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Cover Story
How safe are our children ?
• Erum Ali solidarity towards the unfortunate with a criminal background if they
event. But lighting up Auckland's are more violent than others”, Roshan
Roshan Nauhria, President, New
Sky Tower to mark her death and said.
Zealand Peoples Party (NZPP) along
candlelight vigils at several locations
with Anil Sharma, General Secretary, “NZ is considered a safe country and
around New Zealand may not be
NZPP have condemned the murder has an incredibly good name in the
enough, we have to take measures to
of Grace Milane. Grace Milane was a area of tourism. It stands tall in this
ensure that not just locals but also
British tourist whose disappearance in competitive industry across the globe
visitors and tourists are equally safe in
Auckland, New Zealand, in December and we need to safe guard this image.
the country.”
2018 received international attention. That is our moral right and duty as
A 26-year-old man was charged with He said, “I am deeply saddened by this citizens of this country,” Roshan
her murder on 8 December, and her loss and the hard truth is that it can added.
body was found in a nearby forest park happen to anyone. We have children
Millane's death generated an
the following day. who may be the target of similar
unprecedented reaction from the New
crime. Our children may not be safe."
The party President Roshan Nauhria Zealand public. It is heartening to see
said, “I strongly condemn the murder “My appeal to all the people and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who
of Grace Milane which is not the only in particular the government, is made a public apology to the family
incident of a gruesome murder in to create awareness about these of Millane, saying "on behalf of New
New Zealand in the past. The rate of incidents by using different channels Zealand, I want to apologise. Your
crime has been rising steadily in New including social media. For parents it daughter should have been safe here,
Zealand. Although it is heartening to is advisable to talk to their children, and she wasn't".
see the support that the family has teenage kids in particulars about the
But this is an overall disappointing
received online, but there is nothing perils related to the present situation
situation, and it is also a terrifying
that can compensate the loss of the of crime", added Anil.
reality. These perpetrators of crime
life of a young child for the parents. “I do agree that this is a phenomenon are people who live among us with a
New Zealand must put a lid on this that is not limited to particular area or masked common man’s appearance.
behaviour.” group of people, but I also understand And ironically many of them have Anil Sharma
Anil Sharma said, “I am saddened that a lot of crime is happening under online presence and this is another General Secretary
by the huge loss not just for Grace’s the influence of drugs and alcohol channel of crime which the users now
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Community
Blue Oscars Raises $11,000 For Important tips for safer
Prostate Cancer Foundation summer holidays
• Erum Ali at the forefront of the listed spnsors As the holiday season is upon us, it is You should also take care when leaving
A generous $11,000 was presented to and other donors. The donated amount good time to think about your home empty boxes outside your home that
Graeme Woodside, CEO of Prostate will be channelled towards furthering security, as this time of year can be an may give away details of new and
Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, on research and creating awareness of this opportune time for criminals when valuable items that may have purchased
3rd December at their offices in Albany, cancer within all cultures. residents are travelling away over this over Christmas.
Northshore. The funds were raised by The culture adapted and quite noteable time period. Going away?
Usha Jacobs, Event organiser of Elegant at the Prostate Cancer Foundation Blue If you are going away on holiday this If you are travelling by away by vehicle
Events Creations Limited together with Oscars Nite Charity dinner was the year make sure that you have someone these holidays, make sure that you
the help of her devoted support team attendance of young adults from these to look after you home, or make sure you watch your speed and following
comprising of Minnie Sharma, Director backgrounds and their willingness and have taken necessary steps to increase distances as there will be a lower speed
(Allcold Refrigeration Ltd), Nisi Bansal, contribution to this cause. security over this time. tolerance this time of year and our
Babita Maharaj (Director, Subway The Blue Oscars Charity Nite with an You do not want to make your home Traffic Highway Police will be out in
Franchisee), Angela Maharaj (Director, overwhelming success in its first year look vacant and enticing for burglars to force.
McDonald Franchisee) and Ashla is envisaged by the team to become target. Avoid driver fatigue by ensuring that you
Kaushik. an annual event which will be held • Have a neighbour or a friend clear you have adequate rest stops on the way to
Together we can make a difference, says in the month of September/October letterbox regularly. your destination.
Usha Jacobs. and the organisers look forward to the • Let your neighbours’ park their Have a safe and Merry Christmas
The organising team gave out a message continued support and patronage from vehicles in your drive to give the and lastly, if you do see any criminal
thanking all the major sponsors that included: sponsors and the community at large. impression people are still around. or suspicious activity, advise Police
Deven Maharaj (Subway Franchisee) For further information on this event • Put lights and radios on timers immediately.
and your contribution as a sponsor, • Do not close all your blinds and
Sam Maharaj (McDonalds Franchisee) donor or helper, please contact the curtains as this will let criminals know
Sanjay Sharma (Allcold Refrigeration) Director, Usha Jacobs of Elegant Events that you have gone away.
