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Housing in all main NZ markets now
'severely unaffordable'
None of New Zealand's main housing markets are considered affordable any longer, according to a study released recently
The annual Demographia Melbourne, San Jose and Los Angeles. to lose credibility
International Housing Affordability Report co-author Hugh Pavletich promoting such
shows New Zealand has continued said the findings were a result of rubbish," he said.
to be one of the most unaffordable government inaction. "To be talking
countries in the world to buy a house, about affordable
"Unfortunately, this has been created,
with the median price more than six housing at
in large measure, by the government
times the median annual household $650,000 is
just dithering through 2018 in dealing
income. just an insult
with these issues.
Of the eight New Zealand markets to everybody's
Mr Pavletich said housing
looked at, none were considered intelligence."
unaffordability was "solvable".
affordable. The study looked
"They just [need to] allow affordable
Palmerston North-Manawatu was at data for the
housing to be built. In other words,
the least expensive at 5.0, then third quarter Tauranga is now one of the most unaffordable cities in the
getting out of the road more than
Christchurch at 5.4, Dunedin at 6.1, of 2018 in 309 housing market.
anything on this land supply issue and
Wellington at 6.3, Napier-Hastings metropolitan
bringing in proper debt financing for
at 6.7, Hamilton-Waikato at 6.8, then areas across Act] reform on both planning and
Auckland at 9.0, followed by Tauranga eight countries: Australia, Canada, the environment, we would be
and the Western Bay of Plenty as the "Mr Twyford and the Labour-led China (Hong Kong Only), Ireland, collaborative on that."
most unaffordable at 9.1. government know exactly what needs New Zealand, Singapore, the United As for the current government's
to be done and if they don't do it this Kingdom and the United States.
Anything more than three times KiwiBuild policy, Mr Bridges said it
year, and we visibly don't see more
household salary is deemed National Party leader Simon Bridges hadn't worked.
social housing I think they are going to
unaffordable and homes more than said the main driver of house prices "We're a year and a bit in, we've had
be toast at the 2020 election," he said.
five times a median annual household was the lack of land for new homes. 40 homes. The government said they'd
income is considered "severely "KiwiBuild has been so badly-
"We've artificially constrained land," do a 100,000, they're not going to
unaffordable". conceived that it's just been a joke
he said. meet that. I don't hold out hopes for
... and regrettably the government
Auckland was the seventh most "Were the government today to KiwiBuild."
needs to really go right back and
unaffordable major city in the world, come up with a comprehensive • RNZ
revamp that whole thing or continue
behind Hong Kong, Vancouver, Sydney, RMA [Resource Management
4 January 24, 2019

Shri Ram Mandir to help Fiji community through
Shri Ram Mandir which started a charity moved down nearer home in West to ten districts as follows: Rakiraki, charitable causes and help inculcate the
walk four years ago to help fund its Auckland, away from roads, in greener Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi, Nadroga, Suva, concept of helping others who are less
Mandir has turned it into annual walk to areas. Nasinu, Rewa, and Labasa. fortunate than us
help the needy in the community. It starts at Shri Ram Mandir at 8.30 MESSAGE OF SPIRITUALITY TO THE • Work collaboratively with other
They first helped out the Starship am, with assembly time of 8am to get COMMUNITY likeminded charitable, community and
Children’s Hospital with a collection organised. The walk proceeds down The most important message is to religious organisations
of little over $10,000, then they helped from Mandir to Sturges Rd Train Station, religious organisations to extend • Get corporate and commercial
Saint John’s Ambulance and collected winds down to Vintage Drive (off their radar of focus from religious to businesses on board as sponsors
just over $16,000. Sturges) and joins picturesque cemented spiritual activities. The person leading Other religious organisations are urged
The next walkathon, which has been walkway of Henderson through beautiful the organisation that came with this to widen their focus to also helping out
named as Ram-A –Thon to reflect its forests, vineyards, greenery and over and benevolent thought, stressed that this the vulnerable people in our community.
initiative from Shri Ram Mandir, will beside Oratia Stream, between Central type of walkathon has multi-pronged General public is urged to reserve
be held on Sunday 3 February, 2019. Park Drive and Henderson Valley Road. objectives. Pravin Kumar, the Managing Sunday, 3 February, 2019 in their
This will be to help people needing The major break will be at 359 Trustee of Shri Ram Mandir Charitable calendar for walking to help out the
urgent medical attention in Fiji. Funds Henderson Valley Road Ashram. Trust said, “We have advised from the needy people in Fiji requiring urgent
collected will go to FRIENDS OF FIJI The main difference this year is the outset that the priority of this charity medical facilities by volunteer doctors
HEALTH, which organises volunteer addition of a family fun day. The walk walk was not fundraising. While that is visiting from New Zealand and they can
doctors to help out people in Fiji. will terminate at Henderson Park, one of the aims, it is one on low priority.” have family fun as well, coming together
Please reserve the date of Sunday 3 where a day full of activities is planned, He advised that the multi-objectives of with community at grand Henderson
February, 2019 as a fun day with family commencing at 11 am. Planned this walk are: Park.
to join other likeminded community competitive activities include Women's • To engage with the wider community,
workers and sports people for a joyful volleyball & penalty kicks, Men's 7-a-side including children, youths, elders, Further information can be obtained from
day of walkathon and family festival in soccer & tug o' war, Senior citizens' lawn women and people from all walks to Event Director Mahendra Sharma on
Henderson. bowling & ball and bucket, Kids’ marble life – enhancing diversity, teamwork, 027 661 3242 or
A WALK WITH A DIFFERENCE & spoon, sack race, and relay and other networking and multiculturalism. e-mail:
Unlike past walks which was long and non-competitive fun-filled activities will • To create awareness of well-being, For further details please visit Shri Ram
used up the whole day, walking through be organised for all age groups. healthy living, walking, exercising and Mandir Facebook page or can be obtained
built up area and roads, this has been For soccer fans from Fiji, attraction will keeping fit. by contacting Pundit Markand Bhatt on
reduced in half to just 10km. And they be division and competition according • Raise much needed funds for worthy 09-836 4647 at the Mandir.

Kabaddi tournament coming up

in Hampton Park on 28th Jan.

Sunday 3rd Feb, 2019
Walkathon in aid of Friend of Fiji Health (FOFH). (Info :

For all the Kabaddi enthusiasts in New the children entertained including fun
Zealand, there is some good news. One activities like jumping castle etc.
of the biggest Kabaddi Tournaments The organisers have thanked Auckland
is going to be hosted at Hampton Council and the Kabaddi Federation
Park (Te Puke O Tara) East Tamaki on of New Zealand for their support in
Shri Ram Mandir
ALL FOFH Volunteers in Fiji
Monday, 28 th of January. This event will making an event of this scale possible
be hosted for the very first time by a in a short time. Families are encouraged
very well-known member of the Indian to come to this event and attend it to
3. FINISH community Mr Jagjit Singh Brar along support the community.
Shri Ramathon
with a team of dedicated organisers Everyone is welcome to participate in
including Manpreet Singh Brar, this event. The event is open to all and
Parminder Singh Kang, Mohan Pal Singh there is no age limit or restriction on
Shri Ramathon participants in 2018 Bath, Iqbal Singh and Varpal Singh. The enrolment. There will be refreshments
PLANNED COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES EVENT PROGRAM tournament will start at 11 am and will and lunch will be served to the guests.
• Women's volleyball & penalty kicks 8:00am Assemble at Shri Ram Mandir
conclude by 8 pm. There is ample arrangement for car
8:30am Shri Ram-a-thon starts
• Men's 7-a-side soccer & tug o' war
9:30am Arrive at 359 Henderson Valley Rd Along with Kabaddi there will also be parking at the venue.
• Senior citizens' lawn bowling & ball and bucket 9:50am Start second leg of journey Volleyball during the same tournament.
• Kids' marble & spoon, sack race, and relay 10:30am Arrive at Henderson Park
11:00am Sports commence There are women’s games that have For more details about the vent and
Other non-competitive fun-filled activities will be 4:00pm Soccer final
organised for all age groups also been organised for the ladies for enrolment in the above sports
5:00pm Awards presentation
including musical chairs. There is a tournament please contact –
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Diaspora community Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
start New Year day on a demands seats in Rajya Sabha
spiritual note Zealand happens to be the
first county in the world
and dual citizenship for PIO’s
to celebrate the arrival of
New year. ISCON temple
at Kumeu, Shirdi mandir
in Onehunga, Sri Ram
mandir in Henderson
and Bharatiya mandir in
Sandringham were the
places of action.

