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National Remembrance Service to pay tributes


to the victims of Christchurch terrorist attack
¡¡  SANDEEP SINGH support for the Muslim community
Eden Park opens its

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and the people of Christchurch, and
rime Minister Jacinda Ardern gates for Auckland’s to reaffirm our belief in a multi-
has announced a National
Remembrance for cultural and multi-faith city and
Remembrance Service at 10
nation,” Mayor Phil Goff said.
a.m. on Friday, March 29, for the Christchurch “This will undoubtedly be a

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victims and all those affected by the eanwhile Aucklanders will
horrors of the Christchurch mosques poignant occasion and time for
have a chance to watch the reflection as a nation, and the council
terrorist attack. Christchurch event live on big
The service will be held in will be working hard over the coming
screens at the Eden Park, which
Christchurch in Hagley Park and will days to finalise a detailed programme
is also hosting Auckalnd’s own
be jointly led by the Government for the event which reflects this.”
remembrance services on Friday,
of New Zealand, the city of In Christchurch, the National
March 29.
Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu and the Remembrance Service will begin
“Everyone is invited to come
Muslim community. at 10 a.m. in Hagley Park and be
together at Eden Park this Friday (29
Considerations are being given broadcast live. Those wishing to
March) in remembrance of those who
to simultaneously broadcasting watch this event on a large screen
lost their lives in the Christchurch
the service to events in Auckland, can also do so at Eden Park. Those
mosques attack,” a press release from
Wellington and Dunedin and wishing to attend prayers at Eden
 “I am very proud of the way our the office of Mayor Phil Goff said.
providing links for events in other Park must arrive by 1.15pm. The
The service will be held city and nation have responded to Eden Park will open its doors main remembrance programme will
towns and cities. this terrorist attack.  What happened for an afternoon of prayers and
 “The National Remembrance
in Christchurch in Hagley begin at 2.15pm and will include
on Friday, March 15, 2019 will never remembrance activities to honour the
Service provides an opportunity for Park and will be jointly music and performances.
define us. It is what has happened 50 victims of the March 15 tragedy.
Cantabrians, New Zealanders and led by the Government “We welcome Aucklanders to
since, the love and compassion, that’s ‘Together’ - Auckland’s
people all around the world to come join with us in remembrance of the
of New Zealand, the city what defines us. Coming together on Remembrance for Christchurch
together as one to honour the victims precious lives that were lost on 15
of Christchurch, Ngāi Friday will demonstrate support for is being organised in conjunction
of the terrorist attack,” Jacinda March,” FIANZ President Mustafa
Tahu and the Muslim all our communities, no matter where with the Federation of Islamic
Ardern said.  Farouk said.
 “In the week since the we were born, no matter where and Associations of New Zealand
community. “The devastation our community
unprecedented terror attack there how we choose to express our faith. (FIANZ) and will be part of a national has felt has been countered by the
has been an outpouring of grief and We do not stand alone, we stand day of remembrance activities across love, compassion and support from
love in our country. The service will together. the country.
join us in our sorrow and support for New Zealanders and from people
be a chance to once again show that  “We will not be divided by hatred, Mayor Phil Goff said all
the victims and their families,” Ms all around the world. We thank you
New Zealanders are compassionate, we will be united by love,” says
Ardern said. Aucklanders are invited to attend for standing with us and we look
inclusive and diverse, and that we Mayor Dalziel.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne the event to remember those who forward to coming together with you
will protect those values.  The details of the service,
Dalziel says this will be a time for tragically lost their lives in New again on Friday.”
 “The terrorist attack has been including exact location, broadcast
everyone, locally, nationally and Zealand’s worst terror attack. Those travelling to the event are
significant for many countries. We arrangements and order of service
internationally, to come together “I encourage all Aucklanders to advised to plan ahead and aim to get
anticipate international guests and will be announced later in the week.
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Christchurch Terror Attack: Brother Ali lives to


tell his story of what happened on New Zealand’s
darkest day Ali Bhai, as his friends
and family members
¡¡ RICHA KOHLI
fondly call him, a

A
five-time namazi poignantly recalls
of what happened in those first few devoted worshipper
anxious moments inside Al Noor
Mosque, including his escape in a nearby
at Al-Noor masjid,
home until the arrival of police and eventually was there for Jummah
confirming him that he has ultimately survived,
what is largely agreed as the most heinous hate- prayers and was able
crime that modern New Zealand has ever seen.
Ali Bhai, as his friends and family members
to escape uninjured
fondly call him, a devoted worshipper at Al- however the incident
Noor masjid, was there for Jummah prayers
and was able to escape uninjured however the has forever etched a
incident has forever etched a traumatic memory.
“I had one clear thought, and that was to
traumatic memory
simply get out of there,” Ali recalled.
At Hagley Community Centre, The Indian
Weekender spoke to Ali, who was there to He was assured that help would reach them
over the fence, into the neighbour’s house,” They took the two injured and counted a total
provide support to his community. and was put on hold.
he said. of 14 survivors in the house. Ali talked about
He recounted the first moment when he heard The phone operator asked about injuries
Ali acknowledged the promptness of his the timeline: “They stayed till 6 p.m., took our
the sound in the mosque and had an absolute and instructed him to apply pressure to the
Kiwi neighbour who took him in, along with photos and details. At 7:30 a police van took us
clarity in his mind that it was a gun-shot and
other fleeing survivors. He found that two of gun wounds.
nothing else. and by 8 p.m. I was home. That’s when I was
them had already been shot — one in the leg, Ali remembers, “Those two shot and taking
“It sounded like blasts, not crackers,” he said. able to call my family.”
one in the back — and were bleeding. rescue in the neighbouring house were regular
Ali was not only a regular attendee but had Describing his sentiments around this much-
The neighbour handed him his phone and so namazis. We saw the exact wound, the bullet
also his own special spot - in the front of the repugnant shooting incident, rightly described
Ali Bhai became one of the early survivors who had gone straight through his leg.”
mosque on the right side, entering and exiting by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the
rang the police for help. When the firing stopped (which survivors
from the same entrance, every single time. darkest day in the history of NZ, Ali Bhai said
But chaos continued to persist…
When he heard gunshots, he broke his prayer, said went on for 20 minutes), the police said
Ali said that for the first ten minutes no one “We were a small community. We recognised
and found other worshippers in a confused state that someone would be there to assist and were
answered on 111. each other by face and were very close. We
as well, Ali recalled. asked to be informed if conditions changed.
An automated message played asking him to may not have known each other’s names, but
“I climbed over them and fled from the exit Then Ali hung up. Ten minutes later, someone
stay online. we were all related by our shared humanity. We
door into the car park. Few others followed suit, arrived, not in uniform, but said they were
When the police responded, bullets were still did fajr in the morning … those people in the
but gunshots kept getting louder… the only
firing in the background, he said. undercover police. video were five-time namazis.”
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"IT’S GOOD TO HAVE EXPECTATIONS —


IT PUTS PRESSURE ON EVERYONE,”
SAYS INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER
¡¡ RICHA KOHLI keeps the pressure on everyone to “I think those expectations are

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deliver. good to have, it puts pressure on
fter nearly two weeks since everyone. And that expectation
“I think some people didn’t know
the Christchurch attack, shows your concern for your fellow
what was happening. From the time
there has been an outpouring this horrific attack took place, we set countrymen. But I think the response
of compassion and wisdom. It was up helplines. We were in touch with and support we’ve received from the
also a period of immense scrutiny everyone, both here and in Delhi. community has been incredible,” Mr
for foreign missions including the Things were going right up to the Kohli said.
Indian High Commission. The When asked about the role played
External Affairs Minister, who was
outreach of the mission and their in the repatriation of 5 deceased
herself monitoring everything. So we
bonding with the community was put Indian nationals, he said, “The
all have a job to do, and it’s not in our
to the test. High Commission was in a state of
business to publicise things. preparedness, with the documents
There are lessons to be learnt for “But once we have spoken to
everyone including the missions, as that the relatives needed, but had
people here, they realised a lot of been waiting for the local authorities
they had to deal with cases of their work has been happening — getting
nationals caught in this dreadful to release the bodies.”
visas for the people who wanted to Upon release, two officials
act of violence – especially in a There are lessons to be learnt for everyone come, coordinating with people
country whose collective empathetic were sent separately to hand over
including the missions, as they had to concerned that they are able to take documents to families for taking the
response to the crisis is already the earliest possible flights.
attracting global recognition. deal with cases of their nationals caught bodies back.
“A Christchurch support group It is to be noted that five Indian
Indeed, delivering support and in this dreadful act of violence – especially was created on Whatsapp consisting nationals lost their lives and three
services wherever required and in a country - whose collective empathetic of community leaders, helmed by
possible, against such a backdrop, were gravely injured and are
the Indian High Commission. This currently undergoing treatment in
always raises the bars of expectations response to the crisis is already attracting group volunteered time and services
from foreign missions. Christchurch Hospital. The families
global recognition. to ensure families who lost their of at least two deceased had chosen
The Indian Weekender team on loved ones and those injured would
the ground in Christchurch raised to repatriate their loved ones back to
be helped. India, which was organised within 24
the issue about this perceived nationals caught in this unfortunate around the well-being of their loved “The relatives themselves know hours after their bodies were released
lack of visibility of the office of incident as that was our immediate ones feared to be caught in the terror our people have been going there, by New Zealand police.
the High Commission with High concern,” Mr Kohli affirmed. attack,” Mr Kohli said. meeting them. Everyone has risen The Christchurch Support group is
Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli himself, “There was a lot of work going On the critics who claimed a to the occasion, everyone is putting still active on the ground with support
while he was visiting the families of on behind the scenes as well, as lack of presence of the Indian High in the effort, and we appreciate their from the Kiwi-Indian and the wider
injured and deceased. our responsibility also lies towards Commission on the ground, Mr Kohli efforts, including those who probably communities and providing care to
“We were on the ground pretty the anxious families back in India acknowledged their apprehensions as feel that the other side should’ve the injured victims in Christchurch
early gathering information on Indian struggling to get more information “good to have expectations, which done more. Hospital.

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Sai Baba’s statue to be installed


at Radha Krishna Temple
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD year. Auckland Commission has required the Performance

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Indian Association reports to be audited by Independent Chartered
he Annual General Meeting
sub-committee Accountants, which despite being an added
of the Auckland Indian
C h a i r p e r s o n ’s cost to the association, provides comfort to
Association Incorporated
reports were the members of the Association regarding the
(AIAI) was held on Sunday, March also tabled.
24 where the performance of the integrity of the reported results,” Mr Jairam
“I dedicated mentioned.
organisation in the last 12 months the organisation’s
was discussed and plans for the Present at the AGM was Mr Bhavin
success to our hard-
upcoming year made. Sanghavi from the audit firm UHY Haines
working volunteers
A significant development from who have devoted Norton. Mr Sanghavi reviewed the audit report
the AGM was that two new statues their time and efforts and explained why the reports bore a qualified
would be placed the Radha Krishna in getting everything opinion. This qualified opinion is common for a
Temple, adjoining the Mahatma in order,” Mr Bhana significant portion of Charities in New Zealand.
Gandhi Centre. The statue of Sai added. The AIAI also invested in a completely new
Baba and Jalaram Bapu will be T r e a s u r e r set of gas cookers replacing the old ones which
brought and placed inside the temple Hershadbhai Jairam were being used since the inception of the
premises soon this year. presented Financial Mahatma Gandhi centre.
The AGM was attended by Board of Trustees, last 12 months has hosted several community reports for the AIA and Mahatma Gandhi The costs of the AIAI are kept to a minimum
the office bearers, donor members and some events such as hosting the Independence Day, Charitable Trust to members. as all the labour in the kitchen and the support of
distinguished guests from the community. Republic Day celebrations, 10-day Navaratri Mr Jairam presented Treasurers’ report all other functions such as Navratri and Temple
Following a very successful year for AIAI celebrations during Diwali etc. The Association indicating that although the AIAI showed a functions are provided by dedicated volunteers.
Inc., the previous office bearers retained their also hosted several other initiatives for the lower surplus in 2018 than in 2017, there were
community such as prayer service for former The Chairman of the Board Dhansukhbhai
positions to continue their work and serve the extraordinary items in that the AIAI made a
Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, prayer service Lal expressed his sincere condolences to the
community. donation of $16,000 to the Starship Foundation,
for the victims of Christchurch mosque attack, families of the victims of Christchurch mosque
“All Office Bearers retained their respective and also deferred $15,000 revenue to 2019
among others. attacks. Mr Lal also expressed his sincere thanks
positions, Narendrabhai Bhana was re-elected owing to revenue recognition principles. The
“Auckland Indian Association had a very to all Board of Trustees for their commitment
as the President, Dhansukhbhai Lal Vice- donation of $16,000 made by the AIAI was
successful year, and I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the year.
President, Dr Lingappa Kalburgi General matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous
being the president of such a prestigious “I am very pleased with the Board’s
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Himansu Patel Assistant Secretary, Hershad $32,000 to the Starship Foundation.
The Indian Weekender.
Jairam Treasurer and Barwant Bhikha Assistant Mr Jairam then went through the Performance Lal said.
Mr Bhana also expressed his sincere
Treasurer,” a member of the committee told Report highlighting the reasons behind some of The meeting also elected three new Life
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Te Puke team wins Ahmadiyya Muslims host


knockout Kabaddi South Auckland Neighbours
tournament for ChCh Memorial Service
Attendees at the Christchurch
Memorial service hosted by AMJNZ

life may have been much higher.


Hon Louisa Wall and Hon Judith Collins,
both expressed the grief felt by the people of
New Zealand and committed to work along
with their parliamentary colleagues to ensure
the safety of the communities by tightening
the legislation around gun ownership. Speakers
at the event shared their experiences of the
emotionally draining week, and how this
¡¡ IWK BUREAU tragedy had brought all the people of New

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Zealand together in shared grief. The service
aitul Muqeet, New Zealand’s largest
purpose-built mosque, was the venue closed with a silent prayer lead by the central
for a memorial service held on Saturday, missionary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,
March 23 to honour the victims of Christchurch Imam Shafique ur Rehman, for everyone
terror attacks. More than 200 people from affected by the tragic events.
all faiths and walks of life came together to After the memorial, the attendees had an
remember the victims and offer prayers for opportunity to meet with the members of the
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD Player Rajiv Pandit and Buta Dhiri from Ahmadiyya Muslim community and were
their bereaved families.

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Australia were also part of the tournament. Hon also given a guided tour of the mosque with a
ix teams participated in a friendly Members of Parliament including Hon Louisa
Consul of India Bhav Dhillon was invited as the brief introduction to the salient features of the
Kabaddi tournament on Sunday, March Wall, Hon Judith Collins and Hon Melissa Lee,
guest at the tournament. Islamic faith.
24, at Takanini School Grounds, South Council representatives, faith leaders from the
Touch game Kabaddi has gained massive The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a
Auckland. Christians, Hindu and Sikh communities, as
popularity amongst the Kiwi-Indians in New dynamic, fast-growing international revival
Teams from different regions such as Bay Zealand and also has non-Indian sportsmen and well from Manurewa Marae were amongst the movement within Islam. Founded in 1889 by
of Plenty, Waikato, Hastings and far Auckland women playing the game. notable attendees. Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908)
participated at the second annual Kabaddi “The event was a big success as we had Welcoming the guests, the National President in Punjab, India, the Ahmadiyya Muslim
tournament by Young Punjabi Sports Club, participation from different regions and a huge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association NZ, Mr Community spans over 210 countries with
Takanini. spectator to see the tournament,” Manjinder membership exceeding tens of millions. Its
Bashir Khan spoke about how the events of last
motto of ‘Love for all, hatred for none’ is
The tournament had five knockout matches Bassi, from Young Punjabi Sports Club told week had impacted the Muslim community.
evidenced through the peaceful actions of
between, Kalgidhar Tiger Sports Club, Azad The Indian Weekender. While acknowledging the tragic loss of life its millions of followers. The New Zealand
Sport Club, Desh Punjab Waikato Sports Club, Kalgidhar Tiger Sports Club was defeated at as well as the lasting effect on the bereaved branch of this community was established in
Baba Bhag Singh Sports Club from Hastings, the hands of Te Puke team Dashmesh Sports families, Mr Khan also highlighted the
Club in the final match. Player Raju Rukdewal 1987. It is a registered charitable organisation
Dashmesh Sports Club Te Puke and Sharn Bal exceptional professionalism demonstrated by and endeavours to be an active and integrated
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27 teams compete in the Ethkick West Football tournament


¡¡ IWK BUREAU Twyford said, opening the third the Human Rights Commission, West Auckland

F
ive women’s and Ethkick West Tournament. Local Boards, The Trusts Community
22 men’s teams “The seven-a-side football Foundation and The Trusts.
participated in the tournament was not just about The five women’s teams were New Zealand,
Ethkick West Football football, but a clear affirmation Tuvalu, United Kingdom, Globetrotters NZ,
Tournament 2019 at Fred that our West Auckland and Pacific Nations.
Taylor Park in Massey, diversity is a treasure or taonga, The twenty-two men’s teams competed in
North-West Auckland on to be celebrated,” Dr Maj the tournament were NZ Indian, Fiji Indian,
Saturday, March 16. de Poorter from Community Gurkha FC, Nepal, Fiji, Afghanistan, NZ Men,
The tournament Waitakere Charitable Trust Kaurilands, NZKA (Kaw Thoo Lei), Myanmar
represented ethnic and said. Zo, Tamil, Cambodia, China, United Nations,
cultural communities to “Auckland is New Zealand’s Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Maiwand, Brazil, D.R.
come together and celebrate diversity and unity most diverse city, and West Congo, Tuvalu, Malaysia, and Korea.
via a friendly football tournament. was attended by the Chairs of two Local Auckland is one of its most diverse regions,” Team Maiwand lifted the champion’s trophy
Players, their supporters, families and friends Boards, Greg Presland from Waitakere Ranges Mr Poorter added. in the men’s category with Zimbabwe being
observed a moment of silence in respect of and Shane Henderson from Henderson Massey. Ethkick West was organised by Community the runner-up. Globetrotters defeated the New
victims of the Christchurch terror attack “While we have heavy hearts today, we also Waitakere, partnered and supported by the Zealand team winning becoming the champion
that took place less than 24 hours before the have support and companionship amongst the Northern Football Federation, Waitakere City in the women’s category.
tournament. The opening of the tournament diversity of the teams that bring us together Football Club, Auckland Council, NZ Police, Myanmar Zo defeated Fiji and lifted the
today at Ethkick,” Transport Minister Phil the Waitakere Ethnic Board, Sports Waitakere, Social Ethkick West 2019 Cup.

