to provide a structured
government shutdown.
framework for cooperation on matters related to them.
The Sikh community of Fishers, Indiana,
Briefing the media here on the Cabinet meeting
and Gurinder Singh Khalsa of SikhsPAC,
a national Sikh political action committee, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Law
are coordinating with Mario Rodriguez, Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Memorandum
Executive Director of the Indianapolis of Understanding (MoU) was "a significant step" in
Airport Authority, and Aaron Batt, TSA ensuring the safety, security and dignity of service
Federal Security Director, to support TSA conditions of those domestic workers that include
agents, who are impacted by the shutdown, 90,000 women.
the American Bazaar news portal reported. There are nine lakh Indians living in Kuwait, of
“The community has come forward Sikhs feeding US federal workers at a Gurudwara in Texas which three lakh are domestic workers.
and is keen to support the workers who maximum stuff to workers affected,” he on a weekly basis until the shutdown is "Issues about their safety, working conditions, need
are undergoing the crisis of missing their said. TSA official Batt said the communities’ lifted,” Khalsa said.  to work with dignity were being raised. Appointments,
paychecks,” Khalsa told the portal.  efforts were “overwhelming and amazing”. TSA falls under the Department of service conditions, leave, and safety from contract
He said that $5,000 in gift/grocery cards To ensure that the community is able to Homeland Security and has about 60,000 breaches are part of the MoU. Kuwait government has
and more than $5,000 worth of hot food offer helping hands to federal workers until employees.  also agreed to it," Prasad said.
will be delivered to the TSA agents at the the shutdown ends, the Sikhs in Fishers have Its workers are one of the lowest paid The MoU will be initially valid for a period of five
Indianapolis Airport on January 28. vowed to encourage more Sikh temples and employees and have been working without years and it has a provision for automatic renewal.
Leading the community efforts, Khalsa is faith-based organisations in the state to pay since the shutdown began on December Prasad said over 90 lakh Indians stay in various
currently working with several local grocery come forward in assisting in the coming 22. TSA also has a much larger minority Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including in
stores that are eager to offer foodstuff at weeks if needed. concentration of employees with about 22.9 Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.
discounted prizes.  “Our community kitchen will continue per cent of them being African American Citing Modi's visit to Qatar and Yemen, he said the
“We are looking at the places that can offer serving every Sunday and we will deliver employees, according to the Bureau of agreement was part of the larger process to ensure the
us good discounts so that we can deliver hot food weekly to our TSA public servants Labour Statistics. safety of Indian expatriates.

Indian origin team develops model for safer self-driving cars


A
team of Indian American researchers vehicles and autonomous robots. prepare the vehicle for nearly every event on
has developed a novel model that uses "The model helps autonomous systems better the road.
human inputs to uncover Artificial know what they don't know," said first author But sometimes the car makes an unexpected
Intelligence (AI) "blind spots" in self-driving Ramya Ramakrishnan from Computer Science error in the real world because an event occurs
cars, so that the vehicles can avoid dangerous and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. that should, but doesn't, alter the car's behaviour.
errors in the real world. "Many times, when these systems are The researchers validated their method
The model developed by MIT and Microsoft deployed, their trained simulations don't match using video games, with a simulated human
researchers identifies instances in which the real-world setting [and] they could make correcting the learned path of an on-screen
autonomous systems have "learned" from mistakes, such as getting into accidents. character.
training examples that don't match what's "The idea is to use humans to bridge that gap The next step is to incorporate the model
actually happening in the real world. between simulation and the real world, in a safe with traditional training and testing approaches
Engineers could use this model to improve way, so we can reduce some of those errors," The AI systems powering driverless cars are for autonomous cars and robots with human
the safety of AI systems, such as driverless explained Ramakrishnan. trained extensively in virtual simulations to feedback.
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Sea of white: ‘Hundreds of NEWS in BRIEF


thousands’ of fish dead in Suman Kumari becomes Pakistan’s first Hindu

Australia
woman judge: Report

S uman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman in Pakistan to be


appointed as a civil judge, according to a media report.


Hundreds of thousands” of fish Suman, who hails from Qambar-Shahdadkot, will serve in her native
have died in drought-stricken district. She passed her LLB. examination from Hyderabad and did her
Australia in the last few days and masters in law from Karachi’s Szabist University, Dawn reported.
more mass deaths are likely to occur, According to Pawan Kumar Bodan, her father, Suman wants to provide
the authorities warned Tuesday. free legal assistance to the poor in Qambar-Shahdadkot.
Locals around the Darling River
“Suman has opted for a challenging profession, but I am sure she will go
were confronted with a sea of white,
places through hard work and honesty,” the father said.
as dead fish carpeted the waters near
Her father is an eye specialist while Suman’s elder sister is a software
the southeastern Outback town of
Menindee. engineer and another sister is a chartered accountant.
Just weeks after up to a million Suman is a fan of singers Lata Mangeshkar and Atif Aslam. This is not
were killed -- with scientists pointing the first time that a person from the Hindu community has been appointed
to low water and oxygen levels as and no rain forecast, there remained aerators in rivers only a “band-aid as a judge. The first judge from the Hindu community was Justice Rana
well as possibly toxic algae -- another a “high risk of further fish kills over solution”. Bhagwandas, who served as the acting chief justice for brief periods
mass death occurred in the key food the coming days and week,” officials “It’s not a case of not being able between 2005 and 2007. Hindus make up nearly 2 per cent of Pakistan’s total
growing region. Inspectors from said. While the federal government to spend money on something, there population and Hinduism remains the second largest religion in Pakistan
the New South Wales Department has blamed the deaths on a severe just isn’t any other alternative that after Islam.
of Primary Industries have visited drought, experts and locals say they anyone has offered up,” Blair said.
the site and said they found that stem from the systemic depletion and “The only thing that will really
Donald Trump to deliver State of the Union
“hundreds of thousands of fish have pollution of the river. change these conditions at the Address on Feb 5
died”.
“Further fish deaths in the Darling
River are anticipated as a significant
The inspectors added that the
latest bout of kills were likely linked
to “critically low levels of dissolved
moment is fresh water coming
through the system and there is just
no possibility of that at the moment.”
U S President Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union Address
on February 5, as per the agreement reached between the White House
and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives.
number of fish have been observed oxygen” caused by a sharp drop Australia’s eastern inland regions The traditional annual speech by President Trump was initially scheduled
under stress,” the department said in in temperatures after an extended have been hit by a prolonged drought, for this Tuesday but had to be postponed because of the largest government
a statement. period of hot weather. with extreme heatwaves in recent shutdown due to differences between the White House and opposition
The Darling River is part of the New South Wales Regional Water weeks exacerbating conditions.
Democrats on the issue of US-Mexico border wall.
Murray-Darling River system that Minister Niall Blair, who visited The late arrival of the monsoon
“When I wrote to you on January 23rd, I stated that we should work
stretches thousands of kilometres Menindee Tuesday, told national season in northern Australia has also
together to find a mutually agreeable date when government has reopened to
across several states. broadcaster ABC his government contributed to heatwaves in some
With temperatures expected to rise was out of options, with installing regions. schedule this year’s State of the Union address,” Pelosi said in a fresh letter
to Trump dated January 28.