Bharatiya Mandir, being

the oldest temple of New
Zealand is normally the
main place of community
A large number of diaspora community congregation and this year
members visited various places of was no exception. People started coming
worship on new year day to start the to temple since early morning and this
new year on an auspicious note. A large went on till late hours in evening with
section of younger generation partied people paying their obeisances and
till late and into early hours of morning having the food being offered by the
of new year day while others visited temple to anyone visiting the temple. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi seen with UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Natha and
temples, churches, gurudwaras to pray As per the kitchen volunteers, close to Uniion Ministers Sushma Swaraj & Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and others
to Almighty for their happiness and a thousand people had the food during
wellbeing. the day. One of the biggest attractions of As India continues to grow, its Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi has urged
weekly programmes of Bharatiya Mandir global relationships with persons the Government of India to consider
Earlier on the New Year’s Eve, tens is the Sunder Kaand path done on every of Indian origin have also grown.” seats in the upper house of Indian
of thousands of people thronged the Tuesday evening which has completed “Based on our relationship with Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and for
streets in the city around Sky Tower to one year since it started last year. It is our country of birth in his speech dual citizenship for persons of India
witness the magical fire works which one programme which now attracts over at the 15th PBD, New Zealand’s origin (PIO’s).”
has become a ritual for last many years, three hundred devotees every Tuesday National Party’s fourth term list MP
and it is televised world wide as New evening of the week.

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New town centre for Flat Bush
- By Erum Ali Turinsky were hosted at the site recently has gone into
and were excited by news the 45,000 infrastructure and
The Ormiston town centre is rising at
sq m retail centre was proceeding to I'm happy with the
Flat Bush.
schedule. way progress has
Howick Local Board Chair David gone."
"This is going to be a development
Collings says residents will start to
that will provide the community As well as retail
see big changes in the site as the town
with modern retail outlets, food and areas and the
centre begins to take shape.
entertainment, and which will also link multiplex cinema,
The $200 million scheme is being to the magnificent Barry Curtis Park it a gym, library,
developed by Todd Properties and Mr sits next to,” Mr Collings says. aquatic centre and
Collings says the board enjoys a good open spaces are
"The planned library and aquatic centre
relationship with the company. planned for the
will also provide facilities to rival any in people.
area, which will
"We will continue to work with the the city, and we are still talking about
also feature a dining lane, food hall and Auckland Council development agency
developers to get the best possible what they might look like because
restaurant precinct. Panuku is a partner in the project and
outcomes for the people of Flat Bush we want both facilities to be future-
because we want to see the proposed proof and provide not just for today’s About 100 sites will be developed for chief executive Roger MacDonald says
aquatic centre and library sit at the residents, but those to come." commercial and retail tenants, with the developers have taken a greenfield
heart of the community." The Warehouse, Hoyts and New World site and turned it into a master-planned
Todd Property managing director Evan community.
supermarket now in development.
Mr Collings and board member Mike Davies says work started in October
at the 4.5ha "Flat Bush is expected to eventually be "In time Ormiston could provide
site bounded home to a population about the size of a blueprint for how we take other
by Ormiston, Gisborne, so you can understand the townships in Auckland forward to
Stancombe, work that goes in on a development of provide for the growing population."
Murphy and that scale," Mr Turinsky says. Once a dairy farming community,
Chapel roads, It’s expected the town centre will Ormiston's population is expected to
and progress provide employment for hundreds of grow by 36,000 in the next 10 years.
will be quite
visible as a
cinema complex
and retail spaces
NZ UK trade relations advanced
rise. in Prime Ministers meeting
"A lot of work
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the priority placed on continuity and
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa stability, and New Zealand not being left
May have advanced trade and a range of worse off as a result.
other issues during a one-hour meeting
“These agreements mean current trade-
held in London.
facilitating arrangements covering
The key areas of discussion were a the export of products into the EU are
mutual commitment to the rules-based maintained with the UK. “They help
international system and the future of to ensure New Zealand exporters will
the trading relationship between New not be worse off in the immediate
Zealand and the United Kingdom. aftermath of Brexit and there will be a
continuity of the existing rules. This is
“We very much value our relationship a very important arrangement for our
with the UK. It is our longest-standing exporters.”
relationship, and still one of our closest,”
Jacinda Ardern said. “The clear message “The FTA will be a high quality,
we imparted to the Prime Minister May comprehensive and progressive
today was, whatever the outcome of the agreement that delivers for all of our
Brexit process, we will have an enduring citizens, contributes to addressing
relationship with the UK across trade global and regional issues of concern,
and the full range of interactions our such as environmental issues and labour
two countries share. standards, and supports sustainable and
inclusive economic development.”
“The constant movement of people
between our countries, the vitality New Zealand also welcomed the UK’s
of investment and business interests interest in acceding to the CPTPP.
between us, and the significant links
The Prime Ministers also discussed the
between our citizens and governments
importance of immigration policies that
demonstrate the ties between our
facilitate the flow of skilled migration.

populations, making us natural partners
in a post-Brexit environment. “Today’s meeting was very warm. It
was proof of the depth, breadth and
“New Zealand appreciates the close
longevity of our countries’ relationship

The Indian News wishes you all

cooperation we have with the UK on
and the ongoing importance of our
defence and security matters.”
shared history and friendship to both

A Happy 70th Indian Republic Day Jacinda Ardern confirmed she has
spoken to PM May about New Zealand’s
countries’ success in a post-Brexit
environment,” Jacinda Ardern said.
interests that will be affected by Brexit, December
January 20,
24, 2018
2019 7

Rental Law Reforms- The Indian News
panel discussion’s recommendations sent to
the Housing Minister for consideration
- Yugal Parashar increased to 180 days. During this
period, if the tenant defaults on rent or
The Indian News organised a Panel
commits other breaches of the tenancy
Discussion on the proposed rental
agreement, the shorter termination
law reforms and heating standards
period would apply.
at Balmoral Hall, Balmoral, Auckland
on 9th December 2018. Invites were 4. In case of sale of the property,
sent to the Government, the Housing the present 42-day notice could be
Minister Phil Twyford, Labour Party, increased to 90 days, with the provision,
National Party, ACT Party, tenant that if the buyer wants an early
advocacy groups, landlord associations settlement, the tenant could still be
and the Event was publicised so that asked to vacate in 42 days but with the
all concerned could participate and buyer/seller paying the tenants’ moving
voice their views. No such open public costs (limited to a maximum of 3 weeks’
forum had been organised by either the rent).
to the quality of houses should, in all minor modifications and although
Government, any political party or any 5. Decisions on whether or not to allow
fairness, apply to ALL houses, regardless tenants promise to restore property
media on this topic of great importance pets should remain with landlord.
of whether they are for owner- to original condition, this is hardly
to almost everyone. However, to encourage landlords to
occupiers’ or tenants’ use. ever done, which results in increased
The event was a well-attended event, costs. Rental arrears and damage to allow pets, an additional “pet bond”,
3. There appears to be no real problem over and above the maximum 4 weeks
with over 70 people coming to hear property is hard to recover and even
with the rental market in New Zealand rent as bond, should be allowed, so that
the panellists and give their views. The after a Tenancy Tribunal award in their
as observed in the BRANZ New Zealand any damage caused by pets could be
Panel discussion was moderated by Paul favour, landlords are not able to actually
Rental Sector Report 2017. recovered from the pet bond. This could
Davies, a real estate consultant and the recover any amounts from tenants.
panellists were: Ms Angela Maynard, 4. Anecdotal horror stories are there be an additional 3 weeks’ rent.
from tenants as well as landlords. The 10. Limiting the rent increase to once a
Tenants’ Protection Association, 6. Minor modifications should continue
Tenancy Tribunal is already empowered year would not really matter, either to
Auckland, Mr Mike Butler, Founder to be permitted only with Landlord’s
to resolve disputes and penalise the the landlord or to the tenant, unless this
STOP the war on tenancies, Ms Agnes consent. Tenants should be encouraged
guilty parties. was followed by legislation controlling
Lohini, National Party candidate for to discuss tier desired modifications
the extent of such increase.
Mangere, Auckland., Mr. Stephen Berry, 5. Average tenure of a tenancy is 2 with landlord at the start of the tenancy
ACT Party candidate., Mr. Naveen Goel, years. Landlords generally have no 11. Heating and ventilation standards itself and incorporate these into the
Lawyer and property investor. interest in terminating the tenancy of increased the costs to landlords tenancy agreement.
a tenant who is abiding by the terms of without any proven benefits. Landlords
The Indian News editorial staff, after 7. Insulation: Standards should remain
the tenancy agreement. complained that tenants often do not
participating in the Panel Discussions, at minimum level for existing insulation
use the heaters/ heat pumps provided
reviewing the various submissions 6. Removing the provisions for “no akin to the 1978 insulation standard/
and do not leave windows open for
made in response to the Discussion cause” termination of tenancy will make new insulation being installed to the
ventilation. BRANZ New Zealand
Paper issued by the MBIE, carrying landlords feel totally insecure, they 2008 Building Code- This should apply
Rental Sector Report (2017), itself found
out its own independent research has would feel they have lost control over a to ALL houses, whether rental or
that only 2.7% of the tenants reported
formulated the recommendations for valuable asset owned by them and this, owner-occupied.
an issue with cold and dampness in
consideration by the Hon’ble Minister coupled with other proposed changes
their houses. 8. Heating: Tenants should be able to
for Housing, based on the summary to rental law and the additional costs of
The Indian News’ Recommendations to install their own portable heater as per
of issues deliberated at the Panel the heating and ventilation standards,
the Government: their desire. Landlord should only be
Discussion. would either force them to increase rent liable to provide an appropriate power
Summary of Issues: or exit the rental investment business. 1. Rental bidding should be prohibited. point in living room and each bedroom.
1. The essential problem is the shortage 7. Tenants feel that under fear of a “no 2. Rental increases should be limited 9. Ventilation: The existing standards
of housing supply in New Zealand and cause” termination, they are unable to to once a year rather than the present 6 suffice. Tenants should be encouraged
urgent steps need to be taken for this. enforce their legal rights and hesitate monthly increase. However, no formula to open the windows in the bathrooms
in taking landlords to the Tenancy should be prescribed for calculating to let out moist air.
2. Poor quality of housing stock
Tribunal to enforce these rights as the the rental increase as this would be
is a problem common to rental as The Indian News is keen to hear the
landlord could later terminate their unduly restrictive and the increase
well as owner occupied houses and response from the Housing Minister
tenancy. should be left to mutual agreement. No
predominantly pertains to older houses about the recommendations we have
8. Tenants with pets have a slightly rent controls should be imposed in the
(pre-1980s). Any regulations pertaining made to the Government.
higher problem in future.
finding rental houses. 3. “No cause” termination notices
Some of the landlord’s should be allowed to be continued. To
present said that they give the tenants further security, the
normally considered and Government could consider increasing
allowed pets so long as the 90-day notice period – however,
they were sure that their during the first 6 months of a tenancy,
property would not get a landlord should continue to have the
damaged. right to terminate the tenancy without
9. Landlords present cause by giving a 90-day notice. After
said that they often allow the first six months of the tenancy,
the no-cause notice period could be
8 January 24, 2019