Waikato road
accident victim
IT Technician
from Auckland

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¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

P
olice on Tuesday, March 26, released the name
of the man who died in the crash last week in
Waikato. He was identified as 27-year-old
Auckland based IT Technician Neeraj Sharma.
The 27-year-old died in a horrific crash when his car
collided with an oncoming truck in Waikato.
Mr Sharma worked as an IT Technician at a hotel on
Auckland’s Waterfront that had a branch in Taupo too.
Mr Kumar had often travelled to Taupo for work.
Mr Sharma was returning from Taupo on Wednesday,
March 20 when his car crashed against a truck at around
11:35 a.m.
“Police received a report of a crash between a truck
and a car at the intersection of State Highway 27 and
Diagonal Road in the Matamata-Piako District,” Police
media release confirmed.
Mr Sharma was taken to Waikato Hospital by
helicopter in a critical condition.
As per Mr Sharma’s cousin, Ashwini Kumar who
lives in New Plymouth, Mr Sharma came from a town
Yamunanagar in the state of Haryana, North India. He
had come to New Zealand seven years ago as a student
and was on work visa working for the company in
Auckland and sometimes in Taupo.

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According to Mr Kumar, Mr Sharma failed to stop
his car at a T-Point intersection where he was hit by
an oncoming truck. The driver of the truck and other
vehicles were able to get Mr Sharma out of his car and
called 111 for emergency services.
Mr Sharma suffered a severe blow to his head and
damaged his brain and veins. Taken in a critical condition
to Waikato Hospital, Mr Sharma slipped into a coma and
later on the evening of Friday, March 22 passed away at
the hospital.
“Neeraj Sharma, 27, died in hospital on Friday 22
March and enquiries into the circumstances of the two-
vehicle crash are ongoing,” Police confirmed. 7a Parfitt Street, Mount Roskill 1 A1F1I
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IBM launches P-TECH in New Zealand


to address digital skills shortage 
¡¡  IWK BUREAU people on a pathway. I look forward of ICT and STEM skills as a result

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to seeing the progress of the initiative of industries being reshaped by
he Warehouse Group
in New Zealand.” data science, AI, cloud computing
and Manukau Institute of
The first full year of P-TECH and cybersecurity. A report by the
Technology collaborate will begin at the two Auckland Digital Skills Forum in December
with IBM to prepare young New high schools in February 2020 2017 stated that New Zealand has
Zealanders for technology-related for approximately 30-40 Year 11 a significant and growing digital
careers  students. The programme is expected skills shortage, primarily due to the
Software giant IBM is bringing to grow as more employers, tertiary increasing speed and scale of demand
the globally known “Pathways in institutes and schools join.    for technology-related skills.   
Technology” (P-TECH) education Industry partners will play a “At IBM we’re acutely aware of the
and workforce preparedness model vital role by giving students a urgent need for technical skills and
to New Zealand. range of workplace experiences P-TECH is very much in line with the
This was announced at an including mentoring, worksite needs of New Zealand employers,”
inaugural launch event on Thursday, visits and paid internships, and by says Mike Smith, Managing
March 28, at the Aorere College in contributing to a ‘skills mapping’ Director, IBM New Zealand.
process to ensure skills being “We are grateful for the support
South Auckland. The pilot program
developed are aligned with ICT of the Ministry of Education and
will also include Manurewa High
jobs that are in short supply such as extremely excited to be partnering
School in term three of this year.
software engineers, web developers with Aorere College and Manurewa
The Manukau Institute of in the 21st century economy.   Students will complete each level of and security specialists. A co- High School, Manukau Institute of
Technology (MIT) and The Established in 2011 by IBM in NCEA and make progress towards a ordinator funded by industry ensures Technology and The Warehouse
Warehouse Group are also supporting partnership with educators, there are tertiary qualification while at school. that industry and education partners Group to bring P-TECH to life.
the collaboration to develop work- expected to be more than 200 schools Upon completing the programme, are tightly synchronised.  This partnership will create new
ready skills among young New involved in P-TECH worldwide by students will have both their NCEA Michelle Anderson, Chief Digital learning pathways directly to new
Zealanders, joining P-TECH as the end of this year, with more than qualifications and a New Zealand Officer at The Warehouse Group collar jobs and help students better
tertiary partner and industry partner 600 industry partners. Diploma aligned to industry needs. said “We have an established intern understand the connection between
respectively.    P-TECH is a response to the Participating students  will be ‘first programme and we’re looking their coursework, field experiences
In the P-TECH model schools, growing recognition that for many in line’ for entry-level jobs with forward to expanding this with and the workplace.”  
tertiary education organizations and emerging, unfilled technology- industry partners including IBM P-TECH. This is a powerful IBM started the P-TECH
company partners, enable students to related roles, sometimes called and The Warehouse.   partnership that combines high model in Brooklyn, New York,  in
earn relevant tertiary qualifications “new collar” positions, flexible and Ellen MacGregor-Reid, the school, tertiary and industryworking collaboration with the education and
that connect to competitive entry- relevant credentials and skills are Ministry of Education Early together to ensure work readiness business communities. Early results
level careers, as well as develop paramount.  Learning and Student Achievement and develop in-demand credentials in the U.S. show P-TECH graduation
the academic, technical and In New Zealand P-TECH students Deputy Secretary said “The P-TECH and skills that employers need now rates five times  the on-time
professional skills - such as critical will be supported to complete a five model highlights how secondary and and in the future.”  community college graduation rate
thinking, problem solving and year structured programme at high tertiary education and industry can New Zealand and many other for low-income students.  For more
communication - required to compete school and in tertiary education. partner together to support young countries are experiencing a shortage information, please visit ptech.org

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HC Sanjiv Kohli gets Important questions need to


an emotional send- be asked about our security
off at Bhartiya Samaj and intelligence agencies
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD

T
terrorist and extremist behaviour right now.
he High Commissioner of India It is important that New Zealanders are safe, and
in New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli, our security and intelligence agencies play a crucial
received an emotional send- role in ensuring our safety.
off from the seniors of Bhartiya Samaj • Kanwaljeet Singh Bakshi National has been clear that our cyber security
Charitable Trust earlier of Saturday, National Party List MP systems and tools need to be enhanced if we

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March 23. want to keep up with other countries and terrorist
Mr Kohli who will be finishing his n March 15th an unspeakable act of violence organisations, and be serious about preventing further
tenure as the HC of India in New Zealand tore families apart and ripped through the attacks.
later next month expressed his joy being hearts of all New Zealanders. In 2013 the Government of the day made the
with the seniors and also his pain for New Zealand has been grieving since that day. decision to abandon Project Speargun which would
The seniors also commended Mr
leaving the Kiwi-Indian community for Grieving for those families who have lost loved ones, have scanned internet traffic coming into New
Kohli’s efforts in establishing the much-
his next assignment overseas next month. and grieving for the loss of our innocence. Zealand and given an extended degree of protection
needed consulate office in Auckland,
Bhartiya Samaj at regular intervals of But we’re now reaching a point where questions to all New Zealanders. Similar systems are used in
given a majority of Indians live other countries.
the month conducts meetings and events need to be answered. Could we have prevented the
in Auckland. We currently have CORTEX as part of our
for the seniors to participate in and attack, and what can we do to ensure New Zealanders
“Sir, thank you for giving us the cyber-security systems, which is much narrower
engage in a family day event. The event are kept safe?
on Saturday was also attended by Hon Consulate Office in Auckland - this has and is designed to protect organisations of national
made so many of our official works National supports the Government’s decision to significance, rather than individuals.
Consul of India Bhav Dhillon and High
concerning the Indian government hold a Royal Commission of Inquiry into our security It’s never easy to balance the rights of privacy
Commissioner of India Sanjiv Kohli
easier such as getting Power of Attorney and intelligence agencies, as well as into the Police, against security but where we draw the line must now
who travelled to Auckland only to meet
documents, Life Certificate attested for Customs and Immigration. be reconsidered.
seniors of Bhartiya Samaj.
which we community members had to A Royal Commission is our highest level of inquiry. We believe there should be action now into whether
“We have met Mr Kohli in several
travel to Wellington,” a senior present at Given 50 people lost their lives, it’s important we the capabilities of our security and intelligence
other events in the past, but this was the
first time he came to see us at Bhartiya the event said. ensure the events that occurred on 15 March, and services are fit for purpose.
Samaj,” a senior present at the event said. Bhartiya Samaj also offered Mr Kohli those leading up to it, be investigated independently Those carrying out these roles need to be able to
Mr Kohli while addressing the seniors a souvenir as a token of appreciation and thoroughly. tell us frankly whether they have the ability to protect
choked and paused for a moment and The inquiry will need to ask hard questions about New Zealanders at home and overseas as we expect
on behalf of the senior members of the
said it was a privilege for him to serve whether our security and intelligence agencies had them to.
community organisation.
the Kiwi-Indians in this country. their focus in the right places. An inquiry cannot be an excuse by the Government
Mr Kohli thanked the senior
Present at the event the senior citizens While holding an inquiry is appropriate, it must not not to answer questions in the meantime. New
members for supporting the Indian High
praised Mr Kohli’s work for them in the be used as an excuse to ignore immediate concerns Zealanders need to be safe and cannot wait for the
Commission saying “when your issues
last three years and yearned if he could about our security and intelligence systems. completion of a Royal Commission of inquiry, which
are resolved, our work is done.”
remain as their High Commissioner in “Thank you for helping us help you, The reality is our security risk is now higher. That’s will likely take years.
New Zealand. This call was received and I thank you for allowing us to serve not to alarm anyone but the Government needs to We cannot allow another attack like March 15
with a mass request that echoed the love you and do our duty perfectly,” Mr Kohli answer questions about whether our security and occur because we didn’t do enough now. We need to
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Wellington Indian community plans


centenary commemoration of historic
Jallianwala Bagh massacre
¡¡ SANDEEP SINGH

T
he Indian community of
Wellington is coming
together on Friday, April 12,
at St Peter’s Church, to celebrate the
centenary celebrations of the historic
Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
The incident of Jallianwala Bagh
Massacre is deeply entrenched in the
annals of history of India’s struggle
for freedom from British colonial
rule in the early twentieth century
and continues to remain alive in
the minds and hearts of the wider potentially stories from Wellington
the event said, “Communities will to proceed to Jallianwala Bagh and
Indian community all around the Indians whose family members
be coming together to observe the Horse and Cattle Fair which
world and inspiring generations after continued till about 2pm. Once the
the centenary of the Jallianwala experienced the tragedy
generations to appreciate the cost of Fair was closed many proceeded
Bagh Massacre with an Interfaith The Indian and the British High
their forefathers have paid for the to the Park to attend the scheduled
ceremony on Friday April 12, at Commissioners and the Wellington
nation’s independence. protest meeting.
St Peter’s Church on Willis Street, City Mayor will be among the people
On April 13, 1919, the day of the Around 4.30 the Acting Military
Wellington.” who will be speaking at the service.
traditional festival of Baisakhi, more Commander of Amritsar, Brigadier
“The Centenary is being observed This is a free event, and all are both to celebrate the Sikh festival
than 10,000 people had gathered in General Reginald Dyer arrived with
here in Wellington to remember part welcome. There will be a short
a local mela ground to peacefully of Baisakhi and to attend a protest
of our history and to honour all those reception after the event. a troop of 50 soldiers, 2 armoured
protest against an oppressive planned for the late afternoon of
who died on that fateful day.” The event is being organised by vehicles and without warning to
Rowlatt Act, brought by the British that day. Many had come from
“It is also an opportunity to educate Wellington Indian Community, with disperse, opened fire on the crowd.
government to curb civil liberties outside Amritsar the night before
the public, who may not be aware of the support and blessing of the High Initially, the troops fired into the
during the First World War. to celebrate Baisakhi at the Golden
the sacrifices that have been made Commission of India on behalf of air, but General Dyer ordered them
In a shocking, and an extremely Temple on the morning of April 13.
by our forefathers. This could serve the India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to fire into the densest part of the
cowardly and atrocious move, In addition to the pilgrims, many had
as a lesson as not to commit such communities of Wellington. The crowd. The firing went on for about
General Dyer, the military come to Amritsar to attend the Horse
atrocities and to speak- up against tragedy occurred before India was 10 minutes until all the rounds of
commander responsible for security and Cattle Fair which coincides with
such atrocities that we abhor. partitioned into three nations. ammunition were exhausted. As the
ordered indiscriminate firing on
“This is an unfortunate and sad The Wellington Indian Community Baisakhi. After the morning prayers
an unarmed crowd of peaceful park was (and still is) walled in all
part of our history but one which, is working to have a photo exhibition at the Golden Temple, many of the
protestors, killing thousands of sides, and the only open entrances
albeit retrospectively, allows us the on the Massacre in mid-August. pilgrims began moving towards the
innocent men, women and children, were occupied by the troops, the
opportunity to come to terms with Discussion with the Partition Jallianwala Bagh which is within a
and leaving a permanent scar in the protestors had no place to flee. Many
through atonement and acceptance Museum of Amritsar to bring its few hundred meters of the Golden
minds and hearts of the communities. by shedding the grudge and bad jumped into a well with the hope to
exhibition: "Punjab Under Siege: Temple.
Since then Indian communities feelings The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre" to escape the bullets.
Fearing insurrection, the British It is estimated more than a
all around the world celebrate “By taking lessons from this Wellington are currently in progress. Administration of Punjab imposed thousand people were killed and
Jallianwala Bagh anniversary to aspect of our history, we can further The community is looking forward martial law in Amritsar on the
inspire generations of people about contribute to an inclusive society and to having the generous support of the about 1500 injured from the 1650
morning of April 13. Anyone entering
the extremely high price paid by their coexist peacefully in New Zealand,” funders and donors to meet the cost rounds that were fired. About 120
or leaving Amritsar was required
forefathers and freedom fighters in Mr Grewal said. of the exhibition to have a pass and gatherings of 4 bodies were pulled out from the
securing the freedom for the nation. or more people and all processions well. The dead and injured included
Speaking to the Indian Weekender, The Ceremony The Massacre the elderly, women and children and

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were banned. However, many of
Manjit Grewal, a leading member of
the Wellingtonian Indian community
and one of the main organisers of
n addition to the interfaith prayer,
there will be a short movie
video clip depicting the event and
O n the morning of 13 April, a
huge crowd began gathering
at the Jallianwala Bagh (Garden)
the people who were already at the
Golden Temple were not aware of
babies. It also included men who had
served loyally for the British in the
World War.
the new requirements and continued

Muslim community greets PM at Auckland’s Roskill mosque


¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD her gratitude towards the mosque for opening Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in her speech

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its doors to the community. mentioned that she had received numerous
rime Minister Jacinda Ardern on She lauded the Muslim community for accolades and acknowledgements from the
Saturday, March 23, visited the Masjid opening their doors and showing hospitality and global Muslim community thanking the people
Umar in Mt Roskill, Auckland and met sharing peace and love with fellow community of New Zealand for their love towards the
the members of the Muslim community there. members. community.
The remembrance meeting was held to “At a time when it would have been “I have been meeting victims, their families
acknowledge the work of the entire community completely justifiable to close the doors and and leaders and members of the Muslim
including NZ government, and NZ Police in lock the gates, you did the exact opposite, and community who have asked me to give a
bringing assurance, safety and peace back on behalf of New Zealand, we thank you for special thanks to the New Zealand Police for
into the community after the vile Christchurch that,” PM Jacinda Ardern said at the event. their support, assistance and love towards the
mosque attacks. “You are the reflection of who we are,” she
The mass shooting at two mosques in Muslim community,” Ms Ardern said.
from the Muslim community turned up at the further added. Students from the Mt Roskill Grammar
Christchurch on Friday, March 15, took the afternoon event at the mosque on Saturday Mr Bhamji welcomed the Prime Minister and
lives of 50 individuals including men, women School and members of Air New Zealand
along with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, MP for other dignitaries to the event and choked as he performed Haka and song in remembrance of
and children and injured another 48 people who Mt Roskill Michael Wood, National List MPs offered his speech, thanking the community
suffered moderate to critical injuries, some of the victims of the Christchurch Mosque attack.
Melissa Lee and Dr Parmjeet Parmar. for their untiring support towards the Muslim Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and MP Michael
them are still fighting for their lives in hospital. The Prime Minister was welcomed by the community and the mosques across the country.
The attack that uprooted hundreds of families Wood in their speech expressed their solidarity
Chairman of the mosque Ahmed Bhamji and “We are forever grateful the day that our
and put a permanent scar in the memories of towards the Muslim community and thanked
Imam Mohammed Patel. Mr Bhamji, who lost hearts were broken, you looked straight at us ...
New Zealand was taken with a sense of profound the community as a whole for standing by the
his brother-in-law Imam Musa Patel in the and spoke to us in a way that restored our hearts,
grief not just by the Muslim community but attack lauded the efforts of the Prime Minister restored our faith and restored our community,” Muslim community.
also by different communities in New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern for bringing the nation together Mr Bhamji said acknowledging the efforts of Located on Stoddard Road, Masjid Umar
People across the nation came out in thousands at this hour of grief. the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for showing houses Muslim worshippers from India, Fiji,
at separate candle vigils and solidarity meetings Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, clad in her solidarity towards the Muslim community. Pakistan, Bangladesh, Middle Eastern countries
condemning the act of violence as ‘an evil act a hijab met the community with an Islamic “I am from Fiji, I am a migrant but seeing the and even after almost two weeks of the attack,
of terror’. greeting ‘Assalam Alaikum’, followed by a love of the community today I felt like a New the mosque gate is still flooded with flowers,
Over one thousand men, women and children quote by Prophet Mohammad and expressed Zealander,” Mr Bhamji further added. candles and messages of love and togetherness.
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Are your Christchurch donations


going to the right organisation?
¡¡ IWK BUREAU charity concerned. You can look up the charity’s

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and give billions of their hard-earned FOR ORGANISATIONS
cash to charity each year.
Right now there is a wide range of
organisations that are working to raise funds in
T he Department also has a nationwide
role to administer funding and provide
advisory support to individuals, communities
the wake of the Christchurch tragedy and many
and community organisations.
people who have or are considering donating to
We can offer advice and support to
these efforts.
The Department of Internal Affairs has organisations raising money for Christchurch
provided the following advice to make sure victims including:
money raised ends up in the right hands and • Connecting your organisation with others
will help those in need: that may be able to support you or have
For individuals: similar objectives.
• Helping you manage any changes needed
Know who you’re giving to:
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in your organisation that might be needed
lot of organisations are well-known
charities. Registered charities have to as a result of having funds to distribute.
publish their accounts which means people For example, increased staffing, volunteer
can see where the money goes and how it support, administration costs.
is spent. You can also find out about each • Advising on different ways to distribute
You can also ask how much of your donation you can get more information.
charity’s purpose and activities, and who is funding, for example setting funding
will reach the cause. For example, 100 per cent If you receive an email requesting a donation
involved. Anyone can search the Register criteria and grant funding processes (such
of every dollar donated to the Christchurch and it looks suspicious and/or asks for personal
here https://www.register.charities.govt.nz/
Shooting Victims’ Fund run by Victim Support details such as your date of birth and bank as developing application processes and
CharitiesRegister/Search.
will be used to help victims. account number, do not open or reply to the how to assess requests for funding).
There are also many organisations that are
doing great work in our communities but aren’t email – simply delete it as it may contain links You can contact us at at the following email:
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seem to be some dishonest people who charities/images/icon_externalLink.gif.
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If you are approached at your home or on the use the opportunity to take advantage of New If you want to donate online try and find a https://charities.govt.nz/news-and-events/
street you are quite within your rights to ask to Zealanders’ generosity. This could take the well-known platform, rather than using links in hot-topics/make-sure-your-donation-will-have-
see identification or ask the collector to explain form of false representation in person or online. emails or on social media. an-impact/
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Bullets, brothers,
and the resilience
of community: ChCh
attack aftermath
¡¡ RICHA KOHLI Tanveer, and we are pained by this. Everyone
I have done what any who runs a around the world is pained by this.”