Daven Naidu (Oobe) Creations Limited on 0220201915. • Do not leave a message on your
Rubina (Rubina’s Beauty & Brow) answer phone or voicemail that you are
Usha Jacobs commented that it is on holiday or have gone away.
encouraging to note the growing regime • Do not post on social media holiday
of philanthropists within the migrant plans as many criminals use social
society in Auckland, more prominent media to troll for victims
in the small to medium size business • Considering having an alarm installed
owners from the Pacific rim. The and having it monitored. ONEHUNGA POLICE
purpose of philanthropy is to improve • If you are intending on going
the wellbeing of mankind by preventing Constable Don ALLAN
Left to Right: Graeme Woodside, Usha Jacob, away leave your emergency contact
social problems and this is very much Donald.allan@police.govt.nz
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Sindhi Culture Day, Auckland, NZ 2018
Sindh is one of Pakistan's four provinces, Faculty, University of
located in the south. Also known as Auckland.
“Mehran” as well as “Indus Valley”,
The event started with
Sindh has a rich culture, history and
the recitation of the
language. Sindhis, the people of Sindh,
Holy Quran followed
date back to the original inhabitants
by New Zealand and
of ancient Sindh, who are believed to
Pakistan's national
have lived through the Indus Civilisation
anthems. Over 80+
around the 5000 BC. The organiser said,
Sindhi & Kiwis
"Sindhis, are kind-hearted, cordial and
including men,
welcoming people. The Sindhi "Topi" and
women and children,
"Ajrak" are symbols of Sindhi nationalism
living in the Auckland
for hundreds of years.
region, participated
The ‘Sindhi Culture Day’ has been the event. The women
celebrated in the Sindh province for showed their love
many years. However, in recent years, and commitment
this has only been officially recognised towards their culture
by the state's individual party and by showcasing
since then the “Sindhi Culture Day” has handmade traditional
become an annual event in Sindh and crafts such as the
abroad. mentioned "Ajrak", the Sindhi music has its own uniqueness, promising success and will be the first
emblem of the Sindhi culture, as shawls, with many folk songs such as "Ho of many more to come". The organising
This year, it became the first time ever Jamalo”, which is the most popular committee is determined to ensure next
bedspreads also known as "Rilhi" along
for "Sindhi Culture Day" celebrations Sindhi-language folk song known to year's event is organised on a larger scale
with wall hangings generally displayed
to be held in New Zealand. It was the people of Sindh. Sindhis walked on through media marketing to attract
at home.
celebrated on 15th December 2018 at Auckland's Queen Street with banners, more Kiwis and will invite more Sindhis
Aotea Square in Auckland, New Zealand. During the event, Sindhi men and boys while performing dances to the said who are now living across the border
The initiative to celebrate “Sindhi were seen in their traditional "Shalwar song. It was quite refreshing to notice (now resident of NZ). The All Sindhi’s
Culture Day” event was organized by Kameez" along with the Sindhi "Topi" the locals being fascinated by the folk- association of New Zealand (ASAN)
All Sindhi’s association of New Zealand and "Ajrak". Sindhi women and girls dance performances to “Ho Jamalo” and hopes that, with this initiative, Kiwis and
(ASAN) and invite members of ASAN, wore traditional Sindhi embroidery and “Dhamal”. people all around the world discover the
Pakistan Association of New Zealand dresses with the "Ajrak" print. beauty and significance of the Sindhi
(PANZ) and Director Global Affairs The organiser said, "This event showed
culture.

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PANEL DISCUSSION on proposed rental
law changes generates momentum
- Yugal Parashar witnessed a similar panic in 1986 when forced to sell, because of the proposed generally reported, in both the CATI
The Indian News organised a Panel the present Residential Tenancies Act regulations, at lower prices, this would surveys and the follow-up interviews,
Discussion on the proposed rental (RTA) was about to be introduced impact their retirement plans. There reasonably satisfactory or good renting
law reforms and heating standards at but the RTA has not killed the rental would be increased pressure on tenants experiences” and questioned the
Balmoral Community Hall, in Balmoral, business. It was natural to fear change. as rents would increase. National Party Government’s motives in introducing
Auckland on 9th December 2018. She dealt with a lot of tenants and in had shown that shared equity and social the prosed reforms when the sector
Invites were sent to the Government, her view, we needed to change the housing schemes were a better way to was working well. He also referred to
the Housing Minister, Labour Party, culture around renting which was not go. She stressed that there had to be a Statistics NZ figures to establish that
National Party, ACT Party, tenant at all favourable to tenants, we needed balance between tenants’ interests and the actual number of owner-occupied
advocacy groups, landlord associations to stop treating renters as second-class landlords’ interests. Stephen Berry from houses in NZ which were damp/
and the Event was publicised s that citizens. The Healthy Homes Guarantee ACT Party said that the average tenancy mouldy/cold was much more than
all concerned could participate and Act was a good thing and only bad was 2.5 years. The banning of letting fee tenanted houses, but the government
voice their views. No such open public landlords should fear the proposed was already adversely effecting tenants had referred only to percentages. If a
forum had been organised by either changes. Mike Butler Founder of Stop as this was being passed on to tenants house was unhealthy for a tenant, it was
the Government, any political party the War on Tenancies questioned the who would now pay say an extra $5 for unhealthy for an owner-occupier as well
or any media on this topic of great very basis of the discussions document 2.5 years instead of a one-time letting and the government should be equally
importance to almost everyone. The issued by the Government for the fee. This was the law of unintended concerned of the health of owner-
Labour Party and the Government were Healthy Homes Guarantee Act. As per consequences and the same would occupiers and not just tenants.