New Zealand People’s Party questions
immigration wait for parent category applications
- Erum Ali applicants who are just kept in waiting is not a good
indefinitely.” solution
While the parents of foreign-born
at all.” He
residents and citizens can visit their Zoe is only one among many, pleading
said there
adult children, they have not been for an answer on whether her parents
is an urgent
able to apply for residence under the will be allowed to join her under a
need for the
parent category since 2016 since the shelved immigration programme.
government decided to stop accepting Zoe said she does not want to be forced moratorium
new applications. onto benefits to look after her six-year- to clear the
The recent case of a widowed teacher old boy Zac who is diagnosed with backlog of
Zoe Jiang whose husband died of a brain autism, while her parents are locked out applications
tumour while she was still pregnant, has of helping her. in the pipeline
put a big question mark on the current She said, she may be asked to take and come
standpoint of immigration policies by him home and have to give up work to a quick
the current government. as a primary school teacher. Being an decision
Speaking to The Indian news, independent woman all her life, she about
Roshan Nauhria, President of New loved her job and did not want to live reviewing the Zoe Jiang with her six-year-old son Zac. Photo Credit: RNZ
Zealand People’s Party came out in on benefits and stay at home. Moreover, category. a long ongoing hold-up. He said
support of this case, saying that it having her parents with her would not Anil Sharma, NZPP General Secretary he is supportive of the plan for the
is the responsibility of those among just solve the problem, it would also give also spoke to the Indian News to government to open the parents and
government officials in power to have her someone to talk to, when she comes further press his support on the case grandparents visa again as it will
a compassionate view to be able to see back home. of the widowed teacher and has said provide peace of mind to the residents
these cases through with the utmost the government needs to look into who may find themselves in a tough
Roshan Nauhria said, “In such cases,
priority. this particular scenario of specific situation currently. This is all based
the person may also have to leave the
individuals as each case may differ. We on the government’s capacity to see
Roshan Nauhria said, “Such cases need child if they have to go and look after
cannot have one blind rule for all. the need and to manage the demand
to be reviewed and the backlogs need their parents as they age. People in such
keeping in mind the long-term benefits
to be cleared as it has taken too long to situations may find leaving the country Mr Sharma also said that he cannot of the arrangement of reuniting families
decide what needs to be done for these as the only option left for them, which understand why there has been such first.

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Food terrorism won’t be tolerated
• Mr. Kanwaljit S Bakshi what to do.
National List MP based in Manukau East
Nathan Guy’s Member’s Bill seeks
and is New Zealand Parliament’s first
Indian Sikh Member to achieve what the Labour-led
Government appears unwilling to do
We all saw the news headlines late – protect New Zealanders from those
last year of strawberries with needles that would threaten our food safety,
in them. We watched as Australia be they reckless pranksters or people
was first targeted, and then we had intent on nothing less than economic
the same happen here on our shores. sabotage.
It’s terrifying to thinking about the
Recent events here in New Zealand
impacts this could have had, the health
and across the Tasman have identified
implications if one of swallowed, and
the need for greater sanctions
the economic impacts on businesses as
to prevent these sorts of idiotic
people stopped buying their products.
behaviours. The food and grocery
That’s why over the past couple of sector have been ignored in its calls for
months, we’ve worked hard to come tougher laws. Parliament should send a strong physical, psychological and economic
up with a Member’s Bill that backs message to anyone who considers food effects of such actions. New Zealanders
Australia has already acted, passing
calls from the food and grocery tampering. New Zealand should not need to know their food is safe and
stricter laws that seek to deter these
sector for tougher penalties for those be a soft touch, and it is unacceptable manufacturers should be protected
criminals who contaminate food and
who intentionally contaminate our that the Government has ignored calls from economic loss such offenders can
water sources. New Zealand now lags
food or threaten to do so. National from industry for stiffer penalties. cause. All parties in Parliament should
our near neighbour, meaning offenders
is determined to be a constructive The Crimes (Contamination Offences) support what is a common-sense
have less to fear if they are caught.
opposition working on new ideas and Amendment Bill would help deter response to threats to our food safety.
Our food sector is too important to us
new policies. this offending by creating three new New Zealand shouldn’t be held to
as a trading nation not to protect it
We’re doing the work now because offences in the Crimes Act and will ransom by a reckless and foolish few.
the best that we can. Food tampering
we don’t want to be like the current increase those penalties to align them
is not only economic sabotage on National will deliver on the things
Government, which didn’t do the work with the more serious offences of
farmers and growers but also poses that are important to New Zealanders.
in Opposition and has now set up more corruption, espionage, treason and
significant risks for consumers We will keep working on plans and
than 200 reviews and working groups piracy.
and New Zealand’s reputation as a proposals that will make New Zealand
costing $280 million so far to figure out producer of high quality and safe food. This Bill recognises the serious safe for our families and communities.

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India News
Pilgrims seek salvation at Kumbh Mela 2019

One of the world’s largest religious spans over eight-weeks - millions took Kumbh 2019 as a step forward towards of the most conservative societies in
festivals, the Kumbh Mela kick started a holy dip into the icy waters during the acceptance in the society. the world where the acceptance of the
on January 15 at Prayagraj - formerly first Shahi Snan, or Royal Bath, which third gender is remarkably outstanding.
known as Allahabad - in Uttar Pradesh. began at 4 am on Tuesday. Earlier, Kinnar Akhada For us, this participation is about
Mahamandaleshwar, Acharya, Laxmi mainstream society accepting us. This is
Devotees participate in the mega event As a part of the Shahi Snan, sadhus or Narayan Tripathi exhumed pride and Akhada beyond sexuality. The creator is
with the belief that taking a dip in the seers belonging to 13 Akhadas take a confidence while talking of her Akhada's within us and once we perish, we will go
holy water of Ganges River will pave the dip in the holy rivers along the banks of debut at this massive congregation of back to him. Our doors are open for all."
way for their salvation and would rid Ganges near to the spot where the Mela pilgrims.
them of their sins. takes place. Terming it 'Akhada beyond Besides saints and seers, foreign tourists
sexuality', Kinnar Akhada has also called Tripathi said, "For me, it is a wonderful have also arrived to attend the event.
While more than 12 crore pilgrims are their first-time participation at the situation to come to this divine The Kumbh Mela will end on March 4.
likely to take part in the festival – which Prayagraj Kumbh. For me, we are one