M
ohammed Khursheed business in He strongly condemned the violence.
and Mohammed Tanveer New Zealander would have done." Australia, Sahadat has no family in New
live in Hyderabad and covered the Zealand. Kalimuddin emphasised
Brisbane respectively. They are Jacinda Ardern while visiting last-minute
that he appreciated the emotional
t r a v e l
part of the quintessential big Indian
family of nine brothers and five
Ahmed Iqbal in hospital expenses support from the High Commission
of the of India. “I’m just a simple labourer.
sisters — scattered around the globe,
to create a better future and remain family High Commissioner visited the
close-knit. They collectively express him: “He faced the terrorist from from day one to provide help and he members. Owing to the hospital. We are very happy he met
this bond by doting on their youngest the front. He didn’t turn his back called us daily. We are proud of the unprecedented nature of these us and reassured us.”
sibling Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir. and tried to get his gun, but got shot Indian officers here.” attacks, it’s one’s own family and In a similar vein as Jahangir’s
Ahmed is a chef at Bawarchi point blank.” He also reported that he connected community that victims can rely on family, he requested for financial
Indian restaurant and lives with Khursheed recently updated The with his local MP in India Asaduddin as they’ve shown an unwavering assistance from Government of New
his wife and sons in Christchurch. Indian Weekender that Ahmed is Owaisi, who in turn spoke with the offer of support — emotional and Zealand and India to help bring in
Today his family rallies behind him, recovering but slowly and painfully Minister of External Affairs Sushma financial.
other family members.
to be brave as he faces the strong and things remain uncertain. Swaraj and got his visa on following Star chef and survivor In response, second secretary at
likelihood of permanent disability. For families in distress, the day of the attacks through the High
Why? Because he was shot in the challenge of living overseas has Commission in NZ, with everything
Sahadat’s brother counts the High Commission Paramjeet
his blessings Singh clarified that they have been
right shoulder, bones shattered, and taken a mental toll. Tanveer talked done timely.

B
about initial apprehension in sharing awarchi Indian restaurant mobilising as many resources as they
doctors believe his right limb may While he found plenty of moral
the news with their mother but that support, he pointed out the lack of is closed for the moment in can, under their constraints.
never be functional.
“We have seen the trauma other his other brothers felt compelled to financial assistance that has been Christchurch because two of the While people of New Zealand are
families are dealing with. In the end open up, he said, “As Jahangir is safe promised by the New Zealand headlining chefs, one of whom is inching back toward their normal
all I can say is thanks to Almighty now because of Mother’s dua.” government. Mohammad Sahadat, are unable lives, a number of questions still
Allah that he is alive. He is a fighter,” In such time where emotionally- When Khursheed was interviewed, to come to work — they were shot persist in their minds about how
said Khursheed and Tanveer, who charged families seek assistance a week after the attack, he said, “No at Linwood mosque, in their right vulnerable they are and would be in
flew in immediately to be with and clarity, Khursheed has found one from New Zealand government shoulders. the future. What hasn’t enfeebled is
their brother. support from authorities, both back has spoken to Ahmed or his wife His brother Kalimuddin, who flew the strength in prayer. Kalimuddin
Ahmed’s fighting spirit not just home in India and the Indian High Tazeen, who was also injured in a in from overseas said his immediate thanked God for his blessings and
shows in his recovery but also in his Commission in New Zealand. stampede during the shooting. For said he will continue to pray not just
reaction to the attacks was that it felt
resilience at Linwood mosque, where Khursheed said, “Second Secretary family members, nothing has been for his community but everyone,
of the High Commission, Paramjeet done yet. Even the car is still in like the ground was taken from under
he was shot. Khursheed and Tanveer regardless of nationality.
said they are immensely proud of was with me and my brother Tanveer lockdown.” him. “Our community was targetted,

Minimum wages set to


Kiwi-Indian family struggles to cope rise from this Monday
with visiting dad’s hospital bills Iain-Lees
Galloway
 Results of the 2017/18 Stats
NZ’s Household Economic
Survey showed that a third
¡¡ RIZWAN MOHAMMAD New Zealand that has now
of people said their current

T
Minister for Workplace
he life of a Dunedin led to a massive debt in Relations and Safety household income was either

U
and Hamilton-based hospital bills for the family
p to 209,200 New not enough or only just enough
Kiwi-Indian family that they have to pay. Zealanders will to meet their everyday needs.
has suddenly come under Mr Bala Murugan and benefit from a pay  Lifting the incomes of
considerable strain – emotional family are now facing this boost this Monday 1 April, Kiwi workers will contribute
and financial – when their visiting unprecedented situation thanks to the Coalition to improved living standards
father suffered a heart attack, of arranging the funds Government’s decision to and reduce poverty. Our
forcing an open heart surgery raise the minimum wage to Government has committed to
accumulating to $115,000
without any insurance cover. $17.70, Workplace Relations
so that they can lay rest to increasing the minimum wage
The saddest part of the story of and Safety Minister Iain Lees-
their father in peace. Galloway said. to $20 by 2021.
the visiting father who suffered The starting-out and training
C o m m u n i t y This Government is
a massive heart attack while in wage rates also increase this
organisations Dunedin committed to improving the
the country to meet their newly Monday to $14.16 per hour, in
Tamil Society and Tamil wellbeing and living standards
born grandson was that even after order to remain at 80 per cent
of all New Zealanders as we
undergoing open-heart surgery, supposed Society Waikato have come of the adult minimum wage.
Chinnasamy did not regain consciousness build a productive, sustainable
to be privately funded, could not together asking the community to help and inclusive economy. Kiwi  To provide businesses
survive and leaving behind a seemingly post surgery at Dunedin Public Hospital
the family at this hour of distress. workers deserve to be paid and workers with greater
insurmountable financial debt. and died on Sunday, March 24 due to
A Givealittle page has been set up by appropriately for the hard certainty, the Government
Residents of Hamilton Chef Bala multiple organ failure.
the community organisation which has work and effort they put into has indicated minimum wage
Murugan and his wife Shobana The family already trying to deal with
appealed to help the family so that they their jobs. rates of $18.90 to come into
Chinnasamy (based in Dunedin) were the loss of their father are now facing a
can pay the hospital bills and take their  This Monday, our lowest effect on 1 April 2020 and
expecting a newborn at their home for massive amount of bills owing to the
paid workers will be receiving $20 to come into effect on 1
hospital for the surgery. The total bills departed family member back to their
which their father Mr Ramalingam a boost to their incomes, as the April 2021. These indicative
have accumulated to over $100,000 hometown to conduct their last rites.
Chinnasamy had travelled from Chennai, minimum wage increases by rates are subject to each year’s
and topped by another $15,000 for People can make their donations to the
India to welcome the new member in $1.20 an hour. On a 40-hour annual review, in accordance
body repatriation. Givealittle page: https://givealittle.co.nz/
the house. work week, this means an extra with the statutory process,
In the excitement of welcoming a new cause/help-for-mrchinnasamy-hospital- $48 a week before tax. This will
Mr Chinnasamy, on Tuesday, March which will take into account
member to the family, Mr Murugan’s and-repatriation make a real difference to low-
19, suffered a cardiac arrest and had the economic conditions at
parents travelled without insurance to •• income workers.
undergone open heart surgery. Mr the time.
The Indian Weekender Saturday, March 29, 2019 FIJI 15

DR PRITHVI MOHANDAS: Cure To Cancer


Depends On Education
T
he potential to cure cancer 123 countries. In the last two years
and the potential to reduce we have received over 100 cancer “We treat patients from
the cost burden of the society patients from Fiji alone and we’re more than 123 countries.
from cancer depends on education. able to understand a little bit about In the last two years we
This was the statement made by the the sort of disease you have and the have received over 100
MIOT International, India Managing sort of conditions that exist in the
Director Dr Prithvi Mohandas during Pacific,” he said.
cancer patients from Fiji
the MIOT International Cancer Why interest in Fiji alone and we’re able to
Conclave, Continuing Medical “India is a very large and diverse understand a little bit
Education Programme in the ‘Win country,” Dr Mohandas said. about the sort of disease
Against Cancer’ at the Tanoa “It may be interesting that a you have and the sort of
International Hotel in Nadi yesterday. country that is almost 20 hours away take off in the same way that India with a country like India you will
He said in the last two years, is taking so much interest in the
conditions that exist in took off around 30 years ago. probably reach where India has far
MIOT had received more than 100 Pacific.” the Pacific,” he said. “Your particular place is far quicker by committing far less of the
cancer patients from Fiji alone. He said after visiting Fiji, he superior because if you are able to mistakes that we did in the last three
“We treat patients from more than found that the Pacific Islands were strategically and perfectly poised to collaborate and share knowledge decades,” he added.

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Editorial
Christchurch terror attack: Has the world finally
found a leader in Jacinda Ardern to counter
global rightwing populism?
P
rime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s of western media’s disappointment with their effort), these domestic efforts in individual Islam’s pan-global identity – which to many
astonishingly flawless response own domestic rightwing populist political countries like India, are more wishful thinking, ordinary people is a source of social anxiety.
to Christchurch terror attacks has environment, which seems to be stifling the and less a tangible long-term solution. Make no mistake; there is no intention to
instantaneously made her an international very basis of their mutually shared “liberal- Because, in both these examples, the so- delve into the profoundly complex issues of
star, with many pinning hopes on her to lead thinking.” called leftwing liberal populist leadership, are Islamophobia in this piece, and not to condone
the charge against rising global rightwing To some extent, this might explain why failing to acknowledge the real ‘social anxiety’ any form of hatred or prejudice against the
populism. western media is so keen to project Jacinda that has propelled the right-wing populist Islamic religion or Muslims.
Indeed, the world has been experiencing - Ardern – a leader from a seeming remote leaders at the first place. Instead, the intention is to expose the
much to the discomfort of many, particularly South Pacific country which has seldom There seems to be a convenient and seeming fickleness in now resurgent leftwing
liberal-intellectual academia - the steady rise struggled to find legitimate representation deliberate ignorance of the fact that the liberal populism, which is once again failing
of global right-wing populism in recent years. within the world maps – as the new hope of rightwing populism and there seemingly to acknowledge kind of social anxieties that
Till around late last year right-wing populist leftwing liberal populism. They have seen in divisive, but extremely popular leaders are propel the rise of right-wing populism.
and nationalist governments were in power in Jacinda – a leadership style so neatly coated a product of the ‘long-unaddressed social The exact definition of Islamophobia
countries as big and diverse as Russia, Turkey, with the ideologies of egalitarianism, morality anxiety’ that was created at first place by the continues to be discussed with different
Israel, Hungary, Poland, India, and the United and righteousness – that they so badly want so-called left-wing liberal populism. academics offering different explanations,
States (US) - with the rise of President Donald to be imitated and reflected in their respective To make it worse, these leaders largely, and the likes of academics S. Sayyid and
Trump in the US being portrayed as the politics. This leadership style is perfectly fine have risen to power after being democratically Abdoolkarim Vakil maintain that Islamophobia
single most significant source of concern and for us in New Zealand – a nation so badly elected, thus signalling the fact that a vast mass is a response to the emergence of a distinct
disappointment in the global western media. shaken by this horrendous act of violence – at of humanity has been quietly reeling under the Muslim public identity globally.
Such has been the dissatisfaction in the this moment where it that could potentially social anxiety that seems to emanate from the The Muslim group’s response to reject
mainstream media of these respective nations threaten to disturb the delicate balance of so-called hyperbole left-wing populism. Chinese donations for the victims of
reeling under the surge right-wing populism peace, unity and multiculturalism. Two examples worth mentioning here! Christchurch terror attack goes a long way in
that they have been pinning their hopes on any However, will this leadership-style alone Firstly, recently there was news in accentuating to the social anxiety around the
possible liberal-leadership around the world. will be able to counter the surging global right- mainstream media that Muslim group wanted emergence of a global Muslim public identity.
Our PM Jacinda Ardern has long been wing populism around the world in the near $2 million donations to be returned to China More so when the current Chinese
clubbed in the new generation of the global future, still remains to be seen, and at best is for their concerns on the persecution of government is under the grips of right-wing
left-wing liberal leaders along with Justin wishful thinking. Muslim Uighurs in North-West China. populism (Chinese President Xi Jinping
Trudeau and Jeremy Corbyn, who offered One of the major reasons of this pessimism Undoubtedly China's treatment of the has risen to power on the rightwing populist
hope to many disillusioned by the unabated is that this resurgent leftwing liberal populism Muslim Uighurs has concerned human rights themes) – the anxieties are likely to persist and
rise of global rightwing politics. is focussed more on addressing or attacking watchers. linger – much to the dislike of the hopeful of a
However, none would have anticipated that the so-called “leaders” of the global rightwing Understandably, the desired intention of quick defeat anytime soon.
Jacinda Ardern’s empathetic response to “an populism, than actually addressing the core these Muslim humanitarian groups in rejecting Indeed, the challenges are complex, and
act of grave-violence” that has now become issues which led to their rise at the first place. Chinese money is of countering the growing Islamophobia is one of the major challenges of
etched in public memory as the darkest phase Ms Ardern dealt directly with President monster of Islamophobia all around the world, our generations that surely need to be defeated
of New Zealand history, would catapult her far Trump when offered with an opportunity by expressing their solidarity with Muslim and dusted, on which global rightwing
ahead of any of her peers, in left-wing global to advise him to extend compassion to all Uighurs, especially in today’s compassionate populism seems to thrive upon.
leaders who can show light to the world. Muslims and Islamic communities. environment. However, the leftwing liberal populism
The favourable commentary that Ms Similarly, in countries like India, the now To many, this could be a tricky assertion, as will also need to acknowledge the fact they
Ardern’s views on terrorism, the perils of resurgent leftwing liberal populist leaders, first, it refuses to offer any love and compassion need to amend its ways in which it fails to
Islamophobia, challenges of immigration and who are trying to win back lost ground are to the Chinese diasporic community, while acknowledge the social, religious, ethnic
integration, dealing with alt-right extremist focusing more on launching personal attacks expecting the same for all fellow migrants and diversity and divisions within our world.
ideologies – in one way or the other – in the on Prime Minister Narendra Modi – in the Muslim communities during these difficult Indeed, the road ahead is a long and arduous
global western media is nothing but exemplary. hope that their direct full-blown frontal attacks times. On top of that, by taking this seemingly one, with no easy victory in sight – not as easy
However, it might not be an exaggeration will weaken him and shrink his support-base. humanitarian stand, our local Muslim as being conceived by the current wave of the
to say that this could, in part, be a reflection Like in Jacinda’s case (as a part of global community groups have innocuously affirmed liberal intellectual intelligentsia.