unable to send any representative while him, the discussion document based its happen with the proposed changes. Any After the initial introductions, Paul
representatives from national Party and presumption that a healthy temperature regulation meant increased costs, and invited audience participation and also
ACT Party attended. was 18 C for most people (20C for these would ultimately be passed on to put his own questions to the Panel.
elderly and children) on a World Health tenants. Rents will rise and tenants at Members from the audience pointed out
The event was a well-attended event,
standard but when one looks at the the lower end- students/beneficiaries that even now, it was difficult to recover
with over 75 people coming to hear
World Health standard referred to- there etc., the very segment this Government rental arrears and damages from tenants
the panellists and give their views. The
are no such figures in there, rather it caters to, will lose their houses as they even after Tenancy Tribunal orders.
Panel discussion was moderated by Paul
states that there is not enough evidence will not be able to pay the increased Most of the members reiterated that
Davies, a real estate consultant and the
to establish a healthy temperature. He rents. More evictions would happen with increased regulations would increase
panellists were-Ms Angela Maynard,
said that people live in deserts and cold the proposed laws. It was better for low the risk of property investment and a lot
Tenants’ Protection Association,
climates and remain healthy. Similarly, income families to have a cold home of them would choose to go out of this
Auckland, Mr Mike Butler, Founder
the assumption that NZ rental houses rather than have no home at all. business. Naveen reiterated the BRANZ
STOP the war on tenancies, Ms Agnes
were damp was based on a Building Naveen Goel, Lawyer and Property report which had said there was no
Lohini, National Party candidate for
Association report which had sampled Investor began by saying that the problem. The overwhelming view in the
Mangere, Auckland, Mr. Stephen Berry,
only 560 houses. The costs of complying most obvious solution to the problem Hall was that the government had gone
ACT Party candidate, Mr. Naveen Goel,
with the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act of a housing shortage was to build overboard with the proposed reform,
Lawyer and property investor.
were $7000 with no significant benefits. more houses and not to disincentives this would only scare away investors,
The Editor of The Indian News, i.e. More information was available on his property investors who are taking risk increase the shortage of houses,
myself welcomed the panellists and website tenancieswar.nz in providing the service of housing. harm the lower end tenants, lead to
the audience, gave a brief introduction
Agnes Lohini from the National Party This was a business like any other increased rents and the law, which
about the Indian News, as we are one of
said that it was never a good idea business and service providers should was already tilted in tenants’ favour
the youngest but fast growing fortnightly
to pitch hardworking Kiwis against be free to contract with anyone and was being unfairly titled even further
Indian community newspapers and
hardworking kiwis, landlords against end the contract at their own choice. in their favour. Although the time for
our publisher, Mr Roshan Nauhria,
tenants and this is what the proposed The proposed regulations violated their submissions had closed, the audience
MNZM. I then handed over to Mr Paul
legalisation as doing. The regulatory property rights and freedom of choice. was urged to keep writing their concerns
Davies, Moderator for the discussion.
environment should never suffocate Government does not take away this to their MPs and to the Housing Minister
Paul introduced the Panellists, set the
business so that it is unable to respond freedom in any other business, so why and not to give up.
ground rules for the panel discussion
to changes in demand. A lot of landlords in renting? There was no evidence that The event ended with a vote of thanks
and invited the panellists to give their
were Mum and Dad investors who there were any problems in the renting from The Editor with a promise to
opening views.
were putting in the money saved from sector. He quoted from the BRANZ New hold more such events in future. Some
Ms Angela Maynard, from the Tenants their hard work into rental properties Zealand Rental Sector Report (2017), yummy Indian snacks were served to the
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Politics
Police 24/7 coverage Sroubek's prison call to ex-wife
cancelled by Government behind minister's u-turn on decision
Sroubek's prison call to ex-wife behind
• Mr. Kanwaljit S Bakshi know whether they are succeeding and minister's u-turn on decision
National List MP based in Manukau East investing your money wisely. That’s not It's been revealed a recording of Karel
and is New Zealand Parliament’s first good enough. Sroubek calling his wife from prison was
Indian Sikh Member Instead, the Labour-led Government the "new information" that prompted
tried to quietly cancel 17 out of the Immigration Minister Iain Lees-
The safety of our communities and of all 20 24/7 bases we committed to. Galloway to reassess his decision not to
New Zealanders is one of the things that Despite those efforts to hide from deport him.
matters most to the National Party. scrutiny we now have confirmed that
Karel Sroubek. Photo: Carmen Bird
It is our core belief that all New Alexandra, Balclutha, Helensville,
Photography
Zealanders should feel safe in their rural bases in Southland and Tasman,
Wanaka, Wellsford, Wairoa, Rolleston, There is a recording, in which Mr
homes and that offenders should be held Sroubek angrily berates his ex-wife
to account. Our Police play an important Taumarunui, Te Kuiti, Thames,
Dannevirke/Waipukurau, Dargaville, about sending a letter of support to his
role in that. immigration lawyer without letting him
Stratford, Motueka, and Marton will no
That’s why we were gutted when we longer get 24/7 Police bases. see it first. safety was being taken care of," he said.
heard that Police Minister Stuart Nash "Do you want me to send somebody to Ms Ardern said she took action on 31
had axed our plan to have 95 per cent These are small towns, rural towns and
tourist hotspots. Why should Kiwis talk to you because you are doing crazy October, when she was advised by a
of all New Zealanders living within
have less protection and be less safe just stuff ? Like you promised me two days journalist that Sroubek's ex-wife's safety
25 kilometres of a 24/7 police station.