Former CEC Naveen Chawla calls “Adbhut, Avishwasniya aur

EVM a fine machine, cautions Akalpaniya”, Swaraj praises Hema
against returning to ballots Malini for performance at PBD
Former Chief Election Commissioner unfortunate. Raising such an issue is
(CEC) Naveen Chawla on Tuesday very distasteful. "Adbhut, Avishwasniya aur Akalpaniya",
External Affairs Minister Sushma
said that EVM was very good and
I was at the helm of affairs during 2009 Swaraj said while praising actor-
fine machine and cautioned against
General Elections. We got 100 machines turned-politician Hema Malini for her
returning to the use of ballot papers for
and installed cameras. It was an open performance as Ma Ganga at Pravasi
conducting the polls.
invitation to hack EVMs and people Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019 in
I endorse that EVM is a very good and were called to demonstrate hacking if it Varanasi.
fine machine. We should never go back is possible and no one could do it, added After watching Malini's 90-minute dance
to ballot papers, Chawla told media Chawla. drama in presence of international and
here, while commenting on the current national delegates and ministers, Swaraj
Responding to the chorus of using ballot As per reports, the music was composed
furore over the EVM Hackathon held in told her: "I don't have words about by Asit Desai and his son Alaap Desai
papers for elections, former CEC said:
London on Monday. your (Hema Malini) performance. First and the songs were rendered by Sudesh
I have argued this in my book that long
time ever in my life, I am taking three Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamurthy,Â
My position is very clear about EVM. ago there was a major problem of booth
words from famous TV shows for your Shankar Mahadevan and Mika Singh.
Election Commission’s EVMs are capturing.
performance - Adbhut, Avishwasniya The costumes were designed by Neeta
manufactured by two public sector
Also, very often the stamp is not clearly and Akalpaniya (wonderful, Lulla and special effects were by Vibhore
companies under highly secret
marked, which lead to a large number unbelievable and unimaginable)." Khandelwal.
conditions. These machines were
of invalid votes. EVMs have made the Malini performed as India's holy river
made in 2000 and have been used The objective of the conference, as
process neat and clean, he said. Ganga and narrated the history of
continuously since 2006, he said. well as the plenary, was to solicit the
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Tuesday Ganga and how it's getting polluted in Diaspora's participation in the area of
It is just that those who win the India. affordable waste management in the
said to investigate the claim made by
elections don't say anything about Malini on Tuesday evening staged her country, particularly with reference to
Shuja that EVMs can be tampered with,
EVM, whereas those who lose challenge dream project- Ma Ganga at the three- India’s flagship initiatives such as
as a political row erupted over the issue.
EVMs,he said, while hailing India’s day convention this year themed "Role the Swacch Bharat Mission, National
electoral process. I have visited many Amid the claims by the so-called of Indian Diaspora in building a New Mission for Clean Ganga, and the Smart
countries as an election observer. Our hacker, there were renewed calls by India" will also enable participants an Cities initiative.
system is of 100 per cent accountability. some Opposition parties for finding an opportunity to visit the ongoing Kumbh The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas was
alternative to the EVMs, including the Mela in Prayagraj and also witness the
Talking about ˜cyber-security inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra
return to the use of ballot papers, in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on
researcher Syed Shuja’s claim regarding Modi and the closing will see the
coming Lok Sabha polls. January 26.
EVM hacking, he said: This is very presence of President Ram Nath Kovind. January 24, 2019 11

International News
World Sindhi Congress holds Australian ascetic
events to mark GM Syed's becomes centre of
115th birth anniversary attraction at Kumbh Mela

Australian ascetic becomes centre of and was subsequently taken to Mount

attraction at Kumbh Mela Girnar in Gujarat.
He sits in sharp contrast to the dark- "That experience changed the course of
skinned sadhus around him at Kumbh, my life," he reminisces, adding, "That is
smoking from a chillum, his white hair how my journey started."
tied atop his hair. And yet, he too is an
Speaking about the dual life he leads
in Australia and India, Giri reveals that
The World Sindhi Congress, which event. It turns out that an Australian baba has he does not roam around much in the
has been at the forefront of holding become the centre of attraction in this continent Down Under, but rather has
World Sindhi Congress, one of the most year's Kumbh Mela. a small 'kutir' in Melbourne where he
protests against Pakistan over
prominent human rights education and stays. However, when in India, he is
enforced disappearances of activists The ascetic, who goes by the name
advocacy organizations for Sindh and usually in constant move from one place
and exploitation of the Sindh region, Sharabhang Giri says he was an aethist
Sindhis, continually holds protests and to India. "The only place I stay for any
organized events in the US, UK and before turning into a Hindu sadhu and
demonstrations against Pakistan for its period of time is my Guru's ashram," he
Canada to mark the 115th birth his name was given to him by his first
acts of terror and exploitation in Sindh. reveals.
anniversary of GM Syed, one of the guru Baba Mangal Giri.
founding fathers of modern Sindhi The World Sindhi Congress has accused Giri says that his Guru's ashram is in
nationalism. Talking about his name, Giri says,
Islamabad of not only exploiting the Rudraprayag, in Uttarakhand, on the
"Sharabhang was the name of an ascetic
rich natural resources of the region banks of the River Alakananda.
Ghulam Murtaza Syed was born to the in Ramayana, whom lord Rama had met
including oil, gas and coal, and also of
Sadat family of Sindh in the town of when he had visited Dandakaranya." Speaking as a Kumbh veteran, Giri says
carrying out forced disappearances of
Sann on 17 January 1904. it is his tenth Kumbh which includes his
people who raised their voice against He further revealed that his change in
4th time in Prayagraj. He says he had
People of all ages actively participated the wrongdoings of the Pakistan faith was at Girnar hill in Gujarat where
first come to Kumbh in 2001, adding
in the events. Children too paid tribute government. he met his guru Duttatreya.
that while earlier the only constructions
to the activist who prepared the Giri says that before adopting the life
The World Sindhi Congress has also in the mega-festival were made from
ideological groundwork for a separate of an ascetic he was not much aware
been at the forefront of the protests canvas, bamboo and mud, now there are
Sindhi identity and laid the foundations of Hinduism. "I had some experience
against the ambitious China-Pakistan all kinds of buildings in Kumbh.
of the Sindhudesh movement. in Yoga. But it was only after I came to
Economic Corridor (CPEC), which He is the part of the famous Juna
Amid temperatures plummeting to they say has an agenda to exploit the India that I was introduced to Sanatan
Akhada which is known for its ferocious
-32 degrees Celsius in Canada, a large resources of the region and damage the Dharma."
naga sadhus.
number of Sindhi people attended the environment. It was in 1998 that Giri first visited India

HUAWEI calls for quick resolution to Meng Wanzhou extradition case

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Tuesday extradite Meng in order to face the court Meanwhile, calling for the US to
called for a quick resolution to the case charges in the US. withdraw the request of Meng's
involving its Chief Financial Officer "We operate our business globally, and extradition, Chinese Foreign Ministry
(CFO) Sabrina Meng Wanzhou, who in every country. We fully comply with spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned
was arrested in December last year in local laws and regulations," Liang said. that Beijing would take action if
Vancouver at the request of the United Washington went ahead with its
Meng was arrested on December 1 last
States. The statement came from measures.
year on alleged charges of violating the
Huawei's chairman Liang Hua, who was "China will take action in response to
sanctions imposed by the US on Iran.
appointed as the acting CFO last month measures taken by the US," Hua said
She was later released on bail but is
after Meng's arrest, who is in Davos during a press briefing.
slated to face court charges on Feb. 6.
to attend the World Economic Forum
Last week, founder of Huawei and "Everyone has to be held responsible
Meng's father Ren Zhengfei was quoted for their own actions. Both the US
Hua's statement also assumes and Canada should be aware of the
as saying to the media that he had faith
significance as Washington is likely to seriousness of the case and take steps to
in the judicial systems of both the US
make a formal request to Canada to rectify the mistake," Hua added.
and Canada.
12 December
January 24,20,