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Future of 'Mahagathbandhan' and


emerging trajectories of 2019 polls
I
ndian politics is always moving along new,
emerging trajectories.
After 20 years of the Congress
dominating electoral politics, it was perhaps
in 1967 that for the first time the party faced
a setback. In 1977, there was another strong
anti-Congress mood prevailing in the country
following the Emergency.
But then, Indira Gandhi once again
returned to power with a solid majority, partly
due to the Morari-Charan Singh coalition
experiment flopping.
After Indira Gandhi's sudden death, Rajiv
Gandhi received a massive victory and from
1989 Indian politics entered, perhaps, its most
dynamic phase. A coalition dharma continued
until Narendra Modi's electoral victory in 2014.
I recall a particularly interesting anecdote
from 1989.
V.P. Singh had told both the communists
17
and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that they
needed to run the country collectively for a
period of five years.
He argued that there shouldn't be any open
quarrel, that any differences which could and
most likely come up needed to be dealt with.
To cement this, he instituted a practice of a
weekly dinner. But even then, the differences
were plain to see.
At the dinner, with the Prime Minister
playing host and the Left parties and the BJP Nationalist Congress Party relations against him and the main complaint is that, so
- who supported his government - joining in, It is a bad cocktail. Many in have not been the best. Sharad Pawar has far, the interpersonal relations required to make
there would be two separate sections. the Congress party's Delhi unit never, personally, been a trusted leader for such a coalition work has not been seen.
One had vegetarian dishes and the other non remain pathologically anti- the Congress. Sonia Gandhi had once famously walked to
vegetarian dishes. AAP, arguing that a short-term The problem, historically for the Congress, Ram Vilas Paswan's house from her own at 10,
Veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani would queue is that they are not a very ally-friendly party. In Janpath to forge an alliance.
up with his plate on the vegetarian side while
alliance with the party that
fact, the Congress style still has a 'zamindari' True, this was optics for the media. But, even
the late Left leader Somnath Chatterjee would dethroned them in Delhi would mindset, a feudal attitude that is as deeply then it was a strong message of her willingness.
be on the other side. pose a long-term existential rooted to their party as its history itself. But, this is something that Rahul Gandhi
V.P. Singh would stand in the centre threat in the state for them. Earlier, the Congress working committee cannot do.
- a centrist leader trying to keep his two meetings would take place with leaders I do not want to pin the blame solely on him.
disparate allies together. We all know what Bengal's senior Congress leader Abdul Mannan sitting on mattresses on the floor, white Regional parties also have to take a share of the
happened next - the differences that emerged tried a lot to make this happen. sheets pulled over them. It was a tradition blame. Take Mayawati, for instance.
over the Mandal-Kamandal politics that But ultimately, the personal chemistry that started from the earlier days of the Why is she so dead set against the Congress?
defined politics. between Mamata Banerjee and Rahul Gandhi Congress in Anand Bhawan in Allahabad. Advani had told me a very interesting story
In 2019, once again, we are seeing the is not at its best. Banerjee was never keen on an The building is now a museum, with the room years ago.
resurgence of coalition politics. Prime alliance with the Congress because she knows where the meetings were held memorialized, When, for the first time, the BJP made an
Minister Narendra Modi has ridiculed that in Bengal, the grand old party is in a state complete with the mattresses and the alliance with the BSP and the latter rejected the
the 'mahagathbandhan' as an instance of of decay. white sheets. Congress proposal - it was the late Kanshi Ram
'mahamilawat', with the opposition parties Eventually, the BJP will become the Rahul Gandhi has tried to bring about who forged the alliance with Advani. Kanshi
arguing that the Modi government has failed main opposition. But right now, the changes. Now, the Sonia-Rahul-led Congress Ram told Advani: "I have told Mayawati, in
to fulfil the different regional aspirations of Trinamool's domination, on the basis Working Committee meetings are held in the future when I am not there, never go with
the country. of Banerjee's brand equity in the state, a corporate style. But this is just a change in the Congress.
The government is autocratic, does not is undeniable. form, an exterior change that failed to address There should be no direct alliance."
believe in the voice of democracy and is She has virtually become the Congress in the underlying issues. Why? The reason that Kanshi Ram had
a 'threat to federalism' are hashtags of the the state, taking up the space that they once Can the Congress completely rework its explained to Advani was that the Dalit vote
opposition campaign. occupied. She remains that rare leader who left zamindari DNA? When Rahul Gandhi took had originally been the Congress vote. It was
The debate over federalism in the country the Congress and managed to take the entire over the CWC, he also tried to go it alone. His Gandhi who used the term Harijan and it was
is inevitably linked to the concept of coalition vote share with her. goal was independent growth of the party. Why only much later that the Dalit vote emerged
dharma in Indian politics. But, as we stand She knows that if her party was to align with should the Congress presuppose coalitions? as a force that demanded its own separate
today in 2019, where does that coalition lie, the Congress, it would be the Congress that As a result, the formula for him was one of representation. Simply put, an alliance with the
what is the actual scene, the 'zamini hakikat' would benefit more in the state than the other ekla chalo. Congress could mean that this vote returns to
or ground reality.Take the instance of Delhi's way around. The Congress meet at Pachmarhi was where the fold.
Arvind Kejriwal and his attempts at forging ties In Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu the seeds of the coalition were planted and then Political scientist Rajni Kothari had once said
with Rahul Gandhi and the Congress in Delhi. is in a more deplorable position. Y.S. Jagan under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi a roadmap in Indian politics it was the Congress system:
It is a bad cocktail. Many in the Congress Mohan Reddy has become a serious threat to was drawn out during the Shimla Summit. a one-party dominant (Congress), multi-party
party's Delhi unit remain pathologically anti- the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and, as a result, This yielded the party dividends then, but system.
AAP, arguing that a short-term alliance with Chandrababu had to forge an alliance with the today the Congress has to reconsider. This Congress was the platform where all
the party that dethroned them in Delhi would Congress to try and portray Reddy as an agent coalition can only come through federalism, religions, all castes, all regional aspirations and
pose a long-term existential threat in the state of the BJP. keeping the regional, so-called secular forces all languages would vote. But as the leadership
for them. For him, the strategy is perfect - but Banerjee with Rahul Gandhi. grew increasingly alienated from the masses,
Let's take another example. In Uttar Pradesh, remains more confident of her position so chose Recently, in the Karnataka Assembly it was the end of innocence. Regional parties
neither Mayawati nor Akhilesh Yadav have not to go into a pre-poll alliance. But does elections, the Congress managed to remove grew, and the BJP became a national party.
reacted well to Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi having Naidu on his side help Rahul Gandhi? the BJP government only by giving up the For India, there have been Morarji
Vadra's political overtures. In Telangana, he remains the main khalnayak driver's seat to HD Deve Gowda's son, HD Desai, Chandrababu Naidu, V.P. Singh,
Even within the Samajwadi Party, there since he was opposed to the formation of a Kumaraswamy. But, that was a state election. Chandrashekhar, Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujral.
remain divisions. Mulayam Singh Yadav, his separate state. Ultimately, at the national level, in order to So, the country has experienced a coalition
wife and daughter-in-law are actively working One senior Congress leader admitted that combat Modi, a more serious face is needed and government. But the reality is that the Congress
against Akhilesh, said party leaders. the leader had become a "gale ka haddi" (bone the grand alliance still remains in a shambles. is weak today and railway bogies cannot run
In West Bengal, the Congress and the Left stuck in throat) for the Congress. There is growing discontent among regional the engine. The fate of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’
alliance has crashed before it could start. West Similarly in Maharashtra, the Congress- parties and secular left-liberal intellectuals remains shrouded in pessimism.
18 INDIA Saturday, March 29, 2019 The Indian Weekender

THE BIG BATTLE


At 15,256 ft, Tashigang in Himachal Campaign
monitors,
Pradesh is world’s highest polling station eight war
The Tashigang polling station in Himachal Pradesh falls in Buddhist-dominated Lahaul-Spiti, one of the 17 assembly rooms, 5,000
segments that form the Mandi Lok Sabha seat , the second largest constituency in India.
messengers in
T
ucked away deep in trans-
Himalayas, Tashigang, a
AAP’s poll team
I
small Himachal Pradesh
village at an altitude of 15,256 feet, ntensifying its campaign in
is now the highest polling station in Delhi, which goes to polls on
the world. May 12, the Aam Aadmi Party
The polling station falls in (AAP) on Tuesday said it would
Buddhist-dominated Lahaul-Spiti, fight the Lok Sabha elections with
one of the 17 assembly segments that a force of at least 1.5 lakh workers
form the Mandi Lok Sabha seat, the comprising party leaders, legislators,
second largest constituency in India. councillors and volunteers.
The sleepy hamlet of Tashigang The party has restructured its cadre
also holds the title of highest village and created an ‘emergency feedback
in Spiti valley. team’ of 14 people who will track the
Earlier, the non-descript tiny campaign performance of the seven
settlement of Hikkim, positioned at which 30 are men and 18 women. which is currently closed for traffic AAP candidates, party leaders and
an altitude of about 14,400 ft, was the Seventy eight-year-old Rigjin is due to snow. difficulty in reaching the polling legislators.
highest polling station in the country. the oldest voter in the two villages. Lahual-Spiti deputy booth, Chaudhari said, adding that it “It is from this special team that
Situated at about 29 km from Initially, election officials had commissioner-cum-district electoral had all other necessary facilities like two undercover party leaders will
the India-China border, the polling intended to set up the polling booth officer Ashwani Chaudhari said power and water supply. be deployed in each of the seven
station covers two villages— at Gete village, but shifted it to the road connectivity to the village The polling station, however, lacks Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. They will
Tashigang and Gete. Tashigang as the government school would be restored once the weather mobile connectivity and election conduct random inspections to see
As per the revised electoral rolls, building there was not found safe. improved. officials will use a satellite phone how much of our campaign strategy
the two villages have 48 voters, of Tashigang is connected with a road Voters would not face any during polls on May 19. is actually being implemented on
ground. They will gauge the response
Hema Malini a billionaire, discloses her affidavit to poll panel of voters to our campaigns and check

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the schedules of candidates and
ighting for the Mathura Lok Sabha seat on The details of Dharmendra’s assets in the
leaders,” Gopal Rai, AAP’s Delhi
a BJP ticket, the sitting MP and film actor affidavit indicate his passion for ‘vintage’ cars.
That may be the reason why he has not disposed unit convener, said.
Hema Malini is a billonaire with the value
of her assets having increased by a whopping his Range Rover car bought just for Rs 7,000 in Rai said the need for such a team
Rs 34.46 crore in the last five years, discloses an 1965. His other old vehicles include a Maruti 800 emerged after one of their Lok Sabha
affidavit filed by her with the poll panel. car and a motorcycle. candidates miffed people after he
The affidavit shows Hema Malini presently owns Counted among the country’s billionaires along cancelled eight public meetings in a
total wealth including bungalows, jewelleries, with his wife, Dharmenda total asset has been single day due to time constraints.
cash, jewelleries, shares and term deposits worth valued at over Rs 123.85 crore (Rs 1.23 bn). “He had scheduled 15 meetings in
over Rs 101 crore, while five years ago before the Among their liabilities detailed in the affidavit, a single day, which was unrealistic.
2014 general elections, her total assets had been Hema Malini has a debt of over Rs 6.75 crore while Such mistakes evoke a negative
valued at nearly Rs 66 crore. her husband has a debt of over Rs 7.37 crore. response in people, which is what
The value of her actor-husband Dharmendra A significant part of their debt included a loan this special team will keep a check
Singh Deol’s assets grew to Rs 12.30 crore taken to build their bungalow in Juhu Vile Parle on,” he said.
during the corresponding period, according to over Rs 1.19 crore in 2017-18. in Mumbai. To combat fake news and rumours,
Hema Malini’s affidavit, detailing her assets and The affidavit shows her income to be Rs 3.12 They have also been benefitted from their the party has created a battery of
liabilities along with those of her spouse. crore in 2014-15, Rs 1.19 crore in 2015-16 and Rs investment in this property. Bought and built at a ‘sandesh vahaks’ (messengers). “We
The affidavit was submitted by her to the 4.30 crore in 2016-17. sum of Rs 58 crore, the value of the Juhu land and will have 5,392 sandesh vahaks – two
Election Commission of India while filing her Thus, as per the affidavit, the yester years’ the bungalow is now worth over Rs 100 crore. people at each polling station. Their
nomination as Lok Sabha candidate from the ‘Dream Girl’ earned over Rs 9.87 crore, and her As per the details of her educational qualifications job is to communicate our message
Mathura parliamentary constituency. ‘he-man’ husband nearly Rs 9.73 crore in last five in the affidavit, Hema Malini, had to leave her within two hours to the area-level
The affidavit, accompanied by her income tax years. The affidavit disclosed that Hema Malini formal education at an age of nine for the sake of volunteers,” the AAP leader said.
returns for the last five years, reveals that the has two cars, including a Mercedes bought for Rs her dance training, but she did her matriculation To ensure smooth coordination
couple earned Rs 10 crore each during the last five 33.62 lakh in 2011. later besides completing her higher studies. with the top leadership, AAP is
years. In her IT returns, Hema Malini has shown an The other car is a Toyota that, she said, she She got a PhD degree in 2012 from Padampati setting up eight war rooms. There
income of Rs 15.93 lakh in 2013-14 against that of bought for Rs 4.75 lakh in 2005. Singhania University at Udaipur. would be one in every Lok Sabha
constituency and a central war room

Urmila Matondkar joins Congress ahead of Lok Sabha at the party headquarters in ITO. The
party is deploying 77 observers in the

Elections 2019; Rahul Gandhi welcomes her with a bouquet city – one for each Lok Sabha seat
and one in each of the 70 assembly

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rmila Matondkar joins Congress ahead of to stay for long. constituencies.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019; Rahul Gandhi She also highlighted that she knows that most “Each Lok Sabha observer
welcomes her with a bouquet. One of the people believe that actors come into politics to add will have 10 assembly observers
biggest events for any democracy is the Central more glamour to the party’s manifesto, but she under him/her. While the assembly
Elections, which are all set to take place in India. isn’t one of them.  observers will give daily reports to
Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, a lot of Urmila further added, “I won’t say that it is the Lok Sabha observer, the latter
rumours were doing rounds that some Bollywood wrong, but I would request you to keep that will report to the central war room,”
actors will join politics. thought aside for some time when it concerns me. Rai said.
Amidst all the rumours, today, actress Urmila I am here because I believe in the party, I’ve never To campaign in the lanes of
Matondkar joined politics as she stepped in as a done anything half-heartedly in my life, nor is this residential colonies and markets ,
Candidate for the Congress party. decision one of those and I am here to stay.” the party has formed 560 teams, each
The Rangeela actress was welcomed with The Congress Party’s President Rahul Gandhi with 40-50 people.
a bouquet of flowers by the Congress Party’s Every ward will have two such
also welcomed the actor who is known for being
teams who will conduct road shows
President Rahul Gandhi. The actress seemed happy a humanitarian.
for three hours daily and distribute
to be associated with the national level party.  Urmila has been associated with activities
pamphlets of AAP convener and
As per early reports, Urmila was set to be a related to social welfare and upliftment of women
chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s
picked by Congress to contest against BJP in join politics and mentioned at the joining event in and children in the society and she hopes to make
letter on attaining full statehood in
North Mumbai. The actress seemed ecstatic to Mumbai that she has joined politics with the intent an impact at the national level as well.
Delhi.
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NEWS in BRIEF
A-SAT Facebook apologises for identifying Kashmir as

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independent

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acebook on Wednesday apologised for identifying Kashmir
independent of India in a blog post while referring to geographies,

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where multiple networks tied to Iran engaged in coordinated
inauthentic behaviour. When groups of pages or people work together to
mislead others about who they are and what they are doing, it is known as
coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

BIG EDGE “We mistakenly included ‘Kashmir’ in our blog post when listing the
countries and regions impacted by the Iranian network we disrupted for
coordinated inauthentic behaviour. Kashmir was the subject of some of

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the content shared by this network, but it should not have been included in
that list. We have corrected this in the blog post and we apologise for any
confusion caused,” Facebook said in an emailed statement.

WARFARE
Five Indian expats in UAE enter Forbes’ billionaires
list 2019

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ive Indian expats in UAE
have been named in the
Forbes’ billionaires list for
2019. The combined worth of the
India has successfully test fired an anti-satellite missile five expats, including three from
becoming only the fourth country to acquire this capability Kerala, is a whopping USD 15.1

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billion (Rs 1.04 trillion), the Khaleej
ndia on Wednesday made its Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) and the UAVs and ground forces.
Times reported.
way into an elite club of "space Pakistan Technology Evaluation The Chinese interests also reflect
Prominent retail business tycoon
super powers" as its anti-satellite Satellite (PakTES-1A) from China's in one of the stated objectives of
MA Yusuff Ali, who ranks at 394 on
missile A-SAT successfully targeted Jiuquan Satellite Centre. the satellite deployment, that is, the
the list, is the richest Indian expat
a live satellite on a low earth orbit in The PRSS-1 is the first optical PRSS-1 will also be used to provide
in UAE with assets estimated over
just three minutes. remote sensing satellite remote sensing information for the
"We USD 4.7 billion. Ali, a Padma Shri winner, hails from Nattika in Kerala’s
So far only three countries sold to Pakistan by Belt and Road region.
- the US, Russia and China are aware Thrissur district. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu
China. The 1,200 According to an article in ‘Gateway
-- had this technology. of relevant reports Group International that owns the Lulu Hypermarket chain worldwide and
kg satellite will House', the PRSS-1 is also believed
Prime Minister and we hope that all operate at an to carry two high-resolution payloads LuLu International Shopping Mall.
Narendra Modi, while countries will earnestly altitude of 640 including a synthetic-aperture radar Next in the list is Micky Jagtiani, owner of the Dubai-based Landmark
announcing the feat said: safeguard lasting peace kilometres. (SAR) used for terrestrial and marine retail stores group, who went from being a London cabbie to Emirati
"I assure the international and tranquility in the The Pakistan imagery and geospatial intelligence. billionaire businessman. The retail magnate is worth nearly USD 4 billion.
community that our outer space." Foreign Office The other is an electro-optical His overall rank is 478.
capability won't be used has officially said (EO) imaging system which has India, Sri Lanka’s hold joint military drill on
against anyone but is purely that PRSS-1 will enable tactical C4ISR applications. counter-terror cooperation

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India's defence initiative for its the country "to meet its imagery Along with PRSS-1, Pakistan also
security. We are against an arms race requirements in the areas of land launched PakTES-1A, which is a 285 ndia and Sri Lanka have begun a two-week joint military exercise in the
in space. This test won't breach any mapping, agriculture, urban and rural kilogram satellite equipped with an island nation with an aim to bring synergy and cooperation including in
international law or treaties." planning, environmental monitoring, optical payload and will operate at an the field of counter-terrorism between the two armed forces, officials
The development, apart from natural disaster management and altitude of 610 km. said Wednesday.
highlighting India's prowess in water resource management for Reacting to India's announcement The ‘Mitra Shakti - VI’ annual exercise is designed to bolster military
space technology, also assumes socio-economic development". of its successful A-Sat missile launch, relations further between the armies of India and Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka
significance in the context of However, the satellite may have China on Wednesday said that it Army said.
Pakistan and China. India, certainly, military applications as well. hoped that India would "earnestly" Some 120 Indian Army soldiers and as many Sri Lanka Army personnel
won't like to be surprised by Notably, the carrier frequency maintain peace and tranquility in the are participating in the two-week military drill.
C4ISR-driven (Command, Control, of PRSS-1, that is 8.2 GHz, is outer space. It aims to share knowledge on military tactics, experience, exchange
Communications, Computing, part of the X-band region of the "We are aware of relevant reports of infantry technicalities, counter-terrorism practices, long-range
Intelligence, Surveillance and spectrum (which ranges from 8.0- and we hope that all countries will reconnaissance patrol, small group operations, effective employment of
Reconnaissance) warfare. 12.0 GHz) which is usually used earnestly safeguard lasting peace and infantry weapons, simulated attacks on terrorist hideouts, suicide bombing
In July last year, Pakistan has for communication with mobile tranquility in the outer space," the and improvised explosive devices, officials said.
launched the Pakistan Remote platforms such as aircraft, ships, Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