This would have helped make our because of where they choose to live? We ago you were fine, you were fine with it, might be at risk.
communities safer, yet this Government need people to work in farming, to boost and I keep my word, okay." She said she was not aware that
has decided it’s not a priority. our small towns and work in hospitality It has also been revealed Prime Minister there had been a phone call from
to support our busy tourism industry. Jacinda Ardern took steps to make sure prison, but was aware there had been
In 2017 the National Government Why would we then make these places
invested an additional $503 million the woman was safe, after being made communication between Sroubek and
less safe? aware she felt under threat. his wife, and the nature of it.
dollars into policing and justice, and
we pledged to put more Police on the We believe all New Zealanders should Immigration officials and the police "I raised it directly with those who had
front line. We wanted the community be safe and secure and able to rely on were sent to check on her, and National the most direct contact and the ability
and those who want to offend against our Police when they need them, day or MP Mark Mitchell followed up the to offer that support and investigation
it to see more Police on the street, night. I’d encourage Stuart Nash to visit
matter himself with the minister of - that was with the minister of
helping people to feel safe and ensuring these 17 communities to explain to them
in person why they are more likely to police. Mr Lees-Galloway said it was immigration," she said.
offenders knew there was a higher that information that convinced him to She said the investigation into Mr
chance they would be caught. become victims because he doesn’t want
to be held accountable. reassess his decision. Lees-Galloway's original decision
Part of the reason we set targets like our "That evidence is what inspired me to was launched within 24 hours of that
24/7 policing one was this meant we National is unashamedly on the side of
victims. We want New Zealand to be the set about a new course of action to look information coming to light.
were held accountable for our results. into those matters and to make sure, Ms Ardern has defended the actions
This Government is running from that safest country in the world and we will
have a plan in place for the 2020 election one, that we had correct information of herself and relevant ministers
accountability. They don’t want you to
to make this happen. for making decisions, and two, that her throughout the controversy. - RNZ

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India News
Sajjan Kumar convicted, sentenced Saira Banu 'begs' PM Modi to protect
for life in 1984 Massacre case Dilip Kumar's house from land mafia
Delhi High court has convicted Saira Banu, wife
Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and of legendary actor
sentenced to life in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots Dilip Kumar on
case after cancelling his acquittal from Tuesday sought
a lower court. He has been fined for Rs Prime Minister
5 lakhs. Narendra Modi's
The court has also sentenced Captain intervention,
Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former following the
Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar to release of builder
life imprisonment. Kishan Khokkar and Samir Bhojwani
former legislator Mahender Yadav have who had been
been sentenced to 10 years in prison. arrested for
who had fought for action against Sajjan usurping their Pali
"It is important to assure the victims
Kumar and others. "The aftershock of Hill bungalow in
that despite the challenges truth will requesting a meeting with Prime
those atrocities is still being felt," said Mumbai.
prevail," the High Court said. Minister Modi.
the court. Calling on to the Prime Minister, the
The court said, "criminals have enjoyed After Saira's tweet to Prime Minister
Last month, a Delhi court had awarded veteran actress took to her husband's
political patronage", and appreciated Modi, an official from the office of
death penalty to convict Yashpal Singh twitter handle and registered her plea.
the courage shown by the witness Fadnavis said the Prime Minister's Office
for killing two men in the 1984 anti-Sikh She also expressed her disappointment
Jagdish Kaur for pursuing the case (PMO) took note of the issue. Fadnavis
riots. It was the first capital punishment over Maharashtra Chief Minister
fearlessly. also assured to look into the matter.
in the 1984 riot case. The court Devendra Fadnavis' failure to deliver in
The court ordered that Kumar must convicted Singh and Sherawat for killing the matter. Earlier, the 74-year-old lodged a police
surrender before December 31, 2018. two men during the anti-Sikh riots. The complaint alleging Bhojwani was
Saira tweeted, "Request from Saira
Sajjan Kumar was convicted in the Delhi Police had closed the case for Banu Khan: To the Hon’ble @PMOIndia threatening and harassing her and
killing of five members of a family in Raj want of evidence, but a SIT reopened it. Shri @narendramodi Waiting for an Kumar over the property issue.
Nagar in Delhi Cantonment area. He is In a letter to Gandhi, Sajjan Kumar appointment. I am tired of repeated In a FIR lodged on January 4 this year,
73-year-old now. has stated that he is resigning with assurances from CM @Dev_Fadnavis “I Saira alleged that Bhojwani, on the basis
"It is important to assure the victims immediate effect from the primary AM TRYING“Sir you are the last hope of of forged documents, illegally staked
that despite the challenges truth will membership of the Indian National protecting DILIP SAHAB’s only house ownership of land in Pali Hill, Bandra,
prevail," the High Court said, referring to Congress in the wake of a judgment of from Land Mafia Samir Bhojwani. I beg." the rights of which were acquired by
the courage of Jagdish Kaur, the victim Delhi High Court. On December 17, Saira had tweeted Dilip Kumar on September 25, 1953.