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- By Farrukh Mirza the audience. shoppers and will quickly realise they’re The customer understands that you (as a
being duped and move on to something shop owner, manufacturer and supplier)
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more shifts than it did in the previous video blogging, product placement, their own personal values of integrity, business going and offering quality
two centuries. With the global financial celebrity-owned products products at top value.
crisis and the internet in early 2000s, marketing, and even
it created the perfect storm where worse, opinion-based But, many retailers, have turned this
customers made changes in their buying journalism - PR where the into cost cutting, false advertising,
selection criteria, and businesses weren't real value of the product manipulated pricing and gimmick-
prepared for it, and most didn't even see or service is irrelevant. marketing - the gig will not last forever.
it coming. What used to be content You can fool the customers once or
or features advertising has twice, but then it will be over. And the
Even as the shift happened, leading now become articles. word spreads fast, thanks to social
retailers were ignoring the facts right media and the Internet, Whats-app and
in front of them - the quieter sales If you see all of the major so on. This short-sighted dash for cash
periods, the lower transactions, the tech corporations selling is not good for anyone, especially not for
average spend per customer reducing, electronics and equipment the community and the wider economy.
the less than usual foot falls and most - they have not yet learnt
importantly, the store tills weren't to transition from their The few good things that have come out
ringing that much. traditional past to the in the past two decades, which I would
modern digital age. Many like to list as suggestions to consider, if
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/ she is really buying from them? long to wet their toes and the right intentions and seeing the long-
How best to service them? How to the boats sailed away. term prospects of retailing.
keep them loyal and engaged? Others are using their
huge cash reserves and Customer-Centric Strategy in Sales,
Today, the only answer seems to be give Marketing and Operations.
them something so they buy NOW - a monopoly position to hold
bigger discount, a better payment plan, onto the market in some Personalised Products & Services that
a reduced interest rate, a privileged shape or form, but in truly benefit the Customer.
membership package and so on. reality, the next shift will
This has been made even easier, or hit them like a big wave Use of Digital Tools to extract Relevant
and that's going to be the end of that. community and trust. Data.
confusing, depending on who you speak
to with the advent of new technology What is the answer to all of the The answer to all of this is the same as it Speaking to Customer - facing Staff to
and social media with tracking, tagging, retailing woes and problems? Is it was 200 years ago - putting the customer identify Real Issues.
cookies and codes. self-inflicted? Can it be managed first.
Invest in Product, Service and Staff
Whilst they do work, specific to a or is it too late to even bother? Sadly, many retailers today are stuck Development.
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customer-relationship-management wages and trying to compete in the Create Sustainable solutions that benefit
too late to bother. Why? For the sake
sitting within the wider sales and downward spiral of discounting, which the Community
of the customers who put their trust in
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Add-Value rather than Discount-First
These are tools to help you connect, And for the sake of the employees and out of pocket and nearly single digit
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profits, higher shareholder pay-outs and keep themselves afloat, or just to make a by Excellence and Collaboration, not
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Close off 2018, What could it mean for 2019?
An end of year slump is being blamed for a positive effect on the market. were selling faster, including apartments, But the State-owned valuer QV defended
a decade-first price decline in Auckland A wide range of factors could have terraced housing and townhouses, which its role in the botch up, claiming that
housing prices, and for the first time since contributed to market uncertainty at give first-time buyers and those on lower unclear rules led to it having to re-check
its infamous 2018 Valuation botch-up, QV year end, including the newly introduced incomes better access to the market. the valuations. "The on-site inspection
comments in its defense. law around non-New Zealand residents QV Speaks Out in Defense of 2018 rule has no detailed definition of what
Here’s what you need to know: being restricted from buying certain Valuations Botch-Up. it should entail and as such is open to
categories of property. The Government interpretation and methodology" noted
Slight Decline to End of Year House State-owned valuer QV have finally
has extended the “bright-line test” so QV's chief executive Jacquie Barker to
Prices – Expected to Bounce Back commented on the infamous botch-up
that capital-gains tax can be applied to Minister for State Owned Enterprises,
It seems that Auckland’s notoriously high that occurred in 2018 after the valuer was
the sale of a house that is sold within Winston Peters in a briefing note on the
house prices may have finally reached found to have breached the law in the
five years of purchase. It is also moving matter.
their peak, as they edge towards a price way it re-assessed 8,000 properties whose
against letting fees, raising standards for owners had objected to their Auckland Negotiations on the matter with Auckland
decline for the first time in a decade. This
warmth and dryness in rental properties Council rating valuations. An internal Council concluded in December and QV
is all according to a report from Barfoot
through the Healthy Homes Guarantee Audit by the Valuer General revealed has not been penalized directly for the re-
& Thomson, the city’s biggest real estate
Act, and is revamping the Residential that "They did not follow the law, or their work, but the council delayed payments
company which is accountable for more
Tenancies Act to create a more level contractual requirements, by not carrying for each valuation re-check until they had
than forty percent of Auckland’s housing
playing field in tenants’ favor. out on-site inspections required”. been completed.
market, whose monthly data revealed a
clear fall between 2017 and 2018. Another factor to consider is the housing
downturn in Australia, and whether
The agency revealed that "The median
that will have any effects on our market.
sales price for 2018 was $836,792, down
Property prices across the ditch in
0.8 per cent on that for 2017. This is the
major centers such as Sydney have fallen
first time in 10 years the median price has
sharply, now off by ten percent, resulting
fallen". But property experts have been
in tightening loan restrictions and a
quick to point out that the flat market
concerned Reserve Bank of Australia.
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sense type of vibrations people carry around you. You have selected your love with a lot of care, trust your
choice and do not let others affect your mood and spoil your intimate relationship with spouse.
Aquarius (Kumbha Rashi): 14 Feb - 13 Mar
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Onion Bhaji Place sliced onions, carom and cumin
seeds, turmeric, salt and chilli powder in
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Add oil to a large pan over a high heat so
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first with a cup of chai when guest arrive.
Working quickly, combine chickpea
Serves 6 flour and water in a separate bowl to
• 2 onions, thinly sliced make the batter. Whisk until batter is
a smooth but custard-like consistency.
• ½ tsp carom seeds
As chickpea flour consistency can differ
• ½ tsp cumin seeds
you may need to add a little more water
• ¾ tsp turmeric
or flour to get the consistency right. Feel
• 1 ¼ tsp salt batter with your fingers and remove
• Pinch of red chili powder any small clumps of chickpea flour.
• Canola oil for deep frying Immediately add batter to onion and
• 2 cups chickpea flour spices and stir together with your hands.
• ½ cup water Do not leave the batter to sit as it will
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• Chaat masala to garnish
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Make the batter and onion mix into
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A new Year brings
new hopes on the horizon
understand, it is bit late to wish new year now but since this is our first
edition of the year, so I take this opportunity to wish all our readers,
advertisers, their friends and families a very happy new year 2019. I hope
you all had a great summer holiday break and spent good quality time with
friends and families. It is a human tendency to look forward to a new start in
new year and towards positive aspect in time to come. So please keep your
spirits high and positive and whatever you resolved on the new year day, keep
Here’s why you should eat more
A L M O N D S!
working hard towards it.