Little blue penguins stolen from NZ nest NASA solar probe to make closest approach

T
to Sun in April
hree little blue penguins
have been stolen from their
burrow in New Zealand.
One of the penguins died in the
J ust 161 days after its launch, NASA's
Parker Solar Probe has completed its
first orbit of the Sun and has now begun
process and was left behind, but the second of 24 planned orbits, which
two were taken away, conservation will mark its closest approach to the Sun
officials said. in April, the US space agency has said.
Two men were seen using a Launched on August 12, the Parker
crowbar to prise rocks off the "The very Solar Probe, NASA's historic small car-
burrow of the smallest breed next day another sized probe, will journey steadily closer
of penguin, in Hawkes penguin was found to the Sun, until it makes its closest
Bay. They then hooked the dead floating nearby approach at 3.8 million miles.
birds out by their neck, the and it appears to have Throughout its mission, the probe will make six more Venus gravity assists
BBC reported. died from a head
and 24 total passes by the Sun.
The theft was carried injury"
The spacecraft completed its first orbit of the Sun, reaching the point in its
out January 24 night. The a population that is "The very next day another
orbit farthest from our star, called aphelion, NASA said in a statement.
Department of Conservation (DOC) declining in New Zealand and penguin was found dead floating
said they received reports of the two anyone found committing offences nearby and it appears to have died It has now begun the second of 24 planned orbits, on track for its second
seen digging while a woman held might be jailed up to two years and from a head injury," he added. perihelion, or closest approach to the Sun, on April 4, 2019.
a torch. It was not clear where the fined up to $68,500. They are a "It is a very vulnerable time for "It's been an illuminating and fascinating first orbit," said Andy Driesman,
birds were taken to and the suspects protected species in NZ. Authorities these wee penguins. They moult Project Manager at the Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics
have not yet been identified. believe the thefts might be an from January through to March and Laboratory.
The DOC said the theft was indication of a smuggling operation. stay in their burrows for protection... "We've learned a lot about how the spacecraft operates and reacts to the
"particularly disturbing". "We are really concerned as we (this) further suggests the poachers solar environment, and I'm proud to say the team's projections have been
Little blue penguins, which believe this might not be a one knew exactly when best to target very accurate," Driesman added.
typically measure just over 25cm off," said DOC's Hawkes Bay the birds," The BBC quoted Hansen Parker Solar Probe entered full operational status (known as Phase E) on
tall and weigh around 1kg, have Compliance Officer Rod Hansen. as saying. January 1, with all systems online and operating as designed.

PM Theresa May wants to re-open Brexit deal, EU says no


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he House of Commons began a day- She promised to return to parliament with a the transition period in December 2020.
long debate on May’s Brexit Plan B revised agreement that will be put to vote, According to May, her government is “in
after the agreement was voted down likely on February 14. reach of a deal the House can stand behind”.
earlier this month. She promised to return to The House was due to vote on Tuesday She said when she returns to Brussels she needs
parliament with a revised agreement that will evening on a series of amendments to the Plan the strongest voice behind her, adding that the
be put to vote, likely on February 14. B, on issues such as ruling out leaving the amendments “provide a cacophony of voices
May insists her agreement can still win EU without an agreement, extending Article when we need just one”.
Parliament’s backing, if it is tweaked to 50, and an alternative to the ‘backstop’ that Urging MPs to “give me the mandate I
alleviate concerns on the Irish border concern. has emerged as the main sticking point across need” to return to Brussels and demand that
British Prime Minister Theresa May on parties. the withdrawal agreement be re-negotiated,
Tuesday sought parliamentary approval to May said she knew there was a “limited she said: “The time has come for words to be
return to Brussels to re-negotiate the withdrawal appetite” in the EU to re-open talks, but she matched by deeds…if you want Brexit you clearly stated will of this House”.
agreement, but EU officials insisted that it is not believed she could “secure” it and return with have to vote for Brexit.” Labour wants that after Brexit, the United
possible to re-open talks on the controversial “significant and legally binding change.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has Kingdom should remain in EU customs union
‘backstop’ for Ireland-Northern Ireland. The backstop is supposed to be an insurance refused to join talks with May to find a way to prevent adverse impact on trade and jobs.
The House of Commons began a day- policy to prevent a hard border between Ireland out of the impasse, asked which of the red lines Corbyn said a “permanent customs union” is
long debate on May’s Brexit Plan B after the (EU country) and Northern Ireland (part of the she had changed since the deal was defeated a “pragmatic solution that helps deliver the
agreement was voted down earlier this month. UK) if trade talks are not finalised by the end of two weeks ago: “She is refusing to accept the Brexit that people voted for”.
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ICC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: NEWS in BRIEF


Mandhana stars as India thrash NZ Williamson returns for India T20Is

J N
hulan Goswami's 3/23 and half-centuries by Mandhana just picked up from where she had ew Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday recalled Kane
Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj helped left off in the first ODI, when she had Williamson for the three-T20I rubber against India after the
India thrash New Zealand by eight wickets scored her fourth century skipper missed the solitary T20I against Sri Lanka.
and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match in the Doug Bracewell has also been retained in the squad, having
ICC Women's Championship one-day international been brought in as a replacement for the injured Jimmy Neesham
series here on Tuesday. in the Sri Lanka T20I, but Henry Nicholls finds no place in the 14-
Like the first match, New Zealand struggled man squad, according to a statement from the International Cricket
against India's bowlers. Apart from Amy Council (ICC). 
Satterthwaite, who scored a gritty 71 runs, no other format. Once The squad also includes two new faces in all-rounder Daryl
batswomen contributed handsomely as Goswami again, she scored freely Mitchell and pacer Blair Tickner.  Tickner, meanwhile, will join
led the charge and restricted the hosts to and found a solid partner in the squad for the final T20I as replacement for Lockie Ferguson,
a modest 161 at the Bay Oval here, With captain Raj at the other end. who is in contention for the first two matches.
according to an ICC release. the win, India Raj scored relatively “Both Daryl and Blair have been rewarded for the strong form
Coming in to bat, India's have moved to No.2 slowly, but hit a couple
they’ve produced in domestic cricket,” New Zealand selector Gavin
Mandhana (90 not out) dominated on the Championship of sixes off Kasperek,
Larsen said.
the proceedings, forging an table, on 12 points after and as the target came
“They’ve been there or thereabouts for most of the season and both
impressive 151-run partnership 11 games, ahead of in sight she too
featured in our NZ A short format teams.”
with Mithali Raj (63 not out off New Zealand on net scored boundaries
111) for the third wicket. run-rate. more regularly. India not missing Paes: Bhupathi