Rahul’s victory will be India’s victory, says Priyanka Gandhi


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ongress general secretary in Musafirkhana here. Pandey and Ashish Mishra of the
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on “We will restart all development local NSUI unit. Priyanka also tasked
Wednesday told partymen projects initiated during the tenure the workers to further strengthen the
that they (Congress) would win the of my father, former Prime Minister party organisation and ensure a larger
2019 Lok Sabha elections, adding late Rajiv Gandhiji. Their (BJP) victory margin in 2019 Lok Sabha
that party president Rahul Gandhi government took away major polls.
had tasked her with ensuring that the projects like mega food park, paper “I have learnt a lot while working
Congress formed the government in mill and IIIT from here. They re- with you here since 1999. We
UP in the 2022 assembly elections launched the gun factory started by need to strengthen the party at the
and so she was working towards us here,” another worker quoted booth level. I have been doing this
‘Mission UP’ as well. Priyanka as saying at an interaction over the years. This is my area of
“I am telling them to go to the with workers of Bhadar block. specialisation,” said Priyanka.
people and fight the elections “We have all been given the As Priyanka held closed-door
strongly. This election is being task of going to every home in our meetings, partymen standing outside
fought to save the country and the nation earlier today. and so she was working towards booth area and telling people how the venue raised slogans: “Chowkidar
Rahul Gandhi’s victory will be the About whether she would contest “Mission UP” as well. the BJP government has failed on chor hai”.
victory of India,” said Priyanka 2019 Lok Sabha election Priyanka Priyanka, who arrived here on a all the fronts. We are also going to A group of Jan Adhikar Party
while replying to questions that she said “I will do what my party tells two-day visit of Amethi and Rae remind the people about workers also waved flags to show
was telling partymen about Rahul me to do.” Priyanka gave the same Bareli to galvanise grassroots "We the hardships faced by solidarity with their ally, Congress.
becoming the next Prime Minister. reply to questions about whether she workers for the Lok Sabha have all been the people during Priyanka’s observations,
“These are not my words,” she said. would campaign for the party across elections, spoke about given the task of demonetisation and meanwhile, became a point of
Priyanka said the NDA government the country. While interacting with “Mission UP” and the going to every home imposition of GST discussion among partymen. “Our
was politicising all the issues. “They workers, Priyanka said Rahul Gandhi forthcoming Lok Sabha in our booth area and etc,” said a group elders have been telling us not to take
are politicising all that should not had tasked her with ensuring that the elections at a number of telling people how the BJP of youths that any rival lightly. We will continue to
be done,” she said in response to a Congress formed the government in closed-door interactions government has failed on included Prashant work seriously on our booths,” said
question about the PM’s address to UP in the 2022 assembly elections with booth level workers all the fronts." Dwivedi, Atul Daya Shankar Mishra.
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Five Indian expats in UAE enter Number of Indian workers


in Kuwait over 889,000

Forbes’ billionaires list 2019 T


he number of Indian workers
in Kuwait has soared over
889,000, the highest amongst
all other expat workers in this Arab
The combined worth of the five expats, including three from Kerala, is a whopping USD 15.1 billion country, media reports said.
(Rs 1.04 trillion), media reported The figure was revealed on Sunday

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ive Indian expats in UAE have been named London. BR Shetty, founder and chairman of Abu by the Central Administration of
in the Forbes’ billionaires list for 2019. Dhabi-based NMC Healthcare, is third in the list Statistics, the Arab Times reported
The combined worth of the five expats, with assets worth USD 2.8 billion. His overall citing the Al-Qabas daily.
including three from Kerala, is a whopping USD rank is 804. The Indians were followed
15.1 billion (Rs 1.04 trillion), the media reported. The billionaire, who hails from Udupi in by Egyptians at 484,000 and
Prominent retail business tycoon MA Yusuff Karnataka, is famously known for owning two Bangladeshis at 271,000.
Ali, who ranks at 394 on the list, is the richest floors in the world’s tallest structure, Dubai’s Burj The statistics confirmed that the
Indian expat in UAE with assets estimated over Khalifa. Sunny Varkey, education entrepreneur and total household employment at the
USD 4.7 billion. philanthropist from Kerala, is the fourth richest end of the third quarter of last year
Ali, a Padma Shri winner, hails from Nattika in UAE expat with assets worth USD 2.4 billion. He was 689,000, an increase of about
Kerala’s Thrissur district. He is the Chairman and ranks 962 on the list. 9,000 compared to the end of 2017.
Managing Director of LuLu Group International Varkey is the founder and chairman of the global Meanwhile, the Director
that owns the Lulu Hypermarket chain worldwide advisory and educational management firm GEMS of the Public Relations and
and LuLu International Shopping Mall. Education, which has a network of over 130 Information Department and official
Next in the list is Micky Jagtiani, owner of schools in over a dozen countries. spokesperson of the Public Authority
the Dubai-based Landmark retail stores group, PNC Menon, an Omani property developer for Manpower (PAM), Aseel Al-
who went from being a London cabbie to Emirati billion. His overall rank is 478. hailing from Thrissur in Kerala, also made it to the Mazyad, said that "Kuwait is keen
billionaire businessman. Born in Kuwait, Jagtiani did his schooling in list with assets worth USD 1.1 billion. He ranks at to protect the labour rights of all,
The retail magnate is worth nearly USD 4 Chennai, Mumbai and Beirut, before moving to 1,941 in the overall list. citizens and expatriates".
She pointed out that many expat

Indian-Americans fight against food insecurity workers were affected by their lack of
familiarity with the provisions of the

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ndian-Americans across New Indian-American community with law and their rights, especially with
York are coming together to fight the rallying call of "Hunger Mitao!", respect to pregnant women and the
food insecurity, with a major which means "Wipe Out Hunger." leave they can obtain, stressing that
organisation working to end hunger The Council's Co-Chair is Payal the PAM is committed to applying
throughout the city's five boroughs. Sharma, the Managing Partner of the law immediately upon receiving
The Food Bank For New York the restaurant, and its Founders a complaint from the worker.
City's new Indian-American Council and Advisors are Raj Asava and Four nationalities - Indian,
(IAC) will work to raise awareness, Aradhana Asava. Filipino, Bangladeshi and Sri
improve engagement and channel "In the spirit of ‘give where you Lankan - account for 89 per cent
community resources to help end live', the community through "In
of total domestic or private sector
hunger, The American Bazaar daily IAC, has enabled close the spirit of
‘give where you employment in Kuwait.
reported. to five million meals in
live', the community
The newly-formed Council Texas in just over a year," Indian handicrafts
through IAC, has
kicked off its "Million Meal March" said Raj Asava in a press enabled close to five displayed at Abu Dhabi fair

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campaign at Baar Baar restaurant release. million meals in Texas
earlier this month. "We are excited to bring rtisans from various Indian
in just over a
The event garnered more than 100 this model to New York year." states displayed traditional
attendees and raised over 610,000 City and are confident that handicrafts at an event here,
meals for New Yorkers in need. the Indian community here will provide millions of meals seniors, veterans and vulnerable aimed at expanding their business in
The group has mobilized the galvanise around Food Bank and for the city's food insecure children, families," added Anna Asava. the United Arab Emirates.
The "Indian Handicraft Fair"
Gurudwara Indian-American Senator shares Dubai memories was inaugurated on Monday. It was

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ew Yorks first Indian- Kemp Hannon, who had served in organised by the the Indian Embassy
Dubai showcases American state Senator
Kevin Thomas, who
the State Senate since 1989.
Currently the chairman of the
in Abu Dhabi in association with the
Indian Business and Professional
Punjabi culture, of this year and who was born in
assumed office at the beginning Committee on Consumer Protection
and a member of various committees,
Group (IBPG) in Abu Dhabi and the
Indian Pavilion at Global Village in
heritage Dubai, is now advocating tolerance Thomas on March 5 introduced a Dubai, reports the Gulf News.

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and pushing for the diversity which bill that gives holidays for schools The colourful handicrafts
he Gurudwara Guru Nanak he had experienced in the UAE. on festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr, Eid-ul-
Darbar Dubai organised the represented the rich cultural diversity
In an exclusive to Gulf News, Adha, Diwali, Vaisakhi and Onam. of India, said Smita Pant, Deputy
Punjabi Culture and Heritage Thomas on Sunday shared his Thomas cited his experience in
Festival at the Indian High School. Chief of Mission, adding that these
memories about Dubai where he move to the US for their children's Dubai of communities celebrating
artistic skills have been passed on
The Al Maktoum Foundation was born and raised till he was higher education. festivals of different religions and
from generation to generation.
Dubai, an organisation focused on 10 and then returned in 2010 for On November 6, 2018, Thomas regions as one of the reasons why he
an internship. The first and only was elected as the Democratic sponsored the bill. She said seven million people,
humanitarian work at the local, regional
Indian-American lawmaker in New member representing sixth district, "I am pushing for diversity," he mainly women in rural areas, find
and global levels, was the patron of the
York state's history said: "We lived Nassau County. told the Gulf News. livelihood in traditional handicrafts
event, Gulf News reported on Monday.
somewhere in Satwa... I studied in An attorney and an appointee of Regarding Dubai's development, sector in India.
The event's schedule included a Padmanabha Acharya, President
St Mary's Catholic High School up the US Commission on Civil Rights the Senator said: "The construction,
video presentation on Guru Nanak, the to fifth grade." to the New York State Advisory the booming market … everything of the IBPG, said the event would
founder of Sikhism and the first of the His parents, Thomas Kanamoottil Committee, a federal agency tasked has been revolutionary. You say you facilitate networking opportunities
10 Sikh Gurus. and Rachel Thomas, who hail from with civil rights oversight, Thomas are going to Dubai, and people are for the Indian artisans to expand their
It also included panel discussions on Ranni in Kerala, then decided to defeated the incumbent Senator like, yeah that is a great city." business in the UAE.
teaching and travels of Guru Nanak as
well as Punjabi poetry and literature.
Indian expats hail Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture
W
"We are indeed most fortunate that
ith a wide array of cultural events and These events cover a wide range of Peninsula.
the United Arab Emirates not only
activities lined up for the Qatar-India activities including dance performances, Mohamad Sharif, an Indian living in Qatar,
values harmonious coexistence but
2019 Year of Culture, Indian expats musical presentations, film festivals, painting attended a classical dance programme with his
also upholds these values that are being see it as an opportunity to introduce the rich and and photography exhibitions, food festivals, family on March 22.
echoed to the rest of the world," said diverse tradition and culture to their children. fashion shows, calligraphy exhibitions, textiles "My children who were born and brought up in
Surender Kandhari, Chairman of the A number of cultural events are scheduled to be exhibitions and yoga. Qatar watched first time such programmes live.
Gurudwara, referring to the Year of held during the course of the year, The Peninsula "I have been living in Qatar for the past 11 Really it is a great opportunity to introduce
Tolerance. daily reported on Monday. years and it is the first time Indian culture and the children to the culture and tradition of their
The event also saw performances A number of activities were organised in traditions are being showcased at this level under country," he told the daily.
by the renowned Pure Bhangra Group, February and March and many events will be the events of Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture," Indians in Qatar currently number around
held in the coming months. One event, 'Dances of Subramanya Hebbagelu, Joint Secretary, Indian 850,000, according to official figures.
an all-male Bhangra dance and an all-
North Eastern India', is slated to be held in April. Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF) told The
female Gidda Jugni dance.
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British PM Theresa May will NEWS in BRIEF


resign before next phase Trump tells Russian troops to leave Venezuela

of Brexit negotiations: MP U S President Donald Trump said that Russia should pull back its
presence in Venezuela, a day after Russia defended its position on

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the issue. "Russia has to get out," Trump on Wednesday told the press in
ritish Prime Minister Theresa
the Oval Office, where he met with Fabiana Rosales, wife of Venezuelan
May said on Wednesday
opposition leader Juan Guaido.
she would quit if her twice-
Trump added that Russia understands US stance "very well", Xinhua
defeated EU divorce deal passes
news agency reported.
at the third attempt, making a last-
Earlier Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence called on Russia to
ditch bid to persuade rebels in her
cease talks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and said Russia's
Conservative party to back her, one
military move was "an unwelcome provocation."
of her lawmakers said.
Two Russian air force planes landed in Venezuela on Saturday, carrying
May “will go if deal gets through,”
nearly 100 troops and 35 tons of materials, according to media reports.
said the lawmaker, who spoke on
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the presence of Russian
condition of anonymity. “Suggests
specialists in Venezuela is in line with a military-technical cooperation
she goes after a deal.”
agreement between the two countries, which does not need the approval of
May was addressing a meeting of
the Venezuelan National Assembly.
the 1922 Committee - in effect her
parliamentary caucus. Hope India will safeguard peace in outer space: China

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Another Conservative lawmaker hina on Wednesday reacted to India's successful testing of an anti-
said that, while May had not given satellite missile and hoped that New Delhi will earnestly maintain
a date, the impression was that she peace and tranquility in the outer space.
would go “reasonably soon”. "We are aware of relevant reports and we hope that all countries will
A third Conservative member of
earnestly safeguard lasting peace and tranquility in the outer space," the
parliament said May had told the
Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
meeting that she would hand over
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India had become "a
to a successor to negotiate the next
space superpower" as its anti-satellite missile successfully targeted a live
phase of Brexit - future relations with
the EU, notably a wide-ranging trade satellite on a low earth orbit in just three minutes.
May’s deal means Britain will and by 230 votes on Jan. 15. With this, India joins the US, Russia, and China in the elite club.
agreement. May’s announcement is
leave the EU single market and While May was telling her
the latest dramatic turn in the United Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' sells 10 million copies
customs union as well as EU political lawmakers of her intention to quit in

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Kingdom’s three-year Brexit crisis, ormer US First Lady
bodies. But it requires some EU rules a parliament committee room, MPs
but it is still remains uncertain how, Michelle Obama's memoir
to apply unless ways can be found in the main chamber debated eight
when or even if it will leave the "Becoming" has sold over 10
in the future to ensure no border Brexit options ranging from leaving
European Union. million copies globally to date
is rebuilt between British-ruled abruptly with no deal to revoking
Many of the Conservative rebels and is on track to becoming
Northern Ireland and EU member the divorce papers or holding a new
who want a cleaner break from the the most successful memoir in
Ireland. referendum.
EU than May’s deal would deliver modern publishing history.
Many Conservative rebels have Several options on the table would
had made it clear that they would only The memoir sold more than
objected to this so-called Irish see much closer alignments with
consider supporting her agreement if two million units in all formats
backstop, saying it risks binding the EU than May has been willing
she gave a firm commitment and date and editions in the US and
Britain to the EU for years. But given to consider, including staying in the
for her resignation. Canada during the first 15 days
the choice between the backstop and common market or a customs union.
May, a vicar’s daughter, had of its publication on November
no Brexit at all, more should come They will vote at 1900 GMT on a
already promised to step down before 13, 2018, the publisher Penguin
round. Some of the party’s most ballot paper for as many proposals as
the next election, due in 2022. By Random House had said.
influential dissenters had already they wish. Results will be announced
agreeing to go sooner, she increases "Overall UK sales of Obama's
indicated they would back her deal, after 2100 GMT.
the chances of her EU deal passing book currently stand at more than
agreed after two years of talks with The United Kingdom was
before the new April 12 deadline. 600,000, ranking it 11th on the
the EU, saying it was the least worst originally due to leave the EU on
The government is now expected list of bestselling memoirs and
option. March 29 but last week the EU
to bring the deal back to parliament biographies since sales records began in 1998," The Guardian on Tuesday
May’s deal was defeated in granted an extension to the divorce
for a third vote on Friday. quoted Nielsen BookScan, a book sales tracking service, as saying.
parliament by 149 votes on March 12 date until April 12.
"The title was the book giant's biggest success of last year," said Thomas

Boeing 737 MAX makes emergency Rabe, chief executive of the German media group Bertelsmann, parent
company of the publisher.

landing during US transfer "We believe that these memoirs could well become the most successful
memoir ever," he added.

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Boeing 737 MAX aircraft "'Becoming' has been a global sales juggernaut since being launched
operated by Southwest in 31 languages simultaneously in mid-November. The audiobook, read
Airlines made an emergency by the former First Lady, has become the fastest-ever seller put out by
landing Tuesday after experiencing Penguin Random House," the publisher said.
an engine problem as it was being In the book, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling
ferried from Florida to California, the the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on Chicago's
US Federal Aviation Agency said. South Side to her years as an executive balancing the demands of
“The aircraft returned and landed motherhood and work, and to her time spent at the White House.
safely in Orlando,” the FAA said in a Wife of the 44th US President Barack Obama, who held the office from
statement, adding that no passengers 2009 to 2017, Michelle Obama is a graduate from Princeton University and
were on board the aircraft, which Harvard Law School.
was being transferred to Victorville, Divorce, abortion non-negotiable: Italian Deputy PM
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California for storage.
ivorce, abortion and women's rights are "not up for discussion", far-
“The FAA is investigating,”
right Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini said on
added the agency, which grounded facility for a review.” It was the latest since it can malfunction and make
Tuesday, signalling there would be no change to Italy's abortion laws.
the Boeing 737 MAX on March setback for Boeing’s flagship narrow- it difficult for pilots to control the
"We safeguard Italian families. But divorce, abortion, parity of rights
13 following two deadly accidents body plane following October’s Lion aircraft. Both of the recent crashes
between women and men, freedom of choice for all are not up for
involving Ethiopian Airlines and Air crash and the Ethiopian Airlines occurred moments after takeoff.
discussion," he said.
Lion Air but continues to allow the accident earlier this month, which A Senate Commerce Committee
Salvini's comments came after 40 lawmakers from his ruling League
planes to be ferried from airport to together killed 346 people. panel will hold a hearing
party tabled a bill to make the unborn child a "legal subject" and ahead
airport. The accidents, which shared Wednesday to question FAA Acting
of a conference in the staunchly Catholic city of Verona this week that
Southwest said the plane similarities, led authorities across the Administration Daniel Elwell and
will bring together anti-gay, anti-feminist and anti-abortion activists from
experienced an engine problem world to ground the aircraft. Transportation Department Inspector
around the world.
“shortly after takeoff.” “The crew Boeing has since conducted test General Calvin Scovel The officials
The League MPs' bill and the US-run World Congress of Families event
followed protocol and safely landed flights of its 737 MAX to evaluate are expected to face questions from
in Verona from Friday to Sunday sparked an outcry from the League party's
back at the airport” around 3:00 a fix for the MCAS stall prevention lawmakers on the FAA’s certification
coalition government partner, the populist 5-Star Movement.
pm (1900 GMT), spokesman Chris system targeted as a potential cause of the 737 MAX and whether
Referring to Italy's Law 194, which was passed in 1978, 5-Star leader
Mainz said. for the deadly crashes, two sources regulators have become too cozy
Luigi di Maio on Tuesday said: "We are clearly talking about legislation
“The Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be familiar with the matter said. with the company, and fast-tracked
that is indisputable."
moved to our Orlando maintenance The system has been criticized some approvals.
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DHONI'S NEWS in BRIEF


STRATEGIC
IPL: KKR ride Rana, Russell show to rout Punjab

N itish Rana and Robin Uthappa slammed half centuries while Andre
Russell plundered a 17-ball 48 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

SKILLS
romped to a 28-run victory against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a lopsided
Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
Asked to bat, Rana (63; 34b, 4x2; 6x7) and Uthappa 67 not-out (50b, 4x6,
6x2) set the platform for the two-time champions before Russell made the

UNMATCHED:
most of a reprieve to virtually take the game away from Punjab as Dinesh
Karthik-led KKR posted 218/4, the highest total at this venue.
In reply, Punjab were never in the chase, with Chris Gayle (20) removed

RAINA
early by fellow Jamaican Andre Russell. Mayank Agarwal (58; 34b; 6x4;
1x6) cracked his first IPL fifty since 2015 while David Miller was not-out on
59 off 40 balls but none mattered in the end as they could only manage 190/4
in 20 overs. Rana fashioned his second successive fifty as Uthappa blossomed
in his company to stitch together a 110-run third wicket partnership.
India Open: Sindhu, Praneeth, Srikanth in next round

A ce India shuttler P.V. Sindhu started her Indian Open 2019 campaign
with a bang as she thrashed compatriot Mugdha Agrey while B. Sai
Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth also won their respective first round matches.