While in New Zealand, it is a great time of the year when people are in festive
mood and celebrate this period chilling out with families and friends and When one plans to stay fit and healthy, deciding upon the meal plan becomes
enjoying the sun. it is a great time to explore the beautiful New Zealand important so that one can follow through with the diet.
landscape also we see a large influx of tourist during this period, to this land
While one may be following a healthy meal routine, intermittent snacking too
of white cloud. On the other hand, back home, in India there are lot of action
becomes important in the long run.
happening, as this is election year.
Highly nutritious and rich in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals,
The events unfolded with the results of five states election, in which the ruling almonds can be a healthy option for some intermittent snacking.
BJP lost all the states giving a new lease of life to arch rival Congress party.
Speaking about snacking in-between meals and almonds, nutritionist Ritika
They captured all the three BJP ruled states while losing the other two. BJP Samaddar says, “A handful of almonds may have satiating properties that promote
lost in terms of number of seats but in two states Rajasthan and MP, the vote a feeling of fullness, which may keep hunger at bay in between meals. They are also
received by both parties were almost identical and the NOTA was the decider an excellent source of vital nutrients like vitamin E, calcium, good fat, dietary fibres
in one of the states as negative voting took away BJP’s chance of any come and plant protein.”
back. As expected, the confidence of Congress party is all time high in recent
To maintain dietary resolutions, planning what to eat, before venturing out, is also
years. Even so much so that despite Apex court’s ruling that everything was
done fairly, and all the due procedures & rules were followed in the Rafael
deal, the party seems in no mood to give it up easily and want to make it an When venturing out of the house, one must ensure that they do not compromise on
election plank. Congress did also get a beating in CBI chief ’s dismissal case meal plans. Whether at home, work or on the go, a handful (30 grams/23 almonds)
with Supreme Court, as apex court upheld the Government decision and did of almonds are a convenient snack that can be eaten anywhere, any time of the day
not give clean chit to now retired, CBI director Alok Verma, as alleged by the and through the year. Nutritionist Madhuri Ruia says, “Always keep some almonds
government of corruption charges. handy in a tiffin box so you’ll always have your perfect daily portion. Pair them with
fruits or include them in other snacks. This way you will always have something
The major opposition parties have now ganged up just to dethrone Narendra healthy with you while on the go.”
Modi in the forthcoming election. They have no other basis or any other Avoiding overindulgence in high-calorie food when at a get together is important
agenda as what they intend to do for the common man and what are their to maintain the diet. “Coming together as a family is what adds to festive
plans to take the country forward. Unfortunately, all the opposition parties celebrations and gatherings. I make it a point to bring everyone in my family
put together, are unable to read the people’s minds and their under current. together to celebrate important festivities. It helps us all connect and relive and
People are aware that the man called Modi, is an honest man who has been enjoy memories. And as we get together, we usually snack on our favourite masala
working very hard for the nation, selflessly and tirelessly from last 4-1/2 years, almonds. It’s a tradition that has been carrying on for a long time,” shares Dr. Madhu
working 17-18 hours every day, without taking even a day’s break. He has no Chopra, actor Priyanka Chopra’s mother.
personal ambitions or family to look up to, no vested interest or any favours to “If you are throwing a party, a good snack will be tossing almonds in your favourite
anyone. He has very clean track record with no charges of corruption on him herb. My favourite for this season is jaggery coated almonds. They make for a
personally. The amount of work done by him is done at such a fast pace that healthy option and are a huge favourite with the guests too,” chef Manish Mehrotra
the corrupt politicians see no future for them as long as he is, there. Hence, further adds.
they all have got together in a bid to throw him away.
Here are five reasons why one should snack on almonds:
At a time when the whole world is admiring and applauding Modi for his • Almonds have a lot of nutrients. Experts
honest and futuristic policies not only for India but for the world at large, say that a handful of almonds supply
some petty politicians at home don’t want to see India growing its stature at 161 calories and 2.5 grams of digestible
the world arena and getting stronger and self-sufficient. Its time now that the carbohydrates. They are high in healthy
people of India teach these corrupt & unscrupulous politicians a lesson, to monosaturated fats, fibre, protein and
remember for a long time. The Indian News congratulates all the readers on various important nutrients.
the occasion of the 70th Republic Day of India. • Almonds have antioxidants. This can protect cells from oxidative damage, a major
contributor to aging and disease. A clinical trial with 60 male smokers found that
Jai Hind 84 grams of almonds per day reduce oxidative stress biomarkers by 23 - 34 per cent
- Yugal Parashar
over a four-week period.
Publisher - Roshan Nauhria (The Indian News NZ Limited) • Almonds are high in Vitamin E. Several studies have linked higher vitamin E intake
Editor - Yugal Parashar, with lower rates of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Chief Design Officer - Harry (Himanshu Bhatt), • Almonds can help control blood sugar. Their high magnesium content offers major
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sible for any claims made by the advertisers appearing in this publication. The views expressed in and phyto-chemicals. They are also rich in antioxidants, manganese, riboflavin, and
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Fund Raising for

Two of Japan's biggest convenience store
chains have said they will stop selling
pornographic magazines ahead of the
2019 Rugby World Cup, and the Olympic
Games in Tokyo next year.
7-Eleven and Lawson Inc will stop
selling pornographic magazines in
Temple Roof
Japan. Photo: AFP
7-Eleven, which runs more than 20,000 25 years ago, the surface of the Mandir's roof was laid with
shops in Japan, said it wanted "to create a material named Butynol which is like a rubber sheet.
a proper shopping environment for all This material is damaged at several spots, thus causing the roof to leak.
our customers". by male customers to buy beverages and It needs urgent repairs to stop further damage to this beautiful Mandir.
fast food, and our product assortment The Management Committee requests your financial support
Its rival, Lawson Inc, with some 14,000
was designed accordingly," the chain to complete this urgent work.
stores, made a similar announcement.
Large numbers of tourists are set to visit
told Reuters.
Your donation is always highly appreciated
Japan for both sporting events. "However, as the role and usage of
7-Eleven stores has changed in recent - EFTPOS facility is available at the Mandir.
Japan's popular 24-hour convenience years, 7-Eleven became an important - Bharatiya Mandir is a registered Charitable organisation for
stores sell everything from hot drinks shopping destination for families, Tax purposes. You may claim through your annual tax return
to frozen meals, or spare work shirts for children and elder people as well." 1/3 as tax rebate for every dollar donated to the Mandir.
stressed businesspeople. - All donations small or large are gratefully acknowledged.
The chain said pornography accounted
Sex magazines are usually mixed in with for less than one percent of its sales,
other titles on racks near the front of adding that other merchandise could be We sincerely thank you for your support
the shop, sometimes on low shelves.
The stores fear this could give a negative
sold in the vacant space. May God bless you and your family.
impression. The Rugby World Cup takes place in

"In the past, 7-Eleven was mostly used

September, while the Tokyo Olympics
Management Committee
will start in July 2020. - RNZ
18 January 24, 2019

Book launch of ‘Divyastra’

by Nimish Tanna
An excerpt from Divyastra- a father son story based on mythological fiction
expatiated with today’s state of art hi-tech warfare’s by Auckland based Kiwi writer-
Dr Vyas was in a good mood and did had the power to lethal devastation and now, but he felt compelled to not break find his identity?
not mind the questions in middle of his were infallible. An entire army could this young man’s chain of curiosity and
The book is releasing worldwide
lecture. After all, the lad was just curious perish with blast of such weapons. decided to answer him.
through platforms such as Amazon and
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‘DIVYASTRA’- Amazon Kindle and Indian e-commerce
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most dangerous and feared divyastras may turn irreversibly infertile and all Thousands of years ago, Indian Yogis
were Brahmastra, Vaishnavastra and sources of water may get contaminated. possessed the knowledge to obtain the
Pashupatastra, each of them presided Generations to follow may suffer from its weapons of the gods. However, this
by the Gods of trinity – Brahma, Vishnu detrimental effects.’ knowledge could only be transferred
and Mahesh respectively. These weapons from a Guru to his disciple by word of
‘You mean like a nuclear or an atomic
mouth. In today’s world, one mystic,
who calls himself Guruji, still possesses
‘That’s true,’ Dr Vyas answered and this knowledge and is using it to
turned to change the slide and continue empower an innocent person’s life. Only,
with his presentation. this empowerment could be a deception
and the innocent person is a thirteen-
The young man, however, wasn’t done
year-old boy with a stutter...
with his questions. ‘So, if the most
dangerous weapons of trinity have In this intertwining tale, an ambitious
been emulated by our era, do you think yet unsuccessful Shankar, in search of
we are nearing the saturation point of his identity, is manipulated to embark
innovation? Why do you say we have a on a never-told-before fantasy tale; only
long way to go when today’s science has to rediscover the father he never knew
already mastered those technologies?’ and unmask the mystical Guruji.
The inquisitor’s naive approach of Amidst this confounding concoction of
interrupting the lecture instead of ancient myths, deluding personas and
waiting for the question-answer session dispersed emotions, will Shankar ever
at the end started to bother Dr Vyas be able to separate fact from fiction and