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Business
Legal Associates Big Win: Supreme Business of the year
The South- Auckland based law firm to Legal Associates means spotting “We are extremely proud and honoured the organisation. They commented,
founded by Raj & Ashima Singh was the customer needs that are not well to have received such a recognition “Customers and meeting customer needs
talk of the night as this multi-ethnic law serviced and developing solutions to that not only catapults us into a higher are at the centre of what Legal Associates
firm took home 4 awards, one being the meet those needs”. What separates Legal direction in regard to growth and do – across many ethnic groups and a
“Supreme Business of the Year”. Associates from any other ordinary law working harder in the future, but it is addressing a broadening range of needs.
firm, is the lawyer- client relationship also a humble reminder that the path we Innovation to Legal Associates means
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only started 4 years ago by the Principal their native languages with their given towards the right direction”, said Raj serviced and developing solutions to meet
& Partner who only started off with one lawyer and our lawyers are able to work and Ashima. those needs. There is a written marketing
Legal Executive by their side. Now a full- proficiently on their cases keeping plan that includes new services to be
fledged law firm with about 20 Barristers in mind one’s cultural background, delivered, new locations and the revenue
& Solicitors working in a range of financial situation or lack of knowledge growth and profit metrics.”
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Legal Associates has opened their responsibilities, obligations and rights Business Awards 2018, has encouraged
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“The Judges congratulate Raj and
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Legal Associates has catapulted in the back to the community that has ever with a genuine focus on community About Legal Associates:
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Business
Great Time to Buy, Excellent Time to Sell
Summer has arrived and most of us Experts Say: Don’t Wait to
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Libra (Tula Rashi): 17 Oct -16 Nov
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Sagittarius (Dhanu Rashi): 17 Dec - 14 Jan
(Name Syllable: yAE, yO, bhA, bhee, bhU, dhA, phA, ḍha, bhAE)
Suddenly you may be inclined to seek the deeper meaning of life; a quest for understanding
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Merry Christmas

Joy to the world and peace to all mankind!


- Xavier Braganza only son in the form of man to save felt that the very best thing about Put those verbal greetings into
us. The Incarnation, the Word Christmas is spending time with perpetual and permanent action. As
In most parts of the world the period becoming flesh, is considered God's family and friends. While the B C Forbes suggests;
sometime late December to early action to right this original wrong. religious importance of Christmas
January is ‘holiday time’. Redemption, then, is basically is respected, its focus has shifted “Christmas is a tonic for our souls.
understood as a "buying back” by to a family day. New Zealand, It moves us to think of others rather
One may ask ‘But why holiday than of ourselves. It directs our
this time of the year? ‘. It is easy God. (Funny enough, while I pen my unlike many other cultures,
thoughts this moment on paper for doesn’t have a day set aside for thoughts to giving.”
to fathom why as we traditionally
know Christmas Day is on the 25th this article, a questions pops into my family celebration. According to It is indeed easy as a social ritual to
of December to celebrate the birth mind ‘Are we seeing a repeat of these social demographer Bernard Salt, wish everyone a Happy Christmas,
of Jesus Christ. Some critics may traits again now?’). Christmas has increasingly become or Happy New Year or in recent and
argue on the date as being imposed a sort of National Family day for New more liberal connotations, Happy
Wonderfully to day in this wonderful Zealanders
upon us, but the significance of world, Christmas is not only Holidays (a form of expression
Christmas is the day Jesus was born celebrated by Christians who believe The story of Christmas begins that does not appeal to me as it
and it brings a load of good tidings in deep faith about Jesus and his with the birthday of Jesus. being a fall out from celebrating the
and good actions associated with birth, but by billions of people from birthday of Jesus). In context these
it. It also symbolizes a very deeply all faiths & beliefs. Because the very The life of Jesus Christ, as seen facilitations should be felt in spirit,
significant truth of the spiritual birth, life, death and resurrection from a Christian point of view, is an mind and body. Don’t make this a
life as Jesus Christ is the very of Jesus make up the foundation epitome of suffering, of good times lip service but do so by meaningfully
personification of Divinity. of Christianity, the Christian and of bad. When he came into putting this into actions of kindness,
community has long reflected on the world, he came as a child but caring and as part of our personal
Christmas season is the magnificent was a King. As a new born babe he contribution in making the world a
time of the year when we greet their significance for our lives. What
was the purpose of Jesus' life? The had to hide and run to avoid death better place. Yes you and I can do
people from our hearts wishing by a decree given by Herod to kill this. We can make the world a better
one another joy, peace, happiness answer most frequently handed on is
redemption of mankind from sin. every new male child born at that place. Let’s start by respecting
time. This was jealousy at its peak. each other in whoever they are and
Imagine, yes take moment, and in whatever their beliefs are. No
imagine this actually happening and religions teaches us wrong things.
the anguish and trauma his parent Religion is an important facet of life
Mary and Joseph went through. and they act as milestones as we
Imagine a king being born in a stable journey through life. It’s we humans
not in a palace nor a private room in who can misinterpret and use
a hospital. The owner of the stable, religion for our selfish ends.
who willingly gave it to them, is an
example of kindness which we can In conclusion let’s wish each other a
imbibe and make it a habit in our Merry Christmas and a Happy New
dealings in everyday life, at home, Year. Let us resolve to get into real
our work place or while commuting. action of caring for one another.