I
But the victory was set up by Mandhana ndia’s non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi on
the bowlers. Goswami's opening over remained unbeaten
Wednesday said the absence of his longstanding
accounted for Suzie Bates for a duck, and that and her knock
doubles partner Leander Paes won’t be felt in the
was a big blow for New Zealand. Then, Shikha featured 13 fours and
latter’s own backyard when India take on Italy in a
Pandey trapped Sophie Devine in front for seven. a six. Raj scored 63
Davis Cup World Group qualifiers tie at the Calcutta
When Ekta Bisht removed Lauren Down and from 111 deliveries,
including two sixes South Club here on Saturday.
Amelia Kerr for 15 and 1 respectively, the hosts
were left tottering at 38/4. Maddy Green looked to and four fours. Her Paes, who became the most successful doubles
knuckle down with her captain, but fell to Poonam second six brought player in the history of Davis Cup with a record
Yadav after a 28-ball 9. the winning runs 43 wins, was dropped from the squad with the new
Satterthwaite took the lead and stitched together for India. selection committee, led by Rohit Rajpal, saying they went largely by the
a relatively brisk 58-run stand with Leigh Kasperek With the win, rankings. Asked if India would be at a disadvantage sans Paes in his own
before finally being dismissed by Yadav. India have moved backyard, Bhupathi dismissed it: “No, it’s not.”
There were some handy contributions from to No.2 on the Bhupathi said it’s a captain’s ‘dream’ to have left-hander Prajnesh
the lower order, but Goswami helped end the Championship Gunneswaran in the side as it helps in the team balance.
resistance, dismissing Kasperek and Lea Tahuhu table, on 12 points Prajnesh, who is the country’s highest ranked singles player, will
for 21 and 12 respectively. after 11 games, spearhead India’s challenge against the higher-ranked Italians led by World
Goswami finished with 3/23, while Bisht, Deepti ahead of New No.18 Marco Cecchinato, who upset Novak Djokovic in the French Open
Sharma and Yadav chipped in with two wickets Zealand on net quarterfinals last year.
each. run-rate.
India's chase had a rather wobbly start, though, Neymar sidelined for ten weeks with foot injury
with Anna Peterson and Tahuhu accounting for
Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma early.
Unfortunately for the hosts, that was all the success
L igue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) announced on Wednesday
that Neymar’s foot injury will see the Brazilian forward sidelined for the
next ten weeks, meaning he will miss both legs of their UEFA Champions
they were allowed. League round of 16 tie against Premier League side Manchester United.
In a statement, PSG said that the club had gathered a group of world
renowned medical experts at the Ooredoo Training Center to carry out a
thorough review of the injury to Neymar’s right foot, reports Xinhua news
agency. Neymar sustained the injury in a French Cup tie against Strasbourg
on January 23, which was later described by the club as a recurrence of a
previous injury. He had been sidelined for three months last season due to a
fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.
“As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within ten weeks,”
the statement read.
Looking forward to make the most of my good run in
Davis Cup: Prajnesh

A day after achieving a career-best ATP ranking of 102, rising tennis


player Prajnesh Gunneswaran on Tuesday said he would look to make
the most of his good run over the past year and help India do well against
stronger Italy in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers here on Friday.
Prajnesh, who is the country’s highest ranked singles player, will
spearhead India’s challenge against the higher-ranked Italians led by World
No.18 Marco Cecchinato, who upset Novak Djokovic in the French Open
quarterfinals last year. The 29-year old Prajnesh, who started 2018 as World
no.243 and ended it as No.104, won two ATP Challenger titles and also upset

India vs New Zealand: Shubman Gill


now World No.27 Denis Shapovalov on grass at the Stuttgart Open last year. 
He also won the men’s singles bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games.
“I’ve had enough tournaments over the last couple of years and I’ve had

becomes 227th ODI player for India,


a very good run in the last six months so I’m looking forward to using the
momentum and trying to do as well as possible here,” Prajnesh told reporters

receives cap from MS Dhoni


after India’s practice session at the Calcutta South Club.
Sharapova wins her 1st WTA match in Russia in 13 years

R
W
ith Virat Kohli rested player to represent India in ODI Gill sweated it out at the nets and ussian tennis star Maria Sharapova claimed her first WTA victory in her
for the rest of the series, cricket. drew praise from Virat Kohli who country in 13 years in the first round of the St.
young Shubman Gill got “Shubman Gill replaces Kohli, confessed that the talent is exciting. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.
to make his debut in the fourth ODI Khaleel Ahmed replaces Shami. MS “I think there are some outstanding Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner, beat
at Hamilton. Gill, who was man of is still not fit. He has shown a lot of talents. We saw Prithvi Shaw grab Daria Gavrilova of Australia 6-0, 6-4 to make the
the series in the Under 19 World promise (Gill), he has played here the opportunity with both hands. second round on Monday.
Cup last, has already received rave and was the Man of the Series in the Shubman is a very exciting talent and She will next face her compatriot Daria Kasatkina.
reviews from all quarters and was in U-19 World Cup.Highly rated and I saw him bat in the nets and I was Sharapova had only met Kasatkina once when she won
roaring form in Ranji Trophy. we wanted to see what he could offer like wow I was not even 10 per cent in straight sets in Montreal in August, reports Xinhua
He received his cap from MS to the team,” stand-in skipper Rohit of that when I was 19,” Kohli said at news agency. Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her
Dhoni and thus became the 227th Sharma at the toss. the end of the 3rd match. career, and when she has she’s never got past the quarterfinals.
24 FEATURES Friday, February 1, 2019 The Indian Weekender