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Zero stays true to its title Vicky Kaushal
- Apurv Shukla celebrates 'URI'
Shahrukh Khan one of the biggest success with
rumoured girlfriend?
stars of Indian cinema, returned to the
silver screen after more than a year
with Zero. The film directed by Aanand
Rai released worldwide in December
last year, and proved to be a major
disappointment of 2018. Zero had
Shahrukh playing a vertically challenged
character for the first time in his career.
Kamal Hasan springs to mind as the
last mainstream actor to essay a similar
role, in the 1990 Hindi/ Tamil release
Appu Raja. Aanand Rai’s films are
known to connect with the audiences Shahrukh‘s stardom remains intact, but
on a script level. He portrays everyday his ability to deliver big at the box office
characters in relatable situations on the is on the vain.
big screen. Screenplay and dialogues of Shahrukh started his career with soap
his films are a major highlight. But this operas on Doordarshan –the Indian
was the first time that he was making state broadcast channel. He was noticed
a big budget film with stars. Zero for his intense- energetic acting and
though failed as a script. It was basically unconventional looks. Popularity of
trying to portray a love story of three his serials gave him a launch pad in
conventionally imperfect people. But Bollywood. Since his debut in 1992 with
the film got confused whilst trying to Deewana, there has been no looking
jettison between Meerut and America. It back for this New Delhi born and
starts off well with a superb Tigmanshu raised actor. Shahrukh Khan enjoys
Dhulia (playing Shahrukh’s father) international fame and has come
and Zeeshan Ali keeping proceedings to become the face of Hindi cinema
entertaining, but soon overreaches, globally. His success has led the media
loses its simplicity and starts losing the to bestow upon him the title of King
audiences’ interest. The track of Katrina Khan. What describes this astounding
Kaif as an alcoholic superstar is bizarre success? Answer though not a simple
and Anushka Sharma is saddled with a one can be found in Shahrukh’s ability
poorly written role. The film only gets to convince audiences that he possesses
weirder and ends at a space centre with all traits required of a person in any
Shahruukh literally going to the moon successful relationship.
to prove his love. Shahrukh portrays his
role with effortless charm, but even he With a master’s degree in Mass Seems like Bollywood star Vicky Kaushal success party of Uri.
cannot help make any sense of the film. Communication, it is no surprise that is gearing up to take a step forward in
That no one can romance like him, is on Shahrukh is an eloquent public speaker. Taking to her Instagram, she uploaded a
his relationship.
display when he lights up the screen in Known to present well informed photo from the success party of the film.
the only hummable track of the film – and balanced views on most topics, After the actor confirmed that he is in In the photo, the couple is all smiles as
Jab Tak Jahaan. King Khan is liked and respected by a relationship on ‘Koffee with Karan’, they pose for the camera in the same
audiences across all strata’s of society. speculations have been rife that he is in sweatshirts. “High Sir! #URI,” read the
The past few years have been difficult His ownership of a cricket team -Kolkata
at the box office for Shahrukh Khan. love with television actor and dancer caption.
Knight Riders in the Indian Premier
His last major hit was the 2013 Chennai Harleen Sethi. Since then, there has
League, has further boosted his profile. Also, Vicky supported Harleen during
Express. Since then his turn as a been a steady flow of information about
The 2018 has proved that audiences the launch of her web series with
romantic lead was rejected in Dilwale want to see fresh content on screen. their alleged relationship.
–a film that was unsure of whether it Vikrant Massey. Massey had later shared
Unconventional but entertaining films Though neither of them confirmed the a picture from the event to thank Vicky
wanted to be a comedy or a romance. are the ones that are getting people in
He has experimented with genres in relationship, Harleen turned up at the for his support.
theatres. Shahrukh has and will surely
films like Fan, where he essayed a special screening of his latest film ‘Uri:
deliver another blockbuster; but he Meanwhile, the movie which hit the big
double role to mixed results and the needs to chose better films and sadly The surgical strike’ in Mumbai. She also
box office disaster- Jab Harry Met Sejal. screens on January 11, has minted Rs
‘Zero’ was not that. shared a snap with Kaushal from the
55.81 crores.


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Paris Jackson breaks silence SRK explains
on seeking treatment ‘playboys’ mantra’
Doting dad Shah
Actor-model Paris Jackson Rukh Khan on
opened up on seeking treatment Friday shared
for her emotional health. two adorable
pictures of his
In a long Instagram post, Paris
sons Aryan and
rubbished reports suggesting that
she is undergoing treatment.

"The media is exaggerating per While one photo

usual.. yes i’ve taken a break features AbRam
from work and social media with SRK, the
and my phone because it can other shows
be too much sometimes, and the loving bond
everyone deserves a break, but shared between
i am happy and healthy and his two sons.
feeling better than ever! gabriel
and i have some new music we’re Along with
stoked to share with y’all! (@ the pictures,
thesoundflowers) hope you guys’ the superstar
new year started out with lots of also explained
love and light and all the things. Through the years, Paris has been open the 'Playboys'
i’ll be back soon," she wrote alongside about her struggle with anxiety and mantra' on social
a picture of herself with a dog, in which depression. She has previously reflected media.
the top of her face is cropped out. upon her struggles with self-confidence,
which drove her to attempt committing He wrote,
This is her first post on the photo- suicide when she was just 13-years-old. “‘Winning is only half of it..having fun the other half...Playing is All of it!!’ The
sharing application since December 12, Playboys’ mantra.”
2018. Paris is close to Macaulay Culkin, who
is her godfather and relies on him for
Recently, People confirmed that Paris On the work front, SRK will be next seen in a biopic based on astronaut Rakesh
emotional support.
sought help at a treatment facility. Sharma. The film has been tentatively titled 'Saare Jahaan Se Achcha'.

Meghan Markle reacts to Brahmrishi Sri Guruvanandji Swami

being called 'fat' like a pro Brahm Sutra - Inspiring Lives
look consisting of a cashmere coat
layered over a maternity beige knit dress
coupled with nude heels and a beige
As long as we do not forgive others,
Meghan met with volunteers and those
They occupy rent free, space in our mind.
impacted by Mayhew's work, however,
one bold compliment caught her

One woman named McEachrom said,

"What a lovely lady you are. May God
bless you."

"And you’re a fat lady!" added

Seems like even the Royals have
McEachrom, referring to the Duchess of
awkward encounters. Meghan Markle
Sussex’s growing baby bump. Meghan
recently visited an animal welfare
responded with a big laugh, "I’ll take it!"
organisation and was called a 'fat lady'.
However, the Duchess of Sussex's reply McEachrom also predicted the gender
to it was perfect. of Meghan and Prince Harry, reported
The Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday
paid a visit to staff, volunteers and “Glad to see you so well. You’ll soon be
beneficiaries at one of her four new having a little baby boy!” McEachrom Contact : 021 778 322 Guruvanana Satsang every
patronages, Mayhew, an animal welfare
organisation that works towards
E: 3rd Sunday of the month at
improving the lives of dogs, cats and “Oh, you think it’s going to be a boy? It’s Bharatiya Mandir, Balmoral Rd, Auckland.
a surprise. We don’t know what we’re
people locally and internationally,
having. I ask everyone what they think,
Facebook: wsfnz Time: 5pm to 7pm
reported E! Online.
and everyone has a very strong opinion All are welcome
The royal donned a chic monochromatic about it," Meghan said.
28 January 24, 2019

ASB Classic 2019 - Auckland Serves an Ace
- Apurv Shukla beating Cameron Norrie in straight
sets in the men’s final. Norrie was the
2019 started on an excellent note for crowd favorite having grown up in
German Julia Goerges, who won her East Auckland but had no response
second consecutive ASB Classic in to Sandgren’s strong baseline game.
Auckland. The World No 13 Goerges Sandgren did not drop a set in the
defeated Canadian Bianca Andreescu in tournament, which included big wins
three sets in the finals. The big serving over No18 Marco Cecchinato and an
German was in solid form throughout easy game against former Auckland
the event. A tough win over 2014 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber in the
Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard semi-final.
in the quarter finals, setting the tempo
for her second title win at Auckland in ASB Classic continues to attract an
nine attempts. Teenager Andreescu had excellent field year on year, despite
the tournament of her career so far. She competition from other events around
came through the qualifiers and beat big the world at the time. Players have
names like Venus Williams and Caroline the option of playing at Doha, Pune or
Wozniacki in her quest to be the first Sydney in the lead up to the Australian
teenager to win at Auckland in nearly Open. Still many repeatedly choose
two decades. Auckland. This year saw a shot clock
added on court to reduce time between
Wanganui’s Paige Hourigan had an serves and a bigger entertainment where people have such close access the big-name players that rave about it
excellent run to the girl’s doubles finals, area with more dining options. The to the action on court. Such privileges on their accounts –the investment by
where she and her American partner Stanley Street Centre though needs should not be abused. the council seems an excellent return
Taylor Townsend lost in the super tie an urgent upgrade. It must expand on investment. ASB Open is the biggest
break to Bouchard and Sofia Kenin. Auckland Council put $175,000 of Tennis event in New Zealand. It is rated
to accommodate more fans. Also,
Hourigan was attempting to be the first ratepayers' money towards the ASB favorably by all involved from players to
spectators need to be mindful of the
Kiwi to win a title at the Classic since Classic this year. Auckland Rate payer’s officials to the thousands that attend.
surroundings and show more respect to
Julie Richardson, who won the doubles alliance was severely critical of this and Attention of tennis fans will now shift
the players. Matches, especially on the
in Auckland with Anna-Maria Fernandez called it a waste. For an event that adds across the ditch for the first Grand
outside courts had to be halted many
from America 32 years ago. $2 million to the Auckland economy, Slam of the year –Australian Open. Get
a times due to incessant noise from
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Chahal, Dhoni help India to claim Cricket fever - ODI Matches

maiden ODI series in Australia Time Table
Yuzvendra Chahal’s deadly spin bowling
and MS Dhoni’s dazzling batting on
Friday ensured a convincing seven-
Date: January 23, 2019 Date: February 08, 2019
wicket victory over Australia in the third
Match: New Zealand vs India, 1st ODI Match: New Zealand vs India, 2nd T20I
and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Venue: McLean Park, Napier Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Ground, winning the series for the first Time: 02:00 AM GMT, 02:00 PM LOCAL, 07:00 AM IST Time: 07:00 AM GMT, 08:00 PM LOCAL, 12:30 PM IST
time on Australian soil by 2-1.