It’s the small thing that count. That’s Calvin Coolidge states
the message of Christmas. “Christmas is not a time nor a season
Christmas Parties, Christmas but a state of mind. To cherish peace
and prosperity. Christmas Day is What does Christmas mean to
Dinner and Turkey, Christmas and goodwill, to be plenteous in
followed by New Year where we New Zealanders?
tree, Christmas decorations, the mercy, is to have the real spirit of
greet each other with ‘A Happy and
New Zealanders ‘Just what does Christmas Gifts, the joy of Santa and Christmas.”
Prosperous New Year’
Christmas mean to New Zealanders Santa Parades, Christmas Carols
What’s so significant about in 2006 – and what do we treasure and Christmas Balls or Dances are
Christmas and the birth of most? The majority of those all welcome and definitely love to
Christ? surveyed said they felt ‘good’ about have all of these. What we need
As deduced from scripture, Jesus Christmas, while 38% said they felt to practically remember is that
Christ was born at a time when ‘excited’. A third of those surveyed we should not make Christmas an
ignorance, superstition, greed, were not particularly bothered; 10% expensive and lavish affair but one
hatred and hypocrisy prevailed upon said they felt apprehensive, and 3% with more quality time with family,
the land. Human values and purity admitted that Christmas made them friends and with humanity at large.
were forgotten and morality was feel lonely. This is the time where Family comes
neglected. This resulted in a gap together for sharing and caring.
To the question ‘Where would Thus in the true spirit of Christmas,
and a fundamental alienation from you prefer to spend Christmas?’,
God. This became a separation so we must remember that the main
most replied ‘at home with close reason for the season is the birth of
profound that God had to intervene family, extended family or family
to overcome it and hence sent his Jesus Christ.
and friends’. Nearly two-thirds
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Editorial
State election BJP rout
- Lessons to learn before the 2019 big fight

I
n just concluded elections in five states of India, Bhartiya Janta Party and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been given a big jolt by the people of
three of its ruling states, two of which were ruled since last three terms. It’s
not that BJP didn’t expect a tough fight but still hoped to sail it through using
Modi charisma as it has worked so far for the party. Despite the debacle of BJP,
the results have not been too bad in terms of numbers or the percentage of the
votes received by both the parties. In fact, in two major states of Rajasthan and
Madhya Pradesh, they shared exact equal percentage of votes and in MP the
Eat, drink and be merry at
fight went till the count of last vote with BJP losing it by a whisker.
Switzerland's enchanting
If these results are any indicators of people’s mood, then it is a sign of warning
for BJP for the 2019 general elections. Today, the people of India want to Christmas markets
see quick fix solution of all the problems. As even seventy years after the What’s Christmas without snow-capped mountains, an open fireplace in a cosy
independence there are lots of basic issues which have not been dealt with, in wooden chalet, buzzing Christmas markets, sipping the traditional mulled wine?
a sustainable manner or have not addressed at all by the successive regimes Well, if you are living in a city that offers you none of the above and you are big on
hence the expectations are hitting the roof. What has not been done in 70 Christmas celebrations, head to Switzerland.
years’ time, people want to see it happen in seventy months or seventy weeks Christmas celebrations start in Switzerland on First Sunday of Advent, this year on
without making any extra efforts from their end. Not many people(including December 2 and last till Boxing Day on December 26.
his own party’s) are appreciative of Modi’s initiatives of making India One of the biggest attractions of this country that sees enthusiastic travellers from
corruption free as the corruption now flows in the blood of an average Indian. all across the world are the different, vibrant and colourful Christmas markets
that pop up in almost every town and village. These popular markets represent the
Also, two very historic and bold decisions of Modi, of demonetisation and best of Switzerland’s traditional culture, whether it is in their decorations, other
implementation of GST as one tax system in country, however good it may Christmas knick-knacks or food!
be for the country in future, people at large didn’t accept it. It created a lot of Here are the most famous Christmas Markets in the country to indulge
confusions and inconvenience for people for some time and opposition parties in this winter:
didn’t leave any opportunity spare, to exploit this situation and adding fuel to Montreux
the fire. Modi’s bold decisions were hailed and upheld by world organisations
With its complete fairy-tale ambience, Montreux is home to one of Switzerland’s
like IMF and the World Bank and all major economies of the world. All the
most beautiful markets. Nestled between steep hills and the lakeside, the town of
apprehensions and doubts of economy slowing down and GDP falling, were
Montreux sets up over 160 chalets across the promenade to sell a wide variety of
proved wrong in successive financial years results, but people did not find it handmade Christmas souvenirs and delicacies. The main attraction to watch out
enough. A common man only knows one measurement of a good work done for is the sound and light show in the Magical Garden and the Village of Elves – a
and that is how much money comes to his pocket. It is very unfortunate children’s paradise.