Travel Special Feature

Lights,
camera,
Bollywood:
exploring
cinematic
Mumbai
O
ften called mayanagari swanky northern suburb whose
(city of dreams), Mumbai boutiques, bars and restaurants cater
is synonymous with to many movie stars and icons of the
Bollywood, India’s largest film industry. Stroll around Bandstand,
industry and one of the biggest Carter Road, Chapel Road, Pali-Hill
movie machines on earth. As the and the Worli Sea Link and you may
entertainment hub of the country, spot a star or two in the flesh.
it’s no surprise that the city is home Alternatively, wander through
to hundreds of Bollywood actors, the surrounding backroads and
directors, film-makers and wannabes, narrow by-lanes, where you’ll
and the city also appears in the stumble across larger-than-life
storylines of dozens of critically- murals depicting classic Bollywood
acclaimed movies, from local movies, such as the 1960 historical
hits such as the Academy-Award drama masterpiece Mughal-E-Azam
nominated Salaam Bombay!, 2013 and superstars such as Amitabh
romance The Lunchbox and crime Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, and
drama Chandni Bar to international Dadasaheb Phalke, the father of
releases such as The Hundred Foot Indian cinema.
Journey, Slumdog Millionaire and
Off-Beat Bollywood Locations
Million Dollar Arm.
Not all movie locations are
If you’re interested in the art of of the lavish, or sometimes humble, glamorous. A number of agencies run
film-making and understanding how, homes where some of India’s top trips to the vast slum area of Dharavi,
over the last century, Bollywood has cinema stars live or were born. Khaki where parts of Slumdog Millionaire
influenced and shaped Indian popular Tours and the Mumbai Darshan Tour were shot. This doesn’t have to be
culture, take time to explore the (run by Maharashtra Tourism) are an intrusive experience. however.
many movie links in this cinematic reliable options. On the best trips, guides from the
city, from Bollywood studios and
Hit the Mumbai theatre trail community will introduce you to
shooting locations to vintage cinema
Mumbai historians take pride in the local people and explain not just the
halls and striking wall art inspired
fact that the very first Indian movie, area’s significance to Bollywood,
by the stars. Here’s a quick guide on
Raja Harishchandra, filmed in 1913 but also how its fame has helped
how to turn your trip to Mumbai into
by Dadasaheb Phalke using cameras, residents transform their lives. In the
a blockbuster.
lights and projectors shipped over process, you’ll be providing work
Get behind the scenes in from Europe and America, has its and income for Dharavi residents.
Bollywood origins in the city. In the heyday of Another interesting spot is the
After opening its exclusive doors Indian cinema that followed the end Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, where
only to actors for decades, Film City of WWII, Sandhurst Road – today thousands of washermen make their
Studio in Mumbai has now partnered occupied by the railway lines of the Causeway, the rocketship-shaped have doubled up as movie locations. daily living pummelling the laundry
with the state tourism department to Harbour local line – stretched from Eros at Churchgate, or the Metro Start with the Gateway of India and of city residents in concrete washtubs
offer visitors a chance to step into Girgaum Chowpatty to Dongri, lined INOX Cinema (originally built the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel – in the open air. Bollywood paid
their favourite Bollywood movies, with the grandest movie theatres of and run by MGM, the Hollywood settings for many a Bollywood dance tribute to their energetic trade in the
or at least the sets where they were its time: the Olympia, the Coronation, Studio), still sitting pretty at Marine routine – or head to the Colaba and namesake movie Dhobi Ghat.
filmed. One of India’s largest film the New Alhambra, the Majestic. Lines. Bora Bazaar markets that featured Any list of popular movie locations
studios, Film City offers weekend Most of these have vanished, or Having completed the movie prominently in Aamir Khan’s in Mumbai would be incomplete
bus tours to both indoor and outdoor now stand as forlorn shells, lost theatre trail, tourists can head to Talaash and Tom Cruise’s Mission without a mention of its beaches:
shooting sets for such hit movies such in time, owing to the onslaught the recently reopened Royal Opera Impossible Juhu, Girgaum Chowpatty, and Aksa
as Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New of multiplex culture. However, House near Girgaum Chowpatty, beaches. An untold number of films
Ghost Protocol respectively.
Year and Josh, to name just a few. a handful can still be visited, an architectural marvel from 1912. have set their stars on the sand, with
Film-makers have long been drawn
Visitors can get lucky with snapping screening mostly obscure regional As well as hosting the opera talent Juhu the beach of choice for cast-of-
to the scenic promenade of Marine
photographs of celebrities too, as movies, in a setting of decaying art- of its day, the place is also credited hundreds song-and-dance numbers.
Drive, where parts of the motorcycle
stars regularly visit the canteen on deco grandeur. Cinephiles should with being the making of the Kapoor See it in its prime in the 1971 Rajesh
action thriller Dhoom, 2003 comedy-
the premises. seek out the Alfred Theatre near Khandaan family, the first proper Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan flick
drama Munnabhai MBBS, and
For a more detailed look at the Kamathipura, or the nostalgically Bollywood dynasty, who grew up Anand. There’s one more cinematic
coming-of-age film Wake Up Sid
industry, tour companies such as dilapidated Nishant Talkies, New watching stage shows and musicals experience we shouldn’t overlook.
were filmed. There’s something
Viator, Mumbai Film City Tours Roshan Talkies and Moti Talkies, at the opera house in the dying days Film-makers periodically drop
undeniably cinematic about the
and Thrillophilia offer group tours dating from the transition away from of the Raj. by Apollo Bunder and the cheap
crowds of young Mumbaikers
giving insight into different aspects silent films, dotted between Grant backpacker guesthouses of Colaba
Locations, locations, locations gathering on the edge of the urban
of Indian film-making, including Road and Sandhurst Road. when they need extras for crowd
Unless you have an encyclopedic sprawl to soak up the fresh breezes
its history and growth, the technical To catch newly launched scenes, offering a modest daily
knowledge of Bollywood films, it and calming sunrises and sunsets.
processes of editing and dubbing, Bollywood movies in a classic payment in exchange for a fascinating
may help to hire a guide, or at least Come in the wee hours of morning,
and iconic movie locations. As in theatre setting, head to the graceful, glimpse at how Bollywood works
a taxi and driver, to explore the most when the city wakes up.
Los Angeles, you can also take a tour art deco Regal Cinema on Colaba from in front of the camera.
prominent landmarks in the city that Next, head on to Bandra, the
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 1, 2019 FEATURES 25

CHICKEN SOFT TACO


INGREDIENTS:
• 300 grams of Chicken boneless and skinless
• 1 - packet of soft taco tortillas ( Farrah’s Flamed Baked)