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Sindhu took just 23 minutes to outclass Mugdha 21-8, 21-13 in a women's
ahendra Singh Dhoni to shoulder this season and that
single match while Praneeth also did well to bounce back after losing the first
guiding India's world- thought alone has guided our practice
game 22-24 but take the next two games 21-13, 21-8 in the hour-long men's
class spin pair of Kuldeep sessions thus far. It's been almost a
single affair.
Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal decade for me with CSK and what
Meanwhile, Srikanth also held his nerve in a tight contest to beat Wong
from behind the stumps is well I bring to the team is patience and
Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong 21-16, 18-21, 21-19 the 56-minute affair.
documented. And the same is evident the ability to keep it together during
Earlier in the day, Sameer Verma also advanced to the next round with a
when he is guiding his bowlers in pressure situations," he said.
21-18, 21-12 win over Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.
Chennai Super Kings during the While the team has done well,
Also, H.S. Prannoy came from a game down to beat Tahliland's Kantaphon
Indian Premier League. But talk of Raina has been an integral part of the
Wangcharoen 14-21, 21-18, 21-14. Later on Wednesday, Parupalli Kashyap
team meetings and planning before journey. Commenting on his ride in
will be up against Hong Kong's Lee Cheuk Yiu.
a game, and MSD would rather skip the league, Raina said: "I have always
them. focussed on having my head in the Lahiri eyes revival of fortunes at Indian Open
Speaking to meida, Suresh Raina
said that Dhoni's biggest strength is
his ability to stay in the present and
game. The centuries, dismissals,
trophies - they're bonus points really.
For me, what really counts is if I
P GA Tour regular Anirban
Lahiri returned home
after a year to participate in,
improvise on the spot looking at how have been able to assist my team in what he considers, the ‘Fifth
the game is panning out, even in a winning a match. This attitude has Major -- the Indian Open golf
fast-paced format like T20 cricket. helped me get where I am today. tournament -- for all Indian
Having been an integral part of "To me, it doesn't matter what golfers.
the Indian team under Dhoni as also Raina hit a whirlwind 16-ball 30 to position I'm batting in. It's always The 31-year-old had won
the CSK unit, not many people have bat Delhi Capitals out of the game. about if I am able to contribute the 2015 Indian Open and
followed 'Captain Cool' closer than With more than 5,000 runs to his significantly to my team's success - went on to emerge as Asian Tour Order of Merit champion the same year.
Raina. While he refuses to compare name in the IPL - the only batsman to whether it's the runs, the catches, or Lahiri has an enviable track record at the National Open having posted six
Dhoni to the likes of Virat Kohli and breach the mark in the league - Raina fielding." top-5s in his last nine appearances.
Rohit Sharma, the batsman believes has shone in every single edition of A highlight of CSK's journey However, Lahiri, currently 185 in the world rankings, did not have the
that Dhoni's strategic skills puts him the tournament. But the middle-order in 2018 was how despite being a best of seasons on the PGA Tour last year. The two-time International team
a step above rest. batsman feels the responsibility on unit with the oldest average age in member of the Presidents Cup is looking for a revival of fortune with an
"Every captain is unique and one of the most successful IPL teams the tournament, Chennai didn't let inspiring performance at the world-class DLF Golf & Country Club.
they all bring their interesting set of is even more this time. that affect them. While the debate "It's always wonderful to be back home. Every time I come back, I have
skills to the game. Having said that, Raina said that it has been a dream continues, Raina says the team isn't happy memories, having played well in this tournament for a number of
Dhoni has been consistent with his journey for the franchise as they on the wrong side of 30. years. I always look forward to playing my national Open as it is like a ‘Fifth
impressive game strategies and that returned from a two-year suspension "It's the perfect side of 30, I'd say. Major' for all of us Indian golfers," Lahiri said.
has converted to multiple wins over to lift the trophy in 2018. They are Our fielding has been on-point and "My game has been a bit inconsistent, but it is moving in the right direction.
the years," he said. now looking to be the only team to we've proved it time and again." I've had a couple of bad weekends. I have singled out the problems that need
Raina is called 'Mr IPL' for a win the tournament back-to-back While people keep trying to to be fixed. I just need to pull it together and stay focused. It feels like I'm in
reason. And it was on display again twice (CSK had earlier won in 2010 understand the secret behind CSK's that place where my game can just take off," he said.
at the Ferozeshah Kotla here on and 2011). incredible journey, Raina says it is all
Tuesday. Even as most batsmen "We are high on determination right about knowing each other's strengths
Pujara should have been part of IPL, says Kumble

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struggled on the slow and low wicket, now. We have a big responsibility and weaknesses. pin great Anil Kumble feels
Cheteshwar Pujara and
India thrash Canada 7-3, enter final of Azlan Shah Ishant Sharma deserved to play
in the Indian Premier League
hockey tournament (IPL) as both have the quality to

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perform in the shortest format of
triker Mandeep Singh scored a hat-trick as India
the game.
outplayed Canada 7-3 to book a summit clash berth
While Ishant was lucky to be
in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament.
pocketed by the rebranded Delhi
The 24-year-old Mandeep fired in three quick goals
Capitals in the IPL auction,
(20th, 27th and 29th minutes), all of them coming in the
Pujara remained unsold.
second quarter, after Varun Kumar had given India the
Speaking on IPL's official
lead in the 12th minute of the high-scoring match.
broadcaster Star Sports' 'Select
At the half time, India were 4-0 up in the match before
Dugout' chat show, Kumble
Canada reduced the margin through a strike from Mark
said: "Ishant has both the skills
Pearson in the 35th minute.
and the confidence. He has done extremely well in Test cricket in the recent
Amit Rohidas (39th), Vivek Prasad (55th) and Nilakanta
past and deserves a place in the IPL. It is unfortunate that some players miss
Sharma (58th) struck later to take the game beyond the
out."
reach of the Canadians who scored two late goals through
"Test players who are playing for India like Ishant and Pujara as well
Fin Boothroyd (50th) and James Wallace (57th).
should be a part of the league. I am glad that Ishant finally got a chance to
With the win, India continued their unbeaten run in the
play and is doing really well."
tournament, with three wins and a draw to top the round-
Meanwhile, the veteran also praised the young talents in the league. "The
robin league table with 10 points.
young guns are fearless. We saw that with Prithvi Shaw, with Rishabh Pant
They are now assured of a place in the final to be played Korea are at second place with seven points while hosts
in the game against Mumbai Indians and it's amazing to see such talent," he
on March 30, with a game in hand. India play their final Malaysia and Canada are on six points each ahead of their
said.
league match against Poland on Friday. final league matches after a rest day on Thursday.
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TRAVEL

EXPLORE THE FAMOUS


MOSQUES IN INDIA

Jama Masjid Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah complex, and mosque. Ameenpeer Dargah is a sufi shrine located
Inayat Khan’s tomb is just around the corner. Jamia Masjid in the Kadapa City in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Qawwali sessions are held every Thursday Jamia Masjid is a mosque in Srinagar, This Dargah or Asthana (shrine) is also called
after Maghrib prayer i.e. sunset time namaz/ Jammu & Kashmir, India. The Jamia Masjid of Asthana-e-Magdoom Ilahi
salat. Often Saturday is also a Qawwali session Srinagar is situated at Nowhatta in the middle It is located in Asthana-e-Magdoom Ilahi
day but sometimes due to various reasons it of the Old City. It was built by sultan Sikandar Dargah complex, locally known as Badi
is cancelled. But Thursday sessions are never Shah Kashmiri Shahmiri in 1394 AD. under Dargah, Pedda Dargah (Telugu) in Kadapa
cancelled being precursor to jumme ki raat (i.e. the order of Mir Mohmmad Hamadani, son of (Cuddapah) city. It is known for its preaching
Friday eve). Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani. Sultan Sikhandar’s of communal harmony. It is claimed folk that
the saints of the shrine are the descendants of

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Haji Ali Dargah son Zain-ul-abidin extended the Jama Masjid
he Masjid-i Jahan-Numa, commonly The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah by including turret. It has similarities Buddhist the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. The masjid is
known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of pagodas and is constructed in Persian style. believed to be constructed in 1683.
is one of the largest mosques in India. Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Near Nakhoda Masjid
It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan Hazratbal Mosque
the heart of the city proper, the dargah is
between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million one of the most recognisable landmarks of
rupees and was inaugurated by an imam from Mumbai. An exquisite example of Indo-Islamic
Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan. The mosque Architecture, associated with legends about
was completed in 1656 AD with three great doomed lovers, the dargah contains the tomb of
gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The Haji Ali
constructed of strips of red sandstone and Dargah was constructed in 1431 in memory of
white marble. The courtyard can accommodate a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji
more than 25,000 persons. There are three Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly
domes on the terrace which are surrounded by possessions before making a pilgrimage to
the two minarets. On the floor, a total of 899 Mecca. Hailing from Bukhara, in present day The Nakhoda Masjid is the principal
black borders are marked for worshippers. The Uzbekistan, Bukhari travelled around the world The Hazratbal Shrine is a Muslim shrine mosque of Kolkata, India, in the Chitpur area
architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid, built in the early to mid 15th century, and eventually in Hazratbal, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, of the Burrabazar business district in Central
by Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb at Lahore, settled in present day Mumbai. India. It contains a relic, the Moi-e-Muqqadas, Kolkata, at the intersection of Zakariya Street
Pakistan, is similar to the Jama Masjid. believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be and Rabindra Sarani. The mosque was built
Makkah Masjid a hair of Muhammad. The name of the shrine
Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah Mecca Masjid also Makkah Masjid, is one as an imitation of the mausoleum of Mughal
comes from the Urdu word Hazrat, meaning
of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad, Telangana Emperor Akbar at Sikandra, Agra by Kutchi
“respected”, and the Kashmiri word bal,
in India, and it is one of the largest masajids Memon Jamat, a small community of Sunni
meaning “place”. Thus it means the place
in India. Makkah Masjid is a listed heritage Muslim community from Kutch. Abdur Rahim
which is given high regards and is respected
building in the old city of Hyderabad, close to Osman, a leader of the Kutchi Memon Jama’at,
among the people. The shrine is situated on
the historic landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace, the left bank of the Dal Lake, Srinagar and is who funded the building was a shipping prince:
Laad Bazaar, and Charminar. Muhammad Quli considered to be Kashmir’s holiest Muslim The mosque was named Nakhoda meaning
Qutb Shah, the fifth ruler of the Qutb Shahi shrine. According to legend, the relic was first Mariner. The foundation stone was laid on 11
dynasty, commissioned bricks to be made from brought to India by Syed Abdullah, a purported September 1926. The total cost incurred for the
the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest site descendant of Muhammad who left Medina and construction was 1,500,000 Indian rupees in
of Islam, and used them in the construction settled in Bijapur, near Hyderabad in 1635. 1926. The mosque’s prayer hall has a capacity
Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is the dargah of the central arch of the mosque, thus giving of 10,000. The masjid has three domes and
Ameen Peer Dargah
(mausoleum) of one of the world’s most famous the mosque its name. It formed the centerpiece two minarets which are 151 feet high. There
Sufi saints, Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizamuddin around which the city was planned by are an additional 25 smaller minarets which
Auliya (1238 - 1325 CE). Situated in the Hazrat Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah. Makkah Masjid range from 100 feet to 117 feet high. The
Nizamuddin West area of Delhi, the dargah is was built during the reign of Muhammad gateway is an ersatz of the Buland Darwaza at
visited by thousands of Muslims every week, Quli Qutb Shah, the 5th Qutb Shahi Sultan of Fatehpur Sikri. For this purpose granite stones
and sees a fair share of Hindus, Christians Golconda (now Hyderabad). The three arched were brought from Tolepur. Inside is a superb
and people from other religions. The tombs of facades have been carved from a single piece of exhibition of exquisite ornamentation and
poet Hazrat Amir Khusro and Mughal princess granite, which took five years to quarry. More artistic extravaganza.
Jehan Ara Begum are also located within the than 8,000 workers were employed to build the Content & Image Source:
FamousplacesinIndia.in
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Roasted broccoli with peanuts and chili


R
oasted Broccoli with Peanuts and Chili
is an Asian recipe that will surely be
the liking of everyone in your house.
This vegetarian recipe is loaded with mouth-
watering flavours and is super easy to prepare
at home.
Ingredients
• 250 gm broccoli
• spice black pepper as required pan heat oil and add chopped ginger, saute
• 2 tablespoon roasted peanuts for a while until fragrant.
• 2 tablespoon refined oil • Now add on the chopped florets with
• 1 clove garlic chopped red chili and season with salt. Stir
• 2 dry red chili fry the mixture until the broccoli is slightly

Chicken avocado salad • salt as required


Method
cooked, but not soft. Keep the flame high or
the broccoli will lose its crunch. Stir in the

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• On a chopping board chop broccoli into small roasted peanuts with black pepper and mix
ry out this delectable and easy recipe well. Once done remove from heat and serve!
filled with the goodness of avocados florets followed by ginger and red chili. In a
and the deliciousness of chicken,
and you are not going to feel guilty after this
indulgence.
Prawn jalfrezi
If you are a die hard lover of sea food
Ingredients especially prawns then this recipe is made for
• 100 gm boiled chicken breasts you. Also known as sambal udang, Prawn
• 150 gm lettuce leaf Jalfrezi is a North Indian recipe that would
• 1 handful arugula surely be the liking of everyone in your family.
• 1 small avocados Ingredients
• 100 gm cherry tomatoes • 1 cup refined oil
• 2 tablespoon red onion • 2 cloves garlic
• For Dressing • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds and then add chopped tomatoes along with
• 2 tablespoon oregano some water and honey.
• 3 tablespoon honey
• 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar (Note: You can also grill the chicken for • Once it starts boiling turn the flame to low
• 1 tablespoon powdered turmeric
• 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice better taste using the least oil.) • 15 leaves coriander leaves and then cover this pan using a lid and
• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • Now, prepare the salad dressing my mixing • 3 onion allow it to simmer for another few minutes.
• 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil together red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive • 3 tomato Meanwhile, wash the tiger prawns under
• 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard oil, oregano, Dijon mustard, black pepper • chilli flakes as required water and pat dry them using kitchen towel.
and lemon juice. Remove the lid after sometime and drop
Method • 700 gm tiger prawns
• To prepare this salad recipe, peel the • Once the salad dressing is ready, take a these prawns in it carefully. Add a little water
• 1 tablespoon coriander powder
avocado and cut fine slices of it in a bowl. large bowl and throw in the washed arugula
along with coriander leaves and again cover
Next, wash the cherry tomatoes and cut and lettuce leaves. Method
the pan again using a lid. Bring it to boil for
them into halves. Peel and finely chop the • Add the finely chopped red onion, chicken • Place a non-stick pan over medium flame and
minimum 10 minutes over low flame till the
red onion in a small bowl. julienne along with halved cherry tomatoes pour oil in it. Once the oil is hot enough add
prawns are cooked well.
• Then, finally cut julienne of boiled chicken. and arugula slices in the bowl. Pour the chopped onions to it along with garlic and
prepared dressing over it and toss well all • Remove the lid and cook over low flame
Also, wash the arugula and lettuce leaves, saute till the onions appear translucent. After
the ingredients. Once done, serve with a for a minutes till the gravy becomes thick.
and pat them dry. sometime add chili flakes, coriander powder
bread of your choice. Transfer it to a separate serving bowl and
• Keep these salad leaves aside until required. and turmeric powder in to the pan. Stir well
serve hot with hot steamed rice.