though, as ideally the national interest should always stand first than your Zurich
own interest but it’s not true in this case. All the hard work which Mr Modi has
With quaint Christmas markets, traditional advent concerts and impressive
been doing tirelessly since last four and half years, without even taking a day’s
Christmas shows, Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, transforms from a financial hub
break, does not hold much in the eyes of the people as long as they don’t get
into an enchanting winter wonderland. From the old town of Niederdörfl and the
what they perceive as their due share. The statesman Modi lost to politician Opera house in the city to nearby romantic Rapperswil, every market emanates a
Modi as people really don’t seem to care as how much good work you are wonderful festive mood in the city. But the one that attracts visitors the most is the
doing for the future of the country and its people as they only want to see Popular Christkindlimart in the central railway station, deemed to be one of the
instant results. largest indoor Christmas markets in Europe. A glittering feature of this market is
the 16-meter high Christmas tree which is adorned with more than 7,000 Swarovski
If Mr Modi wants to serve the nation for longer or wants to come back in
crystal ornaments.
2019 to complete his unfinished task, he may have to resort to some populist
Lucerne
measures, these are the ploys which other parties have been using for last
many decades to stay in power. I understand Mr Modi may not exactly be a The Lucerne Christmas Market is a charming affair with a canopy of twinkling
Christmas stars and the fragrance of gingerbread, toffees, spices, punch and mulled
power-hungry man but if he is really concerned about country’s welfare and
wine. Every year several talented craftsmen, performers, and chefs do a great job
wellbeing, he must stay there a little longer, at least one more term. Today, it’s
by entertaining and feeding visitors from around the world. A dozen Christmas
not only India but the whole world, which look up to Mr Modi for his visionary
stalls offer all types of handmade Christmas gifts right from traditional wooden toys
approach to lead the world in making it a better place to live for everyone.
and nativity scenes, to cosy knitted hats and scarves and also unique jewellery to
delightful candles.
- Yugal Parashar
Bern
Publisher - Roshan Nauhria (The Indian News NZ Limited) Bern offers a cosy and charming festive setting far from all the hustle and bustle.
Editor - Yugal Parashar, yugal@indiannews.co.nz Local artisans offer their unique wares at the Münster Platz in front of the Bern
Chief Design Officer - Harry (Himanshu Bhatt), harry@indiannews.co.nz Minster, the church with the highest steeple in Switzerland. Serving the best of
Marketing & PR - Erum Ali, erum@indiannews.co.nz
mulled wine, visitors can take a stroll through the wide collection of collections of
arts and crafts and Christmas delicacies.
Chief Reporter - Mebin John, mebin@indiannews.co.nz
Printer - Horton Media, Auckland Basel
Registered Office - 258 Balmoral Road, Sandringham, Auckland 1025, New Zealand Basel arguably has the best and largest Christmas market in all of Switzerland.
Phone: +64 9 846 8080 Running for the whole of the advent period, the quaint markets can be found on
www.indiannews.co.nz | @indiannews.nz | @indiannews_nz Barfüsserplatz and Münster Platz, right in the centre of the city.
**Views expressed in this publication are not that of the publisher and the publisher is not respon- Over 180 traders and artisans offer their goods for sale in small, rustic wooden
sible for any claims made by the advertisers appearing in this publication. The views expressed in chalets alongside an array of culinary delights featuring waffles, sausages and the
the articles are solely of the authors and do not represent the views of the Indian news team. typical Basel Läckerli (a kind of gingerbread). A warm glass of the Glühwein mulled
Copyright 2018. The Indian News NZ Limited. All rights reserved. wine and raclette (melted cheese) make a great addition to the festive atmosphere.
PEOPLE’S PARTY
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Isha Ambani’s wedding lehenga
had a very special significance
ceremony, the She looked attention was that it was not from an
bride went with a equally Indian designer. Instead, she chose
romantic Abu Jani gorgeous in Italian designer Valentino, who is
Sandeep Khosla a Sabyasachi internationally known for creating some
design, which lehenga for of the memorable red-carpet gowns.
was customised another The customised lehenga was
in a touching nod evening accessorised with statement diamond
to her love for which was jewellery and white chudas. Meanwhile,
her mother: Nita the reception her husband Anand Piramal picked
Ambani’s wedding hosted for an all-black formal outfit from
sari, a 35-year-old the larger Raghavendra Rathore.
heirloom piece, was Reliance Just like the pre-wedding festivities
incorporated in her family. which witnessed a musical performance
own bridal lehenga. Styled by by Beyonce, the wedding reception also
One of the biggest celebrity had a music concert organised for Isha
It’s been almost a month since the weddings of the stylist Ami Patel, Isha Ambani stunned and Anand along with the other guests.
wedding celebrations of Isha Ambani, year without a doubt, the couple’s in a custom velvet lehenga. The outfit The one who stole the show was music
daughter of Mukesh and Nita Ambani, celebrations saw the who’s who from was from the designer’s zardosi revival maestro AR Rahman as he sang his
kicked off with a dandiya raas night. across industries (and countries) come series and was embroidered with dabka, beautiful renditions.
The 27-year-old businesswoman finally down to congratulate and and celebrate bullion, silver and salma-sitara.
tied the knot with her childhood friend, the union with them. Unlike the Udaipur The look was accessorised with
Anand Piramal, the scion of industrialist functions, the traditional wedding statement neckpiece. Hair neatly
Ajay Piramal, in a bespoke Abu Jani ceremony was a smaller affair with a parted at the centre and dark kohl eyes
Sandeep Khosla creation. guest list of 600 close family and friends, completed the look.