W
hen it is time to pick up my kids from their • 1 - onion
sports or after school, the first thing that comes • 1 tsp - Red chilli flakes
to my mind is the food, ‘what should I give • 1 tsp - Salt
him to eat’ ? • 4 tbsp - bread Crumbs
As we know, teenager years are the time of rapid growth • 6 tbsp - flour
and for growing teenagers it’s normal for them to start • 1 - egg
eating more than usual. They always expect something • 2 - lemons
delicious, so to match this expectations I have to come • 1 - packet of classic Broccoslaw salad ( Leaderbrand )
up with some new ideas. For these growing teenagers, • 1/2 cup chopped coriander
the snacks have to be something filling so I try to make • Spicy peri peri sauce
something filling and healthy, personally I feel extra food • Garlic Aioli sauce
provides extra energy. • Sriracha hot chilli sauce
To the mothers who are constantly thinking of what • Oil for frying
to make and are struggling with their teenager’s food • Cut the lemons into half’s and thinly slice the onion, METHOD:
tantrums, I hope these will help you. keep aside.
• Cut the lemons into halves and thinly slice the onion, keep aside.
• Beat egg in a bowl with a fork.
FISH SOFT TACO
INGREDIENTS:
• Pour and spread bread crumbs into a plate and keep
aside.
• Wash and the cut the Chicken into long thin strips squeeze half lemon, mix,
cover and keep it in the fridge.
• In a large bowl combine flour with chilli flakes, salt and chopped coriander,
• 2 - small Fish fillets • Heat oil in a deep pan on a medium heat.
mix it with a fork.
• 1 - packet of Soft taco tortillas ( Farrah’s flame baked ) • While the oil is getting heated up, add fish pieces to
• Add chicken pieces to the flour mixture, make sure it’s evenly coated.
• 1 - packet of classic Broccoslaw salad ( I use the flour mixture and toss it well until evenly coated.
• Beat the egg in a bowl.
Leaderbrand ) • Take Fish pieces that are covered with the flour
• Spread bread crumbs in a plate. Keep aside.
• 1 - onion, small mixture, dip one piece at a time into the egg and then
• Heat oil in a deep pan on a medium flame.
• 1 tsp - red chilli flakes roll it in the bread crumbs. Repeat this process with all
• Take the flour coated chicken piece, dip it the egg mixture and then roll it
• 1 tsp - salt the other fish pieces.
into the bread crumbs.
• 6 tbsp - Flour Then deep fry the coated fish pieces in batches for 1-2
• Repeat with all chicken pieces and keep it aside on the plate.
• 1 - egg minutes on each side or until cooked through and golden
• Then deep fry the coated chicken pieces in batches for 2-3 minutes on each
• 4 tbsp - bread crumbs in colour, keep aside on the kitchen paper towel.
side or until cooked through and golden in colour.
• 2 - lemons Heat a non-stick pan and warm up six soft tacos one by
• Keep these cooked chicken pieces on the kitchen paper towel for extra oil
• 1/2 cup chopped coriander one, flipping the sides and keep aside.
to be absorbed by the paper.
• Few basal leaves TO ASSEMBLE: • Heat non stick pan and warm up six soft tacos one by one flipping the sides
• Tartare sauce and keep aside.
• Place the Taco in a small plate, spread one tablespoons
• Spicy peri peri sauce
of tartare sauce on it then spread sliced onions and top TO ASSEMBLE:
• Oil to fry
up with two pieces of fried Fish.
• Place the warm soft taco on the plate. Spread one tablespoon of spicy peri
METHOD: • Spread some salad on the fish and squeeze over fresh
peri sauce on it.
• Debone and wash the Fish fillets, then pat dry the fish lemon.
• Top up with two chicken pieces and sprinkle some sliced onions and salad
with paper towel. Cut the fillets into 5 to 6 cm pieces • Drizzle spicy peri peri sauce with few basal leaves and
on it.
and keep aside. roll up the Taco to eat.
• Squeeze lemon on the chicken and salad mixture.
• In a large bowl combine flour with red chilli flakes, salt • Note: The above makes six tacos. For variations, you
• Drizzle garlic Aioli and Sriracha hot chilli sauce on the top and roll up to
and chopped coriander, mix it with the fork. can use your own favourite sauces for this recipe.
eat.

Grilled Chicken
G
rilled Chicken is a very popular recipe made with • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
chicken, hung curd and spices like cumin powder and • 1/4 teaspoon powdered black pepper
black pepper. It is a perfect chicken recipe for a quick • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
meal and will be loved by everyone for its savoury flavours.
METHOD
This delicious and filling recipe is sure to woo your taste
buds. You can prepare this ideal dish for occasions like • To prepare this easy chicken recipe, wash the chicken and
anniversaries and kitty parties. prick it with a fork.
If you're planning to host a house party, then you must go • Now, in a large bowl, combine hung curd, ginger paste,
for this chicken recipe as it is sure to impress your guests. garlic paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin
Garlic paste adds a piquant aroma and flavour to this dish. powder, black pepper, salt and garam masala.
• Stir all the ingredients until well blended. Now add the
INGREDIENTS
chicken and apply the masala mixture all around it.
• 350 gm chicken • Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 24 hours.
• 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste • Once done, preheat the oven at 190 degree Celsius.
• 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder Remove chicken from marinade and place it on a
• 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder grilling tray.
• 1/4 teaspoon salt • Grill it for 1 hour, turning it in between.
• 1/2 cup hung curd • Check the chicken when it's fully cooked.
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste • Serve it with salad or Indian bread.
26 TIME OUT Friday, February 1, 2019 The Indian Weekender

CROSSWORD NO: 4 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 4 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS


1. ‘Triple Therapy drug cocktail’ is
a medicine to this disease. Which
disease?
2. Which award is known as the Nobel
Prize in music? 
3. Who is the most famous Pole-vaulter
of the world?
4. After observation of wild life of
this island Charles Darwin derived
the theory of Evolution. Name this
island? 
5. Which day is celebrated ad ‘World
Mother-Tongue Day’? 
6. What is the official name of North
Korea? 
7. Which country is known as Hermit
Kingdom?
8. Which are the official languages of
Switzerland?
9. Which is the biggest city of
Washington State? 
10. Who is known as the father of Modern
Turkey?
11. Which mathematical engineer of
America is known as Father of
Information Technology? 
12. Who is the father of Green
Revolution?
13. Which country’s capital is ‘Bogota’?
14. International Woman’s Day?
15. World Handicapped Day? 
16. World Forest Conservation Day?
SUDOKU NO: 4 17. World Water Conservation Day?
18.  World Atmospheric Day?
19. World Tuberculosis Abolishment
Day? 
20. World Oceanography Day?
21.  World Haemophilia Day?
22.  World Heritage Day? 
23. 7n which country the first modernized
census conducted? 
24. In which yearly book, UNO publishes
its census report?
25.  Which is the purest water of nature?
26. “Baby is a book. Teacher should study
each pages of this book” who said
this?
27.  Who formulated the principle ‘Tech
through play’?
28.  Who prepared intelligence test
firstly? 
29. Which country’s airline is KLM? 
30. Name the pope who had visited most
countries?

Holland. 30. John Paul II.


Rain water. 26. Rousseau. 27. Froebel. 28. Alfred Binet. 29.
17. 22. April 18. 23. America. 24.Demographic yearbook. 25.
March 22. 18. March 23. 19.March 24. 20. April 5. 21. April
13.Colombia. 14.March 8. 15.March 15. 16. March 21. 17.
10. Kemal Mustafa. 11.Claude Shannon. 12.Norman Borlaug.
Korea. 7. Korea. 8. German, French and Italian. 9. Seattle.
Ecuador. 5. February 21. 6. Democratic People’s Republic of
(Ukraine) 4. Galapagos Islands, at distance of 965 km from
Answers: 1.AIDS. 2. Polar Music Prize. 3. Sergey Bubka

Send us stories, drawings, poems


and other contributions by your little
ones along with their photographs
for this page. E-mail us at reporter@
indianweekender.co.nz

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO:4


HITORI NO: 4 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
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 1, 2019 FEATURES 27