Punjabi mutton curry Mexican lime chicken


P I
unjabi Mutton Curry is a quintessential
f you are a non-vegetarian who
Punjabi recipe that is quite popular among the
loves to gorge on chicken
Indian foodies who dig spicy and delicious
meat, then you must try this
dishes. This curry recipe is loaded with wholesome
Mexican Lime Chicken recipe.
spices that are cooked in desi ghee and makes for
Prepared with chicken wings
a mouth-watering delight that not only fills your
marinated in lemon, lime
stomach but satiates your soul. You can serve this
zest, garlic and a melange of
main dish recipe for lunch as well as dinner with rice
spices, this appetizer recipe
or naan to make it into a complete meal.
is grilled to perfection. This
Ingredients non-vegetarian recipe is tangy
• 500 gm mutton in taste and is such a filling dish
• 2 tablespoon coriander powder that it will leave you feeling full
• 4 sliced onion for a few hours. You can serve this
• 2 teaspoon crushed to paste garlic chicken recipe with a salad or dip of
ginger paste along with garlic paste and cook the
• 4 clove your choice. This is a flavourful snack
mixture until the raw smell disappears.
• 5 green cardamom recipe and provides the much needed zing
• Now, add turmeric powder, red chili powder and
• 1 cinnamon stick to your palate!
coriander powder to the spice mixture and mix
• salt as required and
it well. Ingredients
• 2 cup water coat the wings
• Add the mashed tomatoes and mix it well with • 5 chicken wings
• 4 tablespoon ghee evenly and put them in a large bowl.
the other ingredients. • 5 tablespoon lemon juice
• 2 cup yoghurt (curd) Place this bowl in a refrigerator and let
• Make sure the tomatoes turn pulpy and cook this • 2 tablespoon garlic
• 2 teaspoon crushed to paste ginger the chicken marinate for an hour.
mix until oil separates from the masala in the pan. • salt as required
• 2 teaspoon red chilli powder • Cover this bowl with a cling film and
Now, add mutton pieces in this masala and mix it • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
• 3 mashed tomato refrigerate the mixture for an hour to
well. Ensure that mutton pieces are evenly coated • 2 teaspoon lime zest
• 8 peppercorns marinate the chicken well. Meanwhile,
with masala. • 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
• 1 teaspoon garam masala powder preheat the grill to medium-high
• Pour the yoghurt in the mutton masala and mix • 2 teaspoon paprika powder
• 1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric temperature.
it well.
• For Garnishing Method • Take out the marinated chicken out
• Let it cook for 4-5 minutes and, then, add water
• 1 handful chopped coriander leaves • Wash the chicken wings thoroughly from the refrigerator and place the
in it. Stir it well and check the seasoning once.
before proceeding further. On a wings on the preheated griller for about
Method Add chopped coriander leaves along with garam
chopping board, chop the garlic and 10 minutes or until it is moist and
• To prepare this main dish recipe, firstly, clean masala powder in this.
add them to a bowl. In the same bowl, brown on every side.
and wash the mutton pieces. Heat ghee in a fry • Give it a quick stir. Cook it for another 25
add olive oil, lemon juice, lime zest, • Once done, remove from the griller
pan. Add cardamom, cloves, black pepper corns, minutes to ensure that mutton is no longer raw
coriander seeds, paprika and salt as per and transfer the wings in a plate. Serve
cinnamon stick. Saute these for a minute and add and is perfectly juicy. Once done, take it off the
your taste. these hot with a dip of your choice to
the sliced onions along with salt in it. Saute till flame and transfer the dish in a bowl. Serve it hot
• Mix these well and add the chicken enjoy!
the onion turns light brown in color. Next, add with rice or naan to enjoy!
wings to it. Brush well with the marinade
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H E A LT H
Aspirin can aid in fight against tuberculosis: Study
A
spirin can prevent the tuberculosis that widely available aspirin could be used to drugs, including the widely available aspirin, worldwide.
(TB) bacterium from hijacking treat patients with severe TB infection and save the researchers said, could prevent hijacking In 2017, 10 million people fell ill with TB,
immune cells and allow the body to lives," said lead author Elinor Hortle, research and allow the body to control infection better, and 1.6 million died from the disease (including
control infection better, say researchers who officer at Centenary. according to the paper published in The Journal 0.3 million among people with HIV).
found that the common pain killer could treat Using the zebrafish model of TB, the team of Infectious Diseases. The infection also accounted for death in
the top infectious killer worldwide that claims used fluorescent microscopy to observe the "This is the first time that platelets have been 230,000 children (including children with HIV
around 4,400 lives a day. build-up of clots and activation of platelets found to worsen TB in an animal model. It associated TB) in 2017.
Researchers from the Centenary Institute in around sites of infection. opens up the possibility that anti-platelet drugs India has the world's highest burden of TB,
Sydney found that the TB bacterium hijacks They found that the platelets were being could be used to help the immune system fight with 27 per cent of all global cases and over 30
platelets from the body's blood clotting system tricked by the infection into getting in the way off drug resistant TB," Hortle said. per cent of all deaths worldwide.
to weaken immune systems. of the body's immune system. According to the World Health Organization,
"Our study provides more crucial evidence Treating the infections with anti-platelet TB is one of the top 10 causes of death

Smokers notice health warnings more on plain packs Night shifts


H during
ealth warnings on plain- body of evidence that standardised
packaged cigarettes affect packaging reduces the appeal of
smokers more than those
marked on branded packs, finds a
tobacco products," said George
Butterworth, Senior Policy Manager pregnancy up
new study. at Cancer Research, UK.
Warnings used on standardised
packs were novel and larger than
The study showed that smokers
who bought standardised packs were
miscarriage
those on fully-branded packs - and more likely to have noticed and read risk
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displayed pictorial images on both the warnings compared to those who omen who do two or
main display areas, the team said. had never used standardised packs. more night shifts a week
"Consistent with the broad Those who bought standardised
during pregnancy are
objectives of standardised packs also thought about the health
likely to have an increased risk of
packaging, our research found that risks of smoking and quitting and
it was associated with increased were more likely to have noticed a miscarriage, says a new study.
warning salience, and thoughts stop smoking sign on packs. This is because women working
about risks and quitting," said lead For the study, the team included at night are exposed to artificial
researcher Crawford Moodie from 1,865 current smokers aged 16 and light which disrupts their circadian
the University of Stirling in Scotland. above. rhythm or body clock and decreases
"This study adds to the growing the release of melatonin -- a hormone

Drinking orange juice daily may Excessive hygiene can cause that regulates sleep-wake cycles and
helps in maintaining a successful

keep strokes at bay antibiotic resistance pregnancy, according to the study


published in the Occupational and

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rinking orange juice daily hile maintaining hygiene Environmental Medicine journal.
may cut your risk of deadly is good for health, excess The findings showed that after the
strokes by almost a quarter, cleanliness could lead to eighth week of pregnancy, women
suggests a study. antibiotic resistance often resulting who had worked two or more night
The study, published in the British to death and illness as well, suggests shifts had a 32 per cent higher risk of
Journal of Nutrition, showed that a new study. miscarriage compared with women
people who consumed the juice each Comparing all existing who had not worked any night shifts.
day saw a reduction in the risk of a microorganisms and antibiotic ill and die from antibiotic-resistant
"This may be explained by
brain clot by 24 per cent, the Daily resistances, the researchers at germs is increasing worldwide,
the decline in the proportion of
Mail reported. Austria's University of Graz, showed said the study, published in Nature
chromosomally abnormal foetuses
Further, the rates of heart disease that microbial diversity decreases in Communications.
were also reduced in regular drinkers, with gestational age, which makes
areas with high levels of hygiene and Hence, the results indicated that a
who were 12 to 13 per cent less likely an association with environmental
the diversity of resistances increases. stable microbial diversity in clinical
to suffer with damaged arteries. exposure more easily detectable
The team compared the intensive areas counteracts the spread of
Fresh fruit juices have long been among later miscarriages," said
care unit of the institute with clean resistances.
thought of as healthy. But consumers With the microbial control of researchers from the Bispebjerg and
rooms subject to strong microbial
in recent years have been put off pathogens already being used Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark.
control in the aerospace industry and
by warnings over their high sugar in cultivated plants and also in This is an observational study, and
with public and private buildings
content. The researchers noted that humans in the framework of stool as such, cannot establish cause.
which have hardly any microbial
the health benefits in terms of stroke Juice is thought to contain many transplantation, pursuing such Previous studies have also stated
controls.
prevention could outweigh the risks of the naturally-occurring plant ideas in indoor areas in future is that women who work in night
"In environments with strong
from sugar content. substances found in whole fruit recommended, said Gabriele Berg shifts, even occasionally, are at an
microbial control in the intensive
"We found a favourable association that can protect blood vessels from the varsity. increased risk of early menopause,
care unit and industrially used
with pure fruit juice consumption," against disease. The team suggested regular airing, which can heighten the possibility of
clean rooms, there are increasing
said researchers from the Netherlands However, the team said despite the developing cardiovascular disease,
antibiotic resistances which show houseplants, deliberate use of useful
National Institute for Public Health. obvious benefits of juice, they would osteoporosis and memory problems.
a high potential for combining with microorganisms and reduction of
It's not just orange juice that has this still recommend eating whole fruit For the study, the researchers
pathogens," said Alexander Mahnert, antibacterial cleaning agents could
benefit, other fruit juices also appear as well, as there are more studies included nearly 23,000 pregnant
director at the varsity. be the strategies in maintaining or
to cut the risk, they noted. confirming its benefits.
The number of people who become improving microbial diversity. women.

Human brain cells develop throughout life: Study


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uman beings keep making new brain cells throughout In healthy brains there was a "slight decrease" in the amount "It's very surprising for us, it's even before the accumulation
their lives, even into the 90s, a finding that may pave of this neurogenesis with age. of amyloid beta (a hallmark of Alzheimer's) and probably before
the way to treatments for Alzheimer's disease -- linked "I believe we would be generating new neurons as long as we symptoms, it's very early."
to loss in brain cells, according to a study. need to learn new things," researcher Maria Llorens-Martin was Understanding why there is a decrease in neurogenesis could
Scientists had earlier thought that most of our neurons -- brain quoted as saying to BBC News. lead to new treatments in both Alzheimer's and normal ageing,
cells that send electrical signals -- are indeed in place by the "And that occurs during every single second of our life," she Llorens-Martin said.
time we are born. The team at the University of Madrid looked added. "While we start losing nerve cells in early adulthood, this
at the brains of 58 deceased people who were aged between 43 However, the study, published in Nature Medicine, says in research shows that we can continue to produce new ones even
and 97 and focussed on the hippocampus -- a part of the brain people at the beginning of Alzheimer's, the number of new into our 90s," said Rosa Sancho, from the Alzheimer's Research
involved in memory and emotion -- lost in Alzheimer's patients. neurons forming fell from 30,000 per millimetre to 20,000 per UK. "Alzheimer's radically accelerates the rate at which we lose
They were able to spot immature or "new" neurons in the millimetre. "That's a 30 per cent reduction in the very first stage nerve cells and this research provides convincing evidence that
brains that they examined, the BBC reported. of the disease," Llorens-Martin said. it also limits the creation of new nerve cells."
26 TIME OUT Saturday, March 29, 2019 The Indian Weekender

CROSSWORD NO: 12 ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUESTIONS

SUDOKU NO:12

HITORI NO: 12 QUIZ QUESTIONS NO: 12


Hitori – a logic puzzle with very simple rules and challenging solutions. Can you eliminate 1. How many wives did Henry VIII have? 6 19. Who invented the telephone? Alexander Graham
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column? Objective / Rules. Eliminate
numbers until there are no duplicates in any row or column. Eliminate numbers 2. Name the four main characters from the cartoon Bell
by marking them in Black. You are not allowed to have two Black squares touching series ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. Donatello, 20. Name all the seven dwarfs from the fairy tale ‘Snow
horizontally or vertically (diagonally is ok). Any White square can be reached from any
other (i.e. they are connected).
Leonardo, Raphael and Michael Angelo White’. Sleepy, Sneezy, Happy, Grumpy, Doc,
3. What is the capital of Hawaii? Honolulu Dopey and Bashful.
4. What is the name of the actor who plays the character 21. Who is the only athlete to win the Olympic marathon
of Harry Potter in the movie series? Daniel Radcliffe twice and in successive Olympic games? Abebe Bikila
5. Who discovered rubber? Charles Macintosh 22. Which athlete has won the maximum number of gold
6. What is the name of the Greek God of music? Apollo medals at a single Olympics, and how many? Michael
7. Who painted the Mona Lisa? Leonardo da Vinci Phelps. He won 8 gold medals at the Beijing 2008
8. Who was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect Olympic games.
score of 10 at the Olympics? Nadia Comaneci 23. Who was the 16th president of the United States?
9. What was Mickey Mouse’s original name? Mortimer Abraham Lincoln
Mouse 24. The Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States
10.  In which year did the Titanic sink? In the year 1912 by which country? France
11. When was the first atomic bomb dropped? It was 25. Name the five characters in Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous
dropped on August 6, 1945. Five’. — Georgina, Julian, Anne, Dick and Timothy
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE NO: 11 12. What is the common name for calcium carbonate? the dog.
See how many differences you can find in the right or left photo. Chalk 26. Where did the game of badminton originate? It
13.  What is the antonym of the word ‘synonym’? Of originated in the British era in the Indian city of
course, it is ‘antonym’ itself! Pune (or Poona, as it was known back then).
14. What % of an egg’s weight is the shell? 12% 27. Who improved the design of the modern-day
15. Which city is the Palace of Versailles nearest to? Paris incandescent light bulb? Thomas Edison
16. Who composed the Minute Waltz? Frederic Chopin 28. Who was the first actor to have played the role of
17. Who founded the first public library in the U.S.? James Bond in the movie series? Sir Sean Connery
Benjamin Franklin 29. Which was the country that first made the use of paper
18. Who is known as the Father of the Modern Olympics? money? China
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Lifestyle
29 March – 4 April | By Manisha Koushik
Manisha Koushik is a practicing astrologer, tarot card reader, numerologist, vastu and fengshui
consultant based in India with a global presence through the online channels. She is available for
consultations online as well. E-mail her at support@askmanisha.com or contact
at +91-11-26449898 Mobile/Whatsapp: +91-9716145644 • www.askmanisha.com
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr 20)
Hobbies and various other exciting pastimes may attract you. You can get rather too
protective of someone and get accused of favouritism on the family front. In calling
a spade a spade at work, don’t lose your cool. Good networking is likely to help you
out of a tight spot. As of now, you face no financial worries. Health-wise you will
remain fit as a fiddle. Someone may try to interfere in your love life. Lucky Number:
9 / Lucky Colour: Magenta
TAURUS (Apr 21-May 20)
You may find the going a bit tough on the romantic front, but don’t lose hope. A
business venture will be successful, only if you are able to tap the right contacts.
Someone close may come and stay with you for a few weeks. Sharing the workload
on the academic front with your group may not quite work out. Reins may need to be
tightened a bit on mounting expenditure. Adjusting to the daily workout schedule may

Manage your calorie intake: How many prove difficult. Lucky Number: 7 / Lucky Colour: White
GEMINI (May 21-Jun 21)
calories to eat per day to lose weight This is the time for you to enjoy, but don’t overdo it for the sake of health.
Accompanying someone on an interesting will prove most entertaining. Something

C
concrete gets done in a property matter. Achieving targets will put you in the lead on
alories are the most talked about when it comes to weight loss. These energy units need to
the professional front. Your patience and tolerance will help defuse an ugly situation
be balanced to shed those extra pounds. Here’s how to manage your calorie intake to lose on the home front. Many more avenues for earning may open up for you on the
weight. Lesser calories mean less weight. The more you control your calorie intake, the financial front. Get used to new situations. Lucky Number: 8 / Lucky Colour: Pink
more weight you can reduce. It is important to keep in mind how much calories you eat per day if
CANCER (Jun 22-Jul 20)
you’re looking to lose weight. Eating healthy and exercising will help you burn the extra calories. A little push is what is needed to see an important assignment to completion. You will
find much success in independent pursuits. Maintaining contacts with the right people
will prove favourable on the academic front. You may become part of an exciting trip
and enjoy your heart out. Resolving a contentious property issue amicably will be in
your interest. Persistence will pay on the fitness front. Good earning is indicated. Your
professional reputation is set to rise. Lucky Number: 22 / Lucky Colour: Indigo
LEO (JuL21-Aug 20)
You will need to lead the way, if you want support from others. Those not being able
to attend a function may have to make it up later. Friends and relations may land up
unannounced and compel you to change your schedule. Overdoing the exchanging-
gifts bit is indicated, but all this will only add to your reputation of being large hearted.
This week you will be blessed with extra energy and dynamism. Those in love enjoy
their time together. Lucky Number: 6 / Lucky Colour: Peach
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sep 23)
Some of you are likely to start something new started on the professional front. Why
not take a break and get refreshed, before taking up another task? It will do you
good. Unwavering focus will be needed for performing well on the academic front,
as distractions may tempt you. Good investments promise to get you more for your
money. A family elder may feel neglected and may make an issue of it. Avoid travel
fatigue by limiting travel. Lucky Number: 5 / Lucky Colour: Light Green
Count Calorie Intake
LIBRA (Sep 24-Oct 23)
HOW MANY CALORIES SHOULD YOU EAT PER DAY TO LOSE WEIGHT? Rediscovering your hidden talents and skills is likely to keep you happily busy. Your
A moderately active woman can consume 2000 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight efforts on the professional front will not go in vain. A coveted post or an assignment
and a man can consume 2500 calories per day. One pound is equal to 3500 calories. In order to is yours at work. You are likely to ace a competition with flying colours. Financially,
lose one pound per week, you need to cut your calorie intake by 500 every day. This will create a you will remain on a safe wicket, as money comes to you from various sources. Praise
3500 calorie deficit and help you lose one pound. This depends on various factors like height, age, will pour in from all quarters for an event well managed on the social front. Lucky
Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: Baby Pink
metabolism and current weight.
SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)
Health problems troubling you are likely to disappear, as you find yourself fitter and
more energetic. Someone in the family is likely to make you proud. Giving a personal
touch to whatever you deliver at work will be much appreciated by others. Problem
solving on the academic front is likely to make you a star performer. Someone may
bowl you over by returning your affections on the romantic front. You will derive
much pleasure from an impromptu journey. Lucky Number: 3 / Lucky Colour:
Yellow
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21)
Review your approach to solving a problem, as you may have gone off track. Your
efforts to keep in touch with friends and relations may keep you connected to the
social gossip mill. On the academic front, things that were previously hazy will come
into sharp focus now. Those dealing in property may get a deal of a lifetime. Straying
off course in a personal matter may have serious consequences. Health remains
satisfactory, as you shake a leg. Lucky Number:18 / Lucky Colour: Violet
CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 21)
This is an excellent week that is likely to fulfill all your desires. An overseas journey
may be undertaken and exotic places explored. Financially, you are likely to seal a
lucrative deal. You are likely to remain head and shoulder above the competition on
the academic front. Your social life appears most happening and planning something
with friends cannot be ruled out. You will have no dearth of money, but judicious
spending is the need of the hour. Lucky Number: 2 / Lucky Colour: White
Manage your calorie count
AQUARIUS (Jan 22-Feb 19)
HOW TO REDUCE CALORIE INTAKE WITHOUT STARVING YOURSELF? You may be reluctant to take an initiative in the absence of any support, but don’t get
• Drink more water. discouraged and go right ahead. Skill and talent will be needed to make your mark at
• Eat more proteins; it will reduce your cravings and appetite. work. Existing environment on the home front will keep you happy and contended.
• Avoid sweetened and sugary drinks. Someone on the romantic front is likely to win you over. Those searching for a life
• Avoid sweetened juices partner may soon tie the knot. Owning a vehicle of your dreams may come true for
some. Lucky Number:8 / Lucky Colour: Pink
• Keep your body active. Exercise.
• Eat fewer carbohydrates. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20)
• Eat foods high in fiber. Whatever you do, you must be fair and just to all. There is a need keep a tag on
the work being undertaken by subordinates. Professionally, you may be dealing with
HOW TO TRACK YOUR CALORIES? many things at once and will manage to do justice to all. Rising expenditure will be
There are tons of apps and sites on the internet where you can track your daily calorie intake. You easily countered by increased earnings. Spouse may seem all lovey-dovey this week,
only need to enter the food you ate, it’ll show you how much calorie your meal contained. Using a so plan a romantic evening with a candlelight dinner thrown in! Steps taken on the
calorie counter will motivate you and keep you going. health front will prove beneficial. Lucky Number: 15 / Lucky Colour: Beige
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DEEPIKA'S ACID
Voting ensures a government
you deserve, say celebs

ATTACK SURVIVOR B
ollywood personalities like Anupam Kher,
Shekhar Kapur and R. Madhavan have
urged people to exercise their right to vote
as it helps in ensuring a government the citizen

LOOK UNVEILED needs and deserves.