India, which was set the target of 231 by Date: January 26, 2019 Date: February 10, 2019
Australia, made 234 for the loss of three Match: New Zealand vs India, 2nd ODI Match: New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I
India got off to a slow start in the 231- Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
wickets, with four balls remaining.
run chase. Openers Rohit Sharma and Time: 02:00 AM GMT, 02:00 PM LOCAL, 07:00 AM IST Time: 07:00 AM GMT, 08:00 PM LOCAL, 12:30 PM IST
Dhoni scored an unbeaten 87 off 114 Shikhar Dhawan spent more time to
balls and was supported by Kedar adjust to the Australian pacers and in Date: January 28, 2019 New Zealand vs India Cricket Match 2019,
Jadhav, who made 61 off 57 balls and the process Sharma (9) gifted his wicket Match: New Zealand vs India, 3rd ODI You can watch on these TV Channels:
remained not out. to Peter Siddle. Skipper Virat Kohli along Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui Star Sports: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star
with Dhawan (23) ticked the scoreboard Time: 02:00 AM GMT, 02:00 PM LOCAL, 07:00 AM IST
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before Marcus Stoinis dismissed the Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports SELECT 1, Star Sports
maiden historic Test and ODI victory. left-handed batsman. Kohli and Dhoni Date: January 31, 2019
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Opting to bowl first in the rain-hit reconstructed the Indian fort as the
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton India & Subcontinent: Star Sports, DD National (DD1),
final ODI, India did not give Australian duo stitched a 54-run partnership
before the skipper (46) edged the ball to Time: 02:00 AM GMT, 02:00 PM LOCAL, 07:00 AM IST DD Sports
batsmen a chance to settle in and
wicketkeeper Alex Carey. New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ
wrapped up the first innings within 49 Date: February 03, 2019
The three-match series was tied at 1-1 UK: Sky Sports Cricket
overs. Chahal claimed six wickets, his Match: New Zealand vs India, 5th ODI
second five-wicket haul in the format, as after the hosts won the first ODI in Australia: Fox Sports
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
India bundled out the hosts Australia for Sydney by 34 runs and the visitors won Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network),
Time: 02:00 AM GMT, 02:00 PM LOCAL, 07:00 AM IST
230 runs within 49 overs. Mohammed the second in Adelaide by six wickets. CBN
Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar India will next play Australia for two- Date: February 06, 2019 USA: Willow TV, Hotstar
chipped in with two wickets each. For match T20Is and five-match ODIs Match: New Zealand vs India, 1st T20I Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD
Australia, Peter Handscomb was the top as part of their home series, starting Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington MENA: OSN Sports Cricket HD
scorer with 58 runs off 63 balls. February 24. Time: 07:00 AM GMT, 08:00 PM LOCAL, 12:30 PM IST Bangladesh: Gazi TV (GTV)

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Auckland Saree Speak Meet

The 5th of January 2019 was a special And what a coming together it was - of Speak members
day for 23 women in Auckland city, ladies, some of whom knew next to are fondly
Aotearoa. The day dawned a little nothing about each other, but were referred to as
more beautiful, a little sunnier, a little united in their love for the simple yet Saree Sakhis.
breezier, as if the heavens were smiling, stunning stretch of material, the Saree.
The afternoon
nay, giggling in anticipation of the
These Auckland ladies Bindu Handa, get together,
day’s unfolding of events. The quiet,
Melanie Jeyakumar, Urvashi Shinde, entitled
leafy suburb of Remuera too appeared
Sasi Indiran, Sneha Indiran, Madhuri Auckland NZ
unaware of Sasi Indiran bustling about
Yamineni, Jyoti Raj, Kanika Diesh, Saree Speak
in her restaurant Sahana to cater for
Anusha Suresh, Vindhya Suresh, Meet, was
this exotic meet. At 2pm to the dot, the
Kirithika Kiki, Bhargavi Kotte, Manasi initiated by
ladies converged, draped in exotic sarees
Chivate, Kanchana Mala Reddy, Mumtaj Bavani Suresh,
from the diverse regions of the Indian
Agarbattiwala, Charul Shah, Ravika who after
subcontinent, beautiful in their timeless
Java, Kishori Telang, Meena Kalyanpur scrolling down Saree draping contest group 4 Vasu Moses, Mumtaj Agarbattiwala in
elegance and simplicity.
Basrur, Santhriga Kannan, Neelam the Saree Speak Kerala Namboothiri drape, Santhriga Kannan, Ravika Java, Kanika Diesh
Sajwan Rawat, Vasu Moses, Varu page and noting inititated the events with a welcome
Iyer, Bavani Suresh; are members of a the many meets occurring worldwide, speech, then went on to some hilarious
Facebook group Saree Speak, started decided to post a question to the group icebreakers – two truths and one lie:
by one Vini Tandon Keni of Goa, India. “Ladies in or around Auckland, anyone some ladies professed to have two
Vini, a believer in the words of Robert free for a Saree Speak Meet during the husbands and had co-piloted airplanes.
Ingersoll “We rise by lifting others”, had Christmas/New Year break?”, which And yes, there were pilots, scuba divers,
a simple but empowering vision. When triggered a wave of response. And so, snorkelers, multilingual lasses amongst
asked her reasons for creating this this day came to pass. them. No polygamists though. Each
group, she merely said it was “mainly to Sakhi then described her Saree with a
Bavani liased with Bindu Handa,
inspire herself to wear sarees regularly, lovely anecdote to make it her own.
another member, and together they met
thereby setting an example for others
with SS Sakhi venue owner Sasi Indiran. The ladies helped themselves to a buffet
and to also be able to transcend barriers
The rest, as they say, is history. counter of fresh, piping hot snacks:
of religion, politics, race, caste, creed”.
Every morning, this unassuming lady samosas with date/tamarind chutney,
The afternoon started off with
makes a woman happy by putting her methu vada with sambar, green chutney,
registration and a photo shoot in front
photo on the cover of the Saree Speak an assortment of bhajis with onion
of the Saree Speak logo. The ladies
page and remarked that in doing so, chutney, cutlets, sweets and other
were then escorted to tables identified
it takes so little on one’s part to make savouries.
by different sarees, served fresh apple
Bindu Handa, Bavani Suresh event organisers
another (woman) happy. The Saree and orange juices. Once settled, Bavani Then came a variety of innovative games,

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Saree draping contest group 2 Kirithika Kiki, Neelam Sajwan Rawat in a Saree Sakhis from left to right, Great camaraderie
Gujarati drape, Kishori Telang, Charul Shah, Varu Iyer, Melanie Jeyakumar Kalpana Mala Reddy, Kishori Telang, Manasi Chivate, Jyoti Raj, Urvashi Shinde,
Melanie Jeyakumar, Varu Iyer, Bindu Handa, Charul Shah, Neelam Sajwan Rawat,
a Facebook personality version of Guess Who wherein the ladies had to guess the
Kanika Diesh, Ravika Java, Mumtaj Agarbattiwala, Bhargavi Kotte, Madhuri Yamineni,
name of the SS sakhi and the Saree, followed by a Saree draping contest. Each group
Meena Kalyanpur Basrur, Bavani Suresh, Kirithika Kiki, Sasi Indiran, Vasu Moses.
had to drape one of the Begal Athpourey,
Madurai Pinkosu, Kerala Namboothiri,
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Gujarati style on a group member, amidst
much retying and laughter.
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Remuera Road erupted into a wild frenzy
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of unrestrained colour as the Sakhis
trooped out and onto the street, stopping
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traffic whilst posing for group shots and

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Later, all heads were down as they
any TIme
Ready any TIme
navigated an informative multiple-choice
quiz prepared by Varu Iyer. Amidst sips

of masala chai, Chennai coffee, sighs,
candid remarks, the Sakhis learnt quite
a bit about wefts and warp, types and
regions. The ladies then had a hoot with
the Saree Speak version of Pin the Tail on
the Donkey ie. Pin the Saree on the Indian

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pin the Saree onto the correct state, whilst


group members could only hint “Hot” or
“Cold”. Occasional whispers of “Upper”,
sure to rise
“Kizhe”, “Left”, Right” were heard, with
chiding from other Sakhis but there was
significant camaraderie amongst Sakhis. Flavours
More games had been planned which the
Sakhis can look forward to at the next
meet. The Sakhis left with hearts full,
friendships made, having put faces to
names, sarees to Sakhis. Yes, they were
brimming with ideas about the next
meet: an open-air picnic setting, a Saree

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