5 cheats to make you look like a 01 February 07 February | By Manisha Koushik

morning person when you are not


Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
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the illusion that you rise and shine early! Getting out of bed at wee hours in ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
the morning to get ready for work or college can be quite a daunting task. How This is the time to put things that matter professionally to you in perspective. You
manage to take positive strides and overcome difficulties with confidence. On the
do morning people manage to sleep and wake up on time, head to the gym academic front, family provides all the support you need and leaves no stone unturned
and complete everything on time? We can’t stand them but we’d still like to in motivating you. Your desire of owning something big is likely to get fulfilled soon.
A windfall can be expected by some. Those trying to come back in shape will succeed
attempt to be like them! Who wouldn’t want to wake up and not be cranky through sheer will power. Lucky Number:5 / Lucky Colour: Light Green
early in the morning and finally get rid of those dark circles, right? These
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
tips are sure to add a little pep in your step and make it seem like you have got If you need a better break, wait some more. Otherwise, build up on what you have
a full 9 hours! already obtained. You will find yourself full of energy this week, so make the most of it
in sorting out pending issues. At work, expect praise for your consistent performance.
Hydrate Religious-minded may get ample opportunity to plan a pilgrimage. Family will be

Y our skin does it its most important job most supportive of your endeavours. New sources of money are likely to be tapped
and will erase all financial worries. Lucky Number:18 / Lucky Colour:Red
and heals itself when you are getting
rest and seeping. Dry and broken skin can’t GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
always be cured with bronzer and concealer. You may have to become bolder, if you want to draw the line. Be thorough in what
For your skin to look clean, despite having less you have been entrusted with. This way you will learn the ropes faster. You may
than 6 hours of sleep, ensure you keep sipping get a chance to spend time with close ones soon. Moneywise the week seems to
be excellent, as cash comes from different sources. You have ready excuses for not
on water throughout the day. 8 glasses of water shaking a leg, but that will not get you back in shape. Make your exercise routine
a day is not a myth for it is sure to leave you interesting. Lucky Number:15 / Lucky Colour: Chocolate
with bouncy and fresh skin. 
CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
Caffeine Keep a tab on the social front and make it a point to respond to every invitation. The
vanilla or lavender essential oil.  financial horizon brightens, motivating you to work harder to achieve your goals.
De-puff your face Entrepreneurs are likely to make new clients that promise business. Your hectic

T his is a celebrity-approved technique is schedule is likely to tire you out and give very little time for love. Overindulgence in
favourite food and drinks threaten to affect health adversely. A piece of good news is
one that will help in de-puffing your face
in the pipeline for some. Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: White
almost instantly. Kate Moss dunks her face in
a bowl of freezing cold water as soon as she LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)
wakes up. This reduces the puffiness around A set routine will find you going great guns on the professional front. Moneywise,

Y es, we know, we know, the side effects of there will be no problem and you can even expect an increased package. A function
her eyes, closes her pores and gives her skin a
may become a good venue to meet people you had not met in a long time. Self-
caffeine, but that comes into effect when bright glow.  discipline and not succumbing to temptations will help in maintaining good health.
excess is consumed. A shot of espresso with Tightline and curl Those in love are in for a rough weather, so don’t provoke partner. Meeting an old
your breakfast cereal is sure to give you that hit
A fool-proof way to help you look wide schoolmate is possible this week. Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Saffron
and start the day completely energised. 
awake even when you are not, is to VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
Night time therapy take some kajal which always comes to You may be called upon to undertake an important assignment. This will add a feather

N o matter how late it is, the least you could


do is give yourself a five-minute massage.
Put adequate pressure on your temple area and
the rescue, and tight line your upper and lower
eyelids. Following this, use that eyelash curler
to give those lashes some curls and more
to your cap on the professional front. An increment you had been hoping for may now
come your way. You are likely to participate in some kind of celebrations with friends
and family. An expensive gift or money comes to you from a distant relative. Don’t
consume anything from outside as bad health is foreseen. You will rekindle your love
around your eyes and your cheeks. Do so with oomph, that is sure to make you look wide life. Lucky Number: 15 / Lucky Colour: Sea Green
some aloe vera gel for supple skin or some awake. 
LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
Exfoliator and calming as it gets. Your foresight will prove an added boon on the professional front. There is much
Ingredients: Face Mask excitement foreseen on the domestic front. This is because some exciting people are
likely to drop in this week at your place. You are likely to spend an evening at an
• Sea salt Ingredients:
exotic venue. Career-wise, you are likely to make the right moves and manoeuvre
• Oil (Olive or almond) • 3 tbsp honey yourself to an advantageous position. You find yourself fit, as you are becoming
Instructions: • 2 tbsp oat flour increasingly health conscious. Be sympathetic to others’ plight. Lucky Number: 6
Instructions: / Lucky Colour: Peach
• Mix equal parts of these and make a natural
• Mix the concoction together. SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
scrub.
• Apply it evenly across your face, let it sit Things happening without your knowledge will not affect you in the least, so don’t
• Scrub it on to you face gently.
for 15 minutes, and wash it off. lose sleep over it. Your efforts to cement the family bonds are likely to succeed.
• This will leave you skin looking supple and
• I'd give this concoction a solid A. The oat Footing the bill for an expensive evening out will not be a problem for you. Meeting
clean taking out all the impurities. important people on the professional front may be of advantage in the long run. It is
flour helped to exfoliate my face while the
Face Cleanser honey kept it moisturised, and your face important to remain on good terms with seniors and colleagues on the academic front.
Ingredients: Lucky Number: 4 / Lucky Colour: Beige
will glow!
• 1 tsp honey Body Scrub SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
• 1 tbsp coconut oil You may need extra efforts to make a loss making venture profitable, but persistence
Ingredients:
Instructions: will pay. Domestic front seems peaceful and provides total rest and rejuvenation.
• 2 tbsp olive oil Financial gains may be expected, as old investments mature. Work front will not
• In a bowl, mix the two ingredients together.
• 1 tbsp sugar be as hectic and give you time for a breather. An overseas leisure trip can become a
• Rub on face
reality for some. Partner may seem extra sensitive this week. Love life threatens to
• It has antimicrobial qualities, and it cleans Instructions:
come under a cloud due to your lethargic approach. Lucky Number: 17 / Lucky
your face and fights acne without stripping • Mix the two ingredients together. Colour: Forest Green
your skin of natural oils. Also, coconut oil • Scrub across your body, let it sit, and then
is one of the best natural make-up remover CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
wash it off.
Someone dictating you on the professional front may dilute your own efforts. A step
(tried and tested). Put the two together and • Using a body scrub two times a week is you are planning to take on the academic front should be discussed beforehand with
they're an unstoppable cleansing team. a must to get rid of all that dead skin and those close to you. Don’t invest money simply based on guesswork or gut feeling, as
• Just keep in mind that this might leave your dirt. This natural scrub will leave your skin you may stand to lose. Excess of any kind needs to be checked, as it may affect health
skin a little greasy but you can take care of smooth and moisturised. adversely. Someone not sticking to time may make you lose a lot of time in waiting.
this by following it up with a toner. Lucky Number: 9 / Lucky Colour: Dark Yellow
Body Moisturiser
Toner Ingredients:
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
Ingredients: You are the best where occupational skills are concerned, but don’t sit on your laurels
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I always wanted to Bharat Ratna for Bhupen