Modi, on Twitter had "appealed" to several actors
to "tell fellow Indians to vote in large numbers in

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ctress Deepika Padukone unveiled the first look from the the upcoming elections."
upcoming film Chhapaak in which she will be seen playing Anupam replied: "Thank you Prime Minister
real life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Narendra Modi for the compassion with which you
Deepika tweeted the first look from the film, directed by work for our country. Yes! It is through our vote
Meghna Gulzar. we ensure a government we need and we deserve.
In the image, the Padmaavat star is seen with prosthetics of scars So my fellow Indians! Please vote in the coming
and burns on her face. elections to keep the flag of our democracy flying."
She captioned it: "A character that will stay with me forever... Acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur wrote that
Malti. Shoot begins today! Chhapaak. Releasing January 10, 2020." the Constitution of India has given each citizen of
Deepika will turn producer with the film. India the Fundamental Right to vote.
"It's a very important story and it's a true life incident, so hopefully He added: "But with Rights come responsibilities.
good things will come out of it," she had said earlier. Each one of us must exercise our right to vote. It's
The film also stars Vikrant Massey. the least you and I can do to uphold the principles
Deepika's look has been lauded by film of our great Nation."
"It's
fraternity members. Actor R. Madhavan says he supports Modi for
a very
Actress Huma Qureshi reacted: "Wow! This strengthening the democracy in India.
important story
is going to be epic", while Arjun Kapoor wrote: "Sir.Your unrelenting passion for strengthening
and it's a true life
"Beautiful. Deepika Padukone, Meghna Gulzar incident, so hopefully Democracy in this country, is totally and completely
and the entire team deserve to be given credit for supported by me and it will not just be an honour
good things will
this remarkably accurate visual portrayal." and privilege, but my ardent duty to assist you in
come out of it."
Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia wrote: "How this endeavour. Thank you for personally reminding
inspiring, interesting - more power to you gutsy ladies us," he wrote.
Deepika and Meghna - love and wishes." The Lok Sabha elections are scheduled in seven
phases from April 11 to May 19. The results will be

RANI MUKERJI: If you feel strongly announced on May 23.

Salman Khan: My content


about a script, you have to take it on on web is going to be Hum
Aapke Hain Koun type
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fter Hichki, 41-year-old Rani one for the digital platforms). But my decision

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Mukerji will next be seen in to do a project is driven by the content because alman Khan
Mardaani 2 and the actress got as an actor I have to try all the mediums.” has been in the
talking about the importance of script for Meanwhile, Actress Rani Mukerji, who was film industry
an actor last seen on the big screen in the 2018 film for almost 30 years
From Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’s Tina to playing Hichki, is back on shoot mode. She has started now. From romance
a dynamic cop in Mardaani (2014) to Hichki’s shooting for the sequel to her 2014 hit film to comedy and action,
(2018) Naina Mathur battling Tourette Mardaani. Salman has done
Syndrome, we are no stranger to Rani’s acting Yash Raj Films announced that Rani is back different kinds of
prowess, for this talented actress has proved on Mardaani 2 sets. films. The actor has
that she knows her craft well. The post also gave a glimpse of Rani's look acted with almost
A few days back, Rani Mukerji celebrated in the film. She is seen in an intense police every top leading
her 41st birthday and currently, the actress is officer look, wearing a white shirt paired with actresses in the Hindi
prepping up for a sequel to Mardaani, where black jeans. film industry. His stardom has helped him in
she essayed the role of a cop- Shivaji Roy. Mardaani featured Rani as a feisty senior gaining a lot of fans and admirers of all age.
But when Rani was quizzed about films and inspector, Shivani Shivaji Roy, who took A few years ago, Salman Khan ventured into
how scrip should be paramount to an actress, "It’s on the kingpin of a child trafficking production. With the help of his production
Rani informed media, “It’s important to do important racket played by actor Tahir Raj company Salman Khan Films, the superstar is
that because only when you back the project to do that because Bhasin. providing some exciting and young content to the
will it see the light of the day. only when you back Rani had earlier said: "Across audiences. The upcoming film by SKF is Notebook.
"When you come across a script that you, the project will it see the globe, people have given it The film stars debutantes Pranutan Behl and Zaheer
in your gut, feel strongly about, you have to the light of the a standing ovation. I think it has Iqbal in the lead roles.
take it on irrespective of what some people hai, depending on the content.” day" hit the right chord with everyone Recently, Salman Khan held a press meet for the
may tell you. In today’s day and age, B-town irrespective of the gender. The fact movie. At the press meet, the superstar was asked
There have been so many examples last actors to the likes of Saif Ali Khan that we have tried to raise an awareness that along with acting and producing films, if is
year itself where these beliefs have been and Akshay Kumar are slowly gravitating has been conquered. Mardaani is and will he next planning to venture into the digital world.
proved wrong. towards the digital platform and when Rani always be extremely close to my heart." Well, Salman Khan is open to doing web series but
Today, there can’t be a distinction that a film was quizzed about her willingess to go digital, The film will be produced by her husband has a condition to the kind of content he wants to
is big or small. Ab koi bhi movie badi ho sakti she said, “I would love to do something (on Aditya Chopra. provide.

Rajpal Yadav feels 'healed', can't wait to start


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ctor Rajpal Yadav, who came out of In November 2018, the Delhi High Court interesting characters in films like Kal Ho
prison late February after serving a sentenced him to three months in prison for Naa Ho, Waqt: The Race Against Time, Bhool
sentence in a case of non-repayment non-repayment of a loan of Rs 5 crore that his Bhulaiyaa, Partner, Bhagam Bhag and Judwaa
of a loan, says he is healed, happy and excited company took to produce a film in 2010. 2 among several others.
to go back to a film set and start shooting all "I think the law is equal for everyone and no He has shared screen space with actors
over again. one is immune from the law of the nation, the including Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar,
"I will soon start the shooting of the film legal system. So I followed the court's decision Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Govinda and
Time To Dance (alongside Sooraj Pancholi as a law abiding citizen," Rajpal said. Varun Dhawan.
and Isabelle Kaif). We shot the film abroad. A "I think I trusted a few people who later Rajpal has worked in independent and small
small part of it remains. We will finish that. It misused my trust. But I do not want to comment budget films for many years while balancing
could have been finished before, but I am really much on that. I want to move forward as I roles in commercial potboilers. What does he
thankful to the producers and directors who know life has a lot to offer," he added. think of the evolution in Hindi cinema?
waited for me to come back. He was lodged at the Tihar Jail, and "I think this is the time we have waited
"That apart, I am also wrapping up Jaako there was news that he had also performed for 'especially when we started making small
Raakhe Saaiyan. I am also in talks to work during a cultural programme held for the budget content-driven films where the story
with David Dhawan and Priyadarshan. I can't prison inmates. was the hero. now these films are mainstream alongside big
wait to go back on a film set now," Rajpal said. The actor is known for playing some Earlier those films use to be called –one of', budget masala films."
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SONAKSHI SINHA
Opens up about body shaming;
Filmfare Awards 2019
winners complete list
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nd the winner list for Filmfare Awards 2019
Says ‘I lost 30 kgs to do Dabangg comes across as the perfect mix of films
that got critical acclaim and films that were
and still people are talking’ loved otherwise. Bagging not one but two awards is

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or Bollywood actors maintaining their physical appearance Tumbbad and film critics will be happy about how it
and health is important. Not just because they have to endure made a place on the list while films like Padmaavat,
long hours of work, but also to be accepted as a star. However, Raazi, Andhadhun and others got their due credits.
despite so much hard work in maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle, And of course, one can't miss out the best actor (male
many actors get trolled on social media for their looks and weight. and female) categories as far as the critics choice, as
Recently, Sonakshi Sinha addressed all her trolls attacking her looks well as popular choices, go.
and weight on Arbaaz Khan’s chat show and opened up about what Check out the complete list of winners here:
she felt on reading such things. Best action:
Sonakshi made her debut opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg, and Vikram Dahiya and Sunil Rodriguez (Mukkabaaz)
since then, her whole body transformation journey is inspirational. Best Choreography:
Sonakshi worked day in and out to reduce her weight as well as Kruti Mahesh Midya, Jyoti Tomaar (Ghoomar,
to gain strength and is among the gorgeous ladies in Bollywood. Padmaavat)
Despite all of that, trolls keep attacking her. Best Editing:
On Arbaaz’s show, Sonakshi mentioned that he lost 30 KGs Pooja Ladha Surti, Andhadhun
for her debut opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg yet people body Best Costume:
shaming her. She also shared that at one point she left paying Sheetal Sharma, Manto
attention to all of the comments and worked on herself for her Best Production Design:
own health.
Nitin Zihani Chaudhary and Rajesh Yadav (Tumbbad)
Sonakshi said, “When I did Dabangg, you had seen me before
Best VFX: Chilles Fx (Zero)
that also and I was very very big, I was unhealthy. I was unfit and I
Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film: Hussain Dalal,
lost 30 kgs to do your film and still people found words to say about
Shameless
me, about my shape, about how I looked.
Earlier, I used to go in the defensive space. I had put in so much effort, Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film: Kirti Kulhari,
I have reduced so much, they have not seen the half of it. They have not seen the effort Maya
that has gone in, they have not seen the blood, sweat and tears that have gone in. And, People's Choice Award for Best Short Film:
still they are talking so, to hell with it, main jaisi hun vaisi rahungi,aapko dekhna hai Plus Minus
aap dekho aap ko mat dekhna hai aap mat dekho.” Best Short Film (Fiction):
Sonakshi will be seen next as Satya in Kalank which also stars Aditya Roy Kapur, Rogan Josh
Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit. The film is a pre-partition Best Short Film (Non Fiction):
drama set in the1940's and is being helmed by Abhishek Varman. The teaser of Kalank The Soccer City
left everyone in awe of the grand scale of the film. Best Background Score:
Daniel George (Andhadhun)
Sonam to raise funds Sanjay Dutt clarifies he will NOT be Best Cinematography:
for cancer survivors contesting Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Pankaj Kumar (Tumbbad)

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ctress Sonam K. Ahuja Best playback singer (Female):
anjay Dutt on Monday took to Shreya Ghosal (Ghoomar)
will be walking for Twitter to put to rest all rumours
designer duo Abu Best debut actor (Female):
about him contesting the 2019 Sara Ali Khan (Kedarnath)
Jani and Sandeep Khosla for General Elections. He clarified all
a fashion show by the Cancer Best Playback singer (male):
rumours and said that he does not
Patients Aids Association Arijit Singh
intend on contesting the elections.
(CPAA) to raise funds for Best Lyrics:
Recent reports had mentioned that Gulzar (Ae Watan, Raazi)
cancer survivors here. She says the 59-year-old actor will would
she is a huge believer in using Best Music Album:
be contesting the elections from Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Padmaavat)
her voice to support social and Ghaziabad constituency.
health issues. Best Debut Director:
Taking to Twitter to clarify these Amar Kaushik (Stree)
"It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of this show. reports, Sanjay Dutt said, "The rumor
I am a huge believer in using my voice to support social Best Debut Actor (Male):
about me contesting for the Loksabha Ishaan Khatter
and health issues. The CPAA does outstanding work in elections is not true. I stand with
the field of providing holistic care to those affected by Best Supporting Actor (Female):
my country and in full support for Surekha Sikri (Badhaai Ho)
Cancer," Sonam said in a statement. my sister @PriyaDutt_INC. I urge
The CPAA is completing 50 years on Sunday and to Best Supporting Actor (Male):
everyone to come out in maximum Vicky Kaushal (Sanju) and
support it a fashion show is being organised. numbers and cast their vote for
The 33-year-old actress said the battle against cancer Gajraj Rao (Badhaai Ho)
our nation!" Best Original Story:
must be won. was the Minister of Youth Affairs
For the unversed, Sanjay Dutt had Anubhav Sinha (Mulk)
"Battling Cancer is a most worthy fight and one which and Sports in the Manmohan Singh
contested elections in 2009 from the Best Director:
can and must be won. My every good wish for them Government (2004-2005) and Sanjay
Samajwadi Party but quit soon after
as they complete 50 years of exceptional service to the Dutt’s sister, Priya Dutt is a former Meghna Gulzar (Raazi)
in 2010. "I don't know why I entered
cause," she added. Member of Parliament. Best Film (Popular choice):
politics...what happened.
Talking about walking for the designer duo, Sonam A News 18 report had earlier stated Raazi
"I did a mistake. I don't think any
said: "I am delighted to walk for Abu and Sandeep. They Best Film (Critics):
actor fits there completely," Dutt was that the SP-BSP will place their bets
are (my) favourites. Its always a pleasure to work with Andhadhun
quoted as saying. on Sanjay Dutt and compete against
them and wear their fabulous clothes." Best actor male (Critics):
Sanjay Dutt’s father, late Sunil Dutt Aam Aadmi Party's Kumar Vishwas.
Ayushmann Khurrana

Aparshakti Khurrana says he is not competing with his brother (Andhadhun)


and Ranveer Singh
Competition generally happens not got any script yet. We both are looking (Padmaavat)
between two equals. In our case, forward tocollaborate on something Best actor female(Critics):
Ayushmann and I are in different spaces of special," he said. Aparshakti is riding high
Neena Gupta (Badhaai Ho)
cinema. He has always been a front-runner. on the success of Luka Chuppi, after wooing
Best film (Popular choice):
His films differ from mine, and so does our the audience with his comical performance
Raazi
audience. in the 2018 hit Stree.
"If Best Film (Critics):
"There can't be any comparison, because But in most films, he is seen
filmmakers Andhadhun
comparison takes place between two equals playing the hero's best friend.
feel I am capable Best Actor Male (Popular
and we both have different paths in the On any qualms about being
of such roles, there choice):
industry. There can't be any competition," typecast, Aparshakti said: "Not
is nothing about being Ranbir Kapoor (Sanju)
Aparshakti said. at all. I feel there is a needof such
typecast. It all depends Best Actor Female
He also shared his desire to work with his characters in our films. The film
upon relevant roles
does not solely work on a single It all depends upon relevant (Popular choice):
elder brother on screen. and scripts."
"Ayushmann is a brilliant actor. He is hero. It takes proper teamwork and roles and scripts." Aparshakti's Alia Bhatt (Raazi)
doing a great job. We both really want to coordination to make a film hit. next big screen appearance will be
work together. Unfortunately, we have "If filmmakers feel I am capable of such alongside Varun Dhawan in Street Dancer
roles, there is nothing about being typecast. 3D.
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WEDDING GIVEAWAY – A DREAM NEW ZEALAND WEDDING


IWK BUREAU professionals to donate their products or

F
or the next month, a group of wedding services would be a challenge. But it wasn’t
vendors are joining forces to donate at all. The wedding industry is full of kind and
a wedding day package worth over caring vendors, and so many jumped on board.”
$18,000 to a deserving New Zealand couple. – Ankita Dhakar of The Photo Phactory,
The wedding will be a celebration of the Giveaway Organiser said.
deserving couple’s shared life and will be The wedding day will take place on a date to
packed with love, promises, and beautiful be decided by the couple and the vendor team.
details. At the heart of it, these wedding vendors The giveaway is open to all New Zealanders;
want to gift a dream wedding to a couple that however, travel costs are not included.
genuinely deserves a special celebration of The giveaway features a luxury glamping
their love. venue near Auckland, wedding cake, a planner,
The wedding giveaway has already started photography and videography, a grazing platter,
receiving entries from March 14 and will and many more generous donations from
continue to be accepted for a month, closing at participating vendors.
midnight on April 11, 2019. The total wedding giveaway value exceeds
The lucky couple will be announced on $18,000.
For a full list of the wedding giveaway’s
Thursday, April 18, 2019. vendors and their donated products and
“When I set out to organise a wedding services, please contact Kylie Williams on
giveaway, I thought asking so many kyliewilliamsmarketing@gmail.com.

Onehunga Mosque Open April 2019 at Claudelands Event Centre.


One of 12 co-operating Shows at the annual
Day Waikato Show. The Show runs daily 10am-
Date: Saturday, March 30 5pm. The Wellbeing Show is free. There is an
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. admission charge (under 5’s free) to enter the
Venue: Onehunga Islamic Centre, 140 Church Waikato Show.
Street, Onehunga For details of exhibitors and what you can see
Onehunga Islamic Centre would like to thank and do, go to www.wellbeingshow.co.nz
locals for all of the incredible support they have We’re taking bookings from exhibitors. Please
received over the past few weeks. As a sign of phone 07 855 3851 to find out more. The
appreciation, please feel welcome to come along Earlybird pricing runs out at the end of November
for light refreshments at lunch at the mosque this
Saturday the 30th of March. Canterbury Kabaddi Cup
Diversity Festival 2019 2019 & Vaisakhi Mela
Date: Saturday, April 13
Date: Saturday, April 6 Time: 10 a.m. 6 p.m.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue: pin
Venue: Hayman Park, Manukau City, Auckland Gloucester Green, 221 Gloucester Street,
Hosted by: Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Christchurch
The annual signature event of Otara- Papatoetoe Hosted by Canterbury Punjabi Social, Sports and
Local Board returns in its second year. Join us Cultural Group
for a fun day out with your friends and whānau, Canterbury Punjabi Social Sports and Cultural
and experience the diverse and vibrant cultures of Group (CPSC) in association with NZ Kabaddi
Otara-Papatoetoe. Federation Inc. present Canterbury Kabaddi Cup
Event highlights include- cultural show, fashion 2019 and Vaisakhi Mela.
show, dance competition, kids performances, CPSC is back for the second time with a bigger
celebrity meet-up, exotic cultural food stalls and and better Kabaddi event with over 60 players
much more. participating countrywide including International
If you are a group looking to perform at the players, along with live cultural performances,
festival or book a FREE stall to showcase business stalls, food stalls and plenty of engaging
your culture, sell goods or just use the festival activities for children.
for fundraising, contact Rana Judge on 027 Kabaddi is contact team sport played between
274 6401 or register your interest on www. two teams of seven players. Originated in Tamil
diversityfestival.co.nz Naidu (India) its an international sport played in
various countries – India, Bangladesh, Japan,
Wellbeing Show Waikato Maldives, Iran, Canada, Thailand and England
Date: Friday, April 5- 7 to name a few. The object of the game is for a
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. single player on offence to run into the opposing
Venue: Claudelands Event Centre, team’s court, tag as many defenders as possible,
Claudelands, Hamilton and return to their own court—all without being
Wellbeing Show 2019 at the Waikato Show 5-7 tackled by the defenders.

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