Isha Ambani strayed away from a linear held at the Ambani family home, Antilia The grand wedding of Isha Ambani
approach when it came to her wedding in Mumbai. The 27-storied mansion, was followed by a reception party that
ensembles, choosing custom creations also touted as one of the most expensive was held on December 14. While she
from leading couturiers in the country. homes in the world, was decked with red was clad in a heavily embellished gold
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Game, Set and Match at Stanley Street
• Apurv Shukla skipping the last ASB Classic. Venus is
in her 25th year on the tour, and has
The biggest event on the New Zealand won 23 Grand Slam titles alongside four
Tennis calendar begins on the 29th of Olympic gold medals. Born in California,
December with the qualifying rounds of Venus alongside sister Serena is credited
the Women’s ASB Classic in Auckland. for bringing an altogether different level
This will be followed by the Men’s of power and athleticism to the women’s
Classic, which culminates with the finals game.
on the 12th of January. This event was
started in 1956, and was then known as The only player from Canada to have
the Auckland Open. Over the years it ever reached a Wimbledon final –
has attracted big names from across the Eugenie Bouchard returns to Auckland
world and has produced excellent tennis this year. The 24 year old also won the
at the Stanley Street courts. junior Wimbledon title in 2012 and has
had a strong 2018 with a semi-final’s
World no 3 and defending Australian showing in Luxembourg Open. Eugenie
Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is one of the most followed tennis 6th in the world in 2016. The aggressive have a retractable roof over its centre
headlines the women’s event. She won players on social media. Her playing in right hander is a real showman of court. The project will cost close to $20
her first Grand Slam in Melbourne, Auckland, will add to the visibility of the the game. Adding to the depth of the million, and plans are afoot to have the
straight after playing at last year’s ASB City of Sails in front of a global audience. field will be the tall American with roof in place by 2021.The footfalls at
Classic. Wozniacki lost her second finals Defending champion –Germany’s Julia the explosive serve –John Isner. Czech the event have increased by more than
at Stanley Street in 2018. She holds the Goerges will have to navigate a tough Thomas Berdych makes his debut in 70% percent in the past five years. This
unfortunate record of being the most filed to make it two titles in a row. Auckland, and is always a dangerous also means that the stands in the centre
successful player to have never won player on the hard courts. Spanish court need to be demolished and rebuilt
a title in Auckland. The 28-year-old 32-year-old Roberto Bautista Agut will be back in to accommodate more fans.
Danish star who turned professional Frenchman Auckland to defend his men’s singles
in 2005, rose to number one in world Gael Monfils ASB Classic is the feather in the cap
title. Kiwi tennis players Venus Williams
women’s rankings earlier in 2018. One is the biggest for New Zealand Tennis. The ATP 250
and Artem Sitak will be the carrying the
of the most marketable athletes in the name in event event is consistently rated the
hopes of local fans in the doubles arena
game, her presence will ensure the ASB the men’s best in the world in its category. This is
and are sure to find enthusiastic support
Classic is covered internationally. draw. He a testament to the organisers’ hard work
from a partisan crowd. Last ASB Classic
was ranked and patronage from tennis fans across
was severely disrupted by rain. There is
A legend of the game, 38-year-old Venus as high as the country – long may this continue.
an urgent need for the Tennis centre to
Williams returns to Auckland after

Team Kerala Warriors bags BCCI rubbishes reports on


APL 2018 Champions Trophy Virat Kohli-Tim Paine banter
The Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) on Tuesday rubbished reports
claiming that Indian skipper Virat Kohli
got into a verbal feud with his Australian
counterpart Tim Paine during the
second Test at Perth.

“The BCCI got a clarification from the


team management about the incident
and would like to classify the reports as
baseless,” a BCCI statement said.

"It is “assumed” that Kohli said, “I am the


best player in the world and you are just
a stand-in captain”. These claims were could help them repeat what they did in
based on hearsay and the BCCI would Adelaide.
like to bring into notice that no such
words were spoken on the field by the "We were committed and determined in
Indian captain,” the statement added. the match. There was no lacking in that
Team kerala warriors lifted the most league and a whopping century in his area, but Australia played better cricket.
coveted Auckland premier league pocket. Dinto devassy showed his class A poor batting in the second innings They were more consistent. As a team,
cricket trophy. The champions defeated in the pace bowling by taking 22 wickets. led India to a crushing 146-run defeat we are in a good space because we know
NZ Mobiles super kings by 2 wickets and All the awards and the championship against Australia as they were bowled we are playing good cricket. If we show
bagged the championship for second trophy will be handed over to the players out at a total of 140 runs on the fifth composure, we can encore our Adelaide
time. The final match was held at Te and to the team on 22nd of December day of the second Test. With the victory, Test victory," he said.
Atatu park and witnessed by a large at New Lynn community centre hall, Australia have levelled the four-match
cricket loving supporter. followed by a success party to be thrown series 1-1. India and Australia will lock horns in
by the organisers. The Indian News was the third Test of the series which is
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