Hazarika, Padma Shri
be an actor: Bhumi for Kader Khan
R
ecognising the colossal
contribution of Northeast’s

D
um Laga Ke Haisha star Bhumi Pednekar says getting multi-faceted cultural
into Bollywood was no accident as she always wanted icon Bhupen Hazarika, he was
to be an actor. picked posthumously to be
“I have always wanted to be an actor,” Bhumi said, adding conferred the Bharat Ratna,
that she started working at a young age and was persistent in her while late Bollywood actor
Kader Khan has been named for
belief that “eventually it would happen”.
the Padma Shri honour by the
Before trying in films, Bhumi was assistant to Shanoo Sharma,
government, it was announced
the casting director of Yash Raj Films (YRF), which produced
last week. The awardees for the
Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
year were announced on the eve of
Bhumi opened up about her decision of making her debut India’s 70th Republic Day.
when she appeared on an episode of chat show ‘Koffee with “The songs and music of Shri Bhupen
Karan’, to be aired on Star World. The episode will go on air on Hazarika are admired by people across generations. From
Sunday, said a statement. them radiates the message of justice, harmony and brotherhood.
She said: “As this script came along, I didn’t know they were He popularised India’s musical traditions globally. Happy that
auditioning me. So, Shanoo being Shanoo, she’s said, oh my the Bharat Ratna has been conferred on Bhupen da,” Prime
God! Let’s do this mock audition.” Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
She agreed for the mock audition. With a magnificent oeuvre as a poet, music composer, singer,
"Shanoo
“Shanoo gave me four scenes to do and I actor, journalist, author and filmmaker, Hazarika continues to be
gave me four
did all of them back to back together and regarded as a cultural philosopher.
scenes to do and I
the audition happened,” said the actress. The other posthumous award in this year’s list is for Kader
did all of them back
“I guess when Sharat Katariya, my Khan, who died on December 31 last year after prolonged illness
to back together
director from Dum Laga Ke Haisha, kind in Canada. He has been recognised for his immense contribution
and the audition
of liked my work, so they told me oh! You to the world of films as a writer and actor par excellence. He was
happened"
know what, it wasn’t a mock audition. We 81. Malayalam star Mohanlal will get the Padma Bhushan. He
were actually auditioning you.” has had a prolific career spanning four decades, during which
When filmmaker and host Karan Johar wanted to know he has worked across Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and
Kannada films.
more about this experience was, she said: “Shanoo is a
The government will also confer the Padma Shri, the fourth-
very dramatic person. So Shanoo and I had a fight and
highest civilian honour on film celebrities Prabhudheva and
she was like, you are fired!’. I was like, What?’, she
Manoj Bajpayee. Manoj has been recognised for his work as an
was like yeah, you’re fired’.
actor, while Prabhudheva has been feted for his skills in dance.
I said, Over such a silly thing?’ and then she
From the world of music, the versatile singer-composer
said, From today, I don’t want to see your face
Shankar Mahadevan, who is proficient in classical as well as
because you’re being considered for Dum Laga
mainstream Hindi film music, has been chosen for the Padma
Ke Haisha.”
Shri.

Anil Kapoor an explosion of Sonam is courageous, beautiful: Arjun Kapoor


positive energy: Ranju Varghese
A
rjun Kapoor has praised Proud to have a sister like you.
his sister Sonam K. Ahuja Stay the child at heart that you are

C
horeographer Ranju Varghese for choosing Ek Ladki Ko and all the best for February 1,"
says actor Anil Kapoor, with Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and called he wrote.
whom he worked on the her courageous. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga
forthcoming film Total Dhamaal, is The actor also said he is proud of seems to be talking on a pertinent
an explosion of positive energy and the actress and his uncle Anil Kapoor issue - marriages of middle class,
happiness. Varghese choreographed for choosing a script they believed in queer and Indian women.
actors like Ajay Devgn, Anil, beyond the perceptions of the world. The trailer of the film has
Madhuri Dixit Nene, Riteish Arjun on Tuesday tweeted a received a positive response
"So
Deshmukh, Javed Jaffrey and Arshad childhood photograph of himself proud of from the audience. Sonam
Warsi for the song Paisa yeh paisa along with Sonam and said you and Anil is essaying an LGBTQ
from Total Dhamaal. that the "Neerja" actress is the first Kapoor for going character in the
“He is an explosion of positive to be a fun session with his one liners girl in his life that he loved "hanging out on a limb and forthcoming movie.
energy and happiness. His energy and his contagious smile,” he added. out with". of her and Anil for choosing a script you Anil is collaborating
and vibe are infectious. His passion He also found Ajay’s personality "Me trying to get this Ladki's choosing a script like believed in beyond the with his daughter Sonam
“warm and welcoming”. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh perceptions of the
in his performance in each take was attention since childhood and her Kapoor in Ek Ladki Ko
Aisa Laga. world. "
as if it was his first film. He saw to it “He claims to be a non-dancer, finally noticing then looking straight Dekha To Aisa Laga for the
that he was well rehearsed before the but he would surprise you how he at the camera and not me! Sonam "So proud of you and Anil first time.
shoot,” Varghese said in a statement. memorises moves without any prior from the time I remember you will Kapoor for going out on a limb and Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
“My team used to be super excited rehearsal and performs the same with always be the first ladki in my life choosing a script you believed in and directed by debutant Shelly
about him coming for the rehearsal no mistake in every take,” said the that I loved hanging out with." beyond the perceptions of the world. Chopra Dhar, the film is slated to
because we all knew that it was going choreographer. He then added that he is proud You are courageous and beautiful. release on February 1, 2019.

A bad phase isn’t an unsuccessful period: Manisha Koirala


A
bad phase is not an unsuccessful period ease the burden of patients,” she added. Manisha also spoke about her book “Healed:
but it can teach you new lessons, actress However, she also emphasised that people How Cancer Gave Me a New Life”.
Manisha Koirala said. must have a healthy lifestyle so that they may She said: “When I was sick, I was searching
On the sidelines of the Jaipur Literature not need to go to the doctor. for positive stories. I could not get many stories,
Festival, she said: “Life is not a bed of roses. Manisha said: “We need awareness on cancer except the success story of Lisa Ray and Yuvraj
There will be highs and lows in everybody’s in our part of the world, that is developing Singh, who came out fighting successfully
life. However, one should know that this countries, as the developed countries are quite with cancer.
is a difficult time and tomorrow shall be aware on the same. “So I decided that when I get okay, I will
good phase.” They visit doctors on time and hence, cancer share my stories with people. I also believe that
According to Manisha, cancer has changed is caught at the initial stage and they get cured sharing helps lower the burden from your head
her as a person and she has become kinder, on time. My body was giving me signs and and heart. Hence, I wrote the book and I am
more gentle and has started enjoying every symptoms, but I was unaware of the cause. Had here at JLF 2019 as I had decided to be here
perspective of nature. I been aware of it, I would have gone earlier once I become an author.
She said a tie-up between pharmaceutical and got cured earlier.” Manisha said there will be more books that
companies and the government can provide She also urged women to come forward she will write.
cheap medical treatment for patients in India. for the cause of women empowerment by “I shall continue acting as I am in love with
“I absolutely agree that cancer treatment is not playing the victim card, but by becoming films and acting,” added the actress, who was
expensive in India, but this working can help winners and peaceful warriors. seen in “Lust Stories” and Sanju.
The Indian Weekender Friday, February 1, 2019 ENTERTAINMENT 29

MY CENSOR BOARD IS MY OWN


HEART AND MIND: POOJA BHATT
F
rom producing a movie franchise like Jism to a film like Cabaret, actress-filmmaker Pooja
Bhatt has been redefining the image of women in Indian cinema since the 1990s. She says
she will never project women in a vulgar manner while celebrating their sensuality and
beauty.
“Since I started as an actress in the film industry, I realised the power of visuals, and how that
can fuel the imagination of our mind. It is very powerful. Therefore, I always cater to my own
sensibility first and then to the world,” Pooja said.
“My censor board is my own heart and mind. Our audience can say that the women in my
films are bold or sensual, but never ever vulgar. I can never look at a female body, even if it is
naked, in a vulgar manner,” added the daughter of veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.
On the projection of women in her films, the Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin actress said: “My gaze
is very different from that of Ekta Kapoor’s and that is quite visible in those two films - Ragini
MMS 2 and Jism 2.
“I am taking her example because she is successful and I have respect for her. Both the films
are produced by women and Sunny (Leone) is the common actress in them. But the projection is
very different. Perhaps that is why we both can look outside from the same window but see things
differently. I don’t only cater a film to the male audience, but also the female audience. That’s why I
also presented Randeep Hooda in a manner that I did in ‘Jism 2’.”
Pooja believes that more than showing skin on-screen, presentation of a character makes a woman
more sensual.
“When I did movies back in the day, there was no nudity in those films, but even then how come
people still found Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee very sensual? Because it was the character I
played and how I was presented by the filmmaker.”
Having made her acting debut in 1989 with Daddy, Pooja gained popularity not only
for her on-screen performance but also for her bold screen image as an actress. She also
appeared on a magazine cover for which she painted her body.
Recounting that experience, she said: “There was no marketing plan behind painting my
body for a magazine cover. I did not find it vulgar... But recently, one media house did My
an article on 10 controversial magazine covers of 1990s, and mine was one of them.” censor
“I was like, after so many years, if that is controversial, then I guess I am relevant,” board is my own
heart and mind. Our
she said with a laugh. As a producer, Pooja has backed films like Sur: The Melody
audience can say that
of Life, Jism, Paap and Rog. the women in my films
According to her, the idea behind casting an actress who is most different from are bold or sensual,
the “so-called conventional” also comes from her conviction. but never ever
On the acting front, Pooja is busy preparing for the upcoming film Sadak 2, Jism 3 vulgar.
and also Jism the web series.
On what made her want to convert the film franchise into a web show, Pooja said: “Jism was
the first adult love story of our time. Murder could not have been made if ‘Jism’
wasn’t made. It opened a Pandora’s box.

Jackie Shroff
wants to do
Don't believe in labels: Sonam
N
ational award media at the promotional press conference something like that. I am humble enough
w i n n i n g of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga to understand that I am certain kind of
everything actress Sonam along with his co-actors Anil Kapoor, person and actor.

V
eteran Kapoor, who is gearing Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, director "I can't do what other people do so, I
actor up for the release of her Shelly Chopra Dhar and producer Vidhu can only do what I can do. I don't think
Jackie forthcoming film Ek Ladki Vinod Chopra in Mumbai. I am talented enough to do what other
Shroff says he Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga, has Sonam Kapoor is essaying an LGBTQ people do, So, I am very happy in my
wants to work said she doesn't believe in character in the forthcoming movie. space.
on both -- the labels, which are associated Same-sex relationships continue to "I am just trying my very best to do
digital space with the actors in the be a taboo in India, despite the Supreme what I can do."
and in films for film industry. Court scrapping Section 377 that Anil Kapoor is collaborating with his
the big screen. Sonam Kapoor was criminalised "unnatural intercourse". actress daughter Sonam Kapoor in Ek
The 61-year- interacting with the And when it comes to lesbians, there is Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga for the
old actor has a further lack of acknowledgement or first time.
been in the "I
am not a understanding. When asked about his first reaction
industry for almost four decades. He However, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha when he heard script of the film, which
has appeared in more than 200 films political person. I
am very liberal person. To Aisa Laga seems to be revolved around a bold subject, Kapoor
in 11 languages.
I believe in aLive and talking on a pertinent issue said, "When I hear a script, I don't go into
He also did a short film "Khujli" Let Live' policy and - marriages of middle class, the knowledge of everything.
for the digital space and voiced the that's my way of queer and Indian women. "If I love the story and the character
character of Shere Khan in the Hindi thinking and that's
The trailer of the film has and if I am in that character then, the
version of Andy Serkis' "Mowgli: the way I am."
Legend Of The Jungle" on Netflix. received a positive response from rest follows."
Does he enjoy the digital space the audience. "I am not a political person. I am very
more or working for the big screen? When asked whether she had second liberal person.
Jackie said: "I am an actor who thoughts while playing a bold character "I believe in aLive and Let Live' policy
has been in the industry for last over in the film or not, Sonam said, "I don't and that's my way of thinking and that's
30 years... I used to do three films a know about bold character but there is the way I am.
day... I am open to do a lot of things. one thing that I don't believe in and "I believe in a democratic society
For me it is like acceptance...I want that's 'labels'. otherwise, when I listen to a story that
to do everything. When I decide to do a film or a time, I am an actor.
"Digital platform has such wide character, I get encouraged by the If I love the story and I love my role
reach. It takes time for films to fact that nobody else would say yes then, I just do it. After that, whatever
release. Here you can watch it when to it except for me." happens, it's entirely up to the audience,"
you want to watch it." When asked Sonam whether she he added.
On the Bollywood front, Jackie has thinks that she is pushing the envelope Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
several films in his kitty -- "Romeo for Indian actresses by playing these and directed by debutant Shelly Chopra
Akbar Walter", "Prasthanam", kind of characters, she said, "I don't Dhar, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga'
"Saho", "Firrkie" and "Bharat". think I am immodest enough to say is slated to release on February 1, 2019